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<strong>Nov</strong>ember 9, <strong>2017</strong><br />

Volume 48, Issue 14<br />

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<strong>Nov</strong>ember 9, <strong>2017</strong><br />

Volume 48, Issue 14<br />


12 Court on track by Randy Angel<br />

Mira Costa senior Xavier Court may be the best cross country runner from<br />

the South Bay, ever.<br />

16 Biden time by Kevin Cody<br />

Former Vice President Joseph Biden calls out Donald Trump.<br />

28 Walking with the pack by Kevin Cody<br />

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

how he gets them to pose for a group photo.<br />

32 One Cadillac, two near divorces by Randy Angel<br />

Redondo <strong>Beach</strong> resident Amando Martos wanted to buy his neighbor’s<br />

1939 Cadillac Series 6127 Opera Coupe. And the neighbor wanted to sell<br />

it. But a promise the seller made to his wife would delay the sale.<br />

38 Schoeben’s students by Robb Fulcher<br />

Manhattan <strong>Beach</strong> resident Liz Shoeben utilizes her entrepreneurial and<br />

therapist skills to establish a high school mental health program.<br />

42 El Viejo by Richard Foss<br />

Four decades ago, Ab Lawrence took over a restaurant called Pancho’s<br />

that served Chinese food. After converting the menu and decor to match<br />

the name, a local institution was born.<br />

8 Calendar<br />

10 Skechers Friendship Walk<br />

14 Cops who skate<br />

20 Vice President Biden at Shade<br />

22 Best of Manhattan<br />



Joseph Biden at the Shade Hotel,<br />

Manhattan <strong>Beach</strong>, prior to his Distinguished<br />

Speaker Series talk in<br />

Redondo <strong>Beach</strong>.<br />

Photo by Deidre Davidson<br />

24 <strong>Beach</strong> Holiday Gift Guide<br />

36 Scare N’ Tear surf contest<br />

40 Pumpkins in the Park<br />

44 Riviera Village Trick or Treaters<br />

45 Home services<br />

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S O U T H B AY<br />


Thursday, <strong>Nov</strong>ember 9<br />

Barnhart’s “Battle<br />

Comics”<br />

Former Comedy and Magic<br />

Club emcee Don Barnhart returns<br />

home to Hermosa for a<br />

screening of “I am Battle<br />

Comic.” Barnhart and fellow<br />

South Bay comedian Jeff Capri<br />

are both featured in the documentary,<br />

along with other<br />

“Battle Comics” who perform<br />

for troops overseas. 5:30 p.m.<br />

Hermosa <strong>Beach</strong> Community<br />

Theater, 710 Pier Ave., Hermosa<br />

<strong>Beach</strong>. Pre-sale tickets<br />

are $25 or $30 at the door (includes<br />

pre-show happy hour).<br />

For tickets and to view a trailer<br />

visit SeatEngine.com.<br />

Friday, <strong>Nov</strong>ember 10<br />

Radiation Options in<br />

Breast Cancer<br />

Cancer Support Community<br />

Redondo <strong>Beach</strong> (CSCRB) hosts<br />

Mitchell Kamrava, MD, director<br />

of brachytherapy at the<br />

Samuel Oschin Comprehensive<br />

Cancer Institute at<br />

Cedars-Sinai. Kamrava will<br />

discuss various radiation treatments.<br />

Lunch by “The Spot”<br />

vegetarian restaurant. 12:30<br />

p.m. Advance registration required.<br />

109 West Torrance<br />

Blvd., Redondo <strong>Beach</strong>. Call<br />

(310) 376-3550 or visit the<br />

website at cancersupportredondobeach.org.<br />

Teen College and<br />

Career Readiness<br />

Workshop<br />

Youth and teens, ages 12-18<br />

years old, are encouraged to<br />

join this hands-on workshop<br />

focused on increasing college<br />

and career opportunities. In<br />

just a short two-hour class, students<br />

will dive into the basics<br />

of public speaking, how to<br />

write cover letters and resumes,<br />

and finding one’s leadership<br />

potential. $5 and open<br />

to the community. 4 - 6 p.m.<br />

Torrance-South Bay YMCA,<br />

2900 W. Sepulveda Blvd., Torrance.<br />

For more information<br />

and to register, contact Lisa<br />

Daddario; LisaDaddario@ymcaLA.org,<br />

(310) 325-5885 x<br />

2771, or ymcaLA.org/tsb.<br />

Water tours<br />

Free tours of the Edward C.<br />

Little Water Recycling Facility<br />

on the second Saturday of each<br />

month. You must RSVP by<br />

calling (310) 660-6200. 9:30<br />

a.m. - 12 p.m. 1935 S. Hughes<br />

Way, El Segundo. All participants<br />

must wear closed-toe<br />

shoes (no sandals, high heels<br />

or flip flops) and be prepared<br />

to walk up and down stairs.<br />

For more information visit<br />

westbasin.org.<br />

Saturday, <strong>Nov</strong>. 11<br />

Veterans tribute<br />

The Redondo <strong>Beach</strong> Veterans<br />

Day Ceremony and Elks<br />

BBQ features Lieutenant<br />

Colonel Mark D. Ripley as the<br />

keynote speaker. 1 p.m. Veterans<br />

Park, 309 Esplanade, Redondo<br />

<strong>Beach</strong>. BBQ is free for<br />

all Veterans and members of<br />

the military, police officers and<br />

firefighters. $5 donation from<br />

all others. (208) 473-6626 to<br />

RSVP for the BBQ. For additional<br />

information contact<br />

Herb Masi at (310) 993-4637,<br />

Hcmasi@yahoo.com or visit<br />

RBVeteransmemorial.com.<br />

Free namaste<br />

Yoga on the Redondo <strong>Beach</strong><br />

pier Octagon 2nd Saturdays of<br />

the month. Free. Bring yoga<br />

mat, towel and water. All levels<br />

welcome. 10 - 11 a.m. 500<br />

Fisherman’s Wharf, Redondo<br />

<strong>Beach</strong>. The Octagon, where<br />

the Pier meets the International<br />

Boardwalk below Kincaid’s.<br />

Sunday, <strong>Nov</strong>ember 12<br />

Rockin’ 4 Reason!<br />

TV personality Vera Jimenez<br />

of KTLA 5 News and co-owner<br />

of the Fish Shop in Hermosa<br />

<strong>Beach</strong>, will be Rockin’ 4 Reason’s<br />

celebrity host and MC.<br />

Live performance by The<br />

Mothers of Pearl. 4 - 8 p.m.<br />

Saint Rocke, 142 Pacific Coast<br />

Highway, Hermosa <strong>Beach</strong>.<br />

Proceeds will support affordable<br />

housing projects in the<br />

Los Angeles area, and will provide<br />

attendees the opportunity<br />

to volunteer with Habitat for<br />

Humanity and Giveback<br />

Homes. $20. Visit<br />

Donate.GiveBackHomes.com<br />

or call (424) 634-8492.<br />

Food Swap<br />

South Bay Food Swap is a<br />

gathering of artisan food<br />

lovers, who exchange handmade<br />

and homegrown food<br />

creations. Your homemade creations<br />

become your own personal<br />

currency that you can<br />

use to swap with other participants.<br />

No cash is exchanged.<br />

The animal-free Circus Vargas’ new <strong>2017</strong> Spectacular SteamCirque returns to the Battleship<br />

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

that come alive in this exciting steampunk, science fiction fantasy inspired circus. <strong>Nov</strong>.<br />

