Beach Magazine November 2015


November 12, 2015

Volume 46, Issue 15

Laker Gary Vitti


Barak’s world

True to farm to table

Off to the pumpkin race

South Bay Gift Guide

Considering A Major Remodeling Project?

November 12, 2015

Volume 46, Issue 15


Laker trainer Gary Vitti.

Photo by Pete Henze


18 Veni, Vitti, Vici by Paul Teetor

For 32 years sports trainer Gary Vitti decided who could play and

who couldn’t. Now the Manhattan Beach resident has decided it’s

time for him to play.

30 Former Israeli PM Ehud Barak by Kevin Cody

Israeli commando, prime minister and classical pianist Ehud Barak

shares his fears, hopes and a few jokes about the new world order.

36 True Food by Richard Foss

True Food Kitchen attempts to scale up the farm to table trend

and succeeds.

40 Rethinking High School by David Mendez

Redondo High student Chris Paludi finds inspiration and

challenges in author David Foster Wallace’s ideas on community

and self awareness.

10 Beach calendar

14 Spyder Surf Scare n Tear

26 South Bay Gift Guide

42 Pumpkin Race


44 Skecher Friendship Walk

46 Best of Manhattan Beach

48 Jimmy Miller Surf Fiesta

51 Service Directory


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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Fashion charity

Woman’s Club of

Hermosa Beach presents a

Talbot’s Holiday Fashion

Show. Door prizes and merchandise

discounts. All proceeds

benefit the charities

of the Woman’s Club of

Hermosa Beach. Contact

Margie Dupuis to RSVP or

for tickets call (310) 900-

9513, midupuis@yahoo.

com. Continental breakfast

will be served. 9:30 a.m. -

noon Talbot’s, Manhattan

Village Mall, 3200 N.

Sepulveda Blvd, MB .


Dewey Weber by

Phil Roberts

The lifesize Surf Legends

Memorial Statue, sculpted

by Phil Roberts after a

Leroy Grannis photograph






of Dewey Weber will be

unveiled in front of the

Hermosa Beach Community

Center at 11 a.m.

Though the statue depicts

the legendary Weber, the

statue’s committee and primary

funder Joe Melchione

want the statue to honor all

surfers. 710 Pier Avenue at

Pacific Coast Highway.

Destination: Art

anniversary party

“Elf” by Margaret


Destination: Art celebrates

its first anniversary

with a holiday party and

sale of original artwork. 5 to

8 p.m. 1815 W. 213th St,

Torrance. Destination- (310) 742-3192.

Restore the floor


The Woman’s Club

Redondo Beach hosts a

“Restore the Floor” tasting

with wine, craft beers, artisan

chocolates, cheese and

fruits. (The clubhouse, with

its beautiful hardwood

floor, was built in 1922 and

is listed on the National

Register of Historic Places.)

Entertainment by Diana

Drake, silent auction, and

gift vendors. 2 to 7 p.m. 400

S. Broadway, Redondo

Beach. Tickets at

Vistamar School

open house

Vistamar School hosts an

open house to showcase the

value of learning within a

diverse community so students

thrive in a globalized

society. Registration: 8:30

a.m. Program: 9 a.m. to

noon. 737 Hawaii Street, El

Segundo. VistamarSchool.


A Night at the


The Hermosa Beach

Historical Society will

invoke the spirit of the old

Biltmore Hotel with a 1920s

themed gala at the Hermosa

Historical Museum. 1920s

dress encouraged. Proceeds

will help fund children’s

tours of the museum,

expand exhibits and preserve

historic objects and

newspapers. 7 to 11 p.m.

$50. 710 Pier Avenue,

Hermosa Beach. Tickets at

HermosaBeachHistoricalSo or call (310) 318-



PV Democrats




"Social Security Works" is

the topic of Sylvia Moore, a

Common Cause organizer.

Ernie Powell, a former

AARP Senior Manager of

Advocacy and current political

consultant, will speak

on Strategies to Protect and

Expand Social Security. 2:30

- 4:30 p.m. Palos Verdes

Peninsula Center Library

Community Room, 701

Silver Spur Rd, Rolling Hills

Estates. Free. For information

contact David Hall at

(310) 377-7334.

Shine the light

The Torrance Memorial

Hospice 20th Annual “Light

Up a Life” tree lighting ceremony

recognizes National

Hospice and Palliative Care

Month and celebrates the

lives loved ones no longer

with us. The evening features

a reading of names

and a performance by the

San Pedro Ballet.

Individuals can sponsor a

light on the hospice tree

with a donation of any

amount. Torrance Memorial

Medical Center’s Hoffman

Health Conference Center,

3330 Lomita Blvd, Torrance.

For more information and

to RSVP, call Torrance

Memorial Home Health &

Hospice at (310) 517-4694.

A Violet Society

Jacquie Eisenhut of South

Coast African Violet Society

(SCAVS) will present

"African Violets 101." 2 to 4

p.m. Plants available for

purchase. Admission is free

with paid entrance to South

Coast Botanic Garden. For

more information, contact

Jacquie Eisenhut at

j a c e i s 9 0 5 @ g m a i l . c o m .

South Coast Botanic

Garden, 26300 Crenshaw

Blvd., Palos Verdes



Small Biz Expo



2nd Annual United Small

Business Alliance

Community Expo will feature

over 50 local businesses

and political leaders

including Assemblymember

David Hadley, Torrance

Mayor Patrick J. Furey.

Free. Noon to 7 p.m.

Torrance Cultural Arts

For Class & Event Schedule

Elf with Pearl Earring after Vermeer by Margaret Lindsey

Destination: Art

It’s A


& Our First Anniversary



Saturday, Nov. 14, 5-8pm

2016 Calendars

Wine & Holiday Goodies

Handmade Gift Ornaments

All Original Artwork


The Perfect Gift

for the Holidays

Destination: Art

1815 W. 213th St., #135

Torrance CA 90501





MAKE UP ~ $50.00

BLOW OUTS ~ $60.00

A DOLL UP ~ $90.00





PH: 310.200.1606

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Center Toyota Meeting Hall, 3330

Civic Center Drive. For additional

information, go to or contact

Aurelio Mattucci at or (310) 742-5754.




Vball Hall of Fame

The 5th annual Beach Volleyball

Hall of Fame induction ceremony

will honor Ricci Luyties, Lisa Arce

Zimmerman (pictured above),

Nancy Cohen Fredgant and Jon

Hastings. Andy Fishburn, Hall of

Fame class of 2003 will also be recognized

along the California Beach

Volleyball Association’s top ranked

players and the CBVA Cal Cup

Youth State Champions. Fans and

players from all generations are

invited. Food and beverages available

for purchase. 7 p.m. at

Hermosa Beach Community

Center, 710 Pier Avenue, Hermosa

Beach. For information email


A friend for sale

Hermosa Beach Friends of the

Library Book Sale. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

1309 Bard Street, Hermosa Beach.

(310) 376-7493


Click clique





South Bay Camera Club meetings

are free to anyone is interested in

photography. 7 p.m. Torrance

Airport Administration Building

meeting room, 3301 Airport Drive,

Torrance. For more information,

contact Harry Korn, (805) 340-

3197, or visit B

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drop zone



Halloween is an understandably favorite

holiday for a sport whose athletes are

known for refusing to grow up. The annual

Halloween Spyder Surf Scare and Tear contest

at the Manhattan Beach pier judges

entries as much for their costumes as for

their surfing. – Eddie Solt

Photos by Steve Gaffney




1. Cash Cherry throws the iron cross as the devil.

2. The Wizard of Oz crew Allison Atkinson as the

scarecrow, Tamara Lentz as Dorothy, Sarah Foley

as the Wicked Witch of the West, Melissa Alves

as the Cowardly Lion, and Daine Silva as a peacock.

