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Longtime Artesia City Manager Dadian Announces Retirement

Hawaiian Gardens Gives Final Approval Establishing Office of City Manager

1st Combat Engineer Battalion Car Wash Raises $3,782

By Randy Economy


ongtime Artesia City Manager Maria Dadian announced last week that she will be retiring on October 19, and members of the Artesia City Council are already in the process of determining how the veteran city official is going to be replaced. Dadian made her announcement last week to Mayor John Lyon and the other members of the Artesia City Council. “After being in Municipal services since 1975, I have decided that now in the time to step aside and enter a new phase of my life. This has been a very difficult decision to make, but now is the right time to retire,” Dadian told Los Cerritos Community Newspaper on Monday morning. Dadian was making a $134,094.02 per year salary, according to city records obtained by LCCN. The Artesia City Council will be holding a special meeting on Monday night beginning at 6 p.m. to discuss the situation. The public is invited to attend the meet-

[See MARIA DADIAN page 8]

By Jerry Bernstein


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embers of the First Combat Engineer Battalion stationed at Camp Pendleton take time out from their car washing duties for a picture session. All volunteered their own time to participate in the annual car wash event. By Jerry Bernstein


he Sixth Annual 1st CEB [Combat Engineer Battalion] Car Wash, sponsored by the Cerritos Friends of the 1st CEB, was held Aug. 25 in the Cerritos Center parking lot. An estimated $3.782

was raised with the proceeds going into a fund to reduce the cost of the annual Birthday Ball celebrating the 237th USMC Birthday. The United States Marine Corps was established on Nov. 19, 1775. Marines have washed cars for about 20

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housands of passenger cars, motorcycles, recreational vehicles, and heavy big rigs were stopped at a Driving Under the Influence Checkpoint along a busy stretch of Imperial Highway on Saturday night that resulted in several arrests. The checkpoint included dozens of local Norwalk Sheriffs officials and was targeted to crackdown on drivers who get behind the wheel and drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Joining in the effort with Norwalk Sheriff’s personnel were members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department of Risk Management Bureau’s Traffic Services Details, headed up by Detective Daniel Dail. “Everything is going according to plan,” Dail told Los Cerritos Community Newspaper two hours into the checkpoint that went from 8 p.m. to 2 p.m. last Friday

he Hawaiian Gardens City Council unanimously approved the second reading of the ordinance establishing the office of City Manager, replacing the position of City Administrator. According to City Attorney Omar Sandoval the change will not effect the current personnel system, noting the position of City Administrator has the authority to demote, dismiss, reduce in pay, suspend without pay for disciplinary reasons any city employee for not more than 30 calendar days. He also noted the municipal code states that any employee has the right to appeal to the City Council, which he said is consistent with the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Councilmember Reynaldo Rodriquez objected to wording in the amendment that said city councilmember’s should deal

[See H.G. CITY MANAGER page 9]

Low Bidder Nixed by Artesia City Council for 183rd Street Project By Rico Dizon


field Avenue. It is one of the most heavily travelled streets in all of Southeast Los Angeles County for a weekend night. One of those arrested was a young man

he Artesia City Council has taken the unusual move to grant one company a bid on a project when they were not the lowest competitive bidder in a city that is strapped for cash in these rough economic times. Twining, Inc., was awarded a contract during the August 13 council meeting in the amount of $13,197.18 even though another company who wanted to do business with the city submitted a bid five thousand dollars less in price. Councilman Victor Manalo asked City Manager Maria Dadian, why Twining, Inc. was being recommended by city staff

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Photo By Randy Economy A 19 year old man wearing a Magic Johnson basketball jersey failed a field sobriety test and was arrested at a DUI Checkpoint in Norwalk. night into Saturday morning. “This checkpoint was one of many that have been or will be conducted throughout the year in Norwalk,” Dail said. The location of Friday’s checkpoint was on Imperial Highway west of Bloom-

