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

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

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

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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.

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Why some SoCal households are getting a tax hike

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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.

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LA considers banning landlords from rejecting Section 8

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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.

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New California bill targets online cannabis ads

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

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LA will consider new retail industry scheduling rules

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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.

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Many Edison customers will start seeing a new power provider on their electricty bills

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Nearly one million Southern California Edison customers have been opted into something called the Clean Power Alliance, agovernment entity that can buy power directly on the open energy market and ship it to consumers on existing Edison power lines.

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

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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.

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Two new reports look at minimum wage hikes in Pasadena

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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.

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What’s in Newsom’s budget for middle-class Californians?

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Health insurance and higher ed could become more affordable for the middle class — but probably not the cost of caring for aging family members.

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SoCal food banks plan to feed unpaid federal workers

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One church in Ontario is opening a food pantry this weekend for employees at the nearby Ontario International Airport who are now working without pay.

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Woolsey Fire victims say they are facing escalating rents

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Nearly a month after the Woolsey Fire was contained, some families whose homes burned are still couch-surfing, staying in hotels, and struggling to find interim homes to live in. Escalating rents in an area with already-low rental vacancy rates mean some insurance policies may not stretch to cover replacement rentals.

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SoCal shoppers turn out for Black Friday deals

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Shoppers who hit the stores bright and early on Black Friday might have been smart to buy now rather than later — and not just because of door-busting deals.

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How SoCal businesses are handling a romaine lettuce outbreak

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Grocers are pulling romaine lettuce from their shelves. Salad spots are taking it off the menu. And California farmers are destroying crops.

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What Happens To The Maids And Gardeners Of Malibu When The Houses Are Gone

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The affluent community of Malibu relies on a legion of day laborers, housekeepers and gardeners who have been hit hard in the aftermath of the Woolsey Fire. For some workers, missing a week's pay is a critical situation, but evacuation orders kept them away for that long.

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The block that Prop 13 built

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In most states, the property tax you pay depends on how much your house is worth. Not in California. Forty years after its passage, Prop. 13 continues to shape the California dream.