Cerritos Library hosts Korean American Day art contest & exhibition By Larry Caballero More than 650 K-12 students from Southern California and surrounding states competed in the 3rd Annual Korean-American Day Art Contest & Exhibition hosted by the Korean Education Center Los Angeles and Cerritos Library Jan. 10 where more than 100 students received Certificates and Awards by Cerritos Mayor Joseph Cho and Councilmember Bruce Barrows. Contest Winner and Cerritos High Senior Elise Park won for a haunting depiction of “A Buddhist Dance” and Grand Prize Winner and Irvine High Senior Ji Young Hwang won for a classic “Winter Reflection.” Cho welcomed guests “to our wonderful community, and I congratulate all of you for your hard work and commitment.” The Exhibition will be on display at the Library until Jan. 18. “In 1903, the first Korean immigrants traveled to the United States to fulfill their hopes and dreams,” said KECLA President Young Han Keum. “On Oc. 20, 2005, the 109th Congress of the United States passed a resolution recognizing the contributions of Korean Americans and commemorated Jan 13 as Korean American Day.” Cho concluded, “This is a special day for all of us to reflect on for all of the wonderful contributions Korean Americans have made in the United States for more than 100 years.”
La Palma Council recognizes Kim and Sharon Wilson By Larry Caballero Pic korena amer day Cap Ninety-year-old Korean Olympics Gold Medalist diver Dr. Sammy Lee received a Proclamation from Mayor Ralph Rodriguez declaring January 13 as Korean American Day in La Palma. La Palma City Councilmembers began their Jan. 4 meeting by recognizing long-time residents Kim and Sharon Wilson who received the La Palma Community Activities and Beautification Committee’s Home Spotlight award for most beautiful home. Chairman Abe Waheed and Mayor Ralph Rodriguez presented the award and thanked them for helping to keep La Palma a beautiful city. Mayor Rodriguez also presented a Proclamation declaring Jan. 13 as Korean American Day in the City of La Palma to 90-year-old Korean Olympics Gold Medalist diver Dr. Sammy Lee. “When I won my Gold Medal at the 1948 Olympics in London, divers were supposed to be handsome white men with long legs. Now champion divers are supposed to be Chinese,” said Lee. “When I first was aware of the Olympics in 1932 in Los Angeles, I didn’t know what it was. When I found out that athletes from all over the world come together to compete, I knew that someday I would be an Olympics champion. In what I didn’t know.” Rodriguez cited the many accomplishments of Koreans and Korean-Americans who have contributed so much to the country and to the City of La Palma. “Don’t forget Korean-American Steve Hwangbo who has just been elected to La Palma City Council,” said Lee. Councilmembers also approved the placement of the names of long-time La Palma residents and community activists Orbrey Duke and Glen Reeves to be placed on pavers in the Community Commemorative Area.
Application for auto repair shop fails in Artesia Council Vote By Jerry Bernstein The Artesia City Council failed to approve an amendment to the city code that would have allowed an automobile body repair shop at 11656 Artesia Blvd. The vote was 2-2 with Councilmember Sally Flowers excused. The action automatically was continued to the council’s February meeting. The proposed site of the garage is zoned Commercial General [C-G]. Applicant is Rajesh and Shilva Patel who proposed to consolidate two separate parcels into one. Redevelopment and Planning Director Okina Dor said the city has a strong interest in transitioning the area to a retail-shopping district. He said an automobile body repair shop is inconsistent with and would not compliment the overall vision and goals of the Artesia Boulevard Corridor Plan and is inconsistent with the overall vision and goals of the Artesia Boulevard Corridor Plan. John Mansen, project architect said homeowners directly behind the proposed body shop had no concerns about the body shop being constructed on the property. Councilmember Michael Diaz questioned plans to turn that area into retail complex. She said the city can adopts plans but realistically she doesn’t see retail developing along the corridor. Councilmember John Lyons disagreed and said the city has spent a lot of money on a consultant to give us ideas for development of the corridor. I don’t necessarily agree that some of the existing businesses in the corridor won’t be leaving. The dairy has decided not to expand and has talked to us about shutting down the plant in the future, so there’s an opportunity there. “I think this is our opportunity to put our foot down and say this is the direction we want to go.” Councilmember Tony Lima agreed. He said, “We hired a consultant who made recommendations and I don’t think I can go against that.” Mayor Victor Manlo agreed with Diaz. He said he visited the property. He said with the existing businesses there, he didn’t feel he wanted to tell an existing business that it couldn’t expand. Its business that has been there for a number of years. He said the city has started to change the corridor, noting the Ice Palace, and the paint store. There’s still the Armstrong property. I believe there still is opportunity there. I wouldn’t want to discourage this business owner from expanding. The council vote to continue to its February meeting a request by Surati Farsan and Ashvin Patel to approve the expansion of an existing restaurant with façade improvements located at 11814 186th St. The restaurant is in the C-G Zone. The council approved an entertainment permit for Kabob Corner restaurant located at 18738, 18740, 18742, 18770, and 18772 Pioneer Blvd. in a unanimous vote. The permit stipulates a security guard must be on duty from the time the DJ/entertainment players sets up to 30 minutes after the entertainment ends. It also calls for valet parking, and parking lot lights at night. The council approved a $3,000 allocation to the Artesia Chamber of Commerce. The allocation will be given in $500 per month for the remaining six months of the 2010-11 fiscal year. City Manager Maria Dadian said the funding would be made available from the city’s general fund and Redevelopment Agency increment fund balance. She stated the allocations would not impact the General Fund or the Agency’s fiscal obligations.
