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08 Artists & Creative Spaces
Fall for White Point
By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor
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Report Confirms Natural Causes for Slide By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor
The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy is partnering with Random Lengths News for the 2012 Spring for White Point Home Tour and Reception. This autumn edition of HarboRLiving Magazine features an exclusive look at the homes featured on the tour. Since its founding in 1988, The Conservancy has protected 1,600 acres of open space as nature preserves on the Palos Verdes Peninsula with help from donors and sponsors. Proceeds from the Fall for White Point Home Tour and Reception will fund improvements and preservation activities at the White Point Nature Preserve in San Pedro. The reception will take place in the new White Point Nature Preserve Education Center. Here you can enjoy culinary delights, a glass of wine, live music and have fun bidding on a wide range of items in the silent auction.
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12 Home Decorator & Chef
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Fall for White Point
Driven Forward by: Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor
idden behind refinery smoke stacks, acres on top of acres of container terminals, and all the goods movement activities of the Port of Los Angeles, Harbor Area residents have managed to carve a way of living that maintains a delicate balance of past, present and future, as well as values, ideals and shared responsibility. Random Lengths News, through the Harbor Living Magazine, has attempted to document this in these past several years. That mission has only strengthened since partnering with the Palos Verdes Land Conservancy Fall for White Point Home Tour. The Tour is intended to raise money for the benefit of the White Point Nature Preserve, a chunk of former Navy land that was transferred to civilian control. It many ways, the 30-year history of this land is a metaphor of the battles Harbor Area residents have had to fight in order maintain this, comparatively speaking, paradise. All 102 acres of this could have became military housing, condominiums or some other form of development. The battles that were fought to keep it undeveloped was an expression of the lifestyle Harbor Area residents wanted to live. Featured in this edition are Kyle and Rodney Boone, who after watching a national tragedy and two wars in the past 10 years, decided to put their money where their mouths were by installing solar panels and reducing their energy consumption through buying the all-electric Nissan Leaf, installing native, drought resistant landscaping and an all-around change in habits that took advantage of the Harbor Area’s best attribute: Its climate. In this edition of Harbor Living, we also feature Diana Kos and Nancy Webber and the creative spaces they have transformed to meet the needs of living. In Webber’s case, the needs of living meant creating space for her family and the muses she collects in the form of dolls, puppets and artwork from around the world. On the other hand Kos, a recognized colorists and winner of numerous juried art shows, transformed a garage
into a studio and executed a great deal of work inspired by people, nature and literature. In both cases, their ocean front views and the natural beauty of their surrounding neighborhoods have been a source of inspiration. Another home featured on this year’s Home Tour, though not elaborately in this edition of Harbor Living due to lack of space, is the home of Diane Middleton. Now retired lawyer and former City of Los Angeles Housing commissioner, Middleton runs the Diane Middleton Foundation, which supports individuals and organizations seeking to respond to the causes of social and economic injustice in our society. It is stories such as these that fill the pages of Harbor Living. The story of residents embracing their past, fighting their vision of life in the Harbor Area. To see for yourself, check out The Home Tour on Oct. 14. For information about tickets and more visit www.pvplc.org or call (310) 541-7613. Tickets are $50 per person if purchased in advanced, or $55 on the day of the event. Discounted tickets are available for groups of six or more. Attendees check in at White Point Nature Preserve beginning at 11 a.m. They may pick up a map of the homes and drive themselves, or ride one of the courtesy buses provided by the office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe. There will be a reception at the Nature Preserve from 3:30 to 6 p.m., where guests can relax with a glass of wine, enjoy great food, listen to live music and chat about their favorite home on the tour. A silent auction will feature more than 50 items including unique jewelry, artwork, vacation homes and local excursions. HL
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White Point Slide Report Affirms Natural Causes for Slide by: Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor
arly this past summer on June 18, Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino’s office released an engineering report on the White Point slide, which took place in December 2010, that affirmed it was the result of erosion and not of any one particular factor. Another morsel taken from the hour-and-half long meeting: neighborhood residents are about evenly divided on what to do about Paseo del Mar, the street marred by a huge hole in the ground. Councilman Buscaino scheduled the community meeting that included City Engineer Gary Lee
A road through the interior of the Preserve would be an irreplaceable loss of a great public space that has been beautifully preserved and restored over the past decade. Moore and others from his office to discuss the long-awaited report that was only put online the following morning. Moore talked about the 800-page report, focusing on the maps that used data collected from dozens of monitors and core samples, and turning the community meetings into a lecture on geology and soil erosion mixed with a bit of humor. Moore presented multi-colored maps depicting the site of the slide, historic slide areas and dormant areas, as well before and after photos of the slide area. Shannon and Wilson Inc., the consulting firm hired to study the slide site, drilled core samples 100–feet into the ground and sent a camera through the holes and other instruments to gather data on what direction, if any, the ground was moving. The assessment: “All the readings since December shows virtually no movement in any of the shaft sites,” Moore said.
