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

Construction begins on new span to replace Gerald Desmond Bridge

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Celebrity host highlighted California’s landmarks, was champion for LB Naval Station’s preservation

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Huell Howser during the Soundwalk art event in downtown Long Beach on Sept. 20, 2008 Cory Bilicko

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During a ceremony on Tuesday, Jan. 8 to commemorate the groundbreaking of the major construction portion of the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project, one of two Long Beach police helicopters hovers at an altitude of 500 feet to show the height of two 50-story towers planned for the undertaking. Sean Belk Staff Writer

Local, state and federal officials gathered for a ceremony on Tuesday, Jan. 8 to celebrate the start of construction on the main portion of a $1-billion project to build a new bridge that Port of Long Beach officials said will be “one of the tallest cable-stayed bridges in the United States and the first of its kind in California.” The new span is being built to

replace the aging arch-truss Gerald Desmond Bridge that was built in 1968 and connects the 710 Freeway with Terminal Island in the Long Beach Harbor. During the groundbreaking, two Long Beach police helicopters hovered at 500 feet above ground level, showing those in attendance the height of the new bridge’s planned 50-story cable towers. The ceremony also included a demonstration of boring and pile driving for the new bridge supports,

signifying the start of construction. The new bridge will be an “iconic structure” that will complement the Queen Mary and the city’s skyline with a “functional and beautiful” design, said Port Executive Director J. Christopher Lytle. He said plans include adding a “first-class” bicycle and pedestrian pathway and an observation platform. “I think this will become a tourist attraction in its own right,” Lytle said. “Can you imagine the view from

port behind the Clean Water, Clean Beaches Measure and addressed some of its criticisms. The measure promises funding to fight pollution from stormwater and urban runoff. If the measure is ultimately passed, Long Beach stands to receive about $5.1 million, according to the latest available numbers from the city manager’s office. The city manager’s report outlines the possibility for the City to also apply

for nearly $29.7 million available from two watershed authority groups towards project and program funds. It does come at a cost to property owners since the revenue will be generated through a parcel fee. According to the County’s website that addresses the measure, most homeowners would pay $54 per year or less. However, other kinds of property owners

Long Beach City Council leaders offer guarded support behind new water pollution measure

CJ Dablo Staff Writer

A proposed measure from Los Angeles County that promises millions of dollars to fight against water pollution still faces a tough road ahead for final passage. The measure ultimately won the Long Beach Council’s approval last Tuesday, but it didn’t escape the scrutiny of city leaders. The Council approved a carefully crafted statement that threw sup-

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California lost one of its treasures this week when Huell Howser, best known for hosting the PBS travel show California's Gold, passed away in Palm Springs Monday at the age of 67, after a two-year battle with cancer. Born in 1945 in Gallatin, Tennessee, Howser was given a first name that was a portmanteau of Harold and Jewell, his parents’ names. After earning a bachelor’s of arts degree in history from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he represented its student body as president, he served in the Marine Corps and on the staff of Sen. Howard Baker. Howser’s television career began at Nashville’s WSM-TV, where he produced a series of “human interest” stories. After a stint in New York, he relocated to Los Angeles in 1981 to work as a reporter for KCBS-TV. In the next few years, he also took on a weekend hosting and correspondent job for the television program Entertainment Tonight. In 1985, he joined Los Angeles’s then-PBS affiliate KCET, where he produced short segments for the show Videolog. His public-TV series that followed included Visiting, Road

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Trip and Downtown, but the one for which he would best be known is California’s Gold, which explored the state’s cultural and geographical features. Overseen by Howser for its entire 18-season run, the show aired from 1994 to 2012. Last November, two of California’s biggest newspapers began reporting that Howser would be retiring by the end of the year. Ryan Morris, who has worked as Howser’s producer for the last six years, attributed his boss’s success to his affability, a trait that Morris says stayed with him throughout his career, as well as his attentive ear. “Huell was well liked early on, when he was a reporter at WSM in Tennessee, when he was in his 20s,” Morris said. “There was something about him that was different that people recognized immediately, and maybe what was different about him was that he let everybody tell their stories.” Morris indicated that it was a controversy in Long Beach that was the only time the characteristically easy-going host was embroiled in any type of public dispute. In the mid 1990s, the Long Beach Naval Station was facing demolition, through orders from see HOWSER page 14

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Papadakis was SH planning commissioner then ‘good councilman’ for 12 years Nick Diamantides Staff Writer

George Papadakis, who had served as a member of the Signal Hill City Council for 12 years, passed away on Dec. 18 at the age of 85. He died peacefully in his sleep at Bel Vista nursing home where he had been residing for about 19 months. Papadakis was born in Ashland, Wisconsin on Oct. 24, 1927. He married Colleen Georgas on Aug. 28, 1955 in Long Beach. After graduating from high school,

George Papadakis with his mother Chresanthe Papadakis in Wisconsin

Papadakis earned a bachelor’s of arts degree in business and economics at the University of Minnesota in 1954, and a master’s of science degree in education administration at the University of Southern California in 1967. He worked as an elementary-school teacher in the Torrance School District from 1955 to 1967, and as an elementary school administrator in that district from 1967 to 1982. He was in the U.S. Navy Reserve from 1943 to 1950 and served on active duty in the Navy from 1945 to 1947, and again from 1950 to 1952. Papadakis began his career as a local civic leader in 1960 when he was appointed to the Signal Hill Planning Commission. He served on that body until 1970, which is the year he was first elected to the Signal Hill City Council. He remained on the council until 1974, serving as mayor from 1973 to 1974. He was re-elected to the council for another four-year term in 1976, and again in 1980, serving again as mayor from 1981 to 1982. He was a member of the board of directors of the Signal Hill Redevelopment Agency from 1976 to 1984, and, from 1970 to 1984, he served as a delegate or representative of 10 different civic institutions including the California League of Cities and the Contract Cities of California. Papadakis was also an active member of the Long Beach Greek Orthodox Church, the Elks Club, the

Lions Club, the California and Torrance Teachers Association, and several other organizations in the private sector. His youngest daughter, Cristina Papadakis, lives in Signal Hill with her mother, Colleen. “When he was on the city council, he always tried to do what he believed was best for Signal Hill,” Cristina said. Signal Hill Councilmember Mike Noll knew Papadakis for almost four decades, and he agreed with Cristina’s assessment, noting that Papadakis sincerely cared about the city and wanted to see it prosper and thrive. “We didn’t always agree on the plans for developing the city and more specifically the hilltop, but we always had a great deal of respect for each other,” Noll said. “You always knew where you stood with him.” Former Signal Hill Councilmember Keaton King served alongside Papadakis for two years– 1972 and 1973. “He was a good councilman who believed in speaking his mind,” King said. “If you had an idea he didn’t like, he would tell you, and he would tell you why he didn’t like it.” King added that Papadakis was his good friend for many years. “He was a great guy who was liked and respected by most people who knew him,” he said. Although in his later years, Papadakis had been living in his Bixby Hills home near CSULB, he still made trips to Signal Hill to

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patronize Curley’s restaurant. Cristina noted that Papadakis was also a very sociable person who genuinely cared about the well-being of others. “He participated in many of the activities at Bel Vista and was loved and respected by residents, staff, and administrators there,” she said. “He also became the president of the Bel Vista Resident Council and served as a Photos courtesy Papadakis Family liaison between residents George Papadakis with his signature cigar and the administration.” added that She Papadakis was recognizable by his she has many fond recollections of ever-present cigar and Hawaiian Papadakis, but she mostly remembers shirts. “He was a wonderful man who how dedicated he was to his family. loved his family, loved his church, “He was a wonderful father, and he and loved his community,” Cristina always supported anything we chose to do,” she said. “He was also very said. Papadakis’s son, Michael, agreed good to my mother, and I will always with Christina, stressing that he was be thankful for the happy childhood always in awe of his father’s energy, that he gave to all of us.” In addition to his wife, children, intelligence, and indefatigable efforts to improve the quality of life of the and grandchildren, Papadakis is surpeople who lived in his community. vived by Michael’s wife Janel and a “He was a remarkable man and a sister, Helen Beecher of Ashland, major influence on my life,” Michael Wisconsin. Papadakis’s memorial service was said. “He will always be an inspiraDec. 28 at Forest Lawn Cathedral tion to anyone who knew him.” Papadakis’s oldest daughter, Lisa Chapel in Long Beach. A funeral Ala, lives in Signal Hill with her hus- service took place the following day band Falanai Ala and their two sons, at the Assumption Greek Orthodox George and Elisara. She noted that Church in Long Beach. ß

Willow streetscape project in LB steps forward with initial designs Sean Belk Staff Writer

Preliminary designs of a nearly $3-million project to revamp the streetscape of a 1.1-mile stretch of Willow Street, extending from the Los Angeles River to the Blue Line transit station to Atlantic Avenue, were presented to Long Beach residents at a Wrigley Association meeting Tuesday, Jan. 7. With construction expected to begin next year, the project aims to “encourage walking, biking and transit use” along the corridor that runs through the Wrigley district and borders Signal Hill on the east. During the meeting, city planners and contractors presented initial designs, schematic plans and renderings while fielding comments and suggestions from residents. The team is expected to come back with final plans in the next six to eight months, after which the Long Beach City Council will vote on appropriating funds for construction by summer. Initial designs call for installing new median landscaping, neighborhood and City entry signs, colored concrete imprints and two-level light fixtures for high and pedestrian-level lighting.

