Kevin Roderick of LA Observed on the late Mark Lacter

Kevin Roderick, creator and editor of LA Observed, shares his thoughts about business blogger (and KPCC contributor) Mark Lacter with Steve Julian.

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California's budget problems; Apartment rentals

KPCC's business analyst Mark Lacter discusses why California's deficit keeps growing; Mark also explains how apartment rentals are an indicator of the troubling recession.

Southland unemployment rate varies by area; Population growth

KPCC's business analyst Mark Lacter says the unemployment rates vary widely across Southern California; Mark also looks at the reasons why population growth is slowing in California.

Pontiac fades into history; Talent agency merger

KPCC business analyst Mark Lacter talks about General Motors' decision to do away with the Pontiac brand and the impact GM's troubles may have on the California economy; Mark also explains why the merger between two of Hollywood's biggest talent agencies is a big deal.

SAG impasse and the economy; Office building vacancies

KPCC's business analyst Mark Lacter looks at whether the yearlong impasse between the Screen Actors Guild and studios hurt the economy; Mark also discusses the troubles that office building landlords are facing.

Ups and downs of gas prices; C-17 future

KPCC's business analyst Mark Lacter says gas is a lot cheaper than last year, but prices have gone down for the wrong reason; Mark also looks at the future of the C-17 program in Long Beach.

CEO compensation; Local business performance

KPCC business analyst Mark Lacter says CEO's appear to be cutting back on their compensation, although a couple Southland CEO's still earned some big pay packages; Mark also discusses the performance of local companies, like the Cheesecake Factory.