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

Your Weekly Community Newspaper

June 28, 2013

On heels of its ruling that 1965 Voting Rights Act’s formula is antiquated, US Supreme Court makes two rulings that empower marriage equality

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Brian Banks (right) expresses elation with Justin Brooks, director of the California Innocence Project, in front of the Long Beach courthouse on the day he was exonerated in May 2012 of a rape allegation made by fellow Poly High School student Wanetta Gibson in 2002. Banks was signed to the Atlanta Falcons in April.

NFL player’s accuser ordered to pay LBUSD $2.6 million for 2002 false rape claim School district’s lawyer says criminal charges up to DA

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Former Signal Hill Councilmember Ellen Ward (right) hugs local teacher Byron Bush during the “Victory Reception & Party” at The Grand event center Wednesday night. Ward had played a pivotal role in the gay-rights movement in the Long Beach area and has been legally married to her wife Pat for 17 years.

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A woman, who in 2002 falsely accused fellow Poly High School student and now pro football player Brian Banks of rape, has been ordered to pay the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) more than $2.6 million. The Los Angeles County Superior Court judgment in favor of the school district filed on May 21 orders Wanetta Gibson, whose false accusation put Banks in prison for five years before he was later exonerated, to return $750,000 she received from LBUSD in a settlement. The judgment also orders Gibson to pay attorney fees, interest and $1 million in punitive damages. “The court recognizes that our school district was a victim in this case,” said LBUSD Superintendent Christopher Steinhauser in a statement released June 14. “This judgment demonstrates that when people attempt to defraud our school system, they will feel the full force of the law.” Gibson, who was 15 when she made her accusation, filed a lawsuit against the LBUSD, claiming that inadequate school security had allowed for the alleged rape to occur. Banks, who was 17 and a rising football star, served five years and two months in prison and was convicted after making a plea deal at the advice of his then attorney. Gibson, however, has since requested to be Banks’s friend on Facebook. She was then secretly recorded on video recanting her rape claim, which led to Banks’s exoneration in May 2012. When asked whether or not she had been raped, Gibson was recorded as saying “no, he did not rape me,” adding that she didn’t want to pay the money back. Banks’s exoneration then enabled the LBUSD to file suit against Gibson for damages. Dana McCune, LBUSD’s attorney, told the Signal Tribune in a phone

In what marriage-equality proponents are heralding as two moves in the right direction, the United States Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that married same-sex couples are entitled to federal benefits and, by not deciding a Proposition 8 case from California, essentially allowed same-sex marriages in this state. Although the Supreme Court’s rulings have no bearing on the existing laws that prohibit same-sex marriage throughout the country, and the Court didn’t declare a constitutional right to that type of union, their decisions Wednesday effectively raise the number of states that permit same-sex marriage to 13. In the case of Hollingsworth v. Perry, concerning Prop 8– the California ban on same-sex marriage– a majority of the justices deemed that they could not properly decide it, since state officials had not appealed a trial court’s decision against them and since Prop 8 proponents did not have the constitutional standing to appeal the decision on behalf of the state. The Supreme Court’s move to not decide the case leaves in place a trial-court victory for two same-sex couples who had pursued matrimony. The Court’s other decision overturns the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), a U.S. law that had garnered bipartisan support and was signed by President Bill Clinton in 1996. DOMA had allowed states to deny the recognition of same-sex marriages performed under the laws of other states. In a 5-4 decision, with Justice Anthony M. Kennedy writing the

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A sea of people at The Grand event center in Long Beach celebrated the United States Supreme Court’s historic ruling Wednesday, June 26 that effectively allows gay couples to lawfully wed in California and assures their marriages will be federally recognized. The “Victory Reception & Party,” coordinated by The Center Long Beach, Long Beach Pride, Long Beach Lambda, Long Beach Equality, Marriage Equality USA and the Human Rights Campaign, drew hundreds of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ)-rights supporters to the center’s ballroom. The event included music, drinks and a mock-wedding photo booth. For some attendees, however, the celebration was bittersweet. Domestic partners Betsy Peterson and Jordana Nichols said they are both excited that they can now legally tie the knot in California. “As soon as we can file a marriage license, we will,” Peterson said. But Nichols added that the fight to make same-sex marriage legal in other states carries on. “I am a little disappointed for the other states, where it’s not legal yet, but we’ll get there,” she said. “I know we will.” Ron Sylvester, president and chairman of The Center Long Beach, kicked off the event with complimentary Champagne, thanking organizers and supporters, whom he said have helped push for same-sex marriage rights throughout the years. “We knew that, when we won this fight, the best way to celebrate would be wedding-style,” he said. Sylvester first gave a toast to the plaintiffs in the case against the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which the Supreme Court

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Costco’s plans for gas station may go before Signal Hill Planning Commission in August

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GARNISHING YOUR GARMENTS What General meeting Who The Long Beach Chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America Where California Heights United Methodist Church, 3759 Orange Ave. When Friday, June 28 at 10:30am More Info The Chapter meets the fourth Friday of every month. Guests are welcome at a requested donation of $2.

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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Costco plans to add a gas station in front of its Signal Hill store at 2200 E. Willow St. The wholesale retailer proposes to build the members-only, 16-pump station on a parking lot between the stand-alone Wells Fargo ATM and the main Costco driveway at Dawson Avenue. Sean Belk Staff Writer

A conditional-use permit (CUP) to allow Costco to build a members-only, 16-pump gas station on a parking lot adjacent to its Signal Hill store may go before the Signal Hill Planning Commission during a public hearing in August, according to planning staff. The project requires a CUP and zoning-ordinance amendment before the wholesale retailer is able to start construction. The current zoning of the site prohibits a gas-station use, stated Scott Charney, the City’s community development director, in an email. If the planning commission approves the zoning amendment and CUP, the proposal would then go before the City Council for approval, he said. Costco plans to build the gas station on a parking lot between the stand-alone Wells Fargo ATM and the main Costco driveway at Dawson Avenue, according to a June 11 staff report for a planning workshop on the project. The property is split between Costco and the owner of the Town Center East retail center. It is unclear how long the project will take and when construction will begin, Charney stated. Costco representatives could not be reached for comment before the Signal Tribune’s deadline. According to city staff, the gas station would take out 119 parking spaces at the site. As a way to mitigate the loss of parking, Costco proposes to remove several islands of landscaping on its own property, providing 72 spaces worth of replacement parking. This would result in a net loss of seven spaces and the removal of mature trees at the store’s entrance. Though no replacement parking is being provided for the Town Center East site, city staff notes that the number of spaces provided just meets the City’s requirement of 761 spaces at the Town Center East property and exceeds the required 551 spaces for Costco. Costco’s traffic consultant is currently preparing a traffic study on the project, and the public hearing may go before the planning commission in August depending on whether or not the study is completed by then, Charney added. The City's traffic consultant has reviewed the site plan and concluded there would be adequate traffic flow but “congestion is inevitable at the main driveway where traffic exiting the gas station will be concentrated,” according to the staff report. City staff notes that the new Costco gas station may create a boost in salestax revenue for the City. Signal Hill’s sales-tax consultant has indicated that Costco stores that have gas stations generate 15 to 18 percent higher sales than those without gas stations, with the increase attributed to fuel sales and an incremental increase in store sales. City staff also notes that Costco “believes offering a full array of services is critical to the success of the local store.” Costco has wanted to add a gas station to its Signal Hill location for years but has been restricted by several constraints.

The more than 137,000-square-foot building is smaller than other warehouse stores that currently have gas stations, such as the store in Lakewood that is 14percent larger than the Signal Hill location. The Signal Hill Costco is also limited by steep slopes to the south, pre-

viously abandoned oil wells scattered throughout the site, a multi-family residential complex to the east and the need to maintain adequate parking, city staff said. The staff report notes that Costco’s see GAS STATION page 9

EGGS WITH THE ELKS What Monthly breakfast Who Bellflower/ Long Beach Elks Lodge 888 Where 16426 Bellflower Blvd., Bellflower When Sunday, June 30 from 8am to noon More Info Breakfast costs $6.50 per person and includes eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, biscuits with gravy, orange juice, assorted fruit, Belgian waffles and coffee. Call (562) 866-3027 or visit elks.org .