Moore explained that water and gravity were important variables causing the slide. He said that the soil in the western part of the site was saturated with water. At the same time, the consultants couldn’t pinpoint leaky sewer lines, broken water pipes, or excessive irrigation as the cause of the extra water, except to note there was some extra rain. “From December to May, we’ve seen an increase in groundwater,” Moore said. “We want to know if it’ll go down over the summer. It was 15 feet higher now than in December.” Moore then focused on the sediment on the site and noted that the report’s authors didn’t detect movement through that analysis either. “Before the land moved, alta mira shell was the predominant soil and bentonite clay,” Moore said. “Clay is very slippery. With the modeling done by the consulting team, the top area was filled with water and gravity caused the slide.” The report states that not any one reason was the cause, but all were contributing factors. According to the report, there were no utilities, or irrigation on the nature preserve and the Nike missile base was ruled out as a cause by the cityhired consulting firm. In the meantime, the city plans to install more monitoring wells and drainage ditches to remove excess water. This in addition to cleaning up the area by getting rid of the storm pipe and the broken pieces of asphalt falling into the ocean. There was also discussion of installing a slope anchor system to reinforce the slide area, as well as make traffic improvements to ease traffic and speeding. Rep. Janice Hahn sent a letter to Col. Mark Toy of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to seek federal assistance in recovery and prevention efforts, a follow-up to his invitation to the slide area in April 1. At the time, he said the only way the Army Corps of Engineers could get involved is if it was found that the slide was the result of long-term coastal bluff erosion. “I’m calling on the Corps to provide its expertise in strengthening the bluff to prevent a future landslide,” Hahn wrote in the letter. “When we toured the landslide earlier this year, you indicated HarboRLiving
that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers could become engaged – and there could be potential federal funding — in the landslide recovery and prevention efforts if coastal erosion was determined to be a cause of the landslide.” For the long term, discussions revolved around five different options: • Installing earth anchors that are bolted from the beach side on Weymouth and Paseo del Mar. Officials said it shouldn’t be too aesthetically intrusive. • Abandoning the roadway is an option that would save $1 million. (Already $7 million has been spent on studies and fences) • Grading the roadway and putting in a dip like Portuguese Bend. The drawback is high maintenance costs. The possible solution would cost $50 million. • Restoring the road, supported by a retaining wall. The cost is $27 million. • Building a bridge over the hole would be the most expensive option at $60 million. Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy has been working with the community on the landslide issue as a member of the San Pedro Coastal Neighborhood Council’s ad-hoc Landslide Committee. The Conservancy’s executive director, Andrea Vona, in a released statement said that while the Land Conservancy is excited about the options for creative land use and more permanent solutions for the coastline impacted by the landslide, they were opposed to a road being diverted through the interior of the Nature Preserve. “A road through the interior of the Preserve would be an irreplaceable loss of a great public space that has been beautifully preserved and restored over the past decade,” Vona said. Indeed, rerouting the road across the Nature Preserve would be problematic because the road could only be open during hours the park was
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Paseo Del Mar after the slide in Nov. 2011. Photo by Terelle Jerricks
open, which closes at 10 p.m. Moore noted that since the park is owned by Recreation and Parks, the Nature Preserve can’t be used for anything other than parks, a statement that received great applause. Vona noted that with the closure of the sidewalk portion of Paseo del Mar, public awareness of the White Point Nature Education Center and Preserve has grown, leading many people to explore it for the first time.” Moore joked that they could just paved the road into the worlds’ largest asphalt ramp that dips into the hole for skateboarders. “The Preserve serves the community and region as an open space sanctuary for recreation, education and a living example of what the community can achieve when working together,” Vona said. “Our opposition to a road going through the interior of the Preserve is also underscored by the conclusion of the city’s legal review that the construction of a road running through the Preserve would need to be closed nightly. We just don’t view this as a viable community solution.” The White Point Nature Education Center is open Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Los Angeles City Rangers offer guided family walks the second Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. and a children’s storytime every fourth Saturdays at 10:30 am. The final geotechnical report can be viewed at the eng.lacity.org/whitepoint/ whitepointlandslide.htm HL
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Pictured is t he living area of Nancy Webber’s home. Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Land Conservancy.
Artists & Creative Spaces by: Andrea Serna, Arts Writer
It is often said, “a home’s interior is a reflection
Nancy Webber. Photo by Terelle Jerricks
of its owner’s state of mind.” If the home is cluttered and unorganized, the minds of the home’s occupants often follows. But if this analogy is taken further in looking at an artist’s home as a means of understanding the root of their creative genius, then we have an interesting lens through which to understand their work. The Palos Verdes Land Conservancy’s annual White Point Home Tour, scheduled for Oct. 14, offers just such an opportunity to test that idea. This year, the homes of artists Nancy Webber and
Diana Kos are on the tour. If the interior of homes are a reflection of the minds of their owners, it occurred to me that photographers are more akin to collectors than they are to painters, capturing and archiving the natural and human experience — especially human in Webber’s case — in unique ways. While the homes of visual artists, such as Kos, can function as space apart from the world where they can truly inhabit their creative mind-space. Webber’s 1953 wooden frame home is filled with collections of dolls, puppets, and other art from around the world, often touching on the spiritual and religious. She explained that she was interested in how people from different cultures worshipped. Nestled on three levels, with a breathtaking 180–degree view of Catalina Island, Webber’s home is actually two residences, each with a single bedroom. She added the third floor in the 1970s. She recently completed a full remodel that is a treat for the eyes. From small hidden treasures baked into the neocrete countertops to the Japanese soaking tub in the bathroom, every corner is full. The environmentally HarboRLiving
green home even features a powering station for an electric car and solar panels on the roof. Webber is a recognized artist whose work has been exhibited in about 100 shows in galleries and museums across the United States, Europe and Latin America. Webber has an ongoing show that focuses on a series of photographs within the past 30 years called, Life Imitates Art. This show includes more than 200 images of faces that she has captured from contemporary life. For example, Webber shot a photo of a Los Angeles Harbor College art student that was composed like Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Head of an Angel.” In another display, Webber composes a photograph to look like Hans Holbein’s “Henry VII” by shooting a longshore worker that resembled the model in the original work of art. Life Imitates Art show curator, Josine IancoStarrel recognized Webber’s knowledge of art history and faces. “She combines the two in ways that provoke us into considering the possibility of reincarnation,” Ianco-Starrel said. “We have seen these faces before in Rubens, Vermeer, Durer, da Vinci or El
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Greco, but they have stepped out of those paintings to walk the streets of 20th and 21st century cities.” For the former Fulbright scholar, these images democratize the history of art. She feels that in the past only the aristocracy could have their portraits painted. Webber’s fine eye and photographic memory have led her to regular folks who can look like people not only from other generations, but other class structures. A world traveler, Webber has had an opportunity to spot subjects in her journeys. “From looking at art all my life, I’ve seen there is a type, an El Greco type or a Leonard da Vinci angel,” Webber explained. “I had a Renaissance art history class at Mills College, and then living for a year in Florence Italy, I saw people who looked like they were right off the walls.”
