Los Angeles Business Journal

Pensions Leaving Cities in Holes

Why aren’t potholes filled? Charles Crumpley says maybe because cities are spending too much on pensions.

Greece Trip Finds Shaq at Road Loss

As the longest tenured photographer working for the National Basketball Association, 57-year-old Andrew Bernstein has seen his share of playoff action.

Wrong Prescription

Charles Crumpley renders a second opinion on the state attorney general’s decision regarding a hospital sale.

Ex-Mayor Pushes It With Trainer

Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is certainly fit for whatever challenge he takes on next – at least physically.

Beginners for First Time Again

Samantha Barbera found herself rocking out, again, at the Austin, Texas, music festival South by Southwest last month.

Lawsuit Comes to Reel Life

When Brentwood lawyer E. Randol “Randy” Schoenberg decided to help a family friend retrieve a painting stolen by the Nazis during World War II, some joked that the tale could be made into a movie.

Vet Publicist Owns Up to Mistake of Selling Firm

PR: Michael Levine talks brief retirement, returning to 30-plus-year career.

Industry vet Michael Levine has reworked his retirement plan after returning to the helm of his namesake firm.

Passing Propane Torch

When Julie Johnson entered the propane business founded by her father 30 years ago, she stood out as one of the few women in a male-dominated industry. And it was her father who had to mentor her so she could take over one day, making sure the men in the industry respected her.

Can’t Get a Brake On Chinese Bike

Adam Xavier thought riding a motorcycle in Los Angeles was scary, until he took a trip to China last summer.

Offering Different Look at Haiti

Bryn Mooser’s love for Haiti runs deep.

Tech Pop 2.0 Bubbling Up?

As talk of a possible pop in a tech bubble intensifies, Charles Crumpley frets about the fate of Silicon Beach.

Needing Break From Vacation

For years, Nicole Pollard Bayme has taken vacation advice from a close friend. But a recent trip to Nicaragua was enough to make her reconsider.

Lawyer Books Side Job as Author

Rumors started swirling that Michael Kun must have died after he published his first novel in 1990.

Electric Shock

Charles Crumpley wonders why he’s still shocked by new costly proposals at the state level on regulating energy.

Hearing Execs Speak Volumes on Trip

Steven Sawalich, senior director of global media and philanthropy at Starkey Hearing Foundation in Playa Vista, has traveled to 75 countries during his time at the non-profit, which delivers hearing aids to people in need.

Will School Board Ever Learn?

Charles Crumpley wonders why the L.A. school board, which could use management help, keeps telling businesses how to operate.

More ‘Wars’ Than ‘Star’ at Event Bar

JJ Abrams spent the past year in a galaxy far, far away directing the new “Star Wars” film, and it appears he might no longer be recognized in his hometown of Los Angeles.

Taxing Concerns

Charles Crumpley says that putting levies on services can be a taxing matter.

Exec Makes Waves During Meetings

Alex Boylan, season-two co-winner of CBS’ “The Amazing Race,” likes to take his work to the water.

Drinking in French Wineries’ Appeal

Plenty of L.A. lawyers claim to be into wine. Then there’s Matt Kanin.

Airport Shops a Tough Sell

Other than Chicago Dogs at Midway Airport, terminal concourse shops don’t sell much that Charles Crumpley wants to buy.

Chilly Reception for Packers Fan

Donald Bizub is such an avid Green Bay Packers football fan that he purposefully seeks out advisory clients in cities where the Packers will be playing in a given season.

Will Lack of Parking Stall Retail?

Downtown’s new quest to develop a bigger retail sector may be stalled by lack of parking, Charles Crumpley writes.

Expectant Dad to Feel Heat

Barry Knudson is expecting his first child in March with his wife, Kelsi. But before the baby arrives, Knudson, a beer enthusiast and casual home-brewer, concocted one more memorable batch: a spicy India pale ale.

