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 shoppers turn out for Black Friday deals

Shoppers who hit the stores bright and early on Black Friday might have been smart to buy now rather than later — and not just because of door-busting deals.

How SoCal businesses are handling a romaine lettuce outbreak

Grocers are pulling romaine lettuce from their shelves. Salad spots are taking it off the menu. And California farmers are destroying crops.

LA County leaders hear from Malibu residents who lost homes

The Board of Supervisors heard from fire officials and residents about the response to the Woolsey Fire on Tuesday. At times, the meeting was tense.

Anaheim voters send mixed message on Disney

While Disney allies appear to have won a firm majority on Anaheim’s city council, voters were split on a living wage measure that seeks to target Disneyland.

Fundraising distinguishes lieutenant governor candidates

State Sen. Ed Hernandez and businesswoman Eleni Kounalakis are both Democrats who agree on many issues. But there's a big gap in their campaign fundraising.

LA weighs new tactics for shutting down illegal pot shops

Ideas include shutting off their water and power, padlocking their doors, stepping up fines for their employees and creating a new building code inspection team.

LA city council members lose 'pocket veto' on new affordable housing in their districts

A new state law puts an end to the requirement that low-income and homeless housing developers obtain a "letter of acknowledgement" from local council members.

Anaheim says ballot measure won't increase wages at Disneyland

The initiative would raise wages to $18 an hour by 2022 for employers receiving subsidies from the city. But Anaheim's city attorney says Disneyland isn't covered.

Same-sex couples get new CA property tax protections

Married couples can transfer ownership of their homes and not trigger a costly reassessment. But some same-sex couples have not been getting that benefit.

Los Angeles judge sentences 'Suge' Knight to 28 years

The '90s rap mogul was originally facing murder after running over two men with his truck, killing one of them, and fleeing the scene in Jan. 2015.

Los Angeles settles home health worker wage theft case

Workers in the case say they were paid as little as $5.50 an hour to provide round-the-clock care for elderly and disabled patients in their homes.

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti toured a rocket factory to highlight manufacturing jobs

Garcetti toured Aerojet Rocketdyne's manufacturing facility. He met with workers building rockets that have taken NASA to the moon, and could one day power a manned mission to Mars.

How Trump's new tariffs will affect one SoCal wheel company

Wheels are on the list of $200 billion worth of Chinese goods subject to new 10 percent tariffs. That's bad news for Fullerton-based Ultra Wheel.

LA considers shutting off utilities for unlicensed pot shops

Despite efforts to crack down on illegal pot businesses, many shops in LA remain open. Now, the city is considering turning off their water and power.

California's gender wage gap is now the narrowest in the country

Gender pay equity advocates say California has strong policies in place, such as the state’s paid family leave law.