City Attorney Has Better Case to Make

Charles Crumpley
Editor of the Los Angeles Business Journal

City attorneys are supposed to be lawyers to their cities. They advise city officials on legal matters, defend the city against lawsuits, write ordinances, prosecute city code violators. That kind of thing. But that job’s not nearly big enough for L.A.’s city attorney, Mike Feuer. He wants to be a crusading consumer advocate, a local […]

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L.A. Rides Chinese Wave

Charles Crumpley
Editor of the Los Angeles Business Journal

One of L.A.’s most reported stories is also one of its least appreciated or understood. That’s the influx of Chinese to this area. The No. 1 destination for Chinese immigrants to the United States: Los Angeles County, where 31 percent of them choose to land. In all, close to 4 million Chinese now live in […]

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Pensions Leaving Cities in Holes

Charles Crumpley
Editor of the Los Angeles Business Journal

The economy certainly has improved in California. L.A.’s unemployment rate, 7.6 percent last month, was down a full percentage point from a year earlier. Silicon Beach and Silicon Valley continue to burgeon. There’s such a flurry of building in Los Angeles County that construction costs are soaring, as we chronicled in last week’s Business Journal. […]

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Wrong Prescription

Charles Crumpley
Editor of the Los Angeles Business Journal

Kamala Harris is nothing if not a politician. And she demonstrated that with her politicized handling of the sale of the Daughters of Charity Health System. What should have been a clean transfer of ownership has become an embarrassment for the attorney general. Not to mention it could result in a loss of service to […]

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Electric Shock

Charles Crumpley
Editor of the Los Angeles Business Journal

Is Kevin de León trying to kill off what’s left of California’s manufacturing? He must. The leader of the California Senate a couple of weeks ago introduced a package of bills that call for a 50 percent reduction in petroleum use by cars and trucks and a 50 percent increase in energy efficiency in buildings, […]

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Will School Board Ever Learn?

Charles Crumpley
Editor of the Los Angeles Business Journal

That nutty L.A. school board is at it again. Nearly five years ago, the school board passed a resolution saying local car washes should support any unionizing efforts by their employees. I opined back then that since the Los Angeles Unified School District had such a dismal record of running its own business (the graduation […]

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What, Me Divide?

Charles Crumpley
Editor of the Los Angeles Business Journal

Divide California into six states? Now there’s a dumb idea. I mean, it took a lot of time and effort to make California the biggest, most ungovernable, least responsive state in the nation. And they expect us to give that up? California went from being among the best in education but now ranks 47th in […]

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Water Fears All Wet

Charles Crumpley
Editor of the Los Angeles Business Journal

You may have seen the article last week about how Sacramento now has water cops who patrol neighborhoods issuing tickets to wastrels who are caught “overwatering” their lawns or hosing down their driveways. And be warned: Los Angeles is expected to have four such water cops by this summer. This is the latest overreaction that […]

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Up For The Count

Charles Crumpley
Editor of the Los Angeles Business Journal

Among the most-cited statistics by L.A. business leaders is this: We have fewer jobs right now in Los Angeles County than we did in 1990, even though the population has grown by 1 million people since then. But they may not be able to trot out that line at local luncheon speeches much longer. That’s […]

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To Watch or Not to Watch

Charles Crumpley
Editor of the Los Angeles Business Journal

I hope DirecTV and Charter and all the other non-Time Warner pay-TV carriers don’t buckle. They should hold out. They should not be bludgeoned into paying a huge extra amount just to broadcast the new Dodgers channel. I mean, the whole situation is kind of outrageous. Wait. What am I saying? I’m a customer of […]

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