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Serving Cerritos and ten other surrounding communities • April 10, 2020 • Vol 34, No. 37• loscerritosnews.net

L.A. COUNTY SHERIFF'S WILL INCREASE RATES, COSTING LOCAL CITIES HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS

LA MIRADA MEALS ON WHEELS NOT SLOWING DOWN

BY BRIAN HEWS

CENTRAL BASIN APPOINTED DIRECTORS DISRESPECT SUPERVISOR JANICE HAHN DURING MEETING BY BRIAN HEWS

Hews Media Group Los Cerritos Community News has learned that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will increase rates on all contract cities; the hit to member city budgets will range from $250,000 to over $1 million annually. The March 27 letter indicated that the cities will see an increase of 5.57% for services, while increasing the Liability Trust Fund (LTF) by .05% to 11.5%. The LASD services 42 cities that collectively paid over $320 million to the sheriff’s department this past year. The letter read, “The Auditor-Controller has recently approved the 2020-

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L.A. COUNTY LAUNCHES FREE DELIVERY SERVICE FOR OLDER ADULTS STAFF REPORT LA County has just launched a new free delivery service for older adults aged 60+ and individuals with disabilities who are unable to leave their home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This program will help vulnerable individuals get the groceries, household items, and other necessities they need during this time without having to leave the safety of their homes. Delivery will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at no extra cost. No application process is required but items must be pre-paid and ready for pickup. Deliveries can be scheduled by calling 1-888-863-7411 between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. To meet this unprecedented crisis LA County is trying new, innovative ways to make sure that everyone has the resources they need to get through this situation safely.

Central Basin held a special meeting Monday via teleconference that included Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn, who was given a front row seat to the Central Basin circus act starring Director Bob Apodaca, the Cristina Garcia appointed Directors Joshuana “John” Oskoui and Dan Arrighi, and current CB Finance Director Andrew Hamilton. Also on the call was acting General Manager Carlos Pineda, CB General

TWO MEALS ON WHEELS volunteers from La Mirada don PPE to deliver meals to local area residents. For more information, call (562) 943-0037 or visit mealsonwheelslamirada.org

For 45 years, caring volunteers who use their own vehicles, have helped deliver over 643,000 meals to more than 2,700 clients in La Mirada.

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BY JULIE HERRERA Meals On Wheels La Mirada is not stopping during this unprecedented time. Celebrating 45 years with a mission of “service with friendship,” local area volunteers have lived up to this mission since April of 1975, when five volunteers began a delivery route to provide meals to five homebound clients, to give them the opportunity to remain self-sufficient at home. Over the years, the mission to deliver meals and provide daily visits to the elderly, disabled, and chronically or temporary ill members of the community, began to grow. This was possible with the help of many volunteers.

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VOLUNTEERS pack meals for homebound seniors in La Mirada.

The caring volunteers use their own vehicles and gasoline, while helping deliver more than 643,000 meals to more than 2,700 clients in La Mirada. In addition to delivering meals, volunteers also provide daily visits to people who sometimes don’t see anyone else throughout the day.

The Hawaiian Gardens Food Bank, sponsored by The Irving I. Moskowitz Foundation, owners of the Bingo Club in Hawaiian Gardens, is distributing free food to low income families in need in Hawaiian Gardens and surrounding cities. The food bank is located at 22121 Norwalk Blvd in Hawaiian Gardens, their phone is (562) 860-9097. The food bank’s expanded hours during the COVID-19 pandemic are Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursdays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and Fridays 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Families receive a bag of USDA TEFAP such as rice, beans, pasta, canned vegetables, canned fruit, and other items. Families are limited to two visits per month, or every other week. The distribution is held outside the food bank with distributors practicing proper hygiene

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• Alberto’s Mexican Food

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• Ambrose Pizza • Baskin Robbins • Burgerim • Burger King • C & A Sandwich

• Little Caesars • Manuel’s Original El Tepeyac • Mariscos Villa Del Mar

• Cabo Taco Baja Grill

• Mazaya Mediterranean Grill

• Carl’s Jr.

• McDonald’s Restaurant

• Cassidy’s Corner Cafe

• Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt

• Chick-fil-A

• Mexico 1900 Restaurant

• Chinese Deli

• Mikes Classic Burgers

• Chois Teriyaki

• Mr. V’s Bar & Grill

• Chop’D

• Panera Bread

• Chuck E. Cheese

• Papa John’s

• Civitas Coffee Co.

• Pescadores Reyes

• Classic Burger

• Pho Saigon

• Clearman’s North Woods Inn

• Piara Pizza

• Cold Stone Creamery • Cream & Sugar Cafe • Creamery N7 • Curry Hut Indian Food • Del Taco • Ding Tea

• Pizza Hut • Polly’s Pies Restaurant • Popeye’s • Sam’s Burgers

• Flame Broiler

• Starbucks Coffee

• Ginzaya

• Subway

• Golden Wall Chinese Cuisine

• Sushiholic Bistro

• Hygge Coffee • In & Out Burger • International House Of Pancake • Jamba Juice • Jersey Mike’s Subs • Jim’s Burger • Jimmy’s Burgers • Juan Pollo

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• Sol Inka Peruvian Restaurant

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their own stash of tissues, disinfecting wipes, paper towels, soap and warm water. “At the top of my wish list would be an extra bedroom with an attached bathroom. That’s the ideal scenario,” says David Buchholz, senior medical director at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Most people don’t have that luxury, but it is worth disrupting the rest of the household to try. “If you have a one-bedroom apartment, the sick person gets the bedroom. That’s key. They can’t leave, and nobody can enter. Not even pets,” Dr. Buchholz says. Another key piece of equipment: masks. Patients should wear a face mask anytime they leave their room, and these excursions should be limited—in other words, bathroom trips only. Anyone en-

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If you or a family member gets infected with the coronavirus, it is very likely that you’ll have to ride it out at home. Over 80% of Covid-19 cases don’t require hospitalization, and as intensivecare beds fill, all but the most critical cases are being sent home. So, people should be prepared to care for themselves or their loved ones at home—and that means having the right supplies to nurse the a patient and keep the rest of the family healthy. Safety and cleaning Isolation and cleaning supplies: bleach; face masks that cover nose and mouth (surgical masks, home-improvement masks or scarfs); gloves for entering sick room and doing laundry (latex or nitrile rubber); hand sanitizer; laundry detergent (wash everything on hot); nail brush; paper towels; soap; tissues. The first task is to isolate patients with

