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Women in Photography: Visual Disruptors 2020 – Mar 22



Photo by Gizelle Hernandez

WEST HOLLYWOOD — March is Women’s History Month and what better way to celebrate than to inspire a community. Photographers, creatives, consultants of all genders are invited to Quixote Studios’ Women in Photography: Visual Disrupters event on Sunday, March 22.

Photo by Lauren Crew

American Planning Association (APA) Los Angeles would like to invite you to join, support and celebrate women in the photography industry at their third annual Women In Photography event.

The panels will cover topics such as diversity within the industries, women’s advancement, work/life balance, the creative process, social media, mentorship, activism, challenges working women continue to face on set and beyond.

“This is a teaching moment! We are so honored to have two unique panels of successful women share their stories with us,” their announcement boasts.

The day will begin with a panel discussion, then a networking lunch break followed by a second panel discussion. Lunch will be provided.

Parking will be limited; the event suggests using a ride share service.


Lauren CrewAsh Danielsen, Gizelle Hernandez , Danielle Levitt, Diana Zalucky 

MODERATOR: Cecily Chambers 


Clarissa Garrett (72 and Sunny), Kim Getty (Deutch), Ada Guerin (Los Angeles Magazine), Katie Hawkins (Quibi), Audrey Landreth (Apple), Rachael Lieberman Producer, Heidi Volpe (Patagonia)

MODERATOR:  Monica Zaffarano 

Sun 22nd Mar, 2020

Quixote Studios 1011 North Fuller Avenue
West Hollywood, CA 90046

Click here forTickets:

$25 APA Members
$40 General Admission
$10 Students with Valid ID

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Fires, Floods & More: Images of CA From Space in 2019



Fires, floods and more: A view of California from space in 2019

by Rachel Becker for CalMatters

CALIFORNIA — California’s year of extreme events includes fires, floods, blobs, and blooms — here’s a look back at 2019 from space.

The year began amid the ashes of the deadliest wildfire in California history. Then came torrential rains, the superbloom, a marine heat wave, and fires again.

They are events that foreshadow a future pattern of more extreme wildfires and rainstorms as climate change drives the Earth’s temperatures higher. The 2019 events prompted now familiar responses from politicians confronted with catastrophe across the state: disaster relief money, funding for scientific studies, and recriminations against bankrupt utility Pacific Gas and Electric.

Satellites captured the events that marked the changes of California’s seasons — and we rounded up some of the year’s significant events. So take a look back through the year in California, from space.

An atmospheric river soaks California

Credit: NASA Earth Observatory images by Lauren Dauphin

Floodwaters surrounded Sonoma County towns as a winter storm called an atmospheric river pummeled the state with record-breaking rains in February.

California relies on atmospheric rivers for water  but they also are at fault for most of the flood damage in the West. Sonoma County officials calculated $56 million in damage to public infrastructure alone, with The Press Democrat reporting another $91.6 million in damage to homes across the county. 

In response, state officials directed $1.5 million in recovery aid to Sonoma County and another $1.5 million to the City of Sebastopol. 

The budget also included $9.25 million for research into atmospheric rivers — a phenomenon that experts warn could become less frequent but more extreme as climate change continues.

A sediment plume from the Russian River washes out to sea in this Feb. 28, 2019 image snapped by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite. Credit: NASA Earth Observatory images by Lauren Dauphin.

Flammable foliage 

Wildflowers and green hillsides near New Cuyuma, Calif. Photo taken by the Operational Land Imager on the Landsat-8 satellite on March 18, 2019.

California’s torrential rains fueled a profusion of plant growth, captured in the satellite photo (above) of Southern California’s superbloom and in the aerial photo (below) of wildflowers.

Some of the plants that thrived were native, like the orange California poppy. But the rains also helped invasive weeds and grasses take hold on hills that wildfires had scoured just months before. 

These invaders worry environmental scientists like Suzanne Goode with the California Department of Parks and Recreation, Julie Cart reported for CalMatters. 

The concern is that fast-growing invasive plants can crowd out the native plants that California’s wildlife rely on, and can fuel fires when they dry out in the summer heat. 

Goode’s team tries to clear away invasives to make room for the natives they replant — but the team is small, and wildfire can wipe away years of work in an instant. “What I look at is to hold the progress I’ve already made, and then look at what can we reasonably get to,” she told Cart. “It’s a battle.”

A photo (not from space) of wildflowers and poppies in the Antelope Valley; the Poppy Reserve is in the background. Photo snapped by Jim Ross from a NASA aircraft, TG-14, on April 2, 2019.

The “Blob” returns, then retreats

Scientist Andrew Leising has been tracking the recent heat wave, which peaked at the end of August, using sea surface temperatures measured by a collection of satellites and verified with data collected by ships and buoys. Credit: Andrew Leising, NOAA Fisheries’ Southwest Fisheries Science Center

This year saw the arrival of a marine heat wave that is cooking the ocean off the West Coast. The heat wave peaked at the end of August, when it warmed waters from the Gulf of Alaska to the bottom of California by some 4℃  above normal. 

