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LB Council approves redistricting SH City Council whittles down pension benefit tab attempt to shave away at rising pen- ees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) map that won’t ‘break Bixby Knolls’ sion benefit costs. had already predicted that pension CJ Dablo Staff Writer
The Signal Hill City Council is whittling away at the City’s daunting cost of employee pensions, and they didn’t shrink from starting at the top. The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to contribute an additional amount of their salary to their retirement benefits in an
While City Council, department heads and managers have already been contributing between three and five percent of their incomes toward their retirement costs, this latest action will require an additional two percent from these City officials and management-level staff. The California Public Employ-
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At Tuesday night’s Long Beach City Council meeting, the Council voted 7-2 to approve a redistricting map that would not split Bixby Knolls into two districts. Steven Piper Staff Writer
After a 7–2 vote– Councilmembers Rae Gabelich and Gerrie Schipske dissenting– by Long Beach City Council Tuesday night, a redistricting map was approved that would not split the Bixby Knolls neighborhood into two pieces. Instead, a new map, proposed by Johnson and seconded by First District Councilmember Robert Garcia, draws a border between the seventh and eighth districts at Bixby Road to the north, portions of Atlantic Avenue and
Long Beach Boulevard to the east, a southern boundary that includes 36th Street and Wardlow Road, and bound on the West by the 405 Freeway and Pacific Place. According to the city attorney’s office, the allocation of land would move 900 more people than is required by the City’s guideline of being within five-percent variance from the ideal population. According to Tom Modica, CJ Dablo/Signal Tribune director of government affairs and The City of Signal Hill celebrated the recent promotion of Brian Leyn (left) strategic initiatives, the bare amount of who was promoted to sergeant with the Signal Hill Police Department in people required to move from the June. His wife, Deanna Leyn, pinned a sergeant’s badge on his uniform Tuessee REDISTRICTING page 14 day evening during the City Council meeting.
benefit costs for the City will increase approximately $357,000 by Fiscal Year 2014-2015, according to a City staff report. “This increase was necessitated by the losses that CalPERS accrued in their portfolio and due to their management misuse of the funds,” Deputy City Manager Charlie Honeycutt said Tuesday evening. CalPERS provides retirement benefit services to more than 3,000 public employers in the state. They have handled pension benefits for about 1.6 million public employees, retirees, their family members and other beneficiaries, according to their website. Honeycutt confirmed Thursday that the City has budgeted $2.3 million that would pay for the CalPERS costs for the current fiscal year. This amount includes both employer and employee contributions. On Tuesday, Honeycutt also outlined other pension reforms that City Council had already approved last year. The measures raised the retirement age for newer hires, see COUNCIL page 14
‘First Lady of Drag Racing’ to be special guest at Bixby dragster expo Shirley Muldowney, known as “the First Lady of Drag Racing,” will be the special guest at the Bixby Knolls Dragster Expo and Car Show on Saturday, July 9. Muldowney, who was the first woman to win a Top Fuel title and the first racer of either gender to win three world titles, will sign autographs and fire up her restored world championship dragster as part of the event’s Cacklefest. The sixth annual car show, which is free to the public, takes place from 3pm to 9pm on Atlantic Avenue between Roosevelt Road and San Antonio Drive in the Bixby Knolls neighborhood of Long Beach. Located less than four miles from the site of the legendary Lions Drag Strip, the Bixby Knolls Dragster Expo and Car Show combines a static car show featuring more than 200 classic and specialty cars in multiple award categories with a celebration of racing,
paying special tribute to Long Beach’s place in racing history. In addition to featuring many of the famous cars and drivers from the Lions Drag Strip, which operated on the outskirts of Long Beach from 1955 until 1972, the Bixby Knolls Dragster Expo and Car Show also showcases awardwinning racing boats and race cars featured in the Long Beach Grand Prix, which is a founding sponsor of the event. Seventeen vintage Top Fuel dragsters will be taking part in the Lions Drag Strip Cacklefest, the most dragsters to simultaneously fire up their 3000-horsepower engines at the annual show. The final dragster fire-up is a highlight of the evening as the nitro flames leap out of the engines in the dusk of the summer evening. A special Mickey Thompson tribute display from the NHRA Motorsports Museum will be on exhibit at the Expo Gallery, including several of Thomp-
son’s race cars. There will also be a professional BMX bike demonstration in celebration of the 40th anniversary of BMX racing’s start in Long Beach. The event will also feature a number of gourmet food trucks, as well as a beer garden. Live music will be featured on three stages throughout the venue. The Long Beach Airport is sponsoring “the Holdroom,” a new feature this year that will provide a special setting for car show attendees to relax, eat and watch classic racing videos and footage from the Lions Drag Strip on largescreen televisions. The TVs will then be given away at the end of the event in an opportunity drawing to benefit the Long Beach Special Olympics, which also receives the net proceeds from the event’s sponsorships. For more information, visit bixbyknollscarshow.com or call (562) 595-0081. ß
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The Bixby Knolls Dragster Expo and Car Show combines a static car show featuring more than 200 classic and specialty cars in multiple award categories with a celebration of racing, paying special tribute to Long Beach’s place in racing history.
2 SignaL TRiBune newS JuLy 8, 2011 Long Beach police seeking information Hostage situation ends in regarding new lead in murder investigation officer-involved shooting On Sunday, June 26, 2011, the Long Beach Police Department issued a news release asking for the public’s help in solving the murder of 29-yearold Philip Victor Williamson of Los Angeles who was found shot in an alley in the 1500 block of Pine Avenue on March 24, 2011. Long Beach Police Department homicide detectives were in Chico, California, from June 26 through June 28, investigating the murder and trying to determine if the victim’s involvement in the distribution of marijuana to
Philip Victor Williamson
medical marijuana collectives played a role in his death. A public information bulletin was passed out in several neighborhoods frequented by Williamson in Chico, and news media covered the investigation updates in both the Chico and Los Angeles areas. These efforts have provided additional leads in the case that investigators are following. Detectives have learned of an association between a vehicle
described as a black, four-door Toyota 4-Runner SUV-type vehicle and the victim on the day of his death. Detectives are interested in locating this vehicle in hopes of identifying and questioning its owner. Anyone with information regarding this vehicle or its owner, or with information relating to this case, is strongly urged to contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Scott Lasch and Donald Goodman at (562) 570-7244. ß
Detectives have learned of an association between a vehicle described as a black, four-door Toyota 4-Runner SUV-type vehicle and the victim on the day of his death.
23-year-old mother facing charges for killing her infant A six-month-old hospitalized infant was pronounced deceased more than two months after Long Beach Police Department officers responded to investigate a call that the child had been seriously injured. On Tuesday, March 29, at approximately 8:30am, police responded to a residence in the 3000 block of Theresa Street to assist the Long Beach Fire Department with a 3month-old infant who had been injured. The infant was transported to a local hospital and placed in the intensive care unit in critical condition. The preliminary investigation
revealed that the boy’s mother, 23year-old Elyse Louis Lopez of Long Beach, was responsible for his injuries and she was placed under arrest. On April 1, 2011, Long Beach Police child abuse detectives presented the case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, which filed one count of 273(A) PC, child cruelty resulting in possible injury or death, against defendant Lopez. Her preliminary hearing took place on May 18, 2011, in Long Beach Superior Court where she was held to answer and is now awaiting trial. Lopez remains in the custody of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s
Department and is being held on $1,000,000 bail. On June 7, 2011, the 6-month-old infant, identified as Nate Lopez-Garcia, who had remained hospitalized and on life-support during this time, was pronounced deceased. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office has now ruled this incident a homicide; however, Long Beach Police Department homicide detectives are awaiting the final results of the autopsy examination before presenting additional charges to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for filing consideration. ß
On Friday, July 1, at approximately 12:15pm, Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) officers responded to a call to a residence in the 6100 block of Rosebay Street regarding a possible hostage situation that resulted in an officer-involved shooting. At approximately 4am that day, the suspect, 36-year-old Michael Maguire, had broken into the home of his estranged wife’s parents home on Rosebay Street. He physically assaulted one of the parents and then tied them up inside the house. The suspect attempted to contact his estranged wife by telephone and finally made contact at approximately 8:30am by using one of the hostages to call her. Through the hostage, the suspect demanded that his wife bring their children to Long Beach and stated that if she failed to do so, he would kill her parents. He also stated that he would kill them if she called the police or if he saw any police. These demands continued for several more hours. At approximately 12:15pm, the LBPD received a call from the distraught wife who reported what had taken place and the threats that were made. The woman also informed police that the suspect was known to carry guns and knives and that there was also a firearm kept in the home. Based on the investigation and working with other agencies who have had recent contact with the suspect, officers believed the threats to harm the hostages to be credible and proceeded with a plan to ensure the safety of the neighborhood without a noticeable presence to the suspect. The Long Beach Police Department Special Weapons and Tactics team (SWAT) was activated and responded to the scene. The home and surrounding neighborhood were secured by patrol officers and SWAT team members.
