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Volume XXI, Issue 4 November 2016

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Volume XXI, Issue 4

November 2016



Jonathan Bisignano

Photo courtesy of the Bisignano family


36 Love and loss by Mark McDermott

The Bisignano family lost their 22 year old son Jonathan in

April. In the six months since, his life, their faith, and the

community's embrace have given the family lessons in the

persistence of love.

50 Young and fast by David Mendez

Henry Morse began racing trikes, then bikes, then go karts.

Now, at 15, he’s racing cars on the professional Pirelli World

Challenge Series.

54 Graceful Gale by Bondo Wyszpolski

Graceful Gale was an alluring, first-class passenger who

boarded the Queen Mary in May of 1939 and disappeared.

Her ghost reappears each year about this time in Dark


60 Zen Modern by Stephanie Cartozian

Architect Luis de Moraes designs a Visa Del Mar home to

parallel the natural terrain, with an ocean view from every


70 Il canto Italiani by Richard Foss

Chef Michaelangelo Aliaga’s pastas and sausages and coowner

Lou Giovanetti’s voice make Primo Italia worthy of its



12 Portuguese Bend Horse Show

16 Honda Evening Under the Stars

44 Encore Circle

64 Lundquist named Champion of Business

72 Chamber bids farewell to Supervisor Knabe


22 Peninsula calendar

68 Around & About

73 Peninsula Dining Guide

80 Senior Care Guide

82 Peninsula Attorney Guide

85 Home services



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Mary Jane Schoenheider


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Portuguese Bend Charity

Providing Hope for Childhood Cancers

The Portuguese Bend National Horse Show held at

Ernie Howlett Park in Rolling Hills Estates, has been

providing hometown fun and friendly competition for 59

years. The show is a benefit for Children’s Hospital Los

Angeles (CHLA), and this year’s proceeds benefited the

CHLA Associates Sarcoma Program Chair. The Sarcoma

Program within the Children’s Center for Cancer and

Blood Diseases is working to improve the outcome for

children battling this aggressive form of childhood cancer.

This year’s show theme “Taking the Reins of Hope,” honored

the incredible staff of CHLA who give hope every

day. The doctors, nurses, and support staff work tirelessly

to help and heal all who come to them and give the gift

of hope of a better life for their patients and families.

Peninsula Committee Children’s Hospital members are

honored to support the amazing accomplishments of the

hospital through their donations. In addition to the three

day horse show, there was a colorful children’s carnival,

food booths, haybale boutique, a Saturday Night BBQ dinner

and special events including a visit from miniature

therapy horses, Parade of Trophies, and the Long Beach

Mounted Police.





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1. Marine Langer accepting

the Julie Martin Memorial Trophy.

Presenters Ed Kelly, Jeff

Earle, Antonio Camacho Jr.

and Sr.

2. A child carnival-goer.

3. Katie Brown.

4. Gemma and Celine

Claessens (second and third

from left), Clea Caddell (on her

horse), Quaya Plaisir.

5. The Long Beach Mounted

Police performed a 9/11 tribute.

6. Karl Graeber, Ken and Marilyn

Prindle, Michele Romer,

Toni Graeber and Carey


7. Patty and Steve Lantz.

8. Jim Beck, Mary DiMatteo,

Angela and Frank Conterno,

Flora Fairchild.

9. Steve Lopes, Christine and

Joe Rich, Suzanne and John

Durnell, Helen Hitzel, Helaine


10. Steve and Alyson McFerson,

Mike O’Brien.

11. Cindy Choate, JoAnn Giuliano,

Bonnie Upp, Barbara


12. Kelly Walsh, Susan Gray,

Cathy Villicich, Jacquie Leimbach.

13. Dave Farrell, Jim Cook,

Chris Consani, Kirk Johnson,

Doug Van Riper.

14. Anthony Xepolis, Margaret

Gibbs, Tom Light, Mark

Costa, Ken Ochi, Vall Light,

Kathy Costa.

15. Peninsula Committee

Children’s Hospital members

celebrate a successful event.

16. Dawn Knickerbocker,

Karen Miller, Pat Lucy, Jody


17. Jeff Renzi, Patty Ochi

with grandson/PCCH Featured

Child, Jackson Renzi, Val Kelly,

Danielle Renzi, Kate Cocke.





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Kenny G performs at

Honda Evening Under the Stars

Saxophonist and Grammy Awardwinning

star Kenny G performed

for guests at the 30th Annual

“Honda Evening Under the Stars Children’s

Healthcare Gourmet Food and

Wine Tasting Festival.” The August 27

event was sold out soon after its announcement

and many of the South

Bay’s finest eateries were present supporting

the cause.

Event proceeds will benefit Torrance

Memorial Pediatrics, Providence TrinityKids

Care, a program of Providence

TrinityCare, and Vistas for Children.




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1. Jim Sala, Craig

Leach, Sharon Martinez,

Kenny G., Steve

Morikawa, Karin

Baker and Kacey


2. Terri Warren,

Sharon Martinez,

Linda Perry, (Back)

Jim Sala, Craig Leach

and Steve Morikawa.

3. Dr. John Stecker,

Bob Tarnofsky, Ros

Stecker, Ian Kramer

M.D. and Sherry


4. Ann and David


5. Steve Morikawa,

Jacqueline Glass, Tara

Gregerson and Glen

Komatsu M.D.

6. David and Barbara

Bentley, Sally and

Mike Eberhard.

7. Barbara Demming

Lurie, Mark Lurie,

M.D., Terry and Joe


8. Jeff Krebs,

Priscilla Hunt, Cynthia

Soma, Fritz Friedman,

Susan and Ralph


9. (Front) Sara

Moore, Trip and

Aarika Simmons,

Brenda Nowotka,

(back) Wes Kauble,

Sean Simmons.

10. Rev. Jonathan

Chute and Thyra Endicott


11. Marc Schenasi,

Harv and Ruth

Daniels, Song and

Dave Klein.

12. Khrystyna

Pavlova and Riad

Adoumi M.D.

13. Mark Kroeger,

Colleen Farrell and

Ann O’Brien.

14. Sara and Dale


15. Debbi Gelbart,

Moe Gelbart Ph.D.,

Kathleen Krauthamer,

Richard Krauthamer,

M.D., Jackelyn Lee

M.D. and George So


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Saturday, October 29

Halloween Happenings

Peninsula Center hosts a family-friendly Halloween Spooktacular, featuring

face painting, games, costume contests and trick or treating. Next to The Habit

and Chipotle. Free. noon to 3 p.m. PeninsulaShoppingCenter.com.

Monday, October 31

Halloween haps

Riviera Village in Redondo Beach closes the streets for its annual Halloween

Stroll, from 4 to 6 p.m. Enjoy safe trick-or-treating through the shops in the Village,

Catalina from Avenue I to Palos Verdes Boulevard. Jim Gamble and his

puppets will perform. If you plan on staying for dinner afterwards, reservations

are recommended. For more information, visit rivieravillageredondo.org.

Sunday, November 13

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Concert with Robert

Peninsula pianist Robert Thies and mezzo soprano Iris Malkin perform for

the Second Sundays at Two series at Rolling Hills United Methodist. Free.

26438 Crenshaw Blvd., Rolling Hills Estates. For more information call (310)

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Tuesday, November 15

Holiday Boutique

The Assistance League of San Pedro-South Bay’s annual Holiday Boutique

features food, stocking stuffers, children’s gifts, holiday decorations and

many more wonderful gift selections. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (weekdays), and

11a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays through January 4. Proceeds benefit local charities.

