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As Catherine Middleton marries into the royal family, the Middleton Family has worked with Senior King of Arms Thomas Woodcock to create their new coat of arms, which will be placed next to Prince William’s after the marriage.

range of online platforms, making it the most digital and interactive coverage of a royal wedding to date. According to the official royal wedding media briefing, the royal couple wishes to make the wedding as accessible as possible for those who see wedding page 13

City of Signal Hill appoints Langston as new police chief The City of Signal Hill announced Tuesday the appointment of Michael S. Langston as its next chief of police. Langston served as police captain in the Field Operations Division for the city of Turlock for more than three years and held the position of second in command to the chief. Prior to his tenure in Turlock, Langston served as a division commander, sergeant, detective and officer

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during his 19-plus years with the City of San Fernando. “With over 23 years of law-enforcement experience, Chief Langston brings a wealth of experience and knowledge that will ensure the continued high level of public safety service that the residents and businesses of Signal Hill have come to expect and appreciate,” said Signal Hill Mayor Larry Forester. see cHieF page 13

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As new political boundaries are about to be drawn, locals speak up for their neighborhoods Fourteen Californians have been charged with the task of drawing a final political map of the golden state by August, and right now they’re asking their fellow state residents to tell them how to best do their job. Using figures from the latest 2010 Census and drawing public input into the process, the California Citizens Redistricting Commission came to the Long Beach Council Chambers on Wednesday to hear public comments on how to determine new political districts. The Commission will determine the new boundaries of the state’s Assembly, Senate and Board of

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LBPD implementing texting-, email-based system of notifying residents of safety, traffic concerns Brett Ashley Hawkins Editorial Intern

While driving on the northbound 405 freeway on a Tuesday morning, several drivers were caught in traffic backups when they attempted to take the Palo Verde Avenue exit. Most morning radio traffic updates failed to mention such an issue, but one networking medium sent out an alert that read, “Commuters! Avoid the Palo Verde Avenue off-ramp from the northbound 405 Freeway. Heavy congestion. Seek another route.” The message was sent to the email accounts and phones of several people by the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) through Nixle, the first authenticated service for locationbased information. By entering one’s city name or ZIP code into Nixle’s database, one can subscribe to receive updates via text message or email specifically from local public safety agencies, municipal governments, schools, and lawenforcement departments. The service is secure and unites municipal agencies and community organizations in

prompt statements sent to their residents. Citizens can subscribe by texting their ZIP code to 888777 or registering at the Nixle website by creating a username and password (created by submitting a full name and an email address) to receive email updates. The LBPD began using Nixle four months ago upon LBPD Chief of Police Jim McDonnell’s suggestion to use the networking tool due to its success within the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD); McDonnell served with the LAPD for 28 years. “[McDonnell] suggested [the LBPD] use Nixle, so we began researching it,” said Sergeant Rico Fernandez of the LBPD. “Now we use it.” Though updates are not constant throughout the day, Fernandez assures subscribers that only updates of vital importance are posted to avoid Nixle being perceived as an annoyance through a lot of mundane messages and reports in a short amount of time. Instead, Fernandez feels that being selective about what information is posted on Nixle will make the most impact, as alerts won’t come out as

often and will be perceived as more significant when they do surface. “We fax news releases and do email blasts, and now Nixle is a part of the standard process for getting the word out,” Fernandez said. Traffic updates aren’t the only concerns on which the LBPD sheds light. Another previous update read: “Police and fire arson investigators are seeking suspect for multiple arson incidents in South and East Long Beach.” Nixle’s use of frequent status updates is similar to those of the social-networking websites Facebook and Twitter. However, unlike those sites, whose content is generated through the whims and personal lives of their end users, the purpose of Nixle’s updates is to inform its users of actual public-safety concerns. The LBPD has yet to use Nixle for releasing information about suspects. “Most of our reports are traffic-based,” Fernandez said. “We’re currently not putting up suspect information. That’s something we have to discuss with the detective.” Nixle was founded by Firas see nixle page 13

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SAVe THe DATe What Spring Fling dance party Who Hosted by the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association When Friday, April 29 at 8pm Where Long Beach Petroleum Club, 3636 Linden Ave., LB More Info The public is invited to come together as a community to eat, dance, socialize, and celebrate Bixby Knolls. Admission is $5. All ages are welcome. WAlK oF lIFe What Diabetes Walkathon fundraiser Who Hosted by St. Mary Medical Center When Saturday, April 30 at 8am Where Poly High School Track, 1600 Atlantic Ave., LB More Info The goal of the walkathon is to assist uninsured and underinsured diabetic individuals who cannot afford to receive diabetic education. Call (562) 491-4838. CleAN UP YoUR CoMMUNITY What Neighborhood clean-up When Saturday, April 30 from 9am to noon Where At the corner of Spring Street and California Avenue, SH More Info Water, tools and gloves will be provided, but a limited number of tools are available. Qualifies for graduation credits. Parking will be available in the Gate Center parking lot, courtesy of Signal Hill Petroleum. Be HeAlTHY What Healthy Kids and Teens Day Who Hosted by Ninth District Councilmember Steven Neal When Saturday, April 30 from 10am to 3pm Where Ramona Park, 3301 E. 65th St., LB More Info Families are invited to attend and receive free information and testing, as well as fingerprinting, immunization, lead testing, dental screenings, HIV screenings, physical fitness demonstrations, and more. Call (562) 570-6137. IN MeMoRIAM What Celebration of Life dedicated to former CSULB president and Congressman Steve Horn When Saturday, April 30 at 2pm Where Carpenter Performing Arts Center, 6200 Atherton St., LB More Info The event is open to the public, but reservations are requested. Call (562) 985-7536 or email to nguevara@csulb.edu with “Steve Horn Memorial” as the subject line. Free parking available. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, any donations be made to the University Library, California State University, Long Beach, c/o CSULB Foundation, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90840. SINGING FoR SPRING What 5th annual Spring Sing Concert Who Cerritos College Community Choir When Sunday, May 1 at 4pm Where California Heights United Methodist Church, 3759 Orange Ave. More Info Works will include the "Serenade to Music" by Vaughan Williams as well as other choral and solo vocal selections. Admission is free. Call (562) 860-2451 ext. 2629. ¡ReADY, SeT, olé! What Dinnertime fundraiser Who Cal Heights United Methodist Children Center When Monday, May 2 Where El Torito, 3301 Atlantic Ave. More Info The race is still on for the Cal Heights United Methodist Children Center, which is revitalizing its playgrounds and gardens and needs the help of the public. Proceeds will benefit chldren and the community. Flyer will be necessary at time of purchase. Contact April at (562) 595-0056 or chumcc@verizon.net (Monday through Friday) to get a flyer. Donations are also appreciated. THe NeXT SUPPeR What Bixby Knolls Supper Club Who Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association When Monday, May 2 and Tuesday, May 3 at 6:30pm Where Johnny Rebs, 4663 Long Beach Blvd., LB More Info Supporting local restaurants on nights that are typically slow. Reservations a must since the event has been selling out quickly. 50 seats available each night. RSVP to info@bixbyknollsinfo.com. JUGGlING ACTS What Free juggling workshop for ages 8 and up Who GO-FAME Youth Theatre Company, a theater training and performing organization for youth ages 8–18 When Wednesday, May 4 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm Where Long Beach Towne Center, 7255 Carson St. More Info Registration is suggested as space is limited. Comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes are recommended and participants are asked to bring juggling balls, tennis balls or three of the same sized socks (no holes, as they will be filled). Juggling balls will be available for purchase at the class. For more information or to register, call (562) 884-7077 or visit GO-FAME.org. eVeRY DoG HAS ITS DAY What “Nosework” presentation Who Long Beach Sierra Club group When Wednesday, May 4 at 7:30pm Where Environmental Services Bureau, 2929 E. Willow St. More Info Sierra Club member John Zappe, who has worked in tracking and scent detection, will explain with slides and video the training of dogs and handlers, and how it is that modern technology has yet to build a sniffer as efficient as a canine nose. He and his colleague Mike Rapp and their dogs will demonstrate how they find the source of scent so light humans don’t even know it’s there. The event is free and open to the public.

