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LA County Reaches One Million Cases of COVID-19

By SARAH SHMERLING | Editor-in-Chief

Los Angeles County reached one million confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, January 16—the same day Public Health reported the first confirmed case of the U.K. coronavirus variant in the county.

“The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has confirmed the first case of COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7, the same variant discovered in the United Kingdom, in an individual who recently spent time in Los Angeles County,” Public Health reported in a statement. “The individual is a male who traveled to Oregon, where he is currently isolating.”

The statement explained that although this is the first confirmed case of the variant, the department believes that the strain, which appears to spread more easily and quickly than other variants, was already spreading. There is currently no evidence that it causes more severe illness or increased risk of death, Public Health continued.

“Presence of the U.K. variant in Los Angeles County means virus transmission can happen more easily and residents must more diligently follow the safety measures put in place to prevent additional cases, hospitalizations and deaths,” according to Public Health. “This includes wearing a face covering properly over your nose and mouth, physically distancing, and not gathering with people from outside your household.

“With community transmission at an all-time high, staying home as much as possible is the best protection.”

As the Post went to print, the current Safer at Home Health Officer Order, which includes no outdoor in-person dining, remains in effect with no changes.

“Public Health teams continue inspecting establishments and ensuring compliance with safety measures in the HOO, including metering and occupancy requirements,” according to the statement.

By Monday, January 18, Public Health reported that “nearly all skilled nursing facilities administered first doses of [the] COVID-19 vaccine”—which, as of Monday, meant 335 out of 340 across the county.

“Nearly 39,000 doses have been administered to staff and residents,” Public Health reported. “The remaining facilities are currently vaccinating or are scheduling vaccinations this week. Additionally, for facilities that completed their first doses, Public Health is supporting distribution and administration of their second doses of vaccine.”

As the Post went to print Tuesday evening, the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 had reached 1,031,874 across LA County when factoring in Long Beach and Pasadena with 14,122 deaths.

There have been 602 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Pacific Palisades and 12 deaths, with 115 additional in Palisades Highlands and one death. According to data released by Public Health, as of Monday, Pacific Palisades had 119 confirmed cases in the 14-day cumulative case report, with Palisades Highlands at 20.

PPCC Board Votes to Support WRAC-Recommended Motion Regarding Future School Reopenings

By LILY TINOCO | Reporter

Pacific Palisades Community Council hosted its first virtual board meeting of the year on Thursday, January 14, covering a variety of topics, including an extensive discussion with board members and attendees regarding a motion in support of resources to make the safe reopening of elementary schools a priority.

The motion was recommended by leadership of the Westside Regional Alliance of Councils, an alliance of 14 neighborhood and community councils (including PPCC) on the westside of Los Angeles representing about 500,000 constituents.

The motion came about after residents of Del Rey expressed concerns of their younger children falling behind since they cannot attend in-person instruction due to COVID-19, according to PPCC Secretary Chris Spitz.

Rich Schmitt/Staff Photographer

Spitz said the motion was recently discussed at the board level, and if the majority of member councils pass the motion, it goes on to become a WRAC position. Spitz agreed to sponsor the motion.

Principal Lauren Park Mulder of Marquez Charter Elementary School weighed in and explained how the school has been proactively taking measures to ensure a safe reopening in line with Los Angeles Unified School District.

Mulder said the school has taken an approach to focus on screening, sanitizing and social distancing. Although students are not on campus for in-person instruction yet, Marquez has plenty of personal protective equipment and directive signage marked throughout the campus, and classroom furniture has been rearranged to encourage social distancing.

Mulder also mentioned a cleaning process that will happen routinely: sanitizing objects, areas, classrooms and furniture.

She said LAUSD has been investing in a mobile application to screen students and staff for symptoms or to schedule a COVID-19 test, as well as screening stations with no-contact thermometers, to provide a safe passage into school.

“Our students will remember what school they were at, what community they were at, who was their teacher during this COVID time,” Mulder said. “We feel like it’s equally important that we’re not careless, that we don’t prematurely rush into things … and that this is how we conduct ourselves when we have a community emergency.”

Dean of Students at Corpus Christi School Peter Powell shared that the school’s TK through fourth-grade students have been learning on-site and that he appreciates the board’s support in the safe reopening of schools.

