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Chen, Barrows, Edwards Travel Expenses Called Into Question Many of the lavish trips were taken during Carol Chen’s term as Mayor.

City Council Candidate Frank Yokoyama Suspended by State Bar

By Randy Economy and Brian Hews

Editor's Note: Due to an error by Los Cerritos Community News, this article was incorrectly published last week. We regret the error and apologize for the inconvenience. The following is the corrected version.

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n LCCN examination of the 2009-2012 City Council travel documents shows Cerritos council-members Carol Chen and Bruce Barrows, along with Jim Edwards, reporting extremely questionable and expensive charges for travel, hotel fees, and dining costs. In an era of economic collapse and belt tightening where the council-members were asking the unions not to take pay raises and cutting city positions, then Mayor Carol Chen, Councilman Bruce Barrows, and Councilman Jim Edwards were taking expensive, lavish trips and dining on Foie Gras and $62 steaks.

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In an era of economic collapse and belt tightening where the councilmembers were asking the unions not to take pay raises and cutting city positions, then Mayor Carol Chen, Councilman Bruce Barrows, and Councilman Jim Edwards were taking expensive, lavish trips and dining on Foie Gras and $62 steaks. In two 2010 trips (January and March), the well-travelled Cerritos trio of elected officials set off to Washington DC and racked up more than $12,000 in hotel fees alone. Edwards, Chen, and Barrows

Councilman Cho, Candidates Kang and Ma Attempted to Manipulate 2013 Election By Randy Economy Brian Hews, and Rico Dizon

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erritos City Council candidates James Kang, and current Cerritos City Councilman Joseph Cho attempted to craft a deal with rival candidate K.Y. Ma last December in an attempt to manipulate the Cerritos March 5th election, as well as the 2015 Cerritos city council elections. In the press conference Kang said he and his campaign advisors Larry Caballero and Alon Barlevy, met with Ma, Cho and several leaders of the Korean American community in December in hopes of having “just one

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Korean candidate” run for the city council. On Tuesday, Ma produced an “Affidavit of Endorsement” that was allegedly written by Kang, to be signed by Ma that he would fully support James Kang for the council election in March 2015, in exchange for Kang dropping out of the 2013 race. The letter was dated on December 4, 2012 allegedly drafted by two Kang campaign advisors, according to Cho. The notarized affidavit was distributed at a press conference attended by the media and several Ma supporters at his campaign

See ELECTION page 10

dined at such high-end places as the Prime Rib Restaurant spending over $600 on one dinner alone, city records obtained by LCCN confirmed. Among the

See EXPENSES page 10

erritos City Council candidate Frank Aurelio Yokoyama has been suspended by the California State Bar from practicing law after he was cited for several violations, Los Cerritos Community Newspaper has learned. Yokoyama, 44, was suspended from practicing law on January 7, 2012 by Judge Richard A. Platel of the California State Bar Court. Court documents obtained by LCCN show that Yokoyama had agreed to the suspension back on December 7, 2012. In the Suspension Order, Yokoyama is cited by California

DIRTY WATER: Central Basin Municipal Water Board Director Campaigns Financed by Convicted Felon By Brian Hews publisher@cerritosnews.net

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n examination by Los Cerritos Community News of recently filed California 460 Campaign Financial Disclosure statements for new Central Basin Municipal Water District (CBMWD) Directors James Roybal and Leticia Vasquez, both of whom campaigned on ridding the troubled water district of corruption, show extremely heavy financial support from two individuals with substantial criminal backgrounds, one convicted on political corruption charges, and the other a convicted felon.

PHOTO BY RANDY ECONOMY Cerritos City Council candidate Frank Yokoyama has been suspended by the California State Bar in a decision this past month. State Bar officials for “intentionally, or by gross negligence committed as act involving moral turpitude, dishonesty and corruption in willful violation of Business and Professional Code, section 6016.” The 12 page document was

See YOKOYAMA page 10

Norwalk Council Candidates Clash at Debate

Vasquez, who defeated Rudy Montalvo in Division Four, declared paying political campaign manager Angel Gonzalez $4,000.00 before the actual June 5, 2012 election and owing him another $18,399.98. Gonzalez was prosecuted and convicted by the District Attorney for illegal campaign activities in the past. Vasquez also owes money to R&M Associates, controlled by former CBMWD Director and convicted felon Rick Mayer. R&M is part of Mayer’s other company Golden State Consultants. A phone call into Golden

he five candidates running for two Norwalk city council slots openly clashed on several issues on Monday during a lunch time debate sponsored by the Norwalk Chamber of Commerce. Challengers Enrique Aranda, Candy Martinez, and Darryl Ad-

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See DEBATE page 7

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Furlough, Contract Terminations Surface at Artesia Budget Review By Rico Dizon

approximately $170,000 per year. “Eventually PERS will require every employee to pay half of their retirement costs which will significantly add to the fiscal woes of Artesia employees if their salaries are not reinstated,” Powell commented. Ironically though, the ICM has made recommendations that will surely add more woes to City employees. For instance, he proposed to cut the 100% retiree dependent health coverage by half which he said is consistent with current MOU and will result to projected $43,000 annual savings. In addition, City employees may expect to

loose their MHN assistance program since it is seldom used and the Union is amenaWork-related changes for City employble, he said. He added that it will save the ees in Artesia emerged conspicuously from City some $6,500 annually. among the many adjustments proposed To his credit, Powell and his staff was during the City Council mid-year budget able to make the City Attorney amenable to reduce the latter’s salary by at least review for fiscal year 2012-13 held last $30,000 due to certain procedural changes week. involving the Planning Commission and Foremost of these changes, is the terCity Council agendas. Other cost-saving mination of 10% across the board salaryproposals by Powel include the termination reduction of Artesia City personnel which of code enforcement consultant agreement; Interim City Manager Don Powell recomsuspension of a three-year contract with mended to the City Council. Powell said Avery & Associates, and termination of the almost four-year enforcement of the parking enforcement consultants who will furlough saved the City’s general fund of be replaced with part-time enforcement officers whose salaries “will be sustained eventually by the new pay parking program in downtown Artesia.” The above reductions are part of the 15962-A DOWNEY AVE.• PARAMOUNT, CA 90723 modifications and partial year savings PH.: (562) 630-9944 • FAX: (562) 630-3433 to end the 10% furlough. In the end, the ICM said that “we will have freed up to $226,660 of general fund money for other purposes.” His well-prepared and well-researched complete proposal consisted of 12 pages that included charts on unanticipated revenues and expenditures. Albeit all the praises he and Deputy City Great Purchase/Lease Opportunity Manager/ Finance Officer Justine Menzel • SBA Financing Available received from the City Council, Powell’s • 10% Down recommendations will have to wait until • 6,600 SQ FT Building next City Council meeting on Feb. 11 for • 28,709 SQ FT M-Zone Land more careful deliberations. Mayor Sally Flowers said “there is too much information • Fenced and Gated and numbers in the air.” Flowers thought, • State of the Art Paved Parking “this meeting is one of my toughest.” On and Storage Area See Back for Details • Parking for 32 vehicles • Fully Landscaped • Outside Lighting • Security the other hand, Council Member Victor GEORGE FRANZEN • CELL: (562) 754-6650 • EMAIL: gfranzen@HuntIndustrialProperties.com Manalo said, “it is mind-wrenching but one of the clearest I have ever experienced.” Agent# 01042948 - Brokers# 01026105

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ABCUSD on ‘Tactical Alert’ as Manhunt for Chris Dorner Escalates By Randy Economy Campuses in the Cerritos area have been placed on “tactical alert” in wake of the manhunt for killer Chris Dorner on Thursday, Los Cerritos Community Newspaper has been told. Superintendent Mary Sieu of the ABC Unified School District tells LCCN that all campuses in Cerritos have been placed on “tactical alert” and that members of the Cerritos Sheriff’s Station have been in contact with district officials about the situation. “We have been working with Cerritos Sheriff’s Department and want to ensure that all of our campuses are safe and secure,” Sieu said.

