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multi-part Hews Media Group-Los Cerritos Community News investigation has triggered HPLE, El Rancho Unified School District’s (ERUSD) Measure ER bond management firm, to resign under a cloud of financial malfeasance. In the first article, HMGLCCN reported on 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 and willful violations of California’s Education Code. The long-running plot in-

volved 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. The recipient of Lara, Orosco, and Ibarra’s actions was Jaime Ortiz, a good friend of Lara and Orosco’s, and owner of High Performance Learning Environments, Inc. The four schemed to first obtain a majority on the board, with Ortiz donating $15,000 to the Ibarra campaign, then to re-hire Ortiz just three months after he was fired. The plan worked when Ibarra won her seat, Ortiz was re-hired and the bond contracts started flowing to companies that donated to Ibarra’s campaign. The second article uncovered

NORWALK OFFERS FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR HOME IMPROVEMENTS BY BRIAN HEWS As part of efforts to improve the standard of living in neighborhoods, the city of Norwalk is now providing qualifying home owners with financial assistance for the rehabilitation of their residential properties. Homes must be owner-occupied, single family residences, including mobile homes, condominiums, and 1-4 unit rental properties. Assistance offered includes grants, 50% rebates and 0% interest loans, and must be utilized for necessary, rather than aesthetic repairs, such as plumbing, heating, handicap accessibility renovation, window/door replacement, and/or roof repairs. A home inspection by City staff is required. To be eligible for the Home Improvement Program, applicants must have owned the property for at least two years

and qualify under Department of Housing income guidelines. The income guidelines are for one to eight persons per household. For one person, the income is $54,250; for two, $62,000; for three, $69,750; for four, $77,500; for five, $83,700; for six, $89,900; for seven, $96,100; and for eight $102,300. Programs available include grants, 50% rebates, and 0% interest loans. Properties eligible for grants are owner-occupied single-family homes, condominium units, townhouse units, mobile homes and 1-4 unit tenant occupied residences. $8,000 maximum is available for single-family homes and condominium/townhouse units and $5,000 maximum is available for rental units and mobile homes. Owner-occupied properties must remain owner-occupied 2 years after completion of the

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additional acts of malfeasance related to a 501(c)(3) organization, the El Rancho Education Foundation (EREF), involving blatant

conflicts of interests, tax evasion, and violations of the state law related to alcohol on public school grounds.

The EREF was basically a shadow company started by Ortiz. 501(c)(3) companies are required to file statements of revenues, expenses, and operations with the IRS, in a non-profit’s case, the statement is called Form 990. A public records request to the ERUSD indicated that the EREF had not given the district a copy of their 2017 990 filed with the IRS, which was due in early 2018. More troubling, checking online using ERI indicated that the EREF did not have an EIN. An EIN is a unique identification number that is assigned to a business entity so that it can be identified by the IRS. A listing on the California Department of Justice's website showed the EREF was not registered. Lastly, the state Attorney

General’s website confirmed that the EREF did not complete its non-profit registration, firing off a “Notice to Register” letter two weeks ago on April 25. HMG-LCCN asked Ortiz for the EIN, but he never responded. So not only did the EREF not register with the state or the IRS as required by law, the foundation did not file its IRS tax paperwork, this while profiting $37,000 from a gala the foundation held in 2017. The EREF is closed now with no trace of the $37,000. The third article caught the four in open lies in a desperate Trump-type attempt to claim innocence. This time it was Lara and ERUSD Superintendent Karling Aguilera-Fort (Fort) who accused the investigators, Carolyn Castillo a current ERUSD Board

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State Board of Education officials have agreed to a new structure for sex education in the classroom, and parents are not happy about it. “Life has become exponentially more complex in the last few decades,” said Linda Darling-Hammond, president of the board, in a statement. “The Health Curriculum Framework — developed by educators for educators — gives district administrators and educators the guidance and resources they need to develop curriculum and instruction that can help students adopt healthy behaviors that support their physical and mental well-being and navigate through the sometimes complicated situations that will come their way.” The guidance is not a man-

OVER 200 supporters and protestors stood outside the capitol last week demonstrating their feelings about the new guidelines.

date and is aimed at kindergarten through 12th grade students providing officials with information to use in a sex education curriculum. The updated structure includes the use of gender-neutral and LGBTQ-inclusive language, material on consent and sex-trafficking and the continued teaching of HIV prevention.

The new curriculum also includes suggestions on nutrition, physical activity, tobacco, alcohol, and skin care. But it is the sex education that has angered parents and others. Some of the books that were suggested as resources include “S.E.X.: The All-You-Need-toKnow Sexuality Guide to Get

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IN HONOR of national Emergency Medical Services Week, Lakewood Regional Medical Center held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of their newest MedPost Urgent Care location at 3559 E. South Street, Long Beach.

In honor of national Emergency Medical Services Week [EMS], Lakewood Regional Medical Center held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of their newest MedPost Urgent Care location at 3559 E. South Street, Long Beach on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. “We are really excited about the opening here,” said CEO John Grah, “we have an extremely busy emergency room, and with the closing of several regional hospitals over the last couple of years it has put more pressure on our emergency rooms and our physicians. Urgent care centers can help ease that burden and give quicker response to situations that are non-emergencies.” The opening of the MedPost on South Street is the third location for LRMC, which is located directly across the street. From aches to x-rays, patients can depend on MedPost to be open seven days a week, including nights and weekends, and no appointment is necessary although you can make an appointment on line and avoid any lengthy waiting room visit. The broad range of services include x-rays, infections, pediatric care, flu symptoms, headaches, sprains, strains, broken bones and lab testing.

“Health care costs are expensive and a visit to the emergency room can prohibit some people from seeking medical care,” adds Grah, “we want to help with this and MedPost is one way that we can keep medical treatment available and costs down for our patients.” Lakewood Mayor Todd Rogers opened with a chuckle, because MedPost is located in Long Beach, but Lakewood Regional sits directly opposite. “It is not often that a Lakewood Mayor gets to do a ribbon cutting for the city of Long Beach, it is fitting that this opening is held today during Emergency Medical Week. I spent 32 years with the Los Angeles Sheriffs Department and many years as a patrol deputy and I can tell you that I have the greatest respect for emergency personnel in the field and their ability to save so many lives. This is a tremendous value for our community and residents.” If a patient is seen at MedPost and it is determined that a patient needs further care, the hospital is directly across the street and it can be administered immediately. The clinic is offering a $20 promotional school physical until September 2019 to assist parents in school enrollment requirements. Clients can walk in or make appointments online at

MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE IN LA MIRADA Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post #9148 will host a Memorial Day Service at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 27. The service will be held at Olive Lawn Memorial Park, located at 13926 La Mirada Boulevard. The service will include a Memorial Day address by Pastor Robert Racoma U.S. Army Combat Veteran, recogni-

tion of La Mirada’s Blue Star families, a special tribute to fallen soldiers, and the ceremonial laying of the wreaths. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, as seating is limited. For additional information, call La Mirada VFW Post #9148 at (562) 941-4097 or Olive Lawn Memorial Park at (562) 9431718.


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EXCLUSIVE: Fight Breaks Out at Contract Cities Between Councilmen and Attendees


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EXCLUSIVE: Montebello Mayor Jack Hadjinian Violating His Own City's Trash Hauler Regulations

A NASA SERVICES container in front of Montebello Mayor Jack Hadjinian's house. Montebello's contracted trash hauler is Athens Services. BY BRIAN HEWS

COMMERCE COUNCILMAN Mendoza on the ground after the alleged assault by his fellow Councilman Ivan Altamirano.

