When officials last fall unveiled the state's 23 new and renewed enterprise zones, a designation that provides businesses in the area with economic and tax incentives, it was assumed the winning communities would fit a certain profile: economically moribund; lots of available land; and too few good jobs.

An example of such a community would be Pacoima, which for almost 20 years had a successful enterprise zone credited with bringing and keeping thousands of jobs and businesses in the northeastern Valley...

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