#Read3 + The Week Ahead: Jan. 12, 2014

L.A. City Hall, Wednesday night

L.A. City Hall, Wednesday night

Happy Sunday, America!

January has historically been a pretty dull month for me. Although we are only halfway through the first month of 2014, I have to say that this January has gotten off to a somewhat upbeat, eventful start.

Although my job search remains an ongoing effort — some signs of progress already are beginning to emerge — I have two other things already going for me that makes me feel pretty hopeful about this new year. I can only hope I can keep the momentum going with my PRSA New Pros leadership post and the Mineta graduate certificate program.

Let’s take a look at this week’s #Read3 and what I can expect for the week ahead.


  1. Your Career and You: “Start Your Resolution Revolution…Today!” – Kirk Hazlett talks about how to set resolutions for yourself the right way. You don’t have to start at the first of the year.
  2. Openings and Construction Starts Planned for 2014 – Transport Politic lists all of the major transit projects in the United States and Canada that are set to finish this year, begin construction or are ongoing. Whether it is a streetcar, BRT or commuter rail, find out if a new transit line is coming to your neighborhood this year.
  3. Resolution For 2014: “Walk The Talk” When It Comes To Diversity – PRSA Chair Joe Cohen outlines how PRSA members can do their part in encouraging greater diversity within the public relations field. For my part, as the diversity liaison for the PRSA New Professionals executive committee, I will be working with the PRSA National Diversity Committee to find ways to encourage and support young professionals of various backgrounds looking to enter this field.

This Week

  • Mineta program – My second week of class is this Wednesday night. In addition to all the reading I have to do, there’s a semester project I will begin working on soon. It deals with the ValuJet Flight 592 crash over the Everglades in 1996. Watch this space.
  • Touring the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension route – I’ll be meeting up with a friend who is a retired transportation professional in L.A. to tour the segment of the Metro Gold Line to Azusa that remains under construction. We’ve taken a tour of this route before and the construction crews continue to make great progress.

Have a great rest of your week!