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12 GOLF IS HER GAME Nearly two decades after Nicole Smith first star ted to golf as a young girl, this year she makes it onto one of the spor t’s biggest stages — the LPGA. Family suppor t, hard work and a drive much like Phil Mickelson’s are what it took for her to get there.

FEATURES 14 NEW MAYOR, new ideas You’ve probably seen Rusty Bailey tooling around town on his bicycle or at his favorite barbershop getting a haircut. Those things will stay the same, even with Bailey in his new role as Riverside’s mayor. But look for change in other areas, he says. … Paintball, anyone? 22 ANIMAL SANCTUARY Nature not far from your front door: Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park. This is one place in the city where hikers and bike riders are the visitors.


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f you’re around long enough, you see lots of things go out of style and then become fashionable again. John G. Gabbert, a retired appellate court justice, has experienced that many times during his 103 years. He grew up in Riverside, and as a kid he would ride electric streetcars all over — to downtown where he would spend part of the day, to Claremont for orthodontist appointments, to Los Angeles to visit his grandmother. “They were a very efficient mode of transportation,” he says. Not seen around here since about the middle of the last century, it appears that streetcars are due for a return engagement. In his State of the City address, Mayor Rusty Bailey called them part of “Riverside’s transportation future.” While details of their rollout are far

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from finalized — to say nothing of actually locating and purchasing a fleet of streetcars — the plan is to have them connect downtown with the city’s universities, hospitals, neighborhoods

and retail centers. One of the lines is expected to travel University Avenue, essentially shuttling riders to and from UC Riverside and UCR ARTSblock plus other downtown venues. Sure, there are many other, faster ways to make the trip. But none come with the charm, elegance, romance and direct connection to Riverside’s past. There are many things we never want to see again — 1970s clothing and hairstyles, for example. Streetcars are different. Gabbert, who welcomes their return, has it right when he says, “I think their time has come again.”

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“Berlin ’36” JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL MARCH 3  –  Fifth annual event, presented by Temple Beth El. The features are “Berlin ’36” from Germany at 1 p.m., “Footnote” from Israel (a 2011 Oscar nominee for best foreign language film) at 3:30 p.m. and “Sarah’s Key” from France at 7 p.m. All films have subtitles. Regency Theater, 1201 University Ave., Riverside; $10 each or 3 for $25; 951-684-4511; LEGENDS OF RIVERSIDE V MARCH 22-23  –  Racing film festival and legends gala, featuring honoree Bob Bondurant. Riverside International Automotive Museum, 815 Marlborough Ave., No. 200, Riverside; 951-369-6966; 8 | | february-march 2013

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iversity always has been at the hear t of the success of the La Sierra University Chamber Singers, says Dr. Earl Richards, the group’s director. With undergraduate and graduate students representing nationalities from around the globe, the 32-member ensemble performs challenging selections from many countries — which is key to its popularity. “We are committed to representing the vast musical landscape that exists,” Richards says. The singers will be doing Joseph Haydn’s emotionally charged “Lord Nelson Mass,” accompanied by the Riverside County Philharmonic on March 23 at the Fox Performing Ar ts Center. The piece was chosen by The Phil’s director, Tomasz Golka, in par t for the way it equally showcases the choir, orchestra and soloists. Besides performing at La Sierra University and other local venues, the Chamber Singers also have given concer ts at Disneyland, the Baha’i Temple near Chicago and New York’s Carnegie Hall.

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To join the Chamber Singers, students must be comfor table in both expression and musicality, have some type of vocal or choral training and also pass an audition. In addition, they must be on board with the Chamber Singers’ mission to serve the community. “We want to be here making an impact in Riverside and beyond,” says Richards, who has been La Sierra’s director of choral studies for 10 years. “We take great pleasure in our mission, and would love to share our music even more generously with the public in the future.”

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Riverside County Philharmonic What: Heavenly Voices, featuring the La Sierra University Chamber Singers When: March 23 at 7:30 p.m.; pre-concer t talk at 6:40 p.m. Where: Fox Theater, 3801 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside Information: 951-787-0251;

Ansel Adams and stereo cards by Keystone View Company. Together, these works illustrate the public’s fascination with the moon as an object of beauty, science, and history. UCR/California Museum of Photography, 3824 Main St., Riverside; 951-827-4787; Also: “Free Enterprise: The Art of Citizen Space Exploration” (with additional works at the Culver Center and Sweeney Art Gallery), through May 18. FILM SCREENINGS THROUGH MARCH 23  –  “The Flat,” Feb. 8; “Searching for Sugar Man,” Feb. 15; “Central Station,” Feb. 22-23; “Hugo,” March 1; “Hugo & Le Voyage dans la Lune,” March 2;

