When holiday shopping, consider the gift of time, talent or treasure

A gift is defined as something given willingly, without payment, It is also defined as a natural ability or talent. When you give gifts, you make someone feel special. Your gesture sends the message that you are thinking of them. As an added bonus, the generosity in giving gifts and seeing the joyful expression on the recipient’s face makes us feel good, which spreads to those around us.

As we approach the holiday season and you seek the perfect gift for someone, consider giving your time, talent or treasure instead of just buying “stuff.”

Time

Take an elderly neighbor to church, the grocery store, or pharmacy. You can take them out for a meal or a cup of coffee. Ask them about their life. Many seniors have no one who listens to their stories and you might hear some amazing ones.

I had two women clients who were at Pearl Harbor when it was bombed. One was a nurse working at a hospital in the pediatric section. She talked about sick kids and their confusion about had happened. The other was a mother of three young children and had no idea whether her husband was dead or alive. The stories were chilling real-life history, and the women enjoyed sharing them because they seldom had anyone who listened.

Volunteer at food pantries or serve food to low-income families, seniors or homeless people at churches or other charitable organizations. Consider taking your whole family to one of these dinners to serve people, and then go home to your own family meal. You will leave those you served smiling. At home, you’ll feel blessed to have helped others, and those feelings will stay with you for a long time. You can start the conversation with “Do you think you made a difference in the life of the person you interacted with today? Why?” Your family will have experiences to share during your own meal.

Some charitable organizations also serve underprivileged families before Christmas by providing gifts that the parents (or Santa) give to kids for Christmas. Our office staff helped a local non-profit organization by volunteering to help parents select Christmas toys, books and clothing. We heard stories about the kids, their personalities and activities. The parents’ joy was contagious as they left with the gifts selected for their children. The stories continued through the office Christmas celebration;  we all felt more joyful and ready for Christmas.

Spend time on hikes, walking on the beach or just sitting in the park sharing stories. Listening to a person that you care about helps strengthen your relationship with them and creates a special bond. The gift of time could appeal to a family member, friend, neighbor or co-worker.

Another benefit of the gift of time is less clutter for the recipient. They don’t have to find a place to store another gift they either won’t use or will use for a short period of time.

Talents

Do you have a natural talent such as singing or playing an instrument? Take that talent to a senior residential home or nursing home during the holidays to play music for the seniors or lead them in singing carols.

Are you a retired teacher or someone with the skill level and patience to give one-on-one help to a student who needs some assistance in reading or math? You can watch the student grow in skills and self-confidence because of your input.

Are you an artist or have a hobby you can share with others? You might be able to expand someone’s horizons.

Treasure

Experiences can make long-term memories for you, your family and friends. You might have to purchase tickets, for instance, to a play, a football game or a concert. Purchase gift cards to a museum or a book store, then take your grandchild out for special quality time. Pay for a night of bowling and challenge family or friends to a night of fun and laughter even if you haven’t bowled in 10 years (or never). You can take pictures and share the experience with them later or with others. The memories of any of these activities will be talked about much longer than a material gift.

Gifts for any age group does not have to be limited to “stuff.” Consider a gift of your time, talent or treasure and experience the happiness which comes back to you.

Marcia L. Campbell, has worked as a CPA for over 25 years specializing in seniors, trusts, estates, court and trust accountings and probate litigation support. You can reach her at Marcia@MCampbellCPA.com.

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Review: ‘The Imagineering Story’ takes a no-holds-barred look at Disneyland’s birth and youth

A new documentary series takes an unvarnished look behind the curtain at Walt Disney Imagineering and its secretive creative laboratory where the theme park magicians design and create Disney’s fantasy worlds and attractions.

“The Imagineering Story” documentary series debuting on the new Disney+ streaming service on Nov. 12 traces the 65-year history of the Disney artists and engineers who design and build Disney theme parks and attractions around the world.

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The first episode of “The Imagineering Story” documents the successes and failures of what skeptics called “Walt’s Folly” and the creative team that dreamed up and built Disneyland with a blend of artistic skill, risk-taking spirit and high drama.

“The Imagineering Story” might be too esoteric for casual fans if it appeared as a series on ABC or dropped all at once on Netflix, but Disney+ is the perfect venue for the documentary. Hardcore Disney fans will eat it up and pore over every frame looking for new wrinkles in the often-told story and hidden secrets revealed in the footage about what’s next.

The six-part docuseries offers a rare behind-the-scenes look at Disney’s secretive creative studio and features interviews with Imagineers Bob Gurr, Alice Davis, Rolly Crump, Tony Baxter, Joe Rohde and many others.


Walt Disney tells a visitor, Associated Press’ Bob Thomas in Anaheim, where the two Disneyland trains will stop to take on passengers for the trip around the grounds. Railway Station in the background will be the first sight of Disneyland for visitors. Two entrances to the grounds will be on either side of the station. (File photo by the Associated Press)

The documentary takes viewers on a six-decade journey as Imagineering forebearer WED Enterprises creates Disneyland and every Disney theme park in Florida, Tokyo, Paris, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

The first episode of “The Imagineering Story” covers what will be fairly familiar ground for most Disney fans — the conception, birth and early years of Disneyland. The debut episode follows a story arc that spans from early plans for the park, its frantic construction and a disastrous grand opening to the 1959 E-ticket expansion, 1964 World’s Fair and Walt Disney’s untimely death.

