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October 13, 2016
Volume 47, Issue 10
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After founding a road rally that winds across Europe and Africa, Hungarian-born,
Andrew Szabo sets out on a more tranquil adventure, paddling
from his adopted hometown of Manhattan Beach to Tijuana.
26 by Mark McDermott
Michael Schreiber creates an alternate universe built around motors,
music, and art, helping to spur a creative movement in El Segundo's
Smoky Hollow warehouse district.
32 by Richard Foss
Manhattan House chef Diana Stavaridis isn’t content with farm to table
produce. She’s growing her produce in town, with help from local school
kids and Deep Roots Nursery.
54 by Mark McDermott
Sanam Madhav and Neil Chhabria, of Hermosa Beach, wed in a three day
ceremony informed by four centuries of Indian tradition.
58 by Randy Angel
Lifeguard Mel Solberg has competed on 18 Taplin Bell championship
teams and shared his love of the ocean and competition with his daughter
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ach year the Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair improves
the arts and crafts offered for sale, as well as
the food, drink, music and kids play areas. The one
constant that can’t be improved on is the now four decades
old tradition of catching up with friends and neighbors.
Photos by Brad Jacobson
1. The Friendship Circle.
2. Ready to ride.
3. No fear.
4. The Hometown Fair Committee, the people who
make it happen.
5. Manhattan Beach Mayor Tony D’Errico and wife
6. Static Flow competes in the Battle of the Bands.
7. The Mira Costa High Marching Band.
8. Manhattan Beach Girl Scouts.
9. Fair committee president Anne Kelly with the
participating Command Center crew.
10. Manhattan Beach Motorcycle Police prepare to
lead the Hometown Fair Parade.
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Former NBA star Steve Nash meets with young, American Martyr School
basketball players prior to the parish fair on Saturday and Sunday, October
15 and 16. A clinic for 20 kids, led by Nash will be auctioned at the Parish
Fair dinner on Saturday, October 15. For more information visit American-
Martyrs.org. Photo by Brad Jacobson
Friday, October 14
Fashions for seniors
The Peninsula Seniors 9th Annual
Fall Fashion Show Fundraiser begins at
11 a.m. with a fashion boutique and is
followed by lunch and a fashion show.
Doubletree by Hilton, 21333
Hawthorne Blvd, Torrance. For tickets
call (310) 377-3003. Pvseniors.org.
An Advanced Rally AKC Competition
class is offered through the Lomita
Obedience Training Club, a non-profit
organization. The class is designed for
people and their dogs who already
know the rally novice stations and are
ready to learn and/or practice the advance
and excellent stations. To learn
more please call (310) 530-4814 or visit
Saturday, October 15
Am Martyrs fair
The 46th Annual American Martyrs
Parish Fair takes place Sautrday and
Sunday and will feature a raffle in
which the grand prize is a 2017 Lexus
CT 200h hybrid. A maximum of 2,500
tickets will be sold at $60 each ($50
each if two or more are purchased).
Tickets may be purchased after all the
Masses, at the fair or online at
highlight of the fair weekend is
the annual parish dinner, which will be
held Saturday at 6 p.m. Tickets are
$20. Silent auction items include a basketball
clinic for 20 by former Laker
star Steve Nash, as well as Rams tickets,
and trips to Paris and Las Vegas
(aboard a private plane). American
Martyrs is located at 624 15th Street,
Manhattan Beach. For more information
Pumpkins in the Park
The Hermosa Beach Friends of the
Parks hosts the 10th Annual Pumpkins
in the Park day, featuring free mini
pumpkins, games, crafts, popcorn, hot
dogs and a puppet show. Come in costume.
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Edith Rodaway
Friendship Park, Prospect Ave. & Hollowell,
Hermosa Beach. For more information
call the Chamber at (310)
Northrop Grumman historian Tony
Chong discusses “Flying Wings and
radical things,” including Northrop’s
secret aerospace projects and concepts
from 1939 through 1994. $5. 11 a.m.
Western Museum of Flight, 3315 Airport
Drive, Torrance. For questions
email Tom Lasser at
firstname.lastname@example.org or visit wmof.com.
Sunday, October 16
JMMF Surf Fiesta
“The Jimmy” matches entrants on
handicapped teams and is open to all
levels of surfers. Proceeds benefit the
Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation,
which offers ocean therapy for mentally
troubled and physically injured
vets and kids. 42nd Street, Manhattan
Beach. Sign up at jimmfsurf
fiesta.eventbrite.com/ or jimmymillerfoundation.org/.
Autumn Sea Fair
Celebrate the bounty of the sea with
fun-in-the-sun games and hometown
spirit. Children of all ages will enjoy
ocean related activities throughout the
day, including face painting, origami
lessons and gyotaku, the Japanese art
of fish printing. Join in the search for
buried treasure, learn how to cast a
fishing rod, and use recycled materials
to compete in the Ocean Monster costume
contest. Free. 3720 Stephen M.
White Drive, San Pedro. For information
call (310) 548-7562 or visit cabrillomarineaquarium.org.
Ghostly good cause
The 21st annual Halloween Ball
fundraiser to support Pediatric Therapy
Network includes dinner, cocktails,
live music, costume contests, live
and silent auctions and raffle prizes. 4
- 9 p.m. Under a white tent on Cabrillo
Avenue, Torrance. To donate an auction
item email. email@example.com.
For tickets visit e.gesture.com/
Thursday, October 20
The annual Best of Manhattan Beach
dinner brings together business and
community leaders to honor the best
and brightest of MB business. 6 - 9
p.m. Manhattan Marriott, 1400
Parkview Ave, Manhattan Beach. Manhattanbeachchamber.com.
Hear HER pitch
Join the South Bay Entrepreneurial
Center for a fun, educational event utilizing
the popular “Shark Tank” format.
Women entrepreneurs representing a
variety of industries will pitch to a
panel of angel, investors and the audience.
7:45 - 10 a.m. Toyota Auto Museum,
19600 S. Van Ness, Torrance.
Saturday, October 22
Redondo Ballet presents
“Through the pages”
Pack your toothbrush and join the
Redondo Ballet at Grandma's house.
See your favorite bedtime stories dance
to life. This fairy tale of fairy tales, features
the stories of the Wizard of Oz,
Cinderella, Peter Pan, the Three Little
Pigs and more. 3 to 6 p.m. Redondo
Union High School, One Sea Hawk
Way, Redondo Beach. For tickets visit
Chuck Johnson and the
Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation
Department Cultural Arts Division
invites the public to an evening
concert featuring Chuck Johnson and
the CJS Quintet. 5 - 7 p.m. Joslyn Community
Center, 1601 North Valley
Drive, Manhattan Beach. Free. For
more information call (310) 802-5448.
Calendar cont. on page 18
Team Donald Trumpkin promises to Make Halloween Great Again this year
during the 26th annual World Famous Pumpkin Race on Sunday, October
23. Hoping to improve on their humiliating fourth place finish in last year’s
race are LA Car Guy’s Mike Sullivan, Manhattan Beach Parks and Rec
Department’s Idris Al-Oboudi and Trumpkin’s campaign managers Jeff Gill
and Kristen Carter. For race questions contact the Manhattan Chamber at
(310) 802-5000 or visit citymb.info. Photo by Caroline Anderson
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Calendar cont. from page 16
Run for Refugees
The 4th Annual Hungry Hearts 5k
Fun Run for Refugees, scavenger hunt
and harvest festival is geared towards
having fun while raising money to help
with the Syrian Refugee Crisis. Regis
tration 7:30 - 8:15 a.m. Race at 8:30
a.m. South Coast Botanical Gardens,
26300 Crenshaw Blvd, Palos Verdes
Peninsula. To register visit hungryheartsint.com/
Sunday, October 23
The Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship
Walk is expected to attract 12,000 walkers
and raise $1.5 million for local
schools and charities, including The
Friendship Foundation, which provides
peer mentoring for special needs kids.
Singer and dancer Asia Monet Ray,
the New District band and dancer
Aidan Prince will join boxing legend
Sugar Ray Leonard, the Dodger’s
Tommy Lasorda and South Bay fitness
guru Denise Austin in entertaining the
walkers. 9 a.m. at the Manhattan
Beach pier. To register visit Skechers-
The Mallet-O-Justice will be smashing
race pumpkins found to be cheating.
But otherwise, pumpkins andbe
their pit crews will be treated like the
world class competitors that they are
at the 26th Annual World Famous
Pumpkin Race. Races start at 12 p.m.
Pumpkin race kits may be purchased
at the Live Oak Tennis office 1901 Valley
Drive, Manhattan Beach for $25.
Manhattan Beach Pier. For race questions
contact the Manhattan Beach
Chamber at (310) 802-5000 or visit
The Torrance Antique Street Faire
18th Anniversary will feature over
200 vendors with vintage treasures,
DJ Ozzie and live music. Raffle. Halloween
costume contest and Trick or
treat for the kids. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Downtown Old Torrance, Sartori Avenue.
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SCHMIDT, HIGLEY WIN
Manhattan Beach 10K
ormer Redondo Union High School
distance runner Simon Schmidt raced
to the championship of the 39th annual
Manhattan Beach 10K, outpacing David
Cardona and last year’s winner Teddy Kassa,
both of Torrance.
Now living in Los Angeles, Schmidt
crossed the finish line at the Manhattan
Beach Pier in 31 minutes, 35 seconds. Cardona
recorded a time of 31:53 while Kassa,
who won the 2015 race with at 31:41, posted
a time of 32:43.
After a third-place finish in 2015, Redondo
Beach running icon Nathalie Higley
improved her time by 36 seconds to win the
women’s division with a time of 37:55. Former
Mira Costa High School cross country
state champion Savannah Pio, of Hermosa
Beach, finished second at 38:02, just ahead
of last year’s runner-up Alison Kielty, of Torrance,
who recorded a time of 38:22. -Randy
PHOTOS BY RAY VIDAL
1. Former Redondo Union High School
and UC Berkeley distance runner Simon
Schmidt sprints to at the finish to win the
39th Annual Manhattan Beach 10K.
2. Redondo Beach running legend
Nathalie Higley won her 13th Manhattan
Beach 10K Women’s Division Championship
in 18 attempts.
3. Club Ed runners Tim Burdiak,
Nicholas Burdiak, Ed Avol and Alison
4. Nearly 3,500 runners competed on
the streets of Manhattan Beach.
5. Hermosa Beach’s Savannah Pio was
the second female to cross the finish line.
6. Spectators knew why 65-year-old
Richard Bard, of Hermosa Beach, was on
7. Alison Kielty, of Torrance, captured the
female 24-29 division while finishing as
the third-fastest woman.
8. Manhattan Beach resident and former
Mira Costa distance runner Shadeh
Tabatabai placed fifth in the women’s division.
9. The Gregg Young band lays down the
10. Torrance runner David Cardona
placed second, after winning the 2014
Manhattan Beach 10K.
