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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
Rancho Palos Verdes rough rider
Photo by David Fairchild
A man called Willmore
by David Mendez In the tradition of an Old West gun for
hire, Rancho Palos Verdes city manager Doug Willmore makes
law abiding citizens of city officials. In a Hipshot way.
Montgomery Ward back in fashion
by Stephanie Cartozian Montgomery Ward department
store built in the 1930s is restored as an art deco home by collectors
George Woytovich and Patti Kraakevik.
by Esther Kang Peninsula attorney Don Davis mines his
criminal defense case for a series of South Bay crime novels.
Music Man strikes back
by Bondo Wyszpolski The musical that knocked off West
Side Story in 1958, deservedly so, shows why – this month
at The Norris Theater.
Mar-a-lago west, with a better view
by Richard Foss Café Pacific proves itself a worthy, West
Coast counterpoint to President Trump’s Florida retreat. And
it’s closer to friendly China.
12 Las Ninas Day at Palm Beach
16 California Art Club VIP night
20 Torrance Memorial Luminaries 5K
24 Palos Verdes Juniors Cuba gala
42 Silver Spur Garden Club’s 60th anniversary
46 Peninsula kids camps
60 Panhellenic scholarship luncheon
64 Palos Verdes Links Legacy luncheon
66 PV Booster Black and Gold Affaire
30 Around and about
52 Peninsula calendar
69 Home services
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S P O T L I G H T O N T H E H I L L
“A Day at Palm Beach”
Las Niñas de las Madrecitas Fashion Show
Terranea Resort on March 25 hosted the Las Niñas de las Madrecitas Fashion Show
2017, dubbed “A Day at Palm Beach,” to honor, in a grand tribute, those Palos
Verdes seniors who had volunteered over the previous four years at the Orthopedic
Institute for Children and in their local community. There was not a dry eye in the
audience while approximately 21 high school girls were honored with Silver Heart
Awards for having given more than 400 hours of community service. A prerecorded
message to their families along with a video put to music brought to life each recipient’s
story and what brought each volunteer to reach this pinnacle of success. Mothers
and fathers were on stage dressed to the nines with their daughter honorees,
sharing in this pivotal moment of love and gratitude. Many of these honorees will
be going away to college in the fall and they expressed how Las Niñas and their families
had helped pave the road for them to succeed in their anticipated professions.
PHOTOS BY STEPHANIE CARTOZIAN
1. Corinne Perahia, Miley
Oshiro, Annika Dietiker, Marina
Kare, Laura Gong, Madison
Hama, and Kyra Smitham.
2. Catie Mihm, Madeline
Babros, Addie Brannan and
3. Jeff Bogosian, Steve
Traversi, Todd Walker, Tom
Nickl, Bill Spelta and Alan
4. Yanina Barriga, Allie Cromer
and Karen Salazar.
5. Claire Bogosian, Sally
Gerich, Courtney Zwarg, Lauren
Hart and Claire Irawan.
6. Debi Robinson and
7. Anna Baronsky and Amanda
8. Justine Lewis and Carole
9. Las Madrecitas President
President Kerbanu Pudumjee introduced
the Rose Presentation.
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S P O T L I G H T O N T H E H I L L
California Art Club
The California Art Club hosts its 106th
Gold Medal Show
The historic California Art Club (CAC) presented its
106th annual Gold Medal Exhibition at the Autry Museum
of the American West in north Los Angeles. Over
600 art submissions were submitted by esteemed artists;
the board selected only 137 pieces to be exhibited at this
exclusive show. The artists’ reception was held on the
evening of April 9 at the museum and the collectors
brunch was held the following morning. The excitement
surrounding the high caliber of art at this year’s exhibit
was palpable. Peter Adams, the CAC’s President, made a
resounding speech congratulating all the artists’ submissions.
The entire Portuguese Bend Art Colony was present
at the show. The colony’s most well-known artist, Dan
Pinkham of Rancho Palos Verdes, exhibited a masterpiece,
showing an open road in Portuguese Bend meandering
around a verdant hillside. The painting’s price tag was
PHOTOS BY STEPHANIE CARTOZIAN
1. Diane Dempwolf with
artists Karl Dempwolf,
Rodolfo Rivademar and
2. Artist Amy Sidrane with
3. Artist Stephen Mirich.
4. Irvine Museum Executive
Director Jean Stern and
5. Amy Sidrane, Linda and
Rick Humphrey, artist.
6. Steve Hilton, artist Alexey
Steele, Aileen Adams and
7. Olga Vlasova, Alexey
Steele and their twin boys.
8. Patricia Watwood, Diane
Waterhouse, CAC President
Peter Adams and Justin
9. Dan Pinkham.
10. Portuguese Bend Art
Colony artists Dan and Vicki
Pinkham, Thomas Redfield,
Stephen Mirich, Kevin Prince,
Amy Sidrane and Rick
11. Artist Ignat Ignatov, Michael
Klein, Emily Dietrich, Alexey
Steele, Olga Vlasova, Pierre
Guidetti and Patricia Watwood.
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Spring into Fitness
Torrance Memorial Hospital
The Luminaries and Novas of Torrance Memorial Medical Center recently
hosted their inaugural “Spring Into Fitness 5K Walk/Run” at
the South Coast Botanical Gardens in Rolling Hills Estates. More than
80 volunteers and 343 participants raised over $33,000. The first to finish
was Reggie Green who ran the hilly course in less than 20 minutes.
Sponsors of the event include Grant Uba M.D. and Debbie Uba, Charles
Schwab & Co., COR Medical, Keenan Associates, Torrance Memorial
Young Physicians and Professionals Alliance, Torrance Memorial Ambassadors,
Fresh & Easy, Bay Club, Coca-Cola, Pepsico, Nestle Waters
North America, Sodexo Quality of Life Services and The Bar Method.
All net proceeds will support the renovations of the Torrance Memorial
Pediatric Unit and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
PHOTOS BY DEIDRE DAVIDSON
1. More than 343 walkers/runners
took part in the first annual Spring Into
2. The Sam’s Club Team.
3. The Luminaries and Novas
4. The Novas cheer on participants.
5. The “Nurses for Ninos” team consisting
of the Pediatric and Neonatal
ICU nurses at
6. The Novas offer face painting to
7. Grant Uba M.D., Lauren Uba, Shari
Morinishi, Glenn Morinishi M.D.,
Wendi and Brian Hirata, Wendy and
Gary Shiroma and Debbie Uba.
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S P O T L I G H T O N T H E H I L L
Fundraiser at Trump National
The Palos Verdes Junior Women’s Club Presented
its “Hot! Hot! Hot!” Havana Nights Gala fundraiser
on Saturday night, March 18. It was an elegant evening
of adventure with a distinctive 1950s tropicana style
ballroom decorated with enormous feathered and
rose-laden centerpieces. A bevy of scantily clad flamenco
dancers entertained guests along with an authentic
Cuban cigar lounge situated conveniently
outside the Grand Ballroom. The dress was Black Tie
with rum specialty mojitos at the bar, exciting live and
silent auction items (including an adorable designer
miniature Schnoodle puppy), dinner and a casino
royale finale for all the gamblers to enjoy. Major
donors included Forest Lawn Memorial-Parks and
Mortuaries, Arthur J. Gallagher and Co. and the law
firm of Latham Watkins, LLP. The PVJWC has been
helping families for 59 years. Visit www.pvjuniors.org
for more information.
PHOTOS BY STEPHANIE CARTOZIAN
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2. Mark Coleman and
3. Kevin and Nadia
McMahon, Eric Hopkins,
Lisa and Carlos Juelle.
4. Sonia Nahara, Jane and
5. Jane Lau and Nadia
6. Mark Coleman and Bob
7. Craig and Denise Phelps
and Jackie Honorio.
8. Susan Davis, Paula
Farrow and Kathy Louis.
9. Andrew and Eunice
Sheng and Sherry Berkin.
10. Armen and Gia
Madatyan, Mitch and
Suzanne Bell, Mandi and
11. James Flores MD and
12. Burlesque flamenco
13. Venue-Trump National
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builds anew in
Rancho Palos Verdes
after weathering storms in the
City of Bell and El Segundo
Doug Willmore. Photo by David Fairchild
by David Mendez
Compared to his previous jobs, Doug Willmore
has a cherry gig in Rancho Palos
Though his office is situated in a former Army
barracks, built to serve a now-retired Nike missile
site and lacking heating or cooling, his view overlooks
rolling hills leading toward the Pacific
Ocean, rows upon rows of peaceful houses.
