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ON THE COVER
Mira Costa and Palos Verdes high school
cross country runners gather last month in
Mammoth for the annual training camp
founded by Mira Costa coach and former
Olympian Jeff Atkinson. Photo by Damian
16 Cross mountain runners by Randy Angel
Each summer, Mira Costa coach and former Palos Verdes High coach
Jeff Atkinson takes his runners to Mammoth for a week of high altitude
training and team building.
22 El Camino’s jobs president by Kevin Cody
South Bay native Dena Maloney brings a background in college-business
partnerships to her new position as president of El Camino Community
26 Waterwomen by Rachel Reeves
Women made up nearly 10 percent of the paddlers in this year’s Catalina
Classic Paddleboard Race, a 32-mile race from Catalina Island to the
Manhattan Beach pier. Their numbers are growing each year.
32 Young and fast by David Mendez
Henry Morse began racing trikes, then bikes, then go karts. Now, at 15,
he’s racing cars on the professional Pirelli World Challenge Series.
36 Straddling Suburbia by Richard Foss
Chef Tin Vuong’s new Riviera Village restaurant straddles Asian and
12 Torrance Memorial at Shade
30 Beer week at Naja’s
34 White Light White Night
35 South Bay Health Guide
38 Tri Cities Sister Cities at Ortega 120
39 South Bay Home Services Guide
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Thursday, September 8
Yoga at the RB pier
Bring a yoga mat, a towel and water
and enjoy free yoga on the Redondo
pier, presented by Cancer Support
Community-Redondo Beach, City of
Redondo Beach, Redondo Beach Pier
Association and Bay Club. 6 - 7 p.m.
Thursdays through September 29. 100
Fishermans Wharf, Redondo Beach.
For more information call (310) 376-
3550 or visit cancersupportredondobeach.org.
Friday, September 9
Row for a reason
Body One Fitness presents the second
annual 24 hour “Row for a Reason”
fundraiser. Proceeds will benefit
free programs for cancer patients and
their families offered by Cancer Support
Community Redondo Beach.
Starting Friday noon through Saturday
noon. Participants may sign up to row
for half hour time slots for $50 and
are encouraged to row at their own
pace. For more information email
email@example.com or call (310)
Portuguese Bend Horse show
The 59th Annual Portuguese Bend
National Horse Show continues
through Sunday. Food booths, boutiques,
and children’s carnival. Puppet
shows, pony rides, face painting and
moon bounce are just some of the activities
at the Children’s Circle. Free
parking and shuttle. Proceeds benefit
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. For
Information call (310) 318-8258 or
Saturday, September 10
Art at the Harbor
Painter Bernard Fallon and wood
sculptor Richard Guild have invited
their favorite fellow painters, photographers,
jewelers and ceramicists to
exhibit their work at the first of a
planned series of Art at the Harbor
shows in front of Ruby’s Diner in
King Harbor today and Sunday. For
more information visit ArtAtTheHarbor
Chalk it up
The Redondo pier becomes a giant,
concrete canvas during the 14th Annual
Chalk Art Festival. This annual,
all-ages family event is free and open
to the public. Prizes awarded in various
categories. 12 to 4 p.m. Redondo
Beach Pier, 100 Fisherman’s Wharf,
Redondo Beach. Redondopier.com.
A Taste of Switzer
Join in celebrating Switzer Center’s
50 years of nurturing challenged kids
Painter Bernard Fallon (above) and wood sculptor Richard Gould have invited
their favorite fellow painters, photographers, jewelers and ceramicists
to exhibit their work at their Art at the Harbor in front of Ruby’s Diner in King
Harbor the weeknd of September 10. For more information visit ArtAtThe-
Harbor on Facebook.
to believe, achieve and thrive. Food
tastings from favorite local restaurants,
three open bars, fine wines, and
craft beers, live and silent auctions,
music and dancing. 6 - 11 p.m.
Switzer Learning Center, 2201 Amapola
Ct, Torrance. For more information
or to purchase tickets contact
Sylvia at (310) 328-3611 x336 or email
Sunday, September 11
White Point Green
The Palos Verdes Conservancy 2016
White Point Home Tour presents the
first ever opportunity for the public to
visit the mid-century, oceanfront estate
designed by Aaron Green, a student
of Frank Lloyd Wright. The
five-home tour begins at 12:30 and
will be followed by a reception at 4:30
p.m at the Brouwerij West tasting
room at 110 E. 22nd Street, San Pedro.
$65. For tickets visit PVPLCorg. Photo
by Ann Koons
Rock and roll up your sleeve
Kiwanis Club Blood Drive. To make
your life saving appointment, visit
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Mickey at firstname.lastname@example.org (310)
291-3412. Must have an ID to donate.
8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. 2515 Valley
Drive, Hermosa Beach.
Monday, September 12
Digital Image Critique
Paul's Photo’s Mark Comon will critique
digital images submitted by
SBCC members. Free and open to
anyone 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 sbccphoto.org.
A rare fruit
Learn about the rare fruit trees
growing in Ken Ueda’s local garden,
from guavas to cherimoyas. 9:30 a.m.
South Coast Botanic Garden, classroom
B, 25300 Crenshaw Blvd, Palos
Verdes Peninsula. Information call
Tuesday, September 13
Wine at Five
The Beach Cities Health District’s
Blue Zones Project hosts Wine at Five
(yes, 5 p.m.) at Bettolino Kitchen.
Studies show that people who enjoy a
glass of wine rich in artery scrubbing
flavonoids can benefit the health of
the mind and body. The first glass of
wine is $5, plus discounted appetizers.
211 Palos Verdes Blvd., Redondo
Beach. For more information visit
Friday, September 16
Sister Bernie’s Bingo Bash
In this family friendly comedy, a
priest and two nuns travel across the
country playing bingo with hopes of
making enough money to reopen their
beloved St. Dymphna’s Church. 7
p.m. St. James School in the O’Gorman
Center, 4625 Garnet Street, Torrance.
For information call Jon Marco
at (323) 333-8325. Tickets at at the
door or at brownpapertickets.com.