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

“Light Gate,” by artists Mags Harries and Lajos Héder will<br />

be aligned with the setting sun on Tuesday, <strong>Nov</strong>. 14, at<br />

4:51, creating an aurora borealis effect. The sculpture is<br />

in front of the Manhattan <strong>Beach</strong> City Hall, at Highland<br />

Avenue and 14th Street. For more information about Light<br />

Gate visit citymb.info.<br />

Anyone can participate, including<br />

home bakers/cooks,<br />

canners, gardeners, food<br />

bloggers, professional chefs<br />

and, students. Register to reserve<br />

a space. 11 a.m. - 2<br />

p.m. The Honest Abe Cidery,<br />

17800 South Main Street,<br />

#105, Gardena. For additional<br />

information and registration,<br />

visit the Facebook<br />

event page at facebook.com.<br />

Salt Marsh Open<br />

House<br />

Discover the hidden world<br />

of the Salinas de San Pedro<br />

Salt Marsh with Cabrillo Marine<br />

Aquarium educators and<br />

Coastal Park naturalists. The<br />

salt marsh will be open from<br />

1 - 3 p.m. Bring binoculars,<br />

camera, sketch pad, journal<br />

or just your curiosity. 3720<br />

Stephen M. White Drive, San<br />

Pedro. For reservations call<br />

(310) 548-7562 or visit CabrilloMarineAquarium.org.<br />

Monday, <strong>Nov</strong>. 13<br />

South Coast<br />

Fuchsia Meeting<br />

The South Coast Fuchsia<br />

Society meets on the second<br />

Monday of the month. 9:30<br />

a.m. - 12 p.m. South coast<br />

Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw<br />

Blvd., Palos Verdes<br />

Peninsula. For more information<br />

call Marsha Hopwood at<br />

(310) 374-3255.<br />

Flu defense<br />

The City of Torrance Community<br />

Services Department<br />

will offer free flu shots. Get<br />

ready for cold season. You<br />

should see your physician<br />

prior to getting any flu shot if<br />

you have a serious illness or<br />

are hypersensitive to eggs. 10<br />

a.m. - 12 p.m. The Ken Miller<br />

Recreation Center, 3341 Torrance<br />

Blvd., Torrance. For additional<br />

information, visit<br />

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

city/general-services/culturalarts/miller.<br />

Tuesday, <strong>Nov</strong>. 14<br />

Sunset not to miss<br />

Light Gate, at 14th Street<br />

and Highland Avenue, in Manhattan<br />

<strong>Beach</strong>, is made of glass,<br />

laminated with prismatic lighting<br />

film. Tonight at 4:51 it’s<br />

keyhole aligns with the sun.<br />

For more information about<br />

Calendar cont. on page 30<br />

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each charity<br />


and third World Series ring<br />

S<br />

kechers President Michael Greenberg expressed just one regret at<br />

the the Ninth Annual Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk.<br />

Tommy Lasorda, the Friendship Walk’s most popular supporter<br />

was absent for the first time in the Walks nine year history. But Greenberg<br />

wasn’t nearly as disappointed as Lasorda would be that day. He<br />

was attending the World Series in Houston, with hopes of winning his<br />

third World Series ring. The former Dodger general manager led his<br />

teams to championships in 1981 and 1988. That night the Dodgers lost<br />

a heartbreaking, and ultimately decisive, 10 inning game, 13 to 12. But<br />

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

Over 12,000 walkers helped raise over $1.8 million for local education<br />

foundations and the Friendship Foundation, which provides peer group<br />

mentoring for disadvantaged children. Since the Friendship Walk was<br />

founded in 2009, it has raised nearly $10 million. For more information<br />

about the Friendship Foundation visit FriendshipFoundation.com.<br />


1. Team Born Legend.<br />

2. Rabbi Yossi Mintz of the<br />

Friendship Foundation with<br />

Manhattan <strong>Beach</strong> Council Members<br />

Amy Howorth, Richard<br />

Montgomery and Nancy Campbell.<br />

3. Sugar Ray Leonard, “Dancing<br />

with Stars” host Brooke<br />

Burke-Charvet, Skechers President<br />

Michael Greenberg and<br />

trainer Denise Austin support<br />

the walk every year.<br />

4. Skechers founder Robert<br />

Greenberg and Sugar Ray<br />

Leonard.<br />

5. The Abbot family.<br />

6. The Redondo <strong>Beach</strong> Ed<br />

Foundation turned out in force.<br />

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Staying<br />

Angel<br />

the courseby Randy<br />

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

top cross country runners in the state<br />

As a young boy in Australia, Xavier Court envisioned himself becoming<br />

a soccer player. He played club soccer, tennis, basketball and<br />

baseball in his youth. But beginning in kindergartner in the Australian<br />

public school system, he also ran.<br />

“We had what were called Carnivals that were basically meets between<br />

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

a running club when I was 8 years old.”<br />

As he grew, Court realized his proficiency in running and, with the urging<br />

from his father Damian, turned his focus to running. His father ran track<br />

in high school and continues to run 10K races.<br />

In January 2011, after Damian left his position as director of Hoover<br />

Floorcare Asia Pacific to become president of Breville USA, the family<br />

moved to Manhattan <strong>Beach</strong>. Xavier began running cross country with Manhattan<br />

<strong>Beach</strong> Middle School team. At Mira Costa, he has run track and<br />

cross country. This year, the senior, has emerged as one of the top cross<br />

country runners in the state.<br />

Court began this season winning the 2-mile Palos Verdes Mini Meet in<br />

August and proceeded to claim the title at the 3-mile Laguna Hills Invitational<br />

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

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

minutes, 25.9 seconds.<br />

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

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

mark is the 9th-fastest in the state this season and broke the Mira Costa<br />

record by more than 20 seconds.<br />

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

finish in the Division 1 and 2 Sweepstakes race. Combined, the team<br />

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

minutes.<br />

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

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

the race and I have loved running on this course ever since my freshman<br />

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

knowing it was likely my last race on the course.'<br />

Former Mira Costa distance runner Jeff Atkinson (Class of 1981) coaches<br />

the boys cross country and track teams. Atkinson knows what it takes to<br />

be a successful runner, having participated in the 1500-meters in the 1988<br />

Seoul Olympics. He was ranked the fastest American in 1989 and still holds<br />

the mile record at Stanford University.<br />

Prior to returning to Mira Costa in 2015, Atkinson coached the highly<br />

successful Palos Verdes High School cross country program.<br />

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

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

kid in the South Bay ever. He has posted times faster than former Palos<br />

Verdes High School star Jonah Diaz, the area’s most successful cross country<br />

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

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

Bay who have become Division 1 standouts.”<br />

Atkinson has been as impressed with Court’s work ethic, which has made<br />

him a team leader for the Mustangs.<br />

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

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

perspective, he has massive aerobic capacity. Emotionally, he’s more<br />

comfortable at huge meets and his tenacity makes him a winner.”<br />

Court, who runs at least seven times a week, admits he has become more<br />

serious about the sport and has improved his nutrition regimen with a highcalorie<br />

diet.<br />

“Running every day will make one better than running only four times a<br />

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

a personal time or weight loss.”<br />

In the spring, Court competes in the 1600 and 3200 events for Mira<br />

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

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

against Redondo). But he prefers running cross country.<br />

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

you have five guys who score and sometimes an additional tiebreaker. The<br />

bond between teammates is something you don’t have in track. You also<br />

have more time to improvise during the race. I have more endurance than<br />

speed.”<br />

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

memorable moment as a runner.<br />

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

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

was a breakthrough year for both of us. It was the epitome of me putting<br />

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

that team.<br />

“My most memorable moments were our training trip in Mammoth my<br />

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

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

the trip. I’ll never forget the fun and the bonding experience we enjoyed.”<br />