3. Green Goblin Jani Lange gobbles up a tasty


4. Flying Nun Lance Nelson wins the Male

Zombies (High School) division.

5. The Cowardly Lion Melissa Alves gets up the

courage to taunt Scarecrow Allison Atkinson.

6. Gru pushes his minion into an uncertain breaker.

7. The contest attracted a graveyard of scary


8. Pink Lady Megan Seth wins the middle school

Micro Zombie.

3 4





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Gary Vitti at the Laker training center in El Segundo. Photo by Pete Henze

Vitti finale

Lakers trainer Gary Vitti recalls the highpoints and the heartbreaks of caring

for the physical and psychological health of eight NBA championship teams

by Paul Teetor

Gary Vitti took one glance at Tarik

Black’s lipstick-red short-shorts and

rendered an instant fashion judgment.

“That’s not a good look for you,” the 5-foot-

9 Lakers trainer said to the 6-foot-9 power

forward whose ice-covered knees and even –

gasp! – his thighs were clearly visible as he

strolled through the training room at the

team’s El Segundo training facility.

It took a moment for Black to get the thrust

of Vitti’s towel-snapping humor, but when

Vitti smirked at him it finally registered: in

the modern era of baggy-is-better, there was

something kind of, well ….effeminate…

about Black’s old-school basketball shorts.

“Hey, man, I’m secure in my manhood,”

Black replied, trying to contain his laughter.

Black, an important part of the Lakers

uncertain future after a promising rookie season,

continued through the training room as

Vitti delivered his final verdict: “I still say

that’s not a good look for you.”

Vitti turned his attention to an important

part of the Lakers championship past: 88-

year-old Bill Bertka, who had a cut on his

arm and needed it bandaged. “This happens

all the time. At my age the skin gets easily

cut,” the former assistant coach and current

special consultant explained. “Gary always

fixes me up.”

After Vitti finished his repair job, Bertka

asked to speak with him privately about a

personal matter. The two men went off by

themselves to the nearby practice court

where only a few players like Xavier Henry

and Roy Hibbert were still working on their

games. The headliners, like prize rookie

D’Angelo Russell and second-year flashes

Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle, had

already headed over to the Clippers practice

facility in Playa Vista for full court runs with

their Staples Center co-tenants.

When Vitti returned to the training room

after 10 minutes huddling with Bertka, he

started work on an important part of the

Lakers present: the 7-foot-2 center Hibbert. A

former two-time All-Star who regressed last

season, Hibbert was traded here by the

Indiana Pacers for practically nothing – a

2019 second round draft pick – after team

president Larry Bird said Hibbert would no

longer be a starter despite his $15.5 million

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Vitti helping Derek Fisher off the court. Fisher, now the New York Knicks head coach, won five

titles and ensured his place in Lakers history with his walk-off game winning shot with .04 seconds

left against the Spurs in the 2004 playoffs. Courtesy Gary Vitti collection

salary. Hibbert, who needed some calluses

shaved off his feet, stretched out his long,

lean frame on a training table. Then he laid

down a towel where the shaved skin would

soon be dropping.

“There were some guys on my old team

who would cut their nails and just leave

them on the floor for someone else to pick

up,” he confided. “I was taught at

Georgetown to always lay down a towel.”

Vitti, 61, has a map-of-Italy face that used

to be framed by a shaggy head of curly hair

and a bushy, totally ‘80s-mustache. Now he

rocks a shaved head and gray goatee that

makes him look like a mashup of Bruce

Willis and Billy Joel, with a New-York-meets-

SoCal accent and a tender/tough guy personality

to match.

Vitti has been a part of eight NBA championship

teams and 12 NBA finalists, more

than any trainer in NBA history. As he used

a callus cutter, a scalpel and then a rasp on

Hibbert’s size-17 left foot, his right hand

sported one of his eight championship rings:

1987, when the Lakers beat their arch rivals

the Boston Celtics. “That’s the year my

daughter Rachel was born,” he said. “I wear

it in her honor.”

Hibbert responded: “I got her beat – I was

born in 1986.”

Hibbert’s off-hand comment on this

September morning underscored Vitti’s

incredible longevity and his new reality: after

31 years tending to the physical pains and

psychic problems of everyone from Magic

Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to

Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant, the longtime

Manhattan Beach resident is starting his

32nd and last season as the Laker’s full-time

head trainer.

Moments later Hibbert thanked him for

the repair job and ambled off to the showers.

“Some players need to be pushed, and

some players need a lot of stroking,” Vitti

confided. “Roy needs a lot of stroking. He can

do great things if we can build his confidence

back up.”

One more job for his to-do list.

Whatever needs to be done

There will never be a statue of Vitti outside

Staples Center to go alongside the statues of

Magic Johnson, Jerry West, Shaquille O’Neal

and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Even former

Lakers broadcaster Chick Hearn, who

invented much of the vocabulary that defines

modern basketball – “Slam Dunk!” “Air Ball”

“No harm, no foul” – has a statue.

But in his own behind-the-scenes way Vitti

was just as much a part of the overwhelming

success of the ‘80s Showtime dynasty, the

Shaq-Kobe three-peat teams of 2000-2002,

and the Kobe-Pau-Lamar championship

teams of 2009-2010. Anyone who thinks all a

trainer does is tape ankles before the game,

rush out to the court when a player goes

down and pick up the used towels after the

game doesn’t understand that Vitti is always

on call even when he’s home, works seven

days a week during the season and five days

a week during the off-season.

A pro basketball team is like a big, boisterous

family and the eight month season is like

an endless cross-country journey in the family

SUV. In such a claustrophobic environment

personal chemistry – or personal conflict

– can help a team excel or break a team

apart. Think of the coaches as the stern,

demanding parents and the trainer as the

good-guy uncle along for the ride. His unofficial

job description includes court jester,

fashion judge, psychiatrist, confidant, father

confessor, peacemaker, diplomat, dietician,

strength trainer, traveling secretary, plumber,

electrician and even car mechanic.

“Basically, my job is whatever needs to be

done at a given moment,” Vitti said. “A couple

of years ago we had an assistant coach

from another country who came to practice

with license plates for his car. So I went out

to the parking lot and put the plates on his


For this season, and for at least two more

years when he will serve as a special consultant

while the team moves into a new El

Segundo training center around the corner

from its current one, Vitti is one of the

team’s few remaining links to its championship


“The Lakers will never be the same

without him,” said Joyce Sharman,

widow of Bill Sharman, the former

Lakers coach and general manager.

“Through all those different coaches and

players he was the glue that held it all


It’s been a long, strange trip for the

son of two Italian immigrants. By the

time he was 30, his destiny appeared set.

He would be a college professor in a laidback,

small-city atmosphere. But instead,

Vitti with Lakers General Manager Jerry West

during the mid 1980's. After a Hall of Fame

career as a high-scoring guard who played lockdown

defense, West turned out to be the best

talent evaluator in NBA history while constructing

two championship teams – the 1980's

Showtime dynasty that won five titles and the

Shaq-Kobe teams that won three straight titles

from 2000-2002. Courtesy Gary Vitti collection

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Vitti and Magic Johnson after Johnson retired from the Lakers. Shortly before Vitti broke the news to the team that Magic was infected with the HIV/AIDS

virus Magic told him that he was going to beat the virus and was going to do something great with it. 24 years later he is still functioning at a high level

and has dedicated himself to AIDS education around the world. Courtesy Gary Vitti collection

thanks to an out-of-the-blue phone call, he

ended up as a trainer to the biggest stars of

the most important sports franchise in

America’s most glam city.

“Just think of all the different personalities

he’s had to deal with,” said Guy Gabriele,

owner of Love & Salt Restaurant in

Manhattan Beach and one of Vitti’s best

friends. “Players, coaches, even management

– there were some very entitled people that

he was able to deal with because he could

find a balance between their different personalities

and move forward. He’s a sensitive

guy, a healer, but he can also be blunt without

hurting people. He’s a perfectionist and a

problem solver.”

