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CERRITOS MAYOR PRO TEM VO APPOINTS COMMISSIONER WHO FALSELY ACCUSED TEACHER OF PEDOPHILIA BY BRIAN HEWS Cerritos Mayor pro tem Chuong Vo, who was elected this past March, has shocked area residents once again following his battle to cut Cerritos school crossing guards with the appointment of Melinda Kimsey to Cerritos’ Economic Development Commission. Hews Media Group reported in September 2016 that Kimsey, who was a teacher herself, falsely and maliciously accused a fourth grade teacher of pedophilia and “looking at very cute little girls,”

while also lying that the teacher sexually harassed her. “She put me through two years of hell,” Bellflower Unified teacher Larry Costa told HMG, “I could not believe how malicious she was, it was brutal.” Along with Costa, Kimsey falsely accused two principals at the school, Judy Rafferty and Jose Alarcon, saying that the two “knew Costa had harassment tendencies” and “allowed the harassment to occur without taking action.” In this time of #metoo and disclosures of sexual harassment,

the appointment will have many asking why Vo would even consider Kimsey; a person who lied about being sexually harassed, falsely accused a teacher of pedophilia, and lied under oath in a court of law; all for monetary gain. Her plan all along was to win a large award describing “a hostile work environment, harassment, sexual harassment, and failure to prevent and remedy a hostile work environment.” She dragged Costa, Rafferty, Alarcon and the BUSD through mud for two years using a

L.A. COUNTY CASINOS DRIVE-BY GRAD PARADE HELD AT LOCAL HOA GIVEN GO-AHEAD TO REOPEN BY BRIAN HEWS Hews Media Group has learned that health officials have given casinos in Los Angeles County the go ahead to reopen starting today at 6 AM. The news will be welcomed relief to employees of the casinos as well as the cities that rely on the casinos for revenue. In late May, six card clubs sent a reopening proposal to Newsom; that included the Gardens Casino in Hawaiian Gardens, the Bicycle Club in Bell Gardens, the Commerce Casino in Commerce, Hollywood Park in Inglewood, Hustler, and Crystal Casinos. The clubs proposed a comprehensive 20-page Health and Sanitation program developed after consulting all available information and guidance from the CDC and state and local public health agencies and in collaboration with medical experts from UCLA and USC. The plan included: • Frequent cleaning and sanitizing of all areas with increased focus on high touch See CASINOS page 13

STATE SENATOR Bob Archuleta (D-Norwalk) with Santa Fe Springs Mayor Bill Rounds, helped area seniors celebrate their graduation this past Saturday at the Villages at Heritage Springs in Santa Fe Springs.

complaint that contained extremely graphic sexual harassment descriptions, all falsehoods, that would make Hustler Publisher Larry Flynt blush. Kimsey stated in the complaint, later recanting, “beginning in 2004, Costa began to sexually harass (me) including routinely displaying a banana and two oranges to resemble a penis. He openly described to me his love for pornographic movies and how he watched them often at home ‘getting his See VO page 13

Chuong Vo, a Torrance Police Officer, top, appointed Kimsey, who was fined $20,000 after she admitted to lying in court.

ARTESIA DECLARES JUNE LGBTQ MONTH BY TAMMYE MCDUFF For the first time in the history of the city of Artesia, the City Council unanimously passed the resolution declaring June at LGBTQ pride month. “In recent weeks our country has cried out for change. We must continue the march toward equality for everyone,” said Mayor pro tem Rene Trevino, “June is Pride Month and should be celebrated ... let us never forget that we all breathe the same air and bleed the same blood.” Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer

(LGBTQ) Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. The Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. In the United States the last Sunday in June was initially celebrated as "Gay Pride Day," June 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of annual LGBTQ+ Pride traditions. The first Pride march in New York City was held on June 28, 1970 on the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. See ARTESIA page 14



Inspections show lack of follow through, with plans to open bars and wineries soon. Fully half of Los Angeles County restaurants inspected for coronavirus health and safety

regulation compliance are not meeting the minimum standards, county health director Dr. Barbara Ferrer said this week. Dr. Ferrer told the public that inspectors had been sent out to check up on thousands of restaurants over the weekend, and they collectively found that “50 See RESTAURANTS page 14

SHRIJI MANDIR: Victor Sanchez, Parimal Shah, Brakash Mehta, Sonly Desai and Amyl Desai have all volunteered their time to organize and contribute to three food drives in the city of Bellflower.


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GRAND REOPENING: from (l-r) Councilman Alex Saab, Mayor Blanca Pacheco, Councilman Rick Rodriquez and Councilman Sean Ashton on the completely resurfaced basketball court. The City was able to put in a new walking trail with lighting, upgrade the bathrooms, and upgrade the community room and kitchen area. BY TAMMYE MCDUFF “It is an exciting day in Downey today as we reopen Golden Park in South Downey. Thanks to Measure S funds voted for by our community!” said City Councilman Alex Saab Thanks to Measure S, the City was able to add a ADA accessible path of travel, parking lot improvements, five new picnic shelters, rubberized surfacing of the play area, a storage shed and trash enclosures. A brand new basketball court and surface was installed along with new backboards and nets with a new eight foot chain link fence around the courts. Baseball field improvements included homerun

chain link fence and new bleachers. The City was able to put in a new walking trail with lighting, upgrade the bathrooms, and upgrade the community room and kitchen area. The park also improved the play area for better wheelchair accessibility. “The park looks amazing and was much needed,” added Saab, “With so many challenges around the world and several cities struggling financially, we are proud that the City of Downey remains fiscally sound. This year, we will have four brand new fire stations, a new library, several major parks upgraded, and a theatre arts plaza.”

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“This week I would like to discuss something that has profoundly affected us throughout the nation, including here at Lakewood,” began Mayor Todd Rogers, “I am of course speaking about the death of George Floyd while in police custody on May 25th in Minneapolis Minnesota. His killing shocked our collective consciousness as human beings.” Floyd’s death once again exposed racial disparities and injustices in our Nation and communities. “We have said this before,” says Todd, “But now must be the turning point in our Nation when things actually improve.” At the June 9th Lakewood City Council meeting approximately 40 residents spoke about this issue. Many were African American residents that spoke highly about Lakewood as a community and stated they loved living in the city. However they also recounted personal stories of racial discrimination. One long time resident is a former Deputy Sheriff for the Lakewood Sheriff Station for many years. He recalled many times being stopped by Sheriffs personnel while walking in the City, while wearing civilian clothes, because someone had called about a suspicious Black man walking in the neighborhood. Another resident described the pain of having to tell her son never to walk in shopping areas while in a group of other African American boys because

of her experience, that they could be stopped by law enforcement for looking suspicious. The Lakewood City Council confirmed that they were eager to begin a community dialogue to make life in Lakewood better for everyone with an initial emphasis on racial equity and community law enforcement relations. An interfaith council of religious leaders in our community is being formed to facilitate this dialogue. Rogers wanted to emphasize that the dialogue will be open to anyone, whether you are religious or not. As another way for Lakewood to be part of the nationwide solutions, Rogers shared with the audience that he would be proposing that Lakewood become the first city in the region to support a Mayors pledge to review local police policy. The pledge is based on the recommendations from the President’s task force on 21st century policing, headed by the Department of Justice, based on law enforcement, civil rights organization and other sectors of society. Rogers added that he was very familiar with the task force “As a career law enforcement professional and strong believer in community based policing, I think their recommendations are very reasonable. History is watching and will ultimately judge us." "The verdict will be rendered on how we come together to recognize the issues that have been laid bare by recent events, how we respond to them and ultimately move forward."

