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Infrastructure Investments and the Latino Jobs Recovery

Algernon Austin | Posted 09.22.2012 | Latino Voices
Algernon Austin

Infrastructure investments are a good way to put significant numbers of Latinos back to work. Latinos need to mobilize to make their elected officials do the right thing and support greater investments in America's infrastructure.

July 4th and the Renovation of America

Dr. Cheryl Pappas | Posted 09.02.2012 | Los Angeles
Dr. Cheryl Pappas

Let's celebrate our July 4th freedom with a game called, "What Is Going On Right Now in America?"

A Wavy Line: The Shortest Distance Between My Boss and Me

Maureen Anderson | Posted 06.24.2012 | Business
Maureen Anderson

"Sally, get in the truck," my superintendent said late one afternoon the summer I worked construction, using the nickname I'd been assigned -- though ...

Wal-Mart Faces Federal Criminal Probe

The Washington Post | Sari Horwitz and Jia Lynn Yang | Posted 04.24.2012 | Business

The Justice Department has been conducting a criminal probe of Wal-Mart for allegations of systematic bribery in Mexico, according to three people fam...

Houses Just Ain't Worth What They Used To Be

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 04.18.2012 | Business

It’s a tough time to be a home builder -- especially now that so many houses aren’t worth what it costs to build them. That’s the surprising ...

The Exotic Place Where U.S. Construction Workers May Soon Be Finding Jobs

AP | ROD McGUIRK | Posted 04.02.2012 | Business

CANBERRA, Australia -- Australia is hoping to lure more American plumbers, electricians and construction workers to be employed on Outback projects in...

Springtime for Housing

Jed Kolko | Posted 05.17.2012 | Business
Jed Kolko

Seasonal patterns help show us what's really going on in the housing market, which is important because they give us hints about when we should search, list, buy, sell or build.

Blacklisted as "Troublemakers," U.K. Construction Workers Struggle for Justice

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.14.2012 | World
Michelle Chen

An investigation by the UK government's Information Commissioners Office revealed that some of the country's most prominent construction firms had worked with a company to create a blacklist of workers with a history of being suspected "troublemakers" or labor advocates.

What About Fred?

Robert A. Berman | Posted 05.14.2012 | Small Business
Robert A. Berman

After all the Congressional testimony about small business, after all the talking heads retire to their New York co-ops, this remains: 99 percent of the small contractors in this country will never get -- or even bid on -- any part of the public work the most recent jobs bill creates.

A 'Seismic' Shift In The Small Business Economy

Reuters | Posted 05.02.2012 | Small Business

(By Lynn Adler - Reuters) - A "seismic" shift to service-based small businesses away from manufacturing, transportation and construction is stifling e...

Dave Jamieson

Life-Saving Regulation Languishes As Campaign Money Flows | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.01.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A federal rule meant to protect the lungs of workers has been caught in bureaucratic purgatory for more than a year now, frustrating pub...

10 Green Building Questions To Ask Your Contractor

Earth911 | Posted 02.28.2012 | Green

From Earth911's Alexis Petru: Planning a home improvement project this spring? Whether you’re simply painting a room or undertaking an entire...

Local Construction Winners and Losers

Jed Kolko | Posted 04.18.2012 | Business
Jed Kolko

Confidence among builders jumped this month to the highest level in four years, and construction jobs are on the rise too. But housing markets are local. In some cities you hear the sweet sounds of hammers and backhoes, but others cities are silent.

U.S. Service Sector Gaining Steam

AP | By DANIEL WAGNER | Posted 02.03.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON -- U.S. service companies grew at the fastest pace in 11 months in January as companies started hiring to keep up with rising demand. The ...

23,400 Good Construction Jobs Coming to Los Angeles Metro

María Elena Durazo | Posted 04.02.2012 | Los Angeles
María Elena Durazo

While Washington, D.C. has been stuck in what amounts to a partisan traffic jam, unresponsive and unwilling to rebuild our national economy and infrastructure, we took matters into our own hands in Los Angeles.

Job Creation Should Be Government's Focus, Not Regulations

Job Creators Network | Posted 03.28.2012 | Business
Job Creators Network

Job creation always needs to be the focus of the government and businesses, but now the urgency is particularly critical. The health of our country will be the result of how well we create jobs and support business -- not how much we regulate.

Supply Of Homes Tumbles To Low Not Seen Since Boom Years

Reuters | Posted 03.21.2012 | Business

* Home sales rise 5 percent to 11-month high * Supply of homes on the market lowest since 2005 * Prices fall 2.5 percent...

Loren Berlin

Could Housing Market Rejoin The Living In 2012? | Loren Berlin | Posted 12.30.2011 | Business

Just as housing was the first bubble to burst, sinking the American economy into crisis, a revived housing market could force some life back into the ...

As Demand For Rentals Rises, 2012 Will Be 'The Year Of The Landlord'

Posted 12.27.2011 | Business

(MARGARET CHADBOURN, Reuters) - Brian Keith is busier than ever as the architecture firm he works for rushes to wrap up work on a 300-unit apartme...

More Than a Desperate Housewife, Eva Longoria Talks Activism

Avital Andrews | Posted 02.20.2012 | Green
Avital Andrews

Eva Longoria, who plays the self-involved Gabrielle Solis on ABC's Desperate Housewives, takes on extracurricular projects that set her far apart from her shallow onscreen persona.

Trulia's Real Estate Crystal Ball for 2012

Jed Kolko | Posted 02.20.2012 | Business
Jed Kolko

My crystal ball is never as crystal-clear as I'd like, but I do think that we can expect a gradual economic recovery to move the housing market a few steps back toward normal in 2012.

WATCH: When Earth Becomes Art

VernissageTV | Posted 02.11.2012 | Arts

Cores and Cutouts is Los Angeles-based artist Ruben Ochoa's first solo exhibition in Miami, Florida. For his show at Locust Projects he created a new ...

Astoria Characters: The Well-Engineered Family

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 01.28.2012 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Jarda Nehybka never thought he'd have a wife and two tow-headed toddlers, not at this age, 69.

Women and Work -- Where to Now?

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 01.16.2012 | Women
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Regardless of where you fall on the scale of feminist ideology -- great progress to stubborn inequality -- in the arena of women and work, big shifts are afoot. The direction is clear. The destination is not. But by all indications, work and families have some adjustments ahead.

Louisiana Forced to Start Adapting to Climate Change

Susan Buchanan | Posted 01.11.2012 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Climate change may be controversial but state and local agencies and utility-giant Entergy Corp. are beginning to adapt to new weather trends. Adaptation could be key to the coast's future.