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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

Court

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

College.

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

American cuisines

BEACH LIFE

8 Calendar

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

info@rowforareason.org or call (310)

379-5425.

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

visit pcch.net.

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

on Facebook.

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

admin@switzercenter.org.

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

redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor

code HermosaKiwanis or contact

Mickey at mickmacr@aol.com (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

(310) 542-3016.

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

bchd.org/bzp.

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

Trusting dancers

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

artattackfoundation.org.

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)

300-5524. Wmof.com.

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

Chelsea Schreiber

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each charity

AMBASSADORS HEAR CANCER SURVIVOR’S

Story of Resilience and Gratitude

M

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

Lurie.

2. Hugo Hool, MD, Kalpana Hool,

Elizabeth Paul, MD, Jay Paul, MD.

3. Sandy Jackson, Karl Jackson, Laura

Schenasi.

4. Ann Zimmerman, Harriet Bailiss-

Sustarsic.

PHOTOS BY DEIDRE DAVIDSON

5. Mike Hebson (cancer survivor), Judith

Gassner, Nancy Hebson, Craig

Leach.

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.

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4 5

6

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Reaching

new

heights

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

well-wishers.

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

themselves.

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

party.

“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

Kansas State.

“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

Norco.

Cross Country cont. on page 18

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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.

Family bonds

More than a talented team lured

Atkinson back to his alma mater,

where he was an assistant coach

from 1998-2000.

“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

Jones.

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

school.

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

Palos Verdes.

“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

be intimidated.”

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

school year.

“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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The

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president

El Camino College’s

new president

brings experience in

college-business

partnerships

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

these areas.”

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

program students.

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

recalled.

“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

Biomedical Park.

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

and welding,

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

Wilson’s War.”

“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

years.

“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.

Community connections

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

schoolers’ campuses.

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

26 Easy Reader / Beach magazine • September 8, 2016


Channel

women

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

talent.

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

America.”

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

in 8:05:24.

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

rough.

“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

community.”

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

September 8, 2016 • Easy Reader / Beach magazine 27


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

all about.”

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

the job.

“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

miles.

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

through.”

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

human body.

“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

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T

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

“Golden Keg.”

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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PHOTOS BY BRAD JACOBSON

1. The Blue Room

Crew, self deemed VIPs,

holds court.

2. Two things that get

former Redondo Councilman

Jeff Ginsburg out

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

Will Daines.

5. Brian Brewer, Jimmy

Smith from LABW’s

Weigand Family Distribution

and Rodger

Davis of Faction Brewing

Co of San Francisco

Brewers Guild.

6. The voting system.

7. El Segundo Brewing’s

Tom Kelley and

friends.

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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:

visit http://support.chla.org/pages/abellaandhudsonshope.

#StyleCrawl Manhattan Beach

Crawl your way to a fresh fall wardrobe at the first ever #StyleCrawl, a shopaholic’s

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,

451 Manhattan Beach Blvd. For More Information Contact:

info@styleonthespot.com. For a peak at what Downtown Manhattan Beach has

to offer visit downtownmanhattanbeach.com

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

Lagoon in King Harbor. Friday 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday noon to 11 p.m. Sunday

noon to 8 p.m.Tickets at Lobsterfestival.com. 200 Portofino Way, Redondo Beach,

South Bay Yoga Conference

Over 80 workshops and lectures will be presented today through Sunday on

Yoga for Addiction, Yoga for Managing Cancer, Tantra, Meditation, Food as Medicine,

Bee Colonies, Urban Gardening, Ayurveda, Business of Yoga, Slack-lining,

Reiki and Acupuncture. 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. A yoga village for kids, performances

and a marketplace will also be offered. Hermosa Beach Community Center 710

Pier Ave. Hermosa Beach.For more information call (424) 247- 6457 or email

info@southbayyogaconference.com.

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

Center, Vistamar School, 737 Hawaii Street, El Segundo. For tickets email

bkeohi@psmcommarts.com

Torrance State of the City

Torrance Bakery’s Kirk Rossberg will be honored as Torrance’s 2016 Distinguished

Citizen of the Year for his three decades of great baked goods and his

gracious support of local charities. 11:30 a.m. Doubletree by Hilton Torrance,

21333 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance. B

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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

fast 15

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

work.

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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7. Norm Berens, Manhattan Beach City Councilmember

David and Elizabeth Lesser, Hermosa

Beach City Councilmember Carolyn with husband

Guy Petty.

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

Bonafede.

10. LocaliteLA’s Jenn Infanto, Nicole Lynn,

Danelle McGinnis and Monica Alexander greet

guests.

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Bartender Eddie Barrett with Suburbia’s salmon tataki.

Photo by Kevin Cody

Offerings straddle

American and Asian

influences, with a

smattering of global

items like

Lebanese lamb

with hummus and

Mexican-style street corn

by Richard Foss

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Straddling

Suburbia

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

Rome.

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

low.

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

heartbeat.

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

house.

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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each charity

TRI-BEACH SISTER CITIES

T

he Tri-Beach Sister Cities Organization held its

13th annual Cinco de Mayo celebration at Ortega

120 on May 22. With a full house, this

fundraiser included live music, delicious Mexican

buffet, huge silent auction and a live auction. Proceeds

benefit the people and cultural exchange for

Hermosa/Loreto, Manhattan/Santa Rosalia and Redondo/La

Paz & Ensenada.

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PHOTOS BY

ADRIENNE SLAUGHTER

1. Hermosa Cyclery’s Ken Liebowitz, Tracy

Robinson, Hermosa Beach Sister City Association

President Deborah DeMaderios and husband

Don with Sister City members Merna Marshall

and Cathy McCurdy.

2. Karen Nowicki, Pat Dacy, Ryan Nowicki and

Martha Diaz.

3. Anita Greenamyer, Kathy Barnes, Denise

Rogers, Gentil and Smitty Smith.

4. MJ Kutkus, Redondo Beach Sister City Assoc.

President George Barks, RB Councilman Jeff Ginsburg

and Gentil Smith

5. Hermosa Beach Mayor Carolyn Petty, Bill

Febbo and Sheila Kutkus

6. Alicia Febbo and Margie Dupuis.

7. Cedric “Mickey” McRae, Victoria Tallman and

Julian Katz.

8. Over 100 Silent Auction items helped raise

funds for the exchange programs.

9. Gila Katz, RB Mayor Steve Aspel, Pam Aspel,

Mike Gin, Melissa and Jeff Ginsburg and Sheila

Kutkus.

10. Mickey McRae, Mark Goldstein, Stefanie

Dacy, Moira Nelson, MJ Kutkus, Loree Goergen

and Darren Tiffany visiting from Phoenix, Arizona.

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Handyman Schatan: avocation a vocation

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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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