Court has his sights set on winning the State Division 1 championship<br />

and helping his team win a CIF title and qualify for the Nike Cross Nationals<br />

(NXN), to be held in Portland, Oregon, on December 2.<br />

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

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

We have the potential to qualify but everyone has to have their best races<br />

with personal records.”<br />

Another goal for Court to leave his legacy at Mira Costa by breaking<br />

school records in the 1600 and 3200 during the track season.<br />

Court believes his dedication to running carries over into the classroom.<br />

Colleges having shown interest in Court include Cornell, USC, Cal Poly San<br />

Luis Obispo, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, UC Santa Barbara<br />

and UC Berkeley.<br />

The senior realizes time is running out to make a selection.<br />

“Mutual relationships have formed. Having so many options is not a bad<br />

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

and running programs and social activities.”<br />

Court plans to major in business with a possible minor in psychology.<br />

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

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

serious commitment.”<br />

When he’s not training, Court enjoys surfing, longboard skateboarding<br />

and reading about running.<br />

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

fantasy football. All my friends discuss it during the week.” B<br />

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each sports<br />


RBPD Skater contest<br />

About 100 skaters turned out for the inaugural King of the Harbor Skateboard<br />

Championships on Oct. 14, presented by the Redondo <strong>Beach</strong> Police<br />

Department. Local “Jackass” star and pro skater Jason “Wee Man” Acuña<br />

signed autographs, judged the contest and provide food from his Chronic<br />

Tacos. Kinecta Credit Union, ET Surf, Spyder Surf, Stance Socks, Sector Nine,<br />

<strong>Beach</strong> Sports and the <strong>Beach</strong> Cities Health District all helped sponsor the<br />

event. Cooper Burrows was named the Best Overall skater, and also won the<br />

Age 13-15 Division. Vianez Morales was crowned Top Girl skater. Logan<br />

Kirkshaw won the Age 8-12 Division, and Jack Witherspoon won the Age<br />

16-18 Division.<br />

1. Redondo <strong>Beach</strong> Police Chief Keith<br />

Kauffman establishes his street cred with a<br />

kickturn on the quarter-pipe. Photo courtesy<br />

Ryan Harrison<br />

2. Jackass star and pro skater Jason ‘Wee<br />

Man’ Acuña was the guest of honor.<br />

3. Vianez Morales, of Gardena, was<br />

crowned Top Girl skater.<br />

4. Redondo <strong>Beach</strong> firefighters Alek<br />

Friedrichsen, Michael Manente, Cpt. Dustin<br />

Conard and Bradley Boster.<br />


5. Hermosa Parks and Rec commissioner<br />

Jani Lange.<br />

6. Redondo <strong>Beach</strong> Police Officer Ryan<br />

Harrison carves up the course. Photo<br />

courtesy Ryan Harrison<br />

7. <strong>Beach</strong> Cities Health District communications<br />

specialist Catherine Bustamante<br />

(center) with BCHD volunteers Isabel and<br />

Lisa Green.<br />

8. Jack Witherspoon, of Redondo <strong>Beach</strong>,<br />

won the 16 to 18 division.<br />

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Former President Joseph Biden during a reception hosted by<br />

Torrance Memorial Medical Center at the Shade Hotel in<br />

Manhattan <strong>Beach</strong>, prior to his Distinguished Speaker Series<br />

speech at the Redondo <strong>Beach</strong> Performing Arts Center.<br />

Photo by Deidre Davidson




Former Vice President Joseph Biden looks to Watergate for answers in the<br />

“battle for the soul of the nation”<br />

by Kevin Cody<br />

Shortly after being elected to represent Delaware in the U.S. Senate in<br />

1972, Joe Biden watched Senator Jesse Helms excoriate fellow Republican<br />

Senator Bob Dole and Democratic Senator Ted Kennedy on the<br />

Senate floor for their support of equal rights for the disabled. Helms contended<br />

it was “confiscatory” to require small businesses to accommodate<br />

handicapped people with ramps and special bathrooms.<br />

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

Mike Mansfield when the two met in the Senate Leader’s office<br />

later that day.<br />

Mansfield told Biden that in 1963 Helms and his wife Dot saw a photograph<br />

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

a home, so the Helms adopted him.<br />

“Do you still think Helms is heartless?” Mansfield asked Biden.<br />

“It’s always appropriate to question another man’s judgment, but it’s<br />

never appropriate to question his motives,” Mansfield advised the young<br />

Senator.<br />

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

24 Distinguished Speaker talk at the Redondo <strong>Beach</strong> Performing Arts Center.<br />

“Because when you question a man’s motive,” Biden explained, “when<br />

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

group, it’s awfully hard to reach consensus. It’s awfully hard reaching<br />

across the table to shake that person’s hands.”<br />

The former vice-president used the story to illustrate why he believes the<br />

national political system is broken and how to fix it.<br />

Without once blaming President Donald Trump by name during his hour,<br />

20 minute talk, Biden relentlessly pointed to the President as both cause<br />

and consequence for what he alternately referred to as “phony nationalism”<br />

or “phony populism.”<br />

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

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He traced the change to globalization and computerization.<br />

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

“There used to be a basic bargain that if you contribute to an enterprise<br />

you share in the profits. Between 1948 and 1978, productivity increased 92<br />

percent and wages increased 92 percent. Since then productivity has increased<br />

another 69 percent, but wages have increased just eight percent.<br />

“Why?<br />

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Blacks. It’s always ‘the other.’”<br />

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

swastikas and chanting the same anti-Semitic bile we saw in Germany<br />

in the 1930s. Then to hear some elected leaders drawing moral equivalences<br />

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

He trusted his audience to remember Trump’s statements, following<br />

the Unite the Right Charlottesville protests in August, that "there is blame<br />

on both sides."<br />

Biden proposed a three pronged attack for winning what he called “a battle<br />

for the soul of the nation.”<br />

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

is the enemy.” The suggestion elicited the strongest applause of the<br />

evening.<br />

“When I got to the Senate, the Vietnam War was tearing the country apart.<br />

The women’s movement was viewed as radical and environmentalism was<br />

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“We need to deal with nationalism,” Biden said in introducing his second<br />

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George Wallace. The Alabama governor’s rallying cry was, “Segregation<br />

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Two weeks prior to his Distinguished Speakers talk, he presented Arizona<br />

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Returning to a measured tone, he argued, “Every problem we face requires<br />

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closed off and clannish, as us versus them.”<br />

Biden again quoted from Brooks’ Sunday column.<br />

“The moral fabric of society is invisible but essential. Some use their<br />

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

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

our values -- honesty, dignity, giving hate no safe harbor, leaving no one<br />

behind -- back into the fabric of our political system.”<br />

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

We are energy independent. We have the world’s most powerful military.<br />

Our workers are three times more productive than Asia’s. Name a worldchanging<br />

product invented in the last 20 years that was not invented in<br />

the United States.”<br />

“Thanks to our underappreciated President Dwight D. Eisenhower, we<br />

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complex. He said, ‘No, send the money to the universities.’”<br />

“I spent 25 hours in one-on-one conversations with Chinese President<br />

Xi Jinping, with just our translators present,” Biden said, returning to the<br />

theme of international alliances.<br />

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

our products, I told him.”<br />

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

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policies can be fixed. But how will you fix your one child policy. By<br />

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

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Biden said Hillary Clinton and the Democrats share in the blame for the<br />

current political breakdown.<br />

“It’s the responsibility of the opposition to offer rational alternatives. We<br />

hear about the angry, uneducated, prejudiced white guys in Pennsylvania,<br />

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

or college affordability?’<br />

“I know I sound like a conspiracy nut,” he acknowledged, “but I think<br />

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

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

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

Instead, after Trump dismissed the tape as “locker room talk,” Clinton,<br />

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not fit to be president and commander in chief.”<br />

