LA Auto Show is a real crowd pleaser showcasing advanced 2016 tech and designs

IMG_1040The LA Auto Show, which recently ended, drew record crowds and show-stopping new hybrids and 2016 models of America’s favorite cars and trucks. The new Jeep Wrangler has a rough and tough look with eye-popping features galore. The show includes never seen before 2016 models and concept cars, and there are classics from the 1970’s and 1930’s.

One exciting feature of the LA Auto show you might want to check out is getting behind the wheel and test driving nearly 100 of the latest models like this 2016 Ford GT supercharged V-8.
One exciting feature of the LA Auto show you might want to check out is getting behind the wheel and test driving nearly 100 of the latest models like this 2016 Ford GT supercharged V-8.
On display were classic cars like this 1970 Camaro, old favorites to concepts cars with the so many interesting designs.

The 12-day Auto show takes a few hours if you visit each display, which has brand new models in BMW, Mercedes to really classic cars like the 1970 Camaro. Chrysler brought back the design from the 1950’s with a Chrysler 300c Platinum, said spokesperson Chelsea Watts. “This is the top of the line luxury sedan, with heated, ventilated leather seats inside. There’s also genuine wood inlays and other luxury features. It still has the iconic body design of the 300 and it even has more rounded edges in the front. It has incredible power under the hood, a 3.5 liter, and a V-8 engine that gets 25 MPG on the highway with new powerful transmissions,” said Watts.

Some attendees like Jim Schwartz, Playa Vista, CA came to see the new SUV’s, which he’s shopping for right now. “I’ve really been focused on the new Chevy Colorado because I own a 2013 model, and the dealer sent me a really good deal,” said Schwartz. “I checked out the High Sierra, and I really wasn’t impressed, because it looks like an old retro truck with a lot of wood paneling in it. I also looked at the Malibu, where they changed the back end, changing the whole look of the car, which I thought was pretty cool.”

Swartz also noted that many of the new cars and trucks are so uniquely designed, and he believes that all dealers are targeting the younger people. “I noticed that Chevrolet is actually thinking about restoring the 70’ Camaro,” said Schwartz. “I don’t believe that Chevy or Ford is targeting our age bracket anymore. Everywhere I drive you see the Mustangs and Camaro’s with designs and features of the 1970’s and there’s a lot of young people driving them.”

One exciting feature of the LA Auto show you might want to check out is getting behind the wheel and test drive one of the nearly 100 of the latest models. Registration for all of this year’s test drives will take place onsite during the LA Auto Show (slots are available at a first-come, first-serve basis). Note: registration at each test drive kiosk/desk will close 30-60 minutes prior to the hours posted. Requirements to participate:

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You will have to present your 2015 LA Auto Show ticket stub prior to signing up; drivers must meet age requirements for each manufacturer and have a valid driver’s license. Passengers are allowed and must be at least eight years of age; drivers and passengers must sign a waiver of liability and may be asked to provide follow-up information; you may be asked to pass a breathalyzer test in order to participate.IMG_1048

LA Auto offers these tips: Saturdays and Sundays tend to have the most participating vehicles. Rather than wait until later in the day, they recommend signing up to test drive your favorite vehicles upon your arrival to the show. Ride and drive models will be posted online before the show are subject to change without notice at the discretion of each participating brand.IMG_1147

Some of concept cars on display through Sunday (Saturday, Nov. 28: 9:00 am – 10:00 pm) (Sunday, Nov. 29: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm) include: Aston Martin DB10, Scion Concept, Subaru Impreza Sedan Concept, Volvo Concept 26 and Volkswagen Golf GTE to name a few. One drawback if you wanted to sit in the driver’s seat, you have get in line, which has scores of children of all ages sitting in the front seat for quite a while with the parents in just about all of the show cars. IMG_1137The parking is expensive at $20.00, so you might want to grab a parking spot a few blocks away for $10.00, if you don’t mind walking. A better way would be to take the Metro Red Line, and get off at stops nearby for $8.00 a roundtrip pass. The food and drinks are pricey, but if you walk north of the LA Convention Center, around the downtown area, you can find some great, inexpensive places to dine out.IMG_1143

Tickets are a little steep, too, but you spend all day at the auto show and it’s a Disneyland of car shows. Tickets costs for General Admission Saturday – Sunday admission Ages 13 and up: $15; child admission ages 6-12: $5 (children 5 and under are free when accompanied by an adult) while seniors ages 65 and up: $10. For more about the LA Auto Show visit: http://http://laautoshow.com/.

