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Volume 48, Issue 27

Roundhouse reenvisioned

Koppel on cable Strand House remake Super blue blood moon


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February 8, 2018

Volume 48, Issue 27

ON THE COVER

Blue blood moon over the Manhattan Beach

pier Roundhouse. Camera settings: f/5.6, 1

sec exp at ISO 1600. Nikon 28-300 lens at

68mm

Photo by Bill Hood

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BEACH PEOPLE

8 Super blue blood moon over South Bay

by Comon, Gaffney, Hood, Pagliaro and Lofgren

Local photographers share their images of the Jan. 31 Super Blue Blood

Moon, a rare astrological event that occurs when the moon is close to the

earth and eclipsed by the earth passing between the moon and the sun.

12 Koppel on cable news by Kevin Cody

Former ABC war correspondent and Nightline anchor Ted Koppel calls for

a return to the journalistic standards of Edward R. Murrow and

Walter Cronkite.

24 Roundhouse revitalized by Mark McDermott

Manhattan Beach’s historic Roundhouse Aquarium keeps its iconic exterior

while inside, exhibits are updated by the nation’s leading aquarium design

firm, through the efforts of the Harrison Greenberg Foundation.

34 Music base by Bondo Wyszpolski

World class, classical musicians perform weekly throughout the South Bay,

thanks to the rarely recognized organizational efforts of music lover Jim

Eninger.

36 Great dining expectations by Richard Foss

Strand House opened in 2011 with a spectacular Manhattan Beach pier

view and a celebrity chef. The chef has changed but the view and the dining

experience are undiminished.

BEACH LIFE

STAFF

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

Mendez, and Ryan McDonald, ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Bondo Wyszpolski, DINING EDITOR Richard Foss,

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Super Blue Blood Moon:

Early morning Wednesday,

January 31, 2018.

Photos by

(clockwise from top left)

Steve Gaffney

Mark Comon

Dean Lofgren

Steve Gaffney

Ken Pagliaro

Bill Hood

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S O U T H B AY

CAL ENDAR

Friday, February 9

Night at the Library

Artist Chuck Hohng speaks

about the meaning behind his

signature bears featured in his

exhibition, “Toyetic” on display

at the Manhattan Beach Art

Center and Manhattan Beach

Library. Light refreshments

provided. 8-10 p.m. This event

is free to the public. Toyetic exhibit

runs through April 1. MB

Library, 1320 Highland Ave.

(310) 545-8595.

Monday, February 12

Get on the bus

Learn everything about

using public transportation at

the Metro’s Older Adult Transportation

Pop-Up. Programming

will include services

geared to the older adult audience.

10 a.m. - noon.

Hawthorne Memorial Center,

3901 W El Segundo Blvd.,

Hawthorne. For more information

or to RSVP, contact Jacob

Lopez at (213) 922-1359 or

lopezj12@metro.net. Event is

accessible by Metro bus or

rail. Plan your trip using

Metro’s trip planner at

metro.net or (323) 466-3876.

Whale of a day

Go to sea through mid-April

in search of migrating Pacific

gray whales and a host of

other marine life including

dolphins, seals and sea lions.

Whalewatch naturalists,

trained by Cabrillo Aquarium

and American Cetacean Society,

lead boat trips from various

landings; fees vary. From

Redondo, boats depart weekdays

at 10 a.m.; weekends 10

a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Call 310-

372-2111. Groups can make

reservations by calling Cabrillo

Whalewatch at 310-548-7770

Tuesdays through Fridays, 8:30

am to 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 14

Whale watching season continues through mid-April with

daily boats leaving King Harbor in Redondo Beach. For

more information contact the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium at

310-548-7770 or CabrilloMarineAquarium.org.

Ready to Read

Storytime just for 3 & 4 year

olds full of early literacy concepts,

songs, rhymes, movement,

and fun! Children are

encouraged to attend independently,

but caregivers are

welcome, too. 12:30 p.m. but

arrive a little early to check in

at the Information Desk for

name bear badge, go to the

bathroom, and get a drink of

water. Redondo Beach Main

Library, Children's Storytime

Room, 1st Floor, 303 N. Pacific

Coast Hwy. 310-318-0675 option

6 for more info.

Movie day

Hermosa Five-0 Senior Center

screens Goodbye Christopher

Robin, rated PG. Only

$1, includes coffee, candy and

popcorn. Noon. 710 Pier Ave.,

Hermosa Beach. (310) 318-

0280. www.hermosabch. org.

Thursday, February 15

Life Planning Series

Today’s topic is elder care

and residential choices presented

by H.E.L.P. (Healthcare

and Elder Law Programs) Corporation.

10:30 a.m. Redondo

Beach Main Library, 303 N.

Pacific Coast Hwy. (310) 533-

1996 or www.Help4Srs.org.

Author event

Pages bookstore presents the

award-winning adventure

writer and a longtime contributor

to NPR and Bloomberg

Businessweek, Peter Heller,

New York Times bestselling

author of Celine, The Dog

Stars, and The Painter. $20 (includes

book) $34 (includes

book + healthy box lunch

from Kale and Coconuts).

Noon. 310-318-0900 or

info@pagesabookstore.com.

904 Manhattan Ave. Manhattan

Beach.

Water workshop

Free two-part Rainwater/

Greywater Class & Workshop

hosted by West Basin Municipal

Water District. The workshops

will teach District

residents how to harvest rainwater

with rain barrels and

cisterns for outdoor irrigation,

as well as how to safely and

legally reuse greywater from

clothes washing machines.

Each event series consists of

one class followed by an additional

workshop at a later date

in the month. Attendees qualify

to receive a free “Greywater

Green Landscape” book, a

$100 discount on greywater

parts, and one-hour in-home

technical assistance for the installation

of greywater systems.

6 - 8 p.m. Redondo

Beach Performing Arts

Center,1935 Manhattan Beach

Blvd., Redondo Beach. For

more information and to register,

visit: westbasin.org/greywater.

Pen Show weekend

Los Angeles International

Pen Show is a 4 day event held

today through Feb. 18 at the

Westdrift Manhattan Beach

Hotel. View writing products

including new and vintage collectible

pens, pencils, stationery,

paper, ink and more.

Vendors will be selling inks,

new and vintage fountain

pens, ballpoint pens and other

types of writing instruments.

Vintage writing instruments

are also available for sale, and

there will be experts on hand

that to restore vintage pens.

Have an old pen you would

like to know more about?

Bring it in! $7 entry fee at the

door. Children under 12 are

free with an adult. For questions

and information (310)

546-7511 or lainternationalpenshow.com.

Friday, February 16

Hanna Somatic

Cancer Support Community

Redondo Beach (CSCRB) presents

this introductory Hanna

Somatic class. Led by instructor

Ken Lew, participants learn

the basics of Hanna Somatic

movement to increase flexibility,

help relieve chronic pain,

joint stiffness, and address ineffective

body movement patterns.

Advance registration

required. 3 - 4:30 p.m. 109

West Torrance Blvd., Redondo

Beach. Call (310) 376-3550 or

visit the website at cancersupportredondobeach.org.

Saturday, February 17

Quilt show weekend

The South Bay Quilters

Guild presents the 38th South

Bay Quilters Guild Quilt Show.

Featured quilter, Sue Glass

will be in the house in addition

to over 150 beautiful quilts on

display alongside many new

quilting supplies. A quilt auction

will take place on Sunday

at 1 p.m. as well as a drawing

for themed raffle baskets. Saturday

and Sunday 10 a.m. - 4

p.m. Torrance Cultural Arts

Center, 3330 Civic Center

Drive, Torrance. Tickets are

$10$9. Children under 10 are

free. For advance tickets contact

Julie Limbach Jones at

(310) 413-4316. Southbayquiltersguild.org.

Across Generations

The Palos Verdes Library

District, in partnership with

the American Association of

University Women Palos

Verdes Peninsula (AAUW

PVP), presents Judy Milestone,

Smith College alumna, UCLA

Lecturer, and former Senior

Vice President of CNN, in

leading a conversation about

how women’s lives have

changed across the generations

with Hanna Meghi Chandoo.

Hanna is an associate with the

law firm Stris & Maher LLP

and is also a graduate of Smith

College. Like many women of

her generation, Hanna wears

many hats and fills many roles.

In addition to being an attorney,

she is a daughter, a wife,

an activist and the eldest of

three sisters. 1 p.m. Peninsula

Center Library community

room, 701 Silver Spur Road

Rolling Hills Estates. This program

is free and open to the

public. For more information

contact Leti Polizzi, Adult Services

Department Manager

(310) 377-9584.

