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  • Fri, May 04, 2018 10:56 AM | Deleted user

    Based in Southern California, Amada Miyachi America, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of equipment and systems for resistance welding, laser welding, laser marking, laser cutting, laser micromachining, and hot bar bonding. The company provides products to a wide range of markets, including the medical device, battery, electric vehicle, and solar industries, as well as the global electronics, automotive, and general industrial markets. More About the Company

    Internship Openings:

    1. Data Science Tech (download PDF)
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    3. Temp Executive Assistant (download PDF)

    Company contact information
    Ms. Tina Carey
    Director, Administrative Services
    Amada Miyachi America Inc.
    1820 Myrtle Ave
    Monrovia, CA 91016
    Please send resume to tina.carey@amadamiyachi.com

  • Fri, May 04, 2018 10:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Los Angeles Times: How a California Republican Party endorsement in the governor's race could help the GOP hang on to Congress

    California Republicans gathering in San Diego for this weekend's state GOP convention find themselves in a familiar spot: scrambling for ways to resurrect a party sliding toward political irrelevance in this solidly Democratic state.

    The most telling question will be whether one of the top two Republicans running for governor — wealthy Rancho Santa Fe businessman John Cox and Huntington Beach Assemblyman Travis Allen — can muster enough support to nab the state party's endorsement.

    The seal of approval may be essential for either to survive the June primary and appear on the November ballot. Propelling a strong Republican to the top of the ticket could be vital to rallying enough of the party's voters to help candidates in tight races down the ballot, in turn boosting GOP efforts to hold control of Congress.


    Los Angeles Times: Trump's EPA fuel economy plan could have far reaching consequences for climate and clean air

    The Trump administration's plan to scrap vehicle fuel economy rules would lead to a surge of oil consumption that independent researchers warn threatens to paralyze the ability of the United States to make crucial progress in confronting climate change.

    The administration's blueprint, as detailed in a confidential draft that was leaked to lawmakers and the media last week, would propel Americans to consume up to hundreds of thousands of barrels of additional oil daily and spend billions of dollars more on fuel, and leave cars and trucks sending more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than they do today, according to a study released Thursday by Rhodium Group, a research firm that tracks the progress nations are making in meeting climate goals.

    The dire projections about how the plan would hinder the ability of California and the rest of the nation to slow climate change comes as state research already shows that a retreat on the emissions rules would hamstring California's effort to reduce the air pollution choking the state's population centers.


    OC Register: Southern California jobs could be collateral damage in Trump's trade war with China

    President Donald Trump’s tit-for-tat trade struggle with China may seem distant, but its impact will likely be felt in Southern California.

    Chinese tariffs already imposed on 128 U.S. exports, along with threatened duties on another 106 products, will affect 2.1 million American workers in 40 industries, according to a study by the Brookings Institution, a Washington, D.C. nonprofit research group.

    Some 41,000 people in Los Angeles County work in the vulnerable industries, along with 10,700 in Orange County, 8,400 in Riverside County and 6,400 in San Bernardino County, Brookings’ county-by-county survey found.

    Although California’s large and diverse economy tends to insulate it from a trade war, it nonetheless counts 287,000 jobs in businesses targeted by Chinese tariffs — more than any other state.


    Washington Post: Unemployment rate falls to 3.9 percent as U.S. economy adds 164,000 jobs

    The U.S. economy added 164,000 jobs in April, and the unemployment rate fell to 3.9 percent — the lowest point since 2000, federal economists reported Friday.

    The average hourly wage rose by 2.6 percent year-over-year, maintaining a slow pace of growth, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    For the past six months, the jobless rate had clung to 4.1 percent, the longest it had gone without budging since the late 1960s. (The record to beat: nine months.) The streak defied the expectations of economists, who said the nation's prolonged hiring blitz was bound to drive the figure down. Women seemed to propel some of April's drop. The share of unemployed female job seekers sank to 3.5 percent last month, down from 3.8 percent in March. Other worker groups — men (3.7 percent), whites (3.6 percent), blacks (6.6 percent), Hispanics (4.8 percent) — showed little to no change. Other government data suggest fewer people are facing layoffs: Initial claims for state unemployment benefits hit 211,000 during the last week of April, the lowest level since March 1973.


    "It’s an exciting headline for the worker,” said Josh Wright, Chief Economist at iCIMS, a software company. “A real Goldilocks number, with job growth being great.” But pay stayed flat, so the Federal Reserve won’t likely feel pressure to raise rates before June. In other words, Wright said, the markets should respond favorably.“What we’re seeing here is steadiness,” he said.


    Joel Kotkin: California is not the model for America it thinks it is

    In the past, wrote historian Kevin Starr, California “was a final frontier: of geography and of expectation.” Today in the Trump era, California remains a frontier, but increasingly one that appeals largely to progressives. “California,” recently suggested progressive journalists Peter Leyden and Ruy Teixeira, “today provides a model for America as a whole.”

