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Two years after his leukemia diagnosis, teen patient to ride in Tour of LB bike ride

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Danny Sweeney, 19, who was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia two years ago, has been training to participate in this weekend’s Tour of Long Beach bike ride

Two years ago, Danny Sweeney never thought he’d see the day when he’d be able to join the Rossmoor Pastries cycling team in the Tour of Long Beach. When he was 17, he began experiencing extreme exhaustion and was looking very pale. After having a series of blood tests in the pediatric emergency department at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach, he and his family got the devastating news that he had

AML, acute myeloid leukemia– a form of cancer of the myeloid line of blood cells. At first, Sweeney was very scared about his diagnosis and what lay ahead for him. He had no idea what AML was and at first thought he was going to die. “I didn’t know anything about cancer,” he said. “I had very little hope after my diagnosis.” Within the first few hours of his see sWeeNey page 8

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Robin Sweeney, 20, (left) and Ryan Sweeney, 15, (center) pictured with their brother Danny Sweeney (far right) when he was undergoing treatment for leukemia at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach two years ago

The Signal Hill City Council unanimously voted on May 1 to support an LA County initiative that proposes to fund efforts to comply with mandates to fight pollution of surface-water runoff by levying another fee on property owners. If the initiative moves forward, property owners will be given the opportunity to vote on the new fee. City Attorney David Aleshire explained the need to pass a resolution in favor of the initiative, indicating

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A heavily traveled section of Willow Street between Redondo and Grand avenues has been rehabilitated, and more than 3,500 tons of materials are being recycled as part of the project, according to a press release issued this week by the City of Long Beach. “This project is yet another example of how we’re improving our infrastructure and investing in our future,” said Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster. The work consisted of resurfacing the pavement; replacing damaged curbs and gutters, driveways, alley entrances and sidewalks; reconstructing areas of deteriorated pavement; installing pavement markers, markings, traffic striping, signing and curb paint; and trimming trees and shaving roots. “Repairing this important road is great for the community,” said Fifth District Councilmember Gerrie Schipske. “Now we can all enjoy a smoother ride, wherever we are headed.”

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Myrter’s projections, the City’s proposed environmental program expenditures will total approximately $920,000 for the FY 2012-13. The cost to comply with the regulations takes up a significant chunk of the City’s budget, but the City may have help covering these costs if property owners eventually approve new fees from the county-sponsored initiative. Los Angeles County has offered the Water Quality Funding Initiative (WQFI) as a means to provide a dedi-

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that the City will be saddled with high costs to comply with environmental standards. “If you don’t [support the initiative], and this doesn’t pass, you’re still going to have the regulatory ball rolling toward you with no way to pay for it,” Aleshire told the Council Tuesday night. Director of Public Works Steve Myrter on Tuesday night described just how big that “regulatory ball” will be and how much it will cost the City to comply with surface-water runoff quality standards. According to

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Calif. Attorney General Harris announces passage of bills to combat human trafficking Attorney General Kamala D. Harris has announced that two bills in the fight against human trafficking passed out of legislative committees last week. The votes came during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, an opportunity to remember victims and advocate for victims’ rights. One bill will aid in recovering money for victims of human trafficking, and the second bill will require that predators convicted of even one instance of sex trafficking of a minor

forfeit any profits earned from their crimes. Harris issued a press release last week indicating that this legislative package continues her commitment to fighting human trafficking. As District Attorney of San Francisco, she cosponsored the California Human Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2005, which first made human trafficking a felony. Since taking office, she has convened meetings across the state with law-enforcement agencies, nongovernmental organizations and victim advocates to assess the status of human trafficking efforts in California and determine next steps. She has also launched a website to connect various anti-trafficking groups across the state and provide tools to help Californians identify and report human trafficking in their communities. The website also has help for victims available in 18 languages. “Human trafficking is a criminal industry that is expanding rapidly across the globe, including here in California,” Harris said. “I am proud to sponsor these bills against human trafficking and am committed to this fight. The same transnational gangs that traffic drugs and guns across our border also traffic human beings and we must counter their threat.” The first bill, Senate Bill 1133 (Support for Victims of Human Trafficking), prevents all criminals convicted of sex trafficking minors from retaining any financial benefits from their participation in this crime. The bill authorizes the forfeiture of defendant property upon proof of only one instance of sex trafficking of a minor, as opposed to more than one instance under current law. The bill also expands the scope of property subject to forfeiture and provides a formula to redirect these resources to organizations that provide treatment and services for victims of human trafficking. It passed the Senate Public Safety Committee last week on a 7-to-0 vote. “Sex trafficking of minors is a horrendous crime that is driven by the prospect of lucrative profits,” said Senator Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, author of SB 1133. “This legislation aims to deprive convicted criminals of the financial resources and assets that

would allow them to continue luring young people into the sex trade. In turn, proceeds from those forfeitures would rightfully be used to help victims begin to repair their lives.” Jenny Williamson, founder of Courage to be You, an organization that has a long-term residential home for human-trafficking victims, testified in support of the bill. “The perpetrators of these young girls keep all proceeds, and when the girls come to us, they have nothing but the clothes on their back they were used to sell their bodies for,” she said. “So as a provider of victim services, we take on all those expenses for these victims.” The second bill, Assembly Bill 2466 (Preservation of Assets for Victims of Human Trafficking), will require that more victims of human trafficking receive restitution. Under California law, victims are entitled to mandatory restitution; however there are no laws to help prevent human trafficking defendants from liquidating and hiding their assets before conviction. Assembly Bill 2466 would allow a court to order the preservation of the assets and property by persons charged with human trafficking. The bill passed the Assembly Judiciary Committee today on unanimous vote. “Trafficking is slavery, and it's a growing problem right here in California,” said Bob Blumenfield, D-San Fernando Valley, author of AB 2466. “We must give prosecutors the tools they need to confront this despicable crime and bring justice to victims, including the restitution they need to rebuild their lives. Passing my bill into law will help accomplish that.” Human trafficking is estimated to be a $9-billion worldwide industry, with more than 14,500 individuals trafficked each year into the United States, according to Harris's office. The trafficking is often done by transnational gangs that transport guns, drugs and human beings across the border into California. For additional information, visit the Attorney General's Human Trafficking in California website at http://oag.ca.gov/human-trafficking . Source: CA Attorney General’s office

LBPD homicide detectives arrest man for murder of his live-in girlfriend On Tuesday, May 1, at approximately 6pm, Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) officers responded to a residential complex in the 100 block of Ellis Street to check

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the well-being of a woman, which resulted in the discovery of a deceased adult female. Officers arrived at the complex and found the woman, who is only being identified as a 51-year-old resident of Long Beach until next of kin can be notified, who had sustained obvious trauma to her upper body. Paramedics responded to the scene and determined the woman was deceased at the scene. LBPD homicide detectives responded and launched an investigation. On Wednesday, they were able locate the victim’s boyfriend, a 49year-old resident of Long Beach, at a residence in Compton. He was arrested and booked for murder, and he is being held at the Long Beach City Jail without bail. The preliminary investigation revealed that the victim and suspect both resided at the location, and the last time anyone else had seen the victim was Monday, April 30. Detectives believe that a domestic dispute was the motive for the incident. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office will determine the time and official cause of death. Anyone who may have information regarding this incident is asked to contact LBPD Homicide Detectives Mark McGuire and Greg Krabbe at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted via text or web by visiting tipsoft.com. Source: LBPD

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Long Beach student appointed to u.S. Naval Academy Long Beach student Richard Thomas recently accepted an appointment to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, upon nomination by Congresswoman Laura Richardson. “I am excited to attend the U.S. Naval Academy and, upon graduation, serve my country,” said Thomas, who graduated as a Distinguished Scholar from Wilson Classical High School in 2011 where he was also a member of the school’s water polo and swim teams. In his junior year at Wilson, he helped set a new school record in the 4 x 100 freestyle relay and also achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He volunteered as a camp counselor at Camp Tahquitz in the San Bernardino Mountains and also worked as a lifeguard at the Jewish Community Center in Long Beach. Thomas pursued a postgraduate year at The Hill School in

Pottstown, Pennsylvania, on an athletic scholarship from the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation in preparation for the Naval Academy. He was also a member of Hill’s water polo and swim teams. In addition to the challenges as a midshipmen, Thomas will be a member of the Naval Academy’s water polo team. He plans to be in the class of 2016 and upon graduation will have a fiveyear commitment to serve in the United States Navy. Founded in 1845 by Secretary of the Navy George Bancroft, the Naval Academy started as the Naval School on 10 acres of old Fort Severn in Annapolis. Since then, the Academy gives midshipmen the up-to-date academic and professional training they need to be effective naval officers in their assignments after graduation. Source: Thomas Law Firm

ONE MAN’S “TRASH” What Community yard sale Who Hosted by Signal Hill Community Foundation Where Signal Hill Park, 2175 Cherry Ave. When Saturday, May 5 from 8am to noon More info Residents of Signal Hill and surrounding areas will have their personal items on display for purchase. Admission is free. Call (562) 989-7330. KEEPING DISPOSAL GREEN AND SAFE What Annual e-waste drive and shred fest Who Hosted by the office of 8th District Councilmember Rae Gabelich Where Scherer Park, corner of Atlantic Avenue and Del Amo Boulevard When Saturday, May 5 from 9am to noon More info Donations are tax-deductible. Attendees will have the opportunity to properly dispose of old computer monitors, TVs, plasma screens, DVD players, cell phones and other electronics. The first five boxes will be shredded for free. Any additional boxes will be $5 per box. Proceeds go directly to Goodwill’s skill development and employment programs for individuals dealing with barriers to employment. All cell phones will be donated to Su Casa-Ending Domestic Violence to help battered woman successfully transition out of abusive homes. Call (562) 570-6685 .

