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<strong>Feb</strong>ruary 8, <strong>2018</strong><br />

Volume 48, Issue 27<br />

Roundhouse reenvisioned<br />

Koppel on cable Strand House remake Super blue blood moon

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<strong>Feb</strong>ruary 8, <strong>2018</strong><br />

Volume 48, Issue 27<br />


Blue blood moon over the Manhattan <strong>Beach</strong><br />

pier Roundhouse. Camera settings: f/5.6, 1<br />

sec exp at ISO 1600. Nikon 28-300 lens at<br />

68mm<br />

Photo by Bill Hood<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 />

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8 Super blue blood moon over South Bay<br />

by Comon, Gaffney, Hood, Pagliaro and Lofgren<br />

Local photographers share their images of the Jan. 31 Super Blue Blood<br />

Moon, a rare astrological event that occurs when the moon is close to the<br />

earth and eclipsed by the earth passing between the moon and the sun.<br />

12 Koppel on cable news by Kevin Cody<br />

Former ABC war correspondent and Nightline anchor Ted Koppel calls for<br />

a return to the journalistic standards of Edward R. Murrow and<br />

Walter Cronkite.<br />

24 Roundhouse revitalized by Mark McDermott<br />

Manhattan <strong>Beach</strong>’s historic Roundhouse Aquarium keeps its iconic exterior<br />

while inside, exhibits are updated by the nation’s leading aquarium design<br />

firm, through the efforts of the Harrison Greenberg Foundation.<br />

34 Music base by Bondo Wyszpolski<br />

World class, classical musicians perform weekly throughout the South Bay,<br />

thanks to the rarely recognized organizational efforts of music lover Jim<br />

Eninger.<br />

36 Great dining expectations by Richard Foss<br />

Strand House opened in 2011 with a spectacular Manhattan <strong>Beach</strong> pier<br />

view and a celebrity chef. The chef has changed but the view and the dining<br />

experience are undiminished.<br />


STAFF<br />

PUBLISHER Kevin Cody, ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Richard Budman, EDITORS Mark McDermott, Randy Angel, David<br />

Mendez, and Ryan McDonald, ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Bondo Wyszpolski, DINING EDITOR Richard Foss,<br />

STAFF PHOTOGRAPHERS Ray Vidal and Brad Jacobson, CALENDAR Judy Rae, DISPLAY SALES Tamar Gillotti and Amy<br />

Berg, CLASSIFIEDS Teri Marin, DIRECTOR OF DIGITAL MEDIA Hermosawave.net, GRAPHIC DESIGNER Tim Teebken,<br />

DESIGN CONSULTANT Bob Staake, BobStaake.com, FRONT DESK Judy Rae<br />

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30 Easy Reader’s Hermosa:<br />

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31 Attorney profiles<br />

38 SBBC/RiderShack surf contest<br />

39 Redondo Women’s march<br />

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Super Blue Blood Moon:<br />

Early morning Wednesday,<br />

January 31, <strong>2018</strong>.<br />

Photos by<br />

(clockwise from top left)<br />

Steve Gaffney<br />

Mark Comon<br />

Dean Lofgren<br />

Steve Gaffney<br />

Ken Pagliaro<br />

Bill Hood<br />

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<strong>Feb</strong>ruary 8, <strong>2018</strong> • Easy Reader / <strong>Beach</strong> magazine 9

S O U T H B AY<br />


Friday, <strong>Feb</strong>ruary 9<br />

Night at the Library<br />

Artist Chuck Hohng speaks<br />

about the meaning behind his<br />

signature bears featured in his<br />

exhibition, “Toyetic” on display<br />

at the Manhattan <strong>Beach</strong> Art<br />

Center and Manhattan <strong>Beach</strong><br />

Library. Light refreshments<br />

provided. 8-10 p.m. This event<br />

is free to the public. Toyetic exhibit<br />

runs through April 1. MB<br />

Library, 1320 Highland Ave.<br />

(310) 545-8595.<br />

Monday, <strong>Feb</strong>ruary 12<br />

Get on the bus<br />

Learn everything about<br />

using public transportation at<br />

the Metro’s Older Adult Transportation<br />

Pop-Up. Programming<br />

will include services<br />

geared to the older adult audience.<br />

10 a.m. - noon.<br />

Hawthorne Memorial Center,<br />

3901 W El Segundo Blvd.,<br />

Hawthorne. For more information<br />

or to RSVP, contact Jacob<br />

Lopez at (213) 922-1359 or<br />

lopezj12@metro.net. Event is<br />

accessible by Metro bus or<br />

rail. Plan your trip using<br />

Metro’s trip planner at<br />

metro.net or (323) 466-3876.<br />

Whale of a day<br />

Go to sea through mid-April<br />

in search of migrating Pacific<br />

gray whales and a host of<br />

other marine life including<br />

dolphins, seals and sea lions.<br />

Whalewatch naturalists,<br />

trained by Cabrillo Aquarium<br />

and American Cetacean Society,<br />

lead boat trips from various<br />

landings; fees vary. From<br />

Redondo, boats depart weekdays<br />

at 10 a.m.; weekends 10<br />

a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Call 310-<br />

372-2111. Groups can make<br />

reservations by calling Cabrillo<br />

Whalewatch at 310-548-7770<br />

Tuesdays through Fridays, 8:30<br />

am to 1 p.m.<br />

Wednesday, <strong>Feb</strong>. 14<br />

Whale watching season continues through mid-April with<br />

daily boats leaving King Harbor in Redondo <strong>Beach</strong>. For<br />

more information contact the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium at<br />

310-548-7770 or CabrilloMarineAquarium.org.<br />

Ready to Read<br />

Storytime just for 3 & 4 year<br />

olds full of early literacy concepts,<br />

songs, rhymes, movement,<br />

and fun! Children are<br />

encouraged to attend independently,<br />

but caregivers are<br />

welcome, too. 12:30 p.m. but<br />

arrive a little early to check in<br />

at the Information Desk for<br />

name bear badge, go to the<br />

bathroom, and get a drink of<br />

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

Library, Children's Storytime<br />

Room, 1st Floor, 303 N. Pacific<br />

Coast Hwy. 310-318-0675 option<br />

6 for more info.<br />

Movie day<br />

Hermosa Five-0 Senior Center<br />

screens Goodbye Christopher<br />

Robin, rated PG. Only<br />

$1, includes coffee, candy and<br />

popcorn. Noon. 710 Pier Ave.,<br />

Hermosa <strong>Beach</strong>. (310) 318-<br />

0280. www.hermosabch. org.<br />

Thursday, <strong>Feb</strong>ruary 15<br />

Life Planning Series<br />

Today’s topic is elder care<br />

and residential choices presented<br />

by H.E.L.P. (Healthcare<br />

and Elder Law Programs) Corporation.<br />

10:30 a.m. Redondo<br />

<strong>Beach</strong> Main Library, 303 N.<br />

Pacific Coast Hwy. (310) 533-<br />

1996 or www.Help4Srs.org.<br />

Author event<br />

Pages bookstore presents the<br />

award-winning adventure<br />

writer and a longtime contributor<br />

to NPR and Bloomberg<br />

Businessweek, Peter Heller,<br />

New York Times bestselling<br />

author of Celine, The Dog<br />

Stars, and The Painter. $20 (includes<br />

book) $34 (includes<br />

book + healthy box lunch<br />

from Kale and Coconuts).<br />

Noon. 310-318-0900 or<br />

info@pagesabookstore.com.<br />

904 Manhattan Ave. Manhattan<br />

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

Water workshop<br />

Free two-part Rainwater/<br />

Greywater Class & Workshop<br />

hosted by West Basin Municipal<br />

Water District. The workshops<br />

will teach District<br />

residents how to harvest rainwater<br />

with rain barrels and<br />

cisterns for outdoor irrigation,<br />

as well as how to safely and<br />

legally reuse greywater from<br />

clothes washing machines.<br />

Each event series consists of<br />

one class followed by an additional<br />

workshop at a later date<br />

in the month. Attendees qualify<br />

to receive a free “Greywater<br />

Green Landscape” book, a<br />

$100 discount on greywater<br />

parts, and one-hour in-home<br />

technical assistance for the installation<br />

of greywater systems.<br />

6 - 8 p.m. Redondo<br />

<strong>Beach</strong> Performing Arts<br />

Center,1935 Manhattan <strong>Beach</strong><br />

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

more information and to register,<br />

visit: westbasin.org/greywater.<br />

Pen Show weekend<br />

Los Angeles International<br />

Pen Show is a 4 day event held<br />

today through <strong>Feb</strong>. 18 at the<br />

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

Hotel. View writing products<br />

including new and vintage collectible<br />

pens, pencils, stationery,<br />

paper, ink and more.<br />

Vendors will be selling inks,<br />

new and vintage fountain<br />

pens, ballpoint pens and other<br />

types of writing instruments.<br />

Vintage writing instruments<br />

are also available for sale, and<br />

there will be experts on hand<br />

that to restore vintage pens.<br />

Have an old pen you would<br />

like to know more about?<br />

Bring it in! $7 entry fee at the<br />

door. Children under 12 are<br />

free with an adult. For questions<br />

and information (310)<br />

546-7511 or lainternationalpenshow.com.<br />

Friday, <strong>Feb</strong>ruary 16<br />

Hanna Somatic<br />

Cancer Support Community<br />

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

this introductory Hanna<br />

Somatic class. Led by instructor<br />

Ken Lew, participants learn<br />

the basics of Hanna Somatic<br />

movement to increase flexibility,<br />

help relieve chronic pain,<br />

joint stiffness, and address ineffective<br />

body movement patterns.<br />

Advance registration<br />

required. 3 - 4:30 p.m. 109<br />

West Torrance Blvd., Redondo<br />

<strong>Beach</strong>. Call (310) 376-3550 or<br />

visit the website at cancersupportredondobeach.org.<br />

Saturday, <strong>Feb</strong>ruary 17<br />

Quilt show weekend<br />

The South Bay Quilters<br />

Guild presents the 38th South<br />

Bay Quilters Guild Quilt Show.<br />

Featured quilter, Sue Glass<br />

will be in the house in addition<br />

to over 150 beautiful quilts on<br />

display alongside many new<br />

quilting supplies. A quilt auction<br />

will take place on Sunday<br />

at 1 p.m. as well as a drawing<br />

for themed raffle baskets. Saturday<br />

and Sunday 10 a.m. - 4<br />

p.m. Torrance Cultural Arts<br />

Center, 3330 Civic Center<br />

Drive, Torrance. Tickets are<br />

$10$9. Children under 10 are<br />

free. For advance tickets contact<br />

Julie Limbach Jones at<br />

(310) 413-4316. Southbayquiltersguild.org.<br />

Across Generations<br />

The Palos Verdes Library<br />

District, in partnership with<br />

the American Association of<br />

University Women Palos<br />

Verdes Peninsula (AAUW<br />

PVP), presents Judy Milestone,<br />

Smith College alumna, UCLA<br />

Lecturer, and former Senior<br />

Vice President of CNN, in<br />

leading a conversation about<br />

how women’s lives have<br />

changed across the generations<br />

with Hanna Meghi Chandoo.<br />

Hanna is an associate with the<br />

law firm Stris & Maher LLP<br />

and is also a graduate of Smith<br />

College. Like many women of<br />

her generation, Hanna wears<br />

many hats and fills many roles.<br />

In addition to being an attorney,<br />

she is a daughter, a wife,<br />

an activist and the eldest of<br />

three sisters. 1 p.m. Peninsula<br />

Center Library community<br />

room, 701 Silver Spur Road<br />

Rolling Hills Estates. This program<br />

is free and open to the<br />

public. For more information<br />

contact Leti Polizzi, Adult Services<br />

Department Manager<br />

(310) 377-9584.<br />

<strong>Beach</strong> Ball<br />

The <strong>Beach</strong> Ball is Leadership<br />

Hermosa <strong>Beach</strong>’s annual<br />

fundraising event that brings<br />

local leaders together for an<br />

enjoyable night of socializing<br />

and celebrating. Hosted by<br />

Jared Young with live music by<br />

Hit Me 90s. Emerging Leader<br />

awards are given to an Adult,<br />

Business/Non Profit and a<br />

Youth who have provided service<br />

and civic leadership in the<br />

community. Appetizers and<br />

drink specials will be provided!<br />

Proceeds benefit future<br />

Leadership Hermosa projects<br />

that benefit the local community.<br />

6 -10 p.m. at The Standing<br />

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

Tickets ($40-50) available at:<br />

www.eventbrite.com/e/beachb<br />

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41983547922?aff=efbeventtix.<br />

Tuesday, <strong>Feb</strong>ruary 20<br />

Democratic Club<br />

Stay current with what is<br />

happening in local politics and<br />

government and in our nation.<br />

Free. Guest speakers and refreshments.<br />

6 - 6:30 p.m. meet<br />

and greet, 6:30 - 8 p.m. meeting.<br />

El Segundo Library, 111<br />

W. Mariposa Ave., El Segundo.<br />

The meeting are energetic and<br />

interactive. For questions call<br />

(310) 497-3013. B<br />

Artist Chuck Hohng speaks about his exhibition, “Toyetic”<br />

Friday, <strong>Feb</strong> 9, 8-10 p.m. at the Manhattan <strong>Beach</strong> Library.<br />

Toyetic exhibit runs through April 1 at Manhattan Creative<br />

Arts Center and at the Library. Photo by Bondo Wyszpolski<br />

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Considering A Major Remodeling Project?<br />


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R e s e r v e Yo u r S e a t s<br />




people<br />

Koppel<br />

on the<br />

cable cabal<br />

by Kevin Cody<br />

[Cable news] is to journalism<br />

what Bernie Madoff was to investment:<br />

He told his customers<br />

what they wanted to hear...<br />

Former ABC Nightline anchor Ted Koppel addresses Distinguished Speaker Series<br />

subscribers at the Redondo <strong>Beach</strong> Performing Arts Center. Photo by Deidre Davidson<br />

In the late 1990s ABC Nightline anchor Ted Koppel received<br />

a phone call from ABC World News Tonight<br />

anchor Peter Jennings.<br />

“Peter asked if the bean counters had been in touch with<br />

me. I said I had just gotten off the phone with them. They<br />

wanted to know how many times this year we used a<br />

story from our Moscow bureau,” Koppel told Jennings.<br />

The former Vietnam reporter and recipient of just about<br />

every major journalism award recounted the conversation<br />

last month during his talk to Distinguished Speaker Series<br />

subscribers at the Redondo <strong>Beach</strong> Performing Art Center.<br />

ABC’s accounting department subsequently determined<br />

that ABC was using approximately one story a week from<br />

its Moscow bureau, which cost the network $2 million annually.<br />

That worked out to about $40,000 a story.<br />

Shortly after the phone calls from accounting, the<br />

Moscow bureau was closed, along with the Paris, Rome<br />

and Bonn bureaus. The number of ABC foreign correspondents<br />

was cut from roughly 35 to 5.<br />

“A panel of yahoos is cheaper,” Koppel explained, referring<br />

to the commentators who have largely replaced reporters<br />

on broadcast and cable news.<br />

Koppel proposed a strategy for keeping informed by<br />

asking the audience for a show of hands of people who<br />

listen to right wing radio host Rush Limbaugh.<br />

“I think you’re doing the right thing,” he said of the 10<br />

people in the 1,300 seat auditorium who raised their<br />

hands. “I wish more of you listened to Rush Limbaugh<br />

and Fox News’ Sean Hannity, because you need to know<br />

what your fellow Americans are thinking.<br />

“Over 20 million people listen to Rush Limbaugh every<br />

week and the rest of you don’t have a clue what he is<br />

telling people.<br />

“A Stanford study found that interracial marriages are<br />

more common than marriages between a Democrat and<br />

a Republican.”<br />

The audience laughed until Koppel silenced them with<br />

a quote from the 1930s cowboy philosopher Will Rogers.<br />

“Will Rogers, the John Stewart of the 1930s, said, ‘We’re<br />

all ignorant, just about different things.’ It was his way of<br />

saying, don’t reject your fellow Americans just because<br />

they have different points of view.<br />

“That’s what we are doing these days. As soon as someone<br />

hears you are for or against Trump you are pegged.<br />

“I worry that in a system like ours,” Koppel continued,<br />

“if we don’t find a way to communicate with people with<br />

different political opinions that we won’t be able to deal<br />

with crises. Bad things will happen.”<br />

“How do we undo the damage?” he asked. “I think we<br />

need universal service for 18 year olds. Two years in the<br />

military, Vista, the Peace Corp. Any social program where<br />

people from different parts of the country focus on a common<br />

task.”<br />

Over 80 percent of the audience raised their hands<br />

when he asked if they agreed with him on universal service.<br />

Koppel traced the decline in journalism standards not<br />

to President Donald Trump calling respected news<br />

sources “fake news,” but to the Federal Communication<br />

Commission’s 1987 decision to abandon the television and<br />

radio Fairness Doctrine.<br />

“Under the Fairness Doctrine, a left wing guest had to<br />

be balanced with a right wing guest,” Koppel said. “In<br />

1987 resident Ronald Reagan eliminated the Fairness Doctrine.<br />

That was also the year Rush Limbaugh began broadcasting.<br />

“Ten years later Rupert Murdoch saw Limbaugh’s success<br />

and created Fox News.<br />

“Within a few years Fox was making $1 billion a year.<br />

MSNBC looked at Fox and said, if they can do it on the<br />

12 Easy Reader / <strong>Beach</strong> magazine • <strong>Feb</strong>ruary 8, <strong>2018</strong>

ight, we can do it on the left. So they did.<br />

“Ted Turner is a brilliant man. When he founded Cable News Network<br />

(CNN) in 1979, his idea was to offer in-depth news 24 hours a day. Viewers<br />

could watch the news when it was convenient for them, not when it was<br />

convenient for the TV stations. It hasn’t worked out that way,” Koppel said.<br />

