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November 9, 2017

Volume 48, Issue 14

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12 Court on track by Randy Angel

Mira Costa senior Xavier Court may be the best cross country runner from

the South Bay, ever.

16 Biden time by Kevin Cody

Former Vice President Joseph Biden calls out Donald Trump.

28 Walking with the pack by Kevin Cody

Michael Loring walks 17 dogs at a time. But what’s more impressive is

how he gets them to pose for a group photo.

32 One Cadillac, two near divorces by Randy Angel

Redondo Beach resident Amando Martos wanted to buy his neighbor’s

1939 Cadillac Series 6127 Opera Coupe. And the neighbor wanted to sell

it. But a promise the seller made to his wife would delay the sale.

38 Schoeben’s students by Robb Fulcher

Manhattan Beach resident Liz Shoeben utilizes her entrepreneurial and

therapist skills to establish a high school mental health program.

42 El Viejo by Richard Foss

Four decades ago, Ab Lawrence took over a restaurant called Pancho’s

that served Chinese food. After converting the menu and decor to match

the name, a local institution was born.

8 Calendar

10 Skechers Friendship Walk

14 Cops who skate

20 Vice President Biden at Shade

22 Best of Manhattan



Joseph Biden at the Shade Hotel,

Manhattan Beach, prior to his Distinguished

Speaker Series talk in

Redondo Beach.

Photo by Deidre Davidson

24 Beach Holiday Gift Guide

36 Scare N’ Tear surf contest

40 Pumpkins in the Park

44 Riviera Village Trick or Treaters

45 Home services


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Thursday, November 9

Barnhart’s “Battle


Former Comedy and Magic

Club emcee Don Barnhart returns

home to Hermosa for a

screening of “I am Battle

Comic.” Barnhart and fellow

South Bay comedian Jeff Capri

are both featured in the documentary,

along with other

“Battle Comics” who perform

for troops overseas. 5:30 p.m.

Hermosa Beach Community

Theater, 710 Pier Ave., Hermosa

Beach. Pre-sale tickets

are $25 or $30 at the door (includes

pre-show happy hour).

For tickets and to view a trailer

visit SeatEngine.com.

Friday, November 10

Radiation Options in

Breast Cancer

Cancer Support Community

Redondo Beach (CSCRB) hosts

Mitchell Kamrava, MD, director

of brachytherapy at the

Samuel Oschin Comprehensive

Cancer Institute at

Cedars-Sinai. Kamrava will

discuss various radiation treatments.

Lunch by “The Spot”

vegetarian restaurant. 12:30

p.m. Advance registration required.

109 West Torrance

Blvd., Redondo Beach. Call

(310) 376-3550 or visit the

website at cancersupportredondobeach.org.

Teen College and

Career Readiness


Youth and teens, ages 12-18

years old, are encouraged to

join this hands-on workshop

focused on increasing college

and career opportunities. In

just a short two-hour class, students

will dive into the basics

of public speaking, how to

write cover letters and resumes,

and finding one’s leadership

potential. $5 and open

to the community. 4 - 6 p.m.

Torrance-South Bay YMCA,

2900 W. Sepulveda Blvd., Torrance.

For more information

and to register, contact Lisa

Daddario; LisaDaddario@ymcaLA.org,

(310) 325-5885 x

2771, or ymcaLA.org/tsb.

Water tours

Free tours of the Edward C.

Little Water Recycling Facility

on the second Saturday of each

month. You must RSVP by

calling (310) 660-6200. 9:30

a.m. - 12 p.m. 1935 S. Hughes

Way, El Segundo. All participants

must wear closed-toe

shoes (no sandals, high heels

or flip flops) and be prepared

to walk up and down stairs.

For more information visit


Saturday, Nov. 11

Veterans tribute

The Redondo Beach Veterans

Day Ceremony and Elks

BBQ features Lieutenant

Colonel Mark D. Ripley as the

keynote speaker. 1 p.m. Veterans

Park, 309 Esplanade, Redondo

Beach. BBQ is free for

all Veterans and members of

the military, police officers and

firefighters. $5 donation from

all others. (208) 473-6626 to

RSVP for the BBQ. For additional

information contact

Herb Masi at (310) 993-4637,

Hcmasi@yahoo.com or visit


Free namaste

Yoga on the Redondo Beach

pier Octagon 2nd Saturdays of

the month. Free. Bring yoga

mat, towel and water. All levels

welcome. 10 - 11 a.m. 500

Fisherman’s Wharf, Redondo

Beach. The Octagon, where

the Pier meets the International

Boardwalk below Kincaid’s.

Sunday, November 12

Rockin’ 4 Reason!

TV personality Vera Jimenez

of KTLA 5 News and co-owner

of the Fish Shop in Hermosa

Beach, will be Rockin’ 4 Reason’s

celebrity host and MC.

Live performance by The

Mothers of Pearl. 4 - 8 p.m.

Saint Rocke, 142 Pacific Coast

Highway, Hermosa Beach.

Proceeds will support affordable

housing projects in the

Los Angeles area, and will provide

attendees the opportunity

to volunteer with Habitat for

Humanity and Giveback

Homes. $20. Visit


or call (424) 634-8492.

Food Swap

South Bay Food Swap is a

gathering of artisan food

lovers, who exchange handmade

and homegrown food

creations. Your homemade creations

become your own personal

currency that you can

use to swap with other participants.

No cash is exchanged.

The animal-free Circus Vargas’ new 2017 Spectacular SteamCirque returns to the Battleship

Iowa in San Pedro. Children of all ages will marvel at the wacky and wonderful cast of characters

that come alive in this exciting steampunk, science fiction fantasy inspired circus. Nov.

16th - 20th. 250 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro. For tickets and showtimes visit circusvargas.com

“Light Gate,” by artists Mags Harries and Lajos Héder will

be aligned with the setting sun on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at

4:51, creating an aurora borealis effect. The sculpture is

in front of the Manhattan Beach City Hall, at Highland

Avenue and 14th Street. For more information about Light

Gate visit citymb.info.

Anyone can participate, including

home bakers/cooks,

canners, gardeners, food

bloggers, professional chefs

and, students. Register to reserve

a space. 11 a.m. - 2

p.m. The Honest Abe Cidery,

17800 South Main Street,

#105, Gardena. For additional

information and registration,

visit the Facebook

event page at facebook.com.

Salt Marsh Open


Discover the hidden world

of the Salinas de San Pedro

Salt Marsh with Cabrillo Marine

Aquarium educators and

Coastal Park naturalists. The

salt marsh will be open from

1 - 3 p.m. Bring binoculars,

camera, sketch pad, journal

or just your curiosity. 3720

Stephen M. White Drive, San

Pedro. For reservations call

(310) 548-7562 or visit CabrilloMarineAquarium.org.

Monday, Nov. 13

South Coast

Fuchsia Meeting

The South Coast Fuchsia

Society meets on the second

Monday of the month. 9:30

a.m. - 12 p.m. South coast

Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw

Blvd., Palos Verdes

Peninsula. For more information

call Marsha Hopwood at

(310) 374-3255.

Flu defense

The City of Torrance Community

Services Department

will offer free flu shots. Get

ready for cold season. You

should see your physician

prior to getting any flu shot if

you have a serious illness or

are hypersensitive to eggs. 10

a.m. - 12 p.m. The Ken Miller

Recreation Center, 3341 Torrance

Blvd., Torrance. For additional

information, visit

a r t s. t o r r a n c e c a . g ov / o u r -


Tuesday, Nov. 14

Sunset not to miss

Light Gate, at 14th Street

and Highland Avenue, in Manhattan

Beach, is made of glass,

laminated with prismatic lighting

film. Tonight at 4:51 it’s

keyhole aligns with the sun.

For more information about

Calendar cont. on page 30

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each charity


and third World Series ring


kechers President Michael Greenberg expressed just one regret at

the the Ninth Annual Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk.

