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ABC School Board Adopts Mid-Year Budget

Hawaiian Gardens Council Reviews Storm Drain Master Plan

Soroptimist Successful Monte Carlo Night

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he ABC School Board adopted a $165 million budget for the fiscal year 2008-9. This reflects approximately $16.5 million in state revenue cuts. Superintendent Dr. Gary Smuts said, “When this year’s state budget was adopted it was 88 days late. The day after it was adopted, we were told the budget was out of balance and we would be faced with a mid-year adjustment that eventually came on Feb. 19—about seven months after the fiscal year began. He said school districts were finally told how much money was cut from this year’s already spent categories with only 4 months left in the school year. In June of 2008, the ABC School Board adopted a budget that trimmed $1.25 million. “ Our mid-year cuts for 2008-09

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T Members of the Artesia-Cerritos Soroptimists take time out from preparing for the opening of the 17th Annual Monte Carlo Night held Mar. 7 at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. By Jerry Bernstein

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he Soroptimist International of Artesia-Cerritos held its 17th annual Monte Carlo Night Mar. 7 at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. Theme for the evening was Night on the Nile. This year the Soroptimists raised approximately $44,000 Co-Chairs were Melanie Broad and Gail Reidy who thanked all those who participat-

ed in making the event successful. President Tammy Cannon expressed the Club’s appreciation to local businesses and attendees for their donations and support. In addition to the colorful theme, a buffet was catered by Turnip Rose with added dinner seating. There were casino-type games with donated prizes totaling in the thousands of dollars. Monte Carlo is the major fund-

raiser for the local chapter of Soroptimist International.. Funds raised by the chapter benefit many charities, including Community Family Guidance Center, a non-profit mental health center serving Los Angeles County that provides counseling for emotionally disturbed children as well as child abuse victims and their families, Su

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he Hawaiian Gardens City Council reviewed the city’s Storm Drain Master Plan [SDMP] at its Feb. 24 meeting with a presentation by NorrisRepke Engineers Inc. Project Engineer Ludwig Smeets with Norris-Repke, said the objectives of the master plan is to provide the City with a comprehensive long-term plan for improvements to the city’s drainage facilities and provide the level of flood protection as recommended by Los Angeles County and develop a cost effect plan. This entailed information gathering and field reviews including meetings with City staff, the County of Los Angeles, and the Cities of Lakewood, Long Beach and Cypress to obtain

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Chinese Spring Festival Celebrates Year of the Ox at Cerritos College By Jerry Bernstein

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college student center usually has students who are studying, eating lunch or having a snack, or just visiting. Last Saturday, Mar. 7, the student center at Cerritos College was the site for the 2009 Chinese Spring Festival celebrating The Year of the Ox, presented by Cerritos College Chinese Culture Association of Southern California, affiliated with the Cerritos Chinese School. Highlight of the event was a Royal Fashion Show coordinated by Olympia Chen and Ellis Fu. Choreography was by Linda Yao. A total of 14 dances were performed, including a Lion Dance , Taiwan Aboriginal Dance, Little Drummer and a Yuan Chi Dance all performed by Chinese School students. Other performances included a Girl Quartet Dance by the First Evangelical Church of Cerritos, Lily’s Pond Dance by the Ling’s Dance Academy, Kung Fu Panda by Hua Mei Tau Chi Wushu Education Center, Spring Sewason Dance and Red Coral Dance performed by Ling’s Dance Academy and singing by the Cerritos Chinese Senior Choir and the Voice of Little Ariang. Workshops included Mah Jeong, Calligraphy, Dice Game, Paper Lanterns and Paper Cuts. Program coordinators were Danita Kurtz, Holly Bogdanovich, Dressed in historic costumes Community members gave the audience attendCindy Yen Chen and Jim Chang, with the latter two emceeing the ing the Chinese Festival held in the Cerritos College Student Center Mar. 7 a look at the fashions throughout China’s history. program.


