RATHER THAN THE SOUND OF RHETORIC
for the children
My 3 kids teach me that the building blocks that our kids need – safety, positive social interaction and growth, education, recreation, cultural expression, etc. – creates a great community, not just for the kids, but for all of us.
Learn from history
As an avid history buff, I am often surprised when we communally disregard the lessons of the past. My goal with every issue is to look closely at the details, without losing sight of the the long-term and larger impacts.
Culture is wealth
Our community is layered with culture: amazing art, music and theater; ethnicity and religions; diverse ancestries. Through democratic processes like SORO NC we can all contribute to our shared American lifestyle.
SORO doesn’t have shopping malls or universities or regional health centers – no Walmart, no Cedars. Yet we have thousands of services and workplaces and a large employment footprint. My board focus includes sound economic health.
I met my wife here in SORO. Our 2 kids (6 and 4) attend school here. (My oldest is 26 and a prolific blogger living in Oregon alas).
After growing up in Philadelphia I studied at Penn State & Brown Universities. My education continues, mainly through books and online courses these days.
My early career was in commercial lending & financial services, morphed into consulting and a wholesale travel offshoot, and finally into software development with a focus on process improvement.
I've been privileged to travel extensively, to maintain overseas businesses offices, to have associates and friends throughout the world. My experience informs my appreciation of my local community and the honor of serving you on our SORO Neighborhood Council.
Through the eyes of others...
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Some of you may recall the “Why We Fight” series of films made by Frank Capra during WWII. Great propaganda, but unfortunately they bear little relation to my story here. (But they came to mind as I started typing). A few years ago a friend recommended running for the board. He had probably said this Read more about Why we serve…[…]
Today is the anniversary of my grandmother’s death – her yahrzeit. She immigrated from Russia when she was young, during the period of the Kishinev pogroms. She married my grandfather and raised three boys. My dad was the middle child. She had lived in a town called Uslan. Her family had helped to raise a Read more about My grandmother’s flag[…]
“…I urge all members of the Jewish community to fulfill their obligations by registering as soon as possible, and by voting.” — Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, October 3, 1984 Rabbi Feinstein makes it clear, in his letter shown below, that voting is incumbent on all Jewish citizens. Votes in the upcoming SORO NC election have inmpact on Read more about Incumbent…[…]
As of midnight last night there have been (according to Google Analytics) 103 unique visitors to this site (and about 270 actual visits) not including my own logins. That is a great start, and if you are reading this I want you to know that I am very appreciative of your support. But now I Read more about Friday update[…]
How difficult is it to register? I did it in less than a minute, and you can too, if you prepare 1 thing. You’ll need a photo ID to register. It can be a driver’s license or other state issued ID. It can be a school ID or a health club membership card. You’ll need Read more about Registration Challenge[…]
Yes! Not only can 15 year-olds vote in the Neighborhood Council election; I believe that we should view this act of voting as a tangible lesson for every young person who qualifies. Voting is the most critical action that citizens can perform in a republic like ours, where we want our elected officials to serve Read more about 15 Year Olds Can Vote?[…]
Though the South Robertson (SORO) Neighborhood Council is funded by the city of Los Angeles, and operates under the city’s Empower LA, your eligibility to vote in the SORO election is quite different from your eligibility for other city elections… To vote in the SORO election you need to be 15 or older, and a Read more about What is a stakeholder?[…]