Tommy Lasorda, the Friendship Walk’s most popular supporter

was absent for the first time in the Walks nine year history. But Greenberg

wasn’t nearly as disappointed as Lasorda would be that day. He

was attending the World Series in Houston, with hopes of winning his

third World Series ring. The former Dodger general manager led his

teams to championships in 1981 and 1988. That night the Dodgers lost

a heartbreaking, and ultimately decisive, 10 inning game, 13 to 12. But

even with Lasorda absent, it wasn’t a bad day for the Friendship Walk.

Over 12,000 walkers helped raise over $1.8 million for local education

foundations and the Friendship Foundation, which provides peer group

mentoring for disadvantaged children. Since the Friendship Walk was

founded in 2009, it has raised nearly $10 million. For more information

about the Friendship Foundation visit FriendshipFoundation.com.


1. Team Born Legend.

2. Rabbi Yossi Mintz of the

Friendship Foundation with

Manhattan Beach Council Members

Amy Howorth, Richard

Montgomery and Nancy Campbell.

3. Sugar Ray Leonard, “Dancing

with Stars” host Brooke

Burke-Charvet, Skechers President

Michael Greenberg and

trainer Denise Austin support

the walk every year.

4. Skechers founder Robert

Greenberg and Sugar Ray


5. The Abbot family.

6. The Redondo Beach Ed

Foundation turned out in force.


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the courseby Randy

Mira Costa’s ‘down under’ senior Xavier Court has risen to become one of the

top cross country runners in the state

As a young boy in Australia, Xavier Court envisioned himself becoming

a soccer player. He played club soccer, tennis, basketball and

baseball in his youth. But beginning in kindergartner in the Australian

public school system, he also ran.

“We had what were called Carnivals that were basically meets between

schools,” Court recalled. “That ignited my interested in running and I joined

a running club when I was 8 years old.”

As he grew, Court realized his proficiency in running and, with the urging

from his father Damian, turned his focus to running. His father ran track

in high school and continues to run 10K races.

In January 2011, after Damian left his position as director of Hoover

Floorcare Asia Pacific to become president of Breville USA, the family

moved to Manhattan Beach. Xavier began running cross country with Manhattan

Beach Middle School team. At Mira Costa, he has run track and

cross country. This year, the senior, has emerged as one of the top cross

country runners in the state.

Court began this season winning the 2-mile Palos Verdes Mini Meet in

August and proceeded to claim the title at the 3-mile Laguna Hills Invitational

in early September. One week later, he ran a personal best in the 3-

mile placing 2nd at the 37th Annual Woodbridge Classic with a time of 14

minutes, 25.9 seconds.

On Oct. 21, Court placed 4th at the 70th Annual Mt. SAC Cross Country

Invitational, with another personal-best of 14:44 on a 2.93-mile course. The

mark is the 9th-fastest in the state this season and broke the Mira Costa

record by more than 20 seconds.

In a field of 122 runners, Court led Mira Costa’s boys team to an 8thplace

finish in the Division 1 and 2 Sweepstakes race. Combined, the team

set a new school record by more than one minute with a team time of 78:23


"It was definitely an exciting race, with tons of competition at the D1 level

for myself and the team,” Court said. “I felt confident and strong during

the race and I have loved running on this course ever since my freshman

year. I was a little sad as we walked out of Mt SAC at the end of the day,

knowing it was likely my last race on the course.'

Former Mira Costa distance runner Jeff Atkinson (Class of 1981) coaches

the boys cross country and track teams. Atkinson knows what it takes to

be a successful runner, having participated in the 1500-meters in the 1988

Seoul Olympics. He was ranked the fastest American in 1989 and still holds

the mile record at Stanford University.

Prior to returning to Mira Costa in 2015, Atkinson coached the highly

successful Palos Verdes High School cross country program.

“Xavier is the most gifted guy I’ve ever coached,” Atkinson said. “Competition

is the key for him and he just does not want to lose. He is the fastest

kid in the South Bay ever. He has posted times faster than former Palos

Verdes High School star Jonah Diaz, the area’s most successful cross country

runner in the last 20 years, who ran Division 1 at UCLA. To excel at the

next level is rare. There have only been a handful of runners from the South

Bay who have become Division 1 standouts.”

Atkinson has been as impressed with Court’s work ethic, which has made

him a team leader for the Mustangs.

“He’s not real vocal but leads by example,” Atkinson said. “He brings it

on game day, which is what you want from a team leader. From a physiological

perspective, he has massive aerobic capacity. Emotionally, he’s more

comfortable at huge meets and his tenacity makes him a winner.”

Court, who runs at least seven times a week, admits he has become more

serious about the sport and has improved his nutrition regimen with a highcalorie


“Running every day will make one better than running only four times a

week,” Court explained. “It also helps to have a goal in mind, whether it be

a personal time or weight loss.”

In the spring, Court competes in the 1600 and 3200 events for Mira

Costa’s track team. He has personal bests of 4:20.66 in the 1600 (7th place

at CIF-SS Division 2 finals ) and 9:35.17 in the 3200 (1st at Bay League meet

against Redondo). But he prefers running cross country.

“It’s more of a team sport where track is individualized. In cross country,

you have five guys who score and sometimes an additional tiebreaker. The

bond between teammates is something you don’t have in track. You also

have more time to improvise during the race. I have more endurance than


Although Court’s finish at Mt. SAC was impressive, it was not his most

memorable moment as a runner.

“The CIF State cross country race my junior year and running with (teammate)

Caleb Lloren was the highlight of my career so far,” Court said. ”It

was a breakthrough year for both of us. It was the epitome of me putting

together what I had worked so hard on. I was proud to have been a part of

that team.

“My most memorable moments were our training trip in Mammoth my

sophomore year because it was my first time, and also our trip to Seattle in

September 2015. It wasn’t so much the race, but the moments that composed

the trip. I’ll never forget the fun and the bonding experience we enjoyed.”

Court has his sights set on winning the State Division 1 championship

and helping his team win a CIF title and qualify for the Nike Cross Nationals

(NXN), to be held in Portland, Oregon, on December 2.

“I’d like to break 15 minutes on the 5K course at State and walk away

with that ring,” Court said. “Going to the NXN as a team is a dream goal.

We have the potential to qualify but everyone has to have their best races

with personal records.”

Another goal for Court to leave his legacy at Mira Costa by breaking

school records in the 1600 and 3200 during the track season.

Court believes his dedication to running carries over into the classroom.

Colleges having shown interest in Court include Cornell, USC, Cal Poly San

Luis Obispo, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, UC Santa Barbara

and UC Berkeley.

The senior realizes time is running out to make a selection.

“Mutual relationships have formed. Having so many options is not a bad

problem to have. I’m really looking for a college that has strong academic

and running programs and social activities.”

Court plans to major in business with a possible minor in psychology.

“I plan to run in college and maybe go pro. I’ll decide after two or three

years in college to see if the pieces fit together and I’m willing to make the

serious commitment.”

When he’s not training, Court enjoys surfing, longboard skateboarding

and reading about running.

“I do a lot of research on other athletes,” Court said. “I also love playing

fantasy football. All my friends discuss it during the week.” B

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each sports


RBPD Skater contest

About 100 skaters turned out for the inaugural King of the Harbor Skateboard

Championships on Oct. 14, presented by the Redondo Beach Police

Department. Local “Jackass” star and pro skater Jason “Wee Man” Acuña

signed autographs, judged the contest and provide food from his Chronic

Tacos. Kinecta Credit Union, ET Surf, Spyder Surf, Stance Socks, Sector Nine,

Beach Sports and the Beach Cities Health District all helped sponsor the

event. Cooper Burrows was named the Best Overall skater, and also won the

Age 13-15 Division. Vianez Morales was crowned Top Girl skater. Logan

Kirkshaw won the Age 8-12 Division, and Jack Witherspoon won the Age

16-18 Division.