Trump quickly counter punched. He accused Clinton of enabling her husband’s<br />

abuse of women.<br />

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never been anybody in the history of politics in this nation that has been so<br />

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

words related to significant issues.”<br />

“When we engage in gutter language, this demeaning conduct by our<br />

leaders, we pull it all down,” Biden said.<br />

At the end of his talk, Biden turned to history for hope.<br />

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Republicans. Senators Howard Baker, Bill Cohen. Enough Republicans<br />

found their voices.”<br />

In 1974, Nixon resigned after Republican leaders, including Arizona Senator<br />

Barry Goldwater, told him he had lost his party’s support.<br />

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‘Pack walkin’<br />

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,<br />

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

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

Michael Loring‘s advice for dog owners is take them everywhere<br />

by Kevin Cody<br />

Michael Loring, 26, was walking 17 dog along the Hermosa <strong>Beach</strong><br />

Greenbelt, last month, when a passing photographer asked if he<br />

minded having his picture taken. Loring agreed, but asked for time<br />

to pose the dogs.<br />

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

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

sat, Labradoodle Lucy popped up, prompting Pepper the German Shepherd<br />

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

dogs next to her, Mia the Shepherd and Mister the Ridgeback. For nearly<br />

20 minutes, and without a hint of frustration, Loring played Whack-A-Mole<br />

with the dogs, until finally all were seated.<br />

Then he calmly walked around behind them, held his arms wide and told<br />

the photographer to tell the dogs to say cheese.<br />

Immediately, all of the dogs, except the two mischievous Ridgebacks<br />

Miser and Bizmarkie, looked directly at the camera and smiled.<br />

Loring is an American Kennel Club certified dog behaviorist. Most of the<br />

17 dogs he was walking that day were his “graduates.”<br />

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

“The primary problems I see with local dogs are lack of leadership and<br />

lack of exercise. The result is the dogs become aggressive or fearful. When<br />

people spoil their dogs they become like spoiled children.<br />

Loring recommends new dog owners take their dogs everywhere.<br />

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

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The Hermosa <strong>Beach</strong> Green Belt is one of Loring’s favorite places to<br />

“pack walk,” his dogs.<br />

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

Owners should pick a breed that fits their lifestyle,” he said.<br />

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

a lot, get a shepherd or pitbull.”<br />

Pitbulls, he said have gotten a bad rap.<br />

“Dogs only know what you teach them. Pitbulls are among the best dogs<br />

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

The Redondo <strong>Beach</strong> native began working with dogs his mother rescued<br />

when he was a child and continues to work regularly with rescue dogs.<br />

He has owned Spectrum Dogs in Hermosa <strong>Beach</strong> for five years. He may<br />

be contacted at SpectrumDogs.com.B<br />

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S O U T H B AY<br />


public art within Manhattan <strong>Beach</strong>,<br />

visit the Public Art webpage or contact<br />

the Park and Recreation Department<br />

at (310) 802-5448.<br />

Alzheimer’s<br />

Caregiver Support<br />

Group<br />

Attendees learn ways to better cope<br />

with and manage the challenges of dementia.<br />

Call (323) 930-6256 to RSVP.<br />

3 - 5 p.m. Miller Children’s &<br />

Women’s Hospital Long <strong>Beach</strong>, Conference<br />

Room A1/A2, 2801 Atlantic<br />

Ave., Long <strong>Beach</strong>. For more Senior<br />

Plus events, visit<br />

MemorialCare.org/SeniorPlusEvents.<br />

Wine at 5<br />

Join Blue Zones Project for its<br />

monthly "Social Hour."Enjoy conversation<br />

with others who share a desire<br />

for healthy behaviors. Unwind with<br />

new and old friends. The first glass of<br />

wine is $5, plus discounted appetizers<br />

from 5 to 6 p.m. Discounted appetizers<br />

will be offered. 5 - 6 p.m. Playa<br />

Hermosa, 19 Pier Ave., Hermosa<br />

<strong>Beach</strong>. For a upcoming monthly hour<br />

events visit bchd.org/socialhour.<br />

Wednesday, <strong>Nov</strong>. 15<br />

Annual Pier Lighting<br />

& Open House<br />

Celebrate the annual Holiday Open<br />

House together with the City of Manhattan<br />

<strong>Beach</strong> Pier Lighting Ceremony.<br />

Downtown merchants will be open<br />

until 9 p.m. Restaurants will offer<br />

samplings to get your palette started<br />

for an evening of wonderful food. 7<br />

p.m. Downtown Manhattan <strong>Beach</strong><br />

Pier. For questions call (310) 379-9901<br />

or downtownmanhattanbeach.com.<br />

Chamber salute to<br />

El Segundo<br />

One of the year’s most anticipated<br />

events, recognizing El Segundo leaders<br />

Mayor Suzanne Fuentes and El Segundo’s<br />

former mayors, and<br />

congratulating this year’s honorees for<br />

Citizen of the Year. 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.<br />

333 Continental Blvd., El Segundo.<br />

Tickets are $25 for Chamber Members<br />

and $35 for non-Members. Tickets<br />

will be sold at the event. For<br />

additional information, call (310) 322-<br />

1220 or contact via email at<br />

info@elsegundochamber.org.<br />

Health Fair<br />

Lung cancer awareness program<br />

sponsored by Torrance Memorial<br />

Medical Center to provide information<br />

about lung cancer risk, screening,<br />

diagnosis, treatment options, and supportive<br />

resources. Information about<br />

smoking cessation will be provided.<br />

Free. No reservations required. 5:30 -<br />

8 p.m. Torrance Memorial Medical<br />

Center, 3330 Lomita Blvd., Torrance.<br />

Call (310) 517-4711 for more information<br />

or to purchase a copy of the lecture.<br />

Native American<br />

Heritage<br />

Celebrate Native American Heritage<br />

month at the Hermosa <strong>Beach</strong> Library.<br />

Learn how to make a<br />

Dreamcatcher. All supplies provided.<br />

Suitable for adults. Free. 5:30 - 6:30<br />

Blvd., Redondo <strong>Beach</strong>. 10 a.m. - 12:30<br />

p.m. For more information call (310)<br />

318-0650 or visit redondo.org.<br />

Mommy & Me & Daddy<br />

too<br />

The Point offers a free, monthly<br />

Kid’s Club for preschool age children<br />

and their parents. Arts and crafts, live<br />

entertainment, face painting, stilt<br />

The Absolutely Free Mama Liz Thanksgiving is a four decade old Hermosa<br />

<strong>Beach</strong> tradition. Everyone is invited to enjoy a sit down dinner while listening<br />

to local musicians at the Kiwanis Hall, 2515 Valley Drive, Hermosa<br />

<strong>Beach</strong>.<br />

p.m. Hermosa <strong>Beach</strong> Library, 550 Pier<br />

Ave., Hermosa <strong>Beach</strong>. Questions? Call<br />

Katie Sullivan (310) 379-8475. Colapublib.org.<br />

Thursday, <strong>Nov</strong>ember 16<br />

Steam Cirque!<br />

Circus Vargas embarks on a brand<br />

new epic adventure under the big top.<br />

Goggles, gears, and gadgets set the<br />

stage for Circus Vargas’ <strong>2017</strong>’s retrofuturistic<br />

production, Steam Cirque!<br />

Children of all ages will marvel at the<br />

wacky and wonderful cast of characters<br />

that come alive in this exciting<br />

steampunk, science-fiction fantasy inspired<br />

circus odyssey. Ongoing until<br />

<strong>Nov</strong>. 20. Tickets are $25 to $62. Battleship<br />

USS Iowa, 250 S. Harbor Blvd.,<br />

San Pedro. For ticket information,<br />

times and performance dates, visit circusvargas.com<br />

or call (877) 468-3861<br />

or visit the box office.<br />

Friday, <strong>Nov</strong>ember 17<br />

Its shot time<br />

Free flu vaccine at Redondo <strong>Beach</strong><br />

North Branch Library, 2000 Artesia<br />

walker, Smitten Ice Cream tastings<br />

and more. Stop by the registration<br />

table to pick-up your activity schedule<br />

and exclusive member discounts. 10<br />

a.m. - 12 p.m. 850 S. Sepulveda Blvd.,<br />

El Segundo. For more information call<br />

(310) 414-5280.<br />

Saturday, <strong>Nov</strong>ember 18<br />

Protect what you love<br />

Join Heal the Bay for the Nothin’<br />

But Sand <strong>Beach</strong> Cleanup.All you need<br />

to do is show up...and bring a bucket.<br />

10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Hermosa <strong>Beach</strong> Pier,<br />

