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Cerritos Council Votes Continuation in Tournament of Roses Parade
Groundbreaking Held at Cerritos College for Expansion of Automotive Technologies School by Jerry Bernstein
By Jerry Bernstein
he Cerritos City Council voted 3-2 to continue the city’s participation in the Tournament of Roses Parade. At the same time it voted to reduce the size of the float from 55 ft. in length to 35-45 ft, cutting the cost by approximately $100,000. The Council also voted to establish a Citizen’s Fundraising Committee/Foundation whose responsibility would be to raise funds to finance the float. City Attorney Mark Steres was asked how long it would take to set up a non-profit organization. He replied approximately 65 days for the paperwork to be processed. In a report to the Council, Recreation Services Superinten-
Members of Cerritos College Board of Trustees and guests break ground for the school’s new automotive technology training center. Participating in the ceremony were (l-r) Board Member Ted Edmiston, Director of the Greater Los Angeles New Car Dealer Assoc. Randy Sopp, Board Member Bob Arthur, Board President Bob Epple, Board Secretary Carmen Avalos, Congresswoman Grace Napolitano [38th Dist.], Acting Cerritos President William Farmer, Director of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Los Angeles Office, Billie Greer, and Broad Member Tom Jackson.
roundbreaking ceremonies at Cerritos College’s new Southland Cerritos Center for Transportation Technologies [SCCTT] was held Mar. 27. When completed SCCTT will feature a state-of-the art Hybrid and Alternative Fuel Training Center, manufacturer-sponsored technician apprentice programs from General Motors, Ford and Chrysler, and credit from Norwood University’s West Coast program center that offers a bachelor’s degree in automotive management for full-time students and working adults. Master of Ceremonies was Bill Farmer, acting president/ superintendent,who. was joined by speakers Bob Epple, Cerritos College board president; Steve Richardson, the Cerritos College Foundation executive director; Congresswoman Napolitano; Don Knabe, Los Angeles county
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Woman’s Club of Artesia-Cerritos Fashion Show/Luncheon a Sellout The Sierra Room at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts was turned into a Fashion Showroom Mar. 28 as the Artesia-Cerritos Woman’s Club held its Second Annual Fashion Show/Luncheon with the club raising $10,500. Veronica Bloomfield described the latest fashion designs modeled by Rosemary Economy, Flora Mae Gandolfo, Judy McNutt, Dorothy Owen, Jessica Shelton, Sarah Kubinsky, and Mabel Low. Supervisor Don Knabe and Artesia City Councilmember John Martin modeled the men’s fashions. Fashions were Women’s Club President Joanne Witt (l-r) with Fashion Show Committee members Barbara Applebury, provided by Los Cerritos Center retailers Anchor Blue, Banana Republic, Lane Bryant, Delores Eveland, and Julie Knabe. Macy’s, New York & Company, Payless Shoes, and the Limited. Woman’s Club President Joanne Witt related how the club was first formed in 1915. She paid tribute to the late Mary Villegas, a past president. who she said rebuilt the club when it was at a low membership point with a determination the club was going to succeed. Today, she said, we have close to 90 members.” Modeling at the Artesia-Cerritos Woman’s Club Second Annual Fashion Show was “singing troubadour” Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe.
Hawaiian Gardens Approves Block Grant Application by Jerry Bernstein The Hawaiian Gardens City Council at its Mar. 24 meeting approved a 2009-10 application for a Community Block Grant [CDBG] for housing and community development needs in the amount of $240,025. In his report to the council, CDBG Consultant Patrick Goode said the amount was at the same level of funding as 2008-09. The City has $97,731 of unallocated CDBG funds from prior years available for re-allocation. Additionally, the City will be acquiring a total of $483,068 in CDBG funds from other city agencies for a total of $820,824 of CDBG funds available for projects and activities during the next program year.
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The City of Artesia continued to celebrate its yearlong celebration of its 50th birthday with a golf tournament Mar. 20 at the Lakewood Country Club. Tournament
Preparing to give out baskets to raffle winners at the Lakewood Country Club, site of the Artesia 50th Anniversary Golf Tournament are (l-r) Councilmember John Martin, Mayor Sally Flowers, Mayor Pro Tem Tony Lima, LA County Supervisor Don Knabe, and Councilmember Victor Manola.
The funds will be allocated for the following purposes:
•Housing Rehabilitation Program $185,000 •Code Enforcement 275,329 •Neighborhood Clean-up 81,525 •Lee Ware Park Parking Lot Construction 143,970 •Residential Street Overlay 2009 100,000 •General Administration 35,000 •CDBG Program Year Total 820,824
Keeping guard at the “watering hole” was Sheriff Sergeant Gregg Knapp. proximately $1,100. The tournament raised an estimated $5,700 which will be used for upcoming 50th Anniversary events.
Honoree was Supervisor Don Knabe who was given special recognition for his supporting the program. The tournament format included a four-person scramble; with prizes awarded to “closest to the pin” and longest drive. Artesia’s Special Assignment Officer Sergeant Gregg Knapp participated in the “Out shoot the Sheriff” contest, where contestants competed against the sergeant in a putting match. This competition alone raised ap-
Tournament winners were: Longest drive men: Scott Hogland Longest Drive women: Erin Stibal Closest to the pin men: Tony Simoes Closest to the pin women: Unknown Teams: Most Honest (last place): Erik Coker, Dan Mailoux, Mike Perez, Troy Bolda – LASD 3rd place: Jag Batra, Jay Batra, Raoul Broach, Mansit Kocher (Bhindi Jewelers) 2nd place: Robbie Gillbreath, Mesut Ahmet, Jeff Hartman, and Ron Corbin 1st place: Larry Brogan, Mike Claus, Pat Maxwell, and Mike Rothans
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The Council approved a second reading of an ordinance establishing fees for persons conducting any type of public selfstorage business at $1.00 per storage unit including outdoor spaces or units. The Council approved the exchange of community development CDBG funds for fiscal year 2009-10 between Hawaiian Gardens and the cities of Agoura Hills, Bradbury, Beverly Hills, Manhattan Beach, Rolling Hills Estates, and La Habra Heights. Finance Director David Sung said the city’s current CDBG fiscal plans require that the General Fund subsidize CDBG projects. By bidding on the purchase of CDBG funds for a price less than one dollar, the City is able to save money. He said Hawaiian Gardens was able to purchase CDBG funds from Agoura Hills, Bradbury, and Beverly Hills at 55 cents on the dollar and the cities of Manhattan Beach, Rolling Hills Estates and La Habra Heights at 60 cents on the dollars. The City will be purchasing CDBG funds from the Cities of Agoura Hills ($90,721), Bradbury ($#, 452), Beverly Hills ($169,143), Manhattan Beach ($145,388), Rolling Hills Estates ($28,130) and La Habra Heights ($46,234) for a total $483,068. The total purchase price is $275,675 and will save the City $206,383. The Council voted to donate a surplus vehicle, a 1990 Crown Victoria, to its sister city Cueramaro, Guanajuato, Mexico City Administrator Ernesto Marquez said the donation will assist Hawaiian Garden’s sister city in carrying out the daily business.
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5th Annual Community Business and Health Expo. A huge success. Central Basin Municipal Water DisThe Pico Rivera Chamber of Commerce held its 6th Annual Community Business & Health Expo on November 5, 2008 at Pico Park 9528 Beverly Blvd. in Pico Rivera. This years theme was: “The Chamber is 50 and Still Red Hot”! Over 40 exhibitors were at the event that was very well attended by both residents and businesses.
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Platinum Sponsors were: ALMA Family Services, Vernola Towing and Washington Mutual-Chase. Gold Sponsors were: HealthFirst Medical and Crowne Plaza. Silver Sponsors were: Bright Health Physicians, AltaMed Health Services and Rubio’s Fresh Mexican Grill. Exhibitors offered services such as: blood pressure tests (HealthFirst Medical), bone density readings (MD Care & PR Clinica Medica Familiar), glaucoma testing (Lion’s Club of Pico Rivera), And CareMore Medical offered free flu shots. Food vendors: Café N Stuff, Casa Gamino, Edible Arrangements, Magic Bakery and Java Jo’z. offered tastes of their cuisines. Downey Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning and
trict offered water to all attendees. The “Salsa Tasting Contest” brought out 10 local residents: Linda Martinez, Teresa Martinez, Ronnie Winans, Maria Juarez, Hilda Juarez, Hilda Rodarte, Diana Aguayo, Mary Conchola, Rocio Davalos and Flor Osorio. The 3rd place winner of $50 was Ronnie Winans; the 2nd place winner of $75 was Diana Aguayo and the 1st place winner of $150 was Teresa Martinez (second time in a row). 50 Chili’s (door prize tickets) and numerous door prizes donated by the exhibitors went to very happy attendees. The 50/50 raffle of $150 went to a lucky winner and the best decorated table winner of a $100 gift card to Staples was Edible Arrangements. Congratulations to all the winners.