It’s a far cry from the frying pan he found himself
in when he was hired on as El Segundo’s city
manager from the top administrative position in
Utah’s Salt Lake County. Within 10 months, Willmore
was fired after calling attention to a
decades-old tax deal between El Segundo and the
city’s largest landowner, Chevron.
He was not out of work for long. He was
quickly hired by the City of Bell, which was on
the verge of bankruptcy due to corrupt practices
by its former city manager.
But while he’s in a less stressful workplace, taking
it easy isn’t his philosophy.
“For me, every place is what you make it. I
guess another person could coast through this job
but I have a council that wants to do things,”
Willmore said. “I’m not one to sit around and be
told what to do.”
Willmore is a Washington, D.C. native with
bachelor’s and master’s degrees in public administration
from George Mason University and the
University of Utah, respectively. But his career
really started after his position at a golf course on
the Utah-Idaho border turned south.
“It was just a summer job with my brother, before
I got serious about my career,” Willmore
said. “The the golf course went bankrupt before
we even got our first paycheck.”
As the brothers looked further into their
prospects, they learned the club was going to be
liquidated. No one had put in a reorganization
“We borrowed some money, put together a
plan, and it was passed,” Willmore said. “At age
23, we were the owners of a golf course.”
That happy episode started an eight year career
in buying, turning around and selling failing companies,
as well as a stint with the U.S. State Department’s
Agency of International
Development. In 1993, Willmore began work
with a consulting firm, endeavoring to turn floundering
companies back on the right path.
“The key is engaging with employees,” Willmore
said. “Ninety-nine percent of answers, employees
already have. It’s working with
leadership to engage their employees that matters.”
Too often, he found, leadership didn’t work
with employees directly to solve problems, eventually
seeking help from outside. Willmore’s experience,
however, was that employees need to
be listened to.
“Employees will create, they’ll want to choose
big goals if you let them,” he said. “Leaders get
out of the way and work with employees engaging
them and their passions to create a bold,
After a few years, a friend asked Willmore if he
could take a look at a healthcare company run by
a mutual friend. The small research laboratory
Reference Pathology tested tissue samples.
Willmore told owner David Bolick the challenges
he faced. The company was losing money
through some of its testing, while suffering from
a lack of focus at the top.
Bolick offered Willmore the job of CEO, compensating
him with stock to make up for the fact
that they couldn’t pay him.
Within 90 days, the company was in the black,
and within four years, Reference Pathology grew
from 10 employees to 150.
“I’ve seen more companies fail from a lack of
focus than from being too focused,” Willmore
said. “I think the important thing is to focus on a
few key things, and that’s what fuels growth.”
After cashing out of the company in 2004, Willmore
found a job in the public sector as the Chief
Administrative Officer of Utah’s Salt Lake
County. He was hired in 2005 by newly-elected
County Mayor Peter Corroon after working on
his campaign and leading his transition team.
“I just called him up one day and offered to
write speeches for him,” Willmore recalled. “He
was a longshot candidate running against an incumbent,
and he ended up getting elected on
small donations, $50, $100.”
As chief administrator, Willmore held reins
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over a $650 million budget and 4,000 employees.
“The attraction was being able to make a big
difference in social services, large regional parks,
handling the sheriff’s office, and so on,” Willmore
said. “I was there when we had the ‘Great Recession’
of 2007-08, and I’m proud of how we
But after seven years on the job and news that
Corroon was not seeking reelection, Willmore decided
to seek new employment westward. In
April 2011, he was brought on as El Segundo’s
“It’s a big change, coming to El Segundo,” he
told the Daily Breeze at the time.
“At the time, it seemed like a great opportunity,”
Willmore said. “Looking back, I’m not quite sure
what I was looking at.”
His marching orders, he said, were to foster
economic development and repair a deficit that
grew out of the 2008 financial meltdown. Despite
its small size, El Segundo is a cradle of industry.
There were, at one time, more Fortune 500 companies
based in El Segundo than any other city
in California, save for San Francisco, according
to Forbes Magazine.
A third of the city’s acreage is tied up in the
Chevron refinery, which is one of the largest refineries
on the West Coast. Then-Mayor Eric
Busch asked Willmore to look into the taxes
Chevron paid to the City. Willmore and his staff
found that Chevron paid millions less in utilityusers’
taxes than other refineries and operated
under a fixed-tax agreement that appeared illegal.
In February 2012, two months after reporting
his findings, the council voted to fire him, 3-2.
“I was surprised, but when you find what I believed
was wrongdoing — and I think the record
reflects that — you take the heat that comes with
it,” Willmore said. “Subsequently, the City got
huge tax revenue increases from Chevron, and
the residents and businesses were better off.”
Three months later, Willmore was hired by the
City of Bell to help the city recover from the scandal-wracked
administration of former City Manager
Robert Rizzo, whose pension scheme would
have seen him collect millions of dollars.
“I think the council at Bell, given the scandal
they’d been through, looked at someone who was
willing to stand up to powerful forces as someone
with a badge of honor,” Willmore said.
Bell’s government, he said, wasn’t working; it
was three years behind in posting revenues and
audits, and was on the verge of bankruptcy. The
city was also fighting 55 lawsuits, some against
its former staff and officials, and was dealing with
bad land deals.
Two years and nine months later, the city had
reduced its debt by half and grown its general
fund to more than $20 million.
In 2015, Willmore began looking elsewhere.
“There were two remaining jobs in Bell — one
was the turnaround, which was complete, and
the second was an economic development effort,
which I figured was a five to seven year process,”
Willmore said. “I didn’t know I was willing to be
there for that.”
After four years of managing through fire and
flames, Willmore landed the job as the Rancho
Palos Verdes city manager.
“The City Council is extremely impressed with
Willmore’s background, financial acumen, and
high ethical standards,” then-Mayor Jim Knight
said in a press release. “He is clearly a skilled and
respected professional city administrator who
will bring a tremendous amount of value, transparency,
and innovation to the City of Rancho
“[Rancho Palos Verdes] had some transparency
issues, financial issues and infrastructure issues
that were very different from Bell,” Willmore
said. “The relationship between the council and
senior staff was frayed, from both sides…but I
think that’s been repaired now.”
All indications, he said, point to a trusting relationship
between the council and his staff, as well
as a renewed relationship with the public.
“This council sees public safety as the most important
thing to do, and we’ve worked hard to
tackle that,” Willmore said, noting that residential
burglaries dropped 50 percent over the last year.
His next goal, Willmore said, is to have a new
civic center with new public safety facilities and
permanent council chambers — not to mention
air conditioning for the summers and heat for the
“I like to work with the council and achieve
things, and surround myself with progressive
people,” Willmore said. “I want to continue to do
the best job I can.”
Though he didn’t realize it at the time, his philosophy
could’ve been read off of a water bottle
that rested on the desk behind him as he was interviewed.
It said, in bold black letters: Never
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Archbishop Gomez forges ties with
Marymount California University
n The Most Reverend José Horacio Gómez, Archbishop
of Los Angeles, will deliver the 2017 Commencement
address at Marymount California University
on Saturday, May 6. The Archbishop will also receive
the university’s Honorary Doctorate of Humanities.
In inviting Archbishop Gomez to address the class of
2017, Marymount California President Lucas Lamadrid,
Ph.D. said, “Marymount California University is anchored
in the Catholic tradition. From that tradition,
Marymount California University welcomes all and abides by the principle that
each student is sacred.”
At the Marymount Board of Trustees meeting on March 4, Archbishop Gómez
was invited to serve as an ex-officio member of the university’s board of Trustees.
Ex-officio trustees are excused from attending board meetings, but are afforded
the same rights as other members of the board of trustees.
Archbishop Jose Gomez celebrated Mass at the university’s inauguration of its
seventh President, Dr. Lucas Lamadrid, last October at St. John Fisher Catholic
Church in Rancho Palos Verdes.
Archbishop Gomez serves as Vice President of the United States Conference of
Marymount California University is a Catholic university offering bachelor degrees
in biology, business, criminal justice, media and film, psychology and liberal
arts. It also offers master’s degrees in business, community psychology, and leadership
and global development. For more information visit
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n The goats are back at work at the
Point Vicente Interpretive Center, clearing
the grounds of hazardous brush. In addition
to reducing the danger of brush
fires, the goats are a popular family attraction.
The goats come from Fire Grazers
and are friendly, though separated
from visitors by a low-voltage electric
fence. Photo by Stephanie Cartozian
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Art Deco Life
The Art Deco building at night is an iconic San Pedro landmark.
by Stephanie Cartozian
How a couple transformed a former department store into an utterly unique home
Fifteen years ago, George
Woytovich and Patti Kraakevik
decided that a 1930s
Montgomery Ward department
store in downtown San Pedro perfectly
suited what they were looking
for in a new home.