Saturday, September 17
Art Attack presents the Diavolo
Dance Theatre Education Company's
"T.R.U.S.T." Dancers fly, fall, jump,
catch and challenge their personal
boundaries using doors, ladders and
benches. 10:30 a.m. James Armstrong
Theatre, Torrance Cultural Arts Center,
3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance.
Call the Box Office at (310)
781-7171 or for more information visit
Life of a combat pilot
The Western Museum of Flight
Celebrity Lecture series presents “The
Right Man in the Right Fight” by Mustang
Ace Colonel Richard Candelaria.
11 a.m. Western Museum of Flight,
3315 Airport Drive, Torrance. For information
call Cynthia Macha (714)
Calendar cont. on page 31
A weekend of lobster drizzled in butter and lemon and a line up of great
music returns to Redondo’s Seaside Lagoon the weekend of September 23.
Tickets at Lobsterfestival.com. 200 Portofino Way, Redondo Beach. Photo by
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AMBASSADORS HEAR CANCER SURVIVOR’S
Story of Resilience and Gratitude
embers of the Ambassador Program, an annual support group of Torrance
Memorial, came together at Shade Hotel Manhattan Beach to learn how
their donations were supporting the medical center’s lifesaving work. Oncology
is one of four services supported through the Ambassadors. Dr. Hugo Hool
introduced his patient, cancer survivor Mike Hebson and his wife, Nancy. They
shared their journey from receiving their life-changing diagnosis through recovery
and spoke of the nurse navigators, physicians, nurses and staff who offered exceptional
guidance and support at each phase of care. For information on how to become
an Ambassador, contact Judith Gassner at 310-517-4704 or visit www.TorranceMemorial.org/Ambassadors.
1. Mark Lurie, MD, Barbara Demming
2. Hugo Hool, MD, Kalpana Hool,
Elizabeth Paul, MD, Jay Paul, MD.
3. Sandy Jackson, Karl Jackson, Laura
4. Ann Zimmerman, Harriet Bailiss-
PHOTOS BY DEIDRE DAVIDSON
5. Mike Hebson (cancer survivor), Judith
Gassner, Nancy Hebson, Craig
6. Rich Lucy, Pat Lucy.
7. Paula Thomas, Christy Abraham,
Winston Mar, Vicky Mar.
8. Tiffany Mesko, Jeff Neu, Judith
Gassner, Song Klein.
9. Russ Varon, Song Klein, Hugo
Hool, MD, Kalpana Hool.
7 8 9
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by Randy Angel
Mira Costa cross country coaches (front to back) Roberto Calderon, Annie Seawright-Newton, Renee Williams-Smith and Jeff Atkinson open the season with
both boys and girls teams ranked in the top 10 in CIF-Southern Section Division 2. Photo by Brad Jacobson
Mira Costa coaches keep their students grounded with an annual training camp at Mammoth Mountain
Four-time U.S. Olympic marathon runner
Meb Keflezighi was preparing for his final
training run before leaving for Rio de
Janeiro when he was met at the Horseshoe Lake
trailhead in Mammoth Lakes Basin by 100 unexpected
The well-wishers were cross country runners
from Mira Costa and Palos Verdes high schools
enjoying one of the memorable moments they
would experience while attending the annual
training camp started in 1998 by former Mira
Costa and Olympic distance runner Jeff Atkinson.
Some of the boys painted their chests with
“Good Luck Meb” before the team took off on a
run with him. Keflezighi was so moved by the
show of support that he changed his Facebook
landing page photo to one showing himself with
the high school runners.
For Atkinson, who finished 10th in the 1,500-
meter race at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South
Korea, the run added to the lore and lure of his
Mammoth camp trips.
The former Mira Costa runner (class of ‘81) returns
to Mira Costa this year as an assistant coach
under head coach Roberto Calderon. Atkinson
spent the past 14 years building Palos Verdes
High School’s cross country program into one of
the strongest in the state.
Despite being Bay League adversaries, runners
from Mira Costa and Palos Verdes have had a
close relationship for many years thanks to the
Mammoth training camp. This year’s trip began
with a caravan of nine 15-passenger vans, which
took the student athletes to condos, where they
cooked their own meals and cleaned up after
Training events included a run to Duck Lake,
climbing from 9,000 to 10,600 feet in only four
miles and a 16-mile trek through the wilderness
to Iceberg Lake.
“We try to make the work as majestic and beautiful
as it is difficult,” Atkinson said. “It makes for
a winning formula. We run runs most teams, or
even pros, don’t do. This year we added
Tuolumne Meadows to our agenda. We ended at
the river, had a picnic, ran back and had a dance
“It’s the best week of a high school kid’s life.
Nine days in the mountains in a remarkable part
of the country. Training twice a day like a beast.
We get to see the full spectrum of teenage behaviour.
It’s a wonderful mix of enthusiasm.”
Renee Williams-Smith, head coach of the girls
cross country team, was on her 12th training trip
to Mammoth this summer. Like Atkinson,
Williams-Smith returned to her alma mater to
coach. She was the first girl to run cross country
at Mira Costa and earned a full scholarship to
“Training in the high altitude helps our conditioning.
But having the runners challenge themselves
and accomplish things they never thought
they could do before is the real reward,”
Williams-Smith said. “The trip is a great bonding
time and there are no distractions like at home.
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Members of Mira Costa’s cross country team joined Meb Keflezighi for a run before the four-time Olympic marathoner left for Rio de Janeiro.
Photo by Damian Court
You really get to know your teammates after running
with them for one-and-a-half to two hours.”
Savannah Pio, who won the CIF State Division
2 Cross Country Championship in 2010 before
continuing her running career at Cal Poly San
Luis Obispo, said running cross country played a
significant role in her life and was her favorite
high school experience.
“I was fortunate to have Renee as a coach,” Pio
said. “She taught me a work ethic that translated
to all areas of my life.”
Pio, who ran a sub 6-minute mile as a 6th
grader at Hermosa Valley School, remembers
being disappointed when told of Williams-
Smith’s policy of not allowing freshmen to attend
the Mammoth Camp.