BY BRIAN HEWS Attendees at the annual Contract Cities convention texted HMG-LCCN last Saturday morning saying  a "huge" fight broke out at the Renaissance Indian Wells at around 12:30 a.m. instigated by Commerce Councilman Ivan Altamirano. The Contract Cities gathering draws hundreds of city officials from over seventy cities in California, along with the companies that are contracted for services with those cities. The website indicates, "the California Contract Cities Association has advocated on the benefits of the contracting model and cost savings it provides to member cities through various means, including in liability." This is not the first time a fight has broke out at the annual party. Last year it was reported that Compton Councilman Isaac Galvan allegedly got into a fistfight with another guest that had to be broken up by Compton City Manager Cecil W. Rhambo. Witnesses told HMG-LCCN that Commerce Councilmen Ivan Altamirano assaulted Leonard Mendoza. The incident started in the outside cigar smoking area, when  Altamirano ran through a door and sucker punched Mendoza. The punch knocked Mendoza out,

with witnesses saying Mendoza's head could be heard hitting the ground. A meleĂŠ started with witnesses saying Mario Beltran and  his friend Louis Reyes, who owns Blue Icon Media, were sucker punching people who were trying to break up the fight. Witnesses said Mendoza was still unconscious when paramedics finally made it to the scene and took him away. The sheriff's arrived and interviewed witnesses until 4 a.m., with most saying Altamirano sucker punched Mendoza. Sources told HMG-LCCN that the sheriff's are contemplating charging Altamirano with aggravated assault with great bodily harm as Mendoza likely fractured his skull when he fell. The fight will likely expose the city to a massive lawsuit given that the city paid for the officials to attend. The City Council could also remove Altamirano from the City Council under  Quo Warranto, in other words, '"by what authority does this person hold this office?" Quo warranto is a special form of legal action used to resolve a dispute over whether a specific person has the legal right to hold the public office that he or she occupies.Quo warranto is used to test a person’s legal right to hold an office, not to evaluate the person’s performance in the office


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Hews Media Group-Los Cerritos Community News has obtained pictures showing Montebello Mayor Jack Hadijinian evidently violating his own ctiy’s trash hauler contract. The pictures show a large 10 foot by 40 foot temporary container in front of Hadjinian’s house. Not an unusual sight in Montebello neighborhoods, what is unusual is the pictures showed huge letters on the side of the container spelling NASA, as in NASA Waste Services Yet Athens Services is the city’s contracted waste hauler, and according to one local consultant, Athens has the exclusive contract with the City in the area of temporary containers in residential areas. Hadjinian could be cited, fined $500


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ABC Unified School District held its 6th Annual Elementary STEM Olympics at Artesia High School on Saturday May 11, 2019. Over 200 fifth and sixth grade students representing 17 elementary schools competed in four events testing their engineering skills. The 5th grade events are Bombs Away and Recycled Racers. In Bombs Away, school teams design parachutes to carry a payload of 8 pennies. They are dropped from 20 feet in the air. The parachute which spends the longest time in the air wins! The Recycled Racers made from recycled materials such as CDs & water bottles are designed by school teams, then raced down a six-foot high, 32-foot long track and the fastest racer wins. The 6th grade events are Sunny Side Up and Keepin’ It Comfy. Student teams design solar cookers for Sunny Side Up, using a shoebox and a variety of insulating and reflecting materials. The solar cooker is placed under a heat source and the team with the highest temperature increase in their oven wins. For Keepin’ It Comfy, teams design an insulated home using a cake box and a variety of insulation materials to see

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which box can retain its temperature when exposed to a chill pack for 30 minutes. The insulated home with the smallest temperature change wins! Students were awarded medals and ribbons for 1st through 5th places. Our 5th grade gold medal winners for Bombs Away are Marcello Vallefuoco, Brayden Ouchi, and Andre Sandoval representing Stowers Elementary School; and the gold medal winners for Recycled Racers representing Hawaiian Elementary School are Andrea Chavez, Jennifer Jimenez, and Cristian Marin. For the 6th grade events, the team from Willow Elementary school, Susan Ung, Alina Corcoles, and Bella Harmon, won gold medal for Sunny Side Up; and the team from Juarez Elementary School, Stanley Kim, Lance Gregorio, Lorenzo Urena, and Rojine

Nobi, earned the gold medal for Keepin” It Comfy. The elementary school earning the most points during the competition was awarded a Grand Champion trophy given to honor our Science Curriculum Specialist Paul Killian for his 46 years of service to the students in ABCUSD. He is retiring in June. The winner of the The Paul Killian Innovation in Science trophy was awarded to Hawaiian Elementary School. President Ernie Nishii said “Science and technology is the future and this future belongs to all of us.” This annual event is cosponsored by the Cerritos Optimist Club and the ABCUSD Elementary Curriculum division with support from middle school science teachers and students.

SNIPER 3D ASSASSIN VIDEO GAME ASKS PLAYERS TO KILL JOURNALISTS A popular mobile video game features a mission where players are tasked with killing a journalist. It says it would “make him famous in a different way”. Sniper 3D Assassin is available on iOS and Android. It has a rating of about fourand-a-half stars, with a combined 12 million reviews on both platforms. The mission in which a journalist is set for assassination is called “Breaking News” and it calls on the player to kill someone who bribed a police officer for information. "A journalist bribed a cop and will pick up a briefcase from the cop," the mission says. "The briefcase is full of sensitive documents. Make him famous in a different way." To get to this mission, you must first kill a gunman who allegedly killed several people at a pizzeria last year, someone who stole a backpack from a tourist, a sniper who is killing innocent people, and three men who were guarding a gang's weapon arsenal. The game launched in 2014 and reached

10 million downloads in the first month, according to the developer, TFG Co, which is based in Brazil. In 2016, the developer claimed it was the most-downloaded game in the App Store. "Take your sniper, aim and start shooting your enemies," the game description reads. The Apple Store has guidelines that address violence in games, and it notes that "if you're looking to shock and offend people, the App Store isn't the right place for your app". Attacks and threats against journalists have skyrocketed since 2017, when Donald Trump became president. He has continued to call journalists "the enemy of the people," despite criticism and fear that he is stoking tension and violence. On 28 June, a man shot multiple journalists at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland. Five people died and two were injured. Before the shooting, the alleged killer had sent letters to courthouses and a law firm stating: "I further certify I then did

proceed to the office of respondent Capital-Gazette Communications... with the objective of killing every person present," according to the Baltimore Sun. In October, a pipe bomb was found in the CNN mailroom at the Time Warner Centre in New York. The package was addressed to former CIA director John Brennan, who works as an analyst for NBC News and MSNBC. Charging documents included details suggesting that the suspect was critical of the media. The suspect's van was "covered with images including images critical of CNN", the complaint said. Mr Trump later told reporters that he didn't think he was responsible in any way for stoking the suspect's rage at the news media. "No, not at all," Trump said. He then attacked CNN on Twitter for suggesting that he was inciting violence against journalists.