Although the motion asks that resources be devoted to ensure a safe reopening when the time comes—not calling for immediate school reopenings—attendees expressed an urgency for schools to reopen in the Palisades, and the lasting and negative effects that will follow students far beyond the near future.

“Some people paint this rosy picture of distance learning … for the vast majority of children, they’re suffering in a way that’s going to impact them for life,” one attendee expressed. “We’re trying to save COVID from being spread but instead we’re increasing depression, anxiety, obesity, lack of social skills being learned in person. If we’re looking at the Palisades itself, I’m not saying it shouldn’t be taken seriously, but it’s not as intense as other areas of LA County.”

Zennon Ulyate-Crow, one of two youth advisors of the council and a Palisades Charter High School student, shared that he doesn’t think it’s the place of the community council to make this decision when it’s not safe yet.

“By us putting ourselves out there and by pressuring science officials … to make decisions that may not actually be in the best interest of the health of the community, I think is something we may not want to do,” he said.

The motion was passed, though some board members abstained from voting.

“Pacific Palisades Community Council supports prioritizing the many efforts needed to safely reopen elementary schools and special-needs classes for the most vulnerable students in Los Angeles including, but not limited to, daily testing, vaccinations for all qualified students and staff, access to personal protective equipment and the necessary training and signed COVID protocol agreements,” according to the WRAC-recommended motion, which was modified by PPCC.

The full motion is available at pacpalicc.org.

Design Review Board Discusses Proposed West Channel Road Projects

The proposed project
Photo courtesy of Pacific Partners Group, LLC

By LILY TINOCO | Reporter

The Pacific Palisades Design Review Board met virtually on Wednesday, January 13, to discuss proposed changes at 107 and 109 N. West Channel Road in the Palisades.

The project proposes updates to ground-level retail space and a second-level duplex at 107 N. West Channel Road, as well as ground-level storage and a second-level guest room at 109 N. West Channel Road.

The changes include turning two existing guest rooms into “light house-keeping units,” with a representative of the project explaining that a light house-keeping unit is a guest room with a kitchenette; it is a rental unit but not a full dwelling unit.

The meeting called for review of remodeling plans, which suggest replacements of the existing wood, windows, roof materials, as well as a new courtyard between the West Channel buildings that would include retaining walls, metal guardrails and a fence. The exterior of the two buildings will also be painted an icy white.

West Channel Road today
Rich Schmitt/Staff Photographer

The board previously met to discuss the project on December 9, but requested continuation. The DRB is the first step in the review process of this project—a building permit cannot be issued without going through a planning review process, which includes a design review board.

Representing the applicant and property owner Pacific Partners Group LLC, Henry Ramirez explained that plans for the exterior need to be approved so work can begin on the project. Interior plans have already been approved.

After review of the submitted materials, the board was concerned the building’s footprint encroached over a property line, raising questions.

“I’m sure you understand that this is a very extraordinary building, it also is on the corner of the most dangerous intersection certainly in Pacific Palisades, if not, in the westside of Los Angeles,” DRB Chair Donna Vaccarino said. “There’s a lot of public concern about this intersection … somebody has to ask questions of whether or not this is an appropriate renovation.”

Vaccarino explained the board is put in a difficult position and has to consider the safety of the Palisades.

“We’re all volunteers, we all want the best for our community,” she said. “I believe we have the right to ask some questions and make sure that there is careful planning and thoughtfulness in these projects that come to us.”

Ramirez went on to present materials to the board, but technical difficulties presented challenges.

“I’m sorry [this] was so difficult … I don’t think anyone wants to go through this again, it was just brutal,” Vaccarino said to Nick Vasuthasawat, city planning assistant.

Board members later expressed their support of the design itself.

“I think it’s a huge improvement over what’s there, and I’m just happy something nicer is going in its place,” DRB Secretary Sarah Griffin said.

A motion was made to approve the plans as submitted and passed unanimously.

Ramirez said he will return to the board in the future to discuss 117 N. West Channel Road.

Making a Difference Through Makerspace

Jamie Agius
Photos courtesy of Jamie Agius

Pali High Students Are Learning Innovative Methods Through Teacher’s Online Class

By STEVE GALLUZZO | Sports Editor

Thinking on your feet and using resources available to you—what is trash to some people is treasure to others. That is the idea behind the Makerspace class and Maker Education program, revitalized at Palisades Charter High School by teacher Jamie Agius.

