July 11, 2014

Tribute to Zev: “Let the Land Dictate the Use”

 These days, it seems outgoing Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky moves from one tribute event to another, but the Tribute to Zev on Saturday, June 21, hosted by the Las Virgenes Homeowners Federation (LVHF), must have felt like one to beat all others. Every element of the evening seemed to align—the weather; the band; the hors d’oeuvres and elegant dinner catered by Antoinette Peragine of Choux Choux (chouxchouxla.com); decorations of gre… [Read More...]

“Joseph Rosendo’s Travelscope” Wins a Fourth Emmy®

 “Joseph Rosendo’s Travelscope”, Season 7, directed, written and hosted by award-winning travel journalist Joseph Rosendo, won this year’s Emmy® for Outstanding Lifestyle/Travel Host at the 41st Annual Daytime Entertainment Creative Arts Emmy® Awards. In his acceptance, Rosendo acknowledged his producer and wife, Julie Rosendo, and the talented JRTS crew that helped create Season 7. To a crowd of more than 1,200 attendees gathere… [Read More...]

Topanga Resident Loves Waking Up in America

 Dr. Valerie Kirkgaard has spent 27 years hosting popular radio show. Dr. Valerie Kirkgaard is a one-of-a-kind woman who has led an extraordinary life that would take a full novel to tell. It’s that superb. “I have what I like to call ‘Kodak moments,’” said Kirkgaard, 73. “Many incidents that have happened in my life have left a huge impression on me.” One recent incident left Kirkgaard lucky when her vehicle rolled over… [Read More...]

Essay: American-Chinese Relations On a Personal Level

 Beijing, China, December 10, 2013. I have an hour’s wait before my flight for Xi’an. I’m at the Beijing airport and I’m the only Caucasian I see. I’m an oddity— actually, I realize, a curiosity, because it’s also off season, I’m a woman traveling alone, and not only do I not look like anybody else, I don’t even speak Chinese. I’m here as a sudden tourist, because a best friend who lives in Oklahoma, whom I rarely see and who pract… [Read More...]