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Hot cars and hot weather go together

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Thousands of auto show fans, car collectors and enthusiasts beat the triple digit heat over the weekend (9-20-15) to get a close-up shot of their favorite Ford make and model cars at the 4th Annual Galpin Car Show hosted by Galpin Ford, Van Nuys, CA. There were just about every make and model of Ford cars from roadsters, antique sedans to the new and modified Ford Mustangs.

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Auto show offered old and new ford models and movie cars.

“You have to remember that other than the Chevy Corvette, the Mustang was America’s first muscle car,” said car enthusiast Salem Cain, who had his candy apple red, 2015 S-550 Mustang on display at the event. It was a ‘performance package’ of which he turned into a “track package.” It has board racing suspension, Brembo brakes, and other advanced features.

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A Mustang dedicated to the life of Paul Walker was on display along with Car Enthusiast Salem Cain.

“The first American Muscle car didn’t come out until 1967, and then after that you had the Roadrunner, the Challenger, the Charger and all of that.” And Cain boasts about his knowledge of all the different varieties and styles of Mustangs. “My favorite is now sitting in my garage at home, a 1966 GT-350-H, which is a Shelby Mustang, which is original and a classic, and my other favorite is the 1967 GT-500, the Shelby Eleanor,” he said.

When asked why auto shows draw such large crowds, Cain said, “Everyone likes auto shows, the customization of someone else’s car.”  1934 Ford Sedan owner, Michael Fonterra said he comes every year because of the comradery and he likes to connect with other car enthusiasts.

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Old and new ford models were on display at car show.

“You know a simple car like this is amazing to look at, the technology of that time and is an amazing car to drive, but I could use an air conditioner today,” he said.

1939 Ford
The auto show allowed car collectors like these two gents, Harold Thomas and Paul Monet of a 1939 and 1934 Ford Sedan.

Car collector Harold Thomas, who brought his 1939 Ford sedan he has owned since 1959, also enjoys networking with auto enthusiasts. “It’s the value you get from creating a museum piece,” he said. And Paul Monet said what attracts him to these cars shows, “It’s the styling. I would rather see more of these (1939 Fords) that all of those Mustangs. They got the power and the rides, but the style in the older models have everything,” he said.

This rare station wagon beauty had more curves and designs than most on diplay.
This rare station wagon beauty had more curves and designs than most on diplay.

The Auto Show included live music, a BBQ, 44-foot Ferris wheel, rock climbing wall, bungee jump and live music entertainment. There were hundreds of beautiful, one-of-a-kind, unique show cars and exciting TV and movie cars.

Showroom trucks and autos from TV and movie were also on display.
Showroom trucks and autos from TV and movie were also on display.

Some of the award-winning hot rods on display included:

Pierson Brothers’ 1934 Ford Competition Coupe

Blackie Gejeian’s 1955 “Shish Kabob” Special

1929 Ford Model A Roadster “Emperor”

Chopped 1932 Ford 3-Window Hot Rod

The Grasshopper

Iron Orchid

Unique multi-million dollar vehicles:

The Shah of Persia’s 1939 Bugatti Type 57C

1967 Ford GT40 MKIII

Hours of fun for car collectors and enthusiasts inside the showroom at Galpin Ford Auto Show.
Hours of fun for car collectors and enthusiasts inside the showroom at Galpin Ford Auto Show.

