The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) voted today to expand top-level domains – those letters that follow the “dot” – to virtually anything and in virtually any language. Of course, like so many things these days, it will cost money ($185,000). A minor thing, perhaps, but this brings new meaning to “the good old days.” I once thought “old” meant that you could remember when there wasn’t color TV, or when there were only four outcomes when you called someone: no one answered, the line was busy, you got the person you were calling or you left a message.
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Caller ID may have been developed so that we could avoid annoying telemarketers, but now they are the only ones who mask their numbers – aside from the people who work at Los Angeles’ City Hall. Caller ID is so ubiquitous that it has become a red flag when the display reads “Unknown caller” or “Private number”, so why does the Mayor’s office have blocked numbers? Anyone? Jon Goodman, President
What do we want and what are we prepared to give for it? Time, money, treasure, nothing? “Bueller…Bueller…Bueller?” calls the Econ teacher. “Ferris: If you're not over here in fifteen minutes, you can find a new best friend. Cameron: You've been saying that since the fifth grade.” Plus ça change plus sa la même chose. We haven’t had any programs on the city budget lately (see above). We haven’t had any programs on the State budget lately (see above). We wrote the definitive work and prediction (that came true) on the pension dilemma in 1979 (see above). So here’s our Summer promise.
Bill Colton, a President's Circle member since 2005, recently spoke with us about why Town Hall is important to him. Bill grew up in Los Gatos and came to Southern California in 1993. He is the District Manager of Baldor Electric, a subsidiary of the ABB Group and a frequent participant at Town Hall events. He is usually there with several business colleagues, so we asked him to share some of benefits he sees in participating. Town Hall: How did you learn about Town Hall?
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.