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VOL. 34 NO. 41 OCTOBER 13, 2011
City May Go After Marijuana Co-ops By Jonathan Van Dyke Staff Writer
DEADLY SCENE. Officers talk with potential witnesses outside Salon Meritage Wednesday afternoon after a man shot nine people — killing six — in the Seal Beach business. The man was arrested minutes later. Story on Page 19A. —Gazette photo by Harry Saltzgaver
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Aquarium After Dark At Sea Fare By Ashleigh Oldland Editor
When the sun sets at the Aquarium of the Pacific, that’s when the octopus’s long tentacles begin to creep along the rocks, suction to the glass exhibit case and search for morsels of food dropped by aquarists. A night visit to the aquarium is a unique experience because certain creatures, such as the giant Pacific octopus and some of the eels on display, become more active. Also, the makeup of attendees at night changes — baby strollers are replaced with neckties and high heels. The Aquarium of the Pacific’s eighth annual fundraiser, Sea Fare, takes place this Saturday (Continued on Page 35A)
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Staff Supports Developer For Second+PCH Project By Harry Saltzgaver Executive Editor
City planning staff released a recommendation Friday to the Planning Commission that would allow the Second+PCH project to move forward including a 12-story tower but with some reductions in density and changes in use. A Planning Commission meeting started at 5 p.m. Wednesday (after deadline for this edition; see www.gazettes.com for update) to review the Environmen-
tal Impact Report for the project and zoning changes that would allow redevelopment of the SeaPort Marina Hotel at the corner of Second Street and Pacific Coast Highway. If the Planning Commission does act Wednesday, the approval process would move to the City Council, then the state Coastal Commission. Amy Bodek, director of the Development Services Department, said Friday that the staff is comfortable with the adequacy (Continued on Page 34A)
The Long Beach City Council started the dominos falling for a medical marijuana showdown Tuesday — with one of the end results being a possible vote to ban collectives in the city about a month from now. The California Second District Court of Appeal, Division Three, last week ruled (in the case Pack v. The Superior Court of Los Angeles County) that parts of the city’s medical marijuana ordinance 5.87 were preempted by federal law — in essence, striking down the law as a whole. On Tuesday during a closed session, the City Council authorized City Attorney Robert Shannon to petition the case to the California Supreme Court. Petitioning is different than appealing — it does not force the court to take the case, but puts it in front of the court to decide whether it thinks it should step in, Shannon said. “The law is not consistent throughout the state,” he said,
noting that many cities have similar laws to Long Beach’s ordinance that would be impacted by the latest ruling. Therefore, it would be something that could use statewide clarification. The City Council also authorized Shannon’s office to draft a repeal of the current medical marijuana ordinance because it was deemed preempted by federal law, and to draft another ordinance that will outright ban collectives in the city until legal proceedings have sorted out what is allowed, he said. “If you look at the (appellate court’s) decision — these are illegal operations,” Shannon said. It could take as many as 60 to 90 days for the Supreme Court to make a decision on whether it will take on the case or not, he added. “If the Supreme Court takes the case and looks at the situation, they will clarify it and we’ll know where we really stand,” he said. Shannon said he expects to (Continued on Page 34A)
HAPPY DAY. Termino Avenue resident Anne Bielucke, supported by her daughter and granddaughter, speaks Wednesday at the ceremony marking completion of the $25 million Termino Avenue Storm Drain. —Photo by Harry Saltzgaver
Drummond, Dines Block Trade Center Deal By Harry Saltzgaver Executive Editor
Two new Harbor Commissioners, two former Harbor Commissioners and an offer from attorney Skip Keesal that may be too good to refuse Monday apparently ended plans for the Port of Long Beach to purchase the World Trade Center and move its headquarters there. Just six weeks ago, the Harbor Commission voted 4-0 to enter into a purchase agreement for the 27-story office building, planning to pay owner Legacy Partners $130
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million. But two of those four votes came from commissioners Rich Dines and Doug Drummond, who both were sworn in on Aug. 1. Both said at the time that they wanted to look closely at the agreement. An update on the purchase was a late addition to Monday’s Harbor Commission agenda. After the regular business meeting was complete, former Harbor Commissioner Roy Hearrean (1991-2003) opened testimony saying that the World Trade Center was too big, too difficult to secure and cost too much. After an hour of testimony on both sides, for-
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mer Commissioner Mike Walter (2005-2011) made many of the same arguments, offering detailed points about how difficult the downtown building would be to secure, and noting that plans for a new headquarters building proposed last year called for 250,000 square feet of space to accommodate 20 years of growth — the current building is slightly more than 100,000 square feet, and the World Trade Center has more than 500,000 square feet of office space. In the middle of the testimony, Keesal — (Continued on Page 35A)
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October 13, 2011
Fire Heroes Again; Now Where’s IAM? They said they’d get it done, and they did. But it wasn’t easy. The Long Beach Firefighters Association, specifically the association’s president, Rich Brandt, has been saying for months that they were willing to come to the bargaining table with meaningful pension reform. That reform is key to the city’s financial wellbeing, but more about that in a minute. Brandt had made a caveat to his promise of pension reform. He said no deal could be struck until city management promised to back off of a plan to reduce crews on nine fire engines from four people to three. Brandt argued that a fire engine with only three firefighters was unsafe and inefficient. Of course, the fact that the change would mean the loss of 27 firefighter positions (nine people times three shifts) played a role in the union’s stance as well. There’s no doubt the firefighters were feeling the pressure — their friendly rivals, the Police Officers Association, had cut a deal including pension reform before the City Council began budget talks this fall. In previous years, the firefighters had always
been the first to the table when it came to concessions to help the city balance its budget. POA President Steve James won a concession of his own, with a promise that no officers would be laid off this year, even though there were position cuts in the police force. And while James came out as a hero by getting his membership to agree to take over all of the employee share of pension payments (an additional 7% that the city had been paying), he also managed to get his members a real 1% wage increase this year. That’s right — police officers are getting a raise. In fact, it is an 8% raise, with 7% going to the pension payments. To be sure, the contract now says there will be only one more 1% raise through 2016. And the city, while it will pay more this year to cover that raise, actually saves at least $35.9 million over the next 10 years and made a huge step toward longterm solvency. James deserves his accolades. Now the firefighters have stepped up, and they actually have given more than the cops did. The new contract ratified by
Do you have premonitions? Are you superstitious? Do you read your horoscope? Is October your favorite month — Halloween your favorite holiday? Well, I go three for four on that questionnaire — a pretty good day at the plate if you’re playing baseball. But I have to admit to a little embarrassment when it comes to admitting to superstitions and reading horoscopes. The superstition thing comes sort of naturally. I grew up being a jock, and anyone pretending to be an athlete has to have a superstition or two. Not sure who made it, but trust me, it is a law. Watch baseball players hop over the foul line before they go onto the field, or football players pat the mascot before
To The Editor, It bothers me that a small, and I mean small, minority of people can hold up a great proposed project like second+PCH. Good grief, the corner has been an eyesore for more than 30 years. It’s a great location being grossly underused. The whole wetlands thing is just one of the diversions along with traffic that the NIMBYs and curmudgeons use to stop any de-
membership Friday also takes on the additional 7% in employee pension payments and creates the new pension benefit level for new hires the POA did (2% per year of service instead of 3%). But the firefighters are getting only a 6% pay raise this year, with another 1% promised in 2014. So firefighters overall will see a 1% pay cut. That likely is the reason only 63% of the firefighters voted yes on the new contract (the POA vote was about 73% in favor). Why did Brandt do that? Because it was the only way he could save the four per engine staffing model. The 1% salary giveback tallies about $1 million, matching the $1 million the City
the game. Pay attention to the fanatical routine of basketball players before a free throw or the golfer marking his ball just so. Rationally, we all know the superstition does nothing but increase confidence, right? Still, that nothing can be everything when the game is on the line. Premonitions are a different breed of cat. It can be a sort of déjà vu all over again experience, or just a conviction that something is going to work out (or not). I have no clue where they come from, but I know they happen. More often than not, the premonition comes true. Again, that might be a psychological situation — believe it and it comes true. As long as it is a good thing, there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s called visualization in coaching and selfhelp circles. But what do you do if it’s a bad thing? Do you go to your bag of superstitions to ward off the evil? I go to my bag of reasoning, trying to convince myself that logically there’s no reason to believe this or that bad thing is going to happen. Funny how rarely that works.
