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The Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) announced that a Los Angeles-area business owner was sentenced for her role in defrauding EXIM. 

 

On July 14, 2020, Haiyan “Tina” Tang of Arcadia, California, the owner of 3T Holding, Inc. (3T) in Compton, California, was sentenced by Judge Philip S. Gutierrez in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Tang was sentenced to 12 months in prison to be followed by 36 months supervised release. Tang was also ordered to pay $2,999,975 in restitution to EXIM as well as a $100 Special Assessment Fee. Tang pleaded guilty on January 6, 2020, to one count of making false statements to a financial institution in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1014.  

 

According to court documents, between December 2014 and July 2015 in Los Angeles County, in the Central District of California, and elsewhere, Tang submitted and caused others to submit false documents to a financial institution for the purpose of influencing the actions of that institution in connection with a line of credit Tang applied for on behalf of 3T. The loan was guaranteed by EXIM. To support advances on the loan, Tang submitted contracts and purchase orders from 3T’s customers. In all, Tang submitted approximately ten contracts and purchase orders that she knew to be false and falsely inflated in order to draw down on 3T’s loan.

 

The financial institution relied on these false documents to disburse approximately $3,619,000 to 3T.  3T did not repay the loan, which went into default with a balance of $2,999,975 and caused the financial institution to file a claim with EXIM.

 

This case was prosecuted by the Major Frauds Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California.  The case was investigated by EXIM OIG in Washington, D.C.

 

EXIM is the official export credit agency of the United States and assists in financing the export of U.S. goods and services to international markets. Complaints and reports of waste, fraud, and abuse related to EXIM programs and operations can be reported to the OIG hotline at 888-OIG-EXIM (888-644-3946) or via email at IGhotline@exim.gov.

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Last week, the Centers for Disease Control issued a series of fact sheets aimed at young adults to educate them on what they can do to keep themselves, their friends and their families safe from the coronavirus.

It is no surprise that attention is shifting to younger people. As of this week, more than 50 percent of cases of COVID-19 are being reported in people 41 years of age and younger. 

Los Angeles County Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer issued a statement on July 20th, saying: “Right now, young adults are being hospitalized at a rate not seen before. No matter how young you are, you are vulnerable to this virus. I urge everyone to take collective responsibility — stay physically apart from people you don’t live with, properly wear a face covering when you are outside your home, but stay home as much as possible.” 

Many people are confused. When COVID-19 hit in late February, early March, it was more likely that elderly people had serious and critical cases. That’s changed.

The surge in cases in young people began in June as some of our businesses were allowed to reopen. Health officials believe that young people saw this as a sign to go back to normal activities, including socializing in bars and restaurants and in groups. Some who contracted the virus had returned to their jobs.

Although officials have closed down some businesses, including bars, indoor restaurants, malls and other retailers, it’s possible more will need to be done to slow the spread of the virus.

What can people – including young people — do to slow the spread of the virus?

KEEP YOUR DISTANCE

The recommended distance is 6 feet apart from others when you are outside your own home. 

WEAR A FACE COVERING

Starting May 14th, it became mandatory to wear a mask in public places. DO IT. This is to protect you from people who are affected and to protect those you care about in case you are infected. Remember, many people with the coronavirus do not show symptoms, but can pass it on to others. 

This includes:

●       If you visit any retail business, including those that are open only for curbside or door side pickup

●       If you exercise in your neighborhood or are on a trail, golf course or beach (where you must wear a face covering if you are out of the water and people are nearby)

●       If you ride on L.A. Department of Transportation transit buses, Metro buses or trains, or travel through Los Angeles International Airport

●       The guidelines on face coverings exempt children under 2 and people with certain disabilities.

Your cloth face covering should:

✔️ Reach above the nose, below the chin, and completely cover the mouth and nostrils

✔️ Fit snugly against the sides of the face

✔️ Be made of multiple layers of fabric that you can still breathe through

✔️ Be able to be laundered and machine dried without damaging the material or shape

WASH YOUR HANDS

Be sure to wash your hands often and don’t touch your face. All viruses can be spread by touching your nose, mouth and eyes. Use alcohol-based sanitizer if you can’t get to soap and water.