Richard Thomas was recently appointed to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, upon nomination by Congresswoman Laura Richardson.

Police believe suspect attempted suicide after killing 9-year-old girl On Saturday, April 28, at approximately 11am, Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) officers responded to a parking lot located near the southeast corner of Woodruff Avenue and Willow Street to assist the Long Beach Fire Department with two bodies that had been discovered by someone driving through the area. When officers arrived, they learned that the body of a 9-year-old girl, who is not being identified, had been found on the ground in the parking lot. She had received lacerations to her upper body and been deter-

mined deceased at the scene by paramedics. The suspect, a male adult found near the victim, had sustained what detectives believe to be selfinflicted lacerations to various parts of his body. He was transported to a local hospital and is currently listed in stable condition. The preliminary investigation indicates that the suspect and victim, both Long Beach residents, shared a parent/child relationship. It is believed that the suspect caused these injuries to the victim and then attempted to commit suicide. However, a motive is

unknown at this time, and the investigation remains ongoing. The suspect has been placed under arrest and will be booked for murder pending his release from the hospital. Anyone who may have any information regarding this incident is asked to call Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Scott Lasch and Donald Goodman at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted via text or web at tipsoft.com. Source: LBPD

Alley stabbing victim succumbs to his wounds On Thursday, April 26, a male adult victim from a stabbing that occurred on April 14 in an alley in the 1500 block of Pacific Avenue was pronounced deceased. The victim, identified as 20-yearold Yoani Flores of Long Beach, had been in the alley located west of Pacific Avenue with an acquaintance when they became involved in a dispute with one another. It was during that dispute that the suspect, identified

as 20-year-old Arturo Villareal of Long Beach, stabbed Flores in the upper body. Flores was transported to a local hospital in critical condition where he remained until his death. The suspect, who was still at the scene when officers arrived, was taken into custody that night. He remains in custody at the Los Angeles County Jail and is being held on $1,050,000 bail. A motive for the dispute is

unknown, and the investigation remains ongoing. Detectives do not believe the incident was gang-related. Anyone who may have any information regarding the incident is asked to contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Hugo Cortes and Peter Lackovic at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be provided via text or web by visiting tipsoft.com. Source: LBPD

Signal Hill’s Discovery Well Park to undergo turf renovation through June 15 The City of Signal Hill will initiate a turf-renovation project at Discovery Well Park at Temple Avenue and Hill Street that will necessitate the temporary closure of the park’s grass area and picnic tables. The project is expected to last from Monday, May 7

to Friday, June 15. The playground, basketball court, ball wall and community center will still be available. A press release issued by the City Monday indicates that the project is expected to be completed in time for

the ARC (After-school Recreation Club) summer program to begin on June 18. MORE INFORMATION (562) 989-7330

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MAY THE DAY BE FULL OF DANCE What May Day Festival Who Hosted by the Wilmore City Historic District Where Drake Park, 951 Maine Ave., LB When Saturday, May 5 from 1pm to 4pm More info The festival will include Maypole dancing led by the Dalmation-American Club and Narodni Folk Dancers. Free activities for children include a bounce house and games led by Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine. Friend’s House at Drake Park will host a free book giveaway. A health fair will also provide attendees with information and screening services. Call (562) 773-9726 . CRAFTING A GIFT FOR MOM What Creation station for kids Who Hosted by Rancho Los Cerritos Where 4600 Virginia Rd., LB When Saturday, May 5 from 1pm to 5pm More info The free drop-in program is open to families with children ages 6 to 11. The theme is “Fun with Nature,” and participants will decorate a keepsake box with shells and other natural materials as Mother’s Day gifts. Kids will also be able to create old-fashioned dolls with cornhusks. Call (562) 570-1755 . STORYTELLING A JOURNEY OF COURAGE What An afternoon with author Oni Vitandham Who Presented by Portfolio Coffeehouse Where 2300 E. 4th St., LB When Saturday, May 5 from 2pm to 5pm More info The author of On the Wings of a White Horse: A Camobodian Princess’s Story of Surviving the Khmer Rouge Genocide will share her story of survival in the face of a genocide and personal hardships. Call (562) 434-2486 . REVISITING A SILENCED ERA What 3rd annual silent film fundraiser Who Presented by the Rising TIDE at Marguerite Kieffer Education Center Where The sanctuary of Covenant Presbyterian Church, 607 E. Third St., LB When Saturday, May 5 at 7:30pm More info The screening of the 1928 comedy Steamboat Bill Jr. will be accompanied by live organ music provided by Robert Salisbury at the console of the Lough Memorial Organ. Tickets for the event are available for a donation of $10 per person in advance or $15 per person at the door. Call the church office at (562) 437-0958 for ticket inquiries. Free parking will be available. MEET THE LOCAL PRESS What “Meet the Press” event Who Hosted by the North LB Community Action Group Where North Police Substation, 4891 Atlantic Ave. When Saturday, May 6 from 2pm to 4pm More info Representatives from local newspapers will be on hand to describe what they do, how they report, and how the public may get their information to them. RSVP at (562) 428-7710. FA-LA-LA What Choral festival Who Presented by three local United Methodist Church choir Where Lakewood First United Methodist Church, 4300 Bellflower Blvd., Lakewood When Sunday, May 6 at 2pm More info Admission is free, and a reception will follow the program. Visit lakewoodfirstumchurch.com or call (562) 425-1219. THE NEXT SUPPER What Bixby Knolls Supper Club Who Hosted by Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association Where Aura Thai & Bella Pizza, 4085 Atlantic Ave. When Monday, May 7 at 6:30pm More info Reservations a must. RSVP to info@bixbyknollsinfo.com . The Supper Club supports local restaurants on Monday nights, which are typically slow nights. PATRIOTIC GRILLING What Red, white and blue western barbecue Who Presented by the Long Beach Area Republican Party Where El Dorado Big White Tent, 2800 N. Studebaker Rd. When Wednesday, May 9 from 6pm to 8:30pm More info Attendees will have the opportunity to meet a few of the local candidates and precinct leaders. Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpapers Association, will be the event’s featured speaker. Cost is $50 per person. RSVP at (562) 4241246 or by emailing michele@longbeachrepublicans.org . MAKING ENGLISH TEAHERS PROUD What Bixby Knolls Literary Society meeting Who Hosted by the BKBIA Where Expo Arts Center, 4321 Atlantic Ave. When Wednesday, May 9 at 7pm More info This month’s title is I, Claudius by Robert Graves. Parking available along Atlantic Avenue. Refreshments will be provided. Call (562) 595-0081.

You CANNOT Tax Your Way to Prosperity. Two candidates whose names will be on the June 5 ballot are opening new campaign offices. The Mathews for Congress campaign has opened a new headquarters at 4501 E. Carson St., one block from Long Beach City Col-

lege, to run the race to elect Peter Mathews, a professor of political science at Cypress College, to the U.S. Congress to represent California’s newly drawn 47th District. Congressmember Janice Hahn, who currently

represents the 36th District in the U.S. House, officially opened a new Hahn for Congress campaign office in San Pedro on May 3. The campaign will also open a Compton office this month.

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The intersection of Wardlow Road and Orange Avenue is currently undergoing road construction, and traffic lanes are being temporarily redirected with orange cones. “The improvements in Bixby Knolls continue with the repaving of Wardlow Road from Cherry Avenue to the 405 Freeway,” said 7th District Councilmember James Johnson. “When construction is complete, Bixby Knolls neighborhoods will have a road that reflects the pride residents have in the community. This new road will also serve as a proper gateway to the business corridor on Atlantic Avenue and help us attract businesses and customers to the area.” The repaving project is the latest in the improvements undertaken in that area. In March, the California Heights historic district received new traffic signals just north of the current road construction, on Orange Avenue and 36th Street, to enhance safety at that busy intersection.

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Publisher by Neena Strichart One of my fondest Signal Hill Elementary School memories is that of attending 6thgrade camp. Most Baby Boomers who attended Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) pre-junior high remember it well; for some of us, it was our first time away from home. I was recently chatting with my gal pal Judy about camp, and she too remembers the experience. Whereas I loved being away from home and trying new foods, Judy did not. It was apparently her first sojourn away from her family, and the thought of eating unfamiliar foods put her on a bit of a hunger strike. She especially found the idea of eating oatmeal to be, as she puts it, “disgusting!” Well,

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Lakewood/Long Beach Knights of Pythias have served the Greater Long Beach community for the last 68 years, providing a range of services to children and youth. It is most known for providing seven-day wilderness camping adventures for youth between 9 and 11 years of age at the Pythian Youth Camp in the heart of the Sequoia National Forest. Board of directors member Mel Pinkham is especially dedicated to making sure that children from Las Brisas in Signal Hill and Grisham Community Housing in Long Beach will get the chance to camp this summer. To make sure it happens he has come up with an amazing fundraiser to help put together the money needed to do just that. The Pythian Youth Foundation has received a donation of an instruction in flight-simulator training from Flight Safety International. The drawing will take place May 18 at the Pythian state convention in Oxnard. The winner of the drawing and two guests will receive instructions from a professional pilot instructor on an advanced technology Gulfstream Business Jet Aircraft

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simulator at the Gulfstream Training Center in Long Beach. As an extra bonus, the winner and two guests will dine at the Chelsea Chowder House and Bar aboard the Queen Mary. According to Mr. Pinkham, the prize is worth more than $5,000! Cost for the tickets? Just $5 each! With the date for the drawing fast approaching, I have offered to reach out to our readers, tell you about the opportunity and allow you to buy tickets at our office, 939 E. 27th Street in Signal Hill. Please make checks out to Pythian Youth Foundation of California or bring exact change in cash. No credit cards will be accepted. What if you won? Wouldn’t it make a great Mother’s Day or Father’s Day gift? How about a trip into the wild, blue yonder for a new graduate... or your favorite employee….or me? Last day to buy tickets from us will be Monday, May 14. Good luck. We will be announcing the winner as soon as we get the news! For more about Knights of Pythias go to pythianyouthfoundation.com .