Cerritos Council candidates square off at Chamber Forum By Jerry Bernstein Pic city council candidates Cap Seven candidates are seeking election to three open seats on the Cerritos City Council. Speaking at a candidate’s forum, sponsored by the Cerritos Chamber of Commerce Jan 11, were candidates [l-r] Councilmember Bruce Barrows, Mayor Joseph Cho, Christopher [Chris] Fuentes, former Mayor Grace Hu, Kiran Rami, Mark Pulido, and Harshad Mody. With them are Chamber President Dr. Mary Sieu (center), GAC Chair Allen Wood [right], and Co-Chair Julia Emerson [left]. Photo courtesy of Cerritos Chamber
Seven candidates, including two incumbents, seeking to fill three open seats on the Cerritos City Council in the Mar. 8 election answered questions from a roomful of voters why they should be elected to serve a four-year term on the council. In opening statements Bruce Barrows said the governor has to present a program to solve the state’s budget deficit. “Unfortunately it does not address the key issue of the loss of jobs. Cerritos is known for its great reputation of quality of life for its residents and businesses. Cerritos is known for being the most friendly business city under 60,000 populations. This isn’t by accident. The council and city staff has worked hard. I think a Cerritos recovery might be quicker than the region.” Mayor Joseph Cho said Cerritos is not immune to the recession. He said with the loss of the city’s Redevelopment Agency in 2013 and 2017 the city will have to derive new ways replace the agency for its continued development. “We are all in this together,” he stated, “and together we can overcome the problems we are now facing.” Chris Fuentes said while the public needs to be aware of the economic crisis in the US, he believes council candidates have to be focused on the things that matter to the people in Cerritos. He said what the people care about is the maintenance of the public areas. He said with the need to cut budgets, one way to save money is to stop paying councilmembers $3,600 a month. He called the payment outrageous. He also called for a revamping of how the Performing Arts Center is run. “For the last 17 years we’ve ignored the fact it has lost between $4-7 million per year” he stated. He suggested the city explore a public-private partnership for the center. Former Mayor Grace Hu said she has lived in Cerritos for 35 years and raised three children who attended local schools. She said when she was on the city council previously she opposed all new city taxes. Today the city has no parking tax, user fees, and no access fee. It does have a lot of services for our residents. She also voted for development of the Towne Center, Senior Center, expansion of the library, parkways to enhance the city, three senior housing developments, and renovation of the city parks. She said because of the recession, Cerritos revenue has declined. She said the city is facing financial challenges She said her business background will help her to meet the challenges the city faces if she is re-elected to the council. Harshad Mody said if elected to the council he would work to bring new business to the city in order to maintain the quality of life its citizens have come to expect. That includes maintaining the parks and recreation programs and the city’s infrastructure. Concerning the Performing Arts Center, he suggested the city should look into a private-public operation to make it profitable. Mark Pulido said as a nine-year veteran on the ABC school board, he has proven his fiscal responsibility, asking the tough questions, and keeping the schools the best in the nation. He said
Cerritos is a wonderful city. What makes it a special city is its neighborhood and local parks. He said in these economic times when everyone is prioritizing it’s time to get back to the basics of our city. He said this includes Cerritos infrastructure – its streets, sidewalks. “We must take care of our neighborhoods,” he asserted. Pulido said this includes working with the many small businesses in the city that he described as a key to job creation. Kiran Rami, a resident of Cerritos for the past 10 years, said with the state of the economy, services and programs are being cut. If elected she will work to retain the services and programs Cerritos is noted for. She also expressed the need for after school programs for the city’s students. She said it was important the city live within its means in order to meet future economic problems the city now faces. The last question asked the candidates was what they thought about the city withdrawing from the Tournament of Roses parade. All but Barrows express support for participation in the parade. Suggestions were made about having a public and business fund raising campaign coupled citywide organization that would build and design a float. They cited several cities that have successfully done that, including Downey and Sierra Madre. Barrows said the city withdraw from the parade because it did not have the money to build one. He said they raised only $18,000 from the business and private sector.