Fall for White Point Home Tour— Home Descriptions Ocean View Cottage
Photos Courtesy of the Palo s Verdes Land Conservancy
The small three bedroom cottage and ocean views was built in 1912. The fireplace was built with rock and embedded seashells adding visual interest. But this home didn’t always look like this. When its owners moved into the home, the refrigerator blocked the home’s only view of the ocean. It just didn’t make sense to them that the home didn’t take fuller advantage of its vantage point. She gave it a more open feel that takes advantage of its bluff location. The result is a cozy space with views from every vantage point, whether sitting in the great room or washing dishes at the kitchen sink. The multi-tiered deck – a key focal point with a cool breeze and view of the Harbor. The property features an ancient Brazilian pepper tree, rose and succulent gardens and dozens of potted plants. Throughout the deck and gardens, she’s hidden interesting, quirky pieces from their travels. Regardless of where you look—either the fabulous Harbor view or between the branches of a shady tree—there’s something interesting to see.
Photo Courtesy of the Palos Verdes Land Conservancy.
Whereas Webber’s inspiration is drawn from human experience throughout the world, Diana Kos’ influences stems from sources within her direct vicinity. For Kos, inspiration for such elements as color and textures come from inside and around her home. The reflection from her pool, the gardens outside her windows all inform her work. Partly because of her time spent in China, the versatile bamboo plant shows up frequently in her work. Kos’ paintings reflect her life on an intimate level. Kos’ oceanview home, that she shares with Dr. Stephen Read, is relatively new and without the interesting stories that can come from home modification through the years. Kos, a contemporary abstract painter says her home is her art. The spacious Kos-Read home houses an indoor swimming pool in the grand living room, office space for her and her husband, an artist’s studio and a green marble tub in the master bath. The artist is especially fond of the gardens that can be viewed from virtually every room in the house. The surrounding gardens and the light streaming through the windows and rooftop skylights contribute to the sense of the home as a retreat. Kos’ home offers ample amount of wall space to accommodate her large framed abstract and realistic nudes. A sprawling Mediterranean tri-level house, her home is inhabited by her paintings. Working mostly in soft pastel, in combination with watercolor, pencil and oil, she has several favorite subjects, including female nudes. Kos likens her style to poetry—what she calls an “organic abstraction.” “You have an idea that you want to express, and sometimes you have to go about it from different angles,” she explains. Her images evolve through her use of line and color. She occasionally uses reflective material to transform the paintings according to the light in which they are viewed. Kos says she was inspired by a visit to Stanford University to incorporate chapel style arches which sometimes frame her paintings. One of Kos’ favorite literary quotes is from a poem by William Butler Yeats,
On the Bluff
Th e o c c u p a n t s bought this magnificent oceanfront home four years ago. They only live here part time. They look forward to a full retirement at some point so they can enjoy it full time. Built in 2000, this 2,400square-foot custom h o m e wa s t o t a l l y remodeled and newly furnished just this past year. The dynamic views are completely unobstructed. The surf is literally in your backyard, where you hear the crashing waves, see dolphins and watch wind surfers glide through the water. The secluded property enjoys panoramic ocean views from Long Beach to Dana Point. The custom-etched front door opens to a spacious flowing floor plan with hardwood floors, new marble fireplace, a large living room and Home Descriptions Continued on page 10
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Kyle Boone standing on the deck in the backyard of her home: Pictured is some of the new landscapping that she and her husband, Rodney (pictured on the next page), installed recently. Photos by Terelle Jerricks.
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dining room. The open kitchen features Italian marble countertops. The 30-foot wide floor to ceiling sliding glass doors and windows open onto the ocean with 1,000 square feet of decks and patios. The second level features dual master suites. A tiled balcony deck runs its entire length. Skylights and natural light are abundant.
This 1955 home, owned by local artist Nancy Webber, has undergone several remodels, including a recent effort to define a separate apartment for Nancy’s daughter. Read the cover story, Artists and Creative Spaces on page 8, for more details about this home.
