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LAUSD Superintendent Beutner questions L.A. County’s coronavirus priorities

Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner called into question Monday, Oct. 19, the priorities of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the Board of Supervisors in choosing to allow certain business sectors to reopen before the vast majority of schools. As schools largely remain closed, the department allowed a series of openings in recent weeks including at outdoor casino cardrooms, breweries and parks as well as indoor malls and nail salons in accordanc...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, California, Government, Disney, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Long Beach, Community, Lausd, Disneyland, Pasadena, Ucla


La Cañada students say thank you to Monrovia firefighters

The first responders battled a mammoth fire for weeks. And students from La Cañada Elementary School responded, too, to say “thank you.” Students from La Cañada Elementary School wrote and delivered thank you cards to the Monrovia Fire Department for fighting the Bobcat fire. The students, from left: Kyle Pollard, Katelyn Redfern, Nicholas Redfern and Dustin Damico. Courtesy photo Last week, the students wrote and delivered notes and cards of gratitude to Monrovia firefighters who battled th...
Tags: Health, News, Government, Fire, Sport, Soccer, Community, Local News, Monrovia, Edison, San Gabriel Valley, La Canada, Sylmar, Angeles National Forest, Top Stories IVDB, Top Stories WDN


Community meetings in the San Fernando Valley, Oct. 19-26

  Porter Ranch homes that come up to the SoCalGas Aliso Canyon Storage Facility. (Photo by Gene Blevins)   Community meetings bring people together for exchange of ideas and memorable shared experiences plus the potential for positive personal,change and community enrichment.   Tech Tips for Families in the Pandemic & Beyond: A webinar for parents that includes information on internet and social media safety, how to balance your child’s screen time and digital social responsibility, 4-5 p.m...
Tags: Cooking, Facebook, Law, Trees, Charity, Los Angeles, Sport, Social-media, Soccer, Veterans, Community, Book Club, Local News, Council, Bill Bryson, Southern California Gas Company


Types Of Questions And Types Of Expertise

Here are two graphs from some data we scraped last month. The shows the average number of replies based upon the words used in the subject line. Posts that have ‘what’ in the subject line get 3x more replies (on average) than any other type of ‘question word’. This might lead some to conclude you should post more questions with the word ‘what’ and encourage members to do the same. But take a look at the . This shows the word ‘how’ shows up almost 6x more frequently than ‘what’. Two simple...
Tags: Community, Online Community, Speaking, Community Management, Online Communities


Hospitalizations tick upward as LA County posts 953 new coronavirus cases

Los Angeles County health officials reported 953 new cases of COVID-19 and 10 additional deaths on Saturday, Oct. 17, bringing the county’s totals to 288,136 cases with 6,863 fatalities. Officials with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said the relatively low number of cases might be a result of several missing reports from Friday evening. A total of 746 people were hospitalized due to the virus as of Saturday, up from 735 on Friday, 723 on Thursday, 720 on Wednesday and 692 on ...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, Government, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Davis, Long Beach, Community, Lausd, Pasadena, Los Angeles County, Burbank, LA County


Midnight Mission’s Banquet of Hope feeds homeless on L.A.’s Skid Row

A man eats food that was given to him during the Midnight Mission’s Banquet of Hope Event Midnight Mission in Los Angeles on Friday, October 16, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG) Hundreds of homeless people and those in need stand in line for prepackaged lunches and toiletries during the Midnight Mission’s Banquet of Hope Event Midnight Mission in Los Angeles on Friday, October 16, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG) Sound The galler...
Tags: Health, Business, News, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Fbi, Soccer, Community, Homeless, Socalgas, Kevin de Leon, Jose Huizar, Midnight Mission, Top Stories LADN, Keith Birmingham Pasadena Star News


Burbank voters to decide fate of Measure RC, rent control and eviction policies

When Burbank voters cast their ballots in the Nov. 3 election, they will not only be choosing two council members they will also decide the fate of Measure RC, an eviction and rent regulation tool which most of the candidates oppose. In an impartial analysis by the city attorney, Amy Albano, she states the measure needs a majority vote to pass and adds to the city’s municipal code “just cause eviction and rent regulations” for residential units and creates an independent landlord-tenant commissi...
Tags: Twitter, Elections, News, Nbc, California, Government, Sport, Fbi, Soccer, Community, City Council, Biden, Council, Anthony, Kamala Harris, Trump


