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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
ON THE COVER
Seed to Plate founder Nancy
LeMargie with volunteer Katie Ages
and the garden chickens.
Photo by David Fairchild
Panther pole vaulter
by Randy Angel Jacqueline Ahrens sets a school record
and strives for still higher goals, athletically and academically.
Seed to plate
by Esther Kang Horticulturist Nancy LeMargie cultivates
crops and proud students in the school district’s program for
young special needs students.
by Stephanie Cartozian After three decades, a family
prepares to part with a hillside home designed by H. Roy
Kelley, the architect introduced Monterey Colonial architecture
to the West Coast.
by Richard Foss Chemist Amir Afshar pursues making a
premium wine free of allergy triggering sulfides.
by Richard Foss Gimbap, the Korean-style rice roll, and
other Korean staples have made Rice Heaven the go-to place
for Peninsula residents craving Korean food
by Stuart Chaussee Price-to-book value shows stocks at
the highest reading in history, other than the Tech Bubble. If
history is a guide future returns are likely to be below-average
or even negative.
10 Vistas for Children Fashion Show
14 Cherry Blossom Festival at Botanic Garden
22 Rainmaker Software Soiree
44 Muffins and Mozart
56 Switzer’s Women of the Year
60 Home and Garden Guide
62 Hockey Heroes
64 Vista Grande Elementary benefit
65 Around and About
66 Pen High / CSCRB’s Walk to Fight Cancer
67 Peninsula Historical Society
68 Temple Beth El
46 Peninsula calendar
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S P O T L I G H T O N T H E H I L L
Bedecked and Bejeweled
Vistas for Children bedazzled
The 17th Annual Vistas for Children Boutique, Fashion Show and Luncheon
cast off in the Grand Ballroom at the restored Queen Mary on February
25. The theme was “Old Hollywood” and the dress was glitzy and
glamorous, with a red carpet parade of starlet models followed by a musical
show. The live auction included a Hollywood Magic Castle Seance with private
dinner for 10 guests and an eight day Lake Tahoe vacation in a luxury
log cabin. There were 350 guests and 30 vendors who sold their wares to a
generous crowd, donating a portion of their proceeds to Vistas. The fashion
show was presented by Suzanne Von Schaack, and Teri Nelson Carpenter.
Reel Muzik Werks produced the sound and staging. The evening raised over
$100,000 to help children with special needs.
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Cherry Blossom Festival
The South Coast Botanic Garden Foundation hosted a festival on March 4 and
5 commemorating love and passion, as symbolized by the blooming cherry
trees. Music in the Garden was presented by the Peninsula Committee of the Los
Angeles Philharmonic and there were numerous wind and string instruments on
display for children to play. Guests picnicked and enjoyed lunch from the
Okamoto Kitchen Food Truck. An 8-foot clown entertained the children with
quips, bubbles and streamers and the gift shop and nursery were open for onlookers.
In Japanese culture, the short cherry blossom season symbolizes the transient
nature of life and mortality. In Chinese culture the trees are associated with
female beauty and symbolize power and strength. Visit SouthCoastBotanicGarden.org
to obtain info about upcoming events.
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senior pole vaulter
is set to defend her
CIF and Bay League
Four years ago, Jacqueline
Ahrens was looking toward
making the frosh/soph girls
tennis team during her first year at
Peninsula High School. Setting a
school record of any sort was the
furthest thing from her mind.
Now, as a senior deciding on
which college to attend, Ahrens
can boast of not only setting a
school record but one she continues
to break as she reaches new
heights in the sport of pole vaulting.
“I had played tennis growing
up,” Ahrens said. “When my freshman
season was over, I decided to
go out for the track team. My only
exposure to pole vaulting was
watching it on television but it
looked like fun.”
At the Paramount Relays on
March 5, 2016, Ahrens broke a 17-
year-old school record with a
height of 12 feet, 3 inches topping
Leora Ward’s mark of 12-feet-2 set
She proceeded to have vaults of
12-feet-6 in three consecutive
meets last April before setting a
personal best 12-feet-8 to win the
Bay League championship.
Ahrens captured the CIF-Southern
Section Division 1 crown (12-
feet-3), was fourth at the
CIF-Masters Meet (12-foot-7) then
finished eighth at the CIF State
Yet it was that first record-breaking
performance that Ahrens considers
the most memorable
moment of her high school career.
“I wasn’t expecting to break the
record,” Ahrens recalled. “I was
just so focused and it was one of
those days when everything just
Ahrens’ freshman year best
mark was a mere 7-feet-6. She
credits much of her success to
coach Greg Miguel.
“I wasn’t very good my freshman
year but he has taught me so
much,” Ahrens said. “Not just
about pole vaulting but helping me
grow as a person. Now I love pole
vaulting. It’s such a challenging
sport, both mentally and physically.”
Ahrens improved dramatically
throughout her sophomore season,
finishing second in the Bay League
Peninsula’s Jacqueline Ahrens records a personal-best 12 feet, 8 inches at the
2016 Bay League pole vault championships. Photos by Ray Vidal
and fourth in CIF-SS Division 1.
“Jacquelineʻs improvement between her freshman and sophomore year
was surprising but another biggie was her improvement from 11-feet to 13-
feet,” Miguel said. “She is so positive, focused and a joy to be around. Her
work ethic has always been great. Neither rain nor heat has kept Jacqueline
from workouts or planning and striving for her goals.”
Despite her success, the Rancho Palos Verdes resident has her sights set
on still loftier goals despite the pressure of a bullseye on her back after her
breakout season in 2016.
“I’m working extremely hard to continue that success,” Ahrens said. “I
want to be more consistent while reaching the 13-foot range. I just want to
have fun, which I’m doing as I continue to feel more comfortable. I got a
late start in the sport, while many pole vaulters have a strong background
Ahrens began this season with two podium finishes placing third at the
California Winter State Championships (12-feet- 2.5”) and second at the
prestigious Redondo Nike Track Festival (11-feet-9).
“I’m taking things a little slow so I’m strong and jumping my best at the
end of the season,” Ahrens said. “The competition in the Bay League is so
strong that it really helps me prepare for CIF and State. My teammate Isabelle
Beaudoin is always pushing me and going up against girls like Kaitlin
Heri (Redondo) and Brigette Grau (Mira Costa) make me a better vaulter.”
Ahrens practices almost daily, while also weight lifting, running sprints
after every workout and improving her endurance and strength with longer
“The more power I have, the higher I can vault,” she explained.
Along with Miguel, Ahrens trains with Anthony Curran. A previous
coach of Miguel’s, Curran passes on a wealth of pole-vault knowledge. He
started No Limit Sports Track & Field Club in 1984 and coaches athletes
from middle school to Olympic levels.
“I began training with Coach Curran a year ago,” Ahrens said. “He has
me using bigger poles and, having instructed my high school coach, they
both have the same styles of coaching.”
Curran competed in the USA Olympic Trials (1980, 1984 and 1992) and
was the 1982 Pac-10 champion while at UCLA. He also was California High
School champion in 1977 and 1978 setting the National High School Record
in 1978 at 17′ 4 1/4″.
Ahrens is grateful to her parents Earl and Emily for their support and has
also received inspiration while attending the Reno Pole Vault Summit the
past two years, where she met Sandi Morris, a 2016 Olympic silver-medalist
and 2010 pole vault winner at the USATF Junior Olympic Track and Field
“Hearing Sandi’s story was very motivational for me,” Ahrens said. “She
stressed the importance of finding the right fit at the right school. She taught
how to be mentally strong. It’s very challenging to have the right mindset
going into each meet.”
Ahrens’ high marks are not limited to the field. She has a weighted GPA
of over 4.8 and, with physics being her favorite subject, she is aspiring to
become either a mechanical or material science engineer.
Ahrens plans to continue competing in the pole vault at the collegiate
level, but has yet to decide where she will take her talents. She has narrowed
the selection to MIT, UCLA and UC Berkeley.
Ahrens said she wants to be accepted by a college based on her academic
performance and that her success as an athlete is an added bonus.
“We’ll see where pole vaulting takes me,” Ahrens said. “Of course, it’s
every athlete’s dream to compete in the Olympics, but that’s down the
Miguel believes the future is bright for Ahrens.
“Jacqueline’s main strength, in my opinion, is her understanding of the
sport, herself and how to manage all the activities student-athletes have
during the season and year round,” Miguel said. “She has been a great role
model, leader and captain the last two years.”
Helping Ahrens develop her leadership skills has been her nine-year involvement
with the Girl Scouts. She has been a troop leader for the past
“It’s been a great part of my life,” Ahrens said. “I’ve really enjoyed leading
the girls in the Mariner and Backpacking Skills competitions.”