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Hollywood Movie Cars:

“2 Fast 2 Furious” 2001 Honda S2000

“Back To The Future” DeLorean

“Mystery Machine” Van

“Herbie The Love Bug”

“Batmobile”

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Galpin Ford 4th Auto Show delights auto enthusiasts. Photo by Aida Mayo.

George McQuade III returns to MAYO Communications as General Manager/Managing Director

George McQuade III, LAHSA
George McQuade displays his front page story about the Winter Shelter program published on the front page of the Los Angeles Daily News.

After taking a 1.5 year break and working for a City, County and HUD funded government agency, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority,  George McQuade III, the former Communications Director, LAHSA, has returned to MAYO Communications this month to manage the LA based full service public relations firm.

Award-winning MAYO’s past and present clients in music included: Stevie Wonder, Eddie Money, Alice Cooper band members, Saints of the Underground  and Warrior Records(NY/LA) and Nuttin’ But Stringz, a top five America’s Got Talent entry and the violin duo, which became the first instrumental act on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars on its 10th Anniversary show.

In TV and the Movie industry MAYO has represented the legendary film director Martin Campbell (James Bond movies, Edge of Darkness with Mel Gibson, Mask of Zorro and Green Lantern to name a few). During the 2008 Writers Guild Strike, MAYO earned 85 million media impressions and placed five clients including the late Chief Economist Jack Kyser, LAEDC and Actor/Producer Timothy Woodward Jr. in the cover story, “Incentives to Film in America”, the Hollywood Reporter, which was published on the first day of the WGA strike. International clients included Hydra Executives reality TV series, Dubai UAE and Americans On DDay, Dublin, Ireland.

George McQuade III with NBCLA Robert Kovacik
NBCLA award-winning Anchor Bob Kovacik and KNBC TV TLAW alum George McQuade III hold one of several of the peacock’s Golden Mike awards at the RTNA 65th Annual Golden Mike Awards.

In the high tech industry MAYO launched Linux 6.O Operating Software in America, which became product of the conference, San Jose and “Product of the Year” on August 18, 1998. RedHat, LINUX first distributor went public and stocks soared from $9 a share to $109 in less than two hours. Other high tech companies included CIHost.com, Dallas, TX, the largest independent hosting company in America; SafeMedia, a Boca Raton, FL software company with the only technology that stops illegal downloading of movies, music and copyright materials over the Internet. MAYO also represented the nation’s number one Smart Grid Technology company, PERI Software, N.J. in a battle with U.S. Dept. of Labor.  in 2010, MAYO launched the media campaign for the largest global mobile phone company (1 billion customers), China Telecom Americas, which open a data center in the business district of downtown Los Angeles.

In government MAYO has represented Southern California Assn. of Governments (1992); Southern California Leadership Council (SCLC) with the four former governors Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gray Davis, Pete Wilson and George Deukmejian (also Attorney General now Governor Jerry Brown) in a statewide government nonprofit organization; The East Alameda Corridor and nonprofits included: The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, The International Trade Education Association (ITEP) and Operation Blankets of Love (OBOL)

KNBC Studios with George McQuade III
George McQuade III visits his former employer KNBC-TV, where he was one of two original writers on the first 90 minute weekend show in L.A.”TODAY IN LA WEEKENDS (TLAW).

MAYO’s George McQuade III moderates Social Media workshops and upon requests speaks to universities such as USC, UCLA, Layola Marymount and others nationwide on how to brand yourself and prepare for the Communications industry. McQuade is also a contributing features editor to Yahoo.com and business/high tech/entertainment industry writer for Examiner.com.

For more info about MAYO Communications, visit http://MAYOCommunications.com

Footnote: McQuade also was the voice on KGIL Newstalk Radio, KFI and KNX News Radio covering earthquakes, wildfires and the LA Riots.

In 1978, McQuade was awarded a Medal of Valor by the California State Firefighters Assn. for rescuing a noted cardio vascular radiologist, UCLA Medical Center from his burning SUV in a vehicle accident. LA Council also presented a hero’s award. McQuade is a hero to his wife and two sons.