SEE ALSO: Can you name all 15 E-ticket rides still at Disneyland? It’s not as easy as you think

What separates the debut episode of “The Imagineering Story” from other Disneyland retrospectives are the detail, depth and magnitude of the material. The first show is full of never-before-seen construction footage of the park being built in an Anaheim orange grove.


Crowds throng Main Street U.S.A. on opening at Disneyland, July 17, 1955. (File photo by the Orange County Register/SCNG)

A helicopter flies over the earthen berm surrounding the park. Walt Disney rambles by in a Jeep along a rutted path. A 1950s station wagon travels along the Jungle Cruise route void of water and foliage. The Tomorrowland TWA rocket gets trucked into place. Crews hurriedly install the teacups. The Mark Twain riverboat takes shape.

The docuseries tells the story of Imagineering through the growth of Disney parks around the globe and the groundbreaking attractions that accompanied them.

The first episode of the docuseries captures the wonder, ingenuity and courage of the Imagineers as they embarked on Walt Disney’s grand experiment to create a theme park unlike anything the world had ever seen.

Nothing went according to plan during the lead-up to Disneyland’s grand opening in 1955. Record rainfall turned the denuded former orange groves to a muddy muck. The Rivers of America leaked and remained stubbornly dry.

The star-crossed opening of Disneyland that became known as “Black Sunday” and the chaotic days and weeks that followed play out in all their calamitous details. The Dumbo elephants had to be unloaded with step ladders, the overloaded Mark Twain nearly sank, the tea cups fell apart and needed to be welded back together.

The trackless Autopia course was surrounded by dirt. Gleeful grade schoolers T-boned each other with the cars. The Tomorrowland motorway devolved into demolition derby madness.

“They all had the attitude that they were going to ride those cars no matter what,” Imagineer Bob Gurr says in the documentary. “Instead of waiting in line like they should, they were jumping over the fence, running up the track and commandeering cars coming back into the load area and pulling people out of the cars and taking over the cars themselves. Nobody had anticipated this and it was a complete madhouse.”

There are also lighter moments. Walt Disney glides past in a Skyway bucket or takes the wheel of an Autopia car. Mermaids sun on a rock in the lagoon as the military gray submarines sail past. The short-lived but always-beloved Flying Saucers bounce on a cushion of air in Tomorrowland.

But much of the mood is darker than you might expect from a Disney-backed production. Midway through the first episode, Walt Disney provides a foreboding quote that anticipates the dysfunction and disarray that will soon follow his untimely death.

“I told them I said, ‘Look, the old man is getting old here,’” Walt Disney says in the documentary. “If anything did happen to me where I might become incapacitated in any way or anything would happen where I wouldn’t be here tomorrow, that thing has got to go on ahead or a lot of people would be hit. I’ve got to find a way.”

During the segment on the 1959 expansion, the documentary presents fascinating footage of the submarine voyage, monorail and Matterhorn mountain under construction. Imagineers in business suits and hard hats take stripped-down Matterhorn cars on test runs along the coaster track through a warren of steel girders that would eventually form the frame for the faux mountainside.

The highlight of the first episode has to be Imagineer Bob Gurr’s behind-the-scenes tour of the long-rumored, rarely-seen basketball court inside the peak of the Matterhorn mountain. Gurr sinks an underhanded free throw and adds his signature to a wall filled with the names of virtually every ride operator who has worked on the attraction.

Imagineer Rolly Crump recounts the birth of the Enchanted Tiki Room and tells a decidedly un-Disney story about Walt’s colorful concerns about early plans that conceived of the bird show as a restaurant.

“Walt always wanted a tea room, but instead we’re going to do a little restaurant,” Imagineer Rolly Crump says in the documentary. “John Hench was asked to do a rendering and in there he had birds in cages. Walt took one look at it and said, ‘John, you can’t have birds in cages.” John says, ‘Why not?’ Walt says, ‘Because they’ll poop in the food.’ That’s exactly what he said. We all cracked up. John said, ‘No, no, no. Maybe they’re little mechanical birds.’ And Walt said, ‘Oh, little mechanical birds.’ And that’s how it all got started.”

Imagineers program the movements of early audio-animatronic figures for the Carousel of Progress at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. Costumeless animatronic dolls await their international attire inside It’s a Small World. The overwhelmed Imagineers try as they can to get the glitchy one-of-a-kind Abraham Lincoln animatronic figure to work in time for the World’s Fair.

“Lincoln would go into a complete spastic fit,” Gurr says in the documentary.

The most bizarre scene in the first episode of “The Imagineering Story”: A motley crew of Pirates of the Caribbean animatronic figures standing in the back of a stake-bed truck as they speed down the freeway bound for Disneyland.

The closing scenes of the first episode offer a glimpse of what’s to come in the next installment: Project X, as Disney World was known around the Imagineering offices.

The show ends on a low note. Walt Disney’s death visibly chokes up Rolly Crump and Bob Gurr — still to this day.

“We all went down to a restaurant and celebrated his life and had a few drinks,” Crump says in the documentary. “We all kind of looked at each other like, ‘What’s our next assignment?’ We really didn’t know. And John Hench made the strongest statement of all. He said, ‘Now we’ll know how much of our work Walt did for us.’”

