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ARTESIA MOVES AHEAD ON VEHICLE ELECTRIC CHARGING FACILITY

86,000 Homes Every Friday • June 21, 2019 • Vol 34, No. 2

AFTER TWO YEARS, STEELCRAFT OUTDOOR EATERY OPENS IN BELLFLOWER BY BRIAN HEWS AND TAMMYE MCDUFF

Unsubstantiated bid protest caused delay in construction BY TAMMYE MCDUFF In March of 2018 the City of Artesia received a grant from Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee for the purchase of an all-electric bus and the installation of an electric vehicle and bus charging station. By December 2018, the Artesia Council had approved the purchase of an electric bus which is currently under construction expected to be completed by July 2019 In April 2019, the City issued an RFP and received two bids for the charging station; the bids were opened this past June 3 and Baker Electric was the lowest responsible bidder at just over $250,000. The other bidder, AMTEK Electric, protested the bid process which delayed the award. City attorneys ruled that the protest was unsubstantiated and awarded the bid to Baker. The project is expected to start anytime, but the bus will be ready prior to its completion. “Delivery of the bus is forthcoming,” stated City Manager Bill Rawlings, ”our goal was to have the charging facility in place by the time the bus arrived, however it will probably lag a bit after the arrival. Alternate arrangements will have to be made to charge the bus in the interim.” Councilman Rene Trevino applauded the electric bus as a great idea but wanted to know the financial impact on the City. Rawlings indicated that until the bus and station are fully functioning there was no way of specifically knowing, but said he estimated it to be between $40,000 and $50,000 annually, not counting energy costs. “As you know,” Rawlings added, “the City recently converted all of its energy to ‘green power’ which is a little more expensive than we could buy it on the market.” The cost is based on free access to residents. Mayor Tony Lima asked if the charging facility could be used by the public on any electric vehicles. Rawlings stated that initially it will be

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STEELCRAFT founder Kim Gros readies to cut the ribbon surrounded by Bellflower City Council and all Bellflower SteelCraft 'food stylists.' Photo by Lisa Hu Chen.

FORMER MAYOR CALLS HAWAIIAN GARDENS THE 'NEW CITY OF BELL'

It has been almost two years since Bellflower City Council approved plans for SteelCraft to open their third shipping container retail park located at Bellflower Boulevard and Oak Street. SteelCraft is an outdoor urban eatery set in a communal dining environment, completely constructed from repurposed shipping containers. The development is estimated to generate $50,000 in annual sales tax and an additional $22,000 in annual lease revenue. Moreover, these eateries will add approximately 64-120 jobs to the Bellflower community. This past June 13, SteelCraft held the official opening to the delight of many residents. “We are excited to welcome SteelCraft and its rapidly growing reputation as a unique dining and social expe-

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1ST CEB CAR WASH RAISES THOUSANDS FOR TROOPS

BY BRIAN HEWS AND TAMMYE MCDUFF Former Hawaiian Gardens Mayor Reynaldo Rodriquez is upset, believing that the new City Council is giving handouts and favors to family and friends; and he makes certain to go to every Council meeting to make his point. This past June 11 meeting, Rodriguez pointed to two actions by the Council, the City’s continual hiring of consultants, and the hiring and rehiring of one in particular, Dave Barnhardt. Barnhardt was a consultant that was hired to “shadow” the Recreation Department Director in the fiscal year 20182019. “He was hired last year to shadow the Director because there were numerous problems in that department,” said Rodriquez,” we paid over $60,000, and of course nothing ever came of the investigation.” The City Council decided to rehire Barnhardt in February of this year to do the same thing. The City is in the middle of implementing severe budget cuts to City programs

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CERRITOS RESIDENT Mickey Christiansen with Marines from the 1st CEB at the annual 1st CEB Car Wash. Proceeds help fund their Marine Corps Birthday Ball.

BY BRIAN HEWS

The 1st CEB, along with the Friends of the 1st CEB, held their annual car wash at the Los Cerritos Center Mall on Saturday, June 8. All the funds raised will be given to the 1st CEB to help fund their Marine Corps Birthday Ball in November. The Marines from Bravo Company arrived early and helped place the signage in place and manned the entrances to solicit cars for the wash. The first cars began to trickle in just shortly after 10 a.m., and as the day progressed, even more cars arrived.

Chick-Fil-A gave away 38 lunch cards to the Marines, while the 1st CEB Adoption Committee brought homemade and store-bought goodies for the Marines and car wash patrons. Cerritos resident Laurie Forward brought her BBQ grill and had hot dogs cooking all day. The car wash ended at 3:00 p.m. and the Cerritos city workers arrived to unhook the water supply and retrieve the hoses. Los Cerritos Center employees collected the tables, chairs, barriers, and canopy ending another successful car wash that raised over $3,000.


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JUNE 21, 2019

CERRITOS LIBRARY HOSTS CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED AUTHOR THE COVER of Mary: The Mary Tyler Moore Story by Herbie J. Pilato. It is the first full-length, objective biography of Moore’s entire life and career.

BY TAMMYE MCDUFF Herbie J. Pilato is a writer, producer, performer, and entertainment executive who has worked on numerous television shows; served as a consulting producer and on-screen cultural documentaries; is a critically acclaimed author and local celebrity. Among his long list of top-selling, pop-culture publications include the newly-published Dashing, Daring and Debonair: TV’s Top Male Icons from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s; Twitch Upon a Star: The Bewitched Life and Career of Elizabeth Montgomery, The Kung Fu Book of Wisdom, and Mary: The Mary Tyler Moore Story, the book he was presenting at the Cerritos Millennium Library, Thursday, June 13, 2019. “Mary: The Mary Tyler Moore Story is the first, full-length, objective biography of Moore’s entire life and career, from her birth in 1936 until the day she left this world in January 2017,” writes Pilato. Although there are plenty of other books out, Pilato suggests’ that no previously published biography dares to discuss Moore’s life as honestly, “I really took my time on this, I wanted to tell Mary’s story, her personal struggles and professional accomplishments and all the ups and downs of life in-between.” From Moore’s uncredited ‘Happy Hotpoint’ debut as a 16 year old dancing pixie on the Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet in 1952, Pilato follows her countless TV productions, feature films, stage plays, and personal appearances that spanned her career of 65 years. Some of the lesser known conflicts of Moore’s life such as childhood sexual abuse and troubled personal relationships with her parents were evident through obsessive plastic surgeries; alcoholism and overwhelming compulsion for perfectionism. Pilato writes, in Moore’s role as Beth in the 1980 film ‘Ordinary People’, it was obvious that only Moore could have pulled such emotion from the role. In an interview Moore said, “It was such a change of pace, that a woman could be so brittle inside as to alienate her son … I saw her as a victim. It was very reminiscent of my own life. I had to do the role.” She went on to state that her self-expectation,

her drive for fastidiousness; unachievable dreams and determination not to be like her mother made her perfect for the role, achieving an Emmy Nomination for the movie. “It was disappointing to me, when people would call Beth, a bitch,” recalled Moore, “because I saw her as a woman who was taught how to do the right thing, despite prevailing circumstances.” Pilato dazzles the reader with stories of Moore ~ her love of dancing and her ability to ‘turn the whole world on’ with her smile. She was without question one of the most influential actresses of the 20th century. She was one of the first to portray a modern woman on the big screen. Colleague and friend Betty White once said of Moore,”She reaches out through the television screen and touch’s your heart in a way that no one else can.” The book features never before heard commentary through exclusive interviews with her co-stars over the years, including Ed Asner, Gavin MacLeod, and Joyce Bulifant and Larry Matthews, little Ritchie Petrie from the Dick Van Dyke Show. In 2010, Herbie J founded the Classic TV Preservation Society (CTVPS), a formal 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the positive social influence of classic television programming; a core function of which is the Classic TV & Self-Esteem Seminars that are brought to schools, colleges, business, community, and senior centers. Seniors, in particular, respond enthusiastically to the seminars, which many times include six-week programs that allow participants to explore their true life experiences in theatrical productions. Pilato began his career as an NBC Page in 1984, where he worked The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson, after which he became an actor and appeared on TV shows like Highway to Heaven, The Golden Girls, General Hospital, and The Bold and the Beautiful. Recently, Pilato has partnered with executive producers Joel Eisenberg; Steve Hillard and Gilbert Adler to host and co-executive producer for ‘Then Again with Herbie J Pilato’, a new Amazon Prime talk show geared toward classic television celebrities. For more information on the Cerritos Library author series, contact (562) 916-1350 or visit cerritoslibrary.us. To purchase the book visit Pilato’s website at www.herbiejpilato.com

LOW-COST PET VACCINES & MICROCHIPPING AT LA MIRADA’S SUMMER CONCERT Pet vaccines and veterinarian services will be available on Thursday, June 27 at the Summer Concert at Regional Park. Veterinarian services will be provided by H.E.A.R.T. (Healthcare & Emergency Animal Rescue Team), from 4 to 7 p.m. H.E.A.R.T. is a non-profit dedicated to helping protect pets and people. The following low-cost veterinarian services will be available: Dog Rabies Cat Rabies AVID Microchips for Cats AVID Microchips for Dogs Roundworm de-worming

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Tapeworm de-worming $15 - $35 (depending on weight) Proof of a prior Rabies vaccine should be provided by pet owners to ensure a 3-year rabies vaccination as opposed to a 1-year vaccination. Valid proof in the form of a Rabies Certificate, License Renewal Notice, or license tag is acceptable. Only cash or credit card payment will be accepted for veterinary services (additional $3 charge for credit card payment). Checks are accepted for pet licenses. For additional information regarding the Vaccination Clinic, call (562) 9022334.


