Recently on Business Update with Mark Lacter

Why Cirque du Soleil didn't work in Los Angeles

KPCC's business analyst Mark Lacter explains why Cirque turned out to be a flop in LA.Steve Julian: We mentioned yesterday that Cirque du Soleil is closing "Iris" at the Dolby Theatre in January.

More money for state coffers doesn't mean some services in California will return

KPCC's business analyst Mark Lacter explains why the state's financial picture getting better won't help some public services.Steve Julian: California's state budget outlook is improving, but at a cost.

Unions protest at LAX and Walmart during busy travel week

KPCC's business analyst Mark Lacter says unions are trying to make their voices known during the holiday season.Susanne Whatley: Mark, they've chosen to protest at two very busy places this week: LAX and Walmart.

Some LA Laker fans still can't watch all televised games from the comfort of home

KPCC's business analyst Mark Lacter says negotiations are ongoing between Time Warner Cable and other broadcasters to carry Laker games.Steve Julian: The Lakers have had a terrible start to their season, so it might not be such a bad thing the games are so hard to find on television.

Voters in Los Angeles will head to the polls again in March

KPCC's business analyst Mark Lacter talks about another election around the corner.Steve Julian: Seems we've been talking about it for months - well, we have: one election is about over - but another one just getting started.

California businesses and state propositions

KPCC's business analyst Mark Lacter explains how the business community in California feels about state propositions on the November ballot.Steve Julian: The propositions voters decide next Tuesday can affect students, employers and business owners - and that's just a sampling.

China in the U.S. presidential election

KPCC's business analyst Mark Lacter discusses California's economic connections with China.

California's economy shows signs of further recovery, but there's still a ways to go

KPCC's business analyst Mark Lacter discusses unemployment, housing, and consumer spending in California.

When will gasoline prices come down in California?

KPCC's business analyst Mark Lacter explains what's going on with the cost of gasoline.

The evolving electric car industry

KPCC's business analyst Mark Lacter says one of the most prominent players in the electric car industry is having trouble.