Toys R Us joins bankruptcy list as Amazon exerts influence |Sep 19, 2017

NEW YORK >> In filing for bankruptcy, Toys R Us joins a list of dozens of store chains that have done so already this year as online leader Amazon increasingly exerts its influence over a huge part of the retailing world.

Got an Amazon return? Kohl’s soon will send it back for you |Sep 19, 2017

Amazon, in its relentless pursuit to be your one-stop e-commerce shop, has concocted a package return program with Kohl’s. The retailers in October will offer a free return service at 82 Kohl’s stores on certain Amazon purchases.

Santa Fe Springs changes the rules on this type of development |Sep 19, 2017

SANTA FE SPRINGS >> Call it changing times: Get-tough rules designed to limit where self-storage businesses can locate are being eased in this industrial city. In 1974, the city banned self-storage units from all major highways, such as Imperial Highway, Rosecrans and Slauson avenues, and Washington Boulevard, and didn’t allow them within 1,000 feet of homes, commercial areas, schools and parks.

Parasite plagues world salmon industry |Sep 18, 2017

ST. ANDREWS, New Brunswick — Salmon have a lousy problem, and the race to solve it is spanning the globe. A surge of parasitic sea lice is disrupting salmon farms around the world. The tiny lice attach themselves to salmon and feed on them, killing or rendering them unsuitable for dinner tables.

Pieology server fired for obscene anti-police note on Torrance officer’s receipt |Sep 18, 2017

A Torrance police officer picking up a takeout lunch at a local pizzeria was handed a receipt with an obscene anti-police message, a gesture that touched off a firestorm Monday on social media. The officer, who was in uniform Thursday at Pieology in Torrance, did not respond and, in fact, left a tip when the female cashier handed him the shocking receipt Thursday that said “F--- The Cops.

Starbucks quietly raises Southern California prices up to 30 cents |Sep 18, 2017

With McDonald’s serving $2 McCafe drink specials as part of a revamped coffee menu, what does Starbucks do in return? Raise prices. The Seattle giant has quietly raised prices from 10-30 cents in various U.

Arcadia, Azusa, Monrovia, Rosemead and Santa Fe Springs vie to be ‘most business-friendly city in Los Angeles County’ |Sep 18, 2017

California and the phrase “business-friendly” might seem like an unlikely match according to some critics, but several Los Angeles County cities have been named finalists for a 2017 Most Business Friendly City award.

Whoa: City of Industry’s 3,000 businesses generate more sales than entire countries |Sep 17, 2017

The City of Industry’s 3,000 businesses generated roughly $31 billion in sales in 2016, a number that surpasses the gross domestic product of 100 countries, according to statistics released in a new economic report.

California tries to goose electric car sales with rebates — but is it enough? |Sep 17, 2017

California electric car buyers are getting a mixed bag of news this week, some of which could have profound implications for the future of the state’s effort to get 1.5 million drivers out of emission-spewing vehicles and into electric alternatives.

Montebello considering putting up high-density housing instead of shops |Sep 16, 2017

MONTEBELLO >> Seeking to comply with state housing requirements, city officials are making plans to redesignate 41 acres of commercial property for high-density housing. The properties are mostly along Beverly and Whittier boulevards and could provide up to 430 high-density apartment and/or condominium units.

The column where we blow up the myth that electric cars are too expensive |Sep 16, 2017

There’s this myth that grew up around electric cars that they are too expensive. It’s all Elon Musk’s fault for creating a sleek, lightning-fast and amazingly efficient electric vehicle recognized as the gold standard in the industry.

Does Massachusetts hold the key to California’s crippling housing crisis? |Sep 16, 2017

It’s hard to fix a housing crisis. Just ask the California Legislature. After months of trying to put together a package of bills aimed at plugging the 100,000 unit affordable housing gap, lawmakers are still scrambling to finalize a deal before adjourning for the year on Friday.

Hollywood Bowl, a unique part of Southern California’s economy |Sep 16, 2017

When you’re talking economy — at least in terms of Southern California’s economy — most people envision our iconic film and TV industry, our expanding tech sector, our massive manufacturing plants and the bustling activity at our twin ports.

A gas station that pumps your gas for you in San Marino celebrates 30th anniversary |Sep 15, 2017

Over the last three decades, gas station full service has been replaced by pay-at-the-pump machines or if paying with cash, by cashiers behind glass partitions who take payment in advance — which often requires returning for change.

Appeals court takes foie gras off the menu in California |Sep 15, 2017

LOS ANGELES — A federal appeals court reinstated California’s ban on foie gras Friday, finding that a state law preventing sales of the luxury liver pate made by force-feeding ducks and geese was not pre-empted by the federal government’s authority to regulate poultry products.

