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Volume XXII, Issue 8 <strong>Mar</strong>ch <strong>2018</strong>

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Volume XXII, Issue 8<br />

<strong>Mar</strong>ch <strong>2018</strong><br />

P A L O S V E R D E S P E N I N S U L A M O N T H L Y<br />


Golf course designer<br />

David McLay Kidd<br />

at Rolling Hills Country Club.<br />

Photo by David Fairchild<br />

(DavidFairchildStudio.com)<br />


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<strong>Pen</strong>insula Outlook: <strong>2018</strong><br />

by Stuart Chaussee <strong>Pen</strong>insula Realtors Darin DeRenzis,<br />

Les Fishman and Heidi Mackenbach and financial analyst Joe<br />

Gagnon share their thoughts on real estate and the economy.<br />

Scottish links<br />

by Kevin Cody Golf course designer David McLay Kidd<br />

shares his thoughts on his newly opened, homeland-inspired<br />

Rolling Hills Country Club course.<br />

Career carom<br />

by Richard Foss Framroze “Fram” Virjee left a high powered<br />

law firm and become president of Cal State Fullerton, by<br />

way of Rwanda.<br />

Good design<br />

by Robb Fulcher A round of golf at the Palos Verdes Golf<br />

Club ends with architect Gary Houston volunteering his firm’s<br />

services to expand the Richstone Family Center.<br />

Thai arts<br />

by Bondo Wyszpolski <strong>Pen</strong>insula gallery owner Peggy Zask<br />

hosts Thai artist Sudrak Khongpuang at her <strong>Pen</strong>insula home<br />

and her Los Angeles gallery.<br />

The Last Frontier<br />

by Stephanie Cartozian Art and photographs from Africa’s<br />

“Last Frontier,” are among the items that will be on display at<br />

collector Lynn Doran’s home during the Palos Verdes Art Center<br />

Home Tour.<br />


12 Rolling Hills Country Club reopens<br />

26 Las Madrecitas<br />


52 <strong>Pen</strong>insula calendar<br />

73 Home services<br />

STAFF<br />

EDITOR<br />

<strong>Mar</strong>k McDermott<br />


Stephanie Cartozian<br />


<strong>Mar</strong>y Jane Schoenheider<br />


Richard Budman<br />


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Amy Berg<br />


Teri <strong>Mar</strong>in<br />



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S P O T L I G H T O N T H E H I L L<br />

Kidding’s over<br />

RHCC reopens<br />

After being closed for two years, Rolling Hills Country<br />

Club celebrated the opening of its new, David<br />

Kidd-designed golf course and new, 75,000 square foot<br />

clubhouse with music and a barbecue on Saturday, January<br />

13. The $75 million, 240 acre project also includes<br />

a pool, tennis courts, bocce ball courts, a gym and a<br />

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5. Audrey and Dave Munio.<br />

6. Chuck Maguy and Erin<br />

Chekian.<br />

7. <strong>Mar</strong>garita Lande, and<br />

Katharine and Sean Meier.<br />

8. <strong>Mar</strong>garita and Chuck Lande<br />

and Chad and Rebecca Lande.<br />

9. Carol Magee and Richard<br />

Hansen.<br />

1. Michael Warner, Sean<br />

O’Connor, John Tellenbach and<br />

Tim Wesley.<br />

2. Steve and Sue Soldoff.<br />

3. Uma C. Sachdev and C.J.<br />

Singh and Devkarn and<br />

Parveena Sachdev.<br />

4. David T. and Sue Iida, and<br />

Kay and Ken Inose.<br />

10. Jordan Libit, Allan Dogan<br />

and Vicki McLaughlin.<br />

11. Ken and Debra Kawahara,<br />

and Leatrice and <strong>Mar</strong>k Taira.<br />

12. Steve and Ceci Watts,<br />

and Stacie and Jack Allocco.<br />

14. Dawn and Vincent<br />

DiMeglio and Tammy Mance.<br />

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<strong>Pen</strong>insula outlook <strong>2018</strong>:<br />

Stocks and<br />

real estate<br />

<strong>Pen</strong>insula Realtors Darin DeRenzis, Les Fishman and Heidi Mackenbach with financial analyst Joe Gagnon. Photo by Brad Jacobson (CivicCouch.com)<br />

by Stuart Chaussee<br />

<strong>Pen</strong>insula finance and real estate experts weigh in<br />

on the bull market and housing appreciation<br />

Until about a year and a half ago this was one of the most hated stock<br />

bull markets in history – few wanted to believe. We had fears of deflation,<br />

recession, Brexit and plenty of political uncertainty. The fear<br />

of losing money, still fresh in the minds of many investors pummeled during<br />

the 2008-2009 crash, kept enthusiasm relatively low. But, over the past year<br />

or so we have witnessed a change in investor behavior that is reminiscent<br />

of late-stage bubble action – we saw a melt-up in prices. More recently,<br />

however, markets have come under pressure as investors come to grips with<br />

a fairly substantial uptick in interest rates and the prospect of an accelerating<br />

economy.<br />

The sharp rise in the market since late 2016 has pushed stocks to the second<br />

highest valuation in history. With the CAPE Ratio (cyclically-adjusted<br />

price-to-earnings) now sitting at 32, even when factoring in the February<br />

declines, the only more expensive market in history was the 2000 Dot-Com<br />

Bubble, when valuations hit about 30 percent higher than where they currently<br />

stand. So, there shouldn’t be much debate about whether or not<br />

stocks are back in bubble territory. But, when will the party end? Well, if<br />

we get through this current volatility and stocks find a floor, and if the bubble<br />

once again starts to exhibit euphoric investor behavior, then we may<br />

well see another 20 percent to 30 percent increase over the next couple of<br />

years. It sounds ridiculous and quite optimistic I know, but this would be<br />

fairly typical price action of a bubble. If this plays out as history would suggest,<br />

it would take the Dow Jones up over 30,000 in what could be one last<br />

flurry of price acceleration as speculators embrace greed and throw money<br />

blindly at the market. Jeremy Grantham (the well-respected institutional<br />

money manager at GMO) recently wrote about investor behavior when<br />

markets are in bubble territory and others, including Robert Shiller (Yale<br />

economist) and Bill Miller (well-known fund manager) have echoed similar<br />

thoughts about the current market exhibiting signs of speculative behavior.<br />

It is important to note that the euphoria that had been missing during this<br />

long bull market finally started to show in 2017. And, it’s worth noting that<br />

any temporary weakness we may get, may indeed be fleeting. We are in a<br />

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midterm election year , when we often see the worst pullback in the market<br />

of the four-year presidential cycle. History has shown that short-term declines<br />

in midterm election years have averaged nearly 17 percent since<br />

1950, so any significant pullback may be a nice buying opportunity. And,<br />

for those who can hang on for the ride, the subsequent 12-month gains<br />

(2019) from the lows could be impressive with average historical returns of<br />

32 percent.<br />

Assuming we get through the recent correction in stock prices and the<br />

bull market resumes its upward trend, I certainly hope the scenario laid<br />

out by Grantham comes true (He sees potential for another 30 percent rise<br />

in the broad market over the next couple of years). But, as I have written<br />

about on many occasions, it's impossible to predict the catalyst for the bursting<br />

of a bubble and it's also impossible to predict the duration of any bull<br />

market (bubble or not), so there is no denying that risks are elevated at this<br />

point. If the upward trend persists and prices push further into nosebleed<br />

territory, my intention will be to reduce stock exposure significantly at that<br />

time. We have no way of knowing if we'll experience a crash following such<br />

a steep final leg higher (if we get it) or simply a garden-variety bear market<br />

(decline of 20 percent or so), but I think the probability of a pretty severe<br />

decline will be high.<br />

I checked in with local Registered Investment Advisor and Chartered Financial<br />

Analyst Joe Gagnon, to get his take on the current market and the<br />

economy. Why Joe? Well, I can count on one hand the advisors and money<br />

managers I know of who predicted both the Dot-Com Bubble and subsequent<br />

crash in 2000-2002 and the Housing Bubble and collapse of 2008-<br />

2009, and Joe is one of them. I heard Gagnon warn of the risks of both of<br />

these bubbles before they popped. Gagnon has more than 30 years of experience<br />

navigating the markets and is a longtime Palos Verdes Estates resident.<br />

Revenue growth no longer enough<br />

Chaussee: What’s your outlook for the markets?<br />

Gagnon: Given elevated valuations and high profit margins, total returns<br />

for stocks will be well below average, likely in the 0 to 5 percent range annualized<br />

over the coming 5 to 10 years.<br />

Chaussee: Do you anticipate a recession and/or bear market in the next<br />

year or two?<br />

Gagnon: I don’t see a recession on the horizon because the corporate tax<br />

cut will likely have a positive impact on the economy. But, if we get through<br />

the current drawdown and the melt-up in stocks continues, we could very<br />

well follow that at some point with a bear-market correction of greater than<br />

20 percent.<br />

Chaussee: Are there any places left to find value in the stock market?<br />

What would you avoid?<br />

Gagnon: There is some value left in the energy and retail sectors. I'd<br />

avoid the hot momentum stocks, in particular, Amazon, Netflix, Tesla, etc.<br />

where valuations are surreal and expectations are very high.<br />

Chaussee: What should investors do if they are concerned?<br />

Gagnon: As the market trends higher, raising cash and being patient is<br />

the best bet.<br />

Chaussee: What's your take on the bond market?<br />

Gagnon: The bond market is overvalued and has been for years. Interest<br />

rates have stayed low much longer than most investors have expected. The<br />

economy, due to high debt levels, is very sensitive to interest rate changes.<br />

So, if rates were to rise too quickly it likely would cause economic growth<br />

to stall and rates would fall back.<br />

Chaussee: How about real estate?<br />

Gagnon: Because of low interest rates, real estate values in some markets<br />

have hit all-time highs. There are pockets of overvaluation, but real estate<br />

is not as crazy as in the last financial crisis. It remains to be seen how the<br />

change in tax law will affect real estate in the high tax states like California.<br />

On the margin it is negative. Certainly, if rates were to rise, real estate could<br />

come under substantial pressure.<br />

Chaussee: What similarities do you see between the current market and<br />

the exuberance of the Dot-Com Bubble in 2000 and the Multi-Asset Bubble<br />

that burst in 2008?<br />

Gagnon: The current high valuations of the large momentum stocks certainly<br />

are similar to the Dot-Com Bubble and the Nifty-Fifty Bubble of the<br />

early 1970s. The Amazon phenomenon has become so great that it seems<br />

every day the company disrupts another industry. Indeed, Amazon has disrupted<br />

many businesses already, but with a $700 billion market value, the<br />

company will, at some point, have to deliver profits sufficient to justify that<br />

valuation. Currently the market only cares about revenue growth for these<br />

companies. It's mindful to remember that Microsoft's revenue per share<br />

has grown over five times in the last seventeen years since the Dot-Com<br />

Bubble burst, yet it was only in the last year that Microsoft's stock price<br />

surpassed its 2000 high.<br />

Chaussee: Any comment on Bitcoin?<br />

Gagnon: That is one thing that is unique to this market -- the Bitcoin<br />

Bubble – and it looks like it may have just popped. It is certainly very frothy<br />

and it’s hard to believe that world governments are going to give up control<br />

of their monetary policies to cryptocurrencies.<br />

<strong>Pen</strong>insula Real Estate holding steady<br />

Stocks aren’t the only asset class pushing back into bubble territory – the<br />

U.S. housing market, while lacking some of the euphoria present in 2006,<br />

still shows prices that are higher, relative to household income, than any<br />

other time in history. So, perhaps the Housing Bubble of 2006 makes today’s<br />

prices seem relatively tame, since we don’t have the same level of enthusiasm<br />

in the market, but in my humble opinion, real estate appears to be on<br />

the cusp of another bubble.<br />

I touched base with some real estate professionals to weigh in on the local<br />

market and trends on the <strong>Pen</strong>insula. Here’s what they had to say.<br />

Heidi Mackenbach is part of the Fountain-Mackenbach team at Re/Max Estate<br />

Properties. She is a Realtor and Senior Sales Associate with 28 years of experience.<br />

Chaussee: Give me your take of the current market on the <strong>Pen</strong>insula?<br />

Mackenbach: We’ve been on an upward trend over the past seven years.<br />

Going forward, I still see real estate on the <strong>Pen</strong>insula holding strong. You<br />

could argue we have plateaued in some areas, but it’s very difficult to generalize<br />

about prices in Palos Verdes. Palos Verdes is very neighborhood or<br />

area-specific.<br />

Chaussee: Which areas have been the strongest in the past year or so?<br />

Mackenbach: Palos Verdes Estates, for sure, has been the strongest.<br />

Leading the way would be Lunada Bay, followed closely by Malaga Cove.<br />

And, any property that has a feature that is highly sought after – a big flat<br />

lot or an outstanding view, for example. We have seen so many buyers and<br />

such demand for these types of properties that some listing prices have<br />

been driven from $2.6 million to perhaps $3.4 million.<br />

Chaussee: Has the demand come from move-up buyers or has it been<br />

more from out-of-state or out-of-country buyers?<br />

Mackenbach: The demand has mainly come from move-up buyers with<br />

families moving in from the Beach Cities or perhaps the West Side.<br />

Chaussee: What do you think the percentage appreciation was in 2017<br />

for 90274 and 90275?<br />

Mackenbach: In Lunada Bay we saw appreciation of perhaps 10 percent<br />

last year. In Valmonte, appreciation was around 8 percent and Malaga Cove<br />

was up around 10 percent. But other areas, in the same zip code, like Rolling<br />