Based on the credible threat to kill the hostages if the suspect saw the police, resources were deployed in a concealed manner to avoid detection by the suspect. At approximately 4pm, the suspect and a hostage exited the house into the rear yard. Members of the SWAT team approached the suspect from a neighbor’s yard and confronted the suspect. The suspect immediately turned and moved toward the hostage, who was a few feet away, and began to push the hostage inside the residence. SWAT officers believed the suspect would carry out his threats if he got back inside the home and discharged their weapons to stop the suspect and ensure the hostages would not be harmed or killed. SWAT officers were then able to access the home, rescue the hostages, and determine that no one else was inside. Paramedics who were standing by at the command post then responded to the residence and rendered aid to the suspect, who was pronounced deceased after having been struck multiple times in the torso. One of the hostages required minor medical treatment for the incident and was transported to a local hospital, treated and released. In addition to the ongoing investigation by homicide detail, the LA County District Attorney’s Office is also conducting an independent investigation, as is routine for all officerinvolved shootings that occur in the county. In addition, the LA County Coroner’s Office will conduct a detailed investigation into the cause of the suspect’s death. Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to call Homicide Detectives David Rios or Roger Zottneck at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips can also be submitted via text or email by visiting longbeach.gov/police. ß
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LBPD using various modes of technology to enhance crime-fighting, investigations The Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) has some modern methods of communicating with the people of Long Beach, and in turn is strengthening its numbers without additional costs. One of the free systems the LBPD is using is nixle, a system that enables police to communicate important, time-sensitive information to the community via web or live text and/or email alerts. Depending on the settings the user selects, these alerts can include everything from road closures and traffic issues to critical alerts such as missing persons or a dangerous suspect who may be fleeing police in your neighborhood. When a Nixle notification is sent to subscribers, they typically receive the information in seconds. Those who subscribe to Nixle have full control over how and when they wish to receive the alerts and view the information. Whether instantly via text or email, or when the user chooses to log into his or her online Nixle account, the user can customize the types of alerts received, when they are received, and how. Nixle is free to subscribers, although text rates may apply as per the subscriber’s mobile carrier plan. Tipsoft is an application which allows a tipster to provide information to the LBPD electronically and remain completely anonymous. The tipster has the choice of sending information by cellular phone via a text message, or by sending a “web tip” by using any computer with Internet access. A third-party provider receives the tip and assigns the tipster a code, which can be used by that individual so that he or she may later add information to the original tip. The tipster and the detective receiving the tip communicate only through an “anonymizer,” and the tipster’s identity is protected. If detectives have follow-up questions, they will send a message to the tipster’s phone through the third-party secure server. Answering additional questions for detectives can assist them with moving the investigation further along and possibly solving the crime. The tipster can continue the two-way communication or may opt out and block incoming communication by following the instructions to do so in the application. iwatch is a public awareness campaign to educate members of the community on the important role each of them plays in public safety, including homeland security. It incorporates the concept of Neighborhood Watch with modern technology, reinforcing the reality that every person in the city is the eyes and ears for the police, and allowing them a way to conveniently and anonymously report crime to the LBPD via Tipsoft. “See something, say something” is the motto for this campaign, and the tips can be reported through the tipster’s computer or cellular phone. The tipster may choose to provide contact information or be completely anonymous. Social networking sites provide a sense of community online, and the LBPD has tapped into this medium too by implementing a Facebook page. This page allows the department to share information with the community regarding crime, outreach, events, and success stories. It allows members to leave comments on posts and provides a convenient way for them to access the LBPD website and Nixle, as well as leave tips using Tipsoft. Reverse 9-1-1 is a community emergency notification system that allows the City to send a prerecorded message to phones city-
GET To WoRK What Youth employment workshop Who Sixth District Councilman Dee Andrews, Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network, City of Long Beach Parks, Recreation, & Marine and the Boys & Girls Club When Friday, July 8 at 10am Where Martin Luther King, Jr. Park Social Hall, 1950 Lemon Ave., LB More Info The free workshop will focus on summer jobs for local youth, ages 16 to 24, while offering assistance in developing their career path skills. Participants will have the opportunity to apply for a work program in a variety of entry-level jobs at government agencies, hospitals, summer camps, nonprofits, small businesses, law firms, museums, sports enterprises, and retail organizations. Call (562) 570-6816. Courtesy lBPD
Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell (at podium with members of his command staff behind him) at a June 30 news conference where he described the technologies the department is using.
wide or to a specific geographic area to relay emergency information. The service automatically includes all landline phones, but cell phones, TTY/TDD service or Internet phone service must be registered in order to receive the announcements. The Reverse 9-1-1 system was first launched in Long Beach in 2006, but there have been upgrades since that time and those that previously registered their non-landline phone service must reregister online. The new registration takes minutes and ensures the LBPD has the recipient’s most current information by sending him or her an annual confirmation that allows them to update obsolete contact information. In addition to Long Beach Police, Reverse 9-1-1 is also used by the fire and health departments. The Community Camera Partnership Program is an example of the effectiveness of community policing through collaboration and public-private partnerships. This program allows the police to access privately owned cameras citywide to view video as well as obtain digitally recorded images of criminal activity that was captured by the camera. Through this partnership program, the police now have real-time access to footage online and can view live video during calls for service and also use the footage later for the follow-up investigation. This entirely new program will improve community safety and change the way the Long Beach Police Department responds to crime in the future. Safe Reunion/Long Beach is a program designed specially for those prone to wander due to cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, autism, dementia, and schizophrenia. The program provides free tracking bracelets to the families of Long Beach residents with cognitive disorders and who subscribe to a monthly monitoring service offered by the EmFinders Company. These rechargeable bracelets, when activated, transmit a cellular signal that can be tracked by local law-enforcement to identify the location of the missing person. Through this partnership, the LBPD will be able to more quickly locate these individuals if they wander away from their homes and become lost. In addition, this will greatly reduce the amount of patrol and investigative resources utilized during these situations. A generous donation from a community member made the program possible. Using technology has enabled a convenient means of communication between residents and the police, any time of day or night, by phone, text or web, and with a system to ensure the tipster’s anonymity, if he or she chooses.
