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Volume XXI, Issue 8 <strong>March</strong> <strong>2017</strong>

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Volume XXI, Issue 8<br />

<strong>March</strong> <strong>2017</strong><br />

P A L O S V E R D E S P E N I N S U L A M O N T H L Y<br />


With the great goodness of Mama<br />

in Rolling Hills Estates, we now offer<br />

our Cafe’ - a smaller version in Malaga Cove Plaza!<br />

Specializing in Mama’s Spaghetti & Meatballs with<br />

our newly inspired flatbreads, salads and more!<br />

Join us for Lunch & Dinner Mon-Sat.<br />

• Outdoor Patio Seating • Lots of Free Parking<br />

36 Malaga Cove Plaza<br />

Palos Verdes Estates<br />

(310) 375-6767<br />

815 Deep Valley Drive<br />

Rolling Hills Estates<br />

(310) 377-5757<br />

www.mamaterano.com<br />


Photo by David Fairchild<br />

Julie Moe-Reynolds on the<br />

construction site of the Palos<br />

Verdes Performing Arts Center<br />


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Pixie Dust Ranch<br />

by Esther Kang Rescuing animals and breaking the Cubs’<br />

“Billy Goat Curse.”<br />

Legacy mom<br />

by Esther Kang Julie Moe-Reynolds follows in her parent’s<br />

footsteps in guiding the Palos Verdes Performing Arts Center<br />

construction of a new conservatory.<br />

Dr. Snap<br />

by Brian Gillogly Belgian-born <strong>Peninsula</strong> resident Dr. Clem<br />

Hiel stepped away from aerospace to find new applications for<br />

space age composites, including towers without fasteners.<br />

The Jester home<br />

by Stephanie Cartozian A Hollywood fashion designer enlists<br />

his college friend Lloyd Wright to design a home in remote<br />

Portuguese Bend.<br />

Catalina without the view<br />

by Richard Foss Catalina Kitchen at Terranea Resort offers<br />

food to match its world class view, even though the view<br />

doesn’t include Catalina Island.<br />

Brouwerij West<br />

by Ed Solt Brouwerij West celebrates its first anniversary as<br />

a cultural hot spot in a former San Pedro Navy warehouse.<br />


8 Farm to Terranea tasting<br />

12 Inauguration breakfast at Trump National<br />

20 Caballeros installation<br />

24 Nimitz model unveiled<br />

36 YMCA launches fundraising campaign<br />

50 League of Women Voters<br />

58 Bhumitra party on Pennsylvania Avenue<br />


39 <strong>Peninsula</strong> calendar 65 Around and about<br />

69 Home services<br />

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S P O T L I G H T O N T H E H I L L<br />

Grand tastings<br />

Terranea Resort Celebration<br />

The Third Annual Farm-to-Terranea Celebration of Food and Wine<br />

took off to a hungry crowd of oenophiles and foodies over a three<br />

day weekend. Special engagement chefs came from all parts of the country<br />

to share their specialty cuisines and wisdom with inquisitive guests.<br />

The Pork Reception was particularly delectable with many chefs preparing<br />

pork in a multitude of ways such as with truffles, chimichurri sauce,<br />

inside wontons and other wondrous feats. The Grand Tasting showcased<br />

90 different wineries including Westerly, a standout Santa Barbara<br />

Cabernet Sauvignon made by Adam Henkel who previously was an integral<br />

part of the winemaking team at Harlan Estate wines. Sponsors<br />

who helped to make the event a success included Kinecta Federal Credit<br />

Union, Sysco, OneHope and Choura Events.<br />

1. Phyllis Bowie and Terranea<br />

Executive Chef Bernard Ibarra.<br />

2. Bob Piotrowski, Erin Cosgrove-<br />

Rosci, Shari Campbell and Ken Smith.<br />

3. Gaye and Neil Vancans.<br />

4. Christopher Klapp, Alyson<br />

<strong>March</strong>iondo, Jeff Bussani, Tiffany<br />

Hathaway and Sam Aronson.<br />

5. Jessie Burns and Hilary Feutz.<br />

6. Zachariah Carrubba.<br />


7. Selman and Pauline Shaby, David<br />

Buckley and Chef Paul McCabe.<br />

8. Aiy and Zun Liang.<br />

9. Abigall Parera, Virna Bolang,<br />

Andrew Long, Chef Tim Wood and<br />

Jessica Wood.<br />

10. Karen Steinwachs and<br />

Steve Escobar.<br />

11. Ken Baranda, Brian Peralez,<br />

Joshua Lucas and Eduardo Bolanos.<br />

12. Chef Tim Wood at the<br />

Pork Reception.<br />

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S P O T L I G H T O N T H E H I L L<br />

Inauguration Day<br />

at Trump National Golf Club<br />

An ice sculpture of Donald Trump greeted guests<br />

at the sold out presidential inauguration day<br />

breakfast hosted by Trump National Golf Course in<br />

Rancho Palos Verdes. Breakfast was $45.17, in recognition<br />

of the local businessman becoming the 45th<br />

President of the United States in the year <strong>2017</strong>.<br />


1. The Presidential Seal –<br />

in ice.<br />

2. Breakfast guests.<br />

3. Christina Ramos, Grinny<br />

Sand, Patricia Morales, Lael<br />

Sunny Meagher, Candace<br />

Camper and Tom<br />

Kirkpatrick.<br />

4. Christina Ramos,<br />

Candance Camper, Evelyn<br />

Robinson and Chanell<br />

Temple.<br />

5. & 6. Breakfast guests.<br />

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Cat Spydell does not normally<br />

follow baseball. But<br />

last year, at the urging of<br />

several friends, the Rolling Hills<br />

resident took Buttercup, her female<br />

pygmy goat, to Wrigley Field<br />

for the first game of the Chicago<br />

Cubs versus the Cleveland Indians<br />

World Series.<br />

Spydell and her friends hoped<br />

Buttercup would break the “Billy<br />

Goat Curse,” which dated back to<br />

the 1945 World Series, between the<br />

Cubs and the Detroit Tigers. During<br />

the fourth game of that series,<br />

Billy Goat Tavern owner William<br />

Sianis and his pet goat Murphy<br />

were ejected from from Wrigley<br />

Field because Murphy smelled so<br />

bad.<br />

"Them Cubs, they ain't gonna<br />

win no more," Sianis swore on his<br />

way out of the stadium. The Cubs<br />

lost the 1945 series and wouldn’t<br />

win another one until Buttercup<br />

Pixie Dust Ranch<br />

by Esther Kang<br />

Pixie Dust Ranch pygmy goats Buttercup (in foreground) and Dixie. Buttercup broke the Chicago Cubs “Billy goat curse.” Photo courtesy of Pixie Dust Ranch<br />

The empress of<br />

“If you don’t have extreme rules when you’re raising cats or helping find homes for cats,<br />

you become the crazy cat people that you’re trying to rescue them from.”<br />

made her appearance and the<br />

Cubs came from behind to upset<br />

the Indians.<br />

“Buttercup is the one who broke<br />

the curse,” Spydell recalled with<br />

amusement as she leaned back on<br />

a wooden lawn chair in her backyard.<br />

“It was quite the antic. I was<br />

just anti-curse, not really for a<br />

team, you know?"<br />

Buttercup is among the motley<br />

crew of rescue animals Spydell<br />

looks after in her Rolling Hills Estates<br />

backyard, a vast, storybooklike<br />

menagerie (and federally<br />

registered wildlife habitat) furnished<br />

with recycled wooden<br />

fences, wires, rocks and handpainted<br />

signs. Radagast, Spydell’s<br />

internet famous 2-year-old peacock,<br />

sits on a perch in his wire enclosure,<br />

while Drinian, the<br />

135-pound Colorado Mountain<br />

dog, roams quietly. Mushroom, the<br />

blind ancient rabbit, hangs out on<br />

the other side of the yard, next to<br />

the desert tortoise. Three goats stay<br />

down in the dirt canyon, where<br />

Spydell, as a 10-year-old girl, kept<br />

her first pony, Baby.<br />

“I lived down there,” she said,<br />

gesturing toward the canyon. “I<br />

was that dirty kid who owned a<br />

pony and was gone all day and<br />

came home with twigs in my hair.<br />

I’d just go barefoot horseback riding<br />

for the whole day. It was like<br />

having a car."<br />

Spydell, who lives with her partner<br />

Bobby, her 90-year-old mother<br />

and her adult son, estimates that<br />

over 200 cats have at one point<br />

stayed here, along with, among<br />

others, hermit crabs, a pygmy<br />

hedgehog from Africa, doves and<br />

chickens. Word of mouth brings<br />

animals needing a home to her<br />

doorstep.<br />

“It’s more like spirits using me as<br />

a puppet,” she said. “I’m not a nonprofit<br />

— I’m just me in my backyard.”<br />

Spydell, who is an author, editor,<br />

publisher, environmental activist<br />

and nondenominational minister,<br />

found her calling as an animal<br />

whisperer during her college years<br />

(she holds a bachelor’s and master’s<br />

degree in English Literature).<br />

Her father Joe Leach, a longtime<br />

city manager for the City of Rolling<br />

Hills, got her a job in the city’s animal<br />

control department. Initially,<br />

her job centered around dog licensing<br />

and patrolling. But it didn’t<br />

take long for her superiors to recognize<br />

her natural prowess with<br />

animals.<br />

“So next thing I know, they’re<br />

bringing me out in the truck,” she<br />

recalled with a laugh. “They’d go,<br />

‘We have three vicious pit bulls,<br />

then throw me in the back of the<br />

truck. Then what happened was,<br />

they brought in eight orphaned kit-<br />

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tens that were two days old and<br />