11. Emily Mitchell, of Manhattan Beach,
won the female 35-39 age division.
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Szabo lands on the rocky beach of Bluff Cove in Palos Verdes during a practice run. Photo by Kevin Gilligan
by Ryan McDonald
Andrew Szabo kayaks from Manhattan Beach to Tijuana,
another step in his paced walk on the wild side
The dunes are covered in concrete, the vacant lots swallowed by suburbia,
and the alleys are prowled by police. Even the Pacific Ocean
seems pacified: Surfing, once the pastime of drop-outs and derelicts,
now comfortably draws hedge-funders to the lineup. Can the South Bay
still howl with the call of the wild?
Andrew Szabo thinks so. The Manhattan Beach resident came here from
New York with his family in 2008. After some discussion with his wife
about where in Southern California to live, they settled on the South Bay in
order to be close to the coast.
“We were supposed to live in Silver Lake. I said ‘Come on,’” Szabo recalled
with get-over-yourself tilt of the head.
Living here, he now thinks constantly of how easy it is to stumble into
“It’s just so unbelievably convenient to take my kayak out of my house,
walk two or three blocks and be in the ocean,” Szabo said. “Not a lot of people
can say that.”
One Sunday last month, Szabo hauled his kayak down to the beach at
29th Street and pushed it into the ocean. Unlike a typical jaunt, however,
he would not return later that afternoon. He would be gone almost two
weeks, kayaking from Manhattan Beach to Tijuana.
Szabo, a Hungarian Internet entrepreneur, is a refreshing contrast to the
modern adventure-lete, polished in a sterile gym and clad in fashionable
activewear. He has wild hair and thick glasses, and when we met his casual
ensemble betrayed no trace of sponsorship. His powerful upper body
teeters over an injured knee, and is marked by the distinct appearance of
muscle added later in life — an unchiseled burliness that suggests he could
survive for a while if truly stranded.
Szabo was an avid kayaker when he was younger, but abandoned the
sport some 20 years ago after nearly drowning when his kayak capsized
while going down the Danube River in Budapest. But he picked it up again
last year, reinvigorated by the treasures lurking just offshore.
He enrolled in a sea kayaking class at UCLA and, not much after that,
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announced his intentions to trek to Tijuana.
Szabo’s wife Erica Lefkowits was hardly surprised.
“Quite honestly I wasn’t really shocked. It goes
along with his personality. He said he wanted to
learn how to sea kayak. Then, ‘Oh yeah, I’m
kayaking to Tijuana,’” his wife said.
Having realized how easy it was to get in the
water, Szabo quickly found he did not have to go
far to find himself immersed in a new world.
“People fly to the end of the earth, they fly to
Antarctica to ‘go on adventures,’” Szabo said. “but
they really haven’t seen all the coastline in a 200-
mile radius, which is just as fascinating.”
Of course, when Szabo says “people,” he means
people like himself.
On the road
Szabo is the founder of the Budapest-Bamako,
an annual event in which 400 to 500 participants
drive from the capital of Hungary to the capital
of Mali. On their way, they pass through everything
from glitzy Monte Carlo to the harsh Mauritanian
desert. Dubbed the world’s largest
amateur rally, it is a road race in which contestants
spend little time on actual roads.
But what makes Szabo’s more passive vision of
adventuring cohere is that for the most part they
are not actually racing either. There are no stopwatches
or checkered flags in the Budapest-Bamako.
Contestants have designated start and
finish points each day, while nights are often
spent communally, sharing stories — how a river
was forded, or how a car was flooded — over
food, fire and drink. The rally, while taxing, is
more about finding yourself in a new place and
enjoying your surroundings.
“It doesn’t matter how fast your car is, as long
as you know how to drive, and you know how to
take care of your car, and you know how to navigate,”
Szabo said. “And how well you can get
along with your partners for two weeks.”
The inspiration for the rally came by accident.
In 2004, while working for a mining company,
Szabo travelled to Conakry, the capital of Guinea,
on a business trip. He was scheduled to travel on
to Bamako, but his plans fell apart.
“I had a plane to catch on Saturday, and then
on Thursday the airline’s only plane crashed. It
fell into a swamp,” he said.
He began looking into other options, and found
few. There are no trains or car rental companies
in the area, and bus service was limited. So he
and a business companion spoke to a “local fixer,”
hired a car, and drove across 36 hours of savanna,
sahel and jungle. The experience was life changing,
and he wanted to repeat it.
“At first I wanted to enter the Dakar Rally. Until
I realized it was not only way out of my league,
but that it was organized in an old-fashioned,
colonial, ‘We’re going to drive through your villages,
we don’t get out of the car, we drive as fast
as we can,’ style,” he said. “So I wanted to come
up with a kinder and gentler rally.”
For many of the participants, the Budapest-Bamako
marks their first time in the backcountry.
One such newbie was Sean Flynn, a North Carolina
resident who met Szabo during the 2012
running of the Budapest-Bamako.
“It was my friend Dan, his buddy Art, Dan’s
son Connor, and me,” Flynn recalled. “I think Art
might have been the only one who had driven
anything offroad before.”
Caught in the net
A longtime Greenpeace supporter, Szabo made
the trek from Manhattan to Tijuana last month
to raise awareness of unsustainable fishing practices
among major canned tuna companies.
“He doesn’t like to do anything for no reason,”
his wife said. “He always likes to have some kind
Mali is still emerging from a civil war that plagued the country, with periodic attacks still occurring. Soldiers in the Malian army offered protection for the
rally’s participants. Photo courtesy budapestbamako.org
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of a purpose or a cause.”
Canned tuna processors have
been under scrutiny for years. A sixpart
New York Times series last year
documenting slave labor practices
and illegal fish poaching prompted
Congressional inquiries into Thai
Union, the world’s largest canned
tuna company. (Following the
Time’s revelations, Thai Union issued
a new “Code of Conduct” in
November 2015, and said in a statement
they plan to increase the
share of their tuna coming from the
Proactive Vessel Register, an industry-sponsored
initiative to promote
sustainable tuna fishing.)
The solution, Szabo said, is to rely
more on line-and-pole-caught tuna.
Although he admits this would
drive up the price for consumers,
and probably force a significant reduction
in overall consumption,
Szabo believes that the current
model is not sustainable.
“It’s just like cigarettes: Years ago,
everyone smoked, people thought it
was fine,” he said.
The journey and the cause
quickly began to intertwine. His
route would take him through San
Diego, where many of the U.S.
headquarters for tuna companies
But it was not exactly an operation
of military precision. Szabo
charted out an 11-day course to
tackle the roughly 130-mile distance
— or about 150 miles with
“zigzagging,” he estimated. He
would camp at night along various
portions of the California coast,
hoping to avoid state park rangers
for fear of being mistaken for a vagrant.
The middle of the day was
set aside for rest and granola bars.
He paddled a pre-owned Current
Design Storm GT kayak, a 17-foot
long model no longer in production.
He recorded his observations in a
bound journal with laminated
Among the obstacles he encountered
were rapidly rising swells between
San Onofre State Beach and
Oceanside Harbor, which nearly
tossed him into the ocean. He also
had to be on the lookout for military
ships, and used his most advanced
piece of technology — a marine
radio — to inform the Navy that he
came in peace.
Navigation was done mostly by
“keeping the coast on my left.” He
stayed less than a mile from shore,
and came even closer to Palos
Verdes to take in the wildlife.
“There’re just so many undiscovered
places along the coast that you
can only see from a boat — that you
can only see if you stay close to the
beach,” Szabo said.
Racing for the future
Szabo was greeted in Tijuana by
friends waiting on the beach with a
bottle of tequila. He took some time
to decompress, and then drove
home with his wife. Journey completed,
the focus shifted back to the
There was no Kickstarter, no Go-
FundMe, no social media linking
his quest to the pocketbooks of
strangers. Szabo wanted to focus on
changing people’s hearts, minds
and habits. He is working on a documentary
about his trip and the
tuna industry that he plans to show
to schoolchildren, in hopes that
they will ask their parents to pack
something different for lunch.
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Szabo gets a musical accompaniment to celebrate the completion of his
journey on a Tijuana beach. Photo by ArcoirisExplorer.org
“It’s so easy to say, ‘Ah, climate
change is out of my hands,’ or ‘Arctic
oil drilling, the politicians really
need to do something.’ This is small,
you can do something about it,” he
Szabo is also working on organizing
the Baja 4000, a rally slated for
the coming January that will propel
contestants from Los Angeles,
down the Baja peninsula along the
Sea of Cortez, and then back up
along the Pacific Ocean. A portion
of the race’s proceeds will go to
Corazón de Vida, an organization
dedicated to improving the lives of
orphans in the area.
“With the rallies, there is always
some kind of charitable component.
He wants to make it about more
than just him,” his wife said.
Szabo’s philanthropic impulse is
matched by a kind of social engineering
streak, in which the race
becomes a tool to jostle the outlook
of its participants. Every running of
the Budapest-Bamako, for example,
features a stage in which contestants
are not given GPS coordinates.
In villages whose names appear on
no map, drivers and passengers get
out of their cars, and talk to the people
who live in the places they are
“You had to go out into Senegalese
bush and make nice with natives.
That was a great day,” said
Flynn, the former Budapest-Bamako
The link between cultural exposure
and international empathy is
not as clear as it might seem. Contestants
likely do not sign up for the
Budapest-Bamako intending to save
the world. (In Flynn’s year, money
from the rally built a school in
Guinea-Bissau.) But whether they
plan to or not, participants are
forced to slow down and get involved.
“That, I think, is Andrew’s humanitarian
genius. He figured a
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Michael Schreiber of
South Bay Customs.
Motors + music + art
by Mark McDermott
How South Bay Customs became the coolest place in the coolest town in the South Bay
Every night during the dog days of the summer of 2007, a gunmetal
grey 1950 Chevrolet pickup truck roamed slowly through the streets
of Smoky Hollow. A long, tall, razor thin dark-haired man sat behind
the wheel, surveying the buildings in El Segundo’s rundown warehouse
Michael Schreiber was looking for a home. He sought a place where he
could not only build motorcycles, but assemble something else, something
he’d never seen before except in his mind’s eye — a pirate’s ship of a building,
a skull and bones kingdom where he could make his own rules. He
was prepared to make a stand.
Schreiber had reached a make it or break it point in his life. He was 36
years old and been building cars and bikes since before he was old enough
to drive. He’d spent 10 years working as a mechanic for Harley Davidson
shops but had constantly run afoul of his bosses. It wasn’t an issue of work
ethic, or ability. Schreiber was a hard worker and a meticulous craftsman.
In fact it was his commitment to his meticulousness that was the problem.
