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CERRITOS PARENT HOLDS BIRTHDAY PARADE FOR SON LA PALMA TEEN HELPING FEED LOCAL FAMILIES WITH HELP OF AUHSD

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request stated “My son is turning 14 years old this Saturday and every year we always have a big party for him, but of course this year we can’t. I am planning a surprise birthday car parade and I was wondering if you could come out and cover it.” “We are from everywhere,” said a family member “We are from San Fernando Valley, Paramount, Bakersfield

Tulsi Patel, a Freshman at Oxford Academy High School and student Board member for Eoto (Each One Teach) non profit, started a dinner meal program for AUHSD families. When she started she worked with local restaurants such as Elbows Mac N' Cheese and was able to purchase the meals at cost. Her father Nitesh Patel, who is the Mayor Pro Tem of the City of La Palma, wanted to help Tulsi make this a reality and donated one month of food costs to start the program at AUHSD once Tulsi received the approvals. Tulsi was able to get advice from Brian O'Neal AUHSD Board of Trustee of AUHSD on how this can be done and the details were worked out with Assistant Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Root. On March 20, 2020 a dinner meal program was started at John F. Kennedy High School in La Palma in conjunction with AUHSD food service program for lunch. Each family receives Gourmet Mac N Cheese with fruits and a drink. The

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BY BRIA BALLIET The City of Hawaiian Gardens has outlined a new set of fiscal priorities due to budget impacts as a result of coronavirus. These new priorities will help identify areas where changes must be made in order to preserve essential City services. “Since the Gardens Casino has been forced to close due to coronavirus, the City has lost the source of more than 70 percent of its annual revenue. That means the City is not receiving over

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RESIDENTS MOURN THE PASSING OF JIM EDWARDS STAFF REPORT Jim Edwards, current city councilman and former mayor of Cerritos, who was a teacher in the area for more than 30 years, died of cancer last weekend, he was 75. Cerritos Mayor Naresh Solanki said: “Jim was a remarkably dedicated and inspiring leader who loved serving the City of Cerritos. He will be remembered for his tireless dedication, professionalism and concern for the community. He made outstanding contributions to the betterment of the City of Cerritos as an elected official, volunteer, coach and teacher, and he will be greatly missed. I am honored to have served with him and extend my heartfelt condolences to his wife, Connie, and their children and grandchildren.” Members of the community are welcome to place memorial tributes to

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Family of Cerritos' 14 year-old Eric Rivera drive by his house in a "pandemic parade" wishing Eric a happy birthday, the event was put on by his mom and was a surprise parade. Photo by Tammye McDuff.

BY TAMMYE MCDUFF It is hard being a single parent these days; it is even more difficult to be approaching manhood in quarantine. However, Cerritos mom Irene Martinez held a special birthday parade for her son Eric Rivera, who turned 14 years old Saturday May 9th. Martinez contacted Hews Media Group asking for some assistance, her

LA MIRADA PIEOLOGY STEPS UP TO HELP OUT FRONTLINE WORKERS AT KINDRED HOSPITAL BY TAMMYE MCDUFF La Mirada Pieology wanted to pay special gratitude to all the frontline medical workers at Kindred Hospital Staff. National Hospital week is May 10th -16th and National Nurses Week was May 6th – 12th and Pieology in La Mirada wanted to recognize the staff by delivering $1,500 of its signature pizzas as a way to thank the hardworking employees at Kindred Hospital / La Mirada. La Mirada’s Pieology owner Amber Chang partnered with Chubb Insurance to fund 150 pizzas that was delivered Friday, May 8th. Manager Erica Lestron and her team prepared 25 barbecue pizzas and 24 each of the smoking buffalo,

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SIX-WEEK OLD SURVIVES CORONAVIRUS AFTER QUICK WORK BY KAISER PERMANENTE STAFF BY BRIAN HEWS The COVID-19 pandemic has arguably been the greatest trial the healthcare system has ever faced. But in the middle of this challenging time there are pockets of good news that showcase the heart of what it means to work as a health care provider. And one instance happened in early April at Kaiser Permanente-Downey Medical Center when the hospital took in its youngest COVID-19 patient, six-weekold baby Evelio. Evelio’s condition started off unremarkable. His mother called the KP nurse advice line after noticing he had a lowgrade fever. An advice line nurse asked a physician to call her back, and from there she was instructed to bring little Evelio in to be examined by Eunice Kong, MD, a pediatrician at the Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Medical Offices. Dr. Kong saw that baby Evelio had a fever with no clear cause and inexplicable lab results. Alarmed, Dr. Kong consulted with her colleague, Dr. Victor Wong, MD, a Pediatric Infectious Disease physician. As it would turn out, that decision was

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a life-saving move. “Knowing that COVID-19 was prevalent in the community and babies under a year old are at greater risk of complications because of their immature immune systems, I thought the best and safest thing to do would be to admit baby Evelio to the hospital,” said Dr. Wong. Evelio was sent to the Downey Medical Center Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), where a team of highly skilled healthcare providers gave Evelio aroundthe-clock care while the family anxiously awaited the COVID-19 test results. When the results came in, Evelio’s mother, Johanna, was shocked. “My brain was going a thousand miles an hour, I didn’t know what was going to happen,” she said. “I took my son into the hospital and I didn’t know if I was going to walk out with him.” Beyond being concerned for her son’s health, Johanna was also worried about how the physicians and staff would treat her and her son after learning he had COVID-19. “I was surprised by how the nurses, lab techs, and all the staff took such good care of us and made me feel like everything was going to be okay,” Johanna said. “One night Johanna even saw nurse Danielle Owens, RN don complete PPE just to go soothe baby Evelio back to sleep. Evelio was the youngest patient and first baby to be hospitalized for COVID19 at Downey Medical Center. “This was about real collaboration between nurses, physicians, and the other

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Baby Evelio members of Evelio’s care team,” explains Dr. Christopher Chinnici, MD, one of the physicians treating Evelio. “They (the team) identified a child at potentially higher risk for serious infection and worked with our internal transport system to connect the clinic and inpatient teams to get the child into the hospital as quickly as possible. Even with the requirements for additional PPE and worries about their own health, the physicians and staff provided the family with an excellent care experience,” says Chinnici. After three days in the PICU, Evelio improved, and he was able to be discharged. Now, over a month later, Evelio is home and almost fully recovered. As his mother recently shared, thanks to teamwork and excellent care, “He’s eating—overeating actually—and smiling. Thank you so much!”

The La Mirada City Council approved a Mortgage/Rental Assistance Grant Program at its City Council meeting held Tuesday, May 12. The program is funded by the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The CARES Act provided the City of La Mirada with $157,648, which the City will distribute to eligible residents who were financially impacted by COVID-19. Applicants do not have to be diagnosed with COVID-19 to be eligible. The City’s Mortgage/Rental Assistance Grant Program will assist low to moderate income residents of La Mirada with up to two months of mortgage/ rental payments. The total amount may not exceed $4,000. Applicants must show they are unable to make their housing payment due to the impacts of COVID-19 and meet income qualifications based on household size. This assistance will be a grant and will not need to be paid back to the City. “The COVID-19 pandemic has caused financial losses for many families,” says Economic Development Manager Alison Moore. “The Mortgage/Rental Assistance Grant Program aims to provide financial relief to residents in need during these challenging times.” The funding available through this program is limited and will be distributed to qualified applicants on a firstcome, first-served basis. Information regarding the Mortgage/ Rental Assistance Grant Program is available on the City’s website at www. cityoflamirada.org. Information includes the application, income qualification guidelines and a list of required documentation. Program information is also available by calling La Mirada City Hall at (562) 943-0131.

CERRITOS PARKING MORATORIUM ON OVERNIGHT PARKING RESTRICTIONS WILL BE EXTENDED STAFF REPORT Cerritos' moratorium on overnight parking restrictions, which was set to expire on May 15, 2020, has been extended until June 15, 2020. City official noted the "continuing complexities created by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic." Citations will not be issued for violating the City's ordinance requiring an overnight parking permit or for parking on a public street during restricted times for street sweeping until after the moratorium. City official indicated they could extend past June 15 if circumstances require.