they were going to put them to<br />

sleep. And then they said, ‘Well,<br />

you know, you could take them.’"<br />

By the end of the summer, Spydell<br />

found herself nursing 13 kittens<br />

in her backyard.<br />

“That was the first time I’d ever<br />

even owned a cat,” she said, noting<br />

that now she knows better than to<br />

welcome all with open arms.<br />

“If you don’t have extreme rules<br />

when you’re raising cats or helping<br />

find homes for cats, you become<br />

the crazy cat people that you’re trying<br />

to rescue them from,” she said,<br />

laughing.<br />

Rolling Hills Estates is known for<br />

roaming peacocks. Over 1,000 peacocks<br />

are estimated to be living on<br />

the Palos Verdes <strong>Peninsula</strong>. Rad is<br />

a licensed education bird and<br />

tamer than thought possible. Every<br />

day after sunset, like clockwork,<br />

Spydell tucks him into his bed — a<br />

cozy perch inside her garage.<br />

Rad, Drinian and her split-faced<br />

calypso kitten Athena are part of<br />

the “traveling family,” that Spydell<br />

takes to libraries, music festivals<br />

and schools. Until this past October,<br />

they traveled in Sunshine the<br />

School Bus, a colorful RV conversion<br />

with a bed in the back. Unfortunately,<br />

Sunshine was hit by a<br />

semi-truck when Bobby was driving<br />

up north. Fortunately, Bobby<br />

was alone.<br />

“We’re still trying to figure out<br />

what to do,” Spydell said. “For now,<br />

we’re hauling [everyone] around in<br />

my Nissan Infinity.”<br />

Spydell sits on the Rolling Hills<br />

Estates’ Environmental Advisory<br />

Committee and is a longtime member<br />

of the Palos Verdes Tree Society,<br />

which helped preserve 80 of<br />

the city’s landmark Brazilian Pepper<br />

trees on Palos Verdes Drive<br />

North. In 2012, Spydell ran for City<br />

Council on an environmental platform.<br />

Her most recent concern is coyotes.<br />

As a member of Residents<br />

Against Killing Coyotes, she has<br />

spearheaded efforts to educate residents<br />

about the most effective<br />

way to deal with the <strong>Peninsula</strong>’s<br />

coyote population. Some residents<br />

have advocated shooting the coyotes<br />

dead, but Spydell argues that<br />

that only makes matters worse.<br />

“There’s a saying in the coyote<br />

circle: kill 100 to make a million.<br />

Every time you kill one alpha in a<br />

pack, you divide the pack,” Spydell<br />

said. “Packs divide like cells.”<br />

In a few years, Spydell hopes to<br />

move to Northern California,<br />

where she lived for seven years,<br />

working at odd jobs, including candle<br />

maker, gardener, house sitter,<br />

and preschool teacher. This time<br />

around, she plans to acquire property<br />

in the Redwoods and open a<br />

retreat center. It will be one-part<br />

meditation center, one part rock<br />

festival grounds.<br />

“It’s about 'What do we really<br />

need?' versus 'What do we have?’”<br />

Spydell said. “If you just live low,<br />

you can live how you want and not<br />

be a slave to the system, not be a<br />

slave to the paycheck, not be a<br />

slave to anything and have so<br />

much more freedom.”<br />

“We’ll stay off the grid and just do<br />

our thing,” she said. “It’s taken me<br />

a long time to figure that out.” PEN<br />

Cat Spydell with her pet peacock Radagast. Photo by Esther Kang<br />

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NEW<br />


999 Paseo la Cresta, Palos Verdes Estates $11,999,000 www.999PaseolaCresta.com<br />

Extraordinary Mediterranean inspired estate on nearly an acre of land with no expense spared! The floor plan of this home provides<br />

you with the modern lifestyle and all of your entertaining needs. With 6 en-suites, a separate maid's quarters, library, formal<br />

living and dining, family room that opens to the fabulous gourmet kitchen, movie theater, music room, billiards room, wine<br />

cellar, service/tech room-brain of the home, and multiple storage rooms throughout. The master retreat is everything you imagined,<br />

a separate room for closet for the lady of the house with floor to ceiling custom designed cabinets with glass doors and spa<br />

like bathroom. Additional amenities include a full sized elevator, safe/panic room, 4 custom designed marble fireplaces, and a<br />

smart house with a sophisticated security system. There are over-sized French doors that open to multiple terraces, creating an<br />

easy indoor/outdoor feel enhanced by panoramic Catalina, Ocean, Malibu to Santa Monica Mountains views. Escape to the<br />

private resort-like backyard that will make you feel like your away on vacation and offers endless entertaining options from intimate<br />

gatherings to grand events ! Complete with a salt-water pool, fountains, spa, European statue, tennis/basketball court,<br />

gym and a built-in grill, all encompassed by a lush grassy yard. This property exudes elegance from top to bottom and is a timeless<br />



NEW<br />


2701 Via Elevado, Palos Verdes Estates<br />

One of the largest estates ever offered in the heart of Malaga Cove in<br />

Palos Verdes Estates with panoramic views of the Queen’s Necklace.<br />

A royal wrought iron entrance leads you down a long driveway with<br />

massive, historic wooden gates followed by a stone and wood bridge to<br />

an oversized circular carport replete with waterfalls and gorgeous<br />

landscaping. Family-owned for over 40 years, on apx 4 sweeping acres<br />

and 3 parcels of land next to parkland with striking ocean, city and golf<br />

course views. This home is apx 10,000 sqft with abundant character,<br />

quality, and detail including a sun-drenched pool overlooking the Pacific<br />

Ocean, citrus and flower gardens, and large grassy areas for reception<br />

and entertaining. A truly private compound that is beyond compare.<br />

$26,680,000 www.KingoftheHill.me<br />

12 San Miguel, Rolling Hills Estates<br />

Located on a quiet cul-de-sac in the 24-hour guard and gated<br />

community of Vantage Pointe. This beautiful property has 5 en-suites<br />

stretching over 4,500 sq. ft. on a lot about 20,000 sq. ft. Lovely views of<br />

Catalina Island and the Pacific Ocean could be enjoyed from most<br />

major rooms. Great two story ceilings in foyer, living room, and library.<br />

There are two separate but attached 2 car garages (4 spaces total),<br />

library with built-in shelves that overlooks the pool. Huge family/media<br />

room opens to the back yard with lush landscaping, a separate area for<br />

the beach style salt water pool/spa/waterfall. Built in 2001 and with<br />

some recent updates, do not miss this beauty!!!<br />

$3,599,000 www.12SanMiguel.com<br />

NEW<br />


2612 Via Campesina, Palos Verdes Estates<br />

Located in beautiful Malaga Cove, this home with a French inspired<br />

architectural design has 4 bdrms, 3ba, and 2,700+ interior sq ft. It has<br />

been so well maintained with a superior curb appeal that offers multiple<br />

fruit trees and is equipped as a smart home with a fantastic security<br />

system. The living room has a soaring vaulted ceiling and fireplace. The<br />

formal dining area overlooks the side yard with a stone patio, lush<br />

greens and flowers. Next to the kitchen is the family room with a<br />

fireplace, custom cabinetry and opens to the private and serene<br />

backyard with a built-in BBQ. Spacious master suite with vaulted ceilings,<br />

Jacuzzi tub, separate shower & 2 closets including a walk-in. Two of the<br />

upstairs bedrooms also have vaulted ceilings & French doors that open<br />

to balconies with a view of the ocean & spectacular sunsets. Only 2<br />

blocks to shopping, restaurants, banking, & the post office in historic<br />

Malaga Cove Plaza. Truly an outstanding value!<br />

$1,799,000 www.2612ViaCampesina.com<br />

550 Silver Spur Rd. Suite 240, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90275

S P O T L I G H T O N T H E H I L L<br />

66th Caballeros<br />

Installation Brunch<br />

Caballeros del Rancho Palos Verdes held its annual members’ meeting<br />

to install directors and officers at the historic Red Onion Restaurant<br />

on January 22. In the olden days, members would ride horses to the Red<br />

Onion. Today the conveyance of choice is horseless carriages. Caballeros<br />

works to preserve trails and easements that provide open space and access<br />

along roadways and between properties, contributing to the spacious<br />

ambiance of the community. About 50 miles of <strong>Peninsula</strong> trails are<br />

available for all to enjoy. Caballeros board meeting are held the third<br />

Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the Rolling Hills City Council<br />

Chambers.<br />

1. Lynn Gill and Hal Winton.<br />

2. Val Decker, Carla Routt, Inez Foye<br />

(back to camera), Gerry Belleville and<br />

Marion Ruth.<br />

3. Allen Lay, Sue Breiholz and Dottie<br />

Lay.<br />


4. Dave Breiholz and Jill Smith.<br />

5. Roger and Christa Hawkins and<br />

Pam Crane.<br />

6. Jill Smith, Sally Swart and<br />

President Jack Smith.<br />

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BRAND<br />

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3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, 2,138 sq ft Home, 39,757 sq ft Lot<br />

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PALOS VERDES estates<br />

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2nd Master Bedroom on Main Floor, Office, Bonus/Great Room<br />

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LOT<br />



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5 Bedrooms, 6.5 Bathrooms, 8,533 sq ft Home, Guest House<br />

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OFFERED AT $3,995,000<br />

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The new head of Palos Verdes Performing Arts Center is a<br />