1201 The Strand, Hermosa <strong>Beach</strong>.<br />

Free. Sign up at eventbrite.com. Volunteers<br />

12 and younger must be accompanied<br />

by an adult. Volunteers<br />

under 18 must have a waiver signed<br />

by parent or guardian. For more information<br />

call (800) 432-5229 x148.<br />

Waitin’ on you!<br />

GI Joe presents the Fall Pier 2 Pier<br />

run/walk. From the Hermosa <strong>Beach</strong><br />

Pier to Manhattan <strong>Beach</strong> Pier and<br />

back in the sand. Sign up at MBbootcamp.com.<br />

Win $100 for the fastest<br />

time. 8 a.m. Hermosa <strong>Beach</strong> Pier, 1<br />

Pier Ave.<br />

Torrance Arts & Crafts<br />

The Arts & Crafts Faire at the Torrance<br />

Cultural Arts Center features<br />

everything from candles and quilts to<br />

sculpture, clothing and jewelry. Door<br />

prize and opportunity drawing, music<br />

by DJ Ozzie and food and beverages<br />

available for purchase. Sat. and Sun. 9<br />

a.m. - 4 p.m. 3341 Torrance Blvd., Torrance.<br />

For additional information visit<br />

torrancecraftsmensguild.org.<br />

Used book sale<br />

Hermosa <strong>Beach</strong> Friends of the Library<br />

book sale. Most hardcover<br />

books are $1, paperbacks are .50, and<br />

children books are half-price. 9 a.m. -<br />

12 p.m. 1309 Bard Street, Hermosa<br />

<strong>Beach</strong>, block west of the Library. For<br />

questions and information call (310)<br />

379-8475 or visit hbfol.org.<br />

Art 2 Go 2<br />

Destination: Art’s special art sale<br />

event. All paintings are unsigned, then<br />

have the artist sign it. Framers with<br />

specially priced frames will be on<br />

hand. Last year, over 90 pieces were<br />

sold. Reception 3 - 7 p.m. 1815 213th<br />

Street, #135, Torrance. For questions<br />

and information call (310) 742-3192.<br />

Sunday, <strong>Nov</strong>ember 19<br />

Bounty of the Sea<br />

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Autumn<br />

Sea Fair celebrating the Bounty of the<br />

Sea. Live music, arts and crafts,<br />

games, sand sculpture contest, treasure<br />

hunt, and beach olympics. Free<br />

admission. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 3720<br />

Stephen M. White Dr., San Pedro. For<br />

questions and information vist Cabrillomarineaquarium.org<br />

or call (310)<br />

548-7562.<br />

Beauty of Nature<br />

The Central Park Effect presented<br />

by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land<br />

Conservancy. The documentary transports<br />

the viewer to the dazzling, hidden<br />

world of America’s most famous<br />

city park. $10 online at pvplc.org.<br />

Youth 18 and under are free. 4:30<br />

p.m. Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W.<br />

6th Street, San Pedro.<br />

Thursday, <strong>Nov</strong>ember 23<br />

Mama Liz Free<br />

Thanksgiving Dinner<br />

Everyone is invited to a free turkey<br />

dinner, with all the fixings, and pumpkin<br />

pie from noon to 4 p.m. at the<br />

Hermosa <strong>Beach</strong> Kiwanis Hall. The<br />

four decade old community tradition<br />

was founded by Easy Reader and is<br />

supported by the Hermosa <strong>Beach</strong> Rotary<br />

and Kiwanis Club, Sandpipers<br />

and Berkshire Hathaway Realtors.<br />

2515 Valley Dr., Hermosa <strong>Beach</strong>. For<br />

more information call (310) 372-4611.<br />

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South Bay Farmers Markets<br />

Farmers markets featuring farm fresh fruits and vegetables,<br />

meats and eggs, a wide range of ready made<br />

foods and even handcrafted gifts, can be found somewhere<br />

in the South Bay every day, except Mondays.<br />

A Farmers Market can be found somewhere in the South Bay every day except<br />

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

p.m., behind City Hall.<br />

Tuesdays<br />

Torrance<br />

8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wilson Park, 2200<br />

Crenshaw Blvd.<br />

www.torranceca.gov/6620.htm<br />

Manhattan <strong>Beach</strong><br />

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 13th St. and<br />

Morningside Dr., behind City Hall.<br />

downtownmanhattanbeach.com/<br />

manhattan-beach-farmers-market/<br />

Wednesdays<br />

El Segundo<br />

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of the<br />

Whole Foods at 760 Sepulveda<br />

Blvd.<br />

www.elsegundo.org/depts/recreation/<br />

farmers_market.asp<br />

Hermosa <strong>Beach</strong><br />

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Pier Plaza.<br />

www.hbchamber.net<br />

Thursdays<br />

Redondo <strong>Beach</strong><br />

8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of Veteran’s<br />

Park, just south of the pier.<br />

www.redondo.org/depts/recreation/facilities/farmers_market.asp<br />

El Segundo<br />

3 to 7 p.m. downtown, at Main St.<br />

and Grand. Ave.<br />

www.elsegundo.org/depts/recreation/<br />

farmers_market.asp<br />

Fridays<br />

Hermosa <strong>Beach</strong><br />

Noon to 4 p.m. at 11 St., and Valley<br />

Dr., next to Clark Field.<br />

Hermosa<strong>Beach</strong>FarmersMarket.org.<br />

Saturdays<br />

Torrance<br />

8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wilson Park, 2200<br />

Crenshaw Blvd.<br />

www.torranceca.gov/6620.htm<br />

Sundays<br />

Palos Verdes<br />

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 27118 Silver Spur<br />

Rd., Rolling Hills Estates.<br />

www.facebook.com/palosverdes<br />

farmersmarket B<br />

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Cadillac,<br />

One<br />

two<br />

near<br />

divorces<br />

by Randy Angel<br />

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

Cadillac Series 6127 Opera Coupe. Photo courtesy of Armando Martos<br />

<strong>Beach</strong> cars shine at <strong>2017</strong> Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance<br />

Redondo <strong>Beach</strong> resident Amando Martos’ 1939 Cadillac Series 6127<br />