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Weekly Crime Summary

August 20-26, 2012 Aggravated Assault: An assault and carjacking incident was reported on the 15100 block of Rosecrans Ave. The incident is currently under investigation. Residential Burglary: Two residential burglaries were reported last week. An incident occurred on the 12800 block of El Moro Ave. It is under investigation. A burglary was reported on the 14300 block of Aranza Dr.        Other Structure Burglary: A commercial burglary was reported on the 14900 block of Desman Rd. Copper telephone wiring was taken from the location. Grand Theft: Two grand thefts were reported last week. An incident was reported on the 12700 block of Valley View Ave. A suspect was taken into custody related to the incident.   A theft was reported on the 14500 block of Aranza Dr. An arrest was made in connection with the incident.    Grand Theft Vehicle: A vehicle was reported stolen from the 15600 block of Ashgrove Dr. A vehicle stolen from Arizona was re- covered on the 12700 block of Valley View Ave. A suspect was arrested in connection with the incident. Increase in Cell Phone Theft & Robberies There has been an increase in cell phone thefts throughout Los Angeles County and the nation. Because cell phones are now an everyday part of life for most people, criminals have stepped up their efforts to steal your favorite communication device. Los Angeles County Sheriff's detectives and other police agencies have found several common denominators with cell phone thefts.  Please read these tips to reduce the cost, risks and hassle of having your phone stolen: Cell Phone Safety Tips: 1. Password Protect Phone:  Use the security lock code, or PIN feature, to lock your phone. Make it difficult for others to access your personal information in your stolen phone. 2. Save Serial Number: Save your cell phone's serial number model and make, and keep it in a place where you can find it.  This is crucial in returning recovered property. Your serial number proves it's yours. 3. Don't Store Secrets: Consider carefully what information you store in your phone to prevent identity theft as well. If it's stolen, it's not that difficult for bad guys to pull out your private information before

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Part I felony crime investigations were down by one case last week after 25 were reported. Residential and commercial burglaries increased, vehicle burglaries and vehicle thefts remained the same and robberies declined. There were 263 calls for service handled by patrol deputies, down

from 273 the week before. The 2012 weekly average in calls for service is currently 270. There were no robberies reported last week. Residential burglaries were up from five to nine last week. All nine occurred in the northeast section of the City. Four cases were attributed to open /unlocked doors or windows, three windows were pried open, one was shattered and a door was kicked in. Purses, cash, gold coins, jewelry, electronics and a handgun were among the items taken. The 2012 weekly average in residential burglaries is now 4.7. We tend to experience more windows and doors left open during the summer months as residents attempt to keep their homes cool. As mentioned, four of the cases last week were attributed to unsecured portals. The harder you make it for a burglar to enter your house, the less likely that he or she will. Take the time to make sure that everything is closed and locked up before leaving. The brief amount of time spent doing this could save much more in the long run. Four commercial burglaries were reported last week. There were three the week before. Two closed businesses, a storage unit and a retail store were targeted. Jewelry, copper wiring and fixtures were stolen. The 2012 weekly average in “other structure”/commercial burglaries is 2.0. Vehicle burglaries remained the same at five last week. All five were in highvolume commercial parking lots. Four were SUVs. A stereo, a GPS unit, clothing, purses, wallets and a laptop computer were missing. The 2012 weekly average in vehicle burglaries is 7.5. Window smashes continue to be the most frequent means of entering the vehicles in these thefts. Remember that only a very thin layer of glass separates the thief from your valuable property. Your visible property can be seen.


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embers of the Norwalk Sheriff’s Department are looking for a knife wielding suspect who is responsible for a robbery at the Wal-Mart located at 11729 Imperial Hwy. According to Detective Torrero, the suspect entered the store and began opening packages and placing the items in his shorts’ pockets. He exited the store without paying for the items and was approached by loss prevention. The suspect then turned around and showed a knife to the employee and then fled on foot. The suspect is described as a Male, White, between the ages of 27 and 30 with a muscular build and weighing between185-200, blond hair. The suspect obtained a brown baseball cap “Guiness,” white “Starter” running shoes, and a gray knife. Any questions or information for Norwalk Sheriff’s Station, contact  Detective Torrero at (562)863-8711. Residents are asked to refer to file number 912-112810451-032.  If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call "Crime Stoppers" by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or by using the website


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Local City Councils Don’t Like the Truth By Brian Hews


n this paper next week you are going to read about how a local newspaper publisher (not me) planned and schemed Brian Hews with a city council Publisher (surprisingly not Cerritos) and the local Chamber of Commerce (not Cerritos) to financially hurt and injure the reputation of my newspaper. The reason? We wrote stories about what was going on in the city; murders, robberies, etc., and certain people on the council did not

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from April to August, and the city where the adjudication was given sent the publisher their legal notices. On August 14, 2012 the publisher, I guess knowing the filing was false, sent an email to all companies implicating me as the “bad guy” was losing the adjudication to do business with the city. A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ordered the adjudication vacated on the 15th of August, proving the documents filed about printing and delivering in the city were false, a total fabrication of the truth. It is truly bewildering the arrogance of some on the city council (sound familiar, Cerritos?) who do not approve of our articles and then attempt to financially injure and hurt the reputation of this paper, calling us liars; fabricating the truth. The same paper that, if it is covering an event, these same council people will not hesitate to push residents aside to get in the middle of the picture so they can be on the front page of the Community News. So sadly, it has come down to this: I have to hesitate about writing certain stories in Cerritos and this other city because for fear of financial retribution by the respective Councils. Not likely.