1. Redondo Beach Police Chief Keith

Kauffman establishes his street cred with a

kickturn on the quarter-pipe. Photo courtesy

Ryan Harrison

2. Jackass star and pro skater Jason ‘Wee

Man’ Acuña was the guest of honor.

3. Vianez Morales, of Gardena, was

crowned Top Girl skater.

4. Redondo Beach firefighters Alek

Friedrichsen, Michael Manente, Cpt. Dustin

Conard and Bradley Boster.


5. Hermosa Parks and Rec commissioner

Jani Lange.

6. Redondo Beach Police Officer Ryan

Harrison carves up the course. Photo

courtesy Ryan Harrison

7. Beach Cities Health District communications

specialist Catherine Bustamante

(center) with BCHD volunteers Isabel and

Lisa Green.

8. Jack Witherspoon, of Redondo Beach,

won the 16 to 18 division.


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Former President Joseph Biden during a reception hosted by

Torrance Memorial Medical Center at the Shade Hotel in

Manhattan Beach, prior to his Distinguished Speaker Series

speech at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center.

Photo by Deidre Davidson




Former Vice President Joseph Biden looks to Watergate for answers in the

“battle for the soul of the nation”

by Kevin Cody

Shortly after being elected to represent Delaware in the U.S. Senate in

1972, Joe Biden watched Senator Jesse Helms excoriate fellow Republican

Senator Bob Dole and Democratic Senator Ted Kennedy on the

Senate floor for their support of equal rights for the disabled. Helms contended

it was “confiscatory” to require small businesses to accommodate

handicapped people with ramps and special bathrooms.

“How can Helms be so heartless?” the 30-year-old Biden asked fellow Democrat

Mike Mansfield when the two met in the Senate Leader’s office

later that day.

Mansfield told Biden that in 1963 Helms and his wife Dot saw a photograph

in the Raleigh News of a 14-year-old boy with leg braces. He needed

a home, so the Helms adopted him.

“Do you still think Helms is heartless?” Mansfield asked Biden.

“It’s always appropriate to question another man’s judgment, but it’s

never appropriate to question his motives,” Mansfield advised the young


“I felt like a fool,” Biden said, after relating the story during his October

24 Distinguished Speaker talk at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center.

“Because when you question a man’s motive,” Biden explained, “when

you say they’re acting out of greed, that they’re in the pocket of an interest

group, it’s awfully hard to reach consensus. It’s awfully hard reaching

across the table to shake that person’s hands.”

The former vice-president used the story to illustrate why he believes the

national political system is broken and how to fix it.

Without once blaming President Donald Trump by name during his hour,

20 minute talk, Biden relentlessly pointed to the President as both cause

and consequence for what he alternately referred to as “phony nationalism”

or “phony populism.”

“The nature of work has ‘all changed, changed utterly,’” he said, quoting

from William Butler Yeats’ poem about the 1916 Irish Uprising against their

British overlords.

He traced the change to globalization and computerization.

“It makes a fertile field for demagogues to fish in,” he said.

“There used to be a basic bargain that if you contribute to an enterprise

you share in the profits. Between 1948 and 1978, productivity increased 92

percent and wages increased 92 percent. Since then productivity has increased

another 69 percent, but wages have increased just eight percent.


“The immigrants took our jobs. We spend too much money coddling the

Blacks. It’s always ‘the other.’”

“I never thought I’d see Neo-Nazis marching in our historical cities, carrying

swastikas and chanting the same anti-Semitic bile we saw in Germany

in the 1930s. Then to hear some elected leaders drawing moral equivalences

between these people and other protesters…” he said, not finishing the sentence.

He trusted his audience to remember Trump’s statements, following

the Unite the Right Charlottesville protests in August, that "there is blame

on both sides."

Biden proposed a three pronged attack for winning what he called “a battle

for the soul of the nation.”

First, “We need to talk to each other again and drop the idea that the opposition

is the enemy.” The suggestion elicited the strongest applause of the


“When I got to the Senate, the Vietnam War was tearing the country apart.

The women’s movement was viewed as radical and environmentalism was

an attack on corporate America. We had segregationist senators like Strom

Thurmond and Sam Irwin.

“But as divided as we were, we got things done because we knew one


“Senator Helms and I had profound political differences. He was constantly

saying, ‘We’ve never lost a war and we’ve never won a treaty.’ But

as Chairman and Ranking Member of the Foreign Relations Committee, we

passed some of the most significant legislation of the last 40 years.

“How many senators and congressmen today have a friendship with a

member of the opposite party?”

“I’m still in contact with Republican leaders. But I never let anyone know

who they are because it would hurt them if it was known they were consulting

with me.

“I went up to the Hill during my vice presidency and looked in on the

senate dining room, where guests are allowed. It was full. I looked in on

the dining room across the hall, where only senators are allowed. It used

to have tables where opposing senators sat across from one another and

worked out their differences over lunch, one on one. The room was empty.

The tables have been replaced by lounges,” he said.

“We need to deal with nationalism,” Biden said in introducing his second

strategy. “We’ve seen it before in our country and in other countries we

thought were sound democracies.”

He recalled the 1968 presidential bid of American Independent Party candidate

George Wallace. The Alabama governor’s rallying cry was, “Segregation

now. Segregation tomorrow. Segregation forever.” Wallace won five

southern states.

Biden is board chair of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

Two weeks prior to his Distinguished Speakers talk, he presented Arizona

Senator John McCain with the Center’s Liberty Medal.

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Former Vice President Joseph Biden responds to questions presented by

KNX Radio reporter Charles Feldman. Photo by Deidre Davidson

Biden quoted from McCain’s acceptance speech, which also pounded

Trump without mentioning Trump’s name.

"To abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse

the obligations of international leadership for the sake of some half-baked,

spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats

than solve problems is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other

tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history,"

Biden read from McCain’s speech.

Biden followed McCain with an excerpt from a New York Times column

by David Brook, printed two days prior to Biden’s Redondo talk.

“Human beings can be rallied around three things: religion, tribe or

ideals. Donald Trump and the campus multiculturalists want to organize

people by ethnic tribe, which has always been the menacing temptation

throughout our history.”

In a rising voice, Biden said, “We haven’t led the world just by the examples

of our power, but by the power of our example. That is why the

world has repaired to us for the last seven decades. They believe that we

believe what we say in our sacred documents.

“Can you picture,” he asked, almost shouting, “any past American president

taunting a foreign leader with nuclear weapons about his size? Calling

the president of South Korea an appeaser? Threatening China with a trade

war and not appointing an assistant secretary of state for East Asia?”

Returning to a measured tone, he argued, “Every problem we face requires

more than just us. It requires alliances, not just physical alliances,

but alliances of ideals.” And yet, he contended, “U.S. foreign policy is

closed off and clannish, as us versus them.”

Biden again quoted from Brooks’ Sunday column.

“The moral fabric of society is invisible but essential. Some use their

public position to dissolve it so they can have an open space for their selfishness.”

“We can’t let that happen,” Biden said. “We have an obligation to reweave

our values -- honesty, dignity, giving hate no safe harbor, leaving no one

behind -- back into the fabric of our political system.”

Finally, Biden exhorted, “It’s time to stand up for the American story.

We are energy independent. We have the world’s most powerful military.

Our workers are three times more productive than Asia’s. Name a worldchanging

product invented in the last 20 years that was not invented in

the United States.”

“Thanks to our underappreciated President Dwight D. Eisenhower, we

have more research universities than the rest of the world combined..

“After Sputnik, Eisenhower convened a panel to discuss how to reclaim

leadership in science and technology. They said invest in the military-industrial

complex. He said, ‘No, send the money to the universities.’”

“I spent 25 hours in one-on-one conversations with Chinese President

Xi Jinping, with just our translators present,” Biden said, returning to the

theme of international alliances.

