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Asm. Cristina Garcia Takes Thousands From Companies Who Thirst for Central Basin Water Receivership




“Whiskey is for drinking, water is for fighting.” ~ Mark Twain This past week, Hews Media Group was first to report that Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D-Bell) co-sponsored SB 625, a bill that would place Commercebased Central Basin Municipal Water District, a public agency with elected officials, into receivership. The bill would dissolve the current board of directors and cancel the November 2020 election. The agency has its problems but they are not endemic; directors who were appointed under Garcia’s AB 1724, passed in 2016, are not allowing the agency to move forward with its regular business. The appointed directors have banded together with Garcia, elected Director Bob Apodaca, three CB employees, and water purveyors inside CB’s boundaries in an attempt to eliminate and transfer the assets of the agency. The directors and employees leave meetings, refuse to write checks to cover crucial expenses - all while cutting payroll to themselves. Garcia wants receivership despite the fact that there are no safety issues with the water, the agency has the revenue to cover expenses, boasts $8 million in reserves and owns an $8 million building free and clear. But an HMG investigation could stop all that and cause Assembly and Senate officials to think twice about Garcia’s bill and stop the attempted privatization of Los Angeles’ water system. An examination of several campaign finance documents on Follow the Money and the California Secretary of State’s website Cal-Access has revealed a complex web of relationships and monetary donations related to elected officials favoring CB’s take over. The investigation found that Garcia took thousands from water purveyors inside Central Basin Municipal Water’s boundaries, the same purveyors causing problems inside the agency itself.

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L. CAMPBELL, Senior Pastor of the Secret Place Church, spoke to over 200 young men and women that were present at the protest in Bellflower. BY TAMMYE MCDUFF As with cities across the Southland, Bellflower held a peaceful demonstration on Wednesday June 3rd. City officials quickly realized that in order to ensure

the safety of residents, businesses and protestors, a meeting needed to be held. A zoom meeting was set up that included the organizers; Bellflower Mayor Juan Garza, and city council; Planning Commission

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JACK RICO accepted his diploma from Fullerton College at a private drive by celebration on Escalona Drive in La Mirada on May 27th.

BY TAMMYE MCDUFF Wearing his college cap and gown... and flip flops 13 year-old Jack Rico accepted his diploma with pride. Although this would seem to be a normal college graduation in the time of a pandemic, it wasn’t. Jack Rico is only 13 years old.

Rico is the youngest person in the 107 year history of Fullerton College to earn not only one, but four associate’s degrees in just two years, making headlines all over the country. The young scholar’s engaging story has given many people something to smile about, his accomplishments have been See RICO page 6

An long-running investigation and expose by Hews Media Group has resulted in a landslide recall of El Rancho Board Members Jose Lara and Leanne Ibarra. The seven article expose started with outlining the corruption and pay-to-play politics involved with the El Rancho School Bond and went from there, resulting in Bond Construction manager Jaime Ortiz and ERUSD Superintendent Karling Forts's resignations and the eventual recall getting started. The investigation also triggered an audit by the Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team, FCMAT, which is ongoing. Of the nearly 4,000 votes, over 91% were in favor of removing Lara from office and 86% were in favor of removing Ibarra. El Rancho board and committee member Joe Rivera, who won over 69% of the mail-in ballot vote, will take one seat and Esther Mejia who won nearly 31% of the vote, will take the other seat. The El Rancho Unified School District (ERUSD) recall, a recall started after HMG-LCCN published a series of investigative articles that revealed graft and corruption at the highest levels of the school board, will go forward. Lara and Ibarra kicked people out of meetings for their criticism during public comment while inviting non-residents from their radical organization Union del Barrio to intimidate them. They also fired several long-time principals, including one from El Rancho High, and demoted others, while installing their own cronies to do their bidding. An eleven page Unfair Practice Charge filed against ERUSD, exclusively obtained by HMG-LCCN, portrayed Lara, VP Orosco, and Ibarra as an extremely malicious group, pitting administrators and teachers against each other, fabricating reasons to terminate administrators, demoting and dismissing ERUSD personnel without evaluations, and harassing parents who spoke at Board meetings, all in an effort take over the ERUSD, hand their own friends a

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BY TAMMYE MCDUFF When sophomore Asha Greenidge was told that school was no longer in session because of CoVID 19, it was both sad and exciting. Exciting because school was out but sad because she would miss her friends, have to have school at home and would not be able to stay involved in her volleyball or track and field activities. Watching the news about the virus became overwhelming, so many people in need complicated with the loss of their loved ones, prompted Greenidge to want to do something positive. She and her sisters began to make cards caring messages for those in the hospital. The idea quickly caught on and soon Greenidge was including her neighbors, friends and team members in Project Caring Card. The cards are handmade by Bellflower Unified School District students from kindergarten to 12th grade, contributions have been made by Mayfair students and the Intensive Learning Center, which the younger Greenidge siblings currently attend. Students as far as Anaheim, Compton and Long Beach, who are on permit to attend BUSD, were eager to contribute to the Project. A total of 75 families and nine neighboring cities have joined in creating cards as individuals or as a family affair. To date almost 2,000 cards have been created and delivered to Miller Children’s & Women hospital, UCLA and Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital. Diahann Greenidge, Asha’s mother, said “Her story is a ray of sunshine in a world

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Asha Greenidge delivering to Martin Luther King Jr, Community Hospital; at Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital delivery; with her first set of handmade good wishes for CoVID patients. clouded by disease, death and mayhem. Hopefully this will inspire others to join her card making crusade or create other ways to be agents of hope.” “There are so many people that are in the hospital," said Greenidge,” I didn’t know what to do, but thought that getting a card might brighten someone’s day.” Greenidge said she learned a lot about persistence,” Some people didn’t want to write cards, they didn’t know what to say or maybe they lived too far away,

like in Riverside. I learned how to deal with rejection and learned to stay humble, because some people were in situations where they could not help.” She has some plans to talk with her counselor come the beginning of the new school year and hopefully get more classes and even schools involved. If you would like to contribute materials or learn how to become involved contact Hews Media Group at editor@cerritosnews.net

The City of La Mirada continues to monitor information related to COVID-19, as well as guidance by the State of California and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. As new Public Health Orders continue to be issued allowing for the return of various activities, the City is gradually returning some programs and services to a more normal status. City Hall, Community Sheriff’s Station and Public Works Offices will re-open for public access on Monday, June 8. The Activity Center, Community Gymnasium, Resource Center, Splash! La Mirada Regional Aquatics Center, and La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts remain temporarily closed. City parks are open to the public; however, playgrounds are closed pursuant to the health orders. The City of La Mirada will require visitors to City facilities to follow the COVID-19 safety guidelines outlined by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. These include wearing a cloth face covering and practicing social distancing (6-foot separation between individuals). Additionally, the City has taken the following actions: • Placed floor markings in facilities to help indicate the 6-foot social distance requirement. • Installed temporary partitions at public counters and placed hand sanitizer in

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Jay Doshi is 17 years old and headed to Cornell University as an incoming junior this fall. As a former student of Whitney High School in Cerritos, Jay applied to the Early Entrance Program at CalState LA, a program that allows gifted students as early as 11 years old to go to university and receive an accelerated college education, at the age of 14. Upon matriculating as one of the twenty students accepted into the program, Jay immediately became an active leader on campus. After deciding what major suited his interests, he applied to transfer to Cornell to study Global and Public Health. Doshi has now created CaliResources, a social needs resource database for individuals that have been affected by COVID-19. “One of the things I realized early on in the pandemic,” said Doshi “was that in times of uncertainty, if people don’t have access to social needs, it will not only affect their physical health, but also affect their mental health.” As the situation in New York deteriorated, Doshi began to understand the depth of the crisis. He wondered what homeless individuals did when shelters shut down. He was concerned about how children were taken care of, as their parents worked at the front-lines to protect us. His desire to help sparked CaliResources. As individuals and families were ravaged by the disruption of their normal routines, CaliResources: Social Needs Database for COVID-19 (caliresources.org) was created to help provide comprehensive information on food banks, community health clinics, emergency shelters, educational opportunities, financial and employment services, and much more. Doshi says that he and his partners worked on this online resource database for everyone. Co-founder Richa Shah is a rising sophomore and aspiring medical doctor at Scripps College studying psychology, “One of my biggest priorities is to help vulnerable individuals who are in need of aid.” Health director Jaina Doshi is an incoming junior attending Cerritos High School. She is passionate about mental health and advocates for the safety of those around her. Together, these three young adults are working to provide accessible information on social resources to every county in California. “I wanted to do my part in helping out, and along with my team, we identified many organizations that are offering incredible resources,” added Doshi, “As we continue to grow our database, with over 125 viewers daily for the past week, we are hopeful that we can help as many people as we can.” To date, CaliResources has launched seven resource databases for Los Angeles County, San Bernardino County, Orange County, San Diego County, Santa Clara County, Sacramento County, and Riverside County. The team hopes to complete a database for 13 more counties in California within the next few weeks. The creation of this database has been an incredible journey for these