Agius teaches a hands-on program—which has now had to pivot with distance learning in place—that provides students the freedom to pick their own projects.

Pali High had a Makerspace curriculum under Donna Mandosa, but it was discontinued when she left in 2014. Agius, a science teacher, decided she wanted to bring it back, subsequently applied for the position and got it in 2019.

“I do consider myself a maker and part of the maker movement,” Agius explained. “I’ve been one my whole life, ever since I can remember. I grew up in the garage with Dad, and I’ve been sewing since I was 13.”

Agius shared that her dining room table is now her makerspace in her two-bedroom apartment.

“It’s really all about a whole community of people called ‘makers,’” she continued. “The idea is about the democratization of equipment and tools and materials normally people wouldn’t have access to. The purpose of the class is for kids to learn to use their hands and for them to have an authentic pursuit of knowledge.”

Makerspace is for students to experiment and explore, but it also challenges Agius to be more flexible in her thinking, as well as to teach with resilience and persistence. She teaches six classes per day with about 180 students (30 in each class) in disciplines such as woodworking, electronics and sewing.

“It’s the most labor-intensive thing I’ve ever done in my entire life because it’s all student choice,” she said. “On any given day there’ll be 30 kids working on 30 different things—and having a blast. There’s an academic component to it where they have to be able to identify and articulate the skills they are learning, put together digital portfolios and have documentation of products they’re making.”

This is the second year of Agius building the program, which she shared had “absolutely no budget” when she started.

“I got some funding to purchase things from the community and from the parents,” she recalled. “It’s through their generosity that I’ve been able to keep it going.”

The artifacts students make are their own choice but they have been tasked with finding things around their houses to work with. The first project this semester was 3D paper engineering folding and cutting, using origami or regular paper.

One of the latest projects was themed “Old from New,” in which Agius encouraged students to look at things from a different perspective—to use items like an empty mayonnaise jar or a discarded soup can.

“One of my students just recently made a lamp out of plastic spoons that were spray-painted yellow to look like a pineapple,” said Agius, who lives in Palms. “We Zoom every day, we have conversations, and the goal is for them to create inventive and innovative things. I have to give a shout out to the families who are helping them—moms, dad, aunts, uncles, older brothers and sisters—teaching them how use the tools.”

Agius has three classes consisting entirely of ninth-graders (part of the school’s Maker pod) and three classes mainly made up of sophomores, juniors and seniors. It is a UC-approved elective that counts toward a computer or a technology credit.

Last year, Agius taught five Makerspace classes, but she has added one this year due to the high demand.

Now in her early 40s, Agius did not start her career in education until she was 34 when she became a science teacher at Pali High. She is now in her seventh year at the school—the last two running the Makerspace program.

Prior to teaching, she was a marketing director for a record label, worked for a booking agency and was sole proprietor of a small business. She is originally from Michigan, but moved to Orange County in fourth grade. She attended El Dorado High in Placentia.

After finishing her GE requirements at a community college, she went to UC Irvine for her bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and teaching credential. When she decided she wanted to teach there was only one place she really wanted to go.

“I applied all over but Pali was my first choice,” she said. “It was a no-brainer. It was definitely where I wanted to be.”

Not only is she happy to be at Palisades, so too are her students.

Follow the program through its Facebook page at facebook.com/PCHSMakers.

Giving Back to Village Green

Rich Schmitt/Staff Photographer

Anthony Marguleas with Amalfi Estates made their annual donation of $5,000 to Palisades Village Green—a tradition upheld since 2013.

The private park, located in the center of the Palisades’ business district, relies on donations from community members, businesses and organizations to remain functional.

“The Village Green embodies the best of the Palisades,” Marguleas shared. “The community teamed together to create an open space in the middle of town for people to relax, enjoy the flowers, the fountain, sit on benches or the grass.”

He said that when he heard a few years ago that the board was having trouble raising funds to keep it up, Marguleas “knew it was something we wanted to support.”

“Especially during COVID, we have all come to appreciate the little things we had taken for granted, whether it be walking around outside or enjoying the fresh air and sunshine,” Marguleas concluded. “We are fortunate to be able to give back to help support the Village Green for the past eight years.”


