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VOL. 35 NO. 8 FEBRUARY 23, 2012

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LBUSD Will Send 308 Layoff Notices By Stephanie Minasian STAFF WRITER

In an effort to maintain a balanced budget in the face of a severe deficit, Long Beach Unified Board of Education Tuesday approved sending 308 employees layoff notices as part of the first round of proposed cuts for fiscal 2013. “It’s just sad that we have to vote on this,” said board member Jon Meyer. LBUSD will cut between $15 million and $20 million from its

—Gazette photo by William Johnson

Four-legged friends got in the act Saturday during the Red High Heels Walk to raise money for the American Heart Association. The Second Street walk was sponsored by the Community Action Team.

City Deals With Redevelopment By Harry Saltzgaver EXECUTIVE EDITOR

Life after redevelopment officially began Tuesday, with the first meeting of the City Council as the successor agency of the Redevelopment Agency board. While the city grapples with how to pay for ongoing services and what, if any, redevelopment projects will be able to move forward, at least two of the neighborhood-oriented Project Area Committees are trying to find ways to survive. The North Area PAC is

conducting a meeting tonight and the Westside PAC is reorganizing as the Westside Project Area Council. Those groups are voluntary. The Successor Agency is not — it is required by the law that ended the existence of redevelopment agencies, and is responsible for the orderly dismantling of redevelopment. Tuesday, the council met to approve a list of obligations it says the property tax increment that had funded redevelopment

should continue to pay. Primarily, those obligations are contracts with third parties — construction companies, consultants, landowners and organizations such as the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement District. Defining those obligations, though, could lead to complications, according to Tom Modica, government affairs director in the city manager’s office. In addition to creating the successor agency, the law requires creation of an (Continued on Page 30A)

operating budget of $700 million by July 1, according to officials. Those cuts are certain, and independent of a proposed tax increase to be on the general election ballot in November. The layoffs include the entire staff of the district’s Head Start Program — 126 employees total, as well as 44 teachers from the Child Development Center (CDC). The state recently has decreased its funding for CDC pro(Continued on Page 30A)

Palace Resurrected For Foster Graduates By Jonathan Van Dyke STAFF WRITER

While many young adults — especially during this time of recession — find themselves living at home well past high school ages, the foster care system is not so forgiving. A collaboration of people in Long Beach celebrated the reopening of the historic Palace Hotel Wednesday for its new use — to help bridge the gap of the foster system and help place young people into jobs and a pathway to success. City officials, LINC Housing, the Long Beach Housing Devel-

opment Company and United Friends of Children celebrated the grand opening of the newbut-old apartment complex. The Palace has been well known since the 1920s, but now it will house 13 studio apartments for emancipated Los Angeles County youth ages 18-24 in United Friends’ Pathways Transitional Program. Eight people have moved into the complex so far, and officials said they expect it to be full very soon. “It’s absolutely extraordinary, it is beautiful and it is comfortable,” said Polly Williams, United (Continued on Page 30A)

Recycling Firm Began Salvage Work 50 Years Ago EDITOR



Among the skeletons of squashed steel cars, bent building beams, discarded appliances and other rusty remains, employees at SA Recycling are hard at work to turn junkyard scraps into something recycled and reused. The full-service metal recycler and processing facility on Terminal Island is celebrating 50 years in operation, with SA Recycling as the company in charge for nearly five years. SA Recycling is known for recycling large metal items such as cars, refrigerators, washing machines, dryers and other appliances. The items go in whole onto a conveyor belt and then are shredded in a matter of seconds in large machines before being sorted and separated into different types such as steel, aluminum and brass. According to SA Recycling spokesman David Thornburg, SA Recycling has more than 50 locations in California, Arizona, Nevada and Mexico

and shreds two to three million tons of metal a year companywide, depending on economic conditions. “The amount of scrap depends on the economy… How much new construction there is, remodels, people throwing out old appliances or holding onto their old stuff longer,” Thornburg explained. Still, SA Recycling officials said people continue to throw away a tremendous amount of scrap metal that could be turned in for money and recycled. Plus, it is illegal to throw away certain appliances, such as refrigerators, which cannot be buried in landfills. SA Recycling pays (according to weight) for the recyclables brought to their collection facilities. “We pay people for everything they bring in,” SA Recycling President George Adams has said. “Certainly there are some good people who recycle for the good of the world or for the community, but the fact of the matter is that most people recycle for money. If it is easy to do, and there’s a little bit of (Continued on Page 31A)




—Gazette photo by Ashleigh Oldland

GREEN METAL. The SA Recycling scrap metal pile on Terminal Island may not look green, but it reuses metal that could be in landfills, and makes money in the bargain.


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Take Second Look At City’s Oil Price It’s Deja vu all over again. Tuesday night, the City Council was told that revenue projections are lower than expected so far in fiscal 2012. No major panic yet — it’s just a projected $11 million shortfall in the general fund budget. City Manager Pat West says all departments reducing spending by 1% can make up that deficit. Well, here’s a news flash — for the last several years, any department head worth his or her salt has been working to spend at least 5% less than what was budgeted, knowing that such a “savings” undoubtedly would be required before year’s end. Mayor Bob Foster attempted to institutionalize that savings last year by mandating the reduced spending targets — it just moved the bar that much lower. The real problem has been, and continues to be, getting the money to flow in, not reducing how the money flows out. We’re not saying that there are no more savings to be had, or that the city shouldn’t cut services it can’t afford. But the city has been tightening that noose for years, and there’s not much slack left. Add the reality that this $11 million deficit is in addition to an expected $14 million gap in the fiscal 2013 budget. Then there’s the acknowledged need to start hiring and training police officers and firefighters to maintain the force we have, let alone increase the number of police officers, as some demand. We need more money. That’s simple enough, right? It’s as simple as the family budget, and just as difficult to solve. But let us go back to the budget process for a moment. Why are these revenue projections so consistently higher than reality? After all, the city management and our local elected leaders are far more conservative and cautious then, say, the state government, when it comes to guessing how much money is going to come in. Yet sales tax, property tax, even utility tax projections consistently overshoot the mark, at least by a little. The budget tweaking — wouldn’t it be nice to have a budget where $11 million is a tweak — is pretty much business as usual. Those tweaks aren’t going to pay for a police academy, let alone the salaries for those officers once they are trained,

though. And while West and his experts continue to say 1% cuts won’t impact the services the city provides, enough of those cuts eventually will have a major impact. Is it time to panic, to start closing libraries and shutting down parks to pay for police? We don’t think so. For example, there’s one revenue source in the budget that wasn’t just low-balled, it was pretty much totally set aside. Long Beach makes money, a significant amount of money, on the sale of oil. In 2011, the city budgeted its oil revenue based on a $45 per barrel price, and ended up with nearly $19 million extra (a huge battle ensued over how to spend that windfall). But even with that experience, the council opted to budget this year at a $55 per barrel price. Tuesday morning, basic crude oil was selling at $105 a barrel. Financial analysts laugh when someone suggests that price will ever drop below $80 again. During budget talks, Mayor Foster was adamant that the city not take a chance that oil prices would collapse. The city got burned in 2008, when it budgeted for and $85 price and oil — along with everything else — collapsed, dropping to nearly $25 for a short time. We appreciate prudence, but would humbly suggest that we’re suffering from an excess of caution here. The mayor argues large oil profits are one-time windfalls, and to an extent we agree. But we believe setting the floor artificially low also is a negative. Budgeting for an expected price of $75 a barrel would pay for an academy or two, or save a library or four, or keep a bunch of youth programs operating. It would seem to us to be a prudent level of ongoing revenue as well. There is another potential increased revenue source — hiking the utility users tax. But that would require approval from the voters, and our political leaders are understandably skeptical about the chances of that occurring — especially with the state seeking tax increases and using educational spending as both the carrot and stick in that fight. A more realistic expectation of oil revenue isn’t going to solve all our budget problems. But it can be a start. And we need to start now.

Time To Give It Up For Lent Lent began Wednesday. If you are a Christian, that means there are 40 days until Easter and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. For centuries, Lent has involved giving something up in a sort of purification in preparation to celebrate Christ’s sacrifice and salvation. The whole 40 days thing is pretty fascinating to me. Of course, there are lots of significant numbers in religion — three for the trinity, seven for creation, 10 for the commandments, 12 for the disciples, etc. But 40 crops up frequently as the time it takes to prepare. It rained for 40 days (and nights) when God cleansed the world, and another 40 before Noah and his progeny got off the Ark. Moses spent 40 days on the mountain before receiving the 10 Commandments. Jesus spent 40 days in the desert before beginning his ministry. Like just about every other number, entire ministries have been based on 40 (the Israelites took 40 years to get from Egypt to Israel — a trip that takes significantly less than 40 minutes today). But I started this little thought journey with the idea of talking about giving things up for 40 days. Let’s get back to that. You don’t have to be religious to join in this little endeavor. In fact, Belmont Shore’s own Justin Rudd has come up with an event (no, really) to help you along. He calls it Justin Rudd’s 40-Day Challenge. Not so coincidentally, it started at sunrise Wednesday, just like Lent.

Talk To Teachers

To The Editor, In order to improve teaching, as you ask in your Feb 16 editorial, you only need to do one simple task: talk to teachers. Far too many education reforms are made by politicians or business leaders who (may) have a hidden agenda. Talk to teachers, listen to our ideas. Let us set curricula, sit on school committees and even judge our colleagues. The aforementioned tasks usually fall to those who think they know what teaching is because they attended school decades ago.

There aren’t any prizes involved in this particular Rudd challenge, which is a bit unusual. But then, there aren’t any prizes, at least physical ones, for observing Lent, either. Rudd says that the purpose of the challenge is to, “Do good, eat better and be your best.” What he’s really doing is providing an accountability group of large proportion to help you keep your Lenten vow. Of course, there’s this omnipotent accountability partner for some of us, but that’s another discussion. To be honest, I haven’t observed Lent for a long time. I don’t know whether that’s because I knew how hard it is to give up something you really like for more than a month or because I didn’t attach enough importance to it. Or maybe I was just afraid of failure. But Justin has inspired me. He, like many others, has made Lent all about food. I’ve known people who have given up meat for Lent — and some who just stayed away from it afterwards, as well. I could make it easy on myself this way. I’ll give up liver. I’ll avoid even the scent of Foie Gras. No way am I going to let a sliver of kumquat past my lips. Alcohol? Got it covered. Hey, I guess I’ve been observing Lent after all.

We who are in the classroom every day know what is needed and what is editorial rhetoric. We don’t want an inept colleague in our midsts any more than we want to be scapegoated for the ills of society. So, talk to teachers, you might be surprised at what you hear. Michael J. Maguire Executive Board, Boston Teachers Union

Change Evaluations To The Editor,

As a teacher, I agree with your editorial (Feb. 16) that we need to have a better teacher accountabil-

But that isn’t the point, is it? You’re supposed to be sacrificing to make this meaningful, not avoiding things you want to avoid. I’d dearly love giving up paying auto mechanics for the next 40 days, but I don’t think that qualifies as a Lenten observance. Let me turn back to the role model. Justin says he is giving up cookies, burgers, fries and pizza. I have no idea how much of a sacrifice that is for him — he’s a fitness freak, after all, and runs off extra calories. I, on the other hand, gain weight just by looking at food. But I’m willing to give this deal a shot. So I’ll give up cookies too. Harder, I’ll give up chocolate. I need to throw an easy one in, so I’ll give up chips. That’s three. Justin wants his compatriots to give up four. That’s tougher. I refuse to give up meat — daddy raised a carnivore. I’ve tried the no bread, no potatoes diet before (Atkins or South Beach, take your pick), and become extremely unpopular with my family. I don’t do sugar, and I’m fairly certain I can’t survive without coffee. So what’s left? I need some help here. Give me some ideas. I know, Lent has already started. But I’m betting one of your suggestions will be something I haven’t had in the last day or four. You’ll be my own accountability group. I’ll provide a little weekly update at the end of each Pinch for the next six weeks. Come on. Let’s start sacrificing now.

ity system. Here are a few suggestions: Evaluate teachers every year, not every two or three years, as many districts do after a teacher achieves tenure. At least one evaluation should be from an administrator from another school to avoid inevitable biases. Change the current evaluation system from the woefully inadequate “satisfactory/unsatisfactory” to a more rigorous system: Include as a percentage of the evaluation the value-added approach espoused by many. Teachers who inherit low stu(Continued on Page 3A)

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dents will get credit for helping them improve, even if they don’t pass State exams. Kindergarten through second grade should have different evaluations, since STAR testing begins in second grade. Also include student evaluation of teachers for fourth grade and up. These evaluations will be well-crafted questionnaires, different for each grade level, that avoid popularity contests. If a principal fails a teacher in an evaluation, that teacher should receive an additional evaluation that same year from other professionals in the district to avoid potential bias. If a teacher fails multiple evaluations, he/she is put on probation for the following school year, and given additional support/resources to improve. Additional evaluations will then be performed. If the teacher fails those, he/she will be terminated.

