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BELLFLOWER RESIDENTS SEEM CONTENT ABOUT NEW HOUSELESS SHELTER

LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS STEP UP TO MEET NEEDS DURING COVID-19 CRISIS

BY TAMMYE MCDUFF When the houseless shelter was first proposed in Bellflower, angry residents vehemently fought the establishment, even though a City survey showed 75% wanted the City to tackle the problem. It is apparent residents have accepted the shelter given the response for a request to give the shelter a name. Bellflower residents were given the opportunity to vote on a name for the newly constructed houseless shelter that has been such a controversial issue. Three suggestions were offered and “New Hope” received the most votes, it is now the official name of the new tem-

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PLACING COVID-19 VULNERABLE HOUSELESS BEGINS AT NORWALK’S SADDLEBACK HOTEL A judge last week issued a temporary restraining order directing the city of Norwalk to temporarily place houseless people considered vulnerable to the coronavirus in a hotel. Hews Media Group was first to report that the hotel was the Hotel Saddleback located at 12500 Firestone Blvd in Norwalk. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Samantha Jessner said the interests of the county in implementing a state order under Project Roomkey to safely house the homeless during the pandemic outweighed any harm the city could suffer. The judge's order applied to the Saddleback. "That's the hotel they want to get going on,'' said Skip Miller, attorney for the county. Miller said the TRO allows the county to begin moving the houseless into the hotel immediately. Until Tuesday, Norwalk had resisted

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Artesia and beyond. Envoys Manuel Martinez and his wife, Belsy, serve as ministry directors at the corps, help the homeless, families, seniors and the disabled as part of their 20-year involvement with the organization. The Army is known historically to render aid in times of national and worldwide disaster relief. Founded in 1865 by William and Catherine Booth in London, the Salvation Army

Back in 2017, when Kevin Hunt was the GM of Central Basin Water, he hired Andrew Hamilton as his Finance Director, even though Hunt knew Hamilton had been recalled from the Lake Forest City Council. Various reports from the VoiceofOC   website indicated a slew of allegations against Hamilton “made the rounds in the city,” from quid pro quo voting for political endorsements to Hamilton not showing up to meetings and city events. Residents took issue with Hamilton’s vote for a contract with OC Animal Care and their belief that Hamilton would be the deciding vote to rezone the Nakase nursery land on Bake Parkway as residential, according to reporting by the Orange County Register. Directors Leticia Vasquez, Art Chacon, and Phil Hawkins constantly complained about Hamilton’s insubordination while Hunt covered for him. And there may be a reason why that was the case. While checking on the connection, Hews Media Group-Los Cerritos Community News discovered that Hamilton listed a contact address on California’s Accountancy Board website for his CPA

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PACKING: (l-r) Juan Rodriguez with Salvation Army Bellflower Corps Envoys Manuel Martinez, and his wife, Belsy, as they prepare monthly food distribution boxes for families, seniors and the disabled. A safe, drive-thru pick up of boxes is offered by appointment those from any city during the COVID-19 crisis. For an appointment, call the Salvation Army Bellflower Corps at 562- 804-0808. Photo by Laurie Hanson. BY LAURIE HANSON

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In the wake of COVID-19’s human and economic toll, local organizations like the Salvation Army Bellflower Corps, Food Finders of Lakewood, Hawaiian Gardens Food Bank, and the City of Norwalk’s Social Services are stepping up to help out. The Salvation Army Bellflower Corps is serving families and individuals from Bellflower, Cerritos, Norwalk, Paramount,

SENIOR CARE PACKAGE PROGRAM SERVING OLDER ADULTS IN LA MIRADA STAFF REPORT Senior Care Packages are thriving in La Mirada thanks to a new $10,000 infusion by Supervisor Janice Hahn. Love La Mirada, Grocery Outlet, the Neighborhood Life Church and numerous volunteers continue to process the senior care packages in the City. This program was the genesis of Mayor Pro Tem Ed Eng, Grocery Outlet and Pastor David Newman of Neighborhood Life. Since its inception in March 2020, the program has benefitted from many individual donations by Eng’s personal ASSEMBLING: La Mirada Mayor John Lewis (front right) along with volunteers and the owners of the La Mirada Grocery Outlet, prepare to assemble packages for the City's older adults. Donations have come from Sup. Janice Hahn, City Councilman Ed Eng, Mayor Lewis, the Grocery Outlet, Love La Mirada &Neighborhood Life Church.

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ARTESIA MAYOR Ali Taj (center, blue shirt) and Mayor pro tem Rene Trevino (2nd row left) at the United Sikh food distribution event at the Artesia Library. There were so many cars waiting that the group was forced to open the distribution earlier than planned. The group served over 1,000 families. Photo by Tammye McDuff. BY TAMMYE MCDUFF Many organizations are coming together to help communities during this time of emergency, but none have been more touching or, quite honestly more impressive than the food distribution held at the Artesia Library on Saturday, May 2, 2020. Mayor Pro Tem Rene Trevino congratulated the United Sikhs, who sponsored the program, “We are so grateful to our Mayor, Ali Taj for organizing this event. We are giving out 750 boxes of food items to residents of Artesia, Cerritos, and Hawaiian Gardens.” “First and foremost I want to thank the United Sikh for coming here with their 40 volunteers and organizing this drive through very well,” said Mayor Ali Taj. The food distribution was supposed to be-

gin at 10:00 a.m. but there were so many people in line, it was opened earlier, “I give a lot of credit to this organization that came here really early, they were here and set up just around 8:00. They were set up and ready to serve - they prayed together and then began distributing the food boxes. I believe they will be able to serve 1,000 people.” The restaurant Jay Bharat also contributed 100 meals. City Hall has invited United Sikhs back in two weeks, May 16th, at 10:00 a.m. please check with the city to confirm this date at www.cityofartesia.us Jat Singh a volunteer and member of the organization told HMG-LCCN that they have been distributing food boxes all over the world, serving almost one million meals in the United States alone. “We have about 750 meals today, United Sikhs

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PATIENT CREDITS KAISER DOWNEY DOCTORS, NURSES & STAFF AFTER TWO WEEKS ON A VENTILATOR

