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Cerritos Remembers 25th Anniversary of the Aeromexico Disaster
Hawaiian Gardens Council Reviews National Disaster Emergency Plan By Jerry Bernstein
Will seek seat in new 32nd Congressional District By Randy Economy
hen a national disaster and/ or a local emergency occur, the question asked is your city prepared to respond? That was the question raised at a recent meeting of the Hawaiian Gardens City Council when it reviewed the city’s Disaster and Emergency Operation Center. Councilmember Reynaldo Rodriguez asked whether there was a special team that would respond to an emergency and was there someone who could be contacted 24 hours a day if necessary. Juana Hernandez, Administrative Specialist, replied that traditionally the response is done by chain of command with the Emergency Operation Center [EOC] director, who is the City Administrator. She said he would contact the coordinator and give instruction on how to proceed and would determine whether other staff members needed to be contacted. City Administrator Ernesto Marquez said there was an organizational chart on who would be contacted in case of a national disaster. Mayor pro tem Oyama-Canada said she recalled that when people were evacuated to the EOC during a flood event, there weren’t any cots or blankets. She inquired whether the City had those supplies now. Hernandez said the city had more supplies but they were limited. She noted the supplies were paid for through $100,000 in Homeland Security Funding. And there were enough supplies to maintain a working government and to provide a shelter. Councilmember Barry Bruce asked what would happen if the EOC director did not contact anyone during an incident. Marquez said that according to the EOC plan the city was part of a countywide network and the Sheriff’s Department would likely take the lead.
Interview with Rep. Grace Napolitano
ep. Grace Napolitano has decided to seek election in next year’s California June Primary in the newly drawn 32nd Congressional District, she told the Los Cerritos Community News in an exclusive interview on Wednesday afternoon. Napolitano, who will be seeking her eighth term in the United States House of Representatives in 2012, said that her decision to run in the new 32nd Congressional District will avoid a potentially divisive Primary election against Rep. Linda T. Sanchez (D-39tt District) and California State Senator Ronald Calderon in the new 38th Congressional District. Her current district covers several cities in the Southeast Los Angeles County and San Gabriel Valley areas including Norwalk, where she has been a resident since 1960, all the way to Pomona to the east and portions of East Los Angeles to the west. The new 32nd District does not include her home residences of Norwalk where she has lived and raised her family since 1960. Under federal election law, a Member of Congress does not have to live in the district they represent, and Napolitano told the LCCN that she her current district overlaps nearly 20 to 30% of the new 32nd Congressional District. “I have a lot of support from people and elected local officials who are in the new Mayor Carol Chen, Councilmember Joseph Cho, Bruce Barrows and Mayor Pro Tem 32nd District, and I look forward to meetJim Edwards place wreath at the Air Disaster Memorial in the city’s Sculpture Garden. ing with many more key leaders in the next By Randy Economy 15 on the ground several weeks,” Napolitano said. Cerritos city officials read a list of She also said that her and Rep. Linda erritos residents gathered together names of the victims who perished that Sanchez have spoken during the past couas a community to remember the fateful day, laid a wreath at a memorial ple of weeks about the 2012 election, and day that changed the lives of peo- inside the Cerritos Sculpture Garden, lis- said that “in the long run it will work out ple all over the world and left a hole in tened to heartfelt and emotional stories, better not to have two seated members of the heart of a city forever. and just paused to reflect on the 25th an- Congress run against each other in 2012.” On Wednesday, under pristine blue niversary of the biggest air disaster in the “I have a lot of respect for Congressskies, hundreds of family, friends, com- history of Los Angeles County. Family woman Sanchez, and I am sure that she munity leaders, neighbors, and members and friends of victims along with city will represent much of my current district of the media gathered at an emotional leaders held each other as they recalled with the same positive energy and constitumemorial ceremony to remember those the crash of Aeromexico Flight 498 on ent service that my staff has done for the Communication Break Down Bruce stated at a previous city coun- who died in the Aug. 31, 1986 Cerritos Aug. 31, 1986. past decade,” Napolitano said. Los Angeles County Supervisor Don cil meeting there was discussion about a Air Disaster. Napolitano also said that she is confirecent incident where the communicaThe DC-9 and a small plane collided Knabe, who was mayor of Cerritos at the dent that she will be successful in the new tion between sheriff and the City appar- at 6,500 feet and fell onto homes. The time, described it as a fearful and painful 32nd Congressional District that now indocTODAY_AD10X3:Layout 1 6/14/11 10:58 PM crash Page 1 killed 67 people on the planes and [See 25th Anniversary page 13] [See Napolitano page 13] [See Emergency Plan page 13]
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Three Redistricting Plans to be Debated Tuesday On Supervisor Political Map By Randy Economy The political hot summer debate over the future boundaries of five Supervisory districts in Los Angeles County is expected to boil over Tuesday, as three proposed political maps will be picked apart during a public hearing that could last long into the expected sweltering afternoon heat. In play are three proposed plans that could affect who will be elected to the most powerful county governing board in America during the next 10 years, also known as the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Several local community leaders, elected officials and civic and business groups are expected to attend the hearing that will focus on the three plans. A new idea being pushed by Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina, known as the “T-1 Plan” would essentially create two Supervisory Districts that would have a majority Latino voting registration edge. If approved by four of the five elected Supervisors, it would reassign 3,590,455 people among the five districts. Supervisor Molina introduced her plan on August 16, and would reassign 1,023 redistricting units that make up 134 whole or partial communities. Plan “S-2” being backed by Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas would reassign 3,375,553 people among the five districts, and is being pushed by several African American community groups and community activists including Jackie Dupont-Walker, Tunua Thrash and Marqueece Harris-Dawson all of Los Angeles. Plan “A-3” that has the support of Supervisor Don Knabe of Cerritos would be the less aggressive shift in voters, and would only shift 277,283 people among the five districts. During the past two public hearings before the Board of Supervisors, hundreds of locally elected
officials and community-based organizations have spoke in favor of the “Knabe Plan” and many of them are expected to attend Tuesday’s meeting at the Hall of Administration. Knabe told the Los Cerritos Community News in an interview on Wednesday that “at this particular point not a lot is going on behind the scenes” other than lots of “political posturing.” Knabe, a former Cerritos City Councilman and Mayor said that he has always represented his “entire district” regardless of one’s ethnic race or political philosophy. “I am proud of the service my office and staff provides to all communities in the Fourth District,” Knabe said. He called Molina’s planned “T-1 District” “totally ridiculous. It is beyond crazy.” “Our plan meets all the requirements of the Voting Rights Act, and Supervisor Molina’s S-1 Plan does not and the other plan backed by Supervisor RidleyThomas if approved would be at the expense of the county’s growing Asian community,” Knabe said. “This redistricting plan is not about me, it has always been about fairness,” he said. Knabe, who is up for reelection in 2012 said that if the Board of Supervisors can “get over this hump, it will work.” Knabe was also critical of groups and elected officials who are trying to “create a racial divide in the County of Los Angeles” by putting one “political agenda before solid public service.” The hearing next Tuesday is slated to begin at 1 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend. The Board of Supervisors Hearing Room is located on West Temple Street across from Our Lady of Angels Catholic Cathedral in Downtown Los Angeles. “Expect a long afternoon of emotional testimony on all sides,” Knabe said.
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COMMUNITYNEWS ABC Candidates Hold Campaign Kick-off
Wishing Soo Yoo success in her campaign for the ABC School Board were several Korean supporters including ABC School Boardmember James Kang and Cerritos Councilmember Joseph Cho. Also present were Cerritos Mayor Carol Chen, Councilmember Bruce Barrows and community leaders.
By Larry Caballero More than 80 family members, friends and supporters attended a campaign kickoff Aug. 27 at the home of Cerritos Planning Commissioner Naresh Solanki for ABC School Board candidate Soo Yoo. She is running to replace Mark Pulido who recently won a seat on the Cerritos City Council. Although some of the speakers had not known Yoo very long, they all
believed she would do a good job on the School Board. Yoo is the Executive Director of the Gateway Academy that provides SAT and College Preparation classes for local high school students. Yoo said that she plans to hold parents and students accountable for the education of every child. “I want to make a difference,” said Yoo. “And I want to come in first.”
