Peninsula People October

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Volume XX, Issue 4

October 2015

PENINSULA PEOPLE

P A L O S V E R D E S P E N I N S U L A M O N T H L Y

ON THE COVER

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Citizens of the Year

Story by Alexandra

Khatchadourian

Photos by David Fairchild

Helaine and Steve Lopes,

key member of USC’s

athletic department, have brought teamwork to

community volunteering.

PROFILES

44 Direct heat

by Esther Kang

Welder George Sandoval and his wife Mary develop a

high-end line of weather-resistant BBQ grills for coastal

homes.

46 Image capture

by Esther Kang

James Kao chases adventures with camera in hand after

quitting a long-time office job.

48 More than books

by David Mendez

Kathy Gould believes libraries are for everybody in the

community, no matter their status.

HIGHLIGHTS

8 Encore Circle

12 Portuguese Bend Horse Show

14 Chamber Orchestra Gala

16 Evening Under the Stars

20 Las Candalistas

24 Sunday by the Sea

28 Trojan League

32 PV Concours d’Elegance

DEPARTMENTS

34 Dining guide

50 In Remembrance

52 Calendar

64 Around & About

68 Senior Care guide

70 Attorney profiles

73 Service Directory

CONTRIBUTORS

David Fairchild’s photography is frequently seen in Peninsula

People and Beach magazines.

Randy Angel is staff writer for Easy Reader publications

Esther Kang is a frelance writer based in Long Beach

Alexandra Khatchadourian is a South Bay freelance writer

and publisher of the zine, amadeus

David Mendez is staff writer for Easy Reader publications

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EDITOR

Kevin Cody

PUBLISHER

Mary Jane Schoenheider

ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER

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S P O T L I G H T O N T H E H I L L

Encore Circle

Opening Night at the Norris

Theatre

Members of the Encore Circle, one of

the major support groups of the

Norris Theatre held their annual pre-performance

opening night dinner celebration

at the Harlyne J. Norris Pavilion before

walking across the street to the Norris

Theatre for the season opening night performance

of the Broadway Musical “Mary

Poppins”.

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PHOTOS BY

MARY JANE SCHOENHEIDER

1. Don and Martha Tuffley.

2. Chuck and Marylyn Klaus.

3. Jim Hill and Pam Barrett Hill with Hal and

Anita Javits.

4. Jane and Al Spaeter with Sophia

Fitzmaurice.

5. Max Grupenhagen and Myla Azer.

6. Steve and Lisa Hansen, Harlene Norris and

Webb Castor.

7. Patrick and Cindy Brady.

8. Jacky Glass and Jim Kinney.

9. Carol Mele, Julie Moe Reynolds with Abby

and John Douglas.

10. Event Chair Maude Landen and Aaron

Landon.

11. Bunny and Marty Rosenzweig.

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LILY LIANG PRESENTS:

3300 Palos Verdes Dr. West, Rancho Palos Verdes

This Imposing Villa, with 180 degrees of Ocean View and a Merlot Vineyard is a true

work of art built in 1997. The great room includes a stunning mosaic of over 15,000

pieces of hand cut stone. Amazing interiors include 5 bdrm/10 ba, a formal dining room

with ceiling molds from Caesars Palace, a gourmet kitchen with 2-storied pantry, massive

master suite with his and her bathrooms and closets, elevator and dumbwaiter,

paneled library with secret passage, a large wine cellar and five car garage. 12,000+ Sq.

Ft. sitting on over 1 acre. This is a large very private estate atop a long gated and private

drive.

$10,800,000 | www.3300PalosVerdesDrWest.com

Wonderful 6 Bedroom Home in Monte Malaga, PVE

Custom built executive home situated on a large flat lot with 6 bdrm/7ba and approx.

6,000 sq.ft. Beautiful Queen’s necklace, sparkling city night lights, and ocean views can

be enjoyed throughout. This home features an elegant formal living room and dining

room, and the gourmet kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances and a huge center

island opens to the family room and the lush backyard. All bedrooms are en-suites and

the master suite features high ceilings, a large walk-in closet, a luxurious marble bath,

and French doors that open to the balcony with fantastic coastline/ocean views.

Downstairs are the media room, private office and 1bdrm/ gym. Enchanting resort-like

backyard with a gazebo, big grassy area and a spa that flows into the large pool with

a cover. Custom quality, beautiful appointments and fine details. Great opportunity!

$3,248,000 | www.1504ViaMargaritaPVE.com

8 Ringbit Road East, Rolling Hills

Perched high on the hill on 1.2 acres in the prestigious Rolling Hills gated community.

5 bdrm + office & 6 ba home boasting an expansive master suite with wonderful views,

spacious walk-in closet, large shower/jacuzzi tub and fireplace! Bright and sunny with

4,633 sq ft of living space plus a barn that is currently being used as a workshop/hobby

room. Single level, great open floor plan, fantastic gourmet kitchen, high ceilings, multiple

skylights, 4 fireplaces and beautiful custom cabinetry and built-ins throughout.

Enjoy miles of private horse trails with the security of a 24-hr guard-gated entry.

Panoramic ocean/Catalina/coastline/sunset views from all major rooms. Redesigned and

renovated in 1993, great opportunity to make it your dream home.

$2,999,000 l www.8RingbitRoad.com

Luxury Lease, Rolling Hills

Resort-like property behind the secured and guarded City of Rolling Hills. This luxury

home with 4 bdrms/4ba has more than 8,000 sq ft situated over 2 acres of beautifully

landscaped grounds with a pool, tennis court, entertaining areas and unbelievable

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opportunity, partially furnished and prefer a 2-year lease minimum at $13,500/mo.

$13,500/mo. l www.LilyLiang.com


PALOS VERDES’ FINEST HOMES & ESTATES FOR OVER 30 YEARS!

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numerous personal and professional achievements have proven essential in creating her own

distinguished brand and building an exclusive network of high net-worth international individuals.


S P O T L I G H T O N T H E H I L L

Peninsula Committee

Children’s Hospital

Portuguese Bend National Horse

Show and Party

Peninsula Committee Children’s Hospital held

their 58th annual Portuguese Bend National

Horse Show at Ernie Howlett Park in Rolling Hills

Estates on September 4th, 5th, and 6th. The

theme for this year’s event was “Braveheart.” All

of the money is raised for Children’s Hospital Los

Angeles and directly benefits the Associates

Rehabilitation Caregiver Wing and the Associates

Sarcoma Program Chair. In addition to the three

day horse show, there was a colorful children’s

carnival, food booths, haybale boutique, a

Saturday Night BBQ dinner, and special events

including a visit from the miniature therapy horses

of Gentle Carousel, Parade of Trophies, and the

Long Beach Mounted Police.

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PHOTOS BY NOELLE GULIANO

1. Lisa Gentry, Dave

Klein, Jason and Flora

Fairchild, Mary DiMatteo,

Doug VanRiper, Song

Klein, Lena Miller-Hori and

Dwayne Horrii.

2. LeAnn Koeberle, Dr.

Bianca Edison, Robert

Edison, and Meredith

Edwards.

3. Dwayne Horrii, Carole

Rowe and Jim Rice.

4. Frank Conterno of

Giuliano's, Gardena and

Angela Conterno

5. Hilary Waxler, Heather

Schuchert, and Anne

Cook.

6. Grounds Chair Kristin

and David Wendorff (center

with PCCH Volunteers.

7. Michelle DelConte, Vall

Light, Melanie MacLean,

Kelly Walsh, Noelle

Giuliano, and Cathy

Villicich at the Nordstrom

sponsored photo booth at

Saturday Night Supper.

8. Ava Lanigan and her

unicorn stick horse.

9. Dawn Knickerbocker,

Kim Whitcombe, and Lisa

Noski.

10. Jacquie Leimbach

and Andrea Sala

11. Rich and Pat Lucy.

12. Terry Durham and

her granddaughter, Kaitlyn

Cobb with Caro Miguelez.

13. Ittie Cutting and Dee

Schuler

14. Trainer and miniature

therapy horse with founding

member Betty

Davidson and Sherry

Gentry.

15. Jackie O'Brien, Debra

Consani, Jan VanRiper,

Alyson McFerson,

Shannon Cobb, Austin

Fairchild, and Michelle

VanRiper at the Burgers n'

Salsa booth.

16. Cindy Choate, Bonnie

Upp, Karen Stuckman, and

Cathy King

17. Horse Show Chair

Kelly Walsh, PCCH

Featured Child, Jordan

Gazdik, and PCCH

President.

18. Ring Crew volunteers

Harrison MacLean, Austin

Fairchild, and Matthew

Fairchild.

19. Parade of Trophies.

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S P O T L I G H T O N T H E H I L L

Chamber Orchestra

of the South Bay

Gala Benefactors Circle

Abehind the scenes event featured an

afternoon of music, conversation,

cocktails and dinner at the Palos Verdes

Estates home of Mula Azer.The primary

mission of the COSB is to serve as the fully

professional classical orchestra in the

South Bay.The COSB began as a professional

orchestra under Conductor Frances

Steiner in 1983 with the completion of the

Norris Theatre where it was appointed resident

orchestra in 1987. Now in its 33rd

season its audience has grown to the point

where it has sold out it’s concert series for

the past eleven years.