Information About Christopher Dorner Sought by Los Cerritos Community News Christopher Dorner of La Palma is one of the most sought after fugitives in America. The past 24 hours has been a media frenzy here in our community where Dorner resides and grew up. Los Cerritos Community Newspaper wants to hear from people who are close friends, family members, who have been in contact with Chris Dorner. Please call us at 562 407 3873 if you have anything important to share with us or email any details to Randy@Cerritosnews.net or RREconomy@aol.com.


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Publishers Corner

REPUBLICANS GOING POSTAL By Brian Hews publisher@cerritosnews.net

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epublicans were “delighted” Brian Hews Wednesday when the Publisher U.S. Postal Service announced it will discontinue first class Saturday mail delivery. They should be, their plan to privatize the USPS was put into effect in 2006 and they are finally seeing it work. This marks another milestone in the decline of the onceubiquitous government service. The new rules for Saturday delivery, set to take effect on August 1, 2013, will

www.HewsMediaGroup.com continue delivery of packages, but discontinue basic first-class mail. Many say it is e-commerce and the Internet. Wrong. It isn’t a switch to online mail that’s causing the postal demise — it’s the Republican 2006 Lame Duck Congress (RLDC). Under the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act passed in 2006, the RLDC forced the USPS to pre-fund 75 years worth of pensions for its employees, a requirement not made of any other public or private institution. That means that the Postal Service is footing the bill for employees it hasn’t even hired yet. The USPS doesn’t actually receive money from the government, none of our taxes go to the USPS, but it still needs Congressional approval to make any changes to its structure. An analysis in July showed that the USPS, without its pension requirement, would have a $1.5 billion surplus. Other studies show that if they cut Saturday delivery, the service would save $2 billion and loose $5 billion. And that is not counting the economic hit every postal carrier and administrative worker will take working eight less hours per week.

Did you know the USPS has its own police force? 1,400 detectives and 700 armed personnel all guarding against contraband, drug shipments and terrorism? Any other carrier would charge for stopping the mail, vacation holds, and redirecting to a new address. The USPS does not. But Congress has repeatedly (delightedly) failed to address the issue. Last year, the Postal Service defaulted on a pension fund payment for the first time in its history, and political infighting stopped Congress from bringing any remedy to the floor. Meanwhile UPS and FedEx are feeding the Republican machine. So it is time to repeal the law and let the USPS operate like a regular company. Postal access is a rights issue for rural Americans; since they live in areas where Internet coverage is inconsistent, post office closures and slowed-down delivery can mean big limitations on communication. A lack of access to postal services can lead to a growth in economic inequality. Sound familiar? Delighted.

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James Kang Responds to Cho, Ma Dear Editor,

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oseph Cho and Kyung Ma were the ones who first proposed that I drop out of the race and support Mr. Ma for the 2013 election. In return, they said they would support me for the 2015 election. In October 2012, Joseph Cho verbally threatened to launch a negative campaign against me if I were to run for City Council this year. Since then, Joseph Cho has repeatedly threatened to smear me with negative campaign attacks if I were to run for City Council. Because of Mr. Cho's constant threats against me, I seriously considered dropping out of this race. But after much thought, I did not want to be bullied by Mr. Cho's threats, and didn't agree with the arrangement. In the last two weeks, the things that Joseph Cho threatened have become reality. Throughout the campaign I have refused to engage in mudslinging and would like to focus on the issues facing Cerritos. But now I cannot help but defend myself against these vicious attacks. Joseph Cho does not care if Mr. Ma wins or loses this race. Joseph Cho’s primary goal is to split the Korean vote in Cerritos and make sure that I lose the election at any cost. Also, when we responded to the letter attacking my character in this newspaper, we did not specifically mention that either Joseph Cho or KY Ma were the ones responsible for the attack. Why were they the only campaign that felt the need to respond and clear their name? The answer should be obvious. James Kang

“THE PSYCHOLOGY OF DIABETES” SEMINAR SET FOR FRI., FEB 22nd

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City of Cerritos offers Business Retention and Expansion Workshop on February 27 The Cerritos City Council and Economic Development Commission are pleased to invite Cerritos business owners to the City’s Business Retention and Expansion Workshop. The free Workshop will provide valuable information about the services offered by business-support organizations that can help local businesses expand and enhance their businesses. The Workshop will be held from 8 to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, February 27 in the Cerritos Library Skyline Room. Cerritos Library is located in the Cerritos Civic Center at 18025 Bloomfield Avenue. The Workshop program will include the following: • 8:00–8:30 a.m.: Registration/ Networking/Complimentary Continental Breakfast • 8:30–8:50 a.m.: City presentation – overview of City services, programs and facilities

• 8:50–10:00 a.m.: Panelist presentations, followed by questions and answers • 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.: Networking The panelists will include Scott Smith, Executive Director, Cerritos Regional Chamber of Commerce; Barbara Levine, Senior Regional Manager, Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC); Mike Daniel, Director, Small Business Development Center (SBDC); and Yolanda Castro, Deputy Director of Program Operations, Southeast Los Angeles County Workforce Investment Board (SELACO WIB). Scott Smith has provided communications, branding, advocacy and fund development services to corporations, public agencies, small businesses and non-profit organizations for nearly two decades. With over 400 members, the Cerritos Regional Chamber of Commerce has a mission to

The remodeled Cerritos Ford Lincoln dealership in the Cerritos Auto Square features a modern design.

Cerritos Ford Lincoln Dealership remodeled Cerritos Auto Square continues to improve and thrive as a project to remodel the Cerritos Ford Lincoln dealership in the auto mall was recently completed. The project included the following enhancements: • Enclosure of a portion of the covered outdoor display area, resulting in an additional 540 square feet added to the building; • Remodeling of the interior of the building to meet the Ford Lincoln design requirements, providing for a large vehicle showroom at the front of the building for the display of vehicles; • Construction of exterior storefront windows and stucco walls between the existing support columns in the area of the addition to match the new exterior finishes; • Removal of all existing mansard roofs and wrought iron railings on the building; • Replacement of the existing stucco fascia band at the top of the building with a metal panel system along the front half of the Ford Lincoln Showroom building to provide a more modern look;

• Addition of a “Ford” entry tower centered on the entrance doors at the front elevation. The entry portal is covered with the metal panel system and a Ford trademark sign for brand identification; • Addition of a “Lincoln” brand wall on the front elevation; • Painting of the new stucco panels and re-painting the remaining exterior walls grey; • Installation of new dealership signs on all four building elevations; • Installation of two landscape planters at the front of the dealership; and • Refurbishment of landscaping.

