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Cerritos Mayor Pro Tem Holds Third Neighborhood Meet and Greet Session By Larry Caballaro
Editor’s Note: At the time of publication, a spokesperson for the City of Norwalk had no comment, saying only it was a personnel matter and at the right time a response would be issued.
hen Dr. Joseph Cho ran for Cerritos City Council two years ago, he promised city residents that he would always keep his office door open to them. “I heard elected officials from a neighboring city complain that no one ever came to their office with issues or concerns, so I made a pledge to myself that I would always be available to the people of Cerritos.” To remedy this, the Mayor pro tem started to hold Neighborhood Meet and Greet Sessions. Dr. Cho held his third Neighborhood Meet and Greet April 18, from noon to 2:00 pm at Reservoir Park promising to hold these meetings at a different park each time. Parks and Recreation Commissioner Alon Barlevy welcomed the residents and reminded them that Cho is the first Korean-American ever to be elected to the city council,
Norwalk Councilman Jesse Luera Named in Sexual Harassment Suit
Cerritos residents at Neighborhood Meet and Greet session with Mayor Pro Tem Joseph Cho expressed concern over amendment to city code regulating residential driveway parking and walkways. Photo by Ken Cha and to honor that fact, a Korean barbeque was being served. Dr. Cho also reminded them that no concerns would be resolved at the meeting, but he promised to take their concerns
to city hall staff, they would research the facts, and he would report back to them within three weeks. He encouraged them to See MEET page 13
ormer Norwalk employee Cynthia R. Sanchez has filed a sexual harassment suit in Superior Court against Norwalk City Councilmember Jesse Luera and the City of Norwalk. Sanchez contends that she was subjected to a hostile and offensive work environment based on sexual advances by the Councilmember. She also contends that terms and conditions of her employment were adversely affected for having complained about the sexual harassment, resulting in her taking a stress disability leave of absence. Prior to her employment with Norwalk, Sanchez had been a voluntary Public Safety Officer for approximately six months with the city. On Jan. 8, 1997 she was hired as a full-time employee with the city’s Public Safety Department as a Dispatcher. In mid-1998 she was promoted to Public Safety Officer, in charge of the Youth Explorer Program through the present, consistently earning favorable performance evaluation, commendations, and awards from the City and Los Angeles County. She is See LUERA wholly page 13 dependent
There's a New Sheriff in Town...and His Name is Joe
Captain Joe A. Gonzales at his desk in the Cerritos Sheriff Station. He took over for Capt. Daryl Evans who was promoted to Division Commander. "This is a great station with a complement of people that know what they are doing".
e’s only been on the job for a few weeks, but Captain Joe A. Gonzales already feels at home. “This is a great station with a complement of people that know what they are doing,” he stated. Captain Gonzales replaces Daryl Evans who has been promoted to Division Commander that includes Cerritos. “If I have any questions, all I have to do is pick up the telephone,” he said. Asked his reaction when offered the position in Cerritos he replied, “Daryl and I are good friends. We were partners for two years on the Swat Team. We’ve stayed friends over the years. He would tell me about his assignment here and when I was offered the position I didn’t hesitate. It’s an honor to be working in Cerritos. “ He said Cerritos is a city that is built on tradition. “The tradition was built a long time ago and
over the years it has been modified and massaged.” He described the city as a diamond, the All American City. He said violent crime in Cerritos is down 44 percent when compared to 2008, which was up 22 percent. “The personnel here at the station work very closely with each other.” He described the station as being different from other stations that have 200 to 300 personnel. Here we have 75. It’s more like a family. When people call we respond very quickly.” He said their response time is probably better than the other 23 stations in the county. Capt. Gonzales said Cerritos deputies are some of the best well trained deputies in the county., adding that his predecessors pulled in supervisors that had tactical background and really changed the station’s atmosphere. Tactically they can handle any incident and at the same time respond to our citizen’s needs.
He believes in training, saying training was in his blood.” It’s very big for me. I’ll continue that training so our people are the best trained for any incident. Asked about gangs, he replied that gangs were very high in the area. I’ve met several times with Commander Evans going over the gang list with him. We have deputies assigned to each gang member living in Cerritos. You can’t do this at other stations. Monitor them like we do. We don’t have a gang problem here in our city.” He said there is a total of five gang members who live in Cerritos. We have deputies who knock on their doors on a continuous basis and let them know we know they are there. Asked about drugs, he replied that generally when you have drugs, you have gangs and there are shootings. You’ll also see tagging. “It’s not here. It’s very rare you’ll just have drugs,” he stated.
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Theatre goers will be treated to a stunning Student Showcase at the Wray Theatre at 5 p.m. May 11. Selected students
Finally, closing out their season, RHC theatre students will direct and perform a series of one-act plays on May 22-23 at the Black Box Theatre at 8 p.m. “These final showcase events are so enjoyable. They provide an opportunity for our community to see a culmination of the semester’s work, and to experience the incredible student talent our college has to offer,” said Rio Hondo College Superintendent/President Ted Martinez, Jr. Ph.D. The music department will hold their own end of the year programs with a Faculty Recital on May 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Wray Theater. This program, the Six Strings/One Voice, will feature Frank Accardo, guitarist, and Gwendolyn Wyatt, soprano, as they present works of Master Composers adapted for guitar and soprano. On May 16 at 7:30 p.m. the Rio
Hondo Vocal Arts Ensembles will perform a Choral Concert – Music for a May Night, featuring a wide variety of choral music. This event will be held at the First Friends Church in Whittier. And finally on May 19 at 7:30 p.m. the Workman Mill Industrial Orchestra of Rio Hondo College will perform at the Wray Theater. Throughout these events, selected students will showcase their art in a variety of media, juried by RHC Visual Arts Faculty. The Student Art Show will run from May 11 through July 31. Join the students at the RHC Art Gallery Reception on May 11, 7-8 p.m. Information on these performances can be obtained from the Cultural Events Hotline at 562-908-3492 or by visiting www.riohondo.edu/arts. All events are FREE and open to public. Events, programs and performance dates are subject to change. Some events require advance reservations. Please check with the hotline to confirm dates and times.
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Whittier- May is a time of sunshine, graduations and new beginnings. But May also brings an extraordinary number of opportunities for the community to enjoy the creativity of the Rio Hondo College students and staff. The end of the 20082009 season for the Division of Arts & Cultural Programs promises to be a month to remember. “These folks have gone out of their way to provide the community with some stellar performances this year,” said André Quintero, President of the Rio Hondo College Board of Trustees. “The end of the season looks to be as enjoyable and entertaining as ever before and we all look forward to seeing our students’ final performances.” Dance lovers will not want to miss the Rio Hondo Dance Collective as they present an evening of dance works including hip-hop, ballet, contemporary, and world dance. Rio Hondo College (RHC) students will perform for three nights at the Wray Theatre on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 7-9 at 8 p.m. Reservations are recommended for this event.
