From the River, a Cover

by Robert Larios, CEO, The Club

Robert Larios

Like most of you, the Club took the day off on Monday, March 28, to honor civil rights hero César Chávez. But the persistent and occasionally energetic rain changed the     nature of the day, for there on the TV, social media and pretty much everywhere, I watched a true-to-life drama unfold. Would the LAFD and LA Animal Services rescue Scooby the dog, Scooby’s owner and another person out of the swift water?

¡Sí, sí and sí! Well done, all!

A few days later, we here at Alive! were immensely pleased to receive a note from Club Member Armando Navarrete, leader of LA Animal Services’ SMART pet rescue team. Armando had a story to tell, and the photos to back it up!

From left: Animal Control Officer Armando Navarrete, District Supervisor Danny Pantoja, and Animal Control Officer Alyssa Adriano, with Club CEO Robert Larios.

We have covered the team previously, mostly while they training. This was actual heroism. We congratulate the SMART pet rescue team and thank them for their service. And we acknowledge the bravery of the LAFD’s Swift Water Team, led by Capt. Tom Henzgen, for its parallel bravery.

By the way, I am pleased to report that all of the personnel of the SMART Team involved in the rescue of Scooby are Club Members. That was the passion and excellence of the Club down there in the LA River that day. You have my permission to be proud.

Officially Official: Last month, we published a photo of five leaders of LADOT’s Traffic Division who were promoted to Lieutenants. One of those promoted was Lt. Alden Marsh. He wrote back, thanking us. He also gave us this quote from his wife, Linda: “It’s not official until it’s in Alive!” We love that!

Kevin Jew and Hsiao-Ling Ting from May 2012.

Thank You, Kevin: Alive! had been working on a story – the restoration of the beautiful murals in City Hall, but we were paused due to the pandemic preventing our access to the building. In the meantime, Kevin Jew, the Chief Operating Officer of Public Works’ Project Restore and head of the murals project, retired after 32 years of service. Kevin, thank you for all you have done, and here we share a cover from our story on your Hollyhock House restoration. Be well!

Inspiration: On my LinkedIn account, I very much enjoy sharing pearls of wisdom and inspiration. Here’s one: What’s your favorite career-related quote? These come to mind:

“If you want to be successful,
stop doing the things that got you there.”
— Gary Vaynerchuk

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”
— Lao Tzu

“A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not
what ships are built for.”
— John A. Shedd

What’s yours? Send it to me at I would appreciate seeing and sharing them.

¡Gracias por leer!