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CERRITOS CHAMBER HOSTS CINCO DE MAYO CELEBRATION 'DOG' IN SINGAPORE WATCHES FOR SOCIAL DISTANCING STAFF REPORT

The Cerritos Chamber hosted a new type of meeting Tuesday, May 5th, a virtual Cinco de Mayo Zoom party at Amor y Tacos, which opened back up for take-out May 1. BY TAMMYE MCDUFF Never let it be said that the Cerritos Regional Chamber of Commerce can’t party, nothing will hold them back not even a pandemic. The chamber was host to a new type of zoom meeting Tuesday, May 5th, a virtual Cinco de Mayo Zoom party. John Martin, from This Life Behind Bars and local bartender at Cerritos Amor y Tacos, showed on lookers how to mix the perfect Margarita and a Mexican Candy. The ingredients were posted prior to the mixer so everyone could participate. It was a fan-taco-tastic time of networking and prizes. On May 1st the restaurant announced they would be opening back up on Cinco de Mayo with a limited takeout menu, family dinners for large groups and their special Cinco de Mayo fiesta special. Critically acclaimed Chef Thomas Ortega brought his signature Alta California cuisine back to his hometown of Cerritos

CAN’T MAKE MORTGAGE PAYMENT? THERE ARE NEW OPTIONS STAFF REPORT Many struggling homeowners who are delaying their mortgage payments will get a new repayment option, allowing them to make missed payments when the home is sold or the loan term is over, the Federal Housing Finance Agency said. The option applies to homeowners with a mortgage backed by the two government-controlled mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Most homeowners have a government-backed loan, and millions have signed up for forbearance. But there has been mass confusion about how borrowers will make up for the payments they missed. Under the CARES Act, borrowers with loans through Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac can delay their mortgage payments for up to a year if they had a financial hardship tied to the COVID-19 pandemic . In a statement, FHFA Director Mark Calabria said the additional deferral option “responsibly simplifies options for homeowners while providing an additional tool for mortgage servicers.” Under that option, if a borrower with a Fannie Mae- or Freddie Mac-backed loan can’t afford to make payments above their original mortgage payment after the forbearance period ends, a deferral must be offered starting July 1, according to

with restaurateur and lifelong friend Todd Tsujioka. “Thank you for the overwhelming response!” exclaimed Ortega, “We were nonstop since we opened the doors with a huge line of people waiting for takeout. We actually sold out! We had to stop taking orders from Grub Hub at 2:00 p.m.” Amor Y Tacos is a multi award-winning full service restaurant specializing in Alta Californian cuisine. Flavors were inspired by Chef Ortega’s Mexican roots growing up as a Chicano in Los Angeles and feature a chef-driven kitchen and craft cocktail bar using the highest quality, fresh and natural ingredients. Amor Y Tacos also offers a live tortilla station at the front entry door as well as a wonderful selection of tequilas, mezcals, craft beers, wines and sangria. Check out their menu at amorytacos. com and plan you next Taco Tuesday now, because they will sell out!

the FHFA. The new option, which is similar to one already offered by the FHA, keeps a borrower’s original monthly mortgage payment the same. When the loan ends, such as at the end of 30 years or when a homeowner sells their house, the missed payments must be paid all at once. Before the deferral option, borrowers who could only make their original monthly payment might have received a loan modification. If after the forbearance period a borrower still can’t afford their original mortgage payment, loan modifications are available that would reduce monthly payments by extending the term of the loan. Mortgage Bankers Assn. President Robert Broeksmit said the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac deferral option will “ease the burden for homeowners.” A group of attorneys general, including California’s Xavier Becerra, wanted regulators to go further. They had said mortgage servicers already appear overwhelmed by the surge in forbearance requests and doubted the companies could effectively evaluate borrowers for a variety of repayment options. In a letter to the FHFA, the attorneys general asked that the agency require servicers to automatically tack on missed payments to the end of a borrower’s loan in the form of monthly payments — so that a 30-year loan, for instance, becomes a 30 ½-year loan if someone misses six months. Then, if people still need help, more complicated modifications could be considered, the attorneys general wrote.

The government of Singapore has deployed a robot dog in a local park to remind visitors of the importance of social distancing during Covid-19. The four-legged creation from American company Boston Dynamics started its patrol of the park over the weekend, broadcasting a prerecorded message about how to maintain a safe distance from other people, authorities in Singapore said. The agile dog has been used in the past to diffuse bombs, inspect oil rigs, and to carry supplies to medical workers fighting the coronavirus, according to Popular Mechanics. The dog, named Spot, will patrol the city's Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park as part of a two-week trial. It will roam the park during off-peak hours. It is also being used at

ambassadors and park visitors," the government noted in its release, as Popular Mechanics reported. "This lowers the risk of exposure to the virus." Singapore seemed to have tamped down on Covid-19 cases, until an alarming second wave of cases sprang up recently. While Singapore was initially praised for its response to the coronavirus, the second wave revealed clusters that were overlooked in initial testing. Since March 17, Singapore's number of confirmed coronavirus cases grew from 266 to 21,707 cases, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. On social media, people have reacted harshly to the idea of robot patrolling, worrying that a dystopian future has arrived. On Twitter, people shared an image of a poster in the park, asking people not to bother Spot.

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SPOT broadcasts a prerecorded message about how to maintain a safe distance from other people, authorities in Singapore said. It is remote controlled. a local isolation facility where the robot helps bring medicine to patients. It's outfitted with cameras that will be used to estimate the number of visitors to the park, but Singapore's National Parks Board (NParks) said it will not collect personal data nor use the video to identify individuals, according to The Verge. "These cameras will not be able to track and/or recognize specific individuals, and no personal data will be collected," the government said in a statement. The dog is remotely controlled, and has built in sensors to stop it from colliding into park goers, but a guide will accompany Spot as well. According to NParks, if the trial is successful, the robot may be deployed full-time during peak hours in the park, as The Verge reported. It may also be expanded to include other parks and heavily trafficked areas that the government owns. "Spot will be controlled remotely, reducing the manpower required for park patrols and minimizing physical contact among staff, volunteer safe distancing

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Continued from page 1 – from all different places and various low-rider car clubs.” Family and friends had gathered a dozen or so, vintage cars all decked out with balloons, posters, banners and sirens - all displaying various hydraulic equipment to wish Rivera a happy day. Josie and Elizabeth wished Rivera a very happy day, “We are so proud of him! He is a great son and deserves a great year.” Family member Francis said “I wish him the best. I hope he has a great birthday. I wish we could celebrate in style, but if this is as close as we are allowed

Another Twitter user posted a video of Spot's paws clanking on the concrete as he patrolled the park and people scurrying away from the robot dog. "People do not know how to handle this new participant in society," the Twitter user wrote along with the video of Spot. While another wrote, "This is so scary. Camera-equipped, remote-controlled, four-legged robot is patrolling a park in Singapore to enforce social distancing amid #COVID19 pandemic." Demand for technology from robot companies has skyrocketed recently as companies and governments look for new ways to deploy the technology, according to The Verge. After all, Spot has been mostly deployed for public safety reasons, such as helping "inspect hazardous packages from afar," according to Boston Dynamics. As The Verge noted, "Acting as a loudspeaker-on-legs may only be the beginning for these robot deployments." CNN and Eco-Watch contibuted to this story

to be then we will be loud!” “I just want to tell him ‘Happy Birthday’ and congratulations on becoming a young man. May god grant him the desires of his heart,” said family friend Ernie who led the car parade up and down the street. Rivera was surprised over the entire event, “I want to thank my Mom, and I know it took a lot of work to do all of this. This is just amazing!” los cerritos community newspaper

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The Montebello Unified School District (MUSD) is seeking candidates for a provisional appointment to the Board of Education through December 2020. In accordance with Education Code Section 35107 to be eligible to be elected or appointed as a member of a governing board of a school district, an interested party must be: • 18 years of age or older • A citizen of the State • A resident of the school district • A registered voter • Not disqualified by the Constitution or laws of the State from holding a civil office

In addition, in accordance with Education Code 35107(b)(1), a District employee appointed or elected to the Board must resign his or her employment before being sworn in, or his or her employment will automatically be terminated upon being sworn into office. PROMPT - candidates are to submit a written statement (not to exceed 400 words) regarding their interest in the position and how they are qualified to empower our students to achieve academic excellence as model citizens. Please include your resume with the written statement. We look forward to receiving written interest from community members who want to be considered for this provisional appointment. We will need your name, address, city, zip code, telephone, E-mail, date of birth, and number of years living in MUSD boundaries.