powerhouse family and business woman<br />

by Esther Kang<br />

By 5 o’clock most mornings, Julie Moe-<br />

Reynolds is up and running. With a hot<br />

breakfast in tow, the mother of three hits<br />

the road at the crack of dawn with her middle<br />

son Travis — a freshman at Loyola High School<br />

in downtown LA — for his early morning water<br />

polo practice. Upon returning to the Hill, if it’s<br />

one of her three assigned days, she picks up a carpool<br />

of kids, along with her 13-year-old daughter<br />

Ashley, for class at Ridgecrest Middle School.<br />

Then, she gets her own day started.<br />

After running her environmental engineering<br />

firm Essentia for 15 years, the Rolling Hills Estates<br />

native is accustomed to multitasking. On top<br />

of the company and the kids, she was devoting at<br />

least 20 hours a week to help run the Palos Verdes<br />

Performing Arts Center, a family legacy since its<br />

founding. Moe-Reynolds significantly upped her<br />

involvement after the passing of her mother Joan<br />

Moe, a co-founder, who remained active in the<br />

nonprofit until succumbing to cancer four years<br />

ago.<br />

“I was trying to help steer the ship and trying<br />

to figure out who should be on the ship,” she<br />

said, adding with a laugh, “I didn’t sleep a lot. It’s<br />

overrated.”<br />

Last July, Moe-Reynolds sold her company interests<br />

after building the business from a few employees<br />

to a dozen offices across the country. In

January, following a year and a half as PVPA’s volunteer<br />

executive director, the nonprofit named the<br />

53-year-old its full-time executive director.<br />

In her usual fashion, Moe-Reynolds hit the<br />

ground running. In addition to its annual $1 million<br />

fundraising efforts, her team has undertaken<br />

a capital campaign to build a new conservatory for<br />

its more than 800 students and dozens of productions.<br />

The $5.3 million project, across the street<br />

from the Norris Theater, will be triple the size of<br />

the conservatory PVPA currently leases. The<br />

fundraising campaign is about halfway to its goal.<br />

“We still have a bit to go,” she said. "We’re looking<br />

to community again, and businesses. The nice<br />

thing is, if it’s on your own property, it’s going to<br />

stay there forever.”<br />

When Moe-Reynolds was a third grader at Rancho<br />

Vista Elementary (she grew up a mile away<br />

from her current home), her mother attended the<br />

school talent show to watch her daughter sing. Seeing<br />

the kids performing in the multipurpose room<br />

planted the seed in Joan Moe’s mind to build a<br />

proper theater for the community. It was a long<br />

process, but in September, 1983 PVPA celebrated<br />

the opening of the Norris Theater. Moe-Reynolds<br />

was 19 at the time, a freshman at California<br />

Lutheran University with a double major in biology<br />

and business (her oldest son Colton now attends<br />

the school.)<br />

“Dinner conversation was the Norris Theater<br />

and what we’re going to do about it,” she recalled.<br />

Following graduation from college, Moe-<br />

Reynolds excelled in her career, breaking glass ceilings<br />

in the notoriously male-dominated<br />

engineering industry. She wore various hats at<br />

TRW Aerospace for eight years then at Jacobs Engineering<br />

for five. In 1995, at age 31, she became<br />

the first woman to become a senior vice president<br />

at Professional Industry Services, a national environmental<br />

engineering firm founded in 1968.<br />

It was also around this time, that PVPA’s pavilion<br />

was erected. Without enough funding to hire an<br />

outside contractor, her father Dick Moe, an engineer<br />

and volunteer executive director at the time,<br />

paired up with his daughter’s husband John, a federal<br />

agent with a knack for construction, and led<br />

the charge in much of the grunt work from plumbing<br />

to electrical. Several years later, when Moe-<br />

Reynolds joined the board of directors, it again<br />

became even more of a family project.<br />

“All of us were picking up a hammer and<br />

nail,” she said. “Instead of going skiing that<br />

Christmas, our whole family and the kids —<br />

my family and my brother’s family — we put<br />

in the flooring because we couldn’t afford to<br />

pay outside contractors to do it.”<br />

The family business vibe, true to the smalltown<br />

ethos of the Hill, extends beyond Moe-<br />

Reynolds’ immediate family. Abby Douglass,<br />

her best friend since Moe-Reynolds was 6<br />

years old, is the board president, and the two<br />

have assembled a team of directors and staff<br />

with a strong female presence – seven out of<br />

10 to be exact. When it comes to hiring the<br />

right person for the job, Moe-Reynolds said she<br />

doesn’t consider gender, just their qualifications<br />

and work ethic.<br />

“I don’t like someone who talks about doing<br />

it,” she said. “I like someone who does it and<br />

follows through. It happens that these seven<br />

women all do that.”<br />

Dave Diestel, another longtime friend of the<br />

Moes and a board director for five years in the<br />

early 2000s, has known Moe-Reynolds since<br />

she was a teenager. For the past 20 to 30 years,<br />

he has watched her jump in at the drop of a<br />

hat to help her parents and the theater, often<br />

taking charge of fundraisers. Diestel, who was<br />

involved in the hiring of the last five executive<br />

directors, said there has never been a better fit.<br />

For Moe-Reynolds, he explained, this post is<br />

not merely a 9 to 5 job. It’s a commitment and<br />

a lifestyle.<br />

“She’s a mother, a wife, a leader in the community<br />

and just a perfect fit for the Norris,”<br />

Diestel said. “She’s working with younger people<br />

and older folk, many of whom are<br />

founders. She relates to all of us very well. She<br />

really just does everything.”<br />

Moe-Reynolds has fond memories of growing<br />

up on the <strong>Peninsula</strong>. When her parents<br />

bought her a horse in third grade, it fueled a<br />

lifelong love of riding. There was no need for<br />

a driver’s license, she said, because she galloped<br />

around town on her horse. She became<br />

an avid competitor. Between 1995 and 2003,<br />

she won seven world and reserve world titles<br />

in American Paint Horse Association competitions.<br />

But, when she gave birth to her third<br />

child, she sold all 17 of her horses.<br />

Moe-Reynolds wants to keep the legacy of<br />

the Palos Verdes Performing Art Center alive<br />

for generations to come.<br />

“I hope it’s here forever, long past me,” she<br />

said. “I hope my great, great, great grandchildren<br />

are taking classes and performing on<br />

stage." PEN<br />

Julie Moe-Reynolds prepares for breakfast on the<br />

go before taking her son to early morning water<br />

polo practice.<br />

Photos by David Fairchild<br />


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Clement “Clem” Hiel, PhD. and his wife Hilde (center) are joined by family and friends at the Belgian General Consul’s house in Washington D.C., following Dr. Hiel’s<br />

acceptance of the Tibbetts Award at the White House. (Left to right) Tom Hiel, Mariana Zimmermann, Hank K. Stevenson, Esq., the Hiels, Tim Kelly, Joan Kelly, and<br />

Patricia and Fred Shooshani. Photo courtesy of the Hiel family<br />

Professor<br />

‘Snap’<br />

Belgian-born,<br />

<strong>Peninsula</strong> resident<br />

Dr. Clem Hiel<br />

develops composites<br />

to build towers and<br />

protect against<br />

terrorists<br />

by Brian Gillogly<br />

In 2013, gunmen fired on a Pacific Gas and Electric<br />

substation outside of San Jose for 19 minutes<br />

and then escaped by car. A blackout of<br />

Silicon Valley was only averted by rerouting power<br />

from neighboring power plants. Former Chairman<br />

of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Jon<br />

Wellinghoff described the attack as "the most significant<br />

incident of domestic terrorism involving<br />

the grid that has ever occurred.”<br />

Homeland Security officials suspected the attack<br />

was a practice run for a large-scale assault that<br />

could cripple the U.S. electrical grid. Despite a<br />

$250,000 reward offered by Pacific Gas and Electric<br />

and AT&T, the gunmen responsible for the attack<br />

were never found.<br />

But thanks to <strong>Peninsula</strong> resident Clement “Clem”<br />

Hiel, the chances of a similar attack succeeding<br />

have been greatly diminished.<br />

Hiel is the founder of Composite Support & Solutions<br />

(CSSI). Following the power station attack,<br />

Hiel was asked to develop composite protection<br />

walls for the electrical substations.<br />

“One night I came up with a very simple idea<br />

that worked extremely well and that was very affordable,”<br />

he said.<br />

Protecting the electrical grid is just one of many<br />

contributions the Belgian-born engineer has made<br />

to U.S. security.<br />

Last January, Hiel was invited to the White<br />

House to accept the <strong>2017</strong> Tibbetts Award, presented<br />

each year by the U.S. Small Business Administration.<br />

The award honors businesses that<br />

have made “a visible technological impact on the<br />

socio-economic front.”<br />

Hiel received the award for CSSI’s development<br />

of a new “snap-joint” technology for rapid installation<br />

of lightweight, exceptionally strong communications<br />

towers.<br />

Boeing technology fellow and UCLA professor<br />

Dr. Hamid Saghizadeh said of the new technology,<br />

it has “formidable potential for diffusion into a<br />

whole range of applications, from aeronautics and<br />

space to civil engineering and construction.”<br />

CSSI’s snap-joint technology, Hiel said, dates<br />

back to early Japanese society, which built large<br />

structures without screws or nails. Hiel utilized<br />

space age composites, such as resins or ceramics,<br />

combined with graphite or glass fibers, to bring<br />

snap-joint technology into the modern era.<br />

In 2008, CSSI installed a prototype snap-joint<br />

tower on a launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force<br />

Base in Oxnard. Last year, a 118-foot tower, constructed<br />

by CSSI at Hanscom Air Force Base in<br />

Massachusetts further improved the process. Key<br />

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parts had a tolerance of 20 microns, or approximately the thickness of a<br />

human hair.<br />

“The current tower technology is more advanced,” says Hiel. “This is especially<br />

true of its manufacturing. It's like going from transistors to integrated<br />

circuits.”<br />

Hiel’s interest in engineering began in his native city of Antwerp, where,<br />

from ages 12 to 18, he studied welding, fabrication and mechanical drawing<br />

at a vocational school. He subsequently attended the Antwerp Institute of<br />

Technology and then university in Brussels, where he first came in contact<br />

with the then futuristic materials called composites.<br />

His ambition was to develop more efficient diesel engines. However,<br />

when one of his professors pointed out that future diesels would utilize<br />

composites, Hiel changed course. That detour took him to the National<br />

Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for a post-doctoral studies<br />

in composites. A year later, he returned to Belgium to accept a university<br />

teaching position, only to resume employment with NASA three years later.<br />

For the next decade, Hiel worked at NASA’s Ames Research Facility at Moffett<br />

Field, in Silicon Valley. He then decided to branch out on his own to<br />

explore opportunities for composites beyond the aeronautics industry.<br />

“You have to disconnect yourself from the past. That’s how you move<br />

into the future. That’s how you create and innovate,” he said.<br />

When Hiel’s brother, a baker back in Belgium, asked Hiels to create a<br />

non-stick composite pan that could withstand 450 degrees Fahrenheit, he<br />

initially declined. “I explained to my brother that plastics used in the space<br />

program might be suitable, but they would be too expensive.”<br />

But then he recalled a basic principle of physics he had learned at age 13<br />

in vocational school. “Temperature doesn’t increase as long as you are evaporating<br />

water. It remains at 212 degrees Fahrenheit.” That insight led to the<br />

development of an inexpensive polymer and a process that allows baking<br />

bread in one-third the normal time. The process uses both microwave and<br />

conventional ovens. The pans are now marketed in Europe under the name<br />

“Clean Baking Products” (www.cbpb.be).<br />

The problem of conflagrations along the U.S.’s aged electrical grid led<br />

Hiel’s CSSI to develop composite firewalls to contain the blazes. Not only<br />

did CSSI develop space age plastics capable of withstanding high temperatures,<br />

but it also fashioned them so they could be easily assembled in the<br />

field.<br />

“In 2008, firewalls were our bread and butter. That year, they earned our<br />

company a top innovation award from the American Society of Civil Engineers<br />

(ASCE).”<br />

The firewalls made CSSI the logical company for Homeland Security to<br />

turn to following the 2012 attack on the Silicon Valley power station<br />

Another successful CSSI project is a composite, high voltage cable, for<br />

which Hiel holds the patent. “It is being produced in Irvine and currently<br />

employs about 130 people in high-quality, manufacturing jobs. At this time,<br />