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Martinez, Jr., Ph.D., Superintendent/President of Rio Hondo College was named one of the Top 25 Latino in Education by Latino Leaders Magazine in the September 2008 issue. The publication is distributed eight times per year throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. The magazine features interviews with major Latino players in all fields of expertise with editorials that focus on social, political, and business leaders. Other educators selected for this honor include France Cordova, President, Purdue University; Elsa A. Murano, President, Texas A & M University; and J. Michael Ortiz, President California State Polytechnic University. “The Board of Trustees extends our congratulations to Dr. Martinez for this much deserved honor,” said Angela Acosta-Salazar, president of the Rio Hondo College Board of Trustees. “We are very pleased with our decision to appoint Dr. Martinez as the eighth Superintendent/ President of Rio Hondo College, for his accomplishments and for his commitment to meeting the needs of our community.” The magazine praised Dr. Martinez for his commitment to creating and facilitating collaboration within the college itself, and with the communities it serves. They describe him as being focused on all of the elements of student success, see Martinez page 2
The Salsa contest drew 10 contestants this year. The winners from left are Third Place Ronnie Winans $50.00, Second Place Diana Aguayo $75.00 and for the second year in a row Teresa Martinez won the top prize of $150.00
Judges for the Salsa Tasting Contest were, from the left, Director Judy Gilleland -TriCities ROP, Director Vera Diaz Powers - John R. Diaz & Associates, Director and Event Chair Alex Saulus - HealthFirst Medical, Director David Briano - State Farm Insurance, Chamber President Koko Judge - Crowne Plaza Hotel and Ambassador Omar Martinez - Farmers Insurance
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Learning for Life, an affiliate of the Boy Scouts of America honored Michael Rothans, Captain of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station with the Champions of Exploring Award on Tuesday, November 18, at the Whittier Radisson, Whittier, California. Learning for Life serves young men and women, between 14 and 20 years of age, who participate in Exploring, part of the program’s career education activities. Its purpose is to instill core values that prepare participants in making ethical choices which help them to achieve their full potential throughout life. The organization recognizes community leaders whose commitment to the principles of Exploring is exemplary and whose personal and professional character lend themselves to the core values of Learning for Life. Learning for Life Director, Greg Salce stated, “Captain Rothans’ commitment to public safety and civic service has made him well-deserving of this award. As this year’s recipient, he has been instrumental in positively affecting thousands of young people in Los Angeles and surrounding communities through his support of Learning for Life Schoolbased programs.” Captain Rothans has been associated with the sheriff’s department since 1984 and was assigned to the Pico Rivera station in 2004 where he was promoted to Captain in 2006 and serves 100,000 residents in the City of Pico Rivera and unincorporated areas of Whittier. Rothans has been an executive board member of Learning for Life since 2004 and was Chairman of the Los Angeles Area Learning for Life Exploring Division from 2004 through 2007. He was also the recipient of the LA Sheriff’s Department’s Distinguished Service Award in 1997; the Exemplary Service Award in 2001 and 2005, and the Meritorious Service Award in 2008. According to Salce, in the Los see Rothans page 2
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President’s Message November’s elections have come and gone, and we are heading quickly toward the holiday season. It seems like everyone I talk to can’t believe that it is almost the end of another year. We are all busy trying to see how we can fit all the events into our schedules, as well as into our budgets and still have a great holiday! On behalf of the Norwalk Chamber of Commerce, I would like to extend best wishes for a healthy, successful, and joyous Holiday. As we approach the final weeks of 2008, we are busy planning our chamber events for 2009. We need to know what you would like to see more of next year. Every suggestion we receive from our membership is valued and welcomed. To better be able to serve you, we need to know what you enjoyed attending and what you felt we could improve upon. Hearing from our membership on how we can be a greater value to yourself and your business is crucial to our chamber. The more input we have from our membership, the more effective our 2009 will be. BUT WATCH OUT FOR 2009!!! Mark your calendars to GET INVOLVED IN THE JANUARY 2009 NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES!! NETWORK LUNCHEON, THURSDAY JANUARY 22ND.
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It’s typical for the vast majority of small businesses to be local not only in location but in marketing focus. The wider your marketing base, the more people you are likely to reach. In hard times, looking beyond the regular geographical boundaries of your business is good business. Do not be afraid to market on a larger scale, but while utilizing cost-efficient marketing. When a recession or other difficult times hit, the marketing function of a business is usually the first to go. Remember with less advertising and marketing, the funnel of incoming prospects is reduced creating even more revenue decreases and setting up a vicious cycle that you do not want to get caught in. One key to salvage any business in hard times isn’t to reduce your marketing activities but to replace them with low-budget marketing. Lowbudget marketing included tactics such as PR, NETWORKING, PUBLIC SPEAKING, AND MORE. Get involved in the community, for example, join your local Chamber of Commerce, these organizations are not in it for themselves, but for you and the future of your business. They want to help you create contacts and business relationships with other business owners in your area.These meetings can create strategic partnerships that can help further your business and clientele base. This goes back to the LOWBUDGET marketing I mentioned earlier. Surviving hard times requires going BACK TO THE BASICS, back to the AND THE NORWALK fundamental principles of business. Some CHAMBER BUSINESS EXPO things to remember: make sure you are January 29th, 2009!!!! YOU WON’T doing regular financial checks, providing WANT TO MISS THESE BIG sales training, and managing your customer EVENTS Peace and ease for the holi- relationships; these basic steps can help day season! retain customers and create a rapport with Susan Arthur new clientele. Have a Happy Holiday Season!!!
2008 Norwalk Chamber Casino Night On Friday, November 8th the Norwalk Chamber of Commerce had their annual Casino Night. With over 70 attendees, this event was fun for all! You could hear people really enjoying the various gaming tables available for them , whether it be Blackjack, Roulette, Texas Hold’em or Craps; everyone was having a good time. We had over 30 raffle items to give away, they were donated by: Teri Bazen, Bally’s Total Fitness, Whaley House, Birch Aquarium, Casino Concepts, Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, Applebee’s, Dr. John Larcabal, Sizzler, Golf N Stuff, Hearst Castle, Sunstone Vineyards, Karen Codman FSC, Laemmle Theatre, Legoland, L.B. Symphony Orchestra, Norwalk Chamber, NLM Plumbing, Norwalk Toyota, Paintball USA, Pechanga, Primm Nevada Terribles, Spirit Cruises, La Mirada Curves, and Wal-Mart. The Norwalk Chamber and the attendees to the Casino Night would like to
extend a big THANK YOU for the donations to this event; you helped create this success of an evening! The Casino Night had different levels of sponsorship that were available to Chamber members to participate in and we would like to also extend a very big THANK YOU to these members who contributed to this cause. WalMart, AFLAC, Big Truck & Equipment Sales, Community Family Guidance Center, Dr. Ethan Allen, State Farm Insurance, Gordon Stefenhagen, Norwalk La Mirada Plumbing, Mary Jane McIntosh and Norwalk Auto Auction. Your sponsorship donations are greatly appreciated, you help keep the Norwalk Chamber of Commerce moving forward in helping the local Business Community continue to thrive! We look forward to the upcoming events, and hope you mark your calendars to attend!
Labor Law Corner Employee who quits job may be eligible for unemployment insurance. One of my employees quit to go to work for one of my competitors. After a few months she got laid off from her new job and now she’s collecting unemployment insurance from my reserve account. How can she do that when she’s the one who decided to quit my firm? Many employers believe they will have to pay unemployment insurance (UI) only when an employee is fired or laid off. Surprisingly, there are many circumstances where an employee who quits a job can collect UI.Any employer the employee works for in the “base period” of the claim may be liable to pay benefits, even if they were not the last employer. Under California law, an employee who quits with “good cause” may be eligible for UI benefits. “Good cause” means the employee’s reason for leaving must be something substantial and compelling that would cause a reasonable person who genuinely wanted to remain employed to quit anyway. Some examples include quitting to take a better job, to more a substantial distance when a spouse’s job is transferred, or when the employer relocates and the new commute distance is unreasonable. According to the California Employment Development Department (EDD), when an employee quits in order to accept a new job there is good
cause for leaving if: •There was a definite assurance of employment in another substantially better job that is at least as permanent as the job the individual leaves; or •A reasonable person who genuinely wanted to remain employed would have left to accept other work. An employee who quits her job for a substantially better job and then is laid off from the new job due to lack of work may be eligible to collect UI from the first employer’s reserve account. An employee also would be eligible for UI benefits if she quit her job for a substantially better job and then, for reasons beyond her control, the new job did not materialize. This might occur when an employee quits her job based on being given a definite start date by the new employer, who then rescinds the job offer or delays the start date. For more information about what factors are used to determine UI eligibility, go to EDD’s “Benefit Determination Guide” online at www.edd. ca.gov/UIBDG/ This is an excellent resource when responding to a former employee’s UI claim.
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AAUW Annual Scholarship Award La Palma Cerritos branch of AAUW organized its 16th Annual Recognition and Scholarship Awards for outstanding Cerritos College women students on Saturday March 28, 2009. Students were
, the guest speaker, family scholarship providers, Joan Stiehl and Vikki Lee inspired the students by sharing their own experience and motivational messages. The Vision of AAUW is : AAUW will
Dr. Gary Smuts and wellness, implementing the Victory Dr. Gary Smuts has been selected as with Honor Program for athletic coaches ACSA’s (Association of California School and focusing on closing the achievement Administrators) Region XIV gap. Superintendent of the Year. Dr. Dr. Smuts will be honored Smuts has been Superintendent at the ACSA’s Region XIV of the ABC Unified School Awards Dinner held on District for the past four years. Wednesday, April 22 at the He has held various positions Grand Event Center in Long in his 35 years with the District Beach. ABC District staff including teaching, site adminiswill join him in celebrating trator and district administrator. this recognition as SuperinDuring his tenure as Superintendent of the Year. tendent, he has initiated new The ACSA organization proprograms including the Running motes public education and Dr. Gary Smuts for Reading Program promoting supports educational adminisincreased reading outside of school, trators throughout California. the Early College Program for high The event will honor other school students in collaboration with Cer- outstanding nominees for Administrator ritos College, joining the Alliance for a of the Year as well as Partners in EducaHealthier Generation in promoting health tional Excellence in Region XIV.
Cerritos Resident Who Received Phone Threats Prompt Sheriff and F.B.I. Investigation n Wednesday, March 18, 2009, a female Cerritos resident received a threatening telephone call. The caller, a Mandarinspeaking male, made reference to the murder of mafia members and said his companions required money to flee the country. He demanded $30,000 from the victim and threatened to harm her husband and children if she did not comply. The victim is not married and has no children. On Thursday, March 19, the victim received another telephone call from the same male, however, the victim refused to speak to him.