Questions for Cerritos Council candidates Thank you for sending in all your questions, there was such a great response that we decided to post a few questions and allow the candidate to pick from the list. Jerry Bernstein-Editor 1. Will you try and make it easier for the residents to get the over night parking passes? 2. The City of Cerritos has a growing population of children and adults with special needs. How do you feel about the city's Adaptive Programs and would you support the program's growth? 3. Should the city consider a public/private partnership pertaining to the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts? 4. Should the city consider brining back the Rose Parade float ?
The Rancho Southeast Association of Realtors installs 2011 President Cap Sue Piccolini Pic Sue Piccolini Sue Piccolini, of Prudential California Realty was recently installed as 2011 President of the Cerritos based, Rancho Southeast Association of REALTORS® (www.rsaor.com). Piccolini a
graduate of the REALTOR® Institute is also a Region 22 Director for the statewide California Association of REALTORS® and has been certifed by C.A.R. as an Ethics Advocate and as a professional mediator. The CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (www.car.org) is one of the largest state trade organizations in the United States, with more than 167,000 members dedicated to the advancement of professionalism in real estate. Piccolini joined as a member of the Rancho Southeast Association of REALTORS® in 1976 and has been an active participant in the associations’ leadership including most recently serving as an alternate Director for the SoCalMLS. A Real Estate licensee since 1976, Piccolini has handled many leadership, management and training positions while amassing awards and accolades including ‘Rookie of the Year’ at Mulhearn REALTORS in 1976. She is currently a consultant for Prudential California Realty “The Mulhearn Group” serving as the Director of Training/Risk Management. “I am honored to serve the Rancho Southeast Association of REALTORS as its 2011 President, and I pledge to take my responsibilities as the President of the Rancho Southeast Association of REALTORS, very seriously. With the assistance of our hard-working and dedicated Board of Directors, I am primed to find solutions to address the concerns of our members, while ensuring that our Association remains fiscally sound for 2011 now and the future. We will continue the ongoing fight to preserve and protect private property rights through our network of contacts at the state, local and federal level.” said Piccolini.
Cerritos Optimist past president honored Pic-plaque presentation Cerritos Optimist Club Immediate Past President Rick Renaker is presented plaque commemorating his year in office from present Optimist President Jamie Hamilton at breakfast meeting of the club. The Optimists meet the first, second, and fourth Thursday at 7 a.m. and the third Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Off Street Café across from Gahr High School.
Valley View water utility relocation program design contract awarded As part of a Caltrans project to update the I-5 corridor, the City of Cerritos recently awarded a $55,937 contract to Psomas Engineering to prepare engineering drawings for the relocation of a 12-inch water line located in the vicinity of Valley View Avenue. Under the terms of the agreement between Caltrans and the City of Cerritos, Caltrans has agreed to reimburse the City for the design costs associated with the project. Caltrans is planning to improve I-5 between SR-91 and I-710, approximately 16 miles, by widening the freeway to a minimum of 10 lanes. Currently, I-5 consists of eight lanes from SR-91 to Beach Boulevard, six lanes from Beach Boulevard to I-605, and eight lanes from I-605 to I-710.
Rio Hondo Red Cross chapter seeking
Hometown Heros The American Red Cross Rio Hondo Chapter serves the cities of Bell Gardens, Downey, La Habra Heights, La Mirada, Montebello, Norwalk, Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, Whittier and Unincorporated Whittier assisting families affected by disaster; helping military families relay emergency communications to their deployed loved ones; and providing lifesaving training. Every year at our Hometown Heroes Luncheon we recognize individuals or corporations, whose heroic actions have saved lives and/or improved the communities where we live and do business. They are our friends, family, neighbors and co-workers who inspire and amaze us on a daily basis; those that continue to think not of themselves, but others, exhibiting exceptional acts of commitment, compassion and service for our community. This year’s event will take place on Thursday, June 9, 2011 in the City of Pico Rivera. Members of the community are invited to nominate a local hero and submit an application for consideration. Honorees will be selected by the Advisory Hometown Heroes Committee. We welcome all submissions. Nomination forms and criteria are available on our Chapter website at www.arcriohondo.org. Nominations must be submitted online or by mail no later than March 1, 2011. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. The Hometown Heroes Luncheon is our largest annual fundraising event—providing the resources necessary to serve our communities.For further information, contact Grace Duran at firstname.lastname@example.org or 562-945-3944.