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A new Applebee’s Neighborhood Bar and Grill is quickly taking shape and will be the latest new business to open up in Signal Hill this year. Meanwhile, new residential projects are in the works. Developers have already constructed the outside frame of the new restaurant to be located at 899 E. Spring St. at the Signal Hill Gateway Center between Atlantic and California avenues. Representatives for Signal Hill Petroleum (SHP), which owns the property, announced last month that the family-friendly restaurant, where guests will be able to get a view of the local skyline from inside, is scheduled to open by early October. Ashley Schaffer, SHP property manager, said the new tenant has received all approvals from the City Council for the project to proceed, including permits for the restaurant to sell alcoholic beverages. Apple American Group representatives

have stated that the company once hoped to have an outside patio but the site is not big enough for outside seating without taking away parking spaces. Representatives have said that the restaurant will have windows on three sides of the building for guests to get a nice view. The company, known for restaurants with a broad menu ranging from meat and seafood to pasta, sandwiches, salads and soups, plans to roll out a number of new locations in the Los Angeles area, according to representatives. SHP has received interest from three to four new tenants to take up the final vacant parcel at the Gateway Center, Schaffer said. Though she couldn’t reveal any names since lease negotiations are currently underway, Schaffer said the remaining PAD (planned area development) is expected to include multiple tenants that “the City will enjoy having and will round out that center nicely,” providing “convenient” options for customers from nearby hospitals and surrounding areas.

Long Beach Register gears up to debut Aug. 19

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Media outlets have been calling it a “newspaper war.” The Long Beach Register, a newspaper that will offer local news six days a week, is set to publish its first issue on Monday, Aug. 19. It’s a move that will directly compete with the Press-Telegram, the other daily newspaper geared towards the Long Beach area. There’s a tinge of irony when branding this distinctly unfriendly rivalry between competitors as any kind of “war.” Neither side seems to embrace the title. Both the Long Beach Register and the Press-Telegram have significant financial backing. The Long Beach Register will be run by the people behind the Orange County Register, which is owned by Freedom Communications Inc. Its owners, Aaron Kushner and Eric Spitz, last year launched an ambitious plan to invest heavily in print media, expanding their newsroom and providing their

digital content on a subscription basis. The Long Beach Register’s publisher, Ian Lamont, acknowledges that this is the first time Kushner and Spitz are launching a newspaper outside of Orange County and the first time they’ve started a newspaper from scratch. Lamont says that his company believes that content is a commodity and that they are investing a great deal to generate content. “Newspapers for a long time have basically felt that they generated content in order to create advertising products,” Lamont said in a telephone interview, “and therefore they gave away their content digitally, and it made no sense to charge somebody to get content in print form but get it free online.” The Long Beach Register’s print edition will have two sections focused on local news and sports in the greater Long Beach area and will be packaged with the Orange County Register for delivery to subscribers. The Long

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Applebee’s Neighborhood Bar and Grill is expected to open in Signal Hill by early October, and the outside frame of the building has already been erected. Property owner Signal Hill Petroleum states that three to four other businesses have expressed interest in becoming new tenants at the Signal Hill Gateway Center along Spring Street.

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A victim advocate working closely with Long Beach police detectives, Carla Aguilar has seen the effects of domestic violence in families first-hand. She once encountered a 19-year-old girl who had suffered a broken nose and various other injuries from her boyfriend. Aguilar began taking down the victim’s address to help her file a restraining order when the girl began to back out of the situation. Aguilar said, “Her mom had experienced this and she had seen it all her life.” Aguilar said it’s all too common. In many cases, domestic violence may be “normalized” in abusive households, often getting passed on from generation to generation. For victims, however, the problem is never addressed. But today, there’s more assistance available to help victims in need, said Aguilar, who works for the WomenShelter of Long Beach in cooperation with the Long Beach Police Department’s Domestic Abuse Response Team (D.A.R.T.). For the past four years, Aguilar has been stationed at the police department’s headquarters at 400 W. Broadway

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Last year, the Long Beach Police Department saw the most domestic reports of felonies and misdemeanors in six years. However, police officials say domestic violence is still an “under-reported” crime. The WomenShelter of Long Beach’s Domestic Violence Resource Center, located at 930 Pacific Ave., offers services for non-sheltered victims.

downtown, and she goes out with police to calls to direct potential victims to the right legal avenues or counseling. The shelter’s doors are open to men and women, including those in the LGBTQ community, and children as young as 7 years old.

Depending on the case, victims may seek assistance at the organization’s emergency shelter– an eight-bedroom, 29-bed facility at an undisclosed location that provides a 30-to-45-day shelter for victims and their families, or the see VIOLENCE page 15

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Friends, family and city officials gather to celebrate life of respected civic leader Sean Belk

Spivy-Weber, public member of the California State Water Resources Control Board. “We loved her for her limLillian Kawasaki was considered love of the environment and of itless the “gift” that kept giving. her community. Lillian valued action Hundreds of politicians and loved and making things happen. Most ones gathered at Forest Lawn Long everything she touched turned into real Beach on Saturday, Aug. 3 during her outcomes that made a difference.” memorial service, titled “A Celebration Congressmember Alan Lowenthal of a Life Well Lived,” to pay tribute to also recalled Kawasaki’s many gifts, their dear friend, remembered as an including a Daruma doll, a Japanese environmentalist, visionary, energetic doll that symbolizes success and good go-getter and all-around caring person. luck, which now sits in his congresAfter nearly 35 years of public servPhotos by Sean Belk/Signal Tribune sional office. “Lillian solved problems, Lillian Kawasaki’s husband, Craig Carter, addresses those in attendance at her ice as a Los Angeles civic leader and she brought us all together, she gave us funeral on Aug. 3. Carter said the couple met when they both worked as teacher’s gifts, and she made us bread,” Lowenassistants in graduate school at UCLA. thal said. “She had a huge heart. That’s what Lillian was– a heart that was overwhelmed.” Kawasaki began her public-service career in 1978, when she was hired as a marine environmental specialist for the Port of Los Angeles. Working there for 12 years, she eventually became the Port’s chief environmentalist. In 1990, Kawasaki was appointed to head the then newly created Environmental Affairs Department for the City of Los Angeles, becoming the Membership Benefits: first Asian-American ¥ Free Child Watch — Babysitting while you work out! woman in the City’s his- Hundreds gathered at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Long Beach on Saturday, Aug. 3 for Lillian ¥ Free six-week wellness orientation tory to take on a general- Kawasaki’s memorial service, titled “A Celebration of a Life Well Lived.” ¥ Unlimited Group Exercise Classes manager position. ¥ Unlimited access to Los Altos YMCA, Weingart-Lakewood YMCA, & Fairfield Spearheading many YMCA Port of Los Angeles Executive Director who said he first met her when they environmental initiatives regarding Geraldine Knatz, shared stories about both worked as teacher’s assistants in ¥ Visit other YMCAs throughout the nation up to three times per month water and air quality, she also had stints Kawasaki’s consummate giving nature graduate school at UCLA. “I’m the as general manager for the Los Angeles and dedication, adding that many peo- person who says, ‘Let’s get it down Receive 50% off Join Fee Community Development Department ple “depended” on her expertise and right the first time,’ and she says, ‘Let’s and assistant general manager of envi- animated spirit. Former Los Angeles just get it done– I got two more things by bringing in this ad and ronmental affairs and economic devel- City Councilmember Ruth Galanter to do at the same timeframe,’” Carter joining before August 15, 2013 FAIRFIELD YMCA opment for the Los Angeles shared a poem she wrote about said. 4949 Atlantic Ave. Department of Water and Power. Long Beach, CA Kawasaki. In 2006, Kawasaki was elected as Try our FREE 7 Day Membership 90805 During the memorial service, many In 2002, Kawasaki moved to Long the Division Three Board Director of Los Angeles city officials, including Beach with her husband, Craig Carter, see KAWASAKI page 9 most recently a director of the Water Replenishment District of Southern California (WRD), Kawasaki lost her battle with breast cancer on July 18. She was 62. Speakers, including Long Beach and Los Angeles city officials, recalled that she not only gave her time and service for the public and environment but also gave her colleagues and friends “special gifts,” whether it was a loaf of pumpkin bread at Christmas time or a CD of Elvis Presley music for no apparent reason. “We all loved Lillian,” said Frances

