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8 sister act It’s not summer — not yet, anyway — and they’re not twins, but Chelsea and Justine Brown are a local musical duo on the rise. Performing together as the Summer Twins, they’re racking up some impressive credits, including South by Southwest.

Don Sproul MANAGING EDITOR

Jerry Rice EDITOR

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16 A LOCAL TREASURE Celebrating its 75th anniversary, Tilden-Coil Constructors has a stellar reputation in the construction business. Henry W. Coil Jr. built that legacy as its longtime president, and today he remains an impor tant figure at both the company and in the community. 24 GREEN RIVERSIDE Electric vehicles are playing a greater role in reducing air pollution and the use of fossil fuels — nationally and here in Riverside, too. Every day it’s becoming increasingly easier to plug in, power up and drive. 28 TASTE If you’re craving delicious Mexican food, El Sarape has been the go-to place in downtown Riverside for decades. Entrees are served with Michoacán-style influences, thanks to what owner Helen Garcia learned when she was a teenager and worked in her mother’s restaurant in Mexico. 32 MAKING A DIFFERENCE Actress Lauren Potter views her starring role on the hit television series “Glee” as an oppor tunity to help and inspire others. She works with an anti-bullying group and other organizations, will appear at a local fundraiser, and says that it’s impor tant for everyone to “reach for their dreams, whatever they are.”

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Betts Griffone, Luanne J. Hunt, Elaine Lehman George A. Paul, Carla Sanders ed i to r i a l g r a p h i c D E S I G N

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DEPARTMENTS From the editor 6 Calendar 12 Hot List 12 Escapes 26 Seen 30 Music 34

ON THE COVER Summer Twins Photo by Joy Newell C onnect w i t h us !

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magine the stir the first horseless carriage in Riverside must have created. Powered by a gasoline engine, its top speed was 38 mph. It was operated by manipulating three levers and a brake, and it could go forward and also in reverse. It cost $1,000, which back then was a steep price for such a contraption. Few, if any, in town had seen anything like it. The vehicle’s arrival was worthy of a story in the hometown newspaper. On Feb. 15, 1900, the Riverside Daily Press proclaimed, “In the parlance of Yon Yonson, it’s a ‘Yim Dandy.’ ” Within three years, the Cadillac made its local debut, and separately the Magnolia Automobile Company had sprung up and was producing vehicles — as many as 12 at a time

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The first Cadillac arrived in Riverside in 1903, when this picture was taken, a year after company was founded.

— in a factory at the corner of East Sixth Street and Eucalyptus Avenue. Riverside embraced cars at the start of the last century, and by 1912 at least one community leader was looking to the future. Samuel C. Evans, the city’s

first mayor, was pushing to build infrastructure for electric vehicles. Today, everything appears to be coming together for EVs. With rising gasoline prices and air pollution, our times demand it. Researchers, entrepreneurs and others are getting involved, and we touch on some highlights of their work in the Green Riverside story on Page 24 of this issue. Imagine never having to pull into a gas station to fill up your car. Imagine running that car from a renewable power source. Imagine where electric vehicles go from here.

Jerry Rice jerry.rice@inlandnewspapers.com 909-386-3015 Twitter: @JerryRiceIE

The Riverside County Philharmonic & Music Director Tomasz Golka Present

“Reigniting the Classics” OUR 2013-2014 SEASON “In the Spotlight” – Chamber music program

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Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts – co-presented with the University of California, Riverside An evening of solo and trio sonatas by Corelli, Tartini, Vivaldi, Geminiani, and Legrenzi featuring principal players of the Riverside County Philharmonic plus STRAVINSKY “Soldier’s Tale”

“Beautiful Strings”

“Holiday Magic”

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RACHMANINOFF “Vocalise” SIBELIUS “Romance, Op. 42” J. STRAUSS “Pizzicato Polka” BARTOK “Rumanian Folk Dances” TCHAIKOVSKY “Serenade for Strings”

BIZET “Farandole” TCHAIKOVSKY “Nutcracker” (excerpts) DAVID FICK “Christmas Carols” (world premiere) ANDERSON “Christmas Festival” WENDEL “Hanukah Overture” GUARALDI/PUGH “Charlie Brown Christmas” FINNEGAN “Singalong”

Guest artist – piano soloist to be named BEETHOVEN “Piano Concerto #4” HAYDN Symphony #103 “Drumroll”

Guest artist –JOSEPH SWENSEN, violin MAHONEY World premiere SIBELIUS “Violin Concerto” BRAHMS “Symphony #2”

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On the Riverside band’s delightful eponymous debut album, Chelsea Brown (vocals/guitar) and her sister Justine (vocals/ drums) bridge the stylistic gap between power pop and garage rock. “We listen to everything from ’50s rock ’n’ roll to ’60s psychedelic and surf music, ’70s punk to country rock. All of that seeps into the songs in different ways,” Chelsea says. The siblings (born 18 months apart) started Summer Twins in 2008 after being in a previous band at Poly High School, and they cut their teeth on early punk. “We used to play Ramones covers before we started writing our own material,” admits Chelsea. Then it was onto more modern bands like The Donnas and Sahara Hotnights. After the release of 2010’s “Good Things” EP, Summer Twins — augmented by guitarist Alan Olney and bassist Michael Rey Villavicencio onstage — were surprised to have spawned a tribute act overseas. A Japanese fan asked Chelsea for lyrics via email. Later, a video of an Asian girl group performing Summer Twins songs arrived.


