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California faces ‘big choices’ if Senate health care reform bill passes

By Jeff Horseman|

Ron Howard is new director of Han Solo ‘Star Wars’ film

NEW YORK (AP) — Ron Howard is taking command of the Han Solo “Star Wars” spinoff after the surprise departure of directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Lucasfilm announced their replacement director Thursday, two days a...

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  • Local budgets

    Montebello council to decide whether to lift hiring freeze as part of budget consideration Wednesday

    MONTEBELLO >> Montebello City Council members Wednesday will be asked to fill 10 city government positions, including two department heads, despite voting in May to impose a hiring freeze as part of a plan to gain support for a sales tax increase they hope will solve budget problems. The positions are now included in...

    Mike Sprague
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  • Local taxes

    Why La Habra Heights is considering a utility users tax to fix roads

    LA HABRA HEIGHTS >> Five years after residents overwhelmingly rejected a road tax, city officials are again considering asking voters for more money to fix their streets. Only this time, they’re looking at a utility users tax, instead of the property tax assessment that has been used since the 1990s to raise money. The city’s Road Advisory Committee at its 6 p.m. Monday is expected to...

    Mike Sprague
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  • Online video

    Google promises YouTube crackdown on online extremism

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is promising to be more vigilant about preventing terrorist propaganda and other extremist videos from appearing on its YouTube site amid intensifying criticism about the internet’s role in mass violence. Its crackdown will involve both computer programs and an expanded group of people dedicated to identifying videos promoting terrorism so they can be blocked from appearing on YouTube or quickly removed. Google is making the commitment in...

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  • LA County Fair

    LA County Fair is hiring 1,200 people, how to be one of them

    POMONA >> The L.A. County Fair is coming and with it its bringing more than 1,000 jobs. Fairplex in Pomona is hosting a job fair Tuesday, June 27 to fill 1,200 seasonal positions at this year’s fair. “We actually get people of all ages (over 18), so we see a very diverse workforce,” said Renee Hernandez, Fairplex spokeswoman. “Most...

    Neil Nisperos
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  • Urban planning

    Why Montebello is giving a hotel/condo developer more time to purchase city property

    MONTEBELLO >> A developer, who promised a hotel on Whittier Boulevard, but missed a March deadline to complete the purchase of about 35,000 square feet of city-owned land, has been given more time. The City Council Wednesday voted 3-1 to give the extension to Danny Ku, the same developer the city sued in 2011 seeking the return of $1.2 million in federal dollars for affordable housing he received to build homes on the property. While Ku paid the money back, the city still had to...

    Mike Sprague
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  • Labor economy

    California’s job growth was second-largest in nation over past year

    California employers added 17,600 jobs in May and the state’s year-over-year gain of 242,600 jobs was the second largest in the nation, according to figures released Friday by the state Employment Development Department. The Golden State was outpaced by Texas, which added 266,600 jobs over the past 12 months. Florida ranked third with 228,000 jobs added and New York followed with 149,100 jobs. California’s unemployment rate also fell to 4.7 percent in May, tying a...

    Kevin Smith
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  • Local budgets

    Santa Fe Springs’ financial future looks ‘cloudy’

    SANTA FE SPRINGS >> Santa Fe Springs has a budget problem, but city officials say they have no plans to cut services. The city’s expected revenues are down about $2 million in its $62.1 million 2017-18 General Fund budget, with the chief reason being a $1.1 million deficit in sales tax revenue, officials said. “This is the most volatile revenue source to count on,” Assistant City Manager and Director of Finance & Administration Service Jose Gomez...

    Sandra T. Molina
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  • Foreign policy

    Trump restores some Cuba travel and economic restrictions

    MIAMI >> President Donald Trump declared Friday he was restoring some travel and economic restrictions on Cuba that were lifted as part of the Obama administration’s historic easing. He challenged the communist government of Raul Castro to negotiate a better deal for Cubans and Cuban-Americans. Announcing the rollback of President Barack Obama’s diplomatic opening during a speech in Miami, Trump said Cuba had secured far too many concessions from the U.S. in the...

    By DARLENE SUPERVILLE and MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN Associated Press|

  • Economy

    Unemployment rate in California falls, tying record low

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s unemployment rate fell to 4.7 percent in May, down from 4.8 percent a month earlier. The state Employment Development Department said Friday that the May figure ties the record low that occurred in November-December 2000. In May 2016, the unemployment rate was 5.5 percent. According to the department, government led eight of California’s 11 industry sectors adding jobs last month. Three sectors reported job...

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  • Business

    How will Amazon buying Whole Foods affect your local grocery store?

    Amazon’s dominance in the world of retail is undisputed. The e-commerce company has become the go-to source for shoppers in search of everything from books and electronics to clothing and musical instruments. And the company’s announced plan to buy the upscale Whole Foods grocery chain for $13.7...

    Kevin Smith
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