    To them, California remains the “harbinger” of “new America” and “the most active front” in the battle to exterminate Trumpism. Yet this enthusiasm should be curbed somewhat by paying attention to what is actually happening on the ground here.

    Economically, our state retains unquestioned areas of remarkable strength, notably in Silicon Valley as well as parts of coastal Southern California. But often overlooked are vast areas of underdevelopment, poverty and searing inequality, particularly in the interior. Overall, after a strong recovery from the recession, California’s GDP growth is now about the national average, well below that of prime competitors like Texas, Washington state, Ohio and even New York.

    At the end of his long career, Jerry Brown has spent much time vamping in western Europe, Russia and China as the visionary leader of a de facto green nation-state. Yet it is rarely noticed that California’s greenhouse gas emissions are not dropping more rapidly than most places. In fact, according to the Energy Information Agency, the state since 2007 has reduced emissions by 10 percent, below the national average of 12 percent, meaning the state ranks a measly 35th in reduction.

    Immigration and diversity is another defining aspect of the California model. This will be front and center in the effort to nominate the telegenic Kamala Harris for the White House. Harris claims multicultural California represents “the future” being created by very diverse millennials in comparison with Trump’s white and aging base.

    Yet on the ground level, the progressive regime has been far less friendly, at least economically, to minorities than most may suspect. Many live in deplorable conditions, with a rate of overcrowding roughly twice the national average. Minority home ownership is plunging well below other states, and economic prospects, particularly for those without college education, are increasingly dismal.

  • Fri, April 27, 2018 1:02 PM | Deleted user


    SCAQMD staff has proposed two possible approaches for Refinery Committee members to consider: (1) improved safety enhancements or (2) a possible phase-out of Modified Hydrofluoric Acid (MHF). According to the California Energy Commission, a phase-out of MHF could ultimately lead to the shutdown of the Torrance and Wilmington refineries and their fuels production, which would harm the Southern California and state economies through the loss of thousands of jobs and increases in gasoline and other fuel prices throughout the state.

    The Committee will revisit this issue on April 28th to receive an update from SCAQMD staff.

    Like many of you, we are concerned that the potential viability of the Torrance Refinery could depend on the outcome of the SCAQMD’s rulemaking. However, we are energized by the hundreds of employees, neighbors, business owners, and local leaders who support our operations and understand the significant ramifications if the SCAQMD includes in this rulemaking a phase-out of MHF.

    HOW YOU CAN HELP

    The best action step you can take is to voice your opinion on this critical issue. The best way to do that is to contact SCAQMD Governing Board members in advance of the April 28th Committee meeting, specifically Board Chairperson Dr. William Burke and members of the Refinery Committee, who are Chairperson Dr. Clark Parker, Vice-Chairperson Larry McCallon, Committee Member Dr. Joseph K. Lyou, Committee Member Ben Benoit, and Committee Member Judy Mitchell. Tell them the rulemaking has you concerned about the future of the two refineries; gasoline prices could be significantly impacted by potential supply shortages; and that you want them to support good local jobs for working families and our economy, so they should NOT support a phase-out of MHF and direct SCAQMD staff to focus on safety enhancements in the rulemaking, which we are committed to do.

    For more information, please access the Californians for a Sustainable Economy (CaSE) website, which is hosted by a coalition of California residents, businesses, and labor unions who are promoting and support economic sustainability for Californians and the use of MHF by California refineries.

    Visit the Coalition Website Today


  • Fri, April 27, 2018 12:40 PM | Deleted user


    LOS ANGELES, CA (April 25, 2018) – Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHTR) today announced the beginning of the launch of Spectrum Internet Gig in Los Angeles and Southern California, featuring the deployment of DOCSIS 3.1 internet services delivering a 1 Gbps connection to the customer’s home.

    Spectrum is fully committed to bringing faster internet speeds to the communities it serves with no modem fees or data caps. Priced at $104.99 per month for new customers, Spectrum Internet Gig is now available to approximately 23 million homes in a growing number of markets. Spectrum is starting the launch of Gig speed from Ventura to Los Angeles to San Diego. The faster internet speed will be available throughout Southern California and virtually all of Spectrum’s 41-state service area by the end of 2018.

    “Spectrum’s state-of-the-art, fiber-rich network allows us to deploy dramatically faster broadband speeds, including gigabit connections, broadly and rapidly,” said Tom Rutledge, Charter Communications Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “As consumer demands for bandwidth and capacity grow, our world-class network is best-positioned to meet these demands, today and into the future.”

    With Spectrum Internet Gig, customers have access to faster and more powerful internet speeds to stream video, play online games, download music and more across multiple devices without sacrificing performance.

    Spectrum Internet Gig is offered with no data caps or contracts, includes a modem and free in-home WiFi, and is backed by a 30-day money back guarantee. For more information on Spectrum’s full suite of advanced broadband services, please visit www.spectrum.com.