• Taco Bell • Taqueria Las Comadres • Thai Lady Restaurant • The Habit Burger Grill • Twelve Sixty Modern Pub • Tokyo Teriyaki & Sushi • Tokyo Town Sushi • Tom’s Jr. La Mirada • Tom’s Tailgate • Waba Grill • Wendy’s • Yum Yum Donuts

STAFF REPORT As a fresh and perishable food, milk can be easily frozen, which means buying an extra gallon can save time and money, limit waste and keep you away from busy checkout lines. Read on for how to freeze and thaw milk, and the best ways to use it. How to Freeze Milk Whole, low-fat and skim milk can all safely be frozen for up to three months in an airtight container. While it's fine to freeze milk in plastic milk jugs, it shouldn't be frozen in paper cartons or glass, and you need to leave about 1½ inches of space at the top to allow room for the milk to expand while freezing. It's best to freeze milk in smaller quantities, so it defrosts more quickly and so you don't have to commit to defrosting and using an entire gallon. Label and date the container of milk and then place it in the freezer away from any foods that could potentially emit odors, such as meat or fish. Another convenient option is to freeze small amounts of milk in an ice cube tray. Once frozen, transfer the cubes to a larger airtight container, then label, date and freeze for up to three months. Each well in a standard ice cube tray holds about 1 ounce or 2 tablespoons of milk. How to Thaw Frozen Milk Always thaw frozen milk in the refrigerator, preferably with the container set on a plate to collect any condensation. How long it takes to defrost will depend on the size of the container, but it's best to allow

for a full 24 hours. Once defrosted, give the milk a good shake and use within one week, shaking well before each use. How to Use Previously Frozen Milk Milk that's been frozen retains all the nutritional value of fresh milk and can be used for drinking, baking and cooking. However, because fat separates out during the freezing and thawing process, milk that's been frozen can be a bit grainy, which is why you need to thoroughly shake it once thawed, as well as before each use— you can also use a blender or an immersion blender to mix it up and improve the consistency. Low-fat and skim milk aren't typically as grainy, simply because there's less fat to separate out. If you find the texture unpleasant, reserve the milk for cooking, baking and smoothies, where it won't be as noticeable. And, if you're nervous about the consistency, freeze a small amount of milk as a test and see what you think. Freezing Nondairy Milks Dairy-free milks, including almond, soy and oat, can technically be frozen, but the freezing and thawing process can affect the taste, texture and even the color, so it's often not worth the trouble. Plus, many are already shelf-stable. If you want to try freezing, the process is the same as for dairy milk, but you may want to test a small amount first to see if you like it. As with dairy milk, graininess is the main issue and is less noticeable if you stick to cooking, baking and smoothies rather than drinking.


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8 TIPS TO GROW A SUCCESSFUL OUTDOOR GARDEN STAFF REPORT If you've been inspired to start your first garden, but are feeling overwhelmed by everything there is to know, learn, and buy... you're not alone. Gardening can be an intimidating hobby to get into, especially when you see gorgeous, full-scale gardens that have been in operation for years. It seems like an impossible gap to bridge as you glance out at your bare patio, or turffilled backyard. Fortunately, there is no magic "green thumb" that you must possess to get busy gardening. As with all things, it can be broken down into simple steps to follow when first starting out. Seedlings vs. Seeds One of my favorite recommendations for new gardeners is to simply skip the

seed-starting process. It's true that starting from seeds is cheaper, as one pack of lettuce seeds costs about $4 maximum, while six lettuce seedlings cost around $6. However, what you're actually buying when you go with seedlings is 2 to 4 weeks of time, while simultaneously skipping the many mistakes that can happen when starting from seed. Grow Plants You'll Eat If you love basil... grow basil. It sounds too simple to be considered a tip, but I can't tell you how many new gardeners I've seen bite off way more than they can chew by growing "cool" plants that they don't even like! Keep it simple and make a list of three to five plants you really enjoy working into your cooking and focus on those for your first season. There's nothing more satisfying than planting something, caring for it, harvesting it, and enjoying it in a home-cooked meal. It's a full-circle experience that solidifies many newbie gardeners' love of the craft. Location is Everything When starting your garden, you have the ultimate luxury...you get to choose where it goes! But with this choice comes the potential to pay a heavy price. If you place your garden in an area of your home that isn't conducive to good plant growth, then you're likely to sour on gardening in general as your plants look sad and struggle to thrive. Location, as with many things in life, is everything. Most plants want at least six to eight hours of sun per day. Make note

of how the sun travels over your space throughout the day, watching for shade or hot spots. It's a good idea to give it a few days of observation before you decide on a final spot. This decision impacts everything else you do in your garden. Focus on Soil Health After you've set your beginner garden up, you need some soil. And soil is what you need, not dirt. There's a big difference between a high-quality, well-balanced or-

ganic soil rich with nutrition and microbial life, and a pile of depleted topsoil. This is the number one area to spend money on when starting out. Source the highest quality soil you can find. Good options are your local nursery and garden center, online — or even your local municipality, which may offer free, high-quality compost if you're a city resident. Whatever you do, don't skimp on soil. Salsa garden Finally, my new salsa garden. I shaped the bed, added some worm castings and mulch, then planted San Marzano tomatoes, jalapeños, onions, and cilantro. Paying attention to the direction of the sun, I placed the tallest plants in the back so they won't block the light from the shorter ones.⁣ This layout, plus giving plants plenty of space, are key. Give Your Plants Space A common mistake new gardeners make is drastically overcrowding their garden. It's natural to do this, because we often don't think of how our plants will look in the future... and that's what really matters. For example, a cauliflower seedling doesn't take up more than about a square inch or so. But a mature cauliflower will span at least 24" across if you include both the head and the leaves! To avoid this, look up how large your plants will be when fully mature. It helps to think "backwards in time" and visualize the end product before spacing your veggies out. Water Well Watering is the second most important requirement for a thriving garden (the first being light), and it causes many beginner gardeners quite a bit of undue stress. Here are a few rules of thumb when watering: • Watering in the morning is best, then evening, then afternoon. • Watering deeper and less often is usually better than shallow and frequently. • Water at the base of your plants instead of spraying them from overhead. • Water container gardens more often than raised beds or in-ground plantings. Remember, these are just rules of thumb. You should always water your garden when it needs water, even if that means you're watering in the middle of the day, or many times per week during a heat wave. Make Use of Mulch

After you've mastered watering your garden, you should add a few inches of mulch to the top of your soil to keep that water in the soil for longer. Mulch protects the top of your soil from the sun, meaning the microbial life within it is also protected. It also decreases evaporation, meaning your soil is more evenly moist throughout the days and weeks. I prefer wood chips as mulch, which you can get from your local municipality or an arborist. Keep a Journal! By keeping a journal and making notes, you'll be able to refer to them and adjust your practices going forward. Over the seasons, you'll build an intimate knowledge of your unique growing space, as well as the challenges and opportunities it presents. The goal is to get 1% better at gardening every day, so a journal to track your progress makes a lot of sense. Use a spreadsheet to track planting and harvesting, as well as a digital journal that you can type notes into daily.

