Vice President Joe Biden, right, speaks to staff during a visit at the Bobrick Washroom Equipment Factory in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
US Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday visited Bobrick Washroom Equipment Inc, a manufacturing firm headquartered in North Hollywood, in what his staff said was an effort to promote the importance of middle-class jobs and to boost the nationwide campaign to raise the minimum wage.

Prior to holding a news conference, Vice President Biden toured the Bobrick plant with City of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. The visit came a day after L. County approved a plan to gradually raise the minimum wage in unincorporated areas of the county to $15, mirroring legislation passed in May by the LA City Council.

Congressman Xavier Becerra and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew visit LA Kitchen
Last month, to mark National Small Business Week, Congressman Xavier Becerra (D-CA), Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, joined Treasury Secretary Jack Lew at the NMTC-financed LA Prep in Lincoln Heights.

The LA Prep project involved the acquisition and renovation of 56,000 square foot former warehouse into an incubator for small food producers who have outgrown their startup spaces. The project moved forward thanks in part to $16 million in NMTC allocation from Los Angeles Development Fund and UrbanAmerica. Capital Impact Partners provided $11 million in leveraged debt, with $5.1 million in equity provided by U.S. Bancorp CDC. Civic Enterprise, real estate development firm focused on revitalizing emerging urban neighborhoods, developed the project.

Interior of the La Kretz Innovation Campus; photo by Gary Leonard
The Arts District has yet another beautiful new destination. A brick building that could be a housing complex, restaurant or even a museum except for the one key detail that betrays its intentions: a large parking lot shaded by a huge grove of solar panels.

The La Kretz Innovation Campus, which began low-key operations about three months ago, is the newest home of the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), which had been operating in a small temporary space a few blocks away since 2013. La Kretz is one of the few incubator hubs in the country dedicated to developing cutting-edge clean technology businesses, said LACI President and CEO Fred Walti.

Kids discovering science at the Discovery Cube Los Angeles
Things are shaping up rapidly and within budget at Discovery Cube Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley’s newest and biggest museum. It’s scheduled to open Nov 13, 2014.

Discovery Cube Los Angeles is the new science-oriented facility under construction in Sylmar’s Hansen Dam Recreational Center. The $22.4 million project is organized by the Orange County-based Discovery Science Foundation – the folks behind the successful, 25-year-old Discovery Cube Orange County, formerly the Discovery Science Center. You know, the interactive, kid-friendly museum in Santa Ana that features the big black cube visible from the I-5.