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DOWNEY MAYOR'S SERVANT HEART AWARD

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CERRITOS HOSTS ANNUAL STATE OF THE CITY BY TAMMYE MCDUFF

DOWNEY MAYOR Rick Rodriguez and Mayor's Servant Heart Award Recipient, Kathy Ambrosia are joined by her daughters and husband for photos at the Downey City Council meeting June 11th. Photos courtesy of Downey City Hall.

BY TAMMYE MCDUFF “I have searched the entire city for those who go above and beyond the call of duty,” begins Downey Mayor Rick Rodriguez, “Mendy Perez, wrote me a letter about you, Kathy, that you were just this type of person.” The Mayors Servant Heat award is given to those individuals and residents that go above and beyond ‘the call of duty’ in order to assist others in need. Mendy Perez was not in attendance, but nominated Kathy Ambrosia, writing “ It is with great pleasure that I can speak about my friend and colleague is Kathy, and why she is so deserving of the Mayors Servant Heart Award” Kathy Ambrosia has served the Downey Unified School District for 36

years as a dedicated staff member, wearing many hats. Williams Elementary School has seen firsthand the passion that she has shown her students and her community. She has taught a variety of grade levels and has been a categorical resource coordinator for over a decade. “All of our classrooms have benefitted from her creativity and generosity,” writes Perez, “and she holds a special place in the hearts of her students.” Rodriguez presented a Certificate of Merit to Ambrosia for her selfless dedication, while always going above and beyond for others. “Your heartfelt efforts and accomplishments have been an enormous value to our community, helping to further the common goal of making our City a better place,” he adds.

COME PLAY IN THE MUD AT RANCHO LOS CERRITOS

MAKING BRICKS: Kids have fun making brick out of adobe ready for the oven.

BY TAMMYE MCDUFF This summer at the historic Rancho Los Cerritos you can take mud play one step further to make real adobe bricks, plaster the horno [the mud adobe outdoor oven], construct a mini-adobe home and compete in mud relay races, all while learning about Southern California’s rich history and kicking in those feel good endorphins. Mud Mania, is a mud-themed day that has activities for the entire family like panning for gold, digging through the adobe soil in the archaeology area, learning about the insects that live in the soil, throwing a clay pot, and running a mud relay. For those who prefer to stay neat and tidy, activities including fossil-making, Mud Mania trivia, and paper crafts. Live bluegrass music by Southern California Bluegrass band, Grasslands, will accom-

pany the fun. A few things for parents to know: • Admission includes access to all of Mud Mania activities. • Food and drinks will be available for purchase. • Free parking is located in the lot across from our entrance with handicapped parking available. • This event will be a messy, good time! Wear clothes for outdoor play and bring a towel. Bringing a change of clothes and towels for the ride home is strongly suggested. • De-mudding” stations will be available. Mud Mania is scheduled for July 14, 2019 and tickets sell out quickly. You can purchase tickets in advance, general admission is $7.00 and children [3-12] $5.00, from the Rancho website www. rancholoscerritos.org

Cerritos’ State of the City was held last Wednesday at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts with Mayor Naresh Solanki and City Manager Gallucci giving an overview of 2018-2019, while looking back at the City's rich history. The SOC was presented in two parts: Solanki began by listing the many new establishments that have brought their companies to the City, including Eureka Restaurant, State Bank of India, Rice String Noodle Shack, Chicago’s Pizza and HealthCare Partners. The Sheraton Cerritos reopened their newly renovated hotel; complete with a new lobby, registration and concierge area along with Grille 91 offering an updated atmosphere and a new menu. Burglary rates in Cerritos have been reduced by nearly 55 percent, Solanki noted, “the chance that a person will become a victim of a violent crime in Cerritos such as armed robbery or aggravated assault, is 1 in 396. Our city and our neighborhoods are much safer as residents and sheriffs work together.” Solanki noted that the Picerne Family foundation donated $18,000 which was used to purchase high performance ballistic vests to assist with burglary suppression efforts. “Cerritos remains a premiere community in Southern California,” stated Solanki, ”through City Council’s careful stewardship of the City’s finances and community leadership, we continue to maintain an overall strong financial posi-

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CERRITOS CHAMBER CEO SCOTT SMITH ACCEPTS COMMUNICATION OFFICER POSITION AT ABCUSD BY BRIAN HEWS Scott Smith, the long time Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Cerritos Regional Chamber of Commerce, will be leaving his post. But Smith isn't traveling very far. Smith will be taking the newly created Communications Officer a job at the ABCUSD, reporting directly to Superintendent Dr. Mary Sieu. Many ABCUSD observers, including this newspaper, have strongly advocated for a communications officer for the award-winning school district for years, and the contacts that Smith has made through during his time at the chamber will certainly be a welcome addition to ABCUSD staff. Smith endured a rigorous selection process; according to Dr. Sieu, all candidates went through two panels of interviews, the first panel was comprised of District and school site employees and interviewed seven candidates, including Smith. Three interviewees made the cut to the second panel that was comprised of ABC Cabinet Members Superintendent Dr. Mary Sieu told HMG-LCCN, “pending Board approval tonight [June 18 ], we're excited to welcome Scott Smith as our new Communications Officer. He is very familiar with the school communities that we serve in

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It seemed appropriate to meet in Glendale, where Leslie Coombs Brand built a private airstrip in 1919 to host ‘fly-in’ parties for the Hollywood elite. Sitting in Conrad’s Coffee House, built in 1922, sipping coffee in one of the original deep vinyl booths, one couldn’t help but picture the likes of silent screen stars like Fatty Arbuckle or Mary Pickford dining and discussing the reel of the day, right down the street from the famous Tam O’Shanter Restaurant [1925] where Walt Disney was a regular insisting he sit at table 31, which bears a plaque today. The awaited interviewee was running a bit late, sliding into the booth with many apologies, including having too late an evening for her 90th birthday party the evening before. That was okay, because Margaret Kerry Willcox, who was an original Little Rascal, starred in films with The Three Stooges and has been featured on early television shows like the Andy Griffith Show, will now and forever is most famous for one role – she is the original Tinker Bell. Wilcox began her career at the tender age of four years old as Peggy Lynch. She has ridden with the likes of The Lone Ranger, featured in Clutch Cargo, the cult cartoon that managed to mesmerize generations of kids and as a voice over has been used in 21 different dialects, 48 character voices, and 600 animated shows. Miss Margaret as she likes to be addressed is all of five feet tall and every inch is full of spunk and sass, just as Tinker Bell should be. “Well, if it be known, I actually caused the great depression,” stats Willcox, with a gleam in her eye,” I was born in 1929 and everything went downhill from there…. “Joking aside, she lost her mother at the tender age of three, her family disintegrated, and she was adopted by a much older couple who were in their fifties. Her new family thought she was as ‘cute as a bug’ and could rival Shirley Temple, so they put her work. “I am a top flight tap dancer. I would go to auditions and dance and tell them that I was four years old and directors would always say ‘My, isn’t she amazing for her age!’ Now I go to functions and tap dance on stage and people say “My, isn’t she amazing at 90 years young! What goes around comes around,” she laughs. “Anyway, I was called to be an assistant dance director at Fox and having a blast, when I received a call from an agent, to be honest I actually had two or three agents at the time. But this one called and asked if I could get the day off because there is an audition for a pantomimest and dancer for a three and half inch sprite that doesn’t talk. I said, they really need me here on set and the agent said this was for Walt Disney and I jumped at the chance!” Wilcox says that everybody then and

MARGARET KERRY WILLCOX, the original Tinker Bell, creating the character and movements for popular Disney character. now still feels this way, if you get a call from Disney you take it. This wasn’t the first time that Willcox had been called for such a part; she starred in Warner Brothers A Midsummer Night’s Dream [1935] as a fairy.”I was interviewed by the great Mark Davis and on his wall I saw the drawing of Tinker Bell, they had been working on this character for a long time,” she adds. Davis is famous for designing Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, Cruella Devil, Flower, Thumper and Bambi had started the concept of Peter Pan in 1936, but the war got in the way. “I saw the sketch of this creature on the wall and she was so adorable, I knew that this was meant for me,” says Willcox. In the original play Peter Pan, written by Sir James Matthew Barrie in 1904, there was only the briefest mention of Tinker Bell, in a voice over dialect; sitting in the middle of the coffee shop and to everyone’s delight, Willcox recites a scene from the nursery: “There was another light in the room now, a thousand times brighter than the night-lights, and in the time we have taken to say this, it had been in all the drawers in the nursery, looking for Peter's shadow, rummaged the wardrobe and turned every pocket inside out. It was not really a light; it made this light by flashing about so quickly, but when it came to rest for a second you saw it was a fairy, no longer than your hand, but still growing. It was a girl called Tinker Bell exquisitely gowned in a skeleton leaf, cut low and square, through which her figure could be seen to the best advantage. She was slightly inclined to EMBONPOINT. [plump hourglass figure] A moment after the fairy's entrance the window was blown open by the breathing of the little stars, and Peter dropped in. He had carried Tinker Bell part of the way, and his hand was still messy with the fairy dust.