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young leaders. “I would like to thank Richa and Jaina who have worked with me to bring CaliResources to its surface. I am eternally grateful for my family for their endless support: my parents, Dipti and Hemang, have raised me to understand that ‘nothing is impossible’; my brother, Rushabh, has always has challenged me and helped shape my morals; and my Dadu and Dadi taught me to always help others and make the world a better place.” Doshi has published and contributed to numerous academic papers. After the completion of his freshman year, he spent his summer at Johns Hopkins Medicine performing gastric cancer and obesity research, where he studied structures of weight-loss techniques to aid the creation of innovative endoscopic technologies for lower

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income populations. He has been a research assistant in a cardiology lab at Harbor UCLA Medical Center, where he works with plaque progression in patients of diverse backgrounds. He also founded BroadMedicine, a 501(c) non-profit organization that serves as a connection for high school students to shadow physicians and be engaged in the medical community. This program has grown to over 50 students and also holds an annual speaker symposium involving several medical professionals. At Cornell, Doshi plans to be heavily engaged in community service and student government and advocate for marginalized populations in the community. He hopes to become a physician and continue to help reduce the disparity in health and fight for those who don’t have a voice.

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HELPING OUT: Nest employees with meals they provide every week to singleparent households in Bellflower. Nest has committed to 25 per week for the foreseeable future.

BY TAMMYE MCDUFF A local eatery and breakfast joint, The Nest and owner Antonio Appling is providing 25 hot meals per week to local residents affected by the COVID19 pandemic. Appling had the desire to provide meals to single parent households and in a conversation with Bellflower resident and patron Victor Sanchez, a distribution plan was hatched. Lindsey McCombs, Executive Assistant for The Nest, told HMG “We run our business on four pillars of conduct, our mission and our vision is one in the same. We put employees first, believe in selfless service, support our community and serve trustworthy food.” The restaurant originally began in San Francisco as a bar and open mic establishment, however Appling sold it and opened the business in Bellflower with his college roommate, He has been serving the community since 2006. In collaboration with Caring Connection and Community Family Guidance Center, Sanchez identifies single parent family households, by

working with case managers. Families are provided menus of top selling items and community favorites, orders are placed and meals are delivered weekly. Currently the donations are being delivered to eight homes. Sanchez stated “Antonio and the restaurant have committed to donating 25 hot meals every week for the ‘foreseeable future’.” “There are people in need 365 days a year, not just during an emergency,” added McCombs, “this is our way of supporting our community year round.” She added that selfless services is built around the golden rule, Matthew 7:12. "So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets." Councilmember Ray Hamada added “We want to thank The Nest and their team for making a difference for Bellflower residents in their time of need.” If you would like to donate to this distribution please email Lindsey@ eatnest.com or follow them on Instagram @eatatthenest.

PIER 1 CLOSING HALF OF ITS STORES BY TAMMYE MCDUFF In a statement released recently, Pier 1 Imports, Inc. announced that it has filed a motion seeking Bankruptcy Court approval to begin an orderly wind-down of the Company’s retail operations as soon as reasonably possible after store locations are able to reopen following the governmentmandated closures during the COVID-19 pandemic. After almost 40 years of selling some of the most unique home décor and accessories, Pier 1 is permanently closing all retail stores. Unfortunately, the challenging retail environment has been significantly compounded by the impact of COVID-19, hindering the company’s ability to a buyer. As part of the wind-down, the Company intends to sell its inventory and remaining assets, including its intellectual property and e-commerce business, through the court-supervised process. Legal and financial advisors engaged in a thorough analysis of all available alternatives prior to deciding on this course of action. Ultimately however,

due to the combination of a challenging retail environment and the new reality and uncertainty of a post-COVID world, the Company and its advisors determined that an orderly wind-down is the best way to maximize the value of Pier 1’s assets. Pier 1 intends to initiate store closing efforts and liquidation sales once store locations can reopen, in compliance with COVID-19 guidelines from local government and health officials. The Company is currently continuing to serve customers through Pier1.com, and orders are being processed and filled. The Company has proposed July 1, 2020 as the asset bid deadline, July 8, 2020 as the auction date and July 15, 2020 as the sale hearing date. The Company plans to file a Chapter 11 plan and disclosure statement. Founded with a single store in 1962, Pier 1 Imports was the leading retailer of unique home décor and accessories. The Company’s products were available through approximately 541 Pier 1 stores in the U.S. and online at pier1.com. For more information please visit pier1. com.

In addition, the documents showed several possible campaign finance violations. The same water purveyors inside CB boundaries that gave money to Garcia donated thousands to several political action committees (PAC’s), with the PAC’s turning around and giving money to Garcia. Finally, the investigation found a massive web of donations - from the same purveyors and PAC’s that gave to Garcia - paid to elected officials who have their name on AB 625. Influential names such as Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, Ian Calderon, and Steven Bradford, who co-authored and is carrying the bill. Bradford’s co-authoring of the bill has many scratching their head; his district has very little to do with CB, unlike Sen. Lena Gonzales and Sen. Bob Archuleta who command 99% of CB’s area. Blatant Conflicts The donations by the individual water purveyors and PAC’s to candidates present a laundry list of conflicts, implications of pay-to-play and possible campaign finance violations. The purveyors who gave money are all inside Central Basin’s boundaries including Whittier-based San Gabriel Valley Water; Whittier-based Cadway/ California Domestic Water; Downey-based Park Water and Liberty Utilities. One of the most questionable donations was by San Gabriel Valley Water, who donated $16,900 to Garcia. SGVW is current Garcia-appointed CB Director Dan Arrighi’s employer. Arrighi, who is an ally of Director Bob Apodaca has been adamant about stopping all business at CB, constantly leaving meetings and unwilling to negotiate a truce brokered by CB’s current attorney Anthony Willoughby. Park Water is based in the city of Downey and is on the Assembly record supporting Garcia’s bill. Park buys water from CB and delivers to Downey, Downey’s Assistant City Manager is John Oskoui, another Garciaappointed director who currently sits on the CB’s board. Oskoui has been even more destructive in his efforts to take over CB, pulling agenda items involving litigation off closed session meetings without informing other Directors and nearly defaulting on the questionable termination lawsuit filed by former CB General Manager Kevin Hunt. Liberty Utilities counts as one of its employees Frank Heldman, another dysfunctional Garcia appointed CB Director who resigned under a shadow of corruption, including filing false 700’s and putting his company, Liberty, in front of

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JUNE 5, 2020 CB in the merger with Sativa Water. Individual Company Donations to Candidates Arrighi’s company, San Gabriel Valley Water, gave Garcia• $4,700 in 2012 • $4,700 in 2014 • $3,000 in 2016 • $2,500 in 2018 • and just recently gave $2,000 in 2020. SGVW gave Speaker Rendon $5,600 from 2014-2016 and gave Calderon $6,500 from 2014-2018. California Domestic Water Company, also known as Cadway, is another water purveyor in CB’s area; Cadway gave Garcia $2,500 in 2016 and $2,200 in 2018. But these companies, with already questionable connections, did not stop at the individual level, donating over $128,000 to PAC’s that would eventually support Garcia, Rendon, Calderon, and Bradford. Individual Company Donations to PAC’s Three PAC’s were beneficiaries of the SGVW, Liberty/Park, and Cadway donations: • California Water Association • California Association of Mutual Water Companies • Consumers for Clean Water. The California Water Association was the biggest recipient, garnering over $58,000 in donations; second was Consumers for Clean Water who took in $21,600 from Cadway and $22,100 from SGVW. Last was California Association of Mutual Water Companies, who took in $25,900 from the apparent cash-cow Cadway. PAC’s Donations to Candidates The CWA, flush with money donated by water purveyors who have a clear conflict of interest, donated to all the major players involved with SB 625. The donations are total numbers: • $7,500 to Garcia (2012, ’14, ’16, ’18)

