George H. Benter, Jr., vice chairman of City National Bank and chair of the Nominating Committee of the Board of Directors of Town Hall Los Angeles, has died. Those of us who had the privilege of working with George will remember a quick-witted and precise man whose passing leaves a hole in the leadership tapestry of Los Angeles. Thank you, George.
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On March 15, 2011, Town Hall Los Angeles welcomed Pam Kehaly, President and General Manager of Anthem Blue Cross California who outlined her strategy for reducing health care costs. Kehaly said three shifts must take place: Consumers need to become more savvy and shop for the best value; doctors need to shift from a volume-based to an outcome-based practice; and individuals need to eat better, exercise more and stop smoking.
There are competing claims over the invention of radio - called wireless in its infancy. It's not clear whether the honor belongs to Marconi or Tesla, or to the less familiar Maxwell, Loomis or Hertz. But that hardly seems to matter when I thumb my phone and listen to public radio. Now that's wireless! A couple of generations ago, radios in cars were an expensive option. Not so long ago the idea of a "receiver for anything" seemed laughable - the elusive "convergence".
"Curiouser and curiouser" cried Alice after she tumbled down the rabbit hole. She couldn't make sense of herself, her environment or the rules of engagement in her new world. As in Wonderland, upside down, wrong side out, double-speak and jargon have become the lingua franca of our time. We hear solutions to our problems described in platitudinous inanities - promising much, but expressed in ways that make it hard to determine if anything has been (or will be) delivered. Plainspeak, a system of expression in which what is said is what is meant, has disappeared.
As we begin our 74th year of operations, a big thanks to the many people who were so generous to us and our American Heritage Program in our end-of-year appeal. Hundreds of students will get an opportunity that makes a difference. Time and again, students tell us how they never believed they could meet a Governor or a Secretary of State or a CEO of a Fortune 100 company - and how that meeting changed something for them. You make this happen.
Los Angeles, CA – Tuesday, October 5, 2010
The question “Does Investing in the Early Years Lead to Students’ Success?” will be the focus of a panel discussion presented by TOWN HALL Los Angeles and the California Community Foundation on Thursday, October 14, 2010, at The Regency Club. The panel of experts in education, psychology and industry will discuss current research and explore the causal relationship between early education and future achievements.
Los Angeles, CA – Wednesday, September 29, 2010
The Honorable Phil Angelides, Chairman, of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, will discuss “Examining Our Financial Past to Secure Our Economic Future,” with TOWN HALL Los Angeles on Thursday, October 14, 2010, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. As former California State Treasurer, Angelides is in a unique position to inform Angelenos about the impact of the financial crisis.
Los Angeles, CA – Thursday, September 16, 2010
On Sunday, September 19, TOWN HALL Journal begins its third season on 89.3FM KPCC, Southern California Public Radio, broadcasting at 9:00 PM. Season three runs each Sunday from September 19 through December 19.
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Los Angeles, CA – Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Los Angeles Police Department Chief, Charlie Beck, will conduct a public briefing on policing, at TOWN HALL Los Angeles on Thursday, September 23, 2010, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel.