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La Mirada Bids The Rock Hello and Goodbye After months of delays, the 340-ton granite megalith that will form part of Michael Heizer’s Levitated Mass slowly made its way through La Mirada last Friday leaving its quarry in Riverside County to make its journey to LACMA. “The Rock” made its way across

Students from La Mirada High School stand with the city council. From left- Mayor Steve Jones, Councilman Steven De Ruse; on right, Mayor pro tem Gabe Garcia, Councilmembers Pauline Deal and Larry Mowles. The Student City Council and staff are paired with their city counterparts at a special La Mirada City Council meeting where they conduct business just as a regular city council.

Union Leaders Blast Assessor Noguez, Call His Actions Improper LAMPLIGHTER EXCLUSIVE By Randy Economy In a stinging rebuke, members of the California Association of Professional Employees, AFL-CIO have told embattled Los Angeles County Assessor John R. Noguez that they have lost confidence in his ability to oversee the management and operations of the complex agency that is now the center of at least two investigations by law enforcement agencies. Los Cerritos Community News has obtained two formal letters from CAPE Board President Carlos Clayton, and CAPE Attorney Blaine J. Meek that blasts Noguez about his “improper intervention by Assessor’s officials in the appraisal process, and inappropriate access

allowed to tax representatives.” LCCN was the first news agency to report on the investigation of Noguez in early February. Since then several major daily newspapers,

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On December 30, 2011 CAPE Attorney Meek sent a formal letter to Noguez to “convey the growing concerns of our Appraiser members regarding some recent perceived impropriates by your management.” “We are sure you are aware that our Appraiser members care deeply about their work and reputation for fairness and integrity,” Meek states. “Our Board (CAPE) is very concerned about the growing perception among our Appraiser members that several outside property tax agents have been given too much access and influence, and that some Assessor’s office executives are inappropriately intervening in the valuation process which jeopardizes the impartiality and

The concrete channel leading to the Rock is nineteen feet wide in total, with a fifteen foot wide walkway. As visitors walk into the slot, it gradually descends to fifteen feet in depth, running under underneath the boulder. four counties, 22 cities and 110 miles of surface streets to its home at LACMA. The transportation will take 11 nights and will move about 8 miles per hour between the hours of 11:00pm and 5:00am. “The Rock” tweeted while it moved across the County, providing people with traffic updates and looking for things to do while it is not in transit during the day. Once it arrives, it'll be installed on top of a 456 foot long, walk-through concrete slot on the Sixth Street side of the Resnick Pavilion, where it will appear to levitate. According to press materials, the concrete channel is 19 feet wide in total, with a 15 foot wide walkway, and "As visitors walk into the slot, it gradually descends to fifteen feet in depth, running underneath the boulder into an open central chamber before ascending

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CRIME SUMMARIES VEHICLE BURGLARY: Six vehicle burglaries occurred last Cerritos Crime Summary week. Two separate burglaries were February 27, - March 4 2012 reported on the 13300 block of Beach Blvd. An incident was reported on the 14800 ROBBERY: block of Gardenhill Dr. A stereo/navigation A robbery was reported on the 13500 system and third row seat were stolen from block of Beach Blvd. Cash, beer, and beef the vehicle. A burglary was reported on jerky were stolen from the business. the 15500 block of Fairhope Dr. Incidents RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY: were also reported on the 15800 block of An attempted burglary was reported Alicante Rd. and the 12200 block of La on the 14800 block of La Capelle Rd. A Mirada Blvd. burglary was reported on the 14400 block GRAND THEFT: of Plantana Dr. A theft from an unlocked vehicle was OTHER STRUCTURE BURGLARY: reported on the 13900 block of Salada Rd. Two other structure burglaries were GRAND THEFT VEHICLE: reported last week. A burglary was reported Twelve vehicle thefts were reported on the 12200 block of La Mirada Blvd. last week. Eight of the stolen vehicles were No loss was reported. A burglary was also reported on the 14700 block of Firestone semi trailers taken from the 14900 block of Valley View Ave. An older model Honda Blvd. was stolen from the 12600 block of Ocaso Ave. The vehicle was recovered two days later on the 14700 block of Mansa Dr. A vehicle was reported stolen from the 14600 • Family Rooms • Bedrooms • Bathrooms • 2nd Stories • block of Calpella Dr. A vehicle was also Have the oldest remodeling company in the stolen from the 13900 block of Adoree St. Lakewood/Long Beach area build your addition. That vehicle was recovered the next day by the Buena Park Police Department. A 1970 vehicle stolen from the 15700 block Serving the community with excellent service since of Imperial Hwy was recovered the next C A L L TO Dday AY in ! the City of South Gate. Three

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La Mirada Crime Summary February 27, - March 4 2012 Aggravated Assault An assault was reported on the 13500 block of Raceland Rd. The incident is currently under investigation. An incident was also reported at De Alcala Dr. and Valley View Ave. Residential Burglary Three residential burglaries and one attempt were reported last week. A burglary was reported on the 13700 block of Norbeck Dr. An attempted burglary was reported on the 15900 block of Ridgeview Ln. A burglary was reported on the 13200 block

of La Salina St. An incident also occurred on the 12600 block of Lindesmith Ave. Jewelry was stolen from the residence. Vehicle Burglary Five vehicle burglaries were reported last week. A window smash burglary was reported on the 12900 block of Ocaso Ave. A purse was stolen from the vehicle. Two separate burglaries were reported on the 13300 block of Beach Blvd. Two separate incidents were also reported on the 14300 block of Firestone Blvd. Third row seats from SUVs were taken in both incidents. Grand Theft Vehicle Two vehicle thefts were reported last week. A semi trailer was reported stolen from the 14300 block of Industry Cir. An older model Honda was stolen from the 13900 block of Ramhurst Dr. The vehicle was recovered and an arrest made the following day by the Buena Park Police Department. Join Neighborhood Watch Help keep La Mirada safe by joining Neighborhood Watch. This crime prevention program will teach you how to protect yourself, your family and your neighborhood from crime. To join Neighborhood Watch, contact the La Mirada Community Sheriff's Station at (562) 902-2960.

NORWALK SHERIFFS NAB SUSPECTED MOLESTER AFTER HE ALLEGEDLY DRUGGED VICTIM WHO WAS BABYSITTING HIS CHILDREN By Randy Economy Norwalk Sheriff’s have arrest a suspect for allegedly drugging his children’s babysitter and then sexually molesting his victim. Suspect Kevin Cady, allegedly hired a young female, the victim, through an online babysitting service to watch his minor children in his home while he was away at work. In a statement from members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Depart-

ment, Cady returned home from work early and offered the victim a drink he had prepared. The victim consumed the drink and immediately began to feel sleepy. She awoke sometime later to find the suspect sexually assaulting her. She fled the location and called the Sheriff’s Department. Cady was detained, but was released pending further investigation and results of the toxicology report. On February 15, 2012, a toxicology report showed the presence of a drug which is normally used in hospitals before surgical procedures,

and causes drowsiness and memory loss, was found in the victim’s system. On February 29, 2012, an arrest and search warrant was issued for the suspect and his residence. The warrant was served and the suspect was arrested and booked at Norwalk Station. The suspect is currently in custody awaiting a preliminary hearing. Anyone who has had a similar encounter or has information related to the suspect’s arrest is encouraged to contact Norwalk Station Detective Marquez.

NORWALK ADOPTS NEW ETHICS GUIDELINES FOR OFFICIALS By Randy Economy Norwalk now has an official set of guidelines on how it ís elected, appointed, and how city staff members should conduct themselves, both ethically and legally, in public and even behind closed doors. Norwalk has had their share of legal woes regarding the conduct of two past and one current member of the city council during the past five years.

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Former Mayor Rick Ramirez was arrested on domestic violence charges and for carrying a concealed handgun, and past councilman Jesse Luera and current Mayor Mike Mendez were involved in high profile cases regarding alleged sexual harassment allegations involving two female employees that resulted in nearly $1 million in legal pay outs to the accusers. Ramirez and Luera lost their reelection campaigns to council members Marcel Rodarte and Leonard Shryock who campaigned on the promise of enacting new strict guidelines of ethics and conduct. On Tuesday night Rodarte and Shryock along with Mendez, Vice Mayor Cherie Kelley and Councilman Luigi Vernola were successful to get the new set of ethic guidelines passed and put into law. Rodarte categorized the new standards as being a proactive approach on how to guide the five member body as well as city commissioners, and staff members. The new Code of Conduct and Ethics is split into three different documents and deals with everything from how elected members should interact with each other,

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how to talk to members of the media, how to conduct themselves in city staff, in private encounters, and even with other public agencies. Vernola asked city attorney Steve Dorsey about who would be responsible for enforcing the new policy and said the intent was to go beyond how we treat each other. My take on this document is that we want to make a culture of how our city council should treat each other in the future, Vice Mayor Cherie Kelley said. This needs to be about how Norwalk should be governed in a positive light. I don’t look at this new proposal to be used as a witch hunt tool. I look at these new guidelines as how we operate as a city, and how we act as a governing body, Councilman Rodarte said. Mayor Mendez said he always wants to be respectful, but it sometimes there comes a point when it is okay to be disagreeable. In other actions, the city council approved a request by Norwalk High School Cross Country team for assistance in their upcoming Second Annual 5K Run fundraiser. Coach James Maynard appeared before the city council and thanked the city for providing past support by providing two manned sheriff patrol units and three volunteer support personnel for the event. Maynard said that this years event was slated for Sunday, June 9 and all of the money raised at the event would go directly to pay for the team to attend a summer running camp at Big Pine Creek, located near Bishop, California.


