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In State of the City address, Mayor Foster focuses on LB’s next move post-redevelopment CJ Dablo Staff Writer

In his annual “State of the City” address Monday, Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster declared that his city was still moving forward, despite a tough economic outlook and despite the state’s efforts to end to redevelopment agencies throughout California. “In two essential areas, redevelopment and ‘realignment,’ the state is robbing the future to pay current costs, and setting the stage for our children and grandchildren to be worse off than we are,” Foster said during his speech to hundreds of attendees at the Center Theater in downtown Long Beach. Last month, the state Supreme Court upheld recent legislation that sought to abolish redevelopment.

Hundreds of redevelopment agencies throughout California have now been required to shut down by Feb. 1. These agencies relied on local property taxes. They were commissioned to eliminate blight from the neighborhoods and develop affordable housing. Gov. Jerry Brown, who advocated for an end to redevelopment, said that these agencies’ shares of local property taxes would be directed to other entities, including police, fire, counties, local activities and schools. The governor stated earlier this month that the move would guarantee these entities one billion dollars. During his speech, Foster said that Long Beach is faithful to a responsibility to “preserve opportunity for the next generation.” “And we did it despite an

atmosphere in Sacramento and Washington that is caught up in bitter partisan politics and seems destined to impoverish our future for some illusion of present benefit...Redevelopment, while frustratingly misunderstood within the State Capitol, not only helped cities fix themselves, but brought development to areas that would otherwise remain economically stagnant for decades," Foster said, explaining how the City had developed properties known for drug houses and dilapidated liquor stores. Although he said that they were working hard to save redevelopment legislatively, he acknowledged that the outlook seemed "grim." Foster announced that the City Council next week will begin to comply with the provisions that

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Mayor Bob Foster greets attendees at the Center Theater stage just minutes after delivering the State of the City speech in downtown Long Beach on Jan. 9, 2012. are now required under the new state legislation. He indicated that they will form a new community

advisory board and a “reconstitution” of commissions, adding that see FOSTER page 7

Cities of LB and SH gear up for Feb. 1 elimination of redevelopment funding Stephanie Raygoza Staff Writer

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Operation Mulch-A-Lot, located at the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Artesia Boulevard, is a joint effort between the Long Beach redevelopment agency and the City of Long Beach Office of Sustainability to beautify vacant lots and control the spread of weeds.

At the Long Beach State of the City address on Jan. 9, Mayor Bob Foster placed the dismissal of statewide redevelopment agencies and the City’s future efforts to continue community improvements at the forefront of his agenda for 2012. As the Feb. 1 implementation of the court’s decision fast approaches, several cities, Long Beach communities and the California Redevelopment Association are bracing for the changes to come and, in certain cases, preparing to revisit new legislation in hopes of saving unfinished projects. Community impact Under the California Supreme Court decision, state lawmakers have the legal right to seize $1.7 million in redevelopment money, and consequently shut down the state’s nearly 400 local redevelopment agencies (RDA). According to the document that

summarizes the California Supreme Court decision in California Redevelopment v. Matosantos, the court found the Dissolution Act constitutional because the Legislature has the broad power to establish or dissolve local agencies as it sees fit. The Court held that nothing in the text of Article XVI, section 16 of the California Constitution or any constitutional mandates added under Proposition 22 in November 2010 withdraws from the Legislature the power to dissolve RDAs for the benefit of the State. Long Beach city councilmembers have expressed their disapproval of the decision and side with Foster’s reassurance that the City will continue its work of building up communities and transforming Long Beach without redevelopment. “It was arguably the last remaining tool for economic development in California, and it is hard to deny that it has been transformational in Long see RDA page 14

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JaNuary 13, 2012 LBPD seeking information in W. 14th Street shooting On Jan. 11, at approximately 3:55am, Long Beach police responded to a shooting call in the 200 block of W. 14th Street, which resulted in the death of a male adult. When officers arrived, they discovered the victim, identified as 26year-old Lashown Fils of Long Beach, down in the street. Long Beach Fire Department paramedics responded and transported the victim to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased a few hours later. Detectives do not believe the victim was a gang member. A motive for the shooting is unknown, and the investigation remains ongoing. No suspect information is available at this time, and detectives are hoping that anyone with information or anyone who witnessed the shooting, who hasn't already spoken to police, will come forward. Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Long Beach Police Department Homicide Detectives Terri Hubert or Mark Bigel at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted via text or web at tipsoft.com.

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EYE ON CRIME Crimes reported by the LBPD Jan. 4–9 Council Districts 6 (North of PCH) 7 & 8 (East of the L.A. River & North to Del Amo Blvd.) Thursday, Jan. 5 Felony suspect arrest 5am– 2800 block of Atlantic Avenue Security officers from a local hospital observed a male suspect breaking into a vehicle. Patrol officers responded and safely took the suspect into custody. Assault 6:30am– 1800 block of Magnolia Avenue Officers responded to a report of a shooting, identified a crime scene and located evidence of a shooting. No injuries were reported. Assault 1:30pm– 2100 block of Linden Avenue An adult male approached another adult male and stabbed him in the upper body. The victim sustained a nonlife-threatening injury and had a friend drive him to the hospital for medical attention. Friday, Jan. 6 Assault 4pm– Pacific Coast Highway and Gardenia Avenue Patrol officers discovered an adult male bleeding from the upper body. The victim stated that an unknown suspect assaulted him. The victim was transported to the hospital for treatment of his injuries. Saturday, Jan. 7 Felony suspect arrested 9pm– 4600 block of Long Beach Boulevard A male suspect was attempting to break into a local business when officers spotted him. Officers were able to take the suspect safely into custody before he had the opportunity to burglarize the office. Sunday, Jan. 8 Burglary 1am– 3500 block of Atlantic Avenue An unknown suspect or suspects burglarized a local business. The suspect(s) fled prior to the police arriving. Arson 6:30pm– 2100 block of Earl Avenue Several male juveniles set a Christmas tree in a trashcan on fire. A nearby building also sustained minor damage. Monday, Jan. 9 Felony suspects arrested 1:30am– Wardlow Road and Cherry Avenue Long Beach patrol officers assisted the Signal Hill Police Department with locating two male adult suspects involved in a road-rage incident. The victims were not injured, and the suspects were safely taken into custody.

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One man succumbs after double shooting on LB Blvd. On Saturday, Jan. 7, at approximately 10:39pm, Long Beach Police Department officers responded to the intersection of Long Beach Boulevard and 68th Street regarding a 911 report of a shooting. Two male adults were standing on the sidewalk at the northeast corner of Long Beach Boulevard and 68th Street. A gray sedan approached and stopped at the intersection driving northbound on Long Beach Boule-

vard. The male suspect(s) shot from the driver’s side of the vehicle, striking both victims in the upper torso area. The suspects fled the scene eastbound on 68th Street, and the abandoned vehicle was located elsewhere in Long Beach shortly after the shooting. The victims did not know each other and were apparently about to enter a business when they were shot, according to the Long Beach Police

Department. Both victims were transported to a local hospital. The 21year-old male victim suffered a nonlife-threatening gunshot wound. The 38-year-old male victim died as a result of his injuries. The victims are both residents of Los Angeles. Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to contact Long Beach Homicide Detectives Malcolm Evans or Todd Johnson at (562) 570-7244.

Police investigating shooting death of 19-year-old Long Beach man On Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, at approximately 12:02pm, Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) officers responded to a shooting call in the 2100 block of Orange Avenue that resulted in the death of a male adult. When officers arrived, they discovered the victim, identified as 19year-old Jeff Pouncil of Long Beach, who had sustained a gunshot wound to the upper torso. Long Beach Fire

Department paramedics responded and transported the victim to a local hospital with serious injuries. He was pronounced deceased shortly thereafter. The preliminary investigation indicates that the victim was walking northbound on Orange Avenue with a male friend when confronted by the suspect. The suspect opened fire on both subjects, striking only Pouncil,

before fleeing. A motive for the shooting is unknown, but the incident is being investigated as possibly gangrelated. Anyone who may have any information regarding this incident is asked to contact LBPD Homicide Detectives Malcolm Evans or Todd Johnson at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted via text or web by visiting tipsoft.com.

attorney general Harris announces launch of website to combat human trafficking Attorney General Kamala D. Harris last Friday announced the launch of the Human Trafficking in California website, a hub for information and resources designed to connect Californians in the fight against human trafficking. The website can be found at oag.ca.gov/human-trafficking. The announcement is coinciding with January’s being recognized as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. “This month, we are called upon to acknowledge the appalling existence of modern-day slavery and to join together in the effort to eradicate slavery once and for all,” Harris said. “This effort requires our collaboration to protect victims and hold traffickers accountable, as well as our vigilance to protect these abuses from occurring in the first place.”

“This month, we are called upon to acknowledge the appalling existence of modern-day slavery and to join together in the effort to eradicate slavery once and for all” –Attorney General Kamala Harris Harris said she has long been committed to fighting human trafficking. “As district attorney of San Francisco, I co-sponsored the California Human Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2005, which made human trafficking a felony in this state. Now, as attorney general, I am making the fight against human trafficking a priority for the California Department of Justice. I am proud to have many partners in this work, and to participate in the National Association of Attorneys General’s Pillars of Hope initiative to combat human trafficking.” The Human Trafficking in California website includes highlights of the related work being done across

the state, as well as comprehensive resources to identify and report human trafficking. “I encourage

every Californian to visit the website, and to join in the fight against human trafficking,” Harris said.

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gIVINg BaCK What Volunteer opportunities coffee Who Hosted by Rancho Los Cerritos Where 4600 Virginia Rd., LB When Saturday, Jan. 14 at 10am More Info Rancho Los Cerritos is seeking new volunteers for a variety of programs at its free coffee meet-up. A complimentary continental breakfast will be provided. RSVP at (562) 570-1755. rEMEMBErINg KINg What 20th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Interfaith Celebration Who Presented by the Gospel Memorial Church of God in Christ Where 1480 Atlantic Ave., LB When Sunday, Jan. 15 from 3pm to 5pm More Info The community-wide, multicultural gathering will include music and a reception. Call (562) 983-1665. CELEBraTINg WITH WINNIE aND FrIENDS What Winnie the Pooh Day at El Dorado Nature Center Who Presented by the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine Where 7550 E. Spring St., LB When Wednesday, Jan. 18 from 10am to 11:30am More Info The general public is invited to help celebrate the birthday of author A.A Milne with games and crafts. The “Parent and Me” workshop is for children ages 2 to 5, and will be $10 per parent/child. Pre-registration is required. Call (562) 570-1745. NOW HEar THIS What Free hands-on exhibit of hearing devices Who Presented by the Hearing Loss Association of Long Beach/Lakewood Where Weingart Senior Center, Craft Room, 5220 Oliva Ave., Lakewood When 10am to noon on Friday, Jan. 20 More Info Exhibit will include information on how devices work and where they can be purchased. Call (562) 425-5651 or visit hlalongbeachlakewood.org. FOr THE WOMEN WHO HaVE SErVED What Female veteran community outreach event Who Conducted by United States Veterans Initiative Where 2001 River Ave., LB When Friday, Jan. 20 from 2pm to 3pm More Info The event is to open to female veterans needing help with finding shelter, supportive services, and jobs. Needed are donations of clean, gently used professional clothing, as well as professionals working in human resources who can lend an afternoon of meeting job-seekers and reviewing résumés to offer feedback. Contact Jaclyn Paxton, job developer, at (562) 388-8005 or JPaxton@usvetsinc.org. COMMuNITy uPDaTES What North Long Beach Community Assembly Who Presented by 9th District Councilmember Steven Neal Where North Long Beach Community Center, 2311 E. South St., LB When Saturday, Jan. 21 from 10am to noon More Info The assembly will feature presentations from neighborhood associations and an update on the redevelopment agency. Guest speakers will include 8th District Councilmember Rae Gabelich, Director of Public Works Mike Conway and Deputy City Attorney Richard Anthony. uNVEILINg ParK rENOVaTIONS What Orizaba Park grand re-opening Who Hosted by 4th District Councilmember Patrick O’Donnell Where Orizaba Park, 1435 Orizaba Ave., LB When Saturday, Jan. 21 from noon to 2pm More Info The event, which will be free to the public, will offer free food and activities for the family. Call (562) 570-6918. STayINg aCTIVE FOr a CauSE What Autism Fitness Day Who Hosted by Autism in Long Beach and Sweat Shop Gym Where Sunday, Jan. 22 from noon to 3pm When 3671 Industry Ave., Lakewood More Info Kids will have the opportunity to do indoor fitness assessments, agility drills, strength conditioning, sports specific training and cardiovascular. Outdoor activities include bouncers (weather permitting) and the Autism in Long Beach and Autism Youth Sports League booth. A dress code of athletic shoes, shorts, sweats and T-shirt is strongly recommended. Parking will be available. a rOSE By aNy OTHEr NaME What Rose-pruning workshop Who Hosted by Bembridge Gardens Where Bembridge House, 953 Park Circle, LB When Saturday, Jan. 28 from 9:30am to 11am More Info Attendees are encouraged to bring gloves, hat, garden shoes and a pruner. RSVP to Bembridge Gardener Karen Bertram at (562) 5969406 or email karenbertram@verizon.net by Jan. 20. SPIrITuaL MINgLE What Faith community mixer Who Hosted by the Reformed Catholic Church Where The Center in Long Beach, 2017 E. 4th St. When Thursday, Feb. 23 from 7pm to 8:30pm More Info The progressive, LGBT-affirming, international faith community will host a free mixer featuring Bishop Chris Carpenter, the head of the church’s California-based Diocese of St. George. Church members will be on hand to present information and answer questions. Those interested in current matters of religion and spirituality are welcome to attend. Coffee and dessert will be served. Visit reformedcatholicchurch.org.

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Here’s another edition of what I like to call “So, What’s New?” Mother got a Kindle for Christmas. It looks as if they are going to get along nicely, that is as long as I can keep it loaded up fast enough for her. She is a voracious reader. More about Mom and her Kindle soon. Loving hazelnuts and chocolate as much as I do, I find it strange that I had never tried Nutella before yesterday morning. Wow! It is so yummy– especially spread on warm glutenfree waffles. I picked up a small jar of the Nutella at Fresh & Easy, along with waffles and two containers of soup: split pea with ham, and baked potato. Thanks to my pal Barbie for telling me about the soup. So good! Looks as if Shell and Sheldon Grossman are planning something special for the 35th anniversary of their Bixby Knolls Car Wash

and Detail Center. The event will take place sometime in the summer. If it’s anything like the last anniversary party they hosted, it will be amazing! The City of Signal Hill is hosting a design presentation of the conceptual plan for the new library at a special park and recreation commission meeting. The presentation will take place Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 6pm at the City Council Chambers 2175 Cherry Ave. According information supplied by the City, there is no need to RSVP, and childcare for children 3 years and older will be provided. If you have any questions, give a call to the Community Services Department at (562) 989-7330. Mom reported lots of construction activity in a building directly across from her abode at Bixby Knolls Towers (3700 block of Atlantic Ave). With curiosity getting the best of me, I

just had to stop by and check it out. According to the construction supervisor, it looks as if a rather large dermatology clinic will be located at the site. Hmmmm. Wonder if they will be able to do anything to bring out more of my “natural beauty?” Hey, no smart-aleck remarks– I mean the dermatology clinic– not the construction company! Sweetheart Sweepstakes fans can start gearing up for the two-week run of our 17th annual special section. We already have lots of prizes and surprises, and we are looking forward to publishing the sweepstakes details Feb. 3 and 10. With only room for 24 participating retailers, spaces are going quickly. If you own a business in our distribution area and would like to sponsor a drop-off location for entry blanks and/or would like to donate a prize or two, please give us a call at (562) 5957900.

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Animal abuse and exploitation in pursuit of entertainment is unacceptable By Madeline Bernstein, President Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Los Angeles

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Privileged starlets, pranksters, aging rockers and those hoping for a miracle are welcomed into American homes with growing frequency, as “reality” entertainment overtakes its scripted counterparts. We’ve watched as housewives behave badly, people undergo surgical procedures and rigorous exercise routines in a quest for beauty, and grown men try weekly to render themselves eunuchs. What we must not welcome– must never welcome– is abuse, cruelty and exploitation in the pursuit of entertainment. The NBC show Fear Factor recently rebooted and premiered the episode “Snake Bite” on Jan. 2, 2012. During one stunt, contestants in teams of two were set to face their “fear” of snakes. One team

member [lay] in a clear, coffinshaped box filled with 500 various live snakes while the other team member set about removing the snakes using only his or her mouth. Apparently, to overcome your fear of snakes, you must bite them. Notwithstanding the potential health risks to humans (salmonella, e-Coli and a host of other bacteria), little, if any, thought to the health and well-being of the snakes is evident. From the footage presented, experts agree that many of the snakes– whose backbones are [composed] of many fine, delicate and easily broken ribs underneath fragile skin and musculature– likely suffered permanent injuries and trauma. Fear Factor, as a “reality” TV show, is not mandated to abide by

the industry standard guidelines (created and enforced by [the American Humane Association]) that provide for the humane treatment of animals, as well as their protection from abuse, cruelty and exploitation. Many networks and producers of such shows claim they are filmed in a manner similar to that of documentaries. But, unlike a documentary, shows like Fear Factor are staged. They are games. Contestants can choose to be catapulted off of skyscrapers, hang upsidedown from a moving helicopter and push themselves to the brink of physical and emotional exhaustion (as they did during the “Snake Bite” episode). I urge the producers of Fear Factor, NBC and the others who produce and air television shows

glorifying the abuse and mistreatment of animals to stop. Those who cannot choose– in this case, snakes– must not be forced to suffer injury and trauma. And, before you brush this off, telling yourself “they’re only snakes,” think about this: your Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA) was started in 1877 to protect those who people deemed to be “just women,” “just children,” “just horses” and “just pets.” For the voiceless, there is no payoff, no prize, no fame, and no glory. There is only suffering, confusion and death, all for our entertainment. Animal cruelty is a crime in the state of California and the rest of the country regardless if it is a reality show. That is the reality.

Child sex trafficking is a problem that’s closer than we think By Don Knabe, Los Angeles County Supervisor, Fourth District

A few weeks ago, I received a deeply troubling briefing regarding minor girls who are being bought and sold as prostitutes across Los Angeles County. Some of these girls are as young as 11 and 12. While we often think of child sex

trafficking as a problem in other countries, it’s happening right here in our back yard. In fact, 84 percent of the children arrested for prostitution in Los Angeles County in 2010 live in the Fourth District, mostly in Long Beach and the South Bay area.

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been arrested, or are not being determined to be sexual victims in screenings when placed in either foster care of the juvenile justice system. That’s part of the biggest problem on this issue– we don’t know what we don’t know. This week, I am asking the Probation Department to track and gather more statistics so that we get a real sense of what is happening out there. Then we can aggressively address prevention tactics, figure out ways to combat the problem and develop aftercare programs. I would also like to look at the possibility of establishing a special unit in the Probation Department, dedicated to sexually exploited minors and the development of specialized services for the victims of this horrendous crime. These young girls have often suffered in their own homes and then move to a life on the streets where they are further victimized by local pimps and gangs. As a grandfather, it is horrifying to think of the lives these young girls face. We must do everything we can to get these girls off the streets and on a path to a better life ahead.

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Jaycee Foundation’s ‘adopt a Teacher’ grant helps local teachers buy classroom items they would normally have to pay for ‘out of pocket’ As a result of cuts to education funding, many teachers spend their own money to provide basic supplies for classrooms and students. To help offset these costs, each year the Long Beach Jaycee Foundation provides “Adopt a Teacher” (AAT) grants for school supplies or programs to Long Beach-area educators. Through an online application, teachers are asked to convey a specific need in their classroom, to describe their volunteer and community outreach efforts, and to provide a brief essay related to the last line of the Jaycee Creed: “Service to humanity is the best work of life.” The Foundation recently announced the recipients of its 2011 Adopt-A-Teacher program grants. The Foundation awarded grants of $250 to 22 deserving teachers whose proposed projects will aid in developing a sense of community and benefit student learning outcomes at the teacher’s school. Among the 22 $250 AAT grantees, teachers such as Gerianne Smith of Minnie Gant Elementary, Megan Kaplinsky of Stephens Middle School, and Roberta Patterson of Millikan High School are able to stage an original musical play, purchase science laboratory equipment, and hold a “student portfolio workshop” offering guidance in completing college applications, respectively. Caryn Cobb of Lakewood High School will be able to purchase new hardbound copies of Dickens’s classic Great Expectations to use year after year, and Stacy Collins of Hughes Middle School can now take her students to the Museum of Tolerance. The 12th-grade students of Satinder Hawkins at Millikan High will be able to participate in an International Eco-

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Long Beach Jaycee Foundation President David Cannan (far left) and Adopt-ATeacher Program Chairperson Ted Contreras (far right) present $1,000 check to Tammy Tokunaga-Huckabee.