Scholarship recipients-1st row : Nancy Lopez,Dorin Dorin, Diana Ramirez, Sonia Gutierrez, Candy Acosta, Susana Montes de Oca Second row: Nadia Argueta,Andrea Garcia,Shola Shodiya,Joselyn Ayala, Amelia Esser awarded and recognized for their leadership, sportsmanship, academic excellence and desire to pursue higher education in spite of many obstacles. The chosen majors had a wide spectrum including English, Nursing, Chemistry , Public Speech, Physical Fitness, Anthropology and so on. Students and their family and friends were welcomed by the President, Gail Ross. Assembly member Tony Mendoza
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tournament will start promptly at 6:30pm. Only persons over 21 years of age will be permitted. Hot dogs, beverages and snacks will be available for purchase. Our Lady of Fatima School offers a comprehensive Catholic educational program with high academic standards for kindergarten through eighth grade. This year the school commemorated 60 years as the only Catholic school in the Artesia and Cerritos communities. The school’s name which is different from the parish name, Holy Family Church, was chosen to honor the hard work and generosity of local Portuguese and Dutch parishioners who made this school a reality. Come join us at OLF’s 2nd Annual Poker Night, you’ll benefit the children of Our Lady of Fatima School and have a chance to take home the top prize! For more information please call Our Lady of Fatima School at (562) 865-1621
Our Lady of Fatima School in Artesia will host its 2nd Annual Texas Hold 'Em Style Poker Tournament on Saturday, April 25, 2009 in the OLF Parish Hall. Saddle up for a fun night and help the children’s educational programs at Our Lady of Fatima School. Round up a ticket now at just $30 for the buy-in ($10 for re-buy, $20 for add-on). Get your tickets at Our Lady of Fatima (OLF) offices or Holy Family Church rectory offices. Prizes include a $500 visa card for 1st place, a $200 visa card for 2nd place, and a $100 visa card for 3rd place (based on 150 participants). Check-in time will be 5:30pm and the
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Needy Families by Dr. Bob Hughlett Seems like a lot of water has passed under the bridge over the last several months. We just finished yet another election and the local agencies that serve our community are all starting to creak from over demand and under funding. But one of my most prominent memories goes all the way back to the Christmas season when there was the combined effort of the local Optimist and Soroptimist Clubs in what was functionally billed as the Needy Family Project. The idea was pretty simple – the local churches and other agencies identify two dozen or so families in our region who are on harder
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times and can’t afford the niceties – or, in some cases, the basics. It is a herculean effort to amass, store, package and deliver what amounted to an instant-Christmas for these families but the rewards far outweigh the sweat it takes to make it happen. Sweat? Try finding, assembling, hefting and delivering an average of 6 or 7 boxes of food, toys, clothing and other household basics per family. Believe it or not, 5 pounds of sugar actually weighs five pounds and, when added to 10 pounds of flour and a box full of other Since I presented my ideas on Februstaples such as peanut butter and beans, ary 26, 2009, for the reorganization of the makes for a heavy load. Then there are Cerritos Commission and Committee systhe hours of work sorting out hundreds tem, I was really surprised by the tremenof toys to assure that 6 year old Freddie dous amount of input that came from Cerdoesn’t wind up with a cosmetic kit and ritos residents. However, the vast majority the Jonas Brothers cd hits appropriately of members of the city commissions and aged years (not sure if any years are apcommittees recommended no reform. On propriate for that stuff but what do I know March 26, 2009, the City Council decided – Jethro Tull is still my guy(s)). to maintain the status quo, surprisingly The Day of Delivery (in all senses without any detailed discussion of the difof the word) is carefully orchestrated ferent points presented in the proposal. mayhem. We pull up What truly surprised in teams of 2 with our me was that the main Something on your mind? polyglot assembly of reason for the opposiEmail to editor@cerritosnews. tion to reform was pick-ups and SUVs, net. Letters and opinions do load up and head to the “if it is not broken, it not represent the viewpoint of does not need fixing.” address of a family or two. Now it all comes the Editor, the Editor reserves However, I feel that into focus. Consider, the right to edit for length and we should take the for example, a delivery grammar. approach “don't wait Sherman and I made in until after the horse has Artesia last December. run away to put a lock I’ll bet you’ve driven by the trailer park on the stable door”. I brought forth the on Pioneer between the Pioneer and 166th proposal for reorganization not because a hundred times and not noticed it was our system is broken, but because it has there. Well, there is one and they have at not adapted to the changes that I have least 50 or so units behind the chain link seen in our community. In the last three fence – including the destination of our decades, Cerritos has changed a lot, and in delivery. We bumbled around to eventumany different ways. We must be aware ally find the right unit – after asking a of the changing ethnic and age diversity in number of helpful residents along the way our city.
Confessions From a Board of Supervisors Not Broken Yet, but Don’t Wait for the Horse TV Addict by Randy Economy to Run Away to Put a OK. I admit it. I’m addicted to Lock on the Barn Door watching the Los Angeles County Board
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of Supervisors on television each and every Wednesday night on KLCS TV. I have been trying to get help about this habit for YEARS. I have searched, but no “support groups” exist for this bizarre habit of mine. Religiously, I watch these meetings till the wee hours into Thursday morning, each and every week. Governments Watchdawgs come from all over the County of Los Angeles to attend these bi-weekly meetings held at the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, located across the street from “Our Lady of Angeles” Cathedral on Temple Street. And each week, it seems like the same ol’ cast of “characters” talk RELIGIOUSLY on EACH and EVERY AGENDA item that appears before the Board of Supervisors. Our local Hometown Hero, Don Knabe, is the current Chairman of the Board of Supervisors. He is joined by four other passionate leaders who, in my opinion, truly care about the welfare of each and every person here in America’s Largest County. Don Knabe is a “Master” when it comes to conducting the “official” business that comes before the Board. He knows his stuff, and we are all better off for having Don representing the community as our Supervisor. Anyway, I feel sorry for Don and his other Supervisors. Each week they are subjected to a cast of “players” who make it their FULL TIME job to get serious “face time” before the media and cameras that cover the “serious” issues within our County Government. Remember, if Los Angeles County was a “State” it would rank as one of 7 largest States in America. The Board of Supervisors oversees BILLIONS upon Billions of public dollars each and every year. Public Accountability is a “must” within these confines. The problem is those who have “selfdeclared” them as the “Watchdogs” of the People are straight out of “Central Casting,” or rejects from a bad “Comedy Central Reality Show.” My favorite County Super Gadfly is this guy from the Westside of LA County by the last name of Sacks. Mr. Sacks, has an opinion on every item on the agenda, and I am talkin’ EVERY item. This guy is determined to get to the bottom of “something” bad, and evil, and
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Taiko X2: Right On! By Glen Creason I admit I am prejudiced. I have been a fan of the On Ensemble since I saw them last at Cerritos and admired their unique hybrid of Taiko drumming and world music. Each of the four members: Masato Baba, Kristofer Bergstrom, Shoji Kameda and Kelvin Underwood are classically trained and have studied in Japan with the legendary Japanese-American Taiko master Kenny Endo. Having Endo perform with them at this concert was both an honor for the young men but a blessing for the large crowd on hand to get their Taiko and eat some sweet musical cake for dessert. Since I equate the word fusion with dilution I will not use it here but what Kenny Endo and subsequently the On Ensemble do is place their improvisations and modern musical forays in fascinating paths of discovery that branch out from the big highway of a centuries old Japanese drumming tradition. Sometimes the paths become highways themselves but at the center of every tune is the drum despite the dozens of instruments and sounds used at this show. This concert began with the basics, the grand tradition of Taiko with Kenny Endo playing the big Taiko drum, turning two sticks and a skin stretched out over this hollow space into a magical journey called “Harukaze.” The large crowd sat up in their seats and got ready for more when On came on stage for “Noon Cycles” that straightened some backbones in rapt attention. When special guests started joining the group it increased the scope but not the
Cerritos Center Masterworks Series The Grammy-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (LAGQ) celebrates the beauty and elegance of Classical guitar in a Masterworks Series concert at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, May 9, 8:00 PM. Tickets, which range from $40-$20, can be purchased at the Ticket Office and www.cerritoscenter. com, or by calling (562) 467-8818. LOS ANGELES GUITAR QUARTET “has set an enviable standard for the range of repertoire, the craftsmanship of the playing and the entertainment potential of
volume, just adding intricacy to the sound. There was Brad Dutz on vibes, Ysanne Spevack on violin and Kaoru Watanabe on flute. These three were really and truly superb, certainly strong enough individually to stand up there and carry a show on their own. Each guest added a certain spice to the mix; Spevack making some tunes drift toward Balkan or Indian tones, Dutz tossing tasty jazz riffs in and Watanabe returning everything back to Japan with his flute. Sometimes there would be a stage full of hand held percussion like on “Spirit of Rice” or a seashell blown as in “Yume no Pahu” or the sort of pedal koto played by Bergstrom and even a didgeridoo from Aborigine Australia. Holding it all together was the powerful, limitless invention of Kenny Endo playing Taiko. The second half was very innovative and stretched the limits of the Japanese tradition out to its outer limits. There was light and lyrical songs like “Little Man” that ended with a wonderful kumidaiko and then there were the amazingly rich sounds of throat singing from Shoji Kameda as in “Yamasong.” In yoga they suggest that you take a pose to its edge and that is where On went for “Waiting,” “Turns,” and “Hisashi” using turntable scratching, throat singing, dozens of percussive inventions, a western drum kit and touches of rock and roll to create a sometimes edgy soundscape. Somehow, it just worked beautifully and “After Rain” dedicated to our dear, dirty LA was like the place itself; a stupendous, multi-textured dream. a four-acoustic-guitar ensemble,” observed the Los Angeles Times. The young group turned many heads, attracting the attention of the L.A. Cultural Affairs Department, which commissioned a tour through Mexico. It was the beginning of a professional ensemble that has earned international acclaim. LAGQ includes founding members John Dearman, William Kanengiser, and Scott Tennant, and their longtime friend, Matthew Greif. Combined, their expertise spans numerous genres, including Samba, Bluegrass, Classical, and Flamenco. With more than a dozen recordings over the last two decades, the foursome has established itself as one of hthepremier group in the world.
