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HEWS MEDIA GROUP COMMUNITYNEWS Serving Cerritos, Artesia, Hawaiian Gardens, Norwalk, Lakewood, Pico Rivera, La Mirada, and La Palma • 45,000 HOMES EVERY FRIDAY • JULY 13, 2012 • Volume 26, No.31 • BELL AUDITS REMAIN INCOMPLETE SINCE RIZZO DEPARTURE Dolphin Fountain Brings Happy Memories Back Critical fiscal data disappeared, went missing, misplaced new audit in Bell concludes By Brian Hews C By Brian Hews and Randy Economy L os Cerritos Community Newspaper has learned that the city of Bell has remained unaudited for the past three years, including the critical period in which former indicted City Manager Robert Rizzo and seven other city officials were arrested on criminal charges for looting the city’s treasury for their own personal use. LCCN has obtained documentation this week in the form of an internal emails authored by Bell City Manager Doug Willmore that confirm that the accounting that the audits for 2009-2010 are “expected to be done in the next 30 days” by the accounting firm of Macias Gini & O’Connell. “The financial and accounting irregu- [See BELL AUDITS page 8] Mayor Pro Tem Barrows Battery Hearing Results in Mandate from Judge T he Dolphin Fountain at the entrance to the Cerritos City Hall has been a cooling off attraction for youngsters that makes adults pause as they go to the library or climb the city hall stairs to conduct their business. July 4 was no different as youngsters cooled off in the fountain’s water, bringing back memories when they were younger and did the same. They pause, smile and then continue on their way. The children oblivious to the adults watching them. erritos Mayor Pro Tem Bruce Barrows appeared before the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office in Bellflower last Friday for an Office Hearing regarding allegations of criminal misconduct of Penal Code 242 Battery against resident Jay Gray, Los Cerritos Community Newspaper can confirm. Barrows and Gray both attended, at sep- Cerritos Mayor Pro Tem BRUCE BARROWS arate times, the formal hearing at 10:30 a.m. before Hearing Officer A. Knight in a 3rd Floor Hearing Room at the Flower Street facility for the District Attorney’s Office. Gray confirmed that both he and Barrows attended the dual sessions, but did [See MAYOR PRO TEM BARROWS page 8] Cerritos Council NBC Anchor Robert Kovacik to follow Cerritos Business License Approves Purchase of High School Wind Symphony to London Olympics Tax Hike in Artesia New Sculpture Postponed to July 23 By Randy Economy By Jerry Bernstein N BC4 Southern California will be tracking the journey of the Cerritos n a 3-2 vote the Cerritos City Council High School Wind Symphony Orapproved the purchase of a $275,000 chestra on their upcoming trip to perform lighted sculpture by landscape archi- at the London Olympic Games, thanks to tect Cliff Garten that will be placed in the the help of the Los Cerritos Comcity’s Sculpture Garden at its July 9 meet- munity Newspaper. ing. Several weeks ago, Brian The sculpture consists of three stain- Hews, LCCN owner/publisher, less steel rods that will be illuminated with and Randy EconoLEDs and programmed to change color. my, reporter with They will be located on a mound across LCCN, reached from the garden’s entrance from the civic out to Robert center. Kovacik, anchor and City Councilmembers Carol Chen and reporter for NBC4 Southern Joseph Cho voted no with Councilmem- California, about covering the bers Mark Pulido, Mayor Pro Tem Bruce Cerritos High School Symphony’s “jourBarrows and Mayor Jim Edwards voting ney of a lifetime” to London during the yes. station’s coverage of the Olympic Games. Chen said she felt very strongly that “Talk about a great human interest stowith the economic downturn, this was not ry. This one is amazing!” said Hews. “We docTODAY_AD10X3:Layout 1 6/14/11 10:58 PM had [See NEW SCULPTURE VOTE page 10] Pageto1 get this information in front of our I N e e d to S e e a friend Robert over at NBC4. These kids have worked their hearts out to prepare for this event.” NBC is the official network for the 2012 Summer Olympics. Kovacik will be representing NBC4 Southern California in London, bringing viewers both local and global Olympic highlights. Kovacik, who is one of Southern California’s most visible and accomplished television news journalists, and a multiple Emmy and Golden Mike Award winner, visited Cerritos High School last week, along with a field producer, to begin filming interview segments with some of the orchestra members and their Director/ Conductor, Tim Trost. “This experience is the thrill of a lifetime, “said Trost. “Being covered on NBC4 news live during our performance [See WIND SYMPHONY page 9] By Rico Dizon T he expected presentation of documents on a proposed ballot measure to modify and increase the business license tax in Artesia during the City Council meeting was adjourned to July 23at 6:00 p.m.. Pending completion of the documents, Mayor Pro Tem Sally Flowers moved that introduction and discussion of the documents be adjourned to July 23. Flowers said adjustment on the business license tax had not been done for 22 years. She urged residents to look at the rates and wordings associated with the proposed measure come the next meeting. Minutes will be available by July 25 thru the City Clerk Office. City Attorney Kevin Ennis clarified that only businesses earning more than [See ARTESIA BUSINESS TAX page 10] doctortO d ay ? Our family of physicians are available to care for you and your familytOday. Call now for a same day or next day appointment with a physician in your area. Your Health...Your Hospital For More Information Call (866) 797-3279 or go to www. Monday - Friday ( 5 6 2 ) 5 3 1 - 2 5 5 0 • w w w. L a k e w o o d R e g i o n a l . c o m


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