26,000 miles have been produced and installed, all over the world.”<br />

There have been potholes along the way, literally. In 2012, Hiel joined a<br />

team of engineers from Jet Propulsion Lab, Aerospace Corporation and<br />

UCLA. They were enlisted by the City of Los Angeles to come up with a<br />

technology to fix potholes.<br />

“The idea was that the City would fund us to do the work and the City<br />

would own the patents and could then license the technology all over the<br />

world. In this way, Los Angeles could solve its pothole crisis and generate<br />

a revenue stream in the process.” However, the City balked at the funding<br />

proposed for research and development and a German group came up with<br />

a similar idea and captured the market.<br />

Hiel and his wife Hilde have two children, Lynn and Tom. Both children<br />

attended elementary and high school on the <strong>Peninsula</strong>. Lynn earned her<br />

masters degree in civil engineering at U.C. Berkeley, She currently manages<br />

a German building information modeling team while also pursuing a second<br />

masters degree in construction law and mediation at Kings College in<br />

London. Tom received his masters degree in structural engineering from<br />

U.C. San Diego and works at Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo.<br />

In addition to heading CSSI, Hiel teaches Materials Selection and Design<br />

at UCLA.<br />

“It’s a very demanding field. You have to create but you also have to know<br />

the laws of physics that limit you. And, sometimes, you come up with a<br />

breakthrough idea that allows new engineering possibilities,” he said.PEN<br />

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South Bay YMCA board member Jerry Marcil said. To provide<br />

funds for the YMCA’s many programs, the group hopes to raise $680,000<br />

this year. “Our annual campaign gives the community an opportunity to<br />

come together and support vital youth, seniors and parent-child programs,”<br />

Marcil added.<br />

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eventcalendar<br />


Compiled by Teri Marin<br />

You can email your event to our address: penpeople@easyreadernews.com<br />

All submissions must be sent by the 10th of each month prior to event taking place.<br />

The South Coast Botanic Garden hosts its annual Cherry Blossom<br />

Festival and also the inaurgural Spring into Fitness 5K Walk/Run this<br />

month. The Cherry Blossom Festival is Saturday and Sunday,<br />

<strong>March</strong> 4 and 5, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Spring into FItness 5K<br />

is Sunday, <strong>March</strong> 19 at 7:30 a.m. Run proceeds will benefit the Pediatric<br />

Unit at Torrance Memorial Medical Center. The garden is located<br />

at 26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes Peniinsula. For more information<br />

call (310) 544-1948. Or visit SouthCoastBotanicGarden. org.<br />

On going<br />

Native Plant Nursery<br />

Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. Enjoy nurturing seedlings and help shrubs grow for<br />

habitat restoration projects. Must RSVP 48 hours in advance. Sign up at<br />

pvplc.volunteerhub.com.<br />

Rapid Response Team<br />

Fridays and Saturdays, 9 a.m. - noon. Work alongside PVP Land Conservancy<br />

staff protecting important wildlife habitat by closing unauthorized trails. Tasks<br />

include trail maintenance, building fence, installing signage and more. Work<br />

at various locations where work is most needed. Directions to sites emailed<br />

upon sign up. No experience needed. Ages 15 and up.<br />

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Saturday, February 25<br />

Fashion Show<br />

The Bedecked, Bejeweled and Bedazzled Vista’s for Children 17th Annual<br />

Fashion Show and Boutique/Luncheon in the Queen Mary Ballroom. 1126<br />

Queens Hwy, Long Beach.10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Vistasforchildren.org for more<br />

info.<br />

Abalone Cove hike<br />

Enjoy a guided hike led by the Los Serenos Docents down to Abalone Cove.<br />

1:30 p.m. Learn about the native fauna and flora, along with interesting facts<br />

about the local tide pool. The hiking difficulty is moderate to strenuous. Wear<br />

sturdy shoes. 5970 Palos Verdes Dr S, Rancho Palos Verdes. Parking fees<br />

waived up to 45 minutes prior to the event and 30 minutes after. Free. (310)<br />

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Vences, showcases the splendor of Mexican Folk dance from regions throughout<br />

Mexico. 7:30 p.m. Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W. 6th St., San Pedro.<br />

(310) 548-2493 or warnergrand.org.<br />

Honey Country<br />

Rooted in three-part harmonies and southern twang, this country trio can be<br />

heard on HBO’s True Blood and Go Country 105. 8 p.m. Grand Annex, 434<br />

West 6th St., San Pedro, (310) 833-4813 or grandvision.org.<br />

Sunday, February 26<br />

Hockey Hero celebration<br />

Promenade Ice Chalet presents Our Hockey Heroes, featuring LA Kings Crew,<br />

Kings Chariot, Marty McSorley, Vic Venasky and Ian “Hawk” Turnbull to celebrate<br />

National Hockey Week. Enjoy ice activities, obstacles and relays with<br />

PIC hockey students ages 12 yrs. and younger. 1 -- 3 p.m. Various local<br />

fundraising partners will be raising awareness and funds benefitting The Kings<br />

Care Foundation. PV Net will have a booth where kids create using a 3D pen.<br />

Ruby’s Diner will offer milk shakes and Premier Bank will teach kids the importance<br />

of money management. 550 Deep Valley Dr. Rolling Hills Estates.<br />

The Belle of Amherst<br />

Actress Melanie Jones mesmerizes in this one-woman play as Emily Dickinson,<br />

the daring poet of 1800s New England. Followed by afternoon tea (with<br />

scones, sandwiches, dessert). 2 p.m. Benefits Meet the Music. Grand Annex,<br />

434 West 6th St., San Pedro, (310) 833-4813 or grandvision.org.<br />

Oscar Viewing Party<br />

Appetizers, dinner, drinks and more! At Temple Emet, 2051 W. 236th St.,<br />

Torrance. Starting at 3 p.m., $36 per person RSVP. Check website for details:<br />

TempleEment.org or call (310) 316-3322.<br />

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Tuesday, February 28<br />

Shrove Tuesday Luncheon<br />

Sponsored by the St. John Fisher Women’s Council. The luncheon is an annual<br />

fundraiser for local charities. Guest Speaker will be Bishop Joseph Sartoris.<br />

$25. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Reservations can be made at the Parish Office, 5448<br />

Crest Rd., RPV. Call Elaine Sweers at (310) 377-7704 for more info.<br />

Thursday, <strong>March</strong> 2<br />

Jazz Expression Night<br />

Enjoy a night of Jazz Expression from outstanding high school jazz bands<br />

along with special musical guest The Jesse Palter Band. 6:30 p.m. Trump National<br />

Golf Club, 1 Trump National Dr., Rancho Palos Verdes. Tickets: $10<br />

presale, reserved seating at freedomcommunity.com or by mail or $15 at the<br />

door. Casual buffet ticket: $25. For more information (800) 501-9801 or<br />

admin@freedomcommunity.com.<br />

Teen blessings speaker<br />

Dr. Wendy Mogel, clinical psychologist and bestselling author of “The Blessing<br />

of a Skinned Knee,” will speak on Myths and Misconceptions -- The Hidden<br />

Blessing of Raising Teenagers. Mogel is a frequent guest speaker on issues<br />

from talking to kids about death and embracing the chaos of messy rooms to<br />

the protection and promotion of self-reliance, resilience and accountability.<br />

Designed for middle school and high school students and their parents. Appropriate<br />

for all ages. 7 p.m. Free. Followed by dessert and coffee. Books<br />

available for purchase after the lecture. Congregation Ner Tamid: 5721 Crestridge<br />

Road, Rancho Palos Verdes. RSVP requested nertamid.com/rsvp.<br />

Friday, <strong>March</strong> 3<br />

Back to Broadway<br />

Act II, a support group of the Palos<br />

Verdes Performing Arts, will stage its<br />

annual community variety show at<br />

the Norris Theatre featuring music<br />

from popular Broadway musicals,<br />

with talented singers, dancers and<br />

musicians from the community. Complimentary<br />

wine served opening<br />

night. Proceeds will benefit the Palos<br />

Verdes Performing Arts. Showtimes<br />

are 7:30 p.m. on <strong>March</strong> 3 and 4<br />

and 2 p.m. <strong>March</strong> 5. $25 for adults<br />

and $15 for youth aged 18 and<br />

under. (310) 544-0403 or go to<br />

palosverdesperformingarts.com.<br />

27570 Norris Center Drive in<br />

Rolling Hills Estates.<br />

Beady eyes<br />

Seaside Beaders, a special interest<br />

group of the Embroiderers' Guild of<br />

America, meets at 9:30 a.m. Idele<br />

will teach part one of a beaded<br />

kaleidocycle. Must sign up for $20<br />

pattern in advance. Pattern will be<br />

sent by pdf. Visitors welcome. You<br />

can always bring your own project<br />

to work on. For more information,<br />

call Idele (310) 540-6104 or visit<br />

www.azureverdeega.com/bead_<br />

projects.com. St. Francis Episcopal<br />

Church, 2200 Via Rosa, PVE.<br />

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Saturday, <strong>March</strong> 4<br />

Cherry blossom fest<br />

Enjoy the ornamental cherry trees’ spectacular blooms at the South Coast<br />

Botanic Garden. In Japanese culture, the cherry blossom represents the fragility<br />

and beauty of life. Visit Guest Services or the Gift Shop for additional information<br />

about the Festival. Bring your own picnic to enjoy on the Upper, Lower<br />

or Sakura meadows. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.26300 Crenshaw<br />

Blvd., Palos Verdes <strong>Peninsula</strong>. (310) 544-1948.<br />

Family Hike<br />

Bring your family and join a PVP Land Conservancy guide to discover habitat,<br />

wildlife and more on an easy hike with amazing views of the city. Free. All<br />

ages welcome. 9 a.m. George F Canyon, 27305 Palos Verdes Dr E, Rolling<br />

Hills Estates. For more information (310) 547-0862 or RSVP at: pvplc.org.<br />

Outdoor Volunteer Day at Portuguese Bend Reserve<br />

Help restore important wildlife habitat while looking out at a beautiful view.<br />

George F Canyon, 27305 Palos Verdes Dr E, Rolling Hills Estates. 9 a.m. -<br />

noon. Sign up at pvplc.volunteerhub.com.<br />

Creative Expressions<br />

Opening reception for "Creative Expressions" at the Artists' Studio Gallery at<br />

The Promenade on the <strong>Peninsula</strong>, featuring abstract artist Lois Olsen, painter<br />

