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PUBLISHER’S LETTER These past few months have been exciting and eventful! As this issue goes to print, I am about to board a flight to London to accept an award, the Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Samman, honoring Indians living outside of India, on September 21, 2015, for our creative and inspirational work from the NRI Society of India at the House of Lords Summit on Global Indians in London, UK. This honor follows another; in June 2015, we were one of five finalists for the Asian Business Award given by the Los Angeles Business Journal recognizing Malibu Chronicle. We are very proud of this recognition and inspired to bring you an even better, more beautiful and uplifting publication with every issue.


If you like what you see in this magazine issue, please also check out our online publication at Our next issue will be out December 2015 focusing on Memories and New Beginnings. Please contact us if you would like to submit any pictures or articles in the next issue. We plan to bring more health, fitness and positive lifestyle articles and ideas to you. Be happy, healthy and well!

We continue to grow our outreach in print, as well as online, with our new and improved website and weekly e-blasts. I invite you to visit, and sign up to receive our weekly e-newsletters. Also, check us out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We work hard everyday to network, reach out and connect with wonderful writers in order to bring our readers something that they will enjoy and love. Our hope is that you’ll want to save the magazine and share with your friends. Our print issue reaches over 120,000 readers, and that number keeps growing. It is exciting to create a new and fresh magazine every two months. We love our job. We are happy to resume our community educational events, “Riding the Waves,” in collaboration with Pepperdine University Libraries on Oct. 8th, at 4-5 pm. Be sure to join us for this session featuring nationally awarded cinematographer Mike Ferris. Ferris, who has worked on over 400 films, will be joined by Pepperdine Prof. Craig Detweiler. Tommy Hawkins will moderate the event. Students, faculty and community are welcome. It is always a delight to hear from our clients who tell us that their phone rings more when they are featured in Malibu Chronicle. I also love learning, through your wonderful emails, that you are noticing and enjoying the improvements we continue to make. As always, I invite you to send me a note at with any suggestions, comments, or just to say hello. I look forward to hearing from you.

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A WHOLE FOODS MARKET FOR MALIBU? Do you want a Whole Foods Market in Malibu? That’s the question posed by Measure W which will appear on a Special Election Ballot this November. A YES vote on W would approve a Whole Foods Market. A NO vote would reject it.

The Whole Foods Market was studied for several years by city officials. It was ultimately approved by both the Malibu Planning Commission and Malibu City Council. Now, the voters of Malibu have the final say. Meet Stacie Cox, Malibu resident, business owner, and mom. At the July 20th Malibu City Council hearing, she gave an impassioned speech explaining how a Whole Foods Market might affect her family. “Our daughter has an extremely restricted diet and is allergic to things like shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, dairy, chicken, turkey, oats, bananas, raspberries, and chocolate, just to name a few,” Cox said, pausing to catch her breath. “Finding food that she can eat without having an allergic reaction

is challenging, and although some local stores may carry a few items she can eat, my husband or I always end up having to drive outside Malibu to get the remaining items at a Whole Foods Market. Having to drive to either Santa Monica or Thousand Oaks to a Whole Foods on a weekend or after work is inconvenient, but has to be done. Simply put, for my little family, having a Whole Foods in Malibu will drastically improve our quality of life.” The idea of a Whole Foods Market in Malibu seems about as natural as the Malibu Creek that flows through the mountains into the Pacific Ocean. The popular environmentally and socially conscious brand and face of organic food providers in the United States has signed a long-term lease to open in Malibu if Measure W is approved.

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Many local residents have wondered why it has taken eight years of study to decide whether to bring a Whole Foods Market to Malibu. Measure W will at last decide the fate of this proposal. Approval of Measure W would give the go ahead to Whole Foods Market in the Civic Center. Located at the intersection of Civic Center Way and Cross Creek Road, the Whole Foods Market will be constructed within a new public park, replete with a state-of-the-art inclusive Shane’s Inspiration playground for children with special needs, and a Kitchen Community educational and sensory garden to be used as an outdoor classroom for local schools. (To learn more about Whole Foods and the Park, visit


Designed by highly regarded local Malibu architect Ron Goldman, the Whole Foods proposal will cover only 15% of the nearly 6-acre site.

Everything from hitching posts for horses and outdoor courtyards, to groves of California Sycamore trees, living green walls, and even a porch lined with oversized Adirondack rocking chairs will team to create a warm, inviting environment fully in line with the look and feel of the laid-back Malibu lifestyle.

“The design intent was simply to create a village within a park,” Goldman explains, “a design that embraces Malibu’s rural character.” While the Whole Foods Market is unquestionably the anchor to this development, it’s the new park with built-in programming for local kids and families that has many in the community eagerly awaiting the opening.

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Just ask Linda Ellrod, vice president of the Malibu Special Education Foundation, which raises money to help support local special education programs.

“I am a parent of two children with special needs, and here in Malibu, we don’t have the opportunity to access a handicap-accessible playground,” Ellrod says. “The Whole Foods and the Park project represents a unique opportunity to do something great for our tight-knit community.”

Still, not everybody in Malibu is ready for a Whole Foods. Opposition to the project, although relatively quiet over recent months, has cited traffic as a primary objection to the project. According to the ballot argument against Measure W, the project will “bring excessive amounts of new traffic into Central Malibu.” This assertion wasn’t supported by scientific studies and traffic experts who studied the proposal over the past eight years. For many Malibu residents like Tony Markes, the benefits of a Whole Foods far outweigh any possible negative side effects, be they real or imagined. “Even if you don’t want to believe the scientific data, use your common sense and ask yourself will anyone be driving

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from Santa Monica and the Westside, or Agoura Hills, Calabasas, and the San Fernando Valley to shop for groceries at a small Whole Foods in Malibu,” Markes says. “Clearly the answer is no. Nothing about this project is a destination for tourism.” Whatever side of the proverbial Whole Foods coin you stand on, Malibu voters will have the final say come this November. Hold on to your organic hats! The deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 3 special election is Oct. 19. For more information about how and where to vote in Malibu for Whole Foods and the Park, or to make sure that you’re registered to take part in this election, please visit

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Q What is the KAMRA inlay? A

The FDA approved KAMRA inlay is a microscopically small ultra-thin donut shaped lens. It is placed into the eye to improve near vision. The KAMRA inlay is biocompatible. The body does not reject it. It even protects from UV rays, which cause macular degeneration.

Who can benefit from KAMRA inlay? People between fortyfive and sixty years old gradually lose the ability to read and see near. Using computers and smartphones becomes difficult. KAMRA inlay can bring your world into focus. You will be able to see the dashboard and read the menu without using reading glasses.

How does the KAMRA inlay work? The KAMRA inlay has a central opening like the aperture of a camera. It causes a pinhole effect to expand depth of field or focus. This allows the eye to see middle and near. The eye does not lose distance vision. It is better than monovision.

How is the procedure done? A special laser creates a small pocket in the cornea, which is the clear outer part of the eye. The KAMRA inlay is then inserted into the pocket and centered over the pupil. It stays there for rest of your life. Unlike contact lenses, KAMRA inlay does not have to be removed. When your friends look at your eyes they will not be able to see it.

Is the procedure painful? No, in skilled hands this procedure is not painful. It is a quick procedure, similar to Lasik eye surgery.

Is the KAMRA inlay reversible? Yes, the KAMRA inlay is reversible. It can be removed.

Who can perform the KAMRA inlay procedure? Only board certified ophthalmologists who have been trained and certified in the art and science of KAMRA inlay can perform the KAMRA inlay procedure.

Where can I learn more about it? You can learn more about this procedure from KAMRA inlay surgeon Rajesh Khanna, MD. Dr. Khanna can be contacted via email at or by phone at (310) 482 1240.

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Wherever you are on your fitness and wellness journey, today is the day to start anew! No need to wait for the holidays to get going. The holidays should not derail you into thinking it’s okay to wind down and start up again after the New Year. Now is the time to finish strong and discover the new you!

1. PLAN AHEAD WHEN YOU TRAVEL I always like to grab my jump rope and a pair of running shoes. That way, I can at least try for a quick cardio sweat everyday. Do what works for you, but plan ahead, which gives you the intention to do something! 2. A. IMPLEMENT A HIIT OR TABATA ROUTINE WHICH WILL MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR TIME High Intensity Interval Training burns a lot of calories while using several muscle groups in a short period of time. Easy to find, less than 20 minute routines will be amazingly effective and can be done almost anywhere. B. GROUND YOURSELF IN PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES YOU ENJOY Fall in love with the sports you like to do most. You are much more likely to stick with an activity if you love what you are doing. (Word of advice: Stay away from fitness fads. The only goal that matters is the one you live with every day!) 3. GET ENOUGH REST No doubt, holiday time can be stressful and busy, but try not to skim on your sleep. Doing so will change your Cortisol levels (otherwise known as the stress hormone). In order to control stress successfully, you need to have a balanced

level of cortisol, which gives you energy and the ability to deal with stress. So, be sure to get enough rest now and throughout the entire holiday season. 4. BE AWARE OF YOUR ALCOHOL AND SWEET DRINK CONSUMPTION No need to be a party pooper, but try to be smart about what and how much you drink. If you stay away from sugary drinks, you won’t add unwanted calories. Try clear liquors with no sweet additions, and take your time sipping instead of gulping. You’ll also be guaranteed to feel a lot better come morning. 5. HAVE A PLAN IN PLACE FOR EATING AND DRINKING DURING PARTY SEASON One of the best approaches I’ve heard is to think of your appetite as an expense account, and decide ahead how much you want to spend on drinks, appetizers, entrees, and desserts. Enjoy your favorite foods in sensible portions.

Now is the time to create habits that will sustain you for a lifetime of wellness you desire!

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facecamp The Long Awaited Skin Care Line Hits Malibu With a Splash!


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Originally developed for burn patients, the anti aging facial spray, Feel the Burn, as it is now known, was not only helping patients recover and renew their skin, but it was noticed that the skin surrounding the burn was dramatically MARISSA POMERANTZ improving as well. Camp, also the author of the book Do I Need It? (And Developed by Francesca Camp, a well known and respected Plastic What if I Do?): Answers to All Your Questions About Plastic Surgery, started her own focus group of 150 women Surgery Consultant for over 20 years from New York City, over 8 years ago. She packaged the spray in an unassuming and Marissa Pomerantz, a Malibu Resident with and unbranded amber bottle. Currently, there are still over two decades of product development and “Everyone well over 80 of these women in the group who have branding, the synergy was evident upon their dubbed the product “Secret Sauce” because of its was amazed at the first meeting. effective and “secret” formula.