BE CONSIDERATE OF OTHERS

This is the hard one to remember. Sure, everyone wants to go to the beach and see a movie and throw a party. But we need to be careful, cautious and considerate. The more vigilant we are now, the more we can enjoy those things later!

Remember: We are in this together and we will get through this together too. Wash your hands, wear a mask and practice physical distancing.

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 Mixing oil and acrylic with glitch art and digital photography, Golareh’s unique, modern pieces offer a perspective into the contemporary art psyche; a place where the haunting nostalgia for classic genres like impressionism, expressionism, and surrealism, coexist with digital disruption, pixelation, photorealism, and graffiti.

Golareh’s visual poems tell stories of innocence and corruption, hope and despair, dreams and reality, often creating a dance between the optimist, the pessimist, and the realist.

Not one to be shy about color, she’s also unafraid to explore the emotional grip of monochromatic compositions. Most of her recent paintings are mixed mediums combining digital glitch photography with oil and acrylic impasto brushwork.

Golareh categorizes her art into different series and collections, each an exploration onto itself and (for the most part) separate in mood from the others. Currently, she has six collections: Glitch Paintings, a series of paintings capturing momentary moods and mixing mediums such as pixelation, glitch manipulation, digital photography, and physical impasto brush and knife work in oil and acrylic; Photo Art, a series of manipulated photos in a variety of genres including street art, travel and landscape, abstract, nature, and fantasy; Abstract or Is It?, a series of paintings playing on abstract imagery, deconstructed forms, disruptive glitching, and broken rules; Urban Art & Graffiti Glitch, a series of urban pieces commenting on current affairs and socio-political issues combining illustration, graphic design, graffiti, and glitch art; Fine Art, a series of pieces in a variety of figurative and abstract subjects, mostly using brushwork to tell the stories; and Whimsical Fantasy, a series of digital paintings, drawings, photographs, and illustrations showcasing whimsical fantasy characters and situations inspired by flora and fauna, intended mostly for the younger art collector.

Golareh is a multi-disciplined artist, a creative director, a published author, and a photographer. Her art training is self-taught, born from an insatiable need to document, express, and communicate beyond the limitations of language and words. Her pull towards the visual arts was also the result of having to break through cultural boundaries during her formative years, traveling from Iran to Spain, Canada, and the U.S.

Golareh joined Saatchi Art in July of 2020, making her paintings and photographs available for the first time through her online gallery https://www.saatchiart.com/golareh. For a complete overview of Golareh’s bio and body of work, please visit her website https://www.golarehsafarian.com.

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CBD MAP™ (cbdmap.com), a new review & delivery app to find trusted CBD products and businesses, is announcing a collaboration with local Los Angeles stores Hemp World USA located in North Hollywood, CA and Thousand Oaks, CA to deliver CBD products throughout Los Angeles.

The new delivery service is launching in the following neighborhoods:

North Hollywood

Toluca Lake

Hollywood Hills

Studio City

West Burbank

West Glendale

Thousand Oaks (Westlake)

“We’ve read so many stories of people interested in the benefits of CBD but they don’t know where to start. So we created a much-needed platform to learn about CBD and find trusted products and stores based on independent reviews,” explained co-founder William Bevan.

“Following the coronavirus outbreak, we wanted to help with the resources we had, so we decided to add an online ordering tool to help local stores offering contact-less pickup and delivery so they can keep operating safely.”

The delivery menu includes a wide variety of CBD products like CBD Teas, Bath Bombs, CBD Cholocalate, Nighttime Gummies, and much more. All products are federally approved to be hemp-derived with little to no THC (less than 0.3%) that people use mostly for overall wellness and relaxation.

Founded in 2018 by two young entrepreneurs based in Los Angeles and San Diego, CBD MAP started with the mission to help spotlight local CBD businesses online by creating a directory and review website listing CBD stores across the country. By the end of 2019, the platform has become the largest directory available with over 9,000 locations listed and released its web-app to help people find the right CBD products and shops. Following the coronavirus outbreak, the team decided to develop an online ordering tool for local CBD stores to accept orders for pickup or 2-hour delivery.

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The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed 192 cases of COVID-19 in Venice.