Your Two Cents’ Worth

Leaf Blowers

Thanks to those who took the time to write in and complain about the horrible gas leaf blowers used all over the Palisades and LA County, in spite of the fact that they are illegal and terrible for everyone’s health.

The real problem is that the police DO NOT ENFORCE THE LAW with the result that every gardener knows they can get away with it on a daily basis.

I am extremely tired of all the excuses the Chief-of Police uses as to why they don’t enforce this law. None of the excuses are valid.

As a community we should all INSIST that this law is ENFORCED. How do we do this??? Does anyone have any ideas?


It’s disappointing to see trash gathering. I’m committing to doing my part and finding a trash can or taking trash home with me when I’m out around town or at the beach. I hope others can commit to do the same.

Captain Bates

A big huge thank you to Captain Bates as he retires!!! Thank you for your years of service.


I read a story on Nextdoor about how the owner of CinqueTerre helped a neighbor with a broken down car. I love having many reasons to support a local favorite restaurant of ours. Neighbors helping neighbors is what it’s all about


It’s been stressful to see lots of people congregating at Caruso’s Village lately, it’s careless and I can’t help but think that it isn’t helping us get things back to normal.

Check Ins

Please check on your friends and loved ones, you don’t know how others are handling this pandemic and what a small check-in might mean to them.


The sunsets lately have really been my joy! I can’t express enough how lucky we are to be in the beautiful Palisades.

Got something to say? Call (310) 454-1321 or email 2cents@palipost.com and get those kudos or concerns off your chest. Names will not be used.

Neighborhood News

Honorary Mayoral Inauguration | Pacific Palisades

The Pacific Palisades Chamber of Commerce will present a virtual Mayoral Inauguration for Honorary Mayor of Pacific Palisades Eugene Levy on Tuesday, January 26, between 6 and 8 p.m.

Special guests are slated to include Martin Short, as well as outgoing Co-Honorary Mayors Billy and Janice Crystal. The program will include the inauguration, introduction of new board members, and announcement of upcoming Valentine’s Day and March events.

The evening also serve as the chamber’s annual general board meeting for all current and prospective members.

To register for the event, which is free and open to the public, visit palisadeschamber.com


Hiker Rescue | Castellammare

Los Angeles Fire Department Air Ops prepared for a hoist operation rescue for an adult male hiker with a non-life-threatening extremity injury on Monday, January 18, according to information provided by spokesperson Margaret Stewart.

The incident occurred around 9 a.m. near 300 N Los Liones Drive. No further details were available.


PPTFH Community Meeting | Pacific Palisades

The Pacific Palisades Task Force on Homelessness will host an online community meeting focused on “Street Drugs and Homelessness: A Devastating Combination” on Monday, January 25, from 7 to 8:15 p.m.

Featured speakers for the Zoom webinar will be Amanda Cowan and Veronica de la Cruz.

“PPTFH is seeing increasing numbers of homeless individuals who are using drugs, along with evidence of drug dealing, especially meth,” representatives from PPTFH shared ahead of the meeting. “Amanda Cowan, outreach director for CLARE|MATRIX, an organization focused on substance abuse disorders, will speak about drugs, their effects and research-proven treatments to overcome addiction. Amanda will be joined by Veronica de la Cruz, Los Angeles Deputy City Attorney, who will discuss the legal aspects of drug sales and possession, including pending laws and orders and their implications for people experiencing homelessness.”

For more information or to register, visit pptfh.org.


PPCL Meeting | Pacific Palisades

The next meeting of the Pacific Palisades Civic League is scheduled to take place on Monday, January 25, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

“Due to current Stay at Home Order, the meeting will be held online,” a representative shared ahead of the meeting.

New business includes an exterior finishes update, plus updates to pool deck and hardscape for a two-story residence on Via De La Paz. Old business includes five residences, located on Radcliffe, Monument, Fiske and DePauw.

To obtain the Zoom meeting information, email office.ppcl@gmail.com.            


Townsend Bell to be Featured in January Episode of Palisades Podcast

Townsend Bell
Photo courtesy of Maryam Zar

By SARAH SHMERLING | Editor-in-Chief

The first episode in 2021 of Palisades Podcast, hosted by longtime community members Steve Cron and Maryam Zar, will feature Palisadian and professional race car driver Townsend Bell.