Despite her busy schedule, Ahrens recently began rock climbing.
“It’s fun and a great workout,” Ahrens said. “The facility at Hangar 18 in
Hawthorne is a fantastic place to climb. Someday I hope to climb real
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S P O T L I G H T O N T H E H I L L
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the unique opportunity to see the paintings evolve and to talk with the
artists. Terranea has a gallery of the Colony’s art work on display outside
the newly remodeled Catalina Kitchen.
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Horticulturist Nancy LeMargie
cultivates crops and proud students
in the school district’s
Seed to Plate program
for young special needs students
Seed to Plate founder Nancy LeMargie (center) with volunteers Charlie Probst, Raxiel Palma, Katie Ages, Jonathan Schmidt, and Erick Holmes.
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by Esther Kang
The Seed to Plate Garden, a one-acre
menagerie tucked next to the Little
League field at Valmonte Elementary
School in Palos Verdes Estates, is much
larger than it appears upon first glance.
Beyond the fenced entrance, a hand-painted
box filled with succulents sits atop a rusted bicycle
leaning against a Great Oak Tree, opposite a
working nursery, where rows of potted plants
and more succulents sit. A few steps farther in, a
rustic rouge shed, adorned by yellow Lady Banks
Rose vines and a handmade sign reading “Home
Sweet Home,” is flanked by a brand new greenhouse
built this past fall. The greenhouse faces
the garden’s vast assortment of crops: 26 boxes
filled with seasonal vegetables, including beets,
carrots, peas, swiss chard, broccoli and kale.
In a month or two, LeMargie’s students will be
planting summer crops, everything from tomatoes,
squash and peppers to corn and strawberries.
The garden’s orchard — apples, lemons,
kumquats — will be in full bloom, as well.
On the other side of the garden is a chicken
pen, with a dozen hens roaming. The chickens
provide fertilizer and fresh eggs for the garden to
sell. Beyond the pen is an unpretentious, twolevel
amphitheater, with clay pots and plastic
chairs strewn about.
“Everybody wants a project,” garden manager
Nancy LeMargie said fondly of her 10 specialneeds
volunteers, who tend the garden five times
a week. “The greenhouse isn’t even finished, and
they’re like, ‘What’s our next project?’ They love
to have something big to think about, to plan, to
develop and build. We will never be finished
down there. Never."
Since 2001, LeMargie, a 58-year-old Gardena
resident, has been spearheading the Seed to Plate
program for special-needs students after being
tapped by Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified District’s
pupil services director Lynn Busia and
Chez Melange restaurant owners Robert Bell and
Michael Franks. Based on a similar program at a
public elementary school for low-income kids in
Berkeley, the Seed to Plate program is a leg of PV-
PUSD’s Transition to Independence program for
special needs individuals, between ages 18 and
The first iteration of the garden took form in a
much smaller 3,600-square-foot space in Palos
Verdes High School’s parking lot. A few years
later, the garden moved across the street to make
way for a new building. LeMargie still uses that
garden to teach horticulture to special needs and
“regular ed” students at PVHS twice a week. She
also teaches at Peninsula High twice a week.
As for the Seed to Plate garden, it has called the
space at Valmonte Elementary home since 2013.
With the help of many gracious individuals — including
the school principal Shirley Resich and
her husband John, as well as LeMargie’s carpenter
husband Rick, volunteers from EnrichLA and
major donor Silver Spur Garden Club —
LeMargie, her students and their assistants built
the garden from ground up, starting with an extensive
irrigation system. The students sow,
weed, water and harvest the crops, which are
sold weekly to Chez Melange in Redondo Beach’s
Born to parents from farm towns in Minnesota,
LeMargie grew up in Torrance when sidewalks
were still a novelty. As a child, she was always
drawn to the outdoors — particularly the vast
fields where Del Amo Mall and Union Bank now
“In those days, the ‘60s, we could just run
around for hours,” she recalled fondly. “Our parents
would say, ‘Come home before dark.’ We
were just immersed in nature."
While she mowed the family lawn growing up,
it wasn’t until LeMargie had children that she
delved into the world of horticulture. She regularly
took her two little kids to the Lomita Public
Library, and out of curiosity, she picked up books
on gardening and horticulture.
“When my children were little, I was bored to
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death,” she said. “We had a little yard and so I started planting a couple of
things, then started reading a lot. Lots and lots of books."
LeMargie began taking classes at the Southern California Regional Occupational
Center (SCROC), which would become her second home for
the next two decades. She walked into the registration office to sign up for
the morning class, which she would attend when her kids were in school.
The class was labeled “Horticulture Special.” She found on the first day of
class that it was a course for special needs students.
“So I landed in the class, no experience with special needs people, sitting
there with my little notebook,” she recalled with a laugh. “The teacher’s
looking at me like, okay?"
She had looked into working as a groundskeeper for the City of Torrance,
where the job description called for mowing lawns, trimming bushes and
the like. But by the third day at SCROC, she set her sights on a new goal:
teaching horticulture. Within a year of taking classes there, she was promoted
to her teacher Mike Pack's assistant. A few years later, she earned
her teaching credential in horticulture and became a full-time teacher for
both special-needs and other students at SCROC and later at Palos Verdes
and Peninsula high schools.
This past year, after two decades, LeMargie left her teaching job at
SCROC. The decision was timed to the retirement of her husband Rick,
who worked there as a custodian. She’s ecstatic that she now gets to spend
more time at the Seed to Plate garden with her students. Small, everyday
moments are fleeting but remind her of the significance of the garden.
“Today, one of the students in a wheelchair smiled at me for the first
time — I’ve known him for three years,” she said, fighting tears. “It’s just
the beauty of them, of each individual.”
Most of the current volunteers have been part of this program for two to
three years now, she said. She’s observed increased self-esteem with each
responsibility she entrusts them with. On a daily basis, the students also
practice important life skills such as timeliness and cleaning up after oneself.
“Being given the responsibility of a pitch fork, it’s a lot of trust,”
Looking forward, LeMargie hopes to build a working kitchen in the garden,
where she and the students can make jam and marmalade from the
orchard and other dishes from their harvest.
“I just love the type of person who is drawn to gardening,” she said, “because
we all just click. We all are drawn there, like a beam of light on our
Seed to Table Garden will hold its inaugural spring plant sale May 5 - 7
from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Those interested in volunteering to help pull weeds and
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Ascent to Paradiso
by Stephanie Cartozian
This California Monterey style home was designed by H. Roy Kelley who served on the Presidential Building Commission in 1931. Photo by Peter McMenamin
An architectural, hillside landmark as pristine and inviting now as it must have been back in 1929
Somonte is a Spanish word meaning a field on the slopes of a mountain.
When the Marottas first purchased this California Monterey style
manse on Via Somonte 33 years ago, part of its appeal was its vast
openness, a feeling of ascent over paradise. The home was designed by the
revered architect H. Roy Kelley, who was appointed by Herbert Hoover in
1931 to serve on the Presidential Advisory Commission on Home Building.
Kelley, who was educated at Cornell University and settled in Los Angeles
from New York nine years prior to designing the Marotta residence, had
many other notable achievements including the design of the RAND headquarters
in Santa Monica and the Institute of Aeronautical Sciences in Los
Angeles. He is thought to have brought the ranch style of residential design
to the West. This home seems to have all the style and charm of the Monterey
Colonial architectural style, which is characterized by two stories,
continuous surrounding porches, hip roof and adobe style walls, essentially
considered to be Spanish.
Owner Alfred Marotta is an attorney specializing in defending injured
workers through workers compensation insurance. He used to work on
the opposing side as an insurance adjustor — a part time job that helped
him through law school — so he has an understanding of both halves of
the equation and the intricacies involved. He opened his own practice 30
years ago, around the same time he purchased this estate. His office is in
Norwalk by the courthouse.
“I’ve been fighting for workers all my life,” he said. “All the way up to
the Supreme Court.”
“I haven’t made a lot of money as an attorney,” he added. “My wealth
has been made because of investments, like property I owned in Hawaii
The master bedroom and most of the home have oak hardwood floors and a
style and character that is nostalgic of old Palos Verdes. Photo by Tony LaBruno
32 Peninsula • April 2017
The living room. In the corner is an organ and other instruments the six Marotta children grew up playing. Photo by Peter McMenamin
and property from my mother and father’s
His mission is helping injured workers
obtain the medical care they need to
return to work.
“They want to go back to work,” he
said. “They really want to work. The
perception may be different, but they
want to feel like they are contributing
to society and that they are worth something.”