“I was always having difficulties working with other people, because I
thought I knew a better way,” Schreiber said. “But not out of arrogance. I
would see something I saw as an efficiency, and I wanted to make it better….I
would go outside the lines of convention. I was told, ‘Just show up
and do what you are told — it doesn’t matter if it’s right, wrong, or indifferent,
just one and done, let’s do it.’ And I couldn’t. So I ended up in a lot
Being a mechanic was more than a vocation for Schreiber, but almost a
spiritual endeavor. He was the son of a mechanic who’d grown up bouncing
back and forth between Redondo and Lomita, and from the age of six would
find machines and appliances in other people’s trash and start taking them
apart and putting them back together.
“I just look at something, and all I can do in my head, it’s like extra vision
— I look into it and start thinking about how it works and take it apart,
piece by piece,” he said.
He quit his job with Harley Davidson before he could be fired, again. He
knew he had to strike out on his own. His passion was to build motorcycles
from the ground up, his own way, less overtly stylized than typical custom
Schreiber had a partner in crime. His girlfriend Robbin Holden was an
artist and a classic car enthusiast. Together they felt the stirrings of a different
kind of vision for how they could build a life. He sold his beloved ‘69
Chevelle, which he’d completely restored and owned for 15 years, and
Holden sold her ‘62 Falcon. They took the money, paid off some debt,
bought some equipment and moved into a little 250 sq. ft. section of a warehouse
in South Redondo Beach. Thus was South Bay Customs born. The
space, which was part of a strip mall, wasn’t big enough. Ten months later,
a larger space opened at a friend’s warehouse in El Segundo, and they
moved. This only lasted a year — the building sold, and they had 30 days
to move. They found a temporary location on Franklin Street in El Segundo,
but time was running out for South Bay Customs.
Hence Schreiber’s nightly hunts. “I would just drive around every night,
so miserable,” he recalled. “I knew I had to get out of it.”
One night that September, he finally spied a “For Lease” sign outside a
low slung warehouse on Penn Street. He called from his truck, made an
appointment to see the place the next morning, and signed a lease three
He knew he had his work cut out for him. The first time he walked in,
the word that came to mind was “dump.” The 3,000 sq. ft. warehouse had
been occupied by an auto mechanic for several years, and then for the previous
year it had been a bread bakery.
“So it was a combination of the guy who didn’t clean up very well, the
auto mechanic, and then the baker...he made a mess” he said. “You know,
a little flour slurry everywhere. It was disgusting. I couldn’t sleep the night
after seeing it. I knew.”
But he also saw something else. The scale and feel of the warehouse was
expansive enough to contain more than a custom motorcycle shop. He’d
found his pirate ship.
“I started seeing what it is now, just instantly,” Schreiber said. “It all
What South Bay Customs is now defies easy description. It’s a motorcycle
shop, art gallery, music venue, and event space, but it’s also something
more. SBC is an alternative universe, the distillation and perhaps evolution
of some of the South Bay’s and particularly El Segundo’s proudest traditions
— precision mechanics and a defiant but pronouncedly unbothered inclination
to go one’s own damned way. Rock ‘n’ roll not as a musical genre
but a way of life.
Schreiber, to whom the idea of art was anathema prior to meeting Holden
10 years ago, has been described in the custom motorcycle press both as a
master of his craft and an artist. His reason for founding South Bay Customs
sounds a lot like what many artists say about their calling to create art.
“I couldn’t not,” he said.
Writer Jack Kerouac famously wrote, “The only people for me are the
mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous
of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a
commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn…”
Schreiber is more of a slow burn. And South Bay Customs is his flame.
“For some people, it’s going to to burn a way out of them if they don’t let
it out. Michael is that guy,” said his friend Tony Goodreau, an El Segundo
native and a musical mainstay at South Bay Customs. “If he didn’t do this
he would wind up in a padded cell. And that’s an artist to me. You watch
Schreiber cont. on page 28
October 13, 2016 • Easy Reader / Beach magazine 27
Schreiber cont. from page 27
true artists, like a great guitar player, and you
think, ‘Man, if he wasn’t doing this, he’d catch
fire.’ It’s like an exorcism. Michael does that with
everything, whether he’s working, shaping metal,
or putting on a show, putting together flyers…
He’s intense that way. It’s definitely art to me,
South Bay love
It began at Pat’s Cocktails II.
Schreiber was having a drink with
friends at the quintessential dive bar
in South Redondo. Holden was likewise
there with friends. She noticed
a tall man at the bar.
“I first thought he was cute, then I
was like, ‘I don’t know,’” she recalled.
“He kind of just didn’t seem interested...He
was single, so he was
probably scanning the floor.”
Schreiber is, if not taciturn, selfcontained.
He’s deliberate in most
things, including whom he lets in his
life. He was more interested in
Holden than he let on. Within a couple
weeks, they went out on a date.
“So we met at another bar, and had
the world's worst, most awkward
first date ever,” Schreiber said. “I really
couldn't wait for it to be over. We
are not clicking, it was uncomfortable,
and we ended up going our
seperate ways that night. I was like,
'Well, that is that, right?'”
He didn’t hear from her until
about a week later, on his birthday,
when she called and left a message
wishing him a happy birthday. The
cool simplicity of it got his attention.
He told his sister about the call. She
told him he should give Holden another
“Who knows?” Schreiber thought. So he asked
her out again.
“That date went way better than the first one,”
Schreiber said. “And now it’s been 10 years.”
A photographer who shot Robbin Holden once
described her as “the calmest person I ever met.”
She’s a self-taught artist with a bent towards assemblage,
steampunk and darkly Victorian art
who knows every good swap meet and antique
store in a 100 mile radius and pores over art and
design magazines for ideas or art she can clip out.
She knew she had her work cut out for her
when she met Michael.
“He and I are so opposite,” Holden said. “He
hates art. I mean, he likes it now, but he hated it
then. He thought we were a bunch of stuck up
assholes who sit on our pedestals and judge people.
All he wants to do is work on bikes and listen
to rock 'n' roll, that was his thing. So it's been ongoing,
but spending time and realizing that lowbrow
artists are not the same ...it's just a different
type of person. I don't have a degree and I'm not
“I have to give Robbin credit for her influence.
I was super naive to what art really even meant
28 Easy Reader / Beach magazine • October 13, 2016
or could be before I met her,” Schreiber said. “I
kind of had this opinion that everyone who is into
art is an arty kind of person. I thought they were
sort of like snobs and they walked around with
their pinkies in the air. It really quickly dawned
on me when I met Robbin and saw the art that
she does, and the art she appreciates, the way she
decorates things -- I was completely wrong. She
really opened up my eyes to what art is and can
Robbin Holden of South Bay Customs, with Hank, chairman of the SBC
Board. Photo by Michael Schreiber
be, and even sort of taught me that I had a little
bit of artist in me, even though I'd never recognized
it, or even wanted to admit that what I was
doing was artistic.”
Holden’s idea of art wasn’t overwrought. She’d
grown up poor in San Pedro and came to art more
from necessity than some need to make a conceptual
“I hung out with poor kids,” she said. “So my
view was just like, ‘Okay, this is what I do, how
I express myself. I can't go to the mall and buy a
shirt, so I'll just paint my own.’”
Something Holden and Schreiber had in common
from the beginning was a work ethic somewhere
between relentless and outright insane.
When Schreiber is on task, for example, sleep becomes
inessential. He possesses an outsized capacity
for single-minded focus.
When the couple took over the warehouse and
began its transformation into South Bay Customs,
they dug deep. They scrubbed and scraped and
painted and fabricated and assembled. Holden
went into overdrive, scouring swap meets and antique
stores, paging through her vast collection of
art books and magazines, clipping and framing
and hanging art.
“For like a month, the doors were closed,”
Schreiber said. “We decorated it, and started
building it out. It resembled very much what it
If you build it
The building at 115 Penn Street calls little attention
to itself. It’s a tan, single story brick warehouse
adorned with two slanted metal awnings
and a sign that says, “South Bay Customs”
in large ornate lettering and, in
a simple bold font beneath, “American
Motorcycles.” There are two
hints something unusual might be
going on behind the glass front door:
the 1950 Chevy pickup always
parked out front, and a small rocket
painted with the words “Motors”
“Art” “Music” hanging on chains
from the far right roof ledge.
The experience of walking inside
for the first time is something nearly
every visitor remembers long after.
The artist Holly Socrates moved to El
Segundo three years ago to open her
own gallery on Main Street, and people
kept telling her she needed to go
check out SBC. She was in the neighborhood
one day and decided to finally
visit. To this day, she can’t find
the words to describe the experience
of that first visit — the long hallway,
thick with art, ranging from vintage
horror movie posters to collections of
old magazines (“The Radio Times,”
“Woman’s Own,” “Punch”) to a
photo assemblage featuring dozens of
photos of midgets from the first half
of the last century (one is stamped
“Photo Roto Co of N.Y.” and shows
two midgets boxing, with the caption,
“Mike and Ike, twin midgets
measuring 24 inches at 20 years
old”). A bright red, old school popcorn
machine a little further in has a sign that
reads, “Please don’t feed the...” above a photo of
Michael and Robbin’s dog, a very mixed breed
named Hank (“pure bred awesome,” as Schreiber
describes him), looking sadly popcornless. And
then you step inside the shop itself, which feels
like stepping back into some century that could
have existed a hundred years ago but never did.
Hundreds of photos, assemblages, posters (a
bright colored Carter the Great magician poster
exclaims, “Carter Beats the Devil!”), and motorcycle
parts framing artworks (one Victorian Age
man looks solemnly at you from one angle, then
becomes a skull from another). A stage is at the
front of the room, with a backline of amplifiers
and a drum kit and dozens of professional-grade
show lights above. The building further opens up
into another, larger room, with a hoist and and a
lot of other mechanical gear and a rugged looking
but sleek, stripped-down motorcycle on display
at the back of the room. (Dubbed “Death or
Glory,” the bike is Schreiber’s masterwork, which
Schreiber cont. on page 30
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Schreiber cont. from page 28
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“bucket list” goal achieved). The
room opens to a sloping back deck,
where there are picnic tables and a
smoker (Schreiber has taught himself,
with characteristic avidness, the
fine art of BBQ).
There are a hundred captivating
details, it seems, per square foot. But
as Socrates noted, the main feeling
you come away with is warmth, because
every guest somehow is invited
to be complicit with this secret
world Schreiber and Holden have
“They are just good people,”
Socrates said. “I just love that if you
do what you love, good things will
come — Michael is living it. It’s such
a cool inspiration as a small business
owner seeing that.”
The shop has flourished and has
done so in ways even Schreiber did
His primary business in the beginning
was, of course, building motorcycles.
Early on, he started hosting
music shows -- both because of his lifelong passion for music, and in the
hopes that people visiting for shows might become motorcycle customers,
given the crossover between music and motorcycles. His first show was
the locally based Irish punk band, Hoist the Colors. Word immediately
spread throughout the South Bay music community that a new, legit musical
venue had arrived.
Elvis Cortez, the lead singer and guitarist of the Wilmington-based band
Left Alone and the punk supergroup Transplants, remembers hearing
about SBC and investigating.
