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Vol. 35 No. 32

January 10, 2014

Eyes on McDonnell as Baca retires

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LB City Council close to finalizing billboard ordinance, but “cap and trade” proposal gets more scrutiny

Long Beach police chief to announce decision soon

Cory Bilicko

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Upon Lee Baca’s official announcement Jan. 7 that he will step down from his position as Los Angeles County Sheriff by the end of January amid a scandal regarding abuse of inmates, one local leader is appearing once again to be a frontrunner to replace the beleaguered official– Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell. Last year, McDonnell emerged as a possible contender against Baca for sheriff, but he ultimately made the decision to not run. McDonnell had once been second in command within the Los Angeles Police Department, under Chief Bill Bratton. Long Beach City Prosecutor Doug Haubert,who is seeking reelection, was quick to throw support behind McDonnell after Baca’s Tuesday-morning press conference. In an emailed statement sent to the Signal Tribune, Haubert said the Long Beach police chief is the “obvious choice.” “I’ve worked closely with Chief McDonnell and seen him do well under pressure,” Haubert said. “He is the type of leader who can make tough decisions and still retain the respect of his officers. LA County Sheriff is a difficult job, and only someone with Chief McDonnell’s experience and leadership skills could do it well.” Haubert acknowledged that McDonnell last year had made the decision to not seek the position, but the city prosecutor said he

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Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell (pictured above in a press conference last year at LBPD headquarters) said this week that he will be making a decision about running for Los Angeles County sheriff “in see SHERIFF page 7 the very near future.”

Signal Hill Council approves plans for Chipotle, Starbucks, Sprint and ATMs at Gateway Center

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In a first-reading vote, Long Beach City officials unanimously approved a new ordinance that will have strict guidelines in place for both regular and electronic billboards. If fully approved, the ordinance will allow for new billboards under a “cap and trade” program. Details of the “cap and trade” program still need to be worked out after one billboard company voiced opposition to a specific portion of the ordinance.

The Signal Hill City Council at its Tuesday, Jan. 7 meeting unanimously approved plans for a new Chipotle restaurant, a drive-through Starbucks, a Sprint retail store and two standalone ATMs to be located at the corner of California Avenue and Spring Street. The 215,000-square-foot, multitenant development would take up the

last vacant parcel at the Signal Hill Gateway Center and neighbor the new Applebee’s restaurant that opened last October. Other tenants at the shopping center include a Home Depot, Dollar Tree, Petco, Ross, In-N-Out and Jack In the Box. Signal Hill City Manager Ken Farfsing said the new tenants are “the candle on the cake” of the shopping center that first started as a vision between the City and property owner Signal Hill Petroleum (SHP) more

than a decade ago. “It’s taken almost 10 years, but you’ve hung in there,” he said. “This has been a development that kept going even during the recession.” The vision for the shopping center dates back to 2001, when the Council first approved a conceptual site plan and environmental-impact report for the 23.5-acre center. Home Depot opened in 2005, followed a year later see COUNCIL page 13

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The Long Beach City Council is close to fully adopting an ordinance that would regulate static billboards and allow construction of electronic advertising signs on a limited basis. Although the Council voted to approve the initial ordinance at their Jan. 7 meeting in a first-reading vote, representatives of a billboard company strongly opposed details in the ordinance language that specifically deal with a “cap and trade” program intended to limit the number of billboards in the city. It’s not the first time that a billboard ordinance has been brought before the Council, which approved one draft of an ordinance back in December of 2011 in a first-reading vote, but it failed to get full approval in a second reading. Since then, the staff has revisited the issue with further suggestions for changes and has met with the companies with a vested interest in continuing their static billboard signs and expanding into electronic advertising. More than 350 static billboards are scattered throughout Long Beach, according to figures provided by Director of Long Beach Development Services Amy Bodek, and the new ordinance will allow companies to build new billboards or expand or upgrade existing signs, provided that they agree to remove what is considered their “legal/non-compliant” billboards. These are signs that were constructed before the City began to regulate them. At Tuesday’s Council meeting, Bodek explained how the staff determined

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The final vacant parcel of the Signal Hill Gateway Center is expected to be filled in by a new multi-tenant development that includes a Chipotle restaurant, Starbucks drive-through, Sprint retail store and two Bank of America ATMs. The new businesses will be located at California Avenue and Spring Street, next to the new Applebee’s that opened last October.

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Environmental groups call for ban on fracking in California at Long Beach public hearing Sean Belk Staff Writer

Environmental activists staged a protest on Monday, Jan. 6 at Cal State Long Beach, calling on state lawmakers to ban the practice of hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking. The rally took place just before a state agency conducted a public hearing regarding California’s new regulations on the controversial oil-extraction procedure. Fracking is a technique utilized by some oil companies to tap oil and natural-gas reserves by using highly pressurized liquids, mostly water and chemicals, to break through shale rock underneath the ground. The procedure has come under fire in recent years after reports have surfaced that the practice may contaminate underground water wells, emit harmful toxins into the air and increase seismic activity. In response, many states have either banned the practice or imposed a moratorium. Oil-industry representatives, however, say fracking has been a standard practice for decades and

claim that studies have already confirmed that the procedure poses no risks to public health or the environment. Fracking is also seen as a way toward the next domestic oil boom, particularly in the San Joaquin Valley, where there is believed to be a vast amount of untapped oil in the Monterey Shale formation, extending from the Los Angeles Basin to northern California. Last year, the California Legislature passed SB 4, the first statewide legislative attempt to regulate fracking in the country, requiring that oil operators report certain oil-well-stimulation treatments, apply for permits and follow other mandates or be subject to fines. The new law comes after the South Coast Air Quality Management District last summer rolled out new regulation known as Rule 1148, which requires that oil and gas well operators and chemical suppliers electronically submit reports on well drilling, well completion and well reworks. Reports are made available to the public online.

A speaker (top center) gives public testimony during a state hearing on Monday, Jan. 6 regarding a new California law known as SB 4, which regulates hydraulic fracturing, commonly called fracking. The hearing, conducted by the State Department of Conservation’s Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources, took place in an auditorium at Cal State Long Beach.

To gather public input on SB 4 regulations, the public hearing in an auditorium of Cal State Long Beach’s student union is one of several meetings to be conducted this year by the State Department of Conservation’s Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR), which is charged with enforcing the new law. Another hearing took place on Thursday, Jan. 9 at the Long Beach Convention Center. SB 4 requires that an independent study be conducted on well-stimulation treatments, including fracking and acidwell stimulation by Jan. 1, 2015. At Cal State Long Beach, environmental groups called on Gov. Jerry Brown and other state lawmakers to either put a complete ban on the procedure or impose a moratorium to allow time for further scientific analysis on the method’s potential impacts. Fracking opponents say California’s Photos by Sean Belk/Signal Tribune new regulations are Sienna, a 10-year-old San Diego resident and anti-fracking advocate (center) who has gained noto“inadequate” and do nothing to protect riety for her TEDx talk, gives a speech during a protest by environmental groups outside of a public public health and the hearing at Cal State Long Beach on the state’s new regulations on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. environment while “green” environmental record. passing a fracking moratorium, sheltering oil-industry interests. Meanwhile, a large banner that including Damon Nagami, senior Before the hearing, protesters read, “Get the Frack out of Los attorney for the Natural Resources held up fake tombstones around a Angeles,” hung from the second Defense Council. He said the regplastic skeleton attached to a mock ulations set inconsistent and “arbifloor. oil derrick, implying that the legis“Today we’re at a funeral for trary” thresholds. lation destroys the governor’s past “While the new requirements Governor Brown’s green legacy because he’s not the governor he under SB 4 are a step forward, says he is,” said Alex Nagy, they are inadequate to protect pubspokesperson for environmental- lic health and the environment advocacy group Food & Water from the impacts of fracking and well stimulation in California,” Watch. Other groups that joined in soli- Nagami said. “As such, we condarity against fracking included the tinue to support a moratorium on Sierra Club, Beach Cities Demo- these activities.” At the same time, nine legislacratic Club, 350.org San Diego, Citizens Coalition for a Safe tors, including Assemblymember Community and Californians Bonnie Lowenthal, who is running for Long Beach mayor this year, Against Fracking. A number of speakers at the have also expressed support for a hearing spoke in favor of the State moratorium on fracking by recently sending a letter to Gov. Brown’s office. “A Gourmet “Current studies show fracking Gifting & Baking threatens California’s precious Company” water supply, further disrupts our approach to mitigate the dangerous impacts of climate change, exacerbates our air-pollution probSweeten up your lems, and the disposal of wasteSuper Bowl party! water associated with fracking may increase seismic activity,” states the letter. “Therefore, we respectfully request that you impose a moratorium on fracking while you fully investigate the sciLAKEWOOD ICE ence behind fracking for oil pro(562) 429-1805 duction.” 3975 PIXIE AVENUE AVENUE During the public hearing, LAKEWOOD, CA 90712 LAKEWOOD, some speakers gave testimony in ANAHEIM ICE (714) 535-RINK favor of fracking. WESTMINSTER ICE (714) 248-9611 Blair Knox, director of public YO RBA LINDA LINDA IICE CE (714) 692-8776 YORBA affairs for the California IndeTues-Sat 11am-7pm; Sun 11am-5pm pendent Petroleum Association Closed Mondays. Call in advance for catering! (CIPA), a trade association that CORONA INLINE (951) 279-RINK 4147 Long Beach Blvd. represents more than 150 indeHUNTING TON BEACH INLINE (714) 901-2629 HUNTINGTON at Carson St. in Bixby Knolls pendent oil and gas producers in IRVINE INLINE (949) 559-9949

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THE MAYOR RACE What Mayoral debate Who Long Beach Commercial Real Estate Council Where The Grand, 4101 E. Willow St. When Friday, Jan. 10 from 8am to 10am More info The event will provide the community with the opportunity to hear mayoral candidates express their opinions and positions on issues concerning the city. The debate will be moderated with a question-and-answer period at the end. Price is $35 and includes breakfast.