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The Norwalk City Council voted 3-2 in favor of SSR Motorsports, allowing the company to retail off-highway vehicles (OHVs) such as dirt bikes, and to test them. A neighborhood controversy started regarding the noise resulting from such tests, and neighbors living in the area also voiced their opposition against SSR’s testing of OHVs. In previous meetings, the city council toyed with the idea of having SSR use a ‘dyno’ to test vehicles. William Li, owner of the business, said that he has made more of an effort to reduce the noise, which is the main concern. Li said he found an area in front along Alondra Blvd. that can be used, and that will reduce the noise. Sal Flores, a resident, reiterated that “the whole issue is the noise.” Josie Chaap said she “never expected motorcycles to be tested back there … it’s just tough after a hard day at work, to go home and listen to that mind-grinding sound.” Alan Ota said he is okay with the conditional use permit as long as the restrictions are put into place to reduce noise. Mayor Cheri Kelley agreed with owner Li that the dyno didn’t seem like a good solution. She also said that there isn’t any change that could be done other than the restrictions. “Under the conditions they now have and because they are zoned industrial, they are allowed to operate. If we deny this conditional use permit, there would be no change,” said Kelley. In other business new, the Director of Transportation James Parker proposed a number of cuts to reduce Norwalk’s subsidizing of the Norwalk Transit, which was above $400,000. The current economic crisis has left Norwalk with no choice but to reduce the cost of service. Under the proposal every route will face some reduction of service. He suggested Routes 6 and 7 might consolidate, and Route 4A might be eliminated entirely. Also discussed was the parking fee for the Metrolink station. Mayor Kelley reminded the audience that that “Metrolink contributes $0 toward Norwalk Station’s facilities, and that the facilities are the City’s. One resident, Tony Scarlough, said he might lose his job if Norwalk cuts service. “I don’t have a vehicle,” said Scarlough, “and Norwalk is the only line I need to take. I take the bus everywhere I go, and if I can’t go to work, I will lose my house.” Brett Hughes, another resident, proposed an idea that piqued the council’s interest: raise the fees. “Rather than eliminate a route, why not double the price? Institute a charge, not eliminate the service,” said Hughes. “All that is needed is to institute a rational parking structure.” Kelley said that from the City’s position, they can’t allow the subsidization of the Norwalk Transit to jeopardize the general fund. “Maybe we need to increase fees, in order for the Transit to be self-sustaining” The council passed the reductions, but
asked that the Transportation Department look into cutting different hours, rather than the hours proposed, and to look into other methods, like raising fares. Councilmember Gordon Stephenhagen commended the works of the Transportation Department. “I have to say how lucky it is that Norwalk has people like Mr. Parker and his department. You’re only in this bind because of the economy.”
New Online Christian School to Open in Fall A new high school is being built without the assistance of a single architect, engineer or contractor. That’s because when St. Mark’s Academy opens this fall, it will be completely online, offering low tuition, on demand instruction for Grades 7-12. “St. Mark’s Academy provides an alternative for those middle and high school students whose needs are not being met in a traditional school setting,” said Jamie Osborne, the school’s Headmaster. “Our educational model is designed to provide a learning option that maximizes flexibility and personalization without sacrificing academic quality.” A key feature of the school is 24/7 on-demand access to e-instructors, said Osborne. Most of them are Masters or PH.D – level instructors. In addition, St. Mark’s curriculum offers a range of solutions to support students, from pre-high school Foundations level courses through college-level Advanced Placement. “Most often, we are forced to take a ‘one size fits all’ approach to education,” said Donna Antonopoulos, a middle school Spanish teacher from South Carolina who also serves as a St. Mark’s enrollment counselor. “With this new school, we can provide a much more customized approach that addresses different learning styles and paces.” A series of virtual information sessions for parents and students is currently being planned, Osborne noted. Asked about specific classes such as chemistry and math, he said the students and teachers can see each other. During math lesions, the students can go to an online blackboard when called upon. In case of Chemistry classes, certain items will be sent to the student and any experiment he/she is asked to conduct will be in front of the computer where the instructor can witness it being done and give needed instruction when needed. “St Mark’s Academy is a fully-supported diploma-granting Christian middle and high school,” stated Osborne. Upon request an application packet with forms will be mailed. Academic counseling is available on the telephone. For more information visit the school’s website at www.stmarksacademy.net or phone. 1-866-296-3140.
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The End of Tolerance Since "The Sacramento Budget Game" editorial, I have received certain communications, mostly in reference to the last tag. And though in a conversation I would have explained my position in clearer terms, I needed to make it more concise so that the letter itself would fit into the space available for such letters. For those upset with that statement please be patient with my explanation of this statement. In the past decade I have noticed a trend in within the Democrat party where if you don’t toe the party line of the leadership you will be marginalized. This is one reason why I left that party. For the most part my ideas as a Christian conservative Democrat were demeaned
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organization into a civilian Army posor treated as the ravings of a madman. As sibly akin to the Hitler Youth or the Red a Republican I notice ideas are treated as Army. And we have to ask ourselves things to be explored and debated. I may for how long will we be able to disagree not agree with a Log Cabin Republican openly with one another in a civil manon things like Prop. 8, but we can have a ner? Or will we in order to protect our civil discussion on that or other topics we liberties be forced to rebel, be it peaceful actually agree on without the sort of vitlike Dr. King & Mr. Gandhi or not. riol you face with Democrat Leadership. In the last 6 years I have noticed how Matt Kauble, moderate and conservative Democrats Cerritos in elected office have consistently been marginalized by their party’s leadership unless they toe a leftist line on at least a few issues. For instance, when I heard ridicule coming forth from the mouths of Democrat leaders over Alan Lowenthal having the temerity to reach across the aisle when he doesn’t need to or to even allow Republicans to be elected to local office in his district; I became aware that the time for bipartisanship and moderaBy Randy Economy tion was coming to an end. Today there are a relative handful of Democrats who Yippee! We get to head BACK to are willing to meet with conservatives the Voting Booth here in California in 30 much less listen and consider the actual days. merits of our ideas (i.e. Senator LowenI vote over on Ashworth Avenue thal, Rep. Napolitano, Assemblyman here on the “tony” Eastside in the AllCalderon). Most have been in office for American City of Cerritos. It is the same more than a decade &/or come from the street where the horrific “Aero Mexico” few districts where the registration gap Airplane crash took place during Labor between the two parties Day Weekend in 1986. is small. I have dubbed our PollSomething on your mind? In recent weeks Email to editor@cerritosnews. ing Place the “Garage we have seen released of Democracy.” net. Letters and opinions do from the Department of My Precinct Capnot represent the viewpoint of Homeland Security a tain is the amazing/legthe Editor, the Editor reserves document which seems the right to edit for length and endary Gail Grossman. to label all Christian Gail and her husgrammar. conservatives as well as band Marty Grossman veterans as potentially have been icons here being more dangerin our ‘hood since they opened their ous to national security than Al Queda. “Freedom Garage” over 30-plus years We see impeached judge Rep. Hastings ago. BOTH are former Cerritos Parks introduce a bill to convert former military Commissioners and BOTH have dedicatbases to be in essence gulags for political ed thousands of hours to make our comdissidents. And we see a plan put forward munity better and brighter for countless by the current White House Administranumber of young folks and those who are tion to turn Americorps from a charitable young at heart.
