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ST3525 - Nov. 22_Layout 1 11/22/13 12:19 PM Page 1 SIGNAL “This country is moving, and it must not stop. For this is a time for courage and a time for challenge. Neither conformity nor complacency will do.” –excerpt from John F. Kennedy’s undelivered speech in Austin, Texas on Nov. 22, 1963 “John F. Kennedy” mixed-media collage by Alejandra Vernon See page 10 T R I B U N E SERVING BIXBY KNOLLS, CALIFORNIA HEIGHTS, LOS CERRITOS, WRIGLEY AND THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL Vol. 35 No. 25 Controversial decision to oust Harbor Commission president drives deep wedge between Long Beach mayor, his critics Your Weekly Community Newspaper November 22, 2013 Sean Belk/Signal Tribune Bob Cerince (far left), homeless services officer for the Long Beach Department of Health & Human Services, gives a presentation on homelessness at the Carmelitos Community Center during the North Long Beach Leaders meeting on Nov. 20. CJ Dablo / Signal Tribune Before the Long Beach Council voted to remove him from his position as the president of the Harbor Commission for the Port of Long Beach, Thomas Fields defends his record at the Nov. 19 Council meeting. CJ Dablo Staff Writer Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster succeeded in ousting Thomas Fields from his position as the president of the Harbor Commission for the Port of Long Beach at the Nov. 19 Council meeting. However, that night, the mayor had to fend off damaging accusations from a variety of people who questioned his motivation for requesting to remove Fields from office. Among his critics was 5th District Councilmember Gerrie Schipske. She took her usual spot at the seat to the mayor’s immediate right, as Foster read from a statement that outlined his reasons behind his request. According to the city charter, the mayor does have the ability to remove a commissioner if he is able to receive the concurrence of two-thirds of the Council. City Attorney Charles Parkin confirmed at the Council meeting that Foster needed six out of the nine councilmembers to agree with him, and despite the fact that numerous supporters of Fields loudly voiced their opposition to the mayor, six councilmembers did vote to approve the recommendation to remove Fields. Foster stressed that his choice to ask the Council to make this decision wasn’t over a mere disagreement between Fields and Foster. The mayor explained that it was about their “inability to work productively together.” Foster focused on three key issues– port security, disputes over a real-estate deal surrounding the port Efforts to reduce homelessness discussed at North Long Beach Leaders meeting Sean Belk Staff Writer Even though Long Beach has made major progress in reducing homelessness in the city, there were still about 1,800 people found on the street during a one-day, citywide homeless count in January this year, said Bob Cerince, homeless services officer for the Long Beach Department of Health & Human Services. Cerince, who was hired for the position a little more than a year ago, spoke to about a dozen people, most of whom lead local community groups, during the North Long Beach Leaders meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at the Carmelitos Community Center. The total number of homeless individuals in Long Beach, whether they are on the street or in emergency shelters or transitional housing, has declined since the City began the homeless count in 2003 from about 5,000 individuals to about 4,300, he said. Long Beach provides a system of homeless services through the collaboration of local organizations, from the police department to the health department to about a dozen established nonprofits, and more than $7 million a year in federal funding is spent on addressing homelessness in the city, Cerince said. Still, the reality is that “the need does exceed the demand,” he said. “We try to do as best we SH Council amends zoning to expand proposed affordable-housing project see FIELDS page 17 Sean Belk Staff Writer Signal Hill planners say a move by the City Council to change zoning in order to expand a proposed affordablehousing project by adding a site with an old, metal Quonset hut will possibly encourage a developer to take over the project and get the City one step closer to meeting state-mandated housing requirements. The Signal Hill City Council voted 5-0 at its Nov. 19 meeting to switch the land-use designation of a .2-acre site (more than 8,700 square feet) at 2170 Gundry Ave., which includes a Quonset hut that was once used for storage, from “light industrial” to “Special Purpose Housing Specific Plan” Area 6. The project, which has been in the works for more than five years, involves demolishing the hut on Gundry Avenue and combining the property with an adjacent 1.41-acre, City-owned site at 1500 E. Hill St. Merging the two properties enlarges the project size to a total of 1.61 acres, which increases the density of the proposed affordable-housing complex from 60 to 72 units. Though Councilmember Lori Woods requested clarification regarding the increase in density, Signal Hill Community Development Director Scott Charney assured that the project would conform to city standards for multi-tenant housing. “That’s 45 units per acre, which is the highest density that we allow in the city,” he said, adding that the project Weekly Weather Forecast Friday 69° Saturday 69° Variable clouds with a shower Mostly cloudy with a shower Lo 49° Lo 51° Sunday 72° Partly sunny Lo 48° November 22 through November 26, 2013 Monday 70° Mostly sunny Lo 49° Tuesday 70° Mostly sunny Lo 51° This week’s Weekly Weather Forecast sponsored by: Fourth Church of Christ, Scientist 3629 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach (562) 424-5562 would be slightly denser than the Las Brisas II complex, which was the last affordable-housing development completed in Signal Hill at California Avenue and Burnett Street in 2007 by Adobe Communities. Charney said that the new affordable-housing complex might have some three-story elements, but the bulk of it would be four stories high. According to a city staff report, environmental assessments were completed for both sites of the project, and a negative declaration was presented to the Council that addresses any potential impacts regarding hazards, landuse planning, population and housing, public services, recreation and transportation. see SH COUNCIL page 15 see HOMELESS page 19 File photo The land-use designation of the .2-acre property at 2170 Gundry Ave., which includes an old, metal Quonset hut, has been switched from “light industrial” to “Special Purpose Housing Specific Plan” Area 6 in order to add the site to a proposed affordable-housing project that city officials expect to include 72 units. ST3525 - Nov. 22_Layout 1 11/22/13 12:19 PM Page 2 2 SIGNAL TRIBUNE NEWS NOVEMBER 22, 2013 “GOYA, a family name always mindful of the political climate.” JOHN GOYA – Candidate CA 70th Assembly District – June 3, 2014 (Long Beach, Signal Hill, San Pedro & Avalon) anksgiving was my grandmother Maria’s favorite holiday. From my family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving • Vote GOYA to keep companies & jobs in our communities. • Vote GOYA to develop industry by initiating regulations based on scientiﬁc study with a sensible Tax Table. • Vote GOYA to protect our beloved animals with NO KILL shelters. • Vote GOYA to retain our own preferences for our own Health Care & Drs. in CA. • Vote GOYA to prepare our children for an ever-changing competitive workplace w/more choices of trade and academic studies. • Vote GOYA for a better community! Friends of John Goya, CA State 70th Assembly 2014 (Long Beach, Signal Hill, San Pedro & Avalon) Committee ID# 1358229 w w w. j o hn g o y a . c o m ST3525 - Nov. 22_Layout 1 11/22/13 12:19 PM Page 3 NOVEMBER 22, 2013 NEWS Long Beach police arrest three suspects who allegedly targeted 62-year-old woman in murder-for-hire plot SIGNAL TRIBUNE 3 GARNISHING YOUR GARMENTS What General meeting Who The Long Beach Chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America Where California Heights United Methodist Church, 3759 Orange Ave. When Friday, Nov. 22 at 10:30am More Info The Chapter meets the fourth Friday of every month. Call (714) 345-2338. Sean Belk/Signal Tribune Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell leads a press conference on Nov. 18 at Long Beach police headquarters downtown, announcing the arrests of three suspects who allegedly conspired to kill a 62-year-old Long Beach woman in a murder-forhire plot. Sean Belk Staff Writer Long Beach police officials announced at a press conference on Monday, Nov. 18 the arrest of three suspects who allegedly conspired to carry out a murder-for-hire plot in an attempt to kill a 62year-old Long Beach woman, possibly over Frank Haverly Keith Phillips a custody battle. Forty-year-old Holly victim is being withheld for her protecRamos and her 40-year-old husband tion, but he said there aren’t any other Frank Haverly, both from Monterey known suspects in the case. County, allegedly enlisted the services According to Long Beach police, of 50-year-old Keith Phillips in an on Oct. 11, the victim was severely attempt to kill the victim, who is beaten with a blunt metal object, simiRamos’s mother, according to police lar to a bat, and was nearly suffocated officials. by Phillips, believed to be a veteran The three suspects from northern who was impersonating a Department California were arrested last week and of Children and Family Services booked in Long Beach jail on $25 mil- (DCFS) employee. Police responded at lion bail. approximately 9:20pm to reports of On the day of the conference, the screaming coming from the victim’s Long Beach Police Department handed home on the peninsula near 69th Place the case over to the Los Angeles and Ocean Boulevard. County District Attorney’s Office and Before police arrived, Phillips fled presented evidence illustrating how the the scene, thinking the victim was dead, suspects allegedly conspired to murder police said. The victim, however, surthe victim. After an arraignment at vived the attack and was taken to a Long Beach Superior Court, the sus- nearby hospital, yet left with “lifepects were transferred to the custody of threatening” injuries. the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s “The suspect made it clear to the Department. victim that he was there to kill her and At the conference at police head- she would not live through the attack,” quarters downtown, Long Beach Police McDonnell said. “What the suspect did Chief Jim McDonnell said that a possi- not anticipate was the victim’s will to ble motive is the fact that the victim survive… The victim’s resilience gained custody of Ramos’s two chil- clearly enabled her to fight back and dren, ages 2 and 4, after Ramos was survive the brutal attack.” arrested on child-endangerment and Police detectives followed a tip narcotics charges in Monterey County. from the victim, who “immediately He added, however, that the case is still suspected her family” was involved in under investigation. the incident and helped detectives track “Unfortunately, we see things like down evidence. In the weeks that folthis periodically where there is a lot of lowed, Long Beach police detectives emotion,” McDonnell said. “It’s very conducted an undercover investigation unfortunate, something that, in this into Ramos and Haverly, who both case, was taken to an extreme. There’s lived in an RV park in Monterey no way to explain the kind of behavior County. Detectives rented a motor we saw in this. To hire somebody to do home and conducted surveillance on what was done here is just horrific.” the suspects and also submitted mateMcDonnell said the name of the rial that was collected for DNA analy- HoW To AVoID PRoBATE Probate is a very costly and long process that can last from 9 to 18 months in most cases. Fortunately, there are several alternatives available that remove the asset from one’s probatable estate while that person is still alive. 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ELIZABETH ARNETT VOZZELLA 426-9876 www.Vozzella4Law.com Attorney at Law • (562) Holly Ramos sis, resulting in the identification of Phillips. After 18 search warrants and extensive investigative work, Long Beach detectives learned that Ramos and Haverly had planned out the murder by having Phillips gain access to the victim’s home through impersonation of a DCFS employee. On Thursday, Nov. 14, Long Beach police arrested all three suspects. Haverly, who was on probation for a narcotics charge, and Ramos were both arrested in Monterey County while Phillips was arrested at a Veterans Administration (VA) hospital in Menlo Park. McDonnell acknowledged collaborating on the case with the Monterey County Sheriff’s Department, VA police, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the Monterey County Department of Family and Children’s Services and the Monterey County Probation Department. “This has been an extensive and exhaustive investigation requiring a significant amount of our resources, however we could not have accomplished it without assistance from agencies,” he said. McDonnell also extended his gratitude to community members who see LBPD page 14 Don’t let this year’s holiday gathering be at our place! Think before you drink! 