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July 6, 2012

Councilmember Gabelich shares final words All fired up: Local restaurant Departing on her district, the city council and running for mayor owners lay out vision to make Signal Hill a cook’s destination As the clock winds down on Rae Michelle Lecours

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Southern California’s reputation of attracting passionate “foodies” could help a local campaign that aims to make Signal Hill a unique gastronomical destination. Dave and Louise Solzman have spelled out a vision to attract support to build a culinary center on Cherry Avenue and Willow Street. The Solzmans, who own Delius Restaurant, are hoping to transform about 8,000 square feet into a space that can house several commercial kitchens available for rent. However the couple has thought beyond just the kitchens. On the website at signalhillculinarycenter.com, they’ve

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imagined that the space could be used for cooking classes, a kitchen-supply store, a wine-sales outlet, a demo kitchen/meeting space, and a deli. Dave Solzman, in an interview last week, explained that competitions like Food Network’s Iron Chef could be held there to pit one restaurant against another. He’s never seen any business that has combined retail with a business that rents out kitchen space, and Dave emphasized that there aren’t many commercial kitchens available on a large scale to lease to the public. The restaurant owner thought of quite of a few who could patronize the center: caterers, people who sell at farmsee KITCHEN page 5

Gabelich’s final days this month as councilmember for Long Beach’s eighth district, she sat down this week with the Signal Tribune to reflect on her past eight years in office and spoke candidly about Council infighting, her accomplishments and running for mayor of Long Beach.

To see the video of this interview in its entirety, visit signaltribune.com/gabelich . You were in the eighth district for eight years. You could have run for a third term as a write- in. Why didn’t you? Truth? Yes. Let’s just go out with a blaze of glory! You know, I did think about it, but really the last four years have been pretty challenging in my life. My mother-in-law was getting older. She passed at 95 last year, and that really brought a tremendous amount of stress, and then the decision had to be made to decide by January 17 (whether to run), and I was still coming out of that. And I thought, you know, do I really want to go through two more years of fighting every sin-

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After representing the eighth district on the Long Beach City Council for the last eight years, Rae Gabelich is approaching her final day in office.

Owners of long-unoccupied homes on Hill Street heading to court to save them from demolition see GABELICH page 14

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Line cook Kate Westenberg prepares “happy hour” fish tacos at the kitchen in Delius Restaurant on Cherry Avenue in Signal Hill recently. If restaurant owners Dave and Louise Solzman get full approval of their proposed plan for a culinary center, Delius’s catering operations may move to the center.

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The owner of two vacant, upscale homes on a section on Hill Street just west of Redondo Avenue, on the border between Signal Hill and Long Beach, is heading for a showdown with the City of Long Beach. The City has filed a lawsuit seeking a court order to have the houses demolished. The owner, Tarzana-based Six Angels Inc., wants to keep the structures intact in hopes of selling them. Los Angeles County Superior Court will hear the case in Long Beach in late August. The houses, at 2910 and 2914 Hill St. in Long Beach, were built by developer Wayne Ballinger in 2003, but he never got the necessary easements to hook up utilities or construct see HILL STREET page 11

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COMMUNITY 2 SIGNAL TRIBUNE Young generation learns to love animals through contest, tour and Wheely Willy Ariana Gastelum Editorial Intern

Animal-care organizations are influencing young generations, raising awareness of the significance of sympathy to animals. In honor of Kindness to Animals Month in May, Friends of Long Beach Animals (FOLBA) and author and public speaker Deborah Turner put together a “Be Kind to Animals” essay and art contest. The winners were announced on June 28. FOLBA is a nonprofit that is dedicated in its promotion of the humane treatment and care of cats, dogs and all other animals through the education of the public regarding pet owner responsibilities within Long Beach and Signal Hill. Its goal is to eliminate euthanasia of healthy animals by providing funding for low-cost spay/neuter of pets, humane education to help end violence towards animals and medical supplies for animals at the shelter. Turner connected with FOLBA back when she was still managing her store, Doggie in the Window. She participated in a number of the nonprofit’s events and helped to organize a humane-education program that teaches the importance of kindness to animals and responsible pet ownership. In the contest, which attracted students from local elementary schools, 5year-old Emily Robles won first place and was awarded a $40 gift card for Baja Sonora restaurant. The winners of second and third place, who each received a $25

gift card to Target, are third-grader Vanessa Rodriguez and fifth-grader Sydney Treece. The judges for the contest included: Turner; Maureen White; and Shirley Vaughan, president of FOLBA. Robles’s entry came in independently rather than as a class assignment. The idea behind the illustration, that animals need love in addition to food and water, appealed to Turner the most. “It was precious the way it was put together with loving hands taking care of the animals,” Turner said. Vaughan said the decision was a difficult one but that Robles’s entry stood out as rather thoughtful. The drawing included a pair of hands walking and feeding a pet, and those images were primarily what attracted Vaughan to it. “I related to that more than anybody else would because years ago, when [FOLBA] was founded, we were trying to make a logo. I found a postcard where there were a row of cats and dogs with arms underneath,” she said. “I wanted to work that with our logo, but it didn’t work out. Everybody else didn’t like it.” In honor of Kindness to Animals Month, kindergarten and first-grade classes from Willard Elementary School visited the City of Long Beach Animal Care Services department, where they took a tour of the facility. They also visited Wheely Willy’s commemorative plaque. Wheely Willy is

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Turner’s former Chihuahua, who had severed vocal cords and spinal injuries that made his two back legs immobile. For transportation, Willy used a wheelchair designed for canines. Turner and Diana Mohler wrote two children’s books about him titled How Willy Got His Wheels and How Willy Got His Wings: The Further Adventures of Wheely Willy. For years, he and Turner traveled to different schools, hospitals and other events.“He was a little, challenged guy that managed to defeat the odds,” Turner said. “It’s really wonderful to see a true underdog rise above.” Willy passed away at the age of 18 on Dec. 22, 2009. Now Turner has a newly adopted dog, ChiBi, a tan Chihuahua who also went through trauma before he met Turner. She rescued him from Animal Care Services on the anniversary of Willy’s passing. ChiBi was also immobile, but, unlike Willy, only temporarily. ChiBi used a wheelchair for three weeks, but he is now doing well at walking and running. Turner now brings him along with her to speak at school assemblies. “The kids love him,” Turner added. FOLBA’s next annual meeting will take place on Thursday, July 26 at the City of Signal Hill Community Center, 1780 E Hill St., from 6pm to 8pm. A guest speaker from Shoestring

City Ranch, Long Beach will discuss the care of animals. Vaughan believes that today teaching animal care to children is particularly significant. “It is so important to

educate the kids now because of all the cutbacks,” she said. “I think humane education gets cut out a lot now. The teachers are so busy just making their curriculums.”