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FOR THE HOUSE Norm Reeves Honda Superstore in the Cerritos Auto Square since 1983 was recognized by the Cerritos City Council at its Feb. 27 meeting for being the number one dealership worldwide in 2011 among all Honda dealers. Mayor Carol Chen described the agency as the anchor dealership of the Auto Square which also os home to Cerritos Ford Lincoln, Cerritos Hyundai, Cerritos Infiniti and five other California dealerships. Accepting the proclamation was Dave Conant, Dealer Principal of Norm Reeves Honda and Brad Mugg, Norm Reeves General Manager. The Mayor said Cerritos is proud to showcase a local business every month to foster pride in Cerritos business community and strong local economy.

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Do not Just Seek a Rich Life It’s More Important to Communicate By Jerry Bernstein I had no sooner sat down at my desk Wednesday morning when VAL LYNDER, DEFENDER OF ALL THAT IS TRUE walked into the office. This is a surprise,” I said. Where have you been?” “Here and there and everywhere,” she replied, as she settled down in a chair. That was an interesting School Board meeting

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Tuesday night,” she commented. “Yes it was,” I said. “Large crowd,” she said. I knew she was getting ready to spring something on me. “One of the largest the school board meeting has had,” I replied. “Tell me,” she said, “was any concern mentioned about what was happening in the classroom with all these budget cuts the state is fostering on the District?” She looked me straight in the eye. She was too calm. Her purple polka dotted umbrella leaned against her chair. “I knowthe teachers are concerned with the possible increase in furlough days. and the parents are concerned about cuts in the Elementary Band Program and possibly closing the programt down, and others are concerned the after-school athletic program will be cut. Others want to close down the adult education school so the band and athletic programs can continue. I don’t understand these people,” she stated.

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“It’s a hard nut to crack,” I said. “The two “preliminary” budgets approved by the school board are just that. If none of the three tax measures pass in the November election, the District will be facing a $15.8 million deficit. If the Governor’s tax plan is approved ABC will only be facing an $8.4 million deficit, meaning the existing District programs will be okay.” Val Lynder looked up at me. “I understand that, she said. I could see her anguish start to come to the surface. “The school board doesn’t have to make a final decision until June 6. The governor first has to give his May reprise on the state budget and until then the District can’t really make a decision. It’s possible, if not probable the economy will take a turn for the better and more sales tax revenue will flow into the state’s general fund. We just have to wait,” I said. VAL LYNDER, DEFENDER OF ALL THAT IS TRUE was frustrated. “Where are the priorities?” she asked.’ Did you know it cost $10 million to move that big rock to the Los Angeles County Museum from Riverside and millions of dollars are being spent by the POLITICAL PACS to

influence the voters in November and primaries. When its all over, the money will disappear. Where are the million dollar donations to finance the schools,” she asked, “especially since Sacramento can’t get its act together and balance the state budget without milking the schools.” She paused a mment. You know there’s very little milk left to give,” she added. I couldn’t give her an answer. She slowly got up from the chair, like a volcano ready to erupt. “If someone doesn’t do something,” she asserted, “ more schools will have to close and I wouldn’t be surprised to see double sessions started.” VAL LYNDER, put your umbrella down”, I pleaded.” I was to late. The volcano erupted, smashing down onto my desk. “Sorry,” she said, “but that’s what is going to happen to education in California if the legislature and the governor don’t take care of the state’s schools. Education is too important to let it become the spoils of politics.” With that she walked out of the office, her high heel purple poker dotted tennis shoes keeping time with the swing of her umbrella.

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Children First! Close "There you go again." The claim that the State may force the Adult School! district to close schools deserves the reI have been reading about the financial problems facing the schools in our ABC district because of California budget problems. I just read the report on the web site and I am very worried how the cuts are going to effect my children in two ABC schools and all the children in all the ABC schools. If they have to cut over $7 million from the schools, I have an idea that will save our children education! The first plan should be to close the ABC Adult School!!! But that plan is not even on the list of ideas!! Our children and our children teachers should not suffer losses so that grown adults can take jobs classes, learn English, or take up hobbies. Adults have lots of other choices like Cerritos Community classes, Cerritos College classes, and etc. Our children do no have any other choices for their schools!! Children first!!! I do not see why everyone is planning cutting out buses for children, cutting down on sports and activities, and making classes bigger! Cut out the adult school! Everyone has to stand up and do the right thing for our children and our children teachers!! Cerritos Parent

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sponse Ronald Reagan gave Jimmy Carter in the 1980 debate: "There you go again." District Administrators, not the board, are primarily to blame for mismanaging the budget that could lead to school closures. Board members base their decisions on information provided by administrators and can’t be held responsible for decisions based on faulty information. The 300 lb. gorilla in the room that administrators failed or refused to recognize is declining enrollment. Virtually all school funding is based on student enrollment and attendance. According to the figures from the state at ebudget.ca.gov., average funding per student from all sources, State, Federal and Local averages about $9,000 to $10,000 per student per year. When enrollment decreases by 3,000 students at $9,000 per student, district revenue decreases by 27 million dollars and when you factor in step and column pay raises that all employees have been receiving over the last few years, this easily adds up to the 30 million dollar short-fall Dr. Sieu is talking about. If you compare year-to-year actual district revenues for the last three years, you won’t find a $30 million dollar decrease. When you have fewer students you need less administrators, teachers and other support personnel to run the district. The district proudly proclaims that “not one employee” has lost his or her job and I believe it—but, this is why the district is in financial trouble and “may be forced to close schools”. If the district had prudently reduced positions through attrition as enrollment declined, they would not be in the financial mess that they now find themselves. District administrators have no one to blame but themselves if and when they have to close schools. Brian Nelson, Lakewood

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A year of accomplishments and challenges for Cerritos By Mayor Carol K. Chen

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dedication of two new photovoltaic systems at the Cerritos Corporate Yard which represent a $1.2 million investment in renewable energy. The two photovoltaic projects will provide all the energy required to power the main building and a substantial portion of the energy used to operate a water well. Most of the project funding was provided by federal grants. The City Council also recently approved a contract for the trimming of thousands of trees throughout the City. The nearly $500,000 cost for the project will be covered by funding from a Los Angeles County grant program. Our urban forest beautifies Cerritos and brings such environmental benefits as filtering the air, producing oxygen and slowing storm water runoff. Cerritos welcomed several exciting new businesses to the community during the past year. The companies include the restaurants Stacked, Buffalo Wild Wings and Mezza Mediterranean Grill and stores Lamb & Flag at the Los Cerritos Center and Anna’s Linens at the Cerritos Towne Center. Dealerships at the Cerritos Auto Square, the world’s largest auto mall, are reinvesting in their properties. Penske Buick GMC opened its re-located and remodeled location in December. The City Council recently approved remodeling and expansion projects at Cerritos Ford Lincoln and McKenna Volkswagen. The City is continuing its fight for redevelopment agency funds which were seized by the State of California. We are leading a coalition of cities in a lawsuit which challenges the constitutionality of the State’s actions. The Cerritos Redevelopment Agency’s Property tax increment

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Optimist Club Hold Annual Oratorical Contest By Jerry Bernstein We often think that only adults have problems. But the truth of the matter is teenagers also have their problems; whether it comes in the form of an illness, parents divorcing, peer pressure and concern over grades. On Jan. 23 and Mar. 1 the Cerritos Optimist Club held its Annual Oratorical Contest for middle and high school students. The subject was “How Optimism Overcomes Obstacles”. The contest was divided into two segments. The first segment for girls was held on Feb. 23, The second segment was held

on Mar. 3 for the boy contestants. Chairing both events was Robert Green. Winners received a $500 scholarship check for first place; second place $300, and third place $200. On Feb. 23 the Skyline Room in the Cerritos Library filled with student contestants, their families and teachers in this first segment of the Cerritos Optimist Club Oratorical Contest. This segment was for the girls. Members of the Cerritos Optimist waited anxiously with everyone else in the room for the competition to begin. Contest Chair Robert Green called the room to order and the competition began. Optimism is knowing I can go to bed and wake up to a good day, stated the first

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to go forward.” Another contestant contended that life was complex and unknown. She defined Optimism as meaning success, no matter how hard it is, it makes you keep trying. “It makes the impossible possible.” On Mar. the second segment was held. The first contestant said he found inspiration through his optimism. “Never let your Optimist light go out,” he said. Another contestant said his Optimism is always with him. “It helps overcome phobia and negativity. Another said without Optimism he would not have been able to overcome his problems. “I always try to look at the positive side of a conversations. He said when he was younger he was very thin and his friends would call him skinny or bones. “Without my Optimism I would have been hurt and in the dumps, but my Optimism helps me live life on an even keel,” he asserted. Another contestant commented, “Life is filled with hardships, but I found that Optimism lifted me up so I can face life.” He said it helped him overcome heartbreak and illness. When his parents divorced he was heartbroken but he overcame it and helped his siblings cope with it. Later he had an attack of acute appendicitis when he awoke in the hospital and saw his mother in the room, he knew he’d be all right. “The best way to overcome negativity is with Optimism,” said another.” It helps me move forward.” He quoted Winsted Churchill who said, “ Pessimists see every opportunity without hope. Optimists see opportunity as being a goal.” Another said life was not easy, but the best way to live is being optimistic. He said during adversity keep you Optimism focused in your mind. Another said being Optimistic us not easy. You need to take one day at a time. “I can’t imagine a world without Optimism Without Optimism I simply would not be here.”