RAUL MARIN at his house two weeks after he left Kaiser-Permanente Downey after being on a ventilator for over two weeks due to COVID-19. STAFF REPORT “The hardest part about being in the hospital for three weeks is that my family isn’t able to visit me,” Raul Marin said from his hospital bed. During the COVID-19 outbreak, the state of California requires hospitals to restrict visitors to help reduce the spread of the disease. Marin, who had a cough and a fever that wouldn’t go away, was being treated for COVID-19 at Kaiser Permanente Downey Medical Center. “When I first found out I was positive [for COVID19], I was really scared. I wasn’t the healthiest person at the time, and I knew it wasn’t just a regular flu,” Marin said. “I told my mom, ‘I am going to the hospital and we’ll see what happens. I told her to keep me in her prayers.’” Since his early symptoms wouldn’t go away, back in March, Marin called the Kaiser Permanente Advice Nurse phone line and was instructed to go to the Emergency Room where he was tested. At the time, test results took a few days to come back and he was sent home to rest and await results. He had to return to the Emergency Room the next day because he was experiencing shortness of breath. He was put on oxygen for a couple hours and when he wasn’t producing enough oxygen on his own, he was told they are going to admit him to the intensive care unit (ICU) and put him on a ventilator. “Being told I was going to be put on a ventilator was really scary,” Marin said. “But the doctors did not give up on me. They made me feel like I could beat this.” While he was in the ICU, his care team was nothing but hopeful. When asked what’s been most helpful to help get him through this, Marin doesn’t hesitate, “I appreciate everything Kaiser Permanente has done. Everyone has been great—from the lab techs, to the nurses, to the security guards. Everyone pitched in to put me back into one piece” Marin formed some bonds with a few

nurses in particular and credits them with helping him to recover. “I discovered one nurse [Chris Moreno, RN] shares the same faith as me. He offered to pray for me,” Marin recounts. “When he prayed for me, he told me, ‘This is just like climbing a mountain, you have to take it one step at a time, you can’t jump.’ It was one of the most amazing moments.” He credits another nurse, William “Willy” Spencer, RN, for being an integral part of his care team. “Nurse Willy is a great guy and a great nurse, if I could give him an award, I would,” Marin said. “He was one of the nurses who cared for me the first couple nights when I was really struggling to breathe. He went and got the doctor who put everything in motion to get me on the ventilator.” After being taken off the ventilator last week, the doctor who cared for Marin in the ICU, helped set up a video chat so Marin could see his family. “It was great to see my fiancé and my kids. I missed them a lot. I told them ‘I’m still fighting.’” Marin, who says he usually boasts a very clean-cut, clean shaven look adds with a laugh, “When I video chatted with my family, it was surprised to see myself— it was the first time I saw myself with a beard!” Mr. Marin is now home and cleanshaven once again, still taking it one step at a time and is grateful for the physicians and staff at Kaiser Permanente Downey who were there for him and helped him get better. “I am looking forward to getting back to some type of normalcy,” he said before adding, “As I left the ICU, the nurses joked with me saying, ‘Don’t come back here!’ I told them, ‘If I do come back it’ll be with my fiancé and my kids to tell everybody thank you.’”

LA MIRADA CONTINUES STREET NAME SIGN REPLACEMENT STAFF REPORT The City of La Mirada has begun the replacement of street name signs, to improve aged and fading signs throughout the city. To ensure the safety of the public, federal regulations require cities to maintain regulatory and warning signs, requiring that these signs be replaced when reflectivity has faded. All residential streets will have the

street name signs replaced, including nonsignalized arterial street intersections. Construction has begun and will continue through the spring. The project involves removing the existing street name signs and posts and installing new street name signs on new posts and existing street light poles. For more information, contact the Public Works Department at (562) 9022385.


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NORWALK HIGH NAMED ONE OF AMERICA’S BEST STAFF REPORT NORWALK, California, May 5, 2020 - Norwalk High School has been named one of America’s best high schools, according to U.S. News & World Report. The 2020 U.S. News Best High Schools rankings include data on more than 24,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Schools were ranked on six factors, including student performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college. "The Best High Schools rankings provide the most comprehensive, data-based information on nearly every public high school in the country," said Anita Narayan, managing editor of Education at U.S. News, in a story published by U.S. News & World Report on April 21, 2020. "Families can use this information to see how their local schools compare on graduation rates and state assessments, as well as academic performance by students who are traditionally underserved." “I am extremely proud of the work that our school district and school has done to promote critical thinking, technology proficiency, and college and career readiness,” said Mike Garcia, Principal of Norwalk High School. “We have focused the past few years on high level thinking questions to promote critical thinking, and our teachers have developed common assessments that focus on higher-level, depthof-knowledge questions. We have had a district and site level push to increase the

use of technology in the classroom, which has paid huge dividends this year as our students and staff were well-prepared for the change to distance learning, thanks to the professional development that was done at the district and site level over the past several years. Our counselors and administration team have worked hard to make sure that our graduates complete high school being college and career ready. Our students have open access to Advanced Placement classes and pathways. Our counselors have received RAMP certification - a nationally recognized award  by the American School Counseling Association (ASCA). They are an amazing group that has worked hard to make sure our students finish their A-G requirements. At Norwalk, we will continue to work hard to make sure our students have the ability to think critically, gain technological proficiency, and graduate college and career ready. We look forward to the opportunity to continue move up the list next year.” In addition to the national rankings, U.S. News has also published rankings by state, metro area, and school district. The Best High Schools rankings are available on USNews.com. To learn more about Norwalk High School, visit https://www.norwalklancers. org To learn more about the U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools rankings, visit  https://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools

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Continued from page 1 porary services shelter. This facility is set to open this month and includes a welcoming in-take area, common room with kitchen, laundry area, and ADA compliant bathrooms and showers. There are designated sleep areas for couples, women and men, a large personal be-longings storage area, as well as an area for pets. “It’ll be a tremendous source of pride for our City, to take care of our own, as well as a huge symbol of hope and rebirth for so many in our community,” states Mayor Juan Garza. New Hope Temporary Services Shelter is located at 8833 Cedar Street in the city of Bellflower, and is aimed to temporarily serve up to 50 houseless individuals at one time. Many questions were raised concerning the new shelter. Bellflower residents will not be paying more taxes or see a tax increase to fund the shelter, the City has contracted with Mercy House to mange New Hope. New Hope grew from two reasons. First, the City’s residents made it clear they want the City Council to address the growing houseless crisis in Bellflower. A Citywide survey conducted in October 2018 showed that 74% of our residents said it was the most severe problem in Bellflower. It was a clear mandate from the community to fix this crisis. Second, the City settled a houselessrelated federal lawsuit filed against the city by a houseless advocate group and, in the settlement, (The Catholic Worker of Orange County v. City of Bellflower) Federal District Court Judge David O. Carter ordered the City to provide temporary services for up to 50 persons. Judge

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Carter ordered the City to complete a plan for the creation of a TSS by December 31, 2019. In order to meet the Court Order, the City had to move forward. A decision made by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Martin v. City of Boise, generally prevents cities, including Bellflower, from enforcing so called “antinuisance” regulations against houseless people for camping, loitering or sleeping outdoors, unless the city provides temporary emergency shelter for the houseless population. Over the past few years, the City of Bellflower has tried many methods with multiple organizations to solve this problem in our community. They have contracted with two non-profit entities, CityNet and Kingdom Causes, to identify and assist the houseless in finding shelter and help with their challenges and struggles. Though these efforts have been very effective in determining who is from Bellflower and who is not, determining the root causes of why people are houseless is another issue. The city cannot legally enforce anti-camping, loitering or prohibitions of sleeping outside. This is one of the main reasons why the community continues to observe houseless on the sidewalks, parks, streets, around businesses and near homes. Additional concerns from the community was the unfounded assertion that New Hope will might attract houseless from neighboring cities. The only houseless people that will be allowed to be housed and supported in New Hope are those who can show proof they are from Bellflower, or have a prior connection to Bellflower. Everyone else who is houseless and not from Bellflower will not be provided help or access. For more info about New Hope visit www.bellflower.org.