PHOTOS BY

MARY JANE SCHOENHEIDER

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Laura Pearson, Viola, Hye-Won Cho,

Piano, Miwako Watanabe, violin, Frances

Steiner, cello and Norman Ludwin, Base

performed the Trout Quintet by Schubert.

2. Hosts Paula and Brad Moore.

3. Jean and Bruce Juell.

4. Allen and Dottie Lay.

5. Melody and Sal Intagilata and Diana

and Ray Martin.

6. Carolyn and Roger Ayers.

7. Barbara Potts and Marybeth Muir.

8. Paula Moore, Peter Barrett and Jerry

and Zorica Sorkin.

9. Marty Gamble, Lora Pearson and Mark

Larwill.

10. Robert and Nancy Miller.

11. Ellen Weisen with Dick and Gail

Effors.

12. Marylyn and Chuck Klaus.

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S P O T L I G H T O N T H E H I L L

Evening Under the

Stars

29th Annual Gourmet Food &

Wine Festival

Proceeds of $100,000 generated from

“Honda Evening Under the Stars” 29th

Annual Gourmet Food & Wine Festival

will help pave the way for non-profit

Torrance Memorial Medical Center’s

upcoming renovation to its North Tower to

benefit women’s and pediatric services. In

addition, at the event Honda also

announced the donation of a 2015 Honda

Odyssey van to Torrance Memorial to be

used to transport patients. More than 500

guests attended the event Saturday, August

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The event offered a performance by

Grammy-winning vocalist Peabo Bryson,

as well as samplings of the South Bay’s

best cuisine and more than 80 varietals of

wine. This marks the 10th consecutive

year Honda has chosen Torrance

Memorial as beneficiary of “Evening

Under the Stars.” In that time, the event

has raised more than $1 million for

Torrance Memorial. The Festival is presented

in partnership with the Torrance

Area Chamber of Commerce.

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PHOTOS BY DEIDRE DAVIDSON

1. Sigrid Allman,

Ralph Allman.

2. Craig and Judy

Leach, Terry and Joe

Hohm.

3. Jack and, Ayne

Baker.

4. Jan and Mike

Philbin.

5. Jackie and Greg

Geiger, Judy Gassner

and Song Klein.

6. Dave Klein,

Barbara and Mark

Lurie, MD.

7. Eve and Rick

Higgins.

8. Barbara Lurie,

Carole Hoffman, Laura

Schenasi, Heidi

Hoffman, MD, and

Erin Hoffman.

9. Seated in front

Catherine Madorin,

MD, Melanie

Friedlander, MD,

Judith Friedlander and

standing in back

Houman Soloman,

MD, Aileen Takahashi,

MD, Craig Leach, Al

Lam, MD, Riad

Adoumie, MD, Son

Nguyen, MD and

Rolfe Metzger.

10. Kirsten Wagner,

DDS, Rick

Rounsavelle, DDS,

Karla Burns and Brett

Dillenberg.

11. Seated: Pat

Lucy, Terry Hohm,

Joe Hohm and standing,

Rich Lucy and

Pam Crane.

12. Brenda Nowatka,

Priscilla Hunt, Peabo

Bryson and Steve

Morikawa.

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Chris Adlam

310.493.7216

www.chrisadlam.com

Private, gated Tennis Estate in Palos Verdes Estates. Built in 2005 with over 6,250

square feet of stunning living space, this elegant home has 5 bedrooms plus an

office, wine cellar, pool/spa, beautiful views and more. $5,250,000


Lower Lunada Bay, 5 bedroom home with over 3,000 square feet of large, open living space, and beautiful

ocean views. Great backyard with pool and patios. $1,899,000

Chris Adlam

310.493.7216

www.chrisadlam.com

Palos Verdes Estates home with 4,400 square feet, 4 bedrooms and beautiful ocean views!

Fantastic open floor plan with high ceilings and bright, spacious rooms. $2,699,000


Lower Lunada Bay, 4 bedroom with almost 4,000 square feet, pool, pool house, ocean

views! Charming, traditional floor plan. $2,699,000

Chris Adlam

310.493.7216

www.chrisadlam.com

Located across from the 11th green of the PV Golf Course, this PVE home is situated on

a gorgeous 15,000 square foot lot. Incredible location and stunning views. $2,295,000


S P O T L I G H T O N T H E H I L L

Las Candalistas

Cowboys, Cocktails and

Candelabras

Members and guests donned their

western garb for their season

kick off fundraiser at the Empty

Saddle Club in Rolling Hills Estates.

The evening included a gourmet BBQ

dinner, Boot Skootin’ to Dawson’s

Gang Country Western Band, western

games and silent auction.Proceeds

from the event will benefit the South

Bay Children and the Environment.

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MARY JANE SCHOENHEIDER

1. Anne St.Cyr,

Jamie Woodbury,

President Debbie

Sampson, Polly

Goodman and

Karen Strockbridge,

event chairs.

2. Kitty Meese,

Susan Schneider

and Donna La

Mont.

3. Greg Broussard

and Cynthia Adkins.

4. Jim and Nancy

Walsh and Keith

and Joan Davidson.

5. Larry and Jane

McNeil.

6. Marsha Butler

and Sharon and Joe

Logan.

7. Stephanie Yeun

and Paula

Redmond.

8. Ken Troutman

and Jan Warner.

9. Carolyn

Kammerer and

Virginia Renfro.

10. Nancy Butler,

Jennifer and Rich

Sittel, Nanci

Browning and John

Hodge.

11. John Mineo

and Nick Trutanich.

12. Linda and Bill

Spelta, Tom and

Rhonda Good, Lucy

and Chuck

Huebner,

13. Pam & Jim

Hill.

14. Elaine

Truanich, JoAnne

Mineo, Janie

Woodburn and

McNair Maxwell.

15. John Waldron

and Ray Randall.

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Palos Verdes Estates

SERENITY AND CLASSIC, CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE

• Located in the Trees just across from the 15th green of

Palos Verdes Golf Club

• A Spacious and Open 4 Bedrooms 4 Bath

with Family Room, 3,200+ sq. ft.

• Lots of Light and Openness throughout bringing

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• Patio area and Decks provide spacious Outdoor Living

adjacent to the Kitchen & Family Room

OFFERED AT $1,987,000

3025 PALOS VERDES DRIVE NORTH, PALOS VERDES ESTATES

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BRE# 01843670

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BRE# 00426156

www.EricsonBeach.com

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30553 Palos Verdes Dr. East, Rancho Palos Verdes

5 Bedrooms | 5 Bathrooms | 4705 Sq.ft.

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4 Bedrooms | 4 Bathrooms | 5300 Sq.ft.

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4 Bedrooms | 4 Bathrooms | 2941 Sq.ft

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11 Roanwood Rd., Rolling Hills Estates

4 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | 2762 Sq.ft

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4 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | 2793 Sq.ft

OFFERED BY JERRY & LAURA $1,099,000


S P O T L I G H T O N T H E H I L L

TrinityCare

Sunday by the Sea

celebrates 25th year

Sunday by the Sea celebrated one quarter century

of parties hosted by Carolyn and Julian

Elliott at their classical design home on Resort

Point in Palos Verdes Estates last month. The

home and formal gardens are surrounded on

three sides by the ocean. Offerings from local

restaurants and wineries were a match for the

surroundings. Sunday by the Sea benefits the

Providence TrinityCare Hospice Foundation. The

hospice’s services include palliative care and

bereavement services. For more information visit

California.Providence.org/trinitycare.

1. Rebecca Meyer and Katie Horney.

2. Jacqueline M. Glass, Chair of the Board of

Trustees, Providence TrinityCare Hospice

Foundation and Sunday by the Sea presenting

sponsor Michael Hayde, CEO of Western

National Group.

3. The Depot’s Karen Haley and Chef Michael

Shafer.

4. Russell Kieffer, Andrea Strouth, Brenda

Tully and Nycole and Robert Snodgrass.

5. Steven and Terri Haddad.

6. Phil and Tawnie Norman.

7. Whiling away another Sunday afternoon

waiting for the Rolling Hills Country Club to

reopen are Corinne and Eric Grace, Kerry

Welsh, Cris Bennett and Lee De Young.

8. Richard and Judy Gibbons.

9. Gary Kuwahara, Jane Wanaga, Teri

Kuwahara and Daryl Tanakawa.

10. Janet and Bob Glazier.

11. Kristin McNary, Caroline Burke, Anthony

Joseph Ruiz.

12. Glen and Joyce Komatsu, Lorraine Ouye

and Lirri Ruehr.

13. Michelle Natarajan and Audrina

Bowmam.

14. Ian and Sherry Kramer and Carleen and

Bob Beste.

15. Dave and Jill Greggerson.

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WALLACE

OCEANFRONT RANCH

ESTATE

NEW

LISTING

IN ESCROW

paseo de la luz

RANCHO PALOS VERDES

5 Bedrooms, 8 Bathrooms, 7,925 sq ft Home, 27,119 sq ft Lot

Grand Ocean Front Estate, Stunning Ocean & Sunset Views

Custom Designed, Elevator, Home Theater & Entertainer's Backyard.