On April 21, Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) officers arrested a Millikan High School student after classmates had reported threats on the social-network website Facebook. On April 20, LBPD officers had responded to a home in East Long Beach to contact a female juvenile regarding threats posted online. Officers learned during a preliminary investigation that an unknown subject had befriended a circle of friends on Facebook, all students of the same high school, a week earlier. Over the next few days the subject made several threats of harm to the students. Officers and detectives, concerned for the safety of the students and the school, worked diligently conducting interviews and gathering information from various sources. After many hours of investigation, officers learned the identity of the subject. Armed with a search warrant, officers went to the home of the subject on the west side of Long Beach and took him into custody, at approximately 7am, without incident. Officers confiscated several items of evidence, which

included a computer and other electronic devices. The subject is being identified only as a 17-year-old male student of Millikan High School. He was booked at the Long Beach Police Department’s Youth Services Division and charged with making criminal threats and obstruction of justice, and later released to his parents. “The Long Beach Police Department took immediate action upon notification of this incident to investigate the circumstances surrounding any potential for violence on the school campus,” said Police Chief Jim McDonnell. “We will not tolerate any threats or behaviors with propensity for violence towards our students.” The LBPD is reminding all social-media users, teens and adults, that posting threats online is a crime. Anyone who posts messages threatening to harm another person is subject to arrest and criminal prosecution. According to the LBPD, social media should not be used as a venue to cause harm or intimidation, and parents of juvenile social-network users

should closely monitor their children’s online activities and follow some basic safety precautions: • Remind children not to accept friend requests from people they don’t know. • Ensure that their privacy settings are adjusted to safeguard any personal identifying information. • Help kids understand what information should be kept private and why. • See that they only post information that you and they are comfortable with others seeing. • Remind kids that anything they post online cannot be taken back and is traceable. • Know what sites your kids are visiting. • If you feel your child has been the victim of online threats or bullying, contact your local authorities or school campus safety personnel. Those with any information about this case are encouraged to call the Long Beach Police Department’s Youth Services Division detectives at (562) 570-1426. Anonymous tips may also be submitted via text or email by visiting longbeach.gov/police. ß

Nine more schools make statewide honor roll Nine schools in the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) made the statewide Honor Roll list recently announced by California Business for Education Excellence. Schools receiving this distinction from California’s business community have demonstrated consistently high academic achievement and have made significant progress toward closing achievement gaps among all of their students. The schools are currently being notified and will receive their recognition banners in the coming days. The Honor Roll is made up of two different awards: the Star Schools Award (477 schools), and Scholar Schools Award (744 schools). Long Beach has four Star Schools and five Scholar Schools. “These schools are the bright spots of excellence in efforts to raise student academic achievement and close persistent achievement gaps,” said Kirk Clark, president of CBEE. “By highlighting them, recognizing their achievement and giving them a voice, we hope other schools can learn from these proven practices

and we can begin to duplicate their success to scale throughout the state.” Star Schools are those with significant populations of socio-economically disadvantaged students that have shown a significant increase in grade-level proficiency over four years and are outperforming expectations for every subgroup of students. This year’s Star Schools in LBUSD include Burnett, Lafayette, Longfellow and Mann elementary schools. Scholar Schools are those that show significant levels of academic achievement but do not have a significant socio-economically disadvantaged student population. This year’s Scholar Schools in LBUSD include Fremont, Gant, Lowell and Naples elementary schools, along with Newcomb K-8 Academy. The annual awards are supported by numerous businesses and organizations, including State Farm, Macy’s, Edison International, Wells Fargo, Southern California Auto Club, the California Business Roundtable, and United Way of the Bay Area.

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The Honor Roll uses individual school and student subgroup performance data based on the California Standards Tests to evaluate school academic performance over time. “We must change the conversation in public education from being about failure and sanctions to one that focuses on schools and school systems that are getting the kinds of results that Honor Roll schools are achieving,” said Greg Jones, CBEE Chairman. “These schools are overcoming challenges every day.” CBEE was founded in 1999 by major corporations and business organizations to represent the business community in state education policy making. The organization’s mission is to raise academic achievement and close achievement gaps in California public schools by making certain that every student reaches a minimum of grade-level proficiency. ß

Orange AvenueCarson Street traffic accident results in death On Saturday, April 23, at approximately 5:18am, officers from the Long Beach Police Department responded to the intersection of Orange Avenue and Carson Street regarding an injury-traffic collision where a vehicle had collided with a pole. On arrival, officers located the driver of the vehicle, a 1995 Dodge Caravan, and began medical aid. Long Beach Fire Department paramedics arrived shortly thereafter and continued life-saving procedures. Nevertheless, the driver, who has been identified as Ruperto B. Cinco, a 59-year-old resident of Long Beach, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. There were no other passengers in the vehicle. The preliminary investigation revealed Cinco was traveling southbound on Orange Avenue when, for an unknown reason, he drifted across the intersection and collided with a traffic signal pole. It appears no other vehicles were involved in the collision. Those with information regarding this incident are asked to call Long Beach Police Department Accident Investigations Detail Detective Sirilo Garcia at (562) 570-7355. ß

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LB Transit now offering live bus-tracking technology What time is the bus coming? Now, Long Beach Transit (LBT) customers can get the answer to that most frequently asked question directly from their cellular phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Long Beach Transit is the first transit agency on the west coast to implement this service. Customers simply call customer service at (562) 591-2301 and enter a fourdigit bus stop ID number, located at the bottom right side of the bus stop

sign, and the automated system will provide the next three bus arrival times. Trip planning for future bus travel is also available. This service adds to Long Beach Transit’s existing live bus tracking electronic displays at 60 LBT bus stops, on 228 LBT buses, on the LBT website and a touch-screen kiosk located at the Transit & Visitor Information Center at First Street and Pine Avenue in downtown Long Beach.

“This much anticipated new feature is really exciting for our customers. Through GPS tracking of our buses, this latest technology provides a quick informational resource for our customers 24-7,” said Mark Curtis, chairman of the LBT Board of Directors. LBT’s telephone operators are still available to assist with transit trip planning Monday through Friday 7am to 6pm and Saturday 8am to 3pm.

ChildNet CEO retiring after 27 years of service ChildNet Youth and Family Services, a private, nonprofit organization that offers innovative programs to over 5,000 young people and their families annually, has announced that Robert Di Stefano is stepping down after 27 years as president/CEO. Kathy Hughes, who was most recently COO of ChildNet, has been unanimously selected by the board of directors to serve as the new president/CEO. ChildNet was founded in 1970 as the Long Beach Youth Home. Since Di Stefano’s arrival in 1984, ChildNet has grown from a single facility serving 100 boys a year, to 13 locations covering six counties, and helping over 5,000 children and their families. Since 1984, Di Stefano has grown ChildNet from a budget of $893,000 to a current budget of over $22 million. Having worked with teenagers at Long Beach Youth Home and, before that, at Boys Republic, Chino, he realized that better results could be achieved with early intervention. Recognizing that there was often more than one issue in the family dynamic, the ChildNet goal, said DiStefano, “was to be able to handle all of the family care needs.” As a result, he conceived Continuum of Care, which created a range of services for families and their children. The concept led to several programs with a wide array of services. In 1987 the expansion began with Foster

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Family Network, which now provides homes for abused and abandoned children in five counties. ChildNet’s two schools, Zinsmeyer Academy and Vista Ridge Academy, provide for special educational needs of children referred by school districts throughout greater Long Beach and the San Gabriel Valley. Whereas most of the children have experienced trauma and need counseling, some children may also need medical support. The Behavioral Health Services and Wraparound programs were established to meet these mentalhealth needs and provide family-support services. The newest program, Adoption Services, provided perma-

nent homes for 30 children last year. Hughes has been with the organization since 1986, when she began her career as a caseworker for the Long Beach Youth Home. A graduate of California State University, Dominquez Hills and a licensed marriage/family therapist, Hughes has held various positions of leadership throughout her many years with the organization. “I am extremely proud of everything that we were able to achieve at ChildNet over the past 27 years,” Di Stefano said. “When I was asked to join ChildNet as president/CEO, it was hard to imagine that we would become a multi-service organization, helping so many in need. I am honored to have presided over its growth and feel that it has become one of the best agencies of its kind. I am sure that Kathy Hughes will continue to guide ChildNet into the future with her gracious style and confident leadership, developing new programs and expanding our Continuum of Care.” Hughes said she is looking forward to the challenge of filling the shoes of Di Stefano. “He has built ChildNet into the leading nonprofit organization it is today. His leadership will be greatly missed, but he is leaving behind an organization that is strong, stable and successful.” -------------------------------MORE INFORMATION childnet.net

Councilmember garcia invited to white House celebration Long Beach First District Councilmember Robert Garcia has been invited to a reception at the White House on Thursday, May 5, at 5pm, in honor of Cinco de Mayo. The invitation, from President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, invites Garcia to join other guests and dignitaries from across

the country to celebrate for an evening at the White House. “I am honored to have been invited by the President and the First Lady to the White House,” Garcia said. “I am looking forward to representing Long Beach and celebrating this historic day with other Latino Americans.”