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DOWNEY FIRE STATION #1 GRAND RE-OPENING By Tammye McDuff Fire Station #1, which has been located at 12222 Paramount Boulevard in South Downey since 1975, was completely renovated and is ready for full use. The newly renovated two-story fire station is eleven percent larger with improved firefighter living conditions. Some of the new safety features incorporated into the new fire station include a diesel exhaust removal system, ventilated turnout storage rooms, turnout extractor laundry rooms, decontamination sinks and ice machines. A unique element of being a firefighter is that it means long hours away from family. The fire station now provides individual bedrooms for each employee on duty for improved privacy complete with a personal locker, individual bathrooms and showers. When firefighters are not on call, much of their time is spent in the classroom, ensuring proficiency in their duties and response times. A new fitness center allows firefighters to remain physically fit in order to perform their jobs. In addition to housing eleven first responders, the Downey Fire Communications Center and the City’s Emergency Operations Center are also located in the building. The Center has new dispatching consoles and computers, new regional infrastructure equipment, battery backup equipment with emergency power, a


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microwave network, new 9-1-1 telephone lines, and a new station alerting system. The communications center serves the cities of Downey, Compton and Santa Fe Springs Fire Departments. Dispatching over 26,000 emergency calls annually. The new Station is also home to the department’s Training Coordinator, Paramedic Coordinator, Ambulance Coordinator offices, Paramedic Engine 61, Tuck 611, Rescue Ambulance 545 and Battalion Chief 604. City councilman Sean Ashton, of District 2 stated “We now have the opportunity to say thank you to our residents who voted for Measure S. This is a great moment in our city as we get to reopen the first fire station with these funds. One down – three to go!” Mayor Blanca Pacheco added, “It is exciting for us and we know it is equally as exciting for our firefighters who have the privileged of enjoying their new station. Our fire stations have not had upgrades since the 1960’s – this is something exceptional. We, the city of Downey, truly appreciate everything that you do.”

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FIRE STATION #1, which has been located at 12222 Paramount Boulevard in South Downey since 1975, was completely renovated. In addition to housing eleven first responders, the Downey Fire Communications Center and the City’s Emergency Operations Center are also located in the building.


STAFF REPORT Lakewood residents now can get a COVID-19 test at local CVS Minute Clinics. The tests are free and you can get rapid-result testing results within 30 minutes. COVID-19 lab testing returns results within two to four days. MinuteClinic performs a PCR test, which tests for active infections only. They do not administer antibody tests, which indicate whether the patient has been infected in the past. Here’s how it works: Go to the CVS MinuteClinic COVID-19 testing site located at www. Enter your zip code to confirm locations near you. Answer a few questions to see if you qualify for COVID-19 testing. Those without symptoms or not in vulnerable populations may not qualify at this time. Select a test site and available time. Fill out the registration form. For your appointment, bring proof of identity and in-state residence, as well as your test confirmation email or text message. Be sure to have your mobile phone with you. If you have insurance, bring the information with you. If you do not have insurance, bring your state ID and Social Security number. Upon arrival, stay in your car and follow the posted instructions at the site. You will follow instructions to perform your own nasal swab. Read the FAQs at https://www.cvs. com/minuteclinic/covid-19-testing for more information.


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June 1-8 There was 19 part one crimes reported, down from 20 the week before; 2020 running average stands at 27.5 per week, down from the 2019 average of 33.2. Miscellaneous crimes were 4, up from 3 the week before; 2020 running average is 7.2, down from 8.8 in 2019. Alarm calls were 41, down from 42 compared to the week before; 2020 running average is 38.9, down from 47.9 in 2019. Calls for service were 313, up from 268 compared to the week before; 2020 running average is 264.2 calls per week down from 317.2 calls in 2019. Aggravated Assault 10800 BLK COLLEGE PL; fight between two roomates at the hospital. Burglary-Other 3 incidents at 17900 BLK CRUSADER AVe storage facility, broke lock 17200 BLK VALLEY VIEW; door pried, stole mattress Grand Theft 19200 BLK ALLINGHAM AVE; victim was female Hispanic, stole purse and sunglasses Grand Theft Auto 12700 BLK CENTER COURT DR; hotel, stolen Toyota, not recovered 11300 BLK ABANA ST ; stolen van was recovered Vehicle Burglary 16400 BLK GREENLAKE; broke into front passenger window, stole sunglasses This is PRELIMINARY INFORMATION. This data is not final and is subject to change.

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June 8-14 Robbery A suspect was arrested for robbery by force on the 12800 block of La Mirada Blvd. No injuries were sustained during the incident. A cell phone was reported stolen during a robbery by force on the 15200 block Santa Gertrudes Ave. The suspect was detained and arrested a short time later. Other Structure Burglary Various music equipment was stolen during an early morning door smash burglary on the 12700 block of Santa Gertrudes Ave. A late night burglary was reported on the 14800 block of Valley View Ave. Lottery tickets were stolen during an afternoon burglary on the 15000 block of Imperial Hwy. A laptop and tools were reported stolen during an overnight burglary on the 11800 block of La Mirada Blvd. Vehicle Burglary An afternoon burglary was reported on the 15200 block of Rosecrans Ave. A daytime window smash burglary was reported on the 12200 block of Santa Gertrudes Ave. Two vehicles were broken into during a daytime burglary on the 15000 block of Leffingwell Rd. Grand Theft A catalytic converter was reported stolen during an afternoon theft on the 15000 block of Adelfa Dr. Grand Theft Auto A truck was reported stolen on the 14600 block of Biola Ave. An attempted vehicle theft was reported on the 15900 block of Formby Dr.

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A YELP POST just this week related to Gen Cerritos not following COVID -19 guidelines, to see more go to BY BRIAN HEWS It was reported this week that over half of the restaurants that the LA County Department of Health inspected were not following COVID-19 guidelines; failing to practice social distancing, spacing tables under ten-feet, and not requiring the wearing of facemasks. Residents of LA County want to go out and eat, they are encountering many restaurants not following the COVID-19 guidelines. You can count Gen Korean BBQ, which has a location in Cerritos, along with 11 other location in L.A. County, as a major violator of the guidelines. Hews Media Group was sent videos, pictures and screenshots of online posts by patrons who went to Gen locations horrified by both the lack of social distancing and the lack of enforcement by management. In addition, employees of Gen also

complained about the failure to adhere to guidelines in the kitchens. In an email one area resident wrote, “Gen Korean BBQ in Cerritos has reopened their doors at full capacity, not implementing proper sanitation procedures and is forcing it's employees back to work. If employees refuse to return to the unsafe environment, the restaurant is making them resign involuntarily to avoid paying them unemployment.� The email included over twelve Yelp posts, all within a week, related to the restaurant ignoring the COVID-19 procedures. One person wrote, "there is absolutely no social distancing going on here. Everyone is seated back to back and bumping elbows with each other. This places customers and staff at risk. I recommend you save yourself from catching COVID-19 and get barbecue somewhere else."