Beach Ball

The Beach Ball is Leadership

Hermosa Beach’s annual

fundraising event that brings

local leaders together for an

enjoyable night of socializing

and celebrating. Hosted by

Jared Young with live music by

Hit Me 90s. Emerging Leader

awards are given to an Adult,

Business/Non Profit and a

Youth who have provided service

and civic leadership in the

community. Appetizers and

drink specials will be provided!

Proceeds benefit future

Leadership Hermosa projects

that benefit the local community.

6 -10 p.m. at The Standing

Room, Hermosa Beach.

Tickets ($40-50) available at:

www.eventbrite.com/e/beachb

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Tuesday, February 20

Democratic Club

Stay current with what is

happening in local politics and

government and in our nation.

Free. Guest speakers and refreshments.

6 - 6:30 p.m. meet

and greet, 6:30 - 8 p.m. meeting.

El Segundo Library, 111

W. Mariposa Ave., El Segundo.

The meeting are energetic and

interactive. For questions call

(310) 497-3013. B

Artist Chuck Hohng speaks about his exhibition, “Toyetic”

Friday, Feb 9, 8-10 p.m. at the Manhattan Beach Library.

Toyetic exhibit runs through April 1 at Manhattan Creative

Arts Center and at the Library. Photo by Bondo Wyszpolski

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people

Koppel

on the

cable cabal

by Kevin Cody

[Cable news] is to journalism

what Bernie Madoff was to investment:

He told his customers

what they wanted to hear...

Former ABC Nightline anchor Ted Koppel addresses Distinguished Speaker Series

subscribers at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center. Photo by Deidre Davidson

In the late 1990s ABC Nightline anchor Ted Koppel received

a phone call from ABC World News Tonight

anchor Peter Jennings.

“Peter asked if the bean counters had been in touch with

me. I said I had just gotten off the phone with them. They

wanted to know how many times this year we used a

story from our Moscow bureau,” Koppel told Jennings.

The former Vietnam reporter and recipient of just about

every major journalism award recounted the conversation

last month during his talk to Distinguished Speaker Series

subscribers at the Redondo Beach Performing Art Center.

ABC’s accounting department subsequently determined

that ABC was using approximately one story a week from

its Moscow bureau, which cost the network $2 million annually.

That worked out to about $40,000 a story.

Shortly after the phone calls from accounting, the

Moscow bureau was closed, along with the Paris, Rome

and Bonn bureaus. The number of ABC foreign correspondents

was cut from roughly 35 to 5.

“A panel of yahoos is cheaper,” Koppel explained, referring

to the commentators who have largely replaced reporters

on broadcast and cable news.

Koppel proposed a strategy for keeping informed by

asking the audience for a show of hands of people who

listen to right wing radio host Rush Limbaugh.

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

people in the 1,300 seat auditorium who raised their

hands. “I wish more of you listened to Rush Limbaugh

and Fox News’ Sean Hannity, because you need to know

what your fellow Americans are thinking.

“Over 20 million people listen to Rush Limbaugh every

week and the rest of you don’t have a clue what he is

telling people.

“A Stanford study found that interracial marriages are

more common than marriages between a Democrat and

a Republican.”

The audience laughed until Koppel silenced them with

a quote from the 1930s cowboy philosopher Will Rogers.

“Will Rogers, the John Stewart of the 1930s, said, ‘We’re

all ignorant, just about different things.’ It was his way of

saying, don’t reject your fellow Americans just because

they have different points of view.

“That’s what we are doing these days. As soon as someone

hears you are for or against Trump you are pegged.

“I worry that in a system like ours,” Koppel continued,

“if we don’t find a way to communicate with people with

different political opinions that we won’t be able to deal

with crises. Bad things will happen.”

“How do we undo the damage?” he asked. “I think we

need universal service for 18 year olds. Two years in the

military, Vista, the Peace Corp. Any social program where

people from different parts of the country focus on a common

task.”

Over 80 percent of the audience raised their hands

when he asked if they agreed with him on universal service.

Koppel traced the decline in journalism standards not

to President Donald Trump calling respected news

sources “fake news,” but to the Federal Communication

Commission’s 1987 decision to abandon the television and

radio Fairness Doctrine.

“Under the Fairness Doctrine, a left wing guest had to

be balanced with a right wing guest,” Koppel said. “In

1987 resident Ronald Reagan eliminated the Fairness Doctrine.

That was also the year Rush Limbaugh began broadcasting.

“Ten years later Rupert Murdoch saw Limbaugh’s success

and created Fox News.

“Within a few years Fox was making $1 billion a year.

MSNBC looked at Fox and said, if they can do it on the

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ight, we can do it on the left. So they did.

“Ted Turner is a brilliant man. When he founded Cable News Network

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

could watch the news when it was convenient for them, not when it was

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

“Cable owner have concluded that rather than giving you news journalists

think you ought to have, they will give you news you want to have,” he

said.

Koppel has been a prophet in the desert lamenting journalism’s decline

on both the right and the left, since he left Nightline in 2005.

Two years ago, on the Bill O’Reilly Show, Koppel told the conservative

Fox News commentator, “You have changed the television landscape over

the past 20 years. You took it from being objective and dull to subjective

and entertaining.”

Koppel was even more direct in his criticism of Fox News commentator

Sean Hannity last March during a CBS Good Morning America program

on partisan news.

“You think I’m bad for America?” Hannity asked Koppel.

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

at what you do... and you have attracted people who are determined that

ideology is more important than facts.”

In a 2010 Washington Post column, Koppel wrote, “The commercial success

of both Fox News and MSNBC is a source of nonpartisan sadness for

me. While I can appreciate the financial logic of drowning television viewers

in a flood of opinions designed to confirm their own biases, the trend

is not good for the republic.”

“Beginning, perhaps, from the reasonable perspective that absolute objectivity

is unattainable, Fox News and MSNBC no longer even attempt it.

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

either end of the political spectrum would like it to be. This is to journalism

what Bernie Madoff was to investment: He told his customers what they

wanted to hear, and by the time they learned the truth, their money was

gone.”

Today, Koppel told his Distinguished Speakers audience, news organizations

on both the right and left are convinced the news people want is

about the Trump presidency.

“The president of CNN and the chair of CBS both said Trump is great

for business. The news and Trump have a symbiotic relationship. Imagine

if we have a Pence presidency. Oh God, how boring.”

“I once asked a New York Times reporter to appear on Nightline. He

went to his executive editor Abe Rosenthal to ask for his approval. Rosenthal

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

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

opinions on Nightline.”

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

Koppel said the separation between news reporting and opinion has

eroded not only on cable and news, but in newspapers, including the New

York Times and Washington Post.

“I genuinely believe journalists need to be reminded we are dealing with

factual reporting and to leave opinions to the opinion page. We need to restore

the old standards and exercise more discipline.

“The purpose of journalism is to lay out the facts and let readers make

their own decisions,” he said.

Ironically, Koppel’s Distinguished Speakers talk exemplified the dangers

of mixing news and entertainment.

Despite the seriousness of his talk, the conversation in the theater lobby

following his talk was all about penises.

Koppel had spiced up his talk with five penis jokes. One about John

Wayne, one about Bill Clinton, one about Henry Kissinger, one about

Charles de Gaulle’s wife Yvonne and one about Winston Churchill.

The only funny one was about Churchill.

“During the 1940s, the men’s room in the House of Commons was in

the basement. Instead of individual urinals, there was one long trough,”

Koppel recounted. “One day, when Labor Party leader Clement Attlee unzipped

his trousers next to Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Churchill

shuffled away. At the sink, when they were washing hands, Attlee asked

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

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

it.’” B

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Places to Volunteer and Donate

Over 600 volunteers assist the Beach Cities Health District with programs

ranging from alzheimer’s support to school garden programs. For information

visit BCHD.org.

Beach Cities Health District

bchd.org

One of the largest preventative

health agencies in the nation

serving Hermosa Beach, Manhattan

Beach and Redondo

Beach since 1975.

514 Prospect Ave.

Redondo Beach, Ca. 90278

(310) 374-3426

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Los

Angeles Harbor

bgclaharbor.org

The largest provider of premiere

after-school activities in the

South Bay with facilities from

San Pedro to Wilmington.