Review tenure every five years and renew if a teacher receives strong evaluations based on the above criteria, and put on a probationary period of one or two years if he or she does not. Single subjects should be taught from third or fourth grade and up, phased in over time to deal with budgetary issues. It will expose students to better math, science and English teachers and lessen the likelihood of one bad teacher wrecking a student’s entire education for a year. Call merit pay bonuses. Those teachers who receive excellent evaluations and/or improve test scores should receive an end-ofyear bonus of 5% to 10%, depending on the budget. Each of these points will have many detractors, but we need to start somewhere. Troy Garrett Long Beach

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To The Editor,

Thank you for inviting TALB (Teachers Association of Long Beach) to participate in the appointment process to fill the vacant District 5 school board seat. The City Charter language governing vacancies is unclear on this matter, leaving the School Board with a choice between an appointment and an election. Unfortunately, the school board’s deliberation on this matter did not attempt to interpret the City Charter language. Instead, every vote by board members supporting an appointment was based on the premise that an election is too costly. The cost of an election is not a defensible reason to disenfranchise 68,000 voters by taking away their right to vote for their school board representative. The selection process by four sitting

School Board members who are not residents of District 5 creates the appearance ofcronyism and a lack of transparency. The decision on whether or not to hold an election should be based solely on the language of the City Charter. In the recent past, the School Board interpreted the City Charter in such a manner as to require a special election to fill vacancies for a much shorter period of time. Yet when given an option to call for a special election to fill the District 5 vacancy, the School Board decided to appoint a replacement instead of conduct an election. As a result, the District 5 community is left without an elected

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voice on the school board for the next two years. In the absence of clear Charter language, the School Board should have erred on the side of democracy and transparency. In light of the above referenced concerns, TALB will not participate in the District 5 selection process. We renew our call for a special election, and will continue to advocate for an interpretation of the City Charter that is based on the actual language in the Charter and the intent of the people. Virginia Torres, Joe Boyd TALB President, Executive Director

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City Faces $11 Million Shortfall By Harry Saltzgaver Executive Editor

Long Beach’s government spending is under budget, but so is its revenue. Those conclusions, presented to the City Council Tuesday night, come at the end of the city’s first quarter of fiscal year 2012 (Oct. 1, 2011, to Dec. 31, 2011). If current revenue trends continue, the city’s general fund would fall 2.7%, or about $11 million, short of the $403 million budgeted. According to the report from John Gross, director of financial management, all departments have said they still expect to end the year within their budgeted amounts. The largest spending question, Gross said, is whether the city will be fully reimbursed for the estimated $3.3 million in Redevelopment Agency-related costs expected to be spent over the rest of the year. The RDA was disbanded on Feb. 1 in compliance with state law but the city must continue to cover ongoing expenses such as debt service and enforceable obligations.Gross says in his report that most of these costs are independent of the council becoming the successor agency, and that they may be offset by revenue authorized in the state law. “However, there is no assurance of revenue offset because of the uncertainties as to how the Oversight Board or the California Department of Finance will view these transactions,” the report says. “… Although it is hoped that there will be no or low net costs to the city, it is strongly recommended that

the city not expend general-purpose reserves or onetime funds, including one-time oil revenue, until there is clearer resolution of potential liabilities.” In regards to the city’s general fund revenue shortfall, Gross reported that property and sales tax are experiencing some rebound. However, other revenue sources have fallen short, including a $2.4 million decline in expected Utility Users Tax revenue, $1.6 million less in gas pipeline franchise fees and $1 million less in Towing Fund account transfers. In order to close the gap, City Manager Pat West has instituted a 1% savings target in all General Fund departments with the exception of sworn personnel in the police and fire departments. That will save about $3.7 million. There also is a $5 million surplus remaining from fiscal 2011 that can be used to bridge the gap. That leaves a $2.3 million projected shortfall, which is just 0.6% of the adjusted budget, which is deemed manageable at this time. “In the event that revenues and/or expenses end the year better than anticipated, the $5 million FY 11 surplus can be held in reserve for potential RDA costs,” Gross writes in the report. “In addition, the city manager is tightening his hiring freeze and further restricting discretionary spending.” The council voted unanimously to direct the city manager to provide the RDA services and cover the related costs to meet community needs, but stressed that staff should aggressively pursue avenues to recover those costs from the state.

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Kickball Tourney Returns Sunday The annual Chrissy StrongMarshall Kickball tournament runs from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at El Dorado Park, 7550 E. Spring St. The tourney honors StrongMarshall, who was a bureau manager for the Department for Parks, Recreation and Marine, Strong-Marshall supported youth programs and safe and inclusive parks. She died from cancer in 2009. This is the third year for the event, which has drawn 16 teams and more than 600 people to raise money for The National Law Enforcement Cancer Support Foundation and the City of Hope. Visit

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nonprofit founded by actor Brad Pitt and architect William McDonough to build Cradle to Cradle environmentally-friendly homes in New Orleans. Part of the proceeds from C6 LivingHome sales benefit Make It Right. Tom Darden, executive director

—Gazette photo by Ashleigh Oldland

WAY OF THE FUTURE. An example of the C6 LivingHome is on display in Long Beach, coinciding with the TED conference.

LivingHome Shows TED Modern Home Design By Ashleigh Oldland Editor

“Open me for curiouser and curiouser surprises.” —Lewis Carroll As a sign that LivingHomes are the homes of the future, just look at the quote inscribed on the front door handle, said Steve Glenn, founder and CEO of LivingHomes, who pointed out the inscription during a tour last Friday of one of the homes on display in the parking lot outside Long Beach’s Terrace Theater. “We are taking green to a whole new level,” Glenn said. “And, we are emphasizing affordability.” LivingHomes is the premier developer of modern, sustainable, prefabricated homes. The latest model, C6, is designed to be lowcost and meet LEED Platinum level design standards. A version of the C6, a modern three-bedroom, two-bathroom home, was unveiled last Friday to coincide with the TED conference taking place Feb. 27 through March 2 at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center. Public tours of the C6 LivingHome, which is available for purchase, will take place daily through Saturday, Feb. 25. The C6 LivingHome in Long Beach is the company’s first zero-energy, zero-carbon production home with LEED Platinum status, Glenn said. Every detail inside the home (from energy-efficient light bulbs and appliances; furnishings, flooring and other

building materials made from recycled products; and low-flow water systems) has been made as “green” as possible. “We are targeting customers who want to be as close as possible to zero,” Glenn said. “These homes use a minimum amount of energy, minimum water for irrigation, have zero emissions, zero carbon, zero waste. And, we want to educate people so that there’s zero ignorance.” The C6 is built in collaboration with Cavco, a prefab home manufacturer. Cavco representatives at the unveiling said the prefab home industry isn’t new, but it is growing in popularity and is better for the environment because homes can be built in a controlled environment where there is less waste and materials can be recycled more easily. LivingHomes come in a variety of sizes and prices with courtyards and open floorplans averaging 1,232-square-feet for $179,000 (or $145 per square foot). That price does not include transportation and local permits, which can cost an additional $30,000 to $40,000, Glenn said. The C6 can be fully constructed in two months and installed on-site in one day. The inspiration behind LivingHomes comes from the rebuild of homes in New Orleans after damage done by Hurricane Katrina. LivingHomes are being created in partnership with Make It Right, a

of Make It Right, said he is excited about the partnership with LivingHomes. “We wanted to design and build homes in New Orleans that use safe and healthy materials for the people and the environment, and make them affordable,” Darden

said. “We realized though that what we learned in New Orleans could be applied to other markets.” In addition to the C6, LivingHomes offers other standard or customized single and multifamily designs. For details, visit

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Workplace Violence Blamed In Downtown Shootout By Jonathan Van Dyke Staff Writer

What is being characterized as a workplace dispute left one federal agent dead last Thursday night. City and federal officials met in front of the Glenn M. Anderson Federal Building Friday to report about the shootout that occurred on the seventh floor of the building Thursday night and involved

three ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) agents. “We see that law enforcement is not immune to an incident that happened in this nature,” said Robert Luna, deputy chief of the Long Beach Police Department. Officers responded to a shots fired call at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at the federal building that is located near the intersection of Ocean Boulevard and Magnolia Avenue.

“The officers didn’t hesitate,” Luna said. “They ran into this building knowing shots had been fired. They knew there were people in here who needed help.” Eventually, police locked down the building and rendered the area safe. Much of Ocean Boulevard near the building was closed for about three hours. The FBI, LBPD and ICE are continuing the investigation that brought in approximately 100 FBI agents and personnel to retrieve evidence and conduct interviews. ICE Deputy Special Agent In Charge Kevin Kozak, 51, was taken to St. Mary Medical Cen-

—Gazette photo by Jonathan Van Dyke

TRYING TO UNDERSTAND. Officials met Friday afternoon to discuss a shooting among ICE agents that killed one.

ter that night with six gunshot wounds to the legs, hands and upper torso. He is in stable condition. ICE Supervisory Special Agent Ezekial Garcia, 45, was the agent shot and killed during the incident. “We still are characterizing this as an incident of workplace violence,” said Steven Martinez, assistant director with the FBI in charge of the Los Angeles office. “As we understand it, Mr. Kozak was counseling Mr. Garcia with regard to his performance. Based on the interviews and the evidence, we believe there was an escalation in this discussion which likely led Mr. Garcia to fire several rounds from his service weapon, hitting Mr. Kozak.” As the shooting was happening, another agent — reportedly named Perry Woo — working nearby intervened and shot and killed Garcia, preventing him from further harming Kozak. “Agent Kozak is alive today because of the heroic actions of the third ICE supervisor,” ICE Special Agent In Charge Claude Arnold said. “While the agent’s quick thinking saved Agent Kozak’s life, it also meant one of his colleagues died. We’re not currently releasing the third agent’s name out of consideration for his privacy in this difficult time.” Evidence collected included multiple shell casings and several firearms. The third agent was put on administrative leave. “Based on the evidence, we believe Mr. Garcia acted alone, and despite this there is much investigation left to do,” Martinez said. Officials said they will continue to look for answers as to why the incident occurred. “This is the first time anything of this nature has occurred within ICE,” Arnold said. “We’re doing everything humanly possible to understand why it happened and to ensure it won’t happen again.” Kozak was Garcia’s supervisor, but the discussion was a counseling on performance — not for any disciplinary action, he added. Mayor Bob Foster was present and offered his condolences, as well as assistance from the city. “I want to thank the businesses, residents and employees of downtown Long Beach for their understanding and their patience during this investigation,” he said. “All of the streets are open and we don’t believe there will be any more closures.” Kozak still is in the hospital, but he is in stable condition and among family, colleagues and friends, officials said.

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Professional Artists Inspire Students By Stephanie Minasian Staff Writer

For many Long Beach students, the beauty and diversity of the arts is brought straight to their learning environments through the Carpenter Performing Arts Center’s Classroom Connections Program. For the last 13 years, Classroom Connections has brought professional performers in music, theater and dance into Long Beach elementary schools three times per year, to give youngsters a more in-depth look into the world of the arts. The program, which is paid for entirely through some grants and the Carpenter Center itself, brings teacher artists into classrooms to give a short talk about proper theater etiquette and the artist, before they come in to teach the class. “I like to think of it like career days, where the children get to meet a fireman or a doctor,” said Carpenter Center Executive Director Michele Roberge. “They really get to meet an artist. It allows them to meet people who have dedicated their lives to the arts, and get to know these artists as human beings.” To keep the program going strong, the Carpenter Center will present a benefit performance of A.R. Gurney’s Pulitzer Prizenominated play, “Love Letters,” at 2 p.m. on March 4. The twoplayer piece will star Roberge alongside Broadway and television actor David Birney. “The playwright is spectacular,” Roberge said. “It’s just a man and a woman, who read letters to and from each other. The whole basis is that they write letters throughout their lives… It’s very

moving, very fun and celebrates the way we live our lives and the people who come and go. It also reminds us how important people are in our lives.” After a Classroom Connections teacher artist visits a classroom, the professional artist will attend the following two sessions, where they will engage the students in hands-on activities and teach them about their love for their particular art. Roberge said that the program has brought a multitude of performing artists to Long Beach, including Lula Washington Dance Company, Pilobolus, the Children of Uganda, Josh Kornbluth, Oberlin Dance Company, Ramaa Bharadvaj and the Hobart Shakespeareans. “Our goal is to have one person come from theater, one with a

background in music and a dance artist, but it’s depending on their availability,” she added. “Often times, in the second session, there will be some sort of hands-on art session, like a piece of dance where the artist can teach the children something. It happens frequently.” Once the children spend time with their chosen artist, they are invited to visit the Carpenter Center for a matinee show to see the artist in action. “The stuff they learn through these artists is right on their turf, so the children are really comfortable with it,” Roberge said. “That’s part of the success of this program. It’s not just an extra field trip, but it is based on curriculum and based on stuff their learning in a regular school day.” The next Classroom Connec-

—Gazette photo by Stephanie Minasian

FLASH MOB. Elementary school students learn a dance routine at the Carpenter Center this month in Classroom Connections.

tion will feature T.S. Monk — the son of jazz pianist and composer, Thelonious Monk — who will speak to fifth, sixth and seventh graders about jazz appreciation, as well as share memories of his famous father. Monk will perform for the

school and the public at 10 a.m. on March 16 at the Carpenter Center, 6200 Atherton St. Tickets for the benefit performance of “Love Letters,” are a $50 tax-deductible donation. To make a reservation, call the box office at 985-7000.