Downsizing Community Teams

It’s painful to lose members of your community team. But don’t compound the pain by trying to do the same things with fewer people. You will burn yourself out and deliver a worse experience. If the community team is cut, you need to cut some of the activities you’re doing too. That might be content, running the MVP program, hosting events and activities, or something (please don’t cut moderation). Engage members in the process of deciding what to cut if you like. Remember, it’s always better to ...
Tags: Community, Online Community, Speaking, Community Management, Online Communities


LA County health officer blasts ‘herd immunity’ coronavirus proposal as immoral, unethical

Los Angeles County’s top health officer on Thursday, Oct. 15, added his voice to those condemning a recently released proposal that essentially calls for a resumption of normal activities for all but those at highest risk of contracting COVID-19, in theory promoting “herd immunity” to the virus. “There’s been a lot of discussion among our public heath and health sciences communities and they have unambiguously rejected this declaration, and this approach would unnecessarily sacrifice many lives,...
Tags: Health, Europe, Business, News, Education, California, Government, Massachusetts, Sport, Soccer, United States, Davis, Long Beach, Community, Disneyland, Pasadena


Habitat’s Spirit of Women Build award winner encourages others to explore new avenues

Hope has a home here. San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity may have moved this year’s Women Build online, but the celebration was anything but virtual. The annual Women Build, which started in 1991, brings together women who help Habitat’s mission to build houses with families in need. In 29 years, women builders have constructed 2,700 homes around the country. Locally, Habitat for Humanity is working on several sites in Baldwin Park, Altadena, and Pasadena. “Women Build shows us that when...
Tags: Health, Family, News, Parenting, California, Sport, Moms, Soccer, Philippines, Community, Pasadena, Local News, Harold, Burbank, Paula, Elaine


Kevin de León sworn in as LA City Councilman, after Jose Huizar steps down amid FBI probe

Kevin de León expected to begin serving as the 14th District City Council person in December. Kevin de Leon, new council member for the Council District 14 at Los Angeles City Hall, John Ferraro Council Chamber. Instead, he was sworn in early, on Thursday, Oct. 15, to fill the seat, vacated this summer after the former officeholder, Jose Huizar, was arrested amid a wide-ranging FBI investigation into bribery schemes at City Hall. Huizar was suspended from the City Council in June, after his ...
Tags: Home, Politics, News, California, Government, Senate, Los Angeles, Sport, Fbi, Soccer, Community, Homeless, City Council, Los Angeles City Council, Kamala Harris, City Hall


When future-proofing your business, don’t forget these 3 basics

Taking the time to reflect and plan for the future? Now's the right moment to start incorporating these three basic practices in your day-to-day business.
Tags: Technology, Service, Change, Radio, Community, Agent, Mindset, Presentations, Database, Zoom, Sphere, Open Communication, Brokerage, Select, Soi, Conferencing


Responding to Criticism From Members

The best way to respond is with compassion and gratitude to the member who raised the criticism. Thank them for their viewpoint and for caring. Provide the rationale for things you can’t change, provide updates on the things you can, and do everything in your power to build a bridge of understanding between you both. You can ask for more information, solicit their input on what they would like to happen, and how. Maybe they even want to be involved in making that change happen? This turns critic...
Tags: Community, Online Community, Speaking, Community Management, Online Communities


Photos: Hybrid air show puts focus on Edwards Air Force Base’s cutting-edge aircraft

Folks around Lancaster got to see the skies fill with high-tech aviation when Edwards Air Force Base  hosted a “hybrid” air show, earlier this month. A C-17 Globemaster makes a flyby over Lancaster CA, during the Edwards AFB Hybrid Air Show Friday. Oct 9,2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic a hybrid airshow with virtual aspects instead of hosting a traditional airshow. This is the only airshow to happen in the USA in 2020 as all others have been canceled or delayed to 2021. The jets will make ...
Tags: Usa, News, Education, Government, Sport, Nasa, Soccer, Community, Lancaster, Edwards Air Force Base, Lancaster CA, Fort Irwin, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories IVDB, Gene Blevins, Top Stories Breeze


Kris Freeman: Finding Opportunities to Race and a Few More Years of Getting Faster

Freeman at the 2020 Sunapee Tri. (Photo: Millennium Running.)   “I train because I like to race but I also train because I enjoy it, so I never took a pause,” said Kris Freeman from his New Hampshire home. That’s straight-up Freeman. Focus. Intensity. A plan. Even during COVID. Let’s face it, enjoying the process became a necessity for many as public sporting events have been mostly cancelled since mid-March. Six feet distant, mask-wearing, hand-sanitizing have become as much a part of our ...
Tags: Sport, New Hampshire, Skiing, New York Times, Community, Estonia, Triathlon, New England, World Health Organization WHO, Freeman, Tallinn Estonia, Lake Placid, Ironman, Kris Freeman, New Englanders, racing during COVID