Just when you think you’ve seen it all, facecamp delivers a groundbreaking new line that’s sure to impress even the most sophisticated skin care expert. With its patent pending delivery system and professional grade anti aging ingredients, facecamp has been the new buzz on both the east and west coasts.

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In speaking with Camp, she describes their up the phone, called Fast forward to her meeting with Pomerantz; Camp partnership as “East Coast meets West Coast,” her a bottle of this so-called “Secret Sauce” with both bringing their own unique flair and Francesca and said togave try. As Pomerantz says, “Being in the industry experience to the party. When the duo met through for so many years, I’ve tried just about everything, ‘I’m in’!!” mutual friends in Beverly Hills two years ago, they and so when Francesca asked me to try this, I agreed, both thought that it would but I never expected to see the results that I did on my be “just another meeting.” own skin! I then started testing it on family and friends and Little did they know that they would convinced them to send me before/after photos. Everyone was soon launch one of the most talked about amazed at the results, so I picked up the phone, called Francesca skin care lines on the market today. and said ‘I’m in’!!” Now, the formerly known “Secret Sauce” is being called a sprayon facelift by its many fans, including a vast celebrity clientele. Facecamp was just gifted to this year’s top nominees & presenters honoring the Emmy’s, in the privacy of their hotel room. We can’t wait to see how many new celebrities become “Face Campers” very soon! However, as both Pomerantz and Camp have said, this is not just for the rich and famous—it’s for the every-day woman who can’t afford a $50,000 facelift but still wants to keep or restore her youthful skin. Those that can afford a facelift will be pleased to know that facecamp will help protect their investment and keep their skin soft, smooth and glowing.

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One of the unique qualities of using the Feel the Burn Anti Aging Facial Spray and the CampSite Gel Serum, is that your face will heat up and turn pink for about 15-20 minutes. This temporary warmth is called a “flush” and is beneficial; it means that it is working to rebuild collagen, elastin and improve your over all skin tone!

Here is what some of the facecamp fans are saying:

“In a beauty market saturated with incredulous claims, facecamp really delivers. I love these products and have seen a dramatic change in my skin.”

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“Truly a state of the art ingredient list that is long overdue. A huge wake-up call to the Skin Care Industry. This is the real deal! My face is addicted for life!”

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“facecamp is a game changer. It balances out and strengthens my patient’s skin. I’ve seen it clear up acne, heal wounds, soften scars and lighten pigment. Patients find the therapeutic flush absolutely addictive!”

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“The niacinamide in Feel the Burn isn’t just some ‘trendy’ ingredient. Its numerous anti-aging, sun damage repairing, and acne-clearing benefits are proven, and this spray’s unique delivery system optimizes the ingredients for maximum, visible results.”

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Ahhhhhhhhhh! Nothing feels better than a great massage! Some massage therapists are amazing. They know how to find your hot, sore and troubled spots without you having to say a word. The knots and tension seem to magically disappear.

like a complex computer. When you touch the correct keys, what you’re looking for appears in a matter of seconds. When a therapist touches the correct hot spots, reflexes, meridians, or reflexology points, the body responds with almost instant relief.

These massage therapists have what I call sign # 1: They LOVE what they do, and their intention is to make you feel much better The third telling sign, and possibly the most walking out than you did walking in. If you’ve important, is the CARE FACTOR of the been lucky enough to experience a therapist therapist. A competent and professional like this, you know exactly what I mean! Yes, massage therapist truly cares about the it’s true, some massages are a little painful, patient’s wellbeing, and wants only the best but when done correctly, the outcome is very for their client. Look for these therapeutic. There are a lot “Your body is like a three signs when seeking the of massage therapists in the services of a therapist. complex computer. field who do a good job, but When you touch the there are only a handful who correct keys, what you’re “What makes a body tense are in a league of their own-up? Why does it feel like my miracle workers who heal the looking for appears in a shoulders are attached to my matter of seconds.” body, making you feel totally ears? Why do my hips and relaxed and at peace. lower back hurt frequently?” These are The second telling sign of a great massage therapist is they have the HEALING TOUCH. They know where to go and just how much pressure to put on a muscle or joint to start the healing process so that your body can recuperate naturally. As long as you are walking this earth, you’re going to develop kinks and knots in your neck, shoulders, back, hands and feet, and all the little nooks and crannies inbetween. Your body is

some of the questions I’m asked every day. There are many answers, but, in a nutshell, you sit too much, drive too much, and internalize stress too much. Too much of the bad stuff and not enough of the good stuff. Your body needs care and maintenance. In our society, there’s not enough touching, feeling and self-healing. Massage is a great first step to release tension, reduce stress, and give yourself a little treat once in a while.

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And don’t forget to drink water first thing in the morning before you have your coffee or tea. It will hydrate your body and your liver will thank you. We believe we have the greatest massage therapists in our office. We also offer mobile massages and home visits. So, if you can’t make it to our office we will come to you. If you want to experience deep relaxation, peace and healing, call (310) 579-5949 to experience a really good massage; a masseuse who LOVES to massage, has the healing touch, and really cares about YOU!

Stay well,

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Grace, Graciousness, & Gratefulness Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter, & Miracles, The most precious byproduct of the power of Positive “Frontier science has proven positive thoughts have a profound Passion™ is that it builds a deep golden path of effect on behavior and genes, but only when they are in harmony.” gratitude in our lives. Journeying on this voyage, a person is able to dive into the Many people consider Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D. to be a infinite gentle, nurturing pond of self love “Gratitude and leading authority on gratitude. He has researched gratitude and self care, empowering the regulating appreciation go for 10 years. In his book, Thanks!: How the New Science of dance of joyous gene expression, and hand in hand. The Gratitude Can Make You Happier, he states, “People who inviting balanced health into one’s life on more gratitude practice gratitude tend to be more creative, bounce back a cellular DNA level. more quickly from adversity, and have a stronger immune you have, the

Some of the essential ingredients of manifesting the ultimate lifestyle of health and happiness include having an organic aptitude for gratitude, appreciation, pleasure, joy, and working towards our dreams. Gratitude and appreciation go hand in hand. The more gratitude you have, the more you will have everything you want. The word gratitude comes from the Latin word gratia, meaning “favor” and gratis, meaning “pleasing.” It also means the three “G’s” grace, graciousness, and gratefulness. All connections from this Latin root embody kindness, generosity, gifts, and the beauty of giving and receiving. When we feel grateful, we radiate a light energy of gratefulness and graciousness, and we are moved to share the goodness we have received with others.

more you will have everything you want”

system. Practicing gratitude can increase happiness levels by around 25%.”

“Frontier science has proven positive thoughts have a profound effect on behavior and genes, but only when they are in harmony.”

Gratitude is one of the most energetically forceful and supreme emotional tools that we can use in our lives to our advantage. It is the accelerated, stealth, graceful game changer for abundance, health, and happiness. In the realm of quantum physics, observing something actually influences the physical processes taking place. Being mindful with focused meditation on gratitude will allow you to resonate with it, meaning live it and be it, and, therefore, attract more into your life. Utilizing the Law of Cause and Effect, health attracts health. Happiness attracts happiness. Abundance attracts abundance. Love attracts love.

“Gratitude is one of the most energetically forceful and supreme emotional tools that we can use in our lives to our advantage.”

Emotion is energy in motion. Gratitude is the positive magnetic force that attracts to you what you want, love, and enjoy. Neale Donald Walsch, the author of the Conversations with God series, said it best, “The struggle ends when gratitude begins.”

Gratitude has a positive energy. Positive energy is an expansive energy for health and wellbeing. With regards to epigenetics, imagine your body being a human petri dish. Now imagine each cell is like a miniature human being in your body and all of your cells are talking to each other. Now imagine all of your cells bathing in this light, healthy, and expansive energy of gratitude and talking to each other about feeling grateful for everything. Your body is having a “Gratitude Love Fest.” Now in this positively charged energy field that your cells are basking in, each negatively mutated cell of disease can be changed and turned into a healthy cell. Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D. states in his book, The Biology of Belief: October.November 2015MALIBUCHRONICLE.COM MALIBUCHRONICLE.COM 32 32 / /October.November 2015

Living in gratitude encourages you to easily and effortlessly focus on what you want to achieve instead of what you are missing.

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“Devotion arises when the intellect fails to comprehend an unknown realm. Where the mind surrenders to the area of ignorance. You surrender to a doctor when you are ignorant of your illness. You surrender to a lawyer when you are ignorant of the law related to your problem. But you have not cared to scan the vast areas of ignorance in your life. And thus remain totally unaware of the expanse of ignorance that shrouds your personality. You sport an ego of I-know-it-all. It is time you examined the crevices in your personality. You know not where you come from. You know not the purpose of your sojourn in this world. Where and when you go from here. The day you are born, mother’s milk is programmed for your sustenance. Your oxygen supply assured. Your temperature and pressure within maintained meticulously to this day. The atmospheric temperature and pressure outside maintained punctiliously for your survival. Your alimentary canal, respiratory organs, nervous system and countless other functions service your personality day and night, from birth to death. The unseen functions are not confined to mere maintenance of beings. They extend further as a constant vigilance over any intrusion by predators. The moment a foreign matter enters your body or you bruise yourself there is an instant release of forces within to mend the damage done to the body. You must realize the boundless benefaction lavished on beings. Hardly anyone is aware of it all. Much less grateful for what is received and enjoyed.

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To this vast realm of ignorance to an unseen hand functioning, you must surrender. An acute awareness of the infinite, of the infinite blessings showered everywhere followed by gratitude would constitute the fundamentals of devotion. Devotion therefore is to cognize the splash of Divinity manifested in every being, everywhere. To identify and merge with that omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent Reality.”