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Montebello Police discover, REAL ESTATE MARKET UPDATE four days later, one of their BY TAMMYE MCDUFF County’s Gateway Cities police cruisers was stolen coverLosa Angeles stretch of land along the southBY BRIAN HEWS Stealing a car from the Montebello Police is apparently easy, in addition, they will not find about it even though it was stolen from their own parking lot. On May 21 the MP discovered that a marked black and white patrol vehicle was not parked in its designated parking stall at the police facility. Worse, a loaded AR-15 assault rifle and two loaded shotguns were inside. One of the shotguns was loaded with bean-bag rounds, the other with lethal shot. The MP said all the weapons were locked and secured in the vehicle and all the keys to the SUV have been accounted for. The MP notified other law enforcement agencies about the missing vehicle, which has a California exempt license plate number of 1429238, Montebello police said. Investigators are asking that anyone with information that would assist investigators with locating this vehicle to please call the Montebello Police Department at 323 887-1313. If the vehicle is seen parked or moving; callers are urged to dial 911. Callers wishing to remain Anonymous with information, may call “Crime Stoppers” at 800-222-8477.

east edge of the County, bordering Orange County. The diverse collection of 27 cities and communities represents some of the area’s most delightful neighborhoods as well as many thriving industrial and manufacturing areas. The region is best known for its international trade facilitated by the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles where over 14 million containers of cargo were transported in 2012. Once named for their role as ‘portals to prosperity’ the areas housing, as are most real estate markets in Southern California, beginning to see fewer home owners. Housing prices fell last month in the Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties which were reported in the California Association of Realtors’ housing report, released April 16th. It’s the first year-overyear price drop for the Gateway cities area in seven years and the third in Orange County in the past four months. House sales, meanwhile, were down in all major regions in the state – falling 12 percent year over year in the Los Angeles metro area. “March’s price and sales declines occurred even though the economy remains strong and despite recent drops in mortgage rates,” said La Mirada Real Estate broker Noel Jaimes, “low mortgage rates may yet reignite demand during this year’s spring home buying season, when sales typically are at their highest.” A few experts believe the California housing market is well past its peak. Yet economics, demographics, buyer/ demand and last two months sales stats seem to contest that idea. Millions of apartments need to be built in the next decade, to satisfy an

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Financial elder abuse is the fastest growing form of elder abuse in the counSt. Irenaeus Health Ministry spon- try. sored a workshop on elder abuse prevenMany financial scams exist and are so tion on May 20th featuring speaker Kelli common they have names. Number one Jean Morris, JD, LLM, Director, Senior is the Romance Scam, others include the Protection Program (SPP) and Coordi- Grandparent/family/friend emergency, nator of the Financial Abuse Specialist the Imposter scam, Employment scams, Team (FAST) from the Council on Ag- and Sweepstakes/lottery/prizes or unexing, Southern California. pected winnings scam. Kelli gave some Kelli emphasized stunning statistics. the need to report Presently there are all forms of elder 11% of the of all about 400,000 abuse and cited elders in Orange where to report elder abuse cases in County, but the them. the country occur in number of elders, Physical elder California. age 65 and over, is abuse needs to be predicted to double reported to Adult by 2050 and the numProtective Services ber of people age 85 and (APS) or the local police over, the most vulnerable, will department, the report is confitriple. dential. With this growth of older adults, the If you are a victim of financial scams risk of elder abuse is predicted to rise. or fraud, report to local law enforcement, It is estimated that 11% of all elder APS or the Federal Trade Commission abuse cases in the United States occur in (FTC). California. If you suspect abuse of someone at Approximately 1 out of 14 cases are a long-term care facility, call their Omknown to authorities, but it may be as budsman and they will investigate; once high as 1 in 25, according to a study in again the call can be made anonymousNew York. ly. Elder abuse is the most unreported Also present at the workshop with crime in the country primarily because informational materials were Officer the victims are embarrassed to have been Julie Marquez from the Cypress Police scammed, they are afraid of the perpetra- Department and two representatives tor, they rely on the perpetrator to take from programs at the Council of Aging, care of them, or they are reluctant to re- Southern California. port abuse against a family member. They emphasized the other free serKelli cited the legal definition of el- vices available through the Council on der abuse and the forms of elder abuse: Aging to assist older and disabled adults physical, emotional, neglect and finan- and their families which include Health cial abuse. Insurance Counseling & Advocacy ProOvermedicating an elder is one form gram (HICAP); Long-Term Care Omof physical abuse. Neglect can occur due budsman Program; Reconnect Early to physical or mental decline or from the Intervention Services; Friendly Visitor senior's fear of not being able to afford Program; SmileMakers Guild; and Anmedications. swers Guide.



TREE PEOPLE TO PLANT 11,000 TREES IN LOCAL CITIES STAFF REPORT Tree People, an environmental nonprofit organization, will be planting more than 3,000 trees along the City’s streets and parks. The work is part of a larger program in where Tree People will plant 11,000 trees in the cities of Downey, Norwalk, Santa Fe Springs, Commerce and La Mirada over the next five years. This project is funded by the California Department of Transportation and administered by the I-5 Joint Powers Authority (I-5 JPA), which represents each of these cities. The trees are being planted in the City’s right-of-way and not on private property. These trees will be planted and cared for

by Tree People for the first 24 months. The first phase of this project began in April 2019 and will end at the end of May 2019. Phase II will begin September 2019 and end in May 2020. Trees are vital to the environment and provide many lasting benefits such as cleaner and cooler air, reduced storm water pollution, lower energy bills and increased property values. Residents will be notified by Tree People before tree plantings occur in their area. Questions regarding tree plantings should be directed to Juan Solomon, Project Manager with Tree People at 323-649-0736 or To volunteer at upcoming tree plantings and tree care events, please contact www. or

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LA MIRADA GETS ITS FIRST CHICK-FIL-A ENJOYING A PACKED HOUSE are from (l-r) Terry and Richard Trujillo, La Mirada Mayor Pro Tem John Lewis, Councilman Larry Mowles, Mayor Steve De Ruse, Chamber Executive Director Noel James and owner Chris Schivley and his son. The new restaurant is located at 14303 Firestone Boulevard, right off the 5 freeway.


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BY TAMMYE MCDUFF The La Mirada community celebrated the opening of the first Chick-fil-A restaurant Monday evening, May 19, 2019. Owner Chris Schivley welcomed City Council, Chamber of Commerce and other local VIP’s to the soft opening. Located at 14303 Firestone Boulevard, Chick-fil-A / La Mirada restaurant will officially open its doors to the public on May 23rd, and employ almost 90 Team Members. Schivley graduated from Long Beach State University in 2002 with a degree in criminal justice and went on to earn a master’s degree in public policy and administration in 2006. He grew up in the Los Angeles County area and spent the first 20 years of his career in law enforcement. A few years ago he and his wife began a weekly date night tradition of visiting the local Chick-fil-A in Long Beach. After learning about the franchise owner opportunity from a colleague, Schivley’s interest was piqued and it didn’t take long before he realized the brand’s focus on serving food and mentoring young people matched his entrepreneurial goals. By the end of 2018, Schivley left his police department job to pursue his dream of becoming an Operator and was thrilled when he was selected for the new La Mirada restaurant. Becoming an Operator is no small feat. The Chick-fil-A chain receives nearly 60,000 applications each year for to fill an approximate 100 franchise opportunities. Schivley and his wife, Alisa, and their two children are excited to open the new La Mirada restaurant so close to their home in Long Beach. “I am eager to bring Chick-fil-A’s menu items and

personalized customer service to the La Mirada community,” he said. “I am committed to developing my Team Members as together we provide a remarkable experience to our guests.” The new 5,400-square-foot restaurant has been designed to enhance all aspects of a guest’s experience from the drivethru to the counter to in-restaurant dining. Highlights include two-lane drive-thru merging into a single pick-up point that can handle upwards of 200 cars an hour; heritage restaurant design that showcases a vintage-inspired interior with floor-toceiling windows, drop pendant lighting and a recycled peach basket light, and a chandelier made from recycled Coke bottles which hangs over a community table made from reclaimed wood. A designated inside pickup counter as well a reserved “Super Hero” parking spot has been designated for veterans, active duty, police, fire fighters, and teachers. The inside dining room is equipped with free Wi-Fi and seats 112, along with a 12-seat outdoor patio. A two-story indoor playground has an interactive toddler section. The full-service menu is filled with a variety of healthy and dietary options. Breakfast is served until 10:30 a.m., the restaurant is open from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Chick-fil-A locations are closed on Sunday. The overnight Grand Opening ‘First 100 Campout’ began May 22nd with engaging activities for participants ages five and older who will also enjoy a Chick-fil-A meal during the countdown to the opening. The campout is held for the first 100 adults, ages 18 and older, who will win a digital offer card with a year of free Chick-fil-A meals.


