Yuval Bar-Zemer

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Yuval Bar-Zemer was born in Israel and graduated from the Music Academy of Jerusalem. In 1987, he abandoned a promising career as a saxophonist, moved to Los Angeles and founded Dekel Construction. In December of 2002, Bar-Zemer joined efforts with Leonard Hill to create , a real estate development company that focuses on the revitalization… Read more »

Yelp

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is a website and mobile app that connects people with great local businesses. Founded in July 2004, Yelp has taken root in countries across the globe, making it the leading local guide for real word-of-mouth on everything from boutiques and mechanics to restaurants and dentists. The Yelp community is made up of engaged locals who connect… Read more »

Allen Compton

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Allen Compton is principal of . He has a wide range of experience in both public and private sector design and project management. He has designed projects for the Los Angeles Unified School District, County of Los Angeles, Pepperdine University, City of Brea, Los Angeles Council District 14, Trust for Public Land, Sony Studios, and… Read more »

Becky Dennison

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Becky Dennison is the Co-Executive Director of the , a grassroots organization working to ensure the human right to housing, health and security are upheld in Los Angeles. Becky has been working in the Skid Row community of Downtown Los Angeles since 1994 and working with LA CAN in Downtown and South Central Los Angeles since 2002.  LA CAN’s leadership… Read more »

Helene Schpak

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Helene Schpak has been involved with the subject of public mobility since being appointed by then-Councilmember Garcetti to the Glassell Park-Cypress Park Community Design Overlay Advisory Committee in 2001. She led an eight-mile educational hike along the proposed rail alignments for California High Speed Rail proposal that weighed the impacts on communities, pedestrians, urban environment and… Read more »

Gale Holland

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covers homelessness and poverty for the Los Angeles Times. Starting in 2005, she edited the Times Metro section’s cops and courts beat, wrote news columns and covered higher education. A series about college construction abuses that she wrote with Times colleague Michael Finnegan won a 2012 investigative reporting award from the Nieman Foundation at Harvard…. Read more »

Michael Pinto

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Michael Pinto is an architect, educator, and community activist. In practice Michael is a principal at where he has developed a practice that is at once conditionally driven and socially charged. Michael is the founder of Project Food LA[/url}, a creative practice centered on the social and political implications of food production. For 10 years,… Read more »

Alex Ward

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Alex Ward, AIA, LEED GA, is an architect with 35 years of experience designing award-winning projects in the United States, Japan, China, Britain and Israel. His broad project background includes everything from airport terminals to churches, housing to high rise office buildings. At , Alex directs design on all projects, from the conceptual stage through… Read more »

Julie Eizenberg

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Julie Eizenberg, AIA, brings design vision and leadership to ‘s wide range of projects. Julie is an astute observer and institutional iconoclast leading investigations that reshape the way we think about the architecture of everyday life. Under her and partner Hank Koning’s lead, the firm has earned more than 120 awards for their projects, including 25… Read more »

Friends of the Los Angeles River

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Friends of the Los Angeles River envisions a swimmable, fishable, boatable, bikeable Los Angeles River within a greenway from the mountains to the sea. As a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization founded in 1986, FoLAR’s mission is to protect and restore the natural and historic heritage of the Los Angeles River and its riparian habitat through inclusive planning,… Read more »