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SERVING BIXBY KNOLLS, CALIFORNIA HEIGHTS, LOS CERRITOS, WRIGLEY AND THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL

Vol. 35 No. 36

Your Weekly Community Newspaper

Long Beach mayoral candidates debate Civic Center proposal and discuss other topics at Northtown forum

February 7, 2014

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Since January, tennis students from Jordan High School have been training at nearby Houghton Park while the school undergoes major construction. Sean Belk/Signal Tribune

Mayoral candidate Damon Dunn (second from left) speaks to the audience during a forum moderated by Ken Osborn (far right) at the Houghton Park Community Center in north Long Beach on Tuesday, Jan. 28. Other mayoral candidates who participated included (from left) Bonnie Lowenthal, Doug Otto, Gerrie Schipske, Jana Shields and Robert Garcia. Sean Belk according to north Long Beach community activist Dan Pressburg, who during the forum introduced the candidates Staff Writer At the tail end of a two-hour forum last week, candi- and read a paraphrased version of their all the bios. Three candidates were allowed to respond to questions dates running for Long Beach mayor expressed concerns posed by moderator Ken Osborn and a member of the press, about a proposal to rebuild the downtown Civic Center, stating they either want the project delayed until a slew of new LBReport.com publisher Bill Pearl, while two candidates city officials take office this year or they are against it responded to questions posed by attendees. It was the last question of the evening, however, that entirely. raised the most eyebrows, as Wrigley resident Mauna EichThe project was one of several hot-button topics, including homelessness, economic development, environmental ner asked all candidates how they would proceed with the issues, library services and public safety, that were brought Civic Center proposal. The most outspoken opponent to the project was mayup at the mayoral forum that packed the Houghton Park oral candidate and 5th District Councilmember Gerrie Community Center in north Long Beach on Tuesday, Jan. 28. Various community groups from north and central Long Schipske, who cast the lone dissenting vote last October, Beach organized the forum, which included six out of the when the Council approved (8-1) moving forward with 10 mayoral candidates. The six candidates, who were cho- drafting a request-for-proposals (RFP). Schipske called the City’s plans, which have been sen by community involvement, name recognition and dollars raised, were seated in alphabetical order by first name, pushed by outgoing Mayor Bob Foster, a “farce” and a

Awaiting new campus, Jordan High adapts to living so close to long-term construction

CJ Dablo Staff Writer

Student life at the David Starr Jordan High School continues as usual, now that the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) has begun the initial phase of its efforts to transform the aging complex into a modern, state-of the-art campus. By mid afternoon on a partly cloudy day on Tuesday, Feb. 4, thousands of students on their way off campus filed past tall chain-link fences that protected former athletic fields. That part of the school complex on the north end of the property used to host teens at bat on the baseball fields or saw varsity students practicing their backhand on the tennis courts. For now, the area is dust. A few construction machines are parked nearby, ready to do more work to prepare the ground to build temporary classrooms in time for fall. Bonds issued through Measure K, a ballot measure approved by voters several years ago, will be paying for the project that’s estimated to cost about $135.6 million. Vivien Hao, the project communications coordinator for Measure K, in a phone interview Monday explained why the project to build a new campus over the next eight to 10 years is an unusual one for the school district. “I don’t think Long Beach Unified has ever done this before, where we’ve attempted to completely rebuild the campus and keep 3,600 students on campus at that

SH Council grants oil operator short-term permit extension as City conducts study on regulations

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Signal Hill Petroleum has been granted a short-term permit extension to operate on the company’s seven consolidated oil-well drill sites through Dec. 31. City staff said the oil operator has completed a number of improvements to its sites, including trash removal, fencing and installing trees.

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The largest oil operator and landowner in Signal Hill received unanimous approval from the City Council this week to continue operating on seven drill sites through the end of the year. However, a long-term permit won’t be considered until the City completes a major overhaul to its oil-code regulations, city officials said. Signal Hill Petroleum, Inc., which operates more than 80 percent of the oil wells in the Long Beach Oil Field and 15 percent of the wells in Signal Hill, originally requested a short-term, six-month conditional-use permit (CUP) extension during the Council meeting on Feb. 4. After a motion by

Councilmember Lori Woods, the Council agreed to increase the permit extension through Dec. 31. City officials said the one-year extension gives a more “realistic” timeline for city staff to complete a comprehensive study on updating the City’s oil code, which regulates development on property with abandoned oil wells. Woods requested city staff to come back with an update on the study within six months. City Attorney David Aleshire said the oil-code study, which includes working with Signal Hill Petroleum to analyze decades of data on water quality, capping oil wells and preventing methane leakage, is expected to be the most comprehensive in the country and would have major impli-

cations for future development in the city. “The idea has been to try and figure out what is a reasonable program to try and clean up abandoned wells and make property developable,” he said. “We’ve been asking for a lot of data to be produced so that there could be the most comprehensive study that’s ever been undertaken by any municipality in the United States of an oil field and what the impacts are on land-use development.” In Signal Hill, most new development requires costly environmental remediation, known as oil-well reabandonment, before projects can break ground, mainly because of the City’s long history of oil extraction

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LB Council to consider delaying Civic Center rebuild project until new city officials take office Sean Belk

poser, consisting of a team of private developers, by July 1, Amid concerns from residents just days before newly and mayoral candidates of a rushed elected city officials are to process, the Long Beach City Coun- take office. “Because the mayor and cil is scheduled to vote next week on of the current City majority whether to delay issuing a request for proposals (RFP) to select a preferred Council will not be in office proposer for rebuilding the Civic when the selection of a preCenter downtown until newly elected ferred proposer is completed, the process needs to be suscity officials take office this year. The Council voted 8-1 last pended to allow the newly December to enter into a nearly $1- elected officials to review million contract with Arup North and to decide whether or not America Limited for financial, archi- they want to go forward on a tectural and community-outreach new Civic Center or alternaservices in preparing an RFP for the tively to retrofit and repurpose the current buildings,” Civic Center project. The project is expected to be the states a memo by Schipske. Deputy City Manager largest public-facility improvement outside of the Port of Long Beach Tom Modica said in a recent and includes revitalizing Lincoln phone interview with the SigPark and building a new Main nal Tribune that, despite Library and City Hall that were both Schipske’s request, the Council already voted in October constructed in 1977. Mayoral candidate and 5th Dis- last year to move forward trict Councilmember Gerrie with three qualified responPhotos by Sean Belk/Signal Tribune Schipske, who cast the lone dissent- dents being considered to The Long Beach Civic Center, which includes the City Hall building and the Main Library that were both built in 1977, is being reconing vote and has called the project a rebuild the complex. structed as part of a proposed public-private partnership, however residents and mayoral candidates have recently brought up concerns Council voted on “The “farce” and a “boondoggle,” howabout the project. ever, has brought an agenda item for- this and, basically, directed us move forward,” said Modto ward for the Feb. 11 Council meeting tenance costs, which are $12.6 mil- are “significantly seismically defi- costs to retrofit City Hall would be to suspend the contract until after a ica, who added that the public would lion, while retrofitting the City Hall cient” and are public-safety risks in $194 million (in current dollars) new mayor and new city coun- be able to discuss the project in depth building and Main Library would an earthquake. City officials have while entering into a public-private during the 12 to 18 months after the cilmembers assume office on July 15. require the City to tap into its General also stated that City Hall is insuffi- partnership to rebuild the entire Civic City staff has provided a timeline Council selects a proposer. Fund. cient in size for city employees and is Center would ensure that there would City officials have stated that of upcoming dates for the project, The City conducted two seismic “functionally obsolete and energy be “no additional costs to taxpayers.” rebuilding the Civic Center through a indicating that the City is planning to surveys, one in 2005 and another one inefficient.” Still, historic-building preservaissue a draft RFP by Feb. 28 and the public-private partnership would cost in 2006, indicating that both the City In addition, city officials state that tionists, residents and mayoral candino more than the City’s current mainCouncil would select a preferred proHall building and the Main Library the 2006 report also indicated that dates have stated that the City hasn’t thoroughly analyzed the costs of retrofitting the buildings. During a public-information meeting at the Long Beach Gas & R E S TA U R A N T Oil Department’s THAI • SUSHI • LUNCH • DINNER administration FUSION CUISINE • WINE & BEER building on Saturday, Feb. 1, mayDining Room/Patio • Catering • Free Delivery* oral candidates and *$15 minimum within 3 mile radius some past city officials expressed concerns about the project being rushed through without enough public input or analysis. with any dinner during the month of February “Slow down the (Must present coupon.) train,” said former Amy Bodek, director of the Long Beach Development Services Department, speaks to the audience 8th District Coun2838 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., LB Rae during a public meeting on the Civic Center rebuild project on Saturday, Feb. 1. Also pictured (from cilmember East of Temple Ave. (562) 498-4949 Gabelich, who left) are Long Beach Business and Property Development Director Mike Conway, Arup Senior Man- C L O S E D M O N D AY S ager Orion Fulton, Long Beach Public Library Director Glenda Williams and Port of Long Beach added that the meetW W W. Y O U R H O U S E T O O . C O M ing’s attendance of Chief Financial Officer Sam Joumblat. about 50 people was inadequate. Longtime residents, in addition to former deputy city attorney Jim McCabe and mayoral candidates Bonnie Lowenthal and Doug Otto, expressed other concerns about the project during the meeting, including the fact that the library would be downsized. Mike Conway, director of business and property development for Long Beach, said the plan is to have a developer “activate the Civic Center” and the City would sell an unspecified portion of the city property, including a parcel at 3rd Street and Cedar Avenue, for private development, such as for housing or a hotel. Still, he said a developer wouldn’t be able to “develop as they see fit,” since the buyer would have to go through the City’s normal entitlement process. Some residents questioned whether the new Civic Center would include a new museum or cultural asset. Conway said such an institutional use would be up to the preferred proposer to determine whether it would generate income or be “mutually supportable.” Staff Writer

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Childcare provider arrested for narcotics sales

The Long Beach Police Department (LBPFD) has arrested a childcare provider for narcotics sales, according to police. After receiving information that narcotics were possibly being sold from a residence in the 3500 block of East 2nd Street, LBPD initiated an investigation. Officers determined sales were conducted while the suspect operated a residential daycare, with children present. On Jan. 3, East Division directed-enforcement officers served a search warrant and collected evidence, including cocaine, marijuana, psilocybin mushrooms and ecstasy. Pursuant to the search, officers issued an arrest warrant for 49year-old Debbie Louise Felix of Long Beach. According to police, she evaded officers over the next few weeks, and it appeared that she was in the process of relocating from her residence. On Jan. 31, Felix was arrested on two outstanding warrants. She was booked and held at the Long Beach City Jail on $110,000 bail until she was transferred to the Los Angeles County Jail. The investigation also revealed that the business operation lacked the appropriate licenses at the state and local levels. Those with information regarding narcotics activity are asked to contact the narcotics hotline at (562) 570-7125. Those wishing to remain anonymous may call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus the tip to 274637 (CRIMES) or visit LACrimeStoppers.org .