“I told him we want China to succeed. He asked why. So you can buy

our products, I told him.”

During a visit to China shortly after the 2008 recession, Biden was pres-

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ent for a talk by Xi in China’s Great Hall. Xi said, “We don’t think America

is finished. We think you will come back. But we want to know if our investment

in American Treasury notes is safe. We are worried about your

rising entitlement costs.”

“I said, ‘President Xi, I saw that the Thursday after America’s financial

rating was downgraded, you bought $10 billion in U.S. Treasury notes. I

know you did that to help us.’ Then, more seriously, I added, ‘Our entitlement

policies can be fixed. But how will you fix your one child policy. By

2020, China will have more retirees than workers. If we can help, let us


Biden said Hillary Clinton and the Democrats share in the blame for the

current political breakdown.

“It’s the responsibility of the opposition to offer rational alternatives. We

hear about the angry, uneducated, prejudiced white guys in Pennsylvania,

Ohio, and Wisconsin who voted for Trump. But four years earlier a Black

man won those states. These people aren’t stupid. There are 600,000 middle

class truck drivers in America who don’t know if they will have a job 10

years from now.

“Over the last four years, white males, ages 40 to 49, have had the highest

suicide, divorce and drug abuse rates in the nation, higher than in the ghettos.

It’s the only age group in America with a declining life expectancy.”

“Can anyone tell me from the last election, Hillary’s plan for tax reform,

or college affordability?’

“I know I sound like a conspiracy nut,” he acknowledged, “but I think

there was a method to the [Trump’s] madness. I spoke at 83 events for

Hillary. On my way to Wisconsin, three and a half weeks before the election,

I realized every time a serious issue was raised, it was pushed aside

by extraneous issues.

“Two days prior to the second debate, the Entertainment Tonight tape of

Trump’s groping was leaked. I knew the first question to Trump would be

about his treatment of women. I prayed to God that when Hillary was asked

to respond, she would say something like, ‘We all know who Donald Trump

is. Let me tell you what I’ll do to keep the economy going.’”

Instead, after Trump dismissed the tape as “locker room talk,” Clinton,

in Biden’s opinion, took the bait. “I said starting back in June that he was

not fit to be president and commander in chief.”

Trump quickly counter punched. He accused Clinton of enabling her husband’s

abuse of women.

“If you look at Bill Clinton, mine are words and his was action... There’s

never been anybody in the history of politics in this nation that has been so

abusive to women,” Trump said, to devastating effect.

“Harvard did a study of the debates,” Biden said. “Just four percent of the

words related to significant issues.”

“When we engage in gutter language, this demeaning conduct by our

leaders, we pull it all down,” Biden said.

At the end of his talk, Biden turned to history for hope.

“I was there during Watergate. The people who saved the country were

Republicans. Senators Howard Baker, Bill Cohen. Enough Republicans

found their voices.”

In 1974, Nixon resigned after Republican leaders, including Arizona Senator

Barry Goldwater, told him he had lost his party’s support.

“I think you’ll see Republicans begin to realize how close to the edge we

are. Our silence in the face of these things amounts to complicity,” Biden


“The American people, too, are awakening to the danger of phoney nationalism.

There is a real hunger for bipartisanship,” he contended.

Biden told of his mother cautioning him when he was young, “Joey, the

children are listening.”

“Right now” he told his Redondo Beach audience, “the world is listening.”

During the question and answer period Biden was asked, “Do politicians

ever really retire?”

In 2020, when the next presidential election will be held, Biden will be

78 and Trump 74.

“Some do. Some don’t,” he answered. Then he digressed into a discussion

about the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement at the

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during a reception at Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach

on Tuesday, October 24. Following the reception, Biden addressed

Distinguished Speaker Series subscribers at the Redondo

Beach Performing Arts Center. (Related story page 16.)




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each business


historian Dennis, Skechers

“Anyone thinking of running for city council should read Jan Dennis’

history of Manhattan Beach,” Councilman Steve Napolitano advised

attendees at the Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce

Best of Manhattan Beach awards, last month at Verandas Beach

House. Napolitano presented Dennis with the Bob Meistrell Local

Legend award. She has written eight books about Manhattan Beach

history, beginning with “A Walk Beside the Sea,” published in 1978.

The All Around Best of Manhattan award was presented to Skechers.

This year is the 25th anniversary of its founding in a Manhattan

Beach garage. Today it has sales worldwide of over $3.5 billion.




Best of Manhattan Awardees

Bob Meistrell Local Legend Award: Jan Dennis

All Around Best Manhattan: Skechers

Making a Difference: MB Education Foundation

Home Sweet Home: Matt Morris Development

Dine Manhattan Beach: Mangiamo

Small and Mighty: The Ripe Choice

Shop MB: Wright’s

Outstanding Recognition Awards

Man’s Best Friend: Bay Animal Hospital

Best Cocktail: The Strand House

Legendary MB: The Kettle

Hidden Gem: Putin’ on Productions

Kids Matter Too: Manhattan Parks and Rec

Home Away from Home: The Shade Hotel

Make Me Beautiful: Aqua Salon

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1. Jan Dennis is congratulated by Manhattan Beach Councilman

Steve Napolitano on being named the 2017 Bob Meistrell Local


2. Manhattan Beach resident Emmett Miller, an ABC national

news reporter and a recipient of the Walter Cronkite Award emceed

the evening.

3. Skechers' Jennifer Clay and Robyn Curren.

4. Manhattan Beach Ed Foundation CEO Farnaz Golshani Flechner

with members of the board.

5. Women Owned Business awardees Angela Bennett and

Franca Stadvec of Fit On Studios.

6. Evan Zapf of Matt Morris Development accepts the Home

Sweet Home award.

7. Home Sweet Home presenter Ed Myska, Grand Pointe Bank.

8. Councilmembers Steve Napolitano and Dave Lesser introduce

Dine MB winner Mangiamo.

9. The Ripe Choice owner Tammy Lipps (center), accepts the

Small and Mighty Award with her chef, and presenter Sherry


10. Chamber CEO Mark Lipps and Manhattan Toyota's Bradley

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‘Pack walkin’

Dog walker Michael Loring with (left to right) German shepherd Mia, black lab Jadie, ridgeback Mister, white and tan pit bull Sophie, brown terrier Harry,

golden retriever Hudson, white lab Duke (in front), white lab (in back) Don Vito,tan Shepherd mix Nash, Labradoodle Lucy, German shepard Pepper, husky

Lilu, ridgeback Bizmarkie, blue nose pitbull Stella, Bassett Gilbert and American Eskimo Daisy. Photos by Kevin Cody

Michael Loring‘s advice for dog owners is take them everywhere

by Kevin Cody

Michael Loring, 26, was walking 17 dog along the Hermosa Beach

Greenbelt, last month, when a passing photographer asked if he

minded having his picture taken. Loring agreed, but asked for time

to pose the dogs.

He dropped the leashes, lined the dogs up and told them to sit. Some sat.

Some didn’t. Jadie, a black jab was particularly stubborn. When finally she

sat, Labradoodle Lucy popped up, prompting Pepper the German Shepherd

next to her to pop up. When they sat, Jadie got up again, joined by the two

dogs next to her, Mia the Shepherd and Mister the Ridgeback. For nearly

20 minutes, and without a hint of frustration, Loring played Whack-A-Mole

with the dogs, until finally all were seated.

Then he calmly walked around behind them, held his arms wide and told

the photographer to tell the dogs to say cheese.

Immediately, all of the dogs, except the two mischievous Ridgebacks

Miser and Bizmarkie, looked directly at the camera and smiled.

Loring is an American Kennel Club certified dog behaviorist. Most of the

17 dogs he was walking that day were his “graduates.”

“I call it ‘pack walking.’ It teaches them socialization,” he said.

“The primary problems I see with local dogs are lack of leadership and

lack of exercise. The result is the dogs become aggressive or fearful. When

people spoil their dogs they become like spoiled children.

