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PAY TO PLAY? FIRED EL RANCHO UNIFIED BOND CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT FIRM REHIRED AFTER DONATING THOUSANDS TO BOARD MEMBER’S ELECTION CAMPAIGN BY BRIAN HEWS A Hews Media GroupCommunity News investigation has uncovered a wide-ranging scheme involving over $212 million in school bond funds perpetrated by El Rancho Unified School District (ERUSD) Board Members engaging in pay-toplay politics, financial cover-up, blatant conflicts of interests, and willful violations of California’s Education Code. The long-running plot has involved ERUSD President Jose Lara and Vice-President Gabriel Orosco since 2015, with newly elected Board member Leanne Ibarra joining the two controversial board members immediately after she was elected in November 2018. The malfeasance is of such

magnitude that it surpasses what HMG-LCCN uncovered inside Montebello Unified,when the LA County Office of Education and the Financial Crisis Management Team (FCMAT) were called in to investigate and audit the district, with the Securities and Exchange Commission filing for documents soon thereafter. Jaime Ortiz and HPLE The recipient of Lara and Company’s actions is Jaime Ortiz, a good friend of Lara and Orosco’s, and owner of High Performance Learning Environments, Inc., which was incorporated only five years ago as a two-person company. Like many of Lara’s friends, Ortiz has an extremely checkered past, including a stint as senior

CERRITOS COUNCIL CONSIDERS NEW PARKING PERMIT SYSTEM

BY BRIAN HEWS

The Cerritos City Council, at their regular meeting this week, considered major changes to the City’s parking permit system which, if approved, will be a relief to all Cerritos residents who utilize the current system while saving the City tens of thousands annually in expenses. Currently, Cerritos residents cannot park on any public street between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. every day unless they have a parking permit. The city did contract with Judicial Data Systems but they were bought out by Data Ticket in 2017, a large company that helps organizations ranging from city colleges to large cities manage their parking solutions. Moving to this new system has a number of benefits including saving residents time, allowing for expanded programs, and eliminating overtime paid to

PROPOSED annual parking permit hung on rear-view mirror.

Cerritos’ Sheriffs. The current annual parking permit application process is burdensome on residents requiring them to complete a handwritten application, including a physical copy of their driver’s license that is mailed or handdelivered to the City.

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manager at the Seville Group (SGI), a construction company that managed school bond programs.

SGI was involved in the Sweetwater Unified High School District (Sweetwater) corruption

and bribery scandal related to the district’s massive $600 million bond, the largest corruption scheme in San Diego history. According to reports by the San Diego Union-Tribune, Ortiz was given protection from prosecution under a plea deal involving his boss, SGI owner Rene Flores. For that protection, Ortiz testified in front of a grand jury and threw everyone under the bus wearing, according to sources, listening devices -“wires” - to entrap the players in the scheme. Five Sweetwater Board members plead guilty to bribery charges in the pay-to-play scheme, Sweetwater Superintendent Jesus Gandara was charged with eight felony counts.

Even though the San Diego D.A. let him get away with a plea deal, a common practice as the D.A. goes after “bigger fish,” Ortiz was involved in some very questionable dealings in the Sweetwater scandal. It was reported Ortiz was caught working back channels and demanding campaign donations to Sweetwater officials from his subcontractors so SGI would be selected for the Sweetwater bond. Hector Romero, President of HAR Construction, reported he was pressured by Ortiz to donate to organizations affiliated with Sweetwater so SGI could win the bond management contract. Further, under “Evidence of wrongdoing,” the San Di-

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FOURTH ANNUAL LOVE LA MIRADA PROJECT BY TAMMYE MCDUFF Love Modesto started in 2007 at the Big Valley Grace Community Church with two questions: 1) Why is our city on the “worst cities in America” list and 2) If our churches were to suddenly disappear from the Modesto area, would anyone even notice? The city did not have those answers but knew that the local churches had been called upon to love the city and its people, with a lot of dreaming and planning the first Love Modesto began March 2009. One of the first steps of Love La Mirada took was to host a service day for the city parks, schools, and neighborhoods, which occurred April 2016. The La Mirada City Council, Chamber of Commerce, and volunteer organizations were so thrilled with the results it is now an annual event for the city. Following in the footsteps of Modesto and continuing the mission to serve the great city

VOLUNTEERS compiled backpacks full of food and hygiene necessities for the homeless.

of La Mirada the fourth annual city-wide Day of Service, was held May 4, 2019 with projects in parks, schools, and neighborhoods. The morning began as volunteers gathered at 8:00 am at Granada Heights Friends Church on La Mirada Boulevard. Gardenhill Elementary School's mascot "Paul the Pa-

triot" eagle and La Mirada High School Cheer was on site to energize the crowd along with working tunes by 95.9 the Fish. "Love La Mirada has been a great vehicle for good in our community,” said Noel James, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, “from the first day

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ABC'S 4TH ANNUAL MATH BEE

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ABC Unified School District held itsfourth annual Third Grade Math Bee this past month. The Math Bee promotes the mastery of addition, subtraction, and multiplication for 3rd graders and is an exciting opportunity for students to display their skills. The competition was open to ABC students with one student from each school competing at the District Math Bee. Top winners of the District Math Bee received certificates of recognition from the ABC USD board Tuesday, May 7th. The third grade competition was held April 11, 2019 at the Fine Arts Center of Artesia High School. The first place champion was Matthew Flowerhill, a student from Cerritos Elementary School, who had zero mistakes or missed problems throughout the entire competition. Blue Ribbon winners and runners up for the 3rd Grade Math Bee were Makaela Limbarung /Aloha Elementary School ; Ethan Chan/ Stowers Elementary School; Aditya Anand/ Elliott Elementary School and Kaleb Duag/ Nixon Elementary School. "Reading and writing is very important, but you need to be able to get that rocket to the moon and mathematics is that critical skill that many people are afraid of," Board President Ernie Nishii commented, “and having the logic to work through the systems is very important in life.� Board Vice President Olga Rios acknowledged the representation by young women saying, “I know we are breaking barriers and it was wonderful to see that our young ladies were involved throughout the district.�

The Pan Am Fiesta kicks off at Mayfair Park Thursday, May 9 with discounted carnival rides for just $1 from 5 to 9 p.m. Games and concessions will also be open. Summary of festival hours May 9-12 at Mayfair Park, 5720 Clark Ave: Thursday, 5 to 9 p.m. - Discounted $1 carnival rides, plus games & concessions Friday, 5 to 9:30 p.m. - Food trucks, food booths, rides, games & concessions Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. - Food trucks, food booths, rides, games & concessions Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. - Rides, games & concessions For the full schedule of events, visit www.lakewoodcity.org/Fiesta.

Cerritos College Seeks Applicants for Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee STAFF REPORT The Cerritos Community College District is accepting applications to fill vacancies for the Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee. The Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee was established to oversee the expenditure of money for the construction, repair and modernization of campus projects. This committee ensures that the bond proceeds are expended only for the purposes set forth in Measure CC and

WINNER: Above, ABC 3rd Grade Math Bee Champion Matthew Flowerhill from Cerritos Elementary School. Matthew did not miss a problem. BLUE RIBBON: Below, 3rd Grade Math Bee winners are Makaela Limbarung-Aloha ES; Ethan Chan-Stowers ES; Aditya Anand-Elliott ES and Kaleb Duag-Nixon ES.







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A special education teacher with a bipolar disorder sued a Cerritos psychiatric hospital Tuesday, alleging she was discharged in 2017 with little ability to care for herself despite staff promises to her mother to hold the plaintiff there until she arrived. The 34-year-old plaintiff is identified only as Jane Doe in the Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit she brought against College Hospital-Cerritos, alleging dependent adult abuse, intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligence. The hospital discharged “an unstable, paranoid, bipolar and medicated woman in an unfamiliar location, abandoning and dumping Jane Doe to join the ranks of the homeless, all at great risk to plaintiff’s safety and well-being,” the suit alleges. Since 2008, Doe has had a psychiatric history of manic depression and generalized anxiety, with recurrent mania psychosis. She usually is able to treat her disorders and has been under regular psychiatric care with doctors at the USC, the suit states. In April 2017, Doe, who worked as a special education teacher, went missing from her Canoga Park home, leaving her

cellphone, identification and her dog, the suit states. Doe was arrested shortly thereafter by Huntington Beach police for speeding and evading a peace officer and given a citation. She was later released by the HBPD and subsequently was reported missing by her mother. Doe was found by Fountain Valley police in May 2017 and told them she was homeless. The Crisis Stabilization Unit of the Orange County Health Care Agency placed Doe at College Hospital-Cerritos, the suit states. While Doe was a patient at College Hospital, the staff failed to obtain an accurate patient history and neglected to provide adequate treatment and post-discharge care. Doe’s mother learned of her daughter’s whereabouts and was promised by a staff member that Doe was not be discharged before she got there, the suit states. The suit seeks unspecified damages. A representative for the hospital could not be immediately reached. Story from MYNEWSLA.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING STING IN DOWNEY NETS SEVEN ARRESTS