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Continued from page 1 meeting would be conducted, serving as mock City Council members and staff, and then presenting their reports on local issues. Community Services Coordinator Oliver Osuna says the program offers a kids view on issues, “It’s important, for us, to see how this age group views their community through their eyes.” He said their innocence is refreshing, “They’re not motivated by outside influences in any way.” Osuna said the kids really enjoyed the civic experience, “Much to my surprise, one of their favorite things to do is to meet the different people that work for the city, and see what it is they do. They get a kick out of it.” In the past, the Youth in Government program has actively contributed, and has seen recommended projects come to fruition, including the development of the La Mirada Community Gymnasium and the installation of left-turn signals at busy intersections. This year’s group of youngsters recommended two projects for review and discussion: utilizing social media by creating a mobile app for the city’s website to better communicate and serve its residents and; upgrade La Mirada playgrounds to meet new ADA standards. The two projects will now be studied by the city manager and council for possible consideration of a follow-up and dedication of more time to the projects by city staff. Each year, members of Congress and the State Assembly and Senate recognize the efforts of the Youth in Government students at the program’s annual concluding ceremony. This year’s Youth in Government participants included Sunny Khokhor, Priscilla Lee, Sam Khattar, Jessica Duron, Matthew Alvarez, Brooklynn Ackerman, Olivia Tang, Janice Jang, Justin Rhee, Mark Sologuren, Breanne Flores, Christy Pflanzer , Eva Gaye, Mauricio Pavano, Mario Matal, Kevin Lim, Jorge Martinez, Nathan Decker, Marina Alvarez, Leticia Fonseca, Vanessa Ramirez, Uzair Mumtaz, and Brian Hanst.

Applebee’s to host Ebell ‘Dining to Donate’ event By Marilyn D. Carwile Applebee’s and La Mirada Ebell Club will team up Tuesday, March 20 to raise funds for high school scholarships. The “Dining to Donate” event will take place at 1238 W. Imperial Highway, La Habra. Participants must present a flyer to their waiter prior to ordering that day. Carside-To-Go orders also qualify. This alerts management to give 15% of that table’s check to the La Mirada Ebell. Area residents are urged to help the non-profit club reach its 2011-12 goal of funding three $1,000.00 scholarships. Phone Susan Gonzales, 562 743-0957, or any member for flyers. Formed in the mid-50’s, the La Mirada Ebell Club roster this year includes 40-plus women, all dedicated to community service. Future fundraisers include the April 14 Fashion Show at the La Mirada Country Club. Members and friends will walk the runway arrayed in the latest Spring attire. Presale of tickets is ongoing; no tickets will

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be sold at the door. The Club also will assist with the City of La Mirada-sponsored Easter Egg Hunt, Spring Beautification, Mother-Daughter Tea and Pet Vaccination events. Members socialize during monthly Bunco parties and at monthly meetings. The next meeting is 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 14 at the La Mirada Resource Center, behind City Hall. The Club is dark in July and August. Phone Lorrie Larson, 714 5212561, or Cheri Collin, 562 777-9960 for further information.

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Ebell members at the 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 14 meeting, to be held in Rm. 2 of the Resource Center, La Mirada City Hall. Deal will reveal how her longtime work with the Norwalk, La Mirada Unified School Board lead to her being elected to the La Mirada City Council. Attendees also will learn more about Deal’s family and other community activities. Deal will present Mary Cahill with a certificate from the City of La Mirada in recognition of Cahill’s 90th birthday. Ebell Club members also will laud Cahill for long-time service to the non-profit club. April 14 is the date set for the Club’s biggest fundraiser this year, a Spring Fashion Show at La Mirada Country Club. Pre-sale of $30.00 tickets is ongoing; no tickets will be sold at the door. Phone Susan Gonzales, 562 7430957, for more information.

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Dr. Seuss Reigns at Escalona Elementary School

Twice a year Escalona Elementary School in La Mirada holds special reading program. In October they invite the community to participate in a Read Along where volunteers read a story to the youngsters to promote home reading. In March they celebrate Dr. Seuss where members of the community again read to the students.

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summer is ideal for mosquito breeding,” says Councilmember Deal. “Residents should take the threat of mosquito-borne illnesses seriously and prevent mosquito breeding by removing stagnant water from around their homes.” Removing stagnant water from common backyard sources is the most proactive step homeowners can take to reduce opportunities for mosquito breeding. Common backyard areas for mosquitoes to breed are: clogged rain gutters, neglected or out-of-order swimming pools, hot tubs, ponds or fountains; containers such as rain barrels,

Area residents are being reminded to take simple measures to eliminate mosquito-breeding sources around their homes by La Mirada City Councilmember Pauline Deal, a member of the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District Board of Trustees. “Although rainfall was relatively light this winter in California, the warmer weather coming this spring and

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La Mirada Chamber Holds Ribbon Cutting at Sugar and Spice

La Mirada Chamber executives, La Mirada Mayor Steve Jones, councilmember Steven De Ruse and other local residents look on as Pastor Jack Miranda of the Living Faith Church of La Mirada cuts the ribbon to signal the grand re-opening of Sugar and Spice Cakes and Pastries located at 1523 La Mirada Boulevard. The "Cupcakery" can be reached at (562) 946-1366. cans, buckets, jars, and flower pots; old tires; and other containers that can hold water for more than seven days. Residents can also take a number of precautions to protect against mosquito bites. These precautions include: • Avoid outdoor activities between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active. • Wear long sleeve shirts and pants when engaging in outdoor activities during these hours. • Use approved insect repellents containing active ingredients such as DEET, Picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus.

• Keep tight-fitting screens on doors and windows to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home. • Report vacant homes and neglected swimming pools in your neighborhood as soon as possible. • Request free mosquitofish from Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District for placement in out-oforder swimming pools, spas, and ponds to control mosquito breeding. Contact the GLACVCD at (562) 9449656 or online at www.glacvcd.org to report any significant mosquito problems in your neighborhood.


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PIH Hosts Santa Fe High School’s Business Academy

{l-r} Kathie Fink, chief executive officer Santa Fe Springs Chamber of Commerce; Julia McConaghy, corporate vice president, Business Development, Marketing and Physician Recruitment/Relations, Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital and Bright Health Physicians of PIH; Paul Ashworth, Director of Planning and Community Development City of Santa Fe Springs and Carolyn Sagara, Target Specialty Products and chairperson of the mentor program. Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital (PIH) and Bright Health Physicians of PIH hosted the annual Santa Fe Springs Mentor Breakfast for the 19th year in a row on Thursday, March 1, 2012. Local professionals representing the Santa Fe Springs Chamber of Commerce and students from Santa Fe High School’s Business Academy attended the early morning event. This year’s presenters were Danielle Halewijn, clinical nutrition manager and diabetes center coordinator for PIH; Paul Ashworth, director of planning and

community development for the city of Santa Fe Springs and Sylvia Kenmuir, entomologist with Target Specialty Products. The speakers touched on their own career paths as well as the many opportunities in the work force today and also discussed the importance of learning. The annual breakfast at PIH not only provides the students with the opportunity to learn about various jobs and professional experiences, but also teaches proper etiquette in a businesslike atmosphere.

La Mirada Teen Battle of the Bands Deadline to submit application to compete is March 15th. In what has become the premier event in La Mirada to showcase local music talent, the 4 La Mirada Kids Carnival, reaches for a new and exciting level this year. The 18th edition of the fair will feature an all-new Teen Battle of the Bands, hosted by the La Mirada Community Foundation and the La Mirada Youth Council. Bands will compete for a $500 first-place prize. The event will take place Saturday and Sunday, April 20th and 21st, the first 2 days of the carnival, on the grounds of Benton Middle School in La Mirada. Junior High School and High School age bands are eligible to compete. To participate, bands must have a minimum of three members (two must play instru-

ment through majority of performance), and all members must be ages 13-18. Judging will be calculated using three methods, each counting for 33.3% of the possible vote: a panel of judges on site will use a point system; attendees to the carnival will vote by ballot at the event; and on-line voting will take place on the La Mirada Blog website. Interested bands must fill out an entry form and submit it to the La Mirada Community Foundation before 5:00 p.m., Thursday, March 15, 2012. For entry forms, a complete list of rules and regulations, or more information call (562) 943-7277. The three-day carnival was created in 1994 as a way for community/youth groups in La Mirada to raise funds annually, and is attended by thousands. There will be rides, locally prepared food, and entertainment-including school performance.

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Friends of La Mirada Library Continuing Book Sales

The Friends of La Mirada Library is dedicated to help the local La Mirada library in its funding. Besides its two annual full day book sales, there is a continuing sales location just inside the entrance to the Library. There you will find books and magazines at very low prices. Stop by and see what’s available on a continuing basis.

So Cal Senior Invitational at Splash! The La Mirada Armada swim club and the City of La Mirada are hosting the Southern California Senior Swimming Invitational on March 9, 10, 11, at Splash! La Mirada Regional Aquatics Center. The meet is expected to attract over 500 swimmers from 40 different clubs. The following athletes will be representing La Mirada: Ryan Kao – 400 free Samantha Shellem – 200, 400, 800 free Nikki Chang – 400, 800 free Courtney Hanson – 200 breast Jessica Marsh – 400 free Brennan Jacobsen – 400, 1500 free

John Mendoza – 400, 1500 free Kirstie Chen – 200 fly, 200 IM, 400 IM Several other La Mirada Armada athletes are close to reaching the coveted time standards to qualify, including Cory Mayfield, Jeff Allison, Ryan Makuta, Ethan Pham, Dennis Cassidy.

THE ROCK

Continued from page 1 back up." LACMA put out a video last summer showing the interior steel structure inside the slot and explaining just a little bit about the engineering challenges. Once the rock arrives, it'll take a couple weeks to install; the area around the trench will also be re-landscaped. "Levitated Mass" is scheduled to open this spring or summer.