“The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye,” March 15-16; “Moon,” March 21; “Alien (director’s cut),” March 22; “2001: A Space Odyssey,” March 23. Culver Center of the Arts, 3834 Main St., Riverside; 951-827-3755; LAKE ALICE TRADING COMPANY FEBRUARY  –  Concerts featuring bands playing a variety of genres, including Driven (rock classic), Feb. 8; Pop Roqs (rock), Feb. 9; Hollywood Rex, Feb. 15; Little George & The Big Time (rock/alt/pop), Feb. 16; Woody & The Harrelsons (rock/dance), Feb. 22; Inhale (reggae/rock), Feb. 23. Also, karaoke on Thursday nights at 9. 3616 University Ave., Riverside; 951-686-7343; ARTS WALK FEB. 7  –  Browse more than 20 art galleries, studios and museums with exhibits in various art mediums. Special performances, poetry, theater, hands-on art activities, refreshments and more. Continues the first Thursday of every month. Downtown Riverside; 6-9 p.m.; 951-682-6737; RIVERSIDE ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY FEB. 8-10  –  Star party, at GMARS in Landers. 951-785-7452; RHYTHM LOUNGE FEB. 8, 22  –  Local band showcase. Fender

Center for the Performing Arts, 365 N. Main St., Corona; 8 p.m.; $5 (18 and older); 951-735-2440; ‘HELLO, DOLLY’ FEB. 8-17  –  Based on the play “The Matchmaker” by Thornton Wilder, with music and lyrics by Jerry Herman. Landis Performing Arts Center, 4800 Magnolia Ave., Riverside; 951-222-8100; Also: “The Secret Garden,” April 12-21; “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” June 7-16. CRAFT & ART SHOW FEB. 9  –  Arts and crafts to browse and purchase. Canyon Crest Towne Centre, 5225 Canyon Crest Drive, Riverside; 951-686-1222; Also: Car show, Feb. 10. GODIVA CHOCOLATE PAIRING PARTY FEB. 9  –  Taste 10 gourmet chocolates paired with 10 wines. Winery at Canyon Crest, 5225 Canyon Crest Drive, Suite 7A, Riverside; 6-8 p.m.; $25; 951-369-9463; Valentine’s wine pairing dinner, Feb. 14. LYFE JENNINGS FEB. 15  –  Valentine’s concert, with Michael Lynche. Fox Performing Arts Center, 3801 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside; 951-779-9800;

CALDER QUARTET FEB. 17  –  Musical foursome relies on the motion of interrelated shapes to balance one piece of music against another so that each reveals something new. Culver Center of the Arts, 834 Main St., Riverside; 4 p.m.; free; 951-827-4331; Also: Josh Kornbluth, “The Mathematics of Change,” April 21; Temple Grandin (in the Highlander Union Building), May 21. Also: Dennis DeYoung: The Music of Styx, March 1; Pat Benatar, Neil Giraldo, March 7; Benise, March 9; Dark Star Orchestra, April 5; Brian Regan, April 11; Doobie Brothers, April 13; Foreigner, April 20; Masters of Harmony, April 28; Collinsworth School of Music, May 2.

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FLOWER SHOW AND GARDEN TOUR APRIL 27-28  –  66th annual Riverside Community Flower Show and Garden Tour, featuring a tour of private gardens. Elks Lodge, 6166 Brockton Ave., Riverside; 1-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; 951-777-0746; RIVERSIDE MASTER CHORALE MAY 18  –  In concert. Calvary Presbyterian Church, 4495 Magnolia Ave., Riverside; 7 p.m.; DOWNTOWN FARMERS MARKET ONGOING  –  Fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers and more. Downtown, Main Street between Fifth and Sixth streets, Riverside; 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays; 951-826-2434. MARCH HANGAR TOUR ONGOING  –  Behind the scenes restorations hangar tour, last Saturday of every month at 1:30 p.m. March Field Air Museum, 22550 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside; 951-902-5949; Also: War Dog Remembrance, Feb. 16; Iron Dog Competition, Feb. 17; Welcome Home Vietnam Vets, March 23; SR-71 Blackbird Weekend, April 6-7.


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hen Nicole Smith started golfing at the age of 7, she primarily saw it as an activity she could do with her best friend. But before long, golf became the center of Smith’s world.

Fast forward to this year, and the Martin Luther King High School graduate is beginning her rookie season on the LPGA Tour, with tournaments in Australia and New Zealand in February. She will be closer to home when the schedule shifts to the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup in Phoenix, March 14-17; the Kia Classic in Carlsbad, March 21-24; and the Kraft Nabisco Championship in Rancho Mirage, April 4-7. “When I was about 12 or 13, my parents asked me if golf was something I wanted to pursue seriously,” said Smith, 26. “I said, ‘Yes.’ So they promised if I put in all my hard efforts at the course, they would help make sure I got to travel and play in all the right tournaments in the summer. “Traveling in the summer on the AJGA (American Junior Golf Association) means you play against the top girls and are seen by all the colleges, and it’s how I got my full-ride scholarship to the University of Tennessee.” Smith secured her LPGA card by finishing ninth on the Symetra Tour Volvik Money List in 2012. Through events in 11 states and a tournament in Mexico, she was regarded as the most consistent player on the tour, maintaining a top-10 status in 15 of the 16 events. Going into the final event in Daytona Beach, Smith was ranked ninth on the money list. A top finish was needed to maintain her status and receive a tour card. During her final Sunday round of the year, she shot a 1-under, 71, to finish

