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DE RUSE MAYOR, LEWIS MAYOR PRO TEM IN LA MIRADA CALIFORNIA CITIES SUE TO REVERSE REGULATIONS TO ALLOW CANNABIS DELIVERY

1,000 CONDOS AND A 300 ROOM LUXURY HOTEL PROPOSED IN LA PALMA BY BRIAN HEWS HMG-LCCN has learned that La Palma has signed an exclusive negotiation agreement with Eight88 Hospitality, the Mission Viejo-based developer whose manages several hotels and restaurants in Laguna Beach with a client list that includes the Queen Mary and Holiday Inn. The agreement calls for buildings inside Centerpointe, at Valley View and Orangethorpe, to be replaced by 1,000 condominiums and a luxury hotel. The five-year agreement allows the two to negotiate a proposal for renovating the 114-acre site, which is now a mix of offices and industrial parks.

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Delivery regulations are undermining local control enacted by voters who passed Proposition 64. BY TAMMYE MCDUFF

COUNCIL TRANSITION: La Mirada City Council: (l-r) Councilmember Andrew Sarega, Councilmember Larry Mowles, Mayor Steve De Ruse, Mayor Pro Tem John Lewis, and Councilmember Ed Eng. Story on page 6.

$34,000 BRONZE SCULPTURE STOLEN IN CERRITOS BY BRIAN HEWS The bronze sculpture in front of Extra Space Storage in Cerritos was stolen sometime over the weekend, Hews Media Group-Los Cerritos Community News has learned.

The sculpture, entitled Strength of the Maker, has been in that spot for over 20 years. John Grant, a Cerritos resident who uses Cerritos Storage reported the theft to HMG-LCCN and was very disappointed and angered about the theft. The sculpture is an icon to us here in Strength of the Maker

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Cerritos, it will be missed." “It looks like, from the markings around the base, that they pulled up a truck, pulled the sculpture down and took it,” a spokesperson for the Cerritos Sheriff’s told HMG-LCCN. The sculpture is valued at $34,000. Strength of the Maker was created by Colorado artist Denny Haskew and depicts a Native American man bending a bow across his back. The bronze sculpture is meant to represent the strength of a higher power that created nature and man. It measures 60 inches high and 60 inches wide including the bow. Haskew, a member of the Potawatomi citizen nation, is known for creating art that reflects the Native American and southwestern culture. His work has been described as intensely personal and honest, reflecting recurring themes of spirit, love, forgiveness, healing, endurance and strength. Haskew has another piece, “Luminaire,”  located at the Transpacific Development Company office building in the Cerritos Towne Center. In creating the piece, Haskew, a member of the National Sculptors Guild, states, “Strength of the Maker right from its title... to the strength shown even in the toes, is a statement of how I view my very inner belief. Nature and all things natural have always been of the utmost importance to me all my life. Believing in a God, the Great Spirit, Buddha, Mohammed, the Mysterious One and any other beings of greatness is important. I feel they all exude the same

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The City of Downey has joined a diverse coalition of 25 local governments in a lawsuit against the California Bureau of Cannabis Control [BCC]. The lawsuit, filed by attorneys at Churchwell White LLP, seeks to invalidate recent regulations by the BCC that violate the will of voters and the law by claiming to allow delivery of commercial cannabis statewide even in those communities that have regulated or banned commercial cannabis. “The BCC is exceeding its authority in adopting a regulation that ignores the right of cities and counties to regulate commercial activity within its borders,” said Mayor Rick Rodriguez, “We want to make sure that Proposition 64 is implemented consistent with the way it was voted on and passed by voters, to ensure the state does not take away local control.” In November 1996, California voters approved Proposition 215, which decriminalized specified uses of medical cannabis. In 2015 the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act was adopted and in November 2016 California voters approved Proposition 64 which gave cities the control to regulate and tax adult use of marijuana, legalizing the recre-

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605 LEAGUE SOFTBALL Luna's hit allows Artesia to catch Cerritos for first place Artesia rallies for a 4-3 victory this past Tuesday afternoon.

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DOWNEY'S CITY OF STEM DRAWS THOUSANDS BY TAMMYE MCDUFF

Officially recognized by the city of Los Angeles and deemed by the Science Festival Alliance, the Downey Columbia Memorial Space Center [CMSC] City of STEM, held their day long festival Saturday, April 6, 2019. Downey’s Mayor Rick Rodriguez pointed out “As much as it is a celebration of Los Angeles’ past and present identity as a hub for science and innovation, City of STEM is a platform to unite the diversity of Greater Los Angeles, rallying the public around science and drawing attention to the region’s

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continued national importance in STEM research, education and industry, from aerospace to biotech.” “This is the Coachella of Science, its science Palooza!” said Executive Director of the Space Center Ben Dickow, “this event is the brain child of the Space Center, and it is our mission to unite a community of critical thinkers. With over 100 STEM organizations in attendance today, it is the largest we have ever had.” This is the fifth year for the festival. It began with 15 exhibitors and a few hundred in attendance. Saturday’s festival had already seen 5,000 visitors before noon. “It is all about the younger generation” commented Dickow, “One of the things that I find remarkable is that here, on this land, people built crafts that went to the moon. There is a lot of history here

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CITY OF STEM: Downey Space Center Executive Director Be Dickow with Bill Nye the Science Guy. This is the fifth year for the festival, it began with 15 exhibitors and a few hundred in attendance. Saturday’s festival had already seen 5,000 visitors before noon. and we are making new historical strides with our festival.” The festival was powered by global power batteries that are taken out to disaster areas. These batteries have never been used before for a public audience and the STEM festival was the first place in the world to be completely powered by Tesla. The vision for STEM is for one month everyone in the greater Los Angeles area can be surrounded by science. Over 130 events have been planned for April across the County. “We want to get everybody within these 4,000 square miles jazzed about science. And coming soon is our STEM app, so that you can always be connected with the amazing things that are happening with science, technology, engineering and math,” said Dickow. The month long celebration began with Kidspace Imagination Challenge

Workshop which will continue every Monday, a Naturalist Sketching workshop on Redondo Beach Bluffs , an all girls science camp, pub science and wearable technology to name a few. LA's largest celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math takes place the entire month of April with a series of amazing events and awesome activities throughout Los Angeles County. The community events highlight the ongoing importance that science, technology, engineering and math [STEM] have in the Los Angeles region. Throughout April, City of STEM partners will present science-themed happenings in communities around Southern CA, bringing STEM to the people. For more information and a calendar of events visit cityofstem.org

Bridge Maintenance Projects on 91 & 57 Freeways Until Nov. ORANGE COUNTY — Caltrans will commence a bridge maintenance project on April 15th, 2019 on State Route 91 between Harbor Boulevard and State Route 55, and on State Route 57 between Interstate 5 and Nutwood Avenue in various cities in Orange County. The purpose is to protect the surface of the bridges from premature failure by preventing moisture getting into the bridge deck cracks. This project consists of deck spall repair, methacrylate deck seal treatment, joint seal replacement and polyester concrete overlay. The project is expected to be

completed by November 15th, 2019. To minimize disruption to motorists major work activities will be limited to night hours only. Traffic control for work activities involves with freeway mainline lane closures, connector closures, freeway ramp closures and city street lane closures. Caltrans appreciates the public’s patience while we perform this work. Electronic Changeable Message Signs will also notify drivers of the closures and detours. Additionally, construction updates will be available via Twitter @CaltransOC, Facebook. com/CaltransOC and Instragram @ CaltransOC.