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Whicker: Better late than never for Canelo, who is running out of rivals after this win over Kovalev

LAS VEGAS — Imagine the Clippers and Lakers playing in Game 7 of the Western Conference Final.

Then imagine them staring at the locker room walls for an hour while the networks show the finals of the Big3 tournament.

This is why boxing staggers the imagination, why you wonder if the accumulated CTE has invaded the brains of the promoters and the TV executives.

Rarely has boxing had a more consistent, appealing and courageous champion than Canelo Alvarez.

So because the people who ran the pay-per-view telecast were scared of competing with the UFC pay-per-view in New York, the bell did not ring for Canelo and Sergey Kovalev until 10:15 PST on Saturday night.

By the time Canelo rang Kovalev’s bell in the 11th round, it was already Daylight Savings Time in New York.

Later, Golden Boy Promotions chief Oscar De La Hoya bragged that Canelo had stuck it to all the skeptics, although he was a 5-to-1 favorite. Perhaps De La Hoya thinks Canelo’s reputation will spread by word-of-snore.

While you were sleeping, and while boxing was tacitly admitting that it can’t compete with MMA, Canelo and Kovalev gave the less-than-full crowd of 14,490 nearly 11 rounds of intrigue.

For one thing, the resident light-heavyweight nearly stole the fight through reticence and stealth. Kovalev spent the whole fight tentatively jabbing, mostly at Canelo’s gloves, and keeping his once-fearsome right hand in its holster. “I wanted to be safe,” he said, noting Canelo’s forceful counter-punch.

Canelo rarely tried to take over the dance. He had his share of body shots, but basically he went headhunting with little impact. He spent most of the eighth round going backwards, and his fans began whistling anxiously.

“I had to persevere,” he said. “I was going for the big punches, and it worked.”

The alarm went off at the beginning of the 10th round, just as it had in 2017 when Canelo somehow pulled out a draw in his first match with Gennady Golovkin.

In the 11th he figured he’d kept everyone up late enough.

Two minutes in, he rocked Kovalev with a left hand near the ropes. A few seconds later he put a hard left together with a big right hand to the top of the head. Kovalev’s legs were scrambled, and it’s likely he would have fallen with no further encouragement. But his sense of balance allowed him to get pulverized by another hard right. Kovalev was so far gone that there was no need to count.

At knockout time, judges Julie Lederman and Dave Moretti had Canelo leading 96-94. Don Trella had it 95-95.

“He’s a great champion,” said Kovalev, 36, who was taken to a hospital but whose pain will be soothed by a $12 million check. “He made history tonight. Now I want to fight some unification fights.”

Well, Canelo now has Kovalev’s WBO light heavyweight belt.

“He was the Krusher,” said Badou Jack, another former light-heavy champ, on Saturday night. “Now he’s just Kovalev.”

So where does Canelo go?

He said that going back down to 160 pounds “would be difficult” and he repeated his distaste for giving Golovkin a third fight, even though DAZN signed Golovkin with that third fight in mind. Ironically it seems easy money for Canelo. Golovkin barely survived Sergiy Derevyanchenko and no longer brings fear as his tag-team partner.

At this point Canelo does not need glamor opponents. His money is already banked through his DAZN contract and his presence is enough.

A 168-pound matchup with David Benavidez, the  23-year-old WBC champ, might be interesting.Canelo would use the same strategy Floyd Mayweather used in picking Canelo back in 2014: Get Benavidez early, while you still can.

If Canelo wants to go international, he would fill any London stadium against either Callum Smith or Billy Joe Saunders, who defends his super-middleweight title in Staples Center on Saturday.

Besides, America would still be awake for that one.

Canelo has everything but a rival. He is 29 years old with 53 victories, and the sport hasn’t laid a glove on him. He wins fights in multiple ways, he avoids career-shortening wars, and yet he always brings the possibility of one-punch punctuation. He is now 16-1-1 against champs or former champs. He may not always win rounds, but he never runs into trouble.

Beyond that, he has outlasted the critics who demanded, for so long, that he lead with his face. It’s a cliche about Mexican fighters that Juan Manuel Marquez defied over the years. A brain is a nice thing to protect. More boxers should follow Canelo and use theirs.

Then again, you can’t learn from what you can’t see.

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3 ways to fail as a commercial real estate professional

The airways and media channels are clogged with ways to succeed. Seven habits of successful people, characteristics of top producers, three ways to own your tomorrow in 90 days — just by doing this!

Well, I wanted to write a success column of a different sort – an anti-success column. I guess, by default, if you don’t do the things that will cause you to fail, you will succeed, but I digress. I can assure you this, if self-destruction is your goal, follow this simple three-step plan, and you’ll be outta the biz in no time flat — guaranteed!

So, here, in no particular order is my failure recipe.

Calling owners of exclusively listed properties

When I got in the business — before Alaska was a state (well, almost) — the one thing you didn’t do was contact an owner of a listed property — period. If you are a member of the Association of Industrial Real Estate or the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors, you are bound to a code of ethics.

Over time this rule softened somewhat and it was acceptable to call a national multi-property owner, if you weren’t calling about a specific, listed property but were simply calling to yack about the general market conditions. This is still a slippery slope.

Look, here’s the bottom line, if you get the reputation of an owner schmoozer, you run the risk of losing your largest source of potential business — the cooperation of other brokers. They won’t trust you, share info with you and will talk about you at open houses.

