Beach magazine Aug 2017


August 10, 2017

Volume 48, Issue 1


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20 “Summer of ‘71” by Chris Lawler

A lonely high school students finds solace and then

disappointment in a love not meant to be.

24 “Going Home Again” by Dave Siemienski

Home isn’t where it was, but where it is now.

28 “A Long Overdue Confession” by Pete Whalon

A Vietnam send-off party leads to a four-decades-old

secret, kept to protect a job.

Volume 48, Issue 1

47th Anniversary thank you

Each year, as a reminder that Easy Reader was founded in 1970 with a staff of

community volunteers, we invite readers to submit their stories and photos. We

wish to thank all who took the time to send in submissions and regret we lack

the space to print more of them.

– Kevin Cody, publisher




On the cover

“Malaga Cove Kelp”

by Joel Gitelson

16 “Patamon, Prince of El Porto” by J.E. Marshall HONORABLE MENTION


Inherent vice in El Porto leaves a trail of victims, some deserving of

punishment, some not.



38 Volleyball player Presley Forbes by Randy Angel

Undersized Mira Costa graduate Presley Forbes lands a college

volleyball scholarship, as do other members of a beach training program

founded just three years ago by her mother Daron.

42 Basque food reimagined by Richard Foss

Veteran chef Bernard Ibarra gives rising young chef Michael Mazzotta

the run of A Basq Kitchen, with creative results.

16 Manhattan Beach Pier

by Don Adkins

18 Super Moon over El Porto

by Mark Towle

20 Lifeguard tower

by Jaime Brown

24 Tall Ladder

by Mike McKinney

26 Hummingbird Moth

by Mike Barbee

27 Dahlia

by Mike Barbee

28 City lights

by Dylan Marin

44 Redondo Breakwall

by Gus McConnell

Surf’s up, Hermosa and Manhattan

by John Post

46 Downtown to Beach Town

by Cathi Lundy

47 Reflections

by Homer Hernandez


PUBLISHER Kevin Cody, ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Richard Budman, EDITORS Mark McDermott, Randy Angel, David Mendez and Ryan

McDonald, ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Bondo Wyszpolski, DINING EDITOR Richard Foss, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHERS Ray Vidal and Brad

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10 Beach Calendar by Judy Rae

17 Lifeguard Medal of Valor dinner

30 49th Annual Seawright Volleyball Tournament

34 White Light White Night Walk with Sally

49 Home Services

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Thursday, August 10

Lunch and learn

Cancer Support Community Redondo

Beach (CSCRB) hosts David Hart

PhD. Hart will present a cognitive fitness

regimen including novel activities

that stimulate neurogenesis and synaptic

connections in the brain. Attendees

will exercise multiple regions of the

cerebral cortex for a full brain workout.

A nutritious lunch will be provided by

The Spot Restaurant, Hermosa Beach.

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 109 West Torrance

Blvd., Redondo Beach. Call (310)

376-3550 or visit the website at

A Historical happy hour

Hermosa Beach Historical Society

presents Happy Hour with History.

Learn the history of surf photography

with John Grannis. 6 - 8 p.m. Hermosa

Beach Museum, 710 Pier Ave., Hermosa

Beach. RSVP by calling or leave

a message at (310) 318-9421 or email:


Summer of music

Come down to the Redondo Beach

Pier and listen to classic rock group

1969. Bring a blanket or chair to sit on.

6 - 8 p.m. 100 Fisherman’s Wharf, Redondo

Beach. Free, For a complete list

of future events go to

Friday, August 11

Community Ed Series

Join the MemorialCare Todd Cancer

Institute at Long Beach Memorial to

learn about cognition, aphasia, shortterm

memory strategies and brain

training. Anita Robin, speech therapist,

will lead a presentation on the effects

of chemotherapy on the brain. She’ll

explain how to use cognitive-linguistic

rehab to help with memory. 12:15 –

12:50 p.m. Todd Cancer Pavilion Treatment

Planning Room, 3rd Floor, 2810

Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach. RSVP

by calling (562) 933-7815. Free event

open to the public.

Hermosa 5-0!

Beginning Ping Pong is offered at the

Hermosa Senior Center, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Come learn to play! Free for members;

annual membership is only $10. 710

Pier Ave. (310) 318-0280.

Where’s that spot?

For audiences seeking quality, family

entertainment, Shakespeare by the

Sea’s free performances can’t be beat.

Pack low beach chairs, gather loved

ones, and settle in under the stars for a

night of classic entertainment. The

tales are timeless, the admission ticketless,

and the experience priceless.

Shakespeare by the Sea presents Macbeth

at Polliwog Park, 7-9 p.m. (Tomorrow

it’s Taming of the Shrew.) Free but

donations always welcome. 1601 Manhattan

Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach. for more info.

Beach movie nights

Enjoy a free family-friendly movie

screening on the sand, by the waves,

and under the stars at the Dockweiler

Youth Center. Movie starts at 8 p.m.

Storks. Bring chairs and blankets to sit

on. Gourmet food truck on-site starting

at 6 p.m. 12505 Vista Del Mar, Playa

del Rey. For questions call the Dept. of

Beach and Harbors at (310) 726-4128.

Saturday, August 12

Bite at the beach

Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce

hosts the annual Bite at the

Beach, food and beer event, featuring

decadent food and craft beer pairings.

MB Studios Campus, 1600 Rosecrans

Ave., Manhattan Beach. 2 - 6 p.m. General

Admission $55; day of event $65.

For tickets go to

eventbrite and

search Bite at

the Beach 2017.

For information

call (310) 545-


A trophy



by the Sea presents

Taming of

the Shrew at

Polliwog Park,

7-9 p.m. Free

but donations

always welcome.


M a n h a t t a n

Beach Blvd.,

M a n h a t t a n

Beach. Shakespearebythe-


more info.

Friends of


P o p c o r n ,

beach setting,

families, blankets

and a great

classic movie

on the big

screen when

Friday and Saturday, August 11 and 12 are among the

last chances to catch the 2017 season of Shakepeare

by the Sea’s summer performances. Beginning at 7

p.m. at Polliwog Park in Manhattan Beach enjoy Macbeth

on Friday and Taming of the Shrew on Saturday. August

17 Macbeth will be performed at Terranea. Season ends

August 18 and 19 at Point Fermin Park in San Pedro. For

a complete schedule or more information,

the sun goes down. Friends of the Parks

presents Movies on the Beach, in Hermosa.

Meet at the south side of the

Hermosa Beach Pier, fun begins at twilight.

The featured movie, Moana, begins

at 7:30 p.m. sharp. Bring blankets,

picnics and beach chairs. Popcorn and

water available for purchase. Free, but

donation is greatly appreciated. For future

movies on the beach visit

Art of coloring books

Cancer Support Community Redondo

Beach (CSCRB) presents a stress

reduction workshop on adult coloring

led by cancer survivor Lynde Hartman.

Participants will relate back to a childhood

pastime and discover the many

benefits of coloring books. Health advantages

include exercising fine motor

skills and training the brain to focus

and center the mind. 10:30 a.m. - noon.

109 West Torrance Blvd., Redondo

Beach. All supplies provided. Advance

Calendar cont. on page 12

Nothing Feels Better

Than Creating Something

@ Destination: Art


Paint-In Tuesdays-Paint Your Heart Out

with others instead alone

• Oil Painting - basics or pros

• Painting on Silk - make your

own scarf

• Watercolors - take a chance

• Botanical Art - every little


• Studio Landscape Painting

• Pastel, Collage + Acrylics

classes on demand

Plan a Wine & Canvas Party

Info on any of the above

1815 W. 213th St., #135

Torrance CA 90501


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Everclear rocks the Hermosa Beach Pier Sunday, August 13. Presented

by Subaru Pacific, the Hermosa Beach Summer Concerts are held on the

sand next to the beautiful ocean. 5 p.m. Free. South side of the Hermosa

Beach Pier. Bring a picnic dinner, lawn chairs and a blanket. Come to wind

down the weekend with a free concert at the beach. NO glass containers or

alcohol on the beach.

registration required. Call (310) 376-

3550 or visit

Family fun

Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy

presents “Stories, Songs and

More for All”. All ages are welcome and

the program is free. Reservations appreciated

but not required. 10 a.m.