That Beautiful Laugh by Al Randall
“Once upon a time, the whole world forgot to laugh.” Collaborating with his cast, Director/Writer, Orlando Pabotoy, Cal State Theater Arts faculty member has conceded, concocted, conceived the rebuttal with music and movement. They call it, THAT BEAUTIFUL LAUGH. The best ‘rebutters’ were recruited from the Cal State University Players. These clowns polished. or unpolished, are master rebutters. “Make ‘em laugh, make ‘em laugh, make ‘em laugh,” sings Donald O’Conner. He leaps and lands, dancing on the walls; he lapses on the lounge; he collapses on the chaise longue - - ‘contused’ and ‘concussed’, luxuriating on the carpet. These plucky, lucky, thirteen clowns: Natasha Chicherina, Kevin Dileo, Kelly Kennedy-Roberts, Gary McKee, Josiah Miller, Aaron Orens, Teena Pugliese, Elisabeth Roche, Amy Talebizabeh, Jillian Taylor, Olivia Travino, Keith Bush, and Alejandra Godinez, have scraped up their own scrappy, happy snappy costumes. Their laughs - horse, faint, blasting, sighing, hesitant, hyena, ’chik-a-deena’, snorted, chuckled, giggled, and ‘swiggled’ - up-close tossed... away-far tossed - gaf-
fawed, neighs, ‘yeahed’, and yippy-ayed’. Will testify: Testimony (for ‘testimoney’) that the young woman student in the front row laughed unstoppably, past a comma, almost into a coma. Laugh, though your heart is breaking; laugh, though your stomach’s aching: laugh, though San Francisco’s quaking; laugh, though the sun is baking; laugh, though the leaves need raking. “Wave the thong; join the throng: laugh loud and long; ignore the gong, embrace the song! Laugh and the world laughs with you. Laugh and sing, you’ll right all wrongs. Performances continue through April 18, 2009. For ticket information, contact: CSULB University Players Studio Theater-South Campus 7th Street, off East Campus Dr 1250 Bellflower Bl. LB 90840 (562) 985-7000 (310) 995-7796
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Continued from page 1 Witt described some of the club’s accomplishments over the years and current goals. These include providing scholarships, donations to Community Family Guidance Center, Su Casa, Rio Hondo Temporary Shelter, Veterans Hospital, Therapeutic Horse Riding Program, Artesia and Cerritos libraries, and Friends of the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. Carmen Ramirez won the grand prize of a Gift Card Tree worth more than $1,000. Altogether 43 raffle baskets went home with raffle winners.. Fran Newman provided music with lunch catered by Koran Venue Services.
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ABC Annual Middle School Science Olympics Held More than 400 middle school students from throughout ABC Unified School District participated in the 11th Annual Middle School Science Olympics held at Haskell Middle School on Mar. 21. The purpose of the Science Olympics is to engage students in competitive science activities in a fun and meaningful way. Middle school students from Carmenita, Ross, Fedde, Haskell, Tetzlaff and Whitney participated in 21 science activities including Bottle Rockets, Roller Coasters, Hot Air Balloons, Forcemobiles, Stomp Rockets, Egg Drop,
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Continued from page 1 dent Sherre Titus said five of the 16 cities that participate in the parade receive no city funds. “Many of the cities have well established associations or foundations, while many of the others rely on fund raising events and contributions.” She said a smaller float of approximately 35-45 ft. with less moving parts could realize cost savings of approximately $100,000. This year’s float cost about $284,000. Voting to continue Cerritos participation in the parade were Councilmember Jim Edwards, Mayor pro-tem Joseph Cho, and Mayor Bruce Barrows. Voting no was Councilmembers Laura Lee and Carol Chen, both who cited the recession and the resulting tight economy as their main reason. The Council voted following comments from residents in attendance that cited the high cost of the float and the fact that five of the 16 cities that participate in the parade raise funds from private sources. They also said the float did not have to be the biggest float but one that was economically more feasible. Councilman Joseph Cho said when he volunteered to help decorate the float in the past he was amazed at the turnout of not only Cerritos residents, but also people from different parts of the country. He said everyone helped each other in a spirit of comradeship. “I cannot think of any other project that has brought so many people together. I think the float helps promote a sense of community.” The Mayor Pro-Tem agreed the float cost should be lower and said he favored some type of foundation be established that would raise funds from the private sector. Councilmember Lee asked when the city first joined the Tournament of Roses how was the money raised? City Manager Art Gallucci said an estimated $50,000 was raised from community groups. Responding to a question about the cost of that float, Titus said it was about $150,000. Lee agreed that the float brings together the community spirit, but it was hard to translate that spirit into dollars. She said with the economy being what it is, she felt it was going to be very hard to raise funds from the private sector, adding that she feels Cerritos should not participate in the parade this year. Titus pointed out that if they stayed out this year there was no guarantee they would be invited back for 2011. “Once we get out, we will be put on a waiting list,” she stated “It’s quite possible we would never get back in,” she added.
Councilmember Carol Chen said she recognized the importance of the float, but she questioned whether the city could afford it. She said the Fine Arts and Historic Commission should be instructed to look down the road to a time when the economy is stronger. Councilman Jim Edwards said he would be in favor of it as long as city programs are not cut. He said residents he talked to suggested the city should cut back on the scale of the float. He said the cost could be cut from the $284,000, the price of this years float, to $180,000 or lower. He said the city would have to set an amount it will pay this year. “If we set $150,000 budget, for example, everything connected with the float will have to stay within that budget. “My main concern is that we do not cut back on any of our community programs.” Mayor Bruce Barrows agreed with comments made by residents attending the meeting and his colleagues on the Council, that there was no reason why the float had to be 55 ft. in length. He said residents have told him the City should cut back on the float’s size. The Mayor also expressed concern that if the city withdrew from the parade, it might not be able to get back in. He said Cerritos does benefit from its exposure in the parade bringing people and businesses to the city. He said you couldn’t afford to buy the media coverage the float brings to the city. Councilmember Lee asked if the city was anticipating any major cuts? Gallucci said no, but he could not predict if the state might come back to the cities for more money. noting that Sacramento was now saying it was short $8 billion. In other business the Council approved an addition to a one-story industrial building located at 16717 Norwalk Blvd. Applicant Kent Browning/Obispo Properties, LLC plans to perform limited automobile restoration to automobiles in the owner’s private collection. The site will not be open to the public or be used for any commercial uses. The Council also approved a waive of fees requested by the 1st Combat Engineer Battalion [CEB] Adoption Committee for a fundraising event at Ironwood Nine in October. The Council voted on Oct. 25, 2007 to adopt the Battalion followed by a formal Adoption Ceremony on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. The purpose of the adoption, through the 1st CEB Adoption Committee, is to provide friendship and moral support to those Marines and be responsive to their emergencies and special needs the Council deems appropriate, and to encourage both communities to cultivate a special relationship of friendship and mutual respect. The Battalion consists of approximately
700-=800 Marines and at any given time, companies consisting of approximately 150 members are deployed to Iraq and/or Afghanistan.
Continued from page 10 supervisor; and Billie Greer, director of Governor Arnold Schwarzengger’s Los Angeles office. Two major donors support the $15 million expansion of the center: the Southland Motor Car Dealers Association and the Greater Los Angeles New Car Dealers Association, each which has contributed $500,000 to the project. Other money includes local bond funds. “Cerritos College is the only community college in California with three manufacturers-sponsored technician programs,” said Steve Berklite, instructional dean of technology. “We have created unique educational partnerships with automotive manufacturers, industry and a Norwood University.” The proposed training center will include a $9 million renovation of the existing three-acre auto complex and a new $6 million automotive partners building that will focus on management education for the auto industry. When completed in 2010, the center will play a large role in filling the ever-changing highly skilled employment needs of the auto industry. Acting President Bill Farmer said, “Training tomorrow’s automotive industry workforce is certainly one of the keys to our economic recovery.” Congresswoman Grace Napolitano agreed, and told those in attendance, that is why she and other members of Congress are determined that the money in the stimulus package earmarked for education gets down to the schools and does not become stuck in the state capitals. The Center is critical in creating thousands of jobs we need to help America’s recoverty,” she said. “Green technology is changing the industry and Cerritos College is leading the path. Supervisor Don Knabe agreed and also expressed concern that money from Washington allocated to Education could become part of the state’s general fund. He praised the college for offering students a solid education and said the expansion of its automotive program not only meets the educational needs of students but the economy too. Cerritos College has offered automotive technology training since the college began in 1955. More than 800 students annually seek certificate degrees and special programs in the disciplines of au-
TO ADVERTISE CALL 800-901-7211 tomotive repair, advanced transportation technologies, auto collision repair, intelligent transportation systems and alternative fuel and hybrids, making it one of the most comprehensive programs in the nation. The program provides students with hand-on, nationally authorized training for GM, Ford, Chrysler and import vehicles, and operates a California Advanced Transportation Technology Center partially subsidized by the state to encourage development of alternative fuel sources. Farmer cited the agreement Cerritos College has with the ABC Unified School District as an example, where high school students can take automotive classes at the College and begin earning credit toward a Bachelor’s Degree. He said the college was one of 10 schools in California selected to teach Alternative Fuels Technology under the Advanced Transportation Technology Energy Initiative grant. Northwood University, based in Midland, Michigan, has campuses in Florida and Texas and partners with Cerritos College to offer a Bachelor’s in Business Administration degree and Automotive Marketing and Management. Qualified students can attend Cerritos College for three years and then take their fourth year of courses with Northwood University at Cerritos College and earn a bachelor’s degree, described as a unique partnership among the community colleges in California. A highlight of the program was the showcase of environment-friendly vehicles that included: the BMW Hydrogen 7, Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell SUV, Chevrolet Impara CNG powered by IMPCO Technologies, Dodge Durango Hybrid, Ford Escape Hybrid, GMC Yukon Hybrid, Lexus Hybrid, Long Beach Transit Bus V10 gas engine, Mitsubishi full electric i-MiEV, Pontiac G8 with enhanced performance and gas mileage by aftermarket parts, Tesla Electric, and the Volkswagen Jetta Clean Diesel.