Kathie Reis and glass artist Howard Schneider. 2 to 5 p.m. Artist will discuss<br />

their work, beginning at 3 p.m. 550 Deep Valley Drive space #159, across<br />

from the fountains. (310) 265-2592 or artists-studio-pvac.com.<br />

Friday, <strong>March</strong> 10<br />

Dog Training<br />

Advanced Rally AKC Competition class offered through Lomita Obedience<br />

Training Club, a non-profit organization. This class is designed for people and<br />

their dogs who already know the rally novice stations and are ready to learn<br />

and/or practice advance and excellent stations. Classes are 6 weeks long<br />

and will be held at Ernie Howlett Park (flat area near the horse barns) in Rolling<br />

Hills Estates. To learn more please call (310) 530-4814 or visit LomitaDog-<br />

Training.org.<br />

Do you change your automobile oil and filter? If you do, call EDCO your trash/recycling<br />

hauler and arrange for a free pickup. Then, place your used oil and/or filter in a tightly<br />

sealed container or ziplock bag. EDCO will pick them up and drop off an oil recycling kit<br />

that contains a 15-quart drip pan, empty 1-gallon container, funnel, shop rag, cardboard<br />

floor mat and information on used oil and filter. Call EDCO at 310-540-2977 or go to<br />

www.rpvrecycles.com.<br />

Household Hazardous Waste/Electronic Waste Roundup<br />

Sat. April 8th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm<br />

RPV Civic Center, 30940 Hawthorne Bl.<br />

Composting Workshop (Beginners Level)<br />

Sat. April 15th from 9:30 am to 11:30 am, Hesse Park, Fireside Room<br />

Document Shredding/Electronic Waste Roundup/Free Mulch Giveaway<br />

Sat. April 22nd from 8 am to 11 am<br />

RPV Civic Center, 30940 Hawthorne Bl. (RPV Residents Only)<br />

For Household Hazardous Waste (including Sharps disposal)<br />

and Electronic Waste Disposal, go to:<br />

Gaffey SAFE Center<br />

Address: 1400 N Gaffey St, San Pedro, 90731<br />

Phone: 800.988.6942<br />

Open Saturdays and Sundays<br />

from 9am to 3pm<br />

Saturday, <strong>March</strong> 11<br />

Outdoor Volunteer Day<br />

At Alta Vicente Reserve, help restore this unique canyon habitat, home to many<br />

threatened and endangered wildlife species. 9 a.m. - noon. 30940<br />

Hawthorne Blvd, Rancho Palos Verdes. Sign up at pvplc.volunteerhub.com.<br />

Stories, Songs and more<br />

Share the joy of storytelling with your children and introduce them to the<br />

beauty of the natural surroundings. Enjoy spending time with retired Children’s<br />

Librarian Carla Sedlacek for stories and activities featuring nature themes, exciting<br />

props and songs. Free.10 a.m. 1600 W. Paseo del Mar in San Pedro.<br />

RSVP at pvplc.org, Events & Activities.<br />

Guided Nature Walk<br />

Presented by the Palos Verdes <strong>Peninsula</strong> Land Conservancy. Explore the White<br />

Point preserve and demonstration garden followed by a visit to the tide pools<br />

at Royal Palms State Beach. Free and open to the public. 2 p.m. 1600 W.<br />

Paseo del Mar in San Pedro. For more information, contact (310) 541-7613<br />

ext. 201 or sign up at pvplc.org/_events/NatureWalkRSVP.asp.<br />

Wounded Warriors<br />

Readers Theatre Repertory will hold a benefit for Wounded Warriors. A light supper<br />

will be served followed by a performance of “Adoring Gertie,” 5 to 8 p.m. at the<br />

Croatian Cultural Center, 510 W. 7th St., San Pedro. Suggested donation<br />

$20. Reserve now. Seating is limited. For more information call Jean Alden<br />

(310) 377-2034.<br />

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Purim Gala<br />

Dine, dance and be entertained! Music, comedy, magic, and raffle with bountiful<br />

gift baskets galore! $118 person at 6 p.m. DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton,<br />

21333 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance. Check website for details TempleEmet.org<br />

or call (310) 316-3322.<br />

The Texas Tenors<br />

From Bruno Mars to Puccini, the charismatic trio brings its exciting repertoire<br />

of country, Broadway, rock and opera to the Norris stage with breathtaking<br />

vocals and a touch of irresistible cowboy charm. Since their whirlwind debut<br />

as the highest-ranked singing group in the history of “America’s Got Talent,”<br />

The Texas Tenors have accumulated a long list of awards, accolades and excited<br />

fans. 8 p.m. Tickets $60 -- $70. 27570 Norris Center Drive in Rolling<br />

Hills Estates. (310) 544-0403 or go to palosverdesperformingarts.com.<br />

Sunday, <strong>March</strong> 12<br />

Bird walks into a garden<br />

Are you interested in birds? Join Steve Dexter, Ed Griffin and Manuel Duran<br />

of the Palos Verdes/South Bay Audubon Society to tour the South Coast<br />

Botanic Garden in search of birds. No experience required, but binoculars<br />

are recommended. The group meets in the Courtyard and then heads out. 8-<br />

11 a.m. South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes<br />

<strong>Peninsula</strong>. (310) 544-1948.<br />

Cactus & Succulents<br />

Jeff Moore's program, "Under the Spell of Succulents," deals with how we engage<br />

with succulents -- growers, collectors, landscaping, container gardens,<br />

and niches such as bonsai, crests, and variegation -- and is aimed at both<br />

novice and long-time enthusiast. 1 p.m. to buy plants, meet other cartophiles,<br />

and have refreshments. Program is at 1:30 p.m. South Coast Botanic Garden,<br />

26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes <strong>Peninsula</strong>. For more information visit<br />

southcoastcss.org.<br />

Bluegrass voices<br />

Included with Garden admission. Bring a picnic and enjoy the Windy Ridge<br />

Bluegrass Band as they play traditional, contemporary and original bluegrass<br />

songs. Acoustic instruments blend with vocals in lead and harmony. Concert<br />

will be held in the Amphitheater, 3-5 p.m. No registration required. South<br />

Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes <strong>Peninsula</strong>. (310)<br />

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Chamber music<br />

Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay, the resident classical orchestra of the<br />

Palos Verdes Performing Arts Center, continues its 2016-17 season at the Norris<br />

Theatre with featured soloist Los Angeles Philharmonic's concertmaster,<br />

Martin Chalifour and COSB's principal oboist Joseph Stone. Under the direction<br />

of Frances Steiner, the program will open with Stravinsky followed by J.S.<br />

Bach. Following intermission is a new work by Cantor Stephen Richards Serenade<br />

for the COSB. 8 p.m. Prior to the concert, there will be a Preview Talk<br />

by Chuck Klaus, starting at 7:15 p.m. Single tickets are $63 and will be available<br />

through the Norris Theatre Box Office, (310) 544-0403, ext. 221. Further<br />

information on the COSB and its future concerts can be found by visiting<br />

palosverdes.com/chamberorchestra.<br />

Full Moon Hike<br />

Palos Verdes <strong>Peninsula</strong> Land Conservancy. Explore nocturnal sights with an<br />

expert naturalist under a full moon at the George F Canyon Nature Preserve,<br />

27305 Palos Verdes Dr E, Rolling Hills Estates. Time to be announced. Must<br />

be age 9 and up. $12 per person. Reservations required at pvplc.org, Events<br />

& Activities.<br />

Wednesday, <strong>March</strong> 15<br />

Birding with Wild Birds Unlimited<br />

Explore the birds making a home in the restored habitat at the beautiful White<br />

Point Nature Preserve. Binoculars supplied for beginners. The program is free.<br />

All ages welcome. 8:30 a.m. 1600 W. Paseo del Mar in San Pedro. RSVP at<br />

pvplc.org, Events & Activities.<br />

Calendar cont. on page 66<br />

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<strong>March</strong> <strong>2017</strong> • <strong>Peninsula</strong> 49

S P O T L I G H T O N T H E H I L L<br />

League of Women Voters<br />

Celebrates 60th anniversary<br />

The Palos Verdes League of Women Voters celebrated its 60th<br />

anniversary in July with music by the Penny Royal Players at a<br />

historic home in Palos Verdes. While the organization does not endorse<br />

candidates, members do take positions on ballot measures,<br />

following comprehensive study. Its goal is to educate citizens and<br />

foster dialogue on important issues, from healthcare and climate<br />

change to immigration and affordable housing. For information<br />

about League of Women Voters visit lwvpalosverdes.org.<br />



Meeting, Lunch and Speaker -$30<br />

Tuesday, <strong>March</strong> 28, <strong>2017</strong>- 10:30 social<br />

11:00am-1:15pm meeting<br />

Palos Verdes Golf Club<br />

3301 Via Campesina,<br />

Palos Verdes Estates, CA<br />

1. Karen Buresh, Kaitlin Chang,<br />

Wendy Burkhard and Megan<br />

Wescott.<br />

2. Theodora Sonnischsen, Judi<br />

James and Fran Brown.<br />

3. Elayne Nahman, Eve Edmond<br />

1<br />

and Connie Davenport.<br />

4. Renata Harbison and Cindy<br />

Kondon.<br />

5. Janet MacLeod, Madeleine<br />

Drake, Paulette Reiss and Sue<br />

Reese.<br />

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The Jester House<br />

The master bedroom, with the Wayfarers Chapel, another of Lloyd Wright’s designs, in the distance.<br />

How architect Lloyd Wright and the magic of an Old Hollywood love story combined to create an enduring<br />

architectural masterpiece in Rancho Palos Verdes<br />

by Stephanie Cartozian<br />

The Jester House is emblematic<br />

of post-war Palos Verdes.<br />

It speaks of a simpler time<br />

on the <strong>Peninsula</strong>, when views<br />

were of open hillsides and ocean<br />

and the hum of a passing car was<br />

rarely heard. The Rancho Palos<br />

Verdes home was designed by<br />

Frank Lloyd Wright’s son, Lloyd<br />

Wright in 1949.<br />

The residence is still owned by<br />

its original family. The late Ralph<br />

Jester and his wife Lois had two<br />

sons, Lee and Leven. In the early<br />

1940s Ralph was an officer in the<br />

Army Air Corps and made films in<br />

Ecuador, South America and the<br />

South Pacific. Later, he became a<br />

Hollywood costume designer. His<br />

love interest Lois, was a New York<br />

fashion model 20 years his junior.<br />

They met serendipitously one<br />

night in 1944 at a costume party in<br />

New York. Lois had just moved to<br />

The backyard view with a terracotta fish the Jesters brought back from Mexico.<br />