Plans also include: adding textured buttons on wheelchair ramps to meet ADA requirements; involving local artists to paint traffic and utility boxes; and enhancing crosswalks at four major intersections along Willow Street at Golden Avenue, Magnolia Avenue, Pacific Avenue and Long Beach Boulevard. A majority of the funding for the improvements comes from a $2.5-million federal grant awarded by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The project aims to spur “transitoriented development” that would bring about local and regional benefits, said 7th District Long Beach Councilmember James Johnson. “Willow, historically, is a great corridor… but it has underperformed,” he said. “If we make Willow really nice, then people might get off the Blue Line, start walking, shop, spend money… when people spend money you get more shops.” Johnson added that the region would benefit from “less people driving, more people walking and taking their bike places… and more amenities near the Blue Line.” Steve Tweed, Long Beach

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transportation planner, said the federal grant covers 70 percent of the project’s funding. However, the City is required to match the federal grant with the remaining 30 percent in funding, which will most likely come from City coffers and State transportation funds, he said. The presentation comes after the City Council awarded a nearly $350,000 contract last year to transportation engineering firm Albert Grover & Associates and Armstrong and Walker Landscape Architecture to proceed with the design phase in collaboration with the City’s public works department. The initial plans call for keeping the existing eucalyptus trees along Willow Street intact, however trees that are unhealthy, crowded or have poor form would be removed while new trees of other species would be added. Landscape architect Anna Armstrong said there are currently no “street trees” along Willow

Street, and the new trees will provide pedestrians with shade. However, irrigation is a main consideration as well as power lines. One resident said trees are needed since the lack of trees make the street “unbelievably hot” during the summer months. Tweed said plans may also include adding a new Wrigley district monument sign, but that would have to be worked out between the Wrigley Association and the Wrigley Area Neighborhood Alliance that have clashed over the use of the district’s logo in the past. “That will be an interesting work-through,” said Colleen McDonald, president of the Wrigley Association. “We hope we’ll be involved.” Alan Burks, a Long Beachbased architect and boardmember of the Wrigley Association, added that there should be a design “narrative” to the project that focuses on the historical significance of Willow Street. He said Willow,

which turns into Katella and Sepulveda, is “the longest street in Southern California,” adding that light poles should complement the “moderne-style” architecture of buildings along Willow developed in the ‘30s and ‘40s. “You’re tackling a lot of individual elements… I don’t really see a cohesiveness,” Burks said. “It’s important to realize that Willow is a very important street, not only for Long Beach but for the entire area… You can go from the west valley to Disneyland on one street.” Tweed said the initial designs are merely concepts, and the comments and suggestions will be considered in drafting the final plans. He said the City has received about $20 million in awarded grants for pedestrianand bike-friendly-improvement projects planned throughout the city. Other projects so far include Long Beach Boulevard streetscape improvements and the Daisy Bike Boulevard Project. ß

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Female pedestrian struck by vehicle, succumbs to injuries while hospitalized On Saturday Jan. 5, at approximately 5:40am, Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) officers responded to the intersection of Palo Verde Avenue and Belen Street regarding a traffic collision between a vehicle and a pedestrian. Upon arrival, officers located an unconscious elderly female pedestrian who had sustained serious injuries. Long Beach Fire Department paramedics transported her to a local hospital, where she was later pronounced deceased The preliminary investigation revealed a 2006 Chevy Tahoe was

traveling southbound on Palo Verde Avenue approaching Belen Street when it struck the woman, who was attempting to cross westbound Palo Verde Avenue at Belen Street, at the north end of the intersection. The intersection is posted with “no crossing allowed” and directs pedestrians to cross at the south end of the intersection’s crosswalk. The driver of the Tahoe, a 31-yearold Long Beach resident, remained at the scene and was interviewed by officers and released. The pedestrian, who appeared to be in her 70s or 80s, had no

identification on her and is listed as “Jane Doe” pending further investigation by the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office. Anyone who may information on this incident is asked to contact Long Beach Police Accident Investigations Detective Sirilo Garcia at (562) 570-7355. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), texting TIPLA plus tip to CRIMES (274637) or visiting lacrimestoppers.org .

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OBSERVE THE SERRF What Open Up Long Beach tour Who 5th District Long Beach Councilmember Gerrie Schipske When Friday, Jan. 11 from 10am to 1pm Where The Southeast Resource Recovery Facility (SERRF) at 120 Pier S Ave. More Info Residents have a chance to see the inside of where the city’s trash is converted into electricity. Contact (562) 570-6932 or visit openuplongbeach.com .

COFFEE WITH COMMANDER What Community coffee Who 8th District Long Beach Councilmember Al Austin When Saturday, Jan. 12 from 10am to noon Where Mirage Coffeehouse, 539 E. Bixby Rd. More Info The first community coffee of the year for the 8th district will introduce new North Division Police Commander Robert Luman, who will talk about his vision for public safety in the North Division. Residents are encouraged to raise any questions or concerns.

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 provide insightful talks that address history, literature, philosophy and fine arts within the context of opera. LA Opera’s Community Educators and a team of trained volunteer experts will present. The LA Opera offers a chance for attendees to be entered into a drawing for an operarelated gift to be given out at the end of the presentation. Call (562) 570-3136.

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David Horne of Wilmington (third from left) was the first customer to patronize the new 99¢ Only Store in Signal Hill on Thursday, Jan. 10. Sean Belk

Hundreds of customers lined up to receive 99-cent deals at the grand opening of 99¢ Only Stores’ new Signal Hill location at 1851 Willow St. on Thursday, Jan. 10. The new “dollar-store” retailer opened its doors a little after 8am, following a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Signal Hill city councilmembers, city management, Signal Hill Chamber of Commerce members and company representatives. The first nine customers in line, who had been waiting for several hours for the opening, were able to buy a Westinghouse 24-inch flat-screen LCD TV for only 99¢. The next 99 customers in line were able to purchase less expensive items for only 99¢,

including a scooter, an i.Sound iPod speaker system and a Crayola Color Explosion, according to an announcement released about a week prior to the event. “A 99-cent TV for this size? I think that’s a great deal,” said David Horne of Wilmington, who was the first customer to walk into the store. The new Signal Hill store, which took over an empty building that has been vacant for several years, with the exception of a seasonal Halloween store, is approximately 23,700 square feet, and features a perishable food department, including produce, dairy and frozen foods. The store has hired 55 employees. The company states that, for the next eight days, from Jan. 11 to Jan. 18,

the new Signal Hill store will continue to offer various 99-cent specials for the first customers who enter the store on each day. Items include an NBA Lakers Kobe Bryant 16-inch backpack, an AcDelco aluminum flashlight kit, a Big Time Rush messenger bag, a Friends three-pack DVD collection, Hasbro’s “The Moment of Truth” board game, Wii Samba Maracas, Wii Play Poms and a $2 bill. Currently, 99¢ Only Stores operates 309 “value” retail stores consisting of 225 stores in California, 39 in Texas, 29 in Arizona. and 16 in Nevada. Over half of the company’s sales come from food and beverages, including produce, dairy, deli and frozen foods, along with organic and gourmet foods, according to a prepared statement.

California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) is a popular campus for international students, judging by its No. 2 national ranking among master’s degree institutions that enroll students from other countries. The rankings were listed in a recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education. CSULB enrolled 2,563 international students during the 2011-12 academic year (the most recent year for which data is available). The country represented most among CSULB’s international students is Saudi Arabia, with more than 325 student from that country, and India was a distant second with about 235. Next on the list was China, which had around 200 students from its borders, followed by Korea and Japan with about 180 and 175, respectively. The rankings are based on the latest “Open Doors” report from the Institute of International Education (IIE). “Here are three top reasons why international students choose Cal State Long Beach: the quality of our academic programs, our welcoming campus environment, and our loca-

tion in the heart of Southern California,” said Nathan Jensen, senior director for CSULB’s Center for International Education. “We only need to continue to get the word out. “We offer students quality academic programs which are offered at a lower cost than programs in other states,” he continued. “Many of our students come to study at CSULB because they have been told by former students how welcoming and supportive our campus is to international students. Students are also attracted to the weather and business environment of California.” Jensen explained that the Center for International Education staff reaches out to prospective international students, processes their applications and advises them once they enroll to help them move to graduation successfully. He also believes the presence of international students is good for the campus’s American students. “Interaction with international students in the classroom provides a valuable learning experience for our domestic students,” he pointed out. “Additionally, international students

pay for the entire cost of their education, so these students do not ever displace California resident students. They actually allow the university to offer more sections of courses than we could otherwise.” The article in the Chronicle of Higher Education noted that doubledigit percentage growth in students from China along with a steady gain in Saudi Arabian students were largely responsible for a 5.7-percent increase in international enrollments in the United States over the 2010-11 year. The total number of international students enrolled in U.S. colleges in 2011-12 was 764,495. The story also noted that for the first time in 11 years there were more international undergraduate students than graduate students in the United States. IIE President Allan E. Goodman told the publication that the change was significant because undergraduate students not only stay longer than graduate students, they also have more impact on campus culture, both inside and outside the classroom.