Why Time To First Response Matters (the 18 hour rule)

We recently looked at a large dataset of several dozen communities to determine if the time to first response influenced the odds of someone participating again. This is : After just 18 hours, the likelihood of a member ever participating again drops precipitously. If you’re looking at a community system today, I’d suggest: 1) Develop a system to flag when a newcomer has made their first post. 2) If the newcomer didn’t get a response within the first few hours, flag the post to the community ...
Tags: Community, Online Community, Speaking, Mvp, Community Management, Online Communities


Photos: LA County Fire, firefighters’ union welcome pair of support dogs

Echo, left, along with Milo as Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) joins Local 1014 in formally accepting two trained peer support dogs who were specially selected and completed hundreds of hours of intense specialized training to support firefighters with PTSD or high levels of anxiety as part of a donation from a newly launched peer support K9 program through Thor’s Hope Foundation, Performance K9 Training, Inc., and the Patriotic Service Dog Foundation at the LA County Fire Fighters ...
Tags: Health, News, Government, Sport, Soccer, Community, Thor, Los Angeles County, Milo, LA County, El Monte, Scott Ross, David Richardson, Los Angeles County Fire Department, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories IVDB


About 60 schools in L.A. County have applied for reopening waivers

About 60 schools in Los Angeles County have applied for waivers to provide in-person instruction to students in transitional kindergarten through the second grade, though very few have submitted the necessary letters of support from staff, parents or administrators for their applications to move forward, according to the county’s public health director. Of the 59 applications received as of Friday, only three have been deemed complete, Director Barbara Ferrer told the county Board of Supervisors...
Tags: Health, News, Education, Government, Uncategorized, Sport, Soccer, Community, Los Angeles County, Ferrer, Board of Supervisors, Barbara Ferrer, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories IVDB, Top Stories Breeze, Top Stories LBPT


L.A. County will pay $14 million to settle immigrant detention lawsuit

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday, Oct. 13, to pay out $14 million to settle a class-action lawsuit related to the unlawful detention of thousands of immigrants at the behest of federal immigration authorities. Board members offered no comment on the decision to settle Roy v. County of Los Angeles, which a county claims board had recommended for settlement in August. The class-action suit was filed in October 2012, during Lee Baca’s tenure as sheriff, by British filmmaker...
Tags: Health, News, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Ice, Community, Roy, Pasadena, Trump, Board, Los Angeles County, Gonzalez, Customs Enforcement, LA County


10 questions that’ll predict whether a new agent will make it

Real estate can be a highly rewarding business — provided you have certain behavior styles and personality traits. These questions are highly predictive of whether a newbie will do well in this industry.
Tags: Networking, Marketing, Service, Radio, Community, Agent, Schedule, Lead Generation, Brokerage, Select, New Agent, Newbies, Bernice Ross, Newbie Agent, Door Knock, Behavioral Styles


Experts, Expertise, and 20% of Questions

Nick writes about the role of experts in communities of practice (although the post is appropriate for any kind of community). He also : In most situations, expert predictions perform worse than both AI and the wisdom of the crowd. Nick terms this ‘the expert squeeze’. In many support communities, deep subject matter expertise isn’t worth much more than someone who solved the problem yesterday. Once someone has given you the answer, you can share the answer with the next person. In fact, the ...
Tags: Community, NICK, Online Community, Speaking, Community Management, Online Communities


Photos: Fans roll to Dodger Stadium ‘drive-in’ for NL Championship Series

Fans sit in their vehicles watching the Los Angeles Dodgers take on Atlanta Braves during game one of the National League Championship Series at Dodger Stadium, Monday, October 12, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Fans sit in their vehicles watching the Los Angeles Dodgers take on Atlanta Braves during game one of the National League Championship Series at Dodger Stadium, Monday, October 12, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) ...
Tags: Health, News, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Nba, Community, Mlb, Major League Baseball, Los-angeles-dodgers, Atlanta Braves, Southern California, ARLINGTON Texas, DAVE ROBERTS, Dodgers, Los Angeles Daily News


Photo: Fans roll to Dodger Stadium ‘drive-in’ for NL championship series

Fans sit in their vehicles watching the Los Angeles Dodgers take on Atlanta Braves during game one of the National League Championship Series at Dodger Stadium, Monday, October 12, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Fans sit in their vehicles watching the Los Angeles Dodgers take on Atlanta Braves during game one of the National League Championship Series at Dodger Stadium, Monday, October 12, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) ...
Tags: Health, News, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Nba, Community, Mlb, Local News, Major League Baseball, Los-angeles-dodgers, Atlanta Braves, Southern California, ARLINGTON Texas, DAVE ROBERTS, Dodgers


