Nov 302016
 

What Happened To Sherri Papini

Sherri Papini who disappeared during her morning jog in Shasta County (Northern California) on November 2nd was found near Interstate 5 in Yolo County on Thanksgiving.

The details of her condition are just becoming known. When found she was still wearing restraints. After 22 days in captivity (from November 2nd to Thanksgiving) Sherri Papini was emaciated (weighing under 90 pounds!), viciously beaten and tortured, with her hair cut off and a broken nose. Her body was “branded”. Her husband Keith Papini described her shocking condition.

Sherri left her home as a beautiful and happy wife and mother and will be returning to her husband and two children severely traumatized by the ordeal of her abduction.

The fact that Mrs. Papini was found alive is great news. The mystery of her abduction continues. The authorities are looking for two Hispanic women driving a dark SUV. Plenty of DNA evidence was retrieved from 34 year old Sherri Papini’s body.

The question that haunts us all is: who and why would starve and torture another human being? (It’s hard to believe that the suspected perpetrators are women!) Why was Sherri Papini kidnapped: was it a random act or was she chosen for some unknown reason? What was the motif of her abductors? (There was no ransom demand made.)

It will take a long time for Sherri Papini’s physical and mental scars to heal. But there’ll be no recovery until and unless her abductors are identified, arrested and brought to justice.

 

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Nov 292016
 

Superstars Il Volo Dates For 2017 U.S. Tour

INTERNATIONAL SUPERSTARS IL VOLO ANNOUNCE NEW U.S. DATES FOR 2017 TOUR

The Global Superstars Launch Notte Magica – A Tribute to The Three Tenors Tour at Radio City Music Hall on March 4th

 

Tickets On Sale Friday, December 2nd

VIP packages Will Be Available For Sale

IL VOLO announced they are performing concerts once more across North America in 2017. The vocal trio are set to launch Notte Magica – A Tribute to The Three Tenors tour in New York on March 4th at the world famous Radio City Music Hall. The tour will culminate in Atlanta on April 3rd at Atlanta Symphony Hall.

“We are looking forward to seeing our U.S fans once more and honored to perform for them our new music which we are very excited about!” said IL VOLO.

IL VOLO is set to pay homage to their biggest inspiration, The Three Tenors, and their tour will be very much like the concert they filmed in Florence this past July, at Italy’s famed Piazza di Santa Croce. This spectacular concert was the setting for their special airing on PBS this Fall.

For general information about the Notte Magica – A Tribute to The Three Tenors tour, please visit: www.ilvolomusic.com

  • 3/4/2017 New York City, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
  • *3/7/2017 Philadelphia, PA @ Verizon Hall at Kimmel Center (on sale 12/9)
  • 3/9/2017 Washington, DC @ MGM National Harbor
  • 3/11/2017 Mashantucket, CT @ Foxwoods
  • 3/14/2017 Boston, MA @ Wang Theatre
  • 3/16/2017 Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre
  • 3/18/2017 Chicago, IL @ Civic Opera House
  • 3/20/2017 Minneapolis, MN @ State Theatre
  • 3/23/2017 Los Angeles, CA @ Microsoft Theater
  • 3/25/2017 Las Vegas @ Park Theater (Monte Carlo Resort & Casino)
  • 3/27/2017 San Jose, CA @ City National Civic
  • 3/30/2017 Tampa, FL @ Tampa Bay PAC (Straz Center)
  • 4/1/2017 Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
  • *4/3/2017 Atlanta, GA @ Atlanta Symphony Hall (on sale 12/9)

About IL VOLO:
In just a few years IL VOLO have performed worldwide, released top-selling albums, toured with legendary songstress Barbra Streisand, and taken the stage for four acclaimed PBS specials. The powerhouse trio is now returning to the States, following charting at #1 on Billboard Classical chart with Notte Magica – A Tribute to The Three Tenors. The vocal group were discovered and are managed by Michele Torpedine, who discovered and managed Andrea Bocelli, The three young singers, Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble always bring audiences their best live performances of pop and traditional English, Italian and Spanish songs, accompanied by symphony orchestras.