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day program planned In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the City of Cerritos will host a special ceremony on Monday, January 17 at 10 a.m. at the Cerritos Civic Center. The public is invited to attend this free event, which will include comments by the Cerritos City Council and community involvement through songs and comments. Light refreshments will be served.The City of Cerritos the Art and Writing Contests for students will be on display. City Hall, Cerritos Library, the Cerritos Senior Center at Pat Nixon Park and the CCPA Ticket Office will be closed on Monday, January 17 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Subaru donates automotive scholarships to Cerritos College By Abelon Aba Pic Subaru-web Cap Presenting scholarship check are [l-r] Subaru’s District Parts & Service Manager Dan Page, Regional Parts and Service Manager Gary Huckle, and Los Angeles Zone Director Mike Campbell, to Cerritos College Foundation Executive Director Steve Richardson and College President Dr. Linda Lacy Cerritos College received a $2,500 donation toward student scholarship funds from Subaru
and five area dealers this past December. Dealers Sierra Subaru, Timmons Subaru, Renick Subaru, Shaver Subaru, and Subaru of Glendale each contributed $250, and Subaru of America matched with $1,250 to donate $2,500 to Cerritos College/Southeast ROP Automotive Youth Education Systems (AYES) Program. Subaruâ€™s District Parts & Service Manager Dan Page, Los Angeles Zone Director Mike Campbell and Regional Parts & Service Manager Gary Huckle presented the check to Cerritos College President Dr. Linda Lacy and the Cerritos College Foundation Executive Director Steve Richardson. Also in attendance were the dealer representatives, AYES Area Manager Marvin Linville, Southeast ROP Superintendent Gill Montano, and Coordinator Carmen Lizarraga. AYES prepare youth for entry-level career positions or advanced studies in automotive technology. Since its inception, it has sent nearly 11,000 interns to the auto industry nationally. In partner with Southeast ROP and AYES, Cerritos College provides training and career pathways to entry-level technicians. Subaru has supported AYES-participating high school and college auto programs since 2001 and is looking for more dealers to participate and contribute to help students. "We are pleased to support dedicated students advancing their automotive education," said Page. "They are the future of our industry." The funds will benefit current Cerritos College automotive students as well as the Southeast ROP AYES students who are accepted into the Automotive Technology Program at Cerritos College.
NCCC & NWC Hosts 2011 Candidate Forum By Helen M. Brown The Norwalk Community Coordinating Council (NCCC) and Norwalk Womanâ€™s Club (NWC) will be hosting the 2011 Candidate Forum in Council Chambers at City Hall January 25, 2011, 6 to 8p.m. This is an opportunity for you to come out and meet the candidates as they state their respective platforms. There are fourteen candidates vying for the two vacant seats on the City Council. Refreshments, provided by the NWC will be served during the intermission. This will give you a chance to write down any questions you wish to ask the candidates. After the meeting is back in session, the moderator of the evening will read the questions and give the candidates a chance to respond. The candidates listed in order are Ginger Silvera, Leonard Shryock, Luigi Vernola, Marcel Rodarte, Rick Ramirez, Judith Brennan, Craig Beckman, Steve L. Lowe, Jesse Luera, Anthony Garcia, Scott Collins, Alfonso Aduna, Larry McIntosh, and Mary Jane McIntosh, no relation. It is hoped you will be concerned enough about your City to come out and have a voice. To vote is one of our most sacred duties. The members of the NCCC and NWC will be looking forward to meeting you on the 25th. Please come out and make yourself known. There is always room for more volunteers in both charitable organizations. For more information contact Helen Brown at CheshirLdy@aol.com or phone at 562-921-4218
Grace Hu fundraiser held at Prince Seafood restaurant Pic Grace Hu An estimated 300 supporters attended a fundraising dinner for City Council candidate and former Mayor Grace Hu Sunday evening at the Prince Seafood Restaurant on South Street. Among those attending were [l-r] Barry Rabbitt, Robert Witt, Paul Bowlen, Grace, Alex Beanum, Carol Baca, Dianna Needham, and Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca. By Jerry Bernstein Cars pulled into the parking lot of the Prince Seafood Restaurant on South Street Sunday evening with supporters of former Mayor Grace Hu who is seeking a seat on the Cerritos City Council. An estimated 300 followers packed into the restaurant including former Cerritos Mayors Barry Rabbitt, Paul Bowlen, Alex Beanum, Councilmember Carol Chen, Cecy Groom, and Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca and his wife Carol. Hu thanked everyone in attendance for their support.. She said, “My main reason for running for city council is to give back to the city what it has afforded me.” She said she has been a Cerritos resident for 55 years, raised three children and feels an obligation to the community. Commenting on her $750,000 donation to Whitney High School for its proposed multi-media training facility, she said the best investment one can make is in the education of our children. “I have been a businesswoman for many years, starting with a small restaurant in Cerritos and eventually moving into real estate. Education is very important.” She said she wanted to give back to the city using her previous nine years experience on the city council and 35 years of business experience. Councilmember Carol Chen described Hu as an old friend as well as a mentor, not only in politics but also in the business world. She urged Hu’s election to the council. SPORTS OLYMPIC LEAGUE BASKETBALL
