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Jordan High School may use Houghton Park baseball field for six years during reconstruction

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Students at Jordan High School may be using the baseball field at neighboring Houghton Park (pictured) for at least six years while the school undergoes a massive reconstruction expected to cost $135.6 million. School-district officials say plans may include upgrading and maintaining the park’s field to accommodate students.

Sean Belk Staff Writer

Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) officials are proposing an agreement with the City of Long Beach to allow Jordan High School to use neighboring Houghton Park’s baseball field for six years during the school’s multi-phase, $135.6-million reconstruction, school-district officials said. At a Houghton Park Neighborhood Association meeting on Thursday, June 6, LBUSD officials said the project calls for the school’s practice baseball field on the south side of campus to be taken up by temporary classroom bungalows as part of Phase 1A of construction that starts January 2014. Once classrooms occupy the school’s baseball field, however, the school plans to have students use Houghton Park’s field until all new academic buildings are completed and the temporary classrooms are removed, which could possibly be sometime in 2020, school-district officials said. “We’re taking away the baseball field, so we’re looking at maybe using the park more specifically for baseball,” said Harold Pierre, LBUSD facilities consultant. Pierre added, however, that a joint-use agreement with the City to use the park long-term is undetermined since the school district has yet to figure out how to fund the final phases of construction, which include revamping athletic programs and facilities. As part of the proposed agreement with the City, the school district plans to pay for improvements to the park’s baseball field, including maintenance, since its current condition does not meet standards, Pierre said. He said surveyors were out at the park last week to conduct a needs assessment. It is unknown how much LBUSD plans to spend on park improvements. “Because of the interim need, we recognize that we’re going to use the park more, but we are going to do some improvements on the park’s baseball field so the school can use it,” Pierre said. “Right now, it’s not enough that the school can use it properly.” Bob Livingstone, contract management officer for the City’s parks, recreation and marine department, confirmed in a phone interview with the Signal

LBPD hosts gun buyback event in effort to remove weapons from streets

Leonardo Poareo Editorial Intern

With hopes of retrieving unwanted firearms, the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) hosted a gun-buyback program on Saturday, June 8, at the North Patrol Substation on Atlantic Avenue. One purpose of the program was to decrease the chances of firearms ending up in the wrong hands. “The goal of the program is to reduce the number of guns in the community. While there are many lawful gun owners, their guns are sometimes stolen and used in the commission of a violent crime,” said Long Beach Chief of Police Jim McDonnell, in a statement released by the LBPD. “Reducing the number of guns would lessen the chances of this happening.” The program was not intended to trap criminals, but to find out if the firearms people turned in had previously been used in crimes, LBPD Sgt. Aaron Eaton said. Oftentimes guns get passed around so much that someone can unknowingly end up with a firearm that’s been used in a crime, Eaton said.

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Firearms bought back from gun owners during the Long Beach Police Department’s June 8 gun-buyback event

While the gun-buyback program had specific aims, it was inspired by the recent spate of tragic mass shootings nationwide. Eighth District Councilmember Al Austin, who, along with councilmembers Steve Neal and James Johnson, initiated the program, said he was inspired by the mass shootings at Sandy Hook

LB City Council takes one small step toward paying down unfunded liabilities

It took some haggling and a little appeal to conscience from 7th District Councilmember James Johnson when he successfully convinced the entire Long Beach City Council on June 11 to set aside some money– about $322,500– toward the City’s “unfunded liabilities.” Johnson asked for twice that amount, but in the spirit of compromise, he and the other council members settled on that figure for now. The City expects to receive about $6.45 million in one-time money that includes more than $4.4 million in revenue from what has been dubbed the “Triple Flip.” According to Dennis Strachota, who serves as the budget manager for Long Beach, this amount is a refund from Los Angeles County for administrative overcharges associated with distributing property-tax revenue to Long Beach. The remaining amount of $2.05 million comes from the proceeds of the sale of City Hall East, a municipal building located on Long Beach Boulevard that was for a while used by the police department. The one-time flush of cash in the coffers represents some additional happy news for the City Council. It’s a fraction of the $56.8 million that the City of Long Beach expects to see in onetime revenues from various sources for the 2014 fiscal year. The Council on Tuesday limited its discussion to determine how to

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The Long Beach City Council voted on June 11 to approve a recommendation on how to use $6.45 million received from the Triple Flip revenue and the sale of City Hall East (above). Earlier this year, the Council agreed to sell the City building at 100 Long Beach Blvd. for $2.05 million.

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Ralphs in Bixby Knolls to officially close June 15; property put on the market

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The Ralphs grocery store located at Long Beach Boulevard and San Antonio Drive in Bixby Knolls will shut its doors permanently at 6pm this Saturday, June 15, according to signs placed at the entrance of the store. The major supermarket chain, which is a subsidiary of Cincinnati-based Kroger, plans to put the 52,000square-foot property on the market after being a familiar spot for many nearby residents to buy groceries for about 12 years. A realSean Belk/Signal Tribune estate listing shows the building was built in 2000, A sign placed at the entrance of the Ralphs grocery store at Long Beach Boulevard and and the entire property is San Antonio Drive in Bixby Knolls indicates that the supermarket will close at 6pm on Saturday, June 15. valued at $9.1 million. So far, no information has been provided as to any very closely in the weeks and Long Beach last year in addition to potential buyers. It also remains months to come, hopefully,” Austin other locations across the country unclear exactly why the grocery- said. during a business restructure. Top store chain decided to close the The Bixby Knolls Ralphs is the Value Market, a smaller regional store. latest grocery store to close in grocery chain took over the locaBut, for many residents who recent months. Albertsons vacated tion but ended up closing last live in Bixby Knolls, California the spot at 644 N. Redondo Ave. in month. ß Heights and other north Long Beach neighborhoods, the Ralphs location was one of the largest and most convenient grocery stores in metro.net the local area. On a recent Wednesday afternoon, the parking lot was packed with cars, and customers were taking advantage of the store’s liquidation sale of 25 percent off or more on all items. Now, many residents will have to shop elsewhere. Other major supermarkets in or closest to north Long Beach include the Albertsons in the Wrigley Marketplace at 185 E. Willow St., Vons at 4550 Atlantic Ave. at the Bixby Knolls Shopping Center and Trader Joe’s at 4121 Atlantic Ave. Eighth District Councilmember Al Austin, who said he frequents the Ralphs since he lives in the area, mentioned during a community-assembly meeting in May that he spoke with Ralphs representatives about the closure after he It’s your system...help us improve. received a flood of calls and emails from concerned nearby residents. He siad the closure is “a very big disappointment to myself as a Become part of Metro’s decision-making shopper at Ralphs and as a resident of the neighborhood there.” process. Attend a Metro Service Council Representatives did not release meeting in your area. any plans but did say the site would be sold and would not be converted into a Food 4 Less store, which The councils conduct monthly meetings about Austin said had also been a concern Metro bus service in five geographic regions: for some nearby residents. Ralphs > Gateway Cities (Southeast LA County) representatives said they are com> San Fernando Valley mitted to maintaining the site and > San Gabriel Valley keeping up the property until a new > South Bay Cities owner takes possession, he said. “I met with representatives of > Westside/Central LA Ralphs and expressed our strong interest in finding a new use that is These community-based councils advise on the best fit for the community planning and implementation of bus service there,” Austin said. “They weren’t within their area. They review proposed service giving out a whole lot of information, but I don’t think they neceschanges, conduct public hearings, make sarily want to show their hand too recommendations to the Metro Board and much.” participate in quarterly meetings with Metro Austin added that several executive management. investors and developers have already taken an interest in the property, and the site, which is For times, dates and locations, check zoned for commercial use, could metro.net/about/service-councils. easily be converted without requiring city permits. He said Ralphs representatives were open to holding meetings with local neighborhood associations about the property. The councilmember added that he didn’t want to see the site lay vacant for too long. “That’s something we’re going to be watching

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CELEBRATE THE STARS AND STRIPES What Flag Day ceremony Who 5th District Councilmember Gerrie Schipske Where El Dorado Community Center, 2800 Studebaker Rd. When Friday, June 14 at noon More Info Event will include the raising of the flag over the El Dorado Community Center. The iconic, life-sized “Kiss” statue depicting a sailor kissing a woman based on the famous photo taken in Times Square at the end of World War II will be displayed at the event. Call (562) 570-6932. SILENCE IS GOLDEN What Fundraiser Who Covenant Presbyterian Church Where 607 E. 3rd St. When Saturday, June 15 at 7:30pm More Info Event will feature a showing of the 1920s silent film It. Tickets cost $10 in advance or $15 at the door. All proceeds will benefit Covenant Presbyterian Church’s Music Ministry and the Rising TIDE After-School Program. Call (562) 437-0958. JUST KIDDING What Kidical Mass Neighborhood Bike Ride Who Hosted by the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association (BKBIA) Where Georgie’s Place, 3850 Atlantic Ave. When Sunday, June 16 at 1pm More Info After a ride and safety demo by U.S. Olympic cyclist Tony Cruz, kids and adults will bike for roughly two and a half miles, beginning and ending at Georgie’s Place. Email krista@bixbyknollsinfo.com, visit bixbyknollsinfo.com/kidicalmass.html or call (562) 595-0081.

PARK IT ON THE LOT What Concerts in the Park(ing Lot) Who Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association (BKBIA) Where Georgie’s Place parking lot, 3850 Atlantic Ave. When Monday, June 17 at 6:30pm More Info The free concert will feature music from California Feetwarmers, who will play jazz and Americana. The BKBIA has extended its series to four concerts. Visit bixbyknollsinfo.com .

‘WANA’ KNOW WHAT’S UP? What Monthly meeting Who Wrigley Area Neighborhood Alliance (WANA) Where Veterans Park Social Hall, 101 E. 28th St. When Monday, June 17 from 7pm to 9pm More Info Meeting will feature a talk by Harry Saltzgaver, executive editor of the Gazette Newspapers. A meet-and-greet will be from 6:45pm to 7pm. The meeting includes coffee, desserts and other refreshments. On-site child care provided. Call (562) 427-5021 or email wrigleyalliance@gmail.com .