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AUGUST 9, 2013

LBPD’s anti-prostitution operation nets 12 arrests

On Wednesday, July 31, the Long Beach Police Department’s (LBPD) vice detail conducted an undercover Internet operation targeting prostitution in Long Beach that resulted in the arrest of 12 male subjects. Detectives posted advertisements on the Internet with photos of females offering sexual services. According to the LBPD, the suspects quickly responded to the ads and made arrangements to meet with females at

a Long Beach motel, with the expectation of a sexual encounter with a prostitute. Instead, they were met by undercover detectives and were arrested for solicitation of prostitution, or other offenses, according to the LBPD. A total of 10 suspects were arrested for solicitation of a prostitute, one for an outstanding misdemeanor warrant, and one for sexual battery. Of the 12 suspects arrested, six of them

were from Long Beach, while the other six were from other cities in the region. LBPD says that operations of this type are a response to community concerns regarding quality-of-life issues in the area. Those wishing to report prostitution may contact the LBPD’s vice investigations detail at (562) 570-7219.

Long Beach launches crowdsourcing campaign for residents to help inventory billboards

The City of Long Beach is working to identify and inventory billboards throughout the city and has launched a crowdsourcing campaign to enlist the community’s help to inventory them, especially for the hundreds of billboards that were installed in the 1940s through the 1960s, before current regulations required them to be registered with the City. “We are encouraging the community to use a new feature on the ‘Go Long Beach’ app to help us locate billboards,” Mayor Bob Foster said. “We want people to be the community’s eyes and, in this case, fingers on their smartphones to help improve our city.”

Crowdsourcing helps solves problems by assigning tasks or soliciting assistance online from a large group of people, and taking advantage of the participants’ collective knowledge and people-power. City staff are also tracking billboards throughout the city’s 50 square miles, but, according to the City, this is a time-consuming process. To use the “Go Long Beach” app to help inventory billboards: • Tap on “New Issue” • Select “Billboards– Where are they?” • Tap on “Add Photo” and then take picture • Add information on street address

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or general location of cross streets, if known • Tap on “Submit”

The smartphone’s GPS will automatically geo-tag the location. To modify the location, move the map with a finger so the crosshairs align with the location of the billboard before submitting. The results from the community will be integrated into the City’s inventory, to provide a comprehensive record of billboards. The “Go Long Beach” App is available from the Android Play Store and from the iPhone App Store.

LBPD drug investigation leads to arrest and seizure of cash, weapon

On Wednesday, July 31, at approximately 5am, detectives from the Long Beach Police Department’s (LBPD) Drug Investigations Section and agents from the FBI’s Los Angeles field team served a narcoticsrelated search warrant at a residence in Rancho Palos Verdes that resulted in an arrest and confiscation of cash and a dangerous weapon, according to the LBPD. The operation stemmed from an ongoing narcotics investigation that began in Long Beach and ultimately led detectives to the residence in the area of Mustang Road and Rancho Palos Verdes Drive, regarding the distribution and trafficking of narcotics from the location, according to the police department. During the search, 52-year-old Patrick Junius of Rancho Palos

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Verdes was arrested, and $31,000 in cash was seized along with other evidence, including a billy club. Junius was booked for possession of marijuana and for sale and possession of a dangerous weapon, and, at press time, was being held at the Long Beach City Jail on $20,000 bail. Those with information regarding this investigation should contact the Drug Investigations Section at (562) 570-7221. Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), texting TIPLA plus the tip to CRIMES (274637), or visiting lacrimestoppers.org .

SHPD plans DUI/license checkpoints, roving saturation patrols through September

The Signal Hill Police Department (SHPD) traffic unit will conduct DUI/driver’s license checkpoints at undisclosed locations within the city’s limits along with special DUI roving saturation patrols during the months of August and September, according to the SHPD.

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The checkpoint is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 20 from 8pm to 2am, and roving patrols will deploy through September from 8pm to 4am. Drivers will be checked to ensure that they have valid driver’s licenses. When possible, specially trained officers will evaluate those suspected of drug-

impaired driving. These enforcement efforts are funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Source: SHPD

Heritage Event Starts August 8 Toys • Books • Linens China • Crystal • Collectibles

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BOOKING AROUND What Book signing Who Author Jack Mierop Where Babe’s Kitchen, 1106 E. Wardlow Rd. When Friday, Aug. 9 from 10am to 1pm. More Info Award-winning communication professor Jack Mierop will present his book Becoming.... In his book, Mierop assists readers in shifting their thought processes toward seeking answers and creating a positive self-image. BOOK TO ACTION What Book club and author talk Who The Long Beach Main Public Library Where Main Library, 101 Pacific Ave. When Saturday, Aug. 10 at noon More Info The book club will discuss the book Runaway Girl with the author Carissa Phelps. Light refreshments will be provided. At 2pm, Phelps will give a talk at the Main Library Auditorium to share her personal story of being a runaway and homeless at age 12. Call (562) 570-6420.

PICNIC AT THE PARK What 81st Annual Great American Picnic Who Democratic Women’s Study Club of Long Beach Where Wardlow Park, 3457 Stanbridge Ave. When Saturday, Aug. 10 at noon More Info This year’s event co-hosts include Congressmember Janice Hahn, Congressmember Alan Lowenthal, Senator Ricardo Lara, Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal, Vice Mayor Robert Garcia, Councilmember Suja Lowenthal, Councilmember Patrick O’Donnell, former Councilmember Tonia ReyesUranga, and others. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be donated and grilled by Long Beach Firefighters, Local 372. Call (562) 652-5600 or email dwscoflb@gmail.com . A NEW ADDITION What Re-dedication and Open House Who Long Beach City College Where 4901 East Carson St., Building A Courtyard When Monday, Aug. 12 at 10:30am More Info LBCC’s Student Services Center, a place where students can access all student services, will be re-dedicated with the unveiling of a plaque, refreshments, giveaways and tours of the new facility. FEDERAL WORKER? What General meeting Who National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association Where Veterans Park, 101 E. 28th St. When Monday, Aug. 12 at 1pm More Info Financial adviser Kathryn Hackny will be the speaker. NARFE meetings recur the second Monday of each month.