velopment. This is a great project for a great location in the city and the vast majority want it to go forward. City Council, please ignore these naysaying grouchy people and approve this great project. Chris Richgels Belmont Park
To The Editor, Regarding the full page ad placed by supporters of the second+pch plan — I am not a proponent of the second+pch plan for many reasons and was curious to see if I knew anyone on the list of supporters. Imagine my surprise when I
Council voted last week to ante up from oil revenue. Fire Chief Alan Patalano will be charged with finding the final $1 million, which will be barely doable in a tight budget. Without the firefighter giveback, it never would have happened. Call it enlightened self-interest — the firefighters sacrificed a little to save 27 jobs. It also will keep our city a bit safer, making it a win-win deal. In the long run, it makes the city more financially stable. Is that a win-winwin? Time will tell. Time also will tell when it comes to the International Association of Machinists, the union representing the majority of city employees. The IAM has refused
Which brings us to horoscopes. I admit it — I read them. Worse, I sort of, kind of, believe them. Not because I think that the position of the stars is going to impact my little life, but because it feels like a little message from beyond. Of course, I only believe them when they’re good. You know, I’m going to win friends and influence people sorts of horoscopes. When it’s bad, I start to rationalize. Do you really think that one-twelfth of the population is going to have an epiphany that will change the course of their lives today? And don’t you wonder why horoscopes are always so general? It’s the old fortune-teller’s trick of saying something broad enough that any result fits. Still, it’s nice to start the day with a cup of coffee and some affirmation that the world will be a positive place. I try to look to a little deeper reading (daily devotions and Bible readings) for that, but I can’t seem to avoid looking for the horoscope when I get to the office, too. As for Halloween, I think it’s fun. Some of my more fundamentalist friends worry that the holiday might be sending a
found that 10 “supporters” were listed at least twice! If they really believe that the project has broad community support why did they have to pad the list? How stupid do they think we are not to notice this? I’m sure it will be explained away as a clerical error — yeah, right. Suzanne Beck Naples
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To The Editor, Hat tip to the city for holding up the monstrous proposed development at Second Street and PCH. (Continued on Page 3A)
to talk seriously about pension reform, arguing that they negotiated those pension benefits in the past, and “deserve” everything its membership gets. That, in our opinion, is closeminded selfishness, and a policy that will inevitably come back and bite the IAM. If the IAM waits until its contract expires in 2013, it will be looking at serious cuts — and likely will see more jobs disappear in the meantime. Brandt and the firefighters can be added to the category of heroes doing the right thing for the greater good. We can only hope that someone at the IAM union hall wakes up soon and aspires to the same category.
message that playing with devils and evil is okay, but I believe that most of us know this is all about being silly and maybe getting a little adrenaline pumping. Maria and I went to the Queen Mary Halloween gig, now called Dark Harbor, last week, just like we do every year. The mazes were fun — better than last year, but not quite up to the peak year of Shipwreck — and everyone seemed to be having a good time. As far as I could tell, no one was there to commune with dark spirits. I’m a little old to get a kick out of having someone come screaming at me out of the dark, but the creative touches are interesting to experience. And there’s always that little niggling something in the back of your mind that pushes the adrenaline button. October is far from my favorite month, and Halloween wears me out, but hey, my horoscope today said to just go along for the ride. So Boo to you. You knew I’d say that, didn’t you?
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Just drive down Pacific Coast Highway to Main Street in Huntington Beach and add a 12-story building to the mix of multi-story buildings you see now, and you can get an idea of what’s proposed by the developer. Notice the heavy vehicle and pedestrian traffic and factor that in also. Reality sometimes has a way of looking different than models and promises. Robert Van der Upwich Long Beach
thank all these businesses that had a hand in the success of our block party: Riley’s Bar & Grill, The Acapulco Inn, Boubouffe’s, Dogz Bar & Grill, Café Gazzella, Lucille’s Smokehouse, Tavern on 2, We Olive, Pussy & Pooch, Mimi’s Café, Forbidden City, Wine Country, FedEx, Young’s Market, Happy Nails, Spa Sidney at The Beauty Lounge, 2 Divas Katering, What’s for Dinner??, Dan & Barb’s Lawn and Garden Design and Service, One West Bank, PetCo and Huneeus Vintners.
To The Editor, The most notable aspect of Tarin and Milton Pitts’ letter (aside from the florid over-use of sarcasm) was the editor’s comment: “Two similar letters were received after the deadline.” Those opposed to this project like to portray themselves as grass-roots activists. They are David against the developer’s Goliath. If they are engaged in a form-letter campaign, as it appears, it doesn’t do much for their credibility as the geniune voice of the residents. Tsk, tsk indeed. Richard Rosenthal Bixby Village
To The Editor, We are truly thankful to live in the Shore with the Second Street businesses. They have again proved their willingness to support the residents of the Shore and the 200 block of LaVerne Avenue and the Blocktoberfest we held this past weekend! We would like to personally
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To The Editor, As I was riding in the Bike Tour of the Long Beach Marathon, which started at 6 a.m.
