There have been issues for a while now at the San Fernando Valley,
Los Angeles River. As such, there has
been a call by city officials on creating a change in how the area is
monitored. The situation is so bad that,
to co-founder of LA River Walkers and Watchers, Evelyn Aleman:
“Our community members are afraid to use the bike path, also afraid to use local businesses because the crime we are seeing is spilling into local communities affecting everyone,”
As such, Bob Blumenfield who is a member of the LA City council recently
proposed a motion for a pilot program that would render one organization to be
in charge of patrolling the area. He
believes that putting the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority in
this position is “the perfect entity [for the job given that] they are a park
agency.” He went on to explain:
“They know about water quality, park issues and interest in creating vibrant parks and the rangers unlike most other rangers are peace officers.”
The hope is that the motion will be heard by the end of 2019 by
the city council and that if approved, a few months later it will be
Japanese culture is alive and well
from Tel Aviv to Los Angeles. One
individual who can attest to the Tel Aviv, Israel part is Mozes
Victor Konig. Last week, he had the opportunity to enjoy Japan
Day courtesy of the Tikotin Museum of Japanese Eat.
Hosted by Tel Aviv’s Embassy of Japan,
for the last 11 years this event is intended to offer families a taste of
Japanese culture within a Japanese-based atmosphere.
“I found it to be a really hands-on
experience of Japanese culture,” Mozes
Victor Konig, Tel Aviv, Israel
based photographer said. “Getting a
taste of the tradition, hearing the language and meeting Japanese people living
in Tel Aviv is about as real as it gets,” he said.
“This actually gave me a taste for
learning more about Japanese culture.
Next time I’m in Los Angeles – hopefully at Thanksgiving time – I would
like to visit the exhibition taking place at Japan House, ‘Bakeru: Transforming
Spirits.’ It is very hands-on for kids which is appealing to me as there is an
interactive display whereby you put masks on which – with the aid of digital
technology – turns them into Japanese folklore figures. Tales include: Shishi
Odori (beast dance), Nahamage (deity frightening kids who misbehave) and more.”
Japanese-Israeli relations have been
improving in the last five to ten years.
In 2015, the Japanese PM, Shinzo Abe, visited Israel; the first time in
a decade a Japanese PM had ever made the trip.
The idea behind the trip was to improve relations between the two
countries and this has been happening ever since.
years Los Angeles has faced a crisis of an inordinate amount of homeless
individuals. Many solutions have been
proposed and executed over the years but still the problem remains. Here we take a look at some of the latest
news on this subject.
2018 21,631 homeless individuals were housed.
The amount of tax dollars used on this (millions) was 23 percent more
than in the year before. Still, this
accounted for a doubling of the amount of individuals housed in 2014.
question therefore remains though, why are there still so many people living on
the streets, in vehicles and shelters of LA?
In 2018 the homeless figure increased 12 percent, rendering
59,000 LA county individuals homeless.
proposal by the LA City Council has just been voted in which could make matters
a whole lot worse. A prohibition against
sleeping in vehicles in many parts of LA is to be put in place. The rules make it clear that individuals will not
be allowed to spend the night in their cars on residential streets or make
their vehicles their homes “within a block of a park, school, preschool or day
ruling has angered many local activists who argued at the City Hall that such a
measure was “counterproductive” to the 9,500+ individuals currently making
their homes in this way.
In this video – produced by Oaktree Capital – CEO of the global alternative investment management firm, Jay Wintrob engages in a “fireside chat” with Jane Wells, Special Correspondent at CNBC. Discussions took place in conjunction with this year’s Portfolio conference of the LA CFA Society, that is each year aimed at LA’s investment community and the industry at large.
Last month an announcement was made by
3L Capital (an equity investment company) concerning the $217 million equity
fund it had raised in order to continue its investments into local firms
seeking growth. The firm – based in Westwood – will be putting the monies
raised toward companies looking for a Series B/later investments.
Investments in the past have been made
in Wheels Lab Inc. – an e-bike operator in West Holywood; The Young Turks, a
Carthay LA neighborhood online talkshow and Culver City retailer SnackNation.
founded roughly two years ago by Shawn Colo, former chief executive for Demand
Media; Kerry Kellogg; and Dave Leyrer, founder of Boulevard Capital Management.
Its previous investments include West Hollywood-based e-bike operator Wheels Labs
Inc.; Carthay-based online talk show The Young Turks; and SnackNation, a Culver
City-based snack retailer.
Technology hubs throughout the West
Coast are in the lead nationwide with job opportunities in the STEM
industry. With an 8.2 percent increase
in LA between 2014 and 2018, this makes it the city that has encountered the
fastest growth in this industry.
STEM preparation is starting young in
California, and in some places is focusing on women. A new mobile STEM center has been rolled out
by the Girl Scouts Heart of Central California (GSHCC) in an
attempt to involve those Girl Scouts living in urban and rural areas who are
not able to get to Sacramento and Modesto STEM centers. GSHCC is available to
17,500 members and over 9,000 volunteers in 18 Northern Californian counties.