For more information on IL VOLO visit: www.ILVOLOMUSIC.com

 

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Nov 292016
 

Brazilian Soccer Team Chapecoense Killed In A Plane Crash

A charted airplane carrying 81 including the Chapecoense Brazilian soccer team and 21 journalists accompanying the team crashed in the mountains surrounding the city of Medellín, Colombia on (11/28/16) Monday evening. According to reports 75 died. Among the six survivors are three soccer players, one journalist and two crew members. Two of the survivors are in critical condition.

The plane reported electrical problems, eventually declaring emergency and was cleared for priority landing in Medellín. The plane crashed before reaching the airport.

The Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense was traveling to a match against the Colombian team Atlético Nacional, the first in a two-step final to the Copa Sudamericana.
Chapecoense, the soccer team on a rapid rise to fame, was known for its wise strategy and successful fiscal management. The team was Brazil’s hope of winning the Copa Sudamericana.

In response to the tragic crash three days of mourning were declared in Brazil. South America suspended all soccer games until further notice. The international soccer community expressed its condolences.

 

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Nov 282016
 

2016 Hollywood Christmas Parade

The 85th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade took place on Sunday November 27th on Hollywood Blvd. This year’s Grand Marshall was Olivia Newton-John, the movie star and singer whose successful career spans five decades.

The 2016 Hollywood Christmas Parade kicked off with a pre-parade concert at 5:00 pm. The concert featured 2016 Hollywood Christmas Parade’s Grand Marshall Olivia Newton-John as well as Cyndi Lauper, Kenny G, Eric Benet and others.

At 6:00 pm the parade begun with the usual Hollywood glamour. There were marching bands, huge character balloons, floats and decorated classic cars carrying Hollywood’s celebrities. Several former grand marshals including Larry King, Lou Gossett Jr., Robert Wagner and yes, Mickey Mouse were at hand and took part in the festive event.

Needless to say, L.A. is all about celebrities, there were stars and cast members of trendy TV shows including of “Black-ish,” and “Fresh Off the Boat” among many other stars greeted enthusiastically by the crowd. Of course, the greatest star of any Christmas Parade – the Hollywood Parade included – Santa Claus arrived as scheduled to announce the beginning of the 2016 Christmas Season.

Thousands of Angelenos and tourists braved cold weather to witness the largest Christmas Parade in the United States. Good time was had by all!

 

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Nov 272016
 

LADWP Class Action Customer Billing Settlement

 

COURT GRANTS PRELIMINARY APPROVAL TO LADWP CLASS ACTION
CUSTOMER BILLING SETTLEMENT

 

In a hearing at Los Angeles Superior Court, Judge Elihu Berle granted preliminary approval to the proposed settlement of class action litigation involving customer overcharges and complaints related to the implementation of LADWP’s new customer billing system in September 2013. The system was designed and implemented by Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC).

The settlement that was preliminarily approved by Judge Berle is the product of multiple mediation sessions conducted by the highly respected United States District Judge Dickran M. Tevrizian (Ret.) between the plaintiffs, represented by Landskroner Merriman, LLC and LADWP, represented by the Los Angeles City Attorney and outside counsel.

Under the terms of the settlement, every customer who was overcharged will receive a credit, or a refund if they are no longer an LADWP customer, for the full amount they were overcharged. An independent third-party expert appointed by the Court will review the amount of credit or refund for accuracy. Any customer who disagrees with the amount of the credit or refund can have their claim reviewed by an independent Special Master who will consider the merits of the claim and make a recommendation to the Court. If the customer disagrees with the Special Master’s recommendation, they can choose to have it reviewed directly by the judge overseeing the settlement. This process provides multiple layers of review to ensure every refund or credit is fair and accurate; making good on a promise by LADWP to refund every penny customers were overcharged.

The total amount of overcharges to be credited or refunded is currently estimated at $67.5 million. LADWP and the City continue to pursue legal action against PwC to recover costs associated with the failed implementation of the billing system, including overcharges and legal costs.

“We are very pleased with Judge Berle’s decision today because it moves us a step closer to reimbursing every affected customer every penny they were overcharged,” said David H. Wright, LADWP General Manager. “We remain committed to holding Pricewaterhouse Coopers accountable and are seeking full reimbursement of all of the overcharges and costs caused by the failed system they designed and delivered to LADWP.”