At the Assistance League of San Pedro-South Bay Chapter House,1441

W. 8th Street. 310- 832-8355 ext. 221.

Friday, November 18

A boutique to remember

The Special Children’s League hosts “An Affair to Remember,” featuring a

luncheon and holiday boutique at the Palos Verdes Country Club. 1 to 4

p.m. For tickets call (310) 378-1888 or email tickets


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The Norris Theater’s 28th Annual performance “The Nutcracker,” will

be performed by the Peninsula School of Performing Arts at 2 and 7

p.m on Saturday, November 19 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, November

20. Tickets are available at the Norris box office or by phone at (310)

544-0403. Photo by Chelsea Schreiber

Saturday, November 19

A run to remember

The LaceUp Palos Verdes Half Marathon (and 5K and 10K) starts at Terranea

(Pelican Park) and winds south to Abalone Cove and north to Torrance Beach

before returning to Terranea. Views

of spectacular homes and the even

more spectacular Pacific Ocean and

Catalina Island make this one of the

most scenic and memorable runs in

the country. Limited to 1,000 registrants.

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“Planet Moon”

The Palos Verdes Library District

hosts a presentation, “Planet Moon,”

by Madhu Thangavelu, an instructor

at the USC Department of Astronautical

Engineering. 2 to 4 p.m. at the

Peninsula Center Library.

Thangavelu will discuss extraterrestrial

bases, space tourism and colonization.

A fun and educational

experience for all ages. For more information

call (310) 377-9584

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Native plants workshop

The White Point Nature Education

Center presents Craig Torres, discussing

how local plants are used in

traditional and modern cultures. 10

a.m. to noon. $20 per person.

Space is limited. 1600 W Paseo Del

Mar, San Pedro, RSVP required:


“Unbranded” Horses

Part of the PV Land Conservancy’s

Beauty in Nature series, “Un-

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branded” is a film about 16 mustangs and four men riding border to border,

Mexico to Canada. The documentary tracks the fresh-out-of-college buddies

as they set out on the adventure of a lifetime. 4 p.m. $10. 18 and under free.

Tickets at pvplc.org or (310) 541-7613. Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W 6th

St, San Pedro.

Saturday, November 19

Sunday, November 20

Nutcracker at the Norris Theatre

The Peninsula School of Performing Arts presents the Norris Theatre’s 28th

annual holiday season “The Nutcracker” at 2 and 7 p.m on Saturday, and 2

p.m. on Sunday. Professionals and pre-professionals, adults and young

dancers, perform. Music by Tchaikovsky and choreography by Tita Boulger,

Vera Ninkovic, Marina Kalinina and Alexander Kalinin. $32 for adults, $22

for children. Tickets are available at the Norris box office or by phone at

(310) 544-0403.

Saturday, November 26

Microplants on the Peninsula

Naturalist Neil Uelman will discuss his recent research on biological soil crust

and how it applies to the Peninsula’s smallest plants. 11 a.m. ‘til noon. White

Point Nature Preserve. RSVP: pvplc.org. 1600 W Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro,

Tuesday, November 29

ACT II Back to Broadway auditions

Act II, a support group for Palos Verdes Performing Arts, is looking for talented

performers to sing and dance to favorites from Broadway musicals at its 31st

annual variety show. Auditions for “Back To Broadway” will be held at the

Harlyne J. Norris Pavilion. Appointments for both solos and groups are being

taken for times between 5:30 to 10 p.m. Participants should choose music

from a popular Broadway musical to tie in with this year’s theme, and come

prepared with a three minute act of dancing, singing or a combination of a

special talent. An accompanist will be available. This season’s show is set for

March 3-5, 2017 at the Norris Theatre. This year’s production will be in a

different format, with audience members invited to participate in some of the

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bility) Wednesday, Nov. 30 and Thursday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Community

Service Group Night: ($2 admission for nonprofit and community service

group members) Thursday, Dec. 1, 4 to 9 p.m. Torrance Memorial

Medical Center, 3330 Lomita Blvd., Torrance. For more information, call

(310) 517-4606 or visit TorranceMemorial.org/holidayfestival.

Torrance Memorial’s Festival Fashion Show

Cocktail and evening dresses by Kevan Hall Designs, as well as rare and

original fur fashions and designs by Edwards-Lowell Furs Beverly Hills will be

shown. 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., $125 per person. For tickets call 310- 517-

4606 or visit TorranceMemorial.org/holidayfestival.

Friday, December 2

Torrance Memorial Festival Night Dinner Gala

The Festival Night Dinner Gala, will include silent and live auctions. 5:30 to

10 p.m. $300 per person/$550 per couple. Bid online from November 9

through 22 by visiting biddingforgood.com/holidayfestival. To make reservations

to attend any of the events or for Opportunity Drawing tickets, call the

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Lunch with Santa

Torrance Memorial’s Lunch with Santa will include face painting, crafts, clowns

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JJonathan Bisignano during his days at Palos Verdes High School. Photo courtesy the Bisignano family

onathan Bisignano was two years old and ready to see the world.

His family was living in South Redondo at the time, and

Jonathan was playing by himself in the backyard. Then he wasn’t.

His mother Angela Bisignano looked outside and her son was

nowhere to be found. Panic set in. He’d found a way to climb the

backyard fence.

“He decided he was going to go someplace, exploring,” Angela

recalled. “I could not find that boy.”

He figured out how to climb through a neighbor’s gate, as well.

Nearly an hour later, his mother found Jonathan calmly playing

on a backyard swingset a half block away.

In coming years, Gerard and Angela Bisignano would come to

admire, occasionally fear, and generally expect the unending surprises

that came with their first child’s blithely bold disposition.

“My wife was concerned he had a bone problem because he

kept breaking bones,” Gerard said. “It was skateboarding, soccer,

snowboarding...jumping off a slide when he was three. When he

was four he broke a collarbone.”

“By the time he was 16, he’d broken seven or eight bones. Because

he was charging.”

Even as a fourth grade Boy Scout, or Webelo, he managed to

push to the very edge.

“We were in the Santa Monica Mountains, and there was this

How faith and community helped the Bisignano family survive the loss of their son Jonathan,

and the lessons in love his life imparted

one huge mountain,” Angela said. “He ran to the top of it, and

there was a 500-foot drop. He runs to it; he's the first one up there.

I'm shaking down below. ‘What are you doing? Stop!’ That is what

he would do.”

Jonathan charged through his childhood, an electric presence

wherever he went. Hunter Riley, who would become one of his

closest friends, remembers when Jonathan arrived at Palos Verdes

Intermediate School. They were both in eighth grade. The Bisignanos

had just moved from Redondo to Palos Verdes and nobody

at school knew the new kid. But few failed to notice him. He was

almost impossible to miss, with his long black skater boy hair,

wolf-like, piercing blue eyes and buoyant, mischievous presence.

“The first thing me and my buddies, we didn’t like this good

looking guy getting all the attention from the girls,” Riley said,

laughing. “Our first reaction was to punk him a little bit. We tried

to hate him, but we couldn’t. He became a part of our friends circle.”

Another member of that circle, Arian Savar, recalled how the

girls were curious about Jonathan while the guys kept a cool distance.

“I’ve always been a direct, straightforward person, so I just

walked right over to him and introduced myself,” Savar said. “I

wanted to know, ‘Is he one of us?’ To be honest, it turned out he

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The Bisignano family, from left, Jonathan, Angela, Gerard, and David.

Photo courtesy the Bisignano family

was something quite more. He looked me in the

eye and shook my hand.”

Thus began a friendship that would have all the

usual “shenanigans,” as Savar said, that teenage

boys get up to together — the sports, misadventures,

girl chasing, and epic hangouts of the

bumpy, exuberant years of high school.

But comradery with Jonathan had another

level. He was somebody who found deeper ways

to connect, both with friends and family and the

world at large.

“We would talk about God, family, our community,

our country, what it all means, and what our

place is in it,” Savar said.

“We’d have conversations about metaphysics

and the newest information on consciousness research

all the way, basically, to what happens

after you die,” Riley said. “That was something

he researched, especially after high school. He

was always exploring.”

He played some football early in high school,

but then grabbed hold of the idea that the school

needed a rugby team. So he put one together with

his friends.

“He didn't just play football, he had to play

rugby, with no pads,” his mother, Angela, said.

“He couldn't just run and do hurdles, no, he had

to be the pole vaulter — like he would always be

going for the thing that would make me be on my

knees praying, ‘Oh Lord what is he doing now?’”

Jonathan also had an ability to learn on the fly,

and to do so with an almost maddening ease.