nomic Summit conducted by the U.S. Federal Reserve. The art students of Karena Massengil at Cabrillo High School will be able to create and design projects with the aid of the latest digital imaging technology. The Foundation also presented a $1,000 Grand Award to Tammy Tokunaga-Huckabee, a teacher with the application that was deemed to have the highest impact to student learning outcomes. The funds will provide hardback publishing books and a CD with fonts and clip art to enable her current and future firstgrade classes at Riley Elementary to create “professional-like books of their own, with their original writings.” Her students will walk to local rehabilitation centers, elderly homes, or hospitals where they can read their own stories or books they have studied, and share pictures they have drawn. Tokunaga-Huckabee’s com-

munity and volunteer activities include the Special Olympics, the Red Cross, the Children’s Hospital of Orange County, beach cleanups, and assisting with her son’s basketball team. 2011 marks the first year of the Grand Award. The Foundation’s Adopt-ATeacher program was established to honor Mary Pat Bamrick, an active Jaycee who served the Long Beach Unified School District as an elementary school teacher. She passed away in 2004 from complications due to cancer. Most of the funding for this program was raised through the Long Beach Street Food Fests, the Foundation’s popular fundraising events that brought gourmet food trucks from around Southern California to Rainbow Lagoon. -----------------------MORE INFORMATION lbjccfoundation.org

Organizations offering no-cost spay and neuter services to owners of free-roaming cats SEAACA (Southeast Area Animal Control Authority) and Pet-Connections, Inc. are helping cat owners who live in the 14 cities served by SEAACA with The Big Meow, a program to provide no-cost spay and neuter services for owned free-roaming cats. The kitten birthing season, which occurs from spring through fall, can overwhelm animal shelters and pet owners. Thousands of homeless kittens born during this protracted season can pose significant community and health concerns. The birthing period occurs during warmer weather months because that is when female cats breed. With preventive measures, such as The Big Meow, pet owners can help control the number of unwanted kittens and cats. An unspayed female cat, her mate and all of their offspring, producing two litters per year, can result in thousands of cats. The year’s Big Meow program features a variety of services for owned free-roaming cats at absolutely no cost to cat owners. Services include spay or neuter, microchip ID (so cats have permanent identification in addition to a collar), vaccines (FVRCP and rabies), one month application of flea and tick control and basic health care at the time of surgery. “As we enter the ‘kitten season,’ altering your owned cat helps reduce cat overpopulation and improves the health of your pet,” stresses Dan Morrison, executive director of SEAACA. “We believe The Big Meow will make a positive impact on our community and its pets.” In order to participate in The Big Meow, cats must be four months to seven years of age. Only owned freeroaming cats are eligible (no feral or wild cats will be accepted). Additionally, cat owners must provide proof of residency in SEAACA service cities

and each cat must be in a properly secured kennel or carrier. To make an appointment and participate in this no-cost program, call

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New passenger safety laws go into effect this year The article below was submitted by Danny Luna, injury prevention coordinator, Family Safety Coalition at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach. This new year rings in new carseat and seatbelt laws to promote safety for you and your family. Motor vehicle accidents are the number-one killer of kids. Thousands of children are injured or killed every year by improperly fastened safety seats. The proper use of booster seats can increase children’s chance of survival by 45 percent. Also, most collisions occur within only a mile of the home, so be sure all passengers are properly buckled up before hitting the gas pedal. The new child-safety seat laws focus on increased height and age requirements to ensure that children are tall enough to safely wear a seatbelt, before graduating from their child-safety seat. Following the California car seat and seat belt laws for 2012 can protect your family, avoid fines and most importantly save lives. Law requirements • Children are required to ride in a child-passenger safety restraint (safety seat, booster, car bed or harness) until they are at least 8 years old or until they are at least 4 feet 9 inches. (Previously, a child was required to ride in a car seat until the age of 6, or until they reached 60 pounds). • Children in a car seat or other restraints are required to ride in the back seat. • The car seat must fit properly– technicians and “fitting stations” are available locally. Fitting stations • Certified technicians will inspect your child’s car seat and show you how to properly install and use it, in most cases free of charge. • To find a car seat technician or fitting station near you, check with your local California Highway Patrol

office or health department, or visit the National Highway Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) website. Seatbelt law changes for 2012 Once children graduate from the child-passenger safety restraint, they are able to wear a seatbelt along with teens and adults. In addition to carseat safety, proper seatbelt use is imperative for all drivers and passengers– children through elders– to help reduce the risk of highway deaths and injuries. Wearing a seatbelt can reduce the risk of crash injuries by 50 percent. Know how to properly wear your seatbelt so you and your passengers can travel safely, while abiding by the law. Click It or Ticket (CIOT) • CIOT is the seatbelt enforcement campaign that helped create the highest national seat belt usage rate of 85 percent. • In California, all drivers with unrestrained passengers ages 16 and older are subject to fines starting at $142. • All drivers with improperly buckled or unbuckled children under the age of 16 are subject to a minimum fine of $445. Proper fit • The lower lap portion of the belt crosses the hips or upper thighs. • The upper shoulder portion of the belt (if present) crosses the chest in front. • Do not detach the shoulder strap or place under arm. Drivers • Make sure there is an individual seatbelt for each passenger. • Make sure all passengers are properly strapped in, including children in car seats. • Be sure to wear a seatbelt after making sure all passengers are buckled up. Knowing the 2012 car seat safety laws and wearing seat belts properly can reduce the risk of injury to your family this year.

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Councilmembers from LB and SH explore future park site

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Last Saturday, 7th District Councilmember James Johnson hosted Signal Hill Council members on a tour of the City of Long Beach’s California Gardens park project. California Gardens is located between Orange and California avenues, and Willow and Spring streets. The tour, led by Larry Rich from the Long Beach Office of Sustainability, explored different areas of the proposed 48acre park, including the four-acre hilltop vista slated to open this summer.

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The park site, which is also adjacent to Signal Hill, has a long history with Long Beach. Its artesian wells served as the original water source for Wilmore City in 1882. Long Beach has owned the site for well over 100 years, and its development has seen many unsuccessful proposals. Upon taking office, Johnson began a plan to create a park that embraced its history and topography. “The central and western parts of our city are desperate for open space,” Johnson said. “We’ve sat on this piece of land for far too long. Instead of a costly attempt to bulldoze mountains, we’re going to embrace the contours of this site and its long history with Long Beach. We have an opportunity to create the largest park west of Redondo Avenue, restoring habitat, native plants and wetlands all while opening one of the most geologically interesting parts of

the city to the public.” Saturday’s tour gave the Signal Hill Council members on opportunity to hear more of the details of the history of the site and to see improvements that have been made to the site over the past 18 months, including the razing of several abandoned buildings, removal of large quantities of trash and debris, and the establishment of the City of Long Beach’s mulch yard and Farm Lot 59, a nonprofit that will grow organic crops on a small portion of the park area. Tours are also available for the public every third Saturday of the month. For more information on California Gardens, to join the monthly tours, or to get involved in planning the future of the park, visit jamesjohnsonlb.com or facebook.com/CAGardens, or call Johnson at (562) 570-7777.

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the City needs to align its departments’ efforts on a range of related processes that involve development and planning. “Longer term, these changes will mean the art of redeveloping Long Beach continues, albeit quite differently; in essence, we're breaking up but we're still friends,” Foster said. Foster had one sympathizer in the audience who echoed Foster’s disappointment in losing redevelopment. Larry Forester, the mayor from neighboring City of Signal Hill, also decried the decision to end the redevelopment program. Signal Hill is also losing its own agency. After Foster’s speech, the Signal Hill mayor praised Foster’s focus on moving his own City forward. “We need to reconstruct something to replace redevelopment,” Forester said. “We need to look at what we can do with what we have, and we know we’re going to have less.” Foster also mentioned a few of the City’s successes, highlighting its ability to maintain its AA- credit rating, deliver a balanced budget and create significant pension reform that the mayor said would save more than $110 million over the next decade. Foster, however, also urged one union, the IAM, to

come to an agreement over pension changes. Foster dedicated a significant amount of time to the local job market in his address. He hailed the city program Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network for its efforts to find permanent jobs for 3,100 area residents. It also helps businesses find qualified employees. Foster urged both job seekers and companies looking for employees to take advantage of Pacific Gateway’s resources. The organization’s website is hireLB.com. Foster also pressed the Council to act on a proposed plan for the downtown area that would provide guidance to future development projects and expand the downtown plan area from 467 to 725 acres. There were a number of empty seats in the back rows of the Center Theater, but Foster had a number of supporters in attendance. Among them was former Calif. Gov. George Deukmejian, who formally introduced Foster before the mayor delivered his address. “I know that this city has faced some very difficult situations in the past year, but Mayor Foster has always been the kind of leader who is not afraid of making tough choices as long as he knows that he’s doing it in the best interest of the city of Long Beach,” Deukmejian said of Foster at the beginning of the event.

State of the Fifth District to focus on ‘top ten items City should accomplish’ Fifth District Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske announced this week that her sixth annual “State of the Fifth District” will be organized differently this year in order to give residents a chance to identify the top ten items on which the City should focus in 2012.

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“In addition to recapping what has been accomplished in the past year at this event,” said Schipske, “I think we need to provide residents the chance to speak up and help identify the top ten items they would like the City to accomplish in 2012.” That list will be published on Schipske’s blog and sent to Mayor Bob Foster and other members of the City Council. City Manager Pat West and Schipske will present a brief overview of what the city accomplished in 2011 and discuss some of the “big-ticket items” that will be coming before the Council in 2012. “I will also review where infrastructure– sidewalks, curbs, and streets– will be repaired in the 5th district,” Schipske said. The event, which is open to the public, will take place Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 6:30pm at the El Dorado Community Center, 2800 Studebaker Rd.

