23 May 2016 — Kevin James, Speaker (live), President, L.A. Dept. of Public Works


By Club consensus during a 10 January 2016 planning session, the “poll” at the bottom of the Program page has been removed. Members are asked to post a comment each week. If you don’t have something interesting to say–although with our members we know what you have to say is interesting–feel free to say “Present” or “Here” or “Yaba Daba Doo” or write your favorite color, just let us know you were here.


SUNDAY, JUNE 26 — 12:30pm to 2:00pmOur FOURTH SUNDAY meeting for June! Speaker: TBA.  We gather in The Fireplace Room at Denny’s, 5525 Sepulveda Boulevard in Sherman Oaks. (Meeting reminders: Inspiration, Jorge; Pledge, Judy; Four-Way Test, Brenda; Rotary Minute, Linda C; Mini-Craft Talk: TBA.)  BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING that morning at 11:00.


We have launched our Clunkers4Charity fundraiser! If you know of anyone (yourself included) who wants or needs to donate a car for tax purposes, send them to our website…and to the Clunkers4Charity “Link” you see at the right side of this page. Funds we raise will go right into the community for our projects.



Each Spring in this part of the Rotary World, a couple of hundred high school students gather for a weekend of leadership training and development, a long-standing worldwide program called Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (or Academy), “RYLA.” This year our Club sponsored the attendance of three worthy students: Jade Ajileye, Mirabelle Chernick, and Maia Hito. All three attended our Fourth Sunday meeting and gave us this inspiring recap of their experiences and what it meant to them.



At each Fourth Sunday Meeting, one of our Club Members will present a miniature (five-minute) version of a Rotary Club tradition: the Craft Talk. This is one way for our Members to learn about each other and form a stronger team.

For May 2016, we learned all about Reed Galloway!










Kevin James has been involved with the process of Los Angeles city governance in one way or another for many years, and currently serves as the President of the Department of Public Works. Kevin was kind enough to give us his time as our special guest speaker for our monthly Fourth Sunday meeting in May 22 in The Fireplace Room at Denny’s in Sherman Oaks.

A lot goes in to keeping our city functioning on the roads and the sidewalks, with lights and bridges, with repairs and maintenance. We learned a tremendous amount, and so will visitors to this Program page.

First up is Kevin’s presentation, and a second video (for ease of uploading) contains the fascinating Q&A session.


Also, here is a very handy DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTORY, as referenced in Kevin’s presentation.


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4 responses to 23 May 2016 — Kevin James, Speaker (live), President, L.A. Dept. of Public Works

  1. Thanks for posting. Looks like a great program.

  2. I enjoyed hearing about how the different bureaus within the Los Angeles Department of Public Works function. It was very interesting to learn about the logistics of street repair and what we can do to work together to beautify the city.

  3. It was quite a busy and interesting meeting. I was very happy to hear how the City of Los Angeles is using technology to deliver services faster and more efficiently.

  4. Yoko said on June 4, 2016

    It was a great meeting with wonderful speakers.

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