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CERRITOS COLLEGE THEATER PROFESSOR PLACED ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE FOLLOWING ALLEGATIONS According to Cerritos College officials, theater professor Reed Brown was placed on administrative leave on March 11, following allegations made by a theater student after a performance on March 10. The student was contacted, but was unavailable for comment. Dr. Jose Fierro, president of Cerritos College, said he was notified minutes after the event happened and took immediate action and authorized the administrative leave the following day due to the seriousness of the allegations. “We’re not necessarily saying that professor Brown is guilty, we’re just simply taking the allegations seriously,” Fierro said. He said an external investigation was then launched through Cerritos College from an outside law firm. “[The administrative leave is] just part of allowing the investigation to happen without creating additional situations that could… jeopardize the outcome of the investigation one way or another,” Fierro continued. He also stated he does not want to put

REPORT: KENNEDY HIGH SCHOOL OFFICIALS IGNORED ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL ABUSE Head water polo coach 'did not take the allegations seriously' even though many parents complained. STAFF REPORT Officials knowingly swept allegations of child sex abuse against an assistant water polo coach under the rug according to a report from the Orange County Register. Former Kennedy High School assistant water polo and swimming coach Joshua Owens reportedly engaged in multiple relationships with members of the school’s team. Then, when former water polo players reported the coach’s illicit relationships to other authorities, they reportedly weren’t taken seriously. “I didn’t take it seriously,” Eric Pierce, the school’s head water polo

students and Brown in an uncomfortable and awkward position. Brown is a tenured professor as well as an actor, director and choreographer who has over 100 productions credited to him. Brown was contacted via email and did not respond. After the allegations were made public, former theater students have also come forward with other allegations based on past and personal experiences with Brown. Ericka Bailey, Cerritos College alumni and former theater major, said she was a part of Reed’s first show as a stage manager. She said during that time, he seemed very energetic and easy to get along with. In one incident she recalls Reed “seething” during a rehearsal due to a student lighting designer walking around during this time. She said she attempted to tell him calmly that the student was making sure he was doing his job. “Apparently that just triggered him and enraged him and he stood up, like pushed his chair back, stood up and… screamed at me ‘outside!,” Bailey said, “I was like, I don’t think that’s a good idea. And he [pulled] the back of my chair, trying to

coach, told police about a water polo parent complaining that Owens was dating his daughter, according to the Register. The full accusations against Owens are little short of horrific, as detailed by the Register: The failure of Kennedy administrators, coaches and teachers to fulfill their legal responsibilities as mandated enabled Owens to continue sexually abusing two teenage athletes, begin sexually abusing a Kennedy freshman athlete in 2016 and sexually harass at least two other Kennedy students, asking them to have sex with him, according to police reports. Owens allegedly molested and masturbated in front of the 15-yearold victim while they were in his car in the Kennedy faculty parking lot during school hours, according to police reports. Owens, one of the Kennedy players he asked to have sex with told police, “regularly commented with the girls about their boobs, butts, and ranked their attractiveness.” All of these charges are now tracking back to officials, who also oversaw another water polo coach who has since been charged with felony and misdemeanor charges related to sex with underaged girls at the International

like pull it out from under me.” Arielle Martinez, former theater major, said she recalls the incident. Bailey is now living in New York and was contacted via telephone. Diana Ing, Cerritos College alumni and former theater student, said she was unaware and shocked at the allegations and was never harassed by Brown in any shape or form. In a text interview, Ing said that Reed was a great professor and director and never made any advances towards her. She said she worked with him in many of his classes and shows that he directed at Cerritos College and even babysat his children and nothing inappropriate ever happened. Bailey and other theater students, including Martinez, met with Dean of Fine Arts, Gary Pritchard, in May 2017 to discuss some concerns regarding Brown’s temperament towards some students. “I didn’t want him to get fired, like, I get he has two young kids at home,” Bailey said, “We went in with the intention of like telling him everything that’s happened… and everything that [was] going on.” She said when the meeting was over, her and other students were unhappy with Pritchard’s response.

Reed Brown Pritchard was contacted for an interview that was rescheduled before the article was published. Fierro said the administration does not have any access to the investigation report until it is completed, which, in his opinion, increases the level of confidence on the outcome of the report. Once the investigation concludes, a report is sent out to both parties stating some of the findings, he said, once the reports are produced, they are not necessarily allowed to disclose that information. Fierro said if there is any disciplinary issues or action as a result of such an investigation, Title V outlines how to follow up when working with tenured faculty.

LAKEWOOD SHERIFF'S VOLUNTEER TO BE HONORED Denny Earl Reed will be honored on April 17 at 2 pm at the Lakewood Sheriff's station for his 40,000 Volunteer on Patrol hours, the equivalent of 20 years of full-time work. The station is located at 5130 Clark Ave. in Lakewood.

Joshua Owens Water Polo Club in Los Alamitos. That coach, Bahram Hojreh, was fired nearly a year ago when the charges against him first broke. Where the blame game trickles up from here remains uncertain, though there are entire layers of potential defendants, as laid out by the Register. The one thing that seems certain is that a wide variety of people affiliate with Kennedy were informed that Owens was engaging in illicit activities, and none of them did enough, if anything, to stop Owens from abusing players.

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Cerritos College celebrated the grand opening of the new health and wellness complex on Monday, April 8, 2019 a product of funds from the Measure G Bond. The Health & Wellness Complex consists of six new buildings: Athletic Team Room Building, Dance Building, Fitness Building, Conference Center, Health Services Building, and a Physical Education Building. The Athletic Team Room Building and Health Services Building are currently under construction and will be completed in 2020. The 76,000-square-foot facility is home to Health, Physical Education, Dance and Athletics departments, including fitness labs, cardio workout and training rooms, multi-purpose studios, and offices. The Complex also houses the Student Health Center, making it a more accessible, facility for students to receive quality health care services. “Today we celebrate the completion of phase one of our Health and Wellness Complex,” said Dr. Jose Fierro, President and Superintendent of Cerritos College, “this is the completion of four buildings – the Conference Center, the Dance Studios, the Fitness Building and the Physical Education building.” “The new center is roughly three times the size of the original buildings,” said Russ May, Acting Dean of Health, Physical Education, Dance and Athletics, “we have incorporated every modern piece of training equipment – both specialized and routine – to accommodate our 600 athletes on campus.” Along with the new buildings are brand

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As the entertainment industry is winding down their awards season, organizations in the education community are ramping up numerous awards for outstanding leaders, programs and schools. We are very fortunate to be recipients of these awards that showcase the work of our professionals and schools. A number of schools have been highlighted as a model at the state and national level. This is a testament to the commitment of our Board of Education, staff, students and community in maintaining our focus on excellence at every level. Ross MS Academy was Redesignated as a 2019-22 Schools to Watch by the California Department of Education in Sac-