• $5,000 to Rendon (2014) • $5,800 to Calderon (2012, ’16,’18) • $9,000 to Bradford (2012, ’16) And in what looks like pay-to-play, CWA gave Bradford, who is carrying the bill, $3,000 just weeks ago. Next in line was Consumers for Clean Water who took in $43,700 from Cadway and SGVW; Consumers gave Rendon $4,100. Last was the California Association of Mutual Water Company PAC. After taking $25,900 from Cadway, the PAC turned around and gave Garcia $2,000 in 2016 and $3,200 in 2018. The conflicts continue HMG has obtained the Assembly hearing agenda to be conducted in Sacramento tomorrow by the Committee on Local Government tomorrow. The lone argument for support of the bill is from the city of Downey, and is an almost exact copy of what current CB Director John Oskoui authored and read into the record at a Downey City Council meeting. Also supporting the bill is the California Association of Mutual Water Company and the California Water Association. Garcia’s first bill passed in 2016; during that year, the companies and PAC’s cited in this investigation gave $53,300. $10,500 (19%) went to Garcia. In 2018, the companies and PAC’s cited in this investigation gave $54,100; $9,400 (17%) went to Garcia. This year, the two authors of the bill took $5,000 in donations; Bradford from a company who is on the record supporting AB 625 and Garcia from a company that has an employee on the Central Basin Board as a Director who wants to see an agency takeover. Now Bradford and Garcia are paying them back.

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HMG OP-ED: Sacramento Lawmakers Lining Up at Asm. Garcia's Water Corruption Trough This past Monday, the Assembly Committee for Local Government, chaired by Sen. Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D-Davis), held a hearing in Sacramento – during the height of the George Floyd related protests when the capitol was nearly empty. The hearing debated Sen. Steven Bradford and Asm. Cristina Garcia’s SB 625, which would place Commerce-based Central Basin Water into receivership, dissolve the board of directors and cancel its November 2020 election, disenfranchising over 2 million mostly minority voters in 24 cities in Los Angeles County. There is nothing fiscally wrong with Central Basin; the bill was authored because its board of directors can't decide on its officers. There is an open seat on the board, so there are only seven directors. One side says that four is a majority, and appointed officers of the board at the January reorganization; the other side argues that five is a majority and will not allow Central Basin to conduct its regular business. There is a pending court case on July 23 that would solve that question, but Asm. Garcia apparently can’t wait, pushing for committee meetings during a potential riot. Central Basin has $8 million in reserves, is current with its bills, owns an $8 million building free and clear, boasts nearly $100 million in infrastructure assets, and an independent auditor recently issued an opinion that had no issues with the District’s financial statements. The District’s efforts for an open government have earned the Transparency Certificate of Excellence by the Special District Leadership Foundation. There are no safety issues as Central Basin buys its water, and then sells at wholesale prices to water purveyors. Despite the reports, three directors, two of them appointed by a bill passed in 2016 by Garcia, and five disgruntled employees, who's leader was recalled from the Lake Forest City Council in 2018, levied allegations of financial mismanagement - without documentation - that gave Garcia an opening to author her bill. (It should be noted here that the five employees called into the 11:00 hearing, waiting for over 45 minutes, then giving their name and voicing support for the bill.) The agency was operating normally before the in-fighting began, with a concerted effort to cut $1 million from the budget through a combination of revenue increases and expense cuts. The board accomplished that goal, cutting the budget by $400,000 while passing a new meter charge that would have generated $600,000 in revenue. Or so some of the directors thought they solved the problem. Leading the battle for the meter charge increase? The now outspoken critic pushing hard for the receivership bill, Garcia-appointed Director John Oskoui. Oskoui convinced four other directors to pass a monthly .12 cents per meter charge - not the $12 per month some employees and purveyors were claiming on social media - a nominal amount to help a fellow water company. Yet how did the water purveyors inside Central Basin’s boundaries react? They want a spot at the Water Corruption

Trough so they immediately filed a lawsuit to stop the increase. It is worth noting here that when the Metropolitan Water District and Water Replenishment District - after Central Basin passed their meter charge - raised their rates by 4%, the same purveyors and cities who are suing Central Basin for a .12 center per month charge did not object to MWD or WRD’s increase. Incredibly, the city of Downey, who is John Oskoui’s employer, joined the lawsuit, along with the city of Lakewood, which is in Assembly Speaker Rendon's district. Equally as incredible, both cities were on the record supporting SB 625 on Monday’s assembly hearing agenda. The lawsuit put the increase on hold and $600,000 in revenue went down the drain. That's when the board in-fighting began, the group of four had seen enough from the Garcia appointed directors and took charge. But they wouldn't stop the lawmakers charge to the Water Corruption Trough. No questions Monday's committee meeting was laughable; on live video attendees could see two of the Senators on their phone texting for most of the meeting. When it came down to questioning, one Senator asked if the process was indeed a privatization of the agency. That was it, no other questions were asked. If a committee is part of a process that is going to decide an unprecedented takeover and dissolution of a solvent public agency, shouldn't they know the true financial health of the agency, asking questions and requesting documentation? Asking for financial statements and a balance sheet? Bank statements? The last audit? How can they propose a treatment - in this case drastic treatment - if they don't look for the disease? Because they want a spot at the Water Corruption Trough. Aguiar-Curry asked for other questions then quickly called for a vote, which was unanimous, 8-0, to move the bill forward. It is the height of legislative irresponsibility to move the bill; dissolving an elected board, cancelling an election, and disenfranchising mostly minority voters is sure to draw the attention of state and federal voting rights advocates. The implications are enormous not to mention the inevitable unintended consequences. If WRD takes the agency over, what’s to stop WRD Board Members and employees from leveling allegations of fiscal mismanagement in the future and demand that Metropolitan Water District take WRD over? Even more chilling, what’s to stop the next assemblymember or state senator who doesn't like the way a public agency is run to author a similar bill? Dissolve a City Council? There are several cities in East Los Angeles that would qualify to be administered under SB 625, before the pandemic. With a majority of Central Basin cities in their respective districts, it is up to State Senator Bob Archuleta (D-Norwalk) and State Senator Lena Gonzales (D-Long Beach) to stop the privatization of water in Los Angeles and kill the bill. It should’ve never got this far, the two should have paid an angry visit to

the bill’s author, Sen. Steve Bradford (DCarson) objecting to the bill. Especially since Bradford has .00001 interest in the agency, which could earn him the nickname “One Block Bradford.” When asked how much of Central Basin is in Bradford’s district, an indignant Phil Hawkins, who is a former Assemblyman and long-time Central Basin Director, told HMG, “Bradford’s district has one block inside our boundaries.” Other senators faced with the same situation stopped a bill they did not approve of, using well-worn political maneuvers. Once the bill passes the state assembly, the bill must come back to the senate for a concurrence vote on the amendments. A senator can go to the Senate President pro Tempore, who is Toni Atkins, voice their concern about the bill, document their concerns, and convince the senate president to pull the bill. If the senate president wants to sit on the fence and risk the wholesale selling of the bill process to senators without interest, senators can then go to the Chair of the Senate Committee on Governance and Finance and plead their case. If convinced, the chair would not allow the bill out of his committee, and it is never voted on. They could do the same with the Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Finally, if the bill were to make it to the senate floor, senators are allowed to speak about why the bill should not pass, and ask fellow colleagues to vote no. And it would be justified. Many questions surround this bill, HMG cannot get a straight answer on whether the L.A. County Supervisors support the bill, 4th District Supervisor Janice Hahn, who has most of Central Basin in her district, told HMG she knew nothing about it. Legislative Representative Faith Conley, who signed the letter of support without Hahn's blessing, will not return phone calls. Conley's letters spewed the same lies that the directors and disgruntled employees at Central basin allege. Emails into Downey Mayor Blanca Pacheco requesting documentation of the city’s support went unanswered. Conflicts of interest and pay to play also surround the bill, supported by HMG’s investigation of huge campaign finance donations and violations related to the authors of the bill, Garcia and Bradford. And on Wednesday, Bradford showed

