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features 36 A WORD FROM THE WISE Pennywise’s Jim Lindberg reflects on his inspirations, career, philosophies and the rewards of rebellion. 44 NEW VINTAGE With style and instinct, Hermosa Beach entrepreneur and fashion designer Yuki Matsuda makes past perfect. 52 GREAT EXPECTATIONS Mark Pattison turns to the world’s tallest mountains on a journey to accomplish an unprecedented goal. 64

RANCHO CUBANOAMERICANO When Jerry Delgado immigrated to the United States from Cuba, he left his native country behind but arrived with an insatiable passion for life and devotion to family.

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RENAISSANCE MAN Dr. Arnold Chanin has always had a keen talent for spotting up-and-coming artists and for creating art—of all kinds— himself. Now he is sharing the fruits of those labors.

82 MAN’S BEST FRIEND These loyal police and fire dogs serve the greater South Bay community with a duty to rescue, protect and serve. 94 THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS Was Catalina Island’s Ralph Glidden a self-made Indiana Jones or a grave-robbing huckster out to make a buck?

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A Few Good Men What does it mean to be a man? I’ve entertained this question quite a bit in my life. “C’mon, be a man” … or, “Man up” … even, “Are you man enough?” Growing up in L.A., these phrases were as common as heat waves in August. But as someone who didn’t identify as “masculine” as a kid, being on the receiving end of one of those sounded more like oppression than encouragement. I was your typical ‘80s SoCal kid: Body Glove T-shirts and neon shorts, too much Sun In sprayed on my hair and plenty of summer days spent loitering the beach. On the surface, everything looked suburban, safe and idyllic. But that was only part of the picture. I was also sensitive, intuitive and emotional … not one of the confident, athletic, assertive types I observed in my classmates, brothers or adults. I secretly felt an awkward obligation to act “manly”—even if it wasn’t my default. Unfortunately my definition was skewed— partially by my peers, partially by the media and partially by my own prejudices. I tried sports and failed. I tried to woo girls and failed. I dumbed down my true personae … all in an effort to fit in. But did I? As I got older and wiser, I discovered that definition of “man”—the one I had obeyed as bible for so many years—wasn’t serving me well. I met new people, people with very different interpretations of masculinity. Women who rebuffed traditional gender roles in relationships, career and lifestyle. Men who embraced their sensitive, intuitive and emotional selves with pride. Women and men who recognized a real man as someone who acts honorably, speaks his truth and respects the truths of others. I’m a much better man today because of their examples. I still can’t properly throw a football to save my life, but I’m a valued son, brother, uncle and friend. I’m one lucky dude. In this issue we celebrate the men of the South Bay: the artists, the entrepreneurs, the dads, the adventurers, the heroes, the legends. Some have played pro football … some followed the American Dream to California … some pay it forward to at-risk youth … some save lives for a living. They are all incredibly awesome and inspiring members of the community. We’re proud to feature their contributions on these pages. Enjoy the start of summer!

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contributors

Jeff Berting PHOTOGRAPHER “Great Expectations” Jeff is an advertising and editorial photographer who lives in Manhattan Beach. “I love living and shooting in the South Bay with all the diversity it has in people and their activities,” he says. “One day it’s in the ocean shooting surfing, and the next it’s cowboys roping cattle. There aren’t too many places that provide that kind of variety and visual eye candy.” jeffberting.com

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“In Defense of the Nightcap” An L.A. native, Rich has been writing about music and pop culture for 14 years. A former editor at Raygun, he now creates the official festival magazines for Coachella and Electric Daisy Carnival. He was raised on Kings hockey and old-school hip-hop.

Shane O’Donnell PHOTOGRAPHER “Rancho Cubanoamericano” Shane is a Wisconsin-born photographer living in the South Bay. His documentary and commercial training bring a realistic and refined style to his work. He photographs catalog, advertising, architecture and travel and has shot for such clients as Budweiser, Hershey, Syfy Channel and Vespa. seelikeshane.com



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7 Redondo Beach Pier Concert Series 6 to 8 p.m. redondopier.com

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Southbay photographer Kat Monk will be one of the artists featured at this exhibition celebrating 25 years of alternative music. 5 to 9 p.m. at Shockboxx in Hermosa. shockboxxproject.com

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12th Annual White Light White Night

Walk With Sally’s fundraising event brings out crisp attire to a cool alfresco scene as guests party the evening away and enjoy local bites, beverages and a tempting auction. All proceeds go to Walk With Sally’s mission to mentor kids affected by a loved one with cancer. Top of the Plaza at Continental Park. walkwithsally.org

International Surf Festival

Redondo Beach hosts the 56th annual event promoting the four South Bay Beach Cities, the world’s best lifeguard service and the physical fitness of more than 1,000 participants. The three signature events—the Judge Taplin Lifeguard Medley Relay, the Dwight Crum Pier-to-Pier Swim and the Charley Saikley 6-Man Volleyball Tournament—will attract both local and international competitors. surffestival.org

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During his senior year at Loyola Marymount University, Carlos Soto was given an assignment: pitch a new business idea that wasn’t tech-related. A night out with friends and a pocket full of bar receipts led Carlos to consider the spirit business. “There are so many people here in L.A. that [go out] on a regular basis; there has to be some sort of money behind this,” Carlos explains. This idea, in its most simplistic form, gave Carlos the basis for his pitch. But it also inspired a journey that would lead him to become a respected contender in the world of tequila, while also growing a socially responsible business that gives back with every bottle sold. Since its January 2017 launch, Nosotros Tequila has found itself in some of the South Bay’s most frequented bars, restaurants and retailers. But its recognition stretched far beyond local appreciation after winning both the 2017 Double Gold and Best Tequila awards in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Ironically, with his business still in its infancy and Carlos just barely out of college himself, it was a competition the new brand nearly missed. “It was in April of 2017, and funny enough we couldn’t even afford to go to the competition,” he notes. “We were at our starting point, with maybe six or seven accounts,” adds Michael Arbanas, Nosotros’ CFO and cofounder. But while the team was absent from the event, the two bottles of Nosotros Tequila they sent for the blind taste test clearly made an impression. “It was a game-changer for us,” says Carlos. “We sent an email blast sharing the results to a lot of the people we were trying to reach. And then it was like, ‘OK, maybe these kids do have something.’” At 24 years old, Carlos has a confident yet humble demeanor. He’s the kind of young, ambitious youth you want to root for. Born and raised in Costa Rica, he’s quick to reference the “pura vida” lifestyle—though after six years in Los Angeles, his love for Southern California is clear. “It’s just so beautiful, with so many different places to explore and live. I think that’s something that makes California so special. You’re two hours away from absolutely anything when it comes to nature.” This love for coastal living, in part, inspired Carlos to team up with Waves for Water. “I was lucky to (during my junior year) interview the creative director for Hurley,” Carlos



says. “Hurley works very closely with Waves for Water; they’re one of their main sponsors. I love what they do. Their whole focus is to take water filters to underprivileged communities around the world. Jon Rose is the founder. He used to be a professional surfer— his father had actually been building water filters and carrying them around. They realized they’ve been going to all these amazing places and surfing, but a lot of these places— where the best waves are—have communities that are walking two to three miles a day to come back with drinkable water.” Waves for Water works to get water filters to these communities, and Nosotros donates 1% of every bottle sold to contribute to that goal. As for the tequila itself, the brand currently boasts two bottles: Nosotros Blanco and Nosotros Reposado. “One of the main things that makes Nosotros different,” Carlos explains, “is that we use a blend of agave from the highlands and the lowlands [in Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico]. In the highlands they tend to be a little bit sweeter. In the lowlands they tend to be a little more earthy—a little more peppery. We do a 50/50 blend.” The Blanco is slightly more citrus with orange or pineapple notes. “[It’s] deemed the purest expression of the tequila, so what you’re [tasting] is really the flavor of the agave,” Carlos explains. The Reposado gives off more of a vanilla or cinnamon flavor. “It’s almost more like a whiskey,” Carlos adds, “picking up flavors from the barrel.” Nosotros’ Reposado ages in French oak barrels for the maximum duration of 11 months, at which time it would then be considered an añejo. In the short term, the team hopes to introduce a mezcal and an añejo to the brand’s collection. Their long-term goals are a bit bigger. “Our main goal is that we’d like to become the staple of tequila in California,” Carlos notes. The name Nosotros in Spanish means us or we. “The whole idea of having a drink with someone is a social experience. It’s sharing a story with someone. It’s about you and me; it’s about us,” Carlos says. For him, Nosotros represents “mixing the pura vida lifestyle of enjoying the moment and being present, with the spirit of Jalisco, Mexico, under the California sun.” As Californians, that is something we can all say “cheers” to. ■

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A Word From the Wise Thirty years after Pennywise headlined the second coming of South Bay punk, vocalist and guitarist Jim Lindberg reflects on his inspirations, career, philosophies and the rewards of rebellion. WRITTEN & PHOTOGRAPHED BY KAT MONK


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n the early 1980s, before golf carts and McMansions were a part of the norm in the one square mile that harbors Hermosa Beach, a former Baptist church—just east of the Hermosa Beach pier—began an unholy transformation. In the beginning, the abandoned church rented out space and became a flophouse for hippies. But soon it would emerge as a local incubator for punk rock bands such as Black Flag, Circle Jerks and The Descendants. These highly influential bands practiced several hours a day—a few members living at the church in what was described as “punk rock squalor.” Around the same time, a Hermosa Beach teenager took notice of the Black Flag logo spray-painted all around town. He signed up for their fan club and soon discovered the church. He talked himself into a job at Alta Dena Dairy across the street just so he could be closer to the scene. The opportunity to run into some of his favorite singers like Keith Morris or Ron Reyes proved beyond inspirational. That teen was Jim Lindberg, and he went on to become the lead singer of one of the most popular punk rock bands of his generation: Pennywise. Jim and his sister, Kelly, grew up with two upper middle-class parents working 9-to-5 jobs in the aerospace industry. Born with a lazy eye, Jim started kindergarten with a classroom of kids gaping back like something was wrong with him. Instead of surrendering to self-consciousness, Jim learned to embrace the feeling of being different and slowly emerged as the class clown in elementary school—always the one to try and get his friends to laugh and do outrageous things. In contrast, Jim was also an altar boy at Our Lady of Guadalupe and American Martyrs churches. When punk rock came around in his youth, Jim immediately got hooked. “I saw how people in London were dressing with their spiked hair and crazy clothes,” he says. “It definitely appealed to me because these people were not caring about what people were saying about them. I developed that from an early age.” Jim soaked in all he could about the music scene happening at that Hermosa Beach church. With many of the band members and their managers grocery shopping at the Dairy, it was a dream come true. As a bonus, Jim made money to buy surfboards, skateboards and what he needed to start playing music.

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Jim learned that punk rock was more about attitude and irreverence than it was about being a polished singer like Bon Jovi or Bono. “I don’t think anyone would say that Johnny Rotten had a great voice, but his attitude was better than anything,” he says. Three of his favorite bands—Black Flag, The Descendants and Circle Jerks—had members who attended Mira Costa. “That was something amazing because it made me feel like you could start a band,” he remembers. “Those three bands were like The Rolling Stones and The Beatles for me. They had a profound effect on me.”

“The punk rock ethos was described by people from centuries ago. It was the same self-reliance and civil disobedience and all these things I really related to.”

Jim went down to Pier Music, bought a guitar from “Grumpy Bob” and started taking lessons at Goldbeck’s Guitar Nook on 16th Street when he was just 10 years old. He learned songs from The Clash and the Ramones, locking himself up in his garage and practicing several hours a day rather than surfing with friends. Eventually Jim answered an ad in the Easy Reader seeking a singer and started playing with some kids from South High who called themselves The Young Catholics. They started playing at parties all around Palos Verdes.

Once Jim felt more confident, the band started playing parties around Costa too. “Even though I was a delinquent growing up, my dad was really instrumental in encouraging me to go to college,” Jim shares. He went to San Diego State and later UCLA, where he sang in a cover band that played at Orville & Wilbur’s on Rosecrans in Manhattan Beach—currently Verandas. “The first set was always a bit tighter because at our break they would give us a few mai tais.” After Jim graduated from UCLA with his Bachelor of Arts degree in English, he got an advertising job in Los Angeles to make ends meet—burning the candle at both ends. A dynamic shift occurred when Jim first met Jason Thirsk and Fletcher Dragge of Pennywise. Though a difficult decision for him to switch bands, he just wanted to have some fun and enjoy playing at parties again. “For me to say to my current band that I’m going to quit and sing for a punk rock band, well, they were not happy about it.” As the Pennywise parties got bigger and bigger, the police began showing up within a half-hour. In response, they tried to write short and fast songs so they could play at least a dozen of them before the cops arrived and everyone scattered. Through it all, Jim worked at his advertising job, arriving late with a hangover and black eyes. Jim’s co-workers soon were asking, “What are you into?” His boss, less than pleased to have a punk rocker for an assistant, wanted to fire him. “I was living a double life then,” he says. “I got married at this time too.” Ultimately Jim needed to decide between his advertising job and touring Europe with Pennywise. Confronted with the choice, Jim went to his dad for advice. He encouraged him to follow his dreams. Pennywise took off quickly. A DJ at KXLU put them on his radio show at Loyola Marymount University and introduced them to Brett Gurewitz, owner of Epitaph Records and guitarist/songwriter for punk bank Bad Religion. Within a month, Brett signed Pennywise. “Jim is one of the greatest punk rock singers of all time,” he says. “His aggressive but melodic vocal approach has helped define the genre for more than a generation.” In the late ‘80s heavy metal ruled the charts, but many people around the South Bay were just not that into it. That void left




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an opening for bands like Pennywise, Bad Religion, Social Distortion and The Offspring to emerge, and a second wave of punk music was born. Jim reminisces, “Bad Religion had just put out the album Suffer, and everyone rediscovered their punk rock roots again.” As action sports began to gain more traction, Pennywise found itself immersed in the center of that universe. Being in Southern California gave them access to a growing community of surfers and skaters. As that world got more radical with new and ambitious tricks, they sought fast-paced music to accompany their videos. Vans got involved and helped start The Warped Tour in 1995. Pennywise played many years on this tour, which has continued every year since ‘95. Epitaph scored a deal with pro surfer Taylor Steele to use music by Pennywise, Bad Religion and The Offspring as soundtracks for his surf movies. Taylor’s videos showcased the shift seen in a quicker, more technical surfing style. “Our music went along perfectly with it because it was really fast and aggressive,” Jim explains. “Almost overnight those videos became really popular, and so did our band. All of a sudden in places like Australia, we could have a couple thousand people coming out.” Jim, an accomplished songwriter, wrote many of Pennywise’s songs, including

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“My Own Way,” “It’s Up To Me,” “Date with Destiny” and “My Own Country.” He finds his writing voice predominantly from his philosophical beliefs but also his own life experiences, different types of music and his experiences with religion. A strong believer in the transcendentalist movement, Jim believes we should live our lives by our own rules and not adhere to the materialistic constraints of modern society or authority. He was first exposed to transcendental philosophers like Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau in college. “The punk rock ethos was described by people from centuries ago. It was the same self-reliance and civil disobedience and all these things I really related to,” adds Jim. “I put a lot of those ideas into my songwriting— songs like ‘It Is Up To Me.’” Transcendentalist philosophy is also present in the song “Every Single Day”—about living for today and not worrying about the future or having any regrets. He tries to write his songs to inspire other people to live by their own ideas and not the mistakes of the past. “Anthemic self-empowerment” is his description. By 2008, with three daughters at home, Jim had been touring with Pennywise and putting out albums back-to-back for almost two decades. He needed a break. While it

didn’t happen smoothly, with much transpiring between the band members at the time, Pennywise is now reunited after a three-year break and stronger than ever. With mainstream success for nearly three decades, the band is still going strong with a new album, Never Gonna Die, just released. Jim has worked on other projects outside he band, such as Havoc TV—an action sports media company that became one of the top video on-demand networks for action sports and music. He also wrote a book, Punk Rock Dad, and is currently involved in several different documentaries. Jim’s idol, Keith Morris of Black Flag and Circle Jerks, has this to say: “The Circle Jerks played a Warped Tour a couple of years ago, and we were on the old-school stage with the Adolescents, The Dickies, Fear and all these wonderful bands. Pennywise played with Bad Religion on the main stage, and I was in awe. There were people who weren’t paying attention to the bands who were playing on the stages in front of them because they were facing the stage where Pennywise was playing. We’re talking like 15,000 to 18,000 people watching Pennywise.” The lead singer of Black Flag in awe of the teenager that once worked across the street at the dairy. In the South Bay, life often comes full circle. ■


American Graffiti

Mike Machin fosters community and creativity with the spray can. WRITTEN BY GAIL PHINNEY PHOTOGRAPHED BY MONICA OROZCO

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Artist and activist Mike Machin has an unconventional approach to cleaning up the streets and engaging at-risk youth in his San Pedro community: graffiti art. Often derided as a form of vandalism and gang violence, Mike sees beyond those stigmas to some tangible benefits. “I’m not very good at reaching out to a kid that looks like he needs some help,” he shares, “but I can provide a place that they can come to. I have ideas for facilitating opportunities for people to enjoy art, create art, and there is a different type of satisfaction when you see people enjoying the things you are putting out there.” Raised in a middle-class neighborhood in Ventura County, Mike became immersed in graffiti art and culture at a pivotal time in the emerging L.A. street scene. He joined the prominent Los Angeles graffiti crew MSK (Mad Society Kings) in 1993—using the tag BUS16—and quickly gained recognition. So when founder and legendary graffiti writer Eklips decided to form his crew into the commercially successful Seventh Letter, Mike was selected as the eighth member. Now he uses his notoriety to help aspiring young graffiti artists.

needs. A 2002 graduate of CalArts, he was running his graphic design company, Machine Studio, from his house in Los Feliz but wanted to do something communitybased. At the same time he developed his line of American-made spray paint, called Street Paint, and needed a place to house and sell it. “I was looking around, and a buddy sent me an LA Weekly article on the First Thursday events and the art scene here. I thought it sounded cool. It seemed like the small-town vibe of San Pedro would fit and I could have more of a presence.” His nonprofit entity, Community Art Machine (on 6th Street in San Pedro), accomplishes his mission to improve communities with art and hard work though two distinctive projects: Machine Community Art Studio and exhibition space, and C.U.T.S (Cleaning Up the Streets) Crew—specializing in murals and neighborhood beautification in underserved areas. Machin’s ultimate desire is to establish a permanent graffiti yard. He believes that the more options people have to do it legally and safely, the less it is going to end up on the street.

