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Annual brunch at historic dairy affords residents rare opportunity to meet candidates face-to-face Nick Diamantides Staff Writer

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Architect Robert R. Coffee explains the new design at a special Parks and Recreation meeting on Jan. 25.

Preliminary conceptual plans for Signal Hill library promise more space and modern design CJ Dablo Staff Writer

Signal Hill has spent more than a decade of planning to replace its tiny 4,234-square-foot library. Now, with the rollout of a conceptual design presented at a meeting last Wednesday night, the public had a chance to see what architect Robert R. Coffee imagines for the city– a high-tech library with more than three times the space. Dozens of local residents packed into the City Council Chambers on Jan. 25 to see a conceptual design presented by Coffee during a special Parks and Recreation Commission meeting. The new building that will occupy over 15,000 square feet will

replace the city’s current police station and library. The police station will be moving to a new building that is set to finish construction later this year. The current estimate to build the library totals over $7.6 million and assumes the year-long construction project will start January 2013, according to reports distributed at the meeting. The library design features an expanse of windows, a courtyard, space for a children’s area, a teen area, a learning center, a historical museum, and design elements to celebrate the city’s historical ties to the oil industry. The building is also expected to see SH LIBRARY page 15

It’s not often that citizens get to have one-on-one discussions with candidates hoping to represent them in the halls of government, but Long Beach residents get the chance to do so shortly before every general municipal election, as well as elections for Long Beach area state senators and assembly members. That opportunity comes at the candidate Brunch that takes place at the Historical Long Beach Dairy and Creamery in North Long Beach. The Dairy is a more-than-100year-old, restored farmhouse owned by Dan Pressburg and his wife Holly. It is also their home. Neena Strichart/Signal Tribune The latest brunch took place last Community activist Diana Lejins, 8th district candidate Lillian Kawasaki and Saturday, and about 70 people event host Dan Pressburg at the candidate brunch last Saturday passed through the front doorway Gibson, who is running for the 70th Watkins said. “I am really enjoying during the four-hour event. “We have State Assembly District seat. Incum- all of the friendly discussions.” been hosting the candidate brunches bent city councilmembers Suja Supernaw agreed. “This is a good for about 13 years,” Pressburg said. Lowenthal (2nd district), Patrick way for the candidates to get their “It’s an opportunity for candidates O’Donnell (4th), Dee Andrews (6th), message out and a good way for the and people to mix and mingle, and to and Rae Gablich (8th) did not attend voters to see the real differences discuss issues that are important to the brunch. Incumbent Assembly- between the candidates,” he added. them in a non-threatening manner.” woman Bonnie Lowenthal also did Austin was also glad to attend the The candidates who showed up at not attend. event. “I really commend Dan and Pressburg’s house on Saturday Ballantyne said it was the first Holly for their commitment to civic included: Janet Ballantyne, who is candidate brunch she had ever participation and for opening up their seeking the 2nd district Long Beach attended and she was fascinated to home to candidates and people who City Council seat; John Watkins and meet people with expertise in various are interested in the election Daryl Supernaw, who are running fields. “I am walking away with a process,” he said. for the 4th district council seat; Al wealth of knowledge that I did not Kawasaki noted that residents Austin, Lillian Kawasaki, and Gus- have before coming here,” she noted. from all over Long Beach had come tavo Rivera, who are vying for the “This is the most unique candi8th district seat; and Martha Flores- dates gathering in Long Beach,” see BRUNCH page 15

At WANA meeting, deputy development services director forecasts gloomy future after demise of RDA Nick Diamantides Staff Writer

Unless the state legislature and governor do something drastic, all redevelopment agencies (RDAs) in California will cease to exist as of Feb. 1. Last Monday evening, Robert Zur Schmiede, Long Beach deputy development services director, told a small gathering of people that cities and many of the state’s poor will feel the pain of the RDAs’ demise for many years. Zur Schmiede was the featured speaker at the monthly Wrigley Area

Neighborhood Alliance meeting, which took place in the Veterans Park Recreation Center. About 25 people attended the meeting. Zur Schmiede told the audience that Sacramento’s decision to pass legislation abolishing the RDAs was not carefully thought out and it would take months, perhaps years, to fully understand the ramifications of that decision. “I don’t think anyone knows how it’s all going to play out,” he said. “But we do know that a lot of good programs and planned projects are going to come to an end.”

The deputy director reminded WANA members that redevelopment has been a very important program in Long Beach for 50 years and the RDA has been instrumental in removing blighted conditions, reinvigorating business districts, undertaking massive development projects (including the construction of affordable housing for low-income families), helping create new jobs, and bringing additional revenue into the city’s General Fund. Zur Schmiede noted that last year Governor Jerry Brown signed two bills see WANA page 10

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Robert Zur Schmiede, Long Beach deputy development services director, says that cities and many of the state’s poor will feel the pain of the RDAs’ demise for many years.

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Board of Harbor Commissioners gives preliminary approval to 40-year terminal deal that would be the largest in U.S. history The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners gave preliminary approval Monday to a 40-year, $4.6-billion lease with Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) for the Middle Harbor property, clearing the way for a final vote on the largest deal of its kind for any U.S. seaport. The Board’s Finance and Administration Committee approved the agreement with a 3-0 vote. Commissioner Nick Sramek was absent, and Commissioner Rich Dines, a longshoreman who has worked at the terminal property, recused himself to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest. The Board is expected to consider final approval Feb. 6. The lease has been agreed to in principle by Hong Kong-based OOCL and its U.S. subsidiaries OOCL, LLC and Long Beach Container Terminal (LBCT). The Port is investing $1.2 billion to develop the new 300-acre-plus Middle Harbor terminal, while OOCL and LBCT will invest approximately $500 million in the latest cargo-handling equipment. The project is expected to generate more than 14,000 new, permanent jobs throughout Southern Califor-

nia by 2020. The Middle Harbor Redevelopment Project combines Piers F and E into one state-of-the-art container terminal. LBCT has occupied Pier F since 1986 and will operate the Middle Harbor Terminal. The new terminal will effectively double the existing capacity by utilizing the most advanced cargo-handling technology in the world. It will also be the greenest terminal in North America, cutting air pollution in half through the use of more on-dock rail, electrified cargo handling equipment and shore power, which allows vessels to draw electricity from a landside utility when docked rather than diesel-powered auxiliary engines. OOCL has been an important partner in the Port’s green initiatives. Its ships have a near 100-percent participation in the Port’s Green Flag Program, which provides rebates to vessel operators that slow down in and near the Port to cut down on air pollution. As a gesture of its commitment to the Long Beach community, OOCL has donated its Green Flag program rebates to Long Beach parks and schools.

18-year-old LB resident charged with recent murder, attempted murder On Jan. 18, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office filed charges against a suspect believed to be responsible for the Jan. 5, 2012 murder of 19-year-old Jeff Pouncil of Long Beach and the attempted murder of a 19-year-old male from Long Beach who was with Pouncil at the time of the shooting, which occurred in the area of 21st Street and Orange Avenue at approximately 12:02pm. Through their investigation, Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) homicide detectives were led to 18year-old Andre Bisserup of Long Beach as the person they believe responsible for what they determined was a gang-motivated shooting. Detectives learned that he had been arrested

on Jan. 6, 2012, by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department on an unrelated grand-theft property charge, and he remains in their custody. On Jan. 18, detectives presented their case to the District Attorney’s office, who filed one count of murder and one count of attempted murder with gang allegations against Bisserup. He will be arraigned in Long Beach Superior Court, Department J, on Thursday, Jan. 26. Anyone who may have information related to this shooting is asked to contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Malcolm Evans or Todd Johnson at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted via text or web by visiting tipsoft.com.

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The Middle Harbor Redevelopment Project combines Piers F and E into one state-of-the-art container terminal. Long Beach Container Terminal has occupied Pier F since 1986 and will operate the Middle Harbor Terminal.

David Barton resigns from school board

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Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education member David Barton has announced his resignation from the school board. Barton was first elected in 2006 to represent LBUSD’s District 5, which includes Millikan and Lakewood high schools along with surrounding elementary and middle schools. He ran unopposed for a second four-year term in 2010 and most recently was serving as the board's vice president. Barton notified both LBUSD Superintendent Christopher J. Steinhauser and Los Angeles County Superintendent of

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Schools Arturo Delgado of his resignation “for reasons of health” effective immediately. The notification was dated Jan. 22 and was received Wednesday at LBUSD's Board of Education office. Because Barton’s term does not expire until 2014, the Board of Education must begin taking steps to fill the vacancy for the remainder of the term. The school board will discuss the matter at its next regular meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 7. “David has served with distinction on the school board,” said LBUSD Board of Education President Felton Williams. “Together we have navigated extremely difficult times that have included unprecedented cuts in state funding, yet we have maintained our focus on improving student achievement. David’s leadership in this regard will be missed.” Superintendent Chris Steinhauser said Barton has played an integral role in making the school district successful. “His calm, thoughtful leadership has contributed much to our success,” said Steinhauser. “We thank him for his service, and we wish him all the best.”

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A jury in the Melody Ross civil case returned a verdict in favor of the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) Tuesday. The jury awarded no damages, finding the school district in no way liable for the off-campus, fatal shooting of the Wilson Classical High School student on Oct. 30, 2009, according to a press release issued this week by the LBUSD. “The jury agreed that our school district was in no way responsible for this senseless act of violence that occurred off campus,” said LBUSD Superintendent Christopher J. Steinhauser. “We’re relieved that the real perpetrator of this crime, the gunman, will be held accountable rather than an outstanding school whose staff provides a safe environment. Our hearts go out to everyone who knew and loved Melody, but we applaud the jury for considering all the evidence and applying the law correctly.”