SAFETY FIRST What Community meeting Who City of Long Beach Where El Dorado Park Community Center, 2800 Studebaker Rd. When Thursday, June 20 from 6pm to 8pm More Info Officials from the City will talk about the Long Beach Violence Prevention Plan. Residents are encouraged to ask questions. Call (562) 5705585.

COME RUMMAGE AROUND What Rummage sale Who Covenant Presbyterian Church Where 607 E. 3rd St. When Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22 from 8am to 4pm More Info All proceeds will benefit Rising TIDE, an after-school drop-in program. Call (562) 437-0958, ext 25.

CANINE FUN What Dog show Who Great Western Terrier Association Where Queen Mary Events Park, 1126 Queens Hwy. When Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22 from 8am to 5pm More Info Event will be free. Parking cost will be $15 per vehicle. Call (323) 727-0136.

SELL YOUR STUFF What Big community yard sale Who The Office of 6th District Councilmember Dee Andrews Where Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, 1950 Lemon Ave. When Saturday, June 22 from 8am to 2pm More Info Residents may sell furniture, desks, tools, music instruments, electronics, baby items, household items, clothing, kitchen items, books, bikes, holiday decorations and lawn equipment. The cost is $20 per space to sell items. Call (562) 570-6816.

HAVE FUN FOR A GOOD CAUSE What Variety show and concert fundraiser Who Meals on Wheels and Rock for Vets Where Long Beach Scottish Rite, 855 Elm St. When Saturday, June 29 from 2pm to 5pm More Info Event will include a silent auction, raffles, and more. Gourmet food trucks will be present. Tickets cost $25. Visit mowlb.org .

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Thoughts from the Publisher

by Neena Strichart

My pal Becky is my personal entertainment maven. She does a great job of keeping me posted on everything from I Love Lucy television marathons to what restaurants are worth trying. This week she caught me by surprise when she informed me that our alma mater, Signal Hill Elementary School (SHES), will soon be hosting a reunion/community festival. After checking out the flyer Becky sent me from SHES PTA President Renee Rodriguez, I decided to give Renee a call and get some details regarding the event. As Renee tells it, the Signal Hill Elementary PTA will be hosting a free community festival at the school campus, 2285 Walnut Ave., Saturday June 29. The event will take place from 9am to 1pm and will feature lots of vendors/booths sharing healthy and educational information for all who attend. I think this would be a great opportunity for us alumni to show up, mix and mingle, and maybe even do a bit of reminiscing. At a recent tour of my former campus, I had the chance to check out my old kindergarten classroom as well as the cafeteria. I would love to do another walk-through with some of my schoolmates like Eddie, Keith, Terri, Robin, Barbara, Susie, Desi, Brandt, Tennessee, Dirk, Calvin, Richard, Becky, Gilda, Tina, Anita, and of course my life-time crush, the ever-dreamy Danny Wilson! Keep in mind that a portion of proceeds from all food sales made will benefit the SHES student fund for field trips and other educational programs. Scheduled participants so far are: Long Beach Unified School District, Signal Hill Police Department, L.A County Fire Department, Red Cross, Super Gourmet Food Trucks, Long Beach Alliance For Children with Asthma, Jamba Juice, American University of Health Sciences, DJKsongz Productions, City of Signal Hill Park and Recreation, Anabel Rojas Face Painting, Cookie Lee Jewelry and Vocal Studio Collaboration. If you have any questions or would like to get involved, contact Renee at ptadiva27@yahoo.com .

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Inpatient or outpatient? It makes a difference with Medicare

When you go to a hospital, does it make any difference if you’re considered an “inpatient” or an “outpatient?” Yes, it does. Your hospital status (whether the hospital classifies you as an inpatient or outpatient) affects how much you pay for hospital services like X-rays, drugs and lab tests. It also may affect whether Medicare will cover care you get in a skilled nursing facility. You’re an inpatient starting the day you’re formally admitted to the hospital with a doctor’s order. The day before you’re discharged is your last inpatient day. You’re an outpatient if you’re getting emergency department services, observation services, outpatient surgery, lab tests, or X-rays, and the doctor hasn’t written an order to admit you to the hospital as an inpatient. In these cases, you’re an outpatient even if you spend the night at the hospital. Observation services are tests and other outpatient services that help the doctor decide if you need to be admitted as an inpatient or

By David Sayen, Medicare regional administrator

The amount may vary by service. The copayment for a single outpatient hospital service can’t be more than the inpatient hospital deductible. However, your total copayment for all outpatient services may be more than the inpatient hospital deductible. Part B covers most of your doctor services when you’re a hospital outpatient. You pay 20 percent of the Medicare-approved amount after you pay the Part B deductible. Generally, the prescription and over-thecounter drugs you get in an outpatient setting (like an emergency department), sometimes called “self-administered drugs,” aren’t covered by Part B. For safety reasons, many hospitals don’t allow patients to bring drugs from home. If you have Medicare prescription drug coverage (Part D), these drugs may be covered under certain circumstances. You likely will need to pay out-of-pocket for these drugs and submit a claim to your drug plan for a refund. Call your plan for more information.

can be discharged. Observation services may be given in the emergency department or another area of the hospital. If you’re in the hospital more than a few hours, always ask your doctor or the hospital staff if you’re an inpatient or an outpatient. What do you pay as an inpatient? Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) covers inpatient services including semi-private room, nursing care, drugs, and meals. Generally, you pay a one-time deductible for all hospital services for the first 60 days you’re in the hospital. The Part A deductible this year is $1,184. Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers most doctor services when you’re an inpatient. You pay 20 percent of the Medicare-approved amount for doctor services after paying the Part B deductible ($147 in 2013). What do you pay as an outpatient? Part B also covers outpatient hospital services. Generally, this means you pay a copayment for each individual outpatient service.

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Staying connected

As you know, I've been advocating a plan to install free WiFi at our city parks. WiFi in public parks has become standard in many cities as professionals choose to spend many working hours away from the office. Creative professionals in the new economy expect reliable WiFi service to be available in an urban environment. In February, I wrote legislation directing the city manager to examine the feasibility of installing WiFi at new and existing parks. I’m happy to report that this fall, Long Beach will launch free WiFi at 25 of our largest and most active parks. The 25 parks selected all have community centers where the WiFi will be available both inside the center and a couple hundred feet around the community center. In addition, installing these new cellular 4G modems will generate significant ongoing budget savings as we would able to discontinue the use of leased telecommunications lines. We expect to save approximately $100,000 a year by installing these new WiFi modems. Now that is efficient government. These parks will join our 12 libraries that now have free WiFi and will help solidify our reputation as a technology leader. I will continue to advocate for innovation and investments in technology. Robert Garcia Long Beach Vice Mayor ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER

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Also, keep in mind that Medicare will only cover care you get in a skilled nursing facility if you’ve been a hospital inpatient for at least three days in a row (counting the day you were admitted as an inpatient but not counting the day you were discharged). If you weren’t an inpatient for three days, but you still need care after your discharge, ask if you can get home health care or if other programs like Medicaid or veterans benefits will cover skilled nursing for you. If you have a Medicare Advantage Plan (like an HMO or PPO), costs and coverage may be different. Check with your plan. For more detailed information on how Medicare covers inpatient and outpatient hospital services, read Medicare’s brochure “Are You a Hospital Inpatient or Outpatient?” You can find it online at medicare.gov/pubs/pdf/11435.pdf .

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U.S. Postal Service says LB mail-processing center closure on July 1 won’t impact service

Sean Belk Staff Writer

The United States Postal Service (USPS) plans to close its Long Beach mail-processing center at 2300 Redondo Ave. on Monday, July 1 as a way to alleviate financial problems, but the closure will not impact mail service, said a USPS spokesperson in an emailed statement last week. Starting on the day of the closure, mail bound for ZIP codes with 905-, 907- (Signal Hill) and 908- (Long Beach) would be re-routed to a plant in Los Angeles, where it will be processed and then transported to post offices where a letter carrier is stationed, said Richard Maher, spokesperson for USPS in Los Angeles and Orange counties. He said mail delivered to ZIP codes with 906- would go to a plant in the city of Industry. Leading up to the closure, transportation schedules will be revised, and additional equipment will be moved over to receiving plants if needed, Maher said. He said the USPS has also followed procedures in national collective-bargaining agreements to allow for the reassignment of about 400 employees. “This rerouting and processing of mail will be transparent to customers,” Maher said. “USPS has plenty of experience with this process. Literally hundreds of these plant consolidations (over 300 since 2006) have been done across the nation without impacting service. Post-implementation reviews will ensure efficiencies and savings are being captured and that service levels remain high.” He said public services, such as the post office retail lobby, mail collection, P.O. box mail delivery and acceptance of bulk-business mail at the Long Beach facility will remain open for the time being. The USPS, however, has not yet come forward with long-term plans for the facility. USPS officials have stated that, if bulk-business mail or the retail lobby were to be relocated, the public and local business partners would be notified months in advance. Also, a plaque in the retail lobby dedicated to Congressman Steve Horn would be transferred to a new facility if the retail lobby were closed or relocated. Horn was recognized for helping the City of Signal Hill to get its own ZIP code, 90755, nearly 10 years ago.