Human trafficking does not necessarily involve smuggling or moving victims from outside of the country or state or from one place to another. It means using force, fraud, and duress or coercion to obtain labor or services. This can occur in private homes, in agricultural fields, factories, restaurants, in brothels or strip clubs, or in any other industry. It can occur in rural and urban areas, and victims can be anyone: men or women; adults or children; people with little or no education or with advanced degrees; undocumented migrants, U.S. citizens, or documented immigrants. In a proactive effort to stop these egregious crimes, the Downey Police Department has developed a Human Trafficking Unit comprised of investigators who have received specialized training to identify, investigate, and apprehend those involved with the criminal exploitation of vulnerable victims. The team will focus on education and aggressive enforcement and will partner with county and local law enforcement agencies, as well as social service and community-based organizations that will assist in serving the needs of exploited adults and minors victimized by human trafficking. Anyone with information regarding suspected Human Trafficking is encouraged to call the Downey Police Department at (562) 904-2308 or Detective Sergeant Michael Parino at (562) 904-2388. To provide information ANONYMOUSLY, call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

BY TAMMYE MCDUFF The Downey Police Department, in collaboration with the Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Taskforce and headed by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, conducted a human trafficking operation in the City of Downey in April. The cyber based operation in Downey resulted in seven arrests. Two of those arrested were male adults who solicited undercover investigators for various sex acts. Those males were transported and booked at the Downey Police Department. Two adult females were arrested for Solicitation of Prostitution after soliciting sex for money from undercover detectives. The women were offered victim-centered services from the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (C.A.S.T.). Three adult males were arrested for pimping and pandering, a felony, and booked at the Downey Police Department. The term human trafficking is used to describe many forms of exploitation of human beings. Under California law, human trafficking is “the deprivation or violation of the personal liberty of another person with the intent to obtain forced labor or services, including sex.”

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CERRITOS RESIDENT SHOT & KILLED IN DOWNEY LIQUOR STORE ROBBERY BY BRIAN HEWS HMG-LCCN has confirmed with Downey Police that the man shot at ASL Liquor and Market in the 8500 block of Paramount Boulevard at about 10:15 p.m. Wednesday night was Cerritos resident Gurpreet Singh, age 44. Mr. Singh suffered several gunshot wounds. Detectives are following up on several investigative leads. At this time it appears to have been an attempted robbery but detectives are not ruling out other possible motives. Police responded to the scene and found Singh down behind the cashier’s counter inside the store, he was pronounced dead at the scene. Singh leaves behind a wife and two children. Anyone with information was asked to call the Police Department at 562-9042330.

LA MIRADA CRIME SUMMARY April 29-May 5

Aggravated Assault A victim was hit with a bottle during an argument on the 14400 block of Firestone Blvd. Other Structure Burglary An early morning door smash burglary was reported on the 14300 block of Firestone Blvd. No items were reported missing during the incident A cell phone was reported stolen on the 15600 block of Ocaso Ave. Vehicle Burglary A late night burglary was reported on the 13300 block of Beach Blvd. Grand Theft There were two reports of tools stolen on the 12300 block of La Mirada Blvd. A handgun was reported stolen during a daytime theft on the 13200 block of Edwards Rd. Electronic equipment was reported stolen on the14500 block of Telegraph. A power tool was reported stolen during a daytime theft on the 14500 block of Figueras Rd. Grand Theft Auto A sedan was reported stolen on the 12300 block of Ocaso Ave. A hatchback was reported stolen on the 13600 block of Valley View Ave.

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When I ran for office my purpose was and always will be to BY RICK RODRIGUEZ serve the residents of Downey. These residents include children. During my time in office I have learned that the need for foster homes continues to grow in Downey and with neighboring cities. The primary Being a foster parent gives you the purpose of foster care is to provide a opportunity to teach a kid how to be safe and stable environment for a child a kid. With patience and love, a child who cannot be with his or her parents. can learn to laugh and to act their age. Downey Cares Collaborative was Foster parent’s help children understand formed to help children that have been that there are people who care for them displaced from their homes and need and love them. Opening your home ofa place where they can feel safe. The fers a safe transition period for the child mission of this group is to cultivate a while the biological family resolves public-private coalition addressing the their issues. needs of children and families who are Many times fostering can even lead affected by child abuse and neglect. to adoption. Helping a foster child is an Many of us are unfamiliar with essential component of bringing famifoster care and may wonder why it is lies together and helping kids to grow so important. Maybe you have even up and excel in life regardless of what considered becoming a foster parent they have gone through. but weren’t sure where to start. By If this sounds like something you opening your home to these children would be interested in doing or would you will help them learn what a stable simply like more information, please home looks like. Oftentimes they have join me on Saturday, May 4, 2019 from suffered from abuse or neglect by their 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at New Seasons own parents, and have no idea what a Church in Downey. Representatives loving home should actually be. Foster from the Los Angeles County Departparents can help them learn what it’s ment of Children and Family Services like to eat, sleep, and play in a place will be on hand, along with other orgathat is safe and secure. nizations, to answer questions and give Statistics have shown that foster information. kids are fifty percent more likely to beKnowing that there are children in come homeless, develop an addiction, our city that need a home truly is heartbe arrested or not graduate. I believe we breaking. Please join me and Downey are better than that! Cares Collaborative to help our kids.

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CEVITAS COFFEE RIBBON CUTTING IN LA MIRADA

OPENING: Owners Daniel and Katherine Kim, holding scissors, with La Mirada Chamber officials, and local elected officials from Cerritos College and La Mirada including Mayor Steven De Ruse, behind the Kims. BY TAMMYE MCDUFF Daniel and Katherine Kim are coffee connoisseurs and the owners of Civitas Coffee, a brand new coffee company off of Rosecrans Avenue in La Mirada. “I guess my desire to have my own business has always been a dream of mine,” says Katherine Kim, “but it really didn’t take hold of me nor did I know what I wanted to do until about three years ago.” Kim did not grow up in a family where the traditional 9-to-5 job was expected. Both of her parents had their own business. “I went to school to study interior design so that I could go into business with my father and work with his construction company,” stated Kim. During college as so many students do, she took a job as a server at a Japanese restaurant and realized she had a knack for hospitality and really enjoyed it. She switched majors, applied and was accepted to the Cordon Bleu School of Culinary Arts in Pasadena and studied hospitality management. During this time Kim discovered she really liked coffee.

The idea for her own company was formed a few years ago while working for The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Company, learning all the phases of management, operations and the corporate side of the coffee business. “I realized that I wanted to own a coffee shop, so I set my goal for it, we put money aside and began to research the right type of coffee place to have. It just went uphill from there.” Civitas Coffee is an independent coffee company, “we want to be a different type of coffee company and really engage with the community and our customers.” Kim believes that in this day of technology, there is a lack of that personal touch, “everything is about fast, quick and efficient, that’s not a bad thing, but we want our place to be one where people can gather, meet new people and connect one to one,” thus giving the coffee shop the name Civitas which means a body of citizens with a shared common purpose and sense of community. Civitas Coffee is located in a small shopping center at 14218 Rosecrans Avenue, La Mirada.

LA MIRADA MEDIAN IMPROVEMENTS

The City of La Mirada is currently undergoing median landscape improvements to replace the dead turf and struggling trees on La Mirada Boulevard. The new medians improvements will include cobblestone, new trees, shrubs, and ground cover and plant species that are Californiafriendly and require less water, as required by the State. “The City remains committed to preserving an attractive and well-maintained community,” says Public Works Director Mark Stowell. “The new median improvements will enhance the appearance of ma-

jor thoroughfares and create a more uniform look throughout La Mirada.” Construction is expected to be completed by fall 2019. Similar median improvements will begin soon on Rosecrans Avenue. Improvements on Valley View Avenue are currently being designed and are expected to be under construction by 2020. For additional information about the City’s median landscaping project, contact the Public Works Department at (562) 902-2385.

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19TH ANNUAL BLESSING OF THE BIKES AT COOK'S CORNER IN TRABUCO CANYON BY TAMMYE MCDUFF Cook’s Corner Bar, best known as the location for Southern California’s most infamous biker bar, held their 19th Annual Blessing of the Bikes May 5th, Cinco de Mayo Sunday. Father James from St. Michael's Abbey provided the anointing and blessings, beginning at 7:00 am. The Blessing of the Bikes is an annual tradition where riders of motorcycles or bicycles are blessed by a priest in the hope that it will bring safety for the coming season. Many towns hold annual ceremonies to bless motorcycles at the start of the summer. The first mass blessing of bicycles was held in 1999 at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City. Since its beginning the ceremony has been ostensibly non-denominational, focusing more on rider safety than religion. However, the service does include prayers and reading of biblical passages, and bicycles are sprinkled with holy water. A brief memorial service is held to acknowledge riders who have died in the previous year. “It is an odd combination of bikes, beer and God,” said James “some riders wear crucifixes and are very reverent, others rev up their engine. Some are the salt of the earth, and others need a little more salt. But it’s been a good experience.” Good ole rock-n-roll began blasting at 10:30 a.m. and featured The Rusty Dog Band, The Road Show Rebels and Mr. Crowley. Raffle prizes included a 50/50 raffle, gift cards from accessory shops, helmets, tee shirts and tacos. This year’s proceeds will help out

FATHER JAMES from St. Michael's Abbey in Silverado Canyon provided the anointing and blessings.

one of their own, Marty Chenier who was in a motorcycle accident February 2018 with his fiancée Kristie when a car pulled out in front of them. They were both severely injured and are both still wheel chair bound. Monies were raised to purchase a Powermatic Therapy Table. Chenier is still unable to walk on his own and receives therapy twice a week. With this table, he will be able to add more athome therapy. The popularity of the service has encouraged other localities to follow suit. Annual blessings are held from Massachusetts to Los Angeles to Melbourne, Australia. The annual blessing at Cook’s typically brings in about 2,500 bikers. It’s normal for members of a dozen or more motorcycle clubs to show up in their cuts at Cook’s during the event. This year the list included the Valkyries, Hessians, Boozefighters, Viet Nam Vets/ Legacy Vets, Capistrano Eagles, Dynasty, Devil’s Rejects, Lords of Chaos, Mongols, American Legion Riders, Nantes (France), Elite Bikers, 10 West Bikerz, Templar Militia Templi, Vagos, Ceristeros Choppers, Cochinos, Baby James MC, and Soldiers For Jesus. Cook’s Corner is located at the corner of East Santiago and Live Oak Canyon Roads in Trabuco Canyon.

