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L.A. minimum wage taking a big jump July 1

Employers in the City of Los Angeles with 26 or more workers must start paying at least $12 an hour on July 1 under the new citywide minimum wage. That’s a $1.50-cent increase– or nearly 15% — above the current $10.50 minimum. “I think it’s great,” said Lauren Gardiner, who works at Wacko, a gift shop and gallery in Los ... Read More »

Brooklyn Bagel clears hurdle to reopen Beverly Boulevard bakery

HISTORIC FILIPINOTOWN — Brooklyn Bagel has taken a big step toward reopening its Beverly Boulevard bakery but expect some changes when it gets back in business, according to Eater LA. The bakery closed its bakery and store in Filipinotown in May 2015 after an exterior wall collapsed and the building was declared unsafe by city inspectors. While wholesale production for Brooklyn ... Read More »

The once great Eagle Rock Plaza fades over the decades

EAGLE ROCK — The enthusiastic rise and gradual decline of Eagle Rock Plaza gets an overview in the L.A. Times. Eric Warren, president of Eagle Rock Valley Historical Society, told the Times that Eagle Rock Plaza has become outdated – with a two-level parking garage that separates the mall from foot traffic by almost half a block. But when the ... Read More »

Tenants in Highland Park rent strike lose crucial court battle

HIGHLAND PARK – Bad news for some residents at the Marmion Royal Apartments. A judge has rejected their claim of discrimination by the management company, according to the L.A. Times. This clears the way for tenants to be evicted in the wake of redevelopment. here is no evidence of disparate treatment.” — Superior Court Judge Rupert A. Byrdsong This ruling ... Read More »

Will El Sereno become the gateway to “Biotech Valley”?

EL SERENO — A ceremonial groundbreaking was held last week at Cal State L.A. for a $13 million complex designed to nurture a fledgling biotech industry on the Eastside and nearby communities. It’s an area some have have dubbed “Biotech or Bioscience Valley.” The 20,000-square-foot Rongxiang Xu Bioscience Innovation Center and LA Biospace incubator will house and support biotech start ... Read More »