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Artesia City Council Approves First Reading on Water Conservation Plan By Jerry Bernstein The Artesia City Council approved the first reading of a water conservation plan at its Mar. 9 meeting calling for permanent restrictions on the use of potable water. The ordinance is based on those adopted by Los Angeles County for unincorporated areas and by the Metropolitan Water District. The new measures prohibit: Watering lawns and landscapes more than once per day and is prohibited between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. except by hand-held bucket, a hand-held hose equipped with a positive self-closing water shut-off nozzle or device, or for short periods of time for the express purpose of adjusting or repairing an irrigation system. Watering lawns and landscapes using steam rotator-type or gear driven sprinklers is limited to 15 minutes per day, per station. Watering lawns and landscapes using steam rotator-type or gear-driven sprinklers is limited to 15 minutes per day/

per station. All other types of sprinklers are limited to 10 minutes per day. This does not apply to irrigation systems that exclusively use very low-flow drip type of irrigation systems when no emitter produces more than two gallons of water per hour and weather based controllers or stream rotor sprinklers that meet a 70 percent efficiency standard. Watering that causes excessive water flow or runoff onto adjoining sidewalks, driveways, streets, alleys, gutters or ditches is prohibited. Washing hard or paved surfaces is prohibited, except when necessary to alleviate safety or sanitary hazards, and then only by use of a hand-held bucket, or hose equipped with a positive self-closing water shut-off device, or low-volume, high pressure cleaning machine equipped to recycle any water used. Excessive loss of water due to breaks or leaks or other malfunctions for a period of time after the break and/or leak should be reasonably corrected no more than 48 hours after receiving notice from the City,

is prohibited. Operating a decorative water feature that does not use re-circulated water is prohibited after three months following the effective date of the ordinance. Washing vehicles is prohibited, excepted by use of a hand-held bucket or a hand-held hose equipped with a positive self-closing water shut-off nozzle or device. The restriction does not apply to commercial car wash facilities. Eating and drinking establishments, unless expressly requested by customers, are prohibited providing drinking water. First time violators of the plan will be issued a warning prior to issuance of a notice of violation and the imposition of civil fines. In other business the Council approved a an amendment to the city code to include “community halls” as a principal use in a single family residential [R-1] zone and approved a design for an expansion to an existing community hall located at 11903 Ashworth Avenue in a R-1 zone. Mayor Sally Flowers inquired if the

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amendment would mean an owner could convert his/her house into a community hall. City Attorney Kevin Ennis replied no. Only buildings built before 1959 in an R-1 zone at the time the city was incorporated and used for a community hall are affective. The amendment will permit such buildings to be rehabilitated. The Council continued a public hearing on a Planning Commission denial for a variance and conditional use permit permitting the sale of alcoholic beverages at an existing service station located at 16725 Pioneer Blvd. in the Commercial General [C-G-] Zone. Seeking the appeal is Ed Pouldar, Pioneer Chevron. In denying the conditional use permit and variance, the Planning Commission said approval would open the door for other gas stations to apply for beer and wine licenses. Alley Vacated In other business the council approved

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Mary Kay Consultant Karen Baker, guest speaker at the monthly Cerritos Regional Chamber of Commerce Mar. 5 held at the Sheraton Cerritos Hotel, said when you have to do your marketing on a shoestring budget and in good times too, listen to Monthly Cerritos Chamber luncheon your customers and at the same time build trust with your customers as well as good at the Cerritos Sheraton. relationships. “It’s worked for me, and there is no reason it shouldn’t work for By Jerry Bernstein you,” she asserted. When selling a product, show enith the economy in a tailspin, thusiasm for the product, also, know the question asked is how do your product. “If you have a community you keep your customers? newspaper use it to advertise your merchandise,” she said. “Utilize your Chamber of Commerce too,” she added. She also urged the retailer not to be shy about speaking before groups. “Volunteer to speak,” she said, “and sponsor and/or participate in community events.” She said in order to have your business continue to Nancy Narikawa. ASAP Products; Alan Wood, Merri Wood grow you have to build relationships. Get people’s Management Co.; Julia Emerson, Southern California Gas Company; Miss Cerritos Nicole Sambolla; and Steve opinion of your product/ merchandise. Prepare your Vincencia, Vincencia & Buckley Insurance. sales pitch and talk to people on a level they will understand. If you want to market your business know what to ask. She also said new technology means now ways to market your product and at lower costs. Utilize the Internet. Learn to text message. It’s a good way to keep in touch with your customers and Bob and Marianne Hughlett with Gary Chomiak of Retire- it adds a personal touch. ment Distribution Specialists at Mar. 5 monthly Cerritos Regional Chamber luncheon.

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5th Annual Community Business and Health Expo. A huge success. Central Basin Municipal Water DisThe Pico Rivera Chamber of Commerce held its 6th Annual Community Business & Health Expo on November 5, 2008 at Pico Park 9528 Beverly Blvd. in Pico Rivera. This years theme was: “The Chamber is 50 and Still Red Hot”! Over 40 exhibitors were at the event that was very well attended by both residents and businesses.