Commercial/Industrial Property Listing Information Sought Brokers are encouraged to call Management Analyst Ryan Carey at (562) 916-1201 or send an e-mail to economic_development@cerritos.us to share information about space available within Cerritos. Companies seeking retail, industrial or commercial space in Cerritos can also contact Mr. Carey or visit cerritos.us/BUSINESSES/business_ relocation_to_cerritos/find_an_available_ cerritos_property.php.

promote and enhance business within the greater Cerritos area. The Chamber’s mission-driven events include business networking mixers, main event luncheons, team building opportunities and professional development workshops. The organization’s goal is to provide members with tools and opportunities to make their business grow. As the LAEDC senior regional manager, Barbara Levine works with manufacturing and service companies in the Gateway Cities Region (southeast Los Angeles County). Levine joined the LAEDC in 2002 and she has more than 15 years of economic development and marketing management experience in both the private and public sectors. The LAEDC offers free business assistance and referrals and provides information to large and small businesses in the industrial/manufacturing, distribution and service industries. The LAEDC’s purpose is to promote economic vitality and help businesses survive and grow, especially during tough times. The LAEDC is a business owner’s connection to city and county officials, chambers of commerce, business leaders and economic development allies with access to an area-wide business assistance network to help business owners leverage a variety of services. An SBDC Business Advisor since 2009, Mike Daniel specializes in assisting clients with business plans, business startup, general business and management. Daniel is the owner of a Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory store and has taught at Cypress College for the past 10 years. The SBDC at Long Beach City College is a team of experienced current business owners who provide one-on-one advising services to fellow business owners at no cost. The goal of the SBDC is to partner with its clients and teach them the technical skills necessary to succeed in their business. The SBDC provides advising in areas such as business planning, finance, legal, marketing, international trade, operations, social media, website build/design, government procurement/certification and more. Yolanda Castro has worked in public administration and management of nonprofit organizations since beginning her professional career in 1983. Joining the SELACO WIB in 1994, Castro has held several positions of increasing responsibility and was recently appointed the Interim Director of the SELACO WIB, effective March 1. The primary objective of the SELACO WIB is to maintain a full-service career center that supports local job seekers in need of employment. To meet this objective, the SELACO WIB develops programs, initiatives and activities that effectively connect job seekers to employers. To attend the Workshop, R.S.V.P. by Tuesday, February 19 to Division Secretary Angie Tart at (562) 916-1201.

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The City of Cerritos Business News is published on a quarterly basis to provide information to companies based in Cerritos. City information is also available by calling Management Analyst Ryan Carey at (562) 916-1201, or by visiting the City’s website at cerritos.us.

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Community Leader Helen Brown Dies After Suffering Fall at Norwalk Prayer Breakfast By Randy Economy randy@cerritosnews.net

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orwalk community leader Helen Brown has died as the result of a tragic fall she suffered on Tuesday morning while attending a community prayer breakfast at a hotel. Brown, who was one of the most loved and respected residents of Norwalk passed away Tuesday night at an area hospital from her injuries. Friends and family members took to social media sites to remember the energetic, gracious and always elegant Brown. Brown also was a Contributing Feature Writer for many years with Los Cerritos Community Newspaper, and other local publications. “Tonight we pause and remember the remarkable life of Helen Brown, who made our community brighter and more vibrant. Helen was an amazing spirit and her passing has saddened all of us,” said Brian Hews, Publisher and President of Hews Media Group. Please feel free to leave your comments and memories about the remarkable life of Helen by sending an email to Randy@ CerritosNews.net.

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Multi-Media Arts Center at Whitney High School is a ‘Jewel’ for Students By Rico Dizon

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Well, I guess the previous issue on whose name should the new Multi- Media Arts Center be called was finally laid to rest. My proof? The official name now displayed at the building facade itself: WHS Multi-Media Arts Center. It is neither the name of the former school principal nor the former huge donor. The WHS Multi-Media Arts Center was formally opened last month with a guided tour of its brand-new facilities which in the words of the WHS Principal Patty Hager will “make the Whitney students stay competitive in the modern world of technology and entertainment.” The tour which was conducted with the assistance of the students included the computer lab, audio/visual studio for the Broadcast Journalism and Film Making classes, the Green Room (basically the dressing room) and the main theater that opened with the performance by Whitney High School Band that evening.

In her speech during the program, Hager said, “with the WHS Multi Media Center which they fondly refer to as MAC now a reality, we have so much to be very thankful for, from the generous funding from the ABC School District which was matched by the State and from numerous and kind donors in the community” among them the Shah Family as Gold Donors, which she made special mention of. Hager also thanked ABC-USD Superintendent Dr. Mary Sieu together with her Board after which Dr. Sieu was presented with a bouquet of flowers in demonstration of the school’s deep appreciation. Then, the school principal called on Cerritos Mayor Jim Edwards and City Council Members who presented her the Plaque of Proclamation for MAC. The grand opening program was capped with a presentation by Whitney High School Drama/Musical Productions directed by Mrs. Jodi Improta. Afterwards, a simple reception exclusively for donors was held.

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Continued from page 1 State confirmed that R&M is operated out of that office and is owned by Mayer. Mayer served prison time for his felony conviction for lying about his place of residency while running for city council in South Gate. Furthermore, Rick Mayer’s campaign manager was “Big Al” Robles who was indicted on federal corruption charges in 2004. He was found guilty of 30 felony counts, sentenced to 10 years in federal prison, and ordered to pay the city of South Gate $639,000 in restitution. Vasquez raised only $4,900.00 before the June 5th election, she raised $31,146 after. Vasquez still owes Gonzalez and Mayer $8,559. Documents show that some of the $31,146 came from the same special interest groups that she vigorously campaigned to root out. Tom and Ron Calderon gave $2,250, Vasqez’ own mailer criticized Tom Calderon for taking money from the CBMWD. Douglas Wance, former CBMWD General Counsel, gave $2,500. Wance was fired in November when facts emerged regarding the expenditure of nearly three million dollars in an off-the-books “Trust Fund” purportedly used for district lawsuits. James Roybal's financial disclosure forms showed similar patterns and reliance on Gonzalez and Mayer. Before the June 5th election, Roybal made payments to Angel Gonzalez and Mayer's R&M Associates totaling $10,400.00 and still carries an IOU of $28,878.39 to Mayer. Some say Mayer is going after “outreach contracts” similar to those he is getting from the Water Replenishment District of Southern California located in Lakewood. Since taking office on January 7th, Roybal and Vasquez joined ranks with longtime Director Bob Apodaca and fired recently hired Chief Operating Officer Chuck Fuentes, along with Asst. to the General Manager Ron Beilke. Upon his termination, Beilke raised the suspicion of a cover-up by the firings. According to Beilke, "little doubt exists about the direction of the new board majority given who financed their campaigns. A quick look at their 460 disclosure forms speaks volumes about the character of these two supposedly highly educated people." Other significant actions taken include the three meeting to amend the CBMWD Administrative Code to permit Roybal to take over the presidency. The meeting could constitute a possible Brown Act Violation. Director Art Chacon was president barely a week before the three amended the code. Chacon was removed and replaced by Roybal. The president is a powerful position, he/she forms committees where all agenda items and contracts are vetted and approved for board meetings. The three also immediately removed CBMWD Director and Cerritos resident Phil Hawkins from his long held seat on the board of the Metropolitan Water District. Hawkins served as chair of the important Real Estate and Asset Management Special Committee. “The new majority's rush to deliver on apparent promises to their financial benefactors, they have disregarded rules and regulations, resulting in flagrant abuses of Brown Act requirements,” said Bielke. “This is also reflective in their rush to terminate all those, like myself, who were on to their plans and would not agree to bury questionable findings uncovered since the previous General Manager & Attorney left the agency.” Supporting documents can be found under this story title at loscerritosnews.net.

