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The Magazine of South Bay People

October 8, 2015

Volume 46, Issue 10

Yoga hothouse

The Point | Blind tri | Coach Iosia | South Bay Dining Guide

Move or Remodel Seminar

• Cost vs. Value

• The advantage of a true design / build firm

• And much more!

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October 8, 2015

Volume 46, Issue 10


Soho Yoga’s Natasha Snow.

Photo by Pete Henze

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14 Coach on court by Randy Angel

Redondo Union High four-year varsity setter Norene Iosia shares

her smarts as well as her skills in leading the Sea Hawks to the

top of the Bay League.

24 Hermosa hothouse by Ryan McDonald

SoHo Yoga turns up the heat and the intensity of yoga in

downtown Hermosa Beach.

30 To The Point by Mark McDermott

The Point in El Segundo targets shoppers whose interests range

far beyond shopping.

46 Chefs on fresh by Richard Foss

Depot chef David Shafer, Love & Salt chef Michael Fiorelli and

Hook and Plow chef Lisa Cassity share their thoughts on the

promises and limitations of the not so new farm to table movement.

58 Blind tri by David Mendez

Former Marine Steve Walker responds to his loss of vision by

preparing for the Hawaiian Ironman Championships.

64 Concours d’Beach by Randy Angel

Beach cars make a strong showing at the Palos Verdes Concours.


8 Beach calendar

28 Emmy winners

18 BCHD volunteers

34 PTN party

20 Dancing celebs 35 South Bay Dining Guide

54 Walk with Sally


PUBLISHER Kevin Cody, ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Richard Budman, EDITORS Mark McDermott, Randy Angel,

David Mendez, Caroline Anderson and Ryan McDonald, ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Bondo Wyszpolski, DINING

EDITOR Richard Foss, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHERS Ray Vidal, Brad Jacobson and Gloria Plascencia, CALENDAR Judy

Rae, DISPLAY SALES Adrienne Slaughter, Tamar Gillotti, Amy Berg, and Shelley Crawford,



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The Best of


The Manhattan Beach

Chamber of Commerce 3rd

annual Best of Manhattan

awards dinner brings

together community leaders

to spotlight innovation and

excellence. 6 to 9 p.m. at the

Manhattan Beach Marriott,

1400 Parkview Ave,

Manhattan Beach. For tickets

go to Manhattan


Pumpkin kid fun

The Hermosa Beach

Friends of the Parks, and

the City of Hermosa Beach

host the 9th Annual

Pumpkins In the Park day.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Edith

Rodaway Park, on Prospect

between Hollowell and

Gentry. This family event

features a Halloween puppet

show, pumpkin painting,

cookie decorating, hot

dogs, popcorn and games.

Kids are invited to wear

their favorite costume, have

their picture taken and pick

out a pumpkin to take

home. For more information

go to or to

Facebook “Hermosa Beach

Friends of The Parks”.

A strenuous hike

Klondike Canyon Hike,

named after “fool’s gold”

found in the canyon, follows

a loop overlooking the

Portuguese Bend landslide.

A strenuous walk, but

worth it for the fantastic. 9

a.m. Park along Forrestal

Dr. or park in lot at Ladera

Linda Community Center,

32201 Forrestal Dr. Meet

near gate, Rancho Palos

Verdes. No reservation

required. Wear walking

shoes with good traction,

bring water and sunscreen.

For more info call 310-541-

7613 or visit:

Shred em Danno

Document shredding is

provided by the City of






Redondo Beach and Athens

Services. No charge and no

limit. The shredded documents

are recycled. 8 a.m. -

2 p.m. Redondo Beach

Performing Arts Center,

1935 Manhattan Beach

Blvd, Redondo Beach. For

more info call Athens

Services at 888-336-6100 or


Food and Literacy

The South Bay Literacy

Council hosts its 2015 Fall

Conference & Bazaar. To

share your favorite food for

a Breakfast Potluck, please

sign up to bring one of the

following: Baked Goods,

Fresh Fruit or Salad, Main

Dish. 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Potluck begins at 8:30 a.m.

with meeting at 9 a.m.

Torrance Civic Center

Library Community Room,

3301 Torrance Blvd,

Torrance. Contact Debbie

Paulson at 310-376-7065 or

to confirm your participation

in the conference and

the Potluck.


Let’s go surfing



Prove you can ride The

Green Pickle and other

mystery boards at the 2015

Jimmy Miller Surf Fiesta.

Teams composed of A, B, C

and D surfer pick the

opposing team’s board from

a quiver that would make

any surfer quiver. Proceeds

benefit the Jimmy Miller

Foundation and its work

with Wounded Warriors.

42nd Street, Manhattan

Beach. Check in 7 a.m. All

ages and surfing skills welcome.

Huge raffle at 12:30

p.m. from great sponsors.

Awards party 6 p.m. at The

Lakes, 400 S. Sepulveda

Blvd., El Segundo. Sign up

online: JimmyMiller

Sample and stroll

The 6th Annual Redondo

Beach Taste of the Pier and

Waterfront offers tastings at

over 50 Redondo waterfront

restaurants. 12 noon - 4

p.m. Pay per taste. Purchase

tickets at the event. For

more info visit

Boo Ball

Chef Shafer & the Depot

present Halloween Ball,

Part 20. Dance and dining

in front of the Depot

Restaurant under a Ghostly

White Tent. Benefiting the

Children of Pediatric

Therapy Network, 4 - 9

p.m. To purchase tickets

visit Pediatric Therapy 1250 Cabrillo

Ave, Torrance.

Stack ‘em up

Woman’s Club of

Hermosa Beach 24th

Annual Pancake Breakfast

is from 8 a.m. to noon. $10

per person, Kids under 5

free. Breakfast includes

pancakes, scrambled eggs,

sausage, fruit, juice and coffee.

Silent auction, face

stenciling, fun kids’ activities,

free photo booth. Clark

Building, 861 Valley Drive,

Hermosa Beach. Tickets at



Photography and


ESMoA presents four

decades of artists in their

galleries, in photos by Jim

McHugh, plus original art

by the artists. Curated by

KCRW'S “Art Talk” host

Edward Goldman. 10 a.m. -

5 p.m., Introduction 2 p.m.

Free. For more information

visit or

208 Main Street,

El Segundo. (424) 277-1020.

Passion for Cactus

South Coast Cactus &

Succulent Society. Nels

Christianson will present

photos and discoveries from

the recent Cactus and

Succulent Society of

America tour to northeastern

Mexico. The group of

expert cactophiles visited

the states of Hidalgo,

Queretaro and San Luis

Potasi as well as several

biosphere reserves. Lecture

is at 1:30 p.m. South Coast

Botanic Garden, 26300

Crenshaw Blvd., Palos

King Harbor Brewing’s Tom Dunbabin will be among the 50 Redondo

Waterfront restaurants and drinking establishments welcoming guests

to the 6th Annual Redondo Beach Taste of the Pier and Waterfront on

Sunday, October 11. For more info visit

Verdes Peninsula. For more

information visit


Shall we dance



International Folk and

Line Dancing every

Tuesday at the Pacific

Unitarian Church, 5621

Montemalaga Drive,

Rancho Palos Verdes. 8 – 10

p.m. Cost: $10 Students

under age 24 $5 with ID.

Everyone is welcome.

Special For High School

Seniors – Dance for free up

to the end of November.

Enjoy an evening of music,

dance and friendship. All

levels are welcome.


Beach Boy



David Marks and The

Surf City All Stars with special

guest DEC 63. 7 p.m.

Redondo Beach Performing

Arts Center, 1935

Manhattan Beach Blvd,

Redondo Beach. Get your

tickets not at

Hermosa Beach Woman’s Club’s annuual pancake breakfast takes

place Sunday, Oct 11. Join the kitchen crew – Barbara Raya, Robin

Caceres, Mike Flaherty, Erin Caceres, Carolyn Petty, Catherine Landis

and JR Reviczky – to support local charities while enjoying a yummy

breakfast among firends and neighbors. Photo by Adrienne Slaughter

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Cheap reads



Hermosa Beach Friends of the

Library Book Sale. 9 a.m. - noon

1309 Bard Street, Hermosa Beach.

310-376-7493 or visit


Garden to table



Dine al fresco enjoying a unique

menu featuring the best of

California, handcrafted, organic

and local foods and wines. The

event raises funds and increases

awareness of the work of the PV

Land Conservancy in stewarding

open space and nature. 5 p.m.

Reception, 6 p.m. Dinner. Terranea

Resort, Catalina Ballroom, 100

Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes.

Tickets $250 per person.

Sponsorships include tickets and

automatic entry into an opportunity

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October 8, 2015 • Easy Reader / Beach magazine 9

each sports

A coach on

the court

Redondo setter

Norene Iosia

celebrates after

the Sea Hawks

won the

2014 CIF-SS

Division 1AA


Photo by

Ray Vidal

Four-year varsity setter

Norene Iosia has helped

Redondo’s girls volleyball rise

to the top of the Bay League

by Randy Angel

Three years ago, Redondo girls volleyball coach Tommy Chaffins knew he

had a rising star on his hands. Freshman Norene Iosia was trying out for

the setter position on a team loaded with talented seniors. Making a varsity

team as a 9th grader is a rarity in any sport, but even more difficult

in a girls volleyball program that had become a perennial power among

Southern California high schools.

But Chaffins said her selection to the team was an easy decision.

“Our program is all about competition. She basically won every drill early on,”

Chaffins recalled. “Besides her high skill set, she had an uncanny poise for a freshman.

I would attribute that to her parents. First, her father coached her at an early

age, so although Norene was a 14-year-old freshman, she had many years of experience

with great training.”

Iosia said she wasn’t too surprised to make the team but remembers being nervous

playing on the varsity team.