Signed to IRMA Records in Tokyo, where the latest album came out with a slightly different track listing in 2011, it emerged here in January 2012 through Fullerton-based indie label/brick-andmortar store Burger Records. Recorded in old school analog for a warmer sound, Summer Twins worked on the album in Los Angeles with co-producer Don Bolles of the seminal ‘70s hardcore band The Germs. “That actually happened by chance,” Chelsea says. “We knew we wanted to use an [actual] studio and push ourselves.” After deciding on a location, they later found out Bolles worked there. Among the standout tracks: the lush Phil Spector-esque “Got Somebody to Dream About,” an ominous “Teardrops on My Pillow” (which could easily be a Raveonettes outtake), the giddy handclap-driven pop of “I Will Love You” and dreamy duet “I Could Never

Summer Twins What’s next: After playing South by Southwest in March, a new EP release is planned for spring, and a clothing line in conjunction with IRMA (the Browns work at family owned vintage attire store Dee-Lux in Costa Mesa) is in the works for later this year. In Riverside: May 8 at Back to the Grind, 3575 University Ave. On the Web: www.summertwinsmusic.com, www.facebook.com/summertwins

Break Your Heart,” inspired by one of Chelsea’s favorite oldies, “Somethin’ Stupid” by Nancy and Frank Sinatra. Justine believes “a lot of different age groups can listen to it. Each song appeals to a different audience, and there’s a variety of styles. That’s what I like about it.” Lately, Summer Twins’ music has received college radio airplay on KXLU (88.9-FM) at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and KSPC

(88.7-FM), the student-run station at The Claremont Colleges. Summer Twins also served as the opening act on two high-profile tours in 2012. First was Peter Case and Paul Collins of ’70s power pop band The Nerves, whose cross-country jaunt saw the gals traveling to many states for the first time. Then came one with gold-selling, ’90s alt-rocker Matthew Sweet. “It was great exposure,” Chelsea says. “Now when we have to make big decisions and need advice, it’s good that we have these friends to talk to.” Despite an album cover image depicting the pair wearing roller skates and an album release party held at Roller City 2001 on Magnolia Avenue, they don’t claim to be enthusiasts. “We’ve maybe skated five times in our lives,” Justine says. “But every time we do, we enjoy it.” Chelsea adds, “We wanted to do something carefree.”

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Blackwell, a Tournament of Champions Top Instructor, recommends dancing for 45 minutes three to four times a week for optimum results. Along with facilitating weight loss, dancing is an excellent way to stay healthy and happy. Several studies report that dancing will help prevent everything from Alzheimer’s disease to heart disease to depression. Ballroom dancing at least twice a week made people less likely to develop dementia, according to a 2003 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study also found that some Alzheimer’s patients had the ability to recall forgotten memories when they were dancing. “There seems to be no end to the health benefits of dancing,” Blackwell says.

Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin agrees. “Whenever I’m at events and places with music, I will dance,” she told the New York Times. “That exercise is medicine. It’s better than most pills.” All of the instructors at Arthur Murray Riverside are certified and highly trained in the latest techniques and styles. Students have the ability of taking private and group lessons, and free practice parties are held every Friday evening and twice a month on Tuesday evenings for current students. Arthur Murray Riverside also offers classes for kids. “That’s really needed in today’s world. There are too many benefits our kids can receive from ballroom dancing” Blackwell says.

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RIVERSIDE AIRSHOW APRIL 6  –  Aerobatics, antiques, warbirds, flybys, plus static displays of helicopters, military vehicles and classic cars highlight the 20th annual event. Riverside Airport, 6951 Flight Road; free admission, $10 parking; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; 951-351-6113; www.riversideairshow.com. SALUTE TO VETERANS PARADE APRIL 20  –  Eighth annual event honoring veterans of all ages and eras, with marching bands, equestrian units, color guards, bagpipes, antique cars, military vehicles and floats. Joanne Evans, Marine veteran, is the grand marshal. Downtown Riverside; 10 a.m. to noon; free; 951-687-1175; www.asalutetoveterans.com. FLOWER SHOW AND GARDEN TOUR APRIL 27-28  –  66th annual Riverside Community Flower Show and Garden Tour, featuring a tour of private gardens. Elks Lodge, 6166 Brockton Ave., Riverside; 1-6 p.m.

calendar FILM SCREENINGS APRIL  –  “The Sessions,” April 5-6; “Spectres of the Spectrum,” April 12-13. Culver Center of the Arts, 3834 Main St., Riverside; 951-827-3755; http://culvercenter.ucr.edu. ‘WOMEN ARTISTs OF THE PERMANENT COLLECTION’ THROUGH APRIL 21  –  Featuring the works of some 40 female artists who have held their own within the still largely male-dominated art world. Riverside Art Museum, 3425 Mission Inn Ave.; 951-684-7111; www.riversideartmuseum.org. Also: “Plein Air Artists of Riverside,” through April 4. ‘FREE ENTERPRISE’ THROUGH MAY 18  –  “The Art of Citizen Space Exploration” considers the implications 12 | riversidethemag.com | april-may 2013

Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; 951-777-0746; www.riversideflowershow.info. RIVERSIDE COUNTY PHILHARMONIC MAY 18  –  “Coming to America,” the season finale featuring on the piano guest artist Adam Golka, brother of Philharmonic Music Director Tomasz Golka. Pre-concert talk at 6:40 p.m., concert at 7:30 p.m. Fox Theater, Riverside; 951-787-0251; www.thephilharmonic.org.

for artists of civilian space travel. UCR/California Museum of Photography, 3824 Main St., Riverside; 951-827-4787; http://artsblock.ucr.edu. Also: “Monuments of Void,” through June 1. ARTS WALK APRIL 4  –  Browse more than 20 art galleries, studios and museums with exhibits in various art mediums. Special performances, poetry, theater, hands-on art activities, refreshments and more. Continues the first Thursday of every month. Downtown Riverside; 6-9 p.m.; 951-682-6737; www.riversidedowntown.org. DARK STAR ORCHESTRA APRIL 5  –  Continuing the Grateful Dead Experience. Fox Performing Arts Center, 3801 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside; 951-779-9800; www.foxriversidelive.com. Also: Brian Regan, April 11; Doobie Brothers, April 13; Foreigner, April 20; Creedence

TEMPLE GRANDIN MAY 21  –  An evening with the noted philosophical leader of both the animal welfare and autism advocacy movements. Highlander Union Building, UC Riverside, 900 University Avenue; 7 p.m.; 951-827-4331; http://ucriversidepresents.ucr.edu. Also: Josh Kornbluth, “The Mathematics of Change,” a comic monolgue about failure at Princeton. Culver Center of the Arts, 3834 Main St., Riverside, April 21.

Clearwater Revisited, April 26; Masters of Harmony, April 28; Collinsworth School of Music, May 2; UCR 909 Dance, May 4. STAR PARTY APRIL 5-7  –  Riverside Astronomical Society event at the Goat Mountain Astronomical Research Station in Landers. Open to non-members. 951-785-7452; www.rivastro.org. GODIVA CHOCOLATE PAIRING PARTY APRIL 6  –  Taste 10 gourmet chocolates paired with 10 wines. Winery at Canyon Crest, 5225 Canyon Crest Drive, Suite 7A, Riverside; 6-8 p.m.; $25; 951-369-9463; www.canyoncrestwinery.com. SR-71 BLACKBIRD WEEKEND APRIL 6-7  –  Event celebrating the advanced, long-range Mach 3 strategic reconnaissance


aircraft, which was developed by Lockheed Skunk Works. March Field Air Museum, 22550 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside; 951-902-5949; www.marchfield.org. HISTORY LECTURE APRIL 7  –  Historic Route 395, presented by Jeffery Harmon of the Historic Route 395 Association. Dining Commons, La Sierra University, 4500 Riverwalk Parkway, Riverside; 11:45 a.m.; $10; 951-780-2313; www.riversidehistoricalsociety.org. ‘THE SECRET GARDEN’ APRIL 12-21  –  Enchanting children’s classis is reimagined by Marsha Norman, the Pulitzerwinning playwright. Landis Performing Arts Center, 4800 Magnolia Ave., Riverside; 951-222-8100; www.performanceriverside.org. Also: “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” June 7-16. INTER-TRIBAL POW WOW APRIL 20  –  28th annual event highlights include grand entry, gourd dancing, arts, crafts and food. Sherman Indian Museum, 9010 Magnolia Ave., Riverside; free admission ($3 parking); 951-276-6719, ext. 321; www.shermanindianmuseum.org. Also: Miss Sherman Pageant, 6-9 p.m. April 19 at Robert Levi Memorial Auditorium.

INLAND THEATRE LEAGUE AWARDS APRIL 28  –  38th annual awards presentation celebrating the best work on Inland area stages. Nominated groups include California Baptist University, Performance Riverside, RCC Off-Broadway Play Series, Riverside Children’s Theatre, Riverside Community Players and Riverside Youth Theatre. Landis Performing Arts Center, Riverside City College, 4800 Magnolia Ave.; 7 p.m.; www.inlandtheatre.org. ‘ELVIS LIVES’ MAY 10  –  Multi-media musical journey through Elvis Presley’s greatest hits, including some of his most memorable live performances. Fox Performing Arts Center, 3801 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside; 951-779-9800; www.foxriversidelive.com. ‘THE PSYCHIC’ MAY 10-26  –  A struggling novelist branches out to become a psychic, and after he actually does predict a murder plot he wants to write about what unfolds for what he hopes will be a best-seller. Riverside Community Players Theater, 4026 14th St., Riverside; $15 regular shows, $18 musicals, $8 family series; 951-686-4030; www.riversidecommunityplayers.com. Also: “Go Back for Murder,” through April 7;

SPRING PLANT SALE APRIL 6-7  –  Nearly 10,000 plants in more than 600 varieties will be available to purchase. UC Riverside Botanic Gardens, 900 University Ave.; 951-784-6962; www.gardens.ucr.edu. Also: Spring Cleanup, April 20. RIVERSIDE MASTER CHORALE MAY 18  –  In concert. Calvary Presbyterian Church, 4495 Magnolia Ave., Riverside; 7 p.m.; www.riversidemasterchorale.com.