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LOS ALAMITOS YOUTH CENTER ADAPTS BUT NEEDS THE COMMUNITY TO SURVIVE BY LAURIE HANSON For the first time in 68 years, The Youth Center in Los Alamitos is faced with an existential crisis of grand proportion with COVID-19’s devastation. The awardwinning nonprofit adapted services in new ways but needs community support to keep their doors open. “This year has proven certainly challenging, and we’re barely in the first six months,” said Youth Center Executive Director Lina Lumme. “No one knows what the ‘new normal’ looks like, but we have glimpses particularly in terms of fundraising, and with what we can safely offer as in-person services or what needs to remain online.” “As we reopen, we are having to re-think new ways to raise funds,” she explained. “We had to cancel our annual golf tournament fundraiser and scale down our biggest program, Camp SHARK (Science, Hands-on, Art, Recreation, and Knowledge). Though the changes were necessary, we lost $100,000.” Lumme and her team are determined to rally community supporters so The Youth Center can continue now and into the future. She said they learn daily about new ways to keep afloat. Their elementary music education program is now offered online remotely to 260 students, and their tutoring and mentoring programs were provided online to 180 students in the past two months. We launched online classes within one week after the shutdown, and have had positive feedback from students and parents,” she said. “We also launched a Free

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YOUTH CENTER Program Director and Camp SHARK Director Jamie Harris with children playing “Duck Duck Goose” at St. Isidore Historical Plaza in Los Alamitos. The Youth Center has offered free childcare for essential workers since June 1 at the plaza. Photo by Laurie Hanson. Resources Page for parents and volunteers that’s been visited online more than 5,000 times in the past two months.” The page can be found at The Youth Center recently launched a charity Etsy store online “Shark4Kids,” where their Camp- In-A-Box can be purchased. The box is the “brainchild” of Camp Director Jamie Harris and is full of activities, crafts and more than 20 projects put together by volunteers to keep kids active without electronics, just like at Camp SHARK. In the past two months 268 projects were delivered to local kids. Boxes can also be donated to children in need. Camp SHARK will reopen on July 6, in accordance with the Orange County Health Care Agency, Centers for Disease Control, and Rossmoor Community Services District guidelines, according to Lumme a modified Teen Camp opened on June 15. “While we are hopeful that summer camps will continue uninterrupted, the health and safety of our community is of utmost concern,” she said. “Face masks, temperature checks, disinfecting and cleaning, and social distancing will be our ‘new normal’.” To help keep The Youth Center afloat and to support their three after school programs while opening a potential fourth location, a raffle is being held. Tickets can be purchased for $50 each for a chance to win $5,000. “Some anonymous private supporters have stepped up to help, and now with the

raffle we hope to rally other community members and friends,” said Lumme. “The difficult thing is keeping our programs open because we rely on donations to do that, and when everyone is struggling, less comes in. But we hope for the best.” Another funding resource came when The Youth Center placed as a finalist in the 2020 UCLA Social Enterprise Academy and was awarded $11,000 on May 28. “Out of 10 nonprofits from all over California, we were named one of the top two,” explained Lumme. The funds will be used when school reopens to help offer traveling adventures with greater educational and friendship opportunities like their Teen Camp. "Since June 1, The Youth Center has offered “Free Childcare for Essential Workers,” in partnership with St. Isidore Historical Plaza and Casa Youth Shelter in Los Alamitos. Spots were filled within the first week as 40 families from Los Alamitos, Rossmoor, Seal Beach, and surrounding communities took advantage of the service. Lumme said, “Funding for it comes from the generosity of our donors and all who helped during our Community Support Campaign including monthly donors.” Looking now into the future, Lumme believes The Youth Center will recover. She said they cannot do it alone, that it will take the community’s help to keep their doors open. But she added, “Our community is strong, and together, we will get through this.”

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BY TAMMYE MCDUFF In order to continue its mission to develop an inclusive golf community for all kids, the SCGA Junior Golf Foundation is launching first-of-its-kind virtual golf programming to continue making an impact for juniors throughout the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. The program will consist of selfpaced activities that can be completed at home or during independent trips to the course and one-on-one instruction with coaches. Activities will range in topics from golf skill, fitness, course management, and college preparation. The full online curriculum was designed by the Foundation’s certified instructors. The program is a six-week session, July 6th to August 15th and is hosted through the online learning platform, Seesaw. “This program is designed to fully take the place of our in-person player and youth development programming,� Director of Player & Youth Development Kaycee Wilke said, “We can’t host classes in our communities at this time, but we’ve found a really innovative way to continue building community and helping our kids develop as golfers.� Instruction is based on the curriculum that is normally used for both golf and positive youth development. Assignments are given weekly, and can be completed at home or on independent trips to the course. Activity topics include full-swing, putting, chipping, fitness, rules, etiquette, course management and more. Sophia Martinez, rising sophomore at California High School loves what the virtual program has to offer, “The program gives me a connection with other players. I can chat with my friends, get feedback from my golf coaches, and continue my

golf training. It also teaches me about setting goals, planning my schedule and learning how to speak in a group setting.� The initial roll-out of the virtual program is intended for kids ages eight and up of all skill levels. With already established communities in the San Fernando Valley, Southeast LA and Riverside, the Foundation hopes that this program will afford even more juniors in Southern California the opportunity to play golf and connect with positive role models. In addition to the self-paced activities, there are social components to the program because they understand and emphasize the importance of having fun and connecting with peers. Through one-on-one time with coaches and allclass Zoom calls, juniors are given the opportunity to connect with role models and their friends, albeit differently than before. As with all youth programs, financial aid is available for virtual programming. In addition to the slate of classes being offered, the Foundation is also offering special events virtually including virtual club fittings, so that any junior who wants to participate in virtual programming has access to the equipment they need at home. Additionally, all juniors who sign up for virtual programming gain Golf Pass access to the local PYD facilities including Don Knabe GC, Pico Rivera GC, Los Amigos GC and Whittier Narrows GC , which means students can practice and play for $5 or less at those facilities. Additional information and registration for the program can be found online at


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Sen. Archuleta waves to parents, above, the graduates who were honored at the event. BY BRIAN HEWS Attending as Grand Marshalls, State Senator Bob Archuleta (D-Norwalk) along with Santa Fe Springs mayor Bill Rounds, helped area seniors celebrate their graduation this past Saturday at the Villages at Heritage Springs in Santa Fe Springs. The drive-by parade was organized by the Villages Home Owners Association. Parents, teachers, and staff, along with Archuleta and Rounds, sat in the back of convertible cars-to the delight of parade

watchers- waving to the graduates, their relatives and friends. HOA President Ron Beilke told HMG, “Our Villages’ HOA typically provides year-round activities and social events for our residents but obviously this year has been very different. When we prioritized what we could try to celebrate this year, our graduates were at the top of the list. Years from now they might not be able to remember fondly their graduation ceremony, but they will always remember their parade.”

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BELLFLOWER SERVICE CLUBS HELPING OUT BY TAMMYE MCDUFF The Rotary Club of Bellflower joined with the Kiwanis of Bellflower on Wednesday, June 16th to add gift cards to the food distribution held at the Kiwanis Hall. “Many of our projects that we normally hold over the course of the year, we were unable to fulfill because of the pandemic, even our scholarships only received two applicants. We had funds left over and we wanted to help our community so the Rotary Club is donating 105 $50 gift cards today,” said Rotarian Dave Davis, “It was a last minute decision, but Superior Grocery Store headquarters stepped up and helped us out.” Good people still exist, Edward Dominquez, a new graduate from Waldorf University in North Iowa and a former student of Ernie Pyle


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Norwalk hoping most of its athletic programs can stay near the top of revamped league BY LOREN KOPFF @LORENKOPFF ON TWITTER This is the fifth in a series of stories on the athletic programs of the area high schools from the past 15-20 years and the immediate future of most of those sports. Each story will have comments from that school’s athletic director, or one of the coathletic directors on most, if not, all the sports that school competes in. Next up is Norwalk High, a school whose athletic program across the board has taken a hit the past two years since the Suburban League was dismantled. Even with the defection of Artesia High, Cerritos High and John Glenn High following the 2017-2018 school year, the Lancers have found it’s a big tougher to get an automatic berth to the postseason in a lot of the sports, given that La Mirada High and Mayfair High figure to be the top two in almost every sport. Still, the athletic program can breathe some type of relief as Firebaugh High has joined the league in just about every sport, thus making the top three in a five-member league advancing to the playoffs instead of the top two in a four-team league. Jim Webster, who was an assistant athletic director during the 2001-2002 school year, took over the full duties beginning with the 2002-2003 school year. Recently, he started his second stint in that position, but as a coathletic director alongside David Snyder. “Overall, I think it’s sport by sport as far as Norwalk success,� Webster said of the revamped Suburban League. “But as far as overall for the league, it may have helped John Glenn and Artesia by leaving to be more successful. It did affect us, I think, more than maybe we were going to realize. I wasn’t involved in the athletic department back then when the decisions were made. “I know those schools wanted to leave,