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Local brunch gives Long Beach constituents opportunity to meet candidates in casual setting The Long Beach Dairy and Creamery Historic Landmark in north Long Beach, along with several neighborhood associations, hosted a candidate brunch on April 21 to give constituents the opportunity to meet face-to-face with candidates seeking office on the state and federal levels and whose names will appear on the ballot in the June 5 election. In attendance were Congressional candidates seeking the newly formed 47th Congressional District seat: Gary DeLong, Steve Kuykendall and Sanford Kahn. Rep. Laura Richardson, who currently represents California’s 37th Congressional district, as well as State Assembly incumbent Bonnie Lowenthal and challenger Martha Flores-Gibson, were also present. All those candidates participated in video-recorded interviews with LBReport.com’s Bill Pearl. Last week, the Signal Tribune shared transcribed excerpts from the interviews with Flores-Gibson, Lowenthal and Richardson. The following are portions of the discussions with DeLong, Kahn and Kuykendall. Gary DeLong Pearl started his discussion with DeLong by mentioning that the Long Beach City Council, on which DeLong currently represents the 3rd District, voted to support a change in federal law that would make medical marijuana available as a prescription drug at pharmacies. Pearl asked the councilmember if that is something he would support if he is elected to Congress. “You know, I’m going to support all my constituents,” DeLong said. “If that’s the City of Long Beach’s position, it’s my responsibility to support it, and I do think we need more federal guidance on that marijuana issue. You’ve got the states doing one thing, cities trying to figure it out, federal has a different guideline. I think it’s time to update the federal standards and then apply it equally across the board.” Pearl mentioned that, if DeLong is elected to Congress, he will be lobbied. “Suppose the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) came to you, or JetBlue came to you if you were in Congress and said, ‘You know what? We’d like to have some later night flights at Long Beach Airport, and we can probably get a few more flights in there as well.’ What would you tell them?” Pearl asked. DeLong responded by saying that Long Beach citizens have clearly voiced their opinions on that matter by saying they love the airport and they think it’s great just the way it is. “We have a solid ordinance, and we’re going to protect it,” DeLong said. Pearl then asked DeLong about SB 568, a bill introduced by State Senator Alan Lowenthal that would regulate Styrofoam containers, which the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce opposed but the City Council unanimously supported during a Council meeting from which DeLong was absent. “Obviously, I’m a strong supporter and advocate of the environment,” DeLong said. “I led the effort to clean up the water quality in the Alamitos Bay. We went from Ds and Fs when I first assumed office– now we’re As and Bs. I’ve equipped all the storm drains... I’ve supported the plastic-bag ban. So, I’m a strong advocate environmentally. However, and there is

a ‘however,’ I don’t think now’s the time for that legislation. I think businesses are barely getting by. The last thing I want to do is add more expense to the restaurant which might either lead them out of business or, if they end up having to increase their prices, they’re going to pass that on to our residents. And, frankly, our residents are struggling right now, making ends meet.” Sanford Kahn Pearl began his interview with Kahn by mentioning that he noticed on the FEC website that Kahn has put almost $10,000 of his own money into his race. “That is correct,” Kahn said. “I am financing it, the great, great majority, on my own. I am not beholden to any special interests, except for the people in the district. That’s it.” Pearl then asked Kahn why he is conducting his campaign that way, to which Kahn responded: “Because, first of all, I ran before, and maybe some people remember, in the 1980s I ran against Glenn Anderson twice, and, I believe, at that time I used economic issues, which were important, but guess what– they’re even more important now, and it’s an open seat, open primary, which we didn’t have before, and the problems are much more pressing now than they were in the ‘80s.” Pearl asked Kahn why he thinks no Orange County Republican groups have endorsed him, considering that the bullet points on his website are “the kinds of things that conservative Republicans would like.” Kahn said that he hasn’t received those endorsements for two reasons: he hasn’t sought them out, and he didn’t think the endorsements are that important. “The same old, same old isn’t working anymore,” Kahn said. “If this was the 1980s, yeah, I’d say you have a good point. But it’s not the 1980s. We’ve got real problems, and the same old, same old isn’t working. So I didn’t go for endorsements. I didn’t want to be the same old, same old candidate.” Pearl then directed his interview with Kahn toward taxes. “My wife and I own a house, and you want to take away my homeowner’s deduction from me and put in this flat tax,” Pearl said. “Tell me about this.” Kahn said he is indeed espousing a true flat-rate income tax between 15 and 17 percent with a large standard deduction. “How important is a mortgageinterest deduction– the tax is 16 cents on the dollar– how much are you really saving? Isn’t it more important to get real-estate prices up by getting the economy moving and people employed? That’s the best thing that could happen to real estate.” “Wait a minute,” Pearl said. “If you take away the real-estate deduction, you say that real-estate prices will go up? I say they’ll go down.” “No,” Kahn said. “Not if the economy– two things: psychologically speaking, people want to own something...especially if they have families, they want to have a house. So, there’s a demand for it. What’s the best way of making sure people can afford it? They’re working. The economy’s growing. It’s moving... We’re going back to the way it was, before the real estate of speculation. A home is not a bank. It should be a place to live... people got into the mentality “We can make really big money off of it.” Those days are gone now. We’re going back to the way

Sen. Lowenthal to host free financial workshop for retirees Sen. Alan Lowenthal will host a free “Dollars & Sense” financial workshop in Long Beach on Friday, May 4. Presented by financial professionals from the California Society of Certified Public Accountants, the workshop will offer tips for retirees and those planning for retirement who are looking to better manage their money. The workshop will touch on many retirement-related topics, including: how to live on a retirement, how variable annuities work, where to live in retirement, long-term care insurance,

understanding Medicare, and minimizing taxes through estate planning. Running from 10am to 11:30am, the workshop will be conducted at the Alpert Jewish Community Center (AJCC), 3801 E. Willow St. Refreshments will be provided. In addition to the AJCC, the event is also being sponsored by the Jewish Family & Children's Services and the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program. To make a reservation for the workshop, contact AJCC Retired & Senior Volunteer Program Director Diane Johnson at (562) 506-2801.

it was. You buy a home for the family. That’s it.” Steve Kuykendall “If you’re elected to Congress, what would you like to see done in the first 90 days,” Pearl asked Kuykendall. “Oh, man. I’d like us to quit going from crisis to crisis, and start dealing with appropriations bills like we ought to, and making sure we pass a budget that we can then in turn put appropriations bills under,” Kuykendall said in response. “And that would be the first thing. Some of those starter things... right now, we just can’t manage to get [ourselves] off one crisis and go to the next one, whether it’s the debt crisis, or is it the bond-rating crisis, or is it some crisis about the healthcare program. It’s one after the other, and we just have to start making the trains run on time, for starters, and then just leveling out the spending and turning it down.” Pearl asked Kuykendall how he thinks President Obama has performed where the situation in Iran is concerned. “He’s a disaster, as far as I’m concerned,” Kuykendall said. “He’s just a disaster. I would imagine maybe that’s not as couth as I should be, but, I mean, we’re trying to button that place up... trying to put sanctions on the place. And maybe this batch are going to have a little bite to them, which we haven’t been able to do in the past. But this guy (Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad) is still bartering for spare parts for his military. He’s still bartering for his fuel. He’s still got people buying stuff for him and getting it into his country. Our only option is we’ve got to keep that country from going nuclear, and we’ve got to do so without going to war again. So, those aren’t easy options, and we’re going to do it with a strong military that can make it real impressive upon him that [says], ‘By the way, you know, this is a no-win for you.’ And, at the same time, with a strong economic hammer on him that says ‘It’s time, folks, internally for you to have a change of leadership.” Pearl asked Kuykendall what he would do about bringing gas prices down. “Gasoline and oil are world commodities,” Kuykendall said. “They are not something that we set the price for, in southern California or even in the United States, quite frankly. To me, the two or three things that we could do, and none of them are going to work quickly... about the only thing I think you could do quickly is you could cut the taxes on gasoline in California, which, we’re the second-highest gasoline tax in the nation, I believe. To give you an idea, between me and my brother in Oklahoma, [California’s] price is 35 cents a gallon more just [from] taxes alone.” Kuykendall said he believes the bigger issue is that the U.S. needs an energy policy that recognizes that we are not energy-independent, that the United States is wealthy in resources that include coal, natural gas and oil, as well as solar, wind and water power.

