The Nature of Place: From Rancho Los Alamitos to the New Urban Scene

Sunday, June 23, 2013

1:30 to 4:00 p.m.

Conversations in Place 2013
The Nature of Place: From The Rancho to the New Urban Scene – When Ordinary Becomes Extraordinary

More and more, people are discovering the value of “ordinary places” within a region and state and people famous for its iconic, extraordinary imagery.

Speakers: D. J. Waldie and Christopher Hawthorne with additional distinguished panelists Gred Goldin, Alan Pulman, and Michael Bohn.

Details and reservations

Enjoy California’s best including top-notch historians and ecologists; urban planners, architects and critics; celebrated journalists and commentators; and nationally renowned writers. Consider Rancho Los Alamitos and the Los Angeles Basin then and now … where we have been and where we are going, Talk with the renowned speakers and panelists during the refreshing and filling mid-afternoon break or following the Conversation for the day.

Now is the time to reserve your place for the Conversation on June 23rd by calling The Rancho office at (562) 431-3541 or by visiting the website at

Tongva Nature Walk

Sunday, August 14, 2011 – Tongva Nature Walk
White Point Nature Education Center

The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy is offering a new interpretive hike led by Naturalists to explore the four demonstration gardens surrounding the White Point Nature Education Center to learn about the indigenous plant uses and culture of the Tongva people that once occupied the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The walks will be held every second Sunday of the month at 2:00 pm. The cost is $5 per person and ages 7+ are welcome. Space is limited so please RSVP. Visit or call (310) 541-7613 for more information.

The world has 5.3 billion mobile users – 77 percent of the world population use Mobile Phones

The world has 5.3 billion mobile phone subscribers, which is 77 percent of the world population. The U.S., in fact, has 87 percent wireless penetration, and the use of mobile phones is rapidly becoming the norm. Combine these statistics with the technology that allows merchants to process a credit card by phone when receiving customer payments and you have the beginning of a paradigm shift in the way retail merchants accept payments for goods. Follow The Stiel Report for on-going reviews of how retailers, wholesalers and general merchandise vendors can take advantage of mobile payments opportunities:

Museum Day annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine

In the spirit of Smithsonian Museums, who offer free admission everyday, Museum Day is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Ticket…for free. View the list of 2011 participating museums:

Quote of the Day: ‘You cannot succeed if you don’t help society around you to have a better life.'”

Another reason Indian executives are thriving in a world traumatized by the global meltdown: a sense that businesses need to do more than just make money. "When you talk to these top CEOs, there’s a sense that the corporation is embedded in society," says Harbir Singh, a Wharton professor and a co-author of The India Way. "Most of the executives we surveyed said, ‘You cannot succeed if you don’t help society around you to have a better life.’"

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Polls blame Republican Leadership for Debt Talks Collapse

Public Opinion Polls out of Washington D.C. are blaming Republicans for the debt stalemate as negotiations between the White House and House Speaker John Boehner over an agreement to cut spending, overhaul the tax code and avert a government default have broken down. Boehner planned to notify his caucus Friday night.