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CSULB ranks 2nd nationally among master’s degree institutions for number of international students enrolled at the campus

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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 Dr. When Saturday, Jan. 12 from 3pm to 5pm More Info All writers and the public are welcome to hear the featured speaker Diana Wagman, author of four novels and numerous short stories and essays. Visit calwriterslongbeach.org .

ANXIOUS? DEPRESSED? ANGRY? What Anxiety, depression and anger help Who Recovery International When Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 1:30pm Where The Burns Community Center, 5510 Clark St. in Lakewood More Info The international nonprofit provides tools and practice in changing thinking habits so individuals can gain personal control over distressing emotions such as anxiety, depression, anger problems and improve life-coping skills. Call (562) 343-5195 or visit lowselfhelpsystems.org . GET MOTIVATED What Business networking Who Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce When Wednesday, Jan. 16 starts at 7:15am Where Holiday Inn Long Beach Airport Hotel, 2640 N. Lakewood Blvd. More Info This month’s “Good Morning, Long Beach” breakfast features Nadine Lajoie, international motivational speaker, educator and champion motorcycle racer. Cost is $15 for members and $30 for non-members. Visit lbchamber.com/events .

HONORING THE HONORABLE What Monthly membership meeting– now accepting new members Who Signal Hill Honorary Police Officers Association When Thursday, Jan. 17 at 6:30pm Where Curley’s Cafe, 1999 E. Willow St. in in Signal Hill More Info Call Jorge Lopez at (310) 629-0109 or Anne Edwards at (562) 810-8763.

AID HEARING LOSS What Hearing device exhibit Who The Hearing Loss Association of America Long Beach/Lakewood Chapter Where Weingart Senior Center, 5220 Oliva Ave. in Lakewood When Friday, Jan. 18 from 10am to noon More Info Local residents can get a free hands-on display of devices that help with hearing difficulties and receive information on how the devices work and where they can be purchased. Call (562) 630-6141.

CANDIDATES TO DEBATE What Candidates forum Who Concerned Citizens of Signal Hill and Signal Hill Chamber of Commerce When Monday, Feb. 4 and Feb. 25 from 6pm to 9pm Where EDCO Terminal Meeting Room, 950 27th St. in Signal Hill More Info During this event, members running for offices of the Signal Hill City Council will debate one another.

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Fire Station 12 project in north LB carries on under new contractor Sean Belk

2010 after nearly a decade of planning by community activists and city officials, involves replacing an existing antiquated 3,800-square-foot fire station converted out of a home on Gundry Street with a state-of-the-art station at Orange Avenue and Artesia Boulevard alongside a new emergency-resource center. The nearly $8-million project is one of many that had been funded by the now-shuttered Long Beach Redevelopment Agency (RDA), which went out of business last year after the State officially abolished redevelopment. Remaining redevelopment projects and bond obligations are now

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After falling behind schedule by more than a year, the Fire Station 12 project in north Long Beach is getting back on track through a takeover agreement between the City and a surety-bond company, which has put a new general contractor on the job. For the past three years, work by the original contractor, Gonzales Construction in Tarzana, has been on-andoff, and the City has twice declared the contractor in default of its contract with the City, according to City officials. The project, which broke ground in

being controlled by the Long Beach City Council, which opted to act as the successor agency to the former Long Beach RDA. Despite delays, the City struggled to continue working with the original contractor through formal mediations and meetings in an attempt to finish the project in a “timely and cost-effective manner,” according to city staff. However, construction continued to be delayed. Subsequently, Gonzales filed a lawsuit against the successor agency in June 2012, “alleging breach of contract, among various other causes of

OPINION Thoughts from the Publisher see FIRE STATION page 11

by Neena Strichart

A week ago Thursday night, or rather the wee hours of that Friday morning, I experienced what was to be the beginning of a series of what will forever be known to me and mine as the Great Stink Fiasco of 2013– GSF13 for short. As I tried to sleep, I was awakened by a stench to match no other stench– the signature odor of a skunk. Now, we’ve experienced skunk-stink in our neighborhood before, but this was different. This smell just got stronger and stronger as the minutes passed. Within about 15 minutes of the first whiff, our home was completely engulfed with the nearly tangible combination of what can only be described as gassy petroleum aerosol ooze. Steve and I both jumped up, performed a twoway sniff test on each of the dogs and came up empty. How can it be that the house smelled so strongly without any of the dogs having been “skunked?” Could the skunk be in the house? Nope– the dogs would have gone crazy and probably trapped it under the bed or killed it by now. After a bit of investigation, we figured the skunk had “let loose” in our driveway right under our bedroom window. Nice. Knowing there was nothing we could do, we TRIED to go back to sleep. Steve had a bit of a filtering device to rely on since he is a CPAP user. I, on the other hand, held a lavender sachet to my nose and attempted to snooze. After I finally dozed off for a few minutes, one of the dogs got spooked and scared one of the cats, who then ran across my face leaving me with a bloody, threeinch scratch on my forehead. OY! Getting the bleeding to stop was no small feat. Finally doing so, I once again held the potpourri to my nose and went back to sleep.

When we awoke in the morning, the house absolutely reeked! Rolling my eyes, I staggered to get into the shower– but not before getting a glimpse of myself in the bathroom mirror. The scratch on my head was still bleeding and looked like I had attempted a do-it-yourself frontal lobotomy with the sharp business-end of a bottle opener. Moving forward with my day, I drove into work in a skunk-stink car that was only drivable with all four windows and the sunroof open for air. I finally got to work and walked in the door, apparently silently announcing my arrival with my odiferous presence. Needless to say, my staff steered clear of me all day. Trying to find the humor in GSF13, I posted the following on Facebook: House was skunk-bombed last night around midnight. NO SLEEPING for us. Then - dog scared cat 2am, cat bolted landed on my face and scratched me across the forehead. Came to work today - staff says I stink! Guess the skunk smell permeated all our clothes. Scratch looks like @*$^$(@! Today - it sucks to be me! Can I get a little sympathy out there?? Within minutes, I had several comments to my post offering sympathy and most suggesting tomato juice for skunk-smell removal. My favorite post was from pal Rob Schlesinger, who happened to be out of the country at the time… ”Hugs and kisses from Belgium, have Little Stevie catch the skunks--no, he cannot keep them-send them to your least favorite telemarketing company!” It has now been nearly a week since the incident. My head is healing nicely, but the skunk has not been captured. After setting a trap for two nights in a row, all we’ve caught are two very angry opossums! Drat! Anyone wanting to adopt a skunk, let me know. We’re going to trap him or her sooner or later! By the way…my buddy Bill Pearl heard about the skunk incident and wrote about it at lbreport.com . The headline reads: Skunk Sprays Signal-Tribune Publisher’s House; "Everything Stinks, Including Me," Says Neena Strichart. Pretty funny stuff!

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I don’t know if this would be of interest to you, but we have a LOT of monarch butterflies, their caterpillars and chrysalises this year. At last count, there were 65 in various stages, and we have seen several dozen butterflies emerge in the last month, so roughly 100 this season so far. We also rescue injured or deformed Monarchs and feed them homemade nectar until they die naturally. (They live about two weeks.) We have been cultivating milkweed plants for the past four years as host plant for the monarch. Most of this is in a garden area about the size of a two-car garage, within approximately 10,000 square feet of landscaping. We have given up our vegetable garden to increase the quantity of milkweeds, and it must be working. I think we have become a waystation for their migration. It would be nice if your paper could get local residents interested in planting milkweed to attract monarchs. Milkweed is self-sustaining, reseeds easily, is somewhat drought-tolerant, and is not ugly. It is the monarch’s host plant and the only thing on the planet that their caterpillars can eat, so the caterpillars are not harmful to gardens. Our garden was featured in the Fall 2011 edition of Country Gardens [magazine in a story] titled “Make Way for Butterflies,” but this year really has been a record-breaker for us. We have had to scour the local nurseries for extra plants, since many of ours have been stripped of leaves by the hordes of caterpillars. It is quite a sight. Harry and Jean Pope Long Beach

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Capstone pension reform agreement announced between City of Long Beach and IAM, its largest bargaining group

ing annual savings of approximately $3.8 million in the General Fund and $11.8 million in all funds. Through Fiscal Year 2023, the amendment is projected to save the City an estimated $40.1 million in the General Fund and $125.5 million in all funds, according to the City of Long Beach. The agreement establishes a new pension tier for IAM employees hired after Jan. 1, 2013, with a benefit formula of 2 percent for each year worked, and eligibility for full retirement at age 62. Retirement compensation would be based on a three-year final average salary. All IAM members would pay their full share of employee retirement costs. The IAM’s current contract would be extended one year through Sept. 30, 2014, with no additional raises scheduled, and a provision of no further IAM employee layoffs through Sept. 30, 2013. This agreement will be brought to the City Council in open session shortly, according to a press release issued Wednesday by the City of Long Beach. If formally approved by the City Council, this agreement with the City’s largest labor union would be a significant accomplishment and result in considerable savings for the City, according to the press release.