DEADLINE AND CONTACT EMAIL The deadline to express written interest in this position is Wednesday, May 27, 2020 by 4:00 p.m.. It is the intent of the Board of Education

to interview finalists for this provisional appointment at a Board of Education meeting scheduled the week of June 1, 2020. Please e-mail all documentation (e.g., document verifying age, citizen of state, resident of school district, resume, and response to prompt above) to:

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THE CASE FOR THERAPEUTICS BY ARTESIA MAYOR ALI SAJJAD TAJ

Winston Churchill once said, “You can always count on the Americans to do the right thing after they have tried everything else.� While it is true that we were caught flat-footed with testing at the start of this Pandemic, American science is catching up. Remdesivir by Gilead, a Californian pharmaceutical company, is the first drug that has scientifically been proven to be effective against COVID-19. The treatment is a repurposed drug that was originally developed for other diseases. Results showed a 31% faster time to recovery in patients treated with Gilead’s drug versus a placebo. The median time to recovery was 11 days versus 15 days, respectively. NIH also noted a survival benefit, where the Remdesivir group had an 8% mortality rate compared to 11.6% with placebo. This is preliminary data on very sick patients. I have faith in American doctors that they will find even smarter ways to administer this treatment in less severe patients and stop them from becoming more severe. In other words, it is reasonable to expect better numbers with clinical experience. This drug is not a knockout punch but is a significant first step and has public health policy implications. The hospital capacity increases by about 30 percent since people are spending 30 percent less time in the hospital; that means the hospital is now treating 30 percent more people. This is especially important because we could have higher fatalities if hospitals are overwhelmed. Survival rates would decline if the hospital is not able to provide care for the sick. In other words, this scientific breakthrough, in effect, has added at least 30 percent more beds for COVID-19 patients; and quite possibly more as American doctors will learn to use the drug more effectively. A vaccine is an ultimate solution and everyone is doing their best to get a vaccine out by the end of this year or January 2021. We should keep in perspective that a vaccine has to be given to 7 billion people in the world, 320 million in the United

States. This is a huge logistical and production undertaking. It will take time to get the entire population vaccinated even if we were to be able to meet this ambitious goal. We should, of course, work for the vaccines and do our best. However, we should also consider that the virus may not infect the entire population. It certainly does not make everyone sick; most infected people don’t even know they were infected. Therefore, developing an effective treatment may be just what we need. Remdesivir may be the foundation and it could be married up with other treatments. There are dozens in the works and I am optimistic that we will have something like Rengeron’s Antibody platform by the summer. There are many other promising candidates which could, in combination with Remdesivir, independently reduce mortality by 80 percent. This could bring COVID-19 mortality to flu levels by midsummer. There are so many promising treatments that I do believe American science will solve this very soon. From a public policy standpoint, it is much easier to treat people who need treatment. Those in need of treatment will be between 2-3 million if the entire country were exposed and infected. Treating 2-3 million would be easier versus vaccinating 300 million people, who may be hesitant about getting injected with a very rushed vaccine. Additionally, it may take a long time to develop a vaccine that is effective. While it is all hands-on deck and resources are being thrown at dozens of potential vaccines, we must note that the quickest we have ever developed a vaccine in the past is 4 years. Therefore, we must plan with what we have. This would be therapeutics coupled with targeted testing and contact tracing. This is the only way forward, i.e., to open with some variant of the Swedish model, where we keep the virus at a manageable level. This will ensure that our hospitals are not overwhelmed while we continue to work on better therapeutics. Once we have a vaccine that works, we require smart strategies and the cooperation of the population so that we can keep adding to the arsenal of therapeutics.

CERRITOS COUNCILMEMBER WILL HOLD SECOND MASK AND GLOVE GIVEAWAY FOR RESIDENTS BY BRIAN HEWS Cerritos Councilmember Frank Aurelio Yokoyama is hosting and inviting residents to a second mask and glove giveaway to help stop the spread of COVID-19, this Saturday, May 16 from 10 to 11 AM at the Sprouts Farmers Market, located at 11900 South Street in Cerritos. Attending the event will be current Cerritos Councilmember Grace Hu and former Cerritos Mayor Mark Pulido. The masks and gloves are being donated by current Cerritos Planning Commissioner Jennifer Hong and Cerritos resident Leo Perez, who recently announced his candidacy for the District 4 seat on the ABCUSD School Board. Councilmember Yokoyama told HMG-LCCN, "For those in need of disposable masks and gloves, we will be distributing a limited supply this Saturday. This is a walk-up event, for everyone’s safety, do not park curbside,  items

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will not be delivered to vehicles. Please practice social distancing when picking up items and once you have received your masks and gloves, please leave the area to ensure COVID-19 safety protocols are maintained. No identification is necessary and our event is open to all."

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There was 22 part one crimes reported, down from 31 the week before; 2020 running average stands at 27.6 per week, down from the 2019 average of 33.2. Miscellaneous crimes were 3, down from 7 the week before; 2020 running average is 7.4, down from 8.8 in 2019. Alarm calls were 33, down from 35 compared to the week before; 2020 running average is 40.1, down from 47.9 in 2019. Calls for service were 259, down from 269 compared to the week before; 2020 running average is 267.6 calls per week down from 317.2 calls in 2019. Residential Burglary 12400 Blk Carnaby, entered through Bedroom door, stole two gold rings Other Burglary 11500 Blk South St stolen lockbox 17200 Blk Studebaker, a business' PO Boxes was pried open 12400 Dawn Ln., door smashed, business tools stolen Grand Theft Auto 13700 Blk Midway Honda fit stolen but was recovered Vehicle Burglary 19200 Blk Teresa Wy, window smashed, speaker stolen 13000 Blk Rocky Rvr. Ln., window smashed, wallet, bag stolen 17500 Fabrica Wy, 3 batteries stolen. The Cerritos Sheriff's stress this is preliminary data subject to change.

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Robbery Cash was reported stolen during an early morning armed robbery on the 15700 block of Valley View Ave. A cell phone was reported stolen during a late night robbery by force near the intersection of Alondra Blvd. and Trojan Wy. Aggravated Assault An early morning assault was reported on

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the 11600 block of Goldendale Ave. No major injuries were reported during the incident. Other Structure Burglary A daytime burglary was reported on the 13700 block of Biola Ave. Vehicle Burglary A bag with a ring and shoes was reported stolen during an overnight window smash burglary on the 16100 block of Rosecrans. Grand Theft A GPS unit and other personal effects were stolen during an early morning theft from an unlocked vehicle on the 14200 block of Bora Dr. A daytime theft of a catalytic converter was reported on the 16700 block of Valley View Ave. Two bicycles were reported stolen near the intersection of Imperial Hwy. and Marquardt Ave. An early morning theft of two rims and tires were stolen off a vehicle on the 13900 block of De Alcala Dr. A daytime theft of a cell phone was reported on the 15300 block of Valley View Ave. Grand Theft Auto A SUV was reported stolen on the 14600 block of Ragan Dr. A sedan was reported stolen on the 16100 block of Mart Dr. A truck was reported stolen on the 14400 block of Valeda Dr. A truck was reported stolen on the 14100 block of Lynmark St. A SUV was reported stolen on the 14700 block of San Esteban Dr. A truck was reported stolen on the 13900 block of Imperial Hwy. A truck was reported stolen on the 14500 block San Dieguito Dr. A motorcycle was reported stolen on the 16100 block of Rosecrans Ave.

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THE GARDEN, located in the Palos Verdes Peninsula, is open by reservation only. BY TAMMYE MCDUFF In these times difficult times, there is an oasis of calm and beauty. South Coast Botanic Garden remains open but the entrance is by reservation only. As you drive up the winding road you are greeted by flowering trees and stunning cacti in bloom. “The intriguing diversity of nature within a family of plants is here for everyone to enjoy, like the various Crown of thorn plants blooming in different shades of red, yellow and orange throughout the Garden, and the uniquely different Octillo plants now bloom,” said Garden Volunteer Georgiann Keller. Keller offers a unique perspective for those who will soon be visiting the Garden and helps provide some background to these beautiful plants so you can appreciate them even more. South Coast Botanic Garden is putting a spotlight Banyan Grove. The Grove is home to incredibly large Moreton Bay Fig Trees. These giant trees are enchanting and the roots are above ground and mesmerizing it is truly a fairytale like forest.