“Cable owner have concluded that rather than giving you news journalists<br />

think you ought to have, they will give you news you want to have,” he<br />

said.<br />

Koppel has been a prophet in the desert lamenting journalism’s decline<br />

on both the right and the left, since he left Nightline in 2005.<br />

Two years ago, on the Bill O’Reilly Show, Koppel told the conservative<br />

Fox News commentator, “You have changed the television landscape over<br />

the past 20 years. You took it from being objective and dull to subjective<br />

and entertaining.”<br />

Koppel was even more direct in his criticism of Fox News commentator<br />

Sean Hannity last March during a CBS Good Morning America program<br />

on partisan news.<br />

“You think I’m bad for America?” Hannity asked Koppel.<br />

“Yeah, in the long term,” Koppel answered, “because you’re very good<br />

at what you do... and you have attracted people who are determined that<br />

ideology is more important than facts.”<br />

In a 2010 Washington Post column, Koppel wrote, “The commercial success<br />

of both Fox News and MSNBC is a source of nonpartisan sadness for<br />

me. While I can appreciate the financial logic of drowning television viewers<br />

in a flood of opinions designed to confirm their own biases, the trend<br />

is not good for the republic.”<br />

“Beginning, perhaps, from the reasonable perspective that absolute objectivity<br />

is unattainable, Fox News and MSNBC no longer even attempt it.<br />

They show us the world not as it is, but as partisans (and loyal viewers) at<br />

either end of the political spectrum would like it to be. This is to journalism<br />

what Bernie Madoff was to investment: He told his customers what they<br />

wanted to hear, and by the time they learned the truth, their money was<br />

gone.”<br />

Today, Koppel told his Distinguished Speakers audience, news organizations<br />

on both the right and left are convinced the news people want is<br />

about the Trump presidency.<br />

“The president of CNN and the chair of CBS both said Trump is great<br />

for business. The news and Trump have a symbiotic relationship. Imagine<br />

if we have a Pence presidency. Oh God, how boring.”<br />

“I once asked a New York Times reporter to appear on Nightline. He<br />

went to his executive editor Abe Rosenthal to ask for his approval. Rosenthal<br />

said, ‘Sure. Just don’t come back to the New York Times.’<br />

“The premise was if you are a reporter for the Times, you can’t be expressing<br />

opinions on Nightline.”<br />

“It’s fun to appear on television and yell and scream. But that’s not reporting.”<br />

Koppel said the separation between news reporting and opinion has<br />

eroded not only on cable and news, but in newspapers, including the New<br />

York Times and Washington Post.<br />

“I genuinely believe journalists need to be reminded we are dealing with<br />

factual reporting and to leave opinions to the opinion page. We need to restore<br />

the old standards and exercise more discipline.<br />

“The purpose of journalism is to lay out the facts and let readers make<br />

their own decisions,” he said.<br />

Ironically, Koppel’s Distinguished Speakers talk exemplified the dangers<br />

of mixing news and entertainment.<br />

Despite the seriousness of his talk, the conversation in the theater lobby<br />

following his talk was all about penises.<br />

Koppel had spiced up his talk with five penis jokes. One about John<br />

Wayne, one about Bill Clinton, one about Henry Kissinger, one about<br />

Charles de Gaulle’s wife Yvonne and one about Winston Churchill.<br />

The only funny one was about Churchill.<br />

“During the 1940s, the men’s room in the House of Commons was in<br />

the basement. Instead of individual urinals, there was one long trough,”<br />

Koppel recounted. “One day, when Labor Party leader Clement Attlee unzipped<br />

his trousers next to Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Churchill<br />

shuffled away. At the sink, when they were washing hands, Attlee asked<br />

Churchill if he had done something to offend him. ‘Not at all,’ Churchill<br />

answered. ‘It’s just that whenever you see anything big you want to nationalize<br />

it.’” B<br />

<strong>Feb</strong>ruary 8, <strong>2018</strong> • Easy Reader / <strong>Beach</strong> magazine 13

Places to Volunteer and Donate<br />

Over 600 volunteers assist the <strong>Beach</strong> Cities Health District with programs<br />

ranging from alzheimer’s support to school garden programs. For information<br />

visit BCHD.org.<br />

<strong>Beach</strong> Cities Health District<br />

bchd.org<br />

One of the largest preventative<br />

health agencies in the nation<br />

serving Hermosa <strong>Beach</strong>, Manhattan<br />

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

<strong>Beach</strong> since 1975.<br />

514 Prospect Ave.<br />

Redondo <strong>Beach</strong>, Ca. 90278<br />

(310) 374-3426<br />

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Los<br />

Angeles Harbor<br />

bgclaharbor.org<br />

The largest provider of premiere<br />

after-school activities in the<br />

South Bay with facilities from<br />

San Pedro to Wilmington.<br />

1200 S. Cabrillo Ave.<br />

San Pedro, CA 90731<br />

310-833-1366<br />

El Camino College Foundation<br />

elcaminocollegefoundation.org<br />

Develops community relationships<br />

and raises funds to support<br />

El Camino College students’ success<br />

in education and life.<br />

16007 Crenshaw Blvd.<br />

Torrance, CA 90506<br />

310-660-6040<br />

Jimmy Miller<br />

Memorial Foundation<br />

Jimmymillerfoundation.org<br />

Provides an ocean therapy/surfing<br />

program to Wounded Warriors,<br />

Veterans and at-risk youth.<br />

2711 Sepulveda Blvd. #331<br />

Manhattan <strong>Beach</strong>, CA. 90266<br />

Habitat for Humanity of<br />

Greater Los Angeles ReStores<br />

DonateToHabitat.com<br />

The LA ReStores are nonprofit,<br />

home improvement thrift stores<br />

and donation centers. Schedule<br />

a pick-up today.<br />

18600 Crenshaw Blvd.<br />

Torrance, CA 90504<br />

8739 Artesia Blvd.<br />

Bellflower, CA 90706<br />

Torrance Memorial Foundation<br />

TMLegacy.org<br />

Supports Torrance Memorial<br />

Medical Center through donations<br />

that help grow its health<br />

care programs, expand services,<br />

and build facilities. A Legacy of Care.<br />

3330 Lomita Blvd.<br />

Torrance CA 90505<br />

(310) 325-9110<br />

Waterfront Education<br />

waterfronteducation.org<br />

Programs that Enthuse and Inspire<br />

Redondo <strong>Beach</strong>/King Harbor<br />

(310) 684-3577 or text (818)<br />

268-4740<br />

#WEgoH2O<br />

South Bay<br />

Giving<br />

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Waterfront Education, founded by avid sailboat racers<br />

Julie Coll and Mark Hansen, brings youngsters handson<br />

learning experiences out on the ocean. From its<br />

vast tidal reaches teeming with life forms, to its smallest chemical<br />

elements, our local marine waters blend discovery excitement<br />

and learning adventure that has this young organization<br />

growing by leaps and bounds.<br />

Kids, parents and teachers are flocking to Waterfront Education<br />

for their unique ocean based excursions led by scientists,<br />

researchers and naturalists. Their popular Coastal Survivor<br />

course teaches knife and fire skills along with food foraging and<br />

shelter building.<br />

From its Marine Innovation Hub inside the SEA Lab at King Harbor,<br />

this non-profit helps teams of kids build aquariums, underwater<br />

robots and even a solar powered boat which will be<br />

raced in the annual Solar Cup. The Pink Power Club offers girls<br />

a fun, educational experience with the STEM principles of science,<br />

technology, engineering and math.<br />

In addition to working with the SEA Lab, Waterfront Education<br />

partners with charter schools to bring kids down to the ocean,<br />

Waterfront Education:<br />

Kids flock to hands-on ocean programs<br />

onto the shore, and into the lab for an aquatic education<br />

that’s hard to match in a classroom.<br />

“Experiential hands-on learning is so much more impactful<br />

out in nature,” said Coll, the organization’s executive director.<br />

“We’re building a pier between classrooms and the ocean.”<br />

Initially formed to help facilitate two big community events -<br />

the Holiday Boat Parade and Sea Fair, Waterfront Education<br />

started adding enrichment programs three years ago, growing<br />

from 50 kids initially, to about 500 kids served in 2017.<br />

Coll loves seeing kids “build their confidence when they are<br />

out interacting with the ever-changing ocean conditions.”<br />

“Students gain an appreciation for the ocean and all the animals<br />

who call it home. They begin to understand our human<br />

impact and why it is so important to take care of our oceans,”<br />

she said.<br />

“Waterfront Education is doing a great job,” said Lisa Ragle,<br />

whose 12-year-old son James paddles, kayaks, explores the<br />

ocean, and practices outdoor survival skills.<br />

Ragle added that Coastal Survivor instructor Cody Martin is<br />

a “super cool role model” for kids.<br />


For more information see waterfronteducation.org<br />

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awards and officers’ installation<br />

dinner last month. Hoffman is a member<br />

of the planning commission and<br />

chair of the Department of Urban and<br />

Environmental Studies at Loyola Marymount<br />

University. Lewis is a member of<br />

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the year Maureen Lewis with 2017<br />

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3. Hermosa <strong>Beach</strong> <strong>2018</strong> Man of the<br />

Year Pete Hoffman with 2017 Man of<br />

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4. Mayor Jeff Duclos swears in new<br />

chamber board members (from left)<br />

resident Robert Jones, <strong>Beach</strong> House<br />

general manager Marje Bennett,<br />

builder Rick Koenig, and former<br />

council members Carolyn Petty and<br />

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6. Mayor Jeff Duclos congratulates<br />

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and third from left). Looking on (from<br />

left) are Council Member Stacey<br />

Armato, Chamber CEO Maureen<br />

Ferguson and Council Member Hany<br />

Fangary.<br />

7. Hermosa <strong>Beach</strong> Women of the<br />

Year Kathy Dunbabin (2002), Alice<br />

Villalobos (2016), Maureen Lewis<br />

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from HippyTree<br />

H<br />

ippyTree, a “surf and stone” apparel company<br />

founded in 2004 in Hermosa <strong>Beach</strong>, hosted a<br />

year-long #52weeksofnature Instagram photo<br />

competition in 2017. Each week a winner was selected<br />

from what would total over 30,000 entries. On<br />

Jan. 13 the new Hermosa <strong>Beach</strong> gallery Shockboxx,<br />

hosted an exhibition of the 52 weekly winners.<br />

1<br />

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1. Shockboxx Gallery. Photo by Chris Van Berkom<br />