Excerpt from Vedanta Treatise: The Eternities by A. Parthasarathy

Swami Parthasarathy will be giving a lecture entitled “The Purpose of Education” on October 10th 2015 in Chatsworth, CA. Please e-mail for more information


Three decades ago, actor Chris DeRose climbed through the window of a puppy mill on a fenced-in, 10-acre farm, shot video and helped rescue animals that were abused and left to die. He exposed animal cruelty, pushed for arrests and anti-cruelty legislation, and planted the seeds for one of the nation’s largest and most effective animal rights organizations, Last Chance for Animals (LCA). Since then, DeRose broke into the UCLA Brain Institute in opposition to animal research conducted there. He’s been shot, arrested and sent to jail. Despite all of this, DeRose continues to fight for the humane treatment of animals everywhere, serving as the President of LCA, and overseeing its worldwide growth. From undercover investigations that make headlines, to political pressure aimed at passing animal cruelty laws, LCA is a leader in exposing abuse, educating the public, and caring for all animals. The organization calls out corporations, has shut PAM down circus training facilities, slaughterhouses, research labs, fighting rings, and the largest B dealer operations (dealers licensed by the USDA to procure animals, which are often stolen pets, to sell to research facilities), in the U.S. Over the last 31 years, LCA has saved millions of animals on multiple continents. On October 24th at its annual Gala at the Beverly Hilton, LCA will honor celebrities who make a difference in this ongoing battle, including actresses Priscilla Presley and Pam Anderson, best-selling mystery author Martha Grimes, Los Angeles attorney Steven Bernheim, and actress Shera Danese-Falk, the widow of Peter Falk, who presides over the Los Angeles Pet Memorial Park. The event will include an auction of two of Peter Falk’s paintings.

“There’s no question that there are many people out there to choose from, so this was not an easy decision.

“We are proud to present these individuals with the awards.”

as they were hung from shackles and beheaded. Bristol Farms and Harris Teeter Supermarkets removed Pel-Freez products from their stores as a result of LCA exposing this cruelty, and Gelson’s Supermarkets removed all rabbit meat from its shelves, with no plans to restock.

In addition to the PelFreez investigation, LCA continues to investigate dog slaughterhouses in China, documenting and exposing unbelievable ANDERSON torture. Within the last few months, and with cooperation from local Chinese But because of law enforcement, two how much work slaughterhouses were shut each individual has PRISCILLA PRESLEY down in the Jilin Province. contributed, either directly What’s more, LCA’s efforts to to LCA’s intensive work, halt the Yulin Dog Meat Festival or to the cause in general, and educate the public about this we are proud to present these brutality resulted in global outcry, and individuals with the awards.” twenty percent fewer dogs were killed — Chris DeRose at this year’s festival. LCA’s and other dedicated groups and individuals’ This past year, LCA investigated Pelmassive efforts in China are paying off; Freez, the largest rabbit slaughterhouse more activists, students and families in the U.S., and discovered horrific now publicly shun dog slaughter and conditions and abuse. Rabbits were hit dog meat. Although it’s a lot, it is just in the head and knocked unconscious the beginning for LCA in China. LCA before slaughter, though often times will have a sustained presence on the this method was ineffective and the ground there, continuing to investigate rabbits remained aware to needlessly the brutal dog meat trade. suffer. The rabbits were often still conscious as their legs were broken, MALIBUCHRONICLE.COM October.November 2015 / 35

But perhaps LCA’s greatest accomplishment this year came in the spring, when LCA conducted a four-month investigation into a facility run by Christensen Farms, the fourth-largest pork producer in the United States. Producing 4 million pigs a year, selling under the PrairieFresh Premium Pork label, and supplying to major retailers like WalMart, Christensen Farms pig farm in Minnesota produced 1,300 piglets a week from 2,500 mother pigs, confined to small metal crates their entire lives. LCA’s investigation exposed numerous horrific incidents of neglect and cruelty at the facility — workers slap, kick and even stab sows with pens; they drag pigs by their snouts and ears, and fail to euthanize piglets in critical condition. The health of the animals is of no concern to supervisors and workers.



In August, LCA filed a criminal complaint to the Rock County Sheriff’s Office detailing 18 incidents of animal cruelty, 17 incidents of animal mistreatment and one incident of mistreatment by deprivation. While law enforcement determines what charges to file, LCA also took its case to the community, displaying 360-degree video footage from the facility at the Minnesota State Fair. LCA’s Animal News Van gave viewers a look at the cruel conditions the facility offered. With increased public support and continued pressure on Minnesota’s officials, LCA aims to shut down this farm and others…


LCA will continue to work tirelessly for the decent treatment and respect of all animals. The Annual Awards Gala recognizes those who have championed this cause, and promises to be an educational and inspirational event.


“LCA will continue to work tirelessly for the decent treatment and respect of all animals.”


Michael Brennan is an author, essayist, freelance journalist, and Pulitzer Prize-nominated reporter.

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“From undercover investigations that make headlines, to political pressure aimed at passing animal cruelty laws, LCA is a leader in exposing abuse, educating the public, and caring for all animals.”

“DON’T GIVE AWAY YOUR POWER” [ If You Want To Be A Winner] by Hermine Hilton ‘America’s Memory Motivator’

DON’T GIVE AWAY YOUR POWER “I’m losin’ it”-- “I am losin’ it!” Have you ever felt that way in the middle of a disagreement when the other party just isn’t getting it?.....when you can’t seem to get through to the numb-skull you’re dealing with? Do you feel like taking a silent swing, at least with your emotions, and would settle for a not-so-silent scream?. Well----DON’T!!!!!!!!.......for then you will be losin’ it......the argument, I mean. Because once the other side sees their affect on you, their thumbs hit their armpits, their smile turns Cheshire, they know they got to you, and all reasoning with them goes out the window---------and you’re mush. You’ve given away your power. Perhaps 99% of the human race has, at one time or another in the course of a lifetime, had an argument, dispute, debate, contrary opinion, etc., with another, and been thrown to the curb. And possibly less than 1% of you, who are now reading this, have won one for the Gipper, (if you lost your cool in the interim).

DON’T FEED WHAT’S EATING YOU How many times in YOUR life have you found yourself in a difficult situation? Perhaps you’re having an argument with a friend,

a co-worker, a lover, a spouse, or maybe even your own child. Are you being taken advantage of? Are you having a problem with the rules? Are you opposed to a business decision? You may be questioning the charges on a bill or an unjust fee. Has a salesperson charged you more than promised on a purchase or

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has an employee been rude? Are you having a miscommunication with your boss or been stopped by an officer when driving? Any or all of these scenarios happen to most of us during the course of our daily lives, and, unfortunately, happen repeatedly. Whether the aforementioned, or problems with Doctors, Lawyers, Banks, Insurance and Credit Card companies, Stockbrokers, Restaurants, Department stores, and the like, you’ll be the one that has to (also unfortunately) deal with them..... unless you decide just to walk away with your tail between your legs.

NEVER SHOW ANGER Put yourself, instead, in the catbird seat. And how do you manage to seat yourself in that power position? Handling a difficult situation and straightening out a problem to your edification always calls for communication between you and the other party involved. And uppermost, you have to learn how to control your reactions. In a debate, losing control will cause you to lose the debate. (Check out some of today’s political embarrassments.) It’s okay to be strong in your remarks, but not angry and certainly not nasty. If the verbosity of the person you’re dealing with gets your dander up, don’t show it off. No one likes to see dander. And that means no raising your voice ...and yelling is definitely verboten. You have to learn emotional control (even when you feel like jumping out of your skin). Giving in to your frustration by expressing your anger shows weakness and is an argument loser. It will dump you from the catbird seat. You cannot win because you will have given away your power.

A BETTER WAY The road to winning calls for, among other things, being assertive, persistent, and being sure of your facts. Print those facts onto your mental blackboard, so they are readily available to produce in conversation. Attack the problem, not the person. Then make your communication comfortable for the person you’re addressing. Present your argument empathetically. Look at it from the opposition view and create a solution that you feel the other side can live with. Try utilizing a sense of humor. To be mad is not rad. ‘A glad eye opens a persuasive door. A mad eye closes it.’

DON’T TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER When trying to adjudicate a business or financial grievance, in dealing with an office or company personnel, you have to take into account that most employees are paid to get rid of you. Don’t take NO for an answer. Ask to speak to a supervisor. Still not happy? Go up the ladder. Have no fear. (Let them know you’re not some little old lady from Pasadena.) Ask to talk to the Executive Office. Make them aware you have paperwork proof covering your concerns and you are not timid about alerting the media. The last thing any business wants is bad publicity.

BE THE WINNER No-matter who you are or who they are, anytime you feel you have been wrongly treated, either personally or financially, either through error or miscommunication, remind yourself that “all men are created equal” and you are entitled to stand up for yourself and your rights and face the problem fairly:

Know your facts and the solution you desire; Be assertive and persistent; Converse comfortably and listen carefully; Stifle your emotions; Control your reactions; AND ABOVE ALL Never show anger. Didn’t your mother always tell you......... “You can get more with honey than you can with vinegar.” DON’T GIVE AWAY YOUR POWER!

HH The Lady On The Mountain HERMINE HILTON

One of America’s most popular speakers, is the author of several books on memory, including “The Executive Memory Guide,” “50 Ways To A Better Memory,” and her latest book titled “Fuhhgeddaboutit!” (How To Stop Worrying About Your Memory). You may have heard her on Radio or seen her on Television with David Letterman; Charlie Rose; Matt Lauer; Bryant Gumbel, or a host of others. She is the creator of Sonik Memory and the Memory Motivator for the Fortune 500 Companies from Nordstrom to NASA, and is known internationally from the Netherlands to Nigeria, Turkey to Thailand, Italy to Israel, and almost all other points on the planet. MALIBUCHRONICLE.COM October.November 2015 / 39




Pumpkins are much more than a seasonal craft with a crooked smile. Pumpkins are rich in essential vitamins, antioxidants and nutrients that will improve your skin and complexion.

Alpha-Carotene and Beta-Carotene are protective antioxidants, and are responsible for giving pumpkins their bright orange color. Carotenoids can reverse UV (sun) damage and improve skin texture.

For those who suffer from acne, the Zinc contained in pumpkin seeds can control hormone levels and oil production. Zinc also reduces inflammation caused by bacteria. Potassium, copper, magnesium, and iron are a few of the minerals found in pumpkin. These minerals help promote healthier skin by fighting inflammation and removing old surface skin cells. Like Vitamin C, the Vitamin E in pumpkin serves as an antioxidant protecting the body from free radicals. It also reduces inflammation.

Some of the benefits of pumpkin include:

• Pumpkins are loaded with fruit enzymes and Alpha

Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) that brighten and smooth the skin.

