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10 Grass and green … Late June will see a welcome invasion into Riverside, one that raises the city’s status and will fill hotels and restaurants. It’s the American Youth Soccer Organization’s national tournament held on the organization’s 50th anniversary. The event will be so large (with more than 500 teams participating), that hosting will be shared with Torrance. It’s a big deal for AYSO and a great moment for Riverside. 15 Behind the scenes, what it takes Professional hockey and basketball playoffs, monster title games in college sports, races that range across California and take over the city of Long Beach require detailed planning, anticipation and flexibility. Southern California might be called sports events central; a look at the people who make it happen. 20 The admissions game Think college is tough? Try getting in, or, even worse, try sorting out who should get in. With today’s technology, students are putting in more applications than ever. A look at how the process is managed at UC Riverside, California Baptist and La Sierra universities. And, parents take note, suggestions for hopeful applicants.

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emorial Day weekend was a big one for sports in Riverside. That’s when the U.S. women’s water polo team squared off against Australia in a thrilling gold-medal match in the FINA Intercontinental Tournament at Riverside City College’s Aquatics Complex. The Aussies prevailed, 7-5, with both teams advancing to the Super Final in China, June 10-15. A couple miles away, at the Ab Brown Sports Complex, the L.A. Galaxy was hosting its 13th annual Copa youth soccer tournament with nearly 150 teams from California, Texas and Mexico. “It’s getting to the point where we’re starting to see an overlap of events, which is an exciting thing for the community because it demonstrates what we’re capable of,” says Debbi Guthrie, director of the Riverside

Sports Commission. Sports events mean dollars for local businesses — hotels, restaurants, shops — and Guthrie’s team has been working overtime to attract everything from baseball to Ultimate Frisbee. More venues would provide even more options, which is why it’s encouraging to hear the latest buzz about a 6,000-seat arena near the newly renovated Convention Center. Admittedly, talk about a downtown venue for sports and other events goes back decades, and there’s no guarantee that it will happen now. But should an arena become a reality, it will give event organizers another reason to consider Riverside. “There is a lot of competition for sporting events, and one edge we already have is that the city comes across so well,” Guthrie says. “Once we get a

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hot list ‘FLAWS IN THE DIAMOND’ THROUGH JULY 19  –  Forty photographs that form a portrait of South Africa undergoing rapid social and political change at the beginning of the last century. UCR/California Museum of Photography, 3824 Main St., Riverside; 951-827-4787; http://artsblock.ucr.edu. Also: “Trouble with the Index,” through June 21; “CMP Projects: U,” through Sept. 20.

County Philharmonic. Seating in the amphitheater and surrounding area; blankets and lawn chairs are recommended. Annual concert started in 2001 and remains the only symphonic concert held in a national cemetery. Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Blvd.; 7:30 p.m.; free; 951-787-0251; www.thephilharmonic.org, www.rncsc.org.

‘PLAYWORKS’ JUNE 5-6  –  Premiere productions exploring issues and textures of contemporary life, written by UCR playwrights. Lab Theatre, Humanities 411, UC Riverside, 900 University Ave.; 8 p.m.; 951-827-3245; http://theatre.ucr.edu.

FOUNDERS’ DAY JULY 4  –  “Little Miss Firecracker” pageant, music by A Little on the Side, food vendors, activities for children, guided tours and a great vantage point to enjoy the fireworks at Mount Rubidoux. Evergreen Memorial Historic Cemetery, Pine and 14th streets, Riverside; 5-10 p.m.; $5 general, $3 ages 3-12; 951-522-6462; www.evergreen-cemetery.info.

CONCERT FOR HEROES JULY 3  –  Patriotic and popular classics performed by the Riverside

calendar FILM SCREENINGS THROUGH JULY 5  –  “Inside Llewyn Davis,” June 6-7; “All is Lost,” June 13-14; “One Day Pina Asked…,” June 21; “Dancing in Jaffa,” June 27-28; “The Searchers,” through July 5. Culver Center of the Arts, 3834 Main St., Riverside; 951-827-4787; http://culvercenter.ucr.edu. ‘WILD BLUE YONDER’ THROUGH JULY 22  –  Photographer Douglas McCulloh and author Susan Straight tell the story of Riverside’s military heritage. Riverside Art Museum, 3425 Mission Inn Ave.; 951-684-7111; www.riversideartmuseum.org. Also: UC Riverside MFA Show, through June 15; RAM Student Curatorial Council Exhibit, through July 22; “The Printmakers Network: Recent Works 2014,” through July 31. ‘JOHN MUIR & THE PERSONAL EXPERIENCE OF NATURE’ THROUGH OCT. 26  –  Exhibit focuses on Muir’s contributions as a scientist and also nature’s role in the lives of individuals and the history of the United States. Metropolitan Museum, 3580 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside; 951-826-5273; www.riversideca.gov/museum. Also: “Telling Riverside’s Story in 50 Objects,” through Jan. 4; “Force of Arms” and “Nature Lab,” ongoing.

BOZ SCAGGS JULY 17  –  In concert with Los Lobos. Fox Performing Arts Center, 3801 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside; 951-779-9800; www.riversidepac.com. Also: Jill Scott, June 25; Boyz II Men, June 26; Natalie Cole, June 27; Kenny Loggins, July 10; Happy Together Tour with The Turtles and Flo & Eddie, July 16; Julianne and Derek Hough, July 19; Don McLean, Judy Collins, July 25.