White Point Nature Preserve,1600 W.

Paseo del Mar, San Pedro. To sign up

for the outdoor volunteer day, please

call Jill Wittman at (310) 541-7613 or Wear comfortable

shoes and bring sun protection.

For more information, please visit:

Sunday, August 13

That’s tasty!

The Succulent Society hosts Woody

Minnich who relates his adventures

photographing some of the world’s

weirdest plants in a truly out-of-theway

place, Socotra, an island just south

of Yemen. 1 p.m., South Coast Botanic

Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos

Verdes Peninsula. For more information


Monday, August 14

Kids’ stories

Enjoy a free storytime geared towards

kids ages 3-8, at pages a bookstore.

Mondays 10:30 a.m. 904

Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach.


Welcome meeting

Every Monday at 6 p.m. drop-in to

the welcome meeting and learn about

the philosophy and free programs from

cancer patients who have participated

at the Cancer Support Community Redondo

Beach. No appointment necessary.

109 W. Torrance Blvd., Redondo

Beach. For questions call (310) 376-

3550 or visit CancerSupportRedond-

Free Fitness

Get moving and de-stress with Beach

Cities Health District’s Free Fitness Series,

a free community-wide event that

brings together Beach Cities residents,

fitness and fun. Zumba. All ages and

ability levels are welcome to participate.

Invite your friends and family to

join. 6:30 p.m. Lincoln Elementary

School, 2223 Plant Ave., Redondo

Beach. Visit for a

full schedule of events and to register.

Print photo critique

Mark Comon of Paul’s Photo will critique

print images submitted by SBCC

members. Free and open to anyone

who is interested in photography. All

are welcome. 7 p.m. Torrance Airport

Admin. Building meeting room, 3301

Airport Drive, Torrance. For more information

call Harry Korn at (805) 340-

3197 or visit

Dem ‘crats

State Senator Ben Allen will be the

featured speaker at the Torrance Democrats

monthly meeting. There will

be a moderated Q&A session. 7 p.m.

Toyota USA Automobile Museum,

19600 Van Ness Ave., Torrance.

Tuesday, August 15

Melt Method

Cancer Support Community Redondo

Beach (CSCRB) hosts Nancy

Starr, massage therapist and Melt Instructor.

The Melt Method is a self-help

technique that uses small balls on the

hands and feet to balance the nervous

system and rehydrate connective tissue.

11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. 109 West

Torrance Blvd., Redondo Beach. All

equipment will be provided. Advance

registration required. Call (310) 376-

3550 or visit

Wednesday, August 16

Library playtime

Play is essential to your child’s development.

Enjoy quality playtime with

your child while meeting other parents

and children. Free. 10:30 a.m.- noon.

Manhattan Beach Library, 1320 Highland

Ave., Manhattan Beach. For questions

call (310) 545-8595 or visit

Bird walk

Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy

presents Wild Birds Unlimited

special guided bird walk. Explore the

birds now making a home in the restored

habitat at the preserve. Free and

open to the public. All ages are welcome.

Binoculars are available. Reservations

are not required. 8:30 a.m.

White Point Nature Preserve, 1600 W.

Paseo del Mar, San Pedro. For more information

call (310) 541-7613 or visit

Get to the Point

Summer music series with Rice and

Beans (4 piece, country) at The Point,

850 S. Sepulveda Blvd., El Segundo.

Free. Bring your blanket or chair and

enjoy. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. For questions

call (310) 414-5280 or visit

Thursday, August 17

Volunteer Day

Businesses, organizations and residents

of the Beach Cities are invited to

come together to volunteer in school

gardens in Hermosa Beach and Redondo

Beach to help prep them for the

upcoming school year. Activities include

planting, harvesting and removing

weeds in the gardens. Efforts

support Beach Cities Health District’s

LiveWell Kids obesity prevention program.

Check in at 8 a.m. Alta Vista

Park, 801 Camino Real, Redondo

Beach. Register online at

Mommy, me & daddies too

Get ready to sparkle, sing and dance

with Twinkle Time and friends. Plus,

enjoy the Funky Divas of Fashion and

Calendar cont. on page 36

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Redondo Beach Pier and Boardwalk

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Patamon, Prince of El Porto

by J.E. Marshall

“That’s him?” Flint grimaced.

“I thought you knew him.” Harry looked at his

friend Edison.

“I’m a reporter. I took photos 20 years ago in

Hawaii.” Lester was old and tired.

Patamon was sleeping on the floor, wearing

boxer shorts and his deceased wife’s bathrobe.

He was emaciated. His hip length hair and matted

beard went off in all directions. The smell

was unbearable. The art studio portion of the

house was dusty and obviously not in use.

The men went to the rooftop patio to talk.

“Shouldn’t you put him to bed?” Lester suggested.

“He’ll tear your head off,” Edison nodded.

“He speaks from experience,” Harry agreed.

“This is how you live?” Lester’s head tilted.

“This is how it’s been since his daughter died

three months ago,” Edison said.

“It took more than three months to grow that

hair,” Lester exclaimed.

“Patamon stopped cutting his hair when his

wife Birdie died. He wore it in a man bun and

was going to cut it off on his daughter’s wedding

day,” Harry explained.

“Is that a millennial thing?” Lester wet his pencil

tip with his tongue.

“You could get lead poisoning.” Harry had

only seen old people in movies do that.

“Birdie isn’t dead,” Lester leaned in.

“You don’t know what you’re talking about!”

Edison declared.

“I know things you don’t know. You tell me

what Patamon was running from. I’ll tell you

about Birdie.” Lester bargained.

“You’ve been looking for Patamon for 20

years!?” Harry’s jaw dropped.

“I’ve been looking for Patamon for 42 years!”

Lester got up to stretch his legs. The FBI’s SUV

was parked across the street.

“Back in the day we were THE DOORS of El

Porto. Patamon’s sculptures sold for outrageous

amounts. We paid off the mortgage. We never

wanted for anything. One day this character

named Freddie Boult pulls up in a limo and

drags Patamon off to this gazillionaire’s mansion

in Manhattan Beach. That day our lives blew

up.….” Edison drifted.

“Patamon comes back screaming that we have

to leave. We closed our bank accounts, cut up

our credit cards, sold our cars and smashed our

phones. We took a bus. We hitchhiked. At a

truck stop in the middle of nowhere we met

Leon and Dee Dee Pine. They offered us a home

cooked meal and when we saw their circumstances

we knew we found a hideout. It used to

be a rustic resort but from the look of it, the heyday

must have been in the 1920s. The sauna,

steam rooms and pools were repulsive. We

worked day and night in exchange for a safe

place to sleep. Leon and Dee Dee had no money

so we paid for the materials. We did a lot of trout

fishing in the stream that ran through the property.

One morning Patamon said we better move

on. Leon and Dee Dee thanked us. We thanked

them,” Harry sighed. “They seemed like nice


“Where did you go next?” Lester asked.

“Hawaii. We hid in plain sight on a beach

crammed with tourists. I did some bartending.

Harry took up lounge singing. Patamon became

a lifeguard. That’s where he met Birdie. Met her

on the beach. She was having a birthday party.

Birdie was a rich kid but she wasn’t spoiled. It

killed Patamon that he couldn’t be an artist any-

more, that Birdie’s father could think

he was after her money. He tried not

to fall in love but couldn’t help himself.

They got married in the courthouse.

