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VOL. 34 NO. 4

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

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Documentary filmmaker using nonprofit support group as her subject revealed as Secret Millionaire Ariana Gastelum Editorial Intern

The New Hope Grief Support Community, a Long Beach nonprofit, will be featured on ABC’s Secret Millionaire on Sunday, July 8. Secret Millionaire is a reality program that matches wealthy donors with deserving charities by following some of America’s most successful businesspersons as they work with people and organizations while assuming hidden identities. New Hope has served more than 7,000 people in 12 years, providing grief support groups, educational resources, seminars and family grief camps at no cost. Their biggest desire is to have a greater awareness and, in founder Susan Beeney’s words, “strike the hearts of every person on Earth.” Hilary DeCesare, CEO/co-founder of Everloop.com, whose mission is to provide an age-appropriate social media experience for children, visited New Hope while posed as a filmmaker producing a documentary on how nonprofits help keep America stable

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New Hope Grief Support Community founder Susan Beeney giving some extra support to camper Natalie at one of the nonprofit’s family events

Court rules that WRD cannot stop pumping water to Signal Hill see NEW HOPE page 14

Michelle Lecours Staff Writer

The Water Replenishment District (WRD) has been rejected for the fourth time in court for its repeated effort to shut down water wells in Signal Hill and neighboring cities for non-payment of assessments. Earlier this month, Judge Ralph Dau rejected the WRD’s fourth request to shut down water wells in Signal Hill, Cerritos, Downey, Bellflower and Pico Rivera because those Cities have refused to pay what they call an “illegally levied assessment.” The legal battle between the Cities and the WRD is complicated and contentious. Last year, the Cities alleged that the water agency overcharged them and violated the California Constitution by illegally raising assessments in 2010-2011. As a result, the Cities have ceased paying the $244-per-acre-foot assessment to the WRD because there is no legal way to shell out what they’re calling an unlawful fee.

“Our Cities have stopped paying these illegal assessments, because doing so would constitute a gift of public funds,” stated John Oskoui, Downey Director of Public Works, in a June 18 city press release. Groundwater is replenished by the WRD to cities relying on it to supply local residents and businesses with drinking water. To clarify the measurement of an “acre-foot,” WRD Board Vice President Lillian Kawasaki, whose jurisdiction includes Signal Hill, describes it the following way: “If you looked at a football field and filled that up with one foot (of water), that’s an acre-foot.” That is enough drinking water to supply approximately three families for a year. Signal Hill gets about 2,000 acre-feet of groundwater a year, according to Signal Hill City Manager Kenneth Farfsing. That price increase is still competitive and less than half the price of imported water, says WRD General Manager Robb Whitaker. “Because a lot of (our own) cost increases are due

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to the cost of imported water that we have to buy the replenishment assessment and the cost of groundwater continues to be about a third of the cost of imported water,” Whitaker said. “We’re buying imported water for over $1,000 an acre-foot right now. “Our assessment (and) any increases that we’ve had over the past five or ten -years, (have) a direct impact over the water costs being charged to us by the agencies we buy water from,” Whitaker said. Those agencies include the Central Basin Municipal Water District. “They’ve had some huge increases.” The court ruled the WRD assessments were subject to Prop 218, which was passed in 1996. To recoup those overcharges from the WRD, the Cities filed a damages lawsuit, however, there is still no court date set. As a result, the Cities have not been ordered to pay past assessments until the damages suit is settled. see WRD page 15

Signal Hill graphic designer discovers creative outlet through writing, self-published novels

Adam Buchsbaum Editorial Intern

Bill Zeilinger’s aunt lived in the Philippines when the Japanese occupied that country. She had a romance with a Philippine Air Force pilot, who was soon to be her fiancé; the war separated the pair. Several years after the war, she briefly met the man again. Each had already settled down and married someone else. They never spoke again. The day of the pilot’s funeral, she was home and received a package; inside it was a scarf she once gave him, along with their would-be engagement ring. She told Zeilinger’s wife the story while visiting America for heart surgery. Zeilinger and his wife decided together to write his aunt’s story of war-torn love. The husband and wife decided to visit the Philippines to gather more details, but she had died. This was the ’90s. “So we got started on that story of my aunt, which we still haven’t published yet...and that got us inspired to write. We took novel-writing classes at Long Beach City College, we joined writers groups, we got online and talked to other published authors,” Zeilinger said.

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Bill Zeilinger began exploring writing with his wife after hearing his aunt’s story about her war-torn love affair during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines.

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Graphic designer Bill Zeilinger discovered writing fairly recently in life. His most recent self-published novel, Something’s Cooking at Dove Acres, chronicles the story of young Maddie Van der Wald and her entanglements as she lives on a fictionalized version of Catalina Island.

“And I never pictured myself as a writer. By profession, I’m a graphic designer.” Zeilinger and his wife now both write. Zeilinger has authored two self-published books under the moniker Will Zeilinger. He describes each as “summer reads.” His first, The Naked Groom, is a romantic comedy in which would-be chef Richard Grainger secretly moonlights as a nude artist model to pay for the ritzy honeymoon he promised to his fiancée Tiffany– only to become enamored with fellow nude model Clarise. “It’s not like Fifty Shades of Grey or something. It’s PG-rated. It’s a romantic comedy, but it’s told from the male point of view,” he said. His latest book, Something’s Cooking at Dove Acres, is a comical young-adult novel. In it, Maddie Van der Wald inherits her deceased great-aunt’s mansion on a fictionalized version of Catalina Island. However, Maddie finds herself entangled with rumors of ghosts and buried treasure, a property debacle with the residents and local darling Luke Garrett. “Her plan in the book, which I can say without giving it away, was to convert this estate, perhaps into a bed-and-breakfast with a restaurant that she could make see ZEILINGER page 5

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LBPD arrests man with $200K worth of stolen merchandise

Investigators with the Long Police Department’s Beach (LBPD) Forgery/ Fraud Detail arrested a suspect who had approximately $200,000 worth of stolen merchandise at his residence on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at approximately 8am, according to a press release issued by the LBPD last week. The police investigation began when a corporate-fraud investigator for a chain of home-improvement stores contacted the LBPD in December of 2011 regarding a number of thefts and fraudulent purchases committed by various suspects at their stores. The incidents had occurred at their locathroughout southern tions California and involved the loss of expensive tools and construction equipment, which were later put up for sale online and at swap meets. The investigators contacted LBPD after they had identified a possible key suspect in the investigation as a Long Beach resident. With the information that the corporate investigators provided and after additional investigation of their own, LBPD Forgery/Fraud detectives served a search warrant at the suspect’s residence on the 1000 block of Cherry Avenue. The search revealed a large amount of tools and equipment stored at the home and inside two vans owned by the suspect. Investigators were able to trace the items, collectively valued at approximately $200,000, back to the chain store. Of that amount, $40,000 worth of the unopened merchandise will be able to be returned to the store for sale, one of the largest recoveries of stolen merchandise the chain store has been able to recoup. The suspect, identified as 40year-old Long Beach resident Juan Carlos Estrada, was arrested for receiving stolen property and is being held at Long Beach City Jail. Various suspects were involved in committing the thefts and making fraudulent purchases of the merchandise by using stolen credit cards. These suspects would then sell the items to Estrada, who would resell them for a profit. The

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A NOTABLE ENSEMBLE What Musical ensemble auditions Who Hosted by Women of Note Where Auditioner’s choice When Auditioner’s choice More Info Long Beach treble vocal ensemble Women of Note is now auditioning choral singers for its fall season, beginning Aug. 21. Contact director Carla Strandberg at (562) 598-5852 or womenofnotelb@gmail.com to arrange an audition. Visit womenofnotelbca.com .

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Police confiscated these expensive tools and construction equipment from 40year-old Long Beach resident Juan Carlos Estrada.

TO BE IS TO BBQ What Annual community BBQ Who Hosted by the North Long Beach Community Action Group (NLBCAG) Where Long Beach Dairy and Creamery, 167 E. South St. When Sunday, July 1 from 2pm to 4pm More Info The NLBCAG is celebrating Independence Day at its open house. Burgers and hot dogs will be provided; a $3 tax-deductible donation to fund future neighborhood projects is requested from attendees. Call (562) 428-7710.

FOUR-HOUR FOURTH FESTIVITIES What Festival and concert Who Hosted by 5th District Councilmember Gerrie Schipske and the Long Beach Hometown Heroes Project Where Rosie the Riveter Park, corner of Clark Avenue and Conant Street When Wednesday, July 4 from 5pm to 9pm More Info The event will begin with a military ceremony to honor Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, followed by a free concert at 6:30pm by local band The Emperors. Three food trucks will be on-site as well: Red Robin YUMMMMobile, Don Chow Tacos and Tango Mango Ice. Call (562) 570-6932.

KEEP IT CLEAN What Corridor cleanup Who Hosted by the North Long Beach Business Alliance (NLBBA) Where Corner of Atlantic Avenue and Artesia Boulevard When Saturday, July 7 from 10am to noon More Info Waste-management company Republic Services has donated trash cans to more than 20 businesses for them to make their places clean and presentable.