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Platinum Sponsors were: ALMA Family Services, Vernola Towing and Washington Mutual-Chase. Gold Sponsors were: HealthFirst Medical and Crowne Plaza. Silver Sponsors were: Bright Health Physicians, AltaMed Health Services and Rubio’s Fresh Mexican Grill. Exhibitors offered services such as: blood pressure tests (HealthFirst Medical), bone density readings (MD Care & PR Clinica Medica Familiar), glaucoma testing (Lion’s Club of Pico Rivera), And CareMore Medical offered free flu shots. Food vendors: Café N Stuff, Casa Gamino, Edible Arrangements, Magic Bakery and Java Jo’z. offered tastes of their cuisines. Downey Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning and

trict offered water to all attendees. The “Salsa Tasting Contest” brought out 10 local residents: Linda Martinez, Teresa Martinez, Ronnie Winans, Maria Juarez, Hilda Juarez, Hilda Rodarte, Diana Aguayo, Mary Conchola, Rocio Davalos and Flor Osorio. The 3rd place winner of $50 was Ronnie Winans; the 2nd place winner of $75 was Diana Aguayo and the 1st place winner of $150 was Teresa Martinez (second time in a row). 50 Chili’s (door prize tickets) and numerous door prizes donated by the exhibitors went to very happy attendees. The 50/50 raffle of $150 went to a lucky winner and the best decorated table winner of a $100 gift card to Staples was Edible Arrangements. Congratulations to all the winners.

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Martinez, Jr., Ph.D., Superintendent/President of Rio Hondo College was named one of the Top 25 Latino in Education by Latino Leaders Magazine in the September 2008 issue. The publication is distributed eight times per year throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. The magazine features interviews with major Latino players in all fields of expertise with editorials that focus on social, political, and business leaders. Other educators selected for this honor include France Cordova, President, Purdue University; Elsa A. Murano, President, Texas A & M University; and J. Michael Ortiz, President California State Polytechnic University. “The Board of Trustees extends our congratulations to Dr. Martinez for this much deserved honor,” said Angela Acosta-Salazar, president of the Rio Hondo College Board of Trustees. “We are very pleased with our decision to appoint Dr. Martinez as the eighth Superintendent/ President of Rio Hondo College, for his accomplishments and for his commitment to meeting the needs of our community.” The magazine praised Dr. Martinez for his commitment to creating and facilitating collaboration within the college itself, and with the communities it serves. They describe him as being focused on all of the elements of student success, see Martinez page 2

The Salsa contest drew 10 contestants this year. The winners from left are Third Place Ronnie Winans $50.00, Second Place Diana Aguayo $75.00 and for the second year in a row Teresa Martinez won the top prize of $150.00

Judges for the Salsa Tasting Contest were, from the left, Director Judy Gilleland -TriCities ROP, Director Vera Diaz Powers - John R. Diaz & Associates, Director and Event Chair Alex Saulus - HealthFirst Medical, Director David Briano - State Farm Insurance, Chamber President Koko Judge - Crowne Plaza Hotel and Ambassador Omar Martinez - Farmers Insurance

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Learning for Life, an affiliate of the Boy Scouts of America honored Michael Rothans, Captain of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station with the Champions of Exploring Award on Tuesday, November 18, at the Whittier Radisson, Whittier, California. Learning for Life serves young men and women, between 14 and 20 years of age, who participate in Exploring, part of the program’s career education activities. Its purpose is to instill core values that prepare participants in making ethical choices which help them to achieve their full potential throughout life. The organization recognizes community leaders whose commitment to the principles of Exploring is exemplary and whose personal and professional character lend themselves to the core values of Learning for Life. Learning for Life Director, Greg Salce stated, “Captain Rothans’ commitment to public safety and civic service has made him well-deserving of this award. As this year’s recipient, he has been instrumental in positively affecting thousands of young people in Los Angeles and surrounding communities through his support of Learning for Life Schoolbased programs.” Captain Rothans has been associated with the sheriff’s department since 1984 and was assigned to the Pico Rivera station in 2004 where he was promoted to Captain in 2006 and serves 100,000 residents in the City of Pico Rivera and unincorporated areas of Whittier. Rothans has been an executive board member of Learning for Life since 2004 and was Chairman of the Los Angeles Area Learning for Life Exploring Division from 2004 through 2007. He was also the recipient of the LA Sheriff’s Department’s Distinguished Service Award in 1997; the Exemplary Service Award in 2001 and 2005, and the Meritorious Service Award in 2008. According to Salce, in the Los see Rothans page 2