1200 S. Cabrillo Ave.

San Pedro, CA 90731

310-833-1366

El Camino College Foundation

elcaminocollegefoundation.org

Develops community relationships

and raises funds to support

El Camino College students’ success

in education and life.

16007 Crenshaw Blvd.

Torrance, CA 90506

310-660-6040

Jimmy Miller

Memorial Foundation

Jimmymillerfoundation.org

Provides an ocean therapy/surfing

program to Wounded Warriors,

Veterans and at-risk youth.

2711 Sepulveda Blvd. #331

Manhattan Beach, CA. 90266

Habitat for Humanity of

Greater Los Angeles ReStores

DonateToHabitat.com

The LA ReStores are nonprofit,

home improvement thrift stores

and donation centers. Schedule

a pick-up today.

18600 Crenshaw Blvd.

Torrance, CA 90504

8739 Artesia Blvd.

Bellflower, CA 90706

Torrance Memorial Foundation

TMLegacy.org

Supports Torrance Memorial

Medical Center through donations

that help grow its health

care programs, expand services,

and build facilities. A Legacy of Care.

3330 Lomita Blvd.

Torrance CA 90505

(310) 325-9110

Waterfront Education

waterfronteducation.org

Programs that Enthuse and Inspire

Redondo Beach/King Harbor

(310) 684-3577 or text (818)

268-4740

#WEgoH2O

South Bay

Giving

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Waterfront Education, founded by avid sailboat racers

Julie Coll and Mark Hansen, brings youngsters handson

learning experiences out on the ocean. From its

vast tidal reaches teeming with life forms, to its smallest chemical

elements, our local marine waters blend discovery excitement

and learning adventure that has this young organization

growing by leaps and bounds.

Kids, parents and teachers are flocking to Waterfront Education

for their unique ocean based excursions led by scientists,

researchers and naturalists. Their popular Coastal Survivor

course teaches knife and fire skills along with food foraging and

shelter building.

From its Marine Innovation Hub inside the SEA Lab at King Harbor,

this non-profit helps teams of kids build aquariums, underwater

robots and even a solar powered boat which will be

raced in the annual Solar Cup. The Pink Power Club offers girls

a fun, educational experience with the STEM principles of science,

technology, engineering and math.

In addition to working with the SEA Lab, Waterfront Education

partners with charter schools to bring kids down to the ocean,

Waterfront Education:

Kids flock to hands-on ocean programs

onto the shore, and into the lab for an aquatic education

that’s hard to match in a classroom.

“Experiential hands-on learning is so much more impactful

out in nature,” said Coll, the organization’s executive director.

“We’re building a pier between classrooms and the ocean.”

Initially formed to help facilitate two big community events -

the Holiday Boat Parade and Sea Fair, Waterfront Education

started adding enrichment programs three years ago, growing

from 50 kids initially, to about 500 kids served in 2017.

Coll loves seeing kids “build their confidence when they are

out interacting with the ever-changing ocean conditions.”

“Students gain an appreciation for the ocean and all the animals

who call it home. They begin to understand our human

impact and why it is so important to take care of our oceans,”

she said.

“Waterfront Education is doing a great job,” said Lisa Ragle,

whose 12-year-old son James paddles, kayaks, explores the

ocean, and practices outdoor survival skills.

Ragle added that Coastal Survivor instructor Cody Martin is

a “super cool role model” for kids.

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HOFFMAN, LEWIS

HONORED

by Hermosa Chamber

P

ete Hoffman and Maureen Lewis

were recognized as the Hermosa

Beach Man and Woman of the

Year at the Chamber of Commerce’s annual

awards and officers’ installation

dinner last month. Hoffman is a member

of the planning commission and

chair of the Department of Urban and

Environmental Studies at Loyola Marymount

University. Lewis is a member of

Hermosa’s Parks and Recreation Commission

and recently retired as director

of e-commerce at Belkin International.

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3. Hermosa Beach 2018 Man of the

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the Year Ryan Nowicki.

4. Mayor Jeff Duclos swears in new

chamber board members (from left)

resident Robert Jones, Beach House

general manager Marje Bennett,

builder Rick Koenig, and former

council members Carolyn Petty and

Kathy Dunbabin.

5. Maureen Lewis expresses her

appreciation. Looking on are 2017

Woman of the Year Jackie Flaherty

and Chamber CEO Maureen

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6. Mayor Jeff Duclos congratulates

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each art

#52WEEKSOFNATURE

from HippyTree

H

ippyTree, a “surf and stone” apparel company

founded in 2004 in Hermosa Beach, hosted a

year-long #52weeksofnature Instagram photo

competition in 2017. Each week a winner was selected

from what would total over 30,000 entries. On

Jan. 13 the new Hermosa Beach gallery Shockboxx,

hosted an exhibition of the 52 weekly winners.

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2

1. Shockboxx Gallery. Photo by Chris Van Berkom

2. Josh Sweeney, Brooke Basse and Andrew Sarnecki.

Photo by Chris Van Berkom

3. Andrew Sarnecki announces the winners.

Photo by Chris Van Berkom

4. Award winners, (left to right) Aim Lorejas (Staff

pick), Pablo Martinez (People’s choice), Hayden

Flores (Pro’s choice runner-up) and Ian Zamora

(Pro’s choice). Photo by Chris Van Berkom

5. Musicians Matt Robinson and Hudson Ritchie.

Photo by Kevin Cody

6. Justin Wagner, Brad Jacobson, Kevin Sousa,

Jason Napolitano, and Ricky Lesser. Photo by

Kevin Cody

7. Diane and Tony Cole. Photo by Kevin Cody

8. Brian Miller, Nicky Tenpas, Eileen Bugnitz, and

Jason Leeds. Photo by Kevin Cody

9. Chelsea Bower, Sarah Foley and Samantha

Haddad. Photo by Kevin Cody

10. Steve O’Brien and friend. Photo by Kevin

Cody

11. Matt Parker and Jason Napolitano. Photo by

Kevin Cody

12. Mike Siordia and ‘Big Mike.’ Photo by Kevin

Cody

13. Josh Sweeney, Justin Thirsk and Aaron

Osten. Photo by Kevin Cody

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each charity

SOUTH BAY CHILI COOK-OFF

spices up charity

T

he annual South Bay Chili Cook-off on January 27 pitted nine local restaurants

in a throwdown over the best chili. Community members gathered at Manhattan

Beach Fire House No. 1, sampled the offerings, and bid on silent auction

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

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

event, organized by the Neptunian Woman’s Club, raises money for the Manhattan

Beach Firefighters Burn Foundation.

1. Team Love & Salt, of Manhattan

Beach.

2. Team 900 Club, of Manhattan

Beach.

3. Team Sausal, of El Segundo.

4. Team Nick’s, of Manhattan Beach.

5. Team Baran’s 2239, of Hermosa

Beach.

PHOTOS BY RYAN MCDONALD

6. Team Zinc Lounge at Shade, of

Manhattan Beach.

7. Team Darren’s, of Manhattan

Beach.

8. Team Hop Saint, of Redondo

Beach.

9. Manny Serrano, vice president of

sponsor Pacific Premier Bank, with

wife Bree, serve for Team Brew Co., of

Manhattan Beach.

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T

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor

Giving a helping hand where it is needed most

he Boys & Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor (BGCLAH) might

be 80 years old, but they are pulsing with contemporary vitality. In

addition to providing safe places for youth in an area struggling

with crime and poverty, BGCLAH is energetically helping at-risk kids

succeed in school, go to college, and explore a wide range of opportunities

in the arts and the working world.

BGCLAH emphasizes a “Triple A” approach to their services, augmenting

the Clubs’ traditional Athletics with Academics and the Arts.

The national Boys & Girls Clubs have undertaken similar expansions,

but BGCLAH programs have especially excelled. They have partnered

with corporate donors to provide science and technology labs with

3D printers and a laser cutter, taught budding musicians chart reading

and music theory, and helped 96 percent of the kids in their “College

Bound” program graduate from high school.

“We are one of the few nonprofit organizations fully dedicated to

youth – first of all to the youth who need us most – with comprehensive

programming and services they need for a future life of quality,” said

Executive Director Mike Lansing.

“Rather than a hand-out, this requires giving them a hand up,” he

said. “We provide daily and year-round services and facilities, and a

commitment to service the growth of the youth, and to aid their ability

to break out of poverty and become contributing members of our society.”

Indeed, BGCLAH is the largest private daily service provider in the

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

hardship, family challenges, or various other reasons such as learning

or physical disabilities.

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

live in households below the poverty level. The Los Angeles Police Department

classifies the area’s crime rate as medium to high.

BGCLAH has grown to operate three traditional clubhouses and 10

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sites at elementary, middle and high schools in the Harbor area. The

Clubs serve more than 2,200 youth a day, providing daily transportation

for more than 500 of them, and serving 1,100 daily snacks and suppers.

Growing together

As executive director, Lansing has spearheaded BGCLAH’s growth.

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

as an educator, teaching, coaching and administrating at the middle

school and high school levels, and served as a youth-oriented volunteer.

He was asked to join the board of directors of what was then the

Boys & Girls Club of San Pedro, and later applied for executive director,

approaching the board with a bold plan for the future of the club.

“I came in with a mindset that we could do more to help children

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

pushed to expand offerings for teens.

The board said yes, and committed to sweeping new initiatives,

greater staffing, and vigorous shakings of the donor tree. Corporate

partners obliged, and the Clubs’ annual budget grew from $250,000

to $7.2 million.

Facing the future

BGCLAH is preparing a campaign for an additional $9 million for capital

improvements, sustained program offerings, and additions to an

endowment fund for the future.

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

80 years,” Lansing said, “and keep building the leaders for our community

and beyond.”

For more information see bgclaharbor.org

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ROUNDHOUSE BEAUTIFICATION PROJECT:

HOW TO HELP

(See related story on following pages.)

The Roundhouse Beautification

Project is projected to

cost approximately $4 million.

The Harrison Greenberg Foundation

has donated $1.25 million,

the city has allocated $250,000 towards

the pier renovation, and another

quarter million has been

fundraised thus far.

Michael Greenberg said that beyond

the $4 million cost of the project

itself, the hope is to start an

endowment, so that the facility

never falls into disrepair again.

“Aquariums require maintenance,”

Greenberg said. “The

Roundhouse especially so, because

it sits on top of the Pacific Ocean, a

corrosive environment. What we

hope is to keep it looking beautiful.

Sustainability is the key word.”

“This is a gift we are bringing to

the people of the South Bay,”

Greenberg said. “But for people to

enjoy it, it should continue to shine,

and not become dilapidated. It

needs constant love. I am asking for

help as much as I can. I am grateful

for the gifts from a lot of very generous

people we’ve received so far.”

To learn more about the project and

how to contribute, see Roundhouse-

Beautification.com.

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each charity

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

Photo by Jessie Lee Cederblom

The boy and the pier

Second of two parts

How Michael Greenberg transformed the loss of his son

into a gift for the place that made him

by Mark McDermott

Harrison Greenberg was still a toddler when his mother, Wendy,

made an unusual discovery. He was a hyperactive little boy, bouncy

and playful, all go, go, go. He had boundless curiosity; everything

he encountered was subject to inspection, but his mind was restless, always

moving to the next thing. Early on, while taking her son on early morning

strolls, Wendy Greenberg found a place where Harrison’s attention focused

to an utter calm: the Roundhouse Aquarium at the end of the Manhattan

Beach Pier.

As Harrison would demonstrate for the rest of his life, he was nothing if

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

where his curiosity could run free. He especially loved the touch tanks,

where he could put his hands on ocean wildlife, such as sea stars, urchins

and snails.

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

was an opportunity to learn, an opportunity to engage,” Wendy recalled.

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

and learn, which inspired us to go more frequently, with different friends

and on different outings.”

Such was Harrison’s enthusiasm for the Aquarium that for his second

birthday Wendy brought some of his marine friends to him. She was in the

late stages of pregnancy and confined to bed rest, so the family had staff

from the Oceanographic Teaching Station – the non-profit which operates

the Roundhouse Aquarium – come to their home in Manhattan Beach.

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

around and happy. It was definitely a birthday party for him. He was

fascinated with the animals in the tanks.”

Even the field trips to the Roundhouse with his classmates from Robinson

Elementary were special days for Harrison.

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

Wendy remembered. “He was fine with the idea. A lot of the kids would

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

the animal so many times before.”

Harrison’s father, Michael Greenberg, is the co-founder and president of

Skechers, the popular, global shoe company based in Manhattan Beach. Although

Harrison grew up in affluence, his childhood had its difficulties. He

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

he tended to be pudgy, for which he was mercilessly bullied.

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

Through all those years, the

Roundhouse was his respite, the

place where he would find the

peace of wild things and the seemingly

endless possibility of life

upon this earth.

“I remember after having his little

brother and sister, bringing the

little ones along with him, and he

would be fully engaged,” his

mother said. “He was quite a handful.

He would act out and get into

trouble constantly. But in that environment

he could be happy, and

hang out for a long time. You had

his full attention if it was something

he was interested in.”

As he grew into a young man,

that spirit of exploration Harrison

found at the Roundhouse served as

a runway, a launching pad for all

points west. He first fell in love

with Catalina Island, exploring its

surrounding waters, fishing, often

alone in the family’s powerboat.

Then his attention turned to Asia,

where he traveled more than a half

dozen times, sometimes alone, a

teenager with a cell phone translator

and an unbridled sense of wonder.

It was in Thailand, on April 7,

2015, that Harrison lost his life,

choking to death on a late night

meal alone in his hotel room while

in the midst of a four month internship

in China and Southeast Asia.

He was 19 years old.

His father rushed back from England,

where he had been on business.

His first impulse was to go to

Thailand, but there was nothing to

be done there; he returned instead

to Manhattan Beach, to tend to Harrison’s

mother and his little brother

and sister, Chance and Mackenna.

They gathered to try and absorb

this unthinkable loss, together.

Even as Greenberg was on his

flight across the Atlantic, his mind

turned to the question, “What

now?” His beloved first born son

was gone. He was utterly powerless

to do anything about this. His job,

he realized, was to help his family

learn to live with this new reality,

to keep on loving life.

Never is the power of community

more apparent than in times of

tragedy. He’d barely arrived back in

Manhattan Beach when donations

started flowing in — a quarter of a

million dollars, entirely unsolicited.

The Harrison Greenberg Foundation

was established immediately.

It often isn’t until the end of a life

that we can see the full narrative

arc of the loved one who has

passed, as if it were a book that had

been lived, not written. The story of

Harrison was of this ebullient,

ruddy-faced little boy leaping in the

water, seemingly blossoming

overnight into into a square-jawed,

handsome and determined young

man who’d left middle-aged businessmen

at dinner parties slackjawed

with amazement at his

quickness of mind, his capacity

both for dreaming big and immersing

himself in practical details of an

idea. He was a third generation entrepreneur;

he’d been named after

his great grandfather, Harry, a green

grocer who’d established a family

business in Boston in the 1930s,

Belle’s Market, named after his

wife. His grandfather, Robert, inherited

this entrepreneurial streak,

and would start a half dozen businesses

before moving to California

and founding LA Gear, out of the

ashes of which would emerge

Skechers. Harrison was a link in the

chain, the heir apparent to the family

business, which had grown into

a billion dollar global enterprise.

But as both Michael and Wendy

began the process of remembering,

somehow the Roundhouse at the

end of the pier was always in the

background. The red-tiled building

at the end of the pier was more

than an aquarium; it represented

the gift Harrison had experienced

growing up in Manhattan Beach,

“this enchanted village,” as

Michael thought of it.

Four days after his son’s death,

Michael met with OTS officials. He

wanted to give back to the community

that had given his son such a

beautiful life. He knew no better

way than to go to the Roundhouse.

“It was just about Harrison,

about what we could do,” Greenberg

said. “We were later focused

on Harrison, what we could do on

his behalf to memorialize him.”

The pier

Few towns have as enduring or

distinct a symbol as the Roundhouse

at the end of the Manhattan

Beach pier.

Legend has it a pier was built,

before the city existed, by a mysterious

figure named Colonel Blanton

Duncan. According to lore

mined by city historian Jan Dennis,

Duncan arrived here from Kentucky

during the Civil War. Some

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both slaves and profits from the

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down South; one of the town’s

early histories claims he built a

small pier in order to smuggle

opium from China.

What is factual, according to

Dennis, is Duncan did indeed

build the first house in what was

to become Manhattan Beach. As

nearby Redondo Beach and Hermosa

Beach formed in the late

1800s, the sandy area to the north,

all dust and dunes, was considered

undesirable – after all, who would

want to live amidst all that sand?