• Pumpkin contains high levels of Vitamin A. The body

converts Vitamin A into Retinoic Acid, which has been effective for acne treatments, boosting collagen, evening skin tone, and smoothing out wrinkles. Retinol is an effective cell-communicating ingredient. It has the ability to tell a skin cell to look, act and behave better, more like a normal healthy skin cell would, or to prevent other substances from telling the cell to behave b adly or abnormally.

• Vitamin C, also found in pumpkin, is an important

ingredient when it comes to skin care. Vitamin C helps protect skin from free radical damage, which may cause wrinkles, and even skin cancer. Vitamin C also helps promote collagen production, which over time can improve skin tone and elasticity.

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Pumpkin Body Scrub

So, if you have any leftover pumpkin this month, use it to nourish your skin. Here is a simple pumpkin-based skincare recipe.

• ¼ cup cooked pumpkin puree • ¼ cup brown sugar • Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl and apply the mixture to your hands or body using a circular motion • Wash off with warm water. .


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THE VALUE IN REAL ESTATE? by Bill Chadwick with Brenda Hayward

Bill Chadwick is a nationally recognized real estate expert, with several billion dollars in transactions over 40 years, including the development of 4 iconic properties on LaCosta and Carbon Beaches. He is the founder of Malibu Living and the creator of the REXCHANGE Barometer, a quantitative algorithmic leading indicator of Malibu real estate performance. He is also the co-founder and Chairman of PREDEX, the only private real estate index fund.

I spend quite a bit of time thinking about how to invest money – money I don’t want to lose. Do you? The stock market just makes me nervous, I have no control over domestic and global events, and I get upset by down days. Bond yields are too low and I know interest rates will go up, so I’ll lose principal sooner or later. Commodities are just too volatile. I love real estate – for a number of reasons – but mainly because it’s tangible and its value increases tax free. Also, I can enjoy it while it appreciates. So, where should I buy? Where should I invest my money? I’ve been telling people for years that the best values on the west side of LA are found in Malibu. Most people look at me skeptically. The expression on their faces asking: Really? Yes, really. If your frame of reference is beach front properties, Malibu is very expensive - $2,500 a square foot on Carbon Beach, $1,750 on LaCosta, within that range in the Colony, etc. But, if you cross Pacific Coast Highway, prices drop dramatically (up to 50%, more or less) AND you don’t lose any of the benefits of our Way of Life. I know. I’ve lived on LaCosta and Carbon Beaches for almost 30 years, and on Sweetwater Mesa in Serra Retreat for several years. The beachfront property premium is a result of scarcity; no new beach footage is being made. If you can afford the price, it historically has been a sound choice. But the premium is not affordable by the majority. So let’s talk about affordable value landside homes in Malibu. You want to buy where you can see the Pacific Ocean. Whitewater views command greater prices than properties from which you can see the water, but not the waves break – blue views. 42 / October.November 2015 MALIBUCHRONICLE.COM

You want to buy where you have beach access, and there are 4 ways to enjoy our 21 miles of shoreline.

PUBLIC ACCESS: There are 29 public access points. Check out the Our Malibu Beaches app. Parking can be a challenge and typically there aren’t any bathrooms PUBLIC BEACHES: There are 12 public (e.g., State owned/maintained) beaches. Unlike the public access points, they all have abundant parking and bathrooms.

KEYS: Although less well known, some landside properties (e.g., in the Point Dume area) come with “keys” to private beaches. At Malibu Living, we have identified them all. The key typically adds $300,000 to the cost of the residence, but that’s a lot less than the beachfront premium. LACOSTA BEACH CLUB: Many residences in the LaCosta Beach area have deeded beach rights through the Club, which dates back to 1926. Malibu West also has a Club (and it’s one of the few areas with sewers). You want to buy where you can get the best sunset views. A southwestern exposure is the best, particularly during the winter months. If you go west of El Matador, you can see the sun set over the Channel Islands. Fabulous! The light show from the beach communities in the South Bay and Palos Verdes is also spectacular.

THE POINT IS: You don’t have to pay the beach premium to enjoy EVERYTHING the beach has to offer. You just need to know where to look.

MALIBU LIVING: REXCHANGE BAROMETER This “REXCHANGE BAROMETER” (Real Estate Exchange) is a Malibu-centric real estate index designed to reflect the relative value of single-family landside residential properties. It is based on 25 years of empirical data, but primarily the 2005 thru 2015 period. The REXCHANGE BAROMETER assumes the most recent market peak was 1Q 2008, which is 100% of the index. As of August 31st, 2015, a proprietary quantitative algorism based on the information provided below as well as other non-public data indicates that purchase and sale values are at 70% of peak values. At this level, we are still in a sellers market, but we are approaching the end of this cycle as predicted.


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As the General Manager of the Marriott Champs Elysees since 2011, Peter Antinoph had a career anyone in the hotel industry could envy. The Paris location is one of the company’s pinnacle properties, and was built in 1914 by luggage manufacturer Louis Vuitton as his atelier. With wrought-iron doors and gilded balconies, this five star hotel is not only a monument to history, but one of the city’s finest real estate parcels. “When I first got there, I told myself ‘This is forever’,” said Antinoph, who started with Marriott in 1987 working in the in-flight kitchen arena. He soon rose to become the GM of several properties, including the Renaissance London Heathrow Hotel before moving to Paris for Marriott. “I wasn’t going to give up this hotel! Where do you go after the Champs Elysees?” Little did Antinoph know what a loaded question he’d asked. A couple of years into the job, Antinoph began to feel sick. He lost 50 lbs and doctors thought he had everything from a stomach bug, to an ulcer. Just after his 55th birthday, tests revealed the bad news: third stage small intestinal cancer and a 43% chance of survival. After six months of chemotherapy, to everyone’s astonishment, Antinoph survived. The GM returned to his normal routine at the hotel, but once again, something wasn’t quite right.

“I thought, is this my life? Is this my legacy – running a hotel for rich people and arguing with unions? Is this all I’m going to achieve in this world?”

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Antinoph (left) with his handpicked staff at the Marriott Port-au-Prince. Photo Credit: Marriott Port-au-Prince One day, over lunch with Marriott executives, a passing mention was made of the company opening a hotel in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, a city still reeling from the major damage done by the 2010 earthquake. Antinoph immediately asked to be transferred. On January 24, 2010 Haiti suffered a catastrophic 7.0 earthquake that caused tens of thousands of deaths, displacements, and widespread destruction. Already ranked the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, Haiti’s lack of resources to cope with such a major disaster only exacerbated an already dire situation. To help kick-start the country’s economy, Marriott International, The Clinton Foundation, and Haiti’s mobile phone network provider Digicel Group formed a partnership to build the first Marriott brand hotel in Haiti. Construction on the $45 million, 174-room, 11-story Port-auPrince Marriott began in 2012. Its mandate was to hire Haitian hotel workers and local businesses as much as possible to keep the economy flowing from within.

Despite never visiting Haiti, Antinoph knew the GM job at the hotel was meant for him.

“It was as if everything fell into place for me and answered the question I’d been asking myself,” he said. “I knew I could finally do something good, create jobs, source locally.” Antinoph’s husband, a freelance journalist, was supportive and the duo relocated to Port-au-Prince the summer of 2014. Antinoph began to staff the hotel for the 2015 opening, but realized the standard interview process wasn’t going to work in Haiti. Qualifications had to come second to need. He spoke with pastors of poor neighborhoods to get suggestions of possible candidates. He drove to orphanages and the now infamous “tent-cities” and talked to residents. His interview consisted of questions such as, “Have you eaten today? How many kids do you have? Who is watching them now? Do you have electricity?”

“We had to completely change the (hiring) model,” said Antinoph, adding that about 70 to 80 percent of the staff was hired this way. Then came the task of training them personally. Marriott selected a handful of Haitians to attend a 12-week internship training in hospitality operations at the JW Marriott Hotel Santo Domingo. All now work as entry-level supervisors at the Port-au-Prince location. Since its soft opening in February 2015, the hotel has created over 200 jobs for locals. Ninety-six percent of its workforce are Haitians, including success story Lucardo, a young man who was abandoned by his family as a baby, raised in an orphanage, and then lost his arm at the age of six. He now works at the front desk of the Marriott Port-au-Prince.

“It’s important,” said Antinoph, “that we treat them as part of the business and part of the success.” Marriott Port-au-Prince also sources locally. Rather than import hotel amenities, local bath and beauty brand Ayiti Natives and Haitian coffee brand REBO are exclusively used at the hotel. Meanwhile, Haiti co-op Kensikoff Farmers provides the ingredients for the hotel’s La Sirene Restaurant & Bar, and Café Cho.

President Bill Clinton at the hotel’s soft opening in February.

Renowned Haitian artist Philippe Dodard is also the hotel’s art curator. Here he stands in front of his own art, which can be found in the hotel lobby.

Photo credit: Ayit Photo, Ludmillo Pierre

Photo credit: Ayit Photo, Ludmillo Pierre

Renowned Haitian artisan Philippe Dodard was hired as the hotel’s art curator, and worked with local artists to showcase their works, which now adorn the property. “We’re trying to push every possible dollar back into this country because every single time we import something, we put a Haitian out of work,” said Antinoph. With an official opening in June 2015, Antinoph set the stage for the Marriott Port-au-Prince to accomplish its goals of helping the local people and the country’s economy. The man who found a new normal after staring death in the face is now determined to help Haitians find their own new normal five years after the quake.

“I wouldn’t be in Haiti if I never had cancer,” he admitted. “I’d still be in Paris. But here, I’m contributing in some way, every day. And the biggest change is, I’m happy.”

Zorianna Kit

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ASK THE EXPERT Dr. Bob S. Perkins you suffering from chronic headaches, Q Are Migraines, TMD, or jaw pain?


Chronic facial pain can be devastating. Temporal Mandibular Joint/Temporal Mandibular Disorder (TMJ/TMD) pain and chronic headaches affect up to 25 – 30% of the population, and disproportionately, most are women. Invariably, TMJ/TMD symptoms are related to imbalances in the muscles that support the jaw.

When your bite is not balanced, there is a ripple effect causing TMJ/TMD symptoms of headaches, migraines, neck pain, postural changes, ringing in the ears, dizziness, clicking of the jaw joints, soreness in the jaw muscles, limited ability to open the mouth, and chipping or wearing of the teeth. Muscles are required to bring your teeth together. If bringing your teeth together requires certain muscles to overwork, then they will soon become fatigued and they will enlist help from other groups of muscles in the head and neck. As muscle groups begin to fatigue we start to see a distortion in the way the head and neck relate and a change in the posture, among other changes. If the teeth aren’t coming together in the right place, then too often, the joint and muscles won’t be comfortable.

