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Signal ST3431 - Jan. 4_Layout 1 1/4/13 1:29 PM Page 1 T Vol. 34 No. 31 R I B U N “Winter” by Cory Bilicko Acrylic on canvas SERVING BIXBY KNOLLS, CALIFORNIA HEIGHTS, LOS CERRITOS, WRIGLEY AND THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL Your Weekly Community Newspaper 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. Cory Bilicko/SignalTribune 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. Sean Belk 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,” Web-media production firm opens studio in Signal Hill to service local businesses, clients Staff Writer E 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 Friday 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 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 see BUSINESSES page 14 see MEDIA page 5 Saturday Sunday Monday Sean Belk/Signal Tribune Marcus Guy founded Asset Media Group, Inc. in 2008 and has recently moved the company to Signal Hill to offer professional online media-production for small to medium-size businesses and other clients in Los Angeles and Orange counties. 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