Patamon told Birdie’s parents

that they would have another wedding

once he got his finances in

order. Birdie got pregnant on the

honeymoon in Fiji. A week after

Maribelle was born the news about

the gazillionaire was in all the papers.

It was gruesome but it meant

we could finally go back to El Porto

and resume our lives,” Edison looked


Lester tapped the patio table with

one finger like he was sending a telegraph.

He pulled the photos out of

his jacket and put them on the table.

In the SUV Agent Gower explained

to his young partner how

Bargus, his daughter and henchman

Freddie Boult died in a freak accident,

struck by lightning while having

an orgy in a hot tub.

“Shut the door! Who has an orgy

with their children present!” Agent

Curtis was disgusted.

“Technically, the coroner called it

an ‘August sandwich’.”


“Nothing explains Patamon’s actions.

We don’t know if Patamon

knew about the incest. We know he

wasn’t blackmailing Bargus. We do

know Patamon’s biggest patron,

Oliver Mowbray completely disappeared

from the face of the earth

shortly before Patamon disappeared.

This time tomorrow we’ll know if

Patamon’s real name is Dovico, if

he’s Senator Thaliard’s grandson.

The world agreed that the Dovico

child met the same fate as the Lindberg


“When King Tomas Dovico and his

Hollywood bride Margaret died in

the avalanche that derailed their

train car, the kidnappers probably

figured they were in over their

heads. Along comes Lester Flint. The

old geezer flew all the way from Vermont

to Hawaii on his own dime just

because a drunk war buddy called

and said there was a lifeguard on the

beach who was the spitting image of

His Majesty Dovico. Flint trots up

and down that beach wearing a ratty

tweed suit. He follows Patamon

everywhere. Patamon is head over

heels for the heiress Birdie Ratcliff.

Patamon wouldn’t have noticed if

Barney the purple dinosaur was tailing

him,” Gower handed Curtis an

iPad loaded with Flint’s photos.

“Flint also stole a vial of blood

when he followed the happy couple

to their prenuptial blood tests and

kept the blood in his freezer in Vermont

all this time. Flint lost track of

Patamon and now he thinks he’s

found him again,” Gower was suddenly


“What?” Agent Curtis looked up.

“Listen. Flint’s not talking to them.

He’s talking to us,” Gower turned

the sound up.

“I think we should finish this conversation

later,” Flint told the men.

“You didn’t tell us about Birdie!”

Edison protested.

“Your friend needs medical attention,”

Flint asserted.

“We told you he won’t listen. We

don’t want him locked up in some

mental ward!” Harry cried out.

“Yeah. What are you, from Social

Services? Did one of those tight ass

Manhattan Beach bitches call you

because Pat bought a carton of milk

wearing his wife’s bathrobe? The

manager of the grocery store knows

Pat. Who do you think made the

sculpture in the parking lot? He’ll be

ok. He just needs time,” Edison’s

face was beet red with anger.

“I’m no doctor but Patamon looks

dehydrated. You say he fights anyone

who tries to help. He doesn’t have a

Manhattan Beach Pier

by Don Adkins

Adkins wanted to do something

different with the

Manhattan Beach pier, which

has been a magnet for

photographers for decades.

He photographed the pier in

color, converted it to black

and white, made a 14” by 30”

inch print, cut the print into

sections, then reassembled

the image with spacers

between the sections. The

print is part of the Artists

Groups exhibit at the PV Art

Center, through August 19.

Super Moon over El Porto

by Mark Towle

Monday, November 14, 2016 when the full moon

was closest to earth. Canon EOS Rebel T6

gun. He’s weak from not eating. A medic

could be advised to give him an injection

before trying to move him. Your friend is

dying of a broken heart. He might not

make it to tomorrow,” Flint said.

Flint met the FBI at the door and showed

them where Patamon was curled up on the

cold floor. Patamon was given an injection

of Haldol and transported to the ER.

Flint, Harry, Edison, and Agents Gower

and Curtis waited for hours in a private

waiting room.

“Maribella almost died. Leon and Dee

Dee Pine took out a huge life insurance

policy and began slowly poisoning her. We

got a tip and let them think they succeeded

while we continued to collect evidence. We

had no idea Patamon would show up,”

Gower told Harry and Edison.

“Patamon lost his mind the day he came

to pick up Maribelle and was directed to

the graveyard. Who killed Dee Dee and

Leon and their daughter Evelyn?” Edison

was confused.

“The Russian hitman, Freddie Boult. He

thought he was killing Patamon, Birdie and

Mirabelle. The same insurance flag that

alerted us of a suspicious policy was accessed

by Russians hackers and they accessed

Mirabelle’s birth certificate. Then

Patamon’s name on that certificate triggered

another Russian flag and the hitman

was dispatched,” Gower explained.

“You saved Mirabelle twice. Then a

Russian hitman named ‘Boult’ goes home

and gets hit by a bolt of lightning! Patamon

learns that Boult and Bargus are dead so

he comes back to pick up his daughter before

you have time to correct the tombstone!”

Harry marveled at the mess.

“What the hell are the Russians doing

monitoring our medical and insurance

transactions?” Edison asked.

“Information is power. They almost got

Maribelle,” Curtis replied.

“Birdie’s parents died when the tidal

wave hit the island resort. The whole family

had gathered there to celebrate their

first wedding anniversary and the birth of

their daughter,” Harry said.

“Birdie survived but was rescued by pirates

who planned to sell her. She tried to

kill herself by jumping overboard but was

rescued again, this time by kind fishermen

who took her to the priory on an impoverished

island far from the ravaged resort.

The nuns nursed Birdie’s cuts and broken

bones. Birdie decided to live out the rest of

her days there, which she did until a photo

taken by a tourist put her back on the

grid,” Agent Curtis filled in the blanks.

Birdie had no hope that the baby the

water ripped from her arms could survive.

She couldn’t know that Patamon’s lifeguard

training kicked in and combined

with a father’s love, empowered him to

snatch his daughter back from the sea.

“Edison and I were still in Hawaii. We

flew to Fiji to help Pat find Birdie. It was

too brutal for an infant, so we flew to California

and asked Dee Dee and Leon to

look after Maribelle. Dee Dee had just

given birth to Evelyn and promised to treat

Maribelle as Evelyn’s twin while we

searched for Birdie,” Harry shared his

piece of the puzzle.

The waiting room door creaked and

there stood Birdie and her daughter Maribelle.

An hour later a stern, elderly man in

a black suit and overcoat entered the room.

“Maribelle, meet your great grandfather,

Senator Gunther Thaliard,” Gower introduced


A nurse appeared and informed Gower

he could speak to Patamon. Gower went

in alone. They had a very interesting conversation.

“Curtis, don’t react,” Gower said into his

communication device.

Curtis kept his poker face and pushed

his earpiece in deeper.

“Look at your watch, calmly tell the Senator

it’s time to meet his grandson. When

he is clear of the waiting room, cuff the

bastard. I’m right outside. I got your back.”

On the night in question when Freddie

Boult whisked Patamon from his studio in

El Porto to the Bargus mansion in Manhattan

Beach, Patamon did indeed witness

acts of incest. August Bargus was having

sex with his daughter while Senator Gunther

Thaliard sodomized her. Freddie Boult

was watching it on his laptop while commissioning

a work of art from Patamon.

“Our country needs your country to

change some outdated policies. Everybody

is happy.” Boult laughed at Patamon’s


The obscene amount of money Patamon

was offered shocked him. What turned his

bones to rubber was the sight of a skull on

a spike in the tropical themed pool area.

Most people would shrug it off as tacky

décor but anyone who knew Oliver Mowbray

would recognize that skull. Patamon

walked past the pool to the beach. Once he

reached the moonlit shore he ran like the

wind to El Porto to protect his business

partners Edison and Harry.

Senator Thaliard was taken out of the

hospital in handcuffs.

“I guess this explains the senator’s voting

history. God, I wouldn’t want to be Patamon,”

Curtis mused.