like that. It did not matter that the other 80% was good news about the city. So like their counterparts here in Cerritos, this council (not all of them) hatched a plan that began in November of last year (I have emails that prove this from the Freedom of Information Act which I will post next week) culminating in the Chamber (who never published a newspaper) selling a “newspaper” to that local publisher with the blessing of the Council. That publisher then filed documents in court (under penalty of perjury) to obtain the city legal adjudication, claiming the paper was printed and had been delivered in the city for over one year, and had been publishing news about the city for three years. The publisher was granted the adjudication in April because no one objected. I was told by the attorney, whom I called four days before the hearing, that it was too late to object. A legal adjudication in a city can be very lucrative, so when I found out about the filing, knowing it to be false, I had my attorneys file a Motion to Vacate the Adjudication. The hearing was August 15, 2012. In the meantime the publisher saw an increase in revenue of 1-$2,000 per week

said, “Your legislature rescinded portions of the law, including the state’s payments, but what I understand the Brown Act is still valid.” He paused for a moment, “What does that mean with the Hawaiian Gardens City Council and the city’s employee union [AFSCME] disagreeing over the latter charges the city violated the Brown Act when it voted to change the city’s government from a City Administrative operation to a City Manager form of government?” “I’m not sure,” I said. “The City Administrator wrote his request to the State’s Public Employment Relations Board dated July 19. The legislature approved the state budget on June 17, 2012 with a trailer bill attached to it suspending the reimbursement to the various agencies covered by the act. It would appear the question is did the City Administrator have the approval of the council to write the request. If so, the council violated the intent of the Brown Act that stipulates all such actions must be approved in open session.” My Friend pondered that statement for a moment. “But you stated the City Attorney said even though the Brown Act, for all practical purposes, has been temporally rescinded, Hawaiian Gardens would continue to follow the intent of the law.” “True,” I answered. “Well, that means the city council apparently isn’t.” “You know,” I said, “We will just have to wait and see what happens.” My Friend from Fruitcake, Florida looked at me. “You know, if this was happening in Fruitcake, there would be such a commotion that the city council would have no choice but to follow the intent of the law.“ By Jerry Bernstein I looked at my Friend for a moment.“ ”We don’t know what this council will do. At Tuesday’s meeting it adopted the second reading of the ordinance establishing the ofy Friend from Fruitcake, Florifice of the City Manager. The Union still has da sat in his chair to respond to the letter written by the City opposite my desk, not Administrator charging the council never saying a word. I knew authorized the letter in open session and he had something on nothing becomes official until the State PubEditor-in-Chief his mind, but having JERRY BERNSTEIN lic Employment Relations Board responds. known him for many In addition the Council has to wait 30 days years, I decided to wait until he was ready after it gives final approval before the change to speak. can take effect.” Finally he said. I don’t understand this So the key will be what the State Board state.” rules,” he said. “What’s to understand?” I asked. “I’m not sure, but I would take a guess “The state legislature passes a law manyou’re correct. You know,” I said, “some bedating rules how public meetings by city, lieve by suspending the reimbursement seccounty and school districts can be held and tion of the law, the rest of the Brown Act is at the sameall time votes to reimburse the same • We refill major brands still in effect. The governor did not rescind public agencies for enforcing the law.” • 100% satisfaction guaranteed the act itself just the reimbursement portion “You must be talking about the Brown • Locally owned & operated of the bill. That still needs to be clarified.” Act,” I said. My Friend from Fruitcake, Florida rose “Exactly,” he replied. “Since when does the state reimburse said agencies for enforc- from his chair to leave. “You know,” he said, toner Off law? ink It doesn’t make sense. Off $ ing the Back in “Many people laugh at my home’s name, refill refill Fruitcake, when the legislature passes a law, “Fruitcake.” But you know what? CaliforOne per the customer valid with otherpay offersthe . Expires 9/30/10 . Code CCN nians better not look in the mirror to closely it’s law.. Not They don’t local government to enforce it. It’s the law, period!” because they may not like what they see,” 13245 South Street . Cerritos, CA 90703 Before I could give him an answer, he With that he left. 562-402-1035

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public comment from a Mexico-born Huntington Park City Councilwoman has sparked a controversy after she blamed “the American’s” who served as past elected officials for problems with residential and business water meters. Councilwoman Rosa Perez, who was elected in 2011, stunned the mostly Spanish speaking audience in attendance at Huntington Park City Hall last week when she blasted residents with the comment “I wanted to come into (elected) office, and to see what the problems are in the city and try to bring solutions to them. A big problem is that people think that when the Americans were in office everything was all great and when the Latinos came in, then all the problems came in.” Perez continued in Spanish by claiming, “but the Americans did a lot of these contracts that are costing US (Latinos) much money.” Several residents immediately reacted with loud yells in protest to the comments. Perez went on to say in Spanish that “people are asking where the money is going?” “Most of the money is not going to pay the chief of police or the city manager, maybe the (city) attorney is making a little more money, but, ah, this is not where all of the money is going. (And) I didn’t make these contracts, the contracts are from years ago, I have always said that I don’t need power, you know me, you know I got in here to help the city,” Perez said with her voice rising louder and arms waving in the air. “The city has to pay its own expenses. I don’t expect you to pay for the water I use, but don’t expect me to pay for the water you use. We are not happy about this,” Perez said.

