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Serving BixBy KnollS, California HeigHtS, loS CerritoS, Wrigley and tHe City of Signal Hill Vol. 33 No. 38

Your Weekly Community Newspaper

February 24, 2012

Major contractor quits work on SH Police Station construction site CJ Dablo Staff Writer

The general contracting company responsible for building Signal Hill’s police station suddenly stopped construction last week with little explanation, City officials confirmed at last Tuesday’s City Council meeting and in interviews this week. Irvine-based FTR International gave no real warning to the City that it would abandon work on an estimated contract worth almost $8.7 million, according to Deputy City Manager Charlie Honeycutt. “It was…news to us because we had seen a lot of process occur on the building, particularly since after the holidays things really started to ramp up,” Honeycutt said in a telephone interview Wednesday, adding that “there was a flurry of construction activity” on the morning of Feb.15. However, later that day, Honeycutt said, a project manager for FTR told

an on-site construction manager unexpected news: FTR has withdrawn from the job and laid off employees. For now, the site on the corner of 27th Street and Walnut Avenue is much quieter. The police station is about 70 percent completed and had been slated to be finished by the end of July, according to Honeycutt. He said that he’s made several attempts to contact FTR, but he has not received any real official response from the company. According to Honeycutt, FTR has stopped work on other projects for other entities in Southern California, however at press time, the Signal Tribune has been unable to independently verify with FTR’s clients that there have been other similar instances in which FTR has abandoned its clients’ work sites. FTR enjoyed a reputation for a number of noteworthy projects throughout the area. FTR completed an operations building last year at Pier G in the Port of Long Beach and is

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Construction site of the future police station in Signal Hill near the corner of Walnut and 27th Street on Feb. 13, 2012, just a few days before construction was halted

close to finishing an administrations building, according to the communication department at the Port. FTR has failed to respond to any inquiries by press time.

Gabelich, Cohn describe 8th district accomplishments during BKBIA’s annual ‘State of the District’ address Nick Diamantides Staff Writer

Eighth District Long Beach City Councilmember Rae Gabelich has succeeded in bringing about many changes in the past eight years. Last Thursday (Feb. 16), at the “State of the District” dinner party hosted by the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association (BKBIA), she reflected on her two terms in office and described some of the good things that have happened during her tenure. The event took place in the Expo Arts Center building on Atlantic Avenue. About 100 people attended. “It’s difficult to try to summarize eight years in a brief presentation,” Gabelich told the audience, explaining that she could only cover some of the highlights and remaining challenges. She noted that she first ran for office in 2004 primarily because of her objection to the proposed expansion of the Long Beach Airport. “When I took office, the recommended project would have nearly tripled the size of the airport terminal to about 133,000 square feet,”

City Attorney David Aleshire explained at the Tuesday City Council that the City had monitored FTR closely last year after news reports revealed problems between FTR and

its major client, the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD). Earlier this month, the Board of

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terfeit $100 bills from a female described as thin, white and fairskinned with light brown hair. Belmont Shore businesses Jenny G Boutique and Subject Clothing were hit with additional counterfeit $100 bills on Feb. 16, however, with these encounters, the subject was caught on surveillance camera. Dede Rossi, executive director of

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LB businesses on alert as counterfeit currency circulates shopping areas Staff Writer

Small businesses throughout Long Beach are taking a big step in combatting counterfeit bills this month, upon receiving alerts that a few shops reported fake currency circulating among the business districts. The trend began two weeks ago when two businesses in Long Beach’s Retro Row on 4th Street took in coun-

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Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association Executive Director Blair Cohn, Long Beach Clothing Company owner Shawn Moore and former owner Jay Tilles at last week’s State of the District address. The local apparel store was honored as Supporter of the Year.

she said, adding that because of the strong opposition of so many residents, the City finally approved a 78,000-square-foot terminal. Gabelich reminded the audience that she was instrumental in most of the 8th district repaving projects since 2004, as well as the installation of new traffic lights and other improvements to make Atlantic Avenue between Bixby

Road and San Antonio Drive more pedestrian-friendly. She also mentioned the annual Bixby Knolls Dragster Expo & Car Show that she first organized in 2005 and which drew more than 13,000 fans last July. She listed other accomplishments as well, explaining that she played a major role in finding the see DISTRICT page 14

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Homeless male veterans have place of refuge in Villages at Cabrillo Nick Diamantides Staff Writer

Homeless male veterans are often plagued by a sense of hopelessness and a feeling that the country they defended has now abandoned them. One organization that aims to change that scenario is the U.S. Veterans Initiative (U.S. Vets), which currently manages 11 veterans-assistance centers throughout the United States. The U.S. Vets site in Long Beach is located in Villages at Cabrillo, close to the Port of Long Beach, and the organization offers several programs to the men who once served in the nation’s military. One of those programs is called Veterans in Progress (VIP). “The goal of this program is to get homeless veterans off the streets,” said program manager Paul Velez-Salazar. “They can live here for up to two years, but we encourage them to get a job so they can eventually live on their own,” he said. He explained that after they enroll in VIP, the veterans go through four different phases. In Phase One they have to complete 40 hours of community service, and they have to meet with a career counselor who helps them prepare a resume and practice interview skills. Phase Two involves attending job fairs and applying for jobs. “Phase Three is when they get a job, and Phase Four is when they start getting paychecks,” Velez-Salazar said. He noted that U.S. Vets staff coach the veterans through all four phases and, on average, the men in VIP live at U.S. Vets housing for a year. He explained that VIP is designed for veterans who just need help getting back on their feet but who do not have significant psychological or physiological obstacles. “But if they come here with those type[s] of issues we will get

them into a program that can help them,” he added. One of those “extra-help” programs is the Veterans Village Recovery Center (VVRC), which is designed to help veterans overcome dependency or addiction to drugs or alcohol. VVRC offers a therapy clinic managed by the U.S. Veterans Administration (VA) at the U.S. Vets Long Beach site. The VIP and VVRC programs combined house 104 veterans at the U.S. Vets Long Beach site. “We also have an outreach program,” Velez-Salazar said. “In that program we send our employees out to the VA Hospital, schools, parks, under bridges and other locations to find veterans who are homeless and invite them to come to us. If we can’t help them here, we will find them a place to stay and connect them with an agency that can provide the type of program they need.” Velez-Salazar himself is a veteran. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Army for a total of 12 years and was discharged from the Army in September 2008. He served in two combat deployments, one in Afghanistan and one in Iraq. “The majority of staff at U.S. Vets are themselves veterans,” he said. “It’s vets helping vets.” Adam Renteria is a good example of that. He served five years in the U.S. Army as an infantry soldier and had a tour of combat duty in Iraq during the invasion. He was discharged in 2004. Now Renteria works as a case manager in the Veterans Re-entry Project (VRP) at the Long Beach U.S. Vets site. He explained that VRP is a residential treatment program for recently discharged veterans. “It gives the veterans a place of residence and three meals a day while they do one of three

things: seek out individual therapy and treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), or other physical injuries; enroll in community college courses; or work with our workforce development team to seek part-time or fulltime employment depending on their goals,” he said. He explained that the program is available to all veterans but focuses primarily on those who served in the Iraq or Afghanistan wars. “We have 20 beds available for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans at the U.S. Vets Long Beach site,” Renteria explained, adding that after a veteran has entered VRP, he interviews him to determine what program or programs can best meet his needs. “TBI and all other physical injuries are treated at the Long Beach VA Hospital,” Renteria said. “That is also where veterans receive occupational therapy, speech therapy, and physical therapy.” He added that VRP participants can live for free in Villages at Cabrillo and go for regular treatments at the VA hospital. Renteria said that VRP is successful and most of the men who go through the program are better off because of it. He explained that usually, after a veteran enters the program, he is able to get disability income, G.I. Bill education benefits, or income from employment. “That means they are able to save money,” he explained. “They don’t have any expenses here except for a small fee, which is usually less than 20 percent of their income.” He added that after several months of saving money, the veterans are able to afford first and last months’ rent and the required deposit typically required for rental residences. “Once they get back on their feet, a lot of them move out into the community, and some are able to move into HUD

Clockwise from top left: David Bailey, National Guard; Paul Velez-Salazar, USMC/Army OIF/OEF; David Alexander, Air Force; Pierre LeVeaux, Coast Guard; and Adam Renteria, Army-OIF

housing and continue receiving services,” he said. Renteria noted that veterans in VRP normally stay in free U.S. Vets housing for about two years, but if a man has not recovered sufficiently during that time, he is allowed to stay longer. “It’s important to take care of our veterans because they have given so much to our country, they have been away from family and have given their all,” Velez-Salazar said. “It’s time for us to give back to them.” Velez-Salazar stressed that U.S. Vets staff hope that more veterans will avail themselves of the assistance the

organization offers. “We want homeless veterans to know they have a place here,” he said. “We want them to know we can help them or find an agency that can help them live a much better life.” In Long Beach, US Veterans Initiative is located at 2001 River Ave., and it provides assistance to male and female veterans. For more information, go to usvetsinc.org or call (562) 388-7800. This article is part of a Signal Tribune series detailing some of the local US Veterans Initiative Programs.

Signal Hill Historical Society wishes to express our gratitude to volunteers and everyone who attended Casino Night on February 18 and made it a huge success!

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LBPD seeking public’s help in locating robbery suspect On Sunday, Feb. 19, two pharmacies in east Long Beach were robbed by an armed male suspect whom the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) is asking the community’s help in locating. The first incident occurred at approximately 4:50pm, when police were called to a pharmacy on the 3300 block of East Anaheim Street after the suspect confronted the cashier with a handgun and demanded cash. The suspect fled from the business prior to obtaining

any cash. Approximately ten minutes later, police responded to another armed robbery at a pharmacy in the 1800 block of Ximeno Avenue. The suspect again confronted the cashier with a handgun, demanded cash, and was last seen fleeing the business through the front doors with the loss. In both robberies, the suspect was described as a male Hispanic approximately 5’4” to 5’6” tall with a stocky build. Although no one was injured in

either crime, police advise the business community to use extreme caution if they come into contact with this suspect, and to call 9-1-1 immediately. Anyone who may have any information regarding these crimes is urged to contact LBPD Robbery Detail at (562) 570-7464. Tips may also be submitted anonymously via text or email by visiting tipsoft.com. Those who see the suspect or know of his whereabouts are asked to call 9-1-1 immediately.