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CHILI COOK-OFF, CAR/CYCLE SHOW MAY 25  –  11th annual community event featuring chili cooking competitions, car/cycle show, beer gardens, live music, kid fun zone, arts and crafts. Arlington Village, Magnolia Avenue from Van Buren to Jackson, Riverside; 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; free admission; 951-509-1100; www.riversidechilicookoff.com.

The Barn Coachella Secret Hip Hop Show, April 17; Maps & Atlases, Young Man, May 1; Very Be Careful, Quita Penas, May 8; Matt Costa, May 15; Comedy Apocalypse VIII, May 22. 900 University Ave., Riverside; 951-827-4403; http://rside.ucr.edu/barnseries

WEST COAST THUNDER XIV MAY 27  –  Memorial Day Bike Run through Riverside, stopping at Riverside National Cemetery, then traveling to Soboba Casino for a concert featuring Craig Morgan and The Farm. Soboba Casino, 23333 Soboba Road, San Jacinto; 951-653-8417; www.rncsc.org, www.soboba.net. ‘TELLING RIVERSIDE’S STORY IN 50 OBJECTS’ ONGOING  –  First installation of artifacts that tell Riverside’s history from the prehistoric days of the mammoths through 1930. Second installation will cover 1930 to the present. Metropolitan Museum, 3580 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside; 951-826-5273; www.riversideca.gov/museum. Also: “John Muir & the Personal Experience of Nature,” through Jan. 19; “Force of Arms,” ongoing.

Lake Alice Trading Company Armistice, April 3; Eclipse, April 5; Driven, April 6; Soul Power, April 10; Pac Men, April 12; Inhale, April 13; All In, April 19; Gravity Guild, April 20; Aloha Radio, April 24; The Groove, April 26; Trainwreck, April 27. 3616 University Ave., Riverside; 951-686-7343; www.lakealicetradingco.com Mission Tobacco Lounge Savage Bar, The Delta Bombers, The Rip Em Ups, April 13; Vans Warped Tour Battle of the Bands Preliminaries, April 24, May 5 and 22; Rumble King, La Cholita & The Kreeps, April 27; Natural Heights, Arden Park Roots, May 4; Total Distortion (Social Distortion tribute), The Strange Cats (Stray Cats tribute), May 11; The Phenomenauts, Sandbox Bullies, May 18; Vans Warped Tour Battle of the Bands, May 26. 3630 University Ave., Riverside; 951-682-4427; www.missiontobaccolounge.com

Pixels The Bakersfield Bad Boys, Iron Outlaws, April 20; The Dynotones, April 27; The Conditionz, May 4. 3535 University Ave., Riverside; 951-683-7957 Riverside Plaza Partly Jack Band, April 7 and May 10; Cason Leonti, April 11; Patrick Carrico Band, April 12; Rusty Perez, April 13; Sabrina Lentini, April 14 and May 25; Mike Peralta, April 18 and May 9; Paul Anderson, April 19 and May 31; Crystal McKee, April 20; Laguna Slim, April 21 and May 16; Michelle Kasajian, April 25; Jim Canini, April 26 and May 17; Damien Jordan, April 27; Cougrzz, April 28. Central and Riverside avenues; 951-683-1066, ext. 113; www.shopriversideplaza.com Romano’s Concert Lounge Sandbox Dance Party, April 20; No Duh (No Doubt tribute), April 27. 5225 Canyon Crest Drive, Riverside; 951-781-7662; http://theconcertlounge.com The Vibe Bar & Grill Squirrelly Arts, April 3; Drunk Funk Productions, April 12; Machinist, June 13. 1805 University Ave.; 951-788-0310; www.thevibebarandgrill.net

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here is an adage that recommends, “Do something you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” For more than half a century, Henry W. Coil Jr. has taken that to heart. “I have always enjoyed what I do,” said Coil, past president of Tilden-Coil Constructors Inc. of Riverside. “I still do.” This last phrase helps explain Coil’s continuing affection for the company he has helped guide since the early 1970s. Even though he turned over most of Tilden-Coil’s day-to-day operations to others in 1998, Coil, now 80, still comes to the office seven days a week year-round, and stays 10 to 12 hours. “I really enjoy putting things together. I still offer my two-bits worth. We all get along great.” Coil also is proud of the projects and work with which Tilden-Coil has been associated through the years. “We never failed to complete a job, and we never came in really late,” he says. Among the highlights have been freeway improvements, seismic retrofitting of the Riverside County Courthouse — “We took the whole thing apart, even the statues, and came in $2.5 million under budget,” he says, beaming — and a massive printing plant project in Seattle for $411 million, at 1988 prices. Coil’s start with the company was serendipitous, after a chance meeting with company founder Marshall

