Peninsula People

 Caroline Anderson

Getting the shot

Getting the shot

Rancho Palos Verdes resident Rick Levine went from being one of the original Mad Men to making commercials that look like movies.

Rancho Palos Verdes resident Rick Levine went from being one of the original Mad Men to making commercials that look like movies.

 Esther Kang

Changing the world, one business at a time

Changing the world, one business at a time

Palos Verdes native heads a philanthropic effort in East Africa Dianne Calvi began volunteering at a childcare center in San Pedro when she was 11 years old, as a member of the National Charity League. “I saw that there was such a difference between how I lived in Palos Verdes and the people who lived […]

 Alyssa Morin

GROWING TOGETHER – The Kellogg family garden business turns 90

GROWING TOGETHER – The Kellogg family garden business turns 90

This year, the Palos Verdes based Kellogg Garden Products company, a family-run fertilizer producer, turns 90 years old. And while the company is steeped in a rich history, it was also a trendsetter. “We were organic so much before it was cool–since 1925,” said Kathy Johnson, 51, director of sustainability for Kellogg and granddaughter of […]

 Special Contributor

PENINSULA CHARITY – Raising expectations

PENINSULA CHARITY – Raising expectations

How Mike Lansing transformed the Boys and Girls Club of LA Harbor into a national success story by Jennifer Passaro Mike Lansing chooses his words with precision, describing his life’s work from his small office while the sounds of children playing lift from below. Across the street the Boys and Girls Club opens its San […]

 Esther Kang

Hypnotic duo

Hypnotic duo

Norma and Philip Barretta, acclaimed psychotherapists living in Rolling Hills Estates, tirelessly pass on their wisdom This past September, 86-year-old Philip Barretta accidentally put on a show at the UCLA Medical Center. He was there for a standard hernia repair, but due to a heart condition, he turned down the general anesthetic that typically accompanies […]

 Kevin Cody

CA 51 Killer Whale family returns to South Bay

CA 51 Killer Whale family returns to South Bay

A pod of orcas, known by the name of its matriarch CA 51, has returned to the South Bay.

 Caroline Anderson

Silence is lifesaving

Silence is lifesaving

Two years ago, Claudia Misceo learned the importance of silence.

 Esther Kang

Ministry man: The force behind the revitalization of St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church

Ministry man: The force behind the revitalization of St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church

Dr. Rev. Sunny Kang was just 21 years old — a college junior in Wisconsin — when he accidentally founded his first church.

 Bondo Wyszpolski

Artist John Van Hamersveld’s endless summer

Artist John Van Hamersveld’s endless summer

Everyone has seen it, the movie poster for Bruce Brown’s “The Endless Summer.” John Van Hamersveld was barely into his 20s when he designed it on his kitchen table while living in Dana Point and working for John Severson at Surfer Magazine.

 Bondo Wyszpolski

Turning up the lights

Turning up the lights

James W. Gruessing, Jr., the artistic director of Palos Verdes Performing Arts, though most of us still think of as simply “the Norris,” comes across as self-assured and commanding. And so, when asked about his initial interest in theater, his answer is surprising. “I was always a very shy kid,” he says. “I never wanted […]

 Special Contributor

From ‘57 to number 57

From ‘57 to number 57

by Robb Fulcher The Portuguese Bend National Horse Show was given little chance of success when it was founded 57 years ago. This month, from September 5 to September 7, the prestigious competition and family fair will celebrate its 57th year. The horse show has become one of the peninsula’s iconic events, earning national recognition […]

 Special Contributor

Palos Verdes Art Center 5K to raise funds for center and Alzheimer’s

Palos Verdes Art Center 5K to raise  funds for center and Alzheimer’s

The Palos Verdes Art Center will present the 5K for Alzheimer’s Fun Run and Walk on Saturday, September 6 at 8 a.m.  The 3.1 mile course will start and finish at the Art Center. The run will coincide with an exhibit at the center titled, “Floating Man: The sketchbook Drawings of David Rinehart,” which opened […]

 Special Contributor

Stage name

by Robb Fulcher The Norris Center for the Performing Arts is experiencing a growth spurt at age 32, with fresh community outreach efforts, bold additions to its state-of-the-art theater and pavilion, and a name change to Palos Verdes Performing Arts. The impetus for much of the center’s change came from a marketing survey headed by […]

 Richard Foss

Road Rallye navigator

Road Rallye navigator

If you appreciate classic cars, the sight of them on the road makes your pulse beat a little faster. This is the environment they were built for, withthe engines roaring or put-putting and showing their striking silhouettes among modern, cookie-cutter vehicles. Peninsula residents enjoy a hefty dose of that experience one Saturday a year, when […]

 Yvonne Liu

A model ending

A model ending

Shortly after retiring in 2000 as president of toy maker giant Mattel, where he spent 22 years, Ned Mansour became the caretaker of Mattel executive Joe McKay. Mansour’s friend  had been diagnosed with colon cancer.  For six months, Mansour drove McKay to medical appointments at UCLA and ran errands for him. McKay was divorced and […]

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