“The community’s involvement is oftentimes a crucial factor in the effectiveness of our work, and by taking full advantage of what technology has to offer, we now have more ways than ever to keep the lines of communication open with the people we serve,” said Police Chief Jim McDonnell. The new crime-tip services are for non-emergency investigative purposes only and will not generate a radio call or summon the police to the tipster’s location. They do not replace the 9-1-1 system, which residents must call in order to receive an immediate response if they are in an emergency situation or want to report a crime in progress. -----------------------------MORE INFORMATION longbeach.gov/police
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PET PERKS What Low-cost pet clinic Who Animal Care Services When Saturday, July 9 from 10am to noon Where Houghton Park, 6301 Myrtle Ave., LB More Info A state-licensed veterinarian will be onsite to provide shots. Residents can also process license renewals onsite. Contact (562) 5707387. ARTSY ATTRACTIoNS What Free family art-making workshops Who Long Beach Museum of Art When Sundays, through Aug. 28 from 1pm to 3pm Where Long Beach Museum of Art, 2300 E. Ocean Blvd., LB More Info All workshops include a tour of the museum’s current exhibitions and focus on a number of artistic themes, techniques and processes related to the current exhibitions. Workshops are a drop-in format and on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact (562) 439-2119 or lbma.org. EXPUNGEMENT ASSISTANCE What Expungement education workshop Who City of Long Beach When Monday, July 11 from 4pm to 5pm Where Center for Working Families, 1900 Atlantic Ave., LB More Info No-cost workshop will provide information on clearing adult convictions and sealing of juvenile records. Contact (562) 570-3654. SUNNYSIDE GATHERING What Monthly breakfast meeting Who The Good Neighbors of North Long Beach When Tuesday, July 12 at 7am Where Spires Restaurant, 1935 Del Amo Blvd., LB More Info Guest speaker George Chapjian, Long Beach’s Director of Parks, Recreation and Marine, will discuss his job and the state of Parks, Recreation and Marine. SUMMER READING What Book discussion of The Killer Angels: A Novel of the Civil War Who Bixby Knolls Literary Society When Tuesday, July 12 at 7pm Where Expo Arts Center, 4321 Atlantic Ave., LB More Info Refreshments will be provided. Parking available along Atlantic Avenue. Contact Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association at (562) 595-0081 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. MUSIC IN THE AIR What Summer concert series Who Presented by Friends of Signal Hill Cultural Arts and the City of Signal Hill When 6:30pm on Wednesday nights through the summer Where Signal Hill Park, 2175 Cherry Ave., SH More Info Attendees are welcome to bring picnic basket or purchase food at the event. Call (562) 989-7370. HEARING AIDS DEMoNSTRATIoN What Free exhibit of hearing devices Who Hearing Loss Association of Long Beach/Lakewood When Friday, July 15 from 10am to noon Where Craft Room of the Weingart Senior Center, 5220 Oliva Ave., Lakewood More Info Hands-on examination of devices, information on how they work and where they can be purchased. Contact (562) 425-5651 or hlalongbeachlakewood.org.
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This hot weather sure gives us reasons to go outside in the evenings for some fresh air. Although this Saturday’s free Bixby Knolls Dragster Expo and Car Show starts at 3pm– sure to be summer weather out there– those wanting some breezes should keep in mind that the event will go into the night, at least until 9pm. Taking place on Atlantic Avenue between Roosevelt Road and San Antonio Drive, the annual neighborhood venue will sport fun and frolic for sure. Steve and I are thrilled to be asked to be car judges again this year. I may not know much about the mechanical makeup of cars, but I sure know what I think looks like a cool ride. See you there! Thanks to Friends of Signal Hill Cultural Arts (FOSHCA), we can find some free entertainment this summer on Wednesday evenings while we’re outside cooling off. FOSHCA kicked off its 2011 Summer
Concerts Series in Signal Hill Park this past Wednesday with a performance by members of Stone Soul, who entertained the crowd with their covers of soul and Motown classics by legendary artists. FOSHCA president Denise Damrow offered the following as a message to our readers: The free summer concert series will continue for five more weeks, on Wednesdays, starting at 6:30pm, in Signal Hill Park at 2175 Cherry Avenue. On July 13 the 11 members of Pretzel Logic will bring the spirit of Steely Dan alive with their jazzy horn lines, smooth vocals, rock guitar licks and funky grooves, putting on a powerful show that will leave the crowd buzzing. The Darryl Walker Project, featuring vocalist/saxophonist Darryl Walker and friends, will be riffing out some smooth jazz, R&B, blues and pop music on July 20. A
high-energy ‘50s & ‘60s musical revue will be featured on July 27 with an authentic girl group, The Wonderelles, delivering plenty of nostalgia and toe-tapping excitement. On August 3, the park will be jumping to the ‘80s and ‘90s with INXSIVE, capturing the new wave, ska, pop and rock sounds of Michael Hutchence and INXS. Ending the season, on August 10, will be the hottest KISS tribute band in the land, the Gods of Thunder. FOSHCA’s board of directors invites everyone to come on out and join in for a great season of fantastic music. Enjoy the balmy breezes of the summer evenings while savoring the sounds and a delicious dinner, which may be purchased at the park (or bring your own picnic basket). Come relax, sing along, and dance your cares away. For more information, leave a message at (562) 989-7370 or email email@example.com.
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The Little Library That Could. The Little Library on the Hill. These are just a few of the nicknames that have been bestowed upon the only library in Signal Hill, the beloved Signal Hill Public Library. This small but well-cared-for library serves the city of Signal Hill and its 11,000 residents as it has for more than 75 years. Since it opened, the library has been housed in a variety of locations, including the top floor and basement of City Hall, and, since 1978, the 4,234-square-foot library has been sharing what used to be the site of the local firehouse with the Signal Hill Police Department at 1770 E. Hill St. Through the years, there have been a few distinguished librarians overseeing operations, including Carole Malloy, who retired in 2009 after 29 years with the City, and the current librarian, Gail Ashbrooke. Though it is small in size, it is big on service, which is why the patronage consists not only of Signal Hill residents but of folks from Long Beach, Lakewood, Cerritos and many other cities in the area. People come to the Signal Hill Library because they receive personal and friendly service. Staff know patrons by name and often go out of their way to help them find what they are looking for, whether it is a book, a website or an answer to a reference question. Because of this level of service, the library has become a cornerstone in the community. Children grow up in the library. Starting with the Baby Storytime, there are programs and services for people of all ages. Kids can come and learn about recycling, bullying and healthy living. They can get help with their homework or just lounge in the newly redesigned children’s area where they can find books, magazines, puzzles and quiet games. Teens drop in for Wii tournaments and to read to younger children. Parents can find books about parenting and child development, and get books for children that address sensitive topics such
as the death of a pet or how to handle puberty. Adults get together on the first Friday of every month for a lively discussion on books and can participate in free computer workshops offered throughout the month. Seniors can enjoy quiet reading, computers, workshops and social time on the second Thursday of the month before the library opens to the public. Families come for special programs such as game nights scheduled throughout the year. This library truly has something for everyone who walks through its doors. And that is why we are looking forward to growing! In March 2011, the City of Signal Hill secured funding to begin the process of designing and building a new library facility. The possibility of a newer, larger library with up-to-date technologies has been a dream for many in this community for close to a decade. Residents consistently rate a new library as a top priority in needs assessments and master planning meetings. With the economy struggling and unemployment rates soaring, the library has become a necessity for so many families in the community. Patronage is at an all-time high, and staff are inundated with requests for more computers, more access to information on job hunting and workshops to teach members of the older generations how to navigate the tech world. With all of this activity, the library is literally bursting at the seams. Thankfully, with the secured funding for a new facility, we are on our way to realizing a dream come true. Tina Hansen, vice mayor of Signal Hill, is now forming a Library Design Committee to provide input on the new facility and its key components. The Library Design Committee, made up of Signal Hill residents and community leaders, will meet several times between July and October to develop a design plan for the library which is slated to be completed by 2014.
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I want to thank you for having several copies of the Signal Tribune newspaper delivered to the Los Angeles County Assessor’s South District Office on the corner of Willow Street and Gundry Avenue. I look forward to seeing it in our elevator lobby on Friday. I always try to grab the first copy, and then I bring the other copies up and leave them on each of our three work floors for others to take, as well. I was introduced to your newspaper by your culture writer. She worked with me in this office before she was transferred downtown. We are still very good friends and see each other quite often. I sometimes get to even accompany her to a play, when her husband can’t go with her. I have used the newspaper to keep abreast of what is going on in the area around our office. I once found a flying school for my husband through an ad in the newspaper. In this week’s edition, I opened the first page and found the half-page announcement of the upcoming Bixby Knolls Dragster Expo and Car Show. I try to attend this event every year. I love the sound of the dragsters when they are fired up. Again, thank you so much for having your wonderful newspaper, The Signal Tribune, delivered to our office weekly.