Sunday, I viewed the beautiful sunrise over the water. There was the Carnival Cruise ship, the Queen Mary and our wonderful Aquarium of the Pacific. What a magnificent sight. The bike tour took me along Long Beach’s beautiful coast to Alamitos Bay, the Marine Stadium and then CSULB. I realized how beautiful Long Beach was to more than 25,000 participants. Thanks To RunRacing for organizing another great marathon that shows that Long Beach is truly the Aquatic Capital of America. Tom Shadden Naples
To The Editor, On Tuesday, I learned that Gary DeLong cast one of the deciding votes to close my/our local Fire Station 14. On Wednesday, I read his Facebook post “We’ve reached a fundraising milestone of over $250,000 in seven weeks!” I find the fire station closure highly distressing and the boast about his congressional campaign milestone insensitive to those of his constituents who lost their local emergency services. Beth Barnes Bay Harbor
October 13, 2011
Community Says Goodbye To Naples Salon Owner By Ashleigh Oldland Editor
Known as a fixture in the Naples community, Pygmalion Salon owner Kenneth Cassidy died at a hospital on Wednesday morning surrounded by his family and friends. He was 68. Since 1977, Kenneth owned Pygmalion Salon on Naples Island, where he became an integral figure on Second Street. He was strongly involved with the
Naples Island Business Association (NIBA), where he served as president several times, in addition to his award-winning involvement in Long Beach and national organizations dedicated to hairdressing and cosmetology. Those who knew him said Kenneth’s death was sudden and unexpected, but the man had suffered from a lung condition for several years. Kenneth had been
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hospitalized and dependant on life support since Oct. 5. A celebration in memory of Kenneth N. Cassidy Jr. will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday (today) outside in the parking lot of Pygmalion Salon at 5740 E. Second St. The event is open to family and friends. Kimberley Miller, NIBA secretary and human relations manager at Michael’s On Naples Ristorante, said Kenneth was a friend who could always be counted on to have a contagiously positive attitude. “Ken was always helping others first … he would always hug you with a smile on his face,” she
said. “He was a long-time business owner on Naples Island and has seen many people come and go, but Ken remained a life-long friend to those who knew him.” Anthony Gonzales, owner of Sidebangs Salon in Naples, had been a friend and colleague of Kenneth’s for nearly four decades. Gonzales, who once worked for Kenneth, said the two spoke daily and shared tips and news of the cosmetology trade. “He truly loved doing hair and loved his clients,” Gonzales said. “He was always just a very happy-go-lucky, always positive, always willing to help and go beyond what most people would do
KEN CASSIDY for another person.” Gonzales also noted that Kenneth was never seen at work without his dog, an Australian shepherd named Cassy, who came with Kenneth to work at the salon every day. A Navy man, Kenneth joined the military as soon as he graduated from Kirkwood High School in Missouri. If it hadn’t been for the Navy, his son Brandon Cassidy said his dad would still be living in St. Louis. “My dad was transferred to Long Beach on his first stop,” Brandon said. “He fell in love with Long Beach and decided this was going to be his home. He never left.” Before he was honorably discharged in 1965, Kenneth served as a Navy barber, which was how he discovered his talent for cosmetology. “He was a barber in the Navy and found out he was really good at it,” Brandon said. “He had never really been good at anything — he was not a sports guy and he was shy. So when he found he was good at something, (Continued on Page 5A)
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he really embraced it and it became a lifelong passion.” Brandon said his childhood summers were spent at the hair salon, which was more of a home than the family’s house. And he said he is grateful for the experience because it instilled in him his father’s work ethic. “I swept enough hair to create several small animals,” he said lightheartedly. “Dad moved
from house to house, but the one stable thing was the salon. Most of my memories of him are in the salon.” Similarly, Justin Cassidy, Kenneth’s younger son, recalled working at the salon and learning life lessons there. “I would take the bus up to the salon and work at the front desk every Saturday,” he said. “We would have a routine of cleaning up the salon together and then we would go out and get a bite to eat — always at the Chinese Tea
Naples Rite Aid Burglary Ends In Assault The Rite Aid in Naples was robbed on Sunday evening and the suspects are still at large, police officials said. The Long Beach Police Department received a call at 6:50 p.m. on Oct. 9 related to a store at the 5600 block of East Second Street (independently confirmed as Rite Aid), said Nancy Pratt, LBPD public information officer. According to investigators, two male subjects entered the store and committed a theft. Then, a male employee followed the sus-
pects outside, where he was assaulted before the two suspects fled. The employee was transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Police officials described the suspects as two male blacks, each about 20 years of old. Anyone with information about this event is being asked to contact LBPD Detective Fermin Gonzalez at 570-7464. Anonymous tips can be left through the website www.longbeach.gov/police.
Repairs of the Belmont Plaza Pool will keep the indoor facility closed until Nov. 6. Parks, Recreation and Marine staff have announced hours at the Belmont Plaza Outdoor Pool to accommodate swimmers during the repairs. They also have rescheduled swim and water polo meets in other local pools. The weight room, locker room
and showers located indoors will be available during the public swim sessions. The hours for public lap swimming are 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 5:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. A public recreation swim (weather permitting through Oct. 29) noon to 2 p.m. Saturday.
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Belmont Pool Remains Closed Until November
Garden or I Love Sushi.” Both sons agreed their dad was a people person with a wild hairstyle — Kenneth wore his red hair long, sometimes with a perm. Kenneth, who lived with his dog and two roommates, Gary and Vivian Frahm, had been suffering from a lung condition and coughing spells since the Frahms moved in with him two years ago, Gary said. The three roommates had been friends since Kenneth first cut
Gary’s hair 40 years ago and introduced Gary to his future wife. “I’m going to miss having coffee in the morning with Ken,” Gary said. “I’ll miss hearing his beliefs about the world.” Gary said his friend was someone who worked night and day, right up until the day before he was put on life support. Kenneth N. Cassidy Jr., was born on Dec. 2, 1942, in St. Louis. His parents were Louise J. Cassidy and Kenneth N. Cassidy. He is survived by his mother
Louise J. Cassidy; his son Justin W. Cassidy; his son Brandon R. Cassidy and Kathy Ray Cassidy (daughter in law); grandchildren Olivia Lyn Cassidy, Kristen S. Ray and Eric Ray; and siblings Mary Cassidy Smith, Bill Cassidy and Susie Cassidy Bickowski. Stylists at Pygmalion Salon said the business would remain open. Kassidy’s Salon Management Consulting Company, also owned by Cassidy, is based out of Pygmalion Salon as well. For details, call 434-3431.