We had a particularly nasty fellow in our area. He was notorious about soliciting owners of listed properties. Needless to say, he was a bit unpopular with the fellows. We showed up an open house one day — not his, BTW — only to find marketing flyers of HIS buildings plastered in the open building. And he didn’t plaster them! Somebody got even! Classic!

Not specializing

Take a look at the folks that kill it. They are specialists! Some like to know everything in a given geography. Others enjoy a product type — manufacturing, high-rise office, big-box retail. Maybe your thing is a specific industry such as food production, law firms, or apparel distribution. One of our top guys only does national home healthcare facilities.

A generalist must do two things to succeed, which are expensive and time-consuming. He must learn a new market and new processes for every deal! Here’s what I mean.

Let’s say your specialty is manufacturing buildings between 20,000-75,000 square feet in the city of Anaheim. If someone asks – “how’s the market?” – your response will be focused on deals, activity, movement and availability. If you’re a generalist – you’ll respond – “quite robust!” – which effectively communicates nothing of value.

Ignoring your pipeline

Too often, we get so wrapped up in the execution of the deal that we postpone, ignore or stop prospecting — ENTIRELY!

Picture a large diesel truck motoring down the 405. He’s rolling! You don’t see him stopping – unless some moron is traveling 55 in the fast lane. He’s got momentum. For him to stop, start over and get that big rig cranking takes time and fuel — AKA, money. He avoids this whenever he can.

Think about your commercial real estate practice in the same way. If you must start over, to fill your deal flow, you squander precious MO. The true professionals employ a machine that runs 24/7/365. Through mail, social media, signs and follow-up calls – their focus is upon finding and winning vs. simply fulfilling. Sure, I get it. What’s the point of finding new if you don’t close the old?

But, trust me, getting ramped up is slow and painful.

Allen C. Buchanan, SIOR, is a principal with Lee & Associates Commercial Real Estate Services in Orange. He can be reached at abuchanan@lee-associates.com or 714.564.7104.

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Anthony Davis dominates (40 points, 20 rebounds) in Lakers’ rout of Grizzlies

  • The Lakers’ LeBron James drives against the Grizzlies’ Jae Crowder, right, during the first half of Tuesday’s game at Staples Center. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 29: Dwight Howard #39 of the Los Angeles Lakers has the ball knocked out of his hands by Brandon Clarke #15 of the Memphis Grizzlies during the first half of the basketball game at Staples Center on October 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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  • LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 29: Dillon Brooks #24 of the Memphis Grizzlies celebrate with Jae Crowder #99 after scoring a three point basket and getting fouled by Danny Green #14 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of the basketball game at Staples Center on October 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 29: Jonas Valanciunas #17 of the Memphis Grizzlies backs into JaVale McGee #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of the basketball game at Staples Center on October 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

  • Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee, right, blocks the shot by Memphis Grizzlies forward Brandon Clarke during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)

  • Memphis Grizzlies guard Dillon Brooks, right, tries to keep the ball from Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)

  • Memphis Grizzlies guard Grayson Allen dunks during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)

  • Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, center, tips the ball to score over Memphis Grizzlies forward Kyle Anderson, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)

  • Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, shoots over Memphis Grizzlies forward Solomon Hill during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)

  • Memphis Grizzlies guard Grayson Allen, right, drives to the basket as Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)

  • Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant, right, shoots a floater over Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)

  • Memphis Grizzlies guard Dillon Brooks, right, draws a foul from Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)

  • Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant, right, blocks the shot by Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)

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LOS ANGELES — The chants started out faintly this season for Anthony Davis, but they’ve been gathering steam.

“M-V-P! M-V-P!”

By the third quarter on Tuesday night, the Staples Center fans were standing and applauding with a more confident energy, finally firmly convinced they were witnessing the kind of greatness to which that label applies.

Forty points. Twenty rebounds. All before the fourth quarter.

Davis has long been touted for his feats on the court, but on Tuesday night during a 120-91 thrashing of Memphis (1-3), he was unofficially anointed by his home fans. In the first two Lakers wins this season, one could argue that he and LeBron James were true co-stars, but that moment – as fans showered him with adoration – was one to bask in by himself.

A 40-20 game puts him in the exalted company of Lakers big men: George Mikan, Elgin Baylor, Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar among them. The last Laker to reach that mark was Shaq in 2003 – which begs the question: Davis can put up the numbers, but can he raise the banners to match those Lakers greats?

James seemed to think so, saying afterward: “I don’t even think he’s scratched the surface yet.”

The bulk of Davis’ work came where he was truly unguardable: at the free-throw line. He was 26 for 27 from the stripe, breaking a franchise record previously held by his new teammate, Dwight Howard (25 makes).

It seemed fitting that as Davis shattered his record late in the third quarter, Howard stood aside the lane, gesturing with his hands for the already excited crowd to get even louder.

“I mean, shoot! He needed to hear it,” Howard said of the chants. “He’s playing great basketball. We gotta let everybody know when they’re doing a good job. It doesn’t matter who it is.”

Davis did not return for the fourth quarter, his 31 minutes having already given the Lakers (3-1) the edge they needed. James (23 points, eight assists) helped finish what he started, and the Grizzlies never got to within single digits again. The Lakers wound up scoring 71 points in the overwhelming second half.