Hills, was flat. Rolling Hills is a different market and in some cases I think<br />

there was no appreciation at all last year. In 90275, most areas of Rancho<br />

Palos Verdes, I would think appreciation averaged 5 percent.<br />

Chaussee: Would you define the market as still a “seller’s market?” Are<br />

homes moving pretty fast?<br />

Mackenbach: Yes, if priced reasonably they are selling within 30 days.<br />

If the price is set too high or there is some feature that is disagreeable, then<br />

it can take over 90 days to sell and that may involve a price cut. For desirable<br />

homes that are priced correctly, we are still seeing multiple offers. We<br />

aren’t seeing the same level of high activity we saw last spring (<strong>Mar</strong>ch-<br />

May), but for good properties we can see several strong bids. One thing that<br />

will keep demand high is that inventory is very low and it appears to be<br />

trending down too.<br />

Chaussee: What do you think will be the average price appreciation over<br />

the coming 5 to 10 years?<br />

Mackenbach: I think 3 percent or so averaged annually. I don’t see a<br />

heated market from here that would push prices up much more. At the<br />

same time, I don’t see a potential price drop on the horizon either. We have<br />

good job growth,low inventory and plenty of demand. Also, I think the<br />

bump up in interest rates hasn’t hurt the market much because it was anticipated.<br />

Chaussee: Are there any areas or neighborhoods that have been over-<br />

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looked where you see an excellent opportunity for potential buyers?<br />

Mackenbach: The strongest area may be Rolling Hills Estates because<br />

of the improvements at the Country Club. The Country Club should really<br />

boost home prices near the Club and Rolling Hills Estates.<br />

Chaussee: Do you know the median sale price for 90275 in the past year<br />

and the same for 90274?<br />

Mackenbach: I think in Rancho Palos Verdes you’re probably looking at<br />

$1.4 million and perhaps $2 million in 90274. There is rarely a home sold<br />

in Palos Verdes Estates under $1.5 million and that might be a small home<br />

or a fixer. We are definitely at all-time highs in pricing on the <strong>Pen</strong>insula.<br />

Chaussee: Does it make sense to wait to purchase a home?<br />

Mackenbach: When you are buying a home for your family it is an investment<br />

and it is typically a long-term purchase too, it would be better to<br />

go ahead and buy. If you’re looking at short-term,it would be better to rent.<br />

Darin DeRenzis is a partner at Vista Sotheby’s International Realty. Darin has<br />

13 years of experience in real estate.<br />

Chaussee: What’s your take on the local real estate market. Is it healthy?<br />

DeRenzis: The market remains a seller’s market and the reason for that<br />

is the low inventory. There is about two months of inventory on the market.<br />

A neutral market would show inventory of perhaps four to five months.<br />

But, what’s interesting about this is that despite the low inventory, which<br />

should favor sellers and price appreciation, the median home sale on the<br />

entire <strong>Pen</strong>insula last year only showed an increase of a couple percentage<br />

points. But, if you look at specific neighborhoods on the Hill, the median<br />

prices are all over the place. Valmonte, Lunada Bay and Malaga Cove have<br />

all been very strong, but there are other areas, Rolling Hills, for example,<br />

that have been slow and haven’t appreciated much in the past year.<br />

Chaussee: What do you see as forward-looking appreciation potential in<br />

the coming years?<br />

DeRenzis: We have not seen such extreme price appreciation that it<br />

would lead me to think we are in a bubble. I think the economy in the<br />

South Bay is as strong as it has ever been. I would tell a client buying at<br />

today’s prices to hope, if not assume, that price appreciation would equal<br />

the average annual return that we have seen historically, which would be<br />

approximately 4 percent. I would hope we stay in that range. I would not<br />

want to see much more than that because I don’t think anyone wants to<br />

see the euphoria that led to the recent Housing Bubble – it didn’t end well.<br />

Chaussee: What could throw off your forecast?<br />

DeRenzis: An economic event on the national level could affect us. Perhaps<br />

a substantial increase in interest rates. Loans are still around 4 percent,<br />

but the Federal Reserve is on a path to higher rates for sure. If we saw a<br />

significant jump in rates then it certainly could affect the market. Another<br />

consideration is the change in tax policy. We have some of our write-offs<br />

going away like limits as to how much mortgage interest we can deduct,<br />

but if income tax brackets drop, perhaps that will offset the mortgage interest<br />

deduction cap. I don’t think any of the tax policy changes we will<br />

see this year will affect the high-end real estate market – the homes that<br />

are priced at $3 million and up.<br />

Chaussee: Do you see any areas that have been overlooked or that offer<br />

a good opportunity?<br />

DeRenzis: I think Silver Spur may fall into that category. The area has<br />

improved with the quality of the remodels. Overall, Palos Verdes is a very<br />

mature market and buyers know it well. But, I do think that some of the<br />

value on the east side of the Hill is overlooked as opposed to the west side.<br />

So, from that perspective I think you could say it has been overlooked somewhat.<br />

Chaussee: The buyers you are seeing now, are they move-up buyers?<br />

DeRenzis: Yes, they are coming in from the Beach Cities. They see they<br />

can get a lot more house for their money on the <strong>Pen</strong>insula now. From a median<br />

home price perspective per square foot, Hermosa and Manhattan<br />

Beach are more expensive than Palos Verdes. But, Palos Verdes is huge, so<br />

I am grouping the entire Hill and somewhat generalizing. If you take certain<br />

neighborhoods like Lunada Bay or Malaga Cove versus Hermosa or Manhattan<br />

Beach, you might not see such a difference in price per square foot.<br />

Chaussee: What would you guess would be the median price on the<br />

<strong>Pen</strong>insula right now?<br />

DeRenzis: If you factor in every home on the <strong>Pen</strong>insula, condos and<br />

townhouses included, I would think approximately $1.35 million. But again,<br />

this includes everything on the Hill. I think the bottom of the market was<br />

around 2011 and we hit $850,000 as a median price and we’ve come up<br />

substantially from there.<br />

Les Fishman is part of the Butler-Fishman Team at Coldwell Banker. He is a<br />

Realtor and Associate Broker with 40 years of experience.<br />

Chaussee: Les, what’s your outlook on the local market here in Palos<br />

Verdes?<br />

Fishman: I think we can characterize it by low inventory and high buyer<br />

demand. It’s been that way for the past couple of years. What is happening,<br />

unlike in the past, is that properties are now coming on the market and<br />

they aren’t sitting there for very long, so we don’t have an accumulation of<br />

properties for sale. Properties are selling quickly. In 2017 we saw a pretty<br />

good uptick in appreciation too.<br />

Chaussee: What percentage appreciation did Palos Verdes get last year?<br />

Fishman: It depends on the area, but I’m guessing it probably averaged<br />

4 percent or five percent. We are definitely in a seller’s market. That’s evident<br />

given the inventory and we’re also seeing multiple bids. We list, possibly<br />

with a price in the low-end range of what we believe the value is, and<br />

most of the time they will sell over the list price. It’s all about pricing a<br />

property correctly at the outset.<br />

Chaussee: What does the inventory look like?<br />

Fishman: For single-family homes, it’s probably under three months.<br />

There are 102 single-family homes on the market right now. As recently as<br />

November there were 122. In prior years, when it was tougher to sell a<br />

property we used to see the inventory at six or seven months, but now it’s<br />

pretty low. The median home price in Rolling Hills Estates as of November<br />

2017 was $1,493,000. The median in Rancho Palos Verdes was $1,512,000<br />

and Palos Verdes Estates had a median price of $1,903,000.<br />

Chaussee: What’s your forecast for price appreciation over the coming<br />

years?<br />

Fishman: My gut tells me maybe 2 percent to 3 percent average annual<br />

price appreciation. I’d want to be fairly conservative with my projection.<br />

Chaussee: If buyers are going to see at least some price appreciation over<br />

the coming years, albeit nothing too spectacular, would you still recommend<br />

buying versus renting right now?<br />

Fishman: Yes, real estate has been a very good investment over a long<br />

period of time. The people who have been hurt in real estate have been<br />

those who were forced to sell during a downturn. There are a lot of reasons<br />

to purchase too that aren’t necessarily financial – pride of ownership and<br />

the ability to make improvements to a property that might not be possible<br />

as a tenant. If one is looking to rent right now on the <strong>Pen</strong>insula it is very<br />

tough to find a single-family home under $3,000 per month. And, that is<br />

probably a three-bedroom, two-bath, 1600 square foot home. For a more<br />

desirable property you would have to pay at least $4,000 monthly.<br />

Chaussee: Given the appreciation we have seen in the past 7 years, are<br />

there areas on the <strong>Pen</strong>insula that have been overlooked? Any bargains left?<br />

Fishman: Maybe in East View – that side of Rancho Palos Verdes. It’s<br />

tough to find hidden value. There are buyers who want fixers to invest in<br />

and perhaps flip, but those homes are rarely on the market for long and<br />

tough to find. The buyers from the Beach Cities have been moving to the<br />

<strong>Pen</strong>insula in recent years because you get so much more for your money.<br />

And, the schools are some of the best in California too.<br />

Chaussee: Do you see any evidence that we are back in a Housing Bubble<br />

or that we will have one again?<br />

Fishman: I don’t think there is a bubble at all despite prices having risen<br />

quite a bit. There is healthy demand and people want to live on the <strong>Pen</strong>insula<br />

for various reasons. If we had a glut of inventory because of a really<br />

steep increase in price, then maybe we’d have a problem. But, the desirability<br />

of living here and the lack of inventory has kept the market healthy,<br />

without overheating.<br />

Chaussee: What could change your mind, what would be a warning sign<br />

that the real estate market could be in trouble?<br />

Fishman: A serious rise in interest rates would have a numbing effect<br />

on the market. It appears they will be rising and that should keep a lid on<br />

prices. The other unknown out there is how the recent tax changes will<br />

play out. If our mortgage deductions are limited that could put a damper<br />

on the market, but it doesn’t change the fact that this is a really desirable<br />

place to live.<br />

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Number 8 green, Rolling Hills Country Club.<br />

Photo by Embrace Life Photography<br />

by Kevin Cody<br />

David McLay Kidd<br />

calls on his Scottish roots<br />

for the design of<br />

Rolling Hills Country Club’s<br />

new course<br />

The day before David McLay Kidd was to hit the ceremonial tee shot, celebrating<br />

the opening of the new Rolling Hills Country Club golf course,<br />

he and wife Tara Dayer-Smith dove over the course in their single engine<br />

Cirrus SR22 with the stylized Scottish flag on the tail.<br />

“Like a Stuka,” Kidd said, referring to the World War II German dive bomber.<br />

“We had flown in from our home in Bend and had to be at 5,000 feet to clear<br />

the LAX air space. But when we approached the Torrance airport, their air controller<br />

told us we were a little high,” he explained.<br />

With the opening of the new Rolling Hills course on January 14, Torrance<br />

Airport anticipates more fly-in golfers, though not in the numbers of the small<br />

airport near Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, which the new Rolling Hills course is<br />

being compared to. Since Bandon Dunes opened in 1999, its nearby airport has<br />

become one of the the busiest in Oregon.<br />

Like Bandon Dunes, Rolling Hills was designed by Kidd and is a links course,<br />

in the untamed style of Scotland’s St. Andrews and Gleneagles, where Kidd’s<br />

father was the course superintendent.<br />

Unlike Bandon Dunes, Rolling Hills’ tee times are restricted to the club’s<br />

roughly 400 equity members and their guests. Bandon Dunes, though privately<br />

owned, is open to the public.<br />

The most significant similarity between Bandon Dunes and Rolling Hills is<br />

their underlying design philosophy.<br />

“It took me until I was 45,” the 49-year-old Kidd said, “to rediscover what I<br />

knew instinctively when I was 25, when I designed Bandon Dunes.<br />

Kidd described his mid life epiphany, during an interview in the Greenside<br />

Grill, one of Rolling Hills Country Club’s four new restaurants, overlooking the<br />

course, the Los Angeles Basin and the San Gabriel Mountains. On a clear day,<br />

the Hollywood sign is visible.<br />

“Harder is not better. Fun is better. Why did people love the early courses I<br />

designed, when I knew so little? And why weren’t they returning to play the<br />

courses I did 10 years later when I knew so much more?” he said.<br />

Following his success at Bandon Dunes, Kidd explained, he succumbed to the<br />

prevailing wisdom that a golf designer’s job was to “defend par.”<br />

“The locals call Tetherow in Bend ‘Deatherow.’ And that’s my home course,”<br />

he said of the course he designed in 2008. “Ego reigned. Harder was better.<br />

Every golf designer wanted to brag about how hard their courses were, making<br />

them 8,000 yards long with 24 yard wide fairways and a slope ratings of 148.<br />