Perez was reached by Hews Media Group on Friday at her office at County USC Medical Center where she serves as a mid level manager in order to get a clarification about her comments. “I have lived in Huntington Park for 37 years, and I am new to this city council. It hurts me to see that residents blame me for everything,” Perez said. “You are going to print whatever you are going to print. I can’t stop that,” she said. “I am not going to apologize for anything I said in that meeting. I speak for my people, and we have real problems here in Huntington Park,” Perez said. When asked for a clarification Perez said, “It means whatever you want it to mean.” Perez said that there is an active campaign to discredit her and other city council members who have political ties to former Mayor John Noguez, who is the embattled current Los Angeles County Assessor. Noguez help fund Perez winning campaign for city council in 2011, as well as the campaigns of his cousin, Vice Mayor Elba Guerrero and another political alley Councilman Andy Molina. Linda Guevara, a former HP city councilmember, told Hews Media Group that she was “outraged” by the comments of Perez. “What the hell is wrong with this councilwoman? Huntington Park is located in the United States, and we are all Americans,” Guevara said. Another longtime Huntington Park resident Marilyn Sanbria, a Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International member said it is “disheartening that a woman of this caliber, and of that position, to make such a racial statement.” “Her statement shows a lack of knowledge of the history of leadership in Huntington Park and a divisive comment that does not reflect the professionalism of her position,” said longtime Huntington Park Karina Macias.

untington Park City Councilwoman Rosa E. Perez, through City Attorney H. Francisco Leal, issued the following statement to Hews Media Group on Thursday afternoon. “It is unfortunate that individuals with a specific agenda have misconstrued my comments during a recent city council meeting to advance their personal agenda. “During my remarks in response to a resident’s comments to local water rates, I used the term ‘Americano’ to denote those individuals who were in power when the first contracts were signed. “For those in the know, “Americano” is a term sometime used by Spanish speaking individuals of Anglo descent or Non-Hispanic living in the United States. It was in no way meant to be used to delineate individuals who are American “by birth or naturalized” from those who are immigrants. In retrospect I should have used any other term to describe the earlier council members who were not of Hispanic descent.” “If I have offended anyone by the term “Americano” I apologize and would look to choose my words to describe non-Hispanics more carefully in the future.” “For the record, I am a proud American citizen, by choice, and was naturalized in 1976. I love this country and the opportunities it has afforded me, my family and my constituents.” “Contact City Attorney H. Francisco Leal at (213) 628-0808 with any additional inquires.”

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Continued from page 1 years as one of the few ways available to them for raising funds to celebrate the Corp’s birthday. All funds raised goes directly to the 1st CEB Ball Fund. A USMC Birthday Ball is not only a time-honored tradition with presentation of the colors, cutting of the birthday cake with a saber and a keynote speaker; it is formal elegance, fine dining and concludes with music and dancing. This year the 1st CEB' Birthday Ball has been delayed until December so that the entire battalion now deployed in Afghani-

stan will be back home and able to attend Cerritos residents and shoppers through the years have given strong support to this effort, starting at 9”30 a.m. when they began to line up to have their cars washed. Turning the line into a steady stream throughout the morning. During an early afternoon break; Corp members took advantage of a free lunch offered by Chick Fillet. Mostly in their 20’s, many have been in the Battalion for three years or more, having served overseas including Afghanistan. The Cerritos Center, the City of Cerritos provided equipment for the event. and 1st CEB volunteers provided donuts, soda and bottled water and manned the refreshment tent.

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hen I gazed out at the jammed Performing Arts Center with thousands of beaming fans wheezing from horse-laughing repeatedly it made me wonder how just two guys can pull this off time after time. Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood are the guys, unassuming in appearance but amazingly well-suited to perform the kind of improvisational comedy their show entails. Their humor ranges from droll observations about popular culture to scatology to physical comedy that makes folks howl with delight. It is a testament to their guts that they never know what topic they will use to form these humorous scenes until seconds before they begin and there is no way to cheat. The whole thing is based on the once British radio, then British television, then American television show called “Whose Line Is It Anyway” that used made up skits improvised after receiving seeds of stories taken at random from audience members. Part of the appeal is precisely that it involves the audience so closely and dares folks to become part of this pageant of delightful silliness and clever rejoinders that Mochrie and Sherwood seem to command at will. When this technique is executed well, as these two gents do, the results can be downright hilarious. In their three visits to Cerritos, Mochrie and Sherwood have never failed to win the evening without ever seeming to drop the ball. This night was no exception judging by the lengthy standing ovation that greeted the conclusion of the concert. Of course, part of the charm of the show is the dead ends some of these games lead the men into but somehow they find their way out in a way that just makes the audience double