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but I just wished we would have had a backup plan to have maybe more schools so [there would have been] a deeper league, which would benefit us,� he continued. FOOTBALL Beginning with 1999, the Lancers missed the playoffs eight straight years while going through four head coaches. One of them was Dean Gray, who was committed to only three years, wanting to get the numbers up and simplify everything, according to Webster. He wanted to establish a running program rather than being a passing team. In the third of those three years, he took Norwalk the playoffs, which began a streak of 11 consecutive seasons of going to the playoffs. “It seems like we’ve always had some pretty big linemen to use up front,� Webster said. “So, I think using that as an advantage for us and control the ball [and] not too much pressure on the defense kind of have been the philosophies for those coaches, and I think it works for Norwalk High School.� The highlight of those 11 seasons was a trip to the CIF-Southern Section finals in 2013 under former head coach Jesse Ceniceros. He would compile a record of 58-28 in his seven years at Norwalk, along with two trips to the semifinals and two more to the quarterfinals. Since then, the program has won 22 games in the past five years. Webster believes one of the reasons for the 0-10 season of 2018, the lone winless campaign in over 20 years, was because the numbers were decreasing at the lower levels and it was beginning to catch up to former head coach Otis Harrison. “We’re trying to get the numbers up, and if you have the numbers up, you have more to choose from and [there’s] more competition and players are going to get better,� Webster said. “I had the same thing in basketball where you have a freshmen team and then by the end the season, you have nine kids. Then as they go through, you have two of them remaining. In football, you can’t function like that at all because you need the numbers.�



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Webster is hopeful that there will be football this season, but isn’t sure what the turnout will be because of the COVID19 situation. Gray is in his second stint as the head coach and went 3-7 last season, including going winless in three league games. The school recently got a report that said the new football stadium is about 30 percent done. A lot of the foundation as far as the ground level is already done.

“As for the new stadium, we’re extremely looking forward to it,� Webster said. “Even without the virus, we probably weren’t going to play in it this year. It’s probably going to be done by the end of November or December, hopefully.� GIRLS VOLLEYBALL The program has averaged a coach for every two years since 2000 and has made the playoffs nine times, never getting past the first round except for 2013 and 2015 under former head coach Jessie Gonzalez, who went 43-38 in four seasons. But the program did go 57-46 from 2014-2017, the best four-year record in the past 20 years. In fact, the program has had double digit victories six times since 2005. “I think the major challenge for our girls volleyball, and many of our sports, is that probably nine out of 10 girls who are going to play for Norwalk don’t play club,� Webster said. “In volleyball, to be competitive quickly, that would be a major improvement if we had more of our incoming kids already having experience at that level; if they were able to play for even two years, would be extremely beneficial. I’ve seen our tryouts; we have a lot of girls trying out. It’s definitely not a numbers problem. But it’s definitely a quality of experience problem where we’re just behind the 8-ball as far as the number of girl athletes playing club volleyball and stepping right in and being able to compete with some of the local schools.� Current head coach Eric Lorn has been

at that position for three years and has won 28 matches with one trip to the playoffs. No other former head coach has more than 14 victories during their time with the Lady Lancers except for Gonzalez. In fact, the program had seen two winning seasons (2001, 2005) in the past 20 seasons before Gonzalez took over. GIRLS TENNIS When the Suburban League was at seven members, everyone except Cerritos, which had won 16 straight league titles, was aiming towards second place. Norwalk, which shared the 2014 crown with Cerritos, claimed second place the year before and the year after. In the past 18 seasons, the program has won 112 league matches and lost 96. A lot of that can be credited from the teaching of former head coach Jesus De La Torre. “Probably one of the best hires I ever made was hiring coach De La Torre to take over tennis,â€? Webster said. “Obviously, he’s a great motivator and organizer of students and he undoubtedly puts the time in with those kids. We went on a great run with the boys and the girls in making the playoffs, moving up the ladder a little bit. I think we established ourselves as the predominant second place team behind Cerritos.â€? Since De La Torre retired, the program has struggled a bit with the hiring of several young coaches. The numbers are a little bit better with the girls than they are with the boys. CROSS COUNTRY Webster calls this probably the most consistent program at Norwalk besides boys soccer and says that across the board, this is one of the main sports where all the kids come in equal across the league. “If you can put in the time and the dedication to become a great runner, we have the coaches,â€? Webster said. “When I first got there, we had Carl Van Gorden, all the way to coach James Maynard and now coach [Ralph] Casas with the girls‌he’s turned them around. We’ve had some great success with those kids in cross country as well as track. Usually if you have success in cross country, you’re probably going to have success in track in the distance events.â€? Van Gorden coached the boys in the early 2000s while Steve Salcedo was with the girls. Casas became the head coach in

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JUNE 19, 2020 NORWALK from page 10 2013. Under Maynard, the boys program won the Suburban League in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014. The girls won three straight league titles from 2015-2017 with one of the top moments coming when Misty Diaz became the first female runner in school history to advance to the CIF State Championships. She would earn a medal by coming in sixth place BOYS BASKETBALL The program has seen three head coaches since 2000 and nobody knows the program more than Webster, who was the head coach from the 2002-2003 season to the 2015-2016 campaign. During that time, he took seven teams to the playoffs, but advanced to the second round once. He had four winning seasons, three straight in one stretch, and finished as high as second place. In the previous three seasons before he took over for former head coach Jim Dion, the Lancers had gone 13-62. “When I came over with coach Dion; he brought me over, I was going to be an assistant for a year and then take over the program,” Webster remembers. “I didn’t know it was going to be that hard. I had come from Montebello and played at Montebello and we had just won league, [and] we won a playoff game, I was an assistant coach there and we were always competitive. When I came over to the Suburban League, and I saw the competition, even before I took the job, [I knew] this was a place where you could make a name for yourself. There’s so much talent in the league.” Even though the program has gone 207330 since 2000, Webster calls this another popular sport on campus with a handful of the students coming in already having experience. He says the program isn’t too far behind, but what could slow the Lancers down would be the numbers. “Obviously, we’re limited in size most years,” he said. “This [past] year, we had one player over six feet and he hardly played. He’s a junior, so some of those things are hard to overcome sometimes when you’re playing bigger, faster guys.” Replacing Webster following the 2015-2016 was current head coach Brent Campanelli, who had won at least 11 games in three non-playoff seasons before this past season when Norwalk went 18-12 and advanced to the quarterfinals. But again, with La Mirada and Mayfair favored to take the top two spots, there is little wiggle room for the program to reach the playoffs on a consistent basis. “Whether we can make the top two and automatically qualify is tough,” Webster said. “We’ve competed with those teams and at the end of the game, they end up just being a little bit better. I think we’ll have a winning record. I think we’re at the point where we can have a winning season.” Webster says if the program can have consistency with its lower level teams, then the varsity teams can maintain the run that it’s on and keep backing it up as you go along. GIRLS BASKETBALL Just like the boys program, the beginning of the 2000s began with an ominous start as former head coach Babita Singh took over and promptly went 1-25. Seven years later, the dean of the Suburban League at the time, Richard Drake, who had also coached at John Glenn, took over and would turn the program around, winning at least 12 games in each of the six seasons he was the head coach, getting to the playoffs each time and claiming a share of the league title in 2013, his last season at Norwalk. “Their trajectory is very similar to the boys program, obviously culminating with that league championship,” Webster said. “One thing I can say about the girls program [is it’s] one of the hardest working programs in the school. And, from Babita as coach to Ashley now, they’ve all kind of piggybacked each other.” There have been two head coaches since Drake, including current head coach Ashley Baclaan, who has taken three straight teams to the playoffs, never getting