Inside the residence are collected
family treasures, including a corner in
the living room dedicated to the instruments
his six children have played. Although
Marotta does not play an
instrument himself, his now grown
children have played the trombone,
flute, organ, guitar, bass, clarinet and violin.
He has five sons and one daughter
(and asks us, kiddingly, to guess which
is the spoiled one). Over the years,
The backyard view looking down on an enclosure that used to be an open patio in a different time.
Photo by Peter McMenamin
Paradiso cont. on page 35
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34 Peninsula People • April 2017
Paradiso cont. from page 33
Marotta hosted high school classical
music concerts in his home. He
still marvels at students’ musical
prowess, and considers music to be
an important accompaniment to
any standard education.
Perhaps Marotta’s experience
handling properties has led him to
be such a rigorous steward of this
particular estate. The two story
villa is over 3,300 sq. ft., with 4
bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. As one
ascends the gracious stairways
leading to the covered terrace and
then to the front door, there is a
feeling of sanctuary and timelessness.
The oak, planked flooring
and exposed beam ceilings exude
warmth and hospitality. The
wrought iron stair railings have
heart shapes throughout. The oversized
archways are framed with intricate
wood carvings. The home is
as pristine and inviting now as it
must have been back in 1929. Yet,
there are modern enhancements,
like a windowed elevator that rises
from the garage to the main level.
The home’s covered terraces and
Queen’s Necklace views from
most vantage points show that the
original acquirers took their time
selecting this lot.
“The foundation goes down six
feet,” Marotta said, marveling at
the bygone craftsmanship taken to
build such a home.
Posing for a photo with his son
Gregory outside on the terrace,
Marotta is reflective. Three
decades of his family’s life transpired
in this grand setting.
“I usually sit out here and have a
glass of wine in the evenings,” he
What new family traditions will
be made here in the future have
yet to be seen as the home currently
awaits its new residents.. PEN
Alfred Marotta and his son Gregory,
on the terrace of the two story villa
overlooking the coastline and city.
Photo by Tony LaBruno
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36 Peninsula • April 2017
by Richard Foss
Amir Afshar in the wine cellar of his Rancho Palos Verdes home. Photo by Brad Jacobson
A Chemist Seeks To Change Winemaking
mir Afshar has spent much of his career thinking about but all over that part of the world,” he said. “My family
preservation of metal, wood, and other materials, as were grape growers for generations and before the Islamic
well as the lives of American military personnel. Revolution there was a great tradition of winemaking there.
“I am a chemical engineer and am part owner of Farmers used to sell a lot of grapes to French people who
three paint companies,” Afshar said. “We have been made wine in our town, but that business went downhill
involved in formulating paint for military uses, situations
where it has to be extremely resistant to and started growing apples… There were once 200 species
after the Shah was overthrown. They got rid of all the vines
anything that can be thrown at it — not just the of grapes in that region, and I don’t know how many are
usual corrosion but acids and chemical left.”
Though the French winemakers in Urmia made wine in
Those challenges would be enough to fully international styles, Afshar’s family followed an ancient tradition
that involved more luck than skill.
occupy most people, but over the past decade
Afshar has also been considering another kind “There was a traditional Persian style of winemaking that
of preservation. He is a wine lover, diagnosed was all natural — they didn’t add anything, they didn’t do
with an allergic reaction to the sulfites that anything except preserve the grape juice and let it become
are used to preserve wine, as well as dried wine,” Afshar said. “Whatever comes up, comes up, and it
fruits, shellfish and some meats. He is putting
his skills as a chemist to work to make cial winemaking, it was just for our own use. The wines
might not come out as wine sometimes. It was not commer-
wine that he, and the estimated five to did not last long, so you drank it that year like the French
eight percent of Americans who also experience
sulfite intolerance, can enjoy. The limited shelf life was partly because the wine con-
Wine has always been a part of tained no sulfates. The use of sulfur in winemaking goes
Amir’s life, even when he was still living
in northern Iran, near the border wineries with sulfurous smoke to drive away insects and
back to the ancient Greeks, who started fumigating their
pests. They discovered that wine stored in jars exposed to
“I was born in a city called Urmia the smoke lasted longer. The practice had become a science
in the far northwest of Iran that was by 1820, when pioneering food chemist Frederick Accum
famous for grapes, not only in Iran included a chapter on sulphuring wine in his book on wine-
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making. At the time, nobody recognized
it could cause health problems
in some people.
“Every time I drank wines containing
sulfites my hands and feet
swelled, I started itching, I had
headaches,” Afshar said. “I had the
same problem when I ate dried apricots
or raisins. I didn’t touch wine
for a couple of years after I was diagnosed.
One day a friend brought
a bottle and insisted that I try it. I
told him that I couldn’t drink wine,
but he insisted — he told me it was
homemade and he thought I wouldn’t
have problems. He was right; I
drank it and felt just fine. That was
17 years ago. That was when I
started becoming interested in
Home winemaking allowed Afshar
to enjoy wine again, but not the
kind he liked most. He had come to
appreciate the developed tannins
and more complex flavor imparted
by long aging. The wines he and his
friends made were deficient in that
“Those wines were good but fragile,
and they had to be enjoyed the
same year,” he said. “After six
months my wine started changing
flavor and losing color because it
was oxidizing. I started doing a lot
of research, reading and studying
what had been done in previous
centuries. One thing they did, which
is not practical for commercial
winemakers, is to store it in silver.
They didn’t know why this works,
but it does. Silver has an antibacterial
effect. It’s not something that we
can do for wine storage on a grand
scale, but it was interesting to know
that something else worked at all.”
As Afshar started looking at the
whole winemaking process, he
came to the conclusion that many
things are done just because they’ve
always been done that way.
“Corks are not the best way to seal
a wine, it’s the worst way. Corks are
a natural product but they’re unpredictable,”
he said. “They can have
cracks and other flaws, including
pockets of bacteria that infect the
wine. People used to think of screw
caps or synthetic corks as a sign of
cheap wine. Now some excellent
wines are abandoning natural corks.
In Persia they sealed the wine with
bread dough. In other places they
used a wooden or clay plug covered
“It’s the same with barrels. They
were the most convenient technology
1,000 years ago, but it isn’t the
best thing for all wines. Oak barrels
give tannins and flavors that you
want in red wine, and the oak itself
has antibacterial properties, but a
crack in the wood can let in more
oxygen than the winemaker intends.
The Greeks and Romans aged their
wines in ceramic amphorae. Modern
winemakers like me get the
same effect by aging in steel or
Afshar’s effort to eliminate sulfites
encountered a problem: winemakers
use sulfites because they
eliminate bacteria that spoils wine.
“There are bacteria on every surface,
including the skins of the
grape,” he said. “The industry’s answer
to this is to spray the grapes
with a solution that contains sulfites.
But there is another way to do
that. I have been working on a mix
of chemicals that evaporates with
no residue left on the grape. It is like
ozone, which kills bacteria on contact
but is a gas. I am taking methods
from other areas and applying
them to winemaking.”
After eliminating sulfites in the
early stages of production, Afshar
moved on to aging.
“There are food grade antioxidants
that some people take as dietary
supplements but that aren’t
usually used for wine,” he said.
“They are not as effective as sulfites
individually, but when used in the
right balance they don’t affect the
taste or color of wine, and they
don’t cause allergic reactions. It took
me years to come up with the successful
Though there are some non-sulfited
wines on the market already,
they are rare, usually drunk very
young, and are generally more expensive.
Though the antioxidants
that Afshar uses are more expensive
than sulfites, he is confident his new
processes will create a sulfite-free
wine that can be sold at only a modest
price premium. He is in the
process of getting licenses and trademarks
to produce his wine commercially.