Duncan paid $1,000 in gold to the

Redondo Land Company for 87

and one quarter acres and in 1895

built a mansion on the hill overlooking

the scraggly settlement

originally known as Potencia. The

following year, for $680, he bought

another 100 acres that stretched

down to the water. It’s clear he

built an oceanside structure of

some sort, Dennis reports, though

it’s unclear if he built a pier.

The city’s first known pier, built

around the turn of the 20th century,

was a somewhat ramshackle

affair, in keeping with the fledgling

town itself. It was dubbed “the Old

Iron Pier” and fashioned out of railroad

ties and timbers affixed with a

900 ft. wooden platform for fishermen.

“Back then Manhattan Beach was

just sort of a little village,” Dennis

said. “People couldn’t get here because

of the dunes...Nobody came

here. So they decided, well, we’ll

build a fishing pier. That is what it

was for — when the Red Car came

down from LA, they’d come here to

fish.”

But as Dennis notes in her book,

“A Walk Beside the Sea: A History

of Manhattan Beach,” the odd little

pier quickly became a focal point

for many of the town’s activities.

Then, in 1913, storms wiped the

pier out, and city fathers decided to

float a public bond to build a more

permanent structure. A proposed

$75,000 bond failed in 1914, 168

votes to 170, largely due to a contingent

of “Northenders” who

wanted it located at the end of Marine

Street. In 1916, a compromise

was passed overwhelmingly, one

that included $70,000 for a pier at

the foot of Manhattan Beach Boulevard

(then Center Street) and

$20,000 for a pavillion at Marine.

Engineer A.L. Harris had the idea

for the Roundhouse. “Now in regard

to a round end, it is a feature

that hasn’t been, as yet, brought out

on any other pier along the coast

that I know of...another reason for

having the circular end is that it is

much stronger against the action of

the waves,” Harris said at a meeting

of the city’s board of trustees.

Material shortages due to WWI

delayed its construction but finally

the pier and a Roundhouse that

looks almost identical to today’s facility

were constructed in 1920.

The pier would remain largely

unchanged until the 1980s, when

Judge Richard L. Fruin established

OTS, and the Roundhouse took on

a new function as a marine science

teaching station. But the pier itself

was falling apart; there was a proposal

to destroy the entire structure

and rebuild. An activist group

called Pier Pressure, led by Keith

Robinson and Julia Tedesco, fought

for its preservation. A 3-2 council

vote in 1986 favored restoring the

pier rather than replacing it, and in

1991 a $2.39 million project to rehabilitate

the pier got underway.

By the time Michael Greenberg

met with OTS staff immediately

after his son’s passing in 2015, the

pier was in most ways flourishing.

More than 300,000 people visited it

annually, including 15,000 kids

who participate in programs at the

Roundhouse Aquarium. But beneath

the surface, the pier was in

a state of deterioration, and the

Aquarium’s facilities were being

held together largely by the inventiveness

of its co-directors, Eric

Martin and Val Hill.

“It’s been over 15 years since our

last renovation, and things have

started to go downhill,” said John

Roberts, the chair of the OTS board

of directors. “In a marine environment,

things don’t last too long.”

Greenberg’s initial notion was

possibly to refurbish a tank or two

at the Aquarium. But a Greenberg

family trait appears to be a certain

boundlessness, and as he considered

the facility’s needs a bigger

idea began to emerge.

“I'm thinking to myself, it's so dilapidated,

it’s so old,” he recalled.

“And something triggered the

thought, ‘Well, why don't we put

in an entirely new aquarium, and

reimagine this aquarium?”

He pledged a million dollars on

the spot, in addition to the quarter

million already contributed to Harrison’s

Foundation. The city, it

turned out, already had plans to

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plan was born.

The project

Two remarkable things happened

in the 34 months since the

inception of the Harrison Greenberg

Foundation Roundhouse

Aquarium Beautification Project.

First, it was fast tracked with almost

unprecedented alacrity. Six

different governmental bodies, including

the U.S. Army Corps of

Engineers and the California

Coastal Commission, signed off on

the project in short order; one

coastal commissioner actually

cried as he voted for the project.

The other unusual aspect is that

Cambridge Seven Associates, one

of the most prominent aquarium

design firms in the world, signed

on to do the 2,000 ft. project.

It was unlikely that such a firm

would even be interested in so

small a project, but after they responded

to the Request for Proposals

and were selected as finalists,

Michael Greenberg had an uncanny

feeling as lead architect

Peter Sollogub presented Cambridge’s

ideas for the Roundhouse

Aquarium last January.

Sollogub is a lively, ebullient

man, short in stature but large in

The Manhattan Beach Pier in 1930, a little less than a decade after its construction.

Photo courtesy Jan Dennis

wonder and imagination. He looks

a bit like an American Pablo Picasso.

But what struck Greenberg

that day was both Sollogub’s passion

for this project and his resemblance

to someone else – his

grandfather, Harry, for whom Harrison

was named.

“The passion Peter showed, and

knowing Cambridge Seven were

the architects for the New England

Aquarium and are one of the most

world-renowned architects for

aquariums around the globe...Yet

he said this would be the most important

project he would work on

because of the nature of how it

came to be,” Greenberg recalled.

“And you know, there was a connection,

because I am from New

England, and as he is presenting,

he reminded me of my grandfather,

Harry… I’m thinking, ‘My

god, this is meant to be.’”

Michael spent the early part of

his childhood in Boston, and was

pulled into the family business as

a young boy. He has vivid memories

of getting up at 4 a.m. to go to

the produce markets with Harry,

an indefatigable man who made

these pre-dawn runs five days a

week and operated his greengrocer's

market seven days a week.

“He was a big part of my growing

up,” Greenberg said. “And I felt

this deep connection with Peter.

Sort of like being guided. It was an

easy decision for me.”

Sollogub said it’s the smallest

project he’s ever worked on, but

also the one that means the most

to him, personally.

“Some tanks on other projects

are bigger than the entire aquarium

in the Manhattan Beach project,”

said Sollogub. “Some of our

projects are a hundred times bigger,

and almost all are many, many

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times bigger than this project. But

this has every last speck of what

they have in its little container.”

Cambridge’s other projects include

the National Aquarium in

Baltimore, Maryland, the Carolina

SciQuarium, the Acquario di Genova

in Italy and the Ring of Fire

Aquarium in Osaka, Japan. But

what the Roundhouse Aquarium

has that few other facilities do is

the immersive quality of being suspended

over the Pacific Ocean.

Cambridge Seven’s design plays off

this quality. The experience of the

new aquarium is intended to be

akin to walking into the bright blue

of the ocean.

A new east-facing entrance will

allow visitors to enter a widening

corridor that opens up gradually to

the Pacific. A rocky reef tank, a

sandy bottom tank and a larger

version of the popular kids’ touch

tank line the left side, and a large

shark tank is on the right. The

west-facing walls will retain the

Roundhouse’s distinct arched windows,

so the Pacific is always visible.

Above, an updated and

enlarged mezzanine will include a

goldfish tank, an exhibit space, and

a discovery “nook” for small children.

“The impact of this is really in

the heart,” Sollogub said. “When

we came down for our interview

and went to the aquarium, it really

spoke to us. We felt more excitement

than many, many projects

I’ve had the pleasure of working

on over 40 years. There’s something

about it. You are out there in

this tiny little place, the ocean is

coming in from the windows, and

the sand, and the tanks all over the

place, and the life support systems

are in dire need — they are put together,

but they need a little help.

And the tanks themselves, the animals

are being taken care of but

could also use a little

refreshing...It’s all grown in a little

bit of a haphazard way, yet it all

works. It’s somehow all cobbled together

and you somehow feel,

when you are in this special place,

this personal touch. And then you

remember why this project is happening,

and what it is going to be.”

Hill, the aquarium’s co-director,

estimated that the facility at some

points had been home to as many

as 100 species of marine wildlife

and, if you count the smaller life

forms, as many as a million actual

animals. “I’m a plankton person,”

she said. “[Co-director] Eric is a

whale person. We respect each

other’s choices. You can’t have one

without the other.”

This interconnection is the overarching

lesson of the entire aquarium.

“One of the highlights is the

touch tanks,” Hill said. “Kids get to

interact with the animals, and with

the ocean, really. It gives them a

real connection with the animals,

and that helps carry on when we

bring a message about ocean pollution

and pollution prevention and

how we all have this connection

with something that lives in the

ocean.”

“It fosters awareness and love for

the ocean, and from that awareness

and love people take measures

to consider things and not

pollute,” John Roberts said. “We’ve

done some surveys — some kids

who visit live 10 or 15 miles away

and have never before seen the

ocean. It’s startling but it’s true.