October 13, 2011
Public Art Admin Money Up In Air Along With RDA By Harry Saltzgaver Executive Editor
Another victim of the ongoing Redevelopment Agency saga could be Long Beach’s public art program, but the Arts Council for Long Beach is fighting to keep it alive. The Arts Council and its predecessor, the Public Corporation for the Arts, long has managed the city’s public art process and its Percent For Art program,
which collects one percent of a development’s value to be spent on public art if the project is in a redevelopment area. For most of that time, the money to pay for the administration came from the Percent For Art. But in 2008, development ground to a halt along with the rest of the economy, and the Arts Council negotiated a separate administration contract with the Redevelopment Agency worth
$116,000 a year. That enabled the council to keep a full-time public arts administrator on staff as well as provide the necessary support, according to Kamran Assadi, immediate past president of the Arts Council board. But when the state legislature voted to end redevelopment agencies as part of the 2012 budget, everything ground to a halt. The City Council has since agreed to make a $34 million payment this year to keep some form of redevelopment alive. But there also is a lawsuit before the state Supreme Court regarding the legality of ending redevelopment zones, and Long Beach’s RDA isn’t signing any contracts until that is resolved — likely in January or February. “The contract ran out on Sept. 30,” Assadi said. “So we don’t really have the money to keep
the project going. But the executive committee voted to continue the program for 30 days to see if we can’t work something out.” That something is a plea to City Manager Pat West to fund the public art program administration for six months at a cost of $58,000. That would keep it alive until a decision is made and the RDA can move forward one way or another, he said. “I don’t think anyone wants to end the program,” Assadi said. “But Amy (Bodek, director of the Development Services Department) can’t legally execute contracts currently. So we’re going to the city manager for help.” If financing can’t be found, Assadi said the Arts Council’s public art director, Leslie Markle, would have to find other work. Then, even if the contract is restored next year, the program
would have to start from scratch. “It would never come back with the experience and vibrancy that it has now,” said current board president Larry Rice. “Trying to recreate the program would be difficult, and expensive.” Even if there are no new developments or art projects in the wings, keeping the program alive is important, Assadi said. In addition to new projects, the Arts Council is responsible for cataloging, programming and maintenance of art installations. A possible solution may be a loan to the Arts Council, to be repaid by the RDA once its status is resolved, Assadi said. He added that he hopes to meet with West in the next week to 10 days. “I just can’t see this city throwing out public art,” Rice said. “What would happen if this program stopped?”
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Long Beach NAACP Celebration Dinner Saturday This year’s Long Beach Branch NAACP Founders Celebration Dinner is at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Westin Long Beach, 333 E. Ocean Blvd. Awards will be presented and there will be live and silent auctions. The money raised supports numerous community programs operated by the group, including ACT-50, Stay in School Programs, CIP Youth Programs and more. Tickets are $75.
OFF TO A GOOD START. Runners take off at the starting line Saturday during the Aquarium of the Pacific’s One-Mile Kids Fun Run. —Gazette photo by Geronimo Quitoriano
ZAM Festival Targets Children With Family-Friendly Music By Stephanie Minasian Staff Writer
The first-ever ZAM Festival for children Saturday will bring a host of family-friendly musical and entertainment artists and activities to Marina Green Park. Inspired by the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, in Indio, ZAM Festival creator Paul Kim said he wanted to develop a festival that broke the mold of other children’s festivals and events that he and his 7-yearold daughter had attended in the past. “I’ve seen that a lot of the family-oriented events lacked something,” Kim said. “They felt cookie-cutter, and felt more of a business rather than an experience for what the kids would actually be able to see and do. They didn’t inspire them to do something, so I thought, someone needs to make a Coachellatype experience for kids and families.” And with that, ZAM Festival was created. The “Z” stands for the current generation of children, and the “AM” is for arts and music, which Kim said, is a very important component to children’s education — especially with the reduction in arts education in area schools. “This festival will bring together a diverse group of the things that can expand the minds of kids,” he said. “You never know where inspiration is going to come from, and this will show
kids that there is a lot of different stuff out there.” Attendees will have the opportunity to zip line through the sky, overlooking the festival grounds; create art from recycled materials, create beats and music; and climb in and roll around in giant hamster balls. Musical acts will include Snoop Dogg’s daughter. Cori B, who will be performing her debut single at ZAM Fest; the Taiko Project, an ensemble of Taiko drummers; the Christopher Brothers; Beast Mode Crew, a hip-hop dance crew with a positive message; AJ & the Flip Flops; and more. “It’s a big group of diverse acts,” Kim said. “The Taiko project really represents a lot of values of what ZAM Fest is all about. They took traditional drumming and mixed all different elements… Cori B just released her first single at 12 years old. I think she makes a great role model, and inspires kids to do what they want to do in life.” The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15. Tickets are $10 for children, $15 for adults, and children younger than 3 are admitted free. “Especially in these economic times, it’s good to make it affordable for families,” Kim added. “I’m also excited to be hosting the festival in Long Beach… The city has a great arts and culture community, so I’d like to keep it there in the future.” Visit www.zamfest.com.
For information, call 856-7586 or send an email to email@example.com. Receiving awards are: Eloy Oakley and Long Beach City College, Dr. Janice Flier, Reginald Harrison, Malia Islam-Majed, Sharon McLucas and David McLucas, Ted Caruthers, Keith Lilly, Rosa Kelson, St. Mary Medical Center, Dr. Kevin Johnson, Chris Stevens, and Emily Pearson.
October 13, 2011
Firefighter Pension Deal Paves Way For Four-Man Engines By Harry Saltzgaver Executive Editor
A deal putting four firefighters on all engines and reforming the pension agreement with Long Beach’s firefighters was announced Friday afternoon. Rich Brandt, president of the Firefighters Association said in a statement that 63% of his membership had approved the new contract in a vote Friday. The deal still must be ratified
by the City Council. Brandt had argued steadfastly that his membership was ready to meet a pension reform deal signed earlier this fall by the Police Officers Association, but only if city management found a way to restore a fourth firefighter to nine engines — a cut made in the Fiscal 2012 budget to save $3.1 million. “Your Long Beach Firefighters understood and have com-
mitted to the long term sustainability and reform of employee pensions,” Brandt said in a statement. “Along with the financial savings, this agreement commits to adequate staffing on our fire engines and fire trucks, providing the citizens of Long Beach with the high level of service they deserve.” The agreement has firefighters taking over all of the employee pension costs, an additional 7% of salaries, immediately. It replaces already contracted increases over the next three years with a 6% raise this year and a 1% raise in Fiscal 2014. The contract would run through Fiscal 2016 with no additional raises scheduled. That deal saves approximately $1 million in this budget year, and the City Council voted last week to set aside $1 million in
excess oil fund revenue to help make this deal. Fire Chief Alan Patalano will be tasked with finding the final $1.1 million from his current budget. The deal does give the chief the ability to adjust staffing levels if necessary. Another part of the agreement creates a new pension tier for new hires. New employees would earn a pension of 2% of their salary for each year of service, and could still retire at age 50. Current firefighters are earning pensions of 3%. City management said the deal will save at least $35.9 million over the next 10 years. It is the latest in a series of agreements following a call from Mayor Bob Foster for all employees to submit to pension reform to make the pension plan fiscally viable and help balance the budget. “The savings from pension
reform are critical to continuing the service levels our community expects,” Foster said. “This agreement, and the Police Officer Association agreement previously approved, creates significant long term savings. I applaud the FFA for approving this new contract and appreciate their willingness to come to the table in the interest of the common good.” The city’s largest union, the International Association of Machinists, still has not agreed to reopen its contract to pension reform. The union represents several thousand miscellaneous city employees. As of last month, no talks had begun for that union. The council had a closed session Tuesday to get an update on contract negotiations, but the firefighter contract must be approved in open session.
Walkers Will Stride To End Alzheimer’s The Walk to End Alzheimer’s steps off at 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, at Rainbow Lagoon Park on Shoreline Drive near Pine Avenue. It’s a 5K walk and includes live entertainment, food trucks, refreshments, a family festival and more. Walkers who raise at least $100 will receive a commemorative T-shirt. The Walk to End Alzheimer’s takes place in hundreds of locations across the country and sponsors include SCAN Health Plan and Wells Fargo. Onsite registration opens at 7:30 a.m. with opening ceremonies at 8:30 a.m. Call (323) 930-6228 or visit www.alzla.org/ walk/lb.