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"Tinker Bell," he called softly, after making sure that the children were asleep, "Tink, where are you?" She was in a jug for the moment, and liking it extremely; she had never been in a jug before. "Oh, do come out of that jug, and tell me, do you know where they put my shadow?" The loveliest tinkle as of golden bells answered him. It is the fairy language. You ordinary children can never hear it, but if you were to hear it you would know that you had heard it once before.” Years later, while dining at Club 33 with Davis, Wilcox asked what possessed him to create such an iconic little creature without underpants, he laughed and said, “Well Margaret as you notice, she does have underpants and they are always clean!” The reason Wilcox could do the scenes is because she is a trained dancer and ‘a little quirky’ she adds which is exactly what they had in mind. She adds that she was not tall and slim as most actresses were she was tiny and has curves – just like Barrie had imagined. “When I did the scene in Marks office, I pretended I was landing on a mirror and looking at fairy self, thinking my hips were too big, and I guess that was exactly what Disney wanted.” They called me the next week and asked when it would be convenient for me to come to work. At the time actors did anything and everything they could to keep working. Wilcox was doing a network show for ABC called The Charlie Ruggles Show and even had her own show on channel 13 called The TeleTeen Reporter as well as starring on a local radio show. “The first time I stepped in front of the camera, on sound stage one, I said Mr. Davis do you want this character to be kooky like Betty Boop or do you want her to above it all like queen of the fairies? He said Margaret; we want it to be you. I replied, gosh golly I think I can do that!” Thus Tinker Bell that we all know and love was created. These days Willcox has written several books about her life as a Disney icon, in ‘Tales of a Pixie Dusted Life’, travels extensively – as a matter of fact she is off to San Jose later this month, then to Mount Airy, North Carolina for the annual Mayberry Days and then on to Knoxville Tennessee – but she wants to bring light to a new booklet called “They All Look Alike To Me.” The delightful lunch continued for almost three hours of animated storytelling by Wilcox “I have been told that Tinker Bell is actually recognized in Outer Mongolia! Can you imagine being that famous?” She adds “I will always protect Tinker Bell, how Mark portrayed her and how Walt imagined her … quirky, sweet, sassy and sprinkling fairy dust wherever she goes.”


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BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN SAFETY OPERATION PLANNED FOR THE CITY OF DOWNEY STAFF REPORT The Downey Police Department will take part in a bicycle and pedestrian safety enforcement operation aimed at educating bicyclists, drivers and pedestrians on traffic laws, rules and responsibilities. This Friday, June 21st and Saturday, June 22nd, officers will be looking for violations made by bicyclists, drivers and pedestrians that put roadway users at risk. These violations include drivers speeding, making illegal turns, failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, failing to stop for signs and signals or any other dangerous violation. Officers will also look for pedestrians who cross the street illegally or fail to yield to drivers who have the right of way. Bike riders will be stopped when riding on the wrong side of the road, not complying with stop signs and signals, or other violation of the same traffic laws that apply to drivers. Bicycle and pedestrian fatalities are rising at an alarming rate. In 2016, 138 bicyclists and 867 pedestrians were killed on California roads. Pedestrian fatalities are up nearly 33 percent from 2012, and the numbers of bicyclists killed are up

nearly 25 percent over the past five years. In 2018, the Downey Police Department has investigated 3 fatalities and 70 injury collisions involving bicyclists and pedestrians. People walking should only cross the street using crosswalks or intersections, preferably with a stop sign or signal. Pedestrians should also look for cars backing up and avoid darting between parked cars, make eye contact with drivers and wear bright clothing during the day and reflective materials or use a flashlight at night. Drivers should wait for pedestrians to cross the street, avoid distractions like using a cell phone, and be courteous and patient. All bike riders are reminded to always wear a helmet; helmets are required by law for those under 18. Bicyclists must travel in the same direction of traffic and have the same requirements as any slow moving vehicle. The Downey Police Department supports the new OTS public awareness campaign, “Go Safely, California.� To find out more about ways to go safely, visit gosafelyca.org. Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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BELLFLOWER'S THOMPSON PARK GARDEN CLUB RECOGNIZED BY COUNCIL BY TAMMYE MCDUFF

Bellflower City Council awarded a Certificate of Recognition to the Thompson Park Garden Club in honor of National Garden Week. Mayor Sonny Santa Ines admitted he was once part of the club and says “I want to come back, when I have time!� “Gardeners have a passion for nurturing the beauty and resources of the Earth through the planting of seeds and carefully tending those seeds into plants,� said Ines, “we want to recognize the efforts of our Thompson Garden Club as they add harmony and nutrition to our lives, by growing and tending herbs, vegetables and flowers in our city.� National Garden Week is held annually the first week of June to promote the beautification, education and environmental efforts of gardening. This week is an opportunity to encourage pride in your community, interest new members, and work with other groups to beautify community surroundings. If you love gardening, want to share plant clippings and garden tips as well as display your blooms the Thompson Park Garden Club in Bellflower is the place to be. Meetings are held the second Tuesday of the month and is free and open to the residents 18 years and older. The club is a 501c3 organization and is always on the lookout for guest speakers

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CERRITOS COLLEGE RUNNING BACK LEAVES LASTING IMPRESSION BY KEANU RUFFO & CINDY CANAS

There are not many running backs coming out of a community college that can break their schools rushing record with 2,111 yards in a season, become the nation’s number one leading rusher and can leave their school by becoming the sixth player all time to do so. Oklahoma Sooner commit, Rhamondre Stevenson, did that all in just one season at Cerritos College. Stevenson, a running back out of Centennial High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, decided to move to California and play his first two years of college at Cerritos. Stevenson chose this route due to that he was a non qualifier coming out of high school which left him with only one option and that was attending a community college. This was the only route Rhamondre could take if he wanted to play at the next level. “I seen a history of guys from Cerritos who made it to the division one level and that motivated me to believe that I can too,” Stevenson said. Cerritos College football head coach Dean Grosfeld, saw the potential Stevenson possessed coming out of high school and automatically knew Rhamondre was the type of running back he wanted on his offense. “We knew all along that as soon as he got in shape, he would be the type of running back that he was.” Throughout his sophomore season, as Stevenson hurdled and ran defenders over,

he became that running back as he averaged 9.5 yards per carry while scoring 16 touchdowns. He said he’s an “awesome human being, great kid, [has] good work ethic, he’s a special talent but also a special kid.” Coach Grosfeld added on by saying how Rhamondre is a better kid off the field than he is on the field. “He’s just a great kid, very respectful, very appreciative [and] hard working. He does the right thing, he’s not a kid that uses alcohol or drugs, he doesn’t do any of that stuff.” Stevenson’s special talent definitely showed when he broke the school’s single game rushing record against Long Beach City community college and the single season rushing record against Golden West Community College which put him over the 2,000 rushing yard mark. Stevenson expressed how blessed he feels to have his name in the record books “Breaking records at Cerritos was an unbelievable feeling because knowing how hard me and my team worked the whole time we were together, it was showing in big ways.” Carl Odom, who played backup to Rhamondre, reflected on how watching Stevenson play made him a better running back. “Watching him definitely made me a better player. I learned more about the position as a whole and how he would put the team on his back at times taught me a lot as well .” One game Stevenson will forever remember as a Falcon will be the last game of the season against Golden West. “Unforgettable” is what Stevenson described that night as. “It was my last night with my juco brothers and coaches and we ended on a great win,” Stevenson said. Odom, who looked up to Rhamondre, described his relationship with him throughout the season. “It was an honor, that’s big bro to me,” he said. Out of all the offers Stevenson had, Oklahoma set itself apart from all others since when they first offered him till the day he committed. Stevenson described his visit to Oklahoma as the icing on the cake for him. “The family atmosphere there was unbelievable. From the coaches, players, fans, and faculty, the history and success of OU can’t be overlooked, especially as a running back.” Coach Grosfeld explained how excited all the coaches including himself will be to see Rhamondre play on tv despite coaching games on saturday as well. “It’ll all be hard for us, but we’ll make sure we’re all taping the games and we’ll support him like crazy. He’s going to do a great job.”