 

To date, Public Health has identified 178,642 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County, and a total of 4,426 deaths. Public Health anticipates receiving a backlog of cases in the coming days due to previous reporting delays in the State electronic lab system.

 

Public Health is reporting 2,051 confirmed cases currently hospitalized and 29% of these people are confirmed cases in the ICU. There are a total of 2,621 confirmed and suspect cases that are currently hospitalized and 18% of these people are on ventilators. The hospitalization data is incomplete due to data from three hospitals not included in today’s update.

 

Of the 51 new deaths, 21 people that passed away (excluding Long Beach and Pasadena) were over the age of 80 years old, 12 people who died were between the ages of 65 and 79 years old, 11 people who died were between the ages of 50 and 64 years old, five people who died were between the ages of 30 and 49 years old, and two people who died were between the ages of 18 and 29. Forty-four people had underlying health conditions including 20 people over the age of 80 years old, 10 people between the ages of 65 and 79 years old, nine people between the ages of 50 and 64 years old, three people between the ages of 30 and 49 years old, and two people between the ages of 18 and 29 years old.

 

Testing results are available for nearly 1,675,000 individuals with 10% of all people testing positive.

 

“To the many people across our communities who are mourning a loved one lost to COVID-19, we send you our heartfelt condolences,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “As individuals, and as a community, we must collectively commit to continuously practice the behaviors that slow the spread of COVID-19. Compliance with public health directives, containment of the virus, and collaboration across all sectors are key for us to move into the long-term recovery that we all want to see happen as soon as possible.”

 

Public Health underscores the new set of three Cs: Compliance, Containment and Collaboration to move L.A. County forward through its recovery journey and protect the long-term health and well-being of residents and the workforce.

 

Compliance: Businesses must comply with Health Officer Orders and implement the strict infection control practices and distancing guidelines in place to protect the workforce and the public. Residents must continue to wear face coverings, maintain physical distancing, avoid gathering with people they don’t live with and continue washing their hands and cleaning high- touch surfaces.

 

Containment: Adequate testing and case investigations are critical tools to contain spread. Case interviews and contact tracing of people who are positive or exposed are isolating and quarantining must continue. Businesses and employers must do their part and alert the department to outbreaks at their work sites.

 

Collaboration: Collaborating across all sectors and government is imperative to ensure clear messages to the public, uninterrupted supply chains for testing supplies and personal protective equipment, and unity in strategies for re-opening with as much safety as possible.

 

Ninety-two percent of people who died from COVID-19 had underlying health conditions. Of those who died, information about race and ethnicity is available for 4,133 people (99 percent of the cases reported by Public Health); 48% of deaths occurred among Latino/Latinx residents, 25% among White residents, 15% among Asian residents, 11% among African American/Black residents, less than 1% among Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander residents and 1% among residents identifying with other races. Upon further investigation, 94 cases reported earlier were not LA County residents.

 

It’s important if someone thinks they could be positive for COVID-19 and are awaiting testing results, to stay at home and isolate until they receive results . If the results are positive, infected people need to self-isolate for 10 days and 24 hours after symptoms and fever subside. If a person tests positive for COVID-19, they should plan on receiving a call from a public health specialist to discuss how to protect themselves and others, to find out where they may have been, and who they were in close contact with while infectious.

 

Public Health has a dedicated call line for confirmed cases of COVID-19. If you are positive for COVID-19 and have not yet connected with a public health specialist or need more information on services, call toll-free at 1-833-540-0473. Residents who do not have COVID-19 should continue to call 211 for resources or more information.

 

If someone receives a negative test result, they must continue to take every precaution to avoid contracting the virus or spreading the virus to others. A negative test result indicates only that a person wasn’t positive at the time they were tested.

 

The Reopening Protocols, COVID-19 Surveillance Interactive Dashboard, Roadmap to Recovery, Recovery Dashboard, and additional things you can do to protect yourself, your family and your community are on the Public Health website,

www.publichealth.lacounty.gov.

National Recording Artist Jeff Lionheart is set to release a brand new single “City Lights” in August 2020, featuring Johnny Monaco (Enuff Z’Nuff / LA Guns) lead guitar, Scot Alexander (Dishwalla) bass, Brian Roth (Roth Academy of Music) keyboards and Todd Long (The Verve Pipe) drums and guitar.