    About Spectrum

    Spectrum is a suite of advanced broadband services offered by Charter Communications Inc., a leading broadband communications company and the second largest cable operator in the United States. Spectrum provides a full range of services, including Spectrum TV™ video entertainment programming, Spectrum Internet™ access, and Spectrum Voice™. Spectrum Business® similarly provides scalable, tailored, and cost-effective broadband communications solutions to business organizations, such as business-to-business Internet access, data networking, business telephone, video and music entertainment services, and wireless backhaul. More information about Spectrum can be found at spectrum.com.

     

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    Media Contact

    Dennis Johnson

    Dennis.johnson1@charter.com

    (310) 647-6607

    @CharterNewsroom

  • Fri, April 27, 2018 12:31 PM | Deleted user


    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                  

    April 26, 2018                                                                                             

    Contact: Paul Hubler

    Office (626) 373-2685 / Cell (626) 379-4937

    $78 MILLION IN GRANT FUNDS PROPOSED FOR GRADE SEPARATIONS

    Roadway underpass at Montebello Boulevard & overpass at Turnbull Canyon Road planned at busy rail crossings in San Gabriel Valley

    (April 26, 2018) – California Transportation Commission staff has recommended the award of $78 million in grant funding for two projects to separate the roadway from hazardous rail crossings along the Alameda Corridor-East (ACE) freight rail corridor in eastern Los Angeles County. The proposed grants are among a statewide list of projects recommended for funding from the state’s new Trade Corridor Enhancement Program (TCEP) administered by the Commission.

    “The ACE grade separation program will eliminate crossing collisions, traffic delays and locomotive horn noise and reduce vehicle emissions at the most congested and hazardous crossings in the San Gabriel Valley,” said San Gabriel Councilwoman Juli Costanzo, Chair of the Capital Projects and Construction Committee of the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments, which oversees the construction program.  “We appreciate this proposed robust support which will provide significant matching funds toward construction of our final two ACE projects.”

    The staff recommendations released late Wednesday are scheduled to be adopted by the Commission at their May 16-17 meeting.  The competitive grant program for trade corridor projects is funded with revenues provided from the new SB 1 state tax on diesel fuel and from the state’s share of federal freight highway program funds.  The grant program would contribute $49 million toward construction of a $128.61 million roadway underpass on Montebello Boulevard in the City of Montebello and $29 million toward an $86.2 million roadway overpass on Turnbull Canyon Road in the City of Industry and unincorporated Los Angeles County. The Montebello crossing is the second most-hazardous freight rail crossing in Los Angeles County and the Turnbull Canyon crossing will see a near tripling of rail traffic over 20 years. Both projects are entering the final design phase with the construction phase anticipated to begin prior to summer 2020.

    The ACE projects were part of an application submitted by Los Angeles County Metro for a Southern California regional freight rail strategy of investing in on-dock freight rail projects to reduce future truck trips on Southland roadways, the most congested highway network in the world, while also grade separating the highest priority crossings on the ACE rail corridor.

  • Fri, April 27, 2018 11:46 AM | Deleted user

    We learned this afternoon that the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) has funded Metro’s request for just under $300 million to complete the Foothill Gold Line from Glendora to Montclair from the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program. That amount fills the estimated funding gap for the project, based on the Construction Authority’s latest project estimates. We will know the final amount for the project when we receive bids later this year.

    The Foothill Gold Line project was one of several major projects in Los Angeles County to receive the full requested grant award, resulting in a combined total of $1.09 billion for Los Angeles County (and more than $4.3 billion statewide).

    Below is a Los Angeles Times article that just came out on the State’s announcement, and here is a link to the CalSTA award announcement.

    The Journey Continues,

    Habib F. Balian

  • Fri, April 27, 2018 11:03 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    San Gabriel Valley Tribune: There's now enough money to build the Gold Line through to Montclair

    With a quarter-billion-dollar funding gap plugged, there’s now enough money to extend the Foothill Gold Line from Glendora to Montclair.

    The California Sate Transportation Agency announced Thursday it would award $290 million to the Gold Line extension to support the project on both sides of the Los Angeles-San Bernardino county line.

    The 12.3-mile extension is currently estimated to cost $1.5 billion and has been funded on the Los Angeles County side by Measure M sales tax dollars approved by voters in November 2016. Based on earlier estimates, however, they weren’t going to be enough, and the project was facing a $250 million shortfall.

    “This was a big milestone for us,” Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority CEO Habib F. Balian said of the grant. “But we can’t exhale just yet.”

    The authority is moving forward with plans to hire the design-build contractor, Balian said.

    In February, the authority short-listed four design-build teams to compete for the work. The authority is expected to issue a request for bids late next month, and a contract award is anticipated in October, according to the news release.

    Balian said the construction bids will factor in changes since the estimates were provided, such as labor and tariffs.

    “Once the bids come in, then we can exhale,” he said. “Based on our estimates, we are fully funded.”

    Balian said the transit agency was one of several major projects in Los Angeles County to receive the requested grant award in full, resulting in a combined total of $1.09 billion.


