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Volume XXI, Issue 10 <strong>May</strong> <strong>2017</strong>

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Volume XXI, Issue 10<br />

<strong>May</strong> <strong>2017</strong><br />

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


Rancho Palos Verdes rough rider<br />

Doug Willmore<br />

Photo by David Fairchild<br />


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A man called Willmore<br />

by David Mendez In the tradition of an Old West gun for<br />

hire, Rancho Palos Verdes city manager Doug Willmore makes<br />

law abiding citizens of city officials. In a Hipshot way.<br />

Montgomery Ward back in fashion<br />

by Stephanie Cartozian Montgomery Ward department<br />

store built in the 1930s is restored as an art deco home by collectors<br />

George Woytovich and Patti Kraakevik.<br />

<strong>Peninsula</strong> noir<br />

by Esther Kang <strong>Peninsula</strong> attorney Don Davis mines his<br />

criminal defense case for a series of South Bay crime novels.<br />

Music Man strikes back<br />

by Bondo Wyszpolski The musical that knocked off West<br />

Side Story in 1958, deservedly so, shows why – this month<br />

at The Norris Theater.<br />

Mar-a-lago west, with a better view<br />

by Richard Foss Café Pacific proves itself a worthy, West<br />

Coast counterpoint to President Trump’s Florida retreat. And<br />

it’s closer to friendly China.<br />


12 Las Ninas Day at Palm Beach<br />

16 California Art Club VIP night<br />

20 Torrance Memorial Luminaries 5K<br />

24 Palos Verdes Juniors Cuba gala<br />

42 Silver Spur Garden Club’s 60th anniversary<br />

46 <strong>Peninsula</strong> kids camps<br />

60 Panhellenic scholarship luncheon<br />

64 Palos Verdes Links Legacy luncheon<br />

66 PV Booster Black and Gold Affaire<br />


30 Around and about<br />

52 <strong>Peninsula</strong> calendar<br />

69 Home services<br />

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

“A Day at Palm Beach”<br />

Las Niñas de las Madrecitas Fashion Show<br />

Terranea Resort on March 25 hosted the Las Niñas de las Madrecitas Fashion Show<br />

<strong>2017</strong>, dubbed “A Day at Palm Beach,” to honor, in a grand tribute, those Palos<br />

Verdes seniors who had volunteered over the previous four years at the Orthopedic<br />

Institute for Children and in their local community. There was not a dry eye in the<br />

audience while approximately 21 high school girls were honored with Silver Heart<br />

Awards for having given more than 400 hours of community service. A prerecorded<br />

message to their families along with a video put to music brought to life each recipient’s<br />

story and what brought each volunteer to reach this pinnacle of success. Mothers<br />

and fathers were on stage dressed to the nines with their daughter honorees,<br />

sharing in this pivotal moment of love and gratitude. Many of these honorees will<br />

be going away to college in the fall and they expressed how Las Niñas and their families<br />

had helped pave the road for them to succeed in their anticipated professions.<br />


1. Corinne Perahia, Miley<br />

Oshiro, Annika Dietiker, Marina<br />

Kare, Laura Gong, Madison<br />

Hama, and Kyra Smitham.<br />

2. Catie Mihm, Madeline<br />

Babros, Addie Brannan and<br />

Emily Levin.<br />

3. Jeff Bogosian, Steve<br />

Traversi, Todd Walker, Tom<br />

Nickl, Bill Spelta and Alan<br />

Smerling.<br />

4. Yanina Barriga, Allie Cromer<br />

and Karen Salazar.<br />

5. Claire Bogosian, Sally<br />

Gerich, Courtney Zwarg, Lauren<br />

Hart and Claire Irawan.<br />

6. Debi Robinson and<br />

Margarita Cooper.<br />

7. Anna Baronsky and Amanda<br />

Elliott.<br />

8. Justine Lewis and Carole<br />

Kopecek.<br />

9. Las Madrecitas President<br />

President Kerbanu Pudumjee introduced<br />

the Rose Presentation.<br />

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

California Art Club<br />

The California Art Club hosts its 106th<br />

Gold Medal Show<br />

The historic California Art Club (CAC) presented its<br />

106th annual Gold Medal Exhibition at the Autry Museum<br />

of the American West in north Los Angeles. Over<br />

600 art submissions were submitted by esteemed artists;<br />

the board selected only 137 pieces to be exhibited at this<br />

exclusive show. The artists’ reception was held on the<br />

evening of April 9 at the museum and the collectors<br />

brunch was held the following morning. The excitement<br />

surrounding the high caliber of art at this year’s exhibit<br />

was palpable. Peter Adams, the CAC’s President, made a<br />

resounding speech congratulating all the artists’ submissions.<br />

The entire Portuguese Bend Art Colony was present<br />

at the show. The colony’s most well-known artist, Dan<br />

Pinkham of Rancho Palos Verdes, exhibited a masterpiece,<br />

showing an open road in Portuguese Bend meandering<br />

around a verdant hillside. The painting’s price tag was<br />

$51,000.<br />

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1. Diane Dempwolf with<br />

artists Karl Dempwolf,<br />

Rodolfo Rivademar and<br />

Thomas<br />

Redfield.<br />

2. Artist Amy Sidrane with<br />

Donna Rahm.<br />

3. Artist Stephen Mirich.<br />

4. Irvine Museum Executive<br />

Director Jean Stern and<br />

Thomas Redfield.<br />

5. Amy Sidrane, Linda and<br />

Rick Humphrey, artist.<br />

6. Steve Hilton, artist Alexey<br />

Steele, Aileen Adams and<br />

Geoffrey Cowan.<br />

7. Olga Vlasova, Alexey<br />

Steele and their twin boys.<br />

8. Patricia Watwood, Diane<br />

Waterhouse, CAC President<br />

Peter Adams and Justin<br />

Hess.<br />

9. Dan Pinkham.<br />

10. Portuguese Bend Art<br />

Colony artists Dan and Vicki<br />

Pinkham, Thomas Redfield,<br />

Stephen Mirich, Kevin Prince,<br />

Amy Sidrane and Rick<br />

Humphrey.<br />

11. Artist Ignat Ignatov, Michael<br />

Klein, Emily Dietrich, Alexey<br />

Steele, Olga Vlasova, Pierre<br />

Guidetti and Patricia Watwood.<br />

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

Spring into Fitness<br />

Torrance Memorial Hospital<br />

The Luminaries and Novas of Torrance Memorial Medical Center recently<br />

hosted their inaugural “Spring Into Fitness 5K Walk/Run” at<br />

the South Coast Botanical Gardens in Rolling Hills Estates. More than<br />

80 volunteers and 343 participants raised over $33,000. The first to finish<br />

was Reggie Green who ran the hilly course in less than 20 minutes.<br />

Sponsors of the event include Grant Uba M.D. and Debbie Uba, Charles<br />

Schwab & Co., COR Medical, Keenan Associates, Torrance Memorial<br />

Young Physicians and Professionals Alliance, Torrance Memorial Ambassadors,<br />

Fresh & Easy, Bay Club, Coca-Cola, Pepsico, Nestle Waters<br />

North America, Sodexo Quality of Life Services and The Bar Method.<br />

All net proceeds will support the renovations of the Torrance Memorial<br />

Pediatric Unit and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).<br />

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1. More than 343 walkers/runners<br />

took part in the first annual Spring Into<br />

Fitness event.<br />

2. The Sam’s Club Team.<br />

3. The Luminaries and Novas<br />

Volunteers.<br />

4. The Novas cheer on participants.<br />

5. The “Nurses for Ninos” team consisting<br />

of the Pediatric and Neonatal<br />

ICU nurses at<br />

6. The Novas offer face painting to<br />

participants.<br />

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Morinishi, Glenn Morinishi M.D.,<br />

Wendi and Brian Hirata, Wendy and<br />

Gary Shiroma and Debbie Uba.<br />

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

Noche Caliente<br />

Fundraiser at Trump National<br />

The Palos Verdes Junior Women’s Club Presented<br />

its “Hot! Hot! Hot!” Havana Nights Gala fundraiser<br />

on Saturday night, March 18. It was an elegant evening<br />

of adventure with a distinctive 1950s tropicana style<br />

ballroom decorated with enormous feathered and<br />

rose-laden centerpieces. A bevy of scantily clad flamenco<br />

dancers entertained guests along with an authentic<br />

Cuban cigar lounge situated conveniently<br />

outside the Grand Ballroom. The dress was Black Tie<br />

with rum specialty mojitos at the bar, exciting live and<br />

silent auction items (including an adorable designer<br />

miniature Schnoodle puppy), dinner and a casino<br />

royale finale for all the gamblers to enjoy. Major<br />

donors included Forest Lawn Memorial-Parks and<br />

Mortuaries, Arthur J. Gallagher and Co. and the law<br />

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2. Mark Coleman and<br />

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3. Kevin and Nadia<br />

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4. Sonia Nahara, Jane and<br />

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5. Jane Lau and Nadia<br />

McMahon.<br />

6. Mark Coleman and Bob<br />

Sandler.<br />

7. Craig and Denise Phelps<br />

and Jackie Honorio.<br />

8. Susan Davis, Paula<br />

Farrow and Kathy Louis.<br />

9. Andrew and Eunice<br />

Sheng and Sherry Berkin.<br />

10. Armen and Gia<br />

Madatyan, Mitch and<br />

Suzanne Bell, Mandi and<br />

Scott Leonard.<br />

11. James Flores MD and<br />

Valerie Flores.<br />

12. Burlesque flamenco<br />

dancer.<br />

13. Venue-Trump National<br />

Golf Club.<br />

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Never coast<br />

City Manager<br />

Doug Willmore<br />

builds anew in<br />

Rancho Palos Verdes<br />

after weathering storms in the<br />

City of Bell and El Segundo<br />

Doug Willmore. Photo by David Fairchild<br />

by David Mendez<br />

Compared to his previous jobs, Doug Willmore<br />

has a cherry gig in Rancho Palos<br />

Verdes.<br />

Though his office is situated in a former Army<br />

barracks, built to serve a now-retired Nike missile<br />

site and lacking heating or cooling, his view overlooks<br />

rolling hills leading toward the Pacific<br />

Ocean, rows upon rows of peaceful houses.<br />

It’s a far cry from the frying pan he found himself<br />

in when he was hired on as El Segundo’s city<br />

manager from the top administrative position in<br />

Utah’s Salt Lake County. Within 10 months, Willmore<br />

was fired after calling attention to a<br />

decades-old tax deal between El Segundo and the<br />

city’s largest landowner, Chevron.<br />

He was not out of work for long. He was<br />

quickly hired by the City of Bell, which was on<br />

the verge of bankruptcy due to corrupt practices<br />

by its former city manager.<br />

But while he’s in a less stressful workplace, taking<br />

it easy isn’t his philosophy.<br />

“For me, every place is what you make it. I<br />

guess another person could coast through this job<br />

but I have a council that wants to do things,”<br />

Willmore said. “I’m not one to sit around and be<br />

told what to do.”<br />

Willmore is a Washington, D.C. native with<br />

bachelor’s and master’s degrees in public administration<br />

from George Mason University and the<br />

University of Utah, respectively. But his career<br />

really started after his position at a golf course on<br />

the Utah-Idaho border turned south.<br />

“It was just a summer job with my brother, before<br />

I got serious about my career,” Willmore<br />

said. “The the golf course went bankrupt before<br />

we even got our first paycheck.”<br />

As the brothers looked further into their<br />

prospects, they learned the club was going to be<br />

liquidated. No one had put in a reorganization<br />

plan.<br />

“We borrowed some money, put together a<br />

plan, and it was passed,” Willmore said. “At age<br />

23, we were the owners of a golf course.”<br />

That happy episode started an eight year career<br />

in buying, turning around and selling failing companies,<br />

as well as a stint with the U.S. State Department’s<br />

Agency of International<br />

Development. In 1993, Willmore began work<br />

with a consulting firm, endeavoring to turn floundering<br />

companies back on the right path.<br />

“The key is engaging with employees,” Willmore<br />

said. “Ninety-nine percent of answers, employees<br />

already have. It’s working with<br />

leadership to engage their employees that matters.”<br />

Too often, he found, leadership didn’t work<br />

with employees directly to solve problems, eventually<br />

seeking help from outside. Willmore’s experience,<br />

however, was that employees need to<br />

be listened to.<br />

“Employees will create, they’ll want to choose<br />

big goals if you let them,” he said. “Leaders get<br />

out of the way and work with employees engaging<br />

them and their passions to create a bold,<br />

bright future.”<br />

After a few years, a friend asked Willmore if he<br />

could take a look at a healthcare company run by<br />

a mutual friend. The small research laboratory<br />

Reference Pathology tested tissue samples.<br />

Willmore told owner David Bolick the challenges<br />

he faced. The company was losing money<br />

through some of its testing, while suffering from<br />

a lack of focus at the top.<br />

Bolick offered Willmore the job of CEO, compensating<br />

him with stock to make up for the fact<br />

that they couldn’t pay him.<br />

Within 90 days, the company was in the black,<br />

and within four years, Reference Pathology grew<br />

from 10 employees to 150.<br />

“I’ve seen more companies fail from a lack of<br />

focus than from being too focused,” Willmore<br />

said. “I think the important thing is to focus on a<br />

few key things, and that’s what fuels growth.”<br />

After cashing out of the company in 2004, Willmore<br />

found a job in the public sector as the Chief<br />

Administrative Officer of Utah’s Salt Lake<br />

County. He was hired in 2005 by newly-elected<br />

County <strong>May</strong>or Peter Corroon after working on<br />

his campaign and leading his transition team.<br />

“I just called him up one day and offered to<br />

write speeches for him,” Willmore recalled. “He<br />

was a longshot candidate running against an incumbent,<br />

and he ended up getting elected on<br />

small donations, $50, $100.”<br />

As chief administrator, Willmore held reins<br />

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over a $650 million budget and 4,000 employees.<br />

“The attraction was being able to make a big<br />

difference in social services, large regional parks,<br />

handling the sheriff’s office, and so on,” Willmore<br />

said. “I was there when we had the ‘Great Recession’<br />

of 2007-08, and I’m proud of how we<br />

weathered that.”<br />

But after seven years on the job and news that<br />

Corroon was not seeking reelection, Willmore decided<br />

to seek new employment westward. In<br />

April 2011, he was brought on as El Segundo’s<br />

City Manager.<br />

“It’s a big change, coming to El Segundo,” he<br />

told the Daily Breeze at the time.<br />

“At the time, it seemed like a great opportunity,”<br />

Willmore said. “Looking back, I’m not quite sure<br />

what I was looking at.”<br />

His marching orders, he said, were to foster<br />

economic development and repair a deficit that<br />

grew out of the 2008 financial meltdown. Despite<br />

its small size, El Segundo is a cradle of industry.<br />

There were, at one time, more Fortune 500 companies<br />

based in El Segundo than any other city<br />

in California, save for San Francisco, according<br />

to Forbes Magazine.<br />

A third of the city’s acreage is tied up in the<br />

Chevron refinery, which is one of the largest refineries<br />

on the West Coast. Then-<strong>May</strong>or Eric<br />

Busch asked Willmore to look into the taxes<br />

Chevron paid to the City. Willmore and his staff<br />

found that Chevron paid millions less in utilityusers’<br />

taxes than other refineries and operated<br />

under a fixed-tax agreement that appeared illegal.<br />

In February 2012, two months after reporting<br />

his findings, the council voted to fire him, 3-2.<br />

“I was surprised, but when you find what I believed<br />

was wrongdoing — and I think the record<br />

reflects that — you take the heat that comes with<br />

it,” Willmore said. “Subsequently, the City got<br />

huge tax revenue increases from Chevron, and<br />

the residents and businesses were better off.”<br />

Three months later, Willmore was hired by the<br />

City of Bell to help the city recover from the scandal-wracked<br />

administration of former City Manager<br />

Robert Rizzo, whose pension scheme would<br />

have seen him collect millions of dollars.<br />

“I think the council at Bell, given the scandal<br />

they’d been through, looked at someone who was<br />

willing to stand up to powerful forces as someone<br />

with a badge of honor,” Willmore said.<br />

Bell’s government, he said, wasn’t working; it<br />

was three years behind in posting revenues and<br />

audits, and was on the verge of bankruptcy. The<br />

city was also fighting 55 lawsuits, some against<br />

its former staff and officials, and was dealing with<br />

bad land deals.<br />

Two years and nine months later, the city had<br />

reduced its debt by half and grown its general<br />

fund to more than $20 million.<br />

In 2015, Willmore began looking elsewhere.<br />

“There were two remaining jobs in Bell — one<br />

was the turnaround, which was complete, and<br />

the second was an economic development effort,<br />

which I figured was a five to seven year process,”<br />

Willmore said. “I didn’t know I was willing to be<br />

there for that.”<br />

After four years of managing through fire and<br />

flames, Willmore landed the job as the Rancho<br />

Palos Verdes city manager.<br />

“The City Council is extremely impressed with<br />

Willmore’s background, financial acumen, and<br />

high ethical standards,” then-<strong>May</strong>or Jim Knight<br />

said in a press release. “He is clearly a skilled and<br />

respected professional city administrator who<br />

will bring a tremendous amount of value, transparency,<br />

and innovation to the City of Rancho<br />

Palos Verdes.”<br />

“[Rancho Palos Verdes] had some transparency<br />

issues, financial issues and infrastructure issues<br />

that were very different from Bell,” Willmore<br />

said. “The relationship between the council and<br />

senior staff was frayed, from both sides…but I<br />

think that’s been repaired now.”<br />

All indications, he said, point to a trusting relationship<br />

between the council and his staff, as well<br />

as a renewed relationship with the public.<br />

“This council sees public safety as the most important<br />

thing to do, and we’ve worked hard to<br />

tackle that,” Willmore said, noting that residential<br />

burglaries dropped 50 percent over the last year.<br />

His next goal, Willmore said, is to have a new<br />

civic center with new public safety facilities and<br />

permanent council chambers — not to mention<br />

air conditioning for the summers and heat for the<br />

winters.<br />

“I like to work with the council and achieve<br />

things, and surround myself with progressive<br />

people,” Willmore said. “I want to continue to do<br />

the best job I can.”<br />

Though he didn’t realize it at the time, his philosophy<br />

could’ve been read off of a water bottle<br />

that rested on the desk behind him as he was interviewed.<br />

It said, in bold black letters: Never<br />

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Archbishop Gomez forges ties with<br />

Marymount California University<br />

n The Most Reverend José Horacio Gómez, Archbishop<br />

of Los Angeles, will deliver the <strong>2017</strong> Commencement<br />

address at Marymount California University<br />

on Saturday, <strong>May</strong> 6. The Archbishop will also receive<br />

the university’s Honorary Doctorate of Humanities.<br />

In inviting Archbishop Gomez to address the class of<br />

<strong>2017</strong>, Marymount California President Lucas Lamadrid,<br />

Ph.D. said, “Marymount California University is anchored<br />

in the Catholic tradition. From that tradition,<br />

Marymount California University welcomes all and abides by the principle that<br />

each student is sacred.”<br />

At the Marymount Board of Trustees meeting on March 4, Archbishop Gómez<br />

was invited to serve as an ex-officio member of the university’s board of Trustees.<br />

Ex-officio trustees are excused from attending board meetings, but are afforded<br />

the same rights as other members of the board of trustees.<br />

Archbishop Jose Gomez celebrated Mass at the university’s inauguration of its<br />

seventh President, Dr. Lucas Lamadrid, last October at St. John Fisher Catholic<br />

Church in Rancho Palos Verdes.<br />

Archbishop Gomez serves as Vice President of the United States Conference of<br />

Catholic Bishops.<br />

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honored for having served the <strong>Peninsula</strong> community since 7th grade. The motherdaughter<br />

organization is inspired by Joshua 22:5 and designed to foster a lifelong<br />

practice of giving “from the<br />

heart.” Pictured are (front<br />

row, left to right) Kyrstan<br />

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visit ekkardia.org.<br />

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n The goats are back at work at the<br />

Point Vicente Interpretive Center, clearing<br />

the grounds of hazardous brush. In addition<br />

to reducing the danger of brush<br />

fires, the goats are a popular family attraction.<br />

The goats come from Fire Grazers<br />

and are friendly, though separated<br />

from visitors by a low-voltage electric<br />

fence. Photo by Stephanie Cartozian<br />

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32 <strong>Peninsula</strong> • <strong>May</strong> <strong>2017</strong>

