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Hospitality Is More than Just Entertaining

My daughters gather at the stove giggling and chatting. The familiar fragrances of garlic, oregano, and basil permeate the air. The girls take turns swirling the ruby red tomato sauce and meatballs in the big pot with a wooden spoon. “Be careful with my meatballs,” Nana Maria chides playfully. “You don’t want to break any of them up.” My Italian mama, who my girls call Nana, stands at our kitchen island with my youngest daughter. They are stuffing jumbo pasta shells with spoonfuls of fillin...
Tags: Inspiration, Community, Jesus, Hospitality, Luke, Abraham, Nana, Shawn, Dorina, Nana Maria, NLT Abraham


Coronavirus: UTLA members ratify agreement on health/safety protocols for LAUSD’s new school year

Teachers in Los Angeles Unified have ratified a tentative agreement with the school district, paving the way for the nation’s second largest K-12 system to fully reopen campuses for the upcoming academic year. Ninety-four percent of the teachers, counselors, librarians, school nurses and other certificated employees who voted supported the deal, the union announced late Thursday, June 17, at the conclusion of a three-day voting period. According to United Teachers Los Angeles, 12,193 of its more...
Tags: Health, News, Education, Government, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Nba, Community, Lausd, Local News, Westbrook, CRENSHAW, LA County, United Teachers Los Angeles, Austin Beutner


LA Public Library System to reopen 20 additional branches on Monday

The Los Angeles Public Library will reopen 20 additional branches on Monday that have remained closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The system began reopening on May 3 with limited in-person services at the downtown flagship location and 37 of its 73 branches, including for quick browsing, computer access, mobile printing orders, checking out library materials and the “Library To Go” contactless pickup service. Monday’s reopenings will increase the number of Los Angeles public libraries open to ...
Tags: News, Education, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Libraries, Community, Los Angeles Public Library, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories Breeze, LA County Library, Coronavirus, LA Public Library System


LA Natural History Museum to host West Coast debut of Dr. Jane Goodall immersive exhibition

LOS ANGELES — Dr. Jane Goodall, the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees, will be celebrated in the West Coast premiere of “Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall,” a new exhibition opening at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, it was announced Thursday, June 17. The exhibition will launch on Nov. 7. Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace, has created an indelible legacy in the fields of science and conservation. She is best known for he...
Tags: News, Education, Washington, Africa, Environment, Los Angeles, Sport, Chicago, Things To Do, Soccer, Wildlife, Community, Al Qaeda, Tanzania, West Coast, Trevor Noah


‘I feel whole today’: LA ceremony welcomes 26 new U.S. citizens

Weary of being treated like a second-class citizen, Mona Farhangi left her home country of Iran for the United States in 2013. On Thursday, June 17, she felt a first-class rush. Seera Doreen, 31, of Long Beach who came from Uganda five years ago, celebrates becoming a U.S. citizen during U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services World Refugee Day naturalization ceremony at the Federal Building in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday, June 17, 2021. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily ...
Tags: Japan, News, Education, La, Government, Immigration, Los Angeles, Sport, Society, Iran, Uganda, Soccer, United States, Glendale, Long Beach, Ethiopia


NBA star Westbrook and his family help celebrate reopening of amped-up Crenshaw Family YMCA

NBA player Russell Westbrook, left, reacts after a child shoots the ball during the Re-grand Opening of the Crenshaw Family YMCA in Los Angeles on Thursday, June 17, 2021. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer) NBA player Russell Westbrook and his family pose for a portrait during the Re-grand Opening of the Crenshaw Family YMCA in Los Angeles on Thursday, June 17, 2021. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer) Volunteer Kaleb Phillips, right, instructs a child o...
Tags: Health, Hollywood, News, Education, California, Sports, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Basketball, Oscar, Nba, Community, Kobe Bryant, Alan Smith, Ucla


‘Delta’ COVID-19 variant stokes growing worries in LA County as vaccine rates slide

LOS ANGELES — Young Black and Latino residents in Los Angeles County continue to lag behind the rest of the population in COVID-19 vaccination rates, a gap the public health director said on Thursday, June 17, could put the group more at risk as the state’s economy reopens, workplaces get more crowded and public gatherings increase. Creating further concern is the slow but steady rise in the local number of COVID-19 cases involving the so-called “Delta” variant of the virus. The variant is blame...
Tags: Health, Business, News, California, India, Environment, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Bank Of America, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Delta, Community, Black, Ucla