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PICTURED are members of La Palma’s John F. Kennedy Baseball Team that won the CIF 3-A Championship and the Garden Grove League Championship in 1989. Seated in the first row, fourth from the left, is Scott Wood; fifth from the left, is former Head Baseball Coach Chris Pascal, with Assistant Coach Scott Burns, at right, in the front row. Standing in the back row, second from the left, are Greg Hansell, Craig Roah, fifth from left, and Steve Rath, sixth from the left. Roah, Rath, Hansell and Wood spoke at the 30th Reunion. Photos by Cuc Du, Courtesy of Edna Ethington.

BY EDNA ETHINGTON On Saturday, May 18, 2019, former John F Kennedy head baseball coach Chris Pascal held a 30th anniversary barbeque of their historic milestone when they won the school’s first CIF 3-A Championship in 1989 and the 1989 Garden Grove League Championship. Coach Pascal invited the team’s parents, past coaches, former baseball team members, friends and family to come to the barbecue. Approximately 60 people came to reminisce and celebrate their CIF 3-A Championship and Garden Grove League Championship 30 years ago. It was noted that day that Kennedy’s 2019 baseball team

was playing in a CIF Championship game and did win later that night. It was finally another Kennedy baseball championship after 30 years. Scott Wood presented Coach Pascal with a bronze plaque to commemorate and thank him. The plaque said: “THANK YOU FOR GIVING US THE TOOLS NECESSARY TO DO WHAT WE DID IN THAT SEASON 30 YEARS AGO.” Wood works for Moncler Bronze Company. He designed the bronze plaque in the shape of a baseball home plate with two baseball bats printed with 1989 and 2019, a baseball, and all the names of the team members, the coaches, and even the statistician.

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GRADUATING students are joined by Kaiser staff and their families to celebrate the culmination of a six month training program. Photos courtesy of Kaiser Permanente. BY TAMMYE MCDUFF Students from Nimitz Middle School in Huntington Park graduated from Kaiser Permanente-Downey Medical Center’s annual Hippocrates Circle Program, Thursday, May 14th with full pomp and circumstance befitting future medical personnel. The program is funded by Kaiser Permanente Southern California Community Benefit and helps youth from under-represented communities pursue careers in medicine. As part of the six-month program, these 52 graduating students shadowed physicians at Kaiser Permanente Downey, taking lessons ranging from CPR training to learning how to detect cancer in patients through biopsies and analyzed organs. Students also gained valuable insight about the importance of overcoming challenges and continuing their education. The Hippocrates Circle reaches nearly 900 students throughout Southern Califor-

nia each year. Since the program’s inception in 2000, about 8,000 students have graduated, and dozens have gone on to become physicians, some of whom currently practice at Kaiser Permanente facilities. The program is a partnership between Kaiser Permanente staff, physicians, school superintendents, educators, parents, and medical school faculty to strengthen connections and assist students in achieving their educational goals. The program begins with an orientation fair at the local Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, a medical school fair, a hospital tour where students interact with physicians and other health care staff, culminating in a graduation ceremony which was held at Downey Embassy Suites. This special event for the graduates and their families included a dinner, where the graduates each received a Certificate of Completion and their very first stethoscope.

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PITCHER OF THE YEAR: Matthew Pinal of Cerritos led the area with eight victories in nine decisions and had an earned run average of 1.22 in just over 63 innings of action.

SENIOR DAISY TORRES helped the Lady Gladiators to the CIF-SS D-1 semifinal game. Torres, in her first season as a starter, went 10-2 entering the semifinal game.


C-Charlene Fregoso (Artesia) 1B-Leilani Pati (Artesia) 2B-Gisele Tapia (Gahr) 3B-Brenda Duran (Artesia) SS-Taylor Stephens (Gahr) LF-Kristalyn Romulo (Gahr) CF-Camryn Thompson (Artesia) RF-Irene Dorado (Gahr) DP-Shasiel Fregoso (Gahr) SECOND TEAM P-Erin Gibbs (Cerritos) P-Valerie Joaquin (Artesia) C-Natalya Mendiola (Cerritos) 1B-Johanna Rodriguez (Gahr) 2B-Mikala Huskey (Gahr) 3B-Jazmine Hill (Gahr) SS-Jadyn Nielsen (Cerritos) LF-Isabel Navarro (Artesia) CF-Essence Gibbs (Cerritos) RF-Kaitlin Caneda (Cerritos) DP-Elise Gibbs (Cerritos) THIRD TEAM P-Caitlyn Azevedo (Valley Christian) P-Ashley Benavides (Gahr) C-Malia Luna (Gahr) 1B-Samiya Jones (Cerritos) 2B-Zoey Williams (Artesia) 3B-Kyla Nunez-O’Leary (Valley Christian) SS-Natalie Luna (Artesia) LF-Lauren Lejano (Cerritos) CF-Sydni Jones (Gahr) RF-Alexis Duenas (Artesia) DP-Quinn Livesay (Valley Christian) HONORABLE MENTION P-Shelby Hile (Artesia) P-Gabriela Ortega (John Glenn) C-Haley Acosta (Whitney) 1B-Kimberly Rossello (Whitney) 2B-Niki Ibarra (Cerritos) 3B-Valerie Villegas (Whitney) SS-Mia Sun (Whitney) LF-Lois Kim (Whitney) CF-Alexandria Burgess-Allen (Valley Christian) RF-Isabella Reyes (Whitney) DP-Makayla Sur (Cerritos) Player of the Year: Brenda Duran has always been a slugger but in her senior season, she ended her high school career with a bang. The Artesia third baseman


s was the case for the fall and winter seasons, Artesia High, Cerritos High and Whitney High benefited from forming the new 605 League as two of those three schools won league championships. Whitney softball had one of its finest seasons while Gahr High’s softball team made another deep run in the CIF-Southern Section playoffs. Here are the 2019 HMG-Community News Spring All-Area Teams. BASEBALL FIRST TEAM P-Matthew Pinal (Cerritos) P-Evan Vasquez (Cerritos) C-Jorge Renteria (Gahr) 1B-Jacob Hernandez (John Glenn) 2B-Alex Manibusan (Cerritos) 3B-Nick Hill (Cerritos) SS-Joseph Figueroa (John Glenn) LF-Matt Estrada (Gahr) CF-Raul Garcia (Cerritos) RF-Matthew Aguinaga (Cerritos) DH-Bernie DeLeon (Cerritos) SECOND TEAM P-Joseph Angulo (John Glenn) P-Jason Dressel (Gahr) C-Alexis Martinez (John Glenn) 1B-Wyatt Keller (Valley Christian) 2B-Aden Gomez (Whitney) 3B-Matthew Polk (Gahr) SS-Jedi Hernandez (Whitney) LF-Alejandro Rizzo (John Glenn) CF-Jayden Tani (Whitney) RF-Gerardo Vargas (John Glenn) DH-Andrew Householder (Gahr) THIRD TEAM P-Ryan Bloom (Valley Christian) P-Jason Shin (Whitney) C-Michael Campos (Whitney) 1B-Rudy Lopez III (Whitney) 2B-Matt Kurata (Gahr) 3B-Brayden Garner (Valley Christian) SS-Edward Morales (Gahr) LF-Owen Gott (Cerritos) CF-Julian Marrujo (John Glenn) RF-Joey Lopez (Gahr)