TALKING POLITICS What Monthly breakfast meeting Who Long Beach Republican Women Federated Where Lakewood Country Club, 3101 Carson St. When Saturday, Jan. 11 from 9:30am to 11:30am More info Newport Beach Councilmember Keith Curry will be the guest speaker. For $15, the meeting will include a buffet breakfast. RSVP is required. Call (562) 260-5601 or email tinamthompson@hotmail.com .

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An Orange County developer plans to turn Will J. Reid Scout Park, an 11-acre parcel of land formerly owned by the Boy Scouts of America Long Beach Area Council in north Long Beach, into a private community of market-rate, single-family homes. Sean Belk Staff Writer

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EARLY-BIRD MEETING What Monthly breakfast meeting Who The Good Neighbors of North Long Beach Where Spires Restaurant, 1935 Del Amo Blvd. When Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 7am More info The guest speaker will be Michael Conway, director of property development for the City of Long Beach.

GATEWAY CITIES Metro Makes it Possible From the recently completed Mulholland Bridge to the groundbreaking of the Crenshaw/LAX light rail line scheduled for this year and more, Metro is building and funding hundreds of projects to improve mobility throughout Los Angeles County’s 88 cities. For more information, visit metro.net/projects.

MIX IT UP What Mixer Who Long Beach Area Republican Party Where Petroleum Club, 3636 Linden Ave. When Wednesday, Jan. 15 from 6pm to 8pm More info Attendees will have the opportunity to meet local candidates running in the 2014 election. Light refreshments will be served. Call (562) 424-1246 or email michele@longbeachrepublicans.org .

Public Hearing on Bus Service February 13 The Metro Gateway Cities Service Council will discuss proposed June, 2014 bus service changes on Thursday, February 13 at 6pm. The meeting takes place at Aspire Pacific Academy, 2565 East 58th St, Huntington Park. For details, visit metro.net.

DIG UP THE PARK What Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Tree Planting Who Hosted by 8th District Councilmember Al Austin Where Scherer Park, 4600 Long Beach Blvd. When Monday, Jan. 20 from 9am to 12pm More info Volunteers will plant up to 40 new trees in the park. The trees being planted will diversify the park’s ecosystem and add colored leaves in the fall. Call (562) 570-6685 or by email district8@longbeach.gov .

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FEDERAL WORKER? What General meeting Who National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association When Monday, Jan. 13 at 1pm Where Veterans Community Center at Veterans Park, 101 E. 28th St. More info Bowers Museum docent James Cortese will discuss the early rancho period in California's history. NARFE meetings recur the second Monday of each month.

MEET AND EAT What Supper Club Who Bixby Knolls Supper Club Where Atun, 4262 Atlantic Ave. When Monday, Jan. 13 at 6:30pm More info The menu will be primarily sushi and yakitori (skewered and grilled meats). The Bixby Knolls Supper Club supports local restaurants by dining at them on Monday nights, which are typically slow. RSVPs are necessary; email info@bixbyknollsinfo.com .

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An 11-acre campground in north Long Beach used by the Boy Scouts of America for decades is slated to become a private community of single-family homes, according to a representative for an Orange County developer that purchased the property last year. Edward A. Galigher, vice president of acquisitions and entitlements for Newport Beach-based Integral Communities, told the Signal Tribune in a phone interview last week that the developer plans to build a community of “single-family, detached” homes that would be up for sale at “market-rate” prices. He confirmed that none of the property would be kept “open space” as previously proposed by local government agencies and former landowner Boy Scouts of America Long Beach Area Council (LBAC). The community would have “an entry gate,” a “recreation center” and a small park, which would be accessible only to residents of the housing subdivision, however the developer has yet to submit formal plans to the City for zoning changes and building permits, pending input from city staff, Galigher said. “The type of community we’re planning is a self-sustaining community,” he said. “What I can tell you is that in the next month or so I’ll have a better handle on the number of units and all those kinds of things, but we’re currently making it its own little community there. I think the market is really good for it. We think that the new community will benefit the surrounding community, and it will be an enhancement.” Since the 1940s, the property, known as Will J. Reid Scout Park, located at 4747 Daisy Ave., has served as a Boy Scout camp, complete with large grassy areas, a dining hall and an indoor pool, which was once used by the City for swimming classes. The property is bounded by the Virginia

CALLING ALL WRITERS What Free writers event Who California Writers Club of Long Beach Where Long Beach Los Altos Branch Library, 5614 East Britton Dr. When Saturday, Jan. 11 from 3pm to 5pm More info The speaker will be Marcia Lee Harris, author of Fanny Bixby Spencer: Long Beach’s Inspirational Firebrand. Call (562) 400-1100 or email info@calwriterslongbeach.org .

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Yep, this is another one of my Elvis-centric rants. Although Wednesday, Jan. 8, would have been Elvis’s 79th birthday, my dear husband Steve took me out to celebrate the occasion last Saturday night. We got a bit dressed up (me carrying my fabulous Elvis purse, of course) and headed to Stevens Steakhouse in Commerce for a dinner show featuring Elvis and Frank Sinatra soundalikes. What a tribute. The King of Rock-n-Roll would have loved the enthusiasm Rob Ely as Elvis elicited from the audience. His rendition was spot-on– and I ought to know. I saw the real Elvis in concert 40 times. Doing a great job as well, Doug Roegiers favored the crowd with his version of Sinatra’s crooning style. To top things off, as a finale, the two entertainers joined together on stage for a duet– a carbon copy of a televised event that took place in 1960– with Elvis performing his adaptation of Frank’s signature song “Witchcraft” while Frank gave his rendition of Elvis’s “Love Me Tender.” Here’s the rest of that story… When Elvis returned home in 1960 from his two-year stint in the military, Frank Sinatra hosted a Welcome Home, Elvis television special sponsored by Timex. This show was Elvis’s first televised appearance since his honorable discharge from the Army. The special on ABC starred Frank Sinatra and featured: Elvis Presley; Sammy Davis, Jr.; Joey Bishop; Peter Lawford; and Frank’s daughter, Nancy Sinatra. (Note: in 1966, Nancy became quite well known for hit song “These Boots Are Made For Walking,” and in 1968 she performed as Elvis’s leading lady in the movie Speedway.) In addition to Frank’s daughter, through his movie career Elvis co-starred with some pretty well-known actors/actresses: Charles Bronson (Kid Galahad); Barbara Stanwyck (Roustabout); Lizabeth Scott and Wendell Corey (Loving You); Walter Matthau, Dean Jagger & Carolyn Jones (King Creole); Barbara Eden (Flaming Star); Mary Tyler Moore (Change of Habit); Shelley Fabares (Girl Happy and Spinout); Donna Douglas, who portrayed Elly May Clampetton TV’s The Beverly Hillbillies (Frankie & Johnny), Hope Lange (Wild in the Country), Juliet Prowse, who was once engaged to Frank Sinatra (G.I. Blues), Ursula Andress (Fun in Acapulco) and, of course, Ann-Margret (Viva Las Vegas). I get a kick out of seeing those movies and watching Elvis act with performers who either already were, or later became, such well known movie stars. I often wonder how his career might have changed had he stayed with us here on Earth for a while longer. Would he have concentrated more on movies or his music? Would he have moved forward to be more distinguished and reinvented himself as his peers have done? Believe it or not, Cher will be 68 this year, Tom Jones will be 74, Jack Jones will be 76 next week on Jan. 14, Johnny Mathis is pushing 79, and Tony Bennett will be 88 this year. Many of those entertainers are still touring and performing to sold-out venues with solid fan bases of mature, as well as new, admirers. With the popularity of Elvis tribute artists and impersonators, I’d like to believe that his level of fame would have endured. Alas, we’ll never know. To that I say “thank you” to artists like Rob Ely and Doug Roegiers for the tributes they share with us, and for keeping the music alive. And a big Hunk-a Hunk-a Burning Love goes out to Eddie Stephens and his Treat Me Nice Band for putting together a heck of a great show last Saturday night. Maybe we can get them to do something for us in Long Beach!

Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley performing together in 1960 in CBS’s Welcome Home, Elvis special sponsored by Timex

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Branching out

I wanted to thank you for the coverage of the Youth Center’s Tree Lot (“Nonprofit youth organization to host tree-lot fundraiser,” Nov. 22, 2013). The fundraiser was a success, and we completely credit generous supporters like yourself. Thanks once again for everything you do for this charity and our kids! Lisa Lee Community relations Director The youth Center Los Alamitos

Where credit’s due

Looking over the list of ten top accomplishments of the City of Long Beach in 2013, I couldn’t help noticing how much thanks we owe to our city workers and public employees, who perked up the ballroom, polished the Promenade, rerouted dirty water from our beaches, blazed the trail of technology to help citizens, pruned our parks and trails, maintain justice in the new courthouse, protected us from fires and crime, and balanced the city budget by taking a hit to their retirement funds. Surely, 2013 is the year of city workers! Let’s hope we remember all this great public service when it comes time to pay our taxes.

Bowing out

One of the reasons I became a candidate for the 7th District seat on the Long Beach City Council was because I felt that the present councilperson was not truly representing all of the voices of all of the constituents. He refused to tackle any issues more controversial than new parks and a Wall of Mulch. He has stated publically that he refuses to obey local election laws regarding campaign contributions and transfers. But now that he has taken those contributions out of the 7th and into his bid for the more lucrative office of city attorney, I am announcing that I will be dropping out of the 2014 election and will be endorsing the best man for the job, Roberto Uranga. We have nearly identical views on all issues, and I am confident that Roberto will help create jobs [and] fight pollution, and [he] has confirmed that if elected, [he] will continue with the building and enacting of the new medical marijuana ordinance recently begun by the current council. He believes it is good for the patients who need it, as well as good for Long Beach, which can benefit from the associated revenue and thousands of new jobs. Roberto is quite honest, well-informed, pro-business, and a devout family man. I urge all 7th District voters, as well as all Long Beach cannabis patients, to get out and vote. And vote for Roberto Uranga! Larry King Long Beach

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Expo Arts Center in Bixby Knolls to undergo renovations, other changes this year

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Crowds gather in front of the Expo Arts Center, located at 4321 Atlantic Ave. in Bixby Knolls, during this month’s First Fridays Art Walk on Jan. 3. Sean Belk Staff Writer

The Expo Arts Center is entering a new phase of life this year. Once a furniture warehouse that closed in 2008, the space has become one of the city’s most prominent arts and entertainment venues, hosting art galleries, theatre performances and community meetings in the heart of Bixby Knolls at 4321 Atlantic Ave. The 35,000-square-foot building is also one of several properties formerly owned by the City’s now-defunct Long Beach Redevelopment Agency (RDA), which was abolished by the State. Last year, however, state officials determined that the facility would continue as public use and remain with the City, which is acting as the RDA’s successor agency. At the same time, several changes are in the works for the building, said Blair Cohn, executive director of the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association (BKBIA), which leases

the building from the City. This year, a $300,000-renovation project is expected to continue, mostly to repair water damage after a contractor allowed rain to flood the entire northern section of the building, including the Back Room Theatre, during a roofing project about a year ago. Seyed Jalali, project officer for the Long Beach Development Services Department, said the State has approved $184,000 in former RDA funding to pay for the repairs while an insurance company, which has already reimbursed the City $80,000 for cleanup of the site, is expected to cover the remaining balance. He said subcontractors have already been selected and some work already began during the last week of December. Jalali said the entire renovation project should be completed in the next 60 days. Meanwhile, the City is expected to continue work on “life and safety” improvements, such as adding lighting in the art-gallery areas.

Overall, plans call for larger bathrooms that would be Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant, new flooring, dimmer switches and a newly built theatre space, among other modifications to the facility, Cohn said. “After all the improvements are made, we can finally spread out the groups so there can be a rehearsal in the Back Room Theatre while somebody else is rehearsing in the back lounge area or the main room,” Cohn said. “Right now, everybody’s kind of on top of each other because we lost part of the building.” In addition, both the BKBIA’s office and 8th District Councilmember Al Austin’s field office are expected to be relocated into the building, said Cohn, who clarified that the facility is not being put up for sale like the City’s other former RDA properties. Now that the BKBIA is moving in from next door, the association is taking more of a “hands-on” approach to managing subtenants, including

gallery artists, theatre companies and neighborhood groups that use the space on a regular basis, he said. “Because our offices will be in the building, we’ll be there to have more hands-on management and upkeep of the space,” Cohn said. “All the tenants of the building meet once a month to talk about any building issues. We coordinate calendars, and we know who is in there. We’ll continue to do that and maintain calendars and just make sure the space is running well.” Douglas Orr, who has had an agreement with BKBIA to manage the property and act as the curator for the art gallery, has recently announced he will be moving away from Long Beach because of financial reasons. Cohn said there are no immediate plans to replace Orr since BKBIA will be taking over much of the management duties. “I wish I still could be here and be a part of it,” Orr said. Still, the abolishment of RDA by the State will be a big blow to the Expo since redevelopment provided the City with annual funding to maintain the facility. Jalali confirmed that the BKBIA, which has a budget of $200,000 a year for a 10-year period in former RDA funding, does not pay for maintenance of the facility and does not receive rent from subtenants. One idea the community has proposed for years is to create a nonprofit with a board of directors that would provide an opportunity to apply for grants and accept tax-deductible donations, however, that plan is still yet to be determined. Jalali said the goal of the City’s long-range management plan for former RDA properties is to preserve the Expo building for government use, however the ultimate decision lies with the State Department of Finance. “It is our intention and our argument that the building should stay in City’s possession,” he said. As far as the Expo’s future, Cohn said he’s optimistic the new improvements will keep the building packed

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with artists and musicians for years to come. “There’s a lot of great stuff happening that will maintain the building,” he said. “We now can go ahead and program it to its maximum again with gallery spaces, art shows, kids drama and art camps in the summertime and theatre performances of all types. We’ll just continue to use it as a community arts center. That’s the plan– full steam ahead.” Currently, the Expo has about five regular subtenants in addition to oneoff events, such as the recent Kwanzaa celebration and community meetings. RIOTstage, a rock-and-roll-themed theater company in Long Beach, performed a show called The Brit on Dec. 14. In the past, the Expo has drawn such acts as Long Beach Opera and The Long Beach Shakespeare Company. The facility is also a main attraction for musicians, artists and vendors during the monthly First Fridays Art Walk, which generates foot traffic of see EXPO page 10

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Peace Week, a week-long celebration leading up to the City of Long Beach’s 26th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Peace & Unity Parade Celebration on Saturday, Jan. 18, will include a number of activities that honor community involvement, unity and the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Being an activist for equal rights and peace, this is a special event for me,” said 6th District Councilmember Dee Andrews, whose office hosts the events. “Being a believer in the human spirit, it is celebrations like this that unite all races. The human spirit has no color, and this is the perfect venue to demonstrate that we are beyond color boundaries.”

Pre-Parade and Neighborhood Clean-up From 8:30am to 10am, at McBride Park, 1550 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave., community groups and volunteers will work together to clean up the parade route area. For more information or to volunteer, call (562) 570-6816. “The Gift” The nonprofit New Generations, NG will distribute free items, including food, clothing, services and accessories, to local residents from 12:30pm to 3pm at Washington Middle School, 1450 Cedar Ave.

