DEBRA C. COHEN
HOWARD KATZ graduated from California State University, Los Angeles in December 1973 with a B.A. in Mathematics, minor in Industrial Arts and went on to receive a J.D. from Whittier Law School in June 1978. From 1975 to 1980, Mr. Katz was employed as a City Council Deputy to Los Angeles City Councilman Zev Yaroslavsky. Upon leaving this position, he entered private practice primarily in the field of land use entitlements, construction and environmental law. For over 21 years, Mr. Katz has served several nonprofits as their primary housing consultant. In June 2001, he joined Casden Properties as a Vice President of Community Development responsible for coordinating and obtaining entitlements for the various company projects as well as the coordination of the design development/construction drawings. Prior to joining Casden, Mr. Katz concentrated on development entitlements for affordable senior and disabled housing projects (for numerous non-profit agencies), as well as major (for profit) regional commercial projects. As Housing Consultant, he was the primary person responsible for the development of over 1,000 housing units varying in project size, from 6 to 151 units, including the processing of one of the first mixed use/air rights projects to be built utilizing a city off street parking lot and HUD financing. As the housing consultant for these projects, Mr. Katz was responsible for all aspects of the development, from identifying potential sites to obtaining permits, financing, and construction management. In addition, he was the lead land use attorney for numerous regional shopping centers in the Los Angeles area responsible not only for entitlements and permits, but was also a part of the construction management team. Projects included the Westside Pavilion, Pavilion II, Beverly Connection, numerous other smaller local retail facilities, the renovations of the Century City Shopping Center, The Brown Center, Marina Pacifica and the Beverly Center. He has also served on the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) Board (appointed by County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky).
JUSTIN J. KIM is a principal with the firm TMG Realty Advisors. Mr. Kim has over fifteen years of experience in real estate appraisal and real estate consulting. Mr. Kim specializes in appraisals in Los Angeles County. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the State Fund Enterprise, Business, Industrial Development Corporation, Korean Health, Education, Information & Research Center, and the Korean-American Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Kim is a senior member of the American Society of Appraisers (ASA). He is also an associate member of the Appraisal Institute, Urban Institute, Institute of Real Estate Management and committee member of USC Athletic Support Group. Mr. Kim is a graduate of the University of Southern California with emphasis in Accounting and Real Estate Finance.
DAVID T. LAU
K.T. LEUNG started his career as an accountant after graduating from the University of California with cum laude and has been serving the California community ever since. He is currently the principal of Leung Accountancy Corporation, one of the leading firms in California. He has published numerous of articles in various newspapers and media and is also authoring a book titled “US Business Taxation,” Chinese edition, to be published worldwide. Mr. Leung is currently serving on the Los Angeles County Assessment Appeals Board, acting in a judicial capacity, on all property assessment disputes between taxpayers and the County. Prior to that, he was appointed by the Governor of the State of California, to serve as the Commissioner of California State Board of Accountancy as well as the Commissioner of the Naturopathic Medicine Committee (formerly Bureau of Naturopathic Medicine).
ANITA MARIE LOPEZ
JOSUÉ LÓPEZ is a real estate and mortgage broker specializing in Long Beach, CA. He is the owner of GROW Mortgages, a company he founded in 2010 to assist home owners in the wake of the financial crisis, and acts as CEO, broker, and visionary, presiding over the organization as a whole. Through the years, he has worked in various capacities within the financial sector, from commodities to home loans. Mr. López is a participant in the Pacific Gateway workforce development program and proud member of the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Economics from California State University, Long Beach and recently completed an intensive course of study with the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program.
SZU PEI LU-YANG is an attorney and is presently a senior associate at Graves & King LLP, Glendale, CA. She is an alumnus of UCLA, where she received her Bachelors of Arts degrees in Political Science and Business Administration. She received her Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola Law School, where she was a member of the Entertainment Law Review. Mrs. Lu-Yang is also an elected official on the Rowland Water District Board of Directors since 2006 (Board President 2012-2016).