Korver, Valley Christian girls wake up in fourth quarter, boys notch first league win By Loren Kopff The first real Olympic League test for the Valley Christian girls basketball team almost turned into
a disappointing loss to Los Angeles Baptist this past Tuesday night. But a furious fourth quarter comeback highlighted by 15 points from junior Kari Korver enabled the Lady Crusaders to rally for a 50-42 victory. V.C. didn’t hit its first field goal until 2:35 remained in the first quarter, making the score 10-7 in favor of the Knights. The visitors were getting solid play from Monet McNally, who scored eight points in the first quarter and another five in the second quarter. In fact, only three players scored in the half for the Knights, the 12th ranked team in the California Interscholastic Federation-Southern Section Division IV-AA poll. Even when the Lady Crusaders trailed by three points at halftime, shot 17 percent from the field and saw her leading scorer connect on two of 15 field goals, head coach Katie Hardeman didn’t lash out at her team in the locker room. In fact, she was nearly the opposite. “I just said, ‘hey, let’s come out and play like we know how to play. Let’s play with confidence and try to forget what just happened’. They’re so much better than that and they know it.” V.C. (10-7 overall, 3-0 in league), the fourth ranked team in the Division IV-A poll, still trailed by three points after the first quarter and as many as eight points with 3:52 left in the half. But Korver scored the final five points including her second three-pointer with 37.6 seconds remaining. All of that momentum, however, quickly disappeared when L.A. Baptist scored the first eight points of the second half. “That was definitely discouraging,” Hardeman said. “But one thing that I will credit my girls with is that they don’t give up. We have terrible third quarters often but that doesn’t stop them from going hard, to swing the momentum to us.” Junior Lianna Tanis ended the scoring drought with 3:46 remaining in the stanza but over two minutes later, Stacie Perez gave the Knights their biggest lead of the game at 32-21. That’s when Korver and company took over. She hit another three-pointer with less than a minute remaining in the quarter, dished off a pass to junior Kristen Lester early in the fourth quarter and nailed a trifecta after grabbing a rebound to make it 36-33 with 6:20 left to play. Korver’s fourth perimeter shot gave V.C. the lead for good with 2:22 left but she sealed the victory almost a minute later when she stole an inbounds pass and fed the ball to senior Jelissa Holder . The fifth and final three-pointer from Korver made it 47-71 with 43.4 seconds to play. She ended up eight of 31 from the field, grabbed eight rebounds and had four steals. Holder added 11 points and four rebounds. “They were shots she usually makes; that she takes usually and we’re usually up by 20 because she makes them,” Hardeman said of Korver. “We kind of panicked when she suddenly wasn’t making them. Since she wasn’t making them, they were getting the rebounds and going the other way.” The Lady Crusaders will have another tough test tonight when it visits Maranatha, ranked one spot below L.A. Baptist. On Monday the team steps out of league action and will host Magnolia before traveling to St. Anthony on Thursday. Following the girls game, the boys opened up a tight game early in the second quarter and rolled to a 57-30 victory for their second straight win overall and first in the circuit. V.C. improved to 7-11 overall, 1-2 in league and won by its widest margin of the season. “It’s a good thing,” said V.C. head coach Bryan Branderhorst. “Our first two games-we had Whittier Christian here at home and it was a one-point game with three minutes left. That wasn’t a bad loss. Tonight was a good win to get the monkey off our back.” The Crusaders took a 10-5 lead late in the first quarter but the Knights quickly tied it before the end of the stanza. Junior Cole Clark began the second quarter with a three-pointer which ignited a 122 run as the Crusaders took the lead for good. Clark came off the bench to score nine points in the first half and finished with a team-high 15 to go along with eight rebounds, five steals and two assists. The Crusaders led 30-22 at the half before putting the game out of reach with a 10-0 run to begin the second half. “It’s pretty good on the field goal percentage when you’re getting a lot of transition steals for layups,” Branderhorst said. “We started to execute our half court stuff a little bit better and get the shots we wanted. Overall it was a nice job.”