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Convention Focuses On Institutional Abuse By Jonathan Van Dyke STAFF WRITER

Society’s pillars — its institutions — are not immune to its horrors. This is a fact that in some ways helped form Survivors of Institu-

tional Abuse, which is committed to increasing “national awareness about these deceptively practicing, indoctrinating, exploitive, mentally/physically/sexually abusive and spiritually harmful facilities.” Not every institution is bad,

but many times victims of such abuse have little idea where to go to get help, organizers said. “It was formed based on a need from survivors of institutional abuse,” said Jodi Hobbs, founder and president of SIA.

The abuse could come from any number of cultural institutions like church, school, juvenile hall, foster care or residential treatment. “I am actually a survivor myself, and in my research to try and find help for myself, there just wasn’t much help out there,” Hobbs said. SIA will host its first major event this weekend at the Queen Mary, which is free to the public but requires preregistration. The theme of the event is United With One Voice. Together We Are Strong. Hobbs said her search for help and answers allowed her to encounter others who had been affected by institutional abuse. She found several other social networking groups that had the same goals as she did — eventually she formed SIA to try and bring all the disparate groups and resources together under one umbrella. “We kind of went on this journey alone,” she said. “But we discovered it was better to do this together. The weekend’s event will bring panels, movies and speakers onto the Queen Mary in order to discuss the many different topics that touch upon institutional abuse. “This is the first one of its kind ever — it’s kind of a historymaking event,” Hobbs said. “We’re looking to help through actions like mentorship — and we want to help through the jour-

WHAT: Survivors of Institutional Abuse Convention WHEN: Friday-Sunday, Feb. 24-26 (varying times) WHERE: Queen Mary COST: Free, but requires preregistration ney of healing.” Generally, the people who come to SIA for help have been adults who still are dealing with the issues that an institution put them through as a child, Hobbs said. “They’re the children who lived through it and now they’re adults trying to find their way, and we want to help them do that,” she added. The weekend event will include movie screenings, several speaker panels, a dedication ceremony and the SIA People’s Choice Awards. Hobbs said the choice of using the Queen Mary was an obvious one for her. “Water is very healing and calming,” she said. “We wanted this to be by the beach. The Queen Mary kind of provides that perfect atmosphere.” SIA is a nonprofit group and Hobbs said it tries to cater its counseling and help to people based on individual needs of each personal story. The convention website www. has a complete agenda and people can preregister there. The website www.sia-now. org has more information on the organization itself.

University Art Hosts Havana Trip The University Art Museum at California State University, Long Beach, is hosting a pair of trips in May to the Havana Biennial art festival in Cuba.

This year’s festival will feature works of approximately 150 artists from Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Europe, Australia, Canada and the United States. The trips are May 8-16 and May 22-30. The trip includes airfare, eight nights in a hotel, guided tours to museums, art galleries and historic sites, entrance to the biennial, meals, gratuity and transfers. The trip costs $4,060 (single room supplement is $760) plus a $500 donation to the museum. Government approval of the trip is pending. If approval is not forthcoming, deposits will be fully refunded. For more information, call 985-7601 or send an email to

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LBPD Seeks Pharmacy Robber The Long Beach Police Department is searching for a suspect who robbed two pharmacies Sunday evening in East Long Beach. At about 4:50 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 19, police were called to a pharmacy at the 3300 block of East Anaheim Street, said Lisa Massacani, LBPD public information officer. Investigators said the suspected confronted the cashier at the pharmacy with a handgun and demanded cash — but he fled the scene before obtaining any money. About 10 minutes later, police responded to a second armed robbery call — this time at the 1800 block of Ximeno Avenue. The suspect again confronted the cashier with a handgun, demanded cash and was last seen fleeing the business with the money. Investigators believe it is the same person that went into both locations. He is described as a male Hispanic, approximately 5’4” to 5’6” and with a stocky build. Officials said that anyone who comes in contact with the suspect should use extreme caution and call 9-1-1 immediately. Anyone with information on

the incident can call the LBPD Robbery Detail at 570-7464. Anonymous tips can be left through Massacani also passed along the following safety tips for business owners and employees: • Keep windows of the business clear of advertising material and decorations, which can screen an intruder from outside view. • Avoid working alone. • Have an easily accessible phone. • Calling 9-1-1 from a landline phone and leaving it off the hook summons the police to your location immediately. • Express cash should be transferred from the cash register frequently, and cash registers should be emptied every night. • Surveillance cameras should be maintained and camera lenses should be cleaned routinely. • Train employees on how to retrieve surveillance video footage — the quicker the information gets into police hands, the better chance they have of apprehending a suspect. • Try to have parking areas well lit and covered by video surveillance. Digital systems are recommended.

No Executive Director For Arts Council A five-month search for an executive director for the Arts Council for Long Beach has ended without the position being filled. The council’s executive committee voted Feb. 13 to leave the post vacant for now, according to board president Larry Rice. Interim Executive Director John Glaza will continue in that position indefinitely, Rice said. “We just felt that a lot of unanswered questions had come up since we began the search,” Rice said. “The committee decided this was the most prudent way to do it. It didn’t make sense to bring someone on and completely redesign what we are with so much unknown.” The Arts Council, formerly known as the Public Corporation for the Arts, has been the umbrella organization for the arts for 35

years in Long Beach. The most recent executive director, Craig Watson, left the organization last October to become executive director of the California Arts Council. The Dec. 20 state Supreme Court ruling allowing a state law to stand that ended the city’s Redevelopment Agency has also ended the Percent for Art public art program the Arts Council has administered for the city since its inception. The RDA contracted with the Arts Council at a cost of $116,000 a year for that work, but declined to renew the contract last fall, waiting for a final ruling. That program now is in the past.


City support for the Arts Council, most of which was used to provide grants to other arts organizations, also has declined precipitously in the last decade, down to $354,300 this fiscal year. “We plan now to convene a council of our grantees,” Rice said. “We’d like to get their help in charting our future course, to see what we should be.” Also in the wings is a Blueprint for the Arts study completed nearly a year ago by an Arts Council task force. That report should see the light of day some time in March, Rice said. It currently is in the mayor’s office. —Harry Saltzgaver

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Long Beach Boulevard Urban Village Approved By Jonathan Van Dyke Staff Writer

Following Planning Commission approval, Long Beach Boulevard could be receiving a significant residential investment. The commission approved a proposal last week for the Urban Village on Long Beach Project, which would be a 129-unit, fivestory development near Long Beach Boulevard and 10th Street.

“We’ve been looking to push up density of the land use in that area and connect developments to the Blue Line and Transit Corridor,” Planning Administrator Derek Burnham said. “A development of this scale really helps further that goal.” Officials said they are hopeful that such a significant private investment in residential units in the area will continue with work

being done to revitalize that particular part of Long Beach Boulevard. “Ultimately, we love Long Beach and we think there is such a cool scene there,” said Joshua Host, principal of Urban Village Development Co. “We want to make this a project people can afford to buy into and then help create something great in Long Beach. “With this particular area, it is transitioning. We’re creating a transit-oriented development. It’s right across the street from St. Mary’s, with their many employees (as possible tenants). You’re four blocks from CityPlace.” The potential 129 units would include 18 studio units, 76 onebedroom units and 35 two-bedroom units — all at market rates. The common areas would include a swimming pool, media-lounge area and a fitness center. There would be a 175-stall parking ga-

rage built and the complex also would be built with the flexibility to add commercial occupancy. “You have a lot of folks, whether they be young professionals or whatnot, who might want to live downtown and enjoy themselves there,” Host said. We’ve put together something that really should captivate the Gen Y demographic and connect to the walkable scene near the Metro, while taking advantage of all the great resources downtown Long Beach has to offer.” The prospect of a fully private investment along Long Beach Boulevard is appealing to staff, Burnham said. There currently are two projects underway of 49 and 350 units that included more public funding and affordable housing requirements. “I think we are generally in support and we have worked with them for several months to shave it down to our liking,” Burnham.

“We’ve put together something that really should capitvate the Gen Y demographic..” —Joshua Host He said he expected, if there was much discussion by the commission at all, that it might be regarding architectural-type standards, and how they envision future development in the area. Host said construction could begin as soon as August, and that it would take about 15 months to complete. “If you look at that corridor, obviously Los Angeles County made a huge investment in a light rail,” Burnham said. “In other places, there has been a lot of development that followed. That hasn’t happened extensively yet (in Long Beach), but we’re just now seeing the beginning of that.”

East Long Beach Fire Claims Life A fire Feb. 14 in East Long Beach resulted in the death of a 60-year-old man. The Long Beach Fire Department was dispatched at approximately 6:52 p.m., that evening to the 5700 block of Scrivener Street, said Cpt. Rich Brandt, LBFD public information officer. Fire companies arrived to the two-story home to find smoke coming from its second floor.

The crews entered the home and began putting out the fire, while also searching the home. During that search, they found a 60-yearold man. He was declared dead after a medical evaluation. The cause of the fire currently is under investigation by arson investigators. The Long Beach Police Department is coordinating with the Los Angeles County Coroner in investigating the fatality.

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CSULB Event Encourages Engineering Joan Jett To Sing For Grand Prix Legendary rock ‘n’ roller Joan Jett and her band the Blackhearts will be the featured performers at this year’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Saturday evening (April 14) concert. Jett and the band will star in the Tecate Rock-N-Roar Concert at approximately 6:45 p.m. on the outdoor stage at the convention center. Tecate Light will present the Fiesta Friday concert on the same stage with two Hispanic

By Stephanie Minasian Staff Writer

More than 100 area high school students watched anxiously when their model-scale bridges built from Popsicle sticks either buckled or withstood the pressure of more than 1,000 pounds at the 18th annual Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition at California State University, Long Beach last Friday. “We were a little nervous,” said Garden Grove High School student Henry Quach, after he and his two teammates watched their bridge sustain the force of 1,125 pounds of pressure. “We did a lot of tests beforehand to make sure.” The event, hosted by The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) at CSULB and sponsored by the Younger Member Forums of ASCE from the Los Angeles and Orange County branches, invited high school students from 43 Southern California schools who have an interest in civil engineering. “The point of this competition is to provide a forum for the students to explore and have fun with applied science,” said Scarlet Ng, who is the chair of the event and professional engineer with the Orange County Branch of ASCE. “Engineering is a very important profession — we are responsible for the infrastructure of society. We have to build an interest in applied sciences.” Prior to the event, the students

—Gazette photo by Stephanie Minasian

PRESSURE’S ON. High school students watch their bridge sustain the force of more than a thousand pounds.

were given a handbook of rules, such as the dimensions for the bridge, weight, materials and other technical specifications. The winning team of the day, whose bridge sustains the most weight without buckling, wins a $1,000 scholarship to split amongst the team. The day began for the students with a presentation of their bridge and its specifications to other entrants and engineering professionals, before testing their bridge for its design and muscle. To mix up the day, the students participated in an improvisational event, where they had to think quickly to devise a catapult to launch marshmallows at least 12 feet in the air.

Professional engineers also spoke to the students and were able to interact with members of the Orange County and LA ASCE braches, along with CSULB students. For Quach and the rest of his team from Garden Grove, the event proved to be a success. The high school junior said that he is looking forward to pursing a career in engineering. “We are definitely having fun here today,” he said.

bands to be announced. Both concerts are free to race ticket holders. Jett has eight platinum and gold albums and nine Top-40 singles including “Bad Reputation,” “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” and “I Hate Myself for Loving You.” Tickets for the 2012 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach are on sale now starting at $44. For tickets, call (888) 82-SPEED or visit

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Nini Horn Passes Away At 80 By Harry Saltzgaver Executive Editor

Nini Horn, the wife of the late Congressman Steve Horn and a strong supporter of the arts and community in her own right, passed away Tuesday night at the age of 80. Son Steve Horn Jr. said his mother died peacefully at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center after a 16-year battle with breast cancer. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Nini Horn became an integral member of the education and arts community when husband Steve became president of California State University, Long Beach, in 1970. For the next 18 years, she played a major role in attracting community support to the campus. She was instrumental in securing major gifts for the Isabel Patterson Child Development Center, the President’s Home, the International House, the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden and the Martha Knoebel Dance Theater. Her community and education-

al involvement went beyond the campus. In 1979, she chaired the 100-member committee that proposed desegregation NINI HORN guidelines and the magnet school plan for the Long Beach Unified School District, and she served for 10 years on the LBUSD’s Personnel Commission. Even before Steve Horn retired from CSULB in 1988 and began considering a political career, Nini Horn became active in a wide range of endeavors in Long Beach. She chaired the Public Corporation For The Arts board and was the driver behind convincing the City Council in 1984 to begin providing grants to arts organizations through the PCA. She also served on the boards of the California Community Foundation, the Greater Long Beach Community Foundation, Family Service of Long Beach, and the Todd Cancer Institute at Long Beach Memorial Medical

Center, among others. “Her thoughtfulness, energy, integrity, good humor, and organizational ability charmed and galvanized hundreds of friends in each chapter of her life,” said son Steve Jr. In 2003, the university honored Nini and Steve by renaming the North Campus Library the Steve and Nini Horn Center. Nini Horn was raised in Lodi and graduated from Stanford University in 1953. She received a Certificate from the Program in Business Administration of Radcliffe College/Harvard Business School in 1954). She is survived by son Steve Horn Jr. of Long Beach, daughter Marcia Horn of Phoenix and grandson Jonathan Horn, also of Phoenix. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers donations could be made to one of the three organizations Nini supported strongly: CSULB College of the Arts, Todd Cancer Institute and the Long Beach Community Foundation.