Garcia is the first male Hispanic and youngest person ever elected to the Long Beach City Council. He is vice chair of the Council’s Federal Legislative Committee. He will arrive in Washington DC on May 4. No city funds are being used to pay for this visit. ß

Supervisor Knabe’s website offering tool that lets users draft budget To help constituents understand the context and breadth of services that make up Los Angeles County’s $23-billion-plus budget, Supervisor Don Knabe has launched a “You Draft the County Budget” tool on Knabe.com. Constituents can access the site to start drafting their budget

by going to knabe.com/draftthe budget. There are five major areas of spending, and, likewise, there are five steps for users to follow: Recreation and Cultural; Human Services; Government Services; Support Services; and Public Protection. Constituents

may spend as much time as they like in each area, and they will have a chance to make cuts in the departments which aren’t mandated, as well as seeing an example of what that cut could mean. When finished, users can share their budget with Knabe’s office or friends on Facebook and Twitter.

Fire captain was Southeast area cities adopting plan advocate for brain to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions cancer survivors The second category, land use Twenty-six cities in southeastern The Long Beach Fire Department has announced the passing of Captain Hank Zavaleta, who was well known throughout the southern California fire service for his contributions to firefighter training and workplace health and safety issues. Affected with brain cancer while an active firefighter, he became a tireless advocate for brain cancer survivors and their families. “Hank Zavaleta set the standard as a husband, as a father, and as a firefighter,” said Deputy Chief Jeff Reeb. “He will be deeply missed by all those who knew him.” A memorial service is being planned for sometime in May. Those wishing to donate in Hank’s remembrance can do so at craniumcrusaders.org. ß

Los Angeles County, located in the area called the Gateway Cities, are working together to develop an unprecedented plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cars and light trucks by changing land use and transportation patterns. The plan, called a Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS), is a new requirement of state law adopted in 2008, known as SB 375. The Gateway Cities SCS is under development and is expected to be finalized in June. The plan compiles city, county, and regional strategies in three categories. The first category, transportation projects, includes bicycle and pedestrian improvements, such as separated bike lanes, intersection improvements, and traffic signal synchronization.

changes, involves denser development near existing or planned transit stations. Examples can be seen on Long Beach Boulevard in Long Beach, along the Metro Blue Line. The third category is known to planners as TDM, or travel demand management. This refers to programs like shortened work weeks and employer-sponsored ride sharing, which enable commuters to use their personal cars less often while still getting to and from work. Additionally, a public information session about the SCS will be offered on Tuesday, May 3, at the Mark Twain Library, 1401 East Anaheim St., from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. --------------------------------MORE INFORMATION gatewaycog.org/sb375.html

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We have an extra special treat for our readers this week. With the overwhelming responses year after year for our Sweetheart Sweepstakes, we decided to do a condensed version to celebrate the importance of mothers in our lives. Appropriately called “Celebrating Mothers” (see page 11) the object is to cut out the four coupons from our sponsoring businesses (Donato’s Hair Salon, Delius Restaurant, UPS Store and About U Boutique) fill out the entries, drop them into the designated pink boxes at those businesses and wait to see if you receive a call declaring you a winner. Easy, huh? We have some pretty nice prizes too. There are three packages: 1. Delius Restaurant gift card, tickets for two for The Wedding Singer courtesy of Musical Theatre West, and a haircut & style from Donato’s Hair Salon 2. Dinner for two from Pho America, Found Theatre tickets for two, and a gift certificate from About “U” Boutique

paper on Friday, May 13. Remember, you can’t win if you don’t enter. --------------------------------On an entirely different subject, I want to say “thank you” to the City of Signal Hill’s Community Services Department and Friends of the Signal Hill Library (FOSHL) for hosting an amazing author talk last Monday night. We audience members were treated to an evening of entertainment that included a full-length viewing of the film Antwone Fisher, followed by a visit from Antwone Fisher himself– in the flesh! What a lovely gentleman. He favored us by speaking for more than an hour about the details of his life. We were all just spellbound. After a brief question-and-answer period, we had the chance to chat with him individually as he autographed his books for us. Some of us had our pictures taken with him for posterity. It was a night I will remember forever. Thanks again to all who made it possible.

3. $25 Restaurant.com gift card from the Signal Tribune, Long Beach Museum of Art family pass, and a designer “M is for Mom…not Maid” apron from KNBC Graphics Basic rules are that you have to enter in person, no more than one entry per person at each business per week. For other rules see the details on page 11. The entry coupons will appear in this week’s and next week’s issues, but don’t procrastinate. I will be picking up the boxes at noon on Wednesday, May 11. At that point, we will put all the entries into one bin and draw out the three winners. Those winners Photo by Terry Rogers will be contacted by phone Antwone Fisher with Signal Hill immediately, and then the winning names will appear in the resident Luis Morente last Monday

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Holy matrimony? Is is just me or is anyone else who has raised children uncomfortable with the widespread trumpet-playing for the upcoming marriage of Kate and William you-know-who? How morally correct is it to have lived with someone for eight years and then gleefully announce to the world that they will soon marry? Hurrah! Raise the flag, let the trumpets sound, have a day of celebration, behold– the prince is being married to his longtime livein. What kind of message is this all sending to our children? Yes, it’s okay to live with a boy/girlfriend before marriage just to make sure he/she is rich enough to cover your tracks. If you or he/she is not rich, don’t have children, because the people paying taxes to support your family will not appreciate it. The father of the groom, in this case, certainly set a poor example for his son. Oh, well. I’m just too old for this kind of trend-setting. I wonder about the next generation and the next. Does it get any better, or just worse? I have nothing against the monarchy,

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The 4-1-1 on a local bar You had a nice article on Long Beach’s SandBar. Your article, however, left out an important item. I have no idea where it is. You didn’t list the address or a phone number. Guess I’ll have to wait for the next phone book to come out to find out where they are located. Phil wiedrick Signal Hill Ed. Note: SandBar is located at 710 W. Willow St. and can be contacted at (562) 424-1300. Their website is sandbarlongbeach.com.

Getting through tough times By Bryan Golden

We all have tough times we have to get through. There are many situations you have no control over. However, what you do in response is completely up to you. First of all, don’t get caught up with stress, worry, and fear. They cause anxiety, agitation, and perhaps feelings of depression. Living with events you can’t change is part of life. Attempting to change things you have no control over causes frustration. Once you recognize something is beyond your control, you can concentrate on making the best of it. Taking action is more productive than worrying. Although there are many situations you can’t control, you can control your reaction to them. This is the essence of coping. By directing your energy at finding survival strategies, rather than obsessing over your predicament, your attitude will improve. With action and a proactive attitude, you have a lot of leverage to improve your circumstances. Although predicaments you have no control over can be a hardship, you do have the ability to get through tough times. You’ve endured before and you will again. Flexibility and creativity are the keys to surviving. Tough times don’t last, but tough people do. Problems and people are in constant conflict. The way you triumph over problems is to outlast them. Adversity comes and goes. Problems are solved, resolved or fade away. Tough people keep going. They may slip, trip or fall, but they get up, recover their balance and keep moving forward. Tough times can have a grinding, draining and demoralizing effect on a person. But allowing a tough problem to beat you into despair puts you in danger of becoming overwhelmed with little hope of recovery. Everyone needs encouragement and motivation. Often, it’s when you’re hanging on by your fingernails, and feel that you can’t last much longer, that you’re about to turn the corner and overcome your problems. It’s exactly at the point where you want to give up, and throw in the towel, that you must dig deeper into your inner storehouse of resolve and march on.

