January 19, 2017
Volume 47, Issue 24
Boy and the Bear
Beach Health and Fitness Guide
January 19, 2017
Volume 47, Issue 24
ON THE COVER
Golf course designer David Kidd.
Photo by David Fairchild
Michael Burstein is a probate and estate planning
attorney. A graduate of the University of California,
Hastings College of the Law in 1987, he is admitted
to the California, Kansas and Oklahoma Bars and
is a member of the Order of Distinguished Attorneys
of the Beverly Hills Bar Association.
As an estate and probate lawyer, Michael has prepared
approximately 3,000 living trusts and more
than 4,000 wills.
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16 Boy on a Bear on a mission by Mark McDermott
A Redondo Beach coffeehouse raises the bar by importing its
beans directly from a Columbian grower and roasting the beans in-house.
20 Links to the Beach by Kevin Cody
A new links-style golf course by Scottish golf course designer
David Kidd is drawing attention from Beach City golfers looking for a world
class course they don’t have drive for hours or fly to.
30 Southern with style by Richard Foss
S & W American Table and Bar shifts its emphasis from steaks to Southern
Americana, with a modern sensibility.
32 World’s luckiest amateur by Kevin Cody
Steve Martin shares jokes from his storied career with Distinguished
Speaker Series subscribers
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8 Hermosa Beach Historical Gala
10 Beach calendar
12 Manhattan Beach Holiday tree lighting
28 Manhattan Toyota receives ceremonial sword
34 Beach Health Guide
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HERMOSA HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Dances through the ‘70s
he Hermosa Beach Historical Society’s annual Dancing through the
Decades gala celebrated A Night at Studio (902)54 in the old Pier Avenue
Junior High School gymnasium, where many of the guests really did dance
through the ‘70s. The evening was a fundraiser for children’s programs at the museum,
including more tours and exhibits. The museum is located at 710 Pier Avenue
(at the Community Center). Hours: Saturdays and Sundays 2 to 4 p.m.
Wednesdays 10 a.m. to noon. And by appointment. For more information visit
1. Jake and Trish Courtney.
2. Dorothy Yost in her vintage 1970s
3. Hermosa Beach Historical Society
board member Annie Seawright,
HBHS curator Chris Uebelhor and Kat
4. Ira Lifland and Dr. Alice Villalobos.
5. Brian and Ingrid Ousdahl.
6. Hermosa Beach City Clerk Elaine
PHOTOS BY CHRIS MILLER
Dorfling and John Horger.
7. Bob Courtney with daughter
Colleen Cole and granddaughter
8. Mark and Diane Silva.
9. Betsy Ryan with Hermosa City
Councilman Hany Fangary.
10. Reliving the ‘70s.
2 3 4
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S O U T H B AY
Light Gate, the Manhattan Beach scultpure located at
City Hall, will be aligned with the sunset on Friday, Jan.
27 at 5:20 p.m. (310) 802-5440 or citymb.info for
more information. Photo by Brad Jacobson/Civic-
Thursday, January 19
Free your mind
Free guided Meditation and
Labyrinth Walk. Dr Kati Wolfrum
will give a 15 minute guided meditation
followed by the labyrinth
walk. The path is not tricky but relaxing.
No shoes but socks are comfortable.
5:30 - 7 p.m. Redondo
Beach Center for Spiritual Living,
907 Knob Hill, Redondo Beach. To
RSVP and questions call Vernetta at
(310) 750-6857 or Jane at (310) 782-
Life Aquatic is a pop-up story
event where ocean dwellers and
storytellers come together for a
night of unscripted ocean tales, musical
mixes and the passionate quest
for unexpected adventure. Eight
stories, 5 minutes each from oceanminded
storytellers in all walks of
life. RSVP as capacity is limited. 7 -
9:30 p.m. Sloopy’s, 3416 Highland
Ave, Manhattan Beach. Tickets:
30360085834. Open to the public.
Friday, January 20
Cancer Support Community Redondo
Beach (CSCRB) hosts Tiana
Rideout, Community Health Programs
Coordinator at Blue Zones
Project. Those who know their purpose
in life live longer and are better
able to make important life
d e c i s i o n s .
Rideout will help
find direction and
purpose. 1 - 2:30
p.m. 109 West
Call (310) 376-
3550 or visit the
website at cancersupportredondobeach.org.
E x p r e s s i n g
M o t h e r h o o d
South Bay, an ongoing
that has been
motherhood onstage since 2008.
Fri. and Sat. Shows at 7:30 p.m. 400
South Broadway, Redondo Beach.
For tickets visit expressingmotherhood.com.
Just for fun
Nunsense, the award-winning hit
show played off-Broadway for a
record-breaking run, and is now an
internationally acclaimed, must-see
phenomenon. Nunsense follows the
crazy antics of five nuns from the
Little Sisters of Hoboken convent.
The wildly chaotic variety show is
filled with crazy dance routines,
memorable solos, and a whole
bunch of comic surprises. Fri., Sat.
(8 p.m.), and Sun. (2 p.m.) through
Jan. 29. Norris Theatre, 27570 Norris
Center Dr., Rolling Hills Estates.
Saturday, January 21
Athens Services free document
shredding event. This is your opportunity
to clean out old files and
properly dispose of papers without
compromising your personal information.
Shredding will be done onsite
and you will be able to witness
the destruction of your documents.
After the documents are thoroughly
shredded, the paper is recycled.
There is no limit on how much you
can bring. 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. City Hall
Parking Lot, 1315 Valley Dr., Hermosa
The Annual Household Haz-
ardous Waste and E waste Roundup
event for Hermosa Beach and LA
County residents to safely dispose
of these items. Bring items in a
sturdy box, preferably in their original
labeled containers. Do not mix
items together. Limit of 15 gallons
or 125 pounds of hazardous waste
per trip. Be prepared to leave your
containers and boxes. 9 a.m. - 3
p.m. Clark Stadium, Valley Dr. between
8th & 11th Street, Hermosa
Beach. For more information call
Sanitation Districts of LA at (800)
238-0172 or visit lacsd.org.
Hermosa’s Friends of the Library
holds its monthly used book sale
today (boy, a LOT is going on
around City Hall) 9 a.m. to noon.
1309 Bard St. (behind Stars Antiques).
Have fun riding a scale model
steam train! Public run days each
month are 1st Sunday 11 a.m. - 3
p.m. and 3rd Saturday noon - 3 p.m.
Free but donations are greatly appreciated
and the only way to keep
the trains running and the facility
and equipment maintained and upgraded.
Located at the east side of
Wilson Park, 2290 Washington
Ave., Torrance. (310) 328-0236. facebook.com/SoCalLiveSteam/.
Sunday, January 22
Find a treasure
200 + sellers with antiques, collectibles,
furniture, crafts, jewelry
and more at the Torrance Antique
Street Fair. Karren’s Krafts for kids
with free crafting activity. Lots of
great restaurants, bakery and sports
bars. Free admission and pet
friendly. 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Old Torrance,
1317 Sartori Avenue. For
more information call (310) 328-
What is Christian Science
Michelle Nanouche, a practitioner
and teacher of Christian Science
healing will discuss “Christian
Science: What it is and how it
works” at 2 p.m. at the 1st Church
of Christ, Scientist. 4010 Palos
Verdes Drive North, Palos Verdes
Estates. Her topics will include
“Does prayer still have a role in
healing in light of modern medical
advancements?” And “Are we just
talking about positive thinking or is
there something more to Christian
Science?” Her ideas are based on
the teachings of Jesus and Mary
Baker Eddy, the discoverer and
founder of Christian Science. 4010
Palos Verdes Drive North, Palos
Verdes Estates. For more info call
(310) 375-7914 or email email@example.com.
An exciting selection of adventurous
and inspirational films about
nature. You’ll be moved, transfixed
and energized to make a difference
in the world. 4 p.m. Warner Grand
Theatre, 478 W. 6th Street, San
Pedro. Buy your tickets online ($10)
at pvplc.org or at the door ($15).
Wednesday, January 25
Think about it
The Conscious Childbirth and
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium hosts its annual Whale Fiesta January 29. Learn
about our sea-dwelling neighbors while enjoying crafts, entertainment and
more! Co-sponsored by the American Cetacean Society. (310) 548-7562
for more information. Photo by Gary Florin/Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
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Postpartum Preparation series. A
series of six classes include education
for optimal pregnancy health,
preparation for childbirth, facts
about medical interventions, postpartum
and breastfeeding health
and a safe space for questions,
doubts and fears. It will be facilitated
by Lauren French Hoy, a licensed
midwife. 6:30 - 9 p.m.
Happy Baby, 353 Main Street, El
Segundo. To reserve your space
call (424) 218-9774 or email
Ever wanted to conquer Africa’s
highest peak, Kilimanjaro? You
now have a chance to vicariously
experience this epic feat at a Sierra
Club presentation by Marty Haupt.
Marty and three friends made it to
the 19,340 ft peak as part of a trip
to view wildlife in Tanzania’s national
parks. Marty will focus on
the ascent of Kilimanjaro in a presentation
accompanied by native
music. Afterwards, Marty will field
questions and share his experiences.
7 p.m. in the community
room of the Palos Verdes Library,
701 Silver Spur Road, Rolling Hills
Estates. For more info contact Paul
Rosenberger (310) 545-3531.