Confirmed flu deaths in state increase to 147

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The number of confirmed influenza related deaths in the state has increased by 52 to a total of 147 confirmed deaths for the season, including three in Long Beach, according to Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and state health officer. Four of the 147 are pediatric deaths. There are an additional 44 deaths under investigation, not yet confirmed. The 147 confirmed influenzaassociated deaths this season have been reported by the following jurisdictions: Alameda (4), Contra Costa (5), El Dorado (1), Fresno (6), Glenn (1), Humboldt (1), Imperial (1), Kern (6), Kings (3), Lassen (1), Long Beach (3), Los Angeles (17),

Madera (2), Marin (2), Mendocino (1), Merced (3), Monterey (2), Nevada (1), Orange (5), Riverside (5), Sacramento (15), San Bernardino (13), San Diego (7), San Francisco (2), San Joaquin (4), San Mateo (4), Santa Barbara (1), Santa Clara (8), Santa Cruz (1), Shasta (1), Siskiyou (3), Solano (1), Sonoma (4), Stanislaus (11), Tulare (1), and Ventura (1). The total number of deaths reported for the entire 2012-2013 influenza season was 106. Those at highest risk– the elderly, pregnant women, infants, or those with other health conditions– who show flu symptoms should contact their physician immediately in order to get the most effective treat-

ment, according to the CDPH. Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue. “This influenza season continues to be a severe one, as the increasing number of influenza-related deaths indicates,” Chapman said. “Once again, I urge all Californians to get vaccinated, because it is the best defense against influenza.” Influenza vaccine remains available and there is no widespread shortage of anti-virals for treatment, according to the CDPH. MORE INFORMATION cdph.ca.gov

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Rest in Peace

Paul “Pete” Hillis, Sr.

July 10, 1943–Feb. 1, 2014 He came into this world kicking and screaming in 1943. According to his mother, she could hear the airraid horns sounding as well. Born July 10, Paul “Pete” Hillis, Sr., fondly known as Pete the Plumber, left this world on Feb. 1, 2014. Born in Wilmington, Delaware, he attended local Catholic schools in the area, including Salesianum High School. After high school, he went into the plumbing trade and found his calling in life. He remained in Delaware until he set his sights on California. He eventually settled in Lakewood, and after four years of working for a local plumbing contractor, he decided to start his own company. Pete’s Plumbing was officially started on July 1, 1972 and was still under his direction (although he was supposed to be “retired“) until his passing. Pete is survived by his wife of 32 years, Patty, and his children, Pete Hillis, Jr. (Carrie), Bud Hillis, Tony Hillis (Janell), Taylor Harer (Dave), and Joshua Hillis, as well as his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Walter Kruzienski of Aston, Pennsylvania, and nieces and nephews (who always referred to themselves as “his favorite”). And sadly, he was preceded in death by his son, Dwayne Hillis, his mother, Agnes Ciccaglione Kruzienski, his father, Walter Hillis, and his brothers, Buddy Hillis and Donnie Hillis. His larger-than-life personality leaves a definite void in the lives of the people who knew him, but he will live on through the retelling of his outrageous stories, jokes and shenanigans. While reading this, those who knew him can close their eyes, picture his smile, and laugh while recalling a shared moment with him that will live in their hearts. And, of course, he will be remembered for his passion for life, fierce sense of loyalty and the things he believed in. Funeral arrangements are being handled by White’s Funeral Home, 9903 Flower Ave., in Bellflower. His viewing will be Thursday, Feb. 6, from 4pm to 8pm. A funeral mass celebrating his life will be held Friday, Feb. 7 at 1:30pm at Holy Family Catholic Church, 18708 Clarkdale Ave. in Artesia.

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PUPS AT THE PARK What Grand opening of El Dorado Dog Park Who Hosted by 5th District City Councilmember Gerrie Schipske Where 7550 E. Spring St. When Saturday, Feb. 8 at 10am More Info The dog park will be the first in that area. Call (562) 570-6932.

TAKE A WALK What East Village Walking Tour Who Long Beach Heritage Where Meet in front of Modica’s Deli, 455 E Ocean Blvd. When Saturday, Feb. 8 from 10am to noon More Info The two-hour tour will stop at different locations throughout the East Village. Cost is $10. Call (562) 493-7019 or visit lbheritage.org .

HEAR THE MUSIC What Choir performance Who African Children’s Choir Where Bethany Baptist Church, 2250 Clark Ave. When Sunday, Feb. 9 at 6pm More Info Concert will be free and open to the public. A free-will offering will be taken at the performance to support African Children’s Choir programs, such as education, care and relief and development programs. The choir is a nonprofit humanitarian organization dedicated to helping Africa’s most vulnerable children. Call (562) 597-2411.

STEPPING STONES TO EMPLOYMENT What Training class Who Disabled Resources Center, Inc. Where 2750 E. Spring St., Suite #100 When Tuesday, Feb. 11 from 1:30pm to 3pm More Info The eight-week classes will focus on interpersonal communication skills and disability etiquette. Call Andrew at (562) 427-1000, ext. 23.

GUIDELINES FOR RESIDENTIAL PARKWAYS What Parkway Landscaping Workshop Who City of Signal Hill Where Council Chambers, 2175 Cherry Ave. When Tuesday, Feb. 11 from 6pm to 7pm More Info The Public Works Department is in the process of developing alternative landscape design guidelines for residential parkways– the strip of land between the street and the sidewalk. The workshop will review options to assist in the capture, retention and absorption of water lost because of runoff. Call (562) 989-7340. NETWORK YOUR WAY TO THE TOP What Networking group Who The Success Network Where Corner Bakery, 6507 E. PCH When Wednesday, Feb. 12 from 7:30am to 9:00am More Info The Success Network is a professional networking group, which meets on the second Wednesday of every month for breakfast and discussions or presentations. The group is open to small-business leaders who seek networking opportunities with other professionals, who are also interested in growing their businesses through relationships and referrals. BOOKWORMS, UNITE What Monthly community book club Who The Bixby Knolls Literary Society Where Elise’s Tea Room, 3924 Atlantic Ave. When Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 7pm More Info The club will delve into Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence. Parking is available along Atlantic Avenue. Refreshments will be provided. Call (562) 595-0081 or email info@bixbyknollsinfo.com .

OPPOSITES ATTRACT? What Movie screening Who Long Beach Cinematheque and Lola’s Mexican Grill Where Sunnyside Cemetery, 1095 E. Willow St. When Friday, Feb. 14 at 6:30pm More Info The event will feature a presentation of Hal Ashby's film Harold and Maude. Guests are encouraged to bring low-back chairs and blankets for their comfort. Picnic baskets welcome. Ticket cost is $10.

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With today being the official opening of the 2014 Winter Olympics, we thought this would be the perfect date to offer our readers a 16-page special section that features all the details needed to really enjoy the Games. From television listings to colorful graphs, puzzles and information on individual athletes, we are proud to deliver to you

a handy guide for following the events. A big thank-you goes out to our sponsors for allowing us to share this publication with you. They are: Gold Sponsor– Signal Hill Petroleum, Silver Sponsor– The Rinks/Lakewood Ice, Bronze Sponsor– Long Beach Transit, as well as the City of Signal Hill, American Gymnastics Academy, House To Home Furniture, Delius Restaurant, Black Bear Diner, Pics 4 My Party, Capital Investment Advisers, Signal Hill Community Foundation, Friedmans Appliance Center, Our Coffee Corner and Big E Pizza. For those who didn’t get a copy of the Winter Olympics section, or want one for a

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friend, we will have some extras available at our office (939 E. 27th St., Signal Hill), the Signal Hill Library (1770 E. Hill St., Signal Hill), the Long Beach Historical Society (4260 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach), American Gymnastics Academy (1901 Obispo Ave., Signal Hill), and at The Rinks/Lakewood Ice (3975 Pixie Ave., Lakewood).

Note from Neena: Don’t forget that this is the final countdown for the Sweetheart Sweepstakes. More entries are available in this issue. You have until Wednesday, Feb. 12 at noon to enter. If you don’t enter, you can’t win! XO

COMMENTARY

Snakes deserve the same compassion we give puppies and kittens

The news broke last week on local TV channels: “A Santa Ana man was arrested with hundreds of pythons in his house. Neighbors said smell was terrible. Snakes found dead and dying. Also found were cages of rats and mice, used as food for the snakes.” As the news was reported, footage of dead and rotting snakes were shown. Had they been kittens or puppies, these images never would have appeared on the screen. I do not intend to talk about the gentleman that was arrested or about his mental state or about his having all those snakes in his home. I will let other publications debate those issues. We all saw it and have been seeing and hearing about it for a week. But there is another side to this story that you haven’t seen or heard about, unless you are possibly on Facebook with someone in the herpetocultural field. Jason Haywood, president of the Southern California Herpetology Association & Rescue, was at home getting ready to go to work. His cell phone began receiving text after text after text, informing him of what was going on in Santa Ana. Jason went to the location to offer his assistance. He contacted Sondra Berg of the Santa Ana Animal Services. She asked him to stand by because she knew Animal Services was not prepared to house that many snakes. Sgt. Mark Kozakowski of the Santa Ana Police Department approached Jason and asked

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for his help in identifying the snakes to make sure none were harmful. Jason went into the house wearing a hazmat suit and breathing apparatus to inspect the snakes. All the snakes turned out to be Ball Pythons, a smaller, African, harmless snake. Realizing the enormous task ahead, Jason put out the word to other SCHA&R members for help. Soon, Mark Huerta, vice president, and members Heather Hayden, Tommy Munoz, Eric Maltby, Erik Veach, married couple Matt and Kendyl Bernardin and Ken Van Doren, himself a breeder of Ball Pythons, were there, not to look at the owner or gawk at the snakes, but to pitch in and help. The SCHA&R members were welcomed with open arms as the job was bigger than the Animal Shelter personnel could handle. The club members put each of the snakes into plastic tubs, tagged and identified each one. A total of 184 live snakes were removed, some in very bad condition. The club then transported all the snakes to Greek & Associates Veterinary Hospital in Yorba Linda. Dr. Tom Greek and his staff stayed on, after an already busy day, until each and every snake was examined and treated. Dr. Greek was kind enough to defer the vet bill of $11,000 to the City of Santa Ana to be addressed in court. This means all the money being donated to the care of the snakes will go to just that– the care of the