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ARTIST GIVES BACK TO ABC DISTRICT BY TAMMYE MCDUFF

Anthony Rico is a gifted artist and responsible for the two new murals at Furgeson Elementary School in Hawaiian Gardens. “Initially I had met members of the ABC school board while working with an organization called "The Compton Initiative,” said Rico, “but my wife and I had already been interested in the district school of choice policy.” Because Ferguson is a dual emersion school and Rico wanted his children to become bi-lingual, the elementary school was already on his radar. He had already decided that the school was a good school and was determined to volunteer, “Just being able to help them out would be awesome,” Rico added. The Compton Initiative meets four times a year to beautify and improve the city of Compton. They have been around for 12 years and organize about 2500 volunteers into the city for each project. “I lead the mural portion of the Initiative for schools in Compton,” stated Rico, The initial meeting between Rico and Ferguson Principal Alejandro Gutierrez was to discuss the vision and mission of the school, with the dual emersion program as a sort of super power, Rico adds “I know that kids need bright colors and bold letters, so I already had something in mind.” It only took a few weeks to come up with a super hero concept. Rico love of art began when he was in elementary school. He recalls his school had murals on all of the walls and he fell in love with them, “My interest in art grew and I did get caught up in graffiti, but after high school I attended LA Trade Tech and took graphic design classes.” Through Trade Tech Rico was introduced to CHOC hospital and did some lettering and murals for the different wards. Some of his high profile work can be seen at Dodger Stadium and for Samsung in the form of wall graffiti. “This is the first mural I have done for the ABC school district. I would like to give back and really immerse myself into it,” said Rico, “I wanted to help the community in Compton because I grew up in a similar situation. Kids need to that their circumstances, where they live or where they grew up, does not define who they are.”


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EL RANCHO UNIFIED BOARD PRESIDENT LARA SLAMMED POLICE AS 'PIGS' IN TWEET BY BRIAN HEWS In this era of the #MeToo movement, questionable statements or actions by public officials are justifiably being scrutinized and investigated, no matter how old. Assembly woman Cristina Garcia knows this process well, once a champion of the #MeToo movement, she was accused of sexual harassment, drinking and having sex in her office, and using racist and homophobic slurs in front of staffers. And apparently El Rancho Unified School Board President Jose Lara went to the same school as Garcia, learning how to use extremely inappropriate racist language in public. Hews Media Group-Los Cerritos Community News has obtained a tweet by Lara that is so offensive it will likely have all of his critics, and maybe many of his supporters, calling for his immediate resignation from the school board. Lara and his crony, Clerk of the Board Leanne Ibarra, are currently the subject of a recall campaign; the revelation of the highly offensive tweet will add fuel to the movement to remove the controversial figures from the Board. The tweet was posted in 2009 and it is consistent with Lara’s current antiestablishment, anti-law enforcement communist views that he and his partner, Ron Gochez, often espouse on social

SHOCKING TWEET : Lara used a fictitious first grader using an expletive to make his point about a sign concerning his hatred of the police.

media and inside the classrooms where they teach. But the tweet goes beyond Lara’s usual targets, using a fictitious first grade student named “Jorge” to drive his radical left wing view home. The tweet occurred after someone had posted a hand-written sign on a tree in Pico Rivera: The picture made it onto social media and was eventually seen by Lara. Lara posted the picture on his Twitter account and tweeted his shocking statement, obtained by HMG-LCCN, using “Jorge” as the center of the tweet: “First Grade teacher asked the class what kind of sound a pig makes?" Little Jorge jumped up and said, "Hands on the hood, mother F ____er” The statement was clearly aimed at police officers, which Lara likes to call "pigs." HMG-LCCN sent several requests to Lara to confirm the authenticity of the tweet and for a comment on the content. Within minutes of the first email, that portion with the offensive tweet had disappeared; Lara never responded to the requests for comment.

LA MIRADA CRIME SUMMARY June 10 - June 16, 2019 Notable Arrests Five suspects were arrested throughout La Mirada for various warrants and narcotics violations. Residential Burglary A daytime door smash burglary was reported on the 14100 block of El Mirador St. Jewelry was reported stolen. Other Structure Burglary A storage shed was broken into during a daytime burglary on the 13000 block of Santa Gertrudes Ave. Grand Theft Several power gardening tools were reported stolen during a daytime theft on

the 12300 block of La Mirada Blvd. Musical equipment was stolen from an unsecured room on the 12700 block of Santa Gertrudes Ave. Cash was reported stolen on the 14700 block of Biola Ave. Grand Theft Auto A van was reported stolen on the 12300 block of La Mirada Blvd. The vehicle was recovered in La Habra PD's area. A license plate was reported stolen on the 12300 block of La Mirada Blvd. A sedan was reported stolen on the 16100 block of Rosecrans Ave. The vehicle has since been recovered by Norwalk Sheriff's.

LOS ANGELES HARBOR COMMISSIONERS VOTE TO AUTOMATE PORT OF LONG BEACH STAFF REPORT The Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners denied an appeal by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union yesterday which will allow the port to bring in automated equipment. On a 3-2 vote, the commission denied the appeal that sought to block the approval of a permit application by APM Terminal. The long-awaited vote followed many emotionally charged debates over how automation will affect jobs. Commissioners Diane Middleton and Anthony Pirozzi voted with the union, while Jaime L. Lee, Lucia Moreno-Linares and Edward Renwick denied the appeal. A large crowd gathered at the Cruise

Terminal baggage handling facility in San Pedro to protest the permit. “This is an incredibly difficult situation for us on the board,” Renwick told the Long Beach Press Telegram, “we have two very important partners arguing with each other and we’re caught in the middle.” Wim Lagaay, president & CEO of APM Terminals North America welcomed the commission’s decision. The PT reported that when the commission voted to deny the appeal, union members turned their backs on the panel. At times, they shouted disapproval and approval toward commissioners, but mostly stuck to silent thumbs up and thumbs down gestures.

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operated brewery out of Long Beach. The name Ten Mile Brewing comes from the Kings Canyon National Park where the family has owned a cabin and been vacationing for several generations. Solid Coffee Roasters roasts their own beans and is committed to making sure that people experience the delight of drinking good coffee that hasn’t been sitting for weeks on store shelves. In addition to providing unique beverages, they have created a business model that allows any organization or company to make their own branded flavor. With coffee comes Cassidy’s Corner, creating bagels, their own cream cheese blends and “bagel bombs,” like a donut hole but infused with all sorts of creamy goodness. Locals know Cassidy’s Corner well from their store in Lakewood where they consistently have lines out the door for their homemade bagels and Acia bowls. The Standing Room is a burger/sandwich place offering soft shell crab and short rib burgers and of course, garlic parmesan fries. The Standing Room be-

gan by selling homemade burgers out of a tiny space in the back of a liquor store in Redondo Beach. The incredible burgers earned a cult following where the store had quite literally, standing room only. Not your ordinary chicken place, Fritzi Coop calls itself the home of naked fried chicken. Their signature sandwich is triple-battered buttermilk fried chicken goodness with house-made pimento cheese, lettuce, tomato & sliced pickles. Adding to the array of food fare is Pholanthropy, a Vietnamese concept built to promote the welfare of others through donation to good causes while enjoying delicious bowls of pho. Long Beach Creamery handcrafts ice cream delights, focusing on local, organic ingredients to create their signature flavors of ice cream like roasted strawberry or blueberry donut. PRIME by Shenandoah is a concept built on the sturdy foundation of a local comfort food restaurant. Shenandoah

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he death of Edgar Allan Poe on October 7, 1849, has remained a mystery. The circumstances leading up to it are uncertain and the cause of death has been wildly disputed with as many theories as he had stories. Speculation as to what caused Poe's death include suicide, murder, cholera, hypoglycemia, rabies, syphilis, influenza, and that Poe was a victim of cooping. Set amid the century old Victorian homes in Heritage Square Park, the Downtown Repertory Theater [DRT] allows visitors to trespass into the world of Poe, for an immersive theater experience exploring the strange life and mysterious death of the original macabre scribe. Guests are greeted at the Palms Depot [1875], and given a hooded cloak to wear. Actors chat with attendees about how they arrived in Los Angeles, by coach or train and discuss the weather, as is was in the 1800’s. As guests stroll the grounds of Heritage Square, making their way back to the Lincoln Avenue Methodist Church [1897] the audience is met with many of the play’s actors, engaging each one in discussion, song, or political debate. Staged in both interior and exterior locations, the strange life and mysterious death of Poe dramatically emerges as audience members decide which characters to follow in this emotional charged theatrical event. Beginning with the death of his mother and progressing into his childhood with adoptive parents John and Frances Allan of Richmond, Virginia, the play quickly develops the relationship between John Allen and Poe as the two repeatedly clash over money, gambling and Poe’s writing endeavors. The humor and tragedy of Poe’s life unfolds against the 19th Century background, as the play reveals how those