Friday, January 27
Watch the sunset
Twice a year the sunset aligns
within the keyhole of Manhattan
Beach’s monumental sculp ture,
Light Gate, creating a dramatic effect
meant to bridge the city and
the Pacific Ocean. 5:20 p.m. Manhattan
Beach City Hall, 1400 Highland
Ave. For more information,
please contact the Cultural Arts Division
at (310) 802-5440 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, January 29
Whale of a time
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium celebrates
the 47th annual Whale Fiesta.
Marine life exhibits, Great
Duct Tape Whale Contest, music,
crafts and entertainment for the
whole family. Throughout the day
expert Cabrillo Whale Watch naturalists
will give talks on various
marine mammals. Free. 10 a.m. to
3 p.m. For more information or to
receive a calendar of events call
(310) 548-7562 or visit the website
at cabrillomarineaquarium.org. B
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MB DOWNTOWN BUSINESSES
host annual holiday tree lighting
housands of revelers descended on Manhattan
Beach for the Annual Pier Lighting Ceremony on
Nov. 16. Santa pulled up his sleigh, and a long line
of parents and children snaked through Metlox Plaza
waiting to meet him. Children got balloon animals and
hats from balloon artist Holly Daze and a snow machine
turned the area into a winter wonderland. Kids crowded
into Bo Bridges gallery to give his virtual reality technology
a try, while the Yoga Loft put out a festive trunk
show. Trilogy Spa won the fiercely competitive holiday
window decorating contest.
PHOTOS BY RYAN MCDONALD
1. Cielo Salon’s Santa’s helper.
2. Trumpeter Bob White and the Hyperion Outfall
3. Santa listens to kids at Shade Hotel.
4. Snow at Metlox Plaza.
5. Kids enjoy virtual reality videos at Bo Bridges
6. Trisha Catena competes in the store-window decorating
7. The Dietz Brothers.
8. Singer Paige Lesniak and her band earn a young
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ward-winning physician Essam Taymour is seeing remarkable results
with a breakthrough outpatient treatment that rejuvenates
women’s vaginas and urinary tracts, ending age-related problems
of dryness, itching, painful intercourse, frequent urination and recurrent
urinary tract infections.
The treatment uses gentle laser pulses to revive tissues at the cellular
level, thickening and lubricating the vaginal wall, restoring elasticity and
blood flow, and balancing the bacterial ecosystem. The treatment is
commonly referred to as MonaLisa Touch, after the trade name for the
An overwhelming majority of the women Taymour has treated with
MonaLisa Touch have seen their symptoms disappear after three painless
“The results are absolutely astounding,” said Taymour, a board-certified
obstetrician and gynecologist with full privileges at two hospitals,
including Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, where he was named
Doctor of the Year in 2010.
The new treatment is bolstered by positive studies. One study tracking
50 women found an 84 percent satisfaction level, with no adverse effects.
Of the women who had been refraining from sex because of pain,
85 percent were able to resume sexual relations.
After treating about 100 women, Taymour’s results have outstripped
those of the study. Among his patients, all of those who had complained
of painful intercourse have been able to resume normal sexual functioning.
Some of Taymour’s patients have taken to Yelp.com to laud his treatment.
“Three treatments helped rejuvenate things down there, and even
helped with better bladder control,” said a Palos Verdes woman, who
also praised Taymour’s knowledge and technical skill.
Taymour was a pioneer of the laser treatment in Southern California.
He began offering it two years ago, when the closest colleague to keep
pace was located in Beverly Hills.
The symptoms that are treated by MonaLisa Touch, grouped under
the term Genital Urinary Syndrome, affect some 50 percent of postmenopausal
women, and about 15 percent of pre-menopausal
women, Taymour said. But despite the prevalence of the syndrome, it is
“Surveys have found that only about 25 percent of women can even
identify this set of complaints with menopause. The great majority of
women don’t even put two and two together, that their complaints are
Dr. Essam Taymour
Helping Women with Breakthrough Treatment
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linked to menopause,” Taymour said.
“The syndrome progresses, and symptoms get worse, as women get
older,” he said. “With human lifespans getting longer, Genital Urinary
Syndrome is having a greater impact on quality of life.”
Women often address the symptoms with over-the-counter creams
and gels, which provide a limited, “Band-Aid-like” solution, or estrogen
medications, which carry health risks and cannot be used by all women.
“We really were challenged in treating these symptoms,” Taymour
Then in 2014 the FDA approved the new treatment, which uses a fractional
laser to heat certain tissues just enough to activate dormant cells,
triggering a host of rejuvenating effects in the vaginal and bladder
In addition to MonaLisa Touch, Taymour provides a broad spectrum
of obstetrical services including laparoscopic and robotic-assisted surgeries.
He has championed minimally invasive gynecological surgery
since it began to evolve in the 1980s.
He is currently involved with a new innovative procedure using a radio
frequency probe to shrink benign tumors called fibroids in the uterus.
The treatment, called Acessa, replaces surgeries that can scar and
weaken the uterus, requiring births by cesarean section.
Taymour’s Yelp rankings are off the charts, with comments such as:
“Best doctor ever…He made it possible for me and my fiancé to have
an opportunity to have children. Hardly any marks after my surgery. He
did it all laparoscopically [as non-invasively as possible] and with minimal
“Dr. Taymour was my third opinion on my options of fibroid reduction
or removal surgery. The Acessa procedure was a fantastic option for
me. I had little to no pain…He was everything I needed in a doctor to
handle this challenge and keep my body intact.”
“He is a skilled surgeon [and] performed a hysterectomy laparoscopically
with little swelling or bruising, and virtually no scarring.”
“He saved me from a close call emergency C-section!”
“The most kind and efficient doctor...He makes you feel as if you’re
his only patient that day!”
The patients’ comments often dwell on his caring and compassionate
“I don’t think this is a job,” Taymour said. “It’s a mission. You are there
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Parker Hearing Institute
Prides Itself on Professional and Empathetic Care
When Dr. William Lee Parker of Hermosa Beach, was only nine
months old he formed the letter “L” with his thumb and index finger,
then touched his tiny thumb to his forehead, and signed his first word,
Though William Parker had normal hearing, both his parents were
deaf. He didn’t begin to speak orally until he was three-years-old. The
Parker family lived in Hawthorne.
“My language structure, which began with sign language, was
right on target,” he said. Neighbors and other deaf families taught
Parker how to communicate with his voice. Dr. Parker has become
the teacher, not only helping the deaf and hard of hearing, but
showing them and their families how to cope in a world that isn’t always
compassionate and just.
Parker is an audiologist. His patients at the Parker Hearing Institute
in Torrance, which he founded in 1975, range from infants and children
to adults and senior citizens. His children Josh and Andrea followed
him into the business after years of study in audiology. Josh is
now in charge of the Institute, with offices in Torrance and San Pedro.
Every working day Josh battles adversity. He tests the hearing of a
little girl who was born deaf, then counsels her parents on how to
overcome their anxieties and fears about raising the child. Through
speech therapy, he teaches a hearing impaired youngster to articulate
words and sentences properly. He convinces a cantankerous
senior citizen to quit brooding and accept the fact that he must, at
this late stage in
life, wear a hearing
of America estimates
that 48 million
are affected by
hearing loss and
1 out of every
1,000 children is born deaf. One fifth of the population has hearing
loss, and only one fifth of THOSE persons seek hearing help. The vanity
issue (looking old) keeps 38.4 million people from wearing hearing
Modern digital aids are invisible and highly adaptive to noisy environments.
Parker Hearing Institute prides itself on professional and empathetic
Dr. William Lee Parker is proud of the practice he built and is doubly
proud of his children, now adults, who carry on the high standard of
hearing care that he brought to Southern California. Together with
their hand-trained audiologists, Parker Hearing Institute has helped
over 40,000 persons achieve greater hearing health.
Parker Hearing Institute | 4201 Torrance Blvd, Suite 140, Torrance CA 90503 | (310) 540-4327 | www.ParkerHearing.com
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by Mark McDermott
Andres Piñeros, founder and owner of The Boy and The Bear. Photos by Brad Jacobson
A ‘Third Wave’ coffeehouse arrives in Redondo Beach from Colombia, by way of Sweden
The story of the Boy and the Bear begins at a coffeehouse in the small
town of Falkenberg, Sweden.
Andres Piñeros, a musician and graphic designer, had been asked to
“fika” with some Swedish friends — that is, to get together for a cup of coffee.
Piñeros is from Colombia, so he thought he knew a little bit about coffee,
until the server set a French press in front of him along with a
stopwatch and told him to wait four minutes to plunge the press.
This, thought Piñeros, is different.
“Super cool,” he said. “This is not like corporate coffee.”
No paper or plastic cup. No hurry. Just ease, and — as he finally sipped
the coffee and tasted its deep flavor — a reverence for quality.
“That was the first time I got that zing in the brain,” Piñeros said.
Piñeros is from a farming town in Colombia named Villavicencio. He emigrated
to the U.S. to study at the Musician’s Institute in Los Angeles before
moving to Sweden in 2010. He would live there four years and become immersed
in the “fika” culture of coffee.
“The Swedish people are big time coffee lovers,” Piñeros said. “They drink
coffee at least five times a day. It's a big, big ritual. And so that's where I
got into the ritual, and I fell in love with coffee.”
What he loved was more than the act of drinking coffee. He loved the
sense of communion that attended it, the way people gathered over coffee.