The settlement is still subject to final approval by the Court and a court-ordered schedule whereby every affected customer is notified by mail. A hearing to approve the notice and claim form will be held in mid-December. If all goes according to schedule, customers should begin receiving notification letters in the spring and refunds and credits next summer.

To learn about the status of the settlement and the steps LADWP will follow as set forth by the Court, customers and the public can visit www.LADWPBillingSettlement.com or call 844-899-6219.

 

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Nov 262016
 

Fidel Castro Dies At 90

Hated and loved, Fidel Castro transformed Cuba. As an idealistic and patriotic young lawyer, Castro took issue with social injustice, brutality and corruption of Fulgencio Batista’s dictatorship in Cuba. He repeatedly tried to overthrow the dictator and eventually succeeded in 1959. Castro ruled Cuba since 1959 until 2006 when illness forced him to step down and in 2008 he officially transferred power to his brother Raul Castro.

To Cubans (early on) Fidel Castro was a hero. He liberated the country from a dictator, established free healthcare and free education, sought to assert Cuba’s power and autonomy by nationalizing foreign businesses in Cuba (without financial reimbursement to the owners). The latter decision further strained the already antagonistic relationship with the United States which supported Fulgencio Batista’s regime. To ensure Cuba’s independence from the United States, Castro aligned himself with the Soviet Union. (This alliance provoked the Bay of Pigs invasion and led to the Cuban Missile Crisis. Consequently, diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba were severed and the United States imposed an economic embargo on Cuba which treated into effect in 1960 and ended only last year.)

With nearly all economic activity state-sponsored, Cuban economy did poorly under Castro. The US embargo was hard on the Cuban economy as well. Still, for as long as the Soviet Union existed, Cuba’s economy had some financial backing. Once Cuba’s former ally seized to be communist – and became Russia, again – the economy of Cuba suffered even more and the quality of life in Cuba deteriorated to intolerable levels.

The initial enthusiasm for Castro’s rule cooled off quickly among Cubans. The much appreciated change he originally created brought about unexpected hardship. Lack of political and entrepreneurial freedom, lack of well-paying jobs, political prosecution, etc. led to frustration that forced mass exodus of Cubans willing to risk their lives in a bid to reach freedom in the Land of Opportunity. (We speak of immigration often; we don’t speak of human suffering enough. In the case of the exodus from Cuba, families were torn apart, refugees died before reaching the American shore… There were many human tragedies that didn’t get the attention they deserved.)

Fidel Castro was a legend, a revolutionary who risked his freedom – and life – to overthrow a dictator terrorizing Cuba. He’s been Cuba’s political leader for nearly 50 years. He’s done a lot of good for Cuba and Cubans. (Even today, Cuba has high rates of literacy and one of the lowest rates of infant mortality.)
But that’s not his only legacy. The rebel eventually became a dictator who prosecuted political dissidents, violated the human rights for which he once fought, isolated Cuba from the world, neglected the country’s infrastructure, let its economy collapse and let “his people” suffer crushing poverty, lack of freedom and hope for the future. His international alliance with the Soviets brought the world to the brink of nuclear war….

Ceasar said: “Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” The classic quote applies to Castro. There is no doubt that his rise to power and the early years of his presidency were inspired by noble intentions. There is no doubt also that his government – just like the one before him – eventually became corrupt and paranoid, inflicted severe damage on Cuba and immense suffering on generations of Cubans.

Fidel Castro, the Cuban leader who established the only communist government in the Western Hemisphere will go into history as a controversial figure. As representatives of the older generations of Cubans are mourning his passing today; many thousands of younger Cubans in Miami’s Little Havana and elsewhere are celebrating the end of an era that brought pain and suffering on their families. Fidel Castro has died. Cuba still isn’t free.

Anything L.A. Magazine’s Editor, Eve Elrich

 

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Nov 252016
 
Mayor Garcetti During 2016 Turkey Trot

Mayor Garcetti during the annual Turkey Trot to benefit the Midnight Mission. Photo property of Mayor Garcetti

In his Thanksgiving message L.A. Mayor Garcetti urges Angelenos in the aftermath of the divisive presidential election to move on and focus our strength on the community. (Incidentally, living in a State and a City managed by wise leaders is yet another reason to be grateful….)