“I had the time of my life in Mammoth. There
was not one bad day during my three trips there
during high school,” Pio said. “I’ve never been a
morning person but meeting a large group of people
at 5 a.m. for a run made it doable. Duck Lake
was my favorite run. I focused more on that run,
which was one of the earlier runs of the trip, and
had fun competing with Palos Verdes’ Rebecca
Mehra (2009 CIF State Division 3 champion).
Pio’s experience had such an impact that during
her sophomore year at Cal Poly, she served as
a chaperone during the Mammoth Camp. And
she’s entertained the idea of coaching at Mira
Costa in the future.
Another former Mustang enters her third season
as the girls assistant coach and is a running
icon in the South Bay. Annie Seawright-Newton
has either won or been among the top female finishers
in every South Bay running event,
“Annie has a positive outlook every day,”
Williams-Smith said. “Along with her running expertise,
she is so encouraging for the girls. I’m so
lucky to have her coach with me. Annie and I
were both coached at El Camino College by Dave
Shannon and both of us, along with Jeff Atkinson
were coached by Dave Holland at Mira Costa.”
A few years younger than Williams-Smith, Seawright-Newton
has looked up to her longtime
friend since high school.
“It’s amazing to see how Renee has improved
the program and I learn from her everyday,” Seawright-Newton
said. “She really makes an effort
to make every girl feel special and part of the
team, which is a feat with more than 80 girls. I
love how Renee, Jeff, and I have been able to
come full circle and return to the program where
it all started for us. We all have had so many positive
experiences through running that it feels
great to be able to give back to the sport.
“Jeff’s racing and training knowledge and experience
are incredible, but what stands out most
about him is that his enthusiasm is contagious.
He is super creative and is always thinking of
new ways to promote team bonding and to make
running fun for the team.”
The Mira Costa coaching staff hopes the trip to
Mammoth will pay dividends for a program that
continues to improve. In the CIF-Southern Section
preseason poll Mira Costa’s boys team is
ranked No. 2 and the girls No. 6 in Division 2.
The teams will be challenged in the next two
weeks when they compete in the Laguna Hills Invitational
on Saturday, Sept. 10 and the following
Saturday in the 36th Skechers Woodbridge Cross
Country Classic at Silverlakes Sports Park in
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Cross Country cont. from page 17
Seniors Mike Yaskowitz and
Caleb Lloren will lead Mira Costa’s
boys team, which reached the CIF
State Championships last year for
the first time since 2011. In last
year’s State meet at Woodward
Park in Fresno, Mira Costa finished
12th out of 115 teams and was the
fastest Mustang team ever to compete
in the event.
More than a talented team lured
Atkinson back to his alma mater,
where he was an assistant coach
“Both of my children are running
for Mira Costa now so I felt the
time was right to come back,”
Atkinson said. “I had a great 14
years at Palos Verdes. I volunteered
last year and Roberto (Calderon)
and I work well together.”
Atkinson’s daughter Lucy is a
sophomore while son Billy is a
freshman who is a surfer/skater
and is going to “give running a try.”
Atkinson believes maintaining a
strong running program is based
on the community. Students join
the program, become members of
a family, leading their friends to
Because of a knee injury, former Olympic distance runner Jeff Atkinson bikes while pacing Mira Costa runners. Photo
by Damian Court
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want to join as well.
Fifteen years ago, Atkinson
founded the Manhattan Beach 5K,
an event that has grown to become
a twice-a-year tradition during the
summer and winter solstices. Runners
run on the hard packed sand at
low tide, starting and finishing at
the Manhattan Beach Pier.
“Ideally, we’d like to have 10 percent
of the students at the school
participating in cross country and
track and field,” Atkinson said. “It
is the No. 1 participation sport
among high schools in the United
States, so winning a championship
in cross country indicates you are
among the elite teams.”
“Watching the light bulb go on is
what I enjoy most,” Atkinson said.
“Like any kind of teaching, to be
able to share information with a
person who then makes it their own
is special. To watch them climb a
mountain – both literally and
metaphorically – is the greatest gift
one could have.”
Williams-Smith is also expecting
another successful season. She has
five of seven varsity starters, including
some runners who were on the
cusp last year, returning from a
team that finished 25th out of 115
teams at last year’s CIF State Championships.
Senior Melia Chittenden finished
11th overall in State last season and
will lead a team that includes returners
Sierra Andrade, Gabby
Guerrero, Brooke Inouye and Emily
Williams-Smith’s legacy at Mira
Costa runs deep.
Williams-Smith was instrumental
in starting the first girls cross country
team at Mira Costa. In 1977, she
was told by her soccer coach that
her playing time would be limited.
Then her English teacher suggested
she try out for cross country. Because
there was only a boys team,
she asked some friends to join.
“I started running for Costa my
junior year with a handful of
friends,” Williams-Smith recalled.
“There were maybe 10 to 12 girls on
the team when I graduated. There
were 30 when I returned to coach.”
Williams-Smith had 29 new runners
in the summer program and 85
girls on Mira Costa’s cross country
team this year, making it one of the
largest athletic programs at the
The goal of each runner is to gain
a yellow T-shirt with the words
Mira Costa Cross Country bordered
by two, green horizontal stripes.
The status symbol is given to runners
who complete a 10-mile run on
a selected Saturday on a course in
“Most kids haven’t run much before
so I love watching them overcome
personal challenges and
accomplish things they never
thought they could do,” Williams-
Smith said. “It’s exciting to see kids
earn their stripes. It’s a team-oriented
sport, where bonding and
making new friends is as important
as the athletic benefits.”
Williams-Smith runs about 40
miles every week and tries to run at
least one marathon each year. She
has competed in two Boston
Marathons, the first coming as a 49-
year-old, the year of the terrorist
bombing. She returned the following
year “just to show them we cannot
Annie Seawright-Newton’s legacy
will also live on when she has the
opportunity to coach her freshman
daughter, Piper, who is giving cross
country a try after she stopped playing
indoor volleyball to focus on the
beach version of the sport.
“I hope she ends up with the
same love for running as I have,”
Seawright-Newton said. “Running
has been such a big part of my life
and enriched it in so many ways.
