Los Angeles Business Journal

Things to Do in Denver When You’re on Radio

L.A. public radio host Jesse Thorn had been thinking for some time about what it would feel like to give away 1,000 ice-cream cones.

Bean There, Done That

Pam Mizuno was excited to be named one of Ernst & Young’s Earthwatch Ambassadors.

Lots and Lots of ‘Bad’ Bets

The final season of AMC’s cult TV series “Breaking Bad” returns later this month with many questions to be answered and fates revealed.

Back to Roots – the Long Way

Call it the ultimate road trip.

Giving It a Rest


A recent visit from media mogul Arianna Huffington to the Miracle Mile offices of media-buying agency Universal McCann has had the firm buzzing, about – of all things – getting more ZZZ’s.

Putting Some Silicon Beach Sand Into Volleyball

The yearly Silicon Beach Fest, highlighting the local tech community, might showcase L.A.’s business presence on the Internet, but a concurrent tradition shows off L.A. tech’s prowess at a different net.

Every Gracious Golfer Deserves a Drink

David Johnson, chief operating officer for Fireman’s Brew Inc. in Canoga Park, plays a game of golf the way he sips a cold beer: slow and steady, savoring the experience.

Information Superhighway Crash

Charles Crumpley writes that the ride-share app companies will have a rough road in Los Angeles.

No Longer a Rarity


Women will keep rising through the exec ranks; it’s just a matter of time, according to Charles Crumpley.

Taking Team-Building to Extreme

“Team-building exercises” used to mean holding hands and singing “Kumbaya.”

Let’s Do Lunch - Or Maybe Not

Let’s do lunch, Charles Crumpley says. Well, maybe not: the traffic’s too awful.

Bank Veep Calls Other Shots, Too

When customers of Boston Private Bank & Trust Co. in Pasadena meet with Chuck White, they’ll hear a familiar voice – if they’re UCLA or Clippers fans.

Grounded at Takeoff?


Startup airline Surf Air seemed so promising but now appears likely to be a dud, Charles Crumpley writes.

If You Say It, You’ve Got to Play It


Ben M. Davidson’s friends were surprised to see him quoted in Bloomberg Businessweek’s cover story last month about the collapse of global law firm Howrey.

Attorney, Heal Thyself


Don’t kill the state law called Micra: It has been a life saver for California’s medical industry, Charles Crumpley writes.

Rival Business Lobbyists? Oh, Brother!


L.A. personal injury attorney and liberal Democrat Brian Kabateck has long been at political odds with his younger brother John, a Republican who heads the California chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business.

They Made It Interesting

You don’t have to do anything extraordinary to achieve great wealth, Charles Crumpley writes. Just do the ordinary better.

More Than Just Meat Wagon

Jim Cascone didn’t realize becoming a partner at Huntington Meats & Sausages at the Farmers Market in L.A.’s Fairfax District a decade ago also meant inheriting a shiny new hobby: owning a collectible car.

Let’s Go Surfing Now — But Watch Out for the Stingray

When Eric Sikola’s company, ExpenseCloud, moved to its new Santa Monica office last year, he instituted the most Santa Monica-appropriate worker perk possible: surfing lessons.

Startup Goals Stay Private


L.A.’s tech companies are creating many things, but public stock probably won’t be among them, Charles Crumpley writes.

When Caruso Sings ...

Rick Caruso is many things. Developer. Billionaire. Philanthropist. But he’s no Enrico Caruso.

Disney Success Bit of a Marvel

Charles Crumpley thinks the bold decisions from the Mouse House stand as good examples for pipsqueak managers.

Taking Bigger Role in Casa

When a non-profit that advocates for foster children lost its government funding, the group found a friend in Frank Addante.

Building Side Career in Show Biz


Developer Andrew Meieran is plenty busy. He owns downtown L.A. nightclub the Edison and has undertaken the multiyear, multimillion-dollar redo of the nearby Clifton’s Cafeteria.

