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

Vol. 35 No. 42

Your Weekly Community Newspaper

March 21, 2014

Signal Hill City Council names Wilson new mayor

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Edward Wilson (left) toasts Michael Noll (right) at a reception at the Community Center at Signal Hill Park on Tuesday, March 18. Wilson is now mayor of Signal Hill. Outgoing Mayor Noll finished his fifth time at the center of the council dais that night. CJ Dablo Staff Writer

The Signal Hill City Council unanimously voted Edward H. J. Wilson to be the city’s new mayor on March 18. Wilson has been on the Council since 1997. This is his fourth time to serve as the leader at the center of the Council dais for a term of one year. He replaces Michael Noll. Earlier this year, Wilson announced on his website that he had suspended his campaign to run for a state-assemblymember seat. “It is, and always will be, an honor to serve as mayor,” Wilson said in a speech during the Council meeting Tuesday night. “I do not take this position for granted.” Wilson thanked city staff and other supporters who packed into the Council Chamber. The new mayor spoke of his dreams for the city: a hotel on Atlantic, a boutique-designer-outlet mall and restaurants with views. He added that he still hopes that Signal Hill will build a new library. Wilson also voiced concerns about a controversial charteramendment initiative scheduled to be on the ballot on June 3. If passed, the “Taxpayer’s Right to Know and Vote” initiative will require that two-thirds of the voters must approve all taxes, fees and assessments. It also proposes that taxes and fees expire within 10 years and that assessments expire within 20 years. Under the initiative, bonds must be repaid within 20 years. Wilson said that the Council unanimously voted against the initiative, adding that there will be informational workshops scheduled throughout the city in which residents may learn about the proposal and how it could affect Signal Hill. He criticized the proponents of the initiative who have already filed suit against the City. Wilson acknowledged that the initiative has a “catchy title,” but he warned that there are major problems with the plan that proposes significant changes to the City’s charter. The mayor described how the initiative would not benefit Signal Hill. “It had the potential to reverse all the gains the City has made and possibly bankrupt the City,” Wilson said. “I encourage anyone who can vote to educate yourself on this initiative and vote on June 3.” Maria Harris, one of the proponents of the initiative, said later that night that she did not anticipate that Wilson was going to criticize the initiative at length during the meeting. A short, testy exchange between the mayor and Harris ensued. The mayor asked Harris to keep her remarks related to Successor Agency issues since she chose to speak during the Agency’s public-comment period designated for non-agenda topics. In turn, the & Signal & &

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Andrea Weber, a member of the San Francisco-based nonprofit environmental organization Center for Biological Diversity, leads a protest against offshore “fracking” in front of the Long Beach Council Chamber, where the California Coastal Commission conducted its regular meeting on Wednesday, March. 12.

Environmental groups decry offshore ‘fracking’ in Long Beach while nearby cities propose moratoriums

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A group of more than a dozen environmental advocates gathered outside of Long Beach City Hall last week, condemning the use of hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as “fracking,” on offshore oil islands in Long Beach and surrounding areas. The protest on Wednesday, March 12 took place as the California Coastal Commission was conducting its regular meeting inside the Council Chamber, following a report by the commission’s staff last month that unveiled new information about fracking operations off the California coast. The protesters wore hazardous-materials suits, clutched boogie boards and held up signs reading “Free whales from offshore fracking” and “Tuna against fracking.” Fracking, which involves using highly pressurized water,

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A judge has denied a request by proponents of the controversial Taxpayers’ Right To Know and Vote Initiative to change ballot language for the June 3 election in Signal Hill. Maria Harris, a Signal Hill resident and proponent of the initiative, filed a lawsuit, known as a writ of mandate, against the City last week, claiming that the measure’s ballot label is “inaccurate, misleading, incomplete and results in bias against the citizens’ initiative,” according to court documents. Carol Churchill, an attorney and former Signal Hill councilmember who drafted the initiative, is acting as legal counsel in the case. The plaintiffs requested that the ballot label, which was prepared by City Clerk Kathee Pacheco Sean Belk/Signal Tribune and will appear as a small description of the initiative on the official ballot next to where voters decide yes In downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday, March 19, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert O’Brien rejected a request by proponents of the Taxpayers’ Right To Know and or no, be amended. After a court hearing on Wednesday, March 19 Vote Initiative to change ballot language for the June 3 election in Signal Hill. However, the proponents state that they are filing an appeal against the judge’s decision. see INITIATIVE page 2

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Atlantic Avenue street-improvement project set to begin Initiative continued from page 1

The City of Long Beach will soon begin work on a street-improvement project on Atlantic Avenue between 52nd Street and North Atlantic Place. According to the City, the project is part of efforts to â&#x20AC;&#x153;invest in corridors and create vibrant commercial areas et â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Gourmg Giftin & Bakingyâ&#x20AC;? Compan

for both businesses and residents to said Councilmember Al Austin, who represents the 8th District. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Good enjoy.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re working hard to maintain streets are good for residents, busiand improve our streets and side- nesses and the entire community.â&#x20AC;? The street will be resurfaced with walks,â&#x20AC;? Mayor Bob Foster said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This investment in Atlantic Avenue will asphalt containing up to 15-percent recycled material, as well as recycled benefit us for years to come.â&#x20AC;? The rehabilitation will include: rubber from old tires. One of the enviconstructing cement concrete curbs, ronmental benefits associated with this gutters and sidewalks; replacing and project is that tires will be recycled overlaying asphalt concrete pavement; through the use of rubberized asphalt. and furnishing and installing pavement It is estimated that up to 2,270 tires markers, markings, and traffic striping. will be recycled. In addition, all of the old asphalt New stormwater catch basins with screens will prevent trash from enter- material to be removed under this coning storm drains. Current medians will tract will be recycled into new asphalt be repaired, and new medians, land- or utilized as base material on other scaping, irrigation and stamped con- street projects. Road base material used on the project will come from crete crosswalks will be installed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our Uptown Renaissance contin- recycled concrete, rock, sand, and ues with this vital project along asphalt, and all concrete work will Atlantic Avenue,â&#x20AC;? said Councilmem- include recycled waste ash, diverting ber Steven Neal, who represents the these materials from our landfills. Businesses will remain open during 9th District. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This Complete Streets project transforms the business envi- construction, and parking is available ronment and will have ripple effects on in many nearby parking structures and lots. Traffic controls will be in place to everyone in the area.â&#x20AC;? provide for motorists A new raised median will be Ad â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; x 10â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122;and work3.875 Size: safety installed between Harding Street and ers. FundingENTERTAINMENT for this $3.2 million projAloha Drive, and existing medians Section: between 52nd and 56th Streets and ect comes from Proposition C and 59th Street and Harding Street will be from bond proceeds from the former improved with new trees, landscaping Long Beach Redevelopment Agency. The work is scheduled to be comand irrigation, according to the City. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am pleased that we are moving pleted by approximately October 2014, forward on this significant project,â&#x20AC;? barring any weather delays. Plans also are being developed for a related project to repair sidewalks and install new lighting, bike racks and bus stops along Atlantic Avenue between 56th and 59th streets.

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in which Churchill presented further arguments and documents, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien rejected the request, ruling that the proponents have â&#x20AC;&#x153;not shown by clear and convincing evidence that the label must be amended.â&#x20AC;? The hearing was given special priority considering the timeline for the election. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To the court, it is not clear the subject ballot label is impermissibly partial, false, misleading or incomplete,â&#x20AC;? the judge stated, according to court documents. Harris said in a phone interview with the Signal Tribune that the proponents are planning the appeal the judgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision. She said the judgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ruling means that the ballot language isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t â&#x20AC;&#x153;bad enough to stop the wheels of the election going forward,â&#x20AC;? but Harris added that he â&#x20AC;&#x153;left the door wide open for us to take the next step, which is what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing.â&#x20AC;? Churchill said she respects the judgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision regarding the ballot label but confirmed she is planning to take the case to the appellate court. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I respect the court,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He is a very bright judge. I felt he did a good job in evaluating [the case]â&#x20AC;Ś He has a limited amount of time to consider it. We will take this up to the higher court level when they have sufficient time to review it. I will take whatever steps are necessary to protect the voters and the community so they have full, accurate and complete voter information.â&#x20AC;? In addition, Harris said the court has set March 27 as the date for another expedited hearing in regard to the proponentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; other case, a writ of mandate, challenging the Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s impartial analysis. That hearing will be held in Dept. 86 of the Los Angeles Superior Court, she said. Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters Dean Logan