OFFERED AT $6,300,000

www.55PaseoDeLaLuz.com

Via Valdez

PALOS VERDES ESTATES

4 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, 3,684 sq ft Home, 8,229 sq ft Lot

Exceptionally Designed Home, View from Catalina to Santa Monica

Gourmet Kitchen, Dry Sauna, Steam Room, Elegant Living Space

OFFERED AT $3,980,000

Via del Monte

PALOS VERDES ESTATES

5 Bedrooms, 6 Bathrooms, 5,016 sq ft Home, 15,590 sq ft Lot

Sparkling City Lights Views. Extraordinary Indoor/Outdoor

Entertaining Area. Main Level Master Suite. Gourmet Kitchen & more.

OFFERED AT $3,499,000

GATED

COMMUNITY

COASTLINE

VIEW

BEAUTIFULLY

REMODELED

COUNTRY LANE

ROLLING HILLS ESTATES

5 Bedrooms, 3.5 Bathrooms, 4,173 sq ft Home, 16,090 sq ft Lot

Great Ocean & Sunset Views. Large Master Suite. 4 Fireplaces

Sparkling Pool & Spa. Gated Community with Great Amenities.

OFFERED AT $2,288,000

www.39CountryLane.com

Via Somonte

PALOS VERDES ESTATES

Spectacular Coastline and Queen’s Necklace View in Malaga Cove

Bring your Architect/Contractor for Major Remodeling or Rebuild

3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, 2,365 sq ft Home on 8,102 sq ft Lot

OFFERED AT $2,180,000

www.797ViaSomonte.com

Crestridge Road

RANCHO PALOS VERDES

5 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, 4,300+ sq ft Home, 1/2+ acre Lot

Panoramic Los Angeles Basin City Light and Mountain Views

Entertainers’ Delight both Inside and Out in a Lovely Secluded Setting.

OFFERED AT $1,899,000

www.28951Crestridge.com

#1 Real Estate Team, RE/MAX Estate Properties 2014

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310.503.9886

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Serving the South Bay

310.721.7526

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Short Sale Specialist

310.971.0404

gocristinago@gmail.com

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310.619.4989

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NEW

LISTING

NEW

LISTING

SHOWCASE

HOUSE

alta vista

RANCHO PALOS VERDES

19,907 sq ft Mostly Flat Lot with 112 feet Frontage

Catalina & Ocean View. Prestigious Neighborhood

Near Los Verdes Golf Course, Park, Shops & Ocean

OFFERED AT $1,599,000

PASEO DE LA PLAYA

REDONDO BEACH

3 Bedrooms, 3.5 Bathrooms, 2,250 sq ft End Unit Town Home

Beautiful Ocean and Palos Verdes Peninsula Views

Built in 2008 with Fine Finishes and Upgrades Including an Elevator

OFFERED AT $1,785,000

crest roaD

RANCHO PALOS VERDES

5 Bedrooms, 6.5 Bathrooms, 8,533 sq ft Home, Guest House

PANORAMIC VIEW of Queen's Necklace & Downtown LA

Architectural Masterpiece, Luxury Features, Beautiful Landscape

OFFERED AT $4,288,000

www.LuxuryPVhome.com

GREAT

VALUE

NEW

LISTING

NEW

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sunmist drive

RANCHO PALOS VERDES

5 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, 2,766 sq ft Home, 9,659 sq ft Lot

Updated Tri-Level on Quiet Cul de Sac, Peek A Boo Ocean Views

Beautiful Refinished Hardwood Floors, Flat Grassy Backyard with Pool

OFFERED AT $1,279,000

calle mayor

REDONDO BEACH

5 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, 4,100 sq ft Home, 7,890 sq ft Lot

Ocean, Coastline, City, Mountain VIEWS!!! California Indoor &

Outdoor Living, Horseshoe Driveway, Swimming Pool, Spa

OFFERED AT $2,295,000

homeworth drive

RANCHO PALOS VERDES

3 Bdrm (one as an office), 1.5 Bath, 1,497 sq ft Home, 5,912

sf ft Lot, Remodeled in 2009, City and Harbor View, Marble

Countertop, Fireplace, Beautiful Master Suite, New A/C

OFFERED AT $719,999

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310.722.9222

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S P O T L I G H T O N T H E H I L L

Trojan League

of South Bay

TrojanFest

USC Trojans from throughout the South Bay and Long

Beach gathered at the South Coast Botanic Garden in

August for the second annual TrojanFest. It was a familyfriendly

event for Trojans of all ages. Kids enjoyed activities

and games in the Kid Zone, adults networked and visited

the full bar with fellow alums and other Trojan fans,

and all ate heartily from the variety of food trucks. The

Trojan Marching Band, led by Band Director Art Bartner,

performed along with the USC Song Girls, and USC’s mascot,

Traveler, posed for photos with the attendees. The

admission fee included entrance into the Botanic Garden

and a tram tour. The event was a collaboration of the USC

Alumni Association, Trojan League of South Bay, Trojan

Club of the Coastal Cities, Marshall Partners, and the USC

Young Alumni Council.

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1. Kavita Gupta and Ellen

Cook, volunteers at the event

2. Chris Fox and Laurie Love,

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Ed and Judy Thompson, of Palos Verdes Estates, were

three time winners including a second-place finish in

the American Classics Open 1925-34 category with

their 1934 Packard 1101 719 Coupe Roadster.

Peninsula cars triumph at 23rd

Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance

Residents sweep American Classics 1935-1948 division

Story and photos by Randy Angel

Anew venue and the 100th anniversary of Cadillac highlighted

Sunday’s Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance. Car owners from

the Palos Verdes Peninsula, including four multi-award winners

from the 23rd annual event, held for the first time at Los Verdes

Golf Course.

Ed and Judy Thompson, of Palos Verdes Estates, were three-time

winners. They received second-place finishes with their 1934 Packard

1101 719 Coupe Roadster (American Classics Open 1925-34) and their

1939 Packard 1703 Convertible Sedan (American Classics Open 1935-

48). Their 1948 Packard Convertible Victoria placed third (Packard

through 1956).

The Thompson’s runner up-finish in the American Classics Open

1935-48 division was part of a sweep by Peninsula residents. Tom and

Shannon Hartman won first place with their 1936 Lincoln K V12

Brunn Victoria and fellow Rancho Palos Verdes resident Glenn S.

Streeter earned third place with a 1942 Packard 2023 Convertible

Victoria.

The Hartman’s also took home a second-place award in the

Preservation Class – Pre War category with a 1934 Packard 1103 4-

Door Sedan.

Palos Verdes Estates resident Lee Minshull captured two secondplace

awards with his 1960 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet (Ferrari 1950-

1962) and his 1967 Jaguar Series I E-Type Roadster (Jaguar E-Type).

Minshull acquired his Jaguar seven years ago from Classic

Showcase in Oceanside.

“I walked into the shop and said I was interested in restoring a car,”

Minshull said. “They said there was about a year’s waiting list and

then about a year and a half from then. He pointed out a car sitting

off to the side that had only 33,000 original miles and said if you make

a deal on this car right now we’ll restore it right here. I agreed and

had it restored to its original state. It was a primrose color which is

kind of an off yellow, so we repainted it a dark midnight blue and put

a beige interior in. We put six layers of paint on it -– the norm is three

to four -- so it will almost permanently have the deep, rich color. It’s

one of my favorite cars in my 18-car collection and I love driving it.”

Jay and Bonnie McDonald, of Palos Verdes Estates, won the top two

awards in the Mercedes 300SL division. Their 1960 Mercedes Benz

300SL Roadster captured first place and their 1956 Mercedes Benz

300SL Gullwing finished as runner-up.

Palos Verdes Estates resident Jim Huizdos won third place in the

Antiques (1918-24) division with his 1931 Ford Model A Deluxe

Roadster.

Rancho Palos Verdes resident Dana Graham is a perennial exhibitor

at the PV Concours d’Elegance and was excited to showcase his 1932

Chrysler Imperial CH Convertible Sedan. He acquired the car about

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Dana Graham stands by the 1932 Chrysler Imperial CH Convertible Sedan owned

by he and his wife Lianne of Rancho Palos Verdes.

Palos Verdes Estates resident Lee Minshull stands next to his 1967 Jaguar Series

E-Type Roadster that won second place in the Jaguar E-Type Class at the 23rd

annual Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance car show. An owner of 18 classic automobiles,

Minshull also won second place in the Ferrari (1950-62) Class with his

1960 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet.

Rancho Palos Verdes residents Tom and Shannon Hartman won first place in the

American Classics Open 1935-48 Division with their 1936 Lincoln K V12 Brunn

Victoria. The Hartman’s also took home a second-place award in the Preservation

Class – Pre War category with a 1934 Packard 1103 4-Door Sedan.

Owned by Kaia Echternkamp, of Glendora, this 1955 Austin J40 was originally a

pedal car later transformed into a motorized mini-car. The custom-built Teardrop

Trailer has working lights, a hot dog grill, refrigerator and running water.

four years ago, becoming only the fourth

owner of the vehicle.