Congratulating ABC School Board Candidate Lynda Johnson upon entering the race to replace newly elected Cerritos City Council member Mark Pulido were (l-r) Pulido, Fine Arts and Historical Commission member Nora Benzon, Johnson and Artesia Councilmember-elect Miguel Canales at a campaign kick-off event at Sunshine Park. Johnson has lived in Cerritos for 40 years, a product of local ABC schools, and served as PTSA President at Cerritos High School for three years. Johnson has 25 years experience in law enforcement as a paralegal.
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LETTERS & OPINION EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first in a new series of weekly columns featuring local mayors in Los Cerritos Community News service area.
You are probably reading this message because the Community News is now being delivered to 95% of our homes in Hawaiian Gardens. As a result Hawaiian Gardens of their new Mayor Mike Gomez home delivery policy I have been given the opportunity to write a weekly column allowing me to pass along information regarding programs and activities in and around our city. My goal is to help to promote the activities of our many volunteer groups; Youth Sports Programs, Service Clubs, Friends of the Library, etc., any organizations who strive to make our community better. I could think of no better subject to begin with than our new Fedde Middle School Sports Complex because the questions I am most asked are when will it be completed and what will it consist of. The short answer is that we are looking at a late October, early November opening. The complex will consist of a synthetic turf Soccer/Football field with a rubberized running track and bleachers that will have a 1,000 person seating capacity. There
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will also be two new baseball fields, basketball courts, a walking trail and a large snack bar. In keeping with our city motto “Our Youth, Our Future” I am proud to have played a part in investing in our children’s future and I hope to see you all, young & old participating in healthy recreational activities at the new Sports Complex. You may contact me for questions or suggestions for future articles at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Re: Norwalk/La Mirada Two Tier Diploma System I read in the LCCN that the Norwalk-La Mirada School District is considering a proposal to create a two-tier system of diplomas- a "Basic Diploma" and a "Diploma of Distinction". I assumed that the "Diploma of Distinction" would recognize students with high academic achievement (for instance, students with a B grade point average or higher). To my surprise, the proposal is to award the "Basic Diploma" to students who essentially have a D grade point average or lower, and to award the "Diploma of Distinction" to students who have a C grade point average or higher. District administrators were quoted in the article as saying that the proposed two-tier level of diplomas would "create a district-wide culture of success". No, no, no. What the proposed two tier diploma system does is redefine substandard academic performance at the D level as success (via the Basic Diploma), and redefine average aca-
The following resolution was adopted at the August 15th meeting of the Hubert Humphrey Democratic Club Supporting a County redistricting Plan to create a second Latino seat WHEREAS there have been major demographic shifts in the County of Los Angeles over the past 10 years with Latinos now making up 48% of the population of the County, and WHEREAS there are two competing plans being considered by the Board of Supervisors, one diluting the latino vote by essentially preserving the status quo (Plan A2) and the other (Plan S1) making it possible for a second latino district, and WHEREAS, Plan S1 would shift present boundaries in the 4th Supervisorial District (coastal cities from Malibu - Palos Verdes) to include the Inland Empire, San Gabriel Valley, etc. THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Hubert Humphrey Democratic Club calls for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to adopt plan S1 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to Governor Jerry Brown, Congresswoman Linda Sanchez, State Senator Alan Lowenthal, State Assemblynan, Tony Mendoza and the L.A. County Board of Supervisors.
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Weekly Crime Summary August 22-29, 2011 There were eighteen Part I felony crimes investigated by Cerritos Sheriff’s Station personnel last week, down from twenty-four the previous one. Residential and commercial burglaries increased, vehicle thefts remained the same, and robberies and vehicle burglaries declined. Field deputies responded to 270 calls for service last week, down from 312 the previous reporting period. The current 2011 weekly average in calls for service is 273. GREAT NEWS! There were no reported robberies last week. Residential burglaries increased from four cases to seven. Open/unlocked doors or windows were respon-
City of Hawaiian Gardens Part I Actual Crimes (UCR’s) August 2011 CRIMES AGAINST PERSONS – Delitos contra la persona CRIME Delito
Change from Cambio desde August ‘10
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Aggravated Assaults Asalto con agravante
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Burglary Robo con fractura
Other Theft Otros hurtos
Auto Theft Hurto de autos
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ies remained at 6.3. Any visible property left in the passenger compartment of a vehicle is fair game to a would-be thief. If you leave items in plain view, your risks substantially increase that a window will be shattered and the items will be stolen. Vehicle thefts remained at one for the third consecutive week. An SUV was taken from a high-volume commercial parking lot. The 2011 weekly average in vehicle thefts is 2.7. As with car burglary, you can be your own best police officer by using a steering wheel locking device when parking in commercial parking lots (especially if your car is ten years or older, and really especially if it is a newer SUV or older model Toyota or Honda).
La Mirada Crime Summary August 22 - August 28, 2011 AGGRAVATED ASSAULT: An assault was reported on the 14700 block of Firestone Blvd. A suspect rammed a patrol vehicle and drove towards a deputy. The suspect was taken into custody. RESIDENTIAL & STRUCTURAL BURGLARY: A burglary was reported on the 15700 block of Stanbrook Dr. A television was taken from an open garage. Three burglaries were reported last week. A restaurant located on the 15000 block of Alondra Blvd. was burglarized. Cash was taken. A store located on the 14200 block of Rosecrans Ave. reported a burglary. Cash, cigarettes, lottery tickets, and liquor were taken. A business on the 14300 block of Alondra Blvd also reported an incident. Vehicle Burglary Four vehicle burglaries occurred last week. Three of the four incidents involved third row seats being taken from sport utility vehicles. The thefts occurred at the following locations: 16200 block of Avenida San Miguel; 14200 block of Firestone Blvd.; and the 13100 block of Los Alisos St. A burglary was reported on the 13200 block of Lorca Rd. Tools were stolen from a vehicle's storage cabinet. GRAND THEFT: A grand theft was reported on the 15000 block of Northam St. Semi trailer tires were stolen from parked trailers. Two laptop computers were stolen from an unlocked vehicle on
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Lakewood Regional teams With YMCA To Promote Weight Loss Via The Thinner Winner Contest LAKEWOOD--- Lakewood Regional Medical Center, The Independent Physicians of Lakewood IPA and the WeingartLakewood Family YMCA are teaming up to fight obesity and promote sensible weight loss through a novel new program called the Thinner Winner Weight Loss Contest. Participants will work together as teams to see who can lose the most weight by the end of the10-week program and earn the top prize of $1,000. Each participant in the program will begin by filling out a health risk assessment that will be used for goal setting. It will include baseline measurements of weight, blood pressure, heart rate, glucose, fasting cholesterol and blood oximetry. During the ten weeks, contest entrants will receive a gym membership and access to organized exercise sessions such as a Halloween Aerobics Marathon and Family Zumba under the Stars. Weekly classes conducted by Coast Health Care physicians and fitness experts will provide
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Today’s Dentistry ORAL FUNGAL INFECTIONS As I was channel surfing recently I came across a science show concerned with fungus. The fungi group ranged from molds and mildew to edible mushrooms and yeasts for baking. There is a fungus that is the largest living organism on the planet and fungi that invade the body. It was rather creepy, but mankind has been living with fungi since we first popped up on the scene. The microbes that make up the fungus group are diverse and can reproduce sexually, asexually, and by the spread of spores. Your dentist is on the front line to help control and fix the damage caused by all the harmful microbes that can inhabit the mouth. There are over 30 different bacteria that cause tooth decay and over 60 that cause gum disease. Virus infections can alter the body’s susceptibility to bacteria and infect the soft tissue in and around the mouth. They can create painful repetitive sores and be just a nuisance or be very fatal. But let’s discuss the fungus group of microbes and why your dentist is con-