Following the Long Beach City Council majority’s appalling conduct on Tuesday, July 5, I have been contacted by many 8th district residents expressing disappointment and outrage at being denied the opportunity to vote for me as their next 8th district council representative. I intend to take all necessary steps to ensure that the current council majority doesn’t deprive 8th district residents of the opportunity to elect a candidate of their choice. I plan to take all necessary steps to ensure that I am a legally qualified 8th council district candidate. I have been an 8th district resident for years and will not let a council majority exclude me by drawing their district line less than half a block from my current residence. We cannot let our neighborhoods and businesses be subject to political shenanigans. We must have a principled and unified council if we care about the future of our city.
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assemblymember Lowenthal appointed as chair of emergency Management Committee Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal has been named chair of the Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management, a panel that oversees the state’s preparation for, and response to, disasters. “This is an important responsibility,” said Lowenthal, D–Long Beach. “I take it very seriously.” The Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management grew out of a gubernatorial investigation into the handling of the especially catastrophic wildfire season of 2003. A blue ribbon commission examining the state’s efforts recommended that the Legislature create a panel specifically for the purpose of overseeing emergency
response. Lowenthal, who was appointed chair for the remainder of the 20112012 legislative session, said she intends to find out whether several years of budget cuts have inadvertently diminished California’s capacity to respond to emergencies. “We’ve been cutting spending since my first day in Sacramento. It had to be done, and there was no way around it,” Lowenthal said. “Now we have to go back and make sure that our emergency plans still make sense and that they don’t rely on resources we no longer have.” The committee is comprised of seven members of the Assembly, and seven members of the Senate.
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based upon other models of summer programming, was funded by The Endowment as a local strategy towards the ten outcomes under The California Endowment’s BHC: to keep children and families safe from violence in their homes and neighborhoods and for communities to support healthy youth development. One new component to the program which will kick off the Summer Night Lights project is the “Turn Up the Lights” Campaign Safe Passages Initiative. This new campaign encourages and engages Long Beach residents who live near the three Summer Night Lights parks to be vigilant in turning on their porch lights to help ensure that youth and families get home safely in the evening after SNL program hours. This year’s SNL, which will operate Monday through Friday now through Sept. 9, between the hours of 6pm and 9pm, will provide an array of stimulating and
The California Mobile Notary Network has announced its “Notarized Free!” event to be held on Tuesday, July 12 at locations throughout the state of California. Network members will offer their services to the public free of charge as a community service between the hours of 10am and 2pm. Kimberly D. McKendell, the network member representing Southern Los Angeles County, will identify signers and affix her official seal at no charge. No appointment is required, however an appointment may be scheduled by calling (562) 477-3166. Free services are limited to two free notarizations per person. Documents should be complete except for signatures.
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in effort to keep youth safe, LB resumes its Summer night Lights program Several Long Beach-based nonprofit organizations, faith-based leaders, community stakeholders and the City of Long Beach have again joined together to actively engage youth in ways that build and support positive youth development initiatives and to address youth violence prevention through the Summer Night Lights (SNL) project, a ten-week summer program designed for atrisk youth, as well as their families. Targeted in key neighborhoods in Long Beach where youth violence is most prevalent, the program will take place at two sites in the central area of the city and one site on the west end, which are all located within The California Endowment (TCE) Building Healthy Communities (BHC) Long Beach Central Area Map Violence Reduction and Youth Development Zones. In 2010, The California Endowment embarked on a new, 10-year strategic direction– building healthy communities with the goal being to support the development of communities where kids and youth are healthy, safe, and ready to learn. In the same year, The Endowment identified the communities in which to make financial investments, and Long Beach rose to the top– specifically central and west Long Beach. In 2010 the Long Beach BHC youth collaborative and concerned community leaders had numerous meetings to develop a strategy to address youth violence issues during the critical summer period. The Summer Night Lights project,
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iRS shares tax tips for students starting summer jobs School’s out and many students are starting summer jobs. The Internal Revenue Service is reminding students that not all the money they earn may make it to their pockets, since their employers must withhold taxes. Here are six things the IRS wants students to be aware of when they start a summer job: 1. When you first start a new job you must fill out a Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate. This form is used by employers to determine the amount of tax that will be withheld from your paycheck. If you have multiple summer jobs, make sure all your employers are withholding an adequate amount of taxes to cover your total income tax liability. To make sure your withholding is correct, use the Withholding Calculator on irs.gov . 2. Whether you are working as
a waiter or a camp counselor, you may receive tips as part of your summer income. All tips you receive are taxable income and are therefore subject to federal income tax. 3. Many students do odd jobs over the summer to make extra cash. Earnings you receive from self-employment– including jobs like baby-sitting and lawn mowing– are subject to income tax. 4. If you have net earnings of $400 or more from self-employment, you will also have to pay self-employment tax. This tax pays for your benefits under the Social Security system. Social Security and Medicare benefits are available to individuals who are selfemployed the same as they are to wage earners who have Social Security tax and Medicare tax withheld from their wages. The selfemployment tax is figured on Form 1040, Schedule SE.
5. Food and lodging allowances paid to ROTC students participating in advanced training are not taxable. However, active duty pay– such as pay received during summer advanced camp– is taxable. 6. Special rules apply to services you perform as a newspaper carrier or distributor. You are a direct seller and treated as self-employed for federal tax purposes if you meet the following conditions: • You are in the business of delivering newspapers. • All of your pay for these services directly relates to sales rather than to the number of hours worked. • You perform the delivery services under a written contract which states that you will not be treated as an employee for federal tax purposes. Generally, newspaper carriers or distributors under age 18 are not subject to self-employment tax. ß
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Councilmember Johnson conductspublic tour of potential park at border of LB-SH
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About 100 people from around the area showed up to tour the site of the former Sports Park, which Seventh District Councilmember James Johnson would like to develop as a new park.
Seventh District Councilmember James Johnson led a group of about 100 people on June 29 on an afternoon tour of the former Sports Park site on California Avenue, just north of Willow Street. Residents from 7th district neighborhoods, such as California Heights, Wrigley, Bixby Knolls and west Long Beach, as well as residents from throughout Long Beach and several neighboring cities, joined the tour, according to Johnson's office. The site, as described by Larry Rich from the City of Long Beach's Office of Sustainability, has historical significance since it was the original water source for the city. The 47-acre potential park houses two wetland areas and is home to many native animal species, including endangered birds such as the loggerhead shrike.
According to a press release issued by Johnson's office, the councilmember would like to see the City pursue development of the site as a park, taking advantage of its natural topography, developing hiking trails, restoring the wetlands areas, reestablishing native plant species and providing an example of California native habitats for the entire region to enjoy. Last week's tour started near a possible upcoming urban farm, Farm Lot 59, before progressing through the wetlands and water retention basin and ending on the hilltop, one of the highest points in Long Beach with 270-degree views of the coast and LA Basin. --------------------------MORE INFORMATION jamesjohnsonlb.com (562) 570-7777
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For only the third time in their 110-year history, community colleges are preparing to take a holistic look at their broad and continuously evolving mission with the naming this week of the landmark 21stCentury Commission on the Future of Community Colleges. Long Beach City College President Eloy Ortiz Oakley has been selected to serve on the commission. The commission was appointed by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and comprises 36 individuals who represent a broad array of constituencies and expertise from education, business, policy and communications. The group will work to examine the challenges and opportunities confronting the nation’s largest and fastest growing higher education sector. “For community colleges to succeed in this new century, we must innovate and challenge the status quo,” Oakley said. “I am honored to have been selected for this commission and to help reshape the future of our community colleges.” Over the next 10 months, the 21st-Century Commission will meet in person and virtually to examine the community college mission in light of current economic realities. President Obama has challenged community colleges to educate an additional 5 million students with degrees, certificates or other credentials by 2020, at a time when beleaguered state budgets have resulted in drastic cuts in state funding to the colleges. The first commission meeting will be held Aug. 12 in Washington, DC. Community colleges currently enroll close to half of all US under-
graduates. Enrollments have surged by double digits in the last few years, reflecting a deep and lingering US recession and persistently high unemployment rate that has caused families to seek lower-cost college alternatives and workers to throng to the classroom for new skills or careers. The commission will also look at trends and opportunities for students of color, and first-generation college students. “Community colleges are the gateway to higher education for a majority of Americans,” Oakley said. “For our country to succeed, we must significantly increase the number of students who complete their education goals, in particular students of color.” The new commission marks the third such effort to realign the community college mission to reflect national needs and changing times. The Truman Commission in 1947 challenged higher education to provide universal access based on its belief that then-junior colleges could broaden and further democratize their mission by becoming community colleges. Four decades later, the AACC Futures Commission set forward a reform agenda designed to strengthen the comprehensive mission the Truman Commission originally proposed. The American Association of Community Colleges is a national organization representing the nation’s close to 1,200 community, junior and technical colleges and their more than 12 million students (credit and non-credit). Community colleges are the largest and fastest growing sector of higher education. ß
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granada Beach to host 79th annual sand sculpture contest A multitude of teams are expected to bring out their “inner child” at the 79th annual Great Sand Sculpture Contest in Long Beach Saturday, Aug 13, as a benefit for children’s health. Granada Beach in Belmont Shore will be hosting the contest, which is one of the signature events of the Long Beach Sea Festival. The contest has been attracting thousands of people from Southern California and beyond every summer to enjoy sculptures created by professionals and amateurs alike. It provides an opportunity for businesses, nonprofits, and community groups to have a friendly competition while raising awareness about their organization and cause. Organized by Rotaract Long Beach and hosted by Alfredo’s Beach
Club, the event will feature not only sand sculptures of all sizes, but also food vendors, music, a beer garden, a kids zone, and various attractions for all ages. Teams will begin sculpting at 9am and attempt to create the sculpture that best embodies “The Spirit of Long Beach,” which is this year’s theme. The contest and the prize ceremony will take place between 2pm and 4pm. “The event has been a community favorite in previous years,” said Nate Trimmer, vice president of operations at Rotaract Long Beach. “We are looking forward to seeing sculptures of all shapes and sizes come into existence this year as well.” Viewing is open to the public, and attendance is free. For more information on becoming an event sponsor or registering a team to compete in the contest, visit lbsandcastle.com. ß
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The Great Sand Sculpture Contest is one of the signature events of the Long Beach Sea Festival.