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Campaigns Collect More Endorsements Endorsements from several Long Beach clubs and a Congressional fundraiser lead the news of recent campaigning. On Feb. 5, the Sierra Club’s Long Beach chapter endorsed Lillian Kawasaki in the Eighth District City Council race and incumbent Suja Lowenthal in the Second District. The club did not make an endorsement in the Fourth District race because, “we did not find a candidate who was a strong and consistent voice for the environment in the candidates we interviewed.” On Feb. 9, the Long Beach Democratic Club announced endorsements for Suja Lowenthal, Patrick O’Donnell in the Fourth City Council District and Doug Otto in the 4th district Community College District board race. In the Eighth District council race the poll was 52% for Al Austin, 48% for Kawasaki, but it requires 60% for an endorsement. Felton Williams received 54% in his race against challenger Ricardo Linarez in the Area 2 Long Beach Unified School District board election. The Long Beach Lambda Democratic Club got together last week to announce endorsements after 14 hours of interviews, talking to 24 candidates. At the general meeting last Thursday, the general membership backed incumbents Lowenthal in the Second District and O’Donnell in the Fourth. Membership split in the


Eighth District between Kawasaki and Al Austin, meaning there was no endorsement. Incumbent Doug Otto received the club’s backing in the Long Beach Community College trustee race, but challenger Ricardo Linarez was tapped in the Long Beach Unified School District election over incumbent Felton Williams. The People’s State of the City Forum begins at 6 p.m. Wednes day, Feb. 29, at Antioch Church, 1535 Gundry Ave. The event is staged by Long Beach Rising! Civic Engagement Program, which was created to involve residents in the political process. Topics scheduled for discussion include neighborhood safety, health, living-wage jobs, affordable housing and access to quality education. In a release, Porter Gilberg of The Center Long Beach said, “We look forward to presenting a program that addresses the un derrepresented issues impacting

Steve Kuykendall, one of three major candidates for the new 47th Congressional District seat, will host former Gov. Pete Wilson, LA County District Attorney Steve Cooley and other Republican stalwarts at a fundraiser/ campaign kickoff March 7 at the Long Beach Airport Marriott. It will take $1,000 to get into the VIP reception with Wilson and Cooley or $150 for the general reception, which will include a Super Tuesday analysis. (310) 370-7676. —Harry Saltzgaver

People’s State Of City Wednesday so many working people in Long Beach.” For more information, call 396-4522. Event sponsors include ‘Aikona, AnakBayan, Building Healthy Communities (Long Beach), California Faculty Association (Long Beach), Californians for Justice, Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (South Bay), Community Leadership Institute, CSULB Political Science Student Association, Filipino Migrant Center, Green Long Beach!, Housing Long Beach, Long Beach Area Peace Network. and Shift Long Beach.

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Flip Flop Nonprofit Teaches Kidz To Sign By Stephanie Minasian STAFF WRITER

When former special education teacher and mother Nicole Meisen’s daughter Jordan turned 9 months old, she decided to enroll her in a baby sign language class as a fun and social activity

for the two of them through the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine. Little Jordan quickly caught on, and began signing for things she wanted, such as milk, cheese or even a fresh diaper. Now, at nearly 4 years old, Jordan can fin-

ger spell in sign language. From there, Meisen decided she needed to help spread this fascinating way to communicate with babies and toddlers to other mothers across Long Beach. While looking for ways to be a full-time mother to her daughter and still earning a living, she founded Flip Flop Kidz, and uses her background in education to teach babies, toddlers, children and parents “infant” and some American Sign Language. “I actually saw the results with my daughter, and it broke down the barriers and frustrations prior to children being verbal,” Meisen said. “It’s a great language to have, and it really helps little kids with preverbal communication, letter identification, reading and writing. There are so many other

benefits to it because you can give praise and corrections without embarrassment.” With the massive cuts to funding for public library programs, such as story time sessions, Meisen decided to offer a similar type of free program for parents and their children — with the incorporation of literature and signing. Her free 40-minute story time classes are hosted each Friday, and welcomes children as young as 6 months old, she said. The class includes songs and learning a new sign each week. “It’s a set curriculum each week,” she added. “This past week, we learned colors, so we do a welcome song and then we all show what signs we’re going to learn, read a book, use the sign, and read another book within the theme of the class. I try to work with knowing my audience. No story time is ever the same.” Meisen also offers more extensive classes, including a six-week Sign, Say and Play class for babies and their parents, and an ex-

“... it broke down the barriers and frustrations prior to children being verbal.” —Nicole Meisen tension of that class that introduces additional signs for children. “When I was teaching, I worked well with deaf and hard of hearing people, and I really got a feel for it and the importance of it,” she added. “It’s been a nice turnout, and I feel very positive. Story time is just to get the community involved, and fill a void where story time used to be (in libraries). It’s sad now we don’t have as much as what we did before because of budget cuts.” To learn more about Meisen’s classes and Flip Flop Kidz, visit her website at www.flipflopkidz. com, or search for it on Facebook. Story time is from 10:30 to 11:10 a.m., Fridays, at Kids Head To Toe at 5467 E. Carson St. Classes are from now until April 6, with no class on March 9.

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Organization Promotes Women Biking By Jonathan Van Dyke Staff Writer

Despite making up more than half of the world’s population, women do not make up an equal amount of bike riders in Long Beach — and the organizers of Women on Bikes SoCal want to change that. Formed last November, the group kicked off its “Let’s Double the Number of Women and Girls Riding Bikes” campaign last Wednesday at Bikestation (223 E. First St.). The first phase of that campaign will be to give scholarships to 12 women in order to make them each certified bike safety instructors accredited by the League of American Bicyclists. The hope, organizers said, is that the certification program will make those women more assured

and feel safer about riding bicycles in their communities — and they will then pass that guidance on to more women in the area. According to organizers, only three out of every 10 bicyclists in California are women. A report by the Alliance for Biking and Walking said that women represent just 24% of bicycle trips and 15% of Long Beach bike-to-work commuters. “That just doesn’t make sense when women get the same benefits from bicycling as men do,” said Dave Snyder, California Bicycle Coalition executive director. “We know as we make streets safer that the ratio of women riders goes up. It’s important to involve everyone in advocacy to make our streets safer.” Organizers said that safety measures could include bike

education like the certification program, or they could include the continued efforts of the City Council to ratify bicycle-friendly infrastructure around the Long Beach. “We here in Long Beach have strived publically for probably the better part of the last five years in making these streets safer for women,” Vice Mayor and Second District Councilwoman Suja Lowenthal said. “If we make them safer for women, we will have more of them choose to ride on these streets.” Women on Bikes SoCal is an initiative of Bikeable Communities and collaboration between Bikeable Communities, Bikestation, Lowenthal and Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition. The group’s advocates emphasized the need for reaching

Middle Schoolers Fast For Awareness

Los Altos United Methodist Church middle school students will fast for 30 hours starting at noon Friday, Feb. 24, to raise awareness of worldwide hunger and to raise money to fight it. Organizers say that worldwide, 925 million people are hungry and that every day, as many as 11,000 children younger than 5 years old die from hunger related causes. The money raised will go to World Vision, an organization that helps children, their families and communities is nearly 100 countries throughout the world. To make a donation, visit the United Methodist Church’s website at

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women of all ages. “I think the key is women (for getting more people riding in general),” Lowenthal said. “If mothers felt safer about the streets, (their children) would be riding to school again.” Organizers said that between 1960 and 2009, biking and walking has dropped by 66% and that obesity rose by 156% — another reason to emphasize healthy lifestyle habits like riding a bicycle. Because of gender differences, a program like the safety cer-

tification — taught by women to women — may reach more people, said Andréa White-Kjoss, spokesperson and COO/President of Bikestation/Mobis Transporation Alternatives. Details to apply for the scholarships are available at the website The program could begin as early as in June. Women can apply from Long Beach, South Bay, East and South Los Angeles and the 714 area code Orange County area.

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—Gazette photo by William Johnson

Members of the Los Altos Tiger Lilies helped clean the beach Saturday at the monthly 30-Minute Cleanup. They are, from left, Gaby 7, Kylie 6, Emily 4, Isabelle 6 and Jackie, 6.

Bracelet Helps Find Man Quickly Long Beach Police Department officials credited its Safe Reunion/Long Beach program for helping finding a missing elderly man on Feb. 13. Officers were called at 12:38 p.m. Feb. 13 to a residence near First Street and Lime Avenue, said Lisa Massacani, LBPD public information officer. The officers were advised that an elderly male had wandered away from the home and could not be found. However, the elderly man was a part of the Safe Reunion program. Once the device was activated, he was found on the 1300 block of Broadway within five minutes. The Safe Reunion program is

a partnership of EmFinders and the LBPD. The program was designed especially for those prone to wander due to cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, autism and dementia. The LBPD has a limited amount of free bracelets for those who can qualify. The monthly cost for the 24-hour monitoring service is about $25, officials said. The person-at-risk must wear a bracelet that can be activated when he or she is missing in order for the system to work. For more information about the technology, visit www.emfinders. com. For more information on the Safe Reunion program, call 570-1436.

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New GM At Convention Center School Board Applications Available The Long Beach Convention & Steve Goodling, president and Entertainment Center and SMG announced the appointment this week of a new general manager. Charles Beirne, who first came to Long Beach on a temporary basis as the interim general manager, was promoted to maintain the position permanently. In his time as interim general manager, Beirne has overseen the development of the Center’s $20 million renovation. As general manager, he also will oversee day-to-day operations and lead a staff of 110 full-time employees and 350 part-time employees. According to a press release, Beirne has fallen in love with the Convention Center and the city’s warm, close-knit community. “What really sold me on Long Beach was a great team and facility, with a lot of cutting-edge improvements that are happening,“ Beirne said in the release. “I’m excited to help elevate the Center to a five-star complex and be a part of something you don’t see happening in other places.” Before coming to Long Beach, Beirne was the regional general manager of the Atlantic City Convention Center and was responsible for operations and financial oversight for the Atlantic City Convention Center, Historic Board Walk Hall and Wildwoods Convention Center. During this time, he also served as the interim general manager of the Irving Convention Center in Texas.

CEO of the Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau, said Long Beach’s Convention Center is fortunate to have a general manager of Beirne’s caliber. “We all look forward to working with him as we continue to hit even higher benchmarks in surpassing customer expectations in terms of service and experience,” Goodling said in a release. —Ashleigh Oldland

The Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education recently decided to appoint the replacement of former board vice president David Barton, and is currently accepting applications to fill the vacancy. An application, screening and interview process will be conducted in order to fill the position, the district said. Barton left his District 5 seat due to health rea-

sons on Jan. 25, with two years still left in his term. The rest of the school board will decide on the new member during a special board meeting unofficially set for March 23. The new appointee will begin his or her duties for the remainder of the District 5 term — until July 2014. Those residents who live in District 5, who would like to ap-

ply for the seat, must complete and submit their application to the superintendent of human resource services, Ruth Ashley, at 1515 Hughes Way. District 5 is in the northeast part of Long Beach and includes part of Lakewood. The application, as well as a map of the District 5 boundaries, is available online at Applications are due by 4 p.m. on Friday, March 2.

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Jewlicious Sets Sail On Queen Mary This Year By Jonathan Van Dyke Staff Writer

It’s a weekend to celebrate everything Jewish — for the devout to the periphery.

Friday through Sunday, the Queen Mary will be the new host of the Eighth Annual Jewlicious Music and Culture Festival, which has attracted thousands of

Jewish students from 20 states, six countries and 60 colleges during its past renditions. “We wanted to create the firstever festival for young Jews in Southern California,” said Rabbi Yonah Bookstein, founder and director of the event. “It’s been very successful and has been building every year.” Organizers are looking forward to a new look and a great view at the Queen Mary for this year, he added. “We wanted something new and we love the Queen Mary,” he said. “They’ve been really

great and professional.” Attractions at the festival will run the gamut, with organizers describing it as a blend of TED, Burning Man and a Jewish summer camp. “There’s discussions, workshops, concerts and meals — everything revolves around discussing and celebrating Jewish heritage and culture,” Bookstein said. This year, the Jewlicious Music and Culture Festival will bring another renowned lineup up of speakers, musicians and comedians. Holder of a PhD in neurosci-

ence, but best known for her roles in “Blossom,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Big Bang Theory,” Mayim Bialik will be hosting a live talk on Friday. Coachella and VANS Warped Tour veterans, The Aggrolites, will be headlining the musical acts on Saturday night. Comedians Todd Barry (featured on “Louie,” “Flight of the Concords” and “The Wrestler”) and Moshe Kasher (2009 iTunes comic of the year and featured on “Jimmy Fallon” and “Chelsea Lately”) will lead the comedy portion of Saturday night. Other music entries include Moshav, Wellspring, Dustbowl Revival and Fool’s Gold. “The lineup of people we have is great,” Bookstein said. “The Aggrolites are a pretty big band, and we’re very happy to have them. Mayim is so well known and just a beloved actress. Having nationally known comedians of this caliber really helps, too.” There also will be many different panels and lecture-types, which will touch upon topics like social justice, alternative energy, the Occupy movement, Israel, spirituality, medical marijuana, Jews on television and sexuality. During the day, the festival is more about learning, and the night sessions are set up more as celebrations of the culture, Bookstein said. People can buy tickets for the weekend, single days or even just the big Saturday concert and comedy event. Each day has a different schedule of events, which can be accessed through the website Tickets also can be bought at that website.