LETTERS AND EMAILS New sheriff in town

Cities where fireworks are allowed on July 4 end up looking like war zones. Their air is suffocating, and the trash in the streets is reminiscent of a third-world country. Frightened dogs bark relentlessly, cower in a corner, or even worse, they may run away. When someone else’s actions could cause my home to be one of the fires fueled by unsafe and insane fireworks (17,800 reported in 2012, according to Fire Chief Duree), that is where I draw the line. In his report to the City Council, Duree also noted that the risk of fires and related deaths were higher for fireworks than for cigarettes. Our resources are already stretched to the max, according to public-safety sources. How many fires will be started? How many homes destroyed? How many injuries will require paramedics? How many asthmatics will experience life-threatening breathing problems because of the gross air pollution? How many pets will be frightened or harmed? How many animals will be lost? How many irresponsible people will cause damage to their neighbors’ property? Who will be available to handle these situations? Who will pay for these extra services and casualties? Are the groups that would profit from the sale of fireworks going to pay for the extra expenses of the city for public safety? Will they pay for damages to property? How do they plan to atone for the loss of a child’s eye, for the heartbreak of losing a pet or even the loss of someone’s life in a fire? Will they be cleaning up all of the trash left behind? Are they willing to shoulder the responsibility? This state is experiencing one of the worst droughts in history– a powder keg for wild fire. A single burning ember can travel a distance of a mile. Don’t we have enough of a mess from the Queen Mary fireworks visitors without adding more problems? All things considered, the City Council needs to put this issue to bed and continue the ban. It’s the only safe and sane thing to do. Diana Lejins Long Beach

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snakes. Donation money has been used to buy to hold the snakes until after the court date and food, cleaning agents, mite spray and any other then find homes for the survivors, as long as they costs incurred in the care of these snakes. are completely healthy. A home of one of the club member who Plans at this time are to look into the possibillives in Orange County has become a tempo- ity of donating these snakes to an educational rary hospital/care center for the snakes. The environment, meaning school teachers, classhouse is alarmed, and there are always two rooms, nature centers and zoos. people there 24/7 to watch over and care for “Adoption Projekt 184” has been set up to the snakes. The snakes have been photo-IDd, handle requests for adopting one of these and their weight recorded. snakes. Requests can be made at socalherThe first night, seven snakes died. So far passn@gmail.com . the number of snakes lost since taking the original 184 has been 26. Some were just too weak to carry on. In order to accomplish this daunting task, the club leaned on its members and the “herp” community. Loren Leigh, owner of LLL Reptile & Supply, donated racks, tubes and medicine. Elric, owner of World Serpents Exotic of Long Beach, donated a bale of aspen bedding, racks, tubs and heat tapes. Reptropolus in Orange County also donated to the cause. The latest news regarding the Stephen Strichart/Signal Tribune snakes is that the owner has signed From left: Southern California Herpetology Association & all the snakes over to Santa Ana Ani- Rescue President Jason Haywood and Vice President Mark mal Services. The Santa Ana Police Huerta holding two of the snakes after hundreds of the repDepartment has asked the SCHA&R tiles were rescued from a Santa Ana home

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Last Thursday, Orange County Undersheriff John Scott was officially sworn in as interim Los Angeles County sheriff, following Sheriff Leroy Baca’s retirement. I would like to thank Sheriff Baca for his 48 years of public service and his commitment to keeping the communities and citizens of Los Angeles County safe. Right to the end, he was steadfast in his commitment to the department. I wish his family and him all the best in his retirement. I am very pleased to welcome John Scott as our interim sheriff. Sheriff Scott has over 40 years of experience in law enforcement and began his career with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in 1969. As a deputy, he patrolled the Lakewood Station area. In 1974, he was promoted to sergeant and held assignments at Firestone Station, the Special Enforcement Bureau and the Emergency Operations Bureau. Following his promotion to the rank of lieutenant in 1984, Sheriff Scott took assignments at Men’s Central Jail, Carson Station, Field Operations Region II Headquarters, the Office of Emergency Management, Employee Relations, and was the executive aide to the assistant sheriff. In 1995, he took command of Carson Station following his promotion to captain. In June 2001, he held the rank of acting commander, leading the Custody Operations Division, North Facilities. Since joining Orange County, Sheriff Scott has been instrumental in turning around a department that faced similar conditions to those we face today in Los Angeles County. The Sheriff's Department is at a crossroads, and Sheriff Scott has the necessary experience and skills to step in right away and lead in the interim. I look forward to working with Sheriff Scott to aggressively implement the recommendations of the Citizens’ Commission on Jail Violence, while overseeing the thousands of men and women of our Sheriff’s department who put their lives on the line every day to keep our streets safe. We have a lot of work to do, and I look forward to our new sheriff jumping right in and being focused on reform over the next 10 months before a newly elected sheriff takes over the department.

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LBPD asking additional victims to come forward involving softball coach arrested for contacting minor for lewd acts The Long Beach Police Department has arrested a travel softball coach in connection with the crime of contacting a minor for lewd acts and sending harmful matter to a minor, and detectives believe additional victims may exist. The investigation began in October 2013 after police received reports. A 14-year-old female victim was interviewed, and police learned that her travel softball coach had sent her lewd text messages with the intent of meeting with her to carry them out. As part of the investigation, detectives conducted numerous interviews, according to police. After the investigation, the suspect, identified as 40-yearold Anthony Christopher Sota of Anaheim, was arrested on Nov. 26, 2013, in Long Beach. Sota, who has also used the last name of DeLaSota, was booked for two felony charges of contacting a minor with the intent to commit lewd acts and sending harmful matter to a minor. Sota is currently out on bail pending a future court appearance. Sota is not affiliated with any school athletic programs. The investigation is ongoing, and investigators believe, based on the level of contact between Sota and young girls, that additional victims may exist who have never contacted police. Those who have been victims of unreported crimes involving Sota are asked to contact Long Beach Police Sex Crimes Detective Sean Irving at (562) 570-7368. Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), texting TIPLA plus the tip to CRIMES (274637), or visitinglacrimestoppers.org .

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A plan to add a new fireboat station and security facility to the Port of Long Beach will not displace “Berth 55,” a longtime eatery and sport-fishing operation, Port officials said in a statement released on Feb. 6. An analysis by the Long Beach Harbor Department found suitable alternative locations for development of the new fire and security facilities in the Port, which allows the Berth 55 Fish Market and Seafood Deli, Queen’s Wharf Restaurant, Long Beach Sportfishing and charter boats based at Berth 55 to remain, according to the Port. Berth 55 has been located in the Port at 555 Pico Ave. since the early 1970s. Port officials state that other locations will need to undergo further environmental scrutiny to “assess their suitability.” Until that is complete, “no final decision can be made on the locations for the new facilities,” Port officials said. The fireboat station is a replacement for Fire Station No. 20, which was in the path of the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project. The security facility would serve Long Beach Police Department officers based at the Port. “Our study found that we can meet the Port’s security and fire-protection infrastructure needs without asking the Berth 55 businesses to relocate,” said Al Moro, the Port’s acting executive director. “And we’ve already established temporary facilities for fire and police opera-

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“boondoggle,” drawing applause from the crowd. Schipske also made the assertion that the Civic Center has been “neglected on purpose” so residents would support tearing down the seismically outdated City Hall building to make way for a development that is to be funded through a public-private partnership. She said the Council and the public won’t have a say in the City’s RFP before it’s submitted to potential developers and added that city officials still have yet to fully determine how much it would cost to retrofit the City Hall building, calling the City’s organized sessions to seek public input on the Civic Center project a “sham.” Mayoral candidate and Long Beach Community College District Trustee Douglas Otto used his own words to criticize the project, stating, “There’s something rotten in Denmark.” While the City’s economic condition has improved with a surplus, Otto said residents don’t see the Civic Center rebuild as a priority, given the City is still projecting budget deficits for the next two fiscal years. “This is a bad idea,” Otto said. “It’s being rushed through with no apparent sense… This project doesn’t make any sense at all. To do something of this magnitude requires a long, drawn-out process that involves the community [and] that involves studies about what are the best things to do… Nobody in Long Beach wants this.” Mayoral candidate and Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal echoed Otto’s concerns, stating that the City should first focus on restoring critical city services that have been cut because of prior budget deficits before moving for-

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ward with a new Civic Center. “It seems impossible to talk about the development of a new building until we’ve restored those services,” she said, adding that city staff should also analyze the successes and failures of past publicprivate developments. The other three mayoral candidates at the forum weren’t as up-front in condemning the project outright. Mayoral candidate Jana Shields, who is the current treasurer of the Willmore City Heritage Association, said, “something needs to happen” as far as the Civic Center is concerned, but she questioned reports that the City Hall building wouldn’t withstand an earthquake. Shields also called for more public input in the process and expressed funding concerns. Mayoral candidate and former NFL player Damon Dunn, who is a developer, said he agreed with comments made by other candidates, adding that the process to move the project forward “has been flawed” and “people have not been involved and engaged.” Still, Dunn stopped short of stating that he is fully against the project. He pointed out that the City would still have to pay ongoing expenses of $12.6 million to operate City Hall regardless of whether or not the City decides to build a new Civic Center. Dunn also stated that retrofitting the building would cost the City tens of millions of dollars out of its General Fund, while having a private developer come in and take over the project would create no out-of-pocket expenses other than the cost of hiring consultants. Mayoral candidate and Vice Mayor/1st District Councilmember Robert Garcia said he supports rebuilding the City Center in an “iconic way” with a new library and possibly a new educational center and housing development.