3843 East Anaheim St. Long Beach 562-961-9301 FOR FURRY FRIENDS What Free mobile animal clinic Who Fix Long Beach Where Martin Luther King Park, 1950 Lemon Ave. When Saturday, Nov. 23 from 7am to 4pm More Info Event will offer free spay and neuter procedures to those who have made appointments. Microchipping, deworming and flea-control products as well as nail-trimming will be offered at discounted prices. Appointments are not necessary to get required shots for dogs and cats. Visit fixlongbeach.com . MEET OVER COFFEE What Community coffee Who 63rd District Assemblymember Anthony Rendon Where Long Beach Historical Society, 4260 Atlantic Ave. When Saturday, Nov. 23 from 9am to 11am More Info Attendees will be able to address questions or concerns they have about the community with Rendon. Coffee and other refreshments will be available while supplies last. Email Jessica.Equihua@asm.ca.gov . POTLUCK PARTY What Holiday potluck party Who Long Beach Central Project Area Council, Inc. Where ArtExchange, 340 E. 3rd St. When Thursday, Dec. 5 at 6pm More Info The ArtExchange’s second annual Holiday Salon art exhibition will be on display. Attendees are encouraged to bring a dish to share. Call (562) 225-9462. A BIT OF LONG BEACH HISTORY What Book signing Who Historical Society of Long Beach Where 4260 Atlantic Ave. When Friday, Dec. 6 from 7pm to 8pm More Info Long Beach Press-Telegram columnist Tim Grobaty will be signing copies of his latest book, Growing Up in Long Beach at the Historical Society of Long Beach during Bixby Knolls First Friday Art & Culture Walk. Growing Up in Long Beach will be available for purchase for $20. AN EVENING WITH THE GRINCH What Holiday performance Who The Act Out Community Theater Where The Community Center at Light and Life Christian Fellowship, 5951 Downey Ave. When Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7pm More Info The Act Out Community Theater program will embark on its fourth holiday production of Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Ticket cost $3. The Act out Community Theater offers tuition-free theater and arts workshops to underresourced and at-risk individuals in north Long Beach. CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS What North Long Beach Christmas potluck Who The North Long Beach Community Action Group Where Long Beach Dairy and Creamery, 167 E. South St. When Sunday, Dec. 7 from 3pm to 7pm More Info Attendees are encouraged to bring their favorite seasonal dish and an ornament. The North Long Beach Community Action Group hosts informational meetings the first Sunday of every month. Call (562) 428-7710. PAGE-TURNERS What Monthly community book club Who The Bixby Knolls Literary Society Where Elise’s Tea Room, 3924 Atlantic Ave. When Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 7pm More Info This month, the club delves into Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner. Parking is available along Atlantic Avenue. Refreshments will be provided. Call (562) 595-0081 or email email@example.com ST3525 - Nov. 22_Layout 1 11/22/13 12:19 PM Page 4 OPINION 4 SIGNAL TRIBUNE houghts Tfrom the Publisher by Neena Strichart NOVEMBER 22, 2013 LETTERS AND EMAIL More to ‘Know’ “anksgiving Wishes” By Neena Strichart On anksgiving Eve I begin preparation for the next day’s events with much trepidation. My mind wanders quite wildly to holidays past when things went south quickly– good intentions were dashed Will this year be diﬀerent? Will kinfolk behave? Will “Aunt Lil” stay sober? What about “Uncle Dave?” I hope that young cousins don’t kick, bite or yell, or ask while we’re eating, “Hey, what’s that weird smell?” No olives on ﬁngers, no water tipped over, No barking of pets named Queenie or Rover. For potatoes, no lumps– I cross ﬁngers this year and hope we don’t run short of scotch, wine, or beer. Juicy turkey, nice ham, and me not a crier I wish for baked yams that do not catch ﬁre. Nevertheless, no matter the meal, here’s my bottom line, my big point, my main spiel. As long as we gather, give thanks as we’re blessed, doesn’t matter what’s eaten or how we are dressed. What counts is reﬂection for what comes our way, and that we’re together this anksgiving Day. e Signal Family wishes you and yours a very blessed anksgiving Day On June 3, 2014, Signal Hill voters will have the opportunity to approve The Taxpayer’s Right to Know and Vote (TRKV), a citizens’ initiative signed by over 1,000 Signal Hill voters. This initiative requires that any new city taxes, new city property assessments, new city property-related fees and new bonds must be voted on in a general election. The City hired a consultant to analyze the impact of TRKV. The report was incomplete and appeared to simply support the preconceptions and fears of City Hall. The consultant ignored State legislation and the State Constitution. Proposition 13, Proposition 218, and Proposition 26 are all a part of the Constitution. California’s voters approved these propositions in order to curb excessive taxes, property assessments and property-related fees by local government, and they are essential to TRKV. The City consultant also ignored another key legal component. TRKV requires a vote of the Signal Hill electorate on future City new taxes and property charges. What exists today is not affected by TRKV. Therefore, many of the consultant’s concerns are moot. For example: 1. To avoid costly elections, a concern of the consultant, residents can vote on new taxes, new property assessments and property-related fees and bonds at the same time as existing elections. New taxes, new property charges and bonds can be voted upon at the same time we vote to fill council seats. 2. The consultant failed to acknowledge the limited scope of TRKV. The initiative requires a vote by the Signal Hill electorate only on a new City sales tax, a new City use tax (such as a utility use tax) or a new City property tax. All other taxes are not affected by TRKV. 3. TRKV requires that property-related fees and assessments that are “enacted by a vote of the electorate” expire in 10 years from the date Signal Hill voters approve these revenue proposals. The Signal Hill electorate did not vote on any existing City property assessment or City property-related fee. Only future revenue proposals approved by the Signal Hill voting electorate are subject to a 10-year termination date. 4. TRKV sets a 20-year bond time limit. This time limit keeps debt within reasonable costs. The debt will be paid off before more money is required to reinvest in the City project. Adding more than 20 years increases the cost of the bond itself beyond what is reasonable for a public project. Bill Lockyer, the current California Secretary of the Treasury, recommends 20 years because of the high cost of paying debt for a longer time. Through the former Redevelopment agencies (RDA), cities used to spend the state’s money to fund special commercial projects and provide developers “incentives.” After the RDA was eliminated, the City of Signal Hill approved an ordinance called the Economic Assistance Program. This ordinance gives the City the right to tax and charge residents to pay for development projects. The TRKV initiative gives the residents of Signal Hill a voice as to which projects they want to financially support. It is important that Signal Hill voters understand that the consultant failed to point out these facts in his report to the Council. Since the demise of redevelopment, a new way of conducting business is needed– a way that protects the Signal Hill taxpayer. The Taxpayer’s Right to Know and Vote leads that way. Carol Churchill and Maria Harris Signal Hill Community First They love a parade Thank you for publishing the pictures of local Cub Pack 206 in the Nov. 15 paper. We were honored as an organization to participate in the Veterans Day parade. It is rewarding to see a local paper recognizing young people supporting their community. Richard Feinberg Los Fierros District Commissioner Long Beach Area Council Boy Scouts of America Bar rescue, indeed Where there’s smoke... Thanks so much for the publicity [Around Town, Nov. 8, 2013]! We served over 70 people and had a wonderful time getting to know each other. That’s the main purpose of our aspiring restaurant– “A good place to meet good people and eat good barbecue.” Appie van der Fluit Wrigley BBQ pop-up Long Beach [Ed. note: For more information, see “Wrigley BBQ ‘pop-up’ looking for permanent spot to serve down-home cuisine and get-togethers” in the Nov. 15 issue of the Signal Tribune. I was surprised and concerned that Lona [Lee] needed help [“TV show Bar Rescue renames and makes over cantina located in both Signal Hill and Long Beach; March 22, 2013]! I was a homeless person in Long Beach between ‘07 and ‘09 with some California support, and I found her by way of NTN computer games. Being [at Lona’s Wardlow Station] was like I was a human being again. I made some friends there which I have lost contact with, especially with a flight engineer, among others. I hope [Lona] is doing well. I have no idea why she was having trouble. I wish her well; she has no idea how she and her place helped to get me through it. Jack Cahill Albuquerque, New Mexico Mea culpa The Nov. 8, 2013 article “Consultant says Signal Hill initiative would financially cripple city if passed, but proponents deny claims” should have cited June 3, 2014, the statewide primary election, as the date that the Taxpayer’s Right to Know and Vote initiative will be on the ballot. PUBLISHER/EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Neena R. Strichart ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Stephen M. Strichart STAFF WRITERS CJ Dablo Sean Belk CULTURE WRITERS Daniel Adams Vicki Paris Goodman Gregory Spooner SIGNAL T R I B U N E ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT/WEBSITE MANAGER Tanya Paz Jennifer E. Beaver DESIGN EDITOR/PRODUCTION MANAGER MANAGING EDITOR Leighanna Nierle Cory Bilicko ADVERTISING CONSULTANTS Barbie Ellisen Ashley Goodsell COLUMNISTS Kenneth McKenzie Shoshanah Siegel Carol Berg Sloan, RD The Signal Tribune welcomes letters to the editor, which should be signed, dated and include a phone number to verify authenticity. Letters are due by noon on the Tuesday before desired publication date. The Signal Tribune reserves the right to edit letters for grammar, language and space requirements. 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This policy was put in place because, to be fair, if we publish one, we would have to publish all letters submitted by all candidates. The volume would no doubt eliminate space for letters submitted by other readers. Instead, we agree to interview candidates and print stories about political races in an objective manner and offer very reasonable advertising rates for those candidates who wish to purchase ads. The Signal Tribune is published each Friday with a circulation of 25,000. Yearly subscriptions are available for $50. 939 E. 27th St., Signal Hill, CA 90755 (562) 595-7900 www.signaltribune.com firstname.lastname@example.org To read previous issues of the Signal Tribune, visit www.signaltribune.com ST3525 - Nov. 22_Layout 1 11/22/13 12:19 PM Page 5 NOVEMBER 22, 2013 NEWS SIGNAL TRIBUNE 5 Long Beach applies for nearly $1 million in state grants to continue Willow Springs Park project Sean Belk Staff Writer Long Beach is applying for nearly $1 million in state grants to continue work on developing Willow Springs Park, a 47-acre property owned by the City of Long Beach located off of Orange Avenue between Willow and Spring streets. The Long Beach City Council voted unanimously at its Nov. 19 meeting to have City Manager Pat West submit two grant applications to the State of California Strategic Growth Council. The City is applying for up to $924,000 in funding through the State’s Urban Greening for Sustainable Communities Program provided through Proposition 84 to pay for the Willow Springs Wetlands project. In addition, the City is applying for up to $75,000 for smaller projects proposed by “disadvantaged communities,” according to a staff report. Seventh District Councilmember James Johnson, who has been heavily involved in kick-starting the park development, said in an email that the money, if received from the State, would be used to improve the wetlands at Willow Springs Park, which is part of the Willow Springs Master Plan. “We have already made it through the preliminary rounds of this grant process, so we are optimistic about our chances of achieving funding,” he said, adding that the grant comes on top of $1 million in one-time funds the City has recently set aside for the park’s development. “We are currently discussing what the best next steps are to further improve the File photo property given the funds available.” Long Beach is hoping to secure nearly $1 million in state grant funding to pay for the development of Willow Springs Park, a 47-acre property According to a staff report, the up to $924,000 owned by the City of Long Beach located off of Orange Avenue between Willow and Spring streets. grant, sought by the City’s Office of Sustainability, would go toward finalizing the design and developLong Beach– just above the Long Beach Municipal Cemeimplement the project. ment of the wetlands. The City has also secured $400,000 The proposed regional park, which Johnson has called tery. The plaza includes a 7,850-square-foot topographical of additional funds for the wetlands project through a “the biggest park in Long Beach since 1952” since the map of Southern California. Southern California Association of Governments grant, as City first opened El Dorado Park on the east side of town, Johnson said his office is continuing to seek every poswell as a one-time allocation to parks, playgrounds and is expected to include hiking trails, small shade structures, sible source of funding for the park but added that he is libraries in the Fiscal Year 2014 adopted budget. a visitor center, a BMX-bike track, a dog park, community pleased with the progress the City has made so far. The Public Works Department is seeking up to gardens, a farm and associated parking spaces. “In just a few short years, we have opened the first $75,000 in funds for landscape improvements on a vacant Though the City has owned the property for more than phase of the park, approved a master plan and secured sigmedian adjacent to Pacific Coast Highway and east of the a century, it has sat undeveloped. Last year, however, the nificant funding,” Johnson said. “I will continue to work Terminal Island Freeway. The department is working in first four acres of the park opened up as a hilltop plaza with the community to move this project forward one step collaboration with the Century Villages at Cabrillo to called Longview Point– considered the highest point in at time.” ß ST3525 - Nov. 22_Layout 1 11/22/13 12:19 PM Page 6 6 SIGNAL TRIBUNE COMMUNITY Signal Hill Community Services Department honors two organizations, three individuals NOVEMBER 22, 2013 The City of Signal Hill Community Services Department hosted their third annual Volunteer & Sponsor Awards & Recognition Banquet on Nov. 7 at the Signal Hill Park Community Center. The banquet honored those who support the local community, and City staff thanked them for the past year’s accomplishments. Apolonio Villareal received the Outstanding Youth Volunteer award. Friends