76,000-SQUARE-FOOT FACILITY is home to Health, Physical Education, Dance and Athletics departments, including fitness labs, cardio workout and training rooms, multipurpose studios, and offices. new men and women’s locker rooms, offices and class space. The new adaptive physical education space will allow the campus to open up a more diversified PE program, by having one specific room dedicated to students with physical challenges. Dance Chair Rebecca Hathaway has created an adaptive dance curriculum, where students with physical handicaps can participate in dance classes and spring performances. The Kinesiology portion of the complex is for those athletes that may become injured, ”They are brought to me for evaluation,” said Brian Cable who has a master’s degree in Kinesiology, and the study of body movement, “we have a team doctor who now has an office on campus for

further evaluation and we work together to rehabilitate their injuries.” The new Health & Wellness Complex provides expanded space for laboratories, classrooms, offices and support spaces. The college broke ground April 2017 on the complex with an estimated project cost of $51 million. Carmen Avalos, College Trustee President thanked the construction team and all those involved for keeping the project on time and under budget. “To the entire team, who worked long hours to bring this project to fruition for our beautiful campus, I thank you. Whether you walk into an original building or our newest structure, we are making a commitment to our residents and our future – a true legacy in the making.”

ramento. They will also be recognized in Washington, DC as a National Model Middle School at the end of June. The District includes the recognition of two high schools who were selected as 2019 California Distinguished Schools. They include Cerritos HS and Whitney HS. In addition, Tracy HS was selected as a Model Continuation High School and honored for their Exemplary Program for the Teen Parent Program. All three high schools were honored at the California School Recognition Awards Program by State Superintendent Tony Thurmond at the Disneyland Hotel on April 5, 2019. Two schools, Carmenita MS and Wittmann ES were recognized in the state’s Civic Learning Awards Program cosponsored by State Superintendent Tony Thurmond and Chief Justice of California Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye. Only twenty eight schools in Los Angeles County were honored for this effort to engage students in civic learning. Four of our schools namely Bragg ES, Elliott ES, Furgeson ES and Palms ES

were selected in the first “Top Los Angeles Public Schools for Underserved Students.” This is in collaboration with the University of Southern California Sol Price Center for Social Innovation and the Rossier School of Educaiton Center for Education Policy, Equity and Governance. An Awards Program will be held at USC on May 4, 2019 to honor our schools. In addition, two administrators in ABCUSD were selected for the 2019 ACSA Region XIV Administrators of the Year Awards. They include Dr. Beth Bray, Supervisor of Elementary Curriculum and Professional Learning was selected as the “Curriculum & Instruction Administrator of the Year” and Eveline Huh, Principal at Willow ES was chosen as the Elementary Principal Administrator of the Year. They will be honored at an Awards Ceremony in Long Beach on May 1, 2019. These accomplishments are the result of the outstanding work of our entire school communities we serve. Congratulations to all our schools and educators for their major accomplishments!

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WEDNESDAY WINDSTORM TOPPLES TREES AT CERRITOS CITY HALL

CERRITOS FIRE DEPARTMENT personnel rescue a Cerritos Sheriff and his SUV patrol vehicle after a tree toppled at City Hall. The windshield was broken on the vehicle. The deputy was uninjured. Courtesy Cerritos Sheriff's Department.

LAKEWOOD'S 65TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION STAFF REPORT Sixty-five years ago on April 16, 1954, a daring experiment in community building began with Lakewood becoming an incorporated city after a successful vote by local residents. In celebration, the public is invited to a community-wide anniversary gathering to be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 13 at Airplane Playground at Del Valle Park with the Lakewood City Council and Woody the Tree, the city's 65th anniver-

sary mascot. Several classic 1950s cars will also be featured, and attendees will receive a commemorative 65th anniversary lapel pin, '50s era collectible card and other giveaways (while supplies last). Woody the Tree will be featured in a series of collectible cards depicting him through each decade since Lakewood's incorporation. These cards and other "Woody's Goodies" will be given out as prizes tied to an upcoming series of online trivia questions related to Lakewood.

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Artesia Residents Demand Stop Signs in City Alleys BY TAMMYE MCDUFF During the September 2018 meeting, the Artesia Public Safety Commission requested staff to conduct research on the cost of installing appropriate signage in all alleys in the City. This request came by concerned citizens due to the constant speeding in alleyways and vehicles not stopping upon exiting. It was reported that the problem was particularly rampant in the alleys between Pioneer Boulevard and Clarkdale Avenue. Upon investigation, 38 alleys in the City were identified, seven have a dead end and 31 were open at both ends.

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RIBBON CUTTING: from (l-r) ABC Boardmember Sophia Tse, Superintendent Dr. Mary Sieu, and Board President Ernie Nishii, cut the ribbon at this past Wednesday's ceremony to signify the newly renovated softball field. BY LOREN KOPFF @LORENKOPFF ON TWITTER Inclement weather twice postponed what was supposed to be an opening ceremony for the recently renovated Gahr High softball field, but on the third try, not even high winds could stop the festive event. Prior to its softball game against Paramount High this past Wednesday, Gahr High had a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the new, and still ongoing improvements to its softball field. In attendance were several administrators, including Principal Dr. Crechena Wise and Assistant Principal Janet Simko as well as ABC Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Mary Sieu, President Ernie Nishii and Clerk Sophia Tse, among others. About a year ago, Gahr found an opportunity to upgrade their baseball and softball fields online through Major League Baseball’s ‘Baseball Tomorrow Fund’ where different grants are offered nationwide. Simko said the school took it upon themselves to write a grant proposal and eventually, MLB came out and look at the facilities. “We shot them pictures, they read our proposal and they said, ‘yeah, Gahr needs a little facelift’, sort of speak,” Simko said. “They awarded us a little over $49,000 to upgrade our facilities.” The district has also matched that amount, giving the school just under $100,000 to do the upgrades. The completed upgrades to the softball field were a new and larger brick dugout with a better cover, a new brick backstop, new fencing,

new batting cages on the first base side, and a new team storage facility next to the batting cages. The baseball facility will be removing the current cover to the dugout and replace it with a structure like the one softball has. However, it will encompass a larger area and will serve as a new secured team room which will protect the player’s equipment. Simko said the softball field got the majority of the money because it was in more need than the baseball facility. According to Simko and a few softball players, it was necessary to renovate the softball field because it was ‘old and ugly’. “It was decrepit,” Simko said. “Quite frankly, it was embarrassing. We’ve got a stellar softball program. We were CIF runners-up last year. They deserved a beautiful field. So, we’ve been working really hard to provide the field for the girls.” Future plans for the softball field call for new batting cages on the third base side, running electric so that the school doesn’t have to bring out extension cords and adding another building which could possibly be used for a snack bar. All of that will be another project that does not include the money the school received from this grant. Simko said the school was officially notified at the end of last school year it had received the grant. MLB came out and surveyed the field last weekend of last April and the renovations began last October. “I just really wanted to thank the Baseball Tomorrow Fund and the MLB, and the district because if the two hadn’t have

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DROUGHT TOLERANT LANDSCAPING PROJECT ON PARAMOUNT BLVD. IN LAKEWOOD STAFF REPORT At this past Tuesday's meeting, the Lakewood City Council approved a construction bid to convert the curbs, gutters and parkways along Paramount Blvd. to capture and clean stormwater runoff along the roadway. The parkways will be replanted with attractive drought-tolerant landscaping. Lakewood will not have to use city funds for the $2 million project, which is especially important in the city's current tight budget climate. Instead, the

city secured a specialized grant and will use county road funds. The project will help clean stormwater that flows from Lakewood's streets to Alamitos Bay in Long Beach and will also make Lakewood's parkways more resilient to future droughts. The construction work will be carried out by Aramexx Construction Co., of Claremont, CA. When a construction timeline is determined in the weeks ahead, the City will publicize the schedule and any impacts it will have on commuting along Paramount Blvd.

