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From the Publisher As we close out what undoubtedly has been a very difficult year, I hear the words of my longtime friend and founder of Country Roads Antiques, Sue Jackson, who often said, “Because Nice Matters.” Without Sue’s encouragement and support, I don’t believe the Plaza Review would exist today. Sue passed away recently (pg. 22), but her legacy lives on. As we have all struggled to find balance between safety and survival this past year, we’ve often found that nice truly does matter. Just ask the recipients of help and hope from one of Orange’s longest standing charitable organizations, Assistance League of Orange, celebrating 80 years in 2021. In this edition, you’ll also find stories about risk-takers and responsible parties doing their best to bring peace and happiness to themselves and our community. Whether it be opening a new business offering tasty, fresh foods (pgs. 11-13), safely guiding the City of Orange (pgs. 15-17) or searching for a cure for Alzheimer’s and dementia (pgs. 24-25), we find that our neighbors are driven towards solutions. And solutions are something we can all certainly use more of at this time. Here at the Plaza Review, we’re thankful to highlight many passionate individuals, who encourage positive outlooks. As Sue’s daughter Brande Jackson writes on page 29, a sign of hope can be as simple as planting a garden or reading a thought-provoking book. Because nice truly does matter, I believe we’ll successfully forge on through these challenging times to emerge a much stronger community. My hope for the coming year is that we continue to be good neighbors to one another. Enjoy this edition of the Plaza Review, and please support the many featured advertisers, who make this publication possible.


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2021 is here, and there’s never been a better time for a fresh start. The businesses featured here are hoping to make their mark in the new year, bringing contemporary cuisines to Old Towne and adding culinary goals to their customer’s resolutions. Read on to discover how Abbot’s Butcher, Butaton Ramen and Cafe Zócalo are serving customers and guests during these unparalleled times.




Abbot’s Butcher With food trends like veganism and vegetarianism gaining popularity, companies such as Abbot’s Butcher are rising to meet demand by serving customers protein in plant-based forms. Abbot’s Butcher recently located its headquarters to South Glassell in the Plaza, but originally got its name from the street Abbot Kinney in Venice, California, where Founder and CEO Kerry Song used to live. Song’s company creates premium plant-based proteins that you can find at grocery stores like Whole Foods and Mother’s Market & Kitchen. Their offerings include alternatives to chicken, ground beef and chorizo, and are developed from a protein harvested from golden peas. “We’re focused on bringing craftsmanship to the category and delivering plant-based meats that have a depth of flavor and a hearty mouth feel,” says Song. “You can have something delicious that satisfies all your cravings for protein but is truly nourishing your body.” Song began her entrepreneurship journey after quitting her job in the corporate finance industry and buying a one-way plane ticket to Europe. After traveling for months, she moved into a friend’s spare room in Bologna, Italy. In Italy, Song signed up for classes at a small culinary school. She was a vegetarian at the time, and learned how to create meaty tastes and textures from natural ingredients. “I fell in love with food and had such an appreciation for the slow food movement,” she says. “I learned to take care and pay

attention to the ingredients you use and the foods you create.” A few years after coming back to the United States, Song was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder and put on medication. She learned that it was important to pay attention to her gut health, and made the decision to switch to a plant-based diet. Still, she felt dissatisfied with the vegan protein options in the market. “I thought there needed to be plant-based meats made with ingredients I could actually feel good about eating,” Song says. “That’s where the idea for Abbot’s Butcher came from. I started making them for myself,

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Kerry Song, Founder and CEO of Abbot’s Butcher, in her Old Towne Orange office, discovered her passion for healthy meat alternatives after working as an investment banker in New York and San Francisco.

and the more feedback I got, I realized I could sell it.” Now, Song sells the products in grocery stores across California, Arizona, Nevada and Hawaii. Before the pandemic hit, she was also working with restaurants and corporate cafeterias to incorporate Abbot’s Butcher proteins into recipes. For the new year, Song hopes to reach more customers who are considering adopting a plantbased diet. “With our customers, I don’t care if they’re diehard vegans or if they’re meat eaters who want to have one meatless Monday,” she says. “Our products are tools for our customers. This is their story, and we’re just part of it.” The commitment to authenticity is what drives Abbot’s Butcher as a company, says Director of Operations Nick Bilotti.

“It’s such a breath of fresh air to work for someone who refuses to compromise on integrity and remains steadfast in her mission to change the world,” says Bilotti. “I look forward to continuing on our path of getting more and more consumers to switch to plant-based alternatives to their favorite foods.” When creating the Abbot’s Butcher proteins, Song was careful to include a balance of quality and taste. Customers can choose from a slow roast chopped “chicken” with onion, sage and white pepper, a ground “beef sausage” made from mushrooms and a Spanish smoked “chorizo,” all without feeling like they’re sacrificing natural ingredients for taste. “We want to make clean eating simple and delicious, and not feel like you’re giving up anything,” says Song.

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As Old Towne heads into winter, it might be the perfect time to bring some warmth into your diet. Butaton Ramen opened in September, and is known for its rich broth and generous portions of chashu pork belly. This is the second location for Butaton, which originally debuted in Garden Grove in 2016. After the restaurant’s success, Chef and Owner James Nguyen says that his family wanted to expand the business and introduce more people to ramen. “Although we opened the location in a pandemic, it’s still been going pretty well,” says Nguyen. “We’ve been getting an overwhelmingly positive response from people, and I think that’s what keeps us going.” Nguyen was born and raised in North Tustin and became more familiar with the Plaza after attending Chapman University. He says he recognized a need for ethnic cuisines in the area and jumped on the opportunity when a building became available. “We feel incredibly fortunate and very lucky to get the opportunity to be in Old Towne,” he says. “Our goal is to become part of the community and integrate ourselves, and to be the local ramen shop.” Nguyen now runs Butaton Ramen with his older brother, Andrew, but it was their mother, Tam, who originally created the restaurant. She taught Nguyen how to cook, taking the time to teach him old recipes and encouraging him


