October 8, 2015
Volume 46, Issue 10
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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
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S O U T H B A Y
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 hbfop.org 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: pvplc.org
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
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
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
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
Network.org. 1250 Cabrillo
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
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 ESMoA.org or artlab21.org.
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 RedondoPier.com
Verdes Peninsula. For more
information visit southcoastcss.org.
Shall we dance
International Folk and
Line Dancing every
Tuesday at the Pacific
Unitarian Church, 5621
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.
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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Hermosa Beach Friends of the
Library Book Sale. 9 a.m. - noon
1309 Bard Street, Hermosa Beach.
310-376-7493 or visit hbfol.org.
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.
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A coach on
the Sea Hawks
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
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
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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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 BCHD.org.
PHOTOS BY KEVIN CODY
1. Beach Cities Health
District Legacy Award
honoree Pat Dreisler
(seated, right) with
(standing left to right)
Hadley, Fourth District
Mike Gin, Dana, Sarah
and Robin Dreizler and
BCHD CEO Susan
2. Beach Cities Health
Vanessa Poster accepts
a proclamation from Los
Supervisor Don Knabe
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
5. BCHD’s Eric Garner
and Ali Noller.
6. Pat Campbell
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
9. Audrey Lin received
the Compassion Award,
presented by board
president Vanessa Poster.
Lauren Pizer Mains, representing
Ben Allen, presented Lin
with a State proclamation.
10. Excellence award
winner Arnette Travis
with board president
Vanessa Poster and
State Senator Ben Allen
11. Redondo councilman
CenterCal public relations
board member Joanne
Galin and Redondo
12. Robin Dreisler and
Maryann Keating and
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A HOT BALLROOM NIGHT
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
PHOTOS BY BRAD JACOBSON
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
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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Pete Niva and
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
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
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
Hermosa’s Soho Yoga bends stereotypes
the body. The goal is to
recovery and to
“Our trainers are
said. “You can try
to do that at home,
but the good thing
about a class is that
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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
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:
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.
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BEACH CAMERAMEN HONORED
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.
PHOTOS BY BRENT BROZA
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
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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
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
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
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
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
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more than a
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-
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.
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
“We try to chose locations that really have
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“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
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
CUT * COLOR * STYLE
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 (CivicCouch.com)
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.
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,”
“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
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
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
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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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NETWORK’S MARDI GRAS
Photos by Adrienne Slaughter
ediatric Therapy Network’s 4th Annual
Mardi Gras Celebration at Miyako Hybrid
Hotel in Torrance. This year’s February 19th
event brought in over $40,000 to support Pediatric
Therapy Network’s programs and services - a
Vince and Laura Dileva, Alisa and NIck Schiappa-
Gobee, Jules and Matt Loorya with Paul Young
Mr. Stiltsman Sean Conklin with Dan and
Shauna Valenzuela and Heather McGuire of
the Pediatric Therapy Network.
Mayor of Torrance 1994-2002 Dee and husband
Lowell Hardison with Terri and current Torrance
Mayor Patrick Furey.
Volunteers LIsa Barjar, Kim Koontz and Syrna
Glasser greet guests at entrance.
Christina Jesperson, Thomas Gray and Robyn DeWitt
Torrance’s Josh Thomas, Smith High’s Band Director
Tom King and Red Car Brewery owners Laurie and
Bob Brandt support this fundraiser every year!
South Bay Business Women’s Association’s
Bibi Goldstein and Linda Buffington.
Close friends Anna Stephens, Erica Egnatuk and Donna
Rizzo take a quick break for the photographer.
Michael and Barbara Giglia, whose grandson is a PTN client, look on as
Teri Nelson Carpenter receives freshly made tacos from Oscar Delgado.
Kei and David Benoit with Margaret and Ken Shimada.
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WALK WITH SALLY
White Light White Night
The Ninth Annual White Light White
Night at the Top of the Plaza in
Continental Park in El Segundo raised over
$220,000. The 1,200 guests at the August 22
event enjoyed tastings from 20 local restaurants,
a silent auction and music by Super
Diamond. The proceeds will benefit Walk
With Sally, which provides mentoring and
other help to the children and siblings of
cancer patients. For more information, visit
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1. Longtime Walk
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Louis and Linda LeRoy.
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Branson with Walk
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4. ShopLocal's Heidi
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5. Leslie Newburn
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6. PR Consultant Roz
Wolf and Nashville TV
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7. Brewco's Jacki
Michael Molee, Travis
Kniffen and Krista
8. Cultural Slice
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with assistants Mike
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9. Jeff and Sheryl
Deck owners Jeff and
Kathy Knoll Bonafede
with Nicole .Niquette
10. LIndsay Kline with
Bay Club trainer Chad
11. Guests enjoying a
perfect evening before
Super Diamond performs
(photo by Jamie
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Steve Walker is
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Walker trains in his backyard ‘Endless
Pool.’ Photos by David Mendez
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
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
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
He and Kacey met in high school. He was
15, she was 14. The two married shortly after
Becoming a Marine became a goal when he
joined the Parras Middle School JROTC and
continued through the Redondo Union High
“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
“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
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
“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
Jordan at his
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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
guys on the tandem,” he said. B
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Pete and Cathy Hoffman,
of Hermosa Beach, won
first place in the Lincoln
1946-1971 Class with their
1956 Continental Mark II.
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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
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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.
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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
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
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.
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.
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.
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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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
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
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
Chrysler Imperial CG Le Baron Dual Cowl
Phaeton owned by Aaron and Valerie Weiss of
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