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Q: I have a question about parenting with technology: At what age should I let my child watch YouTube or videos on my phone?

Answering the specific age at which children should be allowed to watch YouTube is complicated.

Why? After, and most importantly, just obeying the law, there are many considerations.

YouTube, Facebook (who owns Instagram), Snapchat and other tech companies bar children under the age of 13 from participating on their platforms because of COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, managed by the Federal Trade Commission). Of course, there are many parents who don’t mind “bending the rules,” but I am not one of them.

To be clear, it is a very poor model for a parent to break a law just because he doesn’t agree with it or he simply cannot stand another minute of his child’s hounding him about it. The law says 13 years old!

YouTube is the Wild West. Anyone can see anything, and I mean anything—from racy clips to ones with inappropriate language to violence to just plain bad ideas.

Of course, there are lots of fun, harmless, funny, interesting, entertaining, even educational videos on YouTube, too. But you are in dangerous territory when you let your children go free range on YouTube.

The content on YouTube is not regulated for what you feel is appropriate for your child. While it may seem harmless, you have no idea what language is being used, what references are being made, what ideas are being promulgated, what values are being communicated … even though it’s a baking show or one that teaches how to wear makeup. It is someone else’s idea of what is okay for your family.

Even children 13 years old are not often mature enough to handle some of these videos. Certainly, teens will say they are ready, that they won’t watch “bad stuff.” But the truth is their ability to discern and decide what is okay for them is far from developed. Their desire to see what they shouldn’t will trump turning it off.

I am reminded of a parent who insisted her 4-year-old was ready to watch the original “Wizard of Oz.” She thought Dorothy and Toto; I thought “I’ll get you my pretty and your little dog Toto too!”

A week after the viewing, the child began having countless fears and sleepless nights that lasted for months. Children and even teens may not know how content may affect them, even if they think they can handle it. The subconscious works in interesting ways.

We know how addictive screens are. YouTube is the worst. One video concludes, and another comes right on. You want to keep watching. More and more. Even though the first video may have been harmless, the next may not be.

Kids, especially teens with their evolving brains, which lack a fully functioning pre frontal cortex, are highly suggestable and prone to copying what they may see on YouTube, for good and for bad. The dumb thing seen on YouTube they think is really cool. Hey, let’s try it!

That’s the deal with influencers. Our kids idolize how they act, speak, dress. They emulate their behaviors, including their pranks and bad choices. Typically, some kids lack the brakes to stop themselves.

Very recently, YouTube introduced their platform YouTube Kids. It is far less dangerous, and is described as “ … an app specifically designed for kids, making it easier for children and parents to find content they are interested in.” I would rather see your toddler or young child play outside! It is, in my opinion, not necessary.

The bottom line is beyond 13 years old, there is no one answer. Each family will have different ideas about YouTube viewing, based on their family ideas and their own child’s development and behavior.

What is most important is your open communication about YouTube, allowing your child to share his desires and to feel heard, and for you to share your opinions.

Escaping the reality of our kids’ world today, which will include YouTube, is close to impossible. So, it is your job to come up with a plan, with boundaries, and with a tenable solution considering everyone’s needs and input.

One last caveat, I firmly believe that “But EVERYONE is doing it” is never a good reason to cave in.

BBB is a child development and behavior specialist in Pacific Palisades. She can be reached through her website, betsybrownbraun.com.

KazuNori: The Original Hand Roll Bar

Toro Hand Roll
Photos courtesy of KazuNori

By MICHAEL AUSHENKER | Contributing Writer

West Los Angeles is awash in sushi options, including SUGARFISH, which is owned by Sushi Nozawa, LLC, the same parent company as KazuNori: The Original Hand Roll Bar, which is, in fact, a spin-off of sorts.

As the story goes, one of the partners of KazuNori’s parent company, Jerry Greenberg, befriended Kazunori Nozawa and wife Yumiko, who, from 1987 to 2012, ran pioneering Los Angeles sushi restaurant Sushi Nozawa in Studio City, and it led to opening SUGARFISH. Back at Sushi Nozawa, when Chef Nozawa served up his omakase meals, he also pioneered versions of these delectable hand rolls.

