David Wagner

Business and Economy Reporter

David Wagner covers business and the economy for KPCC. Before coming to KPCC, he was the science and technology reporter for KPBS in San Diego. There, he reported on fields like genomics and climate science. He also investigated stem cell treatment businesses in San Diego and Tijuana. His stories have been aired nationally on NPR’s Morning Edition, the PBS NewsHour and Marketplace.

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Stories by David Wagner

Here's what's new in LA mayor's proposed budget

After a promise of big new spending on homelessness, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has released his proposed $9.9 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

Here's one thing SoCal taxpayers did differently this year

Because of the Republicans' tax overhaul, thousands of local households paid their property taxes earlier than they needed to.

Women can't be paid less because of salary history, court rules

A California law professor says employers within the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals just lost one of their go-to defenses for paying women less than men.

Why Saudi Arabia's next leader is courting LA's entertainment execs

Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman held a summit in Beverly Hills to sell local entertainment executives on expanding into the long closed-off country.

Why more and more LA businesses won't take your cash

Businesses like LA-based salad chain Tender Greens say ditching cash speeds up lines and cuts costs — but some worry it might be shutting out certain customers.

Top spot for job growth in CA? Inland Empire

New tech jobs in Silicon Valley may be getting all the attention — but California's top region for job growth is actually just east of Los Angeles.

ACLU alleges pregnancy discrimination at West Coast ports

A Los Angeles port worker says she was penalized on the job for having a child. Now, she's filed charges against a dockworkers union and a group representing port companies.

Why can't I find emergency maps all in one place?

A commuter who lives in Ventura but works in Santa Barbara County asks KPCC why it's so hard to find out what's going on both where she lives and where she works.

Your questions about the SoCal storm, answered

"Is the hillside behind my home safe? How full is Cachuma Reservoir? How do I know how much rain my area has received?" Here's what we've found out about questions you asked.

Why supermarkets stay open during fires and storms

During recent fires and mudslides in Southern California, supermarkets have stayed open when other businesses in affected areas start to close down.

Legal pot sales could come to Pasadena soon. But on whose terms?

Pasadena is one of the many California cities that has long sought to ban pot shops. But now, local officials are wrestling with how to embrace legalization.

What might fill SoCal's shuttered Toys 'R' Us stores?

The demise of Toys "R" Us could create room for offices, homes and movie theaters. Or closed stores could just sit empty.

Most LA retail employees don't have a predictable work schedule, study finds

A new report from the UCLA Labor Center finds that 77 percent of local retail workers receive their schedules a week or less ahead of time.

How California’s gold rush forged the path for today's tech innovators

The California Gold Rush redefined how Americans saw failure and success. Today, the state’s economy still benefits from entrepreneurs eager to take big chances.

What Trump's steel tariffs could mean for California

The President wants to help the Rust Belt, but a tariff on certain steel products in the early 2000s wasn't good for American jobs.