Art Deco Life<br />

The Art Deco building at night is an iconic San Pedro landmark.<br />

by Stephanie Cartozian<br />

How a couple transformed a former department store into an utterly unique home<br />

Fifteen years ago, George<br />

Woytovich and Patti Kraakevik<br />

decided that a 1930s<br />

Montgomery Ward department<br />

store in downtown San Pedro perfectly<br />

suited what they were looking<br />

for in a new home.<br />

The Art Deco building had already<br />

enjoyed multiple lives. After<br />

Montgomery Ward, it was a<br />

McMahon’s Furniture and then<br />

Foster Future Furniture. The different<br />

uses covered eras when housewives<br />

were collecting Blue Chip<br />

stamps to buy the latest kitchen<br />

gadgets, neighbors were throwing<br />

tupperware parties and families<br />

were shopping at Gemco and Newberry’s<br />

five and dime stores for<br />

their household essentials. Following<br />

the couple’s purchase, their<br />

“home” — still a commercial enterprise<br />

— was completely renovated;<br />

they gutted out everything<br />

George Woytovich, owner and proprietor, surrounded by the nostalgia of the<br />

Art Deco era.<br />

to the exterior walls. And the vast<br />

reconstruction they began has no<br />

end in sight. “It’ll always be a work<br />

in progress,” Woytovich said, undaunted.<br />

“Every ten feet of flooring<br />

had holes made to facilitate desk<br />

wiring and such, and trying to<br />

match and cut the wood to restore<br />

the original flooring proved to be a<br />

tremendous undertaking,” he said.<br />

“We cleared thirty containers of<br />

debris,” he added. “Nothing here<br />

when we bought the building had<br />

intrinsic or extrinsic value. We<br />

went through three years of<br />

restoration, plumbing, electrical;<br />

there was no heating or air conditioning.<br />

We had to retrofit all of the<br />

utilities. There’re nine air conditioning<br />

systems here now and<br />

everything is zoned.”<br />

The couple's passionate quest to<br />

purchase and remake the 24,000<br />

square foot art deco building and<br />

36 <strong>Peninsula</strong> • <strong>May</strong> <strong>2017</strong>

This residence used to be a Montgomery Ward department store and is stylized with Art Deco architectural design throughout especially along the roof line.<br />

fill it with well curated antiques of<br />

that same era started back in 1994,<br />

after the Northridge earthquake.<br />

They owned a three story house on<br />

a hill that was destroyed by the<br />

quake, the chimney fell into the<br />

house.<br />

“There was no saving the house,”<br />

Woytovich recalled. “The whole<br />

hillside would have had to been reengineered.”<br />

So the couple started anew.<br />

Woytovich, during a tour of the<br />

home, motioned toward an old art<br />

deco style jukebox that they had<br />

purchased back in the early 1980s.<br />

“I think that’s when we really got<br />

into it,” he said.<br />

But the arts are not something<br />

the couple just fell into. Woytovich<br />

holds a degree in Fine Arts from<br />

California State University, Northridge<br />

and studied photography and<br />

cinematography. In the home’s<br />

Photos by Tony LaBruno and Anastasios Papadakis<br />

The owners’ collection of cinema and movie equipment paraphernalia is extensive<br />

and dates back to the 1920’s and 1930’s.<br />

gallery, Woytovich’s framed photos<br />

are on display along with works by<br />

James Allen, owner of the Random<br />

Lengths newspaper based in San<br />

Pedro. The turnstiles at the entrance<br />

of the gallery, Woytovich<br />

says, are originally from San Francisco’s<br />

Candlestick Park. Adding to<br />

his list of expertise, Woytovich also<br />

represents trustees, many from<br />

out-of-state who have clients or<br />

they themselves have inherited estates<br />

that now require liquidation.<br />

The couple owns two real estate<br />

companies, A-Delta Realty and<br />

L.A. Express Appraisals.<br />

“Most of our clients are attorneys<br />

or CPAs,” said Woytovich.<br />

Oftentimes the couple has first<br />

dibs at these estate sales to buy<br />

valuable artifacts for their voluminous<br />

collections, but more often<br />

they find their treasures through<br />

their travels and online.<br />

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This kitchen island was custom constructed in the Art Deco style is pictured along<br />

with the 30 foot bar they purchased on a trip to Atlanta, Georgia.<br />

This narrow room is the Club Car room, designed to authenticate the plush train<br />

cars of the 1930s.<br />

“Most of your art deco you’re going to find right<br />

here in Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco,”<br />

Woytovich said. “You’ll find a lot of the pieces<br />

gravitate toward the architecture.”<br />

One of the most interesting aspects of the home<br />

is the authentic, 1930s style Club Car room, made<br />

to exactly replicate the train club cars of that period.<br />

There’s an actual stainless steel subway<br />

door at the entrance that originally came from the<br />

New York Transit Authority. It’s a long, narrow<br />

room accessible only by a deep and downward<br />

set of stairs that are original to the building.<br />

Kraakevik shares how two years ago, Woytovich<br />

and she attended his high school reunion back in<br />

Chicago. Excited to see what a real club car<br />

looked like, instead of flying back to Los Angeles,<br />

the couple decided to take the train. They proceeded<br />

to videotape, in twenty-minute intervals,<br />

the small towns and sights along the way home.<br />

They now play the film footage on screens made<br />

to look like windows so when you’re “riding inside<br />

the club car,” looking out, you see the same<br />

United States scenery they saw on that trip they<br />

took together back in 2015. Along with custom<br />

designed period lighting and library cabinets is<br />

an Art Deco bar, enhancing the decor that utilizes<br />

a pull-down wall sink from a Pullman Sleeper<br />

Car, now used as an ice receptacle. At the rear of<br />

the room is an entry into a charming, temperature<br />

controlled wine cellar that Woytovich put together<br />

with some help in only three days. It can<br />

house nearly 300 bottles of wine and is as ambient<br />

as it is inviting.<br />

The upper mezzanine lobby contains a set of<br />

cast bronze elevator doors at the top of the stairs.<br />

These are the entry doors into the couple’s personal<br />

resident loft and were originally from the<br />

historic Cooper Building on 9th Street in downtown<br />

Los Angeles. Upon opening these doors,<br />

there is an original Otis controller and elevator<br />

operator seat. Following the entry is an Art Deco<br />

display cabinet housing a number of original<br />

38 <strong>Peninsula</strong> • <strong>May</strong> <strong>2017</strong>


we affectionately call The Hill? Let me<br />

conduct a tour of the Palos Verdes<br />

<strong>Peninsula</strong>, consisting of four incorporated<br />

cities, two unincorporated areas, one<br />

annexed area. Building requirements<br />

consider lot coverage, air space, views,<br />

privacy, and neighborhood compatibility.<br />

We call it “The Terraced Land”.<br />

Let me show you why.<br />

The wine cellar designed by Woytovich, situated in the rear of the Club Car<br />

room, is temperature controlled and can store 300 bottles of wine.<br />

RMS Queen Mary pieces. The<br />

booklet in the center is the original<br />

brochure from the ship’s launching,<br />

which was distributed at the event<br />

to dignitaries and guests including<br />

the King and Queen of England.<br />

There are also original boarding<br />

tickets dating back to March 24,<br />

1936 when the Queen Mary went<br />

out on its first demo cruise, according<br />

to Woytovich. Of course the<br />

Queen Mary’s interior, stylized and<br />

geometric, is emblematic of Art<br />

Deco style. The Queen Mary is<br />

known as the “Ship of Woods” and<br />

its décor and artwork are considered<br />

some of the best examples and<br />

landmarks of Art Deco style in the<br />

world. Some of the woods in the<br />

ship's interior are actually now ex-<br />

• “A Village”, parklands, open space, no congested<br />

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• Two nearby beaches off the beaten track, tide pools<br />

• Four Golf Courses, Tennis Clubs, Athletic Clubs<br />

• Active <strong>Peninsula</strong> Senior Center, Three beautiful<br />

Public Libraries<br />

• Horseback Riding Stables, Ice Skating Rink,<br />

Sports Parks (soccer, baseball), Toddler Parks,<br />

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• Palos Verdes Performing Arts Center, providing<br />

classes for all varieties of art<br />

• Regal 13 Cinema, plenty of easy parking, seating<br />

• 45 minutes to LAX (in traffic)<br />

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that ship. Leading proponents of<br />

the Art Deco movement were<br />

commissioned by Cunard Line to<br />

create unique and contemporary<br />

pieces of art work, many of which<br />

can still be found on the ship<br />

today. Some of the most famous<br />

works are murals by Doris<br />

Zinkeisen, whose work translated<br />

mythology, animal and nature<br />

genres into an abstracted form<br />

during this period.<br />

Situated around the home's<br />

kitchen area is a thirty foot contiguous<br />

stylized bar divided into<br />

sections to accommodate the<br />

home’s interior wall space. Picked<br />

up in Atlanta, Georgia, at an antique<br />

warehouse, the bar is as useful<br />

today as it must have been<br />

back in the 1930s, probably serving<br />

up hotel guests and other imbibers<br />

somewhere in the Old<br />

South for decades. The entire<br />

kitchen not only evokes nostalgia<br />

for a bygone time but remains<br />

practical and useful for any present<br />

affair or gathering. The couple<br />

interface with their local San<br />

Pedro community and host many<br />

philanthropic events at their historic<br />

museum/home, where they<br />

utilize the building’s vast facilities.<br />

Woytovich is a board member on<br />

the San Pedro Waterfront Arts<br />

District. The couple actively do<br />

fundraising for the Warner Grand<br />

Theater and they are members of<br />

the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles.<br />

They host monthly culinary<br />

events, called Chef’s Studio, every<br />

third Monday at their kitchen facilities;<br />

Funky Sax Man and<br />

Chazzy Green are regular jazz musicians<br />

who play the home’s<br />

cabaret basement room every<br />

third Thursday during San Pedro’s<br />

Music Walk. The couple’s museum<br />

is open during the first<br />

Thursdays Art Walk and the<br />

cabaret is available to rent for special<br />

community or family events.<br />

In the cabaret room is a stage constructed<br />

by Woytovich himself,<br />

featuring velvet draperies and<br />

lounge furnishings; the bar is<br />

from a bank “cage” in Portugal<br />

and the word “caja” is etched into<br />

the metal plating, meaning<br />

cashier, says Woytovich.<br />

Everything in this unique home<br />

has a story and a provenance.<br />

Even the old entry doors from the<br />

historic San Pedro Hotel La Salle<br />

are here. The couple say the home<br />

is a hobby and serves as their rest<br />

and relaxation, but it is more than<br />

that — it is a living dedication to<br />

the arts, cinema, photography,<br />

40 <strong>Peninsula</strong> • <strong>May</strong> <strong>2017</strong>

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that took years of restoration and reconstruction to bring back to life after they<br />

found it in a salvage yard.<br />

luxury, rich craftsmanship, classic<br />

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foot motor yacht in Marina Del Rey.<br />

