Latest Assesses the Economic Value of Clayton Kershaw’s Presence in Los Angeles

CreditUpdates BaseballConducting an economic assessment that accurately reflects the value of the subject is a notoriously difficult task, especially when there are so many collateral factors that influence the total value generated by the subject of the assessment. In sports, franchises are tasked with measuring an athlete’s value and constructing a contract that reflects the individual’s overall contributions to his or her team. While the use of advanced analytics has sought to reduce the inherent complexity of this process, has pointed out that there are certain athletes capable of generating a great deal of additional value outside of the realm of competition.

In Los Angeles, there are a number of athletes that fit this description, but perhaps none more precisely than Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Signed to a record-breaking contract that will pay him about $35 million per year through the 2020 MLB season, Kershaw has lived up to that exorbitant financial outlay with his play alone, as he has already earned three Cy Young Awards and an NL MVP while still only just entering his prime years as an athlete. would be likely point out that Kershaw’s on-field performance is only a part of his overall economic value to the Dodgers and the city of Los Angeles. As the co-founder of Kershaw’s challenge, the big left-hander has given back to the Los Angeles community as well as communities all over the world. His dedication to charitable endeavors is responsible for a great deal of additional value and demonstrates how conducting an economic assessment requires a detail-oriented approach that considers a number of varied factors.

Luigi Wewege Reviews Los Angeles Health and Wellness Industry


luigi wewege health industryEntrepreneurs seeking to gain a foothold in the health and wellness industry would be well advised to head to Los Angeles, California, as the Southern California city has long been a hub for the most cutting-edge health and wellness practices. Since there is such a wide range of available services pertaining to the health and wellness industry, Luigi Wewege notes that residents of Los Angeles and the surrounding areas tend to be far more open to new ideas and concepts than individuals residing in other parts of the United States.

Before exploding in popularity across the entirety of the US, yoga was mostly viewed as a niche industry that nonetheless thrived up and down the coast of California. As awareness of the benefits of regular yoga practice spread, cities all over the country began following Southern California’s lead, and it now seems likely that a whole host of other health and wellness practices like acupuncture and tai chi — which are already exceedingly popular among residents of Los Angeles — will begin to enjoy a similar increase in popularity among Americans.

It’s worth noting that there is a distinctly Pacific influence in the health and wellness practices of Californians, and it has long been the case that traditional Asian practices have often entered the United States through the Golden State. Even Australian health and wellness practices such as the “Stotan” training principles popularized by Percy Cerutty have influenced many of the beliefs of Southern Californians regarding healthy and clean living.

Halden Zimmermann Reviews Dr. Sid Solomon’s TMJ Dentist LA Website

A highly regarded reviewer on an incredibly broad range of subjects, Halden Zimmermann most recently took the time to review Dr. Sid Solomon’s TMJ LA website. In the review, Zimmermann evaluates every aspect of Dr. Solomon’s site, including its design, its content and the ease with which it can be navigated. In conducting a characteristically thorough and exacting review, Zimmermann suggested that Dr. Solomon has succeeded in creating a site that accomplishes everything a website should and then some.

Of particular note was Zimmermann’s belief that the TMJ Dentist’s LA website is able to quickly and easily provide patients with access to relevant and useful information regarding the issues associated with TMJ as well as those associated with general dentistry. In the review, Zimmermann explains the benefit of the organizational structure employed in Dr. Solomon’s website and how that structure should make it quite simple for patients to immediately find the information they are seeking.

Zimmermann also offered some insight into the doctor’s sterling reputation within the communities that make up the Los Angeles area, and he used his review platform to discuss the depth of Dr. Solomon’s involvement in the communities he serves and his role in advancing the dental profession as a whole. Known for providing consistently objective reviews, it is quite clear that Dr. Solomon and his website made quite the impression on Zimmermann, and it should come as no surprise that the doctor’s patients often express similarly glowing reviews regarding the care they receive at Dr. Solomon’s office.

Ian Leaf Scam Tracks – Releasing New Album

Ian LeafLos Angeles has long been known as one of the biggest cities for all types of media including music. Today I was able to review Ian Leaf Scam Tracks, a new album by Ian Leaf, in fact, this is his debut album!