McQuade serves on the Silicon Beach Young Professional Board (SBYP) in Santa Monica, CA, which is the fastest growing young professionals group in Southern California.

 

Radio TV News Golden MIke winners “OSCARS” of broadcast journalism take center stage in Universal City

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KEYT TV 3’s Videographer Oscar Flores holds just a few of the Golden Mikes his Santa Barbara TV station took home at the RTNA Awards.

“Oh my God, Social Media is amazing, you can get to the world in an instant,” said Yvonne Guevara, producer, NBCLA 4 News, who received a Golden Mike for a quarterly special segment on black history. “Each quarter we do a special on each ethnic group,” she said. NBC’s Guevara station also took home several awards including, “Best Newscast 30 minutes or less-NBC 4 News at 11 PM”.

If they were not exchanging business cards they were tweeting and posting their favorite photos on social networks at the 65th Annual Golden Mike Awards, Radio TV News Association (RTNA) Saturday (Jan 24, 2015). Social Media used to be an option, but today every industry, including TV and radio news, where news people get some of their breaking news on everything from Twitter, Facebook to Google+ rely on it.

“Before Social Media, we had to develop film, but now it’s instantaneous,” explained Guevara. When ask about fake pictures or video sent to the newsrooms and how NBCLA 4 handles them from social networks she said, “You have to verify it. Journalism and ethics have not changed, just the technology.”

The producers at NBCLA will look at all angles to get the story straight. Here they practice getting the right angle on Anchor Bob Kovacik, who is also LA Press Club President.
The producers at NBCLA will look at all angles to get the story straight. Here they practice getting the right angle on Anchor Bob Kovacik, who is also LA Press Club President.

Some 500 radio and TV news professionals packed into the Hilton, Universal City, CA for RTNA Awards dinner. Golden Mikes are considered the Oscars of broadcast journalism. Usually there is a “Designated News week” in October sent over AP and City News Service wires and a “Designated News Day” is announced the day after it occurs, where radio and TV news stations submit their work from that day for “Best Newscasts.” Other entries are submitted for work from Oct 4, 2013 to October 3, 2014. The Golden Mike judges are often selected from out-of-state markets like New York or Chicago. The radio and TV Stations entering in the competition come from Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Fresno, Inyo, Imperial, Kings, Kern and Tulare Counties.

The Broadcast Legend Award Honoree went to Maria Elena Sallinas, a highly-rated “Noticiero Univision” co-anchor for the nightly network newscast and co-host of the news magazine program, “Agui y Ahora” (Here and Now). She has been informing millions of viewers for three decades in America, as well as 18 Latin American Countries. She got her start at KMEX-34 in LA in 1981. She now resides in Florida with her two daughters.

NBCLA award-winning Anchor Bob Kovacik and KNBC TV TLAW alum George McQuade III hold one of several of the peacock's Golden Mike awards at the RTNA 65th Annual Golden Mike Awards.
NBCLA award-winning Anchor Bob Kovacik and KNBC TV TLAW alum George McQuade III hold one of several of the peacock’s Golden Mike awards at the RTNA 65th Annual Golden Mike Awards.

Long time Television Play-by-Play Announcer Bob Miller received the Life Achievement Award. Miller, who has five decades of broadcasting experience was inducted into the Southern California Sports Broadcast Hall of fame, an organization for which he served as president for five years. Later Miller received a star on the famous Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame.

Associated Press Court Reporter Linda Deutsch received the Freedom of Information Award and Actress June Lockhart was honored for participation on the RTNA Board. For all of the winners of the Golden Mikes visit: http://www.rtna.org/GoldenMikeAwards/14winners.asp.

This story was first published on Examiner.com

George McQuade III speaks to LAHSA Toastmasters Club

George McQuade at LAHSA Meeting
George McQuade III An award-winning former newsman and  communications director, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) speaks to the LAHSA Toastmasters Club he founded in 2014.