“Great thing about what I do is, I get to touch all sorts of deals,” Davis<br />

said. “I do oil and gas deals, movie syndication, real estate development,<br />

technology, medical device, agriculture ... Everything is a little different, so<br />

you get to learn a little bit about a lot of industries. It’s great fun."<br />

“And they pay you,” he added with a chuckle. "Even better.”<br />

It’s no surprise, then, that many of his personal experiences inform the<br />

characters and stories in the novels he weaves on his free time. Self-described<br />

as a voracious reader, Davis said he’s wanted to write a novel for<br />

some time. He argues that through his profession, he has been writing all<br />

his life — letters to the FCC, trial briefs, memorandums and the many forms<br />

of narrative that building a legal case often requires.<br />

Getting a start was the hardest part, he said. He had written a few outlines<br />

of prospective novels, but that was as far as he got. The one day, he came<br />

across an article featuring an interview with a NY Times best-selling author.<br />

The author described a writing process called the “Faulkner Method,” based<br />

on William Faulkner’s methods for expounding on narratives. Instead of<br />

working off an overarching outline, the writing is based on a single setting,<br />

then a few strong characters, and the story evolves by itself.<br />

“And I said, ‘Well, I can do that,’” Davis said with a laugh. “So I did. That’s<br />

how I write my books."<br />

Each novel takes place in a different town that he has intimate knowledge<br />

of. “The Hill” takes place in his adopted hometown of Palos Verdes, chronicling<br />

the story of the judge following the trails of a murder case involving<br />

a female high school student. His second novel, “The Island”, takes place<br />

in Avalon on Catalina Island, where the judge, on vacation, is confronted<br />

with gang violence, civil disobedience, bitter rivalries and murder. In his<br />

third book “Silicon Beach”, the judge traverses the boardwalks of Venice,<br />

the bars and upscale restaurants of Santa Monica, the yuppie ghetto of Playa<br />

Vista and the sex clubs of West LA. His latest installment “The Bay” takes<br />

place in Newport Beach and deals with the back offices of the FBI after a<br />

murder.<br />

Each story, Davis said, wraps around a specific social issue as well. From<br />

the ethical responsibilities of a public school teacher to public perception<br />

of radical muslims, Davis takes the reader through exercises in expanding<br />

his or her perception of a particular issue by presenting a kaleidoscope of<br />

different perspectives and elements through his stories and characters. For<br />

example, in “Silicon Beach”, he explores the issue of homelessness by incorporating<br />

real stories about the suicide bridge in Pasadena, where many<br />

homeless people end their lives.<br />

“There’s stories in here about people on the Westside living in cars, middle<br />

class people who lost everything,” he said. “It looks at the categories of<br />

homeless. They’re all different people — people who are drug-based, vets,<br />

44 <strong>Peninsula</strong> • <strong>May</strong> <strong>2017</strong>

Attorney Don Davis, who has become an author under the pseudonym Davis<br />

MacDonald. Photo courtesy Don Davis<br />

have emotional problems, or people who are just out of work and broke. I<br />

write things that, in my mind at least, have some social interest. And then<br />

I kind of cloak it, like sugarcoating it in a mystery novel.”<br />

The novel he’s currently working on — “The Cabo” — takes place in<br />

Cabo San Lucas, the resort city on the southern tip of Baja California in<br />

Mexico. In this one, he said, the mystery is set in the vast human trafficking<br />

industry, both sex and forced labor.<br />

The following installment will be back in Southern California, he said.<br />

Called “The Strand”, it will take place in Hermosa Beach and Manhattan<br />

Beach. Though he has no plans to pursue writing full time, Davis said he<br />

will continue cooking up new mysteries in his free time.<br />

“It’s a very competitive space, mystery novels,” he said. “You have to<br />

build up your reputation. It’s a process.” PEN<br />

<strong>May</strong> <strong>2017</strong> • <strong>Peninsula</strong> 45

summercamps<br />


BeachSports<br />

w BeachSports Surf & Beach Camps is celebrating its 22nd year. BeachSports<br />

was created by LA County Lifeguards to provide beach and ocean safety education<br />

to local and visiting boys and girls. BeachSports programs start at age 4 and<br />

include instruction in ocean safety, surfing, beach volleyball and Junior Lifeguard<br />

skills. Participants will leave camp with the ability to safely and confidently enjoy<br />

the beach and ocean. Four camps are offered: Surf Camp, Beach Camp, Beach<br />

Volleyball Camp, and our Intro to Junior Lifeguard Program. With safety in mind,<br />

camps are located at these Lifeguard Tower locations: Manhattan Beach, 14th<br />

St., Hermosa Beach, 15th St., Redondo Beach, Ave. I.<br />

Online registration is available at BeachSports.org<br />

or Call (310) 372-2202.<br />

PCH Skate Camps<br />

w Learn to skateboard or take your skills to the next level at PCH Skate Camps<br />

Beginner to intermediate level skate instruction covers from the very basic to advanced<br />

flip tricks, grinds, vert skating. We have a variety of ramps, rails and fun<br />

boxes that we position differently each day to offer a variety of trick options. All<br />

campers are required to wear full pads. Private skate instruction is also available<br />

at our Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach locations. PCH Skate runs in association<br />

with BeachSports.org.<br />

Register online at PCHSkateCamps.com<br />

or call (310) 372-2202.<br />

Skaters get ready to drop in at PCH Skate Camp.<br />

Performing Arts Workshop<br />

w Winner of LA Parent Magazine Best Summer Camp. PAW camps include Musical<br />

Theater, Guitar, Rock The Mic, Filmmaking, Magic, Photography and Stage<br />

F/X Makeup! “Our kids don’t need to be experts – just have a curiosity and love<br />

for performing,” says Cheryl Appleman-Gale, PAW President. Campers participate<br />

in a free creative performance for their family and friends.<br />

PAW teachers are nurturing, skilled instructors who have or are working towards<br />

their Bachelors or Masters degrees in their respective disciplines. Their teaching<br />

experience and knowledge, combined with the PAW philosophy, provide students<br />

with a level of training comparable to<br />

private studios and conservatories.<br />

PAW offers 10 convenient locations.<br />

PerformingArtsWorkshops.com<br />

(310) 827-8827<br />

Palos Verdes Performing<br />

Arts Conservatory<br />

w This summer, the Palos Verdes Performing<br />

Arts Conservatory will offer a<br />

series of exciting theater camps for kids<br />

of all ages and experience levels.<br />

Camp Curtain Call, which introduces<br />

musical theatre to elementary schoolaged<br />

children, has three fun-filled sessions:<br />

“Madagascar: A Musical<br />

Adventure” (June 19-30); “Wizards in<br />

Training” (July 10-21); and “Once<br />

Upon a Time” (July 24-Aug. 4). The<br />

Summer Master Class Series will take<br />

intermediate to advanced performers,<br />

ages 10-18, to the next level with acting<br />

and dance workshops. Performers<br />

ages 12-18 can also audition on <strong>May</strong><br />

11 for a fully-staged summer production<br />

of “Fame: The Musical.”<br />

For more information go to<br />

PalosVerdesPerformingArts.com<br />

/education<br />

or call (310) 544-0403, ext.<br />

303.<br />

PEN<br />

46 <strong>Peninsula</strong> • <strong>May</strong> <strong>2017</strong>

Marching Orders<br />

by Bondo Wyszpolski<br />

Brent Schindele as Harold Hill with the Pick-a-Little Ladies. Photos by Ed Krieger<br />

