Dear California Legislature: What If I Don’t Want to Live in a “Sanctuary State?”

I CAN”T STAND the thought that the State of California, where I have spent most of my life living, working, and raising a family, is now a “sanctuary state.” This week, Governor Jerry Brown “signed landmark “sanctuary state” legislation, vastly limiting who state and local law enforcement agencies can hold, question and transfer at the request of

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Kicking Him When He’s Down: The Complicated Legacy of Hugh Hefner

NO MATTER HOW you felt about him, the death of Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner, who died last week at his famous mansion in the Holmby Hills section of Los Angeles, was one of those passings that got a lot of people worked up. Since Hefner passed away at the ripe old age of 91, a

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Millennials May be Job Hoppers, But There’s a Really Good Reason For That

IT SHOULDN’T COME as any great surprise, but according to Gallup, Millennials aren’t particularly engaged in their jobs. As Gallup’s How Millennials Want to Work and Live report points out, a whopping “71 percent of employees in the Millennial generation (people born between 1980 and 1996) are either not engaged or actively disengaged at work.” Are Millennials really big job

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Amazing Grace Reminds Me of Pete Conrad Walking on the Moon

SOMETIMES, IT’S THE LITTLEST things that seem to stick with me. So it was Sunday morning at church when our final hymn was one that even people who don’t go to church probably know — Amazing Grace. It’s a great hymn that is memorable for a great many reasons, but whenever I hear Amazing Grace,

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Here For the Wedding? Well, Make Sure You Make Time to Dodge the Protests

I WAS IN OUR NATION’S CAPITAL this past weekend to attend the wedding of a good friend and former colleague who got married for the first time at the ripe old age of 48. Just that one little fact is fodder for a good blog post, but no, I won’t be going there. It was a

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WTF! My Local News Was Hijacked by a Stupid Car Chase — Again!

LAST FRIDAY, my local late night newscast got hijacked by a car chase — again. For those who don’t know what I’m talking about, here’s a little background: If you like local news, you have a lot of options when you live in Southern California. During the work week, once you get past the dinner

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The Best Leaders Manage by the Art of the Nudge

WHEN I’M ASKED what my biggest accomplishment is, I always point to my first job as a senior executive responsible for an entire department that had been tagged by corporate as being terribly underperforming — so underperforming, in fact, that they were considered one of the very worst units in the entire company. I was

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The Bad Things That Happen When Companies Take Too Long to Hire

I’VE HIRED A LOT of people over the years, more than I can count, but the one constant in all that hiring is a simple question: Are we taking too long to hire? Yes, I’ve been accused of that before, especially when I was recruiting journalists for a newspaper in Hawaii, a place that people suddenly

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Hurricane or Earthquake, One Big Disaster Is as Bad as Another

FIRST IT WAS Harvey battering Houston and southeast Texas, and now you can add Hurricane Irma to the list of natural disasters as it bears down on Miami and the Florida peninsula. Hurricanes are terribly destructive things, but for most Californians, they’re something we never experience because the ocean off our coast is simply too cold.

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