Yet there aren’t any real exclusive eateries focused exclusively on temaki (hand rolls).

The original KazuNori (a play on words, as “nori” is also the Japanese word for seaweed) opened in downtown Los Angeles on August 4, 2014, with KazuNori Santa Monica debuting in May 2017, followed by this Westwood locale in June 2016. Another location, near the Fairfax District, just opened a couple of months ago.

As if the set menu is not formidable enough, there are enough daily specials to whet the appetite for other fare, and on the day we lunched there, I had the Albacore hand roll and the naked, nori-free Sea Bass. Both hit the spot.

Not to generalize, but if you do eat at enough sushi restaurants, the hand roll format is not unfamiliar. Here, though, instead of serving it in a cone or funnel of seaweed sheet, it’s rolled into cylinders, and the cylindrical format, kind of like an uncut sushi roll, is way more manageable and easier to share with someone.

The format clusters KazuNori’s finite menu of hand roll options into four set menus: 3-Hand Roll, 4-Hand Roll, 5-Hand Roll and 6-Hand Roll, and, of course, you can order hand rolls separately or in addition to a set menu order. I highly recommend the 6-Hand Roll, which includes Toro, Yellowtail, Salmon, Bay Scallop, Crab and Lobster rolls, the option I partook in.

Crab Hand Roll

But definitely do any of the 4-, 5- or 6-combos because you don’t want to miss out on a Toro Hand Roll, which, on the day that I went, was the superstar roll of a very illustrious bunch. This amalgam of rice with fatty underbelly from the tuna was so perfectly flavorful and scrumptious, I ordered a second minutes later.

The biggest detour among the hand rolls may have been the spicy Yamaimo, which name refers to a Japanese country yam. This hand roll has a jicama-type texture to it, with a spicy streak of mentaiko, a spicy cod row paste, running through it for sublime effect.

In truth though, there is no bad move at KazuNori, which comes down to what you’re in the mood for that day. You can taste the quality and the freshness in every bite. Ingredients are top-notch, with yellowtail sourced from Japan, sea bream from New Zealand, the lobster from Maine and albacore from the Pacific Northwest. The uni comes from nearby Santa Barbara, a chief provider for this type of sea urchin.

Some Hot Green Tea I had accompanying my meal felt pitch perfect for winter, but they also serve Japanese beer, Ozeki One Cup Sake, and Mexican versions of Coca-Cola and Sprite (translation: with sugar instead of corn syrup).

Originated in downtown Los Angeles, KazuNori has locations all over LA, including Santa Monica and this Westwood location, where I sat elbow to elbow with UCLA students, aging hipsters and other walks of life at a horseshoe-counter format.

What I loved about KazuNori is that the resulting meal—very satisfying and filling—didn’t leave me feeling like I ate anything with an aftertaste that is too fishy or too saltwater-ish (from the seaweed sheets). The ingredients are quality, the taste sublime, the ambiance and off-green patina decor as soothing as my hot cup of green tea. Take a break from the usual sushi run and try these hand roll delicacies for an experience you soon won’t forget.

Palisades Realtors Collect 800 Pounds of Food in Inaugural Drive

The collected goods
Photo courtesy of McNichol Bernbach Group

By LILY TINOCO | Reporter

Palisades Realtors Devin McNichol and Aaron Bernbach hosted the first McNichol Bernbach Group Thanksgiving Food Drive on Saturday, November 23—collecting canned food to donate to Westside Food Bank in Santa Monica.

The community was invited to Rodeo Realty to donate at least two non-perishable food items in exchange for a free lunch from gourmet food truck, Ortiz Kitchen, which served quesadillas and tacos.

As part of the event, each guest was offered a raffle ticket, with a chance to win prizes from local Palisades businesses, including gift cards for restaurants, hair salons and movie tickets.