ARTS WALK JUNE 5  –  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. THE HEYMAKERS JUNE 6  –  In concert. Law’s Restaurant, 9640 Indiana Ave., Riverside; 951-354-7021; www.lawsrestaurant.com. Also: Audio Grind, June 13; Intersexion, June 20; Hunter and the Dirty Jacks, June 27 DSB JUNE 7  –  Journey tribute band in concert. Romano’s Concert Lounge, 5225 Canyon Crest Drive, Riverside; 951-781-7662; http://theconcertlounge.com. Also: Wanted (Bon Jovi tribute), June 14; The Petty Breakers (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers tribute), June 21; Blasphemous Rumors (Depeche Mode tribute), DJ Richard Blade, June 28. JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION JUNE 7  –  Annual family oriented festival with entertainment by local talent, health and community information booths, historical presentations, food and refreshments. Boardwell Park/Stratton Community Center, 2008 Martin Luther King Blvd., Riverside; 3 to 9 p.m.; 888-752-1619; www.juneteenthsocal.org.

WILD CHILD JUNE 7  –  Doors tribute band in concert. Riverside Auditorium & Events Center, 3485 Mission Inn Ave.; 951-779-9800; www.riversiderma.com. Also: SRH Fest featuring Unwritten Law, Madchild and Johnny Richter, June 14; Beatles vs. Stones: A Musical Shootout, June 21; Back N Black (AC/DC tribute), July 19. GLOBAL GUITAR GREATS JUNE 8  –  Stephen Inglis, Thomas Leep and Shawn Jones, acoustic guitarists. Mario’s Place, 3646 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside; 5:30 p.m.; 951-684-7755; www.mariosplace.com. RAINCROSS CHORALE JUNE 8  –  Spring concert; among the works is Morten Lauridsen’s “Lux Aeterna.” Calvary Presbyterian Church, 4495 Magnolia Ave., Riverside; 3 p.m.; $15; http://raincrosschorale.blogspot.com. MARTIN LUTHER KING HS BAND JUNE 27  –  Concert in the day-use picnic area. California Citrus State Historic Park, 9400 Dufferin Ave., Riverside; 6:30 p.m.; free; 951-780-6222, Ext. 14; http://bit.ly/1p2lJ8z STAR PARTY JUNE 27-29, JULY 25-27  –  Riverside Astronomical Society’s star observing/imaging event in the desert north of Yucca Valley. Open to non-members. www.rivastro.org. june-july 2014 | riversidethemag.com | 7


OLD-FASHIONED ICE CREAM SOCIAL JUNE 29  –  Celebrate Independence Day much as residents did in Victorian Riverside during the 1890s, with games that were popular during that time, living history reenactments and old-fashioned, hand-cranked ice cream. Book-signings with local authors Joan Hall and Glenn Wenzel. Heritage House, 8193 Magnolia Ave., Riverside; free; noon to 4 p.m.; 951-826-5273; www.riversideca.gov/museum/heritagehouse. FIREWORKS JULY 4  –  Aerial fireworks shows, presented by the City of Riverside Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department. Mount Rubidoux (in sync with a KOLA 99.9-FM broadcast) and La Sierra Park, 5215 La Sierra Ave.; 9 p.m.; www.riversideca.gov/park_rec. ‘SHE LOVES ME’ JULY 11-27  –  In this romantic comedy set during the 1930s, Greg and Amalia are at odds, but they secretly find solace in their romantic pen pals who, it turns out, are each other. Riverside Community Players Theater, 4026 14th St., Riverside; 951-686-4030; www.riversidecommunityplayers.com. RIVERSIDE COUNTY PHILHARMONIC SEPT. 6  –  Guest artist Joseph Swensen and The Phil will perform the Sibelius “Violin

MOVIES ON MAIN JULY 10, 17, 24  –  Family-friendly movies, with live entertainment at 6 p.m., screenings at about 8 p.m. Bring chairs, blankets. “Monsters University” (2013, G), July 10; “Despicable Me 2” (2013, PG), July 17; and “The Nut Job” (2014, PG), July 24. Main Street pedestrian mall, between University and Mission Inn avenues, Riverside; free admission; 951-341-6550; www.riversidedowntown.org. Concerto” and other works. Concert is rescheduled from an earlier date. Fox Performing Arts Center, 3801 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside; 951-787-0251; www.thephilharmonic.org.

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et ready for an invasion. Hundreds of young soccer players, their families, friends and supporters soon will be pouring into Riverside for the American Youth Soccer Organization’s 2014 National Games — the largest tournament staged by the AYSO, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Scheduled for June 29 through July 6, the city is co-hosting the mega-event with Torrance. More than half of the 500-plus participating teams will be staying and playing here, providing Riverside with a huge economic boost and an opportunity for sports fans to come out and cheer on the kids. “It will be awesome for anybody who has any idea about soccer at all,” said Larry Caplinger, venue chairman for the event. 10 | riversidethemag.com | june-july 2014

With its 30 side-byside fields, the local action primarily will be taking place at the Ab Brown Sports Complex; opening ceremonies are set for Riverside City College’s Wheelock Stadium. Landing the National Games — which are staged every other year — will be big for the city and for local youth soccer, according to Debra Johnson, AYSO’s area director for the Inland Empire, including Riverside’s Region 47. “Typically, the National Games is about half the size of what they’re doing for the 50th,” said Johnson, who has been a part of the organization in one capacity or another for 20 years, starting when her oldest daughter first played. “Because of the anniversary, they wanted a blowout and to do something special.”


There will be a lot of youth soccer action at the Ab Brown Sports Complex during the AYSO National Games, which start June 29. Photos by Eric Reed


Torrance, where a group of soccer enthusiasts started AYSO in 1964 with nine teams, was a natural host for this milestone year. The city already has National Games experience, after hosting the competition in 1990 and 1992, but it lacks the facilities to accommodate the greatly expanded roster of teams and players. So this will be the first time that two cities serve as co-hosts. “There are very few places across the country that can host all of our teams at one venue,” said Paula Berriz, the AYSO national president. “To be as inclusive as we could for the 50th anniversary, we wanted to expand participation to programs that we haven’t included before.” Riverside previously sought to host the 2008 event, which ended up going to Hawaiian island of Oahu. Still, members of the National Games oversight committee were impressed by what Riverside had to offer, says Berriz. “The package, the desire and the teamwork that went into that bid

AYSO National Games Where: Riverside venues are the Ab Brown Spor ts Complex, 3700 Placentia Lane; Reid Park, 701 Orange St.; and Wheelock Stadium, Riverside City College, 4800 Magnolia Ave. When: June 29-July 6 Information: http://apps.ayso.org/ng

star ting at 8 a.m. each day, lasting until 6:30 p.m. July 3-4 and until noon on July 5 Quarterfinals: July 5, 2-6:30 p.m. Semifinals and finals: July 6, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Awards ceremonies: July 6, following the final games Note: Opening ceremonies are at Wheelock Stadium; games will be played at the Ab Brown Spor ts Complex and at the adjacent Reid Park.

Key events Opening ceremonies: July 1, 5-8 p.m. Soccerfest: July 2, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. National Games pool play: July 3-5,

Locomotion has become a highlight on their calendars. Said Berriz: “When you run a quality tournament like that, people want to come back. And if you’re looking for a venue to host the National Games, you want to have that type of excellence already built in. It shouldn’t be something you have to teach.” Getting their first chance to shine during the National Games will be players in AYSO’s developmental program, called EXTRA, featuring boys and girls with higher-level soccer skills.

really stuck with them.” Another thing working in Riverside’s favor was the additional experience hosting the annual Locomotion Tournament, an event that started in 1994 and now attracts 210 teams. More than 200 volunteers from Region 47 pitch in each spring to help stage Locomotion, doing everything from preparing the fields to serving as referees to working the snack bar — all to ensure the event goes smoothly, according to Johnson. For AYSO teams throughout Southern California,

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“These are advanced players who like the AYSO philosophies, such as everyone plays at least half a game, but they might not want to join a club team,” Johnson said. Also taking the field will be players in the VIP program, which is for both children and adults whose physical or mental disabilities make it difficult for them to successfully participate on mainstream soccer teams. AYSO offers VIP at nearly 300 locations around the country, including Riverside, where about 30 players in the program gather on any given Saturday morning during the season. “Soccer really helps all of them with their different disabilities,” said Jeff Miller, who coaches the players, including his 24-year-old son, Billy, who has a genetic condition called Williams Syndrome and has been playing for the past 18 years. “When he was a kid, soccer offered him the chance to play and feel like a normal kid,” Miller added. “As a coach, I don’t treat them differently in all

respects. I try to treat them like normal players in a normal game. They like it that way and seem to really enjoy it.”

Games a team effort Given the size and scope of the National Games — teams will be coming from as far away as New York and even Trinidad and Tobago — staging the event is a major undertaking. Making it all happen is AYSO’s Region 47, the Riverside Sports Commission and the city of Riverside, among others, says Johnson. “You can’t pull something this big off without everyone working together,” she added. Volunteers easily will make up the largest team at the weeklong event. Caplinger hopes to recruit 1,000 before the start of that first game, and he’s pretty sure he’ll succeed. Caplinger himself, along with his wife, Sandy, have both volunteered for the local AYSO chapter for the past 39 years. Their two sons and three grandchildren all previously played.

Kendra Keedy, left, and Billy Miller are part of the AYSO’s VIP program and will be playing during the National Games in Riverside.

Roy Reed also has stayed connected to AYSO after his two daughters moved on. His youngest, now 15, left AYSO three years ago to start playing club and

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AYSO’s Region 47 board includes: from left, front row, Jenny Lozano, Susan Sheehan, Debra Johnson and Kim Lane, and in the back row, Rick Lozano, Tony Smith, Steven Tick, Rob Cross, Roy Reed and Joe Gutierrez.

high school soccer, and his 17-year-old now runs cross country and track. “I believe in this program, and I like the way it’s structured. I feel it’s important that everyone who wants to play gets an opportunity to play,” said Reed, who will be wearing several hats during the National Games. He’s in charge of making sure the fields are ready for the players, that parking is safe and coordinated, and that vendors have what they need to set up. Besides volunteers, support for the event comes from other sources as well, including the business community. Upland-based Sport Pins International, for example, donated the 3,000 medals that will be presented to the players. Burrtec will be providing trash disposal services, and United Site Services will be handling the portable toilets. A highlight during the games will be Soccerfest on July 2. That’s when a few players from each team will be reassigned to different teams for three short games, giving them an opportunity to meet players from throughout the country. 14

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“It’s a great cultural diversity event and really sets the tone for a lot of fun and camaraderie throughout the week that they are together,” Berriz said.

Economic benefits For Riverside and its businesses, the games provide an economic boon that by one estimate will bring at least $2.6 million to the city, says Debbi Guthrie, director of the Riverside Sports Commission and senior vice president of Raincross Hospitality Corp. Caplinger believes the benefit actually will be closer to $4 million, based on revenues from past events in other cities. The young soccer players, who range in age from 8 to 19, and their families will stay at local hotels, eat at local restaurants and patronize local businesses, from gas stations to yogurt shops. About 7,500 room nights over the eight-day period will be booked, Guthrie estimates. “We expect about 4,000 people a day to be here and participate in the events,” Guthrie said. “It is the biggest sports event in the city this year.”

The AYSO National Games is one of several major sporting events that recently have come to Riverside. Many of them have taken place at Debbi Guthrie RCC’s Aquatics Complex, including the Junior West National Diving Championships, the CIF Southern Section Swimming and Diving Championships, and the FINA Women’s Intercontinental Water Polo Tournament. From late April through mid-August, Guthrie estimates that more than 86,500 visitors will come to Riverside for sports-related events and use 12,500 hotel room nights — adding up to an estimated economic impact of nearly $5.5 million. More events, she promises, are on the way. “We’ve become very aggressive on the national level,” Guthrie said. But first, it’s time for young soccer players to take to the field.


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EDITOR’S NOTE: As Riverside becomes a more competitive player for regional and even national sporting competitions, here’s a look at how other Southern California cities handle the major events.

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OE FURIN has experienced the serenity of his own personal Bruce Springsteen concert. Well, technically, the boss and saxophonist Clarence Clemons got carried away during a sound check. The general manager of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum also has witnessed the chaos of 25,000 USC football fans descending onto the field he considers his office. “It’s like an avalanche,” Furin said. “Once a few get through, you can’t stop it.”

Furin, however, wasn’t gawking in horror as the Trojan faithful rushed the field after upsetting No. 5 Stanford on Nov. 16, 2013. He was monitoring the security team’s calculated execution of the plan practiced in anticipation of the improbable moment. Rehearsing protection of the goal posts was just a fraction of Furin’s preparation for one of the many sporting events hosted every year at the Coliseum. Months of planning and staffs of thousands are required for the architects of major sporting events in Los Angeles. About 17 million people occupy the second-largest metropolitan area in the country, home to a pair of the largestcapacity stadiums in the nation, the only building that houses a combined three teams from the NBA and NHL, a 25,000-runner marathon, the largest cycling race in the country and the june-july 2014 | riversidethemag.com | 15


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Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Manager Joe Furin’s duties include monitoring security.

longest running open wheel street race on the continent. The ASICS L.A. Marathon covers 26.2 miles but Tracey Russell, CEO of the race, likes to refer to her territory as 52.4 miles — she is responsible for both sides of the street. Long Beach’s population grows by nearly a third during a three-day, sevenrace undertaking every spring by Jim Michaelian, president and CEO of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. As soon as Mike Conway’s IndyCar zoomed across the finish line at nearly 175 mph on April 13, Michaelian started preparing for 2015. Despite the long odds of a convergence of their operations, Lee Zeidman and Kristin Bachochin planned for the events two years ago that made Staples Center the focal point of the sports universe for a day. Zeidman, general manager of Staples Center, hosted a Kings team trying to clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup finals at noon on May 20, 2012, a few hours before the Clippers hosted the Spurs in a bid to reach their first NBA Western Conference finals. Bachochin, the executive director of the Amgen Tour, concluded her 700-mile bike race outside the front door of Staples Center just as the puck dropped on the Kings’ game. 16

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“It was a perfect storm,” Bachochin said. “We knew communication that day had to be flawless.” Added Zeidman, “There must have been 250,000 to 300,000 fans downtown that day. But we knew it was a possibility, so we planned for it.” The preparations are never officially over until the last car has left the parking lot, something to which Rose Bowl Chief Operating Officer George Cunningham can attest. If his staff monitoring social media so much as spies a tweet or two about

long shuttle lines, Cunningham springs into action. “We’ll shoot it over to the Police Department and our traffic consultant and get on it immediately,” Cunningham said. “Now we have the ability to instantly fix the problem whereas we used to get it fixed by the next game.” The foot traffic Russell is assigned to manage at the L.A. Marathon doesn’t get much more large scale. The CEO, hired in June as the head of the operation, has a reach that extends to 6,000 people who assist on race day. Russell, 42, is one of 10 full-time employees of L.A. Marathon LLC. She readily admits she is only as good as the people around her. Before they were spread over four cities from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica on March 9, Russell and her staff spent months planning every facet of the race. “Six months out, it’s more manageable,” Russell said. “Three months out, three weeks out, you’ve really got to pull together and make things happen. From a management perspective, you’ve got to work closely with your team and you’ve got to get out in the community and be the spokesperson for what we’re looking to do over the next couple of years.” Russell has already helped Los Angeles secure the 2016 U.S. Olympic

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, right, and ASICS L.A. Marathon CEO Tracey Russell cheer on runners at the start of the annual race through the city.


marathon trials, at the same time increasing the L.A. Marathon’s visibility. No matter the level of prestige for a sporting event in Los Angeles, the city’s celebrity demographic usually adds a healthy dose. At Staples Center, Zeidman typically makes no more than a half dozen alterations to the plan each night, many of which involve accommodating celebrities. “They’re usually trying to avoid paparazzi or have access to private areas going in and out of the arena, and we’re happy to help them,” Zeidman said. Accommodating the NBA and NHL schedules is the greater concern. It takes a crew of 44 two hours to convert Staples Center from a hockey rink to a basketball court. With the Clippers, Lakers and Kings playing simultaneous seasons, Staples Center is the only building in the country to face such a scheduling challenge. Then there are the concerts, of which it hosted 53 last year. “We know how to schedule this building,” Zeidman said. “The only thing that keeps me up at night is the security of the 20,000 people who come into the building on a nightly basis.” The security staff at the Rose Bowl can include up to 1,200 members for a UCLA football game. Scenarios ranging from fights in the stands to terrorist attacks are planned for. Cunningham, chief operating officer for the 92,542 capacity stadium, regularly meets with police and fire officials to update preventative plans. After the bombings at the 2013 Boston Marathon, security concerns couldn’t have been higher for the Russell’s first year in charge of the L.A. Marathon. “Like they said after Boston, nobody can protect 52 miles, including both sides of the street,” Russell said. “But security was our No. 1 priority above anything else. We worked with L.A. police, and we did everything we could to make the event safe.” Bachochin’s territory spanned more than 400 miles from Sacramento to Thousand Oaks. The Amgen Tour