Photos by Tony LaBruno<br />

the state from Alabama with her<br />

sister. Money was tight so in her<br />

closet she found a blue, longsleeved<br />

flannel nightgown to wear<br />

to the soiree, with her hair in pigtails.<br />

It was a carefree time. She<br />

saw him as her soulmate. “He really<br />

was,” she says now, still aglow<br />

with the memory 73 years later.<br />

They married not long after, in<br />

1945, and found this Portuguese<br />

Bend lot a few years later. Before<br />

the war, Ralph had lived in Palos<br />

Verdes at the Vanderlips’ chauffeur<br />

quarters (known as “The Casetta at<br />

Villa Narcissa”), also located in Portugese<br />

Bend, so he knew the area<br />

well. The lot he selected for his<br />

own home was “rocks and rubble<br />

and resembled a moonscape,” his<br />

son Lee says, recalling early photographs.<br />

Before moving to Palos Verdes,<br />

Ralph Jester knew Frank Lloyd<br />

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A long balcony off the kitchen invites al fresco dining.<br />

Wright and the Vanderlip family well, having<br />

lived and studied art and architecture at Yale<br />

University. Upon his graduation in 1924 with a<br />

liberal arts degree, he traveled to Vienna for a<br />

brief time to study architecture, subsequently<br />

moving onto Paris for five years to study sculpture.<br />

“My father was a lifelong scholar,” recalls Lee.<br />

Ralph’s friendship with Frank Lloyd Wright<br />

strengthened over the years. In 1932, he was invited<br />

to be an apprentice at the architect’s legendary<br />

estate at Taliesin, Wisconsin. At the time,<br />

Ralph was living in New York, working as a theatre<br />

designer. He’d just been offered a job to go<br />

to Hollywood and work for filmmaker Cecil B.<br />

DeMille on the 1934 version of “Cleopatra.”<br />

Though honored by Frank Lloyd Wright’s invitation,<br />

he chose to work in Hollywood. For the remainder<br />

of his career, Ralph stayed with<br />

Paramount Pictures as a costume designer, art director<br />

and production designer. The most notable<br />

film he was the costume designer for was “The<br />

Ten Commandments” for which he and fellow<br />

designer Edith Head were nominated for an<br />

Academy Award in 1956 (losing to “The King and<br />

I”). In 1958 he designed the costumes for “The<br />

Buccaneer” with Yul Brynner (also nominated for<br />

an Academy Award, losing to “Gigi”). The movie<br />

that brought the entire family to Madrid to live<br />

for six years was “Solomon and Sheba,” in which<br />

Tyrone Power was cast as Solomon. He suffered<br />

a massive heart attack during the filming and<br />

died at the untimely age of 44. Yul Brynner took<br />

over the role, requiring the entire film to be<br />

reshot. Following this strenuously long production,<br />

Ralph decided to retire and enjoy Spain with<br />

his two sons and wife. They employed a cook<br />

and three maids to help tend to the family and<br />

they attended the Berlitz School to learn Spanish.<br />

But the family always kept its home in Palos<br />

Verdes. Lee explains that when his father purchased<br />

the lot, with views of Portuguese Point,<br />

Sacred Cove and Inspiration Point, he was so<br />

elated that he brought his young wife to the spot<br />

and made them a picnic.<br />

The family has now spent over half a century<br />

in their home on the hill. Some trees that had outlived<br />

their lifespan were recently removed, clearing<br />

the way for sweeping, panoramic ocean<br />

views.<br />

“It’s low tide and those black rocks you see in<br />

the ocean are basalt,” Lee says, looking out over<br />

the view. “It’s the basalt that holds up the points.”<br />

Lee said his father’s Hollywood career was intense<br />

and he found refuge and solace being outside,<br />

doing gardening and masonry work. The<br />

landscaping is lush and meandering, leading to<br />

what the family refers to as their “Secret Garden.”<br />

Lee recently found a toy tractor buried in the<br />

Secret Garden for over 50 years, by the bushes<br />

where he and his brother Leven used to play.<br />

There are 75 rose bushes and fruit trees of varying<br />

types, including Meyer lemon, Eureka lemon,<br />

tangerine and orange.<br />

Lois said when the kids were older, this spot<br />

became her particular refuge.<br />

“I could go to the Secret Garden,” she says. “I<br />

didn’t have to answer the phone, no one knew I<br />

was there and I could go down there and read for<br />

hours.”<br />

The family’s longstanding friendship with the<br />

Vanderlips and the Wrights helped to create Wayfarers<br />

Chapel, one of the most revered architectural<br />

achievements on the hill. According to Lee,<br />

the Vanderlip family had 3.5 acres of land they<br />

wanted to donate to the city for a chapel. They<br />

originally requested that Ralph help design it. Realizing<br />

that the architecture could perhaps be better<br />

orchestrated by his friend, Lloyd Wright, he<br />

recommended him to the Vanderlips. The chapel<br />

was completed in 1951 and is often referred to as<br />

the “tree chapel” because Wright’s design was inspired<br />

by the northern California redwood trees<br />

and their majestic canopies. At the time of its<br />

completion, it stood alone on a hillside just behind<br />

the Jester home. The two monuments to this<br />

day are bound by a shared vision and the ties of<br />

three families. The architectural drawings for the<br />

The view of the Jester house from the backyard shows off Lloyd Wright architecture with its angular lines.<br />

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Timeless<br />

Centuries ago when the world’s finest clockmakers were<br />

hard at work, their aim was to create a mechanical marvel<br />

that operates continuously and last forever. Imagine<br />

a hand made complex mechanism of inter-working parts designed<br />

to keep time accurately. Your clock is a work of art and<br />

your job is to keep this timeless treasure healthy for the next<br />

generation.<br />

Your clock reminds you of its presence every time you wind<br />

it. If the accuracy of the clock is not what it used to be, or the<br />

chimes are not as strong or rhythmic, or maybe it just stops;<br />

that means your clock is talking to you and telling you that its<br />

endless life is in jeopardy.<br />

It is imperative to maintain and service your clock regularly.<br />

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The original 1950s kitchen includes a working General Electric stove.<br />

chapel from Wright’s office include a nod to Ralph Jester for his contribution<br />

to its design. Wayfarers Chapel is listed in the National Register of<br />

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When Frank Lloyd Wright came out to visit Ralph in 1938 he was inspired<br />

to design a house for his friend in the Portuguese Bend area. He<br />

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plans and a model of the Ralph Jester Project are at the Guggenheim Museum<br />

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When legal difficulties threaten the livelihood and security of<br />

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Keeton, and her colleagues at the local Schlichter & Shonack, LLP<br />

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Throughout, they remain dedicated to giving their clients individual<br />

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Keeton says the life success of many South Bay residents makes<br />

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When such troubles strike, “Jamie is the go-to person,” founding<br />

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“She’s the lawyer you want to nail down before the other guy<br />

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Keeton represents plaintiffs and defendants in personal injury and<br />

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Brad N. Baker, Michael Petersen, Albro Lundy, Christine Daniels, Evan Koch, Kent Burton, Teresa Klinkner, Clint Wilson<br />

Baker, Burton & Lundy, P.C.<br />

No slowing down for giant-killing law firm<br />

Baker, Burton & Lundy, the Hermosa Beach law firm with a<br />

nationwide reputation and billions of dollars won for its<br />

clients, shows no sign of slowing down as it enters its fifth<br />

decade.<br />

The attorneys would have plenty of laurels to rest on, if they<br />

were so inclined. BBL has won more than $4 billion in verdicts<br />

and settlements for Californians, along the way making roads<br />

safer, and utility rates lower across the state.<br />

The firm has at times spent hundreds of thousands of dollars<br />

to battle cases that promised no profit, to protect harmed victims,<br />

including those maimed in preventable accidents or exploited<br />

by people in positions of power. BBL can truly boast<br />

small-firm attention and large-firm results.<br />

“We just want to see justice done,” said BBL partner Albro<br />

Lundy.<br />

Lundy heads the firm’s growing litigation arm, which recently<br />

added attorney Michael Petersen, who was raised in the South<br />

Bay. The team’s recent and current work includes the cases of:<br />

• An English tourist wounded in an officer-involved shooting on<br />

the Venice Beach Boardwalk;<br />

• A wrongful death lawsuit from a collision of two planes off<br />

Point Fermin;<br />

• A physician accused of massively overcharging a medication-addicted<br />

patient;<br />

• A South Bay resident whose house began sinking, allegedly<br />

in connection with a neighbor’s basement project; and<br />

• Class action cases against storage companies accused of<br />

false advertising and not disclosing kickbacks when selling insurance<br />

to customers. BBL has assembled a multi-firm team to<br />

tackle the cases.<br />

Lundy also was preparing for a courtroom appearance in a<br />

morgue negligence case of a hospital accused of releasing<br />

the wrong body for burial, causing a family to lay to rest a 90-<br />

year-old woman rather than their 50-year-old relative. Lundy<br />

said the body was exhumed after the mix-up was discovered.<br />

While BBL continues to expand its decorated practice, the<br />

firm is beginning its third expansion of its storefront on Hermosa’s<br />

iconic Pier Avenue, where it holds the distinction of the<br />

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The firm’s practice specialties include business, employment,<br />

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probate litigation.<br />

Partner Kent Burton devotes himself to real estate and business<br />

transaction law with attorneys Clint Wilson and Teresa<br />

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Daniels focus on estate planning, probate and trust litigation.<br />

Baker has argued twice before the U.S. Supreme Court. Lundy<br />

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Kitchen on a<br />

CLIFF<br />

by Richard Foss<br />

Stone-oven flatbread. Photos by Brad Jacobson (CivicCouch.com)<br />

The fried deviled egg at Catalina Kitchen was as stylish as it was delicious and a promising start to the meal<br />

As anybody who goes to Catalina Island regularly can attest, the food<br />

on the island is mostly oriented to the tourist trade. I’d rather eat<br />

where I can see Catalina than at most of the places located there.<br />

But there are surprisingly few places on the <strong>Peninsula</strong> with that view,<br />

and the restaurant named after the island isn’t one of them. Catalina<br />

Kitchen is angled so that it has a view of the cove rather than the island.<br />

This is more than compensated for by the dining experience, which offers<br />

attractively presented riffs on California cuisine, with a few novel twists.<br />

On arrival at the restaurant, which is located on the pool level of Terranea<br />

Resort, you’ll be offered a choice of dining indoors or out. We unhesitatingly<br />

went outdoors, despite the coolness and were seated at an attractive table<br />

with cushioned benches on one side and chairs on the other. Only after we<br />

sat down did we discover that the benches are several inches lower than<br />

the chairs, and the people on benches found the table level awkwardly high.<br />

