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On Thursday, September 16, at the Video Club’s first in-person General Meeting since the start of the pandemic, Village Management Services CEO Jeff Parker brought us up to date on the Village as we emerge from months of COVID shutdown. Socializing began at 6:30 pm, followed by the program at 7 pm. The event was open in the Video Lab without charge to all Village residents and their guests.
Below is a video of Mr. Parker’s presentation. Included in his talk were details of the Russian-identified malware hack to VMS computers in October, 2020 (which may have been meant for the City of Laguna Woods) and how the attack was managed, including the negotiation of a lower ransom fee, as well as subsequent security and other upgrades to Village information technology systems. Mr. Parker also addressed the furloughing of staff members and difficulties in re-hiring needed workers, along with financial implications of recent property insurance and staff compensation issues. In addition, he discussed the on-site vaccination of over 9,000 residents through MemorialCare vaccination clinics and renovation of the Performing Arts Center, expected to re-open in October, 2021.
At Laguna Woods Village, Jeff Parker’s long-term vision as CEO of Village Management Services Inc. has been for Village Management Services to continue building a foundation of quality services provided to residents in the most efficient and effective manner. “Our goal is to guide VMS through its continued growth as a first-class service organization with the best and brightest individuals and have fun doing it,” he says.
The COVID-19 pandemic has presented unique challenges to all of us in the Village, and Mr. Parker’s regular reports on Village Television have provided valuable information and reassurance throughout these difficult months.
After graduating from from the University of California, Santa Barbara, Mr. Parker found his calling during his California State University, Long Beach graduate studies. Delving deeply into his interest in government, he earned a Master of Public Administration. Previously Mr. Parker served as City Manager of the cities of Walnut, Claremont, Patterson, and Tustin.
Come and see the recent improvements in the Video Lab, with seven new wired study/work tables and a mounted overhead projector. General Meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month. President Steve Carman has announced the following additional programs for 2021. No General Meeting in December.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21 – Village Management Services Information Technology Director Chuck Holland will discuss the latest in Village IT and communications.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18 – Leah Glauberman-Silberman, founder of Living Memories Videos, and her associate, Chelsea Zhang, will speak on “Leave Your Legacy.” The Los Angeles-based videographers, both of whom studied filmmaking at the University of Southern California, will explain techniques for creating living memory videos and will screen examples of their work.