Vitti just shook his head when asked about

his longevity.

“I can’t believe it’s been 31 years,” he said.

“When I started in 1984 it was coach Pat

Riley, assistant coach Bertka and me. Pat

used to have a saying: 12 plus 2 plus 1 – 12

players, two coaches and me. Fifteen people

in the trenches against all the peripheral distractions.

Now there are 15 players, nine

coaches, and I have five assistants on my

own staff.”

20 magic words

It was a job Vitti didn’t seek out but a job

he couldn’t turn down.

In the summer of 1984 Vitti was on track

to become a tenured professor at the

University of Portland after spending two

years setting up its sports medicine program.

Then one August day he got a call from

Lakers coach Pat Riley asking if he would like

to interview for the job of Lakers trainer.

A New York Knicks fan from his early days

growing up in Stamford, Connecticut, Vitti

couldn’t help but be intrigued. He had spent

1981 and 1982 as an assistant trainer with the

Utah Jazz, so he had some idea of the relentless

grind – constant travel, personality conflicts

and the media always critiquing your

job performance – of the traveling circus that

is NBA life. He also knew that the Lakers

were an NBA flagship franchise.

With a master’s degree in sports medicine

from the University of Utah tucked in his

back pocket, Vitti was on the leading edge of

the medical, nutritional and fitness revolutions

gaining momentum in the early 1980s.

The NBA is a word-of-mouth league, with a

lot of cross-pollination as players, coaches

and executives move from team to team each

off-season. So when Riley started asking

around about young up-and-comers who

might be a good replacement for retiring

trainer Jack Curran, Bertka suggested Vitti.

Next thing Vitti knew he was flying to LA for

an interview.

When he arrived at LAX, the legend and

the logo – general manager Jerry West – was

there to drive him to the Fabulous Forum in

Inglewood, where he met for six hours with

West and Riley. They discussed everything

from the need for better nutrition to how to

get players to start weight training – most

players resisted it, believing it would hurt

their shooting touch – to their overall life


Despite agreement on many topics, Vitti

was still leaning towards staying as a college

professor in charge of his own sports medicine

program until Riley spoke twenty magic

words: “You can do everything you want to

do and you can do it with the greatest athletes

in the world.”

Beat the heat

Vitti arrived in LA at a pivotal point in

Lakers history. A year after being swept by

Philadelphia in the 1983 NBA Finals, they

had lost a grueling, seven-game finals to

Larry Bird and the Celtics. It was the eighth

time they had lost to the Celtics in the finals

without a single victory. Despite having three

future Hall of Famers in Magic, Kareem and

James Worthy, as well as a stellar supporting

cast featuring current Lakers coach Byron

Scott and Manhattan Beach’s own Kurt

Rambis, the Lakers couldn’t seem to get over

the Celtics hurdle.

“There was a real feeling around the team

that if they didn’t win it all the next season,

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Vitti goofing around with Shaquille O'Neal. They had a lot of laughs together when Shaq

was playing the clown and the prankster, but there were times they clashed when Vitti felt

Shaq didn't work hard enough to maximize his potential. "Shaq could have been the most

dominant player ever, but it was more important to me than it was to him," Vitti said. "But

I love the big guy and always will. He was a lot of fun to be around." Courtesy Gary Vitti


the team would be broken up,” Vitti recalled.

But the Lakers did break through in the 1985 finals, beating Boston in a

rugged six-game series that shattered the Celtics curse and served as Vitti’s

first real introduction to Lakers fans as a can-do problem solver who was

more than a traditional tape-‘em-up-and-rub-‘em-down trainer.

The Celtics, led by their arrogant, cigar-chomping coach-turned-generalmanager

Red Auerbach, were notorious for creating uncomfortable conditions

in the visitors’ locker room at the old Boston Garden: too cold during

the winter and too hot during the playoffs of May and June. An embittered

Riley felt the Celtic’s locker room tricks had contributed to the 1984 Finals

loss, when their locker room felt like a steam bath. So Vitti proposed a solution

for the 1985 Finals: the Lakers would bring their own air conditioners

into the locker room and create the temperature they wanted. It worked, and

Riley was quick to publicly give Vitti credit.

“It was an idea I got from watching the New York Giants football team the

year before when I saw them using these big cooling units

on the sidelines,” Vitti recalled. “I put it in the back of my

mind. When we got to the finals again, I called the company

and they showed up at the Boston Garden with

these giant coolers that we set up in the locker room.”

And there was a bonus: the first time Vitti plugged them

in, it blew out half the Garden’s electrical system. “They

complained that we were using too much power. I told

them to go to hell.”

The Lakers beat the Celtics again in the 1987 finals and

beat the Detroit Pistons in the 1988 finals. So three of

Vitti’s first four seasons were capped off by Lakers championships.

At that point, although his LA profile was

growing, he was still relatively anonymous nationally.

That was soon to change.

The hardest job

The hardest job Vitti ever performed for the Lakers was

telling the team that Magic Johnson had been infected

with the HIV/AIDS virus. That soul-sapping ordeal set the

stage for him to be a central player in an iconic medical

moment, part of America’s gradual, growing understanding

of the facts and fallacies of the emerging AIDS epidemic.

It started during the pre-season 1991 exhibition schedule,

four months after the Lakers had lost to the Chicago

Bulls in the NBA Finals. West called Vitti and told him to

have Magic return to LA, but didn’t offer any explanation.

Vitti was troubled by the request and asked Magic if he

knew what was going on. Magic had no idea. While

Magic, whom Vitti calls Earv, short for his first name,

Earvin, was flying back to LA, Vitti says it suddenly hit


“I was turning it over and over in my mind, and finally

the lightbulb went on,” he recalled. “I knew Earv was sexually

promiscuous, and I knew he was being given a physical

exam by the insurance company. We didn’t test for

HIV, but they did.”

Vitti confirmed his hunch in a phone call from Lakers

team Doctor Michael Mellman, who called him at

Magic’s request. For the next two weeks only seven people

knew about Johnson’s diagnosis: Magic, his wife

Cookie, his agent Lon Rosen, West, Dr. Mellman, team

owner Jerry Buss, and Vitti.

For two weeks they wrestled with how to handle the

devastating news. “I’m still doing my job, but I’m walking

around in a daze. I was thinking of it as a death sentence

for Earv,” Vitti recalled, his voice cracking. “In our first

conversation I told him I was having a tough time with it.

But he said that when God gave him this disease he gave

it to the right person. He said he was going to beat it, and

was going to do something great with it.”

The first problem: how to inform all the women Magic

had had contact with. He didn’t know half their names or

where they lived. Many of them were NBA groupies who

threw themselves at him when the Lakers passed through

their cities. Others were walking, talking LA stereotypes:

aspiring actresses, models or whatevers. He didn’t have

established relationships with most of them and it was the

pre cell-phone era so there was no digital trail to follow.

Finally, their only ethical course of action became clear:

they would have to tell the world and, by extension, all

those women who needed to know.

First, at an emotional team gathering in the Forum Vitti

informed the other players. Then Magic came in,

addressed the team as a group and walked around the

room to say goodbye to each player individually.

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Assistant coach Bill Bertka, head coach Pat Riley and Gary Vitti during Vitti's first season, 1984-85. Riley, who led the Lakers

to four NBA championships, hired Vitti and taught him much about leadership and molding champions. Bertka, now 88, still

works for the Lakers as a special consultant to the general manager. Courtesy Gary Vitti collection

“He gave each of them a big hug and whispered

something in their ear,” Vitti recalled.

“Magic had a way of saying whatever you

needed to hear to make you feel better. He

could read people really well.”

Assistant Coach Bertka was known as the

most stoic of the Lakers coaches and players.

