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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
California lawmakers have sent a bill to the governor’s desk that could bring about big changes for many jobs throughout the state.
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.
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.
Grocery employers and workers’ unions have announced a deal to raise wages for tens of thousands of employees across Southern California.
It’s not just a new kind of work. It can also be a cushion for those who can’t rely on their main job to make ends meet.
The two sides remain far apart on a deal to increase pay for workers at Ralphs, Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions.
The sharp decline in recycling centers means many customers have to travel farther to earn what can be a crucial source of income.
Last year, California passed a new law allowing home cooks to sell meals out of their own kitchens. But so far, only Riverside County is handing out permits.
Californians have to earn nearly $35 an hour in order to afford a modest two-bedroom apartment and still have enough left over for other expenses.
Immigrants take big risks coming to California. When they get here, many decide to take another risk: launching their own company.
Nearly half of Section 8 participants in L.A. end up losing their housing vouchers because they can’t find any landlords who will take them.
The new rules ban discrimination based on a renter's "source of income."
Immigrants tend to take more risks than people born in California when it comes to starting a business. Here’s why that’s a good thing for the state’s economy.
Efforts to collect enough signatures to place a city rent control measure on the ballot last year failed. Tenant organizers think things will be different in 2020.
A booming economy is bringing in record revenue, but more people are living on the streets. The city has earmarked $458 million to fight homelessness.