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March 26, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan
About 150 employees at rocket engine maker Aerojet Rocketdyne in Canoga Park were told Wednesday that they would be laid off as part of a companywide reduction that the company says is related to last year's merger. Aerojet Rocketdyne was created by the sale of Rocketdyne to GenCorp Inc. for $550 million, a deal that was finalized last summer. It brought together two major California rocket companies - and longtime competitors. GenCorp already owned Aerojet, the Sacramento aerospace firm founded in 1942.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2014 | By Seema Mehta
Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari plans to unveil a jobs plan Tuesday that calls for tax breaks for job creators, fracking of some California oil deposits, reduced regulations on business, increased spending on water storage and capping certain legal payouts. The plan, to be released in San Diego, is the first policy the candidate has set forth since announcing in January that he would run for office. He faces a test, arguing against a popular incumbent in a Democratic-leaning state where unemployment has dropped 4.1 percentage points since Gov. Jerry Brown took office three years ago, dipping to 8% in February.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2014 | By Seema Mehta
Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari unveiled a jobs plan Tuesday that calls for corporate tax breaks, hydraulic fracturing of some California oil deposits, reduced regulations on business and increased spending on water storage. The 10-point plan, focused on manufacturing, water, energy and the business climate, is the first policy Kashkari has set forth since announcing in January that he would run for office. The former U.S. Treasury official said his plan would "unleash" the private sector, creating hundreds of thousands of jobs.
SPORTS
March 25, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. - There were mixed emotions Tuesday in the Scituate, Mass., household of John McDonald, the 39-year-old utility infielder who was told by Angels Manager Mike Scioscia he had made the team and was officially added to the 40-man roster. “My 5½-year-old daughter said, 'I'm happy for you, Daddy, but sad for me,' ” McDonald said. “She wants Daddy to come home.” Jackie McDonald is going to have to wait for Daddy to come home - until well after October, John hopes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2014 | By Abby Sewell
A candidate for Los Angeles County assessor filed a lawsuit Monday saying that a competitor in the race mischaracterized his job title. Omar Haroon, an appraiser in the assessor's office, is seeking a court order to prevent election officials from listing assessor employee Jeffrey Prang as a “deputy assessor” on the ballot. The assessor's office has no official “deputy assessor” post, but Haroon said the term should be reserved for employees who are certified appraisers.
NATIONAL
March 24, 2014 | By Lalita Clozel
WASHINGTON - Working as a Jack in the Box cashier, Marissa Cruz Santos breathed a sigh of relief last year when she qualified for an Obama administration program that defers deportation of young immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally as children. With high expectations and a freshly minted work permit, Santos, 27, hit the job market, hoping to leverage her new status and a Cal State Fullerton degree into an entry-level office position. But after applying for several jobs near her Riverside home, Santos got only two interviews and no offers.
BUSINESS
March 21, 2014 | By Shan Li
California's economy added 58,800 net new jobs in February, gaining back some momentum after a lackluster showing the month before, the state's Employment Development Department reported Friday. The job gains helped push the unemployment rate down to 8% from 8.1% a month earlier, according to state employment data. The pickup in the job market was spread across nine industries, including financial activities, government, and leisure and hospitality. Educational and health services reported the biggest increase with 15,800 new positions.
BUSINESS
March 21, 2014 | By Shan Li
California's economy perked up in February, adding 58,800 net new jobs and gaining some momentum after a lackluster showing the month before. The job gains helped push the unemployment rate down to 8% from 8.1% in January, the state's Employment Development Department reported Friday. "California employment is coming back very nicely after a bump in the month of January," said Sung Won Sohn, an economics professor at Cal State Channel Islands. "We are seeing more and more cylinders in the economic engine firing.
SPORTS
March 19, 2014 | By Chris Dufresne
SPOKANE, Wash. -- Harvard Coach Tommy Amaker had to deal with the speculation in last year's NCAA tournament. It came up in the Salt Lake City sub-regional when the UCLA and USC jobs were open. Amaker was reportedly very interested in USC but the Trojans opted for Andy Enfield. If Amaker was distracted, it didn't show as No. 13 Harvard shocked No. 3 New Mexico, led by the coach UCLA hired (Steve Alford). This year the speculation has moved to Spokane, where Amaker's 12 th -seeded Ivy League champions face No. 4 Cincinnati on Thursday in an East Regional game.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
In 1958, Ed Michelson started a motion picture catering company - Michelson Food Services - and made food for the cast and crew on such classic films as "West Side Story" and "Some Like it Hot. " Michelson was one of the first to operate a food service truck on film sets, and for decades business boomed, back when virtually all the big studio movies were filmed in Los Angeles. Today, son Steve Michelson said that's no longer the case. When his father died, Michelson decided to start his own catering company, Sylmar-based Limelight Catering, which employs about 50 people and has been in business for 14 years.
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