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The councilmember also said he’s against “slowing the process.” Still, Garcia said having the Council approve a contract for such a major project before several new councilmembers and a new mayor are elected into office would be “a mistake.” City officials have publicly proposed recommending a contract for Council approval by July 1, just two days before a likely July 3 runoff election. The newly elected officials won’t assume office until July 15. “I think we should expand the process as much as possible,” Garcia said. “The more community meetings [and] the more community input, the better… I do think the next mayor and City Council should absolutely have a say as this thing develops. This could be the single largest public project outside of the port that we’ve done in a very long time.” Another controversial issue brought up during the forum came from former 8th District councilmember Rae Gabelich, who asked Garcia and Dunn whether they would support JetBlue building a customs facility to add international flights to the Long Beach Airport. Both candidates replied that they wouldn’t support such a proposal and would honor the City’s established noise ordinance. “It’s not a business where it’s all about profit,” Dunn said. “It’s a city. We have residents around our airport, and we trade off profitability for quality of life, and what the residents have decided is that there’s about as much noise as we’re willing to tolerate.” Other environmental-related questions were about the state’s drought and port pollution. One resident asked candidates whether they support a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as “fracking.” Otto replied, “I don’t know,” since he

hasn’t seen the State’s new regulations, known as SB 4, which are still being worked out. Otto added that the controversial oil-extraction procedure is “not a huge issue in Long Beach right now” but “certainly could be in the future.” Lowenthal, who, as an assemblmember, has supported state legislation to put a temporary ban on fracking, said SB 4 is the “next best” thing to a moratorium. “At the very least, we would have regulations so there wouldn’t be any more trade secrets in terms of what the oil companies were putting into the ground to get their precious resource,” she said. “There are regulations. We’re going to know more about the water table.” Meanwhile, other questions centered on such topics as eradicating the city’s homeless veteran population and addressing the city’s high unemployment rate. “Our unemployment level is higher than most cities in the state of California. I don’t think that’s right,” said Schipske, who said as mayor she would work on getting people more involved in coming up with ideas to spur economic development. “I think we need, as a community, to succeed together, not just certain parts of the city,” she said. Otto said Long Beach has a “checkered past” that includes some “bad decisions along the way” that have prevented the kinds of development that spurs living-wage jobs. He promoted his 11-point jobs plan, which includes re-creating the City’s economic-development department. “We just don’t have it anymore, and we need to recreate that to focus on job growth,” Otto said. Dunn said he plans to use his years of experience as a developer to spur mixeduse developments and have “scrub” ses-

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sions with small-business owners to show them how to gain capital. Annie Greenfeld, president of the Central Project Area Council (CPAC), asked candidates if they would spend increased property-tax income, which the City now receives after the State abolished redevelopment, on central and west areas of Long Beach that she said have been “ignored” by Mayor Foster and the City Council. In response, Garcia said extra money coming to the City from the State should “absolutely” be used on economic development. However, he said taking money away from the General Fund would be “dangerous.” Garcia added that the City should use Bixby Knolls and its business-improvement association as a model that should be replicated throughout the city. “We got to look into improving infrastructure along business corridors, making sure that all of our great streets that are out there have a lot of character,” Garcia said. Schipske said next year the City should receive between $9 million and $10 million extra revenue coming from the State because of increased propertytax income generated by redevelopment. She said the City should designate money coming in from the State for economic development since the City’s redevelopment program was “wiped out.” Schipske also said the City should look into asking that the California Public Employees Retirement System (Cal PERS) invest pension funds back into Long Beach. The forum also included questions related to city services in which candidates agreed to work on restoring the police department’s gang unit and restoring library services. ß

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same time,” Hao said. “You can imagine how challenging that would be.” She said in a follow-up email that the total cost of the first phase is about $71 million and that the LBUSD already has that money and more available in Measure K funds. Hao said that the school district planned to issue another bond later this year. She added that there shouldn’t be any issues with funding Phases 2 through 4 of construction. According to the Measure K website, Phase 1A began last month. The plans call for construction of classrooms and parking on the north side of campus. While these new temporary structures are scheduled to be ready in time for the fall season, Hao explained that not all of the old classrooms on the campus will be demolished at one time. It’s one of the main reasons why the whole project may take up to a decade, she explained. Other subsequent phases that include construction of the cafeteria, additional classrooms and HUNDREDS OF parking are scheduled for LOCAL REFERENCES later this year, beginning OVER 35 YEARS EXPERIENCE this July. Hao acknowledged BIXBY KNOLLS RESIDENT that the new construction LICENSED • INSURED will affect life on and off “A-rated”on angieslist.com campus. Contractor’s License #629882 “We understand that Call Dennis Bartlett: this is going to be an inconvenience to the com-

munity at-large as well as the student population,” Hao said, “but I think everyone believes that this is a project that …will be worth it.” Students at Jordan have noticed a number of changes on campus over the last month, however, overall, Jordan High Principal Shawn Ashley said they are adapting to the change. “I think they find [the renovation]– like most of us find renovation– irritating, but not overwhelming,” Ashley said. He added that the kids are very excited for their campus even though they will have graduated long before construction will be done. Ashley acknowledged that the athletic programs are the areas that felt the immediate change last month. Baseball will be played next door at Houghton Park. Jordan High used to have five tennis courts on campus, but now “The greatest discovery of our tennis practice has also relocated to the park. generation is that human beings In an interview Tuesday, David Scott, the coach for can alter their lives by altering the boys’ tennis program, said in an interview that the their attitude of mind.” varsity and junior-varsity programs need to share the -William James use of the two available tennis courts at Houghton Park. That afternoon, he pitched a few balls over to the handful of junior-varsity students who, with rackets in hand, took turns to swing at the neon-green orbs at the Houghton Park courts. Scott pointed over to the bleachers in the distance, where the more experienced varsity students were training. He said that the varsity Make Yourself the Priority in 2014 students and the junior-varsity students are alternating with Therapeutic Hypnosis days when they can take turns practicing at the courts. Change old patterns to enjoy new choices! “It’s a real community effort in a time of need,” The result? The freedom to permanently realize greater health & happiness. Scott said, as he praised the Long Beach City College Benefits of hypnosis include (but are not limited to): Smoking Cessation, Weight Loss, and the city’s parks-and-recreation department for Improved Sports Performance, Coping with Loss, Stress Management, Senior Issues, their coordinated efforts to provide additional facilities Care for the Caregivers, Pain Management, ADD, PTSD, Anxiety, and more! to his students. Long Beach City College is allowing Call now for a free, no-obligation consultation! his program to use its tennis courts for home matches. Houghton Park also gets the advantage of any Douglas Moir, C. Ht. - H Y P N O T H E R A P Y upgrades that the school district requests and finances. Clinical and Certified Hypnotherapist In January, the Parks and Recreation Commission approved a request from the school district, granting 4000 Long Beach Blvd., Suite 224 - Bixby Knolls the necessary permit to make minor upgrades to the 562-253-4097 doug@moirhypnosis.com baseball area, said Bob Livingstone, who serves as the W W W. M O I R H Y P N O S I S . C O M

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contract management officer for the Parks, Recreation & Marine Department at the City of Long Beach. The joint-use agreement between Jordan High School and the City for shared use of the Houghton Park baseball facilities dates back a few decades to the 1970s, Livingstone acknowledged during a phone interview Wednesday. He added that the school district can request to make improvements to the park, subject to the Cityapproval process. Hao acknowledged in a statement that the school district is in the process of negotiating a new agreement with the City that will allow the district to use more park facilities in exchange for the City to use school facilities. She explained that this contract would cover an “in kind” exchange, not a financial one. Rex Richardson, a spokesperson for 9th District Councilmember Steven Neal and a candidate for the 9th-district council seat in the upcoming municipal election, seemed excited that beyond the Jordan High School construction work, Houghton Park and the surrounding areas will also see a transformation over the next few years. He said in an interview Wednesday that about $3 million in one-time funds has already been approved towards the dream of a new community center. He explained that the initial funds may help with the initial phases of planning and development. The full cost of a community center may be closer to $7 million, but he expressed confidence that the balance of the needed funds can be raised. He predicted that there will be a new community center in five years. Richardson also noted that down the street, plans for a new library on the corner of Atlantic Avenue and South Street are already underway. By late afternoon, many of the students still lingered in the park next door to their campus. With a project that takes almost a decade to complete, many of them may not be close by to see the changes to come. Their principal said that the students do understand that the school has a long-term future, long after they say goodbye to their campus and move on to bigger, better plans. “I think they’re smart enough to realize that when you build a school, you’re building it for the next six generations,” Ashley said. “You’re not building [the school] just for the kids that are there right now.” ß

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Benefit to aid local families facing cancer expenses, grief

The Purpose Project, an organization that raises funds for families facing the aftermath of cancer, will host its first Fashion Week Long Beach at El Dorado Golf Club on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 5:30pm. The event will showcase local fashion designers to raise funds for families who have experienced financial hardship from battling cancer. The black-tie event is organized by Long Beach’s Tithing Closet used-clothing store and will be hosted by NFL veteran Oscar McBride. Proceeds will benefit families selected by Junior Foundation Charities. Typically, fashion week is a fashion industry event, lasting approximately one week, which allows fashion designers, brands or “houses” to display their latest collections in runway shows for buyers and the media to see the latest trends. The Tithing Closet will utilize the fashion week concept to raise funds to benefit local families and help to cover medical bills, burial costs and other expenses associated with dayto-day living. The Purpose Project is seeking corporate sponsorships and donations to support the event. Tickets are available as individual seating or tables that seat 10 people. All ticket purchases includes choice of dinner. For more information visit tithingcloset.com, call (562) 2771401, or email ttc562@gmail.com . Source: Tithing Closet

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Elected officials offering Covered California enrollment fair, health screenings for public

Ninth District Long Beach Councilmember Steven Neal, U.S. Congressmember Janice Hahn and State Assemblymember Anthony Rendon have joined forces to host a free community event to offer residents an opportunity to sign up for health insurance under provisions of the Affordable Care Act. The Covered California Enrollment and Health Fair will take place Saturday, Feb. 8 from 10am to 2pm at the Houghton Park Community Center, 6301 Myrtle Ave. The elected officials are cosponsoring the event with the City of Long Beach Department of Health & Human Services, SEIU United Long Term Care Workers, local clergy and others. “With increasing costs and lack of access, affordable health care is a top point of discussion in our community,” Neal said. “Now, though, the time of debate is past, and the time for action is here. Affordable access to health care is a fundamental right for all people, and we’re glad to be able to help facilitate this Covered California enrollment fair for our community.” Hahn said their upcoming enrollment drive is the first in an

ongoing series of collaborative efforts between their offices to put the will of the people into action. “President Obama declared in his State of the Union address that this year would be a ‘year of action,’” Hahn said. “Those of us who share the President’s vision, like Councilman Steven Neal and Assemblyman Anthony Rendon, are determined to make this vision a reality for the communities we serve. I know that as we near the health exchange enrollment deadline, many are scrambling to figure out which plan works best for them and their families. I understand the stress and uncertainty that comes along with being uninsured, and I encourage everyone who finds themselves in this difficult position to come down to this event, learn more about what plans are available and get covered.” Rendon emphasized accessibility as well. “It is important that residents of California have access to the information and resources available to sign up for the Affordable Care Act,” he said. “Through Covered California and partners like Congresswoman Janice Hahn and Long Beach Councilmember Steve Neal, our constituents now have a better understanding of how to obtain health coverage for

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themselves and their families.” This event will provide residents the opportunity to enroll onsite. Those interested in enrolling are requested to bring proof of their Social Security number, income information such as a W-2, and their last income tax filing in order to complete the paperwork. There will also be a health fair with screenings, information, a kid zone and benefit providers. For more information, visit insidedistrict9.com/aca or call (562) 570-6137.

