Los Angeles Business Journal

Songwriter Sends Disney Crowds Off With ‘Kiss’

Walt Disney Co. reached into its storied past to find the perfect song to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Disneyland.

Inflate-gate?

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

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.

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.

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.

Coming Clean on Energy Costs

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

French Alps Work for Him

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

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.

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.

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.

Watered-Down Cycling Vacation

Lauren Haas will never again misunderstand the meaning of “water resistant.”

Healthy Boosts From Chinese Connections

For Bob Parker, life has taken some dramatic turns recently.

States Call ‘Cut’ on Film Credits

Other states are cutting back their film incentives, but Charles Crumpley wonders how much that will improve L.A.’s production picture.

Toast From Top of World

Ben Stapleton opened his first bar last month, Barrel Down, a beer hall at 525 W. Seventh St. in downtown L.A.’s Financial District.

Tips for L.A.’s Wait Staffs

Charles Crumpley serves up some tough numbers to restaurants on customer satisfaction, courtesy of a survey.

Film Star Muscles Into TV Role

Action hero Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson already rules the movie world, having scored two box-office hits this year with “San Andreas” and “Furious Seven.”

Waiting to Exhale

We’re about to find out if MannKind’s inhalable insulin is a promising product, and Charles Crumpley says that should have happened years ago.

Driving Traffic Fight

A brief encounter with tech billionaire Elon Musk three years ago wound up being financially fortuitous for David Murphy.

Suburbs’ Sweet Song

Downtown Los Angeles is thriving, sure, but that’s not hurting the popularity of the suburbs, Charles Crumpley writes.

Time to Dig 710 Connection

A tunnel under Alhambra appears the best way to connect the 710 freeway to the 210, digging L.A. out of some traffic snarls, Charles Crumpley opines.

No Trouble Pitching Camp to Kids

When Mike McKeever, a senior vice president at Jones Lang LaSalle’s downtown L.A. office, isn’t busy striking real estate deals in L.A’s concrete jungle, he likes to spend time in a real forest.

Water Waste Big Turnoff

Santa Monica resident Dan Estes develops mobile apps as a hobby and he just created one that turns users into activists against water waste.

Sinking Feeling at Ports

It’s a pity that last winter’s harmful labor slowdown at the port complex turned out to be over a piddling matter, Charles Crumpley writes.

Trickle Down

New ways to cut back on water use are drying up, writes Charles Crumpley, as homeowners make sacrifices.

Sizing Up His Role as Superhero

Just when he thought he had done it all in his Hollywood career, Michael Douglas is doing something new: He’s starring in a Marvel superhero film.

Fight for Ticket Goes His Way

Adrian Watson had been thinking of attending the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight since the matchup was first floated years ago.

Wealth is Good

The fact that Los Angeles now has more than 50 billionaires is a good thing, Charles Crumpley writes.

Educator Gets His Message Out

Words come easily to Jim Tetreau, who is something of a writer. But they didn’t come to him much at all one evening early this month when he greeted about 140 supporters and well-wishers at Strive in Watts, a private after-school program for inner-city youths.

City Attorney Has Better Case to Make

Charles Crumpley wonders why L.A’s city attorney has vaulted into a fight between a bank and its customers.

L.A. Rides Chinese Wave

Los Angeles is being transformed by an unprecedented wave of wealthy Chinese immigrants, Charles Crumpley notes, even if some decision makers haven’t much noticed.

Dad Goes to Bat for Fairness

Andrew Kugler just wanted to coach his daughter in a softball league. He never expected it would turn into a legal fight.

Pensions Leaving Cities in Holes

Why aren’t potholes filled? Charles Crumpley says maybe because cities are spending too much on pensions.

Greece Trip Finds Shaq at Road Loss

As the longest tenured photographer working for the National Basketball Association, 57-year-old Andrew Bernstein has seen his share of playoff action.

Ex-Mayor Pushes It With Trainer

Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is certainly fit for whatever challenge he takes on next – at least physically.

Wrong Prescription

Charles Crumpley renders a second opinion on the state attorney general’s decision regarding a hospital sale.

Beginners for First Time Again

Samantha Barbera found herself rocking out, again, at the Austin, Texas, music festival South by Southwest last month.

Lawsuit Comes to Reel Life

When Brentwood lawyer E. Randol “Randy” Schoenberg decided to help a family friend retrieve a painting stolen by the Nazis during World War II, some joked that the tale could be made into a movie.

Passing Propane Torch

When Julie Johnson entered the propane business founded by her father 30 years ago, she stood out as one of the few women in a male-dominated industry. And it was her father who had to mentor her so she could take over one day, making sure the men in the industry respected her.

Vet Publicist Owns Up to Mistake of Selling Firm

PR: Michael Levine talks brief retirement, returning to 30-plus-year career.

Industry vet Michael Levine has reworked his retirement plan after returning to the helm of his namesake firm.

Can’t Get a Brake On Chinese Bike

Adam Xavier thought riding a motorcycle in Los Angeles was scary, until he took a trip to China last summer.

Offering Different Look at Haiti

Bryn Mooser’s love for Haiti runs deep.

Tech Pop 2.0 Bubbling Up?

As talk of a possible pop in a tech bubble intensifies, Charles Crumpley frets about the fate of Silicon Beach.

Needing Break From Vacation

For years, Nicole Pollard Bayme has taken vacation advice from a close friend. But a recent trip to Nicaragua was enough to make her reconsider.

Lawyer Books Side Job as Author

Rumors started swirling that Michael Kun must have died after he published his first novel in 1990.

Hearing Execs Speak Volumes on Trip

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.

Electric Shock

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

Will School Board Ever Learn?

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

More ‘Wars’ Than ‘Star’ at Event Bar

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.

Taxing Concerns

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

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