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Continued from page 1 ams aggressively challenged longtime incumbents Cherie Kelley and Mike Mendez over the issues ranging from nearly two dozen gang related murders during 2012 to spending priorities on street maintenance, and how to bring local jobs to small business owners. Aranda, a member of the Los Angeles Housing Trust Fund, and a “hometown boy from Norwalk,” called the leadership of the current city council as being a complete failure.” “Norwalk is a city the exact size of the city of Pasadena. But unlike Pasadena, Norwalk lacks a real vision and a real plan to change,” Aranda said. “We need innovative problem solvers, our present city council has missed opportunities over and over again,’ Aranda said. Challenger Candy Martinez took a direct swipe at both Kelley and Mendez by saying “our city council needs to be business friendly. People are scared to shop in Norwalk. People want to move out of Norwalk. People are homeless and roaming the streets. We need to step up; we need bold leaders who are going to take charge.”

Martinez told the nearly 100 business leaders in attendance that she is spending “less than $1,000 on my campaign for a specific reason. We can’t continue to have city council campaigns that cost a fortune year after year.” Adams, a currently member of the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District Board of Education said “violence is all over the city. Now we are all really scared. We can’t attract businesses to Norwalk in this climate. The city council needs to make public safety our top priority.” Adams, who touted his “twenty years as an elected official here in Norwalk” said that he does not favor term limits for Norwalk City Council members, but said that the “people should make that decision at the ballot box.” Mendez said he has spent his “entire 62 years on this earth here in Norwalk.” “This is my hometown, and I am not going to go away and I only want what is truly best for this community,” Mendez said. “I know how city government works, inside and out, from all angles. Public safety is my number one priority. We can stop crime by making sure that people have jobs here in Norwalk,” Mendez said. Kelley, who was battling the flu, defended her record as Mayor during the past year

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and squarely placed blame on “Sacramento lawmakers for causing our problems here in Norwalk.” “The politicians in Sacramento raided our money here in Norwalk this past year,” Kelley said. “I blame the State of California for our fiscal problems,” Kelley said. Aranda took aim at the “current environment with the community.” “In my opinion, it is criminal that we have beautiful open spaces and parks here in Norwalk and our children placed in lock down on our school campuses on a regular basis. This is failed leadership, and cannot be tolerated,” Aranda said. Martinez was even more direct in responding to a question about crime levels in Norwalk. “Our children are in the direct line of gun fire. Crime has got to stop,” Martinez said. Adams said “we’re not electing people to do the coin toss in the Super Bowl. Let’s not make a blind faith choice this election.” Kelley said “this is a great city. We remove graffiti in a 24 hour period. We have made great progress in Norwalk.” The debate was videotaped to be aired on local cable programming during the next several weeks.

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Nominate Your Favorite Business for an Award Artesia businesses, show your pride! The City of Artesia’s Beautification & Maintenance Commission is kicking off its Business Recognition Program and your company can be a winner. The Commission is looking for businesses (or a group of businesses) that are justly proud of the appearance of their establishment and believe it is a good reflection on the City of Artesia. If you believe your company can be a winner, contact the city for a nomination for or go CityofArtesia.us for the nomination form. Winners will be recognized before the City Council, through the bi-monthly city newsletter, and other publications, as well as a physical award. Help the Commission recognize deserving companies and nominate them today.

Meet the Friends of Artesia Friends of Artesia, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation whose mission is the betterment of our community. It was originally founded in 2009, and is now ready for its operations. Their goals include fundraising events, the purchasing of facilities, and the creation of programs for the people of Artesia. These programs are meant for the cultural, recreational, and educational benefit of the people of Artesia. There are a variety of events planned for the upcoming year, and you find these in future newsletters and on the city website. The first event for the Friends of Artesia is Cupid’s Ball, which is also featured in this newspaper. Cupid’s Ball is a fundraiser to bring back Artesia’s time-honored fireworks show. The makeup of this nonprofit is the mayor, and five members of the community – either businesses or residents. More information about the Friends of Artesia can be found on the city website, along with their bylaws.

Newly Elected Assemblymember Opens Office in Artesia Hall Newly elected Assemblymember Cristina Garcia of the 58th District of California has opened her first field office in Artesia City Hall, at 18747 Clarkdale Avenue. Office hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call (562) 774-2358.

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It’s been a few years since Artesia had a fireworks show. For the longest time, the Fourth of July was Artesia’s most attended event. Well, now there is a chance to bring it back, with a little bit of love and affection. The Friends of Artesia are hosting their first big event, called Cupid’s Ball. The goal is to raise the requisite amount of money to once again have a fireworks show in Artesia. Live music from the much acclaimed 562 Band, and a buffet are offered to all guests. Adults 21 and over are asked to attend. All tickets also come with a free drink. Tickets are $50 per couple, and $30 for singles. So come on down, take a partA BMX stuntsperson from Team Soil performs a 360 flip; catch these and similar ner, and get ready for a night that stunts at the upcoming Youth and Public Safety Expo on Saturday, Feb. 23, from you’ll never forget! And it’s for a 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. great cause, to bring back one of On February 23, Artesia Parks & on an awesome event, showcasing drug Artesia’s most treasured events. Recreation in conjunction with Safe and bomb-sniffing canines, robots that Light up the night with the Routes to School, is hosting Youth Safety, can defuse bombs, state-of-the-art law sparks of romance, and enjoy the along with the Public Safety Expo. enforcement equipment, and historical fruits of it on the Fourth of July, The purpose is twofold. First, the fire equipment. when the skies will again be lit up, program teaches youth about bicycle Members of Team Soil will also be safety and the importance of safety gear. but this time with our appreciation Secondly, public safety organizations doing some amazing BMX stunts during and love for the United States. like the Sheriffs, L.A. County Fire, the event as well. The event is scheduled for For more information, speak to Jose CARE Ambulance, Animal Control, February 8, and will be at the and others team up with Artesia to put at (562) 407-1723. Artesia Community Center, located at 18750 Clarkdale Avenue. For more information or to RSVP, call Susie at (562) 865-6262. Even if you can’t come, any donation is welcome

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City Website to Undergo A Makeover Artesia has entered into a contract with web developers CivicPlus to overhaul the city’s website. The city’s website was originally created many years ago and has since become outdated. This new contract will seek to make the

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Continued from page 1 headquarters in Cerritos. The affidavit stated: “To James Kang: The undersigned Ki Yung Ma, under penalty of perjury states that upon the withdrawal of candidacy by James Kang for Cerritos City Council 2013, Ki Yung Ma will fully support and fully endorse James Kang for the City Council election scheduled in March 2015.” “Ki Yung Ma will not run for the Cerritos City Council in March, 2015 and James Kang is the only Candidate that Ki Yung Ma will support and endorse in the Cerritos City Council election in March, 2015.” “This endorsement is unconditional and irrevocable. The end.” The letter was signed by Ma on December 5, 2012 and has a Notarization Seal of Jeong Koo Rho. On Tuesday, Ma denounced Kang’s campaign tactic and the affidavit even though he signed it in December. Cerritos City Councilman Joseph Cho, confirmed that Kang “changed his mind at the last minute and decided to run.” Cho said that Kang cited his current age and the amount of money he had already spent in the campaign. Kang denied having any knowledge about the affidavit in a phone interview with LCCN.

