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

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New year for Signal Hill means new business

A worker (far left) puts the finishing touches on a sign at new 99¢ Only store in Signal Hill.

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CJ Dablo Staff Writer 99¢ Only Stores opens another store in Signal Hill The 99¢ Only Stores opens a new Signal Hill location today in a place that badly needed a retailer big enough to fill the void left when the former OfficeMax store shut down. One of the better-known retailers that use the “dollar store” model, 99¢ Only will be selling groceries and other miscellaneous

goods at its new location at 1851 Willow Street. The grand opening of the store has been scheduled to take place on Jan. 10. While it may be welcome news to bargain hunters, the new store’s sales will also mean more revenue from sales tax for the City of Signal Hill. It also had a couple of extra advantages, according to a Signal Hill city official. “Our perspective [is that] it gives more choices,” Community Development Director Scott Char-

ney said in a telephone interview Monday, “and most importantly it’s taken over a spot that had been empty for several years.” New business also means jobs in Signal Hill. The store has hired about 55 employees, according to the new store’s district manager, Pascqual Canales. “We are excited and very happy to open the store here and be a part of the community,” Canales said in a telephone interview.

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and social-media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. The web-media production company that first opened in North Hollywood moved to Signal Hill a few months ago and is opening a newly constructed 2,500-square-foot studio, hoping to corner the market for professional online-video production for small to medium-size businesses and other clients in Los Angeles and Orange counties. “Video will be where websites were five to 10 years ago,” said CEO Marcus Guy, who founded the company in 2008 with his wife Melissa, a California State University, Long Beach graduate.

Marcus, who has experience producing documentaries, launched the company after a 15-year career working in media production for the music and entertainment industries. “If you don’t have a video online, people will just not believe that you’re a credible business.” Asset Media Group will host a grand opening of its media-production facility, known as AMG Studios, located at 2225 E. 28th St., on Jan. 10 from 5pm to 8pm. The event, sponsored by the Signal Hill Chamber of Commerce, will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a “mega mixer,”

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After Miss Priss Cupcakes of Long Beach posted a self-promotional YouTube video about three years ago, the small bakery received orders from major clients, including CBS Studios and some customers from out of state. To date, the video has received more than 4,000 views. Asset Media Group, Inc., which produced the video, hopes that other local businesses will find the same success as online video has become a rapidly growing trend for companies to market products and services through search engines such as Google

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Long Beach Rescue Mission seeking new CEO after Jim Lewis resigns

Sean Belk Staff Writer The Long Beach Rescue Mission is seeking a new president/ CEO to take the reins since Rev. Jim Lewis, the homeless-services organization’s CEO for the past six years, has resigned, according to the nonprofit’s website. Chaplain Robert Probst is serving as interim CEO. Lewis was not immediately available for comment before blogger.com press time, however, his profesRev. Jim Lewis, former president/ sional Linkedin profile states CEO of the Long Beach Rescue that, after re-establishing two Mission struggling rescue missions in the past several years, he is now “looking forward to taking a short sabbatical,” but he plans to “remain active in Long Beach and in nonprofits.” On his Twitter feed, Lewis implied that he plans to continue serving the local community in some fashion. “It’s not goodbye, but what happens next?” he posted. In a message about his service to the Long Beach Rescue Mission, which he has worked for since August 2006, Lewis states that he is honored to have “built a great team, initiated successful programs that help the homeless and change lives,” adding that he “transformed the DNA” of the mission to be more connected with and involved in the community. He adds, “I hope my legacy for the mission will be seen as one of increasing sustainability through more engaged donors, growth in the number, scope and quality of its programs.” After serving the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission in Indio, where he “rebuilt the reputation see MISSION page 14

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NEWS

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JANUARY 4, 2013

LA County authorizes LB Fire Department’s proposed alternative emergency-medical-services delivery model Los Angeles County officials have given initial approval of the Long Beach Fire Department’s proposed alternative emergencymedical-services (EMS) delivery model that would change the staffing on all ambulances from two paramedics to one firefighterparamedic and one emergency medical technician (EMT). The new change would also increase the number of paramedic rescue ambulances with advanced-lifesupport (ALS) capabilities from eight to 10. Long Beach Fire Chief Mike DuRee announced the county’s approval during an update to the Long Beach City Council at the Dec. 11 meeting, adding that the fire department is expected to start implementing the proposed rapid medical deployment pilot program sometime in February. The City Council approved moving to the new EMS staffing model during the budget process last year as an alternative to switching from four-person to three-person crews. The new model, which was expected to take about a year to implement, is in addition to the proposed closure of Fire Station 8 in Belmont Shore. Since August of last year, the fire department and the City’s emergency medical services agency has been working on the plan with county officials from the medical services agency of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Services, he said. According to DuRee, ultimately, the new system would place one paramedic on each fire

engine in the city so there would be “two paramedics on the scene on every paramedic response in the city.” He added that maintaining four-person crews allows the City to “handle most any problem with the first arriving unit.” Before the fire department is allowed to start implementing the changes, however, the County requires the department to initiate an electronic patient-care reporting program, which is expected to enable the department to use technology to better track patient care and reporting and will make billing “instantaneous,” DuRee said. The department is also required to provide two years worth of retrospective data on the City’s current EMS system, which hasn’t formally been studied since it was put in place in 1972, he said. “The fire department has never done a study as to the effectiveness of the two-paramedic ambulance [model],” DuRee said, adding that electronic data collection will look at performance and allow the department to compare with the new paramedic system. He asserted that the proposed system is not what is called a “one-and-one” system in which there is one paramedic and one EMT per ambulance and no additional paramedics in the system. “The system that we’re moving to actually is just a redistribution of our existing assets,” DuRee said. “It’s actually, for lack of a better way to describe it, two paramedics on every scene of every call. They just arrive on a different apparatus.” The change will allow the department to not only increase

The Signal Hill Police Department (SHPD) Traffic Unit conducted a DUI/drivers license checkpoint on Dec. 22, 20112, at Willow Street and Cerritos Avenue between the hours of 8pm and 11:50pm. According to the SHPD, checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunkand drugged-driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for

officers and the public. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent. The following are the results that the SHPD reported for its Dec. 22 checkpoint:

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LA County officials have approved the Long Beach Fire Department’s proposed alternative emergency-medical-services delivery model that would change staffing on all ambulances from two paramedics to one firefighter-paramedic and one emergency medical technician– a change that would also increase the number of paramedic rescue ambulances with advanced-life-support capabilities from eight to 10.

the number of ALS capabilities, but “every single fire engine in the city will have a firefighter paramedic on board, thus lowering [the City’s] overall response

Signal Hill Police Department’s checkpoint screens 296 vehicles and yields 11 arrests

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The SHPD will conduct another DUI/drivers license checkpoint on Tuesday, Feb. 5 and DUI saturation patrols on various days throughout the next three months. The checkpoint was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the NHTSA. Source: SHPD

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times to deliver the highest level of medical care citywide,” he said. The Long Beach Firefighters Association Local 372, however, has expressed opposition to the

plan, stating that the new system will end up making the department’s quality of patient-care services worse.