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Continued from page 1 integrity of the office.” “We know that you (Noguez) will also share the pride our Appraiser members take in their work, therefore, we know you will understand our additional requests that your Executive Staff and Management avoid the temptation to mischaracterize this perception. Its cause, or any underlying problems as stemming from poorly trained staff or lack of experience or Appraiser personnel,” states Meek. “The limited information we have confirmed underlying our Appraiser, its’ members perception does not support such a rationalization.” The union attorney, Meek, goes to tell Noguez that he has thirty days to formally respond to his employees concerns. Thirty days later, on January 30th, 2012, Noguez formally responded to Meeks letter. “In response to your letter of 12-30-11, wherein you express concerns on behalf of the CAPE Board of Directors ‘perceived improprieties’ by my Management. Rest assured, I take such perceptions very seriously whether founded or not. Since our conversations regarding these concerns, in late December, the following actions have been taken to address these perceptions,” Noguez said. “In order to establish a more efficient Executive Management structure, I have appointed my Chief Deputy Dr. Chris Carlos to function as my Chief of Staff. This action took effect January 26, 2012. This structure will provide clearly defined roles within the department that will support staff at all levels and facilitate consistent adherence to the organizational chain

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of command.” Noguez states. “It will also allow me to focus on broad departmental policies and issues while Dr. Carlos handles the day to day operations of the department. Dr. Carlos has an extensive back ground in organization leadership and is dedicated to enhancing operations and the overall professionalism of the department,” Noguez affirms. “On January 16, 2012, I implemented an organizational realignment of Assessment Services, shifting it from Major Properties to Roll Services. This places the oversight of the Assessment Appeals Board (AAB’s) Section under the administration Division, providing some important ‘checks and balances’ for the appeals process.” “An open and honest evaluation of the process, including perceptions, relationships between department personnel and outside parties, logistics and other AAB’s issue is ongoing and further adjustments will be made as necessary.” “On January 17th, 2012, I appointed Patrick Gibson to Special Assistant. Patrick will serve as the Executive Office Liaison to all employee groups within the department. His focus will be on developing and enhancing positive relationship between various personnel groups by facilitating effective communications and understanding of the unique challenges of each position in the department,” Noguez said. The Assessor goes on to declare that “I remain committed to my elected office and my mission to provide the best possible Assessment services to the people of Los Angeles County and a work environment for all department personnel that promotes high employee morale. Accordingly I am continually considering strategic changes that will improve department operations

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and appreciate and value CAPE’s feedback during this ongoing process.” CAPE President Carlos Clayton blasted Noguez in a letter dated February 22, 2012, Los Cerritos Community News has learned exclusively. “We appreciate your timely response to our letter of December 30, 2011, regarding the concerns of our Members have about (newspaper) reports of improper intervention by the Assessor’s officials in the Appraisal process, and inappropriate access allowed to tax representatives.” Clayton continues, “Our Board has reviewed your letter, the materials distributed to all employees, and we have monitored the response of our members.” “With all due respect and understanding of your situation, we have concluded that the steps you have taken fall short of preventing the kind of inappropriate interventions and inappropriate access that have been reported. Likewise, as evidenced in recent press coverage and your statement to the media on the issues we conclude that you response is insignificant to put an end to the perceptions of impropriates in the Assessor’s Office. “ “CAPE Members want nothing more than to restore the publics’ confidence in their hard work and dedication to accurate and timely appraisals. We will support any steps that effectively restore the public’s confidence in our (CAPE) members work,” the union leader exclaims. “We expect you to do whatever is necessary toward this end,” Clayton concludes. LCCN was first to report that Noguez accepted the abrupt resignation of Dr. Carlos late last week on Wednesday, February 29th, just days after CAPE’s harsh letter and continuing coverage from LCCN and other news sources. In that memo to his employees Noguez said that he accepted

the resignation of Carlos on Monday, February 27th. Since then another political ally, Deputy Assessor George Renkei has been named as his new Chief of Staff. Renkei made a $1,000 contribution to Noguez’es assessor campaign on July 20, 2010 and has been a staunch public support of the Assessor. Noguez turned the reigns of America’s largest county government property assessment agency to Carlos, a former political operative of a San Gabriel Valley based trash recycling business, just months after his election in November of 2010. In documents obtained by Los Cerritos Community News, Noguez radically redrew the organizational chart of the Assessor’s office and gave Carlos the top administrative position. Before joining Noguez, Carlos was the former head of Government Affairs at Athens Disposal Services. Further, LCCN was first to report that Carlos had no professional experience in the field of tax management or as a professional appraiser prior to his hiring. Carlos was being paid a monthly salary and benefit package of more than $16,000 per month, $1,000 higher than employees who have been there since 1972. Carlos immediately began changing the infrastructure of the Assessor’s office after his installation and according to several sources turned “the office into a political campaign operation for John’s future political ambitions.” Noguez has refused countless interview requests by Los Cerritos Community News. --Copyright. 2012. Permission to republish granted with proper attribution given to Los Cerritos Community Newspaper, Randy Economy Reporter; www. loscerritosnews.net 562 407-3873

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the same time, Norwalk swept Cerritos and lost twice to La Mirada. Artesia has improved one spot in the league standings for four straight seasons since last going to the playoffs. “It was definitely disappointing,” Gaoghagan said of last season. “We thought we had a chance to do a little better. We felt short, but then again we didn’t have a lot of depth. We lost a couple of guys to grades at the semester who were starters. We just really didn’t have the depth to overcome that, to take care of a Mayfair or a Bellflower down the stretch.” Artesia returns seven players and will field 17, which will be a first for Gaoghagan. Artesia will have good outfield depth this season, spearheaded by seniors Gary Smith and Cesar Soto and the pitching staff is deep as well with Smith, Soto and junior Tommy Corrales, who all combined for four of the six wins the team got in 2011. The one weakness will be the infield where it’s very young. But senior shortstop Efrain Huizar and sophomore second baseman Cesar Esparza are experienced there. Artesia lost its first nine non league games last season and once again begins this season in the tough Loara Tournament. Gaoghagan still insists that’s better for his team to get stronger by the time it gets to league action. “We’re better than we were last year,” Gaoghagan said. “It’s obvious to me and it’s obvious to the coaches. But again, they have to do it. You never know what’s going to happen because we play an absolutely brutal schedule at the beginning.” CERRITOS DONS (6-18 overall last season, 1-11 in the Suburban League, seventh place) Head coach: Chris Aquino (second season, 6-18) Team’s record previous five seasons: 31-96-1 Last time made the playoffs: 1998 Key losses: Christian Price, Kevin Vaca, Matt Villalba Projected lineup: P- Kevin Anderson (SR)/Brian Diaz (SR)/Jonathan Mura (SR)/Andrew Ortega (JR)/Omar Rodriguez (JR)/Jacob Carter (FR) C-Jake Liang (JR)/J.T. Mars (JR) 1B-Anderson/Liang/Mars/Justin Fujii (FR) 2B-Mura/Ortega/Will Lee (SR) 3B-Omar Rodriguez SS-Mura/Ortega OF-Mitch Hacecky (SR)/Keenan Parra (SR)/Juan Rodriguez (SO) OF-Diaz OF-Parra/Carter When head coach Chris Aquino took over about four months before the beginning of last season, he hoped he

could change the culture of Cerritos High baseball. Instead, the Dons went through their 10th straight season of single digit victories and finished in last place for the second time in three seasons. Aquino said the guys developed more of a foundation and because of that, the expectations will be much higher in 2012. “Last year they had the idea and the concept but the attitude is still not there,” Aquino said. “It’s not 100 percent that they know how to win. When they start winning, they get comfortable and they think they can beat anybody. But they don’t have that cutthroat mentality yet to where they have an on and off switch.” The Dons have more depth in the pitching department as well as the outfield. Senior Kevin Anderson won a pair of games last season and is slated to be the team’s top pitcher but anywhere from 10 to 13 players on the roster of 15 members could see some time on the mound. Cerritos is off to a slow start this season, scoring 14 runs in its first six games, all losses. The program hasn’t seen fourth place since 2006 and has won four league games in the past three seasons. “We have the potential to make a playoff bid this year,” Aquino said. “That’s our goal this year. We have a Tampa Bay Rays poster [in the dugout] from the 2008 team that came out of nowhere to make the playoffs and get to the World Series. That’s what we’re trying to accomplish. We’re trying to be the Rays of that year.” GAHR GLADIATORS (19-9 overall last season, 12-3 in the San Gabriel Valley League, second place, lost to San Gorgonio 4-1 in the Division III second round) Head coach: Geraldo Perez (eighth season, 134-69-1) Team’s record previous five seasons: 91-54 Last time missed the playoffs: 1998 Key losses: Charles Cantrell, Darian Dominguez, Jacob Faria, Alex Newman, Josh Palmer, Angel Ramos Projected lineup: P-Hayden Humphreys (SR)/Rich Rios (SR)/Freddie Perez (SR)/Andrew Encinas (JR)/George Castillo (SO)/Paul Versteeg (FR) C-Hector Partida (SR)/Anthony Rodriguez (SR) 1B-Daniel Gomez (JR)/ (JR)/Adonis Morrison (JR) 2B-Edgar Morales (JR)/Morrison 3B-Kevin Franklin (JR) SS-Jaime Estrada (SO)/Rodriguez OF-Rodriguez OF-Alonzo Casillas (SR) OF-Isaac Garcia (JR)/Albert Perez (JR) Adrian Poot (SO), Joe Velasquez (SR) Year after year after year, the Gahr baseball program graduates some of the best seniors that move on to play college and even professional baseball. But just when you think the team may be down in talent, a new group always steps up to the challenge. That’s the luxury that head coach Geraldo Perez has had in his first seven seasons. Gahr has won at least 20 games four times and 19 games twice under his watch as the Gladiators seek their first San Gabriel Valley League title since 2006 when the team advanced to the semifinals. “Obviously, Tom being here has laid the foundation for everything we’ve done,” Perez said of former longtime head coach Tom Bergeron. “It has been a tribute to the seniors that every class that has graduated has added to the expectations here. Every senior class that has graduated has been able to build upon the class before it. “I don’t think it’s a matter of reloading,” he continued. “I think it’s a matter of kids younger and younger accepting the responsibility that if you want to be