In terms of workers, nearly 400 mail-processing employees from the Long Beach plant are being reassigned to vacant positions in Los Angeles and Orange counties, Maher said. Clerks, mail-handlers, equipment-maintenance workers and managers will report to new positions at facilities in Los Angeles, Industry, Santa Ana and Anaheim, as well as local post offices, he said. The postal service has made an effort to avoid any layoffs, while a labor deal made in 1978 gives employees who have worked continuously for more than six years complete “layoff protection.” “The postal service has a long history of avoiding laying off employees as it matches its resources to workload,” Maher said. Since January of this year, approximately 104 of the Long Beach postal workers have retired, he added. Maher said the USPS has reduced its workforce by over 127,000 positions since 2008 through attrition. The plan to scale back operations comes as the USPS continues to see a significant drop in mail volume, largely due to the shift from mail to online transactions and communications. At the same time, retiree benefits and other costs keep rising, according to USPS. The consolidations were postponed last year due to the election season and in hopes of Congress passing legislation to allow for the agency to restructure its business model. The USPS receives no tax dollars and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations. The Long Beach facility is one of nearly 140 mail-processing centers that are being consolidated with other facilities this year. The USPS estimates that the consolidation of the Long Beach plant alone is expected to

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The Long Beach mail-processing center at 2300 Redondo Ave. is slated to be shut down on Monday, July 1, according to the United States Postal Service. Postal-service officials say the facility’s post office retail lobby, mail collection, P.O. box mail delivery and acceptance of bulk business mail will remain open, however long-term plans for the facility have not yet been determined.

save the agency more than $16 million. “The consolidation of mailprocessing facilities is an important component of a comprehensive, five-year plan to return the postal service to longterm financial stability,” Maher said. “While the Postal Service will continue to take aggressive steps to increase revenue and reduce operating expenses, it also needs prompt action by Congress to address congressional mandates and reform the

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New retail-service hours Additionally, due to the USPS’s financial situation, retail locations with “extended” hours are being adjusted slightly, he said. In the case of the Long Beach facility, hours are being scaled back an hour a day. The new hours are 9am to 7pm, Mondays through Fridays. The lobby used to open at 8am. Maher said the new retail hours are not see USPS page 18

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SH City Council to vote on approving Fiscal Year 2013-2014 budget at June 18 meeting

Sean Belk Staff Writer

The Signal Hill City Council is scheduled to vote on approving the Fiscal Year 2013-2014 budget at its next meeting on Tuesday, June 18 at the Council Chamber. At a budget workshop last month, city financial management indicated the City is projecting a $71,000 surplus next fiscal year, which begins July 1. The total amount in reserves for both the general fund and economic-uncertainties fund is estimated to be $10.1 million. In the last five years, the City has scaled back expenditures and reduced revenues during the economic downturn.

City Manager Ken Farfsing told the City Council during the May 29 workshop that the budget is now “slowly returning to pre-Great Recession levels” and this is the fourth year the City won’t have to dip into savings in order to balance the budget. But still, he said city department heads have been asked to prepare their upcoming budgets “without significant increases over their existing expenditures,” adding that city staff remain cautious about the slow-moving economic recovery, while employee costs are expected to rise in coming years. Finance Director Terri Marsh said the City has taken a “conservative stance” on

projecting sales-tax revenue next fiscal year, which the City so far forecasts will be $11.5 million, a decrease of about $190,000 from the estimated sales-tax revenue for the current fiscal year. The City is projecting about $130,000 in new revenues from the EDCO transfer station. For next fiscal year, city staff project more than $17.5 million in expenditures, which is $622,613 higher than the current fiscal year. Deputy City Manager Charlie Honeycutt said added administrative costs next fiscal year include spending $75,000 for the June 5, 2014 special election associated with the “Taxpayer’s Right to

Know and Vote” initiative. For the special election, city staff are budgeting about $39,400 more than what it would normally cost for a regular municipal election because of added costs for legal services and public materials, he said. Honeycutt said another added expense is to cover higher city attorney fees. He said the City’s contracted attorney, David Aleshire, is requesting three consecutive $5-per-hour rate increases that go into effect July 2013, January 2014 and January 2015. Honeycutt said it’s the first time the city attorney has raised his rates since 2007, and the impact on the City’s administrative-ser-

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners announced on June 7 the appointment of Al Moro, chief harbor engineer, as the Port of Long Beach’s interim executive director. Moro, who joined the Port in 1997 as a civil engineer, currently oversees all administrative and technical activities for the Port’s engineering programs, including nearly $4 billion in capital-improvement projects. “The Board is extremely

pleased that we have unanimously selected Al Moro as our interim executive director,” said Susan Anderson Wise, president of the Board of Harbor Commissioners. “He is highly respected by all of the commissioners, very well regarded in our industry, and well liked by the Port staff. Al will lead the Port of Long Beach on a steady path forward as the search begins for a permanent director.”

Long Beach City Prosecutor Doug Haubert announced Wednesday that he is launching his bid for re-election, seeking a second four-year term. “Long Beach has a great City Prosecutor in Doug Haubert,” said Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey. “He is working closely with the

District Attorney’s Office and local police to keep kids in school– and out of gangs. I proudly endorse his re-election as City Prosecutor.” “Haubert is a tough prosecutor who is focusing on reducing gang violence,” said former D.A. Steve Cooley, who retired in 2012 after three terms as

vices budget is estimated to be an additional $10,000 a year. Mayor Michael Noll added that he would like to know what other city attorneys are charging and how much Signal Hill’s city attorney is charging other cities before considering the rate increase. “I think we need a study before we say yes,” he said. One of the largest expenses next fiscal year will be shifting full-time personnel from the now defunct Signal Hill Redevelopment Agency to other city departments, which is expected to cost see BUDGET page 17

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District Attorney. “He has accomplished much in his first term of office, and he has earned re-election.” “I am proud of the work of my office, especially during the most challenging time for law enforcement in recent history,” said City Prosecutor Haubert. “We still have a lot of work ahead of us. I’m ready for the challenge.” For more information, visit DougHaubert.com .

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Local clown troupe brings original play to Hollywood festival

Only a play written by clowns would have actors pulling an audience member onstage to have a marshmallow-eating contest. Me Rich You Learn, a two-actor performance directed by Turner Munch, is playing at the Hollywood Fringe in the Open Fist Theatre, 6209 Santa Monica Blvd., until June 29. The writers, Zach Steel and Adam Carpenter, are also starring in the play. Steel plays TR Hamer, a former millionaire and convicted tax evader who is forced by the government to perform a community-service show. Carpenter plays a senior IRS agent. Hamer becomes sidetracked every time he is forced to perform the show. He eats a pile of marshmallows, crawls into a bag, falls in love and threatens suicide. “He has part control over the show,” Steel said. “You learn this while watching the show. It’s basically as if the character came up with the name (of the play) because he thought it sounded cool.” Both Steel and Carpenter studied at the Clown School, an academy of performing arts in clowning. “The reason I wanted to attend it was because it was something that I had always been afraid of, clowning,” Steel said. “I had always been comfortable with my sense of comedy onstage, and I didn’t want to overanalyze it and overthink it and lose it because I was naturally good at it already. I went to [New York University Tisch School of the Arts] and studied theater…But when I came out here (Los Angeles), I was feeling a little bit stilted in my career, and I wanted a little jolt. So, I did the thing that I was afraid of most, and I am still here.” Steel first attended the Clown School in 2007. Today, he teaches a level-one clown class there. The Clown School is where Steel and Carpenter met Jeremy Aluma, the artistic director of Me Rich You Learn and the founder of Four Clowns, a Los Angeles-based nationally touring clown troupe. Four Clowns, which would go on to perform at Long Beach Playhouse and the First Fridays Art Walk, among other venues, began as a play called Four Clowns, directed by Aluma in 2011. “It’s about four archetypal clowns– angry, sad, mischievous and nervous– and how they became who they were and how those same things– those same emotions and archetypes– ended up ultimately leading to their death,” he said. “Because of the success of the show, we had already developed a strong recognition and branding and search engine operation online with that name. And so, that ended up becoming the name of the company at that point.” Over the years, the troupe has expanded from four performers to 16. “We range from directors to designers to actors, and many people wear different hats,” Aluma said. Out of the 16 members, almost all of them have attended the Clown School at one point. “Our companies have become very linked,” Aluma added. “We sort of do the production

side, and the Clown School is sort of the schooling side. We are not a duel business, but we are linked in how we work together.” As assistant director of the current show, Raymond Lee got involved in the Clown School, and he got more out of the experience than he had expected. “For me, it was going to be a supplement of my acting at the time,” he said. “It was just another technique that I was going to put into my toolbox of acting, but it ended up being much more than that because I really took a liking to it– just the fact that you can make people laugh and interact with the audience and just be really, really present, which Photos by Anthony Samaniego is required of acting.” When one of the original Adam Carpenter, a writer and actor in the play Me performers in Four Clowns Rich You Learn, plays a senior IRS agent. dropped out of a show, Steel joined the troupe. “Jeremy asked me to replace the guy in Romeo and Juliet,” he said. “I did, and I’ve been working with them ever since.” Steel and Carpenter have been writing partners for 10 years, according to Aluma. “It’s actually the fifth play, all with Adam Carpenter,” Zach Steel, a writer and actor in the play Me Rich You Steel said. “I had Learn, plays a former millionaire and convicted tax evader never written who is forced by the government to perform a communitysomething to col- service show. laborate with Four Clowns. So, I wanted to write some- wrote the show, and they know what thing that was appropriate for the com- they want…So, they’re able to figure pany, and it had been a long time since things out for themselves. But Turner Adam and I had gotten onstage with an and I, I just feel like we are there to original piece. It was about that time.” make sure the message is being delivAccording to Lee, working with ered.” General admission tickets are on Steel and Carpenter has been an enjoyable experience overall. “When the sale for $12, and can be bought online actors and performers are already that or by calling (323) 455-4585. good, all you have to do is make sure MORE INFORMATION they don’t go crazy on each other or fourclowns.org something,” Lee said. “Just make sure hollywoodfringe.org they don’t really go off track. They

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Jazz group to kickstart rancho’s series of free summer concerts

Rancho Los Cerritos will host the Scarlett & Dr. Bob Finney Jazz Group for a free concert on Sunday, June 23, as a kickoff to the Rancho’s free summer concert series. All concert attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and/or blankets, as well as picnic meals. Museum gates will be open for picnicking after 4:30pm, and the concert is scheduled from 5:30pm to 7pm. The Scarlett & Dr. Bob Finney Jazz Group are known for performing jazz and pop standards from The Great American Songbook such as “Caravan,” “The Nearness of You” and “Sway,” among many others. Scarlett began singing at a very young age; however, she first kick-started her singing career when she was a teenager singing at local clubs in her hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. Her first paying gig was at The Continental, which was one of the city’s upscale lounges at that time. She says she was ecstatic when the manager of the

lounge offered her $35 to do what she loves to do– sing. Since her move to California, she met and has performed with the Dr. Bob Finney Jazz Combo at numerous venues that included the Gardenia Restaurant and Lounge, Lunaria Restaurant and Jazz Club, and the Long Beach Museum of Art. In 2004, she released her maiden CD Scarlett Fever. Dr. Bob Finney grew up in a musically talented and dedicated family. He remembered that at least once a week he, his two brothers and both of his parents would get together in their Cranford, New Jersey home for what was dubbed “orchestra time.” It also helped that his mother was a piano teacher and was insistent that her children receive formal music lessons. In high school, he was part of a Dixieland jazz group. On occasion, Finney would sneak out to New