“I was terrible at the first practice,” Iosia recalled. “Nobody really knew me

because we had just moved to Redondo Beach. But I learned a lot about leadership

on the court from players like Skylar Dykstra, Hannah Mosebar, Olivia Bustamante

and Katie Rotondo.”

Growing up, Norene thought she would be following in much of her family’s footsteps

as a student at Long Beach Poly. But, as an employee for the City of Redondo

Beach, her father Moe was tired of making the daily commute and decided to move

his family closer to his work.

The decision has proved beneficial for both Norene and Redondo’s girl volleyball

program. The 5-foot-10 Iosia has been an All-CIF selection in each of her first three

years of high school and was named the nation’s 2014 Junior Player of the Year after

helping the Sea Hawks win CIF and State championship last season. She recorded

1,092 assists, 103 aces, 95 blocks and 88 kills.

“It’s been a blessing to receive the recognition,” Iosia said. “But it wouldn’t be possible

without all of the great teammates I have played with.”

Iosia’s prep career started out with a bang when Redondo dethroned long-time

Bay League champion Mira Costa during her freshman year – the first of three consecutive

league titles.

Iosia hopes to make it a perfect four this season. Redondo is ranked No. 1 in CIF-

Southern Section Division 1AA, considered to be the toughest division for girls volleyball

in the nation.

The Sea Hawks opened the 2015 campaign with a 10-0 record, without losing a

set. The team spent last weekend in Phoenix, Arizona. competing in the Seventh

Annual NIKE Tournament of Champions where 80 of the most elite teams in the

nation showcased their talent.

“Norene is such an incredible setter,” said fellow senior Megan Rice, who is

Redondo’s leading scorer this season. “I know exactly where the ball is going be,

making my job that much easier.”

Chaffins considers Iosia, who will be playing college ball for the University of

Hawaii, one of the great players in the nation.

“Setting is all about location, and no one has better location than Norene in the

country,” Chaffins said. “She also is like a grand-master chess player, seeing the

game three or four moves ahead of all the other players. She has a devastating jump

serve. She is our best point scorer from the service line. I don't think there is a player

in the state who can control and dominate a game like Norene can.”

Iosia has a strong background in volleyball. Her father, Moe, and an uncle played

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on the Samoa National Team. Moe also coaches Redondo’s freshman

team and a team in the Mizuno Long Beach club volleyball program.

The fourth of six siblings, Norene began learning the sport from her

dad when she was only six years old. She has learned a lot from other

family members, including older sister Naomi who coaches with Mizuno

and at North High School in Torrance.

Although soft spoken and calm, Iosia has been referred to as a coach

while playing on the court. She has also helped her dad coach Redondo’s

freshman team since she was a freshman herself.

“Her demeanor is perfect for the setting position,” Chaffins explained.

“Her knowledge and vision of the game is better than most college setters.

When I was younger and was still playing in AA/AAA beach events

and I first started coaching, I knew how much coaching was helping my

personal game. I think by Norene coaching with her father, it helps her

game by seeing it through another lens. Some people say about a player,

‘It’s like having a coach out on the floor,’ but Norene really is a coach.”

Iosia is always looking to improve her skill set and said she has come

a long way during the last three seasons.

“I think I’ve become better offensively,” Iosia said. “Also, on defense,

I’ve learned to read hitters better so I’m in the right spot even before they

hit the ball.”

Chaffins has noticed another improvement.

“Norene has really learned to attack the ball on two touches,” Chaffins

said. “Early on, she would rarely be an offensive threat. She has added

that part of her game as she has gotten older and that puts even a greater

strain to opposing defenses.”

Iosia said winning CIF and State championships last season have been

the highlights of her prep career, but considers the Sea Hawk’s five-game

home win against Mater Dei in the State semifinals as her most memorable


“It was such an exciting win in a crazy season,” Iosia said. “Mater Dei

was out for blood after we beat them in the CIF championship match.”

After winning the first two sets 25-20, 25-23, Redondo dropped the next

two 25-27, 19-25. In the final game to 15 points, with the winner needing

to win by two points, Redondo outlasted Mater Dei for a 20-18 victory.

Now in her fourth season at Redondo, Iosia has the opportunity to pass

on the guidance she received as a freshman to another player beginning

her high school career.

Kyla Doig, a 6-foot freshman starting as a middle blocker, has the

chance to become another four-year starter for the Sea Hawks.

“Kyla is wise beyond her years. She really doesn’t need to be told anything

by me except to just get the job done,” Iosia said. “I did give her a

little advice and that was to embrace every moment because the four

years in high school will go by fast.”

Although focused on the indoor game, Iosia has competed on the

beach. She has trained with Milan Stokes, of Long Beach Wilson High

School, upon the urging of Mizuno indoor club coach Joy McKienzie-


Iosia has played for Mizuno since she was 12 years old and has finished

at the Junior Olympics with one silver, two bronze, two fifths and a ninthplace

finish, starting for each team.

“Norene has good game knowledge and knows her teammates’ weaknesses

and strengths and how to use them and when,” McKienzie-

Fuerbringer said. “She is skilled and her setting location makes her hitters

better. She also has a top jump serve who can score points when on.

Her best skill though is that she studies the game and for me, players that

study the game are the top players.

“She is loyal and a quiet leader. Players trust her because she builds

trust between her and her teammates which, in my opinion, is the No. 1

quality if you want to be a great teammate.”

After Redondo’s run for CIF and State titles is over later this fall, Iosia

will return to the Mizuno Rockstar team to hone her skills before moving

to Hawaii.

She is looking forward to playing with rival Emma Smith, the defending

Bay League Libero of the Year from Mira Costa. The two will be teammates

at the University of Hawaii.

Prior to committing to Hawaii, Iosia visited UCLA and Long Beach

State but felt more comfortable on the island.

Redondo’s Norene Iosia is a three-time All-CIF setter. Photo by Ray Vidal

“I was looking for a smaller school and it was all about the

environment,” Iosia said of her decision. “They have a good volleyball

program, plus I have family over there.”

Iosia said her close-knit family has been very supportive of

her and has made her the person she is today.

“My family has a strong faith and has taught me to be humble,”

Iosia said. “They have been so influential in my life.”

Iosia credits her father and Chaffins for playing important

roles in her volleyball career.

“My dad has been my coach for so long and really taught me

the game,” Iosia said. “Tommy is more of a motivational coach

who teaches his players a lot of life lessons.”

Iosia is undecided on a college major but would like to have a

career that is in someway involved with sports.

“I’d like to play volleyball for as long as I can,” Iosia said.

“Hopefully, my career will continue after college.”

Surprisingly, she has not given any thought to becoming coach

in the distant future, but said she would not rule it out. B

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each services


Trustee Grossman recognized

at BCHD breakfast


he Beach Cities Health District’s 60th

Anniversary Volunteer Awards Breakfast was

dedicated to former district board member

Robert Grossman who died two months ago at age

67. Board member Michelle Anne Bholat recalled

the cardiologist as a strong advocate of senior health

services. The breakfast was held last month at the

Crowne Plaza Redondo.

The district’s programs range from walking

school buses and gardening for school kids to conversation

companions and errand runners for homebound


“These programs would not be possible without

our 600 volunteers, who contribute almost 35,000

hours of services each year,” Board president

Vanessa Poster told the audience. For more about the

Beach Cities Health District, visit


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1. Beach Cities Health

District Legacy Award

honoree Pat Dreisler

(seated, right) with

(standing left to right)

Assemblyman David

Hadley, Fourth District

Supervisorial candidate

Mike Gin, Dana, Sarah

and Robin Dreizler and



2. Beach Cities Health

District president

Vanessa Poster accepts

a proclamation from Los

Angeles County

Supervisor Don Knabe

representative Steve

Napolitano. Looking on

is emcee Walt Dougher.

3. State Assemblyman

David Hadley, T-short

and shorts, promised to

put the “beach” back in

Beach Cities Health


4. Partner in Health

honoree Marna Smeltzer

and Blue Zones Project

honoree Charlotte


5. BCHD’s Eric Garner

and Ali Noller.

6. Pat Campbell

received the

Volunteerism Award for

helping crochet thousands

of lap blankets for

terminally ill children and


7. Leslie Friedberg

received the Core Value

Accountability Award for

her work with the

LiveWell Kids Program.

8. Donna Donahue

received the Integrity

Award for versatility as

a volunteer.

9. Audrey Lin received

the Compassion Award,

presented by board

president Vanessa Poster.

Lauren Pizer Mains, representing

State Senator

Ben Allen, presented Lin

with a State proclamation.

10. Excellence award

winner Arnette Travis

with board president

Vanessa Poster and

State Senator Ben Allen

representative Lauren

Pizer Mains.

11. Redondo councilman

Jeff Ginsberg,

CenterCal public relations

director Mickey

Marraffino, chamber

board member Joanne

Galin and Redondo

Councilman Christian


12. Robin Dreisler and

Maryann Keating and

Mike Gin.





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each arts



ancing With the Stars” veteran Anna

Trebunskaya hosted the first ever Hot

Ballroom Night at the Hermosa Beach

Community Center last month. In a format similar

to ABC’s hit competition show, which Trebunskaya

danced on for 11 seasons, local celebrities partnered

with professional dancers to raise money for their

favorite charities. Trebunskaya and her mother Irena

own You Can Dance Studio in Hermosa Beach.

For more information visit

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1. Writer and Red Cross volunteer Heidi Shayla

Rosofsky danced for the Connor Bishop Zion


2. Coldwell Banker Realtor Herb McGurk dances

with Deborah Perez in support of the Los Angeles

Chapter of USA Dance.

3. Joanne Lara dances with Konstantin Yakunin in

support of the Autism Movement Therapy

Foundation, which she founded.