“He picked up rugby really quickly,” Riley said.

“He was a smaller guy, but he was tough. He really

got into rugby. He was 5’7’’, a buck thirty,

maybe forty. But he was an animal.”

“He was very hands on,” Riley said. “Back

when we met, it was skateboarding, then he got

into the surfing thing, playing piano, playing guitar.

He didn’t even let a lot of people know he

played piano, I think he was a little embarrassed...And

he was weirdly good at everything

he tried.”

Jonathan was an exceptional student. He

dreamt of going to USC, and lived that dream. In

college, he met the girl of his dreams, a beautiful

doe-eyed journalism student named Casey

Tamkin, with whom he began to plan a life beyond

college. Last spring, he was preparing to

graduate with a degree in international relations

and economics and pursue a career in investment

banking. With typical, methodical avidness, he’d

applied with 100 firms, and was advancing in the

multilevel hiring process that the highest level financial

firms require. Instead of doing the usual

fraternity brother spring break to Cabo, he flew

with a friend to Japan simply to better know how

that corner of the world worked.

His parents noticed that after his return he was

experiencing unusual weariness, beyond normal

jet lag. But he kept charging: a weekend in Vegas

with his fraternity brothers, then a weekend in

the desert with his girlfriend at the Coachella

music festival. The couple drove back together

Monday morning, April 18, and made plans to

meet for dinner that night.

He then went to his apartment and took a nap

from which he never woke up.

At the time of his passing, at the age of 22, the

circumstances — a college kid who’d been at a

music festival — led to a widespread assumption

he’d experienced an overdose. The USC Daily

Trojan reported “accidental overdose” as the likely

cause of death. Initially, due to the news report,

his father accepted the assumption, despite the

fact it seemed entirely out of character for

Jonathan and no drugs were found near his son.

“He went to Coachella, it ended on Sunday and

he partied all night long like kids do, into the next

days, probably took something somewhere along

the way he shouldn't have, he wasn't sure how

powerful it was, whatever, and then finally made

it home after maybe 48 hours up and just faded,”

Gerard said. “That was the assumption.”

But the truth was he'd done nothing of the

kind. He and Casey left the festival’s final show

and grabbed some food. Far from partying, he’d

dutifully waited an hour-and-a-half in line with

her just so she could have the noodles she

wanted. Afterwards, they went back to their

condo rental for a good night's sleep.

The next night, his heart simply gave out.

“There is just a moment,” his father said later,

“where the number of beats that God has allowed

to you comes to an end.”

His family had a history of congenital heart failure.

Angela’s father experienced four heart attacks

and died of the final one, at the age of 54.

But those who knew Jonathan best saw something

beyond a genetic condition. They saw a

young man who lived as if each day could be his

last, a friend, son, and brother gone far too soon,

but one who left behind lessons in love and living

for those left in the wake of the startlingly beautiful

and bold swath he cut on his way through

this life.

“Jon, you were taken from us far too soon,” his

girlfriend, Casey, said at his memorial, standing

near his casket. “But you taught me that life isn’t

measured by the the breaths we take. It is measured

by what we do with the moments we are

given. In just 22 years, you lived a fuller life than

someone who could have lived to be 100.”

Life love

Jonathan Chase Bisignano was born May 24,


“Twenty-five hours of labor,” Angela said.

“Jonathan took his sweet time coming out the

birth canal. In hindsight, it was probably a prelude

for coming attractions. Jonathan was deter-

Jon cont. on page 38

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“There are literally no photos of

my brother where he doesn’t have

his arm around me,” said David. “I

look at those photos and I realize

how much he loved me. So that’s

pretty cool.”

“I don’t recall Jonathan ever saying

anything mean spirited about

his brother, he loved him so much,”

Angela said. “I was really proud

that I raised a son who cared so

much about his brother; that really

warmed my heart.”

Growing up, David said, his

brother was larger than life. Everyone

seemed to know him.

“It was strange for me,” David

said. “I don’t know why, but it’s like

my brother was famous. I felt like I

was the brother of a celebrity. He

just had a huge impact.”

“I was always the kid who had

the coolest big bro,” he said. “Everything

my brother did was the

coolest, that’s just how it was, and

school, David got a call from

Jonathan. He was coming to pick

him up from school.

“Man,” David said. “It’s 10:30.”

“He said, ‘I’m coming to pick you

up.’ I just left class, and that was it.”

Jonathan had a gift for brotherhood

beyond his family. Throughout

his life, other boys congregated

around him.

“He was a gatherer,” Gerard said.

“We would wake up on Saturday

mornings and there would be five

or six kids here sleeping on the


Savar was one of those kids. He

recalled “a rough patch” when he

stayed for a while at the Bisignano


“Jon provided a safe haven in so

many ways, not just words, wisdom,

camaraderie, and hugs, but he

sheltered me at times when I

needed it,” he said. “The family was

amazing. They’d see me on the

Jonathan and his girlfriend, Casey Tamkins, whom he met at USC in 2014.

His family believe he’d found the love of his life. Photo courtesy Casey


Jon cont. from page 37

mined to do things his way.”

“The first time I saw him I fell in

love, deep, deep love,” she said. “He

became in that moment my beautiful

boy. Honestly, the most beautiful

baby I had ever seen. It wasn’t

for another four years that I would

know my second beautiful boy.”

Angela, a clinical psychologist,

put her career on hold to give as

much attention as possible to her

two boys. This was indicative of the

approach the Bisignanos took with

their family. They lived deliberately.

Gerard, a successful real estate

agent, was elected to the Redondo

Beach City Council when Jonathan

was four.

“I thought, I want to show my

family that being involved, getting

out there, is an important part of

life,” he said. “If we didn’t have children

at the time, I never would

have run.”

Pastor Dan Bradford of Kings

Harbor Church, who baptized

Jonathan at Seaside Lagoon and officiated

at his funeral at Green Hills

Memorial Park, said he admired the

intentionality with which the Bisignanos

conducted their lives.

“I can tell you, both are movers

and shakers, but not for sake of

being movers and shakers,” Bradford

said. “They are genuinely invested

in everything they put their

hands and hearts to.”

The fact the boys were given Old

Testament names, the youngest as

the man who would be king and

the oldest as his deepest friend and

protector, was likewise a considered


“Jonathan's name means gift

from God,” Angela said. “When we

were trying to figure out a second

name for our youngest, there is a

story in the Bible that talks about

how the souls of Jonathan and

David were knit together. We loved

the idea that the souls of our boys

would be knit together. And they

were so close. It was precious.”

As the family looked through

photographs after Jonathan’s passing,

they noticed something striking

about the photos that contained

both brothers.

Jonathan and David Bisignano. Photo courtesy the Bisignano family

every story I told was about my

brother. ‘Well, my brother…’ Now

it’s awkward. I can’t use those stories.”

Early on, their age difference

meant that Jonathan rarely hung

out with David. But David, who is

now 18, remembers the exact moment

that changed. He was 11 or

12. He and his brother were supposed

to be going to church.

Jonathan drove.

“You know what? Let’s go do

something fun,” he told his little


They went and got burritos at

Phanny’s in Redondo Beach.

“In my mind, I’m 11, doing something

against the rules — it’s not really

what I did yet,” David recalled.

“That was kind of the breaking of

the barrier.”

After Jonathan went away to college,

he didn’t come home often.

But once, when he was in high

couch, ‘Okay, good morning.’ Three

days go by, the weekend passes, I

wake up on the couch and they

never gave me a hard time. They

just made sure my head was in the

right place, that I knew hard times

come and go.”

Once when he was staying with

the Bisignanos, the family had plans

to go to Palm Springs to celebrate

Jonathan’s and his grandfather

Flavio’s birthdays. Jonathan asked

Savar to come along; Savar declined,

telling his friend he didn’t

want his heavy mood to dampen

the occasion.

“No,” Jonathan said. “You are

going with me.”

The Bisignanos, realizing their

son needed a vehicle large enough

to haul his constant crew, had purchased

a GMC Denali. It would become

an iconic car among his high

school friends. Jonathan and Savar

drove to Palm Springs in the Denali.