Too Many Dumbbells?


Charles Crumpley is pretty exercised about the city of Santa Monica’s proposal to make outdoor fitness classes pay big fees to the city.

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Hollywood Surprise


It’s a mighty tall order to accept the height of Millennium Hollywood’s proposed towers, Charles Crumpley writes.

License to Lease


For those who don’t know commercial real estate, the license plate on Paul Sablock’s GMC Suburban doesn’t mean much. It reads 32FTCLR.

Higher Ed’s Expensive Lessons

Nobody seems able to bring down the higher cost of higher education, but Charles Crumpley has a thesis on how to make college affordable.

Pushing Pedals With His Mettle

Spinmeister by day, spinmeister by night.

Right Tools for Escaping Poverty

Charles Crumpley revives his praise for non-profit KickStart International’s business model, which lifts people out of poverty

Part-Time Biker Keeps It Together

A few months back, when Storage Mobility Inc. exec Ben Orze was visiting his family in Arizona, he decided to go out for a motorcycle ride.

Still Clicking With Penn State

Dick Lippin, founder and chairman-CEO of L.A.-based entertainment PR agency Lippin Group, said he owes a lot of his success to his alma mater, Penn State.

Jumping Through Hoops at Office

March Madness is spreading through offices everywhere and employment attorney Lonnie Giamela couldn’t be happier.

Y’All Wanna Buy a House?

Not only can Texas tout its low tax rates, but it now can brag that it has the most affordable house prices, Charles Crumpley writes.

Lawyer Tunes Up Silver Lake Home

When entertainment attorney Jordan Bromley bought a house on Effie Street in Silver Lake in 2010, he realized that a half-dozen musicians he represented lived within a few blocks.

See You in 15 Years?

L.A.’s business community has cause for optimism after last week’s mayoral primary results.

Keeping It Briefs for Viral Video Success

Greg Fass at MeUndies knew he had to jump on the “Harlem Shake” fad as fast as possible.

Ins and Outs of Meditation

Neal Baer has plenty of reasons to take a break and engage in some deep, balanced breathing.

A Way Out for California?

Charles Crumply digs the prospects the Monterey Shale oil formation could hold for California.

Lawyer in Luxury Driver’s Seat

Tim Lappen is living the car lover’s dream.

Making Play for Barbie’s Malibu Dream House

Josh Altman, a 33-year-old real estate broker to the stars and cast member of the Bravo reality TV series “Million Dollar Listing,” recently landed the ultimate celebrity client: Barbie.

Punishing a Principled Stand

Charles Crumpley sees the LAX chamber headed in the right direction on moving the airport’s runway.

Tech Talk Plugs Into Political Arena

Startups Uncensored, Jason Nazar’s monthly coffee klatch, is normally a tech industry affair.

Tax Opposition Crosses Aisle

Charles Crumpley wonders why DreamWorks Animation is a public company, and he congratulates a state tax panel – for angering Democrats and Republicans.

Two Thumbs Way Down

Movie industry critic Charles Crumpley would like to pull the red carpet out from under the Oscars.

Dress Rehearsal a Must for Costume Designer

Costume designer Luke Reichle has good, basic advice for his star clients as they get ready for awards shows: Lay out your outfit in advance. Preparation is the best way to avoid last-minute, red-carpet emergencies.

‘Shark’ Bite Tough to Swallow

COMMENT – Charles Crumpley is troubled that the producers of “Shark Tank” take a bite out of contestants.

Sharpening the Cuts

California may feel the heat as other states cut taxes to lure businesses, Charles Crumpley writes.

You Can’t Keep a Good Car Down

Peter Mullin has had a lifelong enthusiasm for cars.

Leveling Off Multilevel Marketing

Charles Crumpley thinks it’s time that Herbalife Ltd. makes a healthy choice to abandon multilevel marketing.