Candlelight Peace March File photo Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster, Andrews and community members will lead the 7th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Candlelight Peace March on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 5pm. The starting point will be Ernest Peace Week is a week-long celebration that includes numerous activities designed to strengthen community S. McBride Park, 1550 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave., and the march will end at Martin Luther King, and honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. (pictured). Jr. Park, 1950 Lemon Ave. Parking will be available at Long Beach City College, PCC, 1305 East Pacific Coast Highway, and free shuttles will be available. Pearl Foundation, California Conference for Equality and Justice (CCEJ), International City Theatre, This year’s march will honor the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. This is the seventh Long Beach City College Foundation and Leadership Long Beach. year that the City of Long Beach has come together to promote the annual walk, which was spearheaded New Life Beginnings, Inc. (NLB), a grassroots nonprofit organization established in 1984 by two by Andrews. homemakers who saw the needs of homeless pregnant women and their children, is being recognized “The Peace March provides the community an opportunity to stand united. Walking together, we as Community Group Honoree. NLB serves a diverse racial and cultural population of homeless represent the peace and the love that keeps our community strong,” Andrews said. “I hope to see all the pregnant women and their children, according to Andrews’s office. While in NLB, women are engaged churches, families, schools and community organizations at the march.” in a personalized program to help them break through the welfare cycle and become contributing members of society. NLB has been instrumental in serving the community with food drives and the 6th Dis“Personal reflections” trict Back to School event, in which they help to distribute over 1,000 backpacks to students in need, On Sunday, Jan. 12, all places of worship in Long Beach are encouraged to participate in recognition according to Andrews’s office. of King by promoting dialogue about and reflection on his legacy. Kraig Kojian and the Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA) will be the Community Corporation Honorees. Kojian has served as a member of the Downtown Long Beach Associates staff since “Peace in our Community: A Place for Everyone!" October 1996, when he was hired as Communications and Events manager for the tenant-based On Monday, Jan. 13, from 5pm to 7pm at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 1950 Lemon Ave., the California improvement district. At that time the District consisted of an operating budget of approximately Conference for Equality and Justice (CCEJ) and Cambodian Association of America will strive to build $383,000. In April of 1997, he was promoted to director of DLBA and began a feasibility study to genan inclusive community by having a dialogue about immigration and safety in the local community. erate additional revenue for the District– primarily focusing on the creation of a Property Based Improvement District (PBID). In August 1998, the Long Beach City Council unanimously approved Peacemaker Awards the establishment of a Downtown PBID, representing 325 commercial property owners and 650 parcels Six recipients will be honored at 5pm, on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at the Long Beach City Council meeting, with a beginning budget of $950,000 for five years. In 2003, stakeholders and City Council voted to 333 West Ocean Blvd., as part of Peace Week. renew the district for 10 years, becoming the first 10-year district in the state. In August of 2012, the The honorees were chosen based upon their background of volunteering in the community, as well PBID again won approval from downtown property owners and residents along with gaining unanimous as promoting messages of community engagement, nonviolence and unity. The Peacemaker Awards consent by the City Council for another 10 years. Today, Kojian directs the management of two recognize the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who brought innovative strategies in spreading improvement districts, consisting of nearly 5,000 stakeholders and whose annual budget exceeds $4 compassion and love among all people, as well as utilized nonviolence as the means to transform com- million. The DLBA operates on behalf of the property owners including residents and tenants of the munities, according to Andrews’s office. Downtown Business Improvement Districts, dedicated to the management, marketing, security and “The City of Long Beach values diversity and multiculturalism,” Andrews said. “We must continue maintenance, advocacy and economic and community development of the assessment districts in coopspreading Dr. King’s message among our neighbors, especially our youth.” eration with the City of Long Beach and the private sector. The Community youth Honoree Award will be bestowed on Inner Beauty Gems mentoring club for young girls, which has served families at the annual “Serving With A Thankful Heart” Thanksgiving “Spirit on the Move” banquet, provided refreshments for the annual Candlelight Peace March, distributed Christmas toys to On Wednesday, Jan.15, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, Clue California, a statewide alliance of interfaith organchildren, hosted a winter coat drive for needy children, and organized a Mother’s Day Tea to honor 50 izations whose aim is to end low-wage poverty in the state, will host an event to “move the human women throughout Long Beach. spirit to peace” with special performances by African drummers and dancers, Sacred Jazz, and spoken Darick J. Simpson, executive director of the Long Beach Community Action Partnership, has been word. The event will take place at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, 1950 Lemon Ave. selected as the Community Spirit honoree for his reputation as a community leader with diverse experiences that include business development, community development, youth programs and entertainment. “read for Peace” Professionally he has served as vice president of Bank of America, director of the Los Angeles Minority On Thursday, Jan.16, from 2pm to 4pm at at Mark Twain Library, 1401 E Anaheim St., the nonprofit Business Development Center and executive director of the Long Beach Downtown YMCA. Simpson New Life Beginnings and Long Beach Public Library will host a free, educational event for all ages in created several teen programs that have received recognition for innovation and teen engagement. honor of peacemakers Martin Luther King, Jr., Gandhi, Cesar Chavez and Nelson Mandela. Free books Fourth District Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe has been selected as the recipient of will be given to children ages 5 to 12. The event will also feature readings about peace. Community Male Honoree for spending much of his political career working to protect the innocent and vulnerable children in Los Angeles County. Knabe established the Safe Surrender program in Los Peace and unity Parade Angeles County, allowing someone to surrender an infant that is no more than three days old, as long With a theme of “50 Years Strong & the Dream Lives On,” the parade will run from 10:30am to as the infant shows no signs of abuse. Since 2001, 110 babies have been safely surrendered in Los Ange- noon. les County, according to Andrews’s office. Knabe is also known as a national leader on the issue of child This year’s parade grand marshals are Aroldo and Alma Campos, who run New Generations, a mensex trafficking. In 2012, he launched a county-wide awareness campaign to spread the word that toring and sports program designed to keep at-risk kids out of gangs and in school. young girls are “We are very fortunate to have individuals in our community that reach beyond the everyday chalbeing sexually lenges to include serving others in a way that uplifts the entire community,” Andrews said. “It is the -exploited for people like these that have helped shape our neighborhoods.” money. In 2013, Honorees include: The Pearl Foundation; Incorporated an Affiliate of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority; he testified on the Henry Salcido; Food Bank of Southern California; Prach Ly; Leonard Adams; Logan Baughman, III; issue of child sex New Generations; and Naomi Rainey as the 2014 honorary chair of the parade. trafficking at a The parade will begin on Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue at the intersection of Anaheim Street. It hearing before the will proceed north on Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, turn right (east) on 19th Street, and turn left House Committee (north) on Lemon Avenue. Parade parking will be available at Long Beach City College, on Foreign Affairs located at Orange Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway. From 7:30am to 10am, at this same T R I B U N E in Washington, location, shuttle buses will be transporting participants and spectators to and from the parade Your Weekly Community Newspaper D.C. route. SERVING BIXBY KNOLLS, CALIFORNIA HEIGHTS, LOS CERRITOS, WRIGLEY AND THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL Dr. Minnie DouThe Signal Tribune is published each Friday with a circulation of 25,000. glas, selected as the Peace & unity Celebration Community Grammy-winning act Rose Royce will headline the 26th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. To purchase an annual subscription, Female Honoree, Peace & Unity Celebration on Saturday, Jan. 18 from noon to 5pm at Martin Luther King, Jr. send this form and a check for $50 to: is a native of Texas Park, 1550 Lemon Ave. 939 E. 27th St. Signal Hill, CA 90755 and longtime resiThe event’s main stage will also feature performances by the Golgotha Trinity Baptist dent of Long Beach, Church Choir, Khmer Arts Cultural Center Dancers, Rush Hour, Alvin Hayes, Jr., Dat Ez Band she is a Long Beach and Box Car 7. 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LB Mayor Foster to deliver his last State of the City on Jan. 14

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Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster, who has stated that he is not seeking re-election next year, will deliver his final State of the City address on Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 7:30pm at the Pacific Ballroom at the Long Beach Arena. The venue is located at 300 East Ocean Blvd. All Long Beach residents are invited to attend the free event, but all attendees must reserve a ticket for admission. “I am looking forward to delivering my last State of the City address at the Pacific Ballroom,” Foster said in a statement. “This event has always been a great opportunity for our City to come together and reflect on the past year, as well as celebrate our future to come.” Attendees may reserve tickets by calling (562) 570-5089 or by visiting mayorbobfoster.com . Up to two tickets may be reserved per address. Residents are encouraged to reserve tickets as soon as possible as seating is limited. Last year, all tickets were distributed within two weeks of announcing the event. A live web cast of the State of the City will be available at longbeach.gov .

Los Angeles man sentenced to prison after forcing 13-year-old into prostitution

A defendant convicted of various charges related to the human trafficking of a young girl has been sentenced to prison. Ray Rhodes, 33, of Los Angeles, had begun forcing a 13-year-old into prostitution in the Long Beach area in September of 2010, until the time of her arrest, according to Long Beach Police Department (LBPD). In January of 2011, a human-trafficking investigation was launched after her arrest, and, through the investigation, detectives learned of Rhodes’s involvement.

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hopes McDonnell changes his mind. “He has earned our trust and respect here in Long Beach,” Haubert said. “Our loss will be the county’s gain.” McDonnell released a statement Wednesday indicating that he is not quite ready to announce his plans to run for sheriff, but his candidacy doesn’t seem out of the question. “Serving the residents of Los Angeles County as their sheriff would truly be a unique opportunity with both challenges and rewards,” McDonnell said. “For the past year, I have had the privilege of being the president of the

LBPD issued an arrest warrant against Rhodes for human trafficking, sexual assault, and pimping and pandering. He was ultimately arrested in San Bernardino County in May of 2011 on unrelated charges, in addition to the outstanding Long Beach warrant. On June 27, 2013, he was convicted in Los Angeles Superior Court on two counts of lewd act with a child and one count each of the following charges: procuring a child for a lewd act, pandering a minor under 16 years of age and

Los Angeles County Police Chiefs Association. Serving in this capacity has given me an even greater awareness of the needs of the many cities that comprise this county.” He wrote that, while each jurisdiction has varying capabilities and resources, the greatest strength among those departments is their ability and willingness to work together to provide “world-class service” to those who live, work and visit Los Angeles County. “I am humbled to have my name mentioned in connection with this position,” he said. “I will be making a decision about my candidacy in the very near future.”