The idea is, according to manager of the STEM initiative Girl Scouts, Beth
Peters, to “serve all the girls in our 18 counties.”
Photographer Mozes Victor Konig
is no stranger to nighttime light shows.
A Tel Aviv, Israeli native, it is perhaps surprising therefore that the
only nighttime light show he had experienced
until now was the Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle, that lightens up Universal
Studios on select nights over the summer.
Statistics show however that it is usually tourists who make the most of
local city attractions, rather than the locals themselves.
This year, Konig decided to make the most of summer offerings close to home and took a trip to Jerusalem to enjoy the holy city’s Spectacular Sound and Light Show. And, as its title suggests, it was – in Konig’s own words, “spectacular.”
“Don’t get me wrong, the Universal Studios’ Hogwarts Castle
was really great. It’s just that for me –
being in the capital of our country – seeing what is right at my doorstep
seemed somehow that bit more spectacular. Plus, it offers an incredible history lesson.
You get to see the old city walls just light up and get used as a dramatic
stage for the beautification of Jerusalem’s 4,000 year old history! It’s not just a cool, fun gimmick; this is
real. You see archaeological remains, listen
to stories of Biblical King David, the Crusaders, Muhammad and more. As well as being “spectacular” it truly is a
lesson in history without sitting at your classroom desk.”
So if you are making your way this summer from Hollywood to
the Holyland, make sure you get your tickets for the Night Spectacular. While really
enjoying your evening, you will also return home with knowledge of the history
of Jerusalem…without even having realized you were being educated!
There have been a few approvals for councils
for funding to facilitate, aid and enhance certain neighborhoods in LA. In this article, we take a look at two of the
Last week, a
committee meeting of the Los Angeles City Council approved the framework of a
policy that will administer the monies and application of the districts that are
financed by the residents. With this,
community projects in needy neighborhoods will get the much-needed funds for
such programs. Supervising this will be the EIFDs (Enhanced Infrastructure
What is most welcome about the funding is that according to
the office of the Chief Legislative Analyst, an increase in residents’ property
taxes will not occur. instead, a
slice of the annual property tax hike will into a board (three Mayor-appointed
council members; two council-appointed members of the public) governed
In other news, Skid Row will be getting a large amount of
money for extra services. $2.7 million
has been earmarked for homeless services in the area following the finding of
the 16 percent increase in population there.
That money will be put toward: storage center upgrades (for homeless to
store belongings), two additional teams of outreach workers, water fountains
and attended restrooms.
Skid Row is the address of the
most amount of homeless people in LA.
While money is directed there a lot (the city received $85 million in
emergency funding from the state in 2018), the problems there run deep.
Employment opportunities are growing in the west coast more
than any other part of the nation in the science, tech, engineering and math
(STEM) industries. According to statistics from CBRE there was a 8.2 percent
increase in this industry in LA – fastest of any US metropolitan area.
Furthermore, in the 2018 fiscal year, Los Angeles County received nearly $1.1 billion in funding from the National Institutes of Health. This is the largest amount of all California counties. As such, growth in the number of employment opportunities in laboratory services and research industry has reached 11 percent. 90,000 people have gotten jobs in the sector in 2018.
There are also many tech companies that offer amazing
employee benefits in the LA region as detailed in this
LA – like many large metropolitan
cities – is often on the lookout for enhancements in traffic/infrastructure
issues. Here we look at some of the latest
possible advancements in this area, specifically at Bird, DASH and the Metro.
A seated design has been created for
users of Bird Rides Inc. Passengers now have the option of sitting,
standing and bringing along a friend. Known as the Bird Cruiser this new shared
e-bike will be tested in a few places later this summer. It
has a padded seat, pedal-assist/peg cruising options, hydraulic brakes, a 52V
battery, LCD display and custom motor to handle inclines.
“To further accelerate progress on our mission to make cities more livable, we are providing additional environmentally friendly micro-mobility alternatives —including Bird Cruiser. Designed and engineered in California, Bird Cruiser is an inclusive electric-powered option that is approachable, easy-to-ride and comfortable on rough roads.”
improve transportation matters for students in the region, Mayor Eric Garcetti
recently announced his intention to offer unlimited DASH (downtown bus service)
for free to community college students. Starting
in the fall as a one-year pilot program, it is hoped this will become permanent
and increase student use of buses by 10 percent. Funded by the Low Carbon Transit Operations
Program (LCTOP) the idea is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while enhancing transportation.
Metro is making progress on an extension for the Purple Line. Once completed it will mark the establishment
of a four-mile subway between Beverly Hills and Koreatown. To mark the progress
completed on this to date, officials gathered at LA’s La Brea Tar Pits Museum and Park to celebrate with a fun