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and I know what we’re up against,” Brooks said. “It’s the two predominant powersLa Mirada and Mayfair-and I know what it’s going to take to get us into playoff contention.” Brooks inherits a program that has struggled since going to the playoffs in 2009. In the past two seasons, the Eagles have won 14 games and Brooks is faced with the reality of having 12 players on varsity this season and 25 in the entire program. “It’s extremely frustrating,” Brooks said. “It’s hard to build anything when you don’t have the manpower. We lost about seven to eight kids to ineligibility. That killed us. The expectations in the classroom and on the field have to change and that’s my main goal so we don’t have those problems next year.” Junior Ceaser Arzate won three games last season and had an earned run average of 3.69 and will lead the pitching staff. Junior Frank Rodarte and freshman Victor Sanchez are left-handed pitchers. Senior shortstop John Lemos led the team with a .346 average, 28 hits and six doubles last season and will the focal point of the offense. He was the only player to bat over .300 last season. Senior catcher Ronaldo Acuna moves from left field. “We have enough talent here where I think we can compete right away this year,” Brooks said. “That’s the main thing. There’s going to be an attitude change and a culture change. But Dave [Cruz] did a good job. He did a good job with what we had and he left me some talent here.” NORWALK LANCERS (15-12 overall last season, 5-7 in the Suburban League. tied for fourth place, lost to Aliso Niguel 7-2 in the Division II wild card) Head coach: Ruben Velasquez (fourth season, 36-39) Team’s record previous five seasons: 49-74 Last time missed the playoffs: 2009 Key losses: Skyler Bautista, Johnnie Lopez, Steve Mendoza, Jason Salgado Projected lineup: P-Jose Sandoval (SR)/Miguel Castaneda (JR)/Anthony Gonzalez (JR) Jesse Rodriguez (JR)/Rudy Garay (SR)/ Faustino Colon (SO)/Fernando De Luna (SO)/ Lopez (SO) C-German Vasquez (SR)/Joseph Borjorquez (JR) 1B-SandovalColon 2B-Raymond Flores (JR)/Gonzalez 3B-Castaneda/Carlos Garcia SS-Rodriguez/Gonzalez OF-Jacob Salas (SR)/Matthew Ortega (SO) OF-Rito Martinez (SR)/Trino Romero (SO) OF-Rodriguez Poor defense was Norwalk’s biggest problem again last season, especially

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when the Lancers were at home. Of the six league games played at Terry Bales Field, Norwalk lost by one run twice, by two runs once and by four runs another time. The team went 1-5 at home in league action with graduated pitcher Johnnie Lopez winning the only league home contest, losing twice and getting a no decision in another. For the season, Norwalk went 8-7 at home. “That’s kind of been our M.O. the past couple of years,” said head coach Ruben Velasquez. “One of our two top guns doesn’t seem to get some support. It happened back in 2009 with Jerry Gonzalez. His record didn’t show how well he pitched. It’s something we’re hoping we’re going to overcome this year. We really have to clean it up defensively.” Senior Jose Sandoval, who was slated to be one of the team’s top pitchers, is currently injured and his return is uncertain. He hasn’t thrown in the past six months. Senior German Vasquez, who went 3-1 and got the start against Aliso Niguel in the playoffs, is behind the plate. He is the top returning player and batted .407 last season with 33 hits and 17 RBI. Junior Miguel Castaneda batted .392 last season with 31 hits and 19 RBI. The infield could be Norwalk’s strength with Sandoval, once he returns, Castaneda, when he’s not pitching, junior second baseman Raymond Flores and junior shortstop Jesse Rodriguez (.286). “I really like my lineup,” Velasquez said. “We have some speed, which I haven’t had in a while. I like 3-4-5 [in the lineup], Castaneda, Vasquez and Sandoval.” Norwalk hasn’t finished in third place since 2005, which began a stretch of four playoff trips in the past seven seasons. If the Lancers can stay healthy, get Sandoval back soon and cut down on the errors, they could make that push towards the upper half of the league. “That’s been part of the process, just trying to get the guys to understand and to buy in to what I’m trying to preach along with my coaching staff,” Velasquez said. “Every time we walk through those gates, we expect to win. It’s been a struggle to get that message across just because of the fact that some of these kids just really haven’t had success at younger ages.” VALLEY CHRISTIAN CRUSADERS (16-11 overall last season, 7-5 in the Olympic League, tied for second place, lost to Serra 11-9 in the Division V first round) Head coach: Erick Streelman (first season) Team’s record previous five seasons: 62-75-2 Last time missed the playoffs: 2010 Key losses: Jacob Dupuy, Michael Fasnacht, Ryan Fronke, Daniel Hernandez, Sam Raffaelli Projected lineup: P-Dylan Algra (SR)/Shane Stillwagon

(SR)/Tyler McLurg (JR)/Nico Morandini (JR)/Sean Craddock (SR)/Clay Garris (SR) C-Algra/McLurg 1B- Clayton Granch (JR)/Algra / /Algra /Darren Krishna (JR)/Garris 2B-Stillwagon/Connor Buckley (JR)/ Algra/Liam Bestian (JR) 3B-Patrick Avila (JR)/Stillwagon/Algra SS-Buckley/Stillwagon/Avila OF-Anthony Nocera (JR)/Charlie Martinez (SR)/Nate Padilla (SR)/Austin Kirchner (FR) OF-Brian Burgin (SR)/Martinez/Padilla OF-Morandini/Martinez/Padilla Morandini Morandini/Martinez/Padilla The Crusaders had their best season since 2007 and won all five games in the Newport Elks Tournament to begin the 2011 season. The program grew under former head coach Sean Buller for the past two seasons with a hodgepodge of freshmen and sophomores and now former V.C. third baseman Erick Streelman takes over with Buller one of his assistants. Streelman said when he graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno, he thought his future was going to be as a baseball coach instead of a football coach, where he has roamed the Crusader’s sideline since 2007. “It’s a totally different vibe, a totally different season and a different approach,” Streelman said. “But at the same time, it’s a lot of the same [football] kids. I’m really excited to get on the field and see what these kids can do.” Streelman couldn’t have walked into a better situation as there will be a returning player at every position and almost position can be interchangeable. This is one of the deepest teams the Crusaders have had in quite some time. Senior pitcher Dylan Algra is one of the best in the area. He went 5-3 last season with three complete games, a 1.68 ERA and struck out 40 batters. Junior catcher Tyler McLurg, who had three saves, will spend the majority of time behind the plate. Senior second baseman Shane Stillwagon batted .411 with 30 hits and five doubles last season while junior outfielder Nico Morandini hit .400 in only 14 games. All eyes will focus on the last week of April when the Crusaders meet Whittier Christian in a home and home series with the Olympic League title possibly on the line. The last league crown for the Crusaders came in 2006 when current Whittier Christian head coach Brent Lavoie was at the helm. “I think it’s kind of like football where it’s going to come down to us and Whittier Christian,” Streelman said. “I think Maranatha can be really good as well. The three of us are in the upper tier. But it can go any way. The thing about [Olympic League] baseball is you’re going to play each team three times and you have to see their hot pitcher twice and you could lose those two games. You might be a better team but they might have a better guy on the hill. I think we’re talented enough to compete with anybody.”

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through, it’s all worth it because in the end we earn the title and the pain doesn’t matter. Our team holds the title of being 7 time national champions and a 6 peat of national champions.” Even though water polo and cheerleading are intense, aggressive sports, teamwork is essential in completing a successful team, which is entirely contrary to wrestling. Steven Yang, Wrestler, admits, “In wrestling, some people try to hurt each other during CIF’s in order to win because it’s not the school team that wins, but an individual.” Another surprising shock is that in order to make weight for their wrestling matches, wrestlers sometimes have to hold off eating for a day. This way, they are able to shed off a couple pounds to meet the weight requirements for their matches. No single sport is completely identical. They may appear to be the same, but once you dig deeper, you can uncover all the secrets. Without sacrifice from all the individuals, teams would not be able to last. In baseball, the batter has to get hit once in a while. In water polo, members need to ignore their battle wounds. In cheer, the bruises need to be forgotten. And in wrestling, certain members need to be hurt. Sports are vicious. But let’s face it, that’s the reason we love watching them so much.

CALMET SERVICES, INC. DISPOSAL & RECYCLING SERVICES

PROUDLY SERVING CERRITOS FOR OVER 25 YEARS Phone (562) 259-1239 Fax (562) 529-7688 www.calmetservices.com

The City of Cerritos encourages its residents to recycle their used motor oil and oil filters. It’s quick, it’s easy, and it’s the right thing to do.

Anything that goes into a storm drain in Cerritos has an impact on the health of Los Angeles County beaches and coastal waters. So remember that…

Storm Drains Are For Rain! Not Automotive Fluids Not Pet Waste Not Yard Waste Not Paint Not Litter

CalMet’s fleet now runs on Clean Natural Gas (CNG), which was funded in part by the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC).

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, that Norwalk Self Storage at 11564 E. Firestone Blvd., Norwalk, CA 90650 will sell by competitive bidding, on or after March 27, 2012 @ 12:00pm, property belonging to those listed below. Auction is to be held at the above address. Property to be sold as follows: household goods, furniture, personal items, clothing, electronics, tools, auto parts and miscellaneous boxes, belonging to the following.