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“Jon was one of those people you

could be in a car with for hours and

you are constantly entertained,

never a moment of boredom,” Savar

said. “If there is a quiet point, it’s

because you are contemplating

something you just talked about.

Car rides always went fast.”

Savar didn’t want to talk about

what was bothering him.

“After we get back, dude,” he

said. “Not now.”

“We are not going anywhere with

something weighing on your mind,”

Jonathan replied. “Dude, you know

me. You better tell me.”

And so they talked. And laughed.

And sat and thought, staring out at

the stark landscape, Savar’s troubles

dissipating with each passing


“We pull into Palm Springs, get

out of the car smiling and laughing,”

Savar said. “All worries were

completely wiped out, gone — not

dormant, but resolved.”

They arrived to Flavio Bisignano

holding court over drinks at the

pool patio, regaling the boys with

tales from his 90 years of living.

Hours later, as they made their way

to their hotel room, Savar paused

and nearly broke down.

“There’s so much suffering and

conflict in my life,” he told

Jonathan. “I just can’t see going on

90 years, another 70 years of life.

It’s just too much.”

Jonathan looked his friend in the

eye. “You have to, man,” he said. “If

we are old men, telling stories to

our kids and grandkids, we are

going to look back and be grateful

we got to live this long life. You

aren’t going anywhere without me.”

Riley said there was a dark time

during his high school years that

he’s not sure he would have made

it through had it not been for

Jonathan’s relentlessly caring presence.

Unlike most of his other

friends, Riley wasn’t a partier.

Jonathan, with his ebullient conviviality,

was extremely social. Yet

he would make sure he and Riley

also had quiet time together.

“He was the only person I could

talk to about some things,” Riley

said. “At that age, most people, even

friends, are very surface level. We’d

have these strong, deep, meaningful

conversations….No matter what his

situation was, he was always able to

be positive, always able to give you

his full attention.”

As Jonathan once told Riley, if

one of his buddies was going

through a hard time, then he was,

too. He also had an extremely unusual

characteristic for a teenager:

he didn’t particularly care what

anyone thought of him.

“It’s hard to explain, but there

was no problem with him,” Savar

said. “He never let anything stick to

him, or define him, or ruin his day.

That was something that left a mark

on me, in so many ways. He was

like a pillar. If somebody was angry,

he’d be like, ‘Screw it. Let that guy

be angry. You can be better than

that. Let’s skate, go bomb the hill,

go get a milkshake.’ Always that

positive influence.”

“He was just such a good guy, no

bullshit, so straightforward. If you

didn’t like Jon, there was probably

something wrong with you.”

He had a perpetual smile on his

face, a distinctive high-pitched

laugh that his friends loved to

mimic, and an ability to never take

himself too seriously.

“That was one of the things I took

away from Jon the most: his ability

to not care about other people’s

judgement,” Riley said. “That was

the biggest thing. He was goofy,

such a dork, he could be so embarrassing,

but he just wouldn’t care.”

His penchant for helping those

around him rings a bell for friends

of Angela.

“She’s always lived with purpose

and intention, and she’s a great help

to other women, helping them discover

their gifts and live life to the

fullest,” said friend Carol Anderson

Junara. “She’s a great communicator

of love.”

On Mother’s Day this year, three

weeks after Jonathan’s passing, another

of his friends left a note for

Angela. Handwritten, on pink stationery,

the writer shared with Angela

that his relationship with his

own mother had gotten better “just

by hearing Jon talk about your relationship

with him.”

“It’s so rare for a mother to be so

close to their children, and the example

Jon’s shown has made me

strive to be a better son,” he wrote.

“You’ve raised him to be someone

I’ve trusted more than anyone else

in my life….Although you are not

my own mother, I appreciate you as

if you were because of the impact

you’ve had on my life through Jon.”

Love life

It was Tuesday night, March 12,

2014, in the dormitories at USC.

Freshman Casey Tamkin was

bored. She called her friend at the

Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity to see

if there was anything going on.

Jon cont. on page 40

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Jon cont. from page 39

They were playing beer pong, he

said. Come on over.

She and another girl walked to

the fraternity. When she arrived

and found her friend, she saw a

blue-eyed boy sitting watchfully on

the steps of the house’s atrium.

“Eyes so blue they just stop you,”

Tamkin later recalled. “They are the

first thing you see when you walk

into a room.”

She asked her friend who the boy

was, and he told her Jonathan was

his big brother at the fraternity.

“You didn’t tell me you had a really

cute big brother,” she told him.


She and Jonathan ended up talking,

and then taking a walk together

to a campus bar to have a drink. He

told her she had the most beautiful

eyes. Though flattered, she scoffed

at him.

“Are you okay? My eyes are

brown,” she said.

He gave her his phone number

but she later realized it was missing

a digit. She assumed it was on purpose

and she’d never talk to him

again. But weeks later, in Cabo for

spring break, she ran into him on

the beach. They ended up hanging

out for the next four days. When

she got back to USC, she thought,

“You know what, I’m just going to

text him.” He came over that night

to do homework with her, and they

worked and talked, the beginning of

a conversation that would be ongoing

until the day he died a little

more than two years later. They fell

seamlessly and deeply into love.

Her first impression had been

that Jonathan, with his good looks

and cool swagger, puffed out chest

and perfect posture, was “such a

frat boy.” He turned out to be anything

but. He was broadly curious,

unconventional in how he thought

and the intensity with which he

lived. He was absolutely full of love,

both for the world and for the people

he shared his life with, and

completely unafraid to show it.

“Being in college, the guys are all,

‘Yeah, hook up with a hot girl,’”

Tamkin said. “Jon was so different,

so kind, so unlike anyone I ever

met. He just wanted to hang out

and talk and get to know you. We

just hit it off the moment we met.”

“What was so special is he really

lived every day like it was his last,”

she said. “That is something I take

away as a lesson from him. He was

so full of life. The last weekend we

spent together, he was dancing in

the desert, having the time of his

life, nonstop, go, go, go.”

Next month: love, loss, lessons, and

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in his first sanctioned race, a bike race at the Chevron Manhattan

Beach Grand Prix. He’s been moving up the ranks ever since, from

bikes to motorcycles to go karts, where he won nine championships.

This year is the Redondo Beach resident’s first year racing in a professional

series. After ten races, he’s in second place in PWC’s Touring

Car B division, 13 points off of the leader, 38 year old PJ Groenke. It’s

not outside the realm of possibility for Henry to win the series, becoming

both the first to win a PWC series in their first year, and the

youngest person to do so.

“He absolutely has the talent to be a successful race car driver, but

he doesn’t have $7 million to $8 million dollars a year,” said his father.

Racing isn’t cheap. It’s said that if a driver wants to make $10 million

a year, they need to spend $50 million. Everything about owning and

operating a race car is expensive, from cars to parts to transporting vehicles

from track to track.

“There’s another 15-year-old on a few series, and conservatively, he’s

spending $8 to $12 million a year,” Morse said. “The only people who

can make it like Henry are the incredibly lucky.”

Both his father and grandfather raced cars, passing down a need for

speed and deep-seated confidence.

“There’s a certain mindset that someone needs to live in, in order to

maximize their opportunities…I have an incredible opportunity to

achieve greatness with the position I’m in,” Henry said. “There really

isn’t any choice other than to devote myself entirely — it wouldn’t

make sense not to.”

He learned early on, he said, from watching his parents “making

something out of nothing, or very little,” that trying his hardest can

lead to success.

“I’m really putting that to the test,” Henry said. “I think there are

more people who have visited the International Space Station than have

been pro race car drivers.”

Much of his time is spent either on the track or in a racing simulator.

But fundraising and finding partnerships are also a huge part of the


Henry Morse earned motorsport media attention after his youthful

success in the Pirelli World Challenge Series.

“Ninety-nine percent of the time, we’re looking for partners who

want to participate in this exceptional journey we’re on — people

who have money, passion, and an interest in racing,” Ben Morse

said. “The trick is hearing ‘no’ 10,000 times and still getting up in

the morning with the understanding that the next person you talk

to may be the one who makes your career possible.”