The City of Long Beach and the International Association of Machinists (IAM) announced a hallmark agreement on Wednesday, Jan. 9 to significantly reduce pension costs, enact pension reform and provide future budget relief. The IAM approved the agreement in a vote that concluded Wednesday. The vote delivers the capstone agreement that completes the City’s three-year effort to reform pensions. “This has been an arduous process, but we now have reformed public pensions in Long Beach,” Mayor Bob Foster said Wednesday. “Today’s vote means savings of $11.8 million dollars next year and creates a more sustainable system for the future. I thank each of the city employees who voted for these reforms and applaud the IAM leadership for their efforts.” Ray Rivera, Grand Lodge representative, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Western Territory, said he’s very proud of his membership for stepping up to the plate in these difficult economic times. “With a majority of our membership residing in Long Beach, we were pleased to be able to come to an agreement that benefits our members, the city and the community with an estimated savings of more than $125 million through 2023,” he said. The agreement will result in an ongo-

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As part of the City of Long Beach Peace Week activities, 6th District Councilmember Dee Andrews will host “A Day in the Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.” on Thursday, Jan. 17 from 4:30pm to 7pm, at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park’s Social Hall, 1950 Lemon Ave. The event is being organized in conjunction with: the Peace Week Committee; Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation & Marine; and the California Conference for Equality & Justice (CCEJ). Christopher Covington, a 6th district resident and community youth activist, will organize the discussion with community leaders, who will share their knowledge and personal stories about interacting with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with the new generation of youth. This will include a workshop designed to have participants foster new ideas that will allow positive changes to occur in local neighborhoods.

The event will also feature a presentation by CCEJ that will include its annual report on hate crimes and acts of violence happening in communities on national, statewide, and local levels. CCEJ will also demonstrate how to promote King’s message of peace and unity. “This event will provide our youth an opportunity to share in the experiences of what occurred during the Civil Rights Movement,” Andrews said. “Moreso, it will encourage our youth to promote Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s message of peace, love, and understanding in our community.” Residents of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to attend the event, which will include free refreshments. Peace Week is a week of selected activities created by Andrews in an effort to unify and uplift the community. For more information on the Peace Week events, call Andrews’s office at (562) 570-6816.

Peace Week activities to include personal MLK stories, hate-crimes report and workshop highlighting ‘positive changes’

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Everything you always wanted to know about cremation but were afraid to ask Kenneth McKenzie Columnist

One of the considerations that comes up when a loved one passes is what is involved with the cremation process. These “true or false” questions may help you understand this option.

True or false? The cremation process takes four to six hours. False. The cremation process is completed within two to three hours. However, people are living a little larger these days, so when cremating a person weighing more than 350 pounds, an additional hour or more is required to complete the process.

True or false? Hamburger fast-food locations give off more emissions than a crematorium. True! I found this weird myself.

True or false? Black smoke rises from a large smoke stack during cremation, and this is why most crematories operate only at night. False. With today’s modern equipment, there is no smoke emitted into the envi-

ronment. This is because the crematory chamber has an afterburner that burns the smoke prior to it exiting the crematory building. The “stack” (smoke stack) actually stands a mere 36 inches above the roof line. Crematories normally operate during regular business hours. There are some exceptions; we choose to cremate a larger person in the evening as I have noticed a light smoke does appear in this case. It is not a requirement, but just the proper thing to do, if you ask me.

True or false? We can cremate more than one body at a time. True. (Yeah, I know that got your attention.) I have cremated two or more persons at the same time when I had written permission from the deceased’s family. This is a very rare occurrence and happens in instances such as a husband and wife dying within hours or days of each other or multiple family members involved in an accident at the same time. Besides these rare special requests, each cremation is done individually, one at a time, as required by California state law. Kenneth McKenzie is the owner of McKenzie Mortuary in Long Beach.

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The Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA) will host three free informational workshops that are designed to connect small businesses to available financing on Thursday, Jan. 17. A panel of experts from the Valley Economic Development Corporation (VEDC) and Citi Community Development (CCD) will be present to discuss and explain the various financing options and the respective application processes. The workshops are the latest component of the Capital Connections program, which the DLBA recently launched in partnership with the California Downtown Association (CDA) and CCD. Designed to target businesses in Downtown Long Beach with

gross revenues of $1 million or less, the initiative aims to provide access to critical financial opportunities traditionally unavailable to small businesses by connecting them to Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), such as VEDC. “We’ve developed these workshops as a resource to help promote detailed information that small businesses can use to succeed,” said DLBA President and CEO Kraig Kojian. “Small businesses are a key economic driver and the backbone of our Downtown, and the DLBA is always identifying ways to extend new programs and opportunities, such as our Capital Connections workshops, that are designed to help businesses

grow.” The workshops will be offered at the Small Business Development Center, 309 Pine Ave., as follows: Session 1: 9am to 10:30am Session 2: 10:45am to 12:15pm Session 3: 2pm to 3:30pm

Two-hour free parking is available at the CityPlace parking structure, located at 151 East 5th Street. Small businesses are welcome to attend any of the 90-minute workshops. Attendees should RSVP to Tyler Kim via tylerk@dlba.org or (562) 436-4259. For more information about the DLBA and its businesses assistance programs, call (562) 436-4259 or visit

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LB Aquatic Capital of America Foundation announces recipients of its annual awards

The Long Beach Aquatic Capital of America Foundation this week announced the winners of its fourth annual Aquatic Capital Awards. This year’s honorees include some of Long Beach’s noteworthy contributors to business and tourism, clean water and conservation, and the city’s Olympic Gold Medal count. This year’s honorees are:

• Misty May-Treanor, beach volleyball, and Lauren Wenger, water polo– 2012 Athletes of the Year • Dr. Jerry Schubel, president and CEO, Aquarium of the Pacific– 2012 Citizen of the Year • Dave Salo, USC, Trojan Swim Club and USA Olympic Women’s Swim Teams– 2012 Coach of the Year • Port of Long Beach– 2012 Organization of the Year

Achievement awards will be presented to U.S. Sailing Center Long Beach Executive Director Mike Segerblom, U.S. Paralympian Ron Harvey (rowing), two-time AAU champion Brandon Loschiavo (diving), and CLSA Junior Lifeguard of the Year Hannah Levy. Olympic Gold Medalist swimmer

Jessica Hardy, a two-time Athlete of the Year recipient, will be honored with a special-achievement award. The Aquatic Capital Award winners will be feted at a dinner and special reception on Jan. 22 at Keesal, Young & Logan business-law firm. May-Treanor, a Long Beach resident and Long Beach State alumnus, is the most successful female beach volleyball player of all time, and she successfully defended her Olympic gold medal in London last summer. Wenger, a Wilson High School graduate, earned a gold medal in London as a member of the U.S. Women’s Olympic Water Polo team. Schubel, the 2012 Citizen of the Year, is being honored for redefining the role of the modern aquarium. He has taken the lead in using arts and technology to make ocean science engaging and relevant to the public. In addition, Schubel has convened and facilitated key leaders, scientists and stakeholders to discuss pressing and sometimes contentious issues, ranging from urban ocean planning and water use to extreme weather preparedness and sea level rise. Salo, an alumnus of Long Beach State, is in his seventh season as the head

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men’s and women’s swimming coach at USC. Members of his successful postgrad Trojan Swim Club include Hardy, Rebecca Soni and other 2012 Olympic medal winners. At the 2012 London Games, Salo was an assistant coach on the USA Women’s Swim Team that won eight gold medals and 13 medals overall. The Port of Long Beach was selected for its outstanding contributions to the community through its educational outreach programs and its support of the restoration of the Colorado Lagoon. The Port is being recognized as a major economic force that supports: more than 30,000 jobs in Long Beach; 316,000 jobs throughout Southern California; and 1.4 million

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jobs throughout the U.S. Trade valued annually at more than $140 billion moves through Long Beach, making it the second-busiest seaport in the United States. “This year’s honorees were selected for their positive efforts that helped to further promote Long Beach as the aquatic capital of America,” said Tom Shadden, president, Aquatic Capital of America Foundation. “The awards ceremony honors them for their hard work and achievements, as well as raises awareness and support for our Foundation’s work here in the city. The Aquatic Capital of America Foundation works to provide scholarships and underwrite local programs that promote water safety and clean water projects, to staff and support local aquatics events

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and initiatives, and to advocate for the refurbishment of local facilities and access to water-related activities.” The Aquatic Capital of America Foundation was established to communicate and promote Long Beach as an aquatic destination for business, education and sports on a local, national and international basis. Previous winners of the Aquatic Athlete of the Year were swimmer Hardy in 2009 and 2011, and USA Water Polo Women's National Team member Lauren (Lolo) Silver in 2010. The previous Citizen of the Year winner was Long Beach city manager Pat West in 2011. For additional information, visit aquaticcapital.org .

