Term Limits

Term limits are a contentious topic here in Los Angeles County. In 2002, voters passed Measure B (64% in favor), to limit the terms of County Supervisors to three consecutive four-year terms. So right about now things are getting interesting in LA. Why limit the terms of elected officials?  Presidential Candidate Dr. Rand Paul thinks,…

GOP.com Petitions

To sign or not to sign? Petitions are a written document that people sign to boost collective support for a specific initiative. It’s like a referendum, but with less teeth because there isn’t a legislative component to a petition. I spent the day perusing https://www.gop.com/get-involved/ to find a petition to write about, but instead I…

Trade Fact of the Week

The Trade Fact of the Week is administered by Progressive Economy, which is a project of the Global Works Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) joined in the campaign to eliminate global poverty. I love their work. A recent fact they published left me unsurprised, but interested to learn more. According to the Pew Research Center, the…

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum

I had a great time at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, California. President Reagan came from humble beginnings. He worked hard to build a multi-faceted career in entertainment and politics. These two industries, entertainment and politics, have become bedfellows in this 24-hour news cycle in which we live. We all…

Data.gov Innovator

I recently came across an interesting federally-funded challenge where Americans are encouraged to share any ideas where innovations in technology can be applied to improve disaster preparedness. All you have to do is email disastertech@ostp.gov your idea and hope for a response. Below is the email I sent today. Thanks for the opportunity to share…

Immigration and the Cash Economy

Putting the “executive action” debate aside, immigration reform should focus on tax collection. Let’s take an honest look at how undocumented immigrants escape the tax collector. It’s no wonder the majority of undocumented immigrants live in California. This beautiful state is semi-affordable if you do not have to pay taxes. Certain sectors of the economy…

Neel Kashkari – Lessons from the Trail

Neel Kashkari’s Lessons from the Trail was a great read. As an aspiring political leader, I learned a good deal from his candid remarks. I have a better understanding of what it takes to energize voters and establish name recognition. Here are a few things that we can start working on now. Kashkari writes, “The…

Political Ads & Retaliation

Mailboxes fill to the brim daily with leaflets and pamphlets. Radio stations are finally out of the red and in the black. Musty hotels carefully seat the elderly in stained chairs to listen to rehearsed debates. Neighborhood fences clutter with rectangular signs that boldly shout: INTEGRITY, HONESTY, and SERVANT. Well, maybe not servant, but you…

Crowdfunding 201

Crowfunding is the practice of raising money from a large number of people to transform an idea into an enterprise. I encourage everyone to try crowdfunding. Mainly, because it will be the first time you connect with family and friends besides the holidays. Crowdfunding is a lot like strategic planning. First, you have to build…

Raising Money

Raising money is not the same as making money. The difference between the two is not subtle and is rarely confused. Making money has to do with performing a job, which is created by productive individuals who utilize a set of skills that are worthy of compensation. Raising money is accomplished by outlining a framework…

Recovery Pledge, Inc.

I had and I now have the opportunity to launch a crowdfunding campaign in partnership with many great companies. While working in New Orleans after the oil spill, I quickly learned that recovery efforts failed many business owners. I realized that small businesses need to stabilize their sales immediately after a disaster in order to…

Native Advertising & Advertorials

Newspapers are costly to print, burdensome to distribute and leave a black residue on our bagels, tablet cases, and collared shirts. The newspaper business is going the way of the carriage business. Very soon, newspapers will be reduced to dusty stacks in our parent’s basement and found in the musty alleys of public libraries. A…