But when Johnson approached Bertka his

knees buckled and Magic had to hold him up

to prevent him from falling to the floor.

“When I saw Bertka start to collapse that

made me emotional too,” Vitti recalled. Vitti,

who had already had his first post-HIV conversation

with Magic several days prior, was

the last man that Magic approached. “I said

‘It’s okay, brother, we’ve already done this,’”

he recalled. “He said ‘Yeah, but it doesn’t

make it any easier.’”

Then Magic went upstairs and held a press

conference that was beamed around the


Believing in Magic

Magic and the team had decided it would

be best for him to retire and focus on his

medical treatment. But with the disease

under control a year later he attempted a

comeback for the 1992-93 season. That’s

when shock and sympathy morphed into

fear and ignorance.

Several players, most prominently Karl

Malone of the Jazz, publicly questioned

Magic’s decision to return. Malone worried

aloud that he could become infected if Magic

spilled blood on the court or even sprayed

him with his sweat.

During one of the first exhibition games,

Magic suffered a small cut on his forearm, little

more than a fingernail scratch. What

would normally have been a non-event suddenly

turned into highlight material for

Sports Center: Magic came out of the game

and when Vitti saw how small the scratch

was he took out a cotton swab and left his

medical gloves in his pocket. By then Vitti

had researched the HIV virus and knew a lot

more than he had a year earlier.

“I made a decision that I didn’t need the

gloves,” Vitti recalled. “I thought that if I put

the gloves on I was sending a mixed message.”

“Gary instinctively did the right thing,”

said another of his closest friends, Petros

Benekos, owner of Petros restaurant in

Manhattan Beach. “He didn’t have to consult

with anybody.”

In that single, silent act Vitti communicated

to the world what we now know: the virus

can’t be transmitted by surface cuts or

scratches and that other players were not

endangered by playing with or against Magic.

The budding player revolt against Magic’s

return soon died down and was buried in

that year’s All Star game, when he was

named MVP after scoring 25 points with 9

assists and 5 rebounds.

Vitti has worked with dozens of champions

and plenty of Hall-of Famers, each with their

own unique blend of talent, work ethic and

personality traits. But to this day he considers

Johnson the most special human being he

has ever been around.

“He said he would do something great with

it, and he has,” Vitti said. “Not only is he a

big success with his business interests, but

he’s shown people you can live a productive

life with the virus and he’s helped educate

people about it.”

Stuck in the middle

The Lakers training room walls are

adorned with framed photos of players,

including Kobe and Shaq, winning and celebrating

many of the Lakers’ 16 NBA championships.

But there are also reminders of the

short cuts some athletes take for the sake of

sports glory: two prominently posted lists of

supplements banned by the NBA. One list is

put out by the NBA Commissioner’s office

and the other by the NBA Players


Each lists dozens of performance enhancing

drugs and recreational drugs. But there’s

one intoxicant not listed that can be equally

as dangerous: success. Especially the kind of

repeated success the Lakers have consistently

enjoyed until recently, when they bottomed

out last season with the worst record

– 21-61 – in franchise history. The finger

pointing and blame gaming that can affect

losing teams is nothing compared to the credit

mongering and ego one-upmanship that

can erupt on winning teams.

“Defeat is an orphan,” Vitti said, “but winning

has many fathers.”

Shaq and Kobe both joined the Lakers in

the summer of 1996, Shaq as a $120 million

free agent from Orlando and Kobe as a 17-

year-old phenom straight out of high school.

Over the next four seasons the Lakers didn’t

come close to a championship and there

were few reports of discord and dissension

between the two superstars. But Vitti says it

was simmering just beneath the surface, as

Kobe resisted Shaq’s efforts to take him

under his wing.

“If Michael Jordan was there instead of

Shaq, I think Kobe would have gone under

his wing willingly, but he didn’t have the

respect for Shaq that he had for Jordan,” Vitti


The media reports of growing friction

started as soon as the Lakers began

November 12, 2015 • Easy Reader / Beach magazine 23

winning titles again in 2000. By the time the Lakers lost the NBA

finals to the Detroit Pistons in 2004, the well-documented Kobe-Shaq

feud had gotten so toxic that the role players were forced to choose

one side or the other, according to recent statements by former Laker

shooting guard Kareem Rush.

Even Kobe and Shaq, in a podcast last month, said they now regret

having been unable to get along. Management had to trade Shaq in

the summer of 2004 to prevent Kobe from leaving as a free agent.

In his book “The Last Season,” a diary of the 2003-04 season, former

Lakers coach Phil Jackson wrote that the feud had gotten so

intense that Shaq refused to let Vitti tape his ankles because he perceived

Vitti to be on Kobe’s side.

Vitti insists that Jackson was exaggerating Shaq’s no-taping edict,

which didn’t last long. “It was a love-hate relationship with Shaq and

me,” he said. “The conflict was real, but it was also playful. That’s

how Shaq was.”

Vitti readily admits that he clashed repeatedly with Shaq over his

spotty work ethic, best exemplified by the incident when Shaq put

off toe surgery during the summer of 2002. He told the press that he

was injured on company time and would have his surgery and subsequent

recovery on company time. As a result the Lakers got off to

an 11-19 start without Shaq and never fully recovered, failing in their

attempt at a four-peat.

“Shaq and I feuded because I held his feet to the fire and told him

he needed to work harder,” Vitti said. “Shaq could have been the

most dominant basketball player ever. But it was more important to

me than it was to him. He even told me that he didn’t care about

being the most dominant. He’d rather have fun.”

Standing in the training room, he recounted how some days he

could hear Shaq’s giant footsteps coming around the corner before

he even saw him, and how he could tell by the intensity of the footsteps

if it was going to be a rough day with the big fella.

“He’d come in and say go tell Phil I’m not practicing today,” he

recalled. “I would say, I’m not doing that. You tell him. If you can’t

practice because you’re hurt, then you should have been in here an

hour ago for treatment and then it’s my job to tell Phil. But if you

don’t want to practice because you just don’t feel like it, then you tell


One time it got so bad that Shaq said he wasn’t going to talk to Vitti

for two weeks – and followed through on it. Instead he wrote out

three broad responses on a white board – none of which can be

repeated in a family newspaper. When Vitti spoke to him he would

hold up one, two or three fingers to indicate the appropriate


Benekos said he was not surprised that Vitti clashed with Shaq.

“You may not like it, but Gary will always tell you the truth and

give it to you straight,” Benekos said. “I really admire that about


But even as Vitti recounts these Shaq anecdotes, he can’t help but

laugh and remember the sheer fun of being around Shaq the giant

clown and X-rated prankster.

“Shaq had this thing about being part of law enforcement. He actually

went to a police academy and got a badge,” Vitti said. “Every day

he would come in, he’d throw me up against the wall and frisk me.

It was hilarious.”

Players on other teams were awestruck by Shaq’s size, he said.

“They’d come up to me before the game and say, ‘Come on, man,

how much does he really weigh?’ One guy says, ‘I know he’s 400

pounds, you guys just don’t want to put it out there,’” Vitti said. “But

I don’t think he was ever more than 358.”

Eleven years after Shaq left the Lakers for Miami, Vitti insists he

loves the big lug like a little brother and that they have long since

reconciled and hugged it out. He even keeps a pair of Shaq’s size 22

sneakers and a picture of he and Shaq clowning around in his

house’s memorabilia room.

Any friction, he says, was caused by his frustration that Shaq didn’t

work hard enough to maximize his potential.

It was business, not personal.

Just doing his job.

On the other hand, Kobe was so maniacal about working out and

trying to maximize his potential that Vitti often had to rein him in.

“There’s one guy I’m trying to hold back, and one guy I’m trying

to push harder,” he said. “And I’m stuck in the middle.”