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Our Precinct voted to Recall Governor Gray Davis and voted FOR Arnold to replace him. We also voted FOR Barack Obama over John Mc Cain, and voted FOR Moderate GOP challenger Tim Escobar when he ran for Congress against our current Democratic Congresswoman Linda T. Sanchez. We are Independent minded here in Cerritos Precinct 16. Registered Declined to State Voters now are more than 23% of the total voters here. I use to be the Chairman of the Democratic Central Committee here in the 56th Assembly District, but left the Dem Party here in 2004 due to “corruption” within the ranks of BOTH the Los Angeles County and California Democratic Parties. Since then, I have joined the growing ranks of “Declined to State Voters.” Some have even dubbed me the “Chairman of California’s Undecided Party.” Anyway, “DS” voters cast our Ballots with our “brains” instead of our political emotions. We don’t care if Candidates have “R” or “D” next to their names. We ONLY care about HOW the candidate will SOLVE our problems, and to make Government less complicated in our life. DS Voters are NOT afraid to vote against the “status quo,” and we will not tolerate “who to vote for” from Political Party Bosses. During the upcoming Tuesday, May 19th election, Voters are being asked to “tax” ourselves by BILLIONS upon BILLIONS of REAL dollars, all in the name of “Saving California.” Give me a break. SIX ballot measures will be appearing on the May 19th Ballot for our “thoughtful consideration.” If passed, 5 of these 6 ballot props will create a “rainy day stabilization fund;” “an Education Funding Payment Plan;’” “a Lottery Modernization Plan;” “a Children’s Services Funding Plan ($600 Million in more taxes);” and will also “Shift $230 Million of State Mental Health funds into the State General Fund.” Call me crazy, but these measures are nothing more than Multi-Billion Dollar Tax hikes with fancy titles. I am voting NO on these 5 costly Propositions (1A through 1E), and will be voting YES on Prop 1F. Prop. 1F will prevent elected Members of the Legislature and Statewide Constitutional officers, including the Governor, from receiving pay raises in years when the state is running a deficit. That’s a start, but I think we need to send more “tough love” to those who misspend our taxes or who are incapable of “fixing” our problems. As for these current ballot budget busters next month, remember: Fool me once, Call me a fool. Fool me twice, and I’ll be starting a Recall against someone. See you at Marty and Gail Grossman’s Garage of Democracy on May 19th and don’t be Fooled this time around, the stakes are way too high. What do you think? Drop me a note. Randy Economy, firstname.lastname@example.org
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A Letter to Delegates of the Democratic Party Convention Regarding Props. 1D & 1E Propositions 1D and 1E violate our basic principles as Democrats. Both measures would make drastic cuts to services to some of our most vulnerable fellow Californians – children and people with mental illness. We Democrats are supposed to stand up for the less powerful. Props. 1D & 1E would crush them. These measures deserve the opposition of the state Democratic Party and they must be defeated on May 19. We know that many of you may be conflicted over these initiatives. Some of our progressive leaders are supporting Props. 1D & 1E. They portray these measures as necessary and effectively pain-free. On both scores, we are sorry to say that they have it wrong. The amounts of money that 1D & 1E would provide to the state general fund amount to a fraction of the state budget – less than half a percent. Passage or failure of these measures will not change the budget picture much. We all need to recognize that Props. 1D & 1E are not financially necessary; they are on the ballot because they were politically necessary in the deal-making that led to the budget agreement in February. At the same time, the amounts of money cut by Props. 1D & 1E would cripple proven programs that actually save the state money in the end. You may hear that these measures simply siphon “reserve” funds that are unspent and unneeded. Not true. In fact, Prop. 1D makes direct cuts immediately to children’s services, taking $268 million per year out of the tobacco-tax revenue
that now goes to each of the state’s counties for a range of programs, from immunization and infant healthcare to child abuse prevention and early childhood development. That represents a 50% cut right away, with further declines in revenue down the road. The so-called reserves in Prop. 10 children’s programs and Prop. 63 mental health programs are largely an illusion. Most of the money at stake is committed to longer-term projects. The mental health money, in particular, will soon be necessary to cope with rapidly declining revenues from Prop. 63’s “millionaire’s tax” in the difficult economy. Take those reserves and you will see steep program cuts soon. Children’s services and mental health care have already suffered serious cuts. Programs provided now by First 5 are often replacements for local services that previously existed. Mental health funds besides those from Prop. 63 are down $300 million, due to lower VLF funds and sales tax receipts, and services are being reduced everywhere. Regardless of your positions on the rest of these budget-related ballot measures, Props. 1D & 1E stand out as terrible, harmful initiatives. Let us not forget where each of these insidious measures began: as Republican proposals to wipe out entire voterapproved programs. Voters passed Prop. 10 a decade ago to guarantee children’s services funding, but in December Republicans proposed wiping out these services and putting all the revenues into the general fund. Voters passed Prop. 63 in 2004 to ensure that California made good on its long-broken promise to provide adequate mental health care. But Republicans proposed putting all that money into the general fund, too. It’s no surprise to see the Republicans disregard the voters’ will and wantonly slash services that work. They’ll do anything for “smaller government.” Now, it’s up to us to stay strong and say NO. Please join us in opposing Props. 1D & 1E.
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Cerritos College Theatre Faculty Nominated for Off-Broadway Award Cerritos College’s faculty member Janet Miller in the theater department has been nominated for the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway. Nominations for the 24th Annual Lucille Lortel Awards were announced on April 2 and Miller was nominated for the Outstanding Choreographer for The Marvelous Wonderettes. Begun in 1986, the Lucille Lortel Awards are produced by the Off-Broadway League by special arrangement with the Lucille Lortel Foundation. The nominees are selected by the committee of 16-20 critics, theatre professionals, representatives of theatre organizations and local academia appointed by the Lucille Lortel Awards Foundation. The awards will be presented on Sunday, May 3, 2009 at the “Off” Broadway Ballroom at the Marriott Marquis in New York.
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Cerritos College Foundation Awards Sixteen Scholarships Two students from Cerritos. The Cerritos College Foundation awarded 16 student scholarships totaling $7,000 during the annual Cerritos College Academic Excellence Awards ceremony on Mar. 24. Students Micael Barnum, Jr., of South Gate; Timothy Chen, of Cerritos; and Krystiana Ruddle, of Cerritos, were each presented the Dr. Keith Allen Hinrichsen Scholarship. Upon graduating from Cerritos, Barnum will be transferring to Cal State Fullerton. He intends on completing his bachelor’s degree in history and ob-
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Pathways to College The University of California announces major changes in admission policies Recently the UC system announced its most sweeping admissions changes in 50 years. A little over a year ago, I saw the first version of the BOARS proposal that led to the Regents’ approval of the UC changes that hit the pressrooms last week. BOARS is the University of California faculty committee that recommends any shifts in the UC entry requirements. What are the mechanics of these new UC eligibility rules? 1. Applies to the fall 2012 entering class (the current freshmen) and beyond (2013, 2014 etc). 2. Students must complete 11 of the 15 A-G subject requirements in high school by the end of the junior year. 3. Students must take either the SAT: Reasoning Test or the ACT with Writing. 4. E.L.C. (Eligibility through Local Context) will be expanded from the top 4% in each high school to the top 9%. Any public or private high school in CA may be part of E.L.C. 5. If a student is not in the top 9% at her high school, then she will still be automatically UC eligible if she is one of the top 9% of the students in CA. 6. Bid adieu to the SAT: Subject Tests as UC admissions requirements. Subject Tests will not be mandatory starting with the fall 2012 entering class. 7. If a student is not part of #4 or #5 above, but has completed #2 and #3, the student will enter E.T.R. as long as he or she has a minimum weighted 3.0 GPA on the A-G courses taken during the 10th and 11th grade years. What is E.T.R.? E.T.R. stands for “Entitled to Review” and is the newest path to UC admissions. The revised pathways (#4 and #5 above) will guarantee a space at the University to an estimated top 10% of the high school students who are graduating from CA’s high schools, but the system is set up to take the top 12.5%. Thus, there is a sizable gap remaining and the E.T.R. pool will provide the applicants to fill that final 2.5%. What else? 1. The Admissions by Testing alone path will remain, but applicants who meet the established criteria will no longer be guaranteed a space at the University; these applicants will be entitled to a review of their