2. Josh Sweeney, Brooke Basse and Andrew Sarnecki.<br />

Photo by Chris Van Berkom<br />

3. Andrew Sarnecki announces the winners.<br />

Photo by Chris Van Berkom<br />

4. Award winners, (left to right) Aim Lorejas (Staff<br />

pick), Pablo Martinez (People’s choice), Hayden<br />

Flores (Pro’s choice runner-up) and Ian Zamora<br />

(Pro’s choice). Photo by Chris Van Berkom<br />

5. Musicians Matt Robinson and Hudson Ritchie.<br />

Photo by Kevin Cody<br />

6. Justin Wagner, Brad Jacobson, Kevin Sousa,<br />

Jason Napolitano, and Ricky Lesser. Photo by<br />

Kevin Cody<br />

7. Diane and Tony Cole. Photo by Kevin Cody<br />

8. Brian Miller, Nicky Tenpas, Eileen Bugnitz, and<br />

Jason Leeds. Photo by Kevin Cody<br />

9. Chelsea Bower, Sarah Foley and Samantha<br />

Haddad. Photo by Kevin Cody<br />

10. Steve O’Brien and friend. Photo by Kevin<br />

Cody<br />

11. Matt Parker and Jason Napolitano. Photo by<br />

Kevin Cody<br />

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Cody<br />

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Osten. Photo by Kevin Cody<br />

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spices up charity<br />

T<br />

he annual South Bay Chili Cook-off on January 27 pitted nine local restaurants<br />

in a throwdown over the best chili. Community members gathered at Manhattan<br />

<strong>Beach</strong> Fire House No. 1, sampled the offerings, and bid on silent auction<br />

items. In a close contest, the 900 Club’s white bean chili took home first prize, while<br />

the spicy offering from Baran’s 2239 was deemed the “Fireman’s Favorite.” The<br />

event, organized by the Neptunian Woman’s Club, raises money for the Manhattan<br />

<strong>Beach</strong> Firefighters Burn Foundation.<br />

1. Team Love & Salt, of Manhattan<br />

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

2. Team 900 Club, of Manhattan<br />

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

3. Team Sausal, of El Segundo.<br />

4. Team Nick’s, of Manhattan <strong>Beach</strong>.<br />

5. Team Baran’s 2239, of Hermosa<br />

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


6. Team Zinc Lounge at Shade, of<br />

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

7. Team Darren’s, of Manhattan<br />

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

8. Team Hop Saint, of Redondo<br />

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

9. Manny Serrano, vice president of<br />

sponsor Pacific Premier Bank, with<br />

wife Bree, serve for Team Brew Co., of<br />

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

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T<br />

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor<br />

Giving a helping hand where it is needed most<br />

he Boys & Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor (BGCLAH) might<br />

be 80 years old, but they are pulsing with contemporary vitality. In<br />

addition to providing safe places for youth in an area struggling<br />

with crime and poverty, BGCLAH is energetically helping at-risk kids<br />

succeed in school, go to college, and explore a wide range of opportunities<br />

in the arts and the working world.<br />

BGCLAH emphasizes a “Triple A” approach to their services, augmenting<br />

the Clubs’ traditional Athletics with Academics and the Arts.<br />

The national Boys & Girls Clubs have undertaken similar expansions,<br />

but BGCLAH programs have especially excelled. They have partnered<br />

with corporate donors to provide science and technology labs with<br />

3D printers and a laser cutter, taught budding musicians chart reading<br />

and music theory, and helped 96 percent of the kids in their “College<br />

Bound” program graduate from high school.<br />

“We are one of the few nonprofit organizations fully dedicated to<br />

youth – first of all to the youth who need us most – with comprehensive<br />

programming and services they need for a future life of quality,” said<br />

Executive Director Mike Lansing.<br />

“Rather than a hand-out, this requires giving them a hand up,” he<br />

said. “We provide daily and year-round services and facilities, and a<br />

commitment to service the growth of the youth, and to aid their ability<br />

to break out of poverty and become contributing members of our society.”<br />

Indeed, BGCLAH is the largest private daily service provider in the<br />

Harbor/South Bay area for youth who are “at risk” through economic<br />

hardship, family challenges, or various other reasons such as learning<br />

or physical disabilities.<br />

The services are vital. Among the area’s 37,000 youth, some 13,000<br />

live in households below the poverty level. The Los Angeles Police Department<br />

classifies the area’s crime rate as medium to high.<br />

BGCLAH has grown to operate three traditional clubhouses and 10<br />

BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF LA HARBOR | 1200 S. Cabrillo Ave., San Pedro | 310-833-1366 | bgclaharbor.org<br />

sites at elementary, middle and high schools in the Harbor area. The<br />

Clubs serve more than 2,200 youth a day, providing daily transportation<br />

for more than 500 of them, and serving 1,100 daily snacks and suppers.<br />

Growing together<br />

As executive director, Lansing has spearheaded BGCLAH’s growth.<br />

As a kid, he played ball at the club in San Pedro. He went on to work<br />

as an educator, teaching, coaching and administrating at the middle<br />

school and high school levels, and served as a youth-oriented volunteer.<br />

He was asked to join the board of directors of what was then the<br />

Boys & Girls Club of San Pedro, and later applied for executive director,<br />

approaching the board with a bold plan for the future of the club.<br />

“I came in with a mindset that we could do more to help children<br />

who need us,” Lansing said. He pitched a “Triple A” emphasis, and<br />

pushed to expand offerings for teens.<br />

The board said yes, and committed to sweeping new initiatives,<br />

greater staffing, and vigorous shakings of the donor tree. Corporate<br />

partners obliged, and the Clubs’ annual budget grew from $250,000<br />

to $7.2 million.<br />

Facing the future<br />

BGCLAH is preparing a campaign for an additional $9 million for capital<br />

improvements, sustained program offerings, and additions to an<br />

endowment fund for the future.<br />

“We want to support and sustain the impact we’ve had, for the next<br />

80 years,” Lansing said, “and keep building the leaders for our community<br />

and beyond.”<br />

For more information see bgclaharbor.org<br />


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(See related story on following pages.)<br />

The Roundhouse Beautification<br />

Project is projected to<br />

cost approximately $4 million.<br />

The Harrison Greenberg Foundation<br />

has donated $1.25 million,<br />

the city has allocated $250,000 towards<br />

the pier renovation, and another<br />

quarter million has been<br />

fundraised thus far.<br />

Michael Greenberg said that beyond<br />

the $4 million cost of the project<br />

itself, the hope is to start an<br />

endowment, so that the facility<br />

never falls into disrepair again.<br />

“Aquariums require maintenance,”<br />

Greenberg said. “The<br />

Roundhouse especially so, because<br />

it sits on top of the Pacific Ocean, a<br />

corrosive environment. What we<br />

hope is to keep it looking beautiful.<br />

Sustainability is the key word.”<br />

“This is a gift we are bringing to<br />

the people of the South Bay,”<br />

Greenberg said. “But for people to<br />

enjoy it, it should continue to shine,<br />

and not become dilapidated. It<br />

needs constant love. I am asking for<br />

help as much as I can. I am grateful<br />

for the gifts from a lot of very generous<br />

people we’ve received so far.”<br />

To learn more about the project and<br />

how to contribute, see Roundhouse-<br />

Beautification.com.<br />

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each charity<br />

Michael Greenberg speaks at the groundbreaking for the Roundhouse Beautification Project, which he has spearheaded in honor of his son, Harrison.<br />

Photo by Jessie Lee Cederblom<br />

The boy and the pier<br />

Second of two parts<br />

How Michael Greenberg transformed the loss of his son<br />

into a gift for the place that made him<br />

by Mark McDermott<br />

Harrison Greenberg was still a toddler when his mother, Wendy,<br />

made an unusual discovery. He was a hyperactive little boy, bouncy<br />

and playful, all go, go, go. He had boundless curiosity; everything<br />

he encountered was subject to inspection, but his mind was restless, always<br />

moving to the next thing. Early on, while taking her son on early morning<br />

strolls, Wendy Greenberg found a place where Harrison’s attention focused<br />

to an utter calm: the Roundhouse Aquarium at the end of the Manhattan<br />

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

As Harrison would demonstrate for the rest of his life, he was nothing if<br />

not hands-on. At the aquarium, he found a rare place in the adult world<br />

where his curiosity could run free. He especially loved the touch tanks,<br />

where he could put his hands on ocean wildlife, such as sea stars, urchins<br />

and snails.<br />

“He was a very curious guy at an early age, so going to the Roundhouse<br />

was an opportunity to learn, an opportunity to engage,” Wendy recalled.<br />

“He was able to sit there and take in what was told to him. He could touch<br />

and learn, which inspired us to go more frequently, with different friends<br />

and on different outings.”<br />

Such was Harrison’s enthusiasm for the Aquarium that for his second<br />

birthday Wendy brought some of his marine friends to him. She was in the<br />

late stages of pregnancy and confined to bed rest, so the family had staff<br />

from the Oceanographic Teaching Station – the non-profit which operates<br />

the Roundhouse Aquarium – come to their home in Manhattan <strong>Beach</strong>.<br />

“What better thing could we do on his birthday?” she said. “He was jumping<br />

around and happy. It was definitely a birthday party for him. He was<br />

fascinated with the animals in the tanks.”<br />

Even the field trips to the Roundhouse with his classmates from Robinson<br />

Elementary were special days for Harrison.<br />

“He was one of the lucky few who was able to kiss the sea cucumber,”<br />

Wendy remembered. “He was fine with the idea. A lot of the kids would<br />

cringe; they thought it was too slimy. He was fine because he’d touched<br />

the animal so many times before.”<br />

Harrison’s father, Michael Greenberg, is the co-founder and president of<br />

Skechers, the popular, global shoe company based in Manhattan <strong>Beach</strong>. Although<br />

