|Jack Humphreville is the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council’s representative to Los Angeles Department of Water & Power Memorandum of Understanding Oversight Committee. He is the Chairman of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition’s DWP Advocacy Committee. He wrote the opposition argument for Measure B. He has contributed many articles to City Watch (www.CityWatchLA.com) regarding DWP, advocating for an independent Rate Payers Advocate to improve DWP’s transparency and openness.
He is also the GWNC’s budget representative. He has written articles on the City’s budget crisis, discussing the failure to balance the current budget, the projected budget gap of over $3 billion over the next four years, the $11.5 billion unfunded liability and the raids on the two city pension plans, and the failure to maintain our infrastructure.
Although he is a Windsor Square neighbor of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, he is also a member of Valley Vote.
Jack Humphreville is an owner of Target Media Partners, a Los Angeles based publisher of classified ads throughout the United States, including Recycler Classifieds (www.recycler.com), a Sherman Oaks based company that has been serving the Los Angeles metropolitan area since 1973. Prior to Target Media Partners, Jack was an investment banker. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School where he was a classmate of Al Gore and George W. Bush, respectively. Both valued his opinions, as long as the check was enclosed in the return envelope. He was born and raised in New London, Connecticut and moved to Los Angeles from New York City with his wife in 1984. They have three daughters.
Paul Hatfield – “Spent childhood in the Bronx, NY, not far from Yankee Stadium. Attended All Hallows Institute from grade school into freshman year of high school. My family moved to Arlington, Virginia where I finished secondary school at Wakefield High School.
I attended the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia where I earned a degree in Economics. Following graduation, I moved back to Arlington and worked in the DC area, first as a staff accountant with an industry retirement trust and then with FNMA. These two employment opportunities did much to further my knowledge of finance. While working, I attended the George Washington University and earned a degree in Accounting. I moved to Los Angeles as a result of a promotion through FNMA.
After working for FNMA for another two years, I took a position with the Federal Reserve Bank in Los Angeles. I set up the Financial Planning and Control department there. The department tracked and analyzed banking service operations for the region, the third largest in the Federal Reserve System.
After several years with the Fed, I was hired by Glendale Federal Bank, one of the largest savings and loan institutions at that time, as Corporate Accounting Manager. It was a tumultuous era for the industry and I learned much about mortgage backed securities and their various derivatives – both the benefits and the dangers. The knowledge I obtained from my five years at Glendale was put to good use during the demise of the industry in the late eighties and early nineties. I assisted regulators with the liquidation of what was the largest failed institution up to that point in time – Gibraltar Savings. My analysis of a series of large securitizations of Gibraltar’s multi-billion dollar loan portfolio went a long way to enable the government to close the books on its long delayed liquidation of the institution.
My achievements led to an offer by Coopers and Lybrand (now part of Price Waterhouse Coopers) to manage two key contracts the firm had with the Resolution Trust Corporation to liquidate several other savings institutions. The traveling associated with liquidations made me hungry to stay close to home. I pursued employment with the entertainment industry and landed a position as Assistant Controller with Universal Music and Video Distribution in Universal City. In my five years with the division, I was able to keep the accounting process up to speed with the tremendous growth in sales – from $2 billion to $6 billion.
Since leaving Universal, I have been working as an accounting consultant. Most of my work has been with the major studios where I have been involved in the development of new processes, reports and even serving as a long-term interim controller for a large division. I passed the CPA exam in one sitting and earned a MBA from Pepperdine University while fully employed.” ~ Paul Hatfield
As the longest-serving (since February 2002) neighborhood council board member in Los Angeles, Doug has seen it all.
A frequent contributor to CityWatch, he specializes in offering a commonsense view of politics at the neighborhood level. Doug is the owner of Epperhart Communications, a publisher of business newspapers and newsletters.
His major clients are chambers of commerce and nonprofit organizations. A 32-year resident of California, Doug hails from Rockford, Illinois. He attended California State Long Beach and has lived in San Pedro since 1992, where he served on the board of the Palisades Residents Association before getting involved with the neighborhood council. Doug has two teenage daughters attending a local charter high school.
Larry Frank – Laurence B. Frank serves as Deputy Mayor of Neighborhood and Community Services in the Office of Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa. As a senior staff member, Larry is responsible for several city departments (the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment Community Development Department and the Bureau of Contract Administration) the Mayor’s field operations, constituent services, volunteer services, external Labor issues, workforce development and the city anti-poverty programs. Before coming to City Hall, he was a faculty member at UCLA, where he worked as both the Staff Director and Research Director for the UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education.
Ron Galperin is an attorney, educator, journalist, Cantor, and community leader. With the values of hard work and forward thinking he learned from his immigrant parents, he has applied his knowledge and commitment to serve numerous charitable, political, neighborhood, and community organizations.
As an attorney, Ron has built a strong transactional and litigation practice, and is an often-cited expert. He is a frequent public speaker and a passionate educator – teaching diverse classes in civics and other subjects. His experience as a journalist is highlighted by hundreds of articles and opinion pieces he has authored for The Los Angeles Times and many other local and national publications. Ron has started and managed several successful businesses, and he has served as a Cantor for more than 25 years — including two decades at a congregation in Los Angeles
|Ron Kaye is the former editor of the Los Angeles Daily News where he spent 23 years helping to make the newspaper the voice of the San Fernando Valley and fighting for a city government that serves the people and not special interests.