October 13, 2011
Lowenthal Law Makes College Promise Even Better By Stephanie Minasian Staff Writer
A bill to allow a college education to become more easily attainable for students in the Long Beach Unified School District was signed last weekend by Gov. Jerry Brown. State Senator Alan Lowenthal penned SB 650, known as the College Promise Act, which promotes a seamless collaboration between LBUSD, Long Beach City College and California State University, Long Beach, to allow participating high school students to receive concurrent credits in high school and college. “This allows us to work more closely with our partners in higher education in terms of curriculum and instruction,” said LBUSD spokesman Chris Eftychiou. “…So, we’re certain our students can perform college work without the need for remediation.” The partnership also works to increase the number of Long Beach students who go straight to college from high school, and
help better prepare them for college-level classes. “We commend Gov. Brown for signing this important legislation,” LBUSD Superintendent Christopher Steinhauser said. “SB 650 will allow our schools to further implement the Long Beach College Promise, a nationally recognized collaboration with our community college and state university. Together we’re preparing more students for success in higher education and in the workplace.” The Long Beach College Promise now will work on the state level to meet President Obama’s 2020 completion goals, according to the district.
The model in place now gives LBUSD students the chance to work on high school coursework that leads to capstone college courses students can take while still in high school. The classes earn college credit. The College Promise partnership gives participating high school students the opportunity to receive a free semester of tuition at LBCC for those who enroll for the fall semester immediately after graduating from high school, or guaranteed admission into non-impacted programs at CSULB to those who meet the regular CSU and CSULB admission requirements. Students also will be given transitional support
BSRA Discusses “Go Long Beach” App The city’s “Go Long Beach” app will be discussed at the next meeting of the Belmont Shore Residents Association at 6 p.m. tonight (Thursday) at the Bay Shore Library, 196 Bay Shore Ave. Jack Ciulla, manager of business services for the city of Long Beach, will talk about the app,
which allows residents to easily request service for city repairs, graffiti removal, etc. New Police East Division Commander Michael Beckman also has been invited. For more information about this or other BSRA meetings, visit the group’s website at www. shoreresidents.com.
at both institutions. The LBCC Board of Trustees now can create a cohort of LBUSD students who will get priority registration and enrollment to the college, according to officials. “The passing of the Long Beach College Promise Act is a historic moment for Long Beach City College and the Long Beach Unified School District,” LBCC President Eloy Ortiz Oakley said. “This bill will give our institutions more flexibility to ensure that our students are adequately
prepared to enter higher education institutions and to transfer in a timely fashion. We are extremely thankful to Senator Alan Lowenthal for his leadership.” The partnership has been in place since March 2008 as an effort to assist area students prepare for, and successfully complete college-level English and math classes in their first year of higher education. For more about the Long Beach College Promise, visit www.longbeachcollegepromise. org.
October 13, 2011
October 13, 2011
LBFD Emphasizes Need For Smoke, CO Detectors By Ashleigh Oldland Editor
In honor of National Fire Prevention Week 2011, Long Beach’s firefighters are ramping up their efforts to educate the public about ways to prevent and prepare for fires and carbon monoxide hazards inside homes. “This year’s theme for National Fire Prevention Week is ‘Protect Your Family From Fire,’” said Long Beach Fire Depart-
ment spokesman Steve Yamamoto. “We are busy visiting schools and bringing the engine to show kids. We will discuss exit drills and stress the importance of smoke alarms.” Free smoke detectors and smoke detector information packets are available at fire stations throughout the city for those in need, Yamamoto added. Fire alarms should be on every level of a home, placed in high
areas where the smoke would rise. Yamamoto said it is crucial for families to check every room of a household to make sure there are two exits — such as a doorway and a window (with a rope ladder or other way to escape from the window). He added that families should designate a place outside the home where the family should go in case of an emergency.
Besides fire detectors, Yamamoto said households should always include at least one fire extinguisher. Fire extinguishers should be checked annually to ensure the device is in working condition. Members of the household should be trained about how and when to use the extinguisher. “Remember PASS,” Yamamoto said about using a fire extinguisher. “Pull the pin. Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire. Squeeze the trigger. Sweep the nozzle from side to side.” Because of changes this year in California law requiring carbon monoxide detectors in single-family dwellings, Yamamoto said LBFD is placing an additional emphasis this week on the
“This year’s theme for National Fire Prevention Week is ‘Protect Your Family From Fire.’” –Steve Yamamoto
importance of CO detectors in homes. “We hope to draw attention to the importance of having working carbon monoxide detectors in the household,” Yamamoto said. “People need to install carbon monoxide detectors in every level of the home, including basements… CO is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that is toxic to the human body. It is coined as the silent killer … basically it suffocates you because it prevents you from getting the proper oxygen exchange. Without a detector, you won’t know there is a CO problem until it’s too late.” Carbon monoxide detectors can be purchased at area hardware stores, Yamamoto said. The devices can be hardwired into walls, battery powered or plugged into an outlet. “You can install these yourself and they aren’t too expensive,” Yamamoto said. “This could save your life.” Thanks to a donation from First Alert, Yamamoto said the fire department would be working with a few community groups this week to distribute 300 free CO detectors to those in financial need. The detectors are available to the public through three nonprofit associations: Antioch Church of Long Beach, Centro CHA and Cambodia Town. For details about the LBFD and information about smoke or carbon monoxide detectors, visit www.longbeach.gov/fire or call the non-emergency line at 5703350.
October 13, 2011
Williams Talks Of Censorship For CSULB Juan Williams, author and political analyst for Fox News, will speak on how the media limits political debate and the role of race in the national dialogue at 7:30 p.m. next Thursday, Oct. 20, at the Carpenter Center, 6200 Atherton St. Williams, who was dismissed from National Public Radio in 2010 after commenting that Muslims in traditional dress boarding planes made him nervous, is the author of “Muzzled: The Assault on Honest Debate.” During his time at NPR, he was a senior correspondent and host of “Talk of the Nation.” Prior to joining NPR, he worked for the Washington Post as a writer and columnist for more than 20 years. He is the author of a number of books, including “Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary.” Following the speech, there will be a panel discussion and book signing. His speech is part of the CSULB Distinguished Speakers Series, celebrating its fifth anniversary. Tickets start at $45, with tickets for faculty and staff $20 and CSULB students $20. Preferred seating is $60 and a $100 sponsor ticket includes a reception and dinner with Williams. Proceeds from the event will go toward scholarships for CSULB students. For tickets, go to www. csulb.edu/divisions/students/ speakers.