“We were trying to focus on bringing the community together and really helping strengthen it,” Bernbach shared after the event. “It’s already a very strong community, and we know that, but every little bit you can get everybody together helps.”

Thanks to the community, a total of 800 pounds of food was collected.

“We’re so proud of that number,” McNichol said. “We are looking to grow our business and grow our community on the Westside, and it was so cool to do that and give back at the same time—the two can go hand-in-hand.”

The winners of the raffle prizes will be chosen in the coming weeks, following Thanksgiving. Both McNichol and Bernbach shared they look forward to doing a food drive again next year.

Scout Troop 223 Returns to The Huntington for Disaster Night 

Emergency simulations, complete with makeup, were part of the recent Disaster Preparedness Night.
Photos by Rich Schmitt/Staff Photographer

By LILY TINOCO | Reporter

Several scenarios were set up for Troop 223’s semi-annual Disaster Preparedness Night on Saturday, November 16, in The Huntington. Troop 223 is a premier scout troop, and has approximately 120 boys and 30 girls.

The Scouts gathered at 5:30 p.m. for Disaster Night, a simulated training for them to apply their first aid skills, and made their way through the neighborhood for site rotations.

Disaster Night is designed to help Troop 223 fulfill their scout motto, “be prepared,” and their commitment to serve others, something they have worked toward for 67 years, Mike Lanning, Scoutmaster of Troop 223, said to the Palisadian-Post.

This year there were multiple scenarios, including a chainsaw accident, a pool drowning, car crashes and more. Bill Wilson, lead Assistant Scoutmaster for the event, told the Post that the disaster scenarios have evolved over the years, and a great effort is made to prepare these scenes with as much realism as possible.

Certified scuba divers were present and rescued from the bottom of pools, real crashed cars were enhanced by smoke machines and placed in the street. Volunteers were also made-up with realistic wounds to look like accident victims.

In addition to the graphic scenes, real first responders, such as the Los Angeles Fire and Police Departments, were there to respond authentically with lights and sirens.

The senior scouts were instrumental in leading Disaster Night. Senior scouts were stationed at each accident and responsible for scoring the younger scouts as they assessed the scenes. The younger scouts were not only scored by senior scouts, but also given feedback by the emergency responders that were on site—the sheriff’s office, lifeguards, police and more.

All emergency simulations at the event, 911 notifications and victim treatment were handled by the eight-person patrol while being guided by their patrol leader.

“It’s really an extraordinary group of young men and women that lead Troop 223 and it’s an honor to be associated with them,” Andy Hubsch, an Assistant Scoutmaster, said. “I think all of the young men and women of the Troop had a tremendous, and maybe someday life-saving, experience due to our collective efforts.”

Hubsch structured the training regimen for the Scouts, created the rotation layout, secured and trained both adults and scouts to help run the entire evening.

Disaster night has been a community event for over 30 years, and everybody is allowed to attend and watch the event.

Taking Steps on Sunset

This piece, written by Maya Doyle, was one of two tales that tied for first place in the Authors category in this year’s Friends of the Palisades Library Summer Writing Contest. Each piece featured the theme “Palisades Tales: From the Mountains to the Sea.”

The car has to roll out of the driveway, and I need to twist the steering wheel to make sure I do a smooth curve out into our street.

When I have my first driver’s lesson, I exit the car in front of the houses edging the green of the park. Switch seats with the teacher. She tells me to drive. Grey lays the sky heavy and damp — windshield wipers needed. I lower my foot on the pedal, white knuckles tight on the wheel, and the car jerks forward like an unsteady baby.

I’m seven or six barreling down Pampas Ricas on a pink bike, handles lined with plastic white streamers. Those streets seem like they stretch into infinity, then back again; the trees probably reach Heaven. I learned how to ride my bike, split between here and the empty car lot behind the old church.

For practice, my dad has me drive loops through the streets, back and back through, passing the triangle island intersection of Ocampa and Alma Real like threading a needle again and again. Repetition is the key. He tells me I need to work on stopping the car before the stop sign mark.