LBPD Forgery/Fraud detectives served a search warrant at the suspect’s residence on the 1000 block of Cherry Avenue, and the search revealed a large amount of tools and equipment stored at the home and inside two vans owned by the suspect.

suspects who provided the stolen property are still outstanding. Although the investigation is ongoing, so far, detectives have been able to determine that the suspect received in excess of $353,000 from the sale of these stolen items in the past three years. Anyone who may have informa-

tion about this case is asked to contact LBPD Forgery/Fraud Detective Stacey Holdredge at (562) 570-7330. Anonymous tips via text or web may be submitted by visiting tipsoft.com.

passenger in the vehicle, and the investigation remains ongoing. The June 9 hit-and-run occurred at approximately 9:51pm. According to the LBPD, officers arrived at the scene and discovered victim Archuleta lying in the roadway. She had been attempting to cross Anaheim Street, walking northbound in an unmarked crosswalk in the westbound lanes, just west of Linden Avenue. The suspect vehicle was traveling westbound on Anaheim Street when it struck her. The suspect vehicle had stopped, and both driver and passenger were seen getting out of the vehicle momentarily and walking up to the victim before getting back in their vehicle and driving westbound on Anaheim Street. The victim was transported to a local hospital and was pronounced deceased a short

time later. The suspect vehicle was described as a dark-colored, fourdoor, possibly a Honda Accord, which likely sustained moderate to major front-end damage, with at least one, but possibly two broken headlights, and with a license plate number that includes the following: 6DG_ _ 58. The driver was described as a male Hispanic in his mid 30s, wearing a white T-shirt. The passenger was described as a female Hispanic with shoulder-length hair. Police are still asking that anyone who may have witnessed the collision, contact Detective Watt at (562) 570-7355. Anonymous tips may be submitted via text or web by visiting tipsoft.com.

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Police arrest suspect believed responsible for fatal hit-and-run

On Thursday, June 21, Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) officers arrested the person they believe is responsible for the fatal hit-and-run collision that occurred on June 9, 2012, at the intersection of Anaheim Street and Linden Avenue, and caused the death of 51-year-old Yolanda Archuleta of San Pedro. According to a press release issued June 22 by the LBPD, Accident Investigations Detective Brian Watt worked tirelessly since the incident, following up on leads in an attempt to identify the suspect vehicle and driver. With the assistance of West Patrol Division officers, police responded to a residence in the 1500 block of Cedar Avenue, where the suspect vehicle, a black 1993 Honda Accord, was located. The vehicle had front-end damage consistent with having recently been involved in a collision. Through further investigation, police identified a suspect they tracked to the city of Carson. At approximately 1:30pm on June 21, 2012, LBPD officers arrested 34year-old Argon Sabas of Long Beach at his place of employment. He was booked for vehicular manslaughter and is being held at the Long Beach City Jail on $50,000 bail. Investigators were also able to identify the female

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‘SUP? What Community supper Who Hosted by Bixby Knolls Supper Club Where Hof’s Hut, 4251 Long Beach Blvd. When Monday, July 9 at 6:30pm More Info The Bixby Knolls Supper Club supports local restaurants by dining at them on Monday nights, which are typically slow, and this time will dine at Hof’s Hut. The dinner includes a free individual pie for dessert and no corkage fee. RSVPs are necessary; email info@bixbyknollsinfo.com .

BONDING TOGETHER FOR SCHOOLS What Meeting on Jordan High School renovation project Who Hosted by the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) Where Long Beach Unified Board Building Community Room, 1515 Hughes Way When Tuesday, July 10 from 5pm to 6pm More Info This meeting will update the community and District staff on plans for the rebuilding and renovation of Jordan High School. This is part of the Measure K school bond initiative approved by voters in 2008. Contact the Measure K Bond Program Office at (562) 997-7553.

WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? What Book club meeting Who Hosted by the Bixby Knolls Literary Society Where EXPO Arts Center, 4321 Atlantic Ave. When Tuesday, July 10 at 7pm More Info The Society will discuss Woolf’s To the Lighthouse. Parking will be available on Atlantic Avenue, and refreshments will be provided. Call (562) 5950081 or email info@bixbyknollsinfo.com .

MEET TED What TEDx event Who Hosted by TEDxSoCal Where The Center Theater at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd. When Saturday, July 14 from 9am to 4pm More Info TEDx events are the local spinoffs of TED, a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas through lectures and demonstrations. This TEDx will feature more than 13 speakers discussing how to improve lives and the community in an event entitled “The Alchemy of Transformation: Our Selves, Our Work Places, Our Living Spaces.” Tickets cost $60 for general admission and $25 for students, excluding processing fees. Visit tedxsocal.org . EN PLEIN AIR What The First Annual “Art Under Umbrellas” exhibition Who Hosted by Friends of Bixby Park Where Bixby Park, 130 Cherry Ave. When Saturday, July 14 from 10:30am to 3:30pm More Info The exhibition will feature purchasable artworks by some 20 local artists. Indie rock band Sympathetic Frequencies will provide musical entertainment, and local businesses will sponsor snacks and refreshments. The event is free and open to the public, and its proceeds will fund the Parcel 1 Renovation Project. Visit friendsofbixbypark.org .

IT IS A MEETING UNIVERSALLY ACKNOWLEDGED What Free writers meeting Who Hosted by the California Writers Club of Long Beach Where Los Altos Neighborhood Library, 5614 E. Britton Dr. When Saturday, July 14 from 3pm to 5pm More Info Young-adult novelist Crickett Rumley, author of Never Sit Down in a Hoopskirt and Other Things I Learned in Southern Belle Hell, will speak at the meeting. Doors open at 2:30pm for networking prior to the speaker. Visit calwriterslongbeach.org, call (562) 400-1100, or email info@calwriterslongbeach.org .

CAN’T PUT THE GENEALOGICAL BACK IN THE BOTTLE What Monthly meeting Who Hosted by Questing Heirs Genealogical Society Where Resurrection Lutheran Church Parish Hall, 1900 East Carson St. When Sunday, July 15 beginning at 1:15pm More Info The meeting will feature two talks by speaker Gena Ortega entitled “Finding Images for Your Stories” and “Google Research.” A beginning research class commences at 4pm and ends at 5pm. Visit qhgs.info or call (562) 598-3027.

4 SIGNAL TRIBUNE NEWS Real-life stories shared at symposium reveal devastating consequences of elderly abuse Nick Diamantides Staff Writer

Mickey Rooney’s acting career spanned more than five decades, and he earned millions of dollars from the many movies in which he appeared. But several years ago, he lost much of his fortune and his independence when two of his stepchildren bega-n financially and psychologically abusing him. Rooney testified before a United States Senate Panel on Aging in March 2011. He told the senators about the horrors of his predicament and how difficult it was to get out of it. The organizers of the June 15 symposium on elder abuse at Long Beach’s Alpert Jewish Community Center showed the audience a video clip of Rooney’s testimony, during which he told the Senate panel how two of his most trusted family members gained control of his finances and his personal life in order to steal his assets. “What some people see as generosity can be the exploitation of elderly people,” Rooney said. “In my case, I was stripped of my ability to make even the most basic decisions. My daily life became unbearable.” Rooney added that when he tried to get information from various institutions

as to why he was no longer allowed to make his own decisions, he was told that it was none of his business. Later, with the help of other family members, Rooney obtained a court injunction stripping his two unscrupulous stepchildren of their power over his life and finances, but the experience motivated him to get involved in the crusade to put an end to elder abuse. Rooney strongly urged the Senate to pass more stringent federal laws protecting older Americans, and he encouraged seniors to join the fight. “You have the right to control your own life and be happy,” he said. “For yourself, end the cycle of abuse, and do not allow yourself to be silenced any more.” In another video clip shown at the symposium, an elderly Wisconsin woman named Patsy told stories of how her own husband had been physically, emotionally and sexually abusing her for years. She explained that fear of retaliation from her husband kept her silenced during most of her marriage. “It’s a fear that comes over us,” she said. “It’s like a mist, until one day you know you have to deal with it.” With the help of agencies in Wisconsin, Patsy divorced her husband and was able to move to a place where he could

Thoughts from the Publisher

by Neena Strichart

We do our best to publish stories every week that will inform and entertain our readers. Whether the content is political in nature or more of a feature story, one of my priorities is to offer up news and information that is not readily available through other local media-type sources– be they in print or online. This week I want to use my column to share some good news that has come to my attention. Many of us go to charity functions, enter silent auctions, buy raffle tickets or fill out slips of paper and put them in the drawing hopper hoping to win something. Sometimes we win, and sometimes we lose. I am one who has a tendency to win. Over the years I’ve won two television sets, a computer, a beautiful color printer, dinner gift certificates, tickets to plays and movies, jewelry, candy, wine and more wine, and so much more that I’m sure I’ve forgotten about. A few months back I bought two tickets in

no longer harm her. Like Rooney, Patsy encouraged victims of abuse to speak out and seek help from friends, neighbors and governmental agencies. “The act of just being able to tell someone is the first step toward getting free of the abuse and being healed,” she said. While thousand of elders are physically, sexually and psychologically abused every year, many others are financially abused. Rigo Reyes, of the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer Affairs told the audience that elder financial abuse is dramatically on the rise in Los Angeles County. Reyes described a crime saga that spanned about 25 years. It involved a married couple that, in 1986, began illegally taking over the homes of elderly people confined to nursing homes. “They took over about 100 homes and were renting them out to unsuspecting people,” he said. “By the time we found out about it, they were collecting more than $1 million in rent per year from homes that did not belong to them.” Reyes said his department worked hard and long with several local lawenforcement agencies and the district attorney’s office on the case. About a year ago, the agencies finally succeeded

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hopes of winning a great prize from the Pythian Youth Foundation. As a fundraiser, it sold tickets where the winner of the drawing and two guests would receive instructions from a professional pilot instructor on an advanced-technology Gulfstream Business Jet Aircraft simulator at the Gulfstream Training Center in Long Beach. As an extra bonus, the winner and those same two guests would also have the opportunity to dine at the Chelsea Chowder House and Bar aboard the Queen Mary. Well, the drawing took place last month, and the winner was Elizabeth Boyar, a Glendora resident. When I recently spoke with Mrs. Boyar over the phone, her enthusiasm was unbridled! Her words to me were, “I am thrilled; I’m going to fly. We’re going to have a wonderful time!” When I asked her how many tickets she bought, her response (with laughter in her voice) was, “A lot!” Congratulations! Speaking of good news, being a winner and having luck on your side, local business owner Wade Andrews of Bixby Knolls Realty and A&W Financial stopped by the office a couple of weeks ago to handle some business with us, and while he was here he let me know that he and his wife Ramona would be celebrating their 54th wedding anniversary on June 21. While I was telling Wade

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find about 10 years’ worth of garbage, walls that undulated with crawling insects, and a large population of rats freely roaming throughout the home. “I called the paramedics, and she was hospitalized for a month,” he said. “When the client was finally well enough to care for herself, she agreed to receive regular outpatient treatment.” He noted that if someone had not reported the problem to APS, the woman would likely have died in the filth of her condo, and he wondered why no one had called years earlier. He added that the City of Arcadia spent $30,000 of grant money to hire a contractor to clean up the house before

in sending the couple to state prisons and returning the homes to the rightful owners or their heirs. “Most of the owners were in nursing homes and had no friend or family members looking out for them,” Reyes noted. Ralph Pascual, Los Angeles County Adult Protective Services (APS) Supervisor, told the audience about a very serious case of self-neglect that he discovered in Arcadia in 2005. “I went to the client's home and discovered that she was gravely mentally disabled and not able to care for herself,” he said. “Her condo smelled so bad that I thought there might be a corpse in it.” Pascual found no corpse, but he did

Dining together earlier this month at Five Crowns Restaurant, Long Beach residents Wade and Ramona Andrews (right) celebrate their 54 years of marriage (their anniversary is on June 21) with friends David and LaHoma Sundstrom (left), who celebrated their 55th anniversary on June 15.