I realized the difference between me, as a young person, and my parents was so huge, but with hip-hop culture and graffiti culture it created a smaller generational gap.” “I realized the difference between me, as a young person, and my parents was so huge, but with hip-hop culture and graffiti culture it created a smaller generational gap,” Mike says. “They are still saying all the same shit that we said, and they are still doing all the same shit that we were doing. That’s when I realized that I was a person who did graffiti and went on to support myself in my own business in the arts. It made me realize how lucky I am to be able to do that. I have an opportunity to possibly reach some people if I am a notable graffiti artist. When I meet young people and I tell them who I am, they know I am legit.” Mike’s decision to establish himself in the San Pedro community was the result of both altruistic desires and practical



His latest project, the Mobile Graffiti Yard in partnership with the Palos Verdes Art Center, resulted from difficulties in convincing property owners to allow that to happen. Not only could a mobile system provide walls for people to paint on, it would be a way to prove the graffiti art concept. “We can document it and show how we just celebrate the arts and hip-hop culture and how it’s a unifying type of thing where there’s all different demographics of people coming together and everybody’s vibing and making art,” he explains. “It’s also creating other opportunities to bridge the gap between street culture and mainstream culture. There’s value in being a middleman between those two worlds, which I’m still trying to figure out. There has to be.” ■

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New Vintage With style and instinct, Hermosa Beach entrepreneur and fashion designer Yuki Matsuda makes past perfect. WRITTEN BY TANYA MONAGHAN PHOTOGRAPHED BY MONICA OROZCO

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uki Matsuda, founder of Meg Company—whose brands include Monitaly, Yuketen shoes and Hermosa Beach brick-and-mortar retail store Grizzzly, attributes his success to his wife who believed in him from a very young age. She invested in his idea of selling American-made vintage clothing, and she bought him the technology that helped launch his brand: a humble fax machine (that’s all you needed in 1989). What followed was 30 years of success in the fickle world of fashion—a testament to Yuki’s expertise in weaving together vintage and contemporary style. Yuki was born and raised in Osaka, Japan. When he finished high school he got a job offer in L.A. at the ripe old age of 18. It seemed like a cool opportunity, so he jumped on it. Japan was intrigued by all things Western— specifically “Americana”—and so was Yuki. It was 1985, and Yuki’s job was attending trade shows like the California Mart in L.A. to discover cool, American fashion brands and bring them back to Japan. In the height of the mid-1980s, Yuki was responsible for introducing brands like Adidas’ Stan Smiths and Vision Skateboards to the Japanese market. Although being in a new country was



exciting, the transition was also hard. He struggled with English initially and would carry a dictionary in his back pocket. He left that job and worked various stints washing dishes and cars to help support his hobby of finding vintage clothes at thrift stores. When he was growing up in Japan, he worked for a clothing shop that only carried imports. Behind it was a vintage store where his good friend worked. This is where he learned all the ins and outs of identifying the details that classified pieces as vintage. “Take denim, for example. You look into the back side of a pocket of a jean,” says Yuki. “If it’s single stitch, it’s 1960s.” Do you remember old-school Kaepa tennies from the ‘70s and ‘80s? One of Yuki’s big breaks came from helping a Japanese company buy thousands of Kaepa cheerleading shoes when they were the rage in Japan at the time. The commission from selling those shoes allowed Yuki to quit washing cars and dishes. It afforded him the time to focus on his true passion of finding and selling vintage American clothes. In 1989 Yuki’s then-girlfriend and now his wife, Megumi, invested in Yuki’s dream of owning his own clothing company. He lovingly named it Meg, after her. Her investment

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allowed him to buy that fax machine and kickstart the business in their shared apartment in the South Bay. On the weekends Yuki would sell his vintage goods at the Rose Bowl. To qualify for a place in Yuki’s collection, items had to be from the 1930s-to-1960s era and be made in America. He became well-known in this niche market and began to fulfill orders and send products to customers from his home. Fast-forward to today: His brand Monitaly, headquartered in Torrance and named after their 23-year-old daughter Monica, continues that passion on a grander scale but is still grounded in Yuki’s love for all things Americana. Monitaly revitalizes classic

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American silhouettes through Yuki’s unique style and vision. For example, he loved the construction of the clothing he was collecting but thought the fit could use some finessing, so he altered it for the line. Yuki’s other highly successful brand is his shoe line, Yuketen, similarly based on high-quality, handcrafted, classic American footwear (think L.L Bean) but with his own techniques and twists of adventurous designs added. “We value our heritage but understand that in order to break boundaries and create innovative products, we can’t just play by the rules of tradition,” he says. “Our fresh and exceptionally well-crafted garments


blend sophisticated detailing with astute attention to fitting—proof that American craftsmanship mixed with worldly style can live on forever.” They have stockists all over the world and are featured on the popular retail website Mr. Porter alongside high-end luxury brands such as Missoni, Moncler and Gucci. Yuki, staying true to his love of retro and vintage fashions, has always kept an archive of his favorite things. And after 30 years of business, he has held onto a lot of stuff—his “treasures.” He understands that fashion is cyclical, but the constant is remaining true to his own vision. “Fashion is always changing and recycling.



Fifteen years ago we were at the height of cool, and it’s back again today,” he notes. To demonstrate, Yuki can just pull a sample from his collection from the ‘90s. Monitaly, his menswear brand, has a strong female clientele base in Belgium, San Francisco and Japan. The brand’s size run includes extra-small and small (due to the oversized style), and many fashion-forward women have taken to it. He attributes the longtime success of his brand to remaining true to his vision and having a global presence. He says, “Our people are few, so we need to find them all around the world.” Megumi, who has been by Yuki’s side since

he was 21, believed in him from the start. She now owns 90% of the company and handles the business side of things. “I met her when I was really poor,” he shares. “I have very good memories of how we first met and started our business; we had a lot of fun. And we are still doing the same thing together today. I am very lucky.” He lives in the South Bay because he simply loves it. “You have the beach. There is space; it’s more relaxed,” he says. “In the city of L.A., everyone wants to be a rock star. I am not a rock star.” He may not be a literal rock star, but marching to the beat of his own drum has served Yuki Matsuda very well. ■

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Street Smart

It’s what the South Bay is wearing. STYLED BY TANYA MONAGHAN PHOTOGRAPHED BY ANNE MARIE CROTTY

WHO: Bret Johnson WHERE: Manhattan Beach GIG: Beverage consultant and broker and owner of CUBAMERA music festival Faherty Ventura shirt in teal, $148, and Faherty “All Day” shorts in charcoal (made partially from recycled bottles), $98. Both at Manhattan Denim in Manhattan Beach. manhattandenim.com

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Built on Sand

Hermosa’s Seawright Volleyball Tournament turns 50. WRITTEN & PHOTOGRAPHED BY KAT MONK

It was the middle of the summer—at twilight—and the air was crisp. The beach had long been vacated by sunbathers and swimmers, all with the exception of one volleyball court lined with umbrellas, beach chairs and a sea of people wrapped in towels and blankets. The sandy court was glowing as the crowd held up their mobile phones to illuminate the lines during the finals of the famous Seawright Volleyball Tournament. Hermosa Beach natives Nick Schneider and Timmy Schneider were playing against 6’7” NBA player Chase Budinger’s team. Tournaments are typically over by dusk, but not this night. Usually finals are to 15, but since the sun had already set finals were going to be to 11 (similar to pool play). The suspense was palpable, with each team having multiple match points and a crowd now on their feet cheering and jeering. Ultimately the scrappiness of the Schneider brothers was too much for Chase and his team, and for the first time Nick and Timmy held the highly coveted Seawright Tournament championship trophy with a 15 to 13 victory in a game to 11. The Seawright has become one of Hermosa Beach’s most treasured traditions, rich with families that have grown up in the community. Hermosa Beach native Chris Brown reminisces, “I remember as a kid what a big deal it was to score an invite to the Seawright. You had to be at least 18 to play, but even when I was 19, 20, I didn’t make the cut. Finally when I was 21 my friend Pink went to bat for me, and I got in. I was so

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stoked. Twenty-seven years later, and they can’t get rid of me.” Back in the mid-1960s buddies Jon Seawright and Brad Stevenson started the tourney at 18th Street in Manhattan Beach as a local summer reunion for some Mira Costa alumni who were home from college. “We know that the Seawright family created the tournament for everyone to enjoy,” shares Nick. Jon’s brother, Roy Seawright, and his wife, Bunny, purchased a Strand home and took over the tourney in 1968, bringing it to Hermosa Beach after the Stevensons decided to no longer host it. Roy’s best friend, Bill Schneider Sr. (Nick and Timmy’s grandpa), was instrumental in helping run the tourney in the early days. At this time the tourney only took up two full courts. The tourney matches four players ranked A, B, C and D. The A player is the hitter, the B player is the setter, and the C and D players are back row passers. Every team has A through D players, and it is quite a challenge to appropriately make the teams balanced. In the 1980s Bunny’s granddaughter Annie Seawright-Newton started to help her grandmother with the tourney while at Costa and then UCLA, doing the mailers and picking up the entries and eventually going to the directors’ meetings. Annie, by 1995, was faced with the next generation of players who wanted to play, as well as her and her husband’s friends at Marine Street in Manhattan Beach. Doug Schneider (another of Bill Schneider Sr.’s grandsons), who grew up



It’s the one tournament I plan my summer around, as it’s a critical part of our South Bay family roots and tradition. I get the chance to now have my daughters enjoy this storied tournament and grow up the way their dad and grandpa did playing in this local staple of a tournament.”

going to the tourney, had a list of 16th Street players who also wanted to play. But the directors would not budge, stating that new players weren’t needed. Annie was forced to start the Alternative Seawright, held in 1995 and 1996. It ran next to the Seawright and had all the players in it that couldn’t get into the original. By 1996 many players in the original Seawright wanted to be in the Alternative, and eventually the two tourneys merged. Popular among the locals, the Seawright tournament had grown too large and soon became too much for Bunny. Annie, who had recently graduated from UCLA, took over the tournament. The tournament took a few more twists and turns, but even with the expansion of more teams, Annie—with the help of her husband, Cory Newton—kept her grandma’s traditions alive and still handwrites the invitations and hand-delivers them to each and every player. By 1999 Annie, who was working as a flight attendant and pregnant with her first child, struggled to keep the tourney going. Luckily Chris Brown and the 21st Street guys chipped in and helped where they could so

the tournament didn’t slowly slip away. This year, on its 50th anniversary, the Seawright will be at full capacity with 11 courts—eight for adults and three for kids. Many players who were originally A players are now C and D players, and there is a massive surplus of back row players. There is a waitlist of 40 to 50 players for passing positions. “It is almost impossible for a new player to break in unless they are a pro player,” states Annie. Entry is by invite only, and new entry is on a lottery basis just to get on the waitlist. “Annie has done a great job keeping her grandparents’ spirit alive,” says Chris. “Roy and Bunny Seawright were Hermosa Beach royalty. It’s a great tribute to them that the tournament they started in their front yard 50 years ago is still going strong.” “It’s the one tournament I plan my summer around, as it’s a critical part of our South Bay family roots and tradition,” says 2016 champion Nick Schneider. “I get the chance to now have my daughters enjoy this storied tournament and grow up the way their dad and grandpa did playing in this local staple of a tournament.” ■

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Great Expectations A former professional football player and South Bay resident turns to the world’s tallest mountains on a journey to accomplish an unprecedented goal and tackle one remaining athletic achievement.

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ormer National Football League player Mark Pattison doesn’t shy away from challenge or adversity. The Seattle native, who hung up his cleats and retired from the playing field nearly three decades ago, has taken on a new life conquest: the world’s Seven Summits. The 56-year-old father of two, who played wide receiver for four seasons for the Los Angeles Rams, Los Angeles Raiders and New Orleans Saints, now has four major summits under his belt since taking on the lofty goal of becoming the first NFL player to ascend the Seven Summits on seven continents. He climbed

Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa in 2013, Mount Elbrus in Russia in 2014, Mount Kosciuszko in Australia in 2015, Mount Aconcagua in South America in 2016 and Denali in Alaska in 2018. The remaining two? Mount Everest, Nepal, and Vinson Massif, Antarctica. For Mark, who splits time between Sun Valley, Idaho, and Hermosa Beach, embarking on this crusade six years ago hasn’t been easy—but he hasn’t wavered. He has endured terrifying electrical storms on top of Mount Elbrus; not showering for more than three weeks at a time and carrying 70-pound packs on Mount Denali; and

battling altitudes of more than 22,000 feet on Mount Kosciuszko. “I carry a necklace around my neck with a key that says ‘Believe,’” says Mark of his climbing ritual. “Whenever I start to doubt myself, I feel my key around my neck and remember that I need to believe in my goal. So I keep on taking one step after another without any ‘quit’ in me until I reach my goal. No fear.” Mark, who grew up going to Husky games with his grandfather and camping with his father, says the journey from football to mountaineering wasn’t merely by accident. “I think a lot of times you’re a product of




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Mark’s S.U.M.M.I.T.S. S Seed your idea U Unleash and create your course of action M Move your idea to get off the ground M Measure your success to make sure you are moving forward I

Improve to get ahead

T Traverse … things happen to all of us, and sometimes you have to alter the plan to get to your end goal S Summit … once you find success, it’s time to pay it forward by helping others get to their goal

your environment. I don’t know what it was, but it seemed like I was born with a football in my hand.” He began playing football in the fourth grade before going on to Roosevelt High School and the University of Washington. “I got some lucky genes. My dad was an athlete and an outdoors guy, and he climbed all the major peaks throughout the Northwest. He really exposed me to camping and hiking. This is kind of cool to look back on now, but my dad and I climbed Mount St. Helens with his climbing party [before it blew its top in 1980.] I was a senior in high school, and that was my first real exposure of being roped up on a team and having crevasses you had to jump over.” Flash-forward post-football career to several years ago, and while many of his friends and old teammates were settling into retirement, Mark grappled with what to do next. “I’ve gone through a divorce, and I’ve had three successful businesses. But I had another one that blew up during the economic downturn,” reflects Mark, who attributes his principles of goal-setting and



staying focused to Don James, his coach at the University of Washington. Despite setbacks, Mark knew he had to press on. “When I got into the mountains and was beginning this Seven Summit quest that I’ve been on, I had been in this dark place. I had moved to Seattle where I knew everyone and everything was going great. Then my now-ex and I moved to L.A., and I found myself in a lonely spot. It was very difficult. After two years of feeling lost and ‘How did I get here?’, I had a mindset change and asked myself, ‘What am I going to do about it now?’ I had to get my mind clear and not worry about what happened in the past and think, ‘What can I do in the future to really fill my bucket?’” After months of searching for his next move, Mark, who now does public speaking around the country, decided on one last great athletic achievement. “Growing up in Seattle in the mountainous community, there are a lot of famous mountain climbers that have come out of that community and have done Everest and all these other crazy mountains. I started doing some research, and I

found that no NFL player had ever climbed the Seven Summits,” he explains. “I said, ‘I want to be that guy, and I want to go after that goal.’ From there I went back to ‘What are those principles that are going to get me to the top, to summit?’” Of his preparation, he explains, “You just don’t say, ‘Let’s go climb the Seven Summits.’ There’s a whole process to it, and I took that same approach I did when I was training. You wouldn’t just go out and catch the winning touchdown. You had to train, you had to lift weights, you had to run, you had to study your plays and do research. In my case, it was: Who’s going to guide me? Where do I start? What’s the first mountain? I mapped it all out, and it was all part of executing a vision board and how I was going to accomplish it.” Now, after ascending five of the Seven Summits and documenting his experience on Instagram and Facebook, he has more than 250,000 followers. “None of this was on the road map,” says Mark, who works for a Seattle–based digital media company. “The only thing that was on the road map was: ‘I’m

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VIEW FROM THE TOP Mark cresting Denali’s High Camp before summiting the following day (20,320 feet) on June 7, 2018.

Mark’s Top 5 Training Tips 1. Start training … you need to build up that endurance. 2. There’s nothing like doing the kind of exercise that you will actually be doing. Find local trails and start hiking. Trails.com is an excellent resource. It is just as important for your legs to go up as it is coming down the mountain, so you can focus on the quads.  