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It’s typical for the vast majority of small businesses to be local not only in location but in marketing focus. The wider your marketing base, the more people you are likely to reach. In hard times, looking beyond the regular geographical boundaries of your business is good business. Do not be afraid to market on a larger scale, but while utilizing cost-efficient marketing. When a recession or other difficult times hit, the marketing function of a business is usually the first to go. Remember with less advertising and marketing, the funnel of incoming prospects is reduced creating even more revenue decreases and setting up a vicious cycle that you do not want to get caught in. One key to salvage any business in hard times isn’t to reduce your marketing activities but to replace them with low-budget marketing. Lowbudget marketing included tactics such as PR, NETWORKING, PUBLIC SPEAKING, AND MORE. Get involved in the community, for example, join your local Chamber of Commerce, these organizations are not in it for themselves, but for you and the future of your business. They want to help you create contacts and business relationships with other business owners in your area.These meetings can create strategic partnerships that can help further your business and clientele base. This goes back to the LOWBUDGET marketing I mentioned earlier. Surviving hard times requires going BACK TO THE BASICS, back to the AND THE NORWALK fundamental principles of business. Some CHAMBER BUSINESS EXPO things to remember: make sure you are January 29th, 2009!!!! YOU WON’T doing regular financial checks, providing WANT TO MISS THESE BIG sales training, and managing your customer EVENTS Peace and ease for the holi- relationships; these basic steps can help day season! retain customers and create a rapport with Susan Arthur new clientele. Have a Happy Holiday Season!!!

2008 Norwalk Chamber Casino Night On Friday, November 8th the Norwalk Chamber of Commerce had their annual Casino Night. With over 70 attendees, this event was fun for all! You could hear people really enjoying the various gaming tables available for them , whether it be Blackjack, Roulette, Texas Hold’em or Craps; everyone was having a good time. We had over 30 raffle items to give away, they were donated by: Teri Bazen, Bally’s Total Fitness, Whaley House, Birch Aquarium, Casino Concepts, Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, Applebee’s, Dr. John Larcabal, Sizzler, Golf N Stuff, Hearst Castle, Sunstone Vineyards, Karen Codman FSC, Laemmle Theatre, Legoland, L.B. Symphony Orchestra, Norwalk Chamber, NLM Plumbing, Norwalk Toyota, Paintball USA, Pechanga, Primm Nevada Terribles, Spirit Cruises, La Mirada Curves, and Wal-Mart. The Norwalk Chamber and the attendees to the Casino Night would like to

extend a big THANK YOU for the donations to this event; you helped create this success of an evening! The Casino Night had different levels of sponsorship that were available to Chamber members to participate in and we would like to also extend a very big THANK YOU to these members who contributed to this cause. WalMart, AFLAC, Big Truck & Equipment Sales, Community Family Guidance Center, Dr. Ethan Allen, State Farm Insurance, Gordon Stefenhagen, Norwalk La Mirada Plumbing, Mary Jane McIntosh and Norwalk Auto Auction. Your sponsorship donations are greatly appreciated, you help keep the Norwalk Chamber of Commerce moving forward in helping the local Business Community continue to thrive! We look forward to the upcoming events, and hope you mark your calendars to attend!

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ABCUSD Finances I read with interest Gavin Riley's commentary on the state of education in California. Like the commercials I hear daily from the unions, I am led to believe that as a citizen of this state, I have to feel ashamed of our states spending on public education, so I decided to see if I could gather a few facts before I slit my wrists in protest for "the children". It is difficult sometimes to come up with current numbers since yearly totals are not published for a few years, but here are some of the items I was able to Google. A report by the AFT (www.aft. org), stated that California for 2006-2007 had the nations highest average teacher salary at $63,640. The average teacher salary in the ABCUSD for the same period was $69,923 (www.cde.ca.gov).

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Thanks from 1st CEB On behalf of Lt. Col. Callanan and the Marines from 1st CEB, we want to thank everyone for your continued support of the Battalion. We are currently in the field (training area) where we are conducting final training for pending deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. Lt. Col. Callanan was recently in Afghanistan to prepare for the battalion's deployment there. We continue to build our family support program that the Friends of the 1st CEB have helped fund. This is having a positive impact on our families by having them get involved and help prepare us for our upcoming deployments. We plan to have a family day at San Onofre Beach area at Camp Pendleton in March, perhaps the last one before the battalion deploys. The money you donated to our unit has also helped out some of our injured Marines. $170 was used to cover the difference of a regular rental car upgrade to an SUV for Cpl Rist (double leg amputee) and L/Cpl Knowles (single leg amputee) from the Palm Springs, CA airport to a variety of events. They used these vehicles to help transport the Marines and their wheel chairs as they welcomed their fellow Marines back from