How can you protect what you

don’t know?”

The rebuilt upstairs of the aquarium

will feature an education center

as well as photos and videos by

Martin, who is a marine photographer,

so visitors can experience

nearby wildlife too large for the little

facility — such as orcas and fin

whales and Great White sharks.

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Kids enjoy the touch tank at the Roundhouse Aquarium. Photo courtesy the

Roundhouse Aquarium

The project is expected to be completed

by Memorial Day weekend.

Everyone involved in the project

has been struck by Greenberg’s unrelenting

positivity.

“His heart? As big as the aquarium

he is leading the way to renovate

into a free world class

oceanographic teaching center,”

said Councilperson Richard Montgomery.

“Michael, even through his

personal tragedy, has led the way to

show us all how to help others less

fortunate.”

Dennis, the city historian, expressed

gratitude for the Greenberg

family’s contribution. But she was

also emphatic that people understand

that the pier belongs to no

single family, but rather is a symbol

for the entire city. In a video promoting

the Roundhouse beautification

project, Dennis tears up as she

describes what the Roundhouse

means to her when she has been

away from Manhattan Beach and

returns. “When I see that pier, I am

home,” Dennis said. “And I’ve been

here 56 years — not as long as some

of our natives, but it’s home to me,

and the pier is a symbol of it.”

At a groundbreaking ceremony in

November, Mayor Amy Howorth

said the Roundhouse renovation is

also symbolic of the city’s sense of

community.

“It really struck me that this

speaks to who we are here in Manhattan

Beach,” said Howarth. “This

is what community does. We come

and gather to celebrate the good,

and we also stand by each other

through the dark times.”

Sollogub said that though the impetus

for the project was born from

unspeakable loss, the feeling that

has presided throughout is one of

boundless possibility.

“It’s never been a feeling of

tragedy in the room, but really

about the joy and wonder of growing

up, being young, being wideeyed

looking for new adventure —

and at the same time being able to

share that experience by taking care

of this place, and extending that

care and exposure to wonder to that

experience of underwater life….You

leave with more open eyes, and

joy,” he said. “I think that is what

this project is about. Wide-eyed

wonder.”

Wendy Greenberg knows a little

bit about wide-eyed wonder, from

the boy she misses so much. The

Roundhouse at the end of the pier

never fails to remind her of Harrison.

“As much as I try to get away

from the problem of losing our son,

it’s where I look when I take a dog

on a walk — the Roundhouse at the

end of the pier,” she said. “When

I’m flying on a airplane leaving, I

see it. Where I do yoga, there’s a

picture of the Roundhouse….It’s

the heart of this town.”

The Roundhouse Aquarium remains

open in a temporary location in

the south pier parking lot. See RoundhouseAquarium.org

for more information.

For more information on the

pier’s history or to order “Manhattan

Beach Pier History” or “A Walk Beside

the Sea,” Jan Dennis can be

reached at 310-372-8520. To contribute

to the Roundhouse renovation

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each art

EASY READER’S HERMOSA

in photos 2000 – 2017

A

n opening for an exhibit of photos by Easy

Reader staff and contributing photographers

was held Friday, January 26 at the Hermosa

Beach Historical Society. The show is hosted by the

Hermosa Historical Society and curated by museum

manager and curator Bradley Peacock. The exhibit

will continue through the spring. Sponsors include

La Playita, King Harbor Brewery and Paul’s Photo.

The Hermosa Historical Museum is located at 710

Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach. Hours: Saturday and

Sunday 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday 10 a.m. to noon. And

by appointment. For more information call (310) 318-

9421.

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1. Exhibit photographers

Ken Pagliaro,

Brad Jacobson, John

Post, Chris Miller, Robi

Hutas, Ray Vidal and

Kevin Cody. Photo by

Beverly Baird

2. Casey, Jeff Atkinson,

Corey Newton

and Annie Seawright-

Newton. Photo by

Kevin Cody

3. Hermosa Historical

Museum curator

Bradley Peacock and

musicians Mark Fitchett

and Brian Sisson.

Photo by Kevin Cody

4. Hermosa Beach/La

County firefighters.

Photo by Brad Jacobson

5. Hermosa Historical

Society President

Norm Rosen and wife

Lorna. Photo by Brad

Jacobson

6. Peter DeAvilla,

Nicole Seyle, Phil

Oglesby, Marcella Villa,

and Marion DeSanto.

Photo by Kevin Cody

7. Sarah and Eddie

Solt with Searra and

Jani and Denyse Lange

with Kruz and Talyn.

Photo by Kevin Cody

8. Marcella Villa and

Chris Miller. Photo by

Brad Jacobson

9. Derek Levy and

Becca Rosen.

10. Easy Reader

editor Mark McDermott

and reporter Ryan Mc-

Donald.

11. Greg McNally and

John Wayne Miller.

12. Dency Nelson and

Carol Reznichek.

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Lisa Houlé

MADE TO ORDER FOR THE DEFENSE

If TV producers were creating the perfect defense attorney,

they might envision a dynamic and determined trial lawyer, a

former prosecutor who knows in advance all that her client

might face, and enjoys the respect of the law enforcement and

legal communities.

In other words, they might imagine Lisa Houlé.

Houlé (pronounced Hoo-LAY) spent 15 years as a deputy district

attorney for Los Angeles County, prosecuting violent crimes

from homicide and rape to stalking. Despite her success, she

was ready for a change in 2015, and “jumped to the other

side,” continuing to specialize in sex crimes and domestic violence.

Houlé said a good defense attorney must pick apart the prosecution’s

case for errors or inconsistencies to prevail in court, or

head off prosecution altogether when that is possible.

Among her clients was a young man who found himself accused

of rape following a one-night stand, Houlé said.

“The police did not vet that claim as we would hope they

would,” Houlé said. “My client had to go all the way to trial to

be acquitted by a jury and finally exonerated.”

Houlé said that the woman testified that her trust in others had

been damaged,

and she was reduced

to hiding out

inside her home.

“We had photo

upon photo, and

video upon video

from social media

showing quite the

opposite,” a flirtatious

woman dancing poolside in a bikini and so forth, Houlé

said.

“We were not trying to ‘dirty her up,’ as claimed by the prosecution,

we were trying to show the jury that she was lying to

them,” Houlé said.

Houlé’s holistic approach to her work includes getting to know

each client, “how he got to this place,” and how to avoid legal

trouble in the future.

“It’s not my job to be a mill, to push cases and clients through,

and get to the next client,” she said. "It's about the greater

good."

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The Law Offices of Baker, Burton & Lundy, P.C.

Expanding to Serve the Legal Needs of the South Bay

aker, Burton & Lundy, the local law firm with a nationwide reputation

and billions of dollars won for its clients, continues to expand

both its practice and its physical presence in the heart of

Hermosa Beach.

The firm has won more than $4 billion in verdicts and settlements. The

attorneys have argued twice before the U.S. Supreme Court and have

won an unanimous opinion in the California Supreme Court making

new law that encourages resolution and helps reduce litigation.

Never content to stand still, BB&L has been growing its probate and

employment law divisions, while energetically maintaining its core

practices that include business, real estate, estate planning and personal

injury.

People walking and driving down Pier Avenue will see changes taking

place. To house the growing practice, the 42-year-old firm is making

its third expansion along Hermosa’s iconic Pier Avenue, adding new

offices and a “lifeguard tower-esque” roof deck to its storefront. The

shape is symbolic to the firm – just as local lifeguards keep beach-goers

safe, BB&L seeks to help safeguard the legal rights of their clients and

stands by to help when injuries of all kind occur.

Employment Law – Advising Employers and Employees

BB&L offers employment law services to a variety of clients in Southern

California from small start-up businesses to Fortune 500 companies.

Understanding the rights of both sides, BB&L represents both employers

and employees in discrimination, harassment and wrongful termination

cases. They also are experts in analyzing wage and hour issues and

employment and employee requirements under the current California

laws, which are technical and difficult to comply with.

Navigating Probate Litigation

The area of probate litigation has been growing as the Baby Boomer

generation ages. When conflicts arise concerning questionable documents

or how money and estate assets are being managed and/or

distributed, people find themselves needing an expert attorney. The

BB&L probate litigation team helps clients navigate through the complex

probate court system and reach equitable resolutions.