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Continued from page 4 Asian-Americans now constitute a majority in the city. Furthermore, the non-English speaking population is growing. The changing face of our city creates new challenges. We must be conscious of this diversity in working to build a sense of community among all of our residents. We should have a commission or committee to develop a specific plan of action to address these issues. This was the motivation behind my idea for a Community Development Commission. Based on the most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2007 there were 15,645 senior citizens aged 55 years or older living in Cerritos. Seniors now account for 29.3% of our city’s population, and their number has increased by over 30% since the 2000 census. Because this growth trend will likely continue in the future, I feel that we should have a Senior Citizen Committee, which would be able handle all issues related to the well-being of our senior citizens. The committee could not be limited to the programs offered at the Cerritos Senior Citizens Center, but would also look into State and Federal programs including Social Security, transportation, housing, health, medical, recreation, education, welfare, crossing guards, etc. Other reforms that I proposed were motivated by my desire to hold our wonderful community and the City of Cerritos to the highest standards of customer service and efficiency. Based on my observations, the Property Preservation Commission can be perceived as a ‘Bad Cop’ holding a big stick and the Economic Development Commission has been somewhat idle in the last two years. Since the City Council expressed its desire to ultimately have the Rose Parade Float privately funded, the Fine Arts and Historical Commission will be left to handle only the approval of public art projects, something that I cannot envision happening more than once or twice a year. This is not broken, but it is not good customer service, and not very efficient. We could make our Community Safety Committee meeting more user friendly by extending the committee's reach deeper into the community and get more resident participation. That is why I recommended re-formatting the Community Safety Committee meetings into a town hall style meeting. Furthermore, I strongly recommend televising the meetings which usually contain information that would be very valuable to Cerritos residents. The communication between the City and its residents is very important, and we need more community involvement and input. We are fortunate and thankful to our City founders who had a vision to provide the fine facilities and healthy environment we are enjoying today. We should open our eyes, see the reality and keep in mind that if we simply maintain the status quo today, we will find ourselves tomorrow lagging behind those who had the foresight to plan for the future.
COMMUNITY NEWS GROUP • APRIL 3, 2009 11 communication, grammar, speaking, and Regardless of the Council's decision, writing skills. I am happy that the whole community Mr. Huang’s explanation of the logo had an opportunity to have a discussion is that our learning process begins with on improving our system and on bringthe ABC’s; and the design of the “A” is ing positive change to our community. I drawn backward to illustrate a revoluwould like to thank everybody who took tion and transformation. It is a continual part in the process by providing input, either in agreement or in opposition to my motion that starts up from the bottom right and goes up until it gets to the top, proposal. and proceeds back down to the base For the second half of my Council term, I promise to continue my dedication, without a pause. It continues to make a loop through to meet the other letters and hard work and commitment to lead and to they travel together. In addition, the three bring about changes and reforms that will letters are connected and represent the make Cerritos an even better place to live mixed, united, and cooperative culture at and work for our families. Joseph Cho, Ph.D. the adult school. The long line through Call Terry or Bob Thornton Mayor Pro Tem, City of Cerritos the letters upwards represents a road (562) 925-4345 (562) 860-5850 showing a gateway of diversity. He said, “We can all learn together at ABC Adult School and the students can build a bright future with many career opportunities.” , INC The adult school provides meaningful educational opportunities that encourage Block Walls • Concrete lifelong learning and improves the quality Lic. No. 469934 of life for all students. This new logo will Wei Huang – Lifelong Learner be proudly displayed and the thoughtful effort of The the artist ABC Adult will be reSchool remembered cently held for years to a logo concome. test, open The for the ABC Adult students School is and staff located participaat 12254 tion. On Cuesta Thursday, Drive, in March the City 26th, a of Cerceremony ritos and was held to is open to announce all adults. the winner, For more Assistant Principal Martha Noz, Wei Huang, Assistant student information Wei Huang. Principal Dr. Rebecca Caudillo, Principal Dr. Pao-Ling on programs Mr. Huang Guo. offered, is a graphic please call artist but at(562) 926-6734 or visit the website at: tends classes in the English as a Second www.abcadultschool.com. Language (ESL) program to improve his
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Artesia Loses Big Lead But Recovers Late For Win Over Cerritos By Loren Kopff When the Artesia and Cerritos baseball teams met last Friday in the back end of a home and home series, both teams were already angry but not after each other. It wasn't too long ago that a daily paper said the two teams were not considered Suburban League contenders. So, they wanted to prove that they belonged near the top of the league and a Cerritos victory would have put the Dons in a tie for first place after the first week of league action. But it was Artesia which scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth and came back for a 10-8 victory. Following a 4-3 victory over Glendale the next day, the Pioneers improved to 5-6 overall and already have two more wins than all of last season. "We're glad we got the "W" but we didn't really set out to do what we wanted to do today," said Artesia head coach Michael Gaoghagen. "We didn't want to have a close game at all. We got our 6-0 lead and we had the bases loaded a couple of times and we could have put them away but we didn't." But for Cerritos head coach Will Stecher, he has seen this picture one too many times and is getting more and more frustrated. The Dons were one strike away from going through the first inning unscathed but a pair of errors led to six
unearned runs and the team finished the game with half a dozen miscues. Cerritos would rally for six runs in the fifth and sixth innings combined, but couldn't hold on for what would have been its third win in 10 games but more importantly, remain undefeated in league action. "We know we can come back on anybody, so I'm looking at it as a lost opportunity," Stecher said. "I can't see any positives out of this. It's frustrating with the lack of focus and the lack of effort." Artesia junior catcher Giovanni Vidal reached second on the first of the two errors before senior first baseman Bryan Ji was walked on four pitches. The next three batters then were facing two strikes but before you knew it, the Pioneers, who had scored 29 runs in their previous nine games, had a 6-0 lead. After that, junior pitcher Travis Crammer had held the Pioneers in check, allowing two hits and walking three over the next four innings. While he was doing his job, the offense finally got to Jeff Gunter in the top of the third. Junior right fielder Richard Jaramillo singled and scored on a triple from sophomore Matt Villalba. Senior center fielder Dustin Pleta then drove in Villalba with a sacrifice fly to make it a 6-2 contest. In the top of the fifth, Gunter walked Villalba and hit Pleta before being replaced by junior Ian Horne. One out later, he served up a double to junior shortstop Matt Kamiyama to bring the visitors within two runs. Three batters later, junior catcher Alec Fredriksz singled in a pair of runs and Cerritos hard roared back to tie the game. One inning later, Crammer drove in junior pinch runner Rajean Daily for what was thought to be an insurance run at 8-6. But the Dons ran into a common problem that has been lingering around for several years...not closing out games. With one out in the bottom of the sixth, Artesia designated hitter Abel Chavez doubled down the left field line and pinch runner Jeff Samreth scored on a run scoring double from junior second baseman Tyler Guerra. Then with two outs, Horne singled to left and sophomore right fielder Jhovanny Ortiz plated Horne with a double to left for the eventual game winner. "That's our number one problem that I don't know how to deal with," Stecher said of the defensive mistakes. "One mistake-our pitcher can't pick [the defense] up or our shortstop can't get in front of a groundball. Then it snowballs from there. It's been our worst own enemy since I've
been around. It's a culture here that we're trying to change and we're trying to find a team brave enough to change that culture and stop feeling sorry for themselves. I have zero comprehension for consistently being Jekyll and Hyde." Chavez and Ortiz each went two for four and sophomore Jose Esparza worked the final two and two thirds to pick up his first victory of the season. The Pioneers, who visited league favorite La Mirada this past Wednesday, will host the Matadores today and Inglewood on Saturday before visiting John Glenn on Wednesday. Artesia began the week winning five of its last six games and scoring 36 runs during that time after crossing the plate seven times in its first five games. "I expect that we'll do pretty good," Gaoghagen said. "The [Press-Telegram] picked us for last or second to last. But it's a long way to go and [the league race] is going to be close. We really expected to be 2-0 [in league] and we're not. We're 1-1, so we've got to beat someone that we probably shouldn't beat. We're still trying to figure out some things." "I think they're a scrappy ball club," Stecher said of his opponent. "I see some positive things they're doing. I know coach Gaoghagen is going to battle these guys to try to get them ready. I know his assistant coach is a solid guy and a solid coach. There's some ability there." The Dons, who got six hits from six different players, hosted Mayfair this past Wednesday and will visit the Monsoons today. On Wednesday, Cerritos is home to up and coming Norwalk.