“I googled it, and was like, ‘Huh, it’s kind like a bike shop, but they do
shows?’” he said. “I’m from the South Bay and I’ve been booking shows a
long time and I’d never heard of this place...I showed up and was blown
away just walking in. ‘Okay, it’s a museum, but also an awesome bike
shop. And eventually I started playing there, and it’s hands down my favorite
place I’ve ever played — and I’ve played a lot of places, from the
House of Blues to Conan O’Brien to a hundred other clubs.”
“I compare it to those little backyard places. The vibe is undeniable. And
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“That makes everything worth it to
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the door, they feel welcome, comfortable,
like they can just come and
focus on what's going on. They don't
have to worry, 'Oh, am I dressed
right? Is that dude going to give me
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their kids, and you'll have middle
aged kids, you have adults, you have
senior citizens, long-haired, shorthaired,
bikes, no bikes, tattoos, no tattoos,
it doesn't matter. The only thing
we insist on is you show up with a
good attitude. Don't be a dick.”
Schreiber, once he delved into putting
on shows, did extensive research
and obtained state-of-the art everything.
The lighting and sound systems
are as good if not better than
South Bay Customs, an American motorcycle shop, music and art venue,
event space, and alternate universe. Photo by Brad Jacobson
any full time music venue in Southern
“There's probably more lighting up in those rafters in this motorcycle
shop then there is in 90 percent of the venues in the South Bay, maybe Los
Angeles,” Schreiber said. “That just goes back to my personality. I don't
know how to leave things alone. Good enough is never good enough for
Cortez said SBC has established itself firmly on musicians’ maps throughout
the country. Tim Armstrong, the lead singer of Rancid, has filmed
videos there, and both local and nationally touring bands regularly grace
its stage. Goodreau and his musical partner Neil Van Flue started playing
there in SBC’s early days with their band Hangdog Expression. Their duo,
Sanguine and Shiny, have become a house band in recent years.
“It’s the best music venue in the South Bay,” he said. “We rarely play
anywhere else, and it feels kind of weird when we do — like I almost want
Michael’s blessing, ‘Shit, dude, I’m cheating on you.’ It’s just home for us.”
An unexpected aspect of the business began about five years ago when
a woman attending a concert was having the typical “Holy hell, what is
the place?” first time experience at SBC. She asked Schreiber if he ever
rented it out for private birthday or holiday parties. The thought had never
crossed his mind.
“I gave her the most confident look and I go, ‘Yeah, all the time,’” he recalled,
laughing. “Because I instantly realized, ‘Great idea.’ In the 10 seconds
it took to answer her question, I realized, ‘I need to do that.’”
He gave her his card, hosted her event like it was routine business, and
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was off and running in the event
“Word started spreading and now
it's more than 50 percent of my
business,” Schreiber said. “Birthday
parties, wedding receptions, record
releases for bands, corporate holiday
parties, bar mitzvahs — I'm not
kidding, we do bar mitzvahs. So one
day we have Tim Armstrong from
Rancid and Hellcat records and
then 24 hours later we've got little
Billy celebrating his 15th birthday.
That's how we roll here at South
Socrates had a vision the first
time she visited, as well. She instantly
thought that El Segundo
should host an Art Walk. Two years
ago, she asked Schreiber if he
would help. His answer, in her
mind, would determine if such an
event was feasible. He emphatically
said yes. The El Segundo Art Walk
just completed its second summer
and has widely been lauded as the
best event of its kind in the region,
with over 30 businesses hosting a
wide range of art, putting the little
town on the map as an emerging
Mayor pro tem Drew Boyles said
SBC is emblematic of El Segundo,
“What is cool is what he’s doing
— he’s actually building things in
there, but he’s also got all this beautiful
art all around, and music, this
really cool combination of creativity
and machines,” Boyles said. “It’s
like El Segundo, and further to that
point, what Smoky Hollow is becoming,
reinventing spaces into
something cool, fun, and creative.”
Socrates still can’t quite describe
it. She has one word of advice for
anyone who wants to know what
this curious motorcycle shop in
Smoky Hollow is about.
“Go,” she said. “Just go. You have
to experience South Bay Customs.
You can’t explain it to somebody.
You just need to go and see for
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Segundo. For more information, see
and Shiny play SBC on Oct. 15 with
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Chef Diana Stavaridis works with Deep Roots owner Jon Bell on raising produce for Stavaridis’ Manhattan House restaurant. Photos by Brad Jacobson
Farm-to-Table is used frequently in the local restaurant community,
though many who toss it around find it difficult to say exactly what
it means. Manhattan House chef Diana Stavaridis’ understanding is
practical rather than vague and mystical.
“I interpret that as a direct channel from the grower to the chef, working
closely with the farmer, or even being the farmer yourself. That’s what
I’m trying to do. I work with Deep Roots Garden Center. Right now we
have a garden growing tomatoes, squash, radishes, cucumbers, carrots,
chili peppers, chives, and Italian parsley. It really means something when
the chef gets their hands in the earth, nurturing and developing varieties
of fruit and vegetables that will be on the plate the day they’re picked.”
Much of her produce is grown by the community, specifically district
school children through a program she created with local nonprofit Growing
“At the moment I get about 10 percent of our produce from the garden
at Deep Roots and some of the rest from the five elementary schools that
Chef Diana Stavaridis plants
seeds and ideas at local schools
for the produce she serves
at her restaurant
have gardens. I’m going to be starting at Meadows this month, where
I’ll work with a group of fifth graders for five weeks. We plan
the menu with the students over a month before, because
you can grow radishes and some other items in three to
five weeks. Every month I run focus groups at a school
and teach the kids what they’re growing in their garden.
“I start with two sessions about what foods get
them excited, what they like to eat, and then I engineer
a program for them to put a dish on our menu.
Last time we made Swiss chard agnolotti, and we brought
30 kids here on a field trip and taught them to make the dish.
For a whole month the kids are allowed to bring their families and
come into the kitchen to make that dish with me. They love it. They get
their name on the menu and they have the experience of being in a restaurant
eating a dish they designed and cooked, made with herbs and vegetables
that they grew.”
The program teaches the children about nutrition, about ordering and
dining in restaurants, and other elements of food security and economics.
Many students have come up with suggestions to expand the program.
“They’re interested in making sausages, cheese, smoking bacon… some
stuff would take at least a half day and I’d like to arrange a field trip so
that would be possible. They always want to learn more, they’re so excited.
Some of them email me even a long time later and ask questions, so I know
they’re still learning on their own. Many are now at Manhattan Beach Middle
School and have asked me about doing classes there.”
This program that connects children with ancient food skills came about
in a modern way.
“When I moved here I googled ‘elementary school gardens’ because I
wanted to find out if there were any around here. The first thing that
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popped up was Growing Great. As
soon as I saw what they were doing
I knew I had to contact them. Jill
Coons and Jennifer Jovanovic developed
this program and we have
quite a partnership going. They put
the gardens in these schools, funded
the seeds and maintenance and
work to integrate the gardening and
cooking into lessons about nutrition
and food security. I love being involved
in it. I love teaching and I
love kids. I can sit and talk with
them longer than I can talk with
So she’s a hit with children, but
that demographic doesn’t go out to
fine restaurants often. Are their parents
also fans? Happily for Diana,
even though she didn’t grow up in
the South Bay, her background has
served her well. She is the daughter
of a Greek immigrant who taught
her about Mediterranean flavors
and subsequently served under several
“I cooked for Neal Fraser at Grace
in the mid-Wilshire area, then ran
his BLD restaurant for about five
years. Then I studied in Paris and
London. My partners found me
when I came back. They saw this
space and knew they wanted to
open here, but they needed a chef
and a concept. My partners were
passionate about what I wanted to
cook: scratch-made, super seasonal,
fun and playful on both small and
big plates. I was an artist when I
was a kid and almost went to art
school and I’m very particular about
how things look. You start to eat
with your eyes, as the saying goes,
and I want you to see each vegetable,
see how it’s cooked instead
of being hidden and buried. I have
been drawn organically and naturally
to creating a landscape look
where you can see what you’re eating.
That hyper-seasonal, hyper-fresh
agenda means that Manhattan
House makes things that most
“We pickle our chillies, cucumbers,
and radishes, infuse our own
oils, and make all of our ice creams
and sorbets. Same with gluten-free
crackers, made with flax, pumpkin,
and chia seeds, mushroom stock,
and tomatoes. We cook down 20
pounds of mushrooms to make two
cups of stock - that’s enough for two
or three days. And of course we
cure our own meats and smoke our
We make 12 loaves of sourdough
each day, 24 on weekends, six loaves
of brioche every other day. We’ve
been using the same sourdough
starter for a year and a half and we
feed it every day. The dough sits
overnight to develop a great flavor
and texture, which is the French
style of baking. We cook it in cast
iron pots to recreate the steam that
you get from the traditional technique.
We’ve had people from the
community who have come to our
back door trying to buy a loaf, and
we have just started selling it to go.”
After just over a year in business,
Manhattan House is doing very well
and Diana is full of ideas for new
projects. There are plans to sell their
pickles, condiments, and other
items and she hinted that in time
she and her partners might seek a
second location in the area. She also
has been asked to give classes for a
new demographic: students who are
a lot older and taller than her fifth
“We have a lot of adults who want
classes in bread, brioche, ice cream.
A lot of locals in the community are
interested in classes, but I really do
have to run a restaurant. I have 10
students in that kitchen who are my
most important people because they
keep the place going. I have a great
team here that is dedicated and
great at what they do. Though I
practically have to force myself to
leave any time we’re open because
I’m attached to this place, I know
they can step in when I’m gone and
could keep things going if I spend
part of my time elsewhere.”
In time, Stavaridis may open other
restaurants and she wistfully mentioned
her dream of someday cooking
at a restaurant on a farm. For
now she is focused on Manhattan
House, her education programs, and
the passion for surfing that brought
her to Manhattan Beach long before
she ever touched a stove here. Her
uncompromising dedication to reducing
the distance between farm
and table is changing the way two
generations think about food. B
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S O U T H B AY
225 Richmond St.
Rock & Brews
143 Main St.
150 S. Sepulveda Blvd.
12921 S. Prairie Ave.
The Bottle Inn Ristorante
26 22nd Street
Dining Directory cont. on page 38
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Traditional Italian Charm Since 1977
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Restaurant for 39 Years!
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2423 Artesia Blvd. Redondo Beach (310) 370-4827
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S O U T H B AY
Buona Vita Trattoria
439 Pier Ave.
The Comedy & Magic
1018 Hermosa Ave.
36 Pier Ave.
9 Pier Ave.
824 Hermosa Ave.
Hook & Plow
425 Pier Ave.
Hooked Poke’ Market
25 Pier Ave.
73 Pier Ave.
1132 Hermosa Ave.
Round Table Pizza
2701 Pacific Coast Hwy.
The Source Cafe
509 Pier Ave.
25600 Narbonne Ave.
Dining Directory cont. on page 42
14 15 16
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Cioppino, Kabocha Squash,
Churrasco Steak, Homemade Pasta,
Roasted Organic Mary’s Chicken & more!