The Art Deco building had already
enjoyed multiple lives. After
Montgomery Ward, it was a
McMahon’s Furniture and then
Foster Future Furniture. The different
uses covered eras when housewives
were collecting Blue Chip
stamps to buy the latest kitchen
gadgets, neighbors were throwing
tupperware parties and families
were shopping at Gemco and Newberry’s
five and dime stores for
their household essentials. Following
the couple’s purchase, their
“home” — still a commercial enterprise
— was completely renovated;
they gutted out everything
George Woytovich, owner and proprietor, surrounded by the nostalgia of the
Art Deco era.
to the exterior walls. And the vast
reconstruction they began has no
end in sight. “It’ll always be a work
in progress,” Woytovich said, undaunted.
“Every ten feet of flooring
had holes made to facilitate desk
wiring and such, and trying to
match and cut the wood to restore
the original flooring proved to be a
tremendous undertaking,” he said.
“We cleared thirty containers of
debris,” he added. “Nothing here
when we bought the building had
intrinsic or extrinsic value. We
went through three years of
restoration, plumbing, electrical;
there was no heating or air conditioning.
We had to retrofit all of the
utilities. There’re nine air conditioning
systems here now and
everything is zoned.”
The couple's passionate quest to
purchase and remake the 24,000
square foot art deco building and
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This residence used to be a Montgomery Ward department store and is stylized with Art Deco architectural design throughout especially along the roof line.
fill it with well curated antiques of
that same era started back in 1994,
after the Northridge earthquake.
They owned a three story house on
a hill that was destroyed by the
quake, the chimney fell into the
“There was no saving the house,”
Woytovich recalled. “The whole
hillside would have had to been reengineered.”
So the couple started anew.
Woytovich, during a tour of the
home, motioned toward an old art
deco style jukebox that they had
purchased back in the early 1980s.
“I think that’s when we really got
into it,” he said.
But the arts are not something
the couple just fell into. Woytovich
holds a degree in Fine Arts from
California State University, Northridge
and studied photography and
cinematography. In the home’s
Photos by Tony LaBruno and Anastasios Papadakis
The owners’ collection of cinema and movie equipment paraphernalia is extensive
and dates back to the 1920’s and 1930’s.
gallery, Woytovich’s framed photos
are on display along with works by
James Allen, owner of the Random
Lengths newspaper based in San
Pedro. The turnstiles at the entrance
of the gallery, Woytovich
says, are originally from San Francisco’s
Candlestick Park. Adding to
his list of expertise, Woytovich also
represents trustees, many from
out-of-state who have clients or
they themselves have inherited estates
that now require liquidation.
The couple owns two real estate
companies, A-Delta Realty and
L.A. Express Appraisals.
“Most of our clients are attorneys
or CPAs,” said Woytovich.
Oftentimes the couple has first
dibs at these estate sales to buy
valuable artifacts for their voluminous
collections, but more often
they find their treasures through
their travels and online.
May 2017 • Peninsula 37
This kitchen island was custom constructed in the Art Deco style is pictured along
with the 30 foot bar they purchased on a trip to Atlanta, Georgia.
This narrow room is the Club Car room, designed to authenticate the plush train
cars of the 1930s.
“Most of your art deco you’re going to find right
here in Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco,”
Woytovich said. “You’ll find a lot of the pieces
gravitate toward the architecture.”
One of the most interesting aspects of the home
is the authentic, 1930s style Club Car room, made
to exactly replicate the train club cars of that period.
There’s an actual stainless steel subway
door at the entrance that originally came from the
New York Transit Authority. It’s a long, narrow
room accessible only by a deep and downward
set of stairs that are original to the building.
Kraakevik shares how two years ago, Woytovich
and she attended his high school reunion back in
Chicago. Excited to see what a real club car
looked like, instead of flying back to Los Angeles,
the couple decided to take the train. They proceeded
to videotape, in twenty-minute intervals,
the small towns and sights along the way home.
They now play the film footage on screens made
to look like windows so when you’re “riding inside
the club car,” looking out, you see the same
United States scenery they saw on that trip they
took together back in 2015. Along with custom
designed period lighting and library cabinets is
an Art Deco bar, enhancing the decor that utilizes
a pull-down wall sink from a Pullman Sleeper
Car, now used as an ice receptacle. At the rear of
the room is an entry into a charming, temperature
controlled wine cellar that Woytovich put together
with some help in only three days. It can
house nearly 300 bottles of wine and is as ambient
as it is inviting.
The upper mezzanine lobby contains a set of
cast bronze elevator doors at the top of the stairs.
These are the entry doors into the couple’s personal
resident loft and were originally from the
historic Cooper Building on 9th Street in downtown
Los Angeles. Upon opening these doors,
there is an original Otis controller and elevator
operator seat. Following the entry is an Art Deco
display cabinet housing a number of original
38 Peninsula • May 2017
THINKING OF MOVING TO THE PENINSULA,
we affectionately call The Hill? Let me
conduct a tour of the Palos Verdes
Peninsula, consisting of four incorporated
cities, two unincorporated areas, one
annexed area. Building requirements
consider lot coverage, air space, views,
privacy, and neighborhood compatibility.
We call it “The Terraced Land”.
Let me show you why.
The wine cellar designed by Woytovich, situated in the rear of the Club Car
room, is temperature controlled and can store 300 bottles of wine.
RMS Queen Mary pieces. The
booklet in the center is the original
brochure from the ship’s launching,
which was distributed at the event
to dignitaries and guests including
the King and Queen of England.
There are also original boarding
tickets dating back to March 24,
1936 when the Queen Mary went
out on its first demo cruise, according
to Woytovich. Of course the
Queen Mary’s interior, stylized and
geometric, is emblematic of Art
Deco style. The Queen Mary is
known as the “Ship of Woods” and
its décor and artwork are considered
some of the best examples and
landmarks of Art Deco style in the
world. Some of the woods in the
ship's interior are actually now ex-
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that ship. Leading proponents of
the Art Deco movement were
commissioned by Cunard Line to
create unique and contemporary
pieces of art work, many of which
can still be found on the ship
today. Some of the most famous
works are murals by Doris
Zinkeisen, whose work translated
mythology, animal and nature
genres into an abstracted form
during this period.
Situated around the home's
kitchen area is a thirty foot contiguous
stylized bar divided into
sections to accommodate the
home’s interior wall space. Picked
up in Atlanta, Georgia, at an antique
warehouse, the bar is as useful
today as it must have been
back in the 1930s, probably serving
up hotel guests and other imbibers
somewhere in the Old
South for decades. The entire
kitchen not only evokes nostalgia
for a bygone time but remains
practical and useful for any present
affair or gathering. The couple
interface with their local San
Pedro community and host many
philanthropic events at their historic
museum/home, where they
utilize the building’s vast facilities.
Woytovich is a board member on
the San Pedro Waterfront Arts
District. The couple actively do
fundraising for the Warner Grand
Theater and they are members of
the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles.
They host monthly culinary
events, called Chef’s Studio, every
third Monday at their kitchen facilities;
Funky Sax Man and
Chazzy Green are regular jazz musicians
who play the home’s
cabaret basement room every
third Thursday during San Pedro’s
Music Walk. The couple’s museum
is open during the first
Thursdays Art Walk and the
cabaret is available to rent for special
community or family events.
In the cabaret room is a stage constructed
by Woytovich himself,
featuring velvet draperies and
lounge furnishings; the bar is
from a bank “cage” in Portugal
and the word “caja” is etched into
the metal plating, meaning
cashier, says Woytovich.
Everything in this unique home
has a story and a provenance.
Even the old entry doors from the
historic San Pedro Hotel La Salle
are here. The couple say the home
is a hobby and serves as their rest
and relaxation, but it is more than
that — it is a living dedication to
the arts, cinema, photography,
40 Peninsula • May 2017
Patti Kraakevik and George Woytovich inside an authentic bird cage elevator
that took years of restoration and reconstruction to bring back to life after they
found it in a salvage yard.
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by Esther Kang
Author Don Davis’ four mystery crime
novels are available in paperback
and in digital copies on Amazon.
Acclaimed lawyer Don Davis weaves intriguing crime mystery novels inspired by his own experiences
Afew years ago, Don Davis was walking to the Yacht Club, just a
stretch away from his vacation home in Avalon, when he noticed a
barrage of police activity. When he inquired, a policeman informed
him that a fellow Yacht Club member had gotten into an altercation with a
local Chicano gang and had gotten injured. That’s when the victim’s wife
emerged from the crowd.