application but there is no guarantee of admission. 2. The “magic table” that listed the GPA/ SAT scores to show students whether they were UC eligible will be revised to identify applicants who are in the top 9% statewide. What are the new rules about the SAT: Subject Tests? 1. Subject Tests will no longer be a UC eligibility requirement for students applying for the fall 2012 term or beyond. 2. Individual UC campuses are permitted to continue to recommend the Subject Tests for certain programs. Remember, BOARS primarily sets the criteria campuses use in comprehensive review; how campuses choose to apply (weigh) the criteria is a local decision. Thus, if the UCLA, Berkeley and UCSD administrations decided that they wanted to continue to recommend the Subject Tests, they certainly have the leeway to make that decision. 3. Let’s say that you received an ‘A’ in Honors Pre-Calculus and also scored a 730 on the SAT Reasoning Test Math section. It is pretty clear that you have shown that you are good at math. Now, let us also suppose that you only managed a B- in your US History class and seem to show weakness there. The new rules effectively encourage you to take a Subject Test in US History, assuming you could do well on it, so that you can send in that score to show that you are actually pretty good at US History. This makes Subject Tests a markedly student friendly tool as they can be used to buttress perceived academic shortcomings. Why were the SAT: Subject Tests eliminated – it certainly looks like the standards are being watered down? The University of California was the only state university system in the world to require Subject Tests for its applicants. The real reason that the Subject Tests had to be eliminated was that about 22,000 students annually, who had taken the right A-G courses and achieved eligibility levels in their grades and SAT (or ACT) scores, were being excluded from UC consideration because they had failed to follow the complicated Subject Test rules. To make it even more painful, a disproportionate percentage of these young men and women were poor and first-generation-to-college students. I attend an academically rigorous school – these new 9% limits seem to damage my chances of attending a UC institution? 1. If you think about it, the old E.L.C. rules only guaranteed admissions to the top 4% from a high school – the new system more than doubles this total to 9%. This is better, not worse. 2. Students who attend CA’s best and most demanding high schools, will continue to be well represented because if a student is not in the top 9% of the school, the odds are very good that this same student (with
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The argument was regarding whether a proposed car wash should have an ironwrought fence. Ultimately, the council voted 4-1 in favor of the proposed car wash, with the expectation that the owners build a 42-inch wrought-iron fence, and an 8-foot block wall. In previous council meeting discussions on the subject, Luera was against the car wash in general, saying that the council doesn’t know what it’s like to live in the neighborhood; a subject he brought up again at the April 21 meeting. Luera and Mendez’s argument centered around Luera’s insistence of having an iron fence around the property. “You will never be able too see the problem in the area unless you live there,” said Luera. “People would support the car wash with an iron fence or gate.” Luera said the concern is that gangmembers or homeless people would use the car wash as a hangout spot after hours. The architect, Atabak Youssefzadeh, said that he highly respects the city, and offered his own views, which were critical of the idea of installing a wroughtiron gate. Youssefzadeh thought it would look too much like a prison. Youssefzadeh explained, “As a former professor of architecture, I can say that the best way to eliminate homelessness is development. I would be concerned of the image your city portrays. Your decision will not affect just one little car wash, but how your city as a whole is viewed.” City Manager Ernie Garcia replied, “I respect you as an architect, but you don’t live there.” Councilmember Rick Ramirez defended the fence idea and suggested
that there are wrought-iron fences that give a more artistic image rather than an “imprisoned image.” Ramirez said that a property on Lakeland, between Norwalk Blvd. and Bombardier, has such a fence and would be a good place to start looking for ideas. In the end, Luera voted against the project, even though the council made a condition that a wrought-iron fence be installed. “I’m voting no because the 8 foot block wall,” said Luera. The City Council also passed an ordinance that further restricted residency restrictions on registered sex offenders. The city’s ordinance expands Jessica’s Law, a California law which says that registered sex offenders can not reside within 2000 feet of any school or park where children regularly gather. Jessica’s Law also allows cities to adopt ordinances that further restrict residency of registered sex offenders. The city’s new ordinance restricts residency of registered sex offenders within 2000 feet of facilities other than the ones described in Jessica’s law. In Norwalk, sex offenders can not reside within the 2000 feet of child care facilities, child tutorinig center, public library, and youth center. In other news, the City Council voted 4-1 in favor of approving the Norwalk Golf Course’s selection of a concession sales vendor for the course. Councilmember Luera voted no because he feared political involvement, as the concession sales vendor happens to be owned by the family of Gracie GallegosSmith, who happens to be the mayor of Pico Rivera. Gallegos-Smith was in the audience.
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Steve Remige, President of the Association for Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriff’s [ALADS], presented a plaque to the Hawaiian Gardens at its April 14 meeting for the city’s support and services to the sheriff deputies assigned to Hawaiian Gardens. Councilmembers are [l-r] Mayor Michael Gomez, Mayor Pro Tem Victor Farfan, and Councilmembers John Heckerman, Betty Schultze, and Michiko Oyama-Canada. Every year, the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs hosts the ALADS Banquet to highlight the outstanding deeds of its members. The 2009 ALADS Banquet is the premier event where the un-sung hero finally gets the recognition he or she deserves. Recipients are nominated by their colleagues, and selected by the ALADS Board of Directors. This years’ ALADS Banquet is scheduled for Saturday, May 30th, 2009 6:00 p.m. at The Pacific Palms Conference Resort. The Pacific Palms Conference Resort is located in the City of Industry and will provide ample parking and easy access for members and guests. ALADS member may receive up to two free tickets. Non-ALADS members can purchase tickets by calling Cindy Flores at (323) 213-4030. Tickets are $150.00 for nonmembers.
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Gahr Loses Its Bear-ing in the Heat Against Warren, Late Inning Rallies Come Up Short By Loren Kopff DOWNEY-The young newcomers to Gahr's softball team this season have already been put to the test by facing some of Southern California's best, i.e. Los Alamitos, Pacifica and San Pedro. But the real test began this past Tuesday when the Gladiators visited San Gabriel Valley League rival Warren. In the past three meetings, all Gahr victories, these two teams have put on hitting displays, combining for at least 14 hits every time and with Gahr losing eight everyday seniors from a season ago, it would take a valiant effort for the team to take down the Bears for a fifth consecutive time. But a six-run deficit in 90 plus degree heat was too much to overcome and the Gladiators lost their first league game, 7-4, to fall a game behind leagueleading Downey. Gahr had won a seasonhigh four straight games but slipped to 7-10 overall entering an Apr. 23 home game with Paramount. "I think we were a little bit intimidated of [Warren pitcher] Frannie [Vaaulu] at first," said Gahr head coach Mike Rogers. "Once the third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings rolled around, we started to hit the ball. We were making good, solid contact and we weren't intimidated anymore." Vaaulu was already up 3-0 and working on a no-hitter when sophomore shortstop Jasmine Ruiz tripled to right field, bringing home senior pinch runner Kayla Gonzales in the top of the third. But the offense was shut down until the sixth despite Vaaulu walking five through the first five. By that time, Gahr was trailing 7-1 as the Bears were pounding junior pitcher Valerie Rios to the tune of 13 hits, the most she has allowed in her first season as a varsity member. "She struggled a little bit today; it wasn't her best day," Rogers said. "She was missing on her spots but she did have a span where she got it together." That would come in the final three innings when she scattered four hits and struck out one. At the same time, the bats were slowing coming through for the Gladiators and it began in the sixth when senior first baseman Holly Sloan singled and Vaaulu walked senior second baseman Brittney Miller and junior designated player Erika Jackson with none out. Later in the inning, freshman catcher Josea
Ayala singled up the middle to plate a pair of runs. In the last inning, Vaaulu walked sophomore third baseman Nani Mejia and Miller around a single given up to Sloan with none out. Jackson forced Sloan at third with Mejia scoring but that's all Gahr would get despite having the tying run standing in the on-deck circle. The two hits from Sloan kept her average right at .500, tops on the team while Mejia, who had been leading the team in hitting through the first 15 games, was held without a hit for the third time all season. She is still batting .431 while Miller is at .386. Gahr stranded 10 runners on base and had 17 runners reach base off of Vaaulu, who threw 137 pitches. "[Frannie] was helping us out but our whole plan was to play disciplined and I thought they had pretty good plate discipline," Rogers said. "A few of the ones who I expected to hit the ball a little bit better didn't because I think they were a little bit overanxious. We made her throw those pitches. We knew she couldn't throw a change-up and if we laid off her rise ball, we would be okay." Not to be dismissed from the loss were the stellar plays in the defense that kept the game somewhat manageable for Gahr. Arianna Palomares sharply lined to Miller the first two times she came up to bat, Emily Gregorio would also line out sharply to Miller as well as Ruiz and later in the game, sophomore left fielder Erica Willig dove to her right to keep what would have been a double and possibly a triple to just a single. Gahr will finish the Loara Tournament on Saturday with a pair of games, then visit Downey on Tuesday and Dominguez on Thursday. Downey, by far the best team in the league, is ranked eighth in the California Interscholastic Federation-Southern Section Division III poll. "They know they can beat this team," Rogers said. "There's not a doubt in their mind. They know they can play with them. We just have to minimize the errors and shut down Frannie. We need everybody to contribute. We need everybody up and down the lineup."