(Slope rating is a measure of a course’ difficulty, with 155 being the maximum<br />

difficulty.)<br />

“We were doing what clients wanted and that was generate a maximum<br />

amount of media attention because most were selling houses.<br />

“Designers talked about ‘Tiger proofing’ courses because Tiger made the game<br />

look too easy.<br />

“But golf is already one of the hardest sports there is, and you want me to<br />

make it harder? Imagine if tennis had to be played with wooden rackets and<br />

skiers had to use straight skis.<br />

“We’ve been taught that golf is all about intimidation and playing defense.<br />

I’m turning that on its head. I want my courses to breed confidence. Then golf<br />

becomes fun.”<br />

“If you hit a rank shot, out of bounds, I can’t help you. But keep it in bounds<br />

and I’ll do my best to keep you playing golf with one ball.”<br />

“Confidence translates into a confident swing. If you play a great round at<br />

Bandon Dunes, it’s not because it’s an easy course. It’s because you played confidently.”<br />

Kidd traced the divergence between the Scottish links courses he grew up<br />

with and America’s beautifully manicured, less forgiving parkland courses to<br />

the 1933 opening of Augusta National, the Churchill Downs of golf, with its<br />

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colorful flower boxes, tree lined fairways and sparkling white, egg-shaped<br />

bunkers. (Rolling Hills’ bunkers are the yellowish brown of South Bay<br />

beach sand.)<br />

“Never was the iron gauntlet of challenge more skillfully concealed in<br />

velvet,” legendary golfer Bobby Jones said of Augusta, which he helped<br />

design. "The architect assumes the role of defender against the golfer attacking<br />

the course," he wrote in “Golf by Design.”<br />

“Every April, golfers watched the Augusta Masters on their color TVs<br />

and dusted off their clubs,” Kidd said. “Groundskeepers looked at Augusta<br />

and thought, ‘That’s my benchmark.’”<br />

“Then Bandon Dunes opened and American golfers were able to experience<br />

the golf I grew up with — its wiry grasses, multiple colors, imperfect<br />

nature.”<br />

“When you stand at the first tee here,” he said, speaking of the new<br />

Rolling Hills, “you see acres of grass. It inspires confidence. You can be aggressive<br />

without fear of execution by the course architect. The punishment<br />

matches the crime.<br />

“I’m expecting the average Rolling Hills member to say the course is a<br />

blast and the few exceptional members to say I know I can shoot par, I’ve<br />

just not done it yet. The course is very playable, but requires precision to<br />

score well.”<br />

The new Rolling Hills course is 7,150 yards long from the back tees and<br />

just over 5,000 yards from the front tees. The course’s biggest challenges<br />

are on the large, contoured greens. The 18th green is 60 yards across, with<br />

a bunker.<br />

The roughs are fescue, the tall golden grass that gives color to coastal<br />

courses like St. Andrews. California Pepper, Eucalyptus, Stone Pine and<br />

Brisbane Box trees, all common to Palos Verdes, are widely spaced down<br />

the fairways, allowing for open vistas across the 160 acre course, nearly<br />

double the size of the old Rolling Hills course. Even at maturity, the trees<br />

will not block views of the LA basin, the San Gabriels and South Bay<br />

beaches, which are visible from the 17th Green, “if you crank your neck,”<br />

Kidd conceded.<br />

“I want it to look like it’s been here 100 years,” he said.<br />

Oddly coupled to the course’s 15th Century St. Andrews inspiration is<br />

the Internet of Things. Golf cart monitors display hole distances, green<br />

sizes, pin placements (which change daily) and, during tournament play, a<br />

leader board. While many golf clubs prohibit smartphones usage, Rolling<br />

Hills offers a golf application that can also be used to make dinner and<br />

massage reservations.<br />

The indoor practice facility opens on to the 400 yard deep driving range<br />

and includes a video system that analyzes a golfer’s clubhead speed, body<br />

Opening day party in the new club house’s Greenside Grille, overlooking the<br />

Los Angeles basin. Photo by Kevin Cody<br />

and head movement and changes in heel and toe pressure.<br />

The putting greens have soil sensors that measure moisture and salinity<br />

and control watering. For membership play, moisture is maintained at between<br />

14 and 20 percent. For tournaments, the moisture level will be reduced<br />

to a firmer, 12 percent to make the balls bounce more when they<br />

land.<br />

The moisture sensors are linked to the course’s 2,100, individually programmed<br />

sprinkler heads.<br />

Despite being 1,000 yards longer than the old Rolling Hills course, the<br />

new course uses 30 percent less water, superintendent Bob Vaughey said.<br />

Vaughey studied agronomy at Cal Poly. After college, while working at a<br />

golf course in Valencia, he received a call from the water district. They<br />

needed his golf course to use more water because their recycling plant was<br />

over capacity.<br />

“That’s when I realized that golf courses are the most environmentally<br />

friendly parks on the planet,” he said.<br />

Most golf courses use municipal or recycled water. Rolling Hills uses its<br />

own well water and captured runoff that washes down two canyons, west<br />

of the golf course. The runoff used to flow through barrancas that crossed<br />

the old course and emptied into a cavernous, 150-foot deep, 1,000 yard<br />

Rolling Hills Country Club Opening Day ceremonial tee off golfers (left to right) construction committee chair Bruce Steckel, communications chair Kurt Gunderlock, finance<br />

chair Matt Pope, Chadmar Group president Chuck Lande, RHCC president Aubie Goldenberg and course architect David McLay Kidd. Photos by Kevin Cody

wide sand quarry east of the course. There, the water was trapped by a<br />

faultline until it could percolate down to the water table. Kidd’s design<br />

called for capping the course with sand from the quarry and then scraping<br />

6.5 million cubic yards of dirt (the equivalent of 6.5 Rose Bowls) from the<br />

course’s namesake hills into the quarry. The hills became fill for eight new<br />

holes.<br />

Because there would no longer be a quarry to capture the runoff,<br />

Vaughey supervised the installation of nine, 5-foot in diameter, 240 foot<br />

deep pipes to carry the water down to the water table. To irrigate the<br />

course, the water is pumped back to the surface, and into a pond between<br />

the 16th and 17th holes, at the rate of 600 gallons a minute. The water<br />

comes up a 640-foot deep shaft with a propeller at the bottom, driven by<br />

a 100 horsepower electric motor. In the pond, six more, 80-foot deep wells<br />

pump water to the 2,100, sprinkler heads.<br />

“Golf courses are almost always built in flood zones,” Vaughey said.<br />

Kidd, who favors flight metaphors, said of the club’s new technology,<br />

“At the 100,000 foot level, I think anything that makes golf more fun is<br />

good. Looking at it from ground level, I’d hate it if everyone had to take a<br />

cart and use a phone app.”<br />

Kidd’s least favorite technical advance isn’t digital. It’s the golf cart.<br />

“I like thinking about the next hole as I walk. I like the exercise. I like<br />

talking with members of my foursome. None of that happens in a cart,”<br />

he said.<br />

“But carts and all this tech stuff are optional,” he emphasized. “You can<br />

still play the game with a hickory stick and gutty ball.”<br />

In comparing the new Rolling Hills to the venerable Los Angeles Country<br />

Club and Riviera Country Club, Kidd said, “I’d love it if someone said this<br />

is their third favorite LA course, because at least they’d be putting Rolling<br />

Hills in that company. To be spoken of in the same breath as Gil Hanse<br />

(designer of LA North) would be cool.”<br />

“We’re sitting in a basin with some of the finest golf courses on planet<br />

earth,” he added.<br />

Then he dropped the modest pretense to disclose his true aspirations.<br />

“This style of course takes a few years to mature. When it does, it stands<br />

a chance to be one of the best courses not only in Los Angeles, but maybe<br />

in the world,” he said.<br />

Kidd’s dream is shared not only by club members, who routinely describe<br />

the new course as “surpassing expectations,” but by the Pac 12 Conference,<br />

which selected Rolling Hill as the site of its <strong>2018</strong> Championships,<br />

being held in April.<br />

“USC golf coach Chris Zambri called out of the blue last November,”<br />

Rolling Hills Country Club general manager Greg Sullivan recalled. “He<br />

said it was his responsibility to select a course. and he was looking at Riviera,<br />

LA and us. He had run into some of our members at the airport and<br />

they had told him Kidd was redesigning our course.”<br />

Zambri and USC associate head coach Justin Silverstein walked the<br />

Rolling Hills course last December with Sullivan, Kidd and Vaughey.<br />

“Only seven of the holes had been grassed. But Kidd was able to explain<br />

what it will be like to play. They were impressed by how long it is. USC<br />

has some long hitting players,” Sullivan said.<br />

“Hosting the Pac 12 is as big an honor as Bandon Dunes hosting the U.S.<br />

Amateur in 2020. Pros will play in a parking lot if you put up enough<br />

money. But for top flight amateurs, it’s all about the course,” Kidd said.<br />

Rolling Hills Country Club president Aubie Goldenberg views the Pac<br />

12 tournament as validation of the club’s controversial, 2014 decision to<br />

redo the course. Over 100 of the club’s 465 members resigned rather than<br />

pay the $40,000 assessment and the substantial monthly dues during the<br />

two years the course would be closed.<br />

As the new golf course and new clubhouse neared completion, membership<br />

fees skyrocketed from $40,000 when work began, to $175,000,<br />

prompting the club to cap the fees to prevent them from becoming commoditized.<br />


S P O T L I G H T O N T H E H I L L<br />

Las Madrecitas Honorees<br />

Las Madrecitas held its 52nd annual Evergreen Ball in the Grand Ballroom of the<br />

Beverly Wilshire Hotel on January 6. This year’s event honored 19 high school<br />

girls for their volunteer service to the Orthopædic Institute for Children (OIC).<br />

The honorees were: (Front row, left to right) Julia Davis, Madeline Babros, Emily<br />

Warter, Adelaide Brannan and Emily Levin; (Second row) Catherine Mihm,<br />

<strong>Mar</strong>issa Hong, Michelle Renslo, Mia Daly, Mia Gioiello and Julia Cotter; (Third<br />

row) Melia Harlan, Helena Ruzic, Tate Robinson, Natalie Watts and Hanalei Emnace.<br />

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Julie and Fram Virjee in Kigali, Rwanda, where<br />

they helped establish a school for the deaf.<br />

Photo courtesy of the Virjees<br />

Julie Virjees with art students in Kigali, Rwanda. Photo courtesy of the Virjees<br />

Fram and Julie Virjee<br />

follow their callings, from<br />

‘success to significance’<br />

by Richard Foss<br />

When Palos Verdes resident Framroze “Fram” Virjee retired from<br />

the high-powered law firm O’Melveny and Myers, his partners<br />

asked his wife Julie what to get him as a parting gift. Her answer<br />

probably wasn’t what they expected, and…well, let’s let him tell it.<br />

“My wife was asked, ‘What would Fram like as a retirement gift?’ I think<br />

most people get a set of golf clubs or a new fishing rod. Julie said, ‘I know<br />

what he wants – a 501c3 that will allow us to do what we need to do in<br />

Rwanda.’ My partners incorporated it, which is no small endeavor, and on<br />

top of that, they kicked in seed money to start Yambi Rwanda.”<br />

Virjee had been integrating philanthropy and social justice issues<br />

throughout his professional career. He credits that passion to his upbringing<br />

in San Pedro and Palos Verdes, where he stood out both because of his<br />

heritage and early life experiences.<br />

“My father was a ship captain from India, my mom is Swedish-American,<br />

and for the first seven years of my life we sailed around the world.<br />

We moved to California in 1966 because my parents wanted to be near my<br />

mom’s family in the South Bay. We moved to San Pedro first, where I grew<br />

up with folks from the Azores, Croatia, Serbia, Mexico, and all over the<br />

world. Then we went to PV and I went to Dapplegray for the last year of<br />

junior high and spent four years at Miraleste. I would be less than candid<br />

if I didn’t say that as someone used to diversity who grew up in a family<br />

with progressive values, I was a bit of an outlier. I think that may have<br />

made me a better negotiator later in life. I am comfortable communicating<br />

and collaborating in both a culturally rich environment and one that is<br />

more homogenous like Palos Verdes was.”<br />

College in Santa Barbara and law school in San Francisco followed, with<br />

the eventual payoff of a position at O’Melveny & Myers. Contrary to the<br />

public image of large law firms being ruthless and highly competitive, Virjee<br />

found working at the firm to be spiritually uplifting. He was mentored<br />

by former Secretary of State Warren Christopher and former Secretary of<br />

Transportation Bill Coleman, one a Democrat and the other a Republican,<br />

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ut both committed to public service.<br />