Long Beach Health Department offering assistance to quit smoking in the new year

The Long Beach Health Department has set out to support the efforts of Long Beach residents who have made quitting smoking their New Year’s resolution. Quitting smoking results in immediate and long-term health benefits for smokers, including: lower heart rate and blood pressure, increased circulation and lung function, and decreased risk for chronic illness. “If you are a smoker, the healthiest, life-affirming, economical decision you can make, for you, your family and loved ones, is to stop smoking,” says Dr. Mitchell Kushner, City Health Officer. Many people will make the decision to start the new year smoke-free, and there are numerous local resources available to help them quit smoking:

• Call the Long Beach Health Department, Tobacco Education Program at (562) 570-7950. The Tobacco Education Program will provide a free stop-smoking guide with tips to help smokers quit and a list of Long Beach support meetings and resources. • Call the California Smokers’ Helpline at 1-800-NOBUTTS. The California Smokers’ Helpline provides free oneto-one counseling over the phone to support quitting smoking. The Helpline is open 7am to 9pm Monday through Friday, and 9am to 1pm on Saturday. Services are available in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Korean and TDD/TTY. • Talk to a doctor about quitting aids. Nicotine-replacement therapies or medications may be available through health insurance or Medi-Cal. According to a press release issued by the City of Long Beach, it may take the average smoker several attempts before successfully quitting smoking but they shouldn’t get discouraged. Those who are ready to try quitting again should take some time to think about what worked or didn’t work during their last quit attempt. They should adjust their plan and try again. With each attempt they are making progress toward a healthier, smoke-free lifestyle.

For more information regarding the Long Beach Health Department Tobacco Education Program, contact Eipryl Tello, Tobacco Education Program coordinator, at (562) 570-7955 or visit longbeach.gov/health, click on “Health Promotion” and then click on “Tobacco Education Program.” Source: City of LB

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NEWS

JANUARY 4, 2013

Ocean Boulevard repaving project and detours to start this weekend Eastbound Ocean Boulevard between the Gerald Desmond Bridge and downtown Long Beach will be closed for repaving from 10pm Friday, Jan. 4, until 5am Monday, Jan. 7. The I-710 Freeway northbound from Ocean Boulevard will remain open during construction. In addition, the on-ramp from Pico Avenue to the westbound Gerald Desmond Bridge will also be closed during the same time for repaving. The project has been postponed several times due to adverse weather conditions but is

scheduled to go forward starting this weekend. The closure Jan. 4–7 is the first of three consecutive weekend closures scheduled to continue on the weekends of Jan. 11 and Jan. 18 as crews complete the pavement-improvement project on Ocean between the Desmond Bridge and downtown Long Beach. Throughout the closures, signs will guide motorists to detours. For example, motorists going eastbound on the Gerald Desmond Bridge to Pico Avenue or downtown Long Beach on the Jan. 4–7 weekend will be directed to go

north on the I-710 Freeway, then exit at Anaheim Street. Traffic on Pico Avenue seeking to cross to Terminal Island will be directed north to West Anaheim Street to bypass the bridge. In a separate project, the Pier T off-ramp from the westbound Gerald Desmond Bridge will be closed 7am to 4pm for repaving on Sunday, Jan. 6. For updated traffic information, go to polb.com/traffic or follow @portoflongbeach on Twitter, hashtag #polbtraffic. Source: Port of LB

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GO TO MO’S PLACE What Grand opening celebration Who Mo’s Place II Where 4204 Atlantic Ave. in Bixby Knolls When Friday, Jan. 4 from 6:30pm to 10pm More Info The local pet-services shop will provide attendees with training and bodywork demonstrations. The event will also offer a chance to win prices, including free grooming, baths, training sessions and nutrition help for pets. Free pet-nail trimming is also offered. Call (424) 221-2320 or visit pingg.com/rsvp/ie6dd2xqkhpyy8jtb .

MEET AND EAT What Supper club Who Bixby Knolls Supper Club Where Baba Ghanouj, 4276 Atlantic Ave. When Monday, Jan. 7 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 Baba Ghanouj. The dinner includes a $10 corkage fee. RSVPs are necessary; email info@bixbyknollsinfo.com .

GOT CONTACTS? What Business networking lunch Who The Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Where Forbidden City Restaurant, 6380 E. Pacific Coast Hwy. When Tuesday, Jan. 8 from 11:30am to 1pm More Info The monthly “Good Afternoon, Long Beach” luncheon will feature Mario Rodriguez, Airport director at Long Beach Airport. Members pay $15 and non-members pay $30. Email jperler@lbchamber.com .

BREAKFAST AND BUSINESS What Small-Business networking meeting Who The Success Network Where Corner Bakery, 6507 E. PCH, Long Beach, in The Marketplace When Wednesday, Jan. 9 from 7:30am to 9am More Info The professional networking group meets on the second Wednesday of every month for breakfast and discussions or presentations. The group is open to small-business leaders seeking networking opportunities with other professionals. Breakfast is available at the restaurant. No membership required and no charge for the meeting. Email katja@yourspaciousness.com or call (562) 685-8532.

BOOKWORMS, UNITE What Monthly community book club Who The Bixby Knolls Literary Society Where Elise’s Tea Room, 3924 Atlantic Ave. When Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 7pm More Info Next month, the club will delve into Appointment in Samarra by John O’Hara. Parking is available along Atlantic Avenue. Refreshments will be provided. Call (562) 595-0081 or email info@bixbyknollsinfo.com .

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Map showing area affected by the Ocean Boulevard repaving project

LBPD’s Dec. 29 DUI checkpoint results in 542 vehicles screened, one arrest and three citations

On Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) conducted a “driving under the influence/drivers license” checkpoint on Pacific Coast Highway, south of 2nd Street. Long Beach Police Explorers, Senior Police Partners, Public Works, and Long Beach Search and Rescue aided the police officers at the checkpoint. The checkpoint operated from 7pm to 3am with the following results:

• 1,096 vehicles passed through the checkpoint • 542 vehicles were screened for impairment • One person was arrested for driving under the influence • Three people were cited for driving with suspended licenses • Three vehicles were impounded because the drivers had suspended licenses • One vehicle was towed • Seven drivers were issued traffic citations

This operation was funded through a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. For further information, contact Sergeant Douglas Bender of the LBPD Traffic Section at (562) 570-7484. Source: LBPD

Confrontation ends in LBPD officer-involved shooting; minor treated then booked for assault, exhibiting firearm On Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at approximately 5am, Long Beach Police Officers were dispatched to the 6800 block of Beechley Avenue regarding gunshots heard. An officer arrived on-scene and saw several subjects in front of a residence. As the officer made contact with the group, one subject pulled out a firearm and an officerinvolved shooting occurred. A firearm was recovered at the scene. The preliminary investigation has revealed that the suspect, who is a minor at press time and therefore will not be identified, was involved in a confrontation with several people at a residence

according to witnesses. During the confrontation, and prior to police arriving, the suspect fired off several rounds from a handgun. This action caused a nearby resident to call the police. After the officer-involved shooting occurred, the suspect was transported to a local hospital where he received treatment for a minor wound and was released to police custody. The minor is being booked for assault with a deadly weapon against one of the residents and exhibiting a firearm in the presence of a police officer. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office is conduct-

ing an independent investigation of the shooting, as they do with all officer-involved shootings that occur in Los Angeles County that result in injury or death. Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Scott Lasch and Donald Goodman at (562) 5707244. Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), texting TIPLA plus the tip to CRIMES (274637), or visiting lacrimestoppers.org . Source: LBPD

MIX IT UP WITH MEDIA What Grand opening Who Asset Media Group, Inc. Where 2225 E. 28th St. Suite #511 in Signal Hill When Thursday, Jan. 10 from 5pm to 8pm More Info Visitors will have a chance to network, view the company’s new media-production studio and win free services. The event, sponsored by the Signal Hill Chamber of Commerce, will include refreshments, free photo and video, and a raffle. Visit assetmediagroup.com or call (562) 424-0824.

HOW’S IT MADE? What Informative lecture Who Hosted by the Long Beach/Lakewood Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) Where Weingart Senior Center, 5220 Olivia Ave. When Thursday, Jan. 10 at 6:30pm More Info David DeKriek, Au.D. will talk about the process of making a hearing aid from the first visit to the audiologist to the manufacturing and programming of each hearing aid. He will also answer questions on any hearing-related topic. All meetings are captioned. Visithlalongbeachlakewood.org or call (562) 438-0597.

