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Study on effect of Seattle’s minimum wage could make Pasadena, Los Angeles nervous

By Kevin Smith|

Airbnb hosts in Pasadena banked $550,000 last weekend thanks to Arroyo Seco Weekend

Pasadena residents raked in $550,000 over three days by renting out their homes to fans heading to the new music festival

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  • Hacking

    Hackers strike across Europe, sparking widespread disruption

    PARIS (AP) — Hackers have caused widespread disruption across Europe, hitting Ukraine especially hard. Company and government officials reported serious intrusions at the Ukrainian power grid, banks and government offices. Russia’s Rosneft oil company also reported falling victim to hacking, as did Danish shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk. “We are talking about a cyberattack,” said Anders Rosendahl, a spokesman for the Copenhagen-based group.

    By RAPHAEL SATTER Cybersecurity Writer|

  • Local budgets

    LA County leaders approve $30 billion budget, calling it prudent, ‘moral’

    Los Angeles County supervisors Monday unanimously approved a $30.1 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year that includes millions to fight homelessness, shore up staffing for some social service departments, provide medical care for the poor, and save for a rainy day. The new budget, supervisors said, not only strengthens safety net services but increases the workforce. It folds in an estimated $259 million that the county hopes to generate as a result of voter-approved...

    Susan Abram
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  • Automobile parts manufacturing

    Air bag maker Takata bankruptcy expected Monday in Japan, US

    DETROIT >> Drowning in a sea of lawsuits and recall costs, Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. is expected to seek bankruptcy protection in Tokyo and the United States early Monday. Takata was done in by defective air bag inflators that can explode with too much force, spewing out shrapnel. They’re responsible for at least 16 deaths and 180 injuries and have touched off the largest automotive recall in U.S. history. So far 100 million inflators have been recalled worldwide...

    By TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer|

  • Space industry

    Second half of SpaceX’s double-launch weekend set to lift off Sunday

    VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE >> SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket is locked and loaded on its launchpad nestled in the hills of Vandenberg Air Force Base’s vast, remote complex, prepared for a Sunday afternoon liftoff. As it patiently awaited action on Saturday, the massive white rocket’s upper second stage — carrying its outer-space-bound cargo — was obscured by fog. But officials expect clear skies over Lompoc for launch at 1:24 p.m. Photographers...

    Sandy Mazza
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  • Welfare of the disabled

    In changing world, permanence of Willow Adult School’s jobs program remains important to disabled students

    LA PUENTE >> As Jeanette Gabuardi, 40, walks through a cavernous warehouse in La Puente, echoes of her name ring out as people clamor to say “hello.” She seems to knows everyone in the place, though she claims she doesn’t. “Even if I’m not friends with them, they still say ‘hi’ to me and I still say ‘hi’ to them,” Gabuardi said. “I’m not going to be rude. I’m not that type of...

    Hayley Munguia
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  • State budgets

    Bitter or sweet, trailer bills let California lawmakers slip new policies into budget

    California senators were deep in heated debate about a small but politically explosive attachment to the state budget last week when a Riverside Democrat could be heard to suddenly channel Forrest Gump. “Trailer bills,” said Sen. Richard Roth—referring to pieces of legislation tied to the budget but sometimes bearing little connection to it — “are a box of chocolates. And you never know what you’re going to get.” Surprises abound...

    By Laurel Rosenhall CALmatters|

  • Shipping

    Shipping industry sees smoother waters, ports benefit

    The 40-foot-long, fading-blue shipping containers — once scattered around Peter Grim’s truck yard like giant, discarded dominoes — disappeared months ago. Other visible signs of last August’s Hanjin Shipping collapse, which roiled the international cargo-movement business at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, have faded,...

    Rachel Uranga
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  • Restaurant operators

    BJ’s ramps up fine dining, adding slow roasted meats to its 140 item menu

    BJ’s Restaurants continues to drift from its deep-dish pizza roots. The Huntington Beach-based casual dining chain recently launched a fine-dining inspired line of slow roasted meats. The choices include prime rib, a double bone-in pork chop, pork ribs, a prime rib dip, hand-pulled turkey dip and a barbecue pulled pork sandwich. Chief Executive Greg Trojan said BJ’s is using state-of-the-art ovens to slow roast its meats as long as eight hours each...

    Nancy Luna
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  • Real Estate

    LA’s Wilshire Grand Center opens with hotel, restaurants and bragging rights

    At first blush, the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Wilshire Grand Center seemed like many other grand openings in downtown Los Angeles, with the USC marching band firing up the crowd and local officials peppering the dais — until you looked upward. Rising 1,100 feet from the street, and encompassing 73 gleaming stories of steel and glass, the Wilshire Grand is the tallest building west of the Mississippi River, and a skyline changer for the City of Angels. “That...

    Denise Quan
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  • Space launch industry

    SpaceX eighth launch of the year is smooth, ninth coming on Sunday

    In what is set to be the most prolific launch month ever for SpaceX, the Hawthorne rocket maker on Friday pulled off a flawless eighth launch of 2017, delivering to orbit Bulgaria’s first major commercial communications satellite. The 12:10 p.m. PDT BulgariaSat1 liftoff from Cape Canaveral’s Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39-A took to clear skies without a hitch and was outside Earth’s atmosphere within five minutes. The satellite, built by Palo Alto-based...

    Sandy Mazza
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