Los Angeles Business Journal

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Drinking in French Wineries’ Appeal

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

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.

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?

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.

New Leash on Life

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

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.

Wall Street Raiders Lose Stock

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

Brand, New Problems

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

‘Shark Tank’ Pitch a Wash

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

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.

McDonnell for Sheriff

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

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.

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.

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.

Lenders Left at a Loss

Comment: The diminishing number of local banks and thrifts has Charles Crumpley feeling withdrawn.

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.

Text Exec Sends Message

Dez White, founder of free ephemeral messaging app Invisible Text, is excited to head to New York this month to kick off her work with the Clinton Global Initiative.

Open to Opposing Views

Things got a little uncomfortable at the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce last week.

Taking Top Honors After Sub Mission

Mike Margolis drove down to San Diego with his family earlier this month to cheer on his oldest son, 18-year-old James Wu, who was participating in an unusual event: an international robo-sub competition.

Sharing Athletic Spirit

From soap opera extra to crew director, Steven Barber has had every job in the “biz” over the past 25 years.

What, Me Divide?

Why split the state into six small ones, Charles Crumpley asks, when it’s so much fun as a big dysfunctional mess?

Barbie Toys With Obsolescence

Barbie’s had many careers but Charles Crumpley thinks it’s time for Mattel to retire her.

High-Flying Bonds

Most people find a packed flight to be a disappointment, robbing them of the chance at being next to an empty seat. But Drew Zager sees a silver lining.

Mother’s Helper

Five years ago, Mother Co. founder and Chief Executive Abbie Schiller, 42, and her family decided to move in with her parents at her childhood home in Pacific Palisades to keep her then-fledgling children’s entertainment startup above water.

Follow the Bouncing Ball

Sandy Lechtick makes sure to exercise regularly when he’s not running Woodland Hills legal search firm Esquire Inc. But the 65-year-old is not much for golf or treadmills.

OK, Soccer Break’s Over...

Most bank executives wouldn’t brag about how many of their employees were watching sports during the workday. Then there’s Alan Rothenberg.

Inglewood for the Score?

An NFL stadium in Los Angeles? Maybe Inglewood would be the best place, Charles Crumpley opines.

Saying ‘Da’ to Business

Ilya Kuntsevich studied economics as a college student in Russia, but his training wasn’t exactly the industry standard for employees of big international companies.

Creative Economy’s Naked Truth

The sacking of Dov Charney points out how creative types still don’t fit well in straight-laced corporate America, Charles Crumpley writes.

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