David Wagner

Business and Economy Reporter

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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

Anaheim says ballot measure won't increase wages at Disneyland

The initiative would raise wages to $18 an hour by 2022 for employers receiving subsidies from the city. But Anaheim's city attorney says Disneyland isn't covered.

Same-sex couples get new CA property tax protections

Married couples can transfer ownership of their homes and not trigger a costly reassessment. But some same-sex couples have not been getting that benefit.

Los Angeles judge sentences 'Suge' Knight to 28 years

The '90s rap mogul was originally facing murder after running over two men with his truck, killing one of them, and fleeing the scene in Jan. 2015.

Los Angeles settles home health worker wage theft case

Workers in the case say they were paid as little as $5.50 an hour to provide round-the-clock care for elderly and disabled patients in their homes.

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti toured a rocket factory to highlight manufacturing jobs

Garcetti toured Aerojet Rocketdyne's manufacturing facility. He met with workers building rockets that have taken NASA to the moon, and could one day power a manned mission to Mars.

How Trump's new tariffs will affect one SoCal wheel company

Wheels are on the list of $200 billion worth of Chinese goods subject to new 10 percent tariffs. That's bad news for Fullerton-based Ultra Wheel.

LA considers shutting off utilities for unlicensed pot shops

Despite efforts to crack down on illegal pot businesses, many shops in LA remain open. Now, the city is considering turning off their water and power.

California's gender wage gap is now the narrowest in the country

Gender pay equity advocates say California has strong policies in place, such as the state’s paid family leave law.

California's high poverty rate still leads the nation

By many measures, California's economy is doing great. But nearly one in five Californians — or roughly 7.5 million residents — still live in poverty.

Los Angeles continues crack down on illegal pot shops

We're now more than eight months into California's legalization of recreational marijuana. But there are still illegal pot shops all over Los Angeles.

LA County approves funding for cities to address homelessness

Homelessness touches every part of Los Angeles County. But the problems aren't the same in every city.

Thousands of Californians are working while homeless

California doesn't define homelessness as a protected class in the workplace.

Scooter company Bird gets to stay in Santa Monica after all

In recent weeks, it looked like Bird could have been banned from its hometown. But on Thursday, Santa Monica decided to let Bird stay.

What Trump's new tariffs mean for LA's economy

China is the Port of LA's biggest trading partner. And some local tech startups — including electric scooter company Bird — rely on Chinese imports.

LA is bringing back a program to help middle class families buy homes

Families of four earning up to $116,300 could qualify for a zero-interest, deferred loan of up to $60,000. But the money could go fast.