“I think the Prince of El Porto is feeling

better now than he has in years,” Gower

patted his partner on the back.

Indeed, Patamon was hugging his wife

and daughter, shedding tears of relief and

joy. B


Summer of '71

by Chris Lawler

The last South Bay house I lived as a

teenager was on Blossom Lane in North

Redondo Beach, just east of Aviation and

south of Aviation High School. Compared to my

previous home on Fourth Street in Manhattan,

it felt like Siberia. I was a freshman at Mira

Costa and this was Aviation High School turf

and none of my few friends lived anywhere near

me. I had the feeling this was where people

lived if they couldn't live at the beach but

wouldn't give up the dream. Of course, now, I

would kiss the ass of my lucky stars to live that

close to the beach.. Alas, I have become a


My dad was out of the picture by this time

and my Mom a waitress trying to support four

kids and our bi-polar Grandma. She was burning

out and becoming an addict from the stress.

I had no idea how common this Gulag was for

women during the 'swinger' era of the early


I was self absorbed with teenage angst and

had little perspective. Man, I needed my dad

back then! He was off, starting a new life married

to a rich banker's daughter. Again, this was

Lifeguard tower

by Jaime Brown

Torrance Beach. Nikon d70, 1/60, f8

a pretty common situation back then. There

were no video games to soak up all the alone

time. Instead, I had a dog, and a front yard. I

was outside a lot. There was a pack of younger

boys who hung on my street. I got them organized

enough to play baseball in front of my

house. Home plate was in front of my garage

door. I chalked out a 'strike zone' on the door

and would pitch tennis balls to them. It was fun.

The boys really looked up to me and, I was able

to suppress my feelings of desperation.

Another single mom ( no names, to protect

privacy) from across the street noticed my rapport

with her two sons and offered me a babysitting

job while she worked her waitress gig at

night. I took the job to help out my mom and to

get away from her alcoholism. This lady left for

work about 6 p.m. and I had these knuckleheads

until 11 p.m.

Her boys were 8 and 10 and wild as raccoons

but I had a lot of fun with them. We would

make crank calls, wrestle around and have epic

pillow fights. I would chase them around with a

broomstick singing the Rotor Rooter song threatening

to impale them. We just clowned all night

until they fell asleep on the sofa watching TV

Then I would go in the kitchen and wash her

dishes. There were maggots that can only be explained

by a single mom too exhausted to care.

Washing dishes wasn't part of the job, but I

couldn't leave her kitchen that way. This started

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important. She called me 'My man, CJ' and sent

me home every night with a kiss on the forehead

and an unrestrained hug. That, and a

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by my cleaning her filthy kitchen. I know she

was embarrassed by how she left them for me.

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moved away. Saved by the bell. I was falling in

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each awards


County lifeguards honor their own

The 56th annual International Surf Festival kicked off Aug. 2 with the Los Angeles County

Lifeguard Medal of Valor Dinner at Seaside Lagoon in King Harbor. Now in its 37th year, the

dinner recognizes heroism and bravery in the line of duty in the past year by L.A. County Lifeguards.

The county lifeguards are the largest beach lifesaving organization in the world, with

over 800 full time and lifetime lifeguards. Civic officials from surf festival host cities Manhattan

Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach and Torrance mingled with lifeguards and county officials,

including County Supervisor Janice Hahn.

Nine guards were honored. Captain John Greger and Ocean Lifeguard Specialist Jeff Martinez

received the Distinguished Service Award for helping save the life of an unconscious cyclist

near Dockweiler Beach. Ocean Lifeguard John Newton received the Distinguished Service

Award for pulling an unconscious man from the surf at Silver Strand Beach in Oxnard during

an outing with his family; the victim made a full recovery. Captain Chris Staffiled and Ocean

Lifeguard Specialist Chris Maloney received the Medal of Valor for rescuing multiple victims

from drowning amidst rocks and high surf on the south side of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Rescue

boat captains Rob Pelkey, Lance Dempsey and Matt Rhodes, and Ocean Lifeguard Specialist

Brian Kari received the Medal of Valor for a harrowing rescue of multiple victims who had

been tossed from a power-boat that capsized and ran aground on the south side of Catalina Island

during high surf. Randy DeGregori, a former Chief Lifeguard, received the LIfetime

Achievement Award for his decades of service and work to modernize the department’s fleet

of Baywatch boats.

1. Los Angeles

County Fire Department

Chief Daryl


2. Event emcee and

retired lifeguard Dick


3. Councilmember

Nancy Hersman,

Mayor David Lesser,


Steve Napolitano,

Mayor pro tem Amy

Howorth and Councilmember


Montgomery, all of

Manhattan Beach,

the host city for the

2017 Surf Festival.


4. Ocean lifeguard

John Newton, winner

of the Distinguished



5. Ocean Lifeguard

Specialist Jeff Martinez

and Captain

John Greger, winners

of the Distinguished



6. Osby and interim

Chief Lifeguard Fernando


7. Ocean Lifeguard

Specialist Chris Maloney

and Captain

Chris Staffield, winners

of the Medal of

Valor, with L.A.

County Supervisor

Janice Hahn.

8. Former Chief

Lifeguard Randy De-

Gregori received the

Lifetime Achievement


9. Rescue boat captains

Rob Pelkey,

Lance Dempsey and

Matt Rhodes, and

Ocean Lifeguard

Specialist Brian Kari,

winners of the Medal

of Valor, with Supervisor



2 3

4 5


7 8


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Going home again

by Dave Siemienski

You Can’t Go Home Again” was a novel

published in 1940 by Thomas Wolfe. The

expression has since transformed into a

common cultural idiom. It is most commonly associated

with wistful yearning for the past and

the times, events, and childhood experiences

that evoke the warmest of feelings. It is a brand

of sentimentality that seldom matches up to biases

in memory when taken to its most literal


This emotional longing is also generally interpreted

as nostalgia. That word derives from a

Greek compound, consisting of “nostos,” or a

Homeric word for “homecoming” and “algos” for

pain or ache. These kinds of recollections of the

past can represent important events with people

and places that were the most pleasant in memory.

As a lifetime unfolds it often leads to desires

to literally “go home” once again.

I was passing through the South Bay recently

with some time to kill when I decided to drive

to Inglewood to see the places of my youth. As I

approached the city, I began thinking of an old

“Twilight Zone” episode called “Walking Distance,”

written by Rod Serling and starring Gig

Young. It was about a world-weary advertising

executive who leaves his car at a gas station

(when you could do that sort of thing) and sets

off on foot to his hometown, which coincidentally

is just down the road. He finds things exactly

the same as when he was a child, and

quickly senses he has gone back in time. He

finds his old home, and attempts to explain to

his parents parents that he is their son, now

grown up. They think he’s crazy.

When his father eventually believes the impossible,

that this man is his son from the future,

-- the son asks why he can’t fit back into his past

life? His father pointedly replies, “I guess because

we only get one chance.”

I decided to get off the 405 at the Florence /

Manchester off-ramp. Quickly that neighborhood

of the freeway brought memories rushing

back to me. I was driving right over the spot

where my Uncle Leo used to live. This represented

progress in the 1950s -- where blocks of

families became lanes of traffic. I miss those visits

to my Uncle’s house.

I noticed that the “Big Donut” has now become

“Randy’s Donut.” At least the donut was

still there. I continued my slow journey into the

past by driving south on Aviation until I reached

Century. Carolina Lanes should be right here on

the corner. This was where I bowled my first

200 game. It’s not there anymore. Only sleazy

strip-joints occupy those once wonderful bowling

lanes where I had so much fun with my

friends. I found out later the Inglewood Bowl

and Jola Bowl are also ancient history.

I drove down Century towards the Hollywood

Park Race Track. That parking lot is where my

dad first took me to practice driving a car. That

was so special when Pops first let me take the

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wheel. That was also where Bill

Shoemaker pulled up on Swaps at

the quarter-pole, and cost my Uncle

a lot of money. How could they take

away that beautiful landmark and

so many of my memories?