“The firm has a rich tradition of<br />

civic-minded lawyers from both<br />

sides of the political spectrum. The<br />

question there was ‘Where will<br />

you serve as a lawyer, and how will<br />

you provide benefit to your community?’<br />

What prepared me for<br />

what I’m doing now was pro bono<br />

work. I represented indigent defendants<br />

at criminal trials, tenants<br />

in landlord disputes, and dealt with<br />

domestic violence cases. I also represented<br />

public education, particularly<br />

K-12 school districts. The<br />

interactions with educators led me<br />

to decide to teach, so I taught in<br />

the Business school at Claremont<br />

Graduate School and then taught<br />

law at Chapman, and that caused<br />

me to discover how much I loved<br />

post-secondary education.”<br />

Legal work and teaching filled<br />

his life for 30 years. Then Virjee<br />

read a book, Halftime by Bob Buford.<br />

The book is about mid-career<br />

professionals moving, in the words<br />

of the cover blurb, “from success to<br />

significance.” Virjee decided to<br />

leave the legal profession and<br />

move to Africa.<br />

And then things changed again,<br />

thanks to a call from the chairman<br />

of the Board of Trustees at the Cal<br />

State University system. Might he<br />

be interested in being their new<br />

General Counsel? No, he explained,<br />

he was getting ready to<br />

move to Africa. Okay, might he be<br />

willing to meet with the Chancellor<br />

and give him advice about how<br />

to fill the position?<br />

“I met with Tim White, the chancellor<br />

for the 23-campus system,<br />

and we had a great conversation. I<br />

told him all about Rwanda, he told<br />

me about the CSU. I shared my<br />

thoughts for how he might reorganize<br />

the General Counsel’s office,<br />

he gave suggestions for how<br />

we could improve the organization<br />

of the nonprofit, and we shook<br />

hands and went our separate<br />

ways.”<br />

Virjee and Julie went to Rwanda<br />

and started working on a series of<br />

projects, among them a school for<br />

the deaf, a community center and<br />

library, an art school, and a project<br />

to provide eggs for student meals<br />

so that children weren’t too hungry<br />

to focus on their studies. And<br />

then the call came on his cellphone<br />

from a job recruiter with an offer:<br />

not the expected job of general<br />

counsel, but executive vice-chancellor<br />

of the state university system.<br />

“I told him, I’m in Rwanda,<br />

Fram Virjees at Cal State University Fullerton. Photo courtesy of CSUF<br />

that’s not going to happen. He said,<br />

‘We’ll wait, talk with us the next<br />

time you’re back in California.’ The<br />

next thing I knew I was meeting<br />

trustees and talking to people.<br />

What put me over the top was<br />

when the chancellor said, ‘I want<br />

you to think about vision and strategic<br />

planning. We have this 23 campus<br />

system with almost 500,000<br />

students – how can we break down<br />

barriers, improve communication,<br />

and increase access for students<br />

while improving the quality?’ And<br />

I thought, oh my gosh, here I am,<br />

about to move to Africa, where I<br />

feel this connection and have this<br />

calling, and at the same time there’s<br />

a need in my own community, and<br />

I’m being called to help. He had<br />

me, I was hooked.”<br />

Fram and Julie came up with a<br />

plan to keep their charity in<br />

Rwanda going. Julie took the lead in<br />

running the organization, an ironic<br />

twist given that she originally set<br />

the whole thing up as a project for<br />

Fram. As he explains it, “My wife<br />

Julie is the primary driver of Yambi<br />

Rwanda. In our hearts this is a joint<br />

effort but she is the leader of it. My<br />

focus is the university, but my heart<br />

is in what we’re doing. She goes<br />

there once or twice a year, and she<br />

spends four to six weeks each time.<br />

She is the love of my life and center<br />

of my universe, but I give her up<br />

because I know the work that we<br />

do is impactful.”<br />

Fram Virjee’s university office<br />

was in Long Beach. But, as he saw<br />

it, he wasn’t hired to sit in an office.<br />

He needed to visit each of the 23<br />

campuses and learn what was going<br />

on. This is not the way a Vice-Chancellor<br />

usually does their job. All the<br />

same, he had loved teaching and<br />

having day-to-day relationships<br />

with the people that the whole enterprise<br />

was supposed to be focused<br />

upon.<br />

“That’s what was missing for me,<br />

the students. The energy, the vitality,<br />

the promise you get when you<br />

walk onto a college campus is palpable.<br />

So when the chancellor<br />

called me and offered me the<br />

chance to be president at Cal State<br />

Fullerton I just about jumped out of<br />

my skin. It was an amazing opportunity<br />

and even more in line with<br />

my desire to directly affect the lives<br />

of students in the state of California.”<br />

Virjee became Cal State Fullerton’s<br />

president in January, and is<br />

still marveling at the enormity of<br />

the job and the difficulty of doing it<br />

the way he believes it needs to be<br />

done.<br />

“We have 40,000 students at Cal<br />

State Fullerton, the largest university<br />

in California. I could sit in my<br />

office and have everyone come to<br />

me, but when I meet with deans,<br />

faculty, or anyone else I schedule<br />

them so I can see where they live<br />

and work. The first thing I did<br />

when I got here was meet with the<br />

custodial staff and maintenance<br />

crews. They are the front line of the<br />

university, the ones who meet our<br />

students where they are every day.<br />

I carve out time to spend with students<br />

where they’re learning.<br />

That’s the best part of my job. I<br />

want every decision to be influenced<br />

by what I know about my<br />

students, faculty, and staff. I want a<br />

collaborative process with them,<br />

and the only way that will happen<br />

is if I go to talk to them.”<br />

Though partisans of online learning<br />

sometimes claim that it will<br />

make the classical campus obsolete<br />

except for courses that require special<br />

tools, Fram Virjee defends traditional<br />

learning methods.<br />

“Online learning does create access<br />

for students who might not<br />

otherwise have it. It is an amazing<br />

tool, and we will use it. On the<br />

other side of the coin, it isn’t a replacement<br />

for the academy, the<br />

learning you get in the physical<br />

presence, or a panacea for issues of<br />

infrastructure and access for students.<br />

You have to understand<br />

what the purpose of a post-secondary<br />

education is, at least from<br />

my perspective. It is very important<br />

that we prepare our students,<br />

both from a knowledge-based perspective<br />

and a problem-solving<br />

perspective, to get out in the world<br />

for purposes of professional development<br />

and career. But if we stop<br />

there, which is what online learning<br />

does, we would be doing a disservice.<br />

The purpose of a<br />

university education is also to create<br />

citizens for the state of California,<br />

the United States, and the<br />

world, who are civic-minded, engaged,<br />

and caring about their communities.<br />

They need to be able to<br />

interact and collaborate to move<br />

the communities, the state, and the<br />

nation forward. In order to be that<br />

kind of multi-dimensional learners<br />

and participants in democracy, the<br />

best way for them to do that is live<br />

at our campus. We bring our students,<br />

our community, and our faculty<br />

to this place so they learn to<br />

interact and collaborate, and we<br />

haven’t figured out how to do that<br />

online.”<br />

While Fram Virjee spends an increasing<br />

amount of time with his<br />

work in Fullerton, he still is part of<br />

the community on the <strong>Pen</strong>insula.<br />

“All three of our sons went to PV<br />

schools, just like I did. My social<br />

net is there, and the people who<br />

shaped me and support me are<br />

there. Of course my parents<br />

shaped me, but they decided that<br />

that’s where I would grow up. The<br />

Palos Verdes <strong>Pen</strong>insula is our family,<br />

and anything I do, anywhere I<br />

go, I do on behalf of, in the name<br />

of, and with the imprint of my<br />

community. I love Fullerton, but I<br />

want people to know about the<br />

support PV provided to me and to<br />

generations going forward.”<br />

To learn more about Yambi<br />

Rwanda, visit YambiRwanda.org.<br />

They host occasional sales of art<br />

created by students at their school.<br />

See their Facebook page for upcoming<br />

shows. PEN<br />

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Chris Adlam<br />

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Set off the street, this charming Malaga Cove home has over 2300 square feet,<br />

3 bedrooms, vaulted, open beamed ceilings, a large, private courtyard, stone<br />

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Places to Volunteer and Donate<br />

Volunteers from the South Bay community and JetBlue crew members built a<br />

new outdoor playspace at the Richstone Family Center last November. The<br />

volunteers poured concrete, spread mulch and installed playground equipment<br />

in just six hours. The ribbon cutting celebration was held that same<br />

day. For more about Richstone, visit RicnstoneFamily.org<br />

Boys & Girls Clubs of the<br />

Los Angeles Harbor<br />

bgclaharbor.org<br />

The largest provider of premiere<br />

after-school activities in the South<br />

Bay with facilities from San Pedro<br />

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 El<br />

Camino College students’ success<br />

in education and life.<br />

16007 Crenshaw Blvd.<br />

Torrance, CA 90506<br />

310-660-6040<br />

Habitat for Humanity of Greater<br />

Los Angeles ReStores<br />

DonateToHabitat.com<br />

The LA ReStores are nonprofit,<br />

home improvement thrift stores and<br />

donation centers. Schedule a pickup<br />

today.<br />

18600 Crenshaw Blvd.<br />

Torrance, CA 90504<br />

8739 Artesia Blvd.<br />

Bellflower, CA 90706<br />

Las Candalistas<br />

lascandalistas.org<br />

Las Candalistas has been making<br />

a difference in the lives of children<br />

and the health of the environment<br />

in the South Bay for over 50 years.<br />

916 Silver Spur Rd, #207<br />

Rolling Hills Estates, CA. 90274<br />

310-541-7613<br />

<strong>Pen</strong>insula Education Foundation<br />

Pvpef.org<br />

Helping to create strong schools<br />

which creates strong communities.<br />

300 Paseo del <strong>Mar</strong><br />

Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274<br />

Richstone Family Center<br />

Richstonefamily.org<br />

Helping to prevent and treat child<br />

abuse and trauma.<br />

13634 Cordary Ave.<br />

Hawthorne, CA. 90250<br />

310-970-1921<br />

Torrance-South Bay YMCA<br />

www.ymcala.org/tsb<br />

The Y: We're for youth development,<br />

healthy living and social responsibility.<br />

2900 W. Sepulveda Blvd.<br />

Torrance, CA 90505<br />

South Bay | Giving<br />

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Philanthropy<br />

by design<br />

Houston/Tyner CFO and principal architect Gary Houston. Photo by Brad Jacobson<br />

(CivicCouch.com) Inset: A lean, modern 6,000 square foot expansion of the Richstone Family<br />

Center designed by Houston.<br />

Architect Gary Houston balances work on the Manhattan Beach <strong>Mar</strong>riott<br />

with pro bono work for Richstone Family Center<br />

by Robb Fulcher<br />

Torrance-based architects Houston/Tyner have built an impressive<br />

portfolio with the design of large-scale developments, such as luxury<br />

resort hotels and theme park attractions. But much of their more important<br />

work is little known, and done free of charge.<br />

The beneficiaries of that work include the Richstone Family Center. The<br />

local provider of services for the prevention and treatment of child abuse<br />

is undertaking a 6,000 square-foot expansion of its Hawthorne facilities.<br />

Houston/Tyner was instrumental in securing a $1 million grant for the expansion,<br />

and is undertaking its design.<br />

Gary Houston, who is heading up his firm’s pro bono work for Richstone,<br />

will be honored by Richstone at its yearly gala on <strong>Mar</strong>ch 10.<br />

Roger Van Remmen, president and CEO of Richstone, praised Houston<br />

and the firm’s co-founder, Russel Tyner, for creating a “culture and chemistry<br />

that really stands as a testament to who they are.”<br />

“We are honored to be partners with them,” Van Remmen said.<br />

Distinguished design<br />

Houston was born in Scotland, and moved with his family to the Los Angeles<br />

area when he was 11 years old. He graduated from Cal Poly San Luis<br />

Obispo in 1983, and co-founded Houston/Tyner in 1988.<br />

The partners moved into a former furniture store on Pacific Coast Hwy.<br />

in Torrance, created a large, open design studio within its two stories, and<br />

went on from there.<br />

“We’ve been full tilt since 1990. Our clients are long-term clients who<br />

call us with projects. Fortunately, we have a great clientele,” Houston said.<br />

“We’ve been at our current size for a long period of time,” he said. “We<br />

decided not to grow larger than this, in keeping with the principle of handson<br />

design and construction. If we grew larger, we would become administrator/architects,<br />

as opposed to hands-on design architects.”<br />

Houston serves as principal architect and CFO of the firm, and enjoys a<br />

reputation as an expert in code research, through his mastery of complex<br />

community, city, and state regulations, permits, codes and variances.<br />

Large-scale appeal<br />

For the past 20 years, Houston/Tyner has designed luxury resort hotels,<br />

from Hawaii to Florida. Among the firm’s recent triumphs is a “rebranding”<br />

of the <strong>Mar</strong>riott hotel in Manhattan Beach, elevating it to the status of the<br />

hotelier’s “Autograph Collection” properties.<br />

The site-wide redesign of the hotel – set to reopen under the new name<br />

Westdrift – was performed with the beach-community feel in mind, Houston<br />

said. The result is a “boutique hotel, but at a larger scale,” making use<br />

of natural materials such as driftwood for an “upscale coastal” appeal.<br />

The firm also designs rides and other attractions for the Universal Studios<br />

theme parks, including those fashioned after the motion pictures “Transformers,”<br />

“Despicable Me” and “The Mummy.”<br />

“Each attraction took two to four years to develop, utilizing a group of<br />

very talented contributors with a variety of engineering and artistic backgrounds,”<br />