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20-yard line. Simmons immediately wrestled the ball out of grasp of Suarez and instantly scored a touchdown for the hosts. “I read the route all wrong,” Simmons admitted. “I slipped and I saw (Suarez) come down with the ball. I saw him struggle trying to get past the one-yard line and I just snatched it from his hands. I saw an opening and I took it.” “We’ve been preaching all summer to make a play,” Veach said. “We even created drills that we call, ‘make a play’. We put them in situations where you’re doubleteamed and you have to make a tackle and you have no help, but you have to make a play.” On the second play of the ensuing drive, Suarez tipped a ball thrown by Galan and it went into the hands of Simmons who jaunted down the right sideline for a 32yard gain. Five plays later, junior running back Manny Rivera iced the game when he scored on a one-yard run after he recovered a Galan fumble near the goal line. The Spartans responded with four straight small runs but on third and four from their own 27-yard line, Michael Ramirez was picked off by Simmons who went 82 yards the other way for the final

tory, the pattern was the same in the first two sets as the Pioneers trailed big early on, then rallied in the middle of the set before running out of steam. “There were girls literally on the court that had never played the game before,” Burpo said. “It was their first game ever; their first set ever. Because of that, we fall to that. Hopefully before we get into league, we can gain a lot of experience. We have to do a lot of training and a lot of repetition. Our passing was not very good and in addition, we need to do better with

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[See GHOST WRITER page 14] touchdown pass from Ramirez to Vannoy. After the Pioneers punted for the first time, Huntington Park needed four plays to close the cap to 20-18 on a 17-yard run from Vannoy. “You never feel comfortable,” Veach said. “Like I told the kids at halftime in the locker room, the same way we scored 20 and they scored six, in the second half they could come out and score 28 and we could score none. That was the message we were trying to get across to them.” “In the second half, we weren’t in the game and we slacked off,” Galan said. “We were supposed to keep our head in the game and we just made mistakes.” Galan finished the game with 10 completions in 16 attempts for 161 yards and

added 78 yards on 10 carries. Rivera had 40 yards on 11 touches while Rodriguez chimed in with 17 yards on seven carries. Rodriguez also had three receptions for 25 yards. The Pioneers, who lost to the Spartans 28-7 on the road in last season’s opener, had been outscored 123-7 in their last three season openers and their last home opener was against tonight’s road opponent, Whittier, in a 28-20 triumph. “Winning is contagious and we kind of believe now that we can win games,” Veach said. “I like the way that it happened; that we had to fight back to win it. We learned we can win and the confidence is now there. For two or three years basically, we didn’t think we could win games.”

Paige Lindsey White and Leland Crooke.

By Brian Hews


ast Friday night we went to see “Ghost-Writer” by Michael Hollinger at the International City Theater in Long Beach, and it was utterly amazing. Directed by caryn desai with a cast of three:  Paige Lindsey White, Leland Crooke, and Cheryl David, the play kept your attention the entire evening. Hollinger, a 49-year-old playwright and former violinist from Pennsylvania, has created a mysterious and imaginative work that kept the audience mesmerized throughout. In a summary from the play’s premiere, Ghost-Writer was summed up as follows:


Continued from page 12 ing the offense. Once they kind of scooted everybody into the box, he started taking some shots down the field.” “It feels very good because we build up confidence for the team,” Galan said. “It’s a great feeling to win.” Artesia scored on all three of its first half possessions, gaining 154 yards and controlling the clock for 10:03. But it was a different story in the third quarter. Artesia fumbled on its first two plays of the second half, losing the second one and the Spartans turned the miscue into a 27-yard

It’s 1919 and acclaimed novelist Franklin Woolsey has died. His devoted secretary Myra remains poised at her typewriter, claiming she’s still receiving dictation toward the completion of his unfinished masterpiece, dutifully sending each chapter to the publisher under her late employer’s name. Attacked by skeptics, the press, and Woolsey’s jealous widow, Vivian, Myra sets out to prove she is more than just an artful forger. Is she channeling Woolsey’s voice and might she truly possess a gift the world can’t understand, or is she deceiving herself and/or others? This ghost story of literary proportions questions where we draw the line between fact and fiction, be-





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Photo by Floyd Farrar Susan McCormick posed, at left, in front of her Thursday ukulele players prior to their performance at Buena Park Library Auditorium in June. The ukulele players entertained patrons of the library who earned tickets to the performance by reading.

