Business

Air quality board considers easing diesel rules

The proposed changes come in response to pressure from small trucking firms and owner-operators who want more time to comply with rules requiring them to install costly new diesel particulate filters or upgrade to cleaner models.

Hunger Games: College athletes make play for collective bargaining

The NCAA council approved new rules allowing student athletes unlimited snacks and meals after a star athlete complained about his hunger. But student advocates say they're still waiting to unionize.

JPMorgan Chase invests $10 million to train LA workers

JPMorgan Chase's investment will be given over five years to several L.A. nonprofits that will hold job training programs in 2014.

Corporate world marketing to music lovers at Coachella

Fifteen years ago, the Coachella music and arts festival was just some tents and a couple of bands. Now it's a marketer's paradise.

Pot smoke and mirrors: Vaporizer pens hide marijuana use

Odorless and discreet, vaporizer pens for pot are growing in popularity. But the devices are a nightmare for parents because they make it hard to know if kids are using marijuana.

Airbnb to start charging hotel taxes in a handful of cities

Airbnb and other rental websites have made billions marketing existing housing to tourists — hotel tax free. Soon, Airbnb will start collecting tax in New York City, San Francisco and Portland, Oregon.

In SoCal business news: Herbalife investigation, Uber adds 'safe rides' fee

Herbalife is investigated by the Illinois Attorney General. Uber adds $1 safe rides fee. China Film Co. will produce "Marco Polo" with Paramount Pictures.

Moving the Sriracha sauce factory? At what cost?

The Huy Fong Foods factory in Irwindale makes at least 200,000 bottles of hot sauce a day. Moving it somewhere else would be complex and costly.

Why an early Chinese New Year=more cargo to LA

Container imports and exports at the Port of L.A. increased 34 percent to a total of 515,323 twenty-foot equivalent units in March, compared to a year ago.

In SoCal business news: Sriracha moving to Texas? Mattel posts loss

A Texas state legislator wants the embattled Sriracha maker to move. Meanwhile, Mattel posts $11.2 million first quarter net loss.

High Rent, Few Options: Angelenos weigh their choices

With rents higher than they've ever been in Southern California, the '30 percent rule' is a distant fantasy, and Southern Californian renters are having to adapt.

Los Angeles Register debut: Good luck finding it on newsstands

The new L.A. Register's first page is heavy on pretty pictures and short on news. Most of the page is taken up by "The Register's guide to L.A.'s rooftop scene."

Google's 1Q earnings disappoint as ad prices slip

Although it remains among the world's most profitable companies, Google is struggling to adjust to a shift toward smartphones and tablets.

In SoCal business news: Jay-Z unveiled; mixed housing; 'Midnight Rider' moves to LA?

The film that shut down in Georgia after a crew member was killed could resume production in L.A.

SoCal Edison plans layoffs and outsourcing

The utility with 14,000 employees doesn't give specific numbers, but says it wants to operate more cost-effectively for its customers.

Semana Santa a huge boon for retail businesses in border towns

Throughout Latin America people are observing Semana Santa, and as it turns out, the week is a huge boost to businesses on the U.S. side of the border.