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SERVING BIXBY KNOLLS, CALIFORNIA HEIGHTS, LOS CERRITOS, WRIGLEY AND THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL

Vol. 35 No. 35

Your Weekly Community Newspaper

Demolition of historic Atlantic Theater marks creation of new library in north Long Beach

January 31, 2014

Sean Belk Staff Writer

It’s a wrap for the historic Atlantic Theater in north Long Beach, but a sequel to the abandoned site will come in the form of a new branch library that city leaders say will be a “focal point” for the community once constructed. Local residents, stakeholders and city officials watched as the shovel of an excavator tore a hole through a window on the side of the Art Deco-style theater building last Saturday, Jan. 25, sending a cloud of red-brick dust into the air. The momentous occasion, which included an Uptown Renaissance Festival with live entertainment, food and exhibits, however, evoked about as much joy as it did sadness as residents and city leaders heralded long-awaited plans to build a new North Neighborhood Library that is set to replace the nearly 72-year-old theater on the 5800 block of Atlantic Avenue. City officials have stated that demolition of the theater is expected to take a little more than a month to complete, and construction of the new library will begin later this year. Ninth District Councilmember Steven Neal said during the event that the beginning of the demolition marks “the passage of one historic building to another,” adding that the new public facility would complePhotos by Sean Belk/Signal Tribune ment a number of progressive steps the community has taken recently, An excavator crashes through a window of the historic Atlantic Theater during a ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 25, beginning the building’s see DEMOLITION page 10 demolition to make way for a new North Neighborhood Library.

Attendees of the Uptown Renaissance Festival last Saturday peer inside the gates of the front entrance to the historic Atlantic Theater that is being demolished over the next few weeks as the site is prepared to become the home of a new state-of-the-art public library.

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Mayoral candidate Vice Mayor/1st District Councilmember Robert Garcia (far left) answers a question at a debate hosted by the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters on Thursday, Jan. 23. Other candidates (from left) include 5th District Councilmember Gerrie Schipske, Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal and Long Beach Community College District Trustee Doug Otto.

Four Long Beach mayoral candidates square off at Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters debate

Sean Belk Staff Writer

Jockeying for votes as the election rapidly approaches, four Long Beach mayoral candidates took questions on the environment, business friendliness and other topics last week at a debate organized by the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters (LALC). Candidates invited to participate included Vice Mayor/1st District Councilmember Robert Garcia, 5th District Councilmember Gerrie Schipske, Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal and Long Beach Community College District Trustee Doug Otto.

LB Water Department official: area’s focus on conservation helps avoid water crisis

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CJ Dablo Staff Writer

Residents and businesses can’t afford to waste water, according to Matthew Lyons, director of planning and conservation for the Long Beach water department. During his presentation to the Wrigley Area Neighborhood Alliance (WANA) members during their meeting on Jan. 27, CJ Dablo/Signal Tribune Lyons noted that the city An agave plant flourishes in a garden at the Long Beach Water gets half of its water Department. Plants that are known to grow in Mediterranean climates from three major aque- are among the many varieties recommended for “drought friendly” ducts. He acknowledged gardens in Southern California. that all three aqueducts have reduced their water supplies over the last 10 to 15 years and, since there are more people living in Southern California now, there are sincere concerns that water might be scarce. However, the Long Beach water official explained that even though the region may need to demand more water at a time when the supply is less, the City’s combined focus on saving, storing and even recycling water helps to avoid a water crisis. “Even though there’s been this severe drought,” Lyons told the WANA members Monday, “we don’t have a water crisis in Southern California because…over the last 15 years or so, we’ve invested huge amounts of money in storage, and we had water to put in that storage because we [have] conserved. The only reason we can fill up the storage over the last few years is because we’ve been storing, even though we weren’t in a crisis.” Lyons acknowledged that in the past, the City had declared a water crisis. Residents were see WANA page 15

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2 SigNAL TriBuNE Signal Hill gets positive marks in resident-satisfaction survey

Sean Belk Staff Writer

Most Signal Hill residents in a survey said they have a favorable view of their city’s government and agreed the city is “going in the right direction,” but respondents also said that city officials need to do a better job of communicating, especially the details of the city budget. That’s the takeaway from the results of a resident-satisfaction survey that included a random sample of 249 registered Signal Hill voters, who were interviewed by telephone between Nov. 18 and Dec. 8, according to officials. Survey results were released during a City Council meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 21. The survey was commissioned by the Council at a cost of $17,000 to be conducted by consulting firm Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates (FM3) as part of a resident-outreach process in anticipation of updating the City’s five-year

Strategic Plan. Richard Bernard, a partner and senior vice president of FM3, said most of the survey results for Signal Hill were positive and the percentage of residents who have an optimistic view of the city’s direction is “impressive” compared to other nearby cities. “Your numbers are extremely high relative to other cities,” he said. Bernard added, however, that there will always be some “contrarians.” “If you’re angry at the City for something, you’re never going to give them good marks, ever,” he said. “Even if you like one thing about it, you don’t want to see it at all.” According to the results, 75 percent of Signal Hill residents in the survey indicated that they believe the city is “going in the right direction.” This percentage is higher than results for Long Beach (59 percent), Santa Monica (59 percent), Downey

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A graph included in a report by consulting firm FM3 shows survey responses to the question, “In your opinion, what is the most important thing the City of Signal Hill can to to improve city services for the people who live and/or work in Signal Hill?”

(57 percent) and Los Angeles (53 percent). The only city that was surveyed by FM3 with a higher percentage than Signal Hill is Culver City,

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where 78 percent of respondents in a 2012 survey indicated the city is heading in a positive direction. Bernard said, for Signal Hill’s survey results, there is a margin of error of plus or minus 6.3 percent when questions were asked of all respondents and a margin of error of plus or minus 8.9 percent when questions were split between the respondents. Still, even with the potential for errors, the City’s results rank high, he said. “Your numbers are so high in a positive direction that even if there’s the margin of error that drops it down … your numbers are still among the best in the county,” Bernard said. The results also show that nearly half (or 48 percent) of residents in the survey said they believe the quality of life in Signal Hill will get better in the next five years, while 11 percent of respondents fear it will get worse and 8 percent don’t know. “People, in terms of looking towards the future, have a very positive view of the city,” Bernard said. When asked an open-ended question of what problem they would like city government to address, 8 percent of respondents said public-safety response and police department issues while 5 percent said business development/economy, crime and traffic congestion. Only 3 percent of the residents said the most serious issues facing Signal Hill are such concerns as government waste/inefficiency, lack of open space, oil-drilling problems, street/road maintenance and taxes. Still, Bernard pointed out that most residents indicated they either

couldn’t think of anything or their response was too specific. “There’s no item that really goes to a very high percentage point that I can say to you, this is your problem, you’ve got to deal with it,” he said. “These are all pretty modest kinds of responses.” Results for what the residents feel is an “extremely serious or very serious problem” indicate that contaminated runoff from toxic chemicals (49 percent) is a higher concern than crime in general (22 percent), the amount people pay in city taxes and fees (20 percent) or the condition of potholes and local streets and roads (13 percent). “This is unusual,” Bernard said. “A lot of these issues are very prominent in most other cities, but they don’t seem to be a problem here.” Bernard also said that almost three out of four residents consider it highly important to them, personally, that the Signal Hill Police Department has the funding it needs. In addition, he said the highest proportion of residents (18 percent) are “happy with the City’s job performance,” but he said 12 percent want better communication with the city. Bernard also said that residents in the survey generally understand that the State is responsible for cuts to city services and programs, however 46 percent indicated they have no knowledge of whether or not the City is experiencing a budget deficit. As far as impressions of oil interests, 49 percent agreed that a “local oil company” is a “good corporate neighbor,” which mainly refers to Signal Hill Petroleum. Bernard said he was “shocked” by the response. “Given the fact that most people are beating up on oil companies for excessive profits, for not caring about the environment and everything, that’s impressive,” he said. The survey also found that the source of information the Signal Hill residents most rely on is the City Views newsletter, followed by the Press-Telegram, the Signal Tribune, the City’s website, public-access TV and the Long Beach Register. In terms of city services, 80 percent of the residents who have been in contact with the City said the professionalism, overall customer service and responsiveness of city employees are excellent or good. City Manager Ken Farfsing called the survey results a “report card” that allows city management to gauge how city staff and the Council are providing services to residents. “I think we pride ourselves in providing quality services, but you really don’t know how that registers and if people perceive it that way,” he said. see SURVEY page 6