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Butaton Ramen Chef and Owner James Nguyen is proud to present his rich ramen, which was created based on his mother’s original recipes. “This is the best ramen I’ve ever made,” he says. “When I tasted it, I was so happy I started dancing around the kitchen.”

to experiment with new ones. “My mom is the true mastermind behind all this,” says Nguyen. “It was her dream to open up a ramen shop.” Butaton’s menu includes six flavors of ramen, which Nguyen is constantly tweaking and improving. Customers can also try appetizers like calamari and takoyaki and choose from a selection of beer and sake. The restaurant’s best-selling

item, however, is the classic Butaton ramen, a noodle dish with rich, spicy tonkotsu broth. “I love getting into the ramen and seeing how I can make things better,” he says. “I go from one dish to the next. As soon as I’m happy and confident with one, I’ll move onto the next. That’s my journey.”

Nguyen’s favorite part is cooking the ramen itself. He says creating ramen is unlike any other food experience. He gets excited when examining the ingredients to see how he can strive for excellence. “My journey is taking those wonderful recipes created by my mother and pushing the envelope even further,” he says. “We’re building upon something that is already great to make it even greater.” As the new year rolls in, Butaton aims to become a go-to spot for the Orange community. Nguyen and his family were excited about opening the Old Towne location because of how friendly they felt the residents were. “We’re a very personable family, so we love meeting new people,” says Nguyen. “That’s the best part of owning a restaurant, especially in this location.” Michael Cambra, a longtime family friend and customer, is looking forward to watching Butaton grow in Old Towne. “To see a mom-and-pop shop get a great location in the Plaza is amazing,” says Cambra. “That area needs a great ramen spot, and Butaton ramen is the best comfort food you can imagine.” Whether you’ve never tried ramen or are on the hunt for the best bowl, the team at Butaton is eager to invite customers to try their aromatic dishes. “We have a love for ramen, and we want to share that love with the Orange community,” says Nguyen.

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The new year lends itself to new beginnings, and Bertony Quezada, owner of Cafe Zócalo, hopes to make a fresh start by reimagining the eatery that was once Blue Frog Bakery. The new cafe will keep most of the dishes and classic pastries from the bakery, but Quezada has expanded the restaurant, giving the menu a Mexican-inspired feel. “We want to create something that you just can’t find anywhere else in Orange,” says Quezada. After Blue Frog Bakery was suffering due to the pandemic, Quezada was inspired to take over the cafe and give it a new look and feel. He’d been a longtime customer of the cafe, often stopping by just for the chicken Philly sandwich. He asked the owner if he was willing to sell, and Quezada soon got to work on redesigning the interior and the menu. “I’ve always had a vision for the cafe, and when I would walk by, I saw that it had so much space and a lot of potential,” he says. “It’s in a great location to meet new customers.” Quezada was born and raised in Orange, so he was passionate about opening a new business in his hometown. Although he’s never operated a restaurant, he’s the owner of two other Orange-based businesses, a cosmetics line called The Makeup Shack, and a clothing store called Trendy 4 Eva. “Orange is always going to have a place in my heart,” Quezada says. “I always end up in Orange, and I just love this city.” Cafe Zócalo’s name is even related to Old Towne Orange, which has at its heart Plaza Park. Zócalo means a public plaza of a town in Spanish. In Mexico, Zócalos are


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Delicious baked goods are the cornerstone of the new Cafe Zócalo, which also serves breakfast and lunch entrees. Pictured here showcasing their tasty offerings (from left) are Mike Mares, Adan Medel (back), owner Bertony Quezada and Danny Mares.

the location of a coming of age tradition. At such public plazas, boys walk one way around the plaza and girls the other. If a girl catches a boy’s fancy, he will buy a flower from a street vendor and present it to the girl. “I’m excited about introducing something new to the Plaza,” says Quezada. “I feel like you can’t really find our style of food anywhere else.” Quezada’s business mindset also led him to expand Cafe Zócalo into a restaurant offering more than just pastries. He recently secured an alcohol license for the cafe, so the menu will soon include happy hour and cocktail options.

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As of right now, customers can choose from a variety of breakfast options like omelettes, burritos and waffles, as well as paninis, sandwiches and wraps for lunch. If you’re looking for a quick bite, you can still grab freshly baked pastries and desserts, including scones, bars and a signature strawberry cheese croissant. Mike Mares, Cafe Zócalo’s main chef, recommends the Machaca Burrito, a flour tortilla filled with traditionally dried beef and vegetables. Mares was the original owner of Blue Frog Bakery when it opened in 2011, and when the restaurant

experienced another ownership transition in 2015, he stayed on as a cook. Now, Mares is optimistic about Cafe Zócalo and the opportunity to develop new menu items. With 45 years of experience in the restaurant industry, he’s no stranger to experimenting in the kitchen. “This new restaurant gives me the opportunity to try new recipes, and that’s what we have in mind,” says Mares. “We want to create something that’s a little bit different than what other businesses have around here.”

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It takes a lot to keep a community running smoothly in normal times—and given the global COVID-19 pandemic, these days are anything but. Despite that, in the City of Orange, there are about 700 full- and part-time employees working to keep the traffic flowing, water running and myriad other things humming. We reached out to three of them—Christopher Cash, Susan Galvan and Bonnie Hagan—to ask about their experiences from last year and what’s in store for 2021.


