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Category: Immigration Issues :: Labor Demand
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On Illinois farms, where labor is tight, foreign workers are welcomed 18.8.2017 Chicago Tribune: Business
Wayne Sirles parks his dusty pickup amid rows of peach trees, where Mexican pickers pluck fruit that a few years ago dropped to the ground to rot for lack of hands to harvest it. Not this year. Sirles, whose great-great-grandfather founded Rendleman Orchards in the tiny town of Alto Pass in ...
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This Cuban immigrant family has been keeping Los Angeles caffeinated for half a century 9.8.2017 LA Times: Commentary

When you go to Don Francisco’s Casa Cubana, a sleek new coffeehouse in the Spring Arcade Building in downtown Los Angeles, you might want to order a cortadito — espresso with steamed milk — and walk to the rear, past the antique coffee gear on display, past the swank Victoria Arduino Black Eagle...

As California's labor shortage grows, farmers race to replace workers with robots 21.7.2017 LA Times: Business

Driscoll’s is so secretive about its robotic strawberry picker it won’t let photographers within telephoto range of it.

But if you do get a peek, you won’t see anything humanoid or space-aged. AgroBot is still more John Deere than C-3PO — a boxy contraption moving in fits and starts, with its computer-driven...

A decade after immigration raids displaced Latinos in this Nebraska meatpacking town, little has changed for the native-born 14.7.2017 LA Times: Nation

Upon his wife’s death, George Katrouzos dropped his three children at a Chicago orphanage with a promise: He would make a life in Grand Island, Neb. — a town that was going someplace, a town that had streetlights — and he would come back for them.

Katrouzos, who came to America from Greece, did...

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Silicon Valley has a new vision for the pizzeria. It involves lots of robots 6.7.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Not long after the pizzeria Zume opened for business last year, its kitchen staff noticed a problem with some of its pizzas: they had holes in them.

It wasn’t the fault of the workers, who rolled out intact dough bases. There wasn’t a kitchen mole prodding holes. It wasn’t even the recipe — a Zume...

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Construction spending flat in May 3.7.2017 LA Times: Business

U.S. construction spending was flat in May with home building falling again, even as buyers face climbing prices and a shortage of available properties on the market.

The Commerce Department reported on Monday no increase in construction spending in May, which follows a report two weeks ago showing...

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Tesla's Musk predicts: 30 Model 3's in July, 20,000 in December 3.7.2017 LA Times: Commentary

As promised, Tesla will begin producing some of its mass-market Model 3 electric-powered sedans this month.

In a series of late-night tweets Sunday, Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk announced a “handover party” on July 28, where 30 customers will receive Model 3s. August production “should be” 150...

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Arab nations extend deadline in Qatar crisis by 48 hours 3.7.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Arab nations extended a deadline early Monday for Qatar to respond to their list of demands in a diplomatic crisis roiling the Persian Gulf, saying Kuwait's emir requested the delay as part of his efforts to mediate the dispute.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut off...

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Trump is neither feared nor loved 2.7.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Niccolo Machiavelli wrote that a ruler should seek to be both loved and feared — but if a prince must choose one, he should opt for fear. President Trump has managed the opposite: Among Republicans in Congress, he is neither loved nor feared. Instead, at least when it comes to legislation, he’s...

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Workers celebrate L.A.'s new $12 minimum wage, businesses brace for impact 1.7.2017 LA Times: Commentary

More than half a million Angelenos stand to get a raise this weekend, making the city the latest testing ground in the drive to boost incomes of bottom-rung workers.

Some businesses, facing a labor crunch, didn’t even wait for the new, $12 minimum wage to officially kick in.

Josh Loeb started doling...

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American Airlines offers more free alcohol on more flights 1.7.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Complaints against airlines have been on the rise and for good reason. Seats in the economy section are cramped, passenger fees are abundant and the mood among many crew members is downright sour.

But U.S. carriers are hoping to improve the onboard atmosphere with something that puts a smile on...

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In West Los Angeles, the American dream collides with a different kind of profit imperative 1.7.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Like so many immigrants, they arrived with virtually nothing.

Ali Etedali brought his wife and young son, Roz, to Los Angeles from Iran in 1984.

Two years later, 23-year-old David Alvarez made his way to Los Angeles from Guatemala City.

Around the same time, a young couple named Ismael and Yolanda...

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It's the end of an era: Channel 18 cancels international format that served generations of L.A. immigrants 1.7.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Night after night, Paul Ho sat in the same chair, with his head resting on the same pillow as he tuned in to the Chinese-language newscast on Channel 18.

The East Los Angeles resident called the KSCI show, with anchors Harry Chang and Christine Chiang, “my dessert” after a meal.

“I watched them...

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California may be leading on climate change, but that doesn’t mean it can ignore local pollution 1.7.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Last year California lawmakers doubled down on the state’s landmark law to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The passage of Senate Bill 32 obligated the state to reduce emissions 40% below the 1990 level by 2030. It is an ambitious target that has, again, made California one of the world leaders in...

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L.A. overrules tenant activists, allows Beverly Grove apartments to become condos 1.7.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Los Angeles lawmakers voted Friday to allow a pair of Beverly Grove apartment buildings to be converted into condominiums, overriding the objections of tenant activists who argue that flawed data is fueling the elimination of sorely needed rental units.

The furor over the buildings comes as activists...

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Hong Kong was supposed to be a world financial capital in a communist system. Contradiction? 1.7.2017 LA Times: Commentary

From the beginning, the idea that capitalist Hong Kong could remain a thriving, prosperous city under Communist China may have been a tale doomed to an unhappy ending.

But as this city marks the 20th anniversary of its return to China’s control after 156 years of rule by Britain, it is beset by...

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More companies could follow Snap, Blue Apron IPO playbook under softened SEC rule 1.7.2017 LA Times: Business

It used to take months from the day a company filed its paperwork to go public to the day it sold shares, giving potential investors loads of time to decide whether to buy in.

But under a new Securities and Exchange Commission rule set to take effect next month, big private companies such as Uber...

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Does a snarky architecture blog have the right to scrawl all over Zillow listings? 1.7.2017 LA Times: Business

The real estate website Zillow is the place you go to search for a home — and maybe marvel at high-end listings.

The snarky blog McMansion Hell is where you go to ridicule the kinds of homes you’ll never be able to afford.

The sites occupy opposite ends of the online real estate world — a reality...

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Surge in tech stocks leads market higher in first half of year 1.7.2017 LA Times: Business

Stock investors already have enjoyed welcome fireworks this year with an especially big pop in major technology shares.

As Wall Street closed the books on the first half of the year — ahead of what for many will be a four-day July 4 break — the market was sitting on substantial gains, with tech...

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French far-right leader Le Pen charged with alleged EU funds misuse 1.7.2017 LA Times: Commentary

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen was charged Friday with allegedly misusing European Parliament funds to pay two parliamentary aides who also work at her National Front headquarters. Her lawyer said she denies the charges and will fight to get the investigation suspended.

Investigators suspect...

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