MEET AND EAT What Supper club Who Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association Where Aura Thai, 4085 Atlantic Ave. When Monday, July 1 at 6:30pm More Info Bixby Knolls Supper Club supports local restaurants on Monday nights, which are typically slow. Residents are invited to meet, eat and support the local economy. RSVP required. Email supperclub@bixbyknollsinfo.com .

TALKING POLITICS What Monthly meeting Who Long Beach Republican National Hispanic Assembly Where Tom’s Tires, 2775 E. Willow St. When Tuesday, July 9 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm More Info Atteendes will identify and discuss problems that have affected election wins for the Republican Party.

LAW ENFORCEMENT 4-1-1 What Citizens Police Academy Who Signal Hill Police Department Where Signal Hill Police Station, 2745 Walnut Ave. When Tuesday, July 9 from 7pm to 9pm More Info The Citizens Police Academy is a 10-week program in which attendees will learn about patrol operations, criminal law, the court system, narcotics enforcement, investigative techniques, crime prevention, emergency dispatch procedures, and many other areas of law enforcement. Participation is available to anyone over the age of 21. Additional qualifications include no pending criminal case or felony convictions. Email Sergeant Cravens at rcravens@signalhillpd.org or call (562) 989-7222, ext 5046.

TAKE A MOMENT TO RELAX What Tai Chi demonstration Who The Hearing Loss Association of America Long Beach/Lakewood Chapter Where Weingart Senior Center, 5220 Oliva Ave. in Lakewood When Thursday, July 11 at 6:30pm More Info Occupational therapist Vivian Chikasawa-Beckker will explain the practice of Tai Chi and give a demonstration. Light refreshments will be served. Call (562) 438-0597.

WHO WAS FANNY BIXBY SPENCER? What Author talk Who Dana Branch Library Where 3680 Atlantic Ave. When Friday, July 12 at 11:30am More Info Marcia Lee Harris will discuss her book Fanny Bixby Spencer: Long Beach’s Inspirational Firebrand. Harris’s book captures the life of Bixby by chronicling her achievements and humanitarianism, in addition to showcasing some of Bixby’s poetry. Harris will be dressed as Bixby to share stories from her book, as well as answer more in-depth questions about Bixby’s life. Call (562) 570-1042 or visit visit lbpl.org .

CLEAN SWEEP What Neighborhood cleanup Who The Friendship Neighborhood Where Cesar Chavez Park, 401 Golden Ave. When Saturday, July 13 at 11am More Info The Friendship Neighborhood hosts neighborhood cleanups on the second Saturday of every month. Cleanups begin at Cesar Chavez Park and end at Drake Park. Email friendshipneighborhood@gmail.com or call (562) 270-5463.

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Union employees of north Long Beach mental-health facility go on strike

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another, injuring staff members or escaping into area neighborhoods,” said Neilanie Besana, a licensed vocational nurse, in a statement, claiming patients attacked her twice in one week. “Patient and community safety seem to be one of the company’s last priorities.” Union leaders and workers vowed to continue picketing in front of the facility until 4pm next Monday. The employees wore purple union Tshirts, shouting “Protecting patients day or night, safety and care, that’s our right.” Ninth District Long Beach City Councilmember Steven Neal and 4th District Long Beach City Councilmember Patrick O’Donnell rallied behind the union workers during the start of the strike. Sen. Ricardo Lara, who represents the 33rd District, has also sent his support through a letter presented by his field representative Cory Allen. “I would like to avoid a strike, but after learning first-hand of the experience of the employees and the potential greater impact to the neighborhoods here in north Long Beach, I support them in their unfairlabor-practice strike against this company,” Neal said. Sean Wherley, spokesperson for SEIU-UHW, said the union was expecting about 64 employees to join the strike. He added that La Casa, located in an industrial area at 6060

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Amid labor-contract negotiations, union employees of a mental-health facility known as La Casa Mental Health Rehabilitation Center in north Long Beach initiated a five-day strike on Wednesday, June 26, claiming “unfair labor practices” and stating the company has been “unwilling to bargain in good faith and protect the safety of patients, employees and the public.” Representatives for the facility, however, say the union workers’ allegations are false and the dispute is merely an attempt to reach a better deal for wages and benefits. Workers who last year joined Service Employees International UnionUnited Healthcare Workers West (SEIU-UHW), the largest hospital and healthcare-worker union in the western United States, are making claims of unsafe working conditions and lax onsite security that has led to numerous calls to the Long Beach Police Department. The union claims there were more than 230 calls to police regarding the facility over the past three years, also referencing an incident last month in which a patient allegedly escaped from the facility and died the same day at a nearby hospital. “The facility is out of control, and the company doesn’t seem to care whether patients are assaulting one

Paramount Blvd. with 190 beds, has received $45 million in Los Angeles County funds to care for patients, including those with a history of violence and who come from prison or mental hospitals. Wherley said the employees earn a starting wage of $9 an hour. Dan Danzig, spokesperson for Alameda-based Telecare Corporation, which operates the facility, however, told the Signal Tribune that the allegations brought Sean Belk/Signal Tribune by the union are “inaccu- A group of union workers for La Casa Mental Health Rehabilitation Center in north Long rate” and “irresponsible,” Beach form a picket line outside the facility on Paramount Boulevard after initiating a fiveadding that the strike is more about reaching better day strike. Some employees who have joined the Service Employees International Unionlabor contract as the union United Healthcare Workers West have made a claim of unfair labor practices and unsafe and La Casa had been in bar- working conditions, but a spokesperson for the company that owns and operates the facility gaining discussions for a year. denies the allegations and says the stike is more about seeking better wages and benefits. “The real issues are economic, over wages and benefits, cared for at the facility have persistent, environment.” Danzig added that La Casa has 220 and, unfortunately, the comments and severe mental illness. “We take every allegations about safety are not accu- precautioun possible to assure that they employees (175 of which have joined rate and intended to draw attention to are safe, but this is not a prison,” he the union) and a “significant number” their concerns about the bargaining said. “This is an environment where we of them have crossed the picket line in process,” he said. “The safety of our are helping people to recover and order to provide care for the mentally staff and clients is our number-one prior- regain their dignity... We don’t treat ill patients. “Employees have a right to honor ity, and La Casa has a great 24-year track them like inmates. It’s very common record for providing services in the for individuals to wander off and leave, the union strike, and we respect that,” county that are safe and humane and but we work very closely with Long he said. “And we hope the union will really a value to the clients that we serve Beach police and other agencies to respect the right of employees who minimize those risks and have a really choose to work their normal shifts over here.” Danzig said the patients who are excellent track record assuring a safe the next few days.” ß

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bad news and asked him if they (Kaiser) would administer the chemotherapy as indicated in the report. Without a word he stepped outside the room, returning very shortly. After making a quick call to Dr. Nagourney, my own physician walked back in the room and announced that he would indeed use the formula. Seeing that I was not having any of the problems I so dreaded, with nausea or other side effects, Neena stopped insisting that she had to drive me to my chemo sessions approximately 18 miles round-trip each day, and I proceeded to drive myself. I not only had no need for a single one of the nausea pills prescribed, and to my utter amazement and delight I did not lose my hair. And now, seven years later, according to my new Kaiser oncologist, I am still cancer free. I’ve lost track of dates and have not kept a diary, but during some of this time I’ve had the pleasure of the acquaintance of Dr. Nagourney’s parents, who were fellow residents of the Bixby Knolls senior retirement home of which we were all residents at the time. With that introduction of myself and my personal experience with this remarkable physician and scientist, I have just had the pleasure of reading Dr. Robert Nagourney’s just-published book Outliving Cancer. What an awesome education he has had, the prestigious medical schools he has attended, the dedication to this work. It makes me humble to think that I am alive and well at age 93 years and 8 months– some seven years after being given a verdict of Dr. Robert Nagourney and Marjorie Grommé, five years cancerincurable, stage-four cancer. free, at her 90th birthday party in 2009

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Dear readers, we at the Signal Tribune were recently sent a press release pertaining to a new book written by local oncologist Dr. Robert Nagourney. A copy of the book was included in the envelope. Knowing that the author was the man I regard as the individual who saved my mother’s life, I couldn’t wait to share with her both the book and the accompanying public-relations details. When I presented Mother with the book, I asked her to read it and to then write down information on her experience with the author in order for me to share it with our readers. Below are Mother’s comments, and on page 7 you will find the press release about the book. Please, if you know anyone who is battling cancer, pass this information along. I know I am grateful that we were blessed with the referral.