Senior Joshua Castanos added 12 points and five rebounds while junior Anthony Roldan pitched in with 10 points and six rebounds. The Crusaders will visit Maranatha tonight and St. Anthony on Monday before being off for 11 days. “In three of our last four games, we’ve executed very well with the exception of the Village Christian game,” Branderhorst said. “We’ll go to Maranatha on Friday and they have a lot of fire power. We’ll have our hands full up there.” OLYMPIC LEAGUE BOYS SOCCER
Valley Christian adds to winning streak, dominates Village Christian By Loren Kopff The Valley Christian boys soccer program has been known more for a few strong seasons, some decent campaigns and very few fast Decembers along with consistent playoff appearances. But the 2010-2011 season might go down as one of the best the school has seen. The Crusaders won for the ninth time in their past 10 games following a 6-0 crushing against Village Christian last Friday evening. After V.C. blanked Los Angeles Baptist 1-0 this past Tuesday, it improved its record to 12-2-1 overall and 2-0-1 in the Olympic League. The Crusaders have not lost since a 1-0 setback to Mayfair on Dec. 8. “It’s just one of those things where I think this year, more than the past couple of years, we’ve just been able to finish in the final third,” said V.C. assistant coach Aaron Caluza. “What we see is maybe a maturation of guys who we’ve had since they were sophomores. They’re a lot more composed and they have a better understanding of what we’re doing in the final third.” This is the best start to a season for V.C. since opening the 2001-2002 season 11-1-2. That team finished that campaign at 16-2-4, winning the league but losing in the first round of the California Interscholastic Federation-Southern Section playoffs. The Crusaders are banking on bigger and better results with a team of 13 seniors and three juniors. The Crusaders wasted little time in their scoring barrage when senior forward Josh Sutherlin scored on a pass from senior midfielder Johnny McTigue seven minutes into the contest. Then in the 22nd minute, Sutherlin made it 2-0 when he received a long cross at the right post from senior midfielder Tyler Boer and tapped it in. Throughout the half, Caluza was hoping that the halftime score would be either 5-0 or 6-0 considering the numerous chances his team was getting. V.C. took 19 first half shots including one from sophomore defender Zac Way, whose free kick from just outside the penalty box seven minutes before halftime bounced off the upper left corner. “We don’t have the depth that we wish we had this year but some of the development of some of our players who are on the bench, over the past month to two months, has just been incredible,” Caluza said. The hosts continued to dominate the game over the final 40 minutes and scored four times off of 11 shots. McTigue made it 3-0 in the 47th minute and 10 minutes later, Sutherlin posted a hat trick which was assisted by senior midfielder Daniel Hernandez. Then one minute later, the McTigue to Sutherlin connection worked again via a free kick. “Josh is one of those players who is a coach’s dream/nightmare because he works so hard and sometimes his work ethic gets him playing by himself a lot of times,” Caluza said. “But when he gets his teammates involved and moving the ball and being a target and not just trying to run for the goal, he creates opportunities for himself by getting other guys involved. He has a knack for finishing.”
Hernandez completed the scoring in stoppage time as V.C. fell one goal short of its season high-it blasted Cerritos 7-1 on Dec. 10 to begin the winning streak. But just as impressive as the scoring has been, the defense has been putting up good numbers. The combination of senior goalkeepers Ryan Fronke and Matt Vander Dussen produced the team’s sixth shutout in the past nine games and the Crusaders have allowed 13 goals all season. V.C. will host Maranatha this evening before being off for a week. “We’re looking this year, at least, to get deep in the playoffs,” Caluza said. “Realistically, we’re looking at this year as we’ve exceeded all of our expectations so far. We don’t even know where the ceiling is for these guys. We’re really excited about quarterfinals, semifinals and maybe getting into the finals of CIF.”
SUBURBAN LEAGUE BOYS SOCCER
Artesia gets lucky overtime bounce, nips La Mirada to remain in first place By Loren Kopff Longtime Artesia boys soccer coach Rudy Magallon constantly talks about being lucky in order to win games. He’ll say that the key to being successful in any game, especially those played in the tough Suburban League, is that the ball has to bounce your way. Last Friday, luck was on the side of the Pioneers as sophomore defender Alejandro Martinez followed up on a missed shot from junior midfielder Jose Garcia seven minutes into overtime to give Artesia a tough 1-0 home victory over La Mirada. It was just the third win over the Matadores in the last seven meetings on Artesia’s turf and in the process, knocked La Mirada out of the California Interscholastic Federation-Southern Section Division IV top 10 rankings. It had been ranked fourth in the division while previously unranked Artesia (9-3-3 overall, 3-0-0 in league) moved into the eighth spot earlier in the week. The Pioneers completely dominated the first half, collecting 11 shots on goal to just one from the visitors. Eight minutes into the contest, senior midfielder Isaac Rosales took a free kick that was tipped up by the La Mirada goalkeeper and over the net for a corner kick. In the 29th minute, a shot from junior defender Jose Valle was deflected off to the side and three minutes later, junior forward Jose Ramirez had a hard shot bounce off the keeper. “We had our chances; we should have put them away earlier,” Magallon said. “But I guess one of the least [chances] you think is the one that you put away.” La Mirada seemed to have a little bit of energy going in the early parts of the second half but could only muster three shots towards senior goalkeeper Eric Garcia, who made a pair of saves in the game. But