DH-Carl Estrella (Whitney) HONORABLE MENTION P-Jayden Baerg (Cerritos) P-JaMore Ward (Gahr) C-Jonathan O’Neill (Cerritos) 1B-Michael Stephens (Gahr) 2B-Patrick Garcia (Artesia) 3B-Christian Leon (John Glenn) SS-James Stirton (Valley Christian) LF-Brandon Azzato (Artesia) CF-Ryan Lasiter (Valley Christian) RF-Min Kim (Whitney) DH-Adam Hollenback (Artesia) Co-Players of the Year: Cerritos was loaded with tons of talent this past season and Matthew Aguinaga and Alex Manibusan were a big part of it. Manibusan, a junior second baseman, led the Dons with a .378 batting average and was tied for second with 31 hits. He also drove in 25 runs, two behind the team leader. Aguinaga, a senior right fielder, batted .365, good for third on the team, had a team-high 38 runs scored and was walked a team-high 14 times. Pitcher of the Year: Matthew Pinal of Cerritos waited until he was a senior to have one the best seasons in school history. Pinal led the area with eight victories in nine decisions and had an earned run average of 1.22 in just over 63 innings of action. Pinal went the distance three times, all in 605 League action and struck out 61 batters. Coach of the Year: The standard was already set at Cerritos when former co-head coach Scott Parsonage and Brooks Walling took over the program in 2014. Now, in his first season as head coach Walling guided the Dons to a 21-8 mark and a 605 League championship. It was the school’s first league title in baseball since 1996 and ninth overall. Cerritos won 14 of its last 16 games and went undefeated in 10 league contests, outscoring league foes 100-6 with five shutouts. SOFTBALL FIRST TEAM P-Taylor Genera (Whitney) P-Daisy Torres (Gahr)

led the area with an amazing .714 batting average, 45 hits, 38 runs scored and 45 RBI. Duran also smacked five home runs, tied for second best out of all area players and was also named the 605 League’s Most Valuable Player. Co-Pitchers of the Year: To say that Taylor Genera was a workhorse this past season would be an understatement. The Whitney senior and 605 League Most Valuable Pitcher worked nearly every inning this season, winning all 15 games for the Lady Wildcats while striking out 250 of the 534 batters she faced. The Chaminade University commit leaves Whitney as one of the top pitchers the school has ever seen. After graduating its two starting pitchers last season, Gahr had some question marks in that category. But senior Daisy Torres stepped in quite nicely and helped the Lady Gladiators to the CIF-Southern Section Division 1 semifinal game. Torres, in her first season as a full-time starter, went 10-2 entering the semifinal game and had an ERA of 2.79. Co-Coaches of the Year: Years and years of frustration and futility paid off for Artesia head coach Dayna Feenstra as she can now call herself a league champion. Feenstra guided the Lady Pioneers to a 17-4 record and a share of the 605 League championship. After losing the league opener, the Lady Pioneers won nine straight games before a first round exit in the playoffs. The 17 victories are the most in over two decades and since at least 1998, no Artesia softball team had finished higher than fourth place in league. After advancing to the Division 1 title game last season, Gahr did not miss a beat this season with first-year head coach Rey Sanchez. He coached a team that still had a lot of pop in the lineup to a 22-6 season. It’s the fifth straight season the program has won at least 22 games and since 2015, Gahr has a record of 120-27-2. The program has also won six straight San Gabriel Valley League titles.

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s America pauses this Memorial Day to remember those who paid the ultimate price to preserve our freedom, it’s important to shed some light on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a mental health condition affecting many veterans. For men and women who return home following tours overseas, having endured traumatic events that include combat, terrorist attacks, accidents or sexual assault can lead them to experience nightmares or flashbacks caused by PTSD. Those who suffer from PTSD often relive events that become seared in their memories and negatively affect their mental health. With PTSD affecting more than 13 million people in the U.S, including 8% of all veterans, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Center for PTSD notes it is common to have symptoms right after a traumatic event

such as combat. However, if they last longer than a month, it may be PTSD. “Veterans with PTSD are impacted in different ways,� said Dr. Juan-Carlos Zuberbuhler with Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center. “What many have in common, however, is that PTSD can negatively affect how a person handles daily activities such as a job, going to school or having healthy relationships with your spouse, children, friends and loved ones. That can often lead to shame, social withdrawal, anxiety, sleep disorders, or even suicide.� Dr. Zuberbuhler noted the simplest triggers can make someone with PTSD feel like their nervous system becomes hijacked by a panic reaction, which can cause you to fight (get angry), flight (avoid), or freeze (feel numb). “Certain factors increase the chances of someone developing PTSD, including having directly experienced or repeatedly witnessing the aftermath of a very intense or long-lasting traumatic event,� he added. “Thus, in addition to direct victims, many first responders or healthcare providers can be at risk for developing PTSD.� For those with PTSD, doing the fol-

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LA PALMA COUNCILWOMAN MICHELE STEGGEL SPEAKS AT LA PALMA-CERRITOS AAUW MEETING BY EDNA ETHINGTON The La Palma-Cerritos American Association of University Women (AAUW) met at Liberty Park in Cerritos for their general meeting on May 16, 2019. The speaker for the evening was Michele Steggell. President and Founder of the La Palma Community Foundation and a member of the La Palma City Council. Michele has lived in La Palma since 1970, attended Walker Jr. High School, and graduated from John F. Kennedy High School. She became a realtor in 2006 and became involved in communi-

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ty activities with the encouragement of her boss, Mark Prapher of Mark I Real Estate. She gives back to the community by participating in community activities. Michele was first elected to the La Palma City Council in 2014 and served as Mayor in 2017. She was re-elected for her second term on the City Council in 2018. During her tenure on the council, she started the La Palma Community Foundation to connect charitable individuals and organizations with programs that improve the lives of people in La PICTURED at the May 16 meeting of the La Palma-Cerritos AAUW at Liberty Park Palma and neighboring communities. in Cerritos are guest speaker Michele Steggell, in the center, with Program Co-VP’s Since its founding in 2017, the La Brenda Hicks, at left, and Beverly Zwick, at right. Steggell received a Certificate of Palma Community Foundation has funded the “Every 15 Minutes” program Appreciation from the La Palma-Cerritos AAUW. Photo and I.D. by Edna Ethington. at John F. Kennedy High School. It is a program where students learn about how someone is hurt or killed by a drunk driver every 15 minutes in the United grams. The Foundation requested grant personal life skills and prepare them for States. The most popular students are funds from the North Orange County future careers. asked to pose as injured students, with Public Safety Task Force (NOCPSTF) Michele said that the La Palma Commake-up put on by volunteers from for the School Resource Officer (SRO) munity Foundation will be holding their Knott’s Berry Farm. Jaws of life, fireand a new program for La Palma teen next fundraiser at Knott’s Berry Farm men and ambulances are called, and the students called InspoTeen, in partneron Saturday, September 14 with all designated “injured” students are taken ship with the SRO program. School proceeds going to support the “Every 15 to the La Palma Hospital Emergency Resource Officers are present at all the Minutes” Program. Persons interested Room. The “dead” students are taken schools in La Palma so that students in attending the La Palma Community to the county morgue and the “drunk can talk to them about any potential Foundation fundraiser can contact Midriver” is taken to jail. Parents and problems such as bullying and drugs. chele Steggell at 714-270-4133 or visit students write their farewell letters and a With the InspoTeen program, students funeral is held for the person who died. at Walker Jr. High School and Kennedy The Installation of Officers for 2019Junior and Senior class students see the High School can meet with the SRO 2020 Dinner on May 30, 2019 will be site of the accident examples in front of officer or La Palma Recreation staff at the Panda Inn in La Palma from 6:00 the school and witness the funeral. member three days a week after school. to 8:00 p.m., $25 per person. For more In addition to the “Every 15 MinThe InspoTeen program hopes to inspire information, contact Beverly at 562utes” program, the La Palma Commu943-6149. nity Foundation supports two other pro-B:9.8”teens to participate in exercises and activities that may help to enlarge their T:9.8” S:9.8”

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Continued from page 1 project. For rental projects, landlords cannot increase the rent for 2 years following completion of the project. Grants do not need to be repaid as long as the property owner complies with program requirements. If the project cost exceeds the grant amount, the City may also provide a 50% rebate up to a maximum of $10,000 for single-family and condominium/townhouse units and $5,000 maximum for rental units and mobile homes. Rebates do not need to be repaid as long as the property owner complies with program requirements. Only owner-occupied, single-family homes are also eligible for a 0% loan. Depending upon the family’s financial situation, the loan may have monthly payments over 15 years or loan payments may be deferred for an indefinite period. In either case, the loan has no interest charges. Eligibility is based on income, level of credit, and the amount of applicant's debt. A City staff person can help explain program requirements. The owner must reside in the home throughout the life of

the loan. If an applicant for the loan had received a grant and/or rebate, they will be subject to a one year waiting period from the date of completion. For more information interested homeowners can call the Neighborhood and Community Development Division at 562-929-5951.