Planning panel begins dissection of proposed Downtown LA community plan

The Los Angeles Planning Commission on Thursday, June 17, took up the proposed Downtown Community Plan, but following several hours of presentation, public comment and some discussion, opted to resume deliberations on Aug. 26. Whatever draft version the Planning Commission eventually signs off on will go to the City Council’s Planning and Land Use Committee and then the full City Council for approval. The purpose of the plan is to outline the vision for downtown, guide development and establish ...
Tags: News, La, Government, Los Angeles, City, Sport, Development, Soccer, Community, City Council, Land Use Committee, Bruce, state Senate, Hollywood Park, Studio City, Kevin de Leon


Archer School’s ‘InvenTeam’ pioneers fire-ember detection system

Students work on an exterior ember tracking device at The Archer School for Girls in Los Angeles on Friday, June 11, 2021. The school received a $10,000 M.I.T. grant to invent a solution that solved a real-world problem and the girls are designing the ember detection device inspired after the Getty fire shutdown their school. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Chloe Hayden, 14, tests the tracking on an exterior ember tracking device at The Archer School for Girls in Los...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, Archer, Getty, Hydra, Smith College, Carter, Perry, LA County


One Simple Email Tweak Which Revived 16% of Inactive Members (and why this matters)

In my new book, Build Your Community, I write a lot about the advanced engagement skills we need in the new era of community building. Here’s a story that didn’t make the cut, but illustrates why understanding psychology at a more advanced level is so important for this new era. I had a client which was sending automated emails to members when they had been inactive for over a year. The emails, written by another consultant, read: Subject: We’ve missed you in [community]! Hello, this is [name], ...
Tags: Community, Online Community, Speaking, Community Management, Online Communities


City of LA requests dismissal of homelessness lawsuit

By FRED SHUSTER | City News Service The city of Los Angeles on Wednesday, June 16 filed a motion seeking dismissal of what it calls a “misguided” lawsuit that attempts to compel local government to provide shelter to thousands of indigent people living on downtown sidewalks and next to freeways. Lawyers for the city argue that while homelessness is “among the greatest challenges facing our region,” efforts to address the crisis through the lawsuit filed in federal court last year against the cit...
Tags: Health, Business, News, La, Government, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, Homeless, Venice, Carter, Wilmington, Alliance, Raman, City News Service


LA County urges continued vigilance after lifting of most coronavirus rules

Los Angeles County officials urged continued vigilance on Wednesday, June 16, following the lifting of most COVID-19 health restrictions, with about one-third of the county’s eligible population still not vaccinated against the virus. “As physical distancing requirements, capacity limits, and masking mandates are now relaxed, ensuring the safety of those who are not yet vaccinated is essential,” county Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said in a statement. “Workplaces need to offer sensible ...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, Government, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Community, Ucla, Robert Durst, Los Angeles County, Ferrer, LA County, Newsom, Barbara Ferrer


LA Archdiocese receives $50 million donation for Catholic schools

LOS ANGELES — The Catholic Education Foundation of Los Angeles announced on Wednesday, Junt 16, that it has received an anonymous $50 million donation to support elementary and high school students at more than 200 Catholic schools run by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. “The kindness and love reflected in this gift are beyond words,” Archbishop Jose H. Gomez said in a statement. “This gift will change the lives of countless young men and women, for generations to come, opening up opportunities f...
Tags: News, Education, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, Catholic, LA County, LA Archdiocese, Jose H Gomez, Newsom, Catholic Education Foundation, Mount Wilson Observatory, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories IVDB, Top Stories Breeze


LA City Council unanimously confirms Matt Szabo as new city administrative officer

By MARGARET SHUTTLEWORTH | City News Service LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday, June 16 unanimously confirmed Mayor Eric Garcetti’s appointment of his deputy chief of staff, Matt Szabo, to replace Richard Llewellyn as city administrative officer. Szabo, whose appointment becomes effective July 4, will report to the mayor and City Council and be responsible for overseeing the city homelessness coordinator, negotiating labor agreements, working to use tax dollars efficiently ...
Tags: News, Government, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, City Council, Lapd, Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles City Council, Rich, Southern California, Los Angeles County, Vernon, San Fernando Valley, Garcetti


Researchers at UCLA, international team, say variants may change coronavirus treatment, vaccines

An international team of researchers, including participants from UCLA, have detailed how an increasing number of variants could cut down on the ability of vaccines and treatments to manage the coronavirus. The team published an article in the peer-reviewed journal “EMBO Molecular Medicine.” Dr. Christina Ramirez, a professor in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and co-author of the study, noted that the number of variants has skyrocketed since last April, jumping from 10 to 100. “The sp...
Tags: Health, News, La, Government, Sport, Soccer, Italy, Community, Eric Garcetti, Ucla, Robert Durst, Ramirez, LA County, Garcetti, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, Mount Wilson Observatory