Davis, who enjoyed his fourth career 40-20 night, animated an otherwise gritty and sloppy game. The Lakers trailed for most of the first half, falling behind 15-2 after a sleepy start. While he was only 7 for 17 from the field, Davis also wound up with many of his own misses and grabbed eight offensive rebounds.

What made it more incredible: The Brow played hurt.

Following Sunday’s game, Davis had lingering soreness in his right shoulder after jamming it against the rim on a missed dunk attempt. The Lakers didn’t confirm Davis would definitely start until he had warmed up and tested it on the court 90 minutes prior to tip-off. Even during the game, Davis wore a thermal pack on his shoulder to help keep the muscles loose.

He didn’t show any early ill effects, racking up 16 points in an otherwise sluggish first quarter for the Lakers. Davis headed to the locker room to retape the sore shoulder briefly in the second quarter, but he returned and checked in for the last six minutes of the half.

“He went in the back and we’re getting close to the time in his rotation when he was going to go back in and he wasn’t around,” Frank Vogel said. “I thought all night that there was a chance that we could have to play the game without him so we were prepared to do so.”

Under the rim, Davis took a beating. The Grizzlies assailed him with limbs and elbows, but for each of the nine times he went to the line in the first half, on just as many possessions he threw up his arms toward the refs, wondering why no whistles had arrived.

“I was really just trying to figure it all out,” he said. “(My shoulder) was bothering me a lot. It was very sore, but I didn’t want to come out of the game. I just came to the back (in the locker room) and adjust some things.”

The officials sided with him more often as the game went on: He finished the third quarter with 10 unanswered made free throws, helping put the upstart Memphis roster to bed in a 39-20 advantage for the Lakers in that period, and finishing with a 22-0 run.

The more deliberate pace helped the Lakers’ defense stay stout, James said. Memphis entered the game as the third fastest-paced team in the NBA, and the Lakers ranked 26th – the second half was more the home team’s style of game.

Davis has now gone 39 for 40 at the free-throw line in his last three games.

“That’s easy money for him, and that’s great for our defense as well,” James said. “It’s great for our team to settle a game down like that.”

While Vogel called Memphis youngsters Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr. future stars before the game, the Lakers’ defense bottled them up for the meaningful portions of the game. Morant finished with 16 points, and Jackson had seven, but both were saddled with foul trouble. Jonas Valanciunas finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

The mood got light enough that James, in the final minute of garbage time sparked the crowd to chant his social media meme, “TA-CO TUES-DAY” as he shimmied on the bench.

What could one say? They were in a giving mood.

“It’s going to be a long season, tough process, to do what we want to do,” Davis said. “You’ve gotta have fun with it. That’s the only way to get through it.”

“We needed somebody to take over and give us a little energy.”@AntDavis23 post-game with @LakersReporter about his dominant performance vs. the Grizzlies. #Lakers pic.twitter.com/mLKpcP6rSY

— Spectrum SportsNet (@SpectrumSN) October 30, 2019

“It just solidifies why we went out and got him, tonight was one of those games.”@KingJames on @AntDavis23, and the #Lakers defensive stops leading to offensive runs in the second half. pic.twitter.com/tRbS4IQSw1

— Spectrum SportsNet (@SpectrumSN) October 30, 2019

Frank Vogel reflects on @AntDavis23‘s night and his ability to take over a game for the #Lakers. pic.twitter.com/cTKDQDfQIk

— Spectrum SportsNet (@SpectrumSN) October 30, 2019

Anthony Davis is the 6th different player in Lakers history with 40 points and 20 rebounds in a game, and the first since Shaq in 2003.

(h/t @EliasSports ) pic.twitter.com/cU58CGSTkM

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 30, 2019

Bron with the chasedown. JaVale with the oop. Some things never change.

(📺: @SpectrumSN ) pic.twitter.com/D1kap1cKsG

— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) October 30, 2019

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Winds fan fast-growing Getty fire in Sepulveda Pass; motorists asked to avoid 405, evacuations ordered

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles city firefighters battled a blaze early Monday that started next to the 405 Freeway and Getty Center Drive, prompting evacuation orders and closing the freeway to traffic.

A witness notified the California Highway Patrol at 1:32 a.m. of a fire starting on the hillside close to the freeway with a possible power line on fire, the CHP reported. The CHP shut down northbound and southbound 405 Freeway lanes and all offramps from Sepulveda to Sunset boulevards on the northbound side.

MAP: This map shows mandatory and voluntary evacuation areas for the Getty fire

As of 4:15 a.m., the CHP was asking motorists to avoid the 405 Freeway:

SIGALERT UPDATE*: S/B I-405 AT GETTY CENTER DRIVE, (CLOSURE INFO) S/B SKIRBALL OFFRAMP, S/B SEPULVEDA BLVD. OFR, S/B SUNSET BLVD. OFR, GETTY CENTER DRIVE OFR, AND MULHOLLAND DRIVE OFR WILL BE CLOSED DUE TO BRUSH FIRE DRIVERS SHOULD AVOID I-405 FREEWAY

— CHP PIO – LA County (@CHPsouthern) October 28, 2019

Video of the fire posted on Twitter showed a long ridge of flames on the hill near the freeway.

At around 2:45 a.m., the Los Angeles Fire Department sent L.A. residents messages on their cell phones, accompanied by what some described as very loud buzzing noises. It said: “Emergency Alert. Prepare to evacuate due to fire near the Getty going W. More info: lafd.org/alerts .” A subsequent message included orders to actually evacuate.