cerned. The most common fungal infection of the mouth is called candidiasis or thrush. These fungi are normally present in the body and are warded off by the healthy immune system. When something interrupts or overloads the immune response the fungi can become rampant. This is called an opportunistic infection and can result in a burning sensation, tenderness and pain. The cheeks or tongue will get a whitish coating that can be scraped off. Your dentist is trained to spot these signs and prescribe the correct remedy. Usually nystatin troches 4-5 times a day for 2 weeks will kill the fungus. Conditions that alter the immune system include diabetes, chronic dry mouth, chemotherapy, inappropriate use of steroid inhaler, HIV/AIDS, mononucleosis, stress, and nutrient deficiencies. Fungus infections can occur under dentures and in the corners of the lips. I have prescribed antibiotics and people have developed fungal outbreaks. Topical nystatin creams with mild steroids like triamcinoclone provide excellent results. Oral fungus infections do not occur over night and take time to develop and spread into surrounding tissues. If you think you have symptoms do not hesitate to contact your physician or dentist for treatment. Fungal infections can spread down the throat and into the digestive tract and become very serious. For answers to your dental questions, contact Douglas Urban, D.D.S.' Cerritos, CA 90703 562 924-1523 www. DrDouglasUrban.com
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Brian Wilson Makes Summer Sweeter at Cerritos By Glen Creason “And the way the kids talk so cool is an out of sight thing And the number one radio station makes the town really swing yeah Salt Lake City we’ll be coming soon” It might seem funny to quote this verse and then go on to rave about the great songwriter who wrote it but such is the case of the unique Brian Wilson. Mostly known as the driving force behind the Southern California native son heroes “the Beach Boys,” Wilson is a bona fide genius at composing and arranging popular music. His work stretches from the early surfsound gems of the 60’s to recent triumphs in the 21st century including the improbable re-working of Gershwin tunes. An exuberant full-house of Wilson fans awaited him on Saturday night at the Performing Arts Center and they were not disappointed despite giving the man a standing ovation at the first few bars of “California Girls” that was the curtain raiser at Cerritos. Odd, quirky, original, and mostly just amazingly talented, Brian Wilson lead a ten-man band that presented the song signposts of Boomer-youth in a hall where many in the crowd were twenty-something’s who have just recently “discovered” the endless Summer of Wilson-groove. For the white-goatee set there were the songs that were just like a drive up PCH in a convertible when you weren’t ashamed to go shirtless and had plenty of hair hanging in an inverted wave across your tanned forehead. It felt great to hear “Dance, Dance, Dance,” “Catch a Wave,” “Little Deuce Coupe,” “In My Room,”
“Don’t Worry Baby,” and the now ironic “When I Grow Up to Be a Man” that featured that fantastic Beach Boys vocal harmony and driving sunny beat. Only the achingly nostalgic and corny “Surfer Girl” seems to slow the band’s accelerator but even lesser lights like “Wendy” or “Drive In” or yes, “Salt Lake City” sounded very sweet in these arrangements. While Wilson sometimes sits at his keyboard with arms down at his side or waving unpredictably to the sounds it is very much his talent that makes this all sound so great, with precise harmony coming from everywhere on stage and a tapestry of composition that meshes all the threads perfectly. A perfect example of the power of the sound was the first-half closing kick of the rousing “Darlin’,” “Let’s Do It Again,” and a wild “I Get Around” that made me actually feel young again. The second half mixed the surprisingly fine Gershwin medley with Wilson originals including George’s “Summertime,” “They Can’t Take That Away from Me,” “I Got Rhythm” and the fine “Nothing But Love” alongside the hymn-like “Add Some Music” a perfect “Sail on Sailor” and one of Brian’s favorite old ones “The Little Girl That I Once Knew.” The band just got better as the show progressed, especially the twin talents on keyboards/vibes/vocals in Scott Bennett and Darian Sahanaja and terrific work from saxophonist Paul Mertens and percussionist Nelson Braggs. Yet, the lynchpin of the entire sound is the falsetto singing and guitar playing Jeff Foskett who was a tower of strength. More Beach Boy beauties flowed including “Sloop John B,” “Wouldn’t It Be Nice, “ “God Only Knows” the recent winner “Heroes and Villains” and a rip-snorting “Good Vibrations.” Everyone stood and danced or thought about dancing in the glow. The following encores belied a man near 70 but Wilson drove this adoring audience to heights that only a master can reach.
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Car plows into house at 183rd and Devin Avenue in Artesia Second time in week car crashes into structure on 183rd By Randy Economy It has happened a gain. For the second time in less than one week, a car plowed into a house on 183rd Street in Artesia. On Monday at around 10 a.m., a car driven by Robert Kirby, a lifelong Artesia area resident was struck by another vehicle when he was attempting to go northbound on Devlin Avenue. Kirby, who was not injured in the accident, had his vehicle forced off the road when another vehicle slammed into his car and end up crashing into a vacant structure on the northwest corner of Devlin and 183rd Street.
Last week, a stolen car plowed into a home located at 183rd Street and Clarkdale, less than 100 yards away from the crash site on Monday. Robert Yeutter, a lifelong resident of Artesia, and a friend of Kirby’s said “he was lucky he didn’t get seriously injured.” No one was cited in the incident.
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Lotus Café Offers Chinese Fusion Cuisine in Artesia By Larry Caballero Lotus Café owner John Hoang was excited to open up his restaurant for an Artesia Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting Aug. 29 to promote a fusion cuisine that returns to the roots of Chinese cuisine by using only the freshest ingredients and traditional cooking methods. Hoang said that fusion cuisine brings the delicious tastes of traditional Chinese dishes in a new, healthier way. “I love to eat,” said Hoang, “and I want my customers to enjoy exactly what they want.” If a customer has a special dish, he is encouraged to ask the server to inform the chef. Hoang promises to accommodate the customer as best he can.
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December in the Japanese community, with the support of family and friends. Formed by a grassroots movement in 1991, A3M has conducted over 7,000 drives and recruited more than 200,000 potential donors. Over the past several years, 103 of those drives were conducted in Cerritos recruiting over 3,030 donors. The drives were held at the city library, virtually every park and comThis year marks the 20th Annivermunity center, the churches that represary of Asians for Miracle Marrow sent Cerritos’ diverse Matches (A3M). population and even A3M’s work remains the farmers market. a vital component in Many of the donors ensuring that patients who registered, have find their matches and come up as matches, receive life-saving giving hope to patients marrow/blood cell and their families year transplants to treat after year. With the leukemia, aplastic help from past and anemia and other current community diseases. leaders like Mayor On Oct. 2 A3M’s Carol Chen, Council Benefit Dinner and Member Mark Pulido Concert will be held and dutiful volunteers Above: Jim Brickman at the Cerritos Center Below: Lani Misalucha like Gene Kanamori for the Performing and his wife Vickie, Arts featuring Lani who are Cerritos resiMisalucha and Gamdents, A3M continues my Award winner to help patients find Jim Brickman. In the their miracles. In summer of 1990, Nick honor of patients with Susuki was diagnosed hope in their hearts with leukemia. His and the donors who physician informed selflessly donate their him that to survive he marrow, A3M requests needed a bone maryour support so that row transplant from lives can be saved. For a matching donor. more information visit: Marrow types can be a3mHOPE.org Box traced to geographic office: (800) 300 4345 origins. In an effort or Web: to find a match for cerritoscenter.org Nick, the first A3M drive was held in