the tournament in a tie for fourth with an 8-under, 208 total. Smith was even-par down the stretch. On the final hole, she nearly hit the ball into the water, but she chipped to 30 feet and then putted for a birdie. “When that putt rolled in on the last hole, I felt like I yelled ‘Yes!’ louder than the crowd combined,” Smith recalled. Prior to going pro, Smith had one win in collegiate competition at Tennessee, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She was a 2007 NCAA All-American Honorable Mention and a three-time All-Southeastern Conference Second Team selection. Tony Masi, the athletic director at King, says he saw the champion in Smith when she played on the high school’s golf team. “Nicole has a Phil Mickelson kind of drive,” Masi said. “She takes calculated risks and goes for it. She’s also very focused and confident and is one of those real special athletes.” Leading up to her first LPGA Tour, Smith, who lives in La Quinta, was spending six to seven hours per day, six days a week training with her coaches, Robin Freeman and Tony Kewal, working out, and doing other preparations. “I’ve worked really hard to make sure I am very comfortable and relaxed when I’m competing, which is the key to doing well,” said Smith, who stands 5-foot-9. “You have to see your shot, feel comfortable with what you’re going to do, and then execute it.”

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Nicole Smith Books I love: “The Hunger Games” series and the “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” series. “Both are action and suspense, and you never know what is going to happen when you turn the page.” Favorite author: Iris Johansen. “She has a whole series on a character, Eve Duncan, who is a forensic sculptor. I star ted reading them in high school, and love reading to this day when a new book comes out. I like books you can get into and attached to.” Last film I saw: “Argo” Three films that mean a lot to me: “Pretty Woman” — “I loved watching that movie with my best friend growing up.” “Pride and Prejudice” — “A favorite book I struggled through in high school.” “Easy A” — “Emma Stone is hilarious and just makes me laugh.” Last CD I bought: “Red” by Taylor Swift  Favorite TV shows: “Friends,” “Dexter,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Bones,” “Once Upon a Time” and “Revenge” Dream vacation: “One day I would like to go to Bora Bora and also tour around Europe.” Guilty pleasure: Shopping I’d like to meet: Adam Levine and Taylor Swift I’d like to have dinner with: Donald Trump; “We’d make a day of it — golf and dinner.” Who inspires me: My parents. “My dad star ted his own business, and is very successful. They are a great team.”

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Rusty Bailey brings his energy and ideas to the mayor’s office, as well as a strategy to keep Riverside moving forward Written by Amy Bentley Photos by Gabriel Luis Acosta


usty Bailey has assumed several roles in his professional life — Army captain, high school government teacher, councilman. Now, there’s a new one: mayor. The 40-year-old Riverside resident leads the city where he was born, and in December he became its first new new mayor since 1994 after he replaced Ron Loveridge, who retired after five terms in office. Loveridge will be a tough act to follow, Bailey says. When asked to name a Riverside figure he admires, Bailey immediately mentioned his predecessor. “The mayor really led by example,” he said, adding that he hopes to do the same. Bailey’s plan is to get to know residents throughout the city from all walks of life, including business leaders, educators and regular folks. He’s going to be out and about a lot, bringing “Team Bailey” — wife Judy and daughters Elizabeth, 10, and Julia, 6 — whenever possible. Realizing that he couldn’t work as Riverside’s fulltime mayor, continue an 11-year teaching career at Poly High School and still make time for his family, Bailey has taken a leave of absence from the Riverside Unified School District. He will have to 14

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re-apply for the leave every year, but if everything goes his way, he’ll be mayor of California’s 12th-largest city for a long time to come. “I would really like to be mayor for 20 years,” Bailey said. “I don’t have any intentions of running for anything else. This is my hometown. What better job is there than representing my hometown? “I’m not a political being,” he added. “I don’t enjoy the partisan politics of it. I enjoy problem solving and bringing people together.” Keeping Team Bailey in the loop will be part of those efforts. Sundays will be reserved for family, and Bailey hopes to have some meeting-free weeknights at home as well. But Bailey also expects to spend a lot of time in the community — much like Loveridge, who hosted 164 Mayor’s Night Out events during his tenure. Bailey plans to set aside special park days or evenings, especially during the summer, when residents can meet him, chat and bring their kids. “I will integrate my wife and daughters into everything I can,” he said. “You come with a family package.” Young enough to be the outgoing mayor’s son, Bailey’s youth, energy and devotion to Riverside are all qualities that RUSD Board member Tom Hunt admires.

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“Rusty has the heart of a teacher,” said Hunt, who has known Bailey for some 20 years. “He’s a go-getter. He’s ethical and conscientious, and he holds public service in high esteem. It’s important to him, it’s part of his family’s culture. He’s a devoted husband and father. He believes that a strong


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community is a strong economy. “I’m not sure (of everything that) Rusty’s going to do, but it’s going to be exciting. It will be some new fresh air, a new way of looking at our city.” Councilman Mike Gardner believes Bailey’s collaborative nature will serve him well.

