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Empty chairs now adorn Little Saigon, the Orange County nail salon capital of the U.S., as pandemic restrictions left countless manicurists out of work.

Maria Luz Lopez sold houseplants out of her car in the 1980s, trying to support her three young children. But when she got fined for selling on the street she took the advice of the officer who cited her, bought a vacant lot in South Park and created Avalon Nursery & Ceramics, South Los Angeles’ only enduring nursery.

The lucky among California’s small businesses have cobbled together loans and grants to get through the pandemic so far. But that money has dried up, and “you can only take on so much debt.”

Surges in share price for companies like GameStop and Blackberry illustrate how social media swarm behavior has become a driving force in today’s stock market.

Neither tech company CEOs nor politicians want to make the tough calls on internet speech. Now they may have an alternative

Netflix executive Vernā Myers shares how the streamer improved Black representation at the company and the efforts it is making to improve diversity on its shows and staff.

Market researcher Euromonitor predicts COVID will define 2021 consumer experiences. But their own report reveals a need for privacy safeguards.

Pharmaceutical company Merck is giving up on two potential COVID-19 vaccines following poor results in early-stage studies.

Much of December’s distress was driven by hotels and restaurants closing, as tourism and business travel failed to bounce back and dining out was restricted.

Southern California’s nurseries had a wild ride in 2020, with huge demand from first-time gardeners stuck at home. Now they’re bracing for another big year.

The Southern California median home price rose 10% in December from a year earlier, according to data analyzed by real estate firm DQNews, continuing a pandemic housing boom driven in part by record low interest rates.

Basketball great Shaquille O’Neal just sold his Bell Canyon retreat filled with custom artwork for $1.85 million.

Liam Payne, Dan Wilson and Robbie Robertson are on this week’s short list of recent real estate headliners.

In the mountains above Malibu, Liam Payne of One Direction unloaded his Spanish-style compound on five acres for $10.161 million.

In Brentwood, an architectural gem designed by Lorcan O’Herlihy centers on a wood courtyard with a fireplace and outdoor kitchen. Asking price: $4.25 million.

In Marina del Rey, actress Rosario Dawson just sold her three-story home of six years for $2.28 million.

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The union representing crews that work on entertainment events is offering their services to aid President Biden’s vaccine rollout plan.

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