The Mayor’s suggestions?

  • Take part in the Welcome Home Project. Los Angeles works hard to provide affordable housing that will relieve the current housing AND homelessness crisis.
    Mayor Garcetti reminds us that homeless people are not faceless statistics; they are people very much like us who have fallen on hard times and with some support can become productive, self-sufficient and successful. Welcoming them into the neighborhood with compassion and care baskets. Read more
  • Volunteer to help at Immigrant Resource Fairs and help immigrants learn about available options and resources. Those who qualify may be helped in their quest for citizenship. Those concerned about the welfare of their children should know the city’s position on ensuring safety of all its residents. Los Angeles is – and has always been – a city of immigrants. Help them find a way to assimilate and prosper. Read more
  • Hire wisely! If you own a business that’s looking for new employees consider hiring youth or a veteran. The city has special programs to help you get started. The youth needs experience. The veterans need a way to resume life as civilians.
    Read more about Hire LA’s Youth.
    Read more about Hiring Veterans, 10,000 Strong.
  • Support gender equity at the leadership level! Los Angeles has already made strides and currently has achieved 50 / 50 gender equality on city’s boards and commissions. Let’s make sure the equality continues.
    Women are invited to participate in workshops and mentorship programs hosted by Mayor Garcetti and First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, the Young Women’s Assembly in March 2017. Read more
  • Fight climate change with the help of the City! Did you know that as a homeowner you can request up to seven shade tress (and everything else needed to grow them!) from the City, free? More shade trees means less AC and less global warming… Read more about Free Trees

Changing the world or influencing politics of a country is beyond the scope of an individual. Affecting positive change at the local level – right at home! – is doable. And guess what, the “world” starts in our own backyard…. Our example may become contagious.

 

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Nov 242016
 
Florence Henderson, Beloved Brady Bunch Mom Died

Photo courtesy of Answers.com

Florence Henderson, the mom in 1969 television series “The Brady Bunch” was an accomplished actress, singer, television personality and talk show hostess.

Florence Henderson was very popular – and unlike most actors – was very much in demand for all of her professional life. She was well-liked and active. In 2010 she dazzled on Dancing with the Stars. On September 19th of this year, on her Facebook page, she applauded her “daughter” from “The Brady Bunch” Maureen McCormick who was competing on Dancing With The Stars, too.

Henderson was the youngest of ten children. She was married twice and had four children.

It’s been said that Florence Henderson died surrounded by family and friends. She was 82. Henderson was born on Valentine’s Day and passed away on Thanksgiving…. She had love, success, respect and in the end, the gratitude of legions of fans.

 

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Nov 242016
 

Happy Thanksgiving Los Angeles

As Angelenos, we are thankful for the wisdom of our City Leaders. L.A. Mayor Garcetti took stand on homelessness and human rights, made a commitment to veterans, children, small business and green energy. LAPD Chief Beck is building a relationship between the community and law enforcement. L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer who fought for – and won – justice for customers of Wells Fargo Bank.

We give thanks for Los Angeles Community Leaders, L.A. Charities and Angelenos with a heart who made sure that no Angeleno is without a turkey dinner, today.

As Californians, we are grateful to have Governor Brown at the helm of our Golden State. Among the many bills he passed in recent months are several that protect rape victims and the natural environment.

As people, we give thanks for our Loved Ones and Friends. Those who are here and on our side and those who watch over us from above.

As Anything L.A. Magazine? We thank you for your support. YOU are the reason the magazine has grown so much! Happy Thanksgiving to our Readers, Subscribers, Advertisers, Sponsors and Partners. It wouldn’t be a Thanksgiving without you….

 

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Nov 242016
 
August Wilson

August Wilson (1945-2005) was a legendary American playwright

CENTER THEATRE GROUP SELECTS FOUR LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS TO PARTICIPATE IN

2017 AUGUST WILSON IN-SCHOOL RESIDENCY PROGRAM

Residency is Part of Center Theatre Group’s Annual August Wilson Program

Center Theatre Group has selected four local high school teachers from three different high schools in Los Angeles to participate in the 2017 August Wilson In-School Residency Program. The in-school residency is a semester-long program that provides students with an in-depth study of the work of prolific African American playwright August Wilson and provides opportunities for them to discover their own creative voices.