Some eight years ago, at around age 85, I was diagnosed as being in stage four of ovarian cancer with a life expectancy of one year. With all of the horror stories I had heard pertaining to the sickness, loss of hair, and just overall disability, I decided that I would have nothing to do with chemotherapy. So if I died, I died. With that, I requested the services of hospice care. My daughter Neena, my only child, gave me no argument. However, she did discuss the situation with Dr. Ronald Bitter, her own primary-care physician. He told her about oncologist Dr. Robert Nagourney, associated with Long Beach Memorial Hospital who had established a laboratory– Rational Therapeutics. According to Neena’s doctor, Dr. Nagourney was working on a program to develop a chemo program using a patient’s individual tissue to find a combination of drugs that worked, killing the cancer cells of that particular person. Dr. Bitter strongly urged Neena to encourage me to seek advice from Dr. Nagourney, or at least explore other options before totally giving up on a chance for a longer and cancer-free life. And so I did. How could I refuse the possibility that there was hope for treatment that might not be as devastating as I feared! I was only in my mid-80s in age. If I could beat that devastating disease, I might have a few productive years left in me after all. Not only were Neena and I mother and daughter, but best friends, with no other close family around us. So I agreed to an interview with Dr. Nagourney. I asked for, and received, copies of the medical history pertaining to my cancer from my Kaiser Permanente oncologist, and an appointment was scheduled with Dr. Nagourney. At the conclusion of that meeting I opted to proceed with Dr. Nagourney’s plan to develop a formula that could very well save my life. And it did. With formula in hand I took it to the Kaiser oncologist who had the duty to give me the original ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER

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Orchard Supply Hardware located at 4480 Atlantic Ave. in the Bixby Knolls Shopping Center is expected to close in the next three months after being a fixture in the community for 14 years. Sean Belk Staff Writer

Orchard Supply Hardware, also known as OSH, announced last week that its Long Beach location at 4480 Atlantic Ave. in Bixby Knolls will shutter in the next three months in a first wave of store closures as part of a major business restructure in a voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The June 19 announcement came as a surprise to many longtime employees and customers of the hardware store, which has been a main tenant of the Bixby Knolls Shopping Center for 14 years. The news also came as yet another blow to the community after a Ralphs grocery store, located not too far away on Long Beach Boulevard, closed just a few days prior without explanation. OSH, which has 91 locations in California, entered into an agreement for the nearly 80-year, San Jose-based company to be acquired by Lowe’s, while remaining a “separate, standalone business.” Lowe’s, however, has only agreed to purchase 60 stores. So far, OSH is closing an “initial” eight store locations, including Long Beach, Huntington Beach, Citrus Heights, Fairfield, Lone Tree, Midtown, Newark and Vacaville. “We are still reviewing store performance and cannot say with certainty which other stores may close or when,” reads a statement on OSH’s website. The remaining stores are expected to maintain the OSH brand name and sign in front, with employees continuing to wear the company’s signature green shirts, according to a statement from OSH President and CEO Mark Baker. The company, however, plans to roll out new “neighborhood format stores” to better serve customers, he added. “In short, we’ll be the same Orchard, but we’ll be in a much stronger financial position,” Baker said. Still, the decision to close the Long Beach location has stunned some nearby residents and even city officials, who have since taken to social media to express their concerns. Eighth District Long Beach City Councilmember Al Austin, who had met with Ralphs representatives before it closed, said via Facebook that the announcement of OSH’s closing is “disappointing,” adding that the company’s main office should hear from “loyal LB customers.” “This is disappointing news,” he stated. “The neighborhood OSH has been my hardware store of choice for several years. Yet another challenge and opportunity.” Former 8th District Councilmember Rae Gabelich also commented on Facebook, stating that it’s “another corporate decision that will leave a hole in Bixby Knolls.” The departure of OSH also adds to the vacancies at the Bixby Knolls Shopping Center, which is owned by Glendale-based Gaska Corporation. Gabelich commented that the

property owner has been slow in “bringing the entire property up to today’s standards,” referring to a retail strip in a back portion of the center. The property owner had once received $3 million in redevelopment funding for upgrades but the section remains undeveloped with several vacant storefronts. There is also an empty retail space between OSH and Marshalls. Phone calls to Gaska representatives by the Signal Tribune seeking comment were not returned before press time. Cindy Lippert, who took over as store manager two years ago and lives in California Heights, said she couldn’t comment on the reason for the closure but did say it would be a “huge loss to the community,” adding that the location remains the only conveniently located hardware store for nearby residents. “We have a very loyal customer base,” she said. Lippert added that there have been “challenges” but the store was “heading in the right direction.” OSH has also had a strong relationship with the City as a partner with the Long Beach Water Department by providing discounts to residents enrolled in the City’s lawn-to-garden program, added Lippert, who herself has transformed her yard to California native plants. Some shoppers there this week said they were shocked that the store is closing. “I had no idea,” said California Heights resident Monica Contreras, 33, who said she hadn’t been a frequent customer there. “Maybe I should have started shopping here.” Other customers said they prefer the store to home-improvement-supply giants Home Depot and Lowe’s. Fred Johnson, who lives in Compton, said he plans to start looking online for other locations while stocking up on plant food for palm trees before the store closes. He said OSH is the only place in the local area he’s found that carries the right plants and products. “This store is the closest one for me, and I’ve been coming here for years,” Johnson said. “I don’t know what the reason is, but I know they have it here. This store right here is pretty valuable. I’d hate to see it go.” OSH spokesperson Leigh Parrish said via email that the store closures are to be completed in the next 90 days, although “that timing could shift.” She added that Orchard’s decisions regarding closures are based on “historical store performance and the company’s assessment of how individual stores may contribute to its repositioning strategy moving forward.” Company officials said current employees will be able to interview for openings at other stores during the repositioning process. MORE INFORMATION orchardrestructuring.com

against Gibson for making the false accusations against both the LBUSD and Banks would be up to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office and Long Beach prosecutors to pursue. “The answer is this– yes, it can be criminally prosecuted, but it’s entirely in the discretion of the district attorney’s office,” McCune said. “We have made our entire file available and accessible to them, but we have not yet received word that they will in fact proceed with criminal prosecution. We believe that this woman should be penalized to the fullest extent [of] the law. We would love it to be pursued, but it’s their call.” Though Gibson’s whereabouts are unknown and she has not been present in any court hearings during LBUSD’s case against her, the ruling allows LBUSD to recoup

the judgment amount from her future wages and property. Still, it remains unclear exactly how the money will be recovered. Several news reports claim that neighbors of Gibson have said she and her mother went on a spending spree with the settlement money, buying expensive cars and big-screen TVs, adding that many items have since been repossessed. McCune said it’s “presently unknown if the district will recover on the judgment,” but he added that the court order is valid for 10 years and renewable for another 10 years. “In the meantime, this egregious and fraudulent behavior against Mr. Banks and the district should be made clear,” he said. Banks, 27, has since told news

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organizations that he wants to focus on his professional football career. He was signed to the Atlanta Falcons in April and is training as a linebacker for the upcoming NFL season. Banks is now a spokesperson for the California Innocence Project, a law-school clinical program at California Western School of Law dedicated to releasing wrongfully convicted inmates. ß

EYE ON CRIME Crimes reported by SHPD • Citywide

Thursday, June 20 Carrying concealed dirk or dagger 8:52pm– 1300 block E. 23rd St.

Identity theft 1:40pm– 2400 block Cherry Ave.

Residential burglary of apartment or condo 8:54– 1800 block Temple Ave.

Friday, June 21 Recovered stolen vehicle 6:59am– 2300 block Lemon Ave.

Tuesday, June 25 Residential burglary 6pm– 1400 block E. Willow St. Auto burglary 6:30pm– 2500 block Temple Ave.

Commercial burglary 9:52am– 900 block E. 33rd St.

Wednesday, June 26 Non-injury hit-and-run 10:13pm– 3300 block California Ave.

Saturday, June 22 DUI 12:58am– Cherry Ave./E. 27th St.

Non-injury hit-and-run 1:53pm– Stanley Ave./ E. Hill St.

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Thursday, June 20 Robbery of person 12:01am– Tehachapi Dr./Gardenia Ave.

Sunday, June 23 DUI 3:17am– 1800 block Junipero Ave.