Henry has the interview patter down. He rattles off his list of

sponsors and partners — Pirelli, Freem, MorseGPS, among others

— and tells how each has contributed to his career. He also gives

credit to the teachers and staff at Rolling Hills Prep.

He recognizes that his status as a 15-year-old racing with pros is

a marketer’s dream. “They understand that I’m getting a lot of attention,”

he said. He was given seven minutes of uninterrupted

airtime on CBS Sports following a race this season. “It’s a good

marketing move to partner with me.”

He’s not concerned about burning out.

“We’ve been through a lot of ups and downs…so much time and

focus and energy has been devoted to this that, if burning out was

possible, it would have happened already,” he said. “But if I end

up not making it as a pro racer, I’ll still be racing something.”

“I think it’s absolutely absurd,” his dad said. “I give him every

opportunity to gracefully back away from it,” he said. “But you’re

doing this because you enjoy it, not necessarily because you have

to — it’s not a required career path, we just love it.”

The two are constantly working together at the track. Ben races

in many of the same series as Henry, and coaches him, discussing

tracks and working out potential problems.

Ben believes Henry’s biggest limitation is financial, not age.

At the 2014 Grand Nationals a field of 100 drivers was pared

down to six over the course of three days. Henry was among the

finalists. All of the drivers took one lap, driving identical race cars.

“The car is the same, the track, the time of day, tires, gas…all

the same. There weren’t any excuses, just the person who was unquestionably

the fastest driver.”

That day, Henry came out on top — the fastest by seven thousandths

of a second.

“What happened in that moment is it defined him. It wasn’t any

more about his dad telling him how good he was,” Ben said. PEN

Ben Morse with son Henry at five months.

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y Bondo Wyszpolski

Jennifer Hills is Graceful Gale at Queen Mary's "Dark Harbor." All photos by Bondo Wyszpolski

Queen Mary’s Graceful Gale is enchanting… and deadly

If you push your way through the brambles on a moonlit night and climb

towards the summit of Palos Verdes, which faces the Port of Los Angeles,

there’s a magnificent view of the “Queen Mary.” But how to explain that

eerie glow that lately has enveloped it? Easy. From late September through

Halloween, parts of the ship and its surroundings (including the dome that

formerly housed the Spruce Goose) are transformed into the mazes that

comprise “Dark Harbor.”

The six mazes and assorted, or sordid, attractions employ over 200 zombies,

ghouls, ghosts, and other apparitions. If one of them doesn’t jump out

and scare the bejeezus out of you then rest assured that a dozen others will.

Either way, people, mostly the fearless among us, keep returning for more,

year after year.

Night of the living dead

Among the nameless hordes are several prominent characters, from

Samuel the Savage to Scary Mary and Half-Hatch Henry. But the one who

caught my attention was Graceful Gale. These characters have backstories.

Henry was bisected and Mary drowned. Gale was an alluring, first-class

passenger who boarded the Queen Mary in May of 1939. When the ship

docked at its final destination she had vanished, never to be seen again.

The story may have some basis in fact. And besides, the ship is rumored

to be the home of numerous ghosts. One of them, the so-called “woman in

white,” is a partial inspiration for Graceful Gale.

Now, the majority of the monsters, or talent, as talent director David

Wally refers to them, pretty much resemble your average 20-something

who’s landed a cool job for a few weeks. They grovel and slither and leap

about, the normal thing that scary creatures do. But Graceful Gale, and I’m

referring to the principal Graceful Gale (there are others), bears herself elegantly,

with dignity, moves slowly, languidly (like Paul Delvaux’s nocturnal

women, if you know the painter), and envelops herself in an aura or shroud

of absolute stillness.

The effect is enhanced by her silence. Graceful Gale doesn’t utter a

sound, or rather she speaks volumes by not speaking at all. She is aloof,

but she is sad. Mascara runs down her face, and her eyes are dark, fathomless

pools of sorrow. Her lips are bright red, yet her pallor is a deathly white.

The bottom of her ballgown is blood-soaked. Did she murder someone, or

was she herself the victim of a violent crime?

I am, of course, reading too much into this. Or am I? Under the makeup

and the blonde wig one detects an attractive woman. The eyes, as dark as

the eyes of a seal on account of the special contacts she’s wearing, are

spooky, but what I’m reminded of is the story of Pygmalion and Galatea,

in which the sculptor falls in love with his ivory creation, and Aphrodite

turns her into a living woman. In Ovid’s version, a daughter is born, and

her name is Paphos. Although she’s just a footnote in classical mythology,

I’d recently written about her, and Graceful Gale brought all this to mind.

As fanciful and farfetched as these perceptions and projections are, that’s

how I saw the character of Graceful Gale. But how does the real woman

behind the makeup see her? I was given the opportunity to find out.

Emerging from the shadows

Her name is Jennifer Hills and behind the scenes she’s as alluring as her

character but more expressive. One interesting thing, amusing in its own

way, is that despite Graceful Gale’s reticience Jennifer talks a mile a minute.

I’ll call her Jennifer instead of Hills, and instead of Graceful Gale, too,

which frankly sounds more like a nickname, not unlike Hammerin’ Hank

or Joltin’ Joe. Sure, she enters like a gentle gust of wind, so the moniker applies,

but I picture her with a far classier name, and we’ll bandy about some

possibilities in a few moments.

This is Jennifer’s fifth year as Graceful Gale, and her seventh year at

“Dark Harbor.” Before that she did dance shows at Universal Studios, parade

shows at Disneyland, and made some appearances on TV. She’s still

taking dance classes, but she’s actually gone back to school to earn a degree

in earth science.

After her first two years at “Dark Harbor,” the characters received a

makeover and Jennifer was given a certain amount of leeway to mold the

character of Graceful Gale. She knew the supposed history of the vanished

passenger, but “obviously she has to be a bit more on the scary side; we’re

here to haunt you, and you need to be able to (convey) a villainous feeling


Gale cont. on page 56

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Gale cont. from page 55

“She’s from the ‘20s, ‘30s, she’s a first-class passenger,”

Jennifer continues, “so my first thought

was that she was a former entertainer, dancer,

that kind of thing. She has an air about herself,

she conducts herself well, she stands up straight.

In those days things were segregated, so a lot of

times I’ll pass by monsters, when they’re in character,

and just not take notice because back then

people didn’t do that. So I make sure I carry myself

with a certain air.”

The creators now promote the idea that Graceful

Gale is gliding about the ship, searching for

her soulmate. “If you are lucky enough to see her,

she may extend her hand for a dance,” according

to the PR, “but dance with caution [because] in

death she tears apart the living and reassembles

her victims to create the perfect dance partner.”

Well, maybe. My guess is that ghosts or spirits

often hang around because they may not know

or accept that they’re dead, or because on this

plane they have unfinished business. Looking for

a soulmate may play well, but I think that our

young lady would be confused or in denial. And

it would be a sadness that’s closer to profound

grief and melancholy.

While Graceful Gale’s sadness is a given, Jennifer

also sees her as villainous, and possibly deranged.

People will always comment, ‘Oh, she looks

sad!’ And I’m like, Good! I am, but there’s a

twistedness and it’s like if I turn and look at you,

and I have the black contacts and the makeup

and the cracked face, and I smile at you, it could

be unnerving.”

On my previous visit to “Dark Harbor” I never

saw Graceful Gale open her mouth, let alone

smile. Even a mannikin shows more life. But because

Jennifer’s character cannot indulge in the

usual jump-and-scare tactics of her confrère

beasties, largely because she’s in heels and clad

in a long, form-fitting dress, she has to be more

subtle. And thus the (evil) smile.

“It’s rare,” she says. “That means I’ve got a victim.

It’s the smile that creeps people out. It’s like

people are afraid of clowns because of that

creepy smile they have painted on their face.”