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Attendance up, suspensions down within LBUSD

Attendance rates in the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) are approaching 97 percent and are up for each month so far this school year, while the number of suspensions has dropped by more than 30 percent, according to Chris Eftychiou, public information director with LBUSD. The school district has implemented an attendance incentive program that provides additional funding to schools that meet schoolwide and districtwide targets, and the Board of Education adopted a resolution early this school year urging schools to build on their efforts to provide alternatives to suspensions. The resolution called for the use of multiple strategies such as conflict resolution, early intervention and the opportunity for students to learn appropriate behaviors. The districtwide attendance rate so far this year is 96.6 percent, up 1 percent over the rate for the prior school year, according to Eftychiou, who also indicated that a 1-percent increase in attendance can mean as much as $4 million more in annual funding to LBUSD. “Schools have seized upon the school district’s incentive program by recognizing students with certificates and other rewards for good attendance, and by working with students and parents to reach schoolwide attendance goals,” he said. The number of suspensions this school year in LBUSD through December was 2,885, a decrease of 1,289– or nearly 31 percent– compared to the same months during the prior school year. The school district has about 81,000 students. Some of the biggest decreases in suspensions were among African-American and Latino students. The number of suspensions among African-American students through December decreased by nearly 30 percent. The number of suspensions among Latino students decreased nearly 36 percent. Caucasian students saw a 24-percent decrease in suspensions over the same period. “Thank you to our students and employees for working hard to increase our attendance rates and reduce suspensions,” said LBUSD Superintendent Christopher J. Steinhauser. “Big thanks also go to parents for making sure that their children come to school ready to learn each day. Keep up the good work.” Source: LBUSD

Amended complaint filed against man arrested for attempted kidnapping in SH park

The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office has filed an amended complaint against a man the Signal Hill Police Department (SHPD) arrested on Jan. 20 for the attempted kidnapping of a child in a local park. Prosecutors filed the amended complaint against Robert Sok, 28, on Jan. 23. Count one now is kidnapping to commit another crime. He also faces one count each of kidnapping of a victim under 14, failure to update sex-offender registration and transient’s violation of registration law. Sok was arraigned during a pretrial hearing on Jan. 29. His next court date is Feb. 5 for a preliminary hearing, according to the District Attorney’s Office. If convicted as charged, he faces a maximum of life in state prison with the possibility of parole. On Monday, Jan. 20 at 10:35am, a 9-year-old female was walking with her mother and grandmother at Hillbrook Park in Signal Hill, located at the corner of Temple Avenue and E. Wall Street, when the family noticed Sok sitting at a picnic table nearby who appeared transient. While playing, the victim strayed away from her family, and Sok ran over to her, grabbing her from behind, according to the SHPD. Sok picked up the girl and ran approximately 10 feet with her before her parents intervened and the suspect dropped her. The suspect then fled the scene on foot, and patrol officers apprehended him a few blocks away. Sok’s bail was set at $100,000. Sources: LA DA’s Office, SHPD

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BOOK TO ACTION What Author talk Who The Long Beach Main Public Library Where Main Library Auditorium, 101 Pacific Ave. When Saturday, Feb. 1 at 2pm More info As part of Human Trafficking Awareness Month, attendees will discuss A Voice from the White Horse: A Child Escapes the Cambodian Genocide with authors Julie Lee and Keith Vickers. The book is based on the true story of 6-year-old Lee’s survival following Pol Pot’s takeover of Cambodia. Call (562) 570-7500 or visit lbpl.org .

STEPPING STONES TO EMPLOYMENT What Training class Who Disabled Resources Center, Inc. Where 2750 E. Spring St., Suite #100 When Tuesday, Feb. 11 from 1:30pm to 3pm More info The eight-week classes will focus on interpersonal communication skills and disability etiquette. Call Andrew at (562) 427-1000, ext. 23.

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NETWORK YOUR WAY TO THE TOP What Networking group Who The Success Network Where Corner Bakery, 6507 E. PCH When Wednesday, Feb. 12 from 7:30am to 9:00am More info The Success Network is a professional networking group which meets on the second Wednesday of every month, for breakfast and discussions or presentations. The group is open to small-business leaders who seek networking opportunities with other professionals who are also interested in growing their businesses through relationships and referrals.

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BOOKWORMS, UNITE What Monthly community book club Who The Bixby Knolls Literary Society Where Elise’s Tea Room, 3924 Atlantic Ave. When Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 7pm More info The club will delve into Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence. Parking is available along Atlantic Avenue. Refreshments will be provided. Call (562) 595-0081 or email info@bixbyknollsinfo.com .

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REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE What Second District E-Waste and Recycling Drive Who Hosted by 2nd District Councilmember Dr. Suja Lowenthal Where Broadway Parking Lot, 335 E. Broadway St. When Saturday, Feb. 1 from 9am to noon More info The public is encouraged to drop off electronic waste, sofas, mattresses, chairs, etc. Call (562) 570-6684.

HEAR THE MUSIC What Choir performance Who African Children’s Choir Where Bethany Baptist Church, 2250 Clark Ave. When Sunday, Feb. 9 at 6pm More info Concert will be free and open to all. A free-will offering will be taken at the performance to support African Children’s Choir programs, such as education, care and relief and development programs. The choir is a nonprofit humanitarian organization dedicated to helping Africa’s most vulnerable children. Call (562) 597-2411.

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MEET AND GREET What Supper Club Who Bixby Knolls Supper Club Where EJ Malloy’s, 4306 Atlantic Ave. When Monday, Feb. 3 at 6:30pm More info 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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Signal Hill Chamber of Commerce installs its new board members

The Signal Hill Chamber of Commerce conducted its 2014 Board installation luncheon on Jan. 23 at the Long Beach Holiday Inn. Fifty guests and members attended the annual event, according to the Chamber. Serving on the Chamber Board this year will be: President Terry Rogers, Coldwell Banker; First Vice President Michael Coso, Allegra Marketing; Second Vice President Carlos Campos, Peculiar Solutions; Secretary Amanda Kilpatrick, Signal Hill Petroleum; Treasurer Judie Johnsen, Quick Books Consultant; and Board members at large: Tony Gales, Crisell & Associates; Marcus Guy, Asset Media Group Inc.; Melissa Guy, Web Commercial Pro; Eileen Gelso, The Great Plate; Dyana Dulin, Dynamic Glass; Octavio Duran, EDCO; and Shari Blackwell, The Undershirt, Inc. For additional information on the Chamber, visit signalhillchamber.org .