by: Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor
he Boones’ home, nestled in the San Pedro hillside neighborhood of South Shores was selected to be on the Oct. 14 White Point Home Tour. But it wasn’t just the home’s aesthetic appeal that caught the Land Conservancy’s attention. It was the home’s energy independence and lack of carbon footprint that drew the nonprofit organization. “One of the reasons — I think — is to give people an example of how they can have very little water use but have nice looking yard and, also to get us off of fossil fuels,” said Kyle Boone, a professor in the California School of Forensic Studies at Alliant University and Director of neuropsychological services and training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. The Boones, who purchased the home in 1998, readily admit that energy conservation was not what they had initially had in mind for the home. After a national tragedy and two wars in the past 10 years, their view of the world and their place in it changed forever. That led them to ask the question: “How can I do my part in reducing my nation’s dependence on foreign oil?” Their answer was to remodel their home into the most energy efficient home there is on the block, leaving behind the smallest carbon footprint possible. “In the last 10 years with petroleum prices going through the roof, we are dependent on foreign or rather unstable sources of petroleum,” said Rodney Boone, a psychologist, and founder and director of the Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center of Southern California. “We want to get off personally because of global learning… then it became very feasible.” The solar panels, which may have cost about $44,000, came down to $14,000 to $16,000 out of pocket with government rebates. The initial price for their Nissan Leaf, which goes up to 70 miles on a full charge, cost about $20,000 after rebates. The original price was about $30,000. “So, it’s only the front-end cost that might seem expensive, now you can lease it with little to no money down,” Rodney explained. Some think it’s too expensive or too radical. Solar power and solar panels are very doable for the middle class, I think even the working class can do it if you own your own home. It’ll keep your energy cost flat rather than rising. Another added benefit of an energy efficient home, is that the Boone’s can
The Charming Cape Code
Lori Lynn Stokoe’s 1951 two-story Cape Cod home is an East Coast design with the style that was created to accommodate the stormy New England weather. While the weather isn’t a problem in Southern California, the steep sloping roof, fireplace, dormers, wide clapboard shutters and other details are charming, nonetheless. The house is symmetrical with the front door in the center leading to a center-hall Home Descriptions Continued on page 11 HarboRLiving
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literally “stick it to the Man,” well, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, which has been pushing the Los Angeles City Council to approve rate increases. Boone noted that DWP recently raised rates. “They said sorry, but we just have to do it because the cost of energy is going up. But if you go solar, you can power up and charge your car for free.” On Sept. 12, the Los Angeles Board of Water and Power Commissioners voted to raise electric rates over 2 years to pay for investments needed to comply with legal mandates to draw its power supply from renewable sources and replace the rapidly aging infrastructure to maintain power On Sept. 25 the Los Angeles City Council voted 10-4 in favor of a DWP rate increase, 4–9 percent this year and 6 percent the following year. The action would increase DWP’s system average rate by 11.1 percent within two years, or 1.4 cents per kilowatt-hour (KWh). Typical residential customers who use 500 KWh per month would see an increase half that amount (5.5 percent) within the two years, and pay $3.65 cents more per month on the current average monthly electric bill of $65.79 in the second year of the rate increase. The Boones tie into the DWP grid and put energy in during the day peak demand and use their major appliances at night when demand is lowest. “We put energy in during the day at the most expensive rates because they are going to charge you more during the day than if you use it at night,” Rodney said. “So they have to credit us at a higher amount.” “We produce and use most of our energy at night,” Rodney said. “That’s when we run the dishwasher; that’s when we might run the television; and that’s when we charge the car. It’s called a time of use metering, so we draw out energy at a lower rate than we put it in.” This past June, the Boones completed re-landscaping the exterior of their home with yucca trees, succulents, cactus and other drought-tolerant plants, covering the front and rear of the house, including several terraced levels in their backyard, surrounding their pool. “We’ve built up $600 credit,” Rodney said. The Boones used more than they produced for the first time as a result of the landscaping, but their net energy use will soon go back to zero. The couple said that they estimate that they will have paid off their panels in 8 years. That’s a bargain, considering that the solar panels have a 40-year estimated lifespan. Because they charge their car at home they don’t spend money on fuel and have yet to spend any money on maintenance; not to mention the perks that come with driving an electric car like free parking in some places. Because they have droughtresistant plants their water usage bill is minimal. “We do think that global warming is a problem and if we can do something to help, … that feels good; but also, some of the things that we actually save us money,” Kyle Boone said. “I don’t think that people realize that at some point in time if you start using solar panels and driving an electric car, you will not have an electric bill, you will not have a gasoline bill, and if you can put cactus and succulents in you’re not going to have much of a water bill.” The Boones do have gas-fueled car they use for long-distance driving, but they are on a waiting for the Tesla S, an electric sedan that has a range of up to 300 miles. “A lot of people probably think it is too hard or too difficult to get solar panels, to have an electrical car, or get rid of your yard,” Kyle Boone explained. “But it actually isn’t. HL HarboRLiving
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floor plan. A sitting room, kitchen and guest bedroom are to the right with living and dining room to the left. Upstairs features several bedrooms and a large patio with Harbor views. Read Home Decorator and Chef on page 12.
Driving by the South Shores home of Kyle and Rodney Boone you might not think much. Don’t let the simple exterior fool you—upon entry, you’ll be struck with a fantastic ocean view straight ahead. The entry level of the home features a high-ceilinged living and dining room, kitchen and family room. Each is full of interesting photography and Mexican folk art. The dining room, in particular, shows off the couple’s appreciation for Mexican and Central American artwork and furniture. It features bright, multi-colored dining chairs and a whimsical chandelier overhead. Downstairs are the bedrooms, bathrooms and office, showcasing more of the Boone’s art collection. One quick look at the mural in the bathroom and the ducks hanging from the ceiling and you’ll realize that these two PhDs have a strong sense of humor. Because of their interest in the environment and environmental causes, the Boone’s recently installed solar panels to power the home—including powering their electric car. Earlier this year, they finished a landscaping project adding all drought-resistant plants to the front and rear of the home, including several terraced levels surrounding their swimming pool.