Monday, June 24 DUI 2:03am– E. Pacific Coast Hwy./Gardenia Ave.

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6 SIGNAL TRIBUNE COMMUNITY Neighborhood group addresses recent violence in nearby park by building community ties

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The Friendship Neighborhood in the Willmore City area had its first Friend Fest last Saturday. After two incidents of violence in nearby Drake Park, the group decided to strengthen ties among neighbors rather than install security cameras and peer through their windows to look for suspicious activity.

Free Store, in addition to a seed-sharing workshop, face painting, a table on upcycling, a voter-registration table, free food, live music, and a free raffle for kids that included bicycles and soccer balls. The Friendship Neighborhood is composed of volunteers and received a $750 grant from Building Healthy Communities: Long Beach for the Friend Fest, Foley said. With one of the goals being to create a friendlier environment, there was hope that this would have a positive effect on crime in the area. “Once you get to know your neighbor, if you see something happening to their house, you’ll be more likely to help than if you didn’t know them,” said Ronnie Benini, a Willmore City resident and organizer with the Friendship Neighborhood. Benini and her mother, Rosalia, hinted that the neighborhood already seemed to be friendlier, as they like that they can say ‘hello’ to people when walking outside. Erin Wimberly, a Bluff Heights resident who’s involved with the Friendship Neighborhood, thinks the Friend Fest is an “alternative” to the violence. “What it is is a very gentle and open, giving space, and that’s a very liberating thing, to know that there’s something like that going on in the neighborhood,” she said. “It helps to counteract the violence that’s occurring. It gives people something to do.” The event even drew some Signal Hill residents. Anne Perry of Signal Hill,

who was at the Friend Fest with her family, said she came to the event “for the gathering, the fellowship” and to support the community with items she donated. Whether events like this will actually reduce the rate of violence in the area is unknown, as Foley said that she’s “not trying to predict the whole future of it.” But it’s already bringing people together, she said. Willmore resident and organizer, Jeff Nelson, said that even though

issues such as violence in their community are complex, community action like this is “a positive drop in the ocean.” However, beyond curbing crime, Foley thinks it’s important for communities to take actions like the Friend Fest in order to assert themselves. “I would say it’s important because you’re kind of taking the power back and giving it to the people,” she said. “You’re showing what you can do, and you’re showing that you’re a force to be reckoned with.” ß

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Long Beach doctor shares innovative cancer treatments in new book

When confronting cancer, what you don’t know could save your life. That’s the message in Outliving Cancer: The Better, Smarter Way to Treat Your Cancer by Robert A. Nagourney, M.D., who is the medical and laboratory director at Rational Therapeutics, 750 E. 29th St., in Long Beach. Rational Therapeutics is a pioneering cancer research institute that specializes in the “functional profiling” of human tumors through the application of a laboratory platform known as the Ex-Vivo Analysis of Programmed Cell Death (EVA-PCD). Using human tumor microspheroids isolated directly from surgical specimens, these scientists measure which drugs, combinations and new targeted therapies can induce cell death (programmed cell death, one form of which is apoptosis). This process eliminates the “one size fits all” administration of cancer treatments, enabling physicians to provide personalized cancer care. Nagourney was a 2012 Finalist in the Patrick Soon-Shoing Innovation Awards. Many years ago, as an oncology fellow, Nagourney’s lifelong desire to be a healer and a physician had been replaced by his role as what he calls “an administrator of toxic, ineffective chemotherapies.” He said he felt as if he

had made a terrible mistake– that his patients weren’t only dying, he was poisoning them. He resolved that the remainder of his career would be dedicated to finding better, innovative ways to treat cancer. By rethinking what cancer is and how it behaves, Nagourney developed what he considers a smarter, more effective way to treat cancer patients, and he established Rational Therapeutics. In Outliving Cancer, Nagourney describes the scientific rationale for his particular approach to cancer medicine, beginning with an interest in cancer as a disease and his good fortune to work with many accomplished researchers along the way. Readers will come to understand that cancer is not what it once appeared to be, that its management Courtesy Blaine Group has often been ill-conceived and illapplied. The book also demonstrates Outliving Cancer: The Better, Smarter that cancer doesn’t grow too much Way to Treat Your Cancer claims that but rather that it dies too little and cancer is not what it once appeared to be– why that matters. that its management has often been illFunctional profiling provides a conceived and ill-applied. window into the dynamic process by which human tumor cells “Medical oncologists have long purrespond to therapy. By capturing cells sued methods that can match patients to within their natural microenviron- available therapies,” Nagourney said. ment, human biology is recreated in the laboratory. Courtesy: The Blaine Group, Inc.

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The “Movies in the Park” program began its eighth year on June 24 with a screening of the movie Madagascar 3 at Signal Hill Park in recognition of the support of Signal Hill Petroleum (SHP), which donates funds each year to provide free movies in local parks from June through August. Signal Hill Petroleum donated $27,500 to the Partners of Parks (POP) organization for the summer program during the June 18 Long Beach City Council meeting. Pictured are, from left: Lillian Parker, Partners of Parks Board secretary; Trina Schoonmaker, Partners of Parks Board president; Drew Satariano, Partners of Parks executive director; Long Beach Vice Mayor Robert Garcia; Taylor Colacion, Signal Hill Petroleum public relations; Michelle Gingras, recreation superintendent for Long Beach Parks, Recreation & Marine; and George Chapjian, director of Long Beach Parks, Recreation & Marine at last week’s Long Beach City Council meeting.

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8 SIGNAL TRIBUNE COMMUNITY First openly LGBT Toastmasters Club in SoCal celebrates its 10th anniversary

Speak Out! Toastmasters, which was the first openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) specialty Toastmasters Club in Southern California, recently celebrated its 10th anniversary with an official proclamation from Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster. Keynote speakers and original club founders, Dana Runge and Heidee Sinowitz Stoica, recalled their inspiration for starting the club and the challenges they faced in 2003 in forming a LGBT-identified Toastmasters Club. Both had the desire to create an open and inclusive club where people of all genders and sexual orientations were welcomed. “People don’t face two fears at once: the fear of ‘Will I be accepted?’and [the fear of] ‘How do I learn to speak in public?’” said Runge, a transgendered female. Both Runge and Stoica acknowledged the progress that the LGBT community has made since its inception, but they also recalled the apprehension they faced back in 2003. “Not everybody was so thrilled about the idea,” Runge said. “There were people in Toastmasters, hard to believe as it is today, who were saying, ‘A gay Toastmasters Club?’”

Back in 2003, some people didn’t even want to step into the gay and lesbian center, she said, emphasizing how much has changed since then. Speak Out! inspired the formation of other LGBT clubs, including West Hollywood Toastmasters. Foster's proclamation pointed out the contributions Speak Out! has made to the community, including enriching “the lives of high-school students in Long Beach by hosting youth leadership programs, educating students in public speaking and leadership skills.” Another guest speaker at the event was King Chan, a young man who attended Speak Out!’s first Youth Leadership program at the Long Beach Center. He spoke about how the program helped him develop self-confidence. Chan said that Toastmasters helped him “go out into the world and find my own voice and utilize it wisely. I’ve seen the insides of the political arena, working for three elected officials, including our city’s vice mayor and also a sitting U.S. senator. I’ve met our president and vice president, as well as former President Clinton at various events I've organized. And I've been able to contribute my

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voice to matters important to the communities I represent.” Speak Out! Toastmasters Club meets weekly on Saturdays from 10:30am to noon. The group welcomes adults of all genders and sexual orientations, including gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, and heterosexual people. Members have the opportunity to pracCourtesy Toastmasters tice public speaking and learn communi- During their organization’s recent anniversary celebration, Speak Out! founders Dana Runge (right) cation and leader- and Heidee Sinowitz Stoica (left) recalled their inspiration for starting the club and the challenges ship skills in a they faced in 2003 in forming a LGBT-identified Toastmasters Club. supportive environment. For information about local Toastmasters clubs, please visit toastmasters.org . Speak Out! Toastmasters Club has been recognized by Toastmasters International as a President’s Distinguished Club. For more information, visit speakouttoastmasters.org or call (818) 973-2283. Courtesy: Speak Out! Toastmasters

Speak Out! Toastmasters received recognition from Toastmasters District One officials during its 10th-anniversary celebration on June 15. From left: Regina Rhymes, District One governor elect; Marlow Wilkerson, district VP of Education elect; Saba McKinley, Speak Out! president; and Karen Persip, District VP of Marketing Elect.