no interest in the bill, like he just carried the water for Garcia so he could get a spot at the Trough. Bradford did not show up to the appropriations hearing, making attendees wait 40 minutes before moving on; consequently, the bill was brought forward by Ian Calderon. The height of irony since Calderon’s’ uncles, Ron and Tom, built the Water Corruption Trough, procuring no bid contracts while being involved in pay-toplay schemes at Central Basin. Ian himself was caught feeding at the Trough, using government credit cards to buy personal items. There is precedent to the Central Basin situation, facts that Garcia and Bradford conveniently overlooked and left out of their gut and amend bill, and facts Calderon was ignorant about. During the appropriations hearing, Calderon talked about school districts that were put into receivership. What he failed to mention is that they did not dissolve the district nor terminate the board members. Compton Community College and Inglewood




unaccredited and insolvent, unlike Central Basin, went through a similar process, yet their respective board members were not terminated, the district was not dissolved, and their elections were not cancelled. Yet here is SB 625 winding its way through the legislature, with lawmakers wanting to belly up to the Water Corruption Trough, willing to dissolve a duly elected board, cancel an election, and disenfranchise over 2 million mostly minority voters. There are hundreds of water purveyors in California; if passed, SB 625 will give them a big seat at the Trough. If a purveyor doesn’t like their wholesaler, they no longer need to go to the senator or assembly person in their district, they can find anybody in the state to sponsor a bill similar to SB 625. And belly up to the Water Corruption Trough.


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Raider is also a regional resource as a member of the Riverside County Crisis Response Team. He was deployed to the Borderline Grill shooting in 2018 and the Saugus High School shooting in 2019. Based on nearly half a million votes cast by animal lovers across the country, “Raider” has advanced to the semifinals of the 2020 American Humane Hero Dog Awards as one of three dogs in the nation to vie for the title of the nation’s top therapy dog of the year and compete with six other heroic hounds for the top title of “American Hero Dog” at the annual awards. The American Humane Hero Dog Awards will be broadcast nationwide as a two-hour special on Hallmark Channel. The show will broadcast in conjunction with the network’s pet adoption advocacy initiative, Hallmark Channel’s Adoption Ever After, which aims to empty shelters and end this country’s epidemic of pet homelessness. Raider is one of just 21 heroic hounds

who were chosen by the American public to advance to the semifinals from a field of 408 remarkable candidates. The public is invited to visit www.HeroDogAwards. org before July 16 to vote once per day in each of the seven Hero Dog categories. The winning dog in each category will take part in the nationally televised Hero Dog Awards this fall when this year’s top American Hero Dog will be revealed. “The American Humane Hero Dog Awards are our way of honoring the best of our best friends,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, American Humane president and CEO, “This unique effort brings attention to the life-changing, life-saving power of the human-animal bond – something that has been a core part of our organization’s mission since 1877.” For more information about the 2020 American Humane Hero Dog Awards, and to vote daily, please visit www. HeroDogAwards.org

AREA SHOPPING MALLS OPEN BACK UP Macerich’s Los Cerritos Center, Lakewood Center and Stonewood Center in the greater Los Angeles Area are now open for business. Opening the retail destinations’ doors for shoppers signals a welcome new phase in how the community is set to rebound after several weeks of government-mandated shutdown. The four centers’ re-opening plans


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take more, enrolled in five additional courses at Fullerton, while maintaining a 4.0 GPA and still finding time to do things ordinary 13-year-olds do, like playing video games. He has earned four Associate of Arts degrees in Social Sciences, Social Behavior & Self-Development, Arts & Human Expression, and History. English Professor Elli England said Jack was always laser focused, “It was like watching someone put together a puzzle,” England said. “When he struggled with a new writing concept or some deep, metaphorical meaning from a text, he dove right into it, systematically asking questions, soliciting feedback, and staying with it until he had it figured out.” His mother calls him an old soul, “Even as a baby, you could just tell he was soaking everything in,” she said. So what’s next for the lad? He will begin his first set of classes at the University of Nevada Las Vegas on a full scholarship this week. It doesn’t seem to faze him much “Everything has been amazing and I’ll never forget it,” Rico said.


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May 25 - May 31, 2020 Aggravated Assault A suspect was arrested for assault on the 14100 block of Priscilla St. Other Structure Burglary A laptop was reported stolen during an early morning window smash burglary on the 16000 block of Canary Ave. A daytime burglary was reported on the 14700 block of Artesia Blvd. Copper wire was reported stolen during an early morning burglary on the 16400 block of Knott Ave. Grand Theft A suspect was arrested on the 13900 block of Imperial Hwy in connection to the theft of a bicycle. Grand Theft Auto A stolen sedan was recovered on the 15300 block of Desman Rd. A stolen trailer was recovered on the 14500 block of Firestone Blvd. A stolen SUV was recovered on the 14400 block of Firestone Blvd.

In May, Lakewood residents, businesses and organizations showed local families in need that the community truly cared, providing over 1,000 recipients with care packages at a drive-through event at Lakewood Center. Pre-registered participants orderly queued up their cars in the Lakewood Center parking lot to receive milk, bread, a box of dry food items, a gift card from a Lakewood merchant, and dog or cat food if they had a pet. Seen here putting the packages in cars is Lakewood Councilman Steve Croft, with his back to the camera is Mayor Jeff Wood.


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So, you filled your shopping cart and gardens with lots of new shrubs, flowers, and vegetables. Now what? Keep your plants looking their best with minimal effort so you can enjoy them and your summer even more. Watering is one task where I find even experienced gardeners struggle. Proper watering is key. Too much or not enough water can result in yellow, wilting and even death of plants. Check container plantings daily. Stick your finger into the soil and water whenever the top few inches of soil is starting to dry. Water thoroughly so the excess runs out of the pot and away from the planter. New plantings need special attention the first few weeks. Water thoroughly and often enough to keep the roots and surrounding soil slightly moist. Gradually reduce frequency and only water thoroughly when the top few inches are crumbly, but slightly moist. Continue giving perennials, trees, and shrubs regular care the first two years. It takes this long for them to establish a robust root system. Water thoroughly, but only as needed. Water early in the day to reduce water lost to evaporation. Avoid watering at night. Wet foliage at night is more susceptible to disease. Use soaker hoses, drip irrigation or watering wands to apply water to the

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even kill plants. Consider taking a soil test in the future. The results tell you how much and what type of fertilizer to apply. Contact your local Extension office for tips on how to take a soil test and where to send the sample for testing. Visit your gardens regularly. Pick a few flowers to enjoy in a vase indoors and harvest vegetables when they are mature. Regular harvests of ripe vegetables and herbs keeps them producing. So, enjoy your summer and gardening adventures. Each year brings new successes, plants to try, and lessons

to learn from our gardens. As you experience the joy and benefits of this season’s garden, you will be looking for more opportunities to expand your plantings next year. Melinda Myers has written numerous books, including Small Space Gardening. She hosts The Great Courses “How to Grow Anything” DVD series and the nationally-syndicated Melinda’s Garden Moment TV & radio program. Myers is a columnist and contributing editor for Birds & Blooms magazine and her web site is www.MelindaMyers. com.

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SOAP OPERA LEGEND AND CARE GIVER BY TAMMYE MCDUFF Hews Media Group was invited to attend a tele-town hall with Emmy winning actress Susan Lucci as the guest speaker. She shared her story of her mother, now 103, who has been residing in an assisted facility during the pandemic. “My mother, Jeanette, remains a blessing to me even at 103,” began Lucci, “she is unfazed by talk of the coronavirus even though her facility is still under lockdown in Florida.” Lucci stated that her mother’s resilient attitude has been a comfort during the entire situation. For safety and privacy Lucci did not disclose where her mother lives, but calls the experience positive, particularly during the pandemic, “I am fully aware that our experience does not reflect those of others who have loved ones in long term care. We are hearing some truly horrific things.” Lucci says she thinks it is good to let others know that there are quality nursing facilities. Lucci and her mother have always been close, laughing, “But of course we have had our moments, as all mothers and daughters do, but I would not be who I am without her support.” Jeanette was an operating nurse, who became a stay-at-home mom. She delved into volunteer work while living in Long Island and taught her children about the importance of giving back to the community. Her husband died in 2002, but she kept living on her own

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SUSAN LUCCI with her mom at previous birthday parties. Lucci hosted a tele-town hall and shared her story of her mother, now 103. Jeanette is in an assisted living facility, and Lucci can't see her. "Until we can see her in person, I’m grateful for our virtual visits, at least I can see her sweet smile."