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BY JEFF PRANG, LA COUNTY ASSESSOR This month I want to visit with you about a subject that is of the utmost importance to the residents of Cerritos and the surrounding areas: Property taxes. First, though, I want to give you a snapshot how the property tax process works. When you buy a house, you record a deed with the Registrar-Recorder, who then sends my Office a copy of that deed. We then assess the property accordingly. All of those values are added to the Assessment Roll - basically the list of all taxable property and their values - which we compile each year and send to the Auditor-Controller, who then applies the relevant tax rate. Prop. 13 mandates a statewide property tax rate of 1 percent, but various local ballot measures, including voted indebtedness and parcel taxes, increases the average effective rate to about 1.25%. Once the Auditor-Controller applies the tax rate, the amount owed is given to the Tax Collector, who sends out bills and collects taxes. I encourage everyone in Cerritos to visit the Tax Collector’s websitefor more information on the property tax deadline of April 10. Keith Knox, Los Angeles County’s Treasurer and Tax Collector, has posted an informative statement about property taxes and the Coronavirus. It’s obvious so forgive me when I point out that the economic impact of Covid-19 has affected almost everyone. Businesses have closed and individual income for many has plummeted or dried-up completely, making annual

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PROPERTY TAXES AND THE COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS income and property tax payments a struggle. Cerritos and the surrounding areas are not immune to this. My colleagues and I, who have a role in the administration of the property tax system, understand this – we have been working diligently to identify and develop plans to provide relief to taxpayers, in particular, payment delays and penalty waivers. The challenge is that many solutions are not within our scope of authority and we will need permission from the State. I will tell you that the dialogue with the legislature is robust and ongoing about this issue. Despite all of these challenges and our efforts to support individual taxpayers, local government must still provide vital public services that we all rely upon; in particular, public health and safety, the very thing we need the most now. Public hospitals are still open and getting busier by the hour. They are staffed with doctors and nurses employed by Los Angeles. They are toiling long hours away from their families and

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doing so without enough supplies and equipment. They deserve our support and thanks for their heroic work to save lives. I know you agree. But, in order to pay them and for the supplies and equipment they need, especially masks and ventilators, local government needs revenue. For LA County government, the 88 independent cities and 81 school districts, property taxes are a primary source of that revenue. While I fully understand and appreciate that countless taxpayers need our help to provide property tax relief during this crisis, it remains that vital government services, especially public health, need to be funded. That is why it is critical for taxpayers who are able to pay their property taxes and business personal property taxes to do so. Many will need our assistance, but many will not – and this message is for those who do not. We need you now more than ever before. The next approaching Assessor deadline is for the 571-L, Business Property Statements, which is April 1, 2020. However, businesses have until May 7, 2020 to file without penalties. Business property tax bills entered on the unsecured roll as of July 31, 2020 are due on August 31, 2020. During the 1stand 2ndworld wars, there was a famous poster of Uncle Sam pointing to the reader and saying, “I Want You!” Well, he wants you again now. If you can pay your taxes on time, please do so. The services we need the most right now depend on it.

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Tune in to KLWD 1620 am for updates on coronavirus. Lakewood has its own low-power radio station (1620AM) to broadcast news in an emergency. The station is now being updated regularly with area-specific coronavirus news. Give 1620-AM a listen while driving in Lakewood or at home. By law, it is a low-power station, so reception may be less than ideal in some parts of the city. Stories running now include: Senior assistance with Meals on Wheels, grocery shopping and more; DASH transit assistance to seniors and the disabled; information for employees and small businesses needing assistance; and Project Shepherd ramping up its help to the community.


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COUNCILMAN YOKOYAMA HELPS CERRITOS SENIORS

CERRITOS COUNCILMAN Frank Yokoyama (center) with Cerritos Senior Center staff serving food and giving out free toilet paper at the Cerritos Senior Center. Yokoyama has handed out food and TP every week since the program started.

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com), is offering a creative way to capture precious photos with the Easter Bunny without ever having to leave home. With Easter and springtime celebrations being cancelled due to COVID-19 “shelter-inplace” mandates, Cerritos Towne Center has partnered with PictureMeBunny.com to provide digitally created pictures of children, families and pets with the Easter Bunny even if they can’t visit in person. The shopping center is also offering a $5 discount on Easter Bunny photo packages using coupon code: HAPPYBUNNY at checkout. Creating these photos is a simple three-step process: Participants find a spot in their home with good natural light (i.e., in front of a window), and place a chair there facing the light. Cover the chair with a white sheet so that the background behind the subject of the photo is white. The person being photographed should not be wearing an all-white outfit. Take a digital photo from about 10 feet away, at eye level with the person or pet, to get a full head-to-toe image, then upload the digital photo and make a package selection online at www.PictureMeBunny. com. Use coupon code: HAPPYBUNNY at checkout to receive a $5 discount. Digital photo packages start at $29.99 for one person in the photo; additional people can be added for $6 per person. Photos will be delivered via email in three to seven days; rush orders can be delivered in one to two days for an additional fee. All photos will be delivered in a digital format.

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Mothers at Work Children’s Center, located at the Burns Community Center at 5510 Clark Ave., Lakewood, remains open to help serve the childcare needs of essential workers. Children do not need to be toilet trained to enroll. A hot breakfast is served each morning at 7:25 a.m., and hot lunches and two snacks are also provided daily. M.A.W. is closely following CDC guidelines by increasing the amount of cleaning and sanitizing of the room, toys and touchpoints. Children are assigned to small groups with specific teachers in separate rooms to maintain social distancing. For more information, visit the Mothers at Work Children’s Center website at www.mawchildrencenter.com or call 562-867-4083. Founded in 1971, M.A.W is a licensed private, non-profit childcare center that offers a full day program for preschool-aged children, ages two through five, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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While school districts across the Southland had already made the decision to shut down their schools for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year weeks ago, nothing was made official as far as the remainder of the spring athletic season. That is until the CIF-Southern Section put out a press release last Friday stating that the games and championships would be cancelled. Beginning on Monday, there would have been three weeks remaining in the regular season and teams were getting ready for the second half of their respective league seasons as well as participation in spring break tournaments. Still, area coaches and players were crossing their fingers, hopeful that something could be salvaged for this season. “At first, when I heard the news, I was hopeful that it would be a short period of time,” said Gahr High softball head coach Rey Sanchez. “And then, of course as things got a little bit more serious, it turned into disbelief. I feel so sad for our young ladies that worked so hard and they looked so forward to this season, especially the high school season. Travel ball is one thing, but when you play for your high school, it’s a different level. It’s a different level of