FLIPPING HOUSES What House-flipping workshop Who California Flipping Network Where Long Beach Petroleum Club, 3636 Linden Ave. When Tuesday, Aug. 13 from 6pm to 8pm More Info California Flipping Network will present a free, two-hour workshop for beginning investors and realtors on how to get started finding, fixing, and flipping houses. Featured speaker will be Lloyd Segal, author of Flipping Houses. RSVP required. Call (310) 379-0101 or visit flippingworkshops.com . WHAT'S YOUR BUDGET? What Annual Fifth District community meeting Who Hosted by 5th District Councilmember Gerrie Schipske Where Wednesday, Aug. 14 from 6pm to 8pm When Long Beach Water Treatment Plant, 2950 Redondo Ave. More Info The meeting will focus on the 2014 Fiscal Year budget. Residents are invited to comment and make suggestions about the mayor’s proposed budget. Call (562) 570-6932.

JAMMIN' MUSICAL What Musical comedy Who Jammin Music Where Bixby Knolls Christian Church, 1240 E. Cason St. When Saturday, Aug. 17 at 7:30pm and Sunday, Aug. 18 at 6:30pm More Info Jammin' Music will host a production of Aladdin, directed by Cheri Harris. Call (562) 490-0220.

SPEND THE DAY AT BIXBY PARK What 4th Annual Free Children’s Public Theater Who Friends of Bixby Park Where Bixby Park, 130 Cherry Ave. When Sunday, Aug. 18 starting at 11am More Info Performance by Bob Baker Marionettes will begin at 11am. At 4pm, there will be a fundraiser, in which attendees may purchase food from local gourmet food trucks. After the fundraiser, Long Beach Cinematique will present an outdoor screening of Mary Poppins. Visit friendsofbixbypark.org .

YOU’RE INVITED... What Housing Element Workshop Who City of Signal Hill Where Signal Hill Park Community Center, 1780 E. Hill St. When Monday, Aug. 19 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm More Info The City will conduct a workshop about the Housing Element Update for 2013-2021. The purpose of the workshop is to receive public input and share information about the legal requirements and purpose of the Housing Element. Call Colleen at (562) 989-7344 or email cdoan@cityofsignalhill.org .

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AUGUST 9, 2013

by Neena Strichart

With today through Sunday being my Wilson High School 40th-reunion fourday extravaganza, lately I have found myself spending quite a bit of time reminiscing. Those who are in the mood to join me in a stroll down Memory Lane and remember businesses and events gone bye-bye in Long Beach will enjoy a list I found recently posted to my Facebook account. After perusing the extensive line-up, I have added a few of my own long-lost favorites, in no particular order– identified in italics. Do you have any special memories of these places you’d like to share with us? Let us know. See the bottom of this page for our contact information.

My list: Downtown Sears, Buffums Department Store, Walker’s Department Store, Phillips Chicken Pie Shoppe, Municipal Auditorium, Hippodrome and Pleasure Time Skating Rinks, Pacific Coast Club, Omar Hubbard Building, Beany and Cecil Restaurant, El Castillo Real, Harris Furs, Lockwood Furs, Marmion Company (their roasted peanuts are still available at Joe Jost’s), Woolworth, Kress, Fleet Locker Club, Franklin’s dime store on Anaheim, TG & Y, White Front Store, Carl’s Furniture, Aaron Schultz Furniture, Cinnamon Cinder nightclub, Marina Palace, Roxy Theatre, Ren Lee Chinese Restaurant, Olympia Restaurant, Jeans West, Marinello School of Beauty, Mr. Robert’s Restaurant, Star Jewelers, Arnold’s Restaurant in Bixby Knolls, Victor’s Fine China, Hilltop Restaurant and Southern California Military Academy in Signal Hill.

List found on Facebook… Acres of Books downtown Burgermaster hamburger stand in Los Altos The Crest Theater in Bixby Knolls Dooley's Hardware in north Long Beach Egyptian Pharmacy in Belmont Shore Food Fair in Los Altos Golden Lantern restaurant in the Plaza/Los Altos Hamburger Henry’s in Belmont Shore Inner Sanctum Tavern in Belmont Shore Java Lanes on Pacific Coast Highway Ken’s Restaurant in Bixby Knolls Los Altos Bakery in the Los Altos Shopping Center Miss Universe Pageant, held in Long Beach from 1952 to 1959 Northwoods Inn restaurant in Belmont Shore Oscar’s Drive-In restaurant in north Long Beach and at the Traffic Circle The Pike, downtown on the waterfront Quigley’s department store, in Belmont Shore and the Plaza Rusty’s restaurant in the Wrigley district Shady Acres (miniature) Golf Course in north Long Beach Tracy Theater on the Pike Uncle Al’s Toy Corral in the Plaza Valentine’s on Anaheim Street Wanda’s Cafe on 62nd Place on the peninsula The X-rated movie houses downtown in the 1970s The YMCA building downtown Zody’s Department Store in east Long Beach Zed Records off the Traffic Circle The YWCA building on Sixth Street downtown Welch’s Restaurant in Bixby Knolls Virginia Country Market in Los Cerritos Uncle John’s Pancake House on PCH Tastee Freeze on Carson Street Scotty’s Pet Store in the Plaza Rainbow Pier downtown Quickie Chickie in Los Altos The Plaza Theater in the Plaza Old Mexico Cafe in the East Village Nu-Pike

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Vintage photo of Long Beach’s Crest Theatre, which opened in 1947 and was demolished in 1978. The theatre, which was located at 4275 Atlantic Ave., had 1,163 seats.

Mike’s Munchies, downtown and Marina Pacifica Lonnie’s Sporting Goods in the Los Altos Shopping Center Koon’s Motorcycles on Anaheim Street Jolly Roger in the old Seaport Village Imperial Hardware in downtown The Hot Dog Show downtown Green’s Hardware (Horace Green & Sons) in the Los Altos Shopping Center Fiddlers Three restaurants, several locations in Long Beach Eddie’s Bar on Broadway at Redondo Avenue Drive-in theaters, particularly the Los Altos Drive-in and the Circle Drive-in The Cyclone Racer at the Pike The Blue Cafe on downtown’s Promenade Alfred’s restaurant in Bixby Knolls Mr. Jay’s on Ximeno and Anaheim Mexico City Restaurant in NLB CAL Stores on Carson Two Guys in Bixby Knolls Thrifty’s Drugstores The Tenderloin in Bixby Knolls Golden Drumstick near the Traffic Circle Coles Markets Iowa Pork Shops Leilani’s on Second Street Foothill Club in Signal Hill (Leilani’s and Foothhill were both owned by Don May) The Towne Theater in Bixby Knolls Welch’s Restaurant in the BK Ken’s Hamburgers on the corner of Long Beach Boulevard and Roosevelt Road Grandma Sugarplums on 2nd Street Jack’s BBQ on 2nd Brownies Toys Horace Green’s Wards Furniture Clifton’s Cafeteria

Mea culpa The Aug. 2 article “LB Council seeks stricter regulations on ‘cash for gold’ dealers, but experts say problem is lack of enforcement” should have indicated that it was the Wrigley Association that pushed for a moratorium and ordinance on predatory lenders.

