Sam Dean, Los Angeles Times

Sam Dean

Los Angeles Times

El Segundo, CA, United States

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Recent articles by Sam:

A moneymaking idea during a labor shortage: invent a pizza robot with your friends

It helps if you and your friends are rocket scientists. Stellar Pizza wants to take on Domino's and Pizza Hut with its low-labor-cost robot pizza truck. → Read More

Inflation looks like 'a losing battle' in Southern California

Residents of the Los Angeles area are changing how they eat, shop and do business to cope with some of the nation's highest gas and housing prices. → Read More

Workers want raises. Shippers want robots. The supply chain hinges on reaching a deal

The ILWU, the union representing dockworkers across the West Coast, is at the bargaining table with the PMA, the group representing shipping companies. The current contract expires on July 1. → Read More

Why are gas prices still high? And where are those rebate checks?

Oil has fluctuated while pump prices stayed high. Analysts expect the cost of gas to stay up for now, but lawmakers are discussing relief options. → Read More

Elon Musk reaches $44 billion deal to buy Twitter

The social media company approved the billionaire and avid Twitter user's $44 billion bid after weeks of back and forth → Read More

Newsom denies meddling in Activision lawsuit. How much influence does the company wield?

Gov. Gavin Newsom is pushing back on claims that he interfered with a state lawsuit against Activision. A lawyer who quit the agency in protest suggested his actions reflected "political influence." → Read More

As inflation soars, how is AriZona iced tea still 99 cents?

Tall cans of AriZona iced tea have cost 99 cents since 1992. The family behind the company says it's committed to that price even as the prices of aluminum and corn syrup climb higher. → Read More

How Gopuff used BevMo's stores to conquer California

The California liquor chain has undergone a dramatic transformation since being acquired by Gopuff, a Philadelphia delivery startup, in a $350-million deal. → Read More

Activision Blizzard to pay $18 million to victims of harassment and discrimination

The video game company has settled with U.S. prosecutors, but private suits and a California case over harassment and discrimination are still open. → Read More

The most expensive gas stations in L.A.: What's the deal, anyway?

You've seen the signs advertising $6.95, $6.99 or even $7.05 for a gallon of regular unleaded. But who's buying it, and why? → Read More

Russia has spent years preparing for international sanctions

Record foreign currency reserves, low debt and digital currencies has given Russia room to maneuver despite sanctions. But will China lend a hand? → Read More

Rams and Bengals are both Super Bowl Champions

A trip through the Super Bowl t-shirt supply chain, from official NFL gear to bootleg street swag → Read More

Retailers say thefts are at crisis level. The numbers say otherwise

Industry groups and politicians are sounding alarms over the thefts. But in some cases, the statistics they cite are inflated or flat-out wrong. → Read More

Officials say the ports logjam is easing, but numbers don't tell the whole story

Pointing to a 40% reduction in ships anchored off Los Angeles and Long Beach, port officials say new rules are helping with the supply chain backlog and local air quality. But it all depends what you're counting. → Read More

Judge orders Google to hand over anti-union strategy documents in retaliation hearing

Labor judge rules that Google was "disingenuous" in asserting attorney-client privilege to withhold documents on its strategy to foil organizing. → Read More

Supply chain woes mean huge profits for logistics companies

The logjam at the ports and larger supply chain disruptions have led to record-setting profits for big companies in the logistics business. → Read More

Staples Center becomes Arena in name rights deal

The Staples Center will become known as Arena as part of a new 20-year deal between the Singapore cryptocurrency exchange and AEG, owner of the home arena of the Los Angeles Lakers, Kings and Sparks. → Read More

Strike at Kaiser Permanente averted two days before deadline

Kaiser Permanente workers won their top priority — scrapping a two-tier pay system — in the settlement reached Saturday, averting a strike. → Read More

Cargo jam at L.A. and Long Beach ports begins to ease as hefty fines loom

Shipping companies and logistics officials say the logjam at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach is showing some signs of improving in response to recent measures. → Read More

The real story behind 'tweetstorm that saves Christmas'

Flexport CEO Ryan Petersen knows logistics. After touring the Port of L.A., he came up with some solutions to the container ship backlog. → Read More