McQuade’s Background

818-340-5300 ¨ 818-618-9229 ¨
gmcquade@gmail.com

Profile: 10+ Years of Award-Winning Global Corporate
Communications/PR – Former working member of the press

A seasoned communications executive and public affairs leader in government relations and public relations. Strong portfolio in digital PR, strategic communications and media.

Core Competencies: Corporate Communications, Social Media Customer Engagement, Public Affairs, Advertising, Quality, Original Content Generation via video, blogs, Social Networks and media relations. Corp. Soc., Responsibility, SEO and analytics and advanced Social Media tactics.

Professional Accomplishments

  • Created the largest statewide digital media campaign (with four former California governors), that resulted in passage of California’s $20 billion “Prop B” transportation bond measure.
  • Dissuaded “CBS 60 Minutes” from doing a negative story after two Housing Authority of City of LA board members resigned under fire.
  • Boosted Employee Moral – founded the official national LAHSA Toastmasters club, membership doubled to 45+ members in two weeks. Tripled the amount of volunteers in two weeks and earned $2 million worth of media placement for The 2015 Greater L.A. Homeless Count media campaign.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
GENERAL MANAGER / VP – PUBLIC RELATIONS & MEDIA RELATIONS
MAYO Communications, Los Angeles, CA | 2003 – October 2013 – Current
Managing day-to-day operations of a Los Angeles based public relations firm with offices in San Diego and New York. Provided team management and development oversight resulting in 110 percent business growth over five years and 50 percent growth during the recession. Supervised all media campaigns, direct marketing, award-winning campaigns, numerous interns and crisis management cases. Generating and producing strategic, multimedia stories via TV interviews, press releases, streaming, bylined articles, webcasting, blogs, site launches and forums. Providing social media and digital PR consulting to senior level executives for monthly and quarterly events. Produced LA County’s five-year strategic communications plan via the late Chief Economist Jack Kyser. Media training and national campaign rescued and turned around PERI Software, a $50 million New Jersey smart grid company, which became profitable and a vendor of California Utilities.

DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS / External Comm. / Employee Comm.

Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, Los Angeles, CA | Oct. 2013 – Feb. 13, 2015
Developing effective internal and external communications for LAHSA and manage media relations in the City of LA and Los Angeles County. Launched the Winter Shelter program, a LAHSA story that appeared in a dozen major newspapers nationwide and other media, including New York Times, LA Times, Los Angeles Newspaper Group. Several times on KNX, KPCC, KUED, KFI, NBCLA, ABCLA and CBSLA, Fox 11 News, Telemundo and Univision. Improved relationships and engagement between stakeholders such as LA Council members, LA County Supervisors and LAHSA Board of Commissioners.

Launched the Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count media campaign for volunteer recruitment. Tripled the volunteer count from 1,500 the first week to 5,300+ in two weeks. The story aired on network News, LA Times, Wall Street Journal, KNX, AP and other outlets.

Redesigned all publications internally and externally adding more photos and graphics on online and printed materials. A record employee survey feedback 94 percent response. Doubled Social Media engagement on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Youtube and Linkedin.com.

EDUCATION & DIPLOMAS
Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism / Communications, WWU, Bellingham, WA.
US Navy Photo schools – Secret clearance, Aerial, Mo-Pic, & Still Photography.

Crisis communications courses in NY, Chicago and DC, via Ragan Corporate Communications.
PRSA workshops in San Francisco and L.A. PRSA board member three years.

AWARDS
PRSA Awards: “Best Media Placement (2 yrs. in a row)”, “Best Education Campaign-Wal-Mart.”
PRSA & IABC: 1st place PRism Awards for “Best Crisis Communications.”

MEMBERSHIPS

International Toastmasters:

2013 -– Today – Los Angeles Dept. of Water and Power, Chapter, Dist. 52.
2013 – Today – Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, chapter, Dist. 52.

