David Wagner

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The Southern California economy is strong, so why are so many people living paycheck to paycheck? I tell the stories of these Angelenos, their struggles and the many creative ways they make a living. I share information on strategies that can put people on the path to greater prosperity.

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Stories by David Wagner

Organizers aim to put rent control on the ballot in Pasadena

Efforts to collect enough signatures to place a city rent control measure on the ballot last year failed. Tenant organizers think things will be different in 2020.

L.A. City Budget Is a Record $10.6 Billion

A booming economy is bringing in record revenue, but more people are living on the streets. The city has earmarked $458 million to fight homelessness.

LA Uber drivers are striking ahead of the company's IPO

Drivers are turning off their apps Wednesday, joining protesters in cities across the country to call for better pay and working conditions.

An actor finds a second career as a professor

The number of California seniors working into old age is rising. Many of them keep working because they love what they do.

'Social equity' applicants must wait longer for LA pot licenses

LA's City Council voted Tuesday to open the application window by early September. But many social equity candidates say they can't afford to keep waiting.

When finding work is a necessity, and nearly impossible

As the cost of living increases in California, many seniors are desperate to keep working. But jobs can be tough to come by.

An actor finds a second career as a professor

The number of California seniors working into old age is rising. Many of them keep working because they love what they do.

More seniors in LA are working into old age. But not for the reasons you might think

Close to 20% of Californians age 65 and older are now in the workforce, up from less than 15% in early 2008.

Why some SoCal households are getting a tax hike

The state’s tax board estimates that about one million California households will get a tax hike due to a new $10,000 cap on state and local tax deductions.

LA considers banning landlords from rejecting Section 8

Nearly half of the people who get a Section 8 voucher in L.A. will end up losing it because they can't find any landlords who will rent to them.

LA wants to stop landlords from rejecting Section 8 vouchers

In 2016, about 40% of participants in L.A. were unable to find a place before their vouchers expired. Now, that's up to 47%, according to the city's Housing Authority.

New California bill targets online cannabis ads

Licensed shop owners in Los Angeles are backing the bill, which would penalize sites like Weedmaps for allowing advertisements from unlicensed businesses.

LA will consider new retail industry scheduling rules

Hectic schedules are common for L.A.'s more than 147,000 retail workers. But under a new proposal, those employees could soon be working more predictable hours.

Pasadena stays on track to reach $15 minimum wage by 2020

Despite pushback from some local business owners, Pasadena's City Council voted on Monday to keep the city's minimum wage higher than the state requires.

Two new reports look at minimum wage hikes in Pasadena

California is on track to reach a $15 minimum wage in coming years. Some cities will get there faster than others. Here's what happened when Pasadena raised wages.