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3. Wear the right gear. There is nothing worse than ruining your trip if you are wet and cold.   4. Make sure you are always hydrated. Carry a bladder or water-purifying kit with plenty of water bottles to put in. 5. Make sure you have the right nutrition: protein bars, nuts and fruit are key.    

in this dark place, my bucket is completely empty, and I need to figure out a way to refill it by setting some monster goal that’s going to be super-difficult to achieve—to change my whole focus of what I had been dealing with.’ You hear this line when people say, ‘It’s all about the journey and not the destination.’ But that really has been the case.” He returned for a second attempt at Denali in early June (he attempted last year but wasn’t able to complete the climb due to –60º temps at the top and extreme conditions) and plans to attempt Everest or Vinson in 2019. Mark confesses that he’s right where he wants to be. “If you were to ask a lot of my friends about what I’m doing, they’d say, ‘It’s a big-ass goal.’ But they’d also say, ‘It’s probably right in line with what he does.’” He continues: “One of the differences between myself and not all but many former athletes is that it takes such a high level of drive and motivation and work ethic and pushing yourself to limits that most people never get to. When they are finally retired, they are like, ‘I’m done.’ I would have gone on to college and played for free, and I would have played in the NFL for free. I just loved the game and the sport. I think one of the things with my situation is that I never stopped, no matter what. I’m not special or anything else; it’s just that I’ve chosen a life that motivates me, and it’s a passion to keep my body and my mind physically active.” A year ago, Mark launched a podcast called “Finding Your Summit” about overcoming adversity, featuring guests such as Laird Hamilton and mountaineer legends Ed Viesturs and Lou Whittaker. “I say this all the time, but I feel like the luckiest guy to be sitting on the other end of the mic and for them to share their stories,” says Mark. “I feel so blessed that I’ve been able to climb with or meet these different people.” With two more mountains still on his list, he’s fully prepared for what’s ahead. “I can’t wait for Everest; I’ve always had my eye on that mountain,” he says. “I think it’s going to be one of the most amazing and incredible experiences. All these different things that took me years to master and learn in football is what I’ve been trying to do on these mountains. Ultimately it has all been leading up to this mountain: Mount Everest.” It will be epic. ■


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Into the Woods

Yosemite gets its groove back … and welcomes back an important grove. WRITTEN BY DARREN ELMS

Yosemite’s had a rough few years … drought, fires and a nasty little pine-eating beetle haven’t been kind to the beautiful Sierras. But as summer 2018 picks up steam, California’s treasured national park can take a deep breath of fresh air and celebrate some important milestones. Perhaps the biggest news of the year is the reopening of Mariposa Grove. Located at the southern end of the park, the grove is home to largest collection of sequoias in Yosemite. Abraham Lincoln first ceded Mariposa Grove, along with Yosemite Valley, to California in 1864. The oldest tree in the grove, the Grizzly Giant, is believed to be 1,900 to 2,400 years old. Now you can visit the historic monument with an ADA-accessible boardwalk and improved welcome plaza. Just outside the gates and close to Mariposa Grove, you’ll find convenience and comfort at the Tenaya Lodge. This handsome, recently renovated resort offers the perfect venue to kick off your Yosemite adventure. Be sure to check out one of their adultsonly lodge suites or family-friendly, woodsy cottages. In addition to three amazing restaurants on property, guests can also enjoy both an indoor and outdoor pool and indulge in rejuvenating treatments at the Ascent Spa. Coming next year the resort will introduce private cabins for an even more authentic camp experience, and an adventure zone for the young and young at heart. tenayalodge.com Tenaya Lodge can help you experience the natural wonders of Yosemite via a private bus tour. Outfitted in luxury, the buses feature a retractable roof so you can enjoy an unobstructed view of the towering trees and vistas surrounding you. Take in incredible views of El Capitan, Half Dome, Bridalveil Fall, Glacier Point and much more along your journey. Plus there’s a charging station at each seat so you don’t have to worry about missing that perfect Ansel Adams moment on your smartphone. ■

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SCHOOL S P OT L I G H T

AN ACADEMIC POWERHOUSE WITH SOUL Rolling Hills Prep and Renaissance Schools set the stage for the next 10 years. WRITTEN BY LAURA L. WATTS

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imes are changing for Rolling Hills Preparatory School and Renaissance School. After 25 years of service, head of school Peter McCormack is retiring. “We are enormously grateful for Peter’s quarter-century of leadership, vision and unwavering dedication,” says Stuart Farber, chair of the board of trustees. David Maher—formerly the director of upper schools and assistant head of school— became the new head of school on July 1. “The Board realizes that we are fortunate to have such a capable and experienced leader as David to follow in Peter’s footsteps,” Stuart says. David joined the schools two years ago and has been an independent school educator for more than 25 years in a variety of educational settings, including Chadwick International. “I was drawn to Rolling Hills Prep and Renaissance Schools by the unmatched dedication of the faculty in their desire to do everything possible to support their students, in and out of the classroom,” he shares. David has become deeply immersed in both schools and has been a driving force behind key initiatives that propel the schools forward. Together with the board of directors, he initiated a long-term academic and institutional plan called “Our Vision: The Next Ten Years.”

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BACK IN TIME But first … a walk down memory lane. In 1981 a group of forward-thinkers envisioned an independent school that would offer rigorous academics with “soul.” These founders wanted to create a place where passionate teachers could support an education that prepared students for future success while ensuring they were happy during the process. From that vision, Rolling Hills Preparatory School was born, and Renaissance School for Arts and Sciences was founded in 2004 on the same campus to serve the needs of students with learning differences who may have struggled in a traditional school setting. Rolling Hills Prep serves 200 students in grades 6 through 12, and Renaissance serves 75 students in grades 5 through 12. LOOKING AHEAD Fast-forward to the new 10-year vision, which aims to transform the schools into an “an academic powerhouse” recognized for its high-achieving students and progressive approach to education, says the school’s communications manager, Cameron Rogers. The vision includes transforming the facilities and a renewed commitment to STEM education, allowing students to explore a variety of fields including robotics, programming, engineering and game design. As these new ideas are incorporated into

the way this educational community “does” school, changes are also taking place in the senior administration team. New additions include Carol Bernstein, formerly of Chadwick School, who joins as assistant head of school for enrollment management; Naomi Pawlik, who was the head of school for a K-12 school in Albania and will be director of upper schools; and Sue Mathews, who joined in May as director of advancement after a decade in independent schools such as Mirman and Crossroads. Alongside David, this team will help guide the internal and external workings of the school on a day-to-day basis. TWO SCHOOLS, ONE VIBRANT CAMPUS The relationship between Rolling Hills Prep and Renaissance Schools is unique in the independent school world. Both schools’ activities overlap and complement each other, creating one community of students and faculty who are aware and respectful of learning styles, viewpoints and of each other. The community instills “Four Pillars” in each student: Disciplined Minds, Sound Character, Healthy Bodies and Creative Spirits. They provide an inclusive and diverse environment and welcome families from more than 44 zip codes. Small class sizes and close student-teacher relationships are part of the supportive experience the schools offer.

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“WE ARE NOT JUST PREPARING OUR STUDENTS TO GET INTO TOP SCHOOLS; WE ARE PROVIDING THEM THE TOOLS TO SUCCEED AND LEAD FULFILLED LIVES IN COLLEGE AND BEYOND.”

Matt Liberson, recipient of the President’s Award at USC and Viterbi fellowship, and Lauren Tsuji, CIF state basketball champion, prepare to receive their diplomas.

“We are not just preparing our students to get into top schools; we are providing them the tools to succeed and lead fulfilled lives in college and beyond,” says David. As Rolling Hills Preparatory and Renaissance Schools undergo this transformation, the academic team is beyond optimistic for what these changes mean to the schools’ future. David says, “Our faculty and staff are among the most dedicated and talented group in the independent school world, and the education our students are receiving is preparing them well to be outstanding citizens, engaged community members and successful adults.” For more information about either school, please contact Carol Bernstein at CBernstein@rollinghillsprep.org  or 310-791-1101, extension 148.

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Cubanoamericano When Palos Verdes resident and businessman Jerry Delgado immigrated to the United States from Cuba, he left his native country behind but arrived with an insatiable passion for life and devotion to family. WRITTEN BY DIANE E. BARBER | PHOTOGRAPHED BY SHANE O’DONNELL, IN COLLABORATION WITH C&C PARTNERS

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erry Delgado arrived in Miami in 1968 with his parents and sister. Following a brief stay in Florida, the family made their way to California to join his mother’s siblings who had already settled in Los Angeles. He grew up in Inglewood and moved to Playa del Rey when he was in his 20s. He later met his wife, Kelly—a California native—in Marina del Rey. Free-spirited Jerry recently reflected upon their chance meeting and the beginning of their relationship. “When we started dating, I told Kelly, ‘I am here for a good time—not a long time!’” he laughs. His wife clearly proved him wrong. Today the couple resides in their newly remodeled Rolling Hills home with four of the seven Delgado kids, three of whom are homeschooled by Kelly. The sprawling, single-story residence was originally built in 1936 and was one of the first houses in Rolling Hills. While living in Playa del Rey, they purchased the property in the summer of 2014 from the original owners’ children and spent six months working on building plans and permits with local architect Russ Barto. The Delgados’ love of the outdoors, their horses (which initially lured them to the Peninsula), dogs, entertaining and, of course, the breathtaking views were key factors in the design process. “The architectural style is ranch but with crisper and more contemporary detailing,” shares Russ. “The site commands spectacular views, so that was literally front and center in the design. The experience of stepping inside, looking through the great room to the covered veranda and out to the framed view of the L.A. basin is unique.” After the project was approved by the city, general contractor Mark Walters teamed up with Jerry’s business partner, Eddy Delgado, to design and build the home and new barn. Construction was completed one year later. A partial footprint of the decades-old structure remained, but ceilings were raised from 8 to 18 feet high. Three fireplaces were added. Decks were installed at the back of the house with landscaped “railings,” along with retractable glass walls for expansive indoor-outdoor living. Hansgrohe plumbing fixtures were specified, and wall-hung cabinets and toilets were installed in the bathrooms for easy cleaning. Low-maintenance porcelain tiles were selected, including a timeless grey tile that anchors the living spaces. “Jerry wanted indestructible floors and the same material for continuity inside and outside,” says Eddy. “Shades of grey and neutrals

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were chosen for the color palette to showcase the extensive art collection on display throughout the house. The furniture is a blend of existing pieces from the other house and custom pieces made especially for the new house.” Other notable design details include a wine room that is also a salute to Jerry’s affinity for cigars, designed to resemble the inside of a cigar box. Custom cabinetry and built-ins by Coastal Cabinets were installed throughout the house, along with tile and stone craftsmanship by BGM/ Battaglia. The Lutron home automation system includes automated window shades and glass tinting, energy-efficient LED lighting (with motion sensors and automatic lights in all closets and bathrooms) and radiant heat floors. The heart of the home is the kitchen—a special joy for Kelly who is a triathlete and passionate about health, cooking, gardening, canning, freezedrying and pickling food grown at home. Papaya, guava, fig, peach, pear, apple, orange, lemon, lime, cherry and avocado trees; raised garden boxes for vegetables and herbs; and grape vines adorn their 6-acre pristine property. There is also a flock of 21 organic egg-producing chickens. “My family eats very healthy food that is close to the source,” says Kelly. “I stay away from processed foods and grow most of our produce. We buy our meats from Crowd Cow and our chickens from Pasturebird.” The grand, open, chef-ready space is appointed with Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances, a refrigerated pantry, “leather” finished granite and soapstone. The island is fully topped with an oversized cutting board. “Our family cooks together in the evenings, and we do a lot of chopping.” In typical Delgado fashion, the barn was as meticulously designed and appointed as the house was. It has six stalls for their beloved horses, a tack room and garage space for a horse trailer. Wood and other materials from the house demolition were repurposed for door trims, baseboards and other design details. Special attention was paid to the roof. According to Russ, “The roof design incorporates a monitor, which is a term associated with raising the roof along the ridge. It is a traditional element that provides light and ventilation.” Last but not least, adjacent to the barn is Jerry’s version of a man cave: a western-style saloon that pays homage to his cowboy-at-heart spirit and his boyhood summers spent riding horses on his uncles’ ranch in Cuba. Though the Delgado residence could rival many elite vacation destination spots, Jerry and Kelly pull themselves away from their self-made nirvana to enjoy their shared passion for HarleyDavidson motorcycles and road trips. (Two of their horses are named Harley and Davidson–gifts



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to themselves on Valentine’s Day months before they purchased the property.) The couple averages 30,000 miles of riding each year, which includes their annual two- to three-week road trip throughout the U.S. “Kelly spends three months planning each trip,” says Jerry. “We usually travel 6,000 to 7,000 miles one way. We don’t take freeways and travel a lot of old country roads. We take three changes of clothes, and we FedEx other clothes ahead of us to hotels—often a suit and dress to go out to dinner that the hotels send back afterwards. We also make arrangements through HarleyDavidson to return the bikes to California, and we travel home by plane.” Jerry Delgado’s journey from Cuba to the charmed life that he has created with his family in Palos Verdes could not have been better scripted for this adventurous, charismatic, cigarsmoking, motorcycle- and horseback-riding entrepreneur. ■

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THEFT BY FINDING: DIARIES (1977–2002) BY DAVID SEDARIS For 40 years, David Sedaris has kept a diary in which he records everything that captures his attention: overheard comments, salacious gossip, soap opera plot twists, secrets confided by total strangers. These observations are the source code for his finest work, and through them he has honed his cunning, surprising sentences. Now Sedaris shares his private writings with the world. Theft by Finding, the first of two volumes, is the story of how a drug-abusing dropout with a weakness for the International House of Pancakes and a chronic inability to hold down a real job became one of the funniest people on the planet. ROOM TO DREAM BY DAVID LYNCH & KRISTINE MCKENNA In this unique hybrid of biography and memoir, David Lynch opens up for the first time about a life lived in pursuit of his singular vision and the many heartaches and struggles he’s faced to bring his unorthodox projects to fruition. Lynch’s lyrical, intimate and unfiltered personal reflections riff off biographical sections written by close collaborator Kristine McKenna and based on more than 100 new interviews with surprisingly candid ex-wives, family members, actors, agents, musicians and colleagues in various fields who all have their own takes on what happened.

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PASSWORDS DAWES Los Angeles-based American folk rock band Dawes releases its sixth studio album via HUB Records. Guitarist and vocalist Taylor Goldsmith likes “the idea of looking at a song as a password—an opportunity for some sort of insight that had previously been unavailable to you.” With the new album, the band seeks to “think a little harder about not just how but WHY we (not just ‘you’ or ‘I’ but ‘we’) feel the ways that we do.” SWEEP HER OFF HER FEET BY JAMIE REIDY South Bay author and humorist Jamie Reidy offers his “cleaningchallenged compadres” funny yet practical instructions for quickly getting his place date-ready. It even provides the list of weapons he will carry into battle against the dark and dirty forces that have invaded his castle. According to Jamie’s mom, “I wish he had this book 40 years ago.” SORRY TO BOTHER YOU In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success—which propels him into a macabre universe. Written and directed by Boots Riley, the comedymeets-sci-fi film stars Danny Glover and Armie Hammer. WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (20 Feet from Stardom), this documentary takes an intimate look at America’s favorite neighbor: Mister Fred Rogers. A portrait of a man whom we all think we know, this emotional and moving film takes us beyond the zip-up cardigans and the land of make-believe and into the heart of a creative genius who inspired generations of children with compassion and limitless imagination.


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Resident Director Remembering legendary filmmaker and Hermosa Beach resident Warren Miller WRITTEN BY KAT MONK



When most people think of Warren Miller, they think of winter, snow and skiing. But many in the South Bay remember him as a waterman, businessman and community advocate. Born in Los Angeles in 1924, Warren was raised in Topanga. He learned how to ski at 12 when his Boy Scout troop went on a trip to San Bernardino. A couple years later, while in middle school, Warren made a surfboard out of wood and taught himself how to surf with the help of a Topanga local. After World War II, when Warren was in his 20s, he became a passionate skier. He and a buddy traveled to Idaho and lived in a “canned ham” trailer in a Sun Valley parking lot and hunted rabbits and ducks for sustenance. In order to become better skiers, they started filming each other to improve their technique. Filming soon became a way of life. Warren started making major ski films and rented auditoriums and theatres to sold-out crowds. A charismatic man, he loved to narrate his films and found it to be a fantastic way to tell stories to a captive audience. He enjoyed the personal touch it gave to his films. Ski enthusiasts welcomed a new Warren Miller film each year, signifying the beginning of each new ski season. Little did Warren know at the time that this was setting the seed for a 50-year career. Warren was a natural-born entrepreneur. He directed and produced at least 55 feature films, 300 marketing films and 13 episodes of a television series. In order to fund his quest for making ski films, he started a side business of booking European tours. If he could book 12 people on a tour, he could travel for free wherever he wanted to film. “When my parents got married [Warren] already had a tour arranged, so he needed to get 26 people booked so that my mom could travel free too,” says daughter Chris Miller. The Millers’ honeymoon photo has an additional 26 people in it, but they were able to travel for free and get the footage they needed to work on more films.

Warren bought a home on The Strand in Hermosa Beach at 34th Street, became an avid surfer and loved to sail too. Passionate about his community and the beach, Warren had a vision for Hermosa and became a community advocate. One issue he took up was the bike path in Hermosa Beach. He argued that the city of Hermosa should not pave a bike path on the sand, losing beach to pavement. Warren drew up bike path plans himself, took them to the City Council to propose that the city not replicate what happened in neighboring cities. The fact that the bike path runs along Hermosa Avenue—behind the houses in Hermosa—is due to Warren Miller’s vision. A second issue Warren fought for was to move the telephone poles underground, but they couldn’t reach a consensus. Forty years later, telephone poles are still a highly debated topic in the Beach Cities. Warren also was one of the first businessmen to advocate working locally without a commute. He owned a couple businesses, including 200 Pier Avenue, where Warren Miller Productions remained and operated for 40 years. Warren wanted all of his employees to have the choice to not commute. Each day he had a runner run into Hollywood with their film. He chose Hermosa because it was close enough but not too close to LAX and offered the ocean. At one time he tried to buy the Biltmore Hotel. His idea was to conduct business as the hotel on the first couple floors, and the upper floors would be offices. He couldn’t find someone to partner, so he bought the 200 Pier building instead. 200 Pier was an incubator where you could get a small office and a storefront for relatively cheap. He kept the rents low so as not to jeopardize their businesses. He was really proud of Hermosa Beach. He would end every film with Warren Miller Productions–Hermosa Beach. It ensured a strong awareness of this wonderful place. Warren Miller passed away on January 24, 2018 of natural causes. ■

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Renaissance Man

Arnold Chanin has always had a keen talent for spotting up-and-coming artists and creating art—of all kinds—himself. Now he is sharing the fruits of his lifelong labors with the world. WRITTEN BY HADLEY HALL MEARES PHOTOGRAPHED BY MONICA OROZCO

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“H

e is absolutely a Renaissance man,” Raine Chanin says of her husband, the artist and El Segundo family physician Dr. Arnold Chanin. She stands in the garage of their home, which Arnold has used as a studio for decades, watching as he sifts through more than 60 years of artwork. “There’s nothing I haven’t worked in: assemblages, watercolors, acrylics, bronze sculpture, ceramic sculpture, reliquaries,” he says. His favorite medium is oil. “You can study the work and go back to it. Oil forces you to not be in a hurry.” Being in a hurry is not in Arnold’s nature. He is a great lover of process, of observation and, most importantly, of learning. Born in Pittsburgh in 1934, he became a photographer as a teen and studied painting and design at Carnegie Mellon before transferring to Antioch College to study fine art and teaching. He taught art across the country and also worked in jewelry design and portrait photography. Arnold then returned to school to get his medical degree in 1965. “When I became a doctor, I didn’t have to kowtow to anybody,” he says. “All my art projects—my painting, my photography—every one I financed myself.” Arnold found a kindred spirit in Raine. Together they befriended (and Arnold photographed) many of Southern California’s most prolific modern artists, including Stanton MacDonald-Wright, Ynez Johnston and Gordon Wagner. “We had belief in them, and very few people had belief in Southern California artists,” he explains. The couple began to build a prolific collection. “We discovered that artists are the most generous, wonderful people in the world. We were in the ‘60s, newly married, and we didn’t have two nickels to rub against each other.