Opera Coupe won the Pre-War American Elegance, 1925-1942 class<br />

at last month’s Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance. But not before<br />

the car almost caused the previous owner and his wife to divorce, twice.<br />

The first time was when the previous owner bought the car, the second<br />

time when he sold it.<br />

Martos met his Cadillac’s previous owner in 2001. Martos was living in<br />

Missouri. His neighbor Jack Compton had purchased the unrestored Cadillac<br />

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

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

coffee shop. During one of those walks I happened to be on my driveway<br />

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

Martos mentioned how much he admired the Cadillac and how he had<br />

begun restoring and reselling cars after his family moved from his native<br />

Argentina to the U.S and his dad opened a truck repair garage.<br />

Compton said he bought the Cadillac because the build tag (the date it<br />

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

birthday and the paint was called Antoinette Blue and his mother’s name<br />

was Antoinette. But Compton had neglected to consult with his wife before<br />

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

him.<br />

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

But when I came back to his house with my wife and my checkbook, Jack<br />

came out of the garage looking white.<br />

“He said ‘Armando, you know how I told you how my wife almost divorced<br />

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

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

until I keep my promise.”<br />

Fourteen years would pass before Compton would keep his promise to<br />

his wife to restore the Cadillac and keep his promise to Martos to sell it to<br />

him.<br />

By then, Martos has moved to Redondo <strong>Beach</strong>.<br />

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

really own classics such as this one. We are simply their caretakers, preserving<br />

them for the next generation to appreciate.’”<br />

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

Martos called the former owner, before he even left the show.<br />

“I’m honestly not sure which moment I enjoyed more – driving our 1939<br />

Cadillac up to the Concours’ podium and receiving the beautiful first place<br />

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

him,” Martos said.<br />

A second <strong>Beach</strong> City car with a podium finish at last month’s Palos Verdes<br />

Concours d’Elegance was Pete and Cathy Hoffman’s 1956 Continental<br />

Mark II. The rare car placed second in the Post-War American Elegance<br />

through 1976 division.<br />

“We are always pleased when the judges appreciate the efforts we've<br />

made to restore this car,” said Pete Hoffman, a Hermosa <strong>Beach</strong> resident.<br />

“But our real reward for participating in a show like this is sharing our car<br />

with the attendees and spending the day with the other exhibitors and ‘car<br />

people.’”<br />

The Continental Mark II is a milestone car; Ford's somewhat unsuccessful<br />

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The Eric P. Allen Memorial award for Most Elegant was presented to Earl<br />

Rubenstein, of El Segundo for his 1935 Packard 1204, Dual Cowl Phaeton.<br />

Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance.<br />

attempt to bring an understated,<br />

Europe-style, ultra luxury car to the<br />

U.S. market when other U.S. automakers<br />

were enamored with<br />

giant tail fins.<br />

At $10,000 in 1956 ($90,000 in<br />

today’s dollars), the Mark II was<br />

roughly the price of a Rolls Royce<br />

and double that of a Cadillac. It had<br />

limited sales; only 3,000 were made<br />

between 1956 and 1957. Nevertheless,<br />

it is widely regarded as one of<br />

the most beautiful American cars<br />

ever. The Mark II was popular with<br />

the Hollywood crowd of the 1950s.<br />

Owners included Elizabeth Taylor,<br />

Debbie Reynolds, Frank Sinatra and<br />

Elvis.<br />

At the 2013 Palos Verdes Concours,<br />

the Hoffmans’ Mark II won<br />

the "Best Design" award.<br />

Tom’s parents purchased their<br />

Mark II in October 1955. It was the<br />

first one sold in San Diego and has<br />

been in the family ever since.<br />

“We have a couple other collector<br />

cars, including a VW Safari and a<br />

Model A Ford. But they're more<br />

special interest or ‘cult cars’, rather<br />

than concours-quality cars like the<br />

Mark II,” Hoffman said.<br />

Tom and Deb Kazamek, of Manhattan<br />

<strong>Beach</strong>, were awarded An Excellence<br />

in Class Ribbon in the Race<br />

Cars of Special Interest class for<br />

their 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda.<br />

The couple has been attending the<br />

PV Concours d’Elegance since<br />

2000. They earned a first place in<br />

2012 with their 1935 Delahaye 135.<br />

“Winning the Excellence award<br />

this year was an honor,” Tom said.<br />

“I thought it was great that the<br />

judges appreciated the special history<br />

of our Ramchargers race car.”<br />

The Kazameks’ car was a Ramchargers<br />

team car for about 13<br />

years and the only one to survive.<br />

The Ramchargers were a group of<br />

Chrysler engineers who were innovators<br />

and record setters in drag<br />

racing.<br />

The car was built and driven by<br />

Dean Nicopolis, and had an incredibly<br />

successful racing career from<br />

1975 to 1988, winning 37 Super<br />

Stock D Automatic (SS/DA) championships<br />

at NHRA national events. It<br />

was also the overall winner of<br />

Super Stock at the Popular Hot Rodding<br />

Meet in 1977, 1979 and 1983,<br />

and the IHRA Summer Nationals,<br />

Michael Burstein is a probate and estate planning<br />

attorney. A graduate of the University of California,<br />

Hastings College of the Law in 1987, he is admitted<br />

to the California, Kansas and Oklahoma Bars and<br />

is a member of the Order of Distinguished Attorneys<br />

of the Beverly Hills Bar Association.<br />

As an estate and probate lawyer, Michael has prepared<br />

approximately 3,000 living trusts and more<br />

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twice.<br />

“I have been a drag racing fan all<br />

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2007.”<br />

Manhattan <strong>Beach</strong> residents also<br />

took 1st and 2nd place in the<br />

Porsche 356 class. Kent Neumann<br />

took top honors with his 1956<br />

Porsche 356 A Speedster while Jay<br />

Patrick was runner-up with his<br />

1958 Porsche 356 A Speedster.<br />

Taking home 2nd place awards<br />

were Torrance residents David<br />

Guelff and George and Pauline<br />

Renshaw; Guelff in the Under 3-<br />

Litre European Sports Cars class<br />

with his 1965 Volvo 1800 S and the<br />

Renshaws with their 1971 Jaguar<br />

Series II E-Type Roadster in the<br />

Jaguar E-Type, 1961-1974 class.<br />

The Eric P. Allen Memorial<br />

award for Most Elegant was presented<br />

to Earl Rubenstein, of El Segundo<br />

for his 1935 Packard 1204,<br />

Dual Cowl Phaeton. Best of Show<br />

honors went to Aaron and Valerie<br />

Weiss, of San Marino, for their<br />

1936 Mercedes-Benz 290 Cabriolet<br />

A.<br />

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Manhattan <strong>Beach</strong> residents Tom and Deb Kazamek earned an Excellence in<br />

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Liz Schoeben’s therapists help school students deal with increasing pressures<br />