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Secretary of State’s office announces results of randomized alphabet drawing for ballot listings Secretary of State Debra Bowen’s office conducted a randomized alphabet drawing on Jan. 19 to determine the order that candidates’ names will appear on April 10 local election ballots. The results of the drawing are as follows:

In accordance with Elections Code section 13111(f), the names of candidates on the ballot are arranged based on the randomized alphabet. This alphabet applies throughout the entire last name of the candidate. If the names of two or more candidates begin with the same letter, their ballot listing order is determined by applying the randomized alphabet to the next letter(s) of their names. If last names of multiple candidates are the same, the randomized alphabet also applies to first names. The randomized alphabet drawing was held in the Elections Division within the Secretary of State’s office in compliance with Elections Code section 13112. Staff members pulled the letters in a lottery-style drawing, with witnesses from the media and public present.

Steinhauser chosen to co-chair Educator Excellence Task Force Long Beach Unified School District Superintendent Christopher J. Steinhauser will co-chair a new statewide Educator Excellence Task Force, according to a recent announcement from State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. Noting that Steinhauser is nationally recognized for improving student achievement, the state superintendent announced the appointment to the task force, which will recommend ways of strengthening California’s teacher corps. The task force, part of Torlakson’s Blueprint for Great Schools, will be a joint effort of the California Department of Education and the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. It will be co-chaired by Stanford University’s Linda Darling-Hammond. The full membership of the task force will be announced soon.

Network, the Stanford Educational Leadership Institute, and the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education. She serves on the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing by appointment of Gov. Jerry Brown, and she has written more than 300 articles on education policy and practice, as well as more than a dozen books. Steinhauser is a 30-year educator in Long Beach, which has been recognized nationally for improving

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student achievement and closing achievement gaps. “I’m honored and thankful that Superintendent Torlakson has recognized the excellence of Long Beach schools and teachers by allowing us significant input on this task force,” Steinhauser said. “We plan to share our best practices, learn from others, and improve the delivery of instruction to thousands of students in local schools and statewide.”

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SECURING STUDENT SAFETY What Safe passages to Keller Elementary community meeting Who Hosted by 5th District Councilmember Gerrie Schipske and Public Works Where Newcomb Academy Auditorium, 3351 Val Verde Ave, LB When Monday, Jan. 30 from 6pm to 7pm More info The meeting will review safe routes students can take to Keller Elementary while Newcomb Academy undergoes construction.

CATTY STORIES What Book-signing Who Hosted by Apostrophe Books Where 4712 E. 2nd St., LB When Saturday, Feb. 4 from 2pm to 4pm More info Author P.I. Maltbie will be signing copies of her latest picture book, Bambino and Mr. Twain. The book is a fact-based story about the great American author and how his cat, Bambino, helps bring him back into public life. A portion of the sales will be donated to the Helen Sanders’ Cat Protection and Welfare Society, a nonprofit, volunteer organization based in Long Beach. Call (562) 438-7950.

Bus Riders – Tell Us What You Think Take an online survey to help improve your commute and be entered in a drawing to win $250. Visit metro-survey.net and tell us about your experience as a bus rider. Your input will be used to determine where improvements are needed and how Metro can better serve its riders. “America Fast Forward” Gathering Support More than 40 mayors of cities across the nation and an equal number of chambers of commerce have endorsed “America Fast Forward.” The initiative promoted by Metro seeks to leverage federal assistance to accelerate construction of local transportation projects. Find out what it’s all about at americafastforward.net.

EVENING DINING What Community supper Who Presented by the Bixby Knolls Supper Club Where Phil Trani’s, 3490 Long Beach Blvd., LB When Monday, Feb. 6 at 6:30pm More info Menu selections will be emailed with reservation confirmation. RSVP to info@bixbyknolls.com.

Public Hearing On Bus Service Feb. 9 Proposed bus service changes will be discussed by the Metro Gateway Cities Service Council on Thursday, February 9 at 2pm at Salt Lake Park Community Center, 3401 E. Florence Avenue, Huntington Park. Details about the proposed changes will be available at the meeting or online at metro.net.

BUSINESS BUILDING What Veteran Small Business Expo 2012 Who Co-hosted by the Small Business Association, Veteran Business Outreach Center and the Los Angeles Regional Small Business Development Center Network Where Long Beach City College, Building T-1200, 4901 Carson St., LB When Wednesday, Feb. 8 from 9am to 3pm More info Topics to be covered at the expo include: access to capital, overview of technical assistance, government contracting and subcontracting, and supplier diversity. RSVP at (916) 393-1690.

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Crenshaw Rail Line Gets Go Ahead The Federal Transit Administration has authorized Metro to go forward with the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor project to construct a light rail line in the Crenshaw District. The 8.5-mile line will connect the Metro Green Line and the Expo Line currently under construction. For more information, go to metro.net/crenshaw.

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NOTEWORTHY SINGING What Chorus performance Who Presented by the Gay-Affirmative Chorus of Long Beach Where The Center in Long Beach, 2017 E. Fourth St., LB When Saturday, Jan. 28 at 9:30am More info The performance group will sing at the State of the Center where LA County Supervisor Don Knabe will be presented with the President’s Award. The event will be open to public with the program starting at 11am. Call (562) 434-4455.

INVESTING IN THE FUTURE What “Women and Investing” program Who Hosted by American Association of University Women Long Beach Branch Where Long Beach Yacht Club, 6201 Appian Way, LB When Saturday, Feb. 4 from 9:30am to noon More info The program, which will be open to the public, will host guest speaker Lynn M. Shrum from Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Long Beach Marina branch. The cost of the luncheon will be $35. RSVP at (562) 596-8902 by Jan. 29.

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“For all the necessity of good facilities, high-quality materials and talented administrators, teachers are really at the center of a child’s school day,” Torlakson said. “That’s why one of the cornerstones of our Blueprint for Great Schools is developing a system that will lead to teachers who are consistently well prepared and well supported, and who continue to have opportunities to grow throughout their careers. That’s also why Dr. Darling-Hammond and Superintendent Steinhauser have my thanks and my admiration for being willing to oversee this important work.” The Educator Excellence Task Force will: • Develop comprehensive recruitment, training and preparation frameworks for both new and experienced educators • Encourage the development of more effective educator evaluation systems • Make certain that these systems are supported by training for evaluators, mentoring for teachers, and professional development programs • Recommend how these systems should be designed, supported and implemented Darling-Hammond is an education professor at Stanford, where she launched the School Redesign

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 their gloves, hat, garden shoes and a pruner. RSVP to Bembridge gardener Karen Bertram at (562) 596-9406 or email karenbertram@verizon.net by Jan. 20.

REVISITING HISTORY What Film screening Who Presented by the Long Beach Public Library, NAACP- Long Beach Branch and MusicUNTOLD Where Main Library Auditorium, 101 Pacific Ave., LB When Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 6pm More info The free screening of Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock will be open to the public with a discussion shortly thereafter. Call (562) 570-7500.

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HOMEBUYING 101 What Free homebuyer workshop Who Hosted by Cares Home Preservation and Prevention Where 4120 Atlantic Ave., LB When Saturday, Jan. 28 from 8:30am to 4:30pm More info The workshop will provide the general public with information on the payment assistance program and how to get multiple-layer assistance grants. Call (562) 424-4477 or visit hppcares.org

CALLING ALL BOOKWORMS What Book discussion Who BKBIA Bixby Knolls Literary Society Where Expo Arts Center, 4321 Atlantic Ave, LB When Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 7pm More info The February book selection will be Black Warriors: The Buffalo Soldiers of World War II. The meeting will honor Black History Month and celebrate the fourth anniversary of the Bixby Knolls Literary Society. The discussion will be open to the public with free admission and refreshments. Parking will be available along Atlantic Avenue.

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Thoughts from the Publisher by Neena Strichart I attended the Signal Hill Parks and Recreation Commission meeting last Wednesday evening to get an update on the new proposed library. Seeing all the new plans was very exciting, and although the details may not be hammered out yet, I think we are certainly on the way to a new, state-of-the-art experience for our little city. I have fond memories of my Signal Hill Elementary School days with visits to my school library as well as the Signal Hill Public Library. Although I was fortunate to have a nice collection of books at home, I loved checking out reading material that was fresh and new. At the school library I was drawn to age-appropriate biographies of famous people and enjoyed reading about careers for girls. I must have checked out the book about “airline hostesses” more than a dozen times. When I first visited the public library in Signal Hill, it was located on the top floor of city hall. The dark wooden shelves were filled with mystery in a setting that was sure to keep us kids “hushed.” If we did have a notion to be a bit noisy, our librarian, Mrs. Brady, would quiet us down with a stern look or a quick “shhhh!” I wasn’t afraid of Mrs. Brady, but I sure did respect her. I believed she knew everything. If I asked her about a topic of interest, she guided me to a shelf filled with just the right books. Her library had books I considered more fun than the ones I found at school. I read about teddy bear picnics and Babar the Elephant and was introduced to the author Beverly Cleary, who told tales about Henry Huggins, Ramona and Beezus, and other interesting characters. As I grew older, the library was moved to the basement of city hall, and although the atmosphere looked different we still had Mrs. Brady to keep us on the right path. Years later the library was taken out of city hall and moved to its current location– next to the police station. Even though Mrs. Brady now resides in the heavenly bookstacks in the sky, the love and guidance continues at our Signal Hill library. Card catalogues have been replaced with more technological ways of searching for books, and computers are available for use by children and adults alike. With DVD players, laptops and Kindles being staples in many homes, the library has taken on an entirely different function. It is no longer just a place to read or do homework; it is a place to explore and interact with others visiting the library. You can even check out movies and travel videos. Things are changing in libraries across our country, and I find it thrilling to know that our little city will be keeping in step with changing times.