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be Wednesday, Feb. 12 at noon. At that time, our staff members will pick up all the entry boxes. Once we have them in our hot little hands, we will take them to the office, count the entries, thoroughly mix them up, draw the winners and then contact those lucky folks by phone. The winners’ names will appear in our Feb. 14 Valentine’s Day issue. Our goal in sponsoring the Sweetheart Sweepstakes is to encourage our readers to patronize local places of business. By cutting out and then dropping off the coupons in the “specially marked boxes or pink buckets” at participating businesses, it gives you an opportunity to visit those advertisers and familiarize yourselves with their goods or services. Our intention is to give our readers a fun reason to visit some local shops or restaurants they may have never visited before. For those of you who plan to participate, please don’t just run in and toss your entry into the various boxes. Do take the time to look around and shop or dine at the establishment that so graciously helped sponsor the sweepstakes. Keep in mind there are rules. You cannot enter by mail, fax or email; and don’t just drop your entry through the mail slot– it will be thrown away. You must go inside the business and drop your entry blank into the specially marked box or pink bucket. Also, you may only enter once a day at each business. Do remember to put the right coupon into the right box, or you’ll be disqualified! A big thanks goes out to all the folks who so generously donated for our contest. We appreciate your participation. Many of you have donated for all 19 years. You’re the greatest! So, my dear readers, with a total of 18 prize packages this year, the odds are in your favor...so enter, and enter often. If you don’t enter, you can’t win! Note: To Mother, my husband Steve, staff of the Signal Tribune and participating businesses– NO, for the 19th time– you cannot enter, so stop asking! And don’t think you can fool me with a phony name and cell phone number. After all, I am smarter than I look. Really, I am.

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With today being the last day of January, Valentine’s Day will be here in just two weeks. As our longtime readers know, we, the folks at the Signal Tribune, are romantics at heart, and with us being such big fans of a flying cherub named Cupid (also the name of one of Santa’s reindeers) we love to give away lovey-dovey prizes in February. Yes, today is the kick-off of our 19th Sweetheart Sweepstakes. With this promotion, our readers cut out entry coupons that appear during the next two weeks in the Signal Tribune and take them to any or all of the 18 participating advertisers to enter the drawings for our awesome prize packages. Check out pages 10 and 11 inside this issue for entry coupons, rules and prize list. This year’s prizes are unbelievably generous, and I am grateful to the many local business owners who chose to participate by donating such beautiful items and services. It seems that our prize packages get better and better every year. This year’s promotion will run today and next Friday. The last chance to enter will

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More than just the homeless guy in the wheelchair at the 7-Eleven by Shoshanah Siegel

On Tuesday morning, I read that there was a traffic accident involving a person in a wheelchair, then another friend called to tell me that there were lit candles at the 7-Eleven. Then I knew. I am writing this because Ronnie Singleton was not just the homeless guy in the wheelchair at the 7-Eleven. For many years he was an integral part of Wrigley. He was there to help with moving a new neighbor into their house, organize garages, put in patios, help when someone was ill. The list is long. He was trustworthy, intelligent, and hard-working. He was the go-to guy. He was there to celebrate a child’s birthday or other events and when someone needed physical help. He was not Jamaican (he had dreadlocks). His family lived in the South. Numerous times we searched for the mother of his child and any family members. The neighbors were even going to buy him a bus ticket if we found them. Yes, he was an alcoholic; we all knew that. He had tried to quit. Eleven years ago his life changed forever. He was picked up by the police in Long Beach and charged with a felony for arson. Because he was black, at the wrong place at the wrong time, he was picked up and accused of lighting fire to a car. In prison he was abused by fellow inmates and was slammed so hard that he ended up with severe back issues. I pushed the public defender to actually defend him instead of pursuing a plea bargain. I ended up finding witnesses, and he was found not guilty by a jury. His life went downhill from there. In the past few years he would hang out with friends at the local 7-Eleven and lived marginally. The neighbors tried to help, but he was vulnerable to those around him. These past few weeks I have attended two funerals. The eulogies given were all about the soul going on in others. I didn’t Mea culpa want the memory of Ronnie to be a negative one and for all of The caption showing the dog-park conceptual design by landscape architect you to meet the man he was. He was a gentle soul with a diffiUrban Arena [“Signal Hill to construct dog park on former RDA property,” cult journey. Thank you for letting me introduce you to Ronnie. Jan. 24, 2014] should have indicated that the proposed park 3100 California Photo by Shoshanah Siegel R.I.P. Ave. will be just north of Spring Street. A tribute to Ronnie Singleton outside a 7-Eleven Siegel is a Wrigley resident. store in Wrigley PuBLiSHEr/EdiTOr-iN-CHiEF

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Man struck, killed by car while crossing street in wheelchair

A 56-year-old Long Beach man is dead after being struck by a vehicle while crossing the street in his wheelchair, according to the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD). On Monday Jan. 27, at approximately 6:25pm, LBPD officers were dispatched to the area of Pacific Avenue and 29th Street regarding an injury traffic collision. Upon arrival, they discovered an unconscious man lying in the northbound lanes of Pacific Avenue with a wheelchair nearby. The investigation revealed that the victim had attempted to cross Pacific Avenue at 29th Street in his wheelchair when he was struck by the vehicle. Police say he was crossing the intersection on a diagonal, from the northwest corner to the southeast corner, and was struck outside of the crosswalk by a 2005 Infinity FX35, driven by a 42-year-old Long Beach man. The driver of the vehicle had stopped to see if he could render aid to the victim before calling 9-1-1, according to police. Long Beach Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and determined that Ronnie Wayne Singleton was deceased due to traumatic injuries suffered from the collision. The driver was interviewed at the scene and found to have a valid driver’s license and insurance, and he was released at the scene. An investigation is ongoing. Those with information regarding this incident are asked to call the Collision Investigation Detail Detective Steve Fox (562) 570-7355. Those wishing to remain anonymous may call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus the tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit lacrimestoppers.org .

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5 Signal Hill Police department says violent crime dropped but property crime increased in 2013

Sean Belk Staff Writer

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Violent crime in Signal Hill dropped by 25 percent last year over the previous year, but property crime increased by about 3.3 percent, according to crime statistics released this week by the Signal Hill Police Department (SHPD). Lt. Ron Sagmit said in a press release that violent crime in Signal Hill peaked in 2008 with a high of 59 reported incidents and has come down since then. Sagmit told the Signal Tribune there were no homicides in Signal Hill last year, but there was one in 2012. He said the increase in property crime accounts for an uptick of 18 incidents. There have particularly been more larcenies and auto thefts, which have spiked in the last two years, Sagmit said. Sagmit noted in the press release that the police department doesn’t indicate percentage changes in statistics since “the numbers are so low to begin with.” He said that, “it doesn’t make sense to report a 10- to 15-percent change in a particular line item when the actual numbers might differentiate by single digits,” which Sagmit said “doesn’t provide an accurate picture of what is happening locally.” Sagmit cited a December 2013 report by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) that states increasing property crime is a “statewide trend” likely attributable to the court-ordered and State-authorized prison-realignment plan. He said the PPIC report indicates that all three forms of property crime– car theft, larceny and burglary– are on the rise. The report used monthly data published by the California Department of Justice’s Criminal Justice Statistics Center to document how crime trends aligned with the implementation of realignment in 2011. The PPIC report found that the new statewide incarceration policy “increased property crime for each realigned offender who is no longer detained by 1 to 1.5 per year,” according to Sagmit. Statistics, however, “only tell part of the story,” noted Signal Hill Police Chief Michael Langston. “How people feel about living and working here in

The Campaign Trail

The Los Angeles Citizens’ Commission on Jail Violence announced their endorsement of Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell for Los Angeles County Sheriff during a press conference on Jan. 17.

Former Los Angeles County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka has announced the support of Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern and Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown in Tanaka’s bid to become L.A. County Sheriff.

Long Beach mayoral candidate Damon Dunn has announced endorsements of his campaign from retired Fire Chief Terry Harbour and former Vice Mayor Doris Topsy-Elvord. Long Beach Vice Mayor Robert Garcia announced last week the opening of Robert Garcia for Mayor Headquarters at 210 E 3rd St., with a grand opening on Jan. 25. California State Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has endorsed 7th District Long Beach Councilmember James Johnson for city attorney, according to Johnson.

Former Long Beach Mayor Beverly O’Neill has endorsed Assistant City Attorney Charles Parkin for the office of city attorney, according to Parkin.

The Long Beach Firefighters Association and the Long Beach Police Officers Association released a joint press release this week announcing their support of the following candidates for Long Beach City Council: Lena Gonzalez for 1st District, Suzie Price for 3rd District, and Roberto Uranga for 7th District.