“We worked well together as council members, and I expect to work well with him now that he is mayor,” said Gardner, who also ran for the office last year. Gardner finished third among the seven candidates in June, then backed Bailey in the November runoff against Ed Adkison. “His enthusiasm and love of Riverside can’t help but rub off on those around him. I am confident he will do a fine job leading us into the future.” A young, energetic leader like Bailey will be good for Riverside, Hunt adds. Illustrating their generation gap, Hunt recalled a conversation they had about some of the new amenities that residents might enjoy at local parks. Hunt was envisioning tablecloths on picnic tables; Bailey suggested paintball. “Rusty’s going to bring a brightness and a freshness,” Hunt said. “He’s going to make more people look at our city for investment. Rusty’s a soccer coach, and he can strategize anything to bring success. He’s not young and brash. He’s trained by the United States government to be a strategist.”

William “Rusty” Bailey graduated from Poly High School in 1990, then graduated from West Point with a political science degree in 1994. He also earned a master’s degree in public policy from UCLA. Bailey served as a helicopter pilot, platoon leader and company executive officer in the U.S. Army. He spent 13 years in the Army, four years on active duty and the remainder with the California Army National Guard until his election to the City Council in 2007. A cheerleader for the community, Bailey has long patronized the momand-pop businesses in the Magnolia Center neighborhood where he lives. He still gets his hair cut at the Arcade Barbershop in the Brockton Arcade, where his dad and brother also have gone for years. And, he still drives the 16-year-old black Jeep CJ-7 that he has had since high school. Bailey has a special attachment to the vehicle, which his brother gave to him. Does that make him a little

Photo by Bill Bailey

The Bailey clan — Elizabeth, left, Rusty, Judy and Julia — go out for a bike ride.

sentimental? Sure. He will even admit to shedding a few tears while watching certain flicks. “I’m not ashamed of that,” Bailey said. “I enjoy good, heartfelt and sincere people, movies and shows.”

Outside of work, Bailey enjoys reading, sports and spending time with his family. He plays soccer at Bobby Bonds Park on Thursday nights, and enjoys a good game of Frisbee football. He goes bike riding with his family, and

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in January he started Five goals for Riverside a regular “bike with Mayor Rusty Bailey the mayor.” He also • Increase college-going and plans to continue the graduation rates for city residents. “walk with the mayor” • Create jobs locally, especially tradition started for Riverside’s high school and by Loveridge. college graduates. Education will be • Increase ar ts and enter tainanother focus. ment offerings to showcase Riverside as a regional ar ts “I’ll be visiting every and enter tainment center. school in Riverside,” • Improve Riverside’s standing the new mayor said. as a travel destination city. Bailey created an • Boost healthy living habits Education Roundtable and promote a healthy lifestyle for residents through leading in Riverside, and plans by example. to do the same for the business community. He also wants to host quarterly meetings to work on ideas for creating jobs and to discuss other issues of interest to local business owners. It’s part of Bailey’s plan to develop new opportunities for Riverside — and he’s jumping into the role with both feet. “This is my career,” Bailey said. “I am where I belong.”

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A coyote surveys his surroundings at Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park.

Critters of all sorts make their home in Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park, a place where humans play too Written by Amy Bentley


pen spaceS and wilderness areas are an important — and treasured — part of Riverside’s legacy. Residents enjoy many natural open space areas from the Santa Ana River corridor to the spectacular views atop Mount Rubidoux. There’s also Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park, a huge urban wilderness area adjacent to the Canyon Crest, Mission Grove and Sycamore Canyon Springs neighborhoods. With 1,400 acres, Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park is the largest open space reserve in the city. It features many well-developed trails of varying difficulty throughout the park and is a great place to walk, run, ride a mountain

bike and watch for birds. Trailheads can be found on Central Avenue, Box Springs Boulevard, Alessandro Boulevard and Canyon Crest Drive. “There are a lot of hills. You get a good workout and great views of the city when you get into some of the hilly areas,” said Andy Melendrez, Riverside councilman for Ward 4. It’s 13.5 miles around the perimeter of the park, and most of it remains undeveloped — which is how many people want it to stay. But that doesn’t mean there’s not a lot going on. Within the park’s boundaries live many animals like snakes, coyotes, rabbits and bobcats, as well as birds and desert plants. It’s also a preserve for the endangered Stephens’ kangaroo rat.

In the spring, wildflowers pop up all over, making a hike at that time of year a special outing filled with lots of eye candy. The park also is a great place for learning. Local school children take field trips so they can go on walks and gain an appreciation for nature and all that it offers. “They learn about the plants, and get a broader view of different habitats for animals like lizards and hawks and endangered species in the area,” Melendrez said. Furthering the park’s great educational value will be a new interpretive center planned for the area near the parking lot along Central Avenue. The new center “will elevate Rattlesnakes also are at home in the park.