Source: LB Aquatic Capital of America Tesoro Refinery donates $5,000 to Signal Hill-based Food Finders for its truck-maintenance program Longtime Rancho curator retires Tesoro Refinery in Wilmington granted Food Finders $5,000 to sponsor after 23 years of service and support its “Keep The Trucks Rolling” campaign during a check presentation Dec. 20 at the Tesoro grounds. “One of our largest expenses each year is fuel and truck maintenance, so this sponsorship from Tesoro is especially appreciated,” said Patti Larson, executive director of Food Finders. The 24-foot truck is driven all around Los Angeles, including downtown, to pick up the large pallets of donated produce and food that generally get delivered to some of the larger agencies and missions that Food Finders serves. Sponsor logos are placed on either side of the truck for maximum exposure. Food Finders had previously partnered with Tesoro for a special awareness presentation to its Safety Council, where contractors and employees within the refinery business were invited. The Safety Council held its own food drive on-site during the summer to assist in the food program and encourage employees to get involved in helping the local community. The food went to agencies in the South Bay area.

From left: Jose Dominguez and Patti Larson of Food Finders and Dan Carlson and Brissa Sotelo of Tesoro Refinery Tesoro employees also contributed to the Holiday Food Drive. “Tesoro is a proud sponsor of Food Finders, a local nonprofit organization that relies heavily on volunteers’ time and dis-

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Rancho Los Cerritos hosted a retirement party on Jan. 5 to honor Steve Iverson, who has worked as curator at the Rancho for 23 consecutive years. His role as curator included: overseeing museum collections; managing the museum’s research library and archives; developing new exhibits, as well as updating the existing exhibits; researching the history of Rancho Los Cerritos; assisting with volunteer training; and helping to coordinate special events at the museum. Iverson was always seen as someone who wore “many hats,” Ellen Calomiris, executive director and historic sites officer at Rancho Los Cerritos, explained. “Steve has impacted the Rancho because all of his dedication, knowledge and passion for history,” she said. Iverson’s achievements at the Rancho ranged from helping to shape the Master Plan of Rancho Los Cerritos, developing historical reference materials for the living history programs, installing new exhibits such as the blacksmith shop and the laundry room, to expanding the signature program– Christmas Candlelight tours at Rancho Los Cerritos. According to a press release issued by the Rancho, “His efforts and achievements will continue to echo through the adobe walls of the Rancho. His retirement will certainly affect the community, historical researchers, and those going through volunteer training due to the loss of the ‘encyclopedia knowledge’ Iverson was known for. He began working at the Rancho in 1989 and retired in December 2012.”

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Fans storm Signal Hill restaurant to meet comedian Sean Belk Staff Writer

Hundreds of stand-up comedian and actor Gabriel Iglesias’s fans showed up at Black Bear Diner in Signal Hill last Friday morning, Jan. 4 to meet the comedian during his annual Fluffy Fan Appreciation Day and to receive free breakfast on his dime. The restaurant hurried to accommodate the “spur of the moment” event that anticipated about 600 people, according to the restaurant’s management. Some fans missed out on the free breakfast due to the large turnout, but most who waited in line were able to get an autograph, snap a photo and chat with the comedian, known for going aboveand-beyond for his fans. “We’ve gone to see him in Vegas,” said longtime fan Stefanie Aguilar, 24, standing in line. “He’s really good about chatting with fans. He’s really nice and worth

the wait.” The Mexican-American comedian, known for wearing Hawaiian T-shirts, using funny voices and cracking jokes about overweight people, was raised in Long Beach and currently lives in Signal Hill, according to the comedian’s representatives. After the event’s location was announced through Facebook and Twitter the night before, a line of people eager to meet the comedian wrapped around the restaurant in the earlymorning hours. “I’m his biggest fan,” said Denisse Alcaraz of Westminster, who said her favorite part of the comedian’s shows is the “Mexican jokes.” Having the annual event so close to home was “really cool,” she said. Iglesias, who starred as a deejay and drug dealer in the 2012 male-hot-throb movie Magic Mike, has become a rising star in the comedy scene after releasing

Hundreds of fans of stand-up comedian and actor Gabriel Iglesias wait in line to meet the performer and receive free breakfast at Black Bear Diner in Signal Hill last Friday, Jan. 4. The comedian had anticipated about 600 people would attend.

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Stand-up comedian and actor Gabriel Iglesias (middle), who grew up in Long Beach and currently lives in Signal Hill, is surrounded by employees of Black Bear Diner in Signal Hill that served as the location of his annual Fluffy Fan Appreciation Day, where he treated hundreds of his fans to free breakfast.

two DVD comedy series: Hot & Fluffy, distributed by Image Entertainment in 2007; and I’m Not Fat… I’m Fluffy released by Comedy Central in 2009. Over 1 million copies of the two DVDs have been sold, and a third one-hourlong DVD called Aloha Fluffy is set to air on Comedy Central in spring 2013, according to the comedian’s fan website. Iglesias is also known for Comedy Central’s Gabriel Iglesias Presents Stand-Up Revolution, which premiered in October 2011, featuring a “diverse” lineup of stand-up comedians personally chosen by Iglesias. The second season of Stand-Up Revolution premiered on Comedy Central last year. Iglesias, who is continuing his worldwide comedy tour this year, has: been nominated for a 2012 American Latino Media Arts Award in the category of “Favorite TV Reality, Variety, or Comedy Person-

ality or Act;” performed voice-overs for Family Guy and The Annoying Orange, and appeared on numerous talk shows, including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live and Good Morning America. “I love to Jose Arvizu, left, of Anaheim gets a digital autograph from take care of the stand-up comedian and actor Gabriel Iglesias during the comepeople who dian’s Fluffy Fan Appreciation Day at Black Bear Diner in Sigtake care of nal Hill. me,” Iglesias buy fans. They already are [fans]. said. “I know this ‘famous comedian’ I’m just showing a little love back thing can go away any day, and I’m whenever I can. I have the amazing just very grateful. I’m not trying to life I do because of the fans.”

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4 years old. Dorte Christjansen has been surrounded by art her entire Her grandfather was an artist, life. “My family was good at giving her father was a silversmith and designer, and she also had her own me the right supplies,” she said. “I portrait painted when she was just can remember doing things like copying an ink drawing of a tree my grandfather had done that I just felt was wonderful.” Originally from Denmark, Christjansen moved to Canada, then Seattle and finally Southern California, where she attended California State University, Long Beach. She received a bachelor’s of fine arts in drawing and painting, a master’s of fine art in illustration and a teaching credential. The mediums she uses are watercolors and batiks– the combination of traditional wax-resist techniques combined with silk-painting techniques. Along with her family’s influence, Christjansen attended classes while in junior high school at the Seattle Art Museum. “Those were really interesting because “Great Blue Heron” by Dorte Christjansen Editorial Intern

I could go out and look around the museum,” she said. Christjansen also looked at several art books. “I loved going to the bookstore and looking at all the books,” she said. “Japanese and Chinese art influence me [as well as] Art Nouveau [and] Renaissance.” Her current focus is to continue to develop as an artist. “My goal is to keep improving and to keep working in my studio and just seeing where it leads me,” she noted. When it is time for a piece to be sold, Christjansen’s feelings are bittersweet. “It’s mixed because I am delighted and flattered and pleased that somebody thought enough of my work to actually pay for it,” she said. “And sometimes, I am sad to see it go, but I am also delighted that someone has a chance to live with it.” Christjansen’s favorite pieces tend to change frequently because her affection grows for her latest works as they develop. “There are pieces that stand out because they may have indicated a direction for me or a discovery of a technique or a way of depicting something,” she explained. “I would say those do become my favorite pieces.” Today, Christjansen is working on a series that she hopes will be

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Tax season may run behind schedule Federal tax forms and those of many states may be delayed due to fiscal cliff legislation

Liberty Tax Service, a subsidiary of JTH Holding, Inc., alerted consumers this week of possible delays in the filing of tax returns due in part to the late Congressional approval of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. Many of the changes to tax law affect the forms to be used for 2012 tax returns, and the IRS will need to work at an unprecedented pace in order to get the needed tax forms released to the various tax-preparation firms and software companies, as well as to taxpayers. The IRS had previously announced that it would not begin to officially process any tax returns until Jan. 22, which is approximately one week later than has historically been the case. This late start, even if the IRS holds to the Jan. 22 date despite the late-breaking tax changes, could mean delays of federal refunds anywhere from 10

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Bixby Knolls businesses strive to continue resurgence through ‘unconventional’ ways Sean Belk Staff Writer