of Long Beach Animals was honored as the Valued Volunteer Organization. Bonnie Virga accepted the award for Community Volunteers of the Year, which honored her and her late husband Frank Virga. Signal Hill Petroleum was awarded as Celebrated Business Sponsor. Volunteers and honorees were treated to dinner, and the Mayor and City staff acknowledged them for their involvement. Source: City of SH Photos courtesy City of SH Signal Hill Petroleum– Celebrated Business Sponsor Friends of Long Beach Animals– Valued Volunteer Organization Something on your mind? Visit our website and leave a comment! www.signaltribune.com Apolonio Villareal– Outstanding Youth Volunteer Bonnie Virga (who was honored with her late husband Frank Virga) Community Volunteers of the Year ST3525 - Nov. 22_Layout 1 11/22/13 12:19 PM Page 7 NEWS East Long Beach man becomes first casualty of WNV since 2004 NOVEMBER 22, 2013 A man in his mid-70s has become the first Long Beach resident to die from complications associated with West Nile Virus (WNV) since 2004, according to Dr. Mitchell Kushner, public health officer for the City of Long Beach, who made the announcement on Monday, Nov. 18. The deceased had lived in east Long Beach was hospitalized in October. Long Beach has reported six human cases to date in 2013. There have been eight WNVrelated fatalities in Los Angeles County this year. Statewide, there have been 349 human cases reported, including 13 fatalities, as of Nov. 12, 2013. “The death of a Long Beach resident due to West Nile virus is a sad and sobering reminder of the risk posed by mosquito bites,” Dr. Kushner said. “Even though summer is over and West Nile Virus season is winding down, warm weather can continue, and mosquitoes can still be active. We should still take precautions to avoid mosquito bites and mini- mize the risk of WNV infection.” To reduce the risk of exposure to the virus, Dr. Kushner is advising residents to take the following precautions: • Avoid mosquito-infested areas, especially at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active. • Since mosquitoes breed in standing water, dump or drain water in neglected ponds, birdbaths, fountains, buckets, old tires or anything that can hold water. Dumping or draining water will interrupt the mosquito life cycle. • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants while outdoors at dawn or dusk. • Use mosquito repellant containing DEET, Picaridin, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus. Residents should follow instructions on the label. A pediatrician can indicate appropriate concentrations of DEET to be used on children under the age of 2. • Keep tight-fitting screens on doors and windows to prevent mosquitoes from entering homes, and check to make sure window screens are in good condition. • Clean and chlorinate swimming pools and drain water from pool covers. • Limit the watering of lawns and outdoor plants to twice a week to avoid run-off to gutters and around sprinklers. • Report dead birds and dead tree squirrels to the California Department of Health Services by calling 1-877-WNV-Bird or online at westnile.ca.gov . In a press release issued Nov. 18, the Long Beach Health Department indicated it will continue with active surveillance of mosquito populations and work closely with the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District to educate residents and reduce mosquito populations in Long Beach. For more information, contact the City of Long Beach Health Department Vector Control Program at (562) 570-4132 or online at longbeach.gov/health/wnv_info/r esource.asp . The Campaign Trail Source: City of LB Gardena Mayor Paul Tanaka announced Nov. 18 that the Gardena Police Officers Association has endorsed him in his bid for Los Angeles County sheriff. • Long Beach Vice Mayor Robert Garcia has garnered the endorsement of former Long Beach Vice Mayor and Councilmember Frank Colonna in his candidacy for mayor. • Long Beach City College Board of Trustees member and mayoral candidate Doug Otto released the names of 15 new endorsements of his campaign on Nov. 15, including: Suzanne Nosworthy, former president, Assistance League of Long Beach; Lynne Cox, long-distance open-water swimmer; Peter Hogenson, former Rockwell engineering manager for Apollo Space Program and the Space Shuttle; Jill Hogenson, retired teacher; Laurel Howat, architectural historian; Janice Gorham, retired flight attendant, American Airlines; Bob Graham, Graham & Associates Management Consulting; Avalon Hill, retired educator, American Language and Culture Institute; Dave Shlemmer, former chair, St. Mary Medical Center Foundation; Cristina Salvador Klenz, professional photographer; Donya Webb, development director, American Red Cross of Long Beach; Matt Cullen, president, Dion & Sons; Josephine Fitzpatrick, retired family practice attorney; Phil Mazzacco, principal, Sonnocco Investments; and Barry McDaniel, CEO, Overland, Pacific and Cutler. • Roxanne’s lounge, 1115 E. Wardlow Rd., will host a fundraiser for Ricardo Linarez, candidate for 1st District Long Beach City Councilmember, on Wednesday, Dec. 4 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. More information is available at ricardolinarez.com . • Taco Surf restaurant, 536 E. 2nd St., will host a campaign fundraiser for 3rd District Long Beach City Council candidate Martha Flores-Gibson on Monday, Dec. 2 from 6pm to 8pm. • Fifth District Long Beach City Council candidate Carl Kemp Eileen Alda Johnson 68 announced Nov. 21 that he has received the endorsements of three Paul Toomey 91 police chiefs: former chiefs Robert Luman and Anthony Batts of Long Beach; and Oceanside Police Chief Frank McCoy, a Long Betty Gould 89 Beach native. On Nov. 14, Kemp announced that councilmembers Carroll Ann Bernardin 76 Al Austin and Steve Neal have also endorsed him. Okechukwu Oranika 63 • Ruby Carroll 87 Seventh District Councilmember James Johnson announced Nov. 18 that the Sierra Club has endorsed him for Long Beach city attorCarol Drumm 69 ney. Angelo Azzato 47 • Anna Baptiste 97 Ninth District Council candidate Rex Richardson announced Nov. 15 that he has received the endorsement of the Teachers AssociaMarjorie Johnson 90 tion of Long Beach. Larry Harper 73 • Carroll Bernardin 76 Long Beach School Board candidate Megan Kerr announced Nov. 19 that the Long Beach Police Officers Association has endorsed Benjamin Paige 56 her. On Nov. 13, Kerr announced her endorsement by Long Beach Firefighters Association, IAFF Local 372. • e families were assisted by Sunny Zia announced Nov. 18 that she has received the endorseMcKenzie Mortuary. ment of the Laborers’ International Union Of North America Local For more details on 507 in her race for Long Beach Community College Board of service dates and times, Trustees, District 3. contact (562) 961-9301 Lives Lived SIGNAL TRIBUNE 7 Audit indicates no inappropriate fueling but more controls could prevent further misuse A recent audit by Long Beach City Auditor Laura Doud shows that while inappropriate fueling did not appear prevalent for the transactions reviewed, there are areas where control weaknesses exist and where the use of additional controls could provide further protection against misuse. Doud released the third of four audits of the City of Long Beach’s fuel expenditure and usage system Nov. 14. The subject of the third report is the fuel operation overseen by the Water Department. According to Doud’s office, during Fiscal Year 2012, the Water Department purchased approximately 132,000 gallons of fuel costing more than $408,000. Diesel and unleaded fuel usage are tracked through the department’s fuel system. Employees can access fuel by using vehicle fuel keys or a master key located at the main fuel station. The manner in which the vehicle fuel keys and master key are being used essentially allows unlimited fueling to any vehicle, City-owned or not. The Water Department relies on security cameras and guards to monitor access to the yard and fuel pumps, which reduces the risk of inappropriate fueling. However, yard restriction does not necessarily eliminate all risk, as anyone with entry into the yard could freely access fuel by using the master key. One of the key findings in Doud’s audit is the extensive overuse of the master fueling key. According to Water Department management, employees are instructed to use the vehicle assigned fuel keys when fueling that particular vehicle. The one master key, which is located at the main fueling station, is to be used only for filling small fuel cans. However, the audit found that 46 percent of the fueling transactions were performed by the master key. As of the audit’s release date, the department had installed security-key boxes that require use of employee electronic identification cards to access vehicle keys, thus creating a record of vehicle usage and parameters of control. Additionally, the master key has been removed from the fuel station and is located in the new security box, an interim master key policy has been developed and monthly reviews of fuel transactions are now being conducted. In a press release Doud issued, she said she expressed her appreciation to the management and staff of the Long Beach Water Department for embracing the recommendations, taking immediate action to strengthen controls and their professional cooperation with the audit. The full report with a detailed explanation of the City Auditor’s recommendations and management comments can be viewed on the City Auditor’s website, CityAuditorLauraDoud.com . Source: LB City Auditor’s office Put on an event they won’t forget! Alpine Village Antique Clock We make house calls for large clocks! MAKES A GREAT WEDDING OR PARTY FAVOR! Buy - Sell Repair - Restore Alpine Village Shops | 833 W. Torrance Blvd. #204 Rubio: 310.329.9980 Rent a portable photobooth for your next event for 1 hour for only $250! • Includes portable booth, props, and one staff member 877-FOTOSTRIP CALL FOR DETAILS Searching for answers? 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Fourth Church of Christ, Scientist 3629 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach (562) 424-5562 ST3525 - Nov. 22_Layout 1 11/22/13 12:19 PM Page 8 COMMUNITY 8 SIGNAL TRIBUNE Los Cerritos Neighborhood Association elects new board members NOVEMBER 22, 2013 6th District office, Khmer Parents Association to host car-wash fundraiser to aid typhoon victims Sixth District Councilmember Dee Andrews and the Khmer Parents Association will host a charity car wash for typhoon victims in the Phillippines from 9am to 4pm on Sunday, Nov. 24 at RC HI-Tech Smog Test, 700 E. Anaheim St. “Many Cambodians were given refuge in the Philippines after the Khmer Rouge,” reads a press release issued by Andrews’s office. “The Cambodian community will forever remember the generosity and hospitality shown them. With news of the Gary Hamrick Terry Smiley The Los Cerritos Neighborhood Association installed two newly elected board members, Gary Hamrick and Terry Smiley, to its board of directors on Wednesday, Nov. 13. Hamrick and Smiley join board members Rick Ivy, Jeanne Williams, Mike Kowal and Sandy Stople. The LCNA meets monthly to discuss all issues concerning the Los Cerritos area. They have been responsible for such projects 100 tree plantings along Del Mar Avenue, various candidate forums, concerts in the park, Christmas caroling events, and various other community events throughout the year, according to Smiley. Currently, they are discussing and assessing the proposed roundabouts, traffic signals and bike lanes which may affect the area. 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Ask for ID#A491913 for Orion, and also see Vixen, Wonder (as in Wonder Woman), Atom, Phantom, Firestorm and Flash. Sponsored by: served 6am to high noon FAJITAS SUPREME Most insurance accepted 3811 Atlantic Ave. Bixby Knolls (Just north of Bixby Rd.) homemedix.com (562) 595-1153 FOLBA Pet of the Week: In anticipation of Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster will host two Get Your Business Online (GYBO) workshops on Monday, Nov. 25, one at 8am and another at 4pm at the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network, 3447 Atlantic Ave. Business owners who attend the workshop will have access to computers and free hands-on instruction in Pacific Gateway’s computer lab to learn how to set up an account and build their website. Parking will be available in the Pacific Gateway lot. The Long Beach Get Your Business Online initiative provides business owners with the tools to create and host their own website completely free for one year. Google and Homestead provide a selection more than 200 website templates to choose from, three clickable web pages, a custom domain name and free web hosting for one year. Computer space is limited. Interested individuals must RSVP to the Mayor’s office by Friday, Nov. 22 at (562) 570-6801or email@example.com, providing their name, phone number and which workshop they would like to attend. Try our House SpeciaLS! 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Penn manages internal and external communications within the company’s largest retail banking market, which includes responsibility for media relations in ethnically diverse segments. “Growing and strengthening MOLAA’s board of directors has been a key priority of mine since I began my tenure at the museum,” said Stuart A. Ashman, MOLAA’s president and CEO. “We are very pleased that Ann Penn became a board member at our Oct. 18th meeting and are looking forward to working with her over the course of her three-year term. Ann’s passion for art and culture, her knowledge and professional expertise and her positive energy make her a great addition to our already active board.” Prior to joining Wells Fargo in January 2013, Penn served in-house within the public utilities, nonprofit and healthcare industries in Orange and San Bernardino counties. Penn has also acquired nearly a decade of experience in public-relations agencies in Southern California, conducting communications campaigns for such notable clients as The Make-AWish Foundation of Greater Los Angeles, WHAM-O Inc., Rain Bird Corporation, Panda Express, King’s Hawaiian Bakery and many more. “It is a remarkable honor for me to serve on the board of the nation’s leading museum of modern and contemporaty Latin-American art and culture,” Penn said. “Living in Long Beach for many years, I have Diemecke to step down as Long Beach Symphony Orchestra music director Long Beach Symphony Orchestra (LBSO) Music Director Enrique Arturo Diemecke will step down at the end of the orchestra’s 20132014 Classics season, according to the Long Beach Symphony Association. Diemecke will serve as music director for the season’s four remaining concerts, running from January 25, 2014 to May 31, 2014. Among the Courtesy LBSO 2013-2014 Classics Series concerts After a 13-year tenure, Enrique Arturo Diemecke will be the per- will leave his position as Long Beach Symphony formance on Jan. Orchestra music director in May 2014. 