Rumors started swirling that Michael Kun must have died after he published his first novel in 1990.
Steven Sawalich, senior director of global media and philanthropy at Starkey Hearing Foundation in Playa Vista, has traveled to 75 countries during his time at the non-profit, which delivers hearing aids to people in need.
Charles Crumpley wonders why he’s still shocked by new costly proposals at the state level on regulating energy.
Charles Crumpley wonders why the L.A. school board, which could use management help, keeps telling businesses how to operate.
JJ Abrams spent the past year in a galaxy far, far away directing the new “Star Wars” film, and it appears he might no longer be recognized in his hometown of Los Angeles.
Charles Crumpley says that putting levies on services can be a taxing matter.
Alex Boylan, season-two co-winner of CBS’ “The Amazing Race,” likes to take his work to the water.
Other than Chicago Dogs at Midway Airport, terminal concourse shops don’t sell much that Charles Crumpley wants to buy.
Plenty of L.A. lawyers claim to be into wine. Then there’s Matt Kanin.
Downtown’s new quest to develop a bigger retail sector may be stalled by lack of parking, Charles Crumpley writes.
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.
Barry Knudson is expecting his first child in March with his wife, Kelsi. But before the baby arrives, Knudson, a beer enthusiast and casual home-brewer, concocted one more memorable batch: a spicy India pale ale.
Swagbucks.com co-founder Scott Dudelson exited the company in July after it received a $60 million investment.
Dish’s new Sling offering has Charles Crumpley wondering if L.A.’s television producers face a hazier future.
Born and raised in Southern California, Roy Jimenez has never had a “White Christmas.” In fact, he’s never even seen snow fall.
Filming the new low-budget movie “The Humbling” turned out to be a humbling experience for movie superstar Al Pacino.
Angelenos can expect more traffic and higher rents, Charles Crumpley writes. Also, he pines for the good old days of….Frank McCourt?
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.
As chief concierge, James Little, 49, is tasked with making guests at the Peninsula Beverly Hills happy.
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.
Gordon Gekko was OK, but Charles Crumpley doesn’t like today’s activist investors.
Comment: Charles Crumpley wonders if American Apparel is losing its strong brand.
Alhambra “Dadpreneur” Ray Phillips was merely looking for a way to make baths more fun for children.
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.
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.
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.
The Business Journal finds Jim McDonnell best suited to serve as L.A. Sheriff.
It’s going to get pretty bumpy for Sara Rotman next year. She’ll be hitting the road as an off-road race driver.
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.
For one day last month, Christopher Thornberg was principal at one of Los Angeles Unified School District’s most infamous schools.
At $64,000, it’s the most expensive shot of whiskey in the world.
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.
Comment: The diminishing number of local banks and thrifts has Charles Crumpley feeling withdrawn.
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.
Business Journal gives nod to Bobby Shriver in county supervisor race.
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 less than a year, David Fletcher went from being a single guy to married with two children.
Ari Bass was one of many L.A. dads who spent a couple weeks in August driving a van on a family vacation.
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.
Things got a little uncomfortable at the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce last week.
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.
From soap opera extra to crew director, Steven Barber has had every job in the “biz” over the past 25 years.
Why split the state into six small ones, Charles Crumpley asks, when it’s so much fun as a big dysfunctional mess?
Barbie’s had many careers but Charles Crumpley thinks it’s time for Mattel to retire her.
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.
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.
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.
Most bank executives wouldn’t brag about how many of their employees were watching sports during the workday. Then there’s Alan Rothenberg.
An NFL stadium in Los Angeles? Maybe Inglewood would be the best place, Charles Crumpley opines.
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.