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South Central LA painter survived troubled family life and abuse with his art

Gallery Expo, 4321 Atlantic Ave., will feature the art of South Central L.A. artist Rudy Torres for three weeks, with an opening reception on Friday, July 5 from 6pm to 10pm. Influenced by the turbulence of the 1970s, the L.A. riots, the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights Movement, Torres grew up in a dysfunctional environment and buried himself in his art to escape the world around him. “Every night, I would see the news about the amount of casualties of Americans fighting the War in Vietnam and ask, ‘When is this going to end?’ We had lived in the area of the Watts riots of the summer of 1965, and I remember seeing burning buildings and police and National Guard in our street, and my mother told us they were making a movie,” Torres said. “We had lived on 36th Street near Vermont from 1960 to 1970, but I could feel the tension and felt that something bad was going on. I remember Martin Luther King talking a lot that society was not right, and my family participated in the Ceaser Chavez demonstrations at Delano, CA. Also I heard of Ruben Salazar being murdered in a bar minding his business because he said the truth about the LACO Sheriffs Department. I had a lot of mixed emotions about who should I trust those days.” Torres speaks freely about a troubled family life and readily shares stories of abuse. “Unfortunately, my father was not my real dad, and I was treated very different from his other kids that were his,” Torres said. “He was not my real father. I suffered many child-abuse experiences that are usually not tolerated these days. Grandpa was a child molester with his own kids, and everyone my parents knew were experimenting [with] drugs in the ‘60s. Even my dad sold drugs. My parents separated and divorced when I was 15, and becoming an artist became a positive way for me to try to forget this life. The art kept me off the streets and away from gangs and drugs that were prevalent growing up in El Sereno.” By 1983, with the help of his mother and grandmother, he sold some of his art, which helped to motivate him to push himself further, to the point of attending The Pacific Institute of

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warehouse store at 2200 E. Willow St. has gone through a number of additions and improvements throughout the years since the company took over the store from Price Club in 1993. Recently however, Costco was able to reach an agreement with the owner of the Town Center East retail center that now allows the company to take up a portion of the property owner’s land. Preliminary plans call for four fueling islands with eight fuel dispensers, providing 16 fuel pumps. The gas station would be covered by a 32-foot by 120-foot canopy, with four externally illuminated signs. There would be three underground additive-storage tanks, with a 30,000-gallon capacity each, and one underground additivestorage tank, with 1,500-gallon capacity. Unlike other gas stations, the Costco station would only provide access to its members, and a membership card would be required to activate the pumps. The self-service gas station would also have a minimum of one staff person on the site at all times to meet customer-service needs and have limited hours of operation. Proposed weekday hours would be from 6am to 9:30pm, and weekend hours would be from 6am to 7pm. Signal Hill planning staff notes that the proposed site is located where there was a previously abandoned oil well. In accordance with the City’s Interim Development Standards regarding development projects over abandoned oil wells, Costco has located the well, surveyed its location and conducted a leak test, city staff said. Staff adds that “the well was not found to be leaking, and a vent cone was installed which allows the project to move forward.” Costco’s survey also documents that the nearest structure to the well, an equipment room, would be 50 feet away, which exceeds the minimum separation requirement of 10 feet. Charney said there are currently four gas stations in Signal Hill, two of which are partially located in the City. There is a Chevron station across Cherry Avenue at Willow Street and a Unocal station at Cherry Avenue and 28th Street. He said there are also two gas stations, a

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Commercial Art and the Otis Parsons School of Design. By 1991, he had shown his works in many prestigious art galleries and museums including the gallery at Harvard University, the Chapman University art gallery and Occidental College. “I have always strived to get my artwork out there, and even though most of my life, I work full-time, I look for every opportunity to show my work,” Torres said. “I always feel the need to express some kind of buried vision or subconscious feeling about some things I have seen or felt, and when I have a gut feeling about that, it is usually a very good piece of work.” MORE INFORMATION artistrudytorres.com

Chevron and a Unocal, in the north end of Signal Hill on Wardlow Road, however they are both partially located in Signal Hill and Long Beach. For the Fiscal Year 2013-2014 budget, the City is anticipating gas

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City of LB encouraging residents to attend professional fireworks shows

With the 4th of July holiday approaching, the City of Long Beach has issued a press release indicating that all fireworks are illegal and dangerous, while encouraging people to attend a professional fireworks show. Included in the press release are the following statistics from the National Fire Protection Association about the dangers of fireworks: • Fireworks caused an estimated 15,500 fires, eight deaths, dozens of injuries and an estimated $36 million

in direct property damage in 2010. • U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 8,600 people for fireworks-related injuries in 2010. • Fireworks and sparklers are designed to explode or throw off showers of hot sparks, with temperatures that can exceed 1,200 degrees. • Fireworks are more than twice as likely to injure children ages 5 to 14 than the general population. The National Council on Fireworks Safety has reported that, for the last

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The Signal Hill Police Department (SHPD) recently issued a press release stating that the Signal Hill hilltop area will be closed to all non-residential vehicular traffic on the 4th of July holiday, beginning at 6pm. The SHPD suggests that all individuals and families interested in viewing the aerial firework displays enjoy the view from the hilltop but consider attending other local shows in the area, because hilltop space is limited. The press release states that the possession, sale and/or discharge of all types of fireworks, including “safe and sane” fireworks, are prohibited within the city of Signal Hill. Hilltop residents who are planning a party on the 4th of July should contact Sergeant M. Krizo at (562) 989-7222 ext. 5061 or mkrizo@signalhillpd.org or Senior Police Officer K. Brown at (562) 989-7222 ext. 5106 or kbrown@signalhillprd.org for information regarding hilltop access for their guests. Source: SHPD

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The Odd Life of Timothy Green 8/26 - Cherry 8/28 - El Dorado

Tour de France Wine Tasting to have a little fun with this iconic sporting event we will be tasting wines from the various regions of France that the race will be passing through this year. our host this time will be Mike Lavine who is usually our italian Wine guru. For this event he has agreed to put on his beret and lead us through the French country side (viticulturally speaking). you can trust me when i say that we will be having alot more fun than the cyclists will be. our tastings run from 6pm to 8pm and cost $25 (call for reservations). Light appetizers will be passed and you are welcome to come and go as you like with-in the time frame and taste at your own speed. if you find something you really enjoy, a limited amount of the wine being poured will be available that evening at special retail prices. Please be sure to make your reservation because we only have room for a maximum of 40 people and these tastings have been extremely popular. Part time French wine guru, Mike lavine | Wine Director: Dave solzman sommelier: Matt Knightly

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TST4392 T.S. No.: 11-45564  TSG Order No.: 0211103804 A.P.N.: 7148-010-085 ATTENTION RECORDER: THE FOLLOWING REFERENCE TO AN ATTACHED SUMMARY IS APPLICABLE TO THE NOTICE PROVIDED TO THE TRUSTOR ONLY PURSUANT TO CA CIVIL CODE 2923.3 NOTE: THERE IS A SUMMARY OF THE INFORMATION IN THIS DOCUMENT ATTACHED  注:本文件包含一个信息摘要 참고 사항: 본 첨부 문서에 정보 요약서가 있습니

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다 NOTA: SE ADJUNTA UN RESUMEN DE LA INFORMACIÓN DE ESTE DOCUMENTO TALA: MAYROONG BUOD NG IMPORMASYON SA DOKUMENTONG ITO NA NAKALAKIP LƯU Ý: KÈM THEO ĐÂY LÀ BẢN TRÌNH BÀY TÓM LƯỢC VỀ THÔNG TIN TRONG TÀI LIỆU NÀY       NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE    YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 4/5/2005. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to Article XIIID of the California Constitution (Proposition 218) that the City Council of the City of Signal Hill will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at 2175 Cherry Avenue, Signal Hill, California 90755 in the City Council Chambers to consider a proposed increase in Solid Waste Collection Service Rates for City of Signal Hill customers. The purpose of this notice is to provide you with information about the hearing and protest proceedings being conducted by the City of Signal Hill on real property that you own. Why are the solid waste collection rates increasing?