Loring recommends new dog owners take their dogs everywhere.

“Let them socialize with people and other dogs. You can’t leave them in

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The Hermosa Beach Green Belt is one of Loring’s favorite places to

“pack walk,” his dogs.

a crate all day and then expect them to be good social citizens,” he said.

Owners should pick a breed that fits their lifestyle,” he said.

“If you’re sedentary, get a bulldog or pug. If you’re active and like to run

a lot, get a shepherd or pitbull.”

Pitbulls, he said have gotten a bad rap.

“Dogs only know what you teach them. Pitbulls are among the best dogs

I’ve worked with. Like all dogs, they just need to be taught to socialize.”

The Redondo Beach native began working with dogs his mother rescued

when he was a child and continues to work regularly with rescue dogs.

He has owned Spectrum Dogs in Hermosa Beach for five years. He may

be contacted at SpectrumDogs.com.B

November 9, 2017 • Easy Reader / Beach magazine 29



public art within Manhattan Beach,

visit the Public Art webpage or contact

the Park and Recreation Department

at (310) 802-5448.


Caregiver Support


Attendees learn ways to better cope

with and manage the challenges of dementia.

Call (323) 930-6256 to RSVP.

3 - 5 p.m. Miller Children’s &

Women’s Hospital Long Beach, Conference

Room A1/A2, 2801 Atlantic

Ave., Long Beach. For more Senior

Plus events, visit


Wine at 5

Join Blue Zones Project for its

monthly "Social Hour."Enjoy conversation

with others who share a desire

for healthy behaviors. Unwind with

new and old friends. The first glass of

wine is $5, plus discounted appetizers

from 5 to 6 p.m. Discounted appetizers

will be offered. 5 - 6 p.m. Playa

Hermosa, 19 Pier Ave., Hermosa

Beach. For a upcoming monthly hour

events visit bchd.org/socialhour.

Wednesday, Nov. 15

Annual Pier Lighting

& Open House

Celebrate the annual Holiday Open

House together with the City of Manhattan

Beach Pier Lighting Ceremony.

Downtown merchants will be open

until 9 p.m. Restaurants will offer

samplings to get your palette started

for an evening of wonderful food. 7

p.m. Downtown Manhattan Beach

Pier. For questions call (310) 379-9901

or downtownmanhattanbeach.com.

Chamber salute to

El Segundo

One of the year’s most anticipated

events, recognizing El Segundo leaders

Mayor Suzanne Fuentes and El Segundo’s

former mayors, and

congratulating this year’s honorees for

Citizen of the Year. 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

333 Continental Blvd., El Segundo.

Tickets are $25 for Chamber Members

and $35 for non-Members. Tickets

will be sold at the event. For

additional information, call (310) 322-

1220 or contact via email at


Health Fair

Lung cancer awareness program

sponsored by Torrance Memorial

Medical Center to provide information

about lung cancer risk, screening,

diagnosis, treatment options, and supportive

resources. Information about

smoking cessation will be provided.

Free. No reservations required. 5:30 -

8 p.m. Torrance Memorial Medical

Center, 3330 Lomita Blvd., Torrance.

Call (310) 517-4711 for more information

or to purchase a copy of the lecture.

Native American


Celebrate Native American Heritage

month at the Hermosa Beach Library.

Learn how to make a

Dreamcatcher. All supplies provided.

Suitable for adults. Free. 5:30 - 6:30

Blvd., Redondo Beach. 10 a.m. - 12:30

p.m. For more information call (310)

318-0650 or visit redondo.org.

Mommy & Me & Daddy


The Point offers a free, monthly

Kid’s Club for preschool age children

and their parents. Arts and crafts, live

entertainment, face painting, stilt

The Absolutely Free Mama Liz Thanksgiving is a four decade old Hermosa

Beach tradition. Everyone is invited to enjoy a sit down dinner while listening

to local musicians at the Kiwanis Hall, 2515 Valley Drive, Hermosa


p.m. Hermosa Beach Library, 550 Pier

Ave., Hermosa Beach. Questions? Call

Katie Sullivan (310) 379-8475. Colapublib.org.

Thursday, November 16

Steam Cirque!

Circus Vargas embarks on a brand

new epic adventure under the big top.

Goggles, gears, and gadgets set the

stage for Circus Vargas’ 2017’s retrofuturistic

production, Steam Cirque!

Children of all ages will marvel at the

wacky and wonderful cast of characters

that come alive in this exciting

steampunk, science-fiction fantasy inspired

circus odyssey. Ongoing until

Nov. 20. Tickets are $25 to $62. Battleship

USS Iowa, 250 S. Harbor Blvd.,

San Pedro. For ticket information,

times and performance dates, visit circusvargas.com

or call (877) 468-3861

or visit the box office.

Friday, November 17

Its shot time

Free flu vaccine at Redondo Beach

North Branch Library, 2000 Artesia

walker, Smitten Ice Cream tastings

and more. Stop by the registration

table to pick-up your activity schedule

and exclusive member discounts. 10

a.m. - 12 p.m. 850 S. Sepulveda Blvd.,

El Segundo. For more information call

(310) 414-5280.

Saturday, November 18

Protect what you love

Join Heal the Bay for the Nothin’

But Sand Beach Cleanup.All you need

to do is show up...and bring a bucket.

10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Hermosa Beach Pier,

1201 The Strand, Hermosa Beach.

Free. Sign up at eventbrite.com. Volunteers

12 and younger must be accompanied

by an adult. Volunteers

under 18 must have a waiver signed

by parent or guardian. For more information

call (800) 432-5229 x148.

Waitin’ on you!

GI Joe presents the Fall Pier 2 Pier

run/walk. From the Hermosa Beach

Pier to Manhattan Beach Pier and

back in the sand. Sign up at MBbootcamp.com.

Win $100 for the fastest

time. 8 a.m. Hermosa Beach Pier, 1

Pier Ave.

Torrance Arts & Crafts

The Arts & Crafts Faire at the Torrance

Cultural Arts Center features

everything from candles and quilts to

sculpture, clothing and jewelry. Door

prize and opportunity drawing, music

by DJ Ozzie and food and beverages

available for purchase. Sat. and Sun. 9

a.m. - 4 p.m. 3341 Torrance Blvd., Torrance.

For additional information visit


Used book sale

Hermosa Beach Friends of the Library

book sale. Most hardcover

books are $1, paperbacks are .50, and

children books are half-price. 9 a.m. -

12 p.m. 1309 Bard Street, Hermosa

Beach, block west of the Library. For

questions and information call (310)

379-8475 or visit hbfol.org.

Art 2 Go 2

Destination: Art’s special art sale

event. All paintings are unsigned, then

have the artist sign it. Framers with

specially priced frames will be on

hand. Last year, over 90 pieces were

sold. Reception 3 - 7 p.m. 1815 213th

Street, #135, Torrance. For questions

and information call (310) 742-3192.

Sunday, November 19

Bounty of the Sea

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Autumn

Sea Fair celebrating the Bounty of the

Sea. Live music, arts and crafts,

games, sand sculpture contest, treasure

hunt, and beach olympics. Free

admission. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 3720

Stephen M. White Dr., San Pedro. For

questions and information vist Cabrillomarineaquarium.org

or call (310)


Beauty of Nature

The Central Park Effect presented

by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land

Conservancy. The documentary transports

the viewer to the dazzling, hidden

world of America’s most famous

city park. $10 online at pvplc.org.

Youth 18 and under are free. 4:30

p.m. Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W.

6th Street, San Pedro.

Thursday, November 23

Mama Liz Free

Thanksgiving Dinner

Everyone is invited to a free turkey

dinner, with all the fixings, and pumpkin

pie from noon to 4 p.m. at the

Hermosa Beach Kiwanis Hall. The

four decade old community tradition

was founded by Easy Reader and is

supported by the Hermosa Beach Rotary

and Kiwanis Club, Sandpipers

and Berkshire Hathaway Realtors.