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JLLB to honor its former president with Helen Newcomb Award The Junior League of Long Beach (JLLB) will honor longtime community volunteer and JLLB member Pam Spoo with its Helen Newcomb Award at ceremonies on May 16 during the organization’s annual meeting. Each year, the JLLB honors a member who exemplifies the spirit of Helen Newcomb, founder of Long Beach’s Junior League chapter. “We are proud to honor Pam Spoo’s lifetime of excellence with JLLB’s top award,” said the league’s president, Samantha Fabrigas. “The JLLB stands on the shoulders of exemplary women like Pam, who began her volunteer training in our league. Pam demonstrates true passion and commitment to voluntarism and community leadership.” Spoo has been a member of JLLB since 1972 and led the organization as president in 1984 and 1985. She has served the community for more than 40 years as past president of the Long Beach Day Nursery and as a board member of Leadership Long Beach, Family Service Foundation, the Children’s Dental Clinic, and the American Cancer Society. She was PTA president at Minnie Gant Elementary, Hill Middle School, and Poly High Schools and a youth leader for Camp Fire and Cub Scouts. In 2001 she was selected as the Leadership Long Beach Alumnus of the Year and was appointed by the mayor to the City’s Relocation Appeals Board. She continues to volunteer at

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her grandchildren’s schools and with the Girl Scouts. “Pam has promoted voluntarism and has been a role model and mentor for hundreds of women throughout the years. Leading by example, she is admired by all who know her,” said Fabrigas. Spoo attended the University of California at Berkeley, received a degree in sociology from San Jose State, and completed graduate studies toward a master’s degree in counseling at CSULB. She was a social worker with Los Angeles County prior to entering the realestate profession in 1977 and is affiliated with Coldwell Banker Coastal Alliance. She was married to her late husband Ed for 43 years and has three grown children, Ashley Crocker, Mike Spoo, and Jeff Spoo, as well as five grandchildren.

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As part of National Bike Month, the inaugural Kidical Mass Bixby Knolls bike ride is set for Sunday, May 20 at 1pm and will start and finish at Los Cerritos Park, 3750 Del Mar Ave. According to a press release issued by the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association (BKBIA), Kidical Mass is a legal, safe and fun bike ride for kids, kids at heart and their families. The first ride took place in April 2008 in Eugene, Oregon, and has now spread to over a dozen communities throughout North America and beyond. The rides are meant to be familyfriendly bike rides through a community. “The event is a play on words of the often controversial Critical Mass bicycle movement,” said BKBIA Executive Director Blair

Cohn. “Kidical Mass Bixby Knolls is actually a partnership between the BKBIA, the 7th and 8th district council offices, [Long Beach] Mayor [Bob] Foster, North Division of LBPD, and Bikeable Communities. We will meet our mission of being a bikefriendly business district, promote the city’s bike agenda, teach kids bike safety, and promote our local businesses. It’s a total win for the area.” The ride will be led by Olympic cyclist and Long Beach Bike Ambassador Tony Cruz, and it will wind through the Los Cerritos neighborhood following all of the rules of the road. Prior to the start, Cruz will give a safety demonstration and teach basic rules that pertain to biking on the streets. The ride, which is about four miles long, will head to Georgie's

Place, 3850 Atlantic Avenue, where riders will have the opportunity to buy lunch and be treated to complimentary ice cream. There will be music, free tune-ups from Bixby Knolls bike shops Long Beach Cyclery and The Workshop, a Blessing of the Bikes hosted by Bixby Knolls Christian Church, yoga demonstrations from FreeSpirit Yoga, and information available from Safe Moves and Bikeable Communities. After lunch, riders will be escorted by event staff back to Los Cerritos Park using the bike lane on Bixby Road. Helmets are mandatory since it is a state law for children under 18. MORE INFORMATION bixbyknollsinfo.com/kidicalmass.html

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As the June 5 primary election nears, California Secretary of State Debra Bowen on Wednesday reiterated the balloting differences and similarities under the Top Two Candidates Open Primary Act. While the top-two primary law took effect in 2011, the June 2012 primary will be the first statewide election conducted under the new rules that changed how state constitutional, state legislative and U.S. congressional primaries are conducted in California. (The top-two primary law does not affect elections for U.S. President, county central committees or local offices.) “This is the first statewide election since California voters created the top-two primary system,” but California voters in every general election see a ballot on which several candidates are listed for one office.” Under the new top-two primary system, what used to be known as party-nominated offices are now called voter-nominated offices. Again, other than presidential, county central committees and local offices, all candidates running in a primary election for voter-nominated offices, regardless of their party preference, will appear on a single primary election ballot, and people can vote for any candidate. The top two overall vote-getters (not the top votegetter from each qualified political party) will move on to the November 6 General Election. Even if there

are only two candidates in the primary, a general election is still required. Party preference, previously known as party affiliation, is another new term under the top-two primary system. If a candidate indicated a preference for a qualified political party, the party will be printed by the candidate’s name on the ballot, as in past elections. A voter or candidate who does not indicate a preference for a political party, previously categorized as decline to state or a decline-to-state voter, is referred to as having no party preference (NPP). “From a voter’'s perspective, the new top-two primary law actually simplifies the process and offers more choices,” according to Bowen. “While voters still must select just one candidate for each office under the top-two primary, they get to choose from the entire pool of candidates running for each office instead of just a portion based on their political party preference.” Voters may still opt to vote for a qualified write-in candidate who is not listed on the ballot in the primary election. However, to advance to the general election for a voter-nominated office, a qualified write-in candidate must be one of the two candidates who receive the most votes in the primary election. Further information about primary elections in California is available at sos.ca.gov/elections/2012-elections/

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International City Theatre has taken a chance on a new musical in agreeing to stage the West Coast Premiere of The Fix. With book and lyrics by John Dempsey, and music by Dana P. Rowe, the show’s fictional treatment of election politics sees the process through anything but rose-colored glasses. Instead, it takes us to a place that could be far darker than the real thing, a feat one would hardly think possible. The production is cast well enough, with Adam Simmons in the leading role of Cal Chandler, the son of a presidential candidate who dies mid-campaign while having sex with a mistress. Consequently, the long indulged and undisciplined Cal becomes the unwitting heir to the family's political aspirations, despite his utter lack of political aptitude and thorough disinterest in holding office. Cal’s impossibly ambitious mother Violet, played a bit too stridently by Alix Corey, decides that if she can’t be first lady she will “settle” for being a president’s mother. The only somewhat interesting character in The Fix is Cal’s uncle Grahame (Sal Mistretta), the brains behind the Chandler family political success, who reluctantly agrees to run his nephew’s campaign activities. The icy Grahame, reminiscent of the foe of some superhero, walks with the assistance of crutches, having been the victim of polio as a child, and inexplicably obeys even the most unreasonable demands of his sister-inlaw. Violet and Grahame even find Cal the ideal political wife, played with Stepfordesque perfection by Carrie St. Louis. To illustrate just how unrelatable the show’s characters are, the most sympathetic is Cal’s mistress Tina (Melanie Fernandez), a prostitute and stripper who supplies Cal with the drugs he needs to continue the charade of an existence that has become his life. Fernandez performs quite a passable “pole dance” (but without the pole) in a num-

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San Luis Obispo. He graduated with honors in 2011 from Wilson High School in Long Beach. “I’m not sure where I want to go yet,” Sweeney said. “I do know that I want to be around people and not at a desk all day.” He says that having cancer has really made him focus on doing things he enjoys. “I say ‘yes’ to more things,” he said, “and don’t take things for granted.” Sweeney is one of 13 pediatric and young adult patients with cancer or serious blood disorders from the Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center (JJCCC) at Miller Children’s that are deemed “Tony’s Riders.” Teams of cyclists can choose one of “Tony’s Riders” for whom to raise money in the Tour of Long Beach fundraising event on Saturday, May 5 benefiting pediatric cancer research at JJCCC at Miller Children’s. In 2011, Rossmoor Pastries chose Sweeney as the pediatric cancer patient for whom they were going to ride, and this year, he is says he is excited to actually ride on this team and raise money for the hospital that helped him through his cancer journey. “I want to do anything I can to support the doctors and nurses that helped save my life,” he said. “It’s important to me to be a part of this.” Visit bikefestlb.com to read about more of “Tony’s Riders” and to register for the event to help raise money for the pediatric cancer research center. For more information, call (562) 933-1676. Source: Miller Children’s

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uSPS letter carriers to ‘stamp out hunger’ May 12; public asked to leave non-perishable food by their mailboxes On the second Saturday of May for the last 19 years, letter carriers have picked up non-perishable food donations left at mailboxes as they visit every home in the nation. This year will be the 20th Annual National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Food Drive, the largest one-day food drive in the country. The U.S. Postal Service and the National Rural Letter Carriers Association join NALC as official sponsors in this effort to “stamp out hunger.” Other sponsors include Campbell Soup Company, Feeding America, Valpak, AFL-CIO and United Way of America. For the drive, the public is asked to leave non-perishable food in a sturdy bag by their mailbox on Saturday, May 12. That food will be collected by letter carriers and distributed to local charities that provide it to people who need it, right in the same community. With current economic conditions and high food prices, more families than ever struggle to keep food on the table. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s annual study measuring food security in the United States, the number of Americans living in food-insecure homes is more than 50 million, with approximately one in every three food-insecure Americans being a child (17.2 million).

