|CLUB ASSEMBLY||Aug 03, 2015||
Business meeting of the Hayward Rotary Club.
|ALAMEDA COUNTY SUPERVISOR RICHARD VALLE||Aug 10, 2015||
Updates from Alameda County District 2
|TOM LORENTZEN||Aug 17, 2015||
How the Mob was Evicted from Las Vegas
After gambling was legalized in Nevada in 1931 an “unholy alliance” developed between the emerging gambling industry and the world of “organized crime.” That alliance evolved over several decades and no longer exists. Our guest speaker, Tom Lorentzen, was a student of this “alliance” and its evolution and was a participant in the Mob’s eviction from Las Vegas and Nevada. Mr. Lorentzen has known every Governor of Nevada since 1950 and played a key role in working with key law enforcement officials, political leaders and journalists during the period of time when this alliance was broken, particularly between 1978 and 1982 in Las Vegas.
Mr. Lorentzen resided in Nevada for a period of 21 years, starting in 1968 and ending in 2001. He earned a M.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Nevada, Reno and a B.A. degree from CSUEB. He was the first Executive Director for a political party in Nevada and was based in Las Vegas. Lorentzen later was appointed to serve in three Presidential administrations. His last appointment was as Regional Director for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services from 2006 to 2009 with lead responsibilities in Calif., AZ, Nevada, Hawaii and the Pacific Region. Previously he served at the U.S. Small Business Administration, U.S. Dept. of Education and the U.S. General Services Administration. He also received a Presidential appointment to the National Board at the Institute of Museum & Library Services, for which he received Senate confirmation. He presently provides strategic consulting services under the auspices of “Health Approaches” and is also affiliated with (and co-founder) the Global Intelligence Network in Las Vegas. Articles written by Mr. Lorentzen have been published in the San Francisco Chronicle, Oakland Tribune, Contra Costa Times, Daily Review, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Las Vegas Sun and the Las Vegas Business Press. He resides in Castro Valley and writes a monthly column for the Castro Valley Forum.
|JON WEISS||Aug 24, 2015||
The Art of Balancing / The Amazing Race
Jon Weiss and his wife Laura have been circus performers for over 25 years. Known to many as “Iron Chin,” Weiss began balancing objects as a childhood hobby, and developed it into a professional entertaining act. Demonstrating his ability to balance an array of diverse objects, his act progresses though an assortment of items, increasing bouts of strength and stability, ultimately concluding by balancing a 16-foot stepladder and a tandem bicycle. His show includes behind-the-scenes interactive pre-shows for children of all ages in the center ring. Twenty five minutes prior to each show the children get to try their hand at juggling, hula hooping, balancing, clowning and much more.
Weiss appeared on the reality TV show "The Amazing Race" in 2003, the show's fourth season. He and friend Al Rios competed together as a team, finishing fourth out of 12 teams. "It was an incredible experience,” says Weiss of the show.
Weiss will be performing with Circus Vargas’ ArleQuin in Hayward at Southland Mall from August 20-31, 2015. For more information about Circus Vargas and to purchase tickets visit www.circusvargas.com, by phone at 877-GOTFUN- 1 or at the circus box office.