#GettyFire Evacuation Warning issued for the area: Mullholland down to Sunset, Topanga Canyon to Mandeville Canyon For a map of the zones, please visit https://t.co/ta4XvQvrGy #LAFD

— LAFD (@LAFD) October 28, 2019

The fire department ordered mandatory evacuations from the southbound 405 Freeway to Mandeville Canyon and ordered students to evacuate from Mount Saint Mary’s University at 12001 Chalon Road. Evacuations were also ordered for 200 people in a care facility next door.

An evacuation center was soon open at the Westwood Recreation Center at 1350 S. Sepulveda Blvd., near Wilshire Boulevard.

Another evacuation center opened at the Van Nuys-Sherman Oaks Recreation Center at 14201 Huston St. in Sherman Oaks.

“This is a very dynamic situation due to high winds and information is quickly developing. Stay vigilant,” LAFD spokeswoman Margaret Stewart wrote on Twitter.

The fire was believed to have been 3 to 4 acres when first observed and but soon spread to about 40 acres. By 3:30 a.m., it was reported at 75 acres.

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HOA Homefront: ‘Elevated elements’ like balconies, stairs must be inspected under new law

A balcony collapsed in Berkeley in 2015, causing six deaths and injuring seven. Consequently, Senate Bill 721 passed in 2018 and took effect in 2019, creating Health and Safety Code 17973.

This law requires inspection of elevated balconies, stairways, walkways and other “exterior elevated elements” every six years. The new law exempts Davis-Stirling Act associations but applies to nonresidential common interest developments.

SB 326, introduced and passed this year, addresses Davis-Stirling Act common interest developments by adding a new Civil Code Section 5551, effective Jan. 1, 2020. HOAs must hire a licensed structural engineer or architect to perform a reasonably diligent visual inspection on a sample of exterior elevated elements.

The first inspection must be completed by 2025 and repeated every nine years afterward. It applies to balconies, walkways and other above-ground elements attached to the buildings which are at least six feet above ground level and which the HOA are responsible for maintenance or repair.

The law applies to multi-unit buildings consisting of at least 3 or more units and so would not apply to condominium projects consisting solely of detached single or duplex structures.

The inspection is “visual,” meaning the inspector will not be required to dismantle the exterior elevated elements, but the inspector is required to generate a random list of locations to inspect before beginning. The inspector must generate a written report, and if the report indicates an immediate threat to safety, the inspector must provide the report to the HOA immediately upon completion and to the building and safety department within 15 days.

The HOA is then required to immediately take preventative measures and actions to keep persons away from the element until repairs have been accepted by the building and safety department.

The report must list the type of components inspected; the waterproofing in place to protect them; their current condition; their expected future performance and remaining useful life; and recommendations for any necessary repairs or replacement.

The reports from the inspections must be kept for “two inspection cycles,” meaning 18 years. Other than governing documents and minutes, this is now the longest recordkeeping requirement for HOAs.

This new law is detailed, and all the details cannot be recited in the space of this column. Associations and their managers should check with legal counsel to make sure their inspection programs follow the applicable legal requirements.

It remains to be seen how easy or difficult it will be to obtain these inspections. Since the issue is safety, will engineers or architects be able to obtain insurance for these reports, or will they insist that the HOAs indemnify them from any liability? Hopefully, good inspectors will be available for this important work.

Since the inspections are visual only, this does not guarantee that a particular stairway, balcony, or walkway is safe, but only that obvious signs of weakness are not evident. Boards and managers should not be lulled into a false sense of security and keep up good routine maintenance including the waterproofing elements which protect elevated elements of the building.

SB326 also contained provisions affecting HOA construction defect actions and will be addressed in a later column.

To read any California law or pending bills, go to www.leginfo.legislature.ca.gov, the site of the California Legislature.

Kelly G. Richardson Esq., CCAL, is a Fellow of the College of Community Association Lawyers and a Principal of Richardson|Ober|DeNichilo LLP, a California law firm known for community association advice. Send questions to Kelly@rodllp.com

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Whicker: Adama Diomande’s return helps LAFC outlast nemesis Galaxy

LOS ANGELES — Adama Diomande was on the sideline, stretching, getting ready to change a game that had already changed drastically.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic had just dribbled a goal through Tyler Miller. The Galaxy had just tied LAFC 2-2 early in the second half of their MLS Western Conference semifinal.

It was done with urgency, as if the Galaxy knew who was coming in, and what he would be bringing. Either way, two goals weren’t enough.

“I was ticked,” Diomande said, approximately. “But I had a lot of energy.”

After Diego Rossi had drilled a smart, low shot into the far corner to make it 3-2, Diomande made two strong runs down the middle for goals that made it 4-2 and 5-3.

At that point, it resembled an NBA All-Star Game, with goals oozing through the turf, but when it ended LAFC had won its first-ever game against the Galaxy in six tries, 5-3, a scalp the organization desperately wanted even though there are two games left to win for the MLS Cup.

“It was nice to win this game, finally, finally,” Diomande said.

“Our guys watched them beat Minnesota (Sunday) and it was pretty clear they wanted the Galaxy,” Coach Bob Bradley said. “This was our time.”

This is past time for Diomande.