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how impressed I was with the longevity of his marriage, he was quick to interrupt by telling me that his pal David Sundstrom and bride LaHoma had beaten them out by a year and would be celebrating 55 years of wedded bliss on June 15. Talk about hitting the jackpot– these two couples really hit it big!

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SHPD reaches out to community with its inaugural ‘Coffee with Cops’ event

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SHPD Chief Michael Langston and Signal Hill resident Nancy Sciortino enjoy a friendly conversation at Golden Eagle Restaurant last Friday Nick Diamantides Staff Writer

Nearly a dozen residents attended the Signal Hill Police Department's (SHPD) Coffee with Cops outreach to the community, and Chief Michael Langston said he was pleased with the turnout. “A handful of people came, but we are glad to have the chance to meet members of the public,” he said. Langston, who has been at the SHPD helm for a year, said he enjoys working in Signal Hill. “It’s a great community, small and very close knit,” he said. “Everyone seems to know everybody. It’s a very well-cared-for community, and I am proud to be part of the city government here." The event happened in the Golden Eagle Restaurant and provided locals the chance to have informal, face-to-face conversations with the chief and two SHPD officers. None of the residents and business people who came expressed complaints or concerns about the way the SHPD does its job, but some asked questions. Langston said that the outreach was also designed to inform residents on department procedures and to answer questions on crime numbers. Recently, the Long Beach Police Department released statistics showing that the overall crime rate in Long Beach had increased in recent months. Langston said the same increase was not occurring in Signal Hill. “Right now, year to date, our crime rate is

down in all categories except for two,” he said. “We are seeing an increase in petty larceny and auto theft.” The chief explained that in most years auto theft fluctuates so an increase in that category is not unusual. “We are not sure why petty larceny has been increasing lately, but we suspect there may be an impact from the prison realignment issue, which includes the early release of some state prisoners and changes in the parole and probation system,” he said. “We are just starting to track that issue and track the numbers to see if there is an actual correlation, but the good news is that our overall crime rate is down.” Langston noted that he hopes to see more residents and business owners involved in proactive crime prevention, but one of the first things he discovered after being hired was that the neighborhood watch and business watch programs had become mostly dormant. “We are actually in the process of restarting a neighborhood-watch and a business-watch program,” he said. “I am a firm believer that those programs are the best crime-prevention programs out there.” Langston said that, in his observation, SHPD officers have good relationships with the city’s residents. He added that Coffee with Cops was designed to improve communication and rapport with community members. SHPD Sgt. Robert Cravens see COFFEE page 10

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money (with) to help support it,” he said. Though Something’s Cooking came out after The Naked Groom, it is Zeilinger’s first effort. “That was my first novel, and I hated it the way it was, so with the help of my wife we made it so it was a decent story, because it needed help,” Zeilinger explained. He and his wife routinely edit and read each other’s manuscripts. “Originally it was called Dumpster Diving for Love. And everybody seemed to like it. The agents and editors seemed to love the title for about three or four years. And then one day somebody said, ‘You know, we never really liked the title.’ Thanks for telling me.” Zeilinger tried to get both his books published, to no avail. “A lot of these romantic comedies...they tend to favor female authors because the majority of the readership are women, and so I sent out a lot,” he said. “I'd written some other manuscripts and sent them out, and I [received] a lot of rejection slips to get them published the traditional way.” Zeilinger noted only six companies control publishing in the United States, further narrowing the odds in an already competitive field. Zeilinger discovered self-publishing through Smashwords.com when he was with his wife at a writers conference at UCLA. “It’s sort of a haven for all the indie writers, not because they can’t get published anywhere but because it’s

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faster,” Zeilinger said. He recalled a conversation with a woman at a writers group meeting he attended. “She was 73, and she was writing historical novels...and she was doing electronic publishing. And [my wife and I] were still trying to go the traditional route and said, ‘Why are you doing this?’ She goes, ‘I'm 73. I don't have time to wait around.’” Zeilinger self-published; it was faster, guaranteed and worked around the various patience-wracking hurdles and pitfalls often found in traditional publishing. “Because the truth of the matter is if a publisher bought my book today...it’d probably be three years before it even hit a shelf,” Zeilinger said. “And in this day and age, we all have short attention spans. We want things to go now. So this was a much better avenue, and you get your readership out much quicker.” The Internet reached a global audience instantly. Zeilinger noted that probably 75 copies of Something’s Cooking at Dove Acres have been sold, having been up for digital purchase on Smashwords.com, Amazon and similar e-book vendors. Writing is a relatively recent development for Zeilinger. “I started out as a political science major, but I’d always been drawing. My whole life I’d been drawing. And my father said something to me one time. He said, ‘You know, Bill, you’re going to be working for the rest of your life, so when you wake up in the morning you better be doing something you like,’” Zeilinger said.

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“And so I changed my major from political science and international relations to art and graphic design.” His first job after his time in college was devising the package design for Citizens’ Band radios (often known as CB radios). This was the 1970s. These shortdistance radio communications systems were in their prime, but cellphones have now rendered them obsolete. He eventually moved on to art director of the moving company Van Lines, but a Canadian firm bought it out in 1980. In turn, Zeilinger began his own small business, Those Designers, which remains today. He also took up a job at Long Beach City College in its Community Relations and Marketing Department, where he designed everything from bus decals to schedules alongside another graphic designer. He planned to work there temporarily. Last Thursday, June 28, he retired. Zeilinger has a routine he plans to keep into retirement. “My wife and I get up every morning at 6 and write for an hour,” he explained. He remains a member of the International Animation Society and the Orange County Chapter of the Romance Writers of America. He hopes to fill his extra time reading more, noting that as a writer he must read others as well. “I feel I’ve got a sense of humor, and hopefully the readers feel that way too, because it’s all for them, and that’s the nice thing,” Zeilinger said. “We’re writing to please the readers, not to please the publisher.”

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Crimes reported by LBPD June 19 to 24 Council Districts 6, 7 & 8

Tuesday, June 19 Residential burglary 8am– 2500 block of Magnolia Avenue

Automobile burglary 3pm– 3300 block of Magnolia Avenue Residential/garage burglary 7pm– 2000 block of Lime Avenue Automobile burglary 7:30pm– 3600 block of Pine Ave. Automobile burglaries 8pm and 9:30pm– 2700 block of Cedar Avenue

Automobile burglary 9:30pm– 3100 block of Eucalyptus Avenue

Automobile burglary 10pm– 600 block of W. Weston Place Wednesday, June 20 Automobile burglary 8:30pm– 4000 block of Elm Avenue

Automobile burglary 2:50pm– 700 block of W. 31st Street Commercial robbery 10:01pm– 1000 block of E. Pacific Coast Highway

Robbery (person) 7:18pm– Pacific Coast Highway and Lime Avenue

Friday, June 22 Grand theft 2:41pm– 2300 block of E. Spring Street

Robbery (person) 10:12pm– 800 block of E. Pacific Coast Highway

Saturday, June 23 Commercial burglary 3:50am– 900 block of E. 33rd Street

Robbery (person) 10:35pm– 1600 E. Pacific Coast Highway

Forgery 7:07am– 2200 block of Gaviota Avenue

Friday, June 22 Residential burglary 12:01am– 2300 block of Long Beach Boulevard

Grand theft (property) 9am– 3300 block of Cerritos Avenue Monday, June 25 Automobile burglary 6:30am– 1700 block of E. Willow Street Suspect identified.

Residential burglary 6:19pm– 1000 block of E. Hill Street Sunday, June 24 Commercial burglary 6:33pm– Locust Avenue & E. 20th Street

Commercial burglary/shoplifting 2:45pm– 900 block of E. 33rd Street

Battery 6:50pm– 2100 block of Sea Ridge Dr.

Crimes reported by SHPD June 21 to 26

Tuesday, June 26 Scavenging 9:52am– 3200 block of Lewis Avenue Suspect in custody.

Thursday, June 21 Battery 5:30am– 2300 block of Ocean View Drive Suspect in custody.

Petty theft with prior 3pm– 700 block of E. Spring Street Suspect in custody.

Battery 10:40am– 900 block of E. 25th Street Suspect in custody.

Grand theft 5:36pm– 2300 block of California Avenue

Burglary– garage/residential 1am– 2100 block of E. Hill St.