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nrollment is now open for Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Ukulele players who also enjoy singing different types of songs from different eras under the direction of Ukulele and Voice teacher Susan McCormick. Classes are held on Thursday mornings from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. at Artesia Community Center located at 18750 Clarkdale in Artesia starting on September 13. Ukulele enthusiasts can register online at (click on Artesia Registration) or in person at the Artesia Parks and Recreation office on 18750 Clarkdale. Any type

of ukulele is fine, but students must furnish their own ukulele. The fee for this class is $36.00 for a 12 week class if you register by September 8. The fee will be higher after that date. McCormick includes a wide variety of songs from the 20’s, the 50’s, folk songs of the 60’s and other eras including popular songs of today. McCormick’s classes have learned to play Tin Pan Alley selections, American patriotic songs, Rock songs and Country Western favorites. Songs are mostly sung in English, but songs are also sung in Hawaiian, Japanese, Spanish and other languages as requested by class members. McCormick also teaches finger picking on the ukulele by using the tabla-

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Cerritos City Council will conduct a public hearing on Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. on the following matter: AN URGENCY ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS ESTABLISHING A MORATORIUM ON NEW WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATION FACILITIES IN THE PUBLIC RIGHT-OF-WAY AND PROHIBITING THE ISSUANCE OF BUILDING PERMITS, USE PERMITS, AND ANY OTHER LAND USE ENTITLEMENTS RELATED THERETO. PURSUANT TO SECTION 15061(B)(3) OF THE CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY ACT (CEQA), THIS PROJECT IS EXEMPT FROM CEQA REVIEW. This public hearing will be conducted in the Council Chambers of the Cerritos City Hall, Cerritos Civic Center, 18125 Bloomfield Avenue, Cerritos, California, 90703. The meeting will also air live on Cerritos TV3 and will be streamed over the City of Cerritos website at A copy of the related staff report will be available for download from the website by 6:00 p.m. on the Friday prior to the public hearing. If you challenge the above mentioned 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 Cerritos City Council at, or prior to, the public hearing. Any person interested in this matter may contact the Office of the City Clerk at (562) 916-1248 for additional information and/or appear at the hearing in person or by agent and be heard. Dated: August 31, 2012

/s/Vida Barone Vida Barone City Clerk

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ture method of playing the chords and the notes of the songs. The ukulele classes are so enjoyable that many students have been taking her class for many years! McCormick’s ukulele classes have been asked to perform at a number of community events in Artesia, Cerritos, Buena Park, Norwalk and Long Beach. The performance group from the class performs with hula dancers who formerly danced with the Hula for Health classes in ABC School District. Those dancers now perform with McCormick’s ukulele class as Na Ipo Hula, “The Hula Sweethearts.” For more information about ukulele classes and future performances, contact Susan McCormick at 714-826-9204.

tween this life and beyond. That shouldn’t give away the mysteries of the plot, but gives a good idea of its environment. The cast did a superb job… especially Ms. White. Hollinger’s script, essentially a monologue by Myra recalls scenes from her work with Woolsey and interactions with his wife Vivian. Myra must always wait to hear the words before she types, so there are frequent pauses in the 80-minute play. Whether it’s Woolsey’s voice from beyond or Myra’s subconscious construction of words of those he dictated to her for years, the words come in fits and starts. In the meantime, the play delves into Myra’s psyche as she describes her passion for Woolsey and learns the art of writing from her labors at the typewriter, essentially the play’s fourth character. The sound of the keys on a platen becomes Woolsey’s prompt as much as the ringing telephone Vivian has installed in his rented room. It is a jarring reminder of her demand for attention. It’s an interesting three-cornered love affair. Ghost-Writer recently won the 2011 Barrymore Award as Best New Play. It’s as much a meditation for writers as for theater lovers, but both should enjoy this thoughtful work. The Ghost-Writer plays through September 16. Performances are Thu. – Sat. at 8pm, Sun. at 2pm. Ticket prices are Thursdays: $37, Fri., Sat., Sun.: $44. Single tickets on sale, ITC box office 562-436-4610 (M-F 9 am-5 pm) or go to itclongbeach. org.

“Lip Reading Classes” Free and Fun! The Long Beach/ Lakewood Chapter of Hearing Loss Association is offering two classes for lip reading. “Practice” classes are held every Monday from 10:00 a.m. to 12 Noon “Teaching” classes are held every Wednesday, starting August 29 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Just show up for this free class at the Weingart Center, 5220 Oliva Avenue, Lakewood, CA! For more information, call 562-438-0597.

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 10, 2012 to conduct a Public Hearing to consider the follow items: CASE NO. 2012-20 TENTATIVE PARCEL MAP NO. 72002 & DESIGN REVIEW 18728-32 ARLINE AVENUE Koka Villa, Inc. 18760 Pioneer Boulevard, Artesia, Ca. 90701 A request for approval of a Tentative Parcel Map No. 72002 to consolidate three separate parcels into one parcel of land and a design review for the construction of a new 10-unit apartment complex for the property located at 18728-32 Arline Avenue in the Multiple Residential (M-R) Zone.