“And she said, ‘That’s not how it happened at all,’” recalled Davis, a longtime
Palos Verdes resident. “‘They surrounded him and beat him up. He’s
in a hospital and in a coma.’”
This event, which exemplified the boiling tensions between different
groups on Catalina Island, would serve as a foundation in Davis’ second
mystery crime novel, “The Island”, which he self-published in 2015 under
his pen name Davis MacDonald. So far, he has four installments under his
belt and is working on his fifth, titled “The Cabo.”
The novels, revolving around themes of love, money, power and fame,
are led by the protagonist called The Judge, who is based on Davis himself.
Weaving colorful descriptions and strong narratives, the stories have engaged
many readers and have been reviewed at a nearly perfect five stars
Davis, a West Covina native who moved to Palos Verdes after graduating
at the top of the class from USC Law School in 1969, has been practicing
business and securities law for most of his life. His storied career includes
a long stint with international law firm O’Melveny & Myers as well as a
professor at Southwestern University Law School. In 1998, he founded his
own securities law firm Davis & Associates, which operates out of his 60-
foot motor yacht in Marina Del Rey.
“Great thing about what I do is, I get to touch all sorts of deals,” Davis
said. “I do oil and gas deals, movie syndication, real estate development,
technology, medical device, agriculture ... Everything is a little different, so
you get to learn a little bit about a lot of industries. It’s great fun."
“And they pay you,” he added with a chuckle. "Even better.”
It’s no surprise, then, that many of his personal experiences inform the
characters and stories in the novels he weaves on his free time. Self-described
as a voracious reader, Davis said he’s wanted to write a novel for
some time. He argues that through his profession, he has been writing all
his life — letters to the FCC, trial briefs, memorandums and the many forms
of narrative that building a legal case often requires.
Getting a start was the hardest part, he said. He had written a few outlines
of prospective novels, but that was as far as he got. The one day, he came
across an article featuring an interview with a NY Times best-selling author.
The author described a writing process called the “Faulkner Method,” based
on William Faulkner’s methods for expounding on narratives. Instead of
working off an overarching outline, the writing is based on a single setting,
then a few strong characters, and the story evolves by itself.
“And I said, ‘Well, I can do that,’” Davis said with a laugh. “So I did. That’s
how I write my books."
Each novel takes place in a different town that he has intimate knowledge
of. “The Hill” takes place in his adopted hometown of Palos Verdes, chronicling
the story of the judge following the trails of a murder case involving
a female high school student. His second novel, “The Island”, takes place
in Avalon on Catalina Island, where the judge, on vacation, is confronted
with gang violence, civil disobedience, bitter rivalries and murder. In his
third book “Silicon Beach”, the judge traverses the boardwalks of Venice,
the bars and upscale restaurants of Santa Monica, the yuppie ghetto of Playa
Vista and the sex clubs of West LA. His latest installment “The Bay” takes
place in Newport Beach and deals with the back offices of the FBI after a
Each story, Davis said, wraps around a specific social issue as well. From
the ethical responsibilities of a public school teacher to public perception
of radical muslims, Davis takes the reader through exercises in expanding
his or her perception of a particular issue by presenting a kaleidoscope of
different perspectives and elements through his stories and characters. For
example, in “Silicon Beach”, he explores the issue of homelessness by incorporating
real stories about the suicide bridge in Pasadena, where many
homeless people end their lives.
“There’s stories in here about people on the Westside living in cars, middle
class people who lost everything,” he said. “It looks at the categories of
homeless. They’re all different people — people who are drug-based, vets,
44 Peninsula • May 2017
Attorney Don Davis, who has become an author under the pseudonym Davis
MacDonald. Photo courtesy Don Davis
have emotional problems, or people who are just out of work and broke. I
write things that, in my mind at least, have some social interest. And then
I kind of cloak it, like sugarcoating it in a mystery novel.”
The novel he’s currently working on — “The Cabo” — takes place in
Cabo San Lucas, the resort city on the southern tip of Baja California in
Mexico. In this one, he said, the mystery is set in the vast human trafficking
industry, both sex and forced labor.
The following installment will be back in Southern California, he said.
Called “The Strand”, it will take place in Hermosa Beach and Manhattan
Beach. Though he has no plans to pursue writing full time, Davis said he
will continue cooking up new mysteries in his free time.
“It’s a very competitive space, mystery novels,” he said. “You have to
build up your reputation. It’s a process.” PEN
May 2017 • Peninsula 45
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to local and visiting boys and girls. BeachSports programs start at age 4 and
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skills. Participants will leave camp with the ability to safely and confidently enjoy
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Palos Verdes Performing
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Camp Curtain Call, which introduces
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46 Peninsula • May 2017
by Bondo Wyszpolski
Brent Schindele as Harold Hill with the Pick-a-Little Ladies. Photos by Ed Krieger
The Music Man raises his baton at the Norris Theatre
Most Broadway musicals come and go,
but 60 years after its debut “The Music
Man” still lights up the theater marquees
across the country. Right now it’s lighting
up the Norris Theatre marquee in Rolling Hills
Estates, where it’s playing this weekend and next.
Meredith Willson wrote the lyrics and the
music, as well as the book (with Franklin Lacey,
uncle of Rolling Hills resident and Comedy and
Magic Club owner Mike Lacey). The work appears
seamless, although in reality it took six
years and 40 drafts. The effort clearly paid off,
however. “The Music Man” swept the Tony
Awards in 1958, besting “West Side Story.” It wasn’t
Willson’s only hit (he also wrote “The Unsinkable
Molly Brown”), but it’s the show for which
he’ll be remembered for.
“The Music Man” takes place in 1912 and is set
in River City, Iowa. The town and its people are
reminiscent of Mason City, Iowa, where Willson
(1902-84) spent his boyhood years.
The story zeroes in on a traveling salesman
named Harold Hill, who steps off the train and
makes his pitch, which is to form a boys marching
band. Every town needs one, right? Of course
he’ll have to be entrusted with the funds to buy
the musical instruments. Once the dough’s
handed over, and because Harold Hill, charmer
though he may be, is really a con man, he’s off
to the next town. The cycle then repeats itself.
Or rather it has, until now. That’s because he
becomes, shall we say, emotionally entangled
with River City’s librarian, Marian Paroo. But
why should I tell their story when I have Harold
Hill and Marian Paroo sitting across from me?
Love slowly comes around
Brent Schindele is a versatile actor who was
last seen at the Norris in “White Christmas.” He
also recently graced the Ahmanson stage as Herr
Zeller in “The Sound of Music.” In civilian
clothes, so to speak, he’s got that vibrant Frankie
Avalon/Bobby Rydell look, which makes me
think of “Grease.” Katharine McDonough, on the
other hand, resembles a Jane Austen heroine. She
performed as Eliza Doolittle in “My Fair Lady” at
Musical Theatre West. Her Norris Theatre debut
was three years ago in “The Drowsy Chaperone.”
In many instances, lead actors in a play or musical,
especially if they’re romantic leads, have
had the opportunity to scope each other out before
rehearsals get underway. At the very least
they’re often acquaintances or familiar with one
another’s work. But not this time.
“We were a blind match,” Katharine says.
“We had these high expectations,” Brent says,
“but now we just have to tolerate each other at
every single rehearsal.”
“It’s true,” Katharine replies. “I can’t stand this
They laugh, I laugh, and that’s when we get
down to business. We talk about “The Music
Man” and why it’s an enduring success, What
surprises me is the depth of their interpretation
and psychoanalyzation of their characters.
“It’s one of the great American musicals,” Brent
says. “There’s a reason that theaters do it so often,
because it’s one of the tried-and-true shows that
work, that audiences always respond to.”
Katharine agrees. “It holds a special place in
people’s hearts, throughout different generations.”
When she mentioned to a neighbor that
she was doing the show her neighbor broke out
into “Seventy-Six Trombones.” “I love that; I feel
a lot of people have that reaction.”
“The Music Man” has several other memorable
songs, such as “Gary, Indiana” and “Till There
Was You,” the latter covered by The Beatles on
an early recording.
Harold Hill is such a likeable character that it’s
easy to forget that he simply intends to take the
money and run.
“That kind of gets lost,” Brent says, “because he
does such good things in this town. But his motivations
are not so pure because he’s a con man.
He’s about to swindle all these people out of their
hard-earned money, and he’s kind of gleeful
about that. He’s not apologetic about it at all. This
is his stock-in-trade, this is what he does.”
Marian is among the few townsfolk who suspects
Harold of ulterior motives, but she also sees
the benefit of what he’s brought to River City.
“He’s actually transformed this town,” Brent
continues, “and made it a more lively, connected
place to be. And, also, Marian puts him in touch
with something, and I think you can infer at the
end that he’s going to mend his ways. He’s a
swindler (but) with a heart of gold.”