In other words, the smile only comes out when

she knows it will be effective. One really doesn’t

need to leap up and down and shout. The power

of suggestion can yield the same result. For example,

one of Jennifer’s inspirations for her appearance

came from “Halloween,” with Michael

Myers (the white, full-face mask). “I took a page

out of his book,” she says. “Sometimes silence can

still be the creepiest thing.”

Originally, however, there was less subtlety, as

when Graceful Gale carried around a large dagger.

I’m regaled with one anecdote of how she

caught someone by utter surprise, slowly bringing

out the weapon from behind her back. In the

dark, who can tell if a dagger is razor-sharp or

dull, right? And who wants to find out the hard


In which one Gale meets another

Jennifer appreciates the “Dark Harbor” guests

who know her name and backstory. It shows that

they’re fans or else have done their homework.

But it’s here that I ask her, Would your character

really be named Gale? And if not, what might it


“That’s actually a really good question,” she

replies. “You’d have to think of what names were

popular during that time period. I mean, Graceful

Gale actually flows very well [but] Gale (or rather

Gail) is not a usual name you hear nowadays; it

seems like it would be an older name.”

I point out that the name should not be out of

place in 1930s (as the name Jennifer probably

would), and it should still have a resonance today.

Eventually Jennifer says, “All night I’ll be standing

there, all silent: What would my name be?”

She laughs. “What is she thinking about? I’m

thinking about my name!” And then, in a theatrical

tone of voice: “You’ve stumped me, Sir; how

dare you.” More laughter.

Looking at the photographs, what name would

Jennifer Hills, before her ghoulish transformation.

you give her? Margaret? Flora? Emmeline? And

for a last name, maybe something suggesting

wealth or breeding such as Windsor, Dupont, or


Perhaps the most unsettling aspect of Graceful

Gale is the tragedy in her eyes and the running


“She was crying, she’s lonely, and the blackness

under her eyes adds an element of scariness to

it,” Jennifer says. She notes that she’s the only

Graceful Gale wearing full blackout contact

lenses. “It just looks like my eyeballs have melted

into these sockets, and the black coming down is

also part of that.

“She’s also going crazy, too,” hell-bent on finding

her soulmate. “So she’s murdering people,

she’s cutting them up, she’s sewing them back

together and taking parts. And so when you go

through ‘Soulmate’ (the maze at the rear of the

ship that tells her story) you see the madness start

to unfold, and she starts to get crazier and crazier

as she goes.”

If there are spirits or unextinguished life forms,

and we mess with them, could there be repercussions?

“I do want to add that I feel the first year I

played Graceful Gale, she was looking for me, the

real ghost,” Jennifer says. She describes in some

detail an encounter that lacks a sensible explanation,

where “the woman in white,” usually

glimpsed on the former first-class levels of the

ship, came below to see what was going on.

“The fact that she was roaming around the

bowels of the ship where we were scared me to

no end, and I had to say, Ma’am, whoever you

are, I’m not here to make fun of you. I’m merely

here to portray you; I’m so sorry. Ever since then

nothing ever happened, but it was really, really

weird and to this day I don’t know… I felt that

first year that she was checking things out.

Maybe she was making sure that she was represented

well, so I’ve got to make sure I’m doing a

good job.”

I think this answers the question as to whether

or not Jennifer believes the “Queen Mary” could

be haunted. And why not? Launched in 1936, retired

in 1967. It carried statesmen, starlets, socialites

and all manner of the well-to-do. Its

colorful and diverse history includes the war

years when it was painted grey (“the grey ghost”)

and served as a troop transport. On deck and

below, a lot happened on this floating palace, and

who’s to say a lot isn’t happening still?

Becoming Graceful Gale

After our conversation I found myself in the

makeup room where 200 young people were

being transformed into 200 scary beings by up to

22 makeup artists, and I don’t use the term

makeup artists lightly. These people know what

they’re doing and the effects are largely impressive.

Jennifer Hills applies an undercoating of white

cream that will later give her face an effect resembling

cracked porcelain. Then she sits down

and for the next 30 or 40 minutes goes from being

a student of earth science to a femme fatale and

a wandering lost soul. At first she’s reminiscent

of the mime Marceau Marceau or the harlequin

played by Jean-Louis Barrault in “Children of

Paradise,” but later one is more likely to think of

“Carrie” after her drenching by a bucket of blood.

Having met the live woman behind the dead

woman, was I now disillusioned? I think, subconsciously,

I’d hoped she’d be a little more like her

character, wistful and soft-spoken (but not menacing),

just as one might hope, interviewing Sean

Connery or Daniel Craig, that some of the Bond

persona would emerge. But as soon as Jennifer

was in full makeup and had again become Graceful

Gale I was once more in awe, enthralled, and

slightly terrified.

It wasn’t hard to recall what Jennifer Hills had

said to me a little earlier:

“Graceful Gale, she’s a silent being. Just don’t

get her mad, though.”

Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor continues

through Halloween night. For complete details

(including zombie protection, I hope), go to queenmary.com/events/dark-harbor.


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Architect Luis de Moraes sought harmony through design at the western tip of Rancho Palos Verdes

The house at night is well lit with energy efficient lighting and is perched high up on the hill, boasting extensive travertine stone bricks and blocks throughout

its exterior reminiscent of the newer Getty museum.

Massive retractable glass doors provide an indoor/outdoor experience

for the kitchen and family room areas and the pool is

set up high so swimmers can take in the vast ocean view.

by Stephanie Cartozian

Photos by Walkthrough Productions

Architecture is often said to be an old man’s profession. The skills required

take decades to hone. Luis de Moraes, AIA architect and principal

founder of Envirotechno, is not an old man, and he has defied time with

his design of the “Modern Zen” residence situated at the tip of Vista Del Mar.

“I designed the home to be part of the natural terrain and the orientation of

the house is parallel to its topography,” de Moraes said. “Every room in the

house has an ocean view.”

The kitchen illustrates this design concept. It’s elevated, overlooking the family

room seating area, and faces a massive glass retractable door that opens out

to the ocean.

“You feel like here you are on top of the world,” de Moraes said. “Each room

offers an opportunity and invitation for you to stay and linger.”

The architect’s intention was to create warmth through the use of natural

materials yet maintain a sense of spaciousness. One of the dual kitchen islands

is made of industrial steel and the other is made from granite. Both sit parallel

to each other at bar top height, thus the home’s residents and guests sit high at

the counter when preparing food or eating and enjoy unobstructed scenery. An

infinity pool and outdoor kitchen are within view and are accessible through

yet another massive retractable glass door that rushes in cool breezes and accentuates

the indoor/outdoor experience. When the glass doors are opened, one

is virtually in a comfortable family room setting outdoors. The travertine floor-

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The house is designed to take in the sunsets, the outdoors and the ocean breezes by offering an

indoor/outdoor experience and by incorporating natural elements throughout.

Envirotechno’s architect

Luis de Moraes.

The commercial-style kitchen offers numerous drawers for storage and dual large parallel islands for

food preparation and dining, all situated on an elevated level to take full advantage of views.

ing is carried through seamlessly from

the inside kitchen and family room

areas to the pool and outdoor kitchen

areas, giving the impression of it being

one capacious open-air space.

When designing this home, de

Moraes envisioned the structure melding

with the surrounding environment,

raising from the ground like a

natural monolith. This massive structure

of towering glass, wrapped in

travertine and topped with painted

metal, is an architectural feat reminiscent

of Ayn Rand’s 1943 novel, “The

Fountainhead” in which the protagonist,

Howard Roark, follows his practice

of modern architecture despite the

pervasive traditionalist views of the establishment.

In Palos Verdes, tradition

is reflected by the pervasiveness of

Spanish and ranch style architecture.

Modern Zen is a clear departure.

Upon entrance into this 6,838 sq. ft.

home, one is met with high expansive

ceilings with an entrancing two-story

foyer and a tongue-and-groove exposed

wood beam ceiling. Floating blocks of

limestone in the main entry staircase

were specially engineered by a steel

stair fabricator. According to de

Moraes, these blocks of stone were exceedingly

heavy; the steel components

that house each step were custom

made and structurally masterminded

by skilled artisans.