The tracks are as expected from Leaf.

  1. Scam
  2. Fraud (feat. Ian Andrews)
  3. Fraudster
  4. Tax (feat. msenescall)
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In this obviously short album Ian Leaf explores a variety of different instruments including what sounded like a Banjo on track 03, “Fraudster”. I really enjoyed this quick listen. At about 20 minutes, you can listen on repeat in the office. No offensive lyrics and very easy to listen to in the background. I don’t think you’ll hear many people blasting the album down the street, but you never know!

This album should be on Amazon soon. For now check out Twitter and Amazon.

Los Angeles Dodgers Raise Concerns Over Team’s Direction With Quiet Offseason

Since Guggenheim Partners purchased the Dodgers a few years ago from a cash-strapped former owner who shall remain nameless, Angelenos have come to expect offseason fireworks each winter, especially given the sharply increased expectations that come with record-breaking payroll numbers. After losing Zack Greinke to free agencyand failing to land any players of significance so far this winter — not to mention the failed deals for Aroldis Chapman and Hisashi Iwakuma — local fans have grown increasingly frustrated with the inactivity of the analytically inclined front office of Andrew Friedman, Farhan Zaidi and Josh Byrnes.

The frustration is understandable, but Ken Fisher would likely contend that the team’s approach is a shrewd one that considers both short- and long-term consequences. It seems that the Dodgers have observed the troubles encountered by past teams that have been saddled with sizable long-term contracts with aging superstars who are unable to contribute in the way that was originally expected. The New York Yankees endured this problem after flexing their financial muscle in the early 2000s, and rebuilding the team while having to carry aging players on big contracts proved quite difficult. Further complicating matters was the lack of human capital in the form of prospects, as promising minor leaguers are necessary in order to make trades and to replenish the major league roster.

The Dodgers have demonstrated a great deal of restraint, and it is clear that they are unwilling to overspend to get the players they have targeted in free agency. Fans of the team are certainly feeling the sting of missing out on players like Johnny Cueto and other high-dollar free agents, but the team still has the flexibility, the finances and the prospects necessary to make the moves they judge to be sound and in keeping with their goal of competing in the present without mortgaging the future.

For all the praise the Arizona Diamondbacks have gotten for going “all-in” with their offseason plan, there is a great deal of risk that the approach is incredibly short-sighted and will lead to an impossibly difficult rebuilding period within the next three years. The Dodgers, on the other hand, have positioned themselves for long-term success by favoring a strategy that includes developing young players while seeking to acquire major-league talent via free agency and trades that do not cripple the team’s chances for continued success into the future.

I Saw Parviz Khosrowyar’s Doppelganger!

Don’t you love it when you see someone who strongly resembles someone else? The chance of running into a doppelganger is low, almost never. On my most recent trip to Los Angeles, I look over my shoulder and I saw a man who looked just like Parviz Khosrowyar! Unbelieveable! I had to look, twice, three and four times to make sure my eyes weren’t playing tricks on me.

In Los Angeles, there are over 2 million people, 3.8 million as of 2013 if you want precise numbers. The amount of people in Los Angeles is more than Chicago at 2.7 million and more than San Francisco at 837,442 people just to give you an idea of how major Los Angeles is. With such a high population, what are the chances of running into a twin who looks exactly like Parviz Khosrowyar? Would they be higher or lower?

What I love about L.A. is the interesting things you’ll see and that goes for the people as well. In L.A. it’s hardly ever heard of that you’ll have the exact same day everyday. Something new is always happening! Seeing an exact copy of someone was just one of the amazing things that will happen to me this week.