Summer of the 8th grade I bike cursive through the streets and spend birthday dollars at Robek’s. I read 13 Reasons Why two times without ever checking it out from the library and learn the second fountain in the back hall of the library is always the coldest. That’s when I start carrying a bike lock — twist it in the middle, then twist it again to make a loop, the key is 0000 and independence.

Every Sunday, for half a year, my friend and I grab lunch with each other, then stroll to the park. We go on the swingset, eight years too old. Back and forth, up and down, there’s rhythm — we discuss all the things troubling our young minds. Boys for her, friends for me, school for both of us. One day, she brags she’s found a new route from my house to her house: right through the area we’d never dare go trick-or-treating through.

Sunset’s the first hurdle. I turn onto it right at the corner the Jones set up their Fourth of July seating. Drive up and then turn into Carey right at Corpus Christi. Repeat. Needle swings up to 40 as the driving teacher urges me to put in more gas, Maya. Her hand never leaves the steering wheel — she guides me up the curve of Sunset past Temescal, making sure I don’t stray off into the side of the peach shellacked hill.

Last summer, I run a mile through until I arc above the ocean, limbs heavy and heads pounding. When I spring the last .25 km of the July Fourth 5K without stopping, I feel invincible.

There’s joy in the small victories.

Today, I drive my mom home. She’s clutching the handle to the door the entire time, and as we zip past the Village, I swear I see a drop of sweat drip down her forehead. She’s shaking a bit when I pull outside of the garage (still don’t know how to park in the garage, still don’t know how to park in the garage).

But she smiles at me. Says, “Good job, Maya.”

Catch ‘Frozen II’ at Bay Theatre in Palisades Village

Photo courtesy of IMDb


Palisadian kids (and those young at heart) will be delighted to find out that Disney’s “Frozen II” is playing at the Bay Theatre by Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas in Palisades Village this holiday season.

The film, widely released on November 22, is matching expectations at the box office with best Monday and Tuesday in November sales, according to Deadline. And worldwide, “Frozen II” is having a record opening for an animated movie.

Queen Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel), her kind-hearted sister Anna (Kristen Bell), Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), Olaf (Josh Gad) the snowman and Sven leave Arendell to travel to an ancient, autumn-bound forest of an enchanted land in search of the origin of Elsa’s powers so they can save their kingdom.

Oscar winners Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee are back at the helm directing the sequel to the 2013 blockbuster, “Frozen,” which won an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film in 2014.

Buck and Lee are also listed as writers, along with Mark Smith, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.

Songwriters for the breakout hit “Let It Go” have written seven new songs for the sequel, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Lopez and Anderson-Lopez said, “It all starts with story.”

“It was all about the idea that the two most important days of your life are the day you’re born and the day you find out why,” Lopez said.

Ninety-two percent of Google users giving a thumbs up the movie, and it’s trending at 77% on Rotten Tomatoes.

It’s rated PG with a runtime of 1 hour and 43 minutes.


Homelessness: Individual Intervention

The homelessness crisis has brought Los Angeles to its knees. From Hollywood to Santa Monica to the Downtown Arts District, it’s hard to ignore 59,000 displaced individuals roaming the city, ranking Los Angeles second for the rate of homelessness.

The misery and pain that comes from living under such dilapidated and depressing conditions seems unimaginable. But these problems are very much real, and they’re projected to grow.

This past year, Los Angeles saw a 12 percent increase in homelessness, despite new initiatives for housing placement, according to Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority. The severity becomes more apparent when we look at the unsheltered homeless population. Recorded by the Los Angeles Almanac, 75 percent of the homeless live without shelter, which is close to 45,000 people.

In 2016, Mayor Eric Garcetti led proposition HHH to be passed and implemented, which brought in over 1.2 billion dollars to acquire land for homeless shelters, and in turn will create 10,000 permanent homes by 2026.

While the city ostensibly has made strides for meaningful progress, 10,000 homes only covers a fraction of the homeless community and disregards the emotional toll on a homeless individual.