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Lancers Offense Goes South In Final Games Of Woodbridge Tournament, Prepare For Suburban League Showdowns By Loren Kopff IRVINE-It was easy to see why Norwalk softball head coach Paulette Gasporra wanted to get her team in the Woodbridge Tournament for the first time in school history. After an embarrassing performance in the Nike Classic a year ago, the Lancers wanted to prove that they can still compete with some of the Orange County top dogs. After winning its first two games of the tournament on Apr. 11, the Lancers ended the prestigious Orange County tournament, now in its 27th season, on a three-game losing skid including losses to Marina (4-0) and Fountain Valley (3-1) last Saturday at Col. Bill Barber Marine Corps Memorial Park. Norwalk began this past Wednesday's road game at Artesia with a 15-6 record and 6-0 in the Suburban League. "Obviously we came out to Orange County to face some top quality teams, " Gasporra said. "We came out here to prepare ourselves to finish league. I think it's a very good tournament so we can finish league on a positive note. We've played nothing but the best that Orange County has." The Lancers had been riding the hot arm of senior pitcher Stephanie Jimenez, who had surrendered three hits in the previous two tournament games, both shutouts and had not been scored upon in 56 straight innings until Edison scored in the third inning on Apr. 13. However, she ran into a buzz saw with the Vikings who touched her up for seven hits, the most she had allowed since Mar. 21 and second most this season. But whenever Jimenez faced trouble, she would get out of with stellar defense. Marina had runners at third in the first and third innings but came away empty. Unfortunately for Jimenez, the Vikings were forcing her to throw a lot of pitches which came back to haunt her in the bottom of the fifth inning. With her pitch count up to 70, Jimenez began the frame giving up a single to Shannon Simmons, walking Sandra Simmons and serving up run scoring hits to Mariah Nogueira and Jamie Sullivan. One out later, Rachel Gaber singled to com-
plete the scoring. In the fifth inning alone, Jimenez threw 35 pitches and ended the game with 123. Entering this week, Jimenez still had an earned run average of 0.93 and had struck out 202 batters while walking only 19. She also is batting 516 with 33 hits and 24 runs scored. "It's frustrating when she knows her pitches are there and it's not being called," Gasporra said. "As a pitcher, she needs to adjust to what the umpire wants but at the same time, when you're used to having your pitches called strikes and they're not being called strikes, it's just frustrating. It's frustrating as a coach and it's frustrating as a player." Offensively, the Lancers couldn't get much going against Taysia Kaufman, who scattered five singles and did not let a Norwalk runner get past second base. Sophomore center fielder Lorraine Fitzgerald had a pair of hits while senior first baseman Michelle Contreras, senior shortstop Cristina Jacobo and sophomore left fielder Jasmine Valenzuela tallied the other hits. "You have to adjust your at-bats," Gasporra said. "As a hitter, you have to adjust your at-bat to any speed, whatever the pitcher is throwing. The last two times, we haven't been able to make our adjustments." Norwalk will host the Pioneers today, then head into the tough part of the league slate with a home meeting against Mayfair on Wednesday. Following a road game with the Monsoons two days later, Norwalk will take a week off before facing league nemesis La Mirada in the last week of the regular season with what looks to be the league title on the line. "We've all voiced our opinions as softball coaches in the Suburban League on that we're not happy with the schedule the way it is," Gasporra said. "But unfortunately, we don't have the power to change it back to what it was originally where it was first round, second round."
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Continued from page 1 give him their names, addresses, phone numbers and emails so that he could communicate with them directly and to send them his monthly newsletter. While Dr. Cho began by speaking about budget shortfalls and a potential $9 million dollar loss of revenue to the city, from sales tax and license fee reductions to a Redevelopment Fund transfer to the state, the residents were more interested in potential and recent modifications to the municipal code. About 70 residents were in attendance including Jim McMahan who had several concerns about RV and vehicle parking on driveways and on private property. Several others had the same concern including Gerald Bruce, who was a longtime resident in the city, and was uncertain about any new changes in the municipal code that would dictate what he is allowed to keep in his garage. Residents who spoke agreed that the city was infringing on their rights and acting more like a Homeowners Association. “The only difference is that no fees are being charged,” said a concerned neighbor Dr. Cho informed them that as soon as he had been elected, he had done a survey to learn how many cities in Los Angeles County had a no street parking ordinance for certain hours. He discovered that Cerritos is the only city. Other concerns included safety issues at local parks since neighbors have observed young people drinking, using drugs and engaging in inappropriate sexual behavior. One resident had discovered condoms near Sunshine Park as he was walking with his daughter. Homeless people sleeping in the parks overnight was another concern. Cho told the residents that he knew they had issues with too many stop signs, but this was not a problem in other parts of the city. Nevertheless, he sympathized with them and clearly stated that they can always come to him at any time, and that he would try to assist them when he could. As neighbors were leaving the park, several residents, who had lived in the city for over 30 years, commented that they couldn’t remember when a city official came to them unless they were running for election.
COMMUNITY NEWS GROUP • APRIL 24, 2009 form. He is accused of saying, “I’m still waiting for you to come and meet me.” She said he repeatedly pulled her close to him, embrace her, stroke her arm and tell her, “You know what you have to do.” Sanchez said she consistently rejected his advances and made it clear to him that she had no interest in a sexual relationship with him. On Feb. 27, 2008 she advised her immediate supervisor, Carlos Romos, Director of Public Safety, about Luera’s advancements toward her. She said Romos assured her he would investigate her complaint. Approximately one week later, on Mar. 6, he told her she was being taken off the Cadet Youth Program effective immediately. She said the Cadet Youth Program comprised half of her job duties, and was a key component of her status and self-esteem within the workforce. She was also told not to report to work for three days. On March 10, Sanchez said Ramos told her that he had removed her from all her job duties “because Jesse asked me to.” Romos also made reference to alleged complaints against her but refused to identify the complainants and refused to follow the procedure for resident complaints against City employees. On Mar. 10, Sanchez suffered an apparent anxiety attack and was taken to the hospital. As a result she took a leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act and filed a workers compensation stress clam. On Mar. 14 Sanchez sent a written complaint to the Department of Public Safety regarding her retaliatory removal as a leader of the Youth Cadet Program and requested a formal investigation. She also requested copies of the alleged complaints made against her. No investigation was conducted and no copies of the alleged complaints were provided to her. On May 20, 2008 Sanchez filed a further complaint of harassment, outlining the harassment by Luera against her and other female employees as well as inappropriate comments made by Ramos to her and other employees. On Jan. 7, 2009 Sanchez filed complaints for sexual harassment and retaliation against the defendants with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing
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“I haven’t seen this at Cerritos or Gahr High Schools” He said he believes this has a lot to do with the tradition of upbringing and families. It’s deep rooted here. We have eyes and ears in the community and they tell us what is going on. In addition we have a weekly COM Stat meeting, where we discuss what is working, what needs to be corrected. “We know within six or seven days if there is an issue and stomp it out immediately.” He said during his transition, he was amazed at the caliber of people working in the fingerprinting group. Many are retired
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worked the jails, Century Station again at a Lieutenant, and Operations in the Cops Bureau for five years. This past year he was Deputy Chief of Region Two under Chief Rambo. The Captain lives in San Dimas. He has two adult sons and a nine-year-old boy. “I’m proud of all three,” he stated. He like sport events, fishing and collecting sports memorabilia. Law enforcement is in the family, his wife also works for the Sheriff’s Department in Los Angeles. “We met while working on a case together,” he said.