Continued from page 1 Member and Esther Mejia, former chair of the bond oversight committee fired by Lara, of corruption, while falsely claiming and posting on social media that they were responsible for initiating the FCMAT audit. Several documents obtained by HMGLCCN clearly refuted Lara’s fraudulent Facebook claims which further implicated him and others in the bond scheme corruption and cover-up. Now the residents of ERUSD have evidently had enough serving Laura and his crony Ibarra recall papers at last night's board meeting. The group is also targeting the third cog in the wheel, Board Vice President Gabriel Orosco, in the 2020 elections.

NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE T.S. No.: 2019-00796 Loan No.: RMF4013931 APN: 8044-024-003 NOTE: THERE IS A SUMMARY OF THE INFORMATION IN THIS DOCUMENT ATTACHED. YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 7/25/2018. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NA-TURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. A public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier's check drawn on a state or national bank, check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, or savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state 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 pur-suant 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: JOSE ALCALA, A SINGLE MAN Duly Appointed Trustee: SUPERI-OR LOAN SERVICING Recorded 8/15/2018 as Instrument No. 20180821602 in book , page of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, California, Date of Sale: 6/14/2019 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 charg-es: $415,066.50 Street Address or other common designation of real property: 13813 RATLIFFE STREET LA MIRADA, CA 90623 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address or other common designation, if any, shown above. If no street address or other common designation is shown, directions to the location of the property may be obtained by sending a written request to the beneficiary within 10 days of the date of first publication of this Notice of Sale. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this proper-ty 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 prop-erty itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automati-cally 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 con-tacting 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, bene-ficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale post-ponements 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 appli-cable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call (714) 730-2727 or visit this Internet Web site, using the file number assigned to this case 2019-00796. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not im-mediately be reflected in the tele-phone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. Date: 5/15/2019 SUPERIOR LOAN SERVICING, BY ASSET DEFAULT MANAGEMENT, INC, AS AGENT FOR TRUSTEE 24013 Ventura Blvd., Suite 200 Calabasas, Cali-fornia 91302 Sale Line: (714) 730-2727 Julie Taberdo, Sr. Trustee Sale Officer A-4694148 05/24/2019, 05/31/2019, 06/07/2019 NOTICE OF SALE OF ABANDONED PROPERTY Notice is given that pursuant to sections 21700-21713 of the Business and Professions Code, Section 2328 of the Commercial Code, Section 535 of the Penal Code. 1812.607, that Norwalk Self Storage at 11564 E. Firestone Blvd., Norwalk, CA 90650 will sell by competitive bidding by Climer’s Auctions ( Bond # 5181494 ), on or after JUNE 11, 2019 @ 10:00 a.m., property belonging to those listed below. Auction is to be held at the above address. Property to be sold as follows: ice chest, sofa, tool box, toes, boxes, refrigerator, rug, gumball machine, pool table, bikes, tables, ladders, glass, wheelchair, monitor, chest, hand tools, loose clothing, box spring mattress, loose bedding, bowling bag, suitcases, filing cabinets, chairs, air tank, plant, fan, computer towers, vacuum, dollies, charcoal, AC, compressor, brooms, fishing poles, couch, shoes, back pack, BBQ, speakers, racks, material, scooter, ball, mirror, fishing poles, lamp, and pans belonging to the following. NAME RUBY ARIAS MARGARITA O VENTURA MARY LOUISE PORRAS BRETT ROGERS FREDENBURG JOSE R GARCIA KEVIN MERAZ GOMEZ HEIDI HEREDERO

UNIT B623 B737 A145/B267 B291 B410 B434 B787

This notice is given in accordance with the provisions of Section 21700 et seq. of the Business and Professions Code of the State of California. Sales subject to prior cancellation in the event of settlement between Owner and obligated party. Publication Dates: MAY 24, 2019 and May 31, 2019. Published at the Los Cerritos Community Newspaper 5/24 and 5/31/19

NOTICE OF SALE OF ABANDONED PROPERTY Notice is given that pursuant to sections 21700-21713 of the Business and Professions Code, Section 2328 of the Commercial Code, Section 535 of the Penal Code. 1812.607, that Cherry Carson RV Storage 4160 Cherry Ave. Long Beach CA, 90807, will sell by competitive bidding by Climer’s Auctions ( Bond #5181494 ), on or after June 11, 2019 @ 10:30 a.m., property belonging to those listed below. Auction is to be held at the above address. Property to be sold as follows: suitcase, totes, boxes , and extension cords belonging to the following. NAME Sarah Stanley B12


This notice is given in accordance with the provisions of Section 21700 et seq. of the Business and Professions Code of the State of California. Sales subject to prior cancellation in the event of settlement between Owner and obligated party. Publication Dates: May 24, 2019 AND May 31, 2019 Published at the Los Cerritos Community Newspaper 5/24 and 5/31/19

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It is a first step in a lengthy recall process of the two embattled elected officials. The petitions require that the proponents write a statement, not over two hundred words in length, outlining the reasons for the recall. The proponents must also gather no less than 20 signatures on each of the petitions that must be verified by the ERUSD Clerk in order to move forward. A copy of the notice must be served by personal delivery or by certified mail on Lara and Ibarra. In addition, the original notice must be filed with the Clerk within seven days of service and subsequently published at least once in a newspaper of general circulation and filed with the Clerk. The next step in the process requires the proponents to prepare the recall petition for circulation which once again must be approved by the Clerk. After approval, the proponents must collect enough signatures to qualify for a recall election, with the number of signatures based on a percentage of the registered voters in the ERUSD. A local consultant indicates that 6,400 signatures will be needed to qualify for the recall election. The ballots will have entires asking if Lara and Ibarra "should be recalled" with


a yes or no check box; below that choice will be candidates who will be running to replace Lara and Ibarra. The proponents indicated they will strive for 10% additional “to be safe.”