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Cerritos College partnered with Artesia restaurateur Jay Bharat to host a free drive-thru meal distribution for their students Friday, May 1, 2020. Bharat prepared 1,000 free Indian vegetable curry meals that could feed a family. The meal giveaway was sponsored by the Cerritos College Foundation and the Cerritos College Alumni Association in support of the College’s Student Emergency Aid Fund efforts. Chairman of the Campaign Leadership Committee, Parimal Shah told HMGLCCN, ”Today we are delivering freshly prepared food, not packaged food, that is ready to heat and eat. Along with the IndoAmerican Culture Society we have been able to raise money to bring this food distribution to the college today.” Yogi Patel, Secretary for the Indo-

American Culture Society of Northern America, and the Labor Hospitality Group also joined with Bharat adding that they have been feeding residents four or five nights a week in various cities throughout the Southland. Bharat said that their meals would easily feed a family of four, “We are just not feeding one person with our meals, we can feed an entire family, and so today we will potentially be feeding up to four thousand people. Our restaurant donates about once a week, we get donations from local grocery stores, plus we can keep our staff employed and paid.” Jay Bharat offers take-out and delivery options from their restaurant located at 18701 Pioneer Boulevard in Artesia, the restaurant has been supplying Los Angeles with distinct specialties that focus on South Indian or Punjabi Food since 1985. Visit their website at jaybharat.com


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MESSAGE FROM ARTESIA MAYOR ALI SAJJAD TAJ: LET OUR FUTURE BE SCIENCE DRIVEN We are a small diverse community and we only have 14 cases for a population of approximately 18,000. That does not mean we are taking the threat from the Coronavirus lightly. As Mayor of Artesia, I am concerned about the vulnerable populations in our community and neighboring communities such as Cerritos, Norwalk, Lakewood, Bellflower, Hawaiian Gardens as well as our county and our region. We are very much linked and connected, impacted by the health of our immediate communities as well as the public health of the entire country and the world. I am, as all Mayors are, deeply concerned about the economic toll of the crisis. However, lives are more valuable, ethically more valuable, and it is well known that a healthier community is a wealthier community in the long run. To make it healthy and safe we are hoping for support from the state for widespread testing in Artesia. We have our Downtown Artesia which attracts a good amount of walking traffic. We need a kiosk to test anyone walking by who wants to be tested for free. This is the only way we will be able to get the data we need to have a pulse on the spread and as a result the public health of our community. The other key part of re-opening is protecting our vulnerable populations. In this regard, I would like to see measures implemented in nursing homes in our area where everyone visiting the homes is tested before they enter. High levels of hygiene and disinfection must be maintained while this virus is circulating. The key lesson from the coronavirus crisis shows that much more attention to public health systems and that universal health care and other relevant public goods are necessities, not luxuries. This crisis was definitely preventable, a few billion dollars invested in public health would have prevented the multi-trillion dollar lost in this fiasco had we only invested in testing and tracking systems, which are needed in a globally connected world. One hundred years ago, a disease such as COVID-19 may never have

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reached the United States from Asia, but when you have hundreds of flights daily connecting the world, such risks have to be considered and mitigated with science. There are many such threats most notably, global warming, where the cost of REACTION is at maybe thousands of times higher than the cost or PROACTION. Let’s listen to scientists and be proactive about such threats to our health and our environment. Let us start to think more like global citizens where my breath affects everyone else’s breath, this has been proven. The same is true for a shared environment, the air we breathe, and the water we drink. A vaccine may be developed sooner by having volunteers take the COVID Human Challenge. I support this together with 35 members of Congress. We need a young healthy group of Americans, a small volunteer army to fight this virus so the rest of us can be safe. If we secured 18-30 year-old volunteers, the level of risk to would be the same as a kidney donation operation; and we don't need too many, perhaps only 100. This would mean we can have a vaccine in the vulnerable population by August this year.

CERRITOS COUNCILMEMBER WILL HOLD MASK AND GLOVE GIVEAWAY FOR RESIDENTS BY BRIAN HEWS Cerritos Councilmember Frank Aurelio Yokoyama is hosting and inviting residents to a mask and glove giveaway to help stop the spread of COVID-19, this Saturday, May 9 from 10 to 11 AM at the Sprouts Farmers Market, located at 11900 South Street in Cerritos. Attending the event will be current Cerritos Councilmember Grace Hu and former Cerritos Mayor Mark Pulido. The masks and gloves are being donated by current Cerritos Planning Commissioner Jennifer Hong and Cerritos resident Dr. Leo Perez, who recently announced his candidacy for the District 4 seat on the ABCUSD School Board. Councilmember Yokoyama told HMG-LCCCN, "For those in need of disposable masks and gloves, we will be distributing a limited supply this Saturday. This is a walk-up event, for everyone’s safety, do not park curbside,  items will not be delivered to vehicles. Please

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SOROPTIMIST LIVE YOUR DREAM AWARDS BY DIANA NEEDHAM Soroptimist International of ArtesiaCerritos completed its annual Live Your Dream Awards for 2020 by awarding a total of $8,000 to seven winners, all current students at Cerritos Community College. The first-place winner, Sierra Kinney, received a cash award of $1,500, plus over $200 in other gifts, and will also receive seven hours of career mentoring from two professionals in the field of her desired future career as a social worker. All the 2020 award winners are single mothers with aspirations of finishing their college degrees and entering into professions to better their life and of their children’s lives. The Live Your Dream Awards go to women who are head of household, low income, in college or vocational education, with a clear career goal, and who have had life challenges. Soroptimist International of ArtesiaCerritos’ Live Your Dream Awards Committee consists of Gayle Reidy, Co-Chair, and Lola Rizkallah, Co-Chair, plus committee members Gabrielle Babcock and Diana Needham. “We are very proud of all the award winners and the successful track they are on for college degrees and successful careers�, said Gayle Reidy, Live Your Dream Awards Co-Chair. “Our Club’s awards will be a boost to each winner in achieving their goals�, said Lola Rizkallah, Live Your Dream Awards Co-Chair. “We thank the Soroptimist Club for honoring seven of our Cerritos College students with these wonderful awards�, said Marisa Perez, President of the Cerritos College Board of Trustees. “This program is very dear to my heart and makes me proud to be a Soroptimist�, said Shin Liu, Cerritos College Board of

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SIERRA KINNEY - First Place winner of the Live Your Dream Award from Soroptimist International of Artesia-Cerritos.

Trustee Member and a Soroptimist. The Live Your Dream Award is one of two Soroptimist International’s signature programs held each year by Soroptimist Clubs, Districts, Regions and Federations around the world. As a participant with official status in the United Nations, Soroptimists sit on many important UN committees having to do with improving conditions for women and girls. The United Nations has recognized the Live Your Dream Awards as an important worldwide program. To learn about becoming a Soroptimist member, contact President-Elect Sowmya Ananthanarayanan, MD at 562-716-2601. “We welcome new members. This club year, we inducted six new members into our dynamic organization�, said Teresita Dillon, President. Soroptimist International of Artesia-Cerritos celebrated its 47st year of founding and a successful past year with over $29,000 in giving through its Soroptimist programs and donations to many local organizations/charities.

