The City Parties

It’s an annual Alive! tradition!

In most years, City Departments put aside their hard work and come together for fun and socialization at their festive holiday parties. And Alive! publishes as many of your party pics as we can, in print and online.

But as we all know, 2020 was no ordinary year. The global COVID-19 pandemic reduced social activity across the world, sending City holiday parties online, if they happened at all.

Still, we here at Alive! want to honor your amazing efforts to create some much-needed holiday cheer. So starting this month, we’ll run a screen grab from your virtual party. And we’ll continue in the next months as the images come in.

You can still submit a screen grab from your department holiday party here:

This month:

  • Economic and Workforce Development Department
  • LAFD

Economic and Workforce Development Dept.

The Economic and Workforce Development Dept. (EWDD) held its virtual holiday party Dec. 21. The party included raffles, jokes, trivia and fun.

“Seeing all of you here like this, with your children and pets, has really made my day,” said Carolyn Hull, General Manager. “There will be a huge potluck in the green when we can finally get back together.

“Thank you to all of you for this year,” she continued. “EWDD has rocked it in2020. I’m so proud of you as a team.”

The Club says happy holidays to the EWDD team and thanks Tonja Bellard, Personnel Analyst, Club Member, for the invite.

LACERS And Guiding Principles.

LACERS held its annual holiday party Dec. 16. This year, due to the pandemic, the party was held online, with special greetings, fun, sing-alongs and of course attendance prize giveaways, many of which were donated by the Club. Nearly 250 people attended online.

The party’s theme was sports and holidays.

The other difference in this year’s celebration was that it combined the department’s annual Guiding Principles and service pin ceremonies.

The Guiding Principles honors employees who best represent the principle categories of professionalism, innovation, respect, kindness and caring, and teamwork.

The Club thanks Neil Guglielmo, General Manager, Club Member, and the LACERS staff for their assistance.

Here’s a list of the honorees:

Guiding Principles


Recognizing those divisions and organizations that have exemplified professionalism by exhibiting qualities of honesty, integrity, accountability and good character throughout this past year. While all LACERS staff members are dedicated professionals, the staff in these groups have consistently produced high-quality work and have delivered excellent customer service to Members and other staff while maintaining composure in these challenging times.

  • Executive Assistants
  • Public Information Section
  • Internal Audit
  • Administration Division
  • Chief Innovation Officer


Recognizing those divisions that have approached their work with a critical eye and who are continuously looking for ways to improve both the Member and Employee Experience that LACERS provides while also creating an environment for experimentation and progress.

  • Systems Division
  • Member Engagement


Recognizing those sections and divisions that have exemplified the Guiding Principle of Respect by exhibiting qualities for appreciating staff’s unique needs, recognizing staff’s contributions while providing consistent guidance and education. While all LACERS staff members are dedicated professionals, these have consistently produced high-quality work and have delivered excellent customer service to LACERS staff and coordination with other agencies while maintaining composure and decorum in these challenging times.

  • Human Resources Unit

Kindness and Caring

Recognizing those divisions that have exemplified kindness and caring by showing empathy, friendliness, helpfulness and patience toward LACERS Members, co-workers and others. These groups respond to Members and others in a respectful and considerate manner without regard for anything in return.

  • Retirement Services Division
  • Health Benefits and Wellness Division
  • Member Stewardship Unit
  • Active Member Accounts
  • Chief Data Officer


Recognizing those divisions and organizations that have exemplified teamwork by valuing and supporting the growth, development and contribution of each team member; for encouraging participation in team efforts whenever possible and collaborating with others for a better result; for producing the highest quality of service for LACERS Members and stakeholders throughout this past year.

  • Investments
  • Systems Operations Services
  • Service Purchase Section

Service Pins

10 Years of Service
Bryan Fujita

15 Years of Service
Vi Duong
Rahoof Oyewole
Rodney June
Lilian Buranabul
Chhintana Kurimoto
Edwin Avanessian
Lauren McCall
Gabriel Perez

20 Years of Service
Denise Malosh
Betty Smith
Edguan Leh
Callan Mori
Virginia Lopez
Roslyn Pham
Audrey Dymally
Erin Knight
Rosa Velasco
Charlena Freeman
Estella Priebe

25 Years of Service
Ann Seales
John Koontz
Adrienne Hobbs
Martha Archila
Neil M. Guglielmo

30 Years of Service
Margaret Drenk
Alexander Rabrenovich
Jason Leung
Carmelita Payne
Elizabeth Torres

35 Years of Service
Annabella Cabulong
Linda Huynh


LAFD – Admin. Services Bureau

Approximately 56 people participated in the LAFD’s ASB holiday online party Dec. 3.

The party included trivia quizzes, raffles, food (socially distanced, for those still working at the office), music, and other activities.

Chief Ralph Terrazas joined the online party to thank the employees, update them on budget issues due to COVID, announce the civilian employees of the year, and honor those who were retiring.

Thanks to Maria Lozano, Sr. Admin. Clerk, Club Member, who organized and hosted the party, for inviting the Club to join the call.


Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas (center) and Deputy Chief Graham Everett (lower left) joined the ASB holiday party, hosted by Maria Lozano (bottom middle).


DWP Fleet