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Mayor Forester praised Foster’s overall speech. “But I think Bob Foster touched on it all,” Forester said, describing his counterpart in Long Beach in pragmatic terms. “He has been a realist in his six years in office, and I really appreciate what he does,” Forester added. Seventh District Councilmember James Johnson said he appreciated Foster’s emphasis on the future, acknowledging that there were some tough decisions that had to be made soon, including at Tuesday’s Council meeting. Johnson said that the emphasis should be on the City’s long-term plan for the years to come. “And I think it’s really important that we keep an eye on the real prize which is: can we be financially stable, can we go back and say we did the right thing for taxpayers and residents, or can we

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St. Baldrick’s Foundation awards $50,000 grant to local children’s cancer center The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, has awarded an infrastructure grant of $50,000 to the Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center (JJCCC) at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach. The Foundation’s infrastructure grants provide institutions with resources to enable them to conduct more research and enroll more kids in ongoing clinical trials– their best hope for a cure. Worldwide, more than 160,000

children are diagnosed with cancer each year and it remains the leading cause of death by disease among children in the United States. With only 4 percent of all federal cancer research funding dedicated to pediatric cancer research, and more than 70 percent of children receiving treatment through clinical trials, St. Baldrick’s Foundation infrastructure grants are critical to finding cures for all childhood cancers. “Progress in pediatric oncology depends on inclusion of diverse patient populations throughout the clinical trials process,” said Sandra

Sherman-Bien, Ph.D., research psychologist at the JJCCC, Miller Children’s. “Over half of our patients at JJCCC are of Hispanic background, many with families who do not speak English. With the St. Baldrick’s Foundation’s generous support for this infrastructure grant, we will be able to hire a Spanishspeaking clinical research associate to maximize research access and participation among our growing Hispanic population. We are so grateful for their support.” In the future, JJCCC is looking to bring on more pharmaceutical tri-

non-therapeutic clinical als, research, psychological research survivorship programs. and Expanding the survivorship research, through the late effects program, is imperative. It is not enough to only target and learn about medical issues in survivors, but the program must be expanded to learn what can be done to stop the late effects from happening. It is also important to expand the research collaboration to learn about innovative bone heath in leukemia survivors. All of this leads to the end goal of fewer medical

complications and improved quality of life. The fall grants, combined with the more than $19.6 million awarded in June, bring the St. Baldrick’s Foundation’s funding total to more than $21 million awarded in 2011. Infrastructure grants were awarded based on the need of the institution and its patients, anticipated results of the grant and local participation in St. Baldrick’s events. To locate or organize an event, sign-up to shave, donate or volunteer, visit StBaldricks.org.

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CSuLB sending three teams to moot court nationals at Chapman School of Law California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) will be sending three teams to the American Collegiate Moot Court Association’s (ACMA) national tournament on Friday, Jan. 13 and Saturday, Jan. 14 at Chapman University School of Law in Orange. The teams qualified for the national tournament with their performances at the 10th Annual Western Regional Moot Court Qualifying Tournament, hosted at CSULB in December. At the regionals, CSULB earned two automatic bids, and two of its students earned top orator awards. Two teams– seniors Peter Vasilion, a business marketing major, and Andrew Kemper, a political science major; and juniors Ryan Chapman and Yasmin Manners, both political science majors– earned bids by advancing to the regional quarterfinals and Sweet 16 rounds, respectively. Vasilion and Kemper notched their place in the quarterfinals with a 3-2 decision over Brigham Young University-Idaho. In the preliminary rounds at the regional, Vasilion and Kemper and Chapman and Manners won a combined 17 of the 18 ballots cast in their opening-night rounds. Because of a commitment to study abroad by Kemper which would make him unavailable, Taylor Carr, a political science major, will take his place to team with Vasilion at nationals. The third CSULB team will be a hybrid consisting of Wyatt Lyles, a political science major, and Kari Rice, a student from Car-

roll College (Montana), one of the institutions that participated in the Western Regional. Carr and Lyles were CSULB’s top-ranked orators and won speaker awards at regionals. At nationals CSULB will have five students compete in the oral advocacy portion of the competition and four teams, a record for CSULB, entered into the written brief competition. “I am immensely proud of our teams,” said Lewis Ringel, a CSULB lecturer in political science who is in his sixth year serving as director of the campus’ moot court program. “I am proud of them not just because they earned bids and awards, and because they worked so hard, but because they did this without any mooters in the class who had previous regional tournament experience.” Ringel pointed out that of all the teams that advanced furthest in the 2011 regional tournament each had one or two experienced mooters while CSULB had none. “We were rebuilding this year,” said Ringel. “I have a great staff of volunteer coaches and they provided me and our teams with sage advice during countless hours or practice rounds. This year’s team had to learn a lot and it had to learn it fast. I had to learn who could do what so I had to learn fast as well. Experience and leadership cannot be overlooked. Different members of this year’s class stepped up at various times– whether it was organizing meetings or getting a card for a team

Lafayette, roosevelt schools named national finalists for academic gains The National Center for Urban School Transformation (NCUST) announced Tuesday that Lafayette Elementary School, 2445 Chestnut Ave., and Roosevelt Elementary School, 1574 Linden Ave., are finalists for the NCUST 2012 National Excellence in Urban Education Awards. The two Long Beach schools serve large numbers of disadvantaged students, including many Latino and other students who are learning English as a second language, yet they have far surpassed the state’s goal of 800 on a scale of 1,000 on the Academic Performance Index. Lafayette’s API is 860, while Roosevelt’s is 840. “This national honor again shows that Long Beach schools excel at serving all populations of students despite many challenges, including tough economic times,” said LBUSD Superintendent Christopher J. Steinhauser. “Congratulations and thank you to everyone who has worked so hard in these school communities.” Among the thousands of urban schools throughout the nation, 48 presented applications documenting that they met all the rigorous criteria for the National Excellence in Urban Education Award. Those 48 schools are the Center’s Honor Roll Schools for 2012. Among those 48 schools, 27 (including the two Long Beach schools) presented superior evidence of excellence and were named finalists. “In many respects, this was the most competitive field of applicants we have ever reviewed,” said NCUST Executive Director Joseph Johnson, Jr. “If every

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member whose family had suffered a loss– and in the end we achieved much of what we set out to do.” Moot Court, also known as mock Supreme Court and Supreme Court Simulation, is a simulation of an appellate court proceeding. It involves teams of student contestants, clients burdened by a legal problem, briefs and oratory detailing of the dimensions of the legal problem before an appellate court, and the judging of performances by panels of law students, attorneys, professors, law faculty, or, on occasion, members of the judicial branch of

government. Teams from colleges and universities throughout the nation will be arguing the same case. This year’s hypothetical case, which will also be argued at the national tournament, asks two main questions: whether the federal government’s issuance of an administrative subpoena requiring a commercial Internet Service Provider (ISP) to turn over the content of a subscriber’s chat room dialogue violated the Fourth Amendment; and whether petitioner’s facilitation of a chat room in which conversations pertaining to allegedly threatening the presi-

dent occurred was protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Moot court teams are made up of two individuals, and their combined oral argument must be 20 minutes with each member of the two-person team presenting a minimum of seven minutes. Not knowing which viewpoint it will be presenting, each team should have the ability to support both arguments. Moot court judges ask students questions and grade the students on the basis of their knowledge of the case, their response to questioning, their forensic skills and their demeanor.

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Comic-book artist’s exhibit to showcase characters from his sci-fi graphic novel and everyday people

Mindset Vertical is a portrait/character-study series that explores different backgrounds, beliefs, and thoughts of the diverse group of people featured in the show, ranging from characters included in the artist’s science-fiction graphic novel to real-life, everyday people. Mindset Vertical is the first solo to real-life, everyday people. Its aim is will be accepted. There will be raffles, exhibit in more than five years from to spark a dialogue about people and auctions, free refreshments, entertaincomic-book artist/illustrator/animator their journeys in life through sharing ment and gift-bag giveaways at the Jerrell Conner. This show is a testimonies, and also to enable a plat- door for the first 25 people in attenportrait/character-study series of 40- form for discussion, reflection, and dance. plus original pieces that explore differ- interaction. Mindset Vertical will be presented The show also doubles as a at The Creative Design Lab, 441 East ent backgrounds, beliefs, and thoughts of the diverse group of people featured fundraiser for the artist’s next graphic 1st St., on Saturday, Jan. 14, as part of in the show ranging from characters novel, Revelations: Book Two. Admis- the East Village 2nd Saturday Art from his science-fiction graphic novel sion to the show is free, but donations Walk, from 7pm to 10pm.

LB Playhouse seeking new executive director

The Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St., has begun the search for a new executive director. The position requires a background in theater management, preferably in a community theater setting. Candidates with experience in and capacity to lead, manage, motivate, train and collaborate with staff, board and volunteers are desired. Applications must be received by Feb. 10 and should include a cover letter specifying how the applicant’s experience relates to the executive director role with Long Beach Playhouse. Cover letter should be within the body of the email, and résumé should be attached as a PDF. Email to careers@lbplayhouse.org. No phone calls. --------------------MORE INFORMATION lbplayhouse.org/join-us/careers

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From Bach to Basie, music festival to interpret famous composers’ works in unique ways

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Recording artist Laura Harrison, whose CD Now...Here currently plays in 43 states and 13 countries, will open this year’s Bach Festival.

The Long Beach Camerata Singers are kicking off the new year in celebration of Bach, Blues and more with the 38th annual Long Beach Bach Festival. Singers and instrumentalists will give four concert performances over a span of two months, interpreting the famous composer in unique ways. Recording artist Laura Harrison will open this year’s Bach Festival on Sunday, Feb. 19 at 5:30pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Long Beach. Harrison’s set, entitled Mashup! Bach to Basie, will take the audience from Johann Sebastian Bach to jazz legend William “Count” Basie, and will include Baroque arias, jazz standards, and popular favorites on the same program. Harrison’s debut jazz CD, entitled Now...Here, currently plays in 43 states

and 13 countries, climbing to number 18 on the CMJ Jazz National Chart. Wilbert Sostre of the Jazz Times believes she sets the standard for jazz singers today. Of her debut album, Sostre writes: “...this is what a jazz singer should sound like.” On March 3 at 7:30pm, The Central4 Piano Quartet will combine classical and contemporary music in a performance at First Congregational Church of Long Beach. The group’s performance, Brandenburg, Old and New, will include Bach’s Brandenburg Concert No. 5 in D Major, as well as a piece commissioned specifically for this occasion by Los Angeles composer Jenni Brandon. The popular “Bach a Bacchus,” featuring pianist Lindsey Hundley, will be the third presentation of the Bach

Festival on March 10 at 7:30pm at The Wine Bar in Long Beach. Audience members will have the opportunity to sample wines and hors d’oeuvres while they enjoy jazz-inspired variations of some of Bach’s most famous work. The Long Beach Bach Festival will conclude this year with “GLORIA! Beauty and the Baroque” performed by the Long Beach Camerata Singers and Orchestra. The concert, conducted by Robert Istad, will highlight the best of the Baroque Period with Vivaldi’s Gloria in D, Handel’s Laudate Pueri Dominum and Bach’s Cantata BWV 4–Christ lag in Todesbanden. Admission prices are $25 for advanced tickets and $30 at the door. Purchase advanced tickets at longbeachcameratasingers.org.

