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T R I B U N E S erving B ixBy K nollS , C alifornia H eigHtS , l oS C erritoS , W rigley Vol. 32 No. 7 and tHe C ity of S ignal H ill Your Weekly Community Newspaper July 23, 2010 Documentary about Signal Hill’s SH to loan $700,000 to skateboarding history in the works Boulevard Buick/GMC Nick Diamantides Steven Piper Staff Writer Editorial Intern A host of signs can be found at the bottom of Hill Street’s nearly 30-degree incline that bottoms out onto Obispo Avenue. Their messages are clear: no skateboarding, no bikes, and no trucks over three tons. In fact, skateboarding is no longer allowed anywhere in the city of Signal Hill. The same was not true in the mid seventies– when the Signal Hill Speed Run tested the nerves of thrill-seeking skateboarders. Searching for their fix of adrenaline, skaters would bomb down the hill, reaching speeds approaching 60 mile per hour. Crashes were not uncommon. Nor were the subsequent complimentary ambulance rides to the closest emergency room. see documentary page <none> Photo by Robert Smith This 1976 photo shows a skateboarder “wiping out” at the bottom of Hill Street. Living up to its reputation as one of the most business-friendly cities in California, Signal Hill has agreed to loan $700,000 to a local automobile dealer to help pay for renovations designed to increase sales. The loan, which will be made to the Boulevard Buick/GMC dealership, will actually come from moneys held by the Signal Hill Redevelopment Agency (RDA), whose funds are separate from the City’s General Fund and other operational funds. The loan was approved by the members of the RDA (all of whom are also the members of the Signal Hill City Council), during the Tuesday (July 20) meeting of the council and RDA. “Boulevard Buick/GMC is requesting approval of an Owner Participation Agreement, which would result in a loan for an extensive renovation of the exterior and interior of the dealership to implement General Motors requirements,” said RDA Executive Director (and City Manager) Ken Farfsing. “The agreement (also) provides assistance for moving the Boulevard Collision Center to 2800 Cherry Avenue, including offices, spray booths and a shop building.” Farfsing added that the dealership will also be renovating its signs. “This assistance enhances the viability of Boulevard Buick/GMC in a very distressed auto market and strengthens the Signal Hill Auto Center as well,” he noted. The RDA and the City began the Signal Hill Auto Center project in 1989 on 42 acres along see loan page 8 Celebrating its LB store’s first year, Saint Vincent de Paul seeks more visibility in area Nick Diamantides Staff Writer The good work done by the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul has been one of the best kept secrets in the Long Beach area. Now, however, the Society wants everyone to know what it is doing in hopes of enlisting the support of more donors and volunteers in its efforts to provide assistance to the poor and hurting people of this region. To gain the attention of the public, last Monday the Society hosted a luncheon to celebrate the oneyear anniversary of the opening of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store at 2750 E. Pacific Coast Highway, in Long Beach. About 40 people attended the event, which took place on the patio behind the thrift store. David Fields, executive director of the Society’s Council of Los Angeles, was the keynote speaker, but he began by introducing Oscar Solis, bishop of the San Pedro Region of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. “It is a tremendous blessing on our church to have St. Vincent de Paul as a partner in our work of God’s mission,” Solis said. “I have a strong feeling that now that you have made yourself so much more visible, the work of charity to our brothers and sisters who are in need will be strengthened.” Solis noted that he would continue to encourage more priests and laypeople to participate in the work done by the Society. Fields noted that the Los Angeles Council is part of the Society’s international operations. “We are in 142 countries, and we have close to one million volunteers who help do the work of the Society,” he said. “In Africa, what we do with a fam- ily in Nairobi is, we provide them with a male and female goat.” He explained that the goats provide milk and income to poor families and help them to improve the quality of their lives. “That is a sample of what we do on the international level,” Fields said. “Locally, there are 300 parishes in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and we have conferences in slightly more than 100 of those parishes.” He explained that a conference is a lay group. “It is a grassroots organization of people working at the parish level so when someone comes to a pastor and says, ‘I need food,’ the pastor calls up the Society and we will send someone to meet with that person to determine what their needs are.” Fields explained that Society workers will console the needy see st. vincent page 9 Neena Strichart/Signal Tribune David Fields, executive director of St. Vincent de Paul Society’s LA Council (left), and 4th District Long Beach Councilman Patrick O’Donnell at Monday’s luncheon

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