My favorite part of coaching is helping
kids develop a love of running
and to see them start reaping the
benefits – the friendships with
teammates, the confidence that
comes from being able to push
yourself and achieve your goals, the
rush you get when you set a personal
record and the satisfying feeling
of being in top physical shape.”
Seawright-Newton is beginning
her ninth year coaching the Hermosa
Beach Run Club where about
50 kids in third through eighth
grade run once a week, starting
with 1-1/2 mile runs and working
their way up to five mile runs. The
goal of the kids is to earn a “101
Mile” hoodie by the end of the
“It is amazing how far and fast
some of these kids go without even
realizing it because they are busy
talking with friends and enjoying
the scenery,” Seawright-Newton
said. “During cross country season
we put together a team and compete
against local schools, including
Manhattan Beach Middle School
and Palos Verdes Intermediate
School. It gives them a little taste of
cross country. The hope is they will
consider competing in high school.
Even if they don't, I hope they all
come away with good memories
and since running is a ‘life sport’
some may go back to it later in life.” B
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El Camino College’s
brings experience in
Dena Maloney is El Camino College’s sixth president, and its first woman president. Photo by Kevin Cody
by Kevin Cody
Freshman students pictured in the inaugural,
1947 El Camino College Warrior yearbook
don’t look like freshly graduated high
school students. Most were World War II veterans.
The national war effort had evolved into a
national education effort, funded by the GI Bill.
One of the founding freshmen pictured in the
1947 yearbook is a future North American Aviation
tool and die maker named Bill Pearson.
This past February, Pearson’s daughter Dena
Maloney was named the 6th president in El
Camino college’s six decade history and its first
female president, replacing retiring president
Tom Fallo. Maloney keeps a copy of the 1947
yearbook in her office for reasons other than the
obvious fondness for her father. The yearbook is
a reminder of El Camino’s future.
California’s 113 community colleges have embarked
on an education effort, not unlike the post
World War II effort, to fill the nation’s workplace
“skills gap.” The 2016 California State budget includes
$200 million for the Strong Workforce Program.
The program matches student training
with private sector needs. El Camino will receive
$1.5 million of this money for its Career Technical
Education (CTE) programs.
Maloney’s previous experience at Santa Clarita
and West Kern community college districts made
her an attractive candidate to replace Fallo.
“Coming from a smaller district gave her more
hands on experience,” El Camino Trustee Bob
Beverly said. Beverly represents District 3, which
includes Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, El
Segundo and North Redondo Beach. “We had
candidates who were strong in community relations,
strong in academics, strong in vocational
education. Maloney appeared strong in all of
Beverly noted that California community colleges
are “two headed beasts.” Their academic
program students are expected to transfer to a
state college or university. Their vocational program
students are expected to enter the workforce
after two years. Maloney said the goal of
most of El Camino’s 22,000 students is to transfer
to a four year college. But her background suggest
an equal appreciation for the college’s vocational
In the late 1990s, Maloney was named director
of the Santa Clarita district’s Center for Applied
Competitive Technology (CACT). In 2006, she
was named founding dean of Santa Clarita College
District’s new Canyon Country campus,
which opened the following year. She also served
as the college’s director of economic development.
Foremost among Maloney’s achievements at
College of the Canyons were the partnerships she
forged with Santa Clarita’s many aerospace contractors.
“They couldn’t find workers. They were raiding
their fellow contractors for employees,” Maloney
“They told me, ‘We’re not in the training business.
What can you do for us?”
Maloney told them she was limited in what she
could do because her college couldn’t afford the
equipment needed to train skilled workers. Boeing,
IBM and other Santa Clarita employers responded
by contributing $6 million to equip her
campus’ new Applied Technology Education
Center, which opened in 2011.
“The companies also agreed not to raid one another’s
employees, who were sent to the centers
for training,” Maloney said.
Maloney had used the same strategy several
years earlier to fund the College of the Canyon
Biotechnology Center. The 4,700 square foot facility
was built off campus, in the nearby Mann
College of the Canyon’s two training centers
are similar to El Camino’s Business Training Center
in Hawthorne. The center offers courses cus-
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tomized to the needs of South Bay businesses,
taught by local professionals.
On Campus, El Camino has a new 70 classroom,
$38 million Industry Technology Education
Center, offering courses ranging from
drafting and fashion to robotics and emergency
medical technology. It also has a new, $30 million
Center for Applied Technology, which offers
courses in welding, automotive and green technology.
The buildings were built with proceeds
from a $394 million bond approved by voters in
2002. At the time, the bond was the largest of its
kind in state history.
Courses offered at the new tech center range
from architecture and automotive to paramedics
Proceeds from the 2002 bond will have been
exhausted this fall with the opening of the new
Murdoch Stadium, an NFL-level, $37 million
football, soccer and track stadium, with an adjacent
sports medicine center. The original Murdoch
Stadium was built in 1949 and named after
the school’s founding president Forrest Murdoch.
The fabled stadium produced over 60 NFL football
players, the most of any community college
in the nation, and was the location for Chris
Rock’s and Adam Sandler’s “The Longest Yard,”
and dozens of other movies.
Maloney has arrived at El Camino, just in time
to preside, not only over the new stadium’s opening
kickoff, but also the spending kickoff of a second,
$350 million bond passed in 2012.
“We’re just finishing mapping out how to spend
the 2012 bond money,” Maloney said in her soon
to be demolished office. A new administration
building is planned, along with new fine arts and
behavioral arts clasrooms, two swimming pools,
and a new student services building.
Back to the South Bay
Maloney said one of the reasons she sought the
El Camino position was to be closer to her family.
She was born in Inglewood. And though her immediate
family moved to La Puente in the San
Gabriel Valley when she was young, she spent
much of her summers with her grandparents, in
Hawthorne and has many South Bay cousins.
After attending Loyola Marymount on a scholarship,
where she majored in political science,
she earned a masters in government at Georgetown
University. She then spent two years on
Capitol Hill working for Texas Congressman
Charles Wilson.The Congressman’s involvement
in the covert funding of the Afghan Mujahideen
in their fight against the invading Soviet Union
became the subject of the Hollywood film, “Charlie
“I worked for Congressman Wilson on postal
service issues,” Maloney was quick to point out.