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(6-4 last season) faced this year led by senior quarterback Sept. 9 @ Pioneer (4-6) Anthony Escobar. He threw only five Sept. 16 @ Bassett (3-7) touchdowns last season but has improved Sept. 23 Cypress (9-2) a lot in the offseason and could fly under Sept. 30 @ Cerritos (3-7) the radar as far as the rest of the league is Oct. 7 @ Bellflower (5-6) concerned. Oct. 14 La Mirada (7-4) “He really loves what we’re doing in Oct. 21 @ Mayfair (8-5) terms of throwing the ball,” Niemann Oct. 28 Norwalk (7-5) said. “He’s very accurate. He may not Nov. 4 Artesia (0-10) throw a real deep bomb but he throws a Nov. 11 BYE very accurate ball. He’s a very, very smart By Loren Kopff Ray Niemann waited a long time to football player.” become head coach of John Glenn but Escobar’s top two targets will be seniors JOHN GLENN EAGLES almost immediately, there were issues that Robert King, who was used mostly as a 2-8 overall last season, 2-4 in the Subdidn’t involve X’s and O’s that he had to tight end last season, and Vincent Watkins. urban League, tied for fourth place take care of. As a result, the Eagles got off Also on the receiving end will be senior 14-36 overall last five seasons to a much slower start than Niemann exJohn Lemos and juniors Cesar Arzate and Head coach: Ray Niemann (second pected. By the time he had cleared up the Cyrus Villena. Junior Steven Reed returns season, 2-8) negativity, it was too late but the Eagles as the team’s top running back, having Lost 16 seniors out of 49 from 2010 played much better in the final two weeks scored five touchdowns in 2010 includopening day roster of the season. 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COMMUNITY NEWS GROUP • SEPTEMBER 2, 2011 11 setter to Holtzer, thinking she would be Head coach: Khanh Vo (fifth season, returning for her senior season. 63-33) “I think  was a very nice year,” Key losses: Jhea Illo, Cherise Kam, Burpo said. “It was a very good year for Erin Sagubo, Telena Vo, Jessica Wu Artesia. This year will be different. In The Lady Dons keep on dominating addition, we lost Holly. So, that’s a huge the Suburban League despite graduathit right there.” ing top talent from the previous seasons. So now, sophomore Faith Devera, Since 2008, Cerritos has gone 33-3 in who was an opposite hitter last season, league matches and winning 107 of 118 takes over as the new setter. The bulk sets in league. This season, Cerritos of the offense will come from returning returns only four players but feels it sophomores Daisy Briseno, an outside still has enough to make it four straight hitter, and Kyla Kelly, a middle blocker. league championships. The other returning player is junior “We lost a lot of experience [from outside hitter Kimberly Lee. 2009],” said Cerritos head coach Khanh Burpo lists his top newcomers as seVo of last season. “Talent wise, I actually nior libero Jasmine Cornejo, the current thought I had a good group last year and leading scorer in school history from the they’re continuing to develop this year. soccer team, junior middle blocker Dana But I was surprised at the way they were Arrington from the basketball team, able to gain that experience that quickly.” junior opposite hitter Marrissa Chavez, Senior outside hitter Susan Suski a 5’ 10” lefty, and junior outside hitter emerges as one of the main go-to players Lorraine Young. and getting her the ball will lie in the “As a varsity team, we don’t have a hands of senior setter Trisha Justiniano. team,” Burpo said. “We don’t have a The other returning players are junior group of seven, eight, nine girls that we middle hitters Arnelle Duru and Bali can train together, practice together and Leffall-young. Vo added that Leffallwork together.” young will always have power and that Burpo added that she would be surshe has developed very well with her prised if his team grabs that fourth and speed. He also stated that Duru’s ball final automatic playoff berth but won’t control is much better to the point where be disappointed if the Pioneers finish in she could play all around. fifth place. “Susan has come along pretty well and “I know what [else] is going on,” Trisha’s decision making and controlling Burpo said. “I know we can probably be of the offense has gotten better as she has okay with Norwalk and John Glenn. But gained more experience,” Vo said. I don’t know what’s going on at BellSophomore libero Mariah Gonzalez, flower. I do know that Mayfair, Cerritos who could also be used as an outside and La Mirada are going to be good hitter and is projected to be one of the because all of their kids play club for better all around players, and sophomore me and they’ve gotten a lot better.” middle blocker Anne Osuji, who stands CERRITOS LADY DONS at six feet tall, are projected as starters 13-11 overall last season, 11-1 in the with five other defensive specialistsSuburban League, first place, lost to seniors Angela Chung and Michelle Lin Cypress in the Division III-AA second and sophomores Brittany Diaz, Rachel round Fitterer and Jamie Janchoi-fighting for 72-45 overall last five seasons [See Volleyball page 12]
championship. “That’s the whole reason why we got those teams to play us because we want to see the best possible teams out there,” Ceniceros said of his non-league slate. “Our goal every year is to make the playoffs and make a run at [a championship]. If we see better teams in the preseason, once we get into league, it should help us out.”
2011 VOLLEYBALL PREVIEWS Artesia, John Glenn, Norwalk looking to escape bottom of Suburban League By Loren Kopff ARTESIA PIONEERS 10-14 overall last season, 6-6 in the Suburban League, fourth place, lost to Quartz Hill in the Division III-AA first round 22-57 overall last five seasons Head coach: Micah Burpo (fourth season, 13-39) Key losses: Ashley Crawford, Brigith Geronimo, Holly Holtzer, Marina Ramos The Pioneers finally ended their playoff drought that dated back to1996 and were hoping to build off of that momentum. But then came the word that setter Holly Holtzer would not be returning and all of a sudden, a rebuilding theme entered the mind of head coach Micah Burpo. Now, instead of contending for even a higher spot than fourth place in the Suburban League, Burpo is hoping just to get into the playoffs. He said that his summer plan was falling apart and he had not been training a backup
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Continued from page 11 the last starting spot. Vo said this is a squad that has the talent and drive to win another league title. “The good luxury I have this year is I’m not returning two starters,” Vo said. “I have doubled those numbers and that helps a lot.” GAHR GLADIATORS 14-13 overall last season, 7-3 in the San Gabriel Valley League, second place, lost to Xavier Prep in the Division II-A first round 63-75 overall last five seasons Head coach: Sonny Okamoto (26th season, 337-202) Key losses: Chelsea Heyward, Elyse Quiones, Kathleen Santos, Marianne Tapales, Jillian Tiedeman, Erica Willig Slowly, the Gladiators are inching towards the top of the San Gabriel Valley League and if league favorite Downey isn’t on its ‘A’ game, Gahr just might be able to take a match away from the Vikings for the first time since 1998. The Gladiators return five players with three of them juniors, thus making Gahr a serious threat for next few seasons. “We’re better than the teams from four or five years ago,” said Gahr head coach Sonny Okamoto. “We have more athletes on the team. [Junior outside hitter] Jewelyn [Sawyer] is a good athlete. I think she gets a lot from my program because there is a lot more structure in my program.” Junior outside hitters Aaliyah Heckard and Jewelyn Sawyer are the top two scoring leaders and the most athletic on the team. But they will get a bigger help from junior outside hitter Dymond Johnson, whom Okamoto says ‘has a passion for the game’. She’s going to be
the top newcomer who will score some points. Gahr won’t be big on the right side and setting will be a major question mark. Senior Anne Esperazante will take over the setting duties in her first year on the varsity squad while another newcomer, sophomore Oluoma Okaro, will be the leading middle blocker. Senior Hazel Sebastian, a defensive specialist last season, will be the libero. Senior middle hitter Jayla Hall and junior backup setter Natalie Dilorio are the other returning members. “My confidence level is this-we still have to play,” Okamoto said. “I’ve watched Paramount and Paramount serves pretty darn tough. They can run people if they don’t miss. If they get hot, they might give me a problem.” JOHN GLENN LADY EAGLES 3-15 overall last season, 2-10 in the Suburban League, sixth place 35-60 overall last five seasons Head coach: David Cruz (fourth season, 21-33) Key losses: Arlene Gomez, Gaby Lucero, Sharae Moten, Mariam Perez After going to the playoffs for the third time in the previous four seasons, the Lady Eagles stumbled to their worst season in at least 13 seasons in 2010. An experienced group failed to live up to high expectations but Glenn returns half a dozen plays, all of whom figure to be inserted into the starting lineup. “Not only was it a disappointing season, I had a lot of individual performances that I was disappointed with,” said John Glenn head coach David Cruz. “I was expecting more from some of the seniors.” Glenn will get most of its points from senior outside hitters Kimberly Orozco and Victoria Robledo along with senior middle blocker Moshanae Summerise. Senior defensive specialist Desiree
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Hindman and senior libero Denise Ponce and junior setter Gabby Cruz also return. Orozco and Gabby Cruz, the coach’s daughter, will make the team better because of their club experience. “I need that returning group to be the leaders of our team and they have been doing that so far,” David Cruz said. “They provide a lot of experience on and off the court. They play multiple sports and they’ve been on varsity for several years. They know what it takes to be successful.” Junior outside hitter Jayme Leal, junior opposite hitter Denise Miranda and sophomore middle blocker Myra Gomez are the top newcomers for a squad that struggled during the summer but only because its best players were not in action. Since 2003, Glenn has finished in fourth place five times and has not finished in third place since 2002. NORWALK LANCERS 1-13 overall last season, 1-11 in the Suburban League, seventh place 22-69 overall last five seasons Head coach: Quoc Nguyen (second season, 1-13) Key losses: Kassandra Caro, Nancy Ceja, Joanna Macias, Priscilla Mendoza, Kate Olegario Head coach Quoc Nguyen’s first season was nothing more than a learning experience for everyone involved in the program. But with seven players returning, including six seniors, the Lancers are primed to move out of the bottom half of the league and make it to the playoffs for the first time since 2005. That was also the last time Norwalk has had a winning record. Since then, the team has done no better than a tie for fifth place. “Even our returners didn’t get much playing time during the season the year before,” Nguyen said. “Definitely it was a learning experience. I learned a lot. I made a lot of mistakes in my coaching style and in my drills. Nobody expects or thinks [of winning one match], especially when you put any kind of effort into [coaching].” The offense will be centered around senior middle blocker Amy Siliezar and junior middle blocker Michelle Macias. Nguyen stated that Siliezar is defensively stronger but Macias will provide most of the points. He also said senior setter Crystall Martinez might be the second best setter in the league and “controls the game very well”. The rest of the returning players are all senior defensive specialists-Viviana Cardenas, Jessica Contreras, Nancy Meza and Andrea Zepeda. The top varsity rookies will be junior outside hitters Brenae Brown and Romawell Touch and sophomore outside hitter Viviana Gomez. Norwalk didn’t lose to La Mirada during the summer and because of that, Nguyen projects his team to finish in
