Los Angeles Business Journal

Charles weighs in each week with his opinion - his "Comment" - about local business. While he pats the heads of those who make prescient or brave decisions, he's not afraid to kick the shins of businesses that make dunderheaded moves or governments that interfere with free markets. It can be newsy, it can be opinionated, or it can be funny, but the Comment column is always about business in Los Angeles County.

Charles Crumpley has been a reporter, writer or editor for 30 years, mostly with daily newspapers. He was born and raised in Kansas City, MO, and worked for years for the Kansas City Star, mainly as a senior financial writer. He was the editor of the business news section for two daily newspapers, including the New Orleans Times-Picayune. He was won four national journalism awards and studied Japanese banking and business practices in Tokyo as a senior Fulbright scholar. He has been editor of the Los Angeles Business Journal since January 2006.

He can be reached at (323) 549-5225, ext. 208, or by email: ccrumpley@labusinessjournal.com.

Recent Stories

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Electric Shock

Charles Crumpley wonders why he’s still shocked by new costly proposals at the state level on regulating energy.

Hearing Execs Speak Volumes on Trip

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Charles Crumpley wonders why the L.A. school board, which could use management help, keeps telling businesses how to operate.

Taxing Concerns

Charles Crumpley says that putting levies on services can be a taxing matter.

Exec Makes Waves During Meetings

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Plenty of L.A. lawyers claim to be into wine. Then there’s Matt Kanin.

Airport Shops a Tough Sell

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Chilly Reception for Packers Fan

Donald Bizub is such an avid Green Bay Packers football fan that he purposefully seeks out advisory clients in cities where the Packers will be playing in a given season.

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