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ST3528 - dec. 13_Layout 1 12/13/13 9:28 aM Page 1 “Delorean” watercolor on paper by Patrick Williams See page 18 SIGNAL T R I B U N E SERVING BIXBY KNOLLS, CALIFORNIA HEIGHTS, LOS CERRITOS, WRIGLEY AND THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL Vol. 35 No. 28 December 13, 2013 Your Weekly Community Newspaper Signal Hill briefing explains health-benefit exchange, Affordable Care Act mandates Sean Belk/Signal Tribune Signal Hill Vice Mayor Ed Wilson (left) introduces Jasmin Ramirez, health educator for the nonprofit California Health Collaborative, who gave a presentation at the Council Chamber on Dec. 7 about the Affordable Care Act and what’s available through the state’s health-benefit exchange Covered California. Sean Belk Staff Writer Wrigley Area Neighborhood Alliance President Maria Norvell has been involved in keeping the Daisy Avenue Christmas Tree Lane Parade going for the last 25 years. This year, Christmas Tree Lane celebrates its 60th year. Sean Belk During the holidays, leaves aren’t the only things that change on Daisy Avenue. Staff Writer For the past 60 years, the street in westside Long Beach has turned into a “winter wonderland,” creating the ideal setting for the only known holiday parade--- to take place in the center of a residential neighborhood instead of a business district. For just two weeks in December, a stretch of Daisy Avenue, from Pacific Coast Highway to Hill Street, in the historic Wrigley District, becomes Christmas Tree Lane, dazzling families from far and wide. A grassy median where railroad tracks once ran are filled with a long line of winter-themed displays, such as the Old Lady and the Shoe, a train, four English village-style houses and a church– some of which were first built in the 1950s. Towering above are two-dozen giant conifers that are lit up at night with hundreds of strings of lights. Nearly every home along the street is also decorated. But that’s not all. This Saturday, Dec. 14, starting at 5pm, marching bands and floats will take to the street in the annual Daisy Avenue Christmas Tree Lane Parade that starts at Burnett Street and heads to Pacific Coast Highway. The neighborhood’s transformation goes back six decades, said Maria Norvell, who has been involved in keeping the annual tradition alive for the past 25 years and is the president of the Wrigley Area Neighborhood Alliance (WANA), which in 2007 broke away from a competing neighborhood group called the Wrigley Association and eventually took over ownership of the authentic displays and decorations. The making of a tradition It all started when Wrigley resident Gertrude B. Whittle came up with the idea in 1953. With the help of residents, she successfully petitioned the City Council and Council of Churches to take out railroad tracks along Daisy Avenue and replace them with a grass strip, setting the stage for a “Christmas Village,” complete with houses, shops, trees with lights, a church and a nativity scene, according to Norvell. The City’s Parks and Recreation Commission had suggested putting shrubs on the median, but that decision was overturned with Sean Belk/Signal Tribune the help of then Councilmember Pat Ahern, Jim Trout, a member of the Wrigley Area Neighborhood Alliance, has been involved with Christmas Tree Lane on Daisy Avenue since 2002 Norvell said. That year, 24 tall cedar deodar and currently helps put up lights as well as set up and maintain the see PARADE page 14 authentic holiday displays. A handful of local residents attended a presentation at the Signal Hill Council Chamber on Saturday, Dec. 7 to get an update on options available through Covered California, the state-run health-benefit exchange that was rolled out this year to help individuals comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Jasmin Ramirez, a certified health educator for Fresno-based nonprofit California Health Collaborative, gave a Powerpoint presentation and answered questions on the new law that requires all legal citizens obtain health coverage by next year or face a penalty. Signal Hill Vice Mayor Ed Wilson, a certified public accountant who is running for the 40th State Assembly District next year, said the City organized the event Experts, activists and union organizers call for affordable-housing and living-wage policies in Long Beach see HEALTH CARE page 17 Sean Belk Staff Writer A panel discussion on jobs and housing in Long Beach on Monday, Dec. 9 quickly turned into a call to action directed at city officials and the public to support policies that proponents say would see JOBS page 17 Sean Belk/Signal Tribune A panel on jobs and housing at Long Beach City College on Dec. 9 included (from left) Peter Dreier, Roya Babazadeh and Derek Smith. December 17, 2013 Weekly Weather Forecast Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday December 13 through 62° 72° Sun and Clouds Mostly sunny Lo 44° Lo 47° 75° Brilliant sunshine Lo 50° 76° Mostly sunny Lo 49° improve working and living conditions in the city. The panel drew a crowd of about 100 people, many of whom were college students and faculty, to an auditorium at Long Beach City College’s Liberal Arts Campus. The event began with a speech by Jose Landino, a 29-year Long Beach 74° Mostly sunny shoptheshore FOR REALLY BIG DEALS ALL MONTH LONG F R I DAY SATURDAY 12 /13 12 /15 FREE 2-HOUR PARKING FREE 2-HOUR PARKING SANTA 2-8 pm SANTA 2-6 pm Salvation Army Band & Kettle 6-9 pm Salvation Army Band & Kettle 10-6 pm Carolers Gregg Young & The Steel Drum Band & Kettle 2-6 pm Lo 49° This week’s Weekly Weather Forecast sponsored by: BKBIA Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association S U N D AY 12 /14 SANTA 6-9 pm Carolers stroll 2nd P PEDICABS, EDIC ABS, T TOO! OO! & free parking Santa and entertainment in front of Chase Bank at Nieto. SATURDAY S U N D AY 12/21 12/22 2-HOUR 60 years of ‘winter wonderland’ Sean Belk/Signal Tribune Carolers 12-4 pm 4313 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach Phone: (562) 595-0081 nd STREE T BELMONT SHORE BUSINESS ASSOCIATION 562.434.3066

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