Treating TMJ/TMD and chronic headaches requires calming the muscles. This is accomplished by establishing a new relationship between the upper and lower jaws where the muscles don’t have to overwork in order to bring the teeth together.

It requires a non-surgical, orthopedic solution which invariably restores proper facial proportions and balance to the face. “Form follows function” as a great, modern architect once said. That is to say, that if the face looks proportional and balanced, it is highly likely that the muscles and joints are comfortable. Edson came to my office with debilitating headaches, neck aches, TMJ pain, and a general sense of malaise. He had been to numerous specialists with no relief. No one had taken a neuromuscular approach. Prescriptions were given and many tests, but no results. He was defeated and almost hopeless. We comfortably found and created a new bite position for Edson that brought balance and comfort to the muscles. This not only eliminated 15 years of symptoms but it gave his face the proportions and balance it had been lacking. This is a holistic approach.

Nothing but a holistic approach will bring these results. A “nightguard” or “splint” is a band-aid approach, at best.

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Jennifer‘s face and eyes looked very strained and uncomfortable. Her muscles were straining to bring the teeth together in her existing, pathological bite. Her teeth were extremely worn down from muscle agitation.

When the jaw relationship was modified such that the muscles and joints were balanced and comfortable, Jennifer’s face took on a renewed appearance. She looks much younger, and she is pain free. Come to our office for a complimentary consultation to see if we can restore health, balance and function, and eliminate chronic facial pain. With our neuromuscular approach, a solution is imminent.

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Skylar started studying with recording industry legend Ron Anderson and dedicated all of her free time to singing since the age of 10. Through Anderson, Skylar connected with producer/songwriter Eric Jackson and Storm. “Good as Gone” proves their work together to be a magical collaboration.

Skylar Renee is making news. At the young age of nineteen, Skylar’s debut pop single “Good as Gone” has generated a remarkable following on YouTube, with almost 150,000 views in its first month, and was rated the number 2 pop song in Malibu on Reverbnation.

The single, with a blend of pop and singer-songwriter lyrics, played on 102.3 FM KJLH Radio received accolades and praises. Fans of the song say, “You will be huge!” and “This song is killer and the video—major label quality.” While she has her own sound, Skylar was compared to Lorde, which Skylar considers an enormous compliment. Tony Minas, a film director and photographer who works in the fashion and music industries, directed the video for “Good as Gone.” Tony said it was a pleasure working with Skylar. A Malibu native, Skylar has an affinity for nature, which is a source of inspiration for her. Music is a spiritual outlet to her, and she feels connected

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to others and herself most deeply when she is engaged in songwriting, playing and performing. With an ear for melody and a heart filled with lyrics, Skylar writes her own music and songs. Eric, Storm and Skylar are currently working on a new single, which will be released in the coming month. As dedicated as she is to music, Skylar is also serious about academics. As a full-time student at the University of Southern California, Skylar’s deep motivation, drive and focus puts her on a trajectory toward success. Look for a full set of tracks from Skylar soon. In the meantime, follow her on Twitter @skylrrenee and visit her website at to download “Good as Gone” on iTunes.

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Love - there is no other emotion deeper. It is a moment-to-moment experience. It’s impossible to translate into words. It has its own language. Wouter Kellerman’s “striking original flute playing” guides you and moves you through this passion with every note in his new album titled, Love Language.

“Many of the problems in the world stem from people not knowing each other. The first step in peace and love is the understanding between different cultures” “It was a life-long dream come true. To be nominated was huge. Still hasn’t sunk in,” “Wouter Kellerman’s “striking original flute playing” guides you and moves you with every note in his new album titled, Love Language.”

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Wouter Kellerman, Composer and Flutist, is a Grammy Award Winner, five times South African Music Award Winner (SAMA), two times ZMR Award (Radio Play) Winner, IMA Winner, and Billboard No. 1 artist. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Kellerman’s sound is worldly. He is a family man and still makes time to play bridge Friday nights. While in University, he was captain of the table tennis team. Today, he still enjoys sports, and practices tennis and yoga daily. Anyone would be surprised to learn that this natural artist is also a trained Electronics Engineer. Kellerman’s album, Winds of Samsara, won the Grammy for New Age Album in 2015. He devoted years to making the album, agonizing over every split second. It was special to Kellerman because of the collaboration with Ricky Kej. Kellerman and his team didn’t think they had a chance to win the Grammy; this was their first nomination. Winds of Samsara had excellent sales and radio play, so there was a chance, but he didn’t think they would win. “It was a life-long dream come true. To be nominated was huge. Still hasn’t sunk in,” Wouter says smiling. A combination of a fantastic album with good promotion made this album a success.

When Wouter Kellerman is creating, he focuses on what he wants to express. In Love Language, a Contemporary Instrumental album, Kellerman’s music focuses on a wholesome flute sound, the common element that brings the pieces together. It’s a collaboration and contribution between different instruments, and of course, Love. “The world is about love and caring; the goal of this album is to spread good energy,” is the message he wants to convey.

The first track on Love Language, ‘Aishwarya’, shines the light on women’s education. “1 in 5 people in the world are illiterate, 2/3 being women.” (Visit impact/overview.html) Kellerman shares an African proverb, “If you educate a woman, you educate a nation.” The video was shot in India.

Kellerman’s music is mysterious, deep, and passionate, and carries an honest message. “Many of the problems in the world stem from people not knowing each other. The first step for peace and love is the understanding between different cultures”, Kellerman explains. That Kellerman challenges you to be curious. He is why he invited individuals from presents the world to us in his music; Indian, different cultures to collaborate in South African, Irish, American Gospel, Tango, his album. Flamenco. The listener is introduced to something unheard of, something new, and through it learns acceptance. His favorite pieces are Winter by Vivaldi, which combines African vocals, Soweto Gospel Choir, strings and flute, and Si To Mhaimeo, an Irish melody. He moves you with every note. Kellerman puts his heart and soul into his music and videos, but he is also passionate about giving back. For the last 14 years he has sponsored the building of a house for and the care of 10 children in SOS Children’s Village. For this he was nominated by the SOS Children’s Villages for the Inyathelo Special Recognition Award of Philanthropy.

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR FOR BOOKING PLEASE CONTACT: Tholsi Pillay, Manager  Kellerman Music CC Tel: +27 78 458 9090 Email: Website: Facebook: wouterkellermanmusic     Twitter:

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GRATITUDE by Megan Attore

Thanksgiving seems as good a time as any to tell you: Gratitude is a gated community and we are looking for new residents. Here in Gratitude, we have flown under the radar for a long time, keeping our location rather secretive. However, in light of a recent expansion in the collective consciousness, we are ready for a massive expansion. We hope to be a home base for all of humanity. So, here’s the code: Think of gratitude. Hold it in your mind. Speak the words out loud - “I am grateful for…” - and give it all you’ve got. Health. Family. Eyesight. Access to food and shelter. The ability to read and write. Red nail polish. We don’t pretend to know what you’re grateful for, and beyond that, we don’t even know the meaning of judgement.

Soon, you’ll arrive at the gates. They may appear foreboding

and scary. It may be cold. Luckily, those gates are just an illusion. Jump the gate and travel straight down south into your Heart. Don’t worry about packing anything, we have everything you’re ever going to need for the rest of your life.

Welcome to Gratitude. We here

at Gratitude are excited to have you. We don’t mean to boast, but Gratitude has been known to cure disease, manifest miracles, and create space for infinite amounts of love. We are often referred to as “the Fountain of Youth,” “My Happy Place,” and “Home within Home.” You will know you have arrived at Gratitude when you feel your heart soften and open like a budding flower welcoming it’s bloom. Gentle tears have been reported, also light goosebumps on the surface of skin, and an overwhelming feeling of being held in divinity.

Colors may become brighter.

Food will likely begin to taste better (and you’ll likely not need quite as much). The people around you are liable to become more tolerable. We make no promises, but it is possible that you will receive everything you have ever wanted and more. You may expand in moments of joy, find alleviation to suffering, and experience enlightenment.

The best part about arriving here at Gratitude is that you never have to leave. You can

live from this heart-centered place for the rest of your life. You may sustain your residency by starting a gratitude journal to focus on

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your “Home within Home” every morning. You may choose to remember us with every passing sunset, children’s laughter, and/or the sweet embrace of your beloved. However you choose to stay, know that you are eternally welcome here. Know that you are loved here. Know that there is no better place to dwell than in Gratitude.

This hope

Thanksgiving, you’ll consider

we us.

We are currently accepting new residents and will continue to do so forevermore. There is never a bad time to move down south to Gratitude. You know where to find us (in your heart). From deep within, xx.

Megan Attore is a healer, artist and wandering spirit based in Venice, California. She is currently planning her next adventure through India and invites you to follow along at

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ASK THE EXPERT Anthony Virella, MD Virella Neurosurgery

Q Can exercise actually cause back pain? A

Let’s face it, almost all of us think about toning our bodies and losing a few pounds to give us that boost of confidence. However, some exercises may be doing more harm than good, especially for those with spinal conditions. Below are three exercises that may be hurting your back and can result in a herniated disc or other spinal condition.

1. Sit-ups / Crunches

Sit-ups and crunches are one of those exercises that most people believe will give them a flat stomach and rock hard abs. In actuality, to get a flat stomach all of the muscles of the core need to be engaged together. These exercises work only a very small group of the core muscles and are ineffective. Furthermore, the repetitive up and down motion of sit-ups and crunches cause the spine to decompress and then compress again rapidly, exposing the spinal discs to sheer force. This sheer force can cause an accelerated degeneration of the fibrous outer walls of the spinal discs, resulting in an increased chance for disc herniations.

2. Torso Twists

Torso twists are another exercise many people use to sculpt their obliques and lose the muffin top. However, twisting your upper body while keeping your lower body in the same position is against the natural biomechanics of the spine. These exercises place a tremendous amount of directional force on the lumbar spine and ligaments, and can result in accelerated degeneration of the spinal discs or facet joints. To work your obliques in a safer way, try cable chops!

To work all of the core muscles in a safer way, try planks!