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Eggs, Etc. Stars In Breakfast Town By Larry Hill Restaurant Writer

Eggs, Etc., 550 Redondo Ave., 433-9588. • Hours: Open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. • Location: Located at the corner of Sixth Street and Redondo. There is a small parking lot behind the restaurant in addition to street parking. • Food/Drinks: Breakfast items include their renowned pancakes (banana and their chocolate chip cakes are standouts), waffles, bacon and eggs, ham and eggs, corned beef hash and eggs, pork chops and eggs, steak and eggs, Polish sausage and eggs, omelets, eggs benedict of different stripes, oatmeal, burritos, huevos rancheros and scrambles. Omelet offerings are the Rancho with steak, onions, bell peppers, cheddar cheese topped with Spanish sauce, Hobo, Baja, ABC, JSM, Popeye’s, Southwestern, Vegetarian, Turkey Breast, Denver, sausage, bacon, or ham and cheese, chili and cheese, mushroom and cheese and Ortega chile and cheese. For lunch or early dinner, there are burgers like the mushroom and onion, or chili size, ABC (avocado, bacon, and cheese), and the Eggs Etc. Cheeseburger, or salads like a tuna salad and Chinese Chicken salad; sandwiches like patty melt, tuna melt, and Philly Cheese Steak, and chicken dishes including a Chicken Philly, mushroom chicken and a BLT.

• Atmosphere: The dining room is cozy. There are booths for two and tables for larger groups. There is a large outdoor patio that is great in summer and on warm days year round. • The Taste: Jennifer and I stopped for a late Sunday breakfast. Jennifer opted for a low carb breakfast of poached eggs, cottage cheese, tomatoes and sausage. She added some brown rice. She’s been on an egg and rice and soy sauce kick of late. It’s not a combination that appeals to me, but she seems to love it. She asked for some soy and received it instantly. She was very happy and set to work on her breakfast. Her poached eggs were done as she requested, slightly underdone, soft. She was pleased. I ordered the Rancho omelet. This is a three-egg omelet with

steak, bell pepper, onion, cheese, and salsa. It came with home fries and toast. The omelet was generous with good chunks of pepper, onion and chopped steak pieces. The salsa was tasty and added a nice zing. My home fries were crispy, just the way I like them. I’ve long contended that Long Beach is a breakfast town. There’s a great breakfast eatery in virtually every neighborhood. Eggs Etc. serves the Redondo and Seventh corridor with home-style cooking in a homey atmosphere. Portions are generous and prices are reasonable. Eggs Etc. hits the spot. By the time you read this, Eggs Etc’s sister restaurant The Local Spot should also be serving breakfast, if you’re over near Loynes and PCH. • Price: Breakfast or lunch for two is $15 to $25.

­—Gazette photo by Doreen Gunness

FRIENDLY FACES. The staff at Eggs, Etc. on Redondo Avenue sit at one of the restaurant’s cozy booths.

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Broadway Star, Classics On Tap In Arena By Ashleigh Oldland Editor

Songs in classic Broadway musicals tell a story, reveal character traits and inspire audiences,

which, Susan Egan said, is why she loves to sing them on stage. Egan, 42, a Seal Beach native who has worked successfully on Broadway as well as in film,

television and music, is looking forward to preforming alongside Christopher Johnston and Chad Johnson as well as the Azusa Pacific University Choir during a Long Beach Symphony Orchestra POPS! concert “The Best of Lerner and Loewe” conducted by Steven Reineke at 8 p.m. this Saturday at the Long Beach Arena. The music will focus on famous Broadway musical numbers composed by Alan Jay Jerner and Frederick Loewe, including tunes from “My Fair Lady,” “Camelot,” “Gigi” and “Brigadoon.” “This is great, accessible music and it is music people know from American theater,” Egan said. “I love music that tells a story and is told from a character. The music is as relevant today as when it was written.” This will be the third time Egan

has performed with the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, and the star said it’s a pleasure being able to sing for a local audience — it makes the commute to work a simple one, and the Long Beach Arena is one of her favorite venues. “If you have not been to Long Beach POPS!, it is unlike any POPS! in the nation,” she said. “I know first-hand because I have sung with more than 80 orchestras — Long Beach does it right. It is phenomenal that you can bring a picnic dinner and it is a party and a different atmosphere rather than a stuffy theater.” A graduate of the Orange County High School of the Arts, Egan’s career in the spotlight reached new heights when she moved to New York City and landed the role of “Belle” in the


original Broadway cast of “Beauty and the Beast.” Also, she headlined as “Millie” in the Broadway musical “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” and starred in “Triumph of Love,” “State Fair” and “Cabaret,” among major appearances on television and in film. Egan lived and worked in New York for 18 years. She said she came back to Southern California to spend more time with her husband and two daughters — getting away from the rigorous schedule of eight shows a week on Broadway. Today, she writes about being a performer and parent in an online blog,, and she performs regularly at venues locally and across the country. Also, Egan recently released a new CD, “The Secret of Happiness,” which is available at “The Best of Lerner and Loewe” begins at 8 p.m. at the Long Beach Arena, 300 E. Ocean Blvd. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for picnicking. Tickets start at $21, and student discounts are available. For details, call 436-3203 or visit

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Expect Fish Work has begun to fill the vacancy left since March 2011 by the shortlived SmoQue barbecue restaurant at 5374 E. Second St. Looking to establish a permanent dining fixture in that space is Arthur Gonzalez, a chef and future co-owner, with business partner Vanessa Auclair. Gonzalez and Auclair are planning to open Roe Fish Market & Restaurant this year, with the expectation that the fish market half of business will be up-and-running in the next month or two. The full restaurant is expected to be open in about four months. Gonzalez, a Belmont Shore resident who has worked at McKenna’s On The Bay for several years and has won fish cooking competitions, said he has been dreaming of opening his own restaurant and sees a need and demand for fresh fish on Second Street. The name of the restaurant, Roe, is another word for fish eggs, and is a nod to Gonzalez’s commitment as a chef to care about what he cooks from start to finish. “We are going to put some love into this restaurant and make it a staple and permanent spot in Long Beach,” Gonzalez said. Roe will not have a sit-down bar, and the liquor license from the previous restaurant that occupied the space will be transferred over, Gonzalez said. Starling Expands Starling Diner, a favorite neighborhood gourmet restaurant on Third Street, is planning to open a satellite location on Fourth Street’s Retro Row, replacing the now-closed Portfolio Annex (a storefront located next to the Art Theatre). Although she won’t reveal all the details yet, Joan Samson, owner of Starling Diner, said she expects to open the new businesses sometime in March. Portfolio Annex, which was a smaller version of Portfolio Coffeehouse at 2023 E. Fourth St., closed on Feb. 1 after struggling to bring in enough customers, said owner Kerstin Kansteiner, who also owns Berlin By Portfolio Coffeehouse at 420 E. Fourth St.

UAM Presents Online Collection The University Art Museum at California State University, Long Beach, is now making its collection available online. In a release, Director Chris Scoates said, “Due to the museum’s limited physical space, we can only exhibit a small fraction of our objects, but our new online kiosk allows visitors to search the entire collection with a touch of a few keystrokes.” Art enthusiasts can access the art through the Collections Kiosk, either in the Charles and Elizabeth Brooks Reading Room and Resource Room or online at www.csulb/edu (click on the Collections tab). The collection can be searched by artist, technique, media, title or date.

Kansteiner said the closure of the Annex is bittersweet because while it was hard to let the business go, she will now be able to better focus her attention on Berlin, which is planning to soon install a parklet, or sidewalk extension for patio dining, and broaden its menu and business hours. Broadway Envisioned Members of the On Broadway Merchant Association, as well as neighboring residential association representatives, met with city officials this month for the second annual Broadway Visioning Community Meeting hosted by Vice Mayor and Second District Councilwoman Suja Lowenthal. There, the On Broadway business owners presented their idea for the future of the business corridor, which includes plans to break up the Broadway thoroughfare into six mini-districts: Alamitos Village, Falcon Village, Bixby Park Village, Temple Vil-

lage, Heights Village and Belmont Village. Each village — remaining under the umbrella of On Broadway — will be assigned a different color for decorating and branding to create a rainbow row of red (starting at Alamitos Avenue) to purple (ending at Belmont Avenue). “The idea is to build an identity at each part of the street while also creating a sense of cohesion

for Broadway overall,” said Sidney Cramer, On Broadway copresident. Those at the Broadway Visioning seemed to be unanimously in favor of the idea to break the business district into distinct, colorful villages, according to Lowenthal and others who attended the event. “We had a sizeable group of vested stakeholders (at the meet-

ing) and it went well,” Lowenthal said. “The corridor is moving towards an identity and a brand… They have a vision that they are committed to doing. I am in support and will be involved.” Currently, the Broadway businesses and surrounding neighborhoods are working towards getting word out about the plan and organizing events specific to each village.

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Playhouse Seeks New Members The Long Beach Playhouse is looking for new members to help support its work as the longest running theater west of the Mississippi. The playhouse operates 50 weeks a year, presenting plays on two stages as well as adult acting workshops and programs for children. In addition, they stage admission-free readings of new plays. An annual membership is $50 and in addition to supporting the theater’s activities, members get restaurant discounts, a behindthe-scenes tour of the theater, free beverage coupons and more. To join or to donate to the Long Beach Playhouse, call 494-1014, ext. 500 or send an email to

Theaters Highlight Unique Takes On Love What a week it’s been! On Valentine’s Day, the entire audience was thrilled by Gregorio Luke’s multi-media presentation on the history of love. Then three days later, another audience sat mesmerized by the Grand Guignol saga of the Marquis de Sade. Though both were outstanding, these theatrical experiences could not be more different: An unbiased view of sexual customs through the ages versus a notorious 19th-century French writer who was imprisoned in an insane asylum for erotic, pornographic literature. People familiar with Luke’s inimitable stye can easily imagine how captivating his “Art of Love” lecture was. The event started in the Long Beach Playhouse gallery with wine and a sumptuous

dessert table before moving on to the Mainstage. Once there, Peabody Southwell (Long Beach Opera soprano) set the mood with her sensual delivery of the world-famous aria from “Carmen.” Then Luke took over, as only he can, with a lecture enhanced by visual images, movie/ video excerpts, photographs, newspaper captions, etc. Beginning with cave paintings and prehistoric cultures, he followed the diverse customs/mores of love in ancient Greece, Egypt, India and China; then compared them with today’s society. If you missed “The Art of Love,” mark you calendar now for Luke’s next lecture, “The Belly Button” (complete with award-winning dancers), on Wednesday, March 21, at the Long Beach Playhouse

( By complete contrast, Cal Rep presents “Quills” in partnership with Cal State University, Long Beach’s “B-Word Project”: a CSULB initiative that examines what it means to be banned, blacklisted, and/or boycotted — as many writers were during the McCarthy era. Currently playing in the Royal Theater aboard the Queen Mary, “Quills” is a serious, intellectual exploration of censorship versus individual freedom of expression. Written by Doug Wright in the early 1990s, the action walks a fine line between the Marquis’s literary genius (which is notoriously vernacular), and the grotesque escalation of his persecution by the French church and state.

Put another way, while laughing out loud, mature viewers will feel their stomachs cringe. Kudos to guest director Larissa Paige Kokernot for guiding her flawless cast through such extremely difficult material. Headed by Jerry Prell (who embodies the mind, heart, and soul of the unrelenting, free-thinking Marquis), they include: Craig Anton (De Sade’s doctor and head of the Cherenton Insane Asylum); Robert Prior (the gentle, humane Abbe who respects his brilliant charge, but is slowly driven to take drastic measures); and Simon Brooke (the architect who is cuckolding the doctor by sleeping with his wife while designing his luxurious manor). You can always expect superb performances from Sarah Underwood-Saviano and Anna Steers. Once again they are perfectly cast. Underwood-Saviano plays the Marquis’ ditzy, desperate wife (she’s been living a nightmare because of her husband’s antics); and Steers plays both the asylum maid (who is infatuated with the Marquis’ raunchy writing), and the doctor’s spoiled, beautiful trophy wife. “Quills” is neither frivolous nor light-hearted. It‘s a powerful work that pits salacious words against social conventions cruel atrocities and self-censorship. As always, Cal Rep has mounted a heady, adult production that asks people to think. Go with an open mind, aware that nudity is involved and cell phones must be checked at the door. “Quills” continues through March 10 on the Queen Mary. For tickets call 985-5526 or visit


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Mobile St. Mary To Make Medicine Accessible By Jonathan Van Dyke Staff Writer

If you can’t come to the hospital, maybe the hospital can come to you. A Port of Long Beach-sponsored initiative with St. Mary Medical Center will put health care on wheels this year — specifically to educate and help fight against harmful respiratory and cardiac problems that could be caused or exasperated by local air quality. Next Thursday, officials will unveil a new Mobile Medical Clinic, which is a 38-foot RVtype vehicle equipped for diagnostic exams, respiratory tests, cardiopulmonary tests and additional screenings. During its initial 12 months, the mobile clinic is expected to service about 20 different senior housing facilities, schools and community centers that are specifically in the Port of Long Beach impact zone — mainly along the 710 Freeway corridor. “The main idea will be that we are going to the people, we’re taking access to them, which is huge in healthcare,” said Drew Gagner, St. Mary’s president. “We want to bring this to underserved populations.” Besides a driver, the vehicle will carry various health educators who can administer tests and also talk about important preventative care. When the need arises, they will make it a point to get followup appointments scheduled with the hospital — all within a cost-

free framework for the patients. “We might be encountering people who are not as focused on healthcare — they could be much more ill than they should be and in that regard, we might have to be more interventional and then educate,” Gagner said. The mobile clinic was made possible by an $834,000 grant from the Port of Long Beach’s $1.2 billion Middle Harbor Project. “For the first time, not only did that project have all these environmental elements, but we funded $15 million of projects outside of here and in the community — and the St. Mary mobile van is a great example,” said Art Wong, port spokesman. The mobile clinic will continue past 12 months, but for now it is being asked to concentrate on specific areas impacted by the Port of Long Beach. “We want them serving the communities closest to the port,” said Thomas Jaelenic, assistant director of environmental planning. “When it comes to our efforts, our primary focus has been and continues to be on reducing source pollutions. But, opportunities like our mitigation grant program and partnering with groups like St. Mary — these things give us incredible opportunities to reduce impacts in the community.” During the process, the workers at the mobile clinic will be collecting data that officials said they hope will give them a clearer picture of port impacts on health.