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SHPD to enforce 4th of July restrictions

The Signal Hill Police Department (SHPD) has issued a press release to inform the public that the Signal Hill hilltop area will be closed to all non-residential vehicular traffic on the 4th of July holiday, beginning at 6pm. The SHPD suggests that individuals and families interested in viewing the aerial firework displays consider attend-

ing the shows at Veterans Stadium, The Queen Mary or the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Los Alamitos since hilltop space is limited. The SHPD is also reminding residents that the possession, sale and/or discharge of all types of fireworks, including “safe and sane” fireworks, are prohibited within the city of Signal

Hill, and that the ban will be enforced. Hilltop residents who are planning a party on the 4th of July should contact Sergeant R. Cravens at (562) 989-7222 ext. 46 or at rcravens@cityofsignalhill.org for information regarding hilltop access for their guests.

Each year, the American Legion Mayhew-Vincent White Cane Post #266 hosts a 4th of July “picnic in the park” for disabled veterans from the Day Treatment Center at the Long Beach Veterans Hospital as well as for members of Post #266. The picnic includes food, games and live entertainment. To cover the costs of the event, which is free to the disabled veterans, the post is seeking donations from the public. A donation of $35 will sponsor one disabled veteran, $105 will sponsor three veterans,

$175 will sponsor five, and $350 will sponsor 10. Post #266, which was founded in 1976, is unique in that it is the only American Legion post in the country that was chartered specifically for blind and disabled veterans. Today, only a small portion of the post’s membership is blind, but, with ever increasing cuts to veterans benefits, American Legion posts are relying more on the generosity of others. “The 4th of July program is only a small part of the work we

do year-round,” said Pamela Harris of Post #266. “For the past 33 years, The White Cane Post has helped veterans and their families in times of crisis with financial aid and support. Our members work hard, not only to overcome their own handicaps, but also spend many hours volunteering at the veterans hospital helping other veterans.” To make a donation, mail a check payable to “American Legion #266” to: P.O. Box 606, Westminster, CA 92684.

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Seventh District Councilmember James Johnson and the Long Beach Parks, Recreation, and Marine Department will host a free concert on July 4 that will feature the Long Beach Junior Concert Band and Flattop Tom & His Jump Cats to celebrate Independence Day and to provide a “park preview” to unveil the first stage of what will ultimately be the largest park built in Long Beach since El Dorado Park in 1952. The event will take place at 2745 Orange Ave., between Spring and Willow streets. The gate will open at 6pm, and the music will begin at 7pm. Attendees are encouraged to take lawn chairs and food to picnic. “This will be a 4th of July to remember, as we celebrate the beginning of what will be the first regional park for North, Central, and West Long Beach,” Johnson said. “Come be part of the history of Long Beach as we celebrate our nation’s great history.” The first stage of the park consists of the highest four acres in Long Beach, with sweeping views of the sunset, the Pacific Ocean, and down-

town Los Angeles. On the 4th of July, residents may listen to the bands, watch the sun set, see any fireworks that may be on display, and celebrate the beginning of the regional open space opportunity. According to Johnson, Signal Hill Petroleum has made significant contributions in the development of the initial four-acre park, including improvements to fencing and the entrances, parking, walking paths, painting and more. “This has been a great opportunity for our company to contribute and be a part of a team that is creating this amazing new open space for the Long Beach community,” said David Slater, executive vice president of Signal Hill Petroleum. The site, which began as the city’s original water source in 1882, has played a large part in the history of Long Beach, including leading to the naming of Willow and Spring streets. To learn more about the history and future of this 47-acre park, visit JamesJohnsonLB.com/cagardens and join The Friends of California Gardens on Facebook at facebook.com/cagardens .

As a result, there will be a oneday delay the remainder of the week for residential customers serviced Wednesday, July 4 through Friday, July 6 in Rancho Palos Verdes, Signal Hill and the unincorporated

areas of Los Angeles County. Waste- and recycling-collection services for commercial businesses will be unaffected by the holiday and will be provided on the regularly scheduled service day. EDCO’s

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minor scrapes to severe injuries for children. Many of these injuries are preventable with simple safety steps that parents and family members can take to make the Fourth a safe holiday.

your city. Use these simple tips to help keep your holiday and home safe:

water or hose handy in case of accidents. • Don’t hold fireworks in your hand, wear eye protection and point fireworks away from homes to avoid injuries and fires. • Light one firework at a time and don’t relight a dud. • Children should not pick up pieces of a firework. Some may still be ignited and could explode on contact. • Soak all fireworks in water before throwing them away.

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Miller Children’s Hospital provides safety tips for the Fourth Time to get the barbecues, pool toys and baseball bats out of the garage, because summer is officially here! Fourth of July is summer’s biggest highlight, with the warm weather, family events and fireworks, but the Fourth can often bring dangerous situations for children. Fireworks, swimming, sunburns and hot barbecues can lead to anything from

Fireworks safety Before your family celebrates with a bang, make sure to keep fireworks safety in mind. If not handled correctly, fireworks can cause burn and eye injuries in children and adults. The best way to avoid injuries is to attend public fireworks displays, but if you light fireworks at home, make sure it is legal in

• Children should never play with fireworks. Even simple sparklers are dangerous. If you give your children sparklers, make sure they use them outside and keep them away from their face, hair and clothing. • Use only legal fireworks, and never try to make your own. Certain explosives are banned in the United Sates for a reason…they aren’t safe. • When it is time to use the fireworks, always go outside and have a bucket of

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Port rail improvements supported by federal grant expected to reduce traffic congestion and pollution The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners last week voted to accept $17 million in grants from a federal transportation program to help fund the “Green Port Gateway,” which will improve rail flow and the environment at the Port of Long Beach, according to a press release issued by the Port on June 22. The Green Port Gateway Project, which includes an Ocean Boulevard track realignment and construction of a Pier F rail support yard, will go out for bid this summer, with construction expected to begin in early 2013. The project will add a third rail line, helping to remove bottlenecks on the

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Bixby Knolls car show to hit the street next month, seeking classic-car entries The Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association and the office of 8th District Councilmember Rae Gabelich will host the 7th Annual Bixby Knolls Dragster Expo and Car Show next month and are now inviting owners of classic and show cars to register. Car show entries must be postmarked by Friday, July 6 to receive the discounted pre-registration entry fee of $25. Entries postmarked after that date will be accepted at the “day of show” rate of $40 per vehicle. The car show, which is a signature event in Bixby Knolls, will take place from 3pm to 9pm on Saturday, July 14 along Atlantic Avenue between Roosevelt Road and San Antonio Drive. This year’s show, which is free to the public, will feature the “Legends of Lions” (of the famed Lions Drag Strip) with special appearances by racing rivals Don “The Snake” Prudhomme and Tom “The Mongoose” McEwen, who will sign autographs and showcase their cars. Located less than four miles from the site of the Lions Drag Strip, which operated on the outskirts of Long Beach from 1955 until 1972, the Bixby Knolls Dragster Expo and Car

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echoed much of what Langston said. “We like to meet people in the community and give them a chance to meet us, so people can have a better understanding of what we do,” he added. Cravens explained that police dramas and reality shows do not accurately portray the typical, daily duties of police patrol officers and detectives, but many people believe that what they see on television is what happens in real life. “If we are able to explain it a little bit better, that is what we want to do,” he said. Cravens said the department wants to improve its already strong connection with the community. “That is one of the purposes of this meeting, to open up the dialogue with the people who live and work in Signal Hill and the officers whose job it is to keep the city safe,” he said. Gary Paolucci lives in Long Beach, but he operates an automotive-repair business called Datsun Alley in Signal Hill. “I come here every morning. I saw the flier on the window and have always been intrigued by the officers, so I thought I would come and say hello,” he said. “I think the Signal Hill police officers are fantastic. I have nothing but good to say about them.”

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SHPD Operations Lt. Ron Sagmit said he thinks Coffee with Cops went well for its first time. “It’s a great opportunity to meet members of the community, and I look forward to our future events, and I hope for bigger turnouts,” Sagmit said he was pleased that none of the people that came to the Coffee with Cops gathering expressed complaints about the SHPD, but he, Langston and Cravens would have welcomed the opportunity to address complaints. “But the people who were here today just seemed to come out to express appreciation for the police department,” Sagmit said. “The purpose of this event was just to give people an opportunity to meet us and talk to us one-on-one.” Signal Hill resident Nancy Sciortino agreed with Sagmit. “I came to meet the officers and to express my thanks to them,” she said. “They have always had very good response times when I have called them, and I have always had good experiences with them.” Sciortino added that she also looks forward to having more informal meetings with the SHPD. “This is a great idea,” she said. “I tried to get some of my friends to come, but they could not because of their work schedules.” Langston said the department plans to do just that.