The participating teachers are Damiek Barrow from Washington Preparatory High School in Los Angeles, Melanie Dubose and Juan Perez from East Los Angeles Performing Arts Magnet in Los Angeles and Craig Robinson from Animo Leadership Charter High School in Inglewood.

The four selected teachers will each partner with a Center Theatre Group Teaching Artist as they deliver curriculum related to one of August Wilson’s plays during 15 in-class sessions spanning four months. In addition to the in-class sessions, the four teachers will participate in two full-day team building meetings to plan and evaluate the curriculum, practice new skills related to the art form and exchange ideas.

Center Theatre Group’s in-school residency is part of the larger August Wilson
Program, which also includes the August Wilson Monologue Competition (AWMC). AWMC is an annual monologue competition hosted in cities throughout the country, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, New York, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Dallas and Greensboro, North Carolina and is designed to provide intensive learning opportunities for high school students to study and practice the craft of acting, specifically through monologue performances. Furthermore, the classrooms selected for the in-school residency will attend the August Wilson Monologue Competition Los Angeles Regional Finals at the Mark Taper Forum as part of their residency experience, witnessing the power of theatre as their peers bring August Wilson’s characters to life.

“These programs are part of our tradition of nurturing new voices in the American theatre,” said Director of Social Strategy, Innovation and Impact Leslie K. Johnson. “They enable students from all walks of life to discover August Wilson’s profound and deeply relevant works of art, explore their own creative voices, and learn more about our shared history and themselves.”

This is Center Theatre Group’s sixth year serving as facilitator of the August Wilson In-School Residency program, as well as the Southern California home to the AWMC.
CTG honors its long-standing relationship with August Wilson through its August Wilson Program, as well as through its continued production of Wilson’s work. CTG has presented nine of Wilson’s plays, including two world premiere productions of his work. In September/October 2016, Wilson’s “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” had a successful run at the Mark Taper Forum.

Center Theatre Group, one of the nation’s preeminent arts and cultural organizations, is Los Angeles’ leading nonprofit theatre company, programming seasons at the 736-seat Mark Taper Forum and 1600 to 2000-seat Ahmanson Theatre at The Music Center in Downtown Los Angeles, and the 317-seat Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. In addition to presenting and producing the broadest range of theatrical entertainment in the country, Center Theatre Group is one of the nation’s leading producers of ambitious new works through commissions and world premiere productions and a leader in interactive community engagement and education programs that reach across generations, demographics and circumstance to serve Los Angeles.

 

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Nov 232016
 
Congratulations To 23rd DWTS Winners

Photo courtesy of ABC

In the end it came down to three couples: race car driver James Hinchcliffe and pro-dancer Sharna Burgess, football player Calvin Johnson Jr and pro-dancer Lindsay Arnold and Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez and pro-dancer Val Chmerkovskiy.

And the winners are: Laurie Hernandez and Val Chmerkovskiy! Val – the brother of Max – is a great dancer, but the 16 year old Laurie stole America’s hearts!

The gymnast who won gold and silver as a member of the U.S. women’s gymnastics team at the 2016 Summer Olympics, earned the recognition of Dancing With The Stars judges, too. With the enthusiasm of a teen and perfectionism of a professional athlete, Laurie Hernandez was flawless! So was the Grand Finale of Fall 2016 Dancing With the Stars which took place at The Grove in Los Angeles and inaugurated Holiday Season.

Congratulations to Laurie Hernandez and Val Chmerkovskiy as well as to James Hinchcliffe and Sharna Burgess and Calvin Johnson Jr and Lindsay Arnold. It’s only fair that America – and not a jury – chooses the DWTS winners, all of the Finalists were FANTASTIC!!!

 

 

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Nov 222016
 

Another Huge Earthquake Strikes Japan

Fukushima – the same area devastated by the 2011 monster quake – has been struck by a 7.4 magnitude earthquake on Monday, November 21th 2016. The quake triggered tsunami warnings. Luckily the resulting tsunamis were relatively minor and didn’t cause significant damage.