Qingdao Delegation Studies U.S. Public Policy By Ashleigh Oldland Editor
For his trip to America, He Xianping came prepared with twosided business cards — the front covered in Chinese characters, the back in English translation. Xianping, the director of the Qingdao Human Resources and Social Security Bureau, was part of a delegation of 20 Chinese government officials visiting this month from Qingdao, a Long Beach Sister City. The delegation visited Long Beach for two weeks and took a series of public policy classes at California State University, Long Beach. Additionally, the
group toured parts of the city, met members of the community and experienced American cultural traditions as well as authentic American food. For Xianping, the trip was an opportunity to learn about public policy in America, something he said enhances what he has already learned through his work and public administration classes in China. “The two countries have totally different systems,” he said (with the assistance of a translator). “Our government structures are totally different… I wanted to learn the difference and make comparisons. In China, we have
a saying: ‘Use other people’s length to comprise (make up for) your own shortage.’” On the final day of the delegation’s journey in Long Beach last Friday, the group celebrated their time at CSULB with an intimate graduation ceremony. Each person from Qingdao was given a certificate to take home with them. Afterwards, the group went to dinner at Forbidden City restaurant, where a private party welcomed them. During the graduation ceremony, Xianping said he was impressed with the people of Long Beach because everyone he met was friendly and compassionate.
“The people are lovely here, and they run effective govern ment agencies,” he said. “There are friendly and good people in Long Beach with good businesses. I can see so many opportunities for partnerships.” The biggest surprise about Long Beach for Xianping was seeing America’s public transit systems. “There are not many buses here and not many people on the bus,” he said. “Whereas Qingdao has a large population and public transit is the most convenient for most people.” For more, go to www.sistercitiesoflongbeach.org.
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Vets Parade Signup Vendor and participants can sign up now for this year’s Veterans Day Parade on Saturday, Nov. 5. The deadline for entries is Oct. 15 and for sponsors it is Oct. 30. Information and entry forms are available at the website www. lbverteransdayparade.com. Parade entrants may call the phone number 618-5558. This year’s announced Honorary Grand Marshall is Brigadier General Roger W. Teague, vice commander, Space and Missile Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base.
COLORFUL PERFORMANCE. The Vietnamese Lac-Hong Performing Arts Group performs a special dance Saturday at the Aquarium of the Pacific. —Gazette photo by Harry Saltzgaver
MoLAA Celebrates Dia De Los Muertos By Jonathan Van Dyke Staff Writer
Long Beach’s own epicenter for the Latin American experience will host an all-day celebration of Dia de los Muertos this Sunday. The festival will be at the Museum of Latin American Art and it will be free to the public (as
it is every third Sunday of each month). “(The holiday) actually is an old indigenous tradition,” said Gabriela Martinez, associate vice president of education at MoLAA. “When the Spaniards came to the Americas, they started blending indigenous traditions with Catholic traditions. Officially, Dia de los Muertos is celebrated at the beginning of November, but the folklore of the holiday says that the souls of the dead join those of the living beginning on Oct. 28, Martinez said. It was originally observed in August to coincide with the corn harvest and it is considered an Amerindian Mexican tradition. When Spanish explorers first arrived, the holiday was somewhat merged with the Catholic holiday All Saints Day, which is how it switched to the early November dates. “The really hardcore traditionalists celebrate it for about a week,” Martinez said. “It entails going to the graveyard and a cleaning up and sprucing up of the grave. You then have a large feast.” Martinez said those living might spread marigold petals from the grave to their home in order to lead the dead. At home, that family would cook a meal of the dead’s favorite food and possibly build a special altar symbolizing that person or people. “For some people, it is very serious and solemn and for others, it’s a time to rejoice and celebrate,” she said.
WHAT: Dia de los Muertos Festival WHEN: noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 16 WHERE: MoLAA, 628 Alamitos Ave. COST: Free
MoLAA’s festival will include a special altar contest, which will include altar’s honoring family members, celebrity icons and special groups. There will be free face painting for children. Music performances will begin at noon, and they will include a baile folklorico performance, a mariachi band and an indie punk band. There will be vendors selling T-shirts, crafts, clothing and different kinds of jewelry. There will be art workshops running throughout the day. People will be able to make paper flowers and traditional skeleton puppets called calaveras. “In Mexico, they make these little sugar skulls,” Martinez said, describing another of the art workshops available. “What they do is, you can exchange them with friends or loved ones and you write their name on the forehead. They’re used for decoration.” Besides the celebration, the gallery will be open for art tours. “It’s a major holiday in Mexico and we’re a Latin American museum, so it makes sense for us to do something to honor it,” Martinez said.
October 13, 2011
Klaustoberfest Celebrates Life Of Local Aquatic Legend By Jonathan Van Dyke Staff Writer
A Long Beach legend will be celebrated in an Oktoberfest environment this Sunday. The Klaustoberfest event will be in honor of local aquatic hero Klaus Barth, who passed away from brain cancer in 2006, but inspired many people throughout the region, organizers said. “We are looking forward to a very festive day,” said John Morris, general manager of host McKenna’s on the Bay. “Klaus Barth was an influential individual in our community and Klaustoberfest is a wonderful way to honor a great man.” The event is free to enter, but proceeds from parts of it (food, clothing sales) will go toward the Klaus Barth Foundation and Tackling Cancer Foundation — each supports cancer researchers while promoting safe and active lifestyles for today’s youth through sports, organizers said. The Klaus Barth Foundation has specifically funded scholarships for Wilson High School students who are a part of aquatic sports and has given money to UCLA for brain research, said Sheri Barth, Klaus’s widow. “We’ve been wanting to have an event again (to raise money),” Barth said. “We like to get together and celebrate his spirit. We’re planning on having this as annual event.” Klaus came to Long Beach in 1969, one year after representing West Germany in the Olympics and competing in the breaststroke during that event. He then helped California State Universi-
Human Rights Banquet Saturday The Long Beach Lambda Democratic Club will present nine awards at its 30th annual Human Rights Banquet at 7 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 15, on the Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway. Tickets are $100 and still are available at www.lblambdadems. org. Receiving awards are: Rep. Janice Hahn, Assemblywoman Betsy Butler, Sergio Carrillo, the late Jean Harris, County Assessor John Noguez, Sharon Weissman, The Art Theatre, Honor PAC and David Hensley.
WHAT: Klaustoberfest WHEN: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 16 WHERE: McKenna’s On The Bay Restaurant, 190 Marina Drive COST: Free to enter ty, Long Beach, to back-to-back Pacific Coast Athletic Association championships. Klaus, however, might ultimately be best known for his time coaching swimming and water polo, specifically at Wilson High School where many people consider his work paramount to that school becoming a powerhouse in those sports. He also was an ironman and triathlon race competitor. “His whole involvement in working with young people and motivating them to reach their full potential — that is what he loved,” Barth said. Klaus eventually succumbed to his brain cancer in 2006 — when the foundation in his name also was founded. Barth said Klaus was told he’d live six months, but instead he went on to live six years after his original diagnosis. “(They say the phrase Live Like Klaus) because of the way he fought things,” Barth said. “He went to school every day even though he was on chemotherapy… He never stopped
and continued that all the way up to the two weeks before he passed.” There will be samples of beer from more than 15 microbreweries at Klaustoberfest. Television and radio personality Chef
Mario Martinoli will be sharing his takes on authentic German cuisine like brats, warm potato salad and pretzels. In conjunction with the Arts Council for Long Beach, there will be several different perfor-
mances by an oom-pah-pah band and the a capella group Vocaldente. For additional information about the Klaustoberfest, call McKenna’s on the Bay at 3429411.