“Townsend Bell is a professional race car driver in the open-wheel and sports car racing circuits,” Zar shared ahead of the episode. “Bell is also a commentator for NBC Sports’ coverage of the NTT IndyCar Series.”

Bell competes in various national and international speed circuits, Zar explained, with championships under his belt from the American IndyCar circuit to Europe’s prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans. He is also a motorsports commentator for NBC Sports and Fox Sports.

“He made his race car debut in 2003 when teamed up with series champion Björn Wirdheim in the International F3000 competition and become the first American to score to reach the winner’s podium with a third-place finish,” Zar added. “His performance led to Formula One but then eventually [he] came back to the U.S. to make his first Indianapolis 500 appearance in 2006, again in 2008 finishing in eighth place and in 2009 finally finishing in fourth place.”

Bell’s sports car debut came in 2012, when he won the 12 Hours of Sebring race and then competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race with the Ferrari team, according to Zar. In 2015, Bell and his co-driver Bill Sweedler took home the IMSA GT Daytona Championship and had podium finishes in both the 12 Hours of Sebring and 24 Hours of Le Mans.

“In 2016, Bell, along with his teammates, won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in only their second try,” Zar said. “Later that year, in the famous Indy500, Bell clocked a top speed of 241.637 mph.”

Bell is a color commentator for NBC Sports with lead anchor Leigh Diffey and analyst Paul Tracy. He is also a color commentator for NBC Sports’ IndyCar, Global RallyCross Championship and the host of “What’Cha Got” on Fox Sports1.

“I’ll start my 10th season as a color-commentator for NBC Sports,” Bell shared. “Specifically their auto racing coverage of the IndyCar and IMSA racing series, the highlight being the Indy 500 in May.”

His 2021 schedule includes competing in the 24 Hours of Daytona on January 30-31.

“I won the race in 2014,” Bell shared, “[I’m] trying to win my second.”

He recently signed on as an ambassador for Lexus, under a multi-year agreement, that includes promotional work with their marketing campaigns, dealer and customer events.

“He lives in the Palisades with his wife, Heather, and their two high school-aged sons,” Zar concluded.

In the Palisades, Bell was named honorary sheriff for 2013-14 at Patrick’s Roadhouse, where he was sworn in by past honoree Rich Wilken. He received the honor in part due to his help with efforts made through community organizations to address homelessness.

The Palisadian-Post has partnered with Zar and Cron to present the Palisades Podcast. Each month, an interview, hosted by Zar and Cron, will be released, highlighting extraordinary lives listeners might not have otherwise had a chance to meet.

Previous guests include Anne Kerr-Adams, Lisa Sweetingham Wallin, PPCC Chair David Card and Councilmember Mike Bonin.

To listen to this episode of Palisades Podcast and more, visit palipost.com/palipodcast.

Pali High Board of Trustees Host First Meeting of 2021

Members of the board
Photo courtesy of Pali High

By LILY TINOCO | Reporter

Attendees joined Palisades Charter High School’s Board of Trustees for its first meeting of the new year on Tuesday evening, January 12. The discussion covered pressing issues related to student grade appeals, learning mitigation loss and more.

The board presented a resolution to revise the school’s current grade appeals process, a process that allows students to appeal a teacher’s grade, sponsored by teacher and board member John Rauschuber.

Board Chair Brooke King clarified that there is currently a grade appeals process in place that was created by the school attorneys and follows strict regulations. King motioned to postpone the discussion to the board’s February meeting “to allow the administration to work behind the scenes to gather information for the board and … time to review this.”

“I spent three hours writing this resolution, I have 200 students, I’m senior advisor,” Rauschuber said during the discussion. “I have spent a tremendous amount of time at this school … I want to discuss [this] tonight.”

Rauschuber went on to explain that the resolution is an attempt to figure out a better process moving forward, requesting appeal information 24 hours in advance, administration to be a part of the process and more.

King said the board cannot have further discussion on the policy item without further research and input from administration.

Later board members voted in favor of reinstituting the IT team supervisor position and a counselor position, in hopes of garnering more support as school continues in a virtual fashion.

