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“Waterwoman” by Kaelyn Bruno Signal T VoL. 34 No. 5 R I B U N E SERVING BIXBY KNOLLS, CALIFORNIA HEIGHTS, LOS CERRITOS, WRIGLEY AND THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL Your Weekly Community Newspaper 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 CJ Dablo Staff Writer 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, they’ve Staff Writer 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 . 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- Michelle Lecours/Signal Tribune 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 Nick Diamantides Staff Writer CJ Dablo/Signal Tribune 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. FREE maintenance clinic Thursday, July 19 at 6pm Learn the basics about taking care of your bike. Space is limited. RSVP to 3756 Long Beach Blvd. 562.427.9900 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 Weekly Weather Forecast Friday 74° Partly cloudy Lo 62° Cory Bilicko/Signal Tribune The houses at 2910 and 2914 Hill St. in Long Beach, built by developer Wayne Ballinger in 2003, were never cleared for the necessary easements to connect utilities or construct driveways linking the properties to city streets. Since the houses have no utilities and no driveways, the City of Long Beach has refused to grant occupancy permits for them. July 6-10, 2012 Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday 78° 79° 83° 84° Partly cloudy Lo 63° Partly cloudy Lo 65° Partly cloudy Lo 68° Partly cloudy Lo 67° This week’s Weekly Weather Forecast sponsored by: Residential apaRtments & assisted living 3737/3747 atlantic ave. 562-426-6123

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