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LA MIRADA CITY COUNCIL and staff get ready to go. From (l-r) Ivan Sulic, Field Deputy for Supervisor Janice Hahn, Councilmen Ed Eng and Larry Mowles, Mayor Steve De Ruse, Mayor Pro Tem John Lewis & La Mirada City Manager Jeff Boynton.

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I read about this movement I felt a strong desire to see this become a huge success for the city. Simply stated, mobilizing the faith community in cooperation with city government, local businesses, schools, and local residents is genius." After the first couple of years of these volunteer days, the city realized that more sustainable solutions were needed in order to see La Mirada maintain their transformation. Efforts evolved from beyond a day to championing ongoing volunteerism, collaboration among leaders and initiating the efforts of Love Our Neighborhoods, Love Our Schools and Love ALL Our Kids. So many amazing stories have

emerged from Love Our Cities, but perhaps the greatest stories are of the thousands who continue to volunteer regularly with organizations and areas they served. Volunteers planted flowers in public spaces, weeded and cleaned up lawns of senior citizens. Several churches filled back packs with food and necessities for the homeless and the American Red Cross had tremendous signups for a blood drive to be held June 19th. Presenting sponsors included LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn, and Chick-fil-A who prepared a lunch for everyone. The hope is that residents will have a renewed pride in their city, ongoing volunteerism and see communities transformed.


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CHOOSE PLANTS FOR YOUR SUMMER GARDEN

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CIF-SOUTHERN SECTION DIVISION 1 SOFTBALL PLAYOFFS

GAHR’S HILL HITS, PITCHES LADY GLADIATORS INTO QUARTERFINALS WITH SHUTOUT AGAINST LOS ALAMITOS BY LOREN KOPFF @LORENKOPFF ON TWITTER LOS ALAMITOS-As a leadoff hitter, Jazmine Hill is simply focused on doing her job and getting on base so that her Gahr High softball teammates can get a rally going. The senior third baseman surely got things going in a CIF-Southern Section Division 1 second round against Los Alamitos High when she launched her team-leading seventh home run six pitches into the contest. It was all the Lady Gladiators needed as Hill pitched the final four innings of the game and picked up a key triple in the top of the fifth inning as Gahr blanked the Griffins 4-0 this past Tuesday. The Lady Gladiators improved to 21-5 and hosted third ranked Santiago High out of Corona on May 9 in the quarterfinals. “Even if I don’t get on, my job is just to go to my other teammates [to tell them] what’s coming or what they look for,” Hill said. “Our coaches were scouting before, so we kind of knew the type of pitcher that [Sarah] Ladd was. She’s a great pitcher, but we kind of knew what was coming; that she was common for throwing her outside pitch.” “Can I tell you, that girl is a machine,” said Gahr first-year head coach Rey Sanchez of Hill. “She’s just a softball player. I want the ball in her hand at the end of the game. I want her to have that big at-bat at the end of the game. That’s the girl we want up. It’s so fun to watch her play and she plays with a looseness and the freedom that just allows her to just excel in this game and be an elite player. That girl is an elite player.” After the first inning, it was a pitching duel between Ladd and senior Daisy Tor-

BY LOREN KOPFF @LORENKOPFF ON TWITTER The Cerritos High boys swimming team once again was a main force in the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 championships last Thursday at the Riverside Aquatic Complex. While the Dons did not claim a championship, they picked up 171 points, good enough for sixth place out of 49 schools. Whitney High had 31 points while Gahr High had seven points. The Cerritos girls team picked up 14 points. Last season, the Cerritos boys finished in seventh place in the division out of 39 schools Senior Castro Cameron came away the biggest winner, finishing first in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:30.42 and second in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:40.12. He was also part of the 200-yard freestyle relay team that finished in fourth place with a time of 1:28.08. Senior Alex Rodriguez and juniors Jedidiah Confinco and Justin Sutanto were the other members of that relay team. At the end of the divisional finals, Cameron finished off a first place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay team that had a time of 3:08.28. That relay team also consisted of senior Vighnesh Muley, Rodriguez and Sutanto. Rodriguez also claimed sixth place in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:38.00 while Sutanto took home seventh place in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 47.82.

res until Gahr iced the game with three runs in the top of the fifth inning. Both starters had combined to give up five hits after Hill’s long shot. With one out in the fifth, junior catcher Malia Luna doubled to the right field corner and two batters later, senior right fielder Irene Dorado, the ninth batter in Gahr’s lineup, singled down the left field line. That would set up Hill, who tripled to right field. She would eventually get caught in a rundown between third and home but scored on an error. “Once again, Ladd is such a great pitcher, so we had to keep on battling and keep on hitting our pitches,” Hill said. “Once we get onto her, that’s when things happen.” After Torres worked three full innings, scattering three hits and striking out one, she was replaced by Hill, an Arizona State University commit, after walking Jamie Sellers to begin the bottom of the fourth inning. All Hill did was immediately get Sophia Nugent to ground into a double play, then retire the next seven batters before Sellers singled on the first pitch to start the bottom of the seventh inning. Before this season, Hill had not pitched since she was a 10-Under All-Star for the Cerritos Girls Softball Association. But this season, Hill, who also leads the team with a .541 batting average, has logged nearly 29 innings inside the circle, striking out 21 batters. She got the save against West Torrance High on May 2 and improved to 4-1 after the win against Los Alamitos. “I didn’t try to focus that much on that part,” Hill said of not pitching before this season. “I just knew that I had to go in there and do my job and throw strikes and my defense has my back.” Gahr had earlier lost to Los Alamitos

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GAHR HIGH freshman courtesy runner Mikala Huskey is caught stealing home in the top of the sixth inning against Los Alamitos High in this past Tuesday's CIF-Southern Section Division 1 second round game. However, the Lady Gladiators already had a 4-0 lead, which would be the final score. Gahr improved to 21-5 on the season.

6-2 in the third place game of the Michelle Carew Classic. However, Torres and Ladd did not pitch in that contest and Hill, who went hitless in two at-bats, was batting third. “Both of us didn’t play all of our big horses and maybe [Los Alamitos head coach Rob Weil] didn’t want to show us much and we didn’t want to show him much because we knew we kind of maybe would run into each other [in the playoffs],” Sanchez said. “But the biggest difference on our end is we threw strikes and we played catch.” In addition to Hill’s hitting and pitching, the defense was the other story of the game. In the bottom of the second inning, junior left fielder Sydni Jones threw a perfect strike to Luna who applied the tag on Jules Ronquillo for the second out.

CERRITOS BOYS HAVE ANOTHER STRONG PERFORMANCE AT DIVISION 3 SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS Cameron has advanced to the state championships in the 200-yard freestyle and 500-yard freestyle. In the latter, he has the 13th best time in the state out of 40 swimmers who will be vying to become a state champion in that event. The 400-yard freestyle HMG-CN Sports Editor relay team also Loren Kopff advanced to the state finals. Whitney High sophomore Alex Mo has also qualified for the state championships as he is sixth out of 28 high school divers in the state in the 1-meter diving. He had a score of 523.10 in the divisional finals. TRACK AND FIELD The divisional championships will take place at El Camino College on Saturday where a handful of area athletes hope to advance to the Master’s Meet. In Division 2, Gahr High’s Jazminn Parrish will compete in the 200-meter race as well as the 400-meter race. In last Saturday’s divisional preliminaries, Parrish had the fourth best time in the 200 (24.87) and the seventh best time in the

400 (56.85). In Division 3, Artesia High sophomore Daniel Chung jumped 13 feet in the pole vault while Valley NEWS & Christian High is well represented NOTES in Division 4. FROM The 4 x 400 relay team had the PRESS third best time in ROW the preliminaries at 4:07.13 while juniors Emma Spresney and Kathryn Tamminga advance in the 300 hurdles. Tamminga was first with a time of 46.10 while Spresney had a time of 47.93, good for fourth best in the division. In the discus, junior Olivia Vande Vegte had the eighth best mark in the preliminaries at 101-2. Also in Division 4, Whitney junior Ola Ogan had a mark of 16-3 in the long jump in the preliminaries. BASEBALL Cerritos was upset by Riverside Poly High 3-1 in nine innings in a Division 3 first round game last Thursday. The Dons, who were the 605 League champions and had won 14 of their last 15 games entering the playoffs, conclude