9 gospel Fest and Downtown worship experience returning to LB for its third year JuLy 8, 2011
Antioch Church of Long Beach, Sixth District Councilmember Dee Andrews, and the City of Long Beach will host the third annual Long Beach Gospel Fest and Downtown Worship Experience on Sunday, July 10 from 11am to 7pm on the Marina Green, 429-P Shoreline Village Dr. Nearly 15,000 concertgoers are expected to attend the event, bringing together a multitude of congregations, business owners, musicians, politicians, celebrity personalities and residents for an inspirational
and entertaining day of events. The Long Beach Gospel Fest has established itself as the region’s premiere gospel concert. Hosted by KJLH’s Aundrae Russell, Gospelfest 2011 will feature an artist line-up that includes: Grammy-Award nominated-, Dove and Stellar Awardwinning artists Kierra Sheard and Trin-i-tee 5:7; three-time Stellar Award winner James Fortune and Fiya; Mali Music; Myesha Chaney; Micah Stampley; and a multitude of other award-winning singers and musicians.
Gospel Fest 2011 will also offer food and goods-service vendors, children’s arts and crafts, community information booths, and spediscounts from cialty participating downtown businesses. “Where else in the world can you experience gospel by the sea that brings together worldrenowned artists, families and the entire community?” said Pastor Wayne Chaney, event producer. For more information, visit LongBeachGospelFest.org. ß
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Community members can discover why people have been enchanted by the art of origami– Japanese paper folding– for centuries as the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) hosts the annual Origami Festival on Sunday, July 17, from 10am to 4pm. Guests will have hands-on experi-
ence creating three-dimensional objects from single sheets of paper. More than 40 experts from local and national origami clubs will teach a variety of different folds for people of all experience levels, including animals, geometric forms and moveable origami. Japanese tea and treats will be served. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for
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The artwork featured on this the eagle represents his clan, which week’s page-1 topper was created is part of the Haida tribe. To contact the artist, email by Ketchikan, Alaska artist Matthew Helgesen. It is a wood email@example.com. ß panel made of Western red cedar with design in acrylic paint. “The panel is made to look like the side of a bentwood box,” Helgesen said. “These boxes were traditionally used for storing food and personal belongings of the natives of the northwest coast and Alaska.” A “bentwood” box is called such because the box is made from one piece of wood that is steamed and bent. “Most Haida art is made of western red cedar, like our great totems and large canoes and plank houses, also known as long houses,” Helgesen said. “The painting is a traditional northwest coast native form-line design.” He said Matthew Helgesen working on a carving
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Dine on Pine event to raise funds, awareness for education programs
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The night sky was alit from all corners of Long Beach Monday night, as various organizations around the city celebrated Independence Day with fireworks displays. Among pyrotechnics presentations in the area, the Long Beach Firefighters Memorial Association offered its 54th Annual 4th of July fireworks show at Long Beach Veterans Memorial Stadium, and the Port of Long Beach sponsored a show from a floating platform near the Queen Mary. (Above, spectators view fireworks from Rosie the Riveter Park, 3695 Clark Ave.)
The Conservation Corps of Long Beach (CCLB) will conduct its 19th annual Dine on Pine event on Monday, July 18 beginning at 5:15pm. The purpose of the event is to raise money for scholarships for Corps members and the CCLB’s education program and to educate the community about the services that the organization provides. Dine on Pine is a progressive dinner on Pine Avenue in downtown Long Beach. The evening begins at The Madison, with groups of participants rotating between The Madison, George’s Greek Café, and L’Opera. The event culminates with dessert and coffee, as well as a presentation and opportunity drawings, at The Madison. The annual singular recognition given by the CCLB for outstanding service on an area or by region-wide basis is celebrated at Dine on Pine. This year, Theresa Marino, bureau manager for the City of Long Beach Health and Human Services Department, will be honored with the Founder’s Award. “Dine on Pine gives us the opportunity to showcase the CCLB and pro-
vide information on the valuable resource that we are to the greater Long Beach community,” said Mike Bassett, executive director/CEO of the CCLB. “The guests are able to enjoy a delightful four-course meal, network with peers, have an exceptional time, all while supporting the young adults, the work we do and helping to provide scholarship and education funds to well-deserved youth.” The Conservation Corps of Long Beach, now in its 24th year, aims to raise self-esteem, develop basic work skills, promote teamwork, and enhance work ethic and education for the greater Long Beach area at-risk youth through a combination of work, conservation and education programs. The program is consistently working on new projects and sites to challenge the youth. The event is open to the public. Tickets for Dine on Pine are $100 each and can be purchased over the phone, via email or mail. Call (562) 208-5059 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information or to purchase tickets. ß
gourmet food-truck fest returning to LB to raise money for local teachers
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LA and Orange County’s popular mobile eateries will once again roll into scenic Rainbow Lagoon Park for a third Long Beach Street Food Fest. Gourmet food trucks are returning to Long Beach by popular demand. It was clear with the overwhelming success of last year’s two Long Beach Street Food Fests that participants and attendees alike wanted another helping. On Saturday, July 9, LA and Orange County’s preeminent mobile eateries will once again roll into scenic
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Rainbow Lagoon Park with doors up from 10:30am to 5:30pm. The Long Beach Street Food Festival “Truckin’ back to the LBC” will feature 30 of Southern California’s favorite gourmet food trucks, a beer & wine garden and live entertainment by the local bands Blue Steel and Blue Breeze. Many of these trucks attract “rock star” followings, thanks in part to the latest Food Network hit The Great Food Truck Race. The Nom Nom Truck will make an appearance along with Crepes Bonaparte, The Lime Truck and Seabirds. Attendees may want to try a crisp and gooey “Smoky Melt” with gouda, bacon and tomatoes from the numberone truck in LA– The Grilled Cheese Truck. Or they may want a Banh Mi sandwich from the Nom Nom Truck. Or a fresh Italian salad with proscuitto, mortadella, garbanzos and homemade balsamic vinaigrette from Greenz on Wheelz? Palates may lean toward a pizza slice from the Slice Truck or “Korean pub grub” from the Ahn-Joo Truck inspired by chef/owner Debbie Lee. For dessert, there’s Chunk-n-Chip’s “Boo-Yah!” ice cream sandwiches, the Sweets Truck red velvet cupcakes, and cinnamon & honey specialties from Auntie’s Fry Bread. The Festival is organized by the Long Beach Junior Chamber of Commerce Charitable Foundation, a nonprofit organization. Net ticket proceeds from the event will benefit the AdoptA-Teacher program, which provides grants to local teachers to pay for unreimbursed classroom supplies and various educational scholarships. Tickets are $7 per person in advance or $9 at the gate. Attendees who bring a non-perishable food item for AIDS Food Store-Long Beach will receive $1 off at the gate. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit LBStreetFoodFest.com. ß
S T 11 CuLTuRe Celebrities to receive stars LB Museum of art now showing on Poly’s walk of Fame works created by area students JuLy 8, 2011
The Office of 6th District Councilmember Dee Andrews will host a Poly High Walk of Fame celebration on Saturday, July 9 at 10:30am at the Polytechnic High School Track and Field Stadium, 1600 Atlantic Ave. The event will honor the following Poly alumni: GrammyAward winning singer Thelma Houston; former Long Beach Mayor Beverly O’Neill; former
NFL player Willie Brown; and international tennis champion Billie Jean King. Each alumnus will receive a star on the school’s Walk of Fame. The event is open to the public. Parking will be available onsite after entering Jackrabbit Lane from Atlantic Avenue. ---------------------------MORE INFORMATION (562) 570-6816