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DISTINGUISHED YOUNG WOMEN OF CERRITOS ARTESIA AWARD SCHOLARSHIPS

WINNERS Ashley Gong (left) and Laura Gholmieh were awarded scholarships. The Distinguished Young Women of Cerritos Artesia Scholarship program awarded seven scholarships to be used towards college expenses, totaling $6,500 to six very deserving young women on Saturday April 25. Ashley Gong, from Whitney High School, was selected as the Distinguished Young Woman of Cerritos Artesia by a team of five Judges and was awarded $1,700 in scholarship money. Laura Gholmieh, also a student from Whitney , was selected as the alternate and received a $1,300 scholarship. The other winners of the evening were: Kristen Rivera, (CHS) Fitness ($600),Anastacia Son (WHS) – Self Expression ($600), Lalita Sabat (WHS) Talent ($700), Ashley Gong (WHS) - Interview ($800), Shravani Khisti (WHS) Scholastic ($800). This year’s program looked very different from our usual two day event due to the COVID19 virus. All events weredone virtually. The interviews and Self Expression were completed via Zoom with our five judges on Saturday. The talent and fitness routines were submitted by the girls earlier in the week and also judged virtually. The scholastic portion of the competition was completed by an additional judge familiar

with academic standards. Our final event which usually takes place at Cerritos College and includes the announcing of our scholarship winners, also took on a new look. A Zoom meeting, where participants, their parents, donors, and city and school district officials were invited, took place at 6:00 P.M. on Saturday evening. The Distinguished Young Women Committee would like to thank our generous donors, including Kaiser Permanente, MSI, Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn, Assemblymember Christina Garcia, the City of Cerritos, the Optimists and Soroptimists of Cerritos, and countless personal donors. Begun in 1958, Distinguished Young Women has impacted the lives of more than 770,000 young women. Their mission is to empower high school young women by providing scholarship opportunities, developing self-confidence and teaching crucial life skills needed for success in college and beyond. For more information about Distinguished Young Women, contact Tara Principe, National Headquarters Marketing and Communications Director, at 251438-3621 or Tara@DistinguishedYW.org or visit www.DistinguishedYW.org .

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It's no secret that consuming fresh vegetables and herbs is beneficial to one's physical health, and gardening at home puts a variety of flavorful produce within arm's reach. The benefits of gardening also extend to mental health, as tending a garden and being close to nature helps reduce stress, calm anxiety and acts as a mood-booster. Herbs are a simple place to start when growing your own food. You can't go wrong with Everleaf Emerald Towers Basil, which adds flavor to many dishes like fresh Caprese salad. This beautiful, column-like plant not only gives a bountiful harvest, it is also late to flower and can be paired with colorful flowers in a mixed container for month after month of hand-plucked flavor and garden enjoyment. Mardi Gras Fun Snack Peppers from Burpee Plants are the perfect healthy miniature peppers that add a conversation piece to any garden. They're available in four eye-catching color options that can be grown together in one container for a fun patio display, and kids adore helping to grow, pick and eat these crunchy snacks. Aromatherapy is also a popular wellness practice, with lavender plants topping the list of must-haves because of its reputation for inspiring relaxation. SuperBlue English Lavender grows rich blue blooms on short flower spikes, providing a calming scent and great gar-

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This is the second in a series of stories on the athletic programs of the area schools from the past 15-20 years and the immediate future of most of their sports. Each story will have comments from that school’s athletic director, or one of the co-athletic directors on most, if not, all the sports that school competes in. Next up is Cerritos High, one of three schools that moved from the Suburban League to the 605 League two years ago to join three other schools. This is a school that has a very high student participation rate, according to co-athletic director Robert Adams. He added that the school has a high number of athletes and still tries to promote multi-sport athletes. Two words that Adams will continue to say throughout his assessment of the athletic program is commitment and consistency.

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When the next high school football season gets under way, Cerritos will see its 10th head coach since 2000. Despite the futility the program has gone through since its last trip to the CIF-Southern Section playoffs in 2001, many on campus are optimistic about the future and there is a lot of energy. The program has hit a little speed bump, though, because of the COVID-19 situation because the kids are not allowed on campus and contact time is being lost, according to Adams. But he believes with new head coach Brad Carter, the next era of Cerritos football will be better than what it has been. “I think it’s a slow building silver lining,” Adams said. “I think we’re improving, and I think our situation has improved. I’m very thankful for the coaches that we had [in the past]. But the coach that we have now seems to be the most prepared than we’ve had since [Kurt] Bruich and [Dusan] Ancich. Coach Bruich was basically catching lightning in a bottle. Obviously, a high caliber coach and again, without overpublicizing the lack of success we had under several coaches in between, I’m optimistic that we might be, at least, on the right track right now with this particular coach.” Bruich coached until the 2001 season and went 22-10 in his final three seasons with the Dons. To put that in comparison, the Dons have won 18 games in the past 13 seasons with seven head coaches. Ancich, in two different stints with the school, went 12-19. The program has seen three winning seasons since 2000 and has reached the playoffs twice (2000 and 2001). The program also hit a major snag in the 2012 season when the varsity team played four non-league games on the field, then dropped to junior varsity status the remainder of season. Adams

called it ‘the bottom’ and said the program was at risk at that point. He says since then, the program has been finding a little more success each year. “The one thing about high school is that it’s not a college and so our fan base rotates every four years,” Adams said of the culture of the school. “The kids who are around now have never seen a winning football season at Cerritos. They weren’t even born, or most of them weren’t even born when there was a winning season. “A lot has changed, and it’s changed in many different ways,” he continued. “It started with [switching] leagues; that gave us a different footing and a different attitude; a little bit of an attitude adjustment there and a little bit of hope.” Adams cites the booster club as an ‘incredibly strong organization compared to what it was 10 years ago’ and calls it highly optimistic for the school. He also said the student body is ready for it now, adding that the numbers are up, and the demographics are changing a little bit.

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This is one of many consistent programs throughout the school within the past 20 teams with its teams finishing above fourth place in league 17 times. In fact, the 2002 season has been the only non-playoff team the program has seen during that time. The 2009 team, under former head coach Khanh Vo, reached the CIF-SS Division III-A championship finals and finished that season 25-4. Vo was the head coach for six seasons and current head coach David Cuthbert has kept the winning tradition going for the next seven seasons, taking his 2016 squad to the quarterfinals. “Almost the opposite of the football program, consistency is key,” Adams said. “We’ve had a very consistent set of coaches working through. Coach Vo and coach Cuthbert have been a very consistent presence on campus; both of them are on-campus teachers. I don’t think you can look past that. That’s a situation that when it’s working, it offers some stability. It’s one of the areas that we’re looking in the 605 League to make sure that we hold up.” The Lady Dons have yet to lose a 605 League match and have advanced past the first round in the playoffs five straight times and nine times in the past 12 seasons.