Solar Grand Prix Needs Volunteers Volunteers are needed to help stage the third Solar Grand Prix on April 21. Sixty teams from Long Beach schools are expected to compete in this year’s event. Students use math, science and engineering skills and green energy to design and build model solar vehicles. Volunteers assist during the event with vehicle inspection, design judging, registration and timing. Those with technical expertise are asked to help teams

between now and race day. To volunteer, call 570-6932. Car kits from the Segue to Solar Online Store are supplied to the teams and paid for by event sponsors. Current sponsors include Ameco Solar, P2S Engineering, Signal Hill Petroleum and Dr. Mike Walter. The 2012 Solar Grand Prix runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at El Dorado Park at the corner of Willow and Studebaker.

After the first year, officials said the clinic would provide about 22,750 units of service — a unit is one service provided to one patient during one visit. Once

the year is done, Gagner said St. Mary would be looking to use the mobile clinic in an ever more citywide capacity. “We very excited and we’re go-

ing to be able to do all types of outreach with this program,” he added. For more information, visit

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Health & Beauty

Woman Works Off 100 Pounds By Ashleigh Oldland Editor

When she looks at the life-size “before picture” of herself, Paula Perez said it’s still hard to believe

she’s lost 100 pounds in less than a year. Perez, 24, was a guest speaker Saturday during the Women’s Heart and Stroke Seminar at Long

Beach Memorial Medical Center, where she shared her story about losing weight. Her decision to improve her health came from Perez’s fear

—Gazette photo by Ashleigh Oldland

WEIGHT LOSS ROLE MODEL. The “before picture” tells it all when compared to Paula Perez, 24, who has lost 100 pounds.

of weight-related problems that affected her father, who died of a stroke, and her mother, who passed away a year later from a heart attack. “I knew I couldn’t change my family history, but I knew I could change what I eat and workout,” she said. “I didn’t want to die like them.” Before losing the weight, Perez underwent a health screening at Long Beach Memorial, where Cindy Peters, women’s cardiac health nurse practitioner, said Perez’s blood pressure measured 200/100 — an average blood pressure is 120/80. “200/100 is very high,” Peters explained. “This increases the

risk of stoke, and you have to be careful with a blood pressure that high when you start exercising because blood pressure rises during exercise.” Before the deaths of her parents and the health screening, Perez said she had never been too concerned about being overweight, and many people in Perez’s immediate family share some of the same weight issues. She added that being overweight was something she was born with, weighing in as a 12-pound baby girl. “I was in denial — I never thought I was that big because nobody told me, and I never weighed myself,” Perez said. “I look at the pictures now and it is hard to believe I was 350 pounds … Someday I hope to be closer to 150.” To shed 100 pounds, Perez started slowly, cutting out unhealthy foods from her diet. And, the Long Beach native began taking Zumba (aerobic, dance-based exercise) classes at a local gym. “I started doing Zumba, and it was hard at first, but it got easier,” she said. “The classes are an hour long, and I started doing 30 minutes a day. I didn’t try to compete with anyone or socialize, I was just there for myself.” Losing the weight has meant correcting a lifetime of eating and exercise habits, and Perez, who is studying to be a nurse, said she still misses a lot of foods, especially potato chips. Other foods, such as spinach, have become new favorites in Perez’s diet. And Perez said her boyfriend’s support has been vital to her success since the two live together, work out together and eat together. Perez’s boyfriend, Rick Whitney, 30, has been losing weight, too, shedding 70 pounds — making the couple’s total weight loss 170 pounds. “I knew it would be easier if we did it together,” Whitney said. “We wake up at 5:30 a.m., and I am dragging her out of bed, and then we go back to the gym at night.” Perez has become an inspiration for other women at the Center for Women’s Cardiac Health & Research, Peters said. A group from the hospital participated with Perez during the American Heart Association Walk and started a “Follow Paula” campaign for the community to learn about cardiac health at www.facebook. com/LongBeachMemorial.

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Three Stearns Shows Open In New Year Quartet Shows Kinetic Energy By Jim Ruggirello

By Julian Bermudez

Music Writer

Arts Writer

The ever-peripatetic and omnipresent Michael Stearns is kicking off the New Year with not one, but three exhibits at different venues throughout Long Beach, as well as San Pedro. Beginning with “Take a Little Piece of My Heart,” on view just in time for Valentine’s Day at Portfolio Coffee House and Gallery, deeply-saturated paintings express the joys and heartaches of passion, devotion, adoration and worship. “February is the month of love; new beginning, the anticipation of the approaching spring, and recommitting to purpose and intention,” Stearns said. Joining the artist in this visual rock and roll ballad is Lance Green, Richard A. Lopez and Stearns’ son, Peter. “I am very pleased to be showing with my friends,” Stearns added. “This show addresses the idealistic romance of the holiday, while also acknowledging lost love, broken hearts and the whimsy of love.” Each artist’s work brings balance and synergy to the overall show, providing a dialogue that is profound as it is beautiful. Stearns excels at bringing others together. And, just like any smart band leader would do, he harnesses the momentum by carrying his group into a new show — and venue. Opening March 1 and continuing into April, “The Synchronicity of Three” builds on where the previous show left off. On view at the Loft Gallery as part of the First Thursday Art Walk in San Pedro, the exhibit will explore the introspective side

of the artists’ persona. Green, Lopez and Stearns come together, again, to communicate that which is oftentimes intangible. “In this (exhibit), we explore our mutual interest in the spirit and the cosmos,” Stearns said. “I am honored to continue my collaboration with these accomplished artists.” Stearns, a stalwart figure in Long Beach, is well known as an artist, gallery owner, board member and overall champion of the arts. Former Long Beach resident, Lance Green now resides in Colorado and continues to create colorfully expressionistic paintings. Richard A. Lopez, a master painter in his own right, has produced a prolific body of work that includes iridescently hued paintings, where colors, textures and patterns merge to form celestial bodies akin to those seen in space. Stearns will end his cosmological conversation with “Zen and Other Considerations,” a solo

show opening March 28 at Utopia Gallery. Although this show will run through May 28, it would be no surprise if the artist decided to extend his dialogue towards another round of exhibits. Michael Stearns is one of those beings who seems to be virtually everywhere. Whether physically or through his creations, the artist’s passion can be seen and felt. Clearly, he is committed to exploring the purpose of his own life and encourages all of us to do the same. Portfolio Coffee House and Gallery is at 2300 E. Fourth St. For more information, call 4342486 or visit Loft Gallery is at 401 South Mesa St. (in San Pedro). Call 431-5757 or visit www.the-loft. net. Utopia is at 445 E. First St. For more information, call 432-6888 or visit www.utopiarestaurant. net. To learn more about Michael Stearns, visit

String quartets ain’t what they used to be. The recent performance by the Carpe Diem Quartet at Daniel Recital Hall, the latest of the Music Guild’s chamber series, was a clear indicator. Picture four old guys in tuxes, sitting onstage stolidly while playing Beethoven and Schubert. This was not that. For one, thing, the Carpe Diems, except for cellist Kristin Ostling, play standing up. This gives their performances an inherent kinetic energy, reinforced by their relative youth. They are not the most refined group I’ve ever heard (that would be the Henschels), and their sound is not the most homogeneous (that was the RTÉ Vanbrugh group), but they are young, exciting, pol-

ished and tons of fun to watch and listen to. Let me qualify that. The first violinist, Charles Wetherbee, can be downright distracting at times. He bobs and weaves more than the others, and he frequently and disconcertingly will turn and play directly to the audience, flashing a quiet smile. I’m sure it’s his joy and pleasure at the music and his technical prowess at realizing the composer’s intentions, but too often he comes across as simply pleased with himself. Second violinist John Ewing and violist Korine Fujiwara are equally energetic without appearing so selfindulgent. Whatever. The Carpe Diem is definitely the shape of things to come, programming innovatively and connecting with their audience in a refreshing way. Weth(Continued on Page 26A)

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Health & Beauty

Looking To Future Retirement Plans The big topic of conversation at our house of late is retirement. Though Paul is already a pensioner, I am still a couple of years away from crossing that threshold. Before I do, there are many decisions that need to be made about how, when, where. The why of it is easy: I’m not getting any younger and I want more time to write while I still have a few brain cells and we want to travel while we still have good knees. The folks at the State Teachers Retirement System have answered the how question; let me assure you that “rich teacher pension” is an oxymoron, and if

anyone tries to persuade you otherwise, send them to me. Every Monday morning, I grow more certain about the when part. The next question, then, is where? Do we stay put, or do we move elsewhere? Recently, Paul and I got together for dinner with three of my former UCLA housemates and their spouses. We have remained friends through college, boyfriends, marriage, babies, launching careers and now, ending those careers and scattering. Among the eight people at the dinner table, half had already retired, and the rest of us would soon.

The question of where to retire dominated the conversation. All of the others had, or were in the process of, selling the homes where they raised their children and moving out of the area. Our hosts had recently purchased a brand new home on a fairway in a brand new over-55 development out on the far edge of civilization, i.e. the desert. All over the Mojave and the Sonora, like mirages shimmering in the distance as you zip by on the Interstate, you will find random gated communities for seniors, instant towns built around golf courses and Costcos. The developments aren’t there because someone thought the desert was good for oldsters, but because the land comes cheap. For about the price of a onebedroom condo in our neighborhood, our friends bought a lovely big house with a fairway as a back yard. The trade-off for us living so far out would be convenient access to certain amenities we think are essential: an airport and

good medical facilities, tolerable weather and some cultural offerings. Another couple at the dinner — for her wedding she dressed me in harvest gold silk moiré, I put her in hot pink chiffon for mine — was selling a big house overlooking 30 acres of avocadoes and moving into a 450-square-foot RV. For a while, anyway. They will head off on the land version of a cruise around the world while they decide where to end up. Sounds interesting, and challenging. I’d be more inclined to load up the trunk of the Honda and invoke my AARP discount rate at hotels than live in an RV, even a very big one, but wandering for a year or so could be a grand and fun adventure; something to think about. Everywhere Paul and I visit, we try on the area. We tour neighborhoods, look into the real estate, talk to the locals. This is what we

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erbee’s interesting introductory remarks to each piece, delivered with a natural friendliness that is engaging, are a nice touch. Violist Fujiwara is also a composer, and the quartet played one of her pieces, a tribute of sorts to Charles Darwin and the natural world entitled “Entangled Banks.” The Music Guild’s repertoire used to be charitably described as conservative; the groups on the series rarely ventured out of the 18th and 19th centuries. It was nice to see the audience appreciate the work of a composer with a pulse. The rest of the program was more mainstream, while still avoiding the safe middle of the road. Hugo Wolf’s lovely and ac-

have learned. No matter where we end up, there will be trade-offs; college towns, even if they are small towns, offer most if not all of the requisite amenities on our list and are far less expensive than big cities are; we are spoiled by Southern California’s weather. That last one, the weather, keeps coming up when we consider the Midwest where Paul’s family is, and the Pacific Northwest where much of my family is, as well as the Southwest and the Atlantic shore. Parts of Europe are gorgeous, cheap and clement, but too far from family; I am still hopeful of a grandchild one day. We have some time to make the big decisions. And once made, they won’t necessarily be final. Wendy Hornsby is an author of mysteries and a professor at Long Beach City College. Her most recent book, “The Paramour’s Daughter,” is out now.

cessible “Italian Serenade” was followed by the great quartet of Claude Debussy. Mendelssohn’s last quartet, the F minor, was a vivid, dramatic program closer. The piece is pretty dark, and the Carpe Diems managed to explore that without wallowing. Now that I use a cane, it’s a bit of a struggle to get to Daniel, especially when the campus is dark, and I feel for the Music Guild’s regular audience, which isn’t getting any younger. The “accessible” path to the music building is not so much. Hopefully, the ongoing construction will alleviate that situation, or the Guild may want to consider a change of venue. In the meanwhile, watch for new and exciting developments from the world of string quartets.