by Robb Fulcher<br />

Liz Schoeben is using a rare<br />

combination of therapeutic<br />

and entrepreneurial acumen<br />

to help students on the Peninsula<br />

avoid, or overcome, the increasing<br />

pressures of school life.<br />

Through her nonprofit organization<br />

CASSY (Counseling and Support<br />

Services for Youth) Southern<br />

California, Schoeben is making<br />

trained therapists available to Palos<br />

Verdes Peninsula school students.<br />

She established a similar program<br />

in Northern California.<br />

Through the year, one in five of<br />

the district’s 11,500 students will<br />

visit a CASSY therapist, and the<br />

bulk of the student body will receive<br />

classroom presentations from<br />

CASSY.<br />

The Manhattan <strong>Beach</strong> resident<br />

said the school partnership is a<br />

welcome reality in a nation where<br />

80 percent of young people with<br />

mental health concerns are not getting<br />

help.<br />

Business beginnings<br />

Schoeben began her professional<br />

career with Wells Fargo, selling<br />

services to small businesses, when<br />

she discovered that she “loved hearing<br />

people’s stories.” She began tutoring<br />

kids in difficult straits – kids<br />

who might have a father behind<br />

bars and an overworked mother.<br />

In her late 20s, she left Wells<br />

Fargo and returned to school for a<br />

master’s degree in marriage, family<br />

and child therapy. Then, for the<br />

next dozen years she worked as a<br />

school-based therapist in Northern<br />

California.<br />

A systematized approach<br />

Along the way, she realized that<br />

she could make a greater difference<br />

for a greater number of kids by<br />

forming an agency to direct counseling<br />

efforts in the schools.<br />

She and colleague Liz Llamas cofounded<br />

CASSY Bay Area in 2009.<br />

They hired trained therapists,<br />

marking an immediate upgrade<br />

from school-based systems that use<br />

graduate students who are unpaid<br />

and less trained.<br />

CASSY became a thriving concern,<br />

thanks to Schoeben’s gifts as<br />

a counselor, coupled with her flair<br />

as an entrepreneur who can conceive,<br />

develop and administer a<br />

nonprofit organization.<br />

“People usually have one brain or<br />

the other,” she said. “It’s hard to<br />

find a therapist who wants to run<br />

an agency.”<br />

Schoeben worked to build CASSY<br />

from the ground up, reading a “For<br />

Dummies” book about starting a<br />

nonprofit.<br />

She said her husband Rob<br />

Schoeben, then a marketing vice<br />

president at Apple, provided expertise<br />

and connections that helped<br />

CASSY start its life with a professional<br />

website and logo design, pro<br />

bono legal help, and a “polished<br />

look” right out of the gate.<br />

In six years CASSY grew into a $3<br />

million-a-year operation, serving<br />

more than 40 schools. Its success<br />

with students was confirmed with<br />

state-of-the-industry metrics. Last<br />

year, Schoeben left to seek a new<br />

horizon.<br />

“I’m an entrepreneur,” she said.<br />

“At that point it was a really well<br />

run agency.”<br />

To the Hill<br />

Schoeben was speaking on a<br />

panel at a mental health symposium<br />

in Sacramento when she met<br />

officials from the Palos Verdes<br />

Peninsula Unified School District.<br />

“They wanted me to do CASSY<br />

down here,” she said.<br />

Her experience up north spared<br />

her some growing pains with the<br />

new CASSY. In the Bay Area, she<br />

juggled the administrative and clinical<br />

functions, and worked in the<br />

schools.<br />

“That was way too much. I<br />

learned I can’t do everything.”<br />

This time, Schoeben hired a parttime<br />

clinical director to manage the<br />

counselors, and partnered with<br />

The Giving Back Fund, a nationwide<br />

organization that takes care of<br />

accounting, payroll taxes and other<br />

similar functions for nonprofits.<br />

And once again, Schoeben’s husband<br />

helped out.<br />

“All this allowed us to start up<br />

the agency in less than a month,”<br />

she said.<br />

Student issues<br />

In the high schools, a CASSY<br />

counselor occupies an office in the<br />

administration building, and is<br />

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seen as “just another support” for<br />

the students.<br />

“What we’ve found over the<br />

years is that [other students] have<br />

no problem with it. It’s like, ‘Oh,<br />

you’re seeing her too, cool!’<br />

They’re referring their friends,”<br />

Schoeben said.<br />

“There’s a lot of social work kind<br />

of stuff,” she said. “It’s not a long,<br />

year-after-year, lie-on-the-couchand-talk<br />

kind of thing. We help<br />

them function happily in school.”<br />

Crisis intervention and treatment<br />

is also an important part of the<br />

work.<br />

“A crisis is in the eye of the student,”<br />

said Schoeben. For instance,<br />

a student might say, “I broke up<br />

with my boyfriend, and he’s in my<br />

second period class,” prompting<br />

the counselor to talk the student<br />

through the situation, sort out her<br />

concerns, and return to functioning<br />

comfortably in the classroom.<br />

“This could also be a kid, or another<br />

student or staff member, saying<br />

he plans to kill himself, and he<br />

has the means, and he has a plan,<br />

and he’s getting ready to carry it<br />

out,” Schoeben said.<br />

In such a case, an eminently suicidal<br />

student might be hospitalized<br />

for evaluation, with the cooperation<br />

of parents, and stabilized before<br />

returning home. Then CASSY<br />

counselors help the student transition<br />

back to school.<br />

CASSY counselors also help students<br />

cope if death strikes a student<br />

or teacher, and help with<br />

issues of drug and alcohol abuse,<br />

or inappropriate sexual behavior.<br />

They refer students for more intensive<br />

therapy for issues such as eating<br />

disorders or suicidal planning.<br />

Nationally, one in eight young<br />

people is clinically depressed, 26<br />

percent of high school girls have<br />

been victimized by physical or sexual<br />

abuse, including date rape. A<br />

host of other issues, less serious<br />

and less chronic, still can interfere<br />

with a student’s happy adjustment<br />

to their environment.<br />

Although crisis counseling is<br />

sometimes needed for younger<br />

children, much of the work with<br />

them is done in classroom presentations<br />

on social skills and friendmaking.<br />

“We’re exposing almost every<br />

student to some level of emotional<br />

learning,” Schoeben said.<br />

Universal forces<br />

Data collected on the issues<br />

raised by students show a universality<br />

of experience, from affluent<br />

school districts to economically<br />

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East Palo Alto schools served by<br />

CASSY Bay Area.<br />

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3. Rachael and Tom Thompson,<br />

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Baker, Burton & Lundy, the local law firm with a nationwide<br />

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presence in the heart of Hermosa.<br />

The giant-killing firm has won more than $4 billion in verdicts<br />

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Mexican,<br />

the way it used to be<br />

by Richard Foss<br />

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

They didn’t actually have restaurants when Spain and Mexico ruled<br />

California, but decorating an eatery to look like a hacienda still has a<br />

pretty long history. The first one on record was Casa Verdugo, a mansion<br />

in Glendale that opened in 1905. It became so popular that it had its<br />

own stop on the Red Car line. Visitors strolled the lush gardens and were<br />

entertained by singing guitarists and dancing children, followed by dinners<br />

of albondigas soup, chile rellenos, enchiladas, and other delights. The<br />

restaurant spawned an offshoot that lasted over 50 years, proof that romanticized<br />

Mexican dining had staying power.<br />

The current incarnation of Pancho’s in Manhattan <strong>Beach</strong> has been around<br />

for 40 years, following the same strategy of a beautiful Mexican fantasy.<br />

In 1987, Ab Lawrence took over a dilapidated restaurant that had been<br />

closed for three years and had previously served steaks and Chinese food.<br />

That restaurant had been founded as a barbecue joint in the 1930s and<br />

called Pancho’s, after a horse. Though the architecture resembled mission<br />

style it had never focused on Mexican food. Lawrence’s decision to align<br />

the food with the décor was evidently a winning strategy, because Pancho’s<br />

has stayed in business while almost everything around it has changed.<br />

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

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

on the second floor next to a bustling and cluttered cantina, check in at the<br />

desk, and are ushered down a staircase to a cavernous room with wall murals,<br />

trees festooned with lights, and the inevitable bullfight posters. (There<br />

is a smaller and less spectacular room upstairs, but downstairs is where<br />

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

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

Servers are at your elbow almost immediately bringing chips and salsa<br />

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The illusion here is as potent as the margaritas<br />