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was named as a real party of interest in both cases and has been in communication with the proponents, Harris said. Churchill and Harris are both members of Signal Hill Community First, an association of community residents who started a petition nearly two years ago and gathered more than 870 signatures from registered voters to get the measure on the ballot, according to city officials. While the proponents state that the intention of the initiative is to give Signal Hill taxpayers more oversight over the Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fiscal decisions, primarily with regard to raising taxes to give developers economic incentives for future development, city officials have stated that the initiative language is too broad and would apply to all taxes, assessments and fees. According to the ballot label, the initiative if passed would amend the City Charter, requiring a two-thirds vote of the electorate for â&#x20AC;&#x153;all taxes, assessments and fees.â&#x20AC;? The initiative would also require that taxes and fees expire every 10 years, requiring another two-thirds vote. In addition, assessments and bond repayments would expire every 20 years. The initiativeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proponents, however, claim that the ballot label should be amended to include that only â&#x20AC;&#x153;new local sales, user and property taxes,â&#x20AC;? and some â&#x20AC;&#x153;non-exemptâ&#x20AC;? fees, property assessments and new bond debt would require atwothirds voter approval under the initiative, excluding voter approval for local business, license, franchise, hazardous waste facility and transient occupancy taxes. The proponents state the state and federal taxes and fees wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t apply to the initiative. Brandon Ward, Signal Hillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deputy city attorney, argues however that the ballot label is required under state law to be a ��&#x20AC;&#x153;condensed versionâ&#x20AC;? of the ballot title and summary that is presented during the start of the petition. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Under state law, the ballot label is supposed to be a condensed version of the ballot title and the ballot summary, both of which were created almost two years ago,â&#x20AC;? Ward said in a phone interview. â&#x20AC;&#x153;State law requires that is how itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s supposed to be done.â&#x20AC;? City Attorney David Aleshire has stated that language for the proposed initiative is too broad, open to interpretation and will likely result in litigation to resolve the matter. City Manager Ken Farfsing said the proponents had a chance to change the ballot titleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s language when starting the petition rather than waiting weeks after the City Council approved a resolution for the ballot measure to be sent to the County. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There was a period of time where the petitioners could have challenged it,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They basically indicated that they felt the ballot title weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re using is misleading, verging on voter fraud, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what the petitioners gave us. It was in the petition, and we just believed the city clerk just followed the lawâ&#x20AC;Ś I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe we violated any laws.â&#x20AC;? On Feb. 18, the Signal Hill City Council unanimously passed a resolution opposing the Taxpayersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Right to Know and Vote Initiative. Some Signal Hill residents expressed during public comment that they oppose the initiative as well. Farfsing stated during the Council meeting that the initiative would make voters responsible for making â&#x20AC;&#x153;complicated, technical and interrelated fiscal decisionsâ&#x20AC;? and would â&#x20AC;&#x153;reduce the ability of the elected City Council and city staff to manage the Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget and fiscal affairs.â&#x20AC;? City officials argue that the initiative goes far beyond its intended purpose, requiring costly elections at $75,000 per election for fees that are regularly voted on by the Council through resolutions. In addition, an independent consultant found that the initiative has the potential to impact $2.1 million, or 13 percent, of the Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s General Fund, and force the City to pay nearly $400,000 in additional staffing costs annually. Churchill, however, has denied the Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s estimates and claims, stating that the City is running a â&#x20AC;&#x153;fear campaignâ&#x20AC;? in an attempt to â&#x20AC;&#x153;mislead the public.â&#x20AC;? Farfsing said in a phone interview that the City has already spent nearly $30,000 on legal fees to prepare the initiative for the upcoming special election, not counting the recent litigation. Ă&#x;

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Thursday, March 13 Residential burglary 12:45am– 3500 block Long Beach Blvd. Attempted residential burglary 8:39am– 300 block E. 46th St.

Stolen vehicle recovered 9:03am– Cherry Ave./E. Bixby Rd. Garage/residential burglary 11am– 4400 block E. Park Dr.

Residential burglary 5:14pm– 100 block E. Bixby Rd.

Residential burglary 6:28pm– 3700 block Pacific Ave.

Friday, March 14 Robbery (person) 9:59am– 4800 block Atlantic Ave.

Residential burglary 4:19pm– 2800 block De Forest Ave. Residential burglary 7:37pm– 3300 block Pacific Ave. Saturday, March 15 Stolen vehicle 1am– 4800 block Locust Ave.

Stolen vehicle recovered 8:31am– 4800 block Oregon Ave.

Assault 12:15pm– E. Willow St./Long Beach Blvd.

Sunday, March 16 Residential burglary 8:47am– 3800 block Long Beach Blvd. Residential burglary 4:30pm– 200 block E. 46th St.

Saturday, March 15 DUI 12:41am– E. Wardlow Rd./Cerritos Ave. Residential burglary 5:57am– 2500 block Temple Ave.

Battery 6:41pm– 500 block Rhea St.

Carrying and concealing weapon 7:54pm– E. Willow St./Junipero Ave.

Battery 8:11pm– 3700 block Countryside Ln.

DUI 10:36pm– Cherry Ave./Skyline Dr.

Stolen vehicle 9:16pm– W. PCH/Pacific Ave.

Sunday, March 16 Residential burglary 1am– 3200 block Lewis Ave.

Monday, March 17 Residential burglary 5:06pm– 2500 block Earl Ave.

Monday, March 17 Forgery 11:56am– 900 block E. 33rd St.

Battery 6:36pm– 2700 block Pacific Ave. Tuesday, March 18 Residential burglary 10:59am– 500 block Rhea St.

Petty theft 2:39pm– 700 block E. Spring St.

Stolen vehicle recovered 12:24pm– 4300 block Elm Ave.

Tuesday, March 18 Stolen vehicle 10:02am– 2300 block Orange Ave.

Residential burglary 6:43pm– 3800 block Pacific Ave.

Non-injury hit-and-run 7:27pm– 2200 block E. Willow St.

Battery 9:26pm– E. Hill St./Long Beach Blvd.

Robbery (person) 8:49pm– 2400 block Cherry Ave.

Wednesday, March 19 Residential burglary 8:45pm– 700 block E. 46th St.

Non-injury hit-and-run 10:53pm– Orange Ave./E. Willow St.

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Wednesday, March 19 Residential burglary 7am– 2000 block E. 21st St.

Friday, March 14 Petty theft 12:07pm– 2400 block Cherry Ave.

Non-injury hit-and-run 12:31pm– 2500 block Cherry Ave.

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houghts from the Publisher T by Neena Strichart

I have been busy as a bee over the last week or so. Opportunities to attend lots of local events have kept me buzzing. Last Saturday, my hubby Steve and I ran a few errands in the morning and then headed over to Lakewood to the Water Replenishment District of Southern California’s (WRD) 7th Annual “Treasure Beneath Our Feet” Groundwater Festival. The outing was not a new one for us, as we have attended four or more of these events. Enjoying the experience were thousands of other folks who also walked from booth to booth learning about water and the environment from 40 different exhibitors. Two of the most popular areas were those hosted by Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and Aquarium of the Pacific. Kids and adults alike were practically drawn like moths to a flame with the aquatic visual and sensory experiences offered by the booths’ staff members. Also drawing a crowd was the WRD booth, where children were encour- Cabrillo Marine Aquarium outreach team member Courtney Fiamengio (right) aged to create their own mini-aquifers using small plastic bottles, clay, explains exhibit items to 10-year-old Jacob Rivera of Lakewood during the Grounddirt and gravel topped with water. As the water trickled through the var- water Festival. “We should protect [water] and not let it get polluted,” Rivera said. ious levels layered in the bottle, the action gave the kids a perfect takehome visual explaining percolation. I loved the interactiveness of that particular hands-on activity, and I swear I would have hung around to make my own tiny aquifer if the tempting smells from the In-N-Out truck hadn’t been so seductive. Yep, every attendee was invited to partake of burgers and Photos by Neena Strichart/Signal Tribune chips during the fest. No soda was served. You guessed it…we all drank Six-year-old Aiden Farina of Gardena WATER. shows the mini aquifer she made during According to information provided in a WRD press release, besides all the the Water Replenishment District Ground- fun and games, the festival also provided some rather serious business as well. water Festival on March 15. When asked Patrick Healy, longtime reporter for NBC4 Southern California, served what she learned from the experience, she as the master of ceremonies for the WRD Groundwater Ambassador Awards said, “I learned about contamination.” presentation. This year WRD’s Board of Directors presented Groundwater Ambassador Awards to Congresswoman Janice Hahn and Assemblyman Anthony Rendon. Both leaders were honored for their attention to local water issues and dedication to ensuring a clean, reliable and affordable source of water for the people of southern California. If you’d like to learn more about the festival check out wrd.org . Tuesday afternoon I took a little drive up the hill to the Signal Hill Gateway Center to help celebrate the newest addition to the area– Applebee’s Grill & Bar. Located at 899 E. Spring St., the eatery is the newest dining establishment in Signal Hill. Although the official grand opening was back in October of last year, city dignitaries and Signal Hill Chamber of Commerce members gathered as Signal Hill Petroleum’s staff hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially welcome Applebee’s to the city. Since The Signal Hill Gateway Center is a commercial development owned by Signal Hill Petroleum, it was apropos for them to take the lead on the festivities. After the ceremonial ribbon was sliced, those in attendance went inside to participate in a small reception celebrating the event. I would like to say that I stuck around for the reception, but instead I high-tailed it back to the office to get some work done before going home to get ready for the Signal Hill City Council meeting and Mayor’s Reception later that evening. You can read all about the meeting and reception on this edition’s front page. This weekend, I rest!

Michael Noll, in the last day of his term as Signal Hill’s mayor, and Joseph Abraham, general manager of the Signal Hill Applebee’s Grill & Bar (center), cut a ribbon signifying the grand opening of the restaurant on Tuesday, March 18. Pictured fifth from left is David Slater, executive vice president and COO of Signal Hill Petroleum.