Gov. Newsom’s coronavirus reopening tour rolls into Six Flags Magic Mountain

VALENCIA — Gov. Gavin Newsom renewed this week’s celebration inspired by the lifting of widespread pandemic measures by rolling into Six Flags Magic Mountain on Wednesday, June 16, aiming to encourage Californians to enjoy the state’s attractions to help rekindle the economy — and to roll up their sleeves if they have yet to be vaccinated. I’m at an event this morning where @GavinNewsom will be speaking. Park President Don McCoy is ramping up toward the governor’s remarks. pic.twitter.com/lZu8h...
Tags: Health, Politics, News, Education, California, Government, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Community, Cbs, Republican Party, James Corden, Valencia, Gavin Newsom, Robert Durst


Jim Kouzes On How Leaders Without Titles Can Make A Difference

Next month marks the 10th year that I’ve been doing my podcast “Leadership Biz Cafe”, something that I started as an excuse to talk with some fascinating people about leadership and which has since become one of the most popular leadership podcasts out there. Although I didn’t make any plans ... Click to continue reading
Tags: Leadership, Relationships, Values, Change, Community, Vision, Recent Posts, Credibility, Jim Kouzes, Leadership Biz Cafe


Learn Your Community Benchmarks (what does good look like?)

A great reason to buy my new book is to get access to community industry benchmarks. One major difference between experienced community professionals and relative newcomers is their knowledge of benchmarks (or ratios). If you know your benchmarks, you can tell if you’re above or below average. You know what’s realistic. You can set reasonable targets and achieve them. Most importantly, you can avoid being held accountable to entirely unrealistic targets. For example, if you have 1m customers, do...
Tags: Community, Online Community, Speaking, Community Management, Online Communities


LA County celebrations of Mass return to indoor services with no distancing or capacity limits

As the pandemic continued to ease, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles implemented new liturgical guidelines on Tuesday, June 15, replacing the more severe restrictions implemented during the coronavirus outbreak. In response, Catholic churches in Los Angles County planned in-person indoor Masses for Saturday and Sunday. The new guidelines allow for indoor liturgical celebrations — including weekend and daily Mass celebrations as well as First Communion, confirmation, baptisms, weddings, funerals and...
Tags: Health, News, Education, Government, Religion, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, Catholic, Birmingham, Robert Durst, Los Angeles County, Gomez, Westlake, LA County


Councilwoman Raman introduces motions aimed at expanding homeless housing

LOS ANGELES — City Councilwoman Nithya Raman on Tuesday, June 15 introduced three motions in an effort to expand the city’s short supply of affordable and permanent supportive housing. “In conversations across the district, we’ve heard a common theme: L.A. needs more affordable places for people to live,” Raman said. “Our office has sought out sites for affordable and supportive housing, as well as policy strategies to build more of these units. That’s what today’s motions are about.” One motion...
Tags: Hollywood, News, Housing, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, Homeless, Venice, City Council, Parks, Wilmington, Raman, Highland Ave, VILLANUEVA


Attorneys for Robert Durst lose latest bid for mistrial or delay in trial

INGLEWOOD — A judge on Tuesday, June 15, denied the defense’s latest bid for a mistrial or an immediate delay in Robert Durst’s murder trial based on the New York real estate scion’s health condition. Durst’s lead attorney, Dick DeGuerin, told Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mark Windham that his 78-year-old client is a “very ill person,” and that Durst’s ability to assist in his own defense is “severely” impacted. Deputy District Attorney John Lewin countered that the defense will do “anything...
Tags: Health, Hbo, New York, Texas, News, Government, New York City, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Beverly Hills, New Orleans, Community, Courts, Black, Ucla


Photos: After seemingly endless days of fires and pandemic, beloved Mount Wilson Observatory reopens

It’s been a long while since stargazers last got a chance to visit the historic Mount Wilson Observatory. First, the Bobcat Fire, which raged for weeks last year, came within yards of the observatory that sits on the summit of Mount Wilson in the San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Los Angeles. Telescope operator Darrell Dooly and Mt. Wilson Institute Board Member Camille Lombardo look at the 60-inch telescope at the Mount Wilson Observatory, Tuesday, Jun. 15, 2021. The observatory reopened o...
Tags: Health, News, Education, La, Government, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Community, Southern California, Altadena, San Gabriel Mountains, LA County, Los Angeles Daily News, Griffith Observatory, Langer


Be smart, LA County officials say, and hang on to that coronavirus mask for some situations