25 of a cadenza written by Diemecke himself for Silvestre Revueltas’ “La noche de los Mayas.” “My years on the podium of the wonderful Long Beach Symphony Orchestra have been filled with joy,” Diemecke said. “The orchestra and I have had great musical adventures and many sublime concerts that I will take with me for the rest of my days.” John DiCarlo, president of the Long Beach Symphony Association, praised Diemecke’s service to the LBSO. “Maestro Diemecke has served the Long Beach Symphony as a consummate performer and valued director,” DiCarlo said. “We are very proud of his long tenure with the orchestra and are looking forward to his four remaining concerts with us this season.” During his 13-year tenure as music director of the LBSO, Diemecke brought original compositions, world premieres, and celebrated soloists to the Terrace Theater. Under his artistic direction, the Symphony premiered Diemecke’s own Conceierto a Celedonio composed at the request of the celebrated guitarist Pepe Romero, receiving standing ovations and critical acclaim, according to the Long Beach Symphony Association. Diemecke also conducted the U.S. premiere of a multimedia composition, Dos Visiones, a collaboration between the LBSO, the Museum of Latin American Art and the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Mexico. Diemecke won the 2009 Distinguished Artist Award from the Arts Council of Long Beach. Diemecke will continue on as music director of the Buenos Aires Philharmonic, the Bogota Philharmonic and the Flint Symphony Orchestra, according to the Long Beach Symphony Association. The Association plans to honor Diemecke at Long Beach Symphony’s Classics Finale on May 31, 2014 at the Terrace Theater. The 2014-2015 Classics Series will feature a roster of nationally recognized guest conductors and soloists to be announced in January 2014. Source: LBSO always appreciated the ground-breaking exhibitions, stimulating educational programs and engaging cultural events the museum has to offer. I am very much looking forward to playing a role in MOLAA’s future.” Penn received her bachelor’s degree in communication and a minor in the history of art and architecture from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Penn is also a certified dance instructor in American smooth and rhythm styles and versed in vintage and Flamenco dances. She currently resides in Pasadena with her husband. Source: MOLAA SIGNAL TRIBUNE 9 ST3525 - Nov. 22_Layout 1 11/22/13 12:20 PM Page 10 10 SIGNAL TRIBUNE CULTURE NOVEMBER 22, 2013 Memories of a president lost: Nov. 22, 1963 L ast week, Signal Tribune publisher Neena Strichart reminded our readers that Nov. 22, 2013 would mark the 50th anniversary of the death of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy. In her column, she shared her recollections of the events that took place five decade ago and invited those interested to share their memories of the nation’s tragedy in this week’s issue. Below are the responses: Thank you for sharing your reflections last week regarding the assassination of JFK on that Friday 50 years ago today, of our nation’s beloved 35th president, and for inviting readers to share their thoughts as well. Thank you also for publishing the obituary of my beloved grandmother, Elizabeth “Betty” Moffitt, in the Oct. 25 issue of the Signal Tribune. Fifty years ago today, I have vivid memories of being at her home in north Long Beach when my grandmother cried or was visibly shaken upon learning and sharing with me the very sad news that President Kennedy had been shot and died. I was old enough to understand what had happened and can still remember many Tv news images of the fallen president’s funeral and about his dedication, commitment and life’s work trying to help the American people and our troubled nation. Nick Dibs Long Beach Wow! Fifty years. I was teaching a U.S. history class at Banning High School, [in] Wilmington, California. A little after 11am, a student informed me of the shooting. I escorted my class to my car. The radio was reporting the details. I never left the Tv for the next four days. Alvaro (val) Rodriguez Signal Hill On that particular day I was riding my bike while on lunch break from my job at the Department of Social Services. I was on my way to my daughter’s elementary school to join her in the cafeteria for the noon meal. Just blocks from the school, a man yelled to me across the street, “Hey ,lady. Did you hear? The president’s been shot!” I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. Marjorie Grommé [Signal Tribune Publisher Neena Strichart’s mother] Long Beach I was in New york attending junior high when I heard about the president being shot. We were riding on the bus headed for home when the bus driver announced it over the loud speaker. Once I got home, Mom had the television on, and we were all in shock. “This can’t really be happening,” is what I remember thinking. Barbie Ellisen Signal Hill My memory of that day is vivid. I was working for a touring opera company at the time, and we had stopped at a train station in Illinois. The weather was misty and rainy, and I was with a friend looking at a plaque about Lincoln. A woman came running out of the thick mist screaming “the president’s been shot!”…we initially thought she was crazy, and then the grim reality set in. It was the day the world changed. “John F. Kennedy,” mixed-media collage by Alejandra Vernon Alejandra vernon Long Beach [vernon created the portrait of John F. Kennedy that is pictured left.] ST3525 - Nov. 22_Layout 1 11/22/13 12:20 PM Page 11 CULTURE NOVEMBER 22, 2013 In Living Color Branch out with your Thanksgiving decorating ideas Shoshanah Siegel Columnist I Yesterday, became aware of a phenomenon that perplexed me. It started in the doctor’s office, when I heard Christmas carols being played on the radio. Then as I went to the local store I had difficulty finding orange candles. All I could find were decorations for the winter and Christmas. After Halloween, had we skipped the celebration of Thanksgiving and autumn? I know that Chanukah starts on Thanksgiving this year, but still…. So, I have decided to slow things down a bit and suggest some decorating ideas to celebrate Thanksgiving and autumn. This time of year is one of my favorites. Having just spent a long weekend in June Lake, I was truly able to experience the changing seasons. I was awed by the beauty of the quaking, golden-yellow aspen trees, which were in contrast to the gray, granite peaks of the Sierras. I was able to gather up pinecones that were as big as footballs, and I found myself stomping through piles of fallen leaves. What is great about this season is that you don’t need to spend a lot of money to decorate. It is easy to set the mood for Thanksgiving by selecting items found in nature and ones that remind us of the familiar smells and bounty of food we are about to eat. Twiggy Small branches are the perfect item to create quick, eye-catching displays. Layer items such as nuts, birdseed, pods, or small pumpkins or apples halfway up in a clear vase. Fill the vase with sprigs of mini wheat, twigs or branches with or without berries or leaves. You can tie a ribbon or raffia around the outside to complete the look. For a little variation, use a vessel that has SIGNAL TRIBUNE 11 more character, like a vintage bowl, small bucket, metal pitcher, or a hollowed-out gourd instead. Gather a variety of flowers, stems, fillers and twigs, and arrange at random. Even less time-consuming would be to gather a handful of twigs and tie them together with ribbon of raffia. Glue or tie in some colorful fall leaves. Place them upright like stacks of wheat. Frame it Gather colorful leaves, sprigs of holly or other items that can be featured by mounting them inside a frame. I love wood frames that can either remain rustic or whitewashed. Any size Shoshanah Siegel/Signal Tribune or shape will do. You can hang the frames from Make a great edible and beautiful arrangement using ornamental kale, nasturtiums and swiss chard. twine or raffia to give it a rustic look. For a little pop of color, Cover the rubber band with either purples, fuchsias and greens to the it simple and stress free. tie them with ribbons in the fall col- ribbon or raffia. You can either use celebration. For a one-of-a-kind cenors of orange, yellow, red and pur- it as a vase or as a decorative can- terpiece, add some colorful gourds, Shoshanah Siegel provides color consulting as dle holder. You can also make an fruits such as pears and apples, pep- well as space planning, remodeling, upgrading ple. artichoke candle holder by cutting pers, leaves, berries, brussel sprouts and staging through her firm Your Color the top off, a little off the center, and radishes. Be inventive and have Diva. She can be contacted at (562) 427Wonderful mini displays 0440 or at shoshanah.siegel @gmail.com. Samand a little from the bottom. fun. I have always been fascinated with ples of her work can be found at houzz.com . Savor and enjoy the season. Keep things in jars or under glass. They Insert a glass holder with a candle in it. This is much safer than stickare like a miniature world. Glass cake plates, terrariums and bell jars ing a candle directly into the artiare perfect for these displays. Cap- choke. You can set these on a ture fall inside by placing moss on platter or charger with a few sprigs the bottom and adding a few small of mums and branches with berries. gourds, branches of leaves or Green and red cabbages are a nice berries and twigs. You are limited variation. only by your imagination. Items Just placing colorful fruit in a bowl can easily be switched out for the is an easy decoration. Pears, crabapples and apples come to other holidays. mind. You can dress it up or down, depending on the vessel you use. Not just for eating Celebrate the bounty of Thanksgiv- For a little bling, adorn the fruit ing by creating a centerpiece of with adhesive decals in silver, gorgeous vegetables. Get a stretchy bronze, and gold. Where is your child “hanging” out? rubber band and wrap it around a tall glass vase or a white pillar candle. Tuck in a row of green beans or asparagus under the rubber band. Hail, hail, bring on the kale Add more color by using ornamental kale. What a great way to bring in Forecasters say: ??? FREE CAR WASH! Remember: We have a 48-hour rain check policy. The best way to fight rain &?inclement weather is to keep your car protected with frequent polishing &?detailing. FREE LESSON! HIHIHIHIHIHIHI Let us keep your kids happy, healthy, and strong! Gymnastics & Tumbling Boys and Girls (Walking–18 years) We do kids’ birthday parties, too! We are the experts! oPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK, WEATHER PERMITTING Bixby Knolls Car Wash 577 E. 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Also on hand will be annual honorary guest servers City Manager Pat West, City Prosecutor Doug Haubert and Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau President Steve Goodling. “It is truly a blessing to stand beside my wonderful partners each year and present this awesome Thanksgiving banquet to a loving community,” Andrews said. “We all have great joy in serving over 1,500 people with a thankful heart.” Although the event is free, RSVPs are required by Friday, Nov. 22, at the Ernest S. McBride Park or by contacting Andrews’s office at (562) 570-6816. Source: 6th District Council office Church to distribute 300-plus Thanksgiving dinner boxes Family Church, 2094 Cherry Ave. in Signal Hill, will distribute more than 300 Thanksgiving dinner boxes to the community on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 10:30am, as part of the organization’s annual Thanksgiving Fest. Each box, which is made up of a turkey dinner with all the trimmings, will contain enough food to feed a family of four. Family Church will also provide free haircuts and clothing to those in need of help. For general event information or to find out how to donate to Thanksgiving Fest, visit familychurch.co/tgf or call (562) 698-6737. Source: Family Church Nonprofit youth organization to host tree-lot fundraiser The nonprofit organization The Youth Center will host its annual tree lot from Nov. 30 to Dec. 21 at the Ganahl Lumber parking lot at 10742 Los Alamitos Blvd. The tree lot will be open from 9am to 9pm on weekends and from noon to 9pm during on weekdays. Noble, Nordman, Douglas and Grand Fir trees will be available. More than 300 students volunteer at this fundraiser each year, according to The Youth Center, which provides collaborative social, educational and recreational programs for children through contributions and modest activity fees, according to the organization’s website, which also states that the center does not receive local, state or federal funding. The volunteers learn valuable skills such as working as a team, following manager direction, customer service, and how it feels to provide a service for a good cause, according to Lisa Lee, Youth New hours now in effect: Center Community Relations director. Tues.-Thurs.: 5pm to 9pm ¥ Friday: 5pm to 9:30pm For many volunteers this experience offers so much more than just an ¥ Lunch Tues.