Twice in recent years, Los Angeles Magazine listed Kaye among the city’s most influential people, specifically in the area of politics.
Kaye has been variously described in the media as the “accidental anarchist,” “the Patrick Henry of the San Fernando Valley” and a “passionate populist.”
He is now committed to carrying on his crusade for a greater Los Angeles as an ordinary citizen. The illustration was done by retired Daily News graphic artist Jorge Irribarren.
Julie Butcher, Regional Director LA/OC Cities, SEIU 721 – Congenitally fond of the underdog, Julie Butcher has worked for social & economic justice since her teens. Since 1985, she has worked for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) — as an organizer, strategist, and negotiator. Currently, she leads SEIU 721′s Cities Division providing city workers high quality, aggressive representation in the workplace, at the bargaining table, and in the political arena. The Union has pioneered collaborative joint labor-management initiatives that have freed up tens of millions of dollars in city revenues and dramatically increased the efficiency and productivity of public workers.
Butcher grew up in Newark, NJ and graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in English. Julie Butcher is currently enrolled in Coro’s Executive Fellows Program and is working hard to learn to speak Spanish. Julie enjoys sports, politics, family & friends.
John Handal II, also known as Jay, was born October 13, 1953 in Brooklyn, New York. He attended Holy Innocents Grammar School, Brooklyn Prep High School, and Loyola College of Baltimore. In the early 70s, John joined the import firm owned by his family, Victor B. Handal & Bro., Inc. and worked with the NYPD reserves as a patrol officer in the 70th Pct. In 1975, the family moved to Los Angeles, where he helped form another import firm, John B. Handal & Sons, Inc.During the next 5 years, he traveled the Far East extensively, helping to build new factories, and develop new products.
Throughout the years, John has been extensively involved in his community from Neighborhood Councils, Police Departments as well as Schools, the CRA, Rotary Club and the Chamber of Commerce . He helped found the Culver City BID, received numerous awards for his tireless work and he has chaired many boards and advocacy organizations.
John Handal is a former Deputy Grand Knight in the Knights of Columbus-Saint Monicas Church, he is a member of the Rotary Club, The United States and Mainland China Trade Committee, The Brentwood Town Council II, President of the Frederick N. Mellinger Altzheimers Association, is a charter member of the West L.A. Veterans Homeless Fair committee (Department of Veterans Affairs), and sits on the boards of various charitable organizations in Los Angeles County, and his restaurants give support to more than 200 organizations in Southern California.
John is currently a “Specialist Reserve” officer L.A.P.D. working out of the West L.A. Division and he is s the immediate past chair of the Greater West L.A. Chamber of Commerce.
John has 2 children, Jennifer age 30, and John III age 27.
Dr. Dan - “My name is Daniel Wiseman. I was born in Los Angeles, on September 16, 1935, and I am a life-long resident of L.A. I got the best education that anyone could in the L.A. Public School System, the forerunner of our challenged L.A.U.S.D.
I went to U.C.L.A. and then U.S.C. Medical School.I am a Board Certified Pediatrician, one of the first to be trained in Children’s Lung Diseases and Pulmonary Physiology. After all this training, I became an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the U.S.C. Medical School. My research included the effects of Air Pollution on children and establishing normal values for children’s Pulmonary Function. We started the first Pediatric Pulmonary Center in the country at the L.A.C.-U.S.C. Medical Center and then the (national) Association of Pediatric Pulmonary Centers. I was part of the creation of Pediatric Intensive Care Units at LACUSCMC, U.C.L.A., Cedars-Sinai and three San Fernando Valley Hospitals. Then, I was in private practice in West Hills for 25 years.
Retired from active practice, I became involved in the L.A. Neighborhood Councils. I have served on the boards of three NCs, currently on West Hills NC. My specific interests include:
#1 – First Amendment Rights (the “real” source of our “empowerment”),
Retired but not “retiring,” I have enjoyed many “new starts” in my lifetime. I look forward to the development of the NCs as important links between L.A. Stakeholders and our City Government.“
Heinrich V. Keifer is a former 30-year plumbing contractor. He served 30 years in Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors -National Association first in the Greater Los Angeles Chapter before serving at the state level. He received the first National “Fair Fighter” award for his efforts to fight unfair utility competition. In 1991 he joined the Highland Park Chamber of Commerce. In 1999 joined the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council and in 1996 joined Business for Law Enforcement in the Northeast Division. He has served five years as a City of Los Angeles Mayors’ Budget Advocate and was an original member of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Congress Working Group that formed the current L.A. Neighborhood Council Coalition. He is a 9 year Kiwanis International member. He has served as President in 6 of the 8 organizations listed above.
Currently Heinrich is the Vice-Chair of the Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates, President of the Saving L.A. Project and the Treasurer for the L.A. Clean Sweep Committee. Heinrich is a 33-year resident of Highland Park.
BongHwan (BH) Kim has been actively involved in advancing social, political and economic development in diverse community-based organizations for over 25 years.
Mr Kim has been appointed as the General Manager of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (DONE) for the City of Los Angeles. DONE is an historic initiative approved by a majority of voters in a city wide election to effect the way government responds to communities by, in part, creating a system of independent Neighborhood Councils. DONE’s role is to provide education, training, and other enabling support to nurture neighborhood-based leadership and civic participation.