“Fika is a very strong action in Sweden — which is to drink coffee and
to hang out with people,” Piñeros said. “It's an action; a verb. ‘You want to
As a musician, Piñeros understood that much of what is most vital in life
is about creating moments — whether it is that moment a guitarist works
toward at the apex of a song or solo, or, in this case, that moment of pure
conviviality when two friends lock eyes and share a laugh over steaming
cups of coffee. As a graphic designer, he also understood that the way a coffeehouse
is put together is part of its magic, the often unspoken narrative
one feels inside a venue that creates a shared sense of place.
Piñeros believed he’d discovered something to which he could bring all
his talents to bear.
“I had the goal of bringing it home,” he said. “Graphic design and coffee,
it all came together — I wanted to open a cool, high-end, top-notch coffee
Thus a Colombian in Sweden decided to open up a coffeehouse in the
United States. First, in 2012, he launched a coffee kiosk back in his hometown
in Colombia, both to get a sense of what worked, coffee-wise, and to
reconnect with coffee farmers there. Finally, in 2014, he flew back to Los
Angeles in hopes of bringing his vision to full fruition.
“I came to LAX with a suitcase and a ticket for leasing a car,” Piñeros
said. “That’s all I had. What’s next, I didn’t know.”
He spent 25 months researching the emerging “Third Wave” coffee scene
in L.A. and searching for the right location. The Third Wave, as Pulitzerprize
winning food writer Jonathan Gold wrote in the LA Weekly in 2008,
is a movement aimed at elevating coffee to a level of artisanal care and cultivated
flavor, long associated with the production of wine.
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“The first wave of American coffee
culture was probably the 19thcentury
surge that put Folgers on
every table, and the second was
the proliferation, starting in the
1960s at Peet's and moving smartly
through the Starbucks grande
decaf latte, of espresso drinks and
regionally labeled coffee,” Gold
wrote. “We are now in the third
wave of coffee connoisseurship,
where beans are sourced from
farms instead of countries, roasting
is about bringing out rather than
incinerating the unique characteristics
of each bean, and the flavor
is clean and hard and pure.”
Coffee dates back to 9th Century
Ethiopia, where as legend has it a
goat-herder named Kaldi noticed
his goats perked up when they
chewed the beans from a certain
bush and so he tried some himself
(a legendary coffeehouse in New
Orleans, named Kaldi’s, had a
huge mural that showed an ecstatic,
dancing goat-herder at this
moment of discovery). According
to the legend, Kaldi brought beans
back to his Islamic community.
They were disgusted by the taste
and threw the beans in the fire,
where the roasting beans emitted a
delicious aroma. Thus coffee was
born. The drink was originally
used for religious purposes; it’s
Arabic name, qahwa, means “the
wine of Islam.” Traveling Sufis introduced
the drink throughout
Arabia, and eventually traders
brought it to Europe, where it initially
met resistance as “the devil’s
drink” but was finally embraced
after Pope Clement VIII had a cup
of coffee and loved it.
“Why, this Satan’s drink is so delicious
it would be a pity to let the
infidels have exclusive use of it,”
Clement said. “We shall fool Satan
by baptizing it and making it a
truly Christian beverage.”
Coffeehouses sprang up throughout
Europe. In England during the
time of Charles II, this was regarded
as a threat; these were
places where talk of revolution fomented,
much as would occur later
in America, when early patriots
such as Ben Franklin conspired in
Coffee arrived in Colombia in
the 16th Century, where farmers
were encouraged to grow it as a
cash crop but resisted because it
takes five years for a bush to produce
coffee beans. Again, religion
interceded. A priest named Father
Francisco Romero in the small
town of Mesa de los Santos began
telling his parishioners at confession
to plant coffee trees for
penance, rather than say Hail
Marys or Our Fathers. His idea
spread, and Colombia became one
of the great coffee growing nations
in the world.
But Piñeros made a discovery of
his own when he arrived back in
Los Angeles: Colombian coffee in
the U.S. was subpar.
“I spent 20 months going to every
coffee shop in the industry, and I
found that was a common factor of
coffee roasters,” he said. “The grade
of Colombian coffee was very low,
the lowest quality that is exported.”
Like the grapes that produce
wine, coffee beans have several varietals
— called Yellow Bourbons,
Orange Bourbons, Caturra, Typica,
Elephante, among others. Colombia,
with its many microclimates,
produces several varietals. But few
were making it to the U.S., Piñeros
realized, meaning the Third Wave
was largely leaving Colombia behind.
“Colombia has everything —
Gesha, Yellow Bourbons, Red Bourbons,
Pink Bourbons, Pacamaras —
as well as different processes, such
as honey processed coffee,” he said.
“Every angle you can imagine,
Colombia has it. Yet I come to L.A.
and they have just whatever, the
most average coffee. I am Colombian;
I thought, ‘I am the guy to
show, here in the U.S., that Colombia’s
coffees are just as good as any
Ethiopian or Central American coffee.’
It’s just not being shown.”
Last year he finally found the location
he’d been looking for, on Pacific
Coast Highway at Carnelian
Street in Redondo Beach, right
across the street from City Hall, the
library, and near a robust commercial
center home to a Whole Foods
“We were aware from Venice to
Long Beach there was nothing,” he
said. “If you searched for good coffee,
or coffee roasters, people who
care about good coffee, there was
none. And we thought either it’s an
amazing idea and we hit the jackpot
or it’s a terrible idea — people have
come and done their own research
and it’s not going to work.”
He recalls standing for 20 minutes
outside the Redondo Beach location,
formerly a furniture shop,
trying desperately to envision it as
a coffeehouse. “It was a gut feeling,”
he said. “Yes, we have the library,
yes, we have the Whole Foods right
across the street. It’s a no-brainer.
But a lot of people told me, ‘This location,
nothing lasts there.’ I
thought, ‘Oh man, it’s not going to
work.’ You get scared; it’s a big investment.”
He followed his gut and opened
the Fika Company in July of last
year, later renaming it The Boy and
the Bear when he discovered other
coffee companies with the same
name elsewhere in the country
muddled his social media branding.
From the very day the coffee
shop opened it was apparent there
was a market hungry for exactly
what Piñeros had brought to Redondo
Beach. There were lines at
the counter opening day.
“Honestly, and this is me talking
with all humility, I think we hit the
jackpot,” he said. “It’s been great.
It’s been non-stop, from day one,
how much customers have cared.
I think we’ve been blessed in that
way that hard work kind of pays
off. It’s just been amazing.”
Barista Abby McMillen was both
part of that waiting market and
part of what made it work.
McMillen, an artist who moved
here from Seattle, was shocked
upon arrival when she was unable
to find the kind of independent
coffeehouses with high quality coffee
she’d become accustomed to.
“I’d found a coffee desert,” she
said. “That’s the way it felt around
here — there wasn’t good, intentionally
crafted coffee...and a place
to bring together a community that
is already existent into a likeminded
space. It didn’t exist. Then
there was this place.”
McMillen, who’d worked elsewhere
as a barista, applied before
the shop even opened. She knew
she’d found an oasis, and this was
confirmed the day Fika opened.
“It was immediate,” she said. “It
wasn’t a trickle that grew bigger as
people found out about it. We were
slammed from the very beginning.
People were thirsty for this.”
The Boy and the Bear is unlike
any other coffee roastery in the
United States in two significant
ways. While many Third Wave
roasters focus on “single origin”
coffees from specific farms, none
do so specifically sourcing from
Colombia. Working directly with
farmers rather than through market
intermediaries is likewise increasingly
common and called
“direct trade,” which allows farmers
to be better paid for their product.
But The Boy and the Bear
takes this to another level. Several
of the farmers, such as Camilo
Melo and Herbert Peñaloza, are actually
good friends of Piñeros. He
grew up playing soccer with Melo.
The closeness of these relationships
has several positive results
for the quality of the coffee.
Piñeros regularly flies his farmer
friends up to visit the coffee shop;
they stand behind the bar with his
baristas and talk with customers,
both educating and receiving feedback
about what people like or
“This is something that never
happens,” Piñeros said. “Most
farmers never get to meet who
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A decade of lease negotiations nearly
forced Rolling Hills Country Club to
close permanently and did force it to close
for two years. Now it is awaiting the
opening of a new golf course that may
rival the best in the world
Golf course designer David Kidd during a visit last month to
Rolling Hills Country Club. Photo by David Fairchild
Rolling Hills Country Club general manager Greg Sullivan, club president Aubie Goldenberg
and Chadmar Group builder Chuck Lande. Photo by Kevin Cody
by Kevin Cody
In April 2014, builder Chuck
Lande invited golf course designer
David Kidd to walk the Rolling
Hills Country Club course. That year,
Kidd’s Gamble Sands in Brewster,
Washington, had been named the
best new golf course in the United
States by Golf Digest. Kidd had already
achieved golf immortality with
the opening of Bandon Dunes in Oregon
in 1999. Bandon Dunes was modeled
after Scotland’s St. Andrews,
golfing’s birthplace, and the equally
historic Scottish course Gleneagles,
where Kidd grew up as the son of the
golf course’s superintendent.
Lande grew up in Rancho Palos
Verdes in a home his mother still lives
in. He attended Chadwick School and
USC and is the founder of The Chadmar
Group, named after his son Chad
and daughter Marisa. Chadmar built
the Grand Del Mar Golf Club, its 134
fairway homes and the neighboring,
five-star Grand Del Mar Hotel.
Lande planned to build 114 fairway
homes at Rolling Hills and wanted
Kidd to design the club’s new golf
“I looked at the practice range and
thought, Oh, this may not be all I had
hoped for. It was, not the worst I’d
seen, but close,” Kidd would recall.