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Congressman Craig Hosmer, Signal Hill Mayor Tom Denham, Councilmember Bill Mendenhall, Gertrude Beebe, Councilmember Paul Kemner and Kathleen Brady at the ribbon-cutting of the Signal Hill Library when it was moved to the lower floor of city hall.

If you did not have a chance to attend the Parks and Recreation meeting the other night, do take the opportunity at the next Signal Hill City Council meeting and take a look for yourself. The meeting will take place at city hall on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 7pm. For more information on Wednesday evening’s meeting see page 1.

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As you have probably read in the last few weeks, Long Beach ended 2011 with the lowest murder and violent crime rate in over 40 years. In fact, we had a substantial drop in almost every category of major crime in Long Beach. While there have been increases in property crimes in some neighborhoods, our overall crime statistics are lower than they have been in decades. I am extremely proud of our Long Beach police and fire departments for their stellar work and commitment to safe neighborhoods for everyone. However, in the coming years we will be facing numerous public safety challenges, especially the release of state prisoners into our communities. Due to lean city budgets, we have not grown our public safety departments. While it looks likely that we will have a fire academy class in 2012, planning and funding for a police academy in 2012 is not yet finalized. Next Tuesday, at 3:30pm, on Jan. 31, as chair of the City Council Public Safety Committee, I will be chairing a meeting to discuss a 2012 police academy and police staffing levels. There is no question that we need to hire more police and firefighters; we just need to do so in a fiscally responsible way. Fortunately, our pension reform agreements with our police and firefighters will help us achieve this goal.

Now that the Supreme Court has overturned a California law requiring federally inspected slaughterhouses to euthanize downed animals– those too sick or injured to walk– in order to keep the meat out of the nation’s food system, many people are wondering what they can do to protect themselves, and animals, from harm. Fortunately, there is an easy solution– stop eating meat. Cruelty to animals is common in slaughterhouses. PETA investigators have caught slaughterhouse workers beating pigs with metal rods, urinating on chickens and scalding birds alive, and abusing cows until they bellowed in pain. Workers at Westland/Hallmark Meat Co. in California used a forklift to shove downed animals onto the killing floor– the incident that prompted officials to strengthen regulations against slaughtering immobile animals. “Downed cows” are more likely to have bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease, although the saturated fat and cholesterol found in all meat is a much more prevalent health hazard. Meat contributes to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and other illnesses. For the animals’ sake and your own, see PETA.org for free meatless recipes and tips on going vegan.

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Local fashion show to benefit student mentorship program Cameo Professional Auxiliary of Assistance League of Long Beach will host its annual fashion show luncheon with silent and live auctions on Saturday, March 3, at the Long Beach Convention Center. Doors will open at 10am for guests to be able to participate in the silent auction, which will feature home décor; spa, sports, and health packages; original art; designer merchandise; and vintage items.

Lunch will begin at noon followed by the fashion show, live auction and opportunity drawing. More than 1,000 guests are expected to attend. This year’s theme, “Nothing But The Blues,” celebrates the spirit of the blues music of Chicago and the South. “Cameo members have been working hard to plan our annual extravaganza to raise awareness of and funds for our student mentorship philanthropic program,” said

fashion show chairperson Penny Dumke. Individual tickets are $95 each, and tables of 12 are $1,020 for a three-course luncheon and an award-winning fashion show by Lucinda Miedma and Gary Baker. This year’s show will feature Lourdes Chavez Couture and David Meister designs. For more information, go to ALLB.org. To make a reservation, contact Peggy Anatol at cameo@allb.org.

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The fashion show produced by Cameo Professional Auxiliary of Assistance League of Long Beach helps to fund the organization’s student mentorship philanthropic program.

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• Todd and Ranae Saunders, for the meticulous restoration of their 1958-59 mid-century modern home. • Matt and Krysta Leaver for the restoration of their mid-century ranch style home built in 1953, a well-preserved example of the modest structures in the Cliff May Rancho’s area of Long Beach. • The architecture firm Hugh Gibbs & Donald Gibbs Architects, FAIA, for producing a number of landmarks and commercial and residential structures throughout Long Beach and the Southern California area. • Linc Housing for the refurbishing of the neglected Palace Hotel, built in 1929 on East Anaheim. The building is now a commercial property with stores on the ground floor and rooms for rent above. • The California Heights Neighborhood Association, for its restoration of 136 lampposts in its historic district to complement the historic homes. • The Long Beach Symphony will also receive a heritage award for its Concerts in Long Beach Historic Sites program, which brings music and architecture together for the benefit of Long Beach residents. A no-host bar and silent auction will begin at 5:30pm. and the dinner and awards ceremony will take place at 7pm. Parking is hosted. Tickets are $115 per person (tables of 10 are $1150). To order tickets, call (562) 493-7019 or visit lbheritage.org to pay via PayPal.

An event offering free incometax preparation for the 2012 tax season and information on family assistance services will be offered from 10am to 3pm on Friday, Jan. 27, in the College of Business Administration (CBA) Building at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). Presented by Jerome E. Horton, chairman of the California State Board of Equalization, the CSULB event will be the first of five that will be held between Jan. 27 and April 14 at college campuses in Long Beach, Carson and Los Angeles, including Cal State Dominguez Hills (Saturday, Feb. 25) and Long Beach City College (Saturday, April 14). In addition to the free tax preparation, the event will feature representatives from various organizations who will be able to provide information on getting access to low-cost and free medical services, job-preparation assistance, food and nutrition service, discount telephone service and low-cost auto insurance. Aside from the colleges, other partners for the event include the Koreatown Youth and Community Center, the Legal Aid Society of Orange County, the United Job Creation Council, the South Bay Workforce Investment Board, Service Employees International Union and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. All family services are open to the public, and the free tax-preparation assistance is for household incomes of $50,000 or less. More importantly, the tax return preparation services provided at these events allow qualified filers to take full advantage of available tax credits, both refundable and non-refundable. The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is an example of a refundable credit and, unlike other available tax credits, the EITC is a direct cash payment which is added to any refund due to filers. The maximum credit paid to qualified filers is $5,751, and the EITC annually lifts 5 million Americans above the poverty line. Non-refundable tax credits lower a filer’s taxable

income, thereby reducing the amount of tax paid. The combination of both the refundable and nonrefundable credits can result in up to a $12,000 credit for a qualified filer. Appointments are recommended, but walk-ins are welcome and will be assisted on a first-come, firstserved basis. Free parking will be available for visitors but only on the first two floors of Parking Structure 1 (next to the CBA building). Those interested in having their 2011 tax returns prepared should bring the following items: proof of identification; Social Security cards, including spouse’s and dependents’ (or a Social Security number verification letter issued by the Social Security Administration); birth dates, including spouse’s and dependents’; current year’s tax package; wage and earnings statements (W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, from all employers); and interest and dividend statements from banks (1099

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Long Beach Heritage will host its 2012 awards benefit and gala on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 5:30pm in the Grand Salon on the historic Queen Mary, celebrating a number of notable restoration efforts and the remarkable achievements of longtime preservationists. The fundraiser will help support Long Beach Heritage’s preservation efforts, and attendees will also be served dinner and have the opportunity to participate in a silent auction full of unique and antique items and gift certificates. The Preservationist of the Year Award will be presented to John Thomas for his significant contributions and dedication to historic preservation. He has held the positions of president and vice president of advocacy on the Long Beach Heritage Board of Directors, and he was instrumental in persuading city officials to adopt a Historic Preservation Element into the General Plan. More recently, he encouraged the adoption of the Adaptive Reuse Ordinance, which allows historic buildings being considered for demolition to be red-flagged for reuse projects. Thomas also chaired the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency, and he is president of the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles and the Bluff Heights Neighborhood Association. He has previously been on the board of directors of the Long Beach Historical Society and a consultant to the Queen Mary. In addition, he coauthored Images of America: RMS Queen Mary, and Long Beach Art Deco with Suzanne Tarbel Cooper and J. Christopher Launi. Other honorees will include: • The Lafayette Homeowners Association, for the repainting of the exterior of the Art Deco hotel built in 1928-1929. • Claudia Jurmain, for the book Rancho Los Alamitos: Ever Changing, Always the Same, which details the history of the ranch and its residents from the Native American Povuu’nga tribe to the Bixby family. • Craig and Christine Bouma, for the complete restoration of both the exterior and interior of their 1936 Spanish Revival home.

