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About Garen Yegparian (212 Articles)
Garen Yegparian is a fat, bald guy who has too much to say and do for his own good. So, you know he loves mouthing off weekly in the Weekly about anything he damn well pleases to write about that he can remotely tie in to things Armenian. He's got a checkered past: principal of an Armenian school, project manager on a housing development, ANC-WR Executive Director, AYF Field worker (again on the left coast), Operations Director for a telecom startup, and a City of LA employee most recently (in three different departments so far). Plus, he's got delusions of breaking into electoral politics, meanwhile participating in other aspects of it and making sure to stay in trouble.
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It’s/They’re Coming!

April 24, 2015. Events on, around, about, for, through, because of, and probably a whole lot of other prepositionally connected events are what “it” and “they” are. A fellow columnist recently wrote me that it’s just impossible to stay on top of all the art shows, [more...]

February 10, 2015 // 1 Comment

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Yegparian: Reverse Crusades

With what can only be described as breathtaking hypocrisy, nut-job Muslim extremists seem to be undertaking their own “CRESCENTade” to “defend” their religion.  These are the same people who still hold a grudge against Christian nut-jobs of a millennium ago for engaging in the CRUSades.  [more...]

February 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

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Yegparian: The First Salvo

Great news came out of UCLA and its student government this week. “A Resolution to Divest from the Republic of Turkey to End the Perpetuation of the Armenian Genocide” was passed, calling on the University of California (UC) system to rid itself of the $72.6 million worth of bonds and [more...]

January 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

Ultimately, the DU slate swept the delegate and e-board elections.

Yegparian: Delegate Delight

On Sun., Jan. 11, a significant victory was achieved by the Armenian community living in California’s 43rd State Assembly District (AD), led by the efforts of the ANCA. “What could be so significant on such a small scale?” you’re probably wondering. Ultimately, the DU slate swept the [more...]

January 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

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Yegparian: Touting Tourism

Most people do it at some point in their lives—visit a place for artistic, cultural, educational, health, historic, nostalgic, photographic, recreational, relaxation, religious, restorative, or spiritual reasons. The places visited benefit economically, at least, but by gaining relevancy and [more...]

January 12, 2015 // 1 Comment

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Is Interim ‘Good Enough’ Acceptable?

No one disagrees that we have significant problems in the Republic of Armenia (RoA). The disagreement is over what they are, how large they loom, and how to solve them. From the perspective of local civic activists, the current crop of people in power is the problem, or, at least, the cause of the [more...]

January 5, 2015 // 3 Comments

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Yegparian: Dram Drama

It’s year-end, try-to-write-about-something-big-and-profound time. Luckily, I was provided with just such a topic courtesy of the juncture and clash of international conflicts with economics. No doubt you’ve read about the fall-and-rise of the tram/dram (Western/Eastern Armenian [more...]

December 30, 2014 // 1 Comment

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Yegparian: Should Less Oppose More?

Let’s say you and I are seeking some things, some benefits, goods, whatever they might be. Let’s say, too, that I want two “items” and you want seven. Should we cooperate on the common, shared parts of our endeavor? Or, should I oppose you and disrupt your efforts to get what you [more...]

December 29, 2014 // 9 Comments

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Yegparian: Soul Searching or Self Serving?

I’ve been torn for weeks now over whether to write this piece. The dilemma arises from the conflicting responsibilities of speaking truth to power (in this case, the American publishing establishment) and informing our community about matters that impact it while not creating potential harm to [more...]

December 18, 2014 // 39 Comments

Walkers and riders in the rain, at the entrance to the Montebello Genocide monument

100’s

A hundred, with a hundred, for a hundred, on the hundredth, that was the original, vague “plan”—100 miles, 100 people, $100,000, 100th genocide anniversary, respectively. That was eight months ago when we started meeting to organize a walk to honor our ancestors’ memory. Walkers [more...]

December 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

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