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By Rachel Uranga|

Taco Bell’s future: 9,000 restaurants, $15 billion in sales — and nacho fries

Boasting a brand that creates culture with its whimsical spin on Mexican food, Irvine-based Taco Bell said Thursday it plans to reach $15 billion in sales with 9,000 global stores by 2022. That’s roughly 2,350 more restaurants in five yea...

By Nancy Luna|

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  • Local budgets

    Mayor Garcetti signs LA’s $9.2 billion budget. So, where are your tax dollars going?

    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti signed off today on a $9.2 billion budget that lays out a road map for how the city should spend taxpayer money, with plans in the upcoming year for hiring more firefighters, rebuilding dilapidated roads and putting more police officers on the streets. The spending plan going into effect July 1 has

    Elizabeth Chou
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  • Fraud and false statements

    Here’s what the DOJ says a La Mirada credit card-skimming ring bought with stolen numbers

    Federal and local authorities said they busted a ring of thieves Tuesday that used credit card information stolen from customers at local restaurants to make more than $500,000 worth of fraudulent purchases over the last two years. A multi-agency raid hit locations in La Mirada, Whittier and La Habra to search for...

    Angela Ratzlaff
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  • Environment

    Southern California Edison to offer $450 rebate for all-electric, plug-in hybrid vehicle owners

    Southern California Edison is offering a $450 rebate to customers who own an all-electric or plug-in electric hybrid vehicle, the utility announced Monday. The Rosemead-based investor-owned utility joined others in the state in passing along revenues they’ve received in the form of credits from the state’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard program to customers using electricity as a low-carbon transportation fuel. However, EV or plug-in hybrid owners served by...

    Steve Scauzillo
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  • National budgets

    Trump budget: More for the military, less for the poor

    WASHINGTON >> President Donald Trump fulfilled a major campaign promise Tuesday, proposing a $4.1 trillion budget plan that would upend Washington in a big way. But he drew rebukes, even from some Republican allies, for the plan’s jarring, politically unrealistic cuts to the social safety net for the poor and a broad swath of other domestic programs. The budget, Trump’s first as president, combines his spending plan for the upcoming 2018 fiscal year with a promise...

    By Andrew Taylor and Martin Crutsinger The Associated Press|

  • National budgets

    Trump’s $4.1T budget relies on deep domestic cuts

    WASHINGTON >> President Donald Trump’s proposed $4.1 trillion budget slashes safety net programs for the poor, targeting food stamps and Medicaid, while relying on rosy projections about the nation’s economic growth to balance the budget within 10 years. The cuts are part of a budget blueprint for the upcoming fiscal year that amount to a dramatic restructuring of the government, with protection for retirement programs for the elderly, billions of dollars more for...

    By Andrew Taylor and Martin Crutsinger The Associated Press|

  • Job fairs

    Spectrum job fair for veterans to take place in Van Nuys

    VAN NUYS >> A local cable company will hold a job fair in Van Nuys on Tuesday aimed at hiring military veterans. Spectrum, formerly known as Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable, will host the Veterans Jobs Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Airtel Plaza Hotel, 7277 Valjean Ave. The company says it wants to hire veterans in an expanding workforce to include more technicians and dispatchers in field operations throughout Greater Los Angeles. But company officials say the...

    Dana Bartholomew
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  • Transportation

    Botts’ Dots, after a half-century, will disappear from freeways, highways

    Botts’ Dots — the raised, rumbly markers between lanes on California’s highways and freeways — are on their way out, with Caltrans saying it will no longer maintain or install them. Named after Elbert Dysart Botts, the Caltrans engineer credited with the 1950s research that led to their creation, the dots spread across the nation as a way to stripe lanes. The dots later become known for a different benefit: The powerful feedback when driving over them...

    By Jonathan Winslow jwinslow@scng.com|

  • Addiction and substance abuse

    How some Southern California drug rehab centers exploit addiction

    Chronic drug users are commodities, exploited by a growing world of drug and alcohol rehab operators who put profit ahead of patient care. Everything from the opioid epidemic and Obamacare to prison realignment and legal loopholes has created conditions in which unethical operators can flourish, using addicts to bilk insurance companies and the public out of hundreds of millions of dollars. Though many legitimate centers remain, critics and long-time insiders say a darker...

  • Business

    Looking for clean restrooms? This GasBuddy survey will help you find them

    A recent survey from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that more than 87.5 percent of Americans age 16 and older reported driving in the past year. During that time they travelled nearly 10,900 miles on average and spent more than 290 hours on the road. Now I don’t know about you, but that’s on the low side for me — the very low side. And I suspect that scores of other Southern Californians would say the same thing. Let’s face it, we live in a...

    Kevin Smith
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  • Business

    LA County job growth barely budged last year, but Inland Empire boomed

    California posted the nation’s second biggest year-over-year employment gain in April and the state’s unemployment rate dipped to 4.8 percent — its lowest reading since 2001, according to figures released Friday by the Employment Development Department. “It’s great to see that the statewide unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest point in 16 years,” Robert Kleinhenz, executive...

    Kevin Smith
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