As Public Works Director for the City of Orange, Christopher Cash seems to always have a lengthy to-do list. In addition to the regular, yet also important, street, sidewalk, sewer and storm drain repairs and replacement, there are also the high-profile projects, such as the $29.5 million, 608-space parking structure that opened in Old Towne about a year ago. “The great part about Public Works is you are doing things that make a difference in people’s lives, and you can literally see them using it day in and day out,” says Cash, who has been working in local government for more than 25 years, starting in the City Manager’s office in Dana Point before leading Paramount’s Public Works Department for 11 years. Cash assumed the same role in Orange about two and a half years ago, and the parking structure was his first major project for the city. “It’s been transformative in providing needed parking for Old Towne,” he says, adding that Public Works crews early last summer also restructured traffic flow along Glassell Street to allow for the Orange Plaza Paseo and its expanded alfresco dining. Now, Cash and his team are in the midst of constructing a new Fire Station 1 and Fire Headquarters campus at the corner of Chapman Avenue and Water Street.


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With infrastructure improvements and new construction projects always on tap, there’s plenty to keep Public Works Director Christopher Cash and his team busy. “I have a much greater connection to Orange than some of the other cities where I’ve worked,” says Cash, a 30-year Orange County resident.

Expected to be finished by late summer or early fall 2022, it will replace a fire station that was built in 1968. Of course, all this work has been going on during much of the past year during a global pandemic. While that certainly has presented its share of challenges, they largely have been overcome, says Frank Sun, the Assistant Public Works Director. “Some staff were working from home, and there have been other adjustments (including conducting meetings remotely and ensuring on-site workers follow measures to protect them from COVID), but there has not been a significant impact in terms of operation and project delivery,” he adds. “Most projects have been moving forward.” In another change, the department is accepting an increasing number of forms and architectural plans online that previously needed to be submitted in-person—an effort that had been in the works but was accelerated due to the pandemic. “Making our processes a little more robust in a digital environment has been really important,” says Cash, adding that 2020 was a year like no other. “It’s been challenging, and we’ve been tweaking and modifying and rising up to those challenges, but this has been like nothing I’ve encountered in my career.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 16

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Orange Plaza Paseo, the area where Glassell Street meets Chapman Avenue, took on an entirely different look much of 2020. Always a popular destination for shopping and dining, some street parking spaces in Old Towne were cordoned off to accommodate the new alfresco experience. And while a global pandemic was the reason for the change, city employees, the Orange Chamber of Commerce and the merchants and restaurant owners themselves deserve the credit for pulling it all off. “If you walked through there at lunchtime, in the early evenings or on weekends, you could tell it was definitely a destination,” says Susan Galvan, the city’s Economic Development Manager. “When it was busy, the wait times at some of the restaurants were 90 minutes to two hours. We tried to make something good out of a really bad situation.” In July, even before Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a statewide ban on indoor dining and other initiatives in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, Galvan’s office reached out to business owners throughout the city, including about 50 in The


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Susan Galvan, the Economic Development Manager for Orange, says launching the Orange Plaza Paseo outdoor dining experience last summer took a fair amount of coordination. “The Chamber of Commerce assisted us greatly, and there was a lot of communication between the city and the merchants,” she says. “It was a collaborative effort —and it’s been popular.”

Plaza, to develop a strategy to at least limit the financial hit they would be taking. Elsewhere in the city, for restaurants and retailers located in shopping centers small and large, the solution was relatively straightforward—move some operations outdoors into the parking lot. But for those located in The Plaza area, it wasn’t that easy. For starters, coordination with the Orange County Transportation Authority was required because

bus routes run through those streets, and there also needed to be enough space for fire engines in case of an emergency. “The effort was driven by the City Council, in collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce,” says Galvan, who started with the City of Orange about eight and a half years ago, becoming Economic Development Manager in 2018. “Because of its success, there have been many requests for the program to come back,” she says.

While post-pandemic plans for the return of the Orange Plaza Paseo program were not final at press time, any proposal would need Council approval. “We’re looking at how it could work on an annual basis, including about offering an enhanced experience for patrons,” Galvan says. “There have been concerns expressed by some of the merchants that need to be addressed, but there’s a lot of support for this.”

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Whether it’s a major community event that attracts thousands of Orange residents, such as the 3rd of July Celebration, or activities like youth swimming lessons, Bonnie Hagan and her team are continuing to prepare for a variety of contingencies this year, due to the coronavirus pandemic. “When it comes to planning, it’s a multi-pronged approach,” says Hagan, the Assistant City Manager and Community Services Director. “We need to be ready if we still can’t gather and meet. But if the vaccine becomes widely available and we can do things in a modified fashion, we need to be prepared to flip the switch almost immediately.” Being flexible and reaching out in new ways certainly helped in 2020, as evolving health concerns kept everything in flux. It played out in multiple ways, including: • Coordinating with neighboring cities regarding the use of parks, fields and other recreation facilities. (“Being on the same page was important, because if we allowed activities that others didn’t, more people would come here,” Hagan says.) • Launching a virtual sponsorship program for local businesses to promote online events.


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Bonnie Hagan expects that 2021 will be another year of change and adaptation for the city’s recreation programs and special events due to the pandemic. “Now, almost every decision you make has a new twist to the list of checkmarks you have to go through in your head,” she says. “Is it responsive? Is it safe? Is it something that’s meeting a need? That’s what all of us want to do—try to be as responsive as we can and meet the needs of the community.”

• Debuting social media channels (search “City of Orange Recreation” on Facebook and Instagram) specifically dedicated to parks and recreation, enhancing the city’s already existing social media efforts. “It’s been a great way to connect on a different level with the community, since we couldn’t connect through our normal events and traditional in-person programming,” says Leslie Hardy, the Assistant Community

Services Director. “We’ve been able to interact in new ways, sharing activities and responding to questions.” Other work overseen by Hagan has continued apace, including a project at Handy Park that will result in an upgraded picnic shelter and shade area, an improved parking lot and walkways, among other enhancements. “During the pandemic, nothing is really the way you’ve always done it,” says Hagan, who started

as a recreation supervisor with the City of Orange in 2000. With the exception of a three-year stint with the City of Irvine, she has been working here ever since. “In some ways that’s good, because it makes you think outside of the box and come up with new ways of doing things,” she adds. “And as for the things that the community has shown they like, we’re already thinking of how we can incorporate them postpandemic.”