CALLING ALL BOOKWORMS What Book club Who Los Altos Neighborhood Library Book Club When Saturday, Jan. 12 at 10am Where 5614 E. Britton Dr. More Info Group will discuss Plainsong by Kent Haruf. New members are always welcome. Call (562)570-7500 or visit lbpl.org .

OPERA AT THE LIBRARY What LA Opera Series Who LA Opera and the El Dorado Neighborhood Library Where El Dorado Neighborhood Library, 2900 Studebaker Rd. When Saturday, Jan 12 at 2pm More Info The LA Opera Lecture Series will present insightful talks that address history, literature, philosophy and fine arts within the context of opera. The series is presented by LA Opera’s Community Educators, a team of trained volunteer experts. The LA Opera offers a chance for attendees to be entered into a drawing for an opera-related gift to be given out at the end of the presentation. Call (562) 570-3136.

THE WRITE STUFF What “Perseverance and the Literary Thriller” Who California Writers Club of Long Beach Where Long Beach Los Altos Branch Library, 5614 East Britton Drive When Saturday, Jan. 12 from 3pm to 5pm More Info All writers and the public are welcome to hear featured speaker, who this week is Diana Wagman, the author of four novels and numerous short stories and essays. Visit calwriterslongbeach.org .

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OPINION

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Thoughts from the Publisher

Attitudes for 2013

by Neena Strichart

I recently received a message in the mail from my darling Aunt Jeraldine. The Post-It note attached to the message the following: said “Neena Dear, Thought you might be able to use this near the New Year. Hope it’s a good one (year) for all of you.” It was signed simply with the initials JS (for Jeraldine Saunders). The actual message was titled “Attitudes For 2013” and contained a list of 10 lines. I pondered over the list and tried to figure how I could use it in my column. Below I have written out Jeraldine’s words in italics and added a few words of my own to make it more of a New Year’s poem collaboration. Enjoy the message from Aunt Jerry and me!

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Choose to forget past hurts to your heart, it will enable you a brand new start. And savor the memories of your yesterdays to help create new ones in so many ways.

If you anticipate a beautiful future ahead, your past sorrows will disappear instead.

Thoughts are things, there is power in belief; our thoughts color our world like the green of a leaf.

Cherish the present a moment in time, no money can buy it – not nickel nor dime.

Extract happiness from common things, not fancy cars or diamond rings.

Be in the now, not tomorrow or later. You’ll enjoy it more for it sum is much greater.

Enjoy this exciting game we call life, with all of its joys, happiness and strife.

Join the dance, kick your heels, pirouette, waltz a waltz, no matter your strengths, no matter your faults.

With persistence and determination 2013 is yours to mold, to sculpt and create and forever to hold.

My Aunt Jeraldine, who is known for her published horoscopes and creating the book The Love Boats

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

The year that was...

As 2012 comes to a close, it is worth taking the time to review all that we have accomplished. Here in the 7th District, we have moved forward with some great projects, including: • the opening of the first four acres of Willow Springs Park, which will be the biggest park in Long Beach since 1952 when completed • beginning the Willow Street mobility project in Wrigley, which will help improve the physical infrastructure of this important corridor, help attract quality businesses, and improve quality of life • obtaining funding for an urban forest of 6,000 new trees in west Long Beach, Wrigley, Los Cerritos, and parts of California Heights as well as additional LED lighting at key intersections to improve public safety while saving energy • and much, much, more, such as the repaving of Wardlow Road, the beginning of a “Green Wall” to protect residents from the impacts of the Terminal Island Freeway, the start of a new farmer’s market at Admiral Kidd Park, proceeding with the design of the new Wrigley Greenbelt along the L.A. River, maintaining the historic lampposts in California Heights, and the reinstitution of public-access television at the Community Access Partnership

Citywide, we accomplished much as well, including: • preserving sidewalk repair funding instead of shifting the responsibility to homeowners like other cities have done • reinstating citywide street maintenance, improving our streets while saving tens of millions of dollars over the long-run. • opening a modernized airport terminal that improves our economy but is the right size for our city, protecting our neighborhoods • being awarded a top score for ensuring the equality and civil rights of its citizens regardless of sexual orientation • streamlining City Hall by cutting red tape to be more business-friendly • maintaining our "AA-" bond rating and our reputation for fiscal prudence while other cities saw downgrades • restoring regular tree trimming on a five-year cycle in our neighborhoods I wish you and your family a happy and healthy New Year. On to 2013!

James Johnson Long Beach Councilmember 7th District

This new year can be the best one so far, the pearl in your oyster, your bright, shining star!

Mea culpa

Last week’s story “LBUSD and LA County Supervisor Knabe criticize proposed ‘Clean Water, Clean Beaches’ measure’ should have stated the following: If the measure is ultimately passed, most homeowners would pay $54 per year or less, according to the county’s information website.

The stand-alone photo caption on page 7 of last week’s issue (“A special delivery”) should have identified the men pictured as Signal Hill police officers and Los Angeles County firefighters.

“Thoughts from the Publisher” in the Dec. 28 issue should have identified Alexander Graham Bell as the inventor of the telephone.

T h e S i g n a l Tribune wishes e ver yone a healthy and happy new year

To r e a d o r d o w n l o a d f u l l i s s u e s o f t h e S i g n a l Tr i b u n e , v i s i t

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Chris Valcarcel, creative manager, works in the new home of Asset Media Group Inc., located at 2225 E. 28th St. in Signal Hill, which offers conference and meeting rooms in addition to a white cyclorama wall, a green screen, a full lighting grid, an in-house editing bay and on-site equipment for rental.

Photos by Sean Belk/Signal Tribune

Marcus Guy, founder and CEO of Asset Media Group, Inc. sets up a lighting system at the company’s newly constructed 2,500square-foot studio in Signal Hill to be officially opened for online media-production services on Jan. 10.

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where visitors will get a chance to network, see the new space and win free services. It was after discovering a lack of a video-production studio in the local area that spurred the Long Beach couple to open up a full-service facility in Signal Hill that now offers a hair and makeup vanity lounge, conference and

meeting rooms, a white cyclorama wall, a green screen, a full lighting grid, an in-house editing bay, on-site equipment for rental, and a full-size roll-up door for easy accessibility. Although the company has done work for Fortune 500 corporations, such as Nike, Prudential and McDonalds, the rising popularity of online video has “leveled the playing field” for smaller businesses now able to compete online with large companies for a

CSULB ranked among nation’s top 100 best values in public colleges by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) has been named to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s 2012-13 list of the top 100 best values in public colleges. The ranking recognizes four-year institutions that combine outstanding education with economic value. The annual public school rankings appear in Kiplinger’s February 2013 issue, which hit newsstands on Jan. 1. The list also can be found online at kiplingers.com . CSULB appears at No. 82 on the list (up from No. 98 last year) and is one of 12 California institutions to make the rankings. Three other CSU campuses were among the top 100: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (40), San Diego State (77), and Cal Poly Pomona (89). The other eight California schools were University of California campuses. “The ability to afford a college degree is the most important factor when it comes to access to higher education, and at Cal State Long Beach, we are doing what we can to keep costs down for students wherever possible,” said CSULB President F. King Alexander. “We are pleased to once again be recognized by Kiplinger’s as one of the best value public colleges in the nation, and our improvement on the list by more than 15 spots over last year certainly speaks well of our efforts to maintain lower costs for our students.” Alexander also noted that the Kiplinger ranking clearly shows students and their parents that the high price tag of many colleges and universities nationwide has

little to do with the quality of the education experience being offered. In addition, visitors to Kiplinger’s website will find CSULB among 10 schools in the country earning recognition in another area that Alexander finds very important– public colleges with the lowest debt for graduating students. On this list, CSULB comes in at No. 2 with an average debt for its graduating students at $12,401. Two other CSUs also made this list: San Diego State at No. 7 ($16,400) and Cal Poly Pomona at No. 10 ($16,815). The editors at Kiplinger’s Personal Finance start with data from nearly 600 public four-year schools. The list is then narrowed down to about 130 schools based on measures of academic quality, including SAT or ACT scores, admission and retention rates, student-faculty ratios, and four- and six-year graduation rates. The editors then rank each school based on cost and financial aid. Many schools have appeared on the list multiple times, including CSULB. “We applaud this year’s top 100 schools for their efforts to maintain academic standards while meeting the financial needs of their students,” said Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. Web visitors will find special features, including a frequentlyasked-questions section about how the public colleges are ranked and a tool that lets readers sort by in-state and out-of-state cost. Source: CSULB