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Message from the ABCUSD Superintendent Our learning community is facing the worst fiscal crisis in the history of California public education. The “perfect storm” of economic calamity in California combines an unemployment rate above 10%, a nearly $42 billion budget deficit, and poor governance from Sacramento. This year’s budget was adopted 88 days late. It was immediately announced that the late budget was out of balance and we would be faced with a mid-year adjustment that eventually came on February 19, 2009—about 7 ½ months after the

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A Long Night in the Big Easy at Cerritos By Glen Creason Featured performer Allen Toussaint in the musically magnificent “The Keys to New Orleans” show was doing so well and playing so sweetly that I thought to myself that I could listen to this man all night. And I almost did. Toussaint got in the spirit of the Crescent City, settled in at the big Steinway used for all three great pianists and turned a forty-five minute set into an hour and forty minutes of expertise on the keyboards and the art of songwriting. Toussaint has more hit records than Cerritos has cars plus a piano technique that makes the man a genuine maestro on the 88’s. Many of the tunes heard on this night were hit records way back when Rock and Roll was a toddler including stuff like “Mother In Law, “ “Fortune Teller,” “Working in the Coal Mine” “Certain Girl” and the infectious “Java” that was played at my grammar school dances. He has never slowed or gone out of style, producing hit songs in every decade since. From “Yes We Can Can” to “Southern Night” Allen Toussaint has blazed a path across American pop while supplying folks like Ernie K. Doe, Lee Dorsey, Bonnie Raitt, Frankie Miller and even the Rolling Stones with hit songs. What the large crowd on hand was hip to also is that Toussaint is one incredible piano player in almost every style imaginable. There seems to be no limit to his dexterity and style nor

does there seem to be a bottom to his deep well of musical wisdom. He told charming stories, he tossed off grand arpeggios as he spoke and was overall a wonderful host who was having so much fun it was hard for him to leave or for us to let go. Even amidst all the hits the very special moments came on a spectacular biographical ramble in which he beautifully moved through his piano influences leaving many a mouth agape in the hall. Yet, instead of finishing at a gallop he slowed to a canter in the finale “Southern Nights” with an enchanting prelude spoken about his childhood visits to the Louisiana countryside. Two accomplished and extremely polished New Orleans music veterans, Jon Cleary and Henry Butler, opened the show. Cleary is exceptionally powerful in his piano excursions putting a capitol B in barrelhouse. In his short but very potent seven song set he gave the big crowd songs to remember as in “Young Boy Blues,” “Over in Gloryland,” “Don’t Let My Husband Catch You,” and “Farewell to Storyland.” He also made the masses sit up and move a little with two superb instrumentals, especially the last boogie-woogie that reached a fever pitch. Cleary was closely followed by the legendary Henry Butler who showed such speed and dexterity on his bluesy piano romps that it sometimes expanded musical boundaries. He kept it to just five numbers but they all glowed with some real heat. “He busted off juicy slices of

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Indian American Chamber of Commerce Holds First Installation of Officers By Linda Bock

The Indian American Chamber of Commerce (IACOC) held its first installation of its Board of Directors at the Panda Inn recently. Supervisor Don Knabe was present to install the new officers. The IACOC was formed in September 2008 by members of the professional and business community. Although focused here in the Cerritos/Artesia area, the group seeks to become a primary Indian-American business organization and a major link

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Our Country Road Trip Dr. Bob Hughlett Pat, Marianne, Maynard and I were talking several months ago and were surprised to discover that Pat and I had long harbored a desire to see the Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico. Further conversation yielded the additional nugget that both Maynard and Marianne were just shy of phobic about being cooped up in tight places. Throwing caution to the wind (and it was a hefty toss, mind you, given the degree of two of us not wanting to go under the ground into a dark hole) we committed to going on a road trip this Spring with an eastern terminus of the caverns and stops at various points of mutual interest in between. Assuming that the best approach would be to rent a motor home to make the circuit we also set out to figure out costs, rental locations, size, speed, etc, etc. Ah the simple life driving the states like Tod and Buzz in their spiffy ‘vette many years back – if you know who Tod and Buzz are you are among the chosen few; if you don’t, fire up your twitter machine or whatever its called these days and look them up. But then reality hit. Turns out that you can indeed rent a large motor home from many places but when you take a pencil to the cost of insurance, gas, daily rental, mileage, the charge for motor courts each evening and the grape Nehi in the soda machines outside the state of California you can save money by renting a fully equipped limo – with driver. So being your basically resourceful Cerritans we quickly turned

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COMMUNITY NEWS GROUP • MARCH 13, 2009 reduce health benefits - will not implement any furlough days - will not recapture schools’ carryover savings - will preserve health and safety as a priority - voted to modify K—3 class size reductions - maintain core art, music and athletic programs, after school intervention programs, no charge home-to-school bus transportation and continue the summer school program. At Tuesday’s Board meeting, parents questioned if there would be cuts in the Adult School’s Parent and Infant programs. Dr. Smuts said there would be no cuts in those programs. He said Adult School Principal Dr. Pao-Ling W. Guo said the school would make cuts elsewhere, but those two programs would not be cut. However the District will take $924,000 from the Adult School’s reserve for the next five years. He also said the excess $25,000 in Gate money will be transferred to the District General Fund. He also said Community Based English tutoring at three ABC schools. Will be transferred to the Adult School where they are actually receiving those classes now. Dr. Smuts said the reduction in the state budget for Education meant cuts of $7.98 million in revenue for ABC. This includes $4.7 million in unrestricted funds and $3.28 million in restricted funds. For the balance of this school year, the District will maintain Class Size Reductions, Art, Music and Athletic Programs, After School Intervention Programs and Home to School Transportation. Dr. Smuts said the District has about 21,000 students. He said for each student enrolled in ABC the State pays the District so much money. “That’s been reduced by 2.63 percent. In addition most categorical (restricted) money has been reduced by 15.4 percent. Again some of that has already been spent and will have to be made up from General Fund money. For 2009-10 the State adopted budget will reduce K-14 schools by $2.9 billion. The impact on ABC will be a budget deficit of $8.6 million with $6.7 million in unrestricted funds and $1.9 million in restricted funds. This will affect 23 District programs. He concluded by saying if the economy doesn’t get better or doesn’t stay the same we will have to come back and make further cuts.

amounted to nearly $8 million. Cuts to next year’s 2009-10 budget are estimated at $8.6 million. Dr. Smuts said school districts surrounding ABC are faced with similar or even deeper cuts. Some have responded by issuing layoff notices, discussing salary rollbacks, cutting or reducing programs, charging families for bus transportation, and raising class sizes. Some have even suggested raising class sizes to 60 students for each teacher. To prepare to meet this budget crisis, the Board instructed him in December to gather suggestions, ideas, and feedback from ABC’s employee unions. Laura Rico, president of the American Federation of Teachers; Rebecca MichelMacias, president of the California School Employee Association; and Ray Prado, president of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, ABC Management Association, and Cabinet members all pitched in and provided valuable advice and insight. In addition, he explained, we spoke to ABC’s Budget and Audit Finance Audit Committee, school site councils, PTA’s, and our principals. This collaborative process with our colleagues and community was important to the Board as they struggled to solve this problem.” Dr. Smuts said ABC would have a balanced budget this year, “with the money on hand.” He said no permanent employee would be let go. “We will not cut the quality in our programs. What this means is we will have fewer in number and have to narrow our choices.” He also said school sites will keep carryover moneys. The Board approved four components of a budget reduction plan: strategic hiring, cost containment, categorical flexibility, and spending the District’s reserve. Strategic Hiring: ABC is currently not replacing employees who retire or move on to another job. This includes three site administrators, a painter, a roofer, the Director of Special Education, and a Division Assistant. Cost Containment: The District is cutting school and department budgets by 10% and shifting half of the expense for school bookkeepers to the high schools. It is also shifting the expense of managing magnet grants to a current district office employee and instituting an energy management program to conserve costs tied to electricity, heating, water, TSG No.: 3934967 TS No.: 20089070810180 FHA/VA/PMI No.: Notice Of Trustee's Sale natural gas, and fuel. YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED Categorical Flexibility: OF TRUST, DATED 8/2/2007 UNLESS TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR The State has provided YOU PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC school districts relaxed SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING flexibility to programs that OF AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 4/2/2009 at 11:30 AM First normally have many rules American Loanstar Trustee Services, as duly attached to how District’s appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed spend the money. ABC of Trust recorded 08/10/2007, as Instrument No. 20071879572, in book , page , of Official has raised the K—3 ratio Records in the office of the County Recorder Los Angeles County, State of California. of students to teachers ofExecuted by: EDWARD KIM, will sell at public from 20:1 to 22:1. It is auction to highest bidder for cash, cashier’s check/cash equivalent or other form of payment also eliminating the 20:1 authorized by 2924h(b), (payable at time of sale ratio of students to teachers in lawful money of the United States) At the entrance to the Pomona Superior Courts in ninth grade English and front Building, 350 West Mission Blvd., Pomona, math classes. and moved CA All right, title and interest conveyed to now held by it under said Deed of Trust part or all of the money out and in the property situated in said County and of 11 more programs into State described as: As more fully described in the above mentioned Deed of Trust APN# the District’s general fund. 7010-004-029 The street address and other Spending the Reserve: common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 16022 ABC is spending an SUGARPINE LANE , CERRITOS, CA 90703 additional $1.57 million The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and out of its “savings account” other common designation, if any, shown herein. sale will be made, but without covenant or to balance the budget. This Said warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, will leave approximately possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remainprincipal sum of the note(s) secured by said $400,000 left in its reserve. ing Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided Dr. Smuts said the balance in said note(s), advances, under the terms of said of Trust, fees, charges and expenses of the is very low for a district the Deed Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of size of ABC, but these are Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold tough times. and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and ad“In meeting the state vances at the time of the initial publication of the of Sale is $466,367.93 The beneficiary cuts to ABC’s revenue, the Notice under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed Board has reacted to this and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, fiscal crisis with balance and a written Notice of Default and Election and prudence,” stated Dr. to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to sell to be recorded in the Smuts. Its response to the County where the real property is located. Date: First American LoanStar Trustee state budget reductions are 3/12/2009 Services 3 First American Way Santa Ana, CA as follows. 92707 First American Loanstar Trustee Services be acting as a debt collector attempting to In 2009—2010 ABC may collect a debt. Any information obtained will be Unified School District… used for that purpose. Original document signed Authorized Agent For Trustee’s Sale Informa- will not lay off any by tion Please Call (714) 573-1965 P538963 3/13, permanent employee or 3/20, 03/27/2009

NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE Title Order No.: 3034664 Trustee Sale No.: 56616 Loan No.: 9042205997 APN: 7068-012-032 You are in Default under a Deed of Trust dated 03/31/2006. Unless you take action to protect your property, it may be sold at a public sale. If you need an explanation of the nature of the proceedings against you, you should contact a lawyer. On 04/02/2009 at 10:00AM, DSL Service Company as the duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 05/04/06 as Doc # 06 0978294 of official records in the Office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, California, executed by: Augustin Guerra, a married man as his sole and separate property, as Trustor. Downey Savings and Loan Association, F.A., as Beneficiary. WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States, by cash, a cashier's check drawn by a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state). At: The West side of the Los Angeles County Courthouse, Southeast District, 12720 Norwalk Blvd., Norwalk, CA, all right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County, California describing the land therein: As more fully described in said Deed of Trust. The property heretofore described is being sold "as is". The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 22013 Arline Avenue, Hawaiian Gardens, CA 90716. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust, to-wit: $384,431.57 (Estimated) Accrued interest and additional advances, if any, will increase this figure prior to sale. The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the county where the real property is located and more than three months have elapsed since such recordation. Date: 3/4/09 For: DSL Service Company, as Trustee By: FCI Lender Services, Inc., as Agent 8180 East Kaiser Blvd., Anaheim Hills, CA 92808 Phone: 714-282-2424 For Trustee Sale Information log on to: www.rsvpforeclosures.com or call: 925-6037342. Vivian Prieto, Vice President, FCI Lender Services, Inc. is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. (RSVP# 144926)(03/13/09, 03/20/09, 03/27/09)

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Continued from page 1 facilities lists and location maps of the existing storm drain systems within the City, as well as adjacent systems. He said Norris Repke mapped and platted the existing systems based on City and County records and field verifications. After establishing record data, they determined tributary drainage areas and sub-areas and calculated the potential depth of flows based on 10-year, 25-year and 50-year storm occurrences relative to the 100 percent built-out of the City’s development. The existing drainage basins and supporting storm drain systems were analyzed and based on study results, eleven drainage areas were determined to be short of the standard. Preliminary cost estimates to upgrade the eleven storm drain systems is approximately $6 million. For a seven year CIP program, this amounts to approximately $1 million a year to improve the City’s drainage system overall. Currently there is no allocation for drainage improvements except as a conditional requirement for a new development or redevelopment project if necessary. Aside from using General Funds, development or redevelopment funds, he said there wee several other funding opportunities including Community Development Block Grant Funds [CDSBG], Gas Tax funds related to street improvements, or acreage fees and utility fees based on City-wide funds related to street improvements, or acreage fees and utility fees based on City-wide or basinwide benefited areas should be studied to fund the proposed improvements. Councilman John Heckerman, who was raised in what is now Hawaiian Gardens, said he could remember floodwater from the San Gabriel River to Coyote Creek being knee high in depth. We’ve come a long way. He said, “At least we don’t have Carson River anymore,” referring to the floodwaters that raged down what is now Carson Avenue. Community Development Director Joseph Colombo said this was a sevenyear plan and the council was not being asked at this time for fund to implement it. HE said money was being put aside as

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a contingency fund. Heckerman said, “We don’t want to wait too long to implement it, saying the city didn’t want to be hit by a major flood because it waited to long. Street Improvements The Council approved plans for the repaving, striping and minor concrete repair on eight city streets at am estimated $600,000 in construction costs. Colombo said all of the street are eligible for CDBG funding with the improvements having rubberized asphalt concrete overlay, slurry seal, curb and gutter repair, driveway approaches, sidewalk repair, handicapped ramps where needed and restriping. In addition to the original work, the City has requested the Belshire Avenue from Carson to 215th Street be resurfaced, sections of Civic Center Drive, Violeta Avenue be slurry sealed and that three driveway approaches on Norwalk Boulevard be added to the project. In other business the Council approved a donation of $1,800 to the ABC Adult School for the 13th Annual Parent Leadership Conference on Mar. 7 enabling 45 Hawaiian Gardens parents of at-risk students to attend the conference. The one-day Conference hosts a variety of workshops for parents. The donation also reduces the cost in the schools, freeing those funds for future school based activities. The event directly serves 10 families from each of the six schools within Hawaiian Gardens. The Council said also approved a $5,000 donation to the Hawaiian Gardens Little League. Mayor Michael Gomez said member of the Little League also hold fundraising activities during the year, including having booths at the city’s various celebrations. He said the money raised goes toward purchasing equipment, uniforms, supplies, insurance, umpires, and awards to the youth at the end of the season. Councilman John Heckerman noted the League recently received a check for $10,000 from the Irving Moskowitz Foundation Mayor Pro tem Victor Farfan said it might be time for the City to sit down with the league and go over their budget with them so we can update our records. At one time their budget was $15,000. Now it is $25,000.

CITY OF HAWAIIAN GARDENS CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE FOR THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (CDBG) PROGRAM FOR THE 2009-2010 FISCAL YEAR

Notice is hereby given that City of Hawaiian Gardens will conduct a Public Hearing pertaining to the item(s) listed below: DATE OF HEARING: TIME OF HEARING: LOCATION OF HEARING:

TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2009 6:00 P.M., or soon thereafter. City Council Chambers City of Hawaiian Gardens 21815 Pioneer Boulevard Hawaiian Gardens, Ca. 90716

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The City of Hawaiian Gardens City Council will hold a public hearing on March 24, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 21815 Pioneer Blvd., Hawaiian Gardens, California, to approve the City’s Fiscal Year 20092010 Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) program and budget. Program resources for the CDBG program total $820,824 including: estimated CDBG entitlement funding in the amount of $240,025 for the 2009-2010 fiscal year; $97,731 of available unallocated CDBG funds from prior years; and $483,068 of acquired 2009-2010 and prior years CDBG funds. These funds can be used for a wide variety of purposes. However, eligible activities under the CDBG program must meet one of three national objectives to: 1) benefit low- and moderate-income persons; 2) help to eliminate slum and blight conditions; or 3) address an urgent need. The Hawaiian Gardens City Council will consider for approval its CDBG funds for the following activities: HOUSING REHABILITATION PROGRAM $185,000 CODE ENFORCEMENT 275,329 NEIGHBORHOOD CLEAN-UP 81,525 LEE WARE PARK PARKING LOT CONSTRUCTION 143,970 RESIDENTIAL STREET OVERLAY 2009 100,000 GENERAL ADMINISTRATION 35,000 CDBG PROGRAM YEAR TOTAL $820,824 The City of Hawaiian Gardens City Council will also consider for approval at the March 24, 2009 meeting the purchase of CDBG funds from the Cities of Agoura Hills, Bradbury, Beverly Hills, La Habra Heights, Manhattan Beach and Rolling Hills Estates. Interested persons are invited to attend and comment on the CDBG program. INVITATION TO BE HEARD Those persons desiring to testify in favor of or in opposition to the proposal listed above will be given an opportunity to do so at the public hearing. If you challenge the subject application 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 submitted to the City Council at, or prior to the public hearing. Further information may be obtained by contacting the Hawaiian Gardens Administration Department at (562) 420-2641. Si desea obtener mas informacion, llame al Departamento de Administracion al (562) 420-2641. Lucie Colombo Acting City Clerk Published: Los Cerritos Community News – March 13, 2009


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