Harrison grew up in affluence, his childhood had its difficulties. He<br />

was unruly, and often in trouble. And until he filled out in his teen years,<br />

he tended to be pudgy, for which he was mercilessly bullied.<br />

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A rendering of the renovated Roundhouse Aquarium, which will be open by this summer. Courtesy Cambridge Seven Associates<br />

Through all those years, the<br />

Roundhouse was his respite, the<br />

place where he would find the<br />

peace of wild things and the seemingly<br />

endless possibility of life<br />

upon this earth.<br />

“I remember after having his little<br />

brother and sister, bringing the<br />

little ones along with him, and he<br />

would be fully engaged,” his<br />

mother said. “He was quite a handful.<br />

He would act out and get into<br />

trouble constantly. But in that environment<br />

he could be happy, and<br />

hang out for a long time. You had<br />

his full attention if it was something<br />

he was interested in.”<br />

As he grew into a young man,<br />

that spirit of exploration Harrison<br />

found at the Roundhouse served as<br />

a runway, a launching pad for all<br />

points west. He first fell in love<br />

with Catalina Island, exploring its<br />

surrounding waters, fishing, often<br />

alone in the family’s powerboat.<br />

Then his attention turned to Asia,<br />

where he traveled more than a half<br />

dozen times, sometimes alone, a<br />

teenager with a cell phone translator<br />

and an unbridled sense of wonder.<br />

It was in Thailand, on April 7,<br />

2015, that Harrison lost his life,<br />

choking to death on a late night<br />

meal alone in his hotel room while<br />

in the midst of a four month internship<br />

in China and Southeast Asia.<br />

He was 19 years old.<br />

His father rushed back from England,<br />

where he had been on business.<br />

His first impulse was to go to<br />

Thailand, but there was nothing to<br />

be done there; he returned instead<br />

to Manhattan <strong>Beach</strong>, to tend to Harrison’s<br />

mother and his little brother<br />

and sister, Chance and Mackenna.<br />

They gathered to try and absorb<br />

this unthinkable loss, together.<br />

Even as Greenberg was on his<br />

flight across the Atlantic, his mind<br />

turned to the question, “What<br />

now?” His beloved first born son<br />

was gone. He was utterly powerless<br />

to do anything about this. His job,<br />

he realized, was to help his family<br />

learn to live with this new reality,<br />

to keep on loving life.<br />

Never is the power of community<br />

more apparent than in times of<br />

tragedy. He’d barely arrived back in<br />

Manhattan <strong>Beach</strong> when donations<br />

started flowing in — a quarter of a<br />

million dollars, entirely unsolicited.<br />

The Harrison Greenberg Foundation<br />

was established immediately.<br />

It often isn’t until the end of a life<br />

that we can see the full narrative<br />

arc of the loved one who has<br />

passed, as if it were a book that had<br />

been lived, not written. The story of<br />

Harrison was of this ebullient,<br />

ruddy-faced little boy leaping in the<br />

water, seemingly blossoming<br />

overnight into into a square-jawed,<br />

handsome and determined young<br />

man who’d left middle-aged businessmen<br />

at dinner parties slackjawed<br />

with amazement at his<br />

quickness of mind, his capacity<br />

both for dreaming big and immersing<br />

himself in practical details of an<br />

idea. He was a third generation entrepreneur;<br />

he’d been named after<br />

his great grandfather, Harry, a green<br />

grocer who’d established a family<br />

business in Boston in the 1930s,<br />

Belle’s Market, named after his<br />

wife. His grandfather, Robert, inherited<br />

this entrepreneurial streak,<br />

and would start a half dozen businesses<br />

before moving to California<br />

and founding LA Gear, out of the<br />

ashes of which would emerge<br />

Skechers. Harrison was a link in the<br />

chain, the heir apparent to the family<br />

business, which had grown into<br />

a billion dollar global enterprise.<br />

But as both Michael and Wendy<br />

began the process of remembering,<br />

somehow the Roundhouse at the<br />

end of the pier was always in the<br />

background. The red-tiled building<br />

at the end of the pier was more<br />

than an aquarium; it represented<br />

the gift Harrison had experienced<br />

growing up in Manhattan <strong>Beach</strong>,<br />

“this enchanted village,” as<br />

Michael thought of it.<br />

Four days after his son’s death,<br />

Michael met with OTS officials. He<br />

wanted to give back to the community<br />

that had given his son such a<br />

beautiful life. He knew no better<br />

way than to go to the Roundhouse.<br />

“It was just about Harrison,<br />

about what we could do,” Greenberg<br />

said. “We were later focused<br />

on Harrison, what we could do on<br />

his behalf to memorialize him.”<br />

The pier<br />

Few towns have as enduring or<br />

distinct a symbol as the Roundhouse<br />

at the end of the Manhattan<br />

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

Legend has it a pier was built,<br />

before the city existed, by a mysterious<br />

figure named Colonel Blanton<br />

Duncan. According to lore<br />

mined by city historian Jan Dennis,<br />

Duncan arrived here from Kentucky<br />

during the Civil War. Some<br />

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old tales indicate he arrived with<br />

both slaves and profits from the<br />

cotton plantation he’d operated<br />

down South; one of the town’s<br />

early histories claims he built a<br />

small pier in order to smuggle<br />

opium from China.<br />

What is factual, according to<br />

Dennis, is Duncan did indeed<br />

build the first house in what was<br />

to become Manhattan <strong>Beach</strong>. As<br />

nearby Redondo <strong>Beach</strong> and Hermosa<br />

<strong>Beach</strong> formed in the late<br />

1800s, the sandy area to the north,<br />

all dust and dunes, was considered<br />

undesirable – after all, who would<br />

want to live amidst all that sand?<br />

Duncan paid $1,000 in gold to the<br />

Redondo Land Company for 87<br />

and one quarter acres and in 1895<br />

built a mansion on the hill overlooking<br />

the scraggly settlement<br />

originally known as Potencia. The<br />

following year, for $680, he bought<br />

another 100 acres that stretched<br />

down to the water. It’s clear he<br />

built an oceanside structure of<br />

some sort, Dennis reports, though<br />

it’s unclear if he built a pier.<br />

The city’s first known pier, built<br />

around the turn of the 20th century,<br />

was a somewhat ramshackle<br />

affair, in keeping with the fledgling<br />

town itself. It was dubbed “the Old<br />

Iron Pier” and fashioned out of railroad<br />

ties and timbers affixed with a<br />

900 ft. wooden platform for fishermen.<br />

“Back then Manhattan <strong>Beach</strong> was<br />

just sort of a little village,” Dennis<br />

said. “People couldn’t get here because<br />

of the dunes...Nobody came<br />

here. So they decided, well, we’ll<br />

build a fishing pier. That is what it<br />

was for — when the Red Car came<br />

down from LA, they’d come here to<br />

fish.”<br />

But as Dennis notes in her book,<br />

“A Walk Beside the Sea: A History<br />

of Manhattan <strong>Beach</strong>,” the odd little<br />

pier quickly became a focal point<br />

for many of the town’s activities.<br />

Then, in 1913, storms wiped the<br />

pier out, and city fathers decided to<br />

float a public bond to build a more<br />

permanent structure. A proposed<br />

$75,000 bond failed in 1914, 168<br />

votes to 170, largely due to a contingent<br />

of “Northenders” who<br />

wanted it located at the end of Marine<br />

Street. In 1916, a compromise<br />

was passed overwhelmingly, one<br />

that included $70,000 for a pier at<br />

the foot of Manhattan <strong>Beach</strong> Boulevard<br />

(then Center Street) and<br />

$20,000 for a pavillion at Marine.<br />

Engineer A.L. Harris had the idea<br />

for the Roundhouse. “Now in regard<br />

to a round end, it is a feature<br />

that hasn’t been, as yet, brought out<br />

on any other pier along the coast<br />

that I know of...another reason for<br />

having the circular end is that it is<br />

much stronger against the action of<br />

the waves,” Harris said at a meeting<br />

of the city’s board of trustees.<br />

Material shortages due to WWI<br />

delayed its construction but finally<br />

the pier and a Roundhouse that<br />

looks almost identical to today’s facility<br />

were constructed in 1920.<br />

The pier would remain largely<br />

unchanged until the 1980s, when<br />

Judge Richard L. Fruin established<br />

OTS, and the Roundhouse took on<br />

a new function as a marine science<br />

teaching station. But the pier itself<br />

was falling apart; there was a proposal<br />

to destroy the entire structure<br />

and rebuild. An activist group<br />

called Pier Pressure, led by Keith<br />

Robinson and Julia Tedesco, fought<br />

for its preservation. A 3-2 council<br />

vote in 1986 favored restoring the<br />

pier rather than replacing it, and in<br />

1991 a $2.39 million project to rehabilitate<br />

the pier got underway.<br />

By the time Michael Greenberg<br />

met with OTS staff immediately<br />

after his son’s passing in 2015, the<br />

pier was in most ways flourishing.<br />

More than 300,000 people visited it<br />

annually, including 15,000 kids<br />

who participate in programs at the<br />

Roundhouse Aquarium. But beneath<br />

the surface, the pier was in<br />

a state of deterioration, and the<br />

Aquarium’s facilities were being<br />

held together largely by the inventiveness<br />

of its co-directors, Eric<br />

Martin and Val Hill.<br />

“It’s been over 15 years since our<br />

last renovation, and things have<br />

started to go downhill,” said John<br />

Roberts, the chair of the OTS board<br />

of directors. “In a marine environment,<br />

things don’t last too long.”<br />

Greenberg’s initial notion was<br />

possibly to refurbish a tank or two<br />

at the Aquarium. But a Greenberg<br />

family trait appears to be a certain<br />

boundlessness, and as he considered<br />

the facility’s needs a bigger<br />

idea began to emerge.<br />

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it’s so old,” he recalled.<br />