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23rd annual Kwanzaa event in LB celebrates African culture, heritage Sean Belk Staff Writer

It was a night of cultural remembrance, reflection and jubilation in observance of an annual African-American tradition that for decades has been a major part of the holiday season for local black families and communities. Afrikan Cultural The Research and Study Group of Long Beach put on its 23rd annual Kwanzaa celebration last Sunday, Dec. 30 at the Expo Art Center in Bixby Knolls. The ceremony, which was open to all races, included African drumming, dancing, spoken-word performances, storytelling and rituals, including a “karamu” feast and “libations,” in which liquid is poured from a chalice as an offering to African-American ancestors. Dr. Maulana Karenga, once a key figure of the nationalist black movement of the 1960s and ‘70s and now a professor and chair of Africana studies at California State University, Long Beach, created Kwanzaa in 1966 as a way for black people in America to reconnect with their African heritage and unite through meditation and traditions based on “communitarian” African values. Today the African-American and PanAfrican holiday is celebrated by black families and communities around the world, according to sources from the official Kwanzaa website. The word “Kwanzaa” was

derived from the Swahili phrase “matunda ya kwanza,” which means “first fruits of the harvest” in English and refers to harvest festivals celebrated throughout Africa. The second “a” in the word was added to symbolize the African-American celebration. The tradition is based on the “nguzo saba” or seven principles: umoja (unity); kujichagulia (self-determination); ujima (collective work and responsibility); ujamaa (cooperative economics); nia (purpose); kuumba (creativity); and imani (faith). Coinciding with Christmas, Hanukah and New Year’s Day, Kwanzaa lasts seven days, starting on Dec. 26 and ending on Jan. 1. A candle is lit on each day to affirm each corresponding value, starting on the first day with a black candle, followed by red and green candles. Although Kwanzaa has become an international holiday, the Los Angeles area is considered the premier place to celebrate the holiday. This year, festivities began with the annual parade along Crenshaw Boulevard, followed by the Kwanzaa Heritage Festival last Saturday, Dec. 25. In Long Beach, Maxine and Olufemi Viltz, owners of the African-themed gift shop Village Treasures, located on Broadway and Linden Avenue, have organized the celebration every year since 1988 after the couple took a pilgrimage to Egypt and, upon their return, became inspired to start an

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Olufemi and Maxine Viltz, owners of the African-themed gift shop Village Treasures in Long Beach and founders of the Afrikan Cultural Research and Study Group of Long Beach, carry out the “libations” ceremony as part of the Kwanzaa celebration.

African cultural study group that today offers history and Africandrum classes. In attendance this year at the Expo Center was 8th District Long Beach City Councilmember Al Austin, who took office last year as the third current African-American elected city councilmember in Long Beach.

“I think this is a wonderful home for this event,” he said. “A lot of people don’t know that the 8th district is actually home to the most African-Americans in the city of Long Beach… The principles of Kwanzaa… should be celebrated every single day of our lives … and I think we would be a stronger community

as a result of that.” Erroll Parker, a retired Long Beach city employee and longtime host of “All Sides,” a local cable television-broadcast show, served as emcee for the event. He asserted that Kwanzaa is “not a religion” but is rather see KWANZAA page 7

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about principles that every culture should follow. “These are principles to live by, and if we all lived by these acts of love we would not have the violence we have today,” he said. “We were enslaved for hundreds of years. We came through Jim Crow laws and two world wars, conflicts, police brutality, oppression, and we’re still here standing… a resilient race of people.” Parker said, since the end of slavery in America, there have been many civil-rights achievements for black people through AfricanAmerican “revolutionaries” who paved the way for new generations. However, black families today are still bombarded by “television programs, literature, child molestation and violence,” he said. “There are so many people in Africa and America who risked their lives, reputations and livelihoods so that we could be free here in America, and the struggle continues,” Parker said. “We need to make a personal commitment in our homes and our churches and communities and organizations to protect our children and our older members of our population.” MORE INFORMATION officialkwanzaawebsite.org villagetreasuresart.com

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Dembrebrah Drum and Dance Ensemble (pictured above and below right) performs a traditional African drum and dance presentation during the annual Kwanzaa event that took place at the Expo Art Center on Atlantic Avenue in Bixby Knolls on Dec. 30.

Eighth District Long Beach City Councilmember Al Austin, left, speaks to the crowd to show his appreciation of the Afrikan Cultural Research and Study Group of Long Beach’s 23rd annual Kwanzaa celebration last Sunday.

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Hospitals’ Spiritual Care team helps grieving families endure holidays

Courtesy LB Memorial

Notes of hope written on leaves fill branches at the annual Service of Memory & Hope at Long Beach Memorial and Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach.

The holiday season, generally a happy time for most people, is a very difficult period for families and individuals suffering from the loss of a child or loved one. Each year, the Spiritual Care team at Long Beach Memorial and Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach holds a Service of Memory and Hope to pay tribute and honor those that have passed away. Rev. Sharon Yagerlener, chaplain, Miller Children’s, led the group of more than 100 mourners with prayer, music, inspirational stories and a time of remembrance. The service is designed to have attendees reflect on the past, learn to live in the present and have hope for the future. To demonstrate to the community that hope can help rebuild, attendees placed a message of hope on a “Tree of Remembrance” in homage of their deceased family member and to give hope and support to one another. “Being in this constant hospital environment, we understand the grief and loss that our families feel each day,” Yagerlener said. “We hold the Service of Memory and Hope every year to let our families

know that we are here for them and that we all remember their loved one. Some come remembering a husband that passed away after 60 years or marriage, others a baby that passed away at only a few days old. Whoever they come to honor, we are here to support them.” Family members are joined by physicians, care team members, volunteers and the entire Spiritual Care team. These representatives often have gone through the entire journey of losing the loved one side-by-side with the family. “For physicians and the clinical care teams, losing a patient is often like losing a family member,” says Divya Joshi, M.D., chief medical officer, Miller Children’s. “We remember our patients. They all have touched our hearts and have changed our lives. It is nice to see everyone come together as a community to provide hope for those that have lost a loved one.” Source: LB Memorial

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Baby girl Kaydin Calhoun arrived one week after her Christmas Day due date, just in time to become the first baby born in Long Beach in 2013 at the MemorialCare Center for Women at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach, according to the hospitals’ marketing department. Coming into the world at 2:36am, she is the third child of Long Beach residents Benita Lewis and David Calhoun. Older siblings David, 12, and Kasadi, 8, are both thrilled for their family’s new addition, Lewis said. With a new baby girl weighing a healthy 9 pounds, 4 ounces and measuring 20.5 inches, Kaydin’s family brought in their new year with a “surprise baby” instead of watching the famous Times Square ball drop. And though her new daughter’s birthday will always fall on a national holiday, Kaydin’s mother insists, “It's going to be the first of the year, but it’s always going to be her day. We’re going to make it her day.” In celebration of having the city’s first baby of the year, Lewis and Calhoun received a special

