When Kinkisharyo International walked away last week from its plan to build a $50 million rail car factory, it was a big loss not only for the Antelope Valley but for all of Los Angeles County.

It also was a decision that appeared to stem from a confluence of factors that antagonized the Japanese company, from tensions with organized labor to the state’s strict environmental laws – not to mention an anti-development sentiment that appears to be growing in the High Desert...

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