She was trying to score off Makenzie Kimura’s single. Five pitches later, pinch runner Alex Riddle would be caught in a rundown which ended the only true scoring threat the Griffins would have. Two innings later, Nugent grounded into a double play after Sellers had walked and Carly Robbins lined out to sophomore shortstop Taylor Stephens. “We put a lot of time into defense,” Sanchez said. “Our outfielders have been working really hard at throwing people out. We spend a lot of time talking about the footwork and talking about the throws and what kind of hops we want that catcher to receive. So, Sydni gets a ton of credit because she’s had some opportunities and she’s missed a few. She has busted her tail; she’s been waiting all

See GAHR page 13 the season at 21-8. Even though Gahr won the San Gabriel Valley League and had won 12 of its last 15 games of the regular season, the Gladiators drew a Division 1 first round road game where they fell to Palm Desert High 8-3 last Thursday. It was the second time this season that Gahr (13-16-1) had lost to Palm Desert. It’s also the first time since 2008 any Gahr baseball team has finished with a losing record. SOFTBALL Artesia’s dream season came to a sudden end in a Division 4 first round game as the co-605 League champions were blanked by Jurupa Hills 5-0 last Thursday. Artesia, which had won nine straight games and were ranked fifth in the division, finishes the season at 17-4. It’s the program’s best record in at least 22 years and first time this season Artesia has been shutout. Whitney has never been past the second round of the playoffs since 2000, but after the Lady Wildcats blanked Redlands Adventist Academy 9-0 this past Tuesday, the second ranked team in Division 7 moved on to the quarterfinals. Whitney (15-8) travelled to sixth ranked Westridge High on May 9 and a win will put Whitney in the semifinals for the first time since 2000 where the team would host either Academy/Academic Excellence High or third ranked Mayfield High on Tuesday. This is the third trip to the quarterfinals in the program’s history.


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CIF-SOUTHERN SECTION DIVISION 2 SOFTBALL PLAYOFFS

The youth of the Cerritos High softball team got a rude awakening in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 softball playoffs. The 605 League co-champions hosted Cypress High, but it was anything but a home-field advantage as the Centurions pounded the Lady Dons 12-1 last Thursday. Cypress batted 11 in the top of the first inning, scoring half a dozen runs, five with two outs, and getting just as many hits off freshman pitcher Erin Gibbs. After a perfect top of the second inning, the Centurions made sure Cerritos (13-13 overall) wouldn’t have a chance to come back by scoring six more runs in the top of the third inning on six more hits. “I think that has a lot to do with us going into this game knowing it was going to be a tough battle,� said Cerritos head coach Kim Ensey. “We know the type of team we can be, and we knew that we could score runs. We just didn’t produce the way that we would have liked to, but the girls have come back

CERRITOS PUT AWAY EARLY BY CYPRESS, BOUNCED OUT IN FIRST ROUND FOR SECOND STRAIGHT SEASON from behind before. They just didn’t want to give up.� The Lady Dons, though, didn’t go down without a fight. In the bottom of the first inning, senior centerfielder Essence Gibbs reached on an error. Following the first out, freshman catcher Kaitlin Caneda reached on a fielder’s choice and Essence Gibbs was safe at second on another error. But two more strikeouts ended that threat. After that, Cerritos wouldn’t get another baserunner until the bottom of the fifth inning. “They knew their job was to get on base, and they’ve been doing that successfully all season,� Ensey said of Essence Gibbs and Caneda. “They’ve

been consistent at the plate for us; probably our two most consistent players, and they play with an attitude of never give up.� Just when Maddy Wilson was throwing a no-hitter, the bottom of the Cerritos order had other plans in mind. With one out, sophomore first baseman Samiya Jones smacked a double to the right field gap and was replaced by freshman pinch runner Maddie Morante. Two pitches later, freshman designated player Makayla Sur doubled to left field to bring home Morante. That would be the extent of the Cerritos offense which was held to its second lowest hit output of

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Continued from page 1 ego D.A. offered contribution details provided by Romero: “He [Romero] reported being with Superintendent Gandara in Mexico when Gandara contacted SGI Program Manager Jaime Ortiz and solicited a $20,000 contribution to Jim Cartmill’s campaign for the Sweetwater board. Romero also said that SGI made a $12,500 contribution to John McCann’s campaign for the school board…” Romero later told the D.A. that he hoped to get lucrative “lease-leaseback” contracts from Ortiz and SGI for his contributions. Lease-leasebacks authorize a school district to lease a school site to a contractor for a token amount, even as little as $1. The contractor would then build the school and lease it back to the district for up to 40 years. After the lease period, the ownership will revert back to the district. In an email Ortiz denied the UnionTribune’s report, “the [U-T’s] statement is incorrect. I did not have a plea deal.” Ortiz did not respond when asked why he did not ask for a retraction of the UT’s article. Many involved in the Sweetwater scheme were sentenced to jail time and given heavy fines. With his plea deal in hand, Ortiz left the company and started HPLE. And he would use what he learned at Sweetwater inside ERUSD with Lara and Company.

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By 2015, a total of $12.6 million was available for construction purposes from two ERUSD bonds: Measure A approved in November 2003 for $49.5 million and Measure EE approved in November 2010 for $52 million. During that time, ERUSD initiated a request for proposal (RFP) and interviewed five construction companies to award a $234,000 Facilities Plan to manage the $12.6 million: Cummings, Vanir, Lundgren, and Bernard. Lara and Orosco insisted that HPLE be included on the list, and their crony, former ERUSD Superintendent Martin Galindo, obliged. Then-ERUSD President Dr. Aurora Villion voiced her disgust, asking why HPLE was in consideration for the agreement when Ortiz had been involved in the Sweetwater scandal. Galindo astonishingly vouched for Ortiz at the board meeting claiming he was innocent; Lara and Orosco parroted Galindo’s statement while all of them knew Ortiz took a plea deal at Sweetwater. The interviews commenced, and, according to documents obtained by HMGLCCN, both Cummings and Vanir beat out HPLE in overall scoring. But, similar to how Sweetwater Superintendent Gandara chose Ortiz and SGI over other firms, HPLE, with the help of Lara, Orosco, and Galindo, won the $234,000 contract despite placing third out of the five firms. Ortiz did not answer questions about the third place award. HMG-LCCN emailed President Lara and Vice-President Orosco, but the two refused to address the question in a joint written statement. “The District and Board of Education remain committed to working to invest in our community through our Project Labor Agreement, which creates employment opportunities for local residents and disabled veterans, as well as by supporting small business enterprises and women and minority-owned enterprises.” “That’s interesting,” said one local contractor who wished to remain anonymous, “Ortiz’ El Rancho High project is

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separated into large projects only. Firms must have previous construction and bonding experience of between $50 and $70 million. That eliminates any local business and a vast majority of minority firms in the area.”

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Just months later, HPLE parlayed winning the facilities agreement into securing the contract to manage the $12.6 million in funds from Measures A and EE. Standard fee structures for program management companies average 4% but Ortiz, according to ERUSD documents, received 8%, meaning HPLE was paid upwards of $1.1 million in fees, not counting the money HPLE would earn subcontracting projects. Instead of replacing HVAC and other badly needed upgrades, Ortiz spent a large portion of the $12.6 million for “innovation science lab-classrooms” for all eight elementary and four middle schools at ERUSD. According to ERUSD officials, Ortiz originally budgeted $350,000 per classroom but “encountered complications” and issued several change orders. By the end of the project, the average classroom cost $600,000, more than building a large home in Pico Rivera. Documents from ERUSD showed that total costs ranged from a low of $482,000 to a high of $682,000. Of the twelve classrooms, over half were over $600,000, $250,000 over Ortiz’ original budget. ERUSD officials told HMG-LCCN that Ortiz bragged about the installation of floor to ceiling fold-up type garage doors in all classrooms. The doors were completely see-through where anyone could view the entire classroom from the street. ERUSD parents later voiced their anger and safety concerns that their children could be seen from the street, but, according to ERUSD officials, Ortiz brushed the complaints off.

$200 Million High School

As the $12.6 million began to run out, another bond was set into motion, the $200 million Measure ER slated for the November 2016 election. Eleven months prior to election day, a political action committee (PAC) to support Measure ER was established called the Committee for Transforming El Rancho Schools, FPPC ID #1389341. Within nine months, the money started pouring in. Philanthropist Monica Rosenthal donated an eye-popping $159,000 - 84% of the monies taken in by the PAC - while only four companies and two trade associations donated the remaining $29,500. One of the companies was HPLE, who gave $11,000, three other companies also donated monies: BPI Inspection, CF Environmental, and Dougherty & Dougherty Architects. The three companies would reap the benefits of their donations at a later time. Starting in October, money began flowing out of the PAC including over $125,000 to San Francisco-based TBWB Strategies and over $22,000 to Rodriguez Strategies based out of Los Angeles. In addition, the investigation found large sums of money paid to people with non-existent addresses, including a “Kevin Allen,” who was paid over $13,000 in consulting fees. With the campaign now armed with a huge amount of cash, backed by perennial bond strategy firm TBWB, the $200 million bond predictably passed in November 2016. And much like Sweetwater, the award process and subsequent operations were fraught with corruption, questionable practices, and violations of the state’s Education Code.

Who’s Watching the Bond Money?