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Announcing the 2013 color of the year ... Shoshanah Siegel Columnist

As one year evolves into the next, we embark on new adventures. This year, make a colorful resolution: resolve to put more color into your life. Color reflects how we feel and express ourselves. Ultimately, it’s best that you select colors to personalize your space and make your environments feel healthy, safe, stylish and just plain fun. Every year, a new set of colors is designated as the “in” group or the color trend. Where do they come from? Color trends are a reflection of events and ideas from around the world. Trends are determined by world travel, consumer research, hot movies and TV shows, and fashion runways. Why determine trends? Sonu Mathew, Benjamin Moore’s senior interior designer, summed it up when she said, “The end goal in providing an annual color forecast is to help inspire and fuel the imagination of individuals as they take on home-decorating and painting projects. This is meant to be a starting point in their color-selection process.” Fortunately, there’s something for every style and taste. Who determines these trends? As you will soon learn in my column, there’s not just one group of experts. Even though all of their forcasts are positive, they came up with some varying conclusions. One of the most influential groups is The Color Marketing Group (CMG). It is an international not-for-profit association of 1,100 color designers who forecast color directions one to three years in advance for all industries, manufactured products and services.

Blue with envy In one of my previous columns,

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Pantone Color Institute, the nonprofit marketing group CMG and the paint companies Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore have each announced their selections for 2013’s color of the year.

I featured this color and shared that it was my all-time favorite. I am happy to announce that the 50year-old association proclaimed “Re-Blued” as the 2013 Color of Year. “Blue will dominate the color movement for years ahead,” said Mark Woodman, the color groups president. “It’s stable, comfortable and well liked.” However, the 2013 blues will move away from previous blues. “New blues will be warmer and more aqueous. Tropical, watery blues with a touch of green will dominate.”

A primary color The Pantone Color Institute, one of the trend forecasters and a world-renowned authority on color, recently announced their color of the year selection–“Emerald” (Pantone 17-5641). Leatrice Eiseman, executive director, describes the color as

“the most abundant hue in nature– the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum. Since antiquity, this luminous, magnificent hue has been the color of beauty and new life in many cultures and religions. It’s also the color of growth, renewal and prosperity– no other color conveys regeneration more than green.“

With a hint of mint and lots of moxie Jackie Jordan, director of color marketing for Sherwin Williams, singled out a minty-toothpaste aqua called “Aloe” (SW 6464) as their color of the year. Why? She said, “It takes people back to the ‘50s, a time that was a little more carefree. The color is fresh, fun, optimistic and hopeful. It’s not downbeat. We’re done with downbeat.” Jackie Jordan goes on to say,

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Sunny, bright future Benjamin Moore is calling out Lemon Sorbet (2019-60) as the 2013 color of the year. According to Sonu Mathew, Benjamin Moore’s senior interior designer, yellow has always represented a sense of optimism, “and as the world seems to be gradually turning the corner on recessionary times, this whispery tint of the color is timely and evocative of the uptick. As for the move to pastels,”

she continued, “they convey innocence and typically have a calming influence.” Yellow is the perfect transitional color between the mid-tones and saturated colors seen in today’s home furnishings and the softer, lighter pastels, which are emerging for 2013. Some of these pastels are mint, coral, pink, blue, and vanilla.

Explore! Experiment! Ultimately, the colors you choose should make you feel comfortable and happy. Have a colorful new year!

Shoshanah Siegel provides color consulting as well as space-planning, remodeling, upgrading and staging through her firm Your Color Diva. She can be contacted at (562) 427-0440 or at Shoshanah.siegel@gmail.com or yourcolordiva.com .

LB Symphony Orchestra targets younger generation of music lovers with its Balcony Club The Long Beach Symphony Orchestra’s (LBSO) is kicking off its new year with the Balcony Club, which offers drink specials and affordable pricing. The Balcony Club is a new take on the classics to inspire and attract a younger generation of concert-goers, with a sociable setup, bar, and drink specials to create a casual and friendly environment that’s ideal for networking and socializing. Located at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center, the Terrace Theater’s balcony oversees the stage of talent and musical vibrations. “Going to a classics concert doesn’t have to be a formal or expensive affair,” said Rick Berry, LBSO director of marketing. “The Balcony Club is a great way for people to check out our orchestra without some of the barriers that people may have perceived in the past. The price is right, and the

atmosphere is casual and friendly. Plus, the music actually sounds best from the Balcony.” The LBSO Balcony Club will continue on Saturday, Jan. 12, when music director Enrique Arturo Diemecke will conduct Rossini’s Barber of Seville: Overture, Saint-Saëns‘ Violin Concerto No. 3 featuring Elmar Oliveira, and Debussy‘s Nocturnes and La Mer. Tickets to the Balcony Club are $20 (or two tickets for $35), compared to tickets that are traditionally $65 to $89 per person. Balcony Club tickets for the season are available at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center Box Office or by calling the LBSO Box Office at (562) 4363203, ext. 1. For more information on tickets, events and showtimes, visit lbso.org .

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Built in 1844, Rancho Los Cerritos is a National, State and Long Beach Historic Landmark that includes historic gardens and a research library and archives.

Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site will offer an afternoon of free and old-fashioned fun in a workshop for children on Saturday, Feb. 2, called Creation Station: “Heart Crazy.” The workshop is ideal for children ages 6 to 10 years old and provides an opportunity for

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Gardening with intent

Jennifer E. Beaver Columnist

Okay, I admit it; I’m feeling lazy. I should take advantage of one of our few non-rainy days and get out there in the garden and trim back the pineapple sage, or dig up the rampant grass and weeds and smother the new growth with mulch. Instead, I’m sitting at the computer with Crackle (one of my intrepid gardening cats) on my lap, researching garden trends for the new year. So far, the most intriguing– in a bizarre way– is Garden Media Group’s designation of 2013 at the “Year of Bliss” in the garden. Maybe I’m just feeling contrary, but this sort of thing really irritates me. The press release is full of thoughts about gardening as a way to put bliss back in everyday life and getting a Zen-like high by watering and weeding. While I’ve spent many happy hours mindlessly popping weeds out of the ground, gardening is not about escapism– at least, not for me. I prefer gardening with intent: growing vegetables and herbs for food, researching perennials for year-round color, brewing up natural concoctions to keep bugs and disease at bay. I do get blissed-out over the first homegrown tomato snatched from the vine, and I feel a touch of Zen when I scatter wildflower seeds. So where is my intentional gardening leading me at the

moment? I’ve been fantasizing over seed catalogs and have identified two new varieties I want to try. Apollo is a broccoli/kale cross that produces lots of small broccoli shoots perfect for stir-fries. It looks just like brocollini, a trademarked (meaning you can’t get seeds) cross of broccoli and chard that costs an arm and a leg at the store. Then there’s Yugoslavian red lettuce, an absolutely gorgeous heirloom butterhead variety that is almost too pretty to eat. The Cooks Garden catalog describes it like this: “Large, full heads grow to a

foot across, with deeply puckered, apple-green leaves tinged with pomegranate red. Leaves’ buttery, succulent flavor pairs well with apples or strawberries for a sweet summer salad.” I’ve saved an old cardboard egg carton and I’m ready to plant the seeds…as soon as I find a good deal on shipping from Cook’s Garden (cooksgarden.com). Jennifer E. Beaver, a Wrigley resident, is a master gardener and author of Container Gardening for California and Edible Gardening for California.

