A Word From Our President: Fellow Laderians

David Oliver, LHCA President

As I write this, we are just completing week number three of the Governor’s Stay at Home order. I am hopeful (but not optimistic, necessarily) that by the time you are reading this, the order has been lifted and our lives are starting to get back to normal….”the new normal” which I think most, if not all of us will gladly accept.

For me, as I suspect is the case for most of us, the past few weeks have been stressful times while we worry whether this virus will attack our family, friends, or even ourselves. Second, we are all nervous about the ability of our economy to rebound from the paralysis this has caused. Personally, I believe that because our economy was as strong as it was at the outset, we will see pent up demand (except for toilet paper which may find itself in a supply glut recession), restaurants, small business, and most commerce will rebound quickly and heartily.

Over the past few weeks, I have spent some time reflecting on the notion of “be careful what you wish for”.

Things that seemed unsolvable before, now seem almost forgotten. One thing that especially comes to mind is the traffic congestion in our community which is now all but gone. Home burglaries are way down because we are always home. I can remember thinking to myself many times I wish I could eat at home more often. Tired of dinner meetings and charity events. Well, that wish has more than come true.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that every cloud has a silver lining, and I’m finding it to be a therapeutic exercise to list them. I’ve noticed that much of the television coverage is now shifting away from reporting only the new cases and now also focuses a lot of their energy on human interest stories of people and companies that are doing really awesome things to help their communities.

Clearly we are enduring and experiencing a once in several lifetime events for which there is no playbook. Collectively we are writing it as we move through this. Some things work, some don’t, but one thing is for certain, human nature compels us so when we get knocked down, we get back up, and we always start again.

I am proud and full of gratitude to be a part of this amazing community wherein times like this we see people reaching out in so many ways to help their neighbors, regardless of how well they know them. Thank you to all who have made it a point to help a neighbor or friend.

I hope to see you soon, stuck in that traffic on Slauson or Centinela, and while I don’t hope for an increase in crime, I do hope to see us all getting out of our homes and back to the malls, restaurants, nail and hair salons, both for our own peace of mind as well as to get our small business owners back to work.

Stay Safe, Stay Healthy,

David Oliver

LHCA President

2020 LHCA Board



David Oliver

1st Vice President

Brian Hale, Sr.

2nd Vice President

James Blake Wilson, Jr.


Dominique Nasr-Thompson


Ron Woods

Assistant Treasurer

Rick Aldridge

Ronni Cooper
Ran Craycraft
Alma Fowlkes
Stewart L. Gilbert
Ruth Lawrence
John McWhirter
Treva Miller
Florence Ochi

2020 LHCA Advisors


Lisa Flenoury
Sandy Goldsmith
Miles Paschal Griffith
Dorothy Harris
Tracie Tabor Lyons
Olivia Patterson Ryans

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Los Angeles, CA 90045


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Tel: 323-229-3246

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