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Residents of Long Beach help people through a variety of activities. Listed below are the results of some projects, as well as more opportunities to reach out. Los Altos United Methodist Church middle school students will fast for 30 hours starting at noon Friday, Feb. 24, to raise awareness of worldwide hunger and to raise money to fight it. Organizers say that worldwide, 925 million people are hungry and every day, as many as 11,000 children younger than the age of 5 die from hunger-related causes. The money raised will go to World Vision, an organization that helps children, their families and communities in nearly 100 countries. Visit to donate. The annual Chrissy StrongMarshall Kickball tournament, which honors Strong-Marshall who was a bureau manager for the Department for Parks, Recreation and Marine, runs from 8

a.m. to 6 p.m. this Sunday, Feb. 26, at the El Dorado Park athletic fields, 8550 E. Spring St. StrongMarshall passed away from cancer in 2009 and the tournament raises money for The National Law Enforcement Cancer Support Foundation and the City of Hope. To make a donation in advance, visit The Friends of Bixby Park will present a wine and hors d’ouvres fundraiser starting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1, under the stars at the Long Beach Museum of Art, 2300 E. Ocean Blvd. The money raised goes to the Bixby Park Parcel 1 Renovation Project. Tickets are $50 per person or $90 per couple. Call 983-8139 or visit www.friendsofbixbypark. org. The evening begins with a silent auction followed by the program at 7 p.m. Friends of Bixby Park’s mission is “to preserve the historic integrity of Bixby Park, while providing the necessary

Occupy Hosts Election Spending Forum Occupy Long Beach will host a community forum on election spending from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. this Sunday, Feb. 26, at the Soroptimist Club House at California State University, Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Blvd. The event will discuss the Supreme Court’s Citizens United Decision, which allows unlimited

corporate spending in elections. Guest speaker will be David Cobb of the Move to Amend Campaign. He will go over the history of the decision and offer guidelines for those attending to help change the results of the court decision through a Constitutional Amendment. Visit

restorations and beautification to make the park a desirable locale for residents and visitors.” The Friends of Long Beach Animals will be the beneficiary of a benefit performance of “Sherlock Holmes, the Final Adventure” at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 11, at the Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St. The evening begins with a reception and piano music at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25. Call 988-7647. Rogers Middle School Music Department is gearing up for its Spring Scholarship Dinner/Concert on March 30. They’re looking for donations of money or items that can be used for an electronic auction. The deadline for auction donations is March 23. Call 597-7896 or send an email to The Long Beach Police Department Foundation will sponsor a team in the annual Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay that starts on April 21. They’re looking for donations to support their participation in the race. Visit The foundation encourages public-private partnerships to support public safety. Donations for raffle prizes are being accepted for the Sixth Annual Brain Cancer Fundraiser in Memory of Hank Zavaleta, which takes place April 26. To get involved, call (714) 743-2567 or visit A five-bedroom, 4,800-squarefoot home is the ultimate prize in the Dream House Raffle hosted by Special Olympics Southern California. The winner can take the house or $1.5 million in cash.

There also will be more than 100 other prizes. The final deadline is May 18, but there are other drawings along the way. Call (800) 816-6108, or visit The Long Beach Playhouse is looking for new members to help support its work as the longest running theater west of the Mississippi. The playhouse operates 50 weeks a year, presenting plays as well as adult acting workshops and programs for children. An annual membership of $50 supports the theater and offers additional benefits. Call 494-1014 or email

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Feb. 23 - Music by Vocalist Roberta Brown, 8 p.m., The Basement Lounge, 149 Linden Ave., 7870899. Feb. 24 - Music by Doug Macleod, 7 p.m., Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ, 7411 Carson St., free. Feb. 24 - March 10 - “boom,” by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, 8 p.m. Fri., Sat., Sun., Long Beach Playhouse Studio Theatre, 5021 E. Anaheim St., $20, $15 for seniors and students, 494-1014, Feb. 25 - Act Out Mystery Theater “Once Upon a Murder,” 7 p.m., The Reef, 880 S. Harbor Scenic Dr., $49.95 (includes dinner), 9619862, Feb. 25 - Long Beach Symphony Orchestra POPS! presents Lerner and Lowe, 8 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m. for picnicking), Long Beach Arena 300 E. Ocean Blvd., $21 and up, 436-3203, (800) 9822787, Feb. 25 - Music by Pacific Flute Ensemble and with guest artist cellist Richard Treat, 8 p.m.,


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Members of the 42nd Black Watch Highland Society paraded Saturday at the 19th Annual Scottish Festival at the Queen Mary. Daniel Recital Hall, CSULB, 1250 Bellflower Blvd. Feb. 25-March 24, “Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure,” 8 p.m. Fri., Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., Long Beach Playhouse Mainstage, 5021 E. Anaheim St., (reduced price previews Feb. 23 and 24), $24, $21 for seniors, $14 students, 494-1014, Feb. 29, March 1 - Cabaret Performance by Rachel York, dinner at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m., Carpenter Center, 6200 Atherton St., prices vary, call 985-7000 or visit Through Feb. 26 - Musical Theatre West: “Man of La Mancha,” 8 p.m. Thurs., Fri., 2 & 8 p.m. Sat., 7 p.m. Sun. Feb. 19, Carpenter Center, 6200 Atherton St., $20 and up, MTW Box Office at 4350 E. Seventh St., 856-1999, ext. 4, Through March 3, “Quills,” by Doug Wright, 8 p.m. Wed.-Sat., Cal Rep on the Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway, $20, $15, for seniors, students and military, 985-5526, Through May 25 - Shark Lagoon Night, 6-9 p.m., Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, free, (closed Feb. 24 and April 13, 20).

WINE TASTING Feb. 24 - Coquelicot New Release Five-Course Wine Dinner, 7:30 p.m., The Sky Room, 40 S. Locust Ave., 983-2703. Feb. 28 - Donnafugata Wine Dinner, 6:30 p.m., Michael’s on Naples, 5620 E. Second St., $75, 439-7080.

EVENTS Feb. 23 - Cal. Conference for Equality and Justice Interfaith/ Intercultural Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., Convention Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., $38, 435-8184, www.cacej. org. Feb. 23 - Telephone Access Program for Seniors, 1-2 p.m., Long Beach Senior Center, 1150 Fourth St. Feb. 23 - LB Heritage Preservation (Continued on Page 29A)

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Calendar (Continued from Page 28A) Awards and Fundraiser, 5:30 p.m., Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway, $115, 493-7019, www. Feb. 23 - Book Discussion: “The Dolphin in the Mirror,” by Diana Reiss, 7 p.m., Bogart’s Coffee, 905 Ocean Ave., Seal Beach, 431-2226. Feb. 24-25 - 30 Hour Fast to fight worldwide hunger, noon Fri. to 6 p.m. Sat., Los Altos United Methodist Church, 5950 E. Willow St., Feb. 24-26 - Jewlicious Festival, 4 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-midnight. Sat., 10 a.m-3 p.m. Sun., Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway, $20 and up, Feb. 25 - Opera from the Met in HD: “Ernani,” 9:55 a.m., Art Theater, 2025 E. Fourth St., $21, Feb. 25 - Shaping Up the Fifth District Walk, 8 a.m., meet at 3200 Lilly Park. Feb. 25 - We Harte B.A.R.K. reading to animals, 11 a.m., Brett Harte Library, 1595 W. Willow St., Feb. 25 - Booksigning: “Bathroom Key, Put an End to Incontinence,” by Kimberly Perelli and Kathryn Kassai, 1-3 p.m., Barnes and Noble in Marina Pacifica, 6326 E. PCH. Feb. 25 - Self-Care Massage, 1-3:30 p.m., Los Altos Yoga World Studio, Los Altos Yoga World Studios, 5508 Britton Dr., $35 in advance, $40 at the door, www. Feb. 25 - Afternoon with Rebecca, Intuitive Psychic, 7 p.m., Bogart’s Coffee, 905 Ocean Ave., Seal Beach, 431-2226, www. Feb. 25 - Long Beach Heritage Preservation Awards Gala, 3-5 p.m., Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway, $115, 4937019, includes aquarium, $24.95, $21.95 for seniors, $12.95 ages 3-11, members free, 590-3100, Feb. 25 - Village Food Truck Event to Benefit Bixby Park, 4-8 p.m., Broadway at Temple, 438-6159. Feb. 25, 26 - African American Festival, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, admission Feb. 25, 26 - “Straight Talk” cable TV show with Entertainment Attorney Arnold Peter, 9 a.m., 7 p.m. Sat. and Sun. LBTV Channel 3 and FiOS Channel 21, and 10 a.m., 8 p.m. Sat. and Sun., Charter Channel 101, www.StraightTalkTV. com. Feb. 26 - Blood Drive, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Bay Shore Congregational Church, 5200 The Toledo, 4330401, Feb. 26 - Chrissy Strong-Marshall Kickball Tournament, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., El Dorado Park, 7550 E. Spring St., Feb. 26 - LB Opera presents “From Paris to Zanzibar” program on Surrealism, noon, Art Theatre, 2025 E. Fourth St., $20, $15 for subscribers, 432-5934 or www. Feb. 26 - Ballroom Social Dance with Live Music by Linda Herman, 2-4 p.m., PCH Club, Golden Sails Hotel, 6285 PCH, $6, 431-1257.

Feb. 26 - “Pearl” magazine reading with Clint Margrave, 2-4 p.m., Historical Society of Long Beach, 4260 Atlantic Ave., 424-2220. Feb. 26 - Music by Amanda Chun and Blue Condition, 4-7 p.m., Brix, 16635 PCH in Sunset Beach. Feb. 26 - Occupy Long Beach Meeting on Abolishing Corporate Personhood, 4:30 p.m., CSULB Soroptimist House, 1250 Bellflower Blvd. Feb. 28 - Free Shred Day, 8-10 a.m., Goodwill, 800 W. PCH. Feb. 28 - Long Beach City College Senior Center Tour: LA Times Editorial Dept and Printing Plant, call for departure details, $25 plus any addition fees, 938-3048. Feb. 28 - Los Cerritos Wetlands Trust Fundraiser, 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Naples Rib Company, 5800 E. Second St., get flyer at www. Feb. 29 - Coffee with East Div. Police Commander and Fifth Dist. Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske, 6 p.m., It’s A Grind, 5933 E. Spring St. Feb. 29 - People’s State of the

Community Forum, 6-7:30 p.m., Antioch Church, 1535 Gundry Ave., 396-4552. March 1 - Long Beach City College Senior Center Tour: Bowers Museum: China’s Legacy “Warriors, Tombs and Temples,” call for departure details, $25. March 1 - Mobile Care Clinic Unveiling, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., St. Mary Medical Center, 1050 Linden Av.

health Feb. 25 - Free Health Heart Screening, 9-11 a.m., Pioneer Medical Group, 2220 Clark Ave., registration required 591-4181. Feb. 28 - Breast Exams for Uninsured or Underinsured Women, noon-4 p.m., Long Beach Senior Center, 1150 E, Fourth St., appointments required, 491-4840. Feb. 28 - Substance Abuse in Older Adults, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Long Beach Senior Center, 1150 E. Fourth St., free, reservations, call 491-9113 or email Phuong.

Feb. 29 - Heart Focused Yoga and Meditation Mini Retreat, 6 p.m., St. Mary Medical Center, 1050 Linden Ave., free, registration 491-9113 or email to phuong.

meetings Feb. 24 - Embroiderers Guild, 10:30 a.m., St Gregory Episcopal Church, 6201 E. Willow St., free, guests $2, (714) 345-2338. Feb. 27 Wrigley Area Neighborhood Alliance on new community Watch Program, 7 p.m., Veterans Park Social Hall, 101 E. 28th St., 427-5021, email to

religion Feb. 23 - Reformed Catholic Church Mixer, 7 p.m., The Center, 2017 E. Fourth St., www.

exhibits Feb. 26 - 2012 Pastiche Exhibit

Reception and Awards, 2-4 p.m., Long Beach Arts, Inc., 5372 Long Beach Blvd., 423-9689. March 1 - Ulrich Krieger discusses Metal Machine Trio Soundlab Installation, 7 p.m., University Art Museum, CSULB, 1250 Bellflower, 985-5761,

workshops Feb. 29 - Social Media Made Simple, 10 a.m., Paradise, 1800 E. Broadway, free, networking lunch, email consulting $12, 9872841,

sports Feb. 24-26 -Long Beach State Dirtbags Baseball vs. Cal, 6:30 p.m. Friday, 5:30 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday, Blair Field, 4700 Deukmejian Dr., www. Feb. 25 - Long Beach State Men’s Basketball vs. UC Riverside, 4 p.m., Walter Pyramid at CSULB, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., www.

