Today's Featured Biography
Heroes: Paul Robeson, Ralph Nader, Senators Bernie Sanders, Paul Wellstone, Frank Church, Rep. John B. Anderson, Best Pope in last 80 years – John the 23rd, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) founder Candice Lightner.
Things I’m Proud Of: Fighting for workers/human rights, health, safety and dignity of the people (men and women) and the planet; Playing a major role in keeping Los Angeles County Mental Health Clinics open for 3 more years in early 1990’s; Protesting at 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago; Major role in negotiating Kaiser Permanente Employee/ Employer “Partnership” Agreement (over 65,000 people); Negotiating over 5 Billion dollars worth of contracts for union employees; Being involved in 100’s of marches & rallies for peace, justice & human rights; Working on numerous local & national boards fighting for Civil Rights, Against the Vietnam War and every war the U.S. has had since; Played a small role in establishing the International Criminal Court (ICC); Winning a National Collegiate Rugby Championship in early 70’s; Creamed the Ivy League’s best in Moot Court Competition; Performed musicals professionally with the likes of John Raitt, Betsy Palmer, etc.; Putting ex-wife through law school playing poker; Traveling around the world and enjoying the diversity and beauty of the people and lands of planet earth; Currently fighting to end oil and gas fracking that will increase earthquakes, pollution, health risks, global change and property damage wherever it is practiced; CA personal license plate “AGIT8OR”; Still a kid at heart.
Politics: Democrat, currently elected to the California Democratic Executive Board for 54th Assembly District (AD), elected 54th AD Delegate (8 yrs) on a Progressive Slate; former Chair of Progressive Democrats of Los Angeles (PDLA), President Emeritus of Culver City Democratic Club;
Married in 1974, put my wife through Law School, and divorced in 1982. Remarried in 1990 to Ronnie Jayne, a very talented singer/piano player, cook and quick-witted fun gal with a BA in Political Science, Summa cum Laude, who brings me joy.
Abodes: 4170 ½ Madison Avenue, Culver City. CA 90232
Hm 310-836-7557; C 310-710-8666
11 Via Goldoni, Cori, Italy (3 weeks in April/May and 3 weeks in Sept/Oct) 39-380-740-9697
Travel: 2 month trip around U.S. 1968; 6 months visiting all of Western Europe in 1970; 4 weeks 1980 in China (Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Hong Kong), Singapore, Thailand; 2 weeks 1992 in South America (1 week in rain forest & 3-masted schooner on Rio Negro; 2 weeks on the Island of Guadalupe in 1992 & 2 weeks in 1994; 4 weeks in 1994 In Greece & Italy;
1 week in Acapulco 1987, 1 week in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico 2004,
Numerous other trips to Italy, Canada, Hawaii, China & Mexico.
Education: First - 7th grade-Nativity, El Monte; 8th - Saint Johns 1960; Bishop Amat H.S. 1960-64; Pasadena City College, Mount San Antonio College, Cal Poly Pomona, UCLA, Cal State University-LA (in 10 yrs at 5 colleges & Universities, never lost a unit) BA in Sociology with minor in Music; Western State College of Law 1980 Juris Doctorate. I thank Bishop Amat for developing my values and ethics.
What’s Important to me after education, experiences & traveling:
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure; Actions speak louder than words; Keep your word; The more love you give, the more you receive in return; It’s much more pleasant for you and those around you if you are nice, rather than a grouch; Do unto others as you would have them do unto you; Fairness, Opportunity, Democracy, Love, Beauty, Intellectual Challenge & Stimulation, Environmental Sustainability, Music, Family (wherein you have no choice) and Friends (wherein you choose your own new family); and planning life as though I will live forever, but living life and having fun as if I will die tomorrow. Although I’m not sure there is a God, if there is, I’m sure he would accept me for the way I’ve lived my life.
The above paragraph may sound simplistic, but it has enabled me to love, be loved, travel in wonderment around the world, help thousands of people and have a very good life.
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