LA County, Inland Empire lead the state in annual job gains |Sep 15, 2017

Los Angeles County and the Inland Empire led California in yearly job gains in August, but their monthly results were sharply divided, according to seasonally adjusted figures released Friday by

Family demands video of man killed by train on Long Beach Metro platform |Sep 14, 2017

Rosa Moreno cried and covered her face as she spoke in Spanish to a row of cameras outside the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority headquarters Thursday afternoon. Midway through a sentence, she collapsed, unable to continue talking about her son, 23-year-old César Rodriguez, who’d died two weeks earlier after being hit by a Blue Line train in Long Beach.

The Hawk Pros bring in trained hawks, falcons to keep other pesky birds away |Sep 14, 2017

Think of them as bird bouncers of the sky. When Danny, Riley or Esperanza take to the air, pigeons that are apt to create a mess quickly scatter. And that’s exactly what

Porto’s Bakery in West Covina finally a go, here’s the schedule |Sep 13, 2017

Porto’s Bakery & Cafe could break ground on its fifth location in West Covina later this fall now that the city has given the family-owned business permission to demolish an existing vacant building and construct a new restaurant with outdoor patio.

Need a job? Target to hire 100,000 seasonal employees across 1,800 stores |Sep 13, 2017

If you’re looking for a job, Target’s got your number. The Minneapolis-based retailer announced Wednesday that it plans to hire an estimated 100,000 seasonal workers for the holidays.

Apple unveils $999 iPhone X with facial recognition |Sep 12, 2017

CUPERTINO, Calif. >> Apple has broken the $1,000 barrier with its latest, and most expensive, phone, the iPhone X. With a price starting at $999 and a host of new features, the phone will be a big test for both Apple and consumers.

Robotic arms, likely to replace humans at manufacturer-employers, featured at WESTEC 2017 |Sep 12, 2017

The future of manufacturing — which looks a lot more robotic and a lot less human — is on display as WESTEC 2017 kicked off its three-day run at Los Angeles Convention Center on Tuesday.

Local community things to know and do for the Whittier area for Sept. 12, 2017 |Sep 11, 2017

WHITTIER Professor to speak on China Robert Marks, a Richard & Billie Deihl distinguished professor of history at Whittier College, will speak at the Whittier Sunrise Rotary Club at 7:30 a.

Why a Pasadena resident cares if you travel out of Ontario airport |Sep 11, 2017

ONTARIO >> As part of a plan to woo San Gabriel Valley residents to Ontario International Airport, a Pasadena resident has taken a seat on its five-member governing body. The city of Ontario has the ability to name four of the five members of the Ontario International Airport Authority, and with a recent resignation, officials have tapped Julia Gouw as a replacement, despite living 35 miles to the west of the airport.

How ONT is trying to attract San Gabriel Valley residents to fly out of Ontario |Sep 11, 2017

ONTARIO >> Ontario International Airport officials have long envisioned tapping into the San Gabriel Valley’s Chinese-American population as a means to bolster traffic at the facility. Two recent developments could help make that a reality.

How Airbnb is generating hefty tax revenues for the LA-area |Sep 10, 2017

This sharing economy seems to be panning out. A new report from Airbnb shows that the home-sharing service has collected and remitted nearly $40 million in taxes to the city of Los Angeles since reaching a voluntary tax collection agreement with the city last year.

SpaceX close to landing rocket boosters next to its Southern California launch site |Sep 10, 2017

SpaceX, which has launched three rockets this year from Vandenberg Air Force Base and landed all three boosters on an off-shore barge, has built a permanent landing pad at the base to replace ocean recoveries.

Previous salary? Soon, the question might be illegal |Sep 9, 2017

You apply for a new job, and a prospective employer asks for your previous salary. Intrusive? Harmless? No matter—the question soon could be illegal in California. And its demise would be applauded by many women who say that basing salaries on prior compensation means discrimination can follow them from job to job.

Catch-22 untangled?: Whittier historic building about to get new lease on life |Sep 9, 2017

WHITTIER >> When Frank Rinaldi purchased a then-closed neighborhood market at the northwest corner of Broadway and Pickering Avenue five years ago, he soon found himself without a lot of options.

Granny flats are on the upswing — and they’re not just for grannies anymore |Sep 9, 2017

Granny flats, their day has finally arrived. Construction on the units — everything from a second, albeit smaller, home on a property to a converted garage that may or may not house your granny, is on the upswing.

Latino-owned small businesses struggle to grow their companies |Sep 8, 2017

More than 40 percent of the nearly 400,000 Latino-owned small businesses in the greater Los Angeles area have been denied capital because of low credit scores and other perceived risks, a new study reveals.

Tourism, agriculture businesses brace for Irma’s impact |Sep 8, 2017

After knocking down parts of the vital tourism industry in the Caribbean, Hurricane Irma is spinning toward Florida, another vacation haven. Tourism accounts for 1.4 million jobs in the Sunshine State, where more than 112 million people visited last year and spent $109 billion.