LETTER to the EDITOR

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This is about a cat called Graci, my pet of 12 years who my family loved and all of my neighbors on our block of Gundry. She came into our lives 12 years ago. We don’t know how she came about our doorstep, but she was affectionate and loving. We took her in and fed her, expected her to return to her rightful owners, but she returned [to us] repeatedly. I noticed she didn't have a collar or ID, so we decided to keep her. We took her to the vet, got her vaccines and were going to have her spayed, only to discover, once [she was] shaved, she was already spayed! She was a sentinel over our yard and home; she instinctively knew when we would be arriving no matter what time it was. She would greet us with a sweet welcome-home meow and often would give me a lick on the cheek. She had characteristics of a dog! Over the years she would provide us with many presents to show her love for us: assortment of birds, frogs, lizards, garden snakes, doves, finches and a even a hummingbird. She was a skillful hunter with unmatched agility and could scale a tree in no time flat. She was diligent in keeping our yard free of cats, rats and opossum intruders. Sadly on Feb. 26, 2014, we called her to feed as she was always punctual and were devastated to come upon the visually disturbing discovery of her remains on a next-door neighbor’s lawn. She had lost her battle to three coyotes. She was undeserving of such a savage end to her life. We were blessed to have had her tender spirit for 12 wonderful years. She will be surely missed by our family and all whom she touched. She was our “Amazing Mea culpa Graci.” The story “LB Chapter of American Red Cross records most veteran interviews in nation” (March 14, 2014) should have stated that the chapter has conducted David czapiewski 364 veteran interviews. long beach aSSOciaTE PubliShEr

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Meet your candidates

March 21, 2014

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Among the offices on the ballot for the Tuesday, April 8 primary nominating election in Long Beach will be mayor, city attorney, city prosecutor, city council district 7 and city council district 9. The Signal Tribune requested that each of the candidates seeking those seats submit information on his or her campaign, the results of which are published below, in the order in which we received them by email. We asked the candidates to limit their nonprofit/professional affiliations and endorsments to five each and their goals if elected/platform to 150 words. For more information about the election, visit the Long Beach City Clerk’s web page at longbeach.gov/cityclerk/elections .

Jana Shields

Party affiliation Non-partisan age 68 Years residing in long beach 33 years Previous offices held None Occupation CEO, career linguist Education B.S. in Microbiology, University of Arizona, 1967; Bachelor of Music in Composition, SDSU 1991; MA in Linguistics, CSULB 2001 Family information Single, never married, no children Nonprofit/professional affiliations Co-founder and president of

Friends’ House at Drake Park Co-founder and president of Highly Empowered Youth of Long Beach Willmore City Heritage Association Board Central Project Area Council Board goals if elected/platform Real pension reform • Avoid future bankruptcy by reducing the unfunded pension liabilities currently totaling one billion • Save our City services from further cuts to pay pensions • Provide sustainable pensions for our City employees Grow the economy by making Long Beach business friendly • Freeze license and permit fees • Streamline services to speed up new business startups • Make Long Beach the easiest cty in SoCal to do business with by becoming customer-friendly • Change red tape to red carpet for businesses Slow down the new Civic Center Project • Let the new mayor and city council make the decisions • Rethink the public-private partnership model • Don’t give away City land • Open the process to public input • Have funding in place before signing contracts Endorsements No endorsements were sought campaign website JanaShields2014.com

Doug Otto

Party affiliation Democrat age 65 Years residing in long beach Lifelong resident Previous offices held LBCC Trustee Occupation Attorney Education J.D. – University of Chicago Master’s, Union Theological Seminary/Columbia University Bachelor’s, Stanford University Family information Married to Freda Hinsche Otto; five children, five grandchildren Nonprofit/professional affiliations Founding board member, Aquarium of the Pacific Co-founder, Long Beach Heritage Long Beach Planning Commissioner Chair, Long Beach 2010 Strategic Planning Committee Former Chair, Arts Council for Long Beach goals if elected/platform I want to make Long Beach a 21st-century city by leveraging our unique assets, including our location, world-class colleges, arts and culture and, most importantly, our people. As a community leader for over three decades, I always led from the ground up, listening to and collaborating with citizens to find the best possible solutions to the issues that Long Beach faces. As mayor, I will continue to bring that type of transparency and accountability to the way I manage our city’s government. I will also establish an Economic Development Department (the first step in my 11-point Jobs Plan) to create jobs, support existing businesses and bring new industry to the area. I’m running to serve Long Beach. This city isn’t a stepping stone on the way to Sacramento or Washington D.C. Long Beach has made me who I am, and now it’s time to give back. Endorsements We have over 300 community endorsers and are proud to be endorsed by former California Governor George Deukmejian and his wife Gloria, Supervisor Don Knabe and the Long Beach Register. campaign website DougOttoforLongBeach.com

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robert garcia

Party affiliation Democratic age 36 Years residing in long beach 19 Previous offices held Vice mayor, 1st District Councilmember Occupation Vice mayor, educator Education I hold a doctorate in higher education, a master’s degree in communication management and a bachelor’s degree in communication studies. Nonprofit/professional affiliations Board member, Children Today University of Southern California Alumni Association California State University Alumni Association goals if elected/platform I’m ready to move Long Beach forward with a robust plan for economic development and job creation. I want to attract business from all over the world and the region. The creation of new jobs will give this city’s economic base the financial resources to provide city services. I also want to continue our strong and responsible fiscal policy. We have gone from pension abuses to pension reform and from budget deficits to budget surpluses. We are also experiencing the lowest level of crime in 41 years. Education is also critical to our city. I’d like to link our elementary- and high-school system to college and universities, to create educational pathways for students to follow and succeed. I strongly believe that our best days are ahead of us. Endorsements Mayor Bob Foster, Long Beach Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom Congresswoman Linda Sanchez Board of Education President John McGinnis, Long Beach Unified School District Long Beach Register campaign website RobertGarcia.com

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Damon Dunn

Party affiliation Independent age 38 Years residing in long beach Three Previous offices held N/A Occupation Real-estate investor Education B.A. in public policy, Stanford University Family information Single, 6year-old daughter Nonprofit/professional affiliations Long Beach Rotary Faculty Fellow CSULB Board of Directors LBUSD Education Foundation Founder of Long Beach College Prep Academy goals if elected/platform Commitment to fiscal responsibility: I will commit to maintaining a balanced budget and not committing to ongoing expenses with onetime revenues. Further, I will continue to seek ways to make government more efficient, in order to improve the delivery of services to Long Beach residents. Growing our economy: The next mayor will need to be a catalyst to grow our economy so that we can pay for public safety, infrastructure and city services. I will provide the business acumen to assess every developable property and create a plan, evaluate our industry clusters and define strategic goals to leverage those clusters to create jobs. Make Long Beach more business-friendly: We need to implement an exit survey for businesses that interact with our city for development permits, business licenses, conditional-use permits, inspections… The data will allow us to make informed decisions and develop intelligent solutions to correcting our course. Endorsements Long Beach Firefighters Association Long Beach Chamber of Commerce City Manager (ret.) Jerry Miller Long Beach Fire Chief (ret.) Harold Omel Commander Long Beach Police Department (ret.) Charles Parks campaign website DamonDunn.com

Party affiliation Democrat age 64 Years residing in long beach Born in Long Beach Previous offices held Long Beach City College Board of Trustees; Long Beach City Council (two terms) Occupation Registered nurse practitioner, CSULB instructor, attorney, author Education Juris doctorate, Pacific Coast University School of Law MA in legislative affairs, George Washington University BA History, UCI, RN, Goldenwest College Family information Partner with Flo Pickett for 34 years; three grown children; one

grandchild Nonprofit/professional affiliations Founder, The Long Beach Rosie the Riveter Foundation Co Founder, Long Beach Cares goals if elected/platform 1) Make the City of Long Beach government and services open and transparent. No more secret deals or special friends. No more last-minute approvals of development and contracts without full public disclosure of the details of such deals. Implement 45 open government reforms 2) Make economic development the top priority of the City. Without adequate revenue from property and sales taxes, the City of Long Beach cannot pay for the services it promises to deliver. In the first six months of being in office as mayor, I will appoint a deputy mayor of Economic Development who will work with the city manager and City Council as a resource to identify programs, sources of funding and tax credits that can help create and maintain jobs by stimulating development in all areas of the City. 3) Make the City of Long Beach government and employees accountable. I will require that specific performance measures be included in the annual budget and will also propose funding for the City of Long Beach to utilize the OpenGov platform to post its daily spending. I will also take to the voters a charter amendment that would mandate a City management report that reports twice yearly on the performance of City agencies in delivering services. Endorsements California Nurses Association Teamsters Joint Council California Faculty Association State Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones campaign website schipskeformayor.com

Steve Mozena

Party affiliation Republican age 53 Years residing in long beach 2007–present Previous offices held None Occupation Small-business owner of several Long Beach-based businesses Education B.A. in journalism from University of Oregon, minor in business, currently enrolled in a fully online MBA graduate program Family information Married to Lucille Mozena for 13 years, 11-year-old daughter Arista Mozena Nonprofit/professional affiliations Toastmasters’ Gavel Club St. John Fisher Catholic Church Our Lady of Refuge Catholic Church St. Joseph’s Catholic Church AYSO Soccer goals if elected/platform Major issues facing our community– as well as the nation– are jobs and the economy. As a businessman for the past 30 years, I know the importance of managing my time, interest and finances properly. I will take these skills to the office of mayor of Long Beach and encourage each city department to engage in these sound and vital business practices as well. The city’s economy should be a model and example for local businesses to replicate. Jobs are critical to the growth of our community. Attracting new businesses and industry, as well as working to inspire the growth and expansion of existing ones, will do much to expand the job market here. Our schools and colleges deserve the encouragement of city leadership. I will partner with our educational community with the desire of keeping our field of amazing graduates here in Long Beach employed with good paying jobs. Endorsements I have requested none at this point. campaign website ReviveLongBeach.com

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long beach mayor (cont.)