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

before ordering. As you consider appetizers, keep in mind that the portions<br />

here are large even by the standard of Mexican restaurants. Unless there’s<br />

something you always wanted to try on the appetizer list, you probably<br />

don’t really need it.<br />

The menu includes the standard taco and enchilada combinations and<br />

burritos, but also their version of some Mexican regional dishes and a few<br />

items created by longtime chef Ramon Hurtado. Some of these like tinga<br />

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

and chef that they’re offered.<br />

On a recent evening, we decided to order three of the more interesting<br />

items: a burrito del mar, chicken mole poblano, and chicken with salsa pipian<br />

made from pumpkin seeds. Knowing the portions are hefty, we started<br />

by sharing a bowl of albondigas soup, which we consumed alongside mezcal<br />

and “Naughty Maggie” margaritas. There are apparently at least two<br />

drinks called the Naughty Maggie, one a strawberry margarita and the other<br />

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

bucks more than the standard margarita and worth the upcharge, because<br />

the liqueur adds a dimension of flavor as well as a little extra kick.<br />

As for the soup, it hit all the marks for albondigas with a flavorful broth,<br />

chunks of potato, celery, and carrot, and meatballs that had a very light texture,<br />

thanks to being boiled. The broth was a bit less concentrated than you<br />

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

between soup and a salad I recommend the soup.<br />

As we snacked on chips and a surprisingly zingy salsa we watched the<br />

first of three birthday celebrations of the evening. A server came out with<br />

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

Pancho’s main dining room evokes a festive Mexican courtyard.<br />

the hat on the birthday person’s head and served the cake as other servers<br />

sang melodiously. Hilarity and many cellphone photos ensued. It’s a measure<br />

of the popularity of this place with families that a similar ritual will<br />

happen multiple times any evening you’re there. I don’t know whether<br />

servers are tested on their singing voices when they apply, but they<br />

sounded pretty good.<br />

The mains arrived fairly quickly and were as bountiful as expected, the<br />

proteins in a lake of sauce and accompanied by plenty of rice and either<br />

refried or black beans. The only odd thing was that on both plates that involved<br />

beans the cotija cheese was dusted very sparingly, and since I like<br />

cheese with my beans I noticed this.<br />

Thankfully the burrito del mar, which was filled with crab, shrimp,<br />

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

was plenty of it and the crab had flavor rather than just adding texture.<br />

The green tomatillo sauce that topped the burrito was on the mild side but<br />

had enough heat to be interesting, and it was a successful item overall.<br />

I was interested in trying the chicken pipian because it’s one of the most<br />

interesting Mexican sauces, based on a mix of peanut and pumpkin seeds<br />

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

India said that mole sauce and pipian were what happened when Mexicans<br />

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

flavor. The version here is timid with the chillies and cumin compared to<br />

the ones I’ve tried in Mexican neighborhoods, but the formula of nuttiness,<br />

green herbs, and spice is intact.<br />

The mole poblano was slightly less effective than the pipian because<br />

poblano sauce is usually very thick and has a smoldering heat balanced<br />

with chocolate, and they had backed off on the chillies and garlic that balance<br />

the richness. The traditional topping of toasted sesame seeds was<br />

missing too, and those are more than a garnish because they add little<br />

bursts of flavor. It wasn’t bad, but wasn’t as impressive as other items.<br />

One thing to note is that the chicken dishes here are made with skinless<br />

and boneless breast, which means the meat is less rich than in traditional<br />

preparations. Many people probably prefer it that way for health or aesthetic<br />

reasons, but in some recipes the fat from the meat melts in and becomes<br />

a component of the sauce. This was evident in the the mole poblano,<br />

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

added a certain amount of richness to make up for the lack of fat as did<br />

the chocolate in the poblano, but the change is noticeable to those who<br />

are used to the traditional version. South Bay diners probably prefer the<br />

lower calorie count and are happy to enjoy the dishes the way they’re made<br />

here.<br />

We considered sharing an order of the tres leches cake that we had seen<br />

served to the birthday boys and girls but decided against it because, as I<br />

mentioned, the portions here are massive.<br />

Dinner for three with three cocktail ran $119, and yes, that does make<br />

this by far the most expensive Mexican restaurant in Manhattan <strong>Beach</strong>.<br />

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

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

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

will consider when you want a relaxed meal in stylish surroundings. If<br />

you’re coming here for your birthday and the servers find out then you’ll<br />

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

a risk you may be willing to take.<br />

Pancho’s is at 3615 Highland in Manhattan <strong>Beach</strong>, corner of Rosecrans.<br />

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Hosts annual Trick or Treat<br />

H<br />

undreds of people filled Catalina Avenue for<br />

Riviera Village’s annual Halloween Trick or<br />

Treat.The street was closed to cars and retailers<br />

and restaurants provide the treats for one of<br />

Redondo <strong>Beach</strong>’s most popular traditions..<br />

1. Azareel Arzate ( pictured) and<br />

her mother Norma Gonzales spent<br />

three weeks creating this Dia de<br />

los Muertos-inspired dress.<br />

2. Mick Mohuchy, as Jon Snow,<br />

and Gretchen Mohuchy, as Daenerys<br />

Targaryen, the Mother of<br />

Dragons, lead their brood down<br />

Catalina Avenue.<br />

3. Dodgers fans Jennifer Embler<br />

and Stevie Ruiz as Justin Turner<br />

and Jackie Robinson. The Dodgers<br />

would go on to win Game Six of<br />

the World Series against the<br />

Houston Astros later that night.<br />

4. The Strutzenberg family.<br />

5. Julian Sarmiento and family<br />

training to be Pokemon masters.<br />

6. Ken Thompson, of Redondo<br />

<strong>Beach</strong>, joked that the candy he<br />

handed out in his Colonel Sanders<br />

costume “tasted like chicken.”<br />

7. The Richard family is no<br />

stranger to annual group<br />

costumes, dressing this year as<br />

the Scooby Doo gang.<br />

8. The Maryn, Melanie, Braxton<br />

and Bryan Purcell family interpret<br />

Star Wars across the generations,<br />

alongside Oscar, their family dog.<br />

9. Lennon and Evan Miller as<br />

Belle and the Beast.<br />

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Schoeben cont. from page 39<br />

– have difficulty interpreting the tone of online comments, and can be<br />

tempted into too-impulsive online communication.<br />

“Their brains are still growing, until they’re about 25, and so they’re<br />

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

Money matters<br />

The school district covers 80 percent of CASSY’s funding, and Schoeben,<br />

the former business banking salesperson, must fundraise the rest, which<br />

totals about $45,000.<br />

CASSY’s effectiveness is measured through feedback from kids, parents<br />

and school staff, and by the Children’s Global Assessment Scale, commonly<br />

called C-GAS, which evaluates the level of functioning, and severity<br />

of mental illness, in children and adolescents.<br />

CASSY Southern California’s first round of evaluative data will be compiled<br />

at the end of the school year.<br />

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

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

The school district had been seeking ways to better address students’ social<br />

and emotional needs for a couple of years, said Kimberly Fricker, assistant<br />

superintendent for educational services.<br />

Conversations with students and parent groups had underscored the<br />

need to help high school kids cope with the pressures of complex academic<br />

schedules and the increasingly competitive effort to get into desirable colleges<br />

and universities, she said.<br />

The district hopes that addressing the social and emotional needs of<br />

younger students will help give them the resiliency they can call upon later,<br />

to handle the greater stresses that high school can bring.<br />

“I’m very excited and enthusiastic about this partnership with CASSY,”<br />

Fricker said.<br />

Looking ahead, Schoeben wants to expand CASSY.<br />

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

by district.” Growing would help costs low and allow for better employee<br />

training, Schoeben said.<br />

Funding can be secured for counseling in financially disadvantaged<br />

school districts through grants, and through Title IX of the federal civil<br />

rights law.<br />

“East Palo Alto is a very underserved community. Ninety percent of students<br />

get free and reduced-cost lunch. But sometimes these districts are<br />

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

wealth,” Schoeben said.<br />

In her limited spare time, Schoeben relaxes by kickboxing, and she volunteers<br />

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