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“Team USA” Mixed media on plywood by Hugh van der Linden and Jill Hunter See page 9 Vol. 35 No. 8 Signal T R I B U N SERVING BIXBY KNOLLS, CALIFORNIA HEIGHTS, LOS CERRITOS, WRIGLEY AND THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL Your Weekly Community Newspaper Sean Belk/Signal Tribune Sweet and Saucy Shop is expected to move into its new storefront at 3722 Atlantic Ave. in Bixby Knolls after relocating from its previous spot on Stearns Street. The grand opening is set for Saturday Aug. 3, noon to 4pm. Staff Writer The exodus of two big-box retailers– including Ralphs, which shuttered last month, and Orchard Supply Hardware (OSH), which is expected to close by August– was a major blow to the close-knit community of Bixby Knolls. But now, it appears small businesses are taking the lead and are looking to plant roots along the business corridor that extends from 33rd Street to 46th Street along Atlantic Avenue and Long Beach Boulevard, just north of the 405 Freeway. Attracted by a nascent communal spirit of business-friendliness, several small retail shops, including a few new restaurants, are filling up once vacant buildings, creating an eclectic blend of storefronts. Some have been enticed to relocate from other parts of the city, including Long Beach Roller Sport, which has recently opened at 3974 Atlantic Ave. after moving from the Cal State Long Beach area on Palo Verde Avenue, and a bakery known as Sweet and Saucy Shop, which is set to celebrate its grand opening on Saturday, Aug. 3 from noon to 4pm. Beth Giles, who moved to the area six years ago, has recently opened a vintage-clothing store called Salvage Life at 3712 Atlantic Ave. after first starting it as an online store. “It’s a beautiful neighborhood,” she said. “This street used to be really popular. Back in the ‘50s, this was like the place to go. It has kind of slowly died, and now it’s getting this new birth. I’ve been amazed at how many customers come in and have commented about how so many new businesses are coming in, and they’re excited about it.” Giles said she moved to the spot because she heard that Sweet and Saucy Shop was moving next door, hoping that the two businesses would complement each other. The business owner added that Bixby Knolls has been in desperate need of shopping destinations, especially with a new, younger clientele moving in. “I just think that there’s a lot of young families and younger people moving into the area, and there isn’t very much shopping,” said Giles, whose store offers a mixture of modern and vintage clothing. “I wanted to create a store that I would shop at in this neighborhood and not have to drive far.” Blair Cohn, executive director of the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association (BKBIA), admits that the vacancies left behind by Ralphs and OSH, which have both been located in Bixby Knolls for more than a decade, will be hard to fill. But he said the corporate decisions to close the stores were in the making for years and the circumstances were out of his hands, adding that it’s unclear how the situations will play out. “It’s a bummer, but there isn’t anything we can do,” Cohn said. The BKBIA, however, isn’t skip- 23RD ANNUAL SIGNAL HILL CAR SHOW MUSIC • 50/50 • BBQ • RAFFLE Sunday, August 4, 2013 Benefiting Signal Hill Youth Groups Put on by Signal Hill Police Dept. & Sultans Car Club Signal Hill Park, 1 mile south of 405 Fwy (on Cherry Ave. at Hill St.) Special Awards, including Top Ten Music by Show time 8-3, Awards at 2 Johnny Rocket 1975 & older show quality cars & trucks Sultan’s pick will be used on next year’s t-shirt & the V-Twins Register Day of Show $35 Vendor spaces: 10x10=$35 (562) 708-0789 NO ALCOHOL, BURNOUTS, OR LOUD MUSIC Second District Long Beach Councilmember Suja Lowenthal announced July 23 that she has entered the race for mayor of Long Beach. “Long Beach is my home. She is home to my family. I am deeply committed to the future of our great city,” Lowenthal said in her press release announcing her candidacy. “Therefore, after serious consideration and the support of my family, friends and close advisors, I have decided to run for mayor of Long Beach.” Currently serving her second term as councilmember, Lowenthal served as vice mayor of Long Beach in 2010-11 and as an alternate to the California Coastal Commission. She presently serves as Long Beach’s representative on the board of directors of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and also serves on the board of Heal the Bay. According to her press release, Lowenthal’s professional background includes her work for the City of Los Angeles Department of Aging and the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office as the Coordinator of its domestic violence unit. She has more Suja Lowenthal than 15 years of experience in the water industry, serving policy roles in the Central Basin Municipal Water District, West Basin Municipal Water District and Water Replenishment District of Southern California. She has also taught as an adjunct professor at California State University, Long Beach and currently works as an urban-planning professional in public transportation. Former United States Marine Ricardo Linarez announced on July 19 that he will run for the Long Beach City Council to represent the 1st District. “As a longtime resident with strong ties to the Long Beach community, a community activist and U.S. veteran, I will represent the citizens of the 1st District and the city of Long Beach to the best of my abilities,” Linarez said in his announcement statement. “Since returning from active duty with the U.S. Marine Corps over a decade ago, I have contributed to my community. As your next councilmember, I am dedicated to investing on building safe and clean neighborhoods, improving our infrastructure such as streets and sidewalks, and improving our local economy by working with partners to attract jobs for local residents and assisting small businesses to thrive. I look forward to having an open dialogue with my neighbors on how we can improve our neighborhoods for all families.” Linarez works with community groups that include Wilmore Historic District, Washington Neighborhood, Wrigley area, Westside Long Beach Association, and central Long Beach according Ricardo Linarez to his statement. Linarez currently serves as the senior field deputy for 9th District Councilmember Steven Neal, the vice president of programming for the Long Beach Democratic Club and as a state delegate for the 70th Assembly District. Carl Kemp, who owns a government-relations firm that provides advocacy for entities seeking favorable outcomes at City Hall, has announced he will seek the 5th District Long Beach City Council seat, according to, to whom Kemp this week emailed a business biographical sketch. According to that biography, Kemp served two terms as student body president at California State University, Long Beach, then he became the legislative assistant to the Long Beach City Council. Kemp was then hired by City Manager Jim Hankla to oversee government affairs, where he acted as the go-to support professional on a wide range of issues, including: state and federal grant procurement, the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy, and the Long Beach Urban Area Security Initiative. “In addition, [Kemp] was the first to create the federal and state legislative agendas for the City of Long Beach,” reads the biography. “[Kemp] also served as the city manager’s liaison to: neighboring cities, the GateCarl Kemp way Cities Council of Governments, the Southern California Association of Governments, the League of California Cities, the National League of Cities, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and the Congressional Black Caucus. After his tenure with the City Manager’s Office, [Kemp] was tapped to oversee the Port of Long Beach’s newly created Community Relations and Government Affairs Division. During his time there, [he] was instrumental in securing funding for: the Gerald Desmond Bridge reconstruction, the Port of Long Beach, the Port of Los Angeles, the Green Port Open House, and the Harbor Arbor Urban Reforestation Program.” Weekly Weather Forecast see BIXBY KNOLLS page 14 Friday July 26, 2013 The Campaign Trail Despite loss of big-box retailers, small businesses open doors in Bixby Knolls Sean Belk E Saturday Sunday Monday July 26 through July 30, 2013 Tuesday 78° 77° 76° 77° 80° This week’s Weekly Weather Forecast sponsored by: Low clouds, then sunshine Low clouds, then sunshine Low clouds, then sunshine Low clouds, then sunshine Mostly sunny Lo 65° Lo 63° Lo 62° Lo 62° Lo 66° Become a mentor today! 562-424-0066

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