Chris Walsh serves a famous pastrami sandwich to Julia Batavia and Alison Govelitz at Greenblatt's in Hollywood. The proposed minimum wage increase in Los Angeles would adversely affect the business, considering the deli is open until 2 a.m. every day and the food takes a lot of time to prepare, owner Jeff Kavin said.
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Greenblatt’s Deli-Restaurant and Fine Wine Shop has been serving up pastrami on rye on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood since Calvin Coolidge was President.
“Just about anyone you can imagine has wandered in to Greenblatt’s,” owner Jeff Kavin said. “You turn around and there’s Paul McCartney buying a sandwich.”
Its website boasts a quote from the San Francisco Weekly saying it served "The Best Sandwich on Earth." Three generations of Kavin's family have run the restaurant. He said in all that time, Greenblatt’s survival has never been as threatened as it now.
On Labor Day, Mayor Eric Garcetti called for Los Angeles’ minimum wage to jump to $13.25 per hour by 2017. About a month later, a group of city council members upped the ante, calling for a $15.25 increase by 2019.
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Two massive incidents involving Target and LivingSocial put the personal information of more than 7.5 million California residents at risk last year.
The number of reported data breaches in California shot up by 28 percent, from 131 in 2012 to 167 last year, according to a report released Tuesday by California Attorney General Kamala Harris.
It found that the records of 18.5 million Californians were affected by breaches last year. That's a 600 percent increase from the year before, though the numbers are skewed by two massive incidents involving Target and LivingSocial, which put the personal information of more than 7.5 million California residents at risk. Without those breaches, the number of records affected would have been 3.5 million, a more modest 35 percent increase over 2012.
This is the second year Harris has released information about data breaches, after a 2012 amendment required companies to report to her office any breach involving more than 500 Californians.
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A newly released study by the UCLA Center for Civil Society shows charitable giving in Los Angeles County is 12 percent lower than it was before the recession.
The economy may be in recovery, but Angelenos still aren’t giving as much to charity as they were before the Great Recession, according to a report released Tuesday by the UCLA Center for Civil Society. Researchers found that many of those still making donations come from the least wealthy areas of Los Angeles County.
Since 2002, the Center has studied the non-profit sector in Los Angeles for an annual report. In 2006, the year before the recession, Los Angeles County residents reported deducting $6.94 billion for charitable contributions. By 2008, that amount had fallen by more than a $1 billion. There has been some rebound, but the study says in 2012 - the most recent year the tax records were available - charitable giving was 12 percent lower than it was before the recession.
"There's still lagging giving among the middle class and among the wealthy, which has seen large gains in incomes and assets.," says Center director Bill Parent. "We haven't seen a similar rise in contributions to charity."
Ten years after the premiere of “Sideways,” the region where the film is set continues to feel its impact.
The independent movie about two middle-aged men drinking and misbehaving their way through Santa Barbara wine country opened in limited release in October 2004 and went on to became a surprise hit, grossing more than $71 million at the box office. It was also a boon to the then fledgling winemaking industry in the Santa Ynez Valley and a boost to tourism in the region.
“Agriculture and tourism are really two of the big industries that are still important in Santa Barbara and the Central Coast, and wineries live right in the middle of those two,” says Josh Williams, president of Carlsbad-based BW Research, which studies the job market for the Santa Barbara County Workforce Investment Board.
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You can take UberX and Lyft to Los Angeles International Airport; but it's still not legal to order a pickup service.
As much as Angelenos hate to admit it, many things that start in the Bay Area end up in Los Angeles, like Blue Bottle Coffee, and ridesharing.
This week, San Francisco International boasted about becoming the first airport to reach agreements with the two biggest ridesharing companies.
“We are committed to be an industry leader, creating a roadmap for innovative business models like Lyft and UberX to operate legally in an airport,” said Airport Director John L. Martin, in a press release. “We’re proud to be the first airport in the U.S. to have both signed permits from both companies."
So what about Los Angeles? Currently, you can take UberX and Lyft to LAX, but you can't use the popular ridesharing services for an airport pickup. The higher cost Uber Black service is an exception. It will pick you up because drivers already have the necessary permits.