“It was obvious the course had been
cobbled together over generations
and not a lot of thought had been
given to the overall composition.”
“I was on the point of thanking
Chuck for the opportunity and leaving
when we reached the highest
point of the course and I was able to
look down into the quarry. It wasn’t
a rock quarry. It was a sand quarry.”
“Sand is the elixir of life to a golf
course designer. Knowing we had
hundreds of acres of sand next to the
course meant we had the sacred in-
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gredient to make a great course,”
Kidd was also attracted by the
opportunity to build a course overlooking
Los Angeles, adding views
of a third global city to TPC Stonebrae,
overlooking San Francisco
and Beaverbook, overlooking London.
A third appeal, which Kidd alluded
to during a recent visit to
Rolling Hills, was the opportunity
to quiet his critics.
“I’ve heard a few green-eyed
monsters say my courses are successful
because I get great sites.”
That criticism wouldn’t apply to
the Rolling Hills site because Kidd
planned to level the site, literally.
Into the rough
Kidd was correct in his assessment
that the course had been cobbled
together. Rolling Hills
Country Club opened in 1963 as a
par-3, nine-hole course squeezed
onto 14 acres along Palos Verdes
Drive East. A round was $1.25. In
1972, the members, whose aspirations
were apparent in the club’s
name, signed a lease with the
neighboring Chandler Sand and
Gravel company for another 66
acres, enabling the course to expand
to 18 holes across 99 acres.
The new, 6,112 yard course was
designed by Ted Robinson, from
the Arnold Palmer Design Company.
It was a traditional parkland
course, with tree-lined fairways,
neatly groomed bunkers, rose gardens
and ponds with Palos Verdes
flagstone waterfalls dotting the
namesake rolling hills.
In 2000, the Chandler family (no
relation to the Los Angeles Times’
Chandlers) told the club they
wanted to sell the 66 acres they
had leased to the club. They also
planned to sell the adjacent, 61-
acre sand and gravel quarry, which
the family founded in the 1930s.
Sand and gravel from the quarry
had been used to build Marineland
of the Pacific in 1954. In a precursor
to repurposing, when the park
was torn down in 1987, the aquarium’s
concrete was trucked back to
the quarry and resold as land fill.
The 66-acre lease ran through
2022. The club had until then to
acquire the property or close.
The purchase promised to be
both costly and complicated. Approvals
would need to be obtained
not only from the city of Rolling
Hills Estates, but also Torrance (the
quarry straddled the Torrance border),
three school districts, six
property owners associations, utility
Native Americans and over 20 governmental
regulatory agencies, including
In addition, the club’s board
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The clubhouse is designed by
architect Bob Altevers, whose other
golf course clients have included
PGA West in La Quinta, Pelican Hill
in Newport and Lande’s Del Mar
Club. It will offer fine and casual
dining rooms and a banquet room,
ballroom, wine cellar, gym and a
spa. Rendering courtesy Rolling Hills
needed to convince its 465 equity
members to pay a $40,000 assessment,
each, and to continue paying
dues during the two years the club
would be closed while a new course
and clubhouse were built.
Over 100 members left. Most resigned
rather than attempting to sell
their memberships and pay the
$25,000 transfer fee.
Finally, in 2008, at a party at the
clubhouse, with the 80-year-old
Arnold Palmer as guest of honor, a
jubilant club president Bruce
Steckel announced that a deal had
Developer John Laing Homes
would acquire the Chandler property.
The city would rezone part of
the property for residential development,
in exchange for which Laing
would fill in the noxious quarry,
eliminating pollution and traffic
from the quarry’s 200 daily truck
trips. Torrance would receive $10
million for allowing its portion of
the quarry to be annexed by Rolling
Hills Estates. The country club
would receive title to 131 acres, including
the quarry, in exchange for
helping the home builder obtain the
necessary entitlements and for
building a course that would enhance
the value of the fairway
Rather than being forced to close
in 2022, the club was to emerge
from the negotiations with a new,
$62 million, 160-acre, Arnold
Palmer-designed golf course and a
new 60,000 square foot clubhouse
overlooking the course and the Los
The $400 million project was arguably
to be the largest residential
and recreational community development
in the history of the South
Bay and almost certainly larger
than any that will be approved in
“All we were waiting for was for
the developer to transfer money to
the escrow account. And then the
Great Recession of 2008 hit,” current
club president Aubie Goldenberg
said during a recent interview.
“Venerable Irvine developer John
Laing Homes, one of the nation's
largest, filed for bankruptcy protection
Thursday, joining the growing
ranks of residential builders laid
low by the collapse of the housing
market,” the Los Angeles Times reported
shortly after the agreement
Lande lives in Santa Barbara. But
his sister still lives in Palos Verdes.
During the summer of 2013, her
son Jake was working in the club’s
pro shop. Jake’s grandmother, on
his father’s side, is a founding member
of the club.
One day that summer Jake invited
his first cousin Chad, Lande’s
son, to play golf. Between holes,
Jake asked Chad why he and his
dad didn’t step in to save the club.
Chad, a former financial analyst,
was working with his dad. But he
had been unaware of the club’s
“That evening, Chad called me
and asked if I knew John Robertson,”
Lande recalled. “I said, ‘Sure.
In high school, I worked with
John’s sister at Pat’s Ski and Sport
in Riviera Village.’”
Robertson was a third generation
Chandler and president of the sand
and gravel company. He was heading
up the family’s effort to sell the
“I called John. We were just one
of many companies he talked to. I
think he picked us because we had
experience with similar developments,”
Lande’s experience spanned the
spectrum, from great success with
the Del Mar course, to a course “put
on hold” by the Great Recession in
Snow Creek, Mammoth.
“We built 800 homes in Snow
Creek. It had an existing nine hole
golf course that we were going to
replace with a new course, along
with 600 new homes and a five-star
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The redesigned Rolling Hills Country Club will have a Junior Olympic pool and
a zero entry pool, as well as tennis, pickleball, bocce and basketball courts.
Rendering courtesy of Rolling Hills Country Club
The stalled Snow Creek course
had one significant, residual benefit.
Lande met Kidd.
“We worked with Tom Fazio on
the Del Mar course. He’s a great
golf course designer. But golf goes
through phases. There was a period
when Fazio, Nicklaus and Palmer
were the kings. And I’m not saying
they aren’t still. But as far as we’re
concerned, David is the king today,”
Lande met Kidd through longtime
friend and landscape architect
David Howerton, whose San Francisco
firm Hart Howerton is doing
the landscaping at Rolling Hills.
Howerton worked with Kidd at
Onto the green
Last May, Rolling Hills Country
Club held a party to announce that
a new agreement had been reached
to build a new golf course, a new
clubhouse and 114 new homes.
This time, Kidd was the guest of
honor and Lande the home builder.
“When it’s finished, it will look
like it’s been here 100 years,” Kidd
told the members.
It was an audacious promise. Not
a blade of grass, not one of the 980
jacaranda, pepper, pine or eucalyptus
trees, nor the 100-foot high
namesake rolling hills were to remain
of the old course.
Kidd is known for designing
“links” courses. Links is a Scottish
term that refers to coastal areas,
where the early Scottish golf
courses were built.
Any doubt about the club’s commitment
to the new plan, was
erased by a YouTube video posted a
few days later. The video showed
club general manager Greg Sullivan
in his black Dodge Charger, and
board member Kerry Welsh in his
midnight blue Tesla Model S, drag
racing down the old number 5 fairway
and doing donuts on the green.
“Greg always hated the number 5
hole,” construction superintendent
Bob Vaughey, riding in Welsh’s car,
says on the video.
Last August, trucks began dumping
sand from the quarry at staging
areas around the course while
Caterpillar scrapers, commonly
used to scrape coal bowls, began
leveling the hills and emptying their
80-ton loads into the cavernous
quarry. Six million cubic yards of
dirt would be scooped up and emptied
into the quarry.
Hillside neighbors, behind the
white picket fences that border the
course, now wake up to the sun rising
over the San Gabriel mountains,
east of the LA Basin. In winter, the
view will include snow covered
Vaughey describes the new
course as “one big tea saucer, or
“Essentially, that’s what golf
courses are. They’re almost always
built in a flood zone.”
To channel the water that flows
onto the course from two large
canyons on the western edge,
Vaughey’s crews carved barrancas,
modeled after the natural barranca
that makes the first hole at the Riviera
Country Club, home of the LA
Open, so intimidating.
The barrancas, or arroyos, flow
into an irrigation lake, which replenishes
the aquifer, 182 feet beneath
the former quarry.
Water rights secured during the
negotiations guarantee the club
healthy fairways and greens, re-
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gardless of drought conditions.
Computerized sprinkler heads reduce
the one million gallons typically
required to water an 18 hole
course by 60 percent, Lande said.
While the hills were being leveled
and the 150-foot deep, 1,000-foot
wide quarry filled, fairway grass
was being grown by West Coast
Turf, in Thermal City, near Palm
Springs. The company supplies
grass for most of the sports facilities
in the west, including the Rose
Bowl and Dodger Stadium. Last
month, six to eight West Coast Turf
trucks, each carrying 8,000-squarefoot
rolls of turf, began daily deliveries.
Groundskeepers unrolled the
turf like carpet, at the rate of a fairway
“Life is short. It would have taken
a year to grow the fairways from
seed,” Vaughey said.