Solid Waste Collection Service Rates may only be increased because of fee increases at solid waste disposal sites; such as landfills, transfer stations, material recovery facilities; cost of living adjustments, or because of extraordinary circumstances. Rates are calculated in accordance with the rate formula established in the Agreement. The rate formula has two components: Disposal Fee and the Consumer Price Index (CPI) Adjustment. Both residential and commercial rates are increasing because of increased tipping fees. Effective July 1, 2013, disposal site tipping fees for residential solid waste increased from $48.00 to $50.00 per ton. Similarly, disposal site tipping fees for commercial solid waste increased from $49.41 to $51.71 per ton. Commercial rates also have a CPI adjustment of 5.54% based on the All-Urban Consumer Price Index change for the Los Angeles Metro area from December 2010 to December 2012. How do I determine my increase?

The City’s exclusive franchise hauler, Signal Hill Waste and Recycling Services (EDCO) has not raised either residential or commercial/industrial rates for municipal solid waste collection since 2008. In the Franchise Agreement between EDCO and the City of Signal Hill established in February 2010, EDCO agreed to freeze rates on residential customers for three years. EDCO did not increase commercial rates during this time as well. The effect of the disposal fee increases on the three most common levels of service is detailed in the table below. A complete list of proposed rates for all levels of service will be available at the public hearing. If approved, the average residential customer’s monthly charge will increase by 23 cents per month. The effective date for the proposed solid waste collection rates is August 1, 2013. The following tables show the current and proposed monthly Solid Waste Collection Service Rates for the three most common levels of service. Customers with additional carts or bins or multiple weekly collections will have other charges. For information about the rate for your level of service, please call 562-989-7355.

In addition, EDCO is seeking approval for annual inflation based adjustments as allowed under the terms of the Agreement and Proposition 218. EDCO may make Consumer Price Index (Los Angeles Metro area) based adjustments to Solid Waste Collection Service Rates up to a maximum of three and one-half percent (3.5%). This annual rate adjustment would be allowable for the next five years. In accordance with Proposition 218 provisions, CPI rate adjustments may be made for four years without requiring a subsequent public hearing every July 1st commencing with July 1, 2014 through and including July 1, 2017. What is the procedure to protest?

Owners (or renters subject to the fee increase) of real property in Signal Hill who wish to protest the increase can either send in a written protest to the address below or attend the public hearing to register their protest at the hearing. Written protests must be received prior to and during the public hearing on Tuesday, July 16, 2013. Any written protests received following the close of the public hearing will not be counted. All written protests must (at a minimum) include the following information to be counted: (a) Address or assessor parcel numbers or property subject to the fee increase, (b) the name of the owner of the property and (c) a clear statement protesting the increase in the Solid Waste Collection Service Rates pursuant to this notice. Written protests should be addressed to: Signal Hill City Clerk, 2175 Cherry Avenue Signal Hill, CA 90755

All interested persons are invited to attend the public hearing to present written information, express their opinions, or otherwise present evidence on the above matter. However, State law limits the protest to owners (or in some areas, renters responsible for the fee) of real property, with one protest per identified parcel to be counted. Only written protests received prior to and at the public hearing will be counted. Oral protests will be heard, but may not necessarily affect the outcome of the protests as showing in the final sentence of this paragraph. The City Council will receive a report from the Director of Public Works, who will report the number of protests received prior to the public hearing. Upon the conclusion of the public hearing, the Mayor will request that the Director of Public Works tally all of the written protests received upon the conclusion of the hearing, with the written protests received prior to the hearing and provide a tally of the oral protests. The City Council will not be permitted to adopt the rate increase should a majority written protest be received (50% plus 1) on all identified parcels subject to the increase. //ss// Joshua Rosenbaum, Management Analyst

Published in the Signal Tribune June 28, 2013 and July 3, 2013.

EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER.  On 7/12/2013 at 9:00 AM, Old Republic Default Management Services, a Division of Old Republic National Title Insurance Company as duly appointed Trustee pursuant to the Deed of Trust, Recorded 4/21/2005 as Instrument No. 05 0927042 in book --, page -- of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, California, executed by: LIMTIN THAO A SINGLE MAN AND LANCE SALIN A SINGLE MAN , as Trustor, DOWNEY SAVINGS AND LOAN ASSOCIATION F.A. as Beneficiary. WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH (payable in full at time of sale by cash, a cashier's check drawn by a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state). Behind the fountain located in Civic Center Plaza, 400 Civic Center Plaza Pomona, CA all right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County and state, and as more fully described in the above referenced Deed of Trust.    The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 1132 & 1134 EAST 32ND ST, 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 in an “AS IS” condition, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by 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, to-wit: $631,520.20 (Estimated). Accrued interest and additional advances, if any, will increase this figure prior to sale. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due.  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 (714) 573-1965 or visit this Internet Web site www.priorityposting.com, using the file number assigned to this case 1145564. 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.  The Declaration pursuant to California Civil Code, Section 2923.5(a) was fulfilled when the Notice of Default was recorded on 11/30/2011   Date: 6/13/2013  Old Republic Default Management Services, A Division of Old Republic National Title Insurance Company, as Trustee  500 City Parkway West, Suite 200, Orange, CA 92868-2913  (866) 263-5802  For Sale Information Contact: Priority Posting & Publishing (714) 573-1965  Heather Marsh, Assistant Secretary "We are attempting to collect a debt, and any information we obtain will be used for that purpose."    P1045674 6/21, 6/28, 07/05/2013  

TST4402 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE Trustee Sale No. 459294CA Loan No. 0014875884 Title No. 130044497 ATTENTION Order RECORDER: THE FOLLOWING REFERENCE TO AN ATTACHED SUMMARY IS APPLICABLE TO THE NOTICE PROVIDED TO THE TRUSTOR ONLY. PURSUANT TO CALIFORNIA CIVIL CODE 2923.3 NOTE: THERE IS A SUMMARY OF THE INFORMATION IN THIS DOCUMENT ATTACHED YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 05-102006. 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 07-19-2013 at 11:00 A.M., CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY as the duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded 05-192006, Book N/A, Page N/A, Instrument 06 1105612, of official records in the Office of the Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, California, executed by: LARS FALLMAN, A SINGLE MAN, as Trustor, MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC. (MERS) ACTING SOLELY AS NOMINEE FOR LENDER, WMC MORTGAGE CORP., ITS SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS., as Beneficiary, will sell at public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier's check drawn by a state or national bank, a cashier's check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a cashier's check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Sale will be held by the duly appointed trustee as shown below, of all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by the trustee in the hereinafter described property under and pursuant to the Deed of Trust. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. Place of Sale: BY THE FOUNTAIN LOCATED

AT 400 CIVIC CENTER PLAZA, POMONA, CA 91766. Legal Description: A CONDOMINIUM COMPOSED 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, MINERAL, AND OTHER HYDROCARBONS, AS RESERVED IN INSTRUMENTS OF RECORD B) UNIT 69 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 ''PARKING SPACE'' OVER AND ACROSS THAT PORTION OF LOT 1 OF SAID TRACT NO 31155 DEFINED AND DELINEATED AS ''RESTRICTED COMMON AREA'' PS 69 ON THE ABOVE MENTIONED REFERENCED CONDOMINIUM PLAN. PARCEL 3 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 69 ON THE ABOVE REFERENCED CONDOMINIUM PLAN Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $343,480.35 (estimated) Street address and other common designation of the real property: 2599 WALNUT AVENUE 237 SIGNAL HILL, CA 90755 APN Number: 7211-026146 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The property heretofore described is being sold "as is". In compliance with California Civil Code 2923.5(c) the mortgagee, trustee, beneficiary, or authorized agent declares: that it has contacted the borrower(s) to assess their financial situation and to explore options to avoid foreclosure; or that it has made efforts to contact the borrower(s) to assess their financial situation and to explore options to avoid foreclosure by one of the following methods: by telephone; by United States mail; either 1st class or certified; by overnight delivery; by personal delivery; by e-mail; by face to face meeting. DATE: 06-21-2013 CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY, as Trustee ROSAURA ARMENTA, ASSISTANT SECRETARY California Reconveyance Company 9200 Oakdale Avenue Mail Stop: CA2-4379 Chatsworth, CA 91311 800-892-6902 For Sales Information: www.lpsasap.com or 1-714-7302727 www.priorityposting.com or 1-714-5731965 www.auction.com or 1-800-280-2832 CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY IS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. 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, this information can be obtained from one of the following three companies: LPS Agency Sales and Posting at (714) 730-2727, or visit the Internet Web site www.lpsasap.com (Registration required to search for sale information) or Priority Posting and Publishing at (714) 573-1965 or visit the Internet Web site www.priorityposting.com (Click on the link for "Advanced Search" to search for sale information), or auction.com at 1-800-280-2832 or visit the Internet Web site www.auction.com, using the Trustee Sale No. shown above. 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. A-4396984 06/28/2013, 07/05/2013, 07/12/2013

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

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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.