Party affiliation Democrat age 74 Years residing in long beach 45-year Long Beach resident Previous offices held Long Beach Unified District School Board member Long Beach city councilmember and vice mayor Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board member Assemblymember Occupation Assemblymember Education B.S. in sociology, University of Wisconsin M.S. in community clinical psychology, California State University, Long Beach Family information Evan Braude– partner, three sons, daughter-in-law, three grandchildren and one on the way Nonprofit/professional affiliations Teachers Association of Long Beach (associate member) St. Mary’s Hospital Board of Directors California Commission on the Status of Women & Girls Children Today, Board of Directors California Mental Health Oversight & Accountability Commission goals if elected/platform Long Beach is my home. I have lived here for 45 years, raised my family here and worked to improve our schools, make our neighborhoods safer and make our city work better and more efficiently. I served Long Beach as a school board member, City Council member/vice mayor, nonprofit director and small-business owner, and currently our Assemblymember. I led efforts to reform our schools, which resulted in Long Beach being named one of the best urban school districts in the nation. On the City Council, I fought to hire more police, crack down on gangs and reduce firefighter and police response times. In the Legislature, I have been an advocate for our city, helping create thousands of new jobs in Long Beach and redirecting millions of our tax dollars back to our schools and public safety. As mayor, I will make public safety a priority, create good jobs and restore neighborhood services. Endorsements Governor Jerry Brown Congressman Alan Lowenthal Senator Betty Karnette (ret.) Mayor Ernie Kell (ret.) The Sierra Club campaign website BonnieForLongBeach.com

Eric rock

Party affiliation Independent age 43 Years residing in long beach 43 Previous offices held N/A Occupation Medical marijuana advocate Education MBA, Pepperdine University (Graziado School of Business & Management) The only time I went to Malibu was for orientation and graduation; over 90 percent of my units were earned at the Long Beach World Trade Center. BS, DeVry of Long Beach (summa cum laude graduate) Solar Technology Certified, Harbor Occupational Center Homeland Certificated, Long Beach City College Family information Married to LBUSD middle-school math teacher Blessed to have three amazing kids all attending LBUSD (California Academy Math and Science, Renaissance Art School, and Prisk Elementary) Nonprofit/professional affiliations American Red Cross 2-gallon pin recipient, Long Beach Church of Philadelphia, DeVry Alumni, Pepperdine Alumni goals if elected/platform Legalize and tax medical-marijuana collectives. Invest those funds into clean energy. Partner with Jim Silva of HB to get his commercial desalination plant operational. Renegotiate with the Disney Corporation to manage our entertainment entities. The collectives should be allowed to operate in an open market, as capitalism merits. The more collectives the greater revenues, from licensing fees, to our beloved city. Additionally, an open market ensures the best possible product at the lowest possible price point to the patient. Implementing the above would limit the empty storefronts, create jobs in various sectors and begin preserving our environment without putting a burden on any existing tax group. campaign website smartvoter.org

charles Parkin

richard anthony camp

Party affiliation Dogmatically Agnostic Party age 43 Years residing in long beach 23-year resident Previous offices held No political offices held Occupation Self-employed detailer, DJ, sound engineer. Education High-school diploma, vocational certificates for architectural drafting and design, welding. Master’s degree in human nature, compliments of six years study within the Montgomery County PA child protection system. Family information My family life is personal. Nonprofit/professional affiliations I have zero affiliations with any societies, groups or orders. goals if elected/platform My goals are to prepare our city to properly react with decisive, compassionate poise. To any number of crises. Such as tsunami evacuation and recovery, large-scale earthquake, long-term power outrages and biological epidemics, among others. To suggest a patient, long-term goal of transforming our entire city into a globally recognized first and best destination in Southern California. With exciting cultural districts and quarters. A vibrant, diverse economy. A family of communities with common goals, vision, harmony and prosperity. With the potential of surf on the beach and snow on the hill. We can become a beautiful example of the best of Southern California. With a "Help Up Program,” I would like to coordinate our great public services into a clear path to assist folks struggling on the streets. To get on their feet again. As I have been for months, I will make great efforts to restore transparency, accountability and personal responsibility to public office. By example. No government can function and survive without clarity and integrity. None have. Endorsements I have chosen not to fundraise or seek endorsements. campaign website I have no formal campaign machinery or website. Long Beach 2014 An Exciting Place To Be.

Mineo l. gonzalez

Party affiliation Democrat age 37 Years residing in city 33 Previous offices held None Occupation State auditor Education B.A. in accounting Family information Married Nonprofit/professional affiliations None goals if elected/platform There is too great a divide in this city between districts. Many districts feel as if they are an afterthought to the city. That the city does not invest in them. Those also happen to be the parts of the city where more crime and litter occurs. The people there have either given up or just assume that crime is a part of everyday life. We have to win back the trust and confidence of these residents. There should not be “good” and “bad” parts of Long Beach. We need real leadership. The mayor should be known in every corner of the city because they have personally gone there to speak to the residents and hear their concerns. Especially after violent crimes occur. A real leader unites people. United people have the ability to take back the areas of our city that have been lost to crime and gangs. Endorsements None campaign website VoteGonzalez.com

long beach city attorney

Party affiliation Independent age 55 Years residing in long beach 55 Previous offices held long beach City attorney Occupation Long Beach city attorney Education Graduated cum laude from Pacific Coast University, School of Law and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from California State University, Long Beach Family information Married to Terese (Schneeweis) Parkin 36 years, three adult children and one grandchild Nonprofit/professional affiliations I am admitted to practice in California and before the United States District Court for the Central District, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal and the United States Supreme Court. I have been a member of the Long Beach Bar Association since 1995 and have been elected to serve on its Board of Governors for two separate terms. I am also a member of the City Attorney Association of Los Angeles County (CAALAC), and the California Bar Asso-

ciation Public Law Section. I have served as a volunteer, elected Board member of the Long Beach City Employees Federal Credit Union since 1998. I currently serve as the president and chairman of the Board of this 300-million-dollar-plus financial institution. goals if elected/platform Under the City Charter, the city attorney is the sole and exclusive legal advisor to the City, City Council and all City Commissions, Committees, Officers and Employees. I am responsible to the mayor and City Council to provide them with neutral legal advice not subject to my legislative priorities or opinions. The city attorney must be able to advise the policy makers of the legal issues and possible challenges to their decisions so that they may weigh the options and make an informed decision. After the policy body has given direction, it is the responsibility of the city attorney to implement and defend the policy as adopted. The three most pressing challenges of the City relating to the Long Beach City Attorney’s Office are: • protect and keep our neighborhoods safe • reduce City liability through aggressive risk management • maintain our first-class office of highly qualified and experienced attorneys and staff Endorsements Former California Governor George Deukmejian Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey Former Long Beach Mayor Beverly O’Neill Long Beach Police Officers Association Long Beach Firefighters Association campaign website parkincityattorney.com

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James Johnson

Party affiliation Democrat age 36 Years residing in long beach Lifelong resident Previous offices held Long Beach city councilmember Occupation Teach criminal and business law at CSULB and serve as Long Beach city councilmember Education Poly H.S.; Harvard University, B.A. in Economics; U.C. Berkeley School of Law, J.D. Family information Married to Nicole Altamirano, with twins Theodore and Maria Elena Nonprofit/professional affiliations Executive Board Member, Southern California Association of Governments First Vice President, Gateway Cities Council of Governments Alternate Member, 710 Project Committee Chair, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee of the City Council Member of the Long Beach Bar Association goals if elected/platform Long Beach, it is time for you to choose your city attorney. We need a proven leader in this position, somebody who can stand up to the special interests and fight for you. As city attorney, I will communicate with residents throughout the city about how this position can improve their quality of life. I will be a proactive city attorney who protects public funds so they are there for vital services. I will properly advise the City Council to avoid contract abuses that have cost our city hundreds of millions of dollars in the past and led to reductions in police services, parks and libraries. Finally, I will aggressively combat public nuisances. Such nuisances can deteriorate the quality of life in our neighborhoods and lead to more serious issues if left unaddressed. Thus, I will make the abatement of such public nuisances a high priority. Endorsements Congressmembers Alan Lowenthal and Janice Hahn LA City Attorney Mike Feuer Senator Ricardo Lara Former California State Bar President Seth Hufstedler campaign website johnsonforcityattorney.com

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long beach city prosecutor

Party affiliation I am a life-long Democrat age I am proudly 53, born 03/28/1960 (Very soon to be 54!) Years residing in long beach Long Beach has been my home since 1999. Part of that time I lived in the Alamitos Beach area. For several years I owned a home in north Long Beach, adjacent to Houghton Park, then back to Alamitos Beach and now the Bluff Park neighborhood. Previous offices held None Occupation Attorney– 26 years as a misdemeanor prosecutor for the City of Los Angeles; my entire career has been in public service. Education 1978 graduate, Saint Paul High School, Santa Fe Springs 1982 A.A. degree Rio Hondo College, Whittier 1987 graduate BSL and JD, Western State University, College of Law, Fullerton Family information I have been married to my second husband since 2001. I have two grown daughters from my first marriage– they each have two children who are the stars in my sky– and three stepchildren who have among them six children and counting. Nonprofit/professional affiliations I am a member of the California State Bar Association and have been a licensed attorney since 1988. Until recently, I had been for several years the president of my HOA Board. For many years, I served as a member of my bargaining unit, the Los Angeles City Attorneys Association. goals if elected/platform In my career for the City of Los Angeles, I personally handled thousands of vehicle code cases and became expert in prosecuting DUI cases. I trained dozens of prosecutors and hundreds of police officers to properly enforce the law and conduct DUI trials. I want to put all my experience, knowledge and training to the service of the people of Long Beach and train all the deputy prosecutors in the office to be the best. My administration would vigorously advocate on behalf of crime victims and tirelessly pursue convicted criminals to make full restitution to victims of crime. The current system places too much of a burden on the victim to pursue enforcement of any restitution orders made by a judge for their benefit. I believe that the city prosecutor should use its resources to enforce and collect the restitution due to crime victims and require that each convicted criminal pay their debt owing to the victim in full. Finally, the city prosecutor should impose protective orders and conditions of probation on convicted defendants that will provide for the safety of any crime victims. Endorsements LA County Democratic Party LAMBDA Democratic Club, Long Beach Long Beach Democratic Club The San Pedro Democratic Club campaign website votechavez2014.com