LB Vice Mayor Lowenthal to create group to study other cities’ marijuana ordinances Vice Mayor and Second District Councilmember Suja Lowenthal recently announced that she intends to create a working group made up of resident and business groups, medical marijuana dispensary representatives, the Long Beach city attorney and city prosecutor, city staff and others to research and evaluate ordinances in other jurisdictions and make recommendations following a review and eventual ruling by the California Supreme Court. In mid-January, the California Supreme Court announced that it

would grant Long Beach’s petition for review in the Pack v. City of Long Beach case. In that case, an appeals court struck down parts of Long Beach’s ordinance, which was created to select, permit and regulate medical marijuana collectives. The legal review is likely to take between 12 and 18 months. Lowenthal organized Council and department staff meetings around the issue of regulating medical marijuana and was a cosponsor on the substitute motion originally put forward in September 2009 that ultimately led

to Ordinance 5.87. “I think this council still supports the concept of providing patients in need with access to medical marijuana,” said Lowenthal. “Regardless of what comes out of the State Supreme Court next year, I want to have the right people at the table and the ability to reach consensus on recommendations going forward.” Lowenthal expects to form the working group over the next month and will ask it to meet on a quarterly basis leading up to the Supreme Court ruling.

Pedestrian succumbs after being hit by car on Atlantic and 4th On Feb. 21, at approximately 11am, Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) officers responded to a traffic collision involving a pedestrian and a vehicle in the area of Atlantic Avenue and 4th Street that resulted in the death of the pedestrian, according to an LBPD press release. The preliminary investigation indicates that the driver, a 38-yearold Long Beach woman, was trav-

elling northbound on Atlantic Avenue, midway between 4th and 5th streets, when she struck a male subject in the roadway. The subject was transported to a local hospital in stable condition. Late Tuesday night, Long Beach Police were notified by the hospital that the victim had been pronounced deceased. At this time, the subject is only being identified as a 48-year-old Long Beach resi-

dent until next of kin can be notified. At this point, it appears that the subject ran into northbound lanes of traffic from the east sidewalk, but the investigation remains ongoing. Anyone who may have witnessed the collision is asked to contact Long Beach Police Accident Investigations Detective Brian Watt at (562) 570-7355.

Female driver loses life after driving off pier On Feb. 21, at approximately 1:08pm, Long Beach Police and Fire Department personnel responded to a traffic incident involving a vehicle that went into the water at the end of Pier G. Long Beach Fire Department personnel rescued a female victim from the vehicle and transported her to a local hospital with major head trauma; however, she was pronounced deceased shortly after arriving, according to a

news release by the Long Beach Police Department. The preliminary investigation, which included witness statements, indicated that the driver, identified as 64-year-old Diana Dass of Long Beach, was seen travelling southbound on the 710 Freeway and around the Long Beach Harbor at a high rate of speed and driving very erratically prior to the accident. Prescription medication

bottles were recovered from the vehicle and the victim's purse, and it is unknown if the victim was under the influence at the time of the accident. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office will determine the official cause of death. Anyone with information regarding this incident should contact Long Beach Police Accident Investigations Detective Brian Watt at (562) 570-7355.

After police pursuit, motorcyclist dies in collision with vehicle On Friday, Feb. 17, at approximately 7:40am, a traffic collision between a motorcycle and a vehicle occurred on Pacific Coast Highway just west of Channel Drive, resulting in the death of a male adult motorcyclist, according to a press release issued by the Long Beach Police Department Wednesday. The driver of the motorcycle was travelling westbound on Pacific Coast Highway in the bike lane and at a high rate of speed, when he broadsided a gold fourdoor Acura as it made a left turn into the shopping center from eastbound Pacific Coast Highway, according to the release. The motorcyclist, identified as 24-year-old Joshua Morrison-Conrad of Long Beach, was transported to a local hospital with major injuries. He was pronounced deceased at the hospital later the same day. The driver of the Acura, a 45-year-old woman from Signal Hill, and an 8-year-old passenger in her vehicle, were not injured. Long Beach Police learned that at some point prior to the collision, the motorcyclist had been involved in a pursuit with Seal Beach Police Department officers.

Questions regarding the pursuit should be directed to the Seal Beach Police Sergeant Steve Bowles at (562) 799-4100 ext. 1160. Anyone who may have wit-

nessed the collision who has not yet spoken with police should contact Long Beach Police Accident Investigations Detective Brian Watt at (562) 570-7355.

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DISTRICT IMPROVEMENTS What Shaping up the 5th Who Presented by Long Beach 5th District Councilmember Gerrie Schipske Where Meet at Lilly Park, 3200 Lilly Ave., LB When Saturday, Feb. 25 from 8am to 10am More Info The meet-up will allow attendees to identify and discuss ways of shaping up and fixing the fifth district. NEIGHBORLY NETWORKING What Community walk Who Presented by 9th District Councilmember Steven Neal Where Hamilton Middle School, 1060 E. 70th St., LB When Saturday, Feb. 25 at 9am More Info The event, which is open to the general public, will have attendees walk the Hamilton neighborhood area in an effort to encourage residents to participate in the Hamilton Neighborhood Association. STRUTTIN’ FOR A CAUSE What Annual designer fashion show Who Hosted by Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach Auxiliary Where Hyatt Regency Hotel, 200 Pine Ave., LB When Saturday, Feb. 25 at 10am More Info Tickets for the show will be $90 per person with raffle tickets selling for $5 each or 6 for $25. The event will commence with a silent auction followed by lunch and fashions from the Collections from Melrose Alley. For tickets or information call Roxie Hause at (562) 307-1248 or email roxiehause@gmail.com. READING TO FURRY FRIENDS What “We Harte B.A.R.K.” (Beach Animals Reading with Kids) Who Hosted by 7th District Councilmember James Johnson Where Bret Harte Library, 1595 W. Willow St., LB When Saturday, Feb. 25 and every fourth Saturday of the month from 11am to 12:30pm More Info The monthly reading sessions encourage children to read by providing them with the opportunity to read aloud to friendly, attentive and certified therapy dogs. B.A.R.K. is a volunteer program that encourages children to increase their reading skills and self-confidence. Call (562) 570-5777 or email district7@longbeach.gov. GRILLING, SAMPLING AND GIVEAWAYS What Grand re-opening of Albertsons Who Presented by 6th District Councilmember Dee Andrews Where 101 E. Willow St., LB When Saturday, Feb. 25 from 11am to 5pm More Info The event will include a free outdoor barbecue, kids games, face painting, a dance contest, cake walk, prize giveaways, food samples and a Nabisco stacking contest. Call (562) 570-6816. STAYING FIT AND INFORMED What Autism Fitness Day Who Hosted by Autism in Long Beach and the Sweat Shop Gym & MMA Where Sweat Shop Gym, 3671 Industry Ave., Lakewood When Sunday, Feb. 26 from 11am to 1pm More Info The event will include a variety of games and exercise classes geared towards physical fitness. Register online at thesweatshopgym.com. Contact Brad Crihfield at (562) 3537496. EGGS WITH THE ELKS What Monthly breakfast Who Bellflower/Long Beach Elks Lodge 888 Where 16426 Bellflower Blvd., Bellflower When Sunday, Feb. 26 from 8am to noon More Info Breakfast will be open to the public and $6.50 per person. The meal includes eggs as you like them, bacon, sausage, hash browns, biscuits with gravy, orange juice, assorted fruit, Belgian waffles and coffee. WANA KNOW ABOUT COMMUNITY WATCH? What Neighborhood meeting Who Hosted by the Wrigley Area Neighborhood Alliance (WANA) Where Veterans Park Social Hall, 101 E. 28th St., LB When Monday, Feb. 27 from 7pm to 9pm More Info The topic of discussion will be the implementation of the new community watch program. The event will be open to the general public with light refreshment and snacks provided. Parking and on-site childcare will be provided at no additional charge. Call Maria at (562) 427-5021. SPARE ME A RIB What Naples Rib Company’s fundraiser night Who Presented by the Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust Family and Friends and the Naples Rib Company Where 5800 E. 2nd St., LB When Tuesday, Feb. 28 from 10am to 9:30pm for take-out and 4pm to 9:30pm for dine-in More Info The restaurant will donate 20 percent of the entire bill to Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust. Guests can mention the Land Trust when they call for a take-out order or when they call to make dinner reservations. Two raffles will be presented at 9pm. Vegetarian options are available. RSVP at (562) 439-7427 or visit the ribcompany.com/reservations.