    Sacramento Bee: Republicans surging past Villaraigosa in California's governors race, new poll shows

    The two major Republican candidates in the race to succeed Gov. Jerry Brown are battling for second place to make the November runoff, while Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom has strengthened his lead, according to a new poll from UC Berkeley's Institute of Governmental Studies.

    The poll shows businessman John Cox preferred by 18 percent of likely voters in the June 5 primary, while Assemblyman Travis Allen, R-Huntington Beach, won support from 16 percent. Both are well ahead of Democrat and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who dropped to 9 percent, down from 17 percent in December, and well behind Newsom, preferred by 30 percent.

    Support for both Cox and Allen essentially doubled since December.

    "Both major Republican candidates are now holding an advantage over Villaraigosa for finishing second in the top-two primary," said poll director Mark DiCamillo.

    The poll, conducted April 16-22 , also "is good news" for Newsom, DiCamillo said. The former San Francisco mayor had 30 percent of likely voters behind him, up from 26 percent in December. "I think he can be expected to be one of the candidates, if not the top candidate, to move on to the November general election," DiCamillo said.


    Sacramento Bee: Will Congress raise the federal gas tax? California Republican may have the most say

    The next chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will shape how the federal government regulates California’s dams and waterways.

    He or she will oversee the federal programs that subsidize everything from efforts to help reduce the choking congestion between the Central Valley and Bay Area to the state’s ambitious and controversial high-speed rail project.

    Most immediately, the next chair will face the politically charged decision of whether to raise the federal gas tax — and the price Californians pay the pump — to keep the nation’s highway maintenance fund from sinking into the red.

    And for the first time in more than 20 years, a Californian is poised to take over this powerful post. That is, if he can just keep his job.

    Republican Rep. Jeff Denham of Turlock has only been in Congress since 2011, but a combination of GOP retirements, term limits and Denham’s own savvy alliance building have made him the favorite to assume the top slot on the committee in 2019, industry lobbyists and congressional aides agree. That assumes, however, two election outcomes this November that are very much in doubt: that Republicans keep their majority in the House of Representatives and that Denham, himself, keeps his 10th District seat.

    Denham narrowly won reelection in 2016, even as Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton won his Modesto-area district in the presidential race. A handful of well-funded Democrats are now vying for the chance to take on Denham this November. And political handicappers rank him among the most vulnerable Republicans in 2018.

    That hasn’t stopped Denham from coalescing support from fellow Republicans in the race for the party’s top spot on the committee, which the House GOP caucus will vote on after the November election. His primary rival is Missouri Rep. Sam Graves.

    Denham is seen as having the clear edge thanks not only to his policy work on the committee but his personal connections to other members.


    Los Angeles Times: Republicans hope to ride a gas tax repeal to victory

    Republicans are on the verge of turning in at least 830,000 signatures for an initiative to repeal the tax increase. Even before they know for sure it will appear on the November ballot, the party's candidates up and down the state already are acting to direct voter anger over higher fuel prices at Democrats who boosted the levies.

    "Everybody on the Republican side, at least all my clients, are definitely making this an issue," said David Gilliard, a political consultant representing candidates including Haskin. "It's generating a lot of support in their districts, because people are angry about this gas tax and the price of gasoline in California."

    Democrats say they are not worried, because the gas tax is paying for much-needed road and bridge repairs. The thinking is that President Trump's policy decisions will be a bigger factor for voters.

    "The condition of our infrastructure is an embarrassment that hurts the entire economy of the state, and Californians want it fixed," said John Vigna, a spokesman for the California Democratic Party. "Republicans are deluding themselves if they think this is a silver bullet that will save them from the Trump-sized anchor weighing them down."

    The initiative targets a law approved as SB 1 in April 2017 by the Democratic-controlled Legislature and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. It is expected to raise $5.4 billion annually for road and bridge repairs and improvements to mass transit.

    The money comes from a 12-cents-per-gallon increase in the gas tax, a 20-cent increase in the diesel fuel excise tax and a new annual vehicle fee ranging from $25 for cars valued at under $5,000, to $175 for cars worth $60,000 or more. Californians started paying the higher taxes in November, and more are to come.


    Los Angeles Times: JetBlue returns to Ontario airport as the airline battle for Southern California heats up

    The competition for Southern California air travelers is heating up, with JetBlue Airways trying to draw new passengers by returning to Ontario International Airport after a 10-year absence and increasing its flights out of Burbank and Palm Springs.

    The announcement of the new routes, starting as early as September, comes only months after JetBlue's biggest California rivals — Southwest and Alaska airlines — unveiled added service from Los Angeles and Orange counties.

    "The Los Angeles Basin is the second-largest airline market in the country," said Martin St. George, JetBlue's executive vice president for commercial and planning. "We think this is a natural extension of our overall strategy."

    Expanding air service makes sense. Most economic indicators point to higher demand for travel among Americans. A record 965 million domestic and international passengers flew on U.S.-based carriers last year, up 3.4% over 2016, according to federal officials.