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Previously clad in old asbestos siding, the 1903 Victorian Farmhouse on the corner of Grand and Maple has been beautifully renovated by homeowner Mark Miersma, who returned the exterior and the entire property to its former glory.


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“I’m well known as the person who restored the ugliest house in town,” says homeowner Mark Miersma, whose historic home on the corner of Grand and Maple was in a sad state of disrepair when he purchased it in 1998. Built in 1903 for a single mother with kids, the original two-story residence was converted into a duplex in the 1940s to address a local housing shortage at the time. Because of its location on the

corner, the property still retains two legal addresses attributed to the previous duplex. Through the years, it became a revolving door of renters, which in fact, was the situation when Mark first toured the home with local realtor Al Ricci. “I have to give all credit to Al for convincing me that the home was a diamond in the rough,” says Mark. “When he first took me to the house, all the renters were in

their 20s, and there was a guy passed out drunk on the porch. Al looked at me and said, ‘I know it looks ugly, but if you put some love in this house, it has the potential of being an incredible home.’ My father thought I had lost my mind before I decided to buy it, but years later he said he was glad I didn’t take his advice, because I had the vision.” Going through a divorce at the time, Mark kept the house a F i n d o u t W h a t ’s H a p p e n i n g i n t o w n e a t :

Sourced locally, the 1900-era dining table and pressback chairs are positioned near the staircase. The adjacent antique door (from Ohio) features beveled glass that dates from the 1880s.

The stained-glass transom window above the door came from an estate in Maine, circa 1880s. The door itself is from New York and dates back to the 1890s. The house numbers and mail slot are original to the home.

Dating from the 1890s, the ornate fireplace mantel originated from New York. The reproduction sofa is approximately 30 years old. The antique beveled-glass window came from a mansion in Maine. “I was shocked that we were able to fit it exactly into the space where there had been a plain window before,” says Mark.

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rental for six years before embarking on the renovation to convert it back into a single home. Previously clad in asbestos shingles, the exterior was quite uninviting until Mark restored the original wood siding and trim. He could see the exact spots where decorative ornamental pieces had been removed and was able to replicate the missing sections with the help of an 82-year-old carpenter in town who knew what to do. “I’ve used a handful of carpen-

ters and craftsman, but the old carpenter really had the knowledge, especially about windows,” says Mark. “All of my windows are original, but they were painted shut so you couldn’t even open them, plus all the sash and pulleys needed to be replaced. He educated me on how they operate, because he had actually worked on these same kinds of windows and doors when he was a kid. All the weights were still lodged in the windows before we fished

them out. We even added wavy restoration glass to replace some of the panes that weren’t original. Now the windows are all stained and varnished, and the sides are waxed. They are like pieces of fine furniture.” The doors in the home, however, were not original. Mark set out to replace every existing modern door with ornate, antique doors to replicate the Victorian Farmhouse aesthetic. The doors feature stained or beveled glass, ornamental wood,

and purple glass knobs. One even includes an old-style doorknob that’s pulled by a crank. There are a total of five exterior doors in the home. The main front door came from the antique store that pre-dated George’s II Antiques in Old Towne. Mark also added stained glass windows throughout, including a window from the 1880s installed above the entry between the den and the parlor. Amazingly, 90 percent of the flooring is original to the home CONTINUED ON PAGE 20

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Mark uses his formal dining room as his home office. The antique table was crafted in 1890, while the pressback chairs are all Larkin, circa 1910.

Mark’s extraordinary kitchen remodel features custom maple cabinetry that matches the patina of the kitchen’s original wood floors. The Wedgewood stove is from the 1940s. The tin ceilings are bronze-plated.

The downstairs bathroom showcases the original tub that Mark had re-glazed to its former sheen. The toilet is from the 1920s, while the tile represents a bathroom of that era. The ceiling features tin painted white. The crystal chandelier comes from Wayfair.

Ugly, no more and had been protected through the decades by paint or linoleum. The staircase, however, had to be rebuilt. “It made sense for me to remove the imposing walls on both sides of the staircase, because not only were they claustrophobic, there wasn’t enough space to get furniture up the stairs,” says Mark. “We used as many of the original treads as we could salvage, and I also found architectural pieces


from the 1890s that I sourced from eBay and antique stores.” In the kitchen, Mark gutted the shabby cabinets and hired a cabinet company in Bellflower to build custom cabinets out of maple wood. The color of the stain matches the patina in the flooring, while the beadboard panels add a vintage look. The embossed tin ceiling is electroplated with a bronze process. He also added a copper-plated tin ceiling on the BEFORE

front porch, and a tin ceiling in the downstairs bathroom. Replete with clawfoot tubs, chandeliers, decorative woodworking and beautiful tile, the 1,740-square-foot home showcases three bedrooms, a parlor and two full baths. There are two bedrooms upstairs, plus a modern bathroom that features a shower, custom tile and a retro-color theme of pink and kiwi. “I call this a Victorian Farmhouse

on Steroids, because of all the bling I have done to it,” says Mark. “The exterior is simple, while the interior is fancy, because I want to see it and enjoy it.” Mark grew up in Bellflower and has worked his entire life in the propane gas industry. His family owns three propane gas companies in central California. As a kid, Mark was always enthralled with old things and antiques. He remembers coming



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from a wedding chapel. “I love being a bachelor living across from the wedding chapel,” he says. “I can sit on the porch and watch the bridal parties. Can you imagine what it was like back in the days when renters were coming and going across the street? If the original owner could see the house now, I’d like to think she would love it. I’m paying it forward and leaving my mark as a steward of the property.”