Just three months after the bond passed, an extremely short period of time in the bond construction industry, HPLE, backed by Lara and Orosco, was awarded the lucrative bond construction management contract. The deal appeared to be pre-negotiated; HPLE signed the management agreement February 7, 2017, then billed over $39,000 for “work completed in February.” According to documents, all of the contractors that donated to the ER campaign committee, including BPI Inspection, CF Environmental, and Dougherty & Dougherty Architects, won awards from HPLE and Ortiz. In addition, ERUSD officials indicated that Ortiz added personnel not listed on his initial agreement, including a Construction Hygienist earning over $4,000 per month, $49,000 total. Ortiz later added a Communications Director who earned $144,000 in nine months, an eye-opening $16,000 per month. At Sweetwater, Ortiz and SGI did the same thing, subcontracting with Marston + Marston Inc. for communications. “We wanted to communicate as much as possible,” Ortiz told the Voice of San Diego in 2011,“I don’t know of any bond program doing this as well, it’s not tooting our own horn it’s making people more informed.” But the VOSD reported that the Marston workers billed substantially more hours than expected. Outside communications was expected to involve 1,700 to 3,000 hours annually under the plan, yet Marston blew over those budget numbers by 57% billing 4,700 hours. Marston later said the company conducted a survey to judge the effectiveness of the outreach, incurring many of the extra hours. At the time, Sweetwater and SGI said they “did not have a breakdown of subconsultant costs.”

Lara and Orosco No-Shows at Oversight Committee Meetings

Of even more concern was the lack of transparency in the spending of bond funds. From February 2017 to March 2018, HPLE was paid over $1.163 million, with other companies billing $1.266 million for their services. Yet, according to ERUSD online documents, the Measure ER Bond Oversight Committee did not conduct their first meeting until November 2017, a violation of California’s Education Code that dictates a committee must be convened within the first six months after passage of a bond. More alarming, the minutes of the November 2017 meeting listed ER bond monthly expenditures in total only. After the monthly expenditure totals was a note, “the committee would like to see more description of these expenditures.” The next meeting occurred in April 2018 with the minutes once again showing only monthly expenditures, with no back-up, totaling over $1 million. At the meeting, the ERUSD Bond Oversight Committee, without following guidelines, violated the state’s Education Code, consolidating the financial records of Measures A, EE, and ER. Three committee members complained, including Ester Mejia, but they were overruled by members who were affiliated with Ortiz and Lara. The committee could not muster a quorum in June 2018, waiting to meet until September. According to the September documents, over $1.993 million in ER funds was spent from April 2018 to June 2018, but the minutes did not indicate the committee had back-up documentation of the expenses.

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Jaime Ortiz did not attend the September meeting. Then, two months before a crucial ERUSD Board election, a scheduled October meeting was cancelled for lack of quorum, those absent were Lara, Orosco, and Dr. Teresa Merino. By that time, ERUSD officials had assembled strong evidence of malfeasance from a months-long internal investigation and wanted to act.

Ortiz Terminated

Based on the findings, then-President Villon placed the bond program discussion on October 28, 2018 agenda and terminated the agreement with HPLE. The termination was approved on a 3-2 vote, with Lara and Orosco voting to retain Ortiz and HPLE. Ortiz demanded $100,000 to “go away” but the board majority refused, and reluctantly negotiated a $50,000 release. Meanwhile, the Board was forced to initiate another RFP to hire a firm for the structural assessment of El Rancho High. Ortiz’ plan was to tear down the entire school and spend the entire $200 million, but the $234,000 plan ERUSD paid for in 2015 shockingly did not include the required structural assessment; HPLE did not take core samples either. Many ERUSD officials were insisting that complete demolition was not necessary, but an assessment and core sample was needed. The RFP was sent out, five companies responded and two made the cut, GKK Worksand WLC Architects.HPLE was now completely out of the ERUSD bond bidding process. The Board scheduled presentations and selection for the December 10, 2018 meeting, anticipating a clean up of the bond mess.

PAC Pours Massive Cash Into ERUSD Election

Most political observers were shocked when newcomer Leanne Ibarra won a El Rancho Unified School District Board seat in the November 2018 election. Ibarra’s only political experience was as a member of several PTA associations, prior to that her website indicated she was a “stay-at-home-mom.” But Ibarra did have the backing of Union del Barrio (UdB), a radical communist organization led by current ERUSD Board President Jose Lara. In June 2018, HMG-LCCN was first to report about UdB and how the organization, since Lara’s election in 2013, was using Russia-type social media and intimidation tactics in an attempt to take over the beleaguered school district. Lara and UdB were recruiting radical left-wing teachers, indoctrinating high school teenagers, and harassing students and board members all in an effort to inject the anti-establishment sentiment on campus of advocating violence and espousing hatred for the police and the military. With those plans put into motion to take over the campus and staff, Lara set his sights on the ERUSD Board. He recruited Ibarra to run for a seat which would give him the majority along with his ally Gabriel Orosco. But Lara did not have the funds to support Ibarra’s campaign, so he called on his friend, HPLE owner Jamie Ortiz. Just like Sweetwater, a PAC called Citizens for Leadership in Education was established with Ortiz and HPLE immediately donating $15,000. The PAC spent nearly $20,000 on Ibarra’s campaign, $16,281 in hard costs and over $4,000 in-kind donations. And Ibarra won. The PAC did not report spending money on the Lara campaign, but many of the PAC’s campaign advertisements featured both Lara and Ibarra.

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Lara now had the majority he always sought, and the outcome of the Dec. 10 meeting was now pre-determined. After the official swearing-in of Lara and Ibarra, Orosco abruptly pulled the agenda item for GKK and WLC, who were both attending to present their structural assessments projects, without notice or explanation. Orosco, who is a teacher with zero construction experience, later told the audience that he “believed an assessment was not required.” The Board reorganized with Lara appointed President, Orosco as Vice-President, and their new ally, Ibarra as Clerk; the board then adjourned until their next meeting. At the next meeting on January 15, only three months after HPLE was terminated and given $50,000 to go away, Lara completed the circle and called for a vote to re-hire HPLE as the management firm for the $200 million bond. Lara and Orosco’s yes votes were a given, as was Merino and Castillo’s no votes, the only question was Ibarra. After receiving nearly $20,000 in sup-

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port from a PAC Ortiz donated $15,000 to, and knowing about the Sweetwater scandal, Ibarra remained loyal, voting to reinstate the company as ERUSD’s program management firm. HMG-LCCN asked Ibarra to comment on her vote, in an email she wrote back, “it is my understanding that the El Rancho Federation of Teachers and the local CSEA chapter regularly contribute to candidates and endorse in campaigns, but I would not accuse their endorsed candidates of being bought. We should all hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards, and in this case I believe I have.”

Brown Act Violation?

The group continued their coverup scheme at the March 2019 ER Bond Oversight Committee meetingclaiming that two members, Ester Mejia and Dr. Joseph Rivera, who were constant critics of the entire process, were suddenly ruled ineligible and voted off the committee. VP Orosco made the motion to remove Mejia and Rivera, with Ibarra seconding. The vote was 3-2 to remove with Lara, Orosco and Ibarra voting yes, while Carolyn Castillo and Dr. Merino voted no. The last item for discussion was 5F: Bring forth a report on bond expenditures.

NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE T.S. No.: 2018-04521 A.P.N.: 7005-017-040 NOTE: THERE IS A SUMMARY OF THE INFORMATION IN THIS DOCUMENT ATTACHED. [PURSUANT TO CIVIL CODE 2923.3(a), THE SUMMARY OF INFORMATION REFERRED TO ABOVE IS NOT ATTACHED TO THE RECORDED COPY OF THIS DOCUMENT BUT ONLY TO THE COPIES PROVIDED TO THE TRUSTOR.] YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 4/27/2018. 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 TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH, CASHIER'S CHECK/CASH EQUIVALENT or other form of payment authorized by 2424h(b), (payable at the time of sale in lawful money of the United States), 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 a Deed of Trust described below. 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. Trustor: ABC PM 652 S SUNSET LLC, A CALIFORNIA LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY Duly Appointed Trustee: ENTRA DEFAULT SOLUTIONS LLC 1355 Willow Way, Suite 115, Concord, California 94520 Phone: (925) 272-4993 Deed of Trust Recorded 5/2/2018 as Instrument No. 20180427534 in book , page of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, California, Date of Sale: 5/24/2019 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: $858,472.09 Street Address or other common designation of real property: 16538 ELMONT AVE. CERRITOS, CALIFORNIA 90703 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address or other common designation, if any, shown above. We are attempting to collect a debt and any information we obtain will be used for that purpose. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder's office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 714-730-2727 or visit this Internet Web site www.servicelinkASAP.com, using the file number assigned to this case 2018-04521. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder's sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee, and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. Date: 4/24/2019 ENTRA DEFAULT SOLUTIONS LLC Katie Milnes, Vice President A-4692171 05/03/2019, 05/10/2019, 05/17/2019

NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: PATRICIA DELEON CASE NO. 19STPB03794 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the WILL or estate, or both of PATRICIA DELEON. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by MICHAEL A. DELEON in the Superior Court of California, County of LOS ANGELES. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that MICHAEL A. DELEON be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act with limited authority. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: 05/23/19 at 8:30AM in Dept. 99 located at 111 N. HILL ST., LOS ANGELES, CA 90012 IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in section 58(b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California law. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner ERLINDA VASQUEZ, ESQ. - SBN 305769 OC ELDER LAW 619 N. HARBOR BLVD. FULLERTON CA 92832 BSC 216916 5/3, 5/10, 5/17/19 CNS-3247878# LA MIRADA LAMPLIGHTER