the Pioneers continued to put the pressure on towards the end of regulation. With 10 minutes remaining, Garcia’s free kick from about 28 yards out sailed high. Then with two minutes left in regulation, Martinez couldn’t punch in the game winner despite the ball being misplayed in front of the net. However, he would redeem himself in the 87th minute. When it was all said and done, Artesia outshot La Mirada 21-4. “Mentally, it’s a game of spurts,” Magallon said. “In the first half, we were more constructive in their attacks. They play a wilder style and they do what they need to do.” Since the turn of the century, the league has primarily been dominated by Artesia, La Mirada and Norwalk. Those three have combined for nine league championships and nine second place finishes in the past 10 seasons. In fact, the Pioneers have had less success against La Mirada and Norwalk than the rest of the league and including the overtime victory, are now 4-4-1 overall against La Mirada in
the past nine encounters. “In league, you win any way you can get the points,” Magallon said. “They count as three points if you score 10 goals or if you score one goal. It doesn’t matter. I think it’s important to win at home because on the road, it’s going to be a dog fight.” The Pioneers picked up a 4-1 win against Bellflower this past Monday and remained tied with Norwalk for first place with nine points. Artesia will visit John Glenn today and travel to Norwalk on Wednesday. CRIME CERRITOS SHERIFF’S STATION
Weekly Crime Summary January 3-9, 2011 There were thirty-one Part I felony crimes reported to the Cerritos Sheriff’s Station last week, up slightly from twenty-nine the week before. Commercial burglaries increased, robberies and vehicle burglaries remained the same, while residential burglaries and vehicle thefts dropped. Patrol deputies handled 196 calls for service last week, down from 321 the previous reporting period. The new 2011 weekly average in calls for service is now 258. One robbery was reported last week. Two male juvenile suspects approached another male juvenile on Wednesday January 5 at 3:30 p.m. while the latter was standing at the intersection of Norwalk Boulevard and Palm Street. The suspects grabbed the victim’s cell phone and fled on foot. Residential burglaries decreased again from five to four last week. Open/unlocked doors or windows were responsible for entry in only one case. One window and two doors were pried open in the other cases. Laptop computers, golf clubs, a refrigerator, a safe, jewelry, and a Social Security card were reported stolen. The new 2011 weekly average in residential burglaries is 4.5. With the start of a new year, consider protecting your home with an alarm system. As we have reported many times in the past, burglars will make every attempt to avoid dogs and alarms. Even if entry is initially made, burglars are not likely to stick around when the system is triggered after detecting an intrusion. There were six commercial burglaries reported last week compared to two the week before. Glass office doors were shattered, doors were pried open, and an unlocked door was used as methods to gain entry. Laptop computers, golf carts, and security uniforms were taken. The 2011 weekly average in commercial burglaries is now 4.0. Vehicle burglaries remained the same at eight last week. High-volume commercial parking lots were the crime scenes in five of the incidents. Seven involved SUVs, and the eighth was a trailer. Cash, wallets, ID, cell phones, a TV, passports, and a third-row seat (from an SUV), and a bag were reported as the stolen items. The new 2011 weekly average in vehicle burglaries is 8.0. Vehicle thefts dropped again from four to three last week. High-volume commercial parking lots were involved in two. One was an SUV, one a Toyota, and one a Mitsubishi. The 2011 weekly average in vehicle thefts is now 3.5. The next Neighborhood Watch Town Hall Meeting is scheduled for tonight, Wednesday January 12, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. It will be held at the Cerritos Senior Center located at South St. and Ely Ave. See you there!
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Am I at risk for Colorectal Cancer? There is really no way to know for sure if you're going to get colorectal cancer. Certain factors can make you more likely to get colorectal cancer than another person. These are called risk factors. However, just having one or more risk factors does not mean you will get cancer. In fact, you can have many risk factors and still not get colorectal cancer, or you can have no known risk factors and still get it. See if any of the following statements in bold type apply to you. If any do, you may be at an increased risk for colorectal cancer. Some risk factors, such as having a family history of cancer or getting older, are out of your control. But some risk factors--what you eat, how much you weigh, whether you smoke, how much you drink, and how often you exercise--are factors you can control. Every time you agree with one of the following statements, ask yourself this. "Am I doing all I can to control that risk factor?" Controlling it may seem hard, but your efforts can pay off in terms of your health and quality of life. Ask your doctors and your loved ones to help you think of ways you can lower your risk for colorectal cancer.
I am older than age 50. The average age that people are diagnosed with colorectal cancer is 72. That doesn't mean you can't get the disease if you are younger. Even adolescents can get it. But the fact is that more than 90 percent of cases are found in people older than age 50.
People in my immediate family have had colorectal cancer. One out of every five people with colorectal cancer has relatives who have had the disease. That's because family members share many of the same genes. It may also be because family members often have similar lifestyles. If your parents, brothers or sisters, or your children have had the disease, you're at a much higher risk than other people. This is especially true if your relative had the cancer before age 60.