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CIF-SOUTHERN SECTION CONSIDERING ALL OPTIONS FOR 2020-2021 ATHLETIC SEASON BY LOREN KOPFF @LORENKOPFF ON TWITTER This past spring season had lasted roughly one month before COVID-19 put a screeching halt to everything, denying high school athletes an opportunity to claim a CIF-Southern Section divisional championship. Now, the focus for the 567 high schools of the CIF-SS turns to the fall season and beyond. The past two months have been nothing short of a vacation from school for everyone involved, including CIF-SS commissioner Rob Wigod. He and his staff have been working hard to come up with several solutions for not just the

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and spring sports and emphasized that’s what the schools want, that’s what the communities want and what everybody wants. However, the CIF-SS hasn’t gone deep into scenarios like having some of the spring sports like baseball, softball, swimming, etc. moved into the fall season. “I guess there are no bad suggestions and there are no specific options that have already been dismissed,� Wigod said. “Although, specific options are still being explored and all options that are reasonable are on the table.� Wigod believes that time is on their side because the beginning of August is still two months away and said they need to be cognizant of that and allow time to work and continue to monitor everything so that they have the best information of the current situation that they have. The health professionals of the state

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other way because I can honestly say that I’ve earned everything that I’ve gotten so far.” Perkins was inactive for the first half of his rookie season, then made his debut on Nov. 3, 2016 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He caught three passes for 42 yards in the final eight regular season games that season, then played in three postseason games, including Super Bowl LI. “It was a great experience,” Perkins said of playing in the Super Bowl. “I wish it would have ended a little better for me, but it’s definitely an experience that I’ll definitely cherish forever. There are players that have been in the league for 10 years and they have never been to the playoffs. So, to be able to go to the Super Bowl my rookie year was really big for me.”

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Rashaad Penny appeared to be just finding his footing as an NFL running back last season when the Norwalk High grad was struck down by a knee injury. Penny was displaying signs of blossoming during his sophomore season with the Seattle Seahawks when he was cut down by a season-ending ACL tear. The second-year back suffered the injury in Seattle’s 28-12 loss to the Los Angeles Rams in Week 14 of the 2019 NFL season. Besides the ACL tear, there were other less serious issues with the knee that were also addressed when Penny underwent surgery. “He had a pretty significant knee injury,” Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll told CBSsports.com. Penny also missed three games earlier in the season due to a hamstring ailment. The good news is that it looks as though Penny’s rehab from the knee injury is ahead of schedule. He was back riding the stationary bike in February, just two months after undergoing the knife. He also recently began to work on foot agility drills, another step forward in the recovery process. “Slow progress is good progress,” Penny tweeted on May 11. The Seahawks are hopeful that Penny will be ready to return to action in time for training camp this summer. Penny Was Heating Up In the weeks prior to his injury, Penny, Seattle’s 2018 first-round pick in the NFL Draft, was beginning to display the promise that the Seahawks saw in him that encouraged the team to make

Penny, 24, enjoyed a breakout game in Week 12 during a road victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. He rambled for a career-best 129 yards on the ground and also scored a touchdown on a 58-yard run. Penny followed that performance up in Week 13 with another strong effort against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 13. In that game, Penny combined for 107 yards in total offense. He rushed for 74 yards and also picked up 33 receiving yards. As well, he scored a pair of TDs, one on a run and the other on a pass reception. "He had a big impact . . . and we really liked his contribution,” Carroll said. “A guy like that, you don't just replace him.” Penny finished his sophomore season with 453 yards from scrimmage, and found the end zone four times. Making The Most Of His Chances Working mainly in a backup role on the depth chart behind Chris Carson, Penny’s sample size might have been small but his performance level was outstanding. In just 10 games, he carried the ball 65 times and gained 370 yards. That was the highest total among all NFL running backs with 70 or fewer rushing attempts last season. The 5-foot-11 back also displayed some explosiveness with the ball in his hands. He broke four runs over 20 yards or more, and fumbled just one time. As well, Penny gained 184 yards after

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Continued from page 1 job, and install their radical left-wing communist ethnic studies curriculum into the district. The scheme started after Ibarra was elected in 2018, giving Lara a majority on the Board. By March 2019, the Group issued twenty-three layoff notices for nearly all ERUSD Administrators. The layoffs were targets of the Group, meant to decimate the entire El Rancho Administrators and Supervisors Association Union’s Bargaining Unit, threatening them with imminent unemployment. Targeted were former ERASA President Sam Genis, and ERASA members David Sermeno, Hector Vasquez, and Rosalio Medrano; El Rancho Federation of Teachers members included Todd Zola, Pedro Canizales, and Natalie Valdiviez. The Group’s plan was to pit administrators against teachers and fabricate discipline issues so they could be fired, forcing administrators to violate the protected rights of subordinates while prohibiting “protected activities” on their school sites. The Charge alleged that Lara and Orosco personally threatened many administrators, who will testify if there is a hearing, with termination if they did not retaliate and falsify records against certain ERFT members. Another stain on the board, along with the harassment and firing of teachers, was Lara re-hiring a corrupt contractor that was fired in 2018 using his new-found majority and Ibarra’s vote. The recipient of Lara and Company’s actions was Jaime Ortiz, a good friend of Lara and Orosco’s, and owner of High Performance Learning Environments, Inc., which was incorporated only five years ago as a two-person company. In a blatant pay to play scheme, Ortiz had donated $10,000 to Ibarra’s 2018 campaign. Like many of Lara’s friends, Ortiz had an extremely checkered past, including a stint as senior manager at the Seville


Continued from page 11 The 2017 season was a topsy-turvy ordeal for Perkins, who was waived by the Falcons in early September, only to be signed by the organization a day later before being released from their practice squad a little more than a month later. “After my second year in Atlanta, I was cut and then I was on the practice squad for five weeks,” Perkins said. “It was a tough situation because I really wanted to play. Then I got cut altogether and I ended up having surgery that year, so I had to rehab a whole lot. As soon as I got healthy, I got cut and a week later, I signed with Philly. It was a tough time, [but] it was a blessing in disguise because it helped me mature a lot.” Following hernia surgery on his groin, his fortunes turned around for the better as Perkins was signed by the Eagles on Jan. 15, 2018 and played in the first nine games that season. Of the five catches he caught that season, four of them came in the second game against Tampa Bay. In that game, he also had a career-high 57 yards with 30 of them coming off one pass. “I don’t think I was surprised,” Perkins recalled of being picked up by the Eagles. “I had a couple of other teams interested as well, but I chose Philly because I thought

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Group (SGI), a construction company that managed school bond programs. SGI was involved in the Sweetwater Unified High School District (Sweetwater) corruption and bribery scandal related to the district’s massive $600 million bond, the largest corruption scheme in San Diego history. According to reports by the San Diego Union-Tribune, Ortiz was given protection from prosecution under a plea deal involving his boss, SGI owner Rene Flores Yet Lara, Orosco, and Ibarra rehired HPLE and Ortiz and paid him $50,000, along with handing Ortiz the lucrative bond contract. They began a wide-ranging scheme, exclusively uncovered by HMG-LCCN, involving over $212 million in school bond funds with the three engaging in pay-to-play politics, financial cover-up, blatant conflicts of interests, and willful violations of California’s Education Code. The malfeasance was of such magnitude that it surpassed what HMGLCCN uncovered inside Montebello Unified, when the LA County Office of Education and the Financial Crisis Management Team (FCMAT) were called in to investigate and audit the district, with the Securities and Exchange Commission filing for documents soon thereafter. FCMAT called for an audit of ERUSD that remains ongoing. After the bond scandal and the firing of teachers, ERUSD residents took action and began the recall. In typical fashion, Lara and Ibarra, along with Orosco, used Trump-style politics in an attempt to divide the ERUSD. One attempt was a two page political flyer, attacking proponents of the current recall, sent out by a questionable association called the Pico Rivera Parent Teacher Student Association. HMG-LCCN could not find any information on the internet with the name Pico Rivera Parent Teacher Student Association (Association). Residents told HMG-LCCN that the flyer was delivered in north Pico Rivera, by “walking man” delivery, which is much cheaper than a USPS mailing and does not require identifying paperwork.