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OPTIMIST CLUB Mimi’s Café 7a.m. 1st, 2nd, 4th Thursdays, Frantone’s 7 p.m. 3rd Thursday. ROTARY CLUB Hometown Buffet noon Mondays VFW POST 1846 Heritage Park, 2nd & 4th Tuesdays. 18600 Bloomfield Ave. Jeffrey Enomoto 714-292-2985 SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL Coco’s Restaurant 6p.m. 2nd Wed. & 12p.m. 4th Wed. WOMEN’S CLUB CPE 2nd Thursday. Gail Grossman at 562-926-8487 LIONS CLUB 11514 E. 178th Street, Artesia. 1st & 3rd Tuesday. Milton Hicks 926-3792. CONTACTS Business Networking Group Wednesdays, 7a.m. at Mimi’s Café, Cerritos Towne Center. Larry Massa 562-920-0554. CONNECTIONS Business Networking Group. Thursday, 7:30 a.m. at Coco’s Restaurant. Barbara 869-7618. CERRITOS LEADS CLUB Tuesdays 7–8:30 a.m. Mimi’s, in the Towne Center. Call 1-800-767-7337. TOASTMASTERS The Cerritos Cheerful Chatters Toastmasters Club meets at Noon every other Wednesday at the SELACO Workforce Investment Board: 10900 E. 183rd > Street, 3rd Floor. Have fun and work on your speaking skills. Visitors are
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GOLDEN SANDS CHORUS An award-winning Sweet Adeline Chorus. Women of all ages and experience levels welcome. Rehearsals Wednesdays 7 p.m., Lakewood Masonic Center, 5918 Parkcrest St., Long Beach. (562) 630-8445 GOOD SAM Camp outings 2nd weekend each month. Howard Remsen 714-521-1076. ARTESIA SENIOR CITIZENS CLUB Wednesdays at 10 a.m. at the Albert O. Little Community Center, 18750 S. Clarkdale, Artesia. For information, contact Kathy McDonald 562-430-7349 PATHWAYS VOLUNTEER HOSPICE BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP JOURNEYS Mondays, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Pathways office, 3300 South Street #206, Long Beach Tuesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. Lakewood Regional Medical Center, 3700 South Street Classroom A, Lakewood Call Cindy Skovgard at 562-531-3031 MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) A program for mothers with children under the age of five, meet 1st & 3rd Wednesdays 9 to 11:15 a.m. at New Life Community Church, 18800 Norwalk Blvd., Artesia. CERRITOS AGLOW LIGHTHOUSE, “A Network of Caring Christian Women”
CALIFORNIA RETIRED TEACHERS ASSN (CRTA) Meets at 12p.m. the third Friday of alternative months at the Ebell Club, Third and Cerritos, Long Beach. 925-1938. IRONWOOD WOMEN’S GOLF CLUB 16449 Piuma Avenue • Cerritos, Ca 990703 • Irene Orozco, President (562) 926-5017 • Tuesdays, 7:30 a.m.
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"Title Insurance and its Importance" Topic of Cerritos Optimist Club’s Guest Speaker Right:Guest speaker at the Cerritos Optimist Club April 2 was Ken Kraft [center] who spoke on Title Insurance. With him are Optimist President Maynard Law and Program Chair for the Day Carol Chen. There are two types of Title Insurance policies, said Gene Kraft with Nations Title Company. One is the Owner’s policy and the other is the Lender’s policy. Speaking before members of the Cerritos Optimist Club at their morning meeting, he said the Owner’s Policy insures homebuyers of any type of real property against loss covered under the policy of insurance for as long as they own the property. He said there are several versions of each policy and the homeowner needs to consult with their Real Estate Professional to determine which policy is best for them. He described the Lender’s Policy as insuring the priority of the lender’s security interest over claims that others may have in the property. He said Title Insurance is needed to be assured that the seller actually owns the property you are buying and that there
are no liens on the property that were not disclosed to you in the Title I report He said it assures you that all the important steps in the recorded matters have been searched and examined and just due to that, your one time payment for title insurance has already paid for itself. He described it as providing a legal
defense against claims covered by the policy which can greatly exceed the one time premium. It provides the buyer with the knowledge that recorded matters have been searched and examined so that title insurance covering your property can be issued.
The following is a summary of Ordinance No. 946 with Exhibit A, which was adopted by the City Council of the City of Cerritos on April 9, 2009. The complete text of Ordinance No. 946 was published in the Los TO ADVERTISE CALL 800-901-7211 COMMUNITY NEWS GROUP • APRIL 24, 2009 Cerritos Community News on April 17, 2009 and is available from the Cerritos City Clerk, 18125 Bloomfield Avenue,CITY Cerritos, CA 90703, telephone 562-916-1248, or from the City’s website www.ci.cerritos.ca.us. CITY OF CERRITOS OF CERRITOS ORDINANCE NO. 946 ORDINANCE NO. 947 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS GRANTING TO CRIMSON CALIFORNIA PIPELINE, L.P., A The following is a summary of Ordinance No. 946 with Exhibit A, which was adoptedIN by PLACE the City Council of REMOVE FRANCHISE TO INSTALL, OPERATE, MAINTAIN, REPLACE, ABANDON AND/OR The following is a summary of Ordinance No. 947 with Exhibit A, which was adopted by the City Council of the City of Cerritos on April 9, 2009. The complete text of Ordinance No. 946 wasLIQUID published in the Los Cerritos the City of Cerritos on April 9, 2009. The complete text of Ordinance No. 947 was published in the Los Cerritos PIPELINES FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF OIL, GAS, PETROLEUM, HYDROCARBON Community on April 17, 2009 and is available from theALONG Cerritos City Clerk, 18125 Bloomfield Avenue, Community News on April 17, 2009 and is available from the Cerritos City Clerk, 18125 Bloomfield Avenue, PRODUCTS, ANDNews OTHER SUBSTANCES, IN, UNDER, AND ACROSS CERTAIN PUBLIC STREETS 562-916-1248, or from the City’s www.ci.cerritos.ca.us. Cerritos, CA 90703, telephone 562-916-1248, or from the City’s website www.ci.cerritos.ca.us. AS SET Cerritos, FORTHCA IN90703, SAIDtelephone ORDINANCE WITHIN THE CITYwebsite OF CERRITOS
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS GRANTING TO CRIMSON CALIFORNIA Crimson California Pipeline, L.P. has made application to this City Council for the granting of a pipeline AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS GRANTING TO CARDINAL PIPELINE, L.P., PIPELINE, L.P., A FRANCHISE TO INSTALL, OPERATE, MAINTAIN, REPLACE, ABANDON IN A FRANCHISE TO INSTALL, OPERATE, MAINTAIN, REPLACE, ABANDON IN PLACE AND/ franchise to cover existing pipeline facilities FOR and operations on public lands in Cerritos. This PLACE AND/OR REMOVE PIPELINES THE TRANSPORTATION OF incorporated OIL, GAS, PETROLEUM, OR REMOVE PIPELINES FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF OIL, GAS, PETROLEUM, LIQUID franchise shall only apply to those pipelines described in Exhibit “A”, which exhibit is incorporated herein by LIQUID HYDROCARBON PRODUCTS, AND OTHER SUBSTANCES, IN, UNDER, ALONG AND HYDROCARBON PRODUCTS, AND OTHER SUBSTANCES, IN, UNDER, ALONG AND ACROSS reference. Crimson California Pipeline, L.P. has agreed that it will not extend or expand its pipelines within ACROSS CERTAIN PUBLIC STREETS AS SET FORTH IN SAID ORDINANCE WITHIN THE CITY CERTAIN PUBLIC STREETS AS SET FORTH IN SAID ORDINANCE WITHIN THE CITY OF the City OF of Cerritos beyond those described in Exhibit “A”, without obtaining the City Council’s prior approval. CERRITOS CERRITOS Pursuant to Resolution No. 2009-3 the City Council at its regular meeting on February 26, 2009, declared its California Pipeline, has made applicationPipeline, to this CityL.P. Council for the granting of a pipeline franchise intentionCrimson to grant a franchise toL.P. Crimson California Cardinal Pipeline, L.P. has made application to this City Council for the granting of a pipeline franchise to cover to cover existing pipeline facilities and operations on public lands incorporated in Cerritos. This franchise existing pipeline facilities and operations on public lands incorporated in Cerritos. This franchise shall only apply shall apply toOF those pipelines described in Exhibit NO. “A”, which to those pipelines described in Exhibit “A”, which exhibit is incorporated herein by reference. Cardinal Pipeline, EXHIBIT A only TO CITY CERRITOS ORDINANCE 946 exhibit is incorporated herein by reference. Crimson California Pipeline, L.P. has agreed that it will not extend or expand its pipelines within the City of L.P. has agreed that it will not extend or expand its pipelines within the City of Cerritos beyond those described Cerritos beyond those described in Exhibit “A”, without obtaining the City Council’s prior approval. Pursuant in Exhibit “A”, without obtaining the City Council’s prior approval. Pursuant to Resolution No. 2009-2 the DESCRIPTION PIPELINE: to ResolutionOF No. PIPELINE, 2009-3 the City TEN-INCH Council at its regular meeting on February 26, 2009, declared its intention to City Council at its regular meeting on February 26, 2009, declared its intention to grant a franchise to Cardinal grant a franchise to Crimson California Pipeline, L.P. Pipeline, L.P.
