Charles Crumpley

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.

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

Phone: 818-316-3133 Extension: 127

Recent Stories

Thank you, Women of the Valley

Charles Crumpley finds businesswomen’s stories to be inspirational.

Special Report: Asian Entrepreneurs Month

Stories of Asian-American business owners in the San Fernando Valley region.

Hogtied Once Again at the Ranch

Hogtied once again at Tejon Ranch.

Plastic Utensils to Be Restricted

The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday unanimously passed an ordinance to make disposable utensils and napkins at restaurants available only by request from customers.

Burbank Locks Tinhorn Flats, and Again Owner Cuts It Off

The city of Burbank on Wednesday morning put a red tag of condemnation on the defiant Tinhorn Flats Saloon and Grill and padlocked its doors for a second time.

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The Showdown at Tinhorn Flats

Is this the Wild West or the San Fernando Valley? One local business news story in the last few weeks may make you wonder.

Padlocks Off of Defiant Restaurant – For Now

Padlocks were removed from the Tinhorn Flats bar and grille on Wednesday evening after the city of Burbank determined that it was a safety hazard to have the front doors locked when patrons had streamed through a breached side door and were dining inside the defiant restaurant.

Witt Resigns as Chair, Leaves Fernando Board

Randy Witt has resigned from the Fernando Award Foundation’s board and as its chair and chief executive.

In Pandemic, Dealmakers Survived

‘Many (brokers) successfully employed creativity and persistence to complete deals in a difficult year.’

Can’t Help It: I Love Entrepreneurs

‘The chance to be an entrepreneur is one of the greatest privileges this country has to offer.’

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