In the early 1980s, she and her husband moved
to Hermosa Beach, where they lived for three
“I worked in Irvine and he worked in Van
Nuys. Hermosa was mid way. When I got a new
job closer to home, we celebrated at the Bottle
Inn, on 22nd Street. We used to have breakfast at
Le Petite Cafe, around the corner from our apartment
on 190th Street,” she said.
Maloney and her husband recently moved to
Rancho Palos Verdes. She said she is looking forward
to more celebratory dinners at the new Bottle
Inn in Riviera Village.
Maloney’s career in education began in the
early 1990s with a part time job with the Santa
Clarita Community College District. She worked
with local businesses on job training. She subsequently
was named director of the college’s Employee
Training Institute, then, in rapid
succession director of its Center for Applied
Competitive Technology and then dean of the college’s
yet to be built Canyon Campus.
This fall El Camino will host its first (at least in
recent memory) College Night for high school
seniors and their parents. The evening is part of
Maloney’s strategic outreach to area high schoolers.
Another part of the strategy, she said, is the
college’s “dual enrollment” program, which allows
high school students to take college level
courses from El Camino professors at the high
Despite her enthusiasm for technology education,
Maloney did not speak enthusiastically
about online classes. She acknowledged that they
will be “part of the mix,” but pointed out they
don’t work well for lab courses. She did speak favorably
of state legislation that will fund development
of online college textbooks because
Maloney cont. on page 43
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Abby Brown en route to winning the 2016 Catalina Classic Paddleboard women’s division championship. Photo by Mike Ruiz
DJ O’Brien won the 2015 Catalina Classic and finished second this year. Photo by Chris Aguilar/ChrisAguilarMedia.com
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by Rachel Reeves
2016 Catalina Classic women competitors included (l-r) Heidi Gastler, Bernadette Foote, DJ O'Brien, Marisa Kuiken, Yvonne Chavez, Jennifer Wessels, Katie
Hazelrigg and Abby Brown. Missing from the photo is Cat Malicki. Photo by Mike Ruiz
Thanks to enthusiastic mentors, the number of female paddlers is growing
It’s the evening before the Catalina Classic
Paddleboard Championship and Abby Brown,
an 18-year-old from Santa Barbara, is on
Catalina Island, setting her 12-foot Bark next to
the other competitors’ paddle boards, because
why wouldn’t she be there? She’s a born waterwoman,
driven by a compulsion to be in the
water –she prefers training alone – and prodigious
The professional surfer achieved national fame
two years ago for a video of her surfing with two
large dolphins in the Rincon Classic. The video
went viral and landed her on “Good Morning
Brown began paddling after losing interest in
surf contests several years ago. But she didn’t
take paddling seriously until this summer. On
July 31, just weeks after graduating from high
school, she won the prestigious, 32-mile
Moloka’i-to-O’ahu World Paddleboard Championship,
becoming one of the youngest winners in
the race’s 20-year history.
Four weeks later, she was on Catalina Island to
compete in the 32-mile Classic.
“That’s like doing two ironmans in a month,”
said Jo Ambrosi, a Classic veteran and unlimited
division women’s record holder. “It’s insane. If
Abby wins both, it’s a big deal.”
The following morning, Sunday, August 28,
Brown crossed the finish line at the Manhattan
Beach pier in 6:31:41, less than a minute ahead
of last year’s winner DJ O’Brien. Brown became
the first rookie and youngest person ever to win
the Classic and only the second woman to have
won the Classic and the Molokai races in the
same year. Coronado lifeguard Carter Graves
won both races in 2014.
The tanned, well-muscled, and ebullient
O’Brien is the founder of South Bay Mermaids.
Katie Hazelrigg, a 25-year-old L.A. County lifeguard
who came in fourth on Sunday with a time
of 6:48:14, calls O’Brien her “Mer-mom.” So does
Heidi Gastler, a local physical therapist who finished
A hallmark of niche sports like paddleboarding
is they creates tight-knit families that span generations
and borders. Some of the family actually
is family. This year, Yvonne Chavez and Marisa
Kuiken, of San Diego, became the first mother
and daughter to paddle in the Classic the same
year. Kuiken, a lifeguard, placed third with a time
of 6:42:16. The 29-year-old competed in her first
Classic last year, when conditions were particularly
“I came here last year to be Marisa’s support,”
said her mother Yvonne, a 57-year-old native of
Mexico City, who started paddling before her
daughter did. “This year I thought oh, you know
what, I’ll try it.” Chavez finished in eight hours,
nine minutes and 25 seconds.
“One of the greatest things about this sport is
that we’re all friends,” O’Brien said. “It’s our
Welcoming young girls into the family, and
watching newbies, such as Bernadette Foote, fall
in love with paddleboarding helps keeps the fire
aflame for veteran paddlers. Foote, 19, became
the first person from Catalina Island to compete
Catalina cont. on page 28
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Catalina cont. from page 27
in the Classic. She grew up listening
to the sound of the horn that
kicks off both the Rock 2 Rock – a
22-mile race from Catalina to
Cabrillo Beach, San Pedro – and
the Classic. Each year, her family
hosts paddlers from the mainland.
Foote finished in seven hours, 48
minutes, and 44 seconds.
“For me what’s gratifying isn’t
just that every year there’s a bigger
number of girls, but that there are
younger girls coming through,”
Ambrosi said. “That’s what’s going
to keep longevity in the sport.
They’re young and in their prime
and hopefully they’ll bring other
girls into the sport. That’s what it’s
In 1996, the first year she competed,
Ambrosi was the only female
among 102 competitors.
Nonetheless, she was in familiar
territory. Ambrosi works as a firefighter
in her native Australia. This
summer, she is working as a ranger
on Catalina. Teresa McDowell, a
Catalina Island facilities manager,
who is known as the “Paddlers’
Godmother,” helped Ambrosi get
“We don’t get into things we love
Bernadette Foote, 19, is the first Catalina Islander to have competed in the
Catalina Classic. Photo by Beverly Baird
to be the first girls,” said Ambrosi.