Understanding that tough times don’t last gives you the stamina to outlast them. There has never been a problem that could stand up to the power of imagination and determination. Mental toughness empowers you to find solutions. Tough times force you to develop your strengths and formulate a strategy of thinking, enabling you to find the way around, over, under or through a problem. Problems are only temporary aberrations on your path of life. Tough times are like a brick wall. When examined up close, both are made up of small pieces that are removable. If you try and break through a brick wall by repeatedly throwing your body against it, you will only become sore and frustrated. However, if you climb to the top of the wall with a hammer and a chisel, you can readily begin removing one brick at a time. This is the same approach that will allow you to tackle tough times. Each challenge is a collection of bricks that can be removed one at a time. You can cause problems to crumble by disassembling them into small pieces. Once your brick wall of problems has been reduced into a pile of rubble, it no longer seems imposing or overwhelming. When viewed in this way, every challenge will appear conquerable. You realize that you can overcome any problem. As you begin to proactively disperse adversity, your self-confidence, self-esteem, and mental toughness will flourish. Rather than being apprehensive of tough times, you will become as worried about them as you would be of a housefly. They may be annoying, but they are certainly no match for you and your mind. You have the ability to be constant and consistent. You have the force of willpower and determination. Tough times will come and go, but you have the power to endure and overcome. You are a tough person who will outlast tough times. Golden is a self-development expert, syndicated columnist, professor, and author of Dare to Live Without Limits.

Gun-Free Schools Act: protecting students, or harming them? By Crystal Davila, WooJoo Han, Lauren Padilla, Marissa Palmer and Cynthia Tejeda

The Federal Gun-Free Schools Act (GFSA) was enacted in 1994 to promote safer schools by addressing issues of school violence. GFSA mandated that states implement rigid zero-tolerance policies for students who brought any type of weapon onto a school campus, which states amended to include infractions such as possessing drugs, cigarettes or alcohol. Further, the federal law did not require the local education agencies to provide alternative education to students who faced expulsion. GFSA has had far-reaching, and in many cases, devastating consequences on students. This includes the unintended use of this legislation to target “difficult students,” minority students and students with special needs with harsh penalties and removal from schools. Research has shown that minority students are being suspended and expelled from schools in disproportionate numbers under this policy. Studies suggest that teachers’ interpretations of students’ behavior in the classroom greatly affects their rate of office referrals, which due to zero-tolerance policy, greatly increases their rate of suspension. Schools are not required to explore the issue of intent when suspending or expelling students under the GFSA. Research has shown that students have been caught with weapons for a variety of reasons, as some students carry weapons to protect themselves from bullying or dangerous neighborhoods. Zero-tolerance does

not work with youth to improve their psychological, economic, and social well-being. Instead, laws such as GFSA make it easier to criminalize students’ behavior and prepare them to enter the prison system, rather than provide intervention programs to improve their quality of life. GFSA and the zero-tolerance policy imposed by school districts has led to greatly increased off-site suspensions and expulsions for students. Many states have laws that allow school and school districts to wash their hands of students determined to be in violation of this law, denying these students their right to an education. Consequently, this puts such students at higher risk for future problems, including poorer reading abilities and higher dropout rates. Young people without high-school diplomas also face higher risks of unemployment, lower paying jobs, drug and alcohol dependence and incarceration. When a youth drops out of high school and becomes involved with crime and drugs, the estimated cost to American taxpayers can be in the millions, compared to the few thousands it costs to educate them. Students that are denied an education and/or drop out of school as a result of zerotolerance policies will no doubt suffer lifetime consequences that will have damaging effects on their families, communities and society at large. Davila, Han, Padilla, Palmer and Tejeda are California State University, Long Beach students pursuing masters degrees in social work.

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5 Town hall meeting addresses Seventh District progress, residents’ concerns APriL 29, 2011

Stephanie Raygoza Editorial Intern

Kicking off the first of his quarterly town hall meetings last Wednesday, Seventh District Councilmember James Johnson provided residents and community leaders with updates on future city projects and renovations that are already underway in his district. Johnson referred to the upcoming meetings as a way of discussing improvements and essentially what’s going on in the city. The town hall meetings will be conducted at familyand community-oriented events over the summer and holidays and in formal settings in the spring and fall “It’s a way to come together, not just when times are bad or we have an emergency, but we really need to come together on regularly intervals,” Johnson said. Johnson opened up the meeting by sharing some the items he’s continuously working on as he approaches his second year of service as a councilmember. Creating a long-term financial plan to prevent future budget crises was at the top of the councilmember’s agenda along with focusing on pension reform. “I’m interested in not just balancing the budget this year, but balancing the budget in a way that allows us to really pass on a better city for the next generations and years to come,” Johnson said. He also recalled and shared with the community how a couple years back the council voted unanimously to increase pension benefits and make them retroactive indefinitely. The vote resulted in a $271-million investment that Johnson refers to as money that could’ve helped with the city’s deficit. He has since introduced a statewide bill that would focus on bringing in statewide leadership as well as city leadership. “I think the solution is something that provides fair pension for our employees who are our number-one resource in the city, but also fair to taxpayers,” Johnson said. “We’re going to make sure that never happens again, and we’re going to move forward with productive solutions.” Johnson also officially announced the new regional park project to be located on California Avenue and Spring Street. Tentatively named “California Gardens,” the property is currently the site of a former sports park project, on which the City ceased production because of environmental concerns that arose during construction. “It’s an incredible opportunity. Right now, we own 55 acres of undeveloped property with the environmental documents already done,” Johnson said. “We’re going to make a regional park that is going to be the biggest park in the entire city of Long Beach. It’ll probably take decades, but if we don’t get started on it, it’ll always be decades in the future.” The original vision for the site was a sports ballpark, however after concluding that the project would cost $55 million to level the mountainous area and in doing so would release harmful toxins into the environment, it has been transitioned into a regional park project. “So if we keep the property in a relatively natural state and we do things like look at having hiking trails and observation points in the highest point in Long Beach, we can also talk about dog park uses and community gardens,” Johnson said. Partnering with Signal Hill, Johnson conducted a tour of the site last Saturday so citizens could better appreciate and understand the significance of the project grounds. At least three tons of garbage has been collected as part of several community clean-ups. Johnson also said he would be utilizing the small pool of money dedicated to street and sidewalk repair for preventative maintenance. The plan is aimed at cutting down the cost of carving out a street and completely having to rebuild it. In turn, minor repair work would be conducted on several streets

to avoid replacement three years down the line. “If we put a little bit of money into maintaining what we have, we’re not going to have to rebuild our city entirely a few years down the road,” Johnson said. “Long Beach will be one of the first cities in the United States to have a great water pilot program,” Johnson said. The water department will be offering some subsidies as the program looks at ways of reusing water in residents’ properties. North Division Commander Galen Carroll provided community safety updates and tips and said that burglaries are still a major problem for the district.

Locking homes, sealing potential entryways and reporting suspicious activity were a few of the recommendations Carroll gave the residents in attendance. Johnson also announced that last year was the safest year in more than 30 years for the city of Long Beach. Representatives from the Long Beach Airport were on hand to discuss the progress of the parking garage and announced its completion date of July. Airport Director Mario Rodriguez presented updates on terminal area improvements and showed a video that illustrated future renovations and a mock-up of what the finished airport will look like. Some of the additions will include free wireless Internet access,

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Bixby Highlands Neighborhood Association President Jerry Mineghino discussed getting a Bixby Knolls neighborhood association back together. It would encourage city improvements such as replanting areas and create a voice for the different neighborhoods within the district. Johnson concluded the meeting with the announcement of a new community newsletter that will be published at his own expense and the May 21 opening of the tentatively named “Wrigley Heights Dog Park” on Wardlow Road and Golden Avenue. Measuring at over two acres, the park would be the biggest dog park in the city. ß

