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

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.

Stop the War on Drivers

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

Falling in Love Becomes Reality

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

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.

Should’ve Left Markets Alone

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

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.

Troubling Times

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

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.

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