The local Red Cross chapter has chosen the Long Beach Airport (LGB) as the 2012 Hal Ball Good Neighbor of the Year. The award is named after a volunteer who provided decades of service to the Red Cross. “We are very grateful for the relationship that we have developed with the Red Cross over the years,” Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster said. “This working partnership between the Long Beach Airport and the American Red Cross is crucial in an emergency.” Margaret Arbini Madonna, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross Greater Long Beach and Rio

Hondo chapters, expressed her appreciation of the airport. “Whether it is collaborating on disaster response plans, participating in joint exercises, or responding to real-world emergencies, the Long Beach Airport has always been a ready partner,” she said. “None of us like[s] to think about disasters, but it’s good to know that we can depend on each other if one occurs. We are proud to consider the Long Beach Airport one of our great friends, and a true Good Neighbor.” Airport director Mario Rodriguez said The Red Cross’s commitment to service for those in need in the commu-

nity is outstanding. “In the event of a disaster, it is extremely comforting to know that they will come with aid and are always willing to lend a hand,” he said. The award is named after Halcyon Ball, who is known by local Red Cross officials as the original “Good Neighbor.” Ball owned and operated a business next door to the Long Beach chapter of the American Red Cross and, according to a press release issued by the City of Long Beach, was a faithful volunteer for nearly 40 years until his passing in 2009.

In the “Be Kind to Animals” essay and art contest sponsored by Friends of Long Beach Animals, 5-year-old Emily Robles won first place and was given a $40 gift card for Baja Sonora restaurant for her drawing that depicts the basic necessities of caring for a pet, including “lots of love.”

American Red Cross selects LB Airport for ‘Good Neighbor’ Award

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LBPD to conduct DUI saturation patrol this weekend

The Long Beach Police Department’s (LBPD) Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI saturation patrol on Saturday July 7, in the south and east areas of Long Beach, between the hours of 8pm and 4am Sunday morning. DUI saturation patrols are a proven enforcement tool effective in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcoholinvolved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well publicized saturation patrols are conducted often enough. Officers will be contacting drivers throughout the city looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Drivers caught driving while

impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, and other expenses that can exceed $10,000. “Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed 13 lives and resulted in 274 injury crashes harming 388 of our friends and neighbors,” said Sgt. Ernie Kohagura. Saturation patrols are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provides the greatest safety for officers and the public, according to the LBPD. “Deaths from drunk and drug-

On Friday, June 29, at approximately 7:30pm, Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) officers responded to a shooting in the area of 67th Street and Butler Avenue that resulted in the death of an adult male. The preliminary investigation indicated that a male suspect on foot approached two male subjects who were also on foot. The suspect exchanged words with the subjects before firing at them, striking them both. The suspect then fled the scene in a vehicle being driven by someone else. One victim, who is only being

identified as a 30-year-old male from Long Beach, was struck in the lower body and was transported to a local hospital with non life-threatening injuries. The second subject, identified as 24-yearold Manny Amaya of Long Beach, was struck in the upper and lower body. He was also transported and listed in critical condition; however, he was pronounced deceased on June 30 as a result of injuries sustained in the shooting. Based on the investigation, it does not appear that either victim was a gang member. Although,

based on their findings, detectives believe the suspects are possibly gang members, and this incident is being investigated as gangrelated. No other suspect information is available at this time. Anyone who may have any information regarding this incident is asked to call Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Mark McGuire or Greg Krabbe at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips can be submitted via text or web by visiting tipsoft.com .

Long Beach Police have made two arrests in the July 1 murder of a woman who was stabbed at an apartment complex during a dispute. On July 1, at approximately 1:10pm, Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) officers responded to a residence in an apartment complex in the 30 block of E. Plymouth Street regarding a stabbing that resulted in the death of an adult female. On the afternoon of July 2, Long Beach Police Homicide detectives arrested 46-year-old

Sandra Howard and her daughter, 21-year-old Tara Howard, both from Long Beach, for the murder of 39-year-old Tekeisha Neeley of Long Beach. Both women were booked for murder and are being held at the Long Beach City Jail on $1,000,000 bail. The stabbing stemmed from a dispute that occurred at that location where the victim was a visitor. Sometime during the dispute, the victim was stabbed in the upper torso and pronounced deceased after arriving at the hospital.

No additional details regarding the motive are available at this time due to the ongoing investigation. However, detectives are looking for additional witnesses or anyone with information regarding the incident to come forward. Those with information are urged to contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Mark McGuire and Greg Krabbe at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted via text or web by visiting tipsoft.com .

The City of Long Beach’s cable channel, LBTV, a division of the Technology Services Department, received 11 government programming STAR awards at the recent States of California and Nevada National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (SCAN NATOA), annual conference in Long Beach. “LBTV helps shape our community by providing excellent programming,” Mayor Bob Foster said. “LBTV provides a direct view into Long Beach in an informative and entertaining way.” LBTV received first-place STAR Awards for “The Long Beach Airport” in the Promotion category, “Heart of the City” in the Talk Show category, “City Clerk Department” in the Documentary Profile category, and “Pulse of the Port,” a co-production with the Port of Long Beach, in the Magazine category. LBTV placed third for “Tour of Long Beach” (Community Event), “Solar Grand Prix” (Environmental), “Shop Local” (Economic Development), as well as in the Overall Excellence, Social Media, Video Text, and Channel Web Site categories. LBTV can be viewed in Long Beach on Charter Communications’ cable Channel 3, Verizon’s FiOS TV Channel 21, and on the Internet at LBTV3.com. The STAR Awards were established in 1996 to recognize outstanding community television

programming produced by local jurisdictions serving California and Nevada communities. SCAN NATOA is affiliated with the national association, whose mission is to represent the communica-

tions needs and interests of local governments and those who advise them.

impaired driving are going down in California,” said Christopher J. Murphy, director of the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS). “But that still means that hundreds of our friends, family and co-workers are killed each year, along with tens of thousands who are seriously injured. We must all continue to work together to bring an end to these tragedies. If you see a drunk driver, call 9-1-1.” Funding for this saturation patrol is provided to the LBPD by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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LBPD seeking information regarding June 29 shooting

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Police investigating stabbing of 39-year-old woman

LBTV, City’s Cable Channel Wins Awards Source: LBPD

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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 seeking choral singers for its fall season, with auditions beginning Aug. 21. Contact director Carla Strandberg at (562) 598-5852 or womenofnotelb@gmail.com to arrange a time. Visit womenofnotelbca.com .