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The Long Beach Museum of Art, 2300 E. Ocean Blvd., is exhibiting works created by students in its KidsVisions program, through September. Now in its eleventh year, KidsVisions is a collaboration between the Museum and the Long Beach Unified School District to engage fifth-grade students in art experiences. Each school year, more than 6,500 students are taken on docentled tours and participate in hands-on art making activities. Prior to each field trip, Museum staff visits each classroom to give students an overview of the Museum. During this orientation, classroom teachers receive a pre-visit packet that includes pre-lesson curriculum materials and reproductions of artworks in the Museum’s collection. Teachers also receive post-lesson curriculum materials, activity booklets, and family passes for their students to broaden their touring experience. This exhibition represents the art-making activities that students experienced over the 2010–2011 school year. Each of the three art lessons were inspired by artworks on display in three different exhibitions. The first art lesson was based on pattern and shape found in Branching Out in the fall of 2010. Students created diptychs using their initials as the starting point for exploring pattern design. The designs they created reflect their own personal identity. They focused on lines, shapes and colors that could symbolize their family’s cultural history or their own personal experiences. The next set of artwork was inspired by the Influential Element: Exploring the Impact of Water exhibition in the winter of 2011. Students practiced a variety of watercolor painting techniques, including wet-
Artwork created by a student from Longfellow Elementary. The school’s workshop with the Long Beach Museum of Art was based on the prints currently on display in the Jason Wong Estate and the Wilma and Roland Duquette Collection.
into-wet, dry brush, and loaded brush methods in the first three sections of the paintings. In the fourth section, students applied these techniques into their own composition based on the subject matter of water. The last art project was inspired by several artworks in the Wilma and Roland Duquette Collection: World Collector’s Enthusiasm and Jason
Wong Estate: One Collector, Many Media exhibitions in the spring of 2011. Students created collages and block prints emphasizing pattern and repetition. The final artwork is a combination of the two mediums, resulting in a multi-layered monoprint. -------------------------MORE INFORMATION lbma.org
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UnleSS yoU taKe aCtion to ProteCt yoUr ProPerty, it May Be Sold at a PUBliC Sale. if yoU need an exPlanation of tHe natUre of tHe ProCeeding againSt yoU, yoU SHoUld ContaCt a laWyer." notice is hereby given that reContrUSt CoMPany, n.a., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the deed of trust executed by franCiSCo arenaS and Sonia viCtoria Beltran arenaS, dated 09/17/2007 and recorded 09/19/07, as instrument no. 20072154857, in Book , Page ), of official records in the office of the County recorder of los angeles County, State of California, will sell on 07/28/2011 at 9:00aM, Sheraton los angeles downtown Hotel 711 South Hope Street, los angeles, Ca 90017 California Ballroom at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash or check as described below, payable in full at time of sale, all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said deed of trust, in the property situated in said County and State and as more fully described in the above referenced deed of trust. the street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2801 HatHaWay CoUrt, Signa Hill, Ca, 90755. 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 $490,583.18. 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. dated: 01/09/2011 reContrUSt CoMPany, n.a. 1800 tapo Canyon rd., Ca6-914-01-94 SiMi valley, Ca 93063 Phone: (800) 281 8219, Sale information (626) 927-4399 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. aSaP# fnMa4025847 07/01/2011, 07/08/2011, 07/15/2011 TST3774 / 2011 038219 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: SoCal aUto MaSterS, 3907 lime ave., long Beach, Ca 90807. registrant: JoSePH yoUSef MaSoUd aWaida, 3907 lime 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: Joseph yousef Masoud awaida. 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 May 26, 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: June 17, 24, & July 1, 8, 2011. TST3773 / 2011 044178 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: dC SaleS ConSUltantS, 1413 S. luray St., long Beach, Ca 90807. registrant: franKie Correa, 1413 e. luray St., long Beach, Ca 90807. this business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: frankie Correa. 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 June 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: June 17, 24, & July 1, 8, 2011.
TST3778 / 2011 048933 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: 1. lB 908, 2. long BeaCH 908, 1850 Conquista ave., long Beach, Ca 90815. registrant: oren groSSi, 1850 Conquista ave., long Beach, Ca 90815. this business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: oren grossi. 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 June 16, 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: June 24, & July 1, 8, 15, 2011. TST3779 / 2011 049703 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: CHina WoK K-H, 990 Cherry ave. #102, long Beach, Ca 90813. registrant: la KiM, 990 Cherry ave. #102, long Beach, Ca 90813. this business is conducted by: a limited Partnership. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: la Kim. 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 June 17, 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: June 24, & July 1, 8, 15, 2011. TST3780 / 2011 052597 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: Kleen-SPeC, 1075 ximeno ave., long Beach, Ca 90804. registrant: felix loPeZ, 1075 ximeno ave., long Beach, Ca 90804. this business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: felix lopez. 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 June 23, 2011. this statement was filed with the county clerk of los angeles County on June 23, 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: June 24, & July 1, 8, 15, 2011. TST3787 / 2011 044066 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: 1. teCHfix, 2. teCHMedix, 1406 e. 10th. St., long Beach, Ca 90813. registrant: Jorge delgado, 1406 e. 10th. St., long Beach, Ca 90813. this business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Jorge delgado. 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 June 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: July 1, 8, 15, 22, 2011. TST3791 / 2011 049043 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: 1. fingerS and toeS aCCoUnting, 2. WeaSel_WerKS, 3345 Santa fe ave. #100, long Beach, Ca 90810. registrant: Kyle Marie e. laird, 3345 Santa fe ave. #100, long Beach, Ca 90810. this business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Kyle Marie e. laird. 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 June 16, 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: July 8, 15, 22, 29, 2011. TST3792 / 2011 058600 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: BlaCKBird Cafe, 3405 orange ave., long Beach, Ca 90807. registrant: BlaCKBird Cafe inC., 3405 orange ave., long Beach, Ca 90807. this business is conducted by: a Corporation. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: debbie rossetti-Colacion, President. 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 July 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
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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: July 8, 15, 22, 29, 2011. TST3788 / Case No. NS024144 order to SHoW CaUSe for CHange of naMe SUPerior CoUrt of California, CoUnty of loS angeleS, 415 West ocean Blvd., long Beach, Ca 90802, SoUtH JUdiCial diStriCt. Petition of Uritza Santiago Smith, (mother), elijah ray guthrie, (son) for Change of name. to all intereSted PerSonS: 1. Petitioner UritZa Santiago SMitH, filed a petition with this
court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: eliJaH ray gUtHrie to Proposed name: eliJaH ray SMitH. 2. tHe CoUrt orderS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, shy the petition for change of name should not be granted. notiCe of Hearing: date: august 8, 2011; time: 1:30 P.M.; dept. g, room 51. the address of the court is the same as above. a copy of this order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county, tHe Signal triBUne, 939 e. 27th. Street, Signal Hill, Ca 90755: July 8, 15, 22, 29, 2011. ___//ss//___ douglas M. Haigh, Judge Pro tem of the Superior Court dated: June 27, 2011