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CITY OF LA MIRADA NOTICE INVITING BIDS CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT NO. 2017-04 STREET NAME SIGN REPLACEMENT PROGRAM Notice is hereby given that the City of La Mirada, California invites sealed bids for the furnishing of all labor, materials, equipment, and services for the street name sign replacement. Plans and specifications and the Instructions to Bidders are on file in the Office of the City Clerk, La Mirada City Hall, 13700 La Mirada Boulevard, California 90638. Sealed bids shall be delivered to the City Clerk of the City of La Mirada at or before 11 a.m. on June 19, 2019. Bids must be submitted on the blank forms, prepared and furnished for that purpose and included in the Plans and Specifications. The City reserves the right to reject any and all bids, or delete portions of any or all bids, or waive any informality or irregularity in the bid or the bid procedures. Leticia Revilla, Assistant City Clerk Published at La Mirada Lamplighter 5/24/19 CITY OF CERRITOS STATE OF CALIFORNIA NOTICE OF REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR CONSTRUCTION INSPECTION SERVICES, PROJECT NO. 18401 FEDERAL PROJECT NO. HSIPL-5325(017) RFP NO. 1369-19 Project Identification: Project Description: Proposals must be received on or before:

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR CONSTRUCTION INSPECTION SERVICES, PROJECT NO. 18401, FEDERAL PROJECT NO. HSIPL-5325(017), RFP NO. 1369-19 The City of Cerritos is requesting proposals from qualified consultants interested in providing construction inspection services for the Modification of Traffic Signal at Bloomfield Avenue and 166th Street, Project No. 18401, Federal Project No. HSIPL-5325(017). This project is HSIP funded and is subject to federal guidelines. 3:00 p.m. June 12, 2019

Place of proposal receipt:

Office of the City Clerk, City Hall 18125 Bloomfield Avenue, First Floor Cerritos, California 90703

Proposals must be marked:


Request for Proposal details are available in the Public Works Department located on the 2nd Floor of City Hall, 18125 Bloomfield Avenue, Cerritos, California, 90703. The City’s final selection criteria will be based on, but not limited to, analysis of the following:

• Completeness of proposal. • Firm's and key project team members’ record in accomplishing work assignments for similar projects. • Consultant's demonstrated understanding of the scope of work.

The City reserves the right to reject any and all proposals, or portions thereof, or to waive any informality or irregularity in a proposal to the extent allowed by law. By order of the City of Cerritos. Dated/posted/published: May 24, 2019 Published at the Los Cerritos Community Newspaper 5/24/19

NOTICE 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, per-sonal property described below belonging to those individuals listed below at location indicated: 17701 Ibbetson Ave. Belflower, CA 90706, 562-922-3680 on 5/22/19 at 3:00 pm.; Tamya Woods-clothes.; 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 posses-sion of the personal property. CN959985 05-22-19 May 3,10, 2019


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NOTICE INVITING SEALED BIDS FY 2018-19 PAVEMENT REHABILITATION PROJECT PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the CITY OF COMMERCE, referred to as “CITY”, invites sealed bids for the above stated project and will receive such bids at Commerce City Hall in the Office of the City Clerk, 2535 Commerce Way, Commerce, California 90040, up to the hour of 2:00 PM on Thursday, May 30, 2019, at which time they will be publicly opened and read aloud. Late proposals will not be considered. 1.

BID DOCUMENTS: Electronic files of the Plans, Specifications and Contract Documents are available for download on the City website at: Hard copy of the bid package will not be mailed.




SCOPE OF WORK: The work to be done consists of furnishing all labor, materials, tools, equipment and incidental for the rehabilitation of various locations Citywide. Improvements include AC coldmill, AC overlay, AC pavement removal & construction, full depth reclamation, restoration of traffic loops, traffic striping, traffic legends, arrow markings, and other work as shown on the bid documents.


LOCATION OF WORK: The project work will be along sections of Garfield Ave., Triggs St., Sheila St., Greenwood Ave., and Gage Ave.


SCHEDULE OF WORK: In accordance with the Standard Specifications, and/or as may be provided for within the herein Special Provisions, after notification of award and prior to start of any work, the Contractor shall submit to the Engineer for approval its proposed Construction Schedule. At a scheduled date prior to commencement of work, the Contractor and all subcontractors shall attend a pre-construction conference at the City Hall.

Total construction duration is 64 working days.


ESTIMATED COST OF WORK: Estimated cost for Base Bid Schedule is in the range of $2,400,000.


BID BOND: Bids must be accompanied by a bid bond, made payable to the City of Commerce for an amount no less than ten percent (10%) of the bid amount.


CONTRACTORS LICENSE: Contractor shall have a valid California General Contractor License, Class A, General Engineering Contractor, at the time of award and during the performance of the work.


FEDERALLY FUNDED PROJECT: This is not a Federally Funded Project.


CALIFORNIA PREVAILING WAGE Bidder agrees to comply with California Labor Code Sections 1771, 1775, 1776, 1777.5,1813, and 1815 to the performance of its work on this project. Specifically, the Bidder agrees to: 1. Pay all workers not less than the general prevailing rate of per diem wages for work of similar character in the locality in which the public work is performed. 2. Pay all workers not less than the general prevailing rate of per diem wages for holiday and overtime work fixed as provided in this chapter. 3. Adhere to the compliance measures outlined in LC 1775(b) for any second tier subcontractors that the contractor chooses to use on this project. 4. If requested, submit certified payroll records to the City on a weekly basis. Records shall be provided no later than 5 days following the last day of each workweek. 5. Comply with the applicable requirements and joint apprenticeship standards as required by LC 1777.5. Contractor shall complete and sign non-collusion affidavit form and all other required forms included in the specifications. By order of the City Council of the City of Commerce, California

LENA SHUMWAY, City Clerk Dated:

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NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: ILA C. SHAH CASE NO. 19STPB04086 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the WILL or estate, or both of ILA C. SHAH. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by CHUNILAL G. SHAH in the Superior Court of California, County of LOS ANGELES. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that CHUNILAL G. SHAH 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. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: 06/07/19 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 RICHARD O. BARNDT - SBN 160273 6265 GREENWICH DRIVE, SUITE 100C SAN DIEGO CA 92122 BSC 216975 5/17, 5/24, 5/31/19 CNS-3252772# LA MIRADA LAMPLIGHTER

ABC UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE At the Board Meeting of June 4, 2019 at 7 p.m. in the District Office Boardroom-16700 Norwalk Blvd, Cerritos, the Board of Education will hold a public hearing regarding the LCAP and the Budget of the District for the fiscal year 2019-20, prior to Final Adoption as required by Education Code Section 42103. The proposed budget will be on file and available for public inspection at the following location should members of the public wish to review the budget prior to the public hearing. Location:

ABC Unified School District 16700 Norwalk Blvd. Cerritos, Ca. 90703

May 30 - June 4, 2019 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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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 Col-lector'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 Monday, July 1, 2019, 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:

2517 $704.48 GONZALEZ, FRANCISCO G AND GARCIA, MARIA E AIN: 7011-009-073 2522 $21, 694.49 PATEL, PRAVIN LAIN: 7033-007-019 2523 $20, 611.40 PATEL, PRAVIN L SITUS: 17624 PIONEER BLVD ARTESIA CA 90701-4009 AIN: 7033007-020 2525 $40, 227.94 RMS LLC SITUS: 11658 ARTESIA BLVD ARTESIA CA 90701-3802 AIN: 7035-021-032 2526 $18, 130.32 RMS LLC SITUS: 11658 ARTESIA BLVD ARTESIA CA 90701-3802 AIN: 7035-021-033 2741 $476.31 LE, HANH AIN: 8016-025-033 2752 $2, 523.10 GRACE EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH C/O ATTN: REV.ROBERT ROCKHILL SITUS: 12722 WOODS AVE NORWALK CA 906502823 AIN: 8048-011-035 2761 $556.45 LATHROP, MARY AIN: 8080-027-004