executive director was part of a caravan of 500 vehicles that essentially organized two events from the ground up for eight straight days, from May 11 to 18. The start and finish for each of the eight stages are the major undertakings, and there are 100-mile stretches of road in between that also require set-up. “We’re a traveling circus,” Bachochin said. “There are lots of details, lots of complexity, but we put a bible in place beforehand that we follow to the letter.” Still, adjustments are required along the way. A blizzard in Northern California forced the start of the 2011 race to be moved to a different city. Wildfires, storms and the like have made Bachochin thankful for her operation’s mobility. Besides the elements, the tour is different every year thanks to proposals from more than 100 cities vying to host stages. Calculated changes keep the event fresh, something Michaelian applies to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach every year. Forty years ago, the race was, well, just one race. Michaelian, on staff for all 40 years, has helped grow the current seven-race format that includes a drifting competition and a celebrity race. Expanding the event is certainly aided by the increasing success and corresponding financial gains. It wasn’t so easy 37 years ago when Michaelian’s primary responsibility was paying the bills.

“We weren’t sure we were going to be able to make the 1978 race happen because of the expenses,” he said. “But the turnaround happened after Mario Andretti won in ’77. The general consensus is that race put us on the map, and we made enough money from then on that the race really began its evolution into what it is now.” Zeidman unexpectedly saw his shiny new facility evolve less than a year after Staples Center was built. The $400 million facility completed in 1999 had 60 suites torn out to accommodate the 2000 Democratic Convention. When the convention was over, it was converted back. Furin proudly walks the halls of the Coliseum knowing John F. Kennedy did the same before he made his acceptance speech after winning the Democratic presidential nomination in 1960. “This is where the Pope appeared, where Nelson Mandela appeared,” Furin said. “Evel Knievel jumped in the Coliseum, and the Dodgers won their first World Series here after they came from Brooklyn. This stadium has been home to the National Football League and had a global impact hosting the Olympics. “For the longest time, if you were anything in L.A., you played here and it’s an honor to be a small steward of this building.”

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Students take advantage of a sunny day to study in Stamps Courtyard at California Baptist University.

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s graduates accept their hard-earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees this time of year, there’s already a fresh crop of high school students making college plans. And since it has become much easier for prospective college students to submit multiple applications with only a few extra clicks and the ability to pay the requisite fees, admission officials around the country — including those at California Baptist University, La Sierra University and UC Riverside — are considering more applications than ever. 20

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“Students are nervous about getting accepted because it’s more competitive these days,” said Emily Engelschall, director of Undergraduate Admissions at UC Riverside. “We’re getting more and more applications for, relatively speaking, the same number of spots. It’s the same at a lot of UCs as well as other four-year universities.” For the just completed 2013-14 school year, UCR received nearly 45,000 undergraduate applications, and for fall 2014, there was an increase in freshman applications of 3.2 percent, says Engelschall. During the past decade, the year-over-year increase has been as high as 11 percent. Of those applicants, about 57 percent were accepted this year. Last fall, UCR welcomed 4,200 new freshmen and nearly 1,300 transfers. Nearly all of the school’s undergraduates — 95 percent — are from California. CBU and La Sierra, as smaller, private faith-based colleges, have different challenges, says David Lofthouse,


‘Students are nervous about getting accepted because it’s more competitive these days.’ La Sierra’s vice president of enrollment services. Christian colleges compete against each other as well as public universities for new students, and many of those Christian colleges have increased spending on marketing to attract new students. “The numbers are survival in my business. We have to look at the bottom line,” said Lofthouse, adding that the number of applicants wishing to attend La Sierra has nearly doubled compared with five years ago. Thanks, at least in part, to the increasing use of universal applications, top-notch institutions of higher learning are considering the merits of a growing flood of applicants. In 1990, only one student in 10 sent paperwork to seven or more colleges, according to the National Association for College Admission Counseling. By 2011, nearly a third of students were applying to that many places. One high schooler from New York,

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The capital markets trading room at CBU’s Jabs School of Business

Kwasi Enin, gained attention in April after being accepted by every school in the Ivy League. “I thought if I applied to all eight, I figured I’d get into one,” he told CNN. Colleges are indeed making it easier to apply, Lofthouse says. “It’s not unique to us,” he added. La Sierra, which primarily recruits

from local high schools, has about 2,500 students, with 85 percent of them from California. “We fully intend to continue to grow,” said Lofthouse, who noted that La Sierra can accommodate up to 3,500 students with its current facilities and staff. At California Baptist University, the fall 2013 enrollment was 7,144 students. There were 3,853 traditional undergraduate applications, and just over 1,600 new students enrolled, says Allen Johnson, the dean of admissions. The number of applications received at CBU has grown each year during the past decade as the the number of majors, programs and courses have increased. New offerings include nursing, health sciences, engineering and aviation sciences. David Lofthouse, vice president of enrollment services at La Sierra University, second from left, and Ivy Tejeda, associate director of admissions, visit with students Kerra Hester, left, and Max Guitierrez. PHOTO BY NATAN VIGNA/ COURTESY LA SIERR A UNIVERSITY

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Both CBU and La Sierra accept applications year-round. La Sierra prefers applications to arrive by December for enrollment the subsequent fall; CBU will consider new students who apply as late as June for classes that start in the fall. In past years, the application process at UCR opened Oct. 1 and closed at the end of November. For fall 2015, the university has a new plan in place, with the application period opening on Aug. 1. The window still closes by the end of November. “We wanted to allow students more time to (go through the process) and to be more thoughtful, to think about what their personal statement will look like and to fill out the academic information,” Engelschall said. At CBU, the annual recruitment drive opens on Sept. 1. While the college’s recruiting territory is the western United States, a lot of time is spent with students from the Inland Empire. “This is our backyard. We visit all the local high schools in Riverside and San

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At UC Riverside, the application period for fall 2015 opens on Aug. 1 ­— two months earlier than it has in the past.