GIRLS TENNIS

The one word that comes to mind when talking about the girls tennis program is dominant, especially in league action where the Lady Dons have won 209 league matches while losing three since 2002. The program lost in the Division 4 finals in 2011 but captured the 2012 and 2013 Division 4 championships. The program has also

advanced to the semifinals four other times and the quarterfinals another four times in the past 18 seasons. “We’ve been very fortunate with the kids that come into our school to be as devoted to that program as they have been,” Adams said. “Yeah, we’re just very lucky to have that situation occur with girls tennis.” Adams talks about competitive equity within the CIF and how it’s going to change the success in different sports at other schools. “If you’re looking at tradition in an athletic program on how many CIF titles you might have, the system is not built for that to be the case anymore,” he said. “You’re not going to see a lot of back to back [CIF titles] or these long playoff runs.”

BOYS WATER POLO

Just like the girls tennis program, boys water polo has excelled quite well in league competition since 2002, losing four times in 83 games, winning 14 league titles, and finishing in second place four other times. The Dons also captured the Division VI championships in 2006 and 2007 and the 2008 Division IV title. Adams says the school is fortunate to be attractive to students who want to attend Cerritos High School and be strong in sports such as tennis and water polo as well as in the classroom. He adds that it has helped sustain some of those programs. If there is one blemish, Adams admitted that water polo, as a sport, is going through a flux because the school has been in constant negotiations with the city in terms of trying to get facilities. “That’s a very facility-driven sport,” Adams said. “It’s a shame we’re not on campus; I would love to be on campus. If we were, I think you would see a much more sustained success. Our water polo program is pretty consistent. Because of our success in league, we struggle a little bit to find success within the CIF structure.”

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This has consistently been another strong athletic program at Cerritos, primarily because of the number of runners that are on the lower level squads, making for stiff competition to be among the top seven that make it to the varsity level. “When you look over the records, coach [Jason] Watanabe…the consistency involved with cross country is obviously foundational to its success,” Adams said. They’re a tremendously cohesive program. They have a great alumni group that returns. It’s just a machine. That aspect of a program is where all our athletic programs really want to be. They all want to have alumni to come back and [have a] strong tradition and that’s what

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Continued from page 11 is going on with cross country.”

BOYS BASKETBALL

Adams says he doesn’t anticipate a lot of inconsistencies with the boys basketball program and is very hopeful the school can sustain the success of the program as they move forward. In fact, both basketball programs are the only ones on campus to record over 300 victories in the past 20 years. “We are very well-coached in boys basketball,” Adams said. “It’s our flagship program right now as far as the way that it’s run-organization, consistency and development. Unfortunately, if you’re winning games on a consistent basis that you’re not supposed to win, competitive equity will not drop that program. “I’m so proud of our players and our athletes and how committed they are to the program,” he continued. “But if you look at our talent level, when we get to those quarterfinal matches and things like that in CIF, we don’t have the same talent pool that some of these other schools do. And as long as we keep winning games, we’re not going to move divisions, and if we don’t move divisions, we may not see that kind of success.” The program has seen just three mentors in the past 20 seasons. The 2001-2002 season saw Ian Desborough coach his final team. That same season, Jonathan Watanabe was alongside him as a co-head coach and was elevated to head coach the next season. It has been Watanabe ever since until the 2015-2016 season when Kevin Enomoto joined him as co-head coach. “He’s an example,” Adams said of Watanabe. “He’s done a tremendous job trying to make sure that his program stays involved with the campus. It’s something that we strive to do in all of our different athletic programs; to make them part of our overall culture of the campus. “It’s good to have a personality like him walk around [the campus] and have the success that he’s had and generate the fan support that he does,” he later added. “That’s what he does for our campus. There’s just a consistent, dependable, predictable effort that comes out of that group. I think it’s a very high bar, and when you get involved as a 14 or a 15year old student with the boys basketball program, there is no doubt what the expectations are going to be. And those that work their way through into their junior and senior year, they just stack right on top of that.” Since 2000, the program was won its lone league championships the past two seasons and has won at least 17 games nine times, reaching the quarterfinals three times.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

The success from the late 1990s under former head coach Ann Dena Sjoredsma has fed off to five other coaches, including current head coach Marcus Chinen, who wrapped up his sixth season three months ago. This program has produced 326 wins in 20 seasons with one trip to the semifinals (2005) and three trips to the quarterfinals, all within the past seven years. “They’re a great program as well,” Adams said. “They support each other by the way; the whole basketball program supports each other and I think that’s a tremendous thing. Coach Chinen has done a great job over these years. He’s getting more on campus coaches involved and I think with the consistency there, the expectations are that they’re

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going to put in the effort necessary to be able to move forward.”

BOYS SOCCER

The beginning of the 2000s began with an undefeated Suburban League season but two seasons later, the program went downhill fast. The program has finished in last place 12 times and has yet to win 10 games since the 20002001 campaign. But the program broke through this past season and advanced to the playoffs for the first time since Adams coached that team which capped off its second straight 12-0 Suburban League season. “It’s been a struggle,” Adams said. “However, the program broke down under my leadership in the early to middle 2000s. We’ve really, really struggled to try to put together a consistent program since the early 2000s. We’re optimistic that we’re moving in the right direction. I think releaguing helped a little bit with that. I think boys soccer can follow along a lot like football did at Cerritos High School.” He says consistency is really important, but you need to have some consistent quality as well and the school is trying to work towards improving that. Head coach Edward Vasquez, in one season, has put some spark into the program and many on campus are hopeful the teams of the immediate future can return to the playoffs. “Coach Vasquez is doing a really good job,” Adams said. “He had a tremendous run in the playoffs this year and I think that might be the stepping stone to finding some consistent success because the kids themselves, and the young ones in the program, see some results from all their efforts. Hopefully, that will help us move forward and we keep it consistent there for a while.”

GIRLS SOCCER

For a long time, the program had made it a habit of finishing in third place in the Suburban League behind La Mirada High and Mayfair High, then fall in a wild card game or lose in the first round. Somewhat of a consistent program, 15 teams have advanced to the postseason since 2000 under seven coaches. Still, the Lady Dons are seeking to get beyond the second round. Even though the program has been solid, Adams says it’s hard to compare the leadership under himself, who has been the head coach for five seasons, and the leadership under the previous head coach, Tony Montalvo, because Cerritos was in the Suburban League at that time and the level of competition is different. He also said the program has struggled with the competitive equity stuff and the 605 League has presented a new challenge similar to the tennis programs. He added that the boys basketball program is working its way through those challenges. “I don’t really know what it’s going to take to get us up to another level,” Adams said. “We’re going certainly move forward. At Cerritos, league titles are the primary target. That’s the first goal of any program and then we’ll look at CIF as we move forward from there.”

GIRLS WATER POLO

The first time Cerritos had a girls water polo team was the 2003-2004 season and it was an instant hit. Since then, there have been three league championships and nine second place finishes. The program won Divisional VII championships in 2009 and 2010. Adams talked about being a leader in the development of that sport in CIF and part of its growth and increasing some of the girls’ sports which is something the

school is always interested in doing. Says they’re solid in that area but is struggling a little bit right now with consistency. “Coach [Paul] Park is the common denominator through those middle years when we saw a lot of success in both the swim programs and the water polo programs; aquatics in general,” Adams said. “We’re working on the facility areas there. We’re really proud of our girls; they did a good job this year at the end.”