These mammoth trees have shallow roots, enormous branch canopies, aerial roots and bear fruit. The roots spread out like a mazes and make for perfect benches. This area of the Garden is a perfect spot for hot days since it’s fully shaded and can make you completely forget you’re in Los Angeles County. The Moreton Bay Figs belong to the genus, or category, named Ficus. There are more than 850 types of Ficus, some of which are figs. The evergreen Ficus trees can grow up to 80 feet tall with a canopy up to 150 feet wide. Banyan trees often look like they’re upside down because the roots fan out from the trunk, like branches. The trees at SCBG are Moreton Bay Fig trees, or Australian Banyans. The garden has remained open for a walk or hike, both members and ticket buyers require advance reservations using their online system and all guests are required to wear protective face coverings. For tickets visit southcoastbotanicgarden. org, located at 26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274.

OPENING: Bellflower Mayor Juan Garza, front, along with his fellow Councilmembers, cuts the ribbon on the new downtown parking structure. The new parking guidance system will utilize smart-sensor technology and cameras to display available parking stalls.

STAFF REPORT Soaring 55-ft above Bellflower Boulevard at Mayne Street on two acres of land, the Downtown Bellflower parking structure was ceremoniously opened with an official ribbon-cutting event on May 13, 2020. The new four level parking structure was completed over the past 18 months and features 278 free parking spaces, new landscaping, electric vehicle charging stations and a smart park system. The new parking guidance system will utilize smart-sensor technology and cameras to display available parking stalls upon entry. This feature is convenient and time-saving for visitors shopping down-

town and attending events at The Mayne Events Center and SteelCraft, both located across the street from the structure. Mayor Juan Garza cut the ribbon along with his fellow Council Members. "Despite COVID-19, we are proud to open this wonderful and historic addition to our Downtown," said Garza. "The idea to build a parking structure began in 2017, and now it is finally a reality. Although vehicle traffic is light at the moment, this beautiful facility represents an investment in our City's economic and architectural future. Bellflower is well-positioned and ready to continue supporting our economic resurgence post-COVID-19."

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FREE MASK & GLOVE GIVEAWAY IN CERRITOS

WRD RECEIVES $4.1 MILLION GRANT FROM U.S. AGENCY

HANDING OUT: from (l-r) Makenna Yokoyama, Cerritos Commissioner Jennifer Hong, Leo Perez, and Councilmember Grace Hu joined Councilmember Frank Yokoyama (back) to distribute free masks and gloves outside of the Sprouts Market on South Street.

LOCATED IN PICO RIVERA, the Albert Robles Center for Water Recycling and Environmental Learning is WRD’s landmark facility that ensures a completely locally sustainable source of water for groundwater replenishment.

BY TAMMYE MCDUFF

The Water Replenishment District (WRD) has received a $4.1 million grant from the United States Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) for the Albert Robles Center for Water Recycling and Environmental Learning (ARC) through the Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Grant Program. Located in Pico Rivera, ARC is WRD’s landmark facility that ensures a completely locally sustainable source of water for groundwater replenishment. This facility, opened in August of 2019, produces 14 million gallons a day of advanced treated water which is used to replenish groundwater resources in the Central and West Coast Groundwater Basins. Water from these basins provides 50% of the drinking water for over 4 million residents who reside in Southern Los Angeles County. The project also features a one-of-a-kind learning center which immerses visitors into an interactive educational experience focused on our region’s water history and the importance of groundwater.

This past Saturday, a group led by Cerritos Councilmember Frank Yokoyama distributed free masks and gloves outside of the Sprouts Market on South Street. Joining Yokoyama was Cerritos City Councilmember City Grace Hu, Planning Commissioner Jennifer Hong, Cerritos resident and candidate for ABC School Board in November Leonard “Leo” Perez, and former Cerritos Mayors Mark Pulido and Dianna Needham. “I’m doing this for our community, because there is a need,” stated Perez, “we have a lot of concern and fear about what is going on, and we want to mitigate that. In order to do this we have to give our citizens resources to empower them. We mitigate the fear … we mitigate the virus. How do we do that? By educating, by distancing and ensuring that everyone is protected in some way.” Yokoyama added, “If we all pitch in – and we have the resources necessary – we

can all flatten the curve that we keep talking about. We want to open our communities in a safe and systematic way.” Perez, who is a physician’s assistant finishing his MD residency, donated over 1,000 gloves and 600 masks, purchased from local vendors, church groups and personal donations. “We are giving out today over a thousand gloves and a thousand masks. We are honored that so many residents would want to help stop the spread of CoVID-19,” said Yokoyama. The idea developed after hearing so many residents were fearful of going out, such as senior citizens and did not have access to masks or gloves. “I wanted to make sure that everyone had access to personal protective equipment [PPE]. I reached out to my colleagues and we all worked together to make this event happen.” Yokoyama also thanked former Mayors Mark Pulido and Diana Needham for their assistance and his daughter for helping to spread the word and advertise the event.

ARC is the final component of WRD’s effort to create a completely locally sustainable groundwater supply for the 43 cities in WRD’s service area and has increased the region’s water resilience. Title XVI grants are awarded to water recycling and reuse projects which are located in the Western States and Hawaii. “WRD is proud of our partnership with the USBR and appreciates this funding which assisted with the completion of this innovative project,” said WRD Board President Vera Robles DeWitt; “This project is an investment in our community and we are proud to be selected for this grant.” ARC is the cornerstone project of WRD’s Water Independence Now (WIN) program which aimed at completely eliminating the district’s demand for imported water. The facility will replace 7 billion gallons of imported water every year. With its completion, WRD now has access to a drought-proof supply of recycled water used to replenish two of the most utilized groundwater basins in the nation.


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STAFF REPORT Five sweet dogs who have been saved from South Korea’s brutal dog meat trade had their happily-ever-after put on hold, being stranded in the wake of COVID19. Now, In Defense of Animals and South Korean rescue partner Jindo Love Rescue are seeking volunteers who can bring them from Seoul to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). “COVID-19 has been a nightmare for us and the dogs,� said Patti Kim, President of Jindo Love Rescue. “Loving forever homes are waiting for dogs in Los Angeles, but we simply can’t get them there. So many flights have been canceled and many people are scared to fly. We are desperately appealing for anyone who is planning on flying directly to LAX from South Korea to become a flight volunteer and offer a ticket to freedom for these sweet pups. If you are not traveling but want to help, please consider supporting us by making a donation to support the dogs at www.idausa.org/flyhomeLA.� Since 2017, In Defense of Animals and Jindo Love Rescue have rescued hundreds of dogs from South Korea’s horrific dog meat trade and found them loving forever homes in the U.S. and Canada. Now, however, these efforts are being drastically hampered by stay at home measures, a decreased number of travelers, canceled flights and travel bans as the world attempts to stop the spread of

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LA MIRADA NATIVE CHASE DE LEO LIVING THE DREAM PLAYING FOR FAVORITE HOMETOWN HOCKEY TEAM LA MIRADA NATIVE Chase De Leo (right) is being defended by Mikael Granlund of the Nashville Predators in a Jan. 16 game at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. It was the first game De Leo played for the Anaheim Ducks this past season.