Memories not for sale

There are many reasons Vitti loves living in Manhattan Beach and

has been here his entire 31 years as the Lakers’ trainer. One is the

small-town atmosphere. Recognizable as he is from 31 years of Laker

telecasts, he can walk downtown for lunch or jog on The Strand

without being bothered by the locals.

Another reason he loves living here is the 10-minute commute to

his office in El Segundo. He usually takes his 1982 Alfa Romeo

Spider and once in awhile his Harley Davidson fat boy.

The beach house he lives in blends in nicely with the other houses

in his upscale American Martyrs neighborhood. Over the years he

has added some personal touches. He built a beautiful terrace with

spectacular views of the ocean, less than a quarter mile away. Inside,

in the main family room on the second floor, are photos of his wife

Marta (his first wife, Christine, mother of his two children, died last

year), photos of his parents Mario and Sylvia, both 94, and photos of

his two daughters Rachel, 28, and Emilia, 24. The photos are complemented

by artwork from all over Italy, where he visits family

every summer.

Many people keep scrapbooks of the highlights of their personal

and professional lives. Vitti’s life and career have been so full of

highlights that his scrapbook takes up the entire third floor of the

house. You walk up a spiral staircase to a breathtaking room full of

sports memorabilia that would bring quite a haul at an auction

house. But these memories are not for sale.

It starts with the signed Lakers game jerseys from all the greats he

has worked with, each one inscribed with heartfelt thanks for Vitti’s

physical care and faithful friendship. Typical is the one from Kobe:

“To my man Gary. From 17 to 27 your guidance helped mold me as

a pro. Couldn’t have done it without you. Love you Bro.”

There are shoes from Larry Bird, a clipboard from Pat Riley and a

white board used by San Antonio Coach Gregg Popovich at an All

Star game. But it’s not just basketball that dominates this room: there

are pictures of Vitti with Wayne Gretzky, Muhammad Ali and

Presidents Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. He has made a careful

study of what makes champions of all kinds tick.

As he guides a visitor around the room, a pensive Vitti admits that

while the championships and the glory moments – Magic’s junior,

junior sky hook to beat the Celtics, Derek Fisher’s .04 shot to beat

the Spurs, Robert Horry’s pick-up-a-loose-ball-and drain a threepointer

to beat the Kings – will all stay with him forever, what he

will really miss are the relationships and the camaraderie, the silly

locker room moments like the exchange with Tarik Black about his

girly short shorts, the crazy, X-rated sign language Shaq invented to

communicate with a deaf intern and the time a decade or so ago

when he jokingly threatened to write a book about his years with the


“I told the players if I ever get fired, I’m going to write a book and

you’re all going to be in it. It will cost you $100,000 each to stay out

of it,” he recalled. “Robert Horry looked at me for several seconds

before he laughed and said, ‘Shit, I could have you killed for $5,000.’”

He admits he is a bit scared and nervous about finding something

new to do that could possibly replace the thrill – and the 24/7 stress

– of tending to the wants and needs, the problems and the pain of so

many players, coaches and staff.

“Both my parents are 94 and in pretty good shape,” he said. “So

based on their life span I figure I still have a third of my life left to

live. That means I have 30 years to figure out what I’m going to do


One more job for his to-do list.

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“We need to understand that

the terrorist war cannot be won

in a few months. It is a war of

generations.” – Ehud Barak

“In one word,

everything’s good.

In two words, not good.”

“When Moses was being

led out of Egypt he told

God he wanted to go to

Canada, but God though

he said Canaan.”

by Kevin Cody

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak warned of the new world

order like an Old Testament prophet, but one with a sense of humor

when he addressed Distinguished Speaker subscribers last month at

the Redondo Performing Arts Center.

“We are experiencing a political quake unprecedented since the end

of World War I, 100 years ago,” he began. “We’ve seen the Arab Spring

turn into the Islamic Winter. Nation states are disintegrating. Centuries

old conflicts have come back to life. We’ve gone from a two-polar to a

one-polar to a no-pole at all geo political system. Even the most powerful

players – the U.S., Russia, China – can’t tackle major issues on their


“In one word, everything’s good. In two words, not good.”

By the end of his nearly two hour talk, despite terrifying observations

about terrorism, the U.S.’s decline, Russia’s rise and Western missteps

in the Middle East, Barak, if not the audience, still retained both

hope and a sense of humor.

During the Q and A, he described his feelings about the Iran nuclear

agreement as “mixed. It’s like when your mother-in-law drives your

new BMW over a cliff.”

Political correctness was not one of his concerns. Bafak is Israel’s

most highly decorated soldier and a classically trained pianist. He

served as Israel’s Minister of Defense, and Minister of Foreign Affairs.

In 1999, he defeated Benjamin Netanyahu to become Prime Minister.

When Netanyahu became prime minister in 2009, Barak was named

Deputy Prime Minister.

He holds a degree in physics from the University of Jerusalem and a

masters in engineering from Stanford.

Nor, for a person rumored to have ambitions of re-entering political

life, was he reluctant to name names.

“When she was Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton said Putin reminded

her of Hitler. I’ve known Putin since his first day in the Kremlin and

he never reminded me of Hitler. He’s more of a Bismarck. He understands

politics. He has two feet on the ground. He’s ready to act to

make Russia once again a great power in the world arena,” Burak said.

Though he generally described President Obama favorably, he also

said of the president's position on Syria, “I don’t recommend big powers

drawing ‘red lines.’ But once you draw them, particularly in the

Middle East, you stand behind it.”

“The United States is still the world’s mightiest military, economic

and diplomatic power. It is a moral beacon, where the rest of the world

is supposed to go, in terms of human rights.

“But there is a strong perception that America is weak and getting

weaker. It is a subjective, not objective perception. But that doesn’t

matter. These days perception works as reality.”

Speaking of Prime Minister Netanyahu, Barak said, “He has developed

a mindset that is pessimistic, passive and anxious. The nature of

pessimism is it gives birth to prophecies that are self-fulfilling.”

The criticism of his country’s leader wasn’t personal, he made clear.


of hope

Photos by Deidre Davidson (

“I know from experience, Netanyahu’s not a chickenshit. He was a

young lieutenant of mine in 1972 when I led the raid on the hijacked

Sabena airline. It landed at Lod Airport with 100 passengers and explosive

detonators deployed all over the cabin. The terrorists were

demanding that 300 prisoners be released. I was disguised as a maintenance

man in white overalls when we stormed the plane. Within 90

seconds, the shooting was over. We killed the hijackers, just one passenger

died and just one of our officers was wounded – shot by us. That

was Lt. Benjamin Netanyahu.”

“He was lucky we only wounded him,” Barak quipped. Black humor

punctuated his talk.

He added, “Terrorists never landed another hijacked airline in Israel.

But terrorism didn’t stop. A few months later 11 Israeli athletes were

massacred at the Munich Olympics.”

Barak traced his world view to when he was a 22-year-old Sayeret

Matkal commando leading his first raid against terrorists.

“If you told me then that 50 years later terrorism would still be a

challenge for the whole world, I would not have believed it. But we

need to face the reality. Either we defeat terrorism or we don’t. There

is no in between. We must understand that and be ready for the challenge.”

“Terrorism has a unique attribute. It’s a common challenge for all.

The U.S. learned that on 9/11. Russians learned it in Moscow.

“I had a conversation with Putin after Chechen Islamics terrorists

took 850 hostages in the Dubrovka Theater in 2002. Putin’s response

resembled our responses. He sent in 100 Russian special forces.

“I visited southwest Kunming China a year ago. Just a few weeks previous,

28 civilians were massacred at the railway station by knife

wielding, extremist Muslims who came from a Chinese desert province

1,500 miles away.”

“In the past two weeks in Jerusalem, a new wave of terrorists, using

kitchen knives and screwdrivers, have killed nine and wounded dozens

of Israelis. It’s a tough situation that no one would accept. A primary

contract of government is to provide safety in the streets. I can tell you

bluntly, Israel will never capitulate to terrorism, period.”