In September he entered the league’s voluntary program for substance abuse and behavioral problems. He was reinstated last week. He had scored eight goals with seven assists previously. To get him back for this match was like a prized bauble at some sort of trade deadline.

Diomande repeated that his problems weren’t chemical. “I don’t do alcohol, I don’t use drugs,” he said. “There were personal issues. I have a clearer mind now. I’m more motivated than I was when I left the team. I’d been working out all along, I haven’t lost anything since I left.”

Almost everyone in soccer is within six degrees of Bradley, the LAFC coach. He coached Diomande at Stabaek, a club team in Oslo, Norway, in 2015. Diomande scored 25 goals in 25 games. He is Norwegian, of parents who are from the Ivory Coast, but his extended family definitely includes Bradley.

“He’s like my father because my real father really wasn’t around,” Diomande said. “We’ve talked a lot during the last few weeks. He always gives me a lot of details about how to be better on the pitch. It’s great to have his support.”

“The last part of last year and the first part of this year, he was moodier than usual,” Bradley said. “Whenever someone has personal problems, it’s a challenge. What I think about is the support he’s had from his teammates. He’s a good guy, and it was a great thing to see him out there, and not just because he had two great goals.”

Would there be a chance for Diomande to get into the starting lineup?

“I think having Carlos (Vela) and Diego (Rossi) and Brian Rodriguez, we’re pretty interesting up front,” Bradley said.

A lot of teams find their offensive mojo against the Galaxy, a team that allowed 15 goals in its final four games and ends the season with a minus-3 goal differential. Ibrahimovic, who has more than once mentioned that he, not Vela, is best suited to be the league’s MVP, took a back seat to the LAFC star on Thursday, as Tristan Blackmon had most of the defensive responsibility against Zlatan.

Bradley said he told Blackmon “not to press” the Swedish striker so much because “The Lion” is so effective with balls in the air. But he also has encouraged Blackmon to “trust his instincts” and “be brave” when it comes time to make a play.

Most believe this was Ibrahimovic’s final game in MLS. No question he colorized the league with his startling play. He had 30 regular-season goals in 29 games during the season, at age 38.

He also left a frontal personality that, as he said, will be missed by reporters “who won’t have as much to write about.” The fact that he also left Banc of California Stadium with a crotch grab, directed toward LAFC fans, is part of the accompaniment.

Vela scored the first two goals, but he also assisted Rossi on the official game-winner after picking himself off the turf. Midfielders Latif Blessing and Lee Nguyen also were on point.

But even if the best team in the league didn’t need a fresh-legged pick-me-up, it has one now.

“There was a lot of room out there on the pitch,” Diomande said, and even when there wasn’t, he made his own.

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14 theater productions to see this week, Oct. 18-24

LOS ANGELES COUNTY

‘Art is Useless When You’re Being Mauled by a Bear’

A tragicomedy by Alisa Tangredi about a woman and her grief.

When: Runs 8 p.m. Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday through Nov. 10.

Where: Loft Ensemble, 11031 Camarillo St., North Hollywood.

Tickets: $20

Information: 818-452-3153. www.loftensemble.org/shows.html

‘Between Riverside and Crazy’

The 2015 Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy-drama by Stephen Adly Guirgis about the tribulations an ex-cop has with his recently paroled son, the son’s friends, a lawsuit and life in a rent-controlled New York City apartment.

When: Previews 8 p.m. Oct. 16-18. Opens, 8 p.m. Oct. 19. Minimum age: 16. Show runs 8 p.m. Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; 8 p.m. Monday through Dec. 15. No 2 p.m. performances on Oct. 19 and on Oct. 21.

Where: Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Ave., Los Angeles.

Tickets: $40; $45.

Information: 323-663-1525. www.fountaintheatre.com

‘Buried Child’

A Noise Within company stages Sam Shephard’s powerful Pulitzer Prize-winning play about the disintegration of the American Dream.

When: Preview 8:00 Friday, Oct. 18; opens 8:00 Saturday, Oct. 19, 2:00 Sunday, Oct. 20

Where: 3352 E. Foothill Blvd, Pasadena

Tickets: $25-$59 (see website for pay what you can dates and student rush information)

Information: 626-356-3121. anoisewithin.org

‘Constantinople’

Vista Players presents a play by Aram Kouyoumdjian about the Armenian minority in Constantinople after World War I and two people who try to rescue of people abducted during the Armenian genocide.

When: Runs 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday through Nov. 2.

Where: Secret Rose Theatre, 11246 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood.

Tickets: $20-$40.

Information: www.itsmyseat.com/constantinople

‘The Mystery of Irma Vep – A Penny Dreadful’

The Actors Co-op presents a fright-fest play by Charles Ludlam.

When: Runs 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday through Nov. 10. Also, 2:30 p.m. Oct. 19.

Where: Actors Co-op Crossley Theatre, 1760 N. Gower St. (on the campus of First Presbyterian Church), Hollywood.

Tickets: $35; $30 ages 60 and older; $25 students.

Information: 323-462-8460. www.actorsco-op.org

‘Night of the Living Dead’

The Group Rep presents the play adapted by Gus Krieger, from the 1968 movie written by George A. Romero and John Russo, about seven people who barricade themselves inside a farmhouse to escape from ghouls. Minimum age: 13. No intermission.

When: Runs 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday through Nov. 10. Also, 8 p.m. Oct. 30-31.