RESOLUTION NO. 12-2353 A Resolution of the City Council of the City of Artesia Adopting a User Fee Study for Winterball Baseball and Making Findings in Connection Therewith (ADOPTION) 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: August 31, 2012 Gloria Considine, City Clerk Published at Los Cerritos Community Newspaper 8/31/12



WHEREAS, in 1969 the City established the office of the City Administrator, with broad authority over the administration of the City except as to authority specifically reserved to the City Council; and WHEREAS, the City Council has over the years delegated to the City Administrator much of the authority associated with a City Manager form of government; and WHEREAS, the City Council wishes to formalize the adoption of the City Manager form of government and officially establish the office of the City Manager.

NOW THEREFORE, the City Council of the City of Hawaiian Gardens does ordain as follows:

SECTION 1. Chapter 2.20 of Title 2 of the Hawaiian Gardens Municipal Code is hereby amended and restated in its entirety to read as follows and establish a City Manager form of Government and the office of the City Manager: Chapter 2.20 CITY MANAGER 2.20.010. Office of the City Manager Created. The office of the City Manager of the City of Hawaiian Gardens is hereby established. The City Manager shall be appointed by the City Council. The City Manager shall hold office at the pleasure of the City Council. No person elected to membership on the City Council shall, subsequent to such election, be eligible for appointment as City Manager until one year has elapsed after such person has ceased to be a member of the City Council. 2.20.020. Compensation and Expenses. The City Manager shall receive such compensation and reimbursement for expenses as the City Council shall from time to time determine and fix, and said compensation shall be a proper charge against general funds of the City or as against such funds as may be indicated by the City Council. 2.20.040. Powers and Duties. The City Manager shall be the administrative head of the City under the direction and control of the City Council, except as otherwise provided by ordinance or resolution of the City Council. The City Manager shall be responsible for the efficient administration of all the affairs of the City which are under the City Manager's control and for implementing policy as set by the City Council. In addition to the general duties and powers as administrative head, and not as a limitation thereon, it shall be the City Manager's duty and the City Manager shall have the power: A.

To see that the laws of the State of California pertaining to the City and all laws and ordinances of the City are duly enforced and that all franchises, permits and privileges granted by the City are faithfully observed.


To appoint, remove, promote, and demote any city officer or employee, except for the City Attorney, subject to applicable law and personnel policies established by the City Council.


To supervise and direct all department heads, officers and employees.


To attend all meetings of the City Council and its committees unless excused therefrom by the City Council.


To recommend to the City Council for adoption such measures or ordinances as the City Manager deems necessary or expedient.


To keep the City Council at all times fully advised as to the financial condition and needs of the City.


To prepare and submit to the City Council the annual budget and to administer it after adoption.


To purchase or cause to be purchased all materials, supplies, services and equipment for all of the departments or divisions of the City. No purchase shall be made, contract let, or obligation for any item or service which exceeds the current budget appropriation shall be made without a supplemental appropriation by the City Council. No expenditure shall be submitted or recommended to the City Council except on report to and approval of the City Manager.


To investigate all complaints in relation to matters concerning the administration of the government of the City and in regard to the service maintained by public utilities in the City; to remedy all meritorious complaints within the scope of authority provided by the City ordinances and policies, and to report to the Council all injustices suffered by reason of defects or omissions in the laws, policies, or practices of the City which he/she is not authorized to rectify.


To exercise general supervision over all public buildings, streets, and other public property which are under the control and jurisdiction of the City Council.


To devote his or her time as required by the duties and interest of the City.


To make reports and recommendations as may be desirable or as requested by the City Council.


To serve in any appointed office or as head of a department within the City government to which the City Manager may be qualified when appointed thereto by the City Council and to hold and perform the duties thereof at the pleasure of the City Council.


To perform such other duties and exercise such other powers as may be delegated from time to time by ordinance or resolution of the City Council.

2.20.050. Ex-officio Member Of Boards and Commission. The City Manager shall be an ex-officio member of all Boards and Commissions appointed by the Mayor or the City Council pursuant to law, with a right to participate in all deliberations or actions by voice but without vote.