Protecting Sexual Harassment Victims

BB&L has been actively defending the rights of women long before

the #MeToo movement started. The firm spearheaded prosecution of

a doctor who, like Larry Nassar, was using his position and authority to

sexually abuse multiple patients during examinations and who was

convicted in criminal court of four felonies and lost his license. BB&L

also just won several million dollars for an employee who was a victim

of sexual harassment and discrimination. One of the most healing

things for these victims is helping them have their day in court and confront

the person who abused them.

Helping Clients with Brain Injuries

Unfortunately there are many ways people receive serious injuries to

their brain – from vehicle accidents to playing football or even dangerous

falls while walking. These brain injuries can drastically alter a

person’s ability to work and take care of his or herself. It is critical for

head injury victims to seek legal help when an injury occurs due to another’s

negligence so patients can get the resources needed for their

long-term care. BB&L has helped a wide range of clients injured from

falls, horse-riding accidents, and car and motorcycle accidents win

millions of dollars for their long-term medical needs.

Long Term Commitment

As the longest operating business on Pier Avenue, Baker, Burton &

Lundy remains committed to being there for their clients and the South

Bay community. Partner Brad Baker says, “Few professions provide the

opportunity to help people as much as the legal profession. We take

this mission very seriously. From the moment clients walk in our front

door, they know their experience is going to be unique.”

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Nigel Villanueva

Excellence in defense

ith more than 50 jury trials and arbitration hearings under his

belt, accomplished defense attorney Nigel Villanueva approaches

so-called minor cases with the same dedication

with which he defends a homicide suspect, the owner of an NBA team,

or in some cases, other attorneys.

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

facing a charge of first-degree murder. I have a great belief in criminal

defense. People are counting on you to protect their rights,” said Villanueva,

who is currently in preparation for an upcoming homicide

trial.

Villanueva represents clients in a wide range of violent crimes, drug

crimes, sex crimes and driving offenses. On the civil law side, he runs a

small but successful personal injury practice, recovering more than $1

million for clients, most of whom were injured in vehicle, motorcycle or

bicycle accidents.

Villanueva’s excellence in preparing a case, and arguing it before

a judge and jury, were exemplified in an eight-day domestic violence

trial in Lancaster.

“One of the deciding factors in the case was that his wife had made

allegations that he was in a rage, and he had punched multiple holes

throughout the house, that he shattered windows, broke tables,” Villanueva

said. “We were able to catch her in a lie. We found witnesses

who had been told by her that she caused some of holes, and some

of the damage was caused by roommates.”

“We used two investigators and started speaking with people she

knew, did searches on Facebook, it was just a lot of good investigation,”

he said. “The jury acquitted our client in under an hour.”

Villanueva’s successes have prompted other attorneys to turn to him

when they are in trouble, including a prosecutor who found himself

under criminal investigation. Villanueva dug into the matter, with the

result that no charges were ultimately filed.

“I felt real pride that some of our colleagues, when they have had

legal issues, have allowed me to defend them,” Villanueva said.

The case of the pro basketball team owner was another one that Villanueva

stopped in its tracks before it could go to trial. He declined to

identify the owner because the matter did not come to the public’s

attention.

“There are many criminal lawyers who advertise as criminal trial attorneys,

but their experience might be limited. The prosecutors are

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

said.

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

elder abuse in the case of an injured 70-year-old man. Prosecutors

claimed that the defendant caused a large hematoma to the skull of

the older man and gave him two black eyes.

At the preliminary hearing, the magistrate ruled that the older man

was the catalyst in the incident, and had forced Villanueva’s client to

respond in self-defense.

“In many similar cases dealing with fighting and aggressive behavior,

the parties can have vastly different stories,” Villanueva said. “Many

times, it can be law enforcement or prosecutors who determine the

victim based on sympathy, or political correctness, and not the facts.”

Villanueva’s careful attention to changes in law proved decisive in

his successful representation of a schoolteacher who was trying to get

her criminal record expunged of felony drunk driving, assaulting a police

officer and driving with a suspended license.

“She had applied for expungement, and it had been denied. She

hired our office to re-litigate the matter,” Villanueva said.

He won the case by finding a then-recent change in expungement

law that had been overlooked in the previous proceedings.

“She would have lost her job,” Villanueva said.

It is also important to Villanueva to make himself fully available to

each client.

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

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

I want my clients to be able to simply walk into my office any

time. They will always find that my door is open.”

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Jim Eninger. Photo by Bondo Wyszpolski

Aesthetics, not bodies in seats is what matters to classical music enthusiast Jim Eninger

This past October, Jim Eninger was among the recipients of the Excellence

in Arts Awards, an annual event presented by the City of Torrance

Cultural Art Commission. If the name doesn’t ring the bells of

familiarity that’s because Eninger is perfectly content to remain in the background.

That isn’t to say he doesn’t have admirers and champions. The late

John Bogart of the Daily Breeze referred to Eninger as “the smartest, besteducated

publicist in the South Bay and -- who knows -- maybe the entire

world.”

Many people who follow classical music would agree.

Adams and Adès to Zimmer and Zorn

From Jim Eninger’s Torrance home you can throw a stone into Redondo

Beach. He’s a retired engineer who graduated from Stanford and worked

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

bounds. While he himself may not play an instrument, his wife and daughters

are musically inclined.

In the late 1970s, long before all the gadgetry came along that now pins

us to our phones and computers, Eninger became involved with the South

Bay Chamber Music Society. Then, when the internet became viable, and

being somewhat computer savvy, Eninger began sending out concert reminders

as well as the evening’s program notes: “And people would show

up at the concerts, (having) printed out the programs on their dot matrix

printers.”

These emails boosted attendance, to the point where a Sunday afternoon

encore performance was initiated to supplement the one on Friday. The visiting

musicians liked this as well, since if they were preparing for one concert

it was nice to be able to present it again, the same material and all, just

two days later.

The format continues to this day, Fridays at Harbor College in Wilmington

and Sundays at the Pacific Unitarian Church in Rancho Palos Verdes.

Having been on the board, as well as serving as the group’s president,

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

his newsletter, now referred to as the Clickable Chamber Music Newsletter

from the South Bay.

“During the season, from September through June,” he says, “they go out

weekly because there’s so much classical music. And then when things

slow down during the summer sometimes they go out every two weeks or

maybe every three weeks if I want to schedule a vacation.”

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

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

to it.

Also, and most importantly, the newsletter is thoroughly comprehensive,

giving the date and time, the names of the artists, and the locations of

dozens upon dozens of classical music events coming up throughout the

greater Los Angeles area.

It’s a formidable undertaking, and yes there are volunteers who serve as

proofreaders and fact-checkers.

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

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

downtown Los Angeles.

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

“The distance to go to a concert is a secondary consideration.

“And one thing about attending classical music concerts, you really get to

know your city. Going to Pasadena, Westwood, downtown. It really makes

you feel connected.”

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

excuse to not venture out of the area.

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

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

and a glance through his newsletter gives plenty of proof that this is so.

To mention a few, apart from the South Bay Chamber Music Society, we

have Classical Crossroads in Torrance, plus occasional concerts at El

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Camino College, numerous churches, and one shouldn’t forget Alexey

Steele’s Classical Underground in Carson.

There are also many notable classical musicians who live in the area or

who play here frequently. Most people know of David Benoit and the Asia

America Symphony. Eninger also singles out two other fine pianists, Robert

Thies and Steven Vanhauwaert. Thies was recently named the artistic director

of the South Bay Chamber Music Society, and Vanhauwaert, originally

from Belgium, resides in Redondo Beach.

Music is a journey

Eninger says that when he began listening to music he wanted to keep

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

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

prefer the Germanic tradition, Bach to Brahms, and then into the 20th century

with predominantly tonal music. But he emphasizes that he enjoys a

wide range of music, his criteria being that the artists are exceptionally talented

and the music is well-played.

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

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

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

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

composers -- Clara Schumann, Robert Schumann, Prokofiev, Brahms… because

these biographies reflect on the history of the time. It’s a great way

to learn about history.”

These days, at least, Eninger prefers chamber music over symphonies,

because with chamber music there’s a drawing room intimacy that can’t

be achieved with a Mahler-sized orchestra.

“What I’m really getting interested in now is American Contemporary

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

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

only at most three rows from the dance floor.”

The dances are accompanied by live music, “most of the musicians

drawn from the USC Thornton School.” Eninger is hoping to bring this

mixture of dance and chamber music to the South Bay.

One of the questions that people ask about classical music of all types,

including large-scale opera, is what happens after the audience becomes

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

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

or nearing their sunset years.