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chicken wings, kale caesar (add chicken $2), meatball
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margherita flatbread, truffle fries, hummus
drinks 1/2 off
draughts and bottled beer, select wines
by the glass, mango bellini & sangria
16 Craft Beers Homemade Sangria Peach & Pomegranate Bellinis
Farmer’s Market Vegetables Catering Grass-fed Beef Outdoor Dining
Open 7 Days A Week Mon-Fri 11am-11pm, Sat-Sun 10am-11pm (Brunch)
36 Pier Avenue Hermosa Beach (310)798-6585 www.greenbelthb.com
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THE BOTTLE INN RIVIERA
See you soon in the Lunada Bay Plaza!
P.V.E.’s own “Hidden Gem”
Upscale Dining in a Casual Setting
New Happy Hour & Early Bird Menus
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• Outdoor Heated Patio & Ocean View
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Huge Selection of Fresh Fish, Handmade Pastas &
Prime Cut Steaks
Private Room for Holiday & Corporate Parties!
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Live Music on Weekends & Craft Beer on Tap
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Authentic Fine Mexican Cuisine
Ask About Our Fresh Daily Specials!
Let Us Cater Mexican Flavor To Your
Home & Office!
Open Tues-Sun at 4pm
2325 Palos Verdes Drive West
Palos Verdes Estates, CA
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The Bull Pen - Steaks, Prime Rib and
FAMOUS Bull Pen Burgers
Family-owned & operated since 1948
LIVE Entertainment Wed-Sat
Open 7 Days A Week
Lunch & Dinner Mon-Sun
314 Avenue I Redondo Beach
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S O U T H B AY
140 Pine Ave
124 Manhattan Beach Blvd.
313 Manhattan Beach Blvd.
1001 Manhattan Ave.
120 Manhattan Beach Blvd.
The Strand House
117 Manhattan Beach Blvd.
975 Aviation Blvd.
Zinc at Shade Hotel
1221 N. Valley Dr.
Palos Verdes Estates
2325 PV Drive West
2325 PV Drive West
100 Fisherman’s Wharf,
Redondo Beach Pier
The Bottle Inn Riviera
1700 S. Catalina Ave.
Dining Directory cont. on page 46
27 28 29
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Hermosa Mexican Cuisine
Family owned and operated, Hermosa Mexican Cuisine serves
“real” Mexican food! With a menu full of delicious choices, including
delicious Breakfast Bowls, this restaurant also caters and offers pickup.
Serving the BEST Breakfast Burritos all day! Open 7 days. Open
Sun-Mon 9am-2pm, Tues-Sat 9am-9pm.
Located just north of 8th Street.
We’re waiting for you to visit us – Come on by!
824 Hermosa Ave Hermosa Beach (310) 937-5606
Here at Barney’s we've got our full newspaper-sized menu available as well as 40 beers
on draft. Daily and weekend specials and a great Happy Hour Mon - Fri, 4pm to 7pm.
ALL DAY Happy Hour on Monday! We offer free wifi and always have the TV's tuned
to numerous sporting events, in case you want to settle in for a long lunch or dinner.
Either way, we are here for you so come on in and enjoy!
100 Fisherman’s Wharf, Suite H, on the Redondo Beach Pier.
(424) 275-4820 www.barneysbeanery.com
1001 Manhattan Ave. • Downtown Manhattan Beach
Reservations Recommended • (310) 376-0242
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Catch the World Series
at our place or
with Tickest & Prizes
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Family Owned & Operated Since 1993
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100-130 International Boardwalk Redondo Beach
www.qualityseafood.net (310) 374-2382
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S O U T H B AY
2423 Artesia Blvd.
The Bull Pen
314 Ave. I
1712 S. Catalina Ave.
1701 S. Catalina Ave.
Kirari West Bake Shop
707 N. PCH
130 International Boardwalk
R10 Social House
179 N. Harbor Dr.
Ragin’ Cajun Cafe
525 S. PCH
1710 S. Catalina Ave.
655 N. Harbor Drive
Ws China Bistro
1410 S. PCH
Frida Mexican Cuisine at
Del Amo Fashion Center
21438 Hawthorne Blvd.
Ise-Shima at the Miyako
21381 South Western Avenue
Steinhaus Restaurant &
Beerhall at Alpine Village
833 West Torrance Blvd.
37 38 39
40 41 42 43
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RAM LEGENDS HONORED
At Shade Redondo opening
os Angeles Rams legends Isiah Robertson,
Ron Brown, LeRoy Irvin and Mike Kisslan
were the guests of honor at a VIP Watch
Party for the Sunday, Oct. 2 Rams versus the Arizona
Cardinals game in Glendale, Arizona. The occasion
was a grand opening fundraiser for the
Shade Hotel Redondo Beach. The party was held
in the hotel’s 9,034 square foot event center overlooking
King Harbor. Proceeds benefited the Los
Angeles Rams Foundation. “We always opens a
business with a charity event,” said hotel owner
Mike Zislis. “I think this might be my best work
yet,” the hotel and restaurant owner said.
Photos by David Mendez 2
1. Redondo Beach Councilman Bill Brand
and Shade Hotel Redondo Beach owner
2. Natalie Stanisich, Andrew “Stan”
Stanisich, Megan Haldeman and Kristen
3. Kim Allen with a T-shirt signed by L.A.
Rams legends in attendance.
4. Mickey Marraffino, Arnette Travis and
5. Tara and John Bucci.
6. Real estate agents Enrique Coello and Lisa
7. Jeff Ginsburg and Craig Funabashi.
8. Retired LA Rams greats Isiah Robertson,
Ron Brown and LeRoy Irvin with Mike Kisslan.
9. Skye Taten, Christine Lowry, Joan Irvine,
Kim Allen and Melissa Ginsburg.
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or half a century, Switzer Learning Center has offered
schooling for approximately 100 students annually
with emotional and behavioral difficulties.
Last month, the South Bay Community expressed its appreciation
for the center with a fundraiser featuring food
and wine tastings and ballroom dancing. Outdoors on the
center’s Torrance campus. Switzer multidisciplinary staff
offers instruction to children with dyslexia, attention
deficit, hyperactivity and autism. For more information
PHOTOS BY KEVIN CODY
1. Assemblyman David Hadley and wife Suzanne.
2. Liz Harsch and husband Lee Hudspeth.
3. Dan Ogi and wife Michele Bischoff DDS.
4. Susie and Mike McKinney.
5. Rick Dickert, Ronnie and Tracey Meistrell, Christy
Darling and Jamie Meistrell.
6. Switzer director Rebecca Foo and Congressman
7. Sherry Kramer, Soni Beutler, Ian Kramer and
8. Switzer Center principal Len Hernandez.
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Simply the Best
Hermosa Beach, CA
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by Mark McDermott
Sanam amd Neil’s parents praying for the couple’s matrimony. From left to right, Sanam, Malvika, Atul, Philomina, Raju, and Neil. Photo by Lin & Jirsa
Neil and Sanam Chhabria begin a new life toget her by following four centuries of
tradition wit h a t hree day celebration
Sanam and Neil Chhabria were married August
20 in a traditional Hindu wedding, or
Vivaha, that was the culmination of three
days of elaborate rituals. Festivities began Thursday
with an eight-hour ceremony in which the
bride was painted with intricate henna designs at
the groom’s family home in Palos Verdes Estates
and ended Saturday with an exuberantly colorful
wedding at the Hyatt Regency Resort in Huntington
But the newlywed’s love story began, with considerably
less grandeur, on December 18, 2010,
at Big Mike’s Philly Steaks & Subs sandwich shop
in Hermosa Beach.
Neil, the son of local real estate icon Raju
Chhabria and his wife Philomina, had invited his
UC San Diego college friend, Diva, to a hip hop
show he was promoting at a nearby Hermosa
nightclub. His brother, Anand, was performing.
His friend brought a few cousins, including
Sanam, the daughter of Atul and Malvika Madhav
of El Segundo. Diva called to meet before the
show, and Neil asked the girls to join him at Big
Mike’s, famed for its massive Philly cheesesteak
Neil was in mid-cheesesteak when they arrived.
He was immediately struck by Sanam.
“I wasn’t expecting to really meet anyone, but
Diva was bringing these two cousins and she
called me. ‘Okay, cool, whatever — meet me at
Big Mike’s so I can walk you into the show and
you don’t have to pay cover,’” he recalled. “They
show up at Big Mike’s and I’m chowing down on
a sandwich. Then I saw Sanam, and got a chance
to take in her beauty….It’s really corny and I feel
weird saying it...They say the eyes are the windows
to the soul, and I looked at her eyes and I
could tell she’s a really good person. I don’t know
how else to explain it other than I liked what I
saw, and not just physically.”
Sanam, a lifelong vegetarian, was less impressed.
“I’m like, ‘Ew, what are you eating?’” Sanam remembered.
“I remember him just going at it, and
the sandwich was just so much meat. I was thinking,
‘Oh god, this guy is like a serious carnivore.’”
“She was repulsed,” Neil remembered.
At the show, Neil kept his distance. “I think he
wanted to see what kind of girl I was, what I was
about,” Sanam said.
But he couldn’t help but watch Sanam, who
was 20 at the time, a student in radiologic science
at Cal State Northridge. He liked everything
about the way she carried herself.
“I pretty much fell in love that night,” he said.
The next morning, Sanam checked her Facebook
to find a friend request from Neil. She accepted,
and they chatted online; he asked for her
phone number and she gave it to him. She realized
from the outset his interest was romantic.
“When someone sends you a smiley face, you
know what it’s about,” she said.
She thought Neil was a nice guy, but Sanam
was so focused on school that she wasn’t even
considering dating. In fact, she’d never dated; her
priority was education and she didn’t want distractions.
But Neil sweetly persisted, gently asking
her out again and again over the next few
The couple’s mutual love for the Los Angeles
Lakers helped pave the way. He’d asked her out
for Valentine’s Day, but she told him she thought
it was a silly holiday. Instead, a few days later that
February, Sanam agreed to go with Neil and a
group of friends to festivities surrounding the
NBA All Star Game, which was at the Staples
Center that year. Over the course of the evening,
she realized how much she really liked Neil.
“I think he’s a very confident person, which I
think is a really attractive trait,” she said. “He’s
like that just generally in life, very confident, and
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that’s actually one of my faults. I’m not always
confident in myself, and Neil is, always, and very
positive. That’s why so many of his friends love
him so much — he’s a very hard worker, always
working, so he doesn’t have a lot of free time, so
when he does come around his friends get very
excited. That’s how you can tell he’s a good person.”
After that night, the couple never looked back.
They dated for the next five years, and it became
increasingly clear they’d spend their lives together.
Neil is a self-declared non-romantic.
Sanam accepted this, but had one condition.