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Free eBooks and downloadable audiobooks from the Long Beach Public Library will be showcased next month when the Digital Bookmobile National Tour comes to town. The Digital Bookmobile will be available at the Second Saturday Art Walk on Saturday, Feb. 11 from 4pm to 10pm, on Linden Avenue between East Broadway and East First Street, in Downtown Long Beach. “As an avid eBook reader, I'm delighted that our Long Beach Library is expanding its use of technology that will enrich our community in many ways,” said Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster. “This event will make it easier and more convenient for residents to access books and other increasingly

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popular services that our library offers.” At this free event, readers of all ages can learn how to download eBooks and audiobooks through interactive demonstrations and high-definition instructional videos. Attendees are encouraged to bring a Long Beach Public Library card or apply for one at the event for an opportunity to receive a Kindle Touch, provided by the Long Beach Public Library Foundation. Residents can take advantage of the download service 24/7 by visiting the library’s new downloads webpage, lbpl.org/downloads. Users may browse the growing collection of bestselling, new-release and classic titles, and check out a digital title with a valid Long Beach Public Library card. Once downloaded, digital titles can be enjoyed on a computer or supported mobile device. Many audio titles can also be burned to CD. At the end of the lending period, titles will automatically expire and return to the digital collection. There are never fees, nor worries about late or damaged items with this service. “Long Beach Public Library staff is excited to welcome the public to tour

the Digital Bookmobile while enjoying the art walk,” said Glenda Williams, director of Library Services. “Stop by with your eReader, mobile device, and library card. Overdrive and library staff will be on hand to answer your questions and help you take advantage of this unique and free service.” The Digital Bookmobile is housed inside an 18-wheel tractor-trailer. This 74-foot community outreach vehicle is a high-tech update of the traditional bookmobile that has served communities for decades. The vehicle is equipped with broadband Internet-connected PCs, high definition monitors, premium sound systems, interactive learning stations, and a variety of portable media players, all of which help visitors explore Long Beach Public Library’s download service. The gadget gallery– featuring an iPad2, Android tablet, Nook, Sony Reader, Amazon Kindle, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, Creative Zen and more– will help visitors discover portable devices that are compatible with the library’s download service. MORE INFORMATION lbpl.org/downloads

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Beginning Jan. 28 and at no additional cost to the shopper, the pedicab company the Long Beach Pedaler Society will offer a grocerydelivery service for residents residing within a one-mile radius of Trader Joe’s in Bixby Knolls. This service has been made possible by the Bike-Friendly Business District (BFBD) program in partnership with the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association. The BFBD program is made possible by the Department of Health and Human Services through the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the City of Long Beach. The couriers (or “flyers” as they are called within Pedaler Society) will provide bicyclists with an efficient method of getting their groceries home after riding their bikes to Trader Joe’s. According to a press release issued this week by the Pedaler Society, customers will benefit from a healthy bike ride to and from Trader Joe’s and a great conversation with their “flyer” on the way home.

The Pedaler Society utilizes a cargo bike provided by the Bike Friendly Business Districts program to Bixby Knolls for local businesses to use when delivering products to local customers. “Thanks to the leadership of the Bike-Friendly Business District program and Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association, Long Beach Pedaler Society is now able to provide a bicycle-friendly option for residents to shop for groceries.” says Dana Seagraves of Pedaler Society. “While outwardly this may seem like a small offering, it is yet another way that residents in the ‘most bikefriendly city in the nation’ can get on a bicycle and practice healthy living. Perhaps the most important aspect of this program is that it is yet another way that we can participate in our favorite type of business; the business of healthy community building.” MORE INFORMATION (562) 980-1861 pedalersociety.com

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In 2006, CBGB, New York’s definitive rock music club, closed its doors on Manhattan’s Bowery. The closure sparked something in New York-based photographer Rhona Bitner, and she set out to capture the aftermath of ravaged rock’n’roll stages with her camera. “I began to think about music, primarily popular music, its wide reach and direct relationship to the human experience,” Bitner said. “I became intrigued by the notion of physical emptiness coexisting with the memory of what had occurred there.” The sites explored in her exhibit Static Noise, though some are in ruins, are landmarks that retell the history of punk rock. Legendary venues are paid homage in cinematic scale and honored as platforms with lingering significance. Even estranged from notorious performances, the stages become atmospheric symbols for the clamor of concerts past. Bitner tracks the resonance of raucous nights without nostalgia.

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“A simple, straightforward photograph of a place, perhaps not immediately evident for its significance, can introduce an echo of recognition or familiarity, reinforcing a relationship of place, memory and resonance and, perhaps, a faint whisper of sound,” she said. In her photographs, the still, silent image tells its own story and lets visitors imagine, or even hear, what once was. Static Noise is Bitner’s first West Coast museum exhibition to present a glimpse into her new series, Listen. Exploring influential punk clubs and concert halls from the late 1970s and early 1980s, this exhibition captures the history of an era by focusing on its most seminal venues: New York City’s Electric Lady Studios, where Patti Smith recorded her debut album Horses; Detroit’s Grande Ballroom, where The Stooges and Cramps were regulars; San Antonio’s Randy’s Rodeo where an infamous Sex Pistols concert ended in a riot; and Los Angeles’ Whisky a Go Go and

Masque– lodestars in the early L.A. punk scene. In her Listen series, innocuous sites are not just vestiges; they are vital pieces of the history of rebellious music that defined a generation. Static Noise will be on view free to the public from Friday, Jan. 27 through Sunday, April 15 at the University Art Museum at California State University Long Beach with an opening reception on Jan. 27 from 5pm to 8pm. Admission is $4 for the general public and free for students during normal visiting hours. The opening reception is free and open to the public. The exhibition features 28 photographs. A brochure accompanies it with an essay by musician Lenny Kaye– author, composer, and long-time collaborator and guitarist for the Patti Smith Group who spent many nights performing at CBGB. MORE INFORMATION csulb.edu/org/uam

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LB City Prosecutor’s office recognizes individuals and groups for making ‘meaningful difference’ The Long Beach City Prosecutor’s Office has presented five awards to individuals and groups who, working with the City Prosecutor’s Office, have made “a significant, positive impact in the City of Long Beach in the past year.” The recipients chosen to receive City Prosecutor Impact Awards include: • Lenny Arkinstall, executive director, Los Cerritos Wetlands Stewards, Inc., for utilizing the City Prosecutor’s Community Service Worker (CSW) program to preserve sensitive wetlands. • Bernardo Barajas, police officer, LBPD, for his efforts to combat gang-

related crime. • Sean Parilla, police officer, LBPD, for his efforts to reduce the number of unsafe and overweight trucks on city streets. • Che Scott, counselor, Long Beach Unified School District, for his efforts to reduce truancy at Washington Middle School. • West Division Directed Enforcement Team (DET), LBPD, for the entire team’s success in combating gangrelated crime. “Each of these recipients have part-

nered with the City Prosecutor’s Office to make a meaningful difference in our city,” said City Prosecutor Doug Haubert. “There are many unsung heroes who deserve recognition, and it was hard to choose just five. All of these recipients have passion for what they do and are fully deserving of recognition.” The awards were presented at a reception on Jan. 26. This is the first year Impact Awards have been presented by the city prosecutor, who says he anticipates they will become an annual tradition.

WRD recognized for its transparent budget process The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has awarded the Water Replenishment District of Southern California (WRD) the GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award in recognition of its comprehensive and transparent budget process. “WRD is honored to receive this prestigious award recognizing our agency’s rigorous and prudent budgetary practices,” said WRD Board President Sergio Calderon. “We strive to develop and implement the best fiscal oversight possible and are proud to be recognized for our hard work.” According to a press release issued this week by the WRD, this award recognizes the highest achievements in governmental budgeting from the GFOA and reflects the WRD’s unwavering commitment to sound fiscal practices. For the past seven consecutive years, WRD has been awarded the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers (CSMFO) Meritorious Award for Excellence in budget document and process. The GFOA budget award is based on nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget development, documentation and public presentation. The guidelines are designed to assess how well a public agency’s budget delivers

a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide and a communications device. Budget documents are rated across the four categories, and 14 mandatory criteria within those categories. Since 2005, WRD’s finance department has garnered more than 14 national and state awards for its exceptional finance and budgetary practices. “This award truly reflects an ongoing commitment to continually raise the bar,” said WRD Board Treasurer Albert Robles. “It exemplifies the District’s efforts in providing the public with greater transparency and clarity in our budgeting process.” For budgets including fiscal period 2010, only 15 out of over three hundred water districts in California were recognized by the GFOA. Award recipients have pioneered efforts to improve the quality of budgeting and provide an excellent example for other governments throughout North America. The Government Finance Officers Association is a nonprofit professional organization serving more than 17,000 government finance professionals throughout North America. The GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program is the only national awards program in governmental budgeting.

Rancho seeking trainees for Living History Tour program Rancho Los Cerritos is currently recruiting volunteers for Visitors from the Past, its Living History Tour program in which docents lead guests through the historic adobe house as “cast members” from Rancho history. Participants will have the opportunity to partake in a training course beginning Saturday, Jan. 28, designed to

prepare volunteers for their roles as Living History docents. Volunteers may choose from a rich and interesting cast of characters, including owners, vaqueros, cooks, relatives, sheepherders, gardeners, etc. The ten-week training program provides not only detailed historical information on the Rancho and its collections, but also tools for theatrical interpretation and costuming. In “becoming” a living-history character, volunteers breathe life into history, allowing people of the past to come alive and convey not only facts, but also thoughts, emotions and attitudes. By the end of their training, participants will be able to give informative and engaging tours to the public from the perspective of a Rancho historical character. Through these, visitors will receive a better understanding of the past and will be able to identify, compare, and contrast this with the present day– connecting their time and ours. Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site is located at 4600 Virginia Rd., northwest of the intersection of Long Beach Boulevard and San Antonio Drive. Built in 1844, the adobe home and grounds echo with the rich history of Spanish, Mexican, and American California and with the families who helped transform Southern California from its ranching beginnings to a modern, urban society. The site, a national, state and Long Beach historic landmark, also includes historic gardens and a research library and archives. MORE INFORMATION (562) 570-1755 rancholoscerritos.org

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“Celeste,” oil painting, 20" x 28" (1975) Artist Susan Holsclaw’s work is being presented at the Liberty Art Gallery, 435 Alamitos Ave., as a retrospective that reflects the time period from the turbulent years of the Vietnam War era to the present. The exhibit features works in oil, pastel, charcoal and mixed media. The show, entitled Portrait of an American Artist, also includes

Holsclaw’s photographs and two books she has written: the fictional work The Peanut and the Pearl by Edna Bale, and the poetry collection The Fictional Poesy of Edna Bale. The hours of the exhibit are Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 5pm. The show will close Saturday, Feb. 4.