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pimping a minor under 16 years of age. On Jan. 2, 2014, the defendant was sentenced to 45 years in prison and will not be eligible for parole until the age of 73, according to LBPD. Those who are or have been victims of human trafficking are urged to come forward by contacting the LBPD’s Vice Investigations Detail at (562) 570-7219. Any victim in need of resources is also encouraged to contact detectives. Source: LBPD

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The City of Long Beach will soon begin work on a street-improvement project on Long Beach Boulevard between Hill and Willow streets. “This project is extremely important because Long Beach Boulevard is the one of the major roadways in Long Beach, extending from one end of the city to the other,” said Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster. The construction work will include removal and replacement of most of the existing concrete curbs and more than 50 percent of the sidewalk. Twenty-six curb ramps at all intersections will be reconstructed or adjusted to meet current disabled-access regulations. The existing street material is asphalt, and the street will be repaved with rubberized asphalt pavement. “I am happy to see this rehabilitation project continuing on Long Beach Boulevard,” said 6th District Councilmember Dee Andrews. “As [it is] one of our city’s busiest corridors, I’m very pleased that we are shaping it up to attract new businesses while making our residents proud.” Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes during construction. Trafficcontrol plans will be developed to minimize impacts on businesses. The work will take place next to Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (Metro’s) Blue Line rail tracks, and all work directly adjacent to rubberized crossings, within 15 feet of track centers, will take place between midnight and 4am. The construction is scheduled to be completed by April 2014. The $800,000project will be financed with Federal Highway Funds. Long Beach Boulevard was rehabilitated between Ocean Boulevard and Anaheim Street in 2011 and 2012. Source: City of LB

Long Beach Public Library to screen documentary on human-trafficking

As part of National HumanTrafficking Awareness Month, the Long Beach Public Library will present a film screening of the 2011 documentary Not My Life on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 2pm in the Main Library Auditorium, 101 Pacific Ave. Not My Life is the first film to comprehensively depict the cruel and dehumanizing practices of human-trafficking and modern slavery on a global scale, including here in the

United States, according to a press release issued by the library. Filmed on five continents, in a dozen countries, Not My Life explores a world where millions of children are exploited every day through a wide array of practices. The film is not rated. For more information, call (562) 570-7500 or visit lbpl.org .

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Nineteen-year-old Signal Hill resident Andres Alarcon takes everyday metal objects and converts them into easily recognizable and intriguing human (or humanoid) forms, but it’s his imaginative, artistic vision that enables him to make pieces that transcend the art of repurposing. It’s not just that he possesses mastery of recycling items and scrap pieces, and it’s not simply that he has a strong vision– he’s really good at selecting items and transforming them into something completely different.

For example, at first glance, what hinges. “Everybody has that drawer you see is a metallic scorpion– but with all the nuts and screws in it, and blink, and then you realize you’re they don’t know what to do with it,” actually looking at a bent fork and he said. “I just clean it out.” Alarcon doesn’t seek to communisome floral wire. Born in Long Beach, Alarcon, an cate a profound meaning with his only child, said he built many of his work; he’s engaged in it purely for its toys. He later attended high school in aesthetic value. “I like doing it,” he said. “I don’t La Mirada. “In high school, I learned welding, when I was switching from have to have any meaning behind it. middle school,” he said. “I saw a Everybody has to have art with meantorch. Somebody was using a torch, ing, and people always ask [about the meaning]. I just did it because it and I was like, ‘I’m doing that.’” After high school, he moved to looked nice.” Signal Hill and attended Long Beach City College, where he took another To view more of Alarcon’s work, visit welding course. It was there that andsfactory.com . epiphany struck– that he could make artwork out of the metal pieces around him. One of the fun aspects of viewing his work is the discovery of the various components he incorporates into it: washers, screws, bolts, “Stretch,” “Mr. Roboto” and “Salvage,” all made with nuts, springs, various metals and hardware

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Music faculty member at Cal State Long Beach nominated for 2014 Grammy

A music faculty member at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), lecturer Tom Peters, has been nominated for a 2014 Grammy in the Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance category for the recording Cage: The 10,000 Things. Peters is nominated with his fellow performers: Vicki Ray, William Winant and Aron Kallay. The nomination is for the recording of composer-musician John Cage’s The 10,000 Things on the MicroFest label with pianists Kallay and Ray, and percussionist Winant, along with a recently discovered recording of Cage himself performing 45’ for a Speaker, the first American recording of this seminal work. “It took me over a year to learn 26' 1.1499" for a String Player– my part in The 10,000 Things– and over the past 10 years it has become one of my favorite pieces to perform,” said Peters, an Altadena resident and Arcadia native. “Along with my colleagues Aron Kallay, Vicki Ray, William Winant and producer John Schneider, the recognition a Grammy nomination provides has been amazing.” The CD on which the nominated piece can be heard features five pieces by Cage. Each of the four artists on the CD performs one of Cage’s solo works, plus they’ve included a recording of the composer himself reciting his 45’ For A Speaker (1954). All of these works played simultaneously become part of The 10,000 Things, one of the earliest remix pieces, as Cage conceived of it in 1954. Peters teaches double bass at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSULB. A bassist, he is an active composer and a performer, performing with Southwest Chamber Music since 1998 and the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra since 1993. He has performed as a soloist with Ensemble Oh-Ton, People Inside Electronics, MicroFest, and the Schindler House, as well as others, and he has been featured on Nordwest Radio in Hamburg, Germany. “In a high-profile faculty with numerous international achievements, Tom Peters’s Grammy nomination for The 10,000 Things stands out as one of the most impressive,” said Carolyn Bremer, director of the Cole Conservatory. “Tom has been nominated twice before as a member of Southwest Chamber Music. Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance is a tough category to crack. It isn’t an inconsequential classical category. This is the big time, and he is nominated along with, for example, the recording of last year’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work. This is especially fabulous to me, personally. I am a composer and former bass player. Tom’s exceptional work in new music is a boon to all of us composers, and I am thrilled that

we have a bass player of his caliber here at the Cole Conservatory.” As a composer, Peters specializes in creating music for silent films, performing original scores through looping electronics and synchronized electronic soundscapes. In April 2013, he premiered his original score to the 1927 silent classic The Passion of Joan of Arc– his ninth film score– at the Toronto Silent Film Festival with Joelle Morton on tenor viol. The score was featured in a radio broadcast over the CBC. He also has written music for the John Pennington Dance Group’s Yield of Vision, Podcast and Blow, and Parson’s Nose Theater’s presentations of Everyman and Cendrillon.

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He is also a prolific writer and is the Aspie of The Aspie and the NT, a blog written together with his wife, Linda, that documents his life on the autism spectrum as someone diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome and its effect on their relationship. Source: CSULB

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CSULB music faculty member Tom Peters has been nominated for a 2014 Grammy in the Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance category for the recording Cage: The 10,000 Things. Peters is nominated along with Vicki Ray, William Winant and Aron Kallay.

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up to 20,000 people, according to the BKBIA. Cohn said the building has also been a prime spot for video shoots and hosting fundraisers for local schools, nonprofits and neighborhood groups. “If you can think of it, it’s probably happened,” he said. One of the Expo’s senior tenants is The Kids Theatre Company (TKTC), which has performed

nearly four shows a season at the venue for more than three years, pulling audiences of about 200 to 300 people per show. The group is made up of kindergarten to 8thgrade students, who are able to direct, write and act entire plays on their own. Kyle Becker, TKTC founder and creative director, said he looks forward to the newly renovated theatre space once it’s completed. For now, TKTC’s next performance of

A trumpet player performs in the art-gallery space inside the Expo Arts Center during this month’s First Fridays Art Walk on Jan. 3.

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the state, said hydraulic fracturing has been happening in California for “well over 50 years.” He added that more than 90 percent of fracking in the state occurs in Kern County, where there’s “no ground water, no inhabitants and no real economic activity other than oil fields.” As for the local area, Knox said there have already been peer-reviewed studies, including one on the Inglewood Oil Field, that have found no increased risks for water contamination, earthquakes or air-quality impacts. Regarding the state’s legislation, oil-industry groups, such as CIPA, are generally supportive of the new regulations, however they disagree with some requirements, adding that the rules may create more costs for independent oil and gas producers. In Long Beach, Occidental Petroleum, the City’s oil contractor, has conducted fracking to produce crude oil, mainly at offshore oil islands, since 1994, said Kevin Tougas, oil-operations manager for the Long Beach Gas and Oil Department, in a phone interview. In response to some protesters claiming that BreitBurn Energy

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Partners is fracking at Long Beach Recreation Park between PCH and 7th Street, Tougas said he emailed a company representative who confirmed that the operator has not fracked the area. Other fracking opponents expressed concerns that recent seismic surveys in Long Beach and surrounding areas were attempts by oil operators to find areas to frack. Brady Barto, exploration manager for Signal Hill Petroleum, which recently conducted a seismic survey in the Long Beach Oil Field and other areas, said in a phone interview that the company does not conduct fracking and has no intention to in the future, although the operator does employ acid-well stimulation treatments for maintenance purposes. “We did our seismic survey of the fault structures within the Long Beach field and surrounding areas to guide us toward where oil might be accumulated,” he said. “As a company, we don’t frack, not because we’re against it, per se, but just because it’s technology that we don’t believe to be useful for our current understanding of the field. It’s very expensive unless you have a very compelling reason to do it.” Historically, crude oil has been produced at dozens of onshore oil fields in the Los Angeles Basin from shale rock that has been “naturally fractured” at fault lines, Barto explained. “There’s a reason we haven’t recommended [fracking],” he said. “It’s not something that really makes sense for our field.” ß