However, we started buying artwork, and we paid it off,” Raine says. “It was an exciting time. It really, really was. We had an empty house, no furniture—but we had artwork.” Many of these artists and their families became Arnold’s patients, including the assemblagist and printmaker Betye Saar, who paid for her children’s visits to Arnold’s practice in artwork. Most impactful from a creative standpoint: Arnold became close to the abstract expressionist Gustav Burkhardt, who had settled in SoCal. “It was love at first sight,” he says. Arnold studied with the Swiss-born artist for more than 20 years and credits him with, among other things, teaching him how to prepare canvas. In the 1970s and ‘80s, the couple began to donate their impressive artworks to various institutions across the country. Arnold’s own work appears in several collections, including the Huntington Art Collections, Orange County Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Institution. Although the Chanins have given much of their collection away, their warm home is still filled with vibrant art. Some is the work of Arnold; others are from his famous friends. Every night, Arnold, who still practices medicine, can be found creating in his studio garage, where he once set up little easels so that his children could paint alongside him. Arnold creates works incorporating the things he loves: anatomy, medicine, classical music—and Raine. He is currently reworking a series of abstract pastels he began 40 years ago in a weekly artists’ group in the basement of MGM studios. “It’s done when you can look at it anytime in the front hall,” he says of his pieces, “and the light is right, the balance is right.” No, Arnold Chanin is never rushed. But he is always busy. ■

“There’s nothing I haven’t worked in: Assemblages, watercolors, acrylics, bronze sculpture, ceramic sculpture, RELIQUARIES.”

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Man’s Best Friend Whether searching for lost victims, pursuing dangerous suspects, lending comforting moral support or simply playing with a child, a dog’s unwavering willingness to please a trusted and adoring companion is profound. These loyal canines serve not only as faithful companions to their handlers in uniform, but they also serve the greater South Bay community with a duty to rescue, protect and serve. WRITTEN BY DIANE E. BARBER PHOTOGRAPHED BY SHANE O’DONNELL


“We are a perfect match. Ammo is highenergy and has a good sense of humor. He is very young, and we will continue to work together as long as we both remain healthy. And when it is time for him to retire, I will buy him from the city and he will spend the rest of his life with me.� 84

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ogs have been heralded for centuries as man’s best friend. They have an innate ability to reach a place in people’s hearts that only a dog can. From standing alongside royalty to quietly easing the ways of the world for those suffering through hardships, their companionship is unparalleled. When you earn a dog’s trust and respect, their loyalty is steadfast and their capacity for unconditional love and acceptance is oftentimes astonishing. My journey through life with faithful dogs by my side has significantly shaped my world as I know it. Thanks to my parents making them a part of our family, dogs romped beside me on foot and on horseback during some of my most memorable childhood years. My father trained Labrador retrievers to hunt with him to put food on our dinner table, so I have always had a deep appreciation for working dogs. They take the human/ animal bond to an even deeper level because the sky is the limit for what a good dog that



has been treated with kindness and compassion will do for a good handler. I have admired the working dogs in our South Bay community for many years, particularly the K9 unit at the Redondo Beach Police Department and the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s K9 search and rescue team. Having had the good fortune to spend time recently with a dog from both departments, my admiration is greater. Though one has been trained to find bad guys and detect explosives and the other to rescue victims of tragic circumstances, the dogs are instinctively the same. They fearlessly navigate danger to serve their handlers, who are committed to serving us and saving lives. OFFICER KYLE LOFSTROM & AMMO Redondo Beach K9 police officer Kyle Lofstrom had dogs when he was growing up in the South Bay. His quest to become a police officer took hold during his early teens. “I was into the police thing when I was

young,” he shares. “My grandmother was the secretary for the chief of the Redondo Beach Police Department (RBPD) in the ‘90s, and I went to open houses. When I was 13 or 14 I decided to become a law enforcement explorer and then later a cadet with the Torrance Police Department. After I graduated from CSULA with a degree in criminal justice, Redondo hired me.” The first three years of Kyle’s patrol work was without a dog. When asked how he transitioned into the K9 unit, he says, “I became interested when I started my career and eventually began working with the team and decoying during training. Around year three I applied for an open spot and was fortunate enough to be at the right place at the right time to get it.”  In May 2016 a trainer in Santa Barbara County who provides dogs to the city of Redondo Beach partnered Kyle with Ammo, an aptly named 18-month-old German shepherd/Belgian Malinois from Hungary. Kyle and Ammo went to patrol school for six

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weeks followed by 10 weeks of explosives detection training. Today the pair patrols together four days a week on 10-hour shifts. Wednesdays are dedicated to training with all five of the department’s dogs and handlers at various locations. Kyle and Ammo also work on obedience training every day with all commands in German, such as “fuss” (pronounced “foos”) for heel, “sitz” for sit and “platz” for down.  Ammo was bred for his instinctual behavior that makes him well-suited for his job. But he also had to be extensively trained for odor detection, obedience, searching, alerting and making an arrest. Training for arrests started with a toy and then progressed to a padded sleeve before he learned to apprehend a person acting as a decoy in a fully protective suit. Ammo had his first arrest and apprehended a suspect in a live situation last December. Ammo lives with Kyle, which begs the question, “How does the dog know when he is working and not working?” According to Kyle, “Certain things cue him, such as us walking through a side gate to a house, search commands, and me calling, ‘Is anyone inside?’ And, of course, when I pop the patrol car door and let him deploy. There are other cues he subconsciously understands, such as people being aggressive and arguing. All of those things get him excited. He perks up and barks when he knows he is working.” Since Ammo is still young, when he is at home with Kyle he stays comfortably in a large dog kennel, which keeps him from becoming stressed for his safety and the safety of others. When they are off-duty, they are on-call for situations that require additional canine support, such as a robbery suspect hiding within a city block.  Kyle takes his dedication to his job and his canine partner beyond his on-duty responsibilities. He is committed to assisting the department with fundraising to secure a permanent training facility for the city’s K9 unit near the Redondo Beach Dog Park.  Fundraising efforts currently include the team partnering with Pooch Paramedic—a company that offers canine CPR and first aid classes to dog owners and dog service providers. A portion of the class proceeds are donated to the Redondo Beach Police Foundation to benefit the K9 team. Additionally the RBPD K9 handlers have actively championed Assembly Bill 1776 to allow paramedics to treat and transport injured working police dogs by ambulance,



which is a 2019 state pilot program. Currently, doing so is against the law.   As for the noteworthy partnership, Kyle proudly shares, “We are a perfect match. Ammo is high-energy and has a good sense of humor. He is very young, and we will continue to work together as long as we both remain healthy. And when it is time for him to retire, I will buy him from the city and he will spend the rest of his life with me.” FIREFIGHTER JAKE ARMENDARIZ & CLANCY Jake Armendariz wanted to be a firefighter since he was a kid. He had two role models who inspired him when he was growing up: a Redondo Beach neighbor who was a firefighter and his uncle who served in the U.S. Navy. After Jake graduated from Redondo Union High School, he joined the U.S. Coast Guard and was stationed in Alaska for four years until he decided that he missed living in the South Bay. He returned home in 2004 and worked at Spyder Surfboards in Hermosa Beach and then as a casual longshoreman at the Port of Los Angeles before he was hired by the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) in 2008. Three years into his career, Jake realized that he wanted to specialize in something. Having been around dogs most of his life and seeing them working in law enforcement, he set his sights on working with dogs to help people. “I was a firefighter for five years before I did any training with dogs,” he says. “I spent two years training with the K9 search and rescue (SAR) team without a dog to learn and build skills. Then I attended a K9 handlers course at the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation’s training center in Santa Paula, California. I was matched with a dog that was considered a good fit: a yellow Labrador retriever named Clancy who was a rescue dog that came from another task force. When I graduated, he was donated to LACoFD and he came home with me.” According to veteran SAR teammate Captain Andy Olvera, “Jake went into training somewhat seasoned and proven dedicated to the program. This definitely contributed to him being paired with a seasoned dog. He later completed his FEMA certification in three months instead of the usual nine to 12 months.” Jake is currently stationed in Gardena with 6-year-old Clancy. They are also a part of an elite countywide team of 13 handlers and dogs (10 live search trained dogs and three

“We searched large, collapsed buildings, assisted by listening devices and cameras. Delayering [searching again after a floor has been removed] and saving lives was our #1 job. Keeping the dogs excited and letting them do their jobs in the process was important. We train them with live people buried in rubble, so they understood what we were doing.”

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human remains recovery dogs) that provides SAR emergency and natural disaster responses to Los Angeles County residents as LACoFD, to the nation as CA Task Force 2 and to the world as USA2. Though Jake and his partner, Clancy, are easygoing and fun-loving by nature, when they are working they are a formidable pair. Though the conditions are unique for each working scenario, one thing remains constant for Jake and his dog: staying on task with an upbeat demeanor, which is at the heart of Clancy’s training. The work is a game of hide-and-seek for his dog that is highly rewarded with praise and a coveted toy. And it is that game that keeps him on point to save lives. “Your attitude travels down the leash to your dog, and I need to keep my dog happy,” explains Jake. “To do that I must stay calm and present and keep my emotions in check at all times.” Every emergency scenario that the pair and their team encounter—whether local, national or international—is unique and requires incredible diversity. LACoFD often gets calls for a vehicle over the side of a cliff. When the terrain is difficult for firefighters to traverse and there is the possibility that occupants have been ejected, dogs are very methodical and efficient. Unlike urban searches with many human scents to sort through, open land makes a human scent an anomaly in nature and an easier mark. Urban searches to date for Jake and Clancy most notably included being deployed with the USA2 team to Mexico City after the 7.1 magnitude earthquake in 2017. They were on the ground for 13 days on rotation for 12-hour shifts supporting local programs in tandem with the admiral of the Mexican military and minister of the interior. “We searched large, collapsed buildings, assisted by listening devices and cameras. Delayering [searching again after a floor has been removed] and saving lives was our #1 job. Keeping the dogs excited and letting them do their jobs in the process was important. We train them with live people buried in rubble, so they understood what we were doing.” Other natural disasters that USA2 and Task Force 2 have responded to have been numerous, including the Nepal earthquake, the tsunami in Japan and major hurricanes in Puerto Rico, Texas and Florida. Closer to home, Jake and Clancy went with five other live search dogs and three human remains dogs to assist in the aftermath of the Montecito mudslides in January.

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Clancy was able to get into structures that firefighters could not and then move on to search more buildings for potential rescues. “Clancy went up trees, on roofs and entered buildings through broken windows,” Jake proudly recalls. Through countless local, national and international deployments, Jake, Clancy and the entire LACoFD SAR team have collectively garnered experience that benefits the residents of Los Angeles County in emergency situations and disaster relief. Though the K9 handlers are provided with the basic tools to do their job, they selflessly give more of what is needed to maximize the team’s performance potential with their own

personal funds. In response to that, Jake and his team started L.A. County Search Dogs, Inc. in 2018—a nonprofit organization that provides aid for each handler-and-dog team’s unique circumstances and needs. “It is an amazing privilege to not only represent LACoFD but to also represent the USA with our team when we provide K9 SAR services around the world,” says Jake, with Clancy by his side. The late actor, writer and humanitarian Will Rogers succinctly summed it up for those of us who have had the good fortune to be loved by a dog: “If there are no dogs in heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.” Yes, sir. Copy that, Mr. Rogers. ■


Spanish Revival A husband-and-wife duo brings a taste of Spanish and French coastal cuisine to Redondo Beach’s Riviera Village with Gabi James. WRITTEN BY JENNIE NUNN

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Husband-and-wife team Sara Gabriele and Adam Aro, owners of newly opened Redondo Beach eatery Gabi James, are familiar faces in the South Bay culinary scene. Thanks to Sara’s father, Guy Gabriele, who opened Zazou in 1996 and Café Pierre in Manhattan Beach in 1977 (now Love & Salt), the family restaurant genes run strong. Their latest venture, Gabi James (a combination of Sara’s family nickname, “Gabi,” and Adam’s middle name, “James”)—housed in the former Zazou space in Riviera Village, is a thoughtful blend of Spanish and coastal French influences. The cuisine includes family recipes passed down through generations and a menu inspired by executive chef Chris Feldmeier’s travels throughout Spain and France. “When we were creating the space, we really wanted to combine the area’s breezy, beachy feel with a fun and unique vibe that we felt really expressed us as a restaurant,” explains Sara, who worked with interior designer Ana Henton and Palos Verdes–based architect Erik Blanchard of Blanchard Fuentes Design to create the clean-lined space. The interior is fashioned with sculptural glass sconces by Tom Dixon, beechwood tables, steel tile in different finishes behind the bar area and soft, green leather banquettes. “Redondo Beach—the Riviera Village in specific—is really similar to the coast of France and the areas in Spain that we hold so dear,” Sara continues. “It is a hidden gem in L.A. There is a constant ocean breeze, and it’s almost always bright and sunny. The Riviera has great walking traffic and is full of local businesses. It is full of singles and families who love to go out and enjoy great food and drinks but tend to head up to Manhattan or Hermosa to do so. We are happy to bring a place like ours to this specific neighborhood, especially because our family has such deep roots here.”  Chef Chris (of Osteria Mozza and Moruno) has created a menu that spans small plates, including gambas al ajillo (shrimp with garlic, lemon, olive oil and bread); tortilla Española (egg, onion, potato and aioli; and anchovy matrimonio (caperberry, shallot, chili, butter and grilled bread.) “This is one of chef’s favorite dishes,” says Sara of the matrimonio. “This dish ‘marries’ white anchovies and salted, brown anchovies. The white anchovies are more acidic with almost a citrusy flavor, and the salted, brown anchovies are more earthy with great umami. The butter really balances the two so nicely.” 

Other standout dishes include fideuá, Chef Chris’s inventive twist on paella using pasta instead of rice and a squid ink aioli; tuna escabéche—rare tuna seared a la plancha, marinated peppers and olives; and merguez, a Gabriele family recipe comprised of lamb and spice in a homemade sausage pinwheel topped with herb salad and roasted pepper salsa. For dessert, options range from state fair churros to cremé Catalana—a reinterpretation of crème brûlée. Equal emphasis was also placed on creating the cocktail program, designed by Vincenzo Marianella (of Copa d’Oro and Providence), with a variety of beer, wine and gin offerings. “Gin is delicious, and it is also huge in Spain and much of Europe right now,” adds Sara. “There is nothing more refreshing than a good gin and tonic on a warm day. Vincenzo created a list that plays with the flavors of Spain and France, while also using more familiar ingredients like IPA. He created a menu that has a wide array of flavors and textures.” After opening doors a few months ago, the couple reveals they are proud of their new restaurant and settling right in. “It has really been a labor of love,” says Sara. “Everywhere we look, there is something that makes us smile. I think the thing that we can be most proud of is our team. From the front of the house to the back of the house, we are extremely lucky to have people who are passionate about what they are doing and who really help exude the feel and mentality that Gabi James is: a place to come and enjoy the people you are with and the food and drinks on the table. It’s not just a place to come and grab a bite.” ■ Open for dinner nightly; brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Gabi James 1810 S. Catalina Avenue in Redondo Beach gabijamesla.com

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Walk With Us Honoring Walk With Sally mentors—experienced and newbie PHOTOGRAPHED BY LAUREN PRESSEY

At this year’s White Light White Night on July 28, Walk With Sally will celebrate the mentors who support children of families affected by cancer. One of this year’s honorees is mentor Brian LaTorre. Attending the event for the first time will be Walk With Sally’s 100th mentor, Darnell Beller. We caught up with both of them a few weeks out from the event.

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How did you both find Walk With Sally? BRIAN LATORRE: My father passed away after his battle with cancer when I was only 13 years old, so the mission of the organization instantly resonated with me. I went to a social fundraising event first to learn more about the organization, then to a mentor training class shortly thereafter where I met some of the amazing staff members. The rest, as they say, is history. DARNELL BELLER: I was looking for some sort of organization to help me deal with losing both of my parents to cancer in the last two years. I’m fairly new to Los Angeles, and this program just felt like a perfect fit.  Darnell, what crossed your mind when you heard you were the 100th Walk With Sally mentor? DB: I was stoked! I thought it was pretty cool being #100. What a milestone.

