Source: Long Beach Press-Telegram
June 23, 2017

Domingo Avalos is all for clean air and blue skies. But he’s also in favor of paying the rent.

The port trucker says he logs lots of 12-14-hour workdays in his diesel rig, but he still has trouble making ends meet. Last week’s media event — starring the mayors of Los Angeles and Long Beach proudly proclaiming their march toward emissions-free ports — sent chills through Avalos and officials of his union.

March 31, 2017

Long Beach isn’t alone. About 40,000 residents across Los Angeles County are on the waiting list to obtain Section 8 vouchers, which means many people wait 11 years for a chance at an affordable housing option, officials said during a public hearing this week.

Dec. 10, 2015
The report’s list of top states for net job creation in 2013 ranks Delaware first, with a job creation rate of 6.4 percent. North Dakota was second with a rate of 4.3 percent, followed by Montana (4.1 percent), California (4 percent) and Idaho (3.8 percent).
Aug. 14, 2015
Overall cargo volumes at the Port of Los Angeles declined 2.5 percent on a year-over-year basis last month to more than 699,000 standard container units.
March 7, 2015
The way Levine sees it, California is becoming a “barbell economy” with relatively heavy job growth in high- and low-wage occupations while the middle gets squeezed. . . Levine contends California has become too expensive for employers to hire middle-wage workers. A lot of the blame for those high costs, he said, can be placed on the state environmental laws and other regulations that make California a more expensive state for doing business.
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