“As soon as I get my approvals,
I’m ready to go commercial,” Afshar
said. “I’ll start with 100 cases. If that
sells out, 1,000. If that sells out I’ll
double it. I have people who want
to buy now because they have bad
reactions to most wines, but not
mine. They’re ready to put down
deposits now, even though I won’t
be able to have it on the market for
two years. Once I have the winery
running I may quit the paint and
coatings business because I enjoy
this a lot more. This is my future,
my family’s future. I have been
doing this for years, and it has
proven to work over and over. I
don’t see why it wouldn’t take off.” PEN
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Do you change your automobile oil and filter? If you do, call EDCO your trash/recycling
hauler and arrange for a free pickup. Then, place your used oil and/or filter in a tightly
sealed container or ziplock bag. EDCO will pick them up and drop off an oil recycling kit
that contains a 15-quart drip pan, empty 1-gallon container, funnel, shop rag, cardboard
floor mat and information on used oil and filter. Call EDCO at 310-540-2977 or go to
Household Hazardous Waste/Electronic Waste Roundup
Sat. April 8th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
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Composting Workshop (Beginners Level)
Sat. April 15th from 9:30 am to 11:30 am, Hesse Park, Fireside Room
Document Shredding/Electronic Waste Roundup/Free Mulch Giveaway
Sat. April 22nd from 8 am to 11 am
RPV Civic Center, 30940 Hawthorne Bl. (RPV Residents Only)
For Household Hazardous Waste (including Sharps disposal)
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Address: 1400 N Gaffey St, San Pedro, 90731
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S P O T L I G H T O N T H E H I L L
Muffins and Mozart
Celebrates composer’s life
On a rain drenched Saturday morning, February 18, St. Peter's by the
Sea hosted a family breakfast and concert at Reeves Hall. Volunteers
served up enormous platters of gourmet muffins, hot bacon and eggs,
fruit and lots of fresh Starbucks coffee. The breakfast with friends was
followed by a kid friendly performance by Pat Maki and Campus Concerts
highlighting the music and life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Proceeds
from the fundraiser went towards supporting St. Peter's Pre-School
programs and facilities.
1. Ann Shaw and Laura Bettis.
2. Romina, Daniel and Lukas Mariani-
3. Hope, Dan, Holly and Abigail
4. Romina Mariani-Simacek, Alexis
White and Danica King.
5. Elle, Sara and Stella McKown.
6. Araceli Orozco, Carol Kollmer,
Laura Bettis and Ann Shaw.
PHOTOS BY STEPHANIE CARTOZIAN
7. Dorian Gomez, Martha Hynes M.D.,
Donna Gomez and Tom Hynes.
8. Eric, Caden, Danica, Naomi and
9. Tony Gonzalez, Don Mottinger and
10. Dan Bolton, Pastor Paul Barrett
and Ross Bolton.
11. (Front) Elle McKown, Elisa Arai,
Mattie and Hattie Cartozian and (back)
12. Aislin Ard, Lily and Isla Hansen.
13. Carol Mead, Pat Maki, Anna Adkisson,
Cathy Biagini and Darren Mc-
2 3 4
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CALENDAR OF COMMUNITY EVENTS
Compiled by Teri Marin
You can email your event to our address: firstname.lastname@example.org
All submissions must be sent by the 10th of each month prior to event taking place.
Saturday, March 25
Slime Snails & Slugs
Join Natural History Museum’s Jann Vendetti to become a snail and slug citizen
scientist. 11 a.m. White Point Nature Education Center & Preserve, 1600
W. Paseo del Mar in San Pedro. Free. RSVP to pvplc.org: Events & Activities/Whitepoint
Presentations or call (310) 541-7613.
Vietnam Veterans Day
Honoring Vietnam Veterans on The Battleship IOWA Museum. The Point Vicente
Chapter NSDAR, and co-hosted by The Battleship IOWA Museum. Individual
bronze lapel pin presented to all Vietnam Veteran attendees. The
ceremony, open to everyone, will also be marked with other festivities, presentations,
musical entertainment and more! 11 a.m. 250 S. Harbor Blvd.,
Berth 87, San Pedro. Pacificbattleship.com.
Sunday, March 26
Long Ago and Far Away: A Musical Odyssey. The Palos Verdes Symphonic
Band will perform. 3 p.m. Tickets are $20 (adults) and $10 (youth 18 and
younger), plus a $5 facility fee to both. Purchase tickets directly from the Norris
Box Office: (310) 544-0403 x 221 or palosverdesperformingarts.com. Norris
Theatre, 27570 Norris Center Drive, Rolling Hills Estates.
Friday, March 31
Nature & Me Storytime
Share the joy of reading with your children and introduce them to the beauty
of our natural surroundings. Geared for 2-5 years. 9:30 - 10 a.m. For more
information contact Marisa Perley at (310) 377-9584 x 238 or email email@example.com.
George F Canyon Nature Center, 27305 Palos Verdes Drive
East, Rolling Hills Estates.
Saturday, April 1
Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy
Free Family Hike at 9 a.m. Bring your family and join a naturalist guide to
46 Peninsula • April 2017
discover habitat, wildlife and more on an easy hike up George F Canyon with
amazing views of the city. 27305 Palos Verdes Dr. E, Rolling Hills. (310) 547-
0862 or RSVP at: pvplc.org, Events & Activities.
Outdoor Volunteer Day
Portuguese Bend Reserve, Rancho Palos Verdes, 9 a.m. – noon. Help restore
important wildlife habitat while looking out at a beautiful view. Sign up at
Beauty of Nature film series – Seasons
An awe-inspiring tale about the “golden age of forests.” A visually stunning
film by Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud who brought us “Winged Migration.”
$10. Youth free. 5:30 p.m. at Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W. 6th
Street, San Pedro. Tickets: pvplc.org, Events & Activities.
The Step Crew
The Step Crew boasts three world-class fiddlers backed by an amazing fivepiece
ensemble plus three styles of exhilarating dance forms - Irish step, Ottawa
Valley step and percussive tap. 8 p.m. Tickets $55-$65, with a $10
discount for children 12 and under. Call the box office at (310) 544-0403 or
go to palosverdesperformingarts.com. Norris Theater, 27570 Norris Center
Drive in Rolling Hills Estates.
Saturday, April 2
Beginners Composting in RPV
Workshop with water-wise gardening information 9:30 - 11 a.m. at Hesse
Park. Discounted compost and worm bins for sale (cash or check only) after
the workshop. Open to all interested gardening enthusiasts. 29301
Hawthorne Blvd, Rancho Palos Verdes, Fireside Room. For information go to:
smartgardening.com or rpvca.gov/DocumentCenter/ View/1148.
Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna
Joanna Medawar Nachef Singers presents Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna.
The JMS Singers will feature more of Lauridsen’s music in the second half such
as: O Magnum Mysterium, Sure on This Shining Night, and Dirait On. At the
Palos Verdes Performing Arts Norris Theatre 27570 Norris Center Drive,
Rolling Hills Estate. 7:30 p.m. pre-concert talk at 6:30 p.m. For tickets visit
palosverdesperformingarts.com or call (310) 544-0403 x221.
Tuesday, April 4
Join the laugh fest with stand-up comedian Ian Bagg at The Jester & Pharley
Phund’s Phun Night at the Comedy & Magic Club, 1018 Hermosa Ave., Hermosa
Beach. Proceeds from ticket sales will provide David Saltzman’s bestselling
“The Jester Has Lost His Jingle” to hospitalized children with cancer.
(310) 544-4733 to reserve your ticket.
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Saturday, April 8
Easter Egg Hunt
BYOB – Bring your own basket to the annual Easter Egg Hunt at the lighthouse.
Join an old-fashion egg hunt and crafts10:30 a.m., for children ages 4 to 10.
All children must be accompanied by an adult. Younger siblings are welcome
to participate, but egg prizes may not be appropriate for children under four.
Lucky egg hunters may find a golden egg which is good for a special gift. Pt.
Fermin Lighthouse, 807 Paseo del Mar, San Pedro.
Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay concludes its 2016-17 Season with a
gala performance at the Norris Theatre at 8 pm. The featured soloist is 2011
International Tchaikovsky Competition winner violinist Itamar Zorman. 2017-
18 season will be announced and the audience will be invited to a reception
following the concert. There will be a Preview Talk by Chuck Klaus, starting at
7:15 p.m. Single tickets are $63 and will be available through the Norris Theatre
Box Office, (310) 544-0403, ext. 221. Further information on the COSB
and its future concerts can be found by visiting mycosb.org.
Cactus, Succulent show & sale
The two-day show (Saturday and Sunday) features stunning displays of exotic
and dazzling plants staged by expert growers. This is your opportunity to
recreate sculptural beauties in your own home or drought-tolerant garden.
Choose from thousands of rare and beautiful cactus and succulents and to
speak with the experts on how to display and care for them. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula.
Entry includes admission to the Garden: adults $9; seniors and students $6;
child 5-12 $4; under 5 free. Garden members free. For more information see
southcoastcss.org or the garden at (310) 544-6815.
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"Its Like You’re There All Over Again"
Guided nature walk
Presented by the Palos Verdes Peninsula
Land Conservancy. Experience
the impressively restored 28-acre Linden
H. Chandler Preserve with its
lush oasis of riparian habitat and
home for the rare Palos Verdes blue
butterfly. Moderate walk. Free and
open to the public. 9 a.m. 916 Silver
Spur Rd. #207, Rolling Hills Estates.