Bernardino counties,” said Johnson, adding that up to 90 percent of the university’s students are from the Golden State and more than half from Southern California. Last year, CBU received 29,000

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“It’s all about building relationships. Sometimes that starts during their sophomore year in high school because they’ve been visiting and they keep in touch with a counselor.” Not unlike other college admissions offices, the application process at CBU has become a continuous effort. From September through December, the university’s six admissions counselors are visiting high school campuses — each of them traveling to as many as 60 per year. By midDecember through March or so, the focus shifts to following up with students, encouraging them to complete their applications and turn them in, and then evaluating the material. For the students who are accepted, pre-registration events ramp up in the spring and continue through summer. Said Johnson: “There never really is a down time when we can take a big, deep breath and say, ‘We’re done.’ That’s because once we finish one year we start on the next one.”

10 tips: Getting into the college of your choice Admissions officials from California Baptist University, La Sierra University and UC Riverside offer these words of wisdom to college applicants and their parents: • Take the right classes in high school and complete the college-prep sequence of courses called the “A to G requirements.” All UC and California state universities require these for admission eligibility as do many private universities, including La Sierra. • Earn good grades. • Take and do well in college-prep courses and Advanced Placement classes. Plan early in high school to take these classes; don’t wait until senior year. • Make sure the application is complete and that no test scores are missing. “The blank could be information that makes a difference,” said Allen Johnson, the dean of admissions at California Baptist University. “If you went to three colleges as a transfer student and you only put down two, that’s not a good thing. When the transcripts are sent in, all three will show up, and then we will wonder why the other one wasn’t mentioned.” • Follow all instructions. • Don’t miss application deadlines. • The level of importance placed on

extracurricular activities varies at each university. “In our case, volunteer activities can lead to scholarship money. We like to see students who are engaged in their communities. The ideal of serving your fellow man should be common for everyone on our campus,” said David Lofthouse, La Sierra’s vice president of Enrollment Services. • When writing personal statements, highlight what makes you special. Don’t brag about great parents or how hard your life has been; describe your unique qualities. Another point about personal statements: “We can tell when a student writes it the night before and doesn’t put any thought into it,” said Emily Engelschall, director of Undergraduate Admissions at UC Riverside. “Often they will repeat things they’ve already told us, like listing clubs they’ve participated in, and we’ve already garnered that from other parts of the application. The personal statement is really critical, so students should use it wisely.” • Students planning to major in science or engineering should take calculus in high school and take a math class senior year. “Math is one of those things where if you don’t use it you lose it,” Engelschall said. • Keep your options open and apply to a broad range of colleges. Plan to visit the colleges that interest you the most.

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Italian favorites close to home

Magnone Trattoria & Market brings the flavors of Italy to Riverside

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hen you travel in Italy, you’ll notice that a select number of restaurants have a small snail sign outside designating them as a member of the Slow Food movement — the farm-to-table concept that embraces antibiotic-, steroid- and hormone-free meats; organic, bio-dynamically grown, sustainable fresh vegetables and fruit that come directly to the consumer from local farmers.

Insalata Barbabietola with shrimp


Above, Magnone Trattoria & Market interior At left, chef Charlene Uhrmann, left, Evonne Barsakis and Doug Magnone, who owns the restaurant with his sister, Deanna.

At Magnone Trattoria & Market, Doug Magnon and his sister Deanna are following in the footsteps of their Italian brethren. And they’re doing it at the same Riverside location where they originally opened a restaurant in the 1980s. Having won architectural awards for the use of glass and horizontal lines reminiscent of an Italian villa, the restaurant has the vibe of a local Italian trattoria. More informal than its predecessors, the tables have no tablecloths and have been produced from a composite of cement and recycled woods. The ambiance is lighter and more airy, yet a number of its more popular features have been retained, including the open kitchen and the intimate wine cellar where monthly wine dinners are scheduled. The wine storage area is now enclosed behind floor to ceiling glass panels and is heavy with Italian whites and reds and a wide selection of nonNapa reds from California. There’s an herb and vegetable garden outside, and all produce is organically farmed using natural pesticides and diatomaceous earth. The Magnons grow their own lettuce, tomatoes, zucchini, strawberries, arugula, fennel and rosemary.

The bar area still showcases the original cruvinet, a wine dispensing and preservation machine, where guests will find pours from the Central Coast, Sonoma, Paso Robles and, of course, wines from throughout Italy. The 1987 Pasquini espresso maker is still going strong and the espresso beans are sourced from Sicily. The market area is a microcosm of Doug’s culinary philosophy — offer authentic high quality Italian products prepared with no shortcuts and use the highest quality ingredients, letting individual fresh flavors shine through. Items imported from Italy include guanciale (pig’s jowl), aged cheeses, organic pastas, San Marzano tomatoes and olives. They make their own sausage and mozzarella and bake all their own breads, including a lovely focaccia which is brought to the table along with a blend of extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar that actually has significant heft to it. All of the recipes have been devised

by Doug. The chicken is free range, the beef is grass-fed, and tuna is line-caught. Even the water has been filtered, both still and sparkling versions. Doug is very much a perfectionist in the best sense of the word and you will find that the food not only tastes better, but is also, for the most part, healthier as well. I opted to sample a dish from each section of the menu for a true a sense of a multi-course meal, starting with the house-made bruschetta. The wedges of rustic grilled garlic bread were served with three spreads: an olive pesto with Spagehetti al Cartoccio