That declaration elicited loud, spontaneous audience applause.

“Compared to other world issues – reefs in the South China Seas,

Crimea and Ukraine – radical Muslim terrorism should be the highest


“Though it’s not easy to achieve, we need strong leadership and

cooperation among nations, at the highest level.

“At the operational level, we need to be open minded and free of

dogma and conventional wisdom. We need to focus on what could happen

and respond within seconds to threats.”

Following the massacre of 11 Israeli athletes by Bck September

Palestinians at the Munich Olympics in 1972, Prime Minister Golda

Meir ordered that the terrorists be hunted down and executed, Barak


“When your allies sit behind closed

doors and ask, Can the Americans

be relied on, they will turn to the last

region the Americans played a role

in, the Middle East.”

“There is a strong perception that

America is weak and getting weaker.

It is a subjective, not objective

perception. But that doesn’t matter.

These days perception works

as reality.”

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“Meir was raised in Milwaukee. I think it

was the Milwaukee weather that made her so

tough,” Barak said.

“I found myself, in 1973, heading up a

squad assigned to kill Black September leaders

holed up in a luxury apartment in Beirut.

We arrived looking like a few boys and girls,

laughing. I sent my squad into the building

and I waited on the street outside with a

stocky blond. I was a brunette. A bodyguard

in a car across the street suspected something

was up. He opened his car door, pulled out a

pistol and began to walk toward us. I still

remember the shock in his eyes when he saw

two young ladies open their jackets and pull

out Uzis. He jumped back in his car and we

hit his horn and woke up the whole street.

“We killed three PLO leaders and nine or

10 of their bodyguards who showed up in two

Land Rovers. Within 30 minutes, we were

swimming out in front of our hotel to our

small dinghies.

“But terrorism didn’t stop.”

Barak described the terrorists as a loosely

connected, poorly equipped organization

with strong, ideologically motivation.

“They have half a dozen forces in Syria, the

Houthi in Yemen, Boko Haram in Nigeria,

AQIM in Algeria, Hamas and Al Qaeda. They

are a resilient, tough opponent.

“Isis is only 30,000, mostly former Iraqi soldiers

riding around in Toyota pick-ups. They

don’t have a single jet fighter squadron,

attack helicopter or artillery battalion. They

flourish because no one fights them head on.

“In Kobani, Syria, on the Turkish border,

Isis was stopped by 17-year-old Pashtun boys

and girls with World War II machine guns.

However, they failed to receive strong assistance

from any international organization.

“This fight with Isis should be ended with

intensive, overwhelming force. Every week

they remain on their feet they create a huge

attraction for other Muslims.

“We need to understand that the terrorist

war cannot be won in a few months. It is a

war of generations. It will be a long struggle

with hopeful and painful moments.

“Many innocent civilians will lose their

lives. But we will win this war.

“Am I an optimist or a pessimist? I like what

Winston Churchill said. The difference

between an optimist and a pessimist is a pessimist

sees difficulty in opportunity and an

optimist sees opportunity in difficulty.”

Barak ended his talk by paraphrasing

Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

“The greatest risk in fighting terrorism is

the unwillingness to take risks.”

On the Iraqi nuclear agreement

The agreement reminds me of what

they say about second marriages. It’s a

triumph of hope over experience.

Precedents don’t support hope and we have

had six precedents involving nuclear

weapons facilities in the past 35 years.

Two were successfully resolved – South

Africa and Libya.

Two were blocked by surgical attacks – Iraq

in 1981 and Syria in 2007.

Two defied the world, despite nuclear

inspection agreements – Korea and Pakistan.

I remember 30 years ago meeting every

quarter with CIA chief Bill Casey in Langley,

“I can tell you bluntly, Israel will

never capitulate to terrorism, period.”

Virginia. He mumbled in an accent I couldn’t

understand. I suspect it was deliberate. So I

have no memory of the conversations. But the

subject was always the same. How many centrifuges

does Korea have? How much

enriched uranium? What are their motivations

for wanting to be a nuclear power?

Years later, with the Clinton administration

I looked at satellite photos of North Korea and

then the question was, What will happen if

we bomb them? What happens to the plutonium

and the 100,000 people living downstream

of the reactor?

In Pakistan, to cut a long story short,

Reagan was not soft. But the way his administration

tried to convince Pakistan to give up

its nuclear program was to give Pakistan 75 F-

16 Falcon Jets, because they were afraid of

India. Now those F-16s carry nuclear

weapons. And Pakistan is trying to develop

small, battlefield nukes.

The agreements with North Korea and

Pakistan looked good, but the outcomes were

not what was planned.

That’s why we are worried about Iran. I

have a strong feeling, not in the first few

years, but down the line, they might decided

to break the agreement.

And if they do, any second rate dictator

may decide, if Iran is allowed to develop

nuclear weapons, so should we.

We need to define what is an agreement

violation, what establishes the need to bring

the military back to the table.

I think, at this junction, that the U.S.

administration understands that America

should equip Israel with the tools to carry out

an independent operation against Iran if,

down the street, both governments agree Iran

is trying to move toward nuclear weapons.

Barak on Israel today and tomorrow

Israel is a microcosm of the world.

We’re at the meeting point of a clash of

civilizations. We’re in the eye of the storm,

with the Muslim world spinning around us.

Israel is like a villa in the jungle. Inside is

comfortable. Once you step outside your door

the law of the jungle prevails.

Isis, however dangerous it is, is not the real

threat to Israel’s safety. The real threat is the

Arabs waiting to take out their knives against

us. Do you believe the Syrians and Iranians

hate us any less than the Palestinians. They

probably hate us more because at least the

Palestinians know us.

I used to joke with American presidents,

We wanted so deeply to have Canadians as

our neighbor, but you got them instead.

When Moses was being led out of Egypt he

told God he wanted to go to Canada, but God

though he said Canaan. Some claim Moses

said California.

The good news is that Israel is the most

powerful country from Benghazi to Tehran.

And we will remain the strongest for the foreseeable

future, militarily and economically. If

we keep up good relations with the U.S.

By no means should Israel be pessimistic or

anxious. This is not 1938 or 1947. Zionism is

the most successful nation project of the 20th


We have two lakes and one is dead. The

other, the Sea of Galilee, is where young Jews

learn to swim and one of them learned to

walk on water and became very famous.

They are connected by the River Jordan,

which is really just a creek. And so we had to

develop one of the most advanced agricultural

system in the world. We produce all we

need with two percent of our workforce.

We had enemies from day one. In the 67

years since the establishment of Israel, we

have had seven wars and two intifadas. So we

had to develop fighters. We were under an

arms embargo by the U.S. in the 1950s and by

France until the mid 1960s. So we produced

what others wouldn’t sell us. That became

the seeds of Israel becoming a ‘start-up

nation.’ We have more start-ups per capita

than any corner of the earth except Silicon


The Shekel is one of the world’s strongest


We’ve taken in one million Russian immigrants.

They represent 15 percent of our population

and have change Israel forever. They

enter the sciences at a higher rate than the

rest of our population. We now have more

philharmonics, more chess grand masters and

more ballet teachers than anywhere else in

the world. One in four soldiers is named


I said to Putin, Let us take another million.

I’ll find a babushka for each one.

We are at the turning point of a second

industrial revolution, based on robotics, nano

technologies and life sciences. These are the

engines that will change productivity, the

keys to our future goals. These keys are held

by the U.S., Israel and Western Europe and

not by China or Russia. That is the reason for

my long term optimism.

But we must be cautious and not fall into

the trap of hubris, not sit on our laurels, not

become complacent.

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One state or two?

The idea of a one state solution, of two people living together is

utopian. We must put a wedge on the slippery slope toward a one

state solution, which has a high probability of leading to another

Belfast or Bosnia. Between the River Jordan and the Mediterranean

Sea, an area the size of New Jersey, there are eight million Israelis and

five million Palestinians.