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Tilden. In the spring of 1971, the two men, who were acquainted with each other, crossed paths at the Victoria Club in Riverside, where both were lunching. At the time, Coil was chief of plant engineering for Alcan Aluminum Corp. in Riverside, and Tilden was building custom homes. The former was looking to strike out on his own; the latter asked Coil to join him because he wanted to retire from the company, which he’d founded in 1938. Within two years, on his 65th birthday, Tilden did just that, leaving Coil at the helm. “Marshall was a character,” Coil recalled. “He was a stickler for quality” — a trait that continues at TildenCoil to this day. Heading the company was the culmination of years of hard work by Coil, whose story began in the town he’s always called home. The oldest of four boys, Coil was born at Riverside Community Hospital to an attorney father and a mother who was an accountant, a rarity at the time. His parents had met when his mother, whose family had moved from Canada to the Los Angeles suburb of Eagle Rock when she was 12, headed east to the accounting institute at Riverside Business College. His father was general counsel of California Electric Power (now part of Southern California Edison). He grew up in Riverside, and among his extracurricular activities was Scouting. He joined at age 9 as a Cub and progressed through the various levels: Webelo,


Henry W. Coil Jr. in the boardroom of Tilden-Coil Constructors


Tenderfoot and finally Eagle Scout, for which he earned his sash (he still has it) in 1946. He remains involved with the organization and has been honored by the National Boy Scout group for service to Scouting. He served as president of the local council twice, in 1988 and 1998, and received the Distinguished Eagle Award recognizing his 50 years of continuous service. Coil headed north after high school, attending the University of California at Berkeley, where he was on the swimming and water polo teams. He graduated in 1954 with a degree in civil engineering and joined the Navy, serving as a Seabee in the Philippines. Afterward, he earned a law degree on the GI Bill, but didn’t pursue that as a career. Instead, he joined a small engineering firm, and he was on his way. Despite his long hours, the years haven’t been all work for Coil. He has spent thousands of hours in public service. He was a Riverside councilman in the 1960s and has served on a large

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Henry W. Coil Jr. with part of the staff at Tilden-Coil Constructors

cross-section of boards and committees for institutions including Riverside Community College District Foundation, La Sierra University, University of Redlands, Riverside Arts Foundation, the American Red Cross, Mission Inn Foundation, and UCR Foundation. In 2011, he was honored with the Roy Hord Volunteer of the Year Award by the Riverside Downtown Partnership.

Coil said his civic-mindedness was modeled by his parents, both of whom were prominent professionals and active in the community. His father served on the planning commission for more than two decades, as well as being involved with the Bar Association and the library board. It is that legacy, in part, that prompted Coil to honor them in the form of a $5 million gift to the Riverside Community College District. The money, donated in 2010, will be used to fund programs at the eventual Henry W. Coil Sr. and Alice Edna Coil School for the Arts in downtown. These days, Tilden-Coil employs 96 people in management positions and support staff, and hires others for various projects, with about 25 to 30 jobs ongoing at one time. Coil said the company has little turnover because, “We are very particular about who we hire.” He left the top spot when he did, he explained, because “I wanted it to be turned over to the younger fellows. I think it’s a mistake for a senior guy to hang on.” “Henry is like a father figure to many of us, and especially me,” said Brian Jaramillo, Tilden-Coil president — the fourth in the company’s 75-year history. “He has been a great example of the enduring values of our organization. He is the ultimate leader who wants the very best for us and our community, and yet he does not have to be in


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New construction, education • California Baptist University School of Business, Riverside • Kaiser High School, Fontana • La Sierra University’s Thaine B. Price Science Complex and Dining Commons, Riverside • Mark Twain Elementary School, Riverside • Mar tin Luther King High School, Riverside (pictured) • Norco Operations Center, Riverside Community College District • Patriot High School, Riverside • Riverside Aquatics Center • San Bernardino Valley College Nor th Hall • University of Redlands Center for the Ar ts • University of Redlands Stauffer Science Center

New construction, general • Inland Empire Regional Composting Facility, Chino • Loma Linda Fire Depar tment 9/11 Memorial • Pechanga Hotel & Casino, Temecula • Philips Electronics Distribution Warehouse, Riverside • St. Bernadine Wound Care Center, San Bernardino • The Grove Community Church Bookstore & Café, Riverside • Several memorials in Riverside including the Veterans Memorial at Riverside National Cemetery (pictured)

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Henry Coil has a few core principles that he continually shares with younger employees: • Take care of the client. The client always comes first, even if it costs you some money. • Always tell the truth; don’t ever try to buffalo someone. • You have to take the lead.

charge to add influence and value to our lives. Riverside is a better place because he continues to channel his energy and efforts through Tilden-Coil for the greater good of the community.” A lifelong bachelor, Coil still works the long hours because “I haven’t got anything else I want to do,” he stated simply. Oh, he’s traveled — a lot — through the years, to such exotic and far-off locales at the Greek Islands, Italy and France (he’s been there four times), but Riverside always lures him back. These days, he pretty much stays put. “I don’t take vacations, I enjoy working. I like it here. This is my home. I don’t want to be anywhere else.” 22

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On April 22, people around the world will celebrate Earth Day, an annual event that draws attention to the importance of conservation and sustainable living. In 2012 alone, Riverside Public Utilities customers conserved more than 23 million kilowatt hours of energy. That’s the environmental equivalent of saving 9,361 tons of coal from being used for energy production or taking 3,381 cars off the road, or removing 31 million pounds of CO2 from the atmosphere. Big results begin with small steps. To find out how you can save energy all year long, go to GreenRiverside.com.