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A creek flows through the park, adding to its vegetation.

the visibility and the importance of the habitat,” Melendrez said. The city is putting to use a $780,000 state grant it received a few years ago to build the 1,000-square-foot nature/interpretive center, which will be staffed by volunteers, possibly from the Riverside Metropolitan Museum. Programs and interpretive displays will be offered, highlighting plants and animals native to the park. Construction of the center is expected to start this year, Melendrez says. No other building projects are planned for the park, which is open from dawn to dusk but not for overnight camping. Jenson USA employees Seth Kendall, Luis Razo and Sean Lackey ride mountain bikes in Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park.

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lands manager at the nonprofit Riverside Land Conservancy. “They’ve done a really good job. It gets a lot of use and it has a good trail system,” he said, noting that the interpretive center will be a great addition.


Open spaces beyond Sycamore Riverside residents certainly value natural open spaces and parks and support efforts to preserve areas like Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park and the Santa Ana River corridor. The city’s other large open-space areas include three city parks — Mount Rubidoux Park, Fairmount Park and Martha McLean Anza Narrows Park — and the California Citrus State Historic Park. A new city park in the Grand neighborhood, Tequesquite Park, also will include an undeveloped open-space area and hiking trails as well as amenities like ball fields and a playground. Open space in the region is governed by the Western Riverside County Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan, which provides guidelines for open space and habitat conservation. The city of Riverside is a signatory to the plan, which includes leaving an undeveloped wildlife corridor connecting Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park to the Box Springs Mountains so animals can travel safely between open areas and maintain their habitat. The city’s efforts to keep Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park as an open space have paid off, says Jack Easton, a biologist/

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Sycamore Canyon offers so much, says one fan Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park is a special place to Theresa Carson, right, who grew up in Riverside and has been hiking in the park for 30 years. A special education teacher in Moreno Valley, Carson also leads hikes for the Sierra Club. She shared her thoughts about the park with writer Amy Bentley. “The main reason I like to go there is it’s so convenient. It has a lot of different options. You can take a short trail or a longer trail. I have seen Photo by L aFonzo Carter a bobcat there, close to the trailhead. In the springtime, it can be really pretty with the flowers. “The main entrance I use is the one on Central Avenue, where there is a big parking area and a lot of trails going in different directions. ... A favorite hike is when we make a big loop beginning at Central. It has nice views. It does go down closer to Sycamore Creek, so you’re a little more away from the main trail. We can hike over to where the olive trees are, and that’s where the loop comes back. Then you end up on the high point again, and you can see Riverside. The hike is about four miles. “I lead hikes in Sycamore Canyon, and also in Moreno Valley. Most of the time, the hikes are on a Tuesday after work. The distance and difficulty depends on who shows up. The hikes are between three to five miles.” Carson suggested one way to improve the park’s appearance is for everyone who enters to bring along a bag, pick up litter and dog waste, and then properly dispose of it. She also recommends that hikers and mountain bike riders stay on established trails and refrain from creating new paths on their own. “(Wandering off the established trails) creates more erosion, and it’s not as pretty to look at. It’s not necessary because there are plenty of trails already.” For information about hikes through Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park, visit the Sierra Club’s San Gorgonio Chapter website at


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hh, romance! Soon that little pink cherub with the quiver on his back will be sailing around and aiming his love darts at couples. Sensuous, romantic thoughts will soon turn to … delicious, sumptuous food. That’s right. So many words have been written about the effect that food has on romance, it can’t be ignored. We visited three Riverside restaurants — Farfallas Cucina Italiana, Mazz Bar & Grill and The Tamale Factory — for entrees that will serve as the main ingredients for a romantic dinner. Then we stopped by La Bodega Wine & Spirits for suggestions that will complete a perfect food and wine pairing for Valentine’s Day.

Chuck and Naomi Avila at The Tamale Factory with a dish of Chile Verde.

Chile Verde Hecho Con Amor Ingredients 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2½ pounds boneless pork shoulder, cut in 1-inch cubes 1 large yellow onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 2 jalapeño or Serrano chiles, seeded and finely chopped 4 cups chicken broth 2 bay leaves Kosher salt Ground pepper 1½ pounds Anaheim or Pablano green chiles 4 tablespoons unsalted butter ¼ cup all-purpose flour ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped, plus more for garnish Warm flour tortillas for serving

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Love at first bite Naomi Avila, owner and chef at The Tamale Factory, has a suggestion for a delicious dish that comes with a romantic and touching family story, as told by her younger sister, Danysa Holt: In the summer of 1978, a young and tall Chuck Avila asked Naomi Saenz out to a movie for a first date. Afterward, Naomi invited Chuck to her house for dinner with her family. Naomi’s mother, Josie, and sisters were charmed by Chuck, and were convinced that he was the one for her. Josie had spent the afternoon cooking so that Naomi could win the young man over. For dinner there was chile verde, enchiladas, tamales, beans and rice. As Naomi served Chuck, she let him believe that she had cooked the meal, which Chuck found to be delicious. Although Naomi was young and still learning to cook, she knew the

important role that food played in love and family. She had been raised in a busy kitchen and learned this deeprooted family principal: show your love by cooking for and serving others. After the meal, Chuck was surprised and amused by Naomi’s younger sister when she told him, “You know my mom made all the food.” Chuck smiles at the memory. “I could have been mad, but I saw that Naomi wanted to impress me,” he said. “When I looked at her, she was beautiful, her family was beautiful and the food was really good. I’m no fool; I married her!” Today, 35 years later, Chuck and Naomi are still married. Naomi and Josie cook together at their restaurant, and Chuck still enjoys the chile verde. The Tamale Factory 3663 Main St., Riverside 951-342-3023