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LUNA’S TWO-OUT HIT ALLOWS ARTESIA TO CATCH CERRITOS FOR FIRST PLACE BY LOREN KOPFF @LORENKOPFF ON TWITTER All Natalie Luna wanted to do is simply see a pitch in her final at-bat against Cerritos High before swinging. At worse, the game featuring the top two teams in the new 605 League would have gone into extra innings. But the senior shortstop for Artesia High didn’t want that, and neither did the Lady Pioneers as she deposited a onestrike pitch to left field, scoring junior third baseman Valerie Joaquin for the game-winner as Artesia rallied for a 4-3 victory this past Tuesday afternoon. Artesia (13-3 overall, 5-1 in league) avenged an earlier 7-6 loss to the Lady Dons and beat Cerritos for only the second time in at least 22 seasons with the other time coming on Mar. 24, 2016. “It’s nerve-wracking,” Luna said. “I just try to find a way to calm myself down. All the noise in the back…you just have to tune it out and you have to stick with your mechanics. I know what I’m doing; I know I can hit the ball.” “We were definitely looking forward to it,” said Artesia head coach Dayna Feenstra. “Right now, in the new league…the two teams that have the most competition. I wish we could play them five or six times a year. It’s just fun. I think it’s fun just because, not even the competition, but these girls have been playing with each other since they were six or seven years old over at the park. So, it just brings another level

of intensity that there’s no other team [in league] so far that we feel like that.” The game was scoreless until the top of the sixth inning when Cerritos senior second baseman Niki Ibarra doubled to left field with one out and went to third on a groundout. Artesia sophomore Shelby Hile then walked sophomore left fielder Lauren Lejano. But on a 1-1 count to sophomore right fielder Alexa Diaz, Cerritos head coach Kim Ensey called for Lejano to steal second in the hopes that Ibarra would score, which she did on an error. “It was a straight take, but it was just to push a run across,” Ensey said Defensive woes would allow the Lady Pioneers to claim a 2-1 lead in their half of the frame. Joaquin led off the inning by softly popping up just behind sophomore third baseman Alazea Herrera. Senior first baseman Brenda Duran then singled to the left field gap and both runners advanced on a sacrifice from Luna. On the play though, Joaquin and Duran came around on a costly error. But Cerritos battled back in the top of the seventh and sent eight batters to the plate. With one out, Hile walked senior center fielder Essence Gibbs and freshman shortstop Jadyn Nielsen reached on a fielder’s choice. A base hit to left from freshman catcher Kaitlin Caneda loaded the bases. Two batters later, junior designated player Elise Gibbs singled to center on the first pitch to make it 3-2. “In a game like this, a lot of hitters

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ARTESIA SOPHOMORE pitcher Shelby Hile picked up her biggest win in her short high school career, defeating Cerritos High 4-3 this past Tuesday in a battle of the top two teams in the 605 League. Hile threw 123 pitches but earned her fourth victory in eight starts and helped the Lady Pioneers improve to 13-3 overall and 5-1 in league. tend to press and try to do too much at the plate instead of just getting good pitches and waiting for their pitch and driving it hard,” Ensey said. “Our girls were able to do that at the end of the game. But I think the excitement of the game early on really took the bats out of their hands a little bit.” Freshman right fielder Alexis Duenas, the number nine hitter in the Artesia lineup led off the bottom of the seventh inning with a base hit to right field on the second pitch. With two outs, Joaquin and Duran singled, leading up to Luna’s big hit. “I’ve seen Natalie since she was about eight years old, so it’s really neat to see these girls grow up and just because of the situation; the meaning of the game and what was behind the game, and for her to come up with two outs…I couldn’t have been more excited,” Feenstra said. “Man, I was frustrated because this team can hit,” Luna said. “The last time, it was a high-scoring game. It is pretty frustrating because I know our players and I know that they are experienced and all this. But I knew we were going to come out because we really wanted this and I believe we wanted it more.” When Cerritos edged Artesia 7-6 on Mar. 19, the teams had combined for 21 hits and five errors/ There was only one lead change and there was scoring in four of the six and a half innings. The fact that it was scoreless for the first five innings in the rematch was somewhat of a surprise. “I think both of them had a great game,” Feenstra said of Hile and Cerritos freshman pitcher Erin Gibbs. “I think they both did very well placing the ball. I felt that they held it together in tight situations and both of those girls are fantastic.” “I think both pitchers pitched really well, and it just was a matter of which team was going to make more adjustments,” Ensey said. Both teams had their fair share of scoring opportunities in the early innings. But the Lady Dons (9-8, 5-1) left seven on base prior to the sixth inning and Artesia stranded five runners. In addition, junior center fielder Camryn Thompson,

Artesia’s leadoff hitter who is a tough out, went hitless with a pair of strikeouts while Cerritos sophomore first baseman Samiya Jones, the team’s cleanup hitter, also went hitless in four at-bats and left five runners on base. Feenstra also credited the intensity for the errors late in the game “When we play Cerritos, we just physically feel different,” Feenstra said. “We’re a little bit more tense; a little bit more tight, and especially with Cam…I think there’s a little bit more pressure.” “It’s a team effort and a lot of things had to go into that happening,” Ensey said. “But when you have runners in scoring position, obviously we’re going to do our best to get them in.” Caneda and Ibarra each had three hits for the Lady Dons, who will host last place John Glenn High today, Pioneer High on Tuesday and Whitney High on Wednesday. Barring any major upsets along the way, Cerritos and Artesia are poised to share the 605 League title. “I think it’s awesome with us coming from the Suburban League; the two of us and Glenn also,” Ensey said. “But we knew coming over that it was going to be us two. Yeah, we wanted it by ourselves, but it’s pretty appropriate that we get to share it.” Duran went three for four and Joaquin added a pair of hits in three at-bats for Artesia. The Lady Pioneers, who are just on the outside of cracking the CIF-Southern Section Division 4 top 10 poll, hosted Pioneer on Apr. 11 and will entertain Whitney today before visiting Glenn on Tuesday and Oxford Academy on Thursday to wrap up the regular season. In addition, the 13 victories are the most for any Artesia team in at least 22 seasons. Before this season, the most wins an Artesia squad would collect was 10 (2013, 2017, 2018). “It’s exciting,” Feenstra said. “This is the first time that we felt confident in ourselves. It didn’t matter who we were playing. It’s really nice to see the program come [around] from when I was playing here.”