He plans to have the course ready
for play in June, less than two years
after he did donuts on the number
5 green in Welsh’s Tesla.
The 60,000-square-foot, $35 million
clubhouse, clad in Palos Verdes
flagstone and bordered by trimmed,
green hedges, is scheduled to open
next August. It is being built by Suffolk
Construction and was designed
by architect Bob Altevers, whose
other golf course clients have included
PGA West in La Quinta, Pelican
Hill in Newport and Lande’s
Del Mar Club in Del Mar.
The clubhouse will overlook
seven holes where there was once
a sand and gravel quarry and the
LA basin, beyond. It will offer fine
and casual dining rooms and a banquet
room, ballroom, wine cellar,
gym and a spa. Adjoining the clubhouse
will be tennis, bocceball,
pickleball and basketball courts, a
Junior Olympic-sized pool and a
A 10-acre golf facility will include
a 350-yard driving range that converts
to a 9-hole, par-3 course
whose greens, approaches and
bunkers mimic the 18-hole course.
The clubhouse complex is as important
to the club’s future as the
golf course, Sullivan said. Successful
new golf clubs are increasingly
designed to appeal to families.
Rolling Hills offers non-golfing,
social memberships, which are crucial
to a golf club’s home sales,
“Typically, only 25 percent of
home buyers at a golf club are
golfers, but almost everyone enjoys
swimming, tennis and dining,” he
The new, ranch style homes will
be 3,200 to 5,800 square feet on
12,000 square foot lots. Lande said
he expects buyers will be older
Peninsula couples who want more
amenities and less home maintenance
and young Beach Cities families
who want yards.
Model homes will be completed
in December 2017, Lande said. He
declined to disclose the home
prices, except to say they will be
priced at market value.
Golf according to Kidd
One afternoon last month, after
walking the course with construction
supervisor Vaughey, general
manager Sullivan, board member
Welsh and this reporter, the group
seated itself around a low table in
the old clubhouse and listened to
Kidd’s thoughts on golf course design.
Kidd asked Sullivan his handicap.
Sullivan answered 13.
“Imagine if I designed a 400-yard
hole, with a 100-yard wide fairway,
no bunkers and the cup in the middle
of the green. What do you think
your chances would be of parring
After hesitating a moment, Sullivan
“What if I shaped the fairway like
a taco and upped your chances of
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par to 60 percent. Wouldn’t that be
more fun to play?” Kidd asked.
“My detractors say I make
courses too easy. But no golf is easy.
Not if 50 percent of the time a good
golfer can’t par an easy hole,” Kidd
Following his success at Bandon
Dunes, Kidd said, he succumbed to
the prevailing wisdom that a golf
designer’s job was to “defend par.”
“The locals call Tetherow in Bend
‘Deatherow.’ And that’s my home
course,” he said. Kidd moved to
Bend, Oregon, shortly after Tetherow
opened in 2008, just ahead of
the Great Recession.
“Ego reigned. Harder was better.
Every golf designer wanted to brag
about how hard their courses were,
making them 8,000 yards long with
24-yard wide fairways and a slope
ratings of 148. (Slope rating is a
measure of a course’s difficulty,
with 155 being the maximum difficulty.)
“We were doing what clients
wanted and that was generate a
maximum amount of media attention
because most were selling
“Designers talked about ‘Tiger
proofing’ courses because Tiger
made the game look too easy.”
Golf course designer Pete Dye expressed
the then prevailing philosophy
in 2002, when he was
commissioned to design the Trump
National Golf Course, overlooking
the ocean, on the opposite side of
the Peninsula from Rolling Hills.
“The pros are the only people
who like an easy course. And
they’re a bunch of crybabies. And
you can quote me,” Dye said.
Told that his courses are described
as “Dye-abolical,” he shot
back, “Have you ever heard of a
great, easy course? This course will
be tough on players who come out
only once or twice a year. But the
ardent golfer who shoots 95 will
love it. He may curse it, but he’ll go
home to Omaha and tell all his buddies
they’ve got to play it.”
Last year, Trump National was
scheduled to host the PGA Grand
Slam of Golf. The tournament was
canceled following protests over
Trump's comments about illegal immigrants.
“In 2008,” Kidd said, “I had an
epiphany. Harder is not better. Fun
is better. Why did people love the
early courses I designed, when I
knew so little? And why weren’t
they returning to play the courses I
did 10 years later when I knew so
“Golf is already one of the hardest
sports there is, and you want me to
make it harder? Imagine if tennis
had to be played with wooden rackets
and skiers had to use straight
“There’s a saying that courses
should be easy to bogey, but difficult
to birdie, which sounds good,
but is rarely achieved.”
Welsh mentioned the old adage
that golf is 90 percent psychological
and 10 percent mental.
Kidd, a 6 handicap, said he
learned that early on as a golfer.
“But it took me a long time to understand
what that meant for a golf
course architect,” he said. “We’ve
been taught that golf is all about intimidation
and playing defense. I’m
turning that on its head. I want my
courses to breed confidence. Then
golf becomes fun.”
“When you stand at the tee, do
you feel confidence, or trepidation?
Are you looking down at that $4 Titleist
Pro, thinking ‘I’ll never see it
“If you hit a rank shot, out of
bounds, I can’t help you. But keep
it in bounds and I’ll do my best to
keep you playing golf with one
“Confidence translates into a confident
swing. If you played a great
round at Bandon Dunes, it’s not because
it’s an easy course. It’s because
you played confidently.”
Kidd traced the divergence between
the Scottish links courses he
grew up with and U.S.’s less forgiving
parkland courses to the 1933
opening of Augusta National, the
Churchill Downs of golf, with its
colorful flower boxes, tree lined
fairways and bright white, eggshaped
“Never was the iron gauntlet of
challenge more skillfully concealed
in velvet,” the legendary Bobby
Jones said of the course he helped
design. "The architect assumes the
role of defender against the golfer
attacking the course," he wrote in
“Golf by Design.”
“Every April, golfers watched the
Augusta Masters on their color TVs
and dusted off their clubs.
Groundskeepers looked at Augusta
and thought, ‘That’s my benchmark,’”
“Then Bandon Dunes opened and
American golfers were able to experience
the golf I grew up with — its
wiry grasses, multiple colors, imperfect
“I spent my childhood at St. Andrews
and Gleneagles. That’s the
only golf I knew.”
“When I came to Bandon Dunes
to meet with (owner) Mike Kaiser, I
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had never played a Pete Dye, an
Arnold Palmer, a Jack Nicklaus or a
Tom Fazio course.
“I knew Kaiser had already talked
to Nicklaus and Fazio and didn’t
think I had a chance. So I told him
what I thought, that he should keep
it simple because the land was already
so good. A few weeks later,
he called and asked, ‘Do you really
believe what you said?’”
“He thought golf had gone down
a course it wasn’t meant to go down
and he wanted someone unencumbered
by American golf’s overcontrolled
and overspending look.”
“So, he hired someone who didn’t
know enough to screw it up.”
Kidd was 27. As he had proposed,
he left the relatively flat, nearly
treeless site largely alone, wrapping
the fairways around the brown
sand bunkers that had always been
When Bandon Dunes opened in
1999 it triggered a revolution in golf
course design in the U.S.
“Whatever else I achieve, I believe
Bandon Dunes marked a turning
point in my life and I believe it
marked a turning point in golf in
America. Sophisticated American
golfers already understand that,”
Like Bandon Dunes, Rolling Hills’
fairways will be defined by strips of
tall grass rather than trees. Its
bunkers will be the brown sand
that has always been there.
“The fairways are very sinuous,”
he said. “I want you to be able to
hit the ball high and wide and still
be able to find it.”
When asked what quality makes
a great golf designer, Kidd answered,
“Visualization. You must be
able to paint in your mind’s eye
something that doesn’t exist.”
Lande’s contract called for grading
the site to within 18 inches of
At that point, Kidd said, “Course
design changes from an engineering
exercise to a lot of hand waving,
flag planting and foot dragging [to
outline the bunkers and greens].”
“The trick is to make the course
look as random as nature. It’s
whimsy that excites golfers. If it
looks engineered, it’s not cool.”
“I admire Tom Fazio. His courses
are beautiful, but too perfect. Pete
Dye is not so perfect, but he’s kind
of evil. I’m aiming for something in
Kidd said he played Trump National
and walked off after the 12th
hole. “It was like going to the dentist,”
“People look at the old Scottish
courses and ask, why is there a
hump in the fairway? It’s there because
it was there. No one shaped
it. My challenge here is to make features
look like they were there
when they weren’t. I’m having to
“Luis, who’s designing the
bunkers, doesn’t play golf. He’s an
artist. I let him do his thing. He
built a bunker with a grass hump in
“I keep telling Greg to stop telling
people we filled in the quarry and
leveled the hills. I want them to
look at the course and think it’s always
been that way.”
The group asked Kidd how their
course would measure up to other
Los Angeles area courses.
He responded by speaking admiringly
of Riviera, in Pacific Palisades,
whose 1926 design is largely unchanged
and possesses some of the
characteristics of a links course.
He also spoke admiringly of Los
Angeles Country Club’s newly redesigned
“I’d love it if comparisons were
made between our course and LA
North. To be spoken of in the same
breath as Gil Hanse would be cool.
Gil studied aerial photos from the
‘20s of George Thomas’s original
design and paid homage to it. I
hope 100 years from now, people
will do that with this course.”
