The stereotype is false: Los Angeles DOES care about its past & is national leader in historic preservation

Friday February 20, 2015 by Carolyn

In a recent article in the New York Times on the mansionization that is taking place in some neighborhoods here, the journalist observed:

"Los Angeles has always been known for its tear-it-down, build-it-up methods, to the concern of preservationists. The intensity of the current opposition [to mansionization] has challenged the notion that this is a city with little interest in preserving its past."

Cool Apolis market bags support women in Bangladesh + So Cal communities

Tuesday February 10, 2015 by Carolyn
You may have noticed people in various parts of Southern California carrying large, graphically stunning and otherwise cool burlap shopping bags with the names of a city or neighborhood featured in clean, white font on one side and the words "Apolis: Global Citizen" on the other.

Nature loving couple donate 10+ acres to Santa Clarita to ensure the land remains pristine

Monday February 9, 2015 by Carolyn

Southern California is one of the hottest real estate markets in the country. We read stories daily about investors from around the world buying property here, often for cash. 

So, it was heartening to read today in the San Fernando Valley Business Journal that in December of last year, long time Santa Clarita residents and nature lovers Bob and Wendy Stevenson donated two 4.91 acre lots to the City of Santa Clarita for open space. This is their second property donation. In 2007, the couple donated 16.3 acres to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy.

A lucky chance encounter with the impressive Special Olympian Lucy Meyer

Tuesday February 3, 2015 by Carolyn

Waiting in a long line for the valet to deliver your car is generally not a pleasant experience.

But last Thursday night, after having attended the LA Chamber of Commerce's annual dinner at which Wallis Annenberg received the Civic Medal of Honor Award (stay tuned for another blog regarding this well deserved honor), I experienced a magical moment while waiting for my car.

If you're interested in helping mentor young men and women, read this. Part 2

Thursday January 22, 2015 by Carolyn

As promised, here is Part 2 of organizations in the Los Angeles area who are mentoring girls, boys and teens and helping to ensure their professional and personal success:

A Place Called Home
An organization that provides children and youth in South Central Los Angeles with love, safety, enrichment training and opportunities through educational programs, counseling and mentoring.

If you're interested in helping mentor young men and women, read this. Part 1

Sunday January 11, 2015 by Carolyn

If so, check out the organizations in Los Angeles that provide specialized opportunities for you to mentor young men and women. This list comes from the October 2014 issue of Esquire Magazine; stay tuned for part two of this blog. More mentoring organizations to come.

Creative writing with recently incarcerated youth. Share stories. Share feedback. Learn from each other.

Mayor Garcetti announces $1 million innovation fund!

Thursday November 6, 2014 by Carolyn

Another reason we are super fortunate that Eric Garcetti is Mayor of Los Angeles:

On November 6, the Mayor announced the creation of a $1 million Innovation Fund to pay for original ideas that city employees and commissioners propose that will improve the efficiencies within city departments and improve the quality of life for Angelenos. The Mayor expects to finance about 10 projects with this initial round of funding.

U.S.VETS receives $500,000 grant to help homeless vets. Read how creator of World of Warcraft is involved.

Monday July 14, 2014 by Carolyn

Did you know that Los Angeles is the home of U.S.VETS, the country's largest provider of services to homeless and at-risk military veterans? We didn't either, but an article in the Los Angeles Business Journal led us to do some research.