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nini Moore Horn was essential partner of husband, Congressman Steve Horn, and community leader in her own right After a 16-year battle with breast cancer, Nini Horn passed away on February 21, 2012 at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. She was 80. Horn was best known in the Long Beach area for her work in education and the arts. She was an essential partner with the late Steve Horn in his career both as president of California State University, Long Beach (1970–1988) and as a member of the United States Congress (1993–2003). At CSULB, she was instrumental in attracting community support to the campus and played a significant role in cultivating many major gifts, including the Isabel Patterson Child Development Center, the President’s Home, the International House, the Earl Burns

Miller Japanese Garden, and the Martha Knoebel Dance Theater. She was also very active with the Fine Arts Affiliates and the International Community Council. In the community, she chaired the Long Beach Unified School District’s 100-member committee that proposed desegregation guidelines and the magnet school plan in 1979. She served for 10 years on the Long Beach Unified School District’s Personnel Commission. She was president of Long Beach’s Public Corporation for the Arts and led the effort in 1984 that persuaded the City Council to provide funds through the Arts Council for Long Beach arts organizations. She also served on the

boards of the California Community Foundation, the Greater Long Beach Community Foundation, Family Service of Long Beach, and the Todd Cancer Institute at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, among other civic organizations. Her role in her husband’s political career was also critical. Her friends represented most of the volunteers that powered an all-volunteer campaign that won five elections. After Steve was elected, she worked in the office each day as a volunteer and escorted thousands of visitors around the U. S. Capitol and to the White House. She grew up in Lodi, California; graduated with distinction in history and the humanities from Stanford Uni-

versity in 1953; and received a certificate from the Program in Business Administration of Radcliffe College/Harvard Business School in 1954, prior to the formal admission of women to the Harvard Business School. She leaves two children, Marcia of Phoenix, and Stephen of Long Beach, and a grandson, Jonathan Horn of Phoenix. In 2003, her role at CSULB and in the community was honored when the university’s North Campus Library was renamed the Steve and Nini Horn Center by the Trustees of the California State University. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

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Thoughts from the Publisher by Neena Strichart Today is quite the milestone for us here at the Signal Tribune. Exactly 12 years ago, we published our first issue of The Signal under the ownership of the Stricharts. Two years earlier, the former publisher/owner, Tom Allen, closed the doors on the publication with little fanfare. He ran the paper for eight years with me by his side selling advertising for the last four years of the paper’s existence. My career then took me to the Press-Telegram, where I sold ads for a little more than a year before leaving to start my own marketing company– Posh Enterprises. Months later, the newspaper bug hit me again, and I began investigating what it would take to resurrect The Signal. With a lot of work and a little luck, Steve and I began our venture in January of 2000. Starting the process in our dining room with the help of an enthusiastic staff, a few weeks later we went to print and enjoyed the fruits of our labor. To announce the resurgence of the paper we relied on the kindness of Shell & Sheldon Grossman, owners of Bixby Knolls Car Wash, who announced to the world on their readerboard “Welcome Back, Signal Newspaper.” That first issue featured a photo of the readerboard under the bold headline declaring, “We’re Back!” Approximately a year later, we acquired the Signal Hill Star Tribune and legally became the Signal Tribune. Fastforward 12 years, and we are still at it. Steve and I are still at the helm, and one of our original employees/friends, Jane Fallon, is still on board selling advertising– now that’s longevity and loyalty! We have a great crew of regular staff members who copy-edit, sell advertising, lay out the paper and design ads, as well as some pretty darned talented reporters/writers who contribute to the paper on a regular if not weekly basis. I give a big “thank you” to those valuable employees: Cory Bilicko, Leighanna Nierle, Barbie Ellisen, Stephanie Raygoza, Tanya Paz, Nick Diamantides, CJ Dablo, Vicki Paris Goodman (entertainment writer), Carol Sloan (nutrition columnist), Rachael Rifkin (contributing writer) and Jenny Beaver (garden columnist). We couldn’t create this weekly miracle without you! I hear a lot these days about the future of newsprint. Some folks are convinced the medium is all but dead and are just sure we will all be perfectly satisfied with online media resources. The notion scares the heck out of me, and not just for personal business reasons. I worry about the written word and hard-copy photos going by way of the dodo bird. If it does happen, what will be the repercussions? Being a longtime member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, I am especially concerned about ways of tracking genealogy in the future. With no hard-copy photos or handwritten letters to pass down from generation to generation, how in the world will we trace our ancestry? Must everything be computer-generated? The thought of a world with no photo albums or framed pictures breaks my heart. Remember those love letters tied with ribbons? Will they too disappear? Will romance be reduced to texting and Facebooking? Business has been tough for the newspaper industry for several years, but I firmly believe that as long as the smaller newspapers stay hyper-focused and keep reporting on local news, they will survive and even thrive. Finally, I want to thank our gracious readers and loyal advertisers. We love you all! Here’s to another 12 years– or more!

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I can’t express what a great surprise and joy it was to receive your call last week and find out that I had won the grand prize in your Sweetheart Sweepstakes! My husband and I enjoy participating each year and getting to know both familiar and new businesses in our area. This year, as usual, we split the entries up and delivered them by area where we would be taking care of our usual activities and chores. After doing so, we have returned to two new restaurants, and I have found a new hairdresser. What a great benefit, from a fun chore. We are planning our special couples cruise with Corks Away and will certainly enjoy our dinner at Naples Rib Company. As we love to cruise, the cruise diary and The Love Boats book will be put to good use, you can rest assured. I would especially like to thank all the businesses that participated and especially Orozco’s Auto Service, as I understand that the entry I delivered there was the one pulled for the prizes.

This afternoon at 4:10pm, I was coming back from Costco on Orange Avenue. When I got to 33rd and Orange, I observed a school crossing guard sitting in a chair. So “what is unusual about that?” you say, as that is the corner where Burroughs [Elementary School] sits. The problem for me is that Burroughs school was closed starting in 2011. I know what I am about to say is against what all of Long Beach stands for, but here goes. I believe all school crossing guards should be eliminated. All school bussing should be eliminated. All guidance counselors should be eliminated unless they do the counseling as part of their teaching job. None of these people should be paid by LBUSD as long as teachers are being laid off. It is time to get our priorities straight. The school money should be spent on teaching and nothing else. The subjects taught in school should meet the needs of the student. The idea that every student must go to college is nuts. Where are the auto mechanics, the plumbers, the carpenters, the welders and the other skilled trades going to get their education? Bring back vocational schools. I realize that the unions won’t like this as they want to corner the market on vocational training. That is not working and never will. There are a lot of people who need to learn a skilled trade without paying union dues. There is no shame in working in the skilled trades; they make good money, and they are the backbone of this country. We have a city council that is heavily influenced by city unions. So, we are paying for employee pensions we can’t afford. The teachers unions have tried to get control of the Board of Education, and we all know how well that went. It is time to make major changes in our school priorities. All the money should go to the teachers. It is the parent’s job to get the kids to and from school, not the schools. If we continue down the current education path, no one should be surprised when all the good jobs go offshore.

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Celebrating 101st year of Boy Scouts, local council honors numerous achievers during recognition dinner 14; Michael Chacon, Troop 140; Eric Chin, Troop 111; Justin Dobard, Crew 66; Alejandro Fernandez, Troop 393; Joshua Friedman, Crew 188; Eric Israel, Troop 105; Cameron Jimenez, Troop 156; Danny Ran, Team 1244; Cameron Hayhurst, Troop 117; Samuel Kahn, Troop 65; Jeffrey Majoros, Troop 212; Dustin Perkins, Troop 212; Ryan Spradlin, Troop 134; Tristan Simon, Troop 224; Clay Garris, Troop 120; George Hanson, Troop 101; and David Fair, Troop 1244. The Council also acknowledged the Sea Scout program by awarding the Quartermaster Award to one youth, Hannah Foster of Ship 509. The Quartermaster Award is the highest rank a Sea Scout can achieve in that program. This year the Sea Scouts are celebrating their 100th year of service within the Boy Scouts program. Five youth were awarded the Venturing Silver Award, the highest award presented to a youth member in the Venturing program. They are: Justin Jacobs, Crew 228; Colin Benson, Crew 205; Andrew Bushong, Crew 205; Maribel Frank, Crew 205; and Lucas Murray, Crew 550. The Venture Leadership Award was presented to four members of the Venture program. They are: Justin Jacobs, Crew 228, and Sarah Martel, Ship 237, who both received the Youth Award; and Shaleana Benson, Crew 205, and Richard Butler, Ship 550, who both received the Adult Award. Also honored were four Adult Scouters who received the Silver Beaver Award, the highest award an adult Scouter can receive for service to a local council. The National Council of the Boy Scouts of America, upon recommendation, awards it from a local council. Those recipients are: Brian Armstrong, Troop 74; Michael Dermody, Crew 228; Gary Hauser, Troop 75; and Steve Wheat, Pack 208. The Council Commissioner Awards were presented to nine Adult Scouters for their dedication to themselves and to the scouting

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The Long Beach Area Council Boy Scouts of America also recognized Adult Silver Beaver recipients.

The Long Beach Area Council Boy Scouts of America last week honored 56 Eagle Scouts, five Venture Silver Award Scouts, and one Sea Scout Quartermaster.

program by continuing their education by completing courses at the College of Commissioner Science. Three commissioners were awarded the Bachelor of Commissioner Science Degree, and one was awarded the Master of Commissioner Science Degree. Four adults were awarded their postgraduate study certificates, and one received the Distinguished Commissioner Service Award. They are: Charles Anderson, Glenn Draper, and JoAnn Hill, who all received the Bachelor of Commissioner Science; Dan Vance, who earned a Master of Commissioner Science; Jerry Dahlin, Craig Haines, Roger Olson, and Richard Feinberg, who all achieved Postgraduate Studies in Commissioner Science; and Richard Feinberg, who received the Distinguished Commissioner Service Award.

neighboring schools in Bixby to host clothing, toy drive Hughes Middle School and Longfellow Elementary will team up with Goodthrift Used Clothing Recycling to host a used clothing and toy drive at Hughes Middle School, 3846 California Ave., in Bixby Knolls, from 11am to 1pm on Saturday, Feb. 25. Donors may drop off items on the

Longfellow upper playground, on California Avenue between Bixby and Roosevelt roads. Goodthrift Used Clothing Recycling will pay the schools per pound for items collected. Donations accepted include: clothing; accessories (pocketbooks, backpacks, hats, gloves, ties, scarves,

belts, etc.); household fabrics (bedding, curtains, towels, bath mats, etc.); hard toys (trucks, blocks, etc.) and soft toys (stuffed animals, dolls, etc.) For more information regarding this event, contact Hughes Green Team adviser Cathy Procopio at (562) 989-0970.