Silicon Beach Young Professionals (SBYP): 2014 – Today – Board member and publicity director.
(References upon request. Full profile on Linkedin.com: http://goo.gl/9S2VIh

 

Writing samples: http://GeorgeMcQuade.contently.com

Twitter is HOT….but Twitter @Support is NOT….

This could happen to you, your company or friends. Please share this article on your social sites listed below this post. Thx.

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Here’s what happens when your Twitter account gets hacked and your user name becomes something different? When I filed a complaint with Twitter last monthreporting my @gmcquade Twitter account was hacked on April 3, 2014, it took weeks not 48 hours as promised to get a response and after several back-and-forth emails from Twitter @Support, I thought it was an April fool’s joke. It was too close to April 1.

 

“Congratulations on getting your account back!” TwitterSupport.com said. I got my followers back, but my username had been changed to @gmcquadee with an extra “e” at the end. My original @gmcquade was still being used by a hacker twitting in Russian. The hacker, who apparently requested a new password from Twitter, and tacked on an additional “e” (@gmcquadee), so I didn’t notice @gmcquadee until my wife asked me, “why are you tweeting ads for P______ enlargements?” I immediately tried to sign in with my original username of @gmcquade, which I created in 2008, but got the error message, “Your username or password is invalid.” Then I knew something was awry.

Notice the user name has an extra “e” on the end while the original is above it.

I did a Google search with my @gmcquade original account username and sure enough there it was in Russian #1 on Googlewith a twenty-something headshot of a blond kid tweeting in Russian with my username @gmcquade.

The only English I could recognize was my first initial and last name, @gmcquade. I started looking at some of the other gmcquade accounts I have online like,http://web.stagram.com/n/gmcquade/ and discovered the hacker’s image and my username. When I contacted Webstagram, I was told only me, the account user could sign in and remove the image and upload my own profile, which I did flawlessly.

Even http://twitaholic.com/gmcquade/ shows how long I’ve had this @gmcquade account. Sites like Ink361.com (http://ink361.com/app/users/ig-38759011/gmcquade/photos) andhttp://about.me/gmcquade https://www.rebelmouse.com/georgemcquade/

On the second or third Twitter @Support response, the techies told me they checked and the “username and account was legit.” I said, “really?” Twitter’s @Support obviously did not do their research Online, because they would have discovered all my Original usernameTweets prior to April 3rd when it was hacked. I even took pictures and sent them to Twitter to show proof that my user name was changed to @gmcquadee (see above illustrations) and @gmcquade was being used by a Russian after April 3.

Pictured here is the real @gmcquade – everything else is fake.

Since I have been blogging and writing for Technorati,Examiner, CNN andYahoo for the last decade in my spare time, I have proof and when you do a Google search, it will display my original gmcquade user name. Even my profile on Google+, which has almost 4 million+ views, has the user name of gmcquade and links to my original @gmcquade username accounts on Twitter, Facebook and other Social networks. Just do a Google search and you will see the history. George McQuade III Blogs surfaced, too.

When I learned that after several attempts to getting @Support at Twitter’s attention to no avail, I stopped tweeting and started sending direct messages to @gmcquade (my original username) with a note to the hacker, “I have filed a complaint about my hacked account with Twitter.”

Then a week later the hacked account and username all of a sudden grew from 10 tweets and 10 followers to 10.1K followers at my hacked site of https://twitter.com/gmcquade. I mentioned it to @Support at Twitter, but it also fell on deaf ears that the followers were likely purchased. I even tried the Twitter forumns Online.

So then I figured I’d go to the top and sent four direct Twitter messages to the CEO, Dick Costolo (dickc) on Twitter https://twitter.com/dickc, who was busy giving an “exclusive interview” to Matt Lauer on the NBC Today Show revealing, “who he wishes was on Twitter.” I even wished him “good luck on his Friday interview” in one of the tweets. I got no response from Dick at all or @Support.

We are now going on 61 days (two months) and counting while my username @gmcquade continues to have tweets in Russian by an impersonator of gmcquade or George McQuade III.