To advertise call 562-407-3873 out of the first round. With 223 wins in the past 20 years, this is the third winningest program on campus. Webster added that a lot of the girls who come in don’t have much travel experience, but maybe have played recreation ball or in middle school. Because of that, there is a tremendous amount of offseason training to get the girls up to par, as he puts it, to compete in the league. “Mayfair is solid, and I’ve watched a lot of those games because they play before us,” Webster said. “But between Bellflower and La Mirada and us, we definitely compete for that second spot. In that respect, the league is a little bit easier than their [overall] schedule. I’m not sure how they’re doing at the lower levels this year. But again, it’s about they’re really putting in the time to develop those freshmen and sophomores so they can be ready as juniors and seniors to compete.” BOYS SOCCER This is by far the most successful program at Norwalk, one that has seen only two head coaches, won 271 games in 20 years, claimed nine league titles, and finished in second place five times. The program has had three losing seasons from 2004 and has missed the playoffs twice. The architect of the program since the 2003-2004 season has been head coach Vinson Pluma, who has taken four teams to the quarterfinals and the 2016-2017 squad to the semifinals. “Again, one of the hardest working programs,” Webster said. “The season ends, and you can wait a few weeks and they’ll be out there kicking the ball around, getting loose and just doing the little things to get better. But on the other hand, the kids come in with a lot of talent. You see the freshmen team, the sophomores and junior varsity teams are dominant as well. So, we have a lot of talent across the board and coach Pluma takes them to that next level to try to get that elusive CIF championship.” The only two times Norwalk was not in the playoffs, it finished in last place in league. Since then, the program has been above fourth place 11 times in the past 15 years. Even though Norwalk won the league title this past season, it went 6-2, meaning that there will be stiff competition in the league even though Norwalk may be considered the cream of the crop. GIRLS SOCCER Of the major programs at Norwalk, this is the only one not to have a winning season in over 20 years yet has advanced to the postseason twice. In 2009, Norwalk finished 11-11-3 and played in its first ever playoff game. Five years later, the program advanced to the playoffs again but ended that season at 9-11-3. “It’s hard to say if we’re stuck in the mud,” Webster said. “Again, it’s a program where a limited number of our girls play before they come to high school. When you’re trying to compete at that level with Mayfair and La Mirada where there’s so much experience in their freshman year, it’s a lot to catch up. I know [our girls] are working hard and whichever girls show up…they’re trying to improve [the program].” The program has seen seven head coaches in 20 years, but current head coach Augustin Ojeda seems to be what the program has been looking for. He will be entering his sixth season later this winter, more than any of the previous six coaches, and has won 29 games, three fewer than former head coach Wendy DeVries did in her five seasons from 2005-2006 to 20092010. Webster believes the program is on the right track. He has talked to Ojeda who tells Webster the program is getting closer and closer. Sometimes, the program is not having that one player who can score a lot. WRESTLING According to Webster, this has been a roller coaster program over the past 20 years, and he added that this is another sport where there has been some experience with

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the incoming freshmen. Francisco Soto, who had been the head coach up until the 2014-2015 season, returned about a year and a half ago to help turn the program around. The current head coach is Gary Osburn. “Coach Soto is a great coach, but he needs the numbers,” Webster said. “And it’s a numbers game with him. Even as successful as he has been and even when we’ve won league championships, he’s always trying to get numbers; trying to get players to come out. It’s a tough, grueling sport.” BASEBALL The program has been somewhat up and down, especially in the past five years because the Lancers have been unable to field a freshmen team. Webster says that some of the incoming freshmen who have been playing recreational ball for the city should be playing on a freshmen team instead of junior varsity. But because the numbers have been inconsistent, the school doesn’t have a freshmen team. “We’re hoping with the new baseball field, lights…that’s the other thing with practice the last 20 years, we’ve had one field,” Webster said. “Our freshman team was at Excelsior [High School] for a number of years, then at Holifield [Park]. So, it’s been difficult for that program to be successful. But I think with the baseball field coming in with lights, you can run three practices if you needed to for three programs separately, or combo in some way.” Before the pandemic shut everything down, the Lancers were 4-4 and had already equaled the win output of last season. Head coach William Wenrick was in his sixth season and has lasted longer than the previous seven coaches before him since 2000. Webster said even with the new baseball field, it still might take a few more years before the program can get back to the playoffs. But Wenrick played at Norwalk and was successful at the school and won a CIF championship. He also coached the freshman team for several years and was successful there. The program hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2013 and hasn’t had a winning mark since that same season. In addition, this is one of three major programs not to have won a league title since 2000. From 20092013, the program went a combined 61-66 with four straight trips to the playoffs. “I just think overall, how many kids are playing baseball, how many kids in the area are playing baseball…we’re not getting that depth in the freshmen class every year to really build up a quality program,” Webster said. “There are a lot of times we’re rushing the kids through… you have to play varsity as a sophomore. You may not be ready, but we need you. It’s hard to develop kids like that. But if we can get a couple of consecutive deep freshmen classes, I think we’ll be on our way.” SOFTBALL With 246 victories since 2000, this is the school’s second winningest program. Half a dozen coaches have overseen the program and 12 teams have advanced to the playoffs with the 2016 and 2018 teams getting to the quarterfinals. “If you look at all the developmental leagues in Norwalk, softball is one of


the best,” Webster said. “When I was the assistant coach in 2015 and 2016, I was like, ‘wow, these girls are tough; these girls are good’. I’ve seen them at a lot of games, but when you see them at practices every day and you see what they can do, and you see how athletic they are and how tough they are…you realize how dedicated they are to the game.” All six coaches, including current head coach David Gonzalez, have put a team into the playoffs and the 2001 team under Amy Day and the 2007 and 2009 teams under Paulette Gasporra all won 19 games in that respective season. The program, though, has been up and down recently going from 15-10 to 7-17 to 13-11 to 2-12 to 6-3 over the past five years. BOYS VOLLEYBALL/BOYS TENNIS Both programs have had some success over the past 18 seasons with volleyball winning league championships in 2010 and 2019 as well as finishing in every spot above seventh place at least once in the other seasons. “It’s about getting the kids out,” Webster said. “I think we’ve only been playing volleyball for [18] years. So, you get, what we’ve done, some basketball players out there; we’ve gotten some soccer players out there after their seasons and anyone else. If you can get some athletes out there that can learn the basics of volleyball, we can be successful.” While boys tennis has yet to claim a league title since 2003, the program has gone 107-89 in league competition with third place being the most popular landing spot with eight finishes. Overall, Webster says the program is a little bit down than girls tennis in terms of the numbers right now. TRACK AND FIELD Webster says this is one of the most difficult programs to run and practice every day because any kind of weather will ruin your track. “You can’t run effectively on a track where there were footprints,” he said. “So, that’s one of the main problems, and getting enough coaches out there to help whoever the head coach is, because you need so many coaches for sprints, throwers and jumps. Not every year that’s possible. But I think with the new stadium; the new track [surface] a lot of that will become easier.” In addition, Webster said the program also needs to get athletes from other sports to come out and perform in track and field and have a good time. Norwalk does not have a water polo or swimming program, but if it did, Webster says he would have been the head coach. “As a former water polo player and swimmer in high school, I would love to see that,” Webster said. “I don’t know how many years ago, it might have been 12 or 13 years ago, we came very close to trying to get a swim team out of the city. It was in discussion, but it was going to be hard. So, it never happened. But, it’s tough to tell as far as the interest. I do hear kids, because I teach [physical education], ‘oh, I wish we had a pool because I would swim’. But it’s hard to tell what the numbers would be like. It would be a slow growth if we ever did it.”