I stood on some graded dirt and

looked around for the Inglewood

Golf Course, which should have

been just yards away. All I could see

was that old “Forum” sitting where

the ninth green used to be. It was

like somebody took a big eraser to

the chalkboard of my childhood. All

that was left was dusty chalk and

smeared images.

I got back into my car, and tried

to picture myself in one of the vintage

autos from the film American

Graffiti. Maybe this little “detour”

could magically transition into a

cruise from the old days instead of

a jolt of modern reality. Maybe if I

blare the radio with rock ‘n’ roll

music I could bring back the past.

I turned the wheel west again. I

knew Sears was just down the

street on Manchester at Hillcrest. I

wanted to check out their sporting

goods department where I bought

my first Converse basketball shoes.

I also wanted to see if that traffic

controller still sat atop the tower in

the parking lot. Wait a minute! I

didn’t expect old Dr Tanton would

still have his offices across the

street, but I never dreamed Sears

would cease to exist.

Oh well, maybe I would head

downtown and see what’s playing

at the Fox Theater or the United

Artists. On no! The Fox is boarded

up. No UA either. Has the “Invasion

of the Body Snatchers” come true?

Have Aliens taken over Inglewood?

I saw “The Hustler” at the Fox in

1961. Now Market Street looks like

a bad movie set. Where is Mike &

Bob’s Records? I bought my first

Beatles album there.

I thought I would seek some

peace and quiet at the Inglewood

Public Library. It should be just

around the corner. I turned down

Queen Street, but couldn’t understand

why it now dead-ended at La

Brea. Where is that beautiful standalone

building that took up a whole

block? The impressive structure I

remember had an elegant stairway

out front leading to the front doors,

and the rich old wood of the lobby

and book shelves. It smelled like an

old-fashioned museum. Alas, this

cherished landmark has also disappeared.

The whole city block is

now the Inglewood City Hall. If

those people only knew what books

I enjoyed and how that little piece

of lost history inspired a lifetime of


As I pulled away from the curb

looking for something of the past I

could hang onto, I noticed that at

least Inglewood High School looks

basically the same. But

Scarpellino's Pizza is gone, the

DMV has moved, and most of the

area looked nothing like I remembered

it. I was getting desperate to

find something historical that I

could cling to. Just one thing that

would make this new town seem

like my old home.

I finally thought of a place where

changes would be unlikely. Centinela

Park is 55 acres of grass, trees,

and ball diamonds that will never

get replaced. I spent huge parts of

my life there, playing ball, watching

fireworks, hiking the Indian trails,

and playing fast-pitch softball as an

adult. Sure enough, it was still

down the street from where I grew

up, but it is now called “Edward

Vincent Jr. Park.” Who the hell is

he? Why did they have to change

the most iconic name of all of Inglewood’s


I was now just a few blocks from

where I grew up at 329 E Hazel

Street. I drove slowly up my old

street, and approached the address

with cautious anticipation. I was

looking for the two banks of ivy and

elm trees that marked the front of

our property. When the address I

saw indicated that I had gone too

far, I was shocked. I stopped and

backed up a few yards. Where was

329? Unbelievable! It is a vacant lot.

This cannot be! Something is dreadfully

wrong here. Where is my

house? Our driveway? Where is my

basketball setup and the wiffle ball

field? Who bulldozed my adolescence?

What is that dirt doing

where my life sprouted in our backyard

garden? What did they do with

the apricot and peach trees? My

mind started spinning like a dream

sequence from a bad movie.

I thought back to the Twilight

Zone closing by Rod Serling from

“Walking Distance.” “Martin Sloan,

age 36, vice-president in charge of

media. Successful in most things,

but not in the one effort that all

men try at some time in their lives

— trying to go home again….”

That line from Martin’s dad

echoed in my ears: “We only get

one chance.”

Even though most everything has

changed, I would not change anything

about how or where I grew

up. I no longer feel a need to go

home. “Home is where the heart

is.” Mine now has moved on. B

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A Long Overdue Confession from 1968

by Pete Whalon

On August 15, 1968, the day of my Bon

Voyage Private Whalon celebration, I

was 18 days away from becoming an extremely

reluctant soldier in the United States

Army. I had joined the Army in hopes of avoiding

the draft and being sent to Vietnam as an infantry

soldier. The prevailing wisdom at that

time was that joining the military for three years

would reduce your chances of being sent to Vietnam.

Getting drafted for two years usually

meant being sent to infantry training after basic

training and then shipped off to the jungles of

Nam. Vietnam was the absolute last place on

earth I wanted to be. (For the record, in 1969, I

did end up in Vietnam).

A few days earlier, while planning my “goodbye

cruel world” party, a group of friends and I

mulled over the perfect place where a sizable

group of raucous, under aged teens could chug

alcohol undetected. Lenny had lived in El Segundo

for a few years growing up and recalled a

secluded public park in the city with an isolated

picnic area concealed by trees and bushes and

conveniently tucked away from busy streets. He

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also described a quiet, bucolic town where they

rolled up the sidewalks at 7 p.m. Although I had

lived in Redondo Beach since six, I had only

been to El Segundo one time in my life. Growing

up in Redondo, with the quintessential beach

cities of Hermosa and Manhattan nearby, taking

a road trip to sleepy El Segundo never appealed

to me. So, with a unanimous vote, on Saturday

night 15 of my closest friends would join me to

bid a fond, alcohol fueled, farewell. The thought

thrilled and depressed me at the same time.

As the caravan of four cars, carrying our spirited

pack, pulled into the empty parking lot, I

thought this place is perfect for my “last hurrah.”

It appeared to be a remote location, with dense,

foliage everywhere. There were roughly 20 picnic

tables spread out over a considerable grass

area, complete with dim lighting. We bolted

from the cars, grabbed our Styrofoam coolers

packed with Boone’s Farm-Strawberry Hill and

Bali Hai wine, Colt 45 Malt Liquor and a bottle

of Jack Daniel’s (for the serious drinkers). Let

the party rage!

During the first 30 minutes our congregation

had separated into three groups, each occupying

a different picnic table. I had just finished my

first beer when a blinding light hit me right between

my eyes. Out of nowhere seven or eight

police officers appeared, shining high powered

flashlights in our faces and barking out orders.

“Put your hands on your heads and do not

move!” While obeying the order I glanced to my

left and noticed that five of my buddies had disappeared.

My first thought was, crap, it’s my

party and they get away…unbelievable! The

cops ordered us to stand and put our hands behind

our backs. They then handcuffed us, led us

to the parking lot and told us to sit along the

fence. I leaned over to Larry sitting next to me

and optimistically whispered, “Maybe this bust

will keep me out of the Army.” He didn’t respond.

Eleven (one short of a Dirty Dozen) of us

had been apprehended and five had vanished

into the night (years afterward we would refer

to their daring getaway as The Great Escape).

We Were herded into police cars and taken to

the El Segundo Police Station on Main Street. We

were fingerprinted, then placed in three separate

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cells. Soon after the doors clanked shut a police officer informed us that

our parents had been notified and we would be released to them when they

arrived. It was the first time any of us had been in the clink. When Lenny’s

mom appeared in front of our cell she glared in my eyes and curtly demanded

“Whose idea was this Pete?” I shrugged my shoulders. I couldn’t

blame her for being furious. Of her four kids, three of them shared a cell

with me.

I was the last suspect picked up, by my mom the next morning. She had

been working a 12-hour shift at the Royalwood Convalescent Hospital and

wasn’t about to take off work early to pick up her wayward son until. Consequently,

I had to endure the arrival and wrath of everyone’s disapproving


The next phase of my embarrassing ordeal would be the court date. I still

held out a glimmer of hope that this youthful indiscretion would keep me

out of the Army, however, I definitely did not want to do jail time. Several

of my co-conspirators were under 18 years of age and would appear in juvenile

court with their parents.