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He pledged a million dollars on<br />

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million already contributed to Harrison’s<br />

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The project<br />

Two remarkable things happened<br />

in the 34 months since the<br />

inception of the Harrison Greenberg<br />

Foundation Roundhouse<br />

Aquarium Beautification Project.<br />

First, it was fast tracked with almost<br />

unprecedented alacrity. Six<br />

different governmental bodies, including<br />

the U.S. Army Corps of<br />

Engineers and the California<br />

Coastal Commission, signed off on<br />

the project in short order; one<br />

coastal commissioner actually<br />

cried as he voted for the project.<br />

The other unusual aspect is that<br />

Cambridge Seven Associates, one<br />

of the most prominent aquarium<br />

design firms in the world, signed<br />

on to do the 2,000 ft. project.<br />

It was unlikely that such a firm<br />

would even be interested in so<br />

small a project, but after they responded<br />

to the Request for Proposals<br />

and were selected as finalists,<br />

Michael Greenberg had an uncanny<br />

feeling as lead architect<br />

Peter Sollogub presented Cambridge’s<br />

ideas for the Roundhouse<br />

Aquarium last January.<br />

Sollogub is a lively, ebullient<br />

man, short in stature but large in<br />

The Manhattan <strong>Beach</strong> Pier in 1930, a little less than a decade after its construction.<br />

Photo courtesy Jan Dennis<br />

wonder and imagination. He looks<br />

a bit like an American Pablo Picasso.<br />

But what struck Greenberg<br />

that day was both Sollogub’s passion<br />

for this project and his resemblance<br />

to someone else – his<br />

grandfather, Harry, for whom Harrison<br />

was named.<br />

“The passion Peter showed, and<br />

knowing Cambridge Seven were<br />

the architects for the New England<br />

Aquarium and are one of the most<br />

world-renowned architects for<br />

aquariums around the globe...Yet<br />

he said this would be the most important<br />

project he would work on<br />

because of the nature of how it<br />

came to be,” Greenberg recalled.<br />

“And you know, there was a connection,<br />

because I am from New<br />

England, and as he is presenting,<br />

he reminded me of my grandfather,<br />

Harry… I’m thinking, ‘My<br />

god, this is meant to be.’”<br />

Michael spent the early part of<br />

his childhood in Boston, and was<br />

pulled into the family business as<br />

a young boy. He has vivid memories<br />

of getting up at 4 a.m. to go to<br />

the produce markets with Harry,<br />

an indefatigable man who made<br />

these pre-dawn runs five days a<br />

week and operated his greengrocer's<br />

market seven days a week.<br />

“He was a big part of my growing<br />

up,” Greenberg said. “And I felt<br />

this deep connection with Peter.<br />

Sort of like being guided. It was an<br />

easy decision for me.”<br />

Sollogub said it’s the smallest<br />

project he’s ever worked on, but<br />

also the one that means the most<br />

to him, personally.<br />

“Some tanks on other projects<br />

are bigger than the entire aquarium<br />

in the Manhattan <strong>Beach</strong> project,”<br />

said Sollogub. “Some of our<br />

projects are a hundred times bigger,<br />

and almost all are many, many<br />

<strong>Feb</strong>ruary 8, <strong>2018</strong> • Easy Reader / <strong>Beach</strong> magazine 27