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October 13, 2011
Reggae Festival Jams Out For Good Cause By Jonathan Van Dyke Staff Writer
This weekend, the Long Beach City College campus will meld music of good will with a fitting cause. The Seventh Annual LBCC Reggae Fest will take place throughout the day on Saturday, bringing in a number of local acts while donating its proceeds to the nonprofit Children Today. Derek Oriee, LBCC student
activities advisor, said the festival was originally open to all types of music, but due to school insurance coverage, certain genres of music became no longer covered. “So four years ago, we changed it to just reggae,” he said. “At that same time, we decided to make it a charity event. I had the students research local charities and after we broke it down, we came up with Children Today and they’ve
been our beneficiary ever since.” Each year, there has been an opportunity to change where the donation goes to, Oriee said, but the students appear to have grown a connection with the organization. Children Today has helped younger children dealing with homelessness for the last 11 years in Long Beach. About 100-200 children walk through its doors annually. “They like the fact that it is dealing with local children,” he said. “They do discuss possible benefactors, but at the end of the day, they always come back to Children Today.” The reggae lineup has worked well for drawing a crowd and being harmonious with the school campus, Oriee said. “I think, more or less, who doesn’t like reggae?” he said. “It was a good choice for us because
it does well across the board with everyone in the community. Nobody really dislikes it. “Also, you never see a riot at a reggae concert. When we pitched it to our dean, that was a true selling point.” This year’s lineup will include Pato Banton, Papa Michigan, Divine Crime, Chapter 11 and Long Beach Liberators. Banton originally is from England, but currently resides in Los Angeles. He has headlined the last few Reggae Fests. “He’s an amazing guy and all his music really does have a message about it,” Oriee said. “He loves kids and he’ll bring them up on stage with him. For me, though, it’s the message behind his music (that makes him important).” Oriee said he and the other organizers intentionally tried to
WHAT: LBCC Reggae Festival WHEN: Noon to 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15 WHERE: LBCC, 1305 E. Pacific Coast Highway COST: Any donation book local bands to showcase local talent and to draw a big crowd. They also partnered with Lunch Truck It, which will provide trucks Global Soul, India Jones, Kut-N-Sow and Tropical Shave Ice. There will be a main stage for performers and a side stage where a DJ will play in between sets all day. There will be art, clothing and craft vendors, as well. For information, visit www.facebook.com/LBCCReggaeFest. Admission is any cash donation, which will go to Children Today. No coolers will be allowed.
Volunteer Village Gives Opportunities The Volunteer Village, which showcases volunteer opportunities from more than 40 Long Beach organizations, runs from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, at El Dorado Park West Community Center, 2800 Studebaker Road. The event is staged to make it easier for the public to find volunteer opportunities by providing a “one-stop” shopping experience. People of all ages are invited to attend. It is organized by the Greater Long Beach Directors of Volunteers. Sponsors include Long Beach Nonprofit Partnership, Long Beach Unified School District, Retired & Senior Volunteer Program and the Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine.
October 13, 2011
Horrific Tales It’s almost Halloween, and to celebrate the holiday in Gatsby Books style, the bookseller is hosting a Scary Story Contest and Literary Fright Night this month. Story submissions — terrifying tales of 850 words or less — should mention Gatsby Books within the text. All frightening stories must be turned in by Wednesday, Oct. 19, for “great prize” consideration. Then, on Monday, Oct. 24, Gatsby Books customers are encouraged to wear a Halloween costume and hear selected stories read aloud. This is the second year Gatsby Books has hosted the Scary Story Contest and Literary Fright Night. Storeowner Sean Moor said about a dozen stories will be selected for readings, and the store will be festooned in Halloween décor for the evening. “We are looking for stories that are original and show creativity,” he said. Literary Fright Night is hosted on Monday night to coincide with the Long Beach Writers Group meeting that takes place every Monday at Gatsby Books. Many of the Long Beach Writers Group members are submitting stories to the contest. Send your story entry as an email attachment to GatsbyBooks@hotmail.com or entries can be dropped at the store, 5535 E. Spring St. Or, call 208-5862. Best Bad Photo Everyone has at least one photograph they would prefer to leave forgotten. Whether it’s your worst high
New Fall Menu At Fuego Restaurant Fuego Restaurant at Hotel Maya has announced new fall menus with Latin American and Mayan flavors. They’re featuring a Chorizo Skillet for breakfast, Mojo Citrus Kurobata Park Carnitas at lunch and Ropa Viega, a Cuban-style braised flank steak, for dinner. They’ve also added three variations on ceviche. Hotel Maya is at 700 Queensway Dr. Call 4357676 or visit www.hotelmaylongbeach.com
school class photo or an outdated Glamour Shot, Caught in the Moment photography wants your worst photograph to beat out the best of the worst in Long Beach. “We are asking for cheesy or funny or dated shots,” said Salvador Farfan, president of Caught in
the Moment. “We will put them on Facebook and encourage people to vote for the worst… We hope people have fun with this. And it gives us some exposure at the same time.” Through Oct. 17, email headshots to CaughtintheMoment@ gmail.com. The photos will be compiled into an album on the company’s Facebook page after Oct. 17 and then the public will have the chance to vote for their favorite. The person whose headshot
garners the most votes will win a complimentary professional headshot at Caught in the Movement studio in Naples, which is celebrating its 13th year in business. “This contest is a way to trade in that photograph of you with the 1980s wavy hairdo and all the makeup and soft lenses,” he said. “The winner will receive an updated professional portrait in the style they want.” For details or to vote for a favorite among the bunch, visit
Caught in the Moment’s Facebook page. The business is located at 5608 E. Second St. Mattresses In Naples Orange County Mattress celebrated the grand opening of its new store in Naples on Friday. Located at 5700 E. Second St., Orange County Mattress was founded in 1972 and it is a family owned and operated chain of mattress stores. The store’s slogan is “Great Night’s Sleep.” For details about Orange County Mattress, call 434-2900.
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October 13, 2011
SHOOTING IN SEAL BEACH
Six Dead, Three Critical In Salon By Harry Saltzgaver Executive Editor
Six people are dead and three in critical condition Wednesday afternoon after a shooting at Salon Meritage in Seal Beach. Sgt. Steve Bowles of the Seal Beach Police Department said that a 9-1-1 call reported shots fired at 1:21 p.m. Officers responded to the scene — a shopping complex just off Pacific Coast Highway at Fifth Street — and saw a man leaving the area who fit the description of the suspect. That man was arrested without incident. Other officers approached the salon, where one man was found shot outside and eight more victims inside. “Six of the critical victims were deceased,” Bowles said. “Three others were transported to a local hospital (later reported to be Long Beach Medical Center) in critical condition.” No victim or suspect identity was available as of 4 p.m. Wednesday. Bowles did confirm that the suspect was a white male
of undetermined age. Multiple weapons were found in the suspect’s vehicle, and one weapon was recovered inside SGT. BOWLES the salon, Bowles said. The business was busy, and other people inside escaped injury. “From my observations, people were seeking shelter,” Bowles said. “…We are confident that there was a single shooter, and that we have that person in custody.” Bowles said Seal Beach officers were on scene within a minute of the call, and the arrest was the result of the quick response. “We don’t know the motive of the shooting at this time,” Bowles said. “We are looking at relationships… We are assuming that (a relationship) is involved in the motive but we are continuing the investigation.”