Directions Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. In batches, add the pork and brown on all sides for about 10 minutes. Transfer the browned pork to a plate and drain the fat from the pot. Reduce the heat to medium. Add the onion and sauté until soft for about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and jalapeños and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Return the pork to the pot, add the broth and bay leaves and bring to a simmer. Season with salt and pepper. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 2 hours, until the pork is tender. Meanwhile, place the green chiles on a sheet pan and broil, turning until the chiles are charred and blistered on all sides. Place all the chiles in a plastic bag and seal while still hot in order to steam them. Cool for about 20 minutes. Remove the skin, seeds and ribs from the chiles and roughly chop. Add the chiles to the stew and simmer until the pork is very tender. Remove the bay leaves. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat and stir in the flour until well mixed, bubbling and starting to brown. Whisk in about two cups of the cooking broth and add back to the pot. Cook until the stew has thickened for about 10 minutes. Add the cilantro and taste for seasoning. Spoon into bowls, garnish with cilantro. Serve with warm tortillas — and lots of love. Perfect pairings Edmeades Old Vine Zinfandel, 2009; Atteca Garnacha; and Frog’s Leap Sauvignon Blanc, 2011 Notes from Mike Dahdul, owner of La Bodega Wine & Spirits: I love Edmeades Old Vine Zinfandel 2009 ($17.99). It has a lot of ripe, juicy berry flavors, full body and a hint of white pepper spice, which I believe would be great with the peppery nuance of chile verde. You could also pair it with Atteca Garnacha from Spain ($15.99). It has a similar aroma and flavor profile to the Zin, but the fruit is a little more to the red end of the spectrum — cherry/raspberry. february-march 2013 | | 27

It may sound a little counterintuitive, but I also like sauvignon blanc with chile verde. The 2011 Frog’s Leap Sauvignon Blanc from Napa ($18.99) has high-toned aromas of melon, ruby grapefruit, melon, jalapeño pepper, dried herb and green apple flavors that pair beautifully with this dish.

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Scallops, shrimp and swooning The perfect ingredient for a romantic evening is Scallop and Shrimp Pomodoro, says Ed Troncoso of Farfallas Cucina Italiana. “This dish is a wonderful complement when you want to create a romantic evening with your spouse or significant other,” he says. “When considering the romantic events and ambiance you wish to create, it has a colorful presentation to add to your dinner table. “In addition, this delicious dish of shrimp and scallops is light yet filling for the seafood lover in you.”

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Farfallas Cucina Italiana 5250 Arlington Ave., Riverside 951-354-5100

Scallop and Shrimp Pomodoro Ingredients 3 ounces olive oil 1 tablespoon chopped garlic 12 ounces canned diced tomatoes 8 to 10 medium scallops

10 shrimp, 16/20 size 8 large basil leaves cut into strips about ¼-inch thick 12 ounces cooked angel hair pasta (or pasta of choice) Directions In a sauté pan, heat olive oil (for about 45 seconds). Add scallops, and cook until a golden brown on one side. Flip scallops to the other side and add the shrimp to the pan. Cook for 2 minutes. Flip shrimp and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Take scallops and shrimp out of the pan and set aside, leaving olive oil in the pan. Add chopped garlic and cook until it begins to turn golden brown. Do not burn garlic as it will leave a bitter taste. Once golden brown, add diced tomatoes. Bring to a slow boil. Add basil and salt to taste, let simmer for 1 minute. Plating: Divide cooked pasta between two plates. Dress the pasta with the pomodoro sauce and add the cooked scallops and shrimp, arranging them to make a beautiful presentation. Perfect pairings Claude Riffault Sancerre, 2010; Premier Cru Beauroy, 2006 Notes from La Bodega’s Dahdul: Both of the near wines are traditionally served with sweet shellfish in France, their country of origin. Both wines are fresh, unoaked and have palate-cleansing acidity — almost the effect

of lemon with fresh seafood. I really like Claude Riffault Sancerre 2010 ($25.99). It is an old vine Sauvignon blanc from one of the best producers in the Loire Valley of central France. For Chablis, I recommend the 2006 Premier Cru Beauroy ($33.99) from an excellent artisan producer, Laurent Tribut. It has lovely purity, hints of honeyed apple and pear fruit, and a stony nuance.

