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Peninsula People Feb 2018

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Barney’s Beanery Here at Barney’s we've got our full newspaper-sized menu available as well as 40 beers on draft. Daily and weekend specials and a great Happy Hour Mon - Fri, 4pm to 7pm. ALL DAY Happy Hour on Monday! We offer free wifi and always have the TV's tuned to numerous sporting events, in case you want to settle in for a long lunch or dinner. Either way, we are here for you so come on in and enjoy! 100 Fisherman’s Wharf, Suite H, on the Redondo Beach Pier. (424) 275-4820 V ilicich Watch & Clock Established 1947 Celebrating Our 70 th Anniversary! (310) 833-6891 We Buy Watches! 714 S. Weymouth Avenue San Pedro, CA 90732 Not affiliated with Rolex USA in remembrance Neighbors, legal community mourn for Major Langer by Kevin Cody On the first day of shiva, following Major Langer’s burial, the guard at the Rolling Hills gatehouse asked one of the arriving guests, “Who was this guy? I’ve never seen so many people come to pay their respects.” At noon that day, Jan. 4, over 1,000 mourners attended the Rolling Hills attorney’s burial at Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery. “I lost track of all the dignitaries at the services. People flew in from all over the world. It was something to see,” recalled friend and colleague Jim Hall. Langer and Hall met at their children’s preschool over four decades ago. They and their wives Shirley and Marcie, had dinner almost every Sunday at Fu Yuan Low. They celebrated Christmas Eve dinner together and were scheduled to be together on New Year’s Eve. But on Friday, Dec. 29, Langer, 75, was fatally shot by a recently dismissed law partner. According to witnesses, John Mendoza, 58, of Redondo Beach, arrived that afternoon at the holiday office party for Langer’s Long Beach law firm. Mendoza, Langer and partner Ronald Beck went into the firm’s conference room to discuss Mendoza’s dismissal settlement, which sources described as “generous.” According to Hall, who spoke to Beck after the shootings, Mendoza became verbally confrontational and then fired a handgun at Langer and Beck. Langer was fatally shot in the back. Beck, a Rancho Palos Verdes resident, was wounded in the leg. After shooting his former partners, Mendoza fatally shot himself. Both Mendoza and Langer were prominent personal injury attorneys. Mendoza was a frequent legal commentator on Los Angeles television and radio programs. Langer represented many high profile clients, including actress Pamela Anderson. He also represented several Rolling Hills neighbors in the 1987 Portuguese Bend Flying Triangle Landslide case. Langer spent days on horseback riding across the otherwise inaccessible slide area, taking notes and photographs to support his argument that the slide was caused by faulty water pipes. The 14 month civil trial, believed to be the longest civil trial in California history, resulted in a $17.6 million judgement in favor of his neighbors whose homes were damaged in the slide. Langer’s legal successes enabled him to devote his leisure time to tending his Rolling Hills property vineyard. But his motivation, Hall said wasn’t success, but justice. “One of his early cases involved an eccentric Long Beach woman named Misses Rose, who claimed the neighborhood kids were taunting her. Most attorneys won’t even return calls from the Misses Roses of the world. But Major took her case and won a judgement in her favor against the kids and their parents,” Hall said. In addition to his wife Shirley, Langer is survived by daughters Jessica and Alexis, son Ryan and grandchildren Bobby and Zelda Sousa. PEN Attorney Major Langer took pride in the vineyard he maintained on his Rolling Hills property. Photo courtesy of Jim Hall 56 PeninsulaFebruary 2018

Beautify Lunada Project The Beautify Lunada Bay (BLB) Project is an initiative sponsored by Lunada Bay Homeowners Association (LBHOA), City of Palos Verdes Estates (PVE) and Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy (PVPLC). The goal is to revitalize the bluff tops along Lunada Bay using drought tolerant, native landscaping through a phased multi-year program and to provide an outdoor classroom for elementary school students where they can sit outside and learn. The LBHOA has been working alongside the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy and a professional landscape design firm, Dudek Habitat Restoration, to develop a realistic budget and execution plan. The plan calls for $88,650 to complete Stage 1 construction and planting, and an additional $22,500 for 3 years maintenance, water costs, and volunteer training. Once the project has been firmly established, maintenance and water costs will decrease significantly. There has been some controversy amongst residents, some who prefer to leave the Bluff and adjacent space in its natural state. Visit and for more information. Los Cancioneros Los Cancioneros Master Chorale is a non-profit organization of mixed chorus that performs in the South Bay region of Los Angeles County under the direction of Artistic Director, Allan Robert Petker. The association offers musical scholarships, community concerts and an opportunity for the public to enjoy the musical arts in the South Bay. Its repertoire ranges from classical to modern and their performances around&about Los Cancioneros holiday concert, above, celebrated the Latin culture and included carols and lullabies from the Southwest along with holiday melodies from Spain and Central America. The Chorale ended the evening with playful favorites including Guaraldi’s jazzy “Peanuts” classic, Christmas Time is Here. Visit Photo by Jeremy Brunson are limited to only four per year. Generally the concerts are held at the Armstrong Theater in Torrance. Their next concert is on March 18, 2018 called Celebrating Music, a classical concert. New children’s book release, A Tail of Twin Peacocks “Dr. Seuss (Ted Geisel) was a friend of my family’s when I was growing up”, shares author Katrina Vanderlip. “He taught me how to illustrate at age 6 and now 6 decades later, I have finally finished my first children’s book completely written and illustrated by me, yet inspired by my early interactions with Geisel.” She further explains that after her father Kelvin Vanderlip passed away, she remembers a trip to Geisel’s home overlooking La Jolla beach. “This was a time before computers and he (Geisel) carefully figured out each color separately for his illustrations and explained it all to us. From that time on, I had always wanted to create a children’s February 2018Peninsula 57