Brian, what’s your relationship like with your mentee? BL: I think that I can understand him and what he is going through in a way that most other people, like his friends, are not able to simply because they have not been in that situation before. We share a similar experience, which has bonded us in a very unique yet powerful way. Any advice you can give new mentors like Darnell? BL: Be patient. It can take time to build rapport with your mentee, and it can even feel a bit awkward for a while. That is a phase that I think a lot of new friendships go through simply because of the nature of how the friendship has come to be in the first place. Don’t get discouraged! The more time that you spend with your mentee, the more the friendship will develop and the more comfortable you both will feel. Continue to show up with the best intentions, and the rest will take care of itself. ■


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They might Be Giants Nearly 100 years ago, a man on Catalina Island dug up the bones and artifacts of what he claimed to be a lost population of human giants. This macabre collection quickly captured the imaginations of island visitors and even spread to the mainland by way of the media. But was Ralph Glidden a self-made Indiana Jones or a grave-robbing huckster out to make a buck? We dig a bit deeper on a local legend. WRITTEN BY PEGGY JO ABRAHAM


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ost people accept the scientific belief that dinosaurs roamed the earth some 250 million years ago. We can learn about their existence and appearance through carefully preserved fossil skeletons. However this is not the case when it comes to the discovery of the so-called “giants of Catalina.” A strange man named Ralph Glidden is behind this mysterious and unproven claim. Glidden, born in 1881, moved to Catalina Island when he was 15 years old. He was working as a carpenter 23 years later when he reportedly met a treasure hunter and began exploring the island. There is a story that he stubbed his toe on a human skull while looking for pearls. Regardless of how he got started, Glidden did unearth human bones, along with artifacts like bowls and tools, while digging up ancient burial sites of the native Tongva Indians. Some say he dug up as many as 800 such sites. The Tongva tribe was known to have inhabited the Channel Islands 8,000 years ago. Archeology as a formal discipline was in its infancy in the 1920s. There were no laws at the time to prevent Glidden’s destructive activity, and so people didn’t really question what he was doing. According to an archeologist from the Fowler Museum at UCLA, “People did not have the same view of human remains that we do now. It was not uncommon for people to collect and trade bones, like we might do with baseball cards.” Thus it wasn’t until many years later that people started recognizing Glidden for what he really was. Roy Rose, a resident of Catalina for 75 years, sums up Glidden’s character in much the same way that most people now view him: “He was a grave robber! He also



misrepresented his credentials, was a thief and a liar.” In the early days of Glidden’s digging, an organization on the East Coast called the Heye Foundation was amassing a collection of Indian artifacts from around the country. They hired him to do some excavation, despite the fact that he had absolutely no knowledge of archeological practices or procedures. Glidden was, however, a natural self-promoter and actually hired a publicist (virtually an unknown practice at the time) to bring attention to his discoveries. The publicist fabricated his background and exaggerated his findings, calling Glidden a “professor” and even a “doctor” although he never graduated from high school. The stories gained some traction and appeared in various publications like Popular Science, The New York Times and The Boston Globe—giving a false sense of validation to his work. About the same time that Glidden was beginning to garner a bit of recognition, a legitimate British archeologist and Egyptologist named Howard Carter became a worldwide celebrity for discovering the intact tomb of King Tut in 1922. The wave of publicity, the start of an Egyptian craze and Carter’s newfound fame annoyed Glidden. He needed to find a way to up his game and get back on people’s radar. So not to be outdone, he started making up outrageous tales. Seemingly out of nowhere, Glidden made his grandest claim of all: that there had once been an ancient race of extremely tall, fair-haired, blue-eyed “giants” living on Catalina Island. He promoted the idea that he had found skeletons of these giants, ranging in height from 7 feet to 9 feet tall. It’s important to note that there has never been any scientific evidence to substantiate

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this claim; neither the giant bones or pictures of the bones exist. In a bizarre twist, Glidden was not the only one to make such a claim. In 1913 Dr. A.W Furstenan of Germany said he found the skeleton of what appeared to be an 8-foot tall human in Avalon Bay. Supposedly it was discovered in hard black sand and was mostly disintegrated when it was brought to the surface and exposed to air—leaving only the skull, jawbone and a foot intact. Once again, there has never been any physical evidence to prove this. Chicago chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr. purchased Catalina in 1919. He was interested in preserving the history of the island and put a stop to all unauthorized digging. Glidden was allowed to continue because of his contract, but about five years later he lost his funding from the Heye Foundation. It’s generally believed that he fabricated the “giants” story and other tall tales to create interest and make money. It was then he came up with the idea of opening a “museum” to display the artifacts and skeletons he had looted. Glidden hoped that by charging admission, he could earn enough income to continue his work. Named the Catalina Museum of Island

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Indians, the makeshift museum overlooking Avalon’s harbor was often described as bizarre and macabre. “The museum was modeled after an image he saw of a chapel in Malta,” says Gail Fornasiere, director of marketing and public relations at the Catalina Island Museum, which today is the only institution dedicated to the arts, culture and history of Santa Catalina Island. “This chapel was made by the monks using the bones of the other monks. When opening his museum, Glidden said he wanted to have something North America had never seen before.” Glidden’s creation was definitely something no one in the area had seen before. He incorporated bones he’d found into the architecture of his structure, using them for both support and decoration. Skull-filled shelves were held up by arm and leg bones serving as brackets. Window frames were adorned with toe and finger bones—the whole scene exhibiting a complete disregard for American Indians and their culture. Not only were there questions about Glidden’s fantastic claims, there were also suspicions that he was collecting remains from all over the world and passing them off as discoveries native to Catalina. Some

archeologists have surmised Glidden purchased bones of people who were Incan, African and Egyptian and exhibited them as Indian relics. Roy Rose remembers paying a quarter to go inside the museum. “I brought my younger brother up with me and we wanted to have a look at this place, and it was very spooky. I told my brother, ‘This place really smells funny.’ And out of nowhere Mr. Glidden appeared and said, ‘Young man, this place doesn’t smell any funnier than your house does,’” he recalls. Glidden’s weird and creepy museum did not prove as lucrative as he’d hoped. While his earnings shrunk, his tales grew—becoming more and more far-fetched. He claimed to have evidence of “white Indians” and even to have discovered the fabled lost Temple of the Sun God, which was said to be larger than Stonehenge. There was also the grandiose story of a soapstone funerary urn with the skeletal remains of a “royal princess.” She supposedly was clutching the brim of the urn and surrounded by the skeletons of 64 children. Again, there are no known photographs of the “princess” or the skeletons. However a 138-pound urn was discovered and became


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an attraction at Glidden’s museum, which closed in 1950. Over time, the property was passed on to the present owners who built the Seaport Hotel on the site. Shortly after Glidden’s death in 1968, Philip K. Wrigley, the son of William Jr, bought Glidden’s entire collection for $5,000 and donated it to the Catalina Island Museum. Today the museum houses the artifacts, journals, photos and scrapbooks of newspaper clippings that Glidden saved. Six years ago the museum held an exhibition titled “The Strange and Mysterious Case of Dr. Glidden.” In addition to the artifacts, the museum was also in possession of human remains. A federal grant enabled the Catalina Island Museum to work with UCLA to repatriate the remains back to the island. There was a ceremony in 2016 to mark the occasion when the remains were reburied in an undisclosed location. Through the years there has been occasional outside interest in the giants. Four years ago the museum worked with the History Channel for a series called Search for the Lost Giants. “The hosts of the show went through our permanent collection and determined that Ralph Glidden’s claims of giants were not correct. Though he had notes and photographs from most of his excavations, there was no proof he ever discovered giants,” says Fornasiere. These days, although the museum does not believe that any of Glidden’s claims about the giants are credible, they understand his story is part of the island’s history. Fornasiere says it is unfortunate that they don’t know as much as they could have about the Indians who lived there. “Because Glidden took it upon himself to excavate as many native islander sites as possible and he was not a trained archaeologist, we know very little about the island’s natives. If these sites had been properly studied by professional archaeologists, we feel we would have a better understanding of their life and daily activities. We only know what he claimed and what he found with his pick-axe,” she explains. Glidden was always seeking attention and wanted to be remembered as an amazing relic hunter, but he died penniless and basically unknown. Catalina Island has a history of fascinating characters, and he is certainly one of these. Despite his lifelong quest for fame and notoriety, it seems Ralph Glidden died as a true legend only in his own mind. ■

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Hunt Tower at LCM

More than 200 guests gathered to honor Priscilla Hunt and her late husband as the Donald & Priscilla Hunt Tower signage was unveiled at the Little Company of Mary Medical Center (LCM) in Torrance. The Hunt family made a historic gift of $20 million to LCM to support the Heart to Heart Campaign and the Cardiovascular Center of Excellence. Donald & Priscilla Hunt signage revealed

LA Clippers announcers thank and congratulate Priscilla Hunt.

Priscilla Hunt with birthday cake/replica of Hunt Tower

Priscilla Hunt with brother Elipidio Dulay and sister Dorie Prestridge

Sean Armstrong, Kurt Hinrichsen, Rich Severa

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Naz Azadi, MD, Vanessa Kaushal, RN, Rishi Kaushal, MD

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Richard Greenberg, Jim Mollenkamp, MD, Ralph Moore

Priscilla Hunt and Mike Del Vicario, MD

Sister Terrence Landini, LCM, and Rick Fridrick

Kathie Eckert, Pat Greene, Jan Brandmeyer, Debbie Greene, Mark Paullin

Gary Olney, Paula Del Vicario, Anne Lemaire

Mark Paullin, Mary Kingston, CEO, Mayor Pro Tem Geoff Rizzo

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OrangeTwist Grand Opening

PHOTOGRAPHED BY KRISTIN ANDERSON & JP CORDERO

Following their all-day open house where guests received complimentary consultations, locals officially celebrated the opening of OrangeTwist South Bay with a grand opening ribbon-cutting and cocktail party in El Segundo hosted by Southbay magazine. After walking the red carpet, attendees met the OrangeTwist staff, chief medical officer Dr. W. Grant Stevens and co-founder Clint Carnell, who also serves as the CEO of The HydraFacial Company. Guests learned about OrangeTwist’s state-of-the-art products and services offered at the aesthetic treatment boutique including CoolSculpting, HydraFacial and plenty more. They enjoyed savory bites by Petros in Manhattan Beach, a curated wine bar by Barsha Wines & Spirits and craft brews by King Harbor Brewing Company. Thanks to Kendra Scott, locals had the opportunity to design and craft their own custom piece of jewelry. Special thanks to Choura, VOX DJs, Penta and Rolling Hills Flower Mart for their continued partnership.

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Raise A Glass: SEIA Expansion Celebration

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After building a new space in Redondo Beach, SEIA invited their clients to celebrate the expansion with an epicurean evening. Thanks to Barsha Wines & Spirits and Cultured Slice, guests went on a curated wine and cheese tour through the office with pairings from Spain, France and the U.S. The packed house of locals enjoyed live jazz, tasted savory appetizers from The Ripe Choice and learned about aged olive oils at the Oil & Vinegar tasting station. Special thanks to Choura Events and Penta for their continued partnership.



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Del Vicario Cardiovascular Center of Excellence Little Company of Mary celebrated the completion of the $35 million Heart to Heart Campaign and named the Cardiovascular Center in honor of Michele Del Vicario, MD. Patients, foundation and ministry board members, administrators and colleagues joined to honor Dr. Del and his wife, Paula.

Dr. Del Vicario and Paula Del Vicario

Steve Young, Brenda Nowotka, Priscilla Hunt, Dr. Del Vicario

Dr. Del Vicario (center) and his team of MDs, L to R: Jashdeep Dhoot, Nazanin Azadi, Murrad Abdelkarim, Thi Doi Dang, Rishi Kaushal

Dr. Del, Maureen Moore, Stan Moore

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Mary Kingston, Dr. Del Vicario, Paula Del Vicario

Evening of Laughter and Fun(d)raising

Kenya O’Neil speaks

Craig Sommerstein, Christine Accavitti, Rebecca Sommerstein, Michelle Lindgren, Adrianne Kaufman, Richard Kaufman, Lena Miller-Horii, Dwayne Horii

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Fletcher Larson and Al Roebuck

Tahia Hayslet, Anne St. Cyr, Christine Accavitti, Nanci Browning

Julaina Larson, Adrianne Kaufman, Richard Kaufman

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The South Bay Auxiliary of Harbor Interfaith Services (HIS) recently held its Evening of Laughter & Fun(d)raising at The Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach. Money raised at the event will help HIS serve the vital needs of the homeless and working poor throughout the greater South Bay area.


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Celebrate the Spirit of Ireland The Wearing of the Green was the dress of the day as Las Candalistas hosted Celebrate the Spirit of Ireland on April 26 at Catalina View Gardens—a day filled with Irish hospitality, music and dance, raising funds to benefit Community’s Child, Family Promise of the South Bay and TrinityKids Care Hospice.

Janie Hasselman and Selina Hamilton

Cheryl Deppe, Lisa Sierveld, Kathy Black, Hollidae Brown

Paula Redmond and guests



Anne Nelson, Marge Rankin, Jan Raymond, Kitty Edler

Sue Spellacy, Nancy MacTavish, Suzanne Manavian, Sara Jane Bettge

Irene Almeida, Paula Redmond, Judy Armstrong, Polly Goodman

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Go Red For Women Luncheon

Close to 300 women gathered for the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women Luncheon to support the fight against heart disease and stroke— the #1 and #2 killers in Los Angeles County—and advance equity, awareness and action for women’s health. The Go Red campaign, including the luncheon sponsored by Union Bank, raised more than $525,000 this year.

Dr. Sherry Ross and Dr. Kathy Magliato

Portia Cohen, Lisa Aitken, Jennifer Anderson

Christine Sarkissof and Shawn Casey

Mary Kingston, Daryl Evans, local students

Angela Bennett, Krissy Magraudy, Kori Clausen, Franca Stadvec, Nina Tarnay

Palos Verdes Art Center 32nd Annual Homes Tour

Palos Verdes Art Center celebrated the 32nd annual Homes Tour, run by The Circle support group. PVAC brings art to children through Art At Your Fingertips and many other programs and to adults in art classes and exhibits in several galleries. PVAC has more than 70,000 visitors a year through its art education programs.

Aryan Papoli and family

June Bacon, Jan Napolitan, Nancy Guenther, Lois Olson, Carolyn Harrington, Aryan Papoli, Lynne Shelly

Evelyn Kita, Kathryn Hill Ettinger, Mary Shea, Pat Hartman, June Romine

Ann Buxton, Liz Sparkman, Gail Johnson

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Ann Buxton, Liz Sparkman and Sparkman grandchildren with friends helping out at luncheon

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Providence Little Company of Mary Honors Its Volunteers

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Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance celebrated its Auxiliary with a special luncheon honoring their service. With more than 700 volunteers, the Auxiliary plays an integral role in medical center operations. During the luncheon, the Auxiliary board presented a donation check to the medical center in the amount of $129,416.

Annette Fosket, Lee Virgil, Doris Iinuma, Ginny Yamamoto, Maureen Dempsey

Pam Ortiz, Michael Meltzer, Chief Executive Mary Kingston, Marlene Young

Margie Mondello and Pat Agbincola

Fran Ondell, Cecilia Carraher, Jackie Bouvier, Dean Bouvier, Pam Loof

4th Annual Kentucky Derby Party

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Guests came dressed in their derby best to Shade Hotel’s 4th annual Kentucky Derby Party. This was the first year the event was held at Shade Hotel Redondo Beach in partnership with Berry Bly.



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Senior Recognition

President Melinda Arentsen of the Manhattan-Hermosa Chapter of National Charity League, Inc. presented 21 senior Ticktockers. To be honored, each of the Ticktockers pictured had to fulfill a philanthropic commitment to her community for the past six years. Leadership, philanthropy and culture are the focus pillars for National Charity League, Inc. The event’s program for the evening included the Class of 2018 procession, recognition ceremony, dinner, and father-daughter waltz.

Stephanie Dryer and Shannon Ryan

Chris Carreon and Melinda Arentsen

Allie Kirkpatrick and Melinda Arentsen

Sandpipers’ 26th Annual Fashion Show & Luncheon The Sandpipers’ 26th annual Fashion Show & Luncheon featured the designs of fashion icon Diane von Furstenberg. All proceeds benefited Sandpipers’ philanthropic programs designed to assist those in desperate need who reside within the South Bay community.

Emcee and auctioneer KC Campbell and DJ Ralph from VOX DJs

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Ladies of South Bay Plastic Surgeons

Auction committee

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Earth Day Celebration and Film The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy held an Earth Day celebration and film for the community. The day started with more than 200 volunteers helping beautify the White Point Nature Preserve while families took a guided nature walk, created a masterpiece from recycled materials and learned about composting. The youngest volunteers enjoyed petting baby goat grazers, learning how these adorable creatures help gobble up weeds in an eco-friendly manner. The event continued with a free screening of the acclaimed National Geographic film JANE with more than 600 audience members who were inspired by Jane Goodall’s lifelong dedication to preserving land for animals.

Mayor Susan Brooks and Allen Franz

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Volunteers from the Peninsula Chapter of the National Charity League

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John Van Hamersveld signed his iconic Endless Summer poster.

Kaia Nomoto with a cute goat grazer

Andrew Silber, Gary Sohngen, Lucretia Jacobson

Amy Friend, Andrea Vona, Michael Shull

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Open Your Heart 2018

Open Your Heart 2018 raises funds in support of quality oral and mental health services for underserved youth. The event featured wine tasting, live auction and silent auction in an intimate setting. More than 120 people attended this year’s event held at the new Elevon complex in El Segundo. Dr. Ralph Allman and Sigrid Allman

Nihar Saha, Dr. Megha Sata, Pinky Kottoor, Jim Kottoor

Sherry Kramer, Tiffany Clyne, Laura Mayer, Marc Schenasi, Lisa Daggett

Linda Avignon, Major Avignon, BJ Holmes

Christine Kim and Elaine Beals

Paula Aldrige, Roger Beil, Wendy Brennan, Rachel Lozano

Leadership Manhattan Beach Unveils Bike Fix-It Stations

The thousands of people who ride bikes on The Strand will find something new as the Leadership Manhattan Beach Class of 2018 unveiled the first Bike Fix-It station located at the Manhattan Beach Pier. The class installed three Bike Fix-It stations to provide riders with the ability to perform simple repairs.

