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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
The number of California seniors working into old age is rising. Many of them keep working because they love what they do.
As the cost of living increases in California, many seniors are desperate to keep working. But jobs can be tough to come by.
Close to 20% of Californians age 65 and older are now in the workforce, up from less than 15% in early 2008.
The state’s tax board estimates that about one million California households will get a tax hike due to a new $10,000 cap on state and local tax deductions.
Nearly half of the people who get a Section 8 voucher in L.A. will end up losing it because they can't find any landlords who will rent to them.
In 2016, about 40% of participants in L.A. were unable to find a place before their vouchers expired. Now, that's up to 47%, according to the city's Housing Authority.
Licensed shop owners in Los Angeles are backing the bill, which would penalize sites like Weedmaps for allowing advertisements from unlicensed businesses.
Hectic schedules are common for L.A.'s more than 147,000 retail workers. But under a new proposal, those employees could soon be working more predictable hours.
Despite pushback from some local business owners, Pasadena's City Council voted on Monday to keep the city's minimum wage higher than the state requires.
California is on track to reach a $15 minimum wage in coming years. Some cities will get there faster than others. Here's what happened when Pasadena raised wages.
California is on track to reach a $15 minimum wage in coming years, and some cities are getting there faster than others.
Health insurance and higher ed could become more affordable for the middle class — but probably not the cost of caring for aging family members.
"Unless we get serious about it, this state will continue to lose its middle class, and the dream will be limited to fewer and fewer people."
One church in Ontario is opening a food pantry this weekend for employees at the nearby Ontario International Airport who are now working without pay.
California’s high cost of living can drive today’s migrants away from the very areas providing the most help.