Gas prices rise to highest since September 2015 |Sep 7, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Los Angeles County rose today to its highest amount since Sept. 22, 2015, increasing nine-tenths of a cent to $3.

Los Angeles to bid to become second Amazon headquarters |Sep 7, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Amazon officials announced plans today to open a second headquarters in a large city where the company will employ up to 50,000 workers, and Los Angeles is one of the cities planning to bid on the project.

Equifax says data from 143 million Americans exposed in hack |Sep 7, 2017

ATLANTA (AP) — Credit monitoring company Equifax says a breach exposed social security numbers and other data from about 143 million Americans. The Atlanta-based company said Thursday that “criminals” exploited a U.

Has your data’s been hacked? Here’s what you should do |Sep 7, 2017

Hackers have stolen more than 143 million Social Security numbers and other data from credit giant Equifax in Atlanta.

Half Off Books in Uptown Whittier, the city’s last bookstore, is leaving for Fullerton after dispute with landlord |Sep 7, 2017

WHITTIER >> The city soon will lose its only general bookstore once Half Off Books in Uptown moves to Fullerton following a dispute with the landlord. The three-story building at 6708 Greenleaf Ave.

Providence St. Joseph Health network to cover three Southern California counties |Sep 7, 2017

Providence St. Joseph Health announced a new leadership structure on Thursday, Sept. 7, that will unify health services across three Southern California counties and work to allow patients seamless access throughout the region.

Gap to shift focus away from Gap and to Old Navy, Athleta |Sep 6, 2017

NEW YORK — Gap Inc. plans to shift its focus to its growing Old Navy and Athleta stores, and away from the Gap and Banana Republic brands. The company said Wednesday it will close about 200 Gap and Banana Republic stores in the next three years and open about 270 Old Navy and Athleta locations during the same period.

McDonald’s challenges Starbucks, Dunkin’ with new McCafe menu, look |Sep 6, 2017

In 2009, McDonald’s operator Patti Widdicombe was more than nervous when the chain dipped its toe into uncharted waters with the McCafe launch. The in-house espresso bars were developed as a fast, less expensive alternative to rival coffee houses, including Seattle-giant Starbucks.

China Airlines expresses interest in Ontario Airport |Sep 6, 2017

ONTARIO >> Ontario International Airport officials have long envisioned tapping into the San Gabriel Valley’s Chinese-American population as a means to bolster traffic at the facility. Two recent developments could help make that a reality.

Blame Harvey? Or maybe the moon: Why gas prices have risen steadily across Southern California |Sep 6, 2017

If you’ve noticed a sharp uptick in prices at the gas pump, don’t blink. You’re not in Texas. Prices across the four-county region are up between 13-14 cents per gallon in a week.

LA Times owner Tronc buys New York Daily News |Sep 5, 2017

NEW YORK — The owner of two of the country’s largest newspapers has purchased the New York Daily News, a tabloid that is famous for generations of hard-punching reporting and irreverent headlines but that has struggled recently to find its place in the digital age.

A San Gabriel Valley mainstay, boba proves to be no passing craze |Sep 4, 2017

SAN GABRIEL >> When a New York Times article described boba as “the blobs in your tea” last week, Elton Keung could only shake his head.

PIH Health opens medical office in Santa Fe Springs, here’s what it offers |Sep 4, 2017

SANTA FE SPRINGS >> PIH Health opened a state-of-the-art medical building in this city to accommodate more patients in the surrounding area, as well as consolidate staff from two older buildings.

United Technologies to buy Rockwell Collins for $23 billion, creating aerospace giant |Sep 4, 2017

United Technologies Corp. agreed to buy Rockwell Collins Inc. for about $23 billion, creating an aerospace behemoth that can outfit warplanes and jetliners from tip to tail. Rockwell Collins shareholders will receive $140 a share in cash and stock, the companies said in a statement Monday.

Labor Day in SoCal: Which jobs are hot, which are not, and where |Sep 3, 2017

Where you work can affect what you earn in Southern California, and the coastal counties are the place to go for a bigger paycheck. For the

Activists, travel industry square off over aviation’s climate-changing consequences |Sep 3, 2017

When people debate air pollution in Southern California, images of the usual suspects arise — trucks belching diesel fumes, aging jalopies not yet snagged by the smog-testing authorities and smokestacks towering over refineries and other heavy industry.

Box office: Not even ‘Wonder Woman’ could save Hollywood from a summer slump |Sep 2, 2017

Labor Day marks the end of the summer movie-going season, but well before the holiday weekend’s first barbecue is fired up Hollywood studios and theaters nationwide have been getting torched.

More affordable housing? California could try these 9 wild ideas |Sep 2, 2017

Let’s be frank: This state’s housing affordability challenges have no simple cures. Once you give into that concept, many of the suggested fixes — options that bank heavily on traditional construction and subsidizing buyers in one form or another — seem too predictable and perhaps are unrealistic.