A walking man delivery company is independently owned and virtually untraceable, using several employees to walk streets who place flyers on a home’s front door or a perimeter fence. Under California Fair Political Practices Commission rules, any political communications must have a disclaimer that identifies the person or entity who paid for the communication and their corresponding FPPC identification number, otherwise known as the “paid for by” disclaimer. The Association’s flyer had no such disclaimer, a blatant violation of FPPC rules, which carry heavy fines if the person or organization is identified. Orosco claimed he started the PTSA but has offered no proof. Los Angeles County officials validated over 7,600 signatures for each official exceeding the 6,509 needed to force the election which, according to recall proponents, will occur in May of next year. The successful recall is a product of a diverse group of residents who were fed up over the corruption and intimidation tactics that enveloped the board since 2018. The diversity was apparent when HMG-LCCN informed everyone involved that an article about the recall was going to be published. Lilia Carreon President of the ERUSD Federation of Teachers told HMGLCCN, “We are pleased that our district will be holding a special election to give the community the opportunity to vote for the removal of Jose Lara and Leanne Ibarra from the ERUSD school board. Our community has been silenced by the board majority and not included in the decision making process. The silver lining of the recall has been the uniting of different groups within our community to protect the interests of our students. Our community is the voice of our students and we will continue to fight for them.” Andrew Lara (no relation), who is also a Board member on the Pico Water District said, “This recall represents an awakening and a rejection of “pay to play” politics. That’s the obvious. The not so obvious, is that this recall effort energized a silent majority by empowered everyday citizens to speak up and take action! New

networks were created, past grievances were set aside and we came together for agreed upon principles, honesty, decency, and transparency. I have made new lifelong friends and it was an honor to work alongside all of those who sacrificed their time to make this recall happen. I look forward to carry this work into the recall election.” Durfee teacher and vocal board opponent Mikki Sethman told HMGLCCN, “the reason I became so involved in this recall was because I could not believe what our board majority did to our beloved principals. They pink slipped every one of them in February, then demoted and fired six of them in March, it was quite a shock especially when no reasons were ever given. We tried to protest peacefully speaking at board meetings. Their unjust actions have united this community into seeking justice." Jennifer Baul, one of the parent leaders of the recall, told HMG-LCCN, “Our Pico Rivera residents continue to move forward with the recall as the board majority refuses to listen to the community. We are for the rebuild of the high school and not complete demolishment, academics should be priority and the voices of our students should be heard instead of ignored. We conquered and made this recall happen. This movement has made our community stronger and united. Our students and teachers matter, but more importantly, their education.” Former ERUSD Board President Dr. Aurora Villon, who is constantly blamed by Lara, Orosco and Ibarra for the very problems the three caused at ERUSD, told HMG-LCCN, “Pico Rivera is a proud and honorable community rooted in rich values and traditions. We love God, family, and country. The well-being and education of our children is a top priority and we will do everything we can to protect that. Beautiful things happen when residents, parents, educators, and support staff stand up to do the right thing...when they are focused, determined, and intentional about protecting the right students and staff have of learning and teaching in a stress-free, safe, and nurturing environment. I am proud of our beautiful Pico Rivera.”

they had a lot of potential and I thought I could fit in well there. They ended up winning the Super Bowl that year, too. So, I was happy with that.” In the ninth game of the 2018 season, Perkins, a tight end, injured left knee against Dallas as he was blocking and another player ran into his knee, taking his leg out from underneath him. Still, he managed to play the remainder of the game and didn’t know he had hurt it until the next day when he went in for treatment. His season would be done, but he was still excited to be with his new team. Even though he couldn’t play in the game, the biggest highlight was watching his team knock off the New England Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl LII. “My first year in Philly was cool,” Perkins said. “We had a couple of injuries early on in the season, so it allowed me to get on the field a lot sooner. I tried to take advantage of the opportunities that I got early on in that season.” The 2019 season began almost the same as the 2017 season with Perkins being waived by the Eagles, then signed the next day to the practice squad. Still, he didn’t get his first action until the 12th game, a Dec. 1 road game at the Miami Dolphins. The next game would be his best thus far when he caught a career-high five passes for 37 yards against the New York Giants. He wouldn’t catch another pass until the season finale against the Giants

again where he caught four passes for 50 yards. “That was a definitely tough experience for me in the beginning because I thought I should be playing,” Perkins said of that season. “My mindset was bad at the beginning of the season, but it was a blessing in disguise. I started reading more and started doing a lot more things in the morning to get my mind right before I went out. It kind of turned me around. I never stopped working, though. I knew my opportunity would eventually come, so I kept working and working.” Perkins has one more year on his current contract and even tough he can’t be on the field for the time being because of the COVID-19 situation, he keeps in contact with his coaches four times a week and has virtual workouts with the Eagles and will do his weightlifting online. “We’re going to be excited,” Perkins said of when everything will get back to some type of normalcy. “Hopefully, everything goes as planned and we can start on time. I think everybody is going to be excited, maybe even a little refreshed just because we haven’t played in a while. Usually we’re in OTA’s right know, grinding it out.” Perkins is still getting, as he puts it, ‘my good work in’. and sometimes he’ll go to a friend’s house who has a little gym set up, or he’ll go to his former University of Washington quarterback’s house to catch

passes and go over drills he needs to do. In addition, he still keeps in contact with his childhood friend Dwayne Washington, who was his high school and college teammate. “That’s my guy,” Perkins said. “We’ve been down this road for a long time, so we always get a good work in. He lives a little farther out now, so we don’t get to work [together] as much as we used to. But we always run and…I’ll do anything for him. I’m sure he would do the same for me.” As for the upcoming season, which is slated to being on time in September, Perkins said he is looking forward to playing the New Orleans Saints, especially since Washington was talking trash to him when the teams met in the 2018 playoffs. He added that he’s anxious to get his bragging rights back. He is also anxious to be playing the San Francisco 49ers and the Arizona Cardinals because those games will be on the road and closer to home where he’ll have more family in attendance. “Philly is definitely a very hard-working city; it’s a hard-working team,” Perkins said. “They go hand in hand with each other. It’s a very good attention to detail over there. The fans will let you know how they feel. So, [they’re] definitely the best fans in the world, honestly, because they’re passionate about their teams.”

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Continued from page 11 contact, second-best among NFL backs with 70 or fewer carries. A Legend At San Diego State In his senior season at Norwalk, Penny absolutely crushed it. He rambled for2,504 yards and scored 41 touchdowns on the ground on 216 carries. As well, he caught 21 passes for 665 receiving yards and 10 TDs. Pursued by seven NCAA schools,

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sportsbooks as the co-sixth favorite to win the Super Bowl at odds of +2000. Only three NFC clubs - the San Francisco 49ers (+800), New Orleans Saints (+1000) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+1000) - are given a better shot at winning the big game than Seattle. Seattle Not Counting On Penny? The Seahawks look to be in the market for depth at running back. According to several sources, the team has spoken to a pair of free agents in former Atlanta Falcons back Devonta Freeman and ex-Houston Texans runner Carlos Hyde.This movement toward

NORWALK HIGH GRAD Rashaad Penny of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks. Photo by Islanderzz.

Penny chose the San Diego State Aztecs. In 2016, he was part of NCAA history. D.J. Pumphrey rushed for 2,133 yards and Penny gained 1,018 as San Diego State became the only school in NCAA history to suit up a 2,000 and a 1,000yard rusher in the same season. The following season, his senior year, saw Penny carry the load. He led all NCAA Division I FBS players with 2,027 rushing yards. Penny’s Seahawks A Hot Commodity The Seahawks were an NFC playoff team last season, going 11-5 to earn a wild card position. Their season ended when the Seahawks fell 28-23 to the Packers at Lambeau Field in Green Bay in the NFC Divisional Playoff Round. Seattle is again seen as a top contender for the Super Bowl in 2020. The Seahawks are listed by online

backfield insurance may not be entirely motivated by Penny’s knee injury. Carson finished the season with a cracked hip. “We have to make sure that we have enough depth,” Carroll told the Tacoma News Tribune. If he’s slow to recover from his surgery, expectations are that Penny could begin the season on the Physically Unable To Perform list (PUP). If so, that would leave Penny ineligible for the first six games of the 2020 NFL season. Travis Homer, with one career NFL start, is the only completely healthy returning running back on the Seattle roster. The Seahawks spent a fourthround pick in the 2020 NFL Draft on Miami running back Deejay Dallas, but he’s viewed as someone who’d be a fit as a situational back on third-down passing situations.