“We get into it and then think how
come there’s not that many girls? I
want to get heaps of girls in because
it’s so cool. It’s about not having
any barriers – not about your size or
gender, just about giving it a shot.”
Of this year’s Classic’s 93 paddlers,
nine were women. They were
a tough group of females, strong
enough in body, mind, and spirit to
overcome powerful urges to quit
and the physical pain of paddling 32
Jennifer Wessels, a San Pedro native,
paddled with a torn pectoral
muscle and still managed to cross
the finish line in just over eight
hours. Cat Malicki, who said she
was “just trying to survive the race,”
clocked 7:41:55 and in doing so fulfilled
her promise to donors who
pledged $1,070 for Ocean of Hope
if she finished the race.
“This endurance race will be a
struggle,” Malicki, who works as a
radiation therapist, wrote on her
crowdfunding page, “but it pales in
comparison to what our patients go
For the women, as for the men,
the Catalina Classic is about setting
and achieving goals, perpetuating
the sport of prone paddling and
honoring both the ocean and the
“But it’s not equal and equal,”
Ambrosi says. “We’re not built the
same and we don’t function the
same. I’ve paddled this channel
many times and guys have a different
experience than me. Don’t tell
me it’s the same because it’s not.
What it is about is personal experience
and the challenge of crossing
the channel and what you learn
crossing the channel and the support
you give each other, because
whether you’re a first-year or a 20-
year crosser, you all support each
other. You acknowledge each
other’s success...because to get on
the start line, prepared for this race
is amazing. To finish is a big deal.
Winning is a totally different ballpark.”
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MEETING OF THE GUILD
at Naja’s Place
hough commonly known as the “Battle of the
Guild,” the meeting of the LA Brewers Guild is the
climax of LA Beer Week, a celebration of local craft
beer. This year’s meeting was held at Naja’s on the Redondo
Beach pier. LABG and Naja’s selected 20 breweries
from the San Francisco to the San Diego for the coveted
Naja’s GM Jay Ousten delared this year’s winner was
the Saison Farmhouse styled ale “Stone Kisses from Torrance’s
very popular Monkish Brewing Co. Over the past
eight years, the LABG has yet to lose on its home court.
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1. The Blue Room
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2. Two things that get
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of Riviera Village: good
beer and karaoke.
3. Hop Saint Brewing
Co. brewer Brian
Brewer gives Naja’s Jay
Ousten a big high five.
4. Jeremy Duncan of
Mother Earth Brewing in
San Diego chats with
King Harbor Brewing’s
5. Brian Brewer, Jimmy
Smith from LABW’s
Weigand Family Distribution
Davis of Faction Brewing
Co of San Francisco
6. The voting system.
7. El Segundo Brewing’s
Tom Kelley and
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Calendar cont. from page 8
Master chalk artists provide inspiration for art enthusiasts of all ages on Saturday,
September 10 during the 14th Annual Chalk Art Festival at the Redondo
Beach pier noon to 4 p.m. And it’s free, plus prizes for the judges’
favorites. For more information visit RedondoPier.com.
Sunday, September 18
Surfing 4A Cure
The 5th annual Surfing 4A Cure features 12 person relay teams. 7 a.m. ‘till
noon at Torrance Beach. After party in Redondo Beach 2 - 5 p.m. Surfing 4A Cure
has raised over $65,000 toward pediatric cancer research. For online donations:
#StyleCrawl Manhattan Beach
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dream in downtown Manhattan Beach. Noon to 6 p.m. Discounts from
30-plus stores and restaurants along with entertainment, giveaways, snacks and
beverages. Attendees are encouraged to bring clothes of good quality to be donated
to local shelters, including 1736 Family Crisis Center. $15. Metlox Plaza,
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Friday, Saturday, Sunday September 23, 24 and 25
Redondo Beach Lobster and Music Festival
Lobster and steak plus a great music lineup by Saint Rocke returns to the Seaside
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Over 80 workshops and lectures will be presented today through Sunday on
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Thursday, September 29
Champions of Business
The City of El Segundo and the El Segundo Economic Development Advisory
Council will honor Continental Development president Richard Lundquist for
his dedication to the economic development of El Segundo and his incomparable
charitable contributions. Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe will emcee
and LA Rams COO Kevin Demoff will speak. 5:30 to 8 p.m., Performing Arts
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Torrance State of the City
Torrance Bakery’s Kirk Rossberg will be honored as Torrance’s 2016 Distinguished
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Henry Morse holds the lead
through a turn at the Canadian Tire
Motor Park in Ontario, Canada during
the Pirelli World Challenge Series.
Redondo Beach high schooler
Henry Morse, 15, races to
the podium in the professional
Pirelli World Challenge
Morse demonstrated his driving skills
early on in go kart racing at the
Cal Speed Karting Center at the
Auto Club Speedway in Fontana.
y David Mendez
It’s easy to lose sight of the fact that Henry Morse, a contender for
a series championship in the Pirelli World Challenge and multipletime
racing champion, is only 15 years old. Even he forgets, sometimes.
He was dissecting his comfort in front of crowds, how it’s so easy
for him to speak clearly and confidently despite being much younger
than most of his audience. “I took public speaking in middle school,”
he said, before pausing for a moment. “That was last year, I guess.”
Morse has been racing for nearly 90 percent of his life. He was “a
year and eight months,” said his father Ben Morse, when he participated
in his first sanctioned race, a bike race at the Chevron Manhattan
Beach Grand Prix. He’s been moving up the ranks ever since, from
bikes to motorcycles to go karts, where he won nine championships.
This year is the Redondo Beach resident’s first year racing in a professional
series. After ten races, he’s in second place in PWC’s Touring
Car B division, 13 points off of the leader, 38 year old PJ Groenke. It’s
not outside the realm of possibility for Henry to win the series, becoming
both the first to win a PWC series in their first year, and the
youngest person to do so.
“He absolutely has the talent to be a successful race car driver, but
he doesn’t have $7 million to $8 million dollars a year,” said his father.