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around the famed literary figure – whose life ended tragically in 1849 – twisted the facts, re-shaded events and manipulated Poe’s legacy for vengeance. DRT provides four actors to portray Poe, early adulthood, as editor in Baltimore, husband to Virginia Clem and the fourth as the elder writer who is seen to have discussions between good and evil and the state of his soul. A spectator could view the production a dozen times and never see the same show twice. If you’ve only seen it once, you haven’t seen it all,” says director Devon Armstrong. This production features 15 actors, multiple storylines, and opportunities for audience members to arrive at their own conclusions about what really happened during Poe’s final days. On October 3, 1849, Poe was found delirious on the streets of Baltimore, "in great distress, and… in need of immediate assistance", according to Joseph W. Walker who found him. He was taken to Washington Medical College where he died on Sunday, October 7, 1849 at 5:00 in the morning. He was not coherent long enough to explain how he came to be in his dire condition and, oddly, was wearing clothes that were not his own. He is said to have repeatedly called out the name "Reynolds" on the night before his death, though it is unclear to whom he was referring. Some sources say that Poe's final words were "Lord help my poor soul". All medical records for Poe have been lost, including his death certificate. The world premiere of “The Assassination of Edgar Allan Poe,” will present 18 performances from June 7 to August 17, 2019 in and around the Victorian mansions of Highland Park’s Heritage Square Museum. For more information regarding times, dates and tickets visit www.downtownrep. com

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THE DEATH of Edgar Allen Poe on October 7, 1849, has remained a mystery. The Assassination of Edgar Allen Poe set allows visitors to trespass into the world of Poe for an immersive theater experience set amid the century old Victorian homes in Heritage Square Park at the Downtown Repertory Theater.


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on Nielsen hasn’t slowed down for anything for over three decades and he has no intentions of doing so anytime soon. Nielsen, the former offensive coordinator/recruiting coordinator for the Cerritos High and Gahr High football teams has now dipped his feet into a new adventure. Nielsen, who has been involved in travel softball previously, has his own team that he runs, manages and coaches himself, along with former Mayfair High and University of Memphis softball standout Tyler Johnson. That team would be the Athletics 14-Under. Many know Nielsen from his days at Gahr from 2005-2013 when he guided his nephews Corey (2005-2008) and Casey (2009) and other quarterbacks to some of the top passing marks in the state. Now, he is coaching his daughter, Jadyn, with the Athletics. Jadyn, who is primarily a shortstop but can also pitch, just finished an outstanding freshman season at Cerritos. “It’s kind of an evolution, again,” Nielsen said. “Even when I had Corey, Casey, Colby and even my son, J.J., I was coaching for the city of Cerritos sports, whether it was baseball, basketball, soccer [or] football. So really, the base of my coaching started at the youth level, going all the way up until we got to high school. When Jadyn started playing, I got kind of fully immersed in softball. When she started playing travel, I was talked out of running my own team by a couple of organizations that I won’t name. I actually believed that, and I tested the waters.” Nielsen says he got involved with travel ball four years ago and immediately liked it because he kind

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FORMER CERRITOS AND GAHR HIGH FOOTBALL COACH JON NIELSEN NOW MANAGING TRAVEL SOFTBALL TEAM BY LOREN KOPFF @LORENKOPFF ON TWITTER

JON NIELSEN, manager of the Athletics 14-Under travel ball team, with his daughter and current Cerritos High standout Jadyn Nielsen.

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of uses all his different things that he does for a living with the brand management and marketing. Nielsen, who is keeping up with the silent title as Mr. Everything, owns The Aquaries Group, LLC. Among his current clients are Kolten Wong of the St. Louis Cardinals, former Gahr standouts and current National Football League players Josh Perkins and Dwayne Washington and the music group Boyz II Men. “Jadyn and I played for a few different teams and I came to the same thing,” Nielsen said. “These guys don’t know what they’re doing. There’s a lot of bad coaching out there. Again, I kind of know how things work and how things have to be, and I was like, ‘this can’t be the way’. So, with that and a couple of [other] things I’m decided to do my own thing. That’s how I started doing my own team.” Nielsen, who was involved with Cerritos Girls Softball from 20112014, had attached himself to other organizations as a favor and helped spread the word about their teams. The Athletics has always been his vision and started with a 12-Under team a little over four years ago, the Easton Wahine Softball. He then switched over to Easton Preps for a year, then to American Athletics before dropping the American to go with his current Athletics. He has always trained at an Anaheim-based facility called Stars (Sports Training and Rehabilitation Services) and now uses that as his home base for the Athletics. Stars owner Jason David, a former defensive back who won a Super Bowl with the Indianapolis Colts, has

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been a ‘great asset’ for the Athletics, according to Nielsen. “I do everything; I wear all the hats, which is fine,” Nielsen said. “Because, I only have to worry about my team. I don’t have to worry about anybody else. People always ask, do you want to do an organization? I say no. I [tell them] I’m going to ride this team out.” In the business of, ‘it’s not what you know but who you know’, Nielsen has used his contacts and connections with the state of Hawai’i and brought on board four players from the Aloha state to his squad of 13 players. While it’s not uncommon for travel softball teams on the mainland to have a player or two from Hawai’i, it’s rare that you see a team field as many as four players. But at the same time, travel softball has become more and more popular on the islands. “It just kind of goes back with what I do,” Nielsen said. “I do cater to the market of Hawai’i with the athletes and the companies that I work with. I always wanted to create a platform like I did with football for softball. I wanted a platform where I could showcase girls that weren’t necessarily showcased in a great way or didn’t have a vehicle to do that. “There’s a lot of talent in Hawai’i,” he added. “A lot of those girls don’t have the resources to come out here to be seen or to be showcased the right way.” Nielsen, who has always given back to the City of Cerritos and others for a few decades, has always controlled and navigated all his teams even though they have gone under a couple of organizations. He has also been able to have some of his professional clients help fund the Athletics and even some ‘cool companies’ who support what he is doing. “It comes down to credibility,” Nielsen said. “A lot of guys are hype guys. I’ve never pushed one kid that I didn’t think could play at that level, and that’s why I still, to this day, have college coaches call me about kids in the area. To have that authenticity, to have that credibility is everything. All I know is this, whenever I play in a showcase, I know what schools are going to come watch. “Everything flowed out of this thing for a reason,” Nielsen later added. “I never said I wanted to be this, that or whatever. I just knew that playing professional football was going to open up doors for me, and the relationships I have with that. And it’s still producing fruit from the tree.” Like many coaches out there, whether at the recreational, or youth or high school level, Nielsen says this is all about helping young female student athletes achieve their full potential, both in the classroom and on the dirt. Some, especially in the past, may not agree or like Nielsen or some of his tactics. But he reiterates that he takes what he does very seriously, and he has 13 parents that believe in his vision for their kids and they trust him to navigate his college recruiting process. “With the NCAA rule change, it is essential for the players to develop their skills until their junior year when colleges can have official contact with them,” Nielsen said. “I have about a year and a half left with this group of talented young ladies. We are playing in some pretty high-profile college showcases the rest of this year: Champions Cup in Irvine and Legacy

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Miller 7-1 and the Ohana-Estrada 3-2 in the playoffs. The Punishers will be in the PGF Fresno Qualifier this weekend. After that, his team will be in the Triple Crown Sports World Series in Park City, Utah from July 15-20. Another 16-Under team, this one coached by Joseph Alvarez, was also in the Father’s Day Legacy Tournament and won its two pool play games before defeating the California Ladyhawks 6-3 in its first playoff contest. The Punishers proceeded to capture wins over the Firecrackers-Ramos/Valenzuela and the other Punishers team to win the tournament. The Alvarez-coached Punishers will play in some friendlies the rest of this month and be in a showcase tournament the first weekend of July. The 14-Under team, coached by Andy Macias, will be in the Triple Crown Sports Red, White, Blue Tournament this weekend at Dana Hills High before taking next weekend off. His team will then spend the first two weekends of July playing friendlies before going to the USA National Championship July 17-21.