Los Angeles County businesses whisked away many coronavirus restrictions on Tuesday, June 15 and many residents shed their long-required masks for rolling around town. But officials warned amid the celebrations, they folks shouldn’t toss those masks in the garbage just yet. Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said that unvaccinated people should continue to wear face coverings as statewide capacity and physical distancing restrictions are lifted, noting that many people in the county still are...
Tags: Health, News, Education, Government, Environment, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, Los Angeles County, Ferrer, LA County, Los Angeles Daily News, City News Service, La Face, Langer


Photos: At Langer’s Deli, diners dig in as COVID-19 rules lift in LA

A man visits Langer’s Deli as the Los Angeles restaurant reopens in-person dining during the reopening of California on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Langer’s Deli reopens in-person dining during the reopening of California on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Manager Jaime Castaneda cuts pastrami with employees at Langer’s Deli as the Los Angeles restaurant reopens in-person dining during th...
Tags: Health, Business, News, California, La, Government, Restaurants, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, Dining, Pasadena, Lapd, Los Angeles County, Los Angeles City


LA City Councilman Mike Bonin served recall notice

Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin was served with a recall notice on Tuesday, June 15, making him the second progressive council member to be the target of a recall effort in less than a week. “This recall campaign is an extravagant waste of taxpayer money, a thinly disguised attempt to derail my efforts to provide real solutions to our homelessness crisis, and the latest in a series of recall attempts to silence strong progressive voices,” Bonin said in a statement released Tuesday afterno...
Tags: Health, Business, Politics, Hollywood, News, Supreme Court, Putin, Government, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, Sport, Ap, Soccer, Community, Homeless, Geneva


As coronavirus fades, LA County officials pause for smiles (and words of caution) on Reopening Day

Dr. Barbara Ferrer, director of the L.A. County Department of Public Health, center, during a press conference at the Music Center Plaza in Los Angeles to observe the reopening of L.A. County following more than 15 months of pandemic-imposed restrictions, Tuesday, Jun. 15, 2021. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Dr. Barbara Ferrer, director of the L.A. County Department of Public Health during a press conference at the Music Center Plaza in Los Angeles to observe the reop...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, La, Government, Environment, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, Vaccinations, Pasadena, Los Angeles County, Johnson Johnson, Department of Public Health


As his term nears end, Beutner’s Hollywood Bowl address applauds scope of LAUSD’s pandemic response

Using his final State of the Schools address to shine a spotlight on public education, outgoing Los Angeles Unified schools chief Austin Beutner also used the moment to call on all Angelenos to make sure every child receives a good education. LAUSD Supt. Austin Beutner (File photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) In a speech centered on the theme that the nation’s second largest K-12 system has served as a model for other districts, Beutner made a case for why an address ab...
Tags: Health, Amazon, Verizon, News, Education, California, Government, Los Angeles, Sport, Jimi Hendrix, Soccer, Community, Lausd, Pbs, Hollywood Bowl, Ella Fitzgerald


Buy ‘Build Your Community’ This Week And Get Access To The Community Skills Accelerator

Buy ‘Build Your Community’ This Week And Get Access To The Community Skills Accelerator Why should you buy my new book, Build Your Community, this week? Well, if mastering community skills isn’t urgent enough for you, I’m going to add an additional bonus. The first 100 people who purchase the book will also get access to our community skills accelerator. This was a tool that lets you benchmark your current skill level today and then develop a roadmap to improve your skills. Many of our clients...
Tags: Community, Online Community, Speaking, Community Management, Online Communities


Hours ahead of eased coronavirus rules, LA County makes pre-July 4 vaccine push

LOS ANGELES — Hours before most COVID-19 restrictions are lifted across the state, Los Angeles County health officials on Monday, June 14, made another push for residents to get vaccinated, particularly with the Fourth of July holiday on the horizon. The county Department of Public Health noted that unvaccinated residents who get the single-dose Johnson & Johnson shot by Sunday will be fully vaccinated by July 4. People who opt for the two-dose Moderna or Pfizer vaccines are too late to be fully...
Tags: Health, News, Education, California, Government, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Community, Seaworld, Natural History Museum, Disneyland Resort, Giants, Lapd


Valencia resident reunites with doctors who helped get him back on his feet after spinal injury

John Knight, who had a spinal injury and paralysis, holds his 14-month-old daughter Alyssa during a visit on Monday, June 14, 2021 to Northridge Hospital Medical Center’s physical therapy department where he learned to walk again. At 13 months Alyssa took her first steps on the same day her father walked again three years earlier. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) John Knight visits with Dr. Danny Arzanipour, medical director of rehab, and physical therapist Gary Quist...
Tags: Health, News, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Healthcare, Community, John, Local News, Valencia, Knight, LA County, Tahiti, San Fernando Valley, Alana, Alyssa