Dynamic Designworks, Inc., a sponsor of Working Wardrobes, is sponsoring a Prom Event Clothing Drive to help provide 150 at-risk high-school students a series of workshops during which they can find a prom dress or tuxedo. Items needed for the “Dream Girls & Distinguished Gentlemen” prom drive are: tuxedos, vests, dress shirts, prom and party dresses,

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Westside Project Area Committee undergoes slight name change in light of redevelopment dissolution The Westside Project Area Committee (WPAC) will now operate under the name Westside Project Area Council, according to a press release issued by the community group last Saturday. Because of the recent dissolution of redevelopment agencies, the group took a vote and decided unanimously for the change. “The WPAC is determined to remain a force in directing the main-

tenance, improvements, renovations, and safety concerns of the Westside, even in the absence of redevelopment,” according to the press release. “Therefore, talks about the reconstruction and design of the committee, the shaping of its new identity, have begun.” Gil Ficke, WPAC member and President of Long Beach Travel Center, Inc., added, “I think this is

the smart thing to do. Out of the ashes comes the Phoenix. We’re not done. We are now– this.” The WPAC continues to hold an office on Cota with the same phone number and email address, hold public meetings each month, and maintain its membership while reinstituting this Westside institution, now as a council rather than a committee.

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The Long Beach Area Council Boy Scouts of America, which serves the cities of Long Beach, Signal Hill, Avalon, Lakewood, and Bellflower, hosted their annual Scout Recognition Dinner at the Grand in Long Beach on Feb. 16. Celebrating the 101st year of the Boy Scouts of America, the Long Beach Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America celebrated its own existence since 1919. Master of ceremonies Paul Muehlebach welcomed 224 Scouts and Scouters to the gala event. Long Beach Boy Scout Council President Jim Jeffery and Scout Executive John Fullerton made remarks, and dignitaries present included Signal Hill Mayor Larry Forester and Bellflower Mayor Pro-Tem Dan Koops. The California State Senate District 27, the City of Signal Hill, and the City of Long Beach presented certificates to the awardees. The Council acknowledged the 56 Scouts who achieved the highest rank in Scouting, that of Eagle Scout, in 2011. They are: Alexander Castro, Troop 74; Joseph Wiseman, Crew 117; Ean Garner, Crew 156; Matthew Lopez, Troop 134; Michael Lopez Troop 134, Jiwon Park Troop 111,, Christian Bandley, Crew 188; Sean Farquhar, Troop 75; Jonathan Hamilton, Crew 391; Nicholas Lehman, Troop 67; Daniel Siegel, Troop 117; Alexander Fest, Troop 126; Colin Eubank, Troop 400; Tyler Given, Crew 188; Philip Huh, Troop 111; Joshua Boron, Troop 1244; Travis Burks, Troop 65; Shawn Mauinatu, Crew 1200; Michael Stephens, Crew 156; Levi Allison, Troop 613; Gabriel Saldana, Troop 400; Johnathan Cervantes, Crew 904; Ryan Farquhar, Troop 75; Charles Marq-Anthony Jones, Troop 170; Donald Koenen, Troop 212; Zachary Nyquist, Troop 65; Devin Eubank, Troop 400; Zachary Sutter, Troop 29; Jacob Wall, Team 393; Fealofani Afemata, Crew 272; Cary Feldman, Troop 120; Andrew Jeong, Troop 111; Eni Tautolo, Crew 72; Scott Baker, Troop 29; John Conti, Troop 120; Conner Fields, Troop 105; Nicholas Rainier, Troop 140; Maxwell Brown-Bass, Troop 140; Joshua Brydon, Troop

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IrS warns filers of the ‘Dirty Dozen’ tax-season scams The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued its annual “Dirty Dozen” ranking of tax scams, reminding taxpayers to use caution during tax season to protect themselves against a wide range of schemes ranging from identity theft to return preparer fraud. The Dirty Dozen listing, compiled by the IRS each year, lists a variety of common scams taxpayers can encounter at any point during the year. But many of these schemes peak during filing season as people prepare their tax returns. “Taxpayers should be careful and avoid falling into a trap with the Dirty Dozen,” said IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman. “Scam artists will tempt people in-person, online and by email with misleading promises about lost refunds and free money. Don’t be fooled by these scams.” Illegal scams can lead to significant

penalties and interest and possible criminal prosecution. The IRS Criminal Investigation Division works closely with the Department of Justice to shut down scams and prosecute the criminals behind them. The following are the first six of the Dirty Dozen tax scams for 2012 (the last six will be published in next week’s Signal Tribune): Identity theft Topping this year’s list is identity theft. In response to growing identity theft concerns, the IRS has embarked on a comprehensive strategy that is focused on preventing, detecting and resolving identity-theft cases as soon as possible. In addition to the law-enforcement crackdown, the IRS has stepped up its internal reviews to spot false tax returns before tax refunds are issued, as well as working to help victims of the

identity-theft refund schemes. Identity-theft cases are among the most complex ones the IRS handles, but the agency is committed to working with taxpayers who have become victims of identity theft. The IRS is increasingly seeing identity thieves looking for ways to use a legitimate taxpayer’s identity and personal information to file a tax return and claim a fraudulent refund. An IRS notice informing a taxpayer that more than one return was filed in the taxpayer’s name or that the taxpayer received wages from an unknown employer may be the first tipoff the individual receives that he or she has been victimized. The IRS has a robust screening process with measures in place to stop fraudulent returns. While the IRS is continuing to address tax-related identity theft aggressively, the agency is

also seeing an increase in identity crimes, including more complex schemes. In 2011, the IRS protected more than $1.4 billion of taxpayer funds from getting into the wrong hands due to identity theft. In January, the IRS announced the results of a massive, national sweep cracking down on suspected identitytheft perpetrators as part of a steppedup effort against refund fraud and identity theft. Working with the Justice Department’s Tax Division and local U.S. Attorneys’ offices, the nationwide effort targeted 105 people in 23 states. Anyone who believes his or her personal information has been stolen and used for tax purposes should immediately contact the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit. For more information, visit the special identity theft page at IRS.gov/identitytheft. Phishing Phishing is a scam typically carried out with the help of unsolicited email or a fake website that poses as a legitimate site to lure in potential victims and prompt them to provide valuable personal and financial information. Armed with this information, a criminal can commit identity theft or financial theft. If you receive an unsolicited email that appears to be from either the IRS or an organization closely linked to the IRS, such as the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS), report it by sending it to phishing@irs.gov. return preparer fraud About 60 percent of taxpayers will use tax professionals this year to prepare and file their tax returns. Most return preparers provide honest service to their clients. However, as in any other business, there are also some who prey on unsuspecting taxpayers. Questionable return preparers have been known to skim off their clients’ refunds, charge inflated fees for return preparation services and attract new clients by promising guaranteed or inflated refunds. Taxpayers should choose carefully when hiring a tax preparer. Federal courts have issued hundreds of injunctions ordering individuals to cease preparing returns, and the Department of Justice has pending complaints against many others. In 2012, every paid preparer needs to have a Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) and enter it on the returns he or she prepares. Signals to watch for when you are dealing with an unscrupulous return preparer would include that they: • Do not sign the return or place a Preparer Tax identification Number on it • Do not give you a copy of your tax return • Promise larger than normal tax refunds • Charge a percentage of the refund amount as preparation fee • Require you to split the refund to pay the preparation fee • Add forms to the return you have never filed before • Encourage you to place false information on your return, such as false income, expenses and/or credits For advice on how to find a competent tax professional, see Tips for Choosing a Tax Preparer . Hiding income offshore Over the years, numerous individuals have been identified as evading U.S. taxes by hiding income in offshore banks, brokerage accounts or nominee entities, using debit cards, credit cards or wire transfers to access the funds. Others have employed foreign trusts, employee-leasing schemes, private annuities or insurance plans for the same purpose. The IRS uses information gained from its investigations to pursue taxpayers with undeclared accounts, as well as the banks and bankers suspected of helping clients hide their assets overseas. The IRS works closely with the Department of Justice to prosecute tax-evasion cases.

While there are legitimate reasons for maintaining financial accounts abroad, there are reporting requirements that need to be fulfilled. U.S. taxpayers who maintain such accounts and who do not comply with reporting and disclosure requirements are breaking the law and risk significant penalties and fines, as well as the possibility of criminal prosecution. Since 2009, 30,000 individuals have come forward voluntarily to disclose their foreign financial accounts, taking advantage of special opportunities to bring their money back into the U.S. tax system and resolve their tax obligations. And, with new foreign account reporting requirements being phased in over the next few years, hiding income offshore will become increasingly more difficult. At the beginning of this year, the IRS reopened the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP) following continued strong interest from taxpayers and tax practitioners after the closure of the 2011 and 2009 programs. The IRS continues working on a wide range of international tax issues and follows ongoing efforts with the Justice Department to pursue criminal prosecution of international tax evasion. This program will be open for an indefinite period until otherwise announced. The IRS has collected $3.4 billion so far from people who participated in the 2009 offshore program, reflecting closures of about 95 percent of the cases from the 2009 program. On top of that, the IRS has collected an additional $1 billion from up-front payments required under the 2011 program. That number will grow as the IRS processes the 2011 cases. “Free money” from the IrS & tax scams involving Social Security Flyers and advertisements for free money from the IRS, suggesting that the taxpayer can file a tax return with little or no documentation, have been appearing in community churches around the country. These schemes are also often spread by word of mouth as unsuspecting and wellintentioned people tell their friends and relatives. Scammers prey on low-income individuals and the elderly. They build false hopes and charge people good money for bad advice. In the end, the victims discover their claims are rejected. Meanwhile, the promoters are long gone. The IRS warns all taxpayers to remain vigilant. There are a number of tax scams involving Social Security. For example, scammers have been known to lure the unsuspecting with promises of non-existent Social Security refunds or rebates. In another situation, a taxpayer may really be due a credit or refund but uses inflated information to complete the return. Beware. Intentional mistakes of this kind can result in a $5,000 penalty. False/inflated income and expenses Including income that was never earned, either as wages or as selfemployment income in order to maximize refundable credits, is another popular scam. Claiming income you did not earn or expenses you did not pay in order to secure larger refundable credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit could have serious repercussions. This could result in repaying the erroneous refunds, including interest and penalties, and in some cases, even prosecution. Additionally, some taxpayers are filing excessive claims for the fuel tax credit. Farmers and other taxpayers who use fuel for off-highway business purposes may be eligible for the fuel tax credit. But other individuals have claimed the tax credit when their occupations or income levels make the claims unreasonable. Fraud involving the fuel tax credit is considered a frivolous tax claim and can result in a penalty of $5,000.