SEE TURTLES What Guided tour of the Los Cerritos Wetlands along the San Gabriel River Who Hosted by the Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust of Long Beach and Seal Beach Where The driveway/inland wetlands entrance at 1st Street and Pacific Coast Highway at the Long Beach/Seal Beach border When Saturday, July 7 at 8am More Info Local biologists and environmental educators Taylor Parker and Eric Zahn will lead a tour of the Los Cerritos Wetlands that promises participants the opportunity to view real sea turtles in the San Gabriel River. To RSVP or get more information, email ejlambe@verizon.net or call (714) 357-8576.

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.

‘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 .

WORKING WITH THE JONESES What Monthly breakfast meeting Who Hosted by the Good Neighbors of North Long Beach Where Spires Restaurant, 1935 Del Amo Blvd. When Tuesday, July 10 from 7am to 8:15am More Info Guest speaker Shawna Stevens from the Department of Health and Human Services will speak on the North Long Beach Heal Zone Initiative and other health issues. Signing in, breakfast, council reports and organizational reports begin at 7am, followed by the speaker at 7:30am.

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.

THE MAUI WE PARTY THE BETTER What Eighth District party Who Hosted by Councilmember Rae Gabelich Where The Petroleum Club, 3636 Linden Ave. When Tuesday, July 10 from 7pm to midnight More Info The festivities will follow Councilmember Gabelich’s last City Council meeting at 5pm the same day. The aloha celebration begins at 7pm and ends at 9:30pm; dancing begins at 9:30pm and ends at midnight. Hawaiian attire is encouraged, tickets cost $10 per person and RSVPs are due by July 2. For more information or reservations, email district8@longbeach.gov or call Ross at (562) 570-6685.

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 .

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Unless you have had no access to television, newspapers, radio, Internet or the company of others over the last few days, you have no doubt heard that beloved actor Andy Griffith passed away this past Tuesday, July 3. He was 86 years old at the time of his passing. Although I Love Lucy has been, and always will be, my favorite comedy series of all time, The Andy Griffith Show is still my favorite all-around series. Talk about a well-rounded program! Some shows were funny, some were dramatic, and others were downright poignant and thought-provoking. Each episode took us, the viewers, to visit the everyday lives and happenings of the folks who resided in Mayberry, North Carolina. Times were easier there and then (1960s), or at least they seemed easier to those of us watching. Life was quieter, folks were kinder to one another, and it appeared that every day life in Mayberry brought forth some type of meaningful lesson. The characters were genuine and were surely not like anyone we knew in real life. Andy Taylor was known as “the sheriff without a gun.” He was also a loving father to son Opie and nephew to Aunt Bee. Barney Fife was the deputy who was easily rattled yet had a proven sensitivity and dedication to his job and neighbors. Opie, Andy’s only child, was often portrayed to be a sweet child who was wiser than his years, (age 6 when the series began) especially when he displayed traits of honesty and compassion that would be more fitting of a much older individual. Aunt Bee was a kind yet firm disciplinarian to Opie and a loving aunt/companion and housekeeper for her nephew Andy. Other characters included Andy’s girlfriend Helen Crump, Barney’s girlfriend Thelma Lou, as well as friends and neighbors Gomer, Goober, Floyd (the barber) Ernest T. Bass, Howard, Millie, Emmett, and of course, Otis– the town lush.

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Many of my life lessons came from watching The Andy Griffith Show including the following: 1. Parents are human too– from the episode “The Horse Trader” (Andy tells fibs about an old, useless cannon when trying to sell it– after lecturing son Opie about honesty). 2. Be a good sport– from the episode “Opie Wins a Medal” (Opie learns about sportsmanship when he comes in last in a foot race). 3. Don’t pretend to be someone you aren’t– from the episode “Floyd the Gay Deceiver” (Floyd portrays himself to be rich in letters to a female pen pal, who suddenly decides to visit). 4. Careless actions can create tragic results– from the episode “Opie the Birdman” (Opie accidentally kills a mother bird with his new sling shot and must raise the babies himself). 5. Don’t tell secrets– from the episode “A Black Day in Mayberry” (A gold shipment is coming through Mayberry and Barney lets the cat out of the bag).

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Thank you, Andy, for all you taught me. Rest in peace.

Private message for my friend Becky: “Somewhere, wandering loose around Mayberry, is a loaded goat.”

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One of my priorities as your councilmember has been maintaining clean and safe streets. Keeping our streets in good shape and taking care of our infrastructure is one of the most important jobs of city government, and one of the most important ways to support local businesses and neighborhoods. As you may have noticed, we have begun work on a major new redesign and repave of 7th Street, one of our most important corridors in the city. The street has long needed work, and we are glad that this project is finally off the ground. The project, half of which is in the First District, will see 7th Street repaved from Junipero to Long Beach Boulevard. The new improvements will greatly enhance a major corridor that leads straight into our Downtown. The improvements include: new curbs, gutters and sidewalks; new paving and resurfacing of the street; new grading; new markers, traffic stripes and curb painting; new trees; and new [Americans with Disabilities Act] ramps. In addition, we are working with our Parks & Recreation Department to ensure that these improvements align with the groundbreaking of the new Armory Park project, which will have an entrance from 7th Street. Construction has already begun and will move gradually west, finishing this fall. Notifications to impacted residents will be distributed a week in advance. We have worked hard to minimize impact on parking and residents. Please don’t hesitate to contact the Public Works Department with any questions about this project, at (562) 5705160. You can also contact my office at (562) 570-6919 or district1@longbeach.gov . This project will cause some temporary inconvenience, but the improvements to the street will be well worth it. Robert Garcia Long Beach Councilmember First District