“I am notorious for not being romantic,” he
said. “Her one request was, ‘I know you are not
romantic, but when you propose to me, you better
be romantic.’ I was like, ‘Oh, man, I thought I
was off the hook with her.’”
Neil’s family goes to Hawaii every other year
for his mother’s birthday. Sanam had never been
able to go, because her parents, being very traditional,
were not comfortable with her staying
overnight. But last year, Neil had already asked
Sanam’s father for his daughter’s hand and won
approval. Her father also agreed to allow her to
go to Hawaii, where Neil intended to propose.
But as the trip approached, he realized he wanted
to do it locally, so both families could be near. So
Neil planned a pre-trip dinner out on August 16.
His mother had designed a new fire pit at their
home in PVE, and Neil had it fully decked out —
everything was covered in rose petals and candlelit
and a photographer was hidden nearby. He
said he wanted to drop by his parents’ home before
dinner. They arrived, and nobody was home;
pretending to look for his family, Neil led Sanam
to the back yard. As she approached the fire pit,
he dropped to one knee.
“I was so blown away about the way he did it,”
she said. “The amount of flowers...I mean, I was
just very stunned. I think the first thing I said
was, ‘Oh my God, you are romantic.’ He’s like,
A year of planning led up to one of the grandest
weddings the Peninsula has witnessed. Festivities
began two weeks before the date with a dance
party at A Spice Affair in Beverly Hills for Neil
and Sanam and their friends.
“It was an opportunity for Sanam and I to let
loose and have a good time before we had to
smarten up and host 600 people,” Neil said.
Official festivities began the Thursday morning
before the wedding, with special prayer ceremonies
hosted seperately by each family. That
night, the Chhabrias hosted a traditional gathering,
called a Mehndi, in which an artist draws designs
on the bride-to-be’s skin. Sanam thought
this would take a few hours. As it turned out, it
began at 1:30 p.m. and wasn’t completed until
after 8 p.m. But as she sat, at first impatiently,
she began to see the beauty of the occasion, and
its purpose. She couldn’t move her arms, so
everybody, including her groom, had to wait on
her hand and foot the entire time.
“It was cool to be queen for a day,” she said.
“She looked like Jasmine from Aladdin that
night,” Neil said. “It was one of the most incredible
things you’ve ever seen.”
Friday night a traditional Hindu dance was
held at the Norris Pavilion in Rolling Hills Estates.
“That was a traditional Indian folk dance, and
since I’m Gujarati — It’s called a Garba, from
Sanam prepares for her wedding.
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Gujarat state, where my people are from,” Sanam said. “It was really fun.
A lot of people had a good time.”
Sanam and her mother and cousins, in fact, went back to Gujarat last
year on a shopping trip for wedding clothes for themselves and other members
of the wedding party. “We went with four empty suitcases and came
back with them all full,” she said.
The wedding occurred Saturday at 10 a.m. and the reception was at 6
p.m. in the ballroom of the Huntington Beach Hyatt. The wedding was
performed in Sanskrit by Mahesh Bhatt, a renowned Hindu wedding
priest, who took care to explain much of the ritual in a way that made it
understandable to everyone present.
“Our priest was a hit,” Sanam said. “He was so refreshing. He had so
The ceremony included 15 stages, beginning with Barat Swagat, in which
Neil and his family were welcomed to the ceremony site by Sanam’s family,
and ending hours later with Kanya Viday, when the bride and groom
left their “Mandap,” the four pillar canopy at center stage (the pillars represent
the four parents). There were nine bridesmaids and nine groomsmen.
The bride’s brothers, Sahaj and Shakeel, gave her away.
Neil, months later, is still dazzled by the experience, and by his new wife.
“Number one, she is smart,” Neil said. “She’s got a good head on her
shoulders and works hard. She handles her business and she’s somebody
I can have an intelligent conversation with. I just enjoy being around her.
And besides being smart and capable, she is the most loyal person in my
The future is bright for the young couple. Neil, 29, works with his father
at their newly established Chhabria Real Estate Group, which was founded
this year after the family spent the last two decades with Shorewood Realty.
Sanam, 26, works for UCLA Health as a radiologic technologist. She’s also
obtaining her real estate licence and helps with the family business on
“I like my career but we can’t predict the future. I’m a part of Neil’s family
now,” she said. “Of course we’ll do what’s best for the family.”
In fact, an essential underlying theme the couple’s wedding rituals emphasized
that the marriage was about more than the union of Neil and
Sanam, but also between their families for generations to come.
Sanam said one day recently her parents, who have felt somewhat bittersweet
emotions since the wedding, stopped by her and her husband’s
home in Hermosa Beach.
“They were very happy, of course, but a bit sad,” Sanam said. “I’m leaving
home, of course. When they came over the other day, they told me,
‘When you have kids, you’ll understand.’ This is a big accomplishment, as
a parent — to have your kid finish education, earn a degree, get a good career,
then get married. You’ve accomplished your job as a parent.” B
Sanam’s bridal Mehndi. Photo by Peter Nguyen
Wedding planner: Ajita Chopra
Floral & decor: Sadhna’s floral studio
Bridal makeup & hair:
Drea V. Makeup and Roseanna Ortega
Proposal photographer: Dearly Beloved Photography
Pre-wedding event photographer:
Peter Nyguyen Photography
Wedding & reception photographer
and videographer: Lin & Jirsa Photography
DJ and lighting: 3D Sounds
A decorative rickshaw was present at Friday night’s Garba Sangeet, a
Gujarati wedding dance. Guests were photographed in the rickshaw to make
them feel like they were in India, in keeping with the traditional theme.
Photo by Peter Nguyen
A lifesaving family tradition
Mel Solberg rings the Taplin Bell a record 18 times after his LA County-Southern team captured the title in 2015. Photo by Ray Vidal
Father and daughter lifeguards Mel and Jenna Solberg
celebrate championships in 2016
by Randy Angel
Standing in the tower on the Manhattan Beach Pier, lifeguard Mel Solberg
watched as a winter storm created waves so large that even
surfers stayed out of the water.
The date was Feb, 18, 1996 -- a day the 52-year-old Solberg recalls as the
most memorable in his career as a lifeguard.
“It was the biggest surf I have ever seen in Manhattan Beach,” Solberg
said. “Waves were breaking past the end of the pier, reforming and breaking
Although no one had been in the water that morning, in the afternoon
Solberg noticed two girls standing on a sand bar not far from shore. Suddenly,
a wave knocked them off and out to sea.
Without a wetsuit, Solberg sprinted into the 56-degree water while partner
Phil Topar called for a rescue boat from the King Harbor.
“I thought both had drowned,” Solberg said of the Vietnamese sisters ages
13 and 16. “I grabbed one of the girls and gave her my float but the other
was submerged. I saw strands of hair floating on the water so I pulled her
She was unconscious and not breathing. His CPR brought her back to life
and she made a full recovery after spending two weeks in the hospital.
“The following day Phil and I met at the pool to swim.” Solberg said. “Recalling
the rescue from the previous day, I said ‘That is why we workout
Solberg’s heroics earned him the Medal of Valor in 1996. But the story
with the happy ending does not end there. Fifteen years to the day, Solberg
received a Facebook message from the girl he brought back from the dead.
“She had been trying to locate me and was living in Southern California,”
Solberg said. “We became friends and I even spoke at her wedding.”
The story is one of many told and retold within the lifeguard community,
which considers itself a family and includes many blood relatives.
Along with Solberg, O’Donnell, Murphy, Fink, Makuta, Inscore and Gallas
are just a few of the names of South Bay families not only in the lifesaving
profession, but have enjoyed success in lifeguard competitions.
The Solbergs, of Torrance, celebrated championships in 2016 beginning
at the International Surf Festival in Hermosa Beach when Mel improved
on his record number of Taplin Bell victories with number 18, as a member
of the LA County-Southern team. One week later, Jenna was the overall
point champion for women at the United States Lifesaving Association
(USLA) National Championships held in Manhattan Beach.
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“The Taplin is such a team sport.
You can have the best swimmer in
the world but if the rest of the
team members don’t pull their
weight, it doesn’t matter,” Mel said
of the competition that ends with
each member of the winning team
ringing the bell once for each year
they have won. “I’ve been blessed
to be a member of some great
teams. It took me four years to
make the team at Zuma, which
was a dynasty in the 1980s. I won
my first six Taplin Bell victories at
Zuma. I really enjoy hearing athletes
ring the bell for the first time
because I remember what that
meant to me.”
Mel has also competed in the
Nationals for close to 30 years.
Rowing is his strongest event. He
also represented the USA at the
1990 Lifesaving World Championships
in Hamburg, Germany
with fellow South Bay lifeguard
“Legendary lifeguard John Baker
was very instrumental in my becoming
a competitor,” Mel said.
“He was 50 years old when, needing
someone to row with, I asked
him to be my partner. Baker was
tied with another guard at 12 Taplin
wins. We won it all giving him
a record at the time of 13 victories.
I was so excited to get my name on
the bell with John Baker.”
While Mel has enjoyed years of
success in competition, a moment
dear to his heart came at the 2015
Surf Festival when he and Jenna
became the first father and daughter
to be on the winning Bud
Stevenson Intracrew Relay team.
Jenna’s first competition as a lifeguard
came during the 2013 USLA
National Championship in Manhattan
Beach and she admitted
winning the 2016 women’s title
came as a surprise.
“It just seemed to happen and I
was taken back by the outcome,
doing much better than I expected,”
the 21-year old said.
“When I realized I was close to the
top in points, I tried hard to stay at
that level for the remainder of the
events. Every second and every
point counted so it was a new motivation
Jenna’s favorite event is the twoperson
board rescue. The swimmer
goes out to the flagline and
waves to the paddler on shore,
who takes off for the rescue. Then
both teammates paddle in together,
on the same board.
Her victory in the American Iron
Woman competition – deemed her
toughest event – sealed her victory
Jenna Solberg and father Mel continue the tradition of lifeguard families, while making their marks in national and
international competition. Photo by Ray Vidal
for most points.
Her accomplishment earned her
one of 18 spots on the USLA National
team that competed at the
Lifesaving World Championships in
The Netherlands in September.
The USA finished 11th with New
Zealand, Australia and France taking
the top three spots.
“We finished 5th in ocean events
which was one of our better finishes,”
Solberg said. “We had so
many different personalities but our
team meshed well. The pool competition
was new to me but it was a
great learning experience. In beach
events, there was one day when I
didn’t do so well, yet another day I
met all my goals. I left learning new
things while experiencing the ups
and downs of elite competition.”
Jenna said she always knew she
wanted to become a lifeguard. She
and her younger sisters Jillian, 19, a
sophomore at UCLA and Anneliese,
17, a senior at Chadwick High
School, spent much of their youth
on the beach hanging out at lifeguard
towers and watching their
Mel grew up with an aquatics
background, swimming and playing
water polo for Thousand Oak
High School. He swam at Ventura
College and the University of
“I majored in Criminal Law and
received my pre-law degree but
my friends who were the happiest
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Jenna Solberg won the women’s overall point title at the 2016 USLA National Championships in Manhattan Beach. Photo by Desiree Solberg
were pilots, lifeguards or firefighters,” Solberg said. “I knew I’d come back
to California. I applied for State and was in the top two percent of candidates
but didn’t get hired. I took the LA County test and was hired. The
minimum wage was $1.95 at the time and I could make $8.77 being a lifeguard
so I told myself I’m going to work on the beach.”