And since the consensus of the concerned parents involved appeared to

be that I acted as the “ringleader”, it proved a plus to be heading to court


Eight days after my arrest I appeared in a Torrance court room, prepared

to plead guilty to the charge of “minor in the possession of alcohol.” I had

begged my parents and threatened my friends to stay away from court and

let me deal with this situation alone. When the judge barked out my name

I almost threw up. “Please come forward Mr. Whalon. Have you been

drinking today sir?” He flashed a wry smile. “No sir.” I blurted out. He continued,

“So, you and your idiot underlings were getting drunk in a public

park…please explain.” Sweat poured from my forehead and dripped onto

my neatly pressed shirt. “Sir, your honor, we were having a going away

party for me. I am going into the Army in 10 days” The judge interrupted,

“So, Pete, you thought it would be ‘groovy’ to get drunk and create havoc

before your military induction, interesting? Since you are going into the

Army are you also looking forward to going to Vietnam?” No, don’t say that

word, please! He continued. “Very honorable, even though you and your

ignorant friends wasted lots of time for lots of people. What do you have to

say in your defense, before I sentence you.” Thank God my mom wasn’t

here. She’d be bawling her eyes out right now, thinking, my dear Catholic

boy Peter, a criminal? “Your honor, I am truly sorry and will never do anything

like this again. It was supposed to be just a going away party.” The

judge cleared his throat, “Good for you Pete, I think you might be headed

in the right direction. after all. I am suspending your probation and your

record will be expunged. Good luck in the Army and keep your head down

in Vietnam.” Geez, enough with the Vietnam taunting already, judge. I

turned and hustled out of the courtroom.

In March of 1973, while looking at the job placement board at El Camino

College, I noticed a part-time position with a local city. Since I was a Physical

Education major it seemed like the perfect job to get my career kick

started. I called the phone number and set up an interview for the following


While driving to my interview I tried to calm myself. I really wanted this

job. It seemed a perfect fit for my plans. I made the turn onto Sheldon Street,

parked my car, got out, stepped onto the sidewalk and froze in place. In an

instant, my mind raced back to that fateful night in 1968. There, just in

front of me, on the other side of the short, wire fence sat the very picnic

table from my big bust. Unbeknownst to me, I was applying for a job at

the very scene of my crime. I hadn’t thought about that night in a long time.

I jumped back in my car to clear my head. After calming down, I decided

to go ahead with the interview and keep quiet about that chaotic night and

hope for the best.

I did get that part-time job, and in 1978 was promoted to the full-time

position of Sports Supervisor. I ended up working for the El Segundo Recreation

Department for twenty-eight years. On many occasions over that span

I would stroll through the area and sit on picnic table #5, the center of that

1968, police raid. I would often wonder, if I had been honest during my interview,

would I have still been hired that day. During my entire career

with the city I kept my mouth shut about that memorable night I spent in

jail. Now I am coming clean, after forty-nine years. I understand that confession

is good for the soul. B

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Book sale

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used book sale. Hardcover

Thank You

For Your






books, paperbacks and children’s

books. 9 a.m. - noon. 1309 Bard

Street, Hermosa Beach. Book donations

for the sales may be left at the library

any time it is open, at the Bard

Street facility most Monday mornings,

9 a.m. - noon (Closed on Holidays).

For help with picking up large book

donations, contact: Folhb16@gmail.

com or or leave

a message at the Hermosa Library:

(310) 379-8475.

Eclipse Prep

Have fun and protect your eyes by

creating a pinhole camera out of

household materials at the library.

Take the camera home, so you can

watch the 50% solar eclipse as it

passes over Hermosa Beach at 10:20

a.m. on Monday, August 21. For children

and families. 3 - 4 p.m. Hermosa

Beach Library, 550 Pier Ave., Hermosa

Beach. For questions email Kay


or call (310) 379-8475.


The Bonedaddys play upbeat, fun

and danceable hits driven by topnotch

vocals, rocking guitars, horns

and percussion. From Latin to rock,

from reggae to Louisiana zydeco, their

live shows are exciting, entertaining

and unpredictable, leaving the audience

cheering for more. Free. 4 - 6

p.m. The Amphitheatre at Wilson

Park, 2200 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance.

Bring a blanket, lawn chairs and a picnic

and enjoy the music. For information

call (310) 328-5310.

La La Land

Popcorn, a beach setting, families,

blankets and a great classic movie on

the big screen when the sun goes

down. Friends of the Parks Hermosa

Beach presents La La Land. Free but

donations are appreciated. All profits

will fund the organization’s efforts to

preserve, improve and promote the

use of Hermosa Beach parks and

recreation programs for the benefit of

the entire community. Bring blankets,

picnics and beach chairs. Popcorn and

water will be available for purchase.

6 p.m. South side of the Hermosa

Beach Pier.

Sunday, August 20

Vintage Car rides

Every Sunday the Automobile Driving

Museum (ADM) takes guests for a

ride in three of their magnificent automobiles.

This may be the only automotive

museum in the world that

offers such an opportunity. No more

admiring from a distance. This is your

chance to experience the thrill of riding

in a piece of history. A donation of

$5 per adult is suggested and children

are admitted free. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 610

Lairport Street, El Segundo. For addi-

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tional information, visit the website at or call

(310) 909-0950.

Train training

Mini-train rides at Charles H Wilson

Park. noon - 3 p.m. 2290 Washington

Ave, Torrance. The trains are

located at the eastern end of the park

near the picnic tables. The rides are

free but donations are appreciated to

keep the trains running so they can

share their love of trains with the public.

For information on events and a

schedule of run days visit

Free to be you

The Hermosa Beach Drum Circle

takes place on the south side of the

Hermosa Beach Pier from noon - 3

p.m. Local rock star drummer Sabina

Sandoval facilitates the drum circle

which draws crowds of onlookers and

participants. Drums and percussion

instruments are provided so that no

one is left out. Any donations received

are used for the purchase, maintenance

and repair of instruments and

to keep the circle alive. Everyone is invited

to take part. For additional information,

visit the website at

Trump’s beer wine fest

The 9th Annual Wine and Beer Festival

presented by Joe Giacomin’s

Martin Chevrolet and benefitting the

Palos Verdes Peninsula Chamber of

Commerce. World class wineries and

breweries, gourmet food trucks, live

entertainment and raffle. Gates open

for check-in at 11:30 p.m., Festival

starts at 12 - 4 p.m. Trump National

Golf Club, 1 Trump National Drive,

Rancho Palos Verdes. Tickets are

available through only.

Taste at the Beach

Sample delicious foods from local

restaurants, sip on fine wines and

hand-crafted beers. Silent Auctions

and live music. The Hermosa Beach

Kiwanis Taste at the Beach is a great

way to spend the Sunday afternoon. 2

- 5 p.m. Hermosa Beach Community

Center, 710 Pier Ave., Hermosa

Beach. $55 per person gets your ticket

inside, a commemorative wine glass

and all the food and drink you can

sample. Purchased online at

Summer Depot Fest at

the Depot

There will be dancing in the street

at the 2017 Summer Fest in Torrance.

Live Band, great BBQ by Chef Shafer

and silent auction. 4 - 9 p.m. The

Depot, 1250 Cabrillo Ave., Torrance.

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Their Endless Summer

Members of the Endless Summer Volleyball Club’s 14U National Championship team include (left to right) Club Director Daron Forbes, Eden McCoy,

Colby Bennett, Tatiana Rusich, MayMay Brown, Kevyn Clark, Ella Dreibholz, Ava Guerra, Lauren Bays, Madeline Bonanni and Coach Rob McClean.