-Fri.: 11:30am to Sat.:?Noon to 9:30pm opportunity to give back, Lee said. Michael Cleary is a 17-year-old tree-lot volunteer who has gone to the Youth Center since he was 5. His mother is a 3pm single parent, and the Center has been a strong support for him throughout 2201 East Willow Suite St., G in Signal Hill his childhood, Lee said. 562.595.0210 | Sushi, Tempura, & Traditional Favorites “Helping families find the perfect tree really puts me in the Christmas “A Gourmet Gifting & Baking Company” spirit,” Cleary said. “I really like working with other tree-lot volunteers and Top off your Thanksgiving meal the staff members too. I learned so much about taking care of Christmas with our Pumpkin Spice Bundt trees, customer service, and teamwork. Giving back to the charity that helped Cake. Now taking pre-orders! me when I was growing up means a lot to me.” The Youth Center truly becomes a second home for many children, and Michael is only one example of the many children who rely on the Youth Center’s support growing up, Lee said. “It is rewarding for me to see our past participants help us during different fundraising events,” said Lina Lumme, Youth Center executive director. “It truly shows that we have a special place in their hearts.” The public is welcome to volunteer their time, join the board or register for a program. For more information, call (562) 493-4043 or visit heyouthcenter.org . Holiday Hours: Christian organization to provide 500 family food boxes Mon/Tues 11-7, Wed 11-5 Source: The Youth Center CLOSED Thurs/Fri, Sat 11-7, Sun 11-5 Call in advance for catering LONG BEACH LOCATIONS 250 W. Ocean Blvd. | (562) 432-2211 401 W. Willow St. | (562) 595-6138 4147 Long Beach Blvd. at Carson St. in Bixby Knolls (888) 9BUNDTS www.bundtsonmelrose.com The Rock Christian Fellowship will provide 500 boxes of food to families in need during its Renewable Hope Thanksgiving Food Project 2013 on Saturday, Nov. 23 from 8am to noon at The Central Facility Center at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 1133 Rhea St. Each box will have enough food to supplement the needs of a family with four to six people. For more information, call (562) 597-7481 or visit therocktoday.com . Source: The Rock ST3525 - Nov. 22_Layout 1 11/22/13 12:20 PM Page 13 Giving Thanks, Helping Others T 13 S Volunteers pitch in to provide early Event to offer food, health Thanksgiving for Boys & Girls Clubs screenings for needy families NOVEMBER 22, 2013 Volunteers and donors are already working to provide a happy Thanksgiving for members of the Long Beach Boys & Girls Clubs, according to Oscar Hernandez, director of Operations for the Long Beach Clubs. Students in the culinary-arts department at Long Beach City College have been reporting to the kitchen as early as 5am to prepare turkeys and all the trimmings for several Club celebrations starting this week. The Long Beach Boys & Girls Clubs operate in 14 locations throughout the city, and it’s a longstanding tradition to invite Club members and their families for a full Thanksgiving meal. Thanksgiving observance to delay EDCO services In observance of Thanksgiving, EDCO will not be performing any collection services, and its public disposal site, buyback center and customer-service offices will be closed. As a result, all regularly scheduled collection services for Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 29 will experience a one-day delay in service. This delay includes Park Waste and Recycling Services and Signal Hill Waste and Recycling Services. For more information, visit the EDCO website at edcodisposal.com . Source: EDCO IGNAL “Many of our members come from single-parent homes, and it’s a struggle for some of them to provide a holiday meal,” Hernandez said. “Everyone likes to share the holidays with their families, and the Boys & Girls Clubs are like family for many of our kids.” Several donors helped sponsor the meals, including Shamrock Foods and Choura Catering, which donated turkeys and trimmings. The Westin Long Beach provided utensils and paper goods, and Coca-Cola donated drinks. The Moe Foundation donated funds to purchase additional food. Chef Frank Madrigal and his students have been getting up early to begin cooking the meals, then returning in the afternoon to re-heat the food for serving at the Clubs. The Downtown Long Beach Lions Club, TABC, the Boeing Co. and G.J. Properties are among the groups volunteering to serve the meals. “Chef Frank and the students are coming in before classes and donating their time, which means a lot to us,” Hernandez said. RIBUNE American University of Health Sciences (AUHS) will collaborate with Superior Grocers, Barrier Free Life Foundation and XR LLC to provide Thanksgiving groceries to approximately 800 families in need on Friday, Nov. 22 from 10am to 3pm at 1600 E. Hill St. in Signal Hill. AUHS students will volunteer to assist in the distribution of food, as well as offering basic health assessments such as height, weight and blood-pressure measurements. For more information, visit auhs.edu . Source: AUHS Source: LB Boys & Girls Clubs Happy Thanksgiving SIGNAL to our readers & families T R I B U N E Your Weekly Community Newspaper Thanksgiving Side Dishes Order To-Go (Pick up on Wed. 11/27 after 2:00pm. Please give 48 hours notice.) Whole Turkey - uncooked, dressed turkey ready to roast Call for quote (with failsafe instructions) Approximately $2.50 per pound. Stuffed Turkey Breast (serves 2-4) $30 Pine Nut, Sage Stuffing (serves 2-4) $8/pint Spicy Green Bean Salad (serves 2-3) $5/half pound Brussels Sprouts with Bacon $7/pint Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes (serves 2-4) $8/pint Potato Parsnip Puree $8/pint Cream Cheese and Nutmeg $8/pint Sweet Mashed Potatoes with Maple Butter (serves 2-4) $8/pint Gravy (serves 2-4) $6/pint Cranberry Apple Compote (serves 2-4) $7/half pint Loaf of Shallot Bread (homemade) $8/loaf Soup (serves 2-3) 2951 CHERRY AVENUE, SIGNAL HILL 562.426.0694 deliusrestaurant.com Sweet Potato Champagne $5/pint Roasted Red Bell Pepper & Tomato Bisque $5/pint Desserts Pumpkin Spice Cake w/ Caramel Sauce $15 each Pumpkin Cheesecake with Pecan Crust $19 each Pecan Pie $14 each Chocolate Marble Brownies $16/dozen Assorted Cookie Platter $9/dozen Cinnamon Coffee Cake $14 each ST3525 - Nov. 22_Layout 1 11/22/13 12:20 PM Page 14 NEWS 14 SIGNAL TRIBUNE NOVEMBER 22, 2013 LB police officers shoot 32-year-old LB police shoot and kill 19-year-old suspect, with warrant for carjacking, on rooftop woman holding fake gun Long Beach police officers shot and killed 19- 400 block of Nebraska Avenue. Fake handgun that resembled a black semi-automatic-type beretta Courtesy LBPD Long Beach police shot 32-year-old Adeline Arroyo of Long Beach on Saturday, Nov. 16 after she held a fake gun in front of police officers. According to the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD), at approximately 9:50am, police received calls from multiple citizens reporting a female armed with a handgun in the area of 3rd Street and Long Beach Boulevard. Upon arrival, officers found a female matching the description and began containing the area. According to the LBPD, officers were concerned because of heavy pedestrian traffic near the main post office and City Place Shopping Center. While the containment was being set up, officers began negotiating with the female to get her to surrender, according to police. The female did not respond to the officers and, instead, just stared into the distance, police said. The officers observed that the female was holding an object in her right hand, but she kept it covered with a piece of clothing. The woman continued to refuse to talk or gesture to police officers and communicate with them, police said. Two mental-evaluation teams (METs) were brought in to negotiate with her, but their attempts were unsuccessful. The SWAT team was contacted to respond to the location while negotiations proceeded, but the female continued to ignore the pleas from the police officers, according to police. While waiting for the SWAT team to arrive, the female began to walk towards officers and removed the item of clothing that was covering the item in her right hand, police said. Officers immediately saw what they said appeared to be a black semi-automatic handgun. Initially, the suspect was pointing the weapon towards the postal building and in the air, and officers pleaded with her to drop the firearm, police said. The woman, however, continued to take steps towards the officers, and, as she did, she turned the weapon towards officers, pointing it in their direction, and officers shot her. Long Beach Fire Department personnel were already on scene, and they responded and began treating the woman. They transported her to a local hospital, where, at press time, she remains in serious but stable condition. Through the course of the investigation, homicide detectives determined that the weapon used by the suspect was a fake gun that resembled a black semi-automatic-type beretta. Arroyo has been booked for displaying a replica firearm in the presence of a police officer. The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office is conducting an independent investigation of the shooting, as they do with all officer-involved shootings that occur in the county that result in injury or death. Those with information regarding this incident are encouraged to contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Teryl Hubert and Mark Bigel Guarino at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), texting TIPLA plus the tip to CRIMES (274637) or visiting LACrimeStoppers.org . Source: LBPD year-old Rialto resident Tyler Damon Woods on a rooftop near Nebraska Avenue on Tuesday, Nov. 19 after the suspect, who had a felony warrant for a carjacking in Los Angeles, fled from police. At approximately 2:30am, Long Beach police conducted a traffic stop of a car containing three occupants, resulting in an officer-involved shooting that occurred in the 400 block of Nebraska Avenue. Officers observed a vehicle driving down the street and saw two violations. The officers had also remembered seeing the same vehicle in the area a few hours prior and stopped the car to investigate further as to why the car was repeatedly driving around in the same area, police said. During the traffic stop, which occurred in the area of 3rd Street and Walnut Avenue, a passenger provided false information regarding his identity and then ran from the officers, police said. Officers chased the suspect. As they attempted to locate him, other officers interviewed the passengers in the car and learned his true identity, according to police. A records check revealed that the suspect had a felony warrant for robbery. Soon thereafter, officers learned that the robbery was an armed carjacking in Los Angeles. Officers continued their search and located the suspect hiding in bushes on 4th Street, between Walnut and Nebraska avenues, at which time, he ran from them a second time, police said. Though a containment was established, the suspect continued to move around between buildings from 4th to 5th streets and Walnut to Nebraska avenues. A K9 unit was called to search for the suspect, and an announcement was made to the neighborhood warning residents to stay inside. The announcement named the suspect and asked him to surrender to the nearest officer. The suspect’s exact location was unknown for approximately one hour, during which time officers awaited the arrival of a police helicopter At approximately 3:35am, a resident called from the 1500 block of East 5th Street to report hearing someone climbing up on his roof. The resident further indicated the suspect could be hiding in the laundry room. A Los Angeles Police Department helicopter responded to assist and located the suspect on a roof in the 1500 block of East 5th Street. The suspect ran, jumping from rooftop to rooftop. He was then seen jumping down to the ground and running into an apartment complex courtyard in the EYE ON CRIME Crimes reported by SHPD • Citywide Thursday, Nov. 14 Recovered stolen vehicle 1:11pm– E. 20th St./Junipero Ave. DUI 11:23pm– E. Willow St./Redondo Ave. Friday, Nov. 15 Vandalism of property worth $400 or more 1:20pm– 2400 block California Ave. Recovered stolen vehicle 10:55am– St. Louis Ave./E. Willow St. Tuesday, Nov. 19 Forgery 9:25am– 2500 block Cherry Ave. Robbery of inhabited dwelling or common carrier 3:15pm– 700 block E. Spring St. Attempted auto burglary 5:30pm– E. 21st St./Gundry Ave. Saturday, Nov. 16 Auto burglary 6:59am– 1800 block Raymond Ave. Disorderly conduct, DUI 6:20pm– 2500 block Cherry Ave. Sunday, Nov. 17 Auto burglary 1:35am– 2400 block California Ave. Non-injury hit-and-run 8:24pm– 2400 block Cherry Ave. Forgery 2:35pm– 2600 block E. 19th St. Battery of spouse, cohabitant or date 2:30am– 3200 block E. PCH Monday, Nov. 18 Scavenging 1:08am– 1800 block E. Willow St. Battery of spouse, cohabitant or date 8:10pm– 900 block Las Brisas Way Wednesday, Nov. 20 Forgery 12:32pm– 2500 block Cherry Ave. Battery 1:42pm– 2100 block E. 21st St. Crimes reported by LBPD Council Districts 6, 7 & 8 Saturday, Nov. 16 Grand theft auto 8pm– 2300 block Locust Ave. Sunday, Nov. 17 Grand theft auto 9pm– 4000 block Orange Ave. Monday, Nov. 18 Grand theft auto 12:22am– 2400 block Long Beach Blvd. Grand theft auto 1am– 500 block Rhea St. Tuesday, Nov. 19 Grand theft auto 7pm– 3500 block Eucalyptus Ave. LBPD continued from page 3 The suspect was seen attempting to gain entry into several residences at the complex. After unsuccessful attempts, the suspect ran westbound and began jumping fences and entered another apartment complex where another containment was established. A search team, along with a K9 unit, began searching the first level of the apartment complex. A resident called police dispatch to advise that she had encountered a subject matching the suspect’s description on her balcony when she was leaving for work. The woman went back into her apartment and closed the door. This information was relayed to officers because it was the same building where the containment was established. Knowing that the suspect previously tried to gain entry into multiple apartments, and upon learning a resident just encountered the suspect outside her door in this apartment building, several officers moved quickly to the third floor to prevent the suspect from entering one of the homes and harming a resident, police said. Officers located the suspect on the third floor of the balcony, at which time he again failed to stop and surrender and fled from the officers, climbing onto the roof. Once on the roof, the suspect took a kneeling position and began to turn towards them. Knowing the significant danger the suspect posed, being an armed robbery suspect in a previous crime, and they believed based on his actions he was armed, the officers discharged their weapons believing the suspect was about to fire at them, according to Long Beach police. Long Beach Fire Department responded and pronounced the suspect deceased at the scene. The Long Beach Homicide Detail investigates all officer-involved shootings. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Teryl Hubert and Mark Bigel Guarino at (562) 570-7244. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office is also conducting an independent investigation of the shooting, as they do with all officerinvolved shootings that occur in Los Angeles County that result in injury or death. Those wishing to remain anonymous may call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus the tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit LACrimeStoppers.org . Source: LBPD alerted police of the crime and to the victim’s neighbors, who helped locate a piece of evidence that was crucial to the case, however he wouldn’t specify the nature of the evidence. According to McDonnell, police detectives are still investigating details, such as the money-exchange transaction involved in the alleged murder-for-hire plot. Long Beach police detectives urge anyone who may have seen Holly Ramos and/or Frank Haverly with Keith Phillips in or around the Long Beach or Monterey County area on Oct. 11 or Oct. 12 to contact Long Beach Police Robbery Detectives Fermin Gonzalez and Donald Collier at (562) 570-7464. Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), texting TIPLA plus the tip to CRIMES (274637) or visiting lacrimestoppers.org . ß Bookkeeping & Tax Services Certified QuickBooks Pro Advisors/Training Business & Personal Bookkeeping Cambodian & Spanish Speaking CTEC Registered Tax Preparers 1640 E. Burnett Street Phone: 562-264-5114 www.MadKatInc.com ST3525 - Nov. 22_Layout 1 11/22/13 12:20 PM Page 15 NOVEMBER 22, 2013 SH Council continued from page 1 During the approval process prior to development, city staff plans to either complete further environmental assessment of the Gundry Avenue site and implement any recommendations or make sure the housing is located on the 1500 E. Hill St. property and the Gundry Avenue property is only used for parking and open space. Still, city officials have yet to attract a developer to invest in the project, especially after the State took away $2.6 million in set-aside, property-tax increment funds after lawmakers abolished redevelopment to fix the state budget. The City’s former redevelopment agency acquired both properties through eminent domain, and the sites have since been transferred to the Signal Hill Housing Authority, but the City, like many others across the state, now has no affordablehousing funds set aside to make such projects equitable for a developer. Signal Hill city staff did not disclose the total cost of the proposed project or address how the City would attract potential developers to bid on the development. Charney, on the other hand, said having the zoning already in place will allow a potential developer to move more quickly on the project. He also said the Council’s action will likely help the City secure state certification of Signal Hill’s updated Housing Element, a city document that sets guidelines and policies for potential housing projects for the next eight years. “Staff and the [Planning] Commission believe that approval of this item will put us in a good position for state certification of the Housing Element and also put us in a position of attracting interested potential developers of this site,” he said. Periodically, the State requires that the City update its Housing Element, which is part of Signal Hill’s General Plan, to reflect population growth in the region and new state mandates. The State doesn’t require that the projects actually be completed, but cities must come up with enough land through city ordinances and zoning amendments to at least accommodate the units. Each city’s required number of market-rate and affordable-housing units is determined through a Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA), which, locally, is calculated by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG). Like other cities, Signal Hill has until February 2014 to meet the State’s deadline for approving its final Housing Element that covers the period from 2013 to 2021. So far, planning officials say Signal Hill should exceed the State’s housing obligations. The State requires that the City accommodate at least 169 new housing units, including both affordable and mar- NEWS SIGNAL TRIBUNE 15 ket-rate. The City’s draft Housing Element, however, indicates that Signal Hill is planning for 201 housing units. Out of the total, the City is required to plan for a minimum of 71 units of affordable housing (including extremely-lowvery-lowincome, income and low-income units). Signal Hill, however, has outlined a total of 78 affordable-housing units, which include Sean Belk/Signal Tribune the proposed 72-unit Newly sworn-in Signal Hill police officer Jacob Sansenbach (far right) recites an oath of service affordable-housing complex and six other during the Nov. 19 Signal Hill City Council meeting. Introducing the new police officer are (from left) Police Chief Michael Langston and Mayor Michael Noll. affordable-housing units throughout the city. Council voted unanimously to result of an agreement made in 2012 amend a city ordinance of the in which BP and other affiliates Other Council highlights Introductions and presentations municipal code entitled “Claims agreed to sell certain assets to Signal Hill Mayor Michael Noll Against City” to add procedural Tesoro. introduced Jacob Sansenbach as a requirements for claims made Charter Business agreement The new police officer for the Signal Hill against the City in compliance with Council voted unanimously to Police Department. The Council California code. The ordinance authorize City Manager Ken Farfsalso received a presentation on the amendment would impose a “pay ing to enter into a contract agreenew Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill first, litigate later” requirement for ment with Charter Business and Bar as part of the City’s “Shop litigating tax-refund claims or tax Network Operations Center for conSignal Hill” program that offers Sig- disputes concerning any city taxes. verting from a primary rate interface nal Hill businesses an opportunity to The requirement mandates that any to an optical Ethernet fiber and fiber appear before the Council. A video persons challenging the payment of Internet network connection for on the restaurant’s opening was pro- taxes, fees, fines and other payment phone and Internet service at all city vided by Signal Hill business Asset to the City make such payments public facilities. The agreement prior to commencing any actions to reduces the City’s expenses for servMedia Group, Inc. recover such payments, according to ice from $4,257 to $1,316 annually. Payments before litigation The a city staff report. Geno Maestas, major accounts execOil-pipeline franchise The Council utive for Charter Business, said the unanimously approved a resolution new network will provide faster to allow the transfer of an oil- Internet services and is similar to the pipeline franchise from Arco Termi- infrastructure used by local large nal Services Corporation (an corporations. affiliate of BP West Coast Products The next Signal Hill Council meetLLC) to Tesoro SoCal Pipeline ing is scheduled for Dec. 3 at 7pm at Company LLC. The transfer is the the Council Chamber. HOME OF THE WORLD’S FIRST E-HOOKAH Electronic Cigarettes, Vaporizers, Tanks and Accessories SPECIAL OFFER Buy any blow kit or Vitamin Smoke 15ML juice and get a FREE Vitamin Smoke 15ML juice! Oﬀer expires 11/30/13. Courtesy City of SH An aerial map of the proposed four-story, 72-unit affordable-housing project in Signal Hill shows that the 1.41-acre site at 1500 E. Hill St. will be combined with the .2-acre property at 2170 Gundry Ave. 2139 Bellflower Blvd. @ Stearns St. Long Beach | 562-494-1442 w w w. t h e v ap e d e p ot . c o m Approved Watering Sched- Watering is approved on the following days: Monday, Thursday, and Saturday before 9:00 am and after 4:00 pm For more information, call the Water Conservation Hotline: 562-989-7350 ST3525 - Nov. 22_Layout 1 11/22/13 12:20 PM Page 16 16 SIGNAL TRIBUNE TST4500 T.S. No: A543509 CA Unit Code: A Loan No: 87800855/OZAKWUE/AINA AP #1: 7211-021024 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE EAST WEST INVESTMENTS, INC., as duly appointed Trustee under the following described Deed of Trust WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH (in the forms which are lawful tender in the United States) and/or the cashier's, certified or other checks specified in Civil Code Section 2924h (payable in full at the time of sale to T.D. Service Company) all right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property hereinafter described: Trustor: FESTUS OZAKWUE Recorded January 31, 2005 as Instr. No. 05-0222515 in Book --- Page --- of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of LOS ANGELES County; CALIFORNIA , pursuant to the Notice of Default and Election to Sell thereunder recorded August 14, 2013 as Instr. No. 20131193579 in Book --- Page --- of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of LOS ANGELES County CALIFORNIA. Said Deed of Trust describes the following property: LOT 20 OF HORTENSE TRACT, IN THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, STATE OF CALIFORNIA, AS PER MAP RECORDED IN BOOK 10 PAGE 196 OF MAPS, IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY RECORDER OF SAID COUNTY. PERSONAL PROPERTY (A) ALL PERSONAL PROPERTY, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ALL GOODS, FURNITURE, FURNISHINGS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES AND (WHERE APPLICABLE) TOOLS AND CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS WHICH TRUSTOR NOW OR HEREAFTER OWNES AND WHICH IS LOCATED ON OR AFFIXED TO THE SUBJECT PROPERTY OR WHICH IS USED OR IS USEFUL IN THE OPERATION, USE, OCCUPANCY OF OR (WHERE APPLICABLE) CONSTRUCTION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY, AND ALL REPLACEMENTS, ADDITIONS AND (OR) SUBSTITUTIONS THERETO; AND, (B) ALL REPLACEMENTS, ADDITIONS, SUBSTITUTIONS, AMENDMENTS, MODIFICATIONS, PRODUCTS AND PROCEEDS RELATING TO AND (OR) ARISING OUT OF THE ITEMS REFERRED TO IN SUBPARAGRAPH (A) ABOVE. YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED JANUARY 13, 2005. 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. 2352 LEWIS AVENUE, SIGNAL HILL, CA 90755 "(If a street address or common designation of property is shown above, no warranty is given as to its completeness or correctness)." Said Sale of property will be made in "as is" condition 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 as in said note provided, advances, if any, 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. Said sale will be held on: DECEMBER 12, 2013, AT 10:30 A.M. *NEAR THE FOUNTAIN LOCATED AT 400 CIVIC CENTER PLAZA POMONA, CA 91766 At the time of the initial publication of this notice, the total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the above described Deed of Trust and estimated costs, expenses, and advances is $440,416.07. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder's office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call (714) 480-5690 or (800) 843-0260 ext 5690 or visit this Internet Web site: http://www.tacforeclosures.com/sales, using the file number assigned to this case A543509 A. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder's sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the monies paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee or the Mortgagee's attorney. Date: November 15, 2013 EAST WEST INVESTMENTS, INC. as said Trustee, as Authorized Agent for the Beneficiary MARLENE CLEGHORN, ASSISTANT SECRETARY T.D. SERVICE COMPANY 4000 W. Metropolitan Drive, Suite 400 Orange, CA 92868-0000 The Beneficiary may be attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained may be used for that purpose. If available, the expected opening bid and/or postponement information may be obtained by calling the following telephone number(s) on the day before the sale: (714) 480-5690 or (800) 843-0260 ext 5690 or you may access sales information at http://www.tacforeclosures.com/sales. TAC# 966790 PUB: 11/22/13, 11/29/13, 12/06/13 TST4498 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE TS No. 110101283 Doc ID #0001146133212005N Title Order No. 11-0081922 Investor/Insurer No. 0114613321 APN No. 7216-014-044 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, PUBLIC NOTICES DATED 11/23/2005. 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 KEVIN B AUSTIN, A SINGLE MAN, dated 11/23/2005 and recorded 12/7/2005, as Instrument No. 05 2991074, 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 12/16/2013 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: 1984 CHERRY AVE, SIGNAL HILL, CA, 907555824. 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 advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $602,395.96. 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 1-800-2818219 or visit this Internet Web site www.recontrustco.com, using the file number assigned to this case TS No. 11-0101283. 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: 03/22/2012 RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. 1800 Tapo Canyon Rd., CA6914-01-94 SIMI VALLEY, CA 93063 Phone: (800) 281 8219, Sale Information (626) 9274399 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. A-4426849 TST4505 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 12/23/2013 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 advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $477,227.28. 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 this Internet Web site visit 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 11/22, 11/29, 12/06/2013 TST4491 / 013 223257 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: FORTIS FUTURA FINANCIAL SERVICES, 767 Freeman Ave. #3, Long Beach, CA 90804. Registrant: MAURICIO TORRES, 767 Freeman Ave. #3, Long Beach, CA 90804. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Mauricio Torres. 