Los Angeles Business Journal

Star a Deal at Any Price

Filming the new low-budget movie “The Humbling” turned out to be a humbling experience for movie superstar Al Pacino.

Have Child, Will Travel

Being a new dad to a crying baby can be tough. But Erik Evens and his wife, Robin Lee, found a way to cope when their daughter was born six years ago.

On the Wrong Road

Angelenos can expect more traffic and higher rents, Charles Crumpley writes. Also, he pines for the good old days of….Frank McCourt?

New Leash on Life

As chief concierge, James Little, 49, is tasked with making guests at the Peninsula Beverly Hills happy.

Keeping Cool, Kosher

Ryan McKim is actually kind of a morning person. But getting out of bed at 6 a.m. on a recent Sunday took some extra motivation.

Wall Street Raiders Lose Stock

Gordon Gekko was OK, but Charles Crumpley doesn’t like today’s activist investors.

Brand, New Problems

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Comment: Charles Crumpley wonders if American Apparel is losing its strong brand.

‘Shark Tank’ Pitch a Wash

Alhambra “Dadpreneur” Ray Phillips was merely looking for a way to make baths more fun for children.

Travel Has Vintage Appeal

When Grant Kirkpatrick, partner at architecture firm Kirkpatrick Architects in Marina del Rey, decided to make his four-acre plot of land in Paso Robles into a vineyard seven years ago, his wife, Shaya, had an idea.

Smile and Say ‘Cheese’

Six years ago, Jamie Siminoff’s newborn son, Oliver, was diagnosed with a rare genetic condition that prevents him from metabolizing the sugar found in dairy products.

Surfer Goes for Broke

A surfer for 14 years, MomentFeed Chief Executive Robert Blatt, 54, woke up before dawn about a month and a half ago to hit the waves at Topanga State Beach.

Road Less Traveled

It’s going to get pretty bumpy for Sara Rotman next year. She’ll be hitting the road as an off-road race driver.

McDonnell for Sheriff

The Business Journal finds Jim McDonnell best suited to serve as L.A. Sheriff.

Union’s Bad Medicine

The financially sick Daughters of Charity Health System could get well with a merger, writes Charles Crumpley, but a union doesn’t want that to happen.

Lessons From LAUSD

For one day last month, Christopher Thornberg was principal at one of Los Angeles Unified School District’s most infamous schools.

Taking $64,000 Shot for Charity

At $64,000, it’s the most expensive shot of whiskey in the world.

Phone Hang-Up on Hold

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As chief executive of DesiHits, an L.A. music-focused digital media firm, Anjula Acharia-Bath connects pop stars such as Lady Gaga with audiences in India, and Bollywood stars with U.S. fans.

Lenders Left at a Loss

Comment: The diminishing number of local banks and thrifts has Charles Crumpley feeling withdrawn.

Lawyer Joins L.A.’s Farm Team

His life might not exactly mirror “Green Acres,” but L.A. native Jerrold “Jerry” Bregman could feel as if he’s starring in a reprise of the old TV show.

Shriver for County Supervisor

Business Journal gives nod to Bobby Shriver in county supervisor race.

Law of Jungle in Action

Mark Robinson knew when he embarked on an African safari this summer with his wife, Pamela, that he’d get to see all kinds of wildlife up close. But the executive director of Cushman & Wakefield’s Century City real estate brokerage never imagined just how close.

In a Family Way

In less than a year, David Fletcher went from being a single guy to married with two children.

Rough Road for Family

Ari Bass was one of many L.A. dads who spent a couple weeks in August driving a van on a family vacation.

Text Exec Sends Message

Dez White, founder of free ephemeral messaging app Invisible Text, is excited to head to New York this month to kick off her work with the Clinton Global Initiative.

Open to Opposing Views

Things got a little uncomfortable at the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce last week.

Taking Top Honors After Sub Mission

Mike Margolis drove down to San Diego with his family earlier this month to cheer on his oldest son, 18-year-old James Wu, who was participating in an unusual event: an international robo-sub competition.

