by Robert Larios, CEO, The Club
Attentive readers of Alive! in print and online might notice that we photographed the new Olivia E. Mitchell Youth Council in a handsome but common place – the steps of City Hall. Anyone associated with the City of Los Angeles knows those steps.
But I feel the purpose is deeper. I imagined the youth council photographed there because the meaning becomes richer: It tells the story of the powers of youth meeting the powers of City government for mostly the first time. These young adults representing 800,000 other youths in LA belong on those steps, and they deserve to have a voice. Because of the hard work of the City Council and the new Youth Development Dept., they can. And will. In this month’s interview, please read all about the historic work done by General Manager and Executive Director Lisa Salazar, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Governmental Affairs Aksel Palacios and the entire staff. We also thank Karen Arevalo for reaching out to us. Lisa, Aksel and Karen are all Club Members.
I also want to note Club VP of Marketing Summy Lam and Alive! designer and Webmaster David Jamgotchian for their stellar photos and designs capturing this moment. We enjoyed working around the countless and very excited families and friends who accompanied the youth council on their big day. Chaotic, but fun!
Beginnings and Endings: As I mention youths rising in LA governance, I remember the other side of the equation. At deadline, we learned about three recent and notable passings: Retiree and Club Board Member Phil Orland; national Hispanic engineering pioneer and former RLACEI Board Member Americo Garza; and the Club’s own Jim Thompson, an important staff member who endeavored behind the scenes to make your Club experience better. I look forward to talking more about all three in a future Alive!
And One Who Retired: Lastly, I congratulate Pouria Abbassi, General Manager, LA Convention Center, upon his retirement after 20 years of City service. When the Convention Center was still managed by the City, we worked with Pouria to bring you stories about the Center. Congratulations, Pouria!
Worth Considering: Below this blog post, I share a personal remembrance of a former teacher of mine who passed away recently. He meant the world to me, and I want to share his life lessons for all to embrace and incorporate. It is not always easy to see the future, but it’s there all along. Don’t give up hope or become discouraged when you don’t know what will come next—everything can work out in your favor if you keep on going!
¡Gracias por leer!