Los Angeles Business Journal

Different Strokes

As a veteran trial lawyer, Dan Stephenson has seen plenty of high-stakes competition in bet-the-company cases.

Emily Litella Had It Right

Charles Crumpley plans to pay no never mind to the steady stream of health scares.

Making Friends

It’s not every day that a local business person gets to spend an hour with the president and the vice president in the White House, but that’s exactly what happened to Arnulfo “Arnold” Ventura.

Strike One for the Ports?

COMMENT: The strike at the port complex may be over, but Charles Crumpley thinks the real problems are just starting.

The strike at the port complex may be over, but Charles Crumpley thinks the real problems are just starting.

Little Light in Los Angeles


L.A.’s lame Christmas decorations haven’t put much holiday cheer in Charles Crumpley

Sweating the Sweet Stuff

Dentists warn their patients not to eat too much Halloween candy. But this year, Dr. Vijay Patel of Claremont decided to put his money where his mouth is.

Looking for Disney Clues

They might not hand out Mickey Mouse ears at the front door, but there’s a touch of the Magic Kingdom in the Bel Air Bar & Grill.

Business Not as Usual

Charles Crumpley checks out the new way of doing business in Silicon Beach, and he finds it bracing but a little scary.

Getting Beyond Nowhere

Charles Crumpley revives a call for a citywide coalition to help L.A. reach its goals.

Diving Into Fear

Years ago, accountant Barbara Rosenbaum came up with a quote that she has lived by: “Facing fear leads to courage, strength and powerful choices.”

L.A.’s Got You Covered

Charles Crumpley isn’t too upset that the porn industry may be regulated out of town.

Networking by Numbers

An all-day forum this Friday in Santa Monica will bring together all kinds of business people – entrepreneurs, crowdfunding experts, investors – from 10 countries all over the world.

Weighty Contribution

Sonny Astani knew a run-down gym with little more than some rusted free weights was no place for National Football League hopefuls.

No-Bank Blues

The rapidly dwindling number of bank startups has Charles Crumpley feeling withdrawn.

How to Build Schools and Prisons

Charles Crumpley sees agreement: Public-private partnerships are good for both sides, and for Los Angeles, too.

Long-Distance Kosher

Nir Weinblut, one of the premier local kosher chefs, recently returned from a trip to Dubai, where he cooked meals for some of the region’s pre-eminent dignitaries.

Quit Whining About Gas Prices

Stop complaining about high gasoline prices, Charles Crumpley writes. Californians wanted it that way.

Debit Card Deduction

Prepaid debit cards have moved so far into the mainstream that Charles Crumpley wonders if the industry will move out of Los Angeles.

Capital Idea

When Mike Zhang was a teenager, he never made it to Washington, D.C., to visit the White House and the national monuments as many students do.

A Case Where Justice Was Blind

Whew, that was close.

Mustang Detour

When KJ Jones scooped up a 1991 Ford Mustang for just $1,000 earlier this year, he figured he was merely getting a daily commuter car to take him from the San Fernando Valley to El Segundo, where he works as a technical editor at a magazine for enthusiasts, 5.0 Mustangs & Super Fords. But he got far more than that from his cheap ride.

A Moving Experience

Charles Crumpley is moved by a new report that says U-Hauls full of Californians are relocating to other states.

Done with Demand Letters

Charles Crumpley writes that business owners actually got something good from Sacramento last week.

Shoot First, Start Photo Business Later

By day, George T. Brandon is an executive with the downtown L.A. law firm Morris Polich & Purdy LLP. But at night, you might catch him among the throngs of photographers on the red carpet shooting Oprah Winfrey or Tom Cruise.

Stomp Out the Toms Shoes Model

Charles Crumpley would like to stamp out the business model started by Toms Shoes.

High Time to Rethink Privatizing

Lancaster’s inexpensive aerial surveillance plan has Charles Crumpley thinking lofty thoughts about how other cities can save money.

Real Estate Rock

Most people let loose on the weekends, but Peter Kay parties like a rock star.

No Reservations on Century Plaza

Charles Crumpley has high praise for the new plans to redevelop the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.

Long Way Down

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A few weeks ago, Fasha Mahjoor looked down from the top of an eight-story building and had quite a fright.

UCLA Hotel Reservations

Many businesses in Westwood have reservations about UCLA’s planned hotel, but Charles Crumpley thinks there’s a compromise.

From Property to Pageantry and Back

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For as long as Karen Baldwin can remember, the real estate business has played a supporting role in her life.

Major League Error for Dodgers?


Charles Crumpley is starting to wonder if the new Dodgers owners have a couple of strikes on them already

Shoe-Ins for Downtown L.A. Condos

An NBA ban may have been the best thing that ever happened to Ryan and Adam Goldston.

Soda Tax Idea Goes Flat

Charles Crumpley thinks soda taxes could just go pop.

DirecTV’s Fading Signal


Charles Crumpley wonders if DirecTV’s future is a little static-y.

Vote for the Queen

The London Olympic Games’ opening ceremony drew countless viewers, but there probably weren’t many in Los Angeles more enthusiastic than Dame Barbara Hay.

Channel the Latino Audience

The explosion of Latino media is putting an accent on L.A.’s business scene, Charles Crumpley notes.

Back on the Freeway Again

For 22 years, attorney Michael Jenkins, 59, worked at downtown L.A. law firm Richards Watson & Gershon. In fact, that’s where he met his attorney wife, Christi Hogin, 50. But because he lived in Manhattan Beach, he endured a tedious daily commute

Doing Some Fancy Footwork

In January of last year, attorney Sanford H. Perliss felt a sudden urge to start telling his old stories again – much to the chagrin of his 15-year-old son.

Today’s Special: Interruptions

COMMENT: Charles Crumpley wants a permanent break from wait staff interruptions

L.A. Gets Break on Broken Meters

You’ve just about arrived at the restaurant where you’re going to have a business lunch, and suddenly it looks as if this is your lucky day.

Living the Cowboy Dream

Ever since he was a child, Tom McDonald wanted to be a cowboy.

Leveraging Game-Changing Cliches

Commentary: As a business news journalist, I read lots of press releases from companies.

North Korean Missed Opportunity

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North Korea may not sound like a dream destination for most people, but then globe hopper Mickey Kantor isn’t most people.

Making Beautiful Music at Mattel

Mattel Inc. Chief Executive Bryan Stockton was what he calls a 'basement musician.'

Honor Us With Your Opinion

Charles Crumpley prizes your opinion on how to improve the award-winning Business Journal.

Hollywood Clicks With Microsoft

Charles Crumpley sees Microsoft’s recent moves as the curtain-raiser for the tech-giant’s deeper relationship with Hollywood.

Lawyer Still Game for Olympics

When Santa Monica-born Maidie Oliveau was a student at Georgetown University, she and some other California girls wanted to play volleyball competitively. But the Washington, D.C., school didn’t have a team in 1970, so she had to help start one, getting school approval and even overcoming some sartorial complications.

Street Vendors Lack Curb Appeal

You may have seen the article in the Los Angeles Times last week about the unusual audition in New York.

Burying Hatchet With Trump

Almost six years ago, when Richard “Skip” Bronson, 67, began writing about his development war with Donald Trump, he was looking for catharsis rather than a book deal – though he ended up with both.