either second or third place. “I honestly think with the group that we have, we’re a lot more athletic,” Nguyen said. “They’re a little bit more raw but they’re a lot more athletic and I think that is going to help in our league with Mayfair and La Mirada.” VALLEY CHRISTIAN LADY CRUSADERS 14-10 overall last season, 5-3 in the Olympic League, second place, lost to Palm Springs in the Division II-A second round 69-54 overall last five seasons Head coach: Brett Rinks (first season) Key losses: Delaney Davis, Samantha Hundertmark, Caitlyn Peters, Delayne Rock, Lexie Romberg, Ally Streelman, Amy Sybesma Brett Rinks replaces Erica Streelman as the school’s eighth head coach since 1998 but will have a very experienced team that has the potential to win an Olympic League title for the first time since 2001. Rinks, who is no stranger to the Lady Crusaders program, says the team has more unity and may not be as big as last season’s team but will be faster. “They’ve all been my girls; I’ve coached them their entire time here whether they were on J.V. or varsity the last three or four years,” Rinks said. “I have two sophomores on varsity but I coached both of them last year on J.V. as freshmen. So the whole team is what I’ve coached.” The team lost two players who would have been seniors this season but senior middle blocker Brooke Coates returns after not playing last season. She joins a senior group that consists of setter Carley Berkenkamp, outside hitters Alexa Chandler and Cassie Palmer and libero Kalei Mancia. The other returning player is junior opposite hitter Morgan Haner, who was a pleasant surprise when she was called up from the junior varsity team a few weeks into last season due to injuries to Chandler and Amy Sybesma. “I think last year kind of encouraged her to come back this year with a little more fire because she has really been working hard and stepping up this summer,” Rinks said of Chandler. New to the team will be junior middle blocker Cierra Trudeau, junior defensive specialist Cayla Palmer and junior Jordan Resner, sophomore middle blocker Maggie Streelman, who was an outside hitter last season on the junior varsity team and will make a huge impact this season and sophomore defensive specialist Janae Megorden. Allyson DeKruyf will be the backup setter. “I think this is one of the most physically and mentally talented teams we’ve had in the last five or six years since I’ve been here,” Rinks said. “They’re all very well rounded players.”
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cludes the cities of El Monte, Baldwin Park, West Covina, San Dimas and Monrovia. Some of this new district is currently represented by Rep. David Dreier and Rep. Gary Miller, both members of the Republican Party and both who now find themselves in danger of being defeated in 2012 due to the newly drawn and approved district boundaries. The new 32nd Congressional District now is considered to be a “DemocraticFriendly District” with a majority of the population being of Latino ancestry. Dreier, the current Chairman of the House Rules Committee and considered to be one of the most powerful members of Congress has been a longtime resident of San Dimas, which is now in this new 32nd Congressional District that Napolitano has her sights set on. It is not known what Dreier’s political plans are for 2012 election. Napolitano who was born and raised in Brownsville, Texas, moved to California after she and he first husband was married and moved to California where they raised 5 children, all who are now raising families of their own. She began her political career as a Member of the Norwalk City Council winning her first election in 1986 by 28 votes over incumbent Councilman Lou Banas. Napolitano was reelected to the Norwalk City Council in 1989 and served as Mayor. She won election to the California State Assembly in 1992, and served three two-year terms before being elected to Congress.
moment in time that he'll never forget. "We will all remember that day. It was bright, sunny, a beautiful day here in Cerritos, just like today, and then something went terribly wrong," Knabe told those gathered. "Our lives changed forever that day, and it was the day the Cerritos had so much taken away from our heart and soul," Knabe said as he recalled the emotions of that day. Current Cerritos Mayor Carol Chen, along with Mayor Pro-Tem Jim Edwards and Councilmembers Bruce Barrows, and Joseph Cho read a list of all 82 people who died in the two-plane collision. Chen also led the Memorial ceremony in a moment of silence at the exact time in which the crash took place at exactly 11:56 a.m. As ringing bells sounded, the hundreds who had gathered, including several members of the Southern California media who actually reported on the news to the world about the crash during that Labor Day Weekend, stood in silence and reflected. Patrick Healy, a reporter for NBC LA was covering that "Breaking News" event in 1986, and returned to Cerritos again to cover the 25th Anniversary Memorial. "I remember every detail about that day, from the moment I heard about that crash, to pulling up with our news truck into the neighborhood. It was mass chaos," Healy said. Reverend Don Koepke, who served as a Minister at Concordia Lutheran Church at Stowers Avenue and 183rd Street in Cerritos, reminded those gathered that he remembered that "we were all involved in a very inhumane situation," but said
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that a "determination" and "prayer" and hard work helped get the neighborhood "back on their feet." Koepke also recalled ministering to a wife and mother who was returning from the store when the jetliner smashed into her house, claiming 3 members of her family. "She let out a moan like I've never heard and never will hear again," he said. During the reading of the names of the victims, a jet liner streaked across the sky blue sky above and a light breeze blew across those who gathered inside the Cerritos Sculpture Garden. “It was like a sign from above,” Knabe said afterwards.
Continued from page 1 ently broke down and nothing went into effect as far as a liaison between the City and the Sheriff Department. He also noted that people were evacuated from their homes but given no direction where they should go. He said he could see how the EOC Plan would work for a massive disaster but questioned if it would work if another local incident occurred. The city manager said he met with the Sheriff Station Commander Captain Guyovich and she acknowledged there was a breakdown in communications. He said he told the caption that in the future the city needed to be notified of any incident in Hawaiian Gardens and the city would take the lead in any evacuation that was necessary so the residents would be sheltered and have a safe place to go. Bruce agreed there was a good plan
for a major situation but he wanted to see a plan for a local emergency. Hernandez said the city manager had instructed her to put together a team of experienced staff members to address such issues as local emergencies. She explained the Planning/Logistics Team consisted of nine members who would address many of the smaller issues that occur and they would look at the compliance issues that the city needed to address. Mayor Mike Gomez asked about conducting a mock drill for local emergencies. He suggested the City conduct these types of drills and perhaps alleviate mishaps such as occurred a few weeks ago where residents were evacuated from their homes in the middle of the night and were not directed to a shelter. Hernandez hoped to hold an in-house drill in September. She noted that the EOC shelter was located at the C. Robert Lee Center because it was the largest facility in the city and had the capability to separate people with special needs and also has the ability to feed people as well as offer sanitary locations. She also noted that the alternate site was the Helen Rosa Center. `Mayor Pro Tem Olyama-Canada inquired whether the sports complex could be used as an alternate option. The city manager said the staff would look into it. Hernandez added the city’s EOC plan had been evaluated by the Health Department, Red Cross and several other agencies Subscribe to our e-news online FREE! loscerritosnews.net Click on Weekly E-News!
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CITY OF HAWAIIAN GARDENS ORDINANCE NO. 540
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF HAWAIIAN GARDENS, CALIFORNIA, AUTHORIZING THE CITY TO PARTICIPATE IN THE VOLUNTARY ALTERNATIVE REDEVELOPMENT PROGRAM PURSUANT TO PART 1.9 OF DIVISION 24 OF THE CALIFORNIA HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE IN ORDER TO PERMIT THE CONTINUED EXISTENCE AND OPERATION OF THE COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY OF THE CITY OF HAWAIIAN GARDENS, SUBJECT TO CERTAIN CONDITIONS AND RESERVATIONS.