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Continued from page 10 year for that one in that big game, and she got it.” This was the second upset in Division 1 within the first two rounds. Fourth ranked Grand Terrace High was stunned by unranked Huntington Beach High on May 2. Gahr began the playoffs unranked while the Griffins were ranked sixth. Also, this past Tuesday, seventh-ranked Santa Margarita High eliminated Oaks Christian High, ranked 10th. In the regular season, the Lady Gladiators went 2-4 against teams from Division 1, including back to back losses to Orange Lutheran High and Los Alamitos in the Michelle Carew Classic. “They’re such a great team and if our team stays calm and [we] do our job, hit the ball and play catch, then we knew it could probably be a close game,” Hill said of Los Alamitos. A win over Santiago, whom the Lady Gladiators defeated 5-2 on Apr. 3 in a pool play game in the Michelle Carew Classic, would send the San Gabriel Valley League champions into Tuesday’s semifinals against either second ranked Great Oak High on the road or seventh

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ranked Santa Margarita High at home. “I’ve been preaching for awhile I wanted these girls to buy in,” Sanchez said. “In the Carew Classic, we had a game against that Orange Lutheran team, and I told them, ‘after this, I feel really good about our chances in playoffs’. Even though that game didn’t go our way I really liked how that game kind of unfolded.”

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Notice is hereby given that Extra Space Storage will sell at public auction at the storage facility listed below, to satisfy the lien of the owner, personal property described below belonging to those individuals listed below at location indicated: 10753 Artesia Blvd. Cerritos, Ca. 90703, 562-299-8740 on 05/22/19 at 4:00PM Paul Kiefer, household goods, - Darlene Bandy, Christmas Decorations, personal items,- Paul Kiefer, Household items,-Embedded Systems Consulting LLC., misc. papers, - Sharon Gaither, Household items- Benny Baumgardner Jr, Funiture, Filing Cabinets, personal items- James Williams, House Items, -Lillian Littlefield, Household items,- Drushan Williams, Household items, -Nakia Ward, House hold items, -Anthony Quiette jr., boxes,-Lillian Littlefield, Household items, Araceli Ruvalcaba, Household items, -Keith Crudupt, Household Goods,-J Roberts Plumbing, Household items/Tools, -Jeffery Thomas, Household items,-Cashmere Webber, Household items, -Henry IV Ledensma, Household items, -Roxanna Pineda, Household items,-Gardner Cowone (Cowone Gardner), household items, -Deanna Witt, Beds, furniture, boxes of clothes, - Deanna Witt, Household items,- Bryan Oliva, Household items, - Raul Ramirez, Household items, -Kevin White, Household items, DJ equipment, -Sergio Ricardo, household items,- Linda Loera, Household items, boxes, Bikes, -Manuel Romero, boxes, household items, -Gail Jimenez, Household items, seasonal decorations, furniture, -Stewart Bullock, household items- David Au, Exxact Marketing Solution, Electronics and files- David Au, Exxact Marketing Solution, household items Purchases must be made with cash only and paid at the above referenced facility in order to complete the transaction. Extra Space Storage may refuse any bid and may rescind any purchase up until the winning bidder takes possession of the personal property. Published at Los Cerritos Community News 5/3 and 5/10/19

NOTICE OF 2019-2020 BUDGET REVIEW NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Cerritos City Council will review and consider an agenda item at a special meeting on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. on the following matter: REVIEW AND CONSIDERATION OF THE FISCAL YEAR 2019-2020 PRELIMINARY COMBINED FINANCIAL PROGRAM FOR THE CITY OF CERRITOS AND THE SUCCESSOR AGENCY TO THE CERRITOS REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY. This agenda item will be reviewed and considered in the Council Chambers of the Cerritos City Hall, Cerritos Civic Center, Bloomfield Avenue and 183rd Street in Cerritos, California 90703. The meeting will also air live on Cerritos TV3 and will be streamed over the City of Cerritos website at www.cerritos.us. A copy of the preliminary Combined Financial Program 2019-2020 will be available on the website and at the Office of the City Clerk no later than 5:00 PM on May 10, 2019. Any person interested in this matter may contact the Office of the City Clerk at (562) 916-1248, for additional information and/or appear at the hearing in person or by agent and be heard. Dated: May 10, 2019

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Published at Los Cerritos Community News 5/10/19 NOTICE TO CREDITORS OF BULK SALE AND OF INTENTION TO TRANSFER ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSE (U.C.C. 6101 et seq. and B & P 24074 et seq.) Escrow No. 100154-EE Notice is hereby given that a bulk sale of assets and a transfer of alcoholic beverage license(s) is about to be made. The names, Social Security or Federal Tax Numbers, and address of the Seller/Licensee are: H&L FOODS, INC., 18868 NORWALK BLVD, ARTESIA, CA 90701 The business is known as: RED PALACE The names, Social Security or Federal Tax Numbers, and address of the Buyer/Transferee are: COMET HYESUNG, LLC; 18868 NORWALK BLVD, ARTESIA, CA 90701 As listed by the Seller/Licensee, all other business names and addresses used by the Seller/Licensee within three years before the date such list was sent or delivered to the Buyer/Transferee are: NONE The assets to be sold are described in general as: FURNITURE, FIXTURE, EQUIPMENT, COVENANT NOT TO COMPETE, GOODWILL, TRADE-NAME, LEASE, LEASEHOLD IMPROVEMENTS, ABC LICENSE and is/are located at: 18868 NORWALK BLVD, ARTESIA, CA 90701 The kind of license to be transferred is: ON-SALE BEER AND WINE-EATING PLACE License No: 41582885 now issued for the premises located at: 18868 NORWALK BLVD, ARTESIA, CA 90701 The anticipated date of the sale/transfer is JULY 10, 2019 at the office of: INTER ESCROW INC, 6301 BEACH BLVD, #301, BUENA PARK CA 90621. The amount of the purchase price or consideration in connection with the transfer of the license and business, including the estimated inventory, is the sum of $1,210,000.00, which consists of the following: DESCRIPTION/AMOUNT CHECK $30,000.00, DEMAND NOTE $1,180,000.00 It has been agreed between the Seller/Licensee and the intended Buyer/Transferee, as required by Sec. 24073 of the Business and Professions Code, that the consideration for the transfer of the business and license is to be paid only after the transfer has been approved by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. DATED: APRIL 16, 2019 SELLERS: H&L FOODS, INC., A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION BUYERS: COMET HYESUNG, LLC, A CALIFORNIA LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY LA2262597 LOS CERRITOS COMMUNITY NEWS 5/10/2019


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NOTICE OF SHERIFF'S SALE THE BEST SERVICE CO. VS OKAMOTO CASE NO: VC032122 R Under a writ of Execution issued on 10/26/18. Out of the L.A. SUPERIOR COURT, NORWALK, of the SOUTHEAST DISTRICT, County of Los Angeles, State of California, on a judgment entered on 10/15/2002; RENEWED ON 7/9/2008 AND 06/26/2018. In favor of WVJP 2018-3, LP, AS ASSIGNEE and against OKAMOTO, MITSUMASA; OKAMOTO, AKIKO showing a net balance of $310,747.80 actually due on said judgment. (Amount subject to revision) I have levied upon all the right, title and interest of said judgment debtor(s) in the property in the County of Los Angeles, State of California, de-scribed as follows: PARCEL 1: AN UNDIVIDED 4.82% INTEREST IN AND TO ALL THAT PORTION OF PARCEL 1 OF PARCEL MAP NO. 15153 IN THE CITY OF ARTESIA, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, STATE OF. CALIFORNIA, AS PAR MAP FILED IN BOOK 166 PAGES 20 AND 21 INCLUSIVE OF MAPS, IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY RECORDER OF SAID COUNTY, SHOWN AND DEFINED AS ``COMMON AREAS`` IN THE CONDOMINIUM PLAN RECORDED DECEMBER 16, 1983 AS INSTRUMENT NO. 83-1495003, OFFICIAL RECORDS OF SAID COUNTY. PARCEL 2: ALL THAT PORTION OF PARCEL 1 OF SAID PARCEL MAP NO. 15153 SHOWN AND DEFINED AS. UNIT NO. 205 AND 207A ON SAID CONDOMINIUM. PARCEL 3: NON-EXCLUSIVE EASEMENTS FOR THE BENE-FIT OF AND APPURTENANT TO PARCELS 1 AND 2 ABOVE, AS SUCH EASEMENTS ARE SET FORTH IN THE SECTIONS ENTITLED ``CERTAIN EASEMENTS FOR OWNERS`` AND ``SUPPORT; SETTLEMENT AND ENCROACHMENT,`` OF THE ARTICLE OF THE ``DECLARATION`` RECORDED DECEMBER 16, 1983 AS INSTRUMENT NO. 83-1495002 OF OFFICIAL RECORDS, ENTITLED ``EASEMENTS.`` APN: 7024-006-037 Commonly known as: 12225 SOUTH STREET, UNIT 205, ARTESIA, CA 90701 Public notice is hereby given that I will sell at public auction to the highest bidder for cash in lawful money of the United States all the right, title and interest of the debtor(s) in the above described property or so much as will be sufficient to satisfy said writ or warrant with interest and all costs on 06/05/19, 10:00 AM at the following location. STANLEY MOSK COURTHOUSE 111 N. HILL STREET, ROOM 125B LOS ANGELES, CA 90012 (X) This sale is subject to a minimum bid in the amount of $0.00 (Subject to revision) Prospective bidders should refer to sections 701.510 to 701.680, inclusive, of the Code of Civil Procedure for provisions governing the terms, con-d it ions and effect of the sale and the liability of defaulting bidders. Creditor's Attorney VERUS LAW GROUP, APC HOLLY WALKER 2623 W. MANCHESTER BLVD. INGLEWOOD, CA 90305 Dated: 04/15/19 Branch: Los Angeles ALEX VILLANUEVA, Sheriff By: LISA MOJARRO, Deputy Operator Id: E229646 Para obtener esta informacion-traduccion en Espanol llame a este numero: (213) 972-3950 NOTE: IT IS A MISDEMEANOR TO TAKE DOWN OR DEFACE A POSTED NOTICE BEFORE THE DATE OF SALE. ( Penal Code section 616) CN959783 VC032122 R Apr 26, May 3,10, 2019

