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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Wage Creep

Charles Crumpley
Editor of the Los Angeles Business Journal

Regardless of where you stand on the living-wage issue in Los Angeles, you’ve got to admit this: Living-wage proponents have a terrific strategy. The eventual goal of labor interests is to impose a citywide living wage (which now stands at more than $15 an hour, almost double the minimum wage). But if they push for […]

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Traffic Fix? Nothing Is Easier

Charles Crumpley
Editor of the Los Angeles Business Journal

What’s the best thing we can do to relieve L.A.’s traffic? I’m starting to think that the answer to that question is to do nothing. Yes, nothing at all. Kick back. Chill out. Wait. The reason: driverless cars are coming. Oh, sure, they’re a few years off at least, but when they do arrive, and […]

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Spaced Out in the Open

Charles Crumpley
Editor of the Los Angeles Business Journal

Walk into one of the startup tech companies in L.A.’s Silicon Beach and you’re likely to see young workers lined up along folding tables where they’re tapping away on laptops and chatting with one another. It’s called the open-plan office, and we’re told that it’s all so wonderfully communal and collaborative, everyone working close together […]

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California Can No Longer Coast

Charles Crumpley
Editor of the Los Angeles Business Journal

Poor Gov. Jerry Brown. He apparently still thinks it’s the 1970s. He’s been saying lately that California’s progressive legislation – environmentalism, greater rights for immigrants, wealth redistribution – is setting the trend for the entire nation. A template for all to follow. “We can do a lot of things in California to shift the (political) […]

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CEQA’s Union Shop of Horrors

Charles Crumpley
Editor of the Los Angeles Business Journal

If you operate a business in California, you’ve probably heard of CEQA horror stories – about how it delays construction projects and makes them far more expensive. Heck, you may have passed around a few of those stories, too, since the business sector’s disgust with CEQA has attained an almost mythic status. It’s the state […]

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A Jolt of Higher Rates

Charles Crumpley
Editor of the Los Angeles Business Journal

Electricity and other energy rates in California are going up. That much we know. How much are they going up? Ahh, that’s what we don’t know. In fact, we have no idea. The California Energy Commission has projected electricity will cost 26 percent to 42 percent more by 2020. But it could go much higher. […]

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Solar Costs Not So Hot

Charles Crumpley
Editor of the Los Angeles Business Journal

You may have seen the spoof ad on the Internet in which a well-dressed, middle-age white man plays an executive. “Here at Southern California Edison,” he says, smoothly and confidently, “we’re committed to rooftop solar energy. And by committed, I mean we’re committed to keeping solar panels off your roof.” It’s kind of amusing if […]

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Too Many Dumbbells?

Charles Crumpley
Editor of the Los Angeles Business Journal

Santa Monica has gotten all exercised about fitness classes in public parks. The City Council there hates them, thinks there are too many and now wants to make them pay and pay big. But you have to wonder what it is, exactly, that the city hates. Exercise? I don’t think so. I think there’s something […]

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