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Millions of resolutions come with every new year, many of which are to get healthy. But, there’s a lot of confusion around what constitutes healthy nutrition, which is a key piece of the puzzle. Now, there’s an easy and free solution to help make sound nutritional choices to help people keep their resolutions throughout

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Name-calling lowers self-esteem, not weight “Childhood obesity– and related health issues– is most definitely a scary problem,” says Kent State University’s Dr. Natalie Caine-Bish, “but the use of scare tactics and name-calling will not help children to get healthy and fit.” Instead, Caine-Bish offers a more supportive and motivational approach. 1. Parents need to be open with their children but focus on health instead of weight. It is important for children to feel good about themselves. 2. Recognize that every child is

different, which means the causes for being overweight and the solutions for losing weight will depend on the particular child involved and his or her environmental circumstances. 3. Use a multi-faceted healthcare response that includes a physician, a psychiatrist and a dietitian; it is essential to understand the child and the reason for the weight gain. 4. Parents need to be good role models, demonstrate healthy behaviors and not make comments about their own weight, size or personal body image. The best way to deal with weight issues with children is to make lifestyle changes as a family

and not focus on that particular child. 5. Be age appropriate. You can talk more openly about body weight and size with an adolescent than you can with a school-age child. “Being negative, calling a child fat, does not help with weight loss,” Caine-Bish said. “A big concern we see is people who are overweight as children actually suffer from eating disorders in early adulthood at a higher rate than the rest of the population. This could be partially attributed to self-esteem. Food is related to people’s emotions, so many times people eat because they are sad or

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Fire and police departments competing in Battle of the Badges Blood Drive The Long Beach Fire Department will host its 6th annual Red Cross Battle of the Badges Blood Drive on Tuesday, Jan. 24 from 9am to 3pm, at the Long Beach Fire Department Headquarters, 3205 Lakewood Blvd.

The blood drive is a competition between the Long Beach Fire and Police departments to determine which raises the most donations to save lives. Walk-in donors will be welcome, and they will be asked to indicate the department to

which they would like to give credit. The age requirement is 17, and the donor must be healthy and weigh at least 110 pounds. 16-yearold donors are allowed in the state of California with a parent consent

form, but they must weigh at least 122 pounds. ---------------------MORE INFORMATION Steve.Yamamoto@longbeach.gov

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Over the last four years, the Bixby Knolls Strollers have walked an estimated 739 miles (the equivalent of 28 marathons.)

Saturday, January 14 will mark the fourth anniversary of the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association’s (BKBIA) community walking group– the Bixby Knolls Strollers. What started as a way to bring residents together to reconnect them to the local businesses has turned into a local institution in Bixby Knolls. “I am truly thankful for the consistent turnout each weekend,” said Blair Cohn, executive director of the BKBIA. “The group has grown stronger, and our regulars to come together each week, rain or shine.” According to Cohn, there can be a minimum of 25 people and as many as 60 Strollers who meet at 7:15am every Saturday morning at It’s a Grind Coffee House, 4245 Atlantic Ave. “I love the fact that we have people of all ages, colors, and religions all strolling and chatting together. We get to explore the neighborhoods and introduce everyone to our business community too. People hang around after the stroll to drink coffee and socialize. It is a very satisfying program for me.” The group has been outfitted with their own T-shirts to identify members on Saturday mornings. “We have our winter and summer colors,” Cohn said. “We just received our Strollers Hoodies and classy long-sleeved hunter-

green shirts, so everyone can be nice and warm on these cold mornings.” Over the last four years, the Strollers have walked an estimated 739 miles (the equivalent of 28 marathons.) The routes average from 3.7 miles to 3.8 miles and change every week. The treks explore the business corridors and adjacent neighborhoods of Bixby Knolls, California Heights, Los Cerritos and Virginia Country Club. The Strollers have visited Forest Lawn Cemetery, Rancho Los Cerritos, shopping centers, Boy Scout project locations, private homes and back yards, and local businesses like FreeSpirit Yoga, Roy Robbins Gifts & Stationery, BellaCosa, Elise’s Tea Room, and Alsace Lorraine Bakery that provide refreshments for the group when entering the business. “It is another way to bring potential customers to these locations,” Cohn said. Many members have taken the strolling to the next level and have participated in 5K and 10K races, as well as the Long Beach Half Marathon. Route names are themed and are posted on the BKBIA website so that people can stroll on their own. Examples have included: Total Lunar Eclipse of the Heart, Circle Squared, Scouts Honor, Long Lines, In Search of Jotham Bixby, The Emperor’s New

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UnleSS yoU taKe aCtion to ProteCt yoUr ProPerty, it May Be Sold at a PUBliC Sale. if yoU need an exPlanation of tHe natUre of tHe ProCeeding againSt yoU, yoU SHoUld ContaCt a laWyer." notice is hereby given that reContrUSt CoMPany, n.a., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the deed of trust executed by tyrone t. fong and KeiKo SaegUSa, HUSBand and Wife aS Joint tenantS, dated 09/01/2005 and recorded 9/15/2005, as instrument no. 2005-2230931, in Book , Page ), of official records in the office of the County recorder of los angeles County, State of California, will sell on 01/23/2012 at 11:00aM, By the fountain located at 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona, Ca 91766 at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash or check as described below, payable in full at time of sale, all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said deed of trust, in the property situated in said County and State and as more fully described in the above referenced deed of trust. the street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2417 MaxSon CoUrt, Signal Hill, Ca, 90755. the undersigned trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. the total amount of the unpaid balance with interest thereon of the obligation secured by the property to be sold plus reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the notice of Sale is $560,136.18. it is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. in addition to cash, the trustee will accept cashier's checks drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Said sale will be made, in an ''aS iS'' condition, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances, to satisfy the indebtedness secured by said deed of trust, advances thereunder, with interest as provided, and the unpaid principal of the note secured by said deed of trust with interest thereon as provided in said note, plus fees, charges and expenses of the trustee and of the trusts created by said deed of trust. dated: 12/28/2011 reContrUSt CoMPany, n.a. 1800 tapo Canyon rd., Ca6-914-01-94 SiMi valley, Ca 93063 Phone: (800) 281 8219, Sale information (626) 927-4399 By: trustee's Sale officer reContrUSt CoMPany, n.a. is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. any information obtained will be used for that purpose. aSaP# 4156267 12/30/2011, 01/06/2012, 01/13/2012 TST3943 notiCe of trUStee'S Sale tS no. 11-0103141 title order no. 11-0083413 investor/insurer no. 872669631 aPn no. 7214-015-107 yoU are in defaUlt Under a deed of trUSt, dated 04/24/2007. UnleSS yoU taKe aCtion to ProteCt yoUr ProPerty, it May Be Sold at a PUBliC Sale. if yoU need an exPlanation of tHe natUre of tHe ProCeeding againSt yoU, yoU SHoUld ContaCt a laWyer." notice is hereby given that reContrUSt CoMPany, n.a., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the deed of trust executed by Woody Uy CHen and linda vanny KiM, aS trUSteeS of tHe Woody Uy CHen and linda vanny KiM revoCaBle living trUSt, dated 04/24/2007 and recorded 4/30/2007, as instrument no. 20071034085, in Book , Page ), of official records in the office of the County recorder of los angeles County, State of California, will sell on 02/09/2012 at 9:00aM, doubletree Hotel los angelesnorwalk, 13111 Sycamore drive, norwalk, Ca 90650, vineyard Ballroom at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash or check as described below, payable in full at time of sale, all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said deed of trust, in the property situated in said County and State and as more fully described in the above referenced deed of trust. the street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2301 ProMontory drive, Signal Hill, Ca, 90755. the undersigned trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. the total amount of the unpaid balance with interest thereon of the obligation secured by the property to be sold plus reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the notice of Sale is $896,454.58. it is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. in addition to cash, the trustee will accept cashier's checks drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. 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covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances, to satisfy the indebtedness secured by said deed of trust, advances thereunder, with interest as provided, and the unpaid principal of the note secured by said deed of trust with interest thereon as provided in said note, plus fees, charges and expenses of the trustee and of the trusts created by said deed of trust. dated: 01/12/2012 reContrUSt CoMPany, n.a. 1800 tapo Canyon rd., Ca6-914-0194 SiMi valley, Ca 93063 Phone: (800) 281 8219, Sale information (626) 927-4399 By:-- trustee's Sale officer reContrUSt CoMPany, n.a. is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. any information obtained will be used for that purpose. aSaP# 4165059 01/13/2012, 01/20/2012, 01/27/2012 TST3946 notiCe of trUStee'S Sale trustee Sale no. 252939Ca loan no. 3018308290 title order no. 913311 yoU are in defaUlt Under a deed of trUSt dated 10-10-2007. 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 02-03-2012 at 11:00 a.M., California reConveyanCe CoMPany as the duly appointed trustee under and pursuant to deed of trust recorded 10-17-2007, Book n/a, Page n/a, instrument 20072363708, of official records in the office of the recorder of loS angeleS County, California, executed by: ronald W. Wade and, laUrie l. Wade, HUSBand and Wife aS Joint tenantS, as trustor, WaSHington MUtUal BanK, fa, 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 21 of traCt no. 8223, in tHe City of Signal Hill, CoUnty of loS angeleS, State of California, aS Per MaP reCorded in BooK 98, Page(S) 3 and 4 of MaPS, in tHe offiCe of tHe CoUnty reCorder of Said CoUnty. togetHer WitH oil, gaS, MineralS and otHer HydroCarBon SUBStanCeS in and Under Said land BeloW a dePtH of 500 feet BeneatH tHe SUrfaCe tHereof, WitHoUt tHe rigHt of SUrfaCe entry. grantor doeS HereBy fUrtHer aSSign, tranSfer and Set over Unto grantee all of grantorS intereSt in and to tHat Certain oil leaSe, KnoWn aS ''long BeaCH CoMMUnity leaSe no. 1, CoUnter Part ''x'', dated SePteMBer 17, 1947, exeCUted By rUtH PitCHer, aS leSSorS, and HanCoCK oil CoMPany of California, a CorPoration, aS leSSee and reCorded noveMBer 21, 1952, and aS aMended and SUPPleMented By tHe Pooling agreeMent exeCUted By rUtH PitCHer, dated MarCH 15, 1952, and reCorded May 2, 1952, in BooK 28851, Page 1 of offiCial reCordS, in favor of HanCoCK oil CoMPany, a CorPoration, forMerly naMed tHe HanCoCK oil CoMPany of California, togetHer WitH tHe rigHt to reCeive and ColleCt PayMentS of any and all rentS, royaltieS, CreditS and otHer BenefitS tHat BeCoMe dUe Under and By virtUe of Said leaSe. amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $523,733.24 (estimated) Street address and other common designation of the real property: 3365 Brayton avenUe Signal Hill, Ca 90755 aPn number: 7148-016-026 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: 01-05-2012 California reConveyanCe CoMPany, as trustee CaSey KealoHa, aSSiStant SeCretary California reConveyanCe CoMPany iS a deBt ColleCtor atteMPting to ColleCt a deBt. any inforMation oBtained Will Be USed for tHat PUrPoSe. 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TST3951 notiCe of trUStee'S Sale tS no. 11-0103141 title order no. 11-0083413 investor/insurer no. 872669631 aPn no. 7214-015-107 yoU are in defaUlt Under a deed of trUSt, dated 04/24/2007. UnleSS yoU taKe aCtion to ProteCt yoUr ProPerty, it May Be Sold at a PUBliC Sale. if yoU need an exPlanation of tHe natUre of tHe ProCeeding againSt yoU, yoU SHoUld ContaCt a laWyer." notice is hereby given that reContrUSt CoMPany, n.a., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the deed of trust executed by Woody Uy CHen and linda vanny KiM, aS trUSteeS of tHe Woody Uy CHen and linda vanny KiM revoCaBle living trUSt, dated 04/24/2007 and recorded 4/30/2007, as instrument no. 20071034085, in Book , Page ), of official records in the office of the County recorder of los angeles County, State of California, will sell on 02/09/2012 at 9:00aM, doubletree Hotel los angelesnorwalk, 13111 Sycamore drive, norwalk, Ca 90650, vineyard Ballroom at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash or check as described below, payable in full at time of sale, all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said deed of trust, in the property situated in said County and State and as more fully described in the above referenced deed of trust. the street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2301 ProMontory drive, Signal Hill, Ca, 90755. the undersigned trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. the total amount of the unpaid balance with interest thereon of the obligation secured by the property to be sold plus reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the notice of Sale is $896,454.58. it is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. in addition to cash, the trustee will accept cashier's checks drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Said sale will be made, in an ''aS iS'' condition, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances, to satisfy the indebtedness secured by said deed of trust, advances thereunder, with interest as provided, and the unpaid principal of the note secured by said deed of trust with interest thereon as provided in said note, plus fees, charges and expenses of the trustee and of the trusts created by said deed of trust. dated: 01/12/2012 reContrUSt CoMPany, n.a. 1800 tapo Canyon rd., Ca6-914-0194 SiMi valley, Ca 93063 Phone: (800) 281 8219, Sale information (626) 927-4399 By:-- trustee's Sale officer reContrUSt CoMPany, n.a. is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. any information obtained will be used for that purpose. aSaP# 4165059 01/13/2012, 01/20/2012, 01/27/2012 TST3952 notiCe of trUStee'S Sale tS no. 11-0103141 title order no. 11-0083413 investor/insurer no. 872669631 aPn no. 7214-015-107 yoU are in defaUlt Under a deed of trUSt, dated 04/24/2007. UnleSS yoU taKe aCtion to ProteCt yoUr ProPerty, it May Be Sold at a PUBliC Sale. if yoU need an exPlanation of tHe natUre of tHe ProCeeding againSt yoU, yoU SHoUld ContaCt a laWyer." notice is hereby given that reContrUSt CoMPany, n.a., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the deed of trust executed by Woody Uy CHen and linda vanny KiM, aS trUSteeS of tHe Woody Uy CHen and linda vanny KiM revoCaBle living trUSt, dated 04/24/2007 and recorded 4/30/2007, as instrument no. 20071034085, in Book , Page ), of official records in the office of the County recorder of los angeles County, State of California, will sell on 02/09/2012 at 9:00aM, doubletree Hotel los angelesnorwalk, 13111 Sycamore drive, norwalk, Ca 90650, vineyard Ballroom at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash or check as described below, payable in full at time of sale, all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said deed of trust, in the property situated in said County and State and as more fully described in the above referenced deed of trust. the street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2301 ProMontory drive, Signal Hill, Ca, 90755. the undersigned trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. the total amount of the unpaid balance with interest thereon of the obligation secured by the property to be sold plus reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the notice of Sale is $896,454.58. it is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. in addition to cash, the trustee will accept cashier's checks drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. 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as instrument no. 20071034085, in Book , Page ), of official records in the office of the County recorder of los angeles County, State of California, will sell on 02/09/2012 at 9:00aM, doubletree Hotel los angelesnorwalk, 13111 Sycamore drive, norwalk, Ca 90650, vineyard Ballroom at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash or check as described below, payable in full at time of sale, all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said deed of trust, in the property situated in said County and State and as more fully described in the above referenced deed of trust. the street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2301 ProMontory drive, Signal Hill, Ca, 90755. the undersigned trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. the total amount of the unpaid balance with interest thereon of the obligation secured by the property to be sold plus reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the notice of Sale is $896,454.58. it is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. in addition to cash, the trustee will accept cashier's checks drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Said sale will be made, in an ''aS iS'' condition, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances, to satisfy the indebtedness secured by said deed of trust, advances thereunder, with interest as provided, and the unpaid principal of the note secured by said deed of trust with interest thereon as provided in said note, plus fees, charges and expenses of the trustee and of the trusts created by said deed of trust. dated: 01/12/2012 reContrUSt CoMPany, n.a. 1800 tapo Canyon rd., Ca6-914-0194 SiMi valley, Ca 93063 Phone: (800) 281 8219, Sale information (626) 927-4399 By:-- trustee's Sale officer reContrUSt CoMPany, n.a. is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. any information obtained will be used for that purpose. aSaP# 4165059 01/13/2012, 01/20/2012, 01/27/2012