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CSuLB group named best collegiate vocal jazz ensemble by Downbeat; captures top honors at jazz fest April has been a good month for Pacific Standard Time, the top vocal jazz ensemble in Cal State Long Beach (CSULB) Bob Cole Conservatory of Music. The CSULB group has just been named winner of the 2010 award for Best Vocal Jazz Ensemble in the collegiate division as part of DownBeat Magazine’s 34th annual Student Music Awards list. The magazine selects a roster of the best in student jazz from all over the nation, giving recognition to middle school, high school, college and university programs, along with kudos for individual efforts by arrangers, soloists and composers. “The vocal jazz program has received awards for five of the last six years,” noted Christine Guter, CSULB’s director of vocal jazz. “Last year, Pacific Standard Time received ‘outstanding performance’ for its sub-

mission, but this is the first time our program has been named winner of the collegiate vocal jazz category.” Jeff Jarvis, head of Jazz Studies at CSULB added: “Since 1934, Downbeat Magazine has been a leading voice for jazz and jazz education. The awards earned by our Cole Conservatory jazz students are major accomplishments. We are extremely proud of these students for honoring themselves and the CSULB Jazz Studies program with this international recognition.” Earlier this month, the vocal jazz group captured top honors in the College Vocal Ensemble Division at The Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival, and in doing so was awarded a score of 299 out of a possible 300 points from the trio of adjudicators. For taking first place in their division, Pacific Standard Time has been invited back to perform at the 54th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival, which

will take place Sept. 16–18. CSULB also received a $1,000 award for its vocal jazz program. “I’ve never seen scores like that in my life,” Guter said. “I’m tremendously proud of my students and the hard work and dedication they have demonstrated to get to such a high level of music making and artistry. The greatest honor is getting to come back and perform at the 54th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival in September. It will be an experience that will greatly impact our young singer’s musical journeys, and one they will never forget.” At the Next Generation Festival, CSULB’s Concert Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Jarvis, placed third in the College Big Band Division. Both groups were finalists and invited to the competition after being selected as one of the top six entries in their category based on submissions

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from all over the country. Guter’s groups will close out their 2010-11 season with a spring concert on Friday, April 29, at 8pm in the University Theatre. The event will feature CSULB vocal jazz ensembles Pacific Standard Time and Jazz & Tonic.

Tickets for the performance are $10 for general admission and $7 for students, seniors and CSULB faculty and staff. Tickets are available for purchase by phone at (562) 985-7000, at carpenterarts.org or at the door on the night of the performance.

The wild west comes to LB Playhouse in the form of The Taming of the Shrew Stephanie Raygoza Editorial Intern

Giving an Italian-themed, Shakespearean classic a Western twist could easily rustle up the spurs of any literary enthusiast. However, Gregory Cohen’s adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew at the Long Beach Playhouse delivers brazen performances partnered with witty, drawl-filled lines and a brilliantly brash shrew. Flashback to Arizona in 1885, where this production is set, as guests are treated to a good, old-fashioned bar brawl for the opening scene, which not only succeeds in setting the wild nature of the play, but also in lassoing in the audience’s attention. Taking the recognizable, actionpacked play to the American Wild West appeared all too fitting for Cohen, who said, “The audience would be more inclined not to look at

it as ‘a classic to be studied,’ but rather an entertainment to be enjoyed.” With vintage, painted props resembling an Old West town hanging atop the stage, and interchangeable backdrops taking viewers from a local bar to a quaint country house in a matter of seconds, the set design simplistically complements the true stars of the show– the actors. As Shakespeare’s play goes, three suitors are vying for the love of the fair Bianca, however her father refuses to marry her off unless her notoriously unruly sister Katherine weds first. Enter Petruchio, a man who couldn’t care less about whom he marries as long as she brings him wealth, and soon he convinces her father that he will indeed marry the shrew. Meanwhile, Lucentio is wooing Bianca over as Petruchio begins to take Katherine’s rude attitude and in turn direct it towards her.

Traditional Western dresses and balanced and embraced. getups suit the cast properly as they The final scene sees all the deliver often-tricky Shakespearean couples come together to share lines with a sharp drawl, all the their battles and joys and, in one while firing gunshots and attacking last playful competition, the huseach other. bands propose a bet to see whose On occasion, some actors stumwife if more dutiful to him. bled in delivering lines and drifted In a loving gesture, Katherine in and out of character, which may is the only one who answers to her in part stem from opening-night jithusband’s call, which not only ters. However, this did not distract reflects the complete transformathe viewer too much from followtion of a bad-mannered shrew to a ing the play’s sequences. respectable wife, but also treats Weaving in a Western theme viewers to a conclusion that plays Courtesy lBPH provided the memorable delivery of David Santana as Petruchio and Amber sincere homage to the universal key scenes, but most importantly Bonasso as Katherine in The Taming of the appreciation of a hearty comedy. helped decipher a language that in Shrew The Taming of the Shrew most cases may confuse the nonwill continue on Fridays and Sattrained, Shakespearean ear. urdays at 8 pm and Sundays at Wonderfully played by newcomer 2pm through Saturday, May 28. TickStill, the heart of the play lies in the enigmatic courtship between Kather- Amber Bonasso and the energy-driven ets are available at lbplayhouse.org, or ine and Petruchio, which, by the end of David Santana, the two create cine- by calling (562) 494-1014, ext. 550. the play, blossoms into sincere and matic charm, exuding a type of love- Long Beach Playhouse is located at hate relationship that is rarely perfectly 5021 E. Anaheim St. enviable marriage.

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vaccinate your children can have serious consequences,” said Jonathan E. Fielding, MD, MPH, Director of Public Health and Health Officer. “Los Angeles County is currently experiencing the worst epidemic of whooping cough in 60 years, with more than 870 cases last year alone. We encourage everyone to talk to their doctor about the right vaccines for their children and themselves.” A new California school immunization law will take effect on July 1, 2011, requiring all students in 7th through 12th grades in public and private schools to show proof that they have received a pertussis booster

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New uSDA rule encourages purchase of locally grown agricultural products for nutrition assistance programs Agriculture Under Secretary Kevin Concannon announced this week that the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) child nutrition programs are implementing new rules designed to encourage use of local farm products in school meals. The final rule, published in the Federal Register, will let schools and other providers give preference to unprocessed locally grown and locally raised agricultural products as they purchase food for the National School Lunch, School Breakfast, Special Milk, Child and Adult Care, Fresh Fruit and Vegetable, and Summer Food Service programs. The rule is part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 signed into law by President Obama and one of the key provisions to bolster farm to school programs across the country. “This rule is an important milestone that will help ensure that our children have access to fresh produce and other agricultural products,” said Concannon. “It will also give a much needed boost to local farmers and agricultural producers.”

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APriL 29, 2011 Bixby Knolls music school expanding into larger space, broader spectrum of instruction During its seven years in business, Jammin’ Music has taught thousands of Long Beach residents to play music. Whether guitar, piano, voice, bass, drums, violin, cello, trumpet, saxophone, clarinet or flute, professional instructors have guided students of all ages to their musical potential. In May, Jammin’ Music will expand to a larger location (of 4,000 square feet) on Atlantic Avenue in Bixby Knolls and add new genres of art (drawing, painting and musical theater) to their offerings, as well as an expanded name– Jammin’ Music & Arts. “We have an incredible staff of highly creative instructors that are excited and ready to share their knowledge with the community,” said Kerri Hikida, co-owner of Jammin’ Music & Arts. “Our instructors are all universitytrained, professional artists that know how to make learning fun as well as informative and can teach all ages and skill levels from beginning to advanced.” “Jammin’ Music has been steadily growing the past few years, and we’ve maxed out what we could do in 1,500 square feet,” added Geoffrey Parry, co-owner and head instructor at Jammin’ Music & Arts. “We thought it was a good time to take the leap to a bigger space and offer a wider variety of arts education and performances for the community, as well as more group class offerings.” Jammin’ Music will celebrate its grand opening at its new location, 4228 Atlantic Ave., on Friday, May 6 from 6:30pm to 9pm. -------------------------------------MORE INFORMATION jamminmusic-lb.com

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rosie the riveter Foundation hosting 1940s-themed fundraiser On Sunday, May 15, the public is invited to step back into the 1940s and wear their best “Rosie the Riveter” outfit to the premiere of Home Front Theater, Gerrie Schipske, president of the Long Beach Rosie the Riveter Foundation, announced this week. “We’re showing the movie Swing Shift, and we thought what a great way to kick off our Home Front Theater fundraiser,” Schipske said, adding that the “best ‘Rosie the Riveter’ will receive a $100 savings bond.” Home Front Theater is a fundraising project of the Long Beach Rosie the Riveter Foundation and brings to The Art Theater a series of movies and newsreels that focus on the home front during World War II. Although Swing Shift was made in 1984, it is set during WWII at an air-