On June 28, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, in a landmark decision, that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), including the provision that most Americans carry health insurance or pay a penalty, is constitutional. The ACA, signed into law in 2010, made sweeping reforms to healthcare coverage in the United States. Many provisions of the law have already taken effect. A number of other provisions are scheduled to take effect in subsequent years, including the requirement that most Americans and legal residents have qualifying health insurance (exceptions apply) or pay a penalty in the form of a tax. Here’s a summary of some of the important provisions that are already in place, and those that are on their way by 2014. In effect now: • Children can no longer be denied insurance coverage because of preexisting conditions • Payment of $250 rebate to Medicare Part D beneficiaries subject to the coverage gap (beginning Jan. 1, 2010) and gradually reducing the beneficiary coinsurance rate in the coverage gap from 100% to 25% by 2020 • Insurers will not be able to impose lifetime caps on insurance coverage • All plans offering dependent coverage will be required to allow children to remain under their parents’ plan until age 26 • Insurers cannot cancel or deny coverage if you are sick, except in cases of fraud • Adults with pre-existing conditions will be able to buy coverage from temporary high-risk pools until 2014, when coverage cannot otherwise be denied for pre-existing conditions

Key provisions effective on or before Jan. 1, 2014: • Increasing the medical expense income-tax deduction threshold to 10 percent of adjusted gross income, up from the current 7.5 percent (Jan. 1, 2013) • Increasing the Medicare Part A tax rate by 0.9 percent on wages over $200,000 for individuals ($250,000 for married couples), and assessing a new 3.8-percent tax on some or all of

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the net investment income for these higher-income individuals (Jan. 1, 2013) • All Americans must carry health insurance or face a penalty (in the form of a tax) of up to 2.5 percent of household income on individuals, with exceptions for economic hardship, religious beliefs, and other situations (Jan. 1, 2014) • Adults with pre-existing conditions cannot be denied coverage or have their insurance cancelled due to preexisting conditions (Jan. 1, 2014) • A requirement that states establish an American Health Benefit Exchange that facilitates the purchase of qualified health plans and includes an Exchange for small businesses; also requires employers that contribute toward the cost of employee health insurance to provide free choice vouchers to qualified employees for the purchase of qualified health plans through Exchanges (Jan. 1, 2014) • Tax credits will be available to qualifying families to offset the cost of health insurance premiums (Jan. 1, 2014) • Employers with more than 50 employees must offer health insurance for their employees or be fined per employee (Jan. 1, 2014) • Imposing taxes or fees on healthinsurance providers and drug companies, while doctors and hospitals will receive less compensation from government sources (Jan. 1, 2014)

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ers markets and food producers who make their own cookies or their grandmother’s spaghetti recipe. “They all need commercial kitchens because they can’t do it at home legally,” Dave said. “And up till now, the health department has not allowed anybody to build these things, and so there’s people trying to go around the corners and skirt regulations and do whatever they can to make it happen, and we would be one of the first places to just outright say, ‘Here…this space is available to you.’” Initial designs published on the website call for two large kitchens that each measure about 1,200 square feet and three smaller kitchens that each take up about 400 square feet of space. Dave said that he and Louise would own and run the deli business but they would serve as site managers to oversee the rental kitchen business for the landlord and owner. He explained that he planned to manage the catering for Delius at the culinary center location. Dave acknowledged that there are still several hurdles to overcome before the dream of a culinary center could materialize, especially since he will eventually have to convince the county health department to approve a business like the one he and his wife propose. A spokesperson for the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health confirmed Tuesday that there is currently no department policy in place for overseeing commercial kitchen space that is leased in this manner, but the department is in the process of developing one. No estimate was given as to when a policy would be developed. Dave said he plans on eventually collaborating with Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe to work with the health department and get the concept more readily accepted in the county. He also said that while the landlord of the proposed center’s location is already very positive towards the project, he still has to convince that owner to pay to do the

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thing unique like this.” At this time there is a pending piece of legislation (AB 1616) that, if passed, will allow people to make certain food items in their homes to sell commercially. As it is currently written, this bill will only pertain to a small group of very specific food items and only to businesses that have annual gross revenues of $50,000 or less. “While the thinking behind this legislation is certainly headed in the right direction, there is a much better way of addressing the overwhelming need to accommodate start-up and small food-service businesses when it comes to kitchen access,” Dave said. “Allowing and encouraging kitchen incubators throughout LA County will grant access to permitted and inspected facilities for all sizes and types of businesses from the hobbyist to the artisanal baker to the large scale caterer and everyone in between. “AB 1616 will require the creation of new committees, and the hiring of many additional inspectors and other personnel for an already overworked and underfunded Public Health and Safety Department Culinary incubators can better satisfy the intentions that AB 1616 has for creating and encouraging the development of ‘cottage food,’ ‘artisanal food,’ ‘slow food,’ ‘locally based food,’ and ‘urban agriculture’ movements while still providing the same high level of health and safety that has been established by the LA Public Health and Safety Department with careful permitting and inspection processes.”

build-out for the project. The project is contingent on the specific location, and getting a contract with the landlord is the first step, according to Solzman. Dave said that once he gets the approvals to move forward with the project, he hopes it will take no more than 12 months to open. The idea of a commercial kitchen in the area definitely appeals to local business owner Linda Ikeda, founder of Jumpstart Bodyfuel. Her Long Beach-based company makes breakfast energy bars and power cookies. Ikeda said in an interview last week that she would be interested in finding an additional kitchen near her business to manufacture a new line of gluten-free products. Right now she is using a commercial kitchen in Garden Grove about twice a week to manufacture her wheat-free and vegan snacks. Ikeda acknowledged that it is very expensive to build a kitchen like the one the Solzmans are proposing, but she feels that the culinary center could really benefit Signal Hill. “The City of Signal Hill should embrace it because it could help the economy,” Ikeda said. Solzman is also betting that the center could be a big plus for the city since it could “help put Signal Hill on the map.” “It will be quite visible,” Dave added. “It will, I think, fit nicely into the city plan and help focus the city center around that particular intersection of Cherry and Willow... I think it’s just a real feather in Signal Hill’s cap to have some-

Signal Hill Petroleum promotes two employees Signal Hill Petroleum announced the promotions of two of its employees. Brady Barto has been promoted to exploration manager, and Devon Shay is now the director of the Reservoir Management Team. Barto’s role is to target geological structures for drilling and enhance Signal Hill Petroleum’s approach to seismic surveys to increase the efficiency and capacity of the company’s oil and gas production. Barto has been engaged in the company’s exploration efforts for several years as land manager. He also serves on the Signal Hill Community Foundation and the executive committee of the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Board. Shay’s new role is to forecast the company’s future investment potential and direct the department in the ongoing identification and acquisition of new oil and gas leases, the exploration and development of new drilling targets, and the analysis of seismic survey data within the Long Beach oil field. Prior to joining Signal Hill Petroleum, Shay was a financial analyst with extensive experience in engineering project management. She has an master’s degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Southern California and is a registered CPA. She serves on the executive boards of Trojan League of Orange County and the Society of Petroleum Engineers LA Basin. Source: SHP

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Seventh District Councilmember James Johnson (pictured with his wife Nicole and their twins) hosted an Independence Day concert at California Gardens that also served as a preview of the new park.