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BY LOREN KOPFF @LORENKOPFF ON TWITTER ANAHEIM-For the second time this season, the Gahr High softball team was hoping to call themselves third place winners in a major tournament. But déjà vu hit the Lady Gladiators once again and they couldn’t recover from their own pitching issues, falling to Los Alamitos High 6-2 last Saturday night at the 33rd annual Michelle Carew Classic, formerly called the Invitational Varsity Tournament, hosted by Canyon High. Gahr was limited with its young pitching staff as sophomore Ashley Benavides got her seventh start of the season but did not make it out of the third inning. Junior Malia Luna, normally a catcher, replaced Benavides with one out in the top of the third inning but had control issues, hitting half a dozen hitters of the 22 she faced. “It’s one of those things where I had to make a decision pitching-wise,” said Gahr first-year head coach Rey Sanchez. “Do I go after this third place win in a tournament or set my pitching up to continually do well in league? So, I had to make a decision in this game and not go with my horse. But I’m looking at league and league at this point is going to be a little bit more important.” Gahr was put in the position to play for third place after losing a 3-0 lead after two innings to Orange Lutheran High earlier in the day in one semifinal contest. Gahr would see the Lancers score five unanswered runs in the fourth and fifth innings. On Mar. 16, the Lady Gladiators lost the last two games of the Torrance National Tournament to end up in fourth place in that event. “Playing two games in a day with a two-game break is hard to get ramped up,” Sanchez said. “But the girls seemed to be in pretty good spirits. We didn’t throw strikes like we needed to. That was the bottom line. We hit too many girls; too many freebies.” Los Alamitos got the early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Benavides, pitching with a blister on her finger, walked Samantha Denehy, who stole a pair of bases before coming home on a groundout from Emma Sellers. But Gahr answered back in its half of the frame when Tyler Denhart walked senior third baseman Jazmine Hill with two outs and surrendered a base hit to sophomore shortstop Taylor Stephens. After a scoreless second inning, the Griffins, ranked third in the CIF-Southern Section Division 1 poll, scored twice on a pair of hits, a pair of walks and a pair of batters reaching on a fielder’s choice. Los Alamitos would load the bases three different times but managed just the two runs. In fact, the score may have been worse for Gahr as the Griffins stranded 11 batters in the six-inning

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GAHR’S EXPLOSIVE HITTING STYMIED BY LOS ALAMITOS PITCHERS IN THIRD PLACE GAME game, including the bases loaded twice. Gahr got to within a run in the bottom of the fourth inning when senior designated player Shasiel Fregoso reached on an error and senior courtesy runner Ashley Samano scored when senior right fielder Irene Dorado was safe on another error. But after that, a pair of Los Alamitos pitchers combined to retire eight of the last nine batters they faced. Gahr was held to a season-low three hits, however junior center fielder Sydni Jones had an opportunity to double that total. Jones was robbed of a base hit by Carly Limosnero leading off the bottom of the second and fourth innings and saw Denehy take away a potential single in the bottom of the sixth inning when she dove forward to make a spectacular catch. Jones had led off that inning as well. “That’s unfortunate,” Sanchez said. “This game is one of those games where sometimes you hit the ball right on the screws and it’s at girls. Then sometimes

you get a cap shot here and a jam shot here and all of a sudden, you’re three for three and you haven’t even hit a ball hard. This game will even out. But she is probably swinging, of all the girls, the hottest bat right now. “Their girls made pitches when they needed to and we weren’t as selective as we needed to be in those situations,” he later said. “Anytime you’re trying to get pressure hits, you’ve got to be selective and get the pitch you can drive and take it to the right part of the field.” Gahr (14-4 overall, 5-0 in the San Gabriel Valley League) began the week with a 7-3 win at Warren High on Apr. 2, then jumped into tournament with the first of two pool play games. The Lady Gladiators are in the middle of stretch where they will play 11 games in 11 days, not including this past Sunday when high school athletes cannot participate in any event. Gahr travelled to Downey High this past Tuesday and knocked off the Vikings 11-1 and hosted Paramount High the next day, coming

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away with a 12-2 victory. On Apr. 11, the defending league champions went to Dominguez High and will visit Chino Hills High today in a doubleheader. The meeting with the Huskies will be a rematch of last season’s Division 1 semifinal contest, won by Gahr 1-0 in eight innings. “It’s not easy; it’s almost like a Major League Baseball schedule,” Sanchez said. “Not even colleges do that. We have been playing quite a bit. This is a tough little run; a tough little stretch for us. It’s going to challenge our pitching and put some pressure on our pitching for sure.” The loss to Los Alamitos marked the third loss in five games to Division 1 opponents from the Southern Section, having previously fallen to Grand Terrance High 3-1 in addition to the two games last Saturday. However, despite Gahr’s strong non-league slate, they are not among the top 10 in the division. “The polls that matter to be are going to be at the end of the [season],” Sanchez said. “Rankings are nice; it kind of gives you a guide of where people are. When you play in tournaments like this, it gives you an idea of where you stand, and that’s why I like playing in tournaments like this. “I like where we’re at,” he continued. “I told our girls we have a great chance of making a deep run [in the playoffs] again. I really, honestly believe that. So, I want them to have that mindset and I want them to visualize that.” The Lady Gladiators will also travel to Lynwood High on Tuesday and host Warren on Thursday.


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Continued from page 1 ational use of cannabis under state law. October 2017, Downey City Council unanimously passed regulations related to recreational marijuana use in Downey, including limiting personal cultivation to six plants and banning commercial dispensaries. The local governments initiating the lawsuit against the BCC are: County of Santa Cruz, Cities of Agoura Hills, Angels Camp, Arcadia, Atwater, Beverly Hills, Ceres, Clovis, Covina, Dixon, Downey, McFarland, Newman, Oakdale, Palmdale, Patterson, Riverbank, Riverside, San Pablo, Sonora, Tehachapi, Temecula, Tracy, Turlock, and Vacaville. The lawsuit filed in Fresno Superior Court alleges that BCC Regulation 5416(d) is invalid because it eliminates the ability of cities and counties to regulate commercial cannabis deliveries within their communities, a key promise in Proposition 64, which legalized commercial cannabis activities in California. Regulation 5416(d) states that ‘cannabis] delivery employee may deliver to a physical address anywhere in the state...’ Mayor Pro Tem Blanca Pacheco stated, “Proposition 64 promised to allow cities the ability to regulate or prohibit any or all commercial cannabis activities within their community, which is one of the main reasons why many voters supported this proposition. The new regulation[s] by the BCC seeks to break that promise.” The Plaintiffs assert that the BCC ignored the specific language of Proposition 64, in Business and Professions Code

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sections 26090 and 26200, guaranteeing cities and counties the right to regulate or prohibit the operation of recreational and commercial cannabis deliveries within their communities. Business and Professions Code section 26200 provides that nothing shall limit the authority of cities and counties to regulate or completely prohibit commercial cannabis activities within their jurisdiction. “We don’t want marijuana in our city. Our residents are clear about that,” said Rodriguez, “This skirts that original agreement in Proposition 64. We feel lied to. It’s a broken promise.”

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Continued from page 1 Eight88 wants to create a mixed-use area that could feature four condominium towers and a 300-room hotel, with restaurants, shops, entertainment venues and a park. Eight88 also plans smaller restaurants and food truck areas. “We are in the very early planning stages,” La Palma City Manager Laurie Murray told the OC Register. “We anticipate that negotiations will take a good three years, during which time we will not enter into talks with any other developers.” According to Council staff report, Eight88 would pay La Palma $1 million per year for three years to offset revenue losses during construction. Revenue projections when the project is finished is expected to be four times more than what is being collected now. “This project would diversify our revenue and cement our fiscal sustainability,” Murray said.