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Long Beach sees first surplus in 10 years, begins discussions on FY 2014 budget Sean Belk Staff Writer

Just a year ago, Long Beach was dealing with a structural deficit that called for cuts to park programs, library services and police positions. Today, city officials are looking forward to a budget surplus for the first time in 10 years. Long Beach city officials are now happy to report an anticipated $3.5million surplus with no major reductions for next fiscal year. The positive outlook comes after the City has had to cope with consecutive deficits in the last decade, painfully slashing services and eliminating hundreds of employee positions. “I’m more optimistic about Long Beach than I ever have been,” said Mayor Bob Foster at a press conference on Aug. 1 while unveiling his eighth and final budget after announcing last month that he won’t seek reelection. “This city is poised to do some great things. We’re going to have the money to rebuild ourselves and put in place fiscal disciplines, which is what will enable us to be much more successful in the future.” City officials attribute the surplus to a combination of better economic conditions, the use of fiscal restraint, major pension reforms and an increase in property-tax revenue that has shifted to the General Fund after the State abolished redevelopment. The City Council had its first budget hearing on Aug. 6, kicking off a series of discussions that will take place over the next several weeks. The Council is required to adopt the FiscalYear 2014 budget by Sept. 15. The City is also fortunate next fiscal year to have $57 million in “onetime” funds from a windfall in oil revenue, property-tax money from the dissolution of redevelopment and other sources. The Council has already appropriated $12 million of those funds, leaving $45 million for onetime expenses. Foster recommends using the revenue to pay for “capital” projects instead of ongoing needs. The mayor also strongly suggests the Council keep the City’s oil-price benchmark, used to guard the budget from oilprice fluctuations, at $70 per barrel of oil. City Manager Pat West outlined a spending plan last week that includes: structurally restoring $2.3 million in recreational and police programs;

adding back-to-back police and fire academies for the first time since 2008; major investments in streets, parks, playgrounds and libraries; and upgrading antiquated budgetary technology systems, among other improvements. Foster also recommends using the $3.5-million surplus to build a reserve to offset anticipated deficits in coming fiscal years caused by likely pensioncost increases as the California public employee retirement system (CalPERS) modifies its rate structure. He cautioned the Council to resist squandering the funds on immediate city needs. Though it’s unknown exactly how much pension costs will rise, city officials estimate the reserve would eliminate a projected $2.5-million deficit in 2015 and reduce a $2.3-million deficit expected in 2016 down to a $1.3-million shortfall, which the mayor said can be “easily managed.” During the City’s first budget hearing, 6th District Councilmember Dee Andrews and 8th District Councilmember Al Austin both called for more funds to maintain and upgrade park infrastructure throughout their districts. Andrews said the City’s decision to contract out services for park maintenance as a way to cut costs has led to “deplorable” conditions at parks in central Long Beach, with trash and decaying infrastructure. Austin echoed the councilmember’s concerns, adding that many parks in the 8th District have also been left unkempt. “This contracting-out experiment went bad,” Austin said. “Many of our parks are suffering. I hope we’re not taking on more costs as a result of incompetence.” West, however, assured the councilmembers that the largest one-time expenditure, $15 million, would go toward upgrading parks, playgrounds and library infrastructure next fiscal year, adding that it will be the “largest investment in city parks in decades.” The budget calls for using onetime funds to pay for after-school recreation and youth sports at 14 parks and gym operations at Pan American Park. Parks and recreation staff is expected to come back to the Council with more details on which parks would see upgrades to irrigation systems, a cost expected to total $1.1 million.

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California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has endorsed Gerrie Schipske in her campaign for Long Beach mayor. “I have known Gerrie Schipske since 1995, when she and I were national finalists for the White House Fellowship Program,” Jones said. “Her passion for public service has only grown since then, and I know Gerrie has the experience and integrity to be outstanding as mayor of the city of Long Beach. As mayor, she would continue her fight to make local government more open and transparent and to protect taxpayers from wasteful spending. Gerrie Schipske is prepared to work hard and dedicate herself to the residents of Long Beach, and I am proud to endorse her.” In recent weeks, Schipske has also received endorsements from the California Nurses Association and EMILY’s List, an organization that supports electing prochoice Democratic women to office.

Long Beach resident Rex Richardson, chief-of-staff for 9th District Councilmember Steven Neal, stated this week that he has filed the paperwork necessary to run for the 9th Council District in the 2014 election. “I am excited to launch this campaign to represent north Long Beach and share my vision for our district with my neighbors,” Richardson said. “As a former community and labor organizer, and current Long Beach City Council chief, I have spent my career working to advance the hopes and dreams of working families in Southern California. I know that making a positive difference and creating meaningful change in the lives of Long Beach residents is my calling, and I am ready to go to work.”

According to the City of Long Beach’s official elections web page, Kareem Muhammad is the latest individual to enter the race for mayor in the 2014 election. At press time, those whose names are listed on the web page as qualified candidates are as follows (names are listed in the order that they filed intention statements.) Candidates for mayor are: Damon Dunn, Jana K. Shields, Gerrie Schipske, Doug Otto, Robert Garcia, Suja Lowenthal and Kareem Muhammad. For city prosecutor: Rosemary Chavez and Doug Haubert. For Council District 1: Jason Aula and Ricardo Linarez. For Council District 3: Martha Flores-Gibson. For Council District 5: Joseph D. Luyben, Stacy Mungo and Carl Kemp. For Council District 7: James Johnson and Larry King. For Council District 9: Steven Neal.

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Austin and 7th District Councilmember James Johnson both asked West about exploring options to make after-school programs in the city an ongoing expense instead of just funding them on a one-time basis. Austin said the Be Courtesy LB Mayor's Office S.A.F.E. (Summer Activities in a Fun Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster presents his eighth and final budget during a press conference at Environment) program Miller Family Health Education Center on Thursday, Aug. 1. funded by Council office resources this year has been a fund police overtime, a new police more, structurally, than the depart“success story.” In addition, the Coun- academy and maintaining its level of ment’s budget for the current fiscal year. Financial Management Director cil has also allocated money to pay for gang enforcement next fiscal year. According to a presentation on the John Gross clarified that the City has the second Summer Night Lights program at Admiral Kidd Park, Drake proposed budget, the General Fund already built funds into the budget to Park and Martin Luther King Park that provides the police department in Fis- pay for the police academy next fiscal offers recreational activities for chil- cal-Year 2014 with a $189.7-million year. He said $2.2 million in one-time dren to get involved in during the budget, which West said is 2.7 percent funds will likely go toward police see BUDGET page 13 summer as a way to reduce violence and gang activity among youth. The program runs from 6pm to 9pm through Friday, Aug. 30. Johnson applauded city management for allocating money for parks and recreation services but said funding the after-school programs permanently through the budget should only cost about $100,000 per year for parks in north and central Long Beach. “We know by taking care of our children today we’re going to be preventing problems tomorrow,” he said. West said city management would revisit options but said staff has always envisioned the programs as one-time expenses. Third District Councilmember Gary DeLong, chair of the Budget Oversight Committee, asked financial management exactly how the Long Beach Police Department plans to