“It was thought that there were only four of

these cars in existence so I was skeptical

when I heard that this 85-year old man in

Kennewick, Washington had one,” Graham

said. “They only made this model one year.

This car was originally owned by MGM

Studios, from new through the war years.

That’s my theory on why it survived because

a lot of them were melted down.”

The car was restored in 1974 but wasn’t

driven regularly so Graham needed to take

everything apart. It has the original French

Blue color.

“I have pictures of the car being built but,

of course, they are in black and white,”

Graham said. “It drives really nicely. You can

steer it with one finger, which is rare for this

era. Most of them you have to be in a weight

program to handle.”

One of the most popular vehicles on display

was the smallest. Owned by Kaia

Echternkamp, of Glendora, her 1955 Austin

J40 included a custom-built Teardrop Trailer.

In 1946, the Austin Motor Company began

manufacturing small J40 pedal cars as a way

to provide work for unemployed Welsh coal

miners. By 1950, the cars were in full production

with one of the first presented to

Queen Elizabeth to give to Prince Charles,

who was two years old at the time.

Originally a pedal car, Kaia’s pride and joy

later became one of two J40s (along with two

motorcycles) as part of a carousel ride 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.”

The Best of Show Award went to a 1931

Chrysler Imperial CG Le Baron Dual Cowl

Phaeton owned by Aaron and Valerie Weiss

of San Marino. PEN

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P E N I N S U L A P E O P L E | C O M M U N I T Y

Team Lopes

Photo by David Fairchild (DavidFairchildStudio.com)

Helaine and Steve Lopes have brought teamwork to community volunteering.

They are the PV Chamber’s 2015 Citizens of the Year.

by Alexandra Katchadourian

Helaine and Steve Lopes were on a trip to New York City

with the University of Southern California’s football

team when they made a decision. Helaine, then a sports

trainer for the University, and Steve, an administrator for USC’s

athletic department, had been close friends for years, but finally

recognized a deeper fondness for each other.

“Helaine didn’t work for me directly, but we worked in the

same building and we were a really close-knit group of people,”

said Steve Lopes. “We would all hang out and over time we just

sort of developed our relationship. We were really good friends

first, but at one point we just looked at each other and thought,

‘You know, maybe we should explore this, and take our relationship

more serious.’”

The Lopeses have not only devoted their lives to each other,

but have continued to cultivate a fruitful 30-year-plus relationship

with USC.

Starting in 1985 as an intern for the University’s first ever

Director of Athletic Marketing, Steve has become one of the

most integral components of USC’s ever-growing athletic

department, now sitting as its chief operating officer and chief

financial officer. Helaine spent 21 years as a USC athletic

trainer during which time she implemented rehabilitation

programs for athletes, assisted coaches in conditioning,

weight training and nutrition, and interfaced with team doctors

for treatments. She now teaches a class in Exercise

Physiology.

The couple is also involved in a number of Trojan-driven

associations and directorial boards.

“Every university has great qualities and has wonderful

40 Peninsula PeopleOctober 2015


stories, I just think our experiences with USC have been ones

that make working there fun and enjoyable,” says Steve. “People

talk about the Trojan family all the time, and people that are not

a part of it might not understand, but I know it’s true. In

Southern California there is no stronger relationship between

university and alumni.”

Although the Lopeses’ achievements at USC are a defining

aspect of their lives, it’s the couple’s commitment to serving the

close-knit Palos Verdes community that led the Chamber of

Commerce to honor Helaine and Steve as this year’s Palos

Verdes’ Citizens of the Year.

“What really stood out to the Chamber’s committee and board

is the fact that both Helaine and Steve have been involved in so

many different organizations, across a number of fields, for a

number of years,” says Chamber director Eileen Hupp. “The

Lopeses have given time, talent, and energy to everything from

Little League and local high school athletic programs, to National

Charity League, the Education Foundation, and the Boys and

Girls of LA Harbor.”

The Lopeses were honored with a banquet October 16.

Despite the breadth and length of the Lopeses’ involvement and

service, they’d never expected their volunteer work to earn them

such an award. For the Lopeses, community support and service

are an inherent core value of their family. Their service over the

years has been an effort that they, along with their son Matt and

daughter Jen, have always wanted to do to strengthen their family

and give back to the community.

“Most of the things we’ve become involved with are because

of our kids,” says Steve. “You do things that sort of impact close

to home. We were involved in our kids’ lives growing up here,

extracurricular or otherwise, and were naturally inclined to volunteer

and participate in these organizations. The important

thing is you hope to teach your kids to be giving, caring, and volunteer

themselves.”

The Lopeses’ steadfast service has left an impression on their

children. Both are currently attending USC. Matt has been

involved with a variety of youth groups and Jen working for the

Special Olympics, Better LA, and The Caruso Center.

“You do things with the hope that it teaches others and your

kids to help,” says Helaine. “Our family is very much a team,

and both Steve and I have tried to lead our team by example, and

showing our kids that it’s all about community and helping.”

It’s the Lopeses’ notions of teamwork, steeped in both Helaine

and Steve’s lasting involvement in athletics and athletic health,

that has permeated their overall dedication to service. Whether

it’s mentoring student athletes at USC, pioneering Torrance

Memorial Medical Center’s “Healthy Ever After Program,”

which targets at-risk youth for diabetes, or further propelling

education initiatives through the Boys and Girls Club and the

Education Foundation, the two of them have centered their volunteer

work around healthy living, education, and youth.

“They’ve not only given a lot to this community, but they have

focused in on two or three key areas that they, as a family, have

identified as things that are really important to them,” says

Hupp.

For the Lopeses, the principles and values that come with

being part of a team are what they hope to perpetuate through

their dedicated volunteering and work.

“The model for athletics works all of over the place, even when

you’re not in athletics,” says Helaine. “Our daughter was

involved with the Norris Theatre, which provided her an opportunity

to be in a team-like situation, but in a non-athletic environment.”

“I think anyone who competes in sports learns so many good

things from being part of a team,” says Steve. “Teamwork and

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George and Mary Sandoval in their Palos Verdes home. Photo by Esther Kang

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by Esther Kang

One of the first investments George and Mary Sandoval made when

they moved into their new oceanside home in Palos Verdes 20

years ago was a top-of-the-line barbecue grill. The couple loved to

cook outdoors.

But a few years later, they were disappointed to find that the burner

was giving out and the metallic surfaces were corroding. It clearly wasn’t

built to last in the salty, coastal air.

“And I said to myself, I’m never buying another one,” George, 71,

recalls. “So I started designing one.”

That’s how American Cooking Equipment was born some 15 years ago.

To date, the company has sold about 1,500 high-end grills to grill enthusiasts,

restaurateurs and hotel kitchens across the country. Manufactured

in Sandoval’s facility in Gardena, they’re sold in their only store in

Torrance. Next year, he plans to open two more stores in West L.A. and

Irvine.

George’s entrepreneurial spirit dates back to his childhood, first in

Wisconsin then Lawndale. As the fourth of seven kids, he always opted

to make his own toys, slingshots and bow and arrows. When he turned

12, his next-door neighbor taught him to weld in his garage. At

Leuzinger High School, he learned as much as he could about welding.

By night, he was at El Camino College, taking higher-level courses

in welding.

“Most of my life has been in metal shops,” he says. “It just came

naturally to me.”

After high school, George got a job in a Gardena-based manufacturing

company for beauty and barber furniture. Starting at a minimum

wage of $1.50 an hour, he was promoted to production manager

within two years. At age 20, he was overseeing a production team

of 40 workers. He stayed there for nine more years until he founded

his own company in 1974, at 29 years old, in a 1,500 sq. ft. warehouse

space in Gardena.

Today, Artistic Welding Inc. (Precision Sheet Metal) occupies a

100,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility in Gardena. In its 41 years of

operation, the company has taken on manufacturing for the likes of

Hughes, Raytheon, IBM and Teledyne. But due to the industrial sector’s

decline in the state since the ‘80s, a number of Artistic Welding’s

clients have moved to more business-friendly states, such as Texas,

George explains. One product that has stayed consistently in demand

since 1977 is airport body scan machines and x-rays.

“The customers are relying on you to do what you say, say what

you do, on time and good quality,” says Mary, who oversees Artistic

Welding. “Over these years, [George] has had that philosophy and

way of thinking and working the whole time, and that’s how the

business has built up.”

Mary grew up in Walnut and attended San Diego State University

to become a teacher. When she became pregnant with her son Travis,

she decided to leave school and find a job. She saw a listing seeking

an office person at Artistic Welding's facility and told herself it would

be a temporary arrangement.

“My original thoughts were, I’ll work for a year here, get bored and

go on and do something else,” Mary recalls. “But it turns out, there’s

never a dull moment in manufacturing. I got hooked and interested

in everything we were doing. There’s a lot that has to come together

for these parts to come out right. He started teaching me about the

business and I started learning and taking charge."

As administrator, she coordinated jobs between Artistic Welding’s

team of 50 employees, to whom she credits the company’s success.