Then Kidd disclosed his hopes for
the new Rolling Hills course.
“It stands a chance to be one of
the best courses not only in Los Angeles,
but maybe in the world,” he
Presumably, he was including
Bandon Dunes, with which it will
share many characteristics and one
Bandon Dunes is a privately
owned pay by the round course that
hosts 150,000 rounds a year. The
nearby airport is the busiest private
airport in the Northwest. Rolling
Hills’ 465 members will never have
trouble getting a tee time on their
David Kidd course. Nor is the
nearby Torrance Airport, the reason
the new course needed FAA approval,
likely to be impacted.
As the conversation wound
down, Kidd was asked how difficult
he thought their course would be.
“I want the slope rating to be in
the 115 to 120 range. More than 120
is too much,” he said. (113 is considered
“I want your pro to think he can
shoot a 59. I don’t want him to actually
shoot a 59. I just want him to
think he can. And maybe he will, if
he holes every putt.” B
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two-handed Samurai sword with a
wood lacquered case was presented
to Manhattan Beach Toyota owners
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from the Japanese auto maker. The occasion
was last month’s grand unveiling of
the 5.5 acre, dealership’s $7.5 million remodel.
The Sperbers plan to exhibit the traditional
Samurai sword in a display case on
the showroom floor, celebrating the life of
Bradley’s father Darrell, who passed away
from leukemia in January 2015, at age 68. In
December, at the Chamber of Commerce’s
Annual Best of Manhattan Awards, Sperber
was honored posthumously with the 2016
Bob Meistrell Local Legend Award.
PHOTOS BY AMY BERG
AND KEVIN CODY
1. Manhattan Beach Toyota owner
Bradley Sperber (center) is joined in the
ribbon cutting ceremony by Manhattan
Chamber of Commerce representatives
Michelle Winn, Keith Kyle, Martin Ensberg
and general manager Ron Vartanian
Mayor Tony D'Errico and councilmembers
Wayne Powell and David Lesser.
2. Martin Ensberg and Adam Goldberg.
3. Barsha Wines’ Adnen Marouani.
4. Amy Berg, Michael Keegan and
5. The Mira Costa High School Band
performs under the direction of Joel Carlson.
6. Andrisa Sperber (far right) with guests.
7. Jackie Balestra, Mark Harrigian and
8. The Manhattan Toyota team.
9. General manager Ron Vartanian,
Pamela and Bradley Sperber and a Toyota
representative with the katana sword.
10. Bell Events Services’ Tim Campbell
and Michael Bell.
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Baker, Burton & Lundy, P.C.
Hermosa’s giant-killing law firm had its roots in friendship and the European mumps
Michael Petersen, Clint Wilson, Christine Daniels, Evan Koch, Teresa Klinkner, Brad Baker, Kent Burton & 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 anniversary
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 toweresque”
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
“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 attorney’s 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
After volunteering his services at Legal Aid, 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 done.
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,
and Mike Petersen, a seasoned protegé of Albro’s.
“Sometimes it seems like all of Hermosa is our client,” Lundy said. “We
are here and we couldn’t ask for a better community as our ‘home
away from home’.”
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by Richard Foss
S & W server Megan Dyda with a glass of the restaurant’s namesake. Photo by Brad Jacobson (CivicCouch.com)
S&W American Table & Bar serves Southern Americana, with a modern sensibility
There are food fads that I cheer on even if I’m not particularly a fan of
that particular item. For example the current craze for “Nashville hot
chicken,” which involves making some delicious fried chicken and
then coating it with a red pepper paste so hot that you can’t actually taste
what’s underneath it. I like this fad because any place that serves it can
usually be convinced to make the fried chicken and then not coat it with
hot sauce, and that gives me one more place to get one of my favorite meals.
I enjoy well-made Southern food, but it’s very hard to find.
My options in the South Bay just got substantially better with the relaunch
of Hermosa’s Steak & Whiskey as S&W American Table & Bar. The
previous incarnation had been capable of excellent meals but was slightly
inconsistent, very expensive, and lacked a certain focus. The new restaurant
has remedied all of those problems. On three visits the food and service
have been superb, as well as more modestly priced.
The change happened over a month ago, heralded by a startling repaint
job on the exterior. The previously dark, understated paint job was replaced
with a dazzling array of reproductions of old ads, transforming the drab
façade into an eye-catcher. While the interior design remains unchanged,
the menu had an equivalent metamorphosis. It too is now rooted in a time
and place, the Americana of the South, albeit with modern sensibilities and
a sense of style. There are still a few steaks either adorned with sauces or
served simply, but they are part of the menu rather than the focus.
The menu changes on a regular basis but a few items seem to be constant,
among them starters of smoked trout and crab dip, deviled eggs, and crispy
chicken livers. I find mediocre deviled eggs good and good ones superb,
and was interested to see what might be done with these. The yolks were
mixed with blue cheese and a mild buffalo wing sauce and sprinkled with
celery seeds, taking the flavors of crispy buffalo wings and transposing them
to cool, moist eggs. It seems like it shouldn’t work, but it does.
The hot smoked trout and crab dip was another success, the fish, crab,
and mild cheese nicely complemented by an arugula and pickled onion
salad served on the side. The only thing I’d change is the bread served with
30 Easy Reader / Beach magazine • January 19, 2017
it. The toasted thinly sliced ciabatta isn’t the best choice for dipping. Ciabatta
has so many holes and is so fragile that it falls apart. A country loaf
or sourdough would work a bit better.
Chicken livers are a polarizing ingredient. Some people can’t understand
the charm of the strong and dense organ meat, but if you ever liked them
you will like these. The breading was, as advertised, crisp and lightly peppery,
and the apple mustard sauce and arugula salad served with it were
effective counterpoints to the rich, flavorful meat.
We tried the salad, consisting of roasted beets, mizuna lettuce, greens,
tangerines, pistachio, and goat cheese. The flavors were unerring but the
lettuce would have been better chopped into smaller pieces. It was difficult
to muster a forkful of all the ingredients.
The mains here are divided into shared plates and larger plates, and portion
sizes are similar. We tried the smoked pork belly over baked potato
salad, fried chicken, bacon-wrapped meatloaf, a garlic lamb sandwich, and
a plate of catfish topped with gumbo sauce that may have been a daily special
because I didn’t see it on the menu on subsequent visits. It should be
because it was superb, a great expression of Louisiana flavors that isn’t exactly
like anything I’ve ever had there. The sauce was a bit milder, the
tomato flavor more fruity, the pepper restrained, and all is in balance.
I was similarly enamored of their meatloaf, which arrived over a bed of
pimento cheese mashed potatoes and topped with caramelized carrots. Pimento
cheese is a weirdly compelling Southern delicacy that involves cheddar,
pickled mild chilies, mayo, and often a dash of spicy pepper sauce. It
is usually a sandwich spread. I have never seen it used in mashed potatoes
before, and the idea is inspired. It’s a great base for a moist, mildly spiced
meatloaf with a rich gravy, an American favorite elevated to haute cuisine.
I tried this with a mini-skillet of jalapeno cornbread that came with a pepper
jam and maple butter. The only thing I would change is that the butter
was perched atop the pepper jam. I liked both but my companion doesn’t
like pepper jam, so had to wield a butter knife with surgical precision to
The garlic lamb sandwich was exactly what we expected, showing that
this kitchen can play it straight when embellishment isn’t needed. It arrived
only with pickles and carrots and could have used a dab of something
else like potato salad. I know they have this because it was a component
of the best item I had here, the mashed potato salad topped by smoked
pork belly and crisped Brussels sprout leaves. The potatoes had a dash of
vinegar and spice that reminded me of German potato salad, and the pork
on top of them had been spice-crusted and slow roasted for an effect that
is on par with the best barbecue. There was a fried egg on top and a sprinkling
of crisped Brussels sprout leaves that completed the texture and flavors.
I had ordered this as a lunch and at thirteen bucks it was a spectacular
bargain for a full meal.
And finally there was the fried chicken, two deboned thighs in the same
crunchy breading I had admired on the chicken livers, served alongside
johnnycakes with chow chow on the side. Hot sauce was available if we
wanted it but we didn’t, because this was juicy and enjoyable just as it
came out of the fryer. Chow chow, a kind of pickled vegetable mix, and
johnnycake, a cornmeal pancake also called a hoe cake, are a pair of items
rarely seen in California restaurants. Chow chow is based on pickled green
tomatoes and squash, and the tart, spicy flavors were a foil for the richness
of the chicken. If you have never tasted this before, the version here is a
The one dessert I’ve tried, the peach cobbler, had a nice shot of cinnamon
and nutmeg. I prefer a firm crust rather than the almost bread pudding
softness in this one, but the flavor was spot on.
The bar menu at S&W American Table is less whiskey-centric now but
still eclectic. I tried several cocktails including the house special “sex for
breakfast,” made with rye, apple brandy, Benedictine, and smoked maple.
It’s a fine, well-balanced mix of sweetness and spice that deserves a better
name. The current one suggest a frat house special.
There are few restaurants serving “Southern with style” menus in greater
Los Angeles, but it’s a combination that deserves investigation. S & W
American Table is doing it brilliantly.
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by Kevin Cody
Steve Martin credits Disneyland and the kindness of colleagues for his success
Photos by Deidre Davidson
During a commercial break on the “Tonight Show,” host Johnny Carson
told a young Steve Martin, “You’ll do everything you ever
Martin recalled taking the advice to heart during a two hour talk to Distinguished
Speaker Series subscribers at the Redondo Performing Arts Center
on January 9.