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Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster and 7th District Councilmember James Johnson on Aug. 6 topped off a 600-foot-long “Great Wall of Mulch,” which is likely the only mulch wall in the United States, according to the City of Long Beach. The wall, which is on the western edge of Hudson Park, 2335 Webster Ave., is 12 feet high and three feet wide, and it serves as an environmentally friendly buffer to reduce noise and eliminate the sight of trucks along the heavily traveled Terminal Island (103) Freeway, which is adjacent to Hudson Park. “The Great Wall of Mulch demonstrates how the City of Long Beach continues to strive for more innovative and unique solutions for environmental issues, including reducing the level of noise from the freeway,” said Mayor Bob Foster. The Port of Long Beach is providing funding for the $150,000 demonstration project, to test the effectiveness of the mulch wall, including whether it can absorb air pollution such as diesel particulates. “Today, an injustice has ended,” Johnson said on Aug. 6. “The people of west Long Beach finally have an innovative ‘green wall’along Hudson Park that will block the noise from the freeway, eliminate the visual blight, and improve air quality with trees and other plantings. I look forward to further improvements along the freeway as we protect the students, veterans, and residents who have lived next to this [freeway] without protection for far too long.” According to the City of Long Beach, the City produces about 12,000 tons of mulch from tree trimming each year, and over the last four years has covered dozens of vacant lots with mulch to suppress the growth of weeds and reduce maintenance costs. Source: City of LB

The 600-foot-long “Great Wall of Mulch” in Hudson Park is an experimental project designed to absorb air pollution, such as diesel particulates, emitted by vehicles along the Terminal Island Freeway.

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Photo from November 2012 shows Cal Heights ReLeaf volunteers John Royce and Thor Carlson placing the first of 45 trees along Wardlow Road. The Cal Heights Neighborhood Association (CHNA) and Roxanne’s Lounge will host a free public event called Wardlow Strip to thank the organization’s volunteers. According to John Royce, president of CHNA, the event is being organized to show the volunteers appreciation “for their ongoing efforts to clean up litter and graffiti, plant and care for trees to create a more welcoming atmosphere, and promote the future viability of this once forgotten local business corridor by hosting a fundraiser in their honor.” The event celebrates the fourth anniversary of CHNA’s weekly Clean Streets activities and seeks to help recover the costs of the organization’s 2013 Neighborhoods, USA (NUSA) effort last May in Minneapolis, where The Heights neighborhood newsletter took top honors, “Gold Level of Excellence in Neighborhood Newsletters,” on the heels of their national “2012 Neighborhood of the Year” award at the NUSA conference the year prior in Indianapolis. Two live bands will perform at the event, and there will be food from Blackbird Café, Roxanne’s new Latin menu and Baskin Robbins. Wardlow Strip will offer attendees the opportunity to meet local artists and representatives from the emerging business community along the Wardlow Strip, including Bouffant Salon, Maria Weston health and wellness services, Orange Avenue Salvage, Surrender

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The Cal Heights Neighborhood Association will debut its first official T-shirt for sale since the 2004 Cal Heights mural tee at the Aug. 10 Wardlow Strip event. The above image will be printed on t-shirts. Salon and the Vintage Emporium. There will also be an opportunity drawing and silent auction. For children, shaved ice will be provided, and Averyboo Arts will offer face-painting. On site, Red Eye Media will print the first official Cal Heights T-shirts since the Cal Heights mural commemorative tees in 2004. Roxanne’s Lounge will debut its new outdoor patio and the secret Speakeasy Room, which is open to guests age 21 and over at 7pm.

Charter College launches vocational nursing program

Charter College Long Beach has launched a vocational nursing program to address the growing demand for qualified vocational nurses in California and throughout the country, according to a press release issued by the school. With a year-round schedule and multiple class starts, the 14-month program is intended to prepare students to successfully pass the NCLEX-PN exam required for licensure as a licensed vocational nurse. Students interested in enrolling in

LB Young Republicans to host state convention

The California Young Republican Federation (CYRF) will host its 2nd biennial convention the weekend of Sept. 6-7 on the Queen Mary. The convention will include trainings and a Saturdayevening gala featuring speakers, entertainment, and hosts representing business, government, politics, media and charity. Proceeds will support youth political activism. “We are excited to bring one of the biggest and best political events focusing on young adults to Long Beach,” said Joseph Sanchis, CYRF state chairman. “Young people today have an important voice and, if engaged, can make the difference in public affairs.” MORE INFORMATION cyrfgop.org

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Rotaract Long Beach will host the 81st Annual Great Sand Sculpture Contest– a free, two-day community festival featuring amateur and professional sand sculpting, arts and crafts, live music and charity fundraising– on Saturday, Aug. 10 and Sunday, Aug. 11 at Granada Beach. Proceeds raised at the event will benefit the Long Beach Library Foundation. The theme of this year’s event is “Sculpting Literacy in Your Community.” More than 10,000 people attended the contest last year, raising more than $4,000 in prior years for Miller Children’s Hospital of Long Beach and LINC Housing, according to Rotaract Long Beach. Registration for teams, event sponsors and vendors is now open. New to this year’s contest will be several top professional sculptors from around the nation. Cash prizes will be awarded for the best professional sculptors. Proceeds from the Great Sand Sculpture Contest will benefit the Long Beach Library Foundation (LBPLF), a nonprofit charitable organization raising donations to support the programs, collections, services and programs of Long Beach Public Library. Rotaract Long Beach is asking all event participants and attendees to contribute either a monetary donation or one used or new book to support the LBPLF in its mission to

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Andrew Vonderschmitt, Long Beach Playhouse’s producing artistic director, recently interviewed director Sean F. Gray (below) about his production of A Midsummer Night’s Gay Dream, a revamped version of the

Sean F. Gray is the director of A Midsummer Night’s Gay Dream, a revamped version of the William Shakespeare comedy that is currently in performance at Long Beach Playhouse.

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Andrew Vonderschmitt: So, Sean, why a gay version of the play? Sean F. Gray: Why not? Is love not love regardless of gender? Is heterosexual romance different from homosexual romance? I see no difference beyond the gender of those involved. AV: You’ve got me there. Still, how is this version going to differ from the audience’s experience of the original play? SG: To me, although there are differences from the original in terms of structure and the traditional gender roles, I haven’t really changed the play all that much. At its core, it is still about love and how love can be magical and crazy, often at the same time. The lovers still wander about the woods, fighting, arguing, and literally running towards, or away from, love. The only difference now is that those lovers are of the same sex. AV: Were you inspired by California’s experience with Prop 8, DOMA and the cases that went

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AV: What do you think the message of this play is? SG: At heart, we all dream of the same thing– to be loved. And not only loved, but loved for who we are. Love is the common thread that binds us and makes us remember that beyond all of our superficialities, we aren’t that different. And while I long, with many in the LGBT community, to see protagonists in plays that I can personally identify with, I realize that stories should and need to be for everyone. I think what our team accomplishes with this retelling of the traditional story is that we can all identify with people who seem different from us if we remember what makes us the same. AV: Very deep thoughts, my friend.

Any final words you’d like to share? SG: I hope all who attend will be glad they came to spend a couple of hours in the woods with us.

A Midsummer Night’s Gay Dream will continue at the Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St., through Saturday, Aug. 24. Performances are at 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays and at 2pm on Sundays. The box office is open Wednesday through Saturday from 3pm to 8pm and Sundays from 1pm to 2pm on scheduled matinee days only. Tickets for adults are $24, seniors $21, and students $14. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit lbplayhouse.org or call (562) 494-1014.

