Mike Margolis didn’t know what to expect from the reception in Seattle welcoming Chinese President Xi Jinping to America.
Ace director Steven Spielberg turned to his own father for research assistance on his latest film.
Culver City commercial real estate broker Joe Clarke has long been a fantasy football fanatic.
Tipped employees may have gotten shorted in the minimum wage ordinance, Charles Crumpley writes.
If you look carefully at the crowd during a Cleveland Browns or New York Giants football game, you might spot Olivia Goodkin gazing at her iPad instead of the action on the field.
The shameless art of blaming your predecessor has Charles Crumpley pointing fingers.
It feels like Halloween every day for the L.A. composer of creepy Showtime TV horror series “Penny Dreadful.”
All those laid-off workers from Kythera could start businesses and refresh L.A.’s biopharmaceutical sector, Charles Crumpley writes.
Local investment banker Austin Khan was tired of his vacations turning into extended workdays.
Ron Burkhardt, managing director at Newmark Grubb Knight Frank’s office in Century City, has worked with the nonprofit Autism Speaks on the real estate side since 2007, and has participated in its various walks and other fundraising events.
Charles Crumpley is driven to distraction by California’s war on motorists.
Manhattan Beach resident Larry Johnson said he took one look at a black-and-white photo of young African girls balancing huge containers of water on their heads while walking to and from watering holes so many times a day they couldn’t go to school – and he decided to do something about it.
Heather Bilyeu, 30, grew up in the real estate business, watching her father build custom homes in Las Vegas.
The FTC’s weird obsession with phantom monopolies caused the Haggen grocery disaster, Charles Crumpley opines.
Terrell Mathews had never ridden a bicycle more than a couple of miles at a time – on flat ground while riding a beach cruiser, no less.
Austin Beutner’s dismissal from the Los Angeles Times has Charles Crumpley reading between the lines to figure out why.
Shortly after Osama bin Laden was killed, Brad Burlingame, chief executive of Visit West Hollywood, received a small but meaningful gift: a CIA shot glass.
When Phillip Maltin agreed to be filmed working out for a P90X video about eight years ago, he never thought he’d become famous.
Walt Disney Co. reached into its storied past to find the perfect song to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Disneyland.
Chief executive during the week, off-road truck racer on the weekends. That’s how Greg Adler spends most of his time.
Grade inflation is bad for L.A.’s diners since the county routinely gives A ratings to questionable restaurants, Charles Crumpley writes.
What ridesharing companies are doing to taxis isn’t fair, Charles Crumpley writes. But business isn’t supposed to be fair.
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.
Charles Crumpley is shocked by California’s electricity rates, which seem destined to charge even higher.
For the next couple of weeks, Paul Grossman plans to start his workday around 6 p.m.
It’s safe to say Felicia Day, who’s often referred to as “queen of the geeks,” knows her way around the Internet.
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.
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.
Lack of safety features is keeping the Angles Flight grounded, but Charles Crumpley writes that the result is kind of dangerous.
Lauren Haas will never again misunderstand the meaning of “water resistant.”
Other states are cutting back their film incentives, but Charles Crumpley wonders how much that will improve L.A.’s production picture.
For Bob Parker, life has taken some dramatic turns recently.
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.
Charles Crumpley serves up some tough numbers to restaurants on customer satisfaction, courtesy of a survey.
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.”
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.
A brief encounter with tech billionaire Elon Musk three years ago wound up being financially fortuitous for David Murphy.
Downtown Los Angeles is thriving, sure, but that’s not hurting the popularity of the suburbs, Charles Crumpley writes.
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.
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.
Santa Monica resident Dan Estes develops mobile apps as a hobby and he just created one that turns users into activists against water waste.
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.
New ways to cut back on water use are drying up, writes Charles Crumpley, as homeowners make sacrifices.
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.
Adrian Watson had been thinking of attending the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight since the matchup was first floated years ago.
The fact that Los Angeles now has more than 50 billionaires is a good thing, Charles Crumpley writes.
Charles Crumpley wonders why L.A’s city attorney has vaulted into a fight between a bank and its customers.
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.
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.
Andrew Kugler just wanted to coach his daughter in a softball league. He never expected it would turn into a legal fight.
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