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NEIGHBORHOOD LIFE CHURCH IS LOOKING FOR A HOME BY TAMMYE MCDUFF If you are a La Mirada resident, then you know David Newman, aka Pastor Dave of Neighborhood Life Church. He and his congregation have stepped in and stepped up during the pandemic and social unrest too support and uphold the city and her people. Now he is seeking assistance. As Neighborhood Life Church continues to serve the city, people continually ask where his church is located. “It’s getting difficult to answer all the time, that we don’t have one … or … it’s in our home,” remarked Newman. “It’s not very safe to invite peeps that are new into your home, there are boundaries, issues with safety, and we need space, and with this CoVID-19 pandemic happening we are trying to figure out the how’s and when’s to gather together.” Newman confesses it is becoming apparent that gathering at home is no longer the best option, “We need a church home in our city.” Neighborhood Life Church is dedicated to serve La Mirada and they are committed to be good neighbors to the city, “I hope that we continue to show this over time,” Newman says. As a church that has only been in existence since September 2019, Newman and his wife believe that God has guided them all along the way. Since September, they have become partners and developed relationship with The La Mirada Chamber of Commerce, City Council, Love La Mirada, Grocery Outlet and many of the churches in the city. December 2019 saw the congregation grow and they were able to deliver holiday cheer to 200 residents and distribute toys to 80 children. In March of 2020 they began to serve alongside the Norwalk

PASTOR DAVID NEWMAN was preaching in a parking lot when it began to rain. His wife Brianna brought the umbrella so he could continue. “She's always by my side," said Newman.

La Mirada school district and distribute over 1,500 meals to families in need and package 2,000 care packages for the senior community. They also serve the homeless at Whittier First Day. “I really do believe that this is only the beginning,” added Newman, “We have been meeting in our home, but since the virus happened, like so many other congregations we have moved to an online platform. A time is coming soon when we must gather together in person again.” Currently he is planning an inperson service this August, but is waiting to see how the larger churches will be handling the new guidelines. “We meet once a week and have a [small ] budget. We would be willing to take the worst beat up place in the city just as long as we could fix it up and call it our home church.” To contact Pastor Dave you may email him at neighbor.life@gmail.com

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PROTESTERS gather at in peace to kneel and pray at Bellflower Park.

extremely concerned about the planned demonstration that took place at the park across from Brakensiek Library.” Since the city learned about the protest they had been working closely with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to take all necessary precautions to maintain a peaceful presence. However, businesses boarded up their windows, the Police Department was in full riot gear and the National Guard had been deployed and were fully present. Local ministers led discussions with the attendees, Pastors Mike Larson from Encounter Church; Pastor AD Gartley of Faith Community Baptist; Pastor Ken Goodman from Calvary Baptist but it was the Reverend Troy L. Campbell, Senior Pastor of The Secret Place Church that spoke an eloquent truth to the 200 young men and women that were present. “I’m going to talk to you from a couple of different standpoints. I’m going to talk to you from a standpoint of faith as biblical truth. I’m going to talk to you from the standpoint of science and of simple everyday life. We know that what happened to Brother George Floyd was absolutely wrong. I want to give you some talking points for all of you to take back to your communities as talking points. It is difficult when you have to confront something that isn’t right, whether it is in your own home, my home, the community or in front of the whole world. But the truth remains we have to talk about it. There is a huge elephant in the room, and elephants don’t belong in rooms, they belong in places where they can be free. But somehow here it is.” When you lynch someone you asphyxiate them. You cut their breath off. We refer to George Floyd’s death as a lynching, because his breath was cut off. And his oppressor made sure that it stayed that way. I’m not saying this to incite anyone, but if we don’t face the hard core truth we won’t get hard core solutions. Not all police are bad. Not all police are good. Not all any color is bad and not all any color is good. We have to coexist as broken people. We expect our system of criminal justice to work for us. The fact of the matter is that we have to change how this system works.

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HAHN & RIDLEY-THOMAS WANT LAW ENFORCEMENT TO ADOPT USE OF FORCE RESTRICTION POLICIES STAFF REPORT The "8 Can't Wait" policies have proven effective in research by advocacy group Campaign Zero. Los Angeles, CA—Los Angeles County Supervisors Janice Hahn and Mark Ridley-Thomas want the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the county’s 46 local police departments to update their Use of Force policies to include eight policies proven to reduce the number of people killed by police. These eight policies have been put forward by Campaign Zero, an advocacy group led by DeRay Mckesson, Samuel Sinyangwe, and Brittany N. Packnett Cunningham which has published vital research on police practices and is developing datadriven policies to end police brutality. In a motion filed today by Hahn and Ridley-Thomas, the Supervisors are urging the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the 46 local police departments in the county to review their use of force policies and adapt them to include the following eight policies outlined by Campaign Zero: Requiring officers to intervene to stop another officer from using excessive force Restricting, or prohibiting, the use of chokeholds, strangleholds, and carotid restraints Requiring officers to de-escalate situations, when possible, before using force Using a Force Continuum or Matrix that defines and limits the types of force that can be used to respond to specific types of resistance Requiring officers to give a verbal warning before using deadly force

Prohibiting officers from shooting at people in moving vehicles unless the person poses a deadly threat by means other than the vehicle Requiring officers to exhaust all other reasonable alternatives before resorting to using deadly force Requiring comprehensive reporting that includes both uses of force and threats of force A 2016 analysis by Campaign Zero found that each of these eight reforms was associated with a 15% reduction in police killings for the average police department, and departments that implemented more than four of the reforms saw the largest reduction in killings. Importantly, departments with more restrictive use of force policies also experienced lower rates of assaults on officers and officers killed in the line of duty. “The people are demanding change,” said Supervisor Janice Hahn. “These are eight steps that can be taken right now by all of our law enforcement departments that are proven effective in reducing the number of people killed by police and sheriff’s deputies. Most of the police departments in LA County have already implemented one or two of these policies, but no one has implemented all eight. I am calling on our Sheriff and all of our local police chiefs to update their use of force policies to include these important restrictions to use of force. We cannot wait any longer.” “The killing of George Floyd once again exposes the harsh reality that the African-American community has to endure in our country. We will not accept this injustice,”Supervisor RidleyThomas said. "I believe that the eight reforms identified by Campaign Zero

in this motion give us specific and clear changes to reduce the use of force by law enforcement that has resulted in this senseless violence. I urge dozens of police agencies in the County to adopt the policies immediately.” While there are law enforcement agencies in Los Angeles County that have made significant steps toward reform, no local law enforcement department has adopted all eight of these policies. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, for example, does not include chokeholds in their training practices. However, chokeholds, strangleholds, carotid restraints, and the knee-on-neck hold that killed George Floyd are not explicitly prohibited in department policy. Additionally, requiring the reporting of threats of use of force is one of the reforms associated with the highest reduction in police killings, but neither the LASD or Los Angeles Police Department require this type of comprehensive reporting. In addition to the reforms put forward by Campaign Zero, the Civilian Oversight Commission of the Sheriff’s Department created an Ad Hoc Committee that has, over the past several months, been reviewing and analyzing the Sheriff’s use of force policies in order to make recommendations on how to strengthen these policies. The Civilian Oversight Commission is set to issue these recommendations in the coming weeks. Hahn and Ridley-Thomas’ motion also directs the Civilian Oversight Commission to report back to the Board of Supervisors in 15 days with their recommendations on strengthening LASD’s use of force policies and practices. Read more: https://hahn.lacounty. gov/8cantwait