ARTESIA PUNISHERS’ TEAMS STAYING BUSY IN PREPARATION FOR JULY TOURNAMENTS BY LOREN KOPFF @LORENKOPFF ON TWITTER Zoom Into June as well as the Surf City Tourneys June Premier Showcase, both held the weekend of June 7-9. The next major event his team will participate in will be the prestigious Amateur Softball Association’s Champions Cup in Irvine, held July 10-14. The 16-Under team coached by Vince Gonzales, was in the USA Softball Father’s Day Legacy Tournament at South Gate Park where it went 3-0 in pool play action, outscoring the opposition 22-5. The Punishers took that momentum all the way to the championship game where they knocked off Team

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Continued from page 3 tion with healthy reserves and substantial asset holdings for long-term fiscal security.” Cerritos recently received a grant for $211,000 from Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), for the 21st consecutive year named Tree City USA, received $340,000 grant from California Highway Safety Improvement Program for traffic signal improvements, and all streetlights in the City’s residential tracts and arterial streets to LED technology. LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn donated $110,000 to support the CCPA’s Arts Education Program that holds eight educational daytime performances throughout the season for K-12 students. During its 26th season, the CCPA and its partners presented 113 performances and hosted more than 86,000 patrons and students. Cerritos Senior Center celebrated its 25th anniversary in January. City Council presented highlights of 25 years of service at the anniversary Dinner Dance. The Center held over 200 lectures on senior related education and topics, including care giving and support group information. Well deserved accolades were give to the ABC Unified School District for Cerritos and Whitney High Schools recognition as 2019 California Distinguished Schools and Tracy High school receiving the 2019 Model Continuation Award. Wittman Elementary School and Carmenita Middle School received 2018-2019 Civic Learning Awards of Merit. City Manager Art Gallucci gave a bit of history on the City of Cerritos as it turns 63 years old. Dwight D. Eisenhower was president at the time, the average retail price of gas was .30 cents a gallon and a loaf of bread cost .18 cents. Incorporated in 1956 as Dairy Valley it was home to 3,500 residents and 32,000 cows. Among valued citizens were 83,000 chickens and 9,600 turkeys. The city sported 105 acres of row crops including fields of strawberries and sugar beets. Dairy Valley officially changed its name to Cerritos in 1957. Cerritos is home to 25 parks and recreation facilities that offer classes, special events and resident excursions. The Sheriff’s department is home to 67 sworn Sheriff Deputies, 18 professional staff and four reserve deputies that proved law enforcement services. Cerritos Auto Square continues to be the number one employment location with 3,000 employees; an impressive 61,000 vehicles being sold or leased and

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Continued from page 3 ABCUSD. He understands the need to broadly communicate our efforts regarding the Bond Measure as well as update the communities about our schools and the District. He'll be a great asset to our District as we move forward."

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Continued from page 1 dedicated for the City bus only, and said the City is in the process of transitioning to an all electric fleet. “As you may have read in the paper,” said Rawlings, ”there are several companies coming out with electric pickup trucks, and we are looking forward to taking advantage of these vehicles in the next few fiscal years.” After the City fully incorporates electric vehicles, it will then be up to Council to determine whether the charging station can open to the public.

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CLASS OF 2019 EARNS OVER $31 MILLION IN SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS” FROM ABCUSD ABC Unified School District’s Class of 2019 is comprised of 1,487 graduates, who were awarded $31,638,198 in scholarships and grants. This total represents an increase in $15.6 million since 2014 and a $3.7 million increase from the previous year. ARTESIA HIGH SCHOOL’S 296 graduates were awarded $5.1 million in scholarships and grants. School acceptances include: UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, UC Merced, CSU Long Beach, CSU Dominguez Hills, CSU Fullerton, CSU East Bay, California State Polytechnic Pomona, CSU San Francisco, UNLV, AMDA College and Conservatory, Whittier College, Grand Canyon University, California Lutheran, Biola University, Aurora University, Chapman University, Northern Arizona University, Cerritos College, Long Beach City College, Cypress College, Orange Coast College, Salt Lake City College CERRITOS HIGH SCHOOL’S 502 graduates were awarded $9.3 million in scholarships and grants. School acceptance include: Yale University, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Cruz, USC, California State Polytechnic San Luis Obispo, California State Polytechnic Pomona, CSU Fullerton, CSU Long Beach, Alabama A&M University, Arizona State University, Azusa Pacific University, Biola University, Boston College, Boston University, California Lutheran University, Chapman University, Dickinson College, Duke University, Johns Hopkins University, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Mount Saint Mary’s University, Occidental College, Otis College of Art and Design, Pennsylvania State University, Pepperdine University, San Diego State University, Whittier College, Cerritos College, Cypress College GAHR HIGH SCHOOL’S 407 graduates were awarded $7.8 million in scholarships and grants. School acceptances include Harvard, UCLA, UC Irvine, UC Davis, UC Riverside, UC San Diego, UC Santa Cruz, UC Santa Barbara, California State Polytechnic

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FULL CLOSURE OF SOUTHBOUND I-710 THIS WEEKEND Calltrans announces extended weekend closures and the closures of on/ off-ramps on Interstate 710 (I-710) for a road resurfacing and bridge widening project. Residents and local businesses located near the freeway may experience noise, vibrations and dust associated with construction activities. Beginning on Friday, June 21, full closures of southbound I-710 between Bandini Blvd. and Slauson Ave. will occur overnight and re-open with extended closures restricting traffic to two lanes on Saturday and Sunday

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Continued from page 10 in Atlanta this summer and D9 in Orlando during the fall. I look forward to what the future brings. I never thought I would be doing this with such a passion. So, who knows what this year will spawn off into for my career.” The Athletics recently went 5-0 in the Triple Crown Sports Zoom Into June Tournament in Riverside, their first showcase tournament this summer. Nielsen, who was a quarterback for seven teams from five football leagues from 1996-2001 and was a scout for the Calgary Stampeders and Ottawa Renegades of the Canadian Football League from 2004-2006, still leaves the door open for coaching professional football one day. But right now, his attention is on softball and it seems to be that way until at least when his daughter graduates from high school.

He doesn’t take vacations with his wife and family and says he will slow down when his job is done, and who knows after that. “I don’t think a parent’s job is ever done,” Nielsen said. “But I think a coach’s job is done when you can hand your kids and your product off to somebody else you trust and know they’re in good hands. “I’ve always said that I would have liked to have taken my offense to college, and I’ve had that opportunity a couple of different times,” Nielsen continued. “But things didn’t work out. In another life, I probably would have been an NFL head coach by now if I had taken the path that was offered to me right when I got done playing. But I chose not to. I made a promise to Corey when he was in the third grade I would come back and coach him. The rest is history. Numbers don’t lie.”

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NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: CARMEN ROSA DELGADO CASE NO. 19STPB04912 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the WILL or estate, or both of CARMEN ROSA DELGADO. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by EDWARD H. DELGADO in the Superior Court of California, County of LOS ANGELES. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that EDWARD H. DELGADO be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests the decedent's WILL and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The WILL and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act . (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: 07/12/19 at 8:30AM in Dept. 2D located at 111 N. HILL ST., LOS ANGELES, CA 90012 IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in section 58(b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California law. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner BRIAN S. MANDEL - SBN 189065 THE LAW OFFICES OF BRIAN S. MANDEL, INC. 7700 IRVINE CENTER DRIVE, SUITE 800 IRVINE CA 92619 BSC 217089 6/14, 6/21, 6/28/19 CNS-3261925# LOS CERRITOS COMMUNITY NEWS T.S. No.: 9551-3631 TSG Order No.: 090435030 A.P.N.: 8061-025-005 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 03/01/2007. 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. Affinia Default Services, LLC, as the duly appointed Trustee, under and pursuant to the power of sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust Recorded 03/16/2007 as Document No.: 20070592853, of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, California, executed by: MARIA ANTONIETTA LINKEVITCH, AN UNMARRIED WOMAN, as Trustor, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH (payable in full at time of sale by cash, a cashier's check drawn by a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state). All right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County and state, and as more fully described in the above referenced Deed of Trust. Sale Date & Time: 07/02/2019 at 10:00 AM Sale Location: Behind the fountain located in Civic Center Plaza, 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona, CA 91766 The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 14522 SAN DIEGUITO DR, LA MIRADA, CA 90638-4326 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made in an “AS IS” condition, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust, to-wit: $468,629.03 (Estimated). Accrued interest and additional advances, if any, will increase this figure prior to sale. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder's office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. 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, 916-939-0772 for information regarding the trustee’s sale or visit this Internet Web site, www.nationwideposting.com, for information regarding the sale of this property, using the file number assigned to this case, T.S.# 9551-3631. 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. 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. Affinia Default Services, LLC 301 E. Ocean Blvd. Suite 1720 Long Beach, CA 90802 833-290-7452 For Trustee Sale Information Log On To: www.nationwideposting.com or Call: 916-939-0772. Affinia Default Services, LLC, Omar Solorzano, Foreclosure Associate This communication is an attempt to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. However, if you have received a discharge of the debt referenced herein in a bankruptcy proceeding, this is not an attempt to impose personal liability upon you for payment of that debt. In the event you have received a bankruptcy discharge, any action to enforce the debt will be taken against the property only. NPP0354056 To: LA MIRADA LAMPLIGHTER 06/07/2019, 06/14/2019, 06/21/2019