“I have no comment, I have no idea, I don’t want to talk about this,” Kang said. But in an email Kang sent out, given to the media at the conference Kang said, “these two documents (referring to the affidavits) should be signed and notarized by an escrow officer and handed them to me before the meeting.” Cho also signed a similar “Affidavit of Endorsement” that reiterated he would fully support Kang in 2015 if Kang would drop out of the 2013 campaign. The affidavit said “The undersigned, Joseph Cho, under penalty of perjury states that upon withdrawal of candidacy by James Kang for Cerritos City Council in 2013, Joseph Cho will fully support and fully endorse James Kang for the City Council election scheduled in March 2015. James Kang is the only candidate that Joseph Cho will support and endorse during the Cerritos City Council campaign in March 2015. The endorsement is unconditional and irrevocable. The end.” Retired California State Assemblyman Tony Mendoza confirmed that he had “direct knowledge” of the affidavits between Kang, Ma and Cho and had spoken to both Ma and Kang and tried to serve as a moderator between the two campaigns. “I applaud Mr. Kiyong Ma and I am here to fully support him,” Mendoza said. Kang again reiterated to LCCN that he had “no idea about the situation.” Chris Duvali, a lifelong Cerritos resident and a key member of the Hubert Humphrey Democratic Club said that “K.Y. Ma has integrity and demonstrated better interaction with the community that’s why he gets the official endorsement of the Los Angeles and California Democratic Party.” Glenn Askland another resident of Cerritos for more than 30 years, and active in the Boy Scouts of America as a Troop Leader said that he has known K.Y. Ma for many years and he “believes that he has no other agenda or ulterior motives in running for City Council position in Cerritos.” “Mr. Ma only cares about our children and our community,” Askland said. Another outspoken supporter of Ma is Stephen Bova, President of the Cerritos Employees Union (AFSCME) said that his group supports Ma because he “does not reflect the views of typical politicians. Mr. Ma cares about the welfare of all Cerritos employees.” LCCN also asked challenger George Ray about the Ma-Kang dispute and said “I want to stay out of the fray, and wants to stick to the real issues in the campaign.” Ray said he was “disappointed that candidates aren’t sticking to the real issues in making Cerritos better for the future.” The press conference started with Ma intending to “clear himself” from having any part of a controversial advertisement that appeared during the past two issues of Los Cerritos Community Newspaper from Cerritos resident Young Park. In the ads,

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Continued from page 1 charges were a $68 Kobe Beef steak, a $42 prime rib, and over $65 in desserts. During the same trip, the three also feasted on a $275 dinner at TenPenn, located on Pennsylvania Avenue and a $257 dinner at the Ocenaire, where one dish, a halibut and steak plate, cost $65. In August 2010, Chen, Barrows, and Edwards, along with all five Fine Arts and Historical Commissioners traveled to the Loveland Sculpture Show in Colorado. Travel and hotel fees totaled over $8,000. The show’s website describes “thousands of art lovers and collectors from around the country and beyond, come together to enjoy and acquire the work of premier sculptors during this three-day outdoor sculpture show.” They dined at The Canyon Chophouse spending over $375. Meals included $40 steaks, and $38 crab cakes. Another night they spent over $260 for dinner eating wild salmon and prime rib. Six other meals averaged $100 each. A former commissioner who did not want to be identified said, “I was floored by all the money being spent. Further, it did not seem the trip had any meaning. When we got back, a majority of the commissioners voted for an Italian sculpture theme, Barrows over-road the majority and opted for another. Worse, instead of spending $75,000 on the sculptures, the city spent $125,000.” In May of 2010, Chen, Barrows, and Edwards traveled to Las Vegas staying at the Aria. Receipts show a $348 dinner on May 23 and a $379 dinner on May 24. Meals included a $50 steak, a $54 mixed grill plate, three $40 filets and $18 French fries. In 2011, when Carol Chen was Mayor, council-members took a total of ten trips. In March, they again flew back to Washington D.C. and later traveled to Sacramento. In May, Barrows went on four trips, one to Palm Springs and three to Las Vegas, with Chen attending two. In Palm Springs, staying at the Waldorf, they dined on Foie Gras and $40 crab legs, Ahi Tartar and a $26 dessert. Further examination indicates no boundaries for spending on other items such as mileage and airfare. Cerritos council-members receive a $400 per month car allowance. Yet in documents submitted by Chen and Barrows, both received reimbursement for mileage at a rate of .56 cents per mile when driving to San Diego, Santa Barbara, and other trips. Further documents show a complete disregard for keeping other costs low. On several occasions, airfare to Sacramento cost the city over $420, with personnel booking the “Anytime” fare on Southwest which is traditionally the highest rate. The city paid $410 for flights to Washington D.C. that same year. Supporting documents and video can be viewed online at our website LosCerritosNews.net.


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Community Members Become Principal for a Day in ABC

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ave you ever wonder what it would be like to be a principal of a school? On Wednesday, February 6th, 34 members of the ABC Unified School District community became Principal for a Day to fulfill that experience. This is the 18th year that ABCUSD has held the event as part of the District’s commitment in promoting educational partnerships with the community. Thirty one schools in the District, representing 19 elementary schools, 5 middle schools, 5 high schools and one Adult School had a Principal for a Day guest. The guest principals represented leaders from the business, civic, social services and faith based agencies in the region. At the Luncheon Reception held at the Sheraton Cerritos, Dr. Mary Sieu, Superintendent said “Principals are expected to be educational visionaries, instructional and curriculum leaders, assessment experts, budget analysts, facility managers, special programs administrators, as well as guardians of legal, contractual and policy mandates and initiatives. Our principals are facilitators of staff and student learning as well as cheerleaders who teach, coach and promote the development of their students and staff. Oftentimes, they are disciplinarians, help with custodial duties, counselors and surrogate parents”. Each guest principal for the day spent the morning at a school site in the District accompanied by the principal. In the afternoon, they attended a Luncheon Reception where they received a certificate of recognition as well as an original student artwork commissioned by the school. The following community members participated in the Principal for a Day this year: Lieutenant Dan Beringer, Lakewood Sheriff’s Station (Aloha ES); Captain Keith Swensson, Cerritos Sheriff’s Station (Bragg ES); Mayor of Artesia-Sally Flowers and Linda Frisbey, President-Cerritos Regional Chamber of Commerce (Bur-

Dr. Mary Sieu, Victor Manalo, Tony Lima, Sally Flowers, Linda Frisbey, Beth Bray, Ann Griffo bank ES); Mayor of Cerritos-Jim Edwards (Carver ES); Jennifer Marine, Business Development Specialist-LBS Financial Credit Union; Mayor Pro Tem of ArtesiaTony Lima (Elliott ES); Sal Flores, Consultant Moskowitz Properties (Furgeson ES); Creasie James, Director-ATT (Gonsalves ES); Mayor Hawaiian Gardens-Victor Farfan (Hawaiian ES); Geri Codd, Fieldwork Coordinator-Cerritos College (Juarez ES); Victor Manalo, City Councilmember-City of Artesia (Kennedy ES); Jim Giordano, Financial Advisor-UBS Financial Services (Leal ES); Ben Maleki, Vice ChairmanCommunity Safety Commission, City of Lakewood (Melbourne ES); Mike Murray, Director-Verizon Foundation (Niemes ES); Ken Kraus, Property Manager-Los Cerritos Center (Nixon ES); Captain Merrill Ladenheim, Lakewood Sheriff’s Station (Palms ES); Doris Chen, Vice President-