TST3947 notiCe of trUStee'S Sale trustee Sale no. 240332Ca loan no. 0678147083 title order no. 314597 yoU are in defaUlt Under a deed of trUSt dated 05-26-2004. 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 02-03-2012 at 11:00 a.M., California reConveyanCe CoMPany as the duly appointed trustee under and pursuant to deed of trust recorded 07-062004, Book , Page , instrument 04 1711231, of official records in the office of the recorder of loS angeleS County, California, executed by: reta r Heng and PaUl S Ket, HUSBand and Wife aS CoMMUnity ProPerty, as trustor, WaSHington MUtUal BanK, fa, 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 3 of oCean and MoUntain vieW traCt, in tHe City of Signal Hill, CoUnty of loS angeleS, State of California, aS Per MaP reCorded in BooK 8 Page(S) 89 of MaPS, in tHe offiCe of tHe CoUnty reCorder of Said CoUnty. exCePt all oil, gaS, MineralS and otHer HydroCarBon SUBStanCeS in and Under or tHat May Be foUnd or ProdUCed froM Said tHree lotS or any Part tHereof and alSo reServing Unto Seller all royaltieS Under exiSting leaSe on Said tHree lotS, Said leaSe Being a CoMMUnity oil and gaS leaSe KnoWn aS ''BinKley CoMMUnity leaSe'' dated aBoUt oCtoBer 10, 1921 reCorded in BooK 781 Page 247 offiCial reCordS. amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $675,235.81 (estimated) Street address and other common designation of the real property: 2065 freeMan avenUe Signal Hill, Ca 90755 aPn number: 7217-015-078 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: 01-06-2012 California reConveyanCe CoMPany, as trustee Maria Mayorga, aSSiStant SeCretary California reConveyanCe CoMPany iS a deBt ColleCtor atteMPting to ColleCt a deBt. any inforMation oBtained Will Be USed for tHat PUrPoSe. California reconveyance Company 9200 oakdale avenue Mail Stop: Ca2-4379 Chatsworth, Ca 91311 800-892-6902 for Sales information: (714) 7302727 or www.lpsasap.com (714) 573-1965 or www.priorityposting.com aSaP# 4172570 01/13/2012, 01/20/2012, 01/27/2012 TST3944 notiCe of trUStee'S Sale tS no. 11-0103141 title order no. 11-0083413 investor/insurer no. 872669631 aPn no. 7214-015-107 yoU are in defaUlt Under a deed of trUSt, dated 04/24/2007. UnleSS yoU taKe aCtion to ProteCt yoUr ProPerty, it May Be Sold at a PUBliC Sale. if yoU need an exPlanation of tHe natUre of tHe ProCeeding againSt yoU, yoU SHoUld ContaCt a laWyer." notice is hereby given that reContrUSt CoMPany, n.a., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the deed of trust executed by Woody Uy CHen and linda vanny KiM, aS trUSteeS of tHe Woody Uy CHen and linda vanny KiM revoCaBle living trUSt, dated 04/24/2007 and recorded 4/30/2007,

TST3945 notiCe of trUStee’S Sale title order no.: 5814758 trustee Sale no.: 74584 loan no.: 9042458364 aPn: 7216-005-037 you are in default under a deed of trust dated 01/12/2007. 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 02/02/2012 at 01:00PM, fCi lender Services, inc. as the duly appointed trustee under and pursuant to deed of trust recorded on 01/29/07 as doC #20070180666 of official records in the office of the recorder of los angeles County, California, executed by: glenn a. gilkenson and diane J. gilkenson, Husband and Wife, as trustor  downey Savings and loan association, f.a., as Beneficiary Will Sell at PUBliC aUCtion to tHe HigHeSt Bidder for CaSH (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States, by cash, a cashier's check drawn by a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the financial Code and authorized to do business in this state). at: the Pomona valley Masonic temple Building located at 395 South thomas Street, Pomona, California,, all right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said deed of trust in the property situated in said County, California describing the land therein: as more fully described in said deed of trust.  the property heretofore described is being sold "as is". the street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2440 east 21st Street, Signal Hill Ca 90755. the undersigned trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein.  Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said deed of trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, if any, under the terms of the deed of trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the trustee and of the trusts created by said deed of trust, to-wit: $746,782.26 (estimated) accrued interest and additional advances, if any, will increase this figure prior to sale. the beneficiary under said deed of trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written declaration of default and demand for Sale, and a written notice of default and election to Sell.  the undersigned caused said notice of default and election to Sell to be recorded in the county where the real property is located and more than three months have elapsed since such recordation. regarding the property that is the subject of this notice of sale, the “mortgage loan servicer” as defined in California Civil Code § 2923.53(k)(3), declares that it has obtained from the Commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to California Civil Code section 2923.53 and that the exemption is current and valid on the date this notice of sale is recorded. the timeframe for giving a notice of Sale specified in Subdivision (a) of Section 2923.52 does not apply to this notice of Sale pursuant to California Civil Code Sections 2923.52 or 2923.55. date: 1/4/12 fCi lender Services, inc., as trustee 8180 east Kaiser Blvd., anaheim Hills, Ca