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I’ve loved the soundtrack from Man of La Mancha since childhood. But I’d never managed to attend a performance of the popular musical, of which the book by Dale Wasserman, music by Mitch Leigh, and lyrics by Joe Darion are nothing short of brilliant. So I’d say it was high time I saw the show. And what a show! Anyone familiar with the songs from Man of La Mancha knows several of them are stand-alone sensations. But performed within their intended context they project unimaginable new layers of meaning and emotional impact. The 1965 Tony Award-winning musical drama is set amid the unspeakable brutality of the Spanish Inquisition. The story finds playwright and poet Don Miguel de Cervantes in a prison awaiting his hearing. With his amiable and fiercely loyal squire, Sancho Panza, in tow, de Cervantes’s flowery rhetoric quickly sets him apart as an oddity within the collection of inmates. In a mock trial held among the prisoners, de Cervantes presents his rather unorthodox defense in the form of a play in which each of the other inmates is enlisted to play a part. De Cervantes himself takes on the role of Alonso Quijana, an eternally optimistic man who copes with his cruel circumstances by choosing to dwell within his own imagination. As such, he becomes Don Quixote de La Mancha, an “errant knight� of flawed skill but impeccable honor and moral integrity. He designates an embittered and untrusting serving girl and prostitute named Aldonza as his lady Dulcinea. Hence, Man of La Mancha embeds an elaborate dream sequence within a play within the play. Musical-theater phenomenon Davis Gaines, who starred in Phantom on Broadway and elsewhere, delivers the title role with astounding vocal facility, timing, and sensitivity. His thrilling performances of the title song (“I, Don Quixote�), “Dulcinea,� “Golden Helmet of Mambrino,� and “The Impossible Dream� are mesmerizing start to finish. His deep and melodious speaking voice is equally enthralling. Gaines’s Don Quixote is at once brave, noble, and kind– a combination that stands in stark contrast to the vulgar and abusive behavior of the other male inmates. In another glaring contrast to the buoyant Quixote, Gaines’s co-star Lesli Margherita’s Aldonza is coarse and angry. Unlike Quixote, she is all too grounded in her cold reality, viewing hers as a life of untold misery with no way out. Her situation is summed up in her rousing performance of “It’s All the Same.� As Aldonza, Margherita exudes a primitive sensuality, which is showcased throughout by Carlos Mendoza’s spot-on choreography. A surprising highlight of the show is the exciting trio performance of “We’re Only Thinking of Him,� sung by Karenssa Kegear, Dynell Leigh, and Jason Webb. Meanwhile, squire Sancho, played with jovial equanimity by Justin Robertson, looks after his fearless master. When questioned by the mystified Aldonza as to why he so loyally defends the seemingly crazy Quixote, Sancho renders a thoroughly endearing performance of “I Really Like Him.� Quixote perseveres in his brand of respectful but persistent wooing until Aldonza’s indifference to him turns to curiosity, as of a strange phenomenon. Eventually she becomes enrolled in his dream only to find herself harshly

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Musical-theater sensation Davis Gaines, who starred in Phantom of the Opera on Broadway and elsewhere, delivers the role of Don Miguel de Cervantes with astounding vocal facility, timing, and sensitivity.

plunged back into her soulless reality. Yet another stirring highlight is the cruelly sweet “Little Bird, Little Bird,� sung by a chorus of cast members. Worthy of mention is Sam Zeller, in the role of Pedro, whose muscular physicality makes a statement of its own, particularly in the scenes in which Aldonza is beaten by the men. Everything about this production of Man of La Mancha is rousing and inspiring. Every scene appeals to the emotions and left me wanting more. Director Nick Degruccio has done a flawless job guiding his exceptionally talented cast. Musical director Matthew Smedal’s excellent orchestra, which features solo Spanish guitar in some of the musical numbers, performs live in the pit during each performance. Vocal performances are all outstanding. Run, don’t walk, to the box office (or phone or go online) to secure your tickets for this wondrous production of Man of La Mancha. Musical Theatre West’s Man of La Mancha continues at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center, located at 6200 E. Atherton St., on the campus of Cal State Long Beach, through Feb. 26. Performances are Friday (2/24) at

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Camerata Singers’ annual Long Firefighters, community members work Beach Bach Festival continuing to together to build playground in six hours reinterpret the composer’s works Providing various genres of music, from classical to blues, the 38th annual Long Beach Bach Festival kicked off on Feb. 19 with a performance by jazz vocalist Laura Harrison and her band. The Bach celebration will continue in March with three more concerts, including unique interpretations of the famous composer. The next performance in the Bach Festival series will feature The Central4 Piano Quartet on March 3 at 7:30pm at First Congregational Church of Long Beach, 241 Cedar Ave. The Quartet will combine classical and contemporary music in a performance entitled “Brandenburg, Old and New.” Performance selections will include Bach’s Brandenburg Concert No. 5 in D Major, as well as a piece commissioned specifically for this occasion by Los Angeles Composer Jenni Brandon. The popular “Bach a Bacchus,” featuring pianist Lindsey Hundley, will be the third presentation of the Bach Festival on March 10 at 7:30pm at The Wine Bar, 250 West Ocean Blvd.Suite B. Audience

members will have the opportunity to sample wines and hors d’oeuvres while they enjoy jazz-inspired variations of some of Bach’s most famous work. In addition to her Bach tributes, Hundley will also perform a broad range of music from jazz standards to Latin jazz to original compositions. The Long Beach Bach Festival will conclude this year on March 18 at 5:30pm with “Gloria! Beauty and the Baroque” performed by the Long Beach Camerata Singers and Orchestra. The concert, conducted by Robert Istad, will highlight the best of the Baroque Period with Vivaldi’s triumphant Gloria in D, Handel’s Laudate Pueri Dominum and Bach’s powerful and affecting Cantata BWV 4–Christ lag in Todesbanden. Laudate Pueri Dominum, a piece composed when Handel was quite young, will feature soprano Claire Fedoruk. The performance will be presented at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 607 E. Third St. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Purchase advanced tickets by visiting longbeachcameratasingers.org.

Local business offering teachers, school employees free tax prep Teachers can leave their lesson plans behind but are invited to bring their tax receipts and information into Liberty Tax Lakewood during “Educator Appreciation Days.” The company is saluting area teachers, all school employees and bus drivers by offering them free tax preparation, if they are new customers, from Feb. 27 to March 4 at Liberty Tax Lakewood, 6492 South St, in Lakewood. Call (562) 496-2299 to make an appointment. “Employees involved in educating our children deserve a tax break,” said Ed Wilson of Liberty Tax Service. “We

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Long Beach firefighters and nearly 200 volunteers participated in the building of a KaBOOM! playground on Feb. 16 at the Fairfield Family YMCA.

Long Beach firefighters and nearly 200 volunteers, including JetBlue employees and 8th DisCouncilmember Rae trict Gabelich, participated in the building of a KaBOOM! playground on Feb. 16 at the Fairfield Family YMCA, located at Atlantic Avenue and Del Amo Boulevard. The various community members worked together to

build a complete playground in six hours. KaBOOM! is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to “saving play for America’s children.” Its mission is to create great playspaces through the participation and leadership of communities, with the ultimate vision of a place to play within walking distance of every child

in America. “Long Beach firefighters have had the privilege to work on a few KaBOOM! projects in the city of Long Beach,” said Rex Pritchard, president of the Long Beach Firefighters, Local 372. “Giving children the ability to be physically active and in good health is something Long Beach firefighters are proud to support.”

have ‘Appreciation Days’ to show our respect for the teaching profession and those employed by the schools.” Teachers and eligible educators who spend their own money on classroom supplies should be eligible for a tax break again when filing a 2011 return. An eligible educator is a kindergarten through grade-12 teacher, instructor, counselor, principal or aide who works at least 900 hours a year in either a public or private school. The adjustment for these expenses, of no more than $250, can be claimed whether or not the taxpayer can itemize.

LBPD warning local businesses about rash of commercial vandalism, burglaries Over the past two months, there has been an increasing number of incidents involving broken or shattered windows to area businesses, according to a press release issued by the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD). Some of the incidents resulted in commercial burglaries. The LBPD is encouraging business owners and employees to practice the following crime prevention tips in order to protect their businesses from crime: • Be sure there is adequate lighting. Keep ladders, pallets, and other items that thieves can use to gain access to rooftops secured and away form the building. • Be sure security cameras are in good working order and maintained regularly. If you are interested in recommended camera specifications to assist law enforcement, email lbpdnorth@longbeach.gov. • Ensure an after-hours contact person's information is on file with police dispatch by emailing lbpdnorth@longbeach.gov for information. • Consider installing an audible alarm system. Visible signs of an alarm system (placards, window stickers, etc.) are deterrents, and a loud alarm is likely to scare off an intruder in the act. • If your alarm is set off after hours, do not assume it is a false alarm. • Keep all windows clear of advertising, display materials, and decorations which can screen an intruder from outside view.

• Remove all cash from register(s) nightly and leave the drawer(s) open. • Call police dispatch at 9-1-1 or (562) 435-6711 to report all suspicious activity or crimes in progress, and coordinate with nearby residences and businesses to do the same.

