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 has 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

On Fast Track After Hours

Chief executive during the week, off-road truck racer on the weekends. That’s how Greg Adler spends most of his time.

Inflate-gate?

Grade inflation is bad for L.A.’s diners since the county routinely gives A ratings to questionable restaurants, Charles Crumpley writes.

Vinyl Collection a Record Undertaking

Manar Afghani, founder of Long Beach audio visual production company Visual Sound, never thought his love of vinyl records would result in a collection of more than 25,000 LPs and 45s.

Taxis Losing Fare Fight

What ridesharing companies are doing to taxis isn’t fair, Charles Crumpley writes. But business isn’t supposed to be fair.

French Alps Work for Him

For the next couple of weeks, Paul Grossman plans to start his workday around 6 p.m.

Coming Clean on Energy Costs

Charles Crumpley is shocked by California’s electricity rates, which seem destined to charge even higher.

Internet Memoir Goes Low Tech

It’s safe to say Felicia Day, who’s often referred to as “queen of the geeks,” knows her way around the Internet.

Giving Starts at Top

When Phenomenex employees in the past decade were challenged to shave their heads or dye their hair splashy colors, Chief Executive Fasha Mahjoor politely declined. But not this time.

Never Say Never to Neverland Ranch

When Elizabeth Taylor married Larry Fortensky at Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch in 1991, Trip Haenisch was one of the members of her wedding party.

Rail Car Must Get Back on Track

Lack of safety features is keeping the Angles Flight grounded, but Charles Crumpley writes that the result is kind of dangerous.

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