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Signal T Vol. 34 No. 7 R I B U N E Photo by Cory Bilicko SERVING BIXBY KNOLLS, CALIFORNIA HEIGHTS, LOS CERRITOS, WRIGLEY AND THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL July 20, 2012 Dragster Expo continues LB’s place New state law gives cities only a small fraction of assets in racing history with 7th annual show once controlled by their redevelopment agencies The Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association, in cooperation with the office of 8th District Councilmember Rae Gabelich, hosted the 7th Annual Bixby Knolls Dragster Expo and Car Show on July 14 Your Weekly Community Newspaper along Atlantic Avenue between Roosevelt Road and San Antonio Drive in Bixby Knolls. Ralph Larison won Best of Show with his 1948 Ford Woody. see CAR SHOW page 5 Photo by Stephen Russo Phil Leatherman’s “Wild Thang” heats things up at the 7th Annual Bixby Knolls Dragster Expo and Car Show on July 14. Courtesy City of SH The vacant site at 2950 Walnut Ave. is one of several properties that were once owned by the Signal Hill Redevelopment Agency. According to Signal Hill Deputy City Manager Charlie Honeycutt, the agency owned approximately 25 acres of land that must now be sold, and the money from the sale must be transferred to various local and state agencies. Nick Diamantides Staff Writer Neena Strichart/Signal Tribune At the 7th Annual Bixby Knolls Dragster Expo, 8th District Councilmember Rae Gabelich shows a photo of her late husband Gary Gabelich, a racecar driver who set the land-speed record with his rocket-powered vehicle “Blue Flame” in 1970, achieving an average speed of 622.287 mph. Early this year, all of California’s redevelopment agencies (RDAs) ceased to exist as per legislation signed by Governor Jerry Brown. Now it appears that several months of intense lobbying efforts by many cities have failed to persuade the Legislature and the governor to allow those cities to have control over a substantial portion of the assets that were once in the coffers of those cities' respective RDAs. On June 27, Brown signed Assembly Bill 1484 into law. The legislation spells out how former RDA money will be allocated to various state and local governmental agencies, with cities getting only a small piece of the pie. In a recent interview with the Signal Tribune, Signal Hill Vice Mayor Mike Noll said he was very displeased with the language of AB 1484 and what he called the “secretive” way it was passed. Noll sits on the League of California Cities’ Revenue/Taxation Committee, which meets four times a year. Weekly Weather Forecast July 20-24, 2012 Friday 79° Partly cloudy Lo 64° Saturday Sunday Monday 79° 79° 79° Partly cloudy Lo 65° Partly cloudy Lo 66° Mostly sunny Lo 66° Tuesday 78° Sunny Lo 65° This week’s Weekly Weather Forecast sponsored by: 401 WilloW Street 562-595-6138 250 W. o cean B oulevard 562-432-2211 “The League had been lobbying the governor, the Senate and the Assembly on being fair to the cities and not killing us,” he said, adding that, apparently, the governor and most of the legislators had their minds made up and nothing was going to convince them to not take away money that had been earmarked for development projects throughout the state. Noll explained that he went up to the League meeting in Sacramento on June 14, almost two weeks before Brown signed AB see AB 1484 page 14


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