Gov. Newsom eases coronavirus restrictions on gatherings

One day after an estimated 100,000 people marched through Mid-City in support of Armenia and hundreds more gathered downtown to celebrate the Lakers’ NBA Finals victory, the focus was on large gatherings at the state and local levels on Monday, Oct. 12. Gov. Gavin Newsom eased coronavirus restrictions to allow up to three households to socialize outdoors, an expansion of rules aimed at people tempted to have even larger gatherings around Halloween, Thanksgiving and end-of-year holidays. Three ho...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, California, Government, Los Angeles, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Long Beach, Community, Armenia, Disneyland, Pasadena, Gavin Newsom


Community meetings in the San Fernando Valley, Oct. 12-19

Kennedy Forsyth-Particelli plays at Porter Ridge Park in Porter Ranch on Tuesday, July 9, 2019. The park was used as a filming location for the film “E.T.: the Extra-Terrestrial.” (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)   Community meetings bring people together for exchange of ideas and memorable shared experiences plus the potential for positive personal,change and community enrichment.   LA Animal Services – Wildlife Webinars: Wildlife specialists from LA Animal Services disc...
Tags: Cooking, Facebook, Gardening, Cancer, Trees, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Veterans, Community, Book Club, Chatsworth, Local News, Council, Bill Bryson, Trump


The Problem And Opportunity In Paid Membership Sites

Paid membership sites often follow a similar arc. First, you realise that converting just 5% of your 10k audience into paying members (say, $25 per month) will generate $150k+ per year. That doesn’t seem too hard! So you start creating premium content to get people to subscribe. This works at first. People sign up. However, it never reaches 5% and the rate of growth slows after the first few months. When people’s credit cards expire, so does their membership. One way to fight churn is to create ...
Tags: Community, Online Community, Speaking, Community Management, Online Communities


Santa Ana Montford Point Marine posthumously awarded Congressional Gold Medal

Brenda Matthews heard about Black Marines who served at Camp Lejeune’s Montford Point Camp during and right after World War II being awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, and she wanted the same thing for her father, Gunnery Sgt. Charles Shaw, who died Oct. 29, 1979, at 62. On Saturday, Oct. 10, Matthews, of Anaheim Hills, her five siblings, family and friends gathered at Friendship Baptist Church in Yorba Linda. In a long-awaited ceremony, Matthews finally got what she had been waiting so long ...
Tags: Congress, Washington, US, Los Angeles, Barack Obama, Sport, Marine, Soccer, Military, Marine Corps, Marines, Va, San Diego, Community, Philadelphia, Johnson


LA County’s new coronavirus cases top 1,200 for 4th straight day

For the fourth day in a row, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported more than 1,200 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, in an unexpected spike officials last week vowed to keep close watch on as more business sectors reopened amid the enduring pandemic. County health officials on Saturday, Oct. 10, posted 28 new deaths and 1,285 new cases. Health officials said last week they would be closely monitoring the case numbers, but said the elevated numbers should be a re...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, Government, Sport, Soccer, Long Beach, Community, Lausd, Pasadena, County, Trump, Los Angeles County, Greg Laurie, Los Angeles Superior Court


Free flu shots offered through mid-November around L.A. County

People young as 3 years old receive free flu shots during a walk up and drive thru clinic by L.A. Care Health Plan and Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan’s network of Community Resource Centers at Historic General Hospital in Los Angeles on Saturday, October 10, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG) People receive free flu shots during a walk up and drive thru clinic by L.A. Care Health Plan and Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan’s network of Commun...
Tags: Health, News, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, Usc, Pomona, Los Angeles County, Lancaster, Whittier, North Hollywood, Exposition Park, Lynwood, Carolina Gutierrez, Top Stories LADN


Elections 2020: In the 25th Congressional District, grassroots campaigns collide in Trump-era showdown

Congressional District 25 The District:  The district leans toward more registered Democrats than Republicans. Once known for its heavy conservative ties, it’s changing. It blankets parts of two counties, L.A. and Ventura. It includes an area from Porter Ranch to Simi Valley to the Santa Clarita Valley, and to the Antelope Valley. It’s diverse in terms of its political inclinations. Notable spots in the area include the Reagan Library, Edwards Air Force Base (also in the 26th Congressional), t...
Tags: Lyft, Uber, Politics, Elections, News, Congress, Navy, California, Government, Iraq, Barack Obama, Sport, Joe Biden, Ap, Rebecca, Soccer