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The Campaign Trail New park’s train sculpture honors Redline Electric Long Beach Board of Education District 2 candidate Ricardo Linarez issued an email Thursday announcing that he has secured the endorsements of Assemblymembers Warren T. Furutani and Isadore Hall “Ricardo Linarez will be a strong advocate for our community to ensure that Long Beach schools continue to provide our students with an excellent education,” said Furutani. “I am proud to endorse him.” “I am proud to receive the endorsement of Warren Furutani and Isadore Hall,” Linarez said. “Warren’s strong leadership on education, from Los Angeles Board of Education to Sacramento, has been an inspiration. With their support, I will advocate for Long Beach to receive its fair share from Sacramento.” The Long Beach Police Officers Association (LBPOA) announced in an email Jan. 24 that the Long Beach Firefighters Association and the LBPOA are endorsing incumbent Patrick O’Donnell for the 4th district Long Beach Council seat. “Patrick O’Donnell is the candidate firefighters trust to give us the tools and support we need to keep Long Beach safe,” said Rex Pritchard, president of the Long Beach Firefighters Association. “He makes the tough decisions to keep our city’s budget balanced while protecting vital services like public safety. We don’t just need Patrick O’Donnell on the council– we need more leaders like Patrick O’Donnell.” Long Beach Police Officers Association President Steve James said O’Donnell has the vision and the backbone to keep the city’s finances in order without sacrificing the safety of our neighborhoods. “Even in tough times, Patrick brought our city together to

improve our community,” James said. “We need his leadership on the council.” The Long Beach Firefighters Association and the Long Beach Police Officers Association have also endorsed Al Austin for the 8th District Council seat, according to an email sent by the LBPOA. “Al Austin has the right ideas and skills to keep Long Beach safe,” said Rex Pritchard, president of the Long Beach Firefighters Association. “We need leaders like him working for our city and neighborhoods on the Council.” “Al Austin is the candidate Long Beach Police Officers trust to help protect our neighborhoods,” said Steve James, president of the Long Beach Police Officers Association. “Al Austin understands that safe neighborhoods are better neighborhoods, and he has the backbone to make the tough decisions to keep our city on track.” Former Long Beach Mayor Beverly O’Neill has announced her endorsement of Lillian Kawasaki to represent Long Beach City Council’s 8th district. O’Neill said that when she “appointed Lillian to the Long Beach Board of Water Commissioners, there was no doubt that Lillian had the skills, background, and dedication to fulfill the demands of the job. The same is true today.” “I am very honored to have Mayor O’Neill’s endorsement. She served as a three term-mayor and continues her dedicated service to the Long Beach community,” Kawasaki said. “Like Mayor O’Neill, I look forward to bringing the varied constituencies together to build a stronger and more vibrant city.”

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adopted by the legislature pertaining to redevelopment agencies. “ABx1 26 was the bill to dissolve the redevelopment agencies,” he said. “ABx1 27 was the pay-to-play bill.” He explained that under AB 27, cities that wanted to keep their RDAs intact could do so if they paid an annual fee to the state. “Under that law, Long Beach would have had to pay the state $34 million in 2012 beginning with a $17 million installment due on Jan. 15,” he said. “Long Beach and many other cities joined together to challenge the constitutionality of ABx1 26 and ABx1 27.” According to Zur Schmiede, the California Supreme Court could have ruled that both laws were in violation of the state constitution, it could have ruled that both were in compliance with the constitution, or it could have ruled that one of the new laws was constitutional and one was not. “Unfortunately, the court decided on the worst possible scenario,” he said. “It ruled that ABx1 26– the bill abolishing the redevelopment agencies– was constitutional, and ABx1 27– that could have given us a way to keep the redevelopment agencies operating– was unconstitutional.” Zur Schmiede also explained that according to the provisions of ABx1 26, city governments can assign the dissolution of their RDAs to a successor agency, and in Long Beach the successor agency is composed of the members of the Long Beach City

Jan. 21. The sculpture, which has dimensions of 14 feet by 10 feet by four feet, was placed on the original train track location that now runs through Orizaba Park. The location was one of the stops of the former Redline Electric Train that ran through sev-

eral Southland communities. Vogel has been commissioned for a number of projects in Signal Hill and Long Beach.

Council. “The successor agency is like a bankruptcy trustee,” he explained. “Its job is to liquidate the assets of the bankrupt entity, which in this case is the RDA.” The deputy director added that the legislature included provisions in ABx1 26 that will make the job of dissolving RDAs a very complex undertaking. He explained that an oversight board made up of city and county officials will review all decisions made by the successor agency, and even after the oversight board approves the decisions, the State Finance Department has the power to approve, reverse or modify any decision made by the successor agency. “We are in unchartered territory, and we don’t know how this is all going to work,” Zur Schmiede said. “ABx1 26 is replete with ambiguities. We are going to try to protect the assets as best as we can.” He explained that the law does provide for “enforceable obligations” such as the bond indebtedness of the RDAs. That means that a portion of the property taxes collected from redevelopment projects will continue to be used to pay off the bonds issued to finance those projects. “The language of ABx1 26 also says that we can have five percent of the (tax increment) revenues for operations and overhead (related to the completion of already started projects),” Zur Schmiede noted. “But at this point we do not know exactly how that five percent amount will be calculated.”

The deputy director also explained that redevelopment projects that already have signed construction contracts will be allowed to go forward. “We have bond proceeds in the tens of millions of dollars, but we don’t have contracts for all the projects (that are financed by the bonds),” he added. “Right now bond attorneys throughout the state are trying to craft language that says if you have bond proceeds designated for certain projects, those projects should be allowed to go forward, but it’s still too early to know whether those efforts will be successful.” As Zur Schmiede spoke, the picture he painted grew progressively gloomier. For example, he explained that the law that helped cities establish redevelopment agencies many years ago required the RDAs to set aside 20 percent of their revenues for the development of affordable housing. “That 20 percent set aside is the single largest source of funding for affordable housing in the state,” he said. “That funding is now going away, and we don’t know if there is going to be any kind of program to replace it.” The deputy director noted that no decisions have been made yet pertaining to the future of city employees assigned to redevelopment projects. “I wish I had better news for you,” Zur Schmiede said. “We are doing our best, and we are hoping that something good will come along.” He encouraged audience members to contact their representatives in Sacramento to urge them to adopt legislation that would allow RDAs to continue their work even in a diminished capacity. He also urged those in attendance to communicate their support of SB 659 to elected state officials. If passed, that bill would delay the dissolution of RDAs until April 15. Later in the evening, WANA members voted unanimously to have WANA President Maria Norvell write a letter urging legislators and the governor to enact that bill.

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Naples Rib Company has been on my radar for years. But Sam and I live in Bixby Knolls, which sometimes seems like the other side of the world from Naples. Consequently, we had never set foot in the place. Our loss. We ventured over to the restaurant on a Friday evening. Big mistake not to have made a reservation. (Who knew?) We were lucky to wait only 10 minutes for a table. With no reservation, forget about a booth. The restaurant was dimly lit but casual. People were chowing down. Families abounded. Couples appearing to be on dinner dates were in the mix among the many larger parties. The atmosphere was one of a happenin’ place. Yet the ambience was warm, comfortable, and inviting. The menu was extensive, with all the requisite items one would find at a barbeque “joint.” There were St. Louis-style ribs, baby backs, beef ribs, chicken, a variety of steaks, tri-tip, prime rib, sandwiches, meal-size salads, and seafood, not to mention numerous combos for those like me who just have to sample a few items. Well aware that our eyes are frequently “bigger than our stomachs,” Sam and I resisted the tempting appetizers, like the Fresh Grilled Artichoke and Deep-Fried Zucchini, and just ordered our dinners. Such self-restraint! Our very competent and friendly waiter, Martin, pronounced “marTEEN,” arrived promptly to take our beverage orders and answer our first-timer inquiries.

After a brief period of uncertainty, I chose the Baby Back Ribs and One-Quarter Chicken combo– the one for smaller appetites ($17.99). It was not small. There were four delectable, meaty, and ohso-lean rib bones, and a large barbeque chicken breast with wing attached. The ribs were excellent, especially after dunking them before each bite in the very good accompanying barbeque sauce. And how the restaurant manages to prepare such tender and moist chicken white meat is a mystery, one for which I was grateful. The plate had arrived with my chosen side dish of wonderful crunchy, slightly sweet cole slaw plus a corn cobbette and slice of pineapple. A surprisingly nice mini cornbread loaf, which was mildly sweet with a cakey consistency, was also included. I was quite happy. Sam had ordered one of the night’s specials– the Filet Kabobs ($19.99). Sitting atop a “vegetableinfused” bed of rice pilaf were two hefty skewers of large, perfectly cooked filet mignon chunks layered between slices of peppers, onions, and mushrooms. There must have been 12 ounces of steak there. It was just delicious, and the steak was as tender as could be. For his side dish, Sam had opted for the macaroni and cheese, and what mac ‘n’ cheese it was! Sharp and creamy, it was just delicious– perhaps among the best I’ve tasted. Sam’s dinner also featured the corn cobbette, pineapple slice, and cornbread loaf. As for Martin, he was on top of things, checking up on us often. He took excellent care of us. Well, by putting off our first visit to Naples Rib Company for so long,

Naples Rib Company’s menu includes all the requisite items expected from a barbeque restaurant: St. Louis-style ribs, baby backs, beef ribs, chicken, a variety of steaks, tri-tip, prime rib, sandwiches, meal-size salads, and seafood.

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Sam and I have been missing out on some mighty fine barbeque. But better late than never, I guess. We had a very good time. We certainly won’t wait another decade before returning. There are too many other tempting menu options to try. Naples Rib Company is located at 5800 E. 2nd St. on Naples Island in Long Beach. Phone (562) 4397427. Open seven days a week. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 4pm to 9pm; Friday, 4pm to 10pm; Saturday noon to 10pm; Sunday noon to 9pm. Reservations are highly recommended on Friday and Saturday evenings. Visit ribcompany.com.

