Behind the Scenes at a Family Run Dairy Farm and Memorable Christmas Gifts

December 16, 2013

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  Rockview Farms is a successful family run dairy in Downey, California – the last independently run dairy in California that distributes its own milk and owns its cows. Curt DeGroot gave me a tour of the dairy’s fluid processing plant and gave me his perspective on the southern California economy and why their business […]

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Walid Azami interview on his work with Tamar Braxton’s “Love and War” music video

November 21, 2013

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We often don’t get to meet the people behind the celebrities we see on TV, splashed across the magazine covers, or who appear larger-than-life on the Big Screens. Photographer-videographer and director Walid Azami was a pleasure to interview. I met him in West LA this week and wrote up his work on directing the Tamar […]

What I Learned from a Herd of Fiberglass Elephants in Dana Point

November 18, 2013

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Elephants with a picture of Lily Tomlin, a Betty Boop doll, and one carrying a surfboard were my focus yesterday at the Grand Auction of the 2013 Elephant Parade in Dana Point. The event really was a perfect combination of business involvement, art, and a global cause with tremendous cooperation and leadership from the City […]

My Week in Review: California’s Economy, Asian Elephants, Typhoon Haiyan, Black Friday

November 16, 2013

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California Economic Summit A week ago, I covered the 2013 California Economic Summit in Los Angeles and had the chance to visit with Kish Rajan, of GO-Biz. He put a positive spin on the business climate in California. Of course he does work for the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. I asked him […]

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A Bank in Los Angeles that Cares. Really?

October 29, 2013

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My interview the CEO of Banc of California, Steve Sugarman, is live on the Starting A Business Section of Running a Small Business.net and on my Examiner.com page. The Banc of California is tapping into communities around Southern California and Steve Sugarman told me the institution is far more flexible in its lending policies than […]

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Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Vision to Restore Los Angeles

October 19, 2013

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I wrote up Mayor Eric Garcetti’s speech to a group of San Fernando Valley business leaders and he painted an inspiring picture of what Los Angeles can be. The mayor said the city has “an embarrassment of riches” and says he’s moving internally to make Los Angeles a 21st century city. He trumpeted a neighborhood-by-neighborhood […]

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An Inspiring Entrepreneur and How He Recovered from a Health Crisis

October 19, 2013

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I had the good fortune to interview Yehuda Packer this week. He’s the CEO of a security systems company and in 2010 he found out he had a brain tumor. He was working with the LAPD and running his company. The story is an excellent example of why it’s necessary to have supportive people in […]

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