Today – only a day later! – another 6.9 earthquake shook the same area. Both are believed to be aftershocks of the 2011 quake. The videos taken by locals capture the incredible power of the quakes.

The property damage is limited, three people were reported injured and about 2,000 homes experienced brief interruption in power supply. According to experts, both the 7.4 and 6.9 earthquake – as well as many tremors of over 5.00 – are aftershocks of the huge 2011 quake.

Japan is prone to earthquakes and the Japanese don’t overreact. The monster 9.0 earthquake of 2011 – which struck the same area as the most recent ones – was unlike any other in Japan’s history. It moved the coast by 8 feet and shifted the Earth’s axis. It triggered 12 feet high tsunamis and a meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. (It is estimated that the cleanup of nuclear waste can take as long as 40 years!) It caused mass devastation of housing and infrastructure. It killed 20,000 people and traumatized all survivors, tens of thousands of whom still live in temporary housing.

Earthquakes are destructive in every way. Southern Californians understand the trauma Japanese earthquake survivors are experiencing. Our thoughts and prayers are with Japan!

 

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Nov 222016
 

Kanye West Health Crisis

On Monday, November 21th 2016 West L.A. private fitness trainer to the stars Harley Pasternak made a medical welfare call to summon help for his client, Kanye West. West was taken to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center for observation.

Kanye West Health Crisis

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

Kanye West’s unusually erratic behavior during his Saint Pablo Tour had many concert goers confused. His tirade on Beyonce and Jay Z, his belated endorsement of Donald Trump and several concert cancellations raised eyebrows. Gossip abounds, still. Some sources blame sleep deprivation for the eccentric hip-hop artist’s behavior and apparently, breakdown.

In the meantime, the remaining 21 concerts of Kanye West’s Saint Pablo Tour have been cancelled by LiveNation.

No official statement on Kanye’s health has been released by his family, promoter or agent. Everybody – celebrities included – is entitled to privacy in a time of crisis. Let’s remember it, before passing judgment on Kanye West.

 

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Nov 222016
 

EJ Jackson Thanksgiving Tradition Lives

EJ Jackson, the owner of Jackson Limo and a community hero passed away, on November 1st. EJ Jackson, who experienced poverty himself before becoming a successful businessman, gave away thousands of turkeys and complete turkey dinners for Thanksgiving to Los Angeles poor, for 33 years.

This year, EJ isn’t with us anymore, but the need for poverty relief – so deeply felt especially during holidays – is still here.

To honor EJ Jackson’s memory the Ellsworth Jackson’s family continues the tradition of giving this year, too! The thousands who have lined up around the EJ Jackson Limousine Service will receive turkey and Thanksgiving food boxes from volunteers who will include such celebrities as Edward James Olmos, Lou Gossett Jr., KiKi Shepard, Tone Loc, Dawnn Lewis and Congresswoman Maxine Waters.

Over 10,000 families will receive turkey dinners in spite of the organizer’s sudden death. EJ Jackson’s legacy lives!

Other Thanksgiving turkey and meals giveaways in Los Angeles area this year include:

  • The Inner-City Games and Hollenbeck Police Business Council’s 35th Annual Turkey Basket Giveaway at 2015 E. First Street in Los Angeles. (The turkeys are donated by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the executive commission of Inner-City Games.)
  • Senator Isadore Hall III’s 12th Annual Turkey Giveaway takes place at the Urban Youth Academy, 901 E. Artesia Blvd. in Compton.
  • The San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission’s 17th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner will serve holiday meals to over 500 homeless people at La Iglesia En El Camino: 14800 Sherman Way in Van Nuys.
  • “Sweet” Alice Harris will hold an Annual Turkey Giveaway at 10828 Lou-Dillon Ave. in Watts.

Some of the charitable Thanksgiving events are big, some are smaller but Angelenos express their thanks and share with the less fortunate. People live and yes, people die. Goodness lives forever.

 

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Nov 212016
 
What’s New At The Forum

Photo by RitapepajOwn work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

Completely reinvented and reintroduced in 2014, 17,500 seats Inglewood Forum (better known as the Los Angeles Forum) boasts the latest in technology and comfort. The Forum features world-class concerts, entertainment and sport events.