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Cal rep’s Quills powerfully articulates the destructiveness of censorship on the artist Cory Bilicko Culture Writer

Jerry Prell as the soon-to-be-censored Marquis de Sade in Cal Rep’s production of Quills

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Robert Prior as the Abbe de Coulmier and Jerry Prell as the Marquis de Sade

It’s a rarity the play that can articulate its moral with such power and vigor that the audience is left unquestioningly convinced of what the playwright is trying to convey. For me, Doug Wright’s Quills is such a play. Wright wrote Quills in the 1990s as a reactionary piece against conservative resistance to the arts of that time, particularly the high-profile case of the “NEA Four”– four performance artists whose National Endowment for the Arts grants were recalled because of the controversial nature of their works. Although the artists eventually won their case in court in 1993 and were granted the money for which they had initially been approved, the incident opened up the debate about the fine line between obscenity and art. Wright took some historical liberties with Quills, in which Doctor Royer-Collard, who runs Charenton Asylum, is paid a visit by Renee Pelagie, wife of the institution’s most notorious occupant– the Marquis de Sade. She offers the doctor money to prevent her husband from writing, since his penchant for penning sadomasochistic pornography has brought disgrace to her name and kept her out of upper-class social circles. The doctor has the asylum’s French Catholic priest, the Abbe de Coulmier, who is initially sympathetic to the Marquis, confiscate his quills and writing paper, yet the inmate’s stories somehow still manage to be circulated. When Coulmier discovers that Madeleine, a young seamstress who works there, has been smuggling the Marquis’s stories out of his cell, the priest bans her from seeing the writer, who then composes his lascivious tales on his bedclothes in wine, blood and other excrement. Furious at the Marquis de Sade’s resourcefulness and willfulness, Coulmier strips the author of all his clothing and his chamber of all décor. Still, the resilient Marquis devises another plan to get his stories to the public, and his determination to have a creative outlet reveals itself to be a necessity, rather than simply an act of defiance. The increasingly desperate and furious Coulmier is driven to extreme and gruesome acts in order to silence the Marquis, beginning with the removal of his hands, which proves to be no obstacle to the determined artist. Thus, the battle of wills continues until the

Marquis is ultimately stripped of all faculties, physically and intellectually. Or is he? In California Repertory’s current production of Quills, the commanding Jerry Prell endows the character of the Marquis de Sade with gusto, milking every salacious line he’s given. In the hands (and, eventually, fully nude body) of Prell, what at first seems like a humorous, almost playfully effete antihero is gradually disrobed and exposed as an artist who can certainly endure the inconvenience of being naked, but not the tragedy of being forbidden his art form. Although the Marquis’s determination to find ways to continue writing, even in the most perverse of circumstances, is at first darkly comical, the fact that he will not ever give up is testament to the power of creation. Driving the story is the discourse between the Marquis and Coulmier, here played by Robert Prior, whose gradual transformation from being the Marquis’s compassionate guardian to his ultimate censorial persecutor is convincingly disturbing. Prior proves to be a wise casting choice as the man who clandestinely relishes the very pornography he publicly bans. Their debate throughout the play is one that is not conveniently one-sided to promote the anti-censorship message, but rather a well-conceived giveand-take that had me, a free-speech advocate and liberal-minded artist, intrigued and engaged. Remarkably, Cal Rep is proving itself to be a company that knows how to readjust and make the most of its environment (after being displaced in the last few years from The Edison Theatre and then the Long Beach National Guard Armory), as this production makes good use of the “guts” of the Queen Mary, with her exposed industrial parts providing the sensation of being walled-in at an asylum. The Queen Mary’s Royal Theatre will serve as the Charenton Asylum for Cal Rep’s production of Quills Wednesday to Saturday through March 3 and Tuesday to Saturday from March 6 to March 10. All performances are at 8pm. Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 for students, military and seniors (55 and older). Parking at the Queen Mary is $8 for patrons of Cal Rep performances and $6 for CSULB students and patrons who have dinner aboard the ship. For tickets and more information, call (562) 985-5526 or visit calrep.org.

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Trustees from the LACCD released a statement indicating that the District has barred FTR from future contracts with the District’s $6-billion building program for the next five years. The District pointed to major problems with the quality of FTR’s work on past projects. Miguel Santiago, who serves as the president to the LACCD’s Board of Trustees, called the action “a blow against shoddy work,” according to the statement. Aleshire said that while FTR’s financial situation is unknown, LACCD’s decision may have affected FTR’s ability to continue other projects. The city attorney said that Signal Hill’s police department project had a surety bond through Arch Insurance Company for the full contract amount that totaled almost $8.7 million. He acknowledged that Honeycutt was already meeting with Arch to ensure that the project continues soon. Arch will have to determine how much work was done and how much had already been paid. They’ll also have to find a new contractor, according to Aleshire. The city attorney explained the terms of the surety bond and the steps that Arch will need to take in partnership with the City management for work to resume under a new contractor. “In a perfect world, they’d find a contractor that would agree for the amount of money that’s left and any work that’s left. That contractor will step in and perform the work, under contract with a surety,” Aleshire said in an interview Tuesday night. “So the surety wants to bring somebody in, and the surety wants to hopefully not spend any more money than the money that we’re holding, but the bond that the surety posted with us is for the full amount of the contract.” The city attorney explained to the Council that the work will resume soon. “Even though there will be steps to go through, [we are] confident that

this will be seen as not a Signal Hill issue,” Aleshire said at Tuesday’s Council meeting. “It really involves the FTR’s issues with all of their different contracts. And so we are confident that we will be able to work with Arch and come in and perform the contract.” The deputy city manager said at the Signal Hill police station site there were no quality issues with FTR’s work. Honeycutt largely credited Paul Buckley, the construction manager, for the assurance that the City isn’t experiencing the same workmanship issues that the LACCD said that they experienced with FTR. Buckley is responsible for ensuring that the contractors conform to the approved plans. He works for Simplus Management Company. The construction manager will continue to oversee the project through the transition, according to Honeycutt. “We’ve got a lot of experience on the City’s project management team,” Honeycutt said during his interview Wednesday. “So…we’re not panicking here. Things are under control. This project will get finished.” Honeycutt estimated that it may take from three weeks to a month before we see any activity resume, but he said the City would make every effort to work with the bond company to shorten that time period. The construction had already been slowed down by three months. Rain had already delayed work, especially during the initial construction that began around November 2010. There’s a roof on the building, and there are windows in place. City Manager Ken Farfsing said that there are sand bags on the site in case of bad weather. The city manager acknowledged that some may question why the City chose FTR’s bid to be the general contractor. The contract was finalized before news reports revealed FTR’s problems with the LACCD, and FTR’s bid was the lowest, according to Farfsing. “And if you don’t award to the

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lowest responsible bidder, you could end up in a lawsuit,” Farfsing said. “So they were basically the responsible bidder, and we had no reason to really believe that they would basically have this amount of problems.” Other City Council highlights Affordable housing In a firstreading vote, the Council adopted an ordinance to amend a zoning ordinance to change development standards at the affordable housing site at 1500 Hill St. They also adopted a resolution to change the general plan. According to a staff report from Community Development Director Scott Charney, the State of California rejected the Housing Element portion of the General Plan. The community director said the State primarily objected to the suitability of the property on Hill Street for affordable housing because it is located on a previously industrial site. Through these proposed changes to the zoning ordinance and general plan, the City is making another attempt to get the Housing Element certified to show that its housing projects have been

complied with and have gone above the state requirements to assure the State that it is an appropriate site for housing, Charney explained in an interview Thursday. There would be another advantage because a number of grants require a certified element and there is a possible threat to carry over the obligation into the next planning period, Charney added. Animal boarding/daycare In a second-reading vote, the Council adopted a zoning ordinance amendment to allow animal boarding and daycare as a permitted use in specific industrial zone districts. They also approved an ordinance that changed municipal codes dealing with noise and animal control to accommodate animal boarding/daycare. CDBG funds The City Council authorized the city manager to approve the allocation of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. The amount of CDBG funding totals $86,550 and will allocate 15 percent to public-service projects and the balance to ADA improvements at

Willow Street and Temple Avenue. Successor agency appointments The mayor has appointed Councilmember Mike Noll and Pearl Yu to the seven-member oversight board that will oversee the City’s successor agency. Yu is an accountant with the finance department. Payment schedules The successor agency amended and re-adopted obligation payment schedules following the dissolution of the City’s redevelopment agency. According to a staff report, the payment schedules have added specific budgets to reflect consulting and staff costs for the sale of properties. The payment schedules for the period of Jan. 1 to June 30, 2012 totals $40,105,499. The amount includes tax-sharing allotments and bond repayments, according to the staff report. Noll abstained from the vote. The next Signal Hill City Council meeting is scheduled for March 6 in the City Council Chambers.