Where: Lonny Chapman Theatre, main stage, 10900 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood.

Tickets: $25; $20 ages 65 and older and students.

Information: 818-763-5990. www.thegrouprep.com

‘Urban Death Tour of Terror – Family-Friendly Version’

A haunted theater attraction suitable for those age 8 and up.

When: 7 p.m. Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26 and 31, and also 7 p.m. Nov. 2.

Where: Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre, 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood.

Tickets: $16 in advance; $20 at the door.

Information: 818-635-9153. zombiejoes.com

ORANGE COUNTY

‘I Never Saw Another Butterfly’

This Youth Theatre production tells the story of Raja, a young Czech teenager who is forced into Terezin, or Thereisenstadt, a Jewish ghetto that was used as a stopping point on the way to the Nazi death camps.

When: 1 and 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 24 and other dates through Oct. 27.

Where: Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach

Tickets: $13

Information: 949-497-2787; lagunaplayhouse.com

‘Violet’

This play, set in the Deep South during the Civil Rights Movement and featuring a gospel, rock, country and R&B score, follows a disfigured woman on a bus trip as she seeks the help of a TV evangelist.

When: 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18 and Saturday, Oct. 19, 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20 and other dates through Nov. 17.

Where: Costa Mesa Playhouse, 661 Hamilton St., Costa Mesa

Tickets: $23-$25

Information: 949-650-5269; costamesaplayhouse.com

‘Sherlock Holmes: Here There Be Dragons’

In this world premiere, Sherlock Holmes investigates the case of a fiendish killer on the loose in Whitechapel.

When: 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18 and Saturday, Oct. 19, 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20 and other dates through Nov. 3.

Where: Camino Real Playhouse, 31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano

Tickets: $22-$32 plus fees

Information: 949-489-8082; www.caminorealplayhouse.org

‘The Canadians’

Two friends from small-town Manitoba go on a gay cruise, which gives one of them the courage to express his true nature to the world.

When: 7:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, 2 and 7:45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20.

Where: South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa

Tickets: $31-$93

Information: 714-708-5555; scr.org

‘Silence! The Musical!’

It’s the Orange County premiere of this self-described “smutty, bawdy, raunchy tribute” to the Oscar-winning 1991 film “Silence of the Lambs.” Note: Intended for mature audiences.

When: 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18 and Saturday, Oct. 19, 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20 and other dates through Nov. 10

Where: STAGEStheatre, 400 Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton

Tickets: $30-$32

Information: 714-525-4484; stagesoc.org

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

‘The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’

Hemet dinner theater Play With Your Food celebrates the famous sleuth in this play that incorporates the short stories “A Scandal in Bohemia,” “The Adventure of the Speckled Band,” “The Adventure of the Devil’s Foot” and  “The Adventure of the Dancing Men.” The meal includes a choice of salmon, roast beef or chicken.

When: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18-19, 25-26; 1:30 p.m. Oct. 20 and 27.

Where: 140 N Buena Vista St., Hemet

Tickets: $42

Information: 951-663-8491, playwithyourfoodhemet.com

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

‘Young Frankenstein’

The musical based on the Mel Brooks classic comedic take on Frankenstein comes to the Creative Arts Theater in Victorville.

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Where: High Desert Center for the Arts, 15615 8th St., Victorville

Tickets: $16; $14 for students, seniors and military

Information: 760-963-3236; creativeartstheater.com

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Magnitude 4.5 quake jolts Bay Area

By Jason Green and George Kelly, Bay Area News Group

PLEASANT HILL – A magnitude 4.5 earthquake jolted the East Bay late Monday night, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, striking amid a small swarm of quakes in the area.

The USGS said the temblor hit just at 10:33 p.m. less than a mile south-southeast of Pleasant Hill at a depth of roughly 8½ miles. It was initially measured at 4.7 but downgraded to 4.5.

There were no immediate reports of any injuries.

The M4.5 quake at 10:33 pm was in the East Bay at 14 km depth. Because any quake can be a foreshock, there’s a slight increase in the chance of a bigger quake for the next few days, at the same location near the Calaveras fault

— Dr. Lucy Jones (@DrLucyJones) October 15, 2019

BART service was impacted by the quake, with trains running at reduced speeds for track inspections. Passengers were told to expect delays up to 20 minutes.

The earthquake came just days before the 30th anniversary of the Loma Prieta quake, a magnitude 6.9 that killed more than 60 people. It also served as a reminder that USGS scientists have predicted a 63 percent chance of a magnitude 6.7 or larger quake striking the Bay Area in the next 30 years.

Pleasant Hill, like much of the Bay Area, is seismically active. The Concord Fault lies a mile northeast of the city and the Calaveras and Hayward faults sit about 7.5 miles and 11 miles to the southwest, respectively.

Monday night’s shaker was preceded by several smaller quakes, including a magnitude 2.5 at 10:23 p.m., according to the USGS. Caltech reported more than a dozen smaller quakes in the Pleasant Hill and Pacheco areas in the hour after the magnitude 4.5.

In a tweet, USGS seismologist Lucy Jones warned that there was a chance that a larger quake could follow.

“Because any quake can be a foreshock,” she said, “there’s a slight increase in the chance of a bigger quake for the next few days, at the same location near the Calaveras Fault.”

Staff writer Lisa Krieger contributed to this report.

 

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