The Music Man raises his baton at the Norris Theatre<br />

Most Broadway musicals come and go,<br />

but 60 years after its debut “The Music<br />

Man” still lights up the theater marquees<br />

across the country. Right now it’s lighting<br />

up the Norris Theatre marquee in Rolling Hills<br />

Estates, where it’s playing this weekend and next.<br />

Meredith Willson wrote the lyrics and the<br />

music, as well as the book (with Franklin Lacey,<br />

uncle of Rolling Hills resident and Comedy and<br />

Magic Club owner Mike Lacey). The work appears<br />

seamless, although in reality it took six<br />

years and 40 drafts. The effort clearly paid off,<br />

however. “The Music Man” swept the Tony<br />

Awards in 1958, besting “West Side Story.” It wasn’t<br />

Willson’s only hit (he also wrote “The Unsinkable<br />

Molly Brown”), but it’s the show for which<br />

he’ll be remembered for.<br />

“The Music Man” takes place in 1912 and is set<br />

in River City, Iowa. The town and its people are<br />

reminiscent of Mason City, Iowa, where Willson<br />

(1902-84) spent his boyhood years.<br />

The story zeroes in on a traveling salesman<br />

named Harold Hill, who steps off the train and<br />

makes his pitch, which is to form a boys marching<br />

band. Every town needs one, right? Of course<br />

he’ll have to be entrusted with the funds to buy<br />

the musical instruments. Once the dough’s<br />

handed over, and because Harold Hill, charmer<br />

though he may be, is really a con man, he’s off<br />

to the next town. The cycle then repeats itself.<br />

Or rather it has, until now. That’s because he<br />

becomes, shall we say, emotionally entangled<br />

with River City’s librarian, Marian Paroo. But<br />

why should I tell their story when I have Harold<br />

Hill and Marian Paroo sitting across from me?<br />

Love slowly comes around<br />

Brent Schindele is a versatile actor who was<br />

last seen at the Norris in “White Christmas.” He<br />

also recently graced the Ahmanson stage as Herr<br />

Zeller in “The Sound of Music.” In civilian<br />

clothes, so to speak, he’s got that vibrant Frankie<br />

Avalon/Bobby Rydell look, which makes me<br />

think of “Grease.” Katharine McDonough, on the<br />

other hand, resembles a Jane Austen heroine. She<br />

performed as Eliza Doolittle in “My Fair Lady” at<br />

Musical Theatre West. Her Norris Theatre debut<br />

was three years ago in “The Drowsy Chaperone.”<br />

In many instances, lead actors in a play or musical,<br />

especially if they’re romantic leads, have<br />

had the opportunity to scope each other out before<br />

rehearsals get underway. At the very least<br />

they’re often acquaintances or familiar with one<br />

another’s work. But not this time.<br />

“We were a blind match,” Katharine says.<br />

“We had these high expectations,” Brent says,<br />

“but now we just have to tolerate each other at<br />

every single rehearsal.”<br />

“It’s true,” Katharine replies. “I can’t stand this<br />

guy.”<br />

They laugh, I laugh, and that’s when we get<br />

down to business. We talk about “The Music<br />

Man” and why it’s an enduring success, What<br />

surprises me is the depth of their interpretation<br />

and psychoanalyzation of their characters.<br />

“It’s one of the great American musicals,” Brent<br />

says. “There’s a reason that theaters do it so often,<br />

because it’s one of the tried-and-true shows that<br />

work, that audiences always respond to.”<br />

Katharine agrees. “It holds a special place in<br />

people’s hearts, throughout different generations.”<br />

When she mentioned to a neighbor that<br />

she was doing the show her neighbor broke out<br />

into “Seventy-Six Trombones.” “I love that; I feel<br />

a lot of people have that reaction.”<br />

“The Music Man” has several other memorable<br />

songs, such as “Gary, Indiana” and “Till There<br />

Was You,” the latter covered by The Beatles on<br />

an early recording.<br />

Harold Hill is such a likeable character that it’s<br />

easy to forget that he simply intends to take the<br />

money and run.<br />

“That kind of gets lost,” Brent says, “because he<br />

does such good things in this town. But his motivations<br />

are not so pure because he’s a con man.<br />

He’s about to swindle all these people out of their<br />

hard-earned money, and he’s kind of gleeful<br />

about that. He’s not apologetic about it at all. This<br />

is his stock-in-trade, this is what he does.”<br />

Marian is among the few townsfolk who suspects<br />

Harold of ulterior motives, but she also sees<br />

the benefit of what he’s brought to River City.<br />

“He’s actually transformed this town,” Brent<br />

continues, “and made it a more lively, connected<br />

place to be. And, also, Marian puts him in touch<br />

with something, and I think you can infer at the<br />

end that he’s going to mend his ways. He’s a<br />

swindler (but) with a heart of gold.”<br />

48 <strong>Peninsula</strong> • <strong>May</strong> <strong>2017</strong>

Brent Schindele, as Professor Harold Hill, and cast sing "Trouble."<br />

“Everyone in the show and in the<br />

audience is so thoroughly charmed<br />

by him,” Katharine says. She mentions<br />

“The Sting,” Brent mentions<br />

“Ocean’s Eleven,” and I’m thinking<br />

“The Founder,” all of these being<br />

key films where suave and savvy<br />

manipulators have the last word.<br />

Katharine: “We love them and we<br />

want them to succeed.” Or at least<br />

until we check the contents of our<br />

billfold.<br />

Katharine notes that she’s been<br />

thinking a lot about her character,<br />

who comes off as a strong, independent<br />

woman, but who has perhaps<br />

had somewhat of a bumpy<br />

past. In other words, underneath<br />

the fortitude is an ever-present vulnerability.<br />

Katharine’s Marian has “these<br />

epic soprano ballads” which require<br />

that the singer “really dig into the<br />

text and make them relatable to<br />

every single or lonely person.”<br />

What happens is that Harold<br />

charms her, breaks the ice, and lowers<br />

her defenses. But in contrast to<br />

this rogue’s subterfuges, Marian<br />

confesses her feelings, thanks him<br />

for what he’s brought to River City,<br />

but shows that she’s not expecting<br />

anything more. What Marian says,<br />

in Brent’s wording, is “Here’s where<br />

I am and you know my heart. You<br />

know what I’d love to have happen,<br />

but I’m not going to force you into<br />

anything. And,” he continues, “that<br />

always brings us up short in life,<br />

whenever we encounter that.” He’s<br />

been a player, but he can’t play Marian.<br />

He ferret outs the Romantic in<br />

her, but somewhat surprisingly (for<br />

Harold) she finds the Romantic in<br />

him as well.<br />

Life as one long parade<br />

Naturally, any showpiece called<br />

“The Music Man,” whose most<br />

memorable tune is “Seventy-Six<br />

Trombones,” can’t skimp on the<br />

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Brent Schindele as Harold Hill uses "the think method" to teach music to the children<br />

of River City.<br />

guys in the pit, even though Brent<br />

says he once saw a production<br />

buoyed by only a couple of synthesizers.<br />

“In some shows you can get away<br />

with that,” he says, “but this show’s<br />

about 76 trombones and (Harold)<br />

creating basically a marching band<br />

in the town. And to not have those<br />

actual instruments playing the<br />

music is really kind of a letdown.”<br />

Norris Theatre patrons shouldn’t<br />

worry: The show comes with a live<br />

18-piece orchestra.<br />

As a young man, Meredith Willson<br />

played flute in a town band,<br />

and while still in his teens he joined<br />

John Philip Sousa’s group (Sousa, of<br />

course, being best known for “The<br />

Stars and Stripes Forever”). That’s a<br />

roundabout way of saying that his<br />

writing and his instrumentation for<br />

“The Music Man” comes out of<br />

first-hand experience. “It’s a great<br />

score,” Brent adds; “it’s one of the<br />

best scores ever.”<br />

Furthermore, the music seems<br />

true to the era it depicts, with<br />

maybe one or two numbers, such as<br />

“Till There Was You,” a tad closer to<br />

1957 than to 1912. But nowhere in<br />

the work is there anything blaringly<br />

incongruent.<br />

“It never jerks you out of the period,”<br />

Brent says. “And 1912 was exactly<br />

when these marching bands<br />

were so popular in America. It was<br />

wholesome, it was physical activity,<br />

it was artistic. It was all these things<br />

at once. It was kind of a little window<br />

in time.”<br />

Asked why “The Music Man” resonates<br />

with audiences year after<br />

year, Brent says it’s because everything<br />

in it works. He’s speaking<br />

from prior knowledge, having<br />

played the lead role once before.<br />

“There are a lot of musicals that<br />

are well written in one way or another.<br />

To me, very few are so internally<br />

consistent. There are so many<br />

that have great elements but then<br />

there’s always some little kind of<br />

thing hanging off that nobody<br />

knows what to do with. Or there’s<br />

a song or two that doesn’t quite belong,<br />

or there’s something that’s<br />

sort of politically incorrect if it’s an<br />

older show. Most shows have some<br />

flaws; very few are these little gems<br />

where every facet belongs. There’s<br />

not an extraneous song in this<br />

show.”<br />

And as for the characters that inhabit<br />

Wilson’s masterwork…<br />

“They’re mostly lovable people,”<br />

Brent says. “They’re people you’d<br />

like to spend time with. I think part<br />

of the enduring appeal of the show<br />

is that River City, Iowa, in 1912, is<br />

a place that people like to visit, and<br />

we kind of wish there was a place<br />

like that still.”<br />

A kind of Norman Rockwell<br />

world? And so “The Music Man”<br />

conveys, as much as possible, that<br />

idyllic, American-as-apple-pie sensibility.<br />

“We’re doing it exactly as written,”<br />

Brent says. “Any play or musical<br />

that’s written well, I think that’s<br />

the key, you don’t have to try to<br />

reinvent it or come up with a new<br />

concept. You just try to do it as true<br />

to what is on the pages as can be,<br />

and it’s shocking how alive it feels,<br />

and how immediate and real and<br />

fresh.”<br />

The Music Man is onstage Friday<br />

and Saturday, April 28 and 29, as well<br />

as <strong>May</strong> 5 and 6, at 8 p.m., plus Saturday<br />

and Sunday, April 29 and 30, as<br />

well as <strong>May</strong> 6 and <strong>May</strong> 7 at 2 p.m.,at<br />

the Norris Theatre, 27570 Norris Center<br />

Drive, Rolling Hills Estates. Closes<br />

<strong>May</strong> 7. Tickets, $30 to $65. Call (310)<br />

544-0403 or go to PalosVerdesPerformingArts.com.<br />

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<strong>May</strong> <strong>2017</strong> • <strong>Peninsula</strong> 51

Timeless<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

generation.<br />

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

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

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

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

endless life is in jeopardy.<br />

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

Oil gets old and dry forcing the train of gears to work twice as<br />

hard to accomplish their goal. This results in damage that drastically<br />

shortens the life of a fine timepiece.<br />

Michel Medawar has been extending the lives of timepieces<br />

for over Sixty years as his father did Sixty years before. He is<br />

the inventor of the first talking clock in the world. He is a graduate<br />

from Patek Philippe in Geneva, Switzerland, The Theod<br />

Wagner Clock Co. in Wiesbaden, Germany, and the Howard<br />

Miller Clock Co. in Zeeland, Michigan. Call him so that he may<br />

come to your home and offer you a free estimate for servicing<br />

your clock. Or bring your wall or mantel clock to our store to<br />

see our showroom and receive the same complementary diagnosis.<br />

We are located at 810C Silver Spur Rd., in Rolling Hills Estates, Ca.<br />

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eventcalendar<br />


Compiled by Teri Marin<br />

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

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

Ongoing<br />

Outdoor Volunteer Days<br />

At Native Plant Nursery, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. Enjoy nurturing seedlings<br />

and help shrubs grow for habitat restoration projects. Must RSVP 48 hours in<br />

advance. Sign up at: pvplc.volunteerhub.com.<br />

Rapid Response Team<br />

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

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

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

at various locations around the Preserve where work is most needed. Directions<br />

to sites emailed upon sign up. No experience needed. 15 and up.<br />

Pvplc.volunteerhub.com.<br />

Sunday, April 30<br />

Satisfy a “Suite” Tooth<br />

Concert 3 of <strong>Peninsula</strong> Symphony’s 50th Anniversary Season. Doors open at<br />

6 p.m. Pre-concert lecture by Maestro Berkson (for members only) begins at<br />

6:15 p.m. and at 7 p.m. the concert begins. Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite<br />