WHEREAS, the City Council of the City of Hawaiian Gardens (“City”) in 1973 approved and adopted the Redevelopment Plan for the 1973 Project Area (“Redevelopment Plan”) covering certain properties within the City (the “Project Area”); and
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of this Ordinance which can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to this end the provisions of this Ordinance are severable. The City Council hereby declares that it would have adopted this Ordinance irrespective of the invalidity of any particular portion thereof. Section 9. Certification; Publication. The City Clerk shall certify to the adoption of this Ordinance and cause it, or a summary of it, to be published once within 15 days of adoption in a newspaper of general circulation printed and published within the City of Hawaiian Gardens, and shall post a certified copy of this Ordinance, including the vote for and against the same, in the Office of the City Clerk in accordance with Government Code § 36933.
Effective Date. This ordinance shall take effect 30 days after its adoption.
PASSED AND ADOPTED at a regular meeting of the City Council on the 23rd day of August, 2011, by the following vote:
WHEREAS, the Hawaiian Gardens Community Redevelopment Agency (“Agency”) is engaged in activities to execute and implement the Redevelopment Plan pursuant to the provisions of the California Community Redevelopment Law (Health and Safety Code § 33000, et seq.) (“CRL”); and
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WHEREAS, since adoption of the Redevelopment Plan, the Agency has undertaken redevelopment projects in the Project Area to eliminate blight, to improve public facilities and infrastructure, to renovate and construct affordable housing, and to enter into partnerships with private industries to create jobs and expand the local economy; and
WHEREAS, over the next few years, the Agency hopes to implement a variety of redevelopment projects and programs to continue to eliminate and prevent blight, stimulate and expand the Project Area’s economic growth, create and develop local job opportunities and alleviate deficiencies in public infrastructure, to name a few; and
WHEREAS, as part of the 2011-12 State budget bill, the California Legislature has recently enacted and the Governor has signed, companion bills AB X1 26 and AB X1 27, requiring that each redevelopment agency be dissolved unless the community that created it enacts an ordinance committing it to making certain payments; and WHEREAS, specifically, AB X1 26 prohibits agencies from taking numerous actions, effective immediately and purportedly retroactively, and additionally provides that agencies are deemed to be dissolved as of October 1, 2011; and WHEREAS, AB X1 27 provides that a community may participate in an “Alternative Voluntary Redevelopment Program,” in order to enable a redevelopment agency within that community to remain in existence and carry out the provisions of the CRL, by enacting an ordinance agreeing to comply with Part 1.9 of Division 24 of the Health and Safety Code as enacted by AB X1 27; and WHEREAS, the Alternative Voluntary Redevelopment Program requires that the community agree by ordinance to remit specified annual amounts to the county auditor-controller; and WHEREAS, under the threat of dissolution pursuant to AB X1 26, and upon the contingencies and reservations set forth herein, the City shall make the Fiscal Year 2011-2012 community remittance in the amount of One Million Five Hundred Ninety Thousand Twenty-Two dollars ($1,590,022) as well as the subsequent annual community remittances as set forth in the CRL as enacted by AB X1 27; and WHERERAS, the City does not intend, by enacting this ordinance, to pledge any of its general fund revenues or other assets, to make the remittance payments contemplated by the CRL as enacted by AB X1 27, it being understood that any remittance payments will be funded from Agency funds and/or assets transferred to the City in accordance with AB X1 27; and WHEREAS, the City reserves the right to appeal the California Director of Finance’s determination of the Fiscal Year 2011-12 community remittance, as provided in Health and Safety Code Section 34194; and WHEREAS, City understands and believes that an action challenging the constitutionality of AB X1 26 and AB X1 27 will be filed on behalf of cities, counties and redevelopment agencies; and WHEREAS, while the City currently intends to make these community remittances, they shall be made under protest and without prejudice to the City’s right to recover such amounts and interest thereon, to the extent there is a final determination that AB X1 26 and AB X1 27 are unconstitutional; and WHEREAS, the City reserves the right, regardless of any community remittance made pursuant to this Ordinance, to challenge the legality of AB X1 26 and AB X1 27; and WHEREAS, to the extent a court of competent jurisdiction enjoins, restrains, or grants a stay on the effectiveness of the Alternative Voluntary Redevelopment Program’s payment obligation of AB X1 26 and AB X1 27, the City shall not be obligated to make any community remittance for the duration of such injunction, restraint, or stay; and
WHEREAS, all other legal prerequisites to the adoption of this Ordinance have occurred.
THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF HAWAIIAN GARDENS, CALIFORNIA, DOES ORDAIN AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Recitals. The Recitals set forth above are true and correct and incorporated herein by reference. Section 2. Participation in the Alternative Voluntary Redevelopment Program. Subject to Sections 3 and 4 herein, in accordance with Health and Safety Code Section 34193, and based on the Recitals set forth above, the City Council hereby determines that the City shall comply with the provisions of Part 1.9 of Division 24 of the Health and Safety Code, as enacted by AB X1 27 and hereby authorizes the continuation of the Agency after enactment of AB X1 27. Subject to Section 6, any remittance payment required to be paid by the City shall be paid from Agency funds and/or assets transferred to the City in accordance with AB X1 27. Section 3. Payment Under Protest/Reservation of Rights. Except as set forth in Section 4, below, the City Council hereby determines that the City shall make the community remittances set forth in Health and Safety Code section 34194 et seq. Neither the adoption of this ordinance, nor the acknowledgment of or references to any provisions of AB X1 26 and AB X1 27, nor the City's payment of any remittances contemplated by AB X1 27 shall be deemed to be, nor are they intended as, an acknowledgment of the validity of AB X1 26 and AB X1 27, and the City reserves all rights in its sole discretion to challenge the validity of any or all provisions of AB X1 26 and AB X1 27 in any administrative or judicial proceeding and/or repeal of this ordinance, without prejudice to the City's right to recovery any amounts remitted in accordance thereof. Section 4. Effect of Stay or Determination of Invalidity. City shall not make any community remittance in the event a court of competent jurisdiction either grants a stay on the enforcement of AB X1 26 and AB X1 27 or determines that AB X1 26 and AB X1 27 are unconstitutional and therefore invalid, and all appeals therefrom are exhausted or unsuccessful, or time for filing an appeal therefrom has lapsed. Any community remittance shall be made under protest and without prejudice to the City’s right to recover such amount and interest thereon in the event that there is a final determination that AB X1 26 and AB X1 27 are unconstitutional. Section 5. Implementation. The City Council hereby authorizes and directs the City Administrator to take any action and execute any documents necessary to implement this Ordinance, including but not limited to notifying the Los Angeles County Auditor-Controller, the Controller of the State of California, and the California Department of Finance of the adoption of this Ordinance and the City’s agreement to comply with the provisions of Part 1.9 of Division 24 of the Health and Safety Code, as set forth in AB X1 27. Section 6. Additional Understandings and Intent. It is the understanding and intent of the City Council that, once the Agency is again authorized to enter into agreements under the CRL, the City will enter into an agreement with the Agency as authorized pursuant to Section 34194.2, whereby the Agency will transfer annual portions of its tax increment to the City in amounts not to exceed the annual community remittance payments to enable the City, directly or indirectly, to make the annual remittance payments. The City Council does not intend, by enactment of this Ordinance, to pledge its general fund revenues or assets to make the remittance payments. Section 7. CEQA. The City Council finds, under Title 14 of the California Code of Regulations, Section 15378(b)(4), that this Ordinance is exempt from the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) in that it is not a “project,” but instead consists of the creation and continuation of a governmental funding mechanism for potential future projects and programs, and does not commit funds to any specific project or program. Section 8. Severability. If any provision of this Ordinance or the application thereof to any person or circumstance is held invalid, such invalidity shall not affect other provisions or applications
/S/______________________________ MICHAEL GOMEZ Mayor
ATTEST: /S/_______________________________ SUZANNE UNDERWOOD City Clerk CITY OF HAWAIIAN GARDENS CITY CLERK’S OFFICE C E R T I FI CAT I O N STATE OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES CITY OF HAWAIIAN GARDENS
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I, Lucie Colombo, Asst. City Clerk/Asst. Records Manager of the City of Hawaiian Gardens, do hereby certify that Ordinance No. 540, was duly and regularly introduced and placed upon its first reading at a Special meeting of the City Council on the 8th day of August, 2011, and that thereafter, said Ordinance was duly adopted and passed at a Regular meeting of the City Council on this 23rd day of August, 2011, by the following votes as the same appears on file and of record in the Office of the City Clerk. AYES: NOES: ABSENT: ABSTAIN:
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/S/_________________________________________ LUCIE COLOMBO ASST. CITY CLERK / ASST. RECORDS MANAGER Published at Los Cerritos Community News 9/2/11
County of Los Angeles Department of the Treasurer and Tax Collector Notice of Divided Publication Pursuant to Sections 3702, 3381, and 3382, Revenue and Taxation Code, the Notice of Sale of Tax Defaulted Property Subject to the Power of Sale in and for the County of Los Angeles, State of California has been divided and distributed to various newspapers of general circulation published in said County for publication of a portion thereof, in each of the said newspapers.