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Celebrate Manhattan Beach

Jordan Holbert and Debby Arnold

Jim Hunter, Norm Levin, Joanne Hunter, Jan Curtis, Kevin Curtis, Karen Hart, John Hart, Claudia Levin

Bill Bloomfield, Susan Bloomfield, Jan Rhees, Michael Grady

Levi Stockton, Charlie Steinmetz, Alex Yoffe, Kevin Holbert, Aaron Krieger

Mark Burton and Dickie Van Breene

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Lisa Hemmat-Lupercio and Hannalorre Chahine

Mr. Elixir and Debby Arnold

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A sold-out crowd of 300 Rotarians, friends and community leaders gathered for Celebrate Manhattan Beach at the westdrift hotel, where they sampled cocktails, enjoyed magicians and comedians, and bid on auction items. Proceeds support Rotary’s many service commitments, which improve the lives of children and families in our communities, Los Angeles and the world.


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Signature Estate & Investment Advisors, LLC Vince A. DiLeva, MS, CFP®, AIF® Eric C. Pritz, CFP®, CMFC Kathleen Adams, CFP®, CPWA® 1848 S. Elena Avenue, Suite 100 Redondo Beach 310-712-2320 seia.com

“We look forward to serving the local communities for many more years in our new space.”

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ignature Estate & Investment Advisors, LLC® (SEIA) is an independent Registered Investment Advisory firm offering wealth management and financial planning services to affluent individuals, families and business owners. SEIA and its affiliates manage more than $8.1 billion in client assets as of March 31, 2018. SEIA has been recognized by many financial publications including the 2016 Financial Times 300 Top Registered Investment Advisors list, the 2016 Los Angeles Business Journal list of largest money management firms ranked by assets managed, the 2015 Forbes Top 100 Wealth Manager in the U.S list, and the 2015 REP Top 100 RIA list. With a combined 50 years of wealth management experience, Vince DiLeva, Eric Pritz and Kathleen Adams are residents and supporters of the South Bay community. Backed by the advanced resources of the firm, the South Bay team offers portfolio management, retirement planning, estate and legacy planning as well as philanthropic and family foundation management. Vince, Eric and Kathleen have earned multiple advanced degrees and financial designations. Tell us about your expansion. “We opened our original South Bay office in the Riviera Village back in 2011. As we have been consistently growing our teams and services, we were in desperate need for additional space. Luckily we found a great location across the street with more than three times the square footage and a blank canvas to build the office as we always envisioned. We moved into the new space in April and have received great feedback on the aesthetic and comfortable feel to the upgraded meeting and work environment. We look forward to serving the local communities for many more years in our new space.” Who is your typical client? “We have a diverse client base, but most of our clients are successful professionals who have worked hard and saved well. Our clients tend to be determined to live an active, fulfilling lifestyle and want to make sure their money is positioned so they can live life and not worry about day-to-day money management.” What is the biggest benefit your clients gain from working with you? “We try to add ‘Advisor Alpha’ to every client relationship using a multitude of tools

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and strategies. A process identified by The Vanguard Group, Advisor Alpha takes a varied approach to wealth management on a client-by-client basis, rather than just making efforts to beat the market. Investors typically view portfolio performance versus the market or some arbitrary index as the best way to determine the worth of an advisor. Although hard to quantify, Vanguard believes advisors can add an additional three percentage points through advice on asset allocation, portfolio rebalancing, spending strategies for drawdowns, cost-effective investment guidance, and behavioral counseling. We strongly believe in these principles, and our clients have benefited from this knowledge and expertise. We believe the guidance, peace of mind and discipline that we provide through behavioral coaching and understanding the tendencies of the emotional investor adds the most value over time (especially in times of crisis).” How important are relationships with legal, tax-planning and other professionals on behalf of your clients? “As longtime South Bay residents and business owners, we have worked with and developed relationships with many local professionals. We ensure the seamless integration of all the components of your multifaceted financial life by serving as quarterback amongst a collaborative team of CPAs, attorneys and other trusted advisors.” How do you give back to your community? “Philanthropy is a long-standing pillar for SEIA. Before the founding of the firm, partners, advisors and employees donated their time and financial resources to make the world a better place for others. The SEIA Signature Fund for Giving helps support local youth foundations, LA25 Foundation for the Arts, Be The Match Foundation, Rotary and Mira Costa athletics.” Disclaimer: Registered Representative/Securities offered through Signator Investors, Inc. Member FINRA, SIPC, 2121 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 1600, Los Angeles, CA 90067 (310) 712-2323. SEIA, LLC and its investment advisory services are offered independent of Signator Investors, Inc. and any subsidiaries or affiliates. VAD CA INS. LICENSE # 0B84300 and ECP CA INS. LICENSE # 0E55966 KAA CA INS. LICENSE # OC76833. Opinions expressed here are the authors’ and do not necessarily represent the opinions of SEIA. Source: Francis M. Kinniry Jr., Colleen M. Jaconetti, Michael A. DiJoseph, and Yan Zilbering, 2014. Putting a value on your value. Quantifying Vanguard Advisor’s Alpha. Additional information regarding third-party rankings and recognition from rating services can be found at seia.com/legal-disclaimer.

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Harris Financial Advisors 25500 Hawthorne Blvd., Suite 1030 Torrance 310-791-3226 800-438-2322 harrisfinancial.net hfa@harrisfinancial.net

“Our mission is simple: to help clients build confidence in their financial well-being.”

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arris Financial Advisors opened its doors 25 years ago as an independent Registered Investment Advisor. The firm delivers portfolio design paired with strategic wealth management to serve the needs of professionals, executives, business owners, women in transition, retirees and nonprofit organizations. What makes your firm stand out? “Our unique advisor profile. Our ages span five decades and three generations. We are 50% women, and we all hold advanced credentials that are continually bolstered with ongoing education. With our varied perspectives, experiences and viewpoints, we deliver real-world, practical solutions. With technical expertise and emotional intelligence, we advise on the complexities that accompany significant wealth. Our experience is further strengthened by our fiduciary obligation, which requires us to put the interest of our clients ahead of all others 100% of the time.” What has been the key to your success? “Client confidence. It is no secret that the key to longevity in any business is focusing keenly on the needs of clients. Our mission is simple: to help clients build confidence in their financial well-being. Through thoughtful portfolio design and strategic wealth management, we provide the insights necessary to support our clients as they pursue their personal vision of success.” How do you simplify the financial lives of your clients? “We streamline all aspects of our clients’ financial lives to help prioritize, clarify and re-energize their commitment to their financial aspirations. This process typically includes simplifying performance-reporting and recordkeeping, reducing the number of accounts and potentially restructuring financial entities. After a short time of working with us, our clients often find themselves with less worry and more time—an enhanced return on life.” How do your services affect your clients? “We help reduce financial anxiety. Focus drives results, and we help our clients focus on what is important to them and work to align their financial strategy with the specific outcome they have in mind. The world is full of distractions, and it is easy to delay making key decisions due to time and knowledge constraints. Many investors worry about outliving their money, meeting unforeseen expenses and not having enough wealth for a comfortable

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retirement. Others wish to leave a family or charitable legacy with excess wealth. Our purpose is to keep financial priorities in the forefront and provide the context, knowledge and expertise to help our clients make timely, wellinformed decisions—thereby reducing anxiety.” What’s the most common mistake people make with their money? “Inaction. Confronting tough financial decisions can be a major roadblock to achieving goals. As a result, decisions are deferred and opportunities lost. With forethought and guidance, resources can be efficiently structured, deployed and managed to increase the probability of a desired outcome.” How do potential clients find you? “Client and professional introductions. We are fortunate that our clients are not shy about referring their friends and family to us. We have worked with many families for decades and now serve their children, grandchildren, friends, neighbors and colleagues. Additionally, we collaborate with accountants, attorneys and other advisors to provide the best possible experience for our clients. Collaboration builds trust and the comfort level necessary to recommend us to people we can help.” What are your firm’s core values? “Strong relationships, which are forged through collaboration, transparency, trust and empathy. Collaboration ensures that our advisors work in partnership with our clients in the pursuit of their objectives. Transparency allows clients to clearly understand all the facets of our recommendations, including fees, costs and other mission critical information. Trust and empathy are the additional keystones to ensure a meaningful and productive relationship.” How do you give back to the community? “Educational events. As regulation, markets and taxes make financial decision-making increasingly complex, we make a concerted effort to convert information into actionable insights. Our educational events provide a venue to ask tough questions, share experiences and discover strategies to deal with an ever-changing world. These gatherings are designed to deliver maximum take-home value in a friendly, comfortable setting. We encourage anyone interested in attending our events to contact us for more information. Additionally we partner with organizations such as Torrance Memorial Medical Center and numerous nonprofit organizations in providing valuable educational events.”

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Gruver Wealth Management of Wells Fargo Advisors Shawn V. Gruver, CFP® Managing Director– Investments & Senior PIM Portfolio Manager Natalie Broderick Associate Vice President & Senior Registered Client Associate 2321 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 2275 El Segundo, CA 90245 shawn.gruver@wfadvisors.com 310-725-2267

“The key to successful investing is to define your goals, be steadfast and patient in achieving them, and focus on the big picture.”

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ruver Wealth Management is led by Shawn V. Gruver and is part of the full-service financial firm Wells Fargo Advisors, which offers high-end wealth management and investment planning services. Prior to his current position, Shawn was a vice president and senior portfolio manager at UBS. His tenure also includes Morgan Stanley as an associate vice president and portfolio manager as well as Paine Webber, where he began his career in 2001. Since joining Wells Fargo Advisors in 2014, Shawn has been named to their Premier Advisor Council every year.* Shawn lives in Hermosa Beach, where he enjoys playing beach volleyball. He is bilingual in German and English, spends his free time traveling the world and is an avid freestyle skier. What is your most important job when interacting with your clients? ”My job is to listen … listen to what they say and also what they do not say. As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, we need to deliver custommade solutions for our clients’ needs, goals and desires. We should understand what our clients financially want for their lives almost better than they know themselves.” How do you approach risk management and the investment planning process? “Before we recommend an investment to a client, we first create a plan that outlines their objectives in line with their needs, risk profile and time horizon. From there we strive to develop a portfolio allocation that has the opportunity for growth over time while also providing strategies aimed at guarding against risk. When it comes to portfolio construction, we believe our clients benefit from a combination of active and passive strategies. That’s why we offer both and specifically customize a portfolio for each client.” What questions do you hear from clients? “‘How should my investments be allocated to minimize volatility?’ The key to successful investing is to define your goals, be steadfast and patient in achieving them, and focus on the big picture. This discipline includes recognizing that there will be a broad range of performances by—and among—the different asset classes. Inevitably some investments will experience negative performances as others ascend or stay flat.”

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Have clients’ expectations changed? “Clients have dramatically changed their expectations, but it is not entirely their fault. With the evolution of technology, everybody can track their investments every second of every day. One does not rely on the daily Wall Street Journal stock pricing anymore. This also means 24/7 access to their advisor, no matter where their advisor may be at the time. Clients also expect their advisors to have greater insight into their portfolio, their plan and goals. As a result of these changes the client/advisor relationship has changed, and it is extremely important to set the proper expectations for both parties at the onset of a relationship.” How do you keep up with this mindset shift? “Our motto is: ‘Wealth Management. Redefined.’ Delivering on our goal of a ‘Plan for Every Client’ begins with a deep understanding of our clients and their diverse needs and key goals. We collaborate to define and implement appropriate solutions that eventually help our clients find that ultimate goal of financial freedom.” Why are annual reviews so important? “Annual reviews are a great time for clients to assess if they are on track for the goals they initially laid out. We review their overall Family Index and how it performed over the prior year. It is also a good time to look at employer-sponsored benefits. For example, if your plan offers a Roth 401(k) plan and you haven’t investigated its potential benefits, you might consider whether directing a portion of your contributions into it might be a good idea. It is also a good time to discuss any life changes and how they could impact the client’s overall financial plan. It is important that these discussions happen to make sure clients are always on track for the goals they set for themselves. With a little annual maintenance, you can help your plan keep working for you.” *The Premier Advisor designation is held by a select group of Financial Advisors within Wells Fargo Advisors as measured by business production, completion of educational components, and professionalism. Wells Fargo Advisors is a trade name used by Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC, member FINRA/SIPC, a registered broker dealer and non-bank affiliate of Wells Fargo and Company. SECURITIES AND INSURANCE PRODUCTS: NOT FDIC INSURED

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Moss Adams Jim Schlager Principal Financial Advisor 2121 Rosecrans Boulevard Suite 2390 El Segundo 310-616-3460 mossadams.com/privateclients

“Our ideal client is someone looking to his or her portfolio for long-term financial security without the roller-coaster ride.”

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s one of more than 320 partners at Moss Adams, Jim Schlager is a Manhattan Beach resident who works with South Bay families and business owners to help them grow and protect their prosperity. The firm’s Private Clients practice helps busy families and business owners meet their financial goals, make informed decisions, and integrate their financial, investment, tax, estates, trusts, insurance, real estate and charitable giving into one plan. Moss Adams employs 2,900 professionals across 25+ locations in the West and beyond. Principal financial advisor Jim Schlager joined the company in 1995 as part of Financial Security Group, which merged with Moss Adams in 2000. He later moved from Seattle, where he grew up, to Manhattan Beach to open the Los Angeles Private Clients practice. Jim has worked in the financial services field for more than 25 years. After graduating from Washington State University, he earned a master’s degree in financial planning and earned the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®), Chartered Financial Consultant (CHFC®) and Certified Trust and Financial Advisor (CTFA) designations. He also holds Series 6, 7, 24, 63, and 65 securities licenses. What are the primary services you offer? “We help individuals and families—including families who own businesses—build long-term financial security, cultivate multigenerational wealth and address their complex needs.” In what ways is your relationship with your clients a partnership? “We get pretty immersed in our clients’ financial affairs, which is a huge aspect of their lives. It’s essential for families and business owners to have an advisor who understands the unique aspects of their business, personal finances and—perhaps most importantly—their goals. Ultimately, we help our clients make informed financial decisions.” What’s your #1 piece of advice to clients regarding planning for the future? “It may seem simple, but the best thing you can do for your future is to actually make a written plan. This can often be a step that families overlook or don’t prioritize, but making sure your plan is written out and organized is the first and most vital step to achieving your goals.” How do you differentiate yourself from others working in the wealth management industry? “Families and families who own a business

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might find it difficult to keep up with the increasing complexity of both their business and personal finances. We help by maintaining a holistic viewpoint of a client’s finances and coordinating all aspects of their financial portfolio.” Who’s your ideal client? “Our ideal client is someone looking to his or her portfolio for long-term financial security without the roller-coaster ride. He or she aspires to meet specific, defined financial goals. We believe clients already have enough risk with their business and shouldn’t have to worry about daily returns as well. When working for our clients, we believe that volatility in any market can be good if you’re prepared. The key is structuring your business or family finances in a way that allows you to take advantage of equity, real estate, government policy changes and industry trends. What you don’t want to do is back yourself into a corner, leaving you without options.” How do you think robo-advisors will impact wealth management firms? “Robo-advisors are the latest financial technology in the market. Every business— whether a wealth manager or a widget company—needs to define its value proposition and what differentiates it from competitors. Robo-advisors will take few clients away from valuable wealth managers who can execute on what they say they’ll do for their clients. However, they could be a problem for advisors who are simply asset gatherers. I think the days of wealth managers who charge 1% or more to solely manage their clients’ money are coming to an end. Clients are looking for solid money management and want an advisor who can provide advice and guidance on myriad financial issues for that same fee. Robo-advisors aren’t one-size-fits-all, and their fees can range from fairly low to high. A robo-advisor also isn’t going to sit across the desk from you and coordinate your investments, income and estate tax issues, business, charitable giving or other financial facets of your life. That said, consumers and wealth management professionals should welcome this new platform because it will force advisors to finetune their value proposition and execution, which is good for everyone.” Disclaimer: Assurance, tax, and consulting offered through Moss Adams LLP. Investment advisory services offered through Moss Adams Wealth Advisors LLC. Investment banking offered through Moss Adams Capital LLC.

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L to R: Aimee Kwain, Daniel Kerr, Jim Schlager, Jason Romano, Rich Friedman, Anneliese Johnson

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Denise M. Guzman Founder/Principal Attorney 1230 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 650 Manhattan Beach 310-321-6640 guzmanlg.com

“We promote a collaborative, teambuilding environment that emphasizes and encourages teamwork, communication and transparency.”

What current challenges are clients facing? How do you help them navigate those challenges successfully? Denise M. Guzman, Business and Estate Planning Attorney: “We are dealing with both ends of the spectrum in the business world. We are servicing a lot of start-up companies that need to be walked through the process of raising capital and at the same time ensuring that the company creates the proper legal infrastructure to sustain the growth of the company over its formative years. On the other end of the spectrum, several of our long-term corporate clients are being readied for sale. In these cases, it is all about finding the right buyer who will continue the legacy of the company, offer continuity of employment to longtime employees and take the company to the next level of success.” Who should do financial planning? Denise M. Guzman: “Everyone needs a financial plan—whether an individual or family, or a family-owned business or closely-held company. It is important to have a plan in place for major life events, college, weddings, retirement, estate planning, asset protection, a company’s growth for the future and a corporate succession plan.” What is unique about your team?  Drew Hallett, Business and Entertainment Attorney: “Our culture. When clients retain the Guzman Law Group, they are not just retaining one attorney at our firm. They are getting the whole team. We promote a collaborative, team-building environment that emphasizes and encourages teamwork, communication and transparency.” Describe the services you provide. Marcus Chang, Business and Estate Planning Attorney: “As an attorney practicing for close to 10 years, I have the opportunity to serve our clients in both the areas of estate planning and corporate transactions—to take on their source of stress, whether it involves the loss of a loved one, disagreements with a relative, or the start or sale of a business.”