No. 1, Opus 46, opens the concert. Concert and parking are free. Redondo<br />

Union High School Auditorium, 631 Vincent Street, Redondo Beach (PCH at<br />

Diamond). (310) 544-0320, music. pensym@verizon.net, or Pensym.org.<br />

MAYDAY! - Tales of Love and other Emergencies<br />

Celebrate the lusty month of <strong>May</strong> with delicious love stories read aloud,<br />

around a bonfire under the stars. The 2nd annual MAYDAY! will charm the<br />

night 7 to 8:30 p.m at Angels Gate Cultural Center. Bring your own seating<br />

and dress for sitting outdoors. Picnics welcome. Free folding chairs are available<br />

on site. Recommended for adults and young adults. $15/couples;<br />

$10/individual. Cash only, please. No reservations required. 3601 South<br />

Gaffey Street in San Pedro. Enter from Gaffey Street at 32nd Street. For more<br />

information visit: angelsgateart.org or call (310) 519-0936.<br />

Sunday by the Sea<br />

The 26th Annual Sunday by the Sea will be held at a gorgeous private villa<br />

along the bluffs of Palos Verdes Estates where guests will enjoy stunning ocean<br />

views while sampling delectable bites created by local chefs, fine wines and<br />

an all new selection of craft beers from artisanal breweries in the South Bay.<br />

2 to 5 p.m. Tickets $200. A benefit for Providence Little Co. of Mary Hospital.<br />

For more information, please call the Foundation office: (310) 543-3440,<br />

California.Providence.org/PTCevents.<br />

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For a conference or appointment:<br />

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eventcalendar<br />

Monday, <strong>May</strong> 1<br />

Floral Arrangers Meeting<br />

The South Coast Floral Arrangers meets the first Monday of the month at South<br />

Coast Botanic Garden (except July and August) 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. in Classroom<br />

A. For additional information contact Gudy Kimmel at (310) 530-2382<br />

or Judy Unrine at (310) 378-0227 californiagardenclubs.org. 26300 Crenshaw<br />

Blvd., Palos Verdes <strong>Peninsula</strong>.<br />

California Natives Meeting<br />

The California Native Plant Society meets the first Monday of the month at<br />

South Coast Botanic Garden (except July and October) 6 - 10 p.m. in Classroom<br />

B. For additional information contact David Berman at (310) 833-4377.<br />

26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes <strong>Peninsula</strong>.<br />

Palos Verdes Begonia Society Meeting<br />

The Palos Verdes Begonia Society meet the first Monday of the month at South<br />

Coast Botanic Garden (except August and September) 7 - 9 p.m. For additional<br />

information contact Carol Knight at (310) 508-3801. No registration<br />

required for this meeting. Meetings are open to the public. 26300 Crenshaw<br />

Blvd., Palos Verdes <strong>Peninsula</strong>.<br />

Tuesday, <strong>May</strong> 2<br />

Ask-A-Lawyer Program<br />

South Bay Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral Service will sponsor “ASK-A-<br />

LAWYER” , in celebration of Law Day. 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Torrance Superior<br />

Court, 825 Maple Avenue in Torrance. Tables and chairs will be set up<br />

in the common area on the first floor. Attorneys of varying specialties will be<br />

on hand to provide legal assistance to the public at no charge. For more information,<br />

contact Nicole at The South Bay Bar Association (310) 325-4200.<br />

Thursday, <strong>May</strong> 4<br />

Spirit of Innovation Gala <strong>2017</strong><br />

A prestigious group of more than 450 business and community leaders, physicians,<br />

scientists and philanthropists will gather at Vibiana, 214 South Main<br />

St., Los Angeles, 6 p.m., to celebrate LA BioMed’s 65th anniversary at its Spirit<br />

of Innovation Gala. LA BioMed will honor “Innovation”, the hallmark of its<br />

focus and success for the past 65 years. LA BioMed has generated diagnostics,<br />

therapeutics and medical devices that have literally saved the lives of millions<br />

of individuals as well as bettered the lives of millions more worldwide.<br />

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Friday, <strong>May</strong> 5<br />

Children’s Day<br />

Celebrate Children’s Day, 4 - 4:45 p.m., at <strong>Peninsula</strong> Center Library. Children’s<br />

Day is a national holiday in Japan to celebrate children’s growth and<br />

happiness. Make koinobori (carp) flags to fly to celebrate the children in your<br />

family! This program is best for children in Kindergarten and up but all are<br />

welcome. No registration necessary. For a full list of events, visit pvld.org. 701<br />

Silver Spur Rd, Rolling Hills Estates.<br />

South Bay Women’s Conference<br />

Celebrate and support local women! The day includes keynote speakers Jen<br />

Bricker and Tieko Nejon, informative breakout sessions, an inspirational panel,<br />

a lovely lunch, plus a networking reception for guests to connect with other<br />

businesswomen. The Torrance Marriott, 3635 Fashion Way, Torrance, 7:30<br />

a.m. - 4 p.m. Tickets/Info: $135, at: southbaywomensconference.com.<br />

Student Art Exhibition<br />

Palos Verdes Art Center/Beverly G. Alpay Center for Arts Education proudly<br />

presents its Annual Student Art Exhibition, featuring student work. This exhibi-<br />

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tion will highlight this year’s artistic creations from<br />

Palos Verdes Art Center school-based outreach program<br />

Art At Your Fingertips. Additionally, there will<br />

be a showcase of work produced in the PVAC artist<br />

residencies held throughout the Palos Verdes <strong>Peninsula</strong><br />

Unified School District. Opening reception, 4-<br />

6 p.m. Exhibit runs through <strong>May</strong> 28. 5504<br />

Crestridge Rd., Rancho Palos Verdes.<br />

Saturday, <strong>May</strong> 6<br />

Family Hike<br />

First Saturday Family Hike at George F Canyon, 9<br />

a.m. Join a PVP Land Conservancy naturalist guide<br />

to discover habitat, wildlife and more on an easy<br />

hike up the canyon. Free. All ages welcome. For<br />

more information, contact (310) 547-0862 or RSVP<br />

at: pvplc.org, Events & Activities. 27305 Palos<br />

Verdes Dr. E, Rolling Hills Estates.<br />

Outdoor Volunteer Day<br />

Help restore this unique canyon habitat at Alta Vicente<br />

Reserve, home to many threatened and endangered<br />

wildlife species. 9 a.m. – noon. Sign up<br />

at: pvplc.volunteerhub.com. 30940 Hawthorne<br />

Blvd., Rancho Palos Verdes.<br />

Sunday, <strong>May</strong> 7<br />

Impressions Workshop<br />

Enjoy a naturalist-guided coastal hike and family<br />

friendly activities along Discovery Trail to Terranea<br />

Resort for a children’s art workshop. 9 - 11 a.m. All<br />

ages welcome. $25 per family. Meet in front of the<br />

statue at Pelican Cove Parking area, 31300 Palos<br />

Verdes Dr. South, RPV. For reservations visit:<br />

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Beauty of Nature<br />

Film series –Tortoise in Peril/Antarctica – A Year On<br />

Ice, 5 p.m., at John Olguin Auditorium. Small actions<br />

have a large impact on species from the<br />

deserts to Antarctica. Q&A with film maker Tim<br />

Branning. Live tortoises will be exhibited. Cost $10.<br />

Youth free. Tickets: pvplc.org, Events & Activities.<br />

3720 Stephen M White Drive, San Pedro<br />

Full Moon Hike<br />

Explore nocturnal sights with an expert naturalist<br />

under a full moon at the George F Canyon Nature<br />

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Wednesday, <strong>May</strong> 10<br />

Palos Verdes Woman’s Club<br />

Craig Leach will present an update on Torrance Memorial Hospital, at noon.<br />

Cost is $32. For information or reservations call Beverly Teresinski at (310)<br />

378-1349. Rolling Hills Country Club, 27000 Palos Verdes Dr. East.<br />

Thursday, <strong>May</strong> 11<br />

Fame: The Musical Auditions<br />

The Palos Verdes Performing Arts Conservatory will hold open auditions at 5<br />

p.m. <strong>May</strong> 11-13 for a student production of “Fame,” based on the Oscar-winning<br />

film and successful TV series. Students ages 12-18 may audition either<br />

date, and should come prepared to sing and dance. Performance dates are<br />

weekends, July 14-23, at the Norris Theatre, and rehearsals begin June 9.<br />

This is a tuition-based program, and scholarships are available based on need.<br />

Auditions are held at the Conservatory Studios at 27525 Norris Center Drive<br />

in Rolling Hills Estates. For more information, call (310) 544-0403, ext. 303,<br />

or visit: http://www.norriscenter.com/education/auditions.<br />

Gardeners Meeting<br />

The Gardeners meet the second Thursday of the month (except June, July, August<br />

and December) 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at South Coast Botanic Garden. For<br />

information contact Gudy Kimmel at (310) 530-2382. No registration required;<br />

meetings open to the public. 26300 Crenshaw Blvd.<br />

St. Petersburg Concert<br />

This a cappella quartet, the St. Petersburg Men’s Ensemble, with a repertoire<br />

of ancient Russian chants to modern musical techniques, performs at St. Paul's<br />

Lutheran Church of Palos Verdes, 7 p.m. Free and open to the community.<br />

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Friday, <strong>May</strong> 12<br />

Heart screening<br />

A screening of The Legacy of Heart Mountain details the imprisonment of<br />

Japanese Americans in concentration camps, and what daily life looked like<br />

inside the camps. 9 a.m. at the <strong>Peninsula</strong> Center Library. Followed by a Q &<br />

A with the film’s producer, writer, and narrator, and ABC-7 anchor David Ono.<br />

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Saturday, <strong>May</strong> 13<br />

Celebration Day<br />

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necessary. 701 Silver Spur Rd, Rolling Hills Estates. For a full list of<br />

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Outdoor Volunteer Day<br />

Help restore important wildlife habitat while looking out at a beautiful view. 9<br />

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Guided Nature Walk<br />

Appreciate some of the best wildflower viewing and dramatic geological formations<br />

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9 a.m. This is a moderate to strenuous walk. Free and open to the public. For<br />

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Rose, Clematis Show and Sale<br />

South Coast Rose Society will hold its 36th Annual Community Rose Show,<br />

“A Celebration of Roses & Clematis” at the South Coast Botanic Garden. Anyone<br />

may enter their roses in the show on Saturday morning, 7 - 9:45 a.m.<br />

Ribbon presentation at 12:30 p.m. Individual roses (containers will be supplied)<br />

or bouquet arrangements (in your own container). Public is invited 10<br />

a.m. to 4 p.m. 26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes <strong>Peninsula</strong>.<br />