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Doug haubert

Party affiliation None/Independent age 45 Years residing in long beach 20 Previous offices held Long Beach city prosecutor; Deputy city prosecutor, City of Long Beach Occupation Long Beach city prosecutor Education Juris doctorate, University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law Bachelor of Arts, political science, University of California, Santa Barbara Family information Married to Lisa Haubert for 17 years; 2 daughters Nonprofit/professional affiliations President, LA County Prosecutors Association California State Bar, Executive Committee, Public Law Section Long Beach Bar Association/Bar Foundation Chairman, Los Angeles County Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Advisory Board Long Beach Public Library Foundation, Advisory Board goals if elected/platform • Continue to reduce gang activity in Long Beach using the “Gang Prevention Strategy” my office developed in consultation with police and community leaders. Gang arrests and prosecutions have increased 760 percent, violent crime has dropped to the lowest level in 41 years. Police Chief Jim McDonnell calls our strategy “the most effective and innovative” in use today. • Continue to work with schools to keep kids out of gangs by continuing to reduce truancy by at-risk youth. In 2013, Neighborhoods, USA recognized our gang-prevention strategy as one of “America’s Best Neighborhood Programs.” • Continue to expand diversion programs that save taxpayers money and help keep our parks and beaches clean. • Continue to innovate in areas of criminal prosecution. Such work is a large reason I am endorsed by Long Beach police officers, LA County deputy sheriffs, Long Beach teachers and community leaders like Congressman Alan Lowenthal, Congresswoman Janice Hahn, and Mayors Bob Foster and Beverly O’Neill. Endorsements Hon. George Deukmejian, former California governor/attorney general Hon. Jackie Lacey, Los Angeles County district attorney Hon. Alan Lowenthal, U.S. Congressmember Hon. Janice Hahn, U.S. Congressmember Hon. Don Knabe, LA County Supervisor campaign website DougHaubert.com

long beach city council 7th District

Party affiliation Democrat age 65 Years residing in district 27.5 years Previous offices held None Occupation Businesswoman/senior project manager (Clark Seif Clark, Inc., Long Beach– Hazardous Materials Management) Education B.A. Chemistry, Wheaton College (Norton, MA); Certificate in Strategic Environmental Management, UC Irvine Post-graduate training in analytical chemistry, Northeastern University (Boston, MA) Post-graduate training in Business Management and Finance (Wellesley, MA) Family informationWidow of John Gailey with four stepsons and seven stepgrandchildren Nonprofit/professional affiliations Sustainable City Commissioner (2008–present) Friends of the Los Angeles River, board member (1995–2001) Wrigley Association past president (2004–2007) Wrigley Area Neighborhood Alliance, board member (2007–present) West Long Beach Association, member goals if elected/platform City services: Maintain a balanced budget to keep streets, sidewalks and public landscaping in good repair and to ensure that public walkways and street crossings are pedestrian-friendly with high-efficiency lighting and free of trash Public safety: Provide the resources, technology and training to enable police, fire and emergency responders to provide the highest level of service and expand the Community Watch program Local economy and fiscal responsibility: Focus economic development on attracting firms and business start-ups that will hire and promote locally, and maximize local sourcing of goods and services Connected communities: Foster greater collaboration between neighborhood organizations and City staff and establish mentoring programs to prepare district residents for appointments to boards and commissions Community-based planning: Ensure that projects respect the character of our community, preserve our historic neighborhoods and equestrian properties; address parking issues; and enhance access to open space, health care and healthy food choices Endorsements Sierra Club National Women’s Political Caucus Dr. Felton Williams, LBUSD board member Hector De La Torre, California Air Resources board member and former State Assemblemember Mark Bowen, Long Beach City College Trustee campaign website Greenwood4Council.org

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roberto uranga

Party affiliation Democrat age 60 Years residing in district I have lived in the 7th District for 30 years, 24 of them in the Wrigley area. Previous offices held I currently serve on the Long Beach City College Board of Trustees and have been since 2000. Occupation Trustee, LBCC Board of Trustees Education: B.A., California State University, Long Beach Family information: Married 28 years to former 7th District Councilmember Tonia Reyes Uranga and have three adult children. Nonprofit/professional affiliations: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) American Red Cross of Greater Long Beach Long Beach LAMBDA Wrigley Association

West Long Beach Association goals if elected/platform The City has ongoing issues that include addressing its public-safety needs, pensions, pollution, economic development, safe neighborhoods and business development. I have a vision for Long Beach: • Having fully staffed, efficient and well-equipped public-safety departments • Building and growing 7th District business corridors by attracting new and diverse businesses to the area • Ensuring safe and accessible neighborhoods by working with our neighborhood associations and encouraging resident participation I have the experience and the ability to build coalitions and to bring people together for a common vision. Endorsements Congresswoman Janice Hahn Supervisor Don Knabe City Councilmembers Al Austin, Steve Neal and Suja Lowenthal Los Angeles County Business Federation (BizFed), a business association that promotes business opportunities in the county Long Beach Police, Fire and Teachers Associations. campaign website RobertoUranga.com

Party affiliation Democrat age 50 Years residing in city/district Long Beach resident 16 years; 7th District resident 11 years Previous offices held None Occupation State government employee with Board of Equalization Education Bachelor of Science, Drexel University; Master of Business Administration, Marymount University Family information Married, two children Nonprofit/professional affiliations Junior League of Long Beach; Jack and Jill of America, Long Beach Chapter; California Women Lead goals if elected/platform The 7th district needs a leader who will continue the progress made over the past four years. As a former board member of the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency, I have the experience to solve problems faced by residents and business owners that impact quality of life. If elected, I pledge to: • Create a better place to live, work and play with safe and clean neighborhoods, and business corridors that flourish • Preserve the Airport Noise Compatibility Ordinance • Enforce limits on pollution from the Port of Long Beach • Provide police, fire and paramedics with adequate funding to serve the district • Address aging infrastructure needs, including the repairing of sidewalks, the repaving of streets and alleys, and the trimming of trees • Expand parks and recreation • Provide more opportunities for youth, seniors and veterans • Establish an economic development council to support small businesses and create jobs • Help lower unemployment and raise the minimum wage Endorsements Dr. Felton Williams, board member, Long Beach Unified School District Mary Stanton, board member, Long Beach Unified School District campaign website teerstrickland.com

lee harrison chauser

Party affiliation Non-Partisan Office age 68 Years residing in city or district I’ve lived in Long Beach 68 years Previous offices held No previous offices held Occupation Retired English teacher Education Bachelor of Arts, CSULB Family information Single, no children Nonprofit/professional affiliations United Teachers Los Angeles, AFL-CIO 1020 goals if elected/platform Rid Long Beach of corruption, and inside developer deals No new City Hall building until City workers receive 20-percent raises Restore all City services to public with extended hours of operation Hire more City employees, create new city jobs and professions Refurbish all city school facilities No privatization of public city service jobs Hire more women and minorities Equal pay for equal work Hire more workers with liberal arts education and social sciences Increase workers’ pensions, salaries, and benefits Eliminate out servicing of public funds to private corporations Begin children breakfast, lunch and dinner programs and medical health protection Hire more school nurses, psychologists, and social-welfare professional counselors

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long beach city council 9th District

Party affiliation No affiliation to party; this is a nonpartisan position age 48 Years residing in district I’ve lived in the 9th District since 2003 Previous offices held No other office ever held Occupation Former Building Engineer Education Some college, trade certificates Family information Engaged, no children. Nonprofit/professional affiliations Community Emergency Response Team. Red Cross

Mentoring Men To Lead Veterans Independence Day Celebration goals if elected/platform I have never run for office before but was compelled to do so after listening to various segments of the community who felt disenfranchised and believe I can provide the level of leadership, experience and integrity the district deserves. I will apply my strong organizational and budgetary skills to make this district safer, cleaner, and more prosperous. I believe it is about people, not politics, and pledge to represent all the residents and local businesses of the 9th District as opposed to special-interest groups. I am now ready to further serve my community as a member of the Long Beach City Council. Endorsements Former Vice Mayor Val Lerch Former City Councilmember Jerry Schultz Community activist Dave San Jose Water Board Director Lynn Dymally Vets Day Parade Chair Martha Thuente campaign website Daughertyforcouncil2014.org

rex richardson

Party affiliation Democrat age 30 Years residing in district Five Previous offices held I have never held an elected office. Occupation Chief of Staff, Council member Steve Neal, Long Beach City Council District 9 Education Philosophy, CSU Dominguez Hills Family information I am a newlywed. My wife, Nina, and I live in Coolidge Triangle with our two rescued dogs, Rocky and Kizzy. Nonprofit/professional affiliations Fairfield Family YMCA California Aquatic Wellness Center, aka "Pools for Hope" Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. goals if elected/platform Neighborhood Revitalization I’m proud to have assisted with efforts such as the restoration of local parks, wetlands, and open spaces. And to have worked to reinstate quality, much needed services that our families depend on, like Paramedic Rescue 12. I am ready to continue this work as councilman.