Solberg stressed the importance of water safety to his daughters at an
early age, enrolling them in the Junior Lifeguard program.
“The program has grown expedentially the last few years but only a small
percentage actually become good enough to pass the lifeguard test,” Solberg
stated. “When my girls were young, I told them they could not go to the
beach by themselves until they had a minimum of two years in the Junior
Solberg feels the best part of being a lifeguard is making rescues, knowing
that person would not make it home without his assistance.
“There’s no way to realize how many times we rescue people each year,”
Solberg added. “The worst part of the job is that you can’t prevent everything
from happening. It’s a terrible feeling when CPR doesn’t work.”
Solberg credits lifeguards such as Baker, Topar, Gary Crum, Jake Jacobsen
and water polo coach Craig Rond with being major influences in his career.
He also feels his involvement in competition has made him a better lifeguard.
“Like fire service, lifeguards never know, or feel they know, everything,”
Solberg said. “You can learn something everyday. I’ve learned a lot during
domestic and international competition. Lifeguards in each area have different
perspectives, rescue tools used and conditions.”
Solberg said he is unsure about the impact of Global Warming. Jenna
feels there have been more rescues in the last few years due to warmer
water temperatures bringing more people into the water.
“The last couple of years it seems we’ve had more riptides and we see
more sea life coming back,” said Mel, who said Torrance Beach is his favorite
location. “Santa Monica Bay is cleaner than it’s been in years. There
are more sting rays, which are food for white sharks. Sharks have always
been there. It’s just that more are being sighted, thanks to better visibility
in the water, more standup paddleboarders and waterproof cameras.
“The beach, ocean and marine environment is like no other. It’s a great
job to have,” Mel said. “I can retire in three years but will probably work
longer. If I stay healthy, I can compete in Nationals for the next 20-30 years.
It keeps me inspired to stay fit.”
Jenna has a ways to go to match her father’s longevity as a lifeguard. Her
focus now is on finishing her senior year at UC Santa Barbara, where she
is majoring in Sociology and is a member of the Gaucho’s water polo team.
Jenna had a stellar water polo career at Chadwick High School, where
she was twice named All-CIF and Prep League MVP. Named the school’s
Female Athlete of the Year in 2013, Jenna set school records for most goals
scored in one game and most career goals.
She helped Huntington Beach Water Polo Club win a silver medal at the
2012 USA Water Polo Junior Olympics, earning second team All-American
“The school itself was a perfect fit,” Jenna said of her decision to attend
UCSB. “When I was in high school, one of my water polo coaches told me
not to pick a school based on water polo because there was no way to predict
things like an injury or coaching changes. UCSB provides an opportunity
for me to do everything I want to do.”
Jenna began her athletic as a soccer player but when she was 13, after attending
a charity event held by Chance for Children, she decided to make
the full-time switch to water polo.
“My dad was urging me to become more involved with water sports if I
wanted to be a lifeguard,” Solberg recalled. “Water polo was the best way
for me to play in college.”
Although Jenna said this will be her final year playing water polo, she is
excited about her team’s chances of winning back-to-back Big West Conference
“We are coming off a big season, becoming the first UCSB team to win a
conference title in women’s water polo,” Jenna said. “My first day back to
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school after returning from Holland, I was
asked to give a speech at a pep rally. It was
so impromptu and I was really on the spot.”
Jenna said it was a dream come true
when she passed the lifeguard test.
“The toughest part of being a lifeguard is
knowing there is a good chance that a rescue
or situation won’t go your way,” said
Jenna, who has spent the last two summer
at Manhattan Beach and El Porto. “The
ocean is a beast. You can’t control it. You
can only anticipate what to do in certain situations.”
“My favorite part is closing up the tower
each evening, walking down the ramp and
looking at the ocean knowing everyone
went home that day.”
Her most memorable day came over
Labor Day weekend in 2014 when she and
another female lifeguard were working at
Dockweiler State Beach.
“It was constant lifeguarding all day
long,” Solberg recalled. “We were so busy
that when I got home, I sat on the couch
and told my dad about my day. He asked if
I was tired and I said, ‘Yes.’ He replied, ‘But
it’s a good kind of tired.’ I couldn’t stop
smiling the rest of the night knowing I did
my best and that a lifeguard can learn something
from every rescue.”
Jenna said her biggest lifeguarding influence
has been her dad, who taught her from
day one. She also has received inspiration
from watching Tandis Morgan compete and
close family friend Mike O’Donnell.
An accomplished lifeguard and competitor,
O’Donnell is the father of three daughters
Kelsey, Erin and Colleen who have all
followed in his footsteps as lifeguards.
A few years older than the Solberg girls,
the three O’Donnell sisters would watch the
Solberg siblings when they were young.
“Our families are so close. Kelsey and I
are best of friends now,” Jenna said. “She
was on the 2014 USLA team that competed
in the World Championships in France. She
told me what to expect and how to handle
the competition and the total experience of
my trip this summer.”
After graduation, Jenna plans to move to
Australia to train in lifesaving for one school
year before returning to pursue a career in
“Growing up at the ocean, how can you
not be concerned about the environment?”
Jenna remarked “The Refugio oil spill (in
May 2015) had such an impact on me.”
Although Jenna has no plans to coach
water polo or Junior Guards in the future,
she does have some advice for kids who
want to become lifeguards.
“Just go to the beach as often as you can,”
Solberg said. “Not just to train or workout
but to appreciate all you can find and the
adventures it holds. The more you love the
beach, the more you’ll find joy in competing
and working as a lifeguard.” B
Mel Solberg and daughter Jenna at their place of work.
Photo by Ray Vidal
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he prestigious International Academy of Trial
Lawyers limits itself to only 500 active members
worldwide. AgnewBrusavich, a South
Bay law firm widely acknowledged for excellence
in catastrophic injury and wrongful death
cases, now boasts two of those 500.
Candidates are nominated for the Academy
without their knowledge, by existing members,
and subjected to a year-long vetting process
with judges and attorneys, including those they
have been against in court. The process is focused
on ethics, civility and excellence in jury trials.
A candidate is admitted only on a vote of the
full active membership, which is limited to 500.
Members reaching age 70 become emeritus
AgnewBrusavich partner Bruce Brusavich was
recently admitted into the Academy, joining his
partner Gerry Agnew, who was admitted several
"Bruce and I are extremely proud - as members
of the same small firm - to be fellows in this
prestigious organization,” said Agnew.
The partners’ list of honors – by peers, prestigious
publications and rating services – are too
extensive to list in this space. But that’s not
enough for Agnew and Brusavich, who continue
to vigorously pursue justice for injured victims,
and to force businesses and government agencies
to make changes that protect public safety.
Small firm adds to its worldwide prestige
At the time of this interview, Brusavich was reviewing
a traffic engineer's report in a case that
will force officials to redesign a major highspeed
intersection in Newport Beach, where bicyclist
Debra Deem died in a traffic accident.
Brusavich said the poorly designed intersection
forced Deem, who was riding northbound
on PCH, to cross what amounts to a freeway onramp
to continue onto Newport Coast Drive.
“Debra was an accomplished bicycle rider,
who had recently retired early as a successful litigator
with a large Orange County law firm to
take a job as executive director of a battered
women's shelter,” Brusavich said.
He negotiated a large monetary settlement
and, in a result important to Deem’s husband
Paul, a commitment by officials to work with
traffic engineers to make the intersection safer
Advocacy for victims and families who have
been injured in bicycle accidents has become
a noted niche for the firm and its platform, Cal-
BikeLaw.com. Agnew is a competitive velodrome
cyclist and has won a number of state
and national championships. Several successfully
concluded cases for cyclists have also
ended with much needed repairs and safety
improvements on public roads.
“We are very proud of those accomplishments,”
The firm also represents victims of injury and
wrongful death in all other types of vehicular accidents,
medical malpractice, elder abuse and
Agnew recently concluded a serious injury
case for a cyclist injured in Palos Verdes, and is
preparing for trial on a wrongful death elder
The attorneys were waiting to conclude settlement
proceedings in the case of a teenage
girl who they said was badly injured when she
stepped into an unguarded elevator shaft and
fell three stories at a defunct construction site.
Brusavich said the site had become an attractive
nuisance that drew visitors into danger.
The attorneys also represent several patients
of a now-closed Long Beach hospital that was
caught in a large billing fraud scheme involving
unnecessary spinal surgeries.
New additions to the firm are two talented
women attorneys, Puneet K. Toor and veteran
litigator Terry Schneier.
AgnewBrusavich’s extensive community involvement
includes a 23-year old scholarship
program that has helped more than 540 students
with college expenses. Recent recipients
included members of cycling clubs sponsored
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Baker, Burton & Lundy, P.C.
Hermosa’s giant-killing law firm had its roots in friendship and the European mumps
Kent Burton, Clint Wilson, Christine Daniels, Evan Koch, Teresa Klinkner, Brad Baker, Albro Lundy
aker, Burton & Lundy, the small law firm with a big reputation and
billions of dollars won for its clients, is celebrating its 40th birthday
by expanding its storefront along Hermosa’s iconic Pier Avenue,
where they are the oldest owner-occupied business.
“We are so blessed with this location and this business,” partner Albro
Lundy said. “There’s some magic going on, how it has all worked out.”
The decorated law firm is preparing for its third expansion along the
avenue, adding offices and a roof deck with a “lifeguard tower-esque”
design. And the attorneys are continuing to vigorously protect their
clients’ assets and security, and to fight for people unjustly harmed.
A Partnership Begins
The whole operation had its beginnings in a law school friendship and
a truly evil case of the European mumps.
The law school friends were Brad Baker and Kent Burton, who saw
more of each other on the UCLA sports fields than in its law library. They
each passed the bar, and Baker took off traveling to celebrate, while
Burton started looking for a job.
“While Brad was in Europe he got a really bad case of the mumps,
and he thought he might die. He made a deal with some higher force
that if he lived” he would be sure to work at a virtuous job, Burton said.
“An elderly European woman nursed him back to health, and he
came back and volunteered for Venice Legal Aid,” Burton said.
Burton went to work for a large firm in Century City, where he was immediately
sent to work major cases in the looming courthouses of downtown
“I was getting my ass kicked. I didn’t know where to park. I didn’t
know how to address the judge,” he said.
“There’s this no man’s land between the attorneys’ table and the
bench, and I didn’t know that,” Burton said. “I had some papers I
wanted the judge to see and I started to just walk up to him, and the
bailiff jumped up with his hand on his weapon. I was like a deer in the
Back from Europe, Baker decided to open his own office, so Burton
eagerly signed on as a partner, and the two hung their shingle in a modest
office in Venice in 1976.