Speaking to that, in her book “Stigma and Prejudice,” author Denise De Las Nueces writes, “Homeless individuals struggle every day under the weight of anti-homelessness stigma and oppression that render them seemingly invisible.” So moving away from state and city level intervention, we must ask ourselves what we are able to do on an individual level.

The Bowery Mission, an organization based in New York, encourages people to engage and acknowledge homeless individuals. Self-worth begins to quickly corrode when faced with constant isolation.

Whether it’s a short conversation or a simple nod, gesturing alone might help to heal the devastation of unremitting loneliness. It is incumbent on us to rebuild the self-esteem of homeless individuals through engagement and face this crisis head on.

To offer more direct help, Mayor Eric Garcetti created a VolunteerLA portal, which allows anyone to provide service in different areas of homelessness. Serving hot meals, tutoring homeless students or simply being a person to talk to are among the many ways to be a part of homelessness remediation. We must be active in our Los Angeles community, whether it is for 365 days or merely 1 day out of the year.

Moreover, Los Angeles Mission, a nonprofit, describes the value in donations in their mission statement. While money provides means to keep services afloat, clothing and food give individuals comfort and sustenance. Especially as we edge closer to winter, donations of warm clothing will help the greater homeless population endure a cold season, rather than offering pocket change. Winter is far more cruel without shelter.

It is in our hands to dismiss the stigma around the growing homeless population and remain informed on how we can continue to fix the problem in Los Angeles. Mayor Eric Garcetti has long term housing solutions, but our community needs to act summarily.

This is not a call for awareness; this is a call for action. It is time to put the onus on ourselves, roll up our sleeves and fight for a bleeding demographic.

Jack Newman

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Seventh Heaven

Runners sprint from the starting line on the track at Palisades High School’s Stadium by the Sea to begin the seventh annual Palisades Funding Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving
Photo by Steve Galluzzo

Seventh Annual Palisades Funding Turkey Trot

Gwendolen Twist Wins Hometown Race for First Time; Taylor Breaks 10K Record

By STEVE GALLUZZO | Sports Editor

It was merely a coincidence that Gwendolen Twist wore 2019 for last Thursday morning’s seventh annual Palisades Funding Turkey Trot, but she was determined to finally break through and win her hometown 5K race on Thanksgiving morning. The bib number was indeed a good omen as Twist made this her year by beating friend and five-time champion Tanya Fischer along with all of the other women in a rainy run across the Asilomar Bluffs.

“I felt pretty good when I woke up, like ‘Let’s do this,’ and  I’m in really good shape,” Twist said. “The whole time I ran fearful because Tanya is notorious for turning it on if you drop off your pace just a little bit.”

Upon crossing the finish line at the 50-yard line on the football field at Palisades High’s Stadium by the Sea, Twist experienced both satisfaction and relief, especially after coming in a close second last fall. Her one disappointment was that her time of 18:57 was 10 seconds off the course record set by Fischer in 2014, but she’ll have always another chance next year.

“I was going for it,” Twist  admitted. “I think I’ve run this every year. I throw all the medals into a box and I went digging them out.”

In addition to coaching Pali  High’s cross country and track teams, Twist runs for Janes Elite Racing and one of her teammates is Fischer, the track/cross country coach at Santa Monica High who wore number 2020, so next year she may give Twist a better run for her money.

“You always know when you feel good and I just didn’t have it today,” said Fischer, the fifth femaile finisher in 20:13. “These days I have to pick my battles. I’m a year older and the competition keeps getting better… but I’m happy for Gwen and I always enjoy this race. A lot of the kids I’ve coached come out to run it and it’s always nice to see them.”

Twist, 44, and Fischer, 53, are training hard for the Club XC Nationals on December 14 in Pennsylvania, where The Janes will try to defend their titles in the 40s and 50s age divisions.         

Before heading up the street with Twist for a post-race lotte at Starbuck’s, Fischer took the opportunity to persuade Riviera resident Victoria Chapus, whom she’s been friends with since she was seven years old, to join her at Nationals.

“Victoria is going to run on the 50s team—I recruited her,” Fischer said.