CiTy oF SignaL HiLL TST3789 NoTICE INVITING BIDS a-1 Sealed bids will be received at the office of the City Clerk, City of Signal Hill, California, until 10:00 a.M. on august 2, 2011, and on the same day shortly thereafter, they will be publicly opened and read for the “Cerritos avenue improvements, Project no. 804”, in accordance with the Specifications therefore. Bids must be made on the forms provided for this purpose, addressed to the City Clerk, City of Signal Hill, marked "Bid for “, followed by the title of the project and the date and hour for submitting bids. Bids are required for the entire work as described in the Bid Schedule and the Specifications. the work to be accomplished under this contract includes the rehabilitation of existing asphalt concrete pavement and the construction of curbs, gutter, ramps, drive approaches and sidewalk on Cerritos avenue from Burnett Street to Willow Street. a-2 all work must be completed within thirty (30) working days after receipt by the Contractor of the notice to proceed from the City. the contract documents, which include the Specifications, may be obtained at the City of Signal Hill department of finance, for $20 or $25 if requested by mail. the documents are entitled “Cerritos avenue improvements, Project no. 804”. a-3 Bids will not be received unless they are made on a proposal form furnished in the Contract documents by the City of Signal Hill. each bid must be accompanied by cash, certified check, cashier's check or bidder's bond, made payable to the City of Signal Hill for an amount equal to at least ten percent (10%) of the amount bid, such guarantee to be forfeited should the bidder to whom the contract is awarded fail to enter into the Contract. a-4 all bids are to be compared on the basis of the lump sum or itemized bid items shown in the Bid Schedule(s). Bids will not be accepted from the Contractors who are not licensed in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 9, division iii of the Business and Professions Code of the State of California. the Contractor shall be required to possess a Class a or Class C-12 license at the time the contract is awarded. a-5 attention is directed to the provision in Section 1777.5, 1777.6 and 1777.7 of the California labor Code and title 8, California administrative Code, Section 200 et seq. concerning the employment of apprentices by the Contractor of any subcontractor under the Contractor. a-6 Before a Contract is entered into with the successful bidder, the bidder shall present evidence in writing to the City Clerk, City of Signal Hill, that he has a current combined single limit liability policy with aggregate limits for Bodily injury and Property damage in the amount of two million dollars ($2,000,000). a-7 Prevailing Wage Statement: the Contractor’s duty to pay State prevailing wages can be found under labor Code Section 1770 et seq. and labor Code Sections 1775 and 1777.7 outline the penalties for failure to pay prevailing wages and employ apprentices including forfeitures and debarment. a-8 attention is directed to government Code Sections 4590 and 14402.5 permitting the substitution of specified and approved securities for contract retention of funds. all such securities shall be subject to the review and approval of the City attorney of the City of Signal Hill. a-9 the successful bidder will be required to furnish a payment bond in an amount equal to one hundred percent (100%) of the contract price and a faithful performance bond in an amount equal to one hundred percent (100%) of the contract price, and said bonds shall be secured from a surety company satisfactory to the City attorney of the City of Signal Hill. a-10 the City of Signal Hill reserves the right to reject any and all bids, or delete portions of any and all bids or waive any informality or irregularity in the bid or the bid procedures and shall be the sole judge of the bids received. a-11 Conflict of interest: in the procurement of supplies, equipment, construction, and services by sub-recipients, the conflict of interest provisions in 24 Cfr 85.36, oMB Circular a-110, and 24 Cfr 570.611, respectively, shall apply. no employee, officer or agent of the sub-recipient shall participate in selection, or in the award or administration of a contract supported by federal funds if a conflict of interest, real or apparent, would be involved. By order of the City of Signal Hill. Posted at Signal Hill City Hall on: July 5, 2011 Published in the Signal tribune on: July 8, 2011 and July 15, 2011
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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 July 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: July 8, 15, 22, 29, 2011.
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CiTy oF SignaL HiLL TST3790 NoTICE oF oRDINANCE ADoPTIoN ordinance no. 2011-06-1427 was introduced by the City Council on June 21, 2011, and adopted by the City Council at a regular meeting held tuesday, July 5, 2011. a summary of the ordinance is as follows: an ordinanCe of tHe City CoUnCil of tHe City of Signal Hill, California, granting to texaCo doWnStreaM ProPertieS inCorPorated tHe rigHt, Privilege, and franCHiSe to lay and USe PiPeS and aPPUrtenanCeS for tranSMitting and diStriBUting oil and PetroleUM ProdUCtS for any and all laWfUl PUrPoSeS Under and along tHe PUBliC StreetS, WayS, alleyS, and PlaCeS, aS tHe SaMe noW or May Hereafter exiSt, WitHin Said City the ordinance was adopted by the following vote: ayeS: Mayor larry forester, vice Mayor tina l. Hansen, Council Members Michael J. noll, ellen Ward, edward H.J. Wilson noeS: none aBSent: none aBStain: none Pursuant to Signal Hill City Charter Section 315, this ordinance shall become effective 30 days from and after the date of its adoption. a certified copy of the full text of the ordinance is available in the City Clerk’s office. Kathleen l. Pacheco City Clerk Published in the Signal-tribune newspaper on July 8, 2011. Posted at City Hall, library, discovery Well Park, and reservoir Park on July 8, 2011.
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changed the formula that determined the amount of benefits to be paid to a retiree, and required all employees to contribute at least two percent of their compensation towards their pension benefits. The contribution percentage amounts were determined on an employee’s date of hire. According to the analysis presented by the staff report, the additional contribution will offer an estimated $36,200 in savings for the current fiscal year. Other City Council highlights: Mayor Larry Forester recognized Brian Leyn, who had been recently promoted to the position of sergeant
with the Signal Hill Police Department. The City Council meeting scheduled for Aug. 2 has been moved to Monday, Aug. 1 at 7pm. The regularly scheduled City Council meeting fell on the same day as the National Night Out event. The change will now allow council members to support the event hosted by the Signal Hill Police Department. Forester also recognized July as Parks and Recreation Month and presented a proclamation to Pilar AlcivarMcCoy, who serves as the community services director for the City. AlcivarMcCoy also submitted a revised PowerPoint presentation that promoted the City’s parks. Discussions surrounding a revised policy affecting trees owned by the City had been tabled for a future City Council meeting in August. According to Deputy City Manager Charlie Hon-
eycutt, the City needed to make further revisions to the tree policy that was adopted last October; however, staff requested additional time to refine the policy to address how residents can make requests to the City when they need a City tree planted, removed or maintained. In a second reading, the City Council voted to adopt an ordinance that would grant a pipeline franchise to Texaco Downstream Properties, Incorporated (TPDI) on a 15-year term. According to a staff report from the public works department, TPDI has owned two franchises and will combine them into one. The report indicated that the new franchise will be operating about 14,163 feet of pipeline to move oil and petroleum products. The next Signal Hill City Council meeting will be Tuesday, July 19 at 7pm in the City Council Chambers. ß
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eighth district to the seventh district is 1,311. The land that would be redrawn into the seventh district accommodates 2,334 constituents. The new lines would also draw eighth council district candidate Mike Kowal out of the upcoming 2012 elections, unless he chooses to move his residence to within the proposed boundaries of the eighth district. The new map, however, must survive a multi-step process before taking effect. City staff will begin preparing an ordinance– including a full legal description– that will set forth the new district boundaries, since the map did pass the vote last Tuesday. Next, the ordinance will be brought back before City Council on July 19 for the ordinance’s first reading; the second reading will be during the Aug. 2 council meeting, and it will become effective 30 days after that meeting. Opportunities for public comment will be possible throughout the process. Eighth District Councilmember Gabelich said she did not understand why Johnson was suggesting a map that would move 900 more people into his district, the seventh, than is necessary. “Mr. Johnson’s proposal gives him another 900 people who have had an established relationship with the Bixby Knolls and Los Cerritos community,” said Gabelich. “Why you want to insist on dividing that, I do not understand that. I know we have to find a way to make this right… Why are you pushing to take more people than you need? I need an answer to that.” In response, Johnson cited the logic of his map, which follows major thoroughfares such as Bixby Road, and the fact that it avoids gerrymandering his current district, which some councilmembers have described as “modern art.” (The term “gerrymander,” defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary as “to divide an area into political units to give special advantages to one group,” had been part of redistricting discussions among the various councilmembers for weeks.) “So, once again, it minimizes changes to Wrigley and eliminates the changes to the west side... You’ll see it’s a straight line, a major corridor. You’re not dividing a census track, and keeping a community unified,” Johnson said. “And with that, I’d make the motion, and I’d appreciate a second.” Councilmember Suja Lowenthal seconded Johnson’s motion. Also, the new map circumnavigates the contentious issue of whether or not Bixby Knolls should be split into two pieces at Atlantic Avenue, which is what would have occurred had Johnson’s previously proposed map been made city ordinance. In order to make sure the map did not go unchallenged, over 30 people voiced their opinions at the meeting, citing their concern regarding the potential