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STAFF REPORT Recently, Grades of Green, an international nonprofit organization that supports student-led environmental projects, awarded Bragg Elementary School’s Green Team their Grand Prize to recognize the team’s work to spread environmental awareness across the ABC Unified School District and for reducing the use of single-use water bottles on campus. The award comes with a $1,000 Eco-Grant to be used on future projects. Bragg Elementary beat out more than 85 participating student teams, many of which consisted of students from High Schools and Middle Schools. “This is an absolutely unprecedented win,” said the school’s Grades of Green Advisor, Cathy Procopio. “This is the first time we’ve had a student team win our Grand Prize Eco-Grant after winning an award for their last project. The entire Bragg Elementary community should be so proud of this incredibly dedicated team!” Last semester during Grades of Green’s 2019 Water Campaign project, the Bragg Green Team won the Community Changemaker Award which came with $500 in grant funds. Fifth-grade teacher Kerry Flores had the idea to start the Green Team. She pulled together a group of students who wanted to work on a recycling project. From there, the students began leading the charge to make a change on their campus. Now, the team amounts to more than 50 students

BRAGG ELEMENTARY School’s Green Team won the Grand Prize for spreading environmental awareness across the ABC Unified School District and for reducing the use of single-use water bottles on campus. The award comes with a $1,000 Eco-Grant to be used on future projects. Bragg Elementary beat out more than 85 participating student teams, many of which consisted of students from High Schools and Middle Schools. spanning several grades. This semester, the Green Team expanded the target of their project to include the other schools in the ABC Unified School District. The Bragg Green Team took the lessons they learned while completing their awardwinning project last fall and developed an expansive education campaign about the problems caused by single-use plastic. The students produced educational posters, presentations for the PTA and other advocacy materials to inspire their school community to stop using single-use plastic bottles. The students began to work closely with the school district to produce videos that promote environmental action and the creation of other Green Teams at schools throughout the district. “I continue to be amazed by these

students and their compassion for one another and for the environment,” said Ms. Flores. “Even while overcoming the struggles that come with adjusting to Stayat-Home orders, the students continued to work diligently on their Grades of Green project.” After the Stay-at-Home orders went into effect in response to the coronavirus, the Bragg Green Team continued to advocate for the environment. The students worked together virtually to produce a “Green Team in Quarantine” video with tips for reducing and upcycling plastics from home. The Bragg Green Team’s message has gone beyond just the Bragg Elementary School campus. Earlier this school year, the students made an impassioned presentation to the ABC Unified School District Board

of Education. As a result, the Board of Education no longer uses single-use water bottles at its meeting. “We are so proud of the Bragg Green Team and what they have accomplished,” said Superintendent Dr. Mary Sieu. “They have done so much this school year, making changes to not only the culture of Bragg Elementary School, but to our district as well. All I can say is congratulations and job well done!” The Bragg Green Team was inspired to action by participating in Grades of Green’s Waste Campaign - Reduce Plastics program in which student leaders launch environmentally-focused campaigns around the globe with Grades of Greens’ support. When a student team joins a campaign, they are paired with a Grades of Green mentor who provides personal guidance, research and leadership coaching. Participating student teams gain access to webinars featuring environmental experts, the opportunity to connect with other Grades of Green students around the world, and the chance to earn eco-grants – like the one the Bragg team won – to extend the impact of their environmental project. Grades of Green provides student teams with these services at no cost. "The team at Bragg Elementary has done it again!” said Kim Siehl, the Grades of Green’s Executive Director. “We’re so impressed by these students’ ongoing passion for the environment. To see them learn from their last campaign project and then go above-and-beyond to this extent warms my heart. The Bragg Green Team proves that, by empowering students to turn their passion into ongoing environmental action, they're able to make long-lasting community impact.”


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Continued from page 7 Stone Soul has been performing Soul and Motown classics since 2002, covering hits from Stevie Wonder, James Brown, The Temptations, Wilson Pickett and many other timeless artists. Stone Soul is composed of Matt Grey (vocals), Mick Michelbach (guitar), Joe Iaquinto (bass and vocals), Tom Curry (drums) and Clay Manska (keyboard and vocals). The band has an extensive catalogue of cover songs, including “Super Bad,� “I Can’t Help Myself,� “Uptight,� and “I Feel Good.� July 30: THE ANSWER (Classic Rock tribute) The Answer is a classic rock group based out of Southern California formed in 1965. The group members’ experience includes musical theater, producing, composing, acting, and performing in several cover bands. August 6: BEST OF SUMMER CONCERTS FINALE! Best of Lakewood's Concerts in the Park series


Continued from page 1 areas including the chairs and gaming tables with those areas wiped with a sanitizing wipe before and after each player sits down. • Enhanced air filtration to filter out virus particulates. • Hand sanitizers and disinfecting wipes will be required prior to entering and upon exiting a gaming table and all tables will be wiped when a player exits. • Signage regarding the proper health precautions reminding everyone to wash/sanitize their hands and practice physical distancing including elevators; markers will designate where to stand when queueing. • Cards, chips and other gaming equipment will be cleaned and sanitized or disposed of when they are returned from a gaming table and employees will sanitize shared gaming areas on a regular and frequent basis. • All administrative areas

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will follow the health and sanitizing protocols. • Physical barriers will be utilized in areas where six feet of social distancing is not feasible. Valet services, transportation services and banquet services have been suspended. Food and beverage services will follow the state’s guidelines for restaurants. • Finally, all employees will be trained on the mandatory cleaning and sanitizing protocols, on the proper donning, use and disposal of PPE, and how to recognize and report any concerns regarding individuals who may be exhibiting symptoms. Juan Garza, Bellflower Mayor and executive director of the California Cities for Self Reliance that advocates for L.A. County casinos told HMG-LCCN, “We are grateful for Governor Newsom’s vote of confidence that our cardrooms in Los Angeles County can re-open safely. We want to safely get our over 10,000 hard-working employees in Los Angeles County back to work, and to safely restart these local economic engines that benefit our member cities and so many other cities in our region.â€? The March closures cost over 10,000 jobs and millions in tax revenue and philanthropic dollars in the L.A. area. According to a study by the California Gaming Association,card rooms statewide generated $1.6 billion in wages and benefits, accounted for over 32,000 jobs and $500 million in state and local taxes, and contributed more than $2 billion in economic benefits. In Hawaiian Gardens alone, the Gardens Casino contributes over $1 million per month, 74% of the city’s revenue; the city of Bell Gardens generates approximately $13 million from their partnership with the Bicycle Hotel & Casino, which is 44% of the General Fund; Commerce City Manager Edgar Cisneros recently told HMG-LCCN that the Commerce Casino generates over $2 million per month for the city. The City of Gardena is losing approximately $800,000 in direct revenue from its card room and $10,000 a month in sales tax revenue. In Inglewood, the city is losing $500,000 a month in revenue generated from Hollywood Park Casino. Keith Sharp, general counsel for the Gardens Casino told HMG, “Governor Newsom again exhibited his strong leadership throughout this pandemic by issuing a comprehensive and thoughtful set of card room reopening guidelines. We are fully prepared to do so and to resume supporting our local communities which have been so severely devastated by the financial losses caused by this pandemic.â€?