JUNE 21, 2019

CITY OF COMMERCE PUBLIC WORKS AND DEVELOPMENT SERVICES DEPARTMENT NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Commerce will conduct a public hearing to consider the proposed Citadel Outlets Expansion and 10-Acre Development Project (hereinafter referred to as the “Proposed Project”). Said public hearing will be held before the City Council of the City of Commerce in the Council Chambers, 5655 Jillson Street, Commerce, CA, on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. The subject property consists of approximately 44-acres located on the north side of Telegraph Road between Hoefner Avenue on the west and Washington Boulevard on the east (hereinafter referred to as the Project Area). The Project Area (please see Exhibit A attached hereto) consists of three distinct elements: Area 1 (approximately 8-acres) is located within the eastern portion of the existing Citadel outlets shopping center; Area 2 (approximately 26-acres) includes an area located between the existing Citadel Outlets and the industrial buildings located along the west side of Tubeway Avenue; and Area 3 (approximately 10-acres) is located on the northwest corner of the Telegraph Road/Washington Boulevard intersection. The industrial uses located along the west side of Tubeway Avenue and the Commerce Casino and Hotel are not part of the Proposed Project and, as a result, are located outside of the Project Area. The City Council will review the recommendation of the Planning Commission to approve the Proposed Project. The Proposed Project includes, among other things, the following actions: 1) adoption of a Resolution to certify the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR), Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program, and Statement of Overriding Considerations pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA); 2) adoption of an ordinance for Development Agreement No. 18-032 and Zone Change to rezone a portion of Area 1 from the M-2 Zone to the C-2 Zone; and 3) an ordinance for Development Agreement No. 18-033 and Zone Change to rezone Area 3 from the C-2 Zone to the C-2/PF/M2 Zone. The Development Agreements include a Master Sign Plan for Area 1, Area 2, and Area 3. The Final EIR, including the Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program and Statement of Overriding Considerations is available for public review online at the City’s website, www.ci.commerce. ca.us For further information or questions regarding the Proposed Project, please contact Manuel Acosta at (323) 722-4805, extension 2378 or Joseph Palombi at (323) 722-4805, extension 2250. THE CITY OF COMMERCE Rene Bobadilla Assistant City Manager

NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: JOYCE M. SENESKI CASE NO. 19STPB05052 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the WILL or estate, or both of JOYCE M. SENESKI. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by LORETTA RAE WETMORE in the Superior Court of California, County of LOS ANGELES. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that LORETTA RAE WETMORE 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 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: 07/02/19 at 8:30AM in Dept. 29 located at 111 N. HILL ST., LOS ANGELES, CA 90012 IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in section 58(b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California law. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner ROBERT C. EROEN, ESQ. - SBN 170255 HILL, FARRER & BURRILL, LLP 300 SOUTH GRAND AVENUE, 37TH FLOOR LOS ANGELES CA 90071 6/7, 6/14, 6/21/19 CNS-3260321# LOS CERRITOS COMMUNITY NEWS

NOTICE OF WAREHOUSE LIEN SALE Please take notice that, in accordance with California Commercial Code Sections 7209 and 7210, notice having been given to all parties believed to claim an interest and the time specified for payment in the notice having expired, the undersigned is entitled to a warehouse lien against that certain mobilehome described as a 1971 SKYLINE mobilehome, decal number AAI9543, serial numbers S11831XX and S11831XXU, label/insignia numbers A459624 and A459625, now situated at 12550 E. Carson Street, Space 39, Hawaiian Gardens, California 90716. The parties believed to claim an interest in the mobilehome are: James W. Booterbaugh, Estate of James W. Booterbaugh, Brian J. Booterbaugh, Estate of Brian J. Booterbaugh, Linda K. Booterbaugh, Donald Booterbaugh. Take further notice that the mobilehome will be sold at public auction for removal only at 9:00 a.m. on July 8, 2019, at Lakewood Mobile Estates, Park Office, located at 12550 E. Carson Street, Hawaiian Gardens, California 90716. In order to prevent the mobilehome from being sold at the noticed sale, the amount of $2,642.80 must be paid by any person claiming a right in the mo-bilehome, prior to the sale date, and the mobilehome must then be promptly removed from the park. This amount includes estimated storage charges, publication charges, attorneys fees, incidental and/or transportation charges, as provided in the Commercial Code, and is subject to further adjustment. Dowdall Law Offices, A.P.C.; Robin G. Eifler, Esq., 284 N. Glassell Street, Orange, California 92866; Attorneys and Authorized Agent for Lakewood Mobile Estates. 9690 Published at Los Cerritos Community News 6/21 and 6/28/19

Published at Los Cerritos Community News 6/21/19 NOTICE OF SALE OF ABANDONED PROPERTY Notice is given that pursuant to sections 21700-21713 of the Business and Professions Code, Section 2328 of the Commercial Code, Section 535 of the Penal Code. 1812.607, that Cherry Carson RV Storage 4160 Cherry Ave. Long Beach CA, 90807, will sell by competitive bidding by Climer’s Auctions ( Bond #5181494 ), on or after July 9, 2019 @ 10:30 a.m., property belonging to those listed below. Auction is to be held at the above address. Property to be sold as follows: microwave, dollie, wood trunks, saw, wooden shelf unit, mailbox station, totes, and vacuum belonging to the following. NAME Craig James Sweitzer

UNIT # B25

This notice is given in accordance with the provisions of Section 21700 et seq. of the Business and Professions Code of the State of California. Sales subject to prior cancellation in the event of settlement between Owner and obligated party. Published at Los Cerritos Community News 6/21 and 6/28/19

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To advertise call 562-407-3873 CITY OF CERRITOS STATE OF CALIFORNIA NOTICE TO BIDDERS OF THE CONSTRUCTION OF ROOFING IMPROVEMENTS AT CERRITOS PARK EAST COMMUNITY CENTER PROJECT NO. 18103, BID NO. 1373-19

Notice is hereby given that the City Council of the City of Cerritos, County of Los Angeles, State of California, hereby invites sealed bids for the following project: Project Identification:

CONSTRUCTION OF ROOFING IMPROVEMENTS AT CERRITOS PARK EAST COMMUNITY CENTER, PROJECT NO. 18103, BID NO. 1373-19

Project Description:

The work or improvements to be performed generally consist of providing all labor, material, tools and equipment necessary to re-roof the Cerritos Park East Community Center located at 13234 East 166th Street. An additive alternative provides for a photovoltaic system to be installed on the concrete roof tiles.

Mandatory, Pre-Bid Conference:

10:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 9, 2019 13234 East 166th Street, Cerritos, California

Bids must be received on or before:

11:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Place of bid receipt:

Office of the City Clerk, City Hall 18125 Bloomfield Avenue, First Floor Cerritos, California 90703 Bids must be marked: “CONSTRUCTION OF ROOFING IMPROVEMENTS AT CERRITOS PARK EAST COMMUNITY CENTER, PROJECT NO. 18103, BID NO. 1373-19.”

All bids shall be made on the form furnished by the City and shall be opened and publicly read aloud at the above-stated time in the Office of the City Clerk of the City of Cerritos, City Hall. Obtaining Contract Documents: A set of Contract Documents, including the plans and specifications, may be purchased at the Engineering Division of the City of Cerritos for $10.00 ($15.00 if mailing is requested). There will be no refund for return of the Contract Documents. Return of such documents is not required. Each bid shall be accompanied by bid security referred to in the Contract Documents and by a list of proposed subcontractors. Evidence of insurance, a performance bond, and a labor and materials bond as specified in the Contract Documents will be required prior to execution of the contract. In accordance with Public Contract Code section 22300, the bidder who is awarded the contract may substitute securities for retention moneys withheld by a public agency to ensure performance under the contract. The procedure and requirements for substituting said securities is set forth in Public Contract Code section 22300, which is incorporated by this reference as set forth herein. The City reserves the right to reject any and all bids, or portions thereof, or to waive any informality or irregularity in a bid to the extent allowed by law. No bid will be accepted from a contractor who has not been licensed in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 9, Division III of the California Business and Professions Code. The contractor must possess a license of the following classification at the time the contract is awarded (and must maintain this license classification through completion of the project): “B.” The bidder's attention is also directed to Section 7028.15 of the Business and Professions Code for further reference. Only a contractor or subcontractor who currently is registered with the California Department of Industrial Relations (“DIR”) to bid on public works contracts in California, pursuant to Labor Code Section 1725.5, shall be permitted to submit or be listed on a bid. No bid shall be accepted, nor any contract or subcontract entered into, without proof of the contractor or subcontractor’s current registration to perform public work pursuant to Labor Code Section 1725.5. Pursuant to the provisions of Section 1770, et seq., of the California Labor Code, the DIR has determined the general prevailing rate of wages and employer payments for health and welfare, vacations, pensions and similar purposes applicable to the work to be done. These rates shall be the minimum rates for this project. Copies of the prevailing wage rates are on file at City Hall, located at 18125 Bloomfield Avenue, Cerritos, California, 90703, and shall be available to any interested party upon request. In addition, rates may be obtained by visiting www.dir.ca.gov/OPRL/pwd/, calling the DIR, Division of Labor Statistics and Research’s Prevailing Wage Unit at (415) 703-4774, faxing the Prevailing Wage Unit at (415) 703-4771, or writing to: DIR, Division of Labor Statistics and Research, Prevailing Wage Unit, P.O. Box 420603, San Francisco, CA, 94142. The contractor to whom the contract is awarded, and the subcontractors under him, must not pay less than these rates for this area to all workers employed in the execution of the contract. The bidder’s attention is further directed to Section 9204 of the Public Contract Code regarding the claims resolution process for all public works projects. Any dispute or claim against the City under a public works project shall be processed in accordance with Section 9204 of the Public Contract Code and any other applicable law. By order of the City of Cerritos. Dated/posted/published: June 21, 2019 Published at Los Cerritos Community News 6/21/19 NOTICE OF SALE OF ABANDONED PROPERTY Notice is given that pursuant to sections 21700-21713 of the Business and Professions Code, Section 2328 of the Commercial Code, Section 535 of the Penal Code. 1812.607, that Norwalk Self Storage at 11564 E. Firestone Blvd., Norwalk, CA 90650 will sell by competitive bidding by Climer’s Auctions ( Bond # 5181494 ), on or after JULY 9, 2019 @ 10:00 a.m., property belonging to those listed below. Auction is to be held at the above address. Property to be sold as follows: racks, black cases, pool table parts, washer, dryer, ice chest, sofa, tool box, totes, boxes, refrigerator, rug, gumball machine, desks, bikes, tables, stove, pet carrier, heater, EZup, ladders, glass, wheelchair, monitor, chest, hand tools, loose clothing, box spring mattress, loose bedding, bowling bag, suitcases, headboard/footboard, chest of drawers, filing cabinets, chairs, air tank, plant, fan, sofa, hats, computer towers, vacuum, dollies, charcoal, AC, compressor, brooms, fishing poles, couch, shoes, back pack, BBQ, speakers, stereo equipment, racks, material, scooter, ball, mirror, fishing poles, lamp, and pans belonging to the following. NAME