split of Bixby Knolls. The vast majority of them were also toting index cards that read “Don’t Break Bixby Knolls” and encompassed an image of a broken heart containing a fractured map of the affected neighborhood. One of those speakers was Jeffrey Kellogg, a former Long Beach councilmember. Kellogg said the sequence of events, like having public input on a motion and item that had not been described, is ineffective. “Mayor, if there was a motion on the council and a proper second at this point when I came up to the podium, I could talk directly to a motion, but I have no idea what you're voting for,” Kellogg said. “It makes it very difficult for the public to have good, concise comments when they don’t know what you’re dealing with… ” Partly responding to the collective voice of those citizens, the city council voted 7 to 2 for Johnson’s substitute substitute motion– the map that draws a straight line dividing the seventh and eighth districts at Bixby Road. Prior to July 5’s controversial council meeting, a series of maps were presented to the city council, and only one map, which had been circulated among the public, was voted on. The approved map was modified by Johnson to include a large swath of the Bixby Knolls area– Carson Street to the south, San Antonio Drive on the north, Atlantic Avenue to the west, and Orange Avenue on the east– that accommodates 2,043 constituents. The proposal roused widespread community activism, which was observable at numerous town hall meetings. Johnson hosted one of those meetings, which more than 200 people attended, on Thursday, June 30, at Bixby Knolls Christian Church. Emotions ran high at the community meeting, and numerous constituents questioned the motives driving Johnson’s call to split Bixby Knolls via Atlantic Avenue. The modification would include the area bounded by Carson Street to the south, San Antonio Drive on the north, Atlantic Avenue to the west, and Orange Avenue on the east, which houses an additional 2,043. During a breakout session, concerned citizens had a chance to devise their own maps for the redistricting option, some of which suggested the strategy used in the map that was passed during last Tuesday’s meeting– straightening out the section of the seventh district that is adjacent to the 405 Freeway by using Bixby Road as a northern boundary. Despite the controversy surrounding the numerous maps, the seventh district has no choice but to grow. The ninth district contains too many people and must shed some of its constituents to the eighth. The first and second districts must also grow, putting pressure on the seventh district to expand in some direction. If the proposed map passes, then the Los Cerritos neighborhood stands to join the seventh district. ß
CiTy oF SignaL HiLL TST3794 “REVISED” NoTICE oF PUBlIC HEARING *** City Council moved the regularly scheduled meeting from august 2nd to Monday, august, 1, 2011. this revised notice replaces the previously published notice of July 1, 2010 *** notiCe iS HereBy given that the City Council of the City of Signal Hill will hold a public hearing on Monday, august 1, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chamber located at City Hall, 2175 Cherry avenue, Signal Hill, California, to consider: finding tHe City of Signal Hill to Be in ConforManCe WitH tHe CongeStion ManageMent PrograM (CMP), in aCCordanCe WitH California governMent Code SeCtion 65089 all intereSted PerSonS are hereby invited to attend a public hearing 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 hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the City prior to or at the public hearing.
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tHe PUBliC iS invited to submit written comments to the Public Works/engineering department or during the public hearing. fUrtHer inforMation on this item may be obtained at the City of Signal Hill Public Works/engineering department located at 2175 Cherry avenue, Signal Hill, California or by contacting Joshua rosenbaum at (562) 989-7355. ___________//ss//________________ Joshua rosenbaum Public Works Management analyst
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Matt Kemp: The Los Angeles Dodgers may be struggling, but Kemp isn’t giving up on the season. Despite the Dodgers being in last place in the National League West, he’s staying in beast mode. Sunday afternoon Major League Baseball announced their starting players for the All-Star game, and the Dodgers’ centerfielder made the cut. Kemp’s statistics are no longer first-class, they have been upgraded to jet-setting. He’s having an MVP season averaging .322, 22 home runs, 64 runs batted in, .415 on-base percentage, and 22 stolen bases. This will be Kemp’s first All-Star game. Hours after being selected as a 2011 All-Star, Kemp addressed the media in the locker room before they took on the Anaheim Angels. “I’m very excited and overjoyed to be a part of the MLB All-Star team,” he said. “We really have great fans here in Los Angeles, so I wasn’t shocked they voted me in.” Clayton Kershaw: The lefthanded pitcher has been outstanding for the Dodgers. Kershaw is only 23 years old, and he’s already making noise in the dirt. This will be the first All-Star appearance for Kershaw, and it has been well deserved. He’s leading the Majors in strikeouts (138) and leads the Dodgers in wins and shutouts. Kershaw was voted into the All-Star Game by his peers. Expect Kershaw to be a huge
Eye on Crime Crimes reported by the LBPD July 2–5 Council Districts 6 North of PCH) 7 & 8 (East of the L.A. River & North to Del Amo Blvd.) Monday, July 4 Felony arrest 1:30pm– Del Amo Blvd. and Long Beach Blvd. Patrol officers responded to a report of a transient being shot at with a paintball gun. Officers learned that two suspects in a motor vehicle had fired paintballs at the transient, striking him several times. Officers searched the area and were able to locate and arrest two suspects for assault. The victim’s injuries were minor. Tuesday, July 5 Felony suspects arrested 4pm– 2300 block of Long Beach Blvd. An adult male and juvenile were arrested after officers responded to a robbery that had just occurred. The loss was recovered and returned to two victims. There were no reported injuries. Wednesday, July 6 Felony suspect arrested 12:30pm– PCH and Henderson Ave. A female adult was taken into custody after she threw an explosive device at a vehicle. No injuries were reported, and arson investigators responded for the investigation.
superstar in the years to come. Kershaw talked about how excited he was to be a first-time AllStar before the game in the locker room. “I know people have high expectations of you coming into this league,” Kershaw said. “I’m really excited about my first All-Star, and hopefully there will be more to come.” Howie Kendrick: Angels’ second baseman has been the most consistent hitter in the lineup. Kendrick will be taking his talents to Arizona to participate in the AllStar Game for the first time in his career. His numbers are pretty attractive averaging .307, eight home runs, and 26 runs batted in. If Kendrick can stay healthy this season, he will continue to increase his numbers. Rumors floated around that he was on the trading block this season, but he didn’t let the hearsay
interfere with his performance. Kendrick seemed ecstatic when speaking with the media in the locker room about being an AllStar. “I think it’s an honor to be able to go out there and represent your team,” he said. Jered weaver: LA Angels’ ace will be on the American League All-Star Team. Weaver beat out New York Yankees star pitcher CC Sabathia. Weaver isn’t taking it easy with the ball. Numbers don’t lie; Weaver has 10 victories with the major league-best ERA (1.92). His 92-mph fastball is doing damage in the big leagues. He has thrown 114 strikes. Weaver won’t be a newcomer as he was also selected to play in the 2010 All-Star Game. The 2011 MLB All-Star game will be held at Chase Field in Phoenix, AZ and will air Tuesday, July 12 on FOX. ß
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