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Continued from page 1 rocks off,’ and that Costa asked her if she was “getting fu**ed at all lately.� Kimsey claimed that she refused Costa’s advance, but in reality it was the other way around, “she asked me out and I said no,� Costa said. Yet Kimsey claimed in her statement, “When I did not return Costa’s advances, Costa became hostile towards (me), and as a result of (my) rejections, began calling (me) a whore, a f***ing whore, a bitch, and a f***ing bitch.� Kimsey did not stop at false claims of harassment, she also cold-bloodedly accused Costa of being a pedophile. Kimsey claimed that Costa told her he was a pedophiliac, “he had tendencies in the direction of pedophilia, and that he was attracted to some of the ‘very cute little girls’ in Kimsey’s class.� “All lies,� said Costa, “but once again she did not care, she was all in for the money. She told me about friends of hers who would file fabricated lawsuits and end up settling, and how she was going to do that. She had about 4-5 other lawsuits filed while mine was in court, she really loves money.� Kimsey said that she began “to suffer from stress, anxiety, and depression, as well as physical injuries resulting from the emotional distress, incurring a substantial loss of earnings, medical expenses, future medical expenses, and attorney’s fees. � The case dragged on in court for 17 months until September 1, 2009. That is when a settlement conference between all parties took place one week prior to the beginning of the trial. During the conference, Kimsey shockingly admitted that she had no facts to support any allegations set forth in her complaint. “The judge saw right through her, � said Costa, “he knew she was lying about the whole thing. She told the judge she lied about everything, four days of depositions under oath and she lied the entire time.� She later signed a settlement agreement confessing to exactly that and paid a $20,000 fine. Kimsey was also ordered to give Costa a dated, signed apology letter and a $100 check, Kimsey fortunate not to be sued for malicious prosecution by Costa. The letter stated, “I now realize that my lawsuit against Larry Costa should not have been filed, and there is no evidentiary basis to support my allegations against him.� The settlement should have signaled the end of the court battle but Kimsey ruthlessly dragged her feet and the saga took several more bizarre twists in the

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months to come. Additional court documents filed seven months later called for a hearing because Kimsey had not yet fulfilled the simple settlement agreement made in September 2009. Costa was forced to file a Motion to Enforce Settlement Agreement to compel Kimsey to issue the $100 personal check and a “correct� letter of apology as ordered. According to the Motion, Kimsey and her attorneys blatantly defied the agreement, with Kimsey giving Costa $100 in cash, and not a personal check. The apology letter was barely legible with several watermarks covering the words of the apology. “Plaintiff and her counsel have intentionally designed the letter so as to signal to any reader that plaintiff is not sincere, not sorry, and that she does not believe a word of the letter and was coerced into writing it, � said Costa’s counsel. “On its’ face, it suggested a prank, a joke or a mockery. � After “two months of silence� Costa’s attorneys requested a meet and confer on Dec. 29 in advance of the filing of the Motion. Kimsey’s counsel never responded and Costa was forced to file the Motion. The hearing commenced on April 29, 2010 and the court ordered Kimsey to pay $19,961 to BUSD for court costs, provide the personal check and the correct letter of apology to Costa. “This was a two year nightmare for me, � said Costa, “but through all that, my colleagues knew I was not capable of what Kimsey claimed, and their support got me through it. � Emails into Mayor pro tem Vo went unreturned.


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Continued from page 1 percent of the restaurants were still not in compliance” with at least a portion of the mandated protocols, including things like correct six-foot spacing between tables, or servers wearing both cloth face coverings and plastic face shields. The alarming news came during the daily press briefings put on by Los Angeles County officials, after one reporter from NBC4 asked about a perceived rise in restaurants not sticking to the guidelines set forth by the county. Some on social media have complained about large groups waiting for tables at brunch, or packed sidewalks with diners and tables set into the public right of way. “We did have our teams out this weekend,” Dr. Ferrer responded. “They visited 2,000 restaurants. They found that 50 percent of the restaurants were still not in compliance. They’ll be revisiting all of the restaurants that were not in compliance, and issuing them an order to come into compliance.” Dr. Ferrer did not say specifically if the restaurants had been issued a warning or a return date for a new inspection, or any other punitive measures. Dr. Ferrer continued: “Starting this week we’re actually going to revisit places where we noted that people still had confusion, had concerns, still hadn’t quite made the changes. There should be no places where tables are right next to each other. There should either be a six foot barrier, or a physical barrier. Those are requirements in the protocols.” Previously, Dr. Ferrer and county supervisor Kathryn Barger have said that restaurants would be able to self-certify as to their compliance, without intervention from the Department of Public Health. “This is like the honor system,” Dr. Ferrer said publicly on May 29, the first date for restaurants to reopen their dining rooms at 60 percent capacity. The county released its full guidelines for reopening later that night.


Continued from page 1 In a resolution passed at the City Council meeting on June 8th, the City of Artesia stated: ”Individuals of the LGBTQ community continue to live in fear and struggle to experience equality, justice and the opportunity to prosper. Various advancements have been made with respect to equal treatment for LGBTQ individuals throughout the country and in remembering the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots that gave birth to the LGBTQ civil rights movements, this City Council does resolve to declare June as LGBTQ Pride month in the City.” The Council invites all residents in celebrating the culture, accomplishments and contributions of the LGBTQ community and encourages all residents to work to help advance equality for these individuals and their families. Council woman Melissa Ramoso added, “With everything going on, for this moment I’d like to announce that the City of Artesia for the first time in its history has declared June as LGBTQ Month. We amended the resolution to include not only the history and impacts of the community, but also recognize what the community has gone through such as hate crimes, HIV/AIDS and suicide. What a tremendous first step and look forward to bringing the conversation of possibly flying the Pride Flag next year.”


alifornians have been in lock down and couch bound since March, but things are beginning to open up. It is summer here in California and the gardens that have been quietly growing more beauti-ful are finally opening up. South Coast Botanic Garden has remained open to members, and is now open to ticket buyers with advanced reservations. Works from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art are currently on display for their newest exhibit: Hide & Seek: Art Meets nature. The exhibition features eight works that have been carefully placed through-out the garden as a way to encourage nature exploration and interplay. The Huntington Library will welcome visitors to their spectacular gardens beginning July 1st. You can visit the stunning San Marino estate with advance tickets, purchase three days in advance. Descanso Gardens are a tribute to the magic of Southern California magic. Tickets began to be released May 16th. A small but tranquil garden and one of Little Tokyo’s best kept se-crets, is the James Irvine Japanese Garden, carrying great importance in Japanese culture. Exposition Park still stands

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as one of Los Angeles most significant institution with green spaces and the charming Rose Garden. Rest in a gazebo or take a stroll around the central fountain. If you would rather scour through contemporary art, Hauser & Wirth, a massive space in the Arts District International Gallery. Founded in 1992, the project has restored the Globe Mills Complex into a center of museum caliber exhibitions

GOOD THINGS OPEN IN L.A. & O.C. , BUT PLEASE FOLLOW CDC GUIDELINES and public programs by appointment beginning July 1st. The Bowers Museum is overjoyed to reopen their doors to the public on Friday, June 19th for a bit of Disney delight, just in time for Father’s Day. Additionally, Frontline Healthcare and Emergency Services Workers will receive complimentary admission to the Bowers. With the help of a little Disney magic, they will extend their exhibition Inside

the Walt Disney Archives: 50 Years of Preserving the Magic through October 18th. Starting Friday, June 19th, order pastries from more than 30 L.A. restaurants during ‘Pies for Justice’ virtual bake sale that will benefit the L.A. Chapter of Black Lives Matter and the Gathering for Justice. Both organizations fight racial inequality, unjust incarceration and po-lice brutality. For a list of participating bakeries visit . State parks and trails within the County have been open with some modifications, such as limited capacity. Runyon and Eaton Canyon are moving forward with a gradual reopening process. You must wear a mask in the trailhead parking lot and on crowded stretches of trails. Although the Hollywood Bowl has cancelled their season, first time in the 98 year history of the venue, you can still spend your summer evening noshing on fried chicken and olives. The bowl’s picnic baskets and plates are one of the favorite parts of the outdoor concert. Launched on June 11th, you can order seven set meals and an a la carte menu for pickup plus plenty of wines to pair. The supper to go program will run Thursday to Saturday through their website at

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND PLANNING NOTICE OF PREPARATION OF A DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT FOR PLOT PLAN REVIEW 5200 SHEILA STREET PROJECT NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Commerce has a Notice of Preparation of Draft Environmental Impact Report and Public Scoping Meeting for the following described Project.