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Ground-breaking for Desmond Bridge replacement project scheduled

The main portion of the massive, $1-billion construction project to replace the Gerald Desmond Bridge will break ground at the Port of Long Beach next Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 10 am, Port officials have announced. The ceremony will commemorate the start of the “design-build” construction of the new bridge that will have towers reaching 500 feet above ground and will be “a new icon for the Southern California coastline,” replacing the aging Gerald Desmond Bridge that was built in 1968, according to Port officials. The old bridge will be demolished once the new bridge is finished. The cable-stayed bridge will include additional traffic lanes, a higher clearance to accommodate the new generation of cargo ships, dedicated bicycle paths and pedestrian walkways, including scenic overlooks 200 feet above the water. The project is expected to create about 3,000 jobs a year, on average, for three years, and constructionrelated spending from the project is expected to generate regional economic activity of about $2 billion. During the event, two hovering helicopters at 500 feet will mark the significant height of the future twin towers. The ceremony will include a demonstration of boring and pile driving for the new bridge supports. Other visuals will include existing bridge structure, surrounding port activity of ships unloading and truck and rail traffic. Port officials will unveil updated designs, bridge renderings, animation and other graphics. Source Port of LB

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Notice is hereby given that RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the Deed of Trust executed by STEEN D SPROUFFSKE, AN UNMARRIED MAN, dated 03/04/2005 and recorded 3/10/2005, as Instrument No. 05 0552500, in Book , Page , of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, State of California, will sell on 01/17/2013 at 9:00AM, Doubletree Hotel Los Angeles-Norwalk, 13111 Sycamore Drive, Norwalk, CA 90650, Vineyard Ballroom at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash or check as described below, payable in full at time of sale, all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust, in the property situated in said County and State and as more fully described in the above referenced Deed of Trust. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2209 BAY VIEW DRIVE, SIGNAL HILL, CA, 90755. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The total amount of the unpaid balance with interest thereon of the obligation secured by the property to be sold plus reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $929,132.15. 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 1-800281-8219 or visit this Internet Web site www.recontrustco.com, using the file number assigned to this case TS No. 11-0119685. 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-4340125 12/21/2012, 12/28/2012, 01/04/2013

TST4264 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE TS No. 12-0079258 Doc ID #000835653592005N Title Order No. 12-0142227 Investor/Insurer No. 083565359 APN No. 7217-027-029 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 10/19/2004. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. Notice is hereby given that RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the Deed of Trust executed by KATHLEEN E GARRIDO, AN UNMARRIED WOMAN, dated 10/19/2004 and recorded 10/27/2004, as Instrument No. 04 2767473, in Book , Page , of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, State of California, will sell on 01/24/2013 at 9:00AM, Doubletree Hotel Los Angeles-Norwalk, 13111 Sycamore Drive, Norwalk, CA 90650, Vineyard Ballroom at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash or check as described below, payable in full at time of sale, all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust, in the property situated in said County and State and as more fully described in the above referenced Deed of Trust. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2486 AMELIA COURT, SIGNAL HILL, CA, 907554060. 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 $727,565.35. 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 1-800281-8219 or visit this Internet Web site www.recontrustco.com, using the file number assigned to this case TS No. 12-0079258. 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-4342437 12/28/2012, 01/04/2013, 01/11/2013

TST4265 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE TS No. 12-0080507 Title Order No. 12-0144187 APN No. 7215-026-053 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 01/18/2006. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. Notice is hereby given that RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the Deed of Trust executed by ANGEL PULEX AN UNMARRIED MAN., dated 01/18/2006 and recorded 2/3/2006, as Instrument No. 06 0261893, in Book , Page , of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, State of California, will sell on 01/24/2013 at 9:00AM, Doubletree Hotel Los Angeles-Norwalk, 13111 Sycamore Drive, Norwalk, CA 90650, Vineyard Ballroom at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash or check as described below, payable in full at time of sale, all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust, in the property situated in said County and State and as more fully described in the above referenced Deed of Trust. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2218 OHIO 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. 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 $894,596.02. 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 12-0080507. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not

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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: 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. FEI # 1006.172708 12/28/2012, 01/04/2013, 01/11/2013

TST4270 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE Trustee Sale No. 731024CA Loan No. 5303811490 Title Order No. 090209533-CA-MAI YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 07-11-2006. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 01-25-2013 at 11:00 A.M., CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY as the duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded 07-18-2006, Book N/A, Page N/A, Instrument 06 1574569, of official records in the Office of the Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, California, executed by: EDUARDO E MORALES, A MARRIED MAN AS HIS SOLE AND SEPARATE PROPERTY, as Trustor, MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC.(MERS), (SOLELY AS NOMINEE FOR LENDER FIRST MAGNUS FINANCIAL CORPORATION, AN ARIZONA CORPORATION, AND LENDER'S SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS.), as Beneficiary, will sell at public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier's check drawn by a state or national bank, a cashier's check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a cashier's 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. Sale will be held by the duly appointed trustee as shown below, of all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by the trustee in the hereinafter described property under and pursuant to the Deed of Trust. 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, interest thereon, estimated 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. Place of Sale: BY THE FOUNTAIN LOCATED AT 400 CIVIC CENTER PLAZA, POMONA, CA 91766. Legal Description: PARCEL 1: LOT 99 OF TRACT NO. 51830, IN THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, STATE OF CALIFORNIA, AS SHOWN ON THE SUBDIVISION MAP RECORDED ON OCTOBER 31, 2000 IN BOOK 1254, PAGES 1 TO 11, INCLUSIVE, OF MAPS, IN THE OFFICE OF THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY RECORDER, AS CORRECTED BY CERTIFICATES OF CORRECTION RECORDED JANAURY 25, 2001 AS INSTRUMENT NO. 01-0133596, RECORDED MAY 29, 2001 AS INSTRUMENT NO. 01-925100 AND RECORDED OCTOBER 17, 2001, AS INSTRUMENT NO. 1973026, ALL IN THE OFFICIAL RECORDS OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY (''OFFICIAL RECORDS''). EXCEPTING THEREFROM; ALL OIL, OIL RIGHTS, NATURAL GAS RIGHTS, MINERAL RIGHTS, AND OTHER HYDROCARBON SUBSTANCES BY WHATEVER NAME KNOWN, TOGETHER WITH APPURTENANT RIGHTS THERETO, WITHOUT, HOWEVER, ANY RIGHT TO ENTER UPON THE SURFACE OF SAID LAND NOR ANY PORTION OF THE SUBSURFACE LYING ABOVE A DEPTH OF 150 FEET, AS EXCEPTED OR RESERVED IN INSTRUMENTS OF RECORD. PARCEL 2 : NON-EXCLUSIVE EASEMENTS FOR ACCESS, INGRESS, EGRESS, DRAINAGE, MAINTENANCE, REPAIRS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES, ALL AS DESCRIBED IN THE AMENDED AND RESTATED DECLARATION OF COVENANTS, CONDITIONS, RESTRICTIONS AND RESERVATION OF EASEMENTS FOR BIXBY RIDGE, RECORDED ON MARCH 1, 2000 AS INSTRUMENT NO. 00-0313402. (THE ''DECLARATION''), AND THE NOTICE OF ADDITION OF TERRITORY AND SUPPLEMENTAL DECLARATION OF COVENANTS, CONDITIONS AND RESTRICTIONS (PHASE 7), RECORDED ON JULY 24, 2002 AS INSTRUMENT NO. 02- 1730181, (THE ''NOTICE''), BOTH OF OFFICIAL RECORDS, AND AS MAY BE AMENDED AND RESTATED, AND THE MAP. Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $1,167,041.51 (estimated) Street address and other common designation of the real property: 2101 RIDGEVIEW TERRACE DRIVE SIGNAL HILL, CA 90755 APN Number: 7217-029-010 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The property heretofore described is being sold "as is". In compliance with California Civil Code 2923.5(c) the mortgagee, trustee, beneficiary, or authorized agent declares: that it has contacted the borrower(s) to assess their financial situation and to explore options to avoid foreclosure; or that it has made efforts to contact the borrower(s) to assess their financial situation and to explore options to avoid foreclosure by one of the following methods: by telephone; by United States mail; either 1st class or certified; by overnight delivery; by personal delivery; by e-mail; by face to face meeting. DATE: 12-26-2012 CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY, as Trustee DEREK WEAR-RENEE, ASSISTANT SECRETARY CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY IS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. California Reconveyance Company 9200 Oakdale Avenue Mail Stop: CA2-4379 Chatsworth, CA 91311 800-892-6902 For Sales Information: www.lpsasap.com or 1-714-730-2727 www.priorityposting.com or 1-714-573-1965 www.auction.com or 1-800-280-2832 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, this infor-

