Publisher & Editor
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.
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The Westfield Group is moving ahead with plans to remake the Westfield Promenade shopping center into a big mixed-use complex, including a sports facility that could house a minor league baseball team. But there is a small possibility that Amazon.com Inc. could choose the site as its second headquarters, seriously changing those plans.
There’s no doubt that Glendale’s DineEquity had a difficult 2017, what with unappetizing earnings, a departed chief executive and slowing traffic. Yet another low point was hit Friday when a leading stock-monitoring website put out a list showing that DineEquity was the worst-performing restaurant stock of the year.
2018 Book of Lists
This year’s ‘Valley Visionaries’ say our region can remain an ‘economic powerhouse’ – with some changes
The Walt Disney Co.’s possible purchase of the entertainment assets of 21st Century Fox may result in Robert Iger staying on as Disney’s chief executive, according to a report Wednesday in the Wall Street Journal.
Seven Valley-area leaders were honored for their community involvement at a luncheon event Thursday at the Hilton Woodland Hills hotel.
ONE MORE THING: Metro bureaucrats address business concerns with indifference.
ONE MORE THING: Disney’s so-so performance as corporate citizen.
Metro said Wednesday it has scheduled an additional meeting to hear the deepening concerns of more than 100 Van Nuys businesses that could be displaced by a proposed train maintenance yard that would be part of an expanded transit system.
Paul Davis, a civically involved small-business owner, on Saturday won the Fernando Award, considered the top honor for volunteerism in the San Fernando Valley and one of the top such awards in the country.
ONE MORE THING: Newhall development could end L.A.’s housing crisis.
Businesspeople irate about California’s so-called PAGA law got a sympathetic hearing Wednesday from Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian during a breakfast meeting organized by the Valley Industry and Commerce Association.
ONE MORE THING: Disney doesn’t have a game plan for ESPN, but ABC has a new star.
Van Nuys Airport takes off with the business world’s increasing use of private jets.
Newly proposed AB 5 is no friend to businesses dependent on part-time workers.
Nestle’s relocation could say a lot about the state; California needs to spend more on infrastructure.
MannKind Corp.’s sales effort fails to deliver, so far; California’s secession threats show divisions between right and left.
Possible costs of legalizing marijuana; lower-cost neighborhoods should attract businesses from L.A.’s costliest areas.
Directors of New Horizons on Wednesday announced the appointment of Roschell Ashley as its interim chief executive officer effective Jan. 1.
Three Olympic events will be held in the San Fernando Valley if Los Angeles hosts the 2024 Olympics, the chief of the game-luring committee said Friday.
Finding the integrity in L.A.’s Neighborhood Integrity Initiative.
The November ballot is crammed with issues, but businesspeople already are fretting about the following election. At least, the so-called Neighborhood Integrity Initiative, which is to be on the March 7 ballot in Los Angeles, got a big share of the attention – and opposition to it got the most applause – at a chamber luncheon Thursday.
L.A. needs to get mad about traffic congestion; why businesses like Proposition 54.
If the group Save the Canyon cancels a proposed hotel, it could result in more development.
VICA lunch with L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer falls short on substance; locally-based restaurant chains serve up opposite stories.
DineEquity, the Glendale-based operator of Applebee’s and IHOP restaurants, on Wednesday reported a worse-than-expected dip in revenue in the second quarter amid disappointing same-restaurant sales.
In what may be its final earnings report as a stand-alone company, ReachLocal on Friday announced a second-quarter net loss that was much narrower than a year ago.
Frustration, or perhaps desperation, broke into the open Tuesday afternoon when city and county officials tried to explain new minimum wage ordinances to Valley-area business operators who said they were exasperated with the suddenness, complications and expense of the new rules.
Government’s well-intended regulations may have driven small public companies to new, larger owners.
Massive debt, tanking oil prices, Brexit and lastly a mini-tender offer tell a bad-luck story for California Resources Corp.
Will Mannkind’s second attempt at selling its insulin inhaler directly to doctors repeat past failures or will new factors make a difference?