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Tech, Meet Surf: The Rise of Silicon Beach

For years, “tech start-up” was almost synonymous with Silicon Valley. However, over the last decade or so, hundreds of tech giants and start-ups alike have expanded to Silicon Beach, where the sand and surf surround the entertainment capital of the world. It encompasses the greater Los Angeles area, and spans the western coastline of southern California, with concentrations in Santa Monica, Venice, Marina del Ray, Playa del Ray, Playa...

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Yellow Co Leaves a Lasting (and Instagram-able) Mark on Downtown LA

I never found God in church, I found God in service. If you’re looking for a community of women who care about bringing pieces of heaven into the darkest places of earth, and who look amazing while doing it, look no further than Yellow Co. This women’s entrepreneurial conference has been gathering in LA since 2013. For every insight you’ll hear about how to grow your brand, you’ll likely hear...

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State of LA Housing Market

Whether we personally are trying to save up for a house, we know friends who have moved from Los Angeles because of the cost of living, or we know those who are trying to survive month to month, we all feel the pressure of the housing crisis in Los Angeles. It seems like everyone is affected. In the most recent Bisnow conference in DTLA, the state of the office and...

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The Future of Cities

On June 13, I attended the Mayor’s Forum, “The Future of Cities,” sponsored by the Los Angeles Headquarters Association at the California Club in Downtown L.A. The speaker’s panel consisted of three mayors from the greater Los Angeles area—Gleam Davis of Santa Monica, Terry Tornek of Pasadena, and Meghan Sahli-Wells of Culver City. In attendance were builders and developers who came to hear the mayors’ visions for their respective...

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God Moving In Los Angeles: A Conversation Worth Having

In what began as a conversation about the movement of God in the City of Angels a few years ago in the form of a three-day conference continued last summer in a panel discussion with four pastors from four corners of the county. And in light of all that’s transpired over the last three years, with God still on the throne, it’s important to continue that conversation. BY ALEX MURASHKO Los...

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Journalist Sophia Lee: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ and Me

Reflections from a Korean-American on the film phenomenon. Over the past few months, many Asian-Americans have been quivering with anticipation for a movie they say they’ve been awaiting for too long: When was the last time we Asian-Americans had a major Hollywood production with an all-Asian cast? One that doesn’t involve karate chops, nerdy inch-thick glasses, and white-faced, oversexualized geishas? Trailers for Crazy Rich Asians ran on my social media...

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Prodigal Father: I Went to Skid Row to Find Him

I grew up in a two-parent household until I was in the 2nd grade. My father was my world. He was a business owner and entrepreneur. He had his own roofing company and took care of my mother, younger sister and I on his income. BY PETE WATTS He was a very bright man. He was highly intelligent and had an impeccable memory for things. I remember a time when he...

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Communications Overload: When Saying ‘No’ is OK

Controversial question of the day: “Do you return every phone call, text message, and e-mail?” I’d love for you to answer in the comments section below, because I don’t. I don’t believe we’re obligated to respond to everyone who calls, e-mails, or otherwise reaches out. Certainly we want to be nice, and we never want to be rude or condescending. However, if you’re going to accomplish something significant with...

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North American Mission Board: Pray For Church Planters

A church planting core team is essential to the success of a church plant. These faithful servants often work full-time vocational jobs and work alongside the church planter to help execute his vision for this exciting new work. By North American Mission BoardHere are some ways you can pray for a church plant’s core team: 1. Pray that they would be disciple-makers. The call to make disciples is for all believers,...

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Pastors Need Non-Christian Friends

I have a confession to make. The longer I worked in ministry, the fewer people I led to Christ. Actually, it happened somewhat quickly. I started spending all my time with Christians. BY ANDREW ALESSO At one point I couldn’t identify any real friends that were in my life who didn’t go to church. Preaching was still a fruitful evangelistic activity for me, but I didn’t like who I had become. I...

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