Despite continued economic struggles and some storefronts remaining empty, new businesses have cropped up in Bixby Knolls in the past year, drawn by a recently revived interest in the business corridor along Long Beach Boulevard and Atlantic Avenue. “I’ve heard a lot of good things and that a lot of events go on in this area,” said Michele Williams, owner of Beachcrafters, which opened in December, offering space for local artists to sell handmade crafts on a split sales commission. “Everybody has been very friendly and welcoming… It’s a nice area to be in.” Almost 80 new businesses opened in Bixby Knolls in 2012, and one to three new restaurants are expected to open up later this year, according to a list of new businesses provided by the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association (BKBIA). The nonprofit organization, governed by a board of directors, receives funding to promote and enhance the corridor by the City assessing an annual fee on retail, service and professional businesses. Recent attraction to the strip, encircled by a 120-acre neighborhood of historic homes between Bixby Road and San Antonio Drive, has developed somewhat organically, said Blair Cohn, BKBIA’s executive director. “In this down economy, this district is trying new things that are outside the box, using unconventional ways of drawing attention to the area to try to drive the local economy,” he said. For instance, in March of last year, when the Los Angeles County Museum of Art pulled a 340-ton boulder through the district on its way to being a “Levitated Mass” art exhibit, the BKBIA used the circumstance as a chance to organize a “block party.” Businesses are now looking to put on regular block parties, where four to five businesses will stay open past their regular hours, he said. In addition, after Nino’s Italian Restaurant underwent renovations from being on British celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay’s television series Kitchen Nightmares last year, other restaurants are following suit and making similar improvements, Cohn said. “There has been no shortage of

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action,” according to a staff report. However, the successor agency officially terminated its contract with Gonzales in November after the City was made aware that the Contractors State License Board of California had suspended the company’s contractor license. “They fell behind schedule,” said Long Beach Deputy City Attorney Linda Trang. “They were working on it, but at a snail’s pace... [And] there were a lot of issues with the project, and various other reasons...” During its meeting on Monday, Jan. 7, the oversight board to the successor agency officially approved having Great American Insurance Company take over the completion of the project and immediately bring a new contractor on board. Trang said Toby N. Hayward, Inc., based in Monrovia, is now the new contractor for the project that a new completion date of Aug. 31. Although the oversight board has approved the takeover agreement, the action, which involves a change order of $1.5 million in added contingency costs for the project to be completed, still has to be reviewed and approved by the California State Department of Finance, according to Robert Zur Schmiede, deputy director for the Long Beach Development Services Department. He said the new costs are on top of the original $6.5-million

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new opportunities coming our way that we can capitalize on,” he said. “We have to keep being creative and think of new ways to get people out and get folks to shop, dine, work and play in Bixby Knolls.” Attention has also been spurred by many of the BKBIA’s ongoing events, aimed at creating a more “inclusive” atmosphere while introducing customers to local shops, Cohn said. First Fridays, which began nearly seven years ago, has become a signature event in Bixby Knolls and now involves nearly 15 businesses, providing artists and musicians with venues to showcase their work on the first Friday of each month. BKBIA has also organized “cash mobs” where a group of people gathers to shop at a local business. In May of last year, the BKBIA sponsored its first Kidical Mass event, a bike ride for kids and their families, which got started in Eugene, Oregon in 2008. The event has now become a regular event in Bixby Knolls. “It was such a success the first time, we thought, ‘Why don’t we just continue the momentum?’” Cohn said. This year, Kidical Mass rides are scheduled for Jan. 20, Feb. 17, March 17 and April 21. All rides start at 1pm and leave from Georgie’s Place at 3850 Atlantic Ave. Cohn said the BKBIA focuses on “national movements” that cities across the country are taking part in to spur business development. Also new this year, he said, is a twist on Concerts in the Park– “Concerts in the Parking Lot,” which provide entertainment outside of restaurants as people eat. “All these events are great and inclusive, but they’re also smoke and mirrors for supporting a business,” Cohn said. “It’s very important, in this economy, to work very close with all of the business owners and try to see how we can meet their needs and how we can keep promoting the area.” Another recent addition to Bixby Knolls is Willmore Wine Bar, which opened in August of last year at 3848 Atlantic Ave. Ernie Henson, owner and sommelier, said he decided to open the bar after working as wine director for the Virginia Country Club for the last nine years. Henson said moving to Bixby Knolls “fell into place,” and club members in the immediate area have pledged their support and have since followed

through. The wine bar has since collaborated with local clothing shops and helps restaurants attract customers, he said. “People come in here for a glass and move on, or afterwards people come in here to finish off a glass,” Henson said. Growth in Bixby Knolls has also spread to nearby areas. Blackbird Café at 3405 Orange Ave. in the California Heights district opened in 2011 and has since attracted a “great following,” said Debbie Rossetti-Colacion, owner of the eatery that serves breakfast and lunch. Photos by Sean Belk/Signal Tribune She said the restaurant that “caters to a lot Ernie Henson, owner and sommelier of Willmore Wine Bar, which opened at of different palates” recently received its 3848 Atlantic Ave. in August of last year, is one of the newest businesses in beer and wine license from the City and Bixby Knolls. continues to switch up its menu. Though new businesses are coming in, some have left or are in the midst of leaving. Roy Robbins, owner of a gift and stationery shop at 4244 Atlantic Ave. for more than three years in Bixby Knolls, announced he is officially closing his doors on Feb. 15. Even though it’s been tough to make a profit for Michele Williams opened Beachcrafters in December, offering space for local artists to sell handmany businesses made crafts on a split sales commission. The business is one of many that have recently opened in the current eco- up in Bixby Knolls in the last year. nomic climate, he said his decision to close was not prima- tomers from outside of the neighbor- tract to provide the BKBIA with $200,000 of former RDA funds rily due to lack of sales, adding that it hood, he said. “Even though the neighborhood is annually, community members will was a personal decision after being in the business for many years. In fact, he said, much more diverse than it used to be, have to support local businesses even his competition has grown. There are it’s still sort of the same neighbor- more these days, whether through now five other gift shops along Atlantic hood as it was when I was a kid,” grant funds, nonprofit community Avenue, while just a few years ago his Robbins said. “I think if you have groups or patronage, he said. something that’s a little edgier we “You can’t just have everybody store was the only one, Robbins said. will have people coming from outturn in their wish-list and think that “I’m really thrilled to see how this City Hall is going to be short-order street has come back to life and how side the area.” Cohn said the big challenge is cooks… it’s going to take people on Bixby Knolls has transitioned into continuing the momentum with less the grass-roots level to continue some the kind of neighborhood it was years ago,” he said. “It’s been really nice to funding to go around, particularly momentum, build some things and be a part of the resurgence in this with City resources being slashed and then get the City support,” Cohn said. after the State shut down redevelop- “The private-public partnership is not neighborhood.” Though Bixby Knolls has ment agencies (RDAs). Even though going to be the future... It’s the way attracted a “diverse” population and the State has approved a 10-year con- they’re doing it now.” assortment of businesses, the district is still “restaurant deficient,” lacks night life and struggles to draw cus-

contract price. Zur Schmiede said the approval also involves a settlement agreement that “settles all claims of all parties between the city, the surety and the former contractor.” The surety company did have the option to rebid the project, which would have taken “significant additional time,” he said, however, the surety agreed not to do that since the company had relationships with various contractors to expedite the process. Long Beach Fire Chief Mike DuRee said the new facility, which could be completed earlier than the Aug. 31 deadline, will provide added benefits in north Long Beach that currently don’t exist. “Although it’s been a long process to get to this point… there is a light at the end of the tunnel,” he said. “It will be the finest facility we have in the city of Long Beach.” The goal of the project, DuRee said, is to move from the existing Fire Station 12, which has been located in the middle of a residential neighborhood for decades and was not designed to handle the station’s current workforce, fire engines and equipment. Moving out of the residential area will provide for “better response times,” he said, and the new station will become a “public-safety focal point” in a main business corridor. The new facilities will include a

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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

TST4274 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE File No. 7037.97096 Title Order No. 6933140 MIN No. APN 7216-026-006 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 12/01/86. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. A public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier’s check drawn on a state or national bank, check drawn by state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, or savings association, or savings bank specified in §5102 to the Financial code and authorized to do business in this state, will be held by duly appointed trustee. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to satisfy the obligation secured by said Deed of Trust. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the property address or other common designation, if any, shown herein. Trustor(s): JOHN MARKALONIS, AN UNMARRIED MAN Recorded: 12/05/86, as Instrument No. 86 1681079, of Official Records of LOS ANGELES County, California. Date of Sale: 01/31/13 at 1:00 PM Place of Sale: At the Pomona Valley Masonic Temple Building, located at 395 South Thomas Street,, Pomona, CA The purported property address is: 1847-1847A, 1849, 1849A JUNIPERO AVENUE, SIGNAL HILL, CA 90806 Assessors Parcel No. 7216-026-006 The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $47,926.64. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid, plus interest. The purchaser shall have no further recourse against the beneficiary, the Trustor or the trustee. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a

trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 877-484-9942 or visit this Internet Web site www.USA-Foreclosure.com or www.Auction.com using the file number assigned to this case 7037.97096. 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. Date: January 3, 2013 NORTHWEST TRUSTEE SERVICES, INC., as Trustee Bonita Salazar , Authorized Signatory 1241 E. Dyer Road, Suite 250, Santa Ana, CA 92705 Sale Info website: www.USA-Foreclosure.com or www.Auction.com Automated Sales Line: 877-484-9942 Reinstatement and Pay-Off Requests: 866-387-NWTS THIS OFFICE IS ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE ORDER # 7037.97096: 01/11/2013,01/18/2013,01/25/2013

TST4273 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE TS No. 11-0149049 Title Order No. 11-0136821 APN No. 7214-003-008 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 08/10/2004. 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 AUSTIN V PLONG, A MARRIED MAN AS HIS SOLE AND SEPARATE PROPERTY, dated 08/10/2004 and recorded 8/13/2004, as Instrument No. 20042089829, in Book , Page , of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, State of California, will sell on 02/13/2013 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: 2424 WALNUT AVENUE, 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 $456,074.22. 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. 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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 11-0149049. 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., CA6914-01-94 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 # 1006.169315 1/11, 1/18, 1/25/2013

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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

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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 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

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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.

