• Meet Local Hero Nominee: Dr. Philip Lance
    December 3, 2020
    Philip Lance, Ph.D., is a psychoanalyst, community organizer, and Episcopalian priest. He began his career in 1988 when he became one of the first openly gay persons ordained in the Episcopal Church.
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  • Meet Local Hero Nominee: Carlos Aguilar
    December 3, 2020
    As part of the Coalition for Economic Survival, Carlos Aguilar works to ensure that L.A. tenants have access to safe, healthy and affordable housing and provides people with tools to empower them.
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  • Meet Local Hero Nominee: Rev. Dr. Phyllis Everstine Hayes-Reams
    December 3, 2020
    Physician, community advocate, wife and mother of two, Rev. Dr. Phyllis Everstine Hayes-Reams, is a physician in the Department of Geriatrics, Palliative Medicine, Continuing Care and Social Medicine at the Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center.
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  • Meet Local Hero Nominee: Kristina Wong
    December 3, 2020
    Performance artist, comedian and writer Kristina Wong is also an actual elected representative of Wilshire Center Koreatown Sub-district 5 Neighborhood Council in Los Angeles. She is also the founder of the “Auntie Sewing Squad,” which makes free masks.
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  • Meet Local Hero Nominee: Patricia “Pat” McLaughlin
    December 3, 2020
    During her 30 years of teaching elementary school, Patricia “Pat” McLaughlin was praised by parents as “a teacher who made a difference.”
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  • Meet Local Hero Nominee: Dr. Barbara Ferrer
    December 3, 2020
    At the start of the pandemic, Dr. Barbara Ferrer became the voice of calm to millions of residents by sharing the facts and encouraging Southern California residents to follow evolving guidelines.
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  • Meet Local Hero Nominee: Frances M. Castro-Montoya
    December 3, 2020
    Whether it’s refurbishing a garden, providing homeless vets with some of the essentials for life on the streets or preparing meals at the Ronald McDonald House, Castro-Montoya is a true Local Hero.
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  • Meet Local Hero Nominee: Ben Caldwell
    December 3, 2020
    Ben Caldwell is an artist, director, educator, independent filmmaker and mentor, offering professional advice and support through his KAOS Network media lab and open mic hip-hop workshops. 
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  • Meet Local Hero Nominee: Florence Nishida
    December 3, 2020
    Florence Nishida, botanist, mycologist and life-long gardener founded LA Green Grounds in 2010 with the mission of teaching Los Angeles residents to grow food (and share with neighbors) in their own front yards.
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  • Meet Local Hero Nominee: Wing Lam
    December 3, 2020
    Restauranteur, speaker, philanthropist and surfer, Wing Lam, serves as CEO of Wahoo’s Fish Taco and co-founded the global franchise brand in 1988 with his brothers. His most recent philanthropic project is California Love Drop.
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