Peninsula People May 2017


Volume XXI, Issue 10 May 2017

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Rancho Palos Verdes rough rider

Doug Willmore

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.

Peninsula noir

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


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52 Peninsula calendar

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“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.


1. Corinne Perahia, Miley

Oshiro, Annika Dietiker, Marina

Kare, Laura Gong, Madison

Hama, and Kyra Smitham.

2. Catie Mihm, Madeline

Babros, Addie Brannan and

Emily Levin.

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

Margarita Cooper.

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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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





1. Diane Dempwolf with

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2. Artist Amy Sidrane with

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3. Artist Stephen Mirich.

4. Irvine Museum Executive

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Thomas Redfield.

5. Amy Sidrane, Linda and

Rick Humphrey, artist.

6. Steve Hilton, artist Alexey

Steele, Aileen Adams and

Geoffrey Cowan.

7. Olga Vlasova, Alexey

Steele and their twin boys.

8. Patricia Watwood, Diane

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9. Dan Pinkham.

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11. Artist Ignat Ignatov, Michael

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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).



1. More than 343 walkers/runners

took part in the first annual Spring Into

Fitness event.

2. The Sam’s Club Team.

3. The Luminaries and Novas


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5. The “Nurses for Ninos” team consisting

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7. Grant Uba M.D., Lauren Uba, Shari

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Wendi and Brian Hirata, Wendy and

Gary Shiroma and Debbie Uba.


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Noche Caliente

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

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Never coast

City Manager

Doug Willmore

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,

bright future.”

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

weathered that.”

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

City Manager.

“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

Palos Verdes.”

“[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

Catholic Bishops.

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

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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.

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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 PeninsulaMay 2017


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-

• “A Village”, parklands, open space, no congested

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• Palos Verdes Performing Arts Center, providing

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tinct and can only be viewed on

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 PeninsulaMay 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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automobiles, architecture, and to

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faith in technological and social

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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

on Amazon.

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 PeninsulaMay 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

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skills. Participants will leave camp with the ability to safely and confidently enjoy

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Marching Orders

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.”

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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

18-piece orchestra.

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

in time.”

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

Wilson’s masterwork…

“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


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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

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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:

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., or

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: 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.

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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 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

Ask-A-Lawyer Program

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

Children’s Day

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 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:

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

Family Hike

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:, 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: 30940 Hawthorne

Blvd., Rancho Palos Verdes.

Sunday, May 7

Impressions Workshop

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:, 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:, 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:

Gardeners Meeting

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

Heart screening

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: 701 Silver

Spur Rd, Rolling Hills Estates.

Saturday, May 13

Celebration Day

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:

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: 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


Waste Roundup

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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Symphonic concert

Mother's Day Concert. South Coast Botanic Garden, Frances Young Hall,

26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula, 5 p.m., (310) 373-2442,, tickets at the door.

Monday, May 15

In Conversation

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:

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:, 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: (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

and limited ultrasound. To learn

more or form a team, call (310)

320-8976. To pre-register:

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Outdoor Volunteer Day

Help beautify the native demonstration

garden and surrounding habitat.

9 a.m. to noon. White Point

Nature Preserve, 1600 W. Paseo

del Mar in San Pedro. Sign up at :

World Trade Week

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.

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Los Serenos Tours

Enjoy a guided hike led by the Los

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Reserve, 10 a.m. Walk the

trail through the coastal sage habitat,

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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 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 27570 Norris Center Dr., RHE.

Sunday, May 21

Grand Salon

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

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.

All proceeds fund the community outreach programs of Rotary Clubs

within the South Bay and Harbor cities of Los Angeles. 1-5 p.m. Ernie Howlett

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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

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Diners on the patio at Café Pacific at Trump National Golf Course can watch golfers. Photo by Brad Jacobson ( 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

the menu.

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

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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.



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:

Ticket URL:

Spring Concert

Peninsula Symphonic Winds spring concert 3 p.m., Rolling Hills Covenant

Church Community Center, 735 Silver Spur Road, RHE. Info:

Tuesday, May 23

Sanctuary talk

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, 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:, Events & Activities.

Musical showcase

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.

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:

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: 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

Bonsai Meeting

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

Raises $180K

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

1. Nicole Hay, Garrett

Moore, Jasmine Nguyen

and Stacy Surace.

2. Annie Wu, Allison

Phillips, Mitzi Cress and

Francine Mathiesen.

3. Hannah Spieler, Mina

Kim, Natalie Watts,

Devyn Hebert, Sarah

Aoyagi, Mehak Dedmari

and Morgan Maes.

4. Christina Brit,

Francine Mathiesen,

Mitzi Cress, Assemblymember

Al Muratsuchi,


Lea Toombs, Sandy

Nemeth and Michael


5. Steve and Ceci

Watts, Christina Brit and

Francine Mathiesen.

6. Coaches: Brian

Bowles, Bryan Weaver,

Ryan Quinlan and Chris


7. Hope Reveche and

Tia Nguyen.

8. Jason Phillips, Hope

Reveche, Wendell

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

Teri Walsh.

12. Francine and Pat

Mathiesen, Mary Simonell,

Karla Azzopardi

and Laura Beaudoin.

13. Cari Wanmer,

Micah and Jennifer Farrell

and Mike Hoeger.


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