Hearing they could buy a building in Hermosa Beach cheaper than
renting in Venice, they moved into the 515 Pier Avenue storefront previously
occupied by Ray’s TV in 1980. Later in 1994, Lundy left a Beverly
Hills law firm to join BB&L and became the third partner.
Among its highlights, BB&L won $4 billion for California consumers by
leading a high-powered legal assault on energy companies accused
of illegal actions, which artificially raised the price of natural gas, contributing
to the energy crisis of 2000 and 2001.
In addition to high-profile victories, the attorneys have at times spent
hundreds of thousands of dollars to battle cases that promised no profit,
prompted by compassion for harmed victims and the desire to see justice
Growing as a Firm
Meanwhile, the old Ray’s TV storefront has been gussied up, and the
BB&L offices continue to expand along Pier Avenue as more attorneys
join the firm, which has become a Hermosa Beach institution. Burton devotes
himself to real estate and business transaction law with attorneys
Clint Wilson and Teresa Klinkner.
Baker, along with bilingual attorney Christine Daniels, focuses on estate
planning, probate and trust litigation, and has argued twice before
the U.S. Supreme Court. Lundy is an expert personal injury attorney who
has won an affirmative verdict from the state Supreme Court and works
with Evan Koch, recognized as a Rising Star attorney by Superlawyers.
“Sometimes it seems like all of Hermosa is our client,” Lundy said. “We
are here. We’ve always been here. We always will be here.”
BAKER, BURTON & LUNDY | 515 Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach | (310) 376-9893 | www.bakerburtonlundy.com
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Lenze Kamerrer Moss, PLC
Tight-knit partnership protects the unjustly harmed
Jennifer Lenze and her partners of Lenze Kamerrer Moss, PLC have
created a firm over the last year that displays high-level litigation
skills and zealous dedication to their clients. LKM specializes in
complex pharmaceutical mass tort drug and device litigation, as well
as personal injury and employment law cases, striving to defend the
rights of injured individuals.
With three women at the helm including Laurie Kamerrer and
Jaime Moss, LKM has a passion for cases that impact women’s
health, such as a current case involving Essure, a permanent birth
control device inserted into the fallopian tubes of a woman. The
complaints filed by LKM on behalf of their injured clients include allegations
of migration of the device, which can lead to the perforation
of a woman’s uterus or fallopian tubes.
LKM is also involved in litigation of talcum powder, linked to ovarian
cancer in women, the blood thinner Xarelto, linked to internal bleeding,
the diabetes medication Invokana, linked to ketoacidosis, and
Bair Hugger, a warming blanket used during surgery, linked to surgical
LKM aims to hold manufacturers accountable for the harms they
cause and at best, help bring about changes in labeling to provide
sufficient warning of associated risks. These cases can go on for years
and involve hundreds or even thousands of clients across the country.
Lenze said dedication, persistence, and a high level of organization
are important in
mass tort litigation.
at LKM have
over the last two
years about persistence,
In 2014 Lenze’s
significant other, Paul Sizemore, was killed in a rafting accident on
their trip to Aspen, Colorado. Shortly thereafter she became practice
administrator of his firm, the Sizemore Law Firm, and with the help of
Paul’s lawyers, Laurie and Jaime, held the firm together and transitioned
to their new venture to continue the work Paul was so passionate
LKM’S personal injury practice includes slip and falls, car accident
and product liability cases. Employment cases include wage and
hour violations, harassment, discrimination, and wrongful termination.
“We are definitely a team,” Lenze said. “That is really important to
us. We’ve all been through a lot together and it has created a firm of
people committed to each other and to the work we do for our
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eti Tsai Bergman started Peninsula Law with the idea of creating a law
firm that does one thing and one thing well, and that is probate law.
Bergman believes that you can’t be good at any one thing if you try to
do a little of everything. With that vision and her laser focus on probate law,
Bergman built Peninsula Law into a probate powerhouse. Peninsula Law represents
fiduciaries, beneficiaries, and families who need help planning, administering
and settling estates. Peninsula Law embraces resolution of conflict
and embraces trial when necessary. Peninsula then wins because it firmly believes
in bringing out the truth. There are no smoke and mirrors. Peninsula Law
does not ignore or hide the facts. Peninsula Law builds winning cases based
on excellent legal analysis, strategic thinking, and masterful persuasion. Families
come first and Peninsula Law vigorously pursues the wishes left by testators
Peninsula Law also minimizes long and protracted litigation or administration
of an estate because it follows the same motto as Nike: “Just Do It.” The
drive and goal on each case is to reach a quick resolution. Of course there is
no controlling the court’s calendar, but anything that is within the control of
Peninsula Law is addressed and handled with speed. Putting a task on the
back burner is considered blasphemy within the firm.
Another key element that has factored into the success of Peninsula Law is
listening to clients and hearing what they have to say. Families are often perplexed
after the death of a loved one and do not know what should be done
or what needs to be done. If you add a contentious family member who
comes forward to contest a will or trust, or who distrusts the person in charge,
then you have an emotional struggle added to the confusion. Often the dissension
can be quelled by educating the family members
about how an estate
needs to be administered
after a death.
Clients have consistently
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attest to this.
With such ethics,
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being one of the top-notch probate law firms in the South Bay.
Legal secretary Thomas Allard, attorney Joshua Watts,
attorney Beti Tsai Bergman, paralegal Hanbee Oh.
Beti Tsai Bergman is certified in estate planning, trust, and probate law by
the California Board of Legal Specialization and has earned an advocate
designation from the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. Before earning her
J.D. at UC Davis School of Law, Bergman earned a B.S. in applied mathematics
from UCLA and an M.S. in applied mathematics with concentrations in
partial differential equations and probability and statistics from CSULB.
Bergman sustains active involvement in the community. She is a Probate Co-
Chair of the Trust & Estates Section of the South Bay Bar Association, a past
president of the Southern California Chinese Lawyers’ Association, and is longstanding
board member and officer of the Asian Pacific American Women
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he founding partners, Chris Moore, Sharon
Bryan and Becky Schroff, routinely earn
Trecognition by their peers and by high-profile
rating services and publications. But they practice
their specialties of family law and estate
planning as a people business, with sensitivity to
the uniqueness of each client’s case.
Moore, Bryan, Schroff & Inoue has been
named one of the Best Law Firms by U.S. News &
World Report and by Best Lawyers continuously
since 2010, and received a Metropolitan Tier 1
ranking in Family Law by U.S. News & World Report.
The firm’s partners are certified specialists in
their practice areas, and Chris, Sharon and
Becky have been named Southern California
Super Lawyers for many years running. They
enjoy the highest rating for legal ability and ethical
standards by the peer-reviewed service Martindale-Hubbell.
Moore, Bryan, Schroff & Inoue
Combining accomplishment with sensitivity to clients
Bryan and Schroff have been selected by their
peers to The Best Lawyers in America since 2015,
and Moore since 2008. In 2015 Moore’s peers
dubbed him the Los Angeles Family Law Lawyer
of the Year. “To me that really is a significant
honor. I was flabbergasted to receive it, because
the lawyers who got it the year before
and the year after me are two of the very best
lawyers in Los Angeles County,” he said. “I’m
humbled to be included.” Moore is a certified
specialist in both family law and in trust and estate
Bryan uses her expertise and sensitivity to her
clients’ advantage, beginning with their initial
meeting, listening carefully to what they really
want regarding property, custody, the family
home and the legal process. “Because so many
clients ask about the process, I prepared a
process map, really a flow chart, showing the
various required and possible steps in the divorce
process from filing the petition to the final judgment,”
“People facing divorce are typically scared.
This is true whether or not they are the financially
advantaged spouse, whether or not they are the
custodial parent and whether or not they
wanted the divorce or were shocked when
being served with a petition,” she said.
“I tell them the waters are going to be choppy
at first...but the waters will calm down, and we
will address issues in a reasonable manner.”
Bryan said she is able to reach a settlement for
her clients, avoiding a trial, in 95 to 99 percent of
“I am an experienced litigator, but I am also a
good negotiator,” she said. “My colleagues
know that I am going to be reasonable, but also
be tenacious in defending my client’s rights and
Moore credits Bryan with “great instincts” that
allow her to handle especially difficult and emotional
Both Bryan and Moore are trained in collaborative
divorce, which aims to reach a settlement
with the help of lawyers and neutral experts if
necessary, and Moore is trained in mediation,
and a founding member of the original collaborative
law group in the South Bay.
“Although parties are often deeply conflicted,”
says Bryan, it’s very important to hire well
established, well respected attorneys, because
two good attorneys can and will settle a family
Schroff, who specializes in trusts and estates,
uses her legal expertise to assist individuals and
families make a plan, so they are comfortable
“that things will be taken care of after they are
gone”. In addition to estate planning, she handles
trust administration, probates, conservatorships,
guardianships and trust litigation.
A lawyer must understand her client’s needs
and wishes, and understand the law to craft a
good estate plan. Clients who have lost a loved
one are often overwhelmed by the responsibilities
of being a trustee or an executor, “We can
guide them through the process, take care of
the legal requirements, and give them some relief
as they go through a very difficult time,”
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Rombro & Associates
Human touch on the scales of justice.
Attorney Roger Rombro holds the
highest possible rating from the
Hubbell Law Directory for a 40-year
practice, which now focuses principally
upon family law.
Along the way, he retained a human
touch that makes him the best lawyer
he can be.
“Spouses tend to be hurt in the initial
stages of their separation. They tend to
feel that they have failed, irrespective
of whether they’re the spouse that initiates
the separation. Each spouse has
a huge sense of disappointment with
their partner which slowly evolves into
resentment and anger.
Not surprisingly, each of them goes
through a morning period recognizing
that they have suffered a death in
their family,”he said.
“And there can be lots of reactive
things going on. One side does something,
to which the other side wants to
react,” Rombro said.
“Part of my job is to help people to understand
their own feelings. I become
both their advocate and their counselor.
The counselor part of me wants
to help them to see that they are
going in a direction that is not in their
best interest,”he said.
“To a large extent, the lawyer must
often do what a therapist would be
“I try to keep the conflicts down as
much as possible. Otherwise, people
tend to spend huge amounts of
money, draining themselves both financially
and emotionally; and this is
particularly true in custody disputes
where people become so angry, that
they fail to realize that they are hurting
their children, rather than just their
Rombro is certified by the State Bar as
a specialist in family law, and he has
appointed to the State Bar Family Law
Before he went into civil practice, he
served in the Los Angeles County District
Attorney’s office, prosecuting
everything from DUI to homicide in
thousands of cases before state and
“I think our criminal justice system is the
fairest in the history of mankind,” he
said. “We go out of our way to protect
the rights of the accused, and we also
try prevent the suffering of victims, and
to protect society.”
Rombro and wife Joanna have three
children and two grandchildren.
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