Houston said.<br />

“We’re trying to change the guests’ perception of where they are, and<br />

alter their perception of reality,” he said.<br />

Tyner said the most significant trends in architecture are being driven by<br />

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technological advances. For instance, the lobbies of luxury hotels are now<br />

designed around automated check-in for guests, freeing up the hotel employees<br />

to perform more personalized, concierge-like duties.<br />

And developments of all types are being built with more attention to the<br />

environment.<br />

“Clients are more aware of that social responsibility,” calling for the use<br />

of permeable pavements, regionally sourced building materials and limited<br />

waste. Contractors are collecting wastewater and runoff, and recycling leftover<br />

materials.<br />

“Clients are much more sophisticated than they used to be, and they are<br />

accepting that it costs more [to protect the environment]. That enlightenment<br />

is good for the community. It’s good for everybody,” Houston said.<br />

Helping hands<br />

Houston/Tyner’s involvement with nonprofit organizations goes back to<br />

near the time of its founding, when Tyner was providing pro bono architectural<br />

services for the Venice Family Clinic and serving on its board of<br />

directors.<br />

Along the way, the primary beneficiaries of Houston/Tyner’s philanthropic<br />

efforts have been healthcare organizations, including Didi Hirsch,<br />

Pacific Clinics, Saban Community Clinics, JWCH Wellness Centers, Oceanside<br />

Christian Fellowship, and most recently the LGBT Los Angeles clinic.<br />

A touchstone with Richstone<br />

Richstone’s Van Remmen said the roots of Houston/Tyner’s involvement<br />

with his organization dates to back to when the daughters of Houston and<br />

his wife, Ginny Houston, were growing up. Ginny and the daughters –<br />

Shelby, now 25, and Courtney, now 27 and an architecture intern at Houston/Tyner’s<br />

San Francisco office – used to do volunteer work at Richstone.<br />

More than a decade after the volunteer stints began, Gary Houston attended<br />

a Richstone event, got updated about the organization’s activities<br />

and, along with Tyner, pledged to perform Richstone’s architectural work.<br />

Van Remmen and Houston began golfing together at Palos Verdes Golf<br />

Club. As they walked the course, Houston learned that Richstone was hoping<br />

to expand its facilities, adding more classrooms and therapy rooms to<br />

keep pace with the needs of the community.<br />

To realize the expansion, Richstone needed to get a $1 million grant. To<br />

get the grant, Richstone needed a conceptual design from architects, showing<br />

how the 6,000 square-foot expansion would be done.<br />

Houston and his firm stepped in to guide UC Berkeley architecture students<br />

who already were undertaking that task. Once the grant was secured,<br />

Houston/Tyner took on the rest of the architectural work.<br />

“The good news for us, and the bad news for Gary, is that we were very<br />

successful with the grant,” Van Remmen said with a laugh. “He and Russell<br />

told us they would handle all the architectural needs we have, and help us<br />

build this 6,000 square-foot expansion.<br />

“They saved us a tremendous amount of money, and they and their staff<br />

invested tremendous time and effort.”<br />

Van Remmen said the architects “make sure everything is correct and<br />

on time, and they use a lot of creative thinking.”<br />

“They are completely hands-on,” he said. “Last Friday Gary called me<br />

from the Hawthorne City Hall,where he was getting our building permits<br />

approved.”<br />

On another recent day, Van Remmen looked in on the work being done<br />

by volunteers from JetBlue and Kaboom! to build a playground at the family<br />

center. A Houston/Tyner associate was working with the volunteers.<br />

“One of their architects was out there throwing cement, helping build<br />

the playground,” Van Remmen said.<br />

Another golf partner of Van Remmen and Houston is Chuck Stain of<br />

One10 <strong>Mar</strong>keting. Stain is the Torrance marketing company’s sales and<br />

operations manager. He is also being honored at the Richstone Gala for<br />

his help in organizing their special events.<br />

“Chuck and his people invest so much time and energy. They are an incredible<br />

assets to our organization,” Van Remmen said.<br />

The Richstone Family Center’s annual Affair of the Heart, themed a “Moonlight<br />

Masquerade Gala,” will be <strong>Mar</strong>ch 10 at Audi Pacific in Torrance. For more<br />

see www.RichstoneFamily.org. PEN<br />

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Allyson & Alexander Shen and family<br />



<strong>Pen</strong>insula Education Foundation, one of the oldest and most respected<br />

education foundations in the nation, was created in 1979 when school<br />

funding formulas changed dramatically. A group of concerned parents got<br />

together to help save programs that were being cut and today, the same types<br />

of dedicated parent volunteers like Alex Shen, serve on the PEF Board of<br />

Trustees to serve all children and all schools in the Palos Verdes <strong>Pen</strong>insula<br />

Unified School District.<br />

“Both Allyson and I firmly believe that Palos Verdes public schools are<br />

outstanding, in large part, because of the wonderful families who support the<br />

community. The volunteerism, the engagement, and the philanthropy of our<br />

community sets PV apart as one of the most special places to live in the country,”<br />

said Alex. “We feel it is our responsibility to be active in giving back to<br />

the community that we both grew up in. This year I became a new trustee of<br />

PEF and I have been so impressed with the dedication of this group of leaders.<br />

It is an honor to help support one of the most important values of our community,<br />

the education of our children.”<br />

Like the many donors and volunteers who work tirelessly to raise the funds<br />

that are otherwise not available to PV schools, the Shen family learned when<br />

their kids were very young that programs like elementary choral and<br />

instrumental music, P.E., and STEM programming were not possible<br />

without all families participating. They also learned that the school librarian<br />

and many teaching positions were made possible by PEF.<br />

They were proud that when students get to middle school, there is a focus<br />

on safe schools and student wellness by having a Safe School Counselor in<br />

place, Parent University, as well as continued STEM programming and more<br />

teaching positions. At the high school level, the award-winning STEM<br />

programs are funded by PEF, counseling, teaching positions and the College<br />

& Career Center are made possible by the donations from families all across<br />

the hill to PEF.<br />

Many are surprised to learn that Palos Verdes continues to receive less money<br />

per student than surrounding school districts, based on an archaic school<br />

funding formula. Rather than wait for the state to fix this situation, school<br />

families, as well as supportive Alumni business and volunteers all over the<br />

hill work tirelessly to ensure these programs that make PV schools stellar<br />

stay in place.<br />

Join the Shen family and be part of PEF ~ give a gift today that is<br />

meaningful to your family.<br />

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40 <strong>Pen</strong>insula • <strong>Mar</strong>ch <strong>2018</strong>

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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"Lakeside Walk" (2017), by Sudrak Khongpuang

"The Transplanting, Rice Cultivation" (2017), by Sudrak Khongpuang<br />

I’m on my knees and leaning over the large canvas oil paintings of Sudrak<br />

Khongpuang as the artist herself uncovers and displays one picture after<br />

another. We’re on the floor in the Portuguese Bend home of Ben and<br />

Peggy Zask, where Sudrak is in residence for one month, a stay which concludes<br />

with a reception at South Bay Contemporary/SoLA Gallery in Los<br />

Angeles.<br />

Sudrak lives in Thailand and the majority of her paintings depict the rural<br />

countryside outside of Bangkok. The pictures are vibrant and lush, saturated<br />

with color, and yet the tones are earthy and cool. They are often filled<br />

with gentle hills, sprawling rice fields, quiet ponds with water lilies and<br />

lotus flowers, a water buffalo or two and a few billowing clouds in a blue<br />

sky. They are Edenic and one would not be afraid to step into them, for<br />

there are no crouching tigers or hidden dragons.<br />

Childhood memories brought to life<br />

Sudrak Khongpuang has been described as a naive Surrealist, and in art<br />

this might imply someone without an academically-trained background<br />

such as Henri Rousseau, Grandma Moses, or even Maudie Lewis (depicted<br />

in last year’s film “Maudie” with Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke). However,<br />

since Sudrak has a pair of university degrees that definition travels<br />

only so far in this case. As for the Surrealist handle, one could point to René<br />

Magritte (if we regard Sudrak’s floating islets with their tethered rowboats<br />

dangling in the aether), but the undulating ridgetops and the smooth pastures<br />

also recall the American regionalist painters, mostly of the Midwest,<br />

such as Roger Medearis, Grant Wood, and Thomas Hart Benton.<br />

In Sudrak’s painting, though, with its more intense hue, the work springs<br />

from the fond memories of her youth, when she would spend time every<br />

summer with her grandparents, away from the big cities. Those were pleasant<br />

days for her, and she often uses the word “happy” when referring to<br />

what she felt or in describing what she hopes to convey through her art.<br />

I would probably substitute the word peaceful, or maybe soothing and<br />

"Childhood" (2017), by Sudrak Khongpuang<br />

Thai artist Sudrak Khongpuang returns to the peninsula<br />

contemplative, because if we mention “happy” paintings others might think<br />

we’re really saying saccharine instead, and these pictures are anything but<br />

that.<br />

The landscapes do contain people, as well, but they are often tiny figures,<br />

usually seen in the distance and trudging through a path in the rice fields.<br />

The meaning is clear: Sudrak is expressing her reverence for nature and<br />

this ties in with a Buddhist tenet that says S/he who knows nature, knows<br />

life.<br />

Bridging an ocean through art<br />

This isn’t the first time Sudrak has come to the United States. Two years<br />

ago she was given a solo show called “Grown Up” at the Loft in San Pedro.<br />

That show, like the present one, was under the auspices of Peggy Zask and<br />

South Bay Contemporary. It was also before Zask moved her gallery out of<br />

the harbor and farther north.<br />

Peggy Zask isn’t known for luring artists from other countries, so how<br />

did she and Sudrak first connect?<br />

It started with a mutual friend of Peggy’s and Ben’s named Matthew<br />

Thomas, who was an artist at Angels Gate, above Point Fermin. He participated<br />

in an art show in Thailand that was organized by Kamol Tassananchalee,<br />

who is among Thailand’s most respected artists (he represented his<br />

country in 2015 at the Venice Biennale). That was when Thomas met Sudrak,<br />

they became friends, and later Sudrak mentioned her desire to exhibit<br />

her art elsewhere. She’d already been shown throughout Thailand, and so<br />

Thomas reached out to Peggy and Ben.<br />

It’s clear that they were instantly smitten by Sudrak’s work.<br />

Enlarging her repertoire<br />

This time, though, she’s expanding her palette, her artistic horizon, by<br />

trying something different: Sudrak is moving from 2D to 3D. Or, as Peggy<br />

explained it to Alyssa Wynne, “Ben and I work with found objects in order<br />

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to not consume so much. Sudrak<br />

has been influenced by that attitude<br />

so, rather than do sculpture<br />

since she’s a painter, she’s taking<br />

objects and painting on them, dimensionalizing<br />

the format she’s<br />

painting on.”<br />

In her studio on the grounds of<br />

the Zask residence, Sudrak shows<br />

the first fruits of her endeavor:<br />

She’s already painted on the rear<br />

casing of a guitar and on a galvanized<br />

washboard. She’s also attached<br />

small stones and pieces of<br />

wood to other canvases (a few<br />

lengths from a toy railroad track<br />

now serve as a vertical ladder in<br />

one picture). While hard to roll up<br />

into a mailing tube, the works are<br />

impressive in that what’s been incorporated<br />

doesn’t seem out of<br />

place or merely applied in a moment<br />

of whimsy. No, each addition<br />

is carefully weighed, and contributes<br />

to the overall effect.<br />

Accompanied by her hosts, Sudrak<br />

has made several trips to the<br />

tide pools at the base of Portuguese<br />

Bend, and with Ben Zask has gone<br />

to estate sales and other places<br />

where intriguing objects have been<br />

acquired. It’s not the way that Sudrak<br />

has approached her art all<br />

these years, but it’s a branching out<br />

that’s bound to throw open new<br />

Sudrak Khongpuang at Sand Cove in Rancho Palos Verdes.<br />

Photo by Peggy Zask<br />

doors and become a part of her<br />

artistic vision once she’s returned<br />

to Thailand.<br />

When we stand before Sudrak’s<br />

paintings it’s more than merely<br />

looking into a bucolic landscape.<br />

It’s also looking into work that<br />

sidesteps anger or confusion or<br />

confrontation, whether political,<br />

sociological, or ecological. Instead,<br />

her pictures radiate harmony and<br />

whisper to us what’s possible on a<br />

balanced planet. This is art to<br />

nourish the soul.<br />

Sudrak Khongpuang: A Tale of<br />

Two Shores is just that, work<br />

brought from Thailand and work produced<br />

here, on the <strong>Pen</strong>insula or at<br />

South Bay Contemporary/SoLA<br />

Gallery, where the artist is currently<br />

painting, Thursday through Saturday,<br />

11 a.m. to 4 p.m., when the gallery is<br />

also open to the public. A reception<br />

takes place on Saturday, Feb. 24,<br />

from 4 to 7 p.m. 3718 W. Slauson<br />

Ave., Los Angeles. A few days after<br />

that, Sudrak returns to Thailand, but<br />

always with the prospect of returning<br />

and sharing more of her rich and vibrant<br />

work. (310) 429-0973 or go to<br />

southbaycontemporary.org. PEN<br />

Destination: Art presents a<br />

Designer Forum and Gallery Talk<br />

Tuesday, <strong>Mar</strong>ch 6, 6:30 - 8:30pm<br />

Richard McKinley, President of the International Association of<br />

Pastel Societies and Signature Master Pastelist will lead<br />

the Panel Discussion on art, decor and design.<br />

Forum Speakers:<br />

Konni Tanaka - Konni Tanaka Design Group, RHE<br />

Michelle Gainer - Architect, South Bay<br />

Dot Butler - Dot Butler Design, PVE<br />

Stay for the Gallery Talk by Richard McKinley!<br />

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310-742-3192<br />

Submit a question for the Forum Panelists or for more info:<br />

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y Stephanie Cartozian<br />

Photos by Tony LaBruno<br />

In 2013, Lynn Doran visited the<br />

Omo Valley in Ethiopia to document<br />

six endangered tribes.<br />

National Geographic has called the<br />

valley “Africa's last Frontier.” The<br />

result of that trip was a coffee table<br />

book titled, simply, “OMO.”<br />

The Omo River is critical to the<br />

survival of the Omo Valley tribes.<br />

But the river is drying up as a result<br />

of the massive, governmentbuilt,<br />

hydroelectric dam Gibe III.<br />

The dam was built to provide<br />

power and irrigation for large<br />

commercial plantations, which<br />

have forced tribes from their lands.<br />

“These are photographs taken by<br />

the eye but are also from the heart<br />

of a woman whose love of people<br />

Traveler Lynn Doran opens her Portuguese Bend home,<br />

Doran’s Portuguese Bend cottage is in the typical 1950s ranch style, with a<br />

