Posted by Karmel Melamed
Former L.A. DWP general manager and Iranian Jewish attorney H. David Nahai was honored by the popular environmentalist organization Sierra Club on August 26th for his contributions to advancing the cause of water conservation and other environmental work in Southern California. Nahai was honored for his dedication to the environment and preserving L.A.’s water resources that have increasingly under pressure because of the city’s growing population.
Before his tenure at the DWP Nahai has been long involved in water issues as he served on local and state water commissions. Nahai is also among a growing group Iranian Jewish community activists who are increasingly looking to the policies and technology for water conservation and reclamation being implemented in Israel. For decades Israelis who live in a desert-like environment similar to that of Southern California have been successful in using their limited water resources to support a growing population. Nahai served several terms on the Regional Water Quality Control Board before being appointed to the DWP board of commissioners in 2005 by Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. In December 2007, Villaraigosa elevated Nahai to the post of DWP “general manager and chief executive officer” Nahai's approximately two year tenure was marked by a heightened emphasis on renewable energy sources and conservation. During his time at the DWP, the department increased its renewable energy portfolio to 14 percent and the city of Los Angeles saw its lowest monthly water use in 32 years. In October 2009, Nahai resigned as general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Water.
Interestingly enough other elected leaders of Jewish background also honored by the Sierra Club included California State Senator Alan Lowenthal and California State Assemblyman Mike Feuer. Also on hand to honor Nahai was U.S. Congressman from Southern California, Henry Waxman.
(H. David Nahai, photo by Karmel Melamed)
(California State Senator Alan Lowenthal, phhoto by Karmel Melamed)
(California Assemblymember Mike Feuer, photo by Karmel Melamed)
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Posted by Karmel Melamed
Iranian-Armenian pop singer Andy Madadian is perhaps one of the best known Persian language musical artists internationally. Whether in North America, Europe or even in his native Iran, this singer who is known to his fans worldwide as just “Andy”, has sold millions of records. He has also performed concerts at some of the world’s most prestigious venues and stadiums. Over the last few decades Andy has remained popular among both young and old in the Iranian American community with a sound and lyrics that fans of Persian language music adore. Andy also has a large following of fans among Southern California’s Iranian Jews who have hired him for entertainment at their weddings, parties and other events over the years.
At the same, over the years Andy has performed at countless worthy non-profit events that revealed his unique philanthropic nature. So when I recently discovered that he will be performing with pop Israeli singer Liel Kolet for an August 4th “Peace and Unity” concert here in Los Angeles to benefit an international children’s charity, I was not surprised one bit. While the paring of Iranian and Israeli singers at a concert may seem odd to most, given the two country’s hostilities, these two artists’ music reflect their message of hope and tolerance needed in the Middle East today. Despite the Iranian regime’s hatred for Israel and the Jewish world, the majority of Iranians living in Iran, in the U.S. or elsewhere worldwide are quite hospitable and good-hearted folks who harbor no ill will towards Jews or Israelis. Interestingly enough the concert should be nothing short of remarkable because Andy will also be performing with eight other pop singers from around the world for the event.
On a side note, Andy’s music is officially banned in Iran by the regime because music in general is prohibited by radical Shiite Muslim theology followed by the regime. While the radical Islamic leaders in Iran have labeled Andy’s music as evil and with “degenerate Western influence”, he still has an army of young fans in Iran who still listen to his music behind closed doors. By the way, many may not know that Andy recently recorded a version of the song “Stand by Me” with Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora to show their solidarity with the people of Iran, which can he heard here…
For more information on Andy’s Unity Concert visit his site.