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This hasn’t been one of the finest seasons for Jonathan Watanabe, the longtime head coach of the Cerritos boys basketball team. The same can be said for Artesia first-year head coach Ray Walker, who began the season with two returning players. Both teams have struggled throughout the Suburban League slate but with fourth place on the line this past Tuesday night, it was the visiting Dons who spoiled Artesia’s senior night festivities as they came away with a 39-31 victory. Cerritos avenged an earlier 53-34 Artesia win on Jan. 9 and improved to 10-15 overall, 5-6 in the league. The 39 points are a seasonlow in a victorious fashion for Cerritos. “It’s rough,” Watanabe said. “Ray’s defense is always good. Wherever he coaches, you know it’s always going to be a battle. I hate going against him. They just know what they’re doing. Our guys were just able to pull it out.” “We knew it was going to be a challenge to score,” Walker said. “We missed [10] free throws and I don’t know how many of those were the front ends of one and one. You can’t beat a good team if you don’t make your shots. We didn’t shoot the ball well today.” For the first three and a half quarters of the game, both teams nearly matched basket for basket. The largest Cerritos

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Elijah Leonard led all players with 15 points and had half a dozen rebounds. His younger sibling scored eight points, all coming from the free throw line, and had five rebounds. Both teams struggled offensively throughout the game, connecting on 10 field goals, four in the first half. In fact, Cerritos led 17-15 at the half, a rare low scoring performance by two teams in a Suburban League game. Through the first three quarters, the game was tied five times and the lead changed hands eight times before Cerritos took the lead for good when sophomore guard Jonathan Rivera converted on a three-point play with 1:14 left in the third quarter. Rivera added 11 points and nine boards as the Dons will finish the season no worse than one game ahead of Artesia. Cerritos ends the regular season at home tonight against Bellflower. “We were just focused on getting [to the playoffs],” Watanabe said. “This game

was so crucial for us. I’m just happy for our seniors. Starting off the season 0-7 and saying now that we made our way to the playoffs…after that seventh loss, I don’t know if you would have been able to convince me that we would be able to make the playoffs.” As for the Pioneers, who ended the regular season at 9-18 overall and 4-8 in the circuit, junior guard A.J. Benson scored 12 points and had six rebounds. Senior guard J.T. Rodriguez and sophomore forward Dontae Smith each added seven points and combined for 15 rebounds. “We knew what was at stake and we played with the effort of knowing what was at stake,” Walker said. “But we just didn’t play well enough. We didn’t perform to our expectations.” Preceding the game, the Cerritos Lady Dons strengthened their hold on third place

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and all of those guys and it was tough to win a league championship. With the last season with them, we got the first [of the five straight] or maybe the second one. Our first meeting this year, we talked about team goals and nine of the 18 kids I have wanted undefeated league champions because I said that’s something we haven’t had in a long time.” The Lady Crusaders were dominating the Minutemen the entire game and took 10 shots on goal in the first half. But the hosts were unable to find the back of the net until the 27th minute when a pass from sophomore Kendra Peck to junior Janae Megorden bounced over the Maranatha goalkeeper’s head. It was Megorden’s seventh goal of the season. V.C. would be stymied the rest of the half and didn’t get its second goal until two minutes had elapsed in the second half. This time junior Janna Jensen received a pass from senior Jahdai Dunk and notched her fifth tally, all coming in league action. “That’s the story of our season,” Looney said. “And it might be our Achilles Heel during the playoffs if we can’t finish in front of the net. It’s something we’ve fought all season long. We can create and we can get in front of the goal. We’re in every team’s third of the field but we can’t

finish, and it’s going to have to change.” By now, the Lady Crusaders were beginning to find their groove and put the game out of reach, by their standards. In the 59th minute junior Natalie DeVries converted on a penalty kick. Three minutes later, Dunk increased her team lead in goals with her 17th to that point. She would add three more goals in the final two games of the season. In the eight league contests, Dunk scored 11 times and at least once in each of those eight games. “They had Jahdai marked in the first half and it’s a big notice,” Looney said. “Sometimes I wish we had timeouts in soccer so that we can make that adjustment. We talked about taking Jahdai off the field just to tell her what we needed to be done. We had told her that she can’t turn the ball anymore. But at halftime we said she had to play the ball one and two touch.” V.C. (15-9-1 overall) will enter the playoffs on a nine-game winning streak and has not lost in its last 12 games. The winning streak has been a pattern in the past, but not for the reasons Looney would like. It’s been customary for the Lady Crusaders to start off extremely slow, then pick up the pace late in December and into the

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TO ADVERTISE CALL 800-901-7211 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE Trustee Sale No. : 20120015003278 Title Order No.: 120335147 FHA/VA/PMI No.: YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 11/29/2007. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. NDEX WEST, LLC, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 12/06/2007 as Instrument No. 20072675552 of official records in the office of the County Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, State of CALIFORNIA. EXECUTED BY: ALBERT MARTINEZ, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH, CASHIER'S CHECK/CASH EQUIVALENT or other form of payment authorized by 2924h(b), (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States). DATE OF SALE: 02/21/2013 TIME OF SALE: 11:00 AM PLACE OF SALE: BY THE FOUNTAIN LOCATED AT 400 CIVIC CENTER PLAZA, POMONA, CA 91766. STREET ADDRESS and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 21017 HAWAIIAN AVE, LAKEWOOD, CALIFORNIA 90715 APN#: 7066-005-015 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, under the terms of said Deed of Trust, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $348,639.19. The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the county where the real property is located. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder 's office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 714-730-2727 for information regarding the trustee's sale or visit this Internet Web site www.lpsasap.com for information regarding the sale of this property, using the file number assigned to this case 20120015003278. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. FOR TRUSTEE SALE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL: AGENCY SALES and POSTING 2 3210 EL CAMINO REAL, SUITE 200 IRVINE, CA 92602 714-730-2727 www.lpsasap.com NDEx West, L.L.C. as Trustee Dated: 01/29/2013 NDEx West, L.L.C. MAY BE ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. NDEx West, L.L.C. 15000 Surveyor Boulevard, Suite 500 Addison, Texas 75001-9013 Telephone: (866) 795-1852 Telecopier: (972) 661-7800 A-4354507 02/01/2013, 02/08/2013, 02/15/2013

NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE TS No. 12-0018006 Doc ID #0001183565422005N Title Order No. 12-0029575 Investor/Insurer No. 118356542 APN No. 7014-006-020 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 02/10/2006. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. Notice is hereby given that RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the Deed of Trust executed by DANILO BUENAOBRA AND MYRNA BUENAORBA, HUSBAND AND WIFE AS JOINT TENANTS, dated 02/10/2006 and recorded 2/21/2006, as Instrument No. 06 0376429, in Book , Page , of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, State of California, will sell on 02/25/2013 at 9:00AM, Doubletree Hotel Los Angeles-Norwalk, 13111 Sycamore Drive, Norwalk, CA 90650, Vineyard Ballroom at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash or check as described below, payable in full at time of sale, all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust, in the property situated in said County and State and as more fully described in the above referenced Deed of Trust. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 11567 169TH STREET, ARTESIA, CA, 90701. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The total amount of the unpaid balance with interest thereon of the obligation secured by the property to be sold plus reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $609,845.13. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept cashier's checks drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Said sale will be made, in an ''AS IS'' condition, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances, to satisfy the indebtedness secured by said Deed of Trust, advances thereunder, with interest as provided, and the unpaid principal of the Note secured by said Deed of Trust with interest thereon as provided in said Note, plus fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. If required by the provisions of section 2923.5 of the California Civil Code, the declaration from the mortgagee, beneficiary or authorized agent is attached to the Notice of Trustee's Sale duly recorded with the appropriate County Recorder's Office. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on a property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder's office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 1-800-281-8219 or visit this Internet Web site www.recontrustco. com, using the file number assigned to this case TS No. 12-0018006. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. 1800 Tapo Canyon Rd., CA6-914-01-94 SIMI VALLEY, CA 93063 Phone: (800) 281 8219, Sale Information (626) 927-4399 By: Trustee's Sale Officer RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. A-4354946 02/01/2013, 02/08/2013, 02/15/2013

Trustee Sale No. : 20120159902726 Title Order No.: 120291697 FHA/ VA/PMI No.: NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 09/13/2006. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. NDEX WEST, LLC, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 09/22/2006 as Instrument No. 06 2113920 of official records in the office of the County Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, State of CALIFORNIA. EXECUTED BY: RENATO REYES AND BEATRIZ REYES, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH, CASHIER'S CHECK/CASH EQUIVALENT or other form of payment authorized by 2924h(b), (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States). DATE OF SALE: 02/21/2013 TIME OF SALE: 10:00 AM PLACE OF SALE: BEHIND THE FOUNTAIN LOCATED IN CIVIC CENTER PLAZA, 400 CIVIC CENTER PLAZA, POMONA CA. STREET ADDRESS and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 11957 EBERLE STREET, CERRITOS, CALIFORNIA 90703 APN#: 7055-015-040 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any , shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, under the terms of said Deed of Trust, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $710,364.20. The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale , and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the county where the real property is located. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder 's office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 916-939-0772 for information regarding the trustee's sale or visit this Internet Web site www.nationwideposting.com for information regarding the sale of this property, using the file number assigned to this case 20120159902726. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. FOR TRUSTEE SALE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL: NATIONWIDE POSTING & PUBLICATION A DIVISION OF FIRST AMERICAN TITLE INSURANCE COMPANY 5005 WINDPLAY DRIVE, SUITE 1 EL DORADO HILLS, CA 95762-9334 916-939-0772 www.nationwideposting. com NDEx West, L.L.C. MAY BE ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. NDEx West, L.L.C. as Trustee Dated: 01/24/2013 NPP0212882 LOS CERRITOS COMMUNITY NEWS 02/01/2013, 02/08/2013, 02/15/2013

NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE T.S. No: L538900 CA Unit Code: L Loan No: MORALES AP #1: 8033-021-009 T.D. SERVICE COMPANY, as duly appointed Trustee under the following described Deed of Trust WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH (in the forms which are lawful tender in the United States) and/or the cashier's, certified or other checks specified in Civil Code Section 2924h (payable in full at the time of sale to T.D. Service Company) all right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property hereinafter described: Trustor: DIANA M. MORALES Recorded May 10, 2007 as Instr. No. 20071140287 in Book --- Page --- of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of LOS ANGELES County; CALIFORNIA , pursuant to the Notice of Default and Election to Sell thereunder recorded October 24, 2012 as Instr. No. 2012-1611590 in Book --- Page --- of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of LOS ANGELES County CALIFORNIA. YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED JANUARY 19, 2007. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. 11729 GAYVIEW DRIVE, LA MIRADA, CA 90638 "(If a street address or common designation of property is shown above, no warranty is given as to its completeness or correctness)." Said Sale of property will be made in "as is" condition without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest as in said note provided, advances, if any, under the terms of said Deed of Trust, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. Said sale will be held on: FEBRUARY 21, 2013, AT 10:30 A.M. *NEAR THE FOUNTAIN LOCATED AT 400 CIVIC CENTER PLAZA POMONA, CA 91766 At the time of the initial publication of this notice, the total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the above described Deed of Trust and estimated costs, expenses, and advances is $98,330.75. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder's office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call (714) 480-5690 or (800) 843-0260 ext 5690 or visit this Internet Web site: http://www. tacforeclosures.com/sales, using the file number assigned to this case L538900 L. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder's sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the monies paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee or the Mortgagee's attorney. Date: January 24, 2013 T.D. SERVICE COMPANY as said Trustee, T.D. Service Company Agent for the Trustee and as Authorized Agent for the Beneficiary CRYSTAL ESPINOZA, ASSISTANT SECRETARY T.D. SERVICE COMPANY 4000 W. Metropolitan Drive, Suite 400 Orange, CA 92868-0000 The Beneficiary may be attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained may be used for that purpose. If available , the expected opening bid and/or postponement information may be obtained by calling the following telephone number(s) on the day before the sale: (714) 480-5690 or (800) 843-0260 ext 5690 or you may access sales information at http://www. tacforeclosures.com/sales . TAC# 961872 PUB: 02/01/13, 02/08/13, 02/15/13

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NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE Trustee Sale No. 754121CA Loan No. 1595823064 Title Order No. 120008900-CA-MAI YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 11-16-2004. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 03-08-2013 at 9:00 AM, CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY as the duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded 11-24-2004, Book N/A, Page N/A, Instrument 04 3054335, of official records in the Office of the Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, California, executed by: MARCELA SALAS, MARRIED AS HER SOLE AND SEPARATE PROPERTY, as Trustor, CHASE MANHATTAN MORTGAGE CORPORATION, as Beneficiary, will sell at public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier's check drawn by a state or national bank, a cashier's check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a cashier's check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Sale will be held by the duly appointed trustee as shown below, of all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by the trustee in the hereinafter described property under and pursuant to the Deed of Trust. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. Place of Sale: Doubletree Hotel Los Angeles-Norwalk, 13111 Sycamore Drive, Norwalk, CA 90650 Legal Description: LOT 134, OF TRACT NO 20572, IN THE CITY OF LA MIRADA, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, STATE OF CALIFORNIA, AS PER MAP RECORDED IN BOOK 553 PAGE(S) 3 TO 9 INCLUSIVE OF MAPS, IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY RECORDER OF SAID COUNTY Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $537,214.04 (estimated) Street address and other common designation of the real property: 13203 BONA VISTA LN LA MIRADA, CA 90638 APN Number: 8044-016-011 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The property heretofore described is being sold "as is". In compliance with California Civil Code 2923.5(c) the mortgagee, trustee, beneficiary, or authorized agent declares: that it has contacted the borrower(s) to assess their financial situation and to explore options to avoid foreclosure; or that it has made efforts to contact the borrower(s) to assess their financial situation and to explore options to avoid foreclosure by one of the following methods: by telephone; by United States mail; either 1st class or certified; by overnight delivery; by personal delivery; by e-mail; by face to face meeting. DATE: 02-06-2013 CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY, as Trustee REGINA CANTRELL, ASSISTANT SECRETARY California Reconveyance Company 9200 Oakdale Avenue Mail Stop: CA2-4379 Chatsworth, CA 91311 800-892-6902 For Sales Information: www.lpsasap.com or 1-714-730-2727 www.priorityposting.com or 1-714-573-1965 www.auction.com or 1-800-280-2832 CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY IS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder's office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, this information can be obtained from one of the following three companies: LPS Agency Sales and Posting at (714) 730-2727, or visit the Internet Web site www.lpsasap.com (Registration required to search for sale information) or Priority Posting and Publishing at (714) 573-1965 or visit the Internet Web site www.priorityposting.com (Click on the link for "Advanced Search" to search for sale information), or auction.com at 1-800-280-2832 or visit the Internet Web site www.auction.com, using the Trustee Sale No. shown above. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. A-4353903 02/08/2013, 02/15/2013, 02/22/2013