The lighting scheme was a likewise

methodical and purposeful exercise in

conserving energy. Skylights are positioned

strategically so that no electricity

is required to illuminate the home

during the day. At night, low profile

lighting is peppered throughout; trimless

LED cans provide ambient lighting,

rather than the spotlight effect

recessed lighting normally imparts.

The Neocon award-winning “Ameba”

entry lighting fixture is aptly named.

Its shape can change, adding or subtracting

appendages, a statement piece

that levitates graciously upon entrance

into the foyer. To the immediate right

is an office designed with grasscloth

walls and a wood-coffered ceiling interspersed

with the same grasscloth

fabric. A fireplace is in the center of

the room, emanating warmth and a

sense of invitation to sit down and stay

a while. De Moraes said he wanted to

create a space for entertaining that

combined “the serene warmth of

woods with other natural elements

from the outdoors.”

A standing seam metal roof and

weight-bearing beams make possible

the home’s expansive ceilings and feel

of loftiness. This type of roofing is parde

Moraes cont. on page 62

The larger purpose of each design element, de

Moraes said emphatically, was to create a home harmonious

with its environment. A bamboo log garden in

the back, enclosed with glass, is visible from inside the

house; aquariums built into walls unobtrusively meld

the home’s surroundings with its adjoining interior.

The original family who envisioned this contemporary

residence with de Moraes in 2007 sold their plans

and dreams to a developer, who eventually financed the

building of the project. De Moraes continued to guide

the project to its eventual completion in 2010. The

home’s exterior is reminiscent of the newer Getty Museum

with its flamed and stacked finished travertine.

These stones are weaved among larger honed travertine

blocks, imparting a contrasting design of contemporarycommercial

similar to the renowned museum’s style.

“Flamed” is a process where the stone is actually heated

The office area is intimate and cozy and is situated off the entry offering clients and

business associates a refuge for discussion.

de Moraes cont. from page 61

ticularly durable and oftentimes used in the past for commercial projects,

but due to its sturdy composition it has become a more common choice

for homeowners as it is also fire retardant. The material’s relative thinness,

compared to wood or shingles, allowed de Moraes to design a higher ceiling

while still conforming with Rancho Palos Verdes’ height restrictions. This

creative roof solution literally took the interior of this home to a new level.

This 5 bedroom and 6.25 bathroom home is replete with a wine room,

tasting room and temperature controlled cellar adjoined by an elegant Prohibition

era speakeasy. Vertical wood panel grooves disguise openings, such

as that of the elevator door, and touch latches make the doors and hardware

flush with the wall and invisible to the eye. A secret password for

entry would be fitting with the feel of the spaces. The wine cellar also possesses

Hollywood glamour, with an artful colored glass backdrop, a classy

white couch, and backlit doors. A nice way to wrap up an evening would

be to enjoy a movie in the theatre room after a sunset wine tasting. At the

command of a touch, automatic blackout roll up shades come down instantly,

and a state-of-the-art projector looms, preparing itself to cast the

first scene.

The dining room area has indirect lighting built into the coffered ceiling and an

aquarium built into the wall as a backdrop melding outdoor and indoor elements.

The master bathroom and suite offers all amenities, including a

laundry chute to dispose of dirty laundry directly to the utility room.

under the highest of temperatures using a controlled

finishing process. As a result, the individual grains in

the stone burst and change color, leading to a rougher

texture and a more muted appearance. These “finishes”

and design concepts are particularly geared towards de

Moraes’s environmentally conscious aim — he is credentialed

as a sustainable designer with the United

States Green Building Council and has also been a design

instructor for the last 25 years at UCLA’s Extension

Design Certificate Program. He possesses the rare combination

of an interior design education (he’s a member

of American Society of Interior Designers) along with

his formal architectural education from Cal Poly

Pomona. He was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and has

been a resident of the Palos Verdes community for the

last 15 years. Having started out young in his profession,

what “old age” holds for de Moraes has yet to be

seen. PEN


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Lundquist receives

Champion of Business award

Richard Lundquist was presented with the

City of El Segundo Champion of Business

award at a dinner this month at Vistamar

School. Over the past four decades,

Lundquist’s Continental Development has

built over five million square feet of office

and retail space, much of it within El Segundo’s

5.4 square miles. Lundquist’s contributions

to El Segundo have been

philanthropic as well. For the past 12 years

he has chaired the El Segundo Education

Foundation. Lundquist recently contributed

$1 million toward the construction of a $14

million aquatic center to be used by the El Segundo

and Wiseburn high schools and the




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1. Council member Michael Dugan, Mayor Pro

Tem Drew Boyles, council member Don Brann,

Mayor Suzanne Fuentes, LA Rams’ Kevin Demoff,

council member Carol Pirsztuk, Barbara Voss,

economic development manager; Al Keahi, EDAC

chair, Richard Lundquist honoree and President of

Continental Development, Supervisor Don Knabe

and Scott Houston, West Basin.

2. Jeff Wilson, Bill Fisher, Jill Brunkhardt, Steve

Napolitano and Ron Swanson.

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3. Christina O’Brien, Bob Tarnofsky and Don


4. Jim and Andrea Sala and Ann O’Brien.

5. Jeff Wilson and Bob Healey.

6. Jeff and Vickie Cutler.

7. Supervisor Don Knabe, Vistamar student Jaxon

Williams-Bellamy and Vistamar Head of School Dr.

Karen Eshoo.

8. Economic Development Advisory Council chair

Al Keahi.

9. Los Angeles Rams COO Kevin Demoff.




10. Tim Sirichoke, Kite Pharma vice president of

manufacturing, accepts the Big Ideas Award from

Don Knabe.

11. Richard Lundquist.

12. El Segundo councilman Drew Boyles.


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n Good Stuff’s Chase Bennett welcomes

guest to the first anniversary of

his Peninsula Promenade restaurant.

The family-owned restaurant group

began on The Strand in Hermosa

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n The Special Children League’s annual benefit will be held November 18 at

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by Richard Foss

Primo Italia chef Michaelangelo Aliaga. Photo by Brad Jacobson

Chef Aliaga’s in-house pastas and sausages and co-owner Lou Giovanetti’s voice make for magical meals

Somewhere you might go on a whim when nothing in the refrigerator

calls to you. Not all can manage this, of course. Some have too high a

price point or too formal an atmosphere, and others feature a cuisine

so arcane or confrontational that you may appreciate it only occasionally.

The cuisine that is right there at the top when it comes to impulse dining

is Italian. Think of how much money you’d have if you had one penny for

every time anyone in the world said, “I don’t feel like cooking, let’s go out

for pizza.” It’s comfort food even if you didn’t grow up with it, but restaurants

still make a statement about whether they’re special occasion only

with their decisions about ambiance and price point.

The new Primo Italia made an interesting decision in this regard. It looks

like a high-ticket restaurant, complete with a bar full of exotic bottles and

a grand piano in the corner. But just about every entree is below twenty

bucks. We had a large party to celebrate a birthday, so had a chance to order

an array of starters and entrees from across the spectrum.

The cooking by chef Michaelangelo Aliaga is authentic, rustic Italian with

pastas and sausages made in-house. So among our starters, we selected

grilled sausage with roasted bell peppers. I don’t usually order this because

I can make it at home, but that fresh sausage makes a heap of difference.

The texture is lighter, the garlic flavor fresher because it hasn’t oxidized

over time, and it is in every way superior. The sausage had been grilled and

sliced into eight thick coins rather than being sautéed with the peppers, so

there were different flavors to savor.

Our other starters were mussels in broth, grilled octopus, bruschetta, and

an arcane pasta called testaroli with pesto sauce. Testaroli is rarely seen in

restaurants because it is time-consuming to make. A thin batter is poured

into a very hot pan, then another pan is put on top of it very briefly. The

resulting pancake of pasta is then slashed into pieces and briefly boiled and

the result has a slightly rubbery exterior and spongy crepe-like interior. If

you expect standard pasta you may find this texture weird, but give it a

chance -– it’s like nothing else and it grows on you. The pesto sauce was on

the light side rather than a basil and garlic bomb, so you still taste the good

olive oil and wheat flavor.