3. Squats

Over the past few years, squats have become one of the most popular exercises used to shape the glutes and legs. However, the squat places a tremendous amount of force on the lumbar spine, and many professional trainers have stopped recommending this exercise altogether. Squats often cause people to lean forward and round the back to brace the extra weight. After all of the weight is loaded onto the back, the body goes from a squatted position to an upright position causing the spine to undertake a significant directional force in only a few seconds. This type of movement can cause significant injury and degeneration to the spine. To work your glutes and legs in a safer way, try wall-sits or step-ups.

Dr. Anthony Virella is a Board Certified, Fellowship trained Neurological Spine Surgeon with advanced training in the management of complex spinal disorders. He attended medical school at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and is a graduate of the UCLA Neurosurgery Residency Program. Dr. Virella completed his complex spine in-folding Resident Fellowship at the world renowned Cleveland Clinic Foundation with Dr. Edward C. Benzel, M.D. Additional work included a second Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery at the UCLA Comprehensive Spine Center. Dr. Virella is a nationally recognized specialist in the field of complex and Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery and has offices located in Westlake Village and Valencia. Call at 805.449.0088 to schedule an appointment in Valencia or Westlake Village today or visit 5656/ / October.November October.November2015 2015 MALIBUCHRONICLE.COM MALIBUCHRONICLE.COM




NOTHING QUITE SPEAKS TO THE IDEA OF FAMILY LIKE THE MONTHS LEADING INTO THE HOLIDAYS. Even when it comes to automobiles, there’s a certain realization that comes with this time of year about the importance of a suitable family vehicle, whether it’s planning for that Thanksgiving road trip, holiday shopping, or getting into full swing of picking the kids up from school.



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Trouble is, narrowing down the right car that doesn’t compromise your own personal taste can be a bit challenging. The good news is that, unlike years past, car makers are now offering a wide range of automobiles with just about everything you can imagine to cater to different family needs. From sleek hybrid crossovers to high-tech luxury SUVs, there’s really no limit on what you can find these days when shopping for a family automobile. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites here that cater to a variety of different lifestyles.


LEXUS RX – After years of what might be considered a practical take on a luxury crossover, the Lexus RX has been completely redefined for the 2016 model. In addition to a striking new design, the 2016 RX has a much-improved ride over the previous model, as well as more rear cargo space and new tech features like an available touch-free power rear door. CADILLAC ESCALADE ESV– Luxury certainly has its perks, regardless of what kind of vehicle is on your shopping list. That said, you’d be hard pressed to find the kind of spacious JEEP GRAND luxury found in the extended Cadillac SUV that seats eight comfortably, and includes features like Apple Car Play, which enables customers to access their iPhone features through the vehicle’s display.

INFINITI QX60 – Designed as a smaller more practical take on Infiniti’s larger QX80 SUV, the QX60 has a very unique appeal as a family vehicle. Much more sensible for city dwellers, the crossover still retains all those important features, like an elegant interior, that have come to define the Infiniti as a luxury brand. BUICK ENCLAVE – Since its initial launch in 2007, the Buick Enclave has quickly become one ofthe most popularfull-size crossovers on the market, providing consumers with a nice mix of practicality and classic appeal. The new Tuscan Edition enhances the luxury appeal of the vehicle with features like 20-inch chrome wheels with bronze pockets, and a waterfall grille clad in bronze.



Whether you opt for the diesel version or a traditional V6 powered model, the new Grand Cherokee offers a number of family amenities. Some of the most notable are in the premium model, the Summit, which features a rear seat dual screen Blu-Ray/DVD player and a Harmon Kardon 19 speaker audio -- all packaged in one of the most capable 4X4s on the road.


The “Gotta-Have”

HOLIDAY TOOL BOX by Fenwick P. Dynamo

With the Holidays fast approaching, you’re going to be faced with a lot of small jobs around the house. Painting the door your dog scratched, patching that hole you kicked in the wall, fixing a squeaky chair: fixups are easy when you have the right tools for the job. Whether you’re a skilled craftsman or a hopeless klutz, certain jobs need certain tools. What should be in every home tool kit? Here’s my list:


Hammers are good for a lot more than driving nails. Things that get stuck can be freed by a few taps, or whacks, with a hammer. Need to take the screen door off? Use a hammer to tap out the hinge pins. Want to break a brick in two, or hang a picture? Hammer. The most useful is a 12-inch claw hammer, which has a nail-removing “claw” at the top.


There are two types, regular and Phillips head. The regular has a flat ridge across the end, while the Phillips has four ridges radiating from the center. These screwdrivers are not interchangeable--regulars only work with slotted screws, and Phillips only work with Phillips screws. With both kinds of screwdrivers in small and large sizes in your tool kit, you’ll be able to tackle most jobs.


Pliers allow us to grasp an object and pull, push or twist it, applying much more force than our hand alone can generate. Need to bend something, like metal? Pliers. Or remove a popped nail? Pliers. Think of pliers as an extension of your hand. Standard pliers are 8” long.


The wrench is designed to remove or tighten nuts and bolts. The jaws adjust by turning a wheel next to the jaws. Once you fit the jaws around the nut, you can apply great force to tighten or loosen the nut and bolt. BEFORE WE GO FARTHER, let’s remember the difference between a screw, and nuts and bolts: a screw is like a nail but has threads on it. You twist (screw) it into wood or other material. The friction between the screw and the material holds it in place. A bolt also has threads, but you insert it into a predrilled hole, and it’s held in place on the other side by the nut. Because you can’t screw into metal (except thin metal like rain-gutters), metal parts are almost always held together with nuts and bolts.


You will need a wood saw and a hacksaw. Wood saws come in different sizes, but a 24-inch crosscut saw is basic. Hacksaws cut through metal, such as pipes or broken bolts. A standard hacksaw is 16 inches long.


This device has an air bubble inside a glass tube. It shows you whether Aunt Agatha’s ugly painting you are trying to hang is level or crooked. Levels are beautiful.


Best size is a 25-foot measure. Keep one in your purse or car, too.


Battery powered drills are more convenient than corded drills, but have less power and run down quickly. Drills accept many kinds of drill bits, designed to drill holes into wood, metal, concrete, and other hard materials. A good toolbox has drill bit sets of different sizes. Also, a set of screwdriver bits will turn your drill into a power screwdriver. Note: “drill bits” drill holes, while “power bits” drive screws into material.


This magic in a spray can has a thousand uses! For anything stuck or squeaky, WD-40 is essential.


We never have enough when we need them. Christmas trees and lighted holiday displays require extension cords, so always have several of different lengths on hand.

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was a magical year for Los Angeles; it hosted the most successful Olympic games in history. Based on that success, it was assumed that greater Los Angeles would be the natural place for staging future, elite athletic events. But not so fast: because of the absence of a single organization, duly authorized to bid on behalf of Southern California, many of the area’s sports venues found themselves bidding against each other and losing out on hosting major sports events.

Hawkins: “I remember the 1984 Olympics as the most successful in history. How do you remember it?

In 1986,

to remedy that situation, David Simon, then senior vice president of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce andformerL.A. Olympics Organizing Committee member, came upwith a plan to ‘circle the wagons’ and develop a volunteer sports and business committee that would pool the area’s resources and guide greater Los Angeles in bringing special events to the community. Simon was joined by the late, powerful L.A. attorney John Argue who had led the City’s 1984 Olympic bid; Argue chaired the newly formed committee. In 1988, with Simon as president and Argue as chairman ofthe board,the LosAngeles Sports Council was incorporated as an independent, privately financed organization servicing teams and facilities throughout Los Angeles and Orange counties. History documents its success. I proudly served as a member of the Council’s board of directors.

Flash forward

to September 1, 2015. I sat with Simon in his downtown L.A. office awaiting the City Council vote on succeeding Boston, Massachusetts as the United States Olympic Committee’s representative for the 2024 Olympics. The vote was a unanimous YES as the Council gave the green light to forge ahead. But wait; what are we to understand about this whole process? So, I asked Simon to explain:

Simon: “Working on the ’84 Olympics Committee, I can tell you that in the early days when I was first hired, the environment was not totally supportive of the Olympics. Everybody liked the idea, but that wasn’t the problem in the community. The problem was the previous Olympics in Montreal, Canada had lost over a billion dollars, so a lot of people here thought we were at great risk. But then, later on, it became this up swelling of patriotism and community spirit; especially after the torch relay started and the games were about to be staged. It was clear, because of the way that Peter Ueberroth was managing the games, there was not going to be a deficit. Then came tremendous public enthusiasm. Even though the ’84 Olympics are David Simon remembered for their financial success, when I talk to people who lived here at the time, they don’t remember whether the games made money or were good for their business; what they remember is how the games made them feel, which was euphoric. The region came together in a way that was unprecedented. Hawkins: “Is there a Peter Ueberroth out there today? Simon: “Well, Peter Ueberroth himself is, of course, still out there and has been active in the Olympics over the years. I’m sure there is, and we have not met him or her just yet. The person who might run a 2024 Olympics wouldn’t be hired until 2017. Hawkins: “Recently, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said that

over 80% of the venues needed to stage the Olympics already exist here in greater L.A. Do you agree?

Simon: “That’s right, but the message that needs to go out to the international community is that saying we have these facilities does not refer to the facilities that were here for the games 30 years ago. Yes, several of them are still here and would be used, but most of the facilities that we are talking about have come on line in the last 15 to 20 years. And,

by the way, congratulations to Mayor Garcetti and Casey Wasserman, because they led the City’s negotiations with the U.S. Olympics Committee to bring about this result. This is the first time in 38 years that Los Angeles is the official candidate for the United States in bidding for the Olympics.


“How do you put all of this into perspective and clearly explain it to the citizens of our community?

Simon: “Well, the Olympics, it is fair to say, is the biggest sporting event in the world and also has the greatest economic impact because of its duration and the fact it features 28 sports. It really dwarfs World Cup Soccer, which is a huge event. With the Olympics, you have seven to ten million tickets, depending on the city, a billion dollar budget, and you have every country in the world participating; not just the 30 countries that qualify in the case of the World Cup. That said, I think about the work that the Sports Council has done over the last 25 years, particularly in the international sports arena by hosting major events including the FIFA World Cup, Women’s World Cup, and world championships in gymnastics, figure skating, world baseball classics, and badminton. It’s L.A.’s ability to regularly host these events that has made us a familiar face with the international sports leaders who are eventually going to decide where the 2024 games will be held. Hawkins: “Am I to understand that the public would not be responsible for any cost overrides due to hosting the 2024 Olympics?