York’s Greenwich Village Club for open jam sessions to improve his performance; he specialized in playing the tenor saxophone with his musical buddies Jack Teagarten and Miff Mole, trombonists; Red Allen, the trumpeter; and Cozy Cole, the drummer. The musical sessions helped Finney enhance his improvisation skills. Now he leads his own band playing the tenor sax and the clarinet. He’s added singing and scatting to his performances, but he admits, “Scarlett is the real singer!” The Scarlett & Dr. Bob Finney Jazz Group will be the first of three summer concerts held at Rancho Los Cerritos. Additional concerts will include the Anne Walsh Jazz Quartet on July 28, and The Secret Jazz Band on August 25. For more information, call (562) 570-1755, or visit rancholoscerritos.org . Source: Rancho Los Cerritos

Despite promising start and excellent cast, Dead Man’s Cell Phone gets disconnected in second act Vicki Paris Goodman Culture Writer

With her curious dark comedy Dead Man’s Cell Phone, playwright Sarah Ruhl begins with a premise that is promising enough. Also promising is the excellent casting of the five actors who comprise International City Theatre’s roster for the

production. In Dead Man’s Cell Phone, a young woman, Jean (Alina Phelan), sits alone at a table in a neighborhood café. A nearby table is occupied by a young man, Gordon (Trent Dawson), whose cell phone rings incessantly as it goes unanswered. Becoming mildly annoyed, Jean

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approaches Gordon to ask him if he intends to answer his phone. After a few moments in which she receives no response, Jean realizes that Gordon is dead. The remainder of the first act has Jean involving herself with Gordon’s loved ones as she fancies herself the custodian of his rather active cell phone. In answering the frequent incoming calls, she is drawn into meetings with Gordon’s emotionally abandoned wife (Susan Diol), his sultry mistress (Heather Roberts), his prickly mother (Eileen T’Kaye), and his mousy brother (a role also played by Dawson), all of whom Courtesy ICT desire some sort of conso- Jean (Alina Phelan) has the phone of recently departed Gordon (Trent Dawson) in ICT’s curlation or completion from rent production of Dead Man’s Cellphone. the only person who was with Gordon when he description of his final meal, in Jazzy music, though interesting, also died. which he’d settled for lentil soup just seems to bear no connection to the Causing great irritation to the as the café had sold its last bowl of play’s action. manipulation-averse among us, Jean the lobster bisque he’d craved. In the end, Ruhl squanders the makes up a plethora of lies describUnfortunately, Ruhl’s script takes opportunity she purposefully created. ing everything from her non-existent a wrong turn at this point, entering Where an in-depth study of human professional relationship with Gor- the theater of the absurd, never to find motivations should have evolved, don, whom of course she has never its way back again. A story that should instead we wound up dissatisfied met, to the final words he spoke have continued in its exploration into recipients of meaningless drivel. A about each of the loved ones, in an the depths of psychological wonder shame. apparent effort to comfort them. Richard Israel directs the capable and possibility, instead tumbles pell Intermission arrives, and it’s mell into a cartoonish world of utter cast, which might have spent the pretty much so far so good, primarily nonsense. evening better occupied. because Phelan’s Jean is such a Dead Man’s Cell Phone continues Jean’s considerable naïveté remarkably likable character. notwithstanding, events that follow at International City Theatre through Act II begins with the play’s most are simply not to be believed. A call to June 30. Tickets are $45 for Friday entertaining scene. Gordon, occupy- Gordon’s phone has her flying off to and Saturday evening performances ing some sort of purgatory on his South Africa and a deadly attempt to and for Sunday matinees; $38 for way to the underworld, treats us to close one of Gordon’s organ deals? Thursday evening performances. more than a glimpse of his colorful Really?! And once she meets her Evening performances are at 8pm; life as a doted-on son, an accom- maker, she and Gordon engage in their Sunday matinees are at 2pm. ICT is plished black-market peddler of first conversation, which bears on located in the Long Beach Performing human organs, and a generally licen- superficialities rather than substance. Arts Center at 300 East Ocean Blvd. tious wheeler-dealer. It is all staged on a peculiar set Call (562) 436-4610 for reservations Ruhl’s dialogue really takes off consisting of nothing more than a and information. Tickets are also here with Dawson’s thoroughly backdrop of narrow black and white available online at InternationalCiamusing and outrageously protracted panels depicting architectural photos. tyTheatre.com .

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Editor/painter invites readers into his dark world

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Cory Bilicko talks about New Orleans with great nostalgia. The Southern artist says although it is a celebratory and upbeat place, there is darkness hiding in the forms of untimely death, natural disaster and other misfortune. Not long after he graduated from the University of New Orleans, in 1995, he decided to pack his bags and head to California. Even after he moved, he was constantly hearing word of horrible mishaps that were occurring around the region in which he grew up. He says he lost many people close to him and it was awful to see a place he loved in such bad shape. But it is through these traumatic experiences that he draws the inspiration and subject matter for his acrylic paintings. As of now, Bilicko, a native of Biloxi, Mississippi, is a man of many trades. He is currently a painter, a managing editor, a proofreader for an educational-publishing company and a part-time teacher. Bilicko’s art has been featured at Galaxy Expo in Bixby Knolls, Greenly Art Space in Signal Hill, FreeSpirit Yoga Studio, and Long Beach Vegan Eatery. He will also be displaying his work in the Long Beach Open-Studio Tour in October. In addition, he has been preparing for his exhibit Uneasy Jubilation, which will be on display at the Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St., all summer. An opening reception will be held on Sunday, June 16 from 5pm to 8pm.

to trippy electronic music and painting each little square one at a time really relaxed me. It brought me into this meditative state, and I felt peaceful. I’m very happy to say that my good friend Jenn is now the owner of that painting; she bought it at my very first art show. So, basically, first and foremost, my art is my therapy.

“A Little Difficult in the Big Easy,” acrylic on canvas

The theme for Uneasy Jubilation is generally focused on celebration and death. Is this a common theme in all of your works? Indeed it is, for the most part. I seem to always have my mom looking over my shoulder when I paint. She instilled in me a love for scary movies. For me, being alone at home during a thunderstorm, watching a horror film is a comfort; I know I’m not truly alone, because she’s there with me.

These pieces seem to be very soft and rhythmic. How did you achieve this? If they do come across as soft, I think see ARTIST page 15

“Shoe-Shopping at Ferragamo?”, acrylic on canvas

So, I have positive associations with dark subject matter. In the ‘80s, I listened to a lot of gloomy music, like Bauhaus, Joy Division and Skinny Puppy. I loved going to these seedy, underground bars in New Orleans and being with the freaks. I felt right at home, even though I’d get up the following Monday and head to class.

Your pieces for Uneasy Jubilation are inspired by very personal and tragic experiences. What kind of effect did this have on the creative process? In 1999, my mom died in a car accident. To have someone I love dearly just suddenly and tragically be removed like that was, by far, the worst thing I’ve ever experienced. I went through a horrible depression, complete with selfdestructive behaviors, financial indifference and, ironically, reckless driving. I knew that I needed to find something to quiet my mind so I could face the horrors of the situation and eventually heal. I didn’t really like talking The artist during a live-art event at Emerson Eleabout my feelings with mentary, along with his very first “sculpture,” a people in my life. With life-size representation of a man made out of Signal family, I felt this respon- Tribune proof sheets sibility to be the strong one so that they could cry and I could comfort them. With friends, I didn’t want to be an emotional burden. I felt compelled to deal with it on my own.

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Graduating seniors Mairead Argus and Carlos A. Vergara, both of Long Beach, have been named President’s Scholars with the 2013 incoming freshman class at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). As such, the two have been awarded full, four-year scholarships from the university worth about $70,000 each. Argus, a valedictorian for the Class of 2013 at the California Academy of Math and Science (CAMS) in Carson, is the daughter of Frank Argus of Long Beach. She is planning to major in chemical engineering at Cal State Long Beach with a career goal of a job in the space industry. Vergara, a valedictorian in the Class of 2013 at Lakewood High

School, is the son of Maria Vergara of Long Beach. He has declared a major in aerospace engineering. The CSULB President’s Scholars Program was created in 1995 in an effort to bring valedictorians and national scholars from California high schools to the Long Beach campus. It is recognized as the premier program of its kind in the state, and since its inception, nearly 1,100 students from throughout the state have been selected for the program. “The President’s Scholars Program at Cal State Long Beach is recognized as the premier scholarship program of its kind in California, and it is extremely competitive,” said CSULB President F. King Alexander. “We

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received more than 700 applications for these scholarships this year, but only 25 students were selected to be part of this incoming group of academically talented students.” A two-year member of the California Scholarship Federation, Argus is a competitive Irish dancer. She is a four-year member of CAMS’ dance program and performed in and choreographed for the school dance show for four consecutive years.