4. Emmy award winning ESPN reporter Shelley

Smith dances with Matt Mancuso in support of

the Torrance Medical Center.

5. Vocalist Renee Safier, winner of the Telluride

Blues Festival Acoustic Blues competition, dances

with Robert Porch in support of the South Bay

Children’s Health Center.

6. Judges Eddie Alba, Ivana Surovcova and

Adam Jona.

7. Anna Trebunskaya welcomes dancers and


8. Hermosa Chamber president Kim MacMullan

(center) with the opening dancers. MacMullan

danced in support of the Hermosa Arts


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celebrates past and future


rcole’s Cocktails looked the same on

the day of Gary Moore’s wake as it did

the day he died at age 86, on August 26,

exactly one month earlier. That’s the way he

wanted it, the way he wanted it to remain

and the way it will remain, said his niece

Staci Clark, who inherited the bar. Moore

bought the bar in 1972 and, like the previous

owners, left it looking the same as it had

when it opened in 1927. Except he added a

grill to make his signature hamburgers, or

“beer sponges,” as customers call them.



1. Bob, Mike, Jim

and Greg.

2. Don and Gigi

Kustondia, BJ Golik

and Ron Ellis.

3. Gene and John.

4. Bartender Mike

Benavidez with the

Clark family (left to

right) Dennis, Staci,

MacKenzie and


5. Nic Nichols,

Terry Rauch, who

tended bar at

Ercole’s from 1974

to 1979, and Tom


6. Veda Casper,

Patti Hunt, Bonnie

Schroeder, Sue

Weidig, Jiny

McKenna, Sue

White and Pat


7. Bob White and

Linda Lansdown, the

original Ercolette.

She needed a

phony id to order

her first drink at


8. Helen

Wedemeyer and

Tom Hendrix, who

used Ercole’s as an

ATM before there

were ATMs.

9. Bartenders

Michelle and brother

Mike Benavidez

and Martin Aquino.

10. Shelback bartender

John Regan,

Adrienne Slaughter

and Ercole’s bartender



11. Jemma with

Henry Queen and

Michael McCarter.

12. Doorman

Ruben Rodela.

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Soho Yoga

general manager

Pete Niva and


Natasha Snow.

Photos by Pete Henze


y Ryan McDonald

On a first visit, one could be forgiven for mistaking Hermosa

Beach’s Soho Yoga for a spa. The glass beverage dispenser near

a door to the heated studio carries a rotating cast of delicately

flavored ice water (Strawberry!). There are complimentary face towels,

like the kind given out on nice airlines, but they are chilled rather than

heated. A solitary vending machine sells nothing but bottled water.

The spell of formality is broken, pleasingly, by a sign in the bathrooms.

In the men’s room, it is perched near the urinal, like the sports

page at a Hooters and features a list of guidelines for practicing.

It addresses common yoga courtesies, like arriving early and removing

shoes, but with a kind of jocularity that belies the place’s serious

workout credentials. Phones are called “robot devices,” and students

are kindly asked to leave them outside the practice rooms. “Moaners”

are welcomed, but are asked to be sensitive to those around them.

(That this list is posted in the bathroom, where one could conceivably

come and go from practice without ever seeing it, only emphasizes the

gentleness with which it treats its subject.)

“There are moments in life when you need to be serious,” said Soho

Yoga director Natasha Snow, the author of that list. “But you also have

to have a sense of humor. Especially to be half-naked and sweaty with

a bunch of other people.”

This dual nature — levity and intensity, accessibility and challenge —

is part of the DNA at Soho, which bills itself as the only yoga studio in

the Los Angeles area to offer heated and non heated practice rooms

under the same roof. The two studios allow Soho to offer a wide variety

of classes.

Built to spec

I’m not sure exactly what the temperature was in my first class at

Soho, though I’m certain people working there did. The heated yoga

room contains technology that monitors and modifies the temperature

and humidity for each class.

The effect is instantly noticeable. Shortly after stepping into the heated

room, I settled into an ujjayi breath pattern — Sanskrit for “victorious”

— which usually takes some to time to achieve.

“The misters and the solar-powered heating system produce a very

specific humidity and a kind of tropical heat,” said instructor Jeri

Reeder. “That’s why you’re able to feel it the minute you walk in.”

These facilities are the result of an extensive build-out of the property.

Richard Jefferson, an NBA player currently with the Cleveland

Cavaliers, opened the Hermosa Beach studio with general manager

Pete Niva and Snow in March 2014.

“It got expensive,” Jefferson said. “But I told Pete, ‘If for some reason

this doesn’t work out, it won’t be because we didn’t put

everything we could into it.’”

The advanced technology hides behind a minimalist aesthetic.

The entrance has the clean openness of an Apple

Store, and the practice rooms are spare. Backpacks

and purses are stored in cubbies made from

what appears to be cherry hardwood. Blocks

and straps are an austere black. The only

splashes of color come from a giant

chalkboard used by Soho’s teachertraining

students, which serves

as a combination community

message board and

visual study aide.

During my time there, a

drawing of a smiling

bulldog stood in for

Cerberus, appropriately

guarding the entrance

to the heated room.

The studio is named

for the neighborhood in

New York City — south

of Houston Street by geography — where Niva and Jefferson

once shared an apartment. The two met while attending rival

colleges, Jefferson at University of Arizona, Niva at ASU. After

college, they bumped into one another in New York and Niva

ended up moving in.

In planning a design, they tried to bring some of their old

home to their new one.

“New York City was such a huge influence on us,” Niva said.

“That vibe of the city, which we loved. We wanted to bring that,

the exposed brick, the high ceilings. We wanted to bring that

energy to the laid-back beach vibe.”

Achieving this naturalistic look meant finding a space and fitting

the technology to it, rather than starting the other way

around. “It was a question of, how can we get the best technology

of a heated yoga studio from there?” Jefferson said.

The commitment of resources is ongoing. Niva notes that the

studio’s rental mats are from Manduka. They start, according to

that El Segundo company’s Web site, at $80.

“Every dollar we make goes back into this place,” Niva said.

Built for South Bay

While technology and aesthetics were key influences in shaping

what Soho would become, Jefferson and Niva concede that

they are distant seconds to bringing Snow aboard as yoga director.

“Richard and I were so fortunate to find Natasha,” Niva said.

“Her attention to detail is incredible.”

Jefferson and Niva found Snow teaching at a studio in Santa

Monica and soon became regulars in her class. Jefferson, a

Hermosa resident, noticed that others from the South Bay were

also making the trek to take Snow’s classes.

“I was going to Natasha’s class and we kept finding more and

more people driving to Santa Monica,” Jefferson said. “Typically,

people don’t leave the bubble. I was asking people, ‘Why are

you leaving the South Bay?’ And they were telling me they

couldn’t find a heated vinyasa flow class around here.”

Jefferson and Niva realized that combining Snow’s teaching

methods with a South Bay location could be a winning business


“Part of what we were talking about is that the South Bay is

the most fit area of the most fit city on the planet,” Jefferson

said. “You go down the street, you see professional athletes, you

see volleyball players, you see Olympians. It was almost a nobrainer.”

Since opening, the place has become a favorite of the area’s

elite athletes. In addition to its proximity, the studio has

capitalized on the way yoga fits in with the stresses

sports place on the body.

Snow was the instructor for TPT Athlete

Yoga, the first class I took at Soho. The class

is an ever-changing mixture of poses, or

asanas, and “Trigger Point Therapy”

for myofascial release, which

involves applying targeted

pressure to various parts of


hot house

Hermosa’s Soho Yoga bends stereotypes

the body. The goal is to

improve muscle

recovery and to

eliminate painful


“Our trainers are

always saying,

‘Roll out,’”Jefferson

said. “You can try

to do that at home,

but the good thing

about a class is that

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you’re trapped.”

Once the domain of professional athletes,

the technique has recently become more

widely practiced. For the class I took, each

student was armed with two vulcanized rubber

balls. Snow walked around the room,

monitoring each student’s progress.

Her grasp of the human body seemed

almost intuitive. With half-a-dozen students,

including me, she suggested tiny modifications

that, judging by the suddenly surfacing

grimaces on people’s faces, made big differences.

“I have big love of anatomy,” Snow said. “I

don’t want to be militant or micro-manage.

But some teachers might not want to say to a

student, ‘Oh, you’re compensating because

your right pectoral is too tight.’ For me, it’s



Snow regularly takes her instructors’ classes

to gives feedback and build relationships.

Instructor Dene Logan Selkin has been working

with Snow for seven years.

“It’s nice that our studio director is so

involved,” said Reeder, who has taught yoga

for 30 years. “She sees to it that everything is

carried out with passion.”

Snow is a unifying force in a studio that

would otherwise be at risk of multiple personality

disorder. Having both a heated and

non-heated studio brings together two kinds

of yoga, each with passionate followings.

Snow’s first visit to Hermosa Beach convinced

her it was an ideal place for the venture.

“Juxtaposition is such a part of yoga, you

can’t have too much of any one thing,” Snow

said. “And there’s such a nice energy of work

and play here.”

The non-heated room shares the industrial

vibe of its heated sister, with aluminum ducts

criss-crossing the roof. But it is smaller and

more intimate. A ballet bar, unused in the

classes I took, runs along the north wall and

a lack of mirrors urges students to look


Niva said that having two different rooms

allows Soho to match the moods of its students.

“That was the inspiration to have two different

studios,” he said. “We’re all at different

places in our lives and our practice. We like

to think that if someone were to come in and

ask, ‘What is yoga?’ we’d be able to find class

for them.”