What, Me Divide?

Why split the state into six small ones, Charles Crumpley asks, when it’s so much fun as a big dysfunctional mess?

Sharing Athletic Spirit

From soap opera extra to crew director, Steven Barber has had every job in the “biz” over the past 25 years.

Barbie Toys With Obsolescence

Barbie’s had many careers but Charles Crumpley thinks it’s time for Mattel to retire her.

High-Flying Bonds

Most people find a packed flight to be a disappointment, robbing them of the chance at being next to an empty seat. But Drew Zager sees a silver lining.

Mother’s Helper

Five years ago, Mother Co. founder and Chief Executive Abbie Schiller, 42, and her family decided to move in with her parents at her childhood home in Pacific Palisades to keep her then-fledgling children’s entertainment startup above water.

Follow the Bouncing Ball

Sandy Lechtick makes sure to exercise regularly when he’s not running Woodland Hills legal search firm Esquire Inc. But the 65-year-old is not much for golf or treadmills.

OK, Soccer Break’s Over...

Most bank executives wouldn’t brag about how many of their employees were watching sports during the workday. Then there’s Alan Rothenberg.

Inglewood for the Score?

An NFL stadium in Los Angeles? Maybe Inglewood would be the best place, Charles Crumpley opines.

Saying ‘Da’ to Business

Ilya Kuntsevich studied economics as a college student in Russia, but his training wasn’t exactly the industry standard for employees of big international companies.

Creative Economy’s Naked Truth

The sacking of Dov Charney points out how creative types still don’t fit well in straight-laced corporate America, Charles Crumpley writes.

Goal Was to Have Fun So They Kept Playing

Swagbucks Chief Executive Chuck Davis, an avid soccer fan, enjoyed this summer’s World Cup in person by heading down to Brazil to catch some games.

Violinist Not Ready to Bow Out

Shortly after Andrew Silber opened his Whale & Ale pub in San Pedro, he hired a retired violinist to provide entertainment every Friday night.

Faithful Fan Waits for Cleveland to Rock

On a Thursday in May, Hugh Hewitt was not at the Burbank studio where he records his nationally syndicated radio program or at the downtown Los Angeles law firm offices where he is a partner.

Not Following Dad’s Footsteps

As a college student in the late 1970s, Darell Krasnoff dreamed of getting a job with a company where he could climb the ranks and eventually become a top executive.

Katz Out of Bag

Though they’d both been lawyers for at least 30 years, Ira B. Katz and Ira N. Katz first met three years ago over lunch – though they didn’t eat together.

In Presence of Bugatti Greatness

Local attorney and car enthusiast Tim Lappen recently scored the gig of a lifetime: test driving and reviewing a $2.5 million Bugatti roadster.

L.A. a Magnet for Magnates

L.A. is a magnet for magnates, and that is one of the city’s greatest assets, says Charles Crumpley.

Sometimes Speaking Loudly Carries Day

Last month’s Walk to End Genocide at Pan Pacific Park drew more than 3,000 people, the largest iteration yet of what has become the biggest annual anti-genocide demonstration in the country.

Clarity From Crisis

Sometimes a crisis is good for a workplace, Charles Crumpley opines.

Conference Resists Ukrainian Chill

Monica Dodi is a managing director of the Women’s Venture Capital Fund on the Miracle Mile and co-founder of MTV Europe.

Newscaster Finds New Home in Real Estate

Talk about a career change: Longtime local TV newscaster Laurel Erickson, who used to do hard-hitting stories on housing developments, is now showing houses for a living.

Water Fears All Wet

Charles Crumpley thinks California’s water crisis is all wet.

They’ve Managed to Avoid an Identity Crisis

In his 34 years as an attorney in Los Angeles, Michael A. Sherman has made a name for himself as a bet-the-company litigator.

You’re Going to Ecuador and Coming Back a Star

It wasn’t Hollywood where dreams of stardom came true for Steve Jaffe. It was Guayaquil, Ecuador.

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