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Among her other extracurricular activities, Argus served as president of the Book Club. “I want to be a chemical engineer…because it’s what I am interested in,” Argus noted in her essay, which also pointed out that her father and grandfather are chemical engineers. “I know from my dad that CSULB is one of the top schools recruited by local engineering firms. CSULB is known on the west coast for its engineering program, and attending CSULB as a President’s Scholar (will) help me reach my career goal of getting a job at a large engineering company like Boeing.” While at Lakewood High, Vergara co-founded three different groups, serving as president of the MESA (Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement) Club, president of the Remote Operated Vehicle Team, and secretary/treasurer of the Playa Playa Club, which focused on teaching young people good social etiquette and chivalry. He was also president of the school’s Solar Grand Prix Team in 2012 and a member of Lakewood’s Academic Decathlon team. Outside of school, he completed

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more than 400 hours of community service at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. “By getting involved in clubs related to my interest in science and engineering, I continue my quest to understand life,” Vergara said in his essay. “I want to put my knowledge to work in ways never imagined before to solve the problems this world has recently encountered, whether it is to find a renewable source of energy or help explore the cosmos as an aerospace engineer.” As President’s Scholars, Argus and Vergara will attend CSULB on full scholarships, which cover tuition, student fees, an annual book stipend and paid housing in the campus residence halls for four years. In addition, they will receive priority registration, personalized advising, guaranteed acceptance to the University Honors Program and an opportunity for international study abroad housing and more. To be eligible for the President’s Scholars Program and scholarship, students must be a senior class valedictorian or ranked No. 1 at their high school, a National Merit finalist or semi-finalist, a National Achievement Scholar or a National Hispanic Recognition Scholar. The benefits for qualifying valedictorians and National scholars from accredited California high schools are made possible through the support of the CSULB Alumni Association, President’s Associates and the Corporate Scholars Council. With more than 36,250 (fall 2012), Cal State Long Beach is among the largest university campuses in California. It is a part of the 23-campus California State University system, the largest public higher education system in the nation. Source: CSULB

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Tribune that the school district is proposing to use the park’s baseball field, but he added that the deal has yet to go through “all of the City’s approval processes.” The City will be taking steps to “protect the City’s park users,” he said, adding, “We will have final say on whatever happens.” Not all nearby residents are on board with the school district’s plans, however. Dennis O’Hoyt, a longtime north Long Beach resident, criticized the school district during the meeting for not finalizing plans for the athletic facilities before moving forward with the project. “How can they bring the baseball field back if the designs show they don’t have room for a baseball field?” he asked the school-district officials, adding that neighbors have experienced a constant problem of balls flying over the school’s fence, breaking windshields, awnings and windows, and putting dents in cars. O’Hoyt also criticized the school district for expanding its population to 3,600 students after closing a nearby 9th-grade academy, a move that he said community members involved in forming the school district’s Facility Master Plan were against. “When we give you over $100 million to spend on a project, we expect everyone to come out winners, every stakeholder; the neighbors, the community, the students, and from what I see, that’s not happening,” he said. “It’s really shameful that we’re spending that kind of money and not getting any kind of results that are satisfactory.” Pierre said Measure K, a bond measure passed by Long Beach

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voters in 2008, provides enough funding for Phases 1 and 2, which include constructing the temporary classrooms, a new cafeteria and six new buildings for small learning communities (SLCs) or academies with 142 new classrooms. Designs for those phases are to be completed in the next few months. Plans were reconfigured to free up funding for Phase 3, which includes renovating parking, and Phase 4, which includes rebuilding the auditorium, he said. However, Pierre said funding for Phase 5 and 6, which include building a new football stadium, track-and-field course and other athletic facilities, has yet to be determined. The difficulty, he said, is that the bond measure, which is funded through taxes on assessed value of property to pay back loans, was passed right before the housing market tanked, which substantially brought property values down. Although it’s unknown how much revenue may be raised for the final phases of construction, he predicts the school district will eventually be able to sell bonds if the economy continues to recover. However, in the meantime, construction of the athletic facilities might be delayed, Pierre said. “This is not unique to this district,” he said. “Every district, every city and government agency has dealt with this issue [in which they] don’t have enough capacity to go out and sell those bonds,” he said. “Eventually they’ll be able to sell bonds… the problem is it extends the timeline.” Pierre said the main goal of the project is to replace the school’s aging infrastructure, since some buildings on the school’s 26.9-acre campus were built as far back as the

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1930s. At the same time, he said the school district is committed to providing a safe learning environment for students during construction. “Right now, we think this is doable, but it still needs some work to make sure it’s actually going to work, and unfortunately, you don’t get a chance to test it and then try it,” he said. “We’re still trying to keep the school functioning at the same time we’re replacing aging infrastructure, so it’s a tremendous undertaking… We have spent many, many hours trying to resolve this.” ß

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The scoreboard for Jordan High’s baseball field will go unused for possibly up to six years while the site is occupied by temporary classrooms as part of the school’s reconstruction project.

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LB YMCA announces its new CEO appointment

Alfred Velasco

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Alfredo Velasco has been named the 15th president and CEO in the 129-year history of YMCA of Greater Long Beach. Velasco brings over 21 years of Y experience to the Greater Long Beach community, serving most currently as the executive director of the Palomar Family Y in San Diego. “The YMCA is such a big part of my family, and I look forward to working with the board of directors, the community and the staff to create a vision and plan to lead the YMCA of Greater Long Beach and realize its fullest potential as a dynamic and premier YMCA,” he said. Velasco grew up in the Los Angeles

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CSULB announces interim president and provost Donald J. Para, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), has been appointed as the university’s interim president. His appointment becomes effective July 1. During his 25 years at CSULB, Para has served in several leadership positions including interim provost, associate dean and dean of the College of the Arts. “I am honored to serve as the interim president for Cal State Long Beach, and I look forward to providing continuity in leadership during this time of transition,” Para said. “In this capacity, I look forward to pursuing the university-wide priorities that have been established by our students, faculty and staff and championed by outgoing President F. King Alexander. “Cal State Long Beach has been my campus home for nearly 25 years. During this time, I’ve seen first-hand how it has grown to be one of the nation’s premier public universities,” Para said. “Our faculty and staff take seriously the CSU’s mission to serve those who live, work and raise children in nearby

communities. We are equally proud that this campus is the university of choice for thousands of prospective college students who live throughout California and the country.” In March, Alexander announced that he would be stepping down from his position as president of CSULB to accept the position as president of the Louisiana State University. “I am confident Provost Para will continue to advance our university priorities while working closely with our various campus leadership groups,” Alexander said in a statement to the campus community. “We are very fortunate to have Provost Para in this new capacity.” CSULB officials announced Wednesday the appointment of David Dowell as the university’s interim provost. Dowell, currently vice provost of planning and budgets and director of strategic planning, will begin his new role July 1. As the chief academic officer of the institution, Dowell will provide academic leadership for the campus and, according to a press release issued by CSULB, “promote excel-

Neighbors teaching neighbors. That is the driving vision for the new Long Beach Free School, which officially launched for the public this week. Prospective students can go to lbfreeschool.com to become members and enroll in any of over a dozen classes being taught by “resident professors.” The first six-week term of classes is scheduled to run from July 7 through Aug. 17. Some of the classes include photography, public speaking, permaculture, gardening, marine science, upcycling and a mini-science camp. In addition, a youth-empowerment workshop focusing on getting kids involved in their communities is being offered by 10-year-old Jonas Corona, founder of local nonprofit Love in the Mirror. The Free School is hosting an open-house event on Saturday, June 15 from 1pm to 3pm at LBCAP’s Spring Street Farm, 3012 Long Beach Blvd. to give people a taste of the courses being offered. “We’re excited to have classes starting soon,” said Rachael Rifkin, co-coordinator for the Long Beach Free School. “I think we have a really nice variety of courses and teachers for our first session. We’re very happy with the numbers of people who have stepped up to teach a class.” Classes will be held at partner locations throughout the city. Some of the classes will be held at the Long Beach Free Store, the Long Beach Depot for Creative Reuse, LBCAP Spring Street Farm, CALB, Foodscape Long Beach’s Chestnut Lot, the Aquarium of the Pacific, Love in the Mirror, Long Beach School of Yoga, and coffee shops and churches that have made their spaces available. Students will receive a certificate at an end-of-term reception on Saturday, August 17. Students and resident professors will also have an opportunity to share their learning experiences with each other and discuss the next Free School term. The Long Beach Free School is a new project of the Catalyst Network of Communities, a 501c3 nonprofit social-impact organization helping people and groups to connect, collaborate, and share resources. With rising public concerns about the lack of education funding and the lack of availability

for important arts, music and sports programs, one goal of the program is to provide an alternative and supplemental form of education for members of the community. For more information about the

lence in all aspects of the university’s academic mission, including undergraduate and graduate education, research and creative activity, international education, community engagement, service to the profession, and faculty and academic staff development.” A member of the CSULB campus for 35 years, Dowell has held a variety of positions, including acting dean and associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and a faculty member in the psychology department. “Dr. Dowell is a collaborative and highly effective leader whose experience, intelligence, and proven ability to get things done will serve our campus very well,” said Para, who made the announcement. “I have every confidence he will bring the same level of accomplishment to this new role.”

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Goya enters run for 70th Assembly seat as only Republican in race so far

John C. Goya

John C. Goya, chief operations officer of West Ocean MD Industrial Clinics, announced during a June 7 Long Beach Republican Women Federated meeting that he will run for 70th District Assembly. Goya has worked within aviation, insurance, manufacturing, food processing and as a longshoreman, as well as having worked with multiple government agencies in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, Europe and Australia, according to a statement issued by his campaign team. John is a chemical engineer by education and trained to “assess risk and prevent loss,” according to the statement. “I believe the people of California are sickened and greatly concerned, as am I, at being 49th out of 50th in business and

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48th out of 50th in education, though second out of 50th in educational spending,” Goya said. “We have become a less desirable state for doctors and providers to practice in, and this has caused fewer choices of medical care for our citizens. I am the only candidate running that has not been entangled in the present government, a system which is currently broken. I have faith that voters will choose the best qualified candidate, not just elect by party lines. As an American citizen and a resident of Long Beach, it is my responsibility to campaign and safeguard the quality of life for all the people in the 70th District. I quote President Bill Clinton when I say the future is not an inheritance; it is an opportunity and obligation.” Source: Goya campaign

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During the Long Beach Police Department’s gun-buyback event on June 8, those “selling” their firearms would enter the buyback zone of the police station from Del Amo Boulevard, be stopped and questioned by an officer, and then drive into another area to speak with detectives, who would go into the trunk to secure the firearm and make sure it’s not loaded. gun-buyback program takes one or two guns off the streets or out of homes that may be burglarized and used for crime, we’ve done a huge service for our city,” Austin said. The program was “also an awareness measure in terms of gun safety,” Austin added. Yet there is debate about the effectiveness of gun buybacks. In an interview with National Public Radio, Jon Vernick, a co-director at the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research at Johns Hopkins University, said that there’s no evidence that these programs reduce the number of crimes on the street and that, since criminals usually don’t take part in the buybacks, “guns that get turned in don’t tend to be the highrisk guns.” But gun-buyback events can raise awareness, Vernick said. Vernick didn’t respond to the Signal Tribune’s requests for comment. During the gun-buyback event, which lasted from 10am to 6pm, those selling their firearms would enter the buyback zone of the police station from Del Amo Boulevard, be stopped and questioned by an officer (they were asked for identification), and then drive into the area and speak with detectives, who would go into the trunk of the vehicle and secure the firearm, making sure that it’s not loaded, Eaton said. After that, detectives would give them gift cards from Vons or Target (paid for by the city) and supply them with gun

safety material, all while the driver would stay in the vehicle, Eaton said. “We want to make it as convenient as possible so they can just show up, drop it [the guns] off, and then move on,” Eaton said. The gift cards were worth: $50 for non-functioning firearms; $100 for rifles, shotguns and handguns; and $200 for assault rifles, according to the City’s website. More than 25 employees staffed the event, including crime-lab workers, detectives, and other officers who aided in the handling of the weapons, Eaton said. According to a press release issued Thursday by the LBPD, 160 weapons had been collected. Firearms that don’t match any crimes would be destroyed, Eaton added. One of the people selling back firearms was Tim McCoy of Bixby Knolls, who thought that the City of Santa Monica should have a gun-buyback program in the wake of the recent mass shooting there. A self-described “avid hunter and sportsman,” McCoy said he sold back three extra shotguns that he doesn’t use anymore so that they don’t end up in the wrong hands. “I just wanted them out of my garage in case someone broke into my garage and might use them for something,” McCoy said. “The more guns off the street, the better.” ß

