In Other News

Knott’s Berry Farm announces new roller coaster, Hangtime, where riders will reach 57 mph

By Brian Whitehead|

Inglewood excludes homes, church from proposed site for new Clippers arena

Owners of the Forum in Inglewood have balked at the city’s latest concession to opponents of a proposed new arena for the Los Angeles Clippers. “The city is all over the map, changing course with the shifting political winds,ȁ...

By Sandy Mazza|


  • Computer crime

    LA to share cyber threat info with local businesses

    LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti announced today an unprecedented initiative to freely share information about cybersecurity threats with businesses in the city. The Los Angeles Cyber Lab is billed as America’s first city-led partnership dedicated to protecting businesses and residents from cyber attacks. The lab will circulate information gleaned from analyses of what the mayor’s office called more than 4 million attempted cyber attacks on city computer networks...

    City News Service|

  • Workplace culture

    One-fifth of Americans find workplace hostile or threatening

    WASHINGTON — The American workplace is grueling, stressful and surprisingly hostile. So concludes an in-depth study of 3,066 U.S. workers by the Rand Corp., Harvard Medical School and the University of California Los Angeles. Among the findings: — Nearly one in five workers — a share the study calls “disturbingly high” — say they face a hostile or threatening environment at work, which can include sexual harassment and bullying. Workers...

    By PAUL WISEMAN AP Economics Writer|

  • Health care services

    SCAN Health Plan celebrates 40 years of senior care in Long Beach

    SCAN Health Plan, a nonprofit Medicare Advantage provider, is commemorating 40 years of activity in Long Beach after its founding by a group of local seniors who had had it with the kinds of services they were getting from other providers. “You can’t make this stuff up,” SCAN Chief Executive Chris Wing said. “They were unhappy, not with their health care, per se, but with social services.” SCAN traces its founding to the efforts of those...

    Andrew Edwards

  • Real Estate

    114-unit senior care facility set to replace part of The Village shopping center

    A plan underway in Rolling Hills Estates will transform a portion of The Village shopping center into a 114-unit senior-care facility and, local leaders hope, bolster the city’s commercial center in the process. Plans for the facility owned and operated by Merrill Gardens, which runs similar complexes nationwide, have been years in the making. In 2014, the Rolling Hills Estates City Council rezoned the area to

    Cynthia Washicko

  • Marine transportation

    Long Beach chapel for sailors to be demolished

    A “trailer park-type trailer” that has served as a chapel for merchant sailors making stops in Long Beach and Los Angeles is slated to be demolished to make way for the Gerald Desmond Bridge replacement. The trailer belongs to the International Seafarers Center of Long Beach/Los Angeles, which...

    Andrew Edwards

  • Employee healthcare benefits

    Bending the trend, more employers are offering job-based health insurance

    The shrinking unemployment rate has been a healthy turn for people with job-based benefits. Eager to attract help in a tight labor market and unsure of Obamacare’s future, large employers are newly committed to maintaining coverage for workers and often their families, according to new research and interviews with analysts. Two surveys of large employers — one released Aug. 2 by consultancy Willis Towers Watson and the other out Tuesday from the National Business...

    By Jay Hancock Kaiser Health News|

  • New residential construction

    Lomita to receive $450,000-plus windfall if dense apartment project is built on Torrance border

    The developer of a large proposed Lomita apartment complex will pay the city more than $450,000 initially and then $50,000 annually in development fees to offset the effects of a project more dense than municipal standards currently allow. In addition, to get around the density issue, the city plans to create a specific plan for the area that would permit residential densities of up to 88 units an acre. That’s the exact density of the 220-unit Picerne Apartments, which...

    Nick Green

  • Business

    Could the future of Pomona’s Fairplex involve horses, cars and job opportunities?

    POMONA >> Horses and fast cars have long been part of the history of Fairplex. Automotive “trials of speed” were on the mind of the founders of the L.A. County Fair and were written into the Los Angeles County Fair Association’s articles of incorporation, said Dale Coleman, vice president of sales and creative programing at Fairplex. Horses and various equine activities also have been closely connected to Fairplex for decades. Those who have long been...

    Monica Rodriguez

  • Automobile repair and maintenance

    High gas prices and auto repair are part of the Southern California culture

    When you’re living in Southern California, cars are a necessary evil. We live in a region that is both sprawling and heavily congested, and getting from Point A to Point B isn’t always easy. Sure, we have public transit systems that include buses and light rail. But those don’t always work when the trips we make — or at least large portions of the trips — aren’t served by public transit. Many of our journeys require taking additional surface...

    Kevin Smith

  • Global positioning systems

    GPS going in circles? El Segundo firm tasked with predicting interference above Earth

    Has a GPS navigation system ever guided you to a nonexistent street or led you in circles when you’re just trying to find the nearest coffee shop? Changing weather phenomena at the edge of Earth’s atmosphere routinely scramble invisible radio communications, and are one major cause of dropped signals and other GPS miscommunications. The problem often is the result of broiling gas bubbles, wind and flares emanating from the sun and can be especially disruptive to...

    Sandy Mazza

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