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NOTICE OF SHERIFF'S SALE THE BEST SERVICE CO. VS OKAMOTO CASE NO: VC032122 R Under a writ of Execution issued on 10/26/18. Out of the L.A. SUPERIOR COURT, NORWALK, of the SOUTHEAST DISTRICT, County of Los Angeles, State of California, on a judgment entered on 10/15/2002; RENEWED ON 7/9/2008 AND 06/26/2018. In favor of WVJP 2018-3, LP, AS ASSIGNEE and against OKAMOTO, MITSUMASA; OKAMOTO, AKIKO showing a net balance of $310,747.80 actually due on said judgment. (Amount subject to revision) I have levied upon all the right, title and interest of said judgment debtor(s) in the property in the County of Los Angeles, State of California, de-scribed as follows: EXHIBIT A LEGAL DESCRIPTION THE LAND REFERRED TO HEREIN BELOW IS SITUATED IN THE COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, STATE OF CALIFORNIA, AND IS DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: PARCEL 1: AN UNDIVIDED 5.25 PERCENT INTEREST IN AND TO ALL THAT PORTION OF PARCEL 1 OF PARCEL MAP NO. 15153, IN THE CITY OF ARTESIA, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, STATE OF CALIFORNIA, AS PAR MAP FILED IN BOOK 166 PAGES 20 AND 21 INCLUSIVE OF PARCEL MAPS, IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY RECORDER OF SAID COUNTY, SHOWN AND DEFINED AS ``COMMON AREA`` IN THE CONDOMINIUM PLAN RECORDED DECEMBER 16, 1983 AS INSTRUMENT NO. 83-1495003, OFFICIAL RECORDS OF SAID COUNTY. PAREL 2: ALL THAT PORTION OF PARCEL 1 OF SAID PARCEL MAP NO. 15153 SHOWN AND DEFINED AS. UNIT NO. 209 AND 207B ON SAID CONDOMINIUM. PARCEL 3: NON-EXCLUSIVE EASEMENTS FOR THE BENE-FIT OF AND APPURTENANT TO PARCELS 1 AND 2 ABOVE, AS SUCH EASEMENTS ARE SET FORTH IN THE SECTIONS ENTITLED ``CERTAIN EASEMENTS FOR OWNERS`` AND ``SUPPORT; SETTLEMENT AND ENCROACHMENT,`` OF THE ARTICLE OF THE ``DECLARATION`` RECORDED DECEMBER 16, 1983 AS INSTRUMENT NO. 83-1495002 OF OFFICIAL RECORDS, ENTITLED ``EASEMENTS.`` APN: 7024-006-040 Commonly known as: 12225 SOUTH STREET, UNIT 207, ARTESIA, CA 90703 Public notice is hereby given that I will sell at public auction to the highest bidder for cash in lawful money of the United States all the right, title and interest of the debtor(s) in the above described property or so much as will be sufficient to satisfy said writ or warrant with interest and all costs on 06/05/19, 10:00 AM at the following location. STANLEY MOSK COURTHOUSE 111 N. HILL STREET, ROOM 125B LOS ANGELES, CA 90012 (X) This sale is subject to a minimum bid in the amount of $0.00 (Subject to revision) Prospective bidders should refer to sections 701.510 to 701.680, inclusive, of the Code of Civil Procedure for provisions governing the terms, conditions and effect of the sale and the liability of defaulting bidders. Creditor's Attorney VERUS LAW GROUP, APC HOLLY WALKER 2623 W. MANCHESTER BLVD. INGLEWOOD, CA 90305 Dated: 04/15/19 Branch: Los Angeles ALEX VILLANUEVA, Sheriff By: LISA MOJARRO, Deputy Operator Id: E229646 Para obtener esta informacion-traduccion en Espanol llame a este numero: (213) 972-3950 NOTE: IT IS A MISDEMEANOR TO TAKE DOWN OR DEFACE A POSTED NOTICE BEFORE THE DATE OF SALE. ( Penal Code section 616) CN959784 VC032122 R Apr 26, May 3,10, 2019

CITY OF ARTESIA NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Artesia will hold a public hearing in accordance with Government Code Section 66018 on May 13, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. (or soon thereafter), in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, 18747 Clarkdale Avenue, Artesia, California to consider: Adoption of Public Facility Development Impact Fees Proposed Action: The City Council will conduct a public hearing concerning proposed public facility development impact fees. The proposed fees are supported by the City of Artesia Development Impact Fee Study dated March 28, 2019, which details a proposed development impact fee program to fund public facilities made necessary by new development within the City of Artesia, including traffic, storm drain, park and recreation, and community center facilities. If adopted by the City Council, the proposed development impact fees, as set forth in proposed City Council Resolution No. 19-2742, would be paid by the developers of new development in the City. Address Where Documents May Be Viewed: Further information, including the City of Artesia Development Impact Fee Study dated March 28, 2019, and public data indicating the amount of cost, or estimated cost, required to provide the facilities for which the fees will be levied and the revenue sources anticipated to provide the fund those public facilities, including General Fund revenues, is on file in the Office of the City Clerk located in City Hall at 18747 Clarkdale Avenue, and all interested persons are welcome to review the materials prior to the public hearing during the City’s normal working hours (Mon. – Fri., 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., excluding City holidays and closed days). All interested persons are invited to submit written comments and to attend the hearing and give testimony. If you challenge the City’s actions in regard to this matter in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in the notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the City at, or prior to, the public hearing. Ernesto Sanchez, PUBLISHED: May 3, 2019, & May 10, 2019 City Clerk Published at Los Cerritos Community Newspaper 5/3 and 5/10/19 PUBLIC NOTICE - In accordance with Sec.106 of the Programmatic Agreement, T-Mobile West, LLC plans to upgrade an existing telecommunications facility at 18185 Dumont Avenue Cerritos, CA 90703 . Please direct comments to Gavin L. at 818-898-4866 regarding site LA03161B. 5/10, 5/17/19 CNS-3251928# LOS CERRITOS COMMUNITY NEWS

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MAY 10, 2019 CITY OF ARTESIA NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Artesia will hold a public hearing in accordance with Government Code Section 66018 on May 13, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. (or soon thereafter), in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, 18747 Clarkdale Avenue, Artesia, California to consider: Proposed Adoption of Building and Safety Department Fee Schedule Proposed Action: The City Council will conduct a public hearing concerning the adoption of a proposed Building and Safety Department Fee Schedule. The proposed fees are supported by a fee study, which includes public data indicating the amount of the cost, or the estimated cost, required to provide the services for which the fees or service charges will be levied and the revenue sources anticipated to provide the services, including General Fund revenues. If adopted by the City Council, the proposed fees, as set forth in proposed City Council Resolution No. 19-2744, would be paid by applicants for Building and Safety approvals. Address Where Documents May Be Viewed: Further information, include a fee study, is on file in the Office of the City Clerk located in City Hall at 18747 Clarkdale Avenue, and all interested persons are welcome to review the materials prior to the public hearing during the City’s normal working hours (Mon. – Fri., 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., excluding City holidays and closed days). All interested persons are invited to submit written comments and to attend the hearing and give testimony. If you challenge the City’s actions in regard to this matter in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in the notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the City at, or prior to, the public hearing. PUBLISHED: May 3, 2019, & May 10, 2019

