Monthly Archives: September 2010

Alcohol Wholesalers Angle for Position in DC

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Heads up from the Wine Spectator. Last week, Congressman William Delahunt (D-Mass.) submitted a revised version of H.R. 5034, the Comprehensive Alcohol Regulatory Effectiveness (CARE) Act. The House Judiciary Committee has scheduled a public hearing on the bill for September … Continue reading »


Opening Soon at an Auto Plant Near You

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October 1st is the big day. Tesla Motors plans to open the old NUMMI plant, which is of course, now the “Tesla Factory.” The San Jose Mercury News tells us 40 people already work out of an office set up … Continue reading »


China to CA: We'll Build HS Rail & Finance It, Too!

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It’s expected high-speed rail running the length of California is going to cost somewhere north of $42 billion.  California voters have gamely signed on for $10 billion, but given the recession, it’s hard to say whether there’s stomach for more.  … Continue reading »


Coda headed for Northern California

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The carmaker Coda Automotive is close to opening a final assembly plant in … drumroll, please … Benicia. The Los Angeles Business Journal reports Coda, after flirting for months with Los Angeles, (and fully convincing this now humbled reporter) is … Continue reading »


Drones Revive So Cal Aerospace Industry

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The Los Angeles Times pays a visit to General Atomics Aeronautical Systems in Poway, and it’s a riveting read. In a sprawling north San Diego County complex, 3,300 workers are manufacturing Predator and Reaper drones, robotic planes that capture video … Continue reading »


How much is too much to pay for a job?

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LA wants jobs, and it wants them bad. The unemployment rate was running 12.4% in July. So Angelenos might be inclined to squint a little bit to see the bright side of spending federal stimulus money to subsidize short-term employment, … Continue reading »