The centerline of the ten-inch pipeline and related appurtenances shall be as described below:
EXHIBIT A TO CITY OF CERRITOS ORDINANCE NO. 946 DESCRIPTION OF PIPELINE, EIGHT-INCH PIPELINE Theofcenterline of eight-inch pipeline and related appurtenances shall be as described: SEGMENT: Commencing at the north boundary of the City of Cerritos in Studebaker Road 28 feet west DESCRIPTION OF PIPELINE, TEN-INCH PIPELINE: said center line and 220 feet south of the center line of Alondra Boulevard; thence south 2,376 feet in Studebaker Road to a point 24.5 feet south of center line at 166th Street; thence west into prior rights. Parcel 1 The centerline of the ten-inch pipeline and related appurtenances shall be as described below: Commencing at the point of intersection of the centerline of Norwalk Boulevard with the centerline of 166th SEGMENT: Commencing at the north boundary of the City of Cerritos in Studebaker Road 28 feet west of said Street in the City of Cerritos, said point also being a boundary line between the city of Cerritos and the City of center line and 220 feet south of the center line of Alondra Boulevard; thence south 2,376 feet in Studebaker Road Norwalk; to a point 24.5 feet south of center line at 166th Street; thence west into prior rights. Thence westerly along the centerline of 166th Street 25 feet, more or less, to a point, said point being the centerline of Cardinal Pipeline’s 8-inch steel pipeline (“Pipeline”) and the True Point of Beginning of the description; Thence southerly, following the centerline of the pipeline and within Norwalk Boulevard, parallel to and approximately 27 feet westerly of such street centerline, a distance of 2,657 feet, more or less to a common boundary line between the City of Cerritos and the City of Artesia, said common boundary line being the point of ending of this description. Parcel 2 Commencing at a point in Norwalk Boulevard on the common boundary line between the City of Cerritos and the City of Artesia, said point being approximately 20 feet westerly of the centerline of such street and also being the point of intersection of the centerline of Cardinal Pipeline’s 8-inch steel pipeline (“Pipeline”) with the northeasterly right of way line of the Southern Pacific Railroad and the True Point of Beginning of this description; Thence, southerly, following the centerline of the pipeline 3,086 feet, more or less, to a point in Del Amo Boulevard, said point being the point of intersection of the pipeline with a common boundary line between the City of Cerritos and the City of Lakewood, and also being the point of ending of the description. EXHIBIT A TO CITY OF CERRITOS ORDINANCE NO. 947
Overall total length of 8-inch pipeline = ±5,743 feet
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NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: Linda T. Cowen CASE NO. VP012374 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the WILL or estate, or both of LINDA T. COWEN A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by SHANNON J. BRIEF in the Superior Court of California, County of LOS ANGELES. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that SHANNON J. BRIEF be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held on 06/09/09 at 8:30AM in Dept. SE-L located at 12720 NORWALK BLVD., NORWALK, CA 90650 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 deceased, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in Probate Code section 9100. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. 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 HOWARD BRIEF, ESQ. 222 MAIN ST SEAL BEACH, CA 90740 4/24, 5/1, 5/8/09
NOTICE OF AMENDED PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: HAROLD D. MOWATT AKA HAROLD DUNCAN MOWATT CASE NO. VP012238 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the WILL or estate, or both of HAROLD D. MOWATT AKA HAROLD DUNCAN MOWATT. AN AMENDED PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by BARBARA HOLLAND in the Superior Court of California, County of LOS ANGELES. THE AMENDED PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that BARBARA HOLLAND be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE AMENDED PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act with limited authority. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: 04/28/09 at 8:30AM in Dept. L located at 12720 NORWALK BLVD., NORWALK, CA 90650 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 four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in Probate Code section 9100. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. 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 EUGENE A. GLEASON, III, ESQ. GLEASON LAW OFFICES 15651 E IMPERIAL HWY #202A LA MIRADA CA 90638 4/10, 4/17, 4/24/09 CNS-1559100# LOS CERRITOS COMMUNITY NEWS
Trustee Sale No.: 20080159909439 Title Order No.: 080151362 FHA/VA/PMI No.: NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 12/21/2005. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. NDex West, LLC, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 12/29/2005 as Instrument No. 05 3214394 of official records in the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, State of California. Executed By: JU YUN YU, 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: 4/30/2009 Time of Sale: 10:30 AM Place of Sale: At the front entrance to the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 West Mission Blvd., Pomona, CA Street Address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 13422 3/4 VILLAGE DRIVE , CERRITOS, CA 90703 APN#: 7005-015-035 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 $347,344.68. 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. For Trustee Sale Information Please Call: Priority Posting & Publication 17501 Irvine Blvd., Suite One Tustin, CA 92780 714-573-1965 www. priorityposting.com NDex West, LLC as Authorized Agent Dated: 4/8/2009 NDex West, LLC may be acting as a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. P548582 4/10, 4/17, 04/24/2009
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Celebrating 50 Years of service to Our Business Community Volume 12, Issue 6, Fall 2008 Official Publication of the Pico Rivera Chamber of Commerce
5th Annual Community Business and Health Expo. A huge success. Central Basin Municipal Water DisThe Pico Rivera Chamber of Commerce held its 6th Annual Community Business & Health Expo on November 5, 2008 at Pico Park 9528 Beverly Blvd. in Pico Rivera. This years theme was: “The Chamber is 50 and Still Red Hot”! Over 40 exhibitors were at the event that was very well attended by both residents and businesses.
DR. TED MARTINEZ, JR. NAMED ONE OF THE TOP 25 LATINOS IN EDUCATION BY LATINO LEADERS MAGAZINE
Platinum Sponsors were: ALMA Family Services, Vernola Towing and Washington Mutual-Chase. Gold Sponsors were: HealthFirst Medical and Crowne Plaza. Silver Sponsors were: Bright Health Physicians, AltaMed Health Services and Rubio’s Fresh Mexican Grill. Exhibitors offered services such as: blood pressure tests (HealthFirst Medical), bone density readings (MD Care & PR Clinica Medica Familiar), glaucoma testing (Lion’s Club of Pico Rivera), And CareMore Medical offered free flu shots. Food vendors: Café N Stuff, Casa Gamino, Edible Arrangements, Magic Bakery and Java Jo’z. offered tastes of their cuisines. Downey Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning and
trict offered water to all attendees. The “Salsa Tasting Contest” brought out 10 local residents: Linda Martinez, Teresa Martinez, Ronnie Winans, Maria Juarez, Hilda Juarez, Hilda Rodarte, Diana Aguayo, Mary Conchola, Rocio Davalos and Flor Osorio. The 3rd place winner of $50 was Ronnie Winans; the 2nd place winner of $75 was Diana Aguayo and the 1st place winner of $150 was Teresa Martinez (second time in a row). 50 Chili’s (door prize tickets) and numerous door prizes donated by the exhibitors went to very happy attendees. The 50/50 raffle of $150 went to a lucky winner and the best decorated table winner of a $100 gift card to Staples was Edible Arrangements. Congratulations to all the winners.