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Southern California, where the appetite for electric cars is very high,” he said. Alvarez Electric Motors Co. is selling a two-seat Eco-E commuter car for $9,995, a truck with a half-ton capacity for $16,995 and a van that seats six passengers for $17,995. All three have a top speed of 25 mph, and a range of 30 to 40 miles, so they’re meant for short treks on city streets. Also available is a motorcycle that reaches freeway speeds and has a range of 80 miles. Built by Wuling Motors, a 52-year-old automaker partly owned by General Motors and based in China, the vehicles are being sold through outlets called EcoCentres. The first opened last year in Irvine; another EcoCentre is in Glendale, and the third is expected to open in the next few weeks at Singh Chevrolet in Riverside. By the end of next year, Alvarez hopes to have 18 EV dealerships throughout California, before expanding to Arizona, Nevada, Texas and Florida. The city of Riverside was an early

customer, purchasing six flatbed utility trucks in 2010. “We’ve had good success with them. They’ve been reliable and good to operate,” said Kris Martinez, the city’s General Services director. Riverside has 92 electric vehicles in its fleet, ranging from Segway personal transports used by parking enforcement officers to a Volt at Public Utilities. In the coming year, the city is looking to purchase two more EVs for its motor pool. “For routine running around town, EVs make so much sense,” said Michael Bacich, an assistant GM at RPU and the city’s sustainability officer. He also noted that Riverside — which has 11 Level II charging stations at seven locations, including the airport and City Hall — has been deemed an “electric vehicle ready city” by the Rocky Mountain Institute, a Colorado-based organization dedicated to research and consulting in the field of sustainability. RMI’s work includes studying EVs and gasoline-powered vehicles and looking


into new ways to make them more efficient. “The interesting thing about cars is 97 percent of the energy they use is to move the car, and only 3 percent is used to take the person in the car somewhere,” said John Cook, the sustainability coordinator at UC Riverside. “We should think about what we’re trying to achieve, and once we do I think we’ll find that public transportation and electric vehicles are great solutions.” UCR also is working in the field, using a $2 million award for its Center for Environmental Research & Technology to build up to 2 megawatts of solar arrays, advanced battery storage and charging stations to power vehicles entirely by sunlight. The system should be operational by October, and research will continue for two years, Cook says. In addition, the university is converting a shuttle bus from diesel to electric power to take students and

Mark Cloud, an account manager with Riverside Public Utilities, connects a Chevrolet Volt to a charging station near City Hall.

university personnel to and from CE-CERT and the main campus. It also will tap into the solar-powered system, via a new Level III charger. Cook is witnessing a growing number of electric vehicles on campus used by students, faculty and other university employees. “That’s starting to drive the demand for more chargers, and once that starts happening people will be even more willing to get electric vehicles,” he said. Alvarez also is noticing an uptick in EV interest, and he predicts that will accelerate, but he adds that it will still take some time before there’s one in every driveway. “There is an appetite for the electric car, but we’re not there yet — not by any stretch of the imagination,” he says. “Then again, we weren’t there when the telephone started. We weren’t there when the television started. “We’re breaking ground in educating the consumer on the viability and the range of electric cars. We’re not reinventing the car, we’re just adding an electric battery to it.” To learn more For information about electric vehicles, including incentives and rebates, visit these websites: Alvarez Electric Motors Co. www.ecocentre.us Center for Sustainable Energy http://energycenter.org GreenCar.com www.greencar.com Green Car Congress www.greencarcongress.com Green Riverside www.greenriverside.com april-may 2013 | riversidethemag.com | 25


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by lush fairways, which remain emerald green even during the cold-weather months, and competitive rates. A round costs $45 — and that’s the top weekend rate. “If you were to slice this golf course out — the facility, the venue and the service — and put it in Orange County, those players would be paying $90 during the week and $125 on a weekend,” says Vigil. The savings from one round would more than pay for a top-flight lunch or dinner plus cover the tip at the Maze Stone Restaurant, where filet mignon, Southwestern Chicken Fettuccini, four meal-sized salads, and six burger options (including lamb and salmon) are among the menu highlights. “We want to offer sophisticated menu offerings and services, but we never want to enter into that realm of becoming pretentious,” says Ray Shalizi, the clubhouse manager. “That’s not what we’re all about.” It’s the same on the course, too. The par-72 with a 73.5 USGA rating challenges golfers — beginners and