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Said 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 said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, under the terms of said Deed of Trust, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $217,780.16. The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust has deposited all documents evidencing the obligations secured by the Deed of Trust and has declared all sums secured thereby immediately due and payable, and has caused a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be executed. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the County where the real property is located. 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 (916)939-0772 or visit this Internet Web http://search.nationwideposting.com/propertySearchTerms.aspx, using the file number assigned to this case CA1300253427 Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse. First American Title Insurance Company First American Title Insurance Company 3 FIRST AMERICAN WAY SANTA ANA, CA 92707 Date: FOR TRUSTEE'S SALE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL (916)939-0772 First American Title Insurance Company MAY BE ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED MAY BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE.NPP0218421 To: SIGNAL TRIBUNE 07/26/2013, 08/02/2013, 08/09/2013

TST4436 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE TS No. 110149049 Title Order No. 11-0136821 APN No. 7214-003-008 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 08/10/2004. 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 PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. Notice is hereby given that RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the Deed of Trust executed by AUSTIN V PLONG, A MARRIED MAN AS HIS SOLE AND SEPARATE PROPERTY, dated 08/10/2004 and recorded 8/13/2004, as Instrument No. 2004-2089829, in Book N/A, Page N/A, of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, State of California, will sell on 09/05/2013 at 9:00AM, Doubletree Hotel Los Angeles-Norwalk, 13111 Sycamore Drive, Norwalk, CA 90650, Vineyard Ballroom at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash or check as described below, payable in full at time of sale, 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: 2424 WALNUT AVENUE, 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. The total amount of the unpaid balance with interest thereon of the obligation secured by the property to be sold plus reasonable estimated costs, expenses and

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advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $472,012.19. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept cashier's checks drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Said sale will be made, in an ''AS IS'' condition, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances, to satisfy the indebtedness secured by said Deed of Trust, advances thereunder, with interest as provided, and the unpaid principal of the Note secured by said Deed of Trust with interest thereon as provided in said Note, plus fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. 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 a 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 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 1-800-281-8219 or visit this Internet Web site www.recontrustco.com, using the file number assigned to this case 11-0149049. 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. DATED: 03/31/2012 RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. 1800 Tapo Canyon Rd., CA6914-01-94 SIMI VALLEY, CA 93063 Phone/Sale Information: (800) 281-8219 By: Trustee's Sale Officer RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. FEI # 1006.169315 8/02, 8/09, 8/16/2013       

TST4438 APN: 7214-009-223 TS No: CA07000343-11-1 TO No: 1052658 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE    YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED October 28, 2008. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER.  On August 30, 2013 at 09:00 AM, behind the fountain located in Civic Center Plaza, 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona CA 91766, MTC FINANCIAL INC. dba TRUSTEE CORPS, as the duly Appointed Trustee, under and pursuant to the power of sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust Recorded on November 3, 2008 as Instrument No. 20081943774 of official records in the Office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, California, executed by RANDALL SUMMY, AND, SIVYU CHIA, HUSBAND AND WIFE AS COMMUNITY PROPERTY WITH RIGHT OF SURVIVORSHIP, as Trustor(s), in favor of SUNTRUST MORTGAGE, INC. as Lender and MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC. as nominee for Lender, its successors and/or assigns, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER, in lawful money of the United States, all payable at the time of sale, that certain property situated in said County, California describing the land therein as: AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED IN SAID DEED OF TRUST  The property heretofore described is being sold "as is". The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2516 E. WILLOW ST 201, SIGNAL HILL, CA 90755  The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein.  Said sale will be made without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the Note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said Note(s), advances if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust.  The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligations secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of this Notice of Trustee`s Sale is estimated to be $390,308.35 (Estimated), provided, however, prepayment premiums, accrued interest and advances will increase this figure prior to sale. Beneficiary`s bid at said sale may include all or part of said amount. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept a cashier`s check drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the California Financial Code and authorized to do business in California, or other such funds as may be acceptable to the Trustee. In the event tender other than cash is accepted, the Trustee may withhold the issuance of the Trustee`s Deed Upon Sale until funds become available to the payee or endorsee as a matter of right. The property offered for sale excludes all funds held on account by the property receiver, if applicable.  If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder`s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse.  Notice to Potential Bidders  If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a Trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a Trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder's office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you

a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same Lender may hold more than one mortgage or Deed of Trust on the property.   Notice to Property Owner  The sale date shown on this Notice of Sale may be postponed one or more times by the Mortgagee, Beneficiary, Trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about Trustee Sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call Priority Posting and Publishing at 714-573-1965 for information regarding the Trustee's Sale or visit the Internet Web site address on the previous page for information regarding the sale of this property, using the file number assigned to this case, CA0700034311-1. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale.  Date: July 30, 2013 TRUSTEE CORPS  TS No. CA07000343-111 17100 Gillette Ave, Irvine, CA 92614 949-2528300   Karen Talafus, Authorized Signatory   SALE INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED ON LINE AT www.priorityposting.com FOR AUTOMATED SALES INFORMATION PLEASE CALL: Priority Posting and Publishing at 714-573-1965  TRUSTEE CORPS MAY BE ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED MAY BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. P1053128 8/9, 8/16, 08/23/2013 

TST4435 / Case No. NS027392 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 Marilyn Mangini, For Change of Name. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner MARILYN MANGINI, filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: LIBERTY LUCIA MANGINI to Proposed Name: DANIEL LIBERTY MANGINI. 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: September 3, 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: August 2, 9, 16, 23, 2013. ___//ss//___ M. Vicencia, Judge of the Superior Court Dated: July 23, 2013 TST4417 / 2013 124572 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: 1. SO CAL PRIDE WEDDINGS, 2. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PRIDE WEDDINGS, 3. PRIDE AND JOY WEDDINGS, 4. PRIDE AND JOY WEDDINGS SO CAL, 5. PRIDE WEDDINGS SO CAL, 6. SO CAL PRIDE AND JOY WEDDINGS, 7. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PRIDE AND JOY WEDDINGS, 3315 Knoxville Ave., Long Beach, CA 90808. Registrant: LINDA BARRA, 3315 Knoxville 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: Linda Barra. 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 14, 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: July 12, 19, 26, & August 9, 2013. TST4434 / Case No. NS027378 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 Donnie Keith Freeman, For Change of Name. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner DONNIE KEITH FREEMAN, filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: DONNIE KEITH FREEMAN to Proposed Name: DOMENIQ X. 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 26, 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: August 2, 9, 16, 23, 2013. ___//ss//___ Ross M. Klein, Judge of the Superior Court Dated: July 15, 2013

TST4423 / 2013 142697 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: MY BABY LOVES VINTAGE, 5485 Orange Ave., Long Beach, CA 90805. Registrant: JANET BOYLE, 5485 Orange Ave., Long Beach, CA 90805. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Janet Boyle. 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 1, 2013. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on July 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: July 19, 26, & August 2, 9, 2013. TST4424 / 2013 144346 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: 1. FADDY'S FASHION, 2. FADDY'S FASHIONS, 19514 Campaign Drive, Carson, CA 90746. Registrant: FADDY'S FASHION, 19514 Campaign Drive, Carson, CA 90746. This business is conducted by: a Limited Liability Company. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Stacey Nettles, President. 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 July 11, 2013. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on July 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: July 19, 26, & August 2, 9, 2013. TST4432 / 2013 151669 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: TURBO PRINTS LLC, 1345 W. 14th St., Long Beach, CA 90813. Registrant: TURBO PRINTS LLC, 1345 W. 14th St., Long Beach, CA 90813. This business is conducted by: a Limited Liability Company. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Naturbo Ayala. 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 April 22, 2013. This

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statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on July 22, 2013. NOTICE: This fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. The Signal Tribune: July 26, & August 2, 9, 16, 2013.