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There will be no delay in waste and recycling collection services provided by EDCO on Monday, Feb. 17. EDCO’s customer-service offices will also remain open. This includes Park Waste and Recycling Services and Signal Hill Waste and Recycling Services. more information For regarding EDCO, visit edcodisposal.com . Source: EDCO

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First Fridays Art walk to celebrate ‘One Love’ with Bob Marley theme

The First Fridays Art Walk on Feb. 7 will honor the birth of Bob Marley and all things reggae. The newest addition to First Fridays, in conjunction with the Arts Council of Long Beach, ARTiculate,

a monthly art talk, will take place at Elise’s Tea Room featuring Long Beach artist Betsy Lohrer Hall. The crowning of this year’s Bixby Knolls Mardi Gras King and Queen, Jahaziel and Brina Romero, will take place at The Factory at 8pm. Seventh District Councilmember James Johnson’s “First Books at First Fridays” at the Dana Branch Library will begin at 5:30pm. Eighth District Councilmember Al Austin’s “Council on Your Corner” will be set up at Atlantic Avenue

and Carson Street to meet and greet attendees. The Big Red Bus will be available to transport attendees from venue to venue via designated stops at the participating businesses. Bella Cosa, 3803 Atlantic Ave., will have information about First Fridays, maps, business info, and restaurant recommendations from 6:30pm to 8pm. MORE INFORMATION firstfridayslongbeach.com

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Signal Hill ranks 19th nationwide in survey of ‘most exciting suburbs’

The city of Signal Hill has ranked number 19 among a list of the nation’s “most exciting suburbs” compiled by the Movoto Blog, which, according to its site, highlights “the lighter side of real estate.” What Movoto found was that after ranking nearly 140 suburbs on numerous excitement factors, 10 emerged as the most thrilling of the bunch. Those included Cambridge, Mass.; Quincy, Mass.; Berkeley, Calif.; Miami Beach, Fla.; Santa Monica, Calif.; Lakewood, Ohio; Jacksonville Beach, Fla., Tempe, Arizona; Santa Clara, Calif.; and Evanston, Illinois. The formula used by Movoto includes rankings for active life, young residents, night life per capital, music venues per capita and access to non-fast food restaurants. The study also looked at business listings for each city and U.S. Census data. They then averaged the individual criteria scores to produce an overall Big Deal Score (one being the best possible score), which was used to determine the final ranking. Signal Hill has the lowest population of the top 20 cities (Neptune Beach, Fla., with 7,090, ranked 21), and it is only one of three cities with a numberone ranking, as well as the only city with a number-one ranking in “Active Life Rank.” Other California “suburb” cities that made the list include Albany, Pacifica, South San Francisco, Oceanside, Roseville, Folsom, Glendale, Lomita and Cupertino.

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The community is invited to help the City of Long Beach prepare a new plan for a 1,500-acre area of southeast Long Beach known as the Southeast Area Specific Plan at pop-up tents at Southeast Farmers Market, Alamitos Bay Marina, on Sunday, Feb. 9 from 9am to 11am. “This three-year process will combine innovative and traditional methods for the public to provide input on the new plan,” said Mayor Bob Foster. “The effort includes a Community Advisory Committee, outreach events, community meetings and other online community engagement opportunities.” The project website lbds.info/ seadip_update will serve as the primary source for the latest news regarding the plan. The site also includes an application for residents interested in serving on the Community Advisory

Local commercial property owner Yanki Greenspan, president of Westland Real Estate Group with numerous holdings in north Long Beach, has been elected chairman of the board of directors of the Uptown Property and Community Association. “This district represents the commitment of north Long Beach property owners to the revitalization of our business corridors and the entire community,” said Greenspan. “I look forward to being a part of this great transformation.” Additionally, the board named Lorena Parker as interim program manager for the association’s new Uptown PBID (Property Business Improvement District) at their board meeting Jan. 27. Parker has been working with other business-improvement districts for the last 13 years. “I am thrilled to be working with the Uptown PBID,” Parker said. “There is nothing more gratifying to see how BIDs can transform a commercial corridor.” The Uptown PBID was originally voted on and established by area business and commercial property owners last October and then officially went into effect on Jan. 1. It is set for an initial five-year term and affects the business corridors along Atlantic Avenue between Artesia Boulevard and Market Street and along Artesia Boulevard between Atlantic and Orange avenues. PBIDs are based upon fees that are determined by how large a business or property is. Annually collected fees are then transferred into a PBID budget that oversees neighborhood benefits that may not be covered or immediately offered by the City, according to Parker. For example, the Downtown PBID uses its funds to cover graffiti removal, sidewalk cleaning, signage updating and various other services. According to paperwork filed with the City, the Uptown PBID will operate on an annual budget of $188,367, which will go towards special services such as security, maintenance, marketing, and economic development for the businesses that pay into the fund. Ninth District Councilmember Steven Neal noted that the establishment of the Uptown PBID is a component of the Uptown Renaissance that’s been revitalizing the north Long Beach area. “This just adds to so many great things that are already going on in north Long Beach,” Neal said. “We look forward to working with both Mr. Greenspan and Ms. Parker as this PBID gets going. Their involvement means so much in the revitalization of our business corridors and supporting our small business community.”

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CULTURE Imitating Life

A portrait of local artist Nat Iosbaker

Cory Bilicko

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Nat Iosbaker

On your Tumblr page, you have several photos of wooden boxes. As a matter of fact, the images are labeled “Professional photos of bandsaw boxes.” What’s the story with these? Bandsaw boxes are a type of vessel made from one piece of wood and are not constrained to right angles. They have this secret form to being made that is playful to me. By which I mean to say, they use techniques that strengthen the structure– somewhat magically– while being indistinguishable from the piece as a whole. The project resulted in containers for the chap books–self-published books of poems– of my friends to sell at their merchandise tables. Woodworking has become my newfound intrigue. In the past two months, I have been working on a writer’s table out of ash wood and a skateboard out of birch.

“Drunk-Dial to God,” oil on masonite circle

If you had to take an objective look at your own sketches on your Tumblr page, how would you characterize them? In other words, if you didn't know the artist who’d created them, what impression would you get from them about who that artist is? I’m proud of my oeuvre. Put in perspective, the sketches seem to be of different com4munities, structures and ideas. Though, yeah, drawing is immediacy– an artist from their window jotting down the kids playing

in front of the hydrant. My hope is for the drawings to be products of pride within the community they represent and not sideline observations. I hope that they seem to be “nothing about us, without us.” You should know that the drawings ground themselves in the room of kids doodling in each others’ black books– that is how I would like to be seen. Also on your Tumblr page, there are sketches that appear to be various bodies and what could be seen as detached limbs and people rendering aid to others on the ground. Have you noticed that the dates on these drawings is April 10, 2013, five days before the Boston Marathon bombings? Wow, no. I remember coming home from class to that on TV. Those sketches were from a larger project about dance and stem from Movement as Material through Improvisation, a course I had been taking at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. I would set up in the studio and rapidly sketch as dancers moved about the room. Through dance, I learned immensely about the body, its capacity to heal and strengthen, and its use in provoking the artmaking process. Retrospectively, the communal response to that day can certainly be seen in the sketch.

You did a painting called “Drunk Dial to God.” There is a line in one of your poems that reads, “I drunk-called God.” What did you say to him when you called him? The only alteration I would like made to the question is to not refer to God in your question as “him.” To clarify, that is an excluding question. My response is non-gendered. I once went to this party on Halloween. There was a two-story party happening, and the second floor had a central space that looked down on to a first-floor courtyard. A crowd of people on all sides– both floors– cheered, in Thunderdome fashion, while these two guys in costumes wrestled. I watched a panda pile-drive Super Mario while everyone cheered and red Solo Cups spilled beer on them. I couldn’t believe I had seen that. I wish I had taken a photo. I called God in the alley outside to talk about it, but the person on the other line just kept saying, “There’s no one named Earl here!” I find that painting “Drunk Dial to God” quite intriguing, by the way. The perspective is just slightly askew, and the point of view is a rather odd one. It’s almost as if the viewer is standing on another chair looking down on the chair, telephone and stool. The objects are almost unsettlingly familiar: a yellow telephone, from the 1970s perhaps, sit-

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ting on what appears to be a black, metal stool; a blanket tossed casually over a wooden chair; and a cup that appears to be one of those red, disposable, plastic ones. Together, it all reads like an area in the apartment of a student or a bachelor who is making do with what is readily available to him. And these things are presented within the confines of a circle. Initially, one might see it simply as a still life. But, with a title like that, there’s got to be more to it. Am I right? Thank you for the recognition. A lot of my work for the past five years dealt with the drinking culture of Madison, Wisconsin– an unimaginably overwhelming waltz to navigate. The painting, for me, works with old-school figura“Back massage,” charcoal on newsprint tive oil painting techniques and rage-life party dynamics. It marinated on then what? being present and absent. How complicated it is that some of the most marvelous, You’ve lived in Southern California for accepting, and liberating memories I have a little more than a week. Overall, how does the culture here compare to that of take place in a basement party. Madison, Wisconsin? You did at least four drawings that each Conversations move faster. People seem to feature a different person with the word make jokes quicker. And I sense that most “monster” written above and along his people weren’t shoveling snow all last or her left shoulder. What inspired week. But there are youth everywhere, there is poetry everywhere, and there are these drawings? Cycles of hegemony. I created this image activists everywhere. of Monster, a torso with a mouth on its belly. It was childlike and said things like What drew you to Long Beach? “I ate a man named Geoffrey who was full I was talking to a guy at a party in Madison, of hurtys.” To me it was a way to check and it turns out he used to deejay some certain invisible chains of oppression that shows for the poetry scene there before are perpetuated. We grow up and have moving out to… Long Beach, California. these factories that tell us so much about We began sharing about the scene, and I how to think and respond, that I felt a need bragged about my friend breakdancing on to create a character who could vocalize the cruise ships over on the West Coast. So, what he ate and then what he would spit I guess, every Tuesday the cruise ship out. It culminated in drawings, an art docked at the Port of Long Beach. He show, a poem, and even my tag for a would have a few free hours, and him and while. But I got into some trouble with that this DJ would meet up downtown and talk in Madison, and I had to let the image fall about what they had worked on in that past off, finding other ways to bring the idea out week, about plans they had, and the projects in my art. The portraits were versions of they were creating. Then my friend would get back on the boat. I heard that beautiful Monster in ourselves. story, and I felt that if collaboration like that When we met, you mentioned some- is happening in Long Beach, then that’s thing about artists needing to have a where I’ll go. If you can believe it. sense of social responsibility. What What do you hope to achieve by living exactly do you mean? Where I’m from is a place where the bat- here in Long Beach? tles to be fought must combine art, To be able to support the community activism and education to be won. Artists through art, activism, and education. need to be a part of the organizing movement, aiding and recording the struggles of To view more of Iosbaker’s work, visit their community. You can be dope, and natiosbaker.tumblr.com .