Costola de Maiale

the consistency of tapenade, it was not overly salty with a touch of capers and red pepper flakes; an herbed ricotta containing pieces of roasted red peppers; and a creamy cannellini bean puree. Two soups followed: a thick puree of butternut squash blended with shallots and strips of fresh basil and then a very fine vegetable soup containing San Marzano tomatoes and a dollop of basil pesto which should be swirled to incorporate the flavors throughout the bowl. Doug grinds both pine nuts and walnuts and adds a half and half mix of romano and parmesan cheeses to the pesto, just like one would find in Genoa. We added plump large wild-caught Mexican blue shrimp to our insalata barbabietola, a mound of arugula strewn with strips of red and golden beets, toasted pine nuts and goat cheese tossed in a balsamic vinaigrette — both a textural and taste success story. It marries nicely with a Beckmen sauvignon blanc from Santa Barbara County. One of the more unusual pastas is called Spaghetti al Cartoccio. It’s organic pasta with fresh diced tomatoes, garlic, white wine, olive oil and parsley baked

The market area is stocked with Italian imports including pottery and gifts.

in parchment paper. Be sure to inhale deeply through your nose as you unwrap the parchment to obtain the full aroma of this simple yet elegant preparation. From the entree section, the costola di maiale is hard to beat. It’s a 16-ounce grilled double pork chop prepared from a Duroc heritage breed pig (naturally fed and artisan grown). The degree of tenderness and juiciness is incredible. It’s served atop a cream and tomato sauce laced with porcini and button mushrooms. Try the Valpiocella campagnola from the Veneto area with this dish. Another option is a grilled panini sandwich during lunchtime (until 3:30 p.m.). I’d recommend the Morro Bay tuna with marinated artichoke hearts and olive pesto. All the breads are made from organic non-bleached natural flours. Finish up with the Italian cheesecake

The Spaghetti al Cartoccio is a multi-sensory experience.

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made with sweetened ricotta, prepared with an amaretti cookie crust. It’s very light and pairs nicely with the accompanying apricot sauce crisscrossed along the plate. If you can’t get enough espresso, try the affogato — a scoop of Haagen Dazs vanilla gelato topped with a shot of Sicilian espresso. Magnone Trattoria & Market Where: 1630 Spruce St., Riverside Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday; 5-10 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday. Reservations recommended on Friday and Saturday. Prices: Appetizers $6-$12, pastas $11-$16, $14-$37 main dishes. Monthly five-course wine dinners are $75 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Corkage is $15. All major credit cards are accepted. Events menu: Live smooth jazz on Thursday evenings, magician Alexander Raguzi on Friday evenings, Cars & Cappuccino (coffee, pastries and car show) on Saturday mornings Information: 951-781-8840, http://magnonetrattoria.com


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f last year’s Riverside Restaurant Week was a fourcourse meal, this one will be an all-you-can-eat buffet. Organizers are hoping 100 eateries will sign up for the 10-day event, which runs June 20-29. That’s a big increase from 20 last year. And while that edition was limited to downtown restaurants, including Cafe Sevilla and ProAbition, this time the lineup also will include coffee shops, lounges

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UrbanLIFT Community Grant Program Awards

Habitat for Humanity Riverside and Neighborhood Partnership Housing Services recently were presented nearly $469,000 in grants to complete housing projects for low income families in Riverside County. The awards came through the Wells Fargo UrbanLIFT Community Grant Program after a competitive nationwide application process. Information: www.habitatriverside.org

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sav e th e date charitable events June 9 – 22nd annual A. Gary Anderson Memorial Golf Classic, which benefits effor ts by the Children’s Fund to help at-risk and abused children. Since its inception, the AGA golf classic has raised more than $5.5 million. Red Hill Country Club, 8358 Red Hill Country Club Drive, Rancho Cucamonga; 909-379-0000; www.childrensfundonline.org. June 30 – Golf marathon, with 100 holes of golf played as a personal best-ball scramble. Proceeds benefit the Mary S. Rober ts Pet Adoption Center. Breakfast, lunch, snacks, prizes, golf vacation raffle, hole-in-one cash prize. Victoria Club, 2521 Arroyo Drive, Riverside; 951-688-4340, ext. 305, www.petsadoption.com. Aug. 23 – Fifth annual Riverside Medical Clinic Charitable Foundation Dinner Auction, Brazilian Nights. Brazilian appetizers, dinner, drinks, live and silent auctions, and dancing. Riverside Convention Center, 3443 Orange St.; http://rmccharity.org/dinner-auction. Sept. 19 – 30th annual Women of Achievement, presented by the YWCA of Riverside County. Event honors extraordinary women who exemplify the ideals of the YWCA organizational mission. Riverside Convention Center, 3443 Orange St.; 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; $65, $600 for table of eight; 951-687-9922, www.ywcarivco.org. Sept. 20 – Inland Empire Hear t & Stroke Walk to benefit the American Hear t Association, with a 3.1-mile walk/run and 1-mile optional survivor route. Rancho Jurupa Park, 4800 Crestmore Road, Jurupa Valley; registration 7 a.m., opening ceremonies 8 a.m., walk star ts at 8:30 a.m.; www.iehear twalk.org, 310-424-4174. Sept. 22 – 29th annual Golf Classic, presented by the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce. Jurupa Hills Country Club, 6161 Moraga Ave., Riverside; 8 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. shotgun star t; 951-683-7100; www.riverside-chamber.com Sept. 27 – Paint the Town Pink, Riverside Community Health Foundation’s annual celebration. Physicians Parking Lot, Riverside Community Hospital; 6-10 p.m.; 951-788-3471; http://rchf.org.

