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Chief Justice Ronald M. George, Retired Chief Justice, Supreme Court of California, spoke at Town Hall Los Angeles in conversation with Justice Richard M. Mosk, California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division 5. At the luncheon program on January 23rd, they provided some fascinating insight on judicial decisions and the importance of public service in a legal career. Chief Justice George also shared insider perspective on leading the highest court in our state.

The Most Reverend José H. Gomez, Archibishop of Los Angeles, spoke to Town Hall Los Angeles on January 14, 2014 on "Immigration and the Next America." Archbishop Gomez urged the audience to think of immigration as an issue about people, not politics or economics. While acknowledging that the issues and questions raised by immigration reform are complex, the Archbishop encouraged the audience to have "some compassion and empathy when we think about this question."

Jeannine English, CPA, MBA, President-elect, AARP, spoke to Town Hall Los Angeles on Thursday, November 14, 2013. English's speech, "Life Reimagined: Optimism for Our Aging Society" discuss the challenges and opportunities Baby Boomers face as they enter a new life phase unlike their parents' retirement. Boomers are looking to age in place, live healthier and more productive lives, and often take on second or third careers. Technology will ease the process, but many seniors will still rely on social security, especially in California where 55% of seniors are economically vulnerable.

The Hon. John A. Pérez, Speaker of the California State Assemly, spoke to Town Hall Los Angeles on Wednesday, Octoer 9, 2013. Speaker Pérez surprised members and attendees when he announced his bid for California State Controller in 2014. His speech, "California: A Gloal Contender," focused on California's progress since its fiscal crisis in 2008 and on future opportunities as well as the need for a continued strong economic strategy.

Dr. J. Joseph Kim, President and CEO, Inovio Pharmaceuticals, spoke to Town Hall Los Angeles on Tuesday, September 24, 2013. His speech, "Are We Prepared for the Next Pandemic Flu Virus? Is a New Universal Vaccine the Answer?" explained that the next flu pandemic is a matter of when, not if. The current flu vaccines protect us against only 3-4 virus strains out of potentially several hundred, but the universal vaccine that Inovio is currently developing provides some hope in the near term.



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