The Aquatic Center Piece
When Diana Kos and Stephen Read purchased their South Shores home, they didn’t quite know what to make of the swimming pool in the middle of the living room. Today, it’s no longer a novelty but simply a part of how they live. They also live amidst a career’s worth of artwork from Diana, an award-winning painter and unique colorist. Read the cover story, Artists & Creative Spaces for more details about this home. Home Descriptions Continued on page 12 11
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Contemporary and Earth Friendly
The husband and wife owners of this home have quite a unique but distinct design preferences. She prefers dynamic styles with curves and color, while he prefers a classic
Connecting Folks Through the Eyes and Belly by: Melina Paris, Contributing Writer • Photos courtesy of tastewiththeeyes.com
contemporary look with clean, straight lines and crisp white walls. So when they purchased this formerly 1,000-square-foot fixer-upper on the bluffs of South Shores in 2002, they were in for quite a challenge. Architect Todd Conversano was able to marry this couple’s sensibilities, resulting in a two-story contemporary designed home with environmentally-friendly features. The second floor to the original 1970s home was added to create a master suite, integrating the addition, while adding classic modern and dynamic contemporary details. The new second story tower and sections of the front of the home are clad in stainless steel for durability. The use of the material connects the new second floor to the first, and the front to the back of the home, linking the old and new seamlessly. Although residential LEED standards were not finalized when they completed the 2005 remodel, the couple sought to create a home that utilized many non-toxic materials. Upon entry from the street, a concrete path passes between the garage structures, lined by citrus trees. Then, it bisects the inner garden court up to the entry path and main porch. They utilized brick-patterned aluminum, wood-chip flooring and glass tile throughout to be eco-friendly and for their modern aesthetic. Inside, the open floor plan offers an ideal space for their collection of modern artwork. HL
t’s fitting that Lori Lyn Stokoe’s home atop a San Pedro hill is on the Palos Verdes Land Conservancy’s White Point Home Tour. As a home decorator, chef, food blogger and hostess that loves to entertain, an event such as the Home Tour allows her to become the ultimate host. There aren’t many Cape Cod homes in San Pedro traditionally characterized by a low, broad frame building, generally a story and a half high, with a steep, pitched roof with end gables, a large central chimney and very little ornamentation. As a Colonial Revival descendant of Cape Cod architecture, the chimney on Stokoe’s home embodies much of the tradition except that the chimney is located on the end of the home, rather than the center. With Stokoe’s English bulldog, Wilson stalking the premises, the traditional feel of the home feels complete. “I’m from Chicago and it’s just kind of an East Coast thing; people always comment on it because it’s interesting to them,” Stokoe said. She intends to preserve the original design of the 1951 home. The interior decor of Stokoe’s Cape Cod home is inviting and unpretentious, offering comfort, beauty and functionality. Stokoe’s design taste is an interesting blend of the traditional and the eclectic, ranging from French Country to English Cottage to Shabby Chic. Everything has her own special touch, such as the amber glass chandelier in a cozy sitting room just off the entry. Stokoe has long been a supporter of the Land Conservancy and their work in preserving White Point Nature Preserve, noting that she has hosted dinner parties in her home for the nonprofit. But when she was approached to be on the Tour, she was a little uncertain, until she realized she’d have HarboRLiving
the opportunity to combine her passions for the benefit of a good cause. Cooking and entertaining is fun for Stokoe. A fact that’s not so surprising given her 22 years in the restaurant and hospitality business. Originally from Chicago, Stokoe graduated from college with a degree in environmental science, but moved to Aspen, Colo. and worked in restaurants at every position but head chef. Later, after getting married, she and her husband started a wine brokerage. They represented about 15 small wineries, mostly California wines and some imports. Eventually, they sold the company. She now works as an accountant at Rolling Hills Country Day School. “That’s how I can afford myself,” she adds. Few would consider table-setting an art form,
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Big Nick’s Pizza
Tradition, variety and fast delivery; you get it all at Big Nick’s Pizza. The best selection of Italian specialties include hear ty calzones, an array of pastas and of course, our amazing selection of signature pizzas, each piled high with the freshest toppings. Like wings or greens? We also offer an excellent selection of appetizers, salads, beer and wine. Call for fast delivery. Hours: 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Fri. & Sat. 1110 N. Gaffey St., San Pedro • (310) 732-5800 Boardwalk Grill
Casual water front dining at its f inest! Famous for slabs of Chicagostyle baby back ribs, fish-n-chips, rich clam chowder, cold beer on tap and wine. Full lunch menu also includes salads, sandwiches and burgers. Indoor and outdoor patio dining available. Proudly pouring Starbucks coffee. Open 7 days a week. Free Parking. 1199 Nagoya Way, LA Harbor - Berth 77, San Pedro • (310) 519-7551 Buono’s Authentic Pizzeria ASanPedro landmark for over 40 years, famous for exceptional award-winning pizza baked in brick ovens. Buono’s also offers classic Italian dishes and sauces based on tried-and-true family recipes and hand-selected ingredients that are prepared fresh. You can dine-in or take-out. Delivery and catering are also provided. Additionally, there are two locations in Long Beach. Hours: Sun.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. 1432 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro • (310) 547-0655 www. buonospizza.com The Chowder Barge
L.A. Harbor’s famous floating restaurant, surrounded by boats in Leeward Bay Marina. Dine inside by our fire place, or outside on our deck. This unique spot serves great sandwiches, burgers, fish & chips, wings and of course, the BEST clam chowder anywhere! Try our sourdough
service to all of San Pedro, Port locations, and hotels. 399 W. 6th St., San Pedro (at the corner of Mesa and 6th sts.) • (310) 241-1400