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Nearly 400 enthusiastic supporters laced up their shoes for the third annual Inland Empire Walk for Wishes, staged recently by Make-AWish Orange County and the Inland Empire at Castle Park. The event raised more than $55,000, which will be used to grant the wishes of local children facing life-threatening medical conditions. Information: www.ocie.wish.org 2

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long with doctors, caregivers are heroes to cancer sufferers — administering everything from meals to medicine to moral support. Kim Sabatello assumed the caregiver role after her mother, Linda, was diagnosed with lung cancer in October 2012. It was her second fight against the disease, after being diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2000. For the most recent battle, Sabatello would take time off work to sit with her mom during chemotherapy treatments, be available to provide transportation to and from those treatments, and help in other ways. While her mom is doing much better now, it was a stressful situation at the time. “When she was going through chemo, her doctor told us that if she spiked a fever afterwards we had to bring her in right away,” said Sabatello, an administrative assistant in the Riverside Fire Marshal’s office. “Sometimes I would go to work and be wondering all day what I was going to come home to. “It’s a little easier now that she has been taken off the IV chemo, but it’s still a very difficult thing to watch your parent go through.” Both Sabatello and her mother have gained strength and support from participating in Riverside’s Relay for Life walk, which will be held June 7-8 at the California School for the Deaf. Since its inception in 1997, the annual event Relay for Life recognizes caregivers and the support has raised more than $1 million Written by Luanne J. Hunt they provide to cancer patients for cancer research and patient Photos by Eric Reed programs at the American Cancer Society.

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Martin and Neena Prady lost their 27-year-old son, Daniel, to cancer in 2006 and will be taking part in the Riverside Relay for Life.

During the relay, teams walk continuously for 24 hours around a track or path at a local park, high school or another venue, with individuals on each team taking turns throughout the day and night. Funds are raised prior to the relay by team members, who hold bake sales, car washes, yard sales and other community activities. Individual participants also raise funds by soliciting donations from any number of sources including friends, neighbors and local businesses. “Our team is made up of mostly family members, and we’ve already raised over $4,000,” said Sabatello, who also is the event chairwoman for Riverside’s Relay for Life. “We will walk in memory of my grandmother Angie, who also was a cancer survivor.” Neena Prady, another organizer of the event, will walk with her friends and family in memory of her late son, Daniel. He was an Air Force veteran who died in 2006 at age 27 from a rare type of stomach cancer that is typically caused by asbestos exposure. Prady and her husband, Martin, provided round-the-clock care for their son during his ordeal. “When Daniel first started having symptoms, he was misdiagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome,” Prady said.

Resources for caregivers Sources of information and suppor t: American Cancer Society: 800-227-2345; www.cancer.org CancerCare: 800-813-4673; www.cancercare.org Cancer Hope Network: 800-552-4366; www.cancerhopenetwork.org Cancer Support Community (Gilda’s Club): 888-793-9355; www.cancersuppor tcommunity.org Caregiver Action Network: 202-772-5050; http://caregiveraction.org Family Caregiver Alliance: 800-445-8106; www.caregiver.org National Alliance for Caregiving: 301-718-8444; www.caregiving.org National Cancer Institute: 800-422-6237; www.cancer.gov Well Spouse Association: 800-838-0879; www.wellspouse.org

“He suffered about four months before they figured out he had cancer. After that, he only lived three weeks because the cancer was very advanced at that point. “Daniel was bedridden the last week of his life, and my husband and I hardly slept. We were there to provide whatever he needed.”

Along with her church family, Prady credits Relay for Life for giving her the strength to deal with the intense pain of losing a child. This year, her team includes more than 15 friends and family members. They are in the process of raising money through two corporate sponsors. “Being a part of Relay for Life helps a lot in terms of getting closure for all you’ve been through,” Prady said. “You realize you’re not the only one who has lost a loved one to a terrible disease like cancer.” Besides remembering those who have been claimed by cancer, the walk also recognizes everyone who is continuing the fight. After the opening ceremony, for example, cancer survivors walk the first lap; caregivers will take the second lap. “This event is so much more than a 24-hour walk,” Prady said. “It’s one giant family that gets together to not only support one another but also do whatever they can to help find a cure.” Riverside Relay for Life Where: California School for the Deaf, 3044 Horace St., Riverside When: Star ts June 7 at 9 a.m. and continues for 24 hours Information: www.relayforlife.org/riversideca june-july 2014 | riversidethemag.com | 33


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The region’s top age-group swimmers will be hitting the pool at the Riverside Aquatics Complex for the Southern California Swimming Junior Olympics on July 23-27. Two of last year’s standouts — Garret Shimko and Alexandra Wolf — are expected to compete before starting their college swim careers this fall. Shimko’s specialties are the 50-, 100and 200-meter freestyle, and he will be attending South Dakota State University. Wolf is headed to San Diego State University, and her best events are the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke. For most of the 1,200 swimmers at the Junior Olympics, the entire season has been building toward this meet, according to Rodney Pilman, head coach of the Riverside Aquatics Association swim team. “Finals start at 5 every night, and it’s exciting to watch the top athletes of the future go headto-head,” he said. “Maybe one day you’ll see some of these same swimmers at a world championships or the Olympics.” Information: www.raa-swim.org, www.socalswim.org — Jerry Rice

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