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Thirty-four-year-old Shay Bredimus is known locally for his work as a tattoo artist, having inked skin since 1998, but his training is rooted in formal education; this tattooist has a master’s degree in fine arts. The now Long Beach resident hails from Omaha, Nebraska, was raised in Phoenix, Arizona, and “bounced around the West Coast after that.” Bredimus, who has been living in Long Beach for five years, currently creates skin art at Outer Limits, 22 S. Chestnut Pl., which is, according to its website, the oldest tattoo shop in the country. Last month, Bredimus was the featured speaker for the Long Beach Museum of Art’s Artist Talk event Photos courtesy of the artist entitled “Tattoo Influence,” during which he explained Shay Bredimus how the technical skill he has learned from tattooing has influenced his fine art and how the aesthetics of fine art has affected his tattoo work. What drew you into the tattoo world? When I was 10 years old, I saw a guy that had an eagle tattoo on his face, just under his eye. He embodied everything I was attracted to and frightened by, all in one. I liked the fringe and the danger of this marginalized art form. It was also the only kind of artistic expression that was available to me at the time, in my neighborhood. We didn’t have ateliers and private art schools. We had tattoos and graffiti. What would you say is your “point of view” as a tattoo artist? Before I am a tattoo artist, I am an artist. So, the way I see or approach tattoo art is from a painter’s point of view. The light, the shadow, the concept and the composition… I approach it like I approach a painting– not just as a tattoo. Your tattoo work includes a lot of very realistic portraits. What training as an artist have you had? I had a two-year apprenticeship as a tattooer early on. But, I also have a bachelor’s of fine art in painting from Emily Carr University and a master’s of fine arts in painting from Laguna College of Art and Design. I have been doing art since the first grade– I knew early on that I was going to be an artist. Do you work full-time as a tattoo artist? Yes, I work 40 hours a week as a tattoo artist. It’s been my main job for as long as I can remember. What’s the strangest experience you’ve ever had while giving someone a tattoo? Since I work at the oldest shop in America, Outer Limits Tattoo, they don’t have air conditioning, and during the Long Beach summer, it gets so hot in this old shop that people drop like flies. People pass out more often from heat stroke than pain– and it’s pretty startling to have your client go limp in the chair while you’re tattooing them. In the five years I’ve worked at Outer “Queen City,” tattoo ink and wax crayon on drafting film Limits, I‘ve probably seen 20 people pass out while I’ve been tattooing them. how did you get involved with the presentation you gave at the long beach Museum of art? Last year, the Long Beach Museum of Art asked me to submit a piece of art for their annual art auction. They knew of my work through my gallery representation, Koplin Del Rio in Culver City. Then again, this year, in preparation for my upcoming third solo show, they decided to have me back to discuss my work– both tattoo art and fine art– and the overlapping areas, influences and techniques of both. how would you characterize your non-tattoo artwork? My fine art is a blend of flat graphic device, compositional depth and realistic rendering. What would you say is the number-one thing, besides artistic talent, that one needs to be a successful tattoo artist? Talent and mileage are the most important. But, I think you also have to be courageous and confident as well. Mistakes can happen, and if they do, they’re huge. But if you are trained, skilled and confident, you can will yourself through the most intense and ultimate alla prima art form. To view more of Bredimus’s work, visit shaybredimus.com .

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Exploring territory that is seldom traversed in fictional work or popular culture, Pearl Cleage’s Flyin’ West has as its main characters a group of black women in the late 1800s who have taken advantage of the Homestead Act of 1860 to venture west from Tennessee to make a home for themselves in Nicodemus, Kansas, a small town that was established by African-Americans after the Civil War. International City Theatre is currently staging the show as part of its 29th year, which is focused on “uniquely American stories” as this season’s theme. Sisters Sophie (Cheri Lynne VandenHeuvel) and Fannie (Leilani Smith) have made room in their modest home to take in Miss Leah (Robin Braxton), an elderly woman who was among the town’s first residents, while their youngest sibling, Minnie (Aisha D. Benton), has married Frank (Dylan Mooney), a haughty, light-skinned mulatto who often passes for being white. Minnie and Frank are coming to Nicodemus from London for a visit, but Sophie, the oldest and toughest sister, has misgivings about her naïve baby sister’s husband, who, eventually, is revealed as a drinking, abusive spouse. By comparison, a decidedly less dysfunctional romance is budding between Fannie and Wil (Boise Holmes), the family’s jovial, helpful neighbor. After Frank’s true nature is revealed, the sisters, Miss Leah and Wil all determine that, unless they take the matter into their own hands, Minnie will be left to endure a brutal relationship– or worse. How they choose to handle the situation crosses over into what I consider an ethical gray area, and it makes for one of Photos by Suzanne Mapes those moments in which some audience members are Leilani Smith as Fannie and Cheri Lynne VandenHeuvel as applauding and others are left squirming in their seats– par- Sophie in International City Theatre’s production of Flyin’ West tially from the character’s actions but more so from the audience’s reaction to that stage business. However, it’s this moral relativism that sheds light on the conflict that underlies the narrative throughout all the character’s choices and relationships– that African-American people who have escaped the Jim Crow laws and lynchings of the South to buy land in the Wild West have few places to turn in times of trouble, even when that trouble is from one of their own. Granted, the family’s problems with Frank are twofold: not only is he beating the youngest sister, he also strong-arms her into signing the deed of her share of the family’s land over to him. This action pushes the sisters’ collective hand, and they’re faced with the possibility of Frank selling their homestead to men visiting the area. Having their land taken from them would mean losing their freedom, their safety and their newfound identity. Manifest destiny, it turns out, wasn’t just for the white man. With the exception of Holmes’s ebullient performance (which, rather than reading as over-the-top, suits the good-natured Wil), all the characterizations in this production are even-keeled and grounded. Never is there a moment in which some histrionics jolt the audience out of their suspension of disbelief nor a time when dialogue falls flat or an actor’s presence becomes jaded; in the hands of this well cast ensemble, it’s easy for the audience to be absorbed into this “uniquely American” story. International City Theatre will continue to present Flyin’ West through April 6. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances are at 8pm, and Sunday shows are at 2pm. Thursdaynight tickets are $42; all other performances cost $47. Visit ictlongbeach.org or call (562) 436-4610.

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(DOGGR), are to be rolled out January 2015. The new law comes as oil operators have developed new technology while eyeing major opportunities for fracking in the Monterey Shale formation, an area extending from the Los Angeles Basin to northern California. Oil industry representatives claim fracking poses no threats to the environment or the public, but environmental groups and some lawmakers say the law doesn’t go far enough and are rallying for a complete moratorium on the practice until a full analysis of the procedure’s environmental impacts can be analyzed. Prompted by recent protests and reports, some nearby cities are addressing the matter on their own. Los Angeles has recently proposed a moratorium on fracking while Carson elected this week to temporarily halt all oil drilling. As for offshore fracking, which is primarily the case in Long Beach, environmental groups said during the protest that the major concern is whether oil operators are dumping toxic chemicals, which are used during the fracking process, into the ocean. “There’s the potential for that toxic chemical to get into marine life and maybe even into our food chain,” said Andrea Weber, a member of the San Francisco-based nonprofit environmental organization Center for Biological Diversity. “It’s gone unnoticed, unregulated and unpermitted for too long, and it’s time for California to step up, and the Coastal Commission is a part of that.” The Coastal Commission’s report in February states that a total of 195 oil wells on offshore oil islands in Long Beach have been fracked since 1994. In addition, 17 wells have been fracked during that time off of Seal Beach, according to the report. The regulatory agency’s staff pointed out that the Coastal Commission has no authority to regulate entire categories of development and only reviews development on a “case-by-case” basis. Still, any new oil and gas drilling projects require a coastal development permit, and the commission evaluates potential

Andrea Weber, a member of the nonprofit environmental organization Center for Biological Diversity, shouts a slogan during a protest against offshore fracking at Long Beach City Hall.

impacts of well-stimulation treatments as part of its application review. Furthermore, the report indicates that state law prohibits the discharge of produced fracking fluids in state waters. The federal government, under the Environmental Protection Agency, however, allows fluids to be dumped into federal waters with the issuance of certain permits, such as the case in the Santa Barbara Channel in northern California. Kevin Tougas, oil operations manager for the Long Beach Gas & Oil Department, confirmed in a phone interview with the Signal Tribune that offshore fracking in Long Beach is conducted within state waters and, therefore, dumping into the ocean is prohibited. Tougas explained that the fracking done on the four oil islands off of Long Beach in contract with Occidental Petroleum are conducted in a “closed loop” system, meaning most waste fluids are re-injected back into the originating reservoir. He added that there are no impacts to drinking-water aquifers since the nearest groundwater wells are a mile and a half to two miles away from the Long Beach oil field. “There’s nothing that we do in the oil field that ends up in the ocean,” Tougas said. Environmentalists, however, say offshore fracking still poses major risks for environmental habitats, especially in areas where oil opera-