After a round on the golf course, more fun awaits at Soboba Casino with its 2,000 slots, bingo, table games and poker room. Promotions also are a popular regular feature, says David Baggerly, Soboba spokesman. In April, for instance, one winner will be able to choose between a new truck or $15,000 in cash each Friday night. And on Sundays, the casino will be presenting $10,000 wor th of gasoline cards to lucky guests. While many promotions are tied to the season — April includes one for Ear th Day — Baggerly knows what guests want most. “Cash tends to reign supreme,” he says. Details online at www.soboba.com.

veterans alike — to use every club in the bag. It was designed by Desmond Muirhead, “the Frank Lloyd Wright of the golf course architecture world,” says Vigil, and it opened under the Royal Vista Golf Course banner in 1966. In December 2004, the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians purchased the course, which is adjacent to their reservation, and later embarked on an extensive $4.6 million makeover under the direction of Cary Bickler, a Muirhead disciple. The Country Club at Soboba Springs enjoyed its national debut in 2009 when it hosted the inaugural Soboba Classic, which was part of the Nationwide Tour. While the tour ended its run at Soboba in 2012, major events still roll through, such as the Big West Men’s Golf Championship, set for April 28-30. And with recent improvements — including a new, all-grass driving range that meets PGA Tour specifications, and a new fleet of golf carts — the options for more are always open. Says Vigil, “If the moon and the stars align and we wanted to host a PGA Tour, LPGA Tour or Seniors Tour event, this facility is ready to go.” The Country Club at Soboba Springs 1020 Soboba Road, San Jacinto 951-654-4300 www.sobobaspringscc.com


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Building on a delicious tradition After all these years, fans of good Mexican food keep feeding their desires at El Sarape Written by Betts Griffone Photos by Gabriel Luis Acosta

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Chile Verde Mareld Velasquez, left, Helen Garcia, and Isabella Engelauf

Ingredients 2 pounds pork shoulder, cut into 2-inch pieces 10 tomatillos, skins removed and washed 4 jalapeños (3 if you’re afraid of the heat) ½ onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic ½ teaspoon Mexican oregano ¼ bunch cilantro Salt to taste A few under-ripe tomatoes can be included to increase moisture; do not use red tomatoes. Directions Place pork in a large pan. Add enough water to just about cover. Cover with a lid and place over medium heat. Bring to boil and simmer until pan is dry. Add a little oil and sauté pork until it is brown and crispy. Meanwhile, process the rest of the ingredients in a blender. Add chopped vegetables to pork and simmer for about 30 minutes.

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he colorful neon sign at El Sarape in downtown Riverside has been greeting customers for generations. Robert Palma, the restaurant’s original owner, launched the venture in 1949, providing authentic Michoacán recipes that he brought from Mexico. There weren’t that many Mexican restaurants in the area at the time, so his was a welcome addition. Besides being a good chef, Palma also was an artist. He produced most of the colorful paintings that decorate the walls of the restaurant, which has a comfortable ambiance with its red leather booths, bright flowers, strings of white lights and, of course, the paintings. Palma and his son made steady progress building their clientele during their 50-plus years of ownership. When they finally did sell, the new owner came in and changed the menu. The popularity of the mainstay took a hit, and he was gone in six months. That’s when El Sarape came into the hands of Helen Garcia and her five beautiful daughters. No novice to the restaurant business, Garcia started her career in the food industry when she was 15 years old, working in her mother’s restaurant in Mexico. When she arrived in the United States, she was armed with a deep

knowledge of food and, in particular, Michoacán-style Mexican food. Garcia brought back the old recipes, adding many more of her own, and the customers started to return. Now, it’s hard to find an open table during the busy weekday lunch seating. “She has the flavor in her veins,” Isabella Engelauf says of her mother’s cooking. The restaurant’s proximity to City Hall and other government offices downtown certainly boosts the lunchtime business. In the evening, an older crowd turns out. Many of them have been coming to El Sarape for years. When asked if she has a signature dish, Garcia pondered that for a bit. The Chile Relleno is popular as is the Chile Verde, she says. And the salsa — the mild green and spicy red — always has customers asking for more. “There is one group of regulars who can easily down a quart of it at one seating,” she says. The menu at El Sarape has many choices. There are the tacos, enchiladas and burritos that one would expect at a Mexican restaurant, but it might come as a surprise that much of the menu is devoted to seafood. There’s even oysters on the half shell. El Sarape serves domestic and

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Overcoming adversities, with Glee Written by Luanne J. Hunt