Racing isn’t cheap. It’s said that if a driver wants to make $10 million
a year, they need to spend $50 million. Everything about owning and
operating a race car is expensive, from cars to parts to transporting vehicles
from track to track.
“There’s another 15-year-old on a few series, and conservatively, he’s
spending $8 to $12 million a year,” Morse said. “The only people who
can make it like Henry are the incredibly lucky.”
Both his father and grandfather raced cars, passing down a need for
speed and deep-seated confidence.
“There’s a certain mindset that someone needs to live in, in order to
maximize their opportunities…I have an incredible opportunity to
achieve greatness with the position I’m in,” Henry said. “There really
isn’t any choice other than to devote myself entirely — it wouldn’t
make sense not to.”
He learned early on, he said, from watching his parents “making
something out of nothing, or very little,” that trying his hardest can
lead to success.
“I’m really putting that to the test,” Henry said. “I think there are
more people who have visited the International Space Station than have
been pro race car drivers.”
Much of his time is spent either on the track or in a racing simulator.
But fundraising and finding partnerships are also a huge part of the
Henry Morse earned motorsport media attention after his youthful
success in the Pirelli World Challenge Series.
“Ninety-nine percent of the time, we’re looking for partners who
want to participate in this exceptional journey we’re on — people
who have money, passion, and an interest in racing,” Ben Morse
said. “The trick is hearing ‘no’ 10,000 times and still getting up in
the morning with the understanding that the next person you talk
to may be the one who makes your career possible.”
Henry has the interview patter down. He rattles off his list of
sponsors and partners — Pirelli, Freem, MorseGPS, among others
— and tells how each has contributed to his career. He also gives
credit to the teachers and staff at Rolling Hills Prep.
He recognizes that his status as a 15-year-old racing with pros is
a marketer’s dream. “They understand that I’m getting a lot of attention,”
he said. He was given seven minutes of uninterrupted
airtime on CBS Sports following a race this season. “It’s a good
marketing move to partner with me.”
He’s not concerned about burning out.
“We’ve been through a lot of ups and downs…so much time and
focus and energy has been devoted to this that, if burning out was
possible, it would have happened already,” he said. “But if I end
up not making it as a pro racer, I’ll still be racing something.”
“I think it’s absolutely absurd,” his dad said. “I give him every
opportunity to gracefully back away from it,” he said. “But you’re
doing this because you enjoy it, not necessarily because you have
to — it’s not a required career path, we just love it.”
The two are constantly working together at the track. Ben races
in many of the same series as Henry, and coaches him, discussing
tracks and working out potential problems.
Ben believes Henry’s biggest limitation is financial, not age.
At the 2014 Grand Nationals a field of 100 drivers was pared
down to six over the course of three days. Henry was among the
finalists. All of the drivers took one lap, driving identical race cars.
“The car is the same, the track, the time of day, tires, gas…all
the same. There weren’t any excuses, just the person who was unquestionably
the fastest driver.”
That day, Henry came out on top — the fastest by seven thousandths
of a second.
“What happened in that moment is it defined him. It wasn’t any
more about his dad telling him how good he was,” Ben said. B
Ben Morse with son Henry at five months.
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WHITE LIGHT WHITE NIGHT
n July 23, Walk With Sally - One Child At A
Time held its 10th annual White Light White
Night fundraising celebration on the Top of
the Plaza at Continental Park in El Segundo. With
special guests including CBS2’s Serene Branson, the
evening allowed WWS to continue its purpose - fostering
hope for families impacted by cancer.
1. Redondo Beach’s Sue Elliott, Sam Schloeder
and Page Elliott.
2. Megan with husband Walk With Sally
founder/CEO Nick Arquette.
3. Hermosa Beach residents Dr. Lester and Angie
Silverman anticipate the upcoming auction!
4. Civically active and WLWN regulars Yvonne
and Paul Amarillas.
5. L.A. Supervisorial candidate Steve
Napolitano with Kris and current Manhattan
Beach Mayor Tony D’Errico and Adrienne
6. Seen every year at White LIght White Night
are Mike and Julie Foster with Berry Bly.
7. Norm Berens, Manhattan Beach City Councilmember
David and Elizabeth Lesser, Hermosa
Beach City Councilmember Carolyn with husband
8. Musicians Adam Lawson and Oren Avineri of
The Lucky Ones perform.
9. Sean Crosby, Carol Glover, David Salzman
and Bruce Kordic enjoy wine from Uncorked’s Jeff
10. LocaliteLA’s Jenn Infanto, Nicole Lynn,
Danelle McGinnis and Monica Alexander greet
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with hummus and
Mexican-style street corn
by Richard Foss
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Riviera Village has been called “South Bay’s Little
Italy,” and the appellation fits. Of the last 10
restaurants to open here, seven specialize in Italian
food and all seem to be doing well. When the Blackhouse
Group took over a former Italian restaurant, I
wasn’t the only one to wonder what region of Italy they
would showcase. The name Suburbia didn’t offer any
clues, though the term is Latin for “area near a city” and
would fit a place serving food from the outskirts of
Whatever suburb chef Tin Vuong was thinking of, it
wasn’t that one. Suburbia is hip and contemporary, the
interior sleek, modern, and lacking art in the dining
room besides the decorative light fixtures and whimsical
paper airplanes painted in random places. There is
one lovely mural, though you’ll only see it if you happen
to head for the restrooms. The environment is loud
when the room is full, though the music is kept relatively
The menu offerings straddle American and Asian influences,
with a smattering of global items like
Lebanese lamb with hummus and Mexican-style street
corn. Most items are small plates designed for sharing,
though a few are designated as “plat principal” – a
pompous Frenchism that clashes with the otherwise casual
and modern style.
Our server Ecko suggested the three of us should
order five or six items, and we decided to start with
fried green tomatoes, salmon poke, and a beet and apple
salad. We then enjoyed some very good cocktails during
a very long wait for the food to arrive. It was at least 40
minutes from the time we ordered, and since two items
were salads we had not expected the delay.
The sophisticated Tom Collins variant and the 1301,
made with whiskey, port, and bitters, were very good,
but the best was a pineapple-infused mescal item called
the Birdman. All were variations on standard drinks,
but expertly made.
