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In SoCal business news: Not enough trains for Expo and Gold lines, 'leaked scene' from Veronica Mars movie

Kristen Bell stars in the "Veronica Mars" movie, a film funded through Kickstarter that debuts this weekend.
Kristen Bell stars in the "Veronica Mars" movie, a film funded through Kickstarter that debuts this weekend. Robert Voets/Warner Bros

Good morning! Welcome to KPCC's business blog, The Breakdown. Every weekday, I compile a list of interesting business stories in the region.

  • There could be a delay on the extended Expo and Gold lines because there aren't enough trains, according to LA Observed. There's a shortage of about 50 trains and Metro is sending a group to the train's manufacturer in Japan later this month, the LA Observed reports. KPCC reported last month that the Gold Line's Foothill extension is already more than 50 percent completed.
  • San Juan Capistrano city officials are pushing to get a new hotel downtown to compete with Dana Point, but some San Juan Capistrano residents expressed concern with the latest $43 million project, according to the Orange County Register. City officials claim this would be the "most important project in the area since the mission in 1776," according to the Register.
  • St. John's Well Child and Family Center, which operates 10 clinics in Southern California, said it is raising the wages of its workers to be at least $15 an hour, the Los Angeles Times reports. The wage increase will benefit 137 workers, the Times said.
  • State regulators will consider a proposal today that would allow Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric to find power that would replace what was lost after the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, according to the Associated Press. KPCC covered the reaction to the station's shutdown last June.
  • Riverside County's largest solar project was approved by the Riverside County Board of Supervisors, The Press-Enterprise reports. The project will place solar panels on 7.5 square miles of desert and generate 750 megawatts of power, according to the Press-Enterprise. Some environmentalists and Native American tribes have expressed concern about the project.
  • UCLA's Anderson School of Management has created a new position to help increase diversity at the business school, the Daily Bruin reports. A graduate business administration student has been given the job, that will be a link between student groups like the African American Students in Management and the administration.
  • The Veronica Mars movie comes out tomorrow. KPCC reported the movie raised $5.7 million on Kickstarter and now those involved with the movie did a video for Funny or Die on it. Count how many times the "Kickstarter backers" say "Your check, sir." 

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