NOTICE TO CREDITORS OF BULK SALE (UCC Sec. 6105) Escrow No. 8013-NK NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a bulk sale is about to be made. The name(s) and business address(es) of the seller(s) are: DIMITRIOS VOVOS, 7944 HORIZON VIEW DR, ANAHEIM CA 92808 Doing business as: TAM'S PIZZERIA All other business name(s) and address(es) used by the seller(s) within the past three years, as stated by the seller(s), is/are: NONE The location in California of the Chief Executive Office of the Seller(s): NONE The name(s) and address of the buyer(s) is/are: SCHRAER INC, 6396 TWIN SPRINGS AVE, OAK PARK, CA 91377 The assets being sold are generally described as: FURNITURE, FIXTURES AND EQUIPMENT, TRADENAME, GOODWILL, LEASE, LEASEHOLD IMPROVEMENT AND COVENANT NOT TO COMPETE and are located at: 14214 BELLFLOWER BLVD, BELLFLOWER, CA 90706 The bulk sale is intended to be consummated at the office of: CALIFORNIA ESCROW SERVICES, INC, 3580 WILSHIRE BLVD #710, LOS ANGELES, CA 90010 and the anticipated sale date is FEBRUARY 27, 2013 The bulk sale is subject to California Uniform Commercial Code Section 6106.2. [If the sale is subject to Sec. 6106.2, the following information must be provided] The name and address of the person with whom claims may be filed is: CALIFORNIA ESCROW SERVICES, INC, 3580 WILSHIRE BLVD #710, LOS ANGELES, CA 90010 and the last day for filing claims by any creditor shall be FEBRUARY 26, 2013, which is the business day before the anticipated sale date specified above. Dated: JAN 23, 2013 SCHRAER INC, Buyer(s) LA1266197 LOS CERRITOS COMMUNITY NEWS 2/8/13

CITY OF ARTESIA NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the Planning Commission of the City of Artesia will hold a Regular Planning Commission Meeting in the City Council Chambers of the Artesia City Hall, 18747 Clarkdale Avenue, Artesia, California at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 19, 2013, to conduct a Public Hearing to consider the following item(s): Case No. 2013-01

Code Amendment City Wide

City of Artesia, 18747 Clarkdale Ave, Artesia CA 90701 A request for approval to modify the Artesia Municipal Code (AMC) to allow additions/expansions to Single Family Dwellings located within the Multiple-Family Residential (M-R) Zone. Resolution No. 2013-01P Case No. 2013-02

Design Review 18910 Norwalk Boulevard

Yuang Chang, 20725 Seine Ave. #F Lakewood, CA 90715 A request for approval to replace all of the existing facial siding and replace with similar material to an existing commercial center located at 18910 Norwalk Boulevard in the Commercial General (C-G) Zone. Resolution No. 2013-02P If you challenge any of these proposals in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the City of Artesia Planning Commission at, or prior to, the public hearing. All interested persons are invited to attend this hearing and express their opinion on the matters listed above. PUBLISHED: February 8, 2013

Okina Dor, Planning Director

Published at Los Cerritos Community Newspaper 2/8/13

CITY OF CERRITOS Notice of Polling Places and Precinct Board Members for the March 5, 2013 General Municipal Election NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that at the General Municipal Election to be held in the City of Cerritos on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, there shall be eleven (11) voting precincts; that the polling places for the respective precincts shall be the places designated below and the language(s) other than English in which assistance will be provided. CONSOLIDATED VOTING PRECINCT NO. 1 CONSOLIDATED VOTING PRECINCT NO. 2 Comprising Regular Election Precincts: 1, 5, 17 & 46 Comprising Regular Election Precincts: 2, 3, 4, & 34 Polling Place: 19045 Jeffrey Avenue (Residence Garage) Polling Place: Liberty Park Accessible to Handicapped: Yes 19211 Studebaker Road Language assistance will be provided in: Chinese & Korean Accessible to Handicapped: Yes Language assistance will be provided in: Chinese & Korean CONSOLIDATED VOTING PRECINCT NO. 6 Comprising Regular Election Precincts: 6, 21, & 70 Polling Place: Vintage Cerritos 11000 New Falcon Way Accessible to Handicapped: Yes Language assistance will be provided in: Chinese & Korean

CONSOLIDATED VOTING PRECINCT NO. 7 Comprising Regular Election Precincts: 7, 22, 48 & 49 Polling Place: ABC Unified School District (Hallway) 16700 Norwalk Boulevard Accessible to Handicapped: Yes Language assistance will be provided in: Chinese & Korean

CONSOLIDATED VOTING PRECINCT NO. 8 Comprising Regular Election Precincts: 8, 10, & 20 Polling Place: Haskell Middle School (Multipurpose Room) 11525 East Del Amo Boulevard Accessible to Handicapped: Yes Language assistance will be provided in: Chinese, Korean Tagalog

CONSOLIDATED VOTING PRECINCT NO. 9 Comprising Regular Election Precincts: 9, 36 & 41 Polling Place: Whitney High School (Dance Room) 16800 Shoemaker Avenue Accessible to Handicapped: Yes Language assistance will be provided in: Chinese & Korean

CONSOLIDATED VOTING PRECINCT NO. 11 Comprising Regular Election Precincts: 11, 12, & 23 Polling Place: Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts (Associates Room) 12700 Center Court Drive Accessible to Handicapped: Yes Language assistance will be provided in: Chinese & Korean

CONSOLIDATED VOTING PRECINCT NO. 13 Comprising Regular Election Precincts: 13, 25 & 37 Polling Place: Cerritos Park East 13234 East 166th Street Accessible to Handicapped: Yes Language assistance will be provided in: Chinese & Korean

CONSOLIDATED VOTING PRECINCT NO. 14 Comprising Regular Election Precincts: 14, 32 & 40 Polling Place: Cerritos Crossroads Multinational Church of the Nazarene 12229 Del Amo Boulevard Accessible to Handicapped: Yes Language assistance will be provided in: Chinese & Korean

CONSOLIDATED VOTING PRECINCT NO. 16 Comprising Regular Election Precincts: 16, 24, 26 & 28 Polling Place: Concordia Lutheran Church 13633 183rd Street Accessible to Handicapped: Yes Language assistance will be provided in: Chinese & Korean

CONSOLIDATED VOTING PRECINCT NO. 18 Comprising Regular Election Precincts: 18, 29 & 31 Polling Place: Heritage Park 18600 Bloomfield Avenue Accessible to Handicapped: Yes Language assistance will be provided in: Chinese & Korean

The polls will be open between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m . Your polling place location and precinct number are indicated on the back cover of your sample ballot. Because polling place locations may change from one election to the next, please double check the back of your sample ballot for your current polling place location. Dated: February 8, 2013 / Vida Barone, City Clerk

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