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Summer is here… and the livin’ is easy. And that’s how it should be in your garden too. Personally, I’ve got too many barbecues and concerts to attend to waste time with a bunch of recalcitrant, sulky plants. So here are a few ideas to help you relax and enjoy the season while helping your garden thrive. While you’re being lazy lolling in a hammock, put some good bugs to work for you. Got aphids? Plant sweet alyssum to attract the aphid midge, a tiny fly that paralyzes its prey. Or plant borage, an under-used herb that’s a magnet for bees and green lacewings, which munch on destructive bugs like aphids, thrips, scale and caterpillars. The lovely cosmos flower attracts all kinds of helpful insects, is a cinch to grow from seed, comes in white and beautiful shades of pink, orange and yellow, and doesn’t need much water. When your cilantro bolts– as it inevitably will– don’t be too quick to pull it out. The white flowers attract hoverflies and wasps that attack aphids, caterpillars and leafhoppers. Throw some wildflower seeds in a pot, and keep it near your vegetable garden or prized ornamentals– and let visiting beneficial bugs take care of your garden. While you’re reading the latest bestseller in your lounge chair, water smart. Snake a bunch of soaker hoses around the yard, and put the water where it will do the most good– at root level. Water in the morning so moisture has a chance to evaporate. Dampness can lead to diseases like powdery mildew on roses, cukes and zukes. Get rid of it with a 1:9 solution of skim milk to water, and spray away. Throw

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Extending the summer fun of the Fourth of July, the First Fridays Art Walk on July 6 will feature live art and interactive art activities, free bike bells at The Workshop (for the first 150 attendees), a Tattoo-aThon at Long Beach Clothing Company, classic cars, face painting, a big brass band, a jazz band, Mr. BK DJ, live clay work, swing and classical music, dramatic scenes and musical revues, music-student recitals, gift items, and antiques. Boy Scout Troop 29 will host a formal flag-retirement ceremony at 8pm in the parking lot of Nino’s Italian Restaurant, 3853 Atlantic Ave. The public can drop off old, ripped, or discolored American flags to the troop beginning at 6pm and then watch the solemn flag burning ceremony at 8pm. Seventh District Councilmember James Johnson’s “First Books at First Fridays� at the Dana Branch Library will feature guest reader, Glenda

Williams, director of Library Services. The event will begin at 5:30pm. Attendees may dine on “Art-Lantic� Avenue at one of the local restaurants then grab the Big Red Bus to travel from venue to venue via designated stops at the participating businesses. Bella Cosa, 3803 Atlantic Ave., will have all the information about First Fridays, maps, business info, and restaurant recommendations from 6:30pm to 8pm. When the businesses start to close, “First Fridays After Hours� begins with dining and entertainment at: Nino’s Italian Restaurant, 3853 Atlantic Ave.; The Factory, 4020 Atlantic Ave.; and E.J. Malloy’s, 4306 Atlantic Ave. MORE INFORMATION firstfridayslongbeach.com

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Musical Theatre West’s new production of Spamalot is so much over-the-top silliness and fun that I’m surprised they weren’t selling sandwiches and baked goods made with Spam (that much maligned concoction of compressed deli meats) at the snack bar during intermission. Frankly, I’m amazed I enjoyed Spamalot as much as I did. Call me uptight, but musical slapstick jerkiness is not my usual cup o’ tea. But this production is so bold in its shameless execution, and so wonderfully cast, that almost every gag comes across with the full force of its original intent. Every song is sung with flawless vocal quality and immense heart. You can’t hold back with a show like Spamalot, and MTW makes no such attempt. So it all just works. The always fabulous Davis Gaines stars as King Arthur. Whether Gaines is playing the lead in Man of La Mancha, or the Phantom, or the benevolent king of the

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am Not Dead Yet� about a careless collection of “dead� bodies, all of which are still alive; “The Song that Goes Like This� that parodies the overwrought emotional ballads that pervade almost every Broadway musical (the excess of shows such as those of Andrew Lloyd Webber get special attention); “You Won’t Succeed on Broadway� that spoofs the necessity for any successful Broadway production to employ Jews; “The Diva’s Lament� wherein Damiano comes center stage wearing a dressing gown, distraught over the passage of a full half hour or so since her character’s last appearance in the show; and “I’m All Alone� in which Gaines laments his isolation while his man-servant Patsy stands a few inches away weighed down like a human beast of burden, asking, “What am I, chopped liver?� There are countless more highlights, many of them deliriously funny and some even endearing. The 20-member cast also includes Zachary Ford, Dan Callaway, Danny Stiles, Jebbel Arce, John Paul Batista, Kathryn Burns, Nikki Della Penta, Brad Fitzgerald, Ashley Matthews, Madison Mitchell, Daniel May, Neil Starkenberg, Clay Stefanki, Matthew J. Vargo, and Carly Wielstein. Steven Glaudini directs the production, with musical direction by John Glaudini. Fabulous glitz-glam sets and costumes are by Tim Hatley. Complicated technical direction comes off without a hitch in the hands of Kevin Clowes. Spamalot is a preposterous profusion of likable characters, hummable songs, and utter silliness whose infectious charm will win you over. Even if you tend to be nonsense-averse. Honestly, you will leave the theater happy. Musical Theatre West’s Spamalot continues at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center, located at 6200 E. Atherton St., on the campus of Cal State Long Beach, through July 15. Performances are Thursdays and Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm; and Sundays at 2pm with a 7pm performance added on July 8. Tickets start at $20 (plus a $3 per ticket service charge) and can be purchased through the MTW Box Office at (562) 856-1999 x4 or online at musical.org .

