Monday, February 13, 2017

Pebble Beach Experiences “Crosby Weather” in Early 2017

Based in Bellevue, Washington, Amin Andy Lakha heads the Lakha Investment Company, LLC, and oversees coordinated development and commercial property management activities. Passionate about golf, Amin Andy Lakha enjoys teeing off at premier courses such as Shadow Creek in Las Vegas and the Pebble Beach Golf Links. 

With much of California getting pummeled by major storms in early 2017, Pebble Beach on the Monterey Peninsula was no exception. The coastal course experienced the brunt of an “atmospheric river event” that created major headaches for groundskeepers and ensured that only the hardiest braved the elements. 

Inclement weather is a longstanding part of Pebble Beach lore and according to Golf Digest even has a unique name, “Crosby weather.” This monicker recalls the dicey conditions in which the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am (currently the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am) was played on numerous occasions. 

The top class tournament takes place each February at Pebble Beach, as well as nearby Shore Course at Monterey Peninsula Country Club and Spyglass Hill Golf Course. With charity a major tournament element, regular participants include comedian Bill Murray, as well as San Francisco Giants and 49ers athletes.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Seismic Solutions for Earthquake-Prone Schools in Tajikistan


A longtime Bellevue, Washington, entrepreneur, Amin Andy Lakha guides all aspects of complex development projects, from property acquisition to lease management. Amin Andy Lakha is also involved in philanthropic efforts that benefit the less fortunate and contributes to nonprofits such as the Aga Khan Development Network.

The charitable organization supports a wide range of humanitarian efforts in areas from education to health. One signature project involves a school safety initiative in Tajikistan, which is on the World Bank’s list of “disaster hot spot” nations. From 1980 to 2010, more than 6 million people in the country were affected by earthquakes and other natural disasters.

The current program was piloted in 2009 in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Tajikistan government, and involved the retrofitting of a dozen schools across an earthquake-prone region. The schools had been constructed through shared community labor three decades ago and were in a state of deterioration. Interventions completed included the strengthening of foundations, seismic netting for walls, and new pillars to help hold up roofs. Shortly after completion, the schools successfully withstood major tremblors that hit the region.