David Wagner

Business and Economy Reporter

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The Southern California economy is strong, so why are so many people living paycheck to paycheck? I tell the stories of these Angelenos, their struggles and the many creative ways they make a living. I share information on strategies that can put people on the path to greater prosperity.

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Stories by David Wagner

SoCal Has To Plan For 1.3 Million New Homes. But Where Should They Go?

Local representatives axed a plan to focus growth in the Inland Empire, instead favoring more housing in L.A. and Orange counties.

More People Are Leaving California, And Fewer Are Moving In

New Census data shows that more than 690,000 Californians moved out of state last year, compared with just over 500,000 who moved here from other states.

LAX Travelers Unhappy With New Rideshare Pickup Zone

The days of curbside pickup for Uber, Lyft and taxi passengers at LAX are over. Passengers were not happy with the new system.

What Exactly Is A Red Flag Warning?

They're some of the most dreaded words in fire-prone California. By what does the term "red flag warning" actually mean?

CA Business Owners Spread Wealth By Selling Their Companies To Their Workers

“I've got enough. By giving it to them, it's bringing everyone up.”

LA Rideshare Drivers Would Get $30/Hr Under New Proposal

Under the proposal, drivers would earn $15 in minimum hourly pay, plus another $15 to cover expenses such as gas, car insurance and maintenance.

LA City Council Proposes $30/Hr. Minimum For Uber And Lyft Drivers

Drivers said pay cuts from rideshare companies have left them struggling to afford L.A. rents on top of rising gas prices and necessary vehicle repairs.

Forever 21 Declares Bankruptcy Amid Physical Retail Struggles

Los Angeles-based Forever 21 says it will close up to 178 stores in the U.S. Analysts say clothing retail workers in L.A. may see repercussions.

Does California Need A Homelessness 'State Of Emergency'?

Governor Gavin Newsom's task force on homelessness met Friday in Los Angeles to discuss ideas for more quickly getting people off the streets.

LA Considering One-Year Ban On Cannabis Vaping Sales

Cannabis business owners in Los Angeles say banning vaping products at licensed shops would push customers to black market shops.

LA Is Building Very Little Housing For The Middle-Class

The city is falling far short of its goals when it comes to new low-income housing development. But it's doing an even worse job on housing for the middle class.

State Lawmakers Pass Bill To Reclassify Many CA Workers

California lawmakers have sent a bill to the governor’s desk that could bring about big changes for many jobs throughout the state.

California's High Poverty Rates Continue To Lead The Nation

By some measures, California is the wealthiest state in the country. But new data shows that California still has a higher poverty rate than any other state.

Why Older Uber Drivers Earn Less Than Younger Ones

Older workers may be able to find new opportunities in the gig economy. But research shows that on certain platforms, they’re making less than younger workers.

SoCal Grocery Workers Begin Voting On New Contract

Grocery employers and workers’ unions have announced a deal to raise wages for tens of thousands of employees across Southern California.