    Stephen Boyd, a senior director at Fitch Ratings, said in a memo to investors this week that "low unemployment, healthy consumer confidence and a boost in personal income are promoting higher discretionary consumer spending — particularly on travel."

    To take advantage of the growth, JetBlue is returning to Ontario International Airport starting Sept. 5, a decade after the airline pulled out. Although JetBlue is cutting back its service at Long Beach Airport at the same time, the move to Ontario expands JetBlue's service to a faster-growing market in the region.


    City Journal: Joel Kotkin: Giving Common Sense a Chance in California

    In California, where Governor Jerry Brown celebrates “the coercive power of the state” and advocates “brainwashing” for the unanointed, victories against Leviathan are rare. Yet last week brought just such a triumph, as a legislative committee rejected an attempt by San Francisco state senator Scott Wiener to take zoning power away from localities in areas within a half-mile of a bus or train stop. Wiener had sold his measure as a solution to California’s housing crisis and a means of bringing about the dense, green, transit-oriented development that the governor and his supporters prefer. Yet it failed, in large part because few cities wish to give up their zoning power and because even affordable-housing advocates don’t believe that handing blank checks to developers will do much to lower rents or housing prices. 

    But it would be a mistake to see Wiener’s defeat as a triumph of conservative principles of limited government and local control. In fact, two of the senators who voted for the bill in committee were Republicans, both from suburban districts whose constituents would not have been much affected by the bill’s passage. Meantime, some libertarian conservatives, champions of “small government,” supported Wiener’s efforts to expand state power because the proposal would remove regulatory restraints—albeit only in dense cities, not on the periphery.

    Some principled moderates and conservatives—like Beverly Hills vice mayor John Mirisch and Anaheim’s Tom Tait—were vocal opponents, as were Republicans from places like Yorba Linda. But to a large extent, Wiener was derailed by his own party: much of the opposition came from solidly Democratic cities, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, and even Berkeley, which might have seemed like natural supporters of his planning notions. But as legislators examined the probable impact of the legislation, it became clear that many neighborhoods—particularly in urban areas like San Francisco—would be stripped of any leverage against developers.

    Environmentalists, including the Sierra Club, feared that the bill would allow developers to skirt the state’s often-onerous green legislation. Former LA Weekly editor Jill Stewart, a leader of the anti-Wiener drive, suggests that Wiener took the state’s decades’-long densification drive “off the deep end.” Wiener’s initiative managed to provoke opposition from 37 local progressive groups, and all 13 city council members in Los Angeles wound up opposing it. The killing shot came from the old Left, many of whom live in neighborhoods where the legislation might have had a dramatic effect. Leaders of San Francisco community organizations from the Mission, Chinatown, Cow Hollow, and Excelsior, along with tenants’ rights groups and the local chapter of Democratic Socialists of America, announced their opposition as well. Residents of Los Angeles’s predominately African-American Crenshaw district saw Wiener’s bill as a “declaration of war on south L.A.” Many feared that the legislation would accelerate gentrification by replacing older, affordable structures with new, more expensive ones. Seventy percent of poor Californians already pay the majority of their paychecks for rent costs, which continue to escalate. These forces formed an unlikely alliance with anti-density middle-class residents often denounced as NIMBYs (“not in my backyard”). Many lived in deep-blue but largely suburban areas—some reliably indigo-blue, like Marin—and cities on the San Francisco Peninsula, or less reliably liberal, affluent parts of Southern California, like Newport Beach, Manhattan Beach, and La Canada.

  • Tue, April 24, 2018 5:26 PM | Deleted user

    THE CEOs CORNER

    April, 2018

    Jed Daly


    “You’re not listening to me!” 

    How often have we heard it?  How often have we said it? 

    The hard truth is, most human beings are not very good at listening.  Instead, we listen just long enough to think of a response.  We listen until we begin formulating our response, and then lose focus on the words, tone of voice and body language as we consider what we’re going to say when it’s our turn.  Even worse, if we think our response is important enough, we interrupt.  We do, indeed, stop listening. 

    When we stop listening, our conversation partner knows.  Think about the last time you were aware that someone had stopped listening while you were talking.  How did you feel?  That’s exactly how your partner feels when you’re thinking of a response rather than listening.

    Why does this happen?  Psychologists long ago determined that, while our brains can perfectly execute some kinds of multiple tasks simultaneously (for instance, it operates our heart and lungs at the same time), it can’t fully engage in multiple cognitive (thinking) tasks at the same time.  We can’t, for instance be fully engrossed in a conversation and check our email or texts — we pay attention to the conversation, shift our focus to our smartphones, and then back again. 

    Since our minds can only focus on one thinking task at a time, we rapidly switch attention between tasks, a process called cognitive switching.  We rapidly switch our focus from what’s being said to how we’re going to respond (how we’re going to look good). We do twice as much, half as well.  (Please excuse typos, I'm on my iPhone).

    It’s no wonder that “The problem with communication is the illusion it happened!”  Whoever is listening isn’t, really.   