From grandmother’s kitchen Ray Garcia of Mazz Bar & Grill suggests that his chef ’s special recipe for Pan Roasted Medallions of Beef Tenderloin, served with creamy potatoes and grilled seasonal vegetables, would be the perfect dish to prepare for a romantic evening. “Growing up in Jalisco, Mexico, Chef Alfonso Magana’s grandmother would make her famous lomo de res rostizado al horno (oven-roasted beef tenderloin) for special occasions,” Garcia said. “She would marinate overnight in a secret rub consisting of California chiles, ginger and spices, then slow roast for


Chef Alfonso Magana at Mazz Bar & Grill

two to three hours until the tenderloin had a flavorful crust and was cooked to her exact specifications. “Chef Magana has taken that memory and created his own spin on his grandmother’s special dish.” Mazz Bar & Grill 3555 Riverside Plaza Drive, No. 100, Riverside; 951-680-9969,



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1 cup heavy cream Salt and black pepper to taste

Ingredients 2 ounces dried California chile, ground ¼ ounce cumin ¼ ounce dried ginger, grated ¼ ounce fresh oregano, chopped ¼ ounce fresh sage, chopped ½ ounce kosher salt ¼ ounce black ground pepper 2 ounces olive oil 1 ounce red wine vinegar 14 ounces filet mignon

Directions In a bowl, combine sour cream and heavy cream, season to taste with salt and pepper. Allow to rest for 5 minutes. In a baking dish, place sliced potatoes and pour enough cream mixture to barely cover potatoes. Bake in oven at 350 degrees for about 1 hour, or until potatoes are soft and cream mixture begins to brown.

Directions In a bowl, combine all spices, seasonings, oil and vinegar to create a wet rub. Massage liberally over filet mignon and allow to marinate overnight. Place a large sauté pan over medium heat and add 1 ounce olive oil. Remove meat from refrigerator and remove excess rub with clean kitchen towel. Sear meat on all sides for 3-4 minutes each. When turning meat to sear its last side, add 2 ounces unsalted butter to pan and baste meat until it reaches an internal temperature of 125 degrees. Remove meat from pan and allow to rest for 2 minutes. Slice meat into medallions, and serve with Creamy Potatoes.

Creamy Potatoes

Ingredients 2 large russet potatoes, peeled and sliced thin (about ¼ inch thick) 1 cup sour cream

Perfect pairings Atalon Cabernet Sauvignon Blanc, 2009; Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon 2009; and Caparzo Brunello, 2007 Notes from La Bodega’s Dahdul: I like the 2009 Atalon Cabernet Sauvignon Blanc ($28.99). It is grown in some really high-end mountain vineyards in Napa and has really complex aromatics. It will make the relatively mild flavor of a tenderloin pop. I also like the 2009 Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon from Robert Parker. It has tons of deep cassis and berry flavors, and a long soft finish. It’s a steal at $35.99 for the quality in the bottle. Many Italians love Brunello with steak, so I thought of this classic pairing as well. The 2007 Brunello from Caparzo ($39.99) is an excellent, dry, delicious choice from the excellent 2007 vintage. Dried cherry, red currant, plum, tobacco leaf — nice accompaniments to a tenderloin.

Pan Roasted Medallions of Beef Tenderloin, served with salad and New York style cheesecake

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1) Brian Brautigam, left, Kelly Brautigam, Luke Brautigam, Mayor Ron Loveridge, his wife, Marsha, and Joan Loveridge (2) Craig Redelsperger, left, Bobbie Neff, Ann-Marie Melendrez, Michele Diaz and Councilman Andy Melendrez (3) Aurora and Paul Chavez (4) Marc Anthony, left, Burma Manno and Jonathan Armstead (5) Stephanie Ramirez, left, and Maral Hernandez (6) Christina Duran and Bob Garcia (7) Andres Cuervo, Chris LoCascio and Dana Gollecher (8) Eulalia Arevalo, left, Dr. Lulamae Clemons, Frank McClanahan III, Helen McClanahan and Marlan McClanahan


Mayor Ron Loveridge was celebrated for his 32-plus years of public service during what, at times, was an emotional event at the Fox Performing Arts Center on Dec. 4. The send-off was attended by more than 300 guests, and it featured a video with remarks from dozens of community leaders and residents who wanted to offer their thanks to the outgoing mayor. Loveridge is returning to teaching political science at UC Riverside. 8

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sav e th e date charitable events Feb. 11 – 17th annual Valentine Desser t Auction and 11th annual Battle of the Bakers, hosted by Soroptimist International of Riverside. Proceeds help fund several of the organization’s projects including monetary awards to high school seniors excelling in community service. Riverside Auditorium and Events Center, 3485 Mission Inn Ave.; $45; 951-687-8676; email; Feb. 28 – 17th annual Tour and Taste, a fundraiser for the Riverside Museum Associates. Tour the Riverside Metropolitan Museum and sample cuisine from Riverside restaurants and caterers. 3580 Mission Inn Ave.; 6-8:30 p.m.; $35-$50; April 6 – Fashion Show and Luncheon, a fundraiser for the Assistance League of Riverside.