Kanye West abruptly cancelled his L.A. Forum performance on November 20th leaving his fans bewildered and confused… All the other shows however will go on as scheduled.

These are the events scheduled to take place at the Los Angeles Forum from December 2016 to April 2017.

December

Power 106 Cali Christmas
December 2 at 7:30 pm

Maxwell and Mary J. Blige
December 6 at 7:00 pm

KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas 2016
December 10 & 11

World Championship Boxing: Hopkins vs Smith
December 17 at 2:00 pm

Stevie Nicks with special guest Pretenders
December 18 at 7:00 pm

January

Toruk – The First Flight
January 12 – 15 at 7:00 pm

Bellator 170: Ortiz vs. Sonnen
January 21 at 6:00 pm

Kings of Leon with special guest Deerhunter
January 28 at 7:30 pm

February

Armin Van Buuren
February 4 at 7:00 pm

March

Bon Jovi
March 8 at 7:30 pm

Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience
March 23 at 7:00 pm

Panic! At The Disco with special guests MisterWives and Saint Motel
March 28 at 7:00 pm

Ariana Grande with special guests Little Mix and Victoria Monet
March 31 at 7:00 pm

April

The Weeknd
April 29 & 30 at 7:30 pm

Tickets to events held at The Forum are available here.

The Forum
3900 West Manchester Boulevard
Inglewood, CA 90305
Website: http://www.fabulousforum.com/content/forum/home.html
Phone: 310-330-7300

 

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Nov 202016
 

United Nations Climate Conference in Marrakech, Morocco (COP22)

West Coast Leaders Reaffirm Commitment to Climate Action at Close of COP22

On November 18th 2016 California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., Oregon Governor Kate Brown, Washington Governor Jay Inslee and British Columbia Premier Christy Clark today issued the following statement on the final day of the United Nations Climate Conference in Marrakech, Morocco (COP22):

“Today, as COP22 comes to a close – two weeks after the Paris Agreement came into force – leaders from across the globe have renewed their commitment to climate action. In California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia – from the Mexican border to the edge of the Yukon Territory – we stand with the international community. Our success demonstrates that taking action on climate change goes hand-in-hand with robust job creation and a thriving clean energy economy.

We know what’s at stake because we have seen the destruction firsthand – from year-round wildfires and historic drought to devastating sea-level rise. These impacts don’t respect borders or wait for the next election.

Our resolve is strong. We will continue to take bold action to achieve the targets set in the Paris agreement. We will mobilize our resources and our people. We will join with other like-minded cities, states and regions committed to action and lead this global fight.”

California’s Leadership on Climate Change

California is playing a world-leading role in setting aggressive climate goals, broadening collaboration among subnational leaders and taking action to reduce climate pollutants.

Last year, California and Baden-Württemberg, Germany formed the Under2 Coalition – an international pact among cities, states and countries to limit the increase in global average temperature to below 2 degrees Celsius, the level of potentially catastrophic consequences. With the addition of 29 new members earlier this week following a signing ceremony at COP22, a total of 165 jurisdictions have joined the coalition representing more than a billion people and $25.7 trillion in combined GDP – more than one-third of the global economy.

In September, California took bold action to advance its climate goals, establishing the most ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction targets in North America  and the nation’s toughest restrictions on destructive super pollutants.

The Governor also signed legislation that directs cap-and-trade funds  to greenhouse gas reducing programs which benefit disadvantaged communities, support clean transportation and protect natural ecosystems.

This action builds on landmark legislation the Governor signed in October 2015 to generate half of the state’s electricity from renewable sources by 2030 and double the rate of energy efficiency savings in California buildings. Governor Brown has also committed to reducing today’s petroleum use in cars and trucks by up to 50 percent within the next 15 years; make heating fuels cleaner; and manage farm and rangelands, forests and wetlands so they can store carbon.

Over the past year and a half, the Governor has traveled to the United Nations headquarters in New York, the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, France, the Vatican in Italy and the Climate Summit of the Americas in Toronto, Canada to call on other leaders to join California in the fight against climate change. Governor Brown also joined an unprecedented alliance of heads of state, city and state leaders – convened by the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund – to urge countries and companies around the globe to put a price on carbon.