(310) 541-7613 ext. 201 or sign up
Stories, Songs and More
All at the White Point Nature Education
Center, 1600 W. Paseo Del
Mar, San Pedro,10 a.m. Share the
joy of storytelling with your children
and introduce them to the beauty of
the natural surroundings. Your family
will enjoy spending time with retired
Children’s Librarian Carla Sedlacek
for stories and activities featuring nature
themes, exciting props and
songs. Free. RSVP at: pvplc.org.
5 Outstanding Musicians
The five finalists in the Peninsula
Symphony’s 2017 Edith Knox Young
Artists Competition will perform with
piano accompaniment for professional
judging. First-prize winner will
be announced at the end of the pro-
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gram and will solo with the Symphony
at its June 18, Norris Foundation
concert. Free and open to the
public. 2 p.m. Redondo Union High
School Auditorium, 1 Sea Hawk
Way, Redondo Beach. Pensym.org.
Sunday, April 9
Mozart's Requiem Mass
From darkness to light, grief to hope,
Mozart's Requiem sets the traditional
prayers of the Requiem Mass to
spectacular music. St. Peter's by the
Sea Festival Choir with professional
orchestra and soloists, along with
Music Director, Dr. Mark Bennett, invite
you to our community concert at
3:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary . We
offer this concert in the hope that it
will serve as a memorial to our loved
ones. 6410 Palos Verdes Drive
South, RPV. 310.377.6882, StPetersPres.org.
Full Moon Hike
Wth the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land
Conservancy. Explore nocturnal
sights with an expert naturalist under
a full moon at the George F Canyon
Nature Preserve. Must be age 9 and
up. $12 per person. Reservations required
at pvplc.org, Events & Activities.
Tuesday, April 11
Deadline for photographic entries
from amateur photographers of all
ages for the first ever Point Fermin
Photography Contest. Participation is
free; subject is the freshly painted
lighthouse. Email kristen.heather@
lacity.org for questions and/or an
entry form or pick up an entry form
at the lighthouse. Winning entries
displayed at the lighthouse during
the “Tea by the Sea” event April 29.
807 Paseo del Mar, San Pedro.
Thursday, April 13
Chapter of the American Needlepoint
Guild will hold its monthly
meeting at 10 a.m. at Ports O’Call
Restaurant, 1200 Nagoya Way,
San Pedro. Tomoko Takahashi will
be lecturing on the art of Sachiko
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Wednesday, April 12
The Palos Verdes Woman's Club
Luncheon speaker will present an update on the Norris Center for the Performing
Arts. Noon. Rolling Hills Country Club, 27000 Palos Verdes Drive East.
Cost of the luncheon is $32. For information, reservations call Beverly Teresinski,
Friday, April 14-23
Pippin at PV High
Palos Verdes High School Drama Department will present the musical Pippin
for eight performances. Heir to the Frankish throne, the young prince Pippin
is in search of the secret to true happiness and fulfillment. April 14-15 and 21-
22 at 7 p.m., April 15, 22-23 at 2 p.m., and April 20 at 3:30 p.m. in the
MPR at Palos Verdes High School, 600 Cloyden Road in Palos Verdes Estates.
$20 for adults; $15 for students. Tickets can be purchased at pvhsdrama.com
or at the door if seats still available. For further information, (310) 378-8471,
Saturday, April 15
Poetry & Music
Surf Writers Annual Poetry and Music. Guitarist and poet, Richard Leach, performing
and reading some of his work, followed by ten local poets and a closing
performance by guitarist and poet, Ildy Lee. Free. 1:30-3:30 p.m. In the
Gallery at the Malaga Cove Library, 2400 via Campesina, Palos Verdes Estates.For
more information contact email@example.com.
Outdoor Volunteer Day
Help restore the unique Alta Vicente Reserve canyon habitat, home to many
threatened and endangered wildlife species. 9 a.m. – noon. Alta Vicente Reserve,
30940 Hawthorne Blvd, Rancho Palos Verdes. Sign up at pvplc.volunteerhub.com.
Sunday, April 16
Easter photos, food fun
Celebrate Easter Sunday at St. Peter's by the Sea with three unique Easter
Worship Services: 8 a.m. -Contemplative
in Reeves Hall, 9:15 a.m.-Traditional
in the Sanctuary, and 11
a.m.-Informal in the Sanctuary. At
noon enjoy an egg hunt on the lawn
for the kids including a light food
faire for all. Complimentary family
photos. Childcare & Church School
at 9:15 & 11 a.m. All are welcome.
StPetersPres.org or 310-377-6882.
6410 Palos Verdes Drive South, RPV.
Wed., April 19
Birding with Wild Birds
Explore the birds making a home in
the restored habitat at this beautiful
preserve. Binoculars supplied for beginners.
The program is free. All
ages welcome. 8:30 a.m. White
Point Nature Preserve, 1600 W.
Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro. RSVP at:
pvplc.org, Events & Activities.
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Thursday, April 20
South Coast Rose Society
April meeting, at South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Boulevard,
Palos Verdes Peninsula with social hour beginning at 7 p.m. Society member
Sharon Van Enoo will be speaking on how to prepare your roses for showing
at rose shows. For further information, please see
Friday, April 21
The Music Man
With a crash of cymbals and a blast of horns, Meredith Willson's Tony Awardwinning
musical comedy, “The Music Man,” will march into the Norris Theatre
accompanied by a full orchestra. Performances are April 21-May 7 at 8 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Ticket prices $30-
-$65. To purchase tickets call the box office at (310) 544-0403 or go to
palosverdesperformingarts.com. The Norris Theatre is located at 27570 Norris
Center Drive in Rolling Hills Estates.
Saturday, April 22
RPV Brush Clearing
EDCO’s residential event starts for five consecutive Saturdays, each week concentration
on a different area in RPV depending on regular collection day.
Today’s brush clearing is for Monday routes. For more info go to
www.rpvca.gov/DocumentCenter/ View/9366 or www.rpvrecycles.com.
Celebration at White Point Nature Preserve 1600 W. Paseo Del Mar, San
Pedro, 9 a.m. - noon. Families are invited to participate by helping to beautify
the native garden and trails, taking a guided hike through the preserve, enjoy
special nature inspired art activities, and much more! Lunch and gifts sponsored
by Toyota. RSVP at: pvplc.volunteerhub.com.
White Point Nature Education Center & Preserve, 1600 W. Paseo Del Mar,
San Pedro April 11a.m. – Compost to a greener tomorrow with Denise Epport,
President of Trifomis Corporation. Free. RSVP to: pvplc.org: Events & Activities/White
Point Presentations or call (310) 541-7613.
Saturday, April 23
RPV’s Free Shredding &
EDCO and the City of RPV sponsor
a free document/paper shredding
event 8 a.m to 11 a.m. at the RPV
Civic Center (City Hall) Parking lot
located at 30940 Hawthorne Blvd.
Certified shredding trucks will shred
the material on-site. Limit of 3 storage
size boxes per household. Event
exclusive to RPV residents (EDCO
customers) only. Electronics waste
will be collected also. Free mulch
available on a self-serve, self-load,
self-haul basis, while supplies last.
Bring your shovel and cans. Limit of
2 cans per household. Please follow
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Sunday, April 23
Walk the Walk Fundraiser
Assistance League fundraiser to provide dental care, and school attire for disadvantaged
children. 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. 600 Sampson Way at 5th and Harbor,
San Pedro. Registration $20. Call 310-832-8355 x221.
Monday, April 24
The 28th Annual Seahorse Classic, hosted by Peninsula Committee Children’s
Hospital, at Palos Verdes Country Club. All proceeds benefit the Associates
Sarcoma Program Chair at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Golf, gourmet
boxed lunch, dinner, silent and live auctions, and raffle. Longest drive, holein-one
opportunities and more. To register, visit seahorseclassic.com. For information
regarding sponsorship opportunities, please visit: pcch.net.
Thursday, April 27
Wings of Freedom
Western Museum of Flight Wings of Freedom ground tours and flights. The
Collings Foundation aircraft (B-24, B-25, B-17, and TF-51) will visit the museum
April 27-30. Aircraft will be open for ground tours from approximately 10
a.m. - 3 p.m. $15 for adults; $5 for children 12 and under. Flight experiences
in the bombers are available for $400 to $450 and may be booked directly
with Collings at collingsfoundation.org/flight or by calling (978) 562-9182.
No reservations needed. 3315 Airport Drive, Torrance.
Las Candalistas 2017
Spring event celebrating 50 years of giving with Out of Africa. Have a won-
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derful day of adventure and empowerment, while enjoying the gorgeous view
of the vineyard, the Pacific and Catalina Island! At Catalina View Gardens,
6001 Palos Verdes Drive South, Rancho Palos Verdes. 9:30 a.m to 3 p.m.
Lunch is served at noon. Adults $70. To make reservations: lascandalistas.org.
