Los Angeles Business Journal

READER POLL: Reports that Mattel may be in merger talks brings up an old question: Do you hate to see a big local company get bought by an out-of-town one?

Reports that Mattel may be in merger talks brings up an old question: Do you hate to see a big local company get bought by an out-of-town one?

Number of Reasons to Start Scholarship

Most people who start a scholarship fund do so in the mid- to late stages of their successful career.

READER POLL: When the Expo Line to Santa Monica opens in May, you will

When the Expo Line to Santa Monica opens in May, you will

Parking Up the Wrong Tree

An assemblyman’s Parking Bill of Rights needs an important amendment, Charles Crumpley writes.

Passion for Cars Shifts Gears

When Paran Johar gets ready to drive to work, he has his pick of impressive autos: a Mercedes, Jaguar, Chevrolet Camaro convertible and custom Triumph, among others.

Oscar ‘Race’ a Global Issue

Charles Crumpley opines on why no black actors were nominated for Oscars.

Side Gig Offers Bass-Line Satisfaction

Andrew Thomas, 44, says he enjoys nothing more than the sight of a dance floor filled with women and men grooving to the beat.

Taking Pass on NFL Debate

Charles Crumpley is relieved the city didn’t have to debate whether the return of football would be good for the economy.

Law Career Yields Passport to Berlin

This New Year’s was one to remember for entertainment executive Steve Nissen.

Life Left in Biotech?

Charles Crumpley doesn’t think it’s too giant a leap for MannKind to find success, despite last week’s breathtaking news.

Wrong Brand of Awkwardness

It can be hard to know you’re wearing a designer knockoff, unless the designer points it out.

Mount Rainier Climb Gets a Little Hairy

When Coby King, 55-year-old chief executive of downtown L.A. PR firm High Point Strategies was planning to scale the tallest mountain in Washington state, he didn’t need much help.

Court Hounds Out Homes

Big real estate developments may be a thing of the past in California, Charles Crumpley writes.

Cool Treat Loses Heat

Tale of frozen yogurt chain Pinkberry will offer cold comfort to firms looking to maintain their heat, warns Charles Crumpley.

Planting Flag in Pacific Palisades

Soon after businessman Jake Steinfeld became honorary mayor of Pacific Palisades, friends at a party joked that one of his first acts should be to invade Malibu.

Local Businesses Still Have Friends

Charles Crumpley points out that there are places in Los Angeles where a business can get a friendly reception.

New Age for Vet Actress

While making his first film, Matteo Mosterts had to convince actress Linda Gray to don aging makeup and a gray wig to play a 75-year-old aristocrat.

Hotel’s Rooms for Dessert

Federico Fernandez, executive pastry chef at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, has tackled plenty of sugar-related challenges in his time – including a seven-tiered wedding cake.

Lakers’ Woes? It’s the Owner, Stupid

Who’s most to blame for the Lakers’ woes? Charles Crumpley slams the guy at the top.

China’s Xi Plays Humor ‘Cards’

Mike Margolis didn’t know what to expect from the reception in Seattle welcoming Chinese President Xi Jinping to America.

Spielbergs’ ‘Bridge’ to Past

Ace director Steven Spielberg turned to his own father for research assistance on his latest film.

Football Divides Loyalties

Culver City commercial real estate broker Joe Clarke has long been a fantasy football fanatic.

Minimum Benefit for Wait Staff

Tipped employees may have gotten shorted in the minimum wage ordinance, Charles Crumpley writes.

NFL Mom Splits Screens for Sons

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.

Blame Game? Pretty Lame

The shameless art of blaming your predecessor has Charles Crumpley pointing fingers.

Fear Arrives on Cue

It feels like Halloween every day for the L.A. composer of creepy Showtime TV horror series “Penny Dreadful.”

Good Medicine?

All those laid-off workers from Kythera could start businesses and refresh L.A.’s biopharmaceutical sector, Charles Crumpley writes.

Quiet on Vacation Plan

Local investment banker Austin Khan was tired of his vacations turning into extended workdays.

Charity Dealt Strong Hand

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.

Stop the War on Drivers

Charles Crumpley is driven to distraction by California’s war on motorists.

Looking to Do Well With Water

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.

Falling in Love Becomes Reality

Heather Bilyeu, 30, grew up in the real estate business, watching her father build custom homes in Las Vegas.

Should’ve Left Markets Alone

The FTC’s weird obsession with phantom monopolies caused the Haggen grocery disaster, Charles Crumpley opines.

Exec Proves Pedal Mettle

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.

Troubling Times

Austin Beutner’s dismissal from the Los Angeles Times has Charles Crumpley reading between the lines to figure out why.

Little Shot of History for Brother

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.

Fit to Be Recognized

When Phillip Maltin agreed to be filmed working out for a P90X video about eight years ago, he never thought he’d become famous.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Watered-Down Cycling Vacation

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

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.

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