Those thinking that classes in the non-heated

room will be a breeze, though, would be

sorely mistaken, if not just plain sore. The

Roots Flow class I took with instructor

Samantha Wyman had the same flavor of

anatomical precision that I encountered in

my class with Snow and, though it wasn’t

heated, I was definitely sweating. Wyman,

like all good yoga teachers, has a novelist’s

ability to describe exactly what to do with

your body (“Imagine a piece of string tied

around the crown of your head”) and an

upbeat aura that puts students at ease.

“Sometimes, you really want to sweat,”

Jefferson said. “Other times, you’ve just had

a long day of work. You got out of a hot

sweaty, car ride, and you are looking for

something more restorative.”

Why they do it

At the close of my first class at Soho Yoga,

I stepped out of the studio, grabbed some

water and went to the bathroom. I was packing

up my things to go, when I realized something

was amiss, or more accurately, missing:

my T-shirt.

I had never done heated yoga before visiting

Soho, in large part because I had some

preconceived notions about what it would be

like. I worried I would encounter a steamy

crowd of exhibitionists, Type-As so focused

on sweating that they missed the deeper benefits

yoga could provide. Shedding clothing

would seem only to perpetuate this. But I

started perspiring about 30 seconds after setting

foot in class and, after looking around at

the mixed and minimally clothed crowd,

decided I would set my shirt aside.

Kim Kahl, another student in my TPT

Athlete class, also had never done heated

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yoga before joining Soho. She was familiar with yoga

asanas, but was skeptical that adding heat to the mix

would make the practice different, let alone more

enjoyable. She said that the helpful instructors elevated

the experience beyond “an hour in a sweatlodge,”

and was surprised how quickly classes went


“At first, I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it,” said

Kahl, a Hermosa resident. “But after the first class I

knew I was hooked.”

Once class ended, I inelegantly retraced my steps,

and found my t-shirt in the studio, right where I had

left it. I slipped it over my head, its just-out-of-thedryer

warmth settling nicely on my back. It was

then that I realized how wrong I had been about

what my experience at Soho would be like.

Forgetting where I’d left my shirt came from a feeling

more potent than the haze of dehyrdation or

exhaustion. It was rooted in the sensation that the

best sort of exercise provides: that of being temporarily

swept away from the concerns of everyday


“We opened because we’re fans of yoga,” Niva

said. “We’re the most stoked people here.” B

Yoga Director Natasha Snow finds peace

in an unlikely place.

October 8, 2015 • Easy Reader / Beach magazine 27

each awards


at 2015 Emmy Awards


wo beach cities cameramen were honored with

Emmy Awards this year by the Academy of

Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Dan “The

Cameraman” Marinelli, of Hermosa Beach, received

his third Emmy for his work at the 2014 Winter

Olympic Games in Sochi Russia. Marinelli’s previous

two Emmys were in 2006 for Sunday Night Football

and in 2008 for the Summer Olympics in Beijing. When

he’s not traveling Marinelli is active in a variety of

Hermosa community events.

David Plakos, of Redondo Beach, received his 10th

Emmy for his work on last year’s Oscars television special.

His previous Emmys have been for work on the

Grammys, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction

concert, specials for Frank Sinatra, Cher, Elton John,

Sting and Britney Spears. Plakos volunteers at the

Cancer Support Community -- Redondo Beach, where

his wife Theresa is the outreach manager.





1. Dan Marinelli with eight-time X Games

snowboarding champion Nate Holland in Sochi,

Russia in February 2014.

2. Hermosa Beach chamber CEO Kimberlee

MacMullan admires the hardware.

3. Dan Marinelli celebrates his newest Emmy with a

few friends at the Standing Room in Hermosa Beach

4. Standing Room favorites Crimson Crowbar

(Frank Simes and Dave Shelton)

5. Annie Seawright Newton, Dan Marinelli and

Hermosa Beach Mayor Carolyn Petty

6. LA Kings Matt Greene and Dan Marinelli

7. Dan Marinelli with his trifecta.

8. David and Theresa Plakos at the 2015 Emmy

awards night.


4 5

6 7


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October 8, 2015 • Easy Reader / Beach magazine 29




The Point and

Elevon represent new

ways of working and shopping,

as well as a turning point

in the history of

El Segundo

by Mark McDermott

Second in a series

This summer, Tony and Kris D’Errico spent long days

working to get their new Bella Beach Kids storefront

ready to open at The Point, the new shopping center in

El Segundo.

The couple already own and operate two stores in one of the

more coveted locations in the United States, just a block above

the Manhattan Beach pier. They wanted another location with

more size and better parking to expand their business. But

they quickly noticed a surprising phenomenon outside their

new location.

Kris frequently found herself walking through the 115,000

sq. ft. shopping center, blissfully, in the midst of what was

essentially still a construction site.

“Even when the businesses weren’t open, you would walk

out, and be like, ‘I want to be here,” she recalled. “It was just

this feeling.”

A friend told Tony that he found himself doing the same

thing – coming to the still-unopened development and hanging

out by himself in its 45,000 sq. ft. plaza.

“I just come up here, sit in the center of this center, and I

feel happy,” the friend told D'Errico. “Relaxed. Comfortable. It

was a place I wanted to be.”

“It’s a place with a capital ‘P’,” D'Errico said. “They created

an actual sense of place. I think that is very different from a

traditional mall, or shopping center.”

That the long-vacant site of a former Allied Chemical plant

should be transformed into anyone’s happy place is as

improbable as El Segundo itself, a town of 16,700 people by

night and 60,000 by day that since its founding in 1917 as

Standard Oil’s second West Coast refinery town has gleefully

embraced its working class identity yet today is home to more

Fortune 500 companies than any other municipality in

California, besides San Francisco. Even more improbably, as

aerospace, the industry that along with oil served as a pillar of

the town’s prosperity (the city seal depicts an airplane flying over oil stacks)

has contracted, a billion dollars of new investment has flooded into El

Segundo in the last few years, primarily in the form of a “new creative”

boom of commercial real estate development.

But perhaps nothing is as unexpected as El Segundo’s sudden transformation

not only into the South Bay’s most economically diverse and vital city

but arguably its culturally coolest and most forward-thinking. Its Mayberryesque

downtown contains a cutting edge modern art museum and a silent

movie theater with a 1925, wind-powered Mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ. The

adjacent Smoky Hollow warehouse district is home to a burgeoning creative

scene of photographers, architects (one who is designing an entire city in

India), filmmakers, a gourmet popcorn maker (Popcornopolis), and an

American motorcycle shop (South Bay Customs) that doubles as an art

gallery and music venue.

The future of the way Americans work and shop, meanwhile, is taking

place east of Sepulveda. Two developments that opened within a month of

each other late this summer, The Point and Elevon at Campus El Segundo,

portend to be the face of this future.

The Point is marketed as a “lifestyle center,” an oft-abused term usually

masking the arrival of a prettified but largely traditional mall. The $97 million

Elevon at Campus El Segundo is a 15-building, 23-acre development

includes 210,000 sq. ft. of “lifestyle” office space (for sale, rather than lease)

and 13,500 sq. ft. of high-end retail and dining.

Allan Mackenzie, president of Mar Ventures, which co-developed Elevon

and is now headquartered there, noted on the day of The Point’s grand

opening in late July that both new developments represent what has traditionally

been known in community building as “the third place” – surroundings

separate from the two usual social environments, home and the workplace.

“Elevon takes us to a millennial demographic with lifestyle office space,”

Mackenzie said. “No longer do you have to sit in a tile office cubicle work

environment. Why can’t you sit outside? Why can’t you have balconies?

Why can’t you have fire pit at your office? It’s lifestyle office space, and

[The Point] is lifestyle retail.”

Not a mall

The Point is unlike a traditional mall in several respects. First, it has no

“anchor tenants” – that is, it’s not built around a Macy’s or Nordstrom’s or

another large-scale retailer. And because of its inverted structure – the

stores face each other, not outward – very little signage from its 33 storefronts

is visible from the street. The Point is intended to be a brand unto

itself. The stores, restaurants, and offices are curated. For each company

that opened a store, several were turned away. The company that developed

and leased The Point, Federal Realty, had a coherent vision for exactly what

lifestyle this center was intended to serve.

“It is absolutely curated,” said Jeff Kreshek, the vice president of West

Coast leasing for Federal Realty. “That’s the best word I could use...We had

lot of people interested in the project, very good, qualified companies who

just weren’t quite where we wanted to be. We had to cull through and say

yes or no – we made a lot of very calculated decisions.”

The shop and restaurant operators who joined The Point are likewise

selective about where they open. They include sought-after, regional restaurants

such as Mendocino Farms and Superba Food & Bread Company; popular

local operators the Simms family’s newest place, Craft Shack, which

will open in the center’s plaza area; ShopHouse, Chipotle's new “responsibly

sourced” take on Southeast Asian cuisine; Hopdoddy, a burger and craft

brew restaurant from Austin, Texas, that uses only beef that is hormone and

antibiotic free and humanely processed; and two restaurants, North Italia

and True Food Kitchens, by one of the food world’s fastest rising “restaurant

concept” stars, Sam Fox.

Retailers include prAna, the yoga and outdoor clothing company that has

only five other retail locations; Lucky Brand, which opened a new flagship

store at The Point intended as the first step in its newly launched vision to

Opposite: The Point, the $90 million new lifestyle center in El Segundo.

Photo courtesy Federal Realty

30 Easy Reader / Beach magazine • October 8, 2015


more than a

denim company

but a global “lifestyle

brand”; Michael Stars,

the company that started in

Manhattan Beach a quarter century

ago selling designer t-shirts and has

evolved into a broader fashion and “luxury

essentials” brand; Athleta, the Gap’s highend

women’s fitness apparel store; “fast fashion”

retailer No Rest for Bridget; and, of

course, Bella Beach Kids, which is itself a

curation of sorts for all manner of kids’

goods, from games to clothing to books.