These efforts to broaden collaboration among subnational leaders build on a number of other international climate change agreements with leaders from the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Mexico, China, North America, Japan, Israel, Peru and Chile and Governor Brown’s efforts to gather hundreds of world-renowned researchers and scientists around a groundbreaking call to action – called the consensus statement – which translates key scientific climate findings from disparate fields into one unified document.

The impacts of climate change are already being felt in California and will disproportionately impact the state’s most vulnerable populations.

 

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Nov 192016
 

"The Wholehearted" Premieres At Douglas in December

“The Wholehearted”

Conceived and Created by Stein | Holum Projects
Written and Co-Directed by Deborah Stein
Performed and Co-Directed by Suli Holum
Produced in association with La Jolla Playhouse
A World Premiere Production
A DouglasPlus Production

Set in a boxing gym where female boxing phenom Dee Crosby (Suli Holum) is preparing for a whole new fight, “The Wholehearted” looks past the neatly-packaged Cinderella stories of sports coverage into the real world of a woman grappling with lost love and an abusive husband. A tale of revenge and redemption, the violence of love, the sexuality of sports and the high cost of fame, this new play utilizes live projections, film and a thumping rockabilly score to explore the line between personal fantasy and hard reality – and what it takes to be a champion.

DATES AND TIMES
Preview December 2 at 8 p.m. Opens December 3 at 8 p.m.
Through December 11.
Regular Performances: (December 4 – 11)
Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m.;
Sunday at 1 and 6:30 p.m. No Monday performances.
Exceptions: No 2 p.m. performance on Saturday, December 3.

 

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Nov 192016
 

America's new direction

Even though the process has just begun, President Elect Trump’s choices are raising eyebrows and concerns.

According to reports so far the following individuals are being either appointed or nominated for the following offices:

Chief of Staff: Reince Priebus

National Security Adviser: Retired Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn

Attorney General: Jeff Sessions

CIA Director: Mike Pompeo

The appointments / nominations so far affirm the President Elect’s commitment to the conservative hard-line.
As we all know, President Elect Trump’s presidential campaign was unconventional and the popularity of his radical views took many Americans by surprise. It seems that even though the election is over, the reactions to the upcoming federal policy changes remain heated.

Anyone concerned with the welfare of the environment feels betrayed. The reinstatement of Stop And Frisk has many minority men worried. The new approach toward Muslims has American Muslims on guard. Beneficiaries of the Dream Act feel threatened. Sanctuary Cities throughout the United States wonder about the future of human rights in the Country built by immigrants…..

Let’s hope for the best, after all the main reason to run for presidency is love of Country. But let’s stay vigilant as well. Unlike a corporation, a Country is supposed to consider the interests and future of ALL.

To stay current on the new direction of our Country as well as the President Elect’s latest cabinet appointments / nominations, visit https://www.greatagain.gov

 

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Nov 182016
 
Rams Field Of Dreams

Photo property of Channel 9 / KCAL

On November 17th 2016 Rams’ owner Stan Kroenke and National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell along with Inglewood Mayor James Butts, Jack Youngblood and Eric Dickerson (the latter two, Hall-of-Famers) took part in the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the $2.6 billion L.A. Stadium and Entertainment District at Hollywood Park.

Breaking Ground On Rams Field Of Dreams

The first part of the project (the 70,000-seat open-air stadium) is scheduled to open in August 2019. In 2021 the new Rams stadium will host the Super Bowl. The completed project will feature impressive landscaping including lakes, public parks and recreation areas as well as entertainment venues, retail spaces and more!

In the words of NFL commissioner Goodell, L.A. Rams new stadium in Inglewood will be a place “not just for football but for entertainment, for events, for eating, for living, for working.”

Just like the Forum that helps to revitalize Inglewood since its reopening 2014, the new Rams stadium is expected to have positive impact on the area and its economy.

L.A. Stadium and Entertainment District at Hollywood Park according to Kroenke and his partners will become a “global entertainment destination”.

 

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Nov 172016
 

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