bread bowl and daily specials. Wine and beer on tap or by the bottle, featuring our 34oz Captains Mug! The new owners have kept the “funkiness” of the old barge, and stepped it up several notches. Watch the games on our big screen TVs, utilize our WiFi and enjoy our XM tunes. THE place for your next party. Hours: Mon, Tues 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Wed, Thurs 11 a.m.–8 p.m. Fri, Sat, Sun 9 a.m.–8 p.m. 611 N. Henry Ford, (at Anaheim) Leeward Bay Marina, Wilmington • (310) 830-7937 www. ChowderBarge.com
PORTS O’CALL WATERFRONT DINING Since 1961 we’ve extended a hearty welcome to visitors from ever y corner of the globe. Delight in an aweinspiring view of the dynamic LA Harbor while enjoying exquisite Coastal California Cuisine and Varietals. Relax in the Plank Bar or Outdoor Patio for the best Happy Hour on the Waterfront. With the Award-Winning Sunday Champagne Brunch, receive the first SPIRIT CRUISES Harbor Cruise of the day FREE. Open 7 days, lunch and dinner. Free Parking. 1199 Nagoya Way, LA Harbor - Berth 76, San Pedro • (310) 833-3553 www.Portsocalldining.com
Iron City Tavern
Iron City features a newly renovated dining room and wonder fully restored bar in a modern setting. The most comfortable gastropub in San Pedro, Iron City offers casual dining for lunch and dinner with food service at the bar. Catch all sporting events on seven 50” screens in surround sound and listen to your favorite tunes on our internet jukebox. (Iron City is a supporter of the Black & Gold.) Iron City features authentic Philly cheese steaks, various hot sandwiches and burgers, calamari steaks and a variety of Italian pasta dishes. Hours:10:30 a.m.-2a.m. 7 days a week. Happy hour from 4-6 p.m. featuring 1/2 priced appetizers and drink specials. Free parking in rear. 589 W. 9th St., San Pedro • (310) 547-4766
PRONTO’S FRESH MEXICAN GRILL & PRONTO’S BURGERS
(25th and Western) 2420 S. Western Ave. , San Pedro, (310) 832-4471
Gardena 13890 S. Normadie Ave., Gardena, (310) 327-5615
Mishi’s Strudel Bakery Mishi’s is a fragrant landmark on 7th Street, where it is possible to find Nirvana by following your nose. The enticing aroma of baking strudel is impossible to resist, and the darling café is warm and welcoming like your favorite auntie’s house. Aniko and Mishi have expanded the menu to include homemade goulash soup and a variety of sweet and savory Hungarian strudels, crepes and pastas. The best indulgence is taking a frozen strudel home to bake in your own kitchen and create that heavenly aroma at your house. Mishi’s Strudel Bakery and Café, 309 W.7th St., St., San Pedro • (310) 832-6474 www. mishisstrudel.com
San Pedro Brewing Compnay SPBC has an eclectic menu featuring pastas, steaks, seafood, sandwiches, salads, delicious appetizers, and great BBQ. Handcrafted ales and lagers are made on the premises. A full bar with made-fromscratch margaritas and a martini menu all add fun to the warm and friendly atmosphere. WIFI bar connected for Web surfing and e-mail—bring your laptop. Hours: From 11:30 a.m., daily. 331 W. 6th St., San Pedro • (310) 831-5663 www.sanpedrobrewing.com SPIRIT CRUISES An instant party! Complete with all you need to relax and enjoy while the majesty of the harbor slips by. Our three yachts and seasoned staff provide for an exquisite excursion every time, and “allinclusive” pricing makes party planning easy! Dinner Cruise features a 3-course meal, full bar, unlimited cocktails and
Niko’s features a full Italian menu, as well as pizza, and a beer and wine bar. We carry a wide selection of beers on tap and by the bottle. Watch sporting events on plasma TV screens throughout the restaurant. Delivery HarboRLiving
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starlight dancing. Offering the ultimate excursion for any occasion. Free Parking. 1199 Nagoya Way, LA Harbor - Berth 77, San Pedro • (310) 548-8080, (562) 495-5884 www. spiritmarine.com Think Café Think Café is giving downtown San Pedro a taste of sophistication for breakfast lunchtime, and dinner. Think Café’ has been a magnet for local s and business types alike for over 15 years. The special secret of Think Café? Dining outside on the patio. Lovely for latte’ in the morning or soup and salad at midday, the patio is a wonderful rendezvous in the evening, perfect for enjoying a selection from the wine list. The Café’ also boasts a selection of imported beers. Think Café’s sandwiches are hard to beat. 302 W. 5th St. Suite 105, San Pedro • (310) 5193662 Trusela’s
Southern Italian & California Cuisine • Bob and Josephine Trusela have been awarded the “Most Promising New Restaurant 2010” award and three stars 2011 and 2012, by the Southern California Restaurant Writers Association. Catering available for all ocassions. Hours: Sun. 5 p.m.–Close, Lunch: Tues–Fri 11:30–2:30, Dinner: Tues–Sat 5 p.m.–Closing. 28158 S. Western Ave., San Pedro • (310) 547–0993 www.truselas.com
The Whale & Ale
San Pedro’s British Gastro Pub of fers comfor table dining in oak paneled setting, featuring English fish & chips, roast prime rib, sea bass, rack of lamb, beef Wellington, English pies, venison, salmon, swordfish & vegan/ vegetarian dishes. Open for lunch & dinner, 7days/wk; great selection of wines; 14 British tap ales, & full bar. Frequent live Music. First Thursday live band & special fixed price menu. Hours: Mon.-Thu. 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri. 11:30 a.m.-midnight Sat. & Sun. 1-10 p.m. Bar open late. 327 W. 7th St., San Pedro • (310) 832-0363 www. whaleandale.com
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Random Profile The Champion Environmentalist by: Danny Simon, Contributing Writer
anaging land is like owning a house,” says Adrienne Bosler about environmental preservation work. It’s not just enough to set aside land for conservation. It requires leadership and a community willing to work to preserve it. Earlier this year, Bosler was awarded a TogetherGreen Fellowship in recognition of her efforts as a stewardship associate with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy. Among her responsibilities with the Land Conservancy, Bosler educates volunteers on habitat restoration, plant propagation and trail maintenance. She also mentors high school students so that the environmental gains of the present continue on into the distant future. “I think connecting with people is crucial in furthering the mission of helping the environment. You can’t do it without engaging other people in it.” Bosler’s love of nature was nurtured by her parents who took her and her sister on yearly trips to Yosemite and Joshua Tree. “Playing in the dirt. Throwing rocks in the river. Simple stuff,” Bosler says of her family’s routine of spending lots of time outdoors. “It really made an impact on the values that I have.” Bosler enjoyed playing softball and basketball, but early on she found a passion in music that continues to this day. At Long Beach Polytechnic High School, she played flute and saxophone in the marching band. She fondly recalls performing at Angel Stadium. It’s entirely possible that the environmental movement would’ve lost a champion to music if not for an inspiring environmental studies teacher. “We learned it all” says Bosler of the class taught by Long Beach Polytechnic’s Jason Manack. “Everything from how climate works to how a nuclear power plant functions.” But while she harbored an interest in environmental studies, she began studying at Long Beach City College without a clear focus. This quickly changed after she attended a seminar in physical geography. After transferring to Long Beach State University, Bosler studied in the Department of Geography learning about the intersection of humanity and nature. Important aspects of her training