SECTION 3. The Mayor or presiding officer of the City Council is hereby authorized to affix his/her signature to this Ordinance signifying its adoption by the City Council. SECTION 4. The City Clerk shall certify to the adoption of this Ordinance and cause the same to be posted at the duly designated posting places within the City and published once within fifteen (15) days after passage and adoption as required by law, or in the alternative, the City Clerk may cause to be published a summary of this Ordinance and a certified copy of the text of this Ordinance shall be posted in the Office of the City Clerk five (5) days prior to the date of adoption of this Ordinance, and, within fifteen (15) days after adoption, the City Clerk shall cause to be published the aforementioned summary and shall post a certified copy of this Ordinance, together with the vote for and against the same, in the Office of City Clerk. SECTION 5. This Ordinance shall go into effect and be in full force and operation from and after thirty (30) days from the date of its final passage and adoption. SECTION 6. If any chapter, section, subsection, subdivision, paragraph, sentence, clause or phrase, or portion of this Ordinance, or the application thereof to any person, is for any reason held to be invalid or unconstitutional by the decision of any court of competent jurisdiction, such decision shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of this Ordinance or its application to other persons. The City Council hereby declares that it would have adopted this Ordinance and each chapter, section, subsection, subdivision, paragraph, sentence, clause, phrase, or portion thereof, irrespective of the fact that any one or more sections, subsections, subdivisions, sentences, clauses, phrases, or portions of the application thereof to any person, be declared invalid or unconstitutional. PASSED AND ADOPTED at a regular meeting of the City Council on the 28th day of August, 2012, by the following vote: AYES: NAYS: ABSENT: ABSTAIN:




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I, Suzanne Underwood, City Clerk of the City of Hawaiian Gardens, do hereby certify that Ordinance No. 542, was duly and regularly introduced and placed upon its first reading at a Special meeting of the City Council on AUGUST 14, 2012 and that thereafter, said Ordinance was duly adopted and passed at a Regular meeting of the City Council on this 28th day of AUGUST 2012, by the following votes as the same appears on file and of record in the Office of the City Clerk. AYES: NOES: ABSENT: ABSTAIN:



Published at Los Cerritos Community Newspaper 8/31/12 CITY OF CERRITOS STATE OF CALIFORNIA NOTICE TO BIDDERS PRINTING OF THE CERRITOS CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS 2012-2013 SECOND SEASONAL CALENDAR BID NO. 1149-13 Sealed bids will be received at the Office of the City Clerk of the City of Cerritos, 18125 Bloomfield Avenue, First Floor, Bloomfield Avenue at 183rd Street, Cerritos, California, 90703, until 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 13, 2012, for the printing of the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts 2012-2013 Second Seasonal Calendar, Bid No. 1149-13. Bids will be publicly opened at Cerritos City Hall at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, September 13, 2012. Bids must be made on the form provided for this purpose, addressed to the City Clerk, City of Cerritos, 18125 Bloomfield Avenue, First Floor, Bloomfield Avenue at 183rd Street, Cerritos, California, 90703, marked “Bid for the Printing of the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts 2012-2013 Second Seasonal Calendar, Bid No. 1149-13.” Please contact the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts Marketing Division at (562) 916-8524 to obtain specifications and contract documents. No bid will be accepted unless it is made on a proposal form furnished by the City. The City of Cerritos reserves the right to reject any and all bids, or portions of any and all bids or waive the informality in a bid not affected by law. Dated/Posted/Published: August 31, 2012 Published at Los Cerritos Community Newspaper 8/31/12 CITY OF HAWAIIAN GARDENS REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR THE 2014-2021 GENERAL PLAN HOUSING ELEMENT UPDATE

2.20.070. Limitations Imposed.

In case of accident, disaster, or other circumstances creating a public emergency, the City Manager may in accordance with the city's disaster preparedness plan, award contracts and make purchases for the purpose of meeting such emergency. The City Manager shall file promptly with the City Council a certificate showing such emergency and the necessity for such action, together with an itemized account of all expenditures.

/S/______________________ Michael Gomez Mayor

/S/_________________________________ Suzanne Underwood City Clerk

The City Council and its members shall deal with the administrative services of the City through the City Manager, except for the purpose of inquiry, and neither the City Council nor any members thereof shall direct subordinates of the City Manager.

2.20.080. Emergency Contracts and Purchases--Authority.

PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the CITY OF HAWAIIAN GARDENS is seeking a well-qualified consultant to update the City’s 2014-2021 General Plan Housing Element. All sealed proposals are to be submitted to the office of the City Clerk, 21815 Pioneer Boulevard, Hawaiian Gardens, California 90716, up to the hour of 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 21, 2012 at which time they will be publicly opened. Request for Proposals may be obtained from the City of Hawaiian Gardens, Community Development Department, 21815 Pioneer Boulevard, Hawaiian Gardens, California 90716. Should you have any further questions regarding this project please contact the City of Hawaiian Gardens at (562) 420-2641, ext. 208.

2.20.090. Bond. The City Manager shall obtain at the expense of the City, a faithful performance bond in the principal sum of twenty-five thousand dollars. SECTION 2. Section 1.04.010 of the Hawaiian Gardens Municipal Code, pertaining to definitions, is hereby amended by adding the following definition:


"City Administrator" means the City Manager.

2.20.060. Orders and Directions.

The City Manager shall not establish policy which is the province of the City Council to determine, nor shall he/she bind the City, to any action, plan or program requiring official City Council action.

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