Whereas, on July 5, 2011, I, MARK J. SALADINO, Treasurer and Tax Collector was directed by the Board of Supervisors of Los Angeles County, State of California to sell at public auction certain tax-defaulted properties which are Subject to the Power of Sale. Public notice is hereby given that unless said proper-ties are redeemed prior thereto, I will, on October 17 and 18, 2011, at the hour of 9:00 a.m. at the Fairplex Los Angeles County Fairgrounds, 1101 W. McKinley Avenue, Building 8, Pomona, California, offer for sale and sell said properties at public auction to the highest bidder for cash or cashier's check in lawful money of the United States for not less than the minimum bid. If no bids are received on a parcel, it will be re-offered at the end of the auction at a reduced minimum price. The minimum bid for each parcel is the total amount necessary to re-deem, plus costs, as required by Section 3698.5 of the Revenue and Taxation Code. Prospective bidders should obtain detailed information of this sale from the County Treasurer and Tax Collector. Pre-registration and a $5,000 deposit in the form of cash, cashier's check or bank issued money order is required at the time of registration. No personal checks, two-party checks or business checks will be accepted for registration. Registra-tion will be from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., starting Tuesday, September 6, 2011, at the
Treasurer and Tax Collector's Office located at 225 North Hill Street, Room 130, Los Angeles, California, and will end on Friday, September 30, 2011, at 5:00 p.m. If the property is sold, parties of interest, as defined by Section 4675 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, have a right to file a claim with the County for any proceeds from the sale, which are in excess of the liens and costs required to be paid from the proceeds. If excess proceeds result from the sale, notice will be given to parties of interest, pursuant to law. All information concerning redemption, provided the right to redeem has not previously been terminated, will upon request be furnished by MARK J. SALADINO, Treasurer and Tax Collector. If redemption of the property is not made according to the law before 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 14, 2011, which is the last business day prior to the first day of auction, the right of redemption will cease. The Assessor's Identification Number (AIN) in this publication refers to the Assessor's Map Book, the Map Page, and the individual Parcel Number on the Map Page. If a change in the Assessor's Identifica-tion Number occurred, both prior and current Assessor's Identification Numbers are shown. An explanation of the parcel numbering system and the maps referred to are available from the Office of the Assessor located at 500 West Temple Street, Room 225, Los Angeles, California 90012. A list explaining the abbreviations used in this publication is on file in the Office of the Treasurer and Tax Collector, 225 North Hill Street, Room 130, Los Angeles, California 90012, or telephone 1(213) 974-2045. I certify under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed at Los Angeles, California, on August 8, 2011.
MARK J. SALADINO Los Angeles County Treasurer and Tax Collector State of California
The real property that is subject to this notice is situated in the County of Los Angeles, State of California, and is described as follows: PUBLIC AUCTION NOTICE OF SALE OF TAX-DEFAULTED PROPERTY SUBJECT TO THE POWER OF SALE(SALE NO. 2011A) 3668 AIN 7011-009-037 GAR-CIA,FRANCISCO G AND MARIA E LOCATION COUNTY OF LOS AN-GELES $29,285.00 3677 AIN 7040-002021 RIVERA,JORGE LOCATION COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES $6,572.00 3678 AIN 7049-005016 ARE-VALO,RAFAEL A AND BLANCA I LOCATION COUNTY OF LOS AN-GELES $2,991.00 3679 AIN 7049-014-006 ASSO-CIATED SOUTHERN INV CO LO-CATION COUNTY OF LOS ANGE-LES $2,263.00 3949 AIN 8025-001016 LE-KIVETZ,EDWARD J TR EDWARD J LEKIVETZ TRUST AND MET-CALF,GEORGE R AND KATHLEEN E LOCATION COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES $27,730.00 3959 AIN 8049-006-011 ALVA-REZ,JOSE M AND BRENDA LOCATION COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES $4,297.00 3960 AIN 8050-003-067 STALLCUP,THOMAS AND IDA LOCATION COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES $1,395.00 3974 AIN 8070-025-025 CARAVEO,ANNETTE AND ROGER LOCATION COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES $4,247.00 3979 AIN 8075-020-017 MEJIA,MAURICIO C LOCATION COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES $9,071.00 4674 AIN 7011-029-008 TELLEZ,ELEAZAR B LOCATION COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES $10,296.00 4683 AIN 8076-019-030 MATTHEWS,DOUGLAS M AND JOYCE L LOCATION COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES $1,764.00
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CITY OF CERRITOS ORDINANCE NO. 963
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS, CALIFORNIA, TO ELECT AND IMPLEMENT PARTICIPATION BY THE CITY OF CERRITOS AND THE CERRITOS REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY IN THE VOLUNTARY ALTERNATIVE REDEVELOPMENT PROGRAM PURSUANT TO PART 1.9 OF DIVISION 24 OF THE CALIFORNIA HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE IN ORDER TO PERMIT THE CONTINUED EXISTENCE AND OPERATION OF THE CERRITOS REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY
WHEREAS, the City Council of the City of Cerritos (City) approved and adopted the Redevelopment Plans for the Los Cerritos and Los Coyotes Redevelopment Projects (collectively, Redevelopment Plan) covering certain properties within the City (the Project Area); and WHEREAS, the Cerritos Redevelopment Agency (Agency) is engaged in activities to execute and implement the Redevelopment Plan pursuant to the provisions of the California Community Redevelopment Law (Health and Safety Code § 33000, et seq.) (CRL); and WHEREAS, since adoption of the Redevelopment Plan, the Agency has undertaken redevelopment projects in the Project Area to eliminate blight, to improve public facilities and infrastructure, to renovate and construct affordable housing, and to enter into partnerships with private industries to create jobs and expand the local economy; and WHEREAS, the Agency intends to continue to implement a variety of redevelopment projects and programs to continue to eliminate and prevent blight, stimulate and expand the Project Area’s economic growth, create and develop local job opportunities and alleviate deficiencies in public infrastructure; and WHEREAS, as part of the 2011-12 State budget bill, the California Legislature has recently enacted, and the Governor has signed, companion bills AB 1X 26 and AB 1X 27, requiring that each redevelopment agency be dissolved unless the community that created it enacts an ordinance committing it to making certain payments; and WHEREAS, specifically, AB 1X 26 prohibits agencies from taking numerous actions, effective immediately and purportedly retroactively, and additionally provides that agencies are deemed to be dissolved as of October 1, 2011; and WHEREAS, AB 1X 27 provides that a community may participate in an "Alternative Voluntary Redevelopment Program", in order to enable a redevelopment agency within that community to remain in existence and carry out the provisions of the CRL, by enacting an ordinance agreeing to comply with Part 1.9 of Division 24 of the California Health and Safety Code; and WHEREAS, the Alternative Voluntary Redevelopment Program requires that the community agree by ordinance to remit specified annual amounts to the county auditor-controller; and
WHEREAS, City understands that an action challenging the constitutionality of AB 1X 26 and AB 1X 27 has been filed on behalf of cities, counties and redevelopment agencies and believes that additional actions may be filed; and WHEREAS, while the City currently intends to make these community remittances, they shall be made under protest and without prejudice to the City’s right to recover such amounts and interest thereon, to the extent there is a final determination that AB 1X 26 and AB 1X 27 are unconstitutional; and WHEREAS, the City reserves the right, regardless of any community remittance made pursuant to this Ordinance, to challenge the legality of AB 1X 26 and AB 1X 27; and WHEREAS, to the extent a court of competent jurisdiction enjoins, restrains, or grants a stay on the effectiveness of the Alternative Voluntary Redevelopment Program’s payment obligation of AB 1X 26 and AB 1X 27, the City shall not be obligated to make any community remittance for the duration of such injunction, restraint, or stay; and WHEREAS, all other legal pre-requisites to the adoption of this Ordinance have occurred. NOW, THEREFORE, THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS, CALIFORNIA, DOES ORDAIN AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Recitals. The Recitals set forth above are true and correct and incorporated herein by reference. Section 2. Participation in the Alternative Voluntary Redevelopment Program. In accordance with Health and Safety Code Section 34193, and based on the Recitals set forth above, the City Council hereby determines that the City shall comply with the provisions of Part 1.9 of Division 24 of the California Health and Safety Code, as enacted