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Vahagn Karapetyan
Works at TreePeople
Attended University of California, Los Angeles
Lives in Burbank
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"Defending a position by citing free speech is the ultimate concession. You're saying that the most compelling thing you can say for your position is that it's not literally illegal to express."

-Randall Monroe, xkcd creator
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"Subtlety may deceive you; integrity never will."

— Oliver Cromwell
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Downtown #losangeles snapshots

#urban #photography 
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"You can sway a thousand men by appealing to their prejudices quicker than you can convince one man by logic."

— Robert A Heinlein
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"Policymaking committees should consider giving less weight to food industry-funded studies"
Documents show that in the '60s, the sugar industry funded Harvard researchers who, examining risk factors of heart disease, dismissed concerns about sugar and doubled down on the dangers of fat.
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"Based on this evidence, Professor Stanovich and colleagues have introduced the concept of the rationality quotient, or R.Q. If an I.Q. test measures something like raw intellectual horsepower (abstract reasoning and verbal ability), a test of R.Q. would measure the propensity for reflective thought — stepping back from your own thinking and correcting its faulty tendencies."
One is raw cognitive horsepower. The other is the propensity for reflective thought.
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newest #drawing

#portrait of a friend

#sketch #pencil #art 
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Quote from "Hallucinations" by +Oliver Sacks

"Humans share much with other animals--the basic needs of food and drink or sleep, for example--but there are additional mental and emotional needs and desires which are perhaps unique to us. To live on a day-to-day basis is insufficient for human beings; we need to transcend, transport, escape; we need meaning, understanding, and explanation; we need to see overall patterns in our lives. We need hope, the sense of a future. And we need freedom to get beyond ourselves.

We need detachment of this sort as much as we need engagement in our lives."
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A walk through the park.
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Eternal student
Introduction
Be curious. Never stop learning.

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http://vahagn-karapetyan.blogspot.com/
Education
  • University of California, Los Angeles
    Public Policy, 2009 - 2011
  • University of California, Los Angeles
    History, Public Affairs, 2007 - 2009
Basic Information
Gender
Male
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Friends, Networking
Birthday
December 10
Relationship
Single
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Work
Occupation
Deputy Public Administrator
Skills
Specialties Analysis: Familiar with research and evaluation methodologies such as economic analysis, survey design and data analysis, regression analysis, transportation databases such as CTPP, and mean and proportion comparisons. Technology: Proficient at Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, STATA, Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, basic web design (CSS and HTML), and Adobe Acrobat.
Employment
  • TreePeople
    Volunteer Supervisor, 2011 - present
    Help manage volunteers during TreePeople events that involve creating rain gardens, planting native vegetation and trees, restoring the Angeles Forest, maintaining bioswales, and taking care of treesAct as the official photographer for events organized and hosted by TreePeople.
  • Los Angeles County Department of Social Services
    Customer Service Center Eligibility Worker II, 2012 - 2014
    Help public assistance recipients by answering questions they have about their cases and by working together with case workers in DPSS district offices.Accurately apply DPSS policies to each individual case under review.Explain to program participants the provisions of the various public assistance programs, applicable federal and state regulations, county policies, and legal rights and responsibilities.Document changes made to cases through clear, detailed, and easily-understandable case comments that provide context and guidance for other case workers accessing the same case.
  • ProCon.org
    Research Intern, 2012 - 2012
    Researched and found numerous PRO and CON quotes for a variety of issues that were relevant, current, on point, and authored by experts and influential individuals. The best research quotes were uploaded to the ProCon.org website where they could be accessed by anyone doing research and in need of high-quality sources and commentary.Also compiled high-quality research in a non pro-con format by referencing peer-reviewed academic studies.Updated the ProCon.org website and created new content that was engaging, presented clearly, easily understood, and thoroughly researched.Lead member of a research project about Conservative and Liberal thinking patterns that received over 30,000 views and was referenced by over 500 media organizations, including ABC News and the Reader's Digest.Co-authored a 128 page nonpartisan review that compiled responses from legislators and health care experts to 62 frequently asked questions about Obamacare.
  • LA City Mayoral Campaign
    Policy and Opposition Researcher Volunteer, 2011 - 2012
    Conducted research for information on the opposing candidates and provided essential facts and citations for speeches, op-ed pieces, and policy memos.Authored policy briefs on a variety of topics important for the campaign and the candidate's policy platform.Worked remotely and with minimal supervision.
  • Los Angeles City Council
    Office of Public Accountability (OPA) Implementation Intern, 2011 - 2011
    Researched and made recommendations on the structure of a newly created agency, the OPA.Conducted interviews with LA City Council members, UCLA policy professors, and key individuals such as the Deputy Mayor and officials at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP). Created a report that was endorsed by Council President Eric Garcetti, referenced in the LA Times, presented to the LA City Council, and used by other interested parties.
  • Los Angeles City Council
    Economic Development and Budgeting Intern, 2010 - 2010
  • Sustainable Works
    Field Representative and Survey Data Analysis Intern, 2010 - 2010
    Represented Sustainable Works at various Green and Sustainability events in Los Angeles and through social media. Prepared presentation materials for the Green Living Workshop (a 6-week environmental education course). Analyzed survey data and authored a survey analysis guide to be used by future employees.Facilitated the expansion of the Green Living Workshop into cities outside of Santa Monica through research and outreach efforts.
  • Los Angeles County Treasurer and Tax Collector
    Deputy Public Administrator, 2014 - present
    -Research the remaining assets of deceased individuals with no known next of kin. Asset research ranges in complexity from individuals with minimal finances to those with property, Wills, Trusts, vehicles, bank accounts, pension funds, stocks, life insurance benefits, and investment accounts. Research also involves communicating with other government agencies and financial institutions to attain confidential financial information. -Conduct extensive research (including finding potential family in other countries) to locate heirs to determine heirship. Such research can involve visiting the deceased individual’s residence and searching through his or her personal property for evidence of heirs and financial assets. These residences are often times in hoarder-like and very poor conditions. -Communicate with attorneys, heirs, claimants and others on the status of estates. -If next of kin are located, tasked with notifying them of the passing of the deceased individual and instructing them on what their responsibilities as the next of kin are. -Communicate with other divisions, departments, and government agencies regarding special problems encountered during the investigation process, such as financial assets being under investigation and property being located outside of California. -Clearly document all actions taken on each case with detailed and easily-understandable notes. -Serve as a source of guidance for all the new staff who have numerous and diverse questions about their job responsibilities. -Consistently go above and beyond required job responsibilities and take on the work of colleagues who are overwhelmed or falling behind.
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Currently
Burbank
Previously
Armenia
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Nice little park. I have been here over several times during the past 4 years to plant trees with Treepeople. We have planted over 100 trees so far! I can't wait to come back and see the trees 30-40 years from now.
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I always go to the location in burbank and I've never been disappointed there. This location was equally good.
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This place never disappoints. Food is always tasty and fresh and the service is friendly and professional.
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reviewed 3 weeks ago
Good quality food with fresh ingredients and fair prices with friendly service. I dig all the interior plants they have too.
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Love the interior architecture of this place. Delicious coffee and friendly service.
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Huge place with so many vendors, rides, and delicious food.
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