    Management studies show that when you ask most employees if they clearly understand what their manager want them to do, they don’t have a clue – even as their bosses believe those goals have been clearly, repeatedly communicated.  And, perhaps as a result, if you ask most employees what they think the single most important thing the company can do to improve to improve, the answer you’ll get is “fire my manager.”  Employees don’t quit their jobs, they quit their leaders.

    So, what do we do?  We can take responsibility both to listen fully and make sure we’ve been understood.  Awareness is first.  Once we become aware we’re thinking of a response rather than continuing to listen, we can bring our minds back to what’s being said.  We can ask questions, to fully explore what the other person is trying to say.  We can confirm back that we, truly, do understand:  “So, what you’re saying is . . . .  have I got that right?

    We can ask for confirmation that the other person has understood what we’ve said.  “This task I've just asked you to do . . . would you repeat it back to me just to be sure we’re on the same page.

    It might take a little longer to finish the conversation.  But, if we focus ourselves and our teams on understanding rather than conversing, there’d be less miscommunication, fewer mistakes, less wasted time.  We’d have more success, less turnover, better relationships -- with your employees, spouses, kids, vendors, clients and customers.

    What would that be worth to you?

    A  CEO for more than 25 years, Jed Daly works with the CEOs and senior executives of more than 40 Los Angeles companies as a Vistage Chair.  Vistage is the world’s leading CEO membership organization, with more than 22,000 members in 19 countries who run companies with annual revenues ranging from $1 million to over $18 billion. Mr. Daly chairs three out of the 50 Los Angeles based Vistage Boards, and will shortly be forming a fourth Board in the San Gabriel Valley. His 40 members make better decisions, become more profitable AND work less, so they can spend more time with their families, do the things they love and have better personal and professional relationships. For additional posts and content, please link here.  He can be reached at jed@infinitifilms.com or jed.daly@vistagechair.com

  • Mon, April 23, 2018 4:09 PM | Deleted user


    The gift is an investment in student success, faculty expertise and innovation

    POMONA, Calif. – Carol and Jim Collins have made a $10 million leadership gift, the largest single donation ever to The Collins College of Hospitality Management at Cal Poly Pomona, to establish the Carol and James A. Collins Excellence Endowment.

    “The growth and national reputation of The Collins College are a direct result of Carol and Jim’s longtime philanthropic support and their belief in the power of education to shape lives and better communities,” said University President Soraya M. Coley. “Their latest gift to the university is remarkable, but it is no surprise based on what remarkable people they both are.”

    The gift will provide scholarships and internship opportunities for academically talented, historically underrepresented undergraduate and graduate hospitality management students who would otherwise have little chance to pursue higher education. It will also support the college’s first-class leadership and management education by investing in resources for faculty, enabling them to continue to be steeped in the cutting-edge trends in industry.

    The donation supports the vision of both Cal Poly Pomona and The Collins College to enhance innovation by expanding and creating new programs. Among them are a Ph.D. in hospitality management, expanded international outreach, and new restaurant and classroom technologies.

    “We are honored to provide a perpetual pathway for educating future leaders,” Jim Collins said. "Carol and I are proud of the college's reputation and we are pleased to make such a great investment in our students and faculty.”

    As the millennial generation continues to improve its economic standing and assumes greater leadership in the hospitality industry, the customer experience will evolve. On-demand smart technology, sustainable practices, contemporary design and locally inspired ambience will become prevalent, making innovation a top priority for companies and Cal Poly Pomona. The Collins endowment will fund innovative initiatives and programs for students to thrive in a world-class, industry-standard environment, giving them a crucial edge as they prepare for careers in a competitive field.

    “We are truly humbled by Carol and Jim Collins’ generous support and leadership over the last three decades,” said Lea Dopson, dean of The Collins College. “Their contributions have helped us become the country’s premier hospitality management college. Their gift endows The Collins College’s future and its status as a world-class institution known for shaping current and future hospitality leaders.”

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    About The Collins College of Hospitality Management

    The Collins College of Hospitality Management has the fourth largest hospitality and tourism management undergraduate degree program in the country with approximately 1,400 students, educated by a team of internationally recognized faculty. Its Master of Science degree program is ranked as one of the nation’s top 10 hospitality and tourism graduate programs and is the only one in the state of California. The college is dedicated to advancing the field of hospitality management through its collaborative learn by doing approach, its profound appreciation of diverse backgrounds, ideas and cultures, and its strategic integration of scholarship, service and applied learning. The Collins College is a preeminent and global source of future leaders in the growing hospitality and tourism management industry.

    The  Collins College of Hospitality Management's renowned undergraduate degree program has an impressive job placement rate with 82 percent of its students in management roles upon graduation.