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driveways linking the properties to city streets. Because the houses have no utilities or driveways, the City of Long Beach has refused to grant occupancy permits for them. Part of Ballinger’s problem was that, although the lots are in Long Beach city limits, the section of Hill Street directly in front of them is in Signal Hill. According to Signal Hill Deputy City Manager Charlie Honeycutt, because of poor visibility and the slope of Hill Street at that location, driveways in the front yards of those houses would inevitably lead to a car accident. Therefore, the City of Signal Hill refused to grant Ballinger or any of the subsequent owners permission to construct driveways linking the lots to Hill Street. “We saw the problem with permitting driveways into that section of Hill Street when Mr. Ballinger first began construction,” Honeycutt said. “We told him we could not allow the driveways to connect to Hill Street, but he continued to build the homes. Later we informed the City of Long Beach of the same thing, but Mr. Ballinger built the homes anyway.” The problem with getting easements to hook up utilities stemmed from the fact that the owners of the properties behind the two Hill Street lots would not grant utility easements to any of the owners of the homes. Since 2003, the homes have been bought and sold several times. According to Brian Angel, a principal of Six Angels, his company purchased the homes in April 2008 for a total of about $800,000 and planned to obtain the necessary easements, hook up utilities, and construct driveways in order to sell the homes for a profit. “We have invested a lot of money in the two houses, but as it stands right now, even if we get the utilities and build the driveways, we will have to sell the properties at a loss,” he said. His father, Dennis Angel, another company principal, expressed deep frustration with the process. “We keep doing whatever the City of Long Beach tells us we have to do, and then they add more conditions,” he said. “The City of Long Beach says one thing, and the City of Signal Hill says another thing, and no matter how hard we try to comply with their requirements, they will not allow us to get the houses ready for occupancy.” Brian Angel agreed. “We now have the land necessary to build driveways to Orizaba Avenue because Long Beach told us that once we had it the City would allow us to build the driveways,” he noted. “We also have all the easements necessary to get all utilities except water, and Long Beach told

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Posted on a front window, administrative citations from 2011 and 2012 by the City of Long Beach indicate the numerous violations at one of the two homes on Hill Street.

Mais stressed that the homes’ electrical wiring, plumbing and certain other components have not been inspected to ensure that they comply with building and safety codes. “The inspections would require that some of the interiors of the structures would have to be exposed to make sure that the utilities have been put together correctly so that whoever ends up owning the houses will not have any life-safety issues,” he said. Mais added that although Six Angels has told the City that the company has acquired the land necessary to build driveways to Orizaba Avenue, the company has not provided the City with such proof. “But that’s only one of the

problems,” he stressed. “Because of the slope of the land, and the locations of the gas lines, the water lines, and the sewer lines, it’s going to be very expensive to connect those utilities to the houses and Six Angels has not provided proof that they will be able to do that.” Fourth District Long Beach City Councilmember Patrick O’Donnell said he has been aware of the problems with the two houses for several years, but he has been satisfied with the way the city attorney’s office and the codeenforcement division have been handling the case. “The best-case scenario would be that the houses had never been built,” he said. “It

is my hope that the City of Long Beach wins the lawsuit and succeeds in scraping the two houses off the face of the Earth.” Mais took a softer stance. He explained that city officials would have preferred that the homes were brought up to code and occupied, but in his observation, Six Angels has done little to make that happen in the past four years. “Because of that, we decided to sue them to get an order for demolition,” he said. Dennis Angel insisted that by constantly adding conditions, Long Beach officials have stymied his company’s plans to bring the buildings up to code. Mais said it will be up to the court to sort it all out.

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TST4116 Trustee Sale no.: 20120169801790 Title order no.: 120107492 fHA/vA/PMi no.: noTiCe of TrUSTee'S SALe  yoU Are in DefAULT UnDer A DeeD of TrUST, DATeD 03/20/2008. 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. nDex WeST, LLC, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust recorded on 03/28/2008 as instrument no. 20080535109 of official records in the office of the County recorder of LoS AngeLeS County, State of CALiforniA. exeCUTeD By: rAMin BeiZAie AnD MoniCA BeiZAie,  WiLL SeLL AT PUBLiC AUCTion To HigHeST BiDDer for CASH, CASHier'S CHeCK/CASH eQUivALenT or other form of payment authorized by 2924h(b), (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States). DATe of SALe: 07/26/2012 TiMe of SALe: 9:00 AM PLACe of SALe: DoUBLeTree HoTeL LoS AngeLeS - norWALK, 13111 SyCAMore Drive, norWALK, CA 90650. STreeT ADDreSS and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2101 eAST 21ST STreeT #108, SignAL HiLL, CALiforniA 90755 APn#: 7215-019-034 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 $329,085.76. 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 800-280-2832 for information regarding the trustee's sale or visit this internet Web site www.auction.com for information regarding the sale of this property, using the file number assigned to this case 20120169801790. 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. for TrUSTee SALe inforMATion PLeASe CALL: AUCTion.CoM, LLC 2 one MAUCHLy  irvine, CA 92618  800-2802832  www.auction.com nDex West, L.L.C. MAy Be ACTing AS A DeBT CoLLeCTor ATTeMPTing To CoLLeCT A  DeBT. Any inforMATion oBTAineD WiLL Be USeD for THAT PUrPoSe. nDex West, L.L.C. as Trustee Dated: 06/22/2012 P958948 7/6, 7/13, 07/20/2012

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

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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 CoLLeCTing 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 

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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 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

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The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The total amount of the unpaid balance with interest thereon of the obligation secured by the property to be sold plus reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the notice of Sale is $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 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 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.

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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 informa-

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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 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.

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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

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tion 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. TST4118 / 2012 130056 FICTITIouS BuSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as: HiPo MoTorSPorTS, 2101 e. 21st St., #111, Signal Hill, CA 90755. registrants: 1. eDWArD J. viLLAnUevA, 2101 e. 21st St., #111, Signal Hill, CA 90755, 2. DAviD BorroTo, 4613 Bellflower Blvd., #5, Long Beach, CA 90815. This business is conducted by: a general Partnership. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: edward villanueva. 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 27, 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: July 6, 13, 20, 27, 2012.