Here’s what the Hacker’s profile said as of today, June 3, 2014, “Антон Богданов@gmcquade Занимаюсь спортом, веду здоровый образ жизни. Интересуюсь всем, что интересно. #Взаимный #фолловинг,#Followback.”

Again my @gmcquade username stands out along with “Followback” in the profile, which are the only two English words posted. The profile translates into: Anton Bogdanov @ gmcquade play sports, lead a healthy lifestyle. Interested in everything that is interesting. # Mutual following, # Followback.

There are scores of Anton Boddanov on Linkedin.com, but only one AHTOH Anton Bogdanov (http://goo.gl/ABfkPi) and it has an empty profile, except “United States.”Also, on RebelMouse @gmcquade with the Hacker’s photo like above shows up in the lower left hand column of my content site at REBELMOUSE.com.

 

I have decided to take other options just shy of filing legal action and copyright infringement, because gmcquade (my first initial and last name) doesn’t even come close to the alleged hacker. Stay tuned as I have not given up.

Lesson learned: Remember, change your passwords frequently, especially on all handheld devices, where Wi-Fi signals get hacked or copied, which may include hackers monitoring the Internet.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Twitter like everyone else and you will learn it is very popular for marketing. However, if you go Online you will see other users who have had their accounts hacked into and it took a long time to get them fixed. Some people are still waiting like me. So maybe it will take 120 days? I would love to hear other comments from Twitter users who became victims of hackers and how Twitter resolved your issues. By the way if you want to share a secret solution sent it to: gmcquade@gmail.com.

Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) Announces New Internship Program

Get ahead of your competition and in school – apply for one of the best internships in the country under one of the most known media pros in USA – Award-winning West Coast Correspondent for ODwyerpr.com, NY,  Examiner, Technorati, CNN and Yahoo. Past GM for MAYO Communications.

George McQuade III, LAHSA
George McQuade displays his front page story about the Winter Shelter program published on the front page of the Los Angeles Daily News.

LAHSA Paid Internship Program under George McQuade III, Director of Communications at the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) Communications Dept. plans to add an Internship program to the Communications department (three interns), who will work 8 hr. shifts, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.   Mon- Fri. at LAHSA headquarters, 811 Wilshire St., Los Angeles, CA 90013. (downtown LA). The hours are flexible and LAHSA will work around the intern’s school schedule. Transportation (bus, train pass or monthly parking paid by LAHSA).

You must be enrolled in school and be working on your Bachelor’s degree or higher, with a preferred major in communications, writing, English, journalism public relations and related field.

Basic qualifications:

Strong team player, who can help build relationships and work collaboratively with different groups and government departments

 Demonstrated ability to work social media platforms, including Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, Blogs, etc. and have a passion for social media. 

 Proficient in MS Office, computers and handheld devices; Experience with the Adobe Suite (Illustrator and Photoshop) a plus

Comedian Brian Vermeire takes social media to new heights. LAHSA is taking its communications to new heights and you can be part of it, too.
Comedian Brian Vermeire takes social media to new heights. LAHSA is taking its communications to new heights and you can be part of it, too.

Internship Duties

Research, write articles, update media databases, monitoring news about LAHSA, help coordinate media events and provide support for external media campaigns in LA County. Assist in original content for the LAHSA.org website. Monitor social networks and assist in sharing LAHSA stories Online.

Employee Communications, photography and newsletters: Provide support in writing, editing and pitching materials to the media and for other internal publications such as brochures, fact sheets and annual report.

Ability to efficiently handle more than one project or task simultaneously under deadline, and complete a task with minimal direction or instruction. Ideal candidate has high quality standards, a strong work ethic and thrives in a friendly, fast-paced environment.

College seniors preferred. but not mandatory.
Deadline to aply: open until filled. Looking for multitask people, who know their way around the internet and are quick learners in internal and external communications.

Please send a cover letter, resume and two writing samples (or a link(s) to your content online via blog or other projects you wrote) to gmcquade@lahsa.org.  For more about Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) visit: http://www.lahsa.org.