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562-507-3503 92808 U.S. Bank national association, Customer Service department (800) 824-6902 or toll free # - 1-855(or 855-698-7627) MyUSMaP mortgageassistancepoint@usbank.com for trustee Sale information log on to: www.rsvpforeclosures.com or Call: 925-603-7342 or 877 rSvP-adS or 877 7787237. vivian Prieto, vice President fCi lender Services, inc. is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. any information obtained will be used for that purpose. (rSvP# 282122)(01/13/12, 01/20/12, 01/27/12) TST3935 notiCe of trUStee'S Sale tS no. 11-0104138 title order no. 11-0086389 investor/insurer no. 167705290 aPn no. 7215-028-032 yoU are in defaUlt Under a deed of trUSt, dated 05/16/2007. UnleSS yoU taKe aCtion to ProteCt yoUr ProPerty, it May Be Sold at a PUBliC Sale. if yoU need an exPlanation of tHe natUre of tHe ProCeeding againSt yoU, yoU SHoUld ContaCt a laWyer." notice is hereby given that reContrUSt CoMPany, n.a., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the deed of trust executed by JoSe antonio gUitron, a Married Man aS HiS Sole & SeParate ProPerty, dated 05/16/2007 and recorded 5/25/2007, as instrument no. 20071274638, in Book , Page ), of official records in the office of the County recorder of los angeles County, State of California, will sell on 01/23/2012 at 11:00aM, By the fountain located at 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona, Ca 91766 at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash or check as described below, payable in full at time of sale, all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said deed of trust, in the property situated in said County and State and as more fully described in the above referenced deed of trust. the street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2109 oHio avenUe, Signal Hill, Ca, 90755. the undersigned trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. the total amount of the unpaid balance with interest thereon of the obligation secured by the property to be sold plus reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the notice of Sale is $1,057,380.02. it is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. in addition to cash, the trustee will accept cashier's checks drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Said sale will be made, in an ''aS iS'' condition, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances, to satisfy the indebtedness secured by said deed of trust, advances thereunder, with interest as provided, and the unpaid principal of the note secured by said deed of trust with interest thereon as provided in said note, plus fees, charges and expenses of the trustee and of the trusts created by said deed of trust. dated: 12/29/2011 reContrUSt CoMPany, n.a. 1800 tapo Canyon rd., Ca6-914-01-94 SiMi valley, Ca 93063 Phone: (800) 281 8219, Sale information (626) 927-4399 By: trustee's Sale officer reContrUSt CoMPany, n.a. is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. any information obtained will be used for that purpose. aSaP# 4157669 12/30/2011, 01/06/2012, 01/13/2012 TST3936 notiCe of trUStee'S Sale trustee Sale no. : 20100015001492 title order no.: 100140651 yoU are in defaUlt Under a deed of trUSt, dated 06/08/2005. UnleSS yoU taKe aCtion to ProteCt yoUr ProPerty, it May Be Sold at a PUBliC Sale. if yoU need an exPlanation of tHe natUre of tHe ProCeeding againSt yoU, yoU SHoUld ContaCt a laWyer. ndex WeSt, llC, as duly appointed trustee under and pursuant to deed of trust recorded on 06/16/2005 as instrument no. 05 1410779 of official records in the office of the County recorder of loS angeleS County, State of California. exeCUted By: randy P latiMer, Will Sell at PUBliC aUCtion to HigHeSt Bidder for CaSH, CaSHier'S CHeCK/CaSH eQUivalent or other form of payment authorized by 2924h(b), (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States). date of Sale: 01/19/2012 tiMe of Sale: 11:00 aM PlaCe of Sale: By tHe foUntain loCated at 400 CiviC Center PlaZa, PoMona, Ca 91766. Street addreSS and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2341 oCean vieW drive, Signal Hill, California 90755 aPn#: 7215-014-070 the undersigned trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said deed of trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, under the terms of said deed of trust, fees, charges and expenses of the trustee and of the trusts created by said deed of trust. the total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the

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May Be aCting aS a deBt ColleCtor atteMPting to ColleCt a deBt. any inforMation oBtained Will Be USed for tHat PUrPoSe. ndex West, l.l.C. as trustee dated: 12/22/2011 ndex West, l.l.C. 15000 Surveyor Boulevard, Suite 500 addison, texas 75001-9013 telephone: (866) 795-1852 telecopier: (972) 661-7800 aSaP# 4161454 12/30/2011, 01/06/2012, 01/13/2012 TST3939 notiCe of trUStee'S Sale trustee Sale no. 731024Ca loan no. 5303811490 title order no. 090209533-Ca-MaiyoU are in defaUlt Under a deed of trUSt dated 07-11-2006. 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 01-20-2012 at 11:00 a.M., California reConveyanCe CoMPany as the duly appointed trustee under and pursuant to deed of trust recorded 07-18-2006, Book , Page , instrument 06 1574569, of official records in the office of the recorder of loS angeleS County, California, executed by: edUardo e MoraleS, a Married Man aS HiS Sole and SeParate ProPerty, as trustor, Mortgage eleCtroniC regiStration SySteMS, inC.(MerS), (Solely aS noMinee for lender firSt MagnUS finanCial CorPoration, an ariZona CorPoration, and lender'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: ParCel 1: lot 99 of traCt no. 51830, in tHe City of Signal Hill, CoUnty of loS angeleS, State of California, aS SHoWn on tHe SUBdiviSion MaP reCorded on oCtoBer 31, 2000 in BooK 1254, PageS 1 to 11, inClUSive, of MaPS, in tHe offiCe of tHe loS angeleS CoUnty reCorder, aS CorreCted By CertifiCateS of CorreCtion reCorded JanaUry 25, 2001 aS inStrUMent no. 01-0133596, reCorded May 29, 2001 aS inStrUMent no. 01-925100 and reCorded oCtoBer 17, 2001, aS inStrUMent no. 1973026, all in tHe offiCial reCordS of loS angeleS CoUnty (''offiCial reCordS''). exCePting tHerefroM; all oil, oil rigHtS, natUral gaS rigHtS, Mineral rigHtS, and otHer HydroCarBon SUBStanCeS By WHatever naMe KnoWn, togetHer WitH aPPUrtenant rigHtS tHereto, WitHoUt, HoWever, any rigHt to enter UPon tHe SUrfaCe of Said land nor any Portion of tHe SUBSUrfaCe lying aBove a dePtH of 150 feet, aS exCePted or reServed in inStrUMentS of reCord. ParCel 2 : non-exClUSive eaSeMentS for aCCeSS, ingreSS, egreSS, drainage, MaintenanCe, rePairS and for otHer PUrPoSeS, all aS deSCriBed in tHe aMended and reStated deClaration of CovenantS, ConditionS, reStriCtionS and reServation of eaSeMentS for BixBy ridge, reCorded on MarCH 1, 2000 aS inStrUMent no. 00-0313402. (tHe ''deClaration''), and tHe notiCe of addition of territory and SUPPleMental deClaration of CovenantS, ConditionS and reStriCtionS (PHaSe 7), reCorded on JUly 24, 2002 aS inStrUMent no. 02- 1730181, (tHe ''notiCe''), BotH of offiCial reCordS, and aS May Be aMended and reStated, and tHe MaP. amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $1,024,884.98 (estimated) Street address and other common designation of the real property: 2101 ridgevieW terraCe drive Signal Hill, Ca 90755 aPn number: 7217-029-010 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 sit-

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and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2604 eaSt 20tH Street #306f, Signal Hill, Ca, 90755. the undersigned trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. the total amount of the unpaid balance with interest thereon of the obligation secured by the property to be sold plus reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the notice of Sale is $440,068.40. it is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. in addition to cash, the trustee will accept cashier's checks drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Said sale will be made, in an ''aS iS'' condition, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances, to satisfy the indebtedness secured by said deed of trust, advances thereunder, with interest as provided, and the unpaid principal of the note secured by said deed of trust with interest thereon as provided in said note, plus fees, charges and expenses of the trustee and of the trusts created by said deed of trust. dated: 01/06/2012 reContrUSt CoMPany, n.a. 1800 tapo Canyon rd., Ca6-

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14 SIgNaL TrIBuNE TST3941 notiCe of trUStee'S Sale tSg no.: 5588290 tS no.: Ca1100231812 fHa/va/PMi no.: aPn:7216‑018‑037 yoU are in defaUlt Under a deed of trUSt, dated 03/26/04. UnleSS yoU taKe aCtion to ProteCt yoUr ProPerty, it May Be Sold at a PUBliC Sale. if yoU need an exPlanation of tHe natUre of tHe ProCeeding againSt yoU, yoU SHoUld ContaCt a laWyer. on January 26, 2012 at 11:00 aM, first american trustee Servicing Solutions, llC, as duly appointed trustee under and pursuant to deed of trust recorded 04/09/04, as instrument no. 04 0861916, in book , page , of official records in the office of the County recorder of loS angeleS County, State of California. executed by: alBerta a SoUSeda, a Single WoMan,. Will Sell at PUBliC aUCtion to HigHeSt Bidder for CaSH, CaSHier'S CHeCK/CaSH eQUivalent or other form of payment authorized by 2924h(b), (Payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States) inside the lobby of the building located at 628 north diamond Bar Blvd., Suite B, diamond Bar, Ca. all right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said deed of trust in the property situated in said County and State described as: aS More fUlly deSCriBed in tHe aBove Mentioned deed of trUSt aPn# 7216‑018‑037. the street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 1999 Stanley ave Unit 2, Signal Hill, Ca 90755. the undersigned trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said deed of trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, under the terms of said deed of trust, fees, charges and expenses of the trustee and of the trusts created by said deed of trust. the total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the notice of Sale is $34,427.72. the beneficiary under said deed of trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written declaration of default and demand for Sale, and a written notice of default and election to Sell. the undersigned caused said notice of default and election to Sell to be recorded in the County where the real property is located. if the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. the Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee or the Mortgagee's trustee. the beneficiary or servicing agent declares that it has obtained from the Commissioner of Corporations a final or temporary order of