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 October 28, 2013. NOTICE: This fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. The Signal Tribune: November 1, 8, 15, 22, 2013. TST4492 / 2013 223258 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: BIG E PIZZA, 3225 E. Pacific Coast Hwy. #C, Signal Hill, CA 90755. Registrant: JAMES ELEOPOULOS, 3225 E. Pacific Coast Hwy. #C, Signal Hill, CA 90755. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: James Eleopoulos. The registrant has begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. The registrant began using this fictitious business name in 1986. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on October 28, 2013. NOTICE: This fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. The Signal Tribune: November 1, 8, 15, 22, 2013. TST4495 / 2013 228184 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: EASTERN BEACON INDUSTRIES, 121 Linden Ave. Suite B-111, Long Beach, 90802. Registrant: RONALD E. WEAVER JR., 4508 Atlantic Ave. Unit 182, Long Beach, CA 90807. This business is conducted by: a Limited Liability Company. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Ronald E. Weaver Jr. 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 November 4, 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: November 8, 15, 22, 29, 2013. TST4497 / 2013 230310 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: S&A MARKET, 1639 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach, CA 90813. Registrant: BONUS NHEK, 16113 Orange Ave., Paramount, CA 90723. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Bonus Nhek. 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 October 1, 2013. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on November 6, 2013. NOTICE: This fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. The Signal Tribune: November 8, 15, 22, 29, 2013. TST4499 / 2013 230578 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: 1. HUMBLEBRAGS EATERY, 2. HUMBLEBRAGS FINE FOOD, 3. HUMBLEBRAGS AMERICAN DINING, 4. HUMBLEBRAGS AMERICAN EATERY, 5/ HUMBLEBRAGS EAT NOW, 3225 Clubhouse Dr., Lakewood, CA 90712. Registrant: MODI'S CATERING LLC, 3225 Clubhouse Dr., Lakewood, CA 90712. This business is conducted by: a Limited Liability Company. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Anthony Frank Modica, CEO. The registrant has not begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on November 6, 2013. NOTICE: This fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. The Signal Tribune: November 15, 22, 29, & December 6, 2013. NOVEMBER 22, 2013 TST4501 / 2013 230221 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: MANFRED LEATHER, 6325 E. Eliot St., Long Beach, CA 90803. Registrant: BUMPERCAR INC., 6325 E. Eliot St., Long Beach, CA 90803. This business is conducted by: a Corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Eduardo Cortes, President. The registrant has not begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on November 6, 2013. NOTICE: This fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. The Signal Tribune: November 22, 29, & December 6, 13, 2013. TST4502 / 2013 236723 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: ISABELLE HANDBAGS, 801 S. Garfield Ave. Ste. 318, Alhambra, CA 91801. Registrant: MTC BAGS USA, INC., 801 S. Garfield Ave. Ste. 318, Alhambra, CA 91801. This business is conducted by: a Corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Gaohua Huang, CEO. The registrant has begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. The registrant began using this fictitious business name on November 15, 2013. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on November 15, 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: November 22, 29, & December 6, 13, 2013. TST4504 / 2013 237433 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: Z COMFORT ORTHOPEDIC PROSTHETIC & ORTHOTICS, 2296 Amelia Ct., Signal Hill, CA 90755. Registrant: LARRY RADFORD, 2296 Amelia Ct., Signal Hill, CA 90755. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Larry Radford. 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 November 18, 2013. NOTICE: This fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. The Signal Tribune: November 22, 29, & December 6, 13, 2013. CITY OF SIGNAL HILL TST4506 NoTICE oF oRDINANCE INTRoDUCTIoN Ordinance No. 2013-11-1463 was introduced by the Signal Hill City Council at their meeting of Tuesday, November 19, 2013. A summary of the ordinance is as follows: AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL, CALIFORNIA, AMENDING CHAPTER 3.28 OF THE SIGNAL HILL MUNICIPAL CODE ENTITLED “CLAIMS AGAINST CITY” ADDING PROCEDURAL REQUIREMENTS FOR CLAIMS MADE AGAINST CITY IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE CALIFORNIA GOVERNMENT CODE A copy of the full text of the ordinance is available in the City Clerk’s Office and on the City’s website www.cityofsignalhill.org. Second reading and adoption of this Ordinance is scheduled for Tuesday, December 3, 2013. Kathleen L. Pacheco City Clerk Published in the Signal-Tribune newspaper on November 22, 2013. Posted at City Hall, Library, Discovery Well Park, and Reservoir Park on November 22, 2013. ST3525 - Nov. 22_Layout 1 11/22/13 12:20 PM Page 17 NOVEMBER 22, 2013 Fields continued from page 1 headquarters and Fields’s travel expenses. The mayor said that he was not accusing the harbor commissioner of wrongdoing, but he did describe occasions over the past three years in which he clashed with Fields. “Mr. Fields has been immune to suggestions or advice,” Foster said. “Indeed, he is often dismissive. It is in the City’s and the Harbor’s interest that he be removed.” The mayor declared he had no confidence that Fields could lead the Port. “I have hoped there was a better way,” Foster concluded. “There was not.” He described how Fields refused to cooperate on a matter of port security. Foster did not offer details, but he suggested that the issue had to do with command structure and integration between port-security officials and the Long Beach Police Department. The mayor also brought up another dispute in which Fields supported a proposed real-estate purchase of the World Trade Center downtown without an appraisal. Foster lastly addressed the question over Fields’s travel expenses. Foster estimated that over approximately two years, Fields has spent in excess of $100,000. He said that this is an amount that is more than double his nearest colleague’s on the Harbor Commission who had spent $40,000 on travel. City Auditor Laura Doud is expected to provide a report of travel expenditures in January. Foster said that the Council had capped travel by each board member at $40,000 as part of the Fiscal Year 2014 budget. The mayor added that even though the Council voted to approve the cap, the Harbor Commission president traveled to Europe in September and then to Europe and Asia in October. Foster said he was troubled by Fields’s decision to travel that much when critical construction projects like the Middle Harbor and the Gerald Desmond Bridge were underway and that there were already financial and management challenges. “And I bring it up only as a reminder that the work of a part-time harbor commission is fundamentally to exercise a check or oversight on the professional staff and create policies for staff to implement,” Foster said. “They need to focus on finance, construction and staff oversight… It is not their job to do much beyond that, and that it is very difficult to do from the dais, never mind when you are travelling all over the world.” Fields, who had been sitting in the Council Chamber, saw the situation differently. He was given the opportunity to defend his record that night. He pointed to his 15 years of service to the city in various commission positions, including his time on the Harbor Commission. “Every decision I have made as a member of the Commission has been based on what is best for the Port and the City,” Fields told the Council. “And that has been my record throughout all my service here in the city and all of the commissions I’ve served on.” Fields said that Foster’s estimate of $100,000 in travel expenses had never been stated before. He asked that the Council delay their decision until the city auditor releases her report. He added that he never had a blemish on his record. “I know that the auditor’s report will show I’ve done nothing wrong and not only that I’ve done nothing wrong, all my travel has been done in the best interest of the Port,” Fields told the Council. “So once again, I ask, ‘What’s the rush to judgment?’” Fields specifically addressed the controversy over his international travel, explaining that the trips he took with the former executive director resulted in $14 million in the first six months. He said that on a recent trip to Copenhagen, he met with a major new prospective customer. The embattled Harbor Commission president stated that the mayor’s recommendation to remove him from office jeopardized almost $20 million that the Long Beach Port gives to the city annually. “This unfortunately makes us look like a three-ring circus,” Fields said. He described how this process has damaged the reputation the Port enjoyed with its customers. Fields’s arguments carried weight with John McLaurin, who serves as the president of the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association. The association represents a number of port customers, including some who conduct business and have leases at the Port of Long Beach. McLaurin expressed the association’s support of Fields. He said that this controversy is happening at a time when competition is beginning to intensify among the North American ports and when the Port of Long Beach is looking to replace staff and management. He stressed that the association wants the Port to succeed. “We don’t view the removal of Thomas Fields as a path to that success,” McLaurin concluded. “Again, we understand the issues are serious. The decisions are hard, and there are no upsides this evening.” McLaurin’s support was echoed by a number of residents and other personal contacts of Fields, as one-byone, at least a dozen people defended Fields during the public-comment time. “This is absolutely no way to treat a respected member of the Long Beach community who has volunteered his time, talent and creative energy to serve this city in good faith,” said Dr. Lydia Hollie, a 9th-district resident. “Any consideration of removal of Mr. Fields runs counter to what is fair, just and right.” Others, like Charles Brown, asked Fields and Foster to work out their differences. Brown is a representative of the Long Beach African-American Convening Committee, which pro- NEWS SIGNAL TRIBUNE 17 CJ Dablo / Signal Tribune Thomas Fields sits in the Council Chambers, listening to the open forum in which a number of members of the public criticized the mayor’s recommendation to oust him from the Port of Long Beach Harbor Commission. motes leadership in the black community. Brown noted Fields’s special position as a high-level black official in Long Beach. “That’s important,” Brown said, “but what’s more important is the issue of ethics. How can we look at this with an ethical standpoint and say…‘Have we done all we could for a man who has actually served this city well?’” Former 8th District Councilmember Rae Gabelich passionately criticized Foster’s actions to remove Fields. Before the decision was made, Gabelich warned the councilmembers that their votes “send a message” to the people that states “that this bully manipulation is okay.” She urged the Council to ask questions and take a position after they receive an answer. “This action is a witch hunt that has not been substantiated,” Gabelich concluded. “Changing the direction of the Port of Long Beach is not done at the dais with a politically induced vote.” Eighth District Councilmember Al Austin said that removing Fields without cause didn’t feel right and it felt unjust. He defended Fields’s record in his past roles as an economic development commissioner, a planning commissioner, a redevelopment board member in addition to his service on the Harbor Commission. “I think we’re sending the wrong message to those interested in volunteering in our city as commissioners who are willing to spend their time to serve the city,” Austin added. “I think we’re sending the wrong message to the hard-working men and women of the Port of Long Beach. This is an embarrassment…And thus far, I’ve heard nothing compelling to convince me that this move is in the best interest of our city or this port.” SIGNAL TRIBUNE’S FOCUS His colleague, Schipske, agreed with Austin. The 5th-district councilmember proceeded to pick apart Foster’s arguments, claiming that Foster is making serious allegations when he is criticizing Fields over travel expenses, real-estate issues and port security. She particularly blasted the mayor with regard to travel expenses. Schipske said that the mayor himself traveled to Europe and that other councilmembers traveled to Peru and India at a time when the City also had economic problems. She recommended waiting for the auditor’s report before anyone casts aspersions about travel. The 5th-district councilmember then suggested that the mayor has another reason to remove Fields from office quickly. “The only thing that Mr. Fields stands in the way of is [that] he’s the chair of the search committee for the new executive director,” Schipske said. “I’ve received numerous calls this week when this word came out that you, Mr. Mayor, actually have someone picked out for both the executive director and the deputy director and that you need Mr. Fields off the executive search committee and that this would accomplish it.” Foster immediately fired back at Schipske. “This is patently false,” Foster said. “You [should] be ashamed of yourself for repeating that.” Schipske didn’t back down. “Well, you should be ashamed of yourself for what you’ve put this Council and this City through,” she said. A number of audience members cheered Schipske, occasionally interrupting her with shouts and applause. “You don’t govern by bullying,” Schipske concluded. “You’ve done it to me. You’ve done it to many people in this city. And I think we’ve had ON enough.” Foster denied that he has a candidate for either position of executive director or deputy director. “That’s not the way I run my office,” he said, explaining that the Port makes that decision. Foster had his own supporters on the Council dais. Before she voted in favor of ousting Fields, 2nd District Councilmember Suja Lowenthal said that there is much that couldn’t be said in the public realm. She explained there was much that could only be discussed in closed session, adding that “not all of us knows the details.” Lowenthal said that her decision to support the motion to remove Fields is based on the issues that the mayor had raised and that this isn’t about an individual who served the city for 15 years. She also criticized Schipske. “You too have cast aspersions tonight that are unfounded,” Lowenthal told Schipske. “And I don’t ask you to recall them, but I will ask you to check your facts before you do that. It’s inappropriate and really quite unbecoming.” Councilmember Gary DeLong also defended the mayor’s recommendation. “I think the question before us is ‘Does the mayor have the right to remove a commissioner that he has lost confidence in and cannot work with in a cooperative manner?’” the 3rd-district councilmember said. “And, candidly, I believe that he does.” Six councilmembers sided with the mayor in the final vote tally. Schipske, Austin and 9th District Councilmember Steven Neal were the dissenting votes. 