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(DLBA) President and CEO Kraig Kojian. “Since 2010, participating members of the community have helped raise nearly $200,000 to support the exceptional research at Miller Children’s, and we look forward to another outstanding experience.” The Tour’s bike rides begin in intervals, starting at 6:30am on Shoreline Drive at Linden Avenue, and end at the festival. The Finish Line Festival takes place from 9:30am. to 4:30pm at the Event Park at The Pike, located at the corner of Pine Avenue and Shoreline Drive. On Friday, May 4, the Tour of Long Beach participants can pick up their bibs and registration packets from the Hyatt the Pike Long Beach (285 Bay Street) between the hours of 10am and 8pm. The Festival highlights the many programs being implemented city-wide as part of the Bicycle Master Plan (BMP), an award-winning progressive initiative to make Long Beach “the

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“May the Fourth Be With You” will be the theme of the May 4 First Fridays art walk in Bixby Knolls. Attendees are invited to dress as their favorite character from the Star Wars saga to have a chance of winning a prize. The night will also include: live art and interactive art activities, free comic books, Mr. DJ, CSULB dance troupe, jazz, pop, swing, student recitals, Gringo de Mayo troubadours, the Knolls Ranger mascot, classic cars, dramatic scenes, musical revues, gift items, antiques, funky hair, the Big Red Bus, and plenty of the unexpected. Seventh District Councilmember James Johnson’s “First Books at First Fridays” at the Dana Branch Library will feature Long Beach

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City Prosecutor Doug Haubert and a library scavenger hunt with prizes. That event will begin at 5:30pm. The Big Red Bus will transport First Fridays attendees to all the participating locations. Bella Cosa, 3803 Atlantic Ave., will provide information about First Fridays, maps, and restaurant recommendations from from 6:30pm to 8pm. When the businesses start to close, First Fridays After Hours begins across the district. Nino’s Italian Restaurant will feature an afterparty with a mix of music, dancing, and late-night dining and beverages. The Factory and EJ Malloy’s will also go late into the night with dinner, drinks, music, and community mingling. For more information, visit firstfridayslongbeach.com.

Glacial Garden Skating Arena will present its third annual spring skating show, starring national and international local competitors, on Friday, May 4 at 7pm and Saturday, May 5 at 1:30pm and 6pm. The show, which features a cast of more than 100, is directed by Necia Krueger, who also manages the Knott’s Berry Farm Ice Show, and it uses fairy tales as its theme. “Up close and personal on-ice” seating is available for $20, general admission grand stand seating is $15, and balcony Igloo Pub seating is $25 (includes two drinks). All children 12 and under are admitted at half price for all seats. Purchase tickets online at showtix4u.com or at the door. Glacial Garden Skating Arena is located at 3975 Pixie Ave. in Lakewood. Call (562) 429-1805 ext. 228 for more information.

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A Spectacular Circus is coming to town, at the Found Theatre Bored with school, her parents, her electronic gadgets, and her 2,472 “really close friends” on FacePlace, Priscilla Pagliaccio decides to seek adventure under the Big Top in The Found Theatre’s production of Mrs. Smart’s Spectacular Circus! Priscilla joins the circus and learns lessons about love, friendship, and living in the real world in this all-ages show. Mrs. Smart’s Spectacular Circus! will be presented at the Found, 599 Long Beach Blvd., Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm from May 4 to May 26, and on Sundays at 2:30pm from May 13 to May 27. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids under 12. For more information or reservations, call (562) 4333363 or visit foundtheatre.org .

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all U.S. citizens. The Howells know first-hand the effects of Alzheimer's on a family. Haley’s grandfather was the unfortunate victim of the disease, and while he had help from his family, the care for an individual with Alzheimer's is exhausting, emotionally, physically, and financially, according to the Howells. “It’s incredibly difficult to watch your loved one lose track of his memories,” said Haley. “Each visit, I could see it becoming a struggle more and more to remember who we were and why we were visiting. It’s hard to blend the memories I have of my grandfather as a young girl picking me up from school and making me chocolate shakes with my adult memories of him sitting on the

City of Long Beach Health Department reminding parents to immunize infants on time, every time Disease and disability can be avoided if children are adequately immunized, according to the City of Long Beach Health Department, which is promoting the practice by participating in outreach campaigns to educate parents about the safety and importance of infant and toddler immunizations. California’s Toddler Immunization Month in May is an annual opportunity to promote raising and maintaining high immunization levels in children ages 2 years and younger against 14 vaccine-preventable diseases. “It is always better to prevent a disease than to treat it,” Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal said. “Vaccines have saved millions of lives by protecting people who receive them and the people with whom they come in contact.” This year’s theme is “Immunizations. On time. Every time.” The goal is to remind parents and caregivers that children need a complete series of vaccinations to be fully protected from debilitating and potentially deadly diseases. Infants who are not immunized, or whose immunizations are delayed, are vulnerable to serious diseases like measles, whooping cough, chicken pox, pneumonia and meningitis. “The Long Beach Health Department has been providing childhood immunizations for over 100 years, and getting immunizations on time can avoid serious injury and illness,” said Ronald R.

Arias, Health Department director. Parents are often unaware that children are at risk for so many serious diseases. Low levels of disease in the community means that vaccination programs have been successful. Immunizations are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools of all time. However, certain diseases are on the rise because parents choose to avoid or delay immunizations for their children. “Parents want the best for their children but those who choose not to immunize are unaware of the high risk that they take by not getting their infants and toddlers the protection they need early and according to the recommended schedules,” said Dr. Mauro Torno, interim health officer of the Long Beach Health Department. Parents with concerns or questions about vaccines can contact the Health Departments Immunization Project at (562) 570-4212 or visit the Centers for Disease Control website at cdc.gov/vaccines/parents . Parents of infants and toddlers who need vaccine but do not have insurance can call the Long Beach Health Department at (562) 570-4315 to get low-cost immunizations and referrals for programs to help with finding a local healthcare provider. For more information about the Health Department’s Immunization Program, visit longbeach.gov/health and click on “clinics.”

Ninth District Council office encouraging residents to participate in community ‘spring cleaning’ Ninth District Councilmember Steven Neal issued a press release this week inviting families and residents to participate in the “9th District Spring Cleaning” event throughout the month of May. The community effort is aimed to clean up and beautify the neighborhoods within the district before the summer months arrive. Residents are encouraged to report all instances of graffiti, potholes, sidewalk repairs, street sign replacement, and dumped items. Those submitting a report must include: address of nuisance, full name and contact information to be

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either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of t r u s t o n t h e p r o p e r t y. N O T I C E TO P R O P E RT Y OWNER The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 18 0 0 - 2 8 1 - 8 2 1 9 o r v i s i t t h i s I n t e r n e t We b s i t e w w w. r e c o n t r u s t c o . c o m , u s i n g t h e f i l e n u m b e r assigned to this case NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE TS No. 10-0041228. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. RECONTRUST C O M PA N Y, N . A . 1 8 0 0 Ta p o C a n y o n R d . , C A 6 914-01-94 SIMI VALLEY, CA 93063 Phone: (800) 281 8219, Sale Information (626) 927-4399 By: - - Tr u s t e e ' s S a l e O ff i c e r R E C O N T R U S T C O M PANY, N.A. is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose.A-4229384 04/20/2012, 04/27/2012, 05/04/2012

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 California Financial Code and authorized to do business in California, or other such funds as may be acceptable to the trustee. In the event tender other than cash is accepted, the Trustee may withhold the issuance of the Trustee`s Deed Upon Sale until funds become available to the payee or endorsee as a matter of right. The property o ff e r e d f o r s a l e e x c l u d e s a l l f u n d s h e l d o n account by the property receiver, if applicable. DATE: May 4, 2012 FIDELITY NATIONAL TITLE I N S U R A N C E C O M PA N Y, T R U S T E E 1 3 5 M a i n Street, Suite 1900 San Francisco, CA 94105 415-247-2450 Mariah Booker Authorized Signat u r e S A L E I N F O R M AT I O N C A N B E O B TA I N E D O N L I N E AT w w w. l p s a s a p . c o m A U TO M AT E D SALES I N F O R M AT I O N PLEASE CALL 714.730.2727 A-4238460 05/04/2012, 05/11/2012, 05/18/2012

TST4067 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE Trustee Sale No. 11-05051-3 Loan No: 0144051489 APN 7214009-070 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED April 22, 2005. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, I T M AY B E S O L D AT A P U B L I C S A L E . I F Y O U NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU S H O U L D C O N TA C T A L AW Y E R . O n M a y 2 5 , 2 0 1 2 , a t 11 : 0 0 A M , B y t h e f o u n t a i n l o c a t e d a t 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona, CA 91766, FIDELITY NATIONAL TITLE INSURANCE COMPANY, as the duly appointed Trustee, under and pursuant to the power of sale contained in that c e r t a i n D e e d o f Tr u s t R e c o r d e d o n A p r i l 2 8 , 2005, as Instrument No. 05 0989707 of Official R e c o r d s i n t h e o ff i c e o f t h e R e c o r d e r o f L o s A n g e l e s C o u n t y, C A , e x e c u t e d b y : R O B E RT ALLEN FREEMAN, as Trustor, in favor of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., as Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PU BL IC AU C TION TO TH E H IGH EST BID D ER , in lawful money of the United States, all payable at the time of sale, that certain property s i t u a t e d i n s a i d C o u n t y, C a l i f o r n i a d e s c r i b i n g t h e l a n d t h e r e i n a s : A S M O R E F U L LY DESCRIBED IN SAID DEED OF TRUST The property heretofore described is being sold "as is". The street address and other common desi g n a t i o n , i f a n y, o f t h e r e a l p r o p e r t y d e s c r i b e d above is purported to be: 2504 EAST WILLOW STREET # 205, SIGNAL HILL, CA 90755-2240 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and o t h e r c o m m o n d e s i g n a t i o n , i f a n y, s h o w n herein. Said sale will be made without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining unpaid balance of the obligations secured by and pursuant to the power of sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust (together w i t h a n y m o d i f i c a t i o n s t h e r e t o ) . N O T I C E TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens seni o r t o t h e l i e n b e i n g a u c t i o n e d o ff , b e f o r e y o u can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder`s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or d e e d o f t r u s t o n t h e p r o p e r t y. N O T I C E TO P R O P E RT Y O W N E R : T h e s a l e d a t e s h o w n o n this notice of sale may be postponed one or m o r e t i m e s b y t h e m o r t g a g e e , b e n e f i c i a r y, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 714.730.2727 or visit this Internet Web s i t e w w w. l p s a s a p . c o m , u s i n g t h e f i l e n u m b e r a s s i g n e d t o t h i s c a s e 11 - 0 5 0 5 1 - 3 . I n f o r m a t i o n about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligations secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of this Notice of Trustee`s Sale is estimated to be $174,082.72 (Estimated), provided, howe v e r, p r e p a y m e n t p r e m i u m s , a c c r u e d i n t e r e s t and advances will increase this figure prior to sale. Beneficiary`s bid at said sale may include all or part of said amount. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept a cashier`s check drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a