WRESTLING

Even though it’s relatively new among females, this is another sport where the girls program has been tremendous. The program is going through a coaching change on the boys side and the school is hopeful that it can put in some consistent coaching there and get some consistent participation and effort, which would allow the program to develop and stabilize. The 605 League should help with that as John Glenn High is dominant in wrestling. “Wrestling period is still wrestling, and I think when it’s done well, it’s a great spectator sport if we can get the student body in to see it,” Adams said. “Usually it’s a very raucous and loud environment. It’s exciting and something I think even the right atmosphere can grow a little bit.”

BASEBALL

Much like football and boys soccer, the baseball program had its share of bad seasons, both in the win-loss department as well as the performance on the field. The program went through 16 non-playoff seasons. But, under the leadership of head coach Brooks Walling, with the help of former head coach Scott Parsonage, the baseball program has been making strides and has been improving since 2014. “When you have coaching staffs that are that committed to doing the work and are putting out good examples for the kids, much like our boys basketball program, it’s amazing how quickly they will come up,” Adams said. “As long as there are some good examples in there for the kids, that’s an area where they will improve.” Adams said the program has had some really consistent high-level coaching with a lot of energy and positivity as well as some really good players. The program has seen the playoffs in three of the past four seasons and had it not been for the global pandemic, this might have been one of the best teams in school history. Adams said he is very disappointed they didn’t get the chance to finish the season because he felt it was a strong team and was looking forward to seeing how deep in the playoffs they could have gone. But he predicts the program will be okay over the long run. “Coach Walling continued what coach Parsonage started,” Adams said. “But it’s an accountability issue. Coach Walling made sure he established an accountability factor, both on the field and off the field for those players. They’re holding themselves accountable and those errors go down because it matters to them. They’re playing for each other.”

SOFTBALL

The 2000s began with the second of back to back Division II championships and even though there have been half a dozen league championships since then, there have been no trips to the semifinals. The school has not landed on somebody who has had a long-term ability to stick with the program. But, Adams says it’s a testament to the girls who have come through the program that

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it’s maintained any type of consistency at all and admitted he is not sure where the program will be with the inconsistency in coaching. There have been nine coaches since 2000 and the program has won 295 games. He added that the spring sports in all the schools who have walkon coaches will be tested in the next year or two. “From an athletic department’s standpoint, we really appreciate all of our walk-on coaches,” Adams said. “There’s no doubt the amount of time they’re putting in; the commitment that they’re putting in and trying to keep the programs up.”

BOYS VOLLEYBALL

The program has won six league titles and finished in second place eight times since 2002 and the 2017 team advanced to the Division 5 finals. Adams says Vo is a consistent presence on campus and is an extremely talented coach who is very knowledgeable about the sport. This program overachieves a lot every year developing players and Adams doesn’t anticipate the program doing anything other than what it’s done in the past. He compares the program to the boys basketball program in that it tends to win the games it’s not supposed to win. “The league titles will take care of themselves; we’ll be very competitive in league,” Adams said. “No doubt about that. CIF performance will be affected because it’s not a system designed for teams who are overachieving. If you’re an overachieving team, it’s going to paralyze you a little bit because you’re going to be put into a slot that you really don’t belong in until something shakes out.”

BOYS TENNIS

Not many negatives to say about the program as the Dons have won all 214 league matches since 2002 and made three straight trips to the Division IV finals, losing in 2007 and winning the next two seasons. Adams says the school is just fortunate in that the student body has enough commitment. The program has had enough coaching and currently has a consistent presence. It has also been able to survive coaching changes while continuing the winning tradition. This is another student body-driven program.

TRACK AND FIELD/ SWIMMING

Just like in cross country, Jason Watanabe and his coaching staff continue to see the numbers rise. Adams believes track has the most diverse coaching staff because many of the coaches Watanabe has are involved in other aspects of the athletic program or on campus. He says he looks for good things in track. The entire aquatics program has been nothing short of solid with the boys capturing the Division IV titles in 2001, 2002, 2014, 2015 and 2016. The girls have also claimed Division 4 championships in 2013, 2014 and 2016. On moving to the 605 League to gain more competitive equity, Adams says he thinks it’s a sport to sport situation and has been very impressed with the way the other schools are trying to grow their athletic programs. “We have a very wide range of schools within the 605 League,” he said. “So, the smaller schools are really working hard trying to get their participation level up and we’re hopeful that that continues to happen. As that happens, the 605 League will grow and improve.”


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LA MIRADA

Continued from page 1 charitable foundation, Mayor John Lewis, Love La Mirada and many other community volunteers. These donations have funded over 850 care packages that have been delivered to local La Mirada seniors in need. Grocery Outlet La Mirada has really stepped up during this crisis to assist the community by providing the food items, bags, and a location for the processing of these packages. As La Mirada continues to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, many more care packages are needed to assist seniors and the needy in the community. Last week Mayor Lewis worked with local charitable organization Love La Mirada on a proposal to Supervisor Janice Hahn’s office. The Supervisor has generously donated $10,000 to this program to feed local seniors and those in need. This donation will extend the program and generate an additional 1400 care packages for the community over the next several weeks. Lewis stated “It is a wonderful thing to see the community step-up in these times of crisis to help those that are less fortunate and unable to get our to purchase necessary food items … This is the true spirit of La Mirada coming out in everyone!” Mayor pro tem Eng added “ I am so inspired by la Mirada residents coming together at this challenging time to care for our most vulnerable neighbors during this emergency. This program is a testament to the hearts and character of La Mirada residents.” Hahn’s Field deputy, Ivan Sulic, stated, “This check is to support our most vulnerable residents during this pandemic. The Supervisor wants you to know that she is standing with you and will provide the resources you need.” Finally Amanda Hernandez, the owner of Grocery Outlet La Mirada added “We are grateful that we have such support from our entire city and want to thank all of the volunteers who work on the project.” For anyone wishing to donate to these care packages, they are $7 per package. Please visit Grocery Outlet and tell the cashier you would like to donate to the program and they will take care of your donation.

UNITED SIKHS

Continued from page 2 is known for their humanitarian efforts, whenever there is a disaster, and they supply food. They will also deliver food to individual homes.” United Sikhs is a UN affiliated nonprofit, headquartered in New York, with 11 chapters throughout the world, “We have been doing CoVID 19 relief since it was declared a pandemic and have served over two million meals around the world,” said Meetan Kaur, Associate Director, “we are very blessed to have a network of volunteers and it all comes from our faith. Serving the community is a large part of who we are.” This particular event in Artesia was planned in less than a week, they received a lot of help from the LA Sheriff’s Department, Kaur added “We have wanted to do this for awhile. We just did a drive through event in Northern California where we served over 5000 meals in one day. There were over ten thousand people that showed up who received groceries for a family of five for one week. Today we are doing the same.” The organization started with the idea of serving 500 families with groceries, but the donations kept coming in and they

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were able to serve more. To contact the help hotline visit their website at unitedsikhs.org “It is a blessing to have this platform to do god’s work,” said Kaur.