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Stephen Galloway’s love of film started at an early age when he was swept up and carried away watching movies as a child in London theaters. The first picture he remembers seeing was “Snow White,” soon followed by the cult classic “The Night of the Hunter.” It was the latter that stuck with Chapman University’s Dean of Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. The only movie ever directed by English stage and film actor Charles Laughton, “The Night of the Hunter” chronicles a killer masquerading as a preacher. “When you’re five years old, you don’t understand what’s real and not real, so the film entered my dreams and nightmares,” says Galloway. “At the same time, it showed me the enduring power of motion pictures to envelop you in a different world, to affect your thoughts and emotions— your very life.” Born in Manchester, England, Galloway grew up in Maidenhead, a few miles from Windsor Castle. His father is British and his mother French. During his teens, he spent time in France with his mother’s family. “In Paris, as soon as I stepped off the train, my great-aunt would give me croissants and the cultural guide L’Officiel des Spectacles. “I’d build my entire vacation around the movies that were playing, trying to cram in three or four each day and usually ending up back home around one in the morning. My aunt was an extraordinary, intellectual, opinionated, passionate woman, and we’d then stay up till three in the morning arguing about movies and literature—and books and people and Freud and Marx.” So enamored with cinema was Galloway that he dreamed of moving to Hollywood to attend film school. At Cambridge in England, he earned his master’s in English, where he graduated with the highest distinction, First Class Honors. He then won a Harkness Fellowship, which enabled him to come to the US and CONTINUED ON PAGE 22

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attend the USC School of Cinematic Arts in the early 1980s. He ended up dropping out, however, after one semester. Culture Shock “Coming from England to Los Angeles, I experienced culture shock,” he says. “I had no one to hold my hand and walk me through the educational system, which was very different from England’s. At Chapman, I work to make sure that none of our students feel like I did. It’s critically important to me—and everyone in the film school—that we create a warm and welcoming environment and that we catch anyone who stumbles.” A year later, he attended the American Film Institute’s Center for Advanced Film Studies where he was much happier. That was after meeting director Martin Ritt, who took him under his wing. “Everyone should be so lucky to have a mentor like Marty,” says Galloway. “He completely changed my feelings about Los Angeles and America. During his career, he directed films of substance, about real issues and complex people, such as ‘Norma Rae.’ He was a moral and ethical force, when Hollywood isn’t always that way. He taught me that you can work in the film industry and still stand up for what you believe in and try to do the right thing.” After graduating from the AFI, Galloway heard about a job reading scripts at Universal Studios and another position as an assistant at the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner. “Though I really wanted the script-reading job, I got the one at the HeraldExaminer,” he says. “At the time, it seemed arbitrary, but it turned out to be the perfect job. There are two things I love— writing and film. That started me on my career in journalism, writing about film and the entertainment industry.” In 1984, his visa expired, so he returned to Europe and resided in Paris for two years. “It was the classic living in a garret apartment with a lovely girlfriend and walking up seven flights of stairs every day with groceries,” he says. “Paris is magical. There’s no other city outside LA where they revere film as much, and of course it took me back to the place I’d most loved since I was a child.” Years at The Hollywood Reporter But Galloway soon realized that if he wanted a career in the film industry, he needed to return to Los Angeles. Soon after moving back, he interviewed for a position at the Hollywood Reporter. “I took the job thinking it would be good for a year, and in the blink of an eye, I’d been there for 27 years,” says Galloway, who amassed an impressive journalistic resume during his time at the publication, where he served for many years as executive editor and created the Reporter’s longstanding television roundtable series featuring a host of A-list talent, from Clint Eastwood to Viola Davis. In 2014, he won an Emmy for that program in partnership with PBS SoCaL. The episode that garnered the award featured interviews with those involved in the creation of the movie “The Wolf of Wall Street,” including Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio. He was also named 2013 journalist of the year at the National Entertainment Journalism Awards. And he authored the biography Leading Lady: Sherry Lansing and the Making of a Hollywood Groundbreaker, released in 2017. Lansing is former CEO of Paramount Pictures and was the first woman ever to run a studio, at 20th Century Fox. During his time at the Reporter, Galloway spearheaded the Women in Entertainment Mentorship Program, which had its beginnings in 2009. Through a partnership between The Hollywood Reporter and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles, the program pairs high school juniors from schools in South Central Los Angeles with top-level women in film and TV. More than 300 teenagers from disadvantaged backgrounds have participated in the program and gone on to top universities, many entering the entertainment field after graduation. More recently, in association with Oprah Winfrey, he launched a leadership program for young men and women of color, the Young Executives Fellowship.

Because “Sue” Country Roads is very sad to share the news that our matriarch passed away in November. Sue Jackson was a hurricane in a Hawaiian shirt, walking our floors for nearly 30 years, telling stories, making people laugh, and teaching everyone around her lessons in kindness and resiliency on a daily basis. Generous to a fault, funny, tough and thoughtful, her presence was central to our shop from the day she opened it in January 1993, all the way until her last day here on Halloween. There is simply no way of expressing how much we miss her and how hard these past weeks have been. The stories we have heard over the last few months—adventures in looking for dead rodents, effective ways of dealing with obnoxious customers, acts of generosity— have been a reminder of what we have lost and of the legacy she will leave. Her three children who will carry on her work—Brande, Katie and Bryce—were quite literally

raised in our shop, and she provided countless first jobs to SO MANY other people who consider her family, too. She loved her sister, Teri, her son-in-law Vinny and daughter-in-law Justine, and, let’s be honest, above all else, her five grandkids: Riley, Bodhi, Morgan, Brooklyn and Charlie. She looooved being a grandma, and in recent years, it came to define her as much as her business did. If you came by the shop, you would hear about her grandkids, and she would ask about yours. Sue built a business that taught her kids how to work hard, how to persevere, how to count change in their heads, how to do what is right…and it also provided them with a second family. Carol, Yesi and Matt were her “other” kids. She loved them just as fiercely as her own, and they are grieving her loss just as deeply. We are very grateful for their dedication and the help they have provided during this sad time for us, though it was an incredibly difficult thing for