included understanding cartography, geographic information systems and spatial concepts; learning about, “how space defines us and nature and how it all relates.” During a class field trip to the local wetlands, Bosler encountered “a couple of scruffy looking guys, big beards, wearing flip flops,” from the Los Cerritos Wetlands Stewards, a local nonprofit founded and run by Lenny Arkinstall. The mission of the Stewards is to maintain the Los Cerritos wetlands, conduct educational programs and raise environmental awareness in the area. The Stewards were also contracted to clean the Rainbow Lagoon among other cityowned open spaces. Deeply inspired by the organization, Bosler spent many days cleaning the salt marshes of a vexing amount of man-made trash and invasive plant species. Inadvertently or not, Bosler explains, human development has led to the introduction of foreign plants which has challenged the previous stability of environments. “To feed livestock, the Spanish brought over mustard and paved the way between missions. It is known as the Golden Trail,” says Bosler, “But before you know it, this plant has gone berserk in the wild. It doesn’t have any competitors, so it tends to grow unimpeded.” The effect of the introduction of non-native species is that it challenges the life-cycle of native species. Some species adapt, while others die out. Although tedious, weeding out invasive species is a routine requirement of preservation work. In 2011, Bosler completed a masters in geography. Her thesis explores how raptors, present in local wetlands—red-tailed hawks, osprey, American kestrel—have adapted to the changes in their environment brought about by humans. “I was able to observe what kind of perches they were using in these wetlands because they’re not pristine like they were a hundred years ago; just these open vast flat spaces. Today, they’re littered with telephone poles, roads, other human structures. So, I was able to observe how they’re [raptors] using these new features in the landscape.” In general, restoration of native habitats cannot restore landscapes to their same pristine, undisturbed qualities. Erasing the human footprint HarboRLiving
Adrienne Bosler. Photo by Danny Simon
doesn’t necessarily bring back native species. “Mitigation is nice idea in theory,” Bosler argues. “But I don’t think that it’s been shown to be that effective.” Along these lines, mitigation seems a public relations tool of institutions to spin the effects of development that has or will damage fragile ecosystems. Bosler argues for preservation of endangered lands so that later mitigation is unnecessary. After 11 years of coupledom, Bosler recently became engaged to drift racer, Kyle Mohan. Together, they grow orchids at their Long Beach home, which is in close proximity to two of Bosler’s longtime friends and mentors that she met during her time with the Stewards. Bosler would like to get back to music, but given her hectic schedule, it seems unlikely. She currently serves on the board of the Friends of Colorado Lagoon in Long Beach. Although she’s dedicated her life and career to preservation work, Bosler sometimes questions her own dedication, especially in comparison to the more dogmatic members of the environmental community. Ultimately, Bosler steels herself by focusing on the practical work at hand. It’s not going to be grand stands against human invasion that will bring about enduring change, but a diligent day by day practice to preserve the environment and to educate others on how to do the same. “I want to provide people with opportunities to experience nature and become agents of positive change to help the environment.” HL
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Home Decorator and Chef
Stokoe’s Taste with the Eyes blog is driven by incredible food table setting photography, using mostly natural light and a high resolution camera. Indeed, Stokoe describes the site as a place “where the image is meant to titillate and inspire the cook.” Stokoe said she didn’t know anything about food photography initially, but in time she developed her own style because she doesn’t like “stagey” things. “I love table setting but I don’t like tablescaping,” she said. “It’s the same with my food photography. I like my pictures to be natural ... more organic.” To go on her blog, a dish has to have two things, she explained. First, it has to have a good picture. Second, “the dish has to be great,” Stokoe said. “So, if you read something on my blog you’ll know that we ate it, we liked
but it is. Food is as much a visual experience as a gastronomic experience. Visually, food should seduce as much as it satisfies. From the types and placement of eating utensils to the choice of linen and floral arrangements, a table setting goes a long way in creating the mood, whetting appetites that go beyond food. Stokoe’s passion for table setting started at the Los Angeles County Fair where there was a table setting competition. So impressed by what she saw, Lori, along with a friend decided to enter the next year and won first place. Lori continued winning prizes at the fair for the next 7 years. The Home Tour has also turned out to be an opportunity to show off the knowledge she has acquired through her travels that include some of the best restaurants in the world, including Paris, Chicago, and... Las Vegas? Yes, that’s right, Las Vegas. She noted that some of the best chefs in the world work in Las Vegas. Several years ago, in 2007, Stokoe launched a food and entertaining (not to be confused with entertainment) blog, called www.tastewiththeeyes.com. This site is for those who enjoy entertaining guests in their homes for any occasion and are looking for great ideas. Stokoe was inspired by other popular food blogs, and thought that with her love for entertaining, cooking, and her exposure to fine dining, she had plenty to share with those with similar interests.