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tarring in Fox’s hit television series “Glee” has brought Lauren Potter more joy than she ever imagined. But the 22-year-old Riverside resident, who has Down syndrome, admits the perks of fame are only a small part of what makes her happy. “My role on ‘Glee’ has given me the chance to tell people, with or without disabilities, to reach for their dreams, whatever they are,” said Potter, who made her acting debut at the age of 13 in the feature “Mr. Blue Sky.” “I tell them to remember that they are all beautiful and amazing, no matter what.” Since joining the cast of “Glee” in 2009, Potter’s own journey as an actress and activist has been nothing short of amazing. When she is not on the set, she devotes much of her free time to helping charities such as Best Buddies, Special Olympics and the National Down Syndrome Congress. On May 4, she will be honorary chairperson for the Riverside Area Rape Crisis Center’s 32nd annual Auction and Dinner Gala. “I am so happy to help the Crisis Center raise money so they can keep doing what they do to help women and kids,” said Potter, a drama major at Irvine Valley College. “They do so many things to help people who are going through the most terrible time in their life.” No stranger to adversity, Potter has had to overcome numerous challenges, including being severely bullied in school. She says her difficulties have only served to make her stronger and more deter32

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Lauren Potter, left, in an episode of “Glee” when the glee club joins a superhero club.

mined than ever to stop kids from hurting one another. To that end, Potter lends her time and talents to Defeat the Label, an anti-bullying group that works to promote a bully-free society without social labels and stereotypes. She and her mother, Robin Sinkhorn, also have done public service announcements for Ability Path’s anti-bullying campaign (www.abilitypath.org). “When I was a kid, I was pushed down, made to eat sand and called the ‘R’ word (retarded),” said Potter, who has been appointed to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities. “I just don’t want any other kids or adults to go through that. Bullying hurts and kills dreams.” Growing up, Potter says her own dreams included becoming an actress

and dancer. Her big break came when she was cast to play Becky Jackson, the witty sidekick of Coach Sue Sylvester (portrayed by Jane Lynch) in “Glee.” Potter says despite having to work long hours on the set of “Glee” — 12 to 17 per day — she loves every minute of it. Her mother is proud of her daughter’s professionalism and ability to juggle her many responsibilities with grace and poise. “Lauren has so much on her plate, but she handles it all so well,” Sinkhorn said. “I know she’s my daughter, but she really does amaze me every single day.” Riverside Area Rape Crisis Center Auction and dinner gala at the Victoria Club, 2521 Arroyo Drive, Riverside May 4 at 5 p.m. 951-686-7273, http://rarcc.org


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Many talented musicians will be performing in Riverside in the coming weeks. Here are five acts on the local playlist that are worth checking out. Written by George A. Paul

Foreigner

Rhino Records

Appearing: April 20 at the Fox Performing Ar ts Center, 3801 Mission Inn Ave. Backstory: During the 1970s and ’80s, the British/American hard rock band ruled the pop and rock char ts with multiple platinum albums (“Double Vision,” “Head Games,” “4,” “Agent Provocateur”) and top 10 singles (“Cold as Ice,” “Urgent,” “Juke Box Hero”). These days, Foreigner is still overseen by founding guitarist/singer/songwriter Mick Jones. Noteworthy: After the group reformed in the mid-2000s, their drummer for a shor t period was Jason Bonham, son of late Led Zeppelin timekeeper John.

Maps & Atlases

Groove Session

Appearing: May 1, at The Barn, UC Riverside, 900 University Ave. Backstory: These quirky and expermental Chicago indie rockers star ted in the mid-2000s, but first gained widespread attention with 2010’s math rock-leaning, full-length debut “Perch Patchwork.” On last year’s NPR Music-approved “Beware and Be Grateful” album, Maps & Atlases continued to weave complex rhythmic patterns and African-inspired melodies. They recently toured with St. Vincent and Yo La Tengo and had a tune featured in NBC’s “Parenthood.” Noteworthy: Limited edition copies of “Beware” came with Maps & Atlases Selects, whole-bean coffee from Chicago coffeemaker Intelligentsia.

Appearing: May 17 at Lake Alice Trading Co., 3616 University Ave. Backstory: Together since 2006, Groove Session definitely lives up to its name. The Inland Empire Music Awardwinning trio from Ontario specializes in a laid-back, funk/jazz/rock sound that recalls early Santana, with nods to Primus and George Clinton. New album “Live at Winston’s” was recorded last year in San Diego and features a Stevie Wonder cover song. Noteworthy: Groove Session has opened for Little Feat, Dir ty Dozen Brass Band and Ivan Neville.

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Matt Costa Appearing: May 15 at The Barn, UCR, 900 University Ave. Backstory: Signed to Brushfire Records (the label owned by Jack Johnson), Huntington Beach native Costa has been crafting breezy alt-folk and pop tunes since 2005. His ambitious new self-titled four th album utilizes horn and string arrangements with Sandy Denny, Stephen Stills and Serge Gainsbourg as stylistic touchstones. Noteworthy: Costa wanted to be a pro skateboarder before a high school leg injury turned his attention to music.

The English Beat Appearing: June 8 at Romano’s, 5225 Canyon Crest Drive Backstory: Hailing from England, this influential band star ted in 1978. It quickly became a dominant force amid the Birmingham 2Tone ska scene, thanks to the albums “I Just Can’t Stop It” and “Wha’ppen,” plus American college radio and early MTV faves like “Mirror in the Bathroom,” “Save it for Later” and “I Confess.” Noteworthy: Singer/guitarist Dave Wakeling once worked for Greenpeace and helped spearhead the organization’s all-star solar-powered charity CD, “Alternative NRG.”


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