The salad, poke, and tomatoes arrived together, and we started with the
tomatoes because they deteriorate quickly after frying. The slices of fruity
tomato inside a cornmeal crust were fine by themselves, but even better
with the tangy buttermilk dressing, pimento-cheese sauce, and chili sauce
provided for dipping. An assortment of spicy pickles completed the plate,
and we liked these sides and condiments enough to ask for bread so we
wouldn’t waste any. The raisin bread and bagel chips were great with the
cheese and pickles, and I’d advise you to follow my lead here.
The apple and beet salad was a good concept with oddly poor execution.
The flavors of beets, apple, cress, endive, and walnuts with both yogurt
and a honey sherry dressing were fine, but the beet was in large, lightly
cooked chunks that needed to be cut while the apples were finely shredded.
There was excess yoghurt, so that we ended up fishing the greens out
of a pool at the bottom of the bowl. It was interesting, and will be a standout
with refinements to the execution.
The poke bowl wasn’t innovative by itself, since it’s no surprise that marinated
salmon goes well with edamame, cucumber, chives, masago, and
scallions. But the accompaniments of mild ginger sauce, mustard, and mild
kimchi took the flavor in different directions. The shiso leaves and sheets
of seaweed were also a nice touch, as they allowed you to create your own
roll and play with flavors.
The main courses arrived without a holdup, and though all had been described
as small plates they were substantial.
We also ordered fried chicken, pan seared sea bass, salt cod fried rice,
and curried cauliflower. We immediately noticed some items were not as
expected from the descriptions. Instead of being plated with vegetables on
the side, the sea bass arrived in a small cauldron atop a stew of rock
shrimp, chickpeas, tomatoes, mussels, and fennel. There was a traditionally
Southern French dash of Pernod liqueur in the tomato broth, adding to the
multiculturalism of this kitchen. It was more interesting than the menu
description and either the menu should give more details or servers should
be sure to inform diners what they’re getting.
The curried cauliflower was a more subtle dish than we expected, the
vegetable lightly sautéed with dry seasonings and then put over a spicy
tomato fondue alongside a dollop of labneh cheese. The strongest element
was not the curry, but the sweet pickled peppadew peppers that were scattered
through the bowl with pine nuts and scallions. It wasn’t a conventional
curry by any stretch of the imagination, but I’d order it again in a
The fried chicken showed that this kitchen can play it straight when they
want to. This was the traditional American favorite with no curveballs.
The crust was crisp and mildly seasoned, and the accompaniments of mac
and cheese, pickles, and housemade hot sauce would all have been at home
in a particularly good picnic basket. There was aioli too, but I’m not sure
why except to remind us what century we’re in.
I ordered the salt cod fried rice omelet with fresh scallops and shrimp
because the description sounded interesting: would that funky, salty flavor
work with a sweet and sour pork and crab chili sauce? The sauce was
sweet, spicy, and took over the dish in the nicest way. Dried codfish can
be assertive but here it was a vital yet not overpowering component of the
flavor. There are South Asian dishes that use fish sauce for a similar effect,
and these flavors wouldn’t be out of place in a Monterey Park seafood
At dinner we ordered a bottle of Lost Angel Pinot Noir from their well
curated but overpriced wine list. The Lost Angel was a nice bottle that I
hadn’t experienced before, but they need to add moderately priced wines
so diners will be encouraged to experiment.
Though we had over-ordered we wanted to try dessert so split a piece of
carrot tres leches cake that had a nicely balanced vegetable and sugar
sweetness. It would be great with coffee and even better with amari cocktails,
and both are available.
Our food bill was about $100 to feed three or four people, and the drinks
about doubled that. For a meal of this caliber in Riviera Village, Suburbia
is a bargain. The restaurant is open for breakfast through dinner daily, and
locals might as well get used to seeing a line outside.
Suburbia is at 247 Avenida Del Norte in Redondo. Open daily 9 a.m. – 3
p.m and 5 p.m. – 10 p.m., reservations strongly recommended, street parking,
wheelchair access good but some high tables – advise when reserving. Full bar,
corkage $15, some vegetarian items. Website at eatsuburbia.com, phone (424)
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TRI-BEACH SISTER CITIES
he Tri-Beach Sister Cities Organization held its
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Don with Sister City members Merna Marshall
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President George Barks, RB Councilman Jeff Ginsburg
and Gentil Smith
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Febbo and Sheila Kutkus
6. Alicia Febbo and Margie Dupuis.
7. Cedric “Mickey” McRae, Victoria Tallman and
8. Over 100 Silent Auction items helped raise
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9. Gila Katz, RB Mayor Steve Aspel, Pam Aspel,
Mike Gin, Melissa and Jeff Ginsburg and Sheila
10. Mickey McRae, Mark Goldstein, Stefanie
Dacy, Moira Nelson, MJ Kutkus, Loree Goergen
and Darren Tiffany visiting from Phoenix, Arizona.
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Maloney cont. from page 23
textbooks have become prohibitively expensive. She also noted approvingly
that the El Camino’s faculty senate recently approved a new, online
course management system.
Arguably the most formidable challenge facing Maloney is the upcoming
labor negotiations. During the last negotiations, three years ago, a faculty
strike was narrowly avoided. Recent negotiations at college districts in Ventura,
Glendale and San Diego have resulted in faculty raises of 3 to 5 percent.
Maloney declined to discuss the upcoming negotiations, except to note
that the 2016 state budget did not provide for community colleges cost of
living increases (COLA). And it provided an increase of only $75 million
for community colleges in base funding. But that is to be spread among
the state’s 113 districts and its uses are largely restricted to capital improvements.,
In her previous positions, Maloney was a proponent of “interest-based
bargaining,” (IBB), a negotiating strategy designed to find win-win solutions.
Beverly said he is hopeful that interest-based bargaining can be utilized,
but noted, "To be successful, both sides must enter negotiations with the
same spirit of cooperation and goodwill. They must abandon their confrontational
rhetoric: in other words, everybody needs to leave their revolvers
at the door.” B
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