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

Here's what's in Gov. Newsom's budget for middle-class Californians

"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."

SoCal food banks plan to feed unpaid federal workers

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.

Living in California can give asylum seekers an advantage, if housing costs don't push them out

California’s high cost of living can drive today’s migrants away from the very areas providing the most help.

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.