Signal Hill is the best indicator of public safety,” he said. In a resident-satisfaction survey, which interviewed 259 registered voters in Signal Hill during November through December last year, only 5 percent of the respondents indicated crime as a concern in Signal Hill. The survey, conducted by Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates (FM3), was commissioned by the City Council in anticipation of updating the City’s Strategic Plan. The survey also indicates that 49 percent, the highest percentage, of respondents, however, weren’t concerned about anything, didn’t know or were too specific. The survey also found that 8 percent of respondents believe public safety response/police department issues, which was the top concern, to be a problem that needs to be addressed. In addition, results show that most residents in the survey (84 percent) have a positive view of the police department and 72 percent of residents consider it highly important to them, personally, that the department has the funding it needs. In addition, 77 percent of residents want to maintain all current city service levels. “We work hard to provide a very proactive and professional level of public-safety service in Signal Hill,” Langston said. “We have a fast response time to crimes in progress and document every crime that we become aware of, large and small, so that we fully understand what is happening throughout the city and respond accordingly.” Langston added that the police department continually looks for new ways to impact crime. Most recently, SHPD is looking to partner with local businesses that will allow police to remotely view and monitor their security cameras, he said. The police department is also looking into utilizing GPS tracking devices for commonly stolen items of personal property. ß

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Rex Richardson, candidate for the 9th District Long Beach City Council seat, has announced the Los Angeles County Democratic Party has endorsed him. Uduak-Joe Ntuk has announced he has garnered the support of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party in his campaign for Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education, District 1.

The Long Beach City College (LBCC) Political Action Coalition has endorsed the following candidates for the LBCC Board of Trustees: Dr. Marshall Blesofsky, District 1; Sunny Zia, District 3; and Gregory Slaughter, District 5.

Stella Ursua, candidate for Long Beach City College Board of Trustees, Third District, will host a fundraiser at Spring Street Farm, 3012 Long Beach Blvd., on Saturday, Feb. 22 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm. RSVP at stella.lbccboardoftrustees@gmail.com . Dr. Marshall Blesofsky, candidate for Long Beach City College Board of Trustees, 1st District, has gained the endorsement of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party, according to a press release from Blesofsky.

Joan Greenwood, candidate for the Long Beach 7th District City Council seat, will host a campaign kick-off on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 10am at 2091 San Francisco Ave. At 10:30am, 1:30pm and 3:30pm that day, and at 11am Sunday, Feb. 2, volunteer precinct walkers will canvas the area. Call (562) 599-0812 or email Joan@Greenwood4Council.org .

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I tried to calculate how many families I have worked with that lost someone since I started in the death-care industry in 1986. Those numbers at this point, at this stage of my career, total well over 25,000. Even if I just take a fraction of those numbers, there is a common denominator between them all. It is how people react to a person that has lost someone: our friends, our neighbors, even other family members. Over and over again I hear “the phone just won't stop ringing,” “I feel guilty letting it go to the machine,” “I feel bad not calling him back,” “people keep coming over, and sometimes I just want to be completely alone, but I don't know how to say that to them.” My first reaction to each family that says this to me is to ask, “Do you know how many hundreds of people that I work with that come into this office alone, get in the car alone and go home alone and then sit there alone? Be grateful that you are feeling so overwhelmed when one of your friends, family members or neighbors die.” We don’t know how to approach the person that's hurting so much. Do we call? Do we visit? Do we leave a message? Do we take food, go over and start talking about memories? What I have learned is that it is okay to go to take flowers, a plant, a casserole….whatever makes you feel better, which in turn will make them feel better. Even if you leave the gift on their doorstep with a card, it is okay. There is no right or wrong way, as long as we are not being hurtful towards each other. If you are experiencing a significant death and you are alone, there are many, many, many support groups out there. Wonderful friendships can be established once you find a person who is going through a similar situation.

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Early-childhood education committee to host mayoral forum

The Long Beach Early Childhood Education Committee will host a mayoral forum on early education that is open to the public on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 6pm at the Alpert Jewish Community Center, 3801 E. Willow St. “The Committee focuses on early education as a key to long-term school performance, as well as works to ensure that each child in Long Beach is healthy, safe, and educated,” said Luanne MauroAtkinson, chair of the citywide committee. “In light of the federal and state focus on early learning, it is critical for not only the candidates, but also for providers, parents, and others to ensure that the field of early education is front and center on every mayoral candidate platform.” The committee is currently composed of agencies such as the Long Beach Public Library, Young Horizons, Comprehensive Child Development,

Long Beach City College, Long Beach Unified School District, the Long Beach Community Improvement League, the National Council of Jewish Women, the Department of Children and Family Services and ChildNet Youth and Family Services. Currently, the following candidates are confirmed for attendance: Damon Dunn, Gerrie Shipske, Bonnie Lowenthal, Jana Shields, Doug Otto, Kareem Muhammad, Richard Camp and Steven Mozena. Robert Garcia has been invited to participate as well and is committed to attending pending his schedule, according to the committee. Registration is required for admission into the forum as space is limited. Individuals interested in attending may register for the forum at lbece.org .

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Football season means parties and snacks with the big kahuna on Super Bowl Sunday. Don’t dread the tables piled high with chicken wings, fatty dips, fried jalapeno poppers and plates of brownies or football-shaped crispy treats next Sunday. Suggest, serve or bring these lightened versions.

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Officers for the Tippers Club of Long Beach are: (back row, from left) Barbara Zunich, Bill Cheney, Claudia Sloan, Alyson Emery Zahn, Bill Miller, Fran Weber and Ken Brown; and (front row, from left) Blair Bolles, Wendy O'Neil, Nate Trimmer and Hilda Sanchez

The Tippers Club of Long Beach, a business-networking group that focuses on providing leads (or tips) within its membership and is limited to one person per business category, began its 34th year with the installation of a new president, Nate Trimmer. Trimmer, a graduate of Cal State University Long Beach with a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering, is co-founder of Omnibeat, a social-media marketing firm in Los Alamitos. As president of the Tippers Club, Trimmer will lead of group of 75-plus local business people who support each other through business transactions, referrals and various social activities. For more information about membership opportunities, email info@thetippersclub.com .

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A portrait of Chicano artist Eric Almanza Imitating Life

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Artist Eric Almanza was born in the United States to parents of Mexican ancestry, but he says he has struggled his entire life to justify his identity to others, as well as to himself. What makes the problem worse, he says, is that he is not fluent in Spanish and that he’s told he doesn’t “look Mexican.” “With a plethora of labels out there such as American, Mexican, MexicanAmerican, Hispanic, Latino and Chicano, which I may use to categorize myself, one can see how I might struggle with the idea of self,” he says. “Therefore, I craft my work through the lens of a Chicano artist because it is the only label that seems to fit.” Almanza’s current work explores this idea of feeling “caught between cultures,” whereby the artist doesn’t feel fully American, but also can’t really

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identify as being Mexican. How would you describe the art you create? Mainstream political paintings that draw their inspiration from popular culture. in your artist statement, what exactly do you mean when you say that your goal is to incorporate multiple layers, both literal and philosophical, into each art piece? Whenever I begin a new piece, I consider my topic holistically. Each element in my painting serves a purpose to conveying the overall message. Many times there may be multiple ideas I am implying with a particular element or painting. Each of those elements has been conceptually debated over and over. The size, color and placement have all been questioned in order to enhance or emphasize the primary theme or any subsidiary message that I may be trying to convey in my painting. Basically, I may be trying to say multiple things about multiple topics in any given painting. Since the majority of your work deals with Chicano culture and identity, what is usually the subject matter of your art that doesn’t address this topic,