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LB Symphony Orchestra show to pay homage to the Rat Pack

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The Copa Boys– Jimmy Cargill, Tony Apicella and Sonny Black– are a trio of singers from New York City. They will be performing with the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra and conductor Michael Berkowitz this Saturday at the Long Beach Arena.

The Long Beach Symphony will welcome Michael Berkowitz and The Copa Boys on Saturday, Feb. 8 to the stage of the Long Beach Arena for an evening of music from The Rat Pack– an era of martinis, tuxedos and the American standard. The concert also marks the Symphony’s annual “Port POPS!,” which celebrates the ports and the waterfront community. The program will feature some of the most recognizable tunes made popular by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr. and others. Conceived and conducted by Berkowitz, who is currently the principal Pops conductor of the Santa Rosa Symphony, this show will offer more than a Rat Pack tribute, according to the Symphony. Aside from conducting, drumming and performing for such entertainers as Billy Joel, Elton John and Liza Minelli, Berkowitz offers up his personal library of arrangements by greats including Nelson Riddle, Billy May and Quincy Jones. The Copa Boys– Jimmy Cargill, Tony Apicella and Sonny Black– are a trio of singers from New York City whose voices have been breathing new life into this style. “Armed with the exact notes and measures that accompanied the voices of The Rat Pack, The Copa Boys pay homage to these titans while creating an entirely new experience,” according to a press release from the Symphony. “The era of the Rat Pack was one

of velvet voices and songs that have withstood the test of time,” said Kelly Ruggirello, executive director of the Symphony. “We love partnering this type of music alongside our orchestra. In addition, this concert is special because we will be honoring the Port of Long Beach, who just approved a substantial grant to help support the Symphony’s free educational programs in Long Beach elementary schools, as well as to help sponsor this concert alongside Metro Ports, The Shadden Group of Morgan Stanley, BNSF Railway, Mitsubishi Cement, APM Terminals and Long Beach Container Terminals.” Long Beach Symphony’s POPS! concerts are indoor picnicking events where people gather to eat, drink and enjoy popular music. Patrons may bring their own libations or purchase food and beverage from Arena concessionaires or local caterers. Doors will open at 6:30pm to allow time for dining and mingling, and the concert will begin at 8pm. The POPS! season is sponsored by F&M Bank. Arena seating starts at $21. To purchase tickets, call (562) 4363203, ext. 232, or visit lbso.org . The POPS! season will continue on March 15 when conductor Lloyd Butler celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with Ronan Tynan, founding member of The Irish Tenors, and it will conclude on May 3 with conductor Todd Ellison and vocalist Susan Egan in an evening of Broadway’s greatest hits.

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Long Beach blues musician to be joined by other performers for CD-release party and concert

Long Beach blues musician Bernie Pearl will be honored at the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, Feb. 15 during a Champagne reception and release party for his latest CD, Take Your Time. The recording features duets with renowned diva Barbara Morrison. The idea of recording the blues together had its beginnings when Pearl and Morrison met working on an all African-American rendition of Garcia-Lorca’s Yerma at the Odyssey Showcase in 1981. The two blues devotees found that they had a mutual friend and mentor in saxophonist Eddie Vinson, and after over three decades they were able to dedicate their blues work together to Eddie “Mr. Cleanhead” Vinson. Take Your Time features Pearl and his musicians on 14 tracks, including three duets with Morrison. The spare and largely acoustic arrangements include Pearl originals, as well as covers of lesser-known material from a variety of blues stylists: Lightnin’ Hopkins, Big Boy Crudup, Mercy Dee Walton and Fred MacDowell, among others. Courtesy Bernie Pearl The evening will begin with a reception in the atrium at 7:30pm. At 8:15pm the focus will move to From left, Barbara Morrison, Bernie Pearl (both pictured) and the theater stage where Pearl, Morrison and the band various other blues musicians will be on hand to perform and will perform selections from the CD. sign autographs for a reception and concert on Feb. 15. An all-star blues jam will follow at 9:30pm, featuring New Orleans guitarist Big Terry DeRouen and L.A. blues singer Jamie “Blues Boy” Powell. They will be joined by Bobby “Hurricane” Spencer, Mike Barry, Albert Trepagnier and special guests. All guests will be offered a complementary Take Your Time poster, and copies of the CD will be available for sale. The musicians will also be available for signing autographs. Tickets are $20, available at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased at barbaramorrison.com . The Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center is located at 4305 Degnan Blvd. in L.A. For more information, email berniepearl@hotmail.com or call (310) 462-1439.

Grammy winner Bill Cunliffe, Jazz Trio to perform in LB Bach Festival

arrangements, including several based on the most famous works of composer Johann Sebastian Bach. Cunliffe received his first Grammy Award in 2009 for Best Instrumental Arrangement for “West Side Story Medley” on the album Resonance Big Band Plays Tribute to Oscar Peterson. Since then, he has received five Grammy nominations and two Emmy nominations. The Los Angeles Jazz Society honored Cunliffe in 2010 with its Composer/Arranger Award, and the same year, California State University, Fullerton, named him a Distinguished Faculty Member of the College of the Arts. Cunliffe teaches Jazz Studies at the university, and during summers, he teaches at Skidmore Jazz Institute and the Vail Jazz Workshop. In addition, he writes scores for films and writes books on jazz. For almost a decade, drummer Tim Horner and bassist Martin Wind have performed with Cunliffe in the Bill Cunliffe Trio. Both Horner and Wind have wide-ranging careers in music. Horner’s first major professional work was with The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra as a drummer, and today he performs as drummer with The Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra in New York City as well as in European venues. German-born bass player Martin Wind first came to New York University in 1996 on a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service. Settled in New York City today, he is a regular at major jazz clubs and in demand as a recording session player. He can be heard in such movies as The Alamo, Intolerable Cruelty, Mona Lisa Smile, Fur, The Bounty Hunter and True Grit. In addition, he has released 10 albums. He is on the faculty of New York University and is a guest bass Courtesy LB Camerata Singers performer at numerous jazz programs in the United States and Europe. The Bill Cunliffe Trio, from left, are Cunliffe, Martin Wind and Bill Horner.

Jazz pianist, composer, and Grammy Award-winning arranger Bill Cunliffe will perform in Long Beach on Sunday, March 16, along with his jazz trio, as part of the Long Beach Camerata Singers-sponsored Long Beach Bach Festival. This year’s annual wine and jazz event, titled An Evening with Bill Cunliffe & Friends, will include live entertainment, wine tasting and light hors d’oeuvres starting at 5pm at The Sky Room restaurant, 40 South Locust Ave. Tickets for this event cost $50 and can be reserved and purchased via phone at (562) 522-1045. With Cunliffe on piano, Tim Horner on drums, and Martin Wind on bass, the Bill Cunliffe Trio will perform various jazz

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401 W. Willow St. long Beach (562) 595-6138

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LE YEN

(562) 428-4000 4102 Orange Ave. #121 (at Carson) • Long Beach

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PHONE

2 Long Beach Blvd. locations

______________________________ NAME ______________________________ ADDRESS ______________________________ 3418 Long Beach Blvd. | 321 E. Willow St.

PHONE

4102 orange Ave #113 @ Carson • 562-427-2551

Grooming - Food - Supplies

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3619 Atlantic Ave. Long Beach 562.427.4256

West of Cherry

Long Beach 562.989.7756

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562-421-1341 4358 Atlantic Ave. GoldhillSalon.com

1827 E. Spring St.

3553 Atlantic Avenue 562.981.6245 ______________________________

4140 Atlantic Ave. (562) 427-1937

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Donato’s Hair Salon

Brenda Soto Bryan Insurance Agency Allstate 4202 Atlantic Ave • 562-426-1752

3850 Atlantic Ave. LB 562.426.6999

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Wine Country 2301 Redondo Avenue Long Beach 562.597.8303

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4262 Atlantic Ave. (562) 513-3243

