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Jeffrey Munjack,  CFP®, MSFS

11/20/14

Jeffrey Munjack, CFP®, MSFS

Encino | 310-479-4122 | jdmfinance.com   Since 1999, financial planner and wealth manager Jeffrey Munjack has been providing clients with customized financial plans and guiding clients through major life decisions. As a Certified Financial Planner™ with a master’s degree in financial planning (MSFS), Jeff’s expertise in personal finance includes investments, tax strategies, insurance and estate planning. After several years at a global financial services firm, he founded JDM Financial Group in 2002 in order to serve clients outside the sales-driven culture of Wall Street. Fast Fact A wealth manager since 1999, Jeff is a Certified Financial Planner™ with a master’s degree in financial planning. He founded JDM Financial Group in 2002....

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George Sinanis

11/20/14

George Sinanis

15233 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 230 | Sherman Oaks | 818-205-1131   George Sinanis, Senior Financial Advisor and owner of an independent branch office of Western International Securities, Inc., is committed to providing sound financial advice to his clients and developing unique strategies to meet their needs and objectives. His financial plans address clients’ various life phases including the accumulation, preservation and transference of wealth; lifetime retirement income strategies; 401K rollover options; long-term care and life insurance solutions; and tax-efficient legacy planning. George has served clients from locations throughout the San Fernando Valley for the past 17 years from various prominent banking and investment institutions.  ...

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Millennial Mavens

11/20/14

Millennial Mavens

When it comes to bright spots in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), it would be hard to ignore Grover Cleveland High School’s Media Academy. The progressive program is aimed at teaching students how to use the media—from producing short films to initiating Kickstarter campaigns—to inspire social change. The diverse student body includes Grover Cleveland High School junior Jaspreet Kaur, who was born in India. “I am one of the rare high school kids that figured that being in high school is not about running from class to class,” Jaspreet says. “I wanted to accomplish something more and make my time meaningful.” She believes the academy is helping prepare her for the real world.  The Reseda school started the academy more...

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Her Turn

11/20/14

Her Turn

Joan Pelico says when she got promoted from district director to chief of staff for city councilmember Paul Koretz (District 5) a year and a half ago, it was a watershed moment. After nine years in the council office, it became clear to the 59-year-old that she was destined for a larger leadership role.  “When I got here, I saw how the council was running and watched the different committees in action. I thought, ‘This isn’t rocket science. I could do this—and more efficiently.’” Joan set her sights on the seat for District 4, soon to be vacated by Tom LaBonge. While District 4 crisscrosses the city, and includes areas like Los Feliz and Larchmont, 40% of it is comprised by Sherman Oaks, where Joan has lived for 28 years. With the March 3...

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Lil’ Somethin’ Somethin’

11/20/14

Lil’ Somethin’ Somethin’

Vision in White This charming, ceramic bud vase adorned with rose blossoms is perfect for a sprig of freshly snipped herbs or flowers from your garden. Offers the perfect way to get a pop of color for a table, desk or dresser. $32, at Bits, Pieces and Leaves, 13826 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks (next door to Sweet Butter) Armed to Please Arrive at holiday parties with fresh-baked, hand-pressed, preservative-free pizzelles and biscotti. A modern take on the classic desserts, these come in a dizzying array of gourmet flavors—from sweet and salty and orange creamsicle (biscotti) to banana cream and butterscotch (pizzelle). The brainchild of two female, Valley-based police officers who, when they aren’t keeping the peace, bake at a commercial kitchen. From $8.50 for...

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Be There At Eight

11/20/14

Be There At Eight

1  Cap, $250, and scarf, $285, by Gucci, at Nordstrom Topanga in Canoga Park 2  Socks, from $16.50, at J Crew, Westfield Fashion Square in Sherman Oaks 3  Corduroy pants by Joe’s, $186, at M. Fredric in Studio City and Calabasas 4  Onyx and mother-of-pearl cufflinks by David Donahue, $185, at Nordstrom Topanga 5  Aventus fragrance by Creed, $290, at Neiman Marcus Topanga 6  Geometric print bow tie, $75, at Neiman Marcus Topanga 7  Red alligator wallet, $595, at Neiman Marcus Topanga 8  Scarf by Alexander McQueen, $295, at Neiman Marcus Topanga 9  Navy velvet blazer by Hugo Boss, $645; black...

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Tinsel Time Capsule

11/20/14

Tinsel Time Capsule

Taken on November 30, 1962, this photo captures Santa Claus showing members some of the children’s gifts at the Sherman Oaks Chamber of Commerce women’s luncheon. Two of the women are identified as they often were back in those days: by their husband’s names. The caption reads, “Mmes. Richard Roe, treasurer; Marshall Ingram and Val Trefz, president.” The image is part of an exhibit that will be on display at council member Tom LaBonge’s Sherman Oaks field office from December 13 through June. The public is welcome to drop in and see it during normal business hours. The vintage photos are from the Los Angeles Public Library’s Valley Times Newspaper Collection.  The Valley Times was published in North Hollywood from 1946 to 1970 and...

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The State of Sherman Oaks

11/20/14

The State of Sherman Oaks

Around the Table Jonathan M. Brand    Chief of Land Use Planning Fourth District, city of LA Bert Bogash    Treasurer, Sherman Oaks Chamber of Commerce Leslie Danelian    Owner, Sweet Butter Kitchen Matt Epstein    VP, Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association Elke Heitmeyer    Board Member, Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association Jeffrey Kalban    Founder and Vision Committee Chair, Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council   (*Jeffrey’s comments don’t necessarily represent the council’s views) Moderator: Linda Grasso    Editor-in-Chief, Ventura Blvd magazine...

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Motor Maverick

11/20/14

Motor Maverick

Bryan Thompson still remembers the guidance counselor who unwittingly touched off his career. The Studio City resident was studying architecture at Arizona State University, itching for a chance to pursue his passion for automotive design. “That’s a pipe dream,” the counselor told him. “Let it go.” Right then and there, Bryan formulated a new goal: to prove him wrong. Twenty years later, Bryan is an industry veteran with some impressive credits to his name. He has designed cars for Nissan and Peugeot, camping trailers for Airstream, truck interiors for Volvo and executive jets for Brazilian aerospace company Embraer. This past summer, the 40-year-old garnered buzz as the only openly gay contestant on truTV’s reality show Motor City Masters,...

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What’s Catching My Eye

11/20/14

What’s Catching My Eye

    Chris Walden Valley town: Studio City Job title: Composer/arranger Current endeavor: Big-band album Full-On   What new movie are you looking forward to? Unbroken. I read the book, and I’m curious how Angelina Jolie interpreted it for the screen. Also my friend Alexandre Desplat is writing the music to it. What music are you really loving right now? I really like Dirty Loops, the new band from Sweden that just got signed by David Foster. Their musicianship is unparalleled. How do you listen to music at home? I listen to music while I cook dinner, on iTunes off of my laptop, connected to speakers. Nightstand book? Recently I read Erik Larson’s In The Garden Of...

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