    Selection of influential Collins College graduates in hospitality in the region and state

    • Michele Gendreau (1983), director of food and beverage experience integration, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
    • Bridget Bilinski (1979), area vice president, Marriott Internaitonal, Inc.
    • Bruce Gorelick (1978), general manager, Loew’s Regency, San Francisco
    • Eva Wassermann (1986), senior vice president, GEM Realty Capital, Inc.
    • Mark Peel (1978), owner of three restaurants and author of three cookbooks
    • Jill Bosich (1993), chef/owner of Cowgirl Cookie and educator
    • Lera Van Straatum (2009), operations director, City Club of Los Angeles, ClubCorp
    • Jon Farzam (2011), vice president, Shore Hotel & Ocean View Hotel
    • Art Barajas (1992), chief operating officer and general manager, Glendora Country Club

    Photos Available by Request.


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    CALMatters: The state's most controversial housing bill in years just died. Here's your key takeaways

    The most controversial state housing bill in recent memory died with a pretty resounding thud.

    Senate Bill 827, which would have forced cities to allow taller, denser development around public transit, got only four votes on the 13-member Senate Committee on Transportation and Housing. Both Democrat and Republican lawmakers voted against the bill.

    Authored by state Sen. Scott Wiener, Democrat from San Francisco, the bill would have allowed developers to build five-story apartment buildings near major public transit stops, including neighborhoods previously zoned for single family homes. The bill received a ton of media attention, including a fairly flattering write-up on the front page of the New York Times.

    Urbanist “Yes In My Backyard” (YIMBY) groups mourned the bill’s death as yet another roadblock to building the new housing the state so desperately needs. Cities and anti-gentrification groups cheered the demise of what they viewed as an unprecedented inroad on local control.


    Los Angeles Times: Weed bank proposal passes first legislative hurdle

    California would license special banks to handle billions of dollars generated by the legal marijuana market under legislation buoyed by recent comments from the Trump administration and given initial approval by state lawmakers Wednesday.

    The measure gained momentum just days after President Trump indicated that his administration would not crack down on recreational marijuana in states that have voted to make it legal. Selling and growing marijuana for recreational use was legalized by California voters under a state licensing system that began Jan. 1.

    Sen. Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys), who introduced the bill, said the president's policy shift makes it more likely that state-chartered banks would be used by the burgeoning cannabis market, which is projected to grow to $7 billion annually by 2020 in California.

    "I've spoken to these companies about the problems their businesses face, and until last week, many were under constant threat of getting busted by the feds," Hertzberg said. "If the risk of federal intervention is eliminated, cannabis businesses will feel more confident about opening an account with our limited state charter."


    Los Angeles Times: Eric Garcetti, presidential long shot, journeys to Iowa, land of dreams

    Iowa grows corn, raises hogs and nurtures presidential dreams.

    The state launched two exceeding long shots, Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama, to the White House, giving each a look and listen when sophisticates elsewhere treated their campaigns as the stuff of cockeyed fantasy.

    So when Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti set out Friday to introduce himself to Iowa with a two-day visit, the all-but-announced Democratic candidate for president was traveling a well-trod path.

    He visited with firefighters and union carpenters. He met with Latino and Asian American activists, and attended a gay rights gala. He took a walk through Des Moines' hipster East Village neighborhood and picked up Iowa-themed gear at an edgy boutique.

    What he did not do was make formal his apparent candidacy.

    Under what circumstances would he run for president, an Iowa reporter asked Garcetti as he toured the carpenters training center in Altoona. He smiled and rocked back on his heels, as if buffeted by an unexpected wave.

    "I'm listening this year," he said, promising a final decision in 2019 as a small audience of millwrights looked on from the shop floor. Then, moments later, he asked for a do-over.

    "I'm not here looking for a new job for me," Garcetti said. "I'm looking for more new jobs for Americans."


    Politico: GOP maneuver could roll back decades of regulation

    Republicans are preparing to open a new front in their push to roll back regulations across the government, using a maneuver that could enable them to strike down decisions by federal agencies that reach back decades.

    As soon as Tuesday, GOP senators, backed by President Donald Trump, will use the Congressional Review Act to topple safeguards issued by the CFPB in 2013 that were intended to discourage discrimination in auto lending.

    While Republicans in the Trump era have already taken advantage of the 1996 law to remove more than a dozen recently issued rules, this would be the first time that Congress will have used it to kill a regulatory policy that is several years old.

    Now, actions going back to President Bill Clinton’s administration could be in play under the procedure GOP lawmakers are undertaking, forcing numerous agencies to reconsider how they roll out new regulations.

    “It’s a hugely important precedent,” Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), the architect of the effort, said in an interview. “It’s potentially a big, big opening.”

    While conservatives are applauding the effort as a way to rein in rogue bureaucrats and boost the economy, consumer advocates are warning that the consequences could be dire.


    Los Angeles Times: As lieutenant governor, Gavin Newsom has had few duties - and he skipped many of them

    After Gavin Newsom was elected lieutenant governor, he repeatedly made clear his frustration with the job and its lack of responsibilities. The official portfolio for the office is thin, including sitting on boards that oversee the state's higher education system and public lands, leading an economic council and serving as acting governor when California's chief executive is out of state or otherwise unavailable.