Signal Hill businessman Gary Paolucci, SHPD Chief Michael Langston and SHPD Operations Lt. Ron Sagmit discuss current events at the Coffee with Cops outreach last Friday

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Cal State Long Beach archaeologist’s Easter Island findings featured in July issue of National Geographic magazine

Easter Island (Rapa Nui), located nearly 2,500 miles west of Chile, has long intrigued explorers and scientists because of its enigmatic moai statues. When was the remote island first inhabited, what did the gigantic stone statues represent and how did ancient islanders move them? These questions fascinated archaeology professors Carl Lipo of California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) and Terry Hunt of the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. After 10 years of research, Hunt and Lipo published their investigations of Rapa Nui’s civilization in the book The Statues That Walked, which led to the cover story by author Hannah Bloch in the July issue of National Geographic magazine and a Nova/National Geographic television documentary scheduled to air in November. “Islands are well known as great laboratories for studying how evolution shapes change,” Lipo said. “In the case of Easter Island, we have a really remote place that is completely isolated from the rest of the world. Once people arrive on the island, they’re subject to the limits of whatever the island has. Leaving the island to get some missing resources simply isn’t possible when the nearest bit of land is more than 1,500 miles away by open ocean. Yet, here on Easter Island, we have some of the greatest examples of art and ingenuity in the prehistoric world. This apparent paradox really intrigued me: why would people in this place, of any place in the world, have made and transported nearly 1,000 multi-ton statues? I just had to go there to figure out why.” Lipo’s and Hunt’s views take a decidedly different direction than previous researchers and are generating commentary in the archaeology community. Rapa Nui once contained lush forests and later experienced an ecological and social collapse, but Lipo and Hunt discovered strong evidence that the destruction was largely the result of rats that came aboard Polynesian settlers’ boats rather than from inhabitants overcutting trees. And, over time, contact with Europeans brought disease and mistreatment to natives, both of which exacerbated the island’s downfall. “What surprises me about the archaeological record of Easter Island is how poorly known it is,” Lipo said. “Despite more than 100 years of research, much of what we think we know is simply drawn from stories rather than direct observation. Researchers have been blinded by an account that derives from the earliest European visitors in the 18th Century who moralized that prehistoric people must have squandered their resources since the island has large statues but almost no resources. As it turns out, there really was never much in the way of a bountiful set of resources on the island, yet the Rapanui were able to build these statues. What this implies is that our sense that the island represents a destroyed environment is incorrect– the island was made into a productive place by the actions of the Rapanui.” Another key finding is that island residents likely moved moai statues by a back-and-forth “walking”

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CSULB Professor Carl Lipo (left) and University of Hawaii Professor Terry Hunt pose with the fabricated moai statue that was produced for the upcoming Nova documentary about Easter Island.

motion rather than on tree trunk rollers as other scientists proposed. “Oral traditions recorded as early as the 1880s mention that the prehistoric statues ‘walked,’ but most researchers have assumed that this line of evidence is simply a fanciful story,” Lipo explained. “My colleague, Sergio Rapu, a native Rapanui– the name for the people who live on Easter Island– had studied statues all his life and convincingly argued that these stories were more than just a fable,” Lipo continued. “As we surveyed on the island, he pointed out various features of statues that made no sense if one was going to just put them on rollers or a sledge and drag them. So, with Terry Hunt, we began to study the moai carefully and observing how the ones that were scattered across the landscape before they reached the end of their journey were shaped, how they broke and how they fell over. “What we found is that the statues found in transport along prehistoric roads have features that could only be explained if the statues were standing and being moved before falling over,” he said. “We then became intrigued in understanding the physics of how this could be so. Our studies of how the statue leaned forward and, when rocked back and forth, would roll across its front edge to minimize friction led us to create the five-ton replica of a road moai and actually try it out. To our great

amazement, it worked– the statue walked!” The forthcoming Nova/National Geographic TV episode focuses on their movement research using the replica moai, funded by National Geographic’s Expeditions Council. It was a concept that made sense, according to Lipo. “When we move a refrigerator, we do not lay it down on its back and then push it across the kitchen on wheels. Instead, we rock it back and forth and shuffle it from one side of the kitchen to the other. In this way, one person can move a giant refrigerator. The people of Easter Island used this idea but took it to the next level. Like a refrigerator they rock the statue back and forth, but then also shape the statue so that it takes advantage of the movement.” Modern island dwellers shared ancestral Rapanui stories with Lipo and Hunt that corroborated this moai transportation idea. “They even have a word for this kind of motion– nekeneke– which means ‘shuffle forward on your feet in a twisting motion.’ Individuals have told us that their grandmothers used to sing a song about the walking moai and do the neke-neke motion. So for them, it’s an obvious link to their traditional beliefs.” Lipo said he and Hunt have much more to learn about the Rapanui. “Their management of the land supported statue construction in a way that was sustainable for more than 500 years,” said Lipo. “Assumptions about ecological catastrophe are simply unwarranted. Thus, we need to examine the island’s archaeology in light of this understanding and to look directly at the record to understand how they were able to achieve what they did. This will take a lot of additional field work.” MORE INFORMATION ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2012 /07/easter-island/bloch-text

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Mariachis, Frida Kahlo and one of Mexico’s most versatile artists to spice up MOLAA’s upcoming Murals Under the Stars installment This summer, the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), 628 Alamitos Ave., will again host Murals Under the Stars, the popular outdoor multimedia series that features local art lecturer Gregorio Luke projecting images onto a 100-foot-by-30-foot wall while discussing them. The summer’s first show will be offered Sunday, July 22 with a new presentation about mariachi music, complete with a performance by the band Mariachi Imperial. On Sunday, July 29, Luke will focus on the art and life of artist Frida Kahlo, sharing recently discovered photos and film clips with the audience. The series will conclude on Sunday, Aug. 5, with a multimedia extravaganza examining the life and art of Miguel Covarrubias featuring African-American, Balinese and modern dancers, as well as jazz musicians. “With this summer’s Murals series, I am pleased to announce that Gregorio Luke officially begins his tenure as MOLAA’s 2012 lecturer-in-residence,” said Stuart A. Ashman, MOLAA president and CEO. Mariachi music As part of the July 22 presentation, Mariachi Imperial will demonstrate the role each instrument plays in a Mariachi ensemble, along with the different rhythms such as son, canción, ranchera, polka, and bolero. The event will also

feature film clips of classic mariachi stars such as Jorge Negrete, Pedro Infante, Javier Solis and composer Jose Alfredo Jimenes. The lecture will be illustrated with projections of art that is inspired by the music, such as the murals of Bonampak, Rufino Tamayo’s murals in Mexico’s national Conservatory and the “Teatro de los Insurgentes” by Diego Rivera, among others. Frida Kahlo The July 29 presentation will provide an indepth look at the many aspects of the life and career of Kahlo, including a detailed analysis of her most important paintings as well as an examination of her political life and letters. Short documentary films as well as color photographs will be included. The presentation will also feature a short film by Manuel Alvarez Bravo that is the only known color film of Kahlo and her husband, muralist Diego Rivera.

Miguel Covarrubias Painter, muralist, cartoonist, filmmaker, anthropologist, author, dance promoter, curator and one of Mexico’s most versatile artists, Covarrubias travelled and lived outside of Mexico, depicted many different cultures and united many worlds. He was among the first to paint the world of jazz and blues during the Harlem Renaissance in New York City. Later, while living in Bali, he would create images of

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that culture and continue similarly documenting heritage in China, Latin America, Oaxaca and Southern Mexico. He not only ventured into archaeology and anthropology, but dance as well. He became the most ardent promoter of the Golden Age of Mexican dance. In addition to the projection of Covarrubias’s murals, paintings and cartoons, the presentation will include live performances evoking the many cultures that impacted Covarrubias’s work.

Mercado Before each mural’s presentation, at 6:30pm, MOLAA will host a festive mercado with a variety of vendors, offering guests an opportunity to eat, drink and shop.

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(top right) Photograph of the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo by Imogen Cunningham

(right) “Yo Nomás Pretendí ser un Guen Mariachi” by Jesús Jáuregui

SH summer concerts to heat things up again with local bands Bring a beach chair and blanket; the City of Signal Hill will again host its annual summer concert series on Wednesday evenings in July and August at Signal Hill Park, 2175 Cherry Ave. The event will also feature food vendors, including Baja Sonora, Kashiwa Restaurant, Cruisin’ Juice, Nolin Roaster Corn, Coda’s Kettle Korn and Rossmoor Pastries. Classic rock ‘n’ roll group The Trip will perform July 11, followed by jazz-and-blues band the Blue Breeze Band on July 18 and Journey tribute band DSB on July 25. The

Eagles tribute band Desperado will perform on Aug. 8, followed by U2 tribute band L.A.vation on Aug. 8 and The Beatles tribute band The Silver Beatles on Aug. 15. The event’s Headliner Sponsors ($3,000 and more) are LA County Supervisor Don Knabe, Signal Hill Petroleum, Mercedes Benz of Long Beach and Willow Urgent Care. Its Rockstar Sponsors ($1,000 to $2,999) are Graner Oil Company, Mesa Environmental, Shell Oil, Aleshire & Wynder LLP, Signal Hill Waste & Recycling

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Jazz singer Cris Barber will perform at Rancho Los Cerritos, 4600 Virginia Rd., during a July 22 concert. Museum gates will open for picnicking after 4:30pm, and the concert will be performed from 5:30pm to 7pm in the open garden of the Rancho adobe house. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and/or blankets. Admission is free. Barber is a jazz vocalist from Southern California who won the Orange County Music Award (OCMA) for Best Jazz Artist in 2004. She was then nominated four times for the OCMA and once for the Southern California Music Award. Barber utilizes vocals to accentuate a combination of pop and jazz

standards much like Victor Young’s “My Foolish Heart,” Cole Porter’s “Love For Sale,” and Paul McCartney’s “Blackbird” to name a few, according to a press release issued by the Rancho. The performance will be the second of three summer concerts to be held this year at Rancho Los Cerritos. The final summer show will be the Romanza concert, which will present a mix of traditional and modern Latin jazz on Aug. 26. All concerts begin at 5:30pm.