TST4439 / 2013 151968 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: 1. TOOLLODGE, 2. TOOLLODGE TOOL DRAWER ORGANIZER, 1061 Park Ave. Suite 107, Long Beach, CA Registrant: CONFIDENCE 90804. INTERVAL LLC, 1061 Park Ave. Suite 107, Long Beach, CA 90804. This business is conducted by: a Limited Liability Company. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Melinda A. Young, Managing Member. 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 July 22, 2013. NOTICE: This fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. The Signal Tribune: August 9, 16, 23, 30, 2013. TST4440 / 2013 162537 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: CONSTRUCTION ACCOUNTING SERVICE, 2450 Orange Ave., Signal Hill, CA 90755. Registrant: 1. ALFREDO PERALES JR., 2. DEBRA RAE TODD, 1551 Ravenna, Wilmington, CA 90744. This business is conducted by: who or what. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Alfredo Perales Jr. 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 August 5, 2013. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on August 5, 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: August 9, 16, 23, 30, 2013.

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Beach paper will average 16 pages in addition to the content in the Orange County Register. The newsstand price will be $1, and the paper will be available online by subscription for $1 per day as well, according to Lamont. The Long Beach Register’s publisher won’t be among strangers. Lamont himself used to work with the Press-Telegram. His paper has recruited a number of alumni from the Press-Telegram, its main rival, which is owned by MediaNews Group. It is operated by Digital First Media. A spokesman for the Los Angeles News Group (LANG) said that LANG is the division that runs the Press-Telegram and eight other daily newspapers, in addition to a number of weekly papers and other publications. Lamont says he just doesn’t think of his new media outlet fighting in any kind of battle with the Press-

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Telegram. He stressed that Digital First Media’s strategy is digital, and his company’s strategy is print. “I see that as two very distinct business strategies,” Lamont said, “and there’s nothing wrong with a community being covered by multiple newspapers. And as far as readers are concerned, they don’t care about newspaper wars… That’s just something silly that’s just made up. We’re going to be doing our business strategy, and …may the Press-Telegram go about their business strategy.” Michael Anastasi, who is LANG’s vice president and executive editor, also says he wouldn’t call this a war. “I don’t use the word ‘war’ lightly,” Anastasi said. “To me, war is something that happens in Iraq and Afghanistan, and people get killed… I think that it’s certainly a very competitive environment in Los Angeles and continues to be a very competitive media environment in Los Angeles.” He also pointed out there was one major daily paper in the area that does cover Long Beach news too– the Los Angeles Times. Anastasi said that his company has continued to improve what they are delivering to their readers. He explained that his company isn’t ignoring its print content. He said both print and digital content are equally important. However, he acknowledged that the digital audience is growing and his company’s job is to serve the consumer wherever they are choosing to receive the news. His company has also invested in their investigative and enterprise-journalism departments, and in addition, the Press-Telegram is scheduled to launch a redesigned website this week, according to Anastasi. There was one bold move on a digital level that may underscore the differences between the two rival papers. If web users log on to longbeachregister.com, rather than seeing that new publication’s website, they are directed to Press-Telegram’s website. Anastasi says he doesn’t know who in his company should take credit for the purchasing of that domain name, but he said it was a good move.

EYE ON CRIME Crimes reported by LBPD Council Districts 6, 7 & 8

Thursday, Aug. 1 Robbery of person 12:01am– 800 W. PCH

Garage/residential burglary 1:04am– 2100 block Atlantic Ave.

Residential burglary 6:45am– 3700 block Chestnut Ave.

Garage/residential burglary 5p/m– 3900 block olive Ave.

Friday, Aug. 2 Commercial burglary 11:35am– 4500 block Atlantic Ave.

Battery 5:31pm– 1900 block Atlantic Ave.

Sunday, Aug. 4 Battery 11am– 1900 block Henderson Ave.

Monday, Aug. 5 Residential burglary 9:10am– 400 block E. 46th St.

Tuesday, Aug. 6 Commercial burglary 4:15am– 2400 block Long Beach Blvd.

“Why would we simply say, ‘Go ahead, new competitor. Come over here and take our city. You can have it.’?” Anastasi asked. “I mean, no business would do that and certainly not our business. We have built a relationship with our readers that goes back generations, and we’ll continue to serve our readers as we always have to the best of our ability with outstanding journalism, day in and day out.” Lamont seems unconcerned that the rival paper snapped up the domain name that bears his paper’s name. “It’s not a big deal,” he said in a follow-up interview. He explained that the Long Beach Register had planned to use the domain name of lbregister.com all along. He acknowledged that they didn’t buy the domain name longbeachregister.com, but if they had purchased it, it wouldn’t have been used anyway. Lamont added that if the Press-Telegram’s domain name were available, they wouldn’t have purchased it. Both papers are seeking to be deeply entrenched in Long Beach’s community. Anastasi, an alumnus of California State University Long Beach, says that he is still involved with the university’s alumni advisory committee. He said that the Long Beach community matters to him personally. He points to the PressTelegram’s historical roots that go back to 1897. Lamont will proudly point to his new staff of about 20 employees; only one of them doesn’t live in or hasn’t worked in Long Beach. He and his team still have an enormous task list. Lamont says that they’ve signed a lease for offices at 2883 E. Spring St., Suite 250 in Long Beach, and they still have to move into the new office. He acknowledges it’s a major commitment for his company. They anticipate their distribution will be about 10,000 issues in their initial run on Aug. 19. “This is a multi-million dollar investment in Long Beach,” Lamont said. “So we hope the community will support us, and we are very confident they will. So, we’ll start with 10,000, and we’ll go from there.” ß

Crimes reported by SHPD, Citywide

Thursday, Aug. 1 Manufacturing, selling or possessing metal knuckles 9:10pm– E. 20th St./Alamitos Ave. Vandalism, damaged property 11:30pm– 700 E. Spring St.

Friday, Aug. 2 Identity theft 10:36pm- 2500 block Cherry Ave.

Saturday, Aug. 3 DUI 4:12am– E. Willow St./Cherry Ave.

Monday, Aug. 5 Auto burglary 2:43am– 2100 block Temple Ave.

Grand theft of property 3:30am– 2500 block Orange Ave.

Tuesday, Aug. 6 Threatening phone calls 1:22pm– 1800 block Orizaba Ave.

Receiving known stolen property 11:19pm– E. Pacific Coast Hwy./Temple Ave. Wednesday, Aug. 7 Grand theft of motor vehicle 5:35am– 2500 block Orange Ave.

Stolen vehicle 11:16am– 2700 block Walnut Ave.

Elder abuse 12:25pm– 1800 block Stanley Ave.