    Newsom, now the front-runner in the governor's race, missed scores of meetings held by the University of California Board of Regents, the California State University Board of Trustees and the California State Lands Commission, according to a Times review of attendance records.

    He attended 54% of UC Regents meeting days, 34% for Cal State and 57% for state lands, according to a Times review of attendance records between 2011 and 2018. The Times included in the tally days when Newsom was present for only part of the day, and excluded days when Newsom had no committee meetings or other official business to attend.

    Membership of the three panels is the most prominent duty of a lieutenant governor, a post considered to be largely ceremonial.

    "There's no denying that the official responsibilities of the lieutenant governor are more modest than some other constitutional offices — the English call it an 'heir and a spare,'" said former California Gov. Gray Davis, who was lieutenant governor before being elected to lead the state. "But 43 states have a lieutenant governor whose primary function is to step in if something happens to the governor."


    Politico: Kamala Harris' rapid rise confounds California

    Kamala Harris has been called “the female Barack Obama.” She’s built a national following with her outspoken criticism of Donald Trump and prolific fundraising for fellow Democrats.

    But the California senator’s rapid rise — she’s just 15 months into her first term — has created an awkward issue: Even as progressives tout her as one of the top 2020 contenders, Harris remains something of a mystery back home.

    Her approval ratings are solid, but not stratospheric. And 28 percent of California voters say they don’t know or have no opinion about Harris, according to a recent Morning Consult poll — placing her in the bottom 10 of name recognition among U.S. senators in their home states.

    A Berkeley IGS Poll in September found California voters — by a more than 2-to-1 margin, 49 percent to 22 percent — would rather Harris stay in the Senate than run for president in 2020.

    That disconnect could be a problem with California preparing to host an early presidential primary just after Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina.

    “There’s an old saying: ‘You’ve really got to secure your base before you start wandering off to do other things,” said Larry Stone, a longtime Democratic fundraiser in California.

    Stone, a former Sunnyvale mayor and now Santa Clara County assessor, said, “I like her, I could support her.” But since co-hosting an event for Harris in 2016, Stone said, he hasn’t heard once from the senator or her advisers.

    For most Californians, Stone said, “I don’t think they know Kamala to any great degree.”


    Sacramento Bee: California lawmakers consider healthcare coverage for low-income undocumented immigrants

    Buried in the heated statewide debate over sanctuary protections for undocumented immigrants and single-payer health care, a pair of health care bills advancing again in the Legislature would grant health care to more than a million immigrants living in California illegally.

    Bills from state Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, and Assemblyman Joaquin Arambula, D-Fresno, would expand full-scope Medi-Cal to undocumented adults, allowing an estimated 1.3 million eligible residents to use the state's low-income health care program for primary and specialty care.

    At present, low-income undocumented adults are covered for very limited services – emergencies and pregnancy-related care. Lara's 2015 bill signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown expanded Medi-Cal to undocumented kids and teens.

    The proposals for low-income adults are flying somewhat under the radar, as President Donald Trump rips California for its "sanctuary state" law, and Democrats attack each other over their positions on more expansive health care ideas like single-payer.

    Lara's Senate Bill 974 passed the Senate health committee April 5. Arambula's Assembly Bill 2965 cleared the Assembly's health committee this week. Both head next to fiscal committees where the projected cost will be the major focus. Lara's Senate Bill 1005 in 2014 died in the Senate Appropriations Committee, which had estimated increased Medi-Cal costs to the state of $500 million to $900 million a year.


    CALMatters: Inside the fight for the 'soul' of the California GOP

    With the June primary approaching, there is a fight underway for the identity of the California Republican Party.

    “We need bold ideas,” President Trump’s former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, told cheering GOP activists at the state party convention last fall. “Ideas like Donald Trump ran on, like build the wall, right? Protect our southern border. Reduce legal immigration.”

    Six months later, and 25 miles north, Republican Assemblyman Chad Mayes led a smaller gathering to offer an opposite message.

    “For us to be able to grow and expand, we have to move beyond this nationalist model,” said Mayes, elected in 2014 to represent parts of Riverside and San Bernardino counties. “We’ve got to start having conversations with folks of all different colors, creeds, sexual orientation. We have to go to folks who we don’t traditionally go to.”

    Bannon gave the convention’s keynote address in a plush hotel ballroom room in Anaheim. Mayes organized his event at a youth center in Boyle Heights, a low-income, largely-Latino neighborhood just east of downtown Los Angeles. About 200 people sat on folding chairs laid out across the center’s basketball court, their backs to the tattered ropes of a boxing ring.

    The contrasting scenes featured contrasting solutions to the same problem.

    Behind Bannon, the convention’s backdrop read, “Electing Republicans in a Blue State” — a testament to how much ground the GOP has lost to Democrats in California over the past two decades.

    While state party officials and activists have aligned themselves with President Trump’s brand of conservatism to tap the enthusiasm of their base, Mayes wants to broaden the party’s appeal leftward, by taking stances that run counter to Trump’s and Bannon’s. Advocates for the two approaches are at odds.

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