BY LOREN KOPFF @LORENKOPFF ON TWITTER Young athletes, regardless of age, always dream of the professional team or teams they want to play for. It’s a bonus when you get to play for the team you grew up idolizing and had season tickets for as long as you could remember. Chase De Leo has been living that dream for the past two seasons as a member of the Anaheim Ducks organization. The La Mirada native has been playing hockey for over 10 years and has played for two National Hockey League teams since the 20151016 season-the Winnipeg Jets and the Ducks. De Leo’s parents, John and Janie, own a wholesale plumbing supply company in La Mirada that has been around for 63 years and had no hockey background when their son was a kid. However, through the company, the De Leo’s had season tickets to the Ducks, the Anaheim Angels (as they were called at the time) and the Los Angeles Rams, when they were playing at Anaheim Stadium. On top of that, one of De Leo’s neighbors, who was friends with his parents, was playing ice hockey and told the aspiring player that maybe he should try the sport. That same friend, who recommended that De Leo play hockey, was good friends with Bob Hartley, the head coach of the Colorado Avalanche from 1998-2002. De Leo went to a Los Angeles Kings game one day when it was hosting the Avalanche and got to go to the Colorado locker room where he met former star players Joe Sakic, Peter Forsberg and Patrick Roy, all of whom are in the NHL Hall of Fame, among others. From that point on, De Leo was convinced that this was something he wanted to do. “That pretty much, I think, sealed the deal for me, getting to go to the game and seeing all those guys; the greats,” De Leo said. “I actually have this VHS tape, I remember…it was a behind the scenes video of the Colorado Avalanche team that won those [Stanley Cup championships] with the guys that I mentioned.” De Leo played roller hockey for the Orange County Blades, then slowly transitioned to ice hockey where he began his young career playing for the Norwalk Knights as a goalie at the now defunct Norwalk Ice Arena before switching positions. He remembered he wanted to be a goalie so bad and would ask his parents for goalie gloves and blockers for his birthdays and every Christmas. “I think we were super excited about it because he played roller hockey since

he was probably about four and a half or five years old,” recalled Janie De Leo. “He would have these tournaments and it would be all day long outside in the hot sun, down in Irvine. So, it was nice; the fact of going to play ice hockey in the controlled cold environment was nice. We were excited that he wanted to try it. A bunch of his buddies played, so it just seemed like that would be the next thing for him to do.” “I remembered always racing home from school, trying to get my homework done as fast as possible, then going to my practice,” De Leo said of his early playing days. “I remembered having three private lessons. Then I would race out of there, shower, and then go straight to the Honda Center. I didn’t miss many Ducks games growing up. Obviously, that team with [Teemu] Selanne and Paul Kariya and Jiggy, Jean-Sebastien Giguere…I remembered standing on the glass at warm-ups trying to get sticks or pucks from guys. That was pretty special, to be able to put on that Ducks jersey [later on] for the first time and be a part of that organization obviously after being such a big fan.” After beginning his hockey career in the late 2000s with the Knights, De Leo played for the Los Angeles Junior Kings before moving on to the Los Angeles Hockey Club, which was later called the Los Angeles Selects, where he won three national championships. The team would be around for seven or eight years, he recalls, and the reason for the success was that everyone put in a ton of work and sacrificed a lot. De Leo went to Scott Avenue Elementary, then Granada Middle School, which is right by his parent’s house, and finally La Serna High. While at Granada, he played a little T-ball, but admitted he got bored with that and moved to hockey. He didn’t spend too much time at Granada because his mom would always sign him out so he could go to the tournaments and games. He still had to run the mile around the entire field in the back of Granada once a week in physical education, which he’ll never forget about. He had P.E. for first period and since he’s always been competitive, he would be sweaty the remainder of the day to the point where his mom would be ‘so disgusted’ with how sweaty he was when she picked him up from school. His favorite teacher was Mini Bajwa, who still teaches math there and other memories of going to Granada included rollerblading on the basketball courts, because the gates were often left open, and being nervous to go there and not being able to find his classes.

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“It was not easy for sure,” De Leo said. “I think as you get older, you realize how much your parents sacrificed for you. Even back then, the teachers as well, having to get all the schoolwork ready for you. You’re going on a trip and I pretty much had to do all the schoolwork on my own on the weekends when I was at those tournaments. “The weird part for me was school was always number one for me,” he later said. “My mom was always very hard on me when it came to school. I always had very good grades. I [always did] homework; I was always good on tests. Obviously, I missed a lot of school; I was able to take schoolwork with me.” De Leo said he was always planning on going to college because it was what his parents wanted him to do. But at the same time, his parents didn’t have a hockey background and didn’t want to put too much pressure on their son one way or another. He knew he would have the support of his parents no matter what decision he made. At the age of 15, De Leo was selected in the ninth round, the 192nd pick overall, by the Portland Winterhawks in the Western Hockey League Draft, He recalls that he and his parents really didn’t know what the WHL was. “But we just knew that the team that just drafted me was Portland, it was in the United States and it wasn’t too far from California,” he said. “You can fly from Long Beach on Jet Blue and be there in two hours.” “I was very unhappy because I wanted him to go to college and everybody had told us that was his quickest way to become a professional player…to go through the WHL,” Janie De Leo said. “It was a little bit of a battle, and I was winning for the most part. “It’s funny because I even look back now and I see all his artwork from kindergarten, first grade, second grade and it was always all about ice hockey and all about that he was going to be in the NHL,” she continued. “It’s like he lived and breathed hockey from the time he started.” Seeing Portland teammates Ryan Johansen, who currently plays for the Nashville Predators and was De Leo’s roommate at the time, Nino Niederreiter, who currently plays for the Carolina Hurricanes, and other soon-to-be NHL stars brought a huge smile to De Leo’s face. At the same time, De Leo was doing the Top 40 camp for the National Development Team program for Team USA in Michigan. He had to make the big choice to do that or go to Denver University with best friend Eric Comrie who also played for the L.A. Hockey

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everything for me to get to that point.” De Leo said he learned a lot in Winnipeg, especially driving in the snow for the first time and shoveling driveways. He added that hockey there was ‘eyeopening’, and people would recognize him and his roommates while just going to the store whereas that would be less likely in Southern California. He said you almost felt like a celebrity or a star as little kids would come up to you and ask for a picture or an autograph and added that the fan base there is the biggest thing they have. He even remembers when he would be at a restaurant with his family or teammates, people would offer to pay for his meal. Every late December and early January, De Leo would always watch the World Junior Championships and remembered wishing and praying he could play for Team USA someday. He got that opportunity but was drafted with the 1996 birth year because there was a cutoff and his birthday is in October. He went to the camp in Lake Placid in the summer and was roommates with Jack Eichel of the Buffalo Sabres and John Hayden of the New Jersey Devils. That team also included Austin Matthews, the star player for the Toronto Maple Leafs. De Leo said he knew it was going to be tough to make the team, but also knew from day one that was a goal. “The hockey world is such a small world,” De Leo said. “We travelled so much, we played in so many tournaments and I did so many USA festivals in the summer where you meet so many guys that are older than you. I always had a late birthday, so I was always one of the younger guys on my teams.” As if things couldn’t get better for De Leo, then came the wee hours of the morning of Mar. 20, 2016 when he was called up to the Jets. De Leo had just played the third of three straight games in as many nights for the top American Hockey League team of the Jets, the Manitoba Moose, which was flying back from Texas on a Saturday night with a layover in Minneapolis. The team would then be flying back to Winnipeg early the next morning. “I decided it would be a good idea to just stay awake after the game on Saturday rather than sleep for two hours,” De Leo said. “I didn’t sleep, I didn’t eat anything after the game. I would just eat something at the airport and sleep on the plane ride home because we had that Sunday off.” The Moose landed in Minneapolis around 5:00 a.m. and inside the terminal, De Leo was approached by head coach Keith McCambridge, who shook De Leo’s hand, smiled, and congratulated him on being called up by the Jets. Then he told De Leo that the Jets would be playing the Ducks. “It’s my dream come true,” De Leo said. “Then I asked him, ‘when is the game’? He said it was at 2:00 today in Winnipeg and there was going to be somebody picking me up at the airport as soon as we land and take me straight to the game.” De Leo immediately called his parents and his grandmother to tell them the news. They didn’t have enough time to get on the plane and fly to Winnipeg. De Leo remembers shaking a lot and not sleeping on the flight to Winnipeg with tons of adrenaline pumping. He was picked up by the Jets assistant of player development, Mike Keane and his wife, and they went straight to the Bell MTS Place and then the locker room. De Leo, who had missed the pregame meeting, remembers having just a protein bar and a Gatorade before putting his gear on,