wrap around patio and expansive ocean views.<br />

and culture knows no limits,” Dr.<br />

Davis Wade, a National Geographic<br />

explorer, and professor of<br />

anthropology at the University of<br />

British Columbia, wrote of Doran’s<br />

book.<br />

The art Doran has collected on<br />

her Ethiopian visit and other travels<br />

will be on display during the<br />

popular Palos Verdes Art Center<br />

Homes Tour on Friday, April 20<br />

and Saturday, April 21.<br />

An eight-foot Papuan replica of<br />

an Asmat canoe with rowers<br />

carved out of a single piece of<br />

wood hangs by her home’s entrance.<br />

Doran, who grew up in Palos<br />

Verdes, attributes her love of travel<br />

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This drone shot looking out over the Palos Verdes coastline was taken from the patio.<br />

with its extensive folk art collection, for the Art Center Home Tour<br />

to her parents, who often took her<br />

on dirt roads through little towns<br />

in Mexico, trailer in tow. They didn’t<br />

speak Spanish, which added to<br />

their sense of adventure.<br />

“This book is dedicated to my<br />

parents who early on introduced<br />

me to both travel and adventure,<br />

encouraging me to explore the<br />

world with an open heart and<br />

mind. Travel smart and with respect<br />

for the places and people you<br />

visit. A lesson well learned at an<br />

early age,” she writes in the introduction<br />

to “OMO.”<br />

“Although I graduated from college,<br />

I’ve never had a traditional<br />

job,” she said. In the 1970s, Doran<br />

worked with a heavy duty sewing<br />

A Frank Romero print, above the mantle, with a menorah and rabbis seated inside<br />

a car embarking on an expedition. Doran’s living room is filled with art<br />

from some of the most remote spots on the planet.<br />

machine in her garage. “I’d strip<br />

leather and sew tapestry onto it<br />

and sell belts and leather helmets<br />

with fleece to all the specialty<br />

sports shops in the best ski resorts.<br />

I would ski until I’d run out of<br />

money, and then I’d make more<br />

belts and hats and ski more. I<br />

wanted to stay around the sports I<br />

loved.”<br />

As the business grew, Doran expanded<br />

into tennis and golf wear<br />

with a company named Natty.<br />

“Tennis was really coming into<br />

fashion in the mid to late 1970s”<br />

Doran said. She knew Natty was a<br />

success when The Tennis Lady in<br />

New York began carrying her designs.<br />

But then, she explained, only<br />

half jokingly, in the mid and late<br />

<strong>Mar</strong>ch <strong>2018</strong> • <strong>Pen</strong>insula <strong>People</strong> 49

The guest bedroom has handmade Mexican tiles and an alcove built especially<br />

for the candelabra over the tub.<br />

The newly renovated master bathroom with open shelving, has Sonoma Forge<br />

bath fixtures throughout and built-in alcoves to house folk and tribal art from<br />

Doran’s travels.<br />

Artifacts throughout the home were collected by Doran during her travels.<br />

Doran’s private patio offers beach and ocean views.<br />

1980s people's elbows and knees started hurting and tennis players joined<br />

the golf craze.<br />

“I took the practical art of sewing and combined it with my art degree to<br />

create something different in the sports world,” she said. During the boom<br />

years she invested in real estate to cushion the inevitable apparel industry<br />

downturns.<br />

The 2013 trip that resulted in her book began with a flight to Addis<br />

Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, and then a biplane flight to the Omo River<br />

Valley. The trip was organized by Steve Turner, a white, second generation<br />

Kenyan and safari guide. During the two-week trip, she found the tribes<br />

to be happy and with a strong sense of community. The villagers subsist<br />

on crops and cow blood.<br />

“Their joy is in decorating everything, including themselves” Doran said.<br />

Tribes are distinguishable by their body paint, piercings and facial manipulations,<br />

including lip plates. The tribes also make distinctive beads.<br />

Doran fears that with the Omo River being redirected, the tribes will<br />

move to the slums on the outskirts of cities and their culture will disappear.<br />

“Extraordinary tribes and vanishing cultures pulled me to the Omo Valley<br />

in the Great Rift Valley of Southwest Ethiopia – one of the world’s last<br />

extensive tribal lands,” she writes in her book. Doran hopes the book will<br />

motivate people to help preserve the tribes and their culture.<br />

Visit pvhomestour.org to buy tickets to the 32nd Annual Palos Verdes Homes<br />

Tour – Legends by the Sea: A Tale of Three Homes. Visit lynndoran.com to<br />

learn more about the Omo Tribes. OMO is also available on Amazon. PEN<br />

Doran on location in Tulgit, Ethiopia.<br />

(Photo by Andy Curry)<br />

There’s levity and emotional power in<br />

the art found throughout this<br />

Portuguese Bend cottage.<br />

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Compiled by Teri <strong>Mar</strong>in<br />

You can email your event to our address: penpeople@easyreadernews.com<br />

All submissions must be sent by the 10th of each month prior to event taking place.<br />

Saturday, February 24<br />

Capturing Rain Water<br />

Learn how easy it is to conserve and use water in your home with Denise Epport.<br />

White Point Nature Education Center, 1600 W. Paseo del <strong>Mar</strong>, San<br />

Pedro, 11 a.m. RSVP at https://pvplc.org/_events/WhitePointWorkshopRSVP.asp.<br />

Women’s Empowerment<br />

Palos Verdes Intermediate School is staging “Mulan, Jr.”, a story of a young<br />

girl who disguises herself as a boy in order to take her father’s place in the<br />

army. Tickets are $15 for adults, and $10 for students, seniors, and military.<br />

Show dates are Feb. 24, and <strong>Mar</strong>ch 2, 3 at 7 p.m. Matinees Feb. 24 and<br />

<strong>Mar</strong>ch 3 at 2 p.m. Tickets available at the PVIS main office (310) 544-4816,<br />

or seakingdrama@gmail.com. Multipurpose Room, 2161 Via Olivera, PVE.<br />

Sunday, February 25<br />

Organ concert<br />

The Neighborhood Church hosts French-Canadian organist Isabelle Demers.<br />

A graduate of the Juilliard School, Ms. Demers is Organ Professor and Head<br />

of the Organ Program at Baylor University. 4 p.m. in the ocean view sanctuary.<br />

Tickets are $20 and may be purchased in the Church Office Monday<br />

thru Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. or by calling (310) 378-9353 ext. 1005. 415<br />

Paseo del <strong>Mar</strong>, Palos Verdes Estates.<br />

Cirque by the Sea<br />

Vistas for Children’s annual fashion show, boutique and luncheon to make a<br />

difference in the lives of special needs children and their families. Coral Ballroom,<br />

Crowne Plaza, 300 N. Harbor Dr., Redondo Beach, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.<br />

Buy tickets at: vistasforchildren.org.<br />

Monday, February 26<br />

Spring Docent Program<br />

Teach school children about local marine life using puppets, props, dances<br />

and enthusiasm. Today is deadline for applications for volunteers in Cabrillo<br />

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8. Training sessions will be held on Mondays, <strong>Mar</strong>ch 12 and 19 from 9 a.m.<br />

to 12:30 p.m. (Attendance at both is required). All volunteers are registered<br />

with the City of Los Angeles and are subject to a background check and fingerprinting.<br />

For more information contact Floyd Anderson, Volunteer Coordinator<br />

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Wednesday, February 28<br />

Birding with Wild Birds Unlimited<br />

At George F Canyon presented by the Palos Verdes <strong>Pen</strong>insula Land Conservancy,<br />

8:30 a.m. Explore the birds in nesting season making a home in the<br />

canyon. Free, all ages welcome. 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills<br />

Estates. RSVP at: www.pvplc.org, Events & Activities.<br />

Senior Lecture<br />

Ed Nakamura will share experiences of being a Japanese-American living on<br />

the west coast and forcibly removed from his home and sent away to internment<br />

camps. Born in Auburn, Washington, to parents of immigrants from Hiroshima,<br />

Japan, his life changed dramatically after the attack on Pearl Harbor.<br />

10:30 a.m. Hesse Park, 29301 Hawthorne Blvd., Rancho Palos Verdes.<br />

Thursday, <strong>Mar</strong>ch 1<br />

New Neighbors meeting<br />

The Palos Verdes <strong>Pen</strong>insula New Neighbors Club is a social and charitable<br />

women’s organization open to all new and current residents of the <strong>Pen</strong>insula.<br />

10 a.m. followed by lunch at 12:15 p.m. <strong>Pen</strong>insula Library Community Room,<br />

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Friday, <strong>Mar</strong>ch 2<br />

Strunz & Farah<br />

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Saturday, <strong>Mar</strong>ch 3<br />

Monthly Beach Cleanup<br />

Cabrillo <strong>Mar</strong>ine Aquarium invites the<br />

public to its monthly Beach Clean-Up<br />

8 to 10 a.m. Learn about coastal<br />

habitat, the growing amount of marine<br />

debris within it, and the benefits<br />

of protecting this ecosystem. Afterwards,<br />

visit the aquarium, open to<br />

the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.<br />

3720 Stephen M. White Dr., San<br />

Pedro. (310) 548-7562 or<br />

www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org.<br />

Spirituality for Prayer<br />

and Decision-Making<br />

Randy Roche, SJ, Dir. Ignatian Spirituality<br />

at LMU leads a 3-part retreat.<br />

Fr. Randy will offer comments that relate<br />

a Gospel passage with Ignatian<br />

Spirituality that is followed by a time<br />

for personal silent prayer and is concluded<br />

with a period of optional<br />

sharing by participants of reflections<br />

upon their experiences of prayer. 9<br />

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56 <strong>Pen</strong>insula • <strong>Mar</strong>ch <strong>2018</strong>

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30 Year Anniversary<br />

The Palos Verdes Flower Talking Clock donated by<br />

Michel Medawar and his family, celebrated its 30th<br />

Year on the Palos Verdes <strong>Pen</strong>insula.<br />

Your clock reminds you of its presence every time<br />

you wind it. If the accuracy of the clock is not<br />

what it used to be, or the chimes are not as<br />

strong or rhythmic, or maybe it just stops; that means<br />

your clock is talking to you and telling you that its endless<br />

life is in jeopardy.<br />

It is imperative to maintain and service your clock<br />

regularly. Oil gets old and dry forcing the train of gears<br />

to work twice as hard to accomplish their goal. This results<br />

in damage that drastically shortens the life of a<br />

fine timepiece.<br />

Michel Medawar has been extending the lives of<br />

timepieces for over sixty years as his father did sixty<br />

years before. He is the inventor of the first talking clock<br />

in the world. He is a graduate from Patek Philippe in<br />

Geneva, Switzerland, The Theod Wagner Clock Co. in<br />

Wiesbaden, Germany, and the Howard Miller Clock<br />

Co. in Zeeland, Michigan. Call him so that he may<br />

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servicing your clock. Or bring your wall or mantel<br />

clock to our store to see our showroom and receive the<br />

same complimentary diagnosis.<br />

We are located at 810C Silver Spur Rd., in Rolling Hills Estates, Ca.<br />

90274. Or call us at (310) 544-0052<br />

“Time Is Not A Factor In Your Life”<br />

Free lecture with Q&A<br />

David Hohle, CSB<br />


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1st Saturday Family Hike<br />

Palos Verdes <strong>Pen</strong>insula Land Conservancy at George F Canyon, 27305 Palos<br />