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responsibility and it’s a different level of people wanting to come out watching your teammates.” Sanchez said the girls were finding information through social media before he was, beginning with the tail end of the second week in March. But they kept asking if the season was going to be over. Sanchez didn’t want to jump to any conclusion, but they did have to prepare for anything that could happen. “The conversation never happened [with] me telling them that it’s official because we weren’t together,” Sanchez said. “They closed our school on [Mar. 13]. I just told them that I would be in touch with them and I would let them know what our next steps are. There was nothing

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I said, ‘well, don’t worry about it. We’re going to get through this and we’re going to start working out as of tomorrow’. We have an opportunity to really go forward and big. By the time I got home, I saw the news and I said, ‘every 24 hours it’s a different story’. So, nobody really has the right answer to tell them. We did, at that moment, cancel everything until the following week. “We thought it was going to be something that we could work on the kids,” he continued. “But social distancing is very important and it’s very serious. I’ve been telling the kids through email the same thing.” With the ‘Stay at Home’ order put in place, Medina said he has been taking this opportunity to clean his place of business nice, fixing a lot of things and really oversanitizing what he has sitting in there right now. “There’s nobody going in there as of right now, of course,” he said. “We’ve closed down, completely, until we hear further. It is what it is. You’ve got to be able to do your part of this serious unknown that

we do not know anything about. I don’t want to be zero of one.” Currently, there are six teams in the Punishers family in Southern California and two more in Las Vegas. A ninth team could possibly form in North Carolina. There weren’t any games or tournaments for the Gold team, the 18-Under Red team, which is new for this season, the 16-Under team coached by Vince Gonzales, the 16Under team coached by Joseph Alvarez and the 16-Under team coached by Kurt Thode. The only team that had its season shut down for the time being was the 14Under squad coached by Andy Macias and has already had their upcoming qualifying tournaments cancelled. Once the high school season was to be concluded in May, Medina’s team was scheduled to participate in several tournaments, most notably the Premier Girls Fastpitch Arizona qualifier in late May, the Triple Crown Sports Zoom Into June tournament and PGF Las Vegas qualifier in June and the PGF National Championship

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Continued from page 10 minutes, you realize that they’re not going to let you [play].” Gahr had played six games this season, winning each one by one run. The Lady Gladiators had played a pair of pool play games in the Torrance National Tournament, including a 7-6 come from behind win against Culver City High. The team was to play three more in the tournament before travelling to La Mirada High on Mar. 18. Gahr was seeking its seventh straight San Gabriel Valley League title “I know that the young ladies I have are really special young ladies,” Sanchez said. “I was with them day in and day out and I saw the work and the effort and the attitude they gave every day. Our very last game was such a nice comeback. We were down 5-0 and it was kind of symbolic of their fight. We kind of chipped away and chipped away the energy was fantastic. I’ll take the 6-0 record, but not the short season, obviously. If there was any silver lining, it was that we finished on a really good high comeback win in that Torrance Tournament.” Sanchez added that he’s hopeful this ends quickly, and it ends with things getting better for the families. As far as Gahr softball, he said they’re going to do what they do. The team will go out and try to work every day and have the right mindset everyday once they get the go to return to the field. It has been a similar story with the Cerritos High baseball team, who was off to another solid start, having won five of its first three games. The Dons were supposed to play Narbonne High on Mar. 11 but pushed that game back due to inclement weather. The team was then to play on Mar. 13, but it rained as well. Head coach Brooks Walling, who as of this past Monday, has yet to have a full discussion with the team, has seen just a handful of players face to face. He did send a message to the players to keep their heads up during these tough times and if they need anything, not to hesitate to call him. “We run a group chat deal with one of these apps called remind and we fire off a text message here and there keeping in touch with the guys,” Walling said. Cerritos was aiming for its second straight 605 League title and would have hosted a doubleheader with Villa Park High on Saturday before heading up the coast to Paso Robles for the Central Coast Tournament Wednesday through Friday. The team was set on building off last season’s 21-8 campaign, the school’s best in over two decades, and had the tools to do so, with 17 seniors. “I have 17 seniors this year and I’m still trying to figure out a way to salvage something for these kids,” Walling said. “It’s something we’ve looked forward to since they enrolled. We had a good squad when they came in as freshmen and we’ve added some key pieces to the puzzle. This year was supposed to be a real special year for us. “It’s heartbreaking, to be honest with you,” he continued. “Guys like [senior pitcher/shortstop Evan] Vazquez, [senior center fielder Raul] Garcia, [senior second baseman Alex] Manibusan…those guys who have done four years…and they got something taken away from them. Nobody knows why yet. But like I told these kids, there’s nothing you can do besides keep your nose down, keep working and the next opportunity is going to come.” Walling said he was trying to come up with ideas of having a two-day tournament, or a single elimination tournament with the games possibly at John Glenn High because its field has lights. He is also trying to figure out how to have a banquet and might consider a summer barbeque or an over the line tournament in July. He added