Information (310) 798-7499, pick up reserved tickets at the entrance.
Friday & Saturday, April 28 & 29
31st Annual Circle Garden Party
“Delectable Living, Delightful and Delicious,” a two-stop garden party behind
the gates in Rolling Hills with music and edible treats, will be held from 10
a.m. – 4 p.m. There also will be several boutiques and the popular Collectibles
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Saturday, April 29
Lighthouse tour and photos
Enjoy tea in a garden setting at the Pt. Fermin Lighthouse Tea by the Sea boutique.
Adults can tour the lighthouse; monitors will be stationed in each room.
Garden guides will allow for self directed tours. A boutique of local artisans
will be assembled for attendees. Winners of the Photo Contest will be on display
in the lighthouse. 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Pt. Fermin Lighthouse, 807 Paseo
del Mar, San Pedro.
RPV Brush Clearing Events
EDCO’s residential event starts for five consecutive Saturdays, each week concentration
on a different area depending on regular collection day. Today’s
event is for Tuesday routes. For more info go to www.rpvca.gov/Document-
Center/View/9366 or www.rpvrecycles.com.
Outdoor Volunteer Day
Nurture seedlings and grow shrubs for habitat restoration projects. 9 a.m. –
noon. Reservation required by April 26. Sign up at pvplc.volunteerhub.com.
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PHOTOS BY DEIDRE DAVIDSON
South Bay Women of the Year
Switzer Learning Center's 17th Annual South Bay Women of
the Year Awards Luncheon was held on March 10th at the
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel. The prestigious honorees are pillars
of their communities. Paula Del Vicario was honored for her
community service particularly in music. Merrietta Fong was
recognized for her civic leadership. Peggy Tremayne was recognized
for her work in education and Sue Chen was recognized
for her work in social awareness. All the honorees are actively
involved with serving the community on many levels and the
luncheon was to bring attention to their individual accomplishments.
To learn more visit www.switzercenter.org.
1. John Arensdorf, Honoree Sue Chen, Allison
Nieuwenhuis and Kenny Leung.
2. Ann Ehrenclou, Alanna Kennedy, Janet
Ceske, Carole LaCaze and Val Noguchi.
3. Robin Taub Comer, Janet Payne, Donna
Duperron, South Bay Deputy for Janice
Hahn Mark Waronek and Barbara Graham.
4. Auction art piece designed by autistic
kids in the school.
5. Executive director of Switzer Rebecca
Foo, Jann Feldman and Judith Borck.
6. Honoree Sue Chen, Executive director of
Switzer Rebecca Foo.
7. Rachel Bigley, Charlotte and Russ
Lesser, Geri Isara, Mark Matuso and Martin
8. Mike Molina, Ruben Barajas, Executive
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city councilman Mike Griffiths, Geoff Rizzo,
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April 2017 • Peninsula 57
a bit like
by Richard Foss
Rice Heaven offers Korea’s answer to home cooking
As much as I like to cook, there are times
when I open the refrigerator, rummage
through the pantry, and just can’t see
anything that looks like a meal. On another day,
inspiration might strike from that same view,
but today it just isn’t happening. My wife
comes home and I suggest a restaurant, and
what do you know, that’s the same thing she
had for lunch.
Sound familiar? On days like this we have a
go-to restaurant that serves a little of this, a little
of that, a place where we always get a good
meal and nobody’s wallet gets pinched too
tightly. Sometimes we even get everything to go
so my wife can have dinner in a bathrobe and
slippers, because there are evenings when that
is the height of luxury. It’s comfort food at its
most pure, and you probably don’t have to
think very long before you come up with the
name of the place where you go when you feel
the same way.
I think I have found the restaurant that
serves that purpose for the Korean community
on the Hill. It’s a little place called Rice
Heaven, in the shopping center at the corner of
Crenshaw and Rolling Hills Road. The place
opened in 2008 as a Japanese restaurant but
switched to a mainly Korean menu after a
change in ownership a few years later. I hadn’t
visited in some time, until recently, when I
stopped in with a friend.
The place looks like a lot of quick-serve
restaurants, the walls decorated mainly with
pictures of the food, the only hint of style some
brightly colored hanging lamps. The menu is a
list of Korean home cooking favorites, plus a
few Japanese items such as chicken or pork
katsu and both Japanese and Korean style sushi
rolls. The prices are very moderate, so on that
visit we over-ordered because we didn’t know
how large the portions were.
I was dining with someone who hadn’t tried
gimbap, the Korean-style rice roll. Though gimbap
and sushi both involve rice and other items
wrapped in seaweed, gimbap isn’t technically
sushi because sushi rice is always vinegared.
Gimbap rice usually has a dash of sesame oil
instead, and instead of fresh fish there is usually
a mix of pickled and fresh vegetables and
beef, spam, vegetables and fishcake or dried
fish. My companion doesn’t like raw fish but
was delighted with the mix of chopped beef,
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pickled daikon, scallion and Asian
spinach. On a second visit with my
wife we sampled a roll with dried anchovy
along with the vegetables, a
new experience for her, which she
likewise enjoyed. The anchovy isn’t
the oily, salty type you get on pizza,
and it is used moderately. If you really
like a strong anchovy flavor you
might ask them to add extra, but we
thought the balance was perfect.
On that first visit we decided to
order a special item was posted on
the wall called Tteok galbi. This
turned out to be a pair of small hamburger
patties blended with mild seasoning,
grilled, and coated with a
thick, sweet soy sauce. It was a bit
too sweet for me as it was, but was
good when topped with a little of the medium-spicy kimchi that arrived at
our table along with side dishes of fried tofu and japchae noodles with vegetables.
These dishes, called banchan, are refilled as often as you like, but
on both visits we had so much food that we didn’t take advantage of that.
On the first trip we tried the Korean fried chicken, which is offered with
a spicy sauce, sweet sauce, or half and half. There were four wing pieces
in each style to the order, along with rice, cabbage salad, and the banchan,
so it was an impressive portion. We both greatly preferred the spicy chicken
to the milder one coated with sweet sesame oil.
We enjoyed the chicken while listening to our bowl of bibimbap sizzling
gently at the side of the table. Bibimbap is a rice, meat, and vegetable dish
that can be served plain or in a hot stone pot so that the rice at the bottom
gets crispy. When you mix it together there is a pleasant variety of textures.
On top of the rice was a neat arrangement of beef, spinach, mushrooms,
carrots, bean sprouts, and zucchini, topped with a fried egg and dusted with
shredded seaweed and sesame seeds. It’s a marvelously varied set of flavors,
and a fine full meal for only 10
On my return visit with my wife
she ordered ramyun, the Korean version
of Japanese ramen, while I had
a plate of spicy squid served on a hot
platter. The squid was a Korean classic,
a big pile of seafood, grilled
onion, scallion, cabbage, and a few
jalapeno peppers in a sweet and
spicy sauce. My wife’s vegetarian
noodle soup was not quite what she
expected. She doesn’t usually like
spicy food as much as I do so she had
ordered the soup assuming it would
be mild. But the broth was at least as
spicy as my seafood dish. More surprisingly,
she liked it. It’s a very flavorful
dish with more than just heat
to recommend it. She took regular bites of the rice, tofu, and cold noodle
salad to cut the heat and surprised herself and me by finishing the whole
Though the restaurant was almost empty when we came in, as we dined
we noticed a steady stream of customers picking up to-go orders, all of them
greeting the counter staff in Korean. Beer and wine aren’t served here. Most
customers choose soft drinks, tea, or a variety coffees from the self-serve
machine at the back of the restaurant. On one visit we brought our own
wine. If you’re thinking of doing this I recommend a rose or sparkling
white, because those go well with the spices.
Rice Heaven is an interesting little spot to get unpretentious, well-made
Korean comfort food. It was good when we had it there and would taste
just as good if you enjoy it at home in your bathrobe.
Rice Heaven is at 2937 Rolling Hills Road in Torrance. Open daily except
Sunday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Parking lot, some vegetarian items. Menu at riceheaven.net.
Phone 310-257-0134. PEN
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Local hockey heroes
The Palos Verdes Promenade ice skating rink hosted local
LA Kings veterans on Sunday afternoon February 26. Former
Kings Marty McSorley, Ian Turnball and Vic Venasky
scrimmaged with local kids on the ice and joined in a meet
and greet, signing autographs for their fans. The afternoon
also included a Chinese auction, games, prizes, food and entertainment
with costumed superheroes, including batman
and bat woman. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the
Kings Care Foundation.