The nonprofit is dedicated to clothing, comfor ting and educating children in the community. Event includes silent auction and $1,000 oppor tunity drawing. Fashions presented by Stein Mar t. Doors open at 10:30 a.m., luncheon at noon. Riverside Auditorium and Events Center, 3485 Mission Inn Ave.; $60; 951-941-0967; May 4 – Riverside Area Rape Crisis Center’s 32nd annual Banquet/Auction Gala, with master of ceremonies state Sen. Richard Roth and honorary chairperson Lauren Potter of TV’s “Glee.” Auctioneer is Colleen Williams of NBC4. Performance ar tist Greg Adamson will create a new oil painting for the auction. Proceeds fund special community programs and critical services for victims of sexual assault. Victoria Club, 2521 Arroyo Drive, Riverside; $125; 951-686-7273, february-march 2013 | | 31


Mayor Bailey Swearing-In

Councilman William “Rusty” Bailey was sworn in as Riverside’s 17th mayor during a ceremony in the City Hall council chambers on Dec. 11. The event, attended by his family, friends and supporters, was marked by a 10-minute speech from the city’s new leader. For a profile of Bailey, including a look at his top goals, please turn to Page 14. 3










(1) Councilman Mike Gardner, left, Fire Chief Steve Earley and Belinda Graham (2) Rosemary Bailey, left, and Zeny Hilbert (3) Bill DeWolfe, left, Karin Roberts and Tom Evans (4) Jim Perry, left, and Aurora Chavez (5) Frank Cortez, left, Clara Vera, Mark Orozco, Art Torres and Brent Mason (6) Mohammad Ashrif, left, and outgoing Mayor Ron Loveridge (7) Capt. Chris Grigsby, left, Col. William Corr and his wife, Jesoo Corr (8) Lily Mullins, left, Angelique Ubanda, Theresa Guadarrama and Gabriel Hernandez (9) Andrew Markis, left, Connie Librenjak and Charlotte McKenzie (10) Tera Harden, left, Brian Pearcy and Tom Boyd (11) Rusty Bailey is sworn in as the new mayor of Riverside, with his daughter, Elizabeth, John G. Gabbert, and Bailey’s father, William R. Bailey II. (12) Loveridge waves goodbye as he exits the dais. Ph o t o s by K h a i L e



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Junior League Charity Ball

Junior League of Riverside hosted its 57th annual Charity Ball at the Riverside Marriott on Dec. 1, with the theme An Evening at the Moulin Rouge. Proceeds will benefit the organization’s community outreach efforts, including its signature project, fitRiverside. 4










(1) Yoginee Braslaw, left, Steve Braslaw and Greg Hills (2) Diane Kwasman, left, and Sylvia Brilliant (3) Cynthia and Scott Paulo (4) Ezekiel Rubio, left, Lauren Le, Laurel Rice and Thomas Rice (5) Collette Lee and Gary Lee (6) Bob and Charlotte McKenzie (7) Tracey Pilliter and Doug Ireland (8) Katie Wilson, left, and Julia Wilson (9) Erik Redmond, left, and Sean Faustina (10) Kerry Parker and Teri Parker Ph o t o s by E ze k i e l R u b i o

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DJuices up his act

Written by George A. Paul


hen it comes to music, Jeremy Campbell, aka DJ Juice, knows what works well here. Since 2003, he’s manned the decks on a weekly basis for Café Sevilla’s More Fire Mondays (gearing up for a special 10th anniversary event this summer) and does a residency downtown at Worthington’s Tavern on Thursdays. The Riverside native was initially driven to deejay after frequenting all ages hip-hop clubs and being exposed to mixing different genres. “That was a big part of my life,” he said. “Dancing was a big outlet of expression for me.” Having previously spun tunes at the Sea No Evil benefit held annually at the Muni, Juice landed an even more prestigious job last year: opening the main stage during both Saturdays at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival. “The sound system alone was somewhat intimidating, but fun nonetheless. It’s really powerful to share music like that with such a large audience.” In December, he worked the S.S. Coachella festival cruise. Juice also recently started spinning at the new bar Pixels on University Avenue, and did visuals for the 2011 Rock the Bells festival in San Bernardino. Here’s more of our conversation: Question: What is your specialty? Answer: Hip-hop, but reggae has also been a big love of mine. Q: Best local dance spot?

Jeremy Campbell Photo by GABE Real

A: Sevilla, just because of pure size (drawing anywhere from 500-1,000 people). It’s one of the largest venues here in the IE. Q: Best live music? A: Mario’s Place is the perfect mix of hip and classy for a relaxed and mature crowd. They host all kinds of bands — jazz, reggae, indie rock. They have my favorite gourmet cocktails there as well. Q: Best local unknown artist? A: There are awesome musicians in every genre here; it’s a unique city in that way. The creative pool we’re drawing from is really deep. I like indie electro act Ninja Party and Circuit Scarecrow, an abstract hip-hop project. Q: Best local places to DJ? A: Worthington’s Tavern has that real neighborhood vibe. There is never a feeling of having to hold back. My friends and I can really let loose and play everything: hyphy and trap, down-tempo electronica, rare funk, soul, the newest post-garage EDM sounds and everything in between. Q: Best DJ/electronic act? A: My absolute favorite right now is Gaslamp Killer out of L.A., by way of San Diego. He helps run a future beat/down tempo electronic club in L.A. called the Low End Theory. I’m really proud he’s created a scene around this music we all love so much. More Fire Mondays www.morefiremondays.

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