JaNuary 13, 2012 exemption pursuant to California Civil Code Section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date the notice of Sale is filed and/or the timeframe for giving notice of Sale specified in subdivision (s) of California Civil Code Section 2923.52 applies and has been provided or the loan is exempt from the requirements. date: 12/31/11, first american title insurance Company first american trustee Servicing Solutions, llC 3 first american Way, Santa ana, Ca 92707 original document signed by authorized agent, Chet Sconyers -for trUStee'S Sale inforMation PleaSe Call (916) 939-0772. first american trustee Servicing Solutions, llC May be acting as a debt Collector attempting to Collect a debt. any information obtained may be used for that purpose. nPP0194568 01/06/12, 01/13/12, 01/20/12 TST3930 / 2011 148357 FICTITIouS BuSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following persons are doing business as: natUral BlendSSS, 2532 e. 220th St., long Beach, Ca 90810. registrant: 1. andreS valleS, 2. aleJandro valleS, 2532 e. 220th St., long Beach, Ca 90810. this business is conducted by: a general Partnership. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: andres valles. the registrants have begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. the registrants started doing business under this fictitious Business name on december 14, 2011. this statement was filed with the county clerk of los angeles County on december 14, 2011. notiCe: this fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. a new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. the filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. the Signal tribune: december 23, 30, 2011 & January 6, 13, 2012. TST3937 / 2011 148617 FICTITIouS BuSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: JWP Solar reSearCH, 20950 normandie ave., Unit l, torrance, Ca 90502. registrant: JaMeS PalKo, 24221 neece ave., torrance, Ca 90505. this business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: James Palko. the registrant has begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. the registrant started doing business under this fictitious Business name on december 16, 2010. this statement was filed with the county clerk of los angeles County on december 14, 2011. notiCe: this fictitious business name statement expires five

years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. a new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. the filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. the Signal tribune: december 30, 2011 & January 6, 13, 20, 2012. TST3942 / 2011 147098 FICTITIouS BuSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: infiniti CoMPUter ServiCeS, 5943 e. Spring St., long Beach, Ca 90808. registrant: antHony veloni, 1357 e. 23rd St., apt. 16, Signal Hill, Ca 90755. this business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: anthony veloni. 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 12, 2011. notiCe: this fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. a new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. the filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. the Signal tribune: January 6, 13, 20, 27, 2012. TST3949 / 2011 148985 FICTITIouS BuSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following persons are doing business as: Cn iMPreSSionS, 11432 216th St., apt. a, lakewood, Ca 90715. registrant: 1. CyntHia naKaSUJi, 2. ted naKaSUJi, 6900 e. 10th St., long Beach, Ca 90815. this business is conducted by: a Husband and Wife. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Cynthia nakasuji. 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 15, 2011. notiCe: this fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. a new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. the filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. the Signal tribune: January 13, 20, 27, & february 3, 2012.

TST3950 / 2012 003162 FICTITIouS BuSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: CalvaryU doCUMent ServiCeS, 3553 atlantic ave., #551, long Beach, Ca 90807. registrant: Karen rodrigUeZ, 3470 linden ave., #1, long Beach, Ca 90807. this business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Karen rodriguez. 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 6, 2012. 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 13, 20, 27, & february 3, 2012. TST3953 / 2012 005993 FICTITIouS BuSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: 1. HareMeSH, 2. looKfeelfree, 3. WeBenetWorKerS, 2508 Palm dr., Ste. 105, Signal Hill, Ca 90755-4052. registrant: dave riCe, 2508 Palm dr., Ste. 105, Signal Hill, Ca 90755-4052. this business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: dave rice. 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 11, 2012. 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 13, 20, 27, & february 3, 2012. TST3955 / 2011 153553 FICTITIouS BuSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: lUCy'S BoUdoir, 3925 long Beach Blvd., long Beach, Ca 90807. registrant: lUCy B inC., 1611 S. Hope St., Ste. B, los angeles, Ca 90015. this business is conducted by: a Corporation. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Michelle landry, President. the registrant has begun to transact busi-

ness under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. the registrant started doing business under this fictitious Business name on november 15, 2011. this statement was filed with the county clerk of los angeles County on december 22, 2011. notiCe: this fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. a new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. the filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. the Signal tribune: January 13, 20, 27, & february 3, 2012. TST3931 / 2011 147453 FICTITIouS BuSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: tHe CorPorate HiPPie, 33 Cerritos ave., long Beach, Ca 90802. registrant: MeliSSa rUiZ, 33 Cerritos ave., long Beach, Ca 90802. this business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Melissa ruiz. 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 13, 2011. notiCe: this fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. a new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. the filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. the Signal tribune: december 23, 30, 2011 & January 6, 13, 2012. TST3954 / 2011 158177 FICTITIouS BuSINESS NAME STATEMENT the following person is doing business as: SHUtternonSenSe, 3738 Marwick ave., lon Beach, Ca 90808. registrant: JoHn CaUSey, 3738 Marwick ave., long Beach, Ca 90808. this business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: John Causey. 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, 2011. notiCe: this fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. a new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. the filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. the Signal tribune: January 13, 20, 27, & february 3, 2012.

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Beach,” Foster said. “We will work hard to save redevelopment legislatively, but in truth the outlook is grim.” Long Beach City Manager Pat

West, City Attorney Robert Shannon and the City Council are working closely to determine the status of redevelopment projects in Long Beach. Projects that are already under contract for work will be completed, however other projects that have contracts for design but not construction are not protected. West said that the City would also be pushing for new legislation that would help continue some of the goals of redevelopment. First District Councilmember Robert Garcia said he is confident that the City can pull together and find a way to continue engaging in the vitally important work of community redevelopment. “The impact of losing RDA will be felt throughout the city, but especially in the areas of our city that struggle the most,” Garcia said. Ninth District Councilmember Steven Neal has several projects underway in North Long Beach that will be halted because of the court’s decision. “We’re extremely disappointed that the State has taken the course that it’s taken,” Neal said. “The challenge is going to be how city staff moves these projects and makes sure that we can see the vitalization take place in north Long Beach, which has been on dock for a rebirth for some time now.” Future steps As specified under the court decision, the Dissolution Act does the following: creates successor agencies and oversight boards to continue to satisfy enforceable obligations of each former RDA and administer the dissolution and wind down of each dissolved RDA; and establishes roles for the County-Auditor Controller, the Department of Finance and the State Controller’s Office in the dissolution process and satisfaction of enforceable obligations of former RDAs. At the upcoming Jan. 17 Long Beach City Council meeting, RDA staff will ask the council to adopt a resolution designating the City of Long Beach as the Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency of the city of Long Beach. The City would take over all housing functions and assets from the city’s RDA effective Feb. 1. The city manager would also establish a Community Improvement Commission and return to council with the implementation ordinances. According to AB1x 26, the community sponsoring the redevelopment

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Long Beach Fire Station 12, located at Orange Avenue and Artesia Boulevard, will not be affected by the Feb. 1 elimination of redevelopment and is expected to be completed by summer 2012. agency is designated as the successor agency unless the sponsoring community elects not to serve in that capacity. If the City declines to be the successor agency, the appointed agency will be the first local agency that submits to the Los Angeles County Auditor-Controller a resolution electing to be the successor agency. “We’re prepared and moving forward that on Feb. 1 redevelopment will no longer exist,” said Tom Modica, Long Beach director of Government Affairs and Strategic Initiatives. “The council had entered into an agreement between the RDA and the City back in February 2011 to protect projects, and [to ensure] that those projects will be built by the city using increments. That’ll be a question for the courts and the legal system on whether those projects are protected.” In addition to the appointment of a successor agency, an oversight board will be created with the intention of supervising the activities of the successor agency. “It is basically preparing the future and looking to see how do we restructure and make sure that we’ve got a commission that can continue some of the housing functions and some of the neighborhood improvement functions that need to happen,” Modica said. “We want to continue to move those services forward that need to move forward.” Projects at risk A lawsuit filed by RDAs and numerous other cities on July 21 stated that the measures were a direct violation of Proposition 22, passed by voters in November 2010, which limited the state’s ability to siphon money from redevelopment areas. The lawsuit,

although unsuccessful, was one of the many attempts to save the ongoing RDA projects underway throughout Long Beach and Los Angeles County. The reasoning behind the court decision was the preservation of revenues and assets of RDAs so that local governments may use the revenue to fund core governmental services, including police and fire protection services and schools. With the move, the fate of the current improvement projects in the cities of Signal Hill, Los Angeles and Long Beach, in particular the north area, is uncertain. For the City of Signal Hill, RDA will have to cease its property cleanup program, including the program to reabandon leaking oil wells. The development of additional retail would also be terminated. “Agencies and cities alike, along with supporters of redevelopment, will be working with the California Redevelopment Association and the League of California Cities, along with members of the Legislature, in the coming months to determine if there is a way to reinvent redevelopment in California,” said Forester in a commentary published in the Jan. 6 issue of the Signal Tribune. According to an article published in the same issue, City Manager Ken Farfsing and City Attorney David Aleshire said that Signal Hill filed a lawsuit in partnership with the City of Cerritos that challenges another aspect of ABx1 26 concerning loans. More than $5 million could be lost for affordable housing within downtown Los Angeles’s proposed Grand Avenue project, along with $10 million for proposed low-cost housing on Washington Boulevard, according to a

Jan. 10 Los Angeles Times article. In the same article, City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana and Chief Legislative Analyst Gerry Miller said the City would need to absorb $109 million in extra costs, including 192 employees, if it becomes the redevelopment agency's successor agency. Another area in need of significant beautification improvements and perhaps most impacted by the RDA eliminations is north Long Beach. Many of the projects funded through RDA, such as the North Village Project, North Branch Library, the addition of a bank and Fresh & Easy, and several other street- and business-improvement efforts along the streets of Atlantic and Artesia have started but are nowhere near completion. “For us personally, we’re working with our state legislatures to see if there is any possibility of any legislation that will keep some form of redevelopment,” Neal said. “The other things we’re going to be focused on is how we can help spur private investments, what kind of partnerships we can come up with, and how we can be creative to make sure that those development projects don’t get totally kicked to the curb.” Long Beach RDA has funded $148 million in public improvement such as parks, streets and public safety facilities since 2002. Plans for projects to be implemented over the next three years include $68.5 million in additional improvements that are now in question. “In a sense, I’m limited to what I can believe the legislature can and will do,” Neal said. “But I still think it’s worth while that we reach out to them because there has been some indication that it wasn’t there intention to eliminate them.”

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Local author to share insights from his book at coffeehouse talk

The Use of Regret is one man’s eternally recirculating journey though the truths and fictions and fantasies of a life that has left him with grave regrets about his absences and the person he turned out to be.

Portfolio Coffeehouse, 2300 E. 4th St., will host an installment of Long Beach Writers Read featuring local authors reading, answering questions and selling copies of their recently published works. On Monday, Jan. 23, author Greggory Moore will read from his book The Use of Regret, from 7pm to 8:30pm. The Use of Regret, a novel in 100-plus intricately interconnected sections, is one man’s eternally recirculating journey though the truths and fictions and fantasies of a life that has left him with grave regrets about his absences and the person he turned out to be. Through his mental travels readers (re)visit the paradoxical unions of singularity and plurality, separateness and togetherness, and language and the nonlinguistic by way of considering the United States as both a single entity and a construction of 300 million minds. Except for his first two years of life in Ohio and a much later four-month stay in Comoros, a third-worldy island nation in the Indian Ocean between southern Africa and Madagascar, Moore has always resided in Southern California, including his current digs in a historical landmark in downtown Long Beach. While here, he has contributed to a number of local newspapers, as well as literary and film journals. --------------------MORE INFORMATION portfoliocoffeehouse.com/ ?p=628

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