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SIGNAL TRIBUNE

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BambooTeri House

3391 Atlantic Ave (corner of Wardlow Rd) 562-595-6049

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14 SIGNAL TRIBUNE

TST4565 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE Trustee Sale No. 736965CA Loan No. 0015334071 Title Order No. 3206-243385 ATTENTION RECORDER: THE FOLLOWING REFERENCE TO AN ATTACHED SUMMARY IS APPLICABLE TO THE NOTICE PROVIDED TO THE TRUSTOR ONLY. PURSUANT TO CALIFORNIA CIVIL CODE 2923.3 NOTE: THERE IS A SUMMARY OF THE INFORMATION IN THIS DOCUMENT ATTACHED YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 07-12-2006. 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 PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 02-21-2014 at 11:00 A.M., ALAW as the duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded 07-20-2006, Book N/A, Page N/A, Instrument 06 1599635, of official records in the Office of the Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, California, executed by: LILIA LOPEZ, AN UNMARRIED WOMAN, as Trustor, MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., (MERS), SOLELY AS NOMINEE FOR LENDER, ALLIANCE BANCORP, IT'S SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS, as Beneficiary, will sell at public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier's check drawn by a state or national bank, a cashier's check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a cashier's 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. Sale will be held by the duly appointed trustee as shown below, of all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by the trustee in the hereinafter described property under and pursuant to the Deed of Trust. The 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 the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. Place of Sale: BY THE FOUNTAIN LOCATED AT 400 CIVIC CENTER PLAZA, POMONA, CA 91766. Legal Description: LOT 11, OF ORANGE BOULEVARD VIEW TRACT, IN THE CITY OF LONG BEACH, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, STATE OF CALIFORNIA, AS PER MA RECORDED IN BOOK 11, PAGES 55 OF MAPS, IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY RECORDER OF SAID COUNTY Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $440,889.54 (estimated) Street address and other common designation of the real property: 2388 CERRITOS AVENUE SIGNAL HILL, CA 90755 APN Number: 7211-019-010 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The property heretofore described is being sold "as is". In compliance with California Civil Code 2923.5(c) the mortgagee, trustee, beneficiary, or authorized agent declares: that it has contacted the borrower(s) to assess their financial situation and to explore options to avoid foreclosure; or that it has made efforts to contact the borrower(s) to assess their financial situation and to explore options to avoid foreclosure by one of the following methods: by telephone; by United States mail; either 1st class or certified; by overnight delivery; by personal delivery; by e-mail; by face to face meeting. DATE: 01-23-2014 ALAW, as Trustee REGINA CANTRELL, ASSISTANT SECRETARY ALAW 9200 OAKDALE AVE. - 3RD FLOOR CHATSWORTH, CA 91311 (818)435-3661 For Sales Information: www.lpsasap.com or 1-714-7302727 www.priorityposting.com or 1-714-573-1965 www.auction.com or 1-800-280-2832 ALAW IS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder's office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, this information can be obtained from one of the following three companies: LPS Agency Sales and Posting at (714) 730-2727, or visit the Internet Web site www.lpsasap.com (Registration required to search for sale information) or Priority Posting and Publishing at (714) 573-1965 or visit the Internet Web site www.priorityposting.com (Click on the link for "Advanced Search" to search for sale information), or auction.com at 1-800-280-2832 or visit the Internet Web site www.auction.com, using the Trustee Sale No. shown above. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. A-4439975 01/31/2014, 02/07/2014, 02/14/2014

TST4541 / 2013 265127 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: THE REAL ESTATE RECYCLER, 4067 Hardwick St. #233, Lakewood, CA 90713. Registrants: I AM JES, INC., 5214 Knoxville Ave., Lakewood, CA 90713. This business is conducted by: a Corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: John Scandalios, CEO. 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 December 30, 2013. 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: January 17, 24, 31, & February 7, 2014.

PUBLIC NOTICES

TST4561 / Case No. NS028464 oRDER To SHoW CAUSE FoR CHANGE oF NAME, SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, 275 Magnolia Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802. PETITION OF Marlene Amanda Gonzalez. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner MARLENE AMANDA GONZALEZ, filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: MARLENE AMANDA GONZALEZ. to Proposed Name: MARLENE AMANDA MONJI. 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: MARCH 4, 2014; Time: 8:30 am.; Dept. S26, Room 5500. 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: January 31, & February 7, 14, 21, 2014. ___//ss//___ Michael P. Vicencia, Judge of the Superior Court Dated: January 24, 2014 TST4569 / 2014 023798 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: FUN TOUCH PHOTO EXPRESS, 2510 E. Willow St. Unit 101, Signal Hill, CA 90755. Registrants: ALOHI ENTERPRISES INC., 2510 E. Willow St. Unit 101, Signal Hill, CA 90755. This business is conducted by: a Corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Kelly M. James, Secretary. The registrant has 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 January 29, 2014. 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: January 31, & February 7, 14, 21, 2014.

TST4542 / 2014 005867 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: AMPHIBIOUS MEDICAL, 2633 E. 28th St. Unit 622, Signal Hill, CA 90755. Registrants: AM INDUSTRIAL MEDICALSERVICES, INC., 2633 E. 28th St. Unit 622, Signal Hill, CA 90755. This business is conducted by: a Corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Ryan La Bounty, Secretary. 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 January 9, 2014. 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: January 17, 24, 31, & February 7, 2014.

TST4545 / 2014 009352 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAMESTATEMENT The following persons are doing business as: BROTHER'S GRILL, 3605 Tweedy Blvd., South Gate, CA 90280. Registrants: 1. VICENTE CAPARELLI, 1353 Gaviota Ave., Long Beach, CA 90813, 2. LIVIO FABIO CAPARELLI, 11303 Lasselle St., Moreno Valley, CA 92557. This business is conducted by: a General Partnership. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Livio Fabio Caparelli. 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 January 13, 2014. 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: January 17, 24, 31, & February 7, 2014.

TST4547 / 2014 013055 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAMESTATEMENT The following person is doing business as: KRYSTAL PHOTO SERVICES, 3553 Atlantic Ave., Suite, 1130, Long Beach, CA 90807. Registrants: DAVID ROSEN, 3556 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: David Rosen. The registrant has begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. The registrant began using this fictitious business name on February 1, 2014. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on January 16, 2014. 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: January 17, 24, 31, & February 7, 2014. 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: January 17, 24, 31, & February 7, 2014.

TST4549 / 2014 008179 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: FLAT TRACK TREATS, 2163 Oregon Ave., Long Beach, CA 90806. Registrants: MICHAEL L. BLEDSOE, 2163 Oregon Ave., Long Beach, CA 90806. This business is conducted by: an

Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Michael L. Bledsoe. The registrant has begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. The registrant began using this fictitious business name on January 10, 2014. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on January 10, 2014. 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: January 24, 31, & February 7, 14, 2014. TST4558 / 2014 013569

FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT

The following person is doing business as: 1. CO CAL BONDED, 2. BONDED ROOFING, 2450 Orange Ave., Signal Hill, CA 90755. Registrants: EUGENE S. LAYTON, 2450 Orange Ave., Signal Hill, CA 90755. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Eugene S. Layton. The registrant has begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. The registrant began using this fictitious business name on April 18, 2011. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on January 16, 2014. 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: January 24, 31, & February 7, 14, 2014 . TST4559 / 2014 017245 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT

The following person is doing business as: 1. BRICKS 4 KIDZ, 2. G2B LEARNING NETWORK, 15104 Colony Court, Paramount, CA 90723. Registrants: G2B LEARNING NETWORK LLC, 15104 Colony Court, Paramount, CA 90723. This business is conducted by: a Limited Liability Company. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Tenita Brown, Director. The registrant has begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. The registrant began using this fictitious business name on December 1, 2013. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on January 22, 2014. 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: January 24, 31, & February 7, 14, 2014. TST4552 / 2014 004291 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: 1. SONNOCCO COMMERCIAL, 2. SONNOCCO REAL ESTATE GROUP, 3626 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90807. Registrants: SONNOCCO INC., 3626 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90807. This business is conducted by: a Corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: William Larson, CEO. 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 January 7, 2014. 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: January 24, 31, & February 7, 14, 2014.

TST4550 / 2014 004085 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as: BELLFLOWER FAMILY SERVICE, 16704 Clark Ave., Bellflower, CA 90706. Registrants: 1. ED WALSH, 5832 Rosebay St., Long Beach, CA 90808, 2. DAVID PECORARO, 9594 Pettswood Dr., Huntington Beach, CA 92646, 3. RAMIRO GUEVARA, 26351 Wheat St., Sun City, CA 92585. This business is conducted by: a General Partnership. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Ed Walsh. The registrants have begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. The registrants began using this fictitious business name on January 2, 2014. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on January 7, 2014. 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: January 24, 31, & February 7, 14, 2014.

TST4551 / 2014 015263 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as: PHOTO BOMB EVENTS, 1021 Loma Ave. #7, Long Beach, CA 90804. Registrants: 1. ADRIAN GALLEGOS, 2. CHRISTINA JIMENEZ 1021 Loma Ave. #7, Long Beach, CA 90804. This business is conducted by: a Married Couple. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Christina Jimenez. The registrants have begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. The registrants began using this fictitious business name on December 1, 2013. This statement was filed with the county clerk of

Los Angeles County on January 17, 2014. 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: January 24, 31, & February 7, 14, 2014.

TST4560 / Case No. NS028422 oRDER To SHoW CAUSE FoR CHANGE oF NAME, SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, 275 Magnolia Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802. PETITION OF Davyne Madison, for minor Lundan Jata Niara Wingfield. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner DAVYNE MADISON, filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: LUNDAN JATA NIARA WINGFIELD. to Proposed Name: LUNDAN STARR NIARA WINGFIELD. 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: February 27, 2014; Time: 8:30 am.; Dept. S26, Room . The address of the court is the same as above. A copy of this O--rder 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: January 24, 31, & February 7, 14, 2014. ___//ss//___ Michael P. Vicencia, Judge of the Superior Court Dated: January 23, 2014 TST4562 / 2014 001109 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: LONG BEACH BREWING COMPANY, 1520 Ohio Ave., Long Beach, CA 90804. Registrant: MELANIE MELENDREZ, 1520 Ohio 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: Melanie Melendrez. 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 January 3, 2014. 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: January 31, & February 7, 14, 21, 2014.

TST4563 / 2014 019197 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as: BREW LBC, 1131 E. 4th St., Long Beach, CA 90802. Registrants: 1. MELANIE MELENDREZ, 1520 Ohio Ave., Long Beach, CA 90804, 2. LLOYD MITCHELL III, 1187 E. 3rd St. #112, Long Beach, CA 90802. This business is conducted by: Copartners. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Melanie Melendrez. The registrants have begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. The registrants began using this fictitious business name on January 23, 2014. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on January 23, 2014. 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: January 31, & February 7, 14, 21, 2014. TST4564 / 2014 018732 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: BLACK LABEL, 6216 E. Pacific Coast Hwy. Unit 97, Long Beach, CA 90803. Registrant: JOHNPAUL NELSON, 6216 E. Pacific Coast Hwy. Unit 97, Long Beach, CA 90803. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: John-Paul Nelson. 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 January 23, 2014. 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: January 31, & February 7, 14, 21, 2014. TST4566 / 2014 000598 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: TEAM PURE FREEDOM ENTERTAINMENT, 41 Cedar Walk #4406, Long Beach, CA 90802. Registrants: PUREFREEDOM MARKRAY, 41 Cedar Walk #4406, Long Beach, CA 90802. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Purefreedom Markray. The registrant has 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 January 3, 2014.

FEBRUARY 7, 2014

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: January 31, & February 7, 14, 21, 2014.