Ernesto Sanchez, City Clerk

Published at Los Cerritos Community Newspaper 5/3 and 5/10/19 CITY OF ARTESIA NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Artesia will hold a public hearing in accordance with Government Code Section 66018 on May 13, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. (or soon thereafter), in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, 18747 Clarkdale Avenue, Artesia, California to consider: Proposed Update of Planning Department Fee Schedule Proposed Action: The City Council will conduct a public hearing concerning a proposed update of the City’s Planning Department Fee Schedule. The proposed fees are supported by the City of Artesia Planning Department Fee Study dated March 28, 2019, which includes public data indicating the amount of the cost, or the estimated cost, required to provide the services for which the fees or service charges will be levied and the revenue sources anticipated to provide the services, including General Fund revenues. If adopted by the City Council, the proposed fees, as set forth in Resolution No. 19-2743, would be paid by applicants for Planning entitlement approvals. Address Where Documents May Be Viewed: Further information, including the City of Artesia Planning Department Fee Study dated March 28, 2019, is on file in the Office of the City Clerk located in City Hall at 18747 Clarkdale Avenue, and all interested persons are welcome to review the materials prior to the public hearing during the City’s normal working hours (Mon. – Fri., 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., excluding City holidays and closed days). All interested persons are invited to submit written comments and to attend the hearing and give testimony. If you challenge the City’s actions in regard to this matter in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in the notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the City at, or prior to, the public hearing. PUBLISHED: May 3, 2019, & May 10, 2019

Ernesto Sanchez, City Clerk

Published at Los Cerritos Community Newspaper 5/3 and 5/10/19

CITY OF COMMERCE PLANNING COMMISSION NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING PROJECT NAME: Citadel Outlets Expansion and 10-Acre Development Project CASE NUMBER: Case Nos. 18-032 and 18-033 (State Clearinghouse Number 2016091024) MEETING DATE AND TIME: May 22, 2019 at 6:30 pm MEETING LOCATION:

City of Commerce City Hall 2535 Commerce Way Council Chambers Commerce, CA 90040

PROJECT LOCATION: Approximately 44 acres located on the north side of Telegraph Road between Hoefner Avenue on the west and Washington Boulevard on the east (hereinafter referred to as the Project area). The Project area consists of three distinct elements: Area 1 (approximately 8-acres) is located within the eastern portion of the existing Citadel outlets shopping center; Area 2 (approximately 26-acres) includes an area located between the existing Citadel Outlets and the industrial buildings located along the west side of Tubeway Avenue; and Area 3 (approximately 10-acres) is located on the northwest corner of the Telegraph Road/Washington Boulevard intersection. The industrial uses located along the west side of Tubeway Avenue and the Commerce Casino and Hotel are not part of the proposed Project and, as a result, are located outside of the Project area. PROJECT PROPOSED: The Applicant proposes the Citadel Outlets Expansion and 10-Acre Development Project (hereinafter referred to as the proposed Project), within the City of Commerce, pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The proposed Project includes, among other things, a Development Agreement and Zone Change to rezone Area 1 and Area 2 from M-2 to C-2 zoning; a Development Agreement and Zone Change to rezone Area 3 from C-2 to C-2/ PF/M2 Zone; and a Master Sign Plan for Area 1, Area 2, and Area 3. In order to allow the flexibility for future development to respond to changing market conditions, transfers and exchanges of uses and development rights would be allowed within the Project area, not to exceed specified development, environmental, and design constraints. Adoption of the proposed Project would enable the development of up to 1,007,202 square feet of new development and establish new regulations for future development within the Project area. A Draft EIR was prepared for the proposed Project to assess potential environmental impacts and was made available and circulated for public review and comment, pursuant to the provisions of CEQA. It also examined environmental impacts for alternatives to the proposed Project, as required by CEQA. The document was available for public comment for a 45-day public review period from March 27, 2019 to May 10, 2019. The purpose of the hearing is to obtain testimony from affected and/or interested persons regarding the proposed Project. The environmental document, the comments received, and the lead agencies responses to those comments will be among the matters considered at the hearing. For further information or questions regarding the proposed Project, please contact Manuel Acosta at (323) 722-4805 extension 2378 or Joseph Palombi at (323) 722-4805 extension 2250. Published at Los Cerritos Community Newspaper 5/10/19


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Continued from page 1 It is also burdensome on the City as the process has to be repeated every year. The new system will be completely online allowing residents to upload a single or group photo of driver’s licenses; no longer will they have to make individual copies. This will substantially speed up the process, saving postage, paper, and staff time. Once the permit is approved, staff will mail out the parking placard and send a confirmation email. In subsequent years, residents will only have to update their information online. The City will also replace the equally burdensome parking sticker process with a placard that will hang on the rearview mirror. The size will be 2 3/4 wide by 3 1/2 inches tall and will have a serial number, along with an anti-counterfeit strip. This will finally solve one of the major complaints residents have, that the placard is not transferrable to another permitted car. Temporary special circumstance parking permits (quarterly) will be processed in the same manner as annual parking permits and will likely be the most welcome and cost saving part of the new program. Currently, temporary parking permits are valid for one day to two weeks. Residents who require more than one day must give a three day advance notice and must obtain their permit in person at the Cerritos Safety Center.

The three day advance notice allows time for the permit to be mailed. In addition, the same deputies that handle the 911 calls after 10 p.m., at the Cerritos Sheriff’s Station must process all the temporary permit requests. The deputies do not have access to the City’s database so they do not know if somebody has exceeded their 30 temporary parking permit threshold for the year. A study done by the City revealed 238 residents exceeded that limit, with 57 actually going over 40 temporary permits. The new system will require residents to establish an online parking permit account with a personalized security code before they can be issued any type of parking permit. There will be no delay; residents can obtain the parking permit and print it at home immediately. A barcode will be visible on the permit so enforcement officers can read and tell if it's valid. Date Ticket retains full ownership of their software program and will host the collected data on their secured computer network. The company utilizes advanced encryption standards for files in their system. According to Council staff, Data Ticket’s security protocols and firewall intrusion detection systems are in line with industry standards. Once the system is fully implemented, the City will save approximately $50,000. Those residents who do not like using the Internet can utilize the Community Safety Services Staff or staff at the CerB:9.8” ritos Senior Center who can assist resiT:9.8” dents with the online process.

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DA’ HAWAII SENIORS CLUB HOLDS FIRST INTERNATIONAL FASHION SHOW

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FASHION: 20 members of Da’ Hawaii Seniors Club who participated in the club’s International Fashion Show on April 30, 2019 at the Cerritos Senior Center. The lone male participant standing in the middle is Gilbert Aguirre, behind his wife, Janie. BY EDNA ETHINGTON

Members of Da’ Hawaii Seniors Club gathered at the Cerritos Senior Center on Tuesday, April 30, to enjoy a first ever, International Fashion Show planned by Program Co-Chairs Marion Tesoro and Ann Kho. Ann and the refreshment committee prepared a feast of international food with funds provided by the club and donations of food from members. The food that was served included Filipino pancit noodles with chicken and meatballs, sliced Korean pears, and Chinese li hing mui flavored prune and apricot mui, Hawaiian coconut haupia, and American favorites of mini cakes and ice cream. Co-Program Chair Danny Chang served as Master of Ceremonies as he introduced each of the participants in the Fashion Show and had each person

explain the ethnic clothes that he or she wore. Twenty women wore clothing from the Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, Mexico, Indonesia, and Portugal as they paraded across a miniature sized red carpet and showed and explained their outfits. A group of eight women, who called themselves, the manangs, wore black or white slacks with colorful short Filipino blouses called kimonas. Many of the other women wore beautiful formal gowns. Frances McCormick wore a striking white, body-hugging, formal Chinese dress with red-velvet flower applique, called cheongsam, in Cantonese, and Qipao in Mandarin. Gilbert Aguirre was the only brave man who wore a Mexican outfit and stood with his wife Janie as she proudly explained what she wore.

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SU CASA'S GALA OF LIGHT STAFF REPORT Su Casa will honor it’s founder, Petra Medelez. Medelez first provided domestic violence services from her own home, which set the foundation for Su Casa. Food Finders, a local food rescue organization, will be honored for their continued support of Su Casa’s nutrition program. Meathead Movers will also be honored for their program of providing moving services to domestic violence victims to enable a move to a violence free home. Samantha Cortese will serve as the

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evening’s MC. Samantha can be found week days anchoring KTLA’s 5Live digital news program. The Palm Desert native joined the station from KGUN-TV in Tucson where she was a morning anchor. Samantha graduated Chapman University with a bachelor’s in fine arts in broadcast journalism. Samantha was a founder, producer and anchor for Chapman News, Orange County’s only local news broadcast. She joined the team at CBS Local 2 while still attending Chapman University full time, making for quite the commute (she survived with podcasts). Samantha’s been nominated for an Emmy Award, and while at Chapman, won the Cecil Award for Best TV Show and

was nominated for the Mir Tuhki Award for Excellence in Journalism. The Gala of Light will also feature silent and live auctions. The live auction will be conducted by the extrodinary skills of Randy Gordon, ceo and president of the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce. Highlighting the live auction will be a Palm Desert Weekend Get Away, a 7 Day Mexican Rivera Cruise, and a once in a lifetime ride on the Good Year Blimp! The silent auction will feature the Zion View Bed and Breakfast overlooking Zion National Monument in Utah, Accomodations at the Madonna Inn and an exclusive wine tasting and tour OYL Wines, and much more.

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Dance the night away with the great sounds of King Salmon Band.King Salmon will play all your favorite and new chart toppers that will have your head bobbing and feet dancing all night long. Tickets for the Gala of Light are $100 per person and the event will benefit Su Casa and it’s mission to eliminate domestic violence. For tickets or more information, go to sucasadv.org, stop by the administration offices at 3750 E. Anaheim Street, suite 100 in Long Beach or call Jaaziel Munoz at 562-421-6537. You can also order your tickets directly on line at sucasadv.org/gala-of-light-2019.

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