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covering his face. Along the way Ezekiel is joined by a pair of sisters, Domino and Daisy, and Domino’s two “You Don’t Look Mexican!” oil on canvas He children. out when I see something I disagree befriends a paranoid homeless man with. It’s in my nature. Now I use the named Carlos, who serves as a spirivisual images of my paintings as my tual guide for Ezekiel and his several voice to create a dialogue around the acts of rebellion that spark an uprismany social issues that concern me ing in the streets of Los Angeles. I most. I find that it is far more effecchose to create this narrative after tive than yelling at people. being deeply affected by the Arab Spring of 2010-11 and the Occupy your work is quite detailed, and there is a strong sense of realism to Wall Street movement of 2011. it. How much time do you typically Why do you characterize yourself as spend on one painting? “a subversive painter by nature?” Thanks for noticing. Each painting is I feel like I’ve always been the kind of different, but anywhere from a month person to go against the grain. I’m not to half a year. Sometimes I take long scared to voice my opinion and speak breaks in between working on certain paintings. For example, I recently finished a painting that I started back in 2010 before I began my MFA program at Laguna College of Art and Design. I found it fitting that it was one of the first paintings that I finished after completing my MFA. I hate having unfinished work lying around. describe what the scene is like when you are painting. Well, my painting studio is located in the Skid Row area of downtown Los Angeles. I share it with my buddy Tim Smith. The room is a large square lit by fluorescent lights, not the best for mixing colors. There are no windows, so we hang as many paintings on the “In Search of a New Home,” oil on canvas wall as possible. The wall behind me as I paint is littered with 14 portraits from my Lo Que No Se Puede Ver series. My wooden easel is nestled somewhere towards the back, positioned so that I can see if someone is entering the studio. I have an uneasy feeling about having my back to the door because I am always listening to music while I paint and my headphones make me virtually deaf to the outside world. I paint from pictures displayed on a 27inch iMac. It sits atop an old computer table that has a roll-out shelf, which I use to house my two glass palettes. To the left of my easel I have my tabouret, which is a grey and black craftsman tool chest on casters. Above my easel I have hung warm lights to balance off the cool light from the fluorescents. if you chose to suddenly do work that is completely different from what you normally create, what would it likely be? It would likely be ceramics or some form of sculpture. I have had a deeply rooted passion for the third dimension for as long as I’ve been creating art. This passion came to manifestation in 2010 when I became the ceramics teacher at Phineas Banning High School in Wilmington. Why are you an artist? Easy question. I am an artist because I spent most of my life trying to convince myself not to be an artist. To view more of Almanza’s work, visit ericalmanza.com .

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sets up realizes just enough dramatic tension to awaken our emotions. First-rate chemistry deserves vocals to match, and this cast does not disappoint. Hence, Porter’s songs are delivered perfectly in tune with all of the expression, emotion and excitement they require. Alley is the most vocally expressive of the three, and that suits her character’s extroverted personality. The lovely and more operatic Shelton seems to depend more on facial expression and movement to convey what her voice may not. She has mastered the trade-off, if there truly is one. Ginsberg, with a wonderful range and romantic vocal quality, accomplishes the difficult task of inspiring goosebumps while convincingly drawing a gentleman’s line between love and friendship. And let’s not forget the songs, some of which were unfamiliar to me. My husband Sam, who is a bit older, knew all but one or two. Those I could sing along to are “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “Anything Goes,” “Let’s Do It, Let’s Fall in Love,” “Begin the Beguine,” “Night and Day,” “In the Still of the Night,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” and “DeLovely.” If any incongruity exists, it is that the simplistic story line is no match for the sophistication of Porter’s songs. Fortunately, scenic designer JR Bruce’s attractive set, depicting a well-appointed New York apartment, and costume designer Kim DeShazo’s glittering evening gowns and tux, make up for some of the disconnect. What ICT’s Let’s Misbehave has going for it is quality. And when quality meets the songs of Cole Porter, you could attend a musical revue with no story whatsoever and still have an absolutely splendid time.

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“dead” after the State shut down redevelopment agencies. “This is going to be the focal point of north Long Beach,” Foster said. “It’s going to be a great community resource. It’s going to be a great source of learning and enrichment for adults and children alike, and I couldn’t be happier with this.” Nancy Young, director of development for the Long Beach Public Library Foundation, expressed the need for literacy and education in north Long Beach and the entire city. “Illiteracy in Long Beach is still an ongoing challenge, and we face it as a whole community,” she said, adding that statistics show only about 43 percent of children in Long Beach are reading at 3rd-grade level, and the Long Beach Unified School District has about a 22-percent drop-out rate. According to library officials, the new state-of-the-art library will include 70,000 print titles and media as well as a 3,800-square-foot community center and reading areas for children, teens and adults. The structure will also have 48 computers, including those designed for people with disabilities, and Wi-Fi capabilities. Local historic-building preservationists had once fought to save the Atlantic Theater in an effort to repurpose the condemned and seismically outdated building that has been an icon in north Long Beach for decades with

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Ninth District Councilmember Steven Neal next to Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster (far left) speaks to local residents, stakeholders and city officials during a ceremony in north Long Beach that kicked off the demolition of the historic Atlantic Theater and celebrated plans to build a new 25,000-square-foot North Neighborhood Library in its place.

its tall tower, which once shined with theater and its neon tower but at the a neon light during the heyday of same time encouraged the spot will “movie palaces.” soon behold a new library that will City officials said the building serve the area for many generations to operated as a movie theater and enter- come,” Braude said. “I also hope– and tainment venue for more than 40 years I now actually know because it’s stated before being adapted and reused for here– when the library is open there various purposes, most recently as a will be a special section honoring the church and as a discount furniture history of the theater, hopefully Carl store. Henry Boller and the unique history of Neal assured the crowd that certain the north Long Beach neighborhood artifacts, including the tower and an that surrounds it.” ß interior fountain, would be salvaged in cooperation with a historicpreservation consultant. The councilmember also noted that the architect for the project plans to incorporate the theater’s tower into a glass roof of the library, overlooking a reading room, and the library would also have permanent displays of artifacts from the theater. “We’ve taken great pains to ensure that we properly deconstruct the building,” Neal said. Evan Braude, copresident of the Historical Society of Long Beach, said the Atlantic Theater was first opened on May 22, 1942. He said the Art Deco theater was the last designed by architect Carl Henry Boller, who had built other movie theaters, including one in Los Angeles and another in Evan Braude, co-president of the Historical Society of Fontana that still stand Long Beach, discusses the history of the Atlantic Theater, which first opened in 1942, moments before an today. “We are a little bit excavator tears a hole in the side of the historic Artsad to say goodbye to the Deco building to begin the structure’s demolition.