NAME Jenny Chavez Aret Derstepanyan Aret Derstepanyan Jill Ohle Honorio Cruz Jose O Flores Robert David Anthony Serrato

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NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TS No. 11-0142220 Title Order No. 11-0124863 APN No. 7050-017-026 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 11/03/2005. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. Notice is hereby given that RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the Deed of Trust executed by BRANDON CHOE, A SINGLE MAN, dated 11/03/2005 and recorded 11/30/2005, as Instrument No. 05 2913971, in Book , Page ), of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, State of California, will sell on 04/02/2012 at 1:00PM, At the Pomona Valley Masonic Temple Building, located at 395 South Thomas Street, Pomona, California at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash or check as described below, payable in full at time of sale, 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 de-scribed in the above referenced Deed of Trust. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property de-scribed above is purported to be: 11609 JERRY STREET, CERRITOS, CA, 907037418. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The total amount of the un-paid balance with interest thereon of the obligation secured by the property to be sold plus reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $511,507.59. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept cashier’s checks drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Said sale will be made, in an “AS IS” condition, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances, to satisfy the indebtedness secured by said Deed of Trust, advances thereunder, with interest as provided, and the unpaid principal of the Note secured by said Deed of Trust with interest thereon as provided in said Note, plus fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. If required by the provisions of section 2923.5 of the California Civil Code, the declara-tion from the mortgagee, beneficiary or authorized agent is attached to the Notice of Trustee’s Sale duly recorded with the appropriate County Recorder’s Office. DATED: 03/01/2012 RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. 1800 Tapo Canyon Rd., CA6-914-01-94 SIMI VALLEY, CA 93063 Phone/Sale Information: (800) 281 8219 By: Trustee’s Sale Officer RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A., is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. FEI # 1006.154508 3/09, 3/16, 3/23/2012


TO ADVERTISE CALL 800-901-7211 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE&'S SALE TS No. 11-0135798 Title Order No. 11-0115467 Investor/Insurer No. 81611470 APN No. 7044-020018 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 03/15/2005. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER." Notice is hereby given that RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the Deed of Trust executed by JOUNG HEE LEE, A MARRIED MAN AS HIS SOLE AND SEPARATE PROPERTY, dated 03/15/2005 and recorded 3/23/2005, as Instrument No. 05 0659708, in Book , Page ), of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, State of California, will sell on 04/02/2012 at 11:00AM, By the fountain located at 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona, CA 91766 at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash or check as described below, payable in full at time of sale, 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. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 19143 OWEN WAY, CERRITOS, CA, 90703. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The total amount of the unpaid balance with interest thereon of the obligation secured by the property to be sold plus reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $448,933.50. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept cashier's checks drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Said sale will be made, in an ''AS IS'' condition, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances, to satisfy the indebtedness secured by said Deed of Trust, advances thereunder, with interest as provided, and the unpaid principal of the Note secured by said Deed of Trust with interest thereon as provided in said Note, plus fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. DATED: 03/07/2012 RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. 1800 Tapo Canyon Rd., CA6-914-01-94 SIMI VALLEY, CA 93063 Phone: (800) 281 8219, Sale Information (626) 927-4399 By:-- Trustee's Sale Officer RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. A-4212611 03/09/2012, 03/16/2012, 03/23/2012 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE&'S SALE TS No. 08-0068599 Title Order No. 08-8-252187 Investor/Insurer No. APN No. 7058-025-035 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 06/19/2007. 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." Notice is hereby given that RECONTRUST COMPANY, as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the Deed of Trust executed by ABEL SALAZAR, AND MARIA THERESA MEJIA SALAZAR, HUSBAND AND WIFE AS JOINT TENANTS, dated 06/19/2007 and recorded 6/29/2007, as Instrument No. 20071567651, in Book , Page ), of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, State of California, will sell on 04/02/2012 at 11:00AM, By the fountain located at 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona, CA 91766 at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash or check as described below, payable in full at time of sale, 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. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 20711 IBEX AVENUE, LAKEWOOD, CA, 907151533. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The total amount of the unpaid balance with interest thereon of the obligation secured by the property to be sold plus reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $893,693.25. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept cashier's checks drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Said sale will be made, in an ''AS IS'' condition, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances, to satisfy the indebtedness secured by said Deed of Trust, advances thereunder, with interest as provided, and the unpaid principal of the Note secured by said Deed of Trust with interest thereon as provided in said Note, plus fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. DATED: 10/02/2008 RECONTRUST COMPANY 1800 Tapo Canyon Rd., SV2-202 SIMI VALLEY, CA 93063 Phone: (800) 281 8219, Sale Information (626) 927-4399 By:-- Trustee's Sale Officer RECONTRUST COMPANY is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purposeA-4212329 03/09/2012, 03/16/2012, 03/23/2012 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE Trustee Sale No.: 20080159903766 Title Order No.: 1160720 FHA/VA/PMI No.: YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 04/08/05. 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. NDEx West, LLC, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 04/20/05, as Instrument No. 05 0916475 of official records in the office of the County Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, State of California. EXE¬CUTED BY: MONA D. HAWKINS AND MARLON HAWKINS, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH, CASHIER'S CHECK/CASH EQUIVA¬LENT or other form of payment authorized by 2924h(b), (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States) DATE OF SALE: March 29, 2012 TIME OF SALE: 11:00 AM PLACE OF SALE: Inside the lobby of the building located at 628 North Diamond Bar Blvd., Suite B, Diamond Bar, CA STREET ADDRESS and other common desig¬nation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 16403 HOLMES PLACE, CERRITOS, CA 90703. APN# 7005 010 049 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, but without covenant or war¬ranty, expressed or implied, regard¬ing title, possession, or encum¬brances, to pay the remaining princi¬pal sum of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, under the terms of said Deed of Trust, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reason¬able estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $868,157.56. The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore exe¬cuted and delivered to the under¬signed a written Declaration of De¬fault and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the county where the real property is located. FOR TRUSTEE SALE INFORMA¬TION PLEASE CALL: NATIONWIDE POSTING & PUBLICATION 2 5005 WINDPLAY DRIVE, SUITE 1, EL DORADO HILLS, CA 95762-9334 916939-0772, www.nationwideposting.com NDEx West L.L.C. MAY BE ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPT¬ING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. NDEx West, L.L.C. as Trustee, BY: Ric Juarez Dated: 03/06/12 NPP0197873 03/09/12, 03/16/12, 03/23/12

NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE Trustee Sale No. 11027125 Loan No. 1000042623 Title Order No. 7742399118 APN 7025016016 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED August 23, 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 PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On March 29, 2012, at 11:00 AM, By the fountain located at 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona, CA 91766, FIDELITY NATIONAL TITLE COMPANY, as the duly appointed Trustee, under and pursuant to the power of sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust Recorded on September 5, 2007, as Instrument No. 20072060486 of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, CA, executed by: MARIANO DAZO, JR. AND CELINA M. DAZO, AS TRUSTEES OR SUCCESSORS IN TRUST UNDER THE MARIANO DAZO, JR. AND CELINA M. DAZO CARING TRUST DATED AUGUST 19, 1993 AND MARIA LOUISA MAGCALAS A SINGLE WOMAN, AND JENNIFER DAZO, A SINGLE WOMAN, ALL TENANTS IN COMMON 33% SHARE, as Trustor, in favor of Wells Fargo Bank, NA., as Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER, in lawful money of the United States, all payable at the time of sale, that certain property situated in said County, California describing the land therein as: AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED IN SAID DEED OF TRUST The property heretofore described is being sold "as is". The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 12503 ROSE ST, CERRITOS, CA 90703 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 without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining unpaid balance of the obligations secured by and pursuant to the power of sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust (together with any modifications thereto). The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligations secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of this Notice of Trustee`s Sale is estimated to be $612,197.03 (Estimated), provided, however, prepayment premiums, accrued interest and advances will increase this figure prior to sale. Beneficiary`s bid at said sale may include all or part of said amount. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept a cashier`s check drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the California Financial Code and authorized to do business in California, or other such funds as may be acceptable to the trustee. In the event tender other than cash is accepted, the Trustee may withhold the issuance of the Trustee`s Deed Upon Sale until funds become available to the payee or endorsee as a matter of right. The property offered for sale excludes all funds held on account by the property receiver, if applicable. DATE: 03/06/2012 FIDELITY NATIONAL TITLE COMPANY, TRUSTEE 11000 Olson Drive Ste 101 Rancho Cordova, CA 95670 9166360114 John Catching Authorized Signature SALE INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED ON LINE AT www.lpsasap.com AUTOMATED SALES INFORMATION PLEASE CALL 714.730.2727 A-4213036 03/09/2012, 03/16/2012, 03/23/2012 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE&'S SALE TS No. 11-0135798 Title Order No. 11-0115467 Investor/Insurer No. 81611470 APN No. 7044-020-018 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 03/15/2005. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER." Notice is hereby given that RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the Deed of Trust executed by JOUNG HEE LEE, A MARRIED MAN AS HIS SOLE AND SEPARATE PROPERTY, dated 03/15/2005 and recorded 3/23/2005, as Instrument No. 05 0659708, in Book , Page ), of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, State of California, will sell on 04/02/2012 at 11:00AM, By the fountain located at 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona, CA 91766 at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash or check as described below, payable in full at time of sale, 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. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 19143 OWEN WAY, CERRITOS, CA, 90703. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The total amount of the unpaid balance with interest thereon of the obligation secured by the property to be sold plus reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $448,933.50. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept cashier's checks drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Said sale will be made, in an ''AS IS'' condition, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances, to satisfy the indebtedness secured by said Deed of Trust, advances thereunder, with interest as provided, and the unpaid principal of the Note secured by said Deed of Trust with interest thereon as provided in said Note, plus fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. DATED: 03/07/2012 RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. 1800 Tapo Canyon Rd., CA6-914-01-94 SIMI VALLEY, CA 93063 Phone: (800) 281 8219, Sale Information (626) 927-4399 By:-- Trustee's Sale Officer RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. A-4212611 03/09/2012, 03/16/2012, 03/23/2012

NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE Trustee Sale No. 451302CA Loan No. 3011761198 Title Order No. 857224 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 01-02-2007. 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 PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 04-02-2012 at 11:00 A.M., CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY as the duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded 01-11-2007, Book N/A, Page N/A, Instrument 20070058597, of official records in the Office of the Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, California, executed by: HOAN VAN DUONG, A MARRIED MAN AS HIS SOLE AND SEPARATED PROPERTY, as Trustor, WASHINGTON MUTUAL BANK, FA, as Beneficiary, will sell at public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier's check drawn by a state or national bank, a cashier’s check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a cashier’s 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. Sale will be held by the duly appointed trustee as shown below, of all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by the trustee in the hereinafter described property under and pursuant to the Deed of Trust. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, estimated 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. Place of Sale: BY THE FOUNTAIN LOCATED AT 400 CIVIC CENTER PLAZA, POMONA, CA 91766. Legal Description: LOT 31 OF TRACT 23974, IN THE CITY OF CERRITOS, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, STATE OF CALIFORNIA, AS PER MAP, RECORDED IN BOOK 806, PAGE(S) 77 AND 78, INCLUSIVE OF MAPS IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY RECORDER OF SAID COUNTY. EXCEPT THEREFROM ALL OIL, GAS, MINERALS AND OTHER HYDROCARBON SUBSTANCES, LYING BELOW A DEPTH OF 500 FEET, WITHOUT THE RIGHT OF SURFACE ENTRY, AS RESERVED IN DEED RECORDED DECEMBER 01, 1970 IN BOOK D4902 PAGE 853, OFFICIAL RECORDS. Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $882,852.95 (estimated) Street address and other common designation of the real property: 13222 ANDY STREET CERRITOS, CA 90703 APN Number: 7028-023021 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The property heretofore described is being sold "as is". In compliance with California Civil Code 2923.5(c) the mortgagee, trustee, beneficiary, or authorized agent declares: that it has contacted the borrower(s) to assess their financial situation and to explore options to avoid foreclosure; or that it has made efforts to contact the borrower(s) to assess their financial situation and to explore options to avoid foreclosure by one of the following methods: by telephone; by United States mail; either 1st class or certified; by overnight delivery; by personal delivery; by e-mail; by face to face meeting. DATE: 03-05-2012 CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY, as Trustee BRENDA BATTEN, ASSISTANT SECRETARY CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY IS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. California Reconveyance Company 9200 Oakdale Avenue Mail Stop: CA2-4379 Chatsworth, CA 91311 800892-6902 For Sales Information: (714) 730-2727 or www.lpsasap.com (714) 573-1965 or www. priorityposting.com ASAP# 4203923 03/09/2012, 03/16/2012, 03/23/2012

LOSCERRITOSNEWS.NET Escrow No. 12594 NOTICE TO CREDITORS OF BULK SALE (Notice pursuant to UCC Sec. 6105) NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a bulk sale is about to be made. The name(s) and business address of the seller are: ABRAHAM SHAKOLAS and EFTHEMIOS TSIBOUKAS, 16900 Lakewood Boulevard, Suite 101, Bellflower, CA 90706 Doing business as: FANTASTIC GRILL All other business name(s) and address(es) used by the seller(s) within the past three years as stated by the seller(s), are: None The location in California of the chief executive office of the seller is: ABRAHAM SHAKOLAS and EFTHEMIOS TSIBOUKAS, 16900 Lakewood Boulevard, Suite 101, Bellflower, CA 90706 The name(s) and business address of the buyer(s) are: EVANGELOS KROKIDAS, 28632 Mount Whitney Way, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 92705 The assets being sold are generally described as: Furniture, fixtures, trade fixtures, equipment, signs, tradename, goodwill, lease and leasehold interest, stock in trade, etc. and are located at: 16900 Lakewood Boulevard, Suite 101, Bellflower, CA 90706 The bulk sale is intended to be consummated at the office of JEAN ALLEN ESCROW CO., INC., 3341 Cerritos Ave., Los Alamitos, CA 90720 and the anticipated sale date is March 27, 2012 The bulk sale is subject to California Uniform Commercial Code Section 6106.2. The name and address of the person with whom claims may be filed is JEAN ALLEN ESCROW CO., INC., 3341 Cerritos Ave., Los Alamitos, CA 90720 and the last day for filing claims by any creditor shall be March 26, 2012, which is the business day before the anticipated sale date specified above. Dated: January 30, 2012 EVANGELOS KROKIDAS, Buyer(s) NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TS No. 11-0143834 Title Order No. 11-0127764 Investor/Insurer No. 0110196119 APN No. 7177-023011 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 08/03/2005. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER." Notice is hereby given that RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the Deed of Trust executed by NOEMI S L DE JESUS, A SINGLE WOMAN, AND LINDA P DULAY, A SINGLE WOMAN, ALL AS JOINT TENANTS, dated 08/03/2005 and recorded 8/9/2005, as Instrument No. 05 1895632, in Book , Page ), of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, State of California, will sell on 04/02/2012 at 11:00AM, By the fountain located at 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona, CA 91766 at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash or check as described below, payable in full at time of sale, 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. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 4355 SNOWDEN AVENUE, LAKEWOOD, CA, 907132932. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The total amount of the unpaid balance with interest thereon of the obligation secured by the property to be sold plus reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $536,273.15. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept cashier's checks drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Said sale will be made, in an ''AS IS'' condition, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances, to satisfy the indebtedness secured by said Deed of Trust, advances thereunder, with interest as provided, and the unpaid principal of the Note secured by said Deed of Trust with interest thereon as provided in said Note, plus fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. DATED: 03/09/2012 RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. 1800 Tapo Canyon Rd., CA6-914-01-94 SIMI VALLEY, CA 93063 Phone: (800) 281 8219, Sale Information (626) 927-4399 By:-- Trustee's Sale Officer RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. ASAP# 4202545 03/09/2012, 03/16/2012, 03/23/2012 Trustee Sale No. 251515CA Loan No. 0694766437 Title Order No. 860337 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 5/26/2005. 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 PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 4/2/2012 at 09:00 AM, CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY as the duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded 06/02/2005, Book NA, Page NA, Instrument 051285314, and Re-recorded on 06/02/2005, Book, Page. Instrument 05-1285314 of official records in the Office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, California, executed by: PETER M DE LEON AND FLORDELISA C DE LEON, HUSBAND AND WIFE, as Trustor, WASHINGTON MUTUAL BANK, FA, as Beneficiary, will sell at public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier’s check drawn by a state or national bank, a cashier’s check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a cashier’s 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. Sale will be held by the duly appointed trustee as shown below, of all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by the trustee in the hereinafter described property under and pursuant to the Deed of Trust. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, estimated 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. Place of Sale: Behind the fountain located in Civic Center Plaza, 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona CA Legal Description: As more fully described in said Deed of Trust Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $549,545.65 (estimated) Street address and other common designation of the real property: 19602 THORNLAKE AVENUE Cerritos, CA 90703 APN Number: 7056-011-007 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The property heretofore described is being sold “as is”. In compliance with California Civil Code 2923.5(c) the mortgagee, trustee, beneficiary, or authorized agent declares: that it has contacted the borrower(s) to assess their financial situation and to explore options to avoid foreclosure; or that it has made efforts to contact the borrower(s) to assess their financial situation and to explore options to avoid foreclosure by one of the following methods: by telephone; by United States mail; either 1st class or certified; by overnight delivery; by personal delivery; by e-mail; by face to face meeting. DATE: 3/8/2012 CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY, as Trustee FRED RESTREPO, ASSISTANT SECRETARY CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY IS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. California Reconveyance Company 9200 Oakdale Avenue Mail Stop: CA2-4379 Chatsworth, CA 91311 800-892-6902 For Sales Information: (714) 730-2727 or www. lpsasap.com (714) 573-1965 or www.priorityposting.com P926734 3/9, 3/16, 03/23/2012

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CITY OF CERRITOS NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Cerritos Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. on the following matter: A RESOLUTION OF THE CERRITOS CITY COUNCIL AMENDING THE CERRITOS GENERAL PLAN BY CHANGING THE LAND USE DESIGNATION OFAPPROXIMATELY ±2.21 ACRES OF LAND, LOCATED AT 19033 STUDEBAKER ROAD, CERRITOS, CALIFORNIA 90703 (APN 7049-014-907), FROM REGIONAL COMMERCIAL TO PUBLIC AND QUASI PUBLIC. AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS AMENDING THE CERRITOS DEVELOPMENT MAP BY CHANGING THE ZONE CLASSIFICATION OF APPROXIMATELY ±2.21 ACRES OF LAND, LOCATED AT 19033 STUDEBAKER ROAD, CERRITOS, CALIFORNIA 90703 (APN 7049-014-907), FROM REGIONAL COMMERCIAL (CR) TO OPEN SPACE (OS). GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT 2012-3* DEVELOPMENT MAP AMENDMENT 2012-3* *PURSUANT TO SECTION 15061(B)(3) OF THE CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY ACT (CEQA), THIS PROJECT IS CATEGORICALLY EXEMPT FROM CEQA REVIEW. This public hearing will be conducted in the Council Chambers of the Cerritos City Hall, Cerritos Civic Center, Bloomfield Avenue and 183rd Street, Cerritos, California, 90703. The meeting will also air live on Cerritos TV3 and will be streamed over the City of Cerritos web site at www.cerritos.us. A copy of the related staff report will be available for download from the website by 6:00 p.m. on the Friday prior to the public hearing. If you challenge the above mentioned General Plan Amendment, Development Map Amendment, and related actions 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. Any person interested in this matter may contact the Department of Community Development at (562) 916-1201, for additional information and/or appear at the hearing in person or by agent and be heard. Dated:

March 9, 2012

/s/Torrey N. Contreras Torrey N. Contreras Director of Community Development

Published at Los Cerritos Community Newspaper 3/9/12

Trustee Sale No. 11-00226-3 CA Loan No. 0022853253 Title Order No. 693374 APN 7010-011010 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED February 8, 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 PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On April 19, 2012, at 09:00 AM, Doubletree Hotel Los Angeles-Norwalk, 13111 Sycamore Drive, Norwalk, CA 90650, Vineyard Ballroom, Power Default Services, Inc., as the duly appointed Trustee, under and pursuant to the power of sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust Recorded on February 21, 2007, as Instrument No. 20070369602 of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, CA , executed by: ARNEL P. NUNAG AND ELVIRA H. NUNAG, HUSBAND AND WIFE AS JOINT TENANTS, as Trustor, in favor of OPTION ONE MORTGAGE CORPORATION, A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION as Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER, in lawful money of the United States, all payable at the time of sale, that certain property situated in said County, California describing the land therein as: AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED IN SAID DEED OF TRUST The property heretofore described is being sold "as is". The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 16119 CANYON CREEK RD, CERRITOS, CA 90703 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 without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining unpaid balance of the obligations secured by and pursuant to the power of sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust (together with any modifications thereto). The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligations secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of this Notice of Trustee`s Sale is estimated to be $912,091.04 (Estimated), provided, however, prepayment premiums, accrued interest and advances will increase this figure prior to sale. Beneficiary`s bid at said sale may include all or part of said amount. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept a cashier`s check drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the California Financial Code and authorized to do business in California, or other such funds as may be acceptable to the trustee. In the event tender other than cash is accepted, the Trustee may withhold the issuance of the Trustee`s Deed Upon Sale until funds become available to the payee or endorsee as a matter of right. The property offered for sale excludes all funds held on account by the property receiver, if applicable. DATE: March 2, 2012 POWER DEFAULT SERVICES, INC., Trustee By: Fidelity National Title Company, its agent 135 Main Street, Suite 1900, San Francisco , CA 94105, 415-247-2450 By: Rosanna Chavez, Authorized Signature SALE INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED ON LINE AT www.auction.com AUTOMATED SALES INFORMATION PLEASE CALL 1-800-280-2832 P927222 3/2, 3/9, 03/16/2012

Escrow No. 12594 NOTICE TO CREDITORS OF BULK SALE (Notice pursuant to UCC Sec. 6105) NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a bulk sale is about to be made. The name(s) and business address of the seller are: ABRAHAM SHAKOLAS and EFTHEMIOS TSIBOUKAS, 16900 Lakewood Boulevard, Suite 101, Bellflower, CA 90706 Doing business as: FANTASTIC GRILL All other business name(s) and address(es) used by the seller(s) within the past three years as stated by the seller(s), are: None The location in California of the chief executive office of the seller is: ABRAHAM SHAKOLAS and EFTHEMIOS TSIBOUKAS, 16900 Lakewood Boulevard, Suite 101, Bellflower, CA 90706 The name(s) and business address of the buyer(s) are: EVANGELOS KROKIDAS, 28632 Mount Whitney Way, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 92705 The assets being sold are generally described as: Furniture, fixtures, trade fixtures, equipment, signs, tradename, goodwill, lease and leasehold interest, stock in trade, etc.and are located at: 16900 Lakewood Boulevard, Suite 101, Bellflower,, CA 90706 The bulk sale is intended to be consummated at the office of JEAN ALLEN ESCROW CO., INC., 3341 Cerritos Ave., Los Alamitos, CA 90720 and the anticipated sale date is March 27, 2012 The bulk sale is subject to California Uniform Commercial Code Section 6106.2. The name and address of the person with whom claims may be filed is JEAN ALLEN ESCROW CO., INC., 3341 Cerritos Ave., Los Alamitos, CA 90720 and the last day for filing claims by any creditor shall be March 26, 2012, which is the business day before the anticipated sale date specified above. Dated: January 30, 2012 EVANGELOS KROKIDAS, Buyer(s)

NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE TS No. 110122383 Title Order No. 11-0108842 Investor/Insurer No. 157790087 APN No. 7022-012-018 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 02/07/2007. 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." Notice is hereby given that RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the Deed of Trust executed by JACOB KO, A MARRIED MAN AS HIS SOLE & SEPARATE PROPERTY, dated 02/07/2007 and recorded 2/15/2007, as Instrument No. 20070329296, in Book , Page ), of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, State of California, will sell on 03/26/2012 at 11:00AM, By the fountain located at 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona, CA 91766 at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash or check as described below, payable in full at time of sale, 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. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 13743 REVA CIRCLE, CERRITOS, CA, 907038934. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The total amount of the unpaid balance with interest thereon of the obligation secured by the property to be sold plus reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $543,129.48. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept cashier's checks drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Said sale will be made, in an ''AS IS'' condition, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances, to satisfy the indebtedness secured by said Deed of Trust, advances thereunder, with interest as provided, and the unpaid principal of the Note secured by said Deed of Trust with interest thereon as provided in said Note, plus fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. DATED: 02/29/2012 RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. 1800 Tapo Canyon Rd., CA6-914-01-94 SIMI VALLEY, CA 93063 Phone: (800) 281 8219, Sale Information (626) 927-4399 By:Trustee's Sale Officer RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. ASAP# 4203145 03/02/2012, 03/09/2012, 03/16/2012

NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TS No. 11-0143643 Title Order No. 11-0126930 APN No. 7049-009-026 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 11/30/2007. 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. Notice is hereby given that RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the Deed of Trust executed by KREIG LOPOUR, AN UNMARRIED MAN, dated 11/30/2007 and recorded 12/7/2007, as Instrument No. 20072688029, in Book , Page ), of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, State of Califor-nia, will sell on 04/02/2012 at 1:00PM, At the Pomona Valley Masonic Temple Building, located at 395 South Thomas Street, Pomona, California at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash or check as described below, payable in full at time of sale, 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. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 19420 BENFIELD AVE, CERRITOS, CA, 907036419. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The total amount of the un-paid balance with interest thereon of the obligation secured by the property to be sold plus reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $661,078.23. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept cashier’s checks drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Said sale will be made, in an “AS IS” condition, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances, to satisfy the indebtedness secured by said Deed of Trust, advances thereunder, with interest as provided, and the unpaid principal of the Note secured by said Deed of Trust with interest thereon as provided in said Note, plus fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. If required by the provisions of section 2923.5 of the California Civil Code, the declara-tion from the mortgagee, beneficiary or authorized agent is attached to the Notice of Trustee’s Sale duly recorded with the appropriate County Recorder’s Office. DATED: 03/03/2012 RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. 1800 Tapo Canyon Rd., CA6-914-01-94 SIMI VALLEY, CA 93063 Phone/Sale Information: (800) 281 8219 By: Trustee’s Sale Officer RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A., is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. FEI # 1006.154445 3/09, 3/16, 3/23/2012

NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TS No. CA09-290518-TC Order No.: 090426267-CA-DCO YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 5/29/2007. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. A public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier's check drawn on a state or national bank, check drawn by state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, or savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 to the Financial code and authorized to do business in this state, will be held by duly appointed trustee. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by the Deed of Trust, with interest and late charges thereon, as provided in the note(s), advances, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. BENEFICIARY MAY ELECT TO BID LESS THAN THE TOTAL AMOUNT DUE. Trustor(s): ILONDA L BROWN , A MARRIED WOMAN AS HER SOLE AND SEPARATE PROPERTY Recorded: 6/5/2007 as Instrument No. 20071353752 of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, California; Date of Sale: 3/26/2012 at 11:00 AM Place of Sale: By the fountain located at 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona, CA 91766 Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $693,434.70 The purported property address is: 10826 DROXFORD ST, CERRITOS, CA 90703 Assessor’s Parcel No. 7038-008-032 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. Date: Quality Loan Service Corp. 2141 5th Avenue San Diego, CA 92101 619-645-7711 For NON SALE information only Sale Line: 714-730-2727 or Login to: www.lpsasap. com Reinstatement Line: (866) 645-7711 Ext 5318 Quality Loan Service, Corp. 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. THIS NOTICE IS SENT FOR THE PURPOSE OF COLLECTING A DEBT. THIS FIRM IS ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT ON BEHALF OF THE HOLDER AND OWNER OF THE NOTE. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED BY OR PROVIDED TO THIS FIRM OR THE CREDITOR WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. 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. ASAP# 4204506 03/02/2012, 03/09/2012, 03/16/2012 NOTICE OF ELECTION NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN TO ALL QUALIFIED VOTERS of the CENTRAL BASIN MUNICIPAL WATER DISTRICT, DIVISIONS 1, 4 and 5 that an election will be held on TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 2012, in consolidation with the Presidential Primary Election, for the purpose of electing one member to each of the above mentioned divisions. Candidates for the above election must be registered voters residing within the division at the time the declaration of candidacy is issued pursuant to Sections 71250 and 71501 of the Water Code and Section 201 of the Elections Code. Declaration of candidacy forms for the election are available commencing FEBRUARY 13, 2012 and no later than MARCH 9, at the REGISTRAR-RECORDER/COUNTY CLERK'S OFFICE, 12400 Imperial Highway, Norwalk, 2nd Floor, Room 2013, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Declaration of candidacy forms must be FILED with the REGISTRAR-RECORDER/COUNTY CLERK'S OFFICE at the above address no later than 5:00 p.m., MARCH 9, 2012. Appointment to each elective office will be made as prescribed by Section 10515 of the Elections Code, in the event: a. There are no candidates or an insufficient number of candidates for such office(s) and b. A petition signed by 10% or 50 voters in the division, whichever is the smaller number, requesting that an election be held has not been presented to the REGISTRAR-RECORDER/COUNTY CLERK'S OFFICE by 5:00 p.m., MARCH 14, 2012. Polling places shall be open between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Persons requiring multilingual assistance in Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog/ Filipino, Thai or Vietnamese regarding information in the notice may call (800) 481-8683. DEAN C. LOGAN Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk County of Los Angeles 3/2/12 CNS-2269907# LOS CERRITOS COMMUNITY NEWS


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