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“Cephalopod” by Scott Burchard; lacquer, acrylic and resin on plywood See page 10 Vol. 35 No. 9 Signal T R I B U N E SERVING BIXBY KNOLLS, CALIFORNIA HEIGHTS, LOS CERRITOS, WRIGLEY AND THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL LBUSD candidates emerge as longtime Boardmember Mary Stanton bows out of re-election bid for 2014 Megan Kerr Staff Writer Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) Boardmember Mary Stanton has told the Signal Tribune she will not seek re-election when her term expires next year, a decision that now opens up the field for a new representative to take the post. The longtime District 1 boardmem- Long Beach organization seeks families to foster adults with developmental disabilities Jeff Price Uduak Ntuk Sean Belk August 2, 2013 Forging a family Your Weekly Community Newspaper ber, who won her sixth consecutive fouryear term in 2010, said via email on Tuesday, July 30 that she plans to end her tenure in July 2014 when she will have served 24 years on the school board. “I will not be running again for school board,” Stanton said. “I am proud of all that has been accomplished during my tenure and feel this is a good time to step Mary Stanton LB Council seeks stricter regulations on ‘cash for gold’ dealers, but experts say problem is lack of enforcement see CANDIDATES page 11 Sean Belk Staff Writer The Long Beach City Council has agreed to look at ways to impose stricter regulations on “cash for gold” businesses by making them adhere to the same standards as pawnbrokers and other second-hand dealers. But experts in the field say gold buyers are already defined as second-hand dealers under California law and are required to apply for a state license to operate, adding that the proliferation of rogue, illegal dealers comes from merely a lack of city enforcement and oversight. At the July 16 meeting, the Council voted 7-0 to approve the request brought by 6th District Long Beach CouncilmemSean Belk/Signal Tribune ber Dee Andrews to have city A number of “cash for gold” establishments exist in Long Beach, such as this one located off staff come back with a new ordi- of Pacific Coast Highway, in which customers turn in their scrap gold and unwanted jewelry nance within 90 days. Ninth for cash. But city officials say some illegal operations may have contributed to a rise in propDistrict Councilmember Steven erty crime. The City Council is now looking to tighten restrictions on these businesses. Neal and Vice Mayor Robert several years, since unlawful businesses streets, police said. Garcia co-sponsored the proposal. “Many burglars tell us that they fence The proposal is an attempt to go after have made it easier for thieves to trade illegal and unregulated gold sales that stolen jewelry for cash. In fact, the rush stolen items like jewelry at ‘cash for gold’ police officials said have been contribut- for gold has prompted some criminals to businesses,” said Long Beach Police ing to a rise in property crime over the last snatch necklaces from people walking the see GOLD page 15 Weekly Weather Forecast Friday Saturday Sunday Monday August 3 through August 6, 2013 Tuesday 73° 75° 79° 80° 81° 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 62° Lo 62° Lo 62° Lo 63° Lo 64° Courtesy CA Mentor FHA California Mentor FHA seeks to match mentors and their families with adults with developmental disabilities. Lakewood resident Stephen Bullard (left) has welcomed Miguel (center) and Marcus (right) into his home. CJ Dablo Staff Writer Lakewood resident Stephen Bullard, 52, knows just how much his life has changed so quickly after he took on the responsibility of looking after two young men who really needed him. More than two years ago, the music instructor welcomed Marcus into his home. Soon after that, Miguel joined their family. Both Marcus and Miguel, clients of the California Mentor Family Home Agency (FHA), were matched with Bullard, who commits to mentor the young men in a safe family environment. (Their last names are being withheld to comply with privacy concerns.) California Mentor’s program certifies family homes and seeks individuals who are willing to provide in-home care for adults 18 and older who have developmental disabilities, according to its program director, Melissa Maynes. The program, located in Long Beach, is part of a nationwide for-profit agency called The Mentor Networks. see MENTOR page 14 CONCERTS IN THE PARK Wednesday Evenings at 6:30pm Signal Hill Park, 2175 Cherry Avenue August 7 - Susie Hansen Latin Band Latin & Salsa August 14 - Doobies, Inc. Doobie Bros. Tribute Concert Sponsors Signal Hill Petroleum • Graner Oil Company • Supervisor Don Knabe Mesa Environmental Services • Aleshire & Wynder • EDCO Kluger Architects • Signal Tribune Newspaper 2201 East Willow St., Suite G | Signal Hill Information: 562-989-7330

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