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Candidate Damon Dunn, an entrepreneur and former NFL player, was also invited but stated that he couldn’t attend because of a scheduling conflict with a fundraiser. The other five candidates who will be on the ballot were not allowed to participate since they didn’t meet LALC’s criteria, according to organizers. With the April 8 primary nominating election a little more than two months away, the hour-long debate on Thursday, Jan. 23, drew a large crowd of more than 400 people to a ballroom at The Grand Long Beach. The debate was largely similar to a forum hosted by the Sierra Club Long Beach Area Group at the Aquarium of the Pacific in late November, when the same four candidates discussed many of the same subjects. Both the Sierra Club and LALC, which calls itself “the only environmental political action committee in Los Angeles County,” have yet to announce endorsements for mayor. There were a few twists to the debate’s format, however. Panelists Jonathan Parfrey and Stephanie Molen, who are both LALC boardmembers, asked questions related to the environment while moderator Art Levine, host of the Long Beach TV show Straight Talk, sprinkled in his own questions on non-environmental topics. In addition, each candidate was allowed to ask another candidate a question. The candidates were mostly on the same page when it came to such topics as restoring the Los Angeles River, encouraging water conservation efforts to deal with drought conditions, the I-710 Freeway expansion project and expanding bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. What drew a bit of contention, however, was when Lowenthal questioned Garcia on whether the councilmember stated during the Sierra Club forum that he supports the Southern California International Gateway (SCIG) project, a controversial railyard proposal that the City of Long Beach is suing the City of Los Angeles over because of a lack of mitigation measures and its proximity to west Long Beach neighborhoods. Critics say the project was crafted with false data and would cause more air pollution by adding thousands of more trucks to local freeways. The Port of Los Angeles and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF), which is building the railyard, state the project would make cargo movement more efficient and would actually cut air pollution by reducing the number of trucks on freeways. “To say ‘mitigate’ is all well and fine, but there are big, unresolved issues that affect the quality of life and the health of the people in west Long Beach,” said Lowenthal, who added that she has been “very much opposed to the project” since it was first brought to her attention as a councilmember in 2005. Garcia, who has been on the Council since 2009, replied that he supports the SCIG project “in concept” but noted that he voted along with the rest of the Council to enter into a lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles. “I think the idea of building that type of facility has incredible potential for goods movement [and] has the potential for getting cargo quick and up and down our corridor,” he said. “I think, in concept, it’s a good project. I support that, but certainly there are concerns, and that’s why I voted to go into litigation.” Schipske pointed out that the City retained a retired federal judge to work out a settlement with BNSF, but the railroad company declined. She suggested the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles “revisit” the option of more on-dock rail rather than building facilities so close to neighborhoods. “The bottom line is this project

cannot be fully mitigated,” Schipske said. “It will have a serious negative impact on the communities which [are] adjacent. The solution to this is we need on-dock rail. We have to move the cargo fast and efficiently out of the neighborhoods.” Otto said he doesn’t support the SCIG “as presently configured,” adding that BNSF hasn’t been “brought to the table” to make mitigation measures. Still, he said the lawsuit could take years to resolve and might not result in an equitable solution in the end. “Even though I’m a lawyer, I don’t think environmental lawsuits accomplish very much, and they take a long, long time,” Otto said. Molen asked the candidates how they can ensure voters they would “protect the environment” if elected since the mayor doesn’t vote with the Council on agenda items. Schipske, who has campaigned for more transparency in city government, said the mayor “sets the tone for what occurs on the City Council” and that the annual budget, which is submitted by the mayor to the Council, is the “most important tool.” “We need to be focusing in on, when we do the budget, what programs and projects occur in the city of Long Beach,” she said. The number-one environmental issue that the City faces, Schipske said, is the future of the Southeast Resource Recovery Facility (SERRF) plant, a facility that incinerates solid waste to generate energy. She noted that a contract with Southern California Edison expires in 2018.“That means the solid waste is going to go to a landfill,” Schipske said. The termed-out councilmember also said she wants to add environmental impacts to staff reports for regular agenda items, like city staff currently does with financial impacts. Schipske said the City should also set out an “environmental vision” through 2020, similar to Los Angeles, looking at how the environment is impacted by the City. Lowenthal, however, said it’s important for the mayor to include the Council on any long-range plans rather than setting out a vision alone. “It’s very important to collaborate with the Council,” Lowenthal said. “So it isn’t always the mayor’s vision. It must be the City Council’s vision to work on sustainability and have everyone involved in environmental improvements.” Garcia said he agreed with Lowenthal that it’s the mayor’s job to collaborate with the Council. “It’s the job of the mayor not just to lay out a clear vision we can all get behind,” he said. “I think nothing gets done on the Council without great consensus and team work.” In response to a question asked by Levine earlier in the debate, Schipske said she has the ability to “get that consensus” but added that gaining agreement is not the only way to lead an organization. “Good managers make enthusiastic employees get the resources they need and then get out of the way,” she said. Levine said Mayor Bob Foster, who has thus far expressed no interest in pursuing re-election as a write-in candidate, has publicly stated that the mayor’s race will come down to three main criteria, “executive ability, financial discipline and trustworthiness.” Both Lowenthal and Otto agreed with each other that the City’s Sustainability Commission is “not being well utilized.” Lowenthal vowed to focus on encouraging green building and other sustainable practices. Otto added that the Long Beach Office of Sustainability should be more of an “advocacy organization” rather than a “speed bump on the road of environmental work.” “The sustainability office should be advocates to help small businesses and homeowners make their opera-

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Art Levine (far right), host of Long Beach TV show Straight Talk, moderates a debate between mayoral candidates (from left) Vice Mayor/1st District Councilmember Robert Garcia, 5th District Councilmember Gerrie Schipske, Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal and Long Beach Community College District Trustee Doug Otto.

tions more sustainable, not make them jump through hoops but help carry them through these hoops,” he said. Garcia said that, if elected mayor, he would focus on lobbying for federal and state funds in Washington, D.C. and Sacramento, respectively, in addition to working with the Port of Long Beach to pay for environmental initiatives. “We’re not going to have enormous amounts of money coming into the city anytime soon so we got to be creative in how we get these things funded,” Garcia said. The debate abruptly shifted from pro-environment to pro-business as Levine asked the candidates how they would go about attracting new businesses to the city. Schipske said businesses will move to Long Beach if it is understood that they can “thrive” and the city is perceived to be “safe” and “clean.” She also said it’s important that businesses have access to “trainable educated people,” giving a jab to Otto, who voted along with his colleagues in 2012 to eliminate 11 vocational trade programs at LBCC. “It does us no good to do away with vocational programs locally,” Schipske said. Otto, on the other hand, pointed to his 11-point jobs plan, which he said outlines strategies to generate “special,” “21st Century” jobs, which he said offer a “living wage.” “We need to train people in this town to get those jobs,” Otto said. “It’s

well thought out with action steps that we can follow. We can make this a prosperous city.” Garcia said, however, that the “single most important thing” the next mayor needs to focus on is “protecting jobs we already have,” particularly the thousands of port-related jobs that are threatened by global competition. He also said the city has the potential for growth in healthcarerelated jobs at its “health corridor” and tech jobs, adding that Long Beach should be considered “the Silicon Valley of the south.”

Lowenthal said making the city more business-friendly, whether through reducing the City’s businesslicense fees for startups for the first few years or investing in infrastructure and public-safety services, will be key to attracting new businesses. “I think it’s critical we make it easier to do business and create jobs in the city of Long Beach,” she said. “Every time that I hear that the cost of a business license is so much greater here that people move to Signal Hill or other cities and open their business there, it’s counter productive for us.” ß