Missing: Serena Ramirez, Ava Kirunchyk and Natalie Myszkowski. Photo courtesy of Daron Forbes

Hermosa Beach-based Endless Summer Volleyball Club allows girls to train

and compete year round while showcasing their talents to college coaches

by Randy Angel

When recent Mira Costa High School graduate Presley Forbes began

playing for an indoor volleyball club in 2010, she didn’t foresee it

becoming a life changing decision. With her father, James, gravely

ill, her mother Daron had stepped up to pave the way for Presley to receive

an athletic scholarship from the University of Hawaii, where she will begin

her career in beach volleyball this fall.

“My impression was that I should do more for Presley and her twin

brother Niko,” Daron said. “The year my husband passed away, I created

the We Are Volleyball Elite indoor volleyball club in his honor. The club

soon picked up the nickname “Team WAVE.”

Team WAVE began offering beach volleyball training in 2014, when it

evolved into a club and took the name Endless Summer Volleyball Club


With women’s beach volleyball now an NCAA-sanctioned sport offering

athletic scholarships, the growth of the sport for young girls continued to


Endless Summer trains only twice a week on the north side of the Hermosa

Beach Pier. There are no tryouts and players are grouped together by

their level of ability with no more than six to eight athletes on a court.

“ESVC has a different vibe, with fewer girls on a court,” Presley Forbes

said. “It's very nice to get special attention from the coaches. Getting more

touches on the ball is key to improvement.”

The training has paid dividends for Forbes, who is the first ESVC player

to attend college on an athletic scholarship. She began playing beach volleyball

at the age of 8, competing in the Great American Volleyball Tournaments

in her hometown of Manhattan Beach. She is currently among the

top five AAA players in the California Beach Volleyball Association (CBVA).

Daron believes her daughter is the youngest player ever to earn an A rating,which

she received when she was 11. Presley’s journey through the

sand has not come easily. She has not grown since she was 12 and is just 5-


“Presley serves as a role model for undersized players,” Daron said. “She

was first noticed by a collegiate coach at a Get Noticed Beach Volleyball

college recruiting showcase where athletes and coaches come together for

high level play and recruiting.”

“Height isn't everything. You just have to work harder and make those

special plays that other girls don't make,” Presley explained. “Sometimes it

makes me better because people underestimate me. My style of play is

short, fast ball. I'm not quite sure why I like faster sets and like to pass


Before she leaves the mainland, Forbes will compete in the AVP Manhattan

Beach Open (August 17-20) with Alyssa Slagerman, who will be attending

UCLA in the fall.

Along with the ESVC, Daron Forbes co-founded the Get Noticed Beach

Volleyball ( recruiting showcase in 2014. The event brings players

and college coaches together for players to display their talents and for

coaches to start relationships.

GNBV events have included coaches from Pepperdine, UCLA, University

of Arizona, Stetson, South Carolina, Tulane, LB State, Pepperdine, Northridge,

Cal Poly, and TCU.

The next event will be Sunday, Oct. 22 at Ocean Park in Santa Monica.

Earlier this year, Forbes and Team WAVE co-founded the Junior Beach

Volleyball League ( It’s operated similarly to indoor and runs the

same season, from January through June. Players participate through their

clubs in five divisions. The championship tournament is in June.

At the Beach Volleyball Clubs of America (BVCA) National Championships

held in Hermosa Beach July 10-13, ESVC finished second to Elite

in team points, led by a strong 14U team that won the national title. Six

ESVC teams finished in the top 10 out of 125 teams.

ESVC 14U teams also won the JBVL and captured the top four spots at

the AAU Best of the Beach tournament in Hermosa Beach July 26-27.

Local players Ava Kirunchyk (Hermosa Beach, Redondo Union) and Natalie

Myszkowski (Manhattan Beach, Mira Costa) paired to place fifth at

the BVCA and second at the AVPFirst National Championships, where

ESVC players medaled in the 12U, 14U 18U divisions.

Both events were held in Hermosa Beach.

“Playing in the championship match was was so exciting because I got

to experience what it was like to play in front of many people,” said

Kirunchyk, who began training with ESVC in the spring. “So many of my

former partners were playing with ESVC and the group of players I train

with are not only talented, but they are also very competitive and supportive

of each other.”

Kirunchyk, who will be trying out for the indoor team at Redondo Union

High School, said she hopes to earn a college scholarship and play in the


“My older sister,Karina trained at Endless Summer and they taught me

at age 13 the same skills the high school girls were learning,” Myszkowski

said. “I’m getting the technical training I need as well as experience playing

‘big girl’ volleyball. It’s a chess match, not ping pong.”

She feels dedication is her strong point in beach volleyball. She has

dropped club soccer and club indoor volleyball.

“I’m focused on all aspects of the game,” Myszkowski said. “The coaches

at Endless Summer are always pushing us to be our best and to advance

to the next level.”

The ESVC 14 team also includes Mira Costa students Madeline Bonanni

and Kevyn Clark and San Pedro’s Serena Ramirez.

“Our most memorable time as a club was the AVP Hermosa this year.The

coaches and players were all competing at the same time and the players

and families had an opportunity to watch and cheer on our coaches and

see them in action,” Daron Forbes said. “Coach Ozz Borges won entry into

the AVP Hermosa main draw.”

Other ESVC coaches include Andrew Dentler, Miles Evans, Jason C Dibelius,

Nate Yang and Rob McClean.

ESVC coaches are current players at the professional open level, with

AVP, FIVB, and Norceca.

ESVC is more than a local club, attracting players from throughout Southern

California and beyond.

Players on the 14U team include Colby Bennett (Tustin, Mater Dei High

School), Santa Monica’s Ella Dreibholz and Ava Guerra, Lauren Bays

(Irvine, Santa Margarita Catholic High School), Eden McCoy (Los Angeles,

Marlborough) and Tatiana Rusich (Tustin, Beckman).

The team also includes MayMay Brown of Wichita, Kansas.

“MayMay travels out several times a year to train with ESVC,” Forbes

said. “When she's at home she does mobile beach coaching. She records

practices and sends the video to Andrew Dentler, who provides corrections

and suggestions.”

McCoy and Rusich teamed to win bronze in the 14U division at the AVP-

First tournament. The year-round training has made it more convenient

for the teenagers, particularly McCoy who has played the role of Josslyn

Jacks on the ABC soap opera General Hospital since 2015.

“My schedule is not easy, but I am really lucky to have support from my

fellow players, friends, coaches and family,” McCoy said. “There are definitely

sacrifices that I make in my social life so that I can keep my grades

up and still work on my show and train, but I am usually happy to make

them because I'm getting an opportunity to do what I love.”

McCoy feels she has become a stronger defender and passer this year

while improving court awareness and gaining confidence with her cut

shots and specialty shots. She continues to work on her defense and plans

to compete in women’s tournaments in the fall when the youth season


“When I first came to Endless Summer I had a really good feeling,”

McCoy said. “Daron and the coaches seemed very focused on working on

each player's strengths and what skills we needed to focus on to improve.

No one got any more attention than anyone else just because they had

played longer or had more tournament experience or wins.

“It was unbelievably exciting to win the BVCA national championship

because we did it as an entire team. Daron treats us like daughters, but

she also spends time encouraging sportsmanship, bonding with each other

and respect for each other as athletes and people.”

Dreibholz, who travels from Santa Monica, captured first place at the

AAU Best of the Beach tournament. She believes playing the outside hitter

University of Hawaii-bound Presley Forbes is the first Endless Summer player

to attend college on an athletic scholarship. Photo by Roland Villapando

position as an indoor player has translated to offensive strength on the sand


“I started training with ESVC at the beginning of 2017.” Dreibholz said.

“I chose ESVC for two reasons: we train in small groups and we only train

with girls at our level, which pushes all of us to improve.”