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Screenings Perhaps most important to the prevention of colorectal cancer is having screening tests at appropriate ages. Screening may find some colorectal polyps that can be removed before they have a chance to become cancerous. Because some colorectal cancers cannot be prevented, finding them
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Medicare: general enrollment and general information By Essie Landry Need Medicare Part B? If you’re eligible, now is the time to sign up. The general enrollment period for Medicare Part B runs from January 1 through March 31. Before you make a decision about general enrollment, let us fill you in on some general information. Medicare is a medical insurance program for retired and disabled people. Some people are covered only by one type of Medicare; others opt to pay extra for more coverage. Understanding Medicare can save you money; here are the facts. There are four parts to Medicare: Parts A, B, C and D. Part A helps pay for inpatient hospital care, skilled nursing care, hospice care, and other services. Part B helps pay for doctors' fees, outpatient hospital visits, and other medical services and supplies not covered by Part A. Part C allows you to choose to receive all of your health care services through a provider organization. These plans, known as Medicare Advantage Plans, may help lower your costs of receiving medical services, or you may get extra benefits for an additional monthly fee. You must have both Parts A and B to enroll in Part C. And Part D is the Medicare Prescription Drug Program. Most people first become eligible for Medicare at age 65, and there is a monthly premium for Medicare Part B. In 2011, the standard premium is $115.40. Some high-income individuals pay more than the standard premium. Your Part B premium also can be higher if you do not enroll during your initial enrollment period, or when you first become eligible. There are exceptions to this rule. For example, you can delay your Medicare Part B enrollment without having to pay higher premiums if you are covered under a group health plan based on your own current employment or the current employment of any family member. If this situation applies to you, you can sign up for Medicare Part B without paying higher premiums: •Any month you are under a group health plan based on your own current employment or the current employment of any family member; or •Within eight months after your employment or group health plan coverage ends, whichever comes first. If you are disabled and working (or you have coverage from a working family member), the same rules apply. Remember: Most people are automatically enrolled in Medicare Part B when they become eligible. If you don’t enroll in Medicare Part B when you first become eligible to apply and you don’t fit into one of the above categories, you'll have to wait until the general enrollment period, which is January 1 through March 31 of each year. At that time, you may have to pay a higher Medicare Part B premium. For more information about Medicare Parts A, B, C, and D, visit the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) website at www.medicare.gov. Or read our publication on Medicare at
Rep. SĂĄnchez on the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others â€œMy prayers and thoughts are with my friend and colleague, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, as well as with her family, friends, and staff, and the families and friends of the other victims. Words cannot adequately express my shock and sorrow on their behalf. There is no place in an open and free society for such a vile and contemptible act. I commend President Obama, Governor Brewer, and the brave men and women of law enforcement for their swift and certain response to this tragedy and thank the doctors and medical staff for delivering such good care to all of the victims. While nothing can ameliorate the tragic loss of life, I sincerely hope that Americans can come together in prayer and hope for those who survive.â€?
Publisher's Rant Stochastic Terrorism: Triggering the shooters? You be the judge. If I am running ad for new heating sytem, I know that 99.5% of the people who see the ad do not need a system- they are not the ones I am targeting. I am targeting those that have it in their mind that their system needs to be changed so I write the ad to get their attention. Just like the heating example, the Stochastic Terrorist reaches out to dysfunctional people in our society using mass communications to stir up random lone wolves to carry out violent or terrorist acts that are statistically predictable but individually unpredictable. This is what occurs when Bin Laden releases a video that stirs random extremists halfway around the globe to commit a bombing or shooting. This is also the term for what Beck, O'Reilly, Hannity, Limbaugh and others do. And this is what led directly and predictably to a number of cases of ideologically-motivated murder similar to the Tucson shootings. The person who actually plants the bomb or assassinates the public official is not the stochastic terrorist, they are the "missile" set in motion by the stochastic terrorist. The stochastic terrorist is the person who uses mass media as their means of setting those "missiles" in motion. The stochastic terrorist is the person who uses mass media to broadcast memes that incite unstable people to commit violent acts.
One or more unstable people responds to the incitement by becoming a lone wolf and committing a violent act. While their action may have been statistically predictable (e.g. "given the provocation, someone will probably do such-and-such"), the specific person and the specific act are not predictable (yet). The stochastic terrorist then has plausible deniability: "Oh, it was just a lone nut, nobody could have predicted he would do that, and I'm not responsible for what people in my audience do." The lone wolf who was the "missile" gets captured and sentenced to life in prison, while the stochastic terrorist keeps his prime time slot and goes on to incite more lone wolves. Further, the stochastic terrorist may be acting either negligently or deliberately, or may be in complete denial of their impact, just like a drunk driver who runs over a pedestrian without even realizing it. Finally, there is no conspiracy here: merely the twisted acts of individuals who are promoting extremism, who get access to national media in which to do it, and the rest follows naturally just as an increase in violent storms follows from an increase in average global temperature.