One current worker started at the company when he was 18 — that

was back in 1980.

“We have the best employees,” she says. “We work together with

these men who have been with us, many of them well over 20 years.

Without them we’d be nowhere.”

Since tying the knot in 1996, Mary and George have formed a multifaceted

partnership that capitalizes on each other’s area of strength.

With Mary overseeing the day-in and day-out of the manufacturing

operation at Artistic Welding, he is able to pursue designing his own

products.

For American Cooking Equipment, George has designed and developed

an entire line of high-end grills and pizza ovens specifically for

coastal areas. The appliances are manufactured using 316L surgical

stainless steel, a low carbon steel that’s extremely resistant to rust

and corrosion. He believes they are the only manufacturer on the

market extensively using this type of steel.

The couple’s own backyard carries the entire outdoor kitchen set,

complete with a 10-burner grill, pizza oven and wok. They grill three

to five times a week — the other day, they grilled a 50-pound pig.

They also throw their harvest of carrots, potatoes, broccoli and tomatoes

on the grill from their own green house, an 11-feet by 20-feet

structure that George built.

There’s a new smoker in the works — one of three or four new

products that George is adding to the line this upcoming year.

“I’m always designing things,” George says. “I’m never idle.” PEN

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by Esther Kang

Last October, Palos Verdes native James Kao

found himself miles deep in the Chilean

Patagonia mountains, taking quiet strides

alongside a local wildlife guide named Diego.

They were just a few hours into their five-day

photography expedition tracking wild pumas

when their tracker Roberto radioed in with great

news: he spotted two sitting on some rocks by

the coast.

Kao, his camera and long zoom lens around his

neck, followed Diego out to the spot. From about

200 meters away, he snapped close-up shots of a

mother puma sitting with her cub, a surreal,

quiet moment that lasted just a few minutes

before the two scurried away.

During the remainder of the expedition, the

trio would find three more pumas by watching

and listening closely to traveling herds of guanacos,

relative of the llama and common prey for

pumas. When guancos sense a puma approaching,

they stand up on their legs and sound a

shrill whistle. Due to the puma’s skittish nature

tracking one can be challenging. Two of the five

days in the Patagonia mountains, the crew didn’t

spot a single one.

Kao does not consider himself a wildlife photographer.

He only recently started calling himself

a photographer. Since leaving his longtime

career as an associate planner at the City of

Signal Hill in 2012, he’s allowed his wanderlust

to take the wheel, with he and his camera enthusiastically

along for the ride.

Since then, he sold his house in Long Beach

and has explored a dozen countries including

Myanmar, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Mexico, Sri

Lanka and Antarctica. His wide-ranging photography,

from action shots to portraits, is increasingly

garnering attention from industry

tastemakers such as B&H Photo and Photo

Palos Verdes native James Kao displays snippets

from his portfolio. Photo by Esther Kang

District News. Most recently, a jury

selected one of Kao’s works to show in

the Los Angeles Center of

Photography’s first annual “Creative

Portrait” Exhibition, which will open

Nov. 6 and run through Nov. 27.

Kao's family moved to Palos Verdes

from Garden Grove when he was 4. His

father, a doctor, ran a practice in the

South Bay. His grandmother, who lived

in Torrance, cultivated his love for the

outdoors by teaching him and his

younger brother about gardening and

harvesting fruits and vegetables. Kao

felt a natural draw to nature, art and

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painting, but he chose to keep himself grounded in a “practical”

mindset for his career.

“I wanted to do something creative, but at the same time I thought

being a starving artist would be difficult,” he says.

After participating in a summer architecture program at Cal Poly

San Luis Obispo during his sophomore year at Palos Verdes High

School, Kao believed he’d found a solid middle ground where he

could apply his artistic inclinations to a sustainable career. In 1992,

he graduated from Cornell University with a degree in landscape

architecture.

Despite an Ivy League degree under his belt, he quickly became

disillusioned working for various planning and engineering firms in

Orange County. At the bottom of the totem pole, he was never given

the reins to create and design. Rather, monotonous technical work

ruled his days in the office.

“The first firm that hired me, all they had me do was sit at the computer

and plot sprinkler heads on a big housing track,” Kao says. “I

got so bored of it I was like, I just wanna be designing stuff. But in

that profession, you have to work your way up and pay your dues. I

was used to doing my own thing. I felt like I wasn’t utilizing my skills

and I was wasting my time.”

A few years later, Kao earned a master’s degree in real estate development

at USC and proceeded to work for several planning and consulting

firms involved with large-scale master planning. When he

married, he took a job with the City of Signal Hill as an associate

planner.

“Again, I wasn’t doing much on the creative side,” he says. “But the

job at least gave me a steady income and allowed me to travel.”

When his marriage ended four years later, he vowed that he would

turn over a new leaf and start fresh. He saved up for three years, not

taking a single vacation. Then in 2006, he took a six-week solo trip

to Spain, armed with a cheap point-and-shoot camera. When he

returned home, he invited family and friends over and shared his

adventures with a slideshow of cultural landmarks, landscapes, portraits

and other moments captured in time.

He did the same after his trip to Machu Picchu. Then the Gauchos.

His hobby blossomed when he bought himself a professional digital

SLR camera, a Canon 50D.

“That kind of changed everything,” he says. “You make an investment

like that — you’ve got a body but also all these different lenses

you have to buy. Then you have to learn how to use the thing

because everything is super expensive. By that point I was fully committed.”

When he wasn’t in the office, he was attending local photography

workshops, classes and studying on his own. On the weekends, he

frequented the Queen Mary in Long Beach, downtown L.A., Venice

Beach and his hometown of Palos Verdes to practice. During the

week, after work, he pored over these images, editing and processing

them.

In 2012, he decided it was now or never. He put in his letter of resignation

and sold his house. He went to Montana and enlisted in a

five-month program at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography.

He has been pursuing photography professionally ever since, building

up a wide range of shots for his portfolio.

“It’s opened up a whole new world for me,” he says. “Now, every

day is different. I’m back to being creative again. That’s something

I’ve been lacking for so long. What was apparent though, was that

even though I was working this job, my heart was always in my photography.

It got to a point where I realized I should be doing this

every day and try to make a living doing it."

Much of his work since has focused on travel photography, his first

love, as well as promotional and action photography. His work has

shown in the midwest edition of AAA magazine and the travel industry

magazine Recommend. He recently spent three days in Ouray,

Colorado, shooting runners from Team Adidas. Seven of his images

were published in Trail Runner magazine. In addition, he has paired

up with model-turned-professional runner Michele Graglia for

action shoots. Kao says he hopes to find local South Bay athletes to

work with.

Kao will be visiting India for the first time this December with two

other photographers. Then in January he will be spending several

weeks on Easter Island, a remote Chilean island in Polynesia, to photograph

the annual Tapati festival, which includes horse and boat

races, a parade and a triathlon event. He plans to document the

weeks of preparation leading up to the festival and eventually publish

a book about Easter Island culture.

“What I enjoy the most about what I’m doing now is I can meet so

many interesting people,” Kao says. “I realized that photography is

like a bridge that allows me to connect with people.”

Kao’s work can be purchased at The Artists Studio at the

Promenade on the Peninsula located at 550 Deep Valley Dr., #159,

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Story and photo by David Mendez

Katherine Gould knows her

libraries like the back of her hand,

from funding figures to upcoming

events to remodeling concerns.

In the hour that we spoke, only one

question stumped her.

“Where do I think the most beautiful

part of the library is? Oh…oh, I don’t

know,” she said, falling silent for nearly

ten seconds.

Eventually, she settled on the children’s

section, a wide-open room filled

with light, art and rows of bookshelves.

The afternoon hours are when it’s at its

Directing

Third Place

the

Award-winning Library Director

Katherine Gould works to create a place

where everyone, from the community to her

staff, feels they belong

busiest. Even after 5 p.m., it’s still packed with

school-age children who are reading, working and

playing with one another.

“I don’t know though,” Gould said. “It’s all beautiful

to me.”

Gould, a Redondo Beach resident and 11-year

director of the Palos Verdes Library District, has been

given the 2015 Library Director Award from the

California Public Library Advocates. The annuallygiven

adulation recognizes exceptional work with a

board of trustees, library foundation or “friends of the

library” group.

Though she is proud of the award, she feels that it’s

a reflection not just of herself, but of everyone that

works with the Palos Verdes Library District.

“Everyone on the team — staff, volunteers, trustees

— are all super generous, and all together have

allowed us to make this a terrific library district.”

Much of her libraries’ success, she feels, is a result

of her staff’s creativity. “They’ve really embraced the

idea of getting into the community, creating relationships

and partnerships to enhance services,” she said.

Their entrepreneurial spirit has led the library to

develop proctoring and passport services, as well as

programs such as the “pop-up” mobile library.

“We’re not too respectful of hierarchy here; anyone

with a good idea can try to figure out a way to make

it happen,” she said, noting that a member of maintenance

came up with an LED bulb replacement plan

that’s cut electricity usage by nearly 25 percent.

“We have an environment where everyone can contribute,”

she said.