TST4048 N O T I C E O F T R U S T E E ’ S S A L E T. S . N o . : 9 9 8 0 - 3 9 7 4 T S G O r d e r N o . : 8 3 6 2 4 A . P. N . : 7 2 1 6 - 0 2 0 - 11 6 Y O U A R E I N D E FA U LT U N D E R A D E E D O F T R U S T D AT E D 0 7 / 1 9 / 2 0 0 6 . U N L E S S Y O U TA K E A C T I O N TO P R O T E C T Y O U R P R O P E RT Y, I T M AY B E S O L D AT A P U B L I C S A L E .   I F Y O U NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, Y O U S H O U L D C O N TA C T A L AW Y E R . N B S Default Services, LLC, as the duly a p p o i n t e d Tr u s t e e , u n d e r a n d p u r s u a n t t o the power of sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust Recorded 07/26/2006 as Document No.: 06-1652734, of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, California, executed by: Wayne W. Thornton And Beverly J. Thornton, husband and wife as community property with right of s u r v i v o r s h i p , a s Tr u s t o r, W I L L S E L L AT P U B L I C A U C T I O N TO T H E H I G H E S T B I D DER FOR CASH (payable in full at time of sale 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). 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 D e e d o f Tr u s t . S a l e D a t e & Ti m e : 05/10/2012 at 01:00 PM Sale Location: At t h e P o m o n a Va l l e y M a s o n i c Te m p l e B u i l d ing, located at 395 South Thomas Street, Pomona, California. The street address and o t h e r c o m m o n d e s i g n a t i o n , i f a n y, o f t h e real property described above is purported to be: 2604 East 20th Street #301, 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 in an “AS IS” condition, 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 s a i d n o t e ( s ) , a d v a n c e s , i f a n y, u n d e r t h e terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust, towit: $510,428.47 (Estimated). Accrued intere s t a n d a d d i t i o n a l a d v a n c e s , i f a n y, w i l l increase this figure prior to sale. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auct i o n . Yo u w i l l b e b i d d i n g o n a l i e n , n o t o n the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortg a g e o r d e e d o f t r u s t o n t h e p r o p e r t y. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the r e s c h e d u l e d t i m e a n d d a t e fo r th e s a l e o f th i s p ro p e r ty, y o u m a y c a l l ( 8 7 7 ) 7 7 8 -7 2 3 7 for information regarding the trustee’s sale or visit this Internet Web site, www.rsvpforeclosures.com, for information regarding the sale o f th i s p r o p e r ty, u s i n g th e fi l e n u mb e r a ss i g n e d to th i s c a s e , T.S.# 9 9 8 0 -3 9 7 4 . In fo r m a ti o n a b o u t p o stp o n e me n ts th a t a re very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone informa-

MAy 4, 2012 ti o n o r o n th e In te rn e t We b s i te . Th e b e s t way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. If the Trustee is u n a b l e to co n v e y ti tl e fo r a n y r e a s o n , th e successful bidder’s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee and the successful bidder shall have n o fu rth e r r e c o u rs e . Th e D e c l a r a ti o n p u r su a n t to C a l i fo r n i a C i vi l C o d e , Se cti o n 2 9 2 3 .5 (a ) w a s fu l fi l l e d w h e n th e N o ti c e o f D e fa u l t w a s re c o r d e d o n 0 1 /1 3 /2 0 1 2 N B S D e fa u l t S e r v i ce s , L L C 3 0 1 E. Oc e a n B l v d . Suite 1720 Long Beach, CA 90802 800-7667 7 5 1 Fo r Tru s te e Sa l e In fo r m a ti o n L o g On To: www.rsvpforeclosures.com or call (877) 778-7237 NBS Default Services, LLC, Mandi Harvey 4/11/2012 “We are attempting to coll e ct a d e b t, a n d a n y i n fo r m a ti o n w e o b ta i n w i l l b e u s e d fo r th a t p u r p o se .” ( R SV P# 286733, 04/20/12, 04/27/12, 05/04/12) TST4068 N O T I C E O F T R U S T E E ' S S A L E T. S N o . 1351070-13 APN: 7216-034-004 TRA: 05675 LOAN NO: Xxxxxx2221 REF: Gerst, Charles H IMPORTANT NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: Y O U A R E I N D E FA U LT U N D E R A D E E D O F TRUST, DATED August 11, 2009. UNLESS YOU TA K E A C T I O N TO P R O T E C T Y O U R P R O P ERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU S H O U L D C O N TA C T A L AW Y E R . O n M a y 2 4 , 2 0 1 2 , a t 9 : 0 0 a m , C a l - We s t e r n R e c o n v e y a n c e Corporation, as duly appointed trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust recorded August 20, 2009, as Inst. No. 20091281199 in book XX, page XX of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, State of California, executed by Charles H Gerst An Unmarried Man, will sell at public auction to highest bidder for cash, cashier’s check 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 Behind the fountain located in civic center plaza, 400 civic Center Plaza Pomona, California, all right, title and interest conveyed to and n o w h e l d b y i t u n d e r s a i d D e e d o f Tr u s t i n t h e property situated in said County and State described as: Completely described in said deed of trust The street address and other comm o n d e s i g n a t i o n , i f a n y, o f t h e r e a l p r o p e r t y described above is purported to be: 1824 Raymond Avenue Signal Hill CA 90755 The unders i g n e d Tr u s t e e d i s c l a i m s a n y l i a b i l i t y f o r a n y incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be held, but without covenant or warr a n t y, e x p r e s s o r i m p l i e d , r e g a r d i n g t i t l e , p o s session, condition or encumbrances, including fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and o f t h e t r u s t s c r e a t e d b y s a i d D e e d o f Tr u s t , t o pay the remaining principal sums of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is: $401,366.59. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder's sole and exclusive remedy shall be the r e t u r n o f m o n i e s p a i d t o t h e Tr u s t e e , a n d t h e successful bidder shall have no further recourse. 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 p r o p e r t y i s l o c a t e d . N O T I C E TO P O T E N T I A L BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auct i o n . Yo u w i l l b e b i d d i n g o n a l i e n , n o t o n t h e property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. Yo u s h o u l d a l s o b e a w a r e t h a t t h e l i e n b e i n g auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder's office or a t i t l e i n s u r a n c e c o m p a n y, e i t h e r o f w h i c h m a y charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficia r y, t r u s t e e , o r a c o u r t , p u r s u a n t t o s e c t i o n 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this p r o p e r t y, y o u m a y c a l l ( 6 1 9 ) 5 9 0 - 1 2 2 1 o r v i s i t the internet website HYPERLINK " h t t p : / / w w w. r p p s a l e s . c o m " w w w. r p p s a l e s . c o m , using the file number assigned to this case 1351070-13.  Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone inform a t i o n o r o n t h e I n t e r n e t We b S i t e . T h e b e s t way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. For sales information:(619)590-1221. Cal-Western Reconveyance C o r p o r a t i o n , 5 2 5 E a s t M a i n S t r e e t , P. O . B o x 22004, El Cajon, CA 92022-9004 Dated: May 01, 2012. (R-408877 05/04/12, 05/11/12, 05/18/12) TST4044 / 2012 059867 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: 1. WOMEN OF DESTINY WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT, 2. WOMEN OF DESTINY CHRISTIAN WOMEN'S NETWORK, 2450 Old Zaferia Way, Long Beach, CA 90804. Registrant: VICKY L. BROX, 2450 Old Zaferia Way, Long Beach, CA 90804. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Vicky L. Brox. 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 April 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: April 13, 20, 27, & May 4, 2012. TST4049 / 2012 064464 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: COMMUNITY RESTORATION AND REVITALIZATION COALITION, 1900 Atlantic Ave., 2nd Floor, Long Beach, CA 90806. Registrant: LYDIA ANN HOLLIE, 176 E. Barclay St., Long Beach, CA 90805. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Lydia Ann Hollie. The registrant has begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. The registrant began using this fictitious business name on April 9, 2012. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on April 11, 2012. NOTICE: This fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in viola-