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TST4098 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE TS No. 12-0004035 Doc ID #0001498572042005N Title Order No. 12-0007621 Investor/Insurer No. 149857204 APN No. 7217-006080 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 03/20/2007. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. Notice is hereby given that RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the Deed of Trust executed by EDWARD H. J. WILSON, AN UNMARRIED MAN, dated 03/20/2007 and recorded 3/27/2007, as Instrument No. 20070703200, in Book , Page , of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, State of California, will sell on 07/09/2012 at 11:00AM, By the fountain located at 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona, CA 91766 at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash or check as described below, payable in full at time of sale, all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust, in the property situated in said County and State and as more fully described in the above referenced Deed of Trust. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2043 CRESCENT DRIVE, SIGNAL HILL, CA, 90755. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The total amount of the unpaid balance with interest thereon of the obligation secured by the property to be sold plus reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $707,407.52. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept cashier's checks drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Said sale will be made, in an ''AS IS'' condition, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances, to satisfy the indebtedness secured by said Deed of Trust, advances thereunder, with interest as provided, and the unpaid principal of the Note secured by said Deed of Trust with interest thereon as provided in said Note, plus fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. If required by the provisions of section 2923.5 of the California Civil Code, the declaration from the mortgagee, beneficiary or authorized agent is attached to the duly recorded with the appropriate County Recorder's Office. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on a 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 lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 1-800-281-8219 or visit this Internet Web site www.recontrustco.com, using the file number assigned to this case NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE TS No. 12-0004035. 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 COMPANY, N.A. 1800 Tapo Canyon Rd., CA6-914-01-94 SIMI VALLEY, CA 93063 Phone: (800) 281 8219, Sale Information (626) 927-4399 By: -Trustee's Sale Officer RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. A4256325 06/15/2012, 06/22/2012, 06/29/2012

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TST4104 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE TSG No.: 4320171 TS No.: 20099070823005 FHA/VA/PMI No.: APN:7211‑020‑005 Property Address: 2363 CERRITOS AVE SIGNAL HILL, CA 90755 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 05/17/07. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On July 12, 2012 at 11:00 AM, First American Trustee Servicing Solutions, LLC, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust recorded 05/23/07, as Instrument No. 20071250431, in book , page , of Official Records in the Office of the County Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, State of California. Executed by: KHENG PHAY and HIENG PHAY,. WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH, CASHIER'S CHECK/CASH EQUIVALENT or other form of payment authorized by 2924h(b), (Payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States) Inside the lobby of the building located at 628 North Diamond Bar Blvd., Suite B, Diamond Bar, CA. All right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County and State described as: AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED IN THE ABOVE MENTIONED DEED OF TRUST APN# 7211‑020‑005. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2363 CERRITOS AVE, SIGNAL HILL, CA 90755. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, under the terms of said Deed of Trust, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $567,741.73. The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the County where the real property is located. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder's office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call (916) 939‑0772 or visit this Internet Web http://search.nationwideposting.com/propertySearchTerms.aspx using the file number assigned to this case 20099070823005. 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. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee or the Mortgagee's Trustee. The beneficiary or servicing agent declares that it has obtained from the Commissioner of Corporations a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to California Civil Code Section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date the Notice of Sale is filed and/or The timeframe for giving Notice of Sale specified in subdivision (s) of California Civil Code Section 2923.52 applies and has been provided or the loan is exempt from the requirements. Date: 06/15/12, First American Title Insurance Company First American Trustee Servicing Solutions, LLC 3 First American Way, Santa Ana, CA 92707 Original document signed by Authorized Agent, Chet Sconyers -- FOR TRUSTEE'S SALE INFORMATION

PLEASE CALL (916) 939-0772. First American Trustee Servicing Solutions, LLC May be Acting as a Debt Collector Attempting to Collect a Debt. Any Information obtained may be used for that purpose. NPP0203355 06/22/12, 06/29/12, 07/06/12

TST4111 TS No. CA-12-492430-AB Order No.: 6434179 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 12/17/2007. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER.  A public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier's check drawn on a state or national bank, check drawn by state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, or savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 to the Financial code and authorized to do business in this state, will be held by duly appointed trustee. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by the Deed of Trust, with interest and late charges thereon, as provided in the note(s), advances, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale.  BENEFICIARY MAY ELECT TO BID LESS THAN THE TOTAL AMOUNT DUE. Trustor(s): JAMES ROBIN SAURENMANN AND SARAH ELLEN SAURENMANN HUSBAND AND WIFE AS JOINT TENANTS Recorded: 12/20/2007 as Instrument No. 20072798472 of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, California;  Date of Sale: 7/25/2012 at 09:00 AM Place of Sale: Behind the fountain located in Civic Center Plaza, 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona CA 91766 Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $359,168.96 The purported property address is: 3315 ORANGE AVENUE , SIGNAL HILL, CA 90755 4824 Assessor’s Parcel No. 7148-004-021 NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property.  NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 714-573-1965 for information regarding the trustee’s sale or visit this Internet Web site http://www.qualityloan.com, using the file number assigned to this foreclosure by the Trustee: CA-12492430-AB. 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.  The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the property address or other common designation, if any, shown herein. If no street address or other common designation is shown, directions to the location of the property may be obtained by sending a written request to the beneficiary within 10 days of the date of first publication of this Notice of Sale.  If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder's sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee, and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee, or the Mortgagee’s Attorney. Date: Quality Loan Service Corp. 2141 5th Avenue  San Diego, CA 92101 619-645-7711 For NON SALE information only  Sale Line: 714-573-1965   Or Login to: http://www.qualityloan.com  Reinstatement Line: (866) 645-7711 Ext 5318 Quality Loan Service Corp. If you have previously been discharged through bankruptcy, you may have been released of personal liability for this loan in which case this letter is intended to exercise the note holders right’s against the real property only.    THIS NOTICE IS SENT FOR THE PURPOSE OF COLLECT-

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ING A DEBT. THIS FIRM IS ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT ON BEHALF OF THE HOLDER AND OWNER OF THE NOTE. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED BY OR PROVIDED TO THIS FIRM OR THE CREDITOR WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE.  As required by law, you are hereby notified that a negative credit report reflecting on your credit record may be submitted to a credit report agency if you fail to fulfill the terms of your credit obligations. P954301 6/29, 7/6, 07/13/2012  TST4099 Trustee Sale No. 12-00581-3 Loan No. 0023262439 APN 7215-027-042 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 5/30/2007. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 8/2/2012, at 09:00 AM, Doubletree Hotel Los Angeles-Norwalk, 13111 Sycamore Drive, Norwalk, CA 90650, Vineyard Ballroom, Power Default Services, Inc., as the duly appointed Trustee, under and pursuant to the power of sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust Recorded on 06/11/2007, as Instrument No. 20071402576 of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, CA, executed by: LANCE B. JAITEH AND LAURA J. NUNEZ, HUSBAND AND WIFE AS COMMUNITY PROPERTY, as Trustor, in favor of MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., AS NOMINEE FOR LENOX FINANCIAL MORTGAGE CORPORATION as Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER, in lawful money of the United States, all payable at the time of sale, that certain property situated in said County, California describing the land therein as: As more fully described in said Deed of Trust The property heretofore described is being sold "as is". The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2121 TEMPLE AVE UNIT 4, SIGNAL HILL, CA 90755 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made 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 with any modifications thereto). NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder`s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 1-800-280-2832 or visit this Internet Web site www.auction.com, using the file number assigned to this case 12-00581-3. 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. 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 $455,984.27 (Estimated), provided, however, prepayment premiums, accrued interest 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 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. 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BENEDICT, A SINGLE MAN, dated 02/22/2007 and recorded 2/28/2007, as Instrument No. 20070433089, in Book , Page , of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, State of California, will sell on 07/23/2012 at 11:00AM, By the fountain located at 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona, CA 91766 at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash or check as described below, payable in full at time of sale, all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust, in the property situated in said County and State and as more fully described in the above referenced Deed of Trust. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2600 EAST 20TH STREET #302A, SIGNAL HILL, CA, 90755. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The total amount of the unpaid balance with interest thereon of the obligation secured by the property to be sold plus reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $307,987.06. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept cashier's checks drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Said sale will be made, in an ''AS IS'' condition, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances, to satisfy the indebtedness secured by said Deed of Trust, advances thereunder, with interest as provided, and the unpaid principal of the Note secured by said Deed of Trust with interest thereon as provided in said Note, plus fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. If required by the provisions of section 2923.5 of the California Civil Code, the declaration from the mortgagee, beneficiary or authorized agent is attached to the Notice of Trustee's Sale duly recorded with the appropriate County Recorder's Office. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on a 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 lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 1-800-281-8219 or visit this Internet Web site www.recontrustco.com, using the file number assigned to this case TS No. 12-0025680. 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 COMPANY, N.A. 1800 Tapo Canyon Rd., CA6-914-01-94 SIMI VALLEY, CA 93063 Phone: (800) 281 8219, Sale Information (626) 927-4399 By: Trustee's Sale Officer RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. A-4254573 06/29/2012, 07/06/2012, 07/13/2012

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TST4109 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE APN No. 7214-021-051 TS No. 12-0022851 Title Order No. 12-0038027 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 05/22/2008. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. Notice is hereby given that RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the Deed of Trust executed by DUANE S LAGESE, TRUSTEE OF THE DUANE S LAGESE LIVING TRUST DATED 09-21-2008, dated 05/22/2008 and recorded 06/03/2008, as Instrument No. 20080975240, in Book , Page of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, State of California, will sell on 07/26/2012 at 09:00 AM, Doubletree Hotel Los Angeles-Norwalk, 13111 Sycamore Drive, Norwalk, CA 90650, Vineyard Ballroom at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash or check as described below, payable in full at time of sale, all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust, in the property situated in said County and State and as more fully described in the above referenced Deed of Trust. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2501 TEMPLE AVE UNIT 313, SIGNAL HILL, CA 90755-4035. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The total amount of the unpaid balance with interest thereon of the obligation secured by the property to be sold plus reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $92,276.47. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept cashier's checks drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Said sale will be made, in an ''AS IS'' condition, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances, to satisfy the indebtedness secured by said Deed of Trust, advances thereunder, with interest as provided, and the unpaid principal of the Note secured by said Deed of Trust with interest thereon as provided in said Note, plus fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. If required by the provisions of Section 2923.5 of the California Civil Code, the declaration from the mortgagee, beneficiary or authorized agent is attached to the Notice of Trustee's Sale duly recorded with the appropriate County Recorder's office. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on a 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 lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 1-800-281-8219 or visit this Internet Web site www.recontrustco.com, using the file number assigned to this case 12-0022851. 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 COMPANY, N.A. 1800 Tapo Canyon Rd., CA6-914-01-94 SIMI VALLEY, CA 93063 Phone/Sale Information: (800) 281-8219 By RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose.A-FN4249948 06/29/2012, 07/06/2012, 07/13/2012

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TST4093 / 2012 088774 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: MW&M LIGHTING, 3827 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90807. Registrant: KELLY SUTHERIN McLEOD ARCHITECTURE, INC., 3827 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90807. This business is conducted by: a Corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Kelly Sutherlin McLeod, President. The registrant has begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. The registrant began using this fictitious business name on December 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on May 10, 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: June 8, 15, 22, 29, 2012.