Information was sketchy shortly after the shooting, and Bowles declined to say what the gender of those killed or injured were, although he did say that it was a man who was found injured outside. Seal Beach has a small police force, and several law enforcement agencies responded to the call. Bowles said it will be a multi-jurisdictional investigation, with help from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, the Long Beach Police Department and officers from the Los Alamitos, Huntington Beach and Cypress police departments. “This is a small city,” Bowles said. “We are concerned now about the family members of the victims. We’d ask that anyone with concerns call the Seal Beach Police Department at 562799-4100 so we can get them in contact with family support.”
LARGE DONATION. Beetles from Timmons VW drove to Miller Children’s Hospital Saturday to deliver toys to the patients for the annual Toy Jam. —Gazette photo by Geronimo Quitoriano
October 13, 2011
Creative Crepes Variety Makes Café’s Menu Delightful By Larry Hill Gazette Restaurant Writer
Delightful Crepes Café, 1190 Studebaker Road, 594-9400. • Hours: Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. • Location: Delightful Crepes Café is located at the corner of Studebaker and East Anaheim Road. There is plenty of onsite parking.
Delightful Crepes Café
• Food/Drinks: The menu consists of savory crepes for breakfast, lunch and dinner, sweet crepes for anytime of the day, sandwiches, soups and salads, a kids’ menu, and various coffee
drinks and smoothies. Savory crepes include Crepes Mornay stuffed with spinach, asparagus and topped with Mozzarella cheese and Mornay sauce; the Napoleon with chicken breast, sautéed onions, mushrooms, and green beans topped with ginger sesame sauce; Arc De Triumph made with smoked turkey, Mozzarella cheese and sun dried tomatoes topped with
READY FOR YOUR ORDER. The inside of Delightful Crepes Café, 1190 Studebaker Rd., provides a warm and family-friendly atmosphere for patrons. —Gazette photo by Doreen Gunness
pesto yogurt sauce; Crepe Florentine with spinach and Feta topped with hummus sauce; Thai French Fusion wth yellow chicken curry with potatoes, carrots and onions; and La Riviera with ham, asparagus and Mozzarella cheese topped with pineapple clove sauce. There are also daily crepe specials. Sweet crepe offerings are Nutella with cream cheese; the Delightful Crepe with chocolate pudding, banana or strawberries, topped with strawberry sauce; the Crepe Medley with banana and sliced pears and whipped cream topped with mango sauce; and Classic Crepes with brown sugar, cinnamon and butter. Sandwiches include Cordon Bleu with chicken breast, ham, Swiss cheese and Dijon mustard; the East Coast with chicken breast, bacon, tomato, basil and Mozzarella cheese; Rancho with roast beef, sautéed mushrooms and onions with horseradish spread; the Vegetarian with zucchini, eggplant, sun dried tomatoes and hummus; and the Italian with smoked turkey, prosciutto, tomato, Parmesan cheese and pesto spread. Salad offerings are Caesar, spinach, mixed green and pasta. Soups vary by the day. There are pasta dishes like Mushroom Pomadoro and Fettuccine Alfredo. The Kids’ Menu includes favorites mac and cheese and grilled cheese. There are breakfast crepes as like Bacon and Egg and Ham and Egg, and sweet crepes like the Parfait with banana, walnuts and yogurt topped with raspberry maple sauce if you’d prefer. • Atmosphere: Delight Crepe (Continued on Page 21A)
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Rosie Foundation Honors 11 Women The Rosie the Riveter Foundation will honor 11 women at its first “We Can Do It” awards lunch at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at the offices of Keesal, Young and Logan. Awards will be given to: Dr. Beverly O’Neill (Public Service category), Mary Stanton (Education), Wilma Powell (International Trade), Diana Hendel (Healthcare), Jane Templin (Labor), Nancy Latimer (Historic Preservation), caryn desai (Arts and Culture), Susan Pescar (Sports), Jean Chamberlain (Corporate Leadership), Nancy McCrabb (Local Business Leadership) and Terry Braunstein (Special Recognition), Fifth District Councilwomen Gerrie Schipske, who also is president of the foundation, said in a release, “Just as women rolled up their sleeves to do what was almost considered impos-
Long Beach Bake-Off Seeks Judges, Cooks Contestants and judges are being sought for the Long Beach Bake-Off, with the results to be announced Saturday night, Oct. 15. Winning bakers will receive blue ribbons and the winners’ favorite charities will split all entry fees. It’s $5 to enter in advance or $10 on the day of the event. For more details, visit www. justinrudd.com and select LB Bake-Off from the drop-down menu. Baked goods may be dropped off between 4 and 6 p.m. Saturday at Bay Shore Church, 5100 Toledo. Following a free concert by the Horizon Chamber Choir from 7:30 to 9 p.m., there will be a reception with the awards announced at approximately 9:15 p.m.
sible during Word War II, these 11 women have demonstrated that same ‘We Can Do It’ spirit which earns them our thanks and special recognition.” The foundation also will recognize the contributions of several key sponsors to the Rosie the Riveter Interpretive Center: Keesal, Young and Logan; Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe; Long Beach Naval Heritage Association; Blake Christian; and the Daughters of the American Revolution. Tickets are $75. Call 570-6932 or visit www.lbrosie.com. Keesal, Young and Logan is at 400 Oceangate. —Kurt A. Eichsteadt
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Café is relaxing with small booths along one wall, tables along the front and an open kitchen in midst of everything. • The Taste: On this visit, Jennifer and I stopped for midweek dinner. We sat up front and Bree dropped our menus and brought over the chalkboard with the daily specials. Very nice touch that. Jennifer almost went for the Mediterranean crepe special but opted instead for the Florentine. I selected the Lasagna crepe special. One thing is certain, you can stuff a crepe with anything. Most creperies choose to stay pretty conservative and close to the French traditions. Not at Delightful Crepes: they can get very creative, which you know I like. Lasagna crepes are a case in point. Generous portions of ground beef, Marinara sauce, and vegetables stuff a trio of crepes that are then stacked and topped with
melted Mozzarella cheese. Sweeeeeet! Jennifer’s Florentine crepes were stuffed with spinach and Feta cheese and topped with hummus. She thought they were very tasty. She could eat spinach three times a day, and having a crepe with spinach and Feta cheese is probably what she would order at a dinner with St. Peter. We finished with the Country Apple Crepe stuffed with sliced apples sauteed in butter and topped with cinnamon and sugar before being stuffed into a pair of crepes and topped with caramel sauce. It is one of the best dessert crepes I’ve ever had. Fantastic. Delightful Crepes is a family-owned and -run restaurant