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 04/06/2007. 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. Trustor: JUAN CARLOS CUEVAS A SINGLE MAN Duly Appointed Trustee: Western Progressive, LLC Deed of Trust Recorded 04/17/2007 as Instrument No. 20070912774 in book ---, page--- and of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, California, Date of Sale: 07/30/2020 at 11:00 AM Place of Sale: BEHIND THE FOUNTAIN LOCATED IN CIVIC CENTER PLAZA, 400 CIVIC CENTER PLAZA, POMONA, CA 91766 Estimated amount of unpaid balance, reasonably estimated costs and other charges: $ 623,717.81 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE THE TRUSTEE WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH, CASHIER’S CHECK DRAWN ON A STATE OR NATIONAL BANK, A CHECK DRAWN BY A STATE OR FEDERAL CREDIT UNION, OR A CHECK DRAWN BY A STATE OR FEDERAL SAVINGS AND LOAN ASSOCIATION, A SAVINGS ASSOCIATION OR SAVINGS BANK SPECIFIED IN SECTION 5102 OF THE FINANCIAL CODE AND AUTHORIZED TO DO BUSINESS IN THIS STATE: All 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 as: More fully described in said Deed of Trust. Street Address or other common designation of real property: 14014 Salada Road , La Mirada , CA 90638 A.P.N.: 8061-003-023 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address or other common designation, if any, shown above. 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 thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, under the terms of said Deed of Trust, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is: $ 623,717.81. Note: Because the Beneficiary reserves the right to bid less than the total debt owed, it is possible that at the time of the sale the opening bid may be less than the total debt. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder’s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee, and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. The beneficiary of the Deed of Trust has executed and delivered to the undersigned a written request to commence foreclosure, and the undersigned caused a Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the county where the real property is located. NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE 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 this property. 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 (866)-960-8299 or visit this Internet Web site using the file number assigned to this case 2014-09185-CA. 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. Date: June 3, 2020 Western Progressive, LLC, as Trustee for beneficiary C/o 1500 Palma Drive, Suite 237 Ventura, CA 93003 Sale Information Line: (866) 960-8299 LCCN 6/12, 6/19, 6/26/20

NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: SABINO F. BRUNO AKA SAM BRUNO CASE NO. 20STPB04164 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the WILL or estate, or both of SABINO F. BRUNO AKA SAM BRUNO. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by KIMBERLY MILLER in the Superior Court of California, County of LOS ANGELES. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that KIMBERLY MILLER 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: 10/20/20 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. Attorney for Petitioner EUGENE A. GLEASON, III SBN 096415 GLEASON LAW OFFICES 15651 E. IMPERIAL HWY., SUITE 202A LA MIRADA CA 90638 6/19, 6/26, 7/3/20 CNS-3371831# LA MIRADA LAMPLIGHTER

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The Project Applicant is processing a Plot Plan Review to redevelop the Project site with a modern one-story, 41-foot tall, 114,898 square foot (sf) speculative warehouse building, including 14,000 sf of office area with 17 loading docks on the south side of the building. Truck trailer parking spaces (17 total) would be provided within the truck courts/loading areas on the south side of the building. Automotive parking (116 total) would be provided along the northern, southern, and western boundaries of the Project side, with a larger surface parking area located north of the Project building. Additionally, the Project would include 13,786 sf of landscaping. The Project would require demolition of 112,953 sf existing buildings and structures located on site, which include a four-story office building, a cafeteria building, a surface parking area, and ornamental landscaping. Access to the Project site would be provided by three driveways along Sheila street to the north. Under existing conditions, the Project site is currently developed with a one 4-story, 75-foot high, 104,888 sf office building; one 1-story, 17-foot high, 8,065 sf cafeteria building; and an associated 429 space outdoor parking area. The existing development would be demolished prior to construction of the proposed warehouse/office development. PROJECT LOCATION: The Project site encompasses 5.65 acres of land (Assessor’s Parcel Number [APN] 6335-007-021) ¬located at 5200 Sheila Street, near the center of the City of Commerce. The Project is east of Interstate 710 (I-710) and South Atlantic Boulevard, south of Sheila Street and north of the Metrolink railroad. Local access to the site is provided via South Atlantic Boulevard to the west and Sheila Street to the north. Regional access to the site is provided via I-710 and Interstate 5 (I-5), which are located 0.31 miles to west and 0.68 miles northeast, respectively. ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS POTENTIALLY AFFECTED: The City of Commerce has determined that an EIR will be prepared for the Project based on its potential to cause environmental effects. This NOP and the accompanying Initial Study evaluated the potential environmental impacts for the proposed Project. The Initial Study further describes the anticipated scope of the environmental analysis for each issue. Based on the information presented in the Initial Study, the following topics will be evaluated in further detail in the EIR:

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Air Quality Cultural Resources Paleontological Resources Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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Hazards and Hazardous Materials Noise Transportation Tribal Cultural Resources

ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS NOT POTENTIALLY AFFECTED: Based on the Initial Study, the following environmental factors were determined to be less than significant or to have no impact, and will not be further evaluated in the EIR:

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Aesthetics Agriculture and Forestry Resources Biological Resources Energy Geology/Soils Hydrology/Water Quality

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Land Use/Planning Mineral Resources Population/Housing Public Services Recreation Utilities/Service Systems Wildfire

SAID SCOPING MEETING: A virtual scoping meeting will be held via Teleconference during the regularly scheduled Planning Commission Hearing on Wednesday June 24, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. The public is encouraged to view and participate in the scoping meeting. Instructions for Teleconference access are provided below: Call in phone number: (669) 900-9128 Meeting ID: 916 0425 9169 Password: 300597 DOCUMENT AVAILABILITY: This NOP and Initial Study are available for download and viewing on the City’s website at: The EIR will assess the effects of the proposed Project on the environment, identify potentially significant impacts, identify feasible mitigation measures to reduce or eliminate potentially significant environmental impacts, and discuss potentially feasible alternatives to the Project that may accomplish basic objectives while lessening or eliminating any potentially significant Project-related impacts. A mitigation monitoring and reporting program (MMRP) will also be developed as required by Section 15150 of the CEQA Guidelines. This NOP is subject to a minimum 30-day public review period per Public Resources Code Section 21080.4 and CEQA Guidelines Section 15082. During the public review period, public agencies, interested organizations, and individuals have the opportunity to comment on the Project and identify those environmental issues that have the potential to be affected by the Project and should be addressed further by the City of Commerce in the EIR.

WRITTEN COMMENTS must be submitted to the City of Commerce by July 14, 2020 to be timely for consideration in the preparation of the EIR. Please direct your comments by e-mail or U.S. mail to: Sonia Griego, Associate Planner 2535 Commerce Way, Commerce, California 90040 (323) 722-4805 E-Mail:

On March 4, 2020, Governor Newsom proclaimed a State of Emergency in California as a result of the threat of COVID-19. On March 17, 2020, Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-29-20 (superseding the Brown Act-related provisions of Executive Order N-25-20 issued on March 12, 2020), which allows a local legislative body to hold public meetings via teleconferencing and to make public meetings accessible telephonically or otherwise electronically to all members of the public seeking to observe and to address the local legislative body. Pursuant to Executive Order N-29-20, please be advised that members of the Commerce City Planning Commission will participate in meetings telephonically. Further, in the interest of maintaining appropriate social distancing, and restricting gatherings of over ten (10) people, due to the health risks associated with COVID-19 pursuant to Federal, State and County orders, directives and/or guidelines, this meeting is closed to the public and will instead be streamed live, accessible at Members of the public may participate by calling in to the number provided herein. Per Government Code Section 65009, if you challenge the above-listed item in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public scoping meeting and during the comment period described in this notice in written correspondence delivered to the city office, at, or prior to, the public hearing. THE PLANNING COMMISSION Jose D. Jimenez

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