CENTRAL BASIN

Continued from page 1 license as 25422 Trabuco Rd Ste. 105202, Lake Forest, Ca., which is a UPS store located at Suite 105, with Hamilton having a P.O. Box of 202, hence the address of 105202. A call into the store by HMG-LCCN asking for mail in P.O. Box 202 revealed a mail piece addressed to Irene Willard. Additional research by HMG-LCCN on the state’s corporate search website found that during the time Hunt was looking to hire him, Hamilton established a California Corporation called Hamilton Worldwide in September 2017, with a corporation number of C4066017. The address was 25422 Trabuco Rd Ste. 105202, Lake Forest, Ca. Was Hunt, who was caught by HMGLCCN signing contracts and making money with other cities through his own company Hunt-Thorton, trying to establish another revenue stream? Hunt’s former territory as a GM was Orange County where Lake Forest is located, and he had many contacts from his former job at the Municipal Water District of Orange County (MWDOC). What is a major concern, and a con-

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cern that could affect Hamilton’s CPA license renewal in July of this year, is the research by HMG-LCCN found that Hamilton’s corporation was suspended by California’s Franchise Tax Board. A “FTB Suspended” means just that, the business entity has been suspended by the California Secretary of State. The reasons for this suspension can vary and might be something the Accountancy Board investigates, but they can include a failure to file tax returns and/or pay taxes, penalties and interest. Most importantly, a “suspended” business entity loses many of its powers, rights and privileges within the State of California. If any contracts were signed by Hamilton Worldwide during the suspension, the contracts will be null and void. HMG-LCCN currently has several public records request out to in several public agencies related to Hamilton Worldwide.

NORWALK

Continued from page 1 the county's efforts to secure temporary emergency housing by enacting legislation "directly contrary to, and in violation of, (Gov. Gavin Newsom's) declaration of an emergency and his issuance of executive orders,'' according to the county's petition filed Thursday. This past Monday May 4, it was first reported by HMG-LCCN that Norwalk

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City and L.A. County officials conducted a walk-through, that also included representatives from the Roomkey Project and the Los Angeles County Fire Department, of the Saddleback hotel in Norwalk to please houseless people vulnerable to getting COVID-19. HMG-LCCN reported that Whittier Area First Day Coalition would be the operator for Saddleback Roomkey project. First Day told officials that they expected to gradually begin housing ten to fifteen vulnerable houseless folks per day starting this Wed May 6. The hotel has approximately 210 rooms, so First Day will have the hotel full by May 20, as they indicated that “they have clients already lined up to fill the occupancy.” Now, according to sources, the houseless will start taking rooms tomorrow starting at 10 a.m. First Day will begin screening candidates at 8 AM but no information was given as to whether or not they will be conducting criminal or background searches, nor was it stated that if something criminal was found, that they would have to register with lawenforcement. HMG–LCCN and was told that ten folks will be placed tomorrow, with the goal of twenty per day until the property is full at 210. HMG-LCCN was told that Los Angeles County does not have a plan after 90 days, August 6, for the hotel and the houseless.

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[GREAT NEEDS] from page 1 served during the 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic, a capacity they maintain into today. “The Salvation Army has always been ready and willing to respond when emergencies like wildfires, earthquakes and other natural disasters [occur],” Martinez said. “This pandemic is unprecedented and so has been The Salvation Army’s response to it.” “The COVID-19 crisis generated an increase in the demand for services by approximately 300 percent, since many families have unfortunately lost their jobs along with their usual income, and since many children and senior adults are now home all day,” said Martinez. “It has increased the daily food consumption at home and there is [more] need.” The Bellflower Corps, a presence in the city for 20 years, serves on average 450 individuals per week. Twice a day, 7 days a week they serve hot meals to the homeless. Their monthly drive-thru food distributions boxes are given out 75 percent of the time to families and 25 percent to seniors, according to Martinez. Families and seniors/disabled do not have to be residents of Bellflower to qualify for the food distributions during the pandemic. All that is needed is a call to the corps office ahead of time to schedule a pickup time. Besides food and shelter efforts – which continue to grow daily, the Salvation Army in Southern California has also distributed more than 30,000 N95 masks for city and county front line workers. In many of its locations including the Bellflower Corps, they provide utility assistance, help coordinate and refer COVID-19 at risk seniors 65+ for housing, and do home delivery meals for seniors and the disabled who cannot go to a market. “These kinds of activities are being duplicated and replicated at Salvation Army locations across the nation and the world,

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[as we are an] international organization operating in more than 120 countries globally,” Martinez continued. Food Finders, Inc., in Lakewood recently committed to supplying 200 senior lunch bags a week to the Salvation Army. They are dedicated to finding, rescuing, and supplying wholesome foods to more than 400 partner agencies in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, seven days a week. Currently, they are working with the City of Long Beach to provide a drive thru food distribution and other distributions throughout the city, according to Executive Director Diana Lara. According to Food Finders statistics, prior to COVID-19 in California, one in 8 individuals struggled with food security and one in 5 were children. With layoffs and furloughs, these numbers dramatically increased. “The agencies we partner with have seen a 50 percent increase in the number of people struggling with food insecurity,” said Lara. “We have received calls to increase the amount of food we are providing.” “This year, Food Finders is celebrating its 31st anniversary,” she continued. “We serve over 400 partner agencies including churches, neighborhood centers, sober livings, women’s shelters, Boy & Girls clubs and more.” To qualify to receive food, an organization must have a valid non-profit status, 501(C)(3). Besides the Salvation Army, Food Finders partners with Hawaiian Gardens Food Bank. They report an incredible 600 percent increased need in just the last six weeks, according to Purchasing Agent Melisa Halloran. They are now serving 1,800 low income families each week from Hawaiian Gardens and surrounding communities. To greater meet these needs, they also partner with the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, which is part of Feeding America, a national coalition to fight hunger.

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SALVATION ARMY BELLFLOWER Corps Envoy Belsy Martinez (l) with chef Norma Raco, who prepares 60 to 70 meals a day, 7 days a week for the homeless who come for assistance at the corps. Meals are also delivered to seniors and the disabled. The Hawaiian Gardens Food Bank started out in the back of a pickup truck by Dr. Irving I. Moskowitz and his family in 1995. They have been giving free food to low income families, seniors and the homeless ever since. Throughout the years, more than $15,000,000 in food has been distributed. They are also financially supported by the Bingo Club in Hawaiian Gardens and others. In Norwalk, a greater than normal 80 percent increase in need, unlike any ever seen in their social services department’s 45-year history, is going on now, according to City of Norwalk’s Social Services Director Gabriela Regalado. “We deliver approximately 2,500 meals per week, and since COVID began, we tripled our deliveries,” she explained. “We are proudly serving over 400 seniors with frozen meals during this pandemic.” More than 14,000 meals have been delivered since the beginning of the pandemic. Besides the home delivered meals, they also offer seniors wellness phone calls with

about 600 calls going out per week now, said Regalado. Other help available to city residents includes rental and utility assistance, childcare including services for essential workers, help with obtaining stimulus check information, tax service referrals and assistance answering Census questions. Their USDA food pantry is open individuals from inside or outside of Norwalk. With greater needs during COVID-19, the public is encouraged to reach out to these organizations for services, volunteering or to make donations. The Salvation Army Bellflower Corps can be reached at 562- 804-0808 or 1–800–SAL–ARMY or online at www.salvationarmy-socal.org. For Food Finders, Inc., please call 562283-1400 or visit online atwww.foodfinders.org. For the Hawaiian Gardens Food Bank, please call 562-425-4001 or visit online at hawaiiangardensfoodbank.com. For the City of Norwalk Social Services Department, please call 562-929-5544 or visit online at www.norwalk.org/city-hall/ departments/social-services.