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Continued from page 10 and local authorities, school districts and schools will have decisions to make as far as what can be allowed personnelwise once the games begin. But Wigod did say that he wouldn’t think the schools would be receptive to the idea of a football team or a volleyball team being limited to the number of players they can have. Then there’s the issue of which school districts will allow their schools to come back and which will not. Taking the 605 League for example, and for football purposes, there are four teams with two being in the ABC Unified School District. If it doesn’t allow their schools to come back, then you can’t have a two-team league for football because the minimum the CIF-SS allows for any sport is a fourteam league. “That’s the major challenge that we will have at some point,” Wigod said. “We will be monitoring when the teams come back and at some point, we would have a number of teams that we would then launch a calendar to conduct regular season championship competition. It’s not going to be an all clear horn that’s blown, and all 100 percent of the teams come back. It’s not going to be that way.” Using football as an example, since it is the main sport of the fall season, Wigod said there would have to have to be a significant number, which he would not disclose, of teams back to where they could launch the calendar. But the most important part of the calendar, he continued, is that there has to be a viable league play because you can’t have the CIF-SS Ford Division Championships without the appropriate number of league entries. He added that to be fair to the student athletes and everyone, they would want to have a season that included more than league play. On top of that, there is the practice time involved before such a football season would start. At least four weeks is necessary for teams to begin practicing prior to the first games. Wigod was using one model, which would be if teams played just the bare minimum of having only a league season, which would be anywhere from three games to seven games. Obviously, in a league, such as the 605 League where you have three league games for football, you would want to find at least four more nonleague contests. So, even if everyone was not able to play a complete 10-game schedule, but taking into account the four weeks of playoffs culminating with the section championships (there would not be any state playoff games), Wigod targeted September 14 as last date in which teams can begin practicing in order to have a football season in the fall. “There’s a window,” he said. “And then in the other sports, obviously, you don’t need four weeks for volleyball championships. You don’t need four weeks for girls tennis championships. You only need probably a couple of weeks in those scenarios. You don’t need five weeks to play league play in girls volleyball when you have a six-team league. “If you use football as the largest window, and you realize that some of the other sports…boys water polo, boys and girls cross country, girls volleyball, girls golf and girls tennis…when you realize those other sports can probably be smaller windows than that, it gives

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you an understanding of what a fall could look like if it was pushed back as far back as it could be pushed,” he continued. “Now, the other sports can be practicing on October 1 or October 10 or some other day, not as early as football.” Since it will be up to the individual school districts to decide when to allow their football student athletes to get back on campus, if only 10 percent of the programs are back and ready to go by Sept. 14, the CIF-SS will not be launching a calendar. But Wigod wanted to stress that if that was the case, it doesn’t mean cancelling the fall season. “That’s not going to be the approach,” he said. “The approach is going to be, ‘okay, we couldn’t make fall happen in this window, let’s look at scenarios where fall, winter and spring can still happen before we get to the end of June 2021’. That would be the focus.” Throughout the entire process of putting an athletic schedule/calendar together for the 2020-2021 school year, Wigod wanted to stress that schools want to have three seasons of sports and schools want championships in three seasons. He added that the schools realize it’s not going to be possible to have it the same as it was prior to COVID-19. So, if that means conducting athletics in the spring after the last day of instruction, schools would make every effort to have their athletes finish out the season and giving them a chance at a championship, considering no one had that opportunity last month or this month. “It’s going to have to be looked at a little differently,” Wigod said. “It’s not what people are used to, but I’d like to have the confidence in the fact that people…we’re all on the same page here. Everybody wants this. So, if we want this, we have to be willing to be a little more flexible and understand a couple of realities that will make it happen versus trying to implement some things that just would not make it possible to do what everybody wants.” In closing, Wigod said the CIF-SS will continue to monitor the health and safety information coming out from all entities and will continue to stay in touch with the member schools and get a sense of what they’re thinking about and what they’re planning to do. He added that this is a call to leadership and the CIF-SS is ready to answer that call because they want to deliver what everyone wants. “We miss high school sports; we love high school sports,” he continued. “Perhaps it gets taken for granted, that it’s always been there; that people have counted on it. And now that it’s gone, it’s my sincere hope that there’s a much higher appreciation for how special it is. I’ve never been bashful about saying how special I believe high school educationbased athletics is; how important it is, how much learning and teaching it has done through the high school athletics experience in the classroom and outside the building.” On June 9, there will be the normal scheduled meeting of all 10 CIF section commissioners, plus the CIF State Office and at that meeting, Wigod believes they will be ‘crystalizing’ many of the discussions about potential scenarios and start to come to an idea of when announcements need to be made about what the plans will be. Financial hardship and academic eligibility are other issues that will be brought up at this meeting.

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on June 9, 2020, at 6:30 p.m., the City of La Mirada will conduct a public hearing to consider the following: Adoption of the Fiscal Year 2020-21 Budget LOCATION OF HEARING: La Mirada City Hall City Council Chambers 13700 La Mirada Boulevard La Mirada, California 90638 INVITATION TO BE HEARD: All interested persons will be given an opportunity to comment on this item at the public hearing. In addition, written comments may be submitted to the City prior to the hearing, mailed to 13700 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada, California 90638, Attention: City Clerk. Comments may also be emailed to the City Clerk at aharaksin@cityoflamirada.org. If you wish to challenge the above in court, the challenge will be limited only to those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing or in written correspondence delivered to the City Clerk at, or prior to, the public hearing described in this notice. The agenda report for this item will be available at 5 p.m. on ¬¬¬¬June 5, 2020, and a copy may be obtained. For further information, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at (562) 943-0131. Anne Haraksin, City Clerk Published at La Mirada Lamplighter 6/5/20 CITY OF HAWAIIAN GARDENS NOTICE OF PUBLICATION OF ORDINANCE SUMMARY ORDINANCE NO. 593 ADOPTED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that at its Regular Meeting on May 26, 2020 at 6:00 p.m., the City Council of the City of Hawaiian Gardens conducted a second reading and adopted the following ordinance in connection with the development of the “Green Property,” located at 22434 Norwalk Blvd., Hawaiian Gardens, CA 90716-1546 (APN: 7076-033-910): ORDINANCE NO. 593 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF HAWAIIAN GARDENS, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, STATE OF CALIFORNIA, ADOPTING DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT (NO. 583) BETWEEN THE CITY OF HAWAIIAN GARDENS AND HAWAIIAN 1311 LLC, DBA: HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES PURSUANT TO CALIFORNIA GOVERNMENT CODE SECTION 65864 ET SEQ., AND ADOPTING THE ASSOCIATED INITIAL STUDY/MITIGATED NEGATIVE DECLARATION FOR THE HOTEL PROJECT LOCATED AT 22434 NORWALK BOULEVARD, CITY OF HAWAIIAN GARDENS The ordinance approves a Development Agreement between the City of Hawaiian Gardens and Hawaiian 1311 LLC, DBA: Holiday Inn Express & Suites in connection with the development of the subject property (APN: 7076-033-910), in Hawaiian Gardens, California. The Development Agreement No. 583 permits the development of a four-story, 42,164 square foot, 71-unit hotel on approximately 55,107 square foot vacant parcel located on the east side of Norwalk Boulevard, between Brittain Street and 226th Street. The Ordinance incorporates the Development Agreement, which establishes and vests certain development rights, obligations and conditions for development of the “Green Property”, which comprises approximately 1.25 acres. The Development Agreement also addresses the manner in which Developer will pay a fair share contribution for impacts with the Project, and the manner in which the overall development and construction of the Project will occur. A copy of Ordinance No. 593 is on file with the Office of the City Clerk, and available for public review at City Hall, 21815 Pioneer Blvd., Hawaiian Gardens, CA 90716. Also, a copy of the full text of the Ordinance is available on the City’s website at www.hgcity.org. The Ordinance was presented for first reading and introduction on May 12, 2020. The Ordinance was presented for second reading and adoption at the Regular City Council meeting held on the 26th day of May 2020 at 6:00 PM, at the City of Hawaiian Gardens City Council Chambers, 21815 Pioneer Boulevard, Hawaiian Gardens, CA 90716. The vote was certified as follows: AYES: NOES: ABSENT: ABSTAIN:


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CITY OF COMMERCE CITY COUNCIL NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Commerce will conduct a public hearing to consider a series of amendments to Chapter 5.61 (Commercial Cannabis Businesses). Proposed amendments include (but are not exclusive to) change to: 1. Title of city personnel and departments to reflect current titles. 2. Require renewal applications to be submitted 6090 days prior to expiration. 3. Make City Manager’s decisions appealable to City Council not Planning Commission. 4. Labor Peace Agreement requirements. 5. Noticing requirements for change in location requests. 6. Decision making body from City Council to City Manager for Change of Ownership Requests. 7. Codifying cannabis operational fees and the way which they are revised. 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, June 16, 2020 at 6:00 p.m., at which time proponents and opponents will be heard. Per Government Code Section 65009, if you challenge this matter in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the City Council at, or prior to, the public hearing. THE CITY OF COMMERCE Edgar Cisneros City Manager Published at Commerce Community News 6/5/20


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