Pali High Human Resources Director Amy Nguyen reported positive results from a program committed to student academic success in eLearning following the fall semester and explained that it will be returning in the spring.

The program is slated to begin in February, with a total of 12 staff members, including teachers and tutor support, offering help in math, English and social sciences on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“I just want to give a shout out to all the teachers who have helped so much with helping students succeed during this last semester,” Nguyen said. “It’s so important, I love our teachers … and how much they love our students.”

Multiple attendees and board members throughout the meeting, including Principal Dr. Pamela Magee, praised Pali High’s teachers for their work during this unprecedented pandemic.

“There is no roadmap for what everybody has been working through, but our teachers have been incredible,” Magee said. “Many are teaching new classes and working with new materials, new content, in addition to learning a completely new format for how they do things.

“I know they’re dealing with their own personal issues and lives and children, yet they bring 120% to our school and do those same things for our students—we can’t say how much we appreciate what they do.”

The board’s next meeting is scheduled to take place via Zoom on Tuesday, February 9, at 5 p.m.

Creating Meaningful Relationships in 2021

Elizabeth Jacob
Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Jacobi

By ELIZABETH JACOBI | Special to the Palisadian-Post

While 2020 is a year we would all like to forget, there are some positive lessons that both businesses and customers can take into 2021.

As a marketing professional working with businesses to create customer retention strategies, I always think about my own shopping and dining experiences. While I worked with so many clients to pivot their business last year, I also realized that I pivoted my behavior as a customer.

I do miss the days of dinners out, working from a coffee place or just running into my favorite stores. In 2020 I learned to better appreciate the most local of businesses.

In the past, I would order food on one of the many delivery apps. I now find myself calling the restaurant directly to place the order and then picking it up myself.

I love being greeted by a friendly face behind the mask, who thanks me for my business. It also gives me a chance to talk to them and see how things are going. Ordering direct benefits the restaurant too.

When I have purchased retail for in-store pickup or curbside, not only do I get to have a connection, but I have also been surprised by a thank you note in the bag when I get home. All of these things create valuable customer engagement.

All of this might seem small and insignificant, but as a person who has spent more than 17 years in customer retention marketing, I know how valuable these things are. After all, it is about creating meaningful connections between a business and a customer.

As a customer, what can we do to continue with these connections once we are back to a more normal time?

While ordering for delivery might be easier, I will continue to call restaurants directly or place an order through their direct online system and pick it up myself.

While shopping online is so easy, it is just as easy to buy something from your local store and pick it up. Even better, get to know the shop owner and the people working there. If you do, they likely will know what you are looking for and can better recommend products.

I know that I will go back to driving in rush hour for dinner or go to a large shopping mall on occasion. Still, I will be more likely to continue to support my neighborhood businesses more frequently.

What can small businesses do to continue to create these meaningful connections with customers in 2021?

In the short term, it is safe to assume that people will still want to connect at a distance, which means communication is vital. Last year, I heard the word “over-communicate” in many marketing industry groups. I thought this sounded crazy, but now I realize how important it is.

Your customers want to know about your brand. They want to know when items are on sale, if your hours have changed, about select menu items such as family meals and meal kits.

While social media is the best way to reach new people, remember that email marketing is still a one-to-one direct conversation and the best channel for retention. So many businesses upped the frequency of email marketing this year, and it paid off.

I love receiving dinner specials to my inbox, clothing items for working from home in comfort or how to tackle home improvement projects. It makes me feel like these businesses know me, and in many ways, they do.

Some businesses have sent surveys to understand my interests and my buying potential. I’ve noticed that these surveys are clearly getting read because of the changes I see in my inbox.

Businesses who get to know their customers are seeing good customer retention. Communication is critical today, and it will always be, so get to know your customers through your email list.

Every time a business sends an email, they learn something about a customer. Yes, you might discover that they don’t want to hear from you too. Still, most of the time, your customers are happy to provide feedback.

Getting to know your customers better will continue to create meaningful connections that lead to customer retention.

Elizabeth Jacobi grew up in Pacific Palisades and is the owner of MochaBear Marketing. She is also a MailChimp partner helping small businesses with customer retention strategies. Elizabeth can be reached at info@mochabearmarketing.com or 424-272-6712.