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Artists & Creative Spaces
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unique colorist. “The Circus Animal’s Desertion,” which deals with The White Point Home Tour is the premier the source of inspiration: “Now that my ladder’s fundraising event for the Palos Verdes Peninsula gone, I must lie down where all the ladders start. Land Conservancy. The conservancy works in In the foul rag and bone shop of the heart.” collaboration with the cities on the peninsula to Everything is there to be grasped and manage public open spaces. Private donations, transformed, particularly in Kos’ converted twoalong with matching funds from state and car garage turned artist studio. Chalk pastel sticks, federal agencies enable them to secure the in every color imaginable, cover several tables precious natural legacy of the peninsula. and paintings in progress are mounted on easels, waiting for the next inspiration to complete the This tour features six San Pedro homes that vision. will be open to the public. The two artists, along Kos’ home is elegant and echoes a life built with the home of a local chef, and several ocean around family and career. Her husband, Dr. view homes seem to guarantee a memorable day Stephen Read, maintains his medical practice for Tour participants. HL at home and the artwork she hopes to pass on to her children decorates the luminous interior of the residence. Her large format pastel paintings have shown primarily in the local area, although her resume includes an exhibition in Beijing where she maintains an apartment to be close to one of her sons and his family. Kos studied at Wayne State University, the Universities of Oregon and Washington and UCLA, and the Factory of Visual Art in Seattle; even as an art student, she was recognized as a Diana Kos and Stephen Reads study at their ocean front home. Photo by Terelle Jerricks.
it and you will see a nice picture of it.” Stokoe noted that a number of people who have read and commented on her blog, eventually became friends through the years. “You share things about your life because a blog would be kind of boring if it’s only a recipe,” she said. “For people who like to host dinners it can be very interesting.” Stokoe also participates in a cooking club with fellow food bloggers called the Five Star Makeover where they share different monthly themes. August’s theme was High Tea. She sometimes entertains around these events and has made good friends throughout the years. Stokoe describes Taste With The Eyes as her other home: the one without walls. This blog is a digital extension and expression of her love for entertaining people. And, the best part of it all is the instant feedback on which she almost literally feeds from. “Hearing feedback is great and I always respond to questions,” she said. “If they took the time to write, I want to answer.” Stokoe noted that she has online friends from a-far that come to visit. “People are still coming in my home even if they live in New York,” she said. “If people don’t blog or read blogs, to them it may be that those people are not real friends, they are virtual friends. But they are friends. We talk, share life events and I care about them. For me it’s always fun, I love it. Hitting the publish button is the best part.” HL
DILEMMA: Ships are a Major Source of Port Air Pollution and Ports Around the World are Under Increasing Pressure to Reduce This Pollution. SOLUTION: ACTI’s Advanced Maritime Emissions Control System (AMECS) BACKGROUND: Advanced Cleanup Technologies, Inc. is an environmental services and manufacturing company. In 2008, Advanced Cleanup Technologies Inc. successfully tested Advanced Maritime Emissions Control System (AMECS) at the Port of Long Beach. AMECS removes criteria pollutants, Nitrogen Oxides (NOx), Sulfur Oxides (SOx) and Particulate Matter (PM) from exhaust gases from auxiliary engines and boilers while ships are hotelling. The testing was sponsored by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) and the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. Industry representatives, air quality regulators and government officials attended a demostration of AMECS at the dock in the Port of Long Beach. AMECS consists of a bonnet that is placed over the ship’s stack at berth or anchorage to collect emissions from the exhaust stack. The captured emissions are conveyed through a duct to a dock or barge mounted Emission Treatment System (ETS). The ETS removes 95-99% of the NOx, SOx and PM pollutants emitted from the stack. The system is currently located in the Port of Long Beach. The capacity of the AMECS demonstrated in Long Beach is 12,000 SCFM. System capacities may be scaled accordingly to accommodate various ship sizes. An AMECS with a capacity of over 50,000 SCFM is now being designed.
“An initial test last year showed the filtration system, named the Advanced Maritime Emissions Control System, or AMECS, captured at least 95 percent of major pollutants in ship diesel exhaust, port officials said… Docked ships run their engines to power their electricity needs. The port has started equipping its shipping terminals with electric power that allows ships to shut down their diesel engines— known as “cold ironing”—but the filter could be used to cut pollution at berths that are not outfitted with shore power.” —Los Angeles Business Journal Staff 6/22/2009
Awarded Wall Street Journal’s 2008 Runner-up in the Environmental category for the Advanced Maritime Emissions Control System. Advanced Cleanup Technologies, Inc. (ACTI) is a professional full service firm specializing in environmental emergency response, hazardous waste management, industrial cleaning, waste minimization, confined space entry, transportation services and air pollution control technology. ACTI has a work force of over 250 full-time highly trained employees ready to respond quickly to incidents throughout the United States and world wide. Headquartered in Rancho Dominguez, California, we have seven offices strategically located in California, with additional offices in Louisiana and Hawaii.
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