Verdes Dr. E. Rolling Hills, 9 a.m. Bring your family and join our naturalist<br />

guide to discover habitat, wildlife and more on an easy hike up the canyon<br />

with amazing views of the city. Free. All ages welcome. For more information,<br />

contact (310) 547-0862 or RSVP at:www.pvplc.org, Events & Activities.<br />

Reach for the Stars Benefit Gala<br />

The Reach for the Stars Gala honors long-time supporter Sandra Sanders, who<br />

will receive the Kenneth T. Norris Jr. “Key to Our Heart” award. This year’s<br />

annual fundraiser commemorates the 35th anniversary season of the Norris<br />

Theatre. The festivities include a gourmet dinner, entertainment, dancing and<br />

a silent and live auction. 5:30 p.m. Limited number of tables and single tickets<br />

remain. For more information or to purchase tickets call the box office at (310)<br />

544-0403 or go to palosverdesperformingarts.com. Harlyne J. Norris Pavilion,<br />

27570 Norris Center Drive in Rolling Hills Estates.<br />

Sunday, <strong>Mar</strong>ch 4<br />

Music in the Garden<br />

The <strong>Pen</strong>insula Committee Los Angeles Philharmonic hosts Music in the Garden.<br />

Young musicians will be showcased with performances by <strong>Pen</strong>insula High,<br />

Palos Verdes High, Redondo Union High, Ridgecrest Intermediate, South High<br />

and Narbonne High students, to name a few. Festivities will also include Philharmonic’s<br />

Music Mobile, face painting, drum circle, food for purchase and<br />

more. Noon to 4:30 p.m. Great musical fun for all ages. Tickets are $25 for<br />

a Family Pack (up to two adults and five children), or $15 per adult and $5<br />

for youth. Benefits music youth education. South Coast Botanic Garden,<br />

26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes <strong>Pen</strong>insula. For more information,<br />

please visit pclaphil.org or email pclaphil@gmail.com.<br />

Time is not a Factor<br />

David Hohle, CSB, leads a free lecture and Q & A about taking a break --<br />

from time! Time is a constant in physics, but totally disappears in metaphysics.<br />

This talk encourages freedom from mortal limitations associated with time by<br />

understanding the spiritual nature of life. 2 p.m. First Church of Christ, Scientist,<br />

Palos Verdes Drive North at corner of Via Campesina. (310) 375-7914,<br />

cschurchpvp@gmail.com.<br />

Friday, <strong>Mar</strong>ch 9<br />

The Seaside Beaders<br />

At this meeting, continue work on a theme bracelet that you design and use<br />

bead embroidery to decorate. 9:30 a.m. Visitors welcome. You can always<br />

<strong>Mar</strong>ch 4, <strong>2018</strong> 2pm<br />

First Church of Christ, Scientist - Palos Verdes <strong>Pen</strong>insula<br />

Palos Verdes Drive North at corner of Via Campesina<br />

310-375-7914 cschurchpvp@gmail.com<br />

Open 10:00 am - 6:00 pm Tuesday - Saturday<br />

810C Silver Spur Road • Rolling Hills Estates • CA 90274<br />

Call 310.544.0052<br />


Time is a constant in physics, but totally disappears in metaphysics. This talk encourages freedom<br />

from mortal limitations associated with time by understanding more about the spiritual nature of<br />

life. This understanding leads to more freedom, more productivity, and more harmony.<br />

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ing your own project to work on.<br />

For more information, visit<br />

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projects.com. St. Francis Episcopal<br />

Church, 2200 Via Rosa, PVE.<br />

Broadway to Hollywood<br />

Act II, a support group of Palos<br />

Verdes Performing Arts, will stage its<br />

annual community variety show at the<br />

Norris Theatre Friday and Saturday.<br />


"Its Like You’re There All Over Again"<br />

Complimentary wine served opening<br />

night; proceeds will benefit Palos<br />

Verdes Performing Arts. Show times<br />

are 7:30 p.m. on Friday and 2 p.m.<br />

and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. $25 for<br />


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adults and $15 for youth aged 18<br />

and under. (310) 544-0403 or<br />

palosverdesperformingarts. com.<br />

27570 Norris Center Drive in<br />

Rolling Hills Estates.<br />

Saturday, <strong>Mar</strong>ch 10<br />

Guided walk<br />

Experience the impressively restored<br />

28-acre Linden H. Chandler Preserve,<br />

home to the rare Palos Verdes<br />

blue butterfly. Led by PVP Land Conservancy.<br />

Moderate walk. Free and<br />

open to the public. 9 a.m. Empty<br />

Saddle Club, 39 Saddle Rd, RHE.<br />

Park in the lot. For more information,<br />

(310) 541-7613 ext. 201 or sign up<br />

at www.pvplc.org/_events/ Nature-<br />

WalkRSVP.asp.<br />

Affair of the Heart<br />

Join Richstone Family Center for a<br />

very special evening! Wine, martinis,<br />

dinner and more! Silent and live<br />

auction with unique experiences and<br />

an array of must-haves! 6:30 p.m.<br />

Proceeds support Richstone’s child<br />

abuse treatment and prevention programs.<br />

Individual tickets $250, Underwriting<br />

& Sponsorship Packages<br />

available $2,500 - $50,000. Contact<br />

RichstoneGala.org or (310)<br />

970-1921 x137. At Audi Pacific Torrance,<br />

20460 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance.<br />

Zmed Brothers<br />

This charming young band recaptures<br />

the iconic music of the Everlys<br />

with authentic arrangements, vintage<br />

instruments and evocative harmonies.<br />

Grand Annex, 434 W. 6th<br />

St., San Pedro, 8 p.m. (310) 833-<br />

4813 or grandvision.org.<br />

Sunday, <strong>Mar</strong>ch 11<br />

St. Patrick’s Celebration<br />

Mass followed by appetizers in the<br />

lounge with Lyons Academy of Irish<br />

Dance. Enjoy traditional Irish favorites<br />

and a wee bit of Irish Coffee<br />

with traditional Irish music. Sponsored<br />

by the <strong>Mar</strong>y and Joseph<br />

League. 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Reservations<br />

required by <strong>Mar</strong>ch 6. Cost:<br />

$55 ($50 if paid in full by <strong>Mar</strong>ch 2).<br />

<strong>Mar</strong>y & Joseph Retreat Center, 5300<br />

Crest Rd., RPV. (310) 377-4867 or<br />

maryjoseph.org.<br />

COSB concert<br />

Under the direction of Frances<br />

Steiner, the Chamber Orchestra of<br />

the South Bay presents "Fabulous<br />

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Harlyne J. Norris Pavilion<br />

<strong>Mar</strong>ch 17, <strong>2018</strong> – 8:00pm<br />

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Flautists" and will feature principal flautist of the LA Phil, Denis Bouriakov. Preview<br />

Talk by Chuck Klaus starting at 6:45 pm. Concert 7:30 p.m. Single tickets<br />

are $63 (includes PVPA facility fee) and will be available through the Norris<br />

Theatre Box Office, (310) 544-0403, ext. 221 or online at www.palosverdesperformingarts.com.<br />

Further information on COSB and its future concerts can<br />

be found by visiting www.mycosb.org. Norris Theatre, 27570 Norris Center<br />

Dr., Rolling Hills Estates.<br />

Sunday, <strong>Mar</strong>ch 11<br />

Mad Hatter High Tea<br />

Seated high tea party for a maximum of 20 people in the dining room followed<br />

by viewing of the sunset with a flute of champagne. 4 p.m. The sun<br />

sets at 6:58 and the view over the Pacific and Catalina is unforgettable seen<br />

from the Villa Narcissa terrace. Superb fancy headgear required. $100. RSVP<br />

Katrina Vanderlip –katrinavanderlip@yahoo.com. Proceeds to be used for repairs<br />

at Villa Narcissa.<br />

Friday, <strong>Mar</strong>ch 16<br />

Capturing a Vision<br />

Opening reception for a special exhibit showcasing never before shown vintage<br />

sketches by the Vanderlip family’s grandparents presented by Katrina<br />

Vanderlip. Long before cameras were ubiquitous, travelers carried sketchbooks<br />

to document experiences in both black and white and color. These refined,<br />

antique texts are often masterful works of art. 6-9 p.m. In addition, Portuguese<br />

Bend Art Colony preparatory sketches will be shown alongside their respective<br />

finished oil paintings. Jewelry sketches by artist <strong>Mar</strong>ianne Hunter will be on<br />

display as well as works by Steve Shriver, Bill Hunter and sketches by Albert<br />

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tions. Through April 22. For more information email Katrina<br />

vanderlip@yahoo.com. Palos Verdes Art Center, 5504 Crestridge Rd., RPV.<br />

Inhabit<br />

In the early twentieth century, the celebrated Olmsted brothers were commissioned<br />

to design a new city on the Palos Verdes <strong>Pen</strong>insula. In INHABIT, at the<br />

Palos Verdes Art Center, the Olmsteds’ creation is given a multidimensional<br />

perspective, exploring the firm’s organic design strategies incorporating nature<br />

and vista, and the unique opportunity it had to structure a landscape that fostered<br />

artistic and civic virtues. The exhibition will feature original studies of<br />

the area, planning documents, sketches, historical photographs, plant lists,<br />

and examples of indigenous plant material—all presented with an emphasis<br />

on the artistic value of these artifacts. 6-10 p.m. Opening night tickets: $125.<br />

Exhibit runs through May 27. 5504 Crestridge Rd., RPV. Pvartcenter.org.<br />

Saturday, <strong>Mar</strong>ch 17<br />

Spring Into Fitness<br />

The Luminaries and NOVAs of Torrance Memorial Medical Center host Spring<br />

Into Fitness 5K Walk/Run at the South Coast Botanic Gardens, 26300 Crenshaw<br />

Blvd., PVP. Proceeds support renovations at the Torrance Memorial Pediatric<br />

Unit and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Registration is $30.<br />

Participate as individuals, teams, or virtually. All participants receive a t-shirt,<br />

goodie bag, post-event refreshments and opportunities to enter to win raffle<br />

prizes. 7:30 a.m. registration begins. 8:30 a.m. walk/run begins. 9:30 a.m.<br />

raffle drawing 11 a.m. walk/run ends. To register or for more information,<br />

visit www.springintofitnesstmmc.org.<br />

Symphonic Winds concert<br />

New music director Dr. Berkeley Price. 3 p.m. Salvation Army facility, 4223<br />

Emerald Street, Torrance. $10 for adults; children 12 and under are free with<br />

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Save the date-April 26, <strong>2018</strong> Spring Fundraising Event-“Celebrate the Spirit of Ireland” at Catalina View Gardens<br />

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an adult. Plenty of parking is available across the street from the facility.<br />

www.pswinds.org.<br />

A Black & Gold Affaire<br />

Palos Verdes <strong>Pen</strong>insula High School Athletic Booster Club (ABC) announces<br />

its 27th annual Black & Gold Affaire, 6 p.m. at the Palos Verdes Golf Club.<br />

Public bidding available <strong>Mar</strong>ch 1 to <strong>Mar</strong>ch 13, at the following url: penblackandgold.com.<br />

For event information, tickets, sponsorship & donations,<br />

visit pvphsabc.com. Julia Parton Rosas, PVPHS Athletic Club Co-President,<br />

julia.parton@pbbla.com or (310) 613-4085. 3301 Via Campesina, PVE.<br />

Irish eyes<br />

Palos Verdes Symphonic Band presents Irish-inspired entertainment at the Norris<br />

Theatre. Dancers from the Kelly School of Dance will perform. 7:30 p.m.<br />

$25 (adults) and $15 (18 and under). Available from the box office (310-<br />

544-0403 X 221 or in person) or the website palosverdesperformingarts.com.<br />

For further information call the band at 310-792-8286, 310-373-2442 or visit<br />

pvsband.org. 27570 Norris Center Drive, RHE.<br />

palosverdesperformingarts.com.<br />

Sunday, <strong>Mar</strong>ch 18<br />

High Tea and Opera<br />

Seated high tea party for a maximum<br />

of 20 people in the dining<br />

room of Villa Narcissa followed by<br />

viewing the sunset with a flute of<br />

champagne. $175 per person. Sun<br />

sets at 7:04 and the view over the<br />

Pacific and Catalina is unforgettable<br />

seen from the Villa’s terrace. Concert<br />

of operatic arias in the living room,<br />

prepared by Peter Karazaz, director<br />

of Opera, UCLA and sung by his<br />

very talented singers. Coat and tie<br />

and cocktail dresses. RSVP katrinavanderlip@yahoo.com.<br />

Chorale classical concert<br />

Los Cancioneros Master Chorale<br />

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Meeting ~ Tuesday, February 27th 11:00 a.m.<br />