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Martinez, Jr., Ph.D., Superintendent/President of Rio Hondo College was named one of the Top 25 Latino in Education by Latino Leaders Magazine in the September 2008 issue. The publication is distributed eight times per year throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. The magazine features interviews with major Latino players in all fields of expertise with editorials that focus on social, political, and business leaders. Other educators selected for this honor include France Cordova, President, Purdue University; Elsa A. Murano, President, Texas A & M University; and J. Michael Ortiz, President California State Polytechnic University. “The Board of Trustees extends our congratulations to Dr. Martinez for this much deserved honor,” said Angela Acosta-Salazar, president of the Rio Hondo College Board of Trustees. “We are very pleased with our decision to appoint Dr. Martinez as the eighth Superintendent/ President of Rio Hondo College, for his accomplishments and for his commitment to meeting the needs of our community.” The magazine praised Dr. Martinez for his commitment to creating and facilitating collaboration within the college itself, and with the communities it serves. They describe him as being focused on all of the elements of student success, see Martinez page 2
The Salsa contest drew 10 contestants this year. The winners from left are Third Place Ronnie Winans $50.00, Second Place Diana Aguayo $75.00 and for the second year in a row Teresa Martinez won the top prize of $150.00
Judges for the Salsa Tasting Contest were, from the left, Director Judy Gilleland -TriCities ROP, Director Vera Diaz Powers - John R. Diaz & Associates, Director and Event Chair Alex Saulus - HealthFirst Medical, Director David Briano - State Farm Insurance, Chamber President Koko Judge - Crowne Plaza Hotel and Ambassador Omar Martinez - Farmers Insurance
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Captain Michael Rothans Receives Champions of Exploring Award
Learning for Life, an affiliate of the Boy Scouts of America honored Michael Rothans, Captain of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station with the Champions of Exploring Award on Tuesday, November 18, at the Whittier Radisson, Whittier, California. Learning for Life serves young men and women, between 14 and 20 years of age, who participate in Exploring, part of the program’s career education activities. Its purpose is to instill core values that prepare participants in making ethical choices which help them to achieve their full potential throughout life. The organization recognizes community leaders whose commitment to the principles of Exploring is exemplary and whose personal and professional character lend themselves to the core values of Learning for Life. Learning for Life Director, Greg Salce stated, “Captain Rothans’ commitment to public safety and civic service has made him well-deserving of this award. As this year’s recipient, he has been instrumental in positively affecting thousands of young people in Los Angeles and surrounding communities through his support of Learning for Life Schoolbased programs.” Captain Rothans has been associated with the sheriff’s department since 1984 and was assigned to the Pico Rivera station in 2004 where he was promoted to Captain in 2006 and serves 100,000 residents in the City of Pico Rivera and unincorporated areas of Whittier. Rothans has been an executive board member of Learning for Life since 2004 and was Chairman of the Los Angeles Area Learning for Life Exploring Division from 2004 through 2007. He was also the recipient of the LA Sheriff’s Department’s Distinguished Service Award in 1997; the Exemplary Service Award in 2001 and 2005, and the Meritorious Service Award in 2008. According to Salce, in the Los see Rothans page 2
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President’s Message November’s elections have come and gone, and we are heading quickly toward the holiday season. It seems like everyone I talk to can’t believe that it is almost the end of another year. We are all busy trying to see how we can fit all the events into our schedules, as well as into our budgets and still have a great holiday! On behalf of the Norwalk Chamber of Commerce, I would like to extend best wishes for a healthy, successful, and joyous Holiday. As we approach the final weeks of 2008, we are busy planning our chamber events for 2009. We need to know what you would like to see more of next year. Every suggestion we receive from our membership is valued and welcomed. To better be able to serve you, we need to know what you enjoyed attending and what you felt we could improve upon. Hearing from our membership on how we can be a greater value to yourself and your business is crucial to our chamber. The more input we have from our membership, the more effective our 2009 will be. BUT WATCH OUT FOR 2009!!! Mark your calendars to GET INVOLVED IN THE JANUARY 2009 NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES!! NETWORK LUNCHEON, THURSDAY JANUARY 22ND.
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It’s typical for the vast majority of small businesses to be local not only in location but in marketing focus. The wider your marketing base, the more people you are likely to reach. In hard times, looking beyond the regular geographical boundaries of your business is good business. Do not be afraid to market on a larger scale, but while utilizing cost-efficient marketing. When a recession or other difficult times hit, the marketing function of a business is usually the first to go. Remember with less advertising and marketing, the funnel of incoming prospects is reduced creating even more revenue decreases and setting up a vicious cycle that you do not want to get caught in. One key to salvage any business in hard times isn’t to reduce your marketing activities but to replace them with low-budget marketing. Lowbudget marketing included tactics such as PR, NETWORKING, PUBLIC SPEAKING, AND MORE. Get involved in the community, for example, join your local Chamber of Commerce, these organizations are not in it for themselves, but for you and the future of your business. They want to help you create contacts and business relationships with other business owners in your area.These meetings can create strategic partnerships that can help further your business and clientele base. This goes back to the LOWBUDGET marketing I mentioned earlier. Surviving hard times requires going BACK TO THE BASICS, back to the AND THE NORWALK fundamental principles of business. Some CHAMBER BUSINESS EXPO things to remember: make sure you are January 29th, 2009!!!! YOU WON’T doing regular financial checks, providing WANT TO MISS THESE BIG sales training, and managing your customer EVENTS Peace and ease for the holi- relationships; these basic steps can help day season! retain customers and create a rapport with Susan Arthur new clientele. Have a Happy Holiday Season!!!
2008 Norwalk Chamber Casino Night On Friday, November 8th the Norwalk Chamber of Commerce had their annual Casino Night. With over 70 attendees, this event was fun for all! You could hear people really enjoying the various gaming tables available for them , whether it be Blackjack, Roulette, Texas Hold’em or Craps; everyone was having a good time. We had over 30 raffle items to give away, they were donated by: Teri Bazen, Bally’s Total Fitness, Whaley House, Birch Aquarium, Casino Concepts, Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, Applebee’s, Dr. John Larcabal, Sizzler, Golf N Stuff, Hearst Castle, Sunstone Vineyards, Karen Codman FSC, Laemmle Theatre, Legoland, L.B. Symphony Orchestra, Norwalk Chamber, NLM Plumbing, Norwalk Toyota, Paintball USA, Pechanga, Primm Nevada Terribles, Spirit Cruises, La Mirada Curves, and Wal-Mart. The Norwalk Chamber and the attendees to the Casino Night would like to
extend a big THANK YOU for the donations to this event; you helped create this success of an evening! The Casino Night had different levels of sponsorship that were available to Chamber members to participate in and we would like to also extend a very big THANK YOU to these members who contributed to this cause. WalMart, AFLAC, Big Truck & Equipment Sales, Community Family Guidance Center, Dr. Ethan Allen, State Farm Insurance, Gordon Stefenhagen, Norwalk La Mirada Plumbing, Mary Jane McIntosh and Norwalk Auto Auction. Your sponsorship donations are greatly appreciated, you help keep the Norwalk Chamber of Commerce moving forward in helping the local Business Community continue to thrive! We look forward to the upcoming events, and hope you mark your calendars to attend!
Labor Law Corner Employee who quits job may be eligible for unemployment insurance. One of my employees quit to go to work for one of my competitors. After a few months she got laid off from her new job and now she’s collecting unemployment insurance from my reserve account. How can she do that when she’s the one who decided to quit my firm? Many employers believe they will have to pay unemployment insurance (UI) only when an employee is fired or laid off. Surprisingly, there are many circumstances where an employee who quits a job can collect UI.Any employer the employee works for in the “base period” of the claim may be liable to pay benefits, even if they were not the last employer. Under California law, an employee who quits with “good cause” may be eligible for UI benefits. “Good cause” means the employee’s reason for leaving must be something substantial and compelling that would cause a reasonable person who genuinely wanted to remain employed to quit anyway. Some examples include quitting to take a better job, to more a substantial distance when a spouse’s job is transferred, or when the employer relocates and the new commute distance is unreasonable. According to the California Employment Development Department (EDD), when an employee quits in order to accept a new job there is good
cause for leaving if: •There was a definite assurance of employment in another substantially better job that is at least as permanent as the job the individual leaves; or •A reasonable person who genuinely wanted to remain employed would have left to accept other work. An employee who quits her job for a substantially better job and then is laid off from the new job due to lack of work may be eligible to collect UI from the first employer’s reserve account. An employee also would be eligible for UI benefits if she quit her job for a substantially better job and then, for reasons beyond her control, the new job did not materialize. This might occur when an employee quits her job based on being given a definite start date by the new employer, who then rescinds the job offer or delays the start date. For more information about what factors are used to determine UI eligibility, go to EDD’s “Benefit Determination Guide” online at www.edd. ca.gov/UIBDG/ This is an excellent resource when responding to a former employee’s UI claim.
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