Also in the mix is a creative office space

above the retail, which thus far has been

leased by Keller William Realty (another as

yet undisclosed tenant is pending); and

SoulCycle, which Fortune magazine recently

described as a “sizzling-hot cult cycling

chain,” one that has only 38 locations nationwide.

Overall, 28 of the 33 “doors” are already

leased. Since its opening July 30, crowds

have flocked to The Point.

Kris D’Errico admitted she wondered if

The Point’s opening would hurt the blissful

feeling its fountains, trees, benches enclosed

in the center’s plaza engendered.

“We were curious if that was going to

change when businesses started opening and

it got populated,” she said. “But it’s even

more – this buzz and energy and you can still

sit on a bench and read in a park environment.

It’s just a place to come be, whether

it’s a first date or a couple going for dinner or

coming up with the kids after school.”

In addition to the stores, The Point’s opening

also launched “Movies in the Park” after

dark, “Yoga in the Park” daytime activities,

“Concerts in the Park” events and the promise

of an ice rink in the winter months.

“You know what I love about it? It’s a

downtown plaza, east of Sepulveda,” said

Tony D'Errico. “I mean, people like places to

sit, congregate, socialize. I think traditionally,

in most of our cities in the South Bay, that

has been the downtown. But this creates a

space on the other side of Sepulveda, which

is an amazing, small downtown plaza. It’s

like a European piazza. It’s a place people

will come with their kids. They’ll hang out,

they’ll play, you know? Hopefully they’ll

shop and dine, as well, but it’s a place to con-


gate and


Nobody was

happier on The

Point’s opening day than Carlos Alberini, the

CEO of Lucky Brand, whose 16,000 sq. ft.

store is more than twice the size of any of its

other 248 Lucky stores and is the only one

that includes every single item that the company


“Today, I am living my dream,” he told an

audience at The Point’s ribbon cutting.

“Every time I come here, I don’t want to


The point of The Point

First there were the suburbs. Then came

the suburban office complex. Finally, there

was the mall. The South Bay has played a

role in the evolution of all three of these components

in the the suburbanization of


The post-war boom received a head start

locally due to the presence of the aerospace

industry, which thrived during WWII. The

South Bay, which was scruffy beach towns

and agricultural fields prior to the war,

expanded rapidly as the well-paid aerospace

jobs created a robust middle class.

Victor Gruen, the Vienna-born architect

credited with designing the first highly

designed “customer trap” storefronts on New

York’s Fifth Avenue and later building the

world’s first shopping mall, Southdale, in

Edina, Minnesota, in 1954, was a big presence

in the South Bay. He master planned

what would later be called Rancho Palos

Verdes (planned around the Peninsula Center

mall, which he envisioned as a civic center),

wrote the plan for Redondo Beach’s King

Harbor and built the South Bay Shopping

Center, also in Redondo Beach.

Gruen thought

malls would change

America. He was correct, but

not in the way he envisioned. The

man dubbed “Mall Maker” would grow to

despise what his creations became. He

thought malls would create a more urban

sense of community cohesiveness. The result

was often the opposite and in fact damaged

the real urban downtowns suburbs were

meant to feed.

According to the Atlantic Monthly,

America’s infatuation with malls peaked

with the construction of 19 indoor malls in

1990 and has been in sharp decline since.

What has replaced the mall is the “lifestyle

center,” a trend that took off after the construction

of The Grove in Los Angeles in

2002. The Grove sought to apply the lessons

of Disneyland to a shopping center, making

shopping more “experiential,” with grassy

areas, live music, fountains, and a trolley car

system. The Grove succeeded wildly.

The Point is also about creating experiences.

In the age of Amazon, shoppers don’t

need to leave their homes. Therefore, when

they do, the experience needs to be about

more than a purchase. But The Point, which

is less than a quarter the size of The Grove,

is also about creating a place very much both

connected to and representative of the community

it seeks to attract.

The local beach communities were dubbed

“Surfburbia” by architectural writer Raynor

Banham in his book “Los Angeles: The

Architecture of Four Ecologies” because they

are suburbs unusually endowed with a specific

sense of place.

That sense of place, said prAna CEO Scott

Kerslake, is what attracted his company to

The Point. prAna distributes its clothing line

online and through select stores. As a company

that was launched by a couple of mountain

climbing yogis named Beaver and Pam in

a garage in Carlsbad in 1992, prAna has

always been extremely cautious about where

it locates.

“We try to chose locations that really have

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this nexus of people who are progressive in how they live, things like

sustainability, more conscious consumers and people who are really

active,” said Kerslake, who formerly lived in El Porto. “We have a

store in Boulder, in a niche pocket of San Francisco, one in Denver,

in a suburb of Minneapolis, Edina, and then one in Portland. “

“You live in a really good pocket,” he added.

Sam Fox, who co-founded True Food Kitchens with Harvard health

guru Andrew Weil, said he is likewise extremely careful about where

he places a restaurant. He was approached by both Manhattan

Village Mall, which plans to renovate in coming years, and The


“We are glad we chose wisely,” he said, noting the delays with the

Manhattan Village project. “There was a curated mindset, open

space and a park-like environment...and not just a pure retail play. I

think that creates more of a sense of place and by creating a sense of

place, you connect more with the community, which is important for


True Food Kitchen, as Weil’s involvement indicates, has a mission:

to show that simple, healthy food enjoyed in comfortable social setting

is both nurturing and accessible. “The ‘healthy food’ restaurants

I knew served food that’s boring, weird, or both,” Weil said in a Q&A

in the True Food cookbook, co-authored by Weil, Fox, and executive

chef Michael Stebner. “I tried to make it clear...I wasn’t talking about

tofu and sprouts.”

“It’s not just about going out to eat,” Fox said. “It’s about, ‘This is

how I live my life. This is about how I build my community with

likeminded people and how I feel and go about my day.’ I am not just

going to whatever location, having a meal, getting in a car and leaving.

It’s more about the effect it has on who I am and how I live in

my community.”

Mario Del Pero, who co-founded Mendocino Farms with his wife,

Ellen Chen, is on this same page. He comes from Yuba City, a farming

community in Northern California. Mendocino Farms represents

a new kind of restaurant, a farm-to-table, regional chain restaurant.

All his food is locally sourced. His “Save Drake Farm Salad” was

specifically crafted using a carefully produced goat cheese, the sales

of which literally saved a farmer who knew all his goats by name.

Del Pero also has a local connection. His first job out of college was

as one of the original employees at the Baja Sharkeez in Manhattan

Beach. The Sharkeez co-founders, father and son Ron and Greg

Newman, remain close friends. He went to college with Greg and

counts Ron as a mentor.

The Point, Del Pero says, speaks the local language.

“This area is unique,” he said. “It has The Strand and beach, but

on any given day to be able to go to a contained park that has food

and fun shops, it gives such a great compliment to the beach to be

able to have this outdoor entertainment center.”

Del Pero also believes The Point is the next evolution in the development

of the shopping center.

“Everybody is going to be here to study this, “ he said. “I’ve already

seen developers come in. This is actually groundbreaking, not just

for the South Bay. It’s the scale – it’s not too small, it’s not too big. I

think the scale is that critical piece that Jeff and Federal Realty got

right. It’s got a nice local flavor and it’s got a lot of stuff this area has

never seen. So you have both. It’s a game-changer.”

Of course, if The Point is about fitting and perhaps helping define

the local lifestyle, it’s also about attracting the affluent demographic

whose members live that lifestyle. Hard market numbers drove the

$90 million development. According to census data, the local population

is 479,447, including a daytime population of 90,000 within a

five minute drive. There are 188,030 households, with an average

household income of $109,353 and 145,000 people with four plus

years of college education. The average disposable income of households

within five miles is $67,338. Add that up with the traffic numbers

– 131,090 cars pass by daily on Sepulveda, and 64,250 on

Rosecrans – and you have a recipe for very successful, conscious


El Segundo City Manager Greg Carpenter, who grew up in the

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The opening night of The Point’s Movies in the Park. Photo by Chris Miller





town he manages, said The Point is representative of his city’s evolution.

“It’s indicative of a larger transformation from heavy industrial

and aerospace roots to a more diversified economy,” Carpenter said.

“And one that is much more upscale.”

It’s also about El Segundo’s moment in the sun.

“From El Segundo’s standpoint, it was always in the long suffering

shadow of Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, and Redondo Beach,”

said Jeff Kreshek, the Federal Realty vice president who leased The

Point. “Those places got all the publicity and El Segundo was just

kind of nestled up against the airport. But now all the cool stuff is

happening in El Segundo.”

“If you shout from the mountaintop long enough and loud

enough,” he added. “Eventually people are going to hear you.”

Kreshek, whose father was one of the developers of Manhattan

Village Mall 30 years ago and who spent the last four years painstakingly

planning The Point, said that the response to The Point has

been far beyond his expectations – not just the initial crowds, but the

interest from other communities.

“We are getting calls, ‘We want The Point,’” Kreshek said. “What

people don’t realize is you can’t just do this anywhere. It is specific

to this time and place. If you had put The Point here 15 years ago I

don’t know what it would have been. Yes, there is some planning,

some organizational elements, but it’s the right time, the right place,

the right vision, the right parties involved, and everything that mirrors

up with what the community wants that makes it look easy. I

will tell you, we started four years ago, in June 2011 – four years of

my life are invested in that corner. I can show you 95 merchant plans

for what people are calling a little center….and probably 300 concepts

we said no to.”