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TST4543 T.S. No. 2013-2357 Order No. 01180-70670 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 4/26/2007. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. A public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier's check drawn on a state or national bank, check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, or savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state will be held by the duly appointed trustee as shown below, of all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by the trustee in the hereinafter described property under and pursuant to a Deed of Trust described below. The 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 the Deed of Trust, with interest and late charges thereon, as provided in the note(s), advances, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. Trustor: JOHN MAJOR MCLEOD Duly Appointed Trustee: S.B.S. TRUST DEED NETWORK, A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION Deed of Trust recorded 05/03/2007 as Instrument No. 20071072437 in book XX, page XX of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, California, Date of Sale: 2/11/2014 at 09:00 AM Place of Sale: Behind the fountain located in Civic Center Plaza, 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona CA 91766 Amount of unpaid balance and other reasonable estimated charges: $122,252.72 Street Address or other common designation of real property: 2150 OHIO AVE #C , Signal Hill, CA 90755 A.P.N. 7215027-045 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address or other common designation, if any, shown above. If no street address or other common designation is shown, directions to the location of the property may be obtained by sending a written request to the trustee within 10 days of the date of first publication of this Notice of Sale 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 recorderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 FOR SALES INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL (714) 5731965 or LOG ONTO or visit this Internet Web site www.priorityposting.com, using the file number assigned to this case 2013-2357. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. Date: 1/8/2014 S.B.S. Lien Services, 31194 La Baya Drive, Suite 106 Westlake Village, CA 91362 (818) 991-4600 FRANCIS FRANCO, TRUSTEE SALE OFFICER WE ARE ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT, AND ANY INFORMATION WE OBTAIN WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. P1078277 1/17, 1/24, 01/31/2014 TST4565 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE Trustee Sale No. 736965CA Loan No. 0015334071 Title Order No. 3206-243385 ATTENTION RECORDER: THE FOLLOWING REFERENCE TO AN ATTACHED SUMMARY IS APPLICABLE TO THE NOTICE PROVIDED TO THE TRUSTOR ONLY. PURSUANT TO CALIFORNIA CIVIL CODE 2923.3 NOTE: THERE IS A SUMMARY OF THE INFORMATION IN THIS DOCUMENT ATTACHED YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 07-12-2006. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 02-21-2014 at 11:00 A.M., ALAW as the duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded 07-20-2006, Book N/A, Page N/A, Instrument 06 1599635, of official records in the Office of the Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, California, executed by: LILIA LOPEZ, AN UNMARRIED WOMAN, as Trustor, MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., (MERS), SOLELY AS NOMINEE FOR LENDER, ALLIANCE BANCORP, IT'S SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS, as Beneficiary, will sell at public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier's check drawn by a state or national bank, a cashier's check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a cashier's check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Sale will be held by the duly appointed trustee as shown below, of all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by the trustee in the hereinafter described property under and pursuant to the Deed of Trust. The 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 the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. Place of Sale: BY THE FOUNTAIN LOCATED AT 400 CIVIC CENTER PLAZA, POMONA, CA 91766. Legal Description: LOT 11, OF ORANGE BOULEVARD VIEW TRACT, IN THE CITY OF LONG BEACH, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, STATE OF CALIFORNIA, AS PER MA RECORDED IN BOOK 11, PAGES 55 OF MAPS, IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY RECORDER OF SAID COUNTY Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $440,889.54 (estimated) Street address and other common des-

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ignation of the real property: 2388 CERRITOS AVENUE SIGNAL HILL, CA 90755 APN Number: 7211-019-010 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The property heretofore described is being sold "as is". In compliance with California Civil Code 2923.5(c) the mortgagee, trustee, beneficiary, or authorized agent declares: that it has contacted the borrower(s) to assess their financial situation and to explore options to avoid foreclosure; or that it has made efforts to contact the borrower(s) to assess their financial situation and to explore options to avoid foreclosure by one of the following methods: by telephone; by United States mail; either 1st class or certified; by overnight delivery; by personal delivery; by e-mail; by face to face meeting. DATE: 01-23-2014 ALAW, as Trustee REGINA CANTRELL, ASSISTANT SECRETARY ALAW 9200 OAKDALE AVE. - 3RD FLOOR CHATSWORTH, CA 91311 (818)435-3661 For Sales Information: www.lpsasap.com or 1-714-7302727 www.priorityposting.com or 1-714-573-1965 www.auction.com or 1-800-280-2832 ALAW IS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. 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, this information can be obtained from one of the following three companies: LPS Agency Sales and Posting at (714) 7302727, or visit the Internet Web site www.lpsasap.com (Registration required to search for sale information) or Priority Posting and Publishing at (714) 573-1965 or visit the Internet Web site www.priorityposting.com (Click on the link for "Advanced Search" to search for sale information), or auction.com at 1-800-280-2832 or visit the Internet Web site www.auction.com, using the Trustee Sale No. shown above. 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 sale. A-4439975 01/31/2014, scheduled 02/07/2014, 02/14/2014

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 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

TST4541 / 2013 265127 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: THE REAL ESTATE RECYCLER, 4067 Hardwick St. #233, Lakewood, CA 90713. Registrants: I AM JES, INC., 5214 Knoxville Ave., Lakewood, CA 90713. This business is conducted by: a Corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: John Scandalios, CEO. The registrant has not begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on December 30, 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: January 17, 24, 31, & February 7, 2014.

TST4561 / Case No. NS028464 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 Marlene Amanda Gonzalez. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner MARLENE AMANDA GONZALEZ, filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: MARLENE AMANDA GONZALEZ. to Proposed Name: MARLENE AMANDA MONJI. 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: MARCH 4, 2014; Time: 8:30 am.; Dept. S26, Room 5500. 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 31, & February 7, 14, 21, 2014. ___//ss//___ Michael P. Vicencia, Judge of the Superior Court Dated: January 24, 2014

TST4569 / 2014 023798 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: FUN TOUCH PHOTO EXPRESS, 2510 E. Willow St. Unit 101, Signal Hill, CA 90755. Registrants: ALOHI ENTERPRISES INC., 2510 E. Willow St. Unit 101, Signal Hill, CA 90755. This business is conducted by: a Corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Kelly M. James, Secretary. The registrant has 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 29, 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 31, & February 7, 14, 21, 2014.

TST4542 / 2014 005867 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: AMPHIBIOUS MEDICAL, 2633 E. 28th St. Unit 622, Signal Hill, CA 90755. Registrants: AM INDUSTRIAL MEDICALSERVICES, INC., 2633 E. 28th St. Unit 622, Signal Hill, CA 90755. This business is conducted by: a Corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Ryan La Bounty, Secretary. 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 9, 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 17, 24, 31, & February 7, 2014.

TST4545 / 2014 009352 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAMESTATEMENT The following persons are doing business as: BROTHER'S GRILL, 3605 Tweedy Blvd., South Gate, CA 90280. Registrants: 1. VICENTE CAPARELLI, 1353 Gaviota Ave., Long Beach, CA 90813, 2. LIVIO FABIO CAPARELLI, 11303 Lasselle St., Moreno Valley, CA 92557. This business is conducted by: a General Partnership. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Livio Fabio Caparelli. 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 13, 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 17, 24, 31, & February 7, 2014.

TST4547 / 2014 013055 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAMESTATEMENT The following person is doing business as: KRYSTAL PHOTO SERVICES, 3553 Atlantic Ave., Suite, 1130, Long Beach, CA 90807. Registrants: DAVID ROSEN, 3556 Lime Ave., Long Beach, CA 90807. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: David Rosen. 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 February 1, 2014. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on January 16, 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 17, 24, 31, & February 7, 2014. 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 17, 24, 31, & February 7, 2014.

TST4549 / 2014 008179 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: FLAT TRACK TREATS, 2163 Oregon Ave., Long Beach, CA 90806. Registrants: MICHAEL L. BLEDSOE, 2163 Oregon Ave., Long Beach, CA 90806. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Michael L. Bledsoe. 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 January 10, 2014. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on January 10, 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 24, 31, & February 7, 14, 2014. TST4558 / 2014 013569 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: 1. CO CAL BONDED, 2. BONDED ROOFING, 2450 Orange Ave., Signal Hill, CA 90755. Registrants: EUGENE S. LAYTON, 2450 Orange Ave., Signal Hill, CA 90755. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Eugene S. Layton. The registrant has begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. The registrant began using this fictitious business name on April 18, 2011. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on January 16, 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 24, 31, & February 7, 14, 2014 . TST4559 / 2014 017245 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: 1. BRICKS 4 KIDZ, 2. G2B LEARNING NETWORK, 15104 Colony Court, Paramount, CA 90723. Registrants: G2B LEARNING NETWORK LLC, 15104 Colony Court, Paramount, CA 90723. This business is conducted by: a Limited Liability Company. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Tenita Brown, Director. 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 1, 2013. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on January 22, 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 24, 31, & February 7, 14, 2014.

TST4552 / 2014 004291 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: 1. SONNOCCO COMMERCIAL, 2. SONNOCCO REAL ESTATE GROUP, 3626 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90807. Registrants: SONNOCCO INC., 3626 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90807. This business is conducted by: a Corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: William Larson, CEO. The registrant has not begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on 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 24, 31, & February 7, 14, 2014.