KATE MCWATTERS has worked in the real estate appraisal profession since 1978. She associated with Mason & Mason in 1997 after many years in the banking industry. She has wide experience with a variety of property types, including commercial, industrial, retail, office and residential, both existing and proposed. Appraisal services involve appraisal preparation, consultation, and appraisal review and appraisal department administration. Ms. McWatters prepared property appraisals for eminent domain, assessment districts, estate planning, asset management, loan underwriting, and others. She has provided litigation support for several cases. Ms. McWatters is a licensed real estate broker with the State of California. In 1995 she began working for the Los Angeles County Assessment Appeals Board as a Hearing Officer and in 2006 was appointed as an Alternate Assessment Appeals Board Member. Ms. McWatters is qualified as an expert witness in real estate valuation in Los Angeles and San Bernardino Superior Courts.
MICHELLE CAMPBELL ROSS
VICTOR SAMPSON is a real estate broker and Vice President, Coldwell Banker. He is a past President of the San Fernando Valley North Area Planning Commission for the City of Los Angeles, where he continues to serve as a member of the commission. He also served as a Commissioner for the Los Angeles Police Department Permit Section and as a Commissioner for the City of Los Angeles on business tax permits reform. Mr. Sampson served in the United States Air Force in the early 1960’s and received a Bachelor of Arts at Florida State Christian College. Mr. Sampson currently is the Vice Chair of the San Fernando Boys & Girls Club, Chairman of the Porter Ranch Architecture Review Board and a member of the Los Angeles Bar Association Trust Section.
HENRY B. TAPIA is a real estate broker since 1971. He is a past Director and Treasurer of the Montebello Board of Realtors and a current member of the California Association of Realtors and the National Association as well. Mr. Tapia received a Bachelor of Science degree from Arizona State University. He currently operates three real estate offices.
PAUL WEISMAN,ESQ is an attorney. He attended Loyola’s Law School Los Angeles, 5-82 and was on the Dean’s List each year of law school. Mr. Weisman is a Tax and Sports Attorney and a Solo Practitioner with this own law practice having an emphasis in estate planning, tax controversy representation, corporate law, sports law and mediation. He is a co-author of BNA Tax Management Portfolio on Federal Tax Collection Procedure 638 2d. He is a former senior attorney for District Counsel, U.S. Department of Treasury, and I.R.S. 9-83 to 12-87. Mr. Weisman is the recipient of the Co-Attorney of the Year Award for the Western Region in General Litigation Matters. He is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Beverly Hills Bar Association, and San Fernando Valley Bar Association and is a Contract Advisor with National Football League Players Association.
W. ANTHONY WILLOUGHBY is a trial attorney and is presently senior partner at the law firm of Willoughby and Associates, Beverly Hills; CA. Anthony Willoughby is an alumnus of University of Southern California, where he received his bachelors of arts degrees in Political Science and Economics. He received his Juris Doctorate degree from Hastings Law School, where he was published for his research on Corporate Law. Mr. Willoughby is an associate with the Public Law Research Institute and is a member of various associations such as the California Trial Attorneys, Beverly Hills, National American and South Central Bar Associations. Mr. Willoughby chaired the Mayor's Blue Ribbon Committee on Water Rates, which was charged with restructuring the rate structure of the Department of Water and Power; the committee he chaired developed the most innovative water rate structure in the United States. Pursuant thereto the Mayor appointed him to the Board of Commissioners of the Department of Water and Power. In 1992, Mr. Willoughby served on the Finance Committee to elect President Bill Clinton. In 1993, Mr. Willoughby was honored by the NAACP Legal Defense Fund as Civil Rights Advocate of the year. In 1995, Mr. Willoughby co-founded BEACON, a non-profit organization whose goal and mission is the economic development of minority enterprises. In 1998 Mr. Willoughby was elected President of the Ladera Crest Homeowners Association. In 1999 Mr. Willoughby was appointed Chair of the Public Policy Committee of the New Leaders; and was appointed to the Board of the Metropolitan Volunteer Ambulance Training Corps. Mr. Willoughby's firm specializes in the areas of civil rights, real estate, and criminal litigation. In addition, the firm is active in business and economic development.
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