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continued from page 9 it might be a subconscious effort to invite the viewer in a little closer. I love the idea of pulling people in, and then they realize they’re seeing something that disturbs them. That’s something I want to explore more in the very near future; it’s kind of like being a performer in a spook house. I love scaring people, but I’ve had to tone that down in recent years. Friends get mad, and then I feel lame. Plus, I don’t want to actually send someone into cardiac arrest; I just want to make them shudder or leave a lasting image that might haunt them. It’s this weird sense of power, like black magic or something. But I don’t think it’s sinister; I’m just inviting them into my world. They can leave anytime.

Technically speaking, I experiment a lot, and I’m not always successful. I guess that’s part of being self-taught. I play with different brushes to see what effects I can get. I also use unconventional items to apply paint, like potatoes and tape. Last night, I felt completely burnt out, and nothing I was painting looked right. So, even

though I’d spent about 10 hours on a particular painting, I completely covered it with a new coat, and then I started painting with my fingers. That piece will be in this show. I keep imagining telling people during the opening, “I painted this with my fingers!” and them saying, “Yeah... I can tell.”

You work mostly with acrylics. Why did you choose this medium, and what other mediums have you experimented with? My friend and I would hang out, listen to music, drink beer and paint. He had all these blank canvases and acrylic paint. So, that’s how I started with it. I’ve played a little with watercolors, but I’m not good at it. For a while, I felt that I needed to graduate to oil painting, but I really don’t want to. I enjoy acrylics. I’m too experimental, I suppose. I mess up a lot, and acrylics let you paint over them. They’re friendly like that. Plus, they don’t emit an odor. I work inside, so I don’t want to inhale linseed oil and turpentine for hours on end. Plus, I’m seeing more and more acrylic pieces in galleries.

As a self-taught artist, did you ever

CULTURE seek an education in art? I did take a general art class in 9th grade, and I took one drawing class in college. I don’t think I learned very much in those classes though. It was more about getting your feet wet. That’s why I still consider myself to be self-taught.

You said you paint in your studio. What other factors are present in your work setting? The other factors present would be lots of coffee and really cool, tripped-out music, mostly with no lyrics. I also tend to get hot when I paint. It’s a rather intense and physical process. So I like to have a fan on.

Is there a piece that you favor more than others? My friend Bill commissioned me to do a portrait of Madonna. It was the first painting I did this year. I was so intimidated by the thought of having to paint the likeness of this superfamous person and make it look realistic, that I ended up working really hard on it, and it actually came out great. That’s the piece I’m most proud of for technical reasons. But the piece that seemed to speak to more people than any other is one I did of a woman standing among trees. It’s based on an image I saw when I was a kid during a hallucinatory fever episode. I had so many people express interest in it, and I ended up selling it to a woman during a live-art event. Then, she contacted me a few months later and told me that, when she had tried to ship it to her home in Texas, it was “lost and damaged.” I suppose that gives it almost a martyr status now.

Is there something you hope people can take away from your pieces? I hope they take from it what they need to take from it. My work is rarely, if ever, an expression of one particular idea or feeling. It’s pretty open-ended. And I absolutely love hearing what other people see in my work. I learn a lot about myself during my own art shows, just by listening to people. I actually prefer to let them tell me about my own paintings, rather than vice versa.

“It Hurts Here...and Here...and Here,” acrylic on canvas

Which artists have influenced you? I recently discovered the surrealist painter Remedios Varo. I wouldn’t say her work influences me as much as it amazes me and activates my imagination. I’m not even really a big fan of surrealism, but she had an incredible imagination and was superb at creating this parallel universe that’s horrifyingly delightful. I’m mostly influenced by music, I’d say. I listened to a lot of old jazz and New Orleans music while working on this show. It will be playing during the opening. But I also listen to a lot of Com Truise, Tycho, Boards of Canada, Brian Eno, Harold Budd and Robin Guthrie.

How do you feel about others’ interpretations of your work? I love hearing what others have to say about my work, even when it’s not necessarily positive. It helps me. A lot of artists hate attending their

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own openings, and some don’t even show up. But I embrace the opportunity to have some wine, see all my work on walls and, most importantly, be with people after spending weeks and months alone in my little studio. How has your art shaped who you are today, or who you want to be? Art has saved me from deep depression, and it has started defining who I am. Sometimes when people ask what I do, I say “artist” first, just to see how it feels. And it feels right.

As for who I want to be, it looks as if I’ll never be anyone’s grandfather, and I’m cool with that. I’ll be perfectly content as that eccentric, old, bald-headed man who lives alone and listens to weird music and makes strange paintings with his fingers... and potatoes.

Cory Bilicko is managing editor of the Signal Tribune.

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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, (714)730-2727 for information regarding the trustee`s sale or visit this Internet Web site, https://www.lpsasap.com/, for information regarding the sale of this property, using the file number assigned to this case, T.S.# 9985-2590. 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. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder`s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. NBS Default Services, LLC 301 E. Ocean Blvd. Suite 1720 Long Beach, CA 90802 800-766-7751 For Trustee Sale Information Log On To: https://www.lpsasap.com/ or Call: (714)730-2727. NBS Default Services, LLC, Natalie Franklin "We are attempting to collect a debt, and any information we obtain will be used for that purpose." A-4390405 06/07/2013, 06/14/2013, 06/21/2013

TST4377 APN: 7211-026-137 TS No: CA09000191-13-1 TO No: 5912801 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED March 11, 2008. 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 July 8, 2013 at 09:00 AM, Vineyard Ballroom at Doubletree Hotel Los AngelesNorwalk, 13111 Sycamore Drive, Norwalk, CA 90650, MTC FINANCIAL INC. dba TRUSTEE CORPS, as the duly Appointed Trustee, under and pursuant to the power of sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust Recorded on March 18, 2008 as Instrument No. 20080461082 of official records in the Office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, California, executed by ROBERT STRICKLAND, A SINGLE MAN, as Trustor(s), in favor of WASHINGTON MUTUAL BANK as Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER, in lawful money of the United States, all payable at the time of sale, that certain property situated in said County, California describing the land therein as: SEE EXHIBIT "A" ATTACHED HERETO AND MADE A PART HEREOF EXHIBIT "A" A CONDOMINIUM COMPRISED OF: PARCEL 1: A) AN UNDIVIDED 1/82ND INTEREST IN AND TO LOT 1 OF TRACT NO. 31155, IN THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, STATE OF CALIFORNIA AS PER MAP RECORDED IN BOOK 1004 PAGES 95 TO 96 OF MAPS, IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY RECORDER OF SAID COUNTY. EXCEPT THEREFROM ALL OIL, GAS, MINERALS, AND OTHER HYDROCARBON SUBSTANCES LYING BELOW THE

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SURFACE OF SAID LAND, BUT WITH NO RIGHT OF SURFACE ENTRY, AS PROVIDED IN DEEDS OF RECORD. EXCEPT THEREFROM UNITS 1 TO 82, INCLUSIVE, AS DEFINED AND DELINEATED ON A CONDOMINIUM PLAN RECORDED APRIL 22, 1985 AS INSTRUMENT NO. 85-450742, OFFICIAL RECORDS. B) UNIT 60 AS DEFINED AND DELINEATED ON THE ABOVE REFERRED TO CONDOMINIUM PLAN. PARCEL 2: AN EXCLUSIVE EASEMENT, APPURTENANT TO PARCEL 1 ABOVE, FOR ALL USES AND PURPOSES OF A "GARAGE SPACE" OVER AND ACROSS THAT PORTION OF LOT 1 OF SAID TRACT NO. 31155, DEFINED AND DELINEATED AS "RESTRICTED COMMON AREA" G 60A AND 60B ON THE ABOVE REFERENCED CONDOMINIUM PLAN. The property heretofore described is being sold "as is". The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2599 WALNUT AVENUE 228, 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. Said sale will be made without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the Note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said Note(s), advances if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligations secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of this Notice of Trustee`s Sale is estimated to be $244,276.71 (Estimated), provided, however, prepayment premiums, accrued interest and advances will increase this figure prior to sale. Beneficiary`s bid at said sale may include all or part of said amount. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept a cashier`s check 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 California Financial Code and authorized to do business in California, or other such funds as may be acceptable to the Trustee. In the event tender other than cash is accepted, the Trustee may withhold the issuance of the Trustee`s Deed Upon Sale until funds become available to the payee or endorsee as a matter of right. The property offered for sale excludes all funds held on account by the property receiver, if applicable. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder`s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. 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 Auction.com at 800.280.2832 for information regarding the Trustee's Sale or visit the Internet Web site address www.Auction.com for information regarding the sale of this property, using the file number assigned to this case, CA09000191-131. 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: May 29, 2013 TRUSTEE CORPS TS No. CA09000191-13-1 17100 Gillette Ave, Irvine, CA 92614 949-252-8300 Lupe Tabita, Authorized Signatory SALE INFORMATION BE OBTAINED ONLINE AT CAN www.Auction.com FOR AUTOMATED SALES INFORMATION PLEASE CALL: AUCTION.COM at 800.280.2832 TRUSTEE CORPS MAY BE ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED MAY BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. P1042817 6/7, 6/14, 06/21/2013 TST4364 / 2013 105471 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: LOCKDOWN BOARD SHOP, 4401 Atlantic Ave., 2nd Floor, Long Beach, CA 90807. Registrant: 420 Kush Clothing Inc., 4401 Atlantic Ave., 2nd Floor, Long Beach, CA 90807. This business is conducted by: A Corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Eva Quintero, President. The registrant has not begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on May 22, 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: May 24, 31, & June 7, 14, 2013.

