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Legislature approves minimum wage hike

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LOS ANGELES – The state Legislature on Thursday approved a proposal to increase the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022. The proposal now moves to Gov. Jerry Brown, who plans to sign it during a ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday in downtown Los Angeles. “California is proving once again that it can…

Antelope Valley Healthcare District announces debt refinancing

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LANCASTER – Antelope Valley Healthcare District has closed a structure to refinance all of the district’s debt into a fixed-rate long-term public bond issue, officials announced Tuesday. This refinancing strengthens Antelope Valley Hospital’s financial flexibility by eliminating the balloon payment on its existing debt that was due in September 2017. The $140 million Series 2016A…

Job recruitment Thursday for Café Rio

Cafe Rio

PALMDALE – The South Valley WorkSource Center (SVWSC) will host a special job recruitment this Thursday on behalf of Café Rio Mexican Grill, soon to open in the city of Palmdale. Interested applicants should arrive at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 17, at SVWSC, located at 38510 Sierra Highway in Palmdale. Relevant resumes will be accepted…

Harris speaks at 2016 AVBOT Outlook Conference

Maj. Gen. David Harris, Air Force Test Center commander, speaks at the Antelope Valley Board of Trade's Annual Business Outlook Conference Feb. 26 at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds. (U.S. Air Force photo by Rebecca Amber)

EDWARDS AFB — The Antelope Valley Board of Trade held its 44th Annual Business Outlook Conference Feb. 26 at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds. The “AV Rocks” themed event featured a variety of speakers, including legendary businessman and musician Gene Simmons. Several speakers shared their thoughts on improving business in the Antelope Valley and told success…

Lancaster Yogurtland to hold grand opening Saturday, free yogurt!

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LANCASTER – Yogurtland will celebrate the grand opening of its Lancaster location on Saturday, Feb. 27, with free yogurt, toppings, family entertainment and prizes, the company announced. Located at 43535 10th Street West in Lancaster, the Yogurtland grand opening festivities will include: Free frozen yogurt and toppings, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Face painting,…

NASA licenses new communication technology for unmanned aircraft

Vigilant Aerospace Systems CEO Kraettli Epperson, left, and Armstrong Flight Research Center Director David McBride sign the agreement for the company to commercialize aircraft tracking system for unmanned aircraft. [NASA Photo / Ken Ulbrich]

PALMDALE – NASA has developed technology that may enable unmanned aircraft to fly safely in the national airspace along with piloted aircraft. The patent-pending integrated communications and control system is capable of collision warnings as well as real-time traffic and weather updates. This communication system brings unmanned aircraft a step closer to flying in the…

Economic Roundtable Report to be unveiled at Business Outlook Conference

LANCASTER – The Greater Antelope Valley Economic Alliance (GAVEA) will unveil their 2016 Economic Roundtable Report during the Antelope Valley Board of Trade Business Outlook conference in Lancaster on Friday, Feb. 26. The report, themed Innovation, highlights local businesses and visionaries in a variety of industries, including aerospace, energy, manufacturing and agriculture. The report also…

AVTA contracts with BYD for 85 electric buses

The announcement was made during a special event that followed the Feb. 11 meeting
at the AVTA facility and was attended by elected officials, dignitaries and community leaders. [Photo courtesy AVTA]

LANCASTER – During a special meeting on Thursday, Feb. 11, the Antelope Valley Transit Authority’s board of directors voted to award BYD a contract to manufacture up to 85 electric buses over a five year period. BYD Motors will build the buses for AVTA at its manufacturing facility in Lancaster, AVTA officials said in a…

Virgin Galactic unveils VSS Unity

VSS Unity featured a new silver and white livery and was guided into position by one of the company’s support Range Rovers, provided by its exclusive automotive partner Land Rover. [Jack Brockway]

MOJAVE – Virgin Galactic on Friday unveiled its newly completed SpaceShipTwo. The rollout ceremony in Mojave was attended by Sir Richard Branson and his family, Virgin Galactic’s future astronauts, and partners. Professor Stephen Hawking named the new vehicle Virgin Spaceship (VSS) Unity via a recorded speech and said, “I would be very proud to fly…

Antelope Valley Business Outlook Conference set for Feb. 26

Gene Simmons

LANCASTER – KISS lead singer and entrepreneur Gene Simmons will deliver the keynote speech at the 44th annual Antelope Valley Business Outlook Conference. The day-long event, themed “Antelope Valley Rocks,” is set for Friday, Feb. 26, at the AV Fairgrounds. Aerospace industry leaders, an international economist, top military brass and authorities in manufacturing and real…

AVTA achieves clean audit report

AVTA's finance team. [contributed]

LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) has received a clean financial audit report for the 2015 fiscal year. The accounting firm of Windes, Inc., recently completed its annual audit of AVTA’s financial statements. The auditing firm issued an unmodified (“clean”) opinion, reporting that there were no findings or weaknesses detected for the fiscal…

Palmdale to residents: Curtail watering during cold snap

The Water Shortage Emergency Plan prohibits residents from watering their lawns more than three days a week.

PALMDALE – The city of Palmdale is asking businesses and residents to turn off their sprinklers during the current cold weather snap as overspray from lawn watering is turning to ice and creating unsafe conditions. “During this very cold weather we’re experiencing, we’re  seeing many areas where overspray is hitting sidewalks and streets and freezing…

Aldi hosting hiring event this Thursday

Aldi exterior

PALMDALE — Discount grocer Aldi is hosting a hiring event to staff its new Palmdale location. The hiring event will take place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, at the Hilton Garden Inn, located at 1309 W. Rancho Vista Boulevard in Palmdale. Positions available: Store Associate $13.00 per hour Earn up to…

“Hiring Fest” for multiple employers this Thursday

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PALMDALE – The South Valley WorkSource Center (SVWSC), located at 38510 Sierra Highway in Palmdale, will host a “hiring fest” for several different employers on Thursday, Dec. 10, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Among the positions being recruited are: Cooks Banquet  Servers Welders Aircraft/Automotive Technicians Production Painters Assembly Line Technicians Fabrication Technicians Truck Drivers…

Northrop Grumman delivers center fuselage for first Japanese F-35 aircraft

Northrop Grumman's F-35 Integrated Assembly Line in Palmdale was named "Assembly Plant of the Year" by Assembly Magazine  in 2013, the first and only time to date that this honor has been bestowed on an aerospace and defense contractor. [contributed]

PALMDALE – Northrop Grumman Corporation has delivered the center fuselage for Japan’s first F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, an F-35A conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) aircraft designated AX-1, the company announced Tuesday. “This on-time delivery marks another important step in the F-35 team’s drive to support and help fulfill our allies’ 21st century national security requirements,”…

Northrop Grumman delivers center fuselage for first Israeli F-35 aircraft

PALMDALE – Northrop Grumman Corporation has delivered, on schedule, the center fuselage for the first F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to be purchased by Israel, an F-35A conventional takeoff and landing variant designated AS-1, company executives announced Wednesday. A core structure of the F-35 aircraft, the center fuselage was produced on Northrop Grumman’s F-35 Integrated Assembly…