TST4096 / 2012 109058 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: FUTUREPROOF STUDIOS, 4557 E. Carson St., Long Beach, CA 90808. Registrant: MICHAEL BELANGER, 4557 E. Carson St., Long Beach, CA 90808. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Michael Belanger. 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 June 5, 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: June 8, 15, 22, 29, 2012.

TST4092 / Case No. MS008665 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, 4201 14th W, Lancaster, CA 93534. Michael D. Antonovich Anatlope Valley Branch. PETITION OF Heather Valine Bowlds For Change of Name. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner HEATHER VALINE BOWLDS, filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: HEATHER VALINE BOWLDS to Proposed Name: HECTOR ISAIAS MANUAL. 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: August 1, 2012; Time: 8:30 A.M.; Dept. A11. 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: June 8, 15, 22, 29, 2012. ___//ss//___ Thomas R. White, Judge of the Superior Court Dated: June 1, 2012

TST4091 / 2012 102593 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: 1. L & L TOWING & IMPOUND, 2. L N L TOWING, 3. L & L IMPOUND, 4. L & L TOWING, 1630 San Francisco Ave., Long Beach, CA 90813. Registrant: L&L TOWING, INC., 1630 San Francisco Ave., Long Beach, CA 90813. This business is conducted by: a Corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Lou Arias, CEO. The registrant has begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. The registrant began using this fictitious business names in 2002. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on May 25, 2012. NOTICE: This fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. The Signal Tribune: June 8, 15, 22, 29, 2012.

TST4101 / 2012 115368 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as: 1. KADEECAKES, 2. BRITTLE ME THIS, 20002 Cabrillo Lane, Cerritos, CA 90703. Registrant: 1. KELLY D. ELLIS, 2. CHELSEA R. HAYWARD, 20002 Cabrillo Lane, Cerritos, CA 90703. This business is conducted by: a Limited Partnership. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Kelly D. Ellis. 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 June 12, 2012. NOTICE: This fictitious

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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: June 15, 22, 29, & July 6, 2012.

TST4102 / Case No. NS025367 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, 415 W. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802 PETITION OF Michelle Han Chimai Pagtakhan For Change of Name. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner MICHELLE HAN CHIMAI PAGTAKHAN, filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: MICHELLE HAN CHIMAI PAGTAKHAN to Proposed Name: MICHELLE CHIMAI NGO PAGTAKHAN. 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: July 24, 2012; Time: 1:30 P.M.; Dept. H. 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: June 15, 22, 29, & July 6, 2012. ___//ss//___ Joseph E. DiLoreto, Judge of the Superior Court Dated: May 1, 2012

TST4106 / 2012 119338 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: G I L ' S C O I N S & S T U F F, 2 3 4 3 E . 1 7 t h S t . , Unit 207, Long Beach, CA 90804. Registrant: GILBERT VERNON, 2343 E. 17th St., Unit 207, Long Beach, CA 90804. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Gilbert Vernon. 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 June 18, 2012. NOTICE: This fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. The Signal Tribune: June 22, 29, & July 6, 13, 2012. TST4107 / 2012 119339 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: WILLOWBROOK, 707 Torrance Blvd., Ste. 200, Redondo Beach, CA 90278. Registrant: FELIX VALDEZ,LLC, 707 Torrance Blvd., Ste. 200, Redondo Beach, CA 90278. This business is conducted by: a Limited Liability Company. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Joseph Spierer, Managing Member. 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 June 8, 2012. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on June 18, 2012. NOTICE: This fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. A new fictitious business name statement

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A REQUEST TO ADD A NEW 982 SQUARE FOOT SERVICE DEPARTMENT WRITE-UP AREA AND 885 SQUARE FOOT OUTDOOR DECK AT AN EXISTING AUTO DEALERSHIP SALES AND SERVICE BUILDING AT 2100 E. SPRING STREET IN THE SP-4, AUTO CENTER SPECIFIC PLAN, ZONING DISTRICT Applicant: Glenn E. Thomas Dodge

THIS PROJECT IS CATEGORICALLY EXEMPT from requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act pursuant to Section 15301 class 1(a) and (e) of Guidelines for Implementation of the California Environmental Quality Act.

ALL INTERESTED PERSONS are hereby invited to attend the 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 as described in this notice or in written correspondence delivered to the City prior to or at the public hearings. Written comments may be submitted to the Community Development Department prior to or at the public hearings. You may also email us with your comments and/or concerns at HYPERLINK "mailto:scharney@cityofsignalhill.org" scharney@cityofsignalhill.org. FURTHER INFORMATION on these items may be obtained at the City of Signal Hill Community Development Department located at 2175 Cherry Avenue, Signal Hill, California or by calling Planning Manager Scott Charney at (562) 989-7343.

Published in the Signal Tribune newspaper: June 29, 2012 Posted in accordance with S.H.M.C. Section 1.08.010: June 29, 2012 Mailed to affected property owners within 100’ on or before: June 29, 2012 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: June 22, 29, & July 6, 13, 2012.

TST4108 / 2012 101392 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: R NIRVANA, 18034 Ventura Blvd. #336, Encino, CA 91316. Registrant: RAVELLO VENTURES, INC., 18034 Ventura Blvd. #336, Encino, CA 91316. This business is conducted by: a Corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Deon Rice, President. 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 24, 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: June 22, 29, & July 6, 13, 2012.

TST4103 / 2012 118041 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: SILVER SAGE HEALTH & NUTRITION, 4580 Atlantic Ave. #7706, Long Beach, CA 90807. Registrant: JANA J. PENDRAGON BOWDISH, 16275 Chicago Ave., Bellflower, CA 90706. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Jana J. Pendragon Bowdish. 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 June 14, 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: June 22, 29, & July 6, 13, 2012.

TST4114 / 2012 124952 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: BIXBY KNOLLS PROPERTY MANAGEMENT, 545 E. Bixby Rd., Long Beach, CA 90807. Registrant: C. WADE ANDREWS, 545 E. Bixby Rd., Long Beach, CA 90807. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: C. Wade Andrews. 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 June 21, 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: June 29, & July 6, 13, 20, 2012.

TST4115 / 2012 130407 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: ATTAINABLE SOLUTIONS, 8432 La Docena Lane, Pico Rivera, CA 90660. Registrant: LISA MARIE FRANCO, 8432 La Docena Lane, Pico Rivera, CA 90660. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Lisa Marie Franco. 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 June 28, 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: June 29, & July 6, 13, 20, 2012.

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through volunteerism. When first given the opportunity, DeCesare initially rejected the invitation. Over time, another co-founder of Everloop.com convinced her otherwise. “When I was getting on the plane, I remember thinking, ‘What am I doing?’” DeCesare recalled. According to Beeney, no one ever grew suspicious of a false identity. “We were amazed by the quality and caliber of the equipment they had and the amount of crew– the 30 people– that accompanied them,” she said. “They seemed legit and ethical.” DeCesare was invited to help build a memorial garden for the Alonso Family, who lost their son and brother Christian in a tragic accident. She became deeply moved by the entire experience while standing in the place where that tragedy had occurred. “These people are such beautiful individuals, and I got to spend the day with them,” she said. Over the week, she and Beeney became incredibly close.

Freeway collision ends with fatal results Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) officers responded to the southbound 710 Freeway, south of 6th Street, regarding a traffic collision that resulted in the death of a male adult passenger on Monday, June 25, at approximately 12:45am. The preliminary investigation revealed that a gray 1996 Acura Integra was traveling in the number-one traffic lane. The vehicle struck the east curb, below the 6th Street overpass, and veered across traffic lanes to the west side of the freeway. The passenger side of the vehicle struck a freeway sign and a palm tree, located on the west side of the freeway, before coming to a stop. Long Beach Fire Department paramedics responded and pronounced the 19-year-old male passenger deceased at

the scene. The 18-year-old female driver was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. Once released from the hospital, she was booked for felony impaired driving and vehicular manslaughter. Currently, she is being held at the Long Beach City Jail on $100,000 bail. The identities of both driver and passenger, residents of Los Angeles, are being withheld until next of kin has been notified. During the investigation, southbound 710 Freeway traffic was diverted for several hours from approximately 1am to 7:15am. Those with information regarding this incident are asked to call (562) 5707355. Anonymous tips may be submitted via text or web by visiting tipsoft.com.

CITY OF SIGNAL HILL Source: Long Beach Police Dept.

TST4113 PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE FOR MINOR AMENDMENTS TO THE INVENTORY OF ANTENNA UNDER CONDITONAL USE PERMIT 02-01 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Signal Hill, California, will hold the following public hearings:

July 10, 2012: Planning Commission at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers located at City Hall, 2175 Cherry Avenue, Signal Hill, California

July 17, 2012: City Council at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers located at City Hall, 2175 Cherry Avenue, Signal Hill, California

SUBJECT:

Minor Amendments to the Inventory of Antenna under Conditional Use Permit 02-01

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: A REQUEST TO MODIFY THE EXISTING CONDITIONS OF APPROVAL FOR CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT (CUP) 02-01, BY ADDING ONE MICROWAVE DISH WITHIN AN EXISTING ROOF EQUIPMENT SHELTER AND CHANGING THE TYPE OF THREE OF THE FIFTEEN PANEL ANTENNA ON THE EXTERIOR WALLS OF A BUILDING LOCATED AT 2525 CHERRY AVENUE Applicant: Sprint

AN NEGATIVE DECLARATION was previously approved for the project. The Initial Study and material relevant to the Negative Declaration may be inspected between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursdays, and 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Fridays, in the Community Development Department at City Hall. PURSUANT TO CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY ACT Guidelines Section 15162, the revisions under the proposed minor amendments for Conditional Use Permit 02-01 do not result in conditions that require the preparation of a subsequent or supplemental negative declaration.