TST4365 / 2013 105472 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as: TRANCE ON ATLANTIC, 3846 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, CA 90807. Registrant: 1. SUSANNE LEE, 2. BRUCE LEE, 3945 California Ave., Long Beach, CA 90807. This business is conducted by: a Married Couple. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Susanne Lee. The registrants have 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 May 22, 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: May 24, 31, & June 7, 14, 2013.

TST4366 / 2013 105473 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: KAYMICHAEL HAIR DESIGN, 3505 Long Beach Blvd. Suite 2E, Long Beach, CA 90807. Registrant: MICHAEL GORMLEY, 23371 Villena, Mission Viejo, CA 92692. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Michael Gormley. 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 May 22, 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: May 24, 31, & June 7, 14, 2013.

TST4367 / 2013 105474 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: COMSTOCK COMMERCIAL PLUMBING, 5574 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, CA 90805. Registrant: COMSTOCK COMMERCIAL PLUMBING, INC., 5574 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, CA 90805. This business is conducted by: a Corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Earl Comstock, 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 May 22, 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: May 24, 31, & June 7, 14, 2013.

TST4368 / 2013 105475 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: NO1SPECIAL, 2201 E. Willow St., Ste. D #348, Signal Hill, CA 90755. Registrant: NANCY CERVANTES, 2810 Daisy Ave., Long Beach, CA 90806. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Nancy Cervantes. 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 May 22, 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: May 24, 31, & June 7, 14, 2013.

TST4363 / 2013 098637 STATEMENT oF ABANDoNMENT oF USE oF FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME The following person has abandoned the use of the fictitious business name: SMARTER COOKIE, located at 2172 Eucalyptus Ave., Long Beach, CA 90806. The fictitious business name referred to above was filed on April 27, 2010, original File No. 2013 098636, in the County of Los Angeles. Registrant: HARVEY, JO ANN, 2172 Eucalyptus Ave., Long Beach, CA 90806. This business is conducted by: an Individual. Signed: Jo Ann Harvey. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on May 13, 2013. Pub. The Signal Tribune: May 24, 31, & June 7, 14, 2013.

TST4369 / 2013 103059 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: PARLAY PRINCIPAL, 2286 E. Carson St. #217, Long Beach, CA 90807. Registrant: RYAN SIMMONS, 2286 E. Carson St. #217, Long Beach, CA 90807. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Ryan Simmons. 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 May 17, 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: May 24, 31, & June 7, 14, 2013.

TST4372 / 2013 103580 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as: C AND M FOUNDATION, 4235 Chestnut Ave., Long Beach, CA 90807. Registrant: 1. CLYDE EMERSON, 2. MILA EMERSON, 4235 Chestnut Ave., Long Beach, CA 90807. This business is conducted by: a Married Couple. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Clyde Emerson. 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 May 20, 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: May 31, & June 7, 14, 21, 2013.

TST4373 / 2013 109006 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: CHERISHED ROSE, 12643 Belinda Ct., Lynwood, CA 90262. Registrant: CHERI WARD, 12643 Belinda Ct., Lynwood, CA 90262. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Cheri Ward. The registrant has not begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on May 28, 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: May 31, & June 7, 14, 21, 2013. TST4374 / Case No. VS024592 oRDER To SHoW CAUSE FoR CHANGE oF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, 12720 Norwalk Blvd., Norwalk, CA 90650. PETITION OF Karina Hernandez For Change of Name. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner KARINA HERNANDEZ, filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: KARINA L. HERNANDEZ PEREZ to Proposed Name: KARINA L. RODRIQUEZ.

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: July 24, 2013; Time: 1:30 P.M.; Dept. C, Room 312. 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: May 31, & June 7, 14, 21, 2013. ___//ss//___ Yvonne T. Sanchez, Judge of the Superior Court

TST4375 / Case No. NS027329 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 Kristin Marie Figueroa-Bland and minor Kaleb Michael Figueroa-Bland For Change of Name. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner KRISTIN MARIE FIGUEROA-BLAND and minor KALEB MICHAEL FIGUEROA-BLAND, filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: KRISTIN MARIE FIGUEROA-BLAND to Proposed Name: KRISTIN MARIE FIGUEROA and minor; Present Name: KALEB MICHAEL FIGUEROABLAND to Proposed Name: MAKAYLA MICHELLE FIGUEROA-BLAND. 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: July 12, 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: May 31, & June 7, 14, 21, 2013. ___//ss//___ Ross M. Klein, Judge of the Superior Court Dated: May 30, 2013

TST4379 / Case No. LS024007 oRDER To SHoW CAUSE FoR CHANGE oF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, 6230 Sylmar Ave., Van Nuys, CA 91401. PETITION OF Malli Gamliel For Change of Name. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner MALLI GAMIEL, filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: MALLI GAMIEL to Proposed Name: EMILY GAMIEL. 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: July 11, 2013; Time: 8:30 A.M.; Dept. T, Room 600. 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: June 7, 14, 21, 28, 2013. ___//ss//___ Richard H. Kirschner, Judge of the Superior Court Dated: May 28, 2013

TST4378 / 2013 094927 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as: DAVID'S TIRE SHOP & SERVICE, 906 E. Willow St., Signal Hill, CA 90755. Registrant: 1. MARIANO VEGA, 2. EVA GUZMAN, 2485 Pasadena Ave., Long Beach, CA 90806. This business is conducted by: a General Partnership. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Mariano Vega. 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 May 8, 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: June 7, 14, 21, 28, 2013.

TST4382 / Case No. BP141891 Notice of Petition To Administer Estate of: FRANCES L. KELLER aka FRANCES KELLER To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both of FRANCES L. KELLER A Petition For Probate has been filed by CAROL STENBERG in the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles. The Petition For Probate requests that CAROL STENBERG, be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. The Petition requests the decedent’s will codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. The Petition requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act with limited authority. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain and very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A Hearing on the petition will be held on July 1, 2013 at 8:30 AM in Dept. 9 located at 111 N. Hill St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. If You Object to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections, with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. If Your Are A Creditor or a contingent creditor of the deceased, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in Probate Code section 9100. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. You may examine the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code Section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Petitioner: CAROL STENBERG 3640 Monica LONG BEACH, CA 90808 Attorney for Petitioner: Elizabeth Vozzella, Esq. 3553-A Atlantic Ave. #187 Long Beach, CA 90807 Pub. Signal Tribune, June 7, 14, 21, 2013

TST4383 / Case No. NS027336 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 Tobeshi Ugwumba For Change of Name. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS:

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1. Petitioner TOBESHI UGWUMBA, filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: TOBESHI UGWUMBA. Proposed Name: TOBECHI UGWUMBA; 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: July 19, 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: June 14, 21, 28, & July 5, 2013. ___//ss//___ Ross M. Klein, Judge of the Superior Court Dated: June 7, 2013

TST4384 / 2013 119171 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: VELOCITY TRADING GROUP, 2202 S. Figueroa St. #653, Los Angeles, CA 90007-2049. Registrant: DARRIN ABNER, 2202 S. Figueroa St. #653, Los Angeles, CA 90007-2049. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Darrin Abner. 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 June 10, 2013. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on June 10, 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: June 14, 21, 28, & July 5, 2013.

TST4385 / 2013 119205 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: TECHTURNAL, 2202 S. Figueroa St. #653, Los Angeles, CA 90007-2049. Registrant: DARRIN ABNER, 2202 S. Figueroa St. #653, Los Angeles, CA 90007-2049. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Darrin Abner. 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 June 10, 2013. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on June 10, 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: June 14, 21, 28, & July 5, 2013.

TST4386 / 2013 121280 STATEMENT oF ABANDoNMENT oF USE oF FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME The following person has abandoned the use of the fictitious business name: SECURITY MINI STORAGE, located at 1328 Newport Ave., Long Beach, CA 90804. The fictitious business name referred to above was filed on January 25, 2012, original File No. 2012 2014000, in the County of Los Angeles. Registrant: KAREN POWELL BRISCOE, 395 Main St., Quincy, CA 95971. This business is conducted by: an Individual. Signed: Karen Powell Briscoe. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on June 12, 2013. Pub. The Signal Tribune: June 14, 21, 28, & July 5, 2013. TST4387 / 2013 121304 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: SECURITY MINI STORAGE, 1328 Newport Ave., Long Beach, CA 90804. Registrant: TRISHA MARIE CARTER, 2514 E. Willow St. #309, Signal Hill, CA 90755. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Trisha Marie Carter. 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 June 11, 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: June 14, 21, 28, & July 5, 2013.

TST4388 / 2013 121305 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: RED DOOR LIVING, 6512 E. 2nd St., Long Beach, CA 90803. Registrant: DORIAN BOLICK, 615 Avery Place, Long Beach, CA 90807. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Dorian Bolick. 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 November 11, 2009. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on June 11, 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: June 14, 21, 28, & July 5, 2013.

TST4389 / 2013 121327 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: 1. MASONRY AND TILE TOOL, 2. AMERICAN SHORT LOAD CONCRETE, 7033 McManus St., Lakewood, CA 90713. Registrant: LARRY ANDRE, 7033 McManus St., Lakewood, CA 90713. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Larry Andre. The registrant has begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. The registrant began using this fictitious business name in 1978. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on June 11, 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: June 14, 21, 28, & July 5, 2013.

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Friday, June 7 Commercial burglary 3:17am– 3500 block E. Pacific Coast Hwy.

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Trespassing, occupying property without consent 10:21pm– 2200 block Walnut Ave.

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Non-injury hit-and-run 7:56am– E. 21st St./Raymond Ave.

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Non-injury hit-and-run 9:39pm– Cherry Ave./E. Willow St.