MELITHIA BUTLER OLIVIA ROSE MICHAEL RAY OLIVERAS JOHNETTE SALHUS / HUMBLE HOUSE LLC ALFONSO FRANCISCO Q ADUNA / QJJJJ56 SANDRI JACQUELINE GALICIA BARRY NOBLE ANGELICA MARIA GARCIA ROBERT THOMAS LOPEZ VERONICA A WILLIAMS / TUTORING CLUB OF SANTA MONICA MAYRA CRISTAL LOZANO

UNIT B499 B250 B673 A191 A193 A230 A336 B249 B165 B827 B705

This notice is given in accordance with the provisions of Section 21700 et seq. of the Business and Professions Code of the State of California. Sales subject to prior cancellation in the event of settlement between Owner and obligated party. Publication Dates: JUNE 21, 2019 and JUNE 28, 2019.

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING CITY OF CERRITOS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Cerritos will hold a public hearing on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. on the following matter: REVIEW AND CONSIDERATION OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS 2019 PUBLIC HEALTH GOAL ASSESSMENT This City Council hearing will be held in the Council Chambers of the Cerritos City Hall, 18125 Bloomfield Avenue, located at Bloomfield Avenue and 183rd Street, Cerritos, California. The Cerritos Water Supply Public Health Goal Assessment has been prepared as a part of the City’s compliance with the Calderon-Sher Safe Drinking Water Act of 1996, which requires that water utilities serving more than 10,000 service connections prepare a report every three years for contaminants that exceed Public Health Goals (Health and Safety Code Section 116470 (2) [b]). Written comments will be accepted through 5:00 p.m. July 3, 2019 and should be sent or hand delivered to: City of Cerritos Water Division 18125 Bloomfield Avenue P.O. Box 3130 Cerritos, CA 90703 Should you have any questions, please call Bob Ortega, Water Superintendent, at (562) 916-1223. Copies of the report are available for inspection at the City Clerk’s Office, City of Cerritos, 18125 Bloomfield Avenue, Cerritos, CA 90703, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and via the City’s website at www. cerritos.us. Dated: June 21, 2019

/s/Vida Barone Vida Barone, City Clerk

Published at Los Cerritos Community News 6/21/19 CITY OF COMMERCE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT NO. 535 5300 East Washington Boulevard NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Planning Commission of the City of Commerce will conduct a public hearing on a request from Freddy Cordova, on behalf of El Cafetalito Restaurant for a Conditional Use Permit to allow for the on-site sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages (Type 41, On-Sale Beer and Wine) at an existing sit-down restaurant, located at 5300 E Washington, Commerce, CA 90040. Pursuant to Chapter 19.31, Division 3 of the Commerce Municipal Code, a Conditional Use Permit is required for on-site consumption of alcoholic beverages in conjunction with food sales. Said public hearing will be held before the Planning Commission of the City of Commerce in the Council Chambers, 5655 Jillson Street, Commerce, CA, on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 6:30 p.m., at which time proponents and opponents of the proposed Conditional Use Permit will be heard. Per Government Code Section 65009, if you challenge this Conditional Use Permit 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 Planning Commission at, or prior to, the public hearing. THE PLANNING COMMISSION Maryam Babaki Published at Los Cerritos Community News 6/14/19 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE Recording requested by: TS No. CA-19-848831-NJ Order No.: 190629624-CA-VOI YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 12/23/2017. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. A public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier's check drawn on a state or national bank, check drawn by state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, or savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 to the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state, will be held by duly appointed trustee. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the accrued principal sum of the note(s) secured by the Deed of Trust, with interest and late charges thereon, as provided in the note(s), advances, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, fees, charges and expenses of the trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. BENEFICIARY MAY BID LESS THAN THE TOTAL AMOUNT DUE. Trustor(s): PHELBA L. BRAFF, A WIDOW Recorded: 1/23/2018 as Instrument No. 20180070223 of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, California; Date of Sale: 8/6/2019 at 10:00 AM Place of Sale: Behind the fountain located in Civic Center Plaza, located at 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona CA 91766 Amount of accrued balance and other charges: $462,908.58 The purported property address is: 14813 GANDESA ROAD, LA MIRADA, CA 90638 Assessor's Parcel No. : 8087-014-019 NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder's office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. 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 916-939-0772 for information regarding the trustee's sale or visit this Internet Web site http:// www.qualityloan.com, using the file number assigned to this foreclosure by the trustee: CA-19-848831-NJ. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. The undersigned trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the property address or other common designation, if any, shown herein. If no street address or other common designation is shown, directions to the location of the property may be obtained by sending a written request to the beneficiary within 10 days of the date of first publication of this Notice of Sale. If the 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. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the mortgagor, the mortgagee, or the mortgagee's attorney. If you have previously been discharged through bankruptcy, you may have been released of personal liability for this loan in which case this letter is intended to exercise the note holders right's against the real property only. As required by law, you are hereby notified that a negative credit report reflecting on your credit record may be submitted to a credit report agency if you fail to fulfill the terms of your credit obligations. Date: Quality Loan Service Corporation 2763 Camino Del Rio South San Diego, CA 92108 619-645-7711 For NON SALE information only Sale Line: 916-939-0772 Or Login to: http://www.qualityloan.com Reinstatement Line: (866) 645-7711 Ext 5318 Quality Loan Service Corp. TS No.: CA-19-848831NJ IDSPub #0154000 6/21/2019 6/28/2019 7/5/2019

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Continued from page 1 that residents depend on, and Rodriguez blasted the Council’s actions. ”What I want to know is why you are cutting programs, but continue the practice of hiring consultants,” said Rodriguez. "Why are you doing this,?” Does the Recreation Director need all of this help? We pay good money to these employees and they should be able to take care of tasks as needed.” “Every Director the City hires should be able to do their job without hiring out for extra help, this is a blatant misuse of tax payer’s money, you are making budget

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cuts, but this goes against that,” he added. Rodriguez accused the Council of cronyism, hiring and promoting friends and increasing pay in the time of budget cuts. “I just want you people to realize that you are doing the exact same thing that the City of Bell did. The city funds were low and yet everyone got a big promotion and raise, I want to remind you to be aware of this issue and remember that everyone from the City of Bell landed up in jail.” He added that it seemed as if the Council was hiring friends as consultants and ignoring the perfectly capable employees that could do the job and deserve the promotion or a raise. “Keep these things in mind,” added Rodriquez, “because eyes are watching you.”

COUNCIL MEET AND GREET IN NORWALK The Norwalk City Council and Chamber of Commerce invite the public to Panera Bread’s Grand Opening on Monday, June 24 at 10 a.m. The event will include brief comments by City, Chamber and elected officials and Panera representatives. Light refreshments will be served. Panera Bread opened to the public on Monday, June 10. The café can accommodate 80 patrons inside and 60 in the patio, includes a drive-through and offers a wide variety of catering options.

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The restaurant is committed to being a part of the community it operates in and will be partnering with local schools and organizations to host fundraisers. Panera Bread is located in the Norwalk Fitness Village, a commercial development on the northwest corner of Imperial Highway and Bloomfield Avenue. This opening reflects the Norwalk City Council’s efforts to provide the community with enhanced dining options and follows openings by Chick-fil-A and LA Fitness. For more information, please call Public Affairs at 562-929-5735. Panera Bread is located at 12531 Imperial Highway, Norwalk CA.


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