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which zones would be allowed to have signs, especially electronic billboards. Electronic signs were already prohibited by the City. Construction of new billboards would not be allowed in residential areas. “It is an art rather than a science,” Bodek said, “because it does depend on…the approval of each individual [conditional-use permit]. So we can’t present this with 100-percent accuracy, but [it’s] certainly our best guess.” There is no requirement for companies to actively remove any of their billboards. However, if a company wants to install a new sign or expand or convert an existing sign, they must comply with specific requirements to permanently remove non-compliant billboards. City staff has proposed a removal ratio for different kinds of billboard projects. The policy assumes that a company already has an inventory of billboards in the city that are legal/non-compliant. (See Figure 1 for a summary of the removal requirements.) These ratios are based on square footage of the billboard that will be constructed or expanded, and not in terms of “whole” billboards. In an example involving a current billboard company wanting to propose building a new electronic sign with an area of 600 square feet, the company would be required to remove about 4,800 square feet of its billboard inventory that is noncompliant. The ordinance will not allow a portion of a sign to be removed. Only whole billboards may be removed. It would be up to the company to determine which billboard structures would be taken down. Once all non-compliant billboards are out of Long Beach, the removal ratio for new projects would only be one-to-one. In other words, when there are no longer any non-compliant billboards in the city, if a company wants to construct a new billboard, it would only be required to take down what would be the equivalent amount of space. Those companies that do not have any signs in Long Beach can enter into development agreements with the City. However, a few billboard companies oppose parts of the ordinance. The most vocal opposition came from Regency Outdoor Advertising representatives, who argued against a key portion in the ordinance called Section C. Mike Murchison, a consultant for Regency, said that Section C would take out about half of their inventory if they chose to participate in the digital program. He said that the billboard signs along the freeway have never been controversial, and he explained that these signs were installed before any state or city law rendered them non-compliant. He argued that the intent of the ordinance is to take billboards out of residential neighborhoods. “It’s one sentence,” he told the Council. Victor De la Cruz, an attorney representing Regency, agreed. He added that if the particular section in the ordinance is not removed, the City would be “forcing Regency...to take down its freeway-oriented signs on the 405– its most valuable signs– in order to be able to participate in the digital program.” In an e-mail to the Signal Tribune, Bodek described Regency’s current inventory of signs. “Regency owns 15 billboard structures, which are located along the 710, 405 and 91 freeways,” Bodek said. “Each billboard is on its own individual pole and is not attached to a building.” She further explained that some of these poles have single-sided advertising or double-sided advertising. Along the 405 Freeway, Regency owns one single-sided pole and two doublesided poles. Third District Councilmember

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Eight times the area of the final size of the proposed billboard

Expansion of existing electronic billboard

Eight times the area of the proposed net increase in area

Expansion of existing non-electronic billboard

Six times the area of the proposed net increase in area Information provided by City of LB

If there are still non-conforming billboards in the city, a proposed ordinance requires companies with an existing sign inventory to remove a ratio of billboard space if the company wants to build, convert or expand their signs. This table from the ordinance designates the required removal ratio. The ratio is determined by the type of proposed project.

Gary DeLong acknowledged that it would be a problem for companies with a smaller inventory to be required to remove billboards before they can even get permission to construct a new electronic sign. He at first suggested that the staff and Council consider allowing companies to construct a new sign but not turn them on until they have complied with the City’s requirements for removal. Bodek voiced her concerns with DeLong’s proposal. She argued that if a company does effectively “flip the switch” on a new electronic sign to before the City had permitted them to do so, officials would have no authority to force the company to remove non-conforming billboards. DeLong sugCJ Dablo/Signal Tribune gested that perA new ordinance that aims to regulate regular and electronic billboards in the city of Long Beach will have specific distance requirements haps the City could levy a fine between billboards. on those companies that do not fully comply with the zeroes to that.” The Council unanimously voted removal requirements before they begin advertising on an electronic in favor of the staff recommendation sign. He suggested a fine of $1,000 to approve the initial ordinance but added two friendly amendments. per day. Bodek emphasized that the elec- Within 60 days after the ordinance tronic sign business is “very lucra- becomes effective, the staff has been tive.” She suggested that the requested to return to the Council companies agree to buy a “signifi- with more guidance on Section C, the cant” cash bond for each of the bill- controversial portion of the ordinance. The other friendly amendment boards designated for removal. “The conversion of billboards to would deal with removing the stipuelectronics provides immense rev- lation that forces companies to take enues and is a significant benefit to down billboards prior to construction all of the companies who have inven- of a new billboard. The proposal tory within the city,” Bodek said. “So would require that a cash bond be I don’t know what your realm of ‘sig- posted in a “significant” amount at nificance’ is, but in my realm, it’s the time of approval for each billclearly more than a $1,000. You board that is scheduled to be know, I would probably add a few removed. ß

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lives lived George Olveda 89 Steven Andreoli 31 Glenn Biron 63 Zlata Tomasevic 101 Helmuth Knecht 84 Ian Davis 28 Bob Patrick 54 Manuela Rodriguez 93 Jeanette Lark 63 Robert Mohler 63 Jule Cornick 52 Felipe Bonilla 98 Anthony Palmieri 72 Robyn Dugan 45 Harold Adams 64 James Bearns 86 Kenneth Green 80 Orfelina Palencia 82

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voted in 2010 to seek a buyer for the property in an effort to consolidate operations. Original plans by LBAC board members, including Albert Guerra, who currently serves as vice president of the Long Beach Parks and Recreation Commission, was to partner with local government agencies and a nonprofit to keep a portion of the land open space for public use, primarily because of north Long Beach’s lack of park land. LBAC entered into a contract with nonprofit The Trust for Public Land in 2012 in hopes of facilitating a “joint use” settlement in which a developer would agree to

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partner with a public steward, but that deal fell through in April last year after the nonprofit failed to find a buyer willing to carry out the plans. More than six months later, LBAC sold the property to Integral Communities for $6 million, a price nearly $1.15 million more than what was appraised in the previous deal. Galigher said the private developer doesn’t “have any plans to leave it open space” nor work with the Water Replenishment District of Southern California on waterstorage efforts, which was also part of the past proposal. In a letter to Boy Scout troops

last year, LBAC stated that the transaction met its objectives of “maximizing return on the sale” and finding a buyer that has committed to “enhancing” the community, however the letter made no mention of any plans to keep the land open space. “Careful consideration was given to find the best candidate who could meet the needs of [LBAC] and who could be a good partner in the neighboring community,” the letter stated. LBAC officials have stated that proceeds from the sale would be put into an endowment to help secure more Scout programs and pay for maintaining and fixing up

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LBAC’s other properties, including Camp Tahquitz in the San Bernardino Mountains, the Aquatics Center Sea Scout Base in Naples and the Council Service Center. Galigher said the developer plans to share its plans with the surrounding neighborhood once a formal application is submitted to the City in a few months. “We will, at that point, sit down and have neighborhood meetings and tell the neighborhood what we’re doing,” he said. “Obviously, we want to make sure we’re on the same page with the City before we start throwing ideas around.” Galigher noted that the project would eventually require City Council approval. Since last summer, the property has been left unmaintained, however the new owner has trimmed some eucalyptus trees that were hanging into power lines, he said. Galigher said the pool is “not functional” and the developer plans to drain it. He added that maintenance costs were one of the reasons that LBAC sold the property. “That’s one of the reasons the Boy Scout camp sold it, because the maintenance costs were just too high,” he said. “We’re not doing anything to destroy it. We’re keeping it locked and secured, and we have a caretaker on site over there, but… we’re not mowing lawns or cleaning the pool or doing anything to prepare it for anything other than an application. We’ll have a formal application in a couple of months, and then it will all be out in the open as to what our plans are and what we intend to do.” Integral Communities, a diversified real-estate company, has developed more than 20 housing properties throughout California. ß

Neighborhood association provides carols and toys for area families

The Los Cerritos Neighborhood Association (LCNA) sponsored its 3rd annual Christmas-caroling event and Toys for Tots drive on Dec. 15, with 75 to 100 carolers in attendance, according to the organization. Price Transfer and the Westlund Family provided vehicles for the event. Anne Walsh, a recording artist and music teacher, donated her time and students, who led the other participants in the caroling event. Other donors included Friends of Los Cerritos and Bricklane Bread, a local artisanal bakery. “The event gets larger each year with carolers of all ages,” said Karen Miller, who organized the event along with Tracy Fiedler. Following the event LCNA Vice President Bob Gill arranged for the new and unwrapped toys to be delivered to Semillas De Esperanza, a 200-member neighborhood group serving families with children in Long Beach’s 7th Council District. Source: LCNA

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by Circuit City, which was replaced in 2010 by Ross after the electronics retailer declared bankruptcy. A staff report notes that the Starbucks was first proposed in 2007 but “was never constructed given the uncertain economic climate at the time.” Farfsing pointed out that the shopping center property required cleaning up contaminated soil because of past oil production like much of the land in Signal Hill. “It’s been just an amazing application taking a look at what was really a very distressed property and had a lot of soil contamination,” he said. “There were a number of oil wells that needed to be abandoned. They are operating oil on the facility now. So it’s really quite a testament to the City moving forward with this, along with Signal Hill Petroleum, to make this center work.” During this week’s meeting, the Council approved a zoning amendment and conditional-use permit (CUP) to allow for the freestanding Bank of America ATMs in addition to two other CUPs to allow for the Starbucks drivethrough and the sale of alcoholic beverages (beer and wine) at Chipotle. The Council’s approval comes after

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door patio. It was stated at the time that an outside patio at Applebee’s would have taken away too many parking spaces. “I’m really glad to see the outdoor patio, so thank you, thank you, thank you,” Wilson said. “I don’t know if it had anything to do with what I said last time, but I’m glad to see that.” Councilmember Lori Woods brought up concerns that preliminary designs show a lack of landscaping between cars idling in the Starbucks drive-through and the outdoor seating area. In response, Schaffer said the property owner would explore the option. “It wasn’t something that we currently have planned, but it’s definitely something that we’ll look into,” she said. City staff and Schaffer pointed out that the heights of the proposed buildings are restricted by requirements of the Home Depot. According to city staff, the hours of operation proposed for Chipotle is 6am to 2am, while Starbucks is requesting to have a 24-hour drive-through with its dining area being closed by 4am.