tors are allowed to dump fracking fluids with known carcinogens into federal waters, such as in San Pedro Bay and the Santa Barbara Channel. “Our real focus is on protecting imperiled species in our habitats, and we’re very concerned about fracking offshore because the Santa Barbara Channel is an important habitat for blue whales and a lot of other wildlife,” said Miyoko Sakashita, staff attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity. “Fracking is just an inherently dangerous activity. They use really high pressures and a lot of toxic chemicals.” Sakashita added that fracking also increases the risk of oil spills because of the use of high pressures. “A lot of the offshore infrastructure is really aging and old, so there’s real potential for loss of well control and an oil spill,” she said. The protest in Long Beach came before environmental groups from across the state joined in Sacramento on Saturday, March 15 for one of the largest rallies against fracking in California to date. Organized by the statewide coalition Californians Against Fracking and more than 80 organizations, the protest called on Gov. Jerry Brown to pass a moratorium on fracking. A total of 20 buses picked up people from across the state to join the rally, said Alex Nagy, spokesperson for environmental-advocacy group Food & Water Watch. “It’s just all about us getting the pressure on Jerry Brown, who is in favor of fracking,” she said. “We think he’s totally walking a bad line there … He’s calling himself a climate leader, but at the same time he thinks fracking is okay.” Tougas added that, so far, the state’s new regulations have halted most fracking jobs in recent months because of the need to clarify a new groundwater-monitoring plan, however he expects the “confusion” to be eventually resolved. Photos by Sean Belk/Signal Tribune Though Tougas said The California Coastal Commission conducts its regular meeting inside the Council Chamber there have been no frackWednesday, March 12, following a report by the commission’s staff last month that unveiled new ing cases in Long Beach so information about fracking operations off the California coast. far this year, there were 10 permits issued last year. He said the City plans to request a permit to Bookkeeping & Tax Services start fracking again by the end of this year. Certified QuickBooks Pro Advisors/Training “We’ll be probably filing our permit in the next couple weeks and, hopefully, Business & Personal Bookkeeping we’ll receive a permit,” Tougas said. Cambodian & Spanish Speaking “We could be fracking in Long Beach this year… Fracking presents no more CTEC Registered Tax Preparers risk to the local habitat than drilling a well.” Vice Mayor Robert Garcia, who represents the 1st Council District and serves as a member of the Coastal Commission, has previously stated during a mayoral candidate forum that he plans to bring up the issue to the City Council, but he has yet to do so. ß

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Hill resident criticized the mayor’s speech. “I respectfully reject the comments made by the new Mayor Ed Wilson criticizing the ‘Right to Know’ initiative,” Harris said, “because the comments were unfair and did not provide sufficient opportunity for anyone, including the proponent, to address them directly at the time they were made.” The conflict between Harris and Wilson wasn’t the only uncomfortable moment on Tuesday night. After the Council unanimously appointed Wilson to be mayor, Wilson entertained nominations for the role of vice mayor. Councilmember Tina Hansen nominated Councilmember Lori Woods for that position. Woods is the relative newcomer to the Council in comparison to her other colleagues. Each of the other four councilmembers began their service to the City since at least before the late 1990s. Woods has just finished her first year on the Council. When the roll-call vote began, Woods initially voted against herself. Hansen explained to her that the councilmembers usually serve in the

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Outgoing Signal Hill Mayor Michael Noll (center) greets representatives from Fire The Signal Hill City Council celebrates a “changing of the guard” at the Community Station 60 of the Los Angeles County Fire Department at the Signal Hill City CounCenter in Signal Hill Park on March 18. Edward Wilson has taken over as the city’s cil Chamber on Tuesday, March 18. A number of local officials and organizations new mayor for a one-year term. From left to right: Mayor Wilson, Vice Mayor Larry gathered that night to congratulate Noll on the completion of his fifth time serving Forester, Councilmember Michael Noll, Councilmember Tina Hansen and Coun- Signal Hill as its mayor. cilmember Lori Woods. for his service to the City. This last positions of mayor and vice mayor state it publicly right here and now year marks his fifth time as the on a five-year-rotational basis. that I was blindsided,” Forester said mayor of Signal Hill. In his final Woods then changed her vote, as he cast the lone vote against accepting the nomination and Woods. “[The] vice mayor should remarks before he resumed his acknowledging that she is “still on a have been mine. Historically, it has role of councilmember, Noll thanked the city staff. He praised steep learning curve.” Councilmem- been mine.” ber Larry Forester, however, Hansen immediately apolo- the Council for its success in balFrom the family that ancing the budget and setting became upset. He voted against gized. brought you Mexico City Woods, explaining that he should be “I missed the rotation,” she said. aside more money in the reserve Restaurant in Long Beach– Azteca Mexican Restaurant the vice mayor, according to the his- “I’m sorry. If I did that, then that’s accounts. He emphasized the Council’s priority to attract busihas been offering authentic torical rotation cycle. my mistake.” Mexican cooking for over “I take great offense and will The Council quickly restarted nesses to the City and ability to 50 years! the process to choose a vice mayor provide quality municipal servafter Hansen withdrew her nomina- ices to the residents. tion in favor of Woods. In turn, “We don’t always agree, as you Home of Aunt Connie’s Woods immediately nominated can see tonight,” Noll said before famous garlic sauce Forester to serve as vice mayor, and he went on to describe how the and the original the Council unanimously approved Council is able to work together GARLIC TACO! Forester. and successfully move forward Later that night, Forester after a vote. acknowledged he seemed shocked Later that night, at a reception during the earlier exchange. He told at Signal Hill Park’s Community Woods that he thinks she would Center, the councilmembers and have made a “phenomenal vice dozens of well-wishers celebrated mayor” and that he looks forward the change in leadership. They also “Where the King lives” to serving the Council. Hansen felt announced that the Signal Tribcompelled to explain her error, and Open Tuesday through Sunday une’s st aff is selling and creating she drew a few laughs. 11am-10pm for food large street banners for sponsoring “Well, all I can say is that I turn Crooner’s Lounge open until 2am! businesses and organizations in antic55 in May,” she said, “so this is my ipation of the City’s 90th anniversary. 12911 Main Street early senior moment.” Historical Downtown Garden Grove The next City Council meeting A number of community leaders The Jessie Elwin Nelson Academy Chorus performs at the celebration honoring (714) 638-3790 will take place on Tuesday, April 1 at incoming Mayor Ed Wilson on Tuesday, March 18 at the Community Center at Sig- and organizations gathered in City aztecaoc.org Hall to also publicly recognize Noll 7pm in the Council Chamber. ß nal Hill Park.

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TST4595 APN: 7217-013-038 T.S. No. 005932-CA NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE IMPORTANT NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 2/11/2009. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN ExPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER On 4/3/2014 at 9:00 AM, CLEAR RECON CORP., as duly appointed trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust recorded 2/24/2009, as Instrument No. 20090256340, in Book N/A, Page N/A, of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, State of CALIFORNIA executed by: JOAQUIN O. vELASCO, UNMARRIED MAN OSCAR vELASCO AND REGINA vELASCO, HUSBAND AND WIFE WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH, CASHIER’S CHECK DRAWN ON A STATE OR NATIONAL BANK, A CHECK DRAWN BY A STATE OR FEDERAL CREDIT UNION, OR A CHECK DRAWN BY A STATE OR FEDERAL SAvINGS AND LOAN ASSOCIATION, SAvINGS ASSOCIATION, OR SAvINGS BANK SPECIFIED IN SECTION 5102 OF THE FINANCIAL CODE AND AUTHORIzED TO DO BUSINESS IN THIS STATE: vINEYARD BALLROOM, DOUBLETREE HOTEL LOS ANGELES - NORWALK, 13111 SYCAMORE DRIvE, NORWALK, CA 90650 all right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County and State described as: AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED ON SAID DEED OF TRUST The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 1918 ORIzABA AvENUE SIGNAL HILL, CA 90755 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be held, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession, condition, or encumbrances, including fees, charges and expenses of

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the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust, to pay the remaining principal sums of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is: $617,924.17 If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder’s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee, and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the county where the real property is located. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not

PUBLIC NOTICE by COUNTY SANITATION DISTRICT NO. 29 OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY of FILING OF A SERVICE CHARGE REPORT; PUBLIC HEARING ON: The Service Charge Report; The Proposed Industrial Wastewater Surcharge Rates

The Board of Directors of County Sanitation District No. 29 of Los Angeles County will hold a public hearing on April 1, 2014, at 6:00 pm, in the Signal Hill City Council Chambers. The purpose of this hearing is to provide the public with an opportunity to make comments regarding the Service Charge Report filed with the District Clerk on February 18, 2014 and the proposed industrial wastewater surcharge rates. The boundaries of Sanitation District No. 29 are shown below. Sanitation District No. 29 provides wastewater collection, treatment, and disposal service (operation and maintenance) for the areas shown on the map. In addition, the District also provides for the construction of capital facilities to accommodate the needs of existing users (upgrade). The operation and maintenance and upgrade capital expenses are funded through the service charge and industrial wastewater surcharge programs. The expansion capital expenses are funded through the connection fee program. The cost of operation and maintenance of the District’s facilities, as well as the construction of upgrade capital facilities, is borne by the existing users of the system. After taking all other sources of revenue into consideration, the remaining revenue required to provide continued services is apportioned to all existing dischargers on the basis of their use of the system. Use is measured in terms of quantity (flow) and strength (chemical oxygen demand [COD] and suspended solids [SS]). The average daily quantity of sewage flow and strength from one single family home is equal to one sewage unit. All other user categories are assessed proportionately. Residential, commercial, and small industrial users pay under the District’s Service Charge Program. Large industrial users pay an annual industrial wastewater surcharge rather than a service charge. Some industrial dischargers can elect to pay the annual surcharge using assumed strength parameters established by the Districts (short form rate). No change is being proposed for the service charge rate for fiscal year 2014-15. Service charge rates in subsequent years will be reviewed at the end of fiscal year 2014-15. An increase in the industrial wastewater surcharge rates, as shown below, is being proposed for each of the next three fiscal years. Propose Current

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$339.75

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$796.00 140.80 398.30 105.60 3,380.00

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$819.00 144.90 409.90 108.70 3,479.00

$843.00 149.00 421.50 111.70 3,577.00

Written comments regarding these matters may also be submitted by regular mail to the County Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, P.O. Box 4998, Whittier, CA 90607-4998 or by e-mail at Rates@lacsd.org, and must be received by 10:30 a.m., April 1, 2014, to be considered at the hearing. If you would like further information, please call the District’s staff at (855) 240-9506 (toll free), Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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TST4590 NoTiCE oF PETiTioN To ADMiNiSTER ESTATE oF AlBERT BuFoRD ClEMMER aka AlBERT B. ClEMMER Case No. BP143757 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of ALBERT BUFORD CLEMMER aka ALBERT B. CLEMMER A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by Nancy L. Clemmer in the Superior Court of California, County of LOS ANGELES. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that Nancy L. Clemmer be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests the decedent's will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held on April 1, 2014 at 8:30 AM in Dept. No. 29 located at 111 N. Hill St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in section 58(b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California law. YOU MAY ExAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for petitioner: CYNTHIA R. POLLOCK, ESQ SBN 153298 HAROUN R. NABHAN, ESQ SBN 272273 LAW OFFICE OF CYNTHIA R POLLOCK 109 W TORRANCE BLvD STE 101 REDONDO BEACH CA 90277 Published in the Signal Tribune March 7, 2014.