John Argue, third from left , along with Peter Ueberroth and David Wolper. service, the Olympic Village, and each of the competitions at dozens of venues. The second budget covers infrastructure projects that a host city decides to take on because of its unique qualities. In some cities, it may be a brand new airport, a new subway system or building an Olympic Village; those expenditures do not fall on the organizing committee. I think that Los Angeles is very well positioned to satisfactorily handle all of the expenses associated with the administration of the games.

Hawkins: “So, internationally, who are we up against in securing the 2024 Olympics?

Simon: “The round of competition (the field)

was set September 15, the deadline for cities to declare their intentions to bid. Till that date the field consisted of Paris, Rome, Hamburg, Budapest, and Los Angeles with the possibility of Baku, Azerbaijan and maybe Istanbul. It will be a competitive field.

John C. Argue

Simon: “I’m going to refer that question to City Hall. The motion Hawkins: “So, with everything that you know and have

today to approve moving forward with the bid, deferred action on exactly how the question of finances would be handled. I think it’s unrealistic to expect that all issues would be ironed out within the few weeks that we received the bid. On the question of financial guarantees, it’s important to remember that the Olympics typically has two budgets -- one is the operation of the Olympics games: the two-week event, the transportation of the athletes, the food Tommy carried this torch in 1984 Olympics in LA.

experienced, Simon Says!

Simon: (with a big laugh) “It’s often been said that the Olympics

are in L.A.’s DNA and I think that’s true. We’ve had two successful Olympics; don’t forget 1932 because the ’84 games would not have happened if it weren’t for ’32. The fact that we’ve had two Olympiads, widely spaced, each considered the most successful of its era, is a great track record to present to the IOC as we carry out this campaign.

Hawkins: “So, Simon says go for it? SIMON: “Absolutely, I say go for it!” Tommy Hawkins is a two year Notre Dame basketball All American, ten year National Basketball Association player, college lecturer, Golden Mike and Emmy award nominated radio and television broadcaster, public relations executive, Los Angeles VP communications, and an author. MALIBUCHRONICLE.COM October.November 2015 / 63


of Mediation by Amora Fisher, Ph.D.

Mediation, not meditation. Yes, you read it right. Silence and breathing is good practice for calming the mind and self-reflection. However, when you open your eyes, life is ever present, waiting for you to engage. How will you show up, and what choices will you make – conscious, mindful interaction, or negative patterns of exchange? Conflict is inevitable. Relationships, issues at work, financial problems, business disputes, bullying in school, friends and family arguments, medical dilemmas, labor management, community, civil and commercial matters, and even day to day life stressors. Conflict is a common human experience we all have a story about. However, the story is not in the conflict, it is in the journey we take to resolve it! Fueled by emotions, needs, and concerns for personal interests and positions, conflict is often amplified with ongoing judgments, negative interactions, antagonizing communication, and poor decision making, especially when under pressure. How do we change this?

9. Agreements Are More Likely To Be Kept: Research has demonstrated

that parties tend to keep agreements they create themselves more than orders of a court. Yes, an agreement signed by both parties is legally binding and enforceable.

10. Mediation Can Prevent Conflict: If you don’t have a conflict, prevent one from occurring! Create contracts and develop a clear understanding in your relationships. The best part, mediation EMPOWERS you to show up and resolve differences PEACEFULLY. Learning to advocate for yourself, while meeting the needs and interests of all parties involved, can be a life changing experience.


Learning to resolve differences by advocating for ourselves, while having empathy, is possible. Sometimes, we need help to do this, and a mediator is your answer. An impartial professional, a mediator is interested only in facilitating the process of mediation to help you settle your differences and create a solution. Mediation is one type of Alternative Dispute Resolution that assists parties to solve problems peacefully.

The Value of Mediation Mediation has both short and long term benefits:

1. An Easy, Fast and Accessible Process: Resolve a conflict on the same day you see a mediator or in a few meetings. Mediation can be done at a distance if necessary. 2. A Neutral Third Party: An objective third person facilitates the process.


In honor of Conflict Resolution Awareness and Mediation week in October, reach out and reconcile. If you need assistance, call a mediator to help you resolve your differences.

3. Creative Solutions: Personalized problem solving to reach an agreement.

Transform conflict into opportunities of positive change, and restore relationships and life situations.

4. Mutual Gain: Parties are supported in writing an equitable resolution that meets the needs and interest of all involved.

For questions, mediation, coaching, and/or to schedule a workshop, contact

5. Financial Saving and Investment: Low cost option compared to attorneys, legal battles, and long-term therapy. The goal is to prevent and resolve the conflict presented.

Dr. Amora Fisher is a mediator, coach, and family and child advocate. She is also an author and speaker for youth and families on health, stress management, and self-development. Dr. Fisher has a Ph.D. in health psychology, and training in conflict resolution from Pepperdine Law School Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution.

6. No Risk: Mediation is a confidential process, anything discussed in mediation stays in mediation. You can always go to court if no agreement is made. 7. Safe Environment: A third party present creates a safe space for positive engagement and discussion of hot topics. 8. An Attorney is Not Necessary: You can mediate without an attorney. However, if you want an attorney present, you can choose to have one join the mediation. 64 / October.November 2015 MALIBUCHRONICLE.COM


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Shelley lived a full life. She moved to Savannah, Georgia to be near family about 13 years ago. In addition to coordinating special events for Armstrong’s Atlantic State University, Shelley continued surfing and was a mentor with the Surfrider Foundation local chapter.

Family members and friends showed up to Shelley is survived by her four siblings, Maria, “You Liz, John, and Brian; her three children, Derek, commemorate the January passing of Malibu learn to Brandon, and Colleen; her five grandchildren, surfing legend Shelley Merrick at the age of 69. Chelsea, Chantal, Tessa, Ethan, and River; and It was a balmy, beautiful spring day. Smiles flow with a plethora of friends. abounded as our boards formed a circle nature. I’d be and we “talked story,” throwing bright Colleen Fitzsimmons, Shelley’s daughter flying down some flowers into the ocean in remembrance – and a competitive volleyball player and of Shelley’s beautiful spirit. outstanding athlete in her own right – wave doing somedescribed how Shelley would often

thing and it’s like you’re use surfing analogies when talking not even on the planet. about overcoming life’s obstacles. For instance, Colleen said, Shelley would There’s a spiritual free- say, “You just have to prone through the set,” to explain how to get through dom to it. It’s so Shelley was born in the post-war era of 1946, the tough times. when Malibu was still country. She was the simple.” eldest daughter of the late Hon. (Ret.) John J. On the beach before and following the paddle was a memorial with live surf music by long-time Malibu surfer, Denny Aaberg and his band.

Merrick and Roberta Merrick. Raised in the last house on the point at Latigo Shore, Shelley grew up in what could have been called, Mayberry by the Sea, with her sisters Maria and Liz and her brother John, better known as “Whoop”.


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Shelley’s own words describe best what surfing meant to her for more than 40 years, “You learn to flow with nature. I’d be flying down some

wave doing something and it’s like you’re not even on the planet. There’s a spiritual freedom to it. It’s so simple.” As Colleen said when she ended her Facebook post that thanked all those who sent love and condolences, “You were a cool chic (sic) Mom!!” David Olan is a leading Los Angeles trial lawyer representing people who have suffered serious personal injuries or who have lost a loved one to a wrongful death. CONTACT OLAN LAW at 310 566-0010 |

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The Santa Ana Winds Will Be Upon Us

by Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

Fire is, and always has been, a natural part of the landscape of Malibu and the surrounding areas. Dry native brush, north-to-south canyons, and steep slopes, make it easy for fire to spread quickly and advance at a rapid speed. When the winds and fire corridors are perfectly aligned, like those found in the Malibu hillsides, catastrophic wildfires result. Recently, several fires erupted locally. Firefighters were able to make quick work of knocking them down because the fires lacked the force of the Santa Ana winds. In the event of a major wildfire, however, firefighting resources will be stretched thin. There are several things you can do ahead of time to help protect yourself, your home, and your property. The Ready, Set, Go! Wildfire Action Plan is available to download from the Los Angeles County Fire Department website at Here are some highlights from the Plan to help you be prepared.

Refrain from dumping lawn clippings in canyons.

Get ready now, be prepared, and be ready to go if a wildfire breaks out in your area. It is important that homeowners take proactive steps to help mitigate the damaging effects of a wildfire.

Identify at least two exit routes from your neighborhood. If you are asked to evacuate during a brush fire, leave immediately when ordered by police or fire personnel.

To create defensible space around your home, you can begin with removing dead and overhanging branches around your home. Clean all dead leaves and needles from roofs and gutters. Cover chimney outlets with a nonflammable screen of 1/4 inch or smaller mesh.

Make sure street names and house numbers are clearly visible.

By leaving early, you will give your family the best chance of surviving a rapidly approaching wildfire, and help the firefighters by keeping roads clear of congestion.

Stack woodpiles at least 30 feet from all structures, fences, and other combustible material. Keep lawn chairs, umbrellas, and other canvas furniture a safe distance from structures. Clear all vegetation and other combustible or flammable materials from beneath decks.


began his career with the Los Angeles County Fire Department. He spent 31 years in Monrovia and retired as Fire Chief from Monrovia Fire Department. He is currently the Academy Chief Coordinator of the Verdugo Fire Academy at Glendale Community College in Glendale, California.

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Honored in London Mahatma Gandhi Parvasi Samman Award The following article includes excerpts from the full-length article that can be found on

This past summer, the Los Angeles Business Journal recognized Malibu Chronicle as one of the best small businesses in Los Angeles. At that awards ceremony, I met Mr. Mohammad Islam, President of the SABAN (South Asian Business Alliance Network), and we spoke about promoting my book, ‘Learning to L.I.V.E’. Some time later, Mr. Islam introduced me to Mr. Singh who is in the publishing business. He thought Mr. Singh could help promote my book… …he had nominated me to the NRI Welfare Society of India for the Mahatma Gandhi Parvasi Samman award. The award is named after Mahatma Gandhi because he was an Indian living outside of India when he began his amazing journey that brought freedom to the country. Parvasi means Indian living outside of India, and Samman is the honor… …In early August, Mr. Singh wrote that I had been chosen as one of the awardees at the House of Lords….

atmosphere was euphoric. Then I heard my name announced. I stood to receive the award. My sons Kunal and Rahul followed me, capturing the moment in pictures …

I am proud of the work my staff and I put into bringing this beautiful magazine to you every two months. This prestigious award is a good sign that our work is being noticed and recognized around the globe.