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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 angeles-Norwalk, 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., Ca6-914-01-94 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# 4165059 01/13/2012, 01/20/2012, 01/27/2012 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 angeles-Norwalk, 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.,

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Notice is hereby given that reCoNTrUST CoMPaNy, N.a., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the Deed of Trust executed by roBerT H olSeN, aN UNMarrieD MaN, dated 03/28/2005 and recorded 04/04/2005, as instrument No. 05 0768067, in Book , Page , ), of official records in the office of the County recorder of loS aNgeleS County State of California, will sell on 02/21/2012 at 01:00 PM, at the Pomona valley Masonic Temple Building, located at 395 South Thomas Street, Pomona, California 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: 2059 STaNley aveNUe, SigNal HillS, Ca 90755-6017. 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 $693,546.17. 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. reCoNTrUST CoMPaNy, N.a. 1800 Tapo Canyon rd., Ca6-914-01-94 SiMi valley, Ca 93063 Phone/Sale information: (800) 281 8219 By: Trustee’s Sale officer reCoNTrUST CoMPaNy, N.a., is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. any information obtained will be used for that purpose. fei # 1006.151905 1/27, 2/03, 2/10/2012 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 angeles-Norwalk, 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., Ca6-914-01-94 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

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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 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 07-06-2004, 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 email; 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) 730-2727 or www.lpsasap.com (714) 5731965 or www.priorityposting.com aSaP# 4172570 01/13/2012, 01/20/2012, 01/27/2012 TST3961 Trustee Sale No. 445331Ca loan No. 0632673695 Title order No. 611095 NoTiCe of TrUSTee’S Sale yoU are iN DefaUlT UNDer a DeeD of TrUST DaTeD 09-13-2004. 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 02-17-2012 at 9:00 aM, CaliforNia reCoNveyaNCe CoMPaNy as the duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust recorded 09-23-2004, Book , Page , instrument 04 2446021, of official records in the office of the recorder of loS aNgeleS County, California, executed by: CHriSTiNe J aN, aN UNMarrieD WoMaN aS Her Sole aND SeParaTe ProPerTy, as Trustor, MorTgage eleCTroNiC regiSTraTioN SySTeMS, iNC., (MerS) Solely aS NoMiNee for leNDer, WeSTlaND fiNaNCiNg, iNC, DBa aMeriCaN CaPiTal fUNDiNg, iTS 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. 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mated 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: BeHiND THe foUNTaiN loCaTeD iN CiviC CeNTer PlaZa, 400 CiviC CeNTer PlaZa, PoMoNa, Ca legal Description: as more fully described in said Deed of Trust amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $727,645.02 (estimated) Street address and other common designation of the real property: 2371 MoNTe verDe Drive SigNal Hill, Ca 90755 aPN Number: 7215-016-026 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 email; by face to face meeting. DaTe: 01-24-2012 CaliforNia reCoNveyaNCe CoMPaNy, as Trustee regiNa CaNTrell, 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 HyPerliNK information: (714) 730-2727 or "http://www.lpsasap.com" www.lpsasap.com (714) 573-1965 or HyPerliNK "http://www.priorityposting.com" www.priorityposting.com P917529 1/27, 2/3, 02/10/2012

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 92808 U.S. Bank National association, Customer Service Department (800) 824-6902 or Toll free # - 1-855-MyUSMaP (or 855-698-7627) - mortgageassistancepoint@usbank.com for Trustee Sale information log on to: www.rsvpforeclosures.com or Call: 925-603-7342 or 877 rSvP-aDS or 877 778-7237. 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)

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, 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 angeles-Norwalk, 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., Ca6-914-01-94 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# 4165059 01/13/2012, 01/20/2012, 01/27/2012 TST3945 NoTiCe of TrUSTee’S Sale Title order No.: 5814758 Trustee Sale No.: 74584 loan No.: 9042458364 aPN: 7216005-037 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

TST3956 NoTiCe of TrUSTee'S Sale TS No. 11-0119318 Title order No. 11-0099403 investor/insurer No. 124778476 aPN No. 7215-029-001 yoU are iN DefaUlT UNDer a DeeD of TrUST, DaTeD 12/06/2005. 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." Notice is hereby given that reCoNTrUST CoMPaNy, N.a., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the Deed of Trust executed by Mario D raCiMo aND aMalia r. raCiMo, HUSBaND aND Wife aS JoiNT TeNaNTS, dated 12/06/2005 and recorded 12/22/2005, as instrument No. 05 3156477, in Book , Page ), of official records in the office of the County recorder of los angeles County, State of California, will sell on 02/16/2012 at 9:00 aM, Doubletree Hotel los angeles-Norwalk, 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: 2100 STaNley 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 $829,571.12. 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: 01/19/2012 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# 4165060 01/20/2012, 01/27/2012, 02/03/2012 TST3966 NoTiCe of TrUSTee’S Sale Title order No.: 7742-414841 Trustee Sale No.: 76162 loan No.: 399036162 aPN: 7215025-078 you are in Default under a Deed of Trust dated 04/19/2011. 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 02/16/2012 at 01:00PM, fCi lender Services, inc. as the duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of

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Myers, a single man, as Trustor  The rama fund, llC, 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: 2244 Molino avenue Unit 4, 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: $135,870.20 (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 have elapsed since such months recordation. Date: 1/21/12fCi lender Services, inc., as Trustee 8180 east Kaiser Blvd., anaheim Hills, Ca 92808 Phone: 714-282-2424 for Trustee Sale information log on to: www.rsvpforeclosures.com or Call: 925-603-7342 or 877 rSvP-aDS or 877 778-7237. 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# 282933)(01/27/12, 02/03/12, 02/10/12) TST3965 NoTiCe of TrUSTee'S Sale TS No. 11-0119685 Title order No. 11-0101580 investor/insurer No. 90856519 aPN No. 7215-014-065 yoU are iN DefaUlT UNDer a DeeD of TrUST, DaTeD 03/04/2005. 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." Notice is hereby given that reCoNTrUST CoMPaNy, N.a., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the Deed of Trust executed by STeeN D SProUffSKe, aN UNMarrieD MaN, dated 03/04/2005 and recorded 3/10/2005, as instrument No. 05 0552500, in Book , Page ), of official records in the office of the County recorder of los angeles County, State of California, will sell on 02/21/2012 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: 2209 Bay vieW 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 $889,815.75. 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: 01/20/2012 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# 4180663 01/27/2012, 02/03/2012, 02/10/2012 TST3963 NoTiCe of TrUSTee'S Sale TS No. 11-0122575 Title order No. 11-0103179 investor/insurer No. 167921041 aPN No. 7217-006-033 yoU are iN DefaUlT UNDer a DeeD of TrUST, DaTeD 06/11/2007. 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

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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 $298,058.35. 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: 01/25/2012 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# 4179823 01/27/2012, 02/03/2012, 02/10/2012 TST3964 NoTiCe of TrUSTee'S Sale TS No. 11-0119373 Title order No. 11-0099442 investor/insurer No. 1702334619 aPN No. 7214 009 111 yoU are iN DefaUlT UNDer a DeeD of TrUST, DaTeD 09/08/2006. 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 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 PaTriCia CooNey, aN UNMarrieD WoMaN, dated 09/08/2006 and recorded 9/15/2006, as instrument No. 06 2057290, in Book , Page ), of official records in the office of the County recorder of los angeles County, State of California, will sell on 02/23/2012 at 9:00 aM, Doubletree Hotel los angeles-Norwalk, 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: 2506 eaST WilloW STreeT #306, 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 $192,863.05. 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: 01/21/2012 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# fNMa4168648 01/27/2012, 02/03/2012, 02/10/2012 TST3962 NoTiCe of TrUSTee'S Sale TS No. 11-0121399 Title order No. 11-0101870 investor/insurer No. 0011112539 aPN No. 7214-009-084 yoU are iN DefaUlT UNDer a DeeD of TrUST, DaTeD 12/17/2004. 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 ProCeeDiNg agaiNST yoU, yoU SHoUlD CoNTaCT a laWyer." Notice is

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Specialty tobaccos Hours: M-F 11-7pm Sat 11-6pm hereby given that reCoNTrUST CoMPaNy, N.a., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the Deed of Trust executed by rayMoND CUrry aND loreTTa CUrry, HUSBaND aND Wife aS JoiNT TeNaNTS, dated 12/17/2004 and recorded 12/22/2004, as instrument No. 04 3309896, in Book , Page ), of official records in the office of the County recorder of los angeles County, State of California, will sell on 02/21/2012 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: 2504 eaST WilloW STreeT #309, 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 $337,771.71. 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: 01/26/2012 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# 4178979 01/27/2012, 02/03/2012, 02/10/2012 TST3957 NoTiCe of TrUSTee'S Sale T.S. No: K524624 Ca Unit Code: K loan No: 0030770945/KraMer investor No: 0001018405 aP #1: 7215-028-083 PoWer DefaUlT ServiCeS, iNC., as duly appointed Trustee under the following described Deed of Trust Will Sell aT PUBliC aUCTioN To THe HigHeST BiDDer for CaSH (in the forms which are lawful tender in the United States) and/or the cashier's, certified or other checks specified in Civil Code Section 2924h (payable in full at the time of sale to T.D. Service Company) all right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property hereinafter described: Trustor: WarreN a KraMer recorded october 18, 2005 as instr. No. 05 2503107 in Book --- Page --- of official records in the office of the recorder of loS aNgeleS County; CaliforNia , pursuant to the Notice of Default and election to Sell thereunder recorded March 4, 2011 as instr. No. 2011-0341166 in Book --- Page --- of official records in the office of the recorder of loS aNgeleS County CaliforNia. yoU are iN DefaUlT UNDer a DeeD of TrUST DaTeD oCToBer 7, 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. 2125 oHio aveNUe #B, SigNal Hill, Ca 90755 "(if a street address or common designation of property is shown above, no warranty is given as to its completeness or correctness)." Said Sale of property will be made in "as is" condition without covenant or warranty, express 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 as in said note provided, advances, if any, 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. Said sale will be held on: feBrUary 9, 2012, aT 10:30 a.M. *Near THe foUNTaiN loCaTeD aT 400 CiviC CeNTer PlaZa PoMoNa, Ca at the time of the initial publication of this notice, the total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the above described Deed of Trust and estimated costs, expenses, and advances is $405,263.14. it is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be