That environment comes from a bit of an unorthodox

background. A native of Santa Barbara, a divorce

and subsequent remarriage took Gould and her

mother to Canada, where she completed school

through her undergraduate degree. For her post-grad

work, she made her way back to California to pursue

a Master’s degree in Library Science from the

University of Southern California.

From there, she spent three years working as a

librarian before going into the corporate world. Her

knowledge of systems and organization gave her an

advantage and before long she was working in management

for an aluminum company in Australia,

staying in the metal industry from 1989 to 2003.

Wanting to change directions and get out of corporate

life, Gould and her husband Don moved to

Redondo Beach, where they purchased a home from

within their family.

The pair vowed to take a few months to figure out

their next professional steps in their new home when

she found the posting for what would become her

new career: “Library Director; library experience

desirable, business experience essential.”

It’s been a perfect fit for her.

The Palos Verdes Library District’s status as its own

entity, featuring its own board of directors and support

organizations, separate from local governments,

makes the non-profit as much a business as any other

pillar of the community. And she’s ultimately responsible

for every aspect of her libraries, from IT to personnel,

maintenance to staff management.

“If you’re in a county [library system], you’ve got

other departments who run those things. Here, we’ve

got to run the whole business, and we’re not set up to

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make a profit,” she said. “Our job is to make our revenues stretch as

far as we possibly can.”

Though Gould jokes that there’s not a whole lot else one can do

with a bachelor’s in history, there was more to it than that.

The difficulties of a divorce took their toll on Gould, and her

school librarian helped her get through it.

“She saw that I was lonely, that I needed attention, and she

allowed me to come and help in the library,” Gould said. “You can

change someone’s life by giving them a place to come and exposing

them to ideas and thoughts and authors they hadn’t been exposed to

before.”

That experience ties directly into her library’s mission of helping

to make the Palos Verdes District Libraries a “third place,” a social

area going beyond home, and work or school.

“We’re the only place that is for everybody in the community; it

doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor, have a home or don’t, what

your ethnic or cultural background is or your beliefs are, this is a

place for you,” she said. “There might be something that’ll offend

you somewhere in these walls, but this is a place where everyone

rubs shoulders against each other.”

Many of the beliefs Gould carries from her time in the aluminum

industry still apply today, she says. One mentor in particular opened

her eyes to the idea that the most important work in any organization

is usually performed at the lowest levels on the organizational

chart.

People can debate who has the most important job, but if the

bathrooms aren’t clean, then the experience that the public has

sucks; if the people working at the frontline service desk re-shelve

wrong, if they’re rude to customers…they’re the bedrock of the

organization, and I really respect and value the work that they do.

They’re where the rubber hits the road,” she said. “We have what we

think are good ideas, and they’re the ones looking around saying

‘Yeah, that’s not going to work.’”

Though she says there’s much to celebrate about her community,

Gould feels that the way residents of The Hill band together to help

their own is particularly special.

“There are so many organizations that rely on community support,

getting volunteers and fundraising, and when community members

see a need to protect and enhance their lifestyle, they roll up their

sleeves and do something,” she said. “It happens in other communities,

but maybe not as much as it does here. We just have to try and

meet those expectations.”

Given the swell of activity at their libraries, and the fact that the

biggest problem PVLD faces is a lack of space, it’s safe to say that

the demand for activities at the library is a marker of their exceptional

work.

Walking toward the exit and surveying the tables of students with

books in front of them, Gould looked back.

“Anyone who says that libraries are defunct, that we’ve been

replaced by Google? Just send them over here in the afternoon.” PEN

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Methodist Church.

Richard was born November 5, 1941 in Pittsburgh, PA, to Frank

L. "Zeke" Seamans and Mary Jane Chandler Seamans. He graduated

from Mount Lebanon High School in 1959, and from Yale

University in 1963. He earned his law degree in 1966 from Harvard

Law School. On June 13, 1964 he married his high school sweetheart,

Susan White Seamans, also of Mount Lebanon, where they

met and first dated in 1958. Suzy served as a city council member

and mayor in Rolling Hills Estates. Richard practiced law for

Rockwell International and The Boeing Company for over 30 years.

He retired in 2001 and spent the last 14 years actively enjoying life.

In the past several years he became an aspiring photographer, capturing

the scenic landscapes of his hikes and the many destinations

to which he travelled with his wife. He recently received an award

for one of his photographs.

Richard is survived by his wife, Susan; children Pamela Seamans

Feldman and her husband Ben of Chapel Hill, NC; and Andrew

White Seamans and his wife Marcia Brooks of Durham, NC; grandchildren

Maxwell Richard Feldman (17), Amanda Sarah Feldman

(15), Ezekiel "Zeke" Brooks Seamans (18), and Lucy Brooks Seamans

(14). He is also survived by his sister Barbara S. Cummings of

Marenisco, MI, and two nieces, Caryllon Huggins and Tiffany

Cummings. Gifts may be made in Richard's honor to the Palos

Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy (PVPLC), PO Box 3427, Palos

Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274.

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Janice Kellogg

Janice Kellogg passed away early this October in her Palos Verdes

home. She was born in 1932 in Garden Grove and grew up on a

dairy farm in Huntington Beach. She earned a bachelor’s degree in

education from San Diego State in 1954 and taught in San Diego and

Santa Cruz school districts. In 1957 she met H. Clay “Hi” Kellogg

III, heir to Kellogg Garden Products. They were married three years

later. Janice joined the family company in 1982 as vice president and

shadowed her husband in meetings until his sudden death five years

later. She stepped in and led the company for the next four years

while her son Hap Kellogg prepared to take over as president and

CEO. Janice was the first woman to serve on the board of directors

of the California Fertilizer Association and was named a

“Magnificent Woman” by

the Carson Coordinating

Council in 2005. She was an

active member of the

California Landscape

Contractors Association and

the California Association

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Centers, and deeply invested

in the development of

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CALENDAR OF COMMUNITY EVENTS

Compiled by Mary Jane Schoenheider

You can email your event to our new address: penpeople@easyreadernews.com

All submissions must be sent by the 10th of each month prior to event taking place.

On Going

Art Show

"Form and Fantasy”, a new exhibition featuring oil painters Jeanne Zaske

and JoAnn Bosowski and jewelry artist Jill Kollman, now open at the

Promenade Gallery continues through November 22. There will be a jewelry

demonstration on Saturday, November 14 from 1 to 7 p.m. and a

closing reception on Friday, November 20 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Sunday, November 1

Fanfare for Fall

Peninsula Committee Los Angeles Philharmonic (PCLAP) will hold its primary

fundraiser, Fanfare for Fall from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Palos Verdes Golf

Club in Rolling Hills Estates. Guest artists include Andrew Moses, a sixteen

year-old composer and clarinetist who was awarded a Composer

Fellowship with the Los Angeles Philharmonic for the 2013-2015 seasons,

Keith Harrison, a brilliantly talented composer, pianist, singer, songwriter,

producer, director, writer, actor and media engineer who is the house

pianist for NBC Universal’s widely syndicated Access Hollywood Live, and

Marc Bolin Brass Ensemble who has performed with the Guy Lombardo

Orchestra, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey Orchestras, Carla Bley, Johnny

Rivera, Herman Olivera, Pete Escovedo, Sheila E, Black Eyed Peas and the

Ink Spots. The public is invited and welcome to attend. Tickets are $80

each. Please contact Jann Feldman at 310-995-3070 for information to

purchase tickets. PCLAP is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. Additional

Information on the program is posted at www.pclaphil.org. Proceeds will

benefit the Los Angeles Philharmonic and youth music education and community

outreach programs.

Vesper Concert

An All-Saints Vesper’s Concert, a Service of Remembrance and

Celebration, will be presented at Neighborhood Church. Requiem for the

Living by Dan Forrest will be performed by the Covenant Choir, orchestra

and soloists. With music and selected readings, the service offers hope,

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reflection, healing celebration, peace and joy. All are welcome. The

Prelude begins at 4:45 p.m., the service begins at 5 p.m. at Neighborhood

Church, 415 Paseo del Mar, Palos Verdes Estates. For more information

call 310-378-9353.

Wednesday, November 4

Palos Verdes Library District

Medicare 101 Understanding Your Medicare Plan Options at 1 p.m.

Sponsored by Palos Verdes Library District, at Peninsula Center Library

Community Room. Do you have questions about Part A, B, C, D, enrollment

windows, cost sharing or “Extra Help”, the difference between

Original Medicare, Medicare Advantage Plans and Supplement Plans?

Join them for a presentation with Carol Clement (CA License 0H80524)

and have all of your questions answered. This informational seminar is free

and open to the public. This event is for educational purposes only.

Medicare has neither reviewed, nor endorses, this information. Questions?

Contact Mary Cohen at mcohen@pvld.org or 310-921-7519.

Thursday, November 5

San Pedro’s 1st Thursdays Art Walk

Free musical performances at Klaus Center for the Arts, 430 W. Sixth St.,

San Pedro featuring the talent of Marymount’s Music and Performing Arts

students, including performances by the Blue Moon Jazz Ensemble, directed

by Dr. Lee Raby.