by AB 1X 27. Section 3. Payment Under Protest. Except as set forth in Section 4, below, the City Council hereby determines that the City shall make the community remittances set forth in California Health and Safety Code section 34194 et seq. Section 4. Effect of Stay or Determination of Invalidity. City shall not make any community remittance in the event a court of competent jurisdiction either grants a stay on the enforcement of AB 1X 26 and AB 1X 27 or determines that AB 1X 26 and AB 1X 27 are unconstitutional and therefore invalid, and all appeals therefrom are exhausted or unsuccessful, or time for filing an appeal therefrom has lapsed. Any community remittance shall be made under protest and without prejudice to the City’s right to challenge the legality of AB 1X 26 and AB 1X 27 or to recover such amount and interest thereon in the event that there is a final determination that AB 1X 26 and AB 1X 27 are unconstitutional. If there is a final determination that AB 1X 26 and AB 1X 27 are invalid, this Ordinance shall be deemed to be null and void and of no further force or effect. Section 5. Implementation. The City Council hereby authorizes and directs the City Manager to take any action and execute any documents necessary to implement this Ordinance, including but not limited to notifying the Los Angeles County Auditor-Controller, the Controller of the State of California, and the California Department of Finance of the adoption of this Ordinance and the City’s agreement to comply with the provisions of Part 1.9 of Division 24 of the Health and Safety Code, as set forth in AB 1X 27. Section 6. Additional Understandings and Intent. It is the understanding and intent of the City Council that, once the Agency is again authorized to enter into agreements under the CRL, the City will enter into an agreement with the Agency as authorized pursuant to Section 34194.2, whereby the Agency will transfer annual portions of its tax increment to the City in amounts not to exceed the annual community remittance payments to enable the City, directly or indirectly, to make the annual remittance payments. Section 7. CEQA. The City Council finds, under Title 14 of the California Code of Regulations, Section 15378(b)(4), that this Ordinance is exempt from the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) in that it is not a "project", but instead consists of the creation and continuation of a governmental funding mechanism for potential future projects and programs, and does not commit funds to any specific project or program. The City Council, therefore, directs that a Notice of Exemption be filed with the County Clerk of the County of Los Angeles in accordance with CEQA Guidelines. Section 8. Custodian of Records. The documents and materials that constitute the record of proceedings on which these findings are based are located at the City Clerk’s office located at City Hall, 18125 Bloomfield Avenue, Cerritos, CA, 90703. The custodian for these records is the City Clerk. Section 9. Severability. If any provision of this Ordinance or the application thereof to any person or circumstance is held invalid, such invalidity shall not affect other provisions or applications of this Ordinance which can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to this end the provisions of this Ordinance are severable. The City Council hereby declares that it would have adopted this Ordinance irrespective of the invalidity of any particular portion thereof. Section 10. Certification; Publication. The City Clerk shall certify to the adoption of this Ordinance and cause it, or a summary of it, to be published once within 15 days of adoption in a newspaper of general circulation printed and published within the City of Cerritos, and shall post a certified copy of this Ordinance, including the vote for and against the same, in the Office of the City Clerk in accordance with Government Code Section 36933. Section 11. Effective Date. This Ordinance shall become effective thirty (30) days from its adoption.
PASSED, APPROVED, AND ADOPTED at a regular meeting of the Cerritos City Council on the 25th day of August 2011:
/s/Carol K. Chen Carol K. Chen Mayor
APPROVED AS TO FORM: /s/Mark Steres Mark Steres, City Attorney City of Cerritos
ATTEST: /s/Art Gallucci Art Gallucci, City Manager City of Cerritos /s/Vida Barone Vida Barone, Interim City Clerk City of Cerritos STATE OF CALIFORNIA ) COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES ) ss. CITY OF CERRITOS ) I, Vida Barone, City Clerk of the City of Cerritos, California, DO HEREBY CERTIFY that the foregoing Ordinance No. 963 was duly adopted by the City Council of the City of Cerritos at a Regular Meeting held on the 25th day of August, 2011, and that it was so adopted as follows: AYES: NOES: ABSENT: ABSTAIN:
COUNCILMEMBERS – Barrows, Cho, Pulido, Chen COUNCILMEMBERS – None COUNCILMEMBERS – Edwards COUNCILMEMBERS – None
DATED: August 25, 2011 /s/Vida Barone Vida Barone, Interim City Clerk
WHEREAS, under the threat of dissolution pursuant to AB 1X 26, and upon the contingencies and reservations set forth herein, the City shall make the Fiscal Year 2011-2012 community remittance of $9,339,030, as well as the subsequent annual community remittances as set forth in the CRL; and WHEREAS, the City reserves the right to appeal the California Director of Finance’s determination of the Fiscal Year 2011-12 community remittance, as provided in California Health and Safety Code Section 34194; and
COMMUNITY NEWS GROUP • SEPTEMBER 2, 2011
Published at Los Cerritos Community News 9/2/11 CITY OF ARTESIA
NOTICE OF A PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING ESTABLISHMENT OF A PARKING IN-LIEU FEE AND OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE FEE FOR NEW RESTAURANTS AND RESTAURANT EXPANSIONS IN THE OLD DOWNTOWN AREA OF THE CITY
On September 12, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 18747 Clarkdale Avenue, Artesia, California, the City Council of the City of Artesia will hold a public hearing to consider: A Resolution of the City Council of the City of Artesia, California establishing the amount of the Parking In-Lieu Fee and Parking Operation and Maintenance Fee for new restaurants and restaurant expansions in the Old Downtown area of the City. The Old Downtown area consists of the area along Pioneer Boulevard bounded by 186th Street on the north, 187th Street on the south, the first alley east of Pioneer Boulevard on the east and the first alley west of Pioneer Boulevard on the west. The amount of the proposed Parking In-Lieu Fee is Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000) per off-street parking space required by Artesia Municipal Code Section 9.2-1103(b)(8)(D) that cannot be provided on the lot or parcel on which the restaurant or proposed restaurant is located. The Parking In-Lieu Fee is proposed to partially offset the City’s reasonable cost of providing off-street parking in a surface lot for new or expanded restaurants in the Old Downtown area. The amount of the proposed Parking Operation and Maintenance Fee is Five Hundred Dollars ($500) per parking space per year for each year a new restaurant business or successor restaurant remains in operation. The Parking Operations and Maintenance Fee is proposed to be adjusted upward on an annual basis, commencing January 1, 2013, based upon the change in the Consumer Price Index, All Urban Consumers, for the Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County area for the immediately preceding twelve (12) month period for which statistics are available. The Parking Operation and Maintenance Fee is proposed to partially offset the City’s reasonable cost of operating and maintaining off-street parking in a surface lot for new or expanded restaurants in the Old Downtown area. The adoption of this proposed Resolution would approve the establishment of the proposed Parking In-Lieu Fee and Parking Operation and Maintenance Fee for the purpose of meeting the City’s operating expenses and is, therefore, exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (Public Resources Code Section 21080 et seq.) pursuant to Public Resources Code Section 21080(b)(8)(A). NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that the public may submit written comments to the following address, prior to said hearing, or attend and speak thereon. A complete copy of the draft Resolution is available for public review during normal business hours at the City Clerk’s Office, City of Artesia, 18747 Clarkdale Avenue, Artesia, California 90701. Published at Los Cerritos Community News 9/2/11 CITY OF ARTESIA NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the City Council of the City of Artesia will hold a 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, September 12, 2011 to conduct a Public Hearing to consider the following item: 1. CASE NO. 2011-13 PROPERTY ACQUISITION 11825 168TH STREET
City of Artesia, 18747 Clarkdale Avenue, Artesia, Ca. 90701 A request for approval for the property acquisition for the property located at 11825 168th Street with Assessors Identification Number (AIN) 70111-005-025
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. PUBLISHED: September 2, 2011
Gloria Considine, City Clerk
Published at Los Cerritos Community News 9/2/11
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