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PuBLIC notICeS TST3980 Title No. 5402720 ALS No. 2011-5281 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT OF A LIEN, DATED 6/2/2011. 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. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT: On 3/6/2012, at 09:00AM, Association Lien Services, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to a certain lien, recorded on 6/8/2011, as instrument number 20110784180, of the official records of Los Angeles County, California. WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR LAWFUL MONEY OF THE UNITED STATES, OR A CASHIERS CHECK at: Behind the fountain located in Civic Center Plaza, 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona CA The street address and other common designations, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2504 E. WIllow St. #207, Signal Hill, CA 90755 Assessor's Parcel No. 7214-009-072 The owner(s) of the real property is purported to be: Andre S. Kennedy, a single man The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designations, 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 a note, homeowner's assessment or other obligation secured by this lien, with interest and other sum as provided therein: plus advances, if any, under the terms thereof and interest on such advances, plus fees, charges, expenses of the Trustee and Trust created by said lien. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice Of Sale is $12,417.70. Payment must be in cash, a cashier's check drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state bank or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings & loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. The real property described above is being sold subject to the right of redemption. The redemption period within which real property may be redeemed ends 90 days after the sale. The beneficiary of said Lien hereto 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. Date: 1/31/2012 Association Lien Services, as Trustee P.O. Box 64750, Los Angeles, CA 90064 (310) 207-2027 By:Rose Mantalozi, Trustee Officer P921230 2/10, 2/17, 02/24/2012 TST4000 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TS No. 10-0041228 Title Order No. 10-8-160620 Investor/Insurer No. 106858423 APN No. 7217-006-038 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 01/12/2006. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE 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 ROBERT MILLS AND J.C. MILLS, HUSBAND AND WIFE, AS JOINT TENANTS, dated 01/12/2006 and recorded 1/23/2006, as Instrument No. 06 0153246, in Book , Page ), of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, State of California, will sell on 03/19/2012 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: 1949 ORIZABA AVENUE, SIGNAL HILL, CA, 90755. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The total amount of the unpaid balance with interest thereon of the obligation secured by the property to be sold plus reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $1,033,706.33. 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: 07/01/2010 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. 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the nature of the proceedings against you, you should contact a lawyer.  On 03/01/2012 at 01:00PM, FCI Lender Services, Inc. as the duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 12/20/05 as DOC #05 3128732 of official records in the Office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, California, executed by: William A Tesmer, an unmarried man, as Trustor  Downey Savings and Loan Association, F.A., as Beneficiary WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States, by cash, a cashier's check drawn by a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state). At: the Pomona Valley Masonic Temple Building located at 395 South Thomas Street, Pomona, California, all right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County, California describing the land therein: As more fully described in said Deed of Trust.  The property heretofore described is being sold "as is". The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2514 East Willow Street #104, 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: $315,544.71 (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: 2/2/12 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 855-6987627) - 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# 283564)(02/10/12, 02/17/12, 02/24/12) TST3982 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE Title Order No.: 5903749 Trustee Sale No.: 76326 Loan No.: 9900181287 APN: 7212008-060 & 7212-008-061 You are in Default under a Deed of Trust dated 10/29/2007. 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 03/01/2012 at 01:00PM, FCI Lender Services, Inc. as the duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 11/02/07 as DOC #20072474719 of official records in the Office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, California, executed by: Bubba & Rocco, LLC, A California Limited Liability Company, as Trustor  Hanmi Bank, 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: 1329 & 1339 E. 28th 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: $1,363,438.70 (Estimated) Accrued interest and additional advances, if any, will increase this figure prior to sale. 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NOTICE: This fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. The Signal Tribune: February 3, 10, 17, 24, 2012. TST3977 / 2012 007420 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: GREEN & NOBLIN, P.C., 4500 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., 4th Fl., Long Beach, CA 90804. Registrant: GREEN WELLING, P.C., 4500 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., 4th Fl., Long Beach, CA 90804. This business is conducted by: a Corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: James Robert Noblin, Secretary. 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 January 11, 2012. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on January 13, 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: February 3, 10, 17, 24, 2012. TST3978 / 2012 013577 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: 1. 2 WOMEN ONLY FITNESS, 2. TO WOMEN ONLY FITNESS, 3. 2 WOMEN ONLY, 2892 Bellflower Blvd. #397, Long Beach, CA 90815. Registrant: MICHELLE TABAK, 3411 Lama 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: Michelle Tabak. 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 April 18, 2007. 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: February 3, 10, 17, 24, 2012. TST3979 / 2012 017268 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: STUDIO ELEVEN PHOTOGRAPHY, 5293 E. Anaheim Rd., Long Beach, CA 90815. Registrant: MIKE CARREIRO, 5293 E. Anaheim Rd, Long Beach, CA 90815. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Mike Carreiro. The registrant has not begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on January 31, 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: February 3, 10, 17, 24, 2012. TST3983 / 2012 020872 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: AFK EVENTS, 1535 Termino Ave. #P1, Long Beach, CA 90804. Registrant: ALAN KATZ, 1535 Termino Ave. #P1, Long Beach, CA 90804. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Alan Katz. The registrant has begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. 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TST9384 / 2012 020928 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: HARMONY DEVELOPMENT, 4224 Ocana Ave., Lakewood, CA 90713. Registrant: PHILIP ALAN RUPPRECHT, 4224 Ocana Ave., Lakewood, CA 90713. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Philip Rupprecht. The registrant has begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on February 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: February 10, 17, 24, & March 2, 2012. TST3989 / 2012 017087 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: PCH BEAUTY SUPPLY, 1014 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach, CA 90806. Registrant: PS BEAUTY SUPPLY, INC., 1014 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach, CA 90806. This business is conducted by: a Corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Philip Shin, CEO. The registrant has not begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on January 31, 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: February 10, 17, 24, & March 2, 2012. TST3990 / 2012 022806 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as: THINK TOOLS, 1512 Armando Dr., Long Beach, CA 90807. Registrant: 1. ANTON STRIEGL, 2. KATHLEEN STRIEGL, 1512 Armando Dr., Long Beach, CA 90807. This business is conducted by: a Husband and Wife. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Anton Striegl. The registrants have not begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on February 8, 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

TST3994 / 2012 019544 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as: FOX WEST INDUSTRIES, 550 Orange Ave., Suite 316, Long Beach, CA 90802. Registrant: 1. EBEN CLAPSADDLE, 2. BRADLEY FOX, 550 Orange Ave., Suite 316, Long Beach, CA 90802. This business is conducted by: a General Partnership. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Eben Clapsaddele. 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 February 3, 2012. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on February 3, 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: February 17, 24, & March 2, 9, 2012. TST3992 / 2012 023225 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: 1. EIGHT SIX EIGHT (868) NEW MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS, 2. 868 NEW MEDIA & PR, 3. 868 MEDIA AND PR, 15000 Halldale Ave., Gardena, CA 90247. Registrant: ASHLEY JONES, 15000 Halldale Ave., Gardena, CA 90247. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Ashley Jones. The registrant has not begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on February 9, 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: February 17, 24, & March 2, 9, 2012. TST3993 / 2012 024460 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: 1. THE PUBLIC THEATRE OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, 2. THE PUBLISC THEATRE, 525 E. Seaside Way #902, Long Beach, CA 90802. Registrant:

CIty oF SIGnAL HILL TST3998 NoTICE oF oRDINANCE ADoPTIoN Ordinance No. 2012-02-1444 was introduced at the City Council meeting of February 7, 2012, and adopted by the City Council at their meeting of Tuesday, February 21, 2012. A summary of the ordinance is as follows: AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL, CALIFORNIA, AMENDING SIGNAL HILL MUNICIPAL CODE CHAPTER 6.04, ENTITLED “ANIMAL CONTROL,” AND SIGNAL HILL MUNICIPAL CODE CHAPTER 9.16, ENTITLED “NOISE” The ordinance was adopted by the following vote: AYES:

Mayor Larry Forester, Vice Mayor Tina L. Hansen, Council Members Michael J. Noll, Ellen Ward, Edward H.J. Wilson NOES: None ABSENT: None ABSTAIN: None

Pursuant to Signal Hill City Charter Section 315, this ordinance shall become effective 30 days from and after the date of its adoption. A certified copy of the full text of the ordinance is available in the City Clerk’s Office. Kathleen L. Pacheco City Clerk Published in the Signal-Tribune newspaper on February 24, 2012. Posted at City Hall, Library, Discovery Well Park, and Reservoir Park on February 24, 2012.

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CIty oF SIGnAL HILL TST3999 NoTICE oF oRDINANCE INTRoDUCTIoN Ordinance No. 2012-02-1445 was introduced by the City Council at their meeting of Tuesday, February 21, 2012. A summary of the ordinance is as follows: AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL, CALIFORNIA, APPROVING ZONING ORDINANCE AMENDMENT 12-01, AMENDING THE DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS AND DENSITY REQUIREMENTS AT AN APPROVED AFFORDABLE HOUSING SITE AT 1500 E. HILL STREET A copy of the full text of the ordinance is available in the City Clerk’s Office and on the City’s website www.cityofsignalhill.org. Second reading and adoption of this Ordinance is scheduled for Tuesday, March 6, 2012. Kathleen L. Pacheco City Clerk Published in the Signal-Tribune newspaper on February 24, 2012. Posted at City Hall, Library, Discovery Well Park, and Reservoir Park on February 24, 2012.

CIty oF SIGnAL HILL TST3996 NoTICE oF A PUBlIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that the City Council of the City of Signal Hill will hold a Public Hearing in the City Council Chamber at City Hall located at 2175 Cherry Avenue, Signal Hill, California, on Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at 7:00pm to consider the following: ANNUAL RENEWAL OF THE INSTITUTIONAL PERMIT FOR: Courtyard Care Center 1880 Dawson Avenue Signal Hill, CA 90755 Las Brisas Child Care Center Long Beach Community Improvement League 2399 California Avenue Signal Hill, CA 90755 ALL INTERESTED PERSONS are hereby invited to attend and express their opinions on the above matter. THE PUBLIC IS INVITED to submit written comments to the Division of Building Safety prior to and at the Hearing. FURTHER INFORMATION on this item may be obtained at the City of Signal Hill Division of Building Safety located at 2175 Cherry Avenue, Signal Hill, or by telephone at (562) 989-7348 or by email at gpetris@cityofsignalhill.org. ________//ss//_________ GIL PETRIS CONTRACT BUILDING INSPECTOR DIVISION OF BUILDING SAFETY Published in the Signal Tribune newspaper on: February 24, 2012 Posted in accordance with SHMC 1.08.010 on: February 24, 2012

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Long Beach Historical Society a permanent home in Bixby Knolls and in the establishment of the uptown farmers market. In her approximately 15-minute speech, Gabelich talked about some of the new businesses, new parks and new open spaces that came into being in the 8th district during the past eight years. She described public art and new opportunities for youth. She recalled how she and many others joined together to prevent the extinction of the Long Beach Municipal Band due to the city’s budget woes. “We have seen many improvements in the 8th district, but cer-

tainly challenges remain,” she said. “One of the biggest is the loss of (the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency). Most of the projects that I have mentioned were made possible because of funding from the redevelopment agency (RDA).” She stressed that funding for BKBIA projects and the future of several unfinished projects– the new North Long Beach Library, the retail development at Atlantic Avenue and South Street, the new soccer fields and park at Oregon Avenue and Del Amo Boulevard, and the development of vacant parcels on Long Beach Boulevard– are now in doubt because of the state’s elimination of all RDAs. Gabelich ended with good news about soon-to-be completed projects in the district, including more