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NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ES-TATE OF: CHOW WEI LI CASE NO. 20STPB03118 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be inter-ested in the WILL or estate, or both of CHOW WEI LI. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by PE-TER WEI-DER LI in the Superior Court of California, County of LOS ANGELES. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that PETER WEI-DER LI 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 Es-tates Act . (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtain-ing court approval. Before taking certain very im-portant 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: 05/13/20 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 objec-tions 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 ap-pointed 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 sec-tion 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 pro-vided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner BYRON R. LANE - SBN 132625 LANE LAW GROUP, INC. 28924 S. WESTERN AVENUE, SUITE 206 RANCHO PALOS VERDES CA 90275 BSC218195 4/24, 5/1, 5/8/20 CNS-3360617# LOS CERRITOS COMMUNITY NEWS

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING TO RECONSIDER PLOT (SITE) PLAN NO. 992 AND CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT NO. 533 6210 Garfield Avenue NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Commerce will conduct a public hearing to re-consider an appeal of Plot Plan No. 992 and Conditional Use Permit 533. Previously, the City Council considered public testimony and made a recommendation on the application during their November 5, 2019 meeting. Following changes to the project, and as a result of COVID-19, on May 5, 2020 the Council took action to rescind the November 2019 action and allow for a new public hearing to reconsider the request. Per the submittal, a request was made to the City’s Planning Division to consider and allow for the construction of a new self-storage use consisting of two, two-story buildings measuring a total of 213,640 square feet of floor area on a 5.39-acre (234,690 square feet) site and located at 6210 Garfield Avenue in the City of Commerce. Pursuant to Chapter 19.39 Division 10 (Site Plan Review) of the Commerce Municipal Code (CMC), a Plot Plan Review is required for any new building or structure in excess of 25,000 square feet in area, and Pursuant to 19.31.650 of the Commerce Municipal Code, the establishment of any new mini-warehousing, self-storage or public warehousing land use are subject to the conditional use permit process when located in the M-2 Zoning District. Said hearing will be held before the City Council of the City of Commerce in the Council Chambers, 5655 Jillson Street, Commerce, CA, on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 6:00 p.m., at which time proponents and opponents of the proposed Plot Plan and Conditional Use Permit will be heard. Per Government Code Section 65009, if you challenge this matter in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the City Council at, or prior to, the hearing. The City of Commerce Jose D. Jimenez Director of Economic Development and Planning Publish at the Commerce Community Newspaper 5/8/20

NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: JOSE ARTURO CERVANTES CASE NO. 20STPB03166 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the WILL or estate, or both of JOSE ARTURO CERVANTES. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by CHRISTINE SCHOUTEN CERVANTES in the Superior Court of California, County of LOS ANGELES. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that CHRISTINE SCHOUTEN CERVANTES 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: 09/15/20 at 8:30AM in Dept. 79 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 MARK BRIFMAN - SBN 75923 BRIFMAN LAW CORPORATION 15545 DEVONSHIRE STREET SUITE 204 MISSION HILLS CA 91345 5/8, 5/15, 5/22/20 CNS-3363240# COMMERCE COMMUNITY NEWS

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CITY OF ARTESIA NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the Planning Commission of the City of Artesia will hold the Regular Planning Commission Meeting by teleconference only and that it can be viewed live over the internet at https://artesia.12milesout.com/livevideo at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday May 19, 2020 to conduct a Public Hearing to consider the following items. Public comments can be submitted to planning@cityofartesia.us any time before the item is heard: Case No. 2019-24 Design Review, Variance, Conditional Use Permit 18155 Pioneer Boulevard Stella Shih (Verizon Wireless), 1745 W. Orangewood Ave, Orange, CA 92868 A request for approval of a Variance to allow a wireless telecommunication monopine, a Conditional Use Permit to allow a wireless telecommunication monopine facility and a Design Review application for a wireless telecommunication monopine on property located at 18155 Pioneer Boulevard in the Commercial General (C-G) Zone and making a determination of a Class 3 Categorical Exemption pursuant to Section 15301 of the CEQA Guidelines. Resolution No. 2020-04P Case No. 2020-02 12146 South Street Van Nguyen for Red Flame Restaurant c/- 12148 South Street, Unit A, Artesia, CA 90701

Variance Modification

A request for approval of an application to modify conditions of approval imposed under Planning Commission Resolution No. 91:79P approving certain variances to: (1) modify Condition of Approval No. 11 prohibiting the operation of businesses past 10.00pm; (2) modify Condition of Approval No. 12 prohibiting exterior lighting after 10.00pm on real property located at 12146 South in the Commercial General (C-G) Zone, and making a determination of a Class 3, Categorical Exemption from (CEQA) pursuant to Article 19, Section 15301 of the CEQA Guidelines. Resolution No. 2020-03P Case No. 2019-36 18043 Ibex Avenue Sue Jen Wen 17815 Cecelia Place, Cerritos, CA 90703

Conditional Use Permit

A request for approval of a Conditional Use Permit to allow a single family residence with five (5) or more bedrooms for the property located at 18043 Ibex Avenue in the Single Family Residential (R-1) Zone and making a determination of a Class 3, Categorical Exemption from (CEQA) pursuant to Article 19, Section 15301 of the CEQA Guidelines. Resolution No. 2020-01P If you challenge any of these proposals in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in the notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the City of Artesia Planning Commission at or prior to the public hearing. All interested persons are invited to attend this hearing and express their opinion on the matters listed above. Fiona Graham PUBLISHED: May 7, 2020

Interim Planning Manager

Published at Los Cerritos Community Newspaper 5/8/20 NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: YUEN DONG YEE CASE NO. 20STPB03429 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the WILL or estate, or both of YUEN DONG YEE. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by JONATHAN W. YEE in the Superior Court of California, County of LOS ANGELES. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that JONATHAN W. YEE 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 with limited authority. (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: 09/23/20 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 TRENT C. MARCUS, ESQ. - SBN 227772 19900 BEACH BOULEVARD, C-1 HUNTINGTON BEACH CA 92648 BSC 218212 5/8, 5/15, 5/22/20 CNS-3362528# LOS CERRITOS COMMUNITY NEWS

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