After all the main awards were delivered, the Minister of Seychelles expressed his thanks to the NRI Welfare society for inviting him to the ceremonies. To everyone’s surprise, he then announced that he had awards for two very special people he met during this visit. I was shocked when I heard him call my name. He invited me to the stage again, where he presented me with a beautiful award and extended an official invitation to the India day celebrations in the Seychelles, or to use any time to visit the Seychelles as his guest. I was overwhelmed with this honor and invitation.

I tell everyone I am a shameless networker and salesperson, so, of course, my luggage was full of Malibu Chronicle magazines and a few of my books. I used the Minister’s speech about my magazine as an opportunity to share them with some delegates and other visitors. Soon, people were flocking around asking for the magazine and my business cards. ...

It was wonderful to have my sons there to share this amazing experience with me. I feel blessed.

It was a proud and wonderful evening for the Malibu Chronicle and for me. I am grateful that I was able to attend, and I thank all my staff, family, and friends for their support that made it possible. To read the entire article describing the unfolding of events, please visit

I reached London with my sons on the morning of September 21st. … headed to the House of Lords. … …The Mistress of Ceremonies announced the names and a brief background of each delegate receiving the award. The Minister of Tourism and cultural affairs of the Seychelles, Mr. Alain St. Ange presented the award medals, and the Right Honorable Baroness Sandeep Verma, Minister of International Development, U.K., handed the award certificate to each delegate. …The

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Breaking Up is Hard to Do: Why We Still Struggle to Say Goodbye to Cigarettes by Marianne Geller

You know the relationship is toxic. You know it could even be killing you. Your friends, family, and perhaps even medical professionals have told you it’s time to let go. You think to yourself, “I have to stop this. I have to get off this roller-coaster.” But like Michael Corleone in “The Godfather” says, “Just when I think I’m out, they pull me back in.” Think we’re talking about a significant other? We are, but the “other” in this case is nicotine. And, according to Rocky Rosen, one of L.A.’s most well known smoking cessation specialists, “The relationship smokers have with nicotine is the longest and most intimate relationship they ever have. That’s why so many of my clients say breaking up is hard to do.”

Despite recent drops in the numbers of smokers in the United States, 20% of the population smokes. Some cities, like Calabasas, have enacted smoking bans, but 14% of the Los Angeles population still smokes. That might seem high, because we don’t see people smoking the way we did just a few decades ago (think “Mad Men”). But consider this: many smokers, especially here in health-conscious Southern California, hide their habits from friends and family, the way someone might hide an affair. “One of my clients,” Rosen explains, “was a top executive in West L.A., a happily married wife and mother in her early 40s. But every day, she was lying to her family and friends about the one relationship she’d had for over two decades: her relationship with cigarettes.” Like many smokers, she felt embarrassed and guilty about her habit. “She smoked on her breaks at work, or while she was running errands. She would get to the point where she’d pick fights with her husband just so she could say she needed to ‘cool off’ outside—where she would inevitably

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grab a secret smoke. When her family asked why she smelled like cigarettes, she’d tell them she’d been around other people who smoked. And although she felt winded, had no energy, and had been told by her doctor she needed to quit, she felt stuck. The cigarettes were there for her when no one else was,” Rosen admits. While the consequences of smoking affect men and women, Rosen points out that, “Women who smoke are

realized that everything I was telling myself was a lie. I kept telling myself I HAD to stop smoking. I tried convincing myself I didn’t want to smoke.” The truth finally set Rosen free. “The truth is,” he clarifies, “we DO want to smoke, we just don’t want to suffer the consequences of smoking.” It was then Rosen turned to the work of an American psychologist he’d studied with, at UCLA: Albert Ellis. Ellis developed “Rational Emotive

“She smoked on her breaks at work, or while she was running errands. She would get to the point where she’d pick fights with her husband just so she could say she needed to ‘cool off’ outside—where she would inevitably grab a secret smoke. particularly vulnerable to smoking’s dangers.” According to the Center for Disease Control, between 1960 and 1990, deaths from lung cancer among women increased by more than 500%, and smoking increases the risk of dying from coronary heart disease among middle-aged women by almost five times. “Smoking doesn’t cause all death and disease,” Rosen explains, “but it promotes any disease to which our bodies are susceptible.” Rosen is personally familiar with how hard it is to break up with cigarettes: he was a twopack per day smoker for over two decades, during which time he tried stopping using hypnosis, popular programs of the day, acupuncture, nicotine gum, going cold-turkey, and joining support groups. “I couldn’t figure out why nothing seemed to work for me,” Rosen says, “until one day when I

Rosen’s method is more about education than it is about ‘finding the right way’ to stop. Rosen’s clients become educated about truth. For example, most people have heard of nicotine, but don’t know what it is (other than a chemical in cigarettes). In fact, if you pick up a dictionary and search “nicotine,” what you’ll find is the truth: nicotine is an insecticide considered so dangerous that it is not available for purchase on its own. Another truth: tobacco is the only consumable product sold legally in the U.S., which, if used exactly as it’s intended to be used, will harm consumers. And another: cigarette manufacturers like Philip Morris are not required by law to display the ingredients in their products. The label on a pack of cigarettes reads, “contains tobacco,” but the truth is there are more than 4,000 different chemical components found in each puff of a cigarette.

“I couldn’t figure out why nothing seemed to work for me,” Rosen says, “until one day when I realized that everything I was telling myself was a lie. I kept telling myself I HAD to stop smoking. I tried convincing myself I didn’t want to smoke.” Behavioral Therapy,” which is based on the idea that people can educate themselves about self-defeating beliefs and replace them with truths. Simply put, coming from the truth can help people behave in healthy ways. “The idea that we have to stop smoking is simply not true,” Rosen explains. “In fact, we never have to stop. Cigarettes are everywhere, and they are legal. We see them advertised, we see people smoking in public, and we can buy them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Instead of trying to convince ourselves we MUST stop, we can flip that and acknowledge that the word ‘MUST’ is a trap. We can replace that lie with the truth, which is that we always have the choice to smoke.”

“Truth matters,” says Rosen. “It’s what motivates people to make changes in politics, in the way we treat our environment, in the way we interact with each other. And it’s what can help smokers break up with the most toxic relationship in their lives.” Rocky Rosen has worked as a smoking cessation specialist for over twenty years. His clients range from Fortune 500 executives and award winning actors, writers, composers, producers, and directors, to the person down the street. His services are referred by top physicians and personal trainers in Southern California. His program is now offered online at www. or he can be reached at 818-961-6978. His belief is: “I don’t care if you smoke. I do care if you wish you didn’t.”

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Banana Bread:

Your Go-To Comfort Food Wondering what to do with your over ripe bananas? This tasty quick bread is easy to make and easy to eat any time of day. Make a loaf or a batch of muffins. You can dress it up with raisins, chia seed, chopped nuts, cranberries, chocolate chips, you name it – it’s just about the most versatile comfort food, perfect for the autumn months, especially when served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream! PREP TIME: 10 MINUTES COOK TIME: 1 HOUR YIELD: 1 LOAF OR ABOUT 12 MUFFINS

INGREDIENTS ¾ cup butter 1 cup sugar (can be reduced to ¾ or ½ cup to taste) 2 eggs 1 cup (2-4) mashed ripe bananas 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 cups all-purpose flour 3 teaspoons baking powder ½ teaspoon salt ½ to 1 cup nuts, raisins, chocolate chips, or cranberries, etc., if desired METHOD Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. With a fork, cream softened butter and sugar together. Add lightly beaten eggs. Blend mashed bananas and vanilla extract with creamed mixture. Mix flour, baking powder and salt together and mix quickly into banana mixture. Add nuts or other extras as desired. Pour batter into buttered loaf pan or muffin tins. Sprinkle top with a pinch of sugar for a little sweet crunch. Bake 1 hour at 375 degrees F or until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool completely. Remove from pan, slice, serve and enjoy!

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LEARNING TO L.I.V.E. LOVING yourself is the hardest thing to learn. INSISTING on Freedom is the most important thing to do. VICTORY over victim syndrome is the surest way to be really free. EMPOWERMENT is your birthright, and you deserve it! Do I feel totally happy, blessed and fortunate? You bet I do!! I am in this state of JOY, not because I found my soul mate or won a Mega Lottery. I feel completely happy and blessed because I feel loved and cared for by the Universe. When I pay attention to what the Universe is telling me, everything seems to fall into place. I am fortunate because I have my family and friends who love me, and are always available and willing to listen to me when I need to brainstorm to make sure I am on the right path of taking care of ME. I feel loved because I know that, even when I am not sure about my choices, someone much bigger than me is looking out for me. I have felt this over and over in my life. When I’m not being true to myself, and I am compromising or settling for something less than I

deserve, the Universe makes sure it intervenes. It lets me know that I am not on the right path and that I am not making the right decision by sending me the feeling of discomfort or incompleteness. My normal self is usually singing, dancing and smiling. When I am off my destined path of self-love and care, I can see myself losing those inherent qualities about me. I stop singing and I don’t dance as much. I try to be happy, but I have this nagging feeling of being incomplete or misplaced. I know inside that I am not happy on my path. I decide to change it, but then allow myself to be convinced by others to abandon my decision in order to keep someone else happy, even when I know that is wrong. I have done this many times and I have failed every time. I have always known and now firmly believe that I cannot make someone else happy for long unless they want to make themselves happy. I choose not to sacrifice my joy. Being in joy is the only indication that I am doing the right thing. Someone very wise once told me, “If it is not FUN, don’t do it.” I finally believe it. That uncomfortable, joyless state, when I can’t sing and dance, does not leave till I truly listen to my inner self, and make the tough decision of saying NO to what is bothering me. It is

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my job to take care of myself. Short of actually talking to me in a big thunderous noise (like in movies), I see the Universe doing everything to show me when I need to fix my ways and what I need to do. All I have to do is listen to my inner self and choose the path of JOY. I deserve to be in joy all the time. We all deserve that, and can have it if only we learn to listen to our inner selves. We all know when we are happy and we also know when we are not. We have a choice. We have a choice to choose JOY.

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