1. DJ Longnecker, Azumi Williams and Barbara
2. Tamalin Srisook, Julia Parton and Azumi
3. Dylan Walsh and Amanda Perez.
4. Vic Venasky, Jake Solomon and Ian
5. Marty McSorley, Vic Venasky, Jake
Solomon, Azumi Williams and Ian Turnball.
6. Hockey players and fans.
PHOTOS BY STEPHANIE CARTOZIAN
7. Sophie Croucier and Alliyah Becerra.
8. The LA Kings Ice Crew and PIC Hockey
students (photo by Marta Stattmiller).
9. Geanna Culbertson, author of the
Crisanta Knight Series (photo by Marta
10. Los Angeles Ice Crew (photo by Marta
11. Marty McSorley and son in the Green
Room (photo by Marta Stattmiller).
62 Peninsula • April 2017
P E N I N S U L A | C H A U S S E E ’ S I N S I G H T
2017 All-Weather Portfolio
Stock valuations are at 29.2, their highest reading in history except for
the Tech Bubble in 2000. And we know how that ended.
by Stuart Chaussee
he average household income in zip code 90274 was
$188,000, according to City-Data.com’s most recent report.
57 percent of tax filers showed dividend income, which indicates
stock ownership. For zip code 90275, the average household
income was $117,000 with 47 percent reporting dividend
income. If you factor in the number of residents on the Peninsula
who have company sponsored 401ks or other retirement plans,
where dividends are sheltered and unreported, my best guess tells
me that close to 70 percent of the households in 90274 own stocks
and probably 60 percent or higher in 90275.
Given this high level of stock ownership, it’s baffling to me how
little concern there is about the level of stock valuations and the
potential for loss in the coming years. Indeed, complacency reigns
despite stock portfolios being bloated from an 8-year bull market
that has pushed valuations close to the second highest in history.
The Shiller CAPE ratio (cyclically-adjusted price-to-earnings) indicates
current stock valuations are at 29.2, essentially the highest
reading in history except for the Tech Bubble in 2000. Stocks are
now priced well above the bubble in the late 1960s (Nifty-Fifty
Bubble), beyond the stock bubble of 2007 that led to a 55 percent
collapse in stocks, and equal to the bubble that was followed by
the Great Depression in the late 1920s (stocks subsequently lost
80 percent of their value). The only period when stocks were
clearly more expensive was during the Tech Bubble of 2000 – and
we know that ended with a 50 percent haircut to major stock indices.
It’s not only the CAPE Ratio that indicates stocks are back in
bubble territory. Price-to-book value also shows stocks at the highest
reading in history, other than the Tech Bubble. And, the priceto-sales
ratio is above where it was during all prior bubbles, while
the dividend yield on the S&P 500 is still near all-time lows at 1.9
percent annually – with prices at all-time highs.
If these facts are not enough to catch your attention, I could add
that almost all psychological market indicators suggest stocks are
overdue for a correction or worse. Volatility is near all-time lows,
the level of bullishness among advisors and advisory newsletters
is also close to a record (contrarian indicator). And, of course, the
investing public has started to throw money blindly at the stock
market, afraid of missing out on the apparently easy profits. These
are all additional signs of “irrational exuberance” and as we all
know, every bubble has ended badly for investors.
I have been concerned about overvalued stock prices since late
2013, but I have reluctantly gone along for the ride with heavy
stock exposure the past three years and the ride has been enjoyable.
Actually, the 8-year bull market ride has been quite fun,
but it was much easier to justify staying fully invested in
stocks when valuations were somewhat reasonable. That’s
not the case anymore. The vast majority of my clients
(mostly Peninsula residents) are nearing retirement
or already retired and I can no
longer justify an overweight allocation
to stocks. I have recently
reduced risk and sold many
stock positions. If history is a
guide, given that we are at 2-
standard deviation levels above
long-term price trends in stocks
–- which is an acceptable definition
of a bubble –- returns going
forward are likely to be belowaverage
or even negative. Still,
you hear almost no talk about
prices being frothy or at risk of
a serious decline. Heck, we
ALLOCATION NAME SYMBOL YIELD EXPENSE RATIO
25% Vanguard Short-Term Corporate Bond Index VCSH 2.1% 0.07%
30% Vanguard Intermediate-Term Bond Index BIV 2.8% 0.09%
10% Vanguard Long-Term Bond Index BLV 4.1% 0.09%
10% Vanguard Dividend Appreciation Index VIG 2.0% 0.09%
25% Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR XLP 2.4% 0.14%
haven’t had a bear market in eight years (we are way overdue), when
prices decline on average 30 percent and the aftermath of a bubble
could show declines of 50 percent or more. Have you calculated how
much your portfolio would decline if we entered another bear market?
It’s easy to do. Multiply the dollar amount you have in stocks
by 20 percent (minimum decline to be considered a bear market) or
30 percent (average bear market decline) and that would indicate
your dollar loss. Sure, perhaps the loss will be temporary, but my
guess is it would be painful, nevertheless. And, we never know how
long it will take for the market to recover, so “temporary” could mean
a long wait to recover from those losses.
So, what is a prudent, rational investor to do? Well, you could do
nothing and simply ride out the inevitable downturn and hope you
live long enough to see your portfolio go on to reach new highs at
some point in the future. And, no doubt it will –- you simply need
an investing time horizon that is long enough for you to wait out any
temporary decline. And, of course, you must be able to “stomach”
portfolio losses that won’t be pretty and not panic and sell. So again,
doing nothing is one option, but perhaps not that appealing to anyone
nearing retirement or already retired.
My suggestion is that if you have enjoyed this long bull market in
stocks, but are concerned about losing a significant portion of your
profits in the next bear market, then protect at least a portion of your
gains. Consider reducing risk, perhaps substantially, and rebalancing
your portfolio now. Below I’ve compiled a simple, balanced portfolio
that I have back-tested, that survived our most recent stock and real
estate bubbles and Great Recession quite well. You could consider
some combination of these low-cost holdings that fit your own risk
profile and investment objectives. The 2017 All-Weather Portfolio
had one slightly negative year in the last 10 years, showing a loss of
only -1.0 percent in 2008 while during the same year the S&P 500
declined 37 percent. In addition, the portfolio
has an annual yield
of 2.6 percent,
which provides important
for investors in
need of income. PEN
6.2% -1.0 7.1 9.9 10.4 8.0 7.8 9.5 1.7 4.6 2.1
2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
*Hypothetical returns 2007 to present (3/10/2017)
Stuart Chaussee is
a Palos Verdes-based feeonly
Advisor. He is the author of
three financial books,
including the awardwinning
Strategies for the Affluent.
He is a former contributing
writer for TheStreet.com.
Stuart welcomes your feedback
and can be reached
or e-mail him directly at
At the time of publication,
Stuart Chaussee and/or his
clients held positions in
BIV, BLV, VIG and XLP.
Holdings can change at any
time. Under no circumstances
does the information in this
column represent investment
advice or a recommendation
to buy or sell securities.
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PHOTOS BY STEPHANIE CARTOZIAN
Raises funds for school
Los Verdes Country Club hosted a fundraiser benefiting Vista Grande
Elementary School. The theme was Havana and the dress was colorful
Cuban style with chocolate cigars and model, 1950s car centerpieces.
The crowd was primarily parents coming together to support their local
school and teachers. A disc jockey played Caribbean music and taught
the crowd to salsa and the cha cha. There were tables of silent auction
items and a photo booth with costumes for dress up in front of the camera.
Parents took home bookmarks with their photos.
1. Marla and Glenn Thompson.
2. Jeff and Kristy Llamas, Carolina
and Joe Tanner.
3. Rosemarie and Michael Diehl, Ron
and Pamela Light.
4. Jeri Delatorre and Melanie
5. LaRae Mardesic Bechmann and
6. Dina Bates and Amanda Wishner.
7. David and Kristina Brown.
8. Glenn and Marla Thompson, Erik
and Debbie Brenizer, Amanda and Mike
9. Kim Libby, Jennifer Cosgrove, Amy
Cochrane, Abby Cowan and Julie Sampras.
10. Caitlin Waddell-Chow, Molly Amloyan,
Sandy Horii and Jo-Ann Bellucci.
11. Trish McNamara, Cindy Chia,
Alice Shippee and Karen Kordich.