TST4591 / 2014 050923 FiCTiTiouS BuSiNESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: CASA LA DERA, 1106 E. La Dera Dr., Long Beach, CA 90807. Registrant: BRUCE G. ALTON, 1106 E. La Dera Dr., Long Beach, CA 90807. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Bruce G. Alton. 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 February 25, 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: March 7, 14, 21, 28, 2014. TST4583 / 2014 042368 FiCTiTiouS BuSiNESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: LONG BEACH YOGA CENTRE, 15 Mira Mar Ave., Long Beach, CA 90803. Registrants: IRENE PHILOMENA HOLSTERS, 15 Mira Mar Ave., Long Beach, CA 90803. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Irene P. Holsters. 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 18, 2014. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on February 18, 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: February 28, & March 7, 14, 21, 2014.

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present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call (800) 280-2832 or visit this Internet Web site WWW.AUCTION.COM, using the file number assigned to this case 005932-CA. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. FOR SALES INFORMATION: (800) 280-2832 Date: 2/28/20 14 CLEAR RECON CORP. 4375 Jutland Drive Suite 200 San Diego, California 92117 TAC: 968017 PUB: 3/14 3/21 3/28/14

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Published in The Signal Tribune on March 14, 2014 and March 21, 2014

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TST4584 / 2014 046683 FiCTiTiouS BuSiNESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: ALL OF YOU HEALTH COACHING, 1040 E. Bixby Rd., Long Beach, CA 90807. Registrants: SUSAN HARvIE SMAITH, 1040 E. Bixby Rd., Long Beach, CA 90807. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Susan Harvie Smith. 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 February 21, 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: February 28, & March 7, 14, 21, 2014.

TST4587 / 2014 040754 FiCTiTiouS BuSiNESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: INFOSENSE CONSULTING, 17116 Michaels Ave., Cerritos, CA 90703. Registrants: PRAM KUMAR NAAYAR, 17116 Michaels Ave., Cerritos, CA 90703. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Pram Kumar Naaya. 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 February 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: February 28, & March 7, 14, 21, 2014. TST4588 / 2014 044198 FiCTiTiouS BuSiNESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: DUNN FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC, 4028 Long Beach Blvd., Suite 202, Long Beach, CA 90807. Registrants: MYRON J. BUTTS, 4028 Long Beach Blvd., Suite 202, Long Beach, CA 90807. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Myron J. Butss. 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 February 19, 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: February 28, & March 7, 14, 21, 2014.

TST4585 / 2014 048562 FiCTiTiouS BuSiNESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: COCAH JEWELS, 2147 1/2 Myrtle Ave., Long Beach, CA 90806. Registrants: SHAMEKA LATISH ANDERSON, 2147 1/2 Myrtle 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: Shameka Anderson. 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 February 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: February 28, & March 7, 14, 21, 2014.

TST4589 / 2014 529310 FiCTiTiouS BuSiNESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: PINOY DIRECT, 3109 Springdale Dr. #104, Long Beach, CA 90810. Registrants: FERNANDO CUADRA ROxAS, 3109 Springdale Dr. #104, Long Beach, CA 90810. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Fernando C. Roxas. The registrant has not begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. This

March 21, 2014

statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on February 27, 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: February 28, & March 7, 14, 21, 2014.

TST4596 NoTiCE oF PETiTioN To ADMiNiSTER ESTATE oF CANDy D. NAll aka CANDiCE D. NAll Case No. BP150083. To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of CANDY D. NALL aka CANDICE D. NALL A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by Edward H. Nall in the Superior Court of California, County of LOS ANGELES. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that Edward H. Nall be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests the decedent's will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court.THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held on April 9, 2014 at 8:30 AM in Dept. No. 5 located at 111 N. Hill St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in section 58(b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California law. YOU MAY ExAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for petitioner: DAvID D. HISKEY, ESQ. SBN 110679 HISKEY LAW FIRM A PROF CORP 414 N PLACENTIA AvEPLACENTIA CA 92870

TST4592 / 2014 055971 FiCTiTiouS BuSiNESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as: RABID BLACK, 2116 E. 64th St., Long Beach, CA 90805. Registrants: 1. BRITTNEY YUEN, 2. REGINA DELREAL, 2116 E. 64th St., Long Beach, CA 90805. This business is conducted by: a Joint venture. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Brittney Yuen. 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 March 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: March 7, 14, 21, 28, 2014.

ciTY OF SigNal hill TST4602 NoTiCE oF PuBliC HEARiNG FoR THE CoMMuNiTy DEVEloPMENT BloCK GRANT PRoGRAM FoR THE 2014-2015 FiSCAl yEAR

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIvEN that the City of Signal Hill City Council shall hold a public hearing on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, 2175 Cherry Avenue, Signal Hill, California. The purpose of the hearing is to consider the City’s Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) budget.

The City has been informed that its preliminary CDBG funding estimate for the 2014-2015 Fiscal Year allocation is approximately $58,889. These funds can be used for a variety of purposes, including property acquisition, public services, and housing rehabilitation. However, in order to use CDBG funds for any of these eligible activities, it must be shown that the activity will: 1) directly benefit low and/or moderate income persons; 2) help to eliminate slum and blight conditions; or 3) address an urgent need.

Not more than 15 percent of the 2014-2015 Fiscal Year allocation, or approximately $8,833, can be allocated for public services. All interested parties are invited to attend the public hearing and express opinion on the above items. Written comments may be submitted at the hearing or to the staff of the Department of Community Services.

Further information concerning the CDBG program may be obtained at the City of Signal Hill Community Services Department, 2175 Cherry Avenue, Signal Hill, California, or by telephone at (562) 989-7330. Pilar Alcivar-McCoy Community Services Director

Published in the Signal Tribune on: 03/21/14

Posted at City Hall, the Library, Discovery Well Park, and Reservoir Park on March 18, 2014

March 21, 2014

TST4597 / 2014 040370 FiCTiTiouS BuSiNESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: HALCON CATERING, 818 W. Gardena Blvd., Gardena, CA 90247. Registrant: SUYAPA A. FLORES, 1602 W. 218th St. #15, Torrance, CA 90501. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Suyapa A. Flores. 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 13, 2014. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on February 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: March 14, 21, 28, & April 4, 2014.

TST4598 / 2014 066173 FiCTiTiouS BuSiNESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: BILL'S TOP SHOP, 1929 E. 28th St., Signal Hill, CA 90755. Registrants: PATRICIA vANWINKLE, 1929 E. 28th St., Signal Hill, CA 90755. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Patricia vanwinkle. The registrant has begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. The registrant began using this fictitious business name in 1929. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on March 12, 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: March 14, 21, 28, & April 4, 2014.

TST4599 / 2014 068641 FiCTiTiouS BuSiNESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: DUTCH BOY BOOKKEEPING, 3218 Faust Ave., Long Beach, CA 90808. Registrants: DAvID GOODWIN, 3218 Faust Ave., Long Beach, CA 90808. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: David Goodwin The registrant has not begun to

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transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on March 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: March 21, 28, & April 4, 11, 2014.

TST4600 / 2014 059637 FiCTiTiouS BuSiNESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: R.M. WELDING & FABRICATION, 8504 Firestone Blvd. #320, Downey, CA 90241. Registrant: RONDY ROSHA MASON, 8504 Firestone Blvd. #320, Downey, CA 90241. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Rondy Rosha Mason. 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 March 5, 2014. This statement was filed with the county clerk of Los Angeles County on March 5, 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: March 21, 28, & April 4, 11, 2014.

TST4601 / 2014 060136 FiCTiTiouS BuSiNESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: HONEYSUCKLE, 3199 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Suite 101, Signal Hill, CA 90755. Registrant: vICHITRA MADY, 1923 E. Luray St., Long Beach, CA 90807. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: vichitra Mady. 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 March 6, 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 viola-

tion of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Pub. The Signal Tribune: March 21, 28, & April 4, 11, 2014. TST4603 / 2014 073673 FiCTiTiouS BuSiNESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as: LOAN DOC CLOSERS, 15911 La Forge St., Apt. C, Whittier, CA 90603. Registrant:

MARIO RAMIREz, 15911 La Forge St., Apt. C, Whittier, CA 90603. This business is conducted by: an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. Signed: Mario Ramirez. 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 March 19, 2014. NOTICE: This fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the

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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: March 21, 28, & April 4, 11, 2014.

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