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Serving Cerritos, Artesia, Hawaiian Gardens, Norwalk, Lakewood, Pico Rivera, and La Palma • 45,000 HOMES EVERY FRIDAY • August 17, 2012 • Volume 27, No. 34 •

La Mirada City Council Approves New 41-Unit Housing Development

Injured War Hero Participates in Tour de France Race Hawaiian Gardens

Council Votes for City Manager Format

By Randy Economy

By Jerry Bernstein


fter nearly three years of planning, negotiating, and having to deal with an up and down housing market, a new 41 unit development was approved Tuesday night by the La Mirada City Council. The new housing development will be located on Alondra Boulevard in between Escalona Road and Dalmatian Avenue and encompasses 11 parcels totaling 3.93 acres in land area. The developer is Brandywine Home and the new planned area is being referred to as “The Orchards.” The site has sat vacant, but most recently was developed as a multitenant commercial strip center and included an Arco Gasoline Service Station. It had become an eyesore with vacant buildings. City Planner Gabriel Bautista told the city council that the “lack of maintenance contributed to poor tenant retention and an increase in vacancies which eventually lead to loitering, vandalism, public safety concerns and a negative




pl Justin Gaertner, (middle front), of the 1st Combat Engineer Battalion stationed at Camp Pendleton was wounded in action in 2010 in Afghanistan suffering the loss of both legs, one arm and portion of his stomach. He participated in the recent Tour de France in which he hand cranked the 450 miles of the route. Cpl Gaertner's family surprised him at his retirement at Bethesda where he is still an out-patient. The Friends approved an expenditure of $1,000 for his family’s travel and lodging.


Cerritos Council Approves 183rd Street Rehabilitation Project

he Hawaiian Garden City Council unanimously voted to establish the position of City Manager to replace the office of City Administrator. At the same time the council named City Administrator Ernesto Marquez to be the city’s first City Manager. The vote must survive the protest sent to the State’s Public Employment Relations Board by the city’s employee union in which the union [AFSCME], protested the move as having never been on the council’s agenda prior to its Aug. 14 meeting and therefore violated the state’s Brown Act. AFSCME also noted if City Administrator Ernesto Marquez petitioned the State Board for permission to change the city’s form of government prior to the council’s action the petition was illegal. If the council’s vote were upheld, it would permit the City Manager to hire non-union personnel in his office. Under present rules governing the City Adminis-


Challengers Take on Incumbents in Cerritos College Election Opposition made against $350 Million Bond measure

By Randy Economy

By Randy Economy


riends, family members, and law enforcement officials attended a candlelight vigil Wednesday to remember the life of Denise Battey, a 50 year old Norwalk resident who was brutally slain while working in her beloved garden at her home on Allard Street last Friday. Battey, who would have turned 51 this week, was remembered by her twin sister Anise as being “the kindest person on this planet.” It is believed by law enforcement investigators that she was tending to her side yard Friday when she was caught off

[See DENISE BATTEY page 10]

Cerritos Auto Square and the reconstruction of 32 wheelchair ramps, replacement of deficient sidewalk, curb and gutter and the construction of four new bus pads. Director of Public Works Hal Arbogast said estimated cost of the project is

[See 183RD STREET REHAB page 10]


Rendering of proposed remodeled showroom of the Dodger-Chrysler-Jeep Dealership in the Cerritos Auto Square. The proposed interior and exterior remodel is designed to modernize the building to match the Dodge-Chrysler-Jeep corporate prototype design. Construction should start the first of the year and should be completed sometime in June. By Jerry Bernstein


he Cerritos City Council approved construction of 183rd Street along a one mile segment of the roadway adjacent to the Los Cerritos Center and the


iling for the November 6th Cerritos College Board of Trustees election has concluded and each of the five incumbents who are seeking reelection are in for what appears to be tough reelection efforts. For the first time in history of the public educational institution, voters will be electing Trustees via individual smaller district areas as opposed to the previous “at-large” method. Cerritos College voters will also be de-

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