Since then, the heat wave has cooled slightly and retreated from the shore — shrinking to about the size of Alaska from about five times that big. “If you didn’t know anything about what had already happened this year, and you just looked at now, you’d be like, ‘Wow this is really big,’” said Andrew Leising, a research oceanographer at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center.  

At its peak, this year’s heat wave was the second biggest the northern Pacific has seen over the past 40 years. The biggest was the heat wave known as “the Blob” that lingered from 2013 through mid-2016 and wreaked havoc on sea life. 

The blob stranded thousands of sea lion pups and kicked off a toxic algal bloom that cost California’s dungeness crab fishery about $48.3 million dollars and its rock crab fishery $376,000, according to a federal disaster assistance relief letter from former California Gov. Jerry Brown. The feds agreed to chip in about $26 million. 

It’s difficult to predict whether climate change will bring more stretches of extreme ocean heat as it continues to cook the planet and its oceans as a whole, according to Leising.  But as ocean temperatures climb, scientists are detecting them more than they used to. 

Leising is watching the current heat wave closely. “It could go either way, it could completely dissipate, or we could get hammered — it’s really early to tell,” he said.

A recent look at the Blob-like marine heat wave shows that it’s dissipating — but Leising says it’s too early to say whether it will disappear for good. Credit: Andrew Leising, NOAA Fisheries’ Southwest Fisheries Science Center

Fall fires

Smoke from the Kincade fire on Oct. 27, 2019. Image captured by NOAA’s GOES-17 satellite.

Fires burned more than 253,000 acres of California in 2019. That includes the Kincade fire (above), which destroyed 374 buildings and injured four people as it spread across nearly 78,000 acres of Sonoma County. 

This year’s fires, which killed three people, were less destructive than the fires of 2018 that burned nearly 2 million acres and killed 100 people in what CalFire calls “the deadliest and most destructive wildfire season on record in California.” 

Embattled and bankrupt utility  Pacific Gas & Electric accepted responsibility  for the deadliest of those fires, the 2018 Camp Fire. And as part of its plan to prevent their equipment from igniting fires, it cut power to millions of Californians this fall during peak fire weather. 

Californians and their lawmakers were furious over the company’s execution of the power shutoffs, which included communications failures that kept people in the dark about where the lights were likely to go out. 

In a statement, PG&E CEO Bill Johnson said the company would give bill credits to the customers affected by the Oct. 9 power shutoff. “We are constantly working to execute these safety shutoffs more effectively while prioritizing public safety. It’s important to remember that the sole purpose of these power shutoffs is to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire in the communities that we serve,” Johnson said in a statement at the time. 

Still, lawmakers weren’t appeased. CalMatters reported that Sen. Bill Dodd, a Napa Democrat, said at a hearing in November: “I looked at what happened on Oct. 9 as a big ‘screw you’ to your customers, to the Legislature, to the governor.” 

California is weighing how to weather future fire seasons — including by studying microgrids, CalMatters’ reported this fall. As climate change primes the West to burn, wildfires will certainly be in the cards for 2020.

Rachel Becker is a reporter with a background in scientific research. Her byline has also appeared in NOVA Next, National Geographic News, Smithsonian, and Slate. She is now an environment reporter for CALmatters, where she covers climate change and California’s environmental policies.

This article is produced as part of WeHo Daily’s partnership with CalMatters, a nonpartisan, nonprofit journalism venture committed to explaining how California’s state Capitol works and why it matters.

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Last Minute Deals: Gift an Experience at the Museum of Dream Space



by Genevieve Marie

BEVERLY HILLS — If you’re doing some last minute shopping at the Beverly Center this week, you may want to bring a friend or family member who really loves selfies.

The Museum of Dream Space is offering a holiday discount of 20% off GA when guests use code MODSMAS to order tickets online, valid thru December 25th. General admission is usually $32, and military, senior, student, kids and groups have discounted options.

Soul singer Honey Larochelle

In addition to the immense, portrait-perfect art installations throughout the Beverly Center mall, the 6th floor offers an interactive digital art gallery, The Museum of Dream Space, with some holiday-themed bonuses, such as a snow themed projection, and a red carpet-style backdrop, complete with a white Christmas tree.

Everyone who enters is welcome to take selfies and photos, but MODS also offers “VIP” packages that include a professional photo shoot in the art space.

Pierre, Technical Manager at MODS

“The 6-room space was so popular when we opened [in May] that we had to remove some of the design in the ‘infinity hall’ to accommodate the crowds” says Pierre, a technical manager at the museum. “Tickets for the grand opening had a wait list, a time scheduled, and time limits, just so everyone could get in. Fortunately, we don’t have to do that at this time.”

Designed by Chinese artists, the “first digital art museum in the U.S.” opened this year, and expects not only to stick around, but to open more locations with more rooms – in Hollywood and Las Vegas – in 2020.

Actress Naomi Grossman admires from below

Photos by Genevieve Marie
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