Palos Verdes Golf Club<br />

Featured Speaker – Susan Shelley<br />

“Blithering Idiocy”<br />

Examining the self-inflicted policies that are<br />

destroying California and what to do about it.<br />

Meeting ~ Tuesday, <strong>Mar</strong>ch 27 11:00 a.m.<br />

Featured Speaker – <strong>Mar</strong>k Meuser<br />

Candidate for Secretary of State<br />

“Election Integrity”<br />

Cleaning up the corruption<br />

in the voting process.<br />

RSVP (310) 544-9810<br />

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Do you change your automobile oil and filter? If you do,<br />

call EDCO your trash/recycling hauler and arrange for a<br />

free pickup. Then, place your used oil in a tightly sealed<br />

container and your filter in a sealed ziplock bag. EDCO<br />

will pick them up and drop off a free oil recycling kit that<br />

contains a 15-quart drip pan, empty 1-gallon container,<br />

funnel, shop rag, cardboard floor mat and information<br />

on used oil and filter recycling. Call EDCO at 310-540-<br />

2977 or go to www.rpvrecycles.com.<br />

Composting Workshop<br />

Sat. April 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.<br />

Hesse Park, Fireside Room<br />

Document Shredding Event and<br />

Electronic Waste Roundup plus<br />

Free Mulch Giveaway<br />

Sat. April 21 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.<br />

RPV Civic Center, 30940 Hawthorne Blvd<br />

(for RPV Residents Only)<br />

Household Hazardous Waste Roundup<br />

Sat. April 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.<br />

RPV Civic Center<br />

For More information on Used Oil Recycling, go to:<br />

1-800-CLEANUP<br />

For Weekly Household Hazardous Waste Disposal<br />

(including Sharps, Used Oil and<br />

Electronic Waste Disposal) go to:<br />

Gaffey SAFE Center<br />

1400 N Gaffey St, San Pedro, 90731<br />

Phone: 800.988.6942<br />

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$25, students $15; parking is free. Purchase tickets in advance by contacting<br />

Diana (310) 779-3072 or buy tickets from the Theater Box office (310) 781-<br />

7171. Special Buy-One-Get-One offer if you are attending for the first time!<br />

Contact an LC member or Diana. LCMasterChorale.com. Armstrong Theater<br />

Torrance Cultural Arts Center, 3330 Civic Center Dr., Torrance.<br />

Tuesday, <strong>Mar</strong>ch 20<br />

Free Garden Admission<br />

Monthly free admission day held every third Tuesday of the month. 9 a.m. - 5<br />

p.m. Open to all ages. South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd.,<br />

Palos Verdes <strong>Pen</strong>insula. southcoastbotanicgarden.org.<br />

Saturday, <strong>Mar</strong>ch 24<br />

Gathering for the Grand<br />

Gala fundraiser celebrating art, inspiration and education. This year's event,<br />

The Beatles: All You Need is Love, features a cocktail reception, extensive silent<br />

auction, elegant dinner, live entertainment, dancing and engaging speakers<br />

and guests. ‘60s attire suggested! 5 p.m. This year GVF will honor Andrew<br />

and Adela Silber of The Whale & Ale British Pub & Restaurant in San Pedro.<br />

Advanced payment and RSVP required. (310) 833-4813 or grandvision.org.<br />

Palos Verdes Golf Club, 3301 Via Campesina, Palos Verdes Estates.<br />

Yahweh’s Irish Gala<br />

House of Yahweh’s first fundraising gala! Sit down dinner, entertainment, live<br />

auction including two wonderful trips, and a silent auction with many bargains<br />

donated by local businesses. 5:30 to 10 p.m. $150 per person. Norris Pavilion,<br />

501 Indian Peak Rd., RHE. For more information please call Kathy Bradford<br />

at 310-265-9812. PEN<br />

Lisa Houlé<br />


If TV producers were creating the perfect defense attorney,<br />

they might envision a dynamic and determined trial lawyer, a<br />

former prosecutor who knows in advance all that her client<br />

might face, and enjoys the respect of the law enforcement and<br />

legal communities.<br />

In other words, they might imagine Lisa Houlé.<br />

Houlé (pronounced Hoo-LAY) spent 15 years as a deputy district<br />

attorney for Los Angeles County, prosecuting violent crimes<br />

from homicide and rape to stalking. Despite her success, she<br />

was ready for a change in 2015, and “jumped to the other<br />

side,” continuing to specialize in sex crimes and domestic violence.<br />

Houlé said a good defense attorney must pick apart the prosecution’s<br />

case for errors or inconsistencies to prevail in court, or<br />

head off prosecution altogether when that is possible.<br />

Among her clients was a young man who found himself accused<br />

of rape following a one-night stand, Houlé said.<br />

“The police did not vet that claim as we would hope they<br />

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

be acquitted by a jury and finally exonerated.”<br />

Houlé said that the woman testified that her trust in others had<br />

been damaged,<br />

and she was reduced<br />

to hiding out<br />

inside her home.<br />

“We had photo<br />

upon photo, and<br />

video upon video<br />

from social media<br />

showing quite the<br />

opposite,” a flirtatious<br />

woman dancing poolside in a bikini and so forth, Houlé<br />

said.<br />

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

we were trying to show the jury that she was lying to<br />

them,” Houlé said.<br />

Houlé’s holistic approach to her work includes getting to know<br />

each client, “how he got to this place,” and how to avoid legal<br />

trouble in the future.<br />

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

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

good."<br />


HOULÉ LAW APC | 1230 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 300, Manhattan Beach | 424-274-7204 | Houlé-law.com<br />

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BB&L team photo by David LeBon<br />

B<br />

The Law Offices of Baker, Burton & Lundy, P.C.<br />

Expanding to Serve the Legal Needs of the South Bay<br />

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

and billions of dollars won for its clients, continues to expand<br />

both its practice and its physical presence in the heart of<br />

Hermosa Beach.<br />

The firm has won more than $4 billion in verdicts and settlements. The<br />

attorneys have argued twice before the U.S. Supreme Court and have<br />

won an unanimous opinion in the California Supreme Court making<br />

new law that encourages resolution and helps reduce litigation.<br />

Never content to stand still, BB&L has been growing its probate and<br />

employment law divisions, while energetically maintaining its core<br />

practices that include business, real estate, estate planning and personal<br />

injury.<br />

<strong>People</strong> walking and driving down Pier Avenue will see changes taking<br />

place. To house the growing practice, the 42-year-old firm is making<br />

its third expansion along Hermosa’s iconic Pier Avenue, adding new<br />

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

shape is symbolic to the firm – just as local lifeguards keep beach-goers<br />

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

stands by to help when injuries of all kind occur.<br />

Employment Law – Advising Employers and Employees<br />

BB&L offers employment law services to a variety of clients in Southern<br />

California from small start-up businesses to Fortune 500 companies.<br />

Understanding the rights of both sides, BB&L represents both employers<br />

and employees in discrimination, harassment and wrongful termination<br />

cases. They also are experts in analyzing wage and hour issues and<br />

employment and employee requirements under the current California<br />

laws, which are technical and difficult to comply with.<br />

Navigating Probate Litigation<br />

The area of probate litigation has been growing as the Baby Boomer<br />

generation ages. When conflicts arise concerning questionable documents<br />

or how money and estate assets are being managed and/or<br />

distributed, people find themselves needing an expert attorney. The<br />

BB&L probate litigation team helps clients navigate through the complex<br />

probate court system and reach equitable resolutions.<br />

Protecting Sexual Harassment Victims<br />

BB&L has been actively defending the rights of women long before<br />

the #MeToo movement started. The firm spearheaded prosecution of<br />

a doctor who, like Larry Nassar, was using his position and authority to<br />

sexually abuse multiple patients during examinations and who was<br />

convicted in criminal court of four felonies and lost his license. BB&L<br />

also just won several million dollars for an employee who was a victim<br />

of sexual harassment and discrimination. One of the most healing<br />

things for these victims is helping them have their day in court and confront<br />

the person who abused them.<br />

Helping Clients with Brain Injuries<br />

Unfortunately there are many ways people receive serious injuries to<br />

their brain – from vehicle accidents to playing football or even dangerous<br />

falls while walking. These brain injuries can drastically alter a<br />

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

head injury victims to seek legal help when an injury occurs due to another’s<br />

negligence so patients can get the resources needed for their<br />

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

falls, horse-riding accidents, and car and motorcycle accidents win<br />

millions of dollars for their long-term medical needs.<br />

Long Term Commitment<br />

As the longest operating business on Pier Avenue, Baker, Burton &<br />

Lundy remains committed to being there for their clients and the South<br />

Bay community. Partner Brad Baker says, “Few professions provide the<br />

opportunity to help people as much as the legal profession. We take<br />

this mission very seriously. From the moment clients walk in our front<br />

door, they know their experience is going to be unique.”<br />

BAKER, BURTON & LUNDY | 515 Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach | (310) 376-9893 | info@bakerburtonlundy.com<br />


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F<br />

or more than 35 years AgnewBrusavich has<br />

represented seriously injured victims and<br />

families of those wrongfully killed.<br />

Gerald Agnew and Bruce Brusavich are well<br />

known jury trial lawyers working on behalf of victims<br />

of defective products, all types of vehicle<br />

crashes, elder abuse, dangerous roads, medical<br />

malpractice and negligence.<br />

Both are members of the prestigious American<br />

Board of Trial Advocates and the International<br />

Academy of Trial Lawyers. Membership is based<br />

on strict criteria. The International Academy limits<br />

active U.S. members to 500. They are members<br />

of the Consumer Attorney Association of<br />

Los Angeles (CAALA) and California (CAOC)<br />

and the South Bay Bar Association. Both have<br />

held numerous leadership positions in these organizations<br />

and each has been named Trial<br />

Lawyer of the Year by CAALA. Both have been<br />

recognized by the Best Lawyers in America for<br />

over a decade as reported in U.S. News and<br />

World Reports, Southern California Super<br />

Lawyers by Los Angeles Magazine and in the<br />

top 100 Trial Lawyers in California by NTLA.<br />

AgnewBrusavich applies experience and trial<br />

skills on behalf of injured cyclists. There has been<br />

an increasing number of bicyclists injured and<br />

killed in Southern California over the past several<br />

years. "Angry, distracted and negligent drivers<br />

and dangerous conditions on our streets have<br />

led to an epidemic of injured or killed bicyclists,"<br />


Trial Lawyers serving cyclists<br />

says Agnew. "Worse yet, we are the hit and run<br />

capital of the nation," says Brusavich.<br />

"A common problem is that law enforcement,<br />

insurance companies and governmental entities<br />

tend to look at the cyclist victim with a negative<br />

bias. Time and again our investigation,<br />

expert accident reconstruction and securing<br />

testimony of witnesses, proves the opposite: the<br />

bicyclist was injured because of someone else's<br />

fault and generally because the bicyclist's rightof-way<br />

was violated, including violations of the<br />

Three-Foot Safety Rule," reports Agnew.<br />

AgnewBrusavich proudly sponsors numerous<br />

cycling clubs, including South Bay Wheelmen,<br />

LaGrange, Ironfly, <strong>Pen</strong>insula Cycle Club,<br />

Pasadena Athletic Association, Beach Cities Cycling<br />

Club, The Los Angeles Velodrome Racing<br />

Association and supports the VELO Sports Center<br />

in Carson. Agnew is an avid cyclist himself,<br />

competing at the Masters level in velodrome<br />

track cycling. He has competed in numerous<br />

State, National and World competitions and recently<br />

secured a gold medal at the UCI Masters<br />

Track Cycling World Championships<br />

"The carnage on our roads requires cyclists to<br />

financially protect themselves. Most do not realize<br />

uninsured motorist coverage under their automobile<br />

policy provides coverage if hit by a<br />

car while riding a bicycle or as a pedestrian. It is<br />

critical to have as much uninsured motorist coverage<br />

as possible," says Agnew. "I can't stress<br />

enough how important it is in this hit and run<br />

capital to have as much uninsured motorist coverage<br />

as your carrier will allow," emphasizes<br />

Brusavich.<br />

Agnew and Brusavich are preparing for trial<br />

this summer for a local resident who suffered<br />

brain damage as a result of a crash on Pacific<br />

Coast Highway near Malibu. The traffic collision<br />

report was negative because the investigating<br />

officer failed to take information from an eye<br />

witness cyclist who saw the crash. Brusavich is<br />

confident he will prove the motorist violated the<br />

"Three Foot Safety Rule" and caused the crash.<br />

They are also preparing for arbitration for a cyclist<br />

severely injured in Palos Verdes rear-ended<br />

by a young motorist with limited insurance coverage.<br />

The cyclist, knowledgeable about insurance<br />

matters, protected herself against a<br />

financial disaster by securing maximum UM coverage.<br />

"Injust the past five years, we have represented<br />

almost 100 injured or killed cyclists," says<br />

Agnew. Bad things happen: rear-enders,<br />

opening of car doors, potholes, disrupted asphalt<br />

around manhole covers, raised roadways<br />

from longstanding root issues, right or left turns,<br />

defective equipment, distracted drivers, unlawful<br />

lane changes, hit and run, right-of-way violations<br />

and more. We are proud of our efforts to<br />

make cycling safer, says Brusavich.<br />


AGNEWBRUSAVICH | 20355 Hawthorne Boulevard, Torrance, CA 90503 | (310) 793-1400 | ab@agnewbrusavich.com<br />

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W<br />

Nigel Villanueva<br />

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. <strong>People</strong> 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 />

I want my clients to be able to simply walk into my office any<br />

time. They will always find that my door is open.”<br />


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