48 Peninsula • May 2017
Brent Schindele, as Professor Harold Hill, and cast sing "Trouble."
“Everyone in the show and in the
audience is so thoroughly charmed
by him,” Katharine says. She mentions
“The Sting,” Brent mentions
“Ocean’s Eleven,” and I’m thinking
“The Founder,” all of these being
key films where suave and savvy
manipulators have the last word.
Katharine: “We love them and we
want them to succeed.” Or at least
until we check the contents of our
Katharine notes that she’s been
thinking a lot about her character,
who comes off as a strong, independent
woman, but who has perhaps
had somewhat of a bumpy
past. In other words, underneath
the fortitude is an ever-present vulnerability.
Katharine’s Marian has “these
epic soprano ballads” which require
that the singer “really dig into the
text and make them relatable to
every single or lonely person.”
What happens is that Harold
charms her, breaks the ice, and lowers
her defenses. But in contrast to
this rogue’s subterfuges, Marian
confesses her feelings, thanks him
for what he’s brought to River City,
but shows that she’s not expecting
anything more. What Marian says,
in Brent’s wording, is “Here’s where
I am and you know my heart. You
know what I’d love to have happen,
but I’m not going to force you into
anything. And,” he continues, “that
always brings us up short in life,
whenever we encounter that.” He’s
been a player, but he can’t play Marian.
He ferret outs the Romantic in
her, but somewhat surprisingly (for
Harold) she finds the Romantic in
him as well.
Life as one long parade
Naturally, any showpiece called
“The Music Man,” whose most
memorable tune is “Seventy-Six
Trombones,” can’t skimp on the
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Brent Schindele as Harold Hill uses "the think method" to teach music to the children
of River City.
guys in the pit, even though Brent
says he once saw a production
buoyed by only a couple of synthesizers.
“In some shows you can get away
with that,” he says, “but this show’s
about 76 trombones and (Harold)
creating basically a marching band
in the town. And to not have those
actual instruments playing the
music is really kind of a letdown.”
Norris Theatre patrons shouldn’t
worry: The show comes with a live
As a young man, Meredith Willson
played flute in a town band,
and while still in his teens he joined
John Philip Sousa’s group (Sousa, of
course, being best known for “The
Stars and Stripes Forever”). That’s a
roundabout way of saying that his
writing and his instrumentation for
“The Music Man” comes out of
first-hand experience. “It’s a great
score,” Brent adds; “it’s one of the
best scores ever.”
Furthermore, the music seems
true to the era it depicts, with
maybe one or two numbers, such as
“Till There Was You,” a tad closer to
1957 than to 1912. But nowhere in
the work is there anything blaringly
“It never jerks you out of the period,”
Brent says. “And 1912 was exactly
when these marching bands
were so popular in America. It was
wholesome, it was physical activity,
it was artistic. It was all these things
at once. It was kind of a little window
Asked why “The Music Man” resonates
with audiences year after
year, Brent says it’s because everything
in it works. He’s speaking
from prior knowledge, having
played the lead role once before.
“There are a lot of musicals that
are well written in one way or another.
To me, very few are so internally
consistent. There are so many
that have great elements but then
there’s always some little kind of
thing hanging off that nobody
knows what to do with. Or there’s
a song or two that doesn’t quite belong,
or there’s something that’s
sort of politically incorrect if it’s an
older show. Most shows have some
flaws; very few are these little gems
where every facet belongs. There’s
not an extraneous song in this
And as for the characters that inhabit
“They’re mostly lovable people,”
Brent says. “They’re people you’d
like to spend time with. I think part
of the enduring appeal of the show
is that River City, Iowa, in 1912, is
a place that people like to visit, and
we kind of wish there was a place
like that still.”
A kind of Norman Rockwell
world? And so “The Music Man”
conveys, as much as possible, that
idyllic, American-as-apple-pie sensibility.
“We’re doing it exactly as written,”
Brent says. “Any play or musical
that’s written well, I think that’s
the key, you don’t have to try to
reinvent it or come up with a new
concept. You just try to do it as true
to what is on the pages as can be,
and it’s shocking how alive it feels,
and how immediate and real and
The Music Man is onstage Friday
and Saturday, April 28 and 29, as well
as May 5 and 6, at 8 p.m., plus Saturday
and Sunday, April 29 and 30, as
well as May 6 and May 7 at 2 p.m.,at
the Norris Theatre, 27570 Norris Center
Drive, Rolling Hills Estates. Closes
May 7. Tickets, $30 to $65. Call (310)
544-0403 or go to PalosVerdesPerformingArts.com.
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Centuries ago when the world’s finest clockmakers were
hard at work, their aim was to create a mechanical marvel
that operates continuously and last forever. Imagine
a hand made complex mechanism of inter-working parts designed
to keep time accurately. Your clock is a work of art and
your job is to keep this timeless treasure healthy for the next
Your clock reminds you of its presence every time you wind
it. If the accuracy of the clock is not what it used to be, or the
chimes are not as strong or rhythmic, or maybe it just stops;
that means your clock is talking to you and telling you that its
endless life is in jeopardy.
It is imperative to maintain and service your clock regularly.
Oil gets old and dry forcing the train of gears to work twice as
hard to accomplish their goal. This results in damage that drastically
shortens the life of a fine timepiece.
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for over Sixty years as his father did Sixty years before. He is
the inventor of the first talking clock in the world. He is a graduate
from Patek Philippe in Geneva, Switzerland, The Theod
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come to your home and offer you a free estimate for servicing
your clock. Or bring your wall or mantel clock to our store to
see our showroom and receive the same complementary diagnosis.
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All submissions must be sent by the 10th of each month prior to event taking place.
Outdoor Volunteer Days
At Native Plant Nursery, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. Enjoy nurturing seedlings
and help shrubs grow for habitat restoration projects. Must RSVP 48 hours in
advance. Sign up at: pvplc.volunteerhub.com.
Rapid Response Team
Fridays and Saturdays, 9 a.m. - noon. Work alongside Land Conservancy
staff protecting important wildlife habitat by closing unauthorized trails. Tasks
include trail maintenance, building fences, installing signage and more. Work
at various locations around the Preserve where work is most needed. Directions
to sites emailed upon sign up. No experience needed. 15 and up.
Sunday, April 30
Satisfy a “Suite” Tooth
Concert 3 of Peninsula Symphony’s 50th Anniversary Season. Doors open at
6 p.m. Pre-concert lecture by Maestro Berkson (for members only) begins at
6:15 p.m. and at 7 p.m. the concert begins. Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite
No. 1, Opus 46, opens the concert. Concert and parking are free. Redondo
Union High School Auditorium, 631 Vincent Street, Redondo Beach (PCH at
Diamond). (310) 544-0320, music. firstname.lastname@example.org, 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. The 2nd annual MAYDAY! will charm the
night 7 to 8:30 p.m at Angels Gate Cultural Center. Bring your own seating
and dress for sitting outdoors. Picnics welcome. Free folding chairs are available
on site. Recommended for adults and young adults. $15/couples;
$10/individual. Cash only, please. No reservations required. 3601 South
Gaffey Street in San Pedro. Enter from Gaffey Street at 32nd Street. For more
information visit: angelsgateart.org or call (310) 519-0936.
Sunday by the Sea
The 26th Annual Sunday by the Sea will be held at a gorgeous private villa
along the bluffs of Palos Verdes Estates where guests will enjoy stunning ocean
views while sampling delectable bites created by local chefs, fine wines and
an all new selection of craft beers from artisanal breweries in the South Bay.
2 to 5 p.m. Tickets $200. A benefit for Providence Little Co. of Mary Hospital.
For more information, please call the Foundation office: (310) 543-3440,
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Monday, May 1
Floral Arrangers Meeting
The South Coast Floral Arrangers meets the first Monday of the month at South
Coast Botanic Garden (except July and August) 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. in Classroom
A. For additional information contact Gudy Kimmel at (310) 530-2382
or Judy Unrine at (310) 378-0227 californiagardenclubs.org. 26300 Crenshaw
Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula.
California Natives Meeting
The California Native Plant Society meets the first Monday of the month at
South Coast Botanic Garden (except July and October) 6 - 10 p.m. in Classroom
B. For additional information contact David Berman at (310) 833-4377.
26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula.
Palos Verdes Begonia Society Meeting
The Palos Verdes Begonia Society meet the first Monday of the month at South
Coast Botanic Garden (except August and September) 7 - 9 p.m. For additional
information contact Carol Knight at (310) 508-3801. No registration
required for this meeting. Meetings are open to the public. 26300 Crenshaw
Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula.