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about $161,000. Signal Hill city departments have also outlined a list of one-time expenditures totaling about $343,200 mostly being paid for out of the general fund that the City Council is expected to sign off on when approving the budget. During the workshop, the Council gave staff direction on how to proceed with city department “decision packages,” which include proposed onetime expenditures that may be incorporated into the budget. The administrative-services department is proposing to spend $5,000 on a study to upgrade the City’s antiquated cable TV equipment and $21,000 on upgrading the City’s strategic plan. The City’s finance department is requesting to spend $150,000 on new accounting software and a new server. The Signal Hill Police Department is asking for $65,000 to pay for new electronic citation or e-citation devices, which will allow police officers to issue tickets through hand-held computers that print out receipts rather having to write them by hand.

Signal Hill Police Chief Michael Langston said using paperless electronic citations, which he said is only being done in a few cities in Los Angeles County, would cut down on the amount of time it takes an officer to issue a citation. Another benefit is that the electronic citations eliminate the need for manual data entry, which reduces staffing costs, he said. Langston said the citation data would be automatically filed with the department’s records clerk along with the Los Angeles Superior Court to “streamline” operations. He said Los Angeles County has various requirements for the system to be introduced in phases and it may take a few months to fully implement. Another requested expense is a proposal for various activities for the City’s 90th anniversary next year. The City Council agreed to spend no more than $9,000 on the year-long celebration, which may include street banners, a historic display at the Signal Hill Park Community Center, a block party, a summer concert, a newsletter insert and marketing. Some Council members suggested soliciting contributions to pay for the activities and services. ß

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macies. Maher said there are now over 100,000 locations nationwide outside of post offices to buy stamps and ship packages, and over 40 percent of postal service retail revenue comes in through these expanded access channels. At usps.com, customers may buy stamps, print shipping labels and download postage, schedule a free package pickup, change their address when they move, look up a ZIP code or put a hold on their mail. ß

CITY OF SIGNAL HILL TST4390 NoTICE oF PUBLIC HEARING

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Signal Hill will hold a public hearing on July 16, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chamber located at City Hall, 2175 Cherry Avenue, Signal Hill, California, to consider:

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Moro’s appointment will go into effect following a formal vote on June 17, according to Wise. Moro, who said he would not be a candidate for the permanent position, will fill in for Chris Lytle, who announced on May 23 that he was leaving the Port of Long Beach to head the Port of Oakland. “I am honored to have been selected by the Board of Harbor Commissioners to serve as interim director,” Moro said. “A major goal of mine will be to provide stability and continuity during the transition. It’s important that we continue to move forward with all of our projects.” As chief harbor engineer, Moro has overseen all administrative

and technical activities for the Port’s four engineering divisions, including construction management. He supervised 135 engineers, surveyors, technicians, and support staff and managed the Port’s extensive capital-improvement program, including the replacement of the Gerald Desmond Bridge. Moro has more than 40 years experience as a professional engineer. He is active with the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Association of the Port Authorities Facilities Engineering Committee and the Western Dredging Association. He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from UCLA and an MBA from Cal State Los Angeles. Source: Port of LB

FINDING THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL TO BE IN CONFORMANCE WITH THE CONGESTION MANAGEMENT PROGRAM (CMP), IN ACCORDANCE WITH CALIFORNIA GOVERNMENT CODE SECTION 65089

ALL INTERESTED PERSONS are hereby invited to attend a public hearing to present written information, express their opinions or otherwise present evidence on the above matter. If you wish to legally challenge any action taken by the City on the above matter, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the City prior to or at the public hearing. THE PUBLIC IS INVITED to submit written comments to the Public Works/Engineering Department or during the public hearing.

FURTHER INFORMATION on this item may be obtained at the City of Signal Hill Public Works/Engineering Department located at 2175 Cherry Avenue, Signal Hill, California or by contacting Joshua Rosenbaum at (562) 989-7355. ___________//ss//________________ Joshua Rosenbaum Public Works Management Analyst

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CITY OF SIGNAL HILL TST4391 NoTICE oF A PUBLIC HEARING

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, the City Council of the City of Signal Hill will conduct a public hearing at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chamber located at City Hall, 2175 Cherry Avenue, Signal Hill, California, to consider the an ordinance amending Chapter 8.48 of the Signal Hill Municipal Code. AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL, CALIFORNIA, AMENDING CHAPTER 8.48 OF THE SIGNAL HILL MUNICIPAL CODE, ENTITLED “SECURITY ALARM SYSTEMS” TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF FALSE ALARMS BEFORE A FEE IS ASSESSED

ALL INTERESTED PERSONS are hereby invited to attend this public hearing to present written information, express their opinions or otherwise present evidence on the above matter.

If you wish to legally challenge any action taken by the City on the above matter, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearings described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the City prior to or at the public hearings. FURTHER INFORMATION on this item may be obtained at the City of Signal Hill Police Department, 2745 Walnut Avenue, Signal Hill, California, or by emailing Michael Langston, Chief of Police at mlangston@signalhillpd.org or calling at (562) 989-7205. Published in the Signal Tribune: June 14, 2013 Posted in accordance with S.H.M.C. Section 1.08.010: June 14, 2013

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allocate the $6.45 million. Prior to Tuesday’s meeting, the City’s Budget Oversight Committee had recommended that the Council divide the $6.45 million equally among all nine districts to use on infrastructure projects that include street and sidewalk repairs and other maintenance projects from the Parks, Recreation and Marine Department. Third District Councilmember Gary DeLong, who serves as the committee’s chair, submitted the recommendation to the Council. However, Johnson advocated for his own substitute motion that pushed to at least address, in a small way, the City’s unfunded liabilities. These liabilities were not defined at Tuesday’s meeting, however the budget manager explained in an email that these unfunded liabilities are “costs for services that have been already received but not fully paid for.” Strachota said that when the term is applied to employee benefits, it would represent the unfunded cost to pay for benefits that employees will accrue. “Unfunded liabilities can result from any number of factors,” the budget manager wrote, “including underfunding of present and future liabilities, benefit increases that are not properly funded, and unrealistic actuarial assumptions, such as higher than normal earnings from investment of benefit assets. The City estimated in January of this year that its current unfunded liability for workers compensation, sick leave paid to retirees, retiree health care subsidy and pension benefits was $1.1 billion. Unfunded liabilities are not uncommon nor a bad practice as long as the entity adheres to a plan to pay it off over time, much like a homeowner would pay off his/her mortgage over 30 years.” Johnson initially asked to set aside 10 percent of the amount for the Council districts to pay toward those unfunded liabilities. Johnson recommended that the other 90 percent of the $6.45 million should still be divided among the districts. “Ninety percent of the money is most of the money,” Johnson said. “Let’s set aside just a little bit to show people we’re serious about what we’ve talked about for the last three years.” Johnson explained that the unfunded liabilities are about the costs for services today that the City has been putting off for the future. He specifically named sick leave as one of the liabilities that fall into the category of unfunded. The councilmember reminded the Council that these liabilities have been discussed many times before. “I think the right thing to do is to step up and say, ‘We are going to pay for those services. We’re not going to push them on to our kids or our grandkids,’ Johnson said, adding that the Council has said in the past that it will commit to paying down the bill for unfunded liabilities in the future. “Well, the future is now,” Johnson said. “And I think it really is the right

time to finally step up and say we’re going to do the right thing and take some of the money, at least a little bit of it, and pay these unfunded liabilities.” Johnson added that he was told about the advantage of paying down the unfunded liabilities sooner rather than later and how paying $2 million a year could save $24 million in the future. Mayor Bob Foster praised Johnson’s recommendation, adding that this current Council had struggled over the last five or six years with the decisions and problems made by previous councils. He said that some of these liabilities could have been avoided if previous councils had been more mindful of the costs they were imposing on the future. “We’ve all talked about unfunded liabilities,” Foster said, “and the truth is, immediately needs always win out– or usually win out– over long-term obligations and long-term issues…And for this council to have tens of millions of dollars…to spend on infrastructure is a good thing. But not to spend any of it on unfunded obligations is simply wrong.” At first, DeLong substituted another motion that would essentially keep the full amount of more than $6 million divided equally among the districts but it would also include a request that the staff return to the Council with a recommendation on future one-time revenues to pay toward the unfunded liabilities. Toward the end of the discussion, DeLong agreed to a compromise offered by Johnson. The seventh-district councilmember proposed to DeLong that the amount be changed to five percent. He also recommended to revisit in the future the amount staff recommends to pay toward unfunded liabilities. The Council eventually unanimously agreed to this change. DeLong said later that night that he agreed with Johnson in principle. He was primarily concerned about nailing down the correct amount to set aside for the unfunded liabilities. Before she voted in favor of Johnson’s revisions to the motion, 5th District Councilmember Gerrie Schipske explained why it was important to spend the money on the infrastructure projects soon. “The issue is not to tell the voters out there that…we’re hurrying up to spend money,” Schipske said, explaining that existing contracts with infrastructure companies were negotiated at very good rates. She said it wouldn’t be prudent to sit on money and that it would be better to spend the money in the time in which contracts were negotiated. She added that “we have an opportunity to really capitalize on some very, very good contracts out there.” Eighth District Councilmember Al Austin recognized that, overall, the Council’s debate on how much to pay off future bills was a very positive sign for the City. “I want to say this is a good discussion and a…[good] problem to have,”

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he said, summarizing how the Council is putting extra money into the infrastructure and looking at how to pay down the unfunded liabilities. Back in April, the Council had already agreed to allocate an additional $5.4 million of the one-time funds toward infrastructure projects, according to a report by the city manager. Tuesday’s decision to add over $6 million toward infrastructure projects brings the total to more than $11.5 million available to the nine council districts. The Council’s actions leave about $45 million in available one-time funds. The 2014 budget discussions scheduled for August will include the recommendations on how to allocate the one-time revenue. ß

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At the June 11 Long Beach Council meeting, City Manager Pat West presented this breakdown of the sources of the one-time funds that will be anticipated for the 2014 fiscal year. The City Council will be discussing how to invest the anticipated revenue during its budget discussions in August.

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THERE’S MORE THAN ONE REASON THEY CALL US THE “GREEN PORT.” We’re always looking for ways to beautify Long Beach. That’s why we invested $25,000 to help local resident Jim Danno and the Willmore City Heritage Association build a low-water community garden. It’s part of our multi-million-dollar commitment to support local efforts that improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gases. That’s what we call curb appeal.

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