Sunday, <strong>May</strong> 14<br />

Storytime in the Garden<br />

The whole family is encouraged to bring a blanket to enjoy storytime in the<br />

garden and a casual afternoon adventure this Mother’s Day on the Lower<br />

Meadow. “The Day the Crayons Quit” by Drew Daywalt will be read. 3 - 4<br />

p.m. Included with Garden Admission. 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes<br />

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Waste Roundup<br />

Household Hazardous Waste/E-Waste Roundup. Open to all LA County residents.<br />

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Symphonic concert<br />

Mother's Day Concert. South Coast Botanic Garden, Frances Young Hall,<br />

26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes <strong>Peninsula</strong>, 5 p.m., (310) 373-2442,<br />

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Monday, <strong>May</strong> 15<br />

In Conversation<br />

6 p.m. -7:45 p.m., at <strong>Peninsula</strong> Center Library, 701 Silver Spur Rd, Rolling<br />

Hills Estates. Join author Naomi Hirahara and local resident Naomi Hamachi<br />

for a conversation about the impact of Japanese Americans on the <strong>Peninsula</strong>.<br />

Following the program, share your own story at the oral history booth provided<br />

by the PVLD. No registration necessary. For a full list of events, visit: pvld.org.<br />

Wednesday, <strong>May</strong> 17<br />

Birding with Wild Birds Unlimited<br />

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

Point Preserve. Binoculars supplied for beginners. 8:30 a.m. The program is<br />

free. All ages welcome. 1600 W. Paseo del Mar in San Pedro. RSVP at:<br />

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

Saturday, <strong>May</strong> 20<br />

Champions for Children 5K Run/Walk<br />

South Bay Children’s Health Center, Run/Walk 8:30 a.m. South Coast Botanic<br />

Garden, 263 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes <strong>Peninsula</strong>. For information & registration:<br />

sbchc.com/c4crun. (310) 316-1212.<br />

Walk For Life<br />

The leisurely seaside 5K starts at 9 a.m. from Veterans Park in Redondo Beach.<br />

The Center has provided free services<br />

or over 40 years, including testing<br />

and limited ultrasound. To learn<br />

more or form a team, call (310)<br />

320-8976. To pre-register: supportphctorrance.org<br />

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Outdoor Volunteer Day<br />

Help beautify the native demonstration<br />

garden and surrounding habitat.<br />

9 a.m. to noon. White Point<br />

Nature Preserve, 1600 W. Paseo<br />

del Mar in San Pedro. Sign up at :<br />

pvplc.volunteerhub.com.<br />

World Trade Week<br />

The Port of Los Angeles! Free boat<br />

tours, two locations: Los Angeles<br />

Maritime Museum, 600 Sampson<br />

Way, Berth 84, San Pedro and Banning’s<br />

Landing Community Center,<br />

100 E. Water St., Wilmington. Tours<br />

every 30 minutes. 10 a.m - 3 p.m.<br />

First-come, first-served. portoflosangeles.org.<br />

Los Serenos Tours<br />

Enjoy a guided hike led by the Los<br />

Serenos docents through the Alta Vicente<br />

Reserve, 10 a.m. Walk the<br />

trail through the coastal sage habitat,<br />

view wildflowers, visit one of the<br />

original Japanese farms and see<br />

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lations. The hike is moderate to strenuous. Parking and meet up will be at the<br />

Rancho Palos Verdes City Hall. Free! Hike will be canceled if there is rain. For<br />

more information, call (310) 377-5370 or visit losserenos.org. 30940<br />

Hawthorne Blvd., RPV.<br />

Tribute to Hollywood<br />

Relive the glory days of Tinseltown as six top tribute artists honor the biggest<br />

stars in show business at the Norris Theater. Backed by the Icons Orchestra,<br />

the performers authentically capture the legendary stars. 8 p.m. Tickets $55-<br />

$65, with $10 discount for children 12 and under. For more information or<br />

to purchase tickets, call (310) 544-0403 or go to<br />

palosverdesperformingarts.com. 27570 Norris Center Dr., RHE.<br />

Sunday, <strong>May</strong> 21<br />

Grand Salon<br />

The <strong>Peninsula</strong> Committee Los Angeles Philharmonic presents an evening of<br />

world class music at the Grand Salon, at a spectacular Palos Verdes oceanfront<br />

estate. This year’s event will feature a performance by Los Angeles Philharmonic<br />

principal trumpet Tom Hooten. Prior to the concert guests will be<br />

greeted by classical music performed by musicians from <strong>Peninsula</strong> schools,<br />

sample fine wine and an array of gourmet tastings. A silent auction will benefit<br />

youth music education programs in the South Bay. 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets $175<br />

per person. For further information, (310) 378-2914 or pclaphil@gmail.com.<br />

Beer, Wine Festival<br />

The best of Southern California’s regional breweries, wineries and restaurants.<br />

Exhibitors, live music, art show. Tickets $75, for unlimited tastings; free parking.<br />

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by offering educational scholarships. The Luncheon thanked guests for their<br />

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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<br />

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Ididn’t know when we started driving there, but yesterday’s dinner at<br />

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I knew we had been married for 29 years, but it wasn’t until later I realized<br />

that exactly a decade before we had visited the same restaurant for<br />

the same occasion.<br />

Since I wrote a review then and still have a copy, I have an unusually<br />

good perspective on how much things have changed at the restaurant. (My<br />

wife is unchanged and still wonderful, of course)<br />

The views of Catalina and the mansion-like grandeur of the foyer are the<br />

same. The building reminded me then of Hearst Castle and still does. It’s<br />

an American version of Italianate architecture, featuring big windows with<br />

curved tops and marble floors with terrazzo inlays. Hearst had a penchant<br />

for tapestries and friezes, while Trump’s style tends toward putting gold<br />

leaf on things that don’t usually have it. You don’t even have to look in the<br />

restrooms to know you’re not going to see chrome or nickel sink fixtures<br />

there. In general it is done tastefully.<br />

On our first visit we had dined in the formal room that boasts arched<br />

ceilings with pretty frescoes, but when we arrived this time a singer was<br />

playing pop standards on an electric piano. He wasn’t bad, but we decided<br />

to dine in a quieter, more casual room designed as a bar or lounge. I’m all<br />

for live entertainment, but if ever there was a room that would fit a classical<br />

guitarist or pianist, that dining room was it.<br />

Our table in the lounge had a superb view of Catalina and Founders Park<br />

where locals strolled and walked their dogs. The menu is intriguing and<br />

shows the influence of Chef Chris Garasic, formerly of Shade Hotel in Manhattan<br />

Beach, but the pricing on some items is absurd. “Trump’s Famous<br />

Calamari,” simple fried squid with chili aioli that you can get anywhere, is<br />

seventeen bucks, while lump crabcakes over a pancetta, chickpea, and leek<br />

“cassoulet,” were only three dollars more. To charge almost the same for<br />

the one that uses cheap ingredients in a standard way and the innovative<br />

one using expensive stuff seems crazy. Similar inconsistencies are across<br />

the menu.<br />

We ordered those crabcakes partly because they were made with real<br />

lump crabmeat and partly because we wanted to see what was under them.<br />

It couldn’t be a real cassoulet because that is a dish of meat, sausage, and<br />

beans cooked down over a period of days, and isn’t remotely like a vegetarian<br />

chickpea item. What we got would be properly called a ragout, and it<br />

was an unexpectedly fine pairing with discs of fried crab mixed with red<br />

bell pepper. The crabcakes had the consistency of lump crabmeat, the rich,<br />

slightly oily swimming muscles of the crab, rather than cheaper claw or leg<br />

meat, and though they were on the small side they were worth the price.<br />

We continued with a salad of arugula and baby watercress with poached<br />

pears, gorgonzola and spiced walnuts with a passion fruit dressing. My wife<br />

had been more interested in the three beet salad but graciously allowed me<br />

to choose this – such compromises being the basis of long relationships.<br />

The slightly bitter arugula and peppery cress were nicely modified by the<br />

fruity dressing, and the sweetness of the wine-poached pears and slight<br />

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funkiness of the blue cheese added interest. The only thing I’d change<br />

would be to chop the arugula more finely, because it was in large pieces<br />

and difficult to eat neatly.<br />

Our starters came with a basket that included excellent housemade focaccia,<br />

and cheese-crusted cracker bread and a curiously poor bread that<br />

we were told was sourdough. This had no sourness and a dense interior,<br />

and was more like an Italian loaf that hadn’t risen properly. We liked the<br />

focaccia enough that we could have filled up on that so didn’t mind.<br />

Café Pacific has a sommelier available, so we asked for his assistance in<br />

choosing wines to accompany each course. Maitre d’ Martial Perrin was a<br />

wise and witty guide to their list and suggested a Loire Valley Sancerre and<br />

a Ferrari-Carano Sauvignon Blanc. The Sancerre was excellent with the<br />

salad, the Sauvignon with the crabcakes. He also helped us pick wines with<br />

our main course, and came back to see whether we liked them. I suspect<br />

that not many people call on his services, which is a shame because when<br />

you have professional advice available it’s silly not to use it. Another reason<br />

to consult him is that you probably won’t be bringing your own, as corkage<br />

rates here are $35 per bottle, among the highest in greater Los Angeles.<br />

Mr. Perrin had come up with fine pairings for our main courses too. My<br />

wife chose roasted branzino, the small Mediterranean sea bass, over what<br />

was referred to as a “herb potatoes, cherry tomatoes, spinach, corn, and<br />

pancetta cassoulet.” Someone likes the term cassoulet and uses it indiscriminately,<br />

because this also had no relationship to the French stew. It was a<br />

fine sauté of vegetables that complemented the simply roasted fish very<br />

well, but should be renamed to reflect what it really is.<br />

Her fish was an elegantly composed plate in which every element worked<br />

together, my lamb an interesting failure. The lamb itself was very good,<br />

meaty Colorado chops with a Moroccan-spiced herb crust, but the rest of<br />

the plate didn’t match the menu description and didn’t support the lamb<br />

flavor. The menu described toasted pearl couscous with merguez sausage,<br />

but the couscous was a simple bland starch with no spice, toasted flavor, or<br />

sausage. The harissa sauce was on the plate but it didn’t fit in anywhere –<br />

the lamb didn’t need it and putting it on the bland couscous gave the effect<br />

of eating sauce. It did go fairly well with the roasted tomato, but not the<br />

vegetable mix of carrot, broccoli, and flageolet beans. It was one of those<br />

cases in which most items were individually good but the result underperformed.<br />