In the one state solution, if Muslims can’t vote we won’t have a

democracy and if they can vote we won’t have a Zionist state when

Muslims become the majority.

The two state solution is imperative for Israel’s identify, not just for


We should draw a line so there is a solid Jewish majority for generations

to come and leave the opportunity on the other side of the line

for the Palestinians to develop their own state.

We would not be doing it for them. We would be acting in our own

best interests.

It will not be easy. The Palestinians are not easy to work with.

But let me tell you a story.

In 1978, Prime Minister Begin went to Camp David to meet with

President Carter and Egyptian President Sadat. Three weeks before the

meeting, 70 percent of the Israeli public was against giving up the Sinai

Peninsula for peace. After the meeting 70 percent were in favor of it.

The public is like play dough. If there is leadership, the public can

be moved.

I’m confident Israel can be moved, despite the recent shift to the

right. I think there is a dormant majority who would vote for an agreement

that makes the delineation I described, if they see a partner on

the other side.

Even on the Palestinian side, something similar could happen.

But the diplomacy is not easy. Each side worries that the media will

find out what’s happening and they will lose their power base before

an agreement can be reached.

Diplomacy needs to operate on two levels – public diplomacy and

underneath the surface.

Successful negotiations have always been this way. Meetings with

Sadat aides began before Begin came to power. Despite Moshe Dyan

swearing he never spoke to (Egyptian General Mohamed Ahmed

Fareed) Al-Tuhami, he convinced Sadat to fly to Jerusalem. There were

many meetings with King Hussein before peace with Jordan was

announced. The Oslo agreement started in the woods of Scandinavia,

long before Rabin and Arafat met in Paris.

We must find a way to negotiate beneath the surface and then push

a Palestinian agreement to the surface at the right moment, with the

support of the U.S or the U.N.

If that does not work, I would take unilateral steps to block the one

state solution.

Why the Middle East matters

I’ve heard it from Hillary Clinton. America should pivot to the

east as the U.S. becomes more energy independent.

What you will see when you turn to the east won’t be a physical

clash. The U.S. and China have a symbiotic relationship in their

currencies. But the Chinese will keep cutting into your vital interests.

When your allies sit behind closed doors and ask, Can the Americans

be relied on, they will turn to the last region the Americans played a

role in, the Middle East.

That’s why what happens in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Syria are


After the collapse of the Soviet Union, there was a sense of elation.

Strategists wrote about the end of history. Two major systems clashed,

capitalism and socialism. One won, the other was defeated. Everyone

will see the light and join capitalism and history will end.

We’ve learned that’s not the case.

We’ve learned we need to be respective of others’ points of view.

Some are not as demonic as Americans tend to believe. Think of

Singapore, South Korea, China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Hungary – nations

led by autocrats, far from our systems, but still successful in moving

their nations forward, driven by national pride.

As long as they are effective in improving their people’s opportunities

and standard of living they will enjoy favorable support.

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Ihave had an ongoing argument with a friend

about which dining trends are fads and which

are permanent. Our most recent point of contention

was over farm-to-table style dining. He

opined that now that chain restaurants are adopting

seasonal dining, hipsters and trend leaders will

move on to something else. I argued that once you

get used to eating fresh, healthy food, you don’t

want to go backward. He shot back that not everybody

can dine that way because large operations

couldn’t possibly do it well.

And there it rested, because I didn’t have an

example of a large franchise operation that had

taken that theme and run with it. I do now that I

have dined at True Food Kitchen at The Point in El

Segundo. The focus on modern ideas about eating

is overt, and reflects the philosophy of co-owner

and diet guru Andrew Weill and his partners

restaurateur Sam Fox and Executive Chef Michael

Stebner. Click the “about” tab on their website and

the first three sentences mention nutrients, the

anti-inflammatory diet, and healthy living. They

also mention flavor, which I found reassuring.

The restaurant is a cross between corporate and

quirky. The big, high-ceilinged space is softened

with wood paneling and tubs of herbs on wheels

by the front door. Whether those herbs are actually

used in the cooking here or merely symbolic,

they’re a statement of purpose. The menu is large-

ly vegetarian or vegan and offers many

gluten-free items, but hearty meat and fish

dishes are here, too. Many ethnic traditions

are represented along with original creations,

making this a snapshot of contemporary


We started with a caramelized onion tart True Food’s inside out quinoa burger.

and a “kale and avocado dip” that we expected

to be guacamole by another name. I only

ordered the latter because it listed grapefruit

and roasted poblano chilies among the ingredients and I was trying to imagine how

those would go together. Guacamole usually contains lemon or lime and often some

anaheim chilies. The substitutions made a subtle difference. It was tarter and tangier

than typical guac, with the finely chopped kale adding just a hint of texture and

vegetable character.

I wouldn’t have ordered the onion tart based on the name, which suggests a simple

flatbread with cheese and onion, but the description mentioned smoked garlic

and figs with the caramelized onion, gorgonzola and herbs. The flavor balance was

surprising, the garlic and onions almost as sweet as the chopped figs. It’s a must-have

item if you like roasted garlic in any form.

True Food Kitchen has an interesting selection of beverages, both alcoholic and otherwise.

The section called Natural Refreshers includes juice blends that are designed

with the flavor balance of a good cocktail. The Medicine Man contained tart sea

buckthorn juice along with pomegranate, honey, black tea and soda – sweet, astringent

and sour flavors all in balance. It made me want to try more from that list. The

fig and pomegranate mule with ginger honey and the sangria were also delightful and

the cherry bourbon sour is something I’m going to try to recreate. Floating Pinot Noir

on top of a bourbon-based cocktail isn’t standard practice, but it certainly works.

For main courses we selected Moroccan-style chicken, braised bison short rib, a

spicy tuna wrap and a daily special of grilled rainbow trout with broccoflower.

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Rainbow trout are relatively thin fish and can dry out when even slightly

overcooked. Sautéing this one might have been a better option. It

wasn’t bad, but lacked the moist succulence you can get from perfectly

cooked trout.

The ahi wrap wasn’t highly spiced but had sharp flavors thanks to the

radish, mint, and sesame that accompanied the mild wasabi aioli. Most

spicy tuna sandwiches stick with neutral lettuces or spinach, which

adds texture but not much flavor. This approach was much more interesting.

It was served with a simple sweet potato and onion hash and a

kale and parmesan salad, which made a light, healthy, well-proportioned


The bison and chicken were both heftier portions, but with well-considered

flavors and accompaniments. The flavors on the first plate were

of fall and winter, with roasted fennel and multicolored carrots alongside

swiss chard, mashed cauliflower and the meat itself. The portion

of protein looked small at first but was very satisfying. This was a rare

preparation where you could taste the difference between bison and

beef. There isn’t a huge difference, but bison is richer and slightly

sweeter – and a lot better for you thanks to a lower fat content. This

preparation keeps it from drying out on a grill and is highly recommended.

The surprising thing about the Moroccan chicken was how faithfully

the traditional flavors were executed. The bird had been crusted with

spices and served over a mix of spinach, garbanzos, fig and olive with

chermoula sauce, made from both fresh and pickled lemon, herbs, oil,

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were offered, such as a chia seed pudding with banana and coconut,

but we trusted her recommendation and were satisfied with the result.

True Food Kitchen delivered on their promise of contemporary, fresh

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consciously oriented around fresh, healthy foods. The chef may not be

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by David Mendez

Chris Paludi seems incredibly tense. Model UN; and he is constantly thinking.

Every movement the 17-year-old It makes sense that his favorite author is

makes while sitting in the plush chairs David Foster Wallace, the celebrated writer

of Catalina Coffee Company, from leaning

forward to taking a drink from his Nalgene

water bottle, seems to take a great deal of

conscious effort.