Los Angeles Is the Perfect City for Rehab Following a Sports Injury

There are many reasons that Los Angeles is an attractive city for residents and visitors alike as the city is among the most unique places in the United States. While people come to Los Angeles for the arts and culture, the beaches or just the unique inhabitants who live in the area, the city is also ideal for those who are dealing with a sports injury and must endure the rehabilitation process. It may seem somewhat odd to view the city in this way, but that is exactly what Dr. Andrew Carver, a podiatrist, sees whenever he makes the trek from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

It should not come as much of a surprise that a California foot doctor would see the state through this sort of lens, but the podiatrist believes that Los Angeles is one of the best cities in the United States for recovering from a sports injury for a variety of reasons. Noting that Washington DC has received similarly positive reviews, Dr. Carver points out that Los Angeles possesses a variety of characteristics that can be quite beneficial to the recovery process that follows a sports injury, especially one that affects the foot.

If a patient needs to avoid weight-bearing exercise, for example, swimming in the Pacific Ocean is an option when the water is warm enough. When the Pacific is too cold, patients can easily make use of the countless gyms in Los Angeles that include swimming pools as a part of its workout facility. The cycling community is also quite strong in Los Angeles, so patients can also take advantage of yet another type of athletic activity that does not include weight-bearing exercise.

Dr. Carver also notes that podiatry is a field that is represented well in Los Angeles. The strength of the professional community also enables patients to take advantage of the variety of health services throughout their recovery process and can benefit from expert assistance and advice in the event that they experience a setback or if they feel they are progressing faster than their initial recovery timeline. Finally, the doctor notes that Los Angeles is simply an enjoyable place to be whether an individual has suffered an injury or not, so those who are enduring the rehabilitative process will have plenty to do when they are not focused on their physical therapy and recovery.

Kion Kashefi Has 4 Ways to Improve Los Angeles in 2015 and Beyond

LA Traffic

It is all too often the case that Los Angeles is immediately associated with traffic congestion and poor air quality by those who live outside the city. While these are certainly issues that must continue to be addressed in Los Angeles, these should not be the defining characteristics of a city that has so much more going for it.

As Kion Kashefi has pointed out, Los Angeles is a hub of creativity as it serves as a home to countless actors, filmmakers, writers and musicians. It is a culturally diverse city that supports the art and culture of its varied population, and the city itself is surrounded by incredible natural wonders that include the Pacific Ocean and the San Gabriel Mountains.

Mr. Kashefi has outlined four simple ways to improve Los Angeles in 2015 and beyond, noting that these methods could prove quite helpful in changing the perception of the beautiful city of Los Angeles in a positive way.

Encourage Civic Pride

Most of the residents of Los Angeles are proud to call themselves Angelenos, but Mr. Kashefi believes that there are still not quite enough outlets in which residents can express their civic pride. Creating additional outlets of expression would foster a greater sense of community among residents and would do wonders for the overall perception of the city.

Promote the City’s Many Exceptional Traits

The fact that many people who live outside of Los Angeles think of the city in terms of traffic and air pollution is troubling. As Mr. Kashefi has noted, Los Angeles has beautiful beaches that provide access to the Pacific Ocean, and the San Gabriel Mountains provide a stunning panorama of the city. There is a great deal more to the city beyond just its natural wonders, of course, as at any given time of year there are sporting events, concerts and performances, along with a host of other entertainment activities. It is these qualities that are the ones that should be emphasized and associated with Los Angeles.

Improve the Air Quality

There is no denying that the air quality is still not what it could be. While efforts have been made to improve the air quality of Los Angeles, these efforts need to continue and more need to be put in place so that future generations can enjoy the city. Doing so would also help in dissipating the notion that Los Angeles is a city rife with smog.

Address the Transportation Issues

The transportation issues in Los Angeles are undeniably difficult to address and there may be no quick fix that drastically improves traffic in and out of the city. Despite the fact that this may be the case, it is still important that the city continues to take action to decrease the amount of traffic on the city’s freeways and to encourage greater use of public transit.

Hello to Hollywood

Are you planning that LA trip and including a drive through Hollywood?  Lower your expectations.  I was so disappointed with the walk of the stars.imagesWY692TQY untitled (148)  The actual area where the stars are is a rough area.  I would not want to see t after dark.  The Chinese Theatre was tiny and the footprints there were interesting.  The shows are there to recruit you into as an audience member.  It was fun to go to the show but after that I was bored.  LA is a great town but don’t let Hollywood be the only part you see.  Dana Sibilsky is a LA fan and knows all the hot spots.