PROPERTY TAX DEFAULTED IN YEAR 2014 FOR TAXES, ASSESSMENT, AND OTHER CHARGES FOR FISCAL YEAR 2013-2014 2518 $2, 875.35 PARKER, VIRGINIA SITUS: 16742 CEDARWOOD CIR CERRITOS CA 907032847 AIN: 7012-005-075 2519 $37, 157.52 HUANG, BEEN SITUS: 12760 CUESTA ST CERRITOS CA 90703-1149 AIN: 7012-015-003 2520 $22, 752.70 DEGNER, MARY TR MARY DEGNER TRUST SITUS: 18302 VICKIE AVE CERRITOS CA 90703-6165 AIN: 7028-018-001 2521 $3, 223.74 MELENDREZ, ARCHIBALD A AND RUTH SITUS: 18502 VICKIE AVE CERRITOS CA 90703-6167 AIN: 7028-019-021 2524 $30, 608.96 BELCHER, MARGARET J TR MARGARET J BELCHER TRUST SITUS: 11524 178TH ST ARTE-SIA CA 90701-3829 AIN: 7035-008-014 2527 $9, 978.20 MUNOZ, DEBRA E SITUS: 18330 DEVLIN AVE ARTESIA CA 90701-5726 AIN: 7040-009015 2528 $9, 232.54 CHEN, JOANNA C SITUS: 19522 GRIDLEY RD CERRITOS CA 90703-6717 AIN: 7050-013004 2529 $2, 846.29 ROSE, RICHARD H AND REBECCA A SITUS: 20002 CLARETTA AVE CERRITOS CA 907037851 AIN: 7056-006-008 2740 $3, 761.41 CARO, MARCELINO C SR AND CASTILLO, MARCELINO JR SITUS: 11711 GWYNNE AVE NOR-WALK CA 90650-1936 AIN: 8015039-020 2742 $22, 436.66 HELLAND, RAYMOND S AND MELINDA M SITUS: 11238 ORR AND DAY RD NORWALK CA 90650-7911 AIN: 8018-001-027 2754 $9, 213.43 BRUCKLER, ROBIN L SITUS: 13404 JERSEY AVE NORWALK CA 90650-3849 AIN: 8054004-011 2755 $5, 931.85 CASTILLO, RANULFO TR RANULFO CASTILLO TRUST SITUS: 13612 FLALLON AVE NORWALK CA 90650-3945 AIN: 8054006-011 2756 $668.12 SMITH, GLEN R SITUS: 12339 ROSECRANS AVE NORWALK CA 90650-5053 AIN: 8056018-036 2758 $3, 281.65 GAXIOLA, LORENZA SITUS: 14521 MARILLA AVE NORWALK CA 90650-5246 AIN: 8070-022-020 2759 $1, 122.20 REYNA, MARK SITUS: 14822 NORWALK BLVD NORWALK CA 90650-6005 AIN: 8072021-008 2760 $5, 322.25 FELIX, JOSE M AND FELICITAS SITUS: 11940 NAVA ST NORWALK CA 90650-6522 AIN: 8080-024-012

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 California, and is described as follows:


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 have 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 Friday, June 28, 2019, 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 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 de-faulted taxes, penalties, and fees that have accrued from the date of tax-default to the date of Friday, June 28, 2019. I certify, under penalty of perjury, that the foregoing is true and correct. Dated this 26 day of March, 2019.



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MURALS PAINTED AT FERGUSON ELEMENTARY BY TAMMYE MCDUFF Yuri Nishii, 15 year old member of Camp Fire Long Beach, lead a mural project through the organization for Furgeson Elementary School in Hawaiian Gardens this past Saturday, May 18. “The conversation actually started about a year ago,” says Alejandro Gutierrez, Principal at Furgeson, ”I was approached by Yuri Nishii as part of Camp Fire Long Beach initiative.” CFLB has for many years offered a variety of after school programs, instructing youth on self-reliance, community service, conflict resolution, and youth empowerment as well as after school enrichment programs through community collaboratives. “We discussed the culture of the school and campus communication. In the process of the discussions, one of the topics was academic achievement,” adds Gutierrez. Originally Nishii and Gutierrez discussed building planters so students could learn about tending the soil and growing vegetables, then talk moved to the construction of something for the schools media room, “My dad actually


Continued from page 1 You Through Your Teens and Twenties,” and “Changing You.” S.E.X. includes descriptions of anal sex and bondage while Changing You which includes cartoon illustrations of female and male genitalia. The California State School Board of Education believes that the provision of this type of information will benefit students in the long run. All school districts will have autono-

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pointed out that there was a huge blank wall that we could paint something on, so we decided to ask artist, Anthony Rico, if he would design something. Since CFLB is all about being self confident, the depiction of a superhero was decided on, one that champions successful learning,” Nishii commented. Nishii has been raising funds since last September and was able to get $1,200 donated, “We asked the Hawaiian Gardens City Council if they would help, Councilman Hank Trimble made a donation as well as board members from the ABC board.” Nishii ask for other donations, such as the paint and brushes through advertising on social media and to raise awareness, inviting the community to help out. Many years ago a map of the United States decorated the front sidewalk of Ferguson. With time age and weather it had faded. It has been fully restored as a teaching and learning tool once again. Ferguson is a communications and technology magnet school since 1998. The focus has been on broadcasting with showcasing school and community news, special event reports and public service announcements. Students enhance their reading, writing, speaking and collaboration skills through their participa-

my over what they use from the recommended guidance. Parents also have the right to opt out of sex education lessons for their children under the California Healthy Youth Act. ABCUSD "We recognize the sensitive nature of teaching sex education in public schools today. However, the parents and families may opt their children out of sexual health instruction. We have provided many workshops for families on what is taught in our District and will be responsive to those who desire an alternative instruction."

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THE NEW MURAL at Furgeson ES in Hawaiian Gardens. The project was started by ABC Board President Ernie Nishii's daughter Yuri Nishii. Photo by Tammye McDuff.

tion in our Furgeson Video Magazine. Camp Fire Long Beach was founded in 1923 as the result of the leadership of Miss Ruth Kirkland, and her sister Irene, who started the organization at Jefferson Junior High School.

The Council was chartered to serve Long Beach, Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, and Signal Hill, and currently provides services to portions of Orange County.


On June 8 at 8:00 PM, the Long Beach Symphony wraps up its classical series season with enduring music of pomp and unity: Handel’s Royal Fireworks Music and Beethoven’s epic 9th Symphony. The concert will take place in the Terrace Theater of the Long Beach Performing Arts Center (300 E. Ocean Boulevard). Concertgoers may enjoy the preconcert talk that begins at 7:00 PM. For those who prefer to mix and mingle, there will be music in the lobby and, weather permitting, firepits outdoors on the plaza.

Doors open at 6:30 PM and concert starts promptly at 8:00 PM. Tickets to the concert start at $29 with student tickets available for $10. For more information or to purchase tickets and subscriptions visit or call 562-436-3203 ext. 1. Tickets are also available on The Symphony’s 85th Anniversary season begins September 28, 2019 and runs through May 30, 2020. Subscriptions are available for purchase at


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UPCOMING CERT TRAINING STAFF REPORT The West Orange County Community Emergency Response Team or CERT Program is comprised of those who live and/ or work in Buena Park, Cypress, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Rossmoor, Seal Beach, Westminster and t attached communities. The West County CERT Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact them at home, at work, or at play. The initial CERT training covers basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and res-

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cue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. With this training, CERT members can assist themselves and their families, plus others in their neighborhood or workplace when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to affected individuals and organize volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members can also help with non-emergency projects that improve the safety of their community.

CERT Basic Training

The CERT Basic Training covers basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety,

light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members are better able to assist their family, neighborhood or workplace following an event when first responders (paramedics, fire, police) are not immediately available to help. In an emergency, CERT teaches you to take care of your personal safety first, then your family, and then those around you. It is important to know what to do to protect ourselves and our family members before, during, and after an emergency event. CERT Training helps you do ex-

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Beyond Basic Training

Once the basic CERT training has been completed, CERT members are also encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking an active role in emergency preparedness projects, bimonthly Team pot-luck dinners and other “call out� events like the Seal Beach Run and the Westminster Tet Parade. These events help to build Team comradery, keep members up-to-date, and refine the skills taught in the basic training. Go to contact-us/.