Tech Vet Changes Focus With Photos

Swagbucks.com co-founder Scott Dudelson exited the company in July after it received a $60 million investment.

Bundles of Joy?

Dish’s new Sling offering has Charles Crumpley wondering if L.A.’s television producers face a hazier future.

Snow Jobs Fall Through

Born and raised in Southern California, Roy Jimenez has never had a “White Christmas.” In fact, he’s never even seen snow fall.

Star a Deal at Any Price

Filming the new low-budget movie “The Humbling” turned out to be a humbling experience for movie superstar Al Pacino.

Have Child, Will Travel

Being a new dad to a crying baby can be tough. But Erik Evens and his wife, Robin Lee, found a way to cope when their daughter was born six years ago.

On the Wrong Road

Angelenos can expect more traffic and higher rents, Charles Crumpley writes. Also, he pines for the good old days of….Frank McCourt?

New Leash on Life

As chief concierge, James Little, 49, is tasked with making guests at the Peninsula Beverly Hills happy.

Wall Street Raiders Lose Stock

Gordon Gekko was OK, but Charles Crumpley doesn’t like today’s activist investors.

Keeping Cool, Kosher

Ryan McKim is actually kind of a morning person. But getting out of bed at 6 a.m. on a recent Sunday took some extra motivation.

‘Shark Tank’ Pitch a Wash

Alhambra “Dadpreneur” Ray Phillips was merely looking for a way to make baths more fun for children.

Brand, New Problems

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Comment: Charles Crumpley wonders if American Apparel is losing its strong brand.

Travel Has Vintage Appeal

When Grant Kirkpatrick, partner at architecture firm Kirkpatrick Architects in Marina del Rey, decided to make his four-acre plot of land in Paso Robles into a vineyard seven years ago, his wife, Shaya, had an idea.

Smile and Say ‘Cheese’

Six years ago, Jamie Siminoff’s newborn son, Oliver, was diagnosed with a rare genetic condition that prevents him from metabolizing the sugar found in dairy products.

Surfer Goes for Broke

A surfer for 14 years, MomentFeed Chief Executive Robert Blatt, 54, woke up before dawn about a month and a half ago to hit the waves at Topanga State Beach.

Road Less Traveled

It’s going to get pretty bumpy for Sara Rotman next year. She’ll be hitting the road as an off-road race driver.

McDonnell for Sheriff

The Business Journal finds Jim McDonnell best suited to serve as L.A. Sheriff.

Lessons From LAUSD

For one day last month, Christopher Thornberg was principal at one of Los Angeles Unified School District’s most infamous schools.

Union’s Bad Medicine

The financially sick Daughters of Charity Health System could get well with a merger, writes Charles Crumpley, but a union doesn’t want that to happen.

Taking $64,000 Shot for Charity

At $64,000, it’s the most expensive shot of whiskey in the world.

Lenders Left at a Loss

Comment: The diminishing number of local banks and thrifts has Charles Crumpley feeling withdrawn.

Phone Hang-Up on Hold

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As chief executive of DesiHits, an L.A. music-focused digital media firm, Anjula Acharia-Bath connects pop stars such as Lady Gaga with audiences in India, and Bollywood stars with U.S. fans.

Lawyer Joins L.A.’s Farm Team

His life might not exactly mirror “Green Acres,” but L.A. native Jerrold “Jerry” Bregman could feel as if he’s starring in a reprise of the old TV show.

Shriver for County Supervisor

Business Journal gives nod to Bobby Shriver in county supervisor race.

Law of Jungle in Action

Mark Robinson knew when he embarked on an African safari this summer with his wife, Pamela, that he’d get to see all kinds of wildlife up close. But the executive director of Cushman & Wakefield’s Century City real estate brokerage never imagined just how close.

In a Family Way

In less than a year, David Fletcher went from being a single guy to married with two children.

Rough Road for Family

Ari Bass was one of many L.A. dads who spent a couple weeks in August driving a van on a family vacation.

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