Beach January 2017


January 19, 2017

Volume 47, Issue 24



David Kidd

Steve Martin

Boy and the Bear

Southern Style

Beach Health and Fitness Guide

January 19, 2017

Volume 47, Issue 24


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


PUBLISHER Kevin Cody, ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Richard Budman, EDITORS Mark McDermott, Randy Angel, David

Mendez, and Ryan McDonald, ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Bondo Wyszpolski, DINING EDITOR Richard Foss, STAFF

PHOTOGRAPHERS Ray Vidal and Brad Jacobson, CALENDAR Judy Rae, DISPLAY SALES Tamar Gillotti, Amy Berg, and



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12 Manhattan Beach Holiday tree lighting

28 Manhattan Toyota receives ceremonial sword

34 Beach Health Guide

36 Torrance Memorial Holiday Gala

37 Hey Turkey art show

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each history


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


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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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 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

Purpose Workshop

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 .

Through interactive


Rideout will help

participants to

find direction and

purpose. 1 - 2:30

p.m. 109 West

Torrance Blvd,

Redondo Beach.

Call (310) 376-

3550 or visit the

website at

Baby baby

E x p r e s s i n g

M o t h e r h o o d

South Bay, an ongoing

stage show

that has been

showcasing people

sharing their

stories about

motherhood onstage since 2008.

Fri. and Sat. Shows at 7:30 p.m. 400

South Broadway, Redondo Beach.

For tickets visit

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

Shredding Event

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


Clean house

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

Used friends

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).

California Steamers

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.

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

Film Festival

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 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 or


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

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 B

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each revelry


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.




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

laser apparatus.

An overwhelming majority of the women Taymour has treated with

MonaLisa Touch have seen their symptoms disappear after three painless

five-minute sessions.

“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 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

significantly underdiagnosed.

“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

DR. ESSAM TAYMOUR | 3550 Linden Ave., Suite 1, Long Beach | 562-595-5331 |

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

for others.”


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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


The Hearing

Loss Association

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 |


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The Boy

& the


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

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to bring together a community that

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space. It didn’t exist. Then

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McMillen, who’d worked elsewhere

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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

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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

don’t like.

“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

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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 said.

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

companies, environmentalists,

Native Americans and over 20 governmental

regulatory agencies, including

the FAA.

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

Country Club

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

been reached.

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

Angeles Basin.

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

the future.

“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

was reached.

Lucky lie

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 said.

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 said.

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

Bandon Dunes.

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

Mount Baldy.

Vaughey describes the new

course as “one big tea saucer, or

drainage project.”

“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-

24 Easy Reader / Beach magazine • January 19, 2017

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

a week.

“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

zero-entry pool.

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,

Lande said.

“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

the hole?”

After hesitating a moment, Sullivan

ventured, “50-50.”

“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

much more?”

“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,’”

Kidd said.

“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

26 Easy Reader / Beach magazine • January 19, 2017

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,”

Kidd said.

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

Kidd’s specifications.

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,”

he said.

“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

engineer randomness.

“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

the middle.

“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

North Course.

“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

notable exception.

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

average difficulty).

“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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each business



Manhattan Beach Toyota


two-handed Samurai sword with a

wood lacquered case was presented

to Manhattan Beach Toyota owners

Andrisa and Bradley Sperber by a representative

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.





3 4

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

Bradley Sperber.

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

Liz Griggs.

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

downtown L.A.

“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.

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 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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with Style

by Richard Foss

S & W server Megan Dyda with a glass of the restaurant’s namesake. Photo by Brad Jacobson (

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

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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

avoid it.

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

great introduction.

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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get small


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

player’s Porsche.’”

When asked by young musicians how to be successful,

he said he advises them to be creative and

be famous.

“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

a metaphor.”

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

seems sluggish.”

After reading several more, similar entries, Carson,

the master of the deadpan, deadpanned, “Was

I sluggish?”

“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

Greyhound bus?’”

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

me 60,000.”

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,”

he said.

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

well.” B

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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.




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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.









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each art


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

its character.






3 4

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

Shawn Pacheco.

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

Fletcher Dragge.

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

Hermosa Beach.





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each art


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.


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.


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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

Oarsmen Foundation

Loraine and Ralph Scriba

Russell Varon


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

Diana Cutler

Sally and Mike Eberhard

George and Reva Graziadio Foundation

Keenan Healthcare

Marilyn and Ian MacLeod

Brian Miura, M.D.

Norris Foundation

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

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Jennifer and Brad Baker

Ann and David Buxton

Judy Nei and Vinh Cam, M.D.

Robin Camrin

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

Jeff Neu

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Kelly and Chris Rogers

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Lori and David Baldwin

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James and Gable Insurance Brokers

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Judy and Parnelli Jones

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Judy and Craig Leach

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Pat and Rich Lucy

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Kristy and Eric Maniaci

Carol and Gerry Marcil

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