Los Angeles Business Journal

Charles weighs in each week with his opinion - his "Comment" - about local business. While he pats the heads of those who make prescient or brave decisions, he's not afraid to kick the shins of businesses that make dunderheaded moves or governments that interfere with free markets. It can be newsy, it can be opinionated, or it can be funny, but the Comment column is always about business in Los Angeles County.

Charles Crumpley has been a reporter, writer or editor for 30 years, mostly with daily newspapers. He was born and raised in Kansas City, MO, and worked for years for the Kansas City Star, mainly as a senior financial writer. He was the editor of the business news section for two daily newspapers, including the New Orleans Times-Picayune. He has won four national journalism awards and studied Japanese banking and business practices in Tokyo as a senior Fulbright scholar. He has been editor of the Los Angeles Business Journal since January 2006.

He can be reached at (323) 549-5225, ext. 208, or by email: ccrumpley@labusinessjournal.com.

Recent Stories

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.

Fear Arrives on Cue

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

Blame Game? Pretty Lame

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

Quiet on Vacation Plan

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

Good Medicine?

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

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.

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.

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