Why Are We Waiting Like This?

Charles Crumpley
Editor and Publisher of the San Fernando Valley Business Journal

We’ve all been sitting in our homes for five months now. We’re waiting for a vaccine. Many businesses are operating at a low level or not operating at all, waiting for a vaccine. Movie theaters are closed, in-person meetings aren’t being held, dine-in sections at restaurants are roped off, and air travel has been squeezed […]

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How L.A. Can Help its Businesses

Charles Crumpley
Editor and Publisher of the San Fernando Valley Business Journal

Local governments have been trying to help their residents through the coronavirus pandemic, and that’s great. But the city of Los Angeles has been particularly lax in helping its businesses. Here’s something meaningful the city of Los Angeles could do: declare a gross receipts tax holiday. In case you’re not familiar with it, the gross […]

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The City’s Shakedown Machine

Charles Crumpley
Editor and Publisher of the San Fernando Valley Business Journal

The unfolding corruption scandal involving Los Angeles City Hall denizens and real estate developers is absolutely shocking. On the other hand, it’s not at all surprising. It’s almost to be expected. Huh? I mean this: It’s shocking to read the details of the pay-for-play charges, including allegations of $1.5 million forked over to City Councilman […]

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Hey, Mayor, We Bent That Curve

Charles Crumpley
Editor and Publisher of the San Fernando Valley Business Journal

Weren’t we told we needed to go into an economic lockdown so that the hospitals wouldn’t be overwhelmed? And didn’t we all agree and obey? And haven’t we accomplished that goal spectacularly well? According the news coverage lately, hospitals are not being overrun. In fact, they’re seeing fewer patients than normal. The chief executive at […]

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Are We Doing the Right Thing Here?

Charles Crumpley
Editor and Publisher of the San Fernando Valley Business Journal

Here’s a question for you: What was the worst quarter economically in modern U.S. history? The gross domestic product plunged 10 percent in a steep but brief recession in the first three months of 1958, making that the worst quarter. The second worst came in the Great Recession when GDP fell 8.4 percent in the […]

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At Least Coronavirus Not as Disastrous as Spanish Flu

Charles Crumpley
Editor and Publisher of the San Fernando Valley Business Journal

The death rate from those who get the coronavirus is projected by some experts to be about 1 percent, although no one really knows yet. In any case, it is a bad one. Still, it is shaping up to be far less disastrous than the Spanish flu of 1918. According to some estimates, the death […]

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How the Virus May Change Us All

Charles Crumpley
Editor and Publisher of the San Fernando Valley Business Journal

Chances are, the coronavirus pandemic will forever change the way you do business. For one thing, business travel may be reduced. Already, Zoom is zooming; one report last week said videoconferencing traffic in North America and Asia has doubled since the outbreak began. Once execs finally see for themselves that meaningful interchange really can get […]

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Let’s Make Housing Scarcity Worse!

Charles Crumpley
Editor and Publisher of the San Fernando Valley Business Journal

You know what really irks me? It’s the fact that people keep acknowledging that housing is a “crisis” in California, then doing things to make it worse. Just last fall, the legislature passed statewide rent control, limiting increases for rental buildings more than 15 years old. While it is an understandable impulse to try to […]

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Tourists Could Visit Us. No, Really.

Charles Crumpley
Editor and Publisher of the San Fernando Valley Business Journal

Here’s one oddity about the San Fernando Valley: There’s a bounty of cool stuff to do and see and experience. Yet a tourism industry is next to nonexistent. Will that ever change? Will tourism one day thrive in the Valley area? Well, maybe, just maybe – if you cross your fingers and dream. More about […]

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Give Moms a Break or Suffer Costs

Charles Crumpley
Editor and Publisher of the San Fernando Valley Business Journal

I’ve asked a dozen or so business operators in recent months if they’ve created lactation rooms yet. Most of them have given me a blank stare, with several saying they were unaware of the new state law, which went into effect Jan. 1. Alas, inaction could be costly. The reason: If an employer does not […]

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