Several ESVC players who will be high school seniors in the fall have

been recruited this year, including Manhattan Beach’s Georgia Kobel (Arizona

State) and Karina Myszkowski (USC), Lauren Lanesey (Woodland

Hills, Long Beach State) and recent Redondo Union graduate Madi Relaz

(Grand Canyon University), who joined ESVC in June.

Two other senior prospects are Katherine Hofmann and Selene Ramirez.

ESVC trains Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-6 p.m. on the north side of

the Hermosa Beach Pier. The next season starts Tuesday, Sept. 5. For more

information, visit B

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A Basq Kitchen chef Michael Mazzotta with partner Jessica Lo Ibarra. Photos by JP Cordero

Basq on the Boardwalk

Veteran chef Bernard Ibarra expands his vision through rising young chef Michael Mazzotta

by Richard Foss

Basque cuisine might not seem like the obvious springboard for creative

fantasies. There are delicious dishes based mainly on seafood

and the excellent local cheeses and breads, but there isn’t a wide variety

of seasonings or vegetables to work with. It’s hearty and based on natural

goodness rather than innovative combinations. Nevertheless chef

Michael Mazzotta, who previously worked at the Ace Hotel, Hot’s Kitchen,

and R10 Social House among other venues, has been bringing unconventional

ideas to A Basq Kitchen on the Redondo Boardwalk.

The restaurant was opened as a passion project by Chef Bernard Ibarra,

who spends most days as executive chef at the Terranea Resort. He established

the original menu and a succession of assistants executed it with precision

but without variation. Then Chef Ibarra met Chef Mazzotta, who

impressed him so much that Ibarra invited him to join the business as a

partner. Since then Mazzotta has brought careful reevaluations of the cuisine

to the foreground with a menu that changes on a weekly basis.

Those who have been enjoying traditional tapas like the pintxos (open

faced sandwiches on sourdough rounds), seafood, and shellfish in fragrant

broths don’t have to worry – they’re all still there. There does seem to be a

new energy and an influx of seasonal items to complement those standard


On a recent evening a friend and I tried three specials – cashew-mushroom

soup, a “Gilda pintxo” topped with anchovy, spicy pickled pepper,

and green olive, and an order of fried sunchokes with caramelized garlic,

parsley, and espelette pepper. The soup was a mix of roasted wild mushrooms

in pureed cashew broth, and though it was based on a Brazilian nut

it fit the Basque aesthetic of simple natural flavors. Cashews don’t have a

strong flavor but lend the broth a sweet, nutty richness that went very well

with smoky, earthy mushrooms. It wasn’t a combination I had experienced

before, and I’m glad I ordered it.

The Gilda pintxo took advantage of seasonal fresh anchovy and arrived

looking like an avant garde sculpture, with the little fish filets sharing a

wooden skewer with olives and a pungent pickled pepper. It made a pretty

presentation atop sourdough toast with a dash of green salad and pickled

red bell pepper on the side, but the elaborate construction had to be dismantled

in order to actually eat it. My companion found the spicy peppers

with olives and fish to be a little overwhelming, but I was happy to eat the

part of his that he didn’t finish. He was happily chowing down on the sunchokes

and on an order of patatas bravas, the spicy fried potatoes that are

the Iberian equivalent of French fries. Though both were fried root vegetables

there was quite a difference in flavor. Sunchokes are the edible root of

the sunflower and taste somewhat like artichoke hearts. If you like those

edible thistles but can’t be bothered with stripping off the leaves, this is the

dish for you. The crème fraiche dipping sauce had a hint of peppery and

herbal flavors and didn’t overwhelm the sunchoke, and added creamy

smoothness as much as anything else.

The patatas bravas were a classic done well, crisp-fried potatoes drizzled

with a tomato-garlic mayonnaise with a dash of the mild espelette pepper.

This is offered with extra garlic and cheese for an additional 50 cents. It’s

half a buck well spent, because really, the only thing better than potatoes

with garlic is potatoes with more garlic and some cheese. The portion was

substantial, and if you order this with a few of the small tapas you have a

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meal right there.

We had decided on a main

course, the beef cheek stew, and

another pintxo to fill in the corners.

Whatever other small plates you

get, that shrimp pintxo is a must.

The plump prawns marinated in

garlic and sautéed with herbs and

white wine were superb. It’s a

small plate that packs a big punch

when it comes to flavor. I’m glad

it’s on the regular menu because I

intend to order it again.

Some people won’t order the

beef cheek stew because they’re

not used to the idea of eating part

of a cow’s head. The rest of the

world finds it weird that Americans

only consider eating either big

steaks or ground meats, and therefore

waste meat with superb flavor

and texture. Cheek meat is very

lean but does have some marbling,

so when it’s slow-cooked every

morsel is incredibly tender and

richly flavored. The stew here is

slow-cooked for five hours and the

silky broth of tomato and spices

has to be tasted to be believed. This

is your best opportunity in the

South Bay to taste this delicacy. I

predict that when you do, you will

be converted to eating cheeks.

The Basques have been making

A Basq Kitchen’s brunch features ABK Ceviche and (background) Breakfast


wine at least since the days of the

Roman Empire, and they’re particularly

good at whites involving a

grape called Txakolina (pronounced

chocko-lena, but don’t worry,

they’re used to people fumbling

with this). We sampled a crisp

white and a rosé made with this native

varietal. For comparison, we

tried them alongside a glass of True

Myth, a California Chardonnay. We

both liked True Myth but the pickled

flavors and seafood in some of

the tapas were better paired with

the Txakolinas. The Garnacha was

a better pairing with the beef cheek

stew, though if we had really been

drinking like Basques we might

have opted for Kalimotxo, the rustic

drink of strong red wine mixed

with Coca Cola. This sounds horrible,

but it’s weirdly enjoyable.

For dessert I’d recommend the

housemade chocolate mousse and

a shot of the Basque vermouth, either

straight or with a little soda.

Most Americans aren’t used to vermouth

as a drink by itself, but the

aromatic herbed wine can be a

great pairing with lightly sweet,

rich chocolate.

The atmosphere at A Basq

Kitchen is casual, the bill modest –

our food ran about $60 for a meal

of many small plates, with the

wine just about doubling that. For

an experience of a rarely encountered

cuisine both in its traditional

form and modified by a fine chef,

it’s a bargain, and you get a view

of the marina for free.

A Basq Kitchen is at 136 North

International Boardwalk in Redondo.

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ony’s On The Pier today is known for its fresh seafood, ocean

Tview sunsets and best customer service. Back in 1952, when

Tony Trutanich opened its doors, it had that same positive reputation.

Growing up in San Pedro, Tony was a successful tuna fisherman,

and as the boat Captain, would be out to sea for months

at a time. Just plain “tired of the long hours and extra hard work,”

Tony decided to bring that tuna to the tables of his own restaurant

- Tony’s On The Pier.

With only 20 tables at first, Tony’s On The Pier grew quickly and

was soon frequented by movie stars, as hundreds of photos on

the walls depict. In 1964, Tony added the famous “Top of Tony’s”

where guests, still today, walk up stairs to enjoy the most beautiful

sunsets, full bar, food and live entertainment. His son,

Michael, started working there when he was just 15, as a busboy

and dishwasher, doing anything he could to help his father’s business.

Moving up the ladder to become General Manager, Michael

continued working with his father until he passed away in 2006.

“Dad stayed active all the way to the end,” Michael recalls. “He

taught me everything. I worked for him all my life.”

Retiring three years ago, Michael still works for Tony’s, ordering

all of the seafood, even living in Idaho. He communicates daily

with now GM Regina Fong, who’s been at Tony’s for 40 years. And

that’s not uncommon. In fact, the average employee has worked

there for over 20 years. Downstairs bartender Billy Morgan has

been there for 47 years while upstairs bartender Manny Jimenez

just hit his 38 year anniversary. Tony’s son Michael says his father

was such a “role model” and treated everyone at his restaurant

like family. Today, Tony would be proud as everyone at Tony’s On

The Pier is still his family.

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