“You can’t pick The Point up and put it in Peoria or somewhere

else and expect the same thing...but I guarantee you someone else

will try. Look, this is a labor of love. And unless you believe it with

every fiber of your being and live it day in and day out and have the

vision and the patience to do the right thing as opposed to the expedient

thing, then you can’t be a developer. If you don’t have those

elements, you can’t do it this well.” B







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Depot chef David Shafer. Photo by Brad Jacobson (

Farm to beach

Three local chefs share their understandings

of farm to table meals

by Richard Foss

The modern farm-to-table movement in America began with Alice

Waters, who opened Chez Panisse in Berkeley with a manifesto:

only serve food at the height of freshness, and change menus with

the seasons. In 1971 this was a radical idea. Waters and her team

became a huge influence on what came to be known as California

Cuisine. The expression of this idea has changed over the years,

become multiethnic, and deepened into chefs doing their own pickling, smoking

and other processing, but the idea is the same.

I contacted three South Bay restaurateurs whose establishments offer the

farm-to-table experience. All said that cooking according to this philosophy

changes the way they think about food, the way they cook it, and how they relate

to their customers.

The Pioneer:

Michael Shafer of The Depot

“I was doing farm-to-table cooking before people

were calling it that,” Depot chef Michael Shafer said.

“In 1980 when I was cooking in Vienna, the farmer

would pull up with this truck and we would pick stuff

off the back.”

In that decade, most posh restaurants boasted about

using imported ingredients, partly to justify high prices,

partly because so many crops now regarded as common

weren’t grown here.

“Belgian endive only came from Belgium, white

asparagus was only available when it was in season in

Holland,” Shafer explained. “Radicchio and Treviso,

those Italian lettuces, same thing. It wasn’t that

American produce wasn’t as good, but the imported

stuff was more exotic. Now we’re growing all of that.”

In his Old Torrance restaurant, Chef Shafer takes the

idea of local cuisine literally, but makes clear that proximity

isn’t the only thing to look for in sourcing fine


“There’s a 94 acre ranch in Palos Verdes called the

Catalina View Gardens that I get fruit and vegetables

from, but it’s not year-round. When it’s heirloom tomato

season like now, I get 60 to 70 pounds a week from

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Salt & Love chef Michael Fiorelli. Photo by Andrea Bricco

there. That’s farm-to-table by anybody’s definition,”

Shafer said.

“But if I go to the farmer’s market and buy

from the guy who drove it down from Salinas

or up from Temecula, where it was in the

ground yesterday, that’s farm-to-table, too.

Torrance has one of the most highly regarded

organic farmer’s markets in all of California.

The late Mary Lou Weiss [a Hermosa resident

who also started the Hermosa farmer’s

market ] wrote the book on the topic. I’m

there all the time, and I know by name the

people who grow a substantial percentage of

what I serve.”

Shafer uses imported products happily

when they’re better than what he can get


“Today I got a shipment of papayas and

mangoes that are in season, and they came

from Mexico. They’re perfectly ripe, they’re

gorgeous, and the fruit sweetness is there. It’s

better than anything Monsanto-grown in a

test tube.”

The farm-to-table label has brought new

attention to restaurants like his, but when

asked about it, Shafer was dismissive.

“You can call it farm to table, seasonal cuisine,

quality cuisine; I’ve used all of those

because it’s all a reflection of the same thing.

If I can’t get the quality I want, it’s not in my

restaurant. Some of these guys are taking it

to the nth degree. There are chefs who think

they have to make their own ketchup, but I

disagree with that. If the customers want

Heinz ketchup, give it to them. I’m not going

to waste my time trying to reinvent the


Innovating on tradition:

Michael Fiorelli of Love & Salt

No restaurateur likes to anger or turn away

customers, but Michael Fiorelli of Love &

Salt in downtown Manhattan Beach isn’t

reluctant to do either. The customers in question

are those demanding something he

won’t serve – produce below its peak of flavor.

“People can go to any grocery store and get

corn or tomatoes year-round. They’re shiny

and pretty but they don’t taste the same as

they do when they’re in season. Our philosophy

is that we are cooking from our back

door out. If we can’t get it at its peak of flavor

and close to home, we don’t want to

serve it.”

Love & Salt has a sophisticated clientele

who might be expected to understand ideas

like seasonality, but some customers get passionately

attached to a particular item and

get grouchy when it’s not available.

“Someone will come in because they have

this memory of a corn dish they had in

August, and they come back and want it

again in fall. They’ll say ‘I drove all the way

from Pasadena for that corn dish, I can’t

believe you don’t have it.’ What you want to

say is, ‘Call Mother Nature, I don’t know

what to tell you.’ If I were to make that dish

it wouldn’t be the same. I lose either way.

Either we’re not serving something they

liked or we made it for them and it wasn’t

like they remembered. It’s up to the restaurant

staff to say, hey, that’s out of season, but

if you liked that, then you’re sure to enjoy

this squash dish, which we’re making

because those are perfect right now.”

Love & Salt has an ocean view garden in

October 8, 2015 • Easy Reader / Beach magazine 47

Manhattan Beach that produces some fresh items, so some produce

is indeed grown within blocks of where it’s consumed.

“It can’t provide a great deal of volume, so instead of growing a little

bit of a lot of things, we focus on four or five crops. We’ve just

picked cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant. The rest we get

from farmers. We know who’s growing them, how and where.”

“Having the relationship is important, not only because we get the

best stuff, but because we get a heads-up about what will be available

soon. Sometimes we get a text message early in the week telling

us what will be coming in, and it helps me plan my menus. The relationship

with the farmer means we sometimes have things nobody

else has. That’s a draw for our customers, who will be able to try

things that aren’t available in their local stores.”

Another thing that makes the experience special for customers is

to be offered vegetables they’ve never heard of, or unusual parts of

vegetables they are familiar with. Fiorelli says that sometimes he has

encountered resistance when these are on the menu.

“The cauliflower leaves and carrot tops are examples. We’re using

the whole vegetable and people think we’re trying to pull one over

on them, selling them scraps. Someone gave me a hard time and I

had to explain that it probably has more nutrients than the part of

that vegetable you’re used to eating, and it’s more delicious too. It’s

the complexity of the flavors that blows people away. Cauliflower

leaves have more flavors going on than the cauliflower. That’s when

you really feel like you have success, when someone who is skeptical

tries something and is glad they did. It builds trust with the guest,

and they go from ordering only what they know to asking, what’s

next? What else have you got? Then they start pushing me to challenge

myself to find new things to offer them. That’s what makes it

fun and exciting to be in this business.”

The front of the house:

Lisa Cassity of Hook & Plow

Hook & Plow’s ethos is reflected in its name. Lisa Cassity is one of

the downtown Hermosa restaurant’s four owners, all of whom work

there every day.

“What we stand for is locally sourced products, getting our food,

beer, and wine from as close to here as possible. There will be less

travel time and more seasonality, so better quality,” Cassity said.

Hook & Plow co-owner Brian Kelleher and chef Alejandro Arrieta. Photo by Brad

Jacobosn (

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Fresh from the farm veggies

and fruits at Hook & Plow.

Photo by Brad Jacobson


The menu items at Hook & Plow don’t change as often as it does

at Love & Salt or The Depot, but small adjustments are made daily.

“We sub out our fish daily depending on what is available and we

change our menu seasonally. The customer may not always notice

we’re doing it. We have an arugula and fruit salad that is always on

the menu, but we’ll make it with a peach at one time, a pear at

another – something in balance with the other flavors there, but

available at its peak. We have had instances where someone complains

about the change in something they liked, but when we

explain they usually understand.”

Some restaurant managers might want servers to keep conversation

to a minimum, to be taking orders and delivering food rather

than talking. Cassity explained that interaction with customers is not

a nuisance, but beneficial to the restaurant’s success.

“When a customer takes the time to ask questions, it means they’re

interested, they’re curious, they’re engaged. We educate our staff so

they’re able to answer those questions, and not only about seasonal

items. People ask what’s gluten-free, and how we can accommodate

allergies. We have meetings at every shift so everyone is educated

about what we’re serving right then. Our staffing and customer service

is something we take pride in and performing at that level keeps

people coming back.”

Cassity laughed when asked if she ever envies servers who work

at places where the menu doesn’t change.

“I’m sure that some days our staff is tired of going over all of it

again and again; of course they are. On the other hand, it’s part of

the job here. Here there’s interaction with the server and if the customer

needs clarification about something they’ll go back to the

kitchen to ask the chef, then back to the customer.”

This made me ask if farm-to-table ideas would always be limited

to small operations serving food at relatively high prices. Cassity’s

response was a passionate explanation of her vision of the farm-totable


“I completely disagree, I don't think it matters how big the restaurant

is. It may take expert management to keep everybody up to

speed, but I think you can see that our community, our nation, is

going in this direction. Organic produce, which used to be only in

boutique stores if you could get it at all, is available everywhere.

There is a lot more awareness about sustainability and it’s not just a

restaurant movement, it’s a societal movement. It will be harder in

some places. Our population is growing and there’s a question about

how we can feed everybody. Over processing with hormones is the

answer that part of the food industry has for us, but a lot of people

are rejecting that answer.”

“We do have it better in a city so close to such productive growing

regions. That’s part of the joy of living here. We choose to be in

California because we are on board with this lifestyle, we want to be

part of that food community. Still, there’s a national conversation

going on. We’re consciously working in the community where we

live, trying to improve what we do, eat less wastefully and more sustainably,

so we can all be more healthy.” B


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ediatric Therapy Network’s 4th Annual

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Vince and Laura Dileva, Alisa and NIck Schiappa-

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Shauna Valenzuela and Heather McGuire of

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Mayor of Torrance 1994-2002 Dee and husband

Lowell Hardison with Terri and current Torrance

Mayor Patrick Furey.