Chapus, who ran the 5K with her daughters Cami and Elodie, joked: “Yes, Tania caught me in a weak moment.”

Twist used the race as a sort of warmup for the California International Marathon (CIM) this Saturday in Sacramento. In June she clocked a personal-best two hours, 50 minutes, 52 seconds to place ninth out of 387 women in her age group at the Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, Minnesota. That came after winning the Mountains 2 Beach Marathon  from Ojai to the Ventura Pier in 2:51.49, with the help of Fischer, who jumped in to run the last four miles with her.

In July, Twist ran 5:29 to help The Janes win the team title at the Manhattan Mile in Manhattan Beach.

Twist lives in the Alphabet Streets with  her husband Jordan and their twin boys Wyler and Teyton, fifth-graders at Palisades Elementary.

Despite the weather almost 650 men, women and children turned out to run—many dressed as pilgrims or wearing their race t-shirts and orange turkey hats.

Embacing the spirit of the event was former “Good Day LA” reporter and race announcer Dorothy Lucey, who encouraged everyone to pick up their gift bags. She then introduced Paul Revere Middle School sixth-grader Sage Denham, who sang the National Anthem.

In lieu of a starting horn a countdown from five to one got the race underway and a turkey-clad David Houston rode his green Vespa scooter around the oval track ahead of the lead pack.

The first person to emerge from the tunnel leading back into Stadium by the Sea was  Thomas Fitzpatrick, who won the 5K for the second straight year, tying the course record of 16:30 set in 2016 by Ramin Razavi, who had just become the new pastor at Calvary Church of Pacific Palisades in the Highands and hadn’t finished unpacking after moving to from Colorado six days earlier.     

Fitzpatrick, a 30-year-old from Santa Monica, missed the turn off to go through the tunnel    last year but knew exactly where to go this time. He decided that morning on an encore after being encouraged to run it last year by Electric Flight Crew fitness group tammate and former Pali High swimmer David Nonberg.

Finishing second in the 5K in 17:07 was Pali High cross country runner Noah Wexler, who helped the Dolphins finish third at the City Championships in Woodland Hills.   

“I’ve been running here since the YMCA Track Meet and I have been running ever since I was six years old,” Wexler said. “My dad has had me run up hills ever since we moved to the Highlands. I love running and being part of the Pali team. I’m excited to run the mile for track this upcoming season.”

Wexler much prefers the Turkey Trot course to the three-mile switchback City Finals course at Pierce College.

“I can’t stand Pierce—this is much better,” he said. “The best part about it is that people are cheering for you instead of your coaches yelling at you.”

Women’s 10K winner Meghan Roberts described the last mile up Temescal Canyon Road as “horrific” but persevered to finish in 40:44, the third fastest women’s time in the  five years the 10K has been run.

“Anytime there’s a race I’ll run it,” she said. “It was fun to see all the kids out here. It’s a nice run with lots of turns and I liked it.”

In town to visit relatives, Roberts lamented that the rest of the family was at home eating bacon and eggs, but she loves to run and vowed to be back even though “LA traffic is too much for me.”    

Roberts, who lives in Santa Cruz and teaches P.E. in the Live Oak School District, went to UC Santa Cruz but didn’t play sports there. She broke her nose playing soccer in her senior year of high school and has since become a competitive distance runner, having completed the San Francisco Marathon in 2013, the Azusa Marathon in 2017 and the Boston Marathon last April.

Ken Rideout has adopted the ocal Turkey Trot as his race since he moved from New York to the Highlands in January 2016 with his wife Shelby and their four kids. He tried the 10K that year and battled winner Tom Comay of Santa Monica all the way before taking second in 36:25. That summer he was seventh in the Palisades Will Rogers 10K on the Fourth of July.

After his runner-up trot on his first try Rideout won it in 2017 in 35:02 and made it two in a row last year in 34:22. Wearing No. 1 this time around, he was warmed up briskly, trying to size up the competition.       

Rideout was eager to make it a three-peat after finishing second in 2016 and first the last two years, but the Highlands resident found himself locked in a duel with Craig Taylor, whom he beat by a little over a minute in the 2017 race.