12. Matt and Dina Bates, Sara and
13. Kristy and Jeff Llamas.
2 3 4
64 Peninsula • April 2017
Peninsula, South students earn Eagle Scout rankings
Troop 378 Eagle Scouts Dallas Cooper, Alex Fukunaga, Scott Mitani
and Terren Mueller.
n Boy Scout Troop 378 of the Greater Los Angeles Area Council recently
awarded the rank of Eagle Scout to Palos Verdes Peninsula High students Alex
Fukunaga and Scott Mitani, Palos Verdes High student Terren Mueller and South
High student Dallas Cooper. Cooper’s and Mueller’s Eagle projects involved trail
and shelter improvements at the George F. Canyon Nature Preserve in Rolling Hills
Estates. Fukunaga refurbished a janitorial room at the Gardena Valley Japanese
Cultural Institute in Gardena. Mitani helped build planters and an amphitheater at
the Seed to Plate nursery.
Troop 276 Eagle Scout honored
n Trevor Trumpler, a senior at
Palos Verdes Peninsula High
and member of Boy Scout
Troop 276, was awarded
the rank of Eagle Scout at an
Eagle Court of Honor on
March 4 at Hesse Park Community
Center. Trumpler is the
son of Tom and Ginger Trumpler
of Rolling Hills Estates.
His Eagle Scout community
service project was designing
and building a new
shelving unit at the Neighborhood
Church. Troop 276 is
a high adventure troop that
backpacks the trails of Southern
ranges, Joshua Tree National
Park, and the Sierra Nevada
Mountains. The troop is
based in Palos Verdes Estates
and meets at Palos Verdes Intermediate
School. For more
about the troop visit
Eagle Scout Trevor Trumpler.
April 2017 • Peninsula 65
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Peninsula High School
Walk to fight cancer
The Cancer Support Community of Redondo Beach (CSCRB)
was one of two beneficiaries of the 15th Annual Walk for Life
to support cancer patients on February 24 at Peninsula High School
(PVPHS). More than 1,100 students, faculty, and members of the
community took part in the walk. The $50,000 raised was divided
between the CSCRB and City of Hope. The walk began at PVPHS
Campus and finished at Highridge Park. “It is heartwarming to see
how these students work together to make a difference in the lives
of cancer patients and their loved ones — we cannot thank them
enough,” said CSCRB CEO Judith Opdahl. “The funds received
from this walk will benefit more than 165 free support programs
that are offered each month at CSCRB for those affected by cancer.”
PHOTOS PROVIDED BY THERESA PLAKOS
1. CSCRB’s Daniel Hovenstine MD,
George Ozawa, Mana Kimura, and
Judith Opdahl display a check representing
proceeds from the 15th
Annual “Walk for Life.”
2. CSCRB’s Daniel Hovenstine MD,
Season Pollock and Judith Opdahl.
3. Samal Senaratna, Hunter Walsh,
Marco Merola and Matthew Patman
throw purple powder to commemorate
those in the PVPHS community
touched by cancer.
4. PVPHS Choir under the direction
of Dan Doctor perform Martina
McBride’s “I’m Going to Love You
Through It” at the pre-walk ceremony.
5. Alex Fukunaga thanks supporters
and speaks to the crowd about
his recent journey with cancer.
6. Over 80 South Bay students
with family members suffering from
or lost to cancer submitted essays
about their experiences to a contest
sponsored by Cancer Support Community
Redondo Beach. CSCRB
Kids Community Group Facilitator
Sharon Feigenbaum (left) poses
with winner Rebecca Nolan, of West
Neighborhood School; finalist
Cameron Amintinat, of West Torrance
High; contest sponsor Mary
Kehrl; finalists, Julia Gazdik, of
Palos Verdes Intermediate School;
and Marissa Cueva, of Magruder
Middle School; CSCRB board president
Dr. Dan Hovenstine and
CSCRB CEO Judith Opdahl. Dr. Hovenstine
is holding a photo of finalists
Jake Milch, of Peninsula High,
who was unable to attend the ceremony
because he had a basketball
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S P O T L I G H T O N T H E H I L L
Palos Verdes Historical Society
Point Vicente Interpretive Center hosted Sweets, Secrets and Wine on February 23,
featuring stories from the Palos Verdes Historical Society Artifact Collection. The
evening began with guests viewing the historical museum pieces, enjoying wine and appetizers
and then listening to lectures by local historians Ann Hugh, Bruce Megowan and
Vicki Mack. Among the relics was a wooden stave in the shape of an old brandy barrel
that used to be a part of the PVE waterpipe system. The soiree wrapped up with light
desserts and conversation. In September 2014, the Society acquired a collection of Palos
Verdes artifacts from the original museum, which had lost its home in the Malaga Cove
School Tower in 2006. The goal of the group is to establish a new museum to preserve
and display cultural and historical relics Peninsula artifacts. To find out more visit
PHOTOS BY STEPHANIE CARTOZIAN
1. Joan Kelly, Ken Dyda and
2. Don Christy, Vicki Mack
and John Harbison.
3. Steve Young and
4. Jack Goldberg, Aaron and
5. Tom Steers and Diana
6. Joan Kelly, Ellen Moses
and Joyce Fein.
7. Dale and Marilyn
Hoffman, Jan and Dwight
8. Ken Dyda standing in
front of a table of artifacts.
9. Joanie Keluche and
10.The venue, Point Vicente
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S P O T L I G H T O N T H E H I L L
NOW SERVING YOU IN 2 LOCATIONS!
With the great goodness of Mama
in Rolling Hills Estates, we now offer
our Cafe’ - a smaller version in Malaga Cove Plaza!
Temple Beth El embarks
On ambitious social programs
When the Waterman family offered to help renovate Temple
Beth El they envisioned the temple becoming a spiritual
home, a place of lifelong learning and a place to convene like
minded organizations for community engagement. That vision is already
being realized. In January, Temple Beth El members joined the Rotary
Club of San Pedro in preparing over 10,000 meals in support of Stop
Hunger Now. They were joined by representatives from the Port of Los
Angeles, PASS Organization, Rolling Hills Preparatory School, Keystone
Elite Boys and Girls Club and Mary Star of the Sea High School.
Rabbi Charles Briskin, who has led Temple Beth El since 2005, has
striven to establish TBE as a type of Town Hall for the community. “The
space we have is conducive to bringing our neighbors together to share
our hopes, dreams and desires for the kind of community we’d like to
see strengthened around us,” he said. Temple Beth El is planning to offer
educational and advocacy programs that speak to the plight of refugees,
immigrants and the local homeless.
“In April we plan to host a workshop with the Little Company of Mary
San Pedro Hospital called 'Beginning the Conversation,' which is intended
to help families begin the important, yet sometimes difficult task
of creating an Advanced Healthcare Directive,” said Rabbi Briskin, a
member of Providence Little Company’s Mission Team..
Temple Beth El is one of five San Pedro congregations working with
Family Promise, an organization that provides temporary housing for
newly homeless families.
Temple Beth El serves the greater South Bay by providing strong Jewish
leadership; diverse educational, musical and cultural programming
and engaging worship services, all in a warm, welcoming and vibrant
social community. The Temple is fortunate to have had long-time, dedicated
clergy, dating back to Rabbi David Lieb from 1971- 2005. Today,
it is led by Rabbi Charles Briskin, Cantor Ilan Davidson (since 1995) and
Debi Rowe, its Director of Education and Programs for the past 19 years.
Specializing in Mama’s Spaghetti & Meatballs with
our newly inspired flatbreads, salads and more!
Join us for Lunch & Dinner Mon-Sat.
• Outdoor Patio Seating • Lots of Free Parking
36 Malaga Cove Plaza
Palos Verdes Estates
815 Deep Valley Drive
Rolling Hills Estates
Temple Beth El organized volunteers in preparing over 10,000 meals in January
for Stop Hunger Now.
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Calendar cont. from page 54
Sunday, April 30
Satisfy a “Suite” Tooth
Concert 3 of Peninsula Symphony’s 50th Anniversary Season will host special
guest baritone Vladimir Chernov. Doors open at 6 p.m. Pre-concert lecture by
Maestro Berkson (for members only) begins at 6:15 p.m. and the concert at
7 p.m. Concert and parking are free. Redondo Union High School Auditorium,
631 Vincent Street, Redondo Beach (PCH at Diamond). For further information
310-544-0320, email@example.com, or Pensym.org.
MAYDAY! - Tales of Love and other Emergencies
Celebrate the lusty month of May with delicious love stories read aloud,
around a bonfire under the stars. 7-8:30 p.m at Angels Gate Cultural Center.
Bring your own seating and dress for the outdoors. Picnics welcome. Free folding
chairs available on site. For adults and young adults. $15/couples;
$10/individual. Cash only; no reservations required. 3601 South Gaffey
Street, San Pedro. Enter from Gaffey Street at 32nd Street. For more information
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