Jeff Lionheart’s first single “Without You” hit #1 on the New Music Weekly Top 40 chart and climbed to #17 on Billboard AC. Lionheart says: “City Lights is a song about intense longing and passion for something you absolutely can’t live without, and then just going after it!”

Filming for the Official Music Video will be shot on location in Las Vegas Nevada, Chicago Illinois, Boise Idaho, Grand Haven Michigan, and Anchorage Alaska in July 2020 by Aaron Schultz.

Record Producer Mike Rogers best known for his work on “Grove Is In The Heart” by “Deee-Lite,” who mixed and mastered the record had this to say: “Jeff Lionheart and his co-writer Todd Long wrote an outstanding song. They and the supporting musicians, managed to take me back to a time when great live performance was at the center of record production. This heartfelt, honest and at times full throttle mid tempo rocker was an absolute joy to mix. Welcome back pop rock, it’s nice to hear you again!” — Mike Rogers (The Cro Mags, Deee-Lite, They Might Be Giants, Erasure, Graham Nash, Sinead O’Connor.)

“City Lights” will be available on iTunes and all other online stores soon.

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Silver Lake, CA- A group of local plant-based investors will now operate a restaurant in Silver Lake. Founded in 2015 by Musician, Singer/Songwriter, Producer and Animal Activist, Moby, Little Pine Restaurant in is one of the world’s most acclaimed vegan restaurants, appearing on countless “best of” lists and named “Restaurant of the Year” by Vegnews Magazine. As one of the most charitable restaurants in the world, Little Pine has donated 100% of its profits to animal charities since its inception. The restaurant will continue to heavily support animal charities, will resume take-out service in August and outdoor dining shortly thereafter.

Renowned vegan chef Roberto Martin has joined Little Pine as the Executive Chef. Known for his plethora of appearances on The Ellen Show and Rachael Ray, Martin is the author of acclaimed vegan cookbooks, “New Vegan Cooking” and “Vegan Cooking For Carnivores.” He has also been the personal chef for countless high-end clients including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Shriver, Tom Cruise, Elizabeth Taylor and Rick Caruso.

In 2015, Chef Roberto opened eLOVate Vegan Kitchen which quickly became one of the best vegan restaurants in Los Angeles. “Roberto is so amazingly talented and makes the best vegan food,” said Portia de Rossi. “I can’t wait to visit Little Pine to see – well, eat – his latest creations!”

“It is an honor to inherit the amazing legacy Moby and his team created,” said Chef Roberto. “Our goal will be to keep the most popular menu items like the Piccata, and Flatbread Pizza identical to the way they were before, and we’ll be adding many new innovative items as well. We will be respecting the heritage of Little Pine, while focusing heavily on vegetables!”

“Little Pine has been my passion for the last 5-years, but moving forward I’ve decided to focus more on philanthropy, documentary production, and of course, music,” said Moby. “I will still constantly be at the restaurant, and I love the team who are going to be taking over little pine, so I couldn’t be happier!”

Rounding out the all vegan executive staff includes: Nic Haymon, Martin’s former sous Chef from eLOVate and renowned private chef, Kristi Ellingsworth who spent 6 years running front of house at Nobu 57 in New York and 7 years at Nobu Malibu, and Adiline McKeithan who is a veteran of many high-end restaurants, including the Double Zero vegan eatery in Venice. Ellingsworth and McKeithan will co-manage the front of house.

“We are cooking with love! i.e. Local, Organic, Vegan and Ecologic,” said Martin. “Our food scraps will go straight into animals’ mouths and compost, we’ll allow patrons to bring home produce, we’ll focus on low pan count dishes and we’ll use minimal take out packaging…to start! We will be an incredibly eco-conscious place to eat, and we will obsess over those types of details and the patrons who care about them.” In addition, the restaurant plans to have the world’s largest vegan wine collection.

Little Pine (www.littlepinerestaurant.com) located 2870 Rowena Avenue, Silverlake CA 90039, is an organic, vegan restaurant housed in an Art Deco style building built in the 40’s. It was founded by Musician, Singer/Songwriter, Producer, Moby. The restaurant was voted Restaurant of the Year in 2016 by VegNews Magazine and has been the subject of countless feature articles and great reviews.

