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Signal ST3435 - Feb. 1_Layout 1 2/1/13 11:40 AM Page 1 "Tree of Night Life" acrylic on canvas by Nairobi Tony See page 7 for information on the exhibit where this work will be on display. T Vol. 34 No. 35 R I B U N Participate in the 18th annual Sweetheart Sweepstakes! Pages 10 & 11 E SERVING BIXBY KNOLLS, CALIFORNIA HEIGHTS, LOS CERRITOS, WRIGLEY AND THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL Seven candidates vie for seats on SH City Council February 1, 2013 Your Weekly Community Newspaper Proposed tax measure dominates first of three candidate forums Film immortalizes Signal Hill’s downhill skateboarding competition as ‘birth of extreme sports’ CJ Dablo/Signal Tribune From left, Signal Hill City Council candidates Ellen Ward, Lori Woods, Ed Wilson, Elizabeth Wise, Robert Mendoza, Nancy Sciortino and Michael Noll during the Jan. 29 forum hosted by the advocacy group Signal Hill Community First CJ Dablo Staff Writer Contenders for the three Signal Hill council seats up for grabs in the March 5 municipal election have reduced the decision to a choice of whether voters will want the city to remain on its course or if it needs a change. At the Jan. 29 candidate forum, four new contenders looking for a spot on the Signal Hill City Council called for a change in leadership while the three current councilmembers defended their records as they highlighted the success of the city under their leadership. Incumbents Ellen Ward, Ed Wilson and Michael Noll have served at least 12 years on City Council together. Of the three incumbents, Vice Mayor Noll has the most seniority on the Council. He has served a total of about 20 years. The remaining four candidates are Robert Mendoza, Nancy Sciortino, Elizabeth Wise and Lori Woods. “Do you know what the five- to ten-year plan is for our community and is that plan in line with what the majority of Signal Hill residents want?” Woods asked the audience of LBCC cuts 11 career/technical programs from its curriculum Nick Diamantides Staff Writer Although Proposition 30 was approved by California voters last November, Long Beach City College (LBCC) still faces a budget deficit of more than $6 million. That shortfall prompted the LBCC District Board of Trustees to discontinue instructional programs in 11 career/technical disciplines that had been offered at the college for many years. The trustees voted 4–1 to cancel the Nick Diamantides/Signal Tribune Long Beach City College Superintendent-President Eloy Ortiz-Oakley told the Signal Tribune that he is painfully aware of the tremendous impacts that the elimination of classes will have on students, faculty and staff. “But the [program eliminations] are critical for the long-term fiscal health of the college,” he said. Friday Closing Sale 73° see FORUM page 14 programs during their regularly scheduled meeting on Jan. 23. “We had always made it clear that, even if Proposition 30 passed, LBCC would still have to make cuts because of the last three years of declining revenues,” said Eloy Ortiz-Oakley, college superintendent-president. He explained that the passage of Proposition 30 significantly reduced the magnitude of the necessary reductions, but no one in the LBCC administration ever expected that the voter-approved tax increases would eliminate the need for program cuts. The LBCC programs the board of trustees discontinued are autobody technology, aviation maintenance, audio production, interior design, welding, automotive technology, real estate, photography, air-conditioning/refrigeration/ heating, diesel mechanics and see LBCC page 14 Saturday Sunday Monday Sean Belk/Signal Tribune Original participants and founders of the Signal Hill Speed Run, the world’s first downhill skateboarding championship that lasted from 1975 to 1978, gather at the base of Hill Street, just hours before a new documentary about the competition was to be screened at Cal State Long Beach. Original skateboarding members also signed their names and speed times on a nearby “No Skateboarding” sign. Pictured front row, from left, are: Roberto “Chuy” Madrigal, Guy “Grundy” Spagnoli, Tommy Ryan, Bob Skoldberg and John Hughes. Pictured back row, from left, are: Henry Hester, Herb Spitzer, Jim O’Mahoney (the founder of race), Jamie Hart and Cliff Coleman. Sean Belk Staff Writer About four years ago, co-directors Jon Corenoy and Mike Horelick set out on a journey to bring light to a relatively unnoticed subject– a downhill skateboarding competition in Signal Hill that has been called “the first X Game.” Their mission led them to produce a City-sponsored documentary that debuted last week and is being featured in several film festivals in coming months. The near 90-minute film, narrated by singer and musician Ben Harper, chronicles the Signal Hill Speed Run, a downhill skateboarding competition that ran for a brief, four-year stint from 1975 to 1978. Today, however, skateboarding anywhere in Signal Hill’s rolling streets is illegal, and only pedestrians use the hill’s steep incline for recreational activity. After a world premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival last Friday, about 300 people, including City officials and original skateboarders of the run, were able to watch the film for the first time during a private screening at the University Theatre at California State University, Long Beach on Sunday, Jan. 27. The documentary became even more meaningful to locals and the skateboarding community last week after the passing of Don “Waldo” Autry, a Long Beach native considered a skateboarding “legend” by friends and family, just days before the debut event. Although virtually unknown today, the contest, which attracted daredevils of all types, including women, achieved legendary status in its heyday and is credited with paving the way for extreme sports. “To me, the skaters of today really have no idea where they came from… and this is it,” said John Hughes, who, in his early 20s, placed second in the speed run for riding a kneeboard in 1976. Hughes, who said he thought the film was “outrageous,” said he held back tears while watching the old footage. Thrill-seeking skateboarders, brave enough to take on the more than 30-degree-angle slope of Hill Street in Signal Hill, broke world records, as the first to reach speeds of see DOCUMENTARY page 6 February 1 through February 5, 2013 Tuesday 71° 71° 71° 75° This week’s Weekly Weather Forecast sponsored by: Partly sunny Intervals of clouds & sun Intervals of clouds & sun Sunny with some clouds Times of clouds & sun Lo 49° Lo 54° Lo 53° Lo 54° Lo 54° Thursdays in Bixby Knolls, Fridays in Downtown LB MEXICAN GRILL #2 SERVING HOMESTYLE MEXICAN FOOD SINCE 1975 BREAKFAST • LUNCH • DINNER • CATERING Join us for Super Bowl Sunday! Try our 18” fiesta burrito* (which feeds up to 10 people), plenty of appetizers, and extended Happy Hour from 1pm to closing! *any choice of meat excluding shrimp $19 .99 for a beer bucket! 3431 N. 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