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them to do, and a huge thanks also goes out to Cheryl, Penny and Sharon for coming in and working too, even though they are also in mourning. A big thanks to the many of you who reached out and offered to help us, as well. It is really an incredible testament to how much love she created in these walls over the years. We appreciate every single one of you, and we did Sue right. The last thing she would have EVER wanted would be for us to close up for even a day to spend time crying! :) Born in Long Beach in 1951, Sue threw up in the cafeteria line in the third grade when she was a student at Patrick Henry Elementary School but ran off and blamed it on another kid. In high school, she liked to sing along to the Beach Boys, using her mom’s ironing board as a surfboard to complete the experience…until it collapsed under her one day. She was also fond of interrupting her

sister Teri’s church group meetings by playing “Maggie’s Farm” on repeat very loudly. She went to sooooo many awesome concerts in the late 1960s and 1970s. The Rolling Stones were her favorite, but she also saw Elton John and the Who and Simon & Garfunkel, among many others. She attended CSUF in the early 1970s, majoring in sociology with a minor in American Studies. She frequently volunteered on a Navajo reservation in Arizona while in college. Many years later, the family that she stayed with on the reservation came and visited her own family

when she was living in Lakewood. She was the whole world to her kids when they were little: the room mom, the cheerleader, the one pushing them to try a little harder, and to be a little nicer. She carried that same energy into being a grandma, too. She was ALWAYS there for her grandkids. She was a huge, huge, huge presence in the life of those she loved. She was a hilarious friend and could always be counted on to stir up a little (or a lot) of good-natured mischief. In 1992, she opened up her first store, Battered Barn, on South Glassell. Her parents were antiques, restoring and selling at swap meets after they retired in the 1980s, so perhaps it was in her blood. She opened Country Roads in January 1993 and has been the heart of the shop ever since. She loved to write about the “Bats**t Crazy Sundays” at the store (people ARE crazier on Sundays!) on her blog (mycountryroads.blogspot.com) and her least favorite thing to hear from a customer was, “I have a question...”, because, for reals, just ask it already, lol! She was a writer, publishing on her blog and in articles for all sorts of antique

publications. And she wrote for many, many years for the Old Towne Orange Plaza Review. All those stories from those 28 years of business? Well, they are gonna take an entire book to tell. So, we are going to publish a book. It was always her dream to publish a collection of those stories, and we are going to try to make it happen. We hope to throw a big 70th birthday party for her next summer, and a store event to celebrate her if we are able to. But what we are going to do above all else is ensure that her legacy lives on. At the end of the day, she loved nothing more than going out to eat with her family or friends, or to be sitting in her backyard listening to her iPod with her headphones and a Corona. As I write this, I am doing that very thing to honor her as best as I can…but really, there is simply no way to put into words what she meant to us. We have a huge hole in our hearts right now. One that will one day, we know, not feel quite so empty and painful, but one that will never totally be filled up, either. If you would like to honor Sue, we have a few ideas. She really CONTINUED ON PAGE 25

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Because “Sue” Matters lived by the idea of “because nice matters,” so try to do something nice—big or small. Donate to Joanie’s Purse Project. The organization collects toiletries and bags for women in need and distributes them throughout Orange County, and Country Roads is a drop-off location. Make a donation to the Seal Beach Animal Shelter. Have a Corona and toast her. We printed up some really cool stickers to remember her—come in and grab one! And please keep sharing your stories with us. We love hearing them. It keeps her with us. Sue created something really incredible with Country Roads, and that is a legacy that her three children and her grandchildren will continue. One of the best things that happened in the last few months was that Sue got to work with her oldest grandchild, Riley, as Riley started to learn the business. She got to see that the next generation was in


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Artist Danny Galieote Mark Hilbert, founder of Chapman University’s Hilbert Museum of California Art, recently acquired a new painting for the museum that underscores many of the themes surrounding our current cultural climate: “Freedom of Speech,” 2020, an oil work on canvas by Los Angeles artist Danny Galieote. Galieote’s painting is a salute to the famed original Norman Rockwell piece “Freedom of Speech,” part of Rockwell’s “Four Freedoms” series based on President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s famous “Four Freedoms” speech of 1941. In the work, Galieote pays tribute to the beloved Rockwell painting and updates the image, incorporating modern social concerns and underscoring the timeless truths of human nature. “I saw this piece in Danny’s studio and it just spoke to me,” says Hilbert. “I knew it would be important to have for the museum. I’m a great admirer of Rockwell’s work, and we’ve had one of my Rockwell pieces on display at the


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museum. Danny’s salute to Rockwell is timely and impactful, and I’m excited for our visitors and Chapman students to see it.” In his 1941 speech, FDR outlined his vision for a postwar world

founded on four basic human freedoms: freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. Inspired, the iconic American artist Rockwell (1894-1978) then illustrated each of the freedoms from the perspective of his own ordinary hometown experiences: A man speaking out about his own views at a town meeting. The peaceful faces of people of various faiths as they worship. A grandmother serving a bounteous Thanksgiving feast to her family. Parents tucking their sleepy children into bed in a cozy house. The Rockwell paintings were published in the Saturday Evening Post and later went on a national tour, attracting thousands of viewers and raising $132 million for war bonds. They have since been issued as posters, U.S. postage stamps and prints—and have become instantly recognizable images. “I like to think of these paintings as being timeless in the sense that

they relate to our needs as humans since the beginning of time,” explained Galieote. “FDR made his famous speech about the Four Freedoms in one of the most intense times during World War II, and Rockwell painted them when the American people wanted and needed such encouragement.” Danny Galieote was born in Burbank, California at a hospital right across the street from the Disney Studios—where he would work some 20 years later. His fascination with art began at an early age. His parents provided him with the tools to pursue art, as well as the subjects of his early works, by amassing enough horses, dogs, cats and chickens for a small farm. At the age of six, Galieote began sketching the animals that surrounded him, which motivated him to take art lessons with a local teacher. Galieote went on to attend several colleges of art, including