TST4119 / 2012 130057 FICTITIouS BuSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: THe yoUng LionS of JUDAH MiniSTry, 402-A, South Prospectors road, Diamond Bar, CA 91765. registrant: CHen H. fAng, 111 Marguerita Ave., #113, Monterrey Park, CA 91754. This business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Chen H. fang. 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 27, 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: July 6, 13, 20, 27, 2012. TST4120 / 2012 131479 FICTITIouS BuSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: CLeAn CoMeDiAnS, 15651 e. imperial Hwy. #207, La Mirada, CA 90638. registrant: ADAM CHriSTing, 15635 Surrey Lane, La Mirada, CA 90638. This business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Adam Christing. 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 29, 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: July 6, 13, 20, 27, 2012. TST4121 / 2012 132008 FICTITIouS BuSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: 1. 4 Ur HeALTH reMeDieS, 2. viSion of HeALTH, 4427 e. Slauson Ave., Maywood, CA 90270. registrant: Dg groUP enTerPriSeS, inC., 4427 e. Slauson Ave., Maywood, CA 90270. This business is conducted by: a Corporation. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Michelle Dutto, vice 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 April 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the county clerk of

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TST4122 / 2012 132158 FICTITIouS BuSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: one SToP 24/7, 345 e. Harding St., Long Beach, CA 90805. registrant: eLAine PAHULU, 345 e. Harding St., Long Beach, CA 90805. This business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: elaine Pahulu. 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 25, 2012. This statement

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was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on June 29, 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: July 6, 13, 20, 27, 2012. TST4123 / 2012 126063 FICTITIouS BuSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: 1. ArMor ALArMS & eLeCTriCAL, 2. ArMor ALArMS, 10321 Beverly Blvd., Whittier, CA 90601. registrant: riCHArD

C. BUSTiLLoS, 10321 Beverly Blvd., Whittier, CA 90601. This business is conducted by: an individual. i declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: richard C. Bustillos. 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 22, 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: July 6, 13, 20, 27, 2012.

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Crimes reported by LBPD June 25 to July Council Districts 6, 7 & 8

Monday, June 25 Automobile burglary 7:30am– 3200 block of Long Beach Boulevard Attempted residential burglary 1am– 1900 block of Cedar Avenue

Residential burglary 7:40am– 3600 block of Walnut Avenue

Residential burglary 11:30am– 1000 block of La Dera Drive Tuesday, June 26 Attempted commercial burglary 6pm– 2600 block of Pacific Avenue

Battery 4:50pm– 2100 block of Olive Avenue

Automobile burglary 5pm– Elm Avenue and E. Wardlow Road Robbery (person) 7:30pm– W. Pacific Coast Highway and Cedar Avenue Battery 8:56pm– Lime Avenue & E. 36th Street

Automobile burglary 10pm– 3700 block of Gaviota Avenue Wednesday, June 27 Residential burglary 7:30am– 100 block of E. 29th Street

Assault 5pm– 2700 block of American Avenue

5:29am– 1900 block of Junipero Avenue

Grand theft 9:04am– 2300 block of Village Road

Thursday, June 28 Attempted residential burglary 8:20am– 2400 block of Oregon Avenue

Commercial burglary 2pm– 900 block of 33rd Street

Automobile burglary 3pm– 2400 block of Chestnut Avenue

Stolen vehicle 11:10pm– 2300 block of Lewis Avenue

Residential burglary 12:39pm– 2100 block of Daisy Avenue

Battery 7:30pm– 200 block of W. 21st Street

Friday, June 29 Assault with firearm 4:46am– 800 block of E. Eagle Street

Assault 12:50pm– 1900 block of Cedar Avenue

Automobile burglary 1pm– 1800 block of Cedar Avenue

Crimes reported by SHPD June 27 to July 2

Wednesday, June 27 Scavenging 3:24pm– E. 32nd. Street and California Avenue Suspect identified.

Non-injury hit-and-run 6:14pm– E. 20th Street and Dawson Avenue Thursday, June 28 Automobile burglary

Stolen vehicle 8:38pm– 2100 block of E. Hill Street

Friday, June 29 Non-injury hit-and-run 12:56am– 2200 block of Gaviota Avenue

Residential burglary 6:25pm– 2800 block of Sunset View

Saturday, June 30 Commercial burglary 1:41pm– 2200 block of E. Willow Street

Sunday, July 1 Disorderly conduct– under the influence 2:30am– E. 33rd Street and Atlantic Avenue Suspect in custody.

Monday, July 2 Injury traffic accident/drunk driver 12:26pm– 1500 block of E. Spring Street Suspect in custody.

Grand theft (property) 5pm– 2500 block of Cherry Avenue

DUI (alcohol/drugs) 8:54pm– Walnut Avenue and E. Willow Street Two suspects in custody.

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gle Tuesday night? Because that to me is what it has become. It’s become a battle of wills on the Council. I’m done. So does that mean your political life is over? Are you going to seek another office at some point? No. You know, I have no interest at all in going to Sacramento and certainly

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not to D.C. How about being the mayor (of Long Beach)? I’m thinking about it. I’m thinking about it. But there are a lot of us who are thinking about it. I’ve heard that possibly Robert Garcia and Suja Lowenthal are also interested in running. And Gerrie (Schipske) is interested. And the mayor “rumor” out there says that he may do a write-in. For me, I’m going to go away for a couple of months so that I’m not influenced by any friendly “come on, do it!” and then you get caught up in the emotion of it. I’ve got to make sure it’s right for me and really that I’m right for that position for the City. What are two things you’re most proud of that you’ve accomplished in the last eight years? Well, the first thing, of course, is the airport. I mean, we were able to take the super-sized facility that they wanted to build, which would have cost so much money. It could have ended up bankrupting the City. Really, when you talk to Mario Rodriguez, our airport director, he said there’s no way you could have sustained that. The airport would not have been sufficient, and it would have become a generalfund expense. So, not only that, my personal reason for it was with HUSH2 (Homes Under Stress and Hazard), it was about defending the

quality of life for the people who are impacted each and every day by the airplanes flying over their homes or the schools. Actually, the first HUSH was in the mid-eighties, 1985, and it was spearheaded by Councilmember Ed Tuttle, who represented the eighth district. I was part of that. I was one of their gophers, and I went up to LA when he’d rent the buses, and we’d go up for the court hearings, and we’d go to City Hall, and we’d all speak on whatever our particular interest was. That started it and then in 2001, when we started reading little pieces about “Oh, Jet Blue is coming. Oh, there’s this ‘Red Team’ that the mayor put together, and we’re going to grow the airport and welcome tourism,” I’m like, wait a minute. Right over our homes? So that started up HUSH2, and pretty much the rest is history. You know, we tried to get our council representative to pay attention and carry the message, really, it was really a great team of people who were working together, trying to be reasonable and bring together information that was provided from all over the world. The impact of aircraft over homes and schools, and he just couldn’t do it, so I remember it was mid-December and I went “That’s it, I’m going to go get a vote.” And I did. (laughs) What’s another accomplishment you’re really happy about? You know, there [are] a lot of things. I