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Continued from page 7 come together, our dream would not have made it,” Simko said. “But we got it.” BASEBALL Artesia High was embarrassed 27-2 by Whitney High last Friday, then was blanked 9-0 by John Glenn High this past Tuesday to fall to 1-16 overall and 0-5 in the 605 League. The Pioneers allowed 24 hits, gave up 15 runs in the top of the sixth inning and made eight errors. The team has been blanked six times this season and has allowed at least 15 runs seven times. The Pioneers will face the Eagles on the road today before beginning a home and home series with Oxford Academy on Tuesday with the second game on the road on Thursday. Cerritos High remained tied for first place with Oxford Academy after defeating Pioneer High 7-1 this past Tuesday. The Dons (14-6, 5-0) got a complete game, two-hit performance from senior pitcher Matthew Pinal, his second straight. Cerritos will host Pioneer today before visiting Whitney on Tuesday to begin that home and home series. Cerritos will then host Whitney on Thursday. Gahr is trying to make a run to get back in the upper half of the San Gabriel Valley League as it blasted Dominguez High 23-0 this past Wednesday. The Gladiators (8-13-1, 3-1) have won four straight games as it travelled to Lynwood High on Apr. 11. They will go to Downey High on Tuesday before hosting the Vikings on Thursday. Glenn (8-10, 1-4) will host Pioneer on Tuesday and visit the Titans on Thursday in a crucial home and home series as it aims to creep up in the 605 League standings while Valley Christian High is hoping to do the same in the Olympic League. The Defenders, which had been shutout in

APRIL 12, 2019 three straight games, edged Whittier Christian High 2-1 in 10 innings last Friday and doubled up Heritage Christian High 4-2 in nine innings last Saturday. V.C. upped its mark to 10-7 overall, 3-6 in league and will entertain Dominguez High tonight and Arrowhead Christian High on Tuesday. Whitney was dominated by Oxford Academy 16-1 this past Tuesday and will host the Patriots today. At 7-5 overall and 2-3 in league play, the Wildcats will need to win at least two of their final five games to become eligible for an at-large bid in the CIF-Southern Section playoffs. After its home and home series with Cerritos, Whitney will face Glenn twice on the last week of the season. SOFTBALL Glenn took Whitney to 12 innings but fell to the Lady Wildcats 3-2 last Friday. However, the Lady Eagles snapped an eight-game slide with a 5-4 win over Oxford Academy this past Tuesday, improving to 2-9 overall, 1-5 in the circuit. Glenn travelled to Whitney on Apr. 11 and goes to Cerritos today before wrapping up the season with home games against Artesia and Pioneer on Tuesday and Thursday respectively. V.C. is mired in a six-game losing streak after a 12-2 setback to Heritage Christian this past Tuesday. The Lady Defenders dropped to 6-9 overall, 0-5 in the Olympic League as they visited Whittier Christian on Apr. 11 and will conclude the season at Heritage Christian on Tuesday before hosting Maranatha High on Thursday. Whitney, the third ranked team in Division 7, doubled up Pioneer 4-2 this past Tuesday to move to 11-6 overall, 4-2 in league. The Lady Wildcats will wrap up the regular season against Oxford Academy on Tuesday and Cerritos on Wednesday.


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LA MIRADA RESIDENT RECOGNIZED FOR 90TH BIRTHDAY MILESTONE

LA MIRADA MAYOR (at the time) Larry Mowles recognized long-time city resident Peggy Roman for her 90th birthday milestone.

BY TAMMYE MCDUFF The Downey Community Library held a ‘Renovation Celebration’ on March 16, 2019, to commemorate their last day open to the public. Saturday’s events included puppet shows, numerous craft stations, Karaoke, bounce houses, face painting and the very popular paint the Cormack Room where children and adults could paint the walls with good wishes and happy faces. The libraries of today are vastly different then they were even 10 years ago, they serve as learning and teaching facilities as well as community gathering centers. The Library has roughly 320,000 visitors annually, so in an effort to encourage growth of the local library the Columbia Memorial Space Center and Downey Library were consolidated to act in unity as a STEM opportunity. The library has not seen any key improvements in over 40 years. The new library will not just be

new carpet or new paint. The existing library is approximately 29,000 square feet and will receive a complete interior renovation with a new entry, upgraded ADA parking, new furniture and state of the art technology. The new lobby will include a self help desk, check out, new adult area and reading room, an active space for teens, group use children’s area, Friends of the Library offices and three dimensional ‘way finder’ directory where patrons can access the various areas of the library. A new canopy will frame new shelving, the literacy room will add four study rooms, and the ‘quiet reflection’ space will accommodate laptops with comfortable seating. The teen area will be ‘techy’, engaging and wifi accessible. The children’s area will include circular mobile shelving, a mural embracing ‘the learning tree’ and a reading / activities room. The new library will add 150 to 200 new seating areas and tutoring areas. Construction begins April 2019 with a final construction date of Summer 2020.

CERRITOS COMMUNITY SPRING FESTIVAL APRIL 26-28

Cerritos residents are invited to attend the City's Community Spring Festival & Fireworks Spectacular celebrating the City's 63rd anniversary at the Cerritos Sports Complex from Friday, April 26 to Sunday, April 28. The festival takes place Friday from 5 to 10 p.m.; Saturday from 1 to 10 p.m.; and Sunday from 1 to 9 p.m. Entertainment features local talent and professional acts. Gourmet food trucks will provide specialty items for purchase. The Cerritos City Council will officially recognize the City's 63rd anniversary during a formal ceremony on Saturday, April 27 at 4:30 p.m. Fireworks will commemo-

rate the special occasion that evening at 8:30 p.m. The Spring Dance Recital will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 28. Admission is free, but there are nominal fees for some attractions. Individual ride tickets are 50 cents each. All-day wristbands are available for $25 at Cerritos City Hall if purchased by Thursday, April 25. Starting Friday, April 26, all-day wristbands cost $35. For more information, call the City's Recreation Services Division at (562) 9161254. To volunteer, call Heritage Park by Monday, April 1 at (562) 916-8570.

Los Angeles County Community Action Agency Department of Public Social Services Community Services Block Grant Notice of Public Hearings The Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) and the Community Action Board will be holding public hearings for the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Program to gather community input on the services low-income individuals and families need in order to attain the skills, knowledge and motivation necessary to achieve self-sufficiency. The public hearings are mandated by the CSBG Program. The information will be incorporated into a two-year Community Action Plan. The public hearing will be held as follows: 4th Supervisorial District Date: Thursday, April 18, 2019 Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM Place: Department of Public Social Services Norwalk District Office 12727 Norwalk Blvd. Norwalk, CA 90650 Second Floor Conference Room Parking: Free parking is available at the adjacent DPSS parking lot. For more information, please contact Thomas Choi at (562) 908-5838, or via email at ThomasChoi@dpss. lacounty.gov 4/12/19 CNS-3239889# LOS CERRITOS COMMUNITY NEWS

The La Mirada City Council recognized long-time city resident Peggy Roman for celebrating her upcoming 90th birthday. Mrs. Roman was born in Los Angeles on April 18, 1929. She lived in the cities of Long Beach and Lakewood before making La Mirada home in 1985. Mrs. Roman worked for Rockwell International in 1964 as a Clerk Typist and proceeded become a lead working with the space program before retiring in 1988. This year marks her 28th year as a volunteer usher and member of the Friends of La Mirada Theatre for the Performing

Arts. She has served on the La Mirada Senior Council since its inception in 2000. In 2017, Mrs. Roman was recognized by the Los Angeles County Commission for older Adults for her outstanding volunteer service in the La Mirada community. The City of La Mirada recognizes La Mirada residents on their milestone anniversaries and birthdays. The City’s Recognition program includes 80th, 90th and 100th birthdays and 50th, 60th and 70th wedding anniversaries. To sign up for recognition, contact the La Mirada Activity Center at (562) 9023160.