less than the total indebtedness due. Pursuant to California Civil Code 2923.54 the undersigned, on behalf of the beneficiary, loan servicer or authorized agent, declares as follows: The mortgage loan servicer has obtained from the commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date of the notice of sale is filed; The timeframe for giving notice of sale specified in subdivision (a) of Section 2923.52 does not apply pursuant to Section 2923.52 or 2923.55. if the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder's sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. if the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the monies paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee or the Mortgagee's attorney. Date: January 6, 2012 PoWer DefaUlT ServiCeS, iNC. as said Trustee, as authorized agent for the Beneficiary KiMBerly THorNe, aSSiSTaNT SeCreTary T.D. ServiCe CoMPaNy 1820 e. firST ST., SUiTe 210, P.o. Box 11988 SaNTa aNa, Ca 92711-1988 The Beneficiary may be attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained may be used for that purpose. if available , the expected opening bid and/or postponement information may be obtained by calling the following telephone number(s) on the day before the sale: (714) 480-5690 or you may access sales information at www.tacforeclosures.com. TaC# 952685 PUB: 01/20/12, 01/27/12, 02/03/12 THiS NeW NoTiCe SUPerSeDeS aND rePlaCeS aNy PrevioUS NoTiCe of TrUSTee'S Sale yoU May Have reCeiveD UNDer T.S. # K524624 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 business 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. 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. TST3958 / Case No. NS024769 oRDER To SHoW CAUSE FoR CHANGE oF NAME SUPerior CoUrT of CaliforNia, CoUNTy of loS aNgeleS, 415 West ocean Blvd., long Beach, Ca 90802, SoUTH JUDiCial DiSTriCT.

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PUBLiC NoTiCES

CiTy oF SigNAL HiLL TST3967 NoTICE INVITING BIDS reCeiPT of ProPoSalS. Sealed proposals will be received at the office of the City Clerk, City Hall, 2175 Cherry avenue, Signal Hill, California, 907553799, until 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, february 14, 2012, to perform all work required under the owner’s Specifications entitled: CoNTraCT DoCUMeNTS aND SPeCifiCaTioNS for eNergy effiCieNT eleCTriC PUMP MoTor rePlaCeMeNT ProJeCT CiTy ProJeCT No. 621 feDeral ProJeCT No. CBg-09-068 oPeNiNg of ProPoSalS. The proposals will be publicly opened and read at the time and date stated above, in the office of the City Clerk in the City of Signal Hill City Hall, and the results will thereafter be referred to the City Council for consideration at a subsequent meeting. MaNDaTory Pre-BiD MeeTiNg. a mandatory pre-bid conference will be held at the City of Signal Hill gundry reservoir and Pump Station facility, 3315 gundry avenue, Signal Hill, Ca on february 7, 2012 at 9:00 aM. SCoPe of WorK. The work to be done by the CoNTraCTor consists of furnishing all labor, materials, equipment, tools and incidentals as required by the Specifications and Contract Documents. The work shall be complete, and all work, materials, and services not expressly indicated or called for in the contract Documents which may be necessary for the complete and proper construction of the Work in good faith shall be provided by the Contractor as though originally indicated, at no increase in cost to owner. The general items of work consist of replacing a total of eight (8) existing electric pump motors with new inverter-duty premium efficiency motors at two City of Signal Hill’s water system pump station facilities as further detailed below: City Water Supply Well No. 7 The City of Signal Hill Water Supply Well No. 7 Pumping facility is located at 6476 orange avenue in the City of long Beach, Ca. The work to be performed by the CoNTraCTor at this facility in general consists of replacing the existing 125 HP pump electric motor driving with one (1) new 125 HP premium efficiency electrical pump motor. Contractor shall reuse all existing cable and wiring and replace breaker to next largest size. gundry reservoir and Pump Station facility The City of Signal Hill gundry reservoir and Pump Station facility is located at 3315 gundry avenue in the City of Seal Beach, Ca. The work to be performed by the CoNTraCTor at this facility in general consists of: 1) replace a total of four (4) existing 125 HP booster pump electric motors with four (4) new 125 HP premium efficiency electrical pump motors. Contractor shall reuse all existing cable and wiring and replace breaker to next largest size. 2) replace one (1) existing 75 HP filter pump electric motor with one (1) new 75 HP premium efficiency electrical pump motor. Contractor shall reuse all existing cable and wiring and replace breaker to next largest size. 3) replace one (1) existing 50 HP backwash pump electric motor with one (1) new 50 HP premium efficiency electrical pump motor. Contractor shall reuse all existing cable and wiring and replace breaker to next largest size. 4) replace one (1) existing 15 HP reclaim pump electric motor with one (1) new 15 HP premium efficiency electrical pump motor. Contractor shall reuse all existing cable and wiring and replace breaker to next largest size. The CoNTraCTor shall furnish all transportation, materials (except where stipulated otherwise), equipment, labor, engineering services and supplies to complete installation as described able. The installation shall be complete and with all appurtenant work necessary or incidental to complete in a workmanlike manner the improvements as contemplated and as intended by the Contract Documents and CoNTraCTor’s Construction Documents. CoMPleTioN of WorK. The work shall commence within two (2) calendar days after the date set forth in the “Notice to Proceed.” all work shall be completed within thirty five (35) calendar days from said date. PlaNS aND SPeCifiCaTioNS. Copies of the Plans and Specifications may be examined without charge at the Public Works Department in the City of Signal Hill City Hall. Complete sets may be obtained from the Public Works Department at City Hall. gUaraNTee. each bid shall be made on the proposal form furnished by the City and shall be in accordance with the Plans, Specifications, and Contract Documents, and shall be accompanied by a certified check, cashier’s check, or bidder’s bond, payable to the City in a sum not less than ten percent (10%) of the amount of the bid, as a guarantee that the bidder will enter into the contract for the work, the full amount of such guarantee to be forfeited to the City should said bidder fail to enter into said Contract. The successful bidder will be required to furnish a faithful Performance Bond in the amount of not less than one hundred percent (100%) of the contract price, and a labor and Material Bond in an amount of not less than one hundred percent (100%) of the contract price, said bonds to be underwritten by sureties qualified to do business in the State of California, carrying a rating of a+ or better, in the current edition of Best’s insurance guide. CoNfliCT of iNTereST. in the procurement of supplies, equipment, construction, and services by sub-recipients, the conflict-of-interest provisions in 24 Cfr 85.36, oMB Circular a-110, and 24 Cfr 570.611 shall apply. No employee, officer, or agent of the sub-recipient shall participate in the selection, award, or administration of a contract supported by federal funds if a conflict of interest, real or apparent, would be involved. PrevailiNg WageS. any contract entered into pursuant to this notice will incorporate the provisions of the State labor Code. Pursuant to the provisions of the California labor Code Section 1773.2, the minimum prevailing rate of per diem wages for each craft, classification, or type of worker needed to execute the Contract shall be those determined by the Director of industrial relations of the State of California, which are on file in the Public Works Department at City Hall and are available to any interested party on request. laBor CoDe CoNCerNiNg aPPreNTiCeS. attention is directed to the provisions of Sections 1777.5 and 1777.6 of the labor Code, concerning the employment of apprentices by the Contractor or any subcontractor under him. The Contractor and any subcontractor under him shall comply with the requirements of said sections in the employment of apprentices. information relative to apprenticeship standards and administration of the apprenticeship program may be obtained from the Director of industrial relations, San francisco, California, or the Division of apprenticeship Standards and its branch offices. PayMeNT reTeNTioN. The Contractor may elect to receive one-hundred percent (100%) of the payments due under the contract without retention of any portion of the payment by the City, by depositing securities of equivalent value with the City in accordance with the provisions of Section 4590 of the government Code. Said securities if deposited by the Contractor shall be valued by the City whose decision shall be final. CiTy’S rigHTS reServeD. The City reserves the right to reject any or all bids, to waive any informality in a bid, and to make awards in the interest of the City. No bidder may withdraw his bid for a period of thirty (30) days after the bid opening. By order of the City of Signal Hill. Posted at Signal Hill City Hall on: January 24, 2012. Published in the PressTelegram on: January 24, 2012. Published in the Signal Tribune on: January 27 and february 3, 2012.

JANUARy 27, 2012

Stay tuned...

Sweetheart Sweepstakes starts next week! February 3, 2012

EYE ON CRIME Crimes reported by the LBPD Jan. 17 to 23 Council Districts 6 (North of PCH) 7 & 8 (East of the L.A. River & North to Del Amo Blvd.) Friday, Jan. 20 Felony suspect arrested 4am– 2100 block of Maine St. Officers were dispatched to a residential burglary, arrived at the scene and established a perimeter. Officers located the adult male suspect and took him into custody without incident. Saturday, Jan. 21 Felony suspect arrested 10am– Myrtle Avenue and PCH After being involved in a non-injury hit-and-run traffic collision, a male adult suspect fled the scene. A patrol officer, with the help of a citizen witness, located the suspect and took him into custody.