CIty oF SIGnAL HILL TST3997 NoTICE oF oRDINANCE ADoPTIoN Ordinance No. 2012-02-1443 was introduced at the City Council meeting of February 7, 2012, and adopted by the City Council at their meeting of Tuesday, February 21, 2012. A summary of the ordinance is as follows: 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 The ordinance was adopted by the following vote: AYES:

Mayor Larry Forester, Vice Mayor Tina L. Hansen, Council Members Michael J. Noll, Ellen Ward, Edward H.J. Wilson NOES: None ABSENT: None ABSTAIN: None

Pursuant to Signal Hill City Charter Section 315, this ordinance shall become effective 30 days from and after the date of its adoption. A certified copy of the full text of the ordinance is available in the City Clerk’s Office. Kathleen L. Pacheco City Clerk Published in the Signal-Tribune newspaper on February 24, 2012. Posted at City Hall, Library, Discovery Well Park, and Reservoir Park on February 24, 2012.

than $1.6 million in infrastructure improvements. She also noted that she will finally get to see the realization of a goal she has had for eight years– the re-painting (financed by the two ports and Union Pacific Railroad) of all five railroad bridges in the district to do away with graffiti. She added that cameras have been installed at all bridge locations (with RDA funds) to deter graffiti vandals from marring the bridges in the future. Gabelich thanked all 8th district residents for allowing her to serve them for two terms. “It’s been a tremendous ride and one that I will never forget,” she said. “I might be leaving office, but I won’t be leaving the community, so we’ll see what comes next.” When she was finished talking, the audience gave her a long, loud round of applause. Blair Cohn, executive director of the BKBIA, spoke next. He gave

FeBruAry 24, 2012 Gabelich and her staff a lot of the credit for the progress that has been made in Bixby Knolls in the past few years. “We have been working together for the greater good of this area,” he said. In his approximately 30-minute presentation, Cohn described most of the progress made and challenges faced by the BKBIA that he discussed in an interview published in the Feb. 3 issue of the Signal Tribune. Agreeing with Gabelich, Cohn stressed that the dismantling of the RDA is the BKBIA’s biggest challenge. “We do have a 10-year contract (with the RDA), and this is the first year of it,” he noted. “We have been told that this is an enforceable obligation.” He explained however that it may be months before the powers that be decide on whether a small part of the revenues that were once the RDA’s will continue to fund BKBIA projects.

Cohn said that, for now, the association will continue moving forward with new events and other ways to encourage people to patronize local businesses. He added that, if necessary, the association will try to develop strategies for replacing the lost RDA funding. “It takes a lot of people to do what we do,” he added. “This is not the Blair Cohn show. There are a lot of people that I work with every day.” He explained that without the help of city officials, the BKBIA board of directors and staff, local business owners and residents, neighborhood associations, the police department, and the artists and musicians that participate in events, many of the improvements in Bixby Knolls would not have happened.

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Community celebrates grand opening of renovated and historic palace that now serves as apartments for emancipated foster youth Life just got better for 13 former foster youth. On Wednesday, Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster, 4th District Councilmember Patrick O’Donnell, The Long Beach Housing Development Company (LBHDC), LINC Housing, and United Friends of the Children (UFC) celebrated the grand opening of The Palace, a renovated building that includes 13 apartments for young adults who have aged out of the foster-care system. “The Palace will provide a stable home to hundreds of young adults working toward gaining employment, finding their own apartment, and completing their education,” Foster said. “Today is a day for celebration as we empower these young adults on their journey to become successful and independent adults.” In Los Angeles County, more than 22,000 children are in foster care, and every year 1,400 emancipate. Without meaningful intervention, many of these young people will become homeless or chronically unemployed within two to four years of leaving foster care. In California, 36 percent of foster youth become homeless within 18 months of emancipation. These alarming statistics were the backdrop for LINC, UFC and Long Beach's partnership to create a better future for these young adults. “When I first learned about this crisis from a PBS documentary I saw 15 years ago, I knew we needed to be part

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the Belmont Shore Business Association (BSBA), said detectives are still investigating the situations and that the BSBA has not heard anything

EYE ON CRIME Crimes reported by the LBPD Feb. 14 to 17 Council Districts 6 (North of PCH) 7 & 8 (East of the L.A. River & North to Del Amo Blvd.) tuesday, Feb. 14 Robbery 10am– 2600 block of Pacific Avenue An adult male suspect entered a local business, threatened violence and demanded money from the cashier. The suspect took money from the cashier and fled prior to police arriving. There were no injuries. Saturday, Feb. 18 Shots call 11:30pm– 1700 block of Pacific Coast Highway Officers responded to a call of shots fired in the area and discovered that a house and vehicle had been struck by gunfire. No injuries were reported. Sunday, Feb. 19 Robbery 8:30pm– 2400 block of Long Beach Boulevard Three male suspects entered a business armed with guns and robbed the cashier. No injuries were reported. Monday, Feb. 20 Commercial burglary 2:30am– 3600 block of Atlantic Avenue A local business was burglarized during the evening hours. Officers are investigating the crime, and there is no suspect information at this time. Commercial burglary 2:30am– 4300 block of Atlantic Avenue The front door of a local business was smashed, and the business was burglarized. The investigation is ongoing.

of a solution,” said O’Donnell. “The Palace is a result of public and private sectors working together to be part of the solution, providing the resources and services to support foster youth at the crucial transitional moments in their lives.” The renovation of the historic 1920s hotel began in summer 2010. In addition to the 13 studio apartments, the building includes a manager's unit, common areas and offices for program services. Ground-floor retail space will be occupied by iCracked, an iPhone and iPad repair service that will hire residents from The Palace. The renovation includes a variety of sustainability features including Energy Star appliances, recycled materials, a high-efficiency HVAC system and dual-flush toilets. Photovoltaic solar panels and ClearEdge5 fuel cell technology are also incorporated to help reduce utility costs. The building is registered with the U.S. Green Building Council and is expected to achieve LEED Gold certification. “The Long Beach Housing Development Company recognizes that there is a tremendous need to provide affordable housing opportunities to young adults aging out of the foster care system,” said Patrick Brown, chair of The LBHDC. “Through a coordinated and committed approach with our partners, we were able to deliver the first project of its kind into the City of Long

Beach– helping to ensure the success of emancipated foster youth.” “Housing is a vital foundation for everyone,” said Hunter L. Johnson, LINC's president and CEO. “It’s been incredibly rewarding to watch the transformation of this historic building, and it will be even more rewarding to see these young adults successfully transition from foster care to independence. LINC is proud to help create this place of hope.” Barry, a new resident at The Palace, summed it up when he said, “I come from a life of struggle and a heart of hope, the Palace is my hope.” As residents enjoy their own apartments, they’ll also take part in UFC’s innovative Pathways Transitional Living program. The program, now offered at six housing facilities throughout Los Angeles County, serves more than 100 youth annually, creating enduring relationships and challenging program participants to better themselves in a safe and secure environment. “UFC’s prides itself on delivering quality programs that achieve lifechanging results for LA’s foster youth,” adds Polly Williams, president of UFC. “Our College Readiness Program has achieved a staggering 95-percent high-school graduation rate, our College Sponsorship program sees 70 percent of all participants earn their bachelors degree, and our Pathways

program has helped enable 86 percent of its active alumni to find stable housing and 74 percent secure employment.” A portion of the $6.2 million in funding for The Palace came from the federal stimulus package included in The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and created many local construction jobs. Additional funds came from the LBHDC, The Federal Home Loan Bank, U.S. Bank, and Preservation Partners Development. Funds supporting the fuel cells and photovoltaic

solar panels were provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation through the National Trust Loan Fund, and a grant from The Ahmanson Foundation paid for the apartment and common area furnishings as well as the rooftop furniture. Financial support from the Long Beach Navy Memorial Heritage Association helped fund the historic restoration of the neon hotel sign and brick repainting, and a grant from The Home Depot Foundation helped support the sustainable design and LEED certification.

regarding an arrest. “I’m trying to encourage [businesses] to not take them and to ask for another form of payment,” she said. “If they’re suspicious, police have suggested calling 9-1-1.” Rossi also encourages businesses to no longer use pens to verify currency, but to purchase fraud-fighter machines. The $100 devices allow bills to be placed under a light to detect if they are fraudulent or not. In addition, the device verifies identification, debit and credit cards.

Long Beach Police Department Commander Michael Beckman informed business owners in an email Feb. 18 that the attempted passing of forged currency is considered a high-priority call. An officer would be dispatched immediately if anyone is presented with what is believed to be a counterfeit bill. Although the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association (BKBIA) has yet to report any counterfeit currency, the association has sent emails out to their businesses

informing them of the various instances with fraudulent activity or burglaries and providing them with safety tips from the police department. BKBIA Project Manager Krista Leaders said it’s been over a year since the area had an incident related to counterfeit bills. “We just want to give all the businesses a heads up on what they can do to be proactive,” she said. Under California Penal Code 470, forgery can be charged under a

misdemeanor or felony. If convicted under misdemeanor forgery, criminals face a maximum county jail sentence of one year. Felony charges equate to a sentencing of 16 months or two to three years in California State Prison. Both cases require paying fines, restitution to any victims and/or participation in community service.

Patrick Brown, board chair for The Long Beach Housing Development Company; 4th District Long Beach Councilmember Patrick O'Donnell; Mayor Bob Foster; Polly Williams, United Friends of the Children president; Ricardo, UFC alumnus; Barry, new Palace resident; Hunter Johnson, LINC Housing president and CEO; and Pat West, Long Beach city manager at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for The Palace, a renovated building that includes 13 apartments for young adults who have aged out of the foster-care system.

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