“Yeah…I’m pretty high strung,” he said.

Paludi is a senior at Redondo Union High

School and likely one of the busiest students

both on and off campus. He’s the student

who gained fame on the back of his thousand-page-plus

tome “Infinite Jest,” and held

onto it as a writer of thoughtful, funny, soulaching

prose. As with Wallace, Paludi is

incredibly self-aware — and just a bit intense.

“I do a fair amount with my time, and I’m

taking more things on in my senior year,

which is burning me out,” he said. Paludi

member of Redondo Unified School said that most people think of their high

District’s Board of Education, for the second

year in a row; he’s the opinion editor for

Redondo Union’s award-winning High Tide

student newspaper; he’s taking a full load of

Advanced Placement classes; he’s active with

the school’s Student Body; he participates in

school experience in one of two ways: that it

is its own experience that has to be lived

through for its own sake; or that it is a means

to an end that has to be packed with as much

extracurricular experience as possible in

order to get into college.

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Chris Paludi on campus.

Photo by David Mendez

Redondo Union student school

board member Chris Paludi

focuses inward while looking

toward both his and RUHS’s future

“The people who think that aren’t wrong

— that’s the way it’s set up,” he said. “In that

sense, I definitely hindered myself going forward

with those first two years of high

school; I could’ve had an entirely different


Those first two years were marred by introversion

and depression. Though help was

offered to him, he said he maneuvered

around it. “I think that when someone experiences

that intensity of emotion, that intense

sadness, introspection is inevitable — the

approach to me was to think about it, rather

than through rebellion, or taking up punk

music, or any of the cliches of raging against

the world,” he said.

So, he delved inward and, to an extent, that

began to work for him. He identified what he

felt was holding him back, tried to find answers to his issues.

He also cites Wallace’s “This Is Water” commencement speech,

given to Kenyon College’s 2005 graduating class, as a major influence

on his worldview -- so much so that he’s written it, over and over

again, on his Latin.

The address focuses on the themes of community empathy and

conscious awareness of the world, which struck a chord with Paludi,

who said he was affected by those sentiments more than anything

he’d previously read, other than Wallace’s “Infinite Jest.”

“I appreciate the value of being conscious and realizing that everyone

around me is an individual with their own life, doing the best

they can to achieve happiness — that the world isn’t mine and that

it doesn’t exist to serve me, but that we’re all trying to do the best

for ourselves,” he said.

Here, he pauses, introspection taking over again, worrying that

he’s coming off as “holier than thou.”

“I have to admit that I’m a little pretentious — but I think I’m

allowed to have a few character flaws,” he said.

The turning point of his high school career came when he began

joining student clubs, getting involved with campus organizations

and creating relationships. “That’s when Redondo became a home

for me. I was proud to be a Sea Hawk, whereas freshman year, I

wished I was anywhere else,” he said.

Now, he believes that the level of involvement a student has on

campus has a direct relation to their quality of life in school and that

a student with roots will find his or her place.

Redondo Beach, he’s found through his work in the school and the

community, is good grounds for those roots. Though he’s not without

concerns for the area’s future.

“This city is a tremendous place for people to live and kids to grow,

but I think that enrollment at the high school might be an issue if we

continue to be a destination district — which we will be... “We have

to take a hard look at our future and plan ahead a little bit. Voters

have been tremendously generous with voting in bonds and we need

to repay that trust by making sure there’s a future for our kids where

everyone has a seat and everyone has the same level of care and

attention that they have now.”

It should be no surprise that Paludi has considered a future in politics.

He’s taken numerous trips to the State Capitol with local organizations

and he’s worked with State Senator Ben Allen’s office as an

intern. He’s also watches White House Press Sessions on C-SPAN.

“But I don’t know if I could be a representative — so many elected

officials seem like they’re unhappy, or not themselves. They seem

forced…I know that I will never run for office as anyone other than

myself,” he said. “I would rather lose an election as myself than win

it as some of my advisors tell me to be.”

But that’s in the far distance. Before that comes college. His primary

concern is finding a school that that is affordable.

“My family is by no means wealthy, so I want to leave them in a

position where they can send my brother (Colin, a freshman at

RUHS) to college as well. Even if I get into fantastic schools, I don’t

want to preclude him from any opportunities,” he said. Once there,

he’s considering English language and literature, journalism, or public


Right now, he’s concerned about making sure his relationships

hold together, even with the glut of work on his plate.

“I’m worried that I can’t give 100 percent to everything I’m committed

to,” Paludi admitted. “I’ve been through hell, and I’m still

here, which means that burning out, at worst, means I’m not getting

a lot of sleep.”

But if a lack of sleep is all he has to deal with, he’s fine with that.

“I take every day reasonably seriously — simultaneously whimsically,

but also seriously. I want to enjoy what I’m doing,” he said.

“Days are finite, and there is a day where there will be no more days.

I don’t believe in wasting time and I believe that, whether I’m doing

nothing, or a lot of something, I should try to make sure that I’m

doing my best to make sure it’s time well spent.” B

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quarter of a century ago Karl Rogers sent a pumpkin

down Longfellow Avenue on a skateoard and a

tradition was born. The tradition became so popular

that in 2007, the City of Manhattan Beach took over

the event. This year’s 25th Anniversary Pumpkin Race

brought back together the race’s founding organizers

Rogers, John Holliday and Michael Aaker.

Photos by Caroline Anderson

1. Two seasoned competitors with their feline entry.

2. Councilmember Wayne Powell with his trophy.

3. Manhattan Beach Police Officer Robert Cochran

puts the department’s pumpkin on the line.

4. The infamous Cheater Pumpkin.

5. The Manhattan Beach Police Department

celebrates its win with the referees.

6. Pumpkin Races’ founding fathers John Holliday,

Karl Rogers and Michael Aaker.

7. A contestant with his pumpkin.

8. Kevin Clark with the winning pumpkin, Brainiac.

9. LA Car Guy’s Mike Sullivan, MB Parks and Rec

Department’s Idris Al-Oboudi, and fourth place

winners Jeff Gill and Kristen Carter with their

pumpkin Donald Trumpkin.

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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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resh Brothers brother Adam Goldberg credited his

“mentor” Michael Greenberg of Skechers, his “fixer”

restaurateur Michael Zislis and the broader community

of Manhattan Beach for the meteoric success of his family’s

pizza company. Goldberg’s thankyous came during his

acceptance of the “Best of Manhattan” award last month


during the Chamber of Commerce’s annual Best Of dinner

at the Manhattan Beach Marriott.

The evening’s Bob Meistrell Local Legend Award was presented

to Judy and John Peetze for their work with this

year’s Special Olympics. The two formed a committee that

hosted Special Olympians from Hungary and Nepal.

Other 2014 Best Of Manhattan awardees were:

Leadership Manhattan Beach for Business Bringing MB

Together; Wilshire Bank’s David Curry for Home Sweet

Home, which recognizes leaders in real estate, mortgages

and wealth management; the Manhattan Beach Education

Foundation for Enhancing MB; Two Guns Espresso for Small

and Mighty; Manhattan Beach Post for Branding MB; The

Strand House for Dine MB; and the Manhattan Village Mall

for Pay It Forward. – Kevin Cody 3


1. Wilshire Bank’s David

Curry, recipient of the for

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Jason and Alison Shanks

of Nikau Kai Waterman


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Chase Gaffney, 9, sets up a bottom turn.

Kenny Brechtelsbauer gets

the air of the day and later

the wipe out of the day.

Billy Atkins shows why he was

presented the Pure Surfing

Experience Award, presented to

the surfer who best embodied

the spirit of contest namesake

Jimmy Miller.

Contest director Jeff Miller insists it’s all about fun, if

pulling into shallow closeouts is your idea of fun.

Family line up

Father-son team wins

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Father and son duos Matt

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ringer Ben Ruby out-endured

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