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Oversight Board with a much broader membership that must approve the successor agency’s decisions. And that board won’t be formed until May 1. “We need to approve the EOPS (Enforceable Obligation Payment Schedule) and the IROPS (Initial Recognized Obligation Schedule) by March 1,” Modica said. “It’s unclear what happens (if the oversight board disagrees.)” Approval of the list of obligations was the last act of the Redevelopment Agency. That took place at its final meeting on Jan. 30, Chair John Thomas said. Under the initial list of obligations, there would be $97 million in payments between Feb. 1 and June 30. That money will come from the RDA reserve, the balance of the low- and moderate-income housing fund bond, an allowance for administration factored into the state law and the Redevelopment Property Tax Trust Fund. Council members expressed concern that the city might be liable

for some of the costs. In particular, the staff warned that the costs for the successor agency could run to $3.3 million in the current fiscal year. Most of that should be paid by use of money authorized by the law ending redevelopment, but nothing is certain at this time. “We’re facing the $3.3 million in costs to wind down redevelopment,” Modica said. “We think we’ll be able to offset all of the costs, but that won’t be completely determined for several months (until the Oversight Board is up and running).” While city costs and redevelopment projects remain in limbo, some redevelopment supporters are trying to move forward. Laurie Angel was chair of the North PAC, and is leading the charge to continue community development in that part of the city. “We’re likely going to change our focus to specifically north of the 405,” Angel said. “Ultimately, what we’d like to become is an umbrella Community Development Commission, with sub-organizations focusing on business

and economic development, arts and culture, youth activities and the like. Eventually, we hope to mature enough to have a small staff, but it will be volunteer at the start. It will be a long road. “We are on the cusp of development in North Long Beach. We can’t just let it go.” That group is meeting at 6:30 p.m. tonight, Thursday, at the North Long Beach Police Substation community room. They are calling themselves North PAC, The Next Chapter, for now. For more information, email Members of the Westside PAC continued to meet in February as well, and decided to continue maintaining an office, host public meetings each month and maintain membership while reforming as a council. For more information, call 432-6754 or email

Bay Shore Church Wants Your Blood The Bay Shore Community Church in Belmont Shore is hosting blood drive in conjunction with the Red Cross from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Sunday, Feb. 26, at the church, 5100 The Toledo. In order to donate, people must be at least 17 years of age, be in general good health and bring a photo I.D. Drop-ins are accepted and appointments may be made by calling 433-0401. Participants will receive a coupon from area vendors and be eligible to win a $500 spa package. The chuch began staging the blood drives in 2006 in response to Hurricane Katrina.

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grams, which affects Head Start — a federal-funded program that offers low-income families free pre-school services. Parent Robert Nelson expressed to the board his opposition to reducing the Head Start Program, which serves about 2,000 area children and has an operating budget of $200,000. “The teachers from Head Start do amazing things for these kids,” Nelson said. “It would be a huge loss if it closed.” The district is facing a worstcase scenario deficit of more than $189 million by 2014 (that’s on top of nearly $200 million in cuts made over the last several years), and officials say they are hoping that California voters approve a ballot initiative in November that aims to increase sales tax to help fund public education in the state. If the initiative fails, it could be a severe blow to the state of Long Beach schools. “We will see cuts that we have never seen in our entire lives,” said LBUSD Superintendent Chris Steinhauser. “It will be like Armageddon.” Steinhauser added that he hopes to be able to bring back some of the teachers and staff of those laid off, if funding becomes available over the course of the next few months. By law, the district must notify its staff

of layoffs by March 15, although they would not occur until fall. “Anything can change between now and June,” he said. “Unless the governor restores the reductions to the Child Development program, the reductions of Child Development program will have a direct impact on employees from the Head Start program. We won’t know the exact reduction until the May revise (of the state budget).” Joe Boyd, Executive Director of the Teachers Association of Long Beach, told the board that some of these layoffs were not necessary, and urged them to vote against them. “This action comes after two prior years of being put through massive layoffs,” Boyd said. “Teachers, nurses and librarians in Long Beach have agreed to take a cut in pay and reductions to their health benefits. Most, if not all of the proposed cuts to the K-12 program are not necessary at all. Every K-12 teacher should be fully rehired based on the projected staffing needs combined with the savings caused by retirements and leave requests.” Boyd added, “Any decisions on the Head Start Program should not have come until there was a full hearing to save or to eliminate the program. We need to find savings in other areas outside of the classroom.” Last year, LBUSD laid off about 800 employees.

Formula Drift Round 1 Tickets On Sale Now Tickets are on sale now for Formula 1 Drift Round 1 car races, which return to Long Beach April 6 and 7. Drift racing involves controlled skidding through turns. Drivers are judged on execution and

style rather than who finishes the course in the fastest time. Tickets start at $28 and twoday packages and VIP packages are available. Visit for more information or to purchase tickets.

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monetary incentive, then people do it.” When SA Recycling shreds and recycles metals, Thornburg said every single piece of metal, even a copper wire as thin as a strand of human hair, is pulled out and recycled. The non-recyclable particles of shredded cars or other objects have a practical use as well, being used as top fill for landfills. “After the trash comes in every day at the landfill, if they were just to leave that trash exposed, you would have millions of birds and rats running around the trash heap. So the last little bit of stuff that is part of the car — the carpet fibers, the leather upholstery or the plastics that are just not recyclable — those go to the landfill and the landfill uses them as the top coat.” Once shredded, the metal at SA Recycling is exported to Asia. Thornburg said steel mills are scarce in California, and, as a result, there is little demand for scrap metal in the United States. “There is one steel mill left in Southern California,” Thornburg said. “There’s no market for our recycled metal in Southern California. We export 99% of our material… It comes back (to the United States) as steel slabs or coils and goes to manufacturing companies.” The process for recycling scrap has made significant improvements in the 50 years since the first recycling center opened on Terminal Island 50 years ago,

Thornburg said. Today, SA Recycling can process the same amount of metal in one hour (400 tons) that it would have taken an entire day to process five decades ago. But perhaps the biggest change in the business has been improving the environmental-friendliness of the process — a process that is already “green” by nature (recycling the steel from a car, for example, reduces greenhouse gases by 90% when compared to creating new steel from iron ore), Thornburg said. “The technology has really improved in the past 50 years,” Thornburg explained. He added that just in the past couple of years, SA Recycling has continued to improve efficiencies, adding tubing that can catch and reuse the steam released in the shredding process, increasing efforts to keep the air at the facility as clean as possible and SA Recycling has one of the most advanced water treatment systems at the San Pedro Bay Ports. Questions about scrap? Call SA Recycling’s customer service line at (800) GOT-SCRAP. More details also are available at www.

SHAHIAN, Glen, 1948-2012

Glen Shahian, 63, of Huntington Beach, passed away Jan. 17. He was born in Los Angeles and worked as a trainman. He is survived by his wife, Marianne. Interment is private. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

PERATIS, Mae, 1918-2012

Mae Peratis, 93, of San Pedro, passed away Jan. 18. She was born in San Pedro and is survived by her daughter, Kathleen. Interment is private. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

HOLMSTROM, Paul Reid, 1930-2012

Paul Reid Holmstrom, 81, of Los Angeles, passed away Jan. 18. He was born in Joliet, Ill., and worked as a banking loan officer. He is survived by his son, Peter. Interment is at Elmhurst Cemetery in Joliet, Ill. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

GARRON, Robert, 1930-2012

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Friends president. “We couldn’t be happier for it.” The Pathways team will be there to assist the young adults with counseling and work with them to find long-term employment. The studio units are at affordable housing prices, so the tenants can maintain a living arrangement as they prepare to enter the independent work world. Foster care is over for children once they turn 18, which can mean high school students are sometimes put on the street before they even graduate. According to United Friends, 36% of foster youth become homeless within 18 months after leaving the system. “It’s a lot to assume that any 18- or 19-year-old can go out and get housing and a job without any support,” Williams said. “Everyone agrees that these negative statistics (for foster children) don’t have to be.” The Pathways program has kept in contact with 77% of its students since it began 10 years ago. Of its former participants, 85% are in stable housing and 67% are still employed.

RODRIGUEZ, Anibal, 1963-2012

Anibal Rodriguez, 48, of Long Beach, passed away Jan. 17. She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and worked as a grocery store manager. She is survived by her husband, Juan. Interment is a Forest Lawn Cypress. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

SINN, James, 1945-2012

WHITNEY, Harriet Louise, 1919-2012

MOORE, Sandra Ann, 1942-2012

Harriet Louise Whitney, 92, passed away Jan. 16. She was born in Fifield, Wisc. She is survived by her son, Ralph. Interment is at Fifield Cemetery in Fifield. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

Sandra Ann Moore, 69, of Los Angeles, passed away Jan. 15. She worked as a nurse’s aide. She is survived by her son, Donald. Interment is private. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

LEMONS, Steven, 1948-2012

Virginia Mae Walker, 60, of Norwalk, passed away Jan. 23. She was born in Iowa and was an office manager. She is survived by her father, Donald Little. Interment is private. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

GORDON, Louis S., 1929-2012

PERRY, David, 1960-2011

PRICE, Cornelia Ruth, 1928-2012

DEER, Steven Jr., 1971-2012

Steven Deer Jr., 40, of Tipp City, Ohio, passed away Jan. 25. He was born in Ohio. He is survived by his mother, Opal Cole. Interment is at Slusher Cemetery in Williamsburg, Kent. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

Steven Lemons, 63, of Long Beach, passed away Jan. 17. He was born in Las Vegas, Nev., and worked as a cable television dispatcher. He is survived by his wife, Gloria. Interment is private. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

Cornelia Ruth Price, 83, of Carson, passed away Jan. 17. She was born in Detroit, Mich. and was a nurse. Interment is private. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

YEATES, Lois, 1935-2012

Lois Yeates, 76, of Lakewood, passed away Jan. 223. She was born in Joplin, Mo., and is survived by her husband, Ray. Interment is at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

James Sinn, 66, of Cerritos, passed away Jan. 16. He was born in St. Paul, Minn., and worked as a senior coordinator in the aerospace industry. Interment is private. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

Robert Garron, 81, of Lakewood, passed away Jan. 18. He was born in Vermont and was a crane operator for Los Angeles County. He is survived by his daughter, Virginia Kerst. Interment is at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary. Louis S. Gordon, 82, of Long Beach, passed away Jan. 19. He was born in Chicago, Ill., and was an attorney. He is survived by his daughter, Lonnie Cooley. Interment is private. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

“What makes us unique is the extent to which we go and create a relationship between the youth and the program,” Williams said. The Palace is the sixth location of its type that United Friends is running in Los Angeles County. Several years ago, when the opportunity to buy the building from the city arose, LINC Housing was looking to partner with a good cause, said Hunter Johnson, LINC president and CEO. “We consciously did that and started looking for a project to invest in,” he said. “The city put in a request for alteration, we responded and we were fortunate enough to be chosen.” LINC restored the Palace while keeping its historic look intact — the interior is very modern with top-level environmental and sustainability accolades. It is two stories and has a special roof deck, counseling offices, a computer station, social room and a classroom. There also is a commercial space that will be used by the company iCracked — which will serve as an iPhone repair service center that could employ the youngsters living in the building. “We’re thrilled to have it be up and running, and for the overall community this should be a great

David Perry, 51, of Van Nuys, passed away Dec. 26. He was born in Ohio and worked as a painter. He is survived by his sister, Valerie White. Interment is at Woodlawn Cemetery in Wadsworth, Ohio. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

CECIL, Judith Ann, 1944-2012

Judith Ann Cecil, 67, of Duarte, passed away Jan. 15. She was born in California and is survived by her daughter, Andrea Askins. Interment is private. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

WALKER, Virginia Marie, 1951-2012

DAVIS, Victor Leo, 1930-2012

Victor Leo Davis, 81, of Long Beach, passed away Jan. 19. He was born in St. Louis, Mo., and was a teacher. He is survived by his wife, Linda. Interment is at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cypress. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

FUENTES, Stella Blance, 1930-2012

Stella Blance Fuentes, 81, of Downey, passed away Jan. 21. She was born in Superior, Ariz., and worked as a waitress. She is survived by her husband, Joseph. Interment is private. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

improvement to the neighborhood,” Johnson said. Fourth District Councilman Patrick O’Donnell said it was good to see so many different businesses, organizations and government agencies come together to complete this project. “This is a very important program because it addresses a largely unmet need — those kids who are cut off from foster care,” he said. “When a kid is cut loose like that, they’re sitting in a boat without a sail.” O’Donnell said the building should have a positive impact on the surrounding neighborhood and Anaheim Street, and that he was happy that United Friends was involved, especially because the Pathways program includes not just support, but accountability. “The homeless problem is a much more complex issue than a guy walking a shopping cart,” he said. “As a high school teacher I have many kids who are in foster care and I’m always concerned who is going to watch out for them.” For more information about the United Friends of the Children, visit the website at

Today’s Obituaries Cecil, Judith Ann Davis, Victor Leo Deer, Steven Jr. Fair, Ella Mae Fuentes, Stella Blance Funk, Ben Ivan Garron, Robert Gordon, Louis S. Holmstrom, Paul Reid Lemons, Steven Moore, Sandra Ann

Peratis, Mae Perry, David Price, Cornelia Ruth Rodriguez, Anibal Shahian, Glen Shank, William W. Sinn, James Walker, Virginia M. Whitney, Harriet L. Yeates, Lois

To submit material, call: Kurt Eichsteadt at 562-209-2094, e-mail to, go online to or fax to 562-434-8826

SHANK, William Warren, 1949-2012

William Warren Shank, 62, of Long Beach, passed away Jan. 15. He was born in Long Beach and worked as a carpenter. He is survived by his wife, Teresa. Interment is private. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

FAIR, Ella Mae, 1941-2012

Ella Mae Fair, 70, of San Pedro, passed away Jan. 20. She was born in Jacksonville, Fla., and was a can operator at a food packaging company. She is survived by her daughter, Angelia Brown. Interment is private. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

FUNK, Ben Ivan, 1913-2012

Ben Ivan Funk, 98, of Long Beach, passed away Jan. 21. He was born in Wray, Colo., and was in the United States Air Force. He is survived by his daughter, Judith Albert. Interment is private. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

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