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ST3525 - Nov. 22_Layout 1 11/22/13 12:20 PM Page 18 18 SIGNAL TRIBUNE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL TST4503 NoTICE INVITING BIDS A-1 Sealed bids will be received at the office of the City Clerk, City of Signal Hill, California, until 10:00 a.m. on December 3, 2013, and on the same day shortly thereafter, they will be publicly opened and read for the “Fuel Tank Vent Line and Annular Space Riser Replacement Project, No. 540” in accordance with the Specifications therefore. Bids must be made on the forms provided for this purpose, addressed to the City Clerk, City of Signal Hill, marked "Bid for," followed by the title of the project and the date and hour for submitting bids. Bids are required for the entire work as described in the Bid Schedule and the Specifications. The work to be accomplished under this contract includes the replacement of the vent line and annular space riser for the 10,000 gallon door underground fuel tank at the City Yard (2175 E. 28th Street, Signal Hill, CA) including, but not limited to, all required permits, soil testing, excavation, backfill and concrete drive aisle replacement. A-2 All work must be completed within sixty (60) calendar days after receipt by the Contractor of the Notice to Proceed from the City. The contract documents, which include the Specifications, may be obtained at the City of Signal Hill Department of Finance for $20, or $25 if requested by mail. The documents are entitled “Fuel Tank Vent Line and Annular Space Riser Replacement Project, No. 540.” A-3 Bids will not be received unless they are made on a proposal form furnished in the Contract Documents by the City of Signal Hill. Each bid must be accompanied by cash, certified check, cashier's check or bidder's bond, made payable to the City of Signal Hill for an amount equal to at least ten percent (10%) of the amount bid, such guarantee to be forfeited should the bidder to whom the contract is awarded fail to enter into the Contract. A-4 All bids are to be compared on the basis of the lump sum or itemized bid items shown in the Bid Schedule(s). Bids will not be accepted from the contractors who are not licensed in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 9, Division III of the Business and Professions Code of the State of California. The Contractor shall be required to possess a Class A with HazMat endorsement license at the time the contract is awarded and with the personnel performing the work shall have the following: ICC UST installation/retrofit certification, Smith Fibercase certification for the piping installation, Bravo Products Certification and Veeder Root Level 2 and 3 certification. A-5 Attention is directed to the provision in Section 1777.5 of the labor Code concerning the employment of apprentices by the Contractor of any subcontractor under the Contractor. A-6 Before a Contract is entered into with the successful bidder, the bidder shall present evidence in writing to the City Clerk, City of Signal Hill, that he has a current combined single limit liability policy with aggregate limits for Bodily Injury and Property Damage in the amount of two million dollars ($2,000,000). A-7 Pursuant to the provisions of Section 1773.2 of the Labor Code of the State of California, the minimum prevailing rate of per diem wages for each craft, classification or type of workman needed to execute the contract shall be those determined by the Director of Industrial Relations of the State of California which are on file with the City Clerk of Signal Hill and copies will be made available to any interested party on request. A copy of the Contractor's certified payroll, as well as those of all subcontractors shall be submitted with each invoice. A-8 Attention is directed to Public Contract Code Section 22300 permitting the substitution of specified and approved securities for contract retention of funds. All such securities shall be subject to the review and approval of the City Attorney of the City of Signal Hill. A-9 The successful bidder will be required to furnish a payment bond in an amount equal to one hundred percent (100%) of the contract price and a faithful performance bond in an amount equal to one hundred percent (100%) of the contract price, and said bonds shall be secured from a surety company satisfactory to the City Attorney of the City of Signal Hill. A-10 The City of Signal Hill reserves the right to reject any and all bids, or delete portions of any and all bids or waive any informality or irregularity in the bid or the bid procedures and shall be the sole judge of the bids received. By order of the City of Signal Hill. NEWS NOVEMBER 22, 2013 Denso continued from page 2 David Nelson/CSULB Unveiling the new plaque for the DENSO Design and Manufacturing Laboratory are (from left) Christiane Beyer, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at CSULB; Richard Shiozaki, DENSO senior regional manager, and Jalal Torabzadeh, chair of CSULB’s Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department. CSULB College of Engineering Dean Forouzan Golshani (right) looks on. Recognizing the DENSO Corp.’s continuous support of the College of Engineering, officials at Cal State Long Beach (CSULB) dedicated the college’s newly named DENSO Design and Manufacturing Laboratory in a special ceremony on Nov. 15. DENSO, headquartered in Japan, is a leading global automotive sup- plier of advanced technology, systems and components in the areas of thermal, powertrain control, electronics and information and safety. DENSO Products and Services Americas, Inc., located in Long Beach, is the firm’s aftermarket headquarters for the Americas. “The mission of Cal State Long Beach centers on student success.We Bernard couldn't be happier: a flat in Paris and three gorgeous stewardesses all engaged to him without knowing about each other. But Bernard’s perfect life gets bumpy when his friend Robert comes to stay and a new and speedier Boeing jet throws off all of his careful planning. Posted at Signal Hill City Hall, Library, Reservoir Park, and Discovery Well Park on: November 19, 2013 Published in the Signal Tribune on: November 22, 2013 CITY OF SIGNAL HILL TST4507 NoTICE oF oRDINANCE INTRoDUCTIoN Ordinance No. 2013-11-1464 was introduced by the Signal Hill City Council at their meeting of Tuesday, November 19, 2013. A summary of the ordinance is as follows: AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL, CALIFORNIA, APPROVING ZONING ORDINANCE AMENDMENT 13-04, AMENDING THE OFFICIAL ZONING MAP TO CHANGE THE DESIGNATION OF A .20-ACRE PARCEL AT 2170 GUNDRY AVENUE FROM “LIGHT INDUSTRIAL” TO AREA 6 OF THE “SP-7 SPECIAL PURPOSE HOUSING SPECIFIC PLAN” AND REVISING THE DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS BY INCREASING THE DENSITY FOR 6 TO 72 DWELLING UNITS A copy of the full text of the ordinance is available in the City Clerk’s Office and on the City’s website www.cityofsignalhill.org. Second reading and adoption of this Ordinance is scheduled for Tuesday, December 3, 2013. Kathleen L. Pacheco City Clerk Published in the Signal-Tribune newspaper on November 22, 2013. Posted at City Hall, Library, Discovery Well Park, and Reservoir Park on November 22, 2013. GROOMING • FOOD • SUPPLIES • SELF-SERVICE WASH 2OFF Pet Wash $ Self-Service $ 5OFF Grooming Not valid with any other offer. 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ST3525 - Nov. 22_Layout 1 11/22/13 12:20 PM Page 19 NOVEMBER 22, 2013 Homeless continued from page 1 can with the limited resources we have.” One of the City’s main accomplishments recently, however, is reducing Long Beach’s homeless-veteran population, Cerince said. About three years ago, there were roughly 350 homeless veterans in the city, he said. As of the last count, however, that number has been cut by more than half to just 164, Cerince said. The drop can be attributed to an increase in federal spending on subsidized Section 8 housing and support services for veterans in recent years, he said. Specifically, the Housing and Urban Development-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program combines housing-choice-voucher rental assistance for homeless veterans with case management and clinical services, provided by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Veterans who are disabled and have physical or mental-health problems, such as those now returning from Afghanistan and Iraq, are quickly linked to housing in the market, Cerince said. Long Beach is just one of three cities in the state that has its own health department and is also lucky to have its own VA hospital, he said. The City has also stepped up efforts to provide education and job opportunities to veterans as well, Cerince said. He said that, with a recent allocation of another 110 housing vouchers, Long Beach is poised to become “one of the first jurisdictions in the nation” to have a “zero” homeless-veteran population. “We’re very proud of the work that we’re doing in Long Beach to serve our men and women who served us,” Cerince said. Long Beach is also taking a rather new approach to reducing the number of long-term “chronic” homeless individuals, a category that mainly refers to homeless individuals who suffer from severe mental-health issues and substanceabuse problems, Cerince said. The federal government previously adopted a regional approach called Continuum of Care, which addresses homelessness by first taking care of individuals through an emergency shelter, after which they can obtain transitional housing for two years and then graduate to permanent housing after demonstrating they are “housingready.” Now, many homeless-services agencies across the nation are using a new approach called NEWS SIGNAL TRIBUNE 19 “Housing First,” in which homeless individuals are provided with subsidized housing upfront in order to recover and get back on track, he said. Cerince added, however, that homeless individuals are still required to go through a screening process to be given housing and are required to have some kind of income, such as Social Security or disability, or seek employment if they have the ability to work. The new approach, however, has enabled many homeless people to become productive members of society again. Cerince described Sean Belk/Signal Tribune a man who had lived under a bridge along Gloria Bradley, president of the Country Club Manor Neighborhood Association, holds up a pocket guide provided by the Long the Los Angeles River Beach Department of Health & Human Services that includes contact information for local service organizations and a list of emerfor years, but, once he gency and help hotlines. was housed and prohomeless person from a public facility. He said vided with support services, the man started tak- Homeless Services Authority. In regard to reaching out to the homeless, Cerpolice only intervene when a homeless person ing care of the unit he was living in and was ince discouraged the public from providing food conducts a criminal act. hired as the complex’s groundskeeper. North Patrol Division Commander Robert “When they are healthy and in their recov- or clothing to homeless individuals in parks such ery, they have the self-esteem that they want to as in Lincoln Park downtown, adding that all Luman agreed with Cerince, stating that police contribute,” Cerince said. “Some of these people homeless people should be directed to the City’s will respond to a call for assistance regarding are so ill they can’t even see what’s up… but multi-service center or a homeless shelter, where homeless or “repeat” panhandling but it doesn’t most people, when they have their health and they can obtain long-term services from estab- always result in an arrest. lished organizations and nonprofits. He suggested “We get an awful lot of calls about homelessmental capacities, want to contribute.” that volunteers hand out pocket guides provided ness, and people want us to go out and take care Long Beach has also begun collaborating with nearby cities to address homelessness through the by the health department that include contact of the homeless, [saying] that they stink and Gateway Cities Council of Governments. Long information for organizations and a list of emer- they’re a problem for the neighborhood,” Luman said. “That’s not illegal. It’s not until there’s crimBeach has started working with Signal Hill, gency and help hotlines. “Our position is we have programs and serv- inal activity that it becomes a police problem.” Lakewood, Hawaiian Gardens and Avalon on This year, the winter shelter, provided by the Catalina Island to address homelessness, he said. ices that are well established at local nonprofits Cerince pointed out, however, that there are and faith-based organizations that not only pro- Long Beach Rescue Mission, is open from Dec. impressions that, since Long Beach is the lead vide food and shelter but can link them to serv- 1 through March 14, 2014 at 6845 Atlantic Ave. agency in Los Angeles County for providing ices,” Cerince said. While property owners have a right to banish MORE INFORMATION homeless services, nearby cities often rely on lbrm.org Long Beach, which is not the case. 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