PuBLiC NOTiCES tion of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. The Signal Tribune: April 20, 27, & May 4, 11, 2012. TST4050 / 2012 065105 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: LOUIES CUSTOM APPAREL, 17019 Walnut Ct., Bellflower, CA 90706. Registrant: MARLA A. GONZALES, 17019 Walnut Ct., Bellflower, CA 90706. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Marla A. Gonzales. The registrant has begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. The registrant began using this fictitious business name on January 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on April 12, 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: April 20, 27, & May 4, 11, 2012. TST4051 / 2012 065548 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: XPERTFINANCE MANAGEMENT, 1458 W. 240th St., Harbor City, CA 90710. Registrant: TRACIE TRAN HO, 1015 Newport Ave. #301, Long Beach, CA 90804. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Tracie Tran Ho. 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 April 12, 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: April 20, 27, & May 4, 11, 2012. TST4054 / 2012 069834 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: EHELPDESK NOW, 3841 Brayton Ave., Long Beach, CA 90807. Registrant: WILLIAM URANGA, 3841 Brayton Ave., Long Beach, CA 90807. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: William Uranga. 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 April 17, 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: April 20, 27, & May 4, 11, 2012. TST4063 / 2012 077158 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: 1. REASONABLY RHETORICAL RACHAEL, 2. LIFE STORIES TODAY, 1270 E. 37th St., Long Beach, CA 90807. Registrant: RACHAEL RIFKIN, 1270 E. 37th St., Long Beach, CA 90807. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Rachael Rifkin. 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 April 26, 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: April 27, & May 4, 11, 18, 2012. TST4064 / 2012 077159 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as: CALIFORNIA APPLIANCE TECH, 4425 Atlantic Ave., Suite B-11, Long Beach, CA 90807. Registrants: 1. JIMMY L. PHILLIPS, 2. MARGARET A. PHILLIPS, 1607 E. Hardwick St., 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: Jimmy L. Phillips. 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 April 26, 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: April 27, & May 4, 11, 18, 2012. TST4065 / 2012 077160 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as: MIRROR MOTEL, 1904 E. 113th St., Los Angeles, CA 90059. Registrants: 1. KIM WEST, 5710 Lime Ave., Long Beach, CA 90805, 2. KEVIN KUYKENDALL, 11312 S. Wilmington Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90059. This business is conducted by: a General Partnership. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Kim West. 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 April 26, 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: April 27, & May 4, 11, 18, 2012. TST4056 CITATIoN- FREEDoM FRoM PARENTAl CUSToDY AND CoNTRol (ABANDoNMENT RE: ADoPTIoN) CASE No. ADoVS1100007 TITlE oF CASE: NATHAN JoSHUA RoMERo NOTICE TO: DANIEL ANGEL ROMERO, and to all persons claiming to be the father or mother of said minor person(s) named above. You are hereby cited and advised that you may appear before the Judge Presiding in Department V12 of the below-entitled court on June 15, 2012 at 2:00 P.M. of that day, then and there to show cause, if any you have, why said person should not be

declared free from the control of (his) (their) parents according to the petition on file herein. The purpose of this action to free the minor(s) from custody of (his) (their) parent(s) is to permit the adoption of said minor(s) to suitable adopting parent. The name and address of the court is: SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF SAN BERNARDINO, 14455 Civic Drive, Victorville, CA 92392. The name, address, and telephone number of plaintiff is ERIC MICHAEL BLOUNT, 1555 Orange Ave. #1003, Redlands, CA 92373, (909) 7823540. Date: April 13, 2012. Clerk of the Superior Court by Tara Hallmark, Deputy. Published in the Signal Tribune Newspaper on April 27, & May 4, 11, 18, 2012. TST4055 / Case No. NS025360 oRDER To SHoW CAUSE FoR CHANGE oF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, 415 West Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802, SOUTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT. PETITION OF Linda Nelson For Change of Name. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner LINDA NELSON, filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: LINDA NELSON to Proposed Name: BELLONDA BIXBY. 2. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, shy the petition for change of name should not be granted. NOTICE OF HEARING: Date: May 312012; Time: 1:30 P.M.; Dept. H, Room 53. The address of the court is the same as above. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county, THE SIGNAL TRIBUNE, 939 E. 27th. Street, Signal Hill, CA 90755: April 27, & May 4, 11, 18, 2012. ___//ss//___ Joseph E. Di Loreto, Judge of the Superior Court Dated: April 20, 2012 TST4060 / 2012 061364 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as: ERNEST'S COUTURE, 11432 South St. #108, Cerritos, CA 90703. Registrant: 1. MANASHA ALVARADO, 2. FELIPE ALVARADO, 19136 Jacob Ave., Cerritos, CA 90703. This business is conducted by: a Husband and Wife. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Manasha Alvarado. The registrants have begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. The registrant began using this fictitious business name on April 9, 2012. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on April 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: April 27, & May 4, 11, 18, 2012. TST4061 / 2012 073918 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as: AUNTY EMILY'S FURRY FAMILY, 1818 E. 5th St., Apt. 2, Long Beach, CA 90802. Registrant: 1. MARTIN MOLINA, 2. EMILY HADEN, 1818 E. 5th St., Apt. 2, 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: Martin Molina. 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 April 23, 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: April 27, & May 4, 11, 18, 2012. TST4066 / Case No. NP014941 Notice Of Petition To Administer Estate Of: MARY JONES LEE To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent Creditors, and persons who may otherwise be Interested in the swill or estate, or both of ADELL RAMOS. A Petition For Probate has been filed by ROBERT LEE, in the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles. The Petition For Probate requests that ROBERT LEE, be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent.The Petition requests the decedent’s will codicils, if any, Be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court.The Petition requests authority to administer the estate Under the Independent Administration of Estates Act with limited authority. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain and very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A Hearing on the petition will be held on May 24, 2012 at 1:30 PM in Dept. 11 located at 415 W. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802. If You Object to the granting of the petition, you should appear at The hearing and state your objections or file written objections, with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. If Your Are A Creditor or a contingent creditor of the deceased, You must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the Personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in Probate Code section 9100. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. Yo u M a y E x a m i n e t h e f i l e k e p t b y t h e c o u r t . I f you are a pers o n i n t e r e s t e d i n t h e e s t a t e , y o u may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code Section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: THOMAS G. MARTIN ESQ. 249 E. OCEAN B LV D . , S T E . 5 0 1 LONG BEACH, CA 90802 P u b . S i g n a l Tr i b u n e , M a y 4 , 11 , 1 8 , 2 0 1 2 . TST4070 / 2012 066085 F I C T I T I o U S B U S I N E S S N A M E S TAT E M E N T The following person is doing business as: 1. AMERICAN SYSTEM INSTITUTE, 2. AMERIC A N S Y S T E M G R O U P, 3 . A M E R I C A N S Y S T E M FINANCIAL, 4. AMERICAN SYSTEM ADVISORS, 5, AMERICAN SYSTEM BANK, 6. A M E R I C A N S Y S T E M C O N S U LTA N T S , 1 2 2 0

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1/2 Bennett Ave., Long Beach, CA 90804. R e g i s t r a n t : R O B E RT G E O R G E L U C E R O , J R . , 1220 1/2 Bennett Ave., Long Beach, CA 90804. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Robert G . L u c e r o , J r. T h e r e g i s t r a n t h a s n o t b e g u n t o tr a n sa c t b u s i n e ss u n d e r th e fi c ti ti o u s b u s i n e s s name or names listed herein. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on April 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). P u b . T h e S i g n a l Tr i b u n e : M a y 4 , 11 , 1 8 , 2 5 , 2012. TST4071 / 2012 081646 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: 1. L U C I A A N D C O , 2 . C H E Z D E G O U R M E T, 4 2 2 3 E. 11th St., Long Beach, CA 90804. Registrant: L U C I A E T C I E , L L C , 4 2 2 3 E . 11 t h S t . , L o n g Beach, CA 90804. This business is conducted b y : a L i m i t e d L i a b i l i t y C o m p a n y. I d e c l a r e t h a t all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Lucia E. Robles, Member. The registrant has not begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on May 2, 2012. NOTICE: This fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed

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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 ( s e e s e c t i o n 1 4 4 11 e t s e q . , B u s i n e s s a n d P r o fessions Code). Pub. The Signal Tribune: May 4, 11, 18, 25, 2012. TST4073 / 2012 065561 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: E L I T E C A S H S E RV I C E S , 4 2 5 E . 4 t h S t . , S u i t e D, Long Beach, CA 90802. Registrant: VENTURES ETC LLC, 425 E. 4th St., Suite D, Long Beach, CA 90802. This business is conducted b y : a L i m i t e d L i a b i l i t y C o m p a n y. I d e c l a r e t h a t all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Elaine Matthews, Managing Partn e r. T h e r e g i s t r a n t h a s b e g u n t o t r a n s a c t business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. The registrant began using this fictitious business name on March 1, 2008. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on April 12, 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 ( s e e s e c t i o n 1 4 4 11 e t s e q . , B u s i n e s s a n d P r o fessions Code). Pub. The Signal Tribune: May 4, 11, 18, 25, 2012.

CiTy OF SiGNAL HiLL TST4074 NoTICE oF A PUBlIC HEARING May 15, 2012 7:00 p.m. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Signal Hill, California, will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, May 15, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chamber located at City Hall, 2175 Cherry Avenue, Signal Hill, California, to consider the following: Economic Development Assistance Program – The City Council will consider entering into an Economic Development Assistance Program with Office Depot, 3366 E. Willow Street, Signal Hill, CA 90755, which would permit the retention and expansion of their office products business. Office Depot has applied for assistance to establish their California E-Commerce Center in Signal Hill, pursuant to Chapter 3.32 of the Signal Hill Municipal Code. The E-Commerce Center would combine sales tax revenues from the City of Long Beach and the City of Signal Hill, with additional revenues from e-commerce sales. Section 3.32.060 of the Signal Hill Municipal Code allows the City Council to grant financial assistance to businesses that alleviate blighting conditions, retain or produce jobs or improve the financial health of the City. Special consideration is given to cooperative regional revenue sharing arrangements with the City of Long Beach. The proposed project provides increased sales tax sharing arrangement with Office Depot, which was originally authorized in 1996 by the City of Signal Hill and City of Long Beach. Office Depot is requesting an increase in assistance from the existing 50% rebate to a 70% rebate ALL INTERESTED PERSONS are hereby invited to attend a public hearing to present written information, express their opinions or otherwise present evidence on the above matter. If you wish to legally challenge any action taken by the City on the above matter, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the City prior to or at the public hearing. THE PUBLIC IS INVITED to submit written comments to the Economic Development Department or during the public hearing. FURTHER INFORMATION on this item may be obtained at the City of Signal Economic Development Department located at 2175 Cherry Avenue, Signal Hill, California, or by calling Elise McCaleb at (562) 989-7379. //ss//___________ Elise McCaleb Economic Development Manager Published in the Signal Tribune on Friday, May 4 and Friday, May 11, 2012. Posted at City Hall, the Library, Discovery Well Park, and Reservoir Park on Friday, May 4, 2012.