times bigger than this project. But<br />

this has every last speck of what<br />

they have in its little container.”<br />

Cambridge’s other projects include<br />

the National Aquarium in<br />

Baltimore, Maryland, the Carolina<br />

SciQuarium, the Acquario di Genova<br />

in Italy and the Ring of Fire<br />

Aquarium in Osaka, Japan. But<br />

what the Roundhouse Aquarium<br />

has that few other facilities do is<br />

the immersive quality of being suspended<br />

over the Pacific Ocean.<br />

Cambridge Seven’s design plays off<br />

this quality. The experience of the<br />

new aquarium is intended to be<br />

akin to walking into the bright blue<br />

of the ocean.<br />

A new east-facing entrance will<br />

allow visitors to enter a widening<br />

corridor that opens up gradually to<br />

the Pacific. A rocky reef tank, a<br />

sandy bottom tank and a larger<br />

version of the popular kids’ touch<br />

tank line the left side, and a large<br />

shark tank is on the right. The<br />

west-facing walls will retain the<br />

Roundhouse’s distinct arched windows,<br />

so the Pacific is always visible.<br />

Above, an updated and<br />

enlarged mezzanine will include a<br />

goldfish tank, an exhibit space, and<br />

a discovery “nook” for small children.<br />

“The impact of this is really in<br />

the heart,” Sollogub said. “When<br />

we came down for our interview<br />

and went to the aquarium, it really<br />

spoke to us. We felt more excitement<br />

than many, many projects<br />

I’ve had the pleasure of working<br />

on over 40 years. There’s something<br />

about it. You are out there in<br />

this tiny little place, the ocean is<br />

coming in from the windows, and<br />

the sand, and the tanks all over the<br />

place, and the life support systems<br />

are in dire need — they are put together,<br />

but they need a little help.<br />

And the tanks themselves, the animals<br />

are being taken care of but<br />

could also use a little<br />

refreshing...It’s all grown in a little<br />

bit of a haphazard way, yet it all<br />

works. It’s somehow all cobbled together<br />

and you somehow feel,<br />

when you are in this special place,<br />

this personal touch. And then you<br />

remember why this project is happening,<br />

and what it is going to be.”<br />

Hill, the aquarium’s co-director,<br />

estimated that the facility at some<br />

points had been home to as many<br />

as 100 species of marine wildlife<br />

and, if you count the smaller life<br />

forms, as many as a million actual<br />

animals. “I’m a plankton person,”<br />

she said. “[Co-director] Eric is a<br />

whale person. We respect each<br />

other’s choices. You can’t have one<br />

without the other.”<br />

This interconnection is the overarching<br />

lesson of the entire aquarium.<br />

“One of the highlights is the<br />

touch tanks,” Hill said. “Kids get to<br />

interact with the animals, and with<br />

the ocean, really. It gives them a<br />

real connection with the animals,<br />

and that helps carry on when we<br />

bring a message about ocean pollution<br />

and pollution prevention and<br />

how we all have this connection<br />

with something that lives in the<br />

ocean.”<br />

“It fosters awareness and love for<br />

the ocean, and from that awareness<br />

and love people take measures<br />

to consider things and not<br />

pollute,” John Roberts said. “We’ve<br />

done some surveys — some kids<br />

who visit live 10 or 15 miles away<br />

and have never before seen the<br />

ocean. It’s startling but it’s true.<br />

How can you protect what you<br />

don’t know?”<br />

The rebuilt upstairs of the aquarium<br />

will feature an education center<br />

as well as photos and videos by<br />

Martin, who is a marine photographer,<br />

so visitors can experience<br />

nearby wildlife too large for the little<br />

facility — such as orcas and fin<br />

whales and Great White sharks.<br />

28 Easy Reader / <strong>Beach</strong> magazine • <strong>Feb</strong>ruary 8, <strong>2018</strong>

Kids enjoy the touch tank at the Roundhouse Aquarium. Photo courtesy the<br />

Roundhouse Aquarium<br />

The project is expected to be completed<br />

by Memorial Day weekend.<br />

Everyone involved in the project<br />

has been struck by Greenberg’s unrelenting<br />

positivity.<br />

“His heart? As big as the aquarium<br />

he is leading the way to renovate<br />

into a free world class<br />

oceanographic teaching center,”<br />

said Councilperson Richard Montgomery.<br />

“Michael, even through his<br />

personal tragedy, has led the way to<br />

show us all how to help others less<br />

fortunate.”<br />

Dennis, the city historian, expressed<br />

gratitude for the Greenberg<br />

family’s contribution. But she was<br />

also emphatic that people understand<br />

that the pier belongs to no<br />

single family, but rather is a symbol<br />

for the entire city. In a video promoting<br />

the Roundhouse beautification<br />

project, Dennis tears up as she<br />

describes what the Roundhouse<br />

means to her when she has been<br />

away from Manhattan <strong>Beach</strong> and<br />

returns. “When I see that pier, I am<br />

home,” Dennis said. “And I’ve been<br />

here 56 years — not as long as some<br />

of our natives, but it’s home to me,<br />

and the pier is a symbol of it.”<br />

At a groundbreaking ceremony in<br />

November, Mayor Amy Howorth<br />

said the Roundhouse renovation is<br />

also symbolic of the city’s sense of<br />

community.<br />

“It really struck me that this<br />

speaks to who we are here in Manhattan<br />

<strong>Beach</strong>,” said Howarth. “This<br />

is what community does. We come<br />

and gather to celebrate the good,<br />

and we also stand by each other<br />

through the dark times.”<br />

Sollogub said that though the impetus<br />

for the project was born from<br />

unspeakable loss, the feeling that<br />

has presided throughout is one of<br />

boundless possibility.<br />

“It’s never been a feeling of<br />

tragedy in the room, but really<br />

about the joy and wonder of growing<br />

up, being young, being wideeyed<br />

looking for new adventure —<br />

and at the same time being able to<br />

share that experience by taking care<br />

of this place, and extending that<br />

care and exposure to wonder to that<br />

experience of underwater life….You<br />

leave with more open eyes, and<br />

joy,” he said. “I think that is what<br />

this project is about. Wide-eyed<br />

wonder.”<br />

Wendy Greenberg knows a little<br />

bit about wide-eyed wonder, from<br />

the boy she misses so much. The<br />

Roundhouse at the end of the pier<br />

never fails to remind her of Harrison.<br />

“As much as I try to get away<br />

from the problem of losing our son,<br />

it’s where I look when I take a dog<br />

on a walk — the Roundhouse at the<br />

end of the pier,” she said. “When<br />

I’m flying on a airplane leaving, I<br />

see it. Where I do yoga, there’s a<br />

picture of the Roundhouse….It’s<br />

the heart of this town.”<br />

The Roundhouse Aquarium remains<br />

open in a temporary location in<br />

the south pier parking lot. See RoundhouseAquarium.org<br />

for more information.<br />

For more information on the<br />

pier’s history or to order “Manhattan<br />

<strong>Beach</strong> Pier History” or “A Walk Beside<br />

the Sea,” Jan Dennis can be<br />

reached at 310-372-8520. To contribute<br />

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W<br />

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Excellence in defense<br />

ith more than 50 jury trials and arbitration hearings under his<br />

belt, accomplished defense attorney Nigel Villanueva approaches<br />

so-called minor cases with the same dedication<br />

with which he defends a homicide suspect, the owner of an NBA team,<br />

or in some cases, other attorneys.<br />

“I have the same zeal for a drunk-in-public defense as I do for a client<br />

facing a charge of first-degree murder. I have a great belief in criminal<br />

defense. People are counting on you to protect their rights,” said Villanueva,<br />

who is currently in preparation for an upcoming homicide<br />

trial.<br />

Villanueva represents clients in a wide range of violent crimes, drug<br />

crimes, sex crimes and driving offenses. On the civil law side, he runs a<br />

small but successful personal injury practice, recovering more than $1<br />

million for clients, most of whom were injured in vehicle, motorcycle or<br />

bicycle accidents.<br />

Villanueva’s excellence in preparing a case, and arguing it before<br />

a judge and jury, were exemplified in an eight-day domestic violence<br />

trial in Lancaster.<br />

“One of the deciding factors in the case was that his wife had made<br />

allegations that he was in a rage, and he had punched multiple holes<br />

throughout the house, that he shattered windows, broke tables,” Villanueva<br />

said. “We were able to catch her in a lie. We found witnesses<br />

who had been told by her that she caused some of holes, and some<br />

of the damage was caused by roommates.”<br />

“We used two investigators and started speaking with people she<br />

knew, did searches on Facebook, it was just a lot of good investigation,”<br />

he said. “The jury acquitted our client in under an hour.”<br />

Villanueva’s successes have prompted other attorneys to turn to him<br />

when they are in trouble, including a prosecutor who found himself<br />

under criminal investigation. Villanueva dug into the matter, with the<br />

result that no charges were ultimately filed.<br />

“I felt real pride that some of our colleagues, when they have had<br />

legal issues, have allowed me to defend them,” Villanueva said.<br />

The case of the pro basketball team owner was another one that Villanueva<br />

stopped in its tracks before it could go to trial. He declined to<br />

identify the owner because the matter did not come to the public’s<br />

attention.<br />

“There are many criminal lawyers who advertise as criminal trial attorneys,<br />

but their experience might be limited. The prosecutors are<br />

aware of this, and it affects how they make pre-trial offers,” Villanueva<br />

said.<br />

Another of Villanueva’s clients, a 52-year-old man, was charged with<br />

elder abuse in the case of an injured 70-year-old man. Prosecutors<br />

claimed that the defendant caused a large hematoma to the skull of<br />

the older man and gave him two black eyes.<br />

At the preliminary hearing, the magistrate ruled that the older man<br />

was the catalyst in the incident, and had forced Villanueva’s client to<br />

respond in self-defense.<br />

“In many similar cases dealing with fighting and aggressive behavior,<br />

the parties can have vastly different stories,” Villanueva said. “Many<br />

times, it can be law enforcement or prosecutors who determine the<br />

victim based on sympathy, or political correctness, and not the facts.”<br />

Villanueva’s careful attention to changes in law proved decisive in<br />

his successful representation of a schoolteacher who was trying to get<br />

her criminal record expunged of felony drunk driving, assaulting a police<br />

officer and driving with a suspended license.<br />

“She had applied for expungement, and it had been denied. She<br />

hired our office to re-litigate the matter,” Villanueva said.<br />

He won the case by finding a then-recent change in expungement<br />

law that had been overlooked in the previous proceedings.<br />

“She would have lost her job,” Villanueva said.<br />

It is also important to Villanueva to make himself fully available to<br />

each client.<br />

“I try to be as open to my clients as possible,” he said. “I run an opendoor<br />

policy. I am happy to meet my clients in late hours, or on weekends.<br />

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y Bondo Wyszpolski<br />

Jim Eninger. Photo by Bondo Wyszpolski<br />

Aesthetics, not bodies in seats is what matters to classical music enthusiast Jim Eninger<br />

This past October, Jim Eninger was among the recipients of the Excellence<br />

in Arts Awards, an annual event presented by the City of Torrance<br />

Cultural Art Commission. If the name doesn’t ring the bells of<br />

familiarity that’s because Eninger is perfectly content to remain in the background.<br />

That isn’t to say he doesn’t have admirers and champions. The late<br />

John Bogart of the Daily Breeze referred to Eninger as “the smartest, besteducated<br />

publicist in the South Bay and -- who knows -- maybe the entire<br />

world.”<br />

Many people who follow classical music would agree.<br />

Adams and Adès to Zimmer and Zorn<br />

From Jim Eninger’s Torrance home you can throw a stone into Redondo<br />

<strong>Beach</strong>. He’s a retired engineer who graduated from Stanford and worked<br />

at TRW. Along the way, his interest in classical music grew by leaps and<br />

bounds. While he himself may not play an instrument, his wife and daughters<br />

are musically inclined.<br />

In the late 1970s, long before all the gadgetry came along that now pins<br />

us to our phones and computers, Eninger became involved with the South<br />

Bay Chamber Music Society. Then, when the internet became viable, and<br />

being somewhat computer savvy, Eninger began sending out concert reminders<br />

as well as the evening’s program notes: “And people would show<br />

up at the concerts, (having) printed out the programs on their dot matrix<br />

printers.”<br />

These emails boosted attendance, to the point where a Sunday afternoon<br />

encore performance was initiated to supplement the one on Friday. The visiting<br />

musicians liked this as well, since if they were preparing for one concert<br />

it was nice to be able to present it again, the same material and all, just<br />

two days later.<br />

The format continues to this day, Fridays at Harbor College in Wilmington<br />

and Sundays at the Pacific Unitarian Church in Rancho Palos Verdes.<br />

Having been on the board, as well as serving as the group’s president,<br />

Eninger left the South Bay Music Society in 1999, and that’s when he began<br />

his newsletter, now referred to as the Clickable Chamber Music Newsletter<br />

from the South Bay.<br />

“During the season, from September through June,” he says, “they go out<br />

weekly because there’s so much classical music. And then when things<br />

slow down during the summer sometimes they go out every two weeks or<br />

maybe every three weeks if I want to schedule a vacation.”<br />

For all that, they’re sent out regularly, the most recent issue (as of this<br />

writing) is number 781, and there are in excess of 5,700 people who subscribe<br />

to it.<br />

Also, and most importantly, the newsletter is thoroughly comprehensive,<br />

giving the date and time, the names of the artists, and the locations of<br />

dozens upon dozens of classical music events coming up throughout the<br />

greater Los Angeles area.<br />

It’s a formidable undertaking, and yes there are volunteers who serve as<br />

proofreaders and fact-checkers.<br />

Eninger is in his early 70s, but he doesn’t seem to mind the trek to venues<br />

near and far. On the day we met, he was headed over to Zipper Hall in<br />

downtown Los Angeles.<br />

“There’s a group of friends that I see at concerts all over the city,” he says.<br />

“The distance to go to a concert is a secondary consideration.<br />

“And one thing about attending classical music concerts, you really get to<br />

know your city. Going to Pasadena, Westwood, downtown. It really makes<br />

you feel connected.”<br />

That’s a good lesson for those of us who automatically cite traffic as an<br />

excuse to not venture out of the area.<br />

But let’s say we don’t (or won’t) leave the South Bay in pursuit of classical<br />

music. That’s okay, too, because Eninger says there’s quite a bit of it locally,<br />

and a glance through his newsletter gives plenty of proof that this is so.<br />

To mention a few, apart from the South Bay Chamber Music Society, we<br />

have Classical Crossroads in Torrance, plus occasional concerts at El<br />

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Camino College, numerous churches, and one shouldn’t forget Alexey<br />

Steele’s Classical Underground in Carson.<br />

There are also many notable classical musicians who live in the area or<br />

who play here frequently. Most people know of David Benoit and the Asia<br />

America Symphony. Eninger also singles out two other fine pianists, Robert<br />

Thies and Steven Vanhauwaert. Thies was recently named the artistic director<br />

of the South Bay Chamber Music Society, and Vanhauwaert, originally<br />

from Belgium, resides in Redondo <strong>Beach</strong>.<br />

Music is a journey<br />

Eninger says that when he began listening to music he wanted to keep<br />

an open mind and so he listened to many genres. This is how we discover<br />

what it is that appeals to us most directly. In Eninger’s case, he seems to<br />

prefer the Germanic tradition, Bach to Brahms, and then into the 20th century<br />

with predominantly tonal music. But he emphasizes that he enjoys a<br />

wide range of music, his criteria being that the artists are exceptionally talented<br />

and the music is well-played.<br />

“I like to expand my horizons,” he notes, pointing out that at the moment<br />

he’s carefully, slowly, reading “The Rest is Noise,” by Alex Ross. “If you<br />

want to understand music in the 20th century, that’s an essential book to<br />

read.” In addition, Eninger says, “I’ve been reading biographies of the great<br />

composers -- Clara Schumann, Robert Schumann, Prokofiev, Brahms… because<br />

these biographies reflect on the history of the time. It’s a great way<br />

to learn about history.”<br />

These days, at least, Eninger prefers chamber music over symphonies,<br />

because with chamber music there’s a drawing room intimacy that can’t<br />

be achieved with a Mahler-sized orchestra.<br />

“What I’m really getting interested in now is American Contemporary<br />

Ballet; it’s almost like chamber ballet. When you attend one of their performances<br />

