Speaker Date Topic
John Perfitt who leads Restore Neighborhoods LA. Aug 21, 2019 12:00 PM
The LA Housing Crisis
The LA Housing Crisis

John Perfitt has worked in community development, economic development and affordable housing for more than 20 years. He has worked internationally and in various communities in Southern California, with a recent and particular focus on the lower-income areas in the city of Los Angeles.

Perfitt has implemented large-scale community development programs and managed most aspects of large and small-scale economic development, affordable housing and real-estate-based redevelopment projects. He worked more than 10 years in local government with both large and medium-sized cities. 

Currently, Perfitt runs Restore Neighborhoods LA (RNLA), a specialized real estate nonprofit focused on investing in real estate in lower-income neighborhoods while using economically and environmentally-sustainable strategies. He also serves as a director for the Los Angeles Better Buildings Challenge, a city of LA-sponsored leadership initiative aimed at making Los Angeles buildings 20 percent more energy efficient by 2020. 

For the last 12 years, Perfitt has taught economic development finance to graduate planning students at Price. He holds a Bachelor of Administration from Michigan State University and a master’s in business administration from Loyola Marymount University.


Join Wilshire Rotary on Wednesday, August 21st, as John discusses his work and experiences with the L.A City Housing crisis.

Cost $35 at the door
Parking is FREE

Chris Riley Sep 04, 2019 12:00 PM
General Counsel to Playboy Enterprises, Inc

Join Wilshire Rotary on Wednesday, September 4th, as Chris discusses his experience with the legal matters of Playboy.

Cost is $35 at the door - Parking is included.



Nat Reed Sep 18, 2019 12:00 PM
The Zany History of early Los Angeles
The Zany History of early Los Angeles

Author Nat Read calls Don Benito Wilson “the most important person in Los Angeles that you’ve never heard of.” Wilson was the second mayor of Los Angeles, county clerk, county supervisor, and state senator of a sparsely-populated district divided today among twenty-six senators. Wilson owned much of early Los Angeles, helped bring railroads to Los Angeles and, with Phineas Banning, built its port. He was a major vintner, citrus growing pioneer, U.S. Army commander and owned gold and silver mines. Except for the fact that Mt. Wilson bears his name, he is largely forgotten today. he played numerous important roles in shaping early Los Angeles in the last of the city’s Mexican era and the beginning of its American years. Nat’s book, Don Benito Wilson: From Mountain Man to Mayor, was the number one non-fiction best-seller on Amazon when it was first released.

Nat describes his past as “checkered.” He was cast in a rock ‘n’ roll movie, appeared in productions of the New York Metropolitan Opera Company, was one of the first U.S. cultural exchange students to the Soviet Union when the Iron Curtain cracked around 1960, was a cab driver in Chicago, a casino worker in Nevada, marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, was a captain in the Navy (ours), was one of fewer than a hundred humans to stand at both poles, was a reserve street cop with LAPD working gang suppression in South Los Angeles and undercover vice in Hollywood, is a nationally published writer (Wall Street Journal, Reader’s Digest, Los Angeles Times and many others), has written four books and is a stand-up comic who has appeared at comedy clubs, conventions and as emcee for charity events throughout the Western U.S. and Canada.

Join Wilshire Rotary on Wednesday, September 18th, as Nat discusses early California history.

Cost is $35 at the dor - Parking is included.

Michael Weinsten - Attorney to the Stars Oct 23, 2019 12:00 PM
Me Too Movement
Me Too Movement

Michael E. Weinsten, is an experienced trial attorney who handles complex litigation and arbitration at the state, federal and international level. In the area of sports and entertainment, Mr. Weinsten has represented some of the most prominent actors, musicians, athletes, directors, writers, producers, agents and managers, as well as cable companies, studios, record labels and video game companies. A frequent lecturer on key legal issues affecting the entertainment community, Mr. Weinsten will be talking about the Me Too movement and impact on both accuser and the accused.   

The Me Too movement , with a large variety of local and international alternative names, is a movement against sexual harassment and sexual assault. The movement began to spread virally in October 2017 as a hashtag on social media in an attempt to demonstrate the widespread prevalence of sexual assault and harassment, especially in the workplace.

The phrase "Me too" was tweeted by Alyssa Milano around noon on October 15, 2017, and had been used more than 200,000 times by the end of the day, and tweeted more than 500,000 times by October 16. On Facebook, the hashtag was used by more than 4.7 million people in 12 million posts during the first 24 hours. The platform reported that 45% of users in the United States had a friend who had posted using the term.

Tens of thousands of people, including hundreds of celebrities, replied with #MeToo stories. Some men, such as actors Terry Crews and James Van Der Beek, have responded to the hashtag with their own experiences of harassment and abuse. In addition to Hollywood, "Me Too" declarations elicited discussion of sexual harassment and abuse in the music industry, sciences, academia, and politics.