When we asked to move, our server indicated that this wasn’t the first time<br />

he had received that request. We moved to a table with four chairs and enjoyed<br />

greater comfort.<br />

We had expected a seafood-centric menu, typical of places with an ocean<br />

view, and there is an impressive raw bar, chowder, and some seafood entrees.<br />

Nevertheless the offerings are balanced with crepes, pastas, pizzas,<br />

and meat items, so there’s something for everybody. We ordered a starter<br />

of fried deviled eggs and some cocktails to keep body and soul together<br />

while we decided on our main courses.<br />

Coating and frying the whites of hard boiled eggs before making deviled<br />

eggs out of them is starting to catch on, and it’s more than a novelty. The<br />

crisp exterior adds a dash of style to what is usually a casual picnic item,<br />

an extra layer of texture to something that is otherwise all about cool creaminess.<br />

Each half egg had a paper-thin slice of radish, a sliver of applewood<br />

bacon, a dusting of chives, and sprigs of micro-greens to complete both the<br />

presentation and flavor. It was as stylish as it was delicious and a promising<br />

start to the meal.<br />

We considered ordering more starters but saw some substantial plates<br />

going to other tables, so went straight to main courses. These were a steak<br />

salad; cavatelli pasta with eggplant, olives, chard, and ricotta; black cod in<br />

a miso glaze; and a half-chicken in what was described as a tomato-mustard<br />

crust. I had ordered the chicken because I was curious about the idea of<br />

crusting anything with tomato, which can be very sweet when concentrated.<br />

In this case the mustard counterbalanced it effectively, creating an<br />

appealing spicy-sweet combination. It’s a great trick, and one I have never<br />

seen anywhere else. It arrived with garlic spinach and a parmesan potato<br />

gratin and was an excellent, full meal.<br />

There was nothing as innovative about the miso-marinated cod, because<br />

that combination is already just about perfect. The accompaniments made<br />

the dish here: a medley of English peas with bacon and sweet and sour<br />

pearl onions in tarragon butter sauce over Yukon mashed potatoes. The fish<br />

in the caramelized glaze and the earthy, smoky, and slightly pickled flavors<br />

in the vegetable mix were perfect together.<br />

The other two dishes were more about execution than innovation. The<br />

steak salad was just what you’d expect: a good spring mix salad with a marinated<br />

sliced steak on the side. You might not expect that spring mix to be<br />

over a potato salad that owes more than a bit of inspiration to German tradition,<br />

or to find big slices of blue cheese on the side so you could add them<br />

where you want them or eat them separately, but they did round out the<br />

dish nicely. As for the pasta, the kitchen played it straight here. The cavatelli<br />

60 <strong>Peninsula</strong> • <strong>March</strong> <strong>2017</strong>

Ahi poke.<br />

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pasta (which has been compared to tiny hot dog buns) was in a light tomato herb sauce<br />

with Japanese eggplant, green olives and Swiss chard with a sprinkling of ricotta cheese.<br />

Parmesan and red pepper were offered on the side, and I thought the dish was improved<br />

with a little of each because the ricotta didn’t have quite enough flavor to sustain my<br />

interest.<br />

With dinner we ordered a carafe of Villa Oneiro Chardonnay, made from grapes grown<br />

about a mile from Terranea. It seemed like the best thing to do in a restaurant that emphasizes<br />

local ingredients, including sea salt gathered from the property, and it’s a fine<br />

wine, besides.<br />

We had saved enough room for dessert, and ordered a caramel cheesecake crème<br />

brulee, a cookie and ice cream combination called “Heaven in a box,” a chocolate<br />

budino, and a classic crepe suzette. We realized after all this arrived that we had overordered.<br />

The ice cream and cookie combination was huge.<br />

I’m not a big cheesecake fan but this one was something special. The layer of cheesecake<br />

was topped by a layer of crème brulee, a neat idea, and served with a berry compote<br />

that added a nice, tart fruitiness. The crepe suzette was delicate and light, the chocolate<br />

budino a dense, rich pudding enlivened with a dash of caramel and sea salt and ornamented<br />

with very dark chocolate wafers. Only the Heaven in a Box was unbalanced,<br />

the chocolate chip cookie a bit too rich with the chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla gelato.<br />

This might have been better with shortbread or an oatmeal cookie – something neutral<br />

to better complement the flavors of each ice cream.<br />

Our meal for four with four drinks and a small carafe of wine ran $287, which is not<br />

out of line for the food, location, and quality of the experience. Catalina Kitchen is good<br />

enough that it could flourish in any downtown location in the South Bay, or in Los Angeles<br />

itself, and that is the highest praise for a resort restaurant. They’re not just depending<br />

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Culinary Institute Kickoff<br />

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Craft beer creativity doesn’t just happen in the fermenter. The colorful<br />

labels on bottles and cans make bottle shops an adult Willy Wonka’s<br />

factory. On a grander scale, a brewery’s creativity can be seen in the<br />

tasting room – most commonly a repurposed factory or warehouse. Three<br />

years ago, in San Pedro, brewer Brian Mercer of Brouwerij West (a Dutch<br />

word pronounced brewery) took on reimagining a 73-year-old, former<br />

WWII Navy storage warehouse.<br />

Mercer had been contract brewing since 2010. He had found a niche<br />

within the local craft brewing scene by importing a special sugar for use in<br />

brewing Belgian style beers.<br />

“I had been traveling to Belgium, enjoying their different breweries, and<br />

found we were missing a few things,” Mercer said. “The correct sugar was<br />

one.”<br />

His time spent in Europe shaped what would become Mercer’s style of<br />

beer – a program not overly concerned with IPAs. His bottles, featuring labels<br />

designed by noted artists, were sold up and down California.The Dog<br />

Ate My Homework blackberry saison, followed by the Super Orange and<br />

Bitter Blonde became Mercer’s calling cards. Dave Hollop, a former investment<br />

banker, philanthropist, and attorney, with a passion for home brewing,<br />

shared Mercer’s vision. In 2013, he joined Brouwerij West and the duo<br />

sought out a brewery location.<br />

“We were considering downtown LA and El Segundo,” said Hollop. “We<br />

actually signed a lease for a location in Belmont Shores.”<br />

The decision to launch in Long Beach was quashed when Mercer and<br />

Hollop found the ideal spot in San Pedro – just down the street from Mercer’s<br />

San Pedro childhood home and walking distance from the new<br />

Cabrillo Marina and the soon to be renovated Ports of Call.<br />

“I remember as a kid riding my bike through these empty warehouses.<br />

There used to be rows and rows of these buildings. We’d sneak in,” Mercer<br />

said.<br />

“We have to thank former Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Geraldine<br />

Knatz for opening them up for us to look at, as well as Wayne Blank<br />

– who took on the risks with a vision,” Mercer added.<br />

Blank turned an old rail yard into the Santa Monica arts mecca Bergamot<br />

Station. He then opened Crafted: At the Port of Los Angeles, a collection of<br />

more than 100 artists, crafters and food makers. The space just across from<br />

Crafted was perfect for Mercer and Hollop. But setbacks kept postponing<br />

the opening, leading to the jibing social media hashtag #whenwillyouactuallyopen.<br />

“While the building was beautiful, we had the suicidal task of retrofitting,<br />

as well as building a brewery and tasting room and brewing beer,” said Mercer.<br />

“We were all zombies. I had many sleepless nights.”<br />

Every inch of the 26,000 sq. ft. warehouse was refurbished. The end result<br />

is an enchanting, open space. A warming ambience illuminated from<br />

the string lights hanging down the from the rafters complements a wooden<br />

bar and communal benches. Solar panels provide the power and the brewery<br />

uses 30 percent less water than most breweries.<br />

“I like to joke it’s like a big wooden tent,” Mercer said.<br />

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Pedro’s cultural hotspots. It embraced the city’s thriving art scene on their<br />

event flyers and San Pedro’s rich musical history as home to the iconic<br />

punk rock band Minutemen.<br />

“In early June, we launched the FujiPop music series to celebrate the release<br />

of our German style, unfiltered pilsner,” Hollop said. “It turned into<br />

a series that took place over the summer, taking on a life of its own.”<br />

Minutemen’s Mike Watt and his second band Mike Watt+The Missingmen<br />

and the local cult band of electronic synthesized neanderthals Fartbarf,<br />

played the series. Seminal pop punk band Toys That Kill, the all<br />

female surf band BonBons (another San Pedro gem), and LA indie rock<br />

sensation L.A. Witch also played FujiPop.<br />

“In the absence of more South Bay venues offering both groovy vibes<br />

and delicious beers to complement rad shows, it’s dreamy to see blossoming<br />

cultural corners in local breweries picking up the slack,” said Jeff Vincent,<br />

of music station DirtyHippyRadio.com.<br />

And don’t forget the beers. Brouwerij West’s take on classic Belgian-style<br />

and farmhouse ales, mixing traditional ingredients and methods with new<br />

inspirational takes, has pushed them to the frontier of beer. Brouwerij West<br />

has developed an IPA program and introduced classics like “Mor Mor” a<br />

12.5 percent Belgian-style quad; German pils and pale malt, made with<br />

Candi Syrup and sugar; and “Dog Ate My Homework” in cans.<br />

“We really love making beer,” said Mercer. “The fresh fruit we source,<br />

the Belgian ingredients – we go all out.”<br />

His and Hollop’s efforts have placed the brewery on the “Best New Breweries”<br />

lists assembled by LA Weekly, Thrillist, and Beer Advocate.<br />

On Saturday, February 25, Brouwerij West celebrates its one year anniversary.<br />

A beer tasting brunch will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.,<br />

featuring some of Brouwerij West’s as-yet unreleased, mixed fermentation<br />

beers, as well as variations of their classic, pulled-out-of-the-cellar, firstyear<br />

favorites.<br />

“Our brunch will have a beer focus,” said Mercer. “Come evening time,<br />

we’ll have our celebration.”<br />

Long Beach’s Shady Grove Foods will slow-roast a whole pig in the<br />

morning for serving at 2 p.m. The pig will be roasted in a pomegranate reduction<br />

and served on steamed buns, along with ginger scallion rice and<br />

seasonal vegetables. Other food trucks on-site will include Tomski Sausage,<br />