“I’m getting too old,” the 48-year-old lamented after finishing the 6.2-mile course in 32:34, easily his fastest time yet. However, Taylor passed his rival on the final hill on the way to establishing a new course record in a brisk 32:27.

“I met Ken for the first time at this race two years ago and he blew by me coming up Temescal and I thought no way am I going to let that happen again,” said Taylor, a  32-year-old from Redondo Beach who was a cyclist in college at Indiana University and was fresh off doing the Ironman Triathlon in Kona, Hawaii in October. “I was able to pass him this time, but we were shoulder to shoulder until then.”

Taylor enjoys the local Turkey Trot because of its “neighborhood feel” and his rivalry with Rideout.

“This is a challenging course but you have people standing on their front porch cheering you on and that keeps you going,” he said. “I guess I have to come back next year since I won.”

Taylor, who works at Zwift (a virtual fitness company connecting cyclists and runners around the world) and does much of his training in the Palisades.

Forbath Kicks Field Goal for Patriots

Kai Forbath
Photo: NFL.com

Palisadian Kai Forbath kicked a 23-yard field goal and made one of his two extra point attempts for the New England Patriots in  Sunday night’s loss to the Houston Texans. The next day the NFL veteran was waived after signing with the Patriots on Nov. 29.   

Forbath was New England’s fourth kicker this fall. The reigning Super Bowl champions started the year with Stephen Gostkowski, who suffered a season-ending hip injury, and has been succeeded by Mike Nugent, Nick Folk and the 32-year-old Forbath.

After winning the Lou Groza Award at UCLA as the nation’s top placekicker, Forbath signed with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent but never played for the team. He has played for Washington, New Orleans, Minnesota, Jacksonville and New England.    

Bouncing Back

Center Janelly Portillo shoots over Birmimgham’s Janna Holley in Palisades’ 62-44 victory Monday night.
Photo by Steve Galluzzo

Pali High Girls Basketball Defeats Birmingham for First Win 

By STEVE GALLUZZO | Sports Editor

There’s nothing like a win to boost a team’s confidence and that’s just what the Palisades High girls basketball squad needed on Monday night in Lake Balboa.

After opening the season with four tough losses at the Mark Keppel Tournament in Alhambra, the Dolphins got back on track with a 62-44 victory over Birmingham.

“This was the first game that really mattered because it’s a City opponent and any time you beat a team in your own section it helps your playoff seeding down the line,” said Pali High Coach Adam Levine, who piloted the Dolphins to the City Division I championship in his first season last winter. “I scheduled really strong teams and the purpose for that is to prepare us for the [City] Open Division. We’ll be better by the end of the year than we are now.”   

The Dolphins were more than good enough against the Patriots, racing to a 30-19 halftime lead and answering an early third-quarter surge by the home team with an 11-0 run of their own to seize back control. Demonnie Lagway led the way with 18 points, Jane Nwaba and Sammie Arnold each added 13 points and point guard Alexis Pettis had 10 points for the Dolphins, who resume Brentwood Tournament play today against Knight of Palmdale and Friday against Clovis North of Fresno (both games tip-off at 4:30 p.m.)    

Palisades fell behind 19-2 to Eastvale Roosevelt in its season opener and fell 75-48 despite three 3-pointers by Sydney Meskin.

The Dolphins jumped out to a 14-5 lead against Pasadena but the  Bulldogs closed the first half on an 11-0 run to take a 33-28 lead. Lagway rattled in a 3-pointer to pull Palisades within 55-47 with 2:24 left but Pasadena made its foul shots down the stretch to win, 65-54. Arnold led the way with 18 points for the Dolphins.

The next day Palisades played La Jolla Country Day, one of the top teams in California. The Dolphins led 9-8 at the end of the first quarter and trailed only 28-27 at intermission before getting outscored by 29 points in the second half. They missed a game-tying 3-pointer at the end of Saturday’s  39-36 loss to Mark Keppel.