2515 Valley Dr., Hermosa Beach. For

more information call (310) 372-4611.


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South Bay Farmers Markets

Farmers markets featuring farm fresh fruits and vegetables,

meats and eggs, a wide range of ready made

foods and even handcrafted gifts, can be found somewhere

in the South Bay every day, except Mondays.

A Farmers Market can be found somewhere in the South Bay every day except

Monday. Manhattan’s farmers market (above) is Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 5

p.m., behind City Hall.



8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wilson Park, 2200

Crenshaw Blvd.


Manhattan Beach

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 13th St. and

Morningside Dr., behind City Hall.




El Segundo

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of the

Whole Foods at 760 Sepulveda




Hermosa Beach

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Pier Plaza.



Redondo Beach

8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of Veteran’s

Park, just south of the pier.


El Segundo

3 to 7 p.m. downtown, at Main St.

and Grand. Ave.




Hermosa Beach

Noon to 4 p.m. at 11 St., and Valley

Dr., next to Clark Field.




8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wilson Park, 2200

Crenshaw Blvd.



Palos Verdes

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 27118 Silver Spur

Rd., Rolling Hills Estates.


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by Randy Angel

Armando Martos, of Redondo Beach, won first place at the Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance in the Pre-War American Elegance 1925-1942 class with his 1939

Cadillac Series 6127 Opera Coupe. Photo courtesy of Armando Martos

Beach cars shine at 2017 Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance

Redondo Beach resident Amando Martos’ 1939 Cadillac Series 6127

Opera Coupe won the Pre-War American Elegance, 1925-1942 class

at last month’s Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance. But not before

the car almost caused the previous owner and his wife to divorce, twice.

The first time was when the previous owner bought the car, the second

time when he sold it.

Martos met his Cadillac’s previous owner in 2001. Martos was living in

Missouri. His neighbor Jack Compton had purchased the unrestored Cadillac

20 years earlier. “I would drool just looking at what a beauty it was,”

Martos recalled. “Jack, a US Air Force retiree, took daily walks to a nearby

coffee shop. During one of those walks I happened to be on my driveway

cleaning up my two Harleys, when Jack walked over and started a conversation.”

Martos mentioned how much he admired the Cadillac and how he had

begun restoring and reselling cars after his family moved from his native

Argentina to the U.S and his dad opened a truck repair garage.

Compton said he bought the Cadillac because the build tag (the date it

came off the factory line and delivered to its original owner) was Compton’s

birthday and the paint was called Antoinette Blue and his mother’s name

was Antoinette. But Compton had neglected to consult with his wife before

buying the car. He told Martos his wife got so mad she threatened to divorce


“Then he offered to sell me the car. But only with my wife’s approval.

But when I came back to his house with my wife and my checkbook, Jack

came out of the garage looking white.

“He said ‘Armando, you know how I told you how my wife almost divorced

me when I bought this car. Well, I’m sure she’ll divorce me if I sell

it. I promised her when I bought it that I’d restore it. She said I can’t sell it

until I keep my promise.”

Fourteen years would pass before Compton would keep his promise to

his wife to restore the Cadillac and keep his promise to Martos to sell it to


By then, Martos has moved to Redondo Beach.

“When he delivered the car to me in 2015, he said, ‘Armando, we don’t

really own classics such as this one. We are simply their caretakers, preserving

them for the next generation to appreciate.’”

After the car took a first place at last month’s Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance,

Martos called the former owner, before he even left the show.

“I’m honestly not sure which moment I enjoyed more – driving our 1939

Cadillac up to the Concours’ podium and receiving the beautiful first place

trophy, or the joy of hearing Jack’s reaction on the phone when I called

him,” Martos said.

A second Beach City car with a podium finish at last month’s Palos Verdes

Concours d’Elegance was Pete and Cathy Hoffman’s 1956 Continental

Mark II. The rare car placed second in the Post-War American Elegance

through 1976 division.

“We are always pleased when the judges appreciate the efforts we've

made to restore this car,” said Pete Hoffman, a Hermosa Beach resident.

“But our real reward for participating in a show like this is sharing our car

with the attendees and spending the day with the other exhibitors and ‘car


The Continental Mark II is a milestone car; Ford's somewhat unsuccessful

32 Easy Reader / Beach magazine • November 9, 2017

The Eric P. Allen Memorial award for Most Elegant was presented to Earl

Rubenstein, of El Segundo for his 1935 Packard 1204, Dual Cowl Phaeton.

Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance.

attempt to bring an understated,

Europe-style, ultra luxury car to the

U.S. market when other U.S. automakers

were enamored with

giant tail fins.

At $10,000 in 1956 ($90,000 in

today’s dollars), the Mark II was

roughly the price of a Rolls Royce

and double that of a Cadillac. It had

limited sales; only 3,000 were made

between 1956 and 1957. Nevertheless,

it is widely regarded as one of

the most beautiful American cars

ever. The Mark II was popular with

the Hollywood crowd of the 1950s.

Owners included Elizabeth Taylor,

Debbie Reynolds, Frank Sinatra and


At the 2013 Palos Verdes Concours,

the Hoffmans’ Mark II won

the "Best Design" award.

Tom’s parents purchased their

Mark II in October 1955. It was the

first one sold in San Diego and has

been in the family ever since.

“We have a couple other collector

cars, including a VW Safari and a

Model A Ford. But they're more

special interest or ‘cult cars’, rather

than concours-quality cars like the

Mark II,” Hoffman said.

Tom and Deb Kazamek, of Manhattan

Beach, were awarded An Excellence

in Class Ribbon in the Race

Cars of Special Interest class for

their 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda.

The couple has been attending the

PV Concours d’Elegance since

2000. They earned a first place in

2012 with their 1935 Delahaye 135.

“Winning the Excellence award

this year was an honor,” Tom said.

“I thought it was great that the

judges appreciated the special history

of our Ramchargers race car.”

The Kazameks’ car was a Ramchargers

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Cathy Hoffman (pictured) and husband Pete, of Hermosa Beach, won second place at the Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance

in the Post-War American Elegance through 1976 class with their 1956 Continental Mark II. Photo courtesy of Pete



“I have been a drag racing fan all

my life, and I watched this car race

many times at the Indy Nationals

when I was in my teens,” Kazamek

said. “I bought the car at the Barrett-Jackson

auction in January


Manhattan Beach residents also

took 1st and 2nd place in the

Porsche 356 class. Kent Neumann

took top honors with his 1956

Porsche 356 A Speedster while Jay

Patrick was runner-up with his

1958 Porsche 356 A Speedster.

Taking home 2nd place awards

were Torrance residents David

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Renshaws with their 1971 Jaguar

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The Eric P. Allen Memorial

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for his 1935 Packard 1204,

Dual Cowl Phaeton. Best of Show

honors went to Aaron and Valerie

Weiss, of San Marino, for their

1936 Mercedes-Benz 290 Cabriolet


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34 Easy Reader / Beach magazine • November 9, 2017

Manhattan Beach residents Tom and Deb Kazamek earned an Excellence in

Class Ribbon in the Race Cars of Special Interest category with their 1970

Plymouth Hemi Cuda. Photo courtesy of Tom Kazamek

Concours d’Elegance benefit the

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Student safety valve

Linsey Gotanda Ed.D, Emiko Chapman M.Ed., Liz Schoeben MFT, Nancy De La Rosa MFT. Photos by Brad Jacobson (CivicCouch.com)

Liz Schoeben’s therapists help school students deal with increasing pressures

by Robb Fulcher

Liz Schoeben is using a rare

combination of therapeutic

and entrepreneurial acumen

to help students on the Peninsula

avoid, or overcome, the increasing

pressures of school life.