District Burger, Cocina Fresca, and LA Cake.<br />

LA’s Kim and the Created will headline the evening’s music. Frequent<br />

Brouwerij West player DJ Paul E Wog E Wog will provide the beats.<br />

LA’s all female Crow Baby, heavy jammers Flying Hair, and indie rock’s<br />

Hoop Screams will add to the eclecticness of sound.<br />

“I am very proud that we’ll be releasing our first Anniversary Beer,” Mercer<br />

said. “Remember, as a family man myself, our tasting room and events<br />

are kid and four legged friendly.”<br />

For more information on Brouwerij West and tickets to the February 25 One<br />

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John Van<br />

Hamersveld<br />

with his largescale<br />

prints of<br />

Mozart,<br />

Lennon, Hendrix<br />

and<br />

Beethoven at<br />

the Bank of<br />

America Plaza<br />

on Bunker Hill<br />

n It’s not only been an endless summer, it’s been an endless career for Palos Verdes<br />

resident John Van Hamersveld, whose vibrant pop art imagery has been on view<br />

in Hermosa Beach (the mural on 14th St.) and in Manhattan Beach (last year’s<br />

“JVH:D&A” art show), and now it’s brightening up the plazas and skyscrapers of<br />

downtown Los Angeles.<br />

Presented by Arts Brookfield, “Signs of Life” is a large-scale installation, in two<br />

locations, FIGat7th (735 Figueroa St.) and the Bank of America Plaza on Bunker<br />

Hill (333 S. Hope St.). The former is largely comprised of colorful vinyl panels<br />

that adorn the fencing above the newly-opened shopping complex, and the latter<br />

consists of blown-up portraits of Mozart, Beethoven, John Lennon and Jimi Hendrix,<br />

placed in windows facing Hope St. and the Walt Disney Concert Hall.<br />

The Feb. 10 Psychedelic Valentine’s Day Love-in & Happy Hour was dampened<br />

somewhat by a steady downpour, but headphones were handed out to attendees<br />

who could then walk (or dance) around the sheltered parts of the lower courtyard<br />

to the frenetic beat of their choice.<br />

Presumably better weather will serenade the members of the Los Angeles Chamber<br />

Orchestra who’ll in turn be serenading listeners during “Lunch with LACO,”<br />

taking place from noon to 1 p.m. on <strong>March</strong> 10 and 24 (during the weekly Bunker<br />

Hill Farmers’ Market), on the Bank of America Plaza. They’ll be performing music<br />

by, you guessed it, Mozart, Beethoven, John Lennon and Jimi Hendrix.<br />

“Signs of Life” harks back to the pop art of the mid-1960s and yet seems to be<br />

thoroughly in sync with the here and now. John Van Hamersveld has racked up<br />

another success. The work is up through <strong>March</strong> 31. More at<br />

ArtsBrookfield.com/signs-of-life. -- Bondo Wyszpolski<br />

TMMC auxiliary volunteers raise record $300K<br />

n Torrance Memorial Medical Center’s Volunteer Auxiliary presented a check for<br />

$300,000 to the Torrance Memorial Foundation at its <strong>2017</strong> Auxiliary Board Installation<br />

Lunch. The donation is the highest check amount given at one time, and<br />

Auxiliary board of<br />

directors Gail Long,<br />

Tina Trudnowski,<br />

and David Sato<br />

present a<br />

$300,000 check<br />

to the Torrance Memorial<br />

Foundation<br />

Sally Eberhard,<br />

Mark Lurie MD and<br />

Laura Schenasi.<br />

Photo by Deidre<br />

Davidson<br />

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Thursday, <strong>March</strong> 16<br />

South Coast Rose Society<br />

South Coast Rose Society monthly meeting begins with social hour at 7 p.m.<br />

Speaker will be Steve Bening of Star Roses. Public welcome. For further information,<br />

see them on Facebook. South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw<br />

Blvd., Palos Verdes <strong>Peninsula</strong>.<br />

Saturday, <strong>March</strong> 18<br />

Outdoor Volunteer Day<br />

At White Point Nature Preserve, 1600 W. Paseo del Mar in San Pedro. Help<br />

beautify the native demonstration garden and surrounding habitat. 9 a.m. -<br />

noon. Sign up at pvplc.volunteerhub.com.<br />

Sunday, <strong>March</strong> 19<br />

Luminaries & NOVAs “Spring Into Fitness”<br />

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the inaugural “Spring Into Fitness 5K Walk/Run” at the South Coast Botanic<br />

Gardens. 7:30 a.m. Proceeds support the renovations of the Pediatric Unit<br />

and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Registration is $30. Participate as<br />

individual, teams, or virtually. All participants receive t-shirt, post-event refreshments<br />

and raffle tickets. Children under age 13 must be accompanied by an<br />

adult. To register or for more information, visit active.com. Corporate or individual<br />

sponsorship, please contact the Luminaries at (310) 517-4728. 26300<br />

Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes <strong>Peninsula</strong>.<br />

Los Cancioneros Master Chorale Mozart and Jenkins<br />

Classical concert features Mozart’s Coronation Mass accompanied by orchestra<br />

and selected soloists from California State University, Long Beach. In addition,<br />

more contemporary work -- Karl Jenkins’ soul-stirring Stabat Mater,<br />

accompanied by strings, brass, and ethnic percussion. 7 p.m. $25, parking<br />

is free. Purchase tickets in advance, contact De Giebler (310) 779-3072 or<br />

digiebler@specialletters.net. Armstrong Theatre (Torrance Cultural Arts Center),<br />

3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance.<br />

Tuesday, <strong>March</strong> 21<br />

Free space<br />

Free admission for all visitors to the South Coast Botanic Garden every third<br />

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Music that feels Good<br />

Native son Sammy Miller returns with his band The Congregation. 7 p.m. in<br />

the Kelly Johnson Fieldhouse at Palos Verdes <strong>Peninsula</strong> High School. Tickets to<br />

the concert are available online at PVPHSJazzBand.yaposdy.com for $15 or<br />

$20 at the door the day of the event. Advance purchase is encouraged as<br />

the event is expected to sell out. 27118 Silver Spur Rd. Rolling Hills Estates.<br />

Wednesday, <strong>March</strong> 22<br />

Birding with Wild Birds<br />

Presented by the Palos Verdes <strong>Peninsula</strong> Land Conservancy. Explore the birds<br />

of George F Canyon during nesting season. Free and all ages welcome. 8:30<br />

a.m. 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates. RSVP at pvplc.org,<br />

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Thursday, <strong>March</strong> 23<br />

The Azure Verde Chapter<br />

The Embroiderers' Guild of America<br />

meeting at 9:30 a.m. Nationally<br />

known teacher, Melinda Sherbring,<br />

will teach part one of a stumpwork<br />

project she designed for the chapter.<br />

Sign ups needed for the kit. Visitors<br />

are welcome. St. Francis Episcopal<br />

Church, 2200 Via Rosa, Palos<br />

Verdes Estates. (310) 540-6104 or<br />

visit azureverdeega.com/calendar.<br />

Saturday, <strong>March</strong> 25<br />

Plant Sale<br />

South Coast Rose Society will hold<br />

its annual Spring Garden Plant Sale,<br />

at South Coast Botanic Garden.<br />

Members’ presale 7 - 9 a.m. with<br />

10% off. Public is welcome 9 a.m. -<br />

4 p.m. The Society will be selling<br />

roses, pruners and its famous rose<br />

cocktail mix, great for fertilizing<br />

roses. For further information, please

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Guided Nature Walk & Plant Sale<br />

At the White Point Nature Preserve 9 a.m. Visit White Point Nature Preserve<br />

and attend a Naturalist-guided hike. Enjoy coastal views and learn more about<br />

the plants, animals, restoration area and more! 9 a.m. Stick around for a native<br />

plant sale, noon to 2 p.m.1600 W. Paseo del Mar in San Pedro. Hike<br />

meets at the information kiosk between parking lot and Nature Center. (310)<br />

541-7613 or RSVP at pvplc.org, Events & Activities.<br />

Slime Snails & Slugs<br />

Join Natural History Museum’s Jann Vendetti to become a snail and slug citizen<br />

scientist. 11 a.m. White Point Nature Education Center & Preserve, 1600 W.<br />

Paseo del Mar in San Pedro. Free. RSVP to pvplc.org: Events &<br />

Activities/Whitepoint Presentations or call (310) 541-7613.<br />

Mystery at the Banning Mansion<br />

Friends of Banning Museum presents, <strong>2017</strong> Wisteria Regale. Silent auction,<br />

hosted bar, elegant dinner, music, Banning High School scholarship presentation.<br />

Victorian-era attire admired, not required! 5 - 9 p.m. at 401 East M<br />

Street Wilmington. $150 per person, RSVP (310) 548-2005.<br />

Tuesday, <strong>March</strong> 28<br />

Republican math<br />

The PVP Republican Women Federated presents speaker Larry Greenfield, a<br />

fellow in American studies of Claremont Institute and Director of the Reagan<br />

Legacy Foundation, will present “Conservatism + Trumpism, equals a Winning<br />

Governing Coalition.” 10:30 a.m. at the Palos Verdes Golf Club. Gentlemen<br />

always welcome. Meeting, lunch and speaker, $30. RSVP by <strong>March</strong> 23:<br />

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Brides and Grooms<br />

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To be shared in the<br />

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will go toward the transformation of the North Patient Tower. The more than 900-<br />

member Auxiliary collected the money through various fundraisers and proceeds<br />

from the Torrance Memorial Auxiliary Gift Shop. The record donation was the<br />

result of an increase in gift shop sales revenue in 2016 under the volunteer management<br />

of Gail Long and Tina Trudnowski and their leadership team.<br />

Power of Peace Mural at Ridgecrest Intermediate<br />

n A collaboration between Native American artist Gage John Lazare and about<br />

50 Palos Verdes middle school students created this large scale outdoor mural<br />

symbolizing peace and unity. The school’s motto is: Ready to Inspire Someone.<br />

photo by Amy Theilig Photography<br />

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Ridgecrest eighth grade teacher Joseph Delleva . Photo by Stephanie Cartozian<br />


Mother Teresa, Gandhi, Ellen De-<br />

Generes and Nelson Mandela were<br />

selected as icons carrying this global<br />

message. The peace symbol in the<br />

center shows what the artists wish to<br />

see more of in the world. Each artist<br />

signed the work with a handprint.<br />

Ringman bids farewell<br />

n Pete Eliopulos, known affectionately<br />

by his <strong>Peninsula</strong> customers as “The<br />

Ring Guy,” is closing his Hillside Village<br />

jewelry store in the next few<br />

months. The Torrance native opened<br />

his first jewelry store in his hometown<br />

in 1986. He moved to Hillside Village<br />

in 1998. Between now and closing,<br />

Eliopulos said he hopes to have the<br />

opportunity to say goodby to his longtime<br />

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