2017? C’mon, It Was a Good Year

Charles Crumpley

Editor and Publisher of the San Fernando Valley Business Journal


I was taken aback to see the dour assessment of 2017 when news outlets did their usual year-in-review reports. If you believe the articles, last year was a decidedly bad one. What’s more, the outlook for 2018 came off as bleak I was taken aback because, well, 2017 seemed a particularly good year. And 2018? […]

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Disney’s Lack of Corporate Presence

Charles Crumpley

Editor and Publisher of the San Fernando Valley Business Journal


There’s one big rule for column writers: Take a stand; don’t be squishy. This is a heads-up that I’m going to violate that rule. More about that in a minute. The subject is the Walt Disney Co. You may have seen the Sept. 24 article in the Los Angeles Times – it was in the […]

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Business Friendly? California’s Moving Up!

Charles Crumpley

Editor and Publisher of the San Fernando Valley Business Journal


Finally! California did not rank dead last in a survey of business friendliness. According to a report released last week by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, California came in No. 47 in what was described as its “lawsuit climate.” Now you might not think No. 47 is all that great, but it seems […]

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Housing Shortage to End Soon. Maybe.

Charles Crumpley

Editor and Publisher of the San Fernando Valley Business Journal


The housing shortage. We’ve been hearing a great deal about that problem lately. It’s driving prices up and supposedly scaring away workers from our area. But the San Fernando, Santa Clarita and Antelope valley areas may get real relief in coming years. Why? Because the long-suffering Newhall Ranch project recently won an important approval. In […]

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Let’s Party Till (Almost) Dawn

Charles Crumpley

Editor and Publisher of the San Fernando Valley Business Journal


The San Fernando Valley area is great. In the entire Los Angeles area, it’s among the very best places to live and to work. But one thing it is not: party central. Be honest. If a visitor asks you for directions to the nearest hot spot, you’re likely to point toward Las Vegas. Now I […]

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Why State Tax Deduction Will Stand

Charles Crumpley

Editor and Publisher of the San Fernando Valley Business Journal


Articles and accounts about the possibility of federal tax reform typically conclude with this: Californians appear poised to get thumped. More than anyone else in the country. Indeed, if you’ve read such accounts about looming tax changes, you probably sighed and sorrowfully agreed that it seems logical, inevitable, close to absolute certitude that Californians, and […]

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PAGA: Funny Name, Dire Results

Charles Crumpley

Editor and Publisher of the San Fernando Valley Business Journal


If you do business in the San Fernando Valley area, you don’t have to look far to see some of the horror stories created by PAGA. PAGA is the California law that stands for the Private Attorney General Act. It allows private citizens to sue companies for labor code violations – the kinds of suits […]

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Disney’s ESPN Has Fallen and Can’t Get Up

Charles Crumpley

Editor and Publisher of the San Fernando Valley Business Journal


The biggest company in the San Fernando Valley – in fact, in the entire Los Angeles area – is the Walt Disney Co. So it’s increasingly alarming to see the company continue to fumble with ESPN, which is the biggest chunk of Disney’s biggest division. The sports channel accounted for the deeply disappointing portion of […]

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The New Assault on Part-Time Jobs

Charles Crumpley

Editor and Publisher of the San Fernando Valley Business Journal


A new proposal in Sacramento could beat up companies that depend on part-time workers. Called AB 5, the proposed bill is a roundhouse punch to all but very small companies because it pushes employers to transform part-time workers into full-time employees. It would make employers offer more hours to their part-time workers before hiring anyone […]

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Nestle’s Move Hard to Swallow

Charles Crumpley

Editor and Publisher of the San Fernando Valley Business Journal


It’s been a month since Nestle USA announced it was moving out of Glendale, and still it bothers me. Why? It occurred to me that Nestle’s publicly announced reason for moving to the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C. – to be nearer its vendors, factories and the like – doesn’t ring quite right. Oh, sure, […]

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