Girl's H.S. Softball Gahr's Focus Is Lost In Doubleheader Sweep To Bishop Montgomery, Losing Streak Reaches Seven Games By Loren Kopff Gahr softball head coach Mike Rogers thought by starting a doubleheader this past Tuesday against Bishop Montgomery at 2:30, it would give both clubs a better chance of playing both games in their en-
tirety. Maybe the first game should have started at 2:00. Or maybe the Gladiators could have avoided a long top of the seventh inning in the fist game that saw the Knights score 12 times en route to a 22-2 pasting of the home team. They completed the sweep with a 13-10 nightcap victory that saw the hosts have the tying run come up to bat, but with no more daylight after five innings. In any event, the young and somewhat inexperienced Gladiators fell for the seventh straight time and had their worst loss since a 15-0 setback to Kennedy on Mar. 15, 2005. Bishop Montgomery pounded out 26 hits in the first game, the most allowed by Gahr pitching since Warren collected 14 in 2006. "The first game was pretty bad," Rogers said. "I was very disappointed in their performance and their lack of effort. It was very disheartening." Gahr woke up in the second game after falling behind 13-0 heading into the bottom of the third. With one out, freshman catcher Krystal Purkey tripled to the right field gap before Bishop Montgomery pitcher Jessika Reyes walked sophomore shortstop Jasmine Ruiz and junior center fielder Olivia Arredondo. That set the stage for sophomore third baseman Nani Mejia, who singled in a pair of runs. After Reyes walked senior first baseman Holly Sloan, junior designated player Erika Jackson singled in two runs and Sloan crossed the plate on a throwing error. In the next inning, senior second baseman Brittney Miller launched a solo home run to center and a few batters later, Sloan doubled in two more runs to make it a 13-8 contest. As darkness was soon approaching by the time the fifth inning came, the Gladiators refused to give up as freshman JoJo Ayala singled and eventually scored on a wild pitch. Miller would also come home on the third error of the game for the Knights. But with runners on second and third with one out, Gahr couldn't get that all important hit to at least tie the game. This was the second straight week that the second game of a doubleheader was called after five innings because of darkness. On Mar. 24, Gahr lost to Los Alamitos 15-2 and 9-5. "It could have been a different outcome," Rogers said of the second game. "They showed a lot more heart. That's what we talked about. They need to be consistent. The hardest thing is we're a young team and they need to learn how to win and right now they're learning to lose. They need to stay competitive and be consistent and it's tough. It's the toughest thing to teach them." Eight different players collected Home ofone the hit a piece in the second game, which dropped Gahr's record to 3-9 as the Gladi-
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Continued from page 4 ends up seeing red when the light goes off and his 5 minutes are up. Not to worry, Sacks magically appears on the next item on the Agenda, and his rants continue on and on till the meeting is done. One night, I counted 13 times in which Sacks spoke before the Board of Supes. 13 times 5 minutes is 1 Hour and 5 Minutes of “face time” at ONE LA County Board Meeting. Get the Hook, Don. The other “classic” public icon that appears each and every meeting is ol’ Doc. Genevieve. She talks with a passionate, deep Russian voice and she questions hospital closings, HIV/AIDS program cuts, staff cuts and over staffing, bad behavior within the ranks of the LA County Sheriff’s Department, human rights, domestic violence, complex budget issues, and loves to take on County Administrator William T Fujioka on everything from accountability to the color of the tie he wears. But, by far, the GREATEST gadfly to EVER appear before the LA County Board of Supervisors in rapper turned Activist, the one and only….”Mr. Zuma Dogg.” Mr. Dogg is a legend in Venice Beach. He looks like a cross between the Infamous “Uni-Bomber” or a someone who is out on a Weekend Pass from “one of those” institutions where people go who have “issues.” Believe it or not, Zuma Dogg does all of his public talks in “rap” as is “the music.” “Zuma Dogg” is actually David Saltsburg and he declares himself as “L.A.'s Bamboozle-Buster shining light on political shadiness.” Zuma ran for Mayor of
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CITY OF CERRITOS NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. on the following matter: REVIEW AND CONSIDERATION OF THE 2008-2014 HOUSING ELEMENT UPDATE OF THE CERRITOS GENERAL PLAN. NEGATIVE DECLARATION This public hearing will be conducted in the Council Chambers of the Cerritos City Hall, Cerritos Civic Center, Bloomfield Avenue and 183rd Street, Cerritos, California, 90703. The meeting will also air live on Cerritos TV3 and will be streamed over the City of Cerritos web site at www.ci.cerritos.ca.us. If you challenge the above mentioned agenda item and related actions in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Planning Commission, at, or prior to the public hearing. Any person interested in this matter may contact the Department of Community Development at (562) 916-1201, for additional information and/or appear at the hearing in person or by agent and be heard. Dated:
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the City Council of the City of Artesia will hold the Regular City Council Meeting in the City Council Chambers of the Artesia City Hall, 18747 Clarkdale Avenue, Artesia, California at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, April 13, 2009 to conduct a Public Hearing to consider the following item: CASE NO. 2009-01
Property Acquisition 18510 Corby Avenue
City of Artesia, 18747 Clarkdale Avenue, Artesia, Ca. 90701 A request for approval for the proposed property acquisition and to allow the subject property to be used for a parking facility pursuant to the requirements of the Artesia Municipal Code Section 9-2.2402 for the property located at 18510 Corby Avenue in the Multiple Family Residential (M-R) Zone. If you challenge this action in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in the notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the City Council at, or prior to, the public hearing. All interested persons are invited to attend this hearing and express their opinion on the matter listed above.
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March 26, 2009 /s/Torrey N. Contreras Torrey N. Contreras Director of Community Development Published at Los Cerritos Community Newspaper 4/3/09
IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE DISTRICT COURT DIVISION FILE NO: 08 SP 756
JOHNSTON COUNTY IN RE: CRYSTAL JENNIFER ARCE (full name by which adoptee is to be known if adoption granted)
NOTICE OF SERVICE OF PROCESS BY PUBLICATION TO: THE UNKNOWN FATHER of the adoptee, Crystal Jennifer Uribe, a female child, born January 1, 1996 at Pioneer Hospital in Artesia, California to Marlene Uribe (date of birth: 8/23/77). TAKE NOTICE that a petition seeking to adopt the above-named child has been filed in the above-captioned action. This Notice is being served, pursuant to NCGS 48-2-401(c) on any biological or possible biological fathers who are unknown or whose whereabouts are unknown. “John Doe” biological father may identify himself based on the name and date of birth of the mother, the date of birth and place of birth of the child stated above, and . YOU ARE REQUIRED to file a response to said Petition not later than May 6, 2009, said date being 40 days from the first publication of this Notice in order to participate and to receive further notice of the proceeding, including notice of the time and place of any hearing. Your failure to respond will impact your parental rights. Any parental rights that you may have will be terminated upon entry of the order of adoption. This the 24th day of March, 2009. BY:_______________________________ Dionne L. Fortner Attorney At Law PO Box 708 Smithfield, NC 27577 (919) 934 4000 State Bar No.: 22174
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ABC UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT NOTICE CALLING FOR BIDS
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the ABC Unified School District will receive up to but not later than 11:00 AM on April 9, 2009 sealed bids for:
Bid # ABC – 1347 FOR RISO SUPPLY All bids shall be made and presented on a form furnished by the District. Bids submitted conform to the terms and conditions stated on said form. Bids shall be received in the office of the Purchasing Department at 16700 Norwalk Blvd., Cerritos, CA., 90703 and shall be opened and publicly read aloud at the above stated time and place. Bids and specifications may be obtained from the Purchasing Department at the above address on March 26, 2009 or later Los Cerritos Community News
March 26, 2009 April 2, 2009
Published at Los Cerritos Community Newspaper 3/27/09
NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE T.S. No. 08-22515-SP-CA Loan No. 0009891078 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED07/10/2006. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. A public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, (cashier's check(s) must be made payable to National Default Servicing Corporation), 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; will be held by the duly appointed trustee as shown below, of all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by the trustee in the hereinafter described property under and pursuant to a Deed of Trust described below. The sale will be made in an "as is" condition, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by the Deed of Trust, with interest and late charges thereon, as provided in the note(s), advances, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. Trustor: LUCILA ORNELAS, A MARRIED WOMAN, AS HER SOLE AND SEPARATE PROPERTY Duly Appointed Trustee: NATIONAL DEFAULT SERVICING CORPORATION Recorded 07/21/2006 as Instrument No. 06 1611479 of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, California. Date of Sale: 04/17/2009 at 10:30 A.M. Place of Sale: At the west side of the Los Angeles County Courthouse, directly facing Norwalk Blvd., 12720 Norwalk Blvd., Norwalk, CA Estimated amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $311,224.52 Street Address or other common designation of real property: 11618 208TH STREET, LAKEWOOD, CA 90715 A.P.N.: 7059-013032 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address or other common designation, if any, shown above. If no street address or other common designation is shown, directions to the location of the property may be obtained by sending a written request to the beneficiary within 10 days of the date of first publication of this Notice of Sale. 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 undersigned mortgagee, beneficiary or authorized agent for the mortgagee or beneficiary pursuant to California Civil Code 2923.5(b} declares that the mortgagee, beneficiary or the mortgagee's or beneficiary's authorized agent has either contacted the borrower or tried with due diligence to contact the borrower as required by California Civil Code 2923.5. Date: 03/27/2009 NATIONAL DEFAULT SERVICING CORPORATION 2525 East Camelback Road, Suite 200 Phoenix, AZ 85016 phone 602-264-6101 Sales Line 714259-7850; as of 6/23/08 714-730-2727 Sales Website: www.ndscorp.com/sales Nichole Alford, TRUSTEE SALES REPRESENTATIVE ASAP# 3032340 03/27/2009, 04/03/2009, 04/10/2009
NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE TS # CA-08-210942-TC Loan # 1006111650 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 7/25/2005. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. A public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier's check drawn on a state or national bank, check drawn by state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, or savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 to the Financial code and authorized to do business in this state, will be held by duly appointed trustee. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by the Deed of Trust, with interest and late charges thereon, as provided in the note(s), advances, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. BENEFICIARY MAY ELECT TO BID LESS THAN THE TOTAL AMOUNT DUE. Trustor(s): MARIA P. GONZALES, A MARRIED WOMAN, AS HER SOLE AND SEPARATE PROPERTY Recorded: 8/8/2005 as Instrument No. 05 1881822 in book -, page - of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, California; Date of Sale: 4/17/2009 at 10:30 AM Place of Sale: At the West side of the Los Angeles County Courthouse, directly facing Norwalk Blvd., 12720 Norwalk Blvd., Norwalk, CA. Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $620,444.51 The purported property address is: 10803 166TH ST CERRITOS, CA 90703 Assessors Parcel No. 7016-026-032 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the property address or other common designation, if any, shown herein. If no street address or other common designation is shown, directions to the location of the property may be obtained by sending a written request to the beneficiary within 10 days of the date of first publication of this Notice of Sale. 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. Date: 3/23/2009 Quality Loan Service Corp. 2141 5th Avenue San Diego, CA 92101 619-645-7711 For NON SALE information only Sale Line: 714-730-2727 or Login to: www.fidelityasap.com Reinstatement Line: (877) 908-4357 Quality Loan Service, Corp. If you have previously been discharged through bankruptcy, you may have been released of personal liability for this loan in which case this letter is intended to exercise the note holder's rights against the real property only. THIS NOTICE IS SENT FOR THE PURPOSE OF COLLECTING A DEBT. THIS FIRM IS ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT ON BEHALF OF THE HOLDER AND OWNER OF THE NOTE. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED BY OR PROVIDED TO THIS FIRM OR THE CREDITOR WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. As required by law, you are hereby notified that a negative credit report reflecting on your credit record may be submitted to a credit report agency if you fail to fulfill the terms of your credit obligations. ASAP# 3036927 03/27/2009, 04/03/2009, 04/10/2009
NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE T.S. No.: 2008-01404 Loan No.: 1006848138 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 3/17/2006. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. A public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier's check drawn on a state or national bank, check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, or savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state will be held by the duly appointed trustee as shown below, of all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by the trustee in the hereinafter described property under and pursuant to a Deed of Trust described below. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by the Deed of Trust, with interest and late charges thereon, as provided in the note(s), advances, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. BENEFICIARY MAY ELECT TO BID LESS THAN THE TOTAL AMOUNT DUE. Trustor: SALVADOR CERROS AND CECILIA CERROS, HUSBAND AND WIFE, AS JOINT TENANTS Duly Appointed Trustee: Atlantic & Pacific Foreclosure Services, LLC Recorded 3/30/2006 as Instrument No. 20060679784 in book , page and rerecorded on - as - of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, California, Date of Sale: 4/17/2009 at 10:30 AM Place of Sale: At the west side of the Los Angeles County Courthouse, directly facing Norwalk Blvd., 12720 Norwalk Blvd., Norwalk, California Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $638,321.58 Street Address or other common designation of real property: 12729 ANDY STREET CERRITOS, California 90703-000 A.P.N.: 7030-016-021 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address or other common designation, if any, shown above. If no street address or other common designation is shown, directions to the location of the property may be obtained by sending a written request to the beneficiary within 10 days of the date of first publication of this Notice of Sale. We may report information about your account to credit bureaus. Late payments, missed payments or other defaults on your account may be reflected in your credit report. This communication is for the purposes of collecting a debt, and information obtained will be used for that purpose. This notice is required by the provisions of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and does not imply that we are attempting to collect money from anyone who has discharged the debt under the bankruptcy laws of the United States. If you have been discharged from personal liability on the mortgage because of bankruptcy proceedings and have not reaffirmed the mortgage, this letter is not an attempt to collect a debt from you, but merely provides informational notice that foreclosure proceedings to enforce the lien against the property to satisfy some or all of the debt are commencing. Date: 03/27/2009 Atlantic & Pacific Foreclosure Services, LLC 1610 E. Saint Andrew Pl., Suite 150F Santa Ana, CA 92705 Automated Sale Information: 714-7302727 or www.lpsasap.com for NON-SALE information: 888-313-1969 Tai Alailima, Foreclosure Manager ASAP# 3035234 03/27/2009, 04/03/2009, 04/10/2009
TO ADVERTISE CALL 800-901-7211 CITY OF CERRITOS ORDINANCE NO. 945 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS AMENDING TITLE 1 OF THE CERRITOS MUNICIPAL CODE BY ADDING CHAPTER 1.10 TO ESTABLISH AN ADMINISTRATIVE CITATION PROCESS. THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS, CALIFORNIA DOES HEREBY ORDAIN AS FOLLOWS: SECTION 1. Title 1 of the Cerritos Municipal Code is hereby amended by adding Chapter 1.10 to read as follows: Chapter 1.10 Administrative Citations Sections 1.10.010 Purpose. 1.10.020 Definitions. 1.10.030 Enforcement authority. 1.10.040 Scope. 1.10.050 Compliance orders and office conferences. 1.10.060 Administrative citation. 1.10.070 Administrative fines. 1.10.080 Issuing permits or licenses. 1.10.090 Administrative hearing. 1.10.100 Judicial review/right to appeal. 1.10.010 Purpose. (a) This chapter is adopted pursuant to the city’s police powers and Government Code § 53069.4 for the purpose of making any violation of the Cerritos Municipal Code subject to an administrative fine and to set forth procedures for the imposition and collection of such fines. (b) The purpose and intent of this chapter is to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the city’s residents and to provide an efficient and cost effective method of enforcing the Cerritos Municipal Code and the city’s ordinances. The purpose and intent of the city’s imposition of fines is to encourage compliance with and deter future violations of the Cerritos Municipal Code. (c) The administrative enforcement procedures set forth in this chapter are in addition to all other legal remedies, criminal or civil, which the city may choose to pursue. Nothing in this chapter is intended to, or does, supersede, replace or otherwise limit the now existing powers of the city to enforce its laws. The use of this chapter is at the sole discretion of the city. 1.10.020 Definitions. (a) Administrative Citation. “Administrative Citation” or “citation” means a citation issued pursuant to this chapter. (b) Responsible Person or Person Responsible. “Responsible Person” or “Person Responsible” means the person(s) to whom an enforcement officer issued an administrative citation pursuant to this chapter, and includes any of the following: (1) A person who causes a code violation to occur; (2) A person who maintains or allows a code violation to continue, by his or her action or failure to act; (3) A person whose agent, employee, or independent contractor causes a code violation by its action or failure to act; (4) A person who is the owner of, and/or a person who is a lessee or sub lessee with the current right of possession of, real property where a property-related code violation occurs; and (5) A person who is the on-site manager of a business who normally works daily at the site when the business is open and is responsible for the activities on such premises. (c) Department Director. “Department Director” means the director or designee for the department responsible for issuing a citation pursuant to this chapter. (d) Enforcement Officer. “Enforcement Officer” means any individual authorized to issue an Administrative Citation pursuant to this chapter. (e) Violation. “Violation” means any condition caused or permitted to exist in violation of any provision of this code or any ordinance of the city or of any condition of any permit or license required by this code and issued by the city. A violation may include failure to correct, abate, or remove any condition expressly prohibited by this code or any ordinance of the city or any such permit or license. 1.10.030 Enforcement authority. (a) The following designated officers and employees have the authority to administer and enforce the provisions of this chapter: (1) Community and Safety Services Director; (2) Community Development Director; (3) Code Enforcement Officers as authorized by the Community and Safety Services Director to enforce provisions of the Cerritos Municipal Code; (b) In addition to the officials designated above, the City Manager may designate any individual to administer and enforce the provisions of this chapter. 1.10.040 Scope. (a) Any violation is subject to citation under this chapter. (b) The procedures established in this chapter supplement and are in addition to any criminal or civil remedy established by law. Use of the provisions of this chapter does not waive the City’s ability to use any other enforcement remedies found within this code. 1.10.050 Compliance orders and office conferences. (a) Before issuing an administrative citation for any violation of the Cerritos Municipal Code, the enforcement officer must first issue a written compliance order and provide an opportunity for an office conference to the responsible person(s) for the violation(s) unless the violation constitutes an immediate threat to public health or safety. The compliance order must contain all of the following: (1) The date on which, and geographic location where, the violation was observed; (2) The section number of this code violated; (3) A description of the conditions causing the code violation; (4) Actions required to correct the violation; (5) A reasonable time period for the correction of the violation; and (6) Notice that if the violation is not corrected by the date specified in the compliance order that an administrative citation may be issued and administrative fines imposed for failure to correct violations by the date specified. (b) Violations under the authority of the Property Preservation Commission require an adopted resolution to precede the issuance of an administrative citation. (c) Correction of Violation. No further action is required if the enforcement officer determines that all violations in the compliance order were cured. If the enforcement officer determines that all violations were not corrected within the time specified, an administrative citation may be issued to each person named in the compliance order as a responsible person. 