The arrow through the head prop (in his standup routine), his rope tricks
(in “Three Amigos”) and balloon animals (in “Saturday Night Live,” and
“The Muppets)” came from his work at the Disneyland Magic shop, he said.
His big break, he said, came from dating a woman who was also dating
Mason Williams, composer of “Classical Gas,” and head writer for the
Smothers Brothers show in 1968.
“She got my material to him. After a few weeks on the show, Tommy
Smothers said to me, ‘Can you write an intro?’ I called my friend Gary
Muledeer and said, ‘I’m desperate, you have this great joke. Can I use it?’
He said sure. Gary saved my life.”
“The joke was, ‘It’s proven. People watch more TV than any other appliance.’”
“An older writer asked me, ‘Did you write that joke?’ I said, ‘Yup.’ My career
was built on a lie,” Martin confessed.
Throughout his talk, Martin dispelled the image of Hollywood as heartless
by recounting frequent favors from Williams, who paid him out of his own
pocket, Carl Reiner, Marty Short and other Hollywood stars.
Martin met Short on the set of “Three Amigos” when he heard from behind
him what he thought was Audrey Hepburn shouting, “Where’s my bicycle?”
He turned around to see it was Short.
Short told Martin he was so white he looked like a urinal that someone
put a toupee on.
Martin told Short, “What I love about touring with you is no paparazzi.”
“There’s a lot of downtime on movie sets,” Martin said. “One day during
the shooting of ‘Three Amigos,’ Marty, Chevy Chase and I were playing
Scrabble in the trailer when Marty scribbled a note and passed it to me. It
said, ‘I will let you ball my wife Nancy for an E or a Q.’”
Martin was born in Texas and moved to Inglewood when he was five,
“leaving behind a wife and two children,” he said.
His family then moved to Garden Grove, within walking distance of Disneyland.
“When I was 10 I got a job at Disneyland selling guidebooks. I was in
heaven. In Fantasyland I was a trick roper. My performing career started
in the magic shop. It was the only place in Disneyland where you could
say, ‘I’m going to take your money. I mean, Can I help you.’”
After Disneyland, Martin spent three years doing what he called olio, or
vaudeville acts at Knott’s Berry Farm.
“We’d do four shows a day. They were five minute acts, so they had to be
tight. That’s when I started doing magic and banjo because I couldn’t sing,
dance or act. A critic once called me the luckiest amateur in the world,
which is pretty accurate.”
When Martin was preparing to record a banjo album in 2013 he asked
Paul McCartney to sing a song he had written for the album.
“Paul asked why I didn’t just sing the song myself. I told him I’m not a
32 Easy Reader / Beach magazine • January 19, 2017
very good singer, but that’d I’d send him my
recording of the song.
“When Paul came into the studio, he said, ‘I
thought you were just being humble.’”
Martin taught himself to play banjo when he
was 17 by slowing down 33 rpm Earl Scruggs
records and picking out the notes.
“One sentence you’ll never hear,” he said, as he
launched into a medley of his banjo compositions
halfway through his talk, “is ‘That’s the banjo
When asked by young musicians how to be successful,
he said he advises them to be creative and
“I began doing standup at the Icehouse in
Pasadena, three nights a week. Three of us were
on the bill. We’d rotate. I did 17 minutes because
that’s all the material I had. One night I was 12
minutes into my act and hadn’t gotten a laugh.
It’s hard not to get a laugh. So I decided to go for
the record and finished the act without a single
laugh. I was the negative comedian,” he recalled.
“As my act started getting more bizarre, I remembered
something Bill Cosby told me. ‘Even
if the audience isn’t laughing, if the waitresses are
laughing you’re doing something right because
they’re the ones who see you night after night.’”
Comedians, Martin said, like to talk about their
their worst experiences. His was at a drive-in on
the Russian River. “Instead of laughing, people
honked,” he said.
But the worst performance he ever heard of, he said, was from a comedian
who was working a 5 p.m. show in the lobby of a Hilton Hotel on the
Boston waterfront. The day before, a person in a wheelchair had committed
suicide by rolling off the pier.
“Afternoon is a terrible time to do a show, anyway. But then, in the middle
of his act, everyone began looking out the window at a crane on the end of
the pier,” Martin said.
Throughout the evening, Martin showed a mastery for leaving punchlines
to the audience’s imagination.
He described a scene with John Candy in
“Planes, Trains and Automobiles” where he wakes
up in a motel bed to find Candy spooning him
and holding his hand. “I asked him, ‘Where’s
your other hand?’ John said, ‘Between the two pillows.’”
Martin said he and Candy made a deal not to
ad lib or the movie would never get finished.
On a television show Martin was hosting, the
script called for him to pick Bill Murray out of the
audience. Following the script, Martin asked Murray
if he’d ever been on television. Not following
the script, Murray answered, “Once at a ball
game, in a long shot.”
At an Oscar party, where Martin had hoped to
meet the British comedian Russell Brand, whose
autobiography had just been published, Brand arrived
as Martin was leaving.
“I’m going out just as you’re coming in,” Martin
lamented. Russell responded, “It’s okay. It’s just
Martin said Tom Hanks once ad libbed brilliantly
for 10 minutes on the Carson show.
But generally, when comedians appear to be
adlibbing, it’s an illusion, he said.
“I’d be scared to death to go on Johnny Carson
without something worked out,” Martin said.
One night on the Carson show, he brought out
his diary and began reading entries about his previous
appearances on the show.
“Joined by Sammy Davis. My bit went well.
Johnny seems sluggish.”
“Helen Reddy. Audience loved me. Johnny
After reading several more, similar entries, Carson,
the master of the deadpan, deadpanned, “Was
“Merv Griffin didn’t have the comic timing
Johnny had. I prepared a bit for his show where
I’d say, ‘Merv, I bought a new car,’ and he was supposed
to say, ‘Steve, what kind of car?’ And I’d say,
‘A ‘65 Greyhound bus. It seats 200 and carries 300
tons of luggage.’ So we do the bit, and then Merv
asked, ‘Steve, why on earth would you buy a
Martin was 35 and working on his new vision
for comedy in a Denver club when he saw “Saturday
Night Live” for the first time.
“I thought, F…. they’ve done it. But a year later,
I was on the show and it all worked out,” he said.
Saturday Night Live made him a star.
“I used to ask my agent to tell me how many
people were in the audience. Before ‘Saturday
Night Live’ he’d tell me 1,800. ‘After Saturday
Night Live,’ I had a job in Louisiana and he told
During one two month period, Martin performed
in 60 cities before 180,000 people.
“I remember being stunned by the sound of the
applause. It was thrilling to think I’d made it,” he
Then he quit doing stand-up comedy.
“I was hot in the late ‘70s. Then, in the mid-’80s, I was playing Vegas. In
the old days, the banquet rooms where we performed were lit up. One
night, I saw empty seats. That’s when I started making plans for movies,”
His first film, “The Jerk,” was based on a character from his standup routine.
He credited Carl Reiner with “shaping” the film and becoming his second
“Carl and I rode to work together and laughed
all the way. That’s when we came up with the line
in ‘The Jerk’ about a guy pulling over to pick up a
hitchhiker. The driver asks, ‘St. Louis?’ The hitchhiker
answers, ‘No, Navin Johnson.’”
“One day in passing, Carl said, ‘I could never be
a woman. I’d stay home all day playing with my
breasts.’ It became one of the best lines in ‘LA
In 2013, Martin joined company with Charlie
Chaplin, Mack Sennett, Stan Laurel, Bob Hope,
Harold Lloyd and Groucho Marx in receiving an
Honorary Oscar for comedy films.
Martin’s other awards include the Mark Twain
Award for American humor, two Grammys for
comedy albums and three for music albums.
“All I’m missing is a Tony, so I don’t have an
EGOT (Emmy/Grammy/Oscar/Tony.) But I have
an ego,” he said.
The musical “Bright Star,” which he co-wrote
with Edie Brickell, ran on Broadway last year and
received five Tony nominations.
“Hamilton,” Martin muttered by way of explaining
why he didn’t win a Tony.
Martin concluded his talk by recounting the advice
he gave a class of USC drama students.
“I realized what they wanted me to say was go
to Hollywood and get an agent and some headshot
photos. What I told them was be so good they
can’t ignore you. Be really good. Do every job
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January 19, 2017 • Easy Reader / Beach magazine 35
TORRANCE MEMORIAL RAISES
at 33rd Annual Holiday Festival Gala
orrance Memorial Medical Center’s Holiday Festival
Gala raised more than $1.5 million through ticket
sales, a Lexus Opportunity Drawing, Holiday Boutique
sales, and live and silent auction pledges. Through the community’s
generosity, the Foundation raised nearly $17 million
in 2016. The funds will benefit the transformation of
Torrance Memorial’s North Patient Tower, which is dedicated
to mother/baby postpartum, neonatal and pediatric
More than 15,000 community members enjoyed the sixday
event hosted under a 30,000 square-foot tent on the Torrance
Memorial campus. Festivities included a display of 36
themed decorated trees, Lunch with Santa, two seniors days
and the South Bay’s largest Holiday Shopping Boutique.
PHOTOS BY DEIDRE DAVIDSON
1. Song Klein, Judy Gassner and Caroline
2. Kevin and Kristina Durkin, Jeff Neu, Tiffany
Mesko, Sandesha and Kapil Singh and
Michael Zislis and Andrea Zislis.