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TST4261 / 2012 249886 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: 1. NOBLE CARE PARTNERS, 2. NOBLE CARE SOLUTIONS, 3. NOBLE CARE LEARNING SOLUTIONS, 4, CARE GIVING LEARNING SOLUTIONS, 5. CARE GIVING TRAINING INSTITUTE, 1845 Raymond Ave., Signal Hill, CA 90755. Registrant: NOBLE CARE PARTNERS, INC., 1845 Raymond Ave., Signal Hill, CA 90755. This business is conducted by: a Corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Irene Clemente, CEO. 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 December 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: December 21, 28, 2012 & January 4, 11, 2013.

TST4262 / 2012 249887 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: A&G CONSULTING, 4009 Pine Ave., Long Beach, CA 90807. Registrant: GALINA SHTERN, 4009 Pine Ave., Long Beach, CA 90807. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Galina Shtern. 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 December 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: December 21, 28, 2012 & January 4, 11, 2013.

TST4257 / Case No. NS026272 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 Alfonso Vazquez For Change of Name. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner ALFONSO VAZQUEZ, filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: ALFONSO VAZQUEZ to Proposed Name: ALFONSO VASQUEZ. 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: January 18, 2013; Time: 8:30 A.M.; Dept. 11, Room 31. 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: December 21, 28, 2012 & January 4, 11, 2013. ___//ss//___ John A. Clark, Clerk of the Superior Court Dated: December 05, 2012

TST4260 / 2012 234058 STATEMENT oF ABANDoNMENT oF USE oF FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME The following person has abandoned the use of the fictitious business name: JOHNSON CONSULT, located at 841 W. Cameron St., Long Beach, CA 90810. The fictitious business name referred to above was filed on May 11, 2009, original File No. 2012 234059, in the County of Los Angeles. Registrant: BRYON JOHNSON, 32 Esperanza Ave. #210, Long Beach, CA 90802. This business is conducted by: an Individual. Signed: Bryon Johnson. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on November 26, 2012. Pub. The Signal Tribune: December 21, 28, 2012 & January 4, 11, 2013. TST4256 / 2012 242526 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: YESTER YEAR MUSIC, 12918 S. Cookacre St., E. Rancho Dominguez, CA 90221. Registrant: BRENDA LEE GERTMAN, 12918 S. Cookacre

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TST4267 / 2012 253542 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: VISION 360 LONG BEACH, 3936 Woodruff Ave., Long Beach, CA 90808. Registrant: PARKCREST CHRISTIAN CHURCH INC., 3936 Woodruff Ave., Long Beach, CA 90808. This business is conducted by: a Corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Michael Goldsworthy, 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 December 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: December 28, 2012 & January 4, 11, 18, 2013.

TST4268 / 2012 253543 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: JAMES RICHARD PHOTOGRAPHY, 20 Hillcrest Meadows, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274. Registrant: JAMES RICHARD KAO, 20 Hillcrest Meadows, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: James Kao. The registrant has begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. The registrant began using this fictitious business name on December 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on December 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: December 28, 2012 & January 4, 11, 18, 2013.

TST4269 / 2012 255054 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as: BAD NEIGHBOR STUDIOS, 3646 Rose Ave., Long Beach, CA 90807. Registrant: 1. MATTHEW BEATTY, 2. NICHOLE BEATTY, 3646 Rose Ave., Long Beach, CA 90807. This business is conducted by: a General Partnership. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Matthew Beatty. The registrants have begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. The registrants began using this fictitious business name on December 26, 2012. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on December 26, 2012. NOTICE: This fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. The Signal Tribune: December 28, 2012 & January 4, 11, 18, 2013.

TST4271 / 2012 247029 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: GET FADED BARBER STUDIO, 2805 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Signal Hill, CA 90755. Registrant: QUANEIL REECE, 1036 Cherry Ave. #3, Long Beach, CA 90813. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Quaneil Reece. 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 December 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

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TST4272 / 2013 000248 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: JIGGII.COM, 1018 E. 45th Way, Long Beach, CA 90807. Registrant: TERRENCE A. JOHNSON, 1018 E. 45th Way, Long Beach, CA 90807. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Terrence A. Johnson. The registrant has not begun to transact business under

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Plans for a new Applebee’s restaurant in Signal Hill in progress Signal Hill diners may add Applebee’s to their choices of family-friendly restaurants soon. “We have all intentions to be open this year,” said Jim O’Keefe of Apple American Group, the largest Applebee’s franchise company that owns about 439 restaurants throughout the country. If all goes according to O’Keefe’s estimated timetable, ground could be broken for the building by April. It will be very close to the Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. O’Keefe said in a telephone interview Monday that his company plans to submit building plans to the City within the next 60 days. O’Keefe acknowledged his company’s restaurants do not have much of a presence in Los Angeles County, but he said that will soon change. “We fully intend to expand our bases in the LA market,” O’Keefe said, “and we’ll be showing up with more locations, I assure you.” He noted the economic downturn especially hit every restaurant operation in 2008 and 2009, but

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and programs” of the mission following an embezzlement by its former executive director, his goal in coming to Long Beach, he states, was to be “an effective voice for the homeless” in Long Beach and create a better service model that “seeks, not to enable,

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The new 99¢ Only store at 1851 Willow St. has provided jobs for about 55 locals. The retailer takes over a spot that has been empty for several years, and it will also provide revenue from sales tax for the City of Signal Hill.

now they plan to grow by building new restaurants. He acknowledged some resistance to the plans in Signal Hill for a new Applebee’s when Councilmember Ed Wilson was the lone vote last month against the permit that the company needed to operate a bar and restaurant. The

rest of the Council voted in favor of the permit even though Wilson cited concerns that the restaurant will not have a patio that takes advantage of city views. O’Keefe recognized the concerns, but he explained why the restaurant couldn’t have outdoor dining seating.

The site is not big enough to have a patio without taking away parking spaces, and parking is a major convenience to the customers, O’Keefe said. He said there will be windows on three sides of the building so guests at the tables will be able to see outside.

“We’re excited that the City welcomed us into the community,” he added, “and we’re doing everything to get ready for that… we’ll be a good neighbor to a bunch of good customers.” The building will be located at 899 S. Spring St.

but to empower– while respecting the quality of life of the community.” Lewis notes that he helped the mission expand its “new life program,” a one-year intensive Christian residential-discipleship course that has grown to 50 men and women. In 2012, there were

an unprecedented 30 graduates of the program, he states. Lewis added that, despite the continued recession, the mission has increased its donor-base by 50 percent, doubled contribution income, grown staff to 26 people and engages over 1,700 volunteers

annually. Lewis also lobbied Long Beach city and community leaders to develop a location for a winter shelter that would appease everyone involved and affected. The mission is now leasing a 12,000square-foot industrial warehouse

at 702 W. Anaheim St., which was the previous location of Jesse James’s West Coast Choppers shop and now offers some 140 beds for the winter shelter this holiday season. Lewis said that he also added facilities to include an administration building and women’s “bridge home.” In recent years, the Long Beach Rescue Mission has been recognized with several workplace awards, including the Alfred P. Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility in 2008 and 2010, and Best Christian Workplaces Institute award in 2009.