Through her nonprofit organization

CASSY (Counseling and Support

Services for Youth) Southern

California, Schoeben is making

trained therapists available to Palos

Verdes Peninsula school students.

She established a similar program

in Northern California.

Through the year, one in five of

the district’s 11,500 students will

visit a CASSY therapist, and the

bulk of the student body will receive

classroom presentations from


The Manhattan Beach resident

said the school partnership is a

welcome reality in a nation where

80 percent of young people with

mental health concerns are not getting


Business beginnings

Schoeben began her professional

career with Wells Fargo, selling

services to small businesses, when

she discovered that she “loved hearing

people’s stories.” She began tutoring

kids in difficult straits – kids

who might have a father behind

bars and an overworked mother.

In her late 20s, she left Wells

Fargo and returned to school for a

master’s degree in marriage, family

and child therapy. Then, for the

next dozen years she worked as a

school-based therapist in Northern


A systematized approach

Along the way, she realized that

she could make a greater difference

for a greater number of kids by

forming an agency to direct counseling

efforts in the schools.

She and colleague Liz Llamas cofounded

CASSY Bay Area in 2009.

They hired trained therapists,

marking an immediate upgrade

from school-based systems that use

graduate students who are unpaid

and less trained.

CASSY became a thriving concern,

thanks to Schoeben’s gifts as

a counselor, coupled with her flair

as an entrepreneur who can conceive,

develop and administer a

nonprofit organization.

“People usually have one brain or

the other,” she said. “It’s hard to

find a therapist who wants to run

an agency.”

Schoeben worked to build CASSY

from the ground up, reading a “For

Dummies” book about starting a


She said her husband Rob

Schoeben, then a marketing vice

president at Apple, provided expertise

and connections that helped

CASSY start its life with a professional

website and logo design, pro

bono legal help, and a “polished

look” right out of the gate.

In six years CASSY grew into a $3

million-a-year operation, serving

more than 40 schools. Its success

with students was confirmed with

state-of-the-industry metrics. Last

year, Schoeben left to seek a new


“I’m an entrepreneur,” she said.

“At that point it was a really well

run agency.”

To the Hill

Schoeben was speaking on a

panel at a mental health symposium

in Sacramento when she met

officials from the Palos Verdes

Peninsula Unified School District.

“They wanted me to do CASSY

down here,” she said.

Her experience up north spared

her some growing pains with the

new CASSY. In the Bay Area, she

juggled the administrative and clinical

functions, and worked in the


“That was way too much. I

learned I can’t do everything.”

This time, Schoeben hired a parttime

clinical director to manage the

counselors, and partnered with

The Giving Back Fund, a nationwide

organization that takes care of

accounting, payroll taxes and other

similar functions for nonprofits.

And once again, Schoeben’s husband

helped out.

“All this allowed us to start up

the agency in less than a month,”

she said.

Student issues

In the high schools, a CASSY

counselor occupies an office in the

administration building, and is

38 Easy Reader / Beach magazine • November 9, 2017

seen as “just another support” for

the students.

“What we’ve found over the

years is that [other students] have

no problem with it. It’s like, ‘Oh,

you’re seeing her too, cool!’

They’re referring their friends,”

Schoeben said.

“There’s a lot of social work kind

of stuff,” she said. “It’s not a long,

year-after-year, lie-on-the-couchand-talk

kind of thing. We help

them function happily in school.”

Crisis intervention and treatment

is also an important part of the


“A crisis is in the eye of the student,”

said Schoeben. For instance,

a student might say, “I broke up

with my boyfriend, and he’s in my

second period class,” prompting

the counselor to talk the student

through the situation, sort out her

concerns, and return to functioning

comfortably in the classroom.

“This could also be a kid, or another

student or staff member, saying

he plans to kill himself, and he

has the means, and he has a plan,

and he’s getting ready to carry it

out,” Schoeben said.

In such a case, an eminently suicidal

student might be hospitalized

for evaluation, with the cooperation

of parents, and stabilized before

returning home. Then CASSY

counselors help the student transition

back to school.

CASSY counselors also help students

cope if death strikes a student

or teacher, and help with

issues of drug and alcohol abuse,

or inappropriate sexual behavior.

They refer students for more intensive

therapy for issues such as eating

disorders or suicidal planning.

Nationally, one in eight young

people is clinically depressed, 26

percent of high school girls have

been victimized by physical or sexual

abuse, including date rape. A

host of other issues, less serious

and less chronic, still can interfere

with a student’s happy adjustment

to their environment.

Although crisis counseling is

sometimes needed for younger

children, much of the work with

them is done in classroom presentations

on social skills and friendmaking.

“We’re exposing almost every

student to some level of emotional

learning,” Schoeben said.

Universal forces

Data collected on the issues

raised by students show a universality

of experience, from affluent

school districts to economically

disadvantaged ones, such as the

East Palo Alto schools served by

CASSY Bay Area.

“Every high school has the same

issues – anxiety and depression

symptoms, communication with

parents, the stress and anxiety of

wanting to get everything done,

wanting to please everyone.”

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since she attended high school

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changed, such as the ubiquity of

texting and social media.

“We don’t turn off as well now,”

she said. “We used to hang up the

phone and go to sleep, or if my sister

was on the phone, I couldn’t talk

to my friend, and I’d just go to bed.

Now they can text all night, and are

exposed to the drama, and it’s hard

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For more information about Friends of the Park

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The giant-killing firm has won more than $4 billion in verdicts

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the way it used to be

by Richard Foss

Martin Lorenzana with a burrito de mar. Photos by Brad Jacobson (CivicCouch.com)

They didn’t actually have restaurants when Spain and Mexico ruled

California, but decorating an eatery to look like a hacienda still has a

pretty long history. The first one on record was Casa Verdugo, a mansion

in Glendale that opened in 1905. It became so popular that it had its

own stop on the Red Car line. Visitors strolled the lush gardens and were

entertained by singing guitarists and dancing children, followed by dinners

of albondigas soup, chile rellenos, enchiladas, and other delights. The

restaurant spawned an offshoot that lasted over 50 years, proof that romanticized

Mexican dining had staying power.

The current incarnation of Pancho’s in Manhattan Beach has been around

for 40 years, following the same strategy of a beautiful Mexican fantasy.

In 1987, Ab Lawrence took over a dilapidated restaurant that had been

closed for three years and had previously served steaks and Chinese food.

That restaurant had been founded as a barbecue joint in the 1930s and

called Pancho’s, after a horse. Though the architecture resembled mission

style it had never focused on Mexican food. Lawrence’s decision to align

the food with the décor was evidently a winning strategy, because Pancho’s

has stayed in business while almost everything around it has changed.

The illusion here is still as potent as the margaritas, and has put Pancho’s

on the short list of places that are a must for out of town visitors. You enter

on the second floor next to a bustling and cluttered cantina, check in at the

desk, and are ushered down a staircase to a cavernous room with wall murals,

trees festooned with lights, and the inevitable bullfight posters. (There

is a smaller and less spectacular room upstairs, but downstairs is where

most of the tables are.) It’s an experience straight out of Olvera Street or

San Diego’s Old Town, and an example of the restaurant as theatrical set.

Servers are at your elbow almost immediately bringing chips and salsa

42 Easy Reader / Beach magazine • November 9, 2017

The illusion here is as potent as the margaritas

and offering drinks and starters. But it’s best to take time to study the menu

before ordering. As you consider appetizers, keep in mind that the portions

here are large even by the standard of Mexican restaurants. Unless there’s

something you always wanted to try on the appetizer list, you probably

don’t really need it.

The menu includes the standard taco and enchilada combinations and

burritos, but also their version of some Mexican regional dishes and a few

items created by longtime chef Ramon Hurtado. Some of these like tinga

Poblana and birria are rare in the South Bay, and it’s a credit to the owner

and chef that they’re offered.