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SHP also has plans for developers to build two separate residential projects in Signal Hill. One proposal is a 28-lot, subdivided residential project currently proposed as “Crescent Heights” at Walnut Avenue and Crescent Heights Street. As of the latest update from Signal Hill planning staff, SHP’s site plan and design review for the project have expired, however a track map is valid through Dec. 13. City officials said staff has met with the applicant to discuss a conceptual design. According to city staff, SHP is working with Irvine-based SummerHill Homes on the project. Earlier this year, the property owner and developer met with city staff for an initial due-diligence review and a follow-up for the development. City staff added that the developer has indicated they may start their own outreach to nearby residents soon. SHP Vice President Thomas Shollin said the residential project is moving forward but may be delayed down the road if the City continues to disallow development over abandoned oil wells. Last month, the City Council approved a new oil code and an emergency ordinance, essentially ending a two-year moratorium on developments over and near abandoned oil wells. The moratorium

was initiated after the State’s Department of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources changed their 22year-old well-certification program in 2010, taking a “hands-off” approach to the procedure and making cities more responsible. City staff is continuing to conduct a study on the City’s oil code and has stated that the City may make it possible in the future for developers to build over abandoned and re-abandoned oil wells. Shollin said, however, if the current situation stands, the residential project may be hindered at some point since the site has a “dense” concentration of wells. “The new oil code does not include the ability to develop over an abandoned well,” he said. “It’s still under consideration, but we all hope that gets approved as soon as possible. Our Crescent Square project is beholden to be able to do that… It’s moving forward, but there’s a point in time where it will not be able to move forward because we need to do some work on the wells before we can get to a public hearing.” According to city staff, SHP also has another residential project in the works that includes a subdivision of eight three-story dwellings on eight lots, taking up approximately four acres, located between Freeman Avenue and 20th Street. ß

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Signal Hill Petroleum is working with developer SummerHill Homes to build a 28-lot subdivided residential project currently proposed as “Crescent Heights” at Walnut Avenue and Crescent Heights Street. TST4437 NoTICE oF VACANCY

Office of Director, Division 3 Water Replenishment District of Southern California PLEASE TAKE NOTICE of the vacancy in the office of Director of Division 3 of the Water Replenishment District of Southern California (“WRD”). This vacancy results from the passing of Director Lillian Kawasaki on July 18, 2013. Pursuant to Water Code Section 60144 and Government Code Section 1780, the WRD Board of Directors has determined to fill the vacancy in the office of Division 3 by appointment.

Any person interested in being considered for appointment to this office must submit a letter of interest and resume to the WRD no later than 5:00 p.m. on August 16, 2013, at the following address: Water Replenishment District of Southern California 4040 Paramount Blvd Lakewood, CA 90712 Attn: Robb Whitaker, General Manager

To be eligible for an appointment to the office of Director of Division 3, an interested person must be a registered voter and a resident of Division 3 at the time of the appointment. Division 3 includes the cities of Artesia, Cerritos, Hawaiian Gardens, La Mirada, Lakewood, Long Beach and Signal Hill.

The WRD Board of Directors may interview potential Division 3 appointees at a Special Meeting at a time and date to be determined. The Board anticipates that a final decision on the appointment will be made at a WRD Special Board Meeting scheduled prior to September 16, 2013, although it reserves all rights to make the appointment on any date consistent with applicable law.

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Domestic Violence Resource Center, which offers victims group counseling, legal advocacy, case management, social services and emergency food and clothing. “When we have victims coming in, they don’t know what’s going on with their case or the criminal aspects of it, and to have somebody here is very valuable,” Aguilar said. In Long Beach, police routinely get called out to domestic-violence incidents. In 2012, there were 1,918 reported incidents of both misdemeanor and felony domestic violence in Long Beach, according to statistics the police department provided to the Signal Tribune. The number of reported incidents was the highest in six years, according to the statistics. The data also shows there are typically more reports of felony incidents that involve corporal injury than misdemeanor cases. According to the statistics, there were 584 domestic-violence reports that carry a misdemeanor and 1,334 that carry a felony. Law-enforcement officials point out, however, that statistics on domestic violence don’t necessarily correlate to an increase in prevalence since domestic violence and sexual assaults are often considered “under-reported” crimes, unlike burglaries or auto thefts, for which police can accurately gauge the level the crime is occurring. “Domestic violence is a heavily under-reported crime, and so oftentimes the stats we look at don’t truly report what is happening in the community as it relates to domestic violence,” said Long Beach Police Sgt. Aaron Eaton. He said an increase in domesticviolence reports might signal that police, detectives and victim advocates are paying more attention to the issue. And, as more social-service agencies have spread awareness throughout the community, victims may be more willing to notify law enforcement, Eaton said. “Often when we do see crime numbers go up, it may be an indicator that there are more reports of those crimes, but it also may be an indicator that law enforcement and social services have been effective at reaching out to the community and requesting them to report those crimes,” he said. Eaton added that, due to the way the police department reports crimes, there is no way to tell how many murders or assault-with-a-deadly-weapon cases are related to domestic violence. Long Beach City Prosecutor Doug Haubert said police work closely with victim advocates and advocacy groups in Long Beach to reach out to the community. He said part of the public education in recent years has been to make it more comfortable for victims to report incidents and get the help they need. The prosecutor’s office also often helps victims to get a protective order. “Police and prosecutors take domestic violence more seriously today than they did a decade ago or two decades ago,” Haubert said. “There’s certainly more education and awareness of the issue, not just with public safety professionals but with the public in general… The shame that might have been involved in making a report is not as it may have been in the past, and I’m actually glad that people are more willing to report incidents of domestic violence, because that’s the only way we’re ever going to reduce and end it.” While the majority of domestic-violence reports that come through the city prosecutor’s office are misdemeanors, suspects or batterers still face steep consequences if convicted, Haubert said. In some cases, a series of domestic-violence offenses may lead to a felony conviction that is handled by the district attorney’s office. Felony convictions may result in sentences of more than a year in prison while misdemeanor convictions can carry sentences of up to a year in county jail, he said. Haubert added that in many cases domestic violence is often related to gang affiliation and

drug and/or alcohol abuse. He added that the courts often order suspects to seek anger-management counseling and other treatment as part of their sentence. Giovanna Martinez, youth-services coordinator for the WomenShelter of Long Beach, said a recent trend is the prevalence of domestic-violence victims age 18 to 25, or “young adults in transition.” These young adults, many of whom are teen moms, used to be secondary victims of domestic violence in the home but are now becoming primary victims, often in teen-dating situations, she said. “About six years ago, we started getting referrals about teens who have their own relationships that were abusive, and they were asking where to

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find help,” Martinez said. Last year, the WomenShelter of Long Beach reached 2,236 youth in Long Beach through presentations on domestic violence throughout the community. The shelter also saw 118 adult intakes and 155 youth intakes. Wendy Asman, the shelter’s executive director, said community outreach continues to be one of the main focuses of the organization, in hopes of encouraging victims to report domestic-violence incidents and seek the assistance they need. “We go out a lot in the community, and we talk about it,” she said. “Community education and outreach is huge, and we definitely see an increase in reporting after an event or after something that we do. We’re definitely going

out more and more. We go out to churches and events to spread the word. As more people hear about this, it’s becoming more of an issue where people are comfortable with reporting.”

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