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TST4250 / 2012 238637 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: 1. EVA INSURANCE BROKERAGE INC., 2. EVA INSURANCE-VEHICLE REGISTRATION SERVICES , 4000 E. Anaheim St. #C, Long Beach, CA 90804. Registrant: EVA INSURANCE BROKERAGE INC., 4000 E. Anaheim St. #C, Long Beach, CA 90804. This business is conducted by: a Corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Eva X. Juarez, President. The registrant has not begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. The registrant began using this fictitious business name on . This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on November 30, 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 7, 14, 21, 28, 2012. 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 of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. The Signal Tribune: January 4, 11, 18, 25, 2013. 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 the fictitious business name or names listed herein. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on January 2, 2013. 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: January 4, 11, 18, 25, 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.

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. TST4275 / 2013 005463 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: CADRE MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS, 2622 E. Catalina Dr., Signal Hill, CA 90755. Registrant: DARCI FERSCH, 2622 E. Catalina Dr., Signal Hill, CA 90755. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Darci Fersch. 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 January 9, 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 trights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. The Signal Tribune: January 11, 18, 25, & February 1, 2013.

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President Bill Clinton’s administration, in order to convey the land to the Port of Long Beach for use as a terminal to accommodate the China Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO). After Howser got wind of the demolition plans, he produced a segment about it on his show Visiting...With Huell Howser. The website for Huell Howser Productions describes the episode as follows: “Huell spends the day at Long Beach Naval Station, which is threatened with demolition due to military downsizing. Many people want to save the site and turn the historic buildings into a park for the city.” In addition to devoting air time to the cause on his program, Howser filed a delaying action with the Los Angeles Superior Court, but Judge Peter J. Lichtman dismissed his case against the state’s Lands Commission, which the TV host criticized for wasting public assets by allowing Long Beach to tear down historic buildings on the historic Naval base. Some of those structures had been designed by the prominent African-American architect Paul Revere Williams. Although those who sided with Howser included former Long Beach Mayor Eunice Sato and environmental advocate Ann Cantrell, he would be criticized by some Long Beach officials for intervening in a city where he wasn’t a resident and for seeking publicity. “That was the one time that Huell got involved in a controversy,” Morris said. “Typically, Huell’s career was without controversy, and he was only interested in

showing people’s stories and different perspectives, but he was always very concerned with historic preservation. And the failure of that attempt in Long Beach was something that was so painful for him that he rarely or never spoke about it after that. It was very difficult for him because he was so concerned with preservation, he took it personally when something of historical significance was either destroyed or altered.” Other Long Beach features that Howser covered were more lighthearted. He reported on the Soundwalk art event in downtown Long Beach in September of 2008 and the Long Beach Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expo at the Long Beach Convention Center in 2011. He also highlighted the dryer-lint art created by Wrigley artist Slater Barron, with whom he became friends. Long Beach photographer Matt Robinson shot a picture of Howser during Soundwalk (see page 1). Upon hearing the news of Howser’s passing, Robinson shared his photo with the Signal Tribune and remarked: “Mr. Howser was truly California's Gold.” As for what lies ahead for Huell Howser Productions, Morris is optimistic. “There’s a great future for the show,” he said. “We feel that the value of the show will only increase over time and with each new generation discovering the show, it’s something of a time capsule. Right now, people watch the show, and they learn from it. But, in 20 years, 50 years or 100 years, these shows will have great historical significance as being possibly the only true representation of California during this time period.” ß

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would pay a much steeper parcel fee. The Long Beach Unified School District will be required to pay a fee that is estimated to run upwards of about $715,000, according to a Dec. 18 report from Dr. James Novak, the chief business and financial officer for the school district. The City of Long Beach will also not be exempt from paying the parcel fee. Under the measure, the City will be required to pay about $1.66 million in fees, according to a staff report from the city manager’s office. Dr. Suja Lowenthal, the councilmember who represents the second council district, stressed the urgency of supporting the measure before the County Board of Supervisors’ public hearing on the measure on Jan. 15. She amended the motion to direct the City manager to continue negotiations in order to ensure that the funds would be used for cleanwater projects while “providing an appropriate funding mechanism” for incentive programs for schools, residences and businesses. “We recognize that the school districts have a role in this issue and that there should be opportunities for residences and businesses to reduce their stormwater impact,” Lowenthal said Tuesday. “I believe this represents the best opportunity, truly, in generations for our shoreline, Long Beach’s shoreline, and marine habitat and for estuaries to thrive.” Mayor Bob Foster acknowledged that Long Beach could

have a clear advantage. “Long Beach– if this is done correctly– will stand to benefit the most of any of the cities I know,” Foster told the Council Tuesday, “because if they do a proper job upstream of cleaning those rivers up and making sure stormwater is handled correctly, we will directly benefit by less debris, less bacteria, cleaner beaches, etc.” However the mayor did voice concerns that the property owners could be paying the parcel fee indefinitely and that the ordinance could be changed since it was not going to be on the ballot. Tom Modica, who serves as the director of government affairs and strategic initiatives for the City of Long Beach, acknowledged the mayor’s concerns. He said that the measure is required to provide 50 percent of the funding to watershed authority groups, 40 percent to the cities, and the remaining 10 percent to the County. Modica explained that this agreed-upon distribution could not change, but specific details could change before the ordinance is adopted. “They will have [an] outline and program guidance that will be available for everyone to see what’s being funded,” Modica told the Council. “But the vote will occur, and then after the vote occurs, then the ordinance will be finalized…the ordinance could be changed in the future. It could have other things that are negotiated in it in the next couple of months, so it is an area of concern in that it’s a different process than what the County had originally intended.”

EYE ON CRIME Thursday, Jan. 3 Auto burglary 8:30am– 3500 block Long Beach Blvd.

Residential burglary 3pm– 3700 block California Ave.

Commercial burglary 4:45pm– 4100 block Cherry Ave.

Commercial robbery 5pm– 4400 block Atlantic Ave.

Robbery of person 5:17pm– 2400 block Elm Ave.

Assault 5:45pm– 200 W. Willow St.

Thursday, Jan. 3 Battery from spouse, cohabitant or date 2:52am– 3300 block E. Willow St. Suspect in custody

Auto burglary 12:07pm– 2200 block E. 21st St.

Stolen vehicle 2:21pm– 900 block E. 25th St.

Recovered stolen vehicle 7:17pm– 2100 block E. 21st St.

Friday, Jan. 4 Petty theft 3:47am– 900 block E. 33rd St.

Crimes reported by LBPD • Council Districts 6, 7 & 8 Auto burglary 9pm– 2000 block Cedar Ave.

Auto burglary 10:30pm– Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. & E. 21st St.

Friday, Jan. 4 Auto burglary 9:30am– 3500 block Linden Ave.

Residential burglary 10:10am– 2400 block Earl Ave.

Saturday, Jan. 5 Assault 3:30pm– Long Beach Blvd. & 19th St.

Assault with a firearm 4:45pm– 4900 block Grisham Ave.

Vandalism of property worth $400 or more 5pm– 4500 block Banner Dr. Sunday, Jan. 6 Commercial Robbery 6:23pm– 400 W. Pacific Coast Hwy. Monday, Jan. 7 Assault 3:59pm– 1800 block Atlantic Ave.

Crimes reported by SHPD • Citywide

Juvenile subject in custody

Forgery report 10:40am– 1800 block Freeman Ave.

Saturday, Jan. 5 Assault on person 3pm– 2200 block E. Willow St.

Stolen vehicle 7:25pm– 2700 block Rose Ave. Sunday, Jan. 6 Residential burglary 3pm– 2300 block Lewis Ave.

Battery 10:21pm– 1900 block Maine Ave.

Tuesday, Jan. 8 Assault 12:46pm– 200 E. Pacific Coast Hwy.

Commercial burglary 5:05pm– 4900 block Long Beach Blvd. Commercial robbery 7:25pm– 400 block E. Pacific Coast Hwy.

Auto burglary 7:30pm– Lemon Ave. & E. Bixby Rd.

Battery 3:40pm– E. Willow St./Orange Ave.

Non-injury hit-and-run 2:40pm– E. Spring St./Orange Ave.

Monday, Jan. 7 Stolen vehicle 7:51am– 1300 block E. 29th St.