Mr. Perrin suggested Pinot Noirs with both of our meals, and his judgment<br />

was unerring – the Etude worked nicely with the lamb, the lighter<br />

Miura with the fish. His suggestions added to our enjoyment of the evening,<br />

and his remarks on pairing will be helpful at future meals.<br />

At his suggestion we tried two desserts: a key lime cheesecake tart and a<br />

chocolate cup filled with layers of hazelnut mousse, white chocolate<br />

mousse, and flourless chocolate cake. I am not generally a fan of white<br />

chocolate in anything but it worked as a component of this item, and the<br />

presentation of the chocolate cup inside a spiral of caramel drizzle was stunning.<br />

The little key lime pie was nicely tart, a traditional item well done.<br />

As we finished the meal we decided that Café Pacific had been good but<br />

conventional before and was better now.<br />

Dinner for two with two glasses of wine each ran $238, well above average,<br />

even for the Hill, but about what might be expected here. Was it worth<br />

it? Chris Garasic’s cooking is generally excellent, the surroundings opulent<br />

and the view of the sea lovely, and it might be for you.<br />

It can’t be ignored that for many people it is a political act to dine here or<br />

not. I expect that some of my friends on the left will be furious that I ate<br />

here at all or didn’t use this article to insult the place. I also expect that people<br />

on the right will suggest that anything short of adulation for everything<br />

I was served is vindictiveness from a journalist who like all in my profession<br />

can’t be trusted. To both I can only say that my job sometimes involves<br />

writing negative reviews of restaurants owned by very good people and<br />

vice versa. A journalist’s job is to be more fair to others than others are to<br />

us, and I have written what I experienced. Café Pacific is very expensive<br />

and very good. Profits go to Donald Trump. Make of that what you may.<br />

Café Pacific is at 1 Trump National Drive in Rancho Palos Verdes. Opens<br />

daily at 7 a.m., closes 9 p.m. Sun.-Thur., 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Valet, lot, or street<br />

parking. Wheelchair access good, full bar, corkage $35, some vegetarian items.<br />

310-303-3260. Menu at TrumpNationalLosAngeles.com.PEN<br />

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

The Legacy Luncheon<br />

A PV Links fundraiser<br />

The Palos Verdes Chapter of Links recently sponsored the bi-annual<br />

Legacy Luncheon at the Torrance Marriott. Nearly 535 attendees vigorously<br />

applauded three outstanding honorees who are making a difference<br />

in local and international communities. Dr. Andrea Hayes-Jordon,<br />

Timothy Watkins and Korin Huggins were introduced by Marc Brown,<br />

the co-anchor for ABC Eyewitness News. More than $80,000 was raised<br />

to support the Links award-winning programs and scholarships. The<br />

Links, Inc., was established in 1946 and is one of the nation’s oldest<br />

African-American women’s organizations. The Links was originally<br />

founded to promote, civic, educational, health, economics and the cultural<br />

interests of the communities that they support.<br />



1. Brenda Williams, Timothy Watkins, Dr. Andrea Hayes-Jordan, Marc Brown,<br />

Korin Huggins and Cynthia Williams.<br />

2. Anita Nelson, Julia Matthews-Manor, Cynthia Williams, Kimily Pruitt-Batiste,<br />

Cassandra Alexander and Tahia Hayes.<br />

3. Marcia Mills, Cynthia Williams, Dr. Andrea Hayes-Jordan, Michelle Anderson.<br />

4. Jessie Ford, Dolores White, Barbara Jordan and Carol Smith.<br />

5. Dale McWilliams, Olivia Rodriguez and Gordon McWilliams.<br />

6. Jean Adelsman and Lea Ann King.<br />

7. Betty Coleman, Cynthia Williams, Dolores Caffey-Fleming and Lisa Brooks.<br />

8. Era and Leo Davis, Jacqueline Sholes and Shirley Starke-Wallace.<br />

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eventcalendar<br />

Park, 25851 Hawthorne Blvd., Rolling Hills Estates. Event URL: sbbeerwinefest.com<br />

Ticket URL: sbbeerwinefest.com/tickets/.<br />

Spring Concert<br />

<strong>Peninsula</strong> Symphonic Winds spring concert 3 p.m., Rolling Hills Covenant<br />

Church Community Center, 735 Silver Spur Road, RHE. Info: pswinds.org.<br />

Tuesday, <strong>May</strong> 23<br />

Sanctuary talk<br />

Meeting, lunch and speaker presented by Republican Women Federated.<br />

10:30 a.m. social; 11 a.m - 2 p.m. luncheon and speaker. Jim Horn, retired<br />

U.S. Diplomat and veteran, will speak on Sanctuary Cities. RSVP, preferably<br />

by 5/18, to Barbara Hart (310) 544-9810 or bahart09@verizon.net,<br />

PVPRWF.org. Palos Verdes Golf Club, 3301 Via Campesina, PVE.<br />

Wednesday, <strong>May</strong> 24<br />

Birding with Wild Birds Unlimited<br />

At George F Canyon presented by the Palos Verdes <strong>Peninsula</strong> Land Conservancy,<br />

8:30 a.m. Explore the birds in nesting season making a home in the<br />

canyon. The program is free and all ages welcome. 27305 Palos Verdes Drive<br />

East, Rolling Hills Estates. RSVP at: pvplc.org, Events & Activities.<br />

Musical showcase<br />

Ready, Willing and Able, a unique dance program for special needs students,<br />

will be presented at 4 p.m. at the Norris Theatre. Performance will include<br />

group dances, solo spotlights and duets. No tickets or reservations required,<br />

but donations are appreciated. For more information contact the Palos Verdes<br />

Performing Arts Conservatory at (310) 544-0403, ext. 303. 27570 Norris<br />

Center Drive in Rolling Hills Estates. palosverdesperformingarts.com.<br />

Saturday, <strong>May</strong> 27<br />

Outdoor Volunteer Day<br />

At Native Plant Nursery, 9 a.m. – noon. Nurture seedlings and grow shrubs<br />

for habitat restoration projects. Reservation required by Wednesday, <strong>May</strong> 24.<br />

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

Bird Call Intro<br />

At White Point Nature Education Center & Preserve, 11 a.m. Presentation on<br />

local birds and the sounds they make. Free. RSVP to: pvplc.org. Events & Activities/Whitepoint<br />

Presentations or call (310) 541-7613.<br />

Native Plant Sale<br />

At White Point Nature Preserve, noon– 2 p.m. 1600 W. Paseo del Mar in<br />

San Pedro. For more information call (310) 541-7613.<br />

Sunday, <strong>May</strong> 28<br />

Bonsai Meeting<br />

The South Coast Bonsai Association meets the fourth Sunday of the month (except<br />

December) 10 a.m. - noon at South Coast Botanic Garden. For additional<br />

information contact Ken Ueda at (310) 987-6345. No registration required<br />

for this meeting. Meetings are open to the public. 26300 Crenshaw Blvd.,<br />

Palos Verdes <strong>Peninsula</strong>,<br />

Family Picnic Day Perennials and Annuals<br />

Come spring, the Garden is at its showiest! Prepare to be delighted as you<br />

wander the Garden during this bountiful time! Family PIcnic on the Lower<br />

Meadow, included with Garden admission. Visit Guest Services or the Gift<br />

Shop for additional information about the perennials and annuals for a selfguided<br />

tour and enjoy your visit. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. South Coast Botanic Garden,<br />

26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes <strong>Peninsula</strong>. PEN<br />

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

PV Athletic Booster Club<br />

Raises $180K<br />

The Palos Verdes Golf Club hosted the Booster Club’s 26th annual,<br />

A Black and Gold Affaire, which raises funds to support local athletes,<br />

the sports venues and the staff responsible for athletic training<br />

and safety. At the VIP pre-event party, Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi<br />

presented Principal Mitzi Cress with the Assembly Proclamation acknowledging<br />

her distinguished career at <strong>Peninsula</strong> High School. Kelly<br />

Johnson, <strong>Peninsula</strong>’s first Principal, was a surprise guest and gave a<br />

touching tribute to Mrs. Cress about her years of service. She will be<br />

retiring at the end of the school year and Brent Kuykendall will become<br />

<strong>Peninsula</strong> High School’s third Principal in twenty-six years according<br />

to the Club’s press release. The Booster Club is a non-profit organization<br />

and further information can be found at PVPHSABC.com.<br />

1. Nicole Hay, Garrett<br />

Moore, Jasmine Nguyen<br />

and Stacy Surace.<br />

2. Annie Wu, Allison<br />

Phillips, Mitzi Cress and<br />

Francine Mathiesen.<br />

3. Hannah Spieler, Mina<br />

Kim, Natalie Watts,<br />

Devyn Hebert, Sarah<br />

Aoyagi, Mehak Dedmari<br />

and Morgan Maes.<br />

4. Christina Brit,<br />

Francine Mathiesen,<br />

Mitzi Cress, Assemblymember<br />

Al Muratsuchi,<br />


Lea Toombs, Sandy<br />

Nemeth and Michael<br />

Wanmer.<br />

5. Steve and Ceci<br />

Watts, Christina Brit and<br />

Francine Mathiesen.<br />

6. Coaches: Brian<br />

Bowles, Bryan Weaver,<br />

Ryan Quinlan and Chris<br />

Foster.<br />

7. Hope Reveche and<br />

Tia Nguyen.<br />

8. Jason Phillips, Hope<br />

Reveche, Wendell<br />

Yoshida, Tom Nguyen<br />

and John Zuercher.<br />

9. Bob and Suzanne<br />

Suppulsa, Barb Dancy<br />

and Beth Meyerhoff.<br />

10. Laura Beaudoin,<br />

Liz and Richard Umbrell.<br />

11. Denise Ball and<br />

Teri Walsh.<br />

12. Francine and Pat<br />

Mathiesen, Mary Simonell,<br />

Karla Azzopardi<br />

and Laura Beaudoin.<br />

13. Cari Wanmer,<br />

Micah and Jennifer Farrell<br />

and Mike Hoeger.<br />

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