(located in a highrise on Flower Street in downtown L.A.) you’re<br />

only at most three rows from the dance floor.”<br />

The dances are accompanied by live music, “most of the musicians<br />

drawn from the USC Thornton School.” Eninger is hoping to bring this<br />

mixture of dance and chamber music to the South Bay.<br />

One of the questions that people ask about classical music of all types,<br />

including large-scale opera, is what happens after the audience becomes<br />

too feeble to attend and, ahem, dies off? Because, if one goes to see “Così<br />

fan tutte” or even “Rigoletto,” most of the seats seem occupied by those in<br />

or nearing their sunset years.<br />

“Well, there’s always new people coming in,” Eninger explains. In other<br />

words, while some folks go out one door, others are coming in from another.<br />

And actually, Eninger thinks this is a good time for classical music<br />

attendance because the baby boom generation is reaching that point in<br />

their lives where, presumably, they have more leisure time and, furthermore,<br />

Led Zeppelin now seems a little outdated.<br />

As for luring a younger audience, Eninger often sees students who were<br />

sent by the teachers of their music appreciation classes. “I love to see how<br />

they get drawn into it,” he says, “because they don’t have high expectations<br />

for this [kind of music], and then they really like it.”<br />

While Eninger is pleased to see students in the audience, he doesn’t think<br />

the concerts should kowtow to them.<br />

“There are some organizations that are trying to chase younger people<br />

by making their presentations more hip or including things that kids like.<br />

I don’t believe in that.” He also feels that sometimes a group or presenting<br />

organization needs to put aside the notion of just trying to draw in as many<br />

people as possible. An art song recital, for example, Eninger says, “where<br />

you know your audience is going to fall by 30 or 40 percent, but you do it<br />

anyway.”<br />

That’s conviction, and integrity, even if it’s going against the grain of filling<br />

seats at all cost. But it’s also admirable, that openness to finding and<br />

presenting true gems in music and by doing so to offer a unique and one<br />

hopes exceptional experience.<br />

“When you come to a concert that’s played by talented musicians who<br />

give an inspired performance of great music by great composers, then<br />

something magical happens,” Eninger says. “The entire focus should be on<br />

the artistic quality, and the audience will come.”<br />

Revelations await us in the realm of live classical music, and Jim Eninger<br />

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The infinity view at Strand House. Photos courtesy of Strand House<br />

Evolution of a dining destination<br />

Dinner at the Strand House in downtown Manhattan <strong>Beach</strong> is typically expensive,<br />

36 Easy Reader / <strong>Beach</strong> magazine • <strong>Feb</strong>ruary 8, <strong>2018</strong><br />

but the experience is anything but typical<br />

by Richard Foss<br />

Strand House opened in 2011 to the very highest of expectations. The<br />

former dance club had been renovated by an internationally known<br />

design team, and founding chef Travis Lorton collaborated on the<br />

menu with Neal Fraser, one of LA’s top chefs. The menu was easily the<br />

most ambitious in the South Bay, featuring unusual heirloom vegetables,<br />

arcane seasoning combinations, and housemade cured and smoked meats.<br />

Crowds showed up to see if this was going to set the standard for fine dining<br />

in the South Bay or be the biggest flop ever.<br />

Seven years later the Strand House still has a crowd most nights and is<br />

still leading the pack in adventurous dining. That said, there have been subtle<br />

changes in style that show a refined focus. In the early days an exuberant<br />

kitchen team decided they could do everything in-house. They made their<br />

own bacon and performed other time and labor intensive tasks. As the<br />

restaurant’s chef-partner Greg Hozinsky observed, when he took over they<br />

were doing some things just because they could, not because the result was<br />

a superior product.<br />

Hozinsky made some changes when he took the reins, and new Executive<br />

Chef Austin Cobb has added his own signature to the eclectic mix of items<br />

here. The flavors are still complex but more reliant on the natural flavors<br />

of seasonal produce, and there is a an American sensibility rather than the<br />

Italian focus of earlier days.<br />

Some items from days past are still on the menu, such as the hand-torn<br />

pasta with housemade lamb sausage, roasted fennel, blistered tomatoes,<br />

pine nuts, and chili. Since this involves using several cooking methods before<br />

combining them, you can see that the tendency toward complexity is<br />

alive and well. Those different methods give each bite bursts of flavors<br />

that are complementary rather than unified so that you’re still finding new<br />

harmonies of flavor in the last bite.<br />

Another small plate shows Cobb’s gift with simpler but still inventive<br />

combinations. I never would have thought of roasting cauliflower with bits<br />

of pineapple and adding pickled onions. This was served over coconut<br />

cream with faint notes of chili and curry, and the combination of tropical<br />

flavors with a winter vegetable was brilliant. Another starter offers comfort<br />

food for the modern crowd, Spanish octopus in a Peruvian-influenced style.<br />

The crispy corn kernels, confit potato, and yellow chili and garlic sauce are<br />

traditional pairings, and thanks to fine technique there were many textures<br />

and flavors to savor. This showed a restraint that is rare in the industry, because<br />

a creative chef knew when to just leave a winning combination alone.<br />

The same was true of a main course of a grilled Kurobuta pork chop,<br />

which was served with braised purple cabbage, crispy spaetzle, and apple<br />

chutney. This is soul food if you’re from Germany or places in the U.S. that<br />

have a large German population. If your grandmother is visiting from Wisconsin<br />

and wonders if she can find anything to eat here the answer is yes.<br />

Grandma may find the décor a bit modern and the sound level a bit high<br />

for her taste, but the hearty flavors will win her over.<br />

Other items are more multicultural, such as the Ora king salmon that is<br />

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experience. Ora King is a New Zealand sustainably farmed fish with a flavor<br />

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When I scanned the menu to see if I could deduce Chef Austin’s culinary<br />

signature I found an easy clue: an item called “Chef Austin’s saltimbocca<br />

pizza.” I probably would have ordered that even if it wasn’t his signature<br />

item, because I was curious about the name. Saltimbocca is traditionally a<br />

preparation of veal stuffed with prosciutto and sage, occasionally with<br />

cheese. The item here was a pizza stuffed with housemade porchetta,<br />

fontina cheese, a dash of fresno chili, and pesto. This was served as a sandwich<br />

in a folded and cut, freshly baked flatbread. I can’t say that it reminds<br />

me much of the traditional favorite, but it was exceptionally good.<br />

To pair with these items the Strand House offers a dizzying variety of<br />

wine by the glass as well as craft cocktails. I strongly recommend the Clyde<br />

Barrow, a new drink in the classic style made with Chivas Regal, Cointreau,<br />

ginger liqueur, blood orange juice, and chocolate bitters. This was a<br />

drink worth a long slow savor, the most outstanding of several I’ve tried<br />

there.<br />

For dessert we tried a housemade doughnut sampler and a warm brown<br />

sugar cake. We would have tried more but we were dining late and the<br />

kitchen had run out of a few items. My wife ordered the doughnuts because<br />

she has a weakness for them that I don’t share because they’re generally<br />

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and vanilla bean glazed versions I particularly enjoyed the caramel fleur<br />

de sel version. A glass of Sandeman port was suggested as an accompaniment,<br />

and it finished the meal with a flourish.<br />

Dinner at the Strand House is not cheap – you may expect to pay between<br />

$75 and $100 per person with a glass of wine and a cocktail each,<br />

and more if you explore the high side of the wine menu. But that’s about<br />

typical in downtown Manhattan <strong>Beach</strong> now, and this experience is anything<br />

but typical. The cooking here is assured and inventive, the service<br />

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5. Bethany Zelasko, first place open women.<br />

6. Roi Kanazawa, first place juniors (under 18).<br />

7. Greg McEwan, first place legends and open<br />

longboard.<br />

8. Parker Browning, second place open men.<br />

9. Groms loving the ocean.<br />

10. Joey Samuelian, fifth place juniors (18 and<br />

under)<br />

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joining others across the country<br />

N<br />

early 1,000 men, women and children marched from Seaside Lagoon to Veterans<br />

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The Redondo March was organized by the Progressive Parents of the South<br />

Bay and had a family-friendly focus.<br />

Cliff Leicht, of Manhattan <strong>Beach</strong>, was at the corner of Catalina and Pacific avenues,<br />

with his daughters Hudson and Dylan. “To drill these ideas, that they’re equal<br />

to men, into their minds at an early age is incredibly important,” Leicht said.<br />

Half a mile away, at the Redondo <strong>Beach</strong> Veterans Memorial, Linda Falcone stood,<br />

craning her neck to find the friends she’d separated from. “I marched with Cesar<br />

Chavez, in the ‘60s, I protested with Vietnam vets against the war,” Falcone, 70, said.<br />

“I hope things like the marches here, can get things turned around, and maybe Trump<br />

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Her 93-year-old friend Fay Ferraioli said, “I’m here for women’s rights and for<br />

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