Forgery 6:40pm– 2500 block Orange Ave.

Commercial burglary 6:30pm– 2500 block Cherry Ave.

Stolen vehicle 10:18am– 3200 block E. Hill St. Stolen vehicle 10:36am– 3500 block E. Pacific Coast Hwy.

Non-injury hit-and-run 3:55pm– 900 block E. 33rd St.

Tuesday, Jan. 8 Stolen vehicle 6:03am– 1000 block E. 32nd St. Wednesday, Jan. 9 Residential burglary 9:02am– 2700 block E. Pacific Coast Hwy.

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Fourth District Councilmember Patrick O’Donnell shared the mayor’s unease about the County’s possible changes. “I would love clean water, but I have some concerns about the County potentially moving the goal post here. Is there anything we can do tonight to potentially insure that they won’t move that goal post?” At the mayor’s urging, the Council’s action to support the measure was further modified to reflect that the Council also requires that the County pass an ordinance before the fee goes to voters. It also requested that the ordinance reflect a “30-year sunset date and/or a stepdown mechanism.” Only two residents spoke on the measure during the publiccomment period. Both were against the measure. “Anytime somebody wants money, put it on the homeowner, put it on a property owner,” said Wrigley resident Tom Stout. “It’s not fair. Everybody needs to participate, or nobody should have to participate.” Another resident questioned whether the cost to comply with regulations was real. “I think we’re doing a better job every year on cleaning up our environment,” said William Marley, a Carroll Park resident, “but these threats and threatened prices that they are going to come after us with, it’s beyond reasonable.” Gerrie Schipske, who represents the fifth district, also criticized the measure. “I would be hesitant to support an ordinance that clearly has not been discussed or deliberated in this body,” Schipske told the Council. She repeated other arguments against the measure that LA County Supervisor Don Knabe has voiced. Only property owners in the county received a notice of the public hearing, and only property owners were told they could formally protest the additional parcel fee. As it’s currently proposed, if the County calls for an election, only property owners could vote on whether they want to pay the parcel fee. Knabe has advocated on his website that all voters should decide on the fee in a general election, not just the property owners. The Council voted 6-2 in favor of supporting the measure. Councilmembers Schipske and Al Austin voted against supporting the measure. Councilmember Gary DeLong was not present for the vote. According to Kerjon Lee, a spokesperson for the county’s public works department, the County’s board of supervisors has some options at the public hearing on Jan. 15 when it discusses the measure and determines the number of protest votes. Lee said in an interview earlier this month that the board of supervisors could quash the measure, set an election date or keep the election open but postpone it until after the fiscal year. Property owners in LA County should have already received a notice in the mail, however Knabe’s office has extra copies of the notice of the public hearing and protest form at knabe.com . For more information on the measure itself, the county’s flood control district has set up an information line and website. Call (800) 218-0018 or go to lacountycleanwater.org . ß

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Pictured is a rendering of what the new cable-stayed bridge that will replace the Gerald Desmond Bridge will look like once completed. The bridge serves as the main thoroughfare for trucks that haul an estimated 15-percent of the nation’s waterborne cargo each day and for millions of commuters.

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the top of that bridge over to Catalina Island?” As the main thoroughfare for millions of commuters and for trucks that haul an estimated 15 percent of the nation’s waterborne cargo each day, the bridge has both regional and “national significance,” Lytle said. The bridge’s higher clearance will also enable the Port to handle “the newest generation of bigger ships, helping us keep our competitive edge as a Port,” he said. The project, being funded by local, regional, state and federal resources, should bring an estimated 3,000 new construction jobs annually to the city “over the next several years,” Lytle said. Port officials, who anticipate the new bridge to be completed by 2017, also predict the project will generate billions of dollars in economic impact to the region. The new bridge is being built by international joint venture SFI (consisting of Shimmick Construction Company Inc., FCC Construction S.A. and Impregilo S.p.A.) which was awarded the nearly $650-million contract last year. The new bridge is being erected next to the existing structure, which will be demolished once the new bridge is completed to not interrupt traffic during construction. Port officials said the current 44-year-old bridge is seismically outdated and presently uses netting, which Port officials call “diapers,” to catch falling debris. During the presentation, Victor Mendez, administrator of the United States Federal Highway Administration (FHA), which has invested $675 million into the project, gave remarks

about the bridge’s national importance. “Under leadership of President Barack Obama and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood… we’re committed to making sure that these vital pieces of infrastructure are ready for the challenges of the future,” Mendez said. “That means a new bridge that will ease congestion, improve safety and keep freight moving from a very busy and important port.” Mendez also applauded the “innovation” of using a “design-build” approach that will expedite construction. He also praised the collaboration between the Port, Los Angeles County, Caltrans and the FHA. “This is a very major investment when it comes to really getting our economy back in shape,” Mendez said. Rep. Janice Hahn, who was recently appointed to the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said building the nation’s seaports should be a “non-controversial” issue among congressional members, adding that she will continue to advocate for such projects and seek federal funding for port infrastructure. “It’s projects like this that I will continue to champion and try to find the funding necessary to move us forward,” she said. “We need to be doing more of this. We can create jobs. We can bring our infrastructure into this century, and that makes sense.” Although unable to attend, Rep. Alan Lowenthal, a former California state senator, said via a written statement that the State was able to secure nearly $500 million in funds to build the new bridge without having to require a toll. State Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal said the project has gone

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Two Long Beach police helicopters hover over the current Gerald Desmond Bridge to illustrate the height of 500-feethigh towers that are planned for a new cable-stayed bridge. through challenges since designs were first reviewed more than 10 years ago, but the final product will be a “symbol of progress” for the region, calling the new structure “a bridge to everywhere,” a phrase coined by former Long Beach Harbor Commissioner Mario Cordero. “The Gerald Desmond Bridge will usher in a new era of shipping and transportation,” she said. “Make no mistake, it will be an icon, not just for the City of Long Beach or the San Pedro Bay seaport, but for all of California and the nation.”

Federal funding for LB schools, universities in 2013-14 uncertain due to ‘fiscal-cliff’ deal Sean Belk Staff Writer

A last-minute deal known as the American Taxpayer Relief Act that was passed by Congress on Jan. 1 to avoid a so-called “fiscal cliff” postpones whether federal funding will be cut for public schools and universities in the 2013-14 school year, according to local school officials. For the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD), the federal compromise postpones the implementation of 8.2 percent in cuts until March, which gives Congress another two months to “address whether the cuts will ultimately occur or if they will occur at a lesser percentage,” said LBUSD spokesperson Chris Eftychiou. For now, it looks as if any cuts if ultimately enacted will affect the 2013-14 school year here, he said. During its Dec. 18 meeting, the LBUSD Board of Education elected to cut summer school this year primarily due to projected declines in federal funding caused by the fiscal cliff– a term used to describe the economic effects that would occur if a series of tax hikes and federal-spending cuts went into

effect simultaneously. Superintendent Christopher J. Steinhauser said the school district pays for summer school through federal Title 1 funding to help low-achieving and atrisk students. Although more students have been added to the Title 1 status, the federal government hasn’t provided the appropriate funding, he said, adding that the district has been able to carry over funds but could no longer afford to take on the burden. Eftychiou said LBUSD is projected to receive about $31.8 million for Title I this year. However, if the 8.2 percent in cuts occur, the district will receive about $29.2 million next year. Still, he said the fiscal cliff is just one of many factors that affect the district’s budgeting decisions. “We receive the vast majority of our funding from the state, and due to many years of state cuts, we’re still grappling with a $20-million structural deficit in our budget,” Eftychiou said. “The loss of some federal funding would just make matters that much worse. We cannot realistically expect programs to be restored in the near future. We’re still

Christopher J. Lytle, third from left, speaks to the crowd during a groundbreaking ceremony, marking the start of construction of the new bridge that will replace the Gerald Desmond Bridge. Also pictured, from left, are: Victor Mendez, administrator of the United States Federal Highway Administration; California State Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal; Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster; Malcolm Dougherty, director of Caltrans; Diane DuBois, board director of Los Angeles County Metro and Lakewood mayor; and Long Beach Harbor Commission President Susan Wise.

cutting further. Budget decisions are ultimately made by the school board, though the board can certainly revisit prior decisions.” The new fiscal-cliff deal also creates uncertainty for universities. Although pending “sequestration” has so far been averted by the recent congressional compromise signed by President Barack Obama after previously being postponed, research grant funding for universities remains uncertain until the deal is resolved by March. If the cuts were to go into effect, the federal government would reduce its discretionary, non-defense funding for grant awards by about 8 percent, said Rick Gloady, spokesperson for California State University, Long Beach. In addition, there would be thousands fewer grants from both the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation and funding success rates would drop as well. According to figures from CSULB’s Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, the university’s current federal, non-defense grant activity is currently a one-year budget of more than $26.5 million.

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Rep. Janice Hahn, right, addresses the audience during a ceremony on Tuesday, Jan. 8 to commemorate the groundbreaking of the major construction portion of the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project. Also pictured, from left, are Victor Mendez, administrator of the United States Federal Highway Administration, and California State Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal.

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