The Boys & Girls Club of Venice (BGCV) recently celebrated 50 years of fulfilling their mission to support young people in reaching their potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. With nationally recognized, after-school enrichment programs and a network of more than 50 partners, BGCV offers youth a “home away from home” during the critical hours after school when children are most vulnerable to crime, violence and unsafe behaviors.
In 2018, BGCV expanded their programs to include ukulele, drums & percussion, music production, ballet, Capoeira, indoor soccer, 3D printing and so much more at no additional cost to members.
When you support BGCV, you’re not just sending a child to an afterschool program—you’re breaking the cycle of poverty in Los Angeles. You’re funding good grades, healthy meals, leadership development, and career readiness. Our programs are as vital to the community as street lamps, and your investment helps children shine.
When the ribbon was cut at the end of 2018, the $516-million overhaul of Terminal 1 at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) came in on schedule and on budget, with no lost-time injuries over the four-year construction project that modernized the 34-year-old building.
“Building a world-class airport requires a team of committed partners, and with our Terminal 1 renovation we delivered what we envisioned” said Deborah Flint, Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA). “Thanks to the leadership of Southwest Airlines, Hensel Phelps, 35 subcontracted companies, and LAWA employees—the project was built safely, on-time,and on-budget. There is now an exceptional experience for the almost 10 million guests who travel through Terminal 1 annually.”
If you’ve ever wanted to knit a scarf, crochet a blanket or complete a needlepoint to hang on your wall, the L.A. County Yarn Crawl is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for. During this two-weekend event, taking place in April 2019, Needlepoints Westwill be one of 20 stores throughout LA to open its doors for newbies, novices and experts for a day filled with yarn, crafting, giveaways and more.
“It’s a fab event,” says Needlepoints owner Joanne Bronson. “You really see stores at their very best. It’s a party atmosphere and a great time to think about taking up a new hobby.” Joanne’s shop, which opened in 1972, has thousands of bundles of yarn and thread lining its walls—made from anything from cotton, wool, corn, silk, alpaca, milk and cashmere—making it a stitcher’s (or a “fiber-ista’s”) dream.
Joanne says the goal of the LA Yarn Crawl is to get people excited about all the different craft and art opportunities associated with yarn, meet fellow enthusiasts, and perhaps, learn a new skill. “People want to start knitting for a wide variety of reasons, whether they want to make a gift for someone special in their lives, they want to get involved in charities that revolve around knitting or maybe they are retired, and they want to be part of a community,” she says. “It’s also great for people wanting to de-stress because working with your hands is very relaxing; there is definitely a Zen to it.”
The concept of coworking has developed beyond a change in a professional’s workday—it’s changed the way people do business. In 1994, the Chiat/Day ad agency built a New York office that was designed to break every workplace tradition, with the help of Italian architect Gaetano Pesce. There were no offices or personal desks, the walls literally glowed with vibrant colors and hieroglyphs and surfaces were built to seemingly hinder productivity (such as tables coated with resin that made paper stick to the surface and chairs that wobbled intentionally).
As expected, the workers of Chiat/Day abandoned the space within a year, but the coworking community sees that office as a revolution. It was one of the first creative, open-planned, collaborative spaces within Corporate America, and it taught the rest of us that it’s okay to break the rules and to learn from our failures. Bets10
Today, there are currently more 18,900 coworking spaces worldwide with 1.7 million cumulative members. Office buildings are advertising open “Creative Space” and abandoning traditional offices, enticing new tenants with open floor plans and exposed architectural features. Nonstandard items such as treadmill desks and office yoga are no longer startling concepts, they’re becoming commonplace. While many feel there are downsides to this new, collaborative workplace (such as noise distraction and a higher likelihood of spreading illness), with more than 70% of US offices featuring an open-plan design something is obviously working.
In 2009, the real estate world was on its head. It was no time to start a company that focused on land-use entitlements—and yet, that is exactly what Jonathan Lonner chose to do.
That year, Jonathan opened the doors to Burns & Bouchard. Burns, after his grandparents’ last name, and Bouchard, for the last name of his wife’s grandparents. Kristen Lonner, Jonathan’s wife, was a successful land-use and community-outreach expert and a partner at a successful local lobbying firm; however, she too was experiencing the uncertainty of the market. But when Jonathan’s client list began to grow and Kristen began partnering with him on projects, it became clear that the two were meant to do this together.
Jonathan’s development experience from his years at Lee Homes and Kristen’s City Hall experience working for Councilmember Cindy Miscikowski were serving them well as a power duo. In 2010, Kristen would leave the security of a well-established 40-year firm to join Burns & Bouchard and grow their services to not only entitlements but lobbying and outreach as well.
Almost 10 years later, Burns & Bouchard represents development projects from Hollywood to Venice Beach, Woodland Hills to Glassell Park, and of course, Westchester/Playa del Rey—the same community where Jonathan and Kristen were starting their family when Burns & Bouchard was born.