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Voted best American Restaurant in the South Bay. For outstanding Steaks,

Seafood, Gourmet Burgers, Pizza and Pasta, this is the place. With a full bar,

extensive wine list and free corkage on first bottle, Zane’s offers a unique

Social Hour: Sun-Thurs 5-10pm (bar only) and everyday 5-6:30pm. Open for

Dinner Sun-Thurs 5-10pm, Fri and Sat 5-11pm.

1150 Hermosa Ave Hermosa Beach

(310) 374- 7488


Nearing its 3rd Anniversary in December, Rice – Healthy

Japanese Dining is the most Vegan friendly restaurant

Healthy Japanese Dining around! With Premium Lunch Specials Mon- Fri, Rice also

offers Gluten-free, Organic & Natural choices, Brown rice,

over 15 Sake selections, Wine and Beer and the freshest sushi. Called “the best

kept secret”, Rice is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. Visit

820 Manhattan Avenue, #105 Manhattan Beach (310) 798-7722

Hermosa Mexican Cuisine

Family owned and operated, Hermosa Mexican Cuisine

serves “real” Mexican food! With a menu full of delicious

choices, this restaurant also caters and offers pick-up.

Serving the BEST Breakfast Burritos all day! Open 7 days.

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event enjoyed tastings from 20 local restaurants,

a silent auction and music by Super

Diamond. The proceeds will benefit Walk

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With Sally supporters

Louis and Linda LeRoy.

2. Mike and Julie

Foster, Tiffany Bija and

Brian Kochanowitz.

3. KCBS-TV and

WLWN Emcee Serene

Branson with Walk

With Sally founder

Nick Arquette.

4. ShopLocal's Heidi

Butzine with Localista's

Erik Bowman.

5. Leslie Newburn

with Don McVicar.

6. PR Consultant Roz

Wolf and Nashville TV

Show star Moniqua


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Simplicio, GM

Michael Molee, Travis

Kniffen and Krista


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Solange Comer (center)

with assistants Mike

Herzog and Molly


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with Nicole .Niquette

10. LIndsay Kline with

Bay Club trainer Chad


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by David Mendez

Steve Walker learned he was going blind in


He was 18 years old, a year out of high

school and celebrating his first year in the

United States Marine Corps.

“My eyes were sensitive in the dark, and I

had difficulty seeing in the field,” Walker, now

33, said. He was moving slower and his reaction

times dropped, as did his scores on

weapons qualification exams. He couldn’t hit

targets at all during night exercises.

“But it wasn’t really a big deal because I was

able to push through, pass tests, and not raise

any flags.”

Then a routine eye exam revealed he suffered

from retinitis pigmentosa, a genetic disorder

that affects the retina’s ability to respond

to light. “It starts from the outside and moves

in,” Walker said. After losing his night vision,

his peripheral vision began to go.

Now, he’s blind in his right eye. Vision in his

left eye has diminished to the point it’s like

looking through a straw. He and his wife

Kacey know that one day his sight will be gone

for good.

Nonetheless, on October 10, Walker will

compete with the world’s greatest athletes in

the 2015 Ironman World Championship in


Walker was born in San Diego and raised in

Redondo Beach. He lives just down the street

from his old home and old schools, near Beryl

and Prospect.

He and Kacey met in high school. He was

15, she was 14. The two married shortly after

high school.

Becoming a Marine became a goal when he

joined the Parras Middle School JROTC and

continued through the Redondo Union High

JROTC program.

“I have a high admiration and a love for the

other branches,” he said, “but among Marines

there’s a discipline and eye for detail

and a way they carry themselves

both in the U.S. and overseas

in a war-zone that’s slightly

more elevated.”

“What is it that you hear about MIT and Harvard?

People go, ‘is it really that special?’ and I found that

it is,” he said.

He tattooed the German translation for “Devil Dog”

on his left wrist “so people would have to ask for the


After leaving the Marines, he worked in real estate

for five years, having grown up around the mortgage

industry. Then he went back to school to earn a

degree in psychology, spending time at El Camino

before transferring to Cal State Dominguez Hills.

After a series of minor car accidents, he gave up his

license. “Normally, when someone cuts you off, you

tap the brakes to slow down. But when someone

would cut me off, because I didn’t have peripheral

vision, I couldn’t tell.”

As RP began to take his eyesight, the loss began to

weigh heavier and heavier on his shoulders.

In 2013, when he was at an emotional low, he and

his wife were in San Diego helping a long-time friend

from high school, Joe McLaughlin, move into an

apartment. Laughlin had been doing triathlons and

encouraged Walker to try the sport.

Cycling was where it began. “It was an ego thing,”

Walker said. “I didn’t want to ride a tandem with

another guy, but it didn’t take too long before it just


Climbing and bombing the hills of Palos Verdes,

hitting 30 to 50 m.p.h. made him feel like he was

behind the wheel of a car again. The fact that he wasn’t

quite able to see made him feel like he was riding

by himself, “even with another grown man sitting in

front of me,” he said.

Cycling spurred him to assess his other skills.

Running came naturally. Six-minute miles were “no

big deal,” he said.

Swimming, however, was a problem. Despite growing

up near the ocean, Walker was never comfortable

in the water.

“He had to take breaks after every 25-yard lap,”

said Dr. Carl Feld, one of Walker’s first swim “pilots.”

The two met through a site that matches visually

impaired athletes with training partners. They

worked out together at the Plunge in Torrance.

But Feld knew he wasn’t an optimal competition

partner for Walker. That’s where Chris Foster came in.

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Foster, as Walker puts it, is a “freak of nature.” He’s a professional

triathlete, a cross country coach and a columnist for numerous athletic-interest

magazines. “He could run 20 miles in two hours and

wake up with no aches or pains the next morning,” Walker said. “You

want your guide to be faster than the athlete. You don’t want the

guide to set the limit.”

“It’s difficult finding a pilot for the tandem,” Walker said. “You see

all of the cyclists around here, but everybody is nervous that they’ll

hurt me or they’ll say it’s too difficult to ride.” That’s not the case

with Foster.

Walker and Foster were at the recent Paracycling National

Championships, riding what Foster called a “thin course in the

woodsy part of Chattanooga,” when they were slowed down by a flat

tire. Foster knew they had to make up

ground, quickly.

“I was taking turns really hard,

but a tandem isn’t built for taking

turns hard. I was putting Steve into

the branches of trees off the side

of the road, but he didn’t say anything.”

After the race, Foster began

apologizing but Walker

waved him off.

“I was just excited

that you were

pushing it so hard,”

Walker told him.

“I would’ve been

screaming, but it

Steve Walker

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approximately 3,000 living trusts and more

than 4,000 wills.

fired him up — that was a cool thing, the trust and faith he had, how

badly he wanted to win,” Foster said.

Now that the two are in the final stages of training for the

Ironman, the recent humid weather has been a plus. Walker moved

his home training setup (a treadmill and tandem cycle, mounted on

a resistance trainer) outside to help prepare for Hawaii’s tropical

conditions. The recent addition of an Endless Pool swimming

machine, which creates a resistance current, in Walker’s backyard

will help improve his open water swimming, Walker hopes.

“The open water fear that he’s experienced is relatively common

among triathletes,” Foster said. “But even in just the last three or four

swims, he’s gotten way more comfortable. ”

This will be Walker’s second Ironman. He celebrated completion

of last year’s Cozumel Ironman with a tattoo of the race’s coordinates.

He’s not sure what’s after Hawaii. He’s hoping to run a qualifying

time for next year’s Boston Marathon and he’s hoping to improve his

cycling skills sufficiently to compete in the 2016 Paralympic Games

in Rio de Janeiro.

“I’m always trying to get better, trying to beat these other blind

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Pete and Cathy Hoffman,

of Hermosa Beach, won

first place in the Lincoln

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Beach cars climb hill

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Beach city car collectors were well represented at the

Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance

Photos and text by Randy Angel

Anew venue and the 100th anniversary

of Cadillac highlighted the 23rd Palos

Verdes Concours d’Elegance where

car owners from the South Bay, including

four multi-award winners, took home 16

awards. The annual event was held Sunday,

Sept. 20 at Los Verdes Golf Course.

Manhattan Beach resident Jay Patrick won

the Most Exciting Open Car Award for his

1958 Porsche 356 Speedster while Pete and

Cathy Hoffman, of Hermosa Beach, won first

place in the Lincoln 1946-1971 division with

their 1956 Continental Mark II.

Tony Garcia, of Hermosa Beach, was runner-up

in the American Horsepower

Warriors (1950-1970) category with his 1962

Chevrolet Impala SS 409.

Manhattan Beach’s Kent Neumann also

won second place as his 1956 Porsche

Speedster was runner-up in the Porsche 356


“When I got the car about 10 years ago, it

was just a roller with four tires. It didn’t even

have a seat in it,” Neumann said. “Then I

started collecting parts through EBay and

swap meets then I took it to Victor Miles who

does restoration in Ventura. He had it

stripped down to bare metal and sanded.”

After Neumann took the vehicle to Frazier

Park for mechanical work (engine, transmission,

vacuum hoses, etc.), he returned it to

Miles who put it all together.

Neumann also has a 1965 Porsche 356

Cabriolet in his collection.

“That’s my driver,” Neumann added. “It’s a

lot different than driving modern day cars

but you have to drive them. It doesn’t do any

good if they just sit around in a garage.”

Randolph and Melanie Hane, of Torrance,

took home the third-place award in the

Cadillac (1941-1960) Class after showcasing

their bright Aztec Red 1953 Cadillac

Eldorado Convertible. It is one of four vintage

Cadillacs owned by the husband and

wife who have known each other since 6th

grade and were 1981 graduates of North


“We have had Cadillacs since high school,

selling and buying cars and parts when we

were punk kids,” Melanie said. “Last year, we

PV Concours cont. on page 62

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Shown for the first time in Southern California was the $1.2 million DiMora Vicci

6.2 Emperor Convertible.

Robert Werle, of Manhattan Beach, with his 1968 Porsche 911L Sportomatic.