3. Russ Lesser and Charlotte Lesser.
4. Kate Crane.
5. Jonathan Beutler and Sunny Beutler.
6. Mark Lurie, MD and Barbara Demming
Lurie, Song Klein, Helaine Lopes and Dave
7. Sandy VandenBerge, Anne and David Lin
and Dan and Ann Mueller.
8. Hugo Hool, MD and Kalpana Hool.
9. Jack Sun, MD and Lan Sun.
10. Gina Dougherty and Russ Varon.
11. Priscilla Hunt (holding paddle) and guests.
12. Rose and Sam Feng.
36 Easy Reader / Beach magazine • January 19, 2017
“HEY TURKEY DAY”
at Hermosa Design
n the night before Thanksgiving
local South Bay artists took over
Hermosa Design on Cypress and
6th St. in Hermosa Beach to celebrate all
things South Bay with the 4th annual “Hey
Turkey Day” Art Show. “It’s one of the
most anticipated art events of the year.
Turkey Jon was a regular at the Hermosa
Beach Pier and Strand. Many locals have
grown up talking to Jon and so his personality
made an impression on them," said
artist and photographer Anthony Hernandez.
The show was filled with work inspired
by Turkey Jon and also the loss of
the small beach cottages that gave Hermosa
1. Eden Jones is an artist, designer and
co-founder of the Daisies Collective.
2. Redondo Beach Bodyboarder Sam
Valencia aka DJ SamWise with friend
3. Easy Reader News editor Mark Mc-
Dermott with Julie Gilson and Krista.
4. Herondo Plumbing & Rooter owner
Louie Trujillo, a sponsor of “Hey Turkey
5. DJ Don Cesar and Pennywise’s
6. Hermosa Beach renaissance man Jani
Lange and Boarding 4 Breast Cancer’s
Erika Frantz Seward.
7. Hey Turkey Day contributor and
supporter Brent Broza Photographer with
nephews Logan and Claude.
8. Rob Holzman drummer for Landfill,
One Square Mile, & Saccharine Trust,
with Johnny McIntyre, Stacianne Gabrielli,
Rob Rogers aka Dogboy, the singer for
Too Rude, War Called Peace currently
Capital Vices Limited.
9. Hey Turkey Day founder Daniel Inez of
M1SK and Mirko Antich.
10. Artist Greg "Craola" Simkins and
Elias William Shephard owner of the
soon to be open First Wave Surf shop in
January 19, 2017 • Easy Reader / Beach magazine 37
HERMOSA ARTISTS COLLECTIVE
at Harmony Yoga
undreds of people filled Harmony Yoga on Pacific Coast Highway
in Redondo Beach on Saturday November 19, but there were no
downward-facing dogs to be seen. The revelers had gathered for the
Harmony Show featuring the works of the Hermosa Beach Artist Collective.
The organization gathered local talent, whose work was hung the walls and
pipes for a one-night only gathering.
1. Drica Lobo.
2. Claudia Berman.
3. Alex Smith.
4. Lisa Pedersen.
5. Rafael McMaster.
PHOTOS BY RYAN MCDONALD
6. L.G. Givot, Michael Collins and Kevin
Sousa, in front of a work by Collins.
7. L.G. Givot.
8. Julie Dale
9. Jeff Fieger.
38 Easy Reader / Beach magazine • January 19, 2017
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Russ Varon and Gina Doherty
Our Heartfelt Appreciation
Ralph Scriba, Craig Leach, Loraine Scriba
Torrance Memorial Medical Center wishes to thank the following sponsors for their generous support of the 33rd Annual Holiday Festival which
raised millions for the medical center's North Patient Tower transformation.
Kristina and Kevin Durkin, Jeff Neu, Tiffany Mesko,
Sandesha and Kapil Singh, Michael and Andrea Zislis
Torrance Mayor Pat Furey, Carolyn Snyder, Jean and
Ray O’Dell, Bob Habel and May Hoffman
Richard and Melanie Lundquist
Priscilla Hunt with family members
Billee and John Gogian
Melanie and Richard Lundquist
Loraine and Ralph Scriba
Ayne and Jack Baker
Oi-Lin and Tei-Fu Chen
Ofelia and Emmanuel David
Sam and Rose Feng
Donald and Priscilla Hunt
TF Educational Foundation
Ellen and Pat Theodora
Torrance Memorial Medical Staff
Julie and Jackson Yang
Andrea and Michael Zislis
Deborah and Russ Barto
COR Healthcare Medical Associates
Sally and Mike Eberhard
George and Reva Graziadio Foundation
Marilyn and Ian MacLeod
Brian Miura, M.D.
Owens and Minor Distribution Inc.
Kirsten Wagner, D.D.S.
and Richard Rounsavelle, D.D.S.
Beatrice and Alfredo Sheng
Janice and Timur Tecimer
Liz and Rich Umbrell
$5,000 - $9,999
Association of South Bay Surgeons
Jennifer and Brad Baker
Ann and David Buxton
Judy Nei and Vinh Cam, M.D.
Steven Davis, M.D.
EMCOR Service/Mesa Energy Systems
Elaine and Ron Florance
Angela and Dean Furkioti, D.D.S.
Jackie and Greg Geiger
Terry and Joe Hohm
Kalpana Hool, M.D. and Hugo Hool, M.D.
Charlotte and Russ Lesser
Eric and Anna B. Mellor, M.D.
Sandii and Lee Minshull
Kelly and Chris Rogers
Jan and Ian Teague
Torrance Emergency Physicians
Torrance Memorial Radiology Group
$1,000 - $4,999
Christy and Jay Abraham
Jeanne and Fikret Atamdede, M.D.
Lori and David Baldwin
BCM Boehling Construction
Peggy and Clifford Berwald
Nadine and Ty Bobit
Marsha and Ken Boehling
Linda and Zan Calhoun
Cannon Building Services, Inc.
Joan and Chris Caras
Rama Chandran, M.D.
Bryan Chang, M.D.
Philomina and Raju Chhabria
Jason J. Clark
Sandy and Thomas Cobb
Mei and William Collier
COR Healthcare Medical Associates
Kathleen Crane and Hon. Milan Smith
Ruth and Jim DeFlavio
Debbie and Steve Dinsmore
Thyra J. Endicott, M.D.
and Rev. Jonathan Chute
Regina and Dan Finnegan
Roy Fu, M.D. and Denise Kwok, M.D.
Christina and Giovanni Funiciello
Christine and Bob Gaudenti
Gelbart and Associates
Steven and Khryste Griswold
Marne and Dan Gruen
Susan and David Haas, M.D.
Shanna and Jack Hall
Laurie and Greg G. Halvorsen
Lisa and Steven Hansen
Harbor Care Center
Mary G. Harris
Nancy and Keith Hauge
Mary and Peter Hazelrigg
Heritage Rehabilitation Center
Gabriella and Ken Holt, M.D.
HUB International of California
Danica Krslovic and Dominic Iannitti
James and Gable Insurance Brokers
Mary Rose and Thomas Jeffry
Alexis and Peter Jensen
Judy and Parnelli Jones
Jackie and Vince Kelly
Brenda and Kraig Kilgore
Lucy and Byron Kimball
Song and David Klein
kpff Consulting Engineers
Erika and Robert Kraak
Donna and Louis LaMont
Judy and Craig Leach
Barbara and Barry LeQuire
Linda and David Lillington
Peter Lorman, M.D.
Pat and Rich Lucy
Barbara Demming Lurie
and Mark Lurie, M.D.
Marcil M. Mamita, M.D.
Kristy and Eric Maniaci
Carol and Gerry Marcil
McCarthy Building Companies
Kathryn and David McKinnie
Medline Industries Inc.
Melany and Paul Merryman
Roxanne and Ramin Mirhashemi, M.D.
Lisa and Eric Nakkim, M.D.
Serena and John Ngan
Corinne and Randolph C. O'Hara, M.D.
Pacific National Group
Christina and Phil Pavesi
Payden and Rygel
Kelli and Edward Piken, M.D.
Adriana and Greg Popovich
Kathryn and Craig Poropat
Rosemary and Gerald Pudlik
Colleen and Craig Quinn
Reproductive Partners Medical
Azam Riyaz, M.D.
Laura and James Rosenwald
Nancy and Michael Rouse
Laura and Marc Schenasi
Allyson and Alexander Shen, M.D.
Laura and Tom Simko
Debra and Jerry Soldner
South Bay Pain Docs
South Bay Gastroenterology
South Bay Plastic Surgeons
Kathleen and John Spearman
Spierer, Woodward, Corbalis and
Gina Sulmeyer, M.D. and Michael Arriola
Aileen M. Takahashi, M.D. and
Charles Spenler, M.D.
Torrance Anesthesia Medical Group, Inc.
Torrance Emergency Physicians
Torrance Memorial Neonatology
and Sports Medicine Group
Torrance Pathology Group/Torrance
Memorial Medical Ctr.
Art and Cynthia Tuverson
Unified Care Services
Alissa and Mike Wilson
Mary and Steve Wright
Kay and Dwight Yamada
Sandy and Frank Yang
American Solutions for Business
G.S. Gaudenti Brothers
Redondo Van and Storage
Rolling Hills Flower Mart Studio
The Zislis Group
Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
Thank you to all our donors.
3330 Lomita Blvd., Torrance, CA 90505
310-517-4703 - www.TorranceMemorial.org