TST4550 / 2014 004085 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as: BELLFLOWER FAMILY SERVICE, 16704 Clark Ave., Bellflower, CA 90706. Registrants: 1. ED WALSH, 5832 Rosebay St., Long Beach, CA 90808, 2. DAVID PECORARO, 9594 Pettswood Dr., Huntington Beach, CA 92646, 3. RAMIRO GUEVARA, 26351 Wheat St., Sun City, CA 92585. This business is conducted by: a General Partnership. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Ed Walsh. The registrants have begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. The registrants began using this fictitious business name on January 2, 2014. 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 24, 31, & February 7, 14, 2014.

TST4551 / 2014 015263 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as: PHOTO BOMB EVENTS, 1021 Loma Ave. #7, Long Beach, CA 90804. Registrants: 1. ADRIAN GALLEGOS, 2. CHRISTINA JIMENEZ 1021 Loma Ave. #7, Long Beach, CA 90804. This business is conducted by: a Married Couple. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Christina Jimenez. The registrants have begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. The registrants began using this fictitious business name on December 1, 2013. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on January 17, 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 24, 31, & February 7, 14, 2014.

TST4560 / Case No. NS028422 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 Davyne Madison, for minor Lundan Jata Niara Wingfield. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS:

JANuAry 31, 2014

1. Petitioner DAVYNE MADISON, filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: LUNDAN JATA NIARA WINGFIELD. to Proposed Name: LUNDAN STARR NIARA WINGFIELD. 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 27, 2014; Time: 8:30 am.; Dept. S26, Room . The address of the court is the same as above. A copy of this O--rder 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 24, 31, & February 7, 14, 2014. ___//ss//___ Michael P. Vicencia, Judge of the Superior Court Dated: January 23, 2014

TST4562 / 2014 001109 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: LONG BEACH BREWING COMPANY, 1520 Ohio Ave., Long Beach, CA 90804. Registrant: MELANIE MELENDREZ, 1520 Ohio Ave., Long Beach, CA 90804. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Melanie Melendrez. 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 3, 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 31, & February 7, 14, 21, 2014. TST4563 / 2014 019197 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as: BREW LBC, 1131 E. 4th St., Long Beach, CA 90802. Registrants: 1. MELANIE MELENDREZ, 1520 Ohio Ave., Long Beach, CA 90804, 2. LLOYD MITCHELL III, 1187 E. 3rd St. #112, Long Beach, CA 90802. This business is conducted by: Copartners. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Melanie Melendrez. The registrants have begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. The registrants began using this fictitious business name on January 23, 2014. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on January 23, 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 31, & February 7, 14, 21, 2014.

TST4564 / 2014 018732 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: BLACK LABEL, 6216 E. Pacific Coast Hwy. Unit 97, Long Beach, CA 90803. Registrant: JOHN-PAUL NELSON, 6216 E. Pacific Coast Hwy. Unit 97, Long Beach, CA 90803. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: John-Paul Nelson. 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 23, 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 31, & February 7, 14, 21, 2014.

TST4566 / 2014 000598 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: TEAM PURE FREEDOM ENTERTAINMENT, 41 Cedar Walk #4406, Long Beach, CA 90802. Registrants: PUREFREEDOM MARKRAY, 41 Cedar Walk #4406, Long Beach, CA 90802. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Purefreedom Markray. The registrant has 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 3, 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 31, & February 7, 14, 21, 2014.

TST4567 / 2014 020357 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: MISTERCMT, 416 Orange Ave. Apt. 8, Long Beach, CA 90802. Registrants: GLENN BACOLOR, 416 Orange Ave. Apt. 8, Long Beach, CA 90802. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Glenn Bacolor. The registrant has 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 24, 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 31, & February 7, 14, 21, 2014.

TST4568 / 2014 023348 FICTITIoUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: APV PROTECTION AND TRANSPORT, 819 E. 4th St. Apt. 12, Long Beach, CA 90802. Registrants: ASTER VELASQUEZ, 819 E. 4th St. Apt. 12, Long Beach, CA 90802. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Aster Velasquez. The registrant has 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 28, 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 31, & February 7, 14, 21, 2014.

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asked at the time to water their lawns only three times per week, but later, the City eased up on its water restrictions after the severe water shortage had passed. However, many residents continued to save water. In the meantime, the water department invested in those storage facilities to save the precious resource for a rainy day– or really, a lack of rainy days. Earlier this month, Gov. Jerry CJ Dablo/Signal Tribune Brown proclaimed a state of Matthew Lyons’ s presentation at the Jan. 27 meeting of the Wrigley Area emergency for California’s Neighborhood Alliance focused on water conservation. Lyons is the direcdrought conditions. He encour- tor of planning and conservation for the Long Beach Water Department. aged Californians to reduce their water use by 20 percent. According to the Long Beach City College, Gonzalez has that so far, they’ve spent only $900 on Long Beach water department’s planning the time now to enjoy her garden. She started with tiny succulents their landscaping. and conservation director, the City is still The 35-year-old encouraging water conservation, but the that have since thrived under her Courtesy LB Water Dept. water reserves are still enough for the watch. Gonzalez has fallen in love with resident acknowl- Long Beach is considered a semi-arid region. This chart shows the area’s historical rainfall over the plants and flowers, proclaiming the edged that it was five decades. needs of both residents and businesses. “So there’s a drought,” Lyons con- succulents are especially quite beauti- hard work, but he is so pleased with the cluded. “And we want to use water wisely, ful, with their varied hues of green. the sink. He added that they have even arid region, it should be treated as such. WANA President Maria Norvell outcome, he flipped on his cell phone lowered their water usage to the point but we aren’t forcing our businesses to cut “[Water] is a scarce resource,” Mayback. Our economy can still hum along. said she was frightened by the water to show off a picture of the first bud that they are saving on the portion of nard concluded, “and we want to make We still have plenty of water for our fam- shortage in the state, but she is already from his sunflower plant. their property taxes that charge for the sure that we aren’t part of the problem.” He said that they are already con- replenishment of the water table. He doing her part to save her water outilies and for everything we need.” Lyons also promoted a department put. She takes three-minute showers. serving water in their home. Like said that cost is a driving factor behind MORE INFORMATION program that could help area residents and While she runs the shower waiting for Norvell, they are saving water in a his efforts to save water, but he also said lbLawntoGarden.com businesses save even more water. The the warm water to heat up, Norvell bucket under the shower. Maynard also that since Long Beach is located in an (562) 570-2308 lawn-to-garden program offers $3 for also keeps a bucket to catch the liquid said that they have a bucket underneath each square foot of grass that is removed. to water her lawn and trees later. She Grass lawns must be replaced by a became deeply concerned when she drought-friendly landscaped area. Land- thought about how so much land is dry scape plans must be approved by the and how fires can start up in an department. Residents can receive up to instant. She also thought about the $3,000 from the program, and partici- lakes up north when she saw them on pants can take classes to learn about land- one trip. “To see the Northern California scaping with California-native plants and other vegetation that can thrive on less lakes dried up, it really saddens me,” she added. She said she would continue water. Lyons named other ways for resi- to conserve her water. Wrigley resident Gary Maynard is dents to save water. Right now there is a rebate program for high-efficiency wash- enthusiastic about the lawn-to-garden ing machines and sprinkler controllers. program that is offered by the City. MayResidents can also purchase low-flow nard and his husband participated in the toilets and shower heads. He encouraged program last year and received about residents to monitor their water meters to $2,500 from the program. Together they took the classes check for evidence of leaks in their offered by the department, picked their home. The message of saving water was not plants, tore up their grass, designed their lost on the WANA members in atten- own landscape and planted a number of dance. Gloria Gonzalez, a 72-year-old drought-tolerant plants in their front and Wrigley resident, had already replaced back yards. Taking advantage of one proher rose bushes with succulent plants in gram that offers free mulch and a disher garden. A retiree from her work at the count from a local nursery, Maynard says

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