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Although the Hilbert Museum (as with all museums in Orange County) was closed at press time due to state COVID-19 safety orders, the painting will remain on display in the Permanent Collection galleries when it is safe to re-open museums. Check the museum’s website at hilbertmuseum.org or follow @hilbertmuseum on Facebook or Instagram for the latest re-opening news, or call the museum at 714-5165880 for updates. The Hilbert Museum, located at 167 North Atchison Street in Old Towne Orange (across from the train station), offers free admission and free parking. Normal hours are Tuesday - Saturday, 11 am to 5 pm.

the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California Institute of the Arts and California State University Northridge. Straight out of college, he was chosen ahead of some 600 other applicants for an internship with Walt Disney Animation Studios. Through his 12-year career at the studio, Galieote quickly worked his way up from assistant animator to a fully-fledged traditional (hand-drawn) character animator, creating key cinematic moments in beloved Disney classics like “The Lion King,” “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “Hercules, Tarzan,” “Atlantis,” “Treasure Planet” and “The Princess and the Frog.” (The Hilbert Museum has also acquired some of his original Disney animation art.) Galieote’s years working at Disney ended up being a nurturing base for a future fine art career. In his spare time, he took frequent

trips to Europe, immersing himself particularly in Renaissance painting, sculpture and architecture. On a 7-year hiatus from the Disney Studios, he became an instructor of figure drawing and painting at Pasadena’s Art Center College of Design and the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art. In 2011, he reached the decision to leave his commercial art career and dedicate himself full-time to painting. Galieote’s unique style takes cues from the drama and technical prowess of Italian Renaissance masters he so admired in Europe, as well as the New World optimism of American painters like Paul Cadmus, George Bellows, Thomas Hart Benton and Grant Wood. He often wraps it all up with a twist of Rockwellesque humor. His work, though frequently featuring fashions and scenes from bygone eras, isn’t concerned as much with nostalgia as with the pursuit of age-old themes of human nature. His works have been widely exhibited in galleries across the U.S. and are represented in numerous prestigious international collections. In the past several years, he has had numerous successful shows at Arcadia Contemporary in New York, Maxwell Alexander Gallery in Los Angeles and at Arden Gallery in Boston. “My Four Freedoms are images of people today,” says Galieote. “But they’re in recognizable compositions that relate to the core set of meanings behind Rockwell’s iconic imagery of people. Meanings that exist both then and now.”

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Celebrates 80th Anniversary

A fixture of help and hope in Orange since 1941, the Assistance League of Orange is celebrating 80 years. Pictured from left are co-chairs for the anniversary celebration, Kathy Leichtfuss, Laura Heil and Andrea Byrnes, and current ALO President Norma Hockensmith.

In May 2018, when Brittney Rudd went to the University of California, Irvine Medical Center (UCI Medical Center) to deliver her son, she was just 29 weeks pregnant and scared. After she gave birth to Noah—weighing three pounds and three ounces— doctors immediately hooked him up to machines in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). When Rudd received the green light to take Noah home after 59 days in the NICU, thanks to Assistance League of Orange (ALO), the family went home with a diaper bag filled with essentials like formula, booties, pacifiers, a rattle, and a crocheted cap. “These are beautiful gifts that moms and dads hold onto forever,” says Rudd. Offering help and hope throughout Orange to children and families in need is the cornerstone of ALO, a local service organization celebrating its 80th anniversary in February. Eighty years ago in 1941, 33 women began meeting as an auxiliary to Assistance League of Orange County. At the time, $30 was set aside to provide personalized assistance to those in need in the City of Orange. “Local doctors, dentists and other providers would inform members when there was a need,” says ALO President Norma Hockensmith. “For instance, we would purchase glasses for children, 28

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provide funds for tonsillectomies, took children to dentists, provided taxi fare for doctor’s visits, bought cribs for a hospital and provided milk and oranges to a school,” she says. Today, the 322-member strong organization supports and manages a wide variety of local philanthropic programs. During the last fiscal year, members assisted more than 22,000 individuals and volunteered more than 30,000 hours of service to the community. ALO runs the Now & Again Thrift Shop in the Plaza. The surplus realized by sales from this member volunteer run shop support the organization’s many philanthropic programs. These programs include for the Orange Unified School District (OUSD) students and teachers, the elderly (Orange Senior Center and homebound seniors), premature babies (UCI Medical Center), Orangewood Children and Family Center and the Lamoreaux Justice Center (services for victims of violent crime). “We’re really a part of the City of Orange, and the city knows it can come to us,” says Hockensmith. “We reach out and help anyone we can. We have a strategic plan that serves to continually guide us and enables us to evaluate each area of assistance. This keeps ALO current, vibrant and nimble.” Hockensmith joined the organization in 1990 and served as president in 2005. She returned