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which was still soaking wet from playing the night before. “Paul Maurice, the head coach, came up to me and said, ‘you earned it, enjoy it, have fun’,” De Leo recalls. “My adrenaline just starting pumping. I pretty much played off adrenaline and the next thing you know, I’m out there playing against [Ryan] Getzlaf and all these guys that I grew up watching. It was definitely a dream come true.” “It’s indescribable; it was an unbelievable feeling,” Janie De Leo said. “For him to get that chance was just so exciting and so emotional. We were so disappointed when he got called up the first time because we couldn’t get the game on t.v. I don’t know what the reason was at the time. We were so frustrated.” De Leo, a center, played 13 shifts for a total of 10:03 against the Ducks and played two days later against the Vancouver Canucks, in British Columbia where his parents flew up to see him. In that game, he played 12 shifts for a total of 6:47. Shortly after that, he was sent back down to Manitoba. Those would be the only two games he played for the Jets. “When you’re up in the NHL, it’s honestly the best thing in the world,” De Leo said. “You get treated like royalty, you stay in the nicest hotels, you get the nicest meals. And obviously, being in the NHL is my dream and my main goal and focus. That’s the best place to be and I’m the happiest for sure.” De Leo spent three seasons with the Moose, playing in 211 regular season games with 45 goals and 62 assists. He also scored twice and assisted on six other goals in nine playoff games in 2018. But his story would continue to get better in the offseason. It was a Saturday morning and De Leo was sitting on the couch at his parent’s house in La Mirada. The De Leo family was just hanging out when he got

a call from the general manager of the Jets. De Leo said he thought it was odd that he would be calling at 10:00 a.m. on a Saturday in the middle of the summer. The GM wanted to thank De Leo for everything and let him know that he had been traded. At first, he didn’t say where he was going. But after a few seconds, the words Anaheim Ducks rang out of his mouth and De Leo began shaking. “My mom saw that I was shaking, and my face turned red,” De Leo said. “I just said ‘thank you very much for everything’ to the GM of Winnipeg and he just wished me best of luck. Then I hung up the phone and told my parents I got traded to Anaheim and I’m pretty sure my mom and sister started crying.” “We were so happy,” Janie De Leo remembers. “It was like the best day of our life. You would have thought that when he got drafted by Winnipeg, that would have been the best day of our life. There was no comparison. We were so happy to have him back home on the West Coast and playing for the team that he grew up [being a fan of]. Our roof could have blown off our house and we would have been so excited.” De Leo said that it’s pretty special to be able to play in Southern California where it all started for him and where he calls home. Soon after he got the call from the GM, David McNab, the Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations for the Ducks, called him, followed by the equipment manager. He says it’s a very fast process where many people on the outside don’t quite understand how it works. “I’ve never been traded before, so I didn’t really know what to expect going into it,” De Leo said. “I always thought being traded I would be scared or nervous. But I think being traded… it helped being traded to my hometown team where it made things easier where I could just drive to the arena. I was kind

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Continued from page 12 of familiar with a couple of the guys like Ryan Getzlaf and Andrew Cogliano. I would train and skate with them in the summer. That made the transition a little bit easier for me.” In the fall of 2018, De Leo was with the San Diego Gulls, the top minor league team of the Ducks, and had a different role there than what he was used to. Dallas Eakins, the coach of the Gulls at the time who is now the head coach of the Ducks, sat him down one day and asked if he could embrace the role of the third line and be a solid penalty kill guy. He encouraged De Leo that if he could embrace those roles, it would be the ticket to being called up to the Ducks. He immediately went to work and never complained about ice time or anything else. “Whatever I got, I took and ran with it and tried to do the most with it,” De Leo said. “Obviously, he had a lot of NHL experience, so I knew if he told me that was always going to work for me, I was going to just shut up and do it.” On Oct. 16 of that year, De Leo would find himself in a similar situation than what he experienced when he was called up to the Jets. The Gulls had a game in San Diego on a Saturday night and De Leo would get called up after the game to play for the Ducks. De Leo had to take a car service, which the Gulls had waiting for him, and go to the Ontario Airport as there were no more flights out of San Diego that night. He stayed at the Doubletree Hotel near the Ontario Airport for two hours, woke up at 3:00 Sunday morning and then fly from Ontario to Edmonton. “We landed in Edmonton and I remember going to Tim Hortons, had two chicken snack wraps and called myself an Uber,” De Leo remembered. “It was a pretty far drive from the airport to Rogers Place in Edmonton. It was about an hour drive.” Two days later, De Leo was sent back to San Diego, though he would be called back up on Nov. 6 and sent back down the next day. De Leo’s performance with the Gulls was what any NHL team wanted to see from any of their young players. He played in 66 of the 68 games, led the team in assists (35) and was tied for second on the team in goals (20). His 55 points were second to Sam Carrick’s 61. De Leo was hoping to build off the success of his first season with the Gulls by earning a spot on the Ducks openingnight roster when the 2019-2020 season began. But he was assigned to San Diego on Oct. 1 with the season beginning three days later. Even with that, he said discouraged isn’t the right word when describing how he felt at the beginning of the season. In fact, De Leo has a tattoo on his arm that reads ‘Against All Odds’. In 51 games this season with the Gulls, De Leo scored 10 goals and had 15 assists. Then on Jan. 10 of this year, he was called up to Anaheim and was with the Ducks until Jan. 18. On Jan. 16, he played his first regular season game with the Ducks at the Nashville Predators. He had nearly 15 minutes of ice time and took one shot on goal. De Leo would be called up again on Jan. 26 and sent back down on Jan. 29. The Gulls began this season slow, losing their first six games of the season but began to turn it around and was playing its best hockey before the

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pandemic shut everything down. When the season was stopped, the Gulls were 30-19 with six overtime losses and two shootout losses. They were tied for third place in the Pacific Division with the Stockton Heat. The team was playing the Tucson Roadrunners on the road and had heard rumors about the NBA players getting sick and as De Leo pointed out, the next thing they knew, everything just hit the fan and escalated quickly. The team flew back to San Diego and the staff told the team they would keep them in the loop of what the plan was and what was going on. The season was put on hold and the organization told the players that they could return to their summer residences. “I just wanted to be home and be close to [my family],” De Leo said. “We live on a little farm; we have 30 animals. So, there’s some room here for me where I can shoot pucks in the backyard and I have a little workout area in my garage rather than being in my condo in downtown San Diego where I didn’t really have any facility that I could use.” After missing out on birthdays or spending time with his grandmother when he was in Portland, De Leo said it’s nice to spend more time with his family and working out every day as the season is on hold. He added that he feels there’s so much time to do nothing where now is the time to improve and get better and push harder and try to get an edge on

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other players. “Obviously, my main goal is to be on the Anaheim Ducks full-time and to reach my dream of being in the NHL,” De Leo said. “I want to put the work in and do whatever it takes to be there full time. It’s a business, though. You can’t really be discouraged by anything because once you’re discouraged, it’s pretty much over for you. “I think that once you’re satisfied with where you’re at, that’s where things go wrong,” he continued. “You should always strive and push for more. I’m never going to stop pushing and trying to get better and make that team full-time, no matter what.” De Leo, who signed a one-year deal with Anaheim last year is a restricted free agent. He checks in with the Gulls every two days. Each player has been texting the trainer making sure if they have any symptoms or if they’re not feeling well. De Leo, who is big fitness workout person, has been talking a lot to the Gulls strength and conditioning coaches, making sure he has a good program in place so he could be ahead of the game. He says there are so many things that are up in the air right now and because of the coronavirus situation, nobody can really prepare for this or know what’s going to happen. One of the next goals for De Leo is to play a game at the Honda Center. He says he wants to be able to give back to the hockey community in Orange

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County where he knows what it takes to be a youth hockey player. Feels he would be a good example with his family being born and raised in Southern California as well as being a season ticket holder growing up. “We just remain hopeful for him,” Janie De Leo said. “For his sake, he is so determined and he’s going to be the fastest, hard-working guy at the training camp if he gets that opportunity. Hopefully at that time, it will be his time. He certainly deserves it; that’s for sure.”

