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HEWS MEDIA GROUP COMMUNITYNEWS COMMUNITY Fun Facts PAGE 14 Serving Cerritos, Artesia, Hawaiian Gardens, Norwalk, Lakewood, Pico Rivera, La Mirada, and La Palma • 45,000 HOMES EVERY FRIDAY • JULY 27, 2012 • Volume 27, No.31 • OPINION Fill The Boot Campaign Raises Money for MDA Shooting the Messenger By Brian Hews D uring the Cerritos City Council meeting June 28, the council debated the $119 million city budget. Councilman Pulido led off, talked about tree cutting, and mentioned how he wanted to restore funding to keep Sky Knight, which was cut out of the budget. Sky Knight is the helicopter service that assists our Cerritos Sheriffs. Only Cerritos and Hawaiian Gardens use this service, Lakewood is deciding. No other cities in the area use this service; they use the free LA Sheriff’s helicopter service. Fast forward to closing comments. Barrows led off (unusually out of turn) and reviewed big picture expenses, those “they can address easily”: the Water subsidy ($1.5 million); Sheriff’s budget ($11.5 million); the Power-plant ($3 million expense). This can be seen on the Cerritos website under Council Meetings, June 28, time stamp 1:04:15. It was then that Barrows initiated his [See SHOOTING THE MESSENGER page 10] By Randy Economy and Brian Hews O M embers of the Los Angeles County Fire Department here in Cerritos, Artesia and surrounding areas participated in the annual “Fill The Boot” program at local intersections to help raise funds and awareness for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. This is one of the most popular events in the community each and every year and several motorists chipped in to help the annual campaign. HAWAIIAN GARDENS ACCUSED OF VIOLATING BROWN ACT Fountain Plaza Center to get Remake with Reconstruction of Destroyed Building By Jerry Bernstein I n what could be a prelude to next year’s council race to fill three seats that are up for re-election, Pete Schnaufer, Business Agent for the employees’ union, AFSCME, accused the city council of violating the Brown Act at the July 24 meeting. He accused the council of authorizing City Manager Enesto Marquez to petition the State’s Public Employment Relation Board making the positions of Human Resource Manager and Assistant City Administrator non-union positions. “It was never on a council agenda, which is a violation of the Brown Act. In a brief interview with LCCN, Schnaufer said if the City Administrator made the request without approval of the [See H.G. BROWN ACT page 8] BP Global Received $1 Billion in Property Tax Reductions Under Noguez ne of the world's largest oil producers, BP (formerly British Petroleum), received more than $1 billion worth of property tax reductions during the tenure of embattled Los Angeles County Assessor John R. Noguez, Los Cerritos Community Newspaper has learned. British Petroleum, who owns and oversees a massive operation throughout Los Angeles County, had a major parcel slashed during a two year period between 2009 and 2011. BP Oil was represented by Attorney and Tax Agent Richard Ayoob. Ayoob and his family have been major political contributors to Noguez political campaigns during his successful run for Los Angeles County Assessor in 2010. The property listed is Parcel # 7315- [See PROPERTY TAX REDUCTION page 10] ABC Joins Collaborative Program with Tri City Medical Center to Fight Obesity By Jerry Bernstein C with a new two-story building. Cerritos Current Planning Manager Robert Lopez said the architects Perkowitz & Ruth also plan to refurbish and upgrade the existing fountain landscaping; make improvements to the vehicular and pedestrian circulation in the center. Lopez said the property was first de- hild Obesity is now considered a nationwide problem. Recognizing this the ABC School Board approved a resolution at its July 17 meeting creating a collaborative program to address childhood obesity in Hawaiian Gardens. with Tri City Regional Medical Center and the City of Hawaii Gardens The program called “Activate Hawaiian Gardens, “will engage local school-age children, parents, caregivers, teachers, physicians and other community stakeholders in an obesity-reduction initiative. Superintendent Dr. Mary Sieu said the goals of “Activate Hawaiian Gardens” include a collaborative effort of school and [See FOUNTAIN PLAZA CENTER page 8] [See ACTIVATE H.G. page 10] Rendering of proposed two-story retail/office building at 11440-22520 South Street in the Fountain Plaza Shopping Center, The new structure will replace a demolished firedamaged two-story building. By Jerry Bernstein T he Cerritos City Council approved a Planning Commission recommendation to remodel the existing buildings of the Fountain Plaza Shopping Center and replace a two-story office/retail structure that was destroyed by fire


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