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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Taking Action Against Brain Tumors in Orange County

September 20, 2013

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The Orange County Brain Tumor Walk is an inspiring event that shows the value of battling a disease. Families in Orange County who have relatives or friends living with brain tumors or need support can turn to the event taking place tomorrow September 21 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim. Nearly 700,000 people in the United […]

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Pray for an Adoptive Mom and Dad Jailed in the Middle East Country of Qatar

August 25, 2013

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I’m writing about Matt and Grace Huang this morning and I’ll probably write about them a few times per month. They are in jail in the country of Qatar where Matt was working on an engineering project through a Colorado-based engineering company. Matt and Grace’s 8-year-old special needs daughter adopted from an African country died […]

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Organic Foods Home Delivery

August 19, 2013

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Organic food aficionados in Orange County should note that Winder Farms is expanding the home delivery of organic foods. I recently interviewed Mike Dutton, CEO of Winder Farms. He said they’re serving about 6,000 homes and plan to reach 10,000 homes by the end of 2013. For more on the organic food industry and business […]

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Education – Pasadena’s Dual Language Immersion Program in Spanish

August 19, 2013

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Our “little one” is starting her second week of school in the Pasadena Unified’s Dual Language Program. She’s taking Spanish and is in the first grade. The class is conducted 90% in Spanish with 10% English instruction. Last year she was in kindergarten and by November was speaking easily. We’re pleased and she’s happy with […]

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Fashion and Fiction: Browsing Fashions for My Novels

August 12, 2013

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Fashion and Fiction: Browsing Fashions for My Novels.

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The Psyche of the Sports Fan and the Fragile Hopes of Pirates fans

August 5, 2013

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I subscribed to mlb.com this year halfway through the major league baseball season so I could watch the Pirates and their quest for a winning season and a division title or playoff birth. They haven’t had a winning season in 20 years and with about 9 weeks left in the season, they have the best […]

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