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ever-metamorphosing state of video art. Tracing back to the genesis of

video art during the late 1960s and early 1970s, the videos selected for

the exhibition serve as a survey of contemporary video art created in order

to view the current state of video art since prominent artists such as Nam

June Paik,Valie Export, Doris Totten Chase, Bill Viola, Maureen Connor,

and Vito Acconci first pioneered the art form. Through December 5, 2015.

Opening Reception: November 5, 6:30 to 9 p.m.Klaus Center for the Arts,

430 W. Sixth Street, San Pedro. For information call (310) 303-7223 or

visit www.MarymountCalifornia.edu/cultural-arts.

Friday, November 6

Concert

Multi-Platinum artist Tim Weisberg, and his stellar band will be performing

at 7:30 p.m. at the Rolling Hills United Methodist Church, 26438

Crenshaw Blvd., Rolling Hills Estates. Tim is considered a pioneer of mainstream

rock, blues and jazz fusion. He is a world-class flutist and has sold

over 5 million albums. He has shared the stage with such greats as Duke

Ellington and The Modern Jazz Quartet and has recorded with artists

including James Taylor, Crosby, Stills and Nash and Dave Mason. He is

perhaps best known for the iconic collaborative album with Dan Fogelberg

"Twin Sons of Different Mothers." Free concert.

Hit Comedy ‘Noises Off’ at PV High

The hysterical comedy, Noises Off, will be presented by the Palos Verdes

High School Drama Department for seven performances, November 6-15.

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ance into a high-risk adventure.

Noises Off is a delightful backstage

farce, complete with slamming

doors, falling trousers and flying

sardines! Performances are

November 6-7 and 12-14 at 7 p.m.

and November 8 and 15 at 2 p.m.,

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Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for

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Rd, Rancho Palos Verdes. Free life screening scans and information about

health and well-being products and services will be available. Additionally

free medical and dental services will be available. For further information

call 310-377-4661.

Jewish Women’s Theater

Presents “The Art of Forgiveness” at Congregation Ner Tamid, 5721

Crestridge Rd, RPV at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $36 for general admission

and $72 for patrons. Patrons are invited to a wine and hors d’oeuvre

reception at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome for dessert after the presentation.

Tickets may be purchased at www.nertamid.com/rsvp.

Sunday, November 8

Signatures Fashion Show

Winter Wonderland runway show, champagne luncheon and boutique at

the Atrium of the Palos Verdes Art Center, 5504 Crestridge Road, Rancho

Palos Verdes. Early Bird rates $35 by October 26; $40 after October 26.

All seating by reservation. 12:30 p.m. Champagne luncheon, 1:15 p.m.

Runway Show, 2 p.m. Boutique. Tickets available at both galleries. Charge

by phone, call 424-206-9902. Orders received by Nov. 2 will be mailed

- held at the door thereafter. Tables seat 10. All seating preassigned.

Questions? Call Gabrielle: 310 991-7144.

South Coast Cactus and Succulent Society

Pediocactus and Sclerocactus; A Tour of the Colorado Plateau, by Rob

Skillin. The program highlights the best of 25 years of field study during

which Rob photographed all species of these little known genera of

American cacti, as well as the magnificent landscapes of the Southwestern

US. Lecture is at 1:30 p.m., South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300

Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula 90274. For more information visit

southcoastcss.org.

Monday, November 9

Asia America Symphony

The Asia America Symphony Association presents Grammy nominated

pianist, composer and arranger David Benoit who will perform an intimate

and special concert in support to the Asia America Symphony Association

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Cocktails at 4:30 p.m.,dinner and performance at 5:30 p.m. Limited seating.

Tickets $100. To purchase tickets or for more information go to

www.AASymphony.org or call 310-377-8977.

Palos Verdes Gem and Mineral Society

Meet and Greet at 6:30 p.m. Community Room of Palos Verdes Main

Library, 701 Deep Valley Dr., RHE. Park on roof as program goes past the

closing hours of the library. Program at 7 p.m. Andrew Hoekstra will present

"Travel with Geology through Northern Arizona and New Mexico."

Everyone is welcome. There is no charge to the public. Call 310-373-

2696 for more information.

Wednesday, November 11

Woman's Club Books and Authors Luncheon

The Palos Verdes Woman's Club will hold their 58th Annual Books and

Authors Luncheon beginning at 10:30 a.m. at Trump National Golf Club.

Cost of the luncheon is $70. The authors who will speak and review their

books are: Jim Prock (Gnorman the Gnorwegian Gnome), M. Lynn

Schubert (The Silence and Beyond), Debbie Matenopoulos (It's All Greek

to Me), Larry Andrews (A Space Oddity), Shirley Denenny Giltzow (Souls

of the Australian Woman) and Christopher L. Lynch (One Eyed Jack).

Autographing will begin at 10:30 a.m. and continue after lunch. Proceeds

from this event will be donated to local charities and local high school senior

scholarships. For more information visit the website, www.pvwomansclub.org

or call 310-832-3849 or 310-541-4685.

Friday, November 13

Palos Verdes Historical Society

The world premiere of the documentary film, “MONEY MAN – Frank

Vanderlip and the Birth of the Federal Reserve” will be shown at the Palos

Verdes Performing Arts’ Norris Theater in Rolling Hills Estates, as a benefit

for the Palos Verdes Historical Society. Produced by Vicki Mack and Don

Christy and directed by Vicki, the film is based on her book and research

conducted all over the country. Most people don’t realize what an important

influence the founder of Palos Verdes, Frank Vanderlip, had on the

national stage. From very humble beginnings in Illinois, he rose to be an

architect and founder of the Federal Reserve System, President of what is

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worked with the likes of J.P. Morgan, Jr., to sell war bonds to fund the U.S.

effort in World War I to save Europe. This modest man, who loved the

Palos Verdes Peninsula so much, is finally being recognized as one of the

great Americans of his time. Yes, he was a banker, but he also uncovered

corruption in the government, and paid a heavy price for his honesty. A

number of the people in the film are expected to attend the premiere. A

VIP dinner will be held at the Harlyne J. Norris Pavilion at 5:30 p.m., and

combination dinner and film tickets are $200. General admission is $30

and ‘no-host’ cocktails will be served prior to the film at 7 p.m.

Information: www.FrankVanderlip.com. 310-541-7806. Dinner and

movie: 310-373-6018. General Admission: Palos Verdes Performing Arts

Box Office: www.PalosVerdesPerformingArts.com. 310-544-0403.

Saturday, November 14

Los Serenos Abalone Cove Tide Pool Hike

Come along with the docents from Los Serenos de Point Vicente for a free

public hike at Abalone Cove Shoreline Park. Join these experts at 3:30

p.m. and explore the tide pools teeming with fascinating marine life. Wear

sturdy shoes for this moderate hike along the rocky shore. Abalone Cove

Shoreline Park is located 5970 Palos Verdes Drive South, Rancho Palos

Verdes. Everyone is welcome. Parking fee will be waived for the Los

Serenos hike. For more info call 310-377-5370, or go to

www.LosSerenos.org or www.facebook.com/LosSerenos.

Guided Nature Walk

By Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy at Peacock Flats/Eagle’s

Nest, S, 9am. Visit their ongoing restoration site where currently 20 acres

are being restored to coastal sage scrub and cactus scrub. Peacock Flats

was grazed by goats in 2011 to remove invasive weeds prior to restoration.

Observe the other side of Peacock Flats trail to compare how the area

looked before habitat restoration. This is a moderate walk. Park at the east

end of the parking lot at St. John Fisher Church. They suggest carpooling

as there will be limited parking spaces available. Free and open to the

public. For more information, contact 310-541-7613 ext. 201 or visit the

website at www.pvplc.org.

Daughters of the American Revolution

National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, El Redondo

Chapter monthly meeting at 1 p.m. at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 2200

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Via Rosa at Palos Verdes Blvd. Palos Verdes Estates. Come learn more

about Daughters of the American Revolution at their monthly meeting and

help them honor veterans. Refreshments will be served. Free admission.

For more info contact ElRedondoRegistrar@gmail.com.

Annual Holiday Boutique

Assistance League of San Pedro-South Bay November 11 – January 2. Get

a jump on your holiday shopping at the Assistance League of San Pedro-

South Bay’s Annual Holiday Boutique. The boutique will offer a selection

of holiday food items, stocking stuffers as well as unique gift items. Shop

early to avoid that dreaded holiday stress. The Assistance League of San

Pedro-South Bay has been giving back to the community since 1936. All

proceeds benefit local philanthropic programs. Sale Hours: 10 a.m. - 5

p.m. weekdays, and 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Saturdays. Assistance League of

San Pedro-South Bay Chapter House is located at 1441 W. 8th Street

(Weymouth Corners) in San Pedro. 310- 832-8355 ext. 221.

Palos Verdes Library District Art Show

The Palos Verdes Library District will be holding the opening reception for

Art in Our Library, a community art exhibition on November 14 from 5-7

p.m. at the Peninsula Center Library located at 701 Silver Spur Rd. in

Rolling Hills Estates. The exhibit and reception is free and open to the public,

no RSVP required. A presentation of awards will take place at the

reception and the exhibit will be on display until December 27, 2015.