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went into one of my first meeting with the city manager. I had my list of 10 items I wanted to accomplish, and the first one was I wanted to do Long Beach Boulevard, repave Long Beach Boulevard [starting] at the 405 and [extending] all the way up to the 710, all the way through the eighth district. And for the folks that live in Bixby Knolls, I mean it was a real rocky road. For the folks that live north of Del Amo, they didn’t even know they were in the eighth district; they thought they were in the ninth district. They felt like the stepchild, so it was really important to me to build the awareness and find the funding so that we could bring the communities together north and south of Del Amo. We got a good start. You know, Al (Austin, Gabelich’s successor) certainly has his work cut out for him. But I know that’s his goal too. He wants to carry on and try to build that bridge. How will that transition work? You’re leaving, when are you completely out? When does he (Austin) go completely in? How does that happen? Well, tomorrow (July 3 council meeting) is– the way I’m saying it, is– it’s the last time that I get to push my button and talk for as long as I want to. The next [meeting] on the 10th is the last official meeting that’s more the thank-yous, and I get to say my farewells. I’m officially the council representative until the 16th at midnight and [Austin] gets sworn in the morning of the 17th, and he’ll be seated that night. So what would you say is maybe your biggest frustration over the past eight years? Something you wanted to happen that just didn’t. You know, the biggest frustration to me really is that [the Council] do not get along. You know, I believe the group of representatives for a city or any organization should have common goals, and they should understand what each person is there to give and what their dream is too. And that has

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not happened under the current leadership. Why is that, though? Isn’t there an innate want by them (councilmembers) to have a consensus and get along and try to work together to make things happen? No. Actually, for some people, you know, the division makes you more powerful. You know, if you can divide and conquer, as they say. When Mayor Foster first came on board, and I’ll tell you, if you sat with him, if you have the opportunity to sit with him, he’s charming, he’s intelligent, he’s a great conversationalist, but he comes from a different background than most of us do. He was a CEO of Edison, and so when you get to that level, I think it’s your way or no way. And so (consensus) isn’t his style. It’s not his style to bring people together and to find the common ground. I could not tell you what the direction or what the goal is of our city today. I mean, I know we want to be bike-friendly, I know we focus on– each [councilmember] focuses on their own little area, but globally I really couldn’t tell you what his vision is to accomplish during his term. So that’s frustrating. That’s the most frustrating part...the communication breakdown among the councilmembers and then among the council with the mayor. Does he (the mayor) have allies in the council? Certainly he does. What do you attribute to why they have aligned with the mayor and not other councilmembers? And who are they? Oh, really? (laughs) You’re putting me out there, aren’t you? Well, you know, there’s a gang of five, and I think now it’s probably– I think that he can regularly rely on districts) two (Suja Lowenthal) and three (Gary DeLong) and six (Dee Andrews) and seven (James Johnson). And then throw one (Robert Garcia) in there and four (O’Donnell). And you know he (O’Donnell) tries to be independent. So why are they in the “in crowd” and other members are not? You know, I can’t answer that. I don’t know. They don’t let me in. (laughs) You can’t smoke cigars with them afterwards? No, I gave that up a long time ago. But that to me is sad, really. We could have been so much more productive. I think that’s the part when you know you’re going to go into battle instead of coming together as a group and making decisions collectively that will benefit everybody. Doesn’t mean everybody’s going to be happy, but you look for common ground, and that has not happened. So if you decide not to run for mayor, who do you think would be a good mayor? You know, I’d really have to see the slate because you did mention a few, and I know Gerrie’s (Schipske) interested, but I hear that there are some folks, some of the business folks in Long Beach that are thinking about it. It’ll be interesting. I think we’ll have quite a selection, actually. How would you describe the eighth district in its similarities and differences with other districts in Long Beach? I will tell you that I think the eighth district is a microcosm of the whole city because we have the projects– I have three affordable housing projects in the eighth– and we have the Virginia Country Club in Bixby Knolls. It covers north Long Beach, which we have a very large Hispanic population up there, so we have the working class and the very wealthy. So it’s more diverse than people probably realize? Oh, it is. It is. I would say it’s the most diverse district in the city. What do you think stands out about the eighth district that’s maybe a whole lot different than the rest of Long Beach?

Well, I think we have the wonderful opportunity of First Fridays now. And, you know, with our incredible [Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association] leader, Mr. Blair Cohn, and his sidekick, Krista Leaders. She’s his assistant. They have just turned Bixby Knolls into a destination. Really, I mean, it started about six years ago… Our street was empty. Atlantic Avenue was where the shopping was supposed to be, and more places were closing up than opening up. And so that was the biggest complaint of people that they had to go outside of the district and the city to find any kind of shopping that made them happy. And so that was my goal and along came Blair. We did have a couple of directors that were before him. And sometimes when a person comes into a position, they don’t come with the energy or the vision like Blair did, and they just remain status quo, and that wasn’t going to work. So, really, what we’ve experienced is a great resurgence in the area and it’s now, like I said, a destination for First Fridays. Come to First Fridays! It’s wonderful. And you’re also responsible for the car show that’s now in its seventh year. It is. It is. That takes place July 14, and last year we had over 13,000 people. Last year our special guest was (motor sports icon) Shirley Muldowney, and this year we are featuring two of Lions Drag Strips greatest guys, Tom McEwen and Don Prudhomme– better known as Don “The Snake” and Tom “The Mongoose.” And they go back to when they were rivals at Lions Drag Strip… This whole idea came together when first it was “We’re going to have a car show! We’re going to do something different up here.” And then I started connecting with some of my husband’s friends from when he was in the drag-racing era, and they said they’ve got this new thing they’re doing, and it’s called a “cacklefest.” So now we bring in 17 vintage dragsters, the drive-train is disconnected. We line them up. We close down the street. Atlantic’s closed from San Antonio down to Roosevelt, and we have vendors. And in the center of Atlantic and Carson we have the vintage dragsters, and they fire up throughout the day, and then at 8:00 at night it’s the grand finale, and they all fire up at the same time. If you’ve ever heard of someone refer to a drag race as a “ground-shaker,” this is truly an experience. It’s real loud, and people love it. What is Signal Hill doing differently that Long Beach should or could be doing? Well, I think you have to label Signal Hill as the little city that could and did and does. You know, they’re very successful. I mean, obviously, they’ve cre-

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ated a retail base that is significant. It really serves the entire community, and that’s something [Long Beach] hasn’t focused on. Our economic development is really not focused on small business. Signal Hill won over all our car dealerships. They’ve built a great center. That’s certainly a feather in

their cap, if you will. In terms of term limits, it seems to work well for them not to have them. They seem to all work together well and on the same

page. That’s what I told you [Long Beach Council is] missing is that camaraderie, if you will, that “working together” environment.

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