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: 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. TST4399 / 2013 127517 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: HOT n SPICY GOURMET, 412 W. 35th Court, Long Beach, CA 90806. Registrant: MICHAEL SHERMAN JONES, 412 W. 35th Court, Long Beach, CA 90806. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Michael Sherman Jones. The

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TST4400 / 2013 127518 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: BONIFACIA INDIVIDUAL COACHING, 733 Junipero Ave., Long Beach, CA 90804. Registrant: BONNIE R. SHAW, 733 Junipero Ave., Long Beach, CA 90804. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Bonnie R. Shaw. 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 6, 2013. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on June 19, 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 21, 28, & July 5, 12, 2013.

TST4401 / 2013 127519 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: PAICITAS TACOS, 154 W. Market St., Long Beach, CA 90805. Registrant: JOAQUIN CASTANEDA, 154 W. Market St., Long Beach, CA 90805. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Joaquin Castaneda. 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 19, 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 21, 28, & July 5, 12, 2013.

TST4398 / 2013 127159 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: ZENSATIONS, 1777 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90815. Registrant: JANET COLE, 3613 Monogram Ave., Long Beach, CA 90808. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Janet Cole. 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 18, 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 21, 28, & July 5, 12, 2013.

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TST4393 / 2013 117361 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: SIGNAL HILL NAILS, 2201 E. Willow St. Ste. A, Signal Hill, CA 90755 . Registrant: THAM NGOC TRAN, 1022 S. Shannon St., Santa Ana, CA 92704. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Tham Ngoc Tran. 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 6, 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 21, 28, & July 5, 12, 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. RODRIGUEZ. 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: June 28, & July 5, 12, 19, 2013. ___//ss//___ Yvonne T. Sanchez, Judge of the Superior Court Dated: May 29, 2013

TST4407 / 2013 131889 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: UNCRAYCRAY SPRAY, 1728 E. 3rd St. Apt. 20, Long Beach, CA 90802. Registrant: REBECCA CHERKOSS, 1728 E. 3rd St. Apt. 20, Long Beach, CA 90802. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Rebecca Cherkoss. 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 24, 2013. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on June 24, 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 28, & July 5, 12, 19, 2013.

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 Lyudmila Esfeller, For Change of Name. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner LYUDMILA ESFELLER, filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: LYUDMILA ESFELLER to Proposed Name: LYUDMYLA CHERNOGALOVA. 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: August 6, 2013; Time: 8:30 A.M.; Dept. G, Room 51. 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 28, & July 5, 12, 19, 2013. ___//ss//___ Michael P. Vicencia, Judge of the Superior Court Dated: June 20, 2013 TST4408 / 2013 131732 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: FARM LOT 59, 2076 Eucalyptus Ave., Long Beach, CA 90806. Registrant: SASHA KANNO, 2076 Eucalyptus 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: Sasha Kanno. The registrant has not begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names

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majority opinion, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a portion of the Act– Section 3– is unconstitutional in its restriction of federal marriage benefits. “The federal statute is invalid, for no legitimate purpose overcomes the purpose and effect to disparage and injure those whom the State, by its marriage laws, sought to protect in personhood and dignity,” Kennedy wrote. “By seeking to displace this protection and treating those persons as living in marriages less respected than others, the federal statute is in violation of the Fifth Amendment.” Long Beach Vice Mayor Robert Garcia, who, when elected in 2009 became the first openly gay person of color ever elected to the Long Beach City Council, called Wednesday “a great day” for the country and the state. “Citizens across California will now have the ability to marry the person they love and be recognized by the federal government,” he said. “Long Beach has always been a welcoming place for everyone, and I look forward to welcoming same-sex couples at City Hall as they choose to marry their partners. Equality and fairness have won the day.” Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster also issued a statement Wednesday that celebrated the high court’s decisions. “Today is a monumental day that will change, for the better, the lives of friends and families throughout our great state and makes our nation stronger,” he said. Signal Hill Councilmember Larry Forester, like Garcia, is an openly gay elected city official. “I could not be more proud of all who have fought for today’s rulings,” he said Wednesday morning in response to an email from the Signal Tribune. “The Court got [that] we are all equal

under the law and protected by the Constitution.” Because the Supreme Court did not decide on Hollingsworth v. Perry, both proponents and opponents of same-sex marriage found reason to celebrate. Andy Pugno, who is general counsel for ProtectMarriage.com, the official proponent of Prop 8, released a statement Wednesday morning that seemed to praise the Court’s ruling, which found that the group does not have the authority to defend the proposition. “We are pleased that the Supreme Court has reversed the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ misguided decision that sought to invalidate Proposition 8,” Pugno said. “For the more than seven million Californians who have seen their vote stripped away from them, little by little, over the course of five years, that decision is gratifying. While it is unfortunate that the Court’s ruling does not directly resolve questions about the scope of the trial court’s order against Prop 8, we will continue to defend Prop 8 and seek its enforcement until such time as there is a binding statewide order that renders Prop 8 unenforceable.” California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris said that the U.S. Supreme Court’s opinion in Hollingsworth v. Perry means that every county in the state of California must now recognize the right of same-sex couples to legally marry, and she asked the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to lift its stay and allow same-sex marriages to take place. “The Supreme Court’s historic ruling in Hollingsworth v. Perry means that same-sex couples have the fundamental right to be legally married in all of California’s 58 counties,” she said. “The Court agreed with our argument that opponents of same-sex marriage lacked the legal standing required to bring the issue to the court. Same-sex marriages can legally

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resume in California as soon as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals lifts its stay on the district court ruling. I ask that the Ninth Circuit lift this stay immediately, because gay and lesbian couples in California have waited long enough for their full civil rights.” Ron Sylvester, president and chairman of the LGBTQ Center of Long Beach, released a statement Wednesday that echoed the historical significance that Harris attributed to the rulings. “Today’s Supreme Court ruling restores marriage equality in California,” he said. “Now same-sex couples can legally marry in 13 states and Washington, DC, and more than 93 million Americans– nearly a third of the country– live in a jurisdiction with the freedom to marry. In addition, by striking down DOMA, the Supreme Court affirms that all loving and committed couples who marry deserve equal legal respect and treatment.” Sylvester also said that the decisions add momentum to the work to win marriage equality in other states. Long Beach Councilmember Patrick O’Donnell, who represents the city’s 4th District, also issued a statement on June 26, which he described as a monumental day for California and the country. “There was no rational moral or legal basis to reject same-sex marriage, and to deny this right is to deny the principles of our Constitution,” he said. “The Supreme Court has affirmed the fight our LGBTQ community has fought for years. Today we celebrate marriage equality.” It was a bittersweet week for supporters of minorities’ rights. The Supreme Court’s actions on same-sex marriage came on the heels of their June 25 ruling which held that Sections 4 and 5 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965 are unconstitutional. The VRA was enacted to address

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Under a writ of Sale issued on 04/24/13. Out of the L.A. SUPERIOR COURT, LONG BEACH, of the SOUTH DISTRICT, County of Los Angeles, State of California, on a judgment entered on 07/03/12.