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How important is it to have well-established relationships with other professionals on behalf of your clients? Denise M. Guzman: “It is essential to put together the right team of professionals, whether you are structuring a corporate sale or creating an estate plan. Each of those professionals brings a different perspective to the table. It is almost like looking at a project in 3-D. Each professional plays a role, and it is important to have those professional relationships in place because in the end it allows us to give the client the ultimate service and protection. And that is the most important thing we can do for a client.” Marcus Chang: “I believe it is very important to have these kinds of working relationships within your network in order to best serve your clients. When I work with a client, I always try to involve the professionals that the client works with, such as their accountant or financial planner, because they can provide me with a bigger picture of my client’s needs, allowing me to better protect my client.” How do the solutions you offer preserve and enhance the value of your client’s business? Edward Powell, Business Attorney: “For family-owned businesses, establishing a succession plan is crucial to ensuring the next generation is in a position to take over the business, to maintain continuity for the company’s customers and to create a culture that aligns the interests of family members with the success of the enterprise.” What is the biggest benefit that your clients gain from working with you?  Edward Powell: “Practicing business law allows me to become an integral part of my clients’ successes. Anticipating, acknowledging and addressing the interests of all the parties to a transaction not only protects my clients’ particular legal interests but also ensures that the business relationship is on sound footing and a positive experience for everyone.” What is your best piece of advice? Denise M. Guzman: “Take the time to put a plan in place for the future. You need to answer the tough questions. How will I exit from my business? Am I grooming a successor or will I sell to an outside party? When is the right time to sell? A well-planned estate will be positioned to pay the least amount in estate taxes and will leave a clear road map for the family to follow, reducing any chance for conflict within the family.”

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uzman Law Group acts as in-house corporate counsel for owners of closely held businesses—from start-ups to multi-million-dollar corporations in all industries, ranging from manufacturing to entertainment. Founder Denise M. Guzman is a noted business, estate planning and trust attorney. She has been serving the South Bay for more than 30 years.


L to R: Attorneys Adnan Karama, Carol T. Contes, Drew C. Hallett, Edward Powell, Denise M. Guzman, Charles Shelton, Marcus Chang, Carla B. Hoffman

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UBS Financial Services Inc. Gino R. Stumpo, CFP®, CRPC® Managing Director–Wealth Management 3030 Old Ranch Pkwy., Suite 300 Seal Beach 562-343-9229 ubs.com/team/stumpo

“I believe a ‘financial concierge’ understands managing wealth goes beyond numbers and investments.”

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ino R. Stumpo, CFP®, CRPC®, is part of a small group of UBS financial advisors who have earned the wealth advisor title. He is also a portfolio manager at UBS and is qualified to assist with both financial planning and investment management. He has worked in the finance industry for nearly 20 years, providing comprehensive wealth management services for high net worth individuals as a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™. How did you begin your career? “My father was an engineer at McDonnell Douglas/Boeing, so early on I developed an interest in retirement planning with those in the aerospace industry. I joined UBS Financial Services Inc.—a global firm with 150 years of history and more than $2 trillion in invested assets internationally1—in 1999, where I realized this dream of working with aerospace employees to assist them with retirement planning and their pension options. Since then I have guided clients through two market corrections: the tech bubble of 2000 and the ‘Great Recession’ of 2008.” How do you keep clients’ financial plans working for them over the long term? “My team caters to clients with impeccable service. I stay actively engaged, which not only enables me to assist with unforeseen circumstances but allows me to take advantage of timely opportunities in the market. I review and adjust financial plans as needed, especially prior to when clients undergo lifestyle or goal changes.” How do you add value for your clients? “I consider myself a very proactive financial advisor. I keep close relationships with clients through frequent conversation, in-person meetings, financial plan updates, hosting educational workshops and meeting with clients’ children at their request. I coordinate with other professionals, such as clients’ CPAs and estate attorneys, in order to dive deeper into their financial picture and recommend accordingly based on suitability. I believe a ‘financial concierge’ understands managing wealth goes beyond numbers and investments.”

markets. I am a firm believer in buying quality investments when opportunities arise rather than following the latest trends. Attempting to time the market can lead to poor buying and selling decisions. I also recommend clients focus on cash flow as they approach or enter retirement.” How do you assist with retirement planning? “Many individuals we meet are approaching retirement, and this can be a very stressful time. Many defer to a point where they end up ‘rushing’ at the last minute to make a specific retirement deadline. I seek to help provide retirement planning solutions by creating a comprehensive financial plan to address a multitude of concerns.” What do you enjoy doing outside work? “My wife, Ana Maria, our son, Lucca, and I enjoy traveling, discovering new restaurants and hiking with our Goldendoodle, Bentley.” What can a client expect at an initial meeting? “My team and I offer a complimentary consultation to thoroughly understand an individual’s financial picture. This is an in-person discussion covering retirement planning, estate planning strategies, insurance, expenses and more. From the information gathered, we create a detailed financial plan with multiple scenarios. Feel free to contact my team should you wish to discuss your financial situation.” Disclaimer: 1”World’s Best Bank For Wealth Management.” Euromoney magazine. July 2016. Gino R. Stumpo is a Financial Advisor with UBS Financial Services Inc. a subsidiary of UBS AG. Member FINRA/SIPC in 3030 Old Ranch Pkwy Suite 300 Seal Beach, CA 90740. The information contained in this article is not a solicitation to purchase or sell investments. Any information presented is general in nature and not intended to provide individually tailored investment advice. Investing involves risks and there is always the potential of losing money when you invest. The views expressed herein are those of the author and may not necessarily reflect the views of UBS Financial Services Inc. Neither UBS Financial Services Inc. nor its employees (including its Financial Advisors) provide tax or legal advice. You should consult with your legal counsel and/ or your accountant or tax professional regarding the legal or tax implications of a particular suggestion, strategy or investment, including any estate planning strategies, before you invest or implement. In providing wealth management services to clients, we offer both investment advisory and brokerage services which are separate and distinct and differ in material ways. For informa-

What are some services you offer? “Retirement planning, investment management, philanthropic services, estate planning strategies, alternative investments and more. UBS and my team offer an abundance of services including banking and lending services and global research.” What’s your opinion of the current market? “Whether the market is considered overvalued or undervalued, the key is to focus on fundamentals. In my opinion, individuals tend to shy away from fundamentals during a period of euphoria in the

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tion, including the different laws and contracts that govern, visit ubs.com/workingwithus. Borrowing using securities as collateral entails risk and may not be appropriate for your needs. Please review the Loan Disclosure Statement that will be included in your application package for more information. Insurance products are made available by UBS Financial Services Insurance Agency Inc. or other insurance licensed subsidiaries of UBS Financial Services Inc. through third-party unaffiliated insurance companies. Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP® and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ in the U.S. For designation disclosures visit https://www.ubs.com/us/en/designation-disclosures.html Depending on your needs we can help you implement your retirement strategies through both our brokerage and advisory capabilities.

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Charles Schwab 21370 Hawthorne Blvd. Torrance 310-546-1571 schwab.com/Torrance

“We believe in partnering with you and getting to know you, so we can work together on your terms.”

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he Torrance team of Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., Member SIPC, uses the power of investing to help clients create a better tomorrow. They offer South Bay residents access to a range of investing, wealth management and personal finance guidance, service and products. What makes your firm stand out in the financial industry? “Chuck Schwab’s vision to be the champion of all investors continues to be at the heart of everything we do. For the past 44 years Schwab has been challenging the status quo to deliver investors more value and a better experience. We strive to help people achieve better financial outcomes for themselves and their families. We have a history of challenging the status quo in our industry, innovating ways that benefit investors and the advisors and employers who serve them and championing our clients’ goals with passion and integrity.” What is your most important strategy for building wealth? “It’s difficult to make sound financial decisions without a plan that takes into account an individual’s situation and goals. We’ve seen that financial planning can help improve people’s confidence and help them achieve better outcomes. Research from the 2004 Health and Retirement Study of Americans over the age of 50 showed that those who created financial plans and stuck with them achieved an average total net worth three times higher than those who didn’t.” What’s the most common mistake people make with their money? “In a perfect world, every investor could ‘buy low and sell high,’ but the realities of the market often prove more complex. Still, many investors allow their emotions to steer them in the wrong direction. When the market is moving up, investors don’t want to be left out of the party so they tend to buy when prices are high. On the flip side, when the market experiences some volatility and declines, investors get scared and end up selling. But building wealth is a long-term endeavor, and for long-term investors time in the market is more important than timing the market.”

What is your professional “secret weapon”? “Throughout our history, we’ve put our clients’ needs first. We continue to innovate with a goal of demystifying the process of investing and driving down costs, so investors have more money to invest.” Describe your relationship with your clients. “You’re not just a client at Schwab. We believe in collaborating with you and getting to know you so we can work together on your terms.” What are some of the most pressing challenges facing the financial industry today? How do you help clients deal with these challenges? “Planning is critical to successful investing, but not enough people have a financial plan. For some the roadblock might be high costs and minimums; for others planning may seem like a dull and daunting task. At Schwab we help make it easier and more affordable to build and maintain a plan, stay invested and access professional guidance along the way.” How do the solutions you offer affect your clients’ wealth? “At Schwab we believe there’s a world of difference between sound, time-tested advice and the advice people typically receive. That’s why, instead of fashionable investment ideas, hot tips or one broker’s personal opinions, we offer advice that relies on disciplined principles, fact–based research and the insights of industryleading experts.” Tell us about your team of professionals. “Schwab Torrance branch financial consultants average more than 17 years of professional experience. When you work with one of us, you can count on guidance that’s founded on knowledge and motivated by an authentic desire to help. Whether you want advice or need a plan, helping you achieve your financial goals will be our priority. Also, we offer complimentary, noobligation workshops where you can learn about investing, trading, saving and so much more. You don’t need to be a Schwab client to attend.” Disclaimer: Member SIPC. Wealth management refers to products and services available through the operating subsidiaries of The Charles Schwab Corporation of which there are important differences including, but not limited to, the type of advice and assistance provided,

How do referrals play into what you do? “Good advice can be hard to find, but it’s easy to share. When we receive referrals to friends and family, it gives us the opportunity to help shape the financial future of someone our client cares about.”

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fees charged, and the rights and obligations of the parties. It is important to understand the differences when determining which products and/or services to select. ©2017 Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. (“Schwab”) Member SIPC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Charles Schwab Corporation. (0417-Y52H)

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Navigoe C Wealth Management Scott Leonard Founder 417 Beryl Street Redondo Beach 310-697-0400 navigoe.com

“Twenty years ago our investment strategy was academically sound. Now it is also market-tested.”

ERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional Scott Leonard founded Navigoe Wealth Management in 1996 and has more than 25 years of experience in the finance industry. In 2012 he was named one of the Top 5 most influential financial advisors by RIABiz. Navigoe is a fee-only financial fiduciary working with business owners, executives and families to maintain and grow their financial prosperity. Navigoe’s services include portfolio management, financial planning, tax management, estate planning and asset protection. What is unique about your services? “Wealth management is the sum of three distinct services: portfolio management, advanced planning and professional coordination. All three of these responsibilities must be provided together, in concert, for financial services to rise to the level of wealth management.” What is involved in portfolio management? “Portfolio management is the process of designing, implementing and monitoring an overall investment strategy customized for the investor’s specific goals. We create an Investment Policy, which acts as the guiding document for selecting and evaluating investment managers based on risk assessments, performance and desired results. It also provides the policy for how the portfolio will be managed through different market conditions. Much of the design of the Investment Policy is informed by the strategies created in the advanced planning process.” What is advanced planning? “Financial planning, tax management, estate planning and asset protection, including insurance. The process brings all these different areas of planning together into a comprehensive, holistic plan. We continue to evaluate, update and implement the various strategies in a complementary manner.” Does Navigoe employ all the professionals involved with advanced planning? “It is almost impossible for any single firm to employ all the professionals necessary to deliver all aspects of advanced planning. That is the reason for the third element of wealth management: professional coordination. As the wealth manager, we bring all the recommendations of the different special-

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ists—the attorneys, accountants, insurance agents and others—together into the holistic wealth plan. Then the wealth manager is responsible for the day-to-day oversight of the wealth management tasks.” What functions of advanced planning are provided in-house by Navigoe? “Navigoe’s team of CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNING™ professionals specializes in financial planning, retirement analysis and portfolio management. We also possess in-depth knowledge of the other advanced planning disciplines. The comprehensive education required to become a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNING™ professional and 20+ years of experience allow us at Navigoe to be able to work with all the disciplines and act as the professional coordinator.” Which Navigoe service makes you particulary proud? “Our portfolio management strategy. One of the reasons I started the firm was to implement a strategy called Modern Portfolio Theory. It was the academically sound strategy, yet it was not found in brokerage firms or banks. We have been following that same investment strategy—using many of the same money managers—for more than 20 years. It has proven itself through the dot-com market crash, Y2K, Enron and the Great Recession. Twenty years ago our investment strategy was academically sound. Now it is also market-tested.” More than 20 years with the same investment strategy—is that unique in the industry? “Very. Most firms are making portfolio strategy changes every three to five years, if not annually. The implication is simple: If a firm has a ‘new’ way of investing, a ‘new’ money manager or mutual fund recommendation, or a ‘new’ portfolio allocation, it is because the ‘old’ one did not work. The industry would suggest that their research and analysis is finding something new, better or different. It is all smoke and mirrors to hide the fact that they just failed to deliver on the last strategy. Don’t get me wrong; there is ongoing academic research around financial markets and Modern Portfolio Theory. But the resulting improvements are incremental to the sound concepts of the strategy. So while we continue to build upon and improve our portfolios, it is still based on the same academically sound research.”

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L to R: Eric Toya, CFP®, Scott Leonard, CFP®, AIF®, Tyler Smith, CFP®, AIF®, Kathleen Boyd, CFP®, and Erin O’Malley in front of Navigoe’s office in Redondo Beach.

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L to R: Adam Phillips, CFA, CFP®, Director of Portfolio Strategy Sherryl Ray, Director of Operations Brian Parker, CFP® Managing Director/Co-founder Ryan Serrecchia, CFP®, Executive Vice President/Partner Derek Holman, CFP®, AIF®, Managing Director/Co-founder Patrick Goshtigian, CFA, Chief Executive Officer and President Kevin Ashworth, CFA, Investment Director Erin Durkin Voisin, CFP®, MS, CDFA®, ChFC®, Director of Financial Planning

EP Wealth Advisors

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ounded in 2004, EP Wealth Advisors is an independent wealth management firm that helps clients develop an investment portfolio and financial plan. This process can address cash flow, tax, real estate, Social Security, Medicare and more. What would you like our readers to know about your firm? “Three fundamental principles guide the relationships EP Wealth Advisors builds with clients: purpose, simplicity and transparency. We help clients focus on what matters most to them and achieve their goals by bringing together their finances and investments into one comprehensive plan.” What are the primary services you offer? “We offer a complete range of wealth management capabilities. We provide investment management for strategic asset allocation that may include individual bonds,

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“We help clients focus on what matters most to them and achieve their goals by bringing together their finances and investments into one comprehensive plan.”

21515 Hawthorne Blvd., Suite 1200 Torrance 310-543-4559 epwealth.com individual stocks, ETFs, mutual funds and liquid alternatives. People tend to think solely of investments when they think ‘financial advisor,’ but we also make a big impact through personalized financial planning. We provide tax, retirement, business, insurance and estate planning—integrated into one plan. We also have life transition planning to manage major events such as marriage and divorce, inheritance, growing families, widowhood or the sale of a business. EP Wealth also provides financial education to help you become a better informed steward of your own wealth.” How does your firm stand out? “Unlike many advisors who are incentivized to sell commission-based securities and insurance products, EP Wealth Advisors is fee-only. This means you can be sure of an objective viewpoint that is not influenced by commissions—or the less obvious expenses such as fees and sales loads that

may be involved when advisors sell financial products developed by the firm they work for.” What are your thoughts on social responsibility in business? “We are committed to the future of our communities and our society, as well as our clients. In addition to supporting cancer research through the annual Tour de Pier, we contribute to educational and youth causes including the Hermosa Beach Education Foundation, Manhattan Beach Education Foundation, CFP® Board Win-Win Initiative and many youth leagues. Our Women’s Initiative is dedicated to empowering women to be financial decision-makers and attracting them to careers in financial services where they are currently greatly underrepresented. This effort has led to a recent outreach program that teaches key financial topics to all students from first grade through high school.”

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L to R: Roxy, Executive Assistant Jeff Weston, Wealth Advisor Angela Park Sheldon, CFP®, Wealth Advisor Kevin Bidenkap, CFP®, CLU, ChFC, Wealth Advisor

“The most important service we provide is the partnership that we have with our clients.”

Tortuga Wealth Management

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ortuga Wealth Management assists clients in every aspect of their financial lives. Managing partners Angela Park Sheldon and Kevin Bidenkap founded the firm in 2010, and wealth advisor Jeff Weston joined them last year. Together they have nearly 45 years of experience in the financial industry. What are the primary services you offer? “We offer investment management, retirement income projections/planning, estate planning, college planning, etc. But the most important service we provide is the partnership that we have with our clients. We will often meet with their other professionals to ensure that we are all the same page to achieve the clients’ goals and objectives.” What do you advise your clients in terms of philanthropy? “Philanthropy is a HUGE part of all of our lives, and we encourage our clients to do

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the same. Between the three advisors here in Southern California, we are involved in everything from Sandpipers, Walk With Sally, Leadership Hermosa, Torrance Memorial YPPA and DIY Girls to much, much more. We help our clients with endowments and donor advised funds (DAF), as well as utilizing unused RMDs (Required Minimum Distributions) for direct contributions to nonprofits. We think it’s an important aspect of a client’s overall plan that allows them to give back AND reduce their overall tax burden.” What are your thoughts on social responsibility in business? “We believe it’s not only good for the world but good for businesses to consider ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) factors. Being more environmentally responsible not only protects the planet and its inhabitants, but it can save companies’ precious resources and money, which can lead to higher profitability and thus better returns for

1957 W. Carson St., Suite #100 Torrance 310-935-0275 tortugawealth.com shareholders. We have strategies for clients who are interested in socially responsible investing, but more importantly we believe in living our lives in such a manner as well.” What can a potential client expect during their initial meeting with you? “The initial meeting with a potential client is a discovery meeting. We really want to get to know our clients during this meeting. The key thing we learn is what we can do immediately to help alleviate any stresses or worries. We find out about the client’s goals, as well as their ‘pain points.’” Disclaimer: Kevin Bidenkap, Sheila Odnert, Jeff Weston, and Angela Park Sheldon are registered representatives with and securities offered through LPL Financial, member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advice offered through Tortuga Wealth Management, a registered investment advisor and separate entity from LPL Financial.