On a recent evening, we decided to order three of the more interesting

items: a burrito del mar, chicken mole poblano, and chicken with salsa pipian

made from pumpkin seeds. Knowing the portions are hefty, we started

by sharing a bowl of albondigas soup, which we consumed alongside mezcal

and “Naughty Maggie” margaritas. There are apparently at least two

drinks called the Naughty Maggie, one a strawberry margarita and the other

this standard but strong version with a Grand Marnier float. It’s about two

bucks more than the standard margarita and worth the upcharge, because

the liqueur adds a dimension of flavor as well as a little extra kick.

As for the soup, it hit all the marks for albondigas with a flavorful broth,

chunks of potato, celery, and carrot, and meatballs that had a very light texture,

thanks to being boiled. The broth was a bit less concentrated than you

might get in East LA, but that could be a stylistic choice. If you’re deciding

between soup and a salad I recommend the soup.

As we snacked on chips and a surprisingly zingy salsa we watched the

first of three birthday celebrations of the evening. A server came out with

a piece of cake whose lit candle was concealed by a sombrero and plopped

Pancho’s main dining room evokes a festive Mexican courtyard.

the hat on the birthday person’s head and served the cake as other servers

sang melodiously. Hilarity and many cellphone photos ensued. It’s a measure

of the popularity of this place with families that a similar ritual will

happen multiple times any evening you’re there. I don’t know whether

servers are tested on their singing voices when they apply, but they

sounded pretty good.

The mains arrived fairly quickly and were as bountiful as expected, the

proteins in a lake of sauce and accompanied by plenty of rice and either

refried or black beans. The only odd thing was that on both plates that involved

beans the cotija cheese was dusted very sparingly, and since I like

cheese with my beans I noticed this.

Thankfully the burrito del mar, which was filled with crab, shrimp,

onions, tomatoes, bell peppers, and rice, didn’t skimp on the seafood. There

was plenty of it and the crab had flavor rather than just adding texture.

The green tomatillo sauce that topped the burrito was on the mild side but

had enough heat to be interesting, and it was a successful item overall.

I was interested in trying the chicken pipian because it’s one of the most

interesting Mexican sauces, based on a mix of peanut and pumpkin seeds

with cumin, garlic, and other herbs. A friend of mine who was born in

India said that mole sauce and pipian were what happened when Mexicans

tried to invent curry, and he’s on target, since it has a similar thick, rich

flavor. The version here is timid with the chillies and cumin compared to

the ones I’ve tried in Mexican neighborhoods, but the formula of nuttiness,

green herbs, and spice is intact.

The mole poblano was slightly less effective than the pipian because

poblano sauce is usually very thick and has a smoldering heat balanced

with chocolate, and they had backed off on the chillies and garlic that balance

the richness. The traditional topping of toasted sesame seeds was

missing too, and those are more than a garnish because they add little

bursts of flavor. It wasn’t bad, but wasn’t as impressive as other items.

One thing to note is that the chicken dishes here are made with skinless

and boneless breast, which means the meat is less rich than in traditional

preparations. Many people probably prefer it that way for health or aesthetic

reasons, but in some recipes the fat from the meat melts in and becomes

a component of the sauce. This was evident in the the mole poblano,

in which I found the chicken to be a bit dry. The nuts in the pipian sauce

added a certain amount of richness to make up for the lack of fat as did

the chocolate in the poblano, but the change is noticeable to those who

are used to the traditional version. South Bay diners probably prefer the

lower calorie count and are happy to enjoy the dishes the way they’re made


We considered sharing an order of the tres leches cake that we had seen

served to the birthday boys and girls but decided against it because, as I

mentioned, the portions here are massive.

Dinner for three with three cocktail ran $119, and yes, that does make

this by far the most expensive Mexican restaurant in Manhattan Beach.

To this I can only say that you are paying for the beach-adjacent rents, high

server to diner ratio, and the upkeep on a beautiful old building. This won’t

be the place you come to grab a quick taco on your way somewhere, but

will consider when you want a relaxed meal in stylish surroundings. If

you’re coming here for your birthday and the servers find out then you’ll

spend part of the evening wearing a hat and posing for pictures, but that’s

a risk you may be willing to take.

Pancho’s is at 3615 Highland in Manhattan Beach, corner of Rosecrans.

Open Mon. - Thur. 11 a.m. - 9:30 p.m., Fri - Sat 11 a.m. - 10:30 p.m., Sun. 10

a.m. - 9 p.m. Valet or street parking. Full bar, wheelchair access OK, some vegetarian

items. (310) 545-6670. Menu at panchosrestaurant.com. B

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each treats



Hosts annual Trick or Treat


undreds of people filled Catalina Avenue for

Riviera Village’s annual Halloween Trick or

Treat.The street was closed to cars and retailers

and restaurants provide the treats for one of

Redondo Beach’s most popular traditions..

1. Azareel Arzate ( pictured) and

her mother Norma Gonzales spent

three weeks creating this Dia de

los Muertos-inspired dress.

2. Mick Mohuchy, as Jon Snow,

and Gretchen Mohuchy, as Daenerys

Targaryen, the Mother of

Dragons, lead their brood down

Catalina Avenue.

3. Dodgers fans Jennifer Embler

and Stevie Ruiz as Justin Turner

and Jackie Robinson. The Dodgers

would go on to win Game Six of

the World Series against the

Houston Astros later that night.

4. The Strutzenberg family.

5. Julian Sarmiento and family

training to be Pokemon masters.

6. Ken Thompson, of Redondo

Beach, joked that the candy he

handed out in his Colonel Sanders

costume “tasted like chicken.”

7. The Richard family is no

stranger to annual group

costumes, dressing this year as

the Scooby Doo gang.

8. The Maryn, Melanie, Braxton

and Bryan Purcell family interpret

Star Wars across the generations,

alongside Oscar, their family dog.

9. Lennon and Evan Miller as

Belle and the Beast.


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Schoeben cont. from page 39

– have difficulty interpreting the tone of online comments, and can be

tempted into too-impulsive online communication.

“Their brains are still growing, until they’re about 25, and so they’re

more impulsive, it’s harder to slow down and make good decisions.”

Money matters

The school district covers 80 percent of CASSY’s funding, and Schoeben,

the former business banking salesperson, must fundraise the rest, which

totals about $45,000.

CASSY’s effectiveness is measured through feedback from kids, parents

and school staff, and by the Children’s Global Assessment Scale, commonly

called C-GAS, which evaluates the level of functioning, and severity

of mental illness, in children and adolescents.

CASSY Southern California’s first round of evaluative data will be compiled

at the end of the school year.

“We assume it will parallel [CASSY Bay Area], where 90 percent of the

students we see get better, based on the C-GAS scale,” Schoeben said.

The school district had been seeking ways to better address students’ social

and emotional needs for a couple of years, said Kimberly Fricker, assistant

superintendent for educational services.

Conversations with students and parent groups had underscored the

need to help high school kids cope with the pressures of complex academic

schedules and the increasingly competitive effort to get into desirable colleges

and universities, she said.

The district hopes that addressing the social and emotional needs of

younger students will help give them the resiliency they can call upon later,

to handle the greater stresses that high school can bring.

“I’m very excited and enthusiastic about this partnership with CASSY,”

Fricker said.

Looking ahead, Schoeben wants to expand CASSY.

“It’s important to have the district buy-in. We would like to grow district

by district.” Growing would help costs low and allow for better employee

training, Schoeben said.

Funding can be secured for counseling in financially disadvantaged

school districts through grants, and through Title IX of the federal civil

rights law.

“East Palo Alto is a very underserved community. Ninety percent of students

get free and reduced-cost lunch. But sometimes these districts are

easier to fund. It’s hard to write a grant for a community that has a lot of

wealth,” Schoeben said.

In her limited spare time, Schoeben relaxes by kickboxing, and she volunteers

four hours a week with crisistextline.org, a free, 24-hour crisis

counseling text line. Rob works as a consultant for startups and fledgling


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