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Slow and low that is the tempo: CA to add 500K jobs over two years

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The state's jobless rate, currently at 11.1 percent, is expected to drop to near 10 percent in the next two years with the addition of 500,000 jobs. Experts are calling the economic trend "modest growth."

The annual forecast, released Wednesday by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., shows an improved economic outlook based, in part, on continued budget cutting, notes the L.A. Times.

Los Angeles County seems to be moving, but it's improving at a slower pace than the state as a whole and the rest of the nation as a whole," said the principal author of the report and chief economist at the development company, Robert Kleinhenz.

California has lost 85,500 local, state and federal government jobs, and 300,000 private sector jobs since the recession began in 2007.

Standard & Poor upgraded its outlook on California on Tuesday -- according the financial rating company, the states's ability to repay its debts have jumped from "stable" to to "positive."


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Bruce Beresford-Redman, ex 'Pimp My Ride' and 'Survivor' producer, ordered to trial for wife's death

In this May 26, 2010 file photo, Bruce Beresford-Redman, the former "Survivor" producer poses for a photo at his home in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. He has been ordered by a Mexican judge to stand trial for his wife's death.
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The former "Pimp My Ride" and "Survivor" producer Bruce Beresford-Redman, who is accused in the 2010 death of his Westside restaurateur wife Monica Beresford-Redman, has been ordered to trial by a Mexican judge. He was arrested in 2010, and extradited to Mexico this month. The producer has said he is innocent. If convicted, he could face between 12 and 30 years in prison. A defense lawyer told the AP his client fainted when he heard the ruling.The body of Monica Beresford-Redman was found in a sewer cistern at a swank resort during a family vacation. The couple had gone there with their young children in an attempt to save their marriage after she learned her husband was cheating on her, the AP reports.


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Video: Antonio Villaraigosa says the 2012 Democratic National Convention is all about change

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L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa appears in a video released this morning to publicize the Democratic Party's 2012 National Convention. 

The message comes after he was asked to chair the convention this summer in Charlotte, N.C.

In the footage released by the DNC, Villaraigosa asks for change and collaboration:

[via City Maven]


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Chainsaws just got more dangerous: thousands rrrrrrrrrrrrecalled

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Simply because the existing flywheel might possibly break apart and send parts flying into users and bystanders, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with STIHL Inc., announced Tuesday a voluntary recall of STIHL MS 391 gas-powered chain saws.

At this time, no incidents or injuries have been reported, however, consumers are directed to immediately stop using the recalled products and return them to an authorized STIHL dealer for installation of a free replacement flywheel.

This recall involves about 3000 units with an orange top casing, gray base and black front handle and hand guard. "STIHL" and "MS 391" are printed in an orange circle on the starter side of the unit, and the serial number is located on the crankcase to the right of the muffler when viewed from the rear of the saw.


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Code orange: California citrus trees are under attack

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An emergency situation is becoming increasingly critical as efforts expand by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) to control a bug that's threatening the more than $1 billion the state economy juices from the citrus industry.

Responsible for transmitting the deadly, incurable Huanglongbing disease to citrus-producing trees, the Asian Citrus Psyllid, though not inherently vengeful, is poised to carry out widespread destruction of the state's commercial citrus groves.

On Tuesday, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution supporting the state's efforts to stop the spread of the insect, the SB Sun reports. The resolution allows the county's agricultural commissioner to require treatment of citrus trees located within 400 meters from where an insect is found.


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