Please take notice that on April 9, 2019, the City Council of the City of La Mirada adopted the following Ordinance: ORDINANCE NO. 708 REVISING TERMS OF OFFICE AND RELATED RULES FOR PLANNING COMMISSIONERS AND AMENDING TITLE 2 OF THE LA MIRADA MUNICIPAL CODE Summary of Ordinance No. 708 Ordinance No. 708 amended Sections 2.52.030 and 2.52.050(e) of Chapter 2 of the Municipal Code as follows:

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“Section 2.52.030 Term of Office Planning commissioners shall have a term of office of four years. The term of office shall commence upon approval by the City Council and shall expire on June 30 of the same year of the expiration of the term of their nominating Councilmember.” “Section 2.52.050(e) Removal of appointed members If a member of the commission shall be absent from three regular meetings of the commission in any eight-month period, such member’s office shall be deemed vacant and no further action by the City Council shall be necessary.” The names of those Councilmembers voting for or against Ordinance No. 707 are as follows: AYES: Mayor NOES: ABSTAIN: ABSENT:

Councilmembers Eng, Lewis, Sarega, Mayor Pro Tem De Ruse, Mowles None None None

A certified copy of the entirety of the text of Ordinance No. 708 is available in the office of the City Clerk, City of La Mirada, 13700 La Mirada Boulevard, La Mirada, California, and is available for public inspection at that location. Anne Haraksin, La Mirada City Clerk Dated: April 10, 2019 Published at La Mirada Lamplighter 4/12/19 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE Trustee's Sale No. CA-RCS-19018673 NOTE: PURSUANT TO 2923.3(C)THERE IS A SUMMARY OF THE INFORMATION IN THIS DOCUMENT ATTACHED [PURSUANT TO CIVIL CODE Section 2923.3(a), THE SUMMARY OF INFORMATION REFERRED TO ABOVE IS NOT ATTACHED TO THE RECORDED COPY OF THIS DOCUMENT BUT ONLY TO THE COPIES PROVIDED TO THE TRUSTOR.] YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 1/1972017. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 800-280-2891 or visit this Internet Web site www.auction.com, using the file number assigned to this case, CA-RCS-19018B73. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. On May 9, 2019, at 09:00 AM, VINEYARD BALLROOM, DOUBLETREE HOTEL LOS ANGELES-NORWALK, 13111 SYCAMORE DRIVE, in the City of NORWALK, County of LOS ANGELES, State of CALIFORNIA, PEAK FORECLOSURE SERVICES, INC., a California corporation, as duly appointed Trustee under that certain Deed of Trust executed by ARMANDO PLASCENCIA JR AND EDITH PLASCENCIA, HUSBAND AND WIFE, AS JOINT TENANTS, as Trustors, recorded on 1/24/2017, as Instrument No. 20170096654, of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, State of CALIFORNIA, under the power of sale therein contained, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER, for cash, cashier's check drawn on a state or national bank, check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, or savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state will be held by the duly appointed trustee as shown below, of ail right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by the trustee in the hereinafter described property under and pursuant to a Deed of Trust described below. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by the Deed of Trust, with interest and late charges thereon, as provided in the note(s), advances, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. Property is being sold "as is - where is", TAX PARCEL NO. 8041-009-017 LOT 39 OF TRACT NO.16970, IN THE CITY OF LA MIRADA, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, STATE OF CALIFORNIA, AS PER MAP RECORDED IN BOOK 597 PAGES 41 TO 43, INCLUSIVE OF MAPS, IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY RECORDER OF SAID COUNTY, From information which the Trustee deems reliable, but for which Trustee makes no representation .or warranty, tie street address or other common designation of the above described property is purported to -be 13412 BIOLA AVE, LA MIRADA, CA-90638. Said property is being sold for the purpose of .paying the obligations secured by said Deed of Trust, including fees and expenses of sale, The total amount of the unpaid principal balance, interest thereon, together with reasonably estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice "of Trustee's Sale is $573,953.16, NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in .bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder's office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. WE ARE ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT, AND ANY INFORMATION WE OBTAIN WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. Sale Information Line: 800-280-2891 or Website: www.auction.com Dated: 4/2/19 PEAK FORECLOSURE SERVICES, INC., AS TRUSTEE By: Lilian Solano, Trustee Sale Officer A-4689954 04/12/2019, 04/19/2019, 04/26/2019


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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File Number 2019068393 THE FOLLOWING PERSON(S) IS (ARE) DOING BUSINESS AS: EMERGO AV, 18328 CECELIA WAY. CERRITOS CA., 90703. Registered Owner: SRIRAM SUNDAR RAJAN 18328 CECELIA WAY CERRITOS CA., 90703. THIS BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED AS AN INDIVIDUAL. The date registrant started to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above: N/A I declare that all the information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions Code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000). /S/ SRIRAM SUNDAR RAJAN. This statement was led with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on MARCH 15, 2019. Notice - In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was led in the of notice of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new Fictitious Business Name Statement must be led before the expiration. Effective January 1, 2014, the Fictitious Business Name Statement must be accompanied by the affidavit of identity form. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State or Common Law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). LCCN 3/22, 3/29, 4/5 and 4/12/19.

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NOTICE INVITING SEALED BIDS Citywide Wayfinding Vehicular Directional Signs Project 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, up to the hour of 2:00 PM on Thursday, May 9, 2019, at which time they will be publicly opened and read aloud. Late proposals will not be considered. 1.

BID DOCUMENTS: Electronic files of the Plans, Specifications and Contract Documents are available for download on the City website at: http://ca-commerce.civicplus.com/bids.aspx Hard copy of the bid package will not be mailed.

NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: PHELBA LORRAINE BRAFF AKA PHELBA L. BRAFF, PHELBA BRAFF AND BOBBI ENEVOLD CASE NO. 19STPB02625 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the WILL or estate, or both of PHELBA LORRAINE BRAFF AKA PHELBA L. BRAFF, PHELBA BRAFF AND BOBBI ENEVOLD. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by BARBARA BRAFF TOWNSEND in the Superior Court of California, County of LOS ANGELES. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that BARBARA BRAFF TOWNSEND 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: 04/24/19 at 8:30AM in Dept. 2D 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. In Pro Per Petitioner BARBARA BRAFF TOWNSEND 3 PACIFIC WINDS NEWPORT BEACH CA 92657 3/29, 4/5, 4/12/19 CNS-3236286# LA MIRADA LAMPLIGHTER

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MANDATORY 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 installation of Vehicular Directional Signs at various locations Citywide as shown in Appendix B - Vehicular Directional Sign Locations.

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LOCATION OF WORK: The project is located at various locations as shown on Appendix B - Vehicular Directional Sign Locations.

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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 pre-construction conference at the City Hall.

Total construction duration is 90 working days (including long lead time material procurement). Please see Section A.00200 – Instructions to Bidders for the project schedule.

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ESTIMATED COST OF WORK: Estimated cost is in the range of $110,000.

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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.

TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS LISA CHIEN, AKA LISA CHEN filed a petition with this court for a decree changing name as follows: LISA CHIEN, to WEN HUT CHIEN . 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 5/5/19, 1:30 pm, Dept C, RM 312 by Yvonne T. Sanchez. Published at Los Cerritos Community Newspaper 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, 4/12/19

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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 not a Federally Funded Project.