The described property is sold subject to the right of redemption. The amount of the secured indebtedness with interest and costs is $ 18,742.38 (Amount subject to revision)

In favor of PACIFIC CREST III HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, A CALIFORNIA NON-PROFIT CORPORATION and against KIRK BEARD, INDIVIDUALLY AND AS TRUSTEE OF THE 1900 CHERRY AVENUE TRUST; L.T. WILLIS, INDIVIDUALLY AND AS TRUSTEE OF THE 1900 CHERRY AVENUE TRUST; GABRIELA VALENCIA, INDIVIDUALLY AND AS TRUSTEE OF THE 1900 CHERRY AVENUE TRUST; MARCO V. GARCIA, INDIVIDUALLY AND AS TRUSTEE OF THE 1900 CHERRY AVENUE TRUST; SHIRLEY ANN BELL, INDIVIDUALLY AND AS TRUSTEE OF THE 1900 CHERRY AVENUE TRUST; GEMMA GUISAR, INDIVIDUALLY AND AS TRUSTEE OF THE 1900 CHERRY AVENUE TRUST; ANGELA ARANGO, INDIVIDUALLY AND AS TRUSTEE OF THE 1900 CHERRY AVENUE TRUST; GREGORIA DIAZ, INDIVIDUALLY AND AS TRUSTEE OF THE 1900 CHERRY AVENUE TRUST; LOC LE, INDIVIDUALLY AND AS TRUSTEE OF THE 1900 CHERRY AVENUE TRUST; CYRK KELLOGG, INDIVIDUALLY AND AS TRUSTEE OF THE 1900 CHERRY AVENUE TRUST; MARINA RODRIGUEZ, INDIVIDUALLY AND AS TRUSTEE OF THE 1900 CHERRY AVENUE TRUST; JOSE AVALOS, INDIVIDUALLY AND AS TRUSTEE OF THE 1900 CHERRY AVENUE TRUST; DAVID LE, INDIVIDUALLY AND AS TRUSTEE OF THE 1900 CHERRY AVENUE TRUST; MARIA AGNES BLANCO, INDIVIDUALLY AND AS TRUSTEE OF THE 1900 CHERRY AVENUE TRUST; MARIO RENE CORTEZ, INDIVIDUALLY AND AS TRUSTEE OF THE 1900 CHERRY AVENUE TRUST; SUN KYUNG JIN, INDIVIDUALLY AND AS TRUSTEE OF THE 1900 CHERRY AVENUE TRUST; CONCEPCION P. LOZANO, INDIVIDUALLY AND AS TRUSTEE OF THE 1900 CHERRY AVENUE TRUST; JEANIE NAM, INDIVIDUALLY AND AS TRUSTEE OF THE 1900 CHERRY AVENUE TRUST. I have levied upon all the right, title and interest of said judgment debtor(s) in the property in the County of Los Angeles, State of California, described as follows:

UNIT 7 LOT 1 OF TRACT NO. 61054, IN THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, STATE OF CALIFORNIA, AS PER MAP RECORDED IN BOOK 1308, PAGES 44 TO 45, INCLUSIVE OF MISCELLANEOUS MAPS, IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY RECORDER OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY, CALIFORNIA. APN# 7216-014-037

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struck down this week, declaring the law unconstitutional. “They have brought a victory that we can all celebrate and benefit from,” he said. Sylvester also acknowledged that the high court’s declining to decide the 2008 Proposition 8 case from California essentially allowed same-sex marriages in this state. While same-sex marriage is currently legal in 13 states and Washington D.C., he said the battle for marriage equality continues until gay couples in all states have the same rights. “We look forward to the day when loving couples in all 50 states can share these rights with us,” he said. James Gilliam, deputy executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California who has been unable to marry his partner of 18 years, acknowledged “straight allies” who have helped the cause and said the high court’s ruling will protect the civil rights of everyone. “Today, the legal system worked for our community,” he said. “Today’s decision will be used to provide new and different rights for new communities going forward. So everyone won today.” Local city leaders also shared their thoughts on the historic moment. Long Beach Vice Mayor Robert Garcia gave a toast to the City of Long Beach, which he said is a place that is accepting of all sexual orientations, ages and races. “It feels so good to live in a community that has been so supportive of our community,” he said. “We accept and love everyone.” Fifth District Long Beach City Councilmember Gerrie Schipske said she’s proud to live in a city that “supports diversity.” “For those of us, those older lesbians, we did not think this was going to happen in our lifetime, and I want to salute everybody, everyone that worked on this issue, young, old, gay, straight, black, white, Hispanic and Asian,” she said. “It was together that this is the reason we are here tonight.” Signal Hill Mayor Michael Noll, known as one of the first openly gay elected city officials in the local area, added, “Happy equality to all. This is a big moment in life.” Porter Gilbert, administrative director of The Center Long Beach, however, added that, while the court’s decision was a victory for same-sex marriage, equal rights are still needed for other discriminated persons, including transgender people. “Today we move even closer to eradicating homophobia in our communities and in our nation,” she said. “However, we must not forget it is still legal to discriminate against transgender people in housing and employment in 34 states. We must not forget our transgender brothers and sisters, and we must not forget a tremendous amount of work on multiple issues that our LGBTQ community still has ahead of us to achieve social and legal equality.” ß

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, the Planning Commission of the City of Signal Hill, California, will conduct a public hearing at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers located at City Hall, 2175 Cherry Avenue, Signal Hill, California, to consider the recommendation of the following:

A TWO-STORY 18,994 SQUARE FOOT MEDICAL OFFICE BUILDING ON A 1.32 ACRE PARCEL AT 845 WILLOW STREET LOCATED IN THE CG, COMMERCIAL GENERAL, ZONING DISTRICT. PLANS FOR THE PROJECT WERE PREVIOUSLY APPROVED IN 2009 BUT THE APPROVALS HAVE SINCE EXPIRED. THE SITE PLAN HAS BEEN MODIFIED TO SHIFT THE BUILDING FROM THE REAR PORTION OF THE LOT TO THE FRONT ALONG WILLOW STREET, THERE WILL BE NO DRIVEWAY ACCESS ONTO WALTON STREET (SITE PLAN ATTACHED). Applicant: Ware Malcomb for 2H Construction

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entrenched racial discrimination in voting, according to the Supreme Court’s syllabus for the case. However, in Shelby County v. Holder, the Supreme Court ruled that the Act’s pre-existing coverage formula in Section 4(b) and the preclearance requirements of section 5 are unconstitutional within the context of modern-day elections and that they can no longer be used as bases for subjecting jurisdictions to federal oversight. Congressmember Alan Lowenthal, whose 47th District is centered in Long Beach, released a statement Tuesday morning saying that he agrees with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who said in her dissent that the Voting Rights Act is one of the most consequential, efficacious, and amply justified exercises of federal legislative power in the nation’s history. “Today’s decision by the court majority eviscerates the VRA and opens the door for voter discrimination and suppression on an unprecedented level,” Lowenthal said. “This is a sizable step backwards in our collective national journey toward social justice and civil rights. Congress must move quickly in a decisive bipartisan way to update the VRA and continue vital protections for minority voters.” Congressmember Maxine Waters, who represents California’s 43rd District, said in a statement Tuesday that she was “deeply troubled” by the decision regarding VRA. “In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court struck Section 4, a provision which outlines the formula federal officials have used to determine which states must clear new voting laws with the Department of Justice,” she said. “This decision ignores the persistence of discrimination in voting and weakens a vital tool that has protected the right to vote for all Americans for nearly 50 years.” Jerome Horton, chairman of the Board of Equalization, also released a statement, in which he said he was “outraged by the failure of the highest court in the land to protect the rights of every American to vote without the challenges caused by inconsistency which opens the door to discrimination and suppression of a basic American right.” Horton said that removing federal approval of any state to make changes in election laws affecting African-Americans and minorities is anathema to the very essences of the VRA. “Freedom does not become obsolete, nor does any part of a law that guarantees justice,” he said. “I join President Obama in fighting to restore this 48year-old protection. We must not betray the memory of Dr. [Martin Luther] King and the valiant struggle of the modern civil-rights movement.” ß

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ALL INTERESTED PERSONS are hereby invited to attend this 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. A NEGATIVE DECLARATION for the medical office building project was adopted by the Planning Commission on December 8, 2009. Negative Declaration 11/20/09 (1), as well as material relevant to the proposed project, may be reviewed by the public in the Community Development Department at City Hall. THE FILE and associated documents for the proposed project may be reviewed by the public between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Fridays, in the Community Development Department at City Hall. FURTHER INFORMATION on this item may be obtained at the City of Signal Hill Community Development Department located at 2175 Cherry Avenue, Signal Hill, California, or by emailing Selena Alanis, Assistant Planner, at HYPERLINK "mailto:salanis@cityofsignalhill.org"salanis@cityofsignalhill.org or calling at (562) 989-7341. Published in the Signal Tribune newspaper: June 28, 2013 Posted in accordance with S.H.M.C. Section 1.08.010 on or before: Mailed to affected property owners: June 28, 2013

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