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Donations sought for Schipske’s Community Baby Shower Fifth District Councilmember Gerrie Schipske has partnered with Long Beach Cares, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, the Jewish Federation, Alpert Jewish Community Center and Jewish Family and Children Services for this year’s Community Baby Shower to help some of Long Beach’s expectant mothers. The Community Baby Shower is an annual event started by Schipske, a registered nurse practitioner, in the late 1980s. The program collects donations of basic necessities for newborns. These items are placed into a diaper bag with education information and given to participants in Department of Health and Human Services programs

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APriL 29, 2011 than continuing to allow elected representatives to draw the district maps, Californians voted in 2008 to empower the independent commission to redraw specific state office district boundaries. At last November’s election, voters added the task of drawing Congressional district maps to the Commission’s “to do” list. Although the speakers represented a variety of “communities of interest,” several spoke in favor of drawing a map where the political districts would not blend Orange and Los Angeles county constituencies. “One thing that hasn’t been mentioned here is that East Long Beach is actually not part of Orange County,” said East Long Beach resident Andrew Kincaid, drawing a few laughs from the audience. Kincaid says he lives in the 46th Congressional District. “Right now the district kind of sweeps along the coast and reaches all the way over to Palos Verdes. It’s sort of an abomination,” Kincaid said. Kincaid expanded on a concern that Long Beach Councilmembers Robert Garcia and Gary DeLong had expressed in a press statement earlier this week. “As elected officials from two different political parties,” they wrote, “we may not always agree on every issue, but we do agree on this: keep Long Beach together. We are asking you to support that Long Beach representation remains in Los Angeles County and that pieces of Long Beach neighborhoods are not thrown into electoral districts in Orange County.” Garcia is a Democrat, and DeLong is a Republican. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a Republican, represents the 46th Congressional District that covers an area that spans two counties and includes a portion of the Long Beach coastline. His district stretches west as far as Palos Verdes Estates. If the Commission chooses to separate districts along county lines, Rohrabacher’s constituency would be immediately affected. When asked to comment on Rohrabacher’s Long Beach constituency, a spokesperson from the representative’s Washington, DC office offered a brief statement over email. “Mr. Rohrabacher has honorably served his constituents in Long Beach and hopes he has the opportunity to continue to do so,” said Tara Olivia Setmayer, communications director for Rohrabacher. “It does the residents of Long Beach a disservice if they are drawn into a district that only has one representative in Congress instead of two.” However, during Wednesday night’s meeting, many residents who live in other districts said they are happy with their district maps and representation. Some had advocated to keep the 37th Congressional District intact. Some also stressed that Long Beach does

not need to have a Congressional district with only one representative. Still others want to correct boundaries. A few residents addressed how they have been affected by past redistricting efforts for the state Assembly and Senate areas. “I think what you find is that redistricting [has] pretty much been arbitrary in this city, at least for the Assembly District and the Senate District,” said Tonia Reyes Uranga, a former Long Beach councilmember in a short interview Wednesday night. Reyes Uranga says that she is represented by State Sen. Rod Wright who is based in Inglewood. Reyes Uranga said she has no plans to run for the state or Congressional offices that would be affected by the redistricting process. She further pointed out problems with the Assembly representation. She did not move her residence, but in the duration of ten years she was moved between the 54th and 55th State Assembly districts, according to Reyes Uranga. “You know, they draw these lines around our homes without any kind of acknowledgement as to what the communities of interests are,” she said. As constituents spoke about their unique communities, staffers who were ready to assist the Commission quickly accessed maps that were then projected onto a screen. Many times, members of the Commission asked speakers to name other neighboring communities that should be incorporated into their district. At times, the staff took a moment to sketch out a model of a district map based on the speakers’ proposals. “I like to remind people that they have the opportunity to have an impact on who’s going to represent them,” said Long Beach Councilmember Rae Gabelich in a telephone interview Wednesday afternoon. “How they’re drawn makes no difference to me,” she said, indicating that she has no plans to run for the state or Congressional offices that would be affected by redistricting. Earlier this month, she had encouraged her constituents to participate in this process. Members of the public are invited to contact the Commission to voice their opinions on redistricting. A list of upcoming meetings will be posted at wedrawthelines.ca.gov. Those interested may also call the Commission at (866) 356-5217. The Commission plans to submit a first draft of the map based on the input from the hearings by June 10, according to their information packet. Future hearings where the public will offer their input are scheduled this summer after the first, second and final drafts are submitted. The deadline for the Commission to approve a final draft of the district maps is Aug. 15. ß

Ninth District to host health fair for kids and teens Ninth District Long Beach Councilmember Steven Neal will conduct a “Healthy Kids and Teens Day” health fair, in conjunction with: British Petroleum; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority; St. Mary Medical Center; Omega Psi Phi Fraternity; Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine Department; and the Long Beach Health Department. The fair will take place from 10am to 3pm on Saturday, April 30, at Ramona Park, 3301 E. 65th St. The participants will offer information and services on: child obe-

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There is a valid reason to have butterflies and bite your fingernails if you are rooting for the Lakers– they have just about everyone in Los Angeles perplexed. Most fans thought the series would

be over by now, including myself, but the New Orleans Hornets are not going out without a dogfight. After sweeping the Hornets in the regular season 4-0, the Lakers find themselves playing desperate basketball against them in the playoffs. What aren’t the Lakers doing right? First off, the Hornets’ Chris Paul is having a field day on the floor. If the Lakers can contain him, then the

games would be much more soothing. He’s all over the floor– if he’s not scoring, he’s making plays and getting his teammates involved. In game 1 of the Western Conference playoffs, Paul had a sensational performance, racking up 31 points, 14 assists, seven rebounds, and four steals. It looks as if the Hornets are enjoying being the bad guys and giving the Lakers fans anxiety. All of a sudden, the Lakers were in a must-win situation playing in game 5. After New Orleans tied the series 2-2, they began to put pressure on the Lakers. With Bryant nursing a sprained ankle and Gasol becoming a non-factor in the line-up, no one knew what to expect, but it turned out to be a night to remember. Bryant only played eight minutes in the first quarter because Jackson thought he was a liability on defense, but when he got back in the game, he took advantage of his playing time, making moves he made back in 2001. Okafor’s name will now have longevity since he was the victim to that spectacular dunk. Bryant was so

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want to participate. “I do think the media coverage is a little too much,” said Natalie Morgan, a 20-year-old Essex native. “I know it’s a huge occasion, but the constant speculation and countdown has turned people willing for it to be over.” Such media platforms include the Official Royal Wedding website, the British Monarchy Flickr account, Twitter (@ClarenceHouse), The Royal Channel and the British Monarchy Facebook page. People from all over the world have already begun congratulating Prince William and Middleton by downloading personal videos on YouTube’s official “Wedding Book” page. In addition to the screens placed at Hyde Park and Trafalgar Square, located near the Abbey, there will be audio speakers along the 1.5-mile procession route relaying the wedding service. Several news agents speculate that the wedding will attract more visitors to the capital than Prince Charles and Lady Diana’s wedding, which attracted 600,000 visitors in 1981. YouTube’s Royal Channel will air the wedding at 10am London time, featuring live commentary, procession routes, congratulations from people around the world and highlights of the wedding. For Pacific Standard Time, the wedding will begin at 2am. According to the media briefing, the Royal Family, with a private contribution from the Middleton Family, will pay for all aspects of the wedding, such as the Abbey service, flowers, dresses, carriage procession, reception and dinner. However, the government will pay for costs that are consequential to the wedding, such as media support and policing. Approximately 900 officers will be lining the procession route from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace. According to the magazine This Is London, the cost of policing the downtown area is around 5 million pounds. Opinions seem to be divided on whether the people approve or object to these royal wedding taxes.