PV Concours cont. from page 60

drove our friend’s wedding party in our four Cadillacs, traveling

down the Esplanade in Redondo Beach. It was so much fun and can

be seen on YouTube (1953 Cadillac Eldorado Wedding).”

With a group of detailers by his side, Manhattan Beach’s Robert

Werle proudly displayed his 1968 Porsche 911L Targa Sportomatic.

“I got it about three years ago after I had a stroke,” Werle said. “I

have a 1967 Targa Convertible but started looking for Sportomatics.

A car collector I know called me and told me about the Sportomatic

so I jumped at the chance to buy it. It’s a great period car with orig-

inal tangerine color so it gets a lot of attention. It’s my understanding

that only about 340 1968 911L Sportomatics were made and

probably only about a dozen are left.”

Victor Preisler, of Hermosa Beach, is another proud Porsche

owner.He showcased his 1960 Porsche 356 B Super 90 GT, which he

has had for four years.

“It has plexiglass windows, lightweight door panels no insulation

PV Concours cont. on page 64

Kimberly Davidson, Collaborative Center of Southern California

Helping families with kinder, gentler divorces

by Robb Fulcher


nspired by her own divorce experience, Kimberly Davidson has devoted

herself to guiding families through kinder, gentler, courtroom-free divorces,

designed to meet the needs of each spouse while protecting the interests

of their children.

Davidson, based in the South Bay with clients in Los Angeles and Orange

counties, steers clear of the courtroom entirely, serving as a neutral mediator

in divorces, and guiding clients through “collaborative practice” divorces. “I

had a 3-year-old daughter, 25 years ago, when I found myself in a divorce I

was not expecting,” Davidson said.

At the time, she had a master’s degree in counseling and planned to get

a Ph.D., but she changed course to take up the law.

“There were so few resources for families going through divorce. I had a

transformative experience. I thought I would do something different, work

with people in a different way,” she said.

“There had to be a better way to do divorce,” she said.

As her daughter entered kindergarten, Davidson entered law school, taking

classes at night and finishing in four years.

She began working as a family law attorney, and 15 years ago she opened

her own practice. She began serving as a neutral mediator, helping spouses

and their separate lawyers work out divorce agreements.

Then she learned about a method of divorce that had spread from the

Midwest to Northern California – Collaborative Practice, in which spouses

negotiate in four-way meetings, with their attorneys present, and pledge not

to go to court.

Davidson estimates that about 95 percent of her clients successfully complete

divorce mediation, and 80 to 85 percent successfully complete collaborative


In either method, a couple must trust each other enough to see a non-litigated

divorce as a possibility.

“In my personal opinion, families

going through divorce do not

belong in the legal system. It’s really

about families, and continuing relationships,

and how to co-parent.

We want to help solve problems,

not create more of them,” she said.

“Traditional adversarial divorce is

like a tug-of-war. If you tug and pull

and get what you want, eventually

you’ll lose something else.”

Mediation is more difficult when

there is “a real imbalance of power

in the relationship,” whether financial

or psychological. In those

cases, the less powerful partner can

feel more protected going the collaborative

route. Either way,

Davidson urges clients to get support

from professionals such as

divorce coaches, child specialists and divorce financial planners. With that in

mind, she and family therapist Jon Kramer created the Collaborative Center

of Southern California, which brings together in one space at their Hermosa

Beach offices, those professionals that support a non-litigation approach.

Sometimes, she said, a couple will avoid divorce after consulting with

experts. If the problems are financial, for instance, a post-nuptial agreement

might iron them out.

“Divorce is one aspect of what we do,” Davidson said.

Kimberly Davidson, Attorney | 2200 Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 312, Hermosa Beach | 310-374-2025,

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y Robb Fulcher


aker, Burton & Lundy, a seaside law firm that has won more than

$4 billion for its clients over four decades, has carefully augmented

its experienced and accomplished partnership with a crew of

dynamic young lawyers.

“We have the wisdom and experience you can rely on, and now this

young blood bringing their energy into the firm,” said partner Albro

Lundy. “We’ve got a dynamic organization here.”

The firm has built a reputation far beyond the South Bay as fierce litigators.

Addition to winning $4 billion for California energy consumers,

it also won a decision before the California Supreme Court that has

reduced litigation.

The firm’s backbone is its partnership of Brad N. Baker, an estate, probate

and trust attorney who has twice argued before the U.S. Supreme

Court, Kent Burton, a real estate and business lawyer with Fortune 500

clients, and Lundy, the Trial Lawyer of the Year for Consumer Attorneys

of California.

The partners have been quietly reloading with young guns, aimed at

the firm’s focus areas of personal injury, real estate, business, estate

planning, probate litigation and employment law.

Fresh faces

Evan Koch, named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers, has won millions

of dollars in judgments and settlements for his clients. Koch is known for

his hard work ethic and quick intelligence.

He graduated cum laude from Washington College of Law at

American University, served as a Law Review editor, and clerked for

several distinguished jurists.

BB&L also added Teresa Klinkner, an attorney and law professor

Baker, Burton & Lundy

Accomplished firm adds ‘young blood’

experienced in real estate and corporate law who is a Phi Beta Kappa,

cum laude graduate from Centre College of Kentucky.

Attorney Clint Wilson, who joined BB&L in May, specializes in business

and real estate transactions with a range of individual, professional

and corporate clients.

A cum laude graduate of Loyola Law School, Clint was a scholar

athlete at St. Mary’s. Known for his innate understanding of legal

mechanics, he sees critical details often unseen.

Dedicated staff

BB&L is staffed up and down with dedicated, longtime employees.

Jeri Munn, Lundy’s assistant, has been with Lundy 26 years.

Office manager Debbie Rieger retired after more than 10 years but

still helps with special events. Paralegal Jacque McCarthy recently

retired after more than two decades.

Paralegal Jennifer Baker has 34 years, paralegal Jenny Wood has 19

years, and Burton’s assistant Susan Serris has 17 years.

Bookkeeper Cathy Stark has 29 years.

“The only way people leave this office is if they retire,” Lundy said.

Community mainstay

BB&L, which moved to Hermosa Beach from Venice in 1980, is the

oldest continuously run business on upper Pier Avenue. The firm

expanded from its original storefront into a second building in 1990,

and into a third building in 2005.

The partners have seen the city grow and prosper while seeing their

clients grow and prosper.

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PV Concours cont. from page 62

In the spring of 2015, Randy Carlson, of Aguanga, purchased this 1959 Tempo Matador Mikafa

Landyacht from the Vanderbilt family. Built in Germany with only 13,000 miles on it, the vehicle is completely

original and un-restored retaining all of its original camping equipment. The first owners were

Count Anthony Szapary and his wife Countess Sylvia who was the granddaughter of Cornelius Vanderbilt

II, builder of the famed Breakers Mansion in Newport, Rhode Island.

Victor Preisler, of Hermosa Beach, took his 1960 Porsche 356 B Super 90 GT out of storage to display

at the show.

This 1966 Jaguar

Series 1 E-Type Coupe

is owned by

Hal Sweeney of

Manhattan Beach.

and a roll bar,” Preisler said. “It has an extra large

gas tank and was really built for racing. The

Super 90 came after the Carrera because they

were more reliable. Of the six produced in 1960,

this is the only yellow one with the rest being silver.

It’s really fast and fun to drive. I brought it

out of storage and drove it down PCH and up the


One of the most popular vehicles on display

was the smallest. Owned by Kaia Echternkamp,

of Glendora, her 1955 Austin J40 included a custom-built

Teardrop Trailer.

In 1946, the Austin Motor Company began

manufacturing small J40 pedal cars as a way to

provide work for unemployed Welsh coal miners.

By 1950, the cars were in full production

with one of the first presented to Queen

Elizabeth to give to Prince Charles, who was two

years old at the time.

Originally a pedal car, Kaia’s pride and joy

later became one of two J40s (along with two

motorcycles) as part of a carousel ride owned

and operated by a small family-owned amusement

park in Colorado.

The carousel was sold around 2010 with the

little vehicles sold separately. Kaia’s grandparents

purchased one for her. Grandpa Dennis

DeNoi and father Larry Lange restored and

transformed the little J40 into a state-of-the-art,

fully-operational, motorized mini-car. The labor

of love was not cheap with parts and accessories

costing more than $15,000.

The family was avid campers so a custom

Teardrop Trailer was built to accompany the car.

It has working lights, a hot dog grill, refrigerator

and running water.

To see the story behind the car and trailer, log

onto YouTube videos “Kaia’s Austin J40 Parts 1 &

2” and “Kaia’s Teardrop Trailer.”

Making its Southern California debut was the

$1.2 million DiMora Vicci 6.2 Emperor


Each of the 25 cars in the planned limited edition

DiMora Vicci 6.2 Emperor series features

original artwork by Zen Master Lee Sun-Don in

the Great Treasure Gate collection. The original

oil painting that has been meticulously transferred

to the Vicci using gold leaf and brilliant

colors is called 'Development Unbound.'

The powerful 430-hp lightweight DFD Carbon

construction DiMora Vicci 6.2 is hand-built in

North America with the finest appointments. It

is the first true production rolling art, which

makes it even more exclusive and sets DiMora

Motorcar apart from other car manufacturers.

“DiMora Vicci 6.2 is truly rolling art at its

finest,” added Ray Johnson, the 2015 Palos

Verdes Concours Chairman. “It was a tremendous

asset to this year's show because never

before have a car company and artist come

together in such a unique and monumental way.'

The Best of Show Award went to a 1931

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