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Trump tapped Andrew Puzder, who runs the parent company for Carl's Jr. Despite the burger chain's long history in California, Puzder said they would grow elsewhere.
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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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Forever 21 Declares Bankruptcy Amid Physical Retail Struggles

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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.

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Does California Need A Homelessness 'State Of Emergency'?

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

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

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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.

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State Lawmakers Pass Bill To Reclassify Many CA Workers

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

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California's High Poverty Rates Continue To Lead The Nation

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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.

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Why Older Uber Drivers Earn Less Than Younger Ones

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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.

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SoCal Grocery Workers Begin Voting On New Contract

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

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Workers Turn To Gig Economy As An ‘Alternative Safety Net’

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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.

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The two sides remain far apart on a deal to increase pay for workers at Ralphs, Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions.

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If a disaster forces you from your home, access to reliable phone service can help you get back on your feet. State utility regulators have voted to require phone companies to provide some essential basic services for survivors.

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The sharp decline in recycling centers means many customers have to travel farther to earn what can be a crucial source of income.

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