Tuesday, May 2
South Bay Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral Service will sponsor “ASK-A-
LAWYER” , in celebration of Law Day. 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Torrance Superior
Court, 825 Maple Avenue in Torrance. Tables and chairs will be set up
in the common area on the first floor. Attorneys of varying specialties will be
on hand to provide legal assistance to the public at no charge. For more information,
contact Nicole at The South Bay Bar Association (310) 325-4200.
Thursday, May 4
Spirit of Innovation Gala 2017
A prestigious group of more than 450 business and community leaders, physicians,
scientists and philanthropists will gather at Vibiana, 214 South Main
St., Los Angeles, 6 p.m., to celebrate LA BioMed’s 65th anniversary at its Spirit
of Innovation Gala. LA BioMed will honor “Innovation”, the hallmark of its
focus and success for the past 65 years. LA BioMed has generated diagnostics,
therapeutics and medical devices that have literally saved the lives of millions
of individuals as well as bettered the lives of millions more worldwide.
For tickets to the event, please contact: Danielle Wagner, 310-974-9569,
Friday, May 5
Celebrate Children’s Day, 4 - 4:45 p.m., at Peninsula Center Library. Children’s
Day is a national holiday in Japan to celebrate children’s growth and
happiness. Make koinobori (carp) flags to fly to celebrate the children in your
family! This program is best for children in Kindergarten and up but all are
welcome. No registration necessary. For a full list of events, visit pvld.org. 701
Silver Spur Rd, Rolling Hills Estates.
South Bay Women’s Conference
Celebrate and support local women! The day includes keynote speakers Jen
Bricker and Tieko Nejon, informative breakout sessions, an inspirational panel,
a lovely lunch, plus a networking reception for guests to connect with other
businesswomen. The Torrance Marriott, 3635 Fashion Way, Torrance, 7:30
a.m. - 4 p.m. Tickets/Info: $135, at: southbaywomensconference.com.
Student Art Exhibition
Palos Verdes Art Center/Beverly G. Alpay Center for Arts Education proudly
presents its Annual Student Art Exhibition, featuring student work. This exhibi-
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tion will highlight this year’s artistic creations from
Palos Verdes Art Center school-based outreach program
Art At Your Fingertips. Additionally, there will
be a showcase of work produced in the PVAC artist
residencies held throughout the Palos Verdes Peninsula
Unified School District. Opening reception, 4-
6 p.m. Exhibit runs through May 28. 5504
Crestridge Rd., Rancho Palos Verdes.
Saturday, May 6
First Saturday Family Hike at George F Canyon, 9
a.m. Join a PVP Land Conservancy naturalist guide
to discover habitat, wildlife and more on an easy
hike up the canyon. Free. All ages welcome. For
more information, contact (310) 547-0862 or RSVP
at: pvplc.org, Events & Activities. 27305 Palos
Verdes Dr. E, Rolling Hills Estates.
Outdoor Volunteer Day
Help restore this unique canyon habitat at Alta Vicente
Reserve, home to many threatened and endangered
wildlife species. 9 a.m. – noon. Sign up
at: pvplc.volunteerhub.com. 30940 Hawthorne
Blvd., Rancho Palos Verdes.
Sunday, May 7
Enjoy a naturalist-guided coastal hike and family
friendly activities along Discovery Trail to Terranea
Resort for a children’s art workshop. 9 - 11 a.m. All
ages welcome. $25 per family. Meet in front of the
statue at Pelican Cove Parking area, 31300 Palos
Verdes Dr. South, RPV. For reservations visit:
Beauty of Nature
Film series –Tortoise in Peril/Antarctica – A Year On
Ice, 5 p.m., at John Olguin Auditorium. Small actions
have a large impact on species from the
deserts to Antarctica. Q&A with film maker Tim
Branning. Live tortoises will be exhibited. Cost $10.
Youth free. Tickets: pvplc.org, Events & Activities.
3720 Stephen M White Drive, San Pedro
Full Moon Hike
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.
27305 Palos Verdes Dr. E., Rolling Hills Estates.
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Wednesday, May 10
Palos Verdes Woman’s Club
Craig Leach will present an update on Torrance Memorial Hospital, at noon.
Cost is $32. For information or reservations call Beverly Teresinski at (310)
378-1349. Rolling Hills Country Club, 27000 Palos Verdes Dr. East.
Thursday, May 11
Fame: The Musical Auditions
The Palos Verdes Performing Arts Conservatory will hold open auditions at 5
p.m. May 11-13 for a student production of “Fame,” based on the Oscar-winning
film and successful TV series. Students ages 12-18 may audition either
date, and should come prepared to sing and dance. Performance dates are
weekends, July 14-23, at the Norris Theatre, and rehearsals begin June 9.
This is a tuition-based program, and scholarships are available based on need.
Auditions are held at the Conservatory Studios at 27525 Norris Center Drive
in Rolling Hills Estates. For more information, call (310) 544-0403, ext. 303,
or visit: http://www.norriscenter.com/education/auditions.
The Gardeners meet the second Thursday of the month (except June, July, August
and December) 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at South Coast Botanic Garden. For
information contact Gudy Kimmel at (310) 530-2382. No registration required;
meetings open to the public. 26300 Crenshaw Blvd.
St. Petersburg Concert
This a cappella quartet, the St. Petersburg Men’s Ensemble, with a repertoire
of ancient Russian chants to modern musical techniques, performs at St. Paul's
Lutheran Church of Palos Verdes, 7 p.m. Free and open to the community.
31290 Palos Verdes Drive West, RPV. (310) 377-6806.
Friday, May 12
A screening of The Legacy of Heart Mountain details the imprisonment of
Japanese Americans in concentration camps, and what daily life looked like
inside the camps. 9 a.m. at the Peninsula Center Library. Followed by a Q &
A with the film’s producer, writer, and narrator, and ABC-7 anchor David Ono.
No registration necessary. For a full list of events, visit: pvld.org. 701 Silver
Spur Rd, Rolling Hills Estates.
Saturday, May 13
Join a celebration of Japanese culture, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Peninsula Center
Library! Demonstration of ukiyo-e (Japanese woodblock printing) from 11 a.m.
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- 1 p.m., a display of local Japanese artwork and a performance by the Los
Angeles Japanese Music Ensemble at 2! Light refreshments provided. No registration
necessary. 701 Silver Spur Rd, Rolling Hills Estates. For a full list of
events, visit: pvld.org.
Outdoor Volunteer Day
Help restore important wildlife habitat while looking out at a beautiful view. 9
a.m. to noon. Portuguese Bend Reserve, Rancho Palos Verdes. Sign up at:
Guided Nature Walk
Appreciate some of the best wildflower viewing and dramatic geological formations
on the cliffs of the former basalt quarry at Forrestal Nature Preserve.
9 a.m. This is a moderate to strenuous walk. Free and open to the public. For
more information, contact (310) 541-7613 ext. 201 or sign up at:
pvplc.org/_events/NatureWalkRSVP.asp. 32201 Forrestal Dr., RPV.
Rose, Clematis Show and Sale
South Coast Rose Society will hold its 36th Annual Community Rose Show,
“A Celebration of Roses & Clematis” at the South Coast Botanic Garden. Anyone
may enter their roses in the show on Saturday morning, 7 - 9:45 a.m.
Ribbon presentation at 12:30 p.m. Individual roses (containers will be supplied)
or bouquet arrangements (in your own container). Public is invited 10
a.m. to 4 p.m. 26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes Peninsula.
Sunday, May 14
Storytime in the Garden
The whole family is encouraged to bring a blanket to enjoy storytime in the
garden and a casual afternoon adventure this Mother’s Day on the Lower
Meadow. “The Day the Crayons Quit” by Drew Daywalt will be read. 3 - 4
p.m. Included with Garden Admission. 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes
Household Hazardous Waste/E-Waste Roundup. Open to all LA County residents.
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at RPV Civic Center (City Yard), 30940 Hawthorne
Blvd. If you cannot wait until this roundup, the Gaffey SAFE center located at
1400 N. Gaffey (opposite the DMV), in San Pedro is open every Saturday
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Mother's Day Concert. South Coast Botanic Garden, Frances Young Hall,
26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula, 5 p.m., (310) 373-2442,
pvsband.org, tickets at the door.
Monday, May 15
6 p.m. -7:45 p.m., at Peninsula Center Library, 701 Silver Spur Rd, Rolling
Hills Estates. Join author Naomi Hirahara and local resident Naomi Hamachi
for a conversation about the impact of Japanese Americans on the Peninsula.
Following the program, share your own story at the oral history booth provided
by the PVLD. No registration necessary. For a full list of events, visit: pvld.org.