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“We’re proud that so many clients rave about our accessibility, expertise, technology offerings and client education.”

Regatta Capital Group

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egatta Capital Group’s fee-only fiduciary advisors help individuals and institutions achieve their financial goals. Financial advisors Britt Joyce and Nick Ozer are both Mira Costa alumni and Manhattan Beach natives. Britt, a CFA charterholder and a CFP®, earned his MBA from Columbia Business School. He is a specialist in endowments and foundations. Nick earned his MBA from Cal Lutheran and is a CFP®. He leads the 401(k) and retirement plan business for Regatta. How do you differentiate yourself from others? Nick: “It’s my passion to share my knowledge of retirement plans with business owners so their employees can achieve happy retirements. Whether it’s educating a large staff about their 401(k) benefits or setting up a defined benefit plan to help a business owner catch up before they retire, Regatta has you covered.” Britt: “Managing investments for non-

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profits is a labor of love, in part because I cofounded a nonprofit and am actively involved with others as a board member or volunteer. Advising foundations effectively requires a high degree of specialization due to the nuances of collaborating with a diverse group of board members who are fiduciaries for the organization’s assets. I pride myself on providing outstanding service and clear communication to nonprofit boards located in and around the South Bay.” What would you like our readers to know about you? “Our clients like that we’re young but experienced, eager but patient. And we’re proud that so many clients rave about our accessibility, expertise, technology offerings and client education. Our drive and dedication must come from our world-class Mira Costa education!”

Britt Joyce, CFA, CFP® Nick Ozer, CFP® 2321 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 2225, El Segundo 310-725-9102 | regattainvest.com britt@regattainvest.com nick@regattainvest.com Our independent structure gives us the flexibility needed to help our clients advance quickly toward their milestones. Whether investing in individual stocks, mutual funds, ETFs, private real estate deals or alternative investments, we stay completely open-minded.” What are the most common mistakes people make with their money? “Far too many portfolios are weighed down by hidden fees, excessive cash balances and inadequate diversification. We don’t charge commissions, and we don’t get compensated by external managers. Our individual stock strategies are managed in-house, eliminating layers of mutual fund fees. We actively manage and thoughtfully diversify globally and across industries to manage risk while striving for strong long-term returns.” Disclaimer: Past performance does not predict

What are the primary services you offer? “At our core we are a financial planning firm.

future results. Most, but not all, investments we use are not bank-guaranteed and may lose money.

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“My services are distinct because of the individualized attention I provide to my clients.”

Audrey A. Stansbury, CFP® Financial Advisor

Edward Jones

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dward Jones is a brokerage firm with more than 13,000 branch offices nationwide. For the 19th year the firm was named one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For®” by FORTUNE magazine in its annual listing.* Financial advisor Audrey Stansbury holds a CFP® designation, as well as Series 7, Series 66, Series 63, AAMS® and insurance licenses. What are the primary services you offer? “I approach my clients’ financial goals holistically, taking all of their needs into consideration when helping develop their financial plan. The majority of my clients are nearing retirement or working toward this goal and need guidance on how to get there. My services are distinct because of the individualized attention I provide to my clients.”

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1230 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 155 Manhattan Beach 310-725-7034 | edwardjones.com What’s your #1 piece of advice to clients regarding planning for the future? “It is never too early or too late to start saving toward your goals. Some people think that they need a certain amount of money to start investing or meet with an advisor. I think that everyone should work with an advisor and start putting together a plan.” How do you differentiate yourself? “At Edward Jones, we focus on one client: the serious, long-term, individual investor. We believe that personal relationships are key. This allows me to meet with my clients faceto-face to really get to know them and their needs. When they call our office, they either reach me or my branch office administrator, Margo Parsons. My clients will never talk to a phone operator or interact with someone they do not personally know. This gives us an advantage to truly help those in our

community focus on their investment needs.” What’s the most common mistake people make with their money? “Letting their emotions get in the way of their long-term goals. There have been several times when the stock market has dropped more than 20% in a one-year period. This is when the average investor tends to sell—when things start to feel uncomfortable—rather than sticking to their long-term investment goals. I coach my clients to remember their long-term goals and, if it makes sense, use a dip in the market as a buying opportunity.” Disclaimer: Edward Jones, Member SIPC *From FORTUNE magazine, February 15, 2018. © 2018 Time Inc. Used under license. FORTUNE and Time Inc. are not affiliated with and do not endorse products or services of Edward Jones.

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“We have a vested interest in the financial growth of our clients.”

John W. McLellan, CPA Owner

JWM CPA & Company, PC

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WM CPA & Company offers clients accounting services, tax preparation and planning, business consulting and estate management. CPA and owner John McLellan started the firm in 1999 and has worked in the industry for more than 25 years. What would you like our readers to know about your firm? “We are a boutique CPA office specializing in providing individual and business clients with personalized tax, accounting and consulting services based on their specific needs.” In what ways is your relationship with your clients a partnership? “We have a vested interest in the financial growth of our clients. As our clients accumulate wealth, advance their businesses and/or focus on transitioning assets to the next generation, we are able to offer more

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111 N. Sepulveda Blvd., No. 310 Manhattan Beach 310 372-0672 | jwmcpa.com comprehensive services such as helping them with cash planning and evaluating financial investments.” What do you advise your clients in terms of philanthropy? “We provide clients with the knowledge of the tax benefits of philanthropy while understanding the intrinsic value of being philanthropic.” What’s your #1 piece of advice to clients regarding planning for the future? “To plan and budget for taxes as to not be caught off guard when it comes to tax time.” How do you differentiate yourself from others working in the wealth management industry? “As CPAs, we are positioned to typically assist clients with new loans, manage tax exposure and help transition businesses and family estates.”

What can a potential client expect during their initial meeting with you? “Upon an initial meeting, we start by analyzing the prior year’s tax returns and offer to amend if there is cost benefit to the client. We aim to provide not only tax preparing assistance but also will typically provide value added service as needed.” Tell us about your team of professionals. “I have a great group of young professionals working me at the firm. Caitlin Sandoval, CPA, is a South Bay local who grew up in Manhattan Beach and received her CPA licensure in 2011. Connor Duncan lives locally and came to us from Ireland.” Tell us about your life outside work. “My free time is typically spent with my family and young son. I love to get away camping and also enjoy surfing, mountain biking and Motocross.”

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L to R: Shelley Church, Client Associate Kathleen Hogan, First Vice President-Investment Officer Jay McDonald, Managing Director-Investments Ian McDonald, First Vice-President-Investment Officer

The McDonald Wealth Advisory Group of Wells Fargo Advisors LLC

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he McDonald Wealth Advisory Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, originated in the South Bay in 1966 with Jack McDonald (not an associate of Wells Fargo Advisors). His son, Jay McDonald, joined him in 1972. Kathleen Hogan joined the team in 1988 and Ian McDonald arrived in 1993. Shelley Church came aboard in 2014. The team advises a select group of individuals, families, businesses and foundations to build, manage, protect and transition wealth. They have a combined experience in the financial services industry in excess of 100 years. What would you like our readers to know about your firm? “The majority of our clients are successful entrepreneurs, retired professionals and longtime South Bay families. They are advocates for our business, some of whom have been with us for more than 40 years. They appreciate working with a trusted advisory team that has integrity, experience, knowledge and

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is dedicated to working with them to achieve their life goals.” What are the primary services you offer? “We provide investment advice and guidance to our clients. These services include retirement planning, asset management, advisory services, estate planning strategies and portfolio analysis with ongoing monitoring.” In what ways is your relationship with your clients a partnership? “As part of our process, we partner with our clients in clarifying and defining their objectives. After an attainable goal is agreed upon, we begin to build the financial framework for what will ultimately become their financial action plan. We monitor their plan and together make adjustments as time, the economic environment and their lives dictate.” What’s the most common mistake people make with their money? “During periods of economic uncertainty,

“We partner with our clients in creating a custom tailored plan that gives them clarity and structure— allowing them to have more confidence in their financial future.”

500 Silver Spur Rd, Suite 300 Rolling Hills Estates 310-377-1942 | 800-541-4377 people tend to make irrational financial decisions. We partner with our clients in creating a custom tailored plan that gives them clarity and structure—allowing them to have more confidence in their financial future.” How do you support others? “Our team supports the nonprofit organization Ride to Fly. We became aware of it when our team member Shelley’s daughter began participating in their program. They are a local organization that provides therapeutic horseback riding and has been serving the South Bay since 1994. Ian gives back to the community by coaching his son’s Palos Verdes Little League T-Ball team. We are proud to support such worthwhile causes.” INVESTMENT AND INSURANCE PRODUCTS:

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The gracious Via Balina boast an unparalleled location with 31,000 square feet of land encompassing two adjoining lots bordering acres of protected parkland to the NW and NE. Located on a prestigious and quiet PVE street this lovely home enjoys awe inspiring Queen’s necklace and city lights views from almost every room; plus the back Grand Terrace, side, and impressive front yards, too. Totally remodeled in 2013 and 2014 this fine residence has 4 bedrooms including a sumptuous Master Suite, 5 new bathrooms, a generously sized 3-stop elevator, a new pool/spa in its own protected walled yard, two family rooms, a formal dining and living room, a gorgeous new kitchen, an over-sized 3 car garage and a mature orchard; all on manicured grounds that have hosted weddings and parties, large and small. This rare site with its beautifully renovated villa offers a rare opportunity for the buyer with discerning taste. Call today for a private showing. Offered at $7,300,000 | www.915viapanorama.com

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Roundup Road, Rolling Hills This beautiful remodeled home features 5 beds, 4.5 baths, over 3,300 sq. ft., 3-car garage, a huge lower pad with barn, overlooking gorgeous city light and harbor views.

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2066 Dorado Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes Stunning Eastview Gem Located on a quiet street, this home has been redone from top to bottom! Open concept floor plan, stunning kitchen & baths, 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, almost 2,100 sq. ft. Three fireplaces, outdoor kitchen & more! Offered at $1,150,000

300 N. Malgren, Miraleste Pines

229 Aviation Place, Manhattan Beach

There’s room to roam in this beautiful 2,477 sq. ft. home with 4 bedrooms, 3 baths on a 6,387 sq ft lot with views of the Ocean and Harbor from both floors! Gorgeous wood floors, dual pane windows, 2 fireplaces, 2 masters! This one is not to be missed!

Beautiful Cape Cod Style Townhome! Bright & spacious 1,758 sq ft 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bath townhome! Interior location, private patio area, new paint in and out, new carpet, refinished wood floors. Manhattan Beach schools!

Back on the Market at $979,000

Offered at $1,170,000

1908 Lasita Place

27935 Longhill Drive

2 Dapplegray Place

Rancho Palos Verdes | $899,000

Rancho Palos Verdes | $1,298,000

Rolling Hills Estates | $1,460,000

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Karen Anderson 310-251-2883 karen@prestigeteamhomes.com

BRE# 01224307

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1 3 1 5 M A N H AT TA N B E A C H B LV D # D , M A N H AT TA N B E A C H LISTED AT $939,000 | 2 BEDS | 2.5 BATHS | 1,246 SQ.FT Located in the highly desirable community of Manhattan Beach and less than two miles from the sand lies this multi-level, 2 bed/2 bath townhome. A few steps from the front entryway brings one to the 1,246 square foot home’s primary living and entertaining space which includes a fireplace, dining area, and terrace large enough to host an alfresco meal. Also joining the main level is the kitchen which is outfitted with a KitchenAid 4-burner range and stove. The upstairs bedrooms each come with their own bathroom while the master quarters offers ample closet/storage space behind sliding mirrored doors and a balcony ideal for peaceful moments of reflection and relaxation. Featured throughout the home are multiple skylights, a mix of wood and carpet flooring, and a Nest thermostat. In addition to the convenience of up to four parking spaces, this townhome is situated a short distance from Polliwog Park, Target, local favorite Two Guns Espresso, and shops & restaurants in Downtown Manhattan Beach

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1 3 0 4 1 2 T H S T R E E T, U N I T D , M A N H AT TA N B E A C H LISTED AT $1,199,000 | 2 BEDS | 2.5 BATHS | 1,179 SQ. FT Boasting extensive upgrades and multiple outdoor leisure areas, this contemporary two-bedroom townhome, residing in the highly-sought after community of Manhattan Beach, has been lovingly renovated to precision by the current owner to be exceptionally inviting and design-forward. Upon entry, the home’s primary living and entertaining space reveals itself with engineered white oak floors, a marble stone fireplace, kitchen, dining area, and sun-lit courtyard. Tucked beside the kitchen, which features stainless steel Thermador appliances and full height, custom Poliform cabinets, lies a powder room dressed head-to-toe in bespoke French American Wallpaper. Gracing the upstairs master suite is a walk-in closet, blissful patio, and spacious bathroom outfitted with Waterworks hardware while across the hall lies a second bedroom with full bath and designer Nuovoliola Vertical Wall Bed. In addition to all new siding, windows, and doors, this townhome conveniently offers a private, 2-car garage—accessible from the main floor—and is primely located nearby Polliwog Park, Meadows Elementary, and Downtown Manhattan Beach.

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3330 THE STRAND HERMOSA BEACH A rare opportunity in the most coveted area of the Hermosa Beach Strand. Located on a north corner lot, allowing for more light and expansive views, this completely remodeled home is better than new taking advantage of the non-conformities of the existing structure which allow for the 3 car garage, higher roof level and extra space alongside the property. Remodel done by Titan development; a design collaboration with Matt Morris, Laney Architecture and Kimm Dunne Design making this a truly unique, modern beach house. Gorgeous Master suite with breathtaking views! Perfect for entertaining, running back and forth from the beach, enjoying gorgeous sunsets and the views from Palos Verdes to Malibu. 3300 SQ FT | 5 BEDROOMS | 5 BATHROOMS | 2 POWDER ROOMS OFFERED AT $12,500,000 | WWW.3330THESTRAND.COM

MATT MORRIS 310-546-4300 Matt@MattMorrisDevelopment.com

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Each Office Is Independently Owned And Operated

OFFERED AT $7,500,000 | PRIVATE SHOWINGS AVAILABLE

5 beds, 5 baths | 4,100 sq ft (btv) | 1,000 sq ft rooftop deck with cabana | Corner lot | One block from the ocean with panoramic views "Spare no expense" is the motto for this exceptional custom home. This is truly resort living at its finest.

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CHRIS PLANK

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3355 PALO VISTA DR RANCHO PALOS VERDES OF FE R E D AT $2,898,000 5 BE D R O OM S 4.5 B AT H S 5418 S Q F T 29,985 S Q F T LOT WWW.3355PALOVISTA.COM

Do not miss this remodeled ocean view home above Trump Golf! Back on the market with many newly upgrades including interior and exterior painting, carpeting, most plumbing fixtures, light fixtures, bathtub in master bathroom, dishwasher, basin, detailed backsplash, artist-like details&finishes on the cabinets, stair railing and panels, etc. Fengshui Oasis starts from the main level featured with huge formal living room, office and a bedroom on the east side, open style family room, formal dining, kitchen with stainless steel appliances, and an entertainment room with a bar. Balcony has the best Ocean, Sunrise, Sunset View across the Catalina Island. Backyard is featured with a basketball court and the privacy that has no house behind. Enjoy the living style of Palos Verdes with beautiful views, awarded schools and the great neighborhood. This is truly can not be missed with easy access to the freeway, shopping, trails and parks.

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last word

In Defense of the Nightcap WRITTEN BY RICH THOMAS ILLUSTRATED BY CHRISTINE GEORGIADES

Sooner or later we all cross the threshold of middle age and begin to foolishly bargain with ourselves in an attempt to effect change— usually of a physiological nature. “I will get to bed earlier so I have more time and energy to exercise in the morning … I will eat more vegetables and less processed foods … I will cut out unnecessary carbs.” Oftentimes this means reexamining our vices, rationalizing what we need less—or more—of to survive. Recently I’ve had a few friends who have gone dry, either swearing off the bottle completely or simply taking a “hiatus” to either cleanse their system or prove to themselves that they “could live without it” … whatever “it” was. I tried this too. It didn’t work. The nightcap is 59 cc’s of therapy for a fraction of the cost. It’s also a singular proposition. Whatever you’re attempting to work out starts and ends in one glass, or else you’re no longer enjoying a nightcap. I am a whiskey drinker. My parents teethed me on it. It is my go-to, my outlet pass, my huckleberry; an old-fashioned or a Manhattan when I’ve got the time and the

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ingredients to prepare one, or just two fingers neat when the vicissitudes of life require you to immediately pull the ripcord. If you’re doing the math, you’re looking at about 100 calories per jigger—or roughly 200 calories for a cocktail. Or you could have half an English muffin with 2 tablespoons of cream cheese. Sound appetizing? Maybe 10 baked tortilla chips with a half-cup of salsa is more your style, apart from the fact that no living man has ever consumed just 10 chips. The fact is, none of these bland comparables provides the satisfaction of sitting in your comfiest chair at 10 p.m., cradling a heavy-bottomed glass of bourbon and wondering how you managed to muster up the self-restraint to not throw hands at Kyle, the admin who continues to submit invoices without checking for redundant P.O. numbers. Life is hard. People are complicated. No one can take a joke. Uber drivers stop in the middle of the goddamn road even when there’s parking on the street. The nightcap is my trump card, and I reserve the right to play it. After all, I did say I’d cut out all “unnecessary” carbs. ■


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Southbay July 2018