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Water-storage plan The Council received and filed a report by City Manager Farfsing on the recent Los Angeles Superior Court ruling to approve the Central Basin Water Storage Agreement, which he said would provide financial benefits to Signal Hill and the region. The plan permits the storage of water during wet periods and for use during droughts. After litigation that cost the City of Signal Hill about $150,000 during a five-year period, the agreement was negotiated by more than 140 waterrights holders, along with public water agencies and private water companies. The next Signal Hill Council meeting is scheduled for Jan. 21 at 7pm at the Council Chamber.

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Recently promoted Police Sgt. Ricardo Oliveros (second from left) and Police Sgt. Nicholas Davenport (third from left) recite an oath of office after being introduced by the Signal Hill Mayor Michael Noll (far right) and Police Chief Michael Langston (far left) during the City Council meeting on Jan. 7.

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TST4524 TSG No.: 6673159 TS No.: CA1200244243 FHA/vA/PMI No.: APN: 7217-015-077 Property Address: 2075 FREEMAN AvENUE SIGNAL HILL, CA 90755 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 10/07/2005. 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. On 01/16/2014 at 10:00 A.M., First American Title Insurance Company, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust recorded 10/19/2005, as Instrument No. 05 2516418, in book , page , , of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, State of California. Executed by: ANDREw MAGGIOTTO AND JANINE MAGGIOTTO, HUSBAND AND wIFE, wILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH, CASHIER'S CHECK/CASH EQUIvALENT or other form of payment authorized by 2924h(b), (Payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States) Behind the fountain located in Civic Center Plaza, 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona CA 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 described as: AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED IN THE ABOvE MENTIONED DEED OF TRUST APN# 7217-015-077 The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2075 FREEMAN AvENUE, SIGNAL HILL, CA 90755 he undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, under the terms of said Deed of Trust, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $1,045,434.14. The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust has deposited all documents evidencing the obligations secured by the Deed of Trust and has declared all sums secured thereby immediately due and payable, and has caused a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be executed. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the County where the real property is located. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OwNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and

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TST4527 Trustee Sale No. : 20130134000609 Title Order No.: 1514234 FHA/vA/PMI No.: 197-566310 2 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 11/18/2011. 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. NDEx west, L.L.C., as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 11/30/2011 as Instrument No. 20111617445 of official records in the office of the County Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, State of CALIFORNIA. ExECUTED BY: BARBARA J. DUFFY, wILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH, CASHIER'S CHECK/CASH EQUIvALENT or other form of payment authorized by California Civil Code 2924h(b), (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States). DATE OF SALE: 01/23/2014 TIME OF SALE: 9:00 AM PLACE OF SALE: DOUBLETREE HOTEL LOS ANGELES-NORwALK, 13111 SYCAMORE DRIvE, NORwALK, CA 90650. STREET ADDRESS and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2510 EAST wILLOw #108, SIGNAL HILL, CALIFORNIA 90755 APN#: 7214-009146 Exhibit A Legal Description The Land Referred To Herein Below Is Situated In The County Of Los Angeles, State Of California, And Is Described As Follows: A Condominium Comprised Of: Parcel No. 1: That Portion Of Lot 2, Of Tract No. 34974, In The City Of Signal Hill, County Of Los Angeles, State Of California, As Shown On A Map Recorded In Book 941 Pages 20 To 21 Of Maps, In The Office Of The County Recorder Of Said County, Shown And Defined As Unit No. 8, On That Certain Condominium Plan (The ''Condominium Plan'' Herein) Recorded On December 21, 1983 As Instrument No. 83-1510618, Of Official Records Of Said County And As Said Condominium Plan was Amended By An Agreement Recorded November 3, 1986 As Instrument No. 86-1496625, Of Official Records, And Referred To And Incorporated By Reference In That Certain Notice Of Annexation Of Addition Territory And Supplemental Declaration Of Covenants, Conditions And Restrictions And Easements For willow Ridge-Phase Ii, Recorded On December 21, 1983 As Instrument No. 831510617, Of Official Records Of Said County (Such Instrument As From Time To Time Amended In Accordance with Its Terms Being Referred To Herein As The ''Supplemental Declaration'') which Supplemental Declaration Refers To And Incorporates By Reference The Provisions Of That Certain

CiTy oF SiGNAL HiLL TST4538 NoTICE oF oRDINANCE INTRoDuCTIoN

Ordinance No. 2014-01-1465 was introduced by the Signal Hill City Council at their meeting of Tuesday, January 7, 2014. A summary of the ordinance is as follows: AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL, CALIFORNIA, AMENDING CHAPTER 8.48 OF THE SIGNAL HILL MUNICIPAL CODE ENTITLED “ALARM SYSTEMS”

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, January 21, 2014. Kathleen L. Pacheco City Clerk

Published in the Signal-Tribune newspaper on January 10, 2014. Posted at City Hall, Library, Discovery well Park, and Reservoir Park on January 8, 2014.

CiTy oF SiGNAL HiLL TST4540 NoTICE oF oRDINANCE INTRoDuCTIoN

Ordinance No. 2014-01-1467 was introduced by the Signal Hill City Council at their meeting of Tuesday, January 7, 2014. A summary of the ordinance is as follows:

Master Declaration Of Covenants, Conditions, Restrictions And Easements For willow RidgePhase I, Recorded On December 9, 1980 As Instrument No. 80-1231815, Of Official Records Of Said County (Such Instrument As From Time To Time Amended In Accordance with Its Terms Being Referred To Herein As The ''Master Declaration''), The Provisions Of The Master Declaration And The Supplemental Declaration Are By This Reference Incorporated Herein And Made A Part Hereof. Parcel No. 2: An Undivided 1/104th Interest In And To That Portion Of Lot 2 Of Tract No. 34974, Shown And Defined As ''Common Areas'' (''Common Areas'' Herein) On The Condominium Plan And In The Supplemental Declaration, which Definition Excludes Units 1 To 104 Inclusive, From The Common Areas. Except Therefrom Those Portions Of Said Lot 2, Included within The Lines Of The west One-Half Of Farm Lot 81 Of The American Colony Tract, As Per Map Recorded In Book 19 Page 89 Et Seq., Of Miscellaneous Records, All Petroleum Oil, Gas And Other Hydrocarbon Substances As Conveyed And Reserved In various Deeds Of Record, Among Them Being A Deed Recorded As Instrument No. 1086 On June 3, 1927 In Book 6731 Page 36, Of Official Records. Also Except Therefrom Those Portions Of Lot 2 Included within The Lines Of The west One-Half Of The East OneHalf Of Said Lot 81 Of The American Colony Tract, Any And All Oil, Gas And Other Hydrocarbon Substances In, Under Or which May Be Produced From Said Real Property without Any Right whatsoever To The Use Of The Surface Of Said Land To A Depth Of 500 Feet, An Undivided One-Half Interest Thereof Being Excepted By John B. Haas, Jr., In The Deed Recorded August 1, 1955 In Book 48511 Page 328, Of Official Records, And An Undivided One-Half Interest Thereof Being Excepted By Cliff Le vern Downer, Et Al., In The Deed Recorded August 1, 1955 In Book 48511 Page 354, Of Official Records. Also Except Therefrom Together with The Right To Grant And Transfer All Or A Portion Of The Same, Subject To Any Rights Of Others Under Prior Reservations Or Exceptions Of Record, As Follows: Any And All Oil, Oil Rights, Minerals, Mineral Rights, Natural Gas Rights And Other Hydrocarbons By whatsoever Name Known, Geothermal Steam, And All Products Derived From Any Of The Foregoing, That May Be within Or Under The Said Property, Together with The Perpetual Right Of Drilling, Mining, Exploring And Operating Therefore And Storing In And Removing The Same From The Property Or Any Other Property, Including The Right To whipstock Or Directionally Drill And Mine From Properties Other Than Those Conveyed Hereby, Oil Or Gas wells, Tunnels And Shafts Into, Through Or Across The Subsurface Of The Property, And To Bottom Such whipstocked Or Directionally Drilled wells, Tunnels And Shafts Under And Beneath Or Beyond The Exterior Limits Thereof And To Redrill, Retunnel, Equip, Maintain, Repair, Deepen And Operate Any Such wells Or Mines, without, However, The Right To Enter, Drill, Mine, Store, Explore And Operate On Or Through The Surface Or The Upper 500 Feet Of The Subsurface Of Said Property. Parcel No. 3: An Easement For The Exclusive Right To Use, Possess And Occupy Those Portions Of The Common Areas Of Lot 2 Of Tract No. 34974, Shown, Defined And/Or Designated On The Condominium Plan And/Or The Supplemental Declaration As Being Parking Spaces (Ps) Appurtenant To Parcel 1 Above And Constituting Restricted Common Areas. Parcel No. 4: An Easement For The Exclusive Right To, The Extent Provided For In The Condominium Plan And In The Supplemental Declaration, To Use, Possess And Occupy Those Portions, If Any Of The Common Areas Of Lot 2 Of Tract No. 34974, Shown, Defined And/Or Designated On The Condominium Plan And/Or In The Supplemental Declaration As Being Interior Building Courtyards, Stairways, Landings, Corridors, Hallways And walkways Appurtenant To Parcel I Above And Constituting Restricted Common Areas.. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, under the terms of said Deed of Trust, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $348,190.60. The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the county where the real property is located. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder's office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for