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

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

And actually, Eninger thinks this is a good time for classical music

attendance because the baby boom generation is reaching that point in

their lives where, presumably, they have more leisure time and, furthermore,

Led Zeppelin now seems a little outdated.

As for luring a younger audience, Eninger often sees students who were

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

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

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

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

the concerts should kowtow to them.

“There are some organizations that are trying to chase younger people

by making their presentations more hip or including things that kids like.

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

organization needs to put aside the notion of just trying to draw in as many

people as possible. An art song recital, for example, Eninger says, “where

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

anyway.”

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

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

presenting true gems in music and by doing so to offer a unique and one

hopes exceptional experience.

“When you come to a concert that’s played by talented musicians who

give an inspired performance of great music by great composers, then

something magical happens,” Eninger says. “The entire focus should be on

the artistic quality, and the audience will come.”

Revelations await us in the realm of live classical music, and Jim Eninger

is our guide and travel companion. His clickable newsletter is just that, a

click away. Email a request to JEninger@yahoo.com or go to

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The infinity view at Strand House. Photos courtesy of Strand House

Evolution of a dining destination

Dinner at the Strand House in downtown Manhattan Beach is typically expensive,

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but the experience is anything but typical

by Richard Foss

Strand House opened in 2011 to the very highest of expectations. The

former dance club had been renovated by an internationally known

design team, and founding chef Travis Lorton collaborated on the

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

most ambitious in the South Bay, featuring unusual heirloom vegetables,

arcane seasoning combinations, and housemade cured and smoked meats.

Crowds showed up to see if this was going to set the standard for fine dining

in the South Bay or be the biggest flop ever.

Seven years later the Strand House still has a crowd most nights and is

still leading the pack in adventurous dining. That said, there have been subtle

changes in style that show a refined focus. In the early days an exuberant

kitchen team decided they could do everything in-house. They made their

own bacon and performed other time and labor intensive tasks. As the

restaurant’s chef-partner Greg Hozinsky observed, when he took over they

were doing some things just because they could, not because the result was

a superior product.

Hozinsky made some changes when he took the reins, and new Executive

Chef Austin Cobb has added his own signature to the eclectic mix of items

here. The flavors are still complex but more reliant on the natural flavors

of seasonal produce, and there is a an American sensibility rather than the

Italian focus of earlier days.

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

pasta with housemade lamb sausage, roasted fennel, blistered tomatoes,

pine nuts, and chili. Since this involves using several cooking methods before

combining them, you can see that the tendency toward complexity is

alive and well. Those different methods give each bite bursts of flavors

that are complementary rather than unified so that you’re still finding new

harmonies of flavor in the last bite.

Another small plate shows Cobb’s gift with simpler but still inventive

combinations. I never would have thought of roasting cauliflower with bits

of pineapple and adding pickled onions. This was served over coconut

cream with faint notes of chili and curry, and the combination of tropical

flavors with a winter vegetable was brilliant. Another starter offers comfort

food for the modern crowd, Spanish octopus in a Peruvian-influenced style.

The crispy corn kernels, confit potato, and yellow chili and garlic sauce are

traditional pairings, and thanks to fine technique there were many textures

and flavors to savor. This showed a restraint that is rare in the industry, because

a creative chef knew when to just leave a winning combination alone.

The same was true of a main course of a grilled Kurobuta pork chop,

which was served with braised purple cabbage, crispy spaetzle, and apple

chutney. This is soul food if you’re from Germany or places in the U.S. that

have a large German population. If your grandmother is visiting from Wisconsin

and wonders if she can find anything to eat here the answer is yes.

Grandma may find the décor a bit modern and the sound level a bit high

for her taste, but the hearty flavors will win her over.

Other items are more multicultural, such as the Ora king salmon that is

topped with a mix of sliced radishes, pickles, and roasted tomato in a Japanese

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fish. I ignored the pesto at first because I was so entranced by the

other flavors but found that adding a dab to alternating bites enhanced the

experience. Ora King is a New Zealand sustainably farmed fish with a flavor

that rivals the best of the wild fish. If you haven’t tried it this is the

place to do so.

When I scanned the menu to see if I could deduce Chef Austin’s culinary

signature I found an easy clue: an item called “Chef Austin’s saltimbocca

pizza.” I probably would have ordered that even if it wasn’t his signature

item, because I was curious about the name. Saltimbocca is traditionally a

preparation of veal stuffed with prosciutto and sage, occasionally with

cheese. The item here was a pizza stuffed with housemade porchetta,

fontina cheese, a dash of fresno chili, and pesto. This was served as a sandwich

in a folded and cut, freshly baked flatbread. I can’t say that it reminds

me much of the traditional favorite, but it was exceptionally good.

To pair with these items the Strand House offers a dizzying variety of

wine by the glass as well as craft cocktails. I strongly recommend the Clyde

Barrow, a new drink in the classic style made with Chivas Regal, Cointreau,

ginger liqueur, blood orange juice, and chocolate bitters. This was a

drink worth a long slow savor, the most outstanding of several I’ve tried

there.

For dessert we tried a housemade doughnut sampler and a warm brown

sugar cake. We would have tried more but we were dining late and the

kitchen had run out of a few items. My wife ordered the doughnuts because

she has a weakness for them that I don’t share because they’re generally

too sweet. These weren’t, and though I liked the chocolate crunch

and vanilla bean glazed versions I particularly enjoyed the caramel fleur

de sel version. A glass of Sandeman port was suggested as an accompaniment,

and it finished the meal with a flourish.

Dinner at the Strand House is not cheap – you may expect to pay between

$75 and $100 per person with a glass of wine and a cocktail each,

and more if you explore the high side of the wine menu. But that’s about

typical in downtown Manhattan Beach now, and this experience is anything

but typical. The cooking here is assured and inventive, the service

impeccable, and I suppose I should mention that they have a great view

because every review has to mention that. It’s pretty, but the least of the

attractions.

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SBBC/RIDERSHACK CONTEST

scores great conditions

T

he South Bay Boardrider/RiderShack surf contest

on Sunday, Jan. 21 in El Porto enjoyed near

perfect conditions with double-overhead outside

sets feeding inside reforms that ran the length of

the contest zones. The outside sets were generally

closing out, but inside the waves provided plenty of

workable faces.

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PHOTOS BY STEVE GAFFNEY

1. Early morning setup.

2. Beck Adler, second place juniors (18 and

under).

3. Chad Parks, third place juniors (18 and under).

4. Kai Kushner, fourth place groms (under 12).

5. Bethany Zelasko, first place open women.

6. Roi Kanazawa, first place juniors (under 18).

7. Greg McEwan, first place legends and open

longboard.

8. Parker Browning, second place open men.

9. Groms loving the ocean.

10. Joey Samuelian, fifth place juniors (18 and

under)

11. Eddie Lester, first place open men.

12. Miles Gaffney, third place junior longboard

(18 and under).

13. Adele Bouvet, first place assisted groms.

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each activism

WOMEN MARCH IN REDONDO BEACH

joining others across the country

N

early 1,000 men, women and children marched from Seaside Lagoon to Veterans

Park on Jan. 20, in solidarity with Women’s Marches across the country.

The Redondo March was organized by the Progressive Parents of the South

Bay and had a family-friendly focus.

Cliff Leicht, of Manhattan Beach, was at the corner of Catalina and Pacific avenues,

with his daughters Hudson and Dylan. “To drill these ideas, that they’re equal

to men, into their minds at an early age is incredibly important,” Leicht said.

Half a mile away, at the Redondo Beach Veterans Memorial, Linda Falcone stood,

craning her neck to find the friends she’d separated from. “I marched with Cesar

Chavez, in the ‘60s, I protested with Vietnam vets against the war,” Falcone, 70, said.

“I hope things like the marches here, can get things turned around, and maybe Trump

will open his eyes and understand the things he’s doing are hurting people — not

just me, as a senior, but our children.”

Her 93-year-old friend Fay Ferraioli said, “I’m here for women’s rights and for

good government. I don’t know whether I like this government or not, but we’re

working on it.”

1. Cliff, Dylan and Hudson Leicht

share their views at the corner of

Catalina and Pacific avenues.

2. Linda Falcone, 70, Deloris Gantner,

Laura Oczachowski and Fay Ferraioli,

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PHOTOS BY DAVID MENDEZ

3. “This is all about the women in our

lives – our wives, our daughters, our

mothers,” State Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi

said from the steps of the Redondo’s

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