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Reports on impact of minimum wage hike differ

LOS ANGELES — A proposal to raise the minimum wage in Los Angeles to as high as $15.25 per hour by 2019 would have more benefits than drawbacks and increase the wages of about 600,000 workers, according to a newly released UC Berkeley report commissioned by the city of Los Angeles. The report concluded, “the Read More…

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Hathaway-Sycamores restores family resource center

HIGHLAND PARK —More than 200 guests spent the evening of March 12 touring and learning the history of Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services’ recently restored, Craftsman home. Located at 840 N. Ave. 66, the 110-year-old structure, which was designated an historic cultural monument in 1989, houses clinicians and program personnel for the agency’s Highland Park Read More…

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Exide Technologies agrees to permanently close Vernon plant

LOS ANGELES — Battery recycler Exide Technologies has agreed to immediately and permanently close its Vernon lead-acid battery recycling plant and pay $50 million to clean up the site and surrounding neighborhoods, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced March 11. The agreement calls for Exide to close a facility that, according to the government, produces a Read More…