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Continued from page 1 Councilmember Edwards at the City of Cerritos Veterans Memorial located in the Cerritos Civic Center. Councilmember Edwards served in the United States Army, including a year in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. A Cerritos resident for more than 43 years, , Councilmember Edwards was elected to the Cerritos City Council in 2005, and served as Mayor of Cerritos from 2008 to 2009 and 2012 to 2013. He was re-elected to the City Council again in 2015 and in 2020. Councilmember Councilmember Edwards was active in the Cerritos Optimist Club, the Vietnam Veterans Association and the Friends of the 1st Combat Engineer Battalion Adoption Committee. He was a volunteer photographer for the Los Angeles County Fire Department. His photography assignments for the Department have included photographing fires, rescues, training events, special events and graduation ceremonies. He served on the Board of Directors for the Fisher House of Southern California at the Long Beach VA Hospital. He had served as president for two years on the Pathways Volunteer Hospice

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Board and was a board member. His community involvement also included serving on the boards of the Los Cerritos YMCA, Community Family Guidance Center and the Cerritos Regional Chamber of Commerce. He previously served as president of the County of Los Angeles Cerritos Regional County Park Authority from 2000 to 2002 and served on the Board of Directors of the American Heart Association from 1998 to 2001. He was honored with the Spirit of Service Award from the Human Services Association in 2010 and the Protector of Children Award from Community Family Guidance Center in 2018. Councilmember Edwards was retired from a career as a teacher and administrator in the ABC Unified School District. He served four years at Whitney Community Learning Center and 30 years at Richard Gahr High School. He was also a part-time instructor at Cerritos College and served for 10 years as the Director of Cerritos College Summer Sports Camp. Councilmember Edwards had nearly three decades of experience in athletics, coaching various varsity sports, including baseball, cross country, soccer, softball and track and field. He served as the Director of Athletics at Gahr High School and meet manager for the San Gabriel Valley League in cross country and track and field. For members of the community who wish to make a contribution in memory of Councilmember Edwards, the Edwards family has suggested donations to the non-profit organizations that he supported and served, including Fisher House, Pathways Volunteer Hospice and Community Family Guidance Center.

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Continued from page 1 $1.1 million per month that we normally would,” said City Manager Ernie Hernandez. “We don’t know when the Gardens Casino will be permitted to reopen, but we hope the Governor will intervene. In the meantime, we have outlined new fiscal priorities with the understanding that City operations will have to be adjusted. Above all, we are prioritizing resident well-being and the City's fiscal health.” The City has determined the following services as essential, and any future adjustments to City spending and programming will be done with the intent of keeping these essential services operating. Public safety (police/fire services) Public works (Street/Infrastructure maintenance, repairs, environmental controls and cleanliness) Senior support services (senior lunch program, senior ride services) In keeping with these guidelines, and because the programs require extensive face-to-face interaction between residents and staff, City residential programs (security bar removal program, beautification program, and commercial sign program) have been put on hold through December 31, 2020. Projects already under construction will be allowed to continue. Processing of any new applications has been put on hold and those applications will remain on the waitlist. In addition, Hawaiian Gardens will be cancelling all non-essential Cityfunded events through the end of 2020

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“We don’t know when the Gardens Casino will be permitted to reopen, but we hope the Governor will intervene soon. Hawaiian Gardens City Manager Ernie Hernandez

in order to fully comply with COVID19 health guidelines and preserve budget for essential services. Event cancellations include the Scholarship Dinner, Mayor’s Youth Walk of Achievement, Independence Day Celebration, Summer Car Show, Robert Canada Friendship Pow Wow, Red Ribbon Week Rally and Walk, Halloween Program, Veterans Day Ceremony, and Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. The cancellation of these non-essential events is subject to change in the event of new public health directives and/or availability of City resources. “Everyone in Hawaiian Gardens loves our special events--cancelling them for this year was not an easy decision.I hope our community understands we are making these tough calls with the future of our entire city in mind,” said Mayor Jesse Alvarado. “By identifying our priorities as a City now, we can make informed and consistent decisions that avoid risking essential city services our residents rely on.”


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NOTICE OF DIVIDED PUBLICATION Made pursuant to Revenue and Taxation Code Section 3381

Pursuant to Revenue and Taxation Code (R&TC) Sections 3381 through 3385, the Notice of Power to Sell Tax-Defaulted Property Subject to the Tax Collector's Power to Sell in and for the County of Los Angeles, State of California, has been divided and distributed to various newspapers of general circulation published in the County. A portion of the list appears in each of such newspapers. NOTICE OF IMPENDING POWER TO SELL TAX-DEFAULTED PROPERTY Made pursuant to Revenue and Taxation Code Section 3361 Notice is hereby given that the following parcels listed will become Subject to the Tax Collector's Power to Sell on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time, by operation of law. The real property taxes and assessments on the parcels listed will have been defaulted five or more years, except for: 1. Nonresidential commercial parcels, as defined in R&TC Section 3691, which will have been defaulted for three or more years; 2. Parcels on which a nuisance abatement lien has been recorded, which will have been defaulted for three or more years; 3. Parcels that can serve the public benefit and a request has been made by the County of Los Angeles, a city within the County of Los Angeles, or nonprofit organization to purchase the parcels through Chapter 8 Agreement Sales pursuant to R&TC Section 3692.4, which will have been defaulted for three or more years. The Tax Collector will record a Notice of Power to Sell unless the property taxes are paid in full or the property owner initiates an installment plan of redemption, as provided by law, prior to 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, when the right to initiate an installment plan terminates. Thereafter, the only option to prevent the sale of the property at public auction is to pay the taxes in full. The right of redemption survives the property becoming Subject to the Tax Collector's Power to Sell, but it terminates at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, on the last business day before the scheduled auction of the property by the Tax Collector. The Treasurer and Tax Collector's Office will furnish, upon request, information concerning making a payment in full or initiating an installment plan of redemption. For more information, please visit our website at ttc.lacounty.gov. The amount to redeem the property, in United States dollars and cents, is set forth in the listing opposite each parcel number. This amount includes all defaulted taxes, penalties, and fees that have accrued from the date of tax-default to the date of Tuesday, June 30, 2020. I certify, under penalty of perjury, that the foregoing is true and correct. Dated this 24th day of February, 2020.

KEITH KNOX TREASURER AND TAX COLLECTOR COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES STATE OF CALIFORNIA PARCEL NUMBERING SYSTEM EXPLANATION The Assessor's Identification Number, when used to describe property in this list, refers to the Assessors's map book, the map page, the block on the map, if applicable, and the individual parcel on the map page or in the block. The Assessor's maps and further explanation of the parcel numbering system are available in the Assessor's Office, 500 West Temple Street, Room 225, Los Angeles, California 90012. The real property that is the subject of this notice is situated in the County of Los Angeles, State of