To advertise call 562-407-3873 Los Cerritos Community News - LosCerritosNews.net 11 that some of the players have been hitting to wait until next football season to honor One of the main jobs of any travel softin each other’s backyard and trying to keep them and hang the banner and get the rings ball coach is getting their players recruited their distance. As far as the immediate and do everything that they deserved.” by colleges. Since social distancing is the future, Walling isn’t even planning for the Jonathan Watanabe, co-head coach norm during this time, Medina said he is summer in terms of putting games together of the Cerritos boys basketball team, first not affected 100 percent on the recruitment and is not sure how the two-week summer addressed the team on Mar. 13 when it was side, but if tournaments are cancelled, it dead period will work. announced by the ABC Unified School could affect the teams a little bit. For MeAccording to a press release the CIF- District that schools would be closed for dina, who has been a college coach for SS sent out late last week, the COVID-19 two weeks. Their banquet was scheduled nine years, getting players recruited isn’t situation does not have an effect on the for Mar. 20, but he said it has been as hard as one would think because Mesummer dead period and schools cannot rescheduled for May. dina knows a truckload of college coaches choose the summer dead period during “Since then we have been texting and has been doing this for a long time. So, school days. It went on to say that while our players every Monday with updates, if the college coaches can’t come out and students are not on campus, they are still information, encouragement and workouts see a player in person at a tournament or receiving educational services and there for the week,” Watanabe said on Mar. 30. friendly, Medina can personally call a conwill still be a last day of school. “[On] Mar. 21, we got the news that the tact and try to get a player recruited that “At the end of the day, it’s about these school closure was extended until at least way. kids and to make sure they somehow May 5. This was a big blow to our seniors “I think I have a pretty good reputation salvage some kind of memory about their since prom was scheduled for May 2.” where they would believe what I would senior year other than they didn’t get to At that time, he said he was hopeful say and I’ve done that on phone calls play [a full season],” Walling said. school would return on May 5 but obviously before where they’ve never seen a kid,” Whitney High, which is not known that’s not the case. And, as a longtime Los Medina said. “And, they’ve offered a full for its athletic program as much as the Angeles Clippers basketball fan, he was ride scholarship on the phone and different other schools, is reeling just as much as hoping the season would resume soon so things like that.” the other schools and was headed towards he could go to as many games as possible, Medina said he recently talked to all what may had been a “special spring for especially playoff games, and added that he the other Punishers coaches over the phone us”, according to athletic director Jeff Day was hoping to go to his first Clippers NBA and they are going to start skyping each on an individual basis. Senior Ola Ogan, a Finals game soon. The fate of the NBA is other and have coaches’ meetings along 4.0 student, was going for multiple school still up in the air as of now. with question and answer sessions. records in track and was hoping for a track “I’m probably going to do the same or girls volleyball college scholarship. with the team and get them into skype and Junior Alex Mo, a two-time CIF state stuff like that and get them in a group and finalist as a diver, is one of the top three PUNISHERS then talk about what’s going on and how divers in the state. Junior Chizaram Izima are things going because it is an unknown,” Continued from page 10 another track athlete, was also close to Medina said. “We’re not experts; I’m not breaking school records. in late July. Medina said he had to enter in an expert. I don’t claim to be. I don’t know The baseball team, with seven seniors these tournaments a year in advance. His the answers to everything. The kids probon a team of 11 players, was off to a 4-1 18 Gold team was also planning on go- ably have a lot of questions, too. I think start and was primed to advanced to the ing to Hawai’i in early August for another support is very important and by having playoffs for the first time in over two tournament. the teams reaching out to them, they feel decades. The boys volleyball team, also “The information we’re getting is it is comfortable that there is support around with seven seniors, was expecting to just too soon to make any kind of decision them and people do have their backs and battle with Cerritos for a league title. The like that,” Medina said of the summer tour- are guiding them in the right direction.” program has never won a league title and naments. “If the date comes, I believe they So, like everyone else, Medina and the has finished in second place twice, last would cancel. If the date was today or next rest of the Punishers are in a holding patseason and in 2001. week, it would probably already been can- tern and everyone is hopeful that teams will There’s also reaction from basketball celled from what I would understand.” be able to hit the field in a few months. coaches, whose seasons had already been concluded but were still practicing and preparing for spring leagues. “For me, I left for my birthday the weekend of Mar. 7 and when I returned, we sat together, signed some posters and we watched the [CIF-Southern Section Division 5 AA] championship game,” said Artesia High girls basketball head coach Shontya Pouncey. “At that point, I didn’t know. I had told them that I was going to let them be free through spring break, and after spring break, we would reconvene and start working towards our individual work that we do in the spring.” Pouncey, the reigning CIF-SS Division 5 AA and HMG-Community News Coach of the Year, was going to put the Lady Pioneers in a spring league just to keep them playing consistently and then worry about how they would re-impact their summer workouts. When it was announced that school would have to be done from home, he and his daughter, Kaleila, would call every player on the team or facetime the players to make sure they had all their stuff for school and to be on top of their assignments because when they returned to school, they would have to be eligible. He told them if they could get into their garage or backyard, try to keep their dribble handle going. “I did stress that [they] had something that most teams don’t,” Pouncey said. “[They] played a month or two later than most teams, period.” He went on to tell them that when they returned to school, which is now not the case, they would have that team chemistry that they can build upon. He also spoke to the players about their mental mindset and how they were doing. As far as planning for a proper sendoff to officially wrap up its banner season in which friends and families can be a part of, Pouncey said he will make sure it happens. “I told them that I would not let them go with a cheap banquet or something that’s very fast,” Pouncey said. “If we have


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Continued from page 1 Counsel Anthony Willoughby and the remaining four elected officials, President Leticia Vasquez, Vice President Art Chacon, and Directors Phil Hawkins and Martha Camacho- Rodriguez. The meeting started with Oskoui, who along with Arrighi maintain Apodaca is president, calling on Apodaca to chair the meeting; Apodaca declined and asked Oskoui to run the meeting. Vasquez immediately interrupted Oskoui asserting she is the president, and quickly called for an invocation and Pledge of Allegiance. Oskoui, Apodaca and Arrighi would not be heard from for the next 45 minutes. Hahn then spoke and asked the board members to “put the past behind them and get things done,” specifically asking for the lone item on the agenda, insurance for the agency, to be approved and signed. “We need to project strength to the public at this time,” Hahn said, “I have been hearing from rate payers… they are worried, they are all watching you, if you can’t get things done I will move for the county to take over.” The special meeting was called because the agency, which was having trouble securing insurance, finally received two bids within the last two weeks. The difficulty securing insurance was due in part to the actions of Apodaca, who cost the agency $800,000 in a sexual harassment settlement, and who was recently accused by a Metropolitan Water District employee of sexualharassment. The board moved to discuss the insurance policy, which will cost the agency $360,000 per year. VP Chacon motioned for a vote to approve, but Arrighi interrupted, “since Pineda is an acting general manager, does he have the authority to sign the

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contract?” Attorney Anthony Willoughby indicated Pineda did have the authority, but he was countered by Oskoui who asserted it was not legal for Pineda to sign the contract. Oskoui and Arrighi’s comments were noted, followed by a motion by VP Chacon to take a vote, which was seconded by Vasquez. The insurance contract was approved, passed by a 5-2 margin, with Oskoui voting no; Arrighi and Apodaca voting yes, “with reservations.” The other four elected official voted yes to approve. Later, Arrighi tried to change his vote to no, but he was rebuked by Vasquez. It was at that point that the other character in the circus, Finance Director Andrew Hamilton, chimed in. It is unusual for any staff members to speak up during a board meeting unless called upon, but that didn’t stop Hamilton. With Hahn still on the call, Hamilton shocked everyone on the call stating, “according to the attorney general’s office, a majority of the board is five and you [Vasquez] are not the president, therefore I will not issue a check to the insurance company for payment.”