Juror: Gail Phinney, Director of Education at the Palos Verdes Art Center;

Professor of Arts and Media at Marymount College Questions? Contact

Ketzie Diaz at artinourlibrary@pvld.org or 310-377-9584 ext. 230.

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Sunday. November 15

Light up a Life

Torrance Memorial Hospice will host the 20th Annual “Light Up a Life” tree

lighting ceremony and fundraiser from 4 to 6 p.m. at Torrance Memorial

Medical Center’s Hoffman Health Conference Center. Held in honor of

National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, the event provides the community

the opportunity to celebrate and honor a loved one’s life. It will

include a reading of names and performances by the San Pedro Ballet.

Individuals can illuminate a light on the hospice tree by making a donation

of any amount. All contributions will support the hospital’s Hospice

and Bereavement Programs and assist those who cannot afford hospice

care. For more information and to RSVP call Torrance Memorial Home

Health and Hospice at 310-517-4694.

Thursday, November 19

South Coast Rose Society

Presents Phil Rogers, Marketing Manager of Corona Tools, at their

November meeting on Thursday at South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300

Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes Peninsula. Social hour is at 7 p.m. and

the meeting will begin at 7:30. Mr. Rogers will be speaking about Corona

Tools’ latest professional landscape and garden tools, including

ComfortGEL pruning tools. The company began in the 1920s in the

orange groves of California and is a leader in the marketing and manufacturing

of professional and consumer tools for gardens, landscape and

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Guided Meditation and Labyrinth walk

A free 15 minute meditation plus walk the labyrinth path between 5:30

and 7:15 p.m. At 6:15, Dr. Kathi Wolfrum will give a 15 minute pre-walk

guided meditation with an opportunity to unwind, ground your energies

and release the day’s stressors before you walk the labyrinth path. Sign up

at meetup.com for notices for the labyrinth event. Arrive anytime between

5:30 and 7:15 p.m. at Redondo Beach Center for Spiritual Living, 907

Knob Hill Ave., Redondo Beach. For questions contact Vernetta 310-750-

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Friday November 20

Special Children's League

Benefit luncheon at the Palos Verdes Golf Club. Boutique starts at 10 a.m.,

Luncheon at 12:30 p.m. 3301 Via Campesina. For tickets contact Paula

Boothe 310-378-1888.

"The Nutcracker”

Presented by Peninsula School of Performing Arts. A family tradition since

1989. Six performances: tonight at 7 p.m.; Saturday, November 21, 2

and 7 p.m.; Saturday, November 28, 2 and 7 p.m.; and Sunday,

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Nikolakopulos as the Cavalier Prince and Sugar Plum Fairy, November 28

and 29 at the Norris Theatre for the Performing Arts, 27570 Norris Center

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Saturday, November 21

Film Series

The Palos Verdes Land Conservancy presents The Beauty of Nature

Screening of “Mr. Turner” at Warner Grand Theatre, 7:30 p.m. 478 W.

6th Street, San Pedro. Tickets $10 at www.pvplc.org or 310-541-7613.

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Sunday, November 22

Vistas for Children annual fundraiser

Run for the Roses is this year’s 16th annual Fashion Show, Boutique and

Luncheon at Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes.Tickets $185 per person.

For reservations contact Helaine Lopes at shjmlopes@cox.net.

Saturday, November 28

Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy

Presents Native Plants as Medicine Workshop at White Point Nature

Education Center, 11 a.m. to noon. Join Blanca Diaz of Mama Miaz Doula

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South Bay Alumnae Club Pi Beta Phi

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with $10,000 to assist teachers in developing proficient, confident readers

in the early grades. This is one of five such Special Impact Grants nationwide.

"Pi Beta Phi Foundation is honored to support Hawaiian Ave. School’s

literacy program with this grant. Its philanthropic mission is to inspire a lifelong

love of reading, and through their Special Impact Grants, they help

children achieve their full potential." South Bay Pi Beta Phi alumnae have

been working over the past three years to improve students’ reading proficiency

and comprehension through one-on-one tutoring. Additionally, every

March, the group adopts one third grade class through its Champions are

Readers program. Principal Luis Rivera stated, "Together our joint effort is to

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The Trojan League of South Bay Scholarship Committee recently met to

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South Bay USC students. This group of Trojan alumnae is proud to

have awarded scholarships to 8 local students. These merit-based scholarship

were awarded to: Julia Bakerink, Alissa Fairchild, Nicole Ju Young

Jeon, Robby Kolanz, Sanjay Mahboobani, Sulekha Ramayya, Jacob

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Moe honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Rolling Hills Estates Mayor John Addleman presented Richard Moe with a

lifetime achievement award on September 22.The Resolution of

Commendation named him a local treasure for his role as a dedicated and

inspiring civic leader and acknowledged him for his decades of volunteer

work on behalf of the Palos Verdes Performing Arts Center. Moe, and his

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Shoes for Athletes

The Peninsula High School (PENHI) cross country team, in conjunction with

PENHI club Shoes 4 Athletes, is collecting new and used athletic shoes

November 4 through November 12 to provide athletic shoes for those in

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68 Peninsula PeopleOctober 2015


Kimberly Davidson, Collaborative Center of Southern California

Helping families with kinder, gentler divorces

by Robb Fulcher

I

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

practice.

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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70 Peninsula PeopleOctober 2015


y Robb Fulcher

B

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

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

its experienced and accomplished partnership with a crew of

dynamic young lawyers.

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

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

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

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

Addition to winning $4 billion for California energy consumers,

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

reduced litigation.

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

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

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

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

of California.

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

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

planning, probate litigation and employment law.

Fresh faces

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

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

his hard work ethic and quick intelligence.

He graduated cum laude from Washington College of Law at

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

several distinguished jurists.

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

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

Baker, Burton & Lundy

Accomplished firm adds ‘young blood’

cum laude graduate from Centre College of Kentucky.

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

and real estate transactions with a range of individual, professional

and corporate clients.

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

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

mechanics, he sees critical details often unseen.

Dedicated staff

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

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

Office manager Debbie Rieger retired after more than 10 years but

still helps with special events. Paralegal Jacque McCarthy recently

retired after more than two decades.

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

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

Bookkeeper Cathy Stark has 29 years.

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

Community mainstay

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

oldest continuously run business on upper Pier Avenue. The firm

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

and into a third building in 2005.

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

clients grow and prosper as well.

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Estates

On October 13 Michel Medawar

was recognized by the City of Rolling

Hills Estates for his commitment to The

Palos Verdes Peninsula Community. As

the inventor of the first talking clock in

the world, Michel donated his famed

Flower Talking Clock in April of 1987,

which is located in Rolling Hills Estates

at the Promenade on the Peninsula

Mall. Mayor John Addleman presented

Medawar with a Resolution of

Commendation.

Citizen of the Year

The Torrance Area Chamber of

Commerce honored De De Hicks,

President and CEO of the

Volunteer Center with the 2015

Citizen of the Year award at the

Chamber’s annual State of the

City luncheon on September 24

at the Doubletree Hotel in

Torrance. Her award was presented

to her by Torrance Mayor

Patrick Furey.

around&about

Student awarded for project on plastic pollution

Diana Kalantar, an eighth grade student at Ridgecrest Intermediate School

won the Honorable Mention award and a $100 cash prize for her poetry

submission to the 2015 International Ocean Awareness Student Contest this

past September. As one of the selected winners from over 1,100 high-caliber

submissions from 35 countries, Diana Kalantar’s poetry will also be featured

in galleries and merchandise sent around the world. This year, the contest

prompted students to consider “Our Oceans, Our Plastic” to direct attention

to the growing international problem of ocean plastic pollution. The contest

challenges students to combine art, science, and environmental advocacy

to give oceans a voice. While the contest has run for the last 4 years,

focusing on issues such as right whale conservation and sea bird restoration,

this is the first year that the contest has been open to middle school students.

“Pieces of plastic are scattered around…

The problems created do not need to stay,

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WWII sailor, author honored

Rolling Hills resident Darwin Horn, Sr. was honored last month with a resolution

from the California State Assembly for his World War II service in the

Sea of Japan aboard the Admirable-class minesweeper the USS Serene.

Horn enlisted after graduating from high school, at age 17, and became a

member of the engineering division, working with the ship’s large diesel

engines. At the end of the war, the USS Serene swept thousands of mines

that the Japanese had set around their home islands and occupied territories.

The State Resolution was presented by State Assemblyman David Hadley

(R-Manhattan Beach).

"I'm hopeful that this recognition

will bring more attention

to the Navy sailors who

served with me on the USS

Serene during WWII," Horn

said.

The Department of Veterans

Affairs estimates that by

2036, there will no longer be

any living veterans from

World War II.

Horn recounted his war

experiences in his second

book U.S.S. Serene: memoirs

of a World War II

minesweeper crew, published

in 2010. Horn is also

the author of Dar's story:

memoirs of a secret service

agent. PEN

Darwin Horn Sr., receives a State

Assembly Resolution for his World

War II service from Assemblyman

David Hadley (R-Manhattan Beach)

while surrounded by his family at his

Rolling Hills home.

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