“Seeing as the royal family is one of the richest in the country, I can understand why people might think having it partially funded by the taxpayer is a bad thing,” said Phillip Elliot, a 23-year-old from Saint Albans. Callum Heath, a 19-year-old from Potters Bar, said he sees the royal wedding taxes as “a wedding gift.” He adds that with thousands of visitors, “there’s a decent amount of money entering the economy,” which should balance the cost of taxes. Morgan believes that the wedding is mostly for the older generation because many young retail- and service-industry employees will be working during the wedding. “Unfortunately, I have to work the bank holiday, but I will be recording the big event,” she said. “It’s something I really want to see as I figure this doesn’t happen every day. Not every country is privileged enough to have their own monarchy, and I like the way this brings attraction to the UK.” The wedding is a contribution to the future of the monarchy and is something to be proud of, Heath added. As Catherine Middleton marries into the royal family, the Middleton Family has created a new coat of arms, which will be placed next to Prince William’s after the marriage. Thomas Woodcock, Senior King of Arms and designer of the new crest, said “Every coat of arms has been designed to identify a person, school or organization, and to last forever: heraldry is Europe’s oldest, most visual and strictly regulated form of identity, and it surrounds us in Britain, giving clues to our history and surroundings.” The Middleton Family worked closely with the College of Arms to create an emblem that visually identified them as a family, according to the media brief. The three acorns represent Mr. and Mrs. Middleton’s three children: Catherine, Philippa and James. Acorns were chosen because oak trees surrounded the area where the children were raised. Oak is also a long-established symbol of England and strength, according the media brief.

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Langston has both a master’s degree and bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of La Verne. He is also a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation–National Academy and possesses a management certificate from the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training. Langston has focused on developing strong community partnerships with various agencies, including: Cal-

William Bruce Clark. Fayetteville residents quickly responded to the alert, and Clark was promptly apprehended. Nixle may not be for everyone though. Older generations will only receive such important updates should they be technologically savvy with a cell phone or with a computer. Nixle alerts are sent out via text messaging and email with no alternative for those not up-to-date with the ever-shifting technology movement. If used correctly by the citizens of Long Beach and Signal Hill, the LBPD’s alerts to residents may help improve public awareness and increase overall safety. The actions taken by those receiving such alerts can help subside any escalating or unprecedented safety or community issues. “Right now we’re getting to know Nixle,” Fernandez said. “The more we like it and use it, we’ll find out how to suit our needs for it.” --------------------------------------MORE INFORMATION nixle.com

ifornia State University, Stanislaus; the local school district; chamber of commerce, and downtown property owners association; and a number of local public service agencies. “I am honored and privileged to be joining the City of Signal Hill and look forward to serving alongside the men and women of the Signal Hill Police Department,” Langston said. “Signal Hill has a great history and tradition of providing exceptional public service, and I am excited about serving the community.” ß

Additionally, the gold chevron, which sits at the center of the design, represents Mrs. Middleton, whose maiden name is Goldsmith. The two thinner, white chevrons allude to hills and mountains, representing the family’s outdoor pursuits. And the colors blue and red were chosen because they’re the principal colors of the British flag. Middleton’s wedding ring is made of Welsh gold and was passed down to her by the Queen. The wedding ring has been in the family’s possession for many years. The marriage service will end with a carriage procession, escorting the bride and groom and other wedding

SigNAL TriBuNE members to Buckingham Palace at 12:15pm for the wedding reception. While six horses draw Prince William and Middleton in the 1902 State Landau along the processional route to Buckingham Palace, the Abbey’s church bells will ring for more than three hours with 5,000 rhythmic changes. The 1902 State Landau also drew then-newlyweds Prince Charles of Wales and Princess Diana in 1981. Admirers will get a last glimpse of the newlyweds while they stand on the balcony at Buckingham Palace to watch the Royal Air Force fly past at 1:30pm. In the evening, a private dinner fol-

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deed of trust. the street address and other common designation, if any of the real property described above is purported to be: 2415 aMelia Ct, Signal Hill, Ca, 907554061. the undersigned trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. the total amount of the unpaid balance with interest thereon of the obligation secured by the property to be sold plus reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the notice of Sale is $761,030.21. it is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. in addition to cash, the trustee will accept cashier’s checks drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Said sale will be made, in an “aS iS” condition, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances, to satisfy the indebtedness secured by said deed of trust, advances thereunder, with interest as provided, and the unpaid principal of the note secured by said deed of trust with interest thereon as provided in said note, plus fees, charges and expenses of the trustee and of the trusts created by said deed of trust. if required by the provisions of section 2923.5 of the California Civil Code, the declaration from the mortgagee, beneficiary or authorized agent is attached to the notice of trustee’s Sale duly recorded with the appropriate County recorder’s office. dated: 10/28/2009 reContrUSt CoMPany, n.a. 1800 tapo Canyon rd., Ca6-914-01-94 SiMi valley, Ca 93063 Phone/Sale information: (800) 281 8219 By: trustee’s Sale officer reContrUSt CoMPany, n.a. is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. any information obtained will be used for that purpose. fei # 1006.72809 4/22, 4/29, 5/06/2011 TST3720 NoTICe oF PeTITIoN To ADMINISTeR eSTATe oF: AlBeRTA S. CoBURN AKA AlBeRTA SoUSeDA CoBURN CASe No. BP128026 to all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the Will or estate, or both of alBerta S. CoBUrn aKa alBerta SoUSeda CoBUrn. a Petition for ProBate has been filed by SHarlene MoSley in the Superior Court of California, County of loS angeleS. tHe Petition for ProBate requests that SHarlene MoSley be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. tHe Petition requests authority to administer the estate under the independent administration of estates act . (this authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) the independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. a Hearing on the petition will be held in this court as follows: 05/12/11 at 8:30aM in dept. 5 located at 111 n. Hill St., loS angeleS, Ca 90012 if yoU oBJeCt to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. if yoU are a Creditor or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in Probate Code section 9100. the time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. yoU May exaMine the file kept by the court. if you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a request for Special notice (form de-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal

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ciation, f.a., as Beneficiary Will Sell at PUBliC aUCtion to tHe HigHeSt Bidder for CaSH (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States, by cash, a cashier's check drawn by a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the financial Code and authorized to do business in this state).   at: the front entrance to the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 West Mission Blvd., Pomona, Ca, all right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said deed of trust in the property situated in said County, California describing the land therein:  as more fully described in said deed of trust.  the property heretofore described is being sold "as is". the street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2497 - 99 east 20th Street, Signal Hill California 90755. the undersigned trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein.  Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said deed of trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, if any, under the terms of the deed of trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the trustee and of the trusts created by said deed of trust, to-wit: $372,964.45 (estimated) accrued interest and additional advances, if any, will increase this figure prior to sale. the beneficiary under said deed of trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written declaration of default and demand for Sale, and a written notice of default and election to Sell.  the undersigned caused said notice of default and election to Sell to be recorded in the county where the real property is located and more than three months have elapsed since such recordation. regarding the property that is the subject of this notice of sale, the “mortgage loan servicer” as defined in California Civil Code § 2923.53(k)(3), declares that it has obtained from the Commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to California Civil Code section 2923.53 and that the exemption is current and valid on the date this notice of sale is recorded. the timeframe for giving a notice of Sale specified in Subdivision (a) of Section 2923.52 does not apply to this notice of Sale pursuant to California Civil Code Sections 2923.52 or 2923.55. date:  4/4/11    for: dSl Service Company, as trustee By: fCi lender Services, inc., as agent 8180 east Kaiser Blvd., anaheim Hills, Ca 92808 U.S. Bank national association, Customer Service department (800) 824-6902 for trustee Sale information log on to: www.rsvpforeclosures.com or call: 925-603-7342. vivian Prieto, vice President fCi lender Services, inc. is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. any information obtained will be used for that purpose. (rSvP# 268653)(04/15/11, 04/22/11, 04/29/11) TST3713 / 2011001269 FICTITIoUS BUSINeSS NAMe STATeMeNT the following persons are doing business as: roCK SoUP groUP, 2301 e. 28th St., #303, Signal Hill, Ca 90755. registrant: 1. roland KoSSer, 2. loU alonSo, 2301 e. 28th St., #303, Signal Hill, Ca 90755. this business is conducted by: an Unincorporated association other than a Partnership. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: roland Kosser. the registrant has not begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. this statement was filed with the county clerk of los angeles County on april 6, 2011. notiCe: this fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. a new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. the filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. the Signal tribune: april 8, 15, 22, 29, 2011. 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Signed: terry lee Harmon. the registrant has begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. date started doing business under this fictitious Business name was March 1, 2011. this statement was filed with the county clerk of los angeles County on april 7, 2011. notiCe: this fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. a new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. the filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. the Signal tribune: april 8, 15, 22, 29, 2011. TST3717 / 2011 001899 FICTITIoUS BUSINeSS NAMe STATeMeNT the following person is doing business as: Miro aCCoUnting, 1624 Burnett St., Signal Hill, Ca 90755. registrant: natalie ContreraS, 322 n. Bayport Circle drive, Unit a, anaheim, Ca 92801. this business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: natalie Contreras. the registrant has begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. date started doing business under this fictitious Business name was January, 2011. this statement was filed with the county clerk of los angeles County on april 7, 2011. notiCe: this fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. a new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. the filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. the Signal tribune: april 15, 22, 29, & May 6, 2011. TST3718 / 20110486660 FICTITIoUS BUSINeSS NAMe STATeMeNT the following person is doing business as: Californai MaSoniC endoWMent fUnd, 5918 Parkcrest St., long Beach, Ca 90808. registrant: laKeWood lodge 728 f&aM, 5918 Parkcrest St., long Beach, Ca 90808. this business is conducted by: a Corporation. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Joseph Williams, treasurer. the registrant has not begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. this statement was filed with the county clerk of los angeles County on april 1, 2011. notiCe: this fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. a new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. the filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. the Signal tribune: april 15, 22, 29, & May 6, 2011. TST3719 / 2011000442 FICTITIoUS BUSINeSS NAMe STATeMeNT the following person is doing business as: dental StUdio-JaSMine MinaSyan d.d.S., 924 e. Broadway, long Beach, Ca 90802. registrant: MinaSyan d.d.S. inC., 924 e. Broadway, long Beach, Ca 90802. this business is conducted by: a Corporation. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Jasmine Minasyan, President. the registrant has begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. date started doing business under this fictitious Business name was March 1, 2011. this statement was filed with the county clerk of los angeles County on april 5, 2011. notiCe: this fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. a new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. the filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. the Signal tribune: april 15, 22, 29, & May 6, 2011. TST3726 / 2011 012559 FICTITIoUS BUSINeSS NAMe STATeMeNT the following person is doing business as: 1. g2g innovation, 2. SilverWingZ, 3616 Pacific ave., long Beach, Ca 90807. registrant: JoHn W. gray, 3616 Pacific ave., long Beach, Ca 90807. this business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: John W. gray. the registrant has not begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. this statement was filed with the county clerk of los angeles County on april 21, 2011. notiCe: this fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. a new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. the filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. the Signal tribune: april 22, 29, & May 6, 13, 2011. TST3730 / 2011012969 FICTITIoUS BUSINeSS NAMe STATeMeNT the following persons are doing business as: 1. lB Hair deSignS, llC, 2. love BUg KidS, 3. love BUg PetS, 3160 Marna ave., long Beach, Ca 90808. registrant: 1. daniel WalKer, 2. 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NoTICe oF VACANCIeS CIVIl SeRVICe CoMMISSIoN PlANNING CoMMISSIoN PARKS & ReCReATIoN CoMMISSIoN notiCe iS HereBy given that due to terms expiring on May 31, 2011, two vacancies each exist on the Signal Hill Civil Service, Planning, and Parks & recreation Commissions. the City of Signal Hill will be conducting a recruitment to fill each vacancy. all interested residents are encouraged to apply. to serve as a Civil Service, Planning, or Parks & recreation Commissioner, you must be a U.S. citizen, 18 years of age or older; and a registered voter and resident of the City at least 29 days prior to the date of appointment. each member shall continue to reside in the City for the duration of the term of office (Signal Hill City Charter Section 602). if you are interested in serving as a Commissioner, please call (562) 9897305 for an application or for further information. applications are also available in the City Clerk’s office, 2175 Cherry avenue, Monday–thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and on the City’s website at www.cityofsignalhill.org. applications will be accepted until friday, May 6, 2011, at 4:30 p.m. Published in the Signal tribune on 4/1, 4/8, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29 & 5/6

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CiTy OF SigNAL HiLL

562.997.4111

TST3727 2175 Cherry Avenue Signal Hill, CA 90755-3799 PUBlIC HeARING NoTICe

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NoTICe IS HeReBY GIVeN that on tuesday, May 10, 2011, the Planning Commission of the City of Signal Hill will conduct a public hearing at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chamber located at City Hall, 2175 Cherry avenue, Signal Hill, California, to review the items described below.

CiTy OF SigNAL HiLL TST3728 2175 Cherry Avenue Signal Hill, CA 90755 NoTICe oF A PUBlIC HeARING NoTICe IS HeReBY GIVeN that the Planning Commission of the City of Signal Hill will hold a public hearing on tuesday, May 10, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chamber located at City Hall, 2175 Cherry avenue, Signal Hill, California, to review:

NoTICe IS HeReBY GIVeN that on tuesday, June 7, 2011, the City Council will hold a public hearing at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chamber located at City Hall, 2175 Cherry avenue, Signal Hill, California to review the items described below. Zoning ordinanCe aMendMent 11-03

A ReQUeST To CoNSTRUCT A 3,697 SQUARe FooT, THReeBeDRooM TWo-SToRY SINGle-FAMIlY DWellING WITH AN ATTACHeD 778 SQUARe FooT THRee-CAR GARAGe oN A VACANT loT loCATeD AT 2799 e. 21ST STReeT IN THe SP-2, HIllToP AReA SPeCIFIC PlAN, ZoNING DISTRICT

A ReQUeST To AMeND SIGNAl HIll MUNICIPAl CoDe CHAPTeR 20.49, SP-6 CoMMeRCIAl CoRRIDoR SPeCIFIC PlAN, BY lISTING AUTo/MoToRCYCle ReNTAlS (NeW) AS A PeRMITTeD ReTAIl USe

Applicant: Bozena Jaworski of RPP Architects for Buneang and Sophany Khem

All INTeReSTeD PeRSoNS are hereby invited to attend public hearings to present written information, express their opinions or otherwise present evidence on the above matter. if you wish to legally challenge any action taken by the City on the above matter, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearings described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the City prior to or at the public hearings.

Applicant: RG Mac Company for Hertz Corporation

All INTeReSTeD PeRSoNS are hereby invited to attend this public hearing to present written information, express their opinions or otherwise present evidence on the above matter. THe FIle containing material relevant to the proposed project may be inspected by the public between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through thursday, and 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on fridays, in the Community development department at City Hall. THe PUBlIC IS INVITeD to submit written comments to the Community development department prior to the public hearing no later than tuesday, May 3, 2011, for insertion into the staff report as an exhibit. Written comments may also be submitted at the hearing or via email at comdev@cityofsignalhill.org FURTHeR INFoRMATIoN on this item may be obtained at the City of Signal Hill Community development department located at 2175 Cherry avenue, Signal Hill, California, or by calling James Kao, associate Planner at (562) 989-7344. //ss// Scott Charney Community development director Published in the Signal tribune newspaper: april 29, 2011 Posted in accordance with S.H.M.C. Section 1.08.010: april 2011 Mailed to affected property owners: april 29, 2011

A NeGATIVe DeClARATIoN has been prepared in conjunction with the subject Zoning ordinance amendment based on an initial study that found no significant environmental impacts associated with the proposal. THe FIle containing negative declaration 04/29/11 (1) relevant to the proposal may be inspected by the public between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through thursday, and 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on fridays, in the Community development department at City Hall. THe PUBlIC IS INVITeD to submit written comments to the Community development department, during the review period from april 29, 2011 – June 7, 2011 prior to City Council adoption of the negative declaration. Written comments may also be submitted at the public hearings. FURTHeR INFoRMATIoN on this item may be obtained at the City of Signal Hill Community development department located at 2175 Cherry avenue, Signal Hill, California, or by emailing reina Schaetzl, assistant Planner at rschaetzl@cityofsignalhill.org or calling at (562) 989-7341.

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Published in the Signal tribune newspaper (in accordance with gov’t Code §65091(a)(3)(1)): april 29, 2011 Posted in accordance with S.H.M.C. Section 1.08.010: april 29, 2011

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