Stephen Galloway


Coming to Chapman In the summer of 2019, Galloway was approached about interviewing for the position of dean of Chapman’s film school. He had visited in 2017 when the school’s founder, Bob Bassett, invited him and Lansing to speak about her biography. “I was so impressed with how Bob had built such an amazing film school from nothing,” says Galloway. He took the position as dean in March 2020 and continues to be impressed by the university. “Chapman has an extraordinarily supportive and friendly faculty and staff, and the students are exceptional and so appreciative of everything you do for them,” he says. Robert Dowling is former Editor-in-Chief and publisher of The Hollywood Reporter. “Stephen’s transition to Chapman was a brilliant idea,” says Dowling. “He understands film at every conceivable level. He knows the business, the people, has access to everyone in the business and a gift for mentoring young people.” Goals for Chapman’s Film School Galloway has three main goals for the film school. These are increasing the school’s osmosis with Hollywood by bringing in more speakers and creating internships and jobs in the field. He also intends to focus on recalibrating the curriculum to ensure it keeps up with changes in the film industry, including the rise in streaming and the resulting blurred lines between television and film. “We’re looking at where the industry will be in five to ten years so that what we’re teaching is relevant,” he says. His final goal is to continue to increase diversity amongst faculty and students. “Increasing diversity is the right thing to do and fits with what I’ve been doing for the past 12 years with the mentorship programs,” he says. “Hollywood is now hyperaware of the need to reach multiple audiences. There’s no better way to do that than by ensuring film students and faculty members represent varying viewpoints.” As Michael Kowalski, Senior Associate Dean of Dodge College of Film and Media Arts sees it, Galloway has already made great strides with his initiatives. “Stephen has led a big push to bring more instructors of diverse backgrounds to the school and is working on doing the same for the student body,” he says. “He’s also pushing us to think ahead and revise and update our curriculums so they conform better to what the industry is like today, and more importantly, what the industry might be like in the future.” For Galloway, being at Chapman is a lot like watching a great movie. “This has been the most wonderful experience ever,” he says. “I just love Chapman. Sometimes I blink and wonder, how did I get so lucky?”

this year during a time when charitable organizations across the globe are experiencing the challenges of COVID-19. While the Chapter has not been able to gather in person this year, the organization’s efforts have not slowed. During COVID, members have participated in monthly membership Zoom meetings celebrating the “Decades of Devotion” inspiration. Through Assistance League’s Special Assistance program, members work with Instacart to get groceries delivered to hungry residents. Through Operation School Bell, they get OUSD children school

uniforms and supplies by dropping them off at school sites. And members continue to assemble diaper bags for the Handle with Care program that helped Rudd and her family. The celebration of the organization’s 80 years of continual service is being co-chaired by Kathy Leichtfuss, Laura Heil and Andrea Byrnes. “Every philanthropic program we serve has identified the 80th Anniversary to their recipients,” says Leichtfuss, a previous president of ALO. “This serves as a reminder that we are here for the community of Orange and always will be.”

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A Little Brew



by Yuki Klotz Burwell

Plant a Garden It’s a Sign of Hope! by Brande Jackson

I’ve been reading the writings of Terry Tempest Williams lately. I admire the way she links moments in her own life, and things that are happening on a larger scale in the world, back to nature. “To be whole,” she writes, “to be complete. Wildness reminds us what it means to be human, what we are connected to rather than separated from.” As we emerge from a calendar year that was difficult for many, in the midst of winter, a time for hibernation and stillness, it would seem that many of us have had to, in one way or another, reflect on what we value, what matters most, and figure out how to pivot and adjust to new realities. All of that, I suppose, is just a long-winded way of saying the last few months have been really, really rough (at least for me), and I have found myself turning back to the basics that seem to help me get grounded: gardens, sunrises and sunsets, and spending as much time outside as possible. Cliché as it may sound, there is something promising in seeing the new emergence of green from a plant that seems to be a goner. My houseplants in recent months seemed to emulate my mood and were not looking so hot (emulating my outward appearance too, it could be said…) but low and behold, just when I thought they were destined for the compost bin, a new leaf began to unfurl. Then another, and another. Given the heaviness of this past year, I’m okay with the real-life clichés. So, with that in mind, I go outside. I clean, I prune, I fertilize. I try to watch the sun rise and set as often as I can. Staying in motion seems to help at least kinda, sorta fix most things, doesn’t it? Plant, play, nurture and repeat. I’ve long loved the colors of this season: the striking blooms of cyclamen and the fine details on the face of violas, sweet peas blooming with their faint pastel hues. I like to purge and clean in the winter, clearing space for seedlings and bulbs making their way up from the ground. Nothing major needs to happen during these winter months, and maybe that is the point: to prepare in a slow, mindful way. This is the time of year to plant for the hope that spring brings. Delphiniums, campanulas, poppies all can go into the ground right now. They won’t do much at first, like us, laying low and preparing, but by late February they will start to put on their show. Artichokes and broccoli and kale and cauliflower can all get planted this time of year, too. Afterall, planting a garden, it has been said, is a sign of hope for the future. Some more Terry Tempest Williams: “To slow down is to be taken into the soul of things.” If these past months have taught us anything, perhaps that is the greatest lesson of all, to slow down, to observe, to get grounded. Reflecting on this, I find myself once again turning to the garden for guidance.

To celebrate the season of giving, this month’s coupon winner, Betsy Little, chose to gift her certificate to her husband, Jim, as a birthday present. Betsy chose Brewery 1886, the recently opened brewpub. “I chose a place I thought Jim would like the best, and the fact that it was brand new was wonderful,” says Betsy. Betsy lives in Villa Park but is an active volunteer for the Assistance League of Orange, a nonprofit that supports philanthropic programs meeting underserved needs. In 2008, she was the organization’s president, and had a chance to connect with Plaza Review publisher and Assistance League committee member Mike Escobedo, furthering her connection to Old Towne. Betsy came to Orange County after Jim’s job required a relocation from Florida, but she was eager to live in an area that felt small and personable.

“We chose this area because it felt comfortable and easy to meet people,” she says. “Everyone is so friendly here.” Betsy and Jim are no strangers to travel—they usually take several international trips a year. Her favorite destinations include Easter Island, Turkey and the Angkor Wat temples in Cambodia. “We’ve been around the world, and we love to see and feel different cultures,” she says.

Wishing you and yours a kind and loving and prosperous 2021! Brande Jackson is the owner of Johnnye Merle’s Gardens, located in Country Roads Antiques in Old Towne Orange at 204 West Chapman Ave. www.purtyplants.com. She can be reached at brande@johnnyemerles.com. She is also a teacher, and offers classes on art, creativity and gardening. www.brandejackson.com w w w. O r a n g e R e v i e w . c o m / e v e n t s

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