EYE ON CRIME Thursday, Dec. 27 Commercial burglary 6pm– 3700 block Long Beach Blvd.

Auto burglary 11:30pm– 300 E. 19th St.

Friday, Dec. 28 Attempted auto burglary 2:57am– 2000 block E. Pacific Coast Hwy.

Commercial burglary 2:05pm– 2600 block Atlantic Ave. Commercial robbery

Thursday, Dec. 27 Grand theft of property 9:40am– 2700 block E. Pacific Coast Hwy. Suspect named

Commercial burglary 10:52am– 900 block E. 33rd St.

Friday, Dec. 28 DUI 4:16am– E. Spring St./Cherry Ave.

Identity theft report 11:33am– 1900 block Raymond Ave. Saturday, Dec. 29 DUI 2:02am– Dead-end Of Ellis Avenue

Crimes reported by LBPD • Council Districts 6, 7 & 8 4:29pm– 1800 block Long Beach Blvd.

Auto burglary 8:40pm– 1900 block E. 45th St.

Battery 11:09pm– 2600 block Pacific Ave.

Saturday, Dec. 29 Battery 10:28am– 200 block W. Willow St. Commercial robbery 5pm– 4400 block Atlantic Ave.

Commercial robbery 5:03pm– 2400 block Long Beach Blvd.

Battery 8:38pm– 2500 block Pacific Ave.

Commercial burglary 9:30pm– 3400 block Cherry Ave.

Sunday, Dec. 30 Robbery of person 4:22pm– E. Pacific Hwy./Long Beach Blvd.

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Crimes reported by SHPD • Citywide

Residential burglary 4:55pm- 3200 block Lewis Ave.

Sunday, Dec. 30 Possession of deceptive government-issued ID 2:34am– 2400 block Cherry Ave. Non-injury hit-and-run 2:42am– 900 block E. 25th St.

Grand theft of property 2:43am– 600 block E. 33rd St.

Auto burglary 7am– 1800 block Junipero Ave.

Stolen vehicle 8:27am– 1900 block St. Louis Ave.

Commercial burglary, shoplifting 1:13pm– 900 block E. 33rd St. Auto burglary 5pm– 900 block E. 33rd St.

Making and in possession of fictitious checks, bills or notes 7:29pm– 3500 block E. Pacific Coast Hwy. Monday, Dec. 31 Stolen vehicle 9:16am– 2200 block Ohio Ave.

Residential burglary 12:23pm– 1800 block E. 20th St.

Battery 3:29pm– 2000 block Stanley Ave.

Battery 8:31pm– 300 block E. Willow St.

Monday, Dec. 31 Commercial burglary 10:30am– 2600 block Atlantic Ave.

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When Not in Rome...

Bright light city gonna set my soul, gonna set my soul on fire Andrea Ciccolini Intern

[Ed. note– The following piece, written by Signal Tribune intern Andrea Ciccolini, was only lightly edited in an effort to preserve his “voice” and writing style, as he makes his transition into learning English.]

Jumping in 2013 I did not start thinking about the future. My mind went immediately to the last important place I visited in 2012. Las Vegas. Impossible for me to go back to Italy without spending at least two nights in Sin City. A place that is more a legend than a city. Maybe the most dangerous place for adults on the Earth. Some don’t like Las Vegas, others fall in love with the Strip, but, for sure, it is impossible to be indifferent to the opulence of Sin City. I went there with three friends. I went there with some expectation. Novels, movies and stories have built in my mind an idea about Las Vegas. My idea was of a crazy, gorgeous and fake city. The reality is really much more than my expectation. Las Vegas is everything and nothing. Las Vegas is something different for everyone who goes there. Las Vegas can be the gorgeous shows, luxury hotels, good restaurants, wonderful night clubs. Las Vegas can be a place to visit with the family just to say: “When I went to the U.S. we vis-

ited Las Vegas.” It can also be the place where to escape from the family. Las Vegas can be the location for a wedding. It can be crazy shopping. It can be Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra. Las Vegas can be easy girls. Las Vegas can be strip clubs, the brightness of the Strip and Downtown. Las Vegas can be criminal organizations’ money factory. It can be the dream...or the failure. Las Vegas can be Paris, Roman Empire, a treasure island, an Egypt Pyramid, a tropical bay, New York, a Medieval castle, Venice. And, of course, Las Vegas can be gambling: poker, Blackjack, dice, roulette, Baccarat and slot machines. Las Vegas is a place where gambling is so important that everything is orientated to push you to gamble. Free parking in every casino. Free smoking in every casino. And, most important, free drinking in every casino. Las Vegas is just Las Vegas, unique and exaggerated. If you decide to join it, it is at your own risk and danger. I went there especially to play poker. For more than six years I played No Limit Texas Hold ‘Em in Rome and watched in television the tournaments located mostly in Vegas. To play in a casino of Las Vegas was a sort of dream that me and my friends talked about for a long time. This is why, when I sat down on my chair at the poker table for a tour-

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nament in Binion’s (the historic place where poker become famous), I was so excited. Fortunately, when the dealer started to give the cards, my emotions left the space to concentration. For two days I also joined other poker rooms in different casinos. In Italy I saved some money only to play poker in Vegas. I’m not so interested in other casino gambling games. For me, like for a lot of Italian people, poker is the favorite gambling game, and Las Vegas is the world capital of poker. This is why, walking to get the exit of the casino, I felt a strange magnetic power which tried to put my butt back on the chair of a poker table. I will not bother you with the

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detailed report of my two days of playing. It is sufficient to say, without hiding a trace of pride, that I won some money. I have also decided to not tell about other Las Vegas adventures that I lived with my friends during the time I didn’t spend in the poker rooms. I have the right to keep some secrets, because there is the holy law of this crazy city: “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.” After three nights in Vegas I realized that it was enough. In that city everything is too much and almost everything I saw was fake. After some days the feeling I had was that everything was filling... like too much cream inside a cake that’s already too sweet. In my opinion Sin City is a

perfect place to go, spend money, time and energy in a parallel, amusing, crazy, unreal universe. After that, forget everything and go back home. The heart of Las Vegas can be just a short break from reality. Not the place to live. Playing in the casino, walking on the Strip and watching the city view from the top of the Las Vegas tower, I felt on my skin the strange power of this city. Who says that Las Vegas is the amusement park for adults is completely right. And the problem is that there is no closing hour, and there is not Mom or Dad who force you to go back home if you are crying because you want to stay more and more. “Viva Las Vegas” anyway.

First Fridays Art Walk to include coronation of Long Beach Mardi Gras king, queen

The new year celebrations will continue right into the First Fridays Art Walk in Bixby Knolls with food, music, art, strolling, shopping and socializing. The event will also include the crowning of the King & Queen of the 2013 Long Beach Mardi Gras, as well as the Spring Street Farm Project’s exhibit at the Expo Arts Center. Eighth District Councilmember Al Austin’s “Council on Your Corner” will be set up at Atlantic Avenue and Burlinghall Drive to meet and greet attendees, and 7th District Councilmember James Johnson’s “First Books at First Fridays” event will begin at 5:30pm at The writer, second from left, playing poker in Vegas over the holidays

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the Dana Branch Library featuring community leader John Royce as the guest reader. 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. MORE INFORMATION firstfridayslongbeach.com

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