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Signal ST3446 - April 19_Layout 1 4/19/13 12:30 PM Page 1 “Died and Liquified� by Becca Shewmake Mixed media on canvas For more on this artist, see page 11. T Vol. 34 No. 46 R I B U N E April 22 is Earth Day See page 10 SERVING BIXBY KNOLLS, CALIFORNIA HEIGHTS, LOS CERRITOS, WRIGLEY AND THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL April 19, 2013 Long Beach-area runners unite to honor Nonprofit provides job-training, victims of Boston Marathon tragedy employment opportunities for Your Weekly Community Newspaper people with disabilities Photos by Sean Belk/Signal Tribune Sean Belk/Signal Tribune Dave Kuntz (right), president of the Long Beach-based A Running Experience Club, hands out “race bibs� that are part of a national event to unite runners in remembrance of the victims of last Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings. More than 200 runners gathered for the club’s weekly run on Wednesday, April 17. Sean Belk Staff Writer Nadine Echeverry of Lakewood jogged up and down Signal Hill’s steep streets, considered by athletes a local “training ground,� in preparation for this year’s Boston Marathon. But what she didn’t prepare for was the mayhem and horror that ensued. Echeverry was one of about 20 runners from the Long Beachbased A Running Experience Club (AREC) who participated in the 26.2-mile race on Monday, April 15. Instead of feeling emotions of joy and victory, however, she was beset with sadness and shock after two bombs exploded, killing three to City Manager Ken Farfsing. The city’s redevelopment agency was officially dissolved by the State more than a year ago. These two suggestions have been discussed and debated for some time in Signal Hill. The Los Angeles County Civil Grand Jury last year recommended these key changes for charter cities like Signal Hill. This particular jury reviewed the administrative and financial structures of charter cities as a response to the problems and charges of corruption and fraud against officials in the City of Bell, another charter city. The Signal Hill City Council scrutinized both of the jury’s rec- ommendations, particularly that of establishing an audit committee. Councilmember Lori Woods focused on the importance of having an audit committee that was truly independent. “If it’s truly going to be an arm’s length-type of decision-making body, with representation from either staff and council and city treasurer, then I think it’s a good thing,� she said at the Council meeting. Maria Harris was the only resident who spoke on the issue. She also focused on the importance of having independent persons on the audit committee. She said commit- Signal Hill Council’s first priority: a strategic plan CJ Dablo Staff Writer The Signal Hill City Council voted April 16 to focus first on developing a new strategic plan for the city and consider two key recommendations for financial reform as part of their strategic planning. The Council members determined Tuesday that during the process of developing a strategic plan they would discuss the recommendations to move to a two-year budget and to establish an audit committee. The current strategic plan is about seven years old, has become outdated and includes the former redevelopment agency, according see MARATHONS page 14 Weekly Weather Forecast Friday 84° see COUNCIL page 18 Saturday Sunday Monday Employee Armida Flores works at Arc Southeast Industries, located at 12049 Woodruff Ave. in Downey. The warehouse operation is owned and operated as part of The Arc of Los Angeles and Orange Counties, a nonprofit that helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the local region enter the workforce. Sean Belk Staff Writer For the past 20 years, Armida Flores has had a job to go to. After first serving lunch at a local adult school, she now works on an assembly line along with more than 140 fellow employees, packaging products for various companies and suppliers. “I like it here because everybody knows me already and I work hard,� said the 44-year-old Bell Gardens resident who recently received a special pin for her two decades of service. Her employer is The Arc of Los Angeles and Orange Counties, a nonprofit organization in Downey dedicated to helping people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the local region enter the workforce and become productive members of society. The organization was first formed in 1956 by families in Lynwood to provide services to see ARC page 15 The Arc Southeast Industries packages and assembles an average of 300,000 items per month that are distributed to local clients and suppliers. April 19 through April 23, 2013 Tuesday 77° 72° 70° 76° This week’s Weekly Weather Forecast sponsored by: Sunny and very warm Not as warm Low clouds, then sun Low clouds, then sun Low clouds, then sun Lo 55° Lo 55° Lo 56° Lo 55° Lo 54° Centinela Pet Supplies 28901 S. Western Avenue Rancho Palos Verdes (310) 547-3008 #RRREAEEATIV # ATIVE ATI IVEVE 5NIQUE 5NI 5N NIQIQU QUEUE  E E DE AD A M DM D N (AAN


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