Coast Not Entirely Clear at Ports

Charles Crumpley
Editor of the Los Angeles Business Journal

Some good news came out of the ports last week. During an on-stage meeting in Long Beach, the president of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union – representing labor – and the president of the Pacific Maritime Association – representing shipping lines and terminal operators and, therefore, management – surprised the crowd when both expressed […]

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Arrested Development?

Charles Crumpley
Editor of the Los Angeles Business Journal

When we reflect on the remarkable revival and development that’s occurred in such places as Downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood and Venice in recent years, we seldom think of this: Dramatically lower crime rates made that gentrification possible. If you’re younger than, say, 35, you probably don’t remember the so-called crack epidemic. That’s when urban areas […]

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Parking Up the Wrong Tree

Charles Crumpley
Editor of the Los Angeles Business Journal

You may have heard that Assemblyman Mike Gatto of Los Angeles recently proposed what he called a “Parking Bill of Rights” to bring some relief to long-abused motorists. When I read that, my heart started racing. I was a little unsure of what to do since it’s been more than 200 years since we last […]

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Oscar ‘Race’ a Global Issue

Charles Crumpley
Editor of the Los Angeles Business Journal

As you probably know, a big controversy erupted in Hollywood in the last couple of weeks because no African-American actors were nominated for an Academy Award this year, for the second year in a row. A lot of the news coverage focused on the fact that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is […]

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Stop the War on Drivers

Charles Crumpley
Editor of the Los Angeles Business Journal

Just in case you had any doubt, it’s now clear that California’s war on drivers has escalated. Three weeks ago, for example, Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill that would have allowed all motorists to use the carpool lane on two L.A. freeways during off-peak times. That may have seemed to you like an easy, […]

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Should’ve Left Markets Alone

Charles Crumpley
Editor of the Los Angeles Business Journal

Who’s to blame for the Haggen grocery disaster? Haggen last week announced it was pulling out of California, Arizona and Nevada, abandoning most of the 146 Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions groceries it bought early this year. Haggen blames Albertsons and has sued it. Plenty of others blame Haggen, saying the small chain had no business […]

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What’s That Crippled Refinery Cost You? $3 Billion … And Counting

Charles Crumpley
Editor of the Los Angeles Business Journal

A couple of weeks ago, the Los Angeles Business Journal reported that Californians have paid almost $3 billion extra for gasoline since February. Why? Because regulators have balked about allowing a refinery in Torrance, crippled by an explosion, to patch the damage and boost operations. Now, as the Los Angeles Times reportedWednesday, ExxonMobil Corp. has scrapped its […]

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Taxis Losing Fare Fight

Charles Crumpley
Editor of the Los Angeles Business Journal

I totally get how taxi companies and taxi drivers despise Uber, Lyft and the other ridesharing companies. After all, taxi drivers typically must meet training, licensing and other vetting standards while ridesharing drivers are largely excused from all that, other than passing a criminal background check and having the right insurance and a nice car. […]

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Coming Clean on Energy Costs

Charles Crumpley
Editor of the Los Angeles Business Journal

When the Obama administration revealed a plan last week to force power plants to dramatically cut carbon emissions, some Californians gloated. “Climate plan should be a breeze for California,” read a front-page headline in the Los Angeles Times. The thrust: California has been throttling carbon emissions for years. We’re way ahead in all this. Well, […]

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States Call ‘Cut’ on Film Credits

Charles Crumpley
Editor of the Los Angeles Business Journal

In case you hadn’t noticed, all those generous film tax credits that other states lavished on TV and film producers are on the retreat. They haven’t cratered as dramatically as, say, Donald Trump’s presidential prospects, but they’re definitely dwindling. Just three years ago, 40 states extended some form of a gimme to Hollywood producers, but […]

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