Wednesday, May 17
Birding with Wild Birds Unlimited
Explore the birds making a home in the restored habitat at the beautiful White
Point Preserve. Binoculars supplied for beginners. 8:30 a.m. The program is
free. All ages welcome. 1600 W. Paseo del Mar in San Pedro. RSVP at:
pvplc.org, Events & Activities.
Saturday, May 20
Champions for Children 5K Run/Walk
South Bay Children’s Health Center, Run/Walk 8:30 a.m. South Coast Botanic
Garden, 263 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula. For information & registration:
sbchc.com/c4crun. (310) 316-1212.
Walk For Life
The leisurely seaside 5K starts at 9 a.m. from Veterans Park in Redondo Beach.
The Center has provided free services
or over 40 years, including testing
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Outdoor Volunteer Day
Help beautify the native demonstration
garden and surrounding habitat.
9 a.m. to noon. White Point
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The Port of Los Angeles! Free boat
tours, two locations: Los Angeles
Maritime Museum, 600 Sampson
Way, Berth 84, San Pedro and Banning’s
Landing Community Center,
100 E. Water St., Wilmington. Tours
every 30 minutes. 10 a.m - 3 p.m.
First-come, first-served. portoflosangeles.org.
Los Serenos Tours
Enjoy a guided hike led by the Los
Serenos docents through the Alta Vicente
Reserve, 10 a.m. Walk the
trail through the coastal sage habitat,
view wildflowers, visit one of the
original Japanese farms and see
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lations. The hike is moderate to strenuous. Parking and meet up will be at the
Rancho Palos Verdes City Hall. Free! Hike will be canceled if there is rain. For
more information, call (310) 377-5370 or visit losserenos.org. 30940
Hawthorne Blvd., RPV.
Tribute to Hollywood
Relive the glory days of Tinseltown as six top tribute artists honor the biggest
stars in show business at the Norris Theater. Backed by the Icons Orchestra,
the performers authentically capture the legendary stars. 8 p.m. Tickets $55-
$65, with $10 discount for children 12 and under. For more information or
to purchase tickets, call (310) 544-0403 or go to
palosverdesperformingarts.com. 27570 Norris Center Dr., RHE.
Sunday, May 21
The Peninsula Committee Los Angeles Philharmonic presents an evening of
world class music at the Grand Salon, at a spectacular Palos Verdes oceanfront
estate. This year’s event will feature a performance by Los Angeles Philharmonic
principal trumpet Tom Hooten. Prior to the concert guests will be
greeted by classical music performed by musicians from Peninsula schools,
sample fine wine and an array of gourmet tastings. A silent auction will benefit
youth music education programs in the South Bay. 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets $175
per person. For further information, (310) 378-2914 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beer, Wine Festival
The best of Southern California’s regional breweries, wineries and restaurants.
Exhibitors, live music, art show. Tickets $75, for unlimited tastings; free parking.
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Los Verdes Country Club hosted the Panhellenic Luncheon which supports learning
by offering educational scholarships. The Luncheon thanked guests for their
generous support that helps the organization fund scholarships for high-achieving
high school seniors bound for colleges with National Panhellenic Conference (NPC)
sororities and collegiate members of NPC groups. They have awarded over $300k
since 1967. Isabella Williams, a guest and previous scholarship recipient, stated that
she spent her time in high school helping the community, being involved in student
government and broadening her horizons being active with many different clubs and
philanthropies-because her heart led her in that direction. Visit SouthBayPanhellenic.com
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Diners on the patio at Café Pacific at Trump National Golf Course can watch golfers. Photo by Brad Jacobson (CivicCouch.com). Inset: The crab cakes were an unexpectedly
fine pairing with discs of fried crab mixed with red bell pepper. Photo by Richard Foss
President Trump would find Café Pacific at Trump National Golf Course
a worthy alternative to Mar-a-Largo for state dinners
by Richard Foss
Ididn’t know when we started driving there, but yesterday’s dinner at
Café Pacific with my wife was an anniversary in more ways than one.
I knew we had been married for 29 years, but it wasn’t until later I realized
that exactly a decade before we had visited the same restaurant for
the same occasion.
Since I wrote a review then and still have a copy, I have an unusually
good perspective on how much things have changed at the restaurant. (My
wife is unchanged and still wonderful, of course)
The views of Catalina and the mansion-like grandeur of the foyer are the
same. The building reminded me then of Hearst Castle and still does. It’s
an American version of Italianate architecture, featuring big windows with
curved tops and marble floors with terrazzo inlays. Hearst had a penchant
for tapestries and friezes, while Trump’s style tends toward putting gold
leaf on things that don’t usually have it. You don’t even have to look in the
restrooms to know you’re not going to see chrome or nickel sink fixtures
there. In general it is done tastefully.
On our first visit we had dined in the formal room that boasts arched
ceilings with pretty frescoes, but when we arrived this time a singer was
playing pop standards on an electric piano. He wasn’t bad, but we decided
to dine in a quieter, more casual room designed as a bar or lounge. I’m all
for live entertainment, but if ever there was a room that would fit a classical
guitarist or pianist, that dining room was it.
Our table in the lounge had a superb view of Catalina and Founders Park
where locals strolled and walked their dogs. The menu is intriguing and
shows the influence of Chef Chris Garasic, formerly of Shade Hotel in Manhattan
Beach, but the pricing on some items is absurd. “Trump’s Famous
Calamari,” simple fried squid with chili aioli that you can get anywhere, is
seventeen bucks, while lump crabcakes over a pancetta, chickpea, and leek
“cassoulet,” were only three dollars more. To charge almost the same for
the one that uses cheap ingredients in a standard way and the innovative
one using expensive stuff seems crazy. Similar inconsistencies are across
We ordered those crabcakes partly because they were made with real
lump crabmeat and partly because we wanted to see what was under them.
It couldn’t be a real cassoulet because that is a dish of meat, sausage, and
beans cooked down over a period of days, and isn’t remotely like a vegetarian
chickpea item. What we got would be properly called a ragout, and it
was an unexpectedly fine pairing with discs of fried crab mixed with red
bell pepper. The crabcakes had the consistency of lump crabmeat, the rich,
slightly oily swimming muscles of the crab, rather than cheaper claw or leg
meat, and though they were on the small side they were worth the price.
We continued with a salad of arugula and baby watercress with poached
pears, gorgonzola and spiced walnuts with a passion fruit dressing. My wife
had been more interested in the three beet salad but graciously allowed me
to choose this – such compromises being the basis of long relationships.
The slightly bitter arugula and peppery cress were nicely modified by the
fruity dressing, and the sweetness of the wine-poached pears and slight
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funkiness of the blue cheese added interest. The only thing I’d change
would be to chop the arugula more finely, because it was in large pieces
and difficult to eat neatly.
Our starters came with a basket that included excellent housemade focaccia,
and cheese-crusted cracker bread and a curiously poor bread that
we were told was sourdough. This had no sourness and a dense interior,
and was more like an Italian loaf that hadn’t risen properly. We liked the
focaccia enough that we could have filled up on that so didn’t mind.
Café Pacific has a sommelier available, so we asked for his assistance in
choosing wines to accompany each course. Maitre d’ Martial Perrin was a
wise and witty guide to their list and suggested a Loire Valley Sancerre and
a Ferrari-Carano Sauvignon Blanc. The Sancerre was excellent with the
salad, the Sauvignon with the crabcakes. He also helped us pick wines with
our main course, and came back to see whether we liked them. I suspect
that not many people call on his services, which is a shame because when
you have professional advice available it’s silly not to use it. Another reason
to consult him is that you probably won’t be bringing your own, as corkage
rates here are $35 per bottle, among the highest in greater Los Angeles.
Mr. Perrin had come up with fine pairings for our main courses too. My
wife chose roasted branzino, the small Mediterranean sea bass, over what
was referred to as a “herb potatoes, cherry tomatoes, spinach, corn, and
pancetta cassoulet.” Someone likes the term cassoulet and uses it indiscriminately,
because this also had no relationship to the French stew. It was a
fine sauté of vegetables that complemented the simply roasted fish very
well, but should be renamed to reflect what it really is.
Her fish was an elegantly composed plate in which every element worked
together, my lamb an interesting failure. The lamb itself was very good,
meaty Colorado chops with a Moroccan-spiced herb crust, but the rest of
the plate didn’t match the menu description and didn’t support the lamb
flavor. The menu described toasted pearl couscous with merguez sausage,
but the couscous was a simple bland starch with no spice, toasted flavor, or
sausage. The harissa sauce was on the plate but it didn’t fit in anywhere –
the lamb didn’t need it and putting it on the bland couscous gave the effect
of eating sauce. It did go fairly well with the roasted tomato, but not the
vegetable mix of carrot, broccoli, and flageolet beans. It was one of those
cases in which most items were individually good but the result underperformed.