ALL INTERESTED PERSONS are hereby invited to attend the public hearings to present written information, express their opinions or otherwise present evidence on the above matter. If you wish to legally challenge any action taken by the City on the above matter, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing as described in this notice or in written correspondence delivered to the City prior to or at the public hearings. Written comments may be submitted to the Community Development Department prior to or at the public hearings. You may also email us with your comments and/or concerns at rschaetzl@cityofsignalhill.org FURTHER INFORMATION on the project may be obtained at the City of Signal Hill Community Development Department located at 2175 Cherry Avenue, Signal Hill, California, or by calling Assistant Planner, Reina Schaetzl at (562) 989-7341. Published in the Signal Hill Tribune newspaper: June 29, 2012 Posted in accordance with S.H.M.C. Section 1.08.010: June 29, 2012 Mailed to property owners within 300 feet on or before: June 29, 2012

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DeCesare described her as warm and engaging. “She wanted to make sure that every single person who has lost somebody out there has someone they can count on,” she added. “We are lucky there are people like that in this world.” DeCesare revealed herself as a wealthy entrepreneur on Friday, Oct. 14, 2011. “When she stepped forward, it was beyond amazing, beyond belief,” Beeney said. Although none of New Hope’s crew had seen the show, Beeney remembered viewing its trailer three years prior. She thought, “Wow, finally a reality show of substance,” and she wondered how New Hope could one day become one of the featured nonprofit organizations. With the generous donation, New Hope was able to update their website, so now the public can easily learn about their programs, read past “Stories of Hope,” view upcoming events, and more. The monetary gift has also allowed the nonprofit to hire David Leonard, a previous grief program participator, as the director of development and marketing. The donation has

additionally made economic struggles in general easier to weather. New Hope will always relieve grieving people and help them find hope and healing as they travel on their own personal journeys of grief, according to Beeney. “It’s so rewarding because you can help people who came to you all numb in their grief and not knowing which way to turn,” Beeney said. “And you offer them grief support where our trained facilitators are beside you, and 900 people in our groups share their hearts, being transparent and vulnerable. You watch them transform out of the bondage of grief into the freedom to grieve.” DeCesare was able to bring volunteerism into her own life. She now volunteers at her church and is currently involved as a board member in an organization fighting pediatric cancer. New Hope will host a public premiere party from 7pm to 9pm on July 8 at Gaslamp Restaurant, 6251 E. Pacific Coast Highway.

The Long Beach Gas and Oil Department (LBGO) is alerting residents about recent reports of persons falsely representing themselves as utility workers to burglarize houses, claiming that a gas meter needs to be replaced and inquiring when the resident will be not be home. LBGO routinely performs gas meter exchanges throughout the cities of Long Beach and Signal Hill, according to LBGO, who indicates that with all

meter work, customer contact is made either in person by a uniformed employee or through an LBGO form that is left in a prominent location on the property. The form provides a contact number for questions and concerns about the work scheduled. LBGO employees who make contact with a resident for any type of meter work or inspection is identifiable by their LBGO uniform and is required, upon request, to show a City-issued identifica-

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the woman moved back. Pascual, Reyes and several other speakers stressed that one of the challenges of trying to rescue elderly victims of abuse or self-neglect is that many of them are used to being strong and independent. They do not want to admit that they need help, and they are ashamed to tell anyone that someone has harmed them in some way. “Your suspicion is all that is necessary for APS to investigate,” Pascual said. “Please make sure you report anything you think might be elder abuse or neglect to APS or to another agency that is charged with protecting the elderly. We would rather have the opportunity to investigate than to take the chance of allowing a dangerous situation to continue.” Several speakers noted that investigators of alleged elder abuse are not permitted to reveal the identity of the person making the report. Kathleen Kosche, LCSW, of the Memorial Counseling Association, stressed that abuse takes a very serious toll on seniors. She explained that everyone, young or old, feels terrible when they are abused, but there are resiliency issues with the elderly. “Their ability to bounce back is not as strong as it used to be,” she said. “Elderly people often feel helpless and hopeless.” The Long Beach Elder Abuse Prevention Team– the coordinator of the symposium– made flyers and other printed materials available to attendees. One flyer contains a list of signs and symptoms of elder abuse. They include: unexplained physical injuries; agitation, trembling, confusion or disorientation; emotional distress like crying and/or

depression; withdrawnness; lack of emotion; self-destructive behavior; social and physical isolation; unexplained loss of financial independence or control; and a home in disarray, lacking basic necessities. The hand-out also urges readers to be concerned if: an older adult appears fearful of a caregiver or family members; an older adult appears reluctant to respond when questioned; a caregiver or family member seeks to prevent an elder from interacting privately with a concerned party; an older adult, family member or caregiver gives conflicting accounts of an incident; or a caregiver or family member is indifferent or angry towards an elder and refuses to provide necessary assistance. Those who suspect elder abuse or neglect can contact the following agencies: Los Angeles County APS (888) 202-4248 Long Beach Police Department (562) 435-6711 Signal Hill Police Department (562) 989-7200 Emergency situations 9-1-1

Elder Abuse Hotline (877) 477-3646 or (800) 992-1660

Long Term Care Ombudsman Crisis Number (800) 334-9473 or (310) 394-9871

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tion card. If the resident has any doubts, they may call the LBGO emergency line at (562) 570-2140 to verify the legitimacy of the meter exchange and the employee. Residents are advised to keep gates to back yards locked and secure at all times and to immediately report suspicious activity, including loiterers, by calling 911 with a suspect description. Source: Superintendent of Gas Operations Elder abuse statistics Compiled by Rosemary Lewallen, Long Beach Elder Abuse Prevention Team member and coordinator of the recent elder abuse symposium, "Could It Happen To You."

• According to a recent National Institute of Justice Study, almost 11 percent of people ages 60 and older (5.7 million) faced some form of elder abuse in the past year. A 2009 study estimated that 14.1 percent of noninstitutionalized older adults nationwide had experienced some form of elder abuse in the past year. • According to a MetLife study (2009), approximately $2.6 billion a year is lost by elders because of financial abuse. However, it is estimated that only one in 100 cases of financial abuse is ever reported.

• Financial abuse represents 15 to 45 percent of cases reported to Los Angeles County Adult Protective Services (APS). AARP estimates that $40 million is lost annually to sweepstakes fraud targeting seniors.

• Approximately one out of five of all types of elder abuse cases is reported. • According to recent APS statistics, as people are living longer and aging in place, elder abuse is increasing. For example, in 2006 there were 104,000 reports of elder abuse in California, a 34percent increase since 2000. Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley (2009) revealed that reported cases doubled from 2005 to 2009 in LA County. Elder abuse is projected to increase as the large number of Baby Boomers ages.

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While other cities are paying their water bills, the Cities’ fees are adding up fast and contribute to the controversy. “What’s ironic is all the other (Cities) are still paying,” Kawasaki said. “Long Beach, LA and Lakewood have been really good about paying their bill. Now they’re upset because they’re paying their bill and those other Cities are not.” Kawasaki said the Cities are still getting the benefit of water being put back in the ground and made available to them. “We believe that they should pay their bills as all the other water purveyors have been paying,” she said. Although Signal Hill is not paying any assessments to the WRD at this time, they have passed increased fees on to residents. The City is collecting that money and holding it in an escrow account until the damages suit is resolved in court. Signal Hill Public Works Director Steve Myrter says the City can satisfy most of its water demands from WRD and buys very little imported water. “We can meet 90 to 95 percent depending on the year,” said Myrter. The remaining five to 10 percent of the City’s water needs come from imported water from Northern California and Colorado. That water must be purchased from the Metropolitan Water District at almost double the price of WRD groundwater. Farfsing says that the City of Signal Hill does indeed follow California’s Proposition 218 when it raises water rates. “We go through Prop 218 notice and public hearings,” said Farfsing. “So we basically mail out notices to everyone within the community that we’re considering a rate increase, and we hold public hearings, and people come in and ask questions.” The Cities contend that when the WRD raises assessments without holding public hearings or “protest

hearings,” they are not following Prop 218. “And we believe they need to,” said Farfsing. “And that’s what this dispute is about.” Farfsing’s press release earlier this month stated: “The Court originally ruled against the WRD in April of 2011, concluding that the WRD violated Proposition 218 when the agency levied excessive water replenishment assessments against the Cities without allowing them to protest.” Whitaker believes Prop 218’s effects on the process are more involved than holding protest hearings about assessment increases. “Prop 218 isn’t just about notifying people, it’s also about doing a cost-of-service study for the two groundwater basin areas within our service region,” said Whitaker. He explained that three of the five Cities have made three unsuccessful attempts in the Legislature to develop a split-assessment approach to the WRD’s replenishment assessment. However, he believes the split assessment is a very divisive issue that will pit pumpers from different regions of the WRD service area against each other and would likely initiate very expensive and prolonged litigation regarding water rights between those entities, versus continuing on the replenishment path that has served the region well for the past 50 years. “They want us to look at how much it costs to replenish each basin, which is just going to start World War III among the pumping community,” Whitaker said. Whitaker himself is a water customer in Signal Hill. “(Signal Hill is) continuing to pump. I live in Signal Hill. I’m a resident. I’m paying my water bill. And they’re pumping water and serving it, and they’re not paying for their pumping (to the WRD),” he said. “(The WRD is) buying water to put in the basin to replenish everyone’s pumping. They’re pumping water right now, and they’re not paying for it.”

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