This past year, one of the highlights at Lux Virtualwas working on their second interactive Virtual Reality project with the Metropolitan Water District (MWD). Lux Virtual has worked hard to build a relationship with the innovation team at MWD, focusing on continually bringing new technologies to the agency and connecting them to fellow companies focusing on technological innovation.
The project was developed to educate the public on how difficult it is to get water to Los Angeles, and the importance of water conservation—especially with the continual increase in population and an ever-present risk of droughts from year to year. MWD is focused on better storage, increased conservation methods and educating the public on how to best conserve water and minimize its use. agario
Early on in the project, Lux Virtual hosted over a dozen employees from multiple water agencies at an all-day drone and video 360 training/educational course. This was made possible because they had the opportunity to bring Corey Petrick onto this project, an Emmy-Award winner for digital innovation for his work with Video 360 images on the film “Capturing Everest.”
Robert DeCou, Founder & CEO of Lux Virtual, is a firm believer in building relationships. “To grow and excel in this fast-paced economy,” says Robert, “building partnerships, joint ventures and solidifying relationships is essential. Be diligent in building new friendships in your community and it will serve you well in both health and prosperity.”
The Sean Story story (yes, that is not a typo!) begins in a small town in the heart of Silicon Valley where a young man began to use his skills for marketing, technology and business to build websites for local businesses. Surrounded by innovative tech giants from a young age, Sean was motivated to bring high-quality websites to the businesses of his town. More than 10 years later, Sean now calls the sands of Playa del Rey his home.
Sean is known for awesome websites, cybersecurity, secure computer networks and WiFi solutions, as well as providing tech support for small to medium-sized businesses. His design approach is built on the fundamental idea that every creative work should have a purpose. This philosophy, combined with a keen eye for detail and a sleek aesthetic, allows Sean to create pieces that leave clients in awe and their customers coming. His IT services follow a similar formula, with an emphasis on reliability, security and ease of use.
As a proud Chamber member and Playa Venice Sunrise Rotarian, Sean loves small towns and looks forward to calling Playa del Rey his home for many years to come. At Sean Story Inc., he looks forward to helping you with his technological expertise—balanced with artistry and a contagious splash of passion.
The LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce was established on March 11, 1953, as the Westchester Chamber of Commerce. Since its inception, the Chamber has changed names seven times to better represent the areas and members it covers, before finally landing on “LAX Coastal” in 2007.
The Chamber’s mission is to promote business and enhance the vitality of the community. It is a nonprofit 501(c)(6) organization comprised of over 550 businesses with a board of 34 members.
As a 501(c)(6) organization, the Chamber is classified as a business league. According to the IRS, a business league is defined as, “an association of persons having some common business interest, the purpose of which is to promote such common interest.”
The Chamber is proud to serve the communities of Westchester, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista, Marina del Rey, Del Rey and Ladera Heights. To find out more about how to get involved with your local Chamber, contact us today.
The LAX Kiwanis club just celebrated their 65th anniversary! They are proud of their service and financial assistance to those most vulnerable in the communities surrounding LAX: local children and their families affected by poverty, unemployment, racial bias and lack of educational opportunities. Just a few of their efforts include:
Awarding 700+ scholarships to LAX-area high school students—99% of them with high-ranking GPAs, a family income at or below the poverty level and active in volunteerism
Partnering with local schools to raise money for teacher mini-grants
Donating new clothes, shoes and backpacks each August to help less fortunate students start school with a smile
Adopting hundreds of local families every holiday season
Supporting the LAX Coastal Education Foundation with a gift of $19,000 to support local schools as a thank you for their partnership in the 2018 Golf Tournament
Raising funds to send local kids to YMCA Summer Camp
Volunteering at local Ronald McDonald Hospitals
Partnering with local schools to raise funds for teacher mini-grants
On Wednesday, July 17 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., the Culver City Chamber of Commerce will co-host their July breakfast mixer, “Good Morning Culver City!” with the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce at the Doubletree by Hilton LA Westside, 6161 W. Centinela Ave., Culver City.
This type of collaboration between the two chambers is something that should be happening more often, according to Colin Diaz, president of the Culver City Chamber.
“Christina Davis (LAX Coastal Chamber President/CEO) and I get along really well,” Diaz explains.”
This will be the second collaboration of the year that the Culver City Chamber and LAX Coastal Chamber will have this year after the “Good Morning Culver City!” in April hosted by the LAX Coastal Chamber and local business Industrious, and Diaz says he hopes to eventually make these collaborations consistent and quarterly.
Part of the reason that the Culver City Chamber is able to come together so seamlessly with the LAX Coastal Chamber is the overlap that the two Chambers have in terms of its members. Combine that with the close proximity of the two offices; with the Culver City Chamber office and the LAX Coastal Chamber office being located just 2 miles apart from each other.
As with all of the Culver City Chamber’s breakfast mixers, it is an opportunity to tell people more about your business and network with the business professionals of Culver City and surrounding areas. There will be several special guests, as well as a “binge networking session” that will encourage people to ask questions about their and other member’s businesses. Additionally, there will be a business card raffle towards the end of the event.