Mr. Perrin suggested Pinot Noirs with both of our meals, and his judgment
was unerring – the Etude worked nicely with the lamb, the lighter
Miura with the fish. His suggestions added to our enjoyment of the evening,
and his remarks on pairing will be helpful at future meals.
At his suggestion we tried two desserts: a key lime cheesecake tart and a
chocolate cup filled with layers of hazelnut mousse, white chocolate
mousse, and flourless chocolate cake. I am not generally a fan of white
chocolate in anything but it worked as a component of this item, and the
presentation of the chocolate cup inside a spiral of caramel drizzle was stunning.
The little key lime pie was nicely tart, a traditional item well done.
As we finished the meal we decided that Café Pacific had been good but
conventional before and was better now.
Dinner for two with two glasses of wine each ran $238, well above average,
even for the Hill, but about what might be expected here. Was it worth
it? Chris Garasic’s cooking is generally excellent, the surroundings opulent
and the view of the sea lovely, and it might be for you.
It can’t be ignored that for many people it is a political act to dine here or
not. I expect that some of my friends on the left will be furious that I ate
here at all or didn’t use this article to insult the place. I also expect that people
on the right will suggest that anything short of adulation for everything
I was served is vindictiveness from a journalist who like all in my profession
can’t be trusted. To both I can only say that my job sometimes involves
writing negative reviews of restaurants owned by very good people and
vice versa. A journalist’s job is to be more fair to others than others are to
us, and I have written what I experienced. Café Pacific is very expensive
and very good. Profits go to Donald Trump. Make of that what you may.
Café Pacific is at 1 Trump National Drive in Rancho Palos Verdes. Opens
daily at 7 a.m., closes 9 p.m. Sun.-Thur., 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Valet, lot, or street
parking. Wheelchair access good, full bar, corkage $35, some vegetarian items.
310-303-3260. Menu at TrumpNationalLosAngeles.com.PEN
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The Legacy Luncheon
A PV Links fundraiser
The Palos Verdes Chapter of Links recently sponsored the bi-annual
Legacy Luncheon at the Torrance Marriott. Nearly 535 attendees vigorously
applauded three outstanding honorees who are making a difference
in local and international communities. Dr. Andrea Hayes-Jordon,
Timothy Watkins and Korin Huggins were introduced by Marc Brown,
the co-anchor for ABC Eyewitness News. More than $80,000 was raised
to support the Links award-winning programs and scholarships. The
Links, Inc., was established in 1946 and is one of the nation’s oldest
African-American women’s organizations. The Links was originally
founded to promote, civic, educational, health, economics and the cultural
interests of the communities that they support.
PHOTOS BY TRACY BLACKWELL OF
2 NICE ENTERTAINMENT GROUP
1. Brenda Williams, Timothy Watkins, Dr. Andrea Hayes-Jordan, Marc Brown,
Korin Huggins and Cynthia Williams.
2. Anita Nelson, Julia Matthews-Manor, Cynthia Williams, Kimily Pruitt-Batiste,
Cassandra Alexander and Tahia Hayes.
3. Marcia Mills, Cynthia Williams, Dr. Andrea Hayes-Jordan, Michelle Anderson.
4. Jessie Ford, Dolores White, Barbara Jordan and Carol Smith.
5. Dale McWilliams, Olivia Rodriguez and Gordon McWilliams.
6. Jean Adelsman and Lea Ann King.
7. Betty Coleman, Cynthia Williams, Dolores Caffey-Fleming and Lisa Brooks.
8. Era and Leo Davis, Jacqueline Sholes and Shirley Starke-Wallace.
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Park, 25851 Hawthorne Blvd., Rolling Hills Estates. Event URL: sbbeerwinefest.com
Ticket URL: sbbeerwinefest.com/tickets/.
Peninsula Symphonic Winds spring concert 3 p.m., Rolling Hills Covenant
Church Community Center, 735 Silver Spur Road, RHE. Info: pswinds.org.
Tuesday, May 23
Meeting, lunch and speaker presented by Republican Women Federated.
10:30 a.m. social; 11 a.m - 2 p.m. luncheon and speaker. Jim Horn, retired
U.S. Diplomat and veteran, will speak on Sanctuary Cities. RSVP, preferably
by 5/18, to Barbara Hart (310) 544-9810 or email@example.com,
PVPRWF.org. Palos Verdes Golf Club, 3301 Via Campesina, PVE.
Wednesday, May 24
Birding with Wild Birds Unlimited
At George F Canyon presented by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy,
8:30 a.m. Explore the birds in nesting season making a home in the
canyon. The program is free and all ages welcome. 27305 Palos Verdes Drive
East, Rolling Hills Estates. RSVP at: pvplc.org, Events & Activities.
Ready, Willing and Able, a unique dance program for special needs students,
will be presented at 4 p.m. at the Norris Theatre. Performance will include
group dances, solo spotlights and duets. No tickets or reservations required,
but donations are appreciated. For more information contact the Palos Verdes
Performing Arts Conservatory at (310) 544-0403, ext. 303. 27570 Norris
Center Drive in Rolling Hills Estates. palosverdesperformingarts.com.
Saturday, May 27
Outdoor Volunteer Day
At Native Plant Nursery, 9 a.m. – noon. Nurture seedlings and grow shrubs
for habitat restoration projects. Reservation required by Wednesday, May 24.
Sign up at: pvplc.volunteerhub.com.
Bird Call Intro
At White Point Nature Education Center & Preserve, 11 a.m. Presentation on
local birds and the sounds they make. Free. RSVP to: pvplc.org. Events & Activities/Whitepoint
Presentations or call (310) 541-7613.
Native Plant Sale
At White Point Nature Preserve, noon– 2 p.m. 1600 W. Paseo del Mar in
San Pedro. For more information call (310) 541-7613.
Sunday, May 28
The South Coast Bonsai Association meets the fourth Sunday of the month (except
December) 10 a.m. - noon at South Coast Botanic Garden. For additional
information contact Ken Ueda at (310) 987-6345. No registration required
for this meeting. Meetings are open to the public. 26300 Crenshaw Blvd.,
Palos Verdes Peninsula,
Family Picnic Day Perennials and Annuals
Come spring, the Garden is at its showiest! Prepare to be delighted as you
wander the Garden during this bountiful time! Family PIcnic on the Lower
Meadow, included with Garden admission. Visit Guest Services or the Gift
Shop for additional information about the perennials and annuals for a selfguided
tour and enjoy your visit. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. South Coast Botanic Garden,
26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula. PEN
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PV Athletic Booster Club
The Palos Verdes Golf Club hosted the Booster Club’s 26th annual,
A Black and Gold Affaire, which raises funds to support local athletes,
the sports venues and the staff responsible for athletic training
and safety. At the VIP pre-event party, Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi
presented Principal Mitzi Cress with the Assembly Proclamation acknowledging
her distinguished career at Peninsula High School. Kelly
Johnson, Peninsula’s first Principal, was a surprise guest and gave a
touching tribute to Mrs. Cress about her years of service. She will be
retiring at the end of the school year and Brent Kuykendall will become
Peninsula High School’s third Principal in twenty-six years according
to the Club’s press release. The Booster Club is a non-profit organization
and further information can be found at PVPHSABC.com.
1. Nicole Hay, Garrett
Moore, Jasmine Nguyen
and Stacy Surace.
2. Annie Wu, Allison
Phillips, Mitzi Cress and
3. Hannah Spieler, Mina
Kim, Natalie Watts,
Devyn Hebert, Sarah
Aoyagi, Mehak Dedmari
and Morgan Maes.
4. Christina Brit,
Mitzi Cress, Assemblymember
PHOTOS BY TONY LABRUNO
Lea Toombs, Sandy
Nemeth and Michael
5. Steve and Ceci
Watts, Christina Brit and
6. Coaches: Brian
Bowles, Bryan Weaver,
Ryan Quinlan and Chris
7. Hope Reveche and
8. Jason Phillips, Hope
Yoshida, Tom Nguyen
and John Zuercher.
9. Bob and Suzanne
Suppulsa, Barb Dancy
and Beth Meyerhoff.
10. Laura Beaudoin,
Liz and Richard Umbrell.
11. Denise Ball and
12. Francine and Pat
Mathiesen, Mary Simonell,
and Laura Beaudoin.
13. Cari Wanmer,
Micah and Jennifer Farrell
and Mike Hoeger.
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