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How high can Southern California housing prices go? Sky’s the limit, experts say

By Jeff Collins JeffCollins@scng.com @RegJeffCollins on Twitter|

Opponents to rally in LA against bill to extend late-night drinking hours

Opponents of a bill that would allow California bars, nightclubs and restaurants to extend their drinking hours to as late as 4 a.m. plan to gather in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday to speak out against the measure.

By Kevin Smith|

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  • Local budgets

    LA County leaders approve $30 billion budget, calling it prudent, ‘moral’

    Los Angeles County supervisors Monday unanimously approved a $30.1 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year that includes millions to fight homelessness, shore up staffing for some social service departments, provide medical care for the poor, and save for a rainy day. The new budget, supervisors said, not only strengthens safety net services but increases the workforce. It folds in an estimated $259 million that the county hopes to generate as a result of voter-approved...

    Susan Abram
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  • State budgets

    Bitter or sweet, trailer bills let California lawmakers slip new policies into budget

    California senators were deep in heated debate about a small but politically explosive attachment to the state budget last week when a Riverside Democrat could be heard to suddenly channel Forrest Gump. “Trailer bills,” said Sen. Richard Roth—referring to pieces of legislation tied to the budget but sometimes bearing little connection to it — “are a box of chocolates. And you never know what you’re going to get.” Surprises abound...

    By Laurel Rosenhall CALmatters|

  • Medical marijuana

    Medical marijuana shops could start opening in Long Beach as soon as July

    About a dozen medical marijuana dispensaries could begin opening their doors as early as July under a new law enacted by Long Beach voters in the fall. Those on the cusp of receiving final approval from the city include a list of priority applicants, comprised of former medical marijuana business owners who received city permits in a 2010 lottery, only to have them later revoked when the city reversed legalization and banned all such businesses. Last year, members of that same...

    Courtney Tompkins
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  • Restaurant operators

    BJ’s ramps up fine dining, adding slow roasted meats to its 140 item menu

    BJ’s Restaurants continues to drift from its deep-dish pizza roots. The Huntington Beach-based casual dining chain recently launched a fine-dining inspired line of slow roasted meats. The choices include prime rib, a double bone-in pork chop, pork ribs, a prime rib dip, hand-pulled turkey dip and a barbecue pulled pork sandwich. Chief Executive Greg Trojan said BJ’s is using state-of-the-art ovens to slow roast its meats as long as eight hours each...

    Nancy Luna
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  • Real Estate

    LA’s Wilshire Grand Center opens with hotel, restaurants and bragging rights

    At first blush, the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Wilshire Grand Center seemed like many other grand openings in downtown Los Angeles, with the USC marching band firing up the crowd and local officials peppering the dais — until you looked upward. Rising 1,100 feet from the street, and encompassing 73 gleaming stories of steel and glass, the Wilshire Grand is the tallest building west of the Mississippi River, and a skyline changer for the City of Angels. “That...

    Denise Quan
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  • My Turn

    Enjoy adulthood, suckers! Preparing the Class of 2017 for job interviews

    To the Class of 2017, congratulations on graduating from college. Now, get ready to discover this strange land your parents called “the real world.” And “strange” is often an appropriate word to describe reality, but you’ll get used to that. As a you prepare for job interviews, here are some practice questions that may prepare you as you and your former classmates compete for jobs, clients and the validation of your peers. • Per multiple...

    Andrew Edwards
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  • Strikes

    Striking port truckers take their protest to LA City Hall

    Wrapping up a five-day strike at local marine terminals, dozens of port truck drivers marched Friday at Los Angeles City Hall demanding officials get tough on private companies that don’t recognize their contract workers as employees. The protest is the latest demonstration by drivers who haul goods to and from the ports in Long Beach and Los Angeles. For years, the drivers — supported by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters — have argued that they should be...

    Rachel Uranga
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  • Space launch industry

    SpaceX eighth launch of the year is smooth, ninth coming on Sunday

    In what is set to be the most prolific launch month ever for SpaceX, the Hawthorne rocket maker on Friday pulled off a flawless eighth launch of 2017, delivering to orbit Bulgaria’s first major commercial communications satellite. The 12:10 p.m. PDT BulgariaSat1 liftoff from Cape Canaveral’s Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39-A took to clear skies without a hitch and was outside Earth’s atmosphere within five minutes. The satellite, built by Palo Alto-based...

    Sandy Mazza
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  • Mass transit systems

    91 Freeway toll lanes getting another rate increase in July

    CORONA >> Get ready for toll lane rates on the 91 Freeway to go up again. Since opening in March, the new 91 Freeway toll lanes have already seen more than one rate increase (and some decreases). Now, come July 1, the price is going up again. The latest hike — up to 2 percent — will go into effect for both the Riverside County and Orange County segments. The changes were approved by the Riverside County Transportation Commission and Orange County...

    Imran Ghori
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  • Space exploration

    Live coverage of the SpaceX rocket launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base

    Follow our reporter Sandy Mazza as she covers SpaceX’s ninth launch of the year at Vandenberg Air Force Base. The launch will send the second of 10 installments for Iridium’s massive communications-satellite refresh. Sandy will cover the launch preparations as well as the blast off which is tentatively planned for 1:45 p.m. Sunday. If you’re reading this on a mobile device, use this link...

    Daily Breeze Staff|

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