CiTy OF SiGNAL HiLL TST4072 NoTICE oF INTENT A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL, CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, DECLARING ITS INTENTION TO LEVY AND COLLECT ASSESSMENTS FOR LANDSCAPE AND LIGHTING MAINTENANCE DISTRICT NO. 1 FOR FISCAL YEAR 2012-2013 AND APPROVING THE ENGINEER’S REPORT On May 1, 2012 the City of Signal Hill City Council declared its intention to levy and collect assessments for the Landscape and Lighting Maintenance District No.1. On June 19, 2012, at a scheduled City Council meeting, the City of Signal Hill City Council will hear any and all persons having any objections to the work or intent of the assessment district may appear and show cause why said work should not be done or carried out, or why said assessments should not be levied in accordance with this Resolution of Intention for the Landscape and Lighting Maintenance District No. 1 for the Fiscal Year 2012-2013. The following person is designated as the official to receive any inquiries: Steve Myrter Director of Public Works 2175 Cherry Avenue Signal Hill, CA 90755 Telephone: (562) 989-7356 ______ss___________ Joshua Rosenbaum Public Works Management Analyst Published in the Signal Tribune: Posted at City Hall:

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cated funding source for improving surface-water quality. And, according to the city manager’s report, most of the money would help on a local level. About 90 percent of the funds would be returned either directly or indirectly to the cities, according to a staff report from the city manager’s office. All property owners, including residential, commercial, industrial and government entities, would have to pay these fees. The fee would be based on property size, and the city manager’s report indicates that single-family residential owners would pay anywhere between $8 and $83 every year, with most homeowners paying about $54. If the initiative moves forward, property owners, not residents, will see the initiative on the ballot for a special vote-by-mail election in the spring of 2013. City officials Tuesday took a significant amount of time to discuss how the City is addressing the surface-water runoff quality issues. Myrter explained how the City has over the years invested in numerous projects to battle pollution to the surface water that flows to the Los Angeles River and eventually to the ocean. In addition to other programs, the staff report from the director of Public Works highlighted a few places where the City’s has already made efforts to improve the quality of surface-water runoff: a landdevelopment program that includes treatment of storm water through biofiltration and bioretention for new development and redevelopment projects; a project that installed trash-capture screens on 175 stormwater catch basins; and a pro-

gram for industrial/commercial facilities in which about 200 inspections are conducted every year to ensure stormwater compliance. Beyond the programs that the City has already put into action, however, there will still be additional costs with in order to comply with new water requirements. Myrter explained in his report that the fiscal year’s estimated costs to comply with the regulations for stormwater and urban runoff include a number of studies that deal with standards called the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL). There are limits to just how much pollution can get into the water system. Water-quality authorities have set TMDL standards which describe how much of a pollutant will be allowed in the stormwater over a period of 24 hours. The current figures for the environmental program include a range of programs already put into action by the City, but a significant amount of the program budget so far only covers the costs involved with the TMDL studies. Once the TMDL studies are completed, the City still has to execute an actual program to comply with the TMDLs. Capital costs and other expenditures related to the TMDL standards can’t be calculated until those TMDL studies are done, according to Myrter. “We’re taking stormwater quality to a level that hasn’t been done before,” Myrter told the Council Tuesday night. “And the scientific studies are critical to develop the processes and the criteria to design the capital projects. So I would [view] this as a starting point, and we can expect ongoing costs to climb.” Myrter estimated in a followup interview Wednesday that the capital projects could total in the tens of millions of dollars over the next 10 to 20 years. The city manager’s report cited one

EYE ON CRIME Crimes reported by LBPD April 26 to May 1 Council Districts 6, 7 & 8 Friday, April 27 Robbery 12:30am– 1800 block of Orange Avenue Two adult male suspects approached two adult males and robbed them. The suspects fled on foot, and the victims called police. Officers responded to the scene, canvassed the area and located both of the suspects. Officers took the suspects into custody without incident and recovered two firearms used in the robbery. The victims were not injured.

University of Southern California study from 2002 that estimated Signal Hill’s cost to comply with TMDL standards would total about $64.2 million. Myrter confirmed to the Council Tuesday night that the new regulations are not financed by the authorities that now are enforcing the mandates. The Public Works director also stressed that non-compliance with the water-quality standards comes at another costly price tag– the state and federal authorities could hit the City with fines up to $50,000. Councilmember Larry Forester added that the City could face third-party lawsuits if it doesn’t comply. “This is the tip of an iceberg, people,” Forester said, as he explained a few instances in which he felt that the environmental standards don’t make sense. He praised the City’s programs and leadership in its efforts to tackle water issues. Wading through the facts of the cost and the technical details surrounding the City’s compliance with these environmental standards appears to be a daunting experience. Vice Mayor Michael Noll joked he sometimes wakes up from nightmares of the TMDLs, adding that the money spent on these programs could have been used for other projects for the city. The City Council eventually voted 5-0 for a resolution that supported the initiative by Los Angeles County, but the Council wrestled over the wording of the resolution. Although he eventually voted in favor of the resolution along with his fellow councilmembers, Noll expressed reservations about a full endorsement of the initiative. He said he had given the city manager a list of questions about some of the initiative’s details. While he expressed support of the program, Noll said that until he saw the final wording of the legislation, he didn’t want to endorse it. Noll asked for the Council resolution to state that it supports the initiative and eventual election. The City will forward questions and comments to the County. The Council passed the resolution with Noll’s requested changes. Signal Hill resident Maria Harris opposed the Council’s decision for a number of reasons, including an objection that the initiative would exclude some residents from the decision on the initiative since renters and those who are leasing from property owners

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Assistant Regional Administrator Caroline Han (left) and Regional Administrator Frank Ramos (center) of the L.A. County’s Department of Children and Family Services receive a proclamation from Signal Hill Mayor Tina Hansen (right) in recognition of National Foster Care Awareness Month during the May 1 City Council meeting.

Judie Jacobus (center) was recognized as Police Volunteer of the Year during the May 1 Signal Hill City Council meeting. Jacobus is flanked by Police Chief Michael Langston (left) and Mayor Tina Hansen (right), who recognized Jacobus’s volunteer work Tuesday night.

won’t be able vote on the fees. She also expressed concern that “we’d be required from now into eternity with the prospect that there would be everincreasing costs and ever-increasing fees.” Other City Council Highlights National Foster Care Awareness Mayor Tina Hansen presented a proclamation to officials from L.A. County’s Department of Children and Family Services in recognition of National Foster Care Awareness month during the May 1 City Council meeting. Police Volunteer of the year Hansen recognized Judie Jacobus as the Police Volunteer of the Year.

Pavement management project The Council voted to authorize the city manager to award Palp Inc. a contract worth more than $193,600 for a pavement-management project. Ticket-distribution policy The Council unanimously adopted a resolution to approve a policy surrounding how the City can appropriately handle the distribution and reporting of complimentary tickets the City receives for events. The policy was adopted by the Council in order to comply with new regulations from the California Fair Political Practices Commission. The next City Council meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 15 at 7pm in the Council Chambers.

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The new teen center at Ernest S. McBride, Sr. Park is a 5,275-square-foot facility that features a multi-purpose room, kitchen, game room, lounge, study room and computer room.

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Members of the community participate in the ribbon-cutting for a new teen center at Ernest S. McBride, Sr. Park last Saturday, along with 6th District Councilmember Dee Andrews and Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster, who said the center will provide many positive, productive opportunities for local youth.

The Office of Sixth District City Councilmember Dee Andrews, in cooperation with the Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine, opened a new teen center at Ernest S. McBride, Sr. Park, 1550 Martin Luther King Ave., last Saturday morning during an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony. “The new teen center at McBride Park is a wonderful addition to the city of Long Beach,” said Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster. “This teen center will provide many positive, productive opportunities for our Long Beach youth.” The 5,275-square-foot facility features a multi-purpose room, kitchen, game room, lounge, study room and computer room. The project also included the construction of an adjacent mini park with 0.15 acres of park space along the 16th Street side of the park. The opening of the center completes the renovations at McBride Park, which also included a new skate park that opened on Feb. 11. “This teen center is as a safe place for our youth, and I hope that it will serve as second home to them,” said Andrews. “This facility will help our youth by igniting their creativity and keeping them active. This is a great alternative to gangs because a tired kid is a kid out of trouble.” Project funders include the former Long Beach Redevelopment Agency, City of Long Beach Open Space Bonds, the State of California, and the Proposition 40 Murray Hayden Grant Program. For information on other Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine programs, visit LBParks.org or call (562) 570-3100.

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