this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OwNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 800-280-2832 for information regarding the trustee's sale or visit this Internet web site www.auction.com for information regarding the sale of this property, using the file number assigned to this case 20130134000609. 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. FOR TRUSTEE SALE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL: AUCTION.COM, LLC 2 ONE MAUCHLY IRvINE, CA 92618 800-280-2832 www.auction.com NDEx west, L.L.C. MAY BE ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED wILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. NDEx west, L.L.C. as Trustee Dated: 12/20/2013 NPP0225012 To: SIGNAL TRIBUNE 01/03/2014, 01/10/2014, 01/17/2014.

TST45533 / Case No. VS025337 oRDER To SHoW CAuSE FoR CHANGE oF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, 12720 Norwalk Blvd., Norwalk, CA 90650-3188. PETITION OF Ilana victoria Fine, A Minor Child. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner ILANA vICTORIA FINE, filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: ILANA vICTORIA FINE to Proposed Name: RYAN vICTOR FINE. 2. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, shy the petition for change of name should not be granted. NOTICE OF HEARING: Date: February 26, 2014; Time: 1:30 P.M.; Dept. C, Room 312. The address of the court is the same as above. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county, THE SIGNAL TRIBUNE, 939 E. 27th. Street, Signal Hill, CA 90755: January 3, 10, 17, 24, 2014. ___//ss//___ Yvonne T. Sanchez, Judge of the Superior Court Dated: December 30, 2013 TST4531/ Case No. VS025328 oRDER To SHoW CAuSE FoR CHANGE oF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, 12720 Norwalk Blvd., Norwalk, CA 90650-3188. PETITION OF Otto Rene Segura, For Change of Name. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner OTTO RENE SEGURA, filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: OTTO RENE SEGURA to Proposed Name: OTTO RENE FIGUEROA. 2. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, shy the petition for change of name should not be granted. NOTICE OF HEARING: Date: February 19, 2014; Time: 1:30 P.M.; Dept. C, Room 312. The address of the court is the same as above. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation,

CiTy oF SiGNAL HiLL TST4539 NoTICE oF oRDINANCE INTRoDuCTIoN

Ordinance No. 2014-01-1466 was introduced by the Signal Hill City Council at their meeting of Tuesday, January 7, 2014. 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 13-05, AMENDMENTS TO TITLE 20 OF THE MUNICIPAL CODE FOR EMERGENCY SHELTERS FOR THE HOMELESS IN ACCORDANCE wITH STATE MANDATES

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL, CALIFORNIA, APPROvING ZONING ORDINANCE AMENDMENT 13-06, A REQUEST TO AMEND SIGNAL HILL MUNICIPAL CODE CHAPTER 20.49, ENTITLED “SP-6, COMMERCIAL CORRIDOR SPECIFIC PLAN,” TO INCLUDE “ATM’S FREESTANDING” AS A CONDITIONALLY PERMITTED USE

Kathleen L. Pacheco City Clerk

Kathleen L. Pacheco City Clerk

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, January 21, 2014. Published in the Signal-Tribune newspaper on January 10, 2014. Posted at City Hall, Library, Discovery well Park, and Reservoir Park on January 8, 2014.

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, January 21, 2014. Published in the Signal-Tribune newspaper on January 10, 2014. Posted at City Hall, Library, Discovery well Park, and Reservoir Park on January 8, 2014.

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printed in this county, THE SIGNAL TRIBUNE, 939 E. 27th. Street, Signal Hill, CA 90755: January 3, 10, 17, 24, 2014. ___//ss//___ Yvonne T. Sanchez, Judge of the Superior Court Dated: December 24, 2013 TST4532 / Case No. NS026989 oRDER To SHoW CAuSE FoR CHANGE oF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, 275 Magnolia Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802.. PETITION OF Denise Christian vazquez, For Change of Name. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner DENISE CHARISTIAN vAZQUEZ, filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: DENISE CHARISTIAN vAZQUEZ to Proposed Name: DENISE REGINA SORIANO. 2. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, shy the petition for change of name should not be granted. NOTICE OF HEARING: Date: February 7, 2014; Time: 8:30 A.M.; Dept. S27. The address of the court is the same as above. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county, THE SIGNAL TRIBUNE, 939 E. 27th. Street, Signal Hill, CA 90755: January 3, 10, 17, 24, 2014. ___//ss//___ Ross M. Klein, Judge of the Superior Court Dated: January 10, 2014 TST4534 / 2014 000357 FICTITIouS BuSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: THE LAvENDER CREATIvE GROUP, 2121 Maine Ave., Long Beach, CA 90806. Registrants: 1. wILLIAM FRANKLIN PROCTOR, II, 2121 Maine Ave., Long Beach, CA 90806, 2. ALEx HARRY KITAY, 6055 McKnight Dr., Lakewood, CA 90713. This business is conducted by: Copartners. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: william Franklin Proctor, II. 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 December 16, 2013. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on January 2, 2014. 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: January 3, 10, 17, 24, 2014. TST4523 / 2013 256272 FICTITIouS BuSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: GREAT COMMISSION BAPTIST MISSIONS, 3332 Magnolia Ave., Long Beach, CA 90806. Registrant: PACIFIC BAPTIST CHURCH, 3332 Magnolia Ave., Long Beach, CA 90806. This business is conducted by: a Corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Steve Meyers, President. The registrant has begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. The registrant began using this fictitious business name on November 5, 2013. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on December 16, 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: December 20, 27, 2013 & January 3, 10, 2014.

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TST4525 / 2013 258402 FICTITIouS BuSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing as: vIvA vERDE business wORDS, 220 Termino Ave., Long Beach, CA 90803. Registrant: HAROLD HERNANDEZ, 220 Termino Ave., Long Beach, CA 90803. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Harold Hernandez. 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 December 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 fede ral, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. The Signal Tribune: January 3, 2014 & January 3, 10, 17, 2014. TST4535 / 2013 259946 FICTITIouS BuSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: 1. HIGH STYLE wINE, 2. HIGHSTYLEwINE.COM, 3401 Claremore Ave., Long Beach, CA 90808. Registrants: 1. TAMMARA S. HAGAN, 2.JEFFREY C. HAGAN, 3401 Claremore, Long Beach, CA 90808. This business is conducted by: a Married Couple. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Tammara S. Hagan. The registrants have 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 December 20, 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

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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: January 10, 17, 24, 31, 2013.

TST4537 / 2014 003898 FICTITIouS BuSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: A1 AUTO RECONDITION, 2578 E. Adams St., Carson CA 90810. Registrants: ANDY JAUREGUI, 2578 E. Adams St., Carson, CA 90810. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Andy Jauregui. 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 January 7, 2014. 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: January 10, 17, 24, 31, 2014. TST4536 / Case No. NS026909 oRDER To SHoW CAuSE FoR CHANGE oF NAME, SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, 275 Magnolia Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802. PETITION OF Breana Seymore, for minor Anthony Ross Jr. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner BREANA SEYMORE, filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: ANTHONY DEvON

ROSS JR. to Proposed Name: ALIJAH JOSAI SEYMORE. 2. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, shy the petition for change of name should not be granted. NOTICE OF HEARING: Date: February 21, 2014; Time: 8:30 am.; Dept. S27, Room 5400. The address of the court is the same as above. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county, THE SIGNAL TRIBUNE, 939 E. 27th. Street, Signal Hill, CA 90755: January 10, 17, 24, 31, 2014. ___//ss//___ Ross M. Klein, Judge of the Superior Court Dated: January 3, 2014

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