1.10.060 Administrative citation. (a) Issuing Administrative Citations. An enforcement officer may issue an administrative citation in a form approved by the City Manager to the responsible person for any violation by either personal service or by mail as described in subsections (a)(1) and (a)(2) below. If after reasonable efforts the enforcement officer is unable to serve the citation by such methods, then the enforcement officer may serve the citation by posting the citation as described in subsection (a)(3) below. If after reasonable efforts the enforcement officer is unable to serve the citation by personal service, or by mail, or by posting as described below, then the enforcement officer may serve the citation by publication as set forth in subsection (A)(4) below. (1) Personal Service. In any case where an administrative citation is issued by personal service the enforcement officer must personally serve the responsible person with the administrative citation. Service under this subsection is effective at the time the notice is personally served. (2) Service of Citation by Mail. In any case where an administrative citation is served by mail, the administrative citation must be mailed to the responsible person by certified mail, postage prepaid with a requested return receipt, and by first class mail. Service of the administrative citation is deemed effective upon return. If the administrative citation is returned unsigned, then service is deemed effective pursuant to first class mail ten (10) days after the citation is placed in the mail with first class postage, provided the citation sent by first class mail is not returned. (3) Service of Citation by Posting. If the enforcement officer is unable to serve the administrative citation by personal service, or by certified or first-class mail, a copy of the citation may be posted on any real property within the city in which the enforcement officer has reasonable belief that the responsible person may be found or in which the responsible person has a legal interest. Service under this subsection is deemed effective 24 hours after the notice is posted. (4) Service of Citation by Publication. If the enforcement officer cannot serve the administrative citation by personal service, or by certified or first class mail, or by posting, the citation may be published in at least one newspaper circulated in the City. The publication must be once a week for four successive weeks in a newspaper published at least once per week. Service under this subsection is deemed effective 24 hours after the fourth weekly publication of the notice. (b) The administrative citation must contain the following information: (1) The date the administrative citation is issued; (2) The code section(s) violated and a brief description of the conditions resulting in the violation(s); (3) The date, approximate time, and address or description of the location where the violation(s) occurred; (4) The amount of fine imposed for the violation; (5) The manner by which the administrative citation may be paid, including location where payments may be tendered and the due date for paying the fine; (6) A description of the penalties for failure to pay the fine; (7) A brief description of the administrative citation review process, including the time within which the administrative citation may be contested and the manner in which a request for review of the citation may be requested; (8) To the extent reasonably practical, the full legal name of the responsible person(s), the responsible person’s current residential address and mailing address, the responsible person’s telephone number, and the responsible person’s signature; (9) An order prohibiting the continued or repeated occurrence of the violation described in the administrative citation; and (10) The name of the enforcement officer. 1.10.070 Administrative fines. (a) Any responsible person who receives an administrative citation is subject to the payment of fines as set out in the penalty schedule for administrative fines as adopted by City Council resolution. An administrative penalty may be assessed by means of an administrative citation issued by an enforcement officer, and is payable directly to the City of Cerritos. A portion of each penalty constitutes reimbursement for the city’s administrative expenses in issuing and processing the citation. Penalties must be collected in accordance with
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the procedures specified in this chapter. Payment of a penalty does not excuse the failure to correct the violation nor does it bar further enforcement action by the city. In the case of violations of the building, plumbing or electrical codes, an administrative citation cannot be issued until after the responsible party is provided notice and a reasonable opportunity to correct the violation, and failed to do so. (b) Payment of Administrative Fines. An administrative citation fine must be paid to the city within thirty (30) days from the date of the administrative citation fine. (c) Delinquency Penalty. Any person, who fails to pay to the city the amount of any fine imposed pursuant to the provisions of this section, is liable for the payment of an additional delinquency penalty. The delinquency penalty is equal to one hundred (100) percent of the amount due the city not to exceed one hundred dollars ($100.00), or if a portion of the fine amount was timely paid one hundred (100) percent of the amount of the fine remaining unpaid to the city not to exceed one hundred dollars ($100.00). (d) Failure of any person to pay the fines assessed by an administrative citation may result in the matter being referred for collection which may include, without limitation, the filing of a small claims court action. 1.10.080 Issuing permits or licenses. If an enforcement officer issues an administrative citation because the responsible person(s) lacks a required permit or license required by this code, and the fine is delinquent, the city will not issue the permit or license, until the delinquent fine, and any applicable penalties and interest, is paid. 1.10.090 Administrative hearing. (a) Request for Hearing. If the responsible person wishes to contest the issuance of an administrative citation the responsible person must request an administrative hearing within fifteen (15) days after the date the city served the responsible person with the administrative citation. Requests must be submitted to the designate of the city manager and be accompanied by an advance deposit of the fine or request a hardship waiver. (b) Hardship Waiver. A responsible person financially unable to make an advance deposit of the administrative fine may file for a hardship waiver. The request must be filed in conjunction with the request for an administrative hearing as directed by the city manager. (1) The city manager’s designate will review the request and determine whether a waiver is justified. A waiver may only be approved if the request for waiver is accompanied by an affidavit signed under penalty of perjury, together with any supporting documents or materials demonstrating the actual financial inability to deposit the full amount of the fine. (2) The city manager’s designate will inform the responsible person in writing within fifteen (15) days regarding whether the waiver was approved. The determination must be served upon the responsible person by mail at the address provided in the waiver application. The city manager’s designate’s determination is final. (3) Should the city manager’s designate determine that a waiver is not justified, the responsible person must deposit the fine amount with the city not later than fifteen (15) days after the date of that decision. Failure to make a deposit within fifteen (15) days after waiver denial is deemed a waiver of the responsible person’s right to an administrative hearing and the administrative fine will be deemed delinquent. (c) Notification of Hearing. Upon receipt of the payment of the administrative fine and request for a hearing, the city shall give notice to the responsible person of the time, date, and location of the hearing. The hearing shall be held not less than fifteen (15) days nor more than sixty (60) days after the receipt of the request. Any documentation, other than the administrative citation, that the enforcement official has submitted or will submit to the hearing officer shall be sent to the responsible person by regular first class mail at least five days before the date on which the hearing is scheduled. The documentation shall be made available upon request at the time of the hearing. (d) Selection of hearing officer. The City Manager may designate the hearing officer for the administrative citation hearing by appointment or contract. (e) Evidentiary Rules. The city bears the burden of proving a violation of the code by a preponderance of the evidence. The administrative citation and any additional reports submitted by the enforcement official constitutes prima facie evidence of the respective facts contained in those documents. Both the responsible person and the enforcement officer have the opportunity to testify, cross-examine witnesses and present additional evidence concerning the administrative citation. Evidence may include, without limitation, witness testimony, documents, or other similar evidence. Formal rules of evidence do not apply, but all evidence presented must be relevant and material to the issues of whether the violation alleged in the citation occurred or whether the responsible person was responsible for the violation. (f) Waiver of Personal Appearance at Hearing. In lieu of personally appearing at an administrative hearing, the responsible person may request that the hearing officer decide the matter based upon the citation itself and written argument and any documentary evidence signed under penalty of perjury submitted prior to the time of the scheduled hearing by the responsible person. (g) Failure to Appear at Hearing. Failure of a responsible person to appear at the hearing is deemed a waiver of the right to be personally present at the hearing. The hearing officer must then decide the matter based upon the citation itself, any documentary evidence previously submitted, and any additional evidence that may be presented at the hearing by the enforcement officer. (h) Attendance of Enforcement Officer. The enforcement officer who issued the administrative citation may, but is not required to, attend the administrative hearing. If the enforcement officer does not attend, the enforcement officer may before the hearing date submit reports, photos, or other documentation regarding the violation to the hearing officer for consideration at the hearing. (i) Continuation of Hearings. The hearing officer may continue any hearing and request additional information from the enforcement officer or responsible person before issuing a written decision. (j) Decision of Hearing Officer. Based upon the evidence presented, the hearing officer shall provide a written decision to the parties within fifteen (15) days of the hearing. 1.10.100 Judicial review/right to appeal. If an administrative order is rendered in favor of the city, the responsible person may seek judicial review of the administrative order in the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Bellflower District, by filing an appeal of the administrative order pursuant to, and paying the fee required by, Government Code § 53069.4 within twenty (20) days after service of the administrative order. Pursuant to Government Code § 53069.4, the appealing party must serve a copy of the notice of appeal in person or by first-class mail upon the City Clerk. If no notice of appeal is filed within the twenty (20) day period, the decision is final. SECTION 2. The City Clerk shall certify to the passage of this ordinance and cause same to be posted as required.
PASSED, APPROVED and ADOPTED this 26th day of March, 2009. /s/Bruce W. Barrows Bruce W. Barrows, Mayor
ATTEST: /s/Josephine Triggs Josephine Triggs, City Clerk
STATE OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES CITY OF CERRITOS
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I, Josephine Triggs, City Clerk of the City of Cerritos, California, DO HEREBY CERTIFY that the foregoing Ordinance No. 945 was duly adopted by the City Council of the City of Cerritos at a Regular Meeting held on the 26th day of March, 2009, and that it was so adopted as follows: AYES: COUNCILMEMBERS – Chen, Edwards, Lee, Cho, Barrows. NOES: COUNCILMEMBERS – None. ABSENT: COUNCILMEMBERS – None. ABSTAIN: COUNCILMEMBERS – None. DATED: March 27, 2009 /s/ Josephine Triggs Josephine Triggs, City Clerk
Published at Los Cerritos Community Newspaper 4/3/09 2009043846FICTIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as Annali Home Care, 19742 Fagan Way, Cerritos, CA 90703, Nikolas Reese LLC, 23612 Caroldale Avenue, Carson, CA 90745. The following business is conducted as a Limited Liability Company. The registrant has not begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. /S/ Armand Paul Garcia, CEO The statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on 03/26/2009. NOTICE: This fictitious name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the County Clerk. A new fictitious statement must be filed before that time. 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 14400et seq. Business and Profession Code), Published at LCCN on 03/27, 04/03, 04/10, 04/17/2009.
20090274465 FICTIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as BRANDNAMESKINCARE, Best Beauty E Store, Skinmore, and Super Face Fashion, 1632 Firvale, Montebello, CA 90640. The following business is conducted as a Corporation. The registrant has not begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. /S/ Cuong Hung Truong The statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on 03/04/2009. NOTICE: This fictitious name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the County Clerk. A new fictitious statement must be filed before that time. 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 14400et seq. Business and Profession Code), Published at LCCN on 03/27, 04/03, 04/10, 04/17/2009.
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