PROPERTY TAX DEFAULTED IN YEAR 2017 FOR TAXES, ASSESSMENT, AND OTHER CHARGES FOR FISCAL YEAR 2016-2017 2468 $180.90 HURLEY, LLOYD R AND ANN M AIN: 7034022-046 2732 $1, 210.41 GARCIA, ROY N AND ROCIO C AIN: 8052015-050 2739 $272.17 DELGADO, CLIFFORD SITUS: 14525 CLARESSA AVE NORWALK CA 90650-5212 AIN: 8070-021-020 2740 $197.54 GAXIOLA, LORENZA AIN: 8070-022-021 PROPERTY TAX DEFAULTED IN YEAR 2015 FOR TAXES, ASSESSMENT, AND OTHER CHARGES FOR FISCAL YEAR 2014-2015 2462 $376.18 ALVARADO, RUBEN AND BENITA SITUS: 11869 ALGARDI ST NORWALK CA 906507166 AIN: 7009-004-051 2463 $23, 478.64 WILSON, DEIDRA A AND WILSON, MISHCHELE M SITUS: 11219 LUCAS ST CERRITOS CA 90703-1625 AIN: 7016-018055 2464 $5, 997.28 NOWELL, KATHRYN A TR KATHRYN A NOWELL TRUST SITUS: 17816 CALIENTE CIR CERRITOS CA 90703-9015 AIN: 7022017-069 2465 $7, 403.46 INGRAM, JAMES L TR INGRAM FAMILY TRUST SITUS: 12344 REVA ST CERRITOS CA 90703-8309 AIN: 7025-024-021 2466 $21, 056.91 MANCUSO, ROBERT G SITUS: 18733 HOLMES AVE CERRITOS CA 90703-6345 AIN: 7028-006-036 2467 $5, 391.81 LAMBERT, HENRY A C/O C/O J LAMBERT SITUS: 18022 CLARKDALE AVE ARTESIA CA 90701-4121 AIN: 7033-022-006 2470 $99.51 LEONARDO, SERGIO AND ADRIANA SITUS: 12109 DROXFORD ST ARTESIA CA 90701-5801 AIN: 7040-034-002 2471 $294.93 KRISH, CHALAT P AND LAKSHMY V TRS C AND L KRISH TRUST AND VENKAT, PRIYA SITUS: 19620 CHRISTINA WAY CERRITOS CA 90703-7700 AIN: 7056-001-049 2721 $51, 265.71 ARANJO, ELVA C/O C/O MARC COHEN ESQ SITUS: 12012 PIUMA AVE NORWALK, CA 90650 AIN: 8021-014-026 2722 $1, 745.19 GOMEZ, JAVIER AND ZEPEDA, JEANETTE A SITUS: 12229 BEATY AVE NORWALK CA 90650-2007 AIN: 8025-006-015 2730 $819.51 PERALTA, GONZALO SITUS: 11571 ANGELL ST NORWALK CA 90650-2744 AIN: 8049-016-023 2731 $6, 941.07 HUGHES, HOLLAND TR HOLLAND AND HAZEL HUGHES TRUST SITUS: 11536 MAZA ST NORWALK CA 90650-2738 AIN: 8049-018-008 2733 $7, 481.65 GARRISON, DELBERT B AND RUTH A SITUS: 13608 ROSETON AVE NORWALK CA 90650-3855 AIN: 8054-003-008 2734 $1, 140.36 CABLE, MARTHA A SITUS: 14002 ROSETON AVE NORWALK CA 90650-3825 AIN: 8054030-018 2735 $1, 243.03 DELAROSA, JORGE C AND DECABRERA, ANA R AND CABRERA, JORGE JR SITUS: 13909 SUMMER AVE NORWALK CA 906503833 AIN: 8054-034-029 2738 $2, 172.10 JUAREZ, MARGARITO AND GUTIERREZ, VIRIDIANA SITUS: 14439 PAINTER AVE NORWALK CA 90650-5156 AIN: 8070-003022 2741 $5, 195.38 MAGANA, TIBURCIO AND YOLANDA SITUS: 12136 HOPLAND ST NORWALK CA 90650-6658 AIN: 8080-033-010 PROPERTY TAX DEFAULTED IN YEAR 2014 FOR TAXES, ASSESSMENT, AND OTHER CHARGES FOR FISCAL YEAR 2013-2014 2469 $23, 779.57 KOKA, VENKATESH R SITUS: 18300 PIONEER BLVD ARTESIA CA 90701-5533 AIN: 7040-017-007 PROPERTY TAX DEFAULTED IN YEAR 2011 FOR TAXES, ASSESSMENT, AND OTHER CHARGES FOR FISCAL YEAR 2010-2011 2729 $1, 411.32 STOUT, B GRACE SITUS: 12824 ORR AND DAY RD NORWALK CA 90650-2706 AIN: 8049-011-010 CN969721 538 May 15,22, 2020

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NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: JOSE ARTURO CERVANTES CASE NO. 20STPB03166 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the WILL or estate, or both of JOSE ARTURO CERVANTES. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by CHRISTINE SCHOUTEN CERVANTES in the Superior Court of California, County of LOS ANGELES. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that CHRISTINE SCHOUTEN CERVANTES be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act . (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: 09/15/20 at 8:30AM in Dept. 79 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 MARK BRIFMAN - SBN 75923 BRIFMAN LAW CORPORATION 15545 DEVONSHIRE STREET SUITE 204 MISSION HILLS CA 91345 5/8, 5/15, 5/22/20 CNS-3363240# COMMERCE COMMUNITY NEWS NOTICE TO CREDITORS OF BULK SALE AND OF INTENTION TO TRANSFER ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSE (UCC Sec. 6101 et seq. and B & P Sec. 24073 et seq.) Escrow No. 20-43157-JS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a bulk sale of assets and a transfer of alcoholic beverage license is about to be made. The name(s) and business address of the Seller(s)/licensee(s) are: ALEX KANG BAEK AND MI JA BAEK, 11756 166TH ST. ARTESIA, CA 90701 Doing Business as: FOOD MART LIQUOR All other business names(s) and address(es) used by the seller(s)/licensee(s) within the past three years, as stated by the Seller(s)/ licensee(s), is/are: The name(s) and address of the Buyer(s)/applicant(s) is/are: MILANO LIQUOR INC, 11756 166TH ST. ARTESIA, CA 90701 The assets being sold are generally described as: ALL STOCK IN TRADE, FIXTURES, EQUIPMENT, GOODWILL, TRADENAME, LEASE, LEASEHOLD IMPROVEMENTS, AND COVENANT NOT TO COMPETE, AND ABC LICENSE and is/are located at: 11756 166TH ST., ARTESIA, CA 90701 The type of license to be transferred is/are: 21-556192 OFF SALE GENERAL now issued for the premises located at: SAME The bulk sale and transfer of alcoholic beverage license(s) is/are intended to be consummated at the office of: TEAM ESCROW, 6025 BEACH BLVD, BUENA PARK, CA 90621 and the anticipated sale date is JUNE 16, 2020 The purchase price of consideration in connection with the sale of the business and transfer of the license, is the sum of $460,000.00, including inventory estimated at $70,000.00, which consists of the following: DESCRIPTION, AMOUNT: CASH $460,000.00; ALLOCATION TOTAL $460,000.00 It has been agreed between the Seller(s)/licensee(s) and the intended Buyer(s)/transferee(s), as required by Sec. 24073 of the Business and Professions code, that the consideration for transfer of the business and license is to be paid only after the transfer has been approved by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. ALEX KANG BAEK AND MI JA BAEK, Seller(s)/Licensee(s) MILANO LIQUOR INC,, Buyer(s)/Applicant(s) LA2523643 LOS CERRITOS COMMUNITY NEWS 5/15/2020

NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: YUEN DONG YEE CASE NO. 20STPB03429 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the WILL or estate, or both of YUEN DONG YEE. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by JONATHAN W. YEE in the Superior Court of California, County of LOS ANGELES. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that JONATHAN W. YEE be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests the decedent's WILL and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The WILL and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act 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: 09/23/20 at 8:30AM in Dept. 5 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 TRENT C. MARCUS, ESQ. - SBN 227772 19900 BEACH BOULEVARD, C-1 HUNTINGTON BEACH CA 92648 BSC 218212 5/8, 5/15, 5/22/20 CNS-3362528# LOS CERRITOS COMMUNITY NEWS

NOTICE TO CREDITORS OF BULK SALE AND OF INTENTION TO TRANSFER ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSE (UCC Sec. 6101 et seq. and B & P Sec. 24073 et seq.) Escrow No. 20-43157-JS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a bulk sale of assets and a transfer of alcoholic beverage license is about to be made. The name(s) and business address of the Seller(s)/licensee(s) are: ALEX KANG BAEK AND MI JA BAEK, 11756 166TH ST. ARTESIA, CA 90701 Doing Business as: FOOD MART LIQUOR All other business names(s) and address(es) used by the seller(s)/licensee(s) within the past three years, as stated by the Seller(s)/ licensee(s), is/are: The name(s) and address of the Buyer(s)/applicant(s) is/are: MILANO LIQUOR INC, 11756 166TH ST. ARTESIA, CA 90701 The assets being sold are generally described as: ALL STOCK IN TRADE, FIXTURES, EQUIPMENT, GOODWILL, TRADENAME, LEASE, LEASEHOLD IMPROVEMENTS, AND COVENANT NOT TO COMPETE, AND ABC LICENSE and is/are located at: 11756 166TH ST., ARTESIA, CA 90701 The type of license to be transferred is/are: 21-556192 OFF SALE GENERAL now issued for the premises located at: SAME The bulk sale and transfer of alcoholic beverage license(s) is/are intended to be consummated at the office of: TEAM ESCROW, 6025 BEACH BLVD, BUENA PARK, CA 90621 and the anticipated sale date is JUNE 16, 2020 The purchase price of consideration in connection with the sale of the business and transfer of the license, is the sum of $460,000.00, including inventory estimated at $70,000.00, which consists of the following: DESCRIPTION, AMOUNT: CASH $460,000.00; ALLOCATION TOTAL $460,000.00 It has been agreed between the Seller(s)/licensee(s) and the intended Buyer(s)/transferee(s), as required by Sec. 24073 of the Business and Professions code, that the consideration for transfer of the business and license is to be paid only after the transfer has been approved by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. ALEX KANG BAEK AND MI JA BAEK, Seller(s)/Licensee(s) MILANO LIQUOR INC,, Buyer(s)/Applicant(s) LA2523643 LOS CERRITOS COMMUNITY NEWS 5/15/2020

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