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10-MINUTE RIDE $79 REGULARLY $159 15-MINUTE RIDE $99 HELICOPTERS REGULARLY $199 HEWS MEDIA GROUP COMMUNITYNEWS Serving Cerritos, Artesia, Hawaiian Gardens, Norwalk, Lakewood, Pico Rivera, and La Palma • 45,000 HOMES EVERY FRIDAY • August 3, 2012 • Volume 27, No. 32 • NOVEMBER VOTERS TO DECIDE $350M BOND FOR CERRITOS COLLEGE NBC NEWS L.A. WELCOMES LCCN’S HEWS, ECONOMY AT OLYMPIC KICK OFF PARTY HAWAIIAN GARDENS COUNCIL QUESTIONS HOUSING PROGRAM By Randy Economy By Jerry Bernstein V T oters who live in the Cerritos Community College District are going to be asked to approve a massive $350 million General Obligation Bond in the upcoming November General Election. During a recent meeting, the Cerritos College Board of Trustees approved a resolution to place a measure on the upcoming Fall ballot. The measure, known as the “Cerritos College Job Training and College Transfer Measure” and supporters claim it was drafted to “prepare local Cerritos College students for high-skilled jobs and 4-year universities.” It also claims that the new bond money will go to updating classrooms, technology, math, science and computer labs, upgrading job-training facilities, providing classrooms and labs to accommodate growing demand, replacing leaky roofs, aging and [See CERRITOS COLLEGE BOND page 10] L os Cerritos Community Newspaper Publisher Brian Hews and Investigative Reporter Randy Economy were special guests of NBC LA at a special “Viewing Party” for the London Opening Ceremony of the Summer Olympic Games at Wolfgang Puck’s at LA Live in Downtown Los Angeles. Hews and Economy are seen here with NBC News Anchors Chuck Henry and Colleen Williams at the gathering. Less than 50 people were invited to attend the event that featured several big screen televisions all airing the Opening Ceremonies. NBC LA will be at LA Live throughout the entire Summer Olympics at Wolfgang Pucks at a “makeshift” Olympic Village and everyone is invited to stop by and visit each night. LA PALMA NAMES NEW CITY MANAGER L experience in strategic planning, hua Palma city officials have anman resources and labor relations, nounced the selection of Elcommunity relations, capital len Volmert as the next City project management, economic Manager of La Palma, contindevelopment, budgeting, team gent on approval by the full City facilitation, diversity, technolCouncil at its Aug. 7, meeting. ogy, organizational development, Ms. Volmert will assume her duand risk management. ties on Sept. 4. Prior to moving Ms. Volmert joins to Corvallis, Ms. VolLa Palma from Cormert worked for over vallis, Oregon where she has been the As14 years in two Southern California Cities, sistant City Manager Baldwin Park and West since 1994 and served Covina. She holds a as City Manager Pro Tem for four months in New City Manager Ellen Volmert Masters Degree in Public Administration from 2011 following the retirement of that city’s long-time City Manager. She comes to La Palma with broad [See NEW CITY MANAGER page 10] he Hawaiian Gardens City Council, meeting in regular session July 24, questioned the purchase of abandoned and foreclosed residential property in the city under the Neighborhood Stabilization Program [NSP} administered by the Los Angels County Community Development Commission (CDC). The CDC applied and received $9.5 million in federal NSP funds to finance the acquisition of such properties in Hawaiian Gardens and make them available as rental housing for low-income persons. The program provides financing through a secured loan to developers to purchase one to four vacant and abandoned foreclosed homes to rent at or below 50 percent of median income. All loans would have zero percent interest and would be secured by a First Deed or Trust. Named by the CDC to manage and re- [See H.G. HOUSING PROGRAM page 10] MAN FATALLY SHOT WHILE DRIVING CAR IN ARTESIA M embers of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Department assembled at the 119000 block of Arkansas Street in Artesia to investigate the circumstances surrounding the shooting death of a man. Arkansas Street is located south of 166th Street and near Pioneer Boulevard in Artesia. Los Cerritos Community Newspaper has learned that at approximately 1:15 a.m. Thursday morning, the victim who is only being identified as a male adult, was driving in a vehicle on the 11900 block of 167th Street in Artesia when he was apparently shot one time in the upper torso. The victim then drove a short distance, and exited his car, collapsed and died in front of an unidentified residence. Los Cerritos Community Newspaper is working to get additional information about the incident and will have updated information as soon as it is available to the media and public. Sgt. Peterson of the Lakewood Sheriff’s Department said “our investigation is just beginning. We hope to have additional details throughout the morning,” Peterson said. Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or by using the website www.


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