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By Ruth Longoria | February 12, 2009
The old saying, ?If you fail to plan you are planning to fail,? could never be more true than in today?s difficult economic times. This, according to business turnaround consultant Gene Pepper, who contends the biggest problems facing most failing businesses today come from owners not knowing what?s going on in their own business and many never having in place a business plan. ?If you are a crisis-threatened owner, you have to have a written plan in place now or stand by to close your doors,?
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March 14, 2012
Thanks for the story about Kirby Alary [Gene Pepper's 'Take Five' column, March 8]. I experienced his kindness for a few years at the lab. He was the only good thing about the mornings I needed to get blood drawn, because having blood drawn means facing my own health issues. Kirby and I had a brief conversation about his own health problems early on, so I was aware of his challenges. Observing his grace was inspiring and comforting. He deserves many accolades. I really hope he knows that people are receptive of his generous spirit and are affected by it. Julie Markowitz La Cañada Flintridge
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By Gene Pepper | March 23, 2011
I want to sell La Cañada Flintridge. I don’t mean sell as in public relations or advertising “selling.” Our chamber does a fine job promoting LCF. What I mean is selling the entire city. Before you tune me out, please read the rest of this column, which has been carefully thought out. Here’s the deal: Recently, the newspapers and the ubiquitous sports media used front-page space and valuable air time to ballyhoo the proposed Farmers Football Stadium in downtown Los Angeles.
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By Gene Pepper | January 12, 2011
When the world seemed to come down on my head, I would take five — my way of counting to 10. Sometimes it was five minutes of thinking things through; or I took a short walk. But it was a mental time out — putting my feet up on a table to relax, restart, resurge. Taking quick personal time is valuable. We all need a little space from the noisy din of what we are required to do daily. Beginning Thursday, Jan. 27, then every other week thereafter, this column will offer my version of Take Five that's relevant to La Cañada, the foothills and to you, the residents of our unique community.
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By Gene Pepper | July 13, 2011
We have to talk. Make that, we need to talk. Right now, before it’s too late. Our vocal chords will soon atrophy. We can’t let that happen. Fingers fly over the keypads. I admit I’m rattled by this 21st century phenomenon. I’m holding my emotions in check, just barely. Hysteria on my part, you say? Tell me, when was the last time you had a full frontal view of your children’s faces? Or your grandchildren’s? Remember, you older folks, when we made either station-to-station or person-to-person long-distance calls on instruments that were attached to the wall?
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By Gene Pepper | October 5, 2011
It's common knowledge in these trying times that jobs are hard to come by and even harder to keep. In order to get a job, having a college degree can help. But many times college isn't possible for a variety of reasons. One option could be a professional vocational school such as Le Cordon Bleu. To find out more about this alternative to a traditional college education, I recently met with Lachlan Sands, who is the dean of Academic Affairs at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, which is located on Green Street in Pasadena.
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By Megan O’Neil | October 15, 2009
Neighbors continue to fire volleys at each other and the city over a tennis court currently under construction at 4914 Alta Canyada Road. Planning commissioners listened Tuesday as neighbor after neighbor criticized the planning department?s handling of what they allege is an illegally constructed sports court. Last spring, property owner Steve Winnaman was issued a permit to build a tennis court and one retaining wall in his backyard. Construction, however, veered away from the building plans approved by the city and an additional retaining wall was built.
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By Gene Pepper | May 5, 2011
Driving is driving me mad! It’s not that driving by itself is so full of tension — it’s watching out for the other driver in that white car who is going to drift into my lane, or jump the green light or make a left turn from the right-hand lane. Having just left the dentist’s office in Glendale, I am admittedly on edge. It was the scraping and the grinding that got to me. When it was all over I leapt to my feet, waved goodbye and finally began to smile all the way down the elevator.
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By Gene Pepper | January 11, 2012
The entertainment industry has focused lately on adorable animals in adorable movies, cute dogs in cute children's books (and books for grown-ups, too) and funny chipmunks everywhere. I have seen some very appealing animals myself during a recent trip to the Pasadena chapter of the Humane Society and SPCA. Ricky Whitman, vice president of community relations (responsible for the outreach activities in the San Gabriel Valley) gave me the tour. I was struck by the extraordinary love extended to all the animals by the staff.
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By Gene Pepper | February 8, 2012
Valentine's Day is coming in a few days, and I'm cruising the stores in La Cañada, looking for appropriate cards for my valentine. While I thumb through the selection of large, heart-shaped cards, I think about the girls in my youth I considered to be my valentine. Many were dance partners, because taking a date dancing was very romantic. But my biggest love affair was for the dance music. For me, that meant big bands and jazz. You never forget the music of your youth. It was the end of World War II and I was 16 years old, working after school on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Rainbow Rendezvous Dance Pavilion in Salt Lake City.
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By Ruth Longoria | February 12, 2009
The old saying, ?If you fail to plan you are planning to fail,? could never be more true than in today?s difficult economic times. This, according to business turnaround consultant Gene Pepper, who contends the biggest problems facing most failing businesses today come from owners not knowing what?s going on in their own business and many never having in place a business plan. ?If you are a crisis-threatened owner, you have to have a written plan in place now or stand by to close your doors,?
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