CiTy oF SigNAL HiLL TST3968 NoTICE oF A PUBlIC HEARING NoTiCe iS HereBy giveN that on Tuesday, february 7, 2012, the City Council of the City of Signal Hill will conduct a public hearing at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chamber located at City Hall, 2175 Cherry avenue, Signal Hill, California, to consider the following: ZoNiNg orDiNaNCe aMeNDMeNT 11-06 aN orDiNaNCe of THe CiTy CoUNCil of THe CiTy of SigNal Hill, CaliforNia, aPProviNg ZoNiNg orDiNaNCe aMeNDMeNT 11-06, aDDiNg “aNiMal BoarDiNg/DayCare” aS a PerMiTTeD USe iN THe Ci, li aND gi ZoNiNg DiSTriCTS SUBJeCT To a CoNDiTioNal USe PerMiT, aND reviSiNg THe PerforMaNCe STaNDarDS for SUCH USeS CoNDiTioNal USe PerMiT 12-01 a CoNDiTioNal USe PerMiT alloWiNg THe oPeraTioN of aN aNiMal BoarDiNg aND DayCare faCiliTy aT 2655 ST. loUiS aveNUe iN THe Ci, CoMMerCial iNDUSTrial, ZoNiNg DiSTriCT orDiNaNCe aMeNDMeNT aN orDiNaNCe of THe CiTy CoUNCil of THe CiTy of SigNal Hill, CaliforNia, amending sections 6.04.040 and 9.16.060 of the signal hill municipal code to account for animal boarding/daycare use all iNTereSTeD PerSoNS are hereby invited to attend Public Hearings to present written information, express their opinions or otherwise present evidence on the above matter. if you wish to legally challenge any action taken by the City on the above matter, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the Public Hearings described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the City prior to or at the Public Hearings. a MiTigaTeD NegaTive DeClaraTioN has been prepared in conjunction with the subject project based on an initial study that found no significant environmental impacts associated with the proposal that are not addressed by the design of the proposed improvements. THe file containing Mitigated Negative Declaration 12/30/11 (1) relevant to the proposed project may be inspected by the public between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on fridays, in the Community Development Department at City Hall. THe PUBliC iS iNviTeD to submit written comments to the Community Development Department, during the review period beginning January 27, 2012 prior to the adoption of the Mitigated Negative Declaration. Written comments may also be submitted at the public hearing. fUrTHer iNforMaTioN on this item may be obtained at the City of Signal Hill Community Development Department located at 2175 Cherry avenue, Signal Hill, California, or by emailing James Kao, associate Planner, at jkao@cityofsignalhill.org or calling at (562) 989-7344. Published in the Signal Hill Tribune newspaper: January 27, 2012 Posted in accordance with S.H.M.C. Section 1.08.010: January 27, 2012 Mailed to property owners within 300 feet on or before: January 27, 2012

PeTiTioN of Zandrea Mitchell for Change of Name. To all iNTereSTeD PerSoNS: 1. Petitioner ZeNDrea MiTCHell, filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: DevaUgHN JaCQUeliNe SCoTT to Proposed Name: ZaMira faiTH MiTCHell-SCoTT. 2. THe CoUrT orDerS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, shy the petition for change of name should not be granted. NoTiCe of HeariNg: Date: february 17, 2012; Time: 8:30 a.M.; Dept. H, room 53. The address of the court is the same as above. a copy of this order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county, THe SigNal TriBUNe, 939 e. 27th. Street, Signal Hill, Ca 90755: January 20, 27, & february 3, 10, 2012. ___//ss//___ Joseph e. Di loreto, Judge of the Superior Court Dated: January 5, 2012 TST3960 / 2012 009778 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: aUlD SHaMroCK PreSS, 2908 e. Chevy Chase Dr., glendale, Ca 91206. registrant: SHeila farrell MUrray, 2908 e. Chevy Chase Dr., glendale, Ca 91206. This business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Sheila farrell Murray. 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 18, 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 20, 27, & february 3, 10, 2012. TST3969 / 2011 157093 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: 1. iNSPireD aDorNMeNTS, 2. PrefUrreD PeT Care, 2300 eucalyptus ave., long Beach, Ca 90806. registrant: liSa CoNe, 2300 eucalyptus ave., long Beach, Ca 90806. This business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: lisa Cone. 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 29, 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 27, & february 3, 10, 17, 2012. TST3971 / 2012 014000 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: SeCUriTy MiNi STorage, 1328 Newport ave., long Beach, Ca 90804. registrant: KareN eliZaBeTH BriSCoe, 675 Coronado ave., long Beach, Ca 90804. This business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Karen Briscoe. The registrant has not begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. The registrant started doing business under this fictitious Business Name on . This statement was filed with the county clerk of los angeles County on January 25, 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 27, & february 3, 10, 17, 2012.

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to the brunch for the chance to meet the candidates face-to-face. “There really have been some very interesting discussions and sharing of ideas here today,” she said. “We need to have more events like this,” Rivera added. “Meeting the candidates in an informal setting can really help citizens to get involved in the politics of the city.” Flores-Gibson agreed. “The candidates and the voters should have more opportunities like this to look each other in the eye and have honest, open conversations,” she explained. Former Long Beach Vice Mayor Val Lerch also attended the event. “I love these brunches because they give the people to discuss issues with the candidates on a personal level,” he said. Former 8th District Councilmember Jeff Kellogg, who now serves on the Long Beach Community College

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save on energy costs. Coffee explained that the building will be designed to achieve LEED Silver Certification, a high standard for energy efficiency in construction. While many of the residents admired the overall look of the building at Wednesday night’s meeting, many wanted to talk about what they would be doing at the new library. “I love books. I love libraries,” Cecilia Fidora said as she praised the design. She was happy to see a section towards the very back of the building where the library stacks would be placed. But beyond providing public access to physical books, several residents emphasized the library’s use in the electronic age. Another resident, Tom Benson, who also serves on the city’s plan-

Martha Flores-Gibson (candidate for 70th district state assembly) and Janet Ballantyne (2nd district candidate) get acquainted at the Pressburg residence.

Al Austin (8th district candidate) and Jesse Brown (Cerritos resident) discuss politics while in the background Dan Halverson (4th district resident) and Michael James Brown (9th district resident) do the same.

Board of Trustees, praised Pressburg for his involvement in the democratic process. “He is a good friend, and he contributes very positively to the community,” Kellogg said. “I will always support his efforts.” Jack Smith, who unsuccessfully ran for the 7th district council seat two years ago, said he wishes there were more events like the candidate

brunches. “It’s the only time during the campaign that normal people can buttonhole candidates and talk to them face-to-face,” he said. “That is key to knowing what is really going on in the city.” Local resident Dan Halverson agreed. “At the brunch you get the opportunity to meet with candidates that normally you would not

meet,” he said. “I don’t know of a better way to understand the perspectives of the candidates,” added Michael James Brown, another local resident. Longtime Long Beach activist Diana Lejins agreed. “This is a wonderful opportunity to approach the candidates with questions that

are not allowed in candidates forums,” she said. “This is a great way to get the information you need to make an intelligent decision on how you want to vote.” The candidate brunch was also sponsored by the North Long Beach Community Action Group and the South Street Community Watch.

ning commisssion, predicted that the library will likely be providing more software and subscriptions to its users. For his research, Benson downloaded books and magazines on his computer and sent the information to his Android phone and his Galaxy tablet pad. There were residents, however, who acknowledged that the current library has been too small but that this is not the time to build. “I’d hate for us to build something that will be obsolete before we have it finished,” said Linda Heeb, who says she’s a teacher. “Our children used to come to the library for research projects. We have the Internet now.” There were other concerns raised by residents that additional staff would be needed to manage the new space. According to Community Services Director Pilar AlcivarMcCoy, the new library will be

manned by the current staff. Maria Harris, who belongs to a community organization called Signal Hill Community First, criticized the timing of a multi-million dollar construction project, noting that the City is having problems with its budget and Signal Hill may take on liabilities once the city’s redevelopment agency shuts down. “Are we willing to take money from public safety– even if it’s just a $100,000 here or there– to fund [the library], to keep it going?” Harris asked. “So that we can have the hours to…keep it open, where in this day and age libraries are closing down and they’re cutting their hours?” It is unclear whether funds for public safety will actually be affected by the library. The budget was not within the scope of the discussion for the Parks and Recreation Commission.

The City currently has an $8.8million bond specifically for the library construction, but about 10 percent of that bond amount is set aside in reserve, according to City Finance Director Maida Alcantara in a telephone interview Thursday. There is also about $1.8 million in additional reserve money for the library, but Alcantara said that the City has not yet discussed whether they’ll use that additional reserve amount. There were concerns raised that children are in the library, so close to homeless people who spend their days in the building. The community services director acknowledged that libraries everywhere serve a diverse cross-section of the population. She however emphasized that the library is meant for everyone. “We strive to serve the community that comes in the door,” said Alcivar-McCoy, explaining how the

staff tries to treat everyone with equal respect. “It’s for the public. It’s for anybody who comes in. Our job is to manage that and to ensure that people are using it appropriately and it’s safe and secure.” Several of the concerns and questions raised on Wednesday were echoing the issues raised by Signal Hill Community First. The organization had distributed a flyer to residents which called the library project a “15,000 square foot Taj Mahal.” That title irked Benson, who spoke up at the meeting to defend the project. “Nobody’s ever talked about the Taj Mahal,” Benson said, blasting the tone of the flyer. “This has been a responsible project for the community.” The City Council will discuss the library conceptual design at its meeting on Feb. 7.

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