For further information contact: Info@LittlePineRestaurant.com
Chef Roberto Martin

When it comes to Do-It-Yourself projects, training your own service dog doesn’t typically show up on our “to-do” list. Yet, a service dog organization is launching a new online program to help owners all over the world, train their own dog to help them.

How does this work?

Training a service dog is certainly not like fixing a bug in your computer or replacing a sink, it’s a long and complicated process that until recently, was only done by specialized trainers. But if this can really be done, it would answer the need of many people who struggle with a disability and can’t afford either the wait or the cost of a fully trained service dog. It could take over 2 years to get a service dog from a reputable organization and the costs can go up to $25,000. So, learning how to do it yourself makes a lot of sense, especially at a time when most of us are stuck at home anyway.

“You can’t simply start training service dogs without a good deal of guidance, even if you’re an experienced pet dog trainer,” explains Jennifer Cattet, Ph.D., executive director at Medical Mutts, an organization that specializes in medical detection dogs and research in the field. “Service dog training is a specialty, with practical and legal requirements. If you don’t have experience in this industry, you will make mistakes.”

For years, Medical Mutts has offered private and group classes, teaching owners who could travel to their facility how to train their own service dog. But 2020 has presented unprecedented challenges to all of us, and in order to help those who might be stuck at home and to keep people safe, the organization is now expanding access to their expertise through online options. For those with qualifying dogs, on a budget, and have the time and commitment to put into this ambitious project, this is a unique and much cheaper way to go.

“Our program is divided into 4 different segments, with assessments at every level. The owners and their dogs don’t need any training experience to get started and can enroll at any age. We offer live and interactive online classes where owners learn how to get the best out of their dog and train them to do over 30 behaviors. As they progress through the program, the dogs learn to help with a specific disability, such as diabetes, seizures, psychiatric, autism, mobility support, etc. Our training methods are fun and kind to the dogs. We don’t force dogs into obedience but teach them instead to collaborate willingly. We believe that this is not only the modern and ethical way to go, but its’ also the best way to train reliable service dogs,” explains Cattet.

For information about Medical Mutts’ service dog training classes, visit https://www.medicalmutts.org/group-classes. You’ll need to get your dog assessed before enrolling into the class, so if you’re interested, don’t wait to get in touch.

MANHATTAN, NY- Fever International Music Group has two of their top groups releasing tributes of two timeless classic tracks. Los Angeles, California’s group Ninefinger is releasing their rendition of “Sympathy for the Devil” by The Rolling Stones. Mike Winney Vocalist for Ninefinger said, “The Stones have always been one of our favorite bands. We love how clever their lyrics are, we wanted to pay homage to one of our greatest influences.” TC Page representative for Fever International said, “Ninefinger is an amazingly talented group, we feel their future will be filled with huge accomplishments.” Ninefinger’s rendition of “Sympathy for the Devil” sounds amazing, hopefully The Stones will give it a listen and possibly weigh in with their thoughts about this tribute.

Kansas City, Kansas’ own Beyond The Grey is one of Fever International Music Groups most promising acts. Beyond the Grey are five men on a mission who believe in writing music with a purpose. The group has decided to pay tribute to the one and only Metal God “Rob Halford” and his band “Judas Priest,” in releasing this tribute track. Beyond The Grey’s vocalist David Lingenfelter stated, “My hope with this re-imagining of ‘You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’ is to pay tribute to the band that introduced Me to Metal Judas Priest. I also want to honor the man that we all revere The Metal God Rob Halford, witnessing him perform at my first concert as a young boy was life changing.” The band has created a modern sounding, hard hitting version of this classic Judas Priest track. Fever International Representative TC Page added, “This is sure to be a radio hit, hopefully Rob and the rest of Judas Priest will feel the same about the track as we do, It Rocks.”

VENICE, CA — Authorities say they have identified a homeless woman whose body was found on a beach in the Venice area, and continued their efforts to determine her cause of death.

Miriam Montufar, 48, was pronounced dead near the 1800 block of Ocean Front Walk about 5:50 a.m. Tuesday, according to the coroner’s office and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The cause of death remains undetermined.

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