TST4567 / 2014 020357 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: MISTERCMT, 416 Orange Ave. Apt. 8, Long Beach, CA 90802. Registrants: GLENN BACOLOR, 416 Orange Ave. Apt. 8, Long Beach, CA 90802. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Glenn Bacolor. The registrant has 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 January 24, 2014. 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: January 31, & February 7, 14, 21, 2014. TST4568 / 2014 023348 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: APV PROTECTION AND TRANSPORT, 819 E. 4th St. Apt. 12, Long Beach, CA 90802. Registrants: ASTER VELASQUEZ, 819 E. 4th St. Apt. 12, Long Beach, CA 90802. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Aster Velasquez. The registrant has 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 January 28, 2014. 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: January 31, & February 7, 14, 21, 2014.

TST4573 / 2014 031237 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: S A BRIGGS & ASSOCIATES, 3833 E. 2nd St. #103, Long Beach, CA 90803. Registrants: SHIRLEY A. BRIGGS, 3833 E. 2nd St. #103, Long Beach, CA 90803. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Shirley A. Briggs. 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 February 5, 2014. 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: February 7, 14, 21, 28, 2014. TST4570 / 2014 026626

FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT

The following person is doing business as: MAKE A DIFFERENCE, 2510 E. Willow St. Unit 101, Signal Hill, CA 90755. Registrants: ALOHI ENTERPRISES INC., 2510 E. Willow St., Signal Hill, CA 90755. This business is conducted by: a Corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Kelly M. James, Secretary. 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 January 31, 2014. 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: February 7, 14, 21, 28, 2014. TST4571 / 2014 0274496

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The following person is doing business as: BEACH DRAFTING AND DESIGN, 6742 E. Los Arcos St., Long Beach, CA 90815. Registrants: RUSSELL TURLEY, 6742 E. Los Arcos St., Long Beach, CA 90815. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Russell Turley. 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 January 31, 2014. 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: February 7, 14, 21, 28, 2014.

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that dates back to the 1920s and 1930s. Development on abandoned oil wells is required to comply with City and State regulations. A major impetus for updating the City’s regulations, however, was the fact that in 2010 the State’s Division of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) terminated a 22-year-old program for testing oil wells for methane leaks and reviewing development. The State’s decision has left many developers and oil-rich cities, such as Signal Hill, on their own to conduct the oil-well development-review process, using independent petroleum engineers, according to city officials. Making matters more complicated, the State abolished redevelopment agencies (RDAs) to fix a budget shortfall in 2012, eliminating Signal Hill’s largest funding source for incentivizing development and paying for the oil-well cleanups. City officials said that from 1990 to 2010 the City’s former RDA paid for 94 oil-wells cleanups. Aleshire pointed out that, while the oil field is an “economically viable” resource, the City should look at creating a program that would replace redevelopment and help pay for cleaning up properties that continue to sit vacant. “You don’t have a redevelopment agency anymore,” he said. “We want the field to be there, but maybe there needs to be a program, whereby over a period of time, out of the profits of the production of the field, some of these properties are cleaned up. Maybe there should be a program so for every new well drilled there ought to be a well eliminated, or something like that.” Mayor Michael Noll, who said Signal Hill Petroleum has been “very good corporate citizens,” echoed Aleshire’s sentiment. “We’re dealing in the future with no redevelopment so we’re going to have to come up with some other mechanisms,” Noll said. Dave Slater, Signal Hill Petroleum’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, told the Council that a longterm CUP extension, possibly covering a 10-year period, would give the oil operator the ability to “plan future business” and maintain necessary permits required by regulatory agencies, such as DOGGR and the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD). City Manager Ken Farfsing noted, however, that the City wouldn’t be able to grant Signal Hill Petroleum a longterm permit until city staff updates Signal Hill’s oil code to conform to modern oil-drilling technology and developments. “For the next operational permit, we really need to have all the facts and information before the City Council and the community, so you can make an informed decision,” Farfsing told the Council. “That process could take some time.” Farfsing said a lot has changed since Signal Hill Petroleum was first granted its CUP in the 1990s, adding that the oil operator has invested “millions of dollars in specialized equipment and computer technology” to look at new underground oil reservoirs below Signal Hill for future oil drilling. “A conditional-use permit, which was granted under an old oil code is a vehicle that was looked at over 20 years ago, and our feeling is that we need to really move ourselves into a more modern look at the oil code,” Farfsing said. “[Signal Hill Petroleum] may be here for another century, so our feeling is we really needed to take a comprehensive look at that.” Colleen Doan, Signal Hill’s associate planner, said Signal Hill Petroleum, which consolidated its oil operations to seven drill sites after taking over operations from ARCO, Shell and Texaco in the 1980s, has provided data on 13 development projects and more than 360 oil wells. She said a draft report from a water consultant indicates that, “there’s no evidence of problems or future impacts to water quality, which is good news.” Doan said a report from a petroleum engineer is expected by Feb. 25. Once all reports are completed, the City will be able to develop a full scope for an environmental-review process, she said. Doan added that Signal Hill

Petroleum has completed a number of improvements to its drill sites, including trash removal, fencing and installing trees. Councilmember Larry Forester pointed out that Signal Hill Petroleum uses water injection to extract oil and does not conduct hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as “fracking.” The controversial procedure has recently come under nationwide scrutiny over potential for contaminating underground water wells and increasing seismic activity. Scott Charney, Signal Hill’s director of community development, said the City has been monitoring recent public hearings on the State’s new fracking regulation, known as SB 4, and the City is planning to educate the public on oil operations in Signal Hill. “A lot of people don’t understand the water-injection system,” he said. “One of our goals is to make sure people understand how this field is working.” In a previous interview with the Signal Tribune, Signal Hill Petroleum officials confirmed that the company does not conduct fracking and has no intention to do so in the future, although the oil operator does employ acid-well stimulation treatments for maintenance purposes.

Other Council highlights: Presentations Signal Hill Police Department officials presented two new public service announcements (PSAs) that the department developed with media students and staff from California State University, Long Beach. One of the videos on distracted drivers was presented during the Council meeting. Both PSAs are available on the police department’s website, the local cable publicaccess channel and signaltribune.com . Housing Element update The Council unanimously approved its Housing Element update, which is a roadmap for housing development in the city for an eight-year period that ends in 2021. City staff said Signal Hill is expected to exceed regional and State requirements for accommodating affordable and moderate-income housing. The City is expected to submit the document for State approval in coming weeks, city staff said.

Police-employee misconduct Pending the city attorney’s approval, the Council voted unanimously for the City to enter into a five-year contract with RCS Investigations and Consulting LLC to conduct administrative investigations as directed by Police Chief Michael Langston as a way to increase “transparency and quality of investigations.” The police department has previously conducted its own administrative investigations of alleged misconduct on the part of its employees except in complex cases or where a potential conflict of interest existed, states a staff report. New all-way stop The Council voted unanimously (4-0) to adopt a resolution establishing an all-way stop at the intersection of 21st Street and Raymond

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Avenue. Staff presented a report on recent actions taken to address resident concerns regarding traffic issues on 21st Street and Cherry Avenue and issues related to fitness activities in the hilltop area.

Budget workshop The Council announced that the City’s annual budget

meeting is scheduled for May 28.

Right to Know and Vote Mayor Noll requested that and the Council agreed to have City Attorney Aleshire bring back an agenda item for the Council to vote on opposing the Taxpayers’ Right to Know and Vote initiative, which will be on the

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June 3 election ballot for Signal Hill. Noll said he would provide a report on a recent meeting he had with homeowners association (HOA) presidents.

The next Signal Hill Council meeting is scheduled for 7pm on Feb. 18 in the Council Chamber. ß

TST4572 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 Tuesday, March 11, 2014 and on the same day shortly thereafter, they will be publicly opened and read for construction of SIGNAL HILL POLICE STATION DEMOLITION PROJECT NO. 867 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 on the Specifications and as described in the Bid Schedule. The work to be accomplished under this contract consists of demolition of the existing police building and associated site improvements, including but not limited to the following; footings, foundations, site paving, landscaping, irrigation, underground utilities, and removal of demolition debris. The project also includes site grading for storm drainage plus provisions of run-off controls, restoration and construction of site asphaltic concrete paving and Portland cement concrete curbs, gutters, paving, switchback walkways with guardrails and handrails, surface sealing of new and existing asphaltic concrete paving, pavement markings, traffic and parking control signage, and temporary chainlink fencing with gates, signage and privacy windscreen to remain in place at Contract Closeout. The Contract duration is sixty (60) calendar days.

A-2 The contract documents, which include the Plans and Specifications, may be purchased for $50.00 at the City of Signal Hill Finance Department. The documents are entitled “SIGNAL HILL POLICE STATION DEMOLITION PROJECT NO. 867"

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 estimate of quantities shown in the Bid Schedule(s) and as stipulated herein. 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 currently active Class C21 license at the time the bid is submitted. The Contractor or their subcontractors shall hold the appropriate licenses to perform other work in the contract. A-5 Attention is directed to the provision in Section 1777.5 of the Labor Code concerning the employment of apprentices by the Contractor or 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/she has a current combined single limit liability policy with aggregate limits for Bodily Injury and Property Damage in the amount of two million dollars ($2,000,000.00).

A-7 Pursuant to the provisions of Section 1773.2 of the Labor Code of the State of California, the minimum prevailing rate of per diem wages for each craft, classification or type of workman needed to execute the contract shall be determined by the Director of Industrial Relations of the State of California which are on file with the City Clerk of Signal Hill and copies will be made available to any interested party on request. These rates shall be the minimum wage rates for this project. A copy of the Contractor's certified payroll, as well as those of all subcontractors, will be required to be submitted with each invoice. A-8 Attention is directed to Public Contract Code Section 22300 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 It is estimated that this contract will be awarded on March 18, 2014 by the City Council. It is desired that work begin no later than the week of April 7, 2014.

A-12 A mandatory pre-bid site meeting and walk through will be held on Monday, March 3, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. The meeting place will be at the project site located at 1800 East Hill Street, Signal Hill, CA 90755. The City of Signal Hill will note any contractor that arrives late at the pre-bid site meeting. If any of the noted late contractors turn out to be the low bidder, the City of Signal Hill would determine if their bid would be reviewed as responsive. Failure to attend this mandatory pre-bid meeting will render the bid non-responsive. If you have any questions, please contact Paul Buckley at (562) 7439400. The City reserves the right to reject any or all bids and to waive any irregularities or informalities of any bid received.

BY ORDER of the City of Signal Hill.

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