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CALIFORNIA PREVAILING WAGE Bidder agrees to comply with California Labor Code Sections 1771, 1775, 1776, 1777.5,1813, and 1815 to the performance of its work on this project. Specifically, the Bidder agrees to: 1. Pay all workers not less than the general prevailing rate of per diem wages for work of similar character in the locality in which the public work is performed. 2. Pay all workers not less than the general prevailing rate of per diem wages for holiday and overtime work fixed as provided in this chapter. 3. Adhere to the compliance measures outlined in LC 1775(b) for any second tier subcontractors that the contractor chooses to use on this project. 4. If requested, submit certified payroll records to the City on a weekly basis. Records shall be provided no later than 5 days following the last day of each workweek. 5. Comply with the applicable requirements and joint apprenticeship standards as required by LC 1777.5.

NOTICE OF PROPOSED ADOPTION OF ORDINANCE NO. 709 AMENDING SECTION 10.12.020 OF CHAPTER 10.12 OF TITLE 10 OF THE LA MIRADA MUNICIPAL CODE ESTABLISHING PRIMA FACIE SPEED LIMITS ON CERTAIN CITY STREETS PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that on April 23, 2019, at 6:30 p.m., or as soon thereafter as the matter may be heard, in the Council Chambers, 13700 La Mirada Boulevard, La Mirada, the City Council of the City of La Mirada will consider adopting its Ordinance No. 709 entitled “Amending Section 10.12.020 of Chapter 10.12 of Title 10 of the La Mirada Municipal Code Establishing Prima Facie Speed Limits on Certain City Streets”. Summary of Ordinance No. 709 Pursuant to California Vehicle Code (CVC) Sections 22357 and 22358, the City Council establishes, by ordinance, speed limits on streets that are not state highways. Additionally, CVC Section 40802 requires that speed limits on streets where laser and radar equipment is used be justified on the basis of an Engineering and Traffic Survey (E&TS) conducted within seven years. The City’s Traffic Engineer has completed an E&TS utilizing the required guidelines set forth in both the CVC and the California Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (CA MUTCD). The proposed Ordinance would codify the speed limits and establish the City's interest in ensuring speeds that are reasonable and safe for the streets while facilitating the orderly movement of traffic. A certified copy of the entirety of the text of Ordinance No. 709 is available in the office of the City Clerk, City of La Mirada, 13700 La Mirada Boulevard, La Mirada, California, and is available for public inspection at that location. Anne Haraksin, La Mirada City Clerk Published at La Mirada Lamplighter 4/12/19

CITY OF LA MIRADA NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING PROPOSED RATE ADJUSTMENT FOR RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL REFUSE SERVICES NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the La Mirada City Council will conduct a public hearing in order to allow comments from local residents and businesses regarding adjustment of the franchise fee for residential and commercial refuse rates and service. The City will review and discuss proposed adjustments in the City's refuse rate schedule. Said hearing will be held on June 11, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers, 13700 La Mirada Boulevard, La Mirada, California, 90638. All interested persons are invited to attend and public testimony will be heard at that time. Additional information on refuse rates and services can be obtained by calling the City's Recycling Coordinator at (562) 902-2372. In compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, individuals in need of special assistance at the public hearing should contact the City Clerk at (562) 943-0131, extension 2309 three days prior to the date of the hearing. Anne Haraksin, City Clerk Published at La Mirada Lamplighter 4/12/19 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File Number 2019056833 THE FOLLOWING PERSON(S) IS (ARE) DOING BUSINESS AS: CERRITOS SOUTHCOAST DENTAL, 10945 SOUTH ST. SUITE 200A, CERRITOS CA., 90703. Registered Owner: COMPEAN DDS, A PROFESSIONAL CORPORATION 10945 SOUTH ST. SUITE 200A, CERRITOS CA., 90703.. THIS BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED AS AN CORPORATION. The date registrant started to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above: 4/2015. I declare that all the information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions Code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000). /S/ CARLOS COMPEAN. This statement was led with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on MARCH 5, 2019. Notice - In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was led in the of notice of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new Fictitious Business Name Statement must be led before the expiration. Effective January 1, 2014, the Fictitious Business Name Statement must be accompanied by the affidavit of identity form. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State or Common Law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). LCCN 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, 4/12/19.

Contractor shall complete and sign non-collusion affidavit form and all other required forms included in the specifications. If there are any questions regarding this project, please contact, via e-mail: Okan Demirci Project Manager (Consultant) City of Commerce E: okan.demirci@transtech.org By order of the City Council of the City of Commerce, California LENA SHUMWAY, City Clerk Dated:

April 2, 2019 Published at Los Cerritos Community Newspaper 4/5 and 4/12/19

NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE TS No. CA-18-844496-BF Order No.: 180539772-CA-VOI YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 7/11/2007. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. A public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier's check drawn on a state or national bank, check drawn by state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, or savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 to the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state, will be held by duly appointed trustee. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by the Deed of Trust, with interest and late charges thereon, as provided in the note(s), advances, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. BENEFICIARY MAY ELECT TO BID LESS THAN THE TOTAL AMOUNT DUE. 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The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 800-280-2832 for information regarding the trustee's sale or visit this Internet Web site http://www.qualityloan.com, using the file number assigned to this foreclosure by the Trustee: CA-18-844496-BF. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the property address or other common designation, if any, shown herein. If no street address or other common designation is shown, directions to the location of the property may be obtained by sending a written request to the beneficiary within 10 days of the date of first publication of this Notice of Sale. If the sale is set aside for any reason, including if the Trustee is unable to convey title, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the monies paid to the Trustee. This shall be the Purchaser's sole and exclusive remedy. The purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Trustor, the Trustee, the Beneficiary, the Beneficiary's Agent, or the Beneficiary's Attorney. If you have previously been discharged through bankruptcy, you may have been released of personal liability for this loan in which case this letter is intended to exercise the note holders right's against the real property only. Date: Quality Loan Service Corporation 2763 Camino Del Rio South San Diego, CA 92108 619-645-7711 For NON SALE information only Sale Line: 800-280-2832 Or Login to: http://www.qualityloan.com Reinstatement Line: (866) 645-7711 Ext 5318 Quality Loan Service Corp. TS No.: CA-18-844496BF IDSPub #0151598 4/5/2019 4/12/2019 4/19/2019


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BY TAMMYE MCDUFF Crossroads Animal Emergency Care in Norwalk held a ribbon cutting for the Norwalk and Downey Chambers of Commerce on Thursday, April 4th complete with goodie bags for dogs and cats. “Pet care all night every night” is the motto for Crossroads, they are an emergency veterinary hospital caring for pets with referrals from over 80 local veterinarians. Open from 6:00 pm to 8:00 am daily, the clinic is also open for 24-hour emergency veterinary care on weekends and holidays.

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The facility boasts an animal plasma blood bank, processes in-house lab work, offers animal ultrasound and even an oxygen tank. The actual facility has been in Norwalk since the 1970’s, however they have been newly purchased and now offer a more comprehensive emergency facility. Crossroads is equipped to treat a range of veterinary emergencies in the Los Angeles, Long Beach, Cerritos, and Whittier region. This facility is located at 11057 E. Rosecrans Avenue in Norwalk. For more info call (562) 863-2522.

APRIL 12, 2019

CROSSROADS ANIMAL EMERGENCY OPENS IN NORWALK

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