The octopus was tasty but very misleadingly described. If you expect just

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the usual tentacles on a plate with a little garnish, you will think the wrong

item was delivered. The octopus here is one element of a dish that includes

potatoes, olives, and vegetables, served atop thick slices of red and green

heirloom tomatoes. It’s a well composed salad of hot and cold vegetables

with a fine balance of robust flavors, but people who would like it might

not order it and some people who order it won’t like it. I could have enjoyed

it as an entrée, because there were enough flavors that I could have

just kept eating.

There was nothing conceptually unusual about the bruschetta, though

the fact that they used housemade fresh bread elevated it a few notches.

One slice was topped with tomato slices and herbs, the others with musky

wild mushrooms and a garlicky artichoke heart mix. The mussels were

also exactly what they were supposed to be, a healthy amount of shellfish

in a broth that had some bell pepper and spice, with some more of that

good grilled bread.

We ordered two salads as an intermezzo, a fennel and orange with greens

and red onion and a peach and burrata with balsamic vinegar and olive

oil. Crisp raw fennel is delightful in salads and the orange brought out the

gentle anise-like sharpness. My only quibble is that I would have liked the

fennel pieces a little thinner or smaller so it would be easier to get a mix

of flavors. The peach and burrata salad was polarizing, with some people

at our table liking it as it was and others wishing the balsamic had been

on the side so they could have the exquisitely fresh, creamy cheese and

fruit by themselves. While I was in the former camp I understand the sentiment.

During the brief wait between courses, we enjoyed music by the very

good pianist, who was joined on Broadway standards by crooning co-owner

Lou Giovanetti. Lou is a constant presence and table-hops to say hello to

friends and be sure the service is working, and though his singing is superb

not all staff members have their act together, yet. At both our table and a

neighboring booth silverware was cleared with one course and not brought

with the next one, and the timing on refilling waters and other details was

not well synchronized. It’s a new operation so things will probably smooth

out soon, but for now there is room for improvement.

For entrees, we ordered lasagna, spaghetti carbonara, pappardelle with

wild boar, and veal saltimbocca with sage. Saltimbocca is Italian for “jump

in your mouth,” one of the most poetic food names ever, and this dish delivered.

It’s simple, thinly sliced meat rolled around sage leaves, wrapped

with prosciutto, fried and topped with white wine sauce, but when done

right the salty meats, lemon, and herb is superb. It was served with mashed

potatoes and broccolini, and despite my early fears about petite entrees it

was a fine full meal.

The three pastas all hit the spot, too.The lasagna was a particularly big

hit with everyone who tried it. It’s not the usual heavy, starchy brick of

carbs drenched in sauce. The noodles are thin and the delicate béchamel

sauce and cheese are used moderately. Let your expectations go and enjoy

this, because it’s a winner.

This brings me to the only place where Primo Italia is out of balance:

the wine list. All the pastas we ordered were under $20, and the saltimbocca

is one of the most expensive items at $28, which makes it odd that

the wine list has no bottles under $38 and escalates steadily from there.

Those bottles are superb quality, but there are some very good Italian, Argentine,

and Californian wines that would go well with this food and could

be sold for less. If Primo Italia aspires to be an everyday joy, they might

want to add a few more modest bottles to the list.

We had filled up on our appetizers and mains but had to try some

desserts around the table in honor of the birthday. So tried the tiramisu,

cannoli, bread pudding, and cheesecake. All were good but the cheesecake

was the standout, made with a rich and flavorful cheese rather than the

usual bland stuff. The topping of sliced, toasted almonds and strawberry

sauce with fresh berries made this a must-try item, and whetted my appetite

to sample more.

So is Primo Italia the restaurant that you can stop into on a whim? It’s

still a work in progress, but the outline is clear. They deliver high end food

at medium prices in a classy environment. You wouldn’t feel right there

in shorts and a T-shirt (though I presume they’d serve you), but if you want

to treat yourself just a bit, it’s worth the drive to Hillside Village.

Primo Italia is at 24590 Hawthorne Boulevard in Torrance. Open daily 5

p.m., close 10 p.m. Mon-Thu, midnight Fr-Su. Full bar, parking in lot, some

vegetarian items. Food menu at eatprimo.com, phone 310-378-4288. PEN

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Knabe thanks Peninsula

Wishes he could do more

There are times I wish I could stay on and be more

helpful,” 4th District Supervisor Don Knabe said

at the Palos Verdes Chamber of Commerce dinner

at Terranea two weeks ago. But the law says otherwise.

After 20 years as a county supervisor, Knabe

terms out in November. Julie, his wife of 48 years, also

said otherwise. She and her husband have enjoyed an

estimated 12,000 “rubber chicken” dinners during his

36 years of elected service, and that’s enough, she said

at the dinner. (For the record, Terranea served barbequed

ribs with risotto).

One of his proudest accomplishments, Knabe said, is

the Safe Surrender program established in 2001.

“It’s a no name, no shame, no blame. All the

mother or father has to do is bring the child

across the threshold of a hospital or a police or

fire station. They can’t leave the child in the

parking lot. Parents have 14 days to reclaim their

child. I’m so proud of the 142 mothers who have

had the guts to do the right thing,” Knabe said

of mothers who surrendered their children.

He said he is establishing a college scholarship

fund for the surrendered children.

Knabe was presented with the Palos Verdes

Citizen of the Year award, one of dozens of tributes

he has received as his final term winds


1. Peninsula magazine

co-founder Mary

Jane Schoenheider

and Don Knabe.

2. Don Knabe and

Jackie Crowley.

3. Don Knabe and

Don Gould.

4. Terranea Managing

Director Terri A.

Haack and Don


5. Steve Napolitano

and Sherie Schier.

6. Don and Julie

Knabe (center) with

Kei and David Benoit.

7. Julie and Don


8. Don Knabe with

Chamber CEO Eileen

Hupp and Virginia


9. Julie and Don

Knabe with chamber

board members John

Polan, Teri Haack, Lili

Amino and Allen



2 3

4 5





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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

site infections.

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.

The partners

at LKM have

learned first-hand

over the last two

years about persistence,


come together

through tragedy.

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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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

years ago.

"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

for cyclists.

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,”

Agnew said.

The firm also represents victims of injury and

wrongful death in all other types of vehicular accidents,

medical malpractice, elder abuse and

defective products.

Agnew recently concluded a serious injury

case for a cyclist injured in Palos Verdes, and is

preparing for trial on a wrongful death elder

abuse case.

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

by AgnewBrusavich.


AGNEWBRUSAVICH | 20355 Hawthorne Boulevard, Torrance, CA 90503 | (310) 793-1400 | ab@agnewbrusavich.com

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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

or trustors.

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

been satisfied

by Peninsula Law’s

approach to its

clients. The testimonials

posted on Peninsula

Law’s website

attest to this.

With such ethics,

Peninsula Law has

earned a reputation of

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

Lawyers’ Alliance. You can contact Peninsula Law for a consultation by calling


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Moore, Bryan, Schroff & Inoue

Combining accomplishment with sensitivity to clients


he founding partners of Chris Moore, Sharon Bryan and Becky Schroff

routinely earn recognition 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.

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. “I’m humbled

by the honor,” he said.

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 flowchart, showing the various required and possible steps in

the divorce process from filing the petition to the final judgment,” she said.

People facing divorce are typically scared,” 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 her cases.

“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 positions.”

* Certified Family Law Specialist by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization;

** Certified Trusts & Estates Specialist by the State Bar of California Board of

Legal Specialization; + Chosen to 2016 Super Lawyers; ++ Chosen to 2015, 2016 and

2017 editions of Best Lawyers of America ©

Moore credits Bryan with “great instincts” that allow her to handle especially

difficult and emotional custody cases.

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, probate, 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,”

Schroff said.


MOORE BRYAN SCHROFF & INOUE LLP | 21515 Hawthorne Boulevard, Suite 490, Torrance | (310) 540-8855 | mbsllp.com

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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.

Legal Victories

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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