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Since the controversy related to who is the president of the board emerged, Hamilton has exhibited extremely insubordinate behavior, especially toward Vasquez, Chacon, Hawkins, and Camacho-Rodriguez. Hamilton, who was recalled as Mayor of Lake Forest for allegedly taking payments from developers, sent payments to former GM Kevin Hunt and CB’s former law firm Nossaman, the latter paid over $32,000, that were not authorized by the board. Hamilton subsequently changed the code on the entry cards of Vasquez, Chacon, Hawkins, and Camacho-Rodriguez - without telling them - and locked them out of the second floor, where all the CB employees reside. When Vasquez recently asked for expense reports related to the Hamilton and the employees, Hamilton called the sheriffs who proceeded to unlawfully arrest Vasquez, later releasing her when they found out they were lied to. And HMG-LCCN learned today that Hamilton recently changed the entry codes to CB’s entire building, prohibiting all employees and elected officials from entering.

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Continued from page 1 Even through these unprecedented times, Meals On Wheels La Mirada volunteers continue to give back to the community. They continue to serve registered clients, who for a minimal cost receive a hot meal at home. Most of the Meals On Wheels office staff and volunteers reside in La Mirada and neighboring cities, like Whittier and Buena Park. Many of these volunteers have given of their time for several years, with the longest volunteer serving for 30 years! Funding for the nutrition program comes from the City of La Mirada, corporate and private donations, and fundraisers held in partnership the La Mirada Kiwanis Club, Kappa Delta Phi Sorority, and the La Mirada Ebell Club. For the past five years, Lascari’s Restaurant in Whittier has provided food for the program. Through everyone’s generous support, Meals On Wheels La Mirada can provide financial assistance to community members in need. For more information, call (562) 943-0037 or visit http:// mealsonwheelslamirada.org

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Continued from page 2 tering the room should also wear a mask, and the sick person should likewise mask up for all visitors, regardless of age. A simple surgical mask is recommended for home use, but given shortages, you can improvise with a scarf tied securely around the face, says Dr. Buchholz. Even hardware-store face masks used for projects like painting or sanding are better than going barefaced. The point is to keep the nose and mouth well-covered, because “if the sick person has a surprising cough or sneeze, you may not be able to turn away fast enough,” he says. Glasses are helpful for keeping spray droplets out of the eyes. Tying a bandanna over the face outlaw-style isn’t ideal because it will gape at the chin, says Audrey Chun, a doctor in geriatrics and palliative medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. “You want the mask to catch the particles from a sneeze, so it’s not spewing out the sides or the bottom,” she says. You’ll also need gloves—rubber or latex—when you enter the sickroom or when you clean. Stock up on cleaning supplies, because everything the sick person touches—like cutlery, doorknobs or the bathroom sink—must be cleaned. You can make a DIY bleach preparation by diluting five tablespoons of bleach per gallon of water. Regular hand soap is crucial, too. “I cannot emphasize enough the importance of hand hygiene: washing your hands with warm, soapy water and wiping down surfaces that have been touched. We know this works,” Dr. Chun says. If the bathroom is shared, sick people should use disposable paper towels instead of a shared hand towel, Dr. Buchholz says. Keep their bath towels separate from everyone else’s. And healthy family members should remove their toiletries from the shared space. Medicine Medical supplies: cough drops; overthe-counter cold medicines; pulse oximeter and batteries (there is a pulse-oximeter app available for the iPhone, but none of the doctors we spoke to recommended it); saline nasal spray; thermometer; Tylenol/ acetaminophen (children’s or infant’s versions if applicable). Anyone who falls ill should keep in contact with their doctor and let them know if symptoms worsen. To that end, a thermometer is helpful. Since Covid-19 can affect breathing, several doctors also recommended obtaining an at-home pulse oximeter: a device that clips onto the finger and measures heart rate and blood oxygen levels, which are important indicators of how well the lungs are functioning. Oximeters are sold over the counter at pharmacies and retailers. “For a sick person on the edge, having an oximeter can be incredibly reassuring,” Dr. Buchholz says.

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Have your regular cold medicines on hand and Tylenol or acetaminophen. If the patient is under 18, make sure you have children’s or infant’s versions. “For the vast majority of kids, you can just stick to the items you would normally use for influenza or other respiratory ailments,” says Danielle Zerr, chief of pediatric infectious diseases at Seattle Children’s Hospital. It is difficult to get children to wear a face mask, so the caregiver must wear one at all times when interacting with the sick child, she says. The child’s Covid-19 symptoms may be mild, but “it’s the same virus, and it’ll be much worse in an adult,” she says. For a dry cough, throat lozenges can be helpful, as long as the child is old enough not to choke on them. For younger children, “if they have throat pain, a little bit of warm tea with honey is a nice way to go,” Dr. Zerr says. Food and drink Nutrition supplies: chicken soup; daily multivitamin and vitamin C tablets; electrolyte-replacement drinks (if using sports drinks, cut in half with water); fresh ginger, lemons, dill, fresh or dried oregano; high-calorie, nutrient-rich foods like avocados; honey for throat soothing; pectin-rich foods like bananas and apples. As with any flulike virus, it is important that the patient drink plenty of fluids. Occasionally, Covid-19 can cause gastrointestinal distress and diarrhea, and replenishing fluids in those cases is especially important, as dehydration can worsen a fever, Dr. Blomkalns says. Electrolytereplacement drinks are recommended, but popular sports drinks like Gatorade tend to have high amounts of sugar, so they should be cut in half with water for both children and adults, she says. Another reason to cut sports drinks with water is that sugar can make diarrhea worse. Sugar-free beverages with artificial sweetener aren’t recommended either, because that, too, can worsen gastrointestinal problems, Dr. Chun says. She recommends pectin-rich foods like bananas and apples to ease symptoms of diarrhea. Some patients tend to lose their appetite when sick, especially children, so Dr. Zerr recommends having on hand comforting, high-calorie but nutrient-dense foods like apple sauce and avocados. A couple of doctors recommended a daily multivitamin and vitamin C tablets. “And never underestimate the power of chicken soup,” says Mark Hyman, head of innovation at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine. “Protein is very important when fighting viral illnesses.” He recommends adding dill, oregano and ginger to soups for their antiviral properties. One of Dr. Hyman’s favorite home remedies is his “cold-buster tea”: a 2-inch chunk of fresh ginger root, sliced thin, boiled in a pot of water for several minutes. Add fresh lemon juice, honey and cayenne pepper. Steep for five minutes. “It becomes this spicy, sweet and tangy thing,” he says. “It’s great.”

TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS MARIA ANA RAMOS filed a petition with this court for a decree changing name as follows: MARIA ANA RAMOS TO MARIA ANN RAMOS. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant a petition without a hearing. Court date 5/5/20, :130 P.M., Dept C, RM 312. Published at LCCN 3/20, 3/27, 4/3, AND 4/10/20.

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NOTICE OF VIRTUAL/TELECONFERENCE PUBLIC HEARINGS NOTICIA PARA UNA AUDIENCIA PUBLICA CITY OF HAWAIIAN GARDENS PLANNING COMMISSION Due to the recent events related to COVID-19 and with the recent requirements set forth by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Governor’s release, the City of Hawaiian Gardens has determined that it would be in the best interest of the Commission and the public health, to conduct the public hearings via ZOOM video conferencing. Notice is hereby given that the Planning Commission of the City of Hawaiian Gardens will conduct public hearings pertaining to the item(s) listed below:

HEARING BODY: DATE OF HEARING: TIME OF HEARING: LOCATION OF HEARING:

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Planning Commission April 22, 2020 6:00 P.M., or soon thereafter. Remote Access

Case No. PLNG2020-0016-CUP - The City of Hawaiian Gardens will conduct a public hearing for the purpose of considering a Conditional Use Permit application for a new restaurant (Kickin’ Crab) to operate with a State of California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Type 41 (On-Sale Beer & Wine, Public Eating Place) license located at 12130 Carson Street, City of Hawaiian Gardens.

CEQA DETERMINATION: The proposed project is Categorically Exempt from the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) per Section 15301 (Class 1 –Existing Facilities) of the CEQA guidelines. Based on Staff’s analysis, the request to operate with an ABC license will not result in any changes in land use and will not have a significant effect on the environment; thereby staff feels that the request qualifies for this exemption. PUBLIC HEARING 2:

1) Case No. PLNG2019-0033-CUP – The City of Hawaiian Gardens will conduct a public hearing for the purpose of considering a Mitigated Negative Declaration and a Conditional Use Permit to construct and operate a 42,164 square foot, four-story (53-foot high), 71-room Holiday Inn Express & Suites Hotel, on property located at 22434 Norwalk Boulevard, in the City of Hawaiian Gardens. 2) Case No. PLNG2019-0034-VAR - The City of Hawaiian Gardens will conduct a public hearing for the purpose of considering a Variance application to reduce the required onsite parking from 76 to 64 spaces, for the proposed Holiday Inn Express & Suites project located at 22434 Norwalk Boulevard, City of Hawaiian Gardens. 3) Case No. PLNG2019-0035-VAR – The City of Hawaiian Gardens will conduct a public hearing for the purpose of considering a Variance application to allow the proposed hotel building to exceed the 45-foot maximum allowable building height. The proposed hotel building will be 53 feet in height. The hotel project is located at 22434 Norwalk Boulevard, City of Hawaiian Gardens.

4) Case No. PLNG2020-0024-DDA – The City of Hawaiian Gardens Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing for the purpose of considering a resolution recommending the City Council of the City of Hawaiian Gardens adopt an ordinance approving a proposed development agreement regarding the 42,164 square foot, four-story (53-foot high), 71-room Holiday Inn Express & Suites Hotel, on property located at 22434 Norwalk Boulevard, in the City of Hawaiian Gardens. CEQA DETERMINATION:

In accordance with the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), an Initial Study for Environmental Impacts was prepared for the proposed project. To complete the environmental analysis, the City of Hawaiian Gardens contracted with Dudek, an environmental firm to prepare the Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) for the project. During the CEQA analysis, potential impacts from air quality, traffic, noise, and geology among others were reviewed. A copy of the proposed MND was published for a 30-day public comment period, which started on March 6, 2020 and ended on April 6, 2020. INVITATION TO BE HEARD

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Those persons desiring to testify in favor of or in opposition to the proposal listed above will be given an opportunity to do so. Additionally, comments received via email prior before 4:00 p.m. on the date of the meeting will become part of the official meeting record. You must provide your full name, but please do not provide any other personal information (i.e. phone numbers, addresses, etc) that you do not want to be published. Please send electronic comments to knguyen@hgcity.org If you challenge the subject application, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the meeting described in this notice, or in written correspondence submitted to the Planning Department at, or prior to the public hearing. Further information may be obtained by contacting the Hawaiian Gardens Community Development Department at (562) 420-2641. Si desea obtener mas informacion, llame al Departamento de Desarrollo de la Comunidad al (562) 420-2641. Joseph Colombo, Community Development Director Published: April 10, 2020 Published at Hawaiian Gardens Community Newspaper 4/10/20

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NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: GENEVA BEATRICE CASH CASE NO. 20STPB02031 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the WILL or estate, or both of GENEVA BEATRICE CASH. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by ALLEN L. PAYTON in the Superior Court of California, County of LOS ANGELES. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that ALLEN L. PAYTON be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act . (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: 07/21/20 at 8:30AM in Dept. 29 located at 111 N. HILL ST., LOS ANGELES, CA 90012 IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in section 58(b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California law. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner MAX M. ALAVI - SBN 272099 ATTORNEY AT LAW, APC 1048 IRVINE AVE. #1060 NEWPORT BEACH CA 92660 BSC 218128 4/3, 4/10, 4/17/20 CNS-3356836# LOS CERRITOS COMMUNITY NEWS

NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: SHIRLEY W. PERKINS CASE NO. 20STPB02610 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the WILL or estate, or both of SHIRLEY W. PERKINS. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by FLORENCE EVA YU in the Superior Court of California, County of LOS ANGELES. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that FLORENCE EVA YU be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests the decedent's WILL and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The WILL and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act . (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: 04/22/20 at 8:30AM in Dept. 5 located at 111 N. HILL ST., LOS ANGELES, CA 90012 IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in section 58(b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California law. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner C. TRACY KAYSER - SBN 230022 KAYSER LAW GROUP, APC 1407 N. BATAVIA STREET, SUITE 103 ORANGE CA 92867 BSC 218157 3/27, 4/3, 4/10/20 CNS-3355548# LA MIRADA LAMPLIGHTER

NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF FREDERICK SCHORR Case No. 20STPB02836 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of FREDERICK SCHORR A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by Richard Norene in the Superior Court of California, County of LOS ANGELES. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that Richard Norene be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests the decedent's will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held on April 27, 2020 at 8:30 AM in Dept. No. 99 located at 111 N. Hill St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in section 58(b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California law. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for petitioner: VIOLET BOSKOVICH ESQ SBN115362 LAW OFFICE OF VIOLET BOSKOVICH 734 SILVER SPUR RD STE 106 ROLLING HILLS EST CA 90274 CN968516 SCHORR Apr 3,10,17, 2020

TRAFFIC INTERCONNECT SYSTEM UPGRADES PROJECT FEDERAL AID PROJECT NO. HSIPL-5362(023) PUBLIC WORKS PROJECT NO: 2015-41 FUNDED BY HSIP FUNDS PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the CITY OF COMMERCE, referred to as “CITY”, invites sealed bids for the above stated project and will receive such bids at Commerce City Hall in the Office of the City Clerk, 2535 Commerce Way, Commerce, California 90040 by the due date of 11:00 AM on Thursday, April 23, 2020. The bids will be opened in the City of Commerce, Engineering Conference Room, located at 2535 Commerce Way, Commerce, CA. 90040 shortly after the due date and read aloud. 1.

BID DOCUMENTS: Electronic files of the Plans, Specifications and Contract Documents are available for download on the City website at: https://www.planetbids.com/portal/portal.cfm?CompanyID=32906. Hard copy of the bid package will not be mailed.

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PRE-BID MEETING: None.

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SCOPE OF WORK: The work to be done consists of furnishing all labor, materials, tools, equipment and incidental for the improvements as shown on Project Plans.

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LOCATION OF WORK: The project is located alongside the City.

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SCHEDULE OF WORK: In accordance with the Standard Specifications, and/or as may be provided for within the herein Special Provisions, after notification of award and prior to start of any work, the Contractor shall submit to the Engineer for approval its proposed Construction Schedule. At a scheduled date prior to commencement of work, the Contractor and all subcontractors shall attend a preconstruction conference at the City Hall. Total construction duration is 60 working days. Please see Section A.00200 – Instructions to Bidders for the project schedule.

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ESTIMATED COST OF WORK: Estimated cost is $800,000.

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BID BOND: Bids must be accompanied by a bid bond, made payable to the City of Commerce for an amount no less than ten percent (10%) of the bid amount.

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CONTRACTORS LICENSE: Contractor shall have a valid California General Contractor License, Class A, General Engineering Contractor, at the time of bid, at the time of award and during the performance of the work.

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FEDERALLY FUNDED PROJECT: This is a federally funded project. Federal Labor Standards Provisions, including prevailing wage requirements of the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts will be enforced. Any contract entered into pursuant to this notice will incorporate the provisions of the State Labor Code. Compliance with the prevailing rates of wages and apprenticeships employment standards established by the State Director of Industrial Relations and the Federal government will be required. This is a Federally funded project and Davis-Bacon will be enforced, and where the State and Federal wage rates are applicable, the higher of the two will be used.

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DBE: All bidders are required to comply with all applicable competitive bidding and labor compliance laws including, but not limited to, active solicitation of subcontract bids from minority-owned businesses, women-owned businesses, and businesses owned by disabled veterans. Bidders are advised that, as required by Federal law, the State has established a statewide overall DBE goal. This contract is considered to be a part of the statewide overall DBE goal. The City is required to report to Caltrans on DBE participation for all Federal-aid contracts each year so that attainment efforts may be evaluated. This project is subject to Federal Funding Requirements and has a DBE Goal of 9%.

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CALIFORNIA PREVAILING WAGE The City hereby notifies all qualified bidders that it will affirmatively insure that qualified minority business enterprises will be afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, or handicap in consideration for an award. Attention is directed to the provisions of Section 1777.5 (Chapter 1411, Statutes of 1968) and 1777.5 of the Labor Code concerning the employment of apprentices by the Contractor’s or any such subcontractors under hire. The bidders and the selected Contractor shall not allow discrimination in employment practices on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, or handicap. In entering into a public works contract, or a subcontract, to supply goods, services, or materials pursuant to a public works contract, the Contractor, or subcontractors, offers and agrees to assign to the awarding body all rights, title and interest in, and to, all causes of action it may have under Section 4 of the Clayton Act (15 U.S.C. Section 15) or under the Cartwright Act (Chapter 2 [commencing with Section 16700] of Part 2 of Division 7 of the Business and Professions Code), arising from purchases of goods, services, or materials pursuant to the public work’s contract or subcontract. This assignment shall be made and become effective at the time the awarding body tenders final payment to the Contractor, without further acknowledgment by the parties. To comply with SB 854, beginning January 1, 2015 the following applies: (1) No contractor or subcontractor may be listed on a bid proposal for public works project (submitted on or after March 1, 2015) unless registered with the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) pursuant to Labor Code section 1725.5 [with limited exceptions from this requirement for bid purposes only under Labor Code section 1771.1(a)]. (2) No contractor or subcontractor may be awarded a contract for public works on a public works project awarded on or after April 1, 2015, unless registered with the DIR. (3) The project is subject to compliance monitoring and enforcement by the DIR. (4) Require the prime contractor to post job site notices prescribed by regulation (regulation not created yet) or the City must post the notices itself. The contractor shall fill in the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) Contractor Registration Number Form provided in “Section B – Bidder’s Proposal” and submit it with the Sealed Bid. Bids must be prepared on the approved Proposal forms in conformance with the Instructions to Bidders and submitted in a sealed envelope plainly marked on the outside. Bids must be accompanied by a bid bond, made payable to the City of Commerce for an amount no less than 10 percent of the amount of bid. The City will deduct a State-mandated 5% retention from all progress payments. No bid will be accepted from a Contractor who has not been licensed in accordance with the provisions of the Business and Professions Code. The successful Contractor and his subcontractors will be required to possess business licenses from the City. The City reserves the right to reject any or all bids, to waive any irregularity, and to take all bids under advisement for a period of 60 calendar days. If there are any questions regarding this project, please submit your questions via Planet Bid at https://www.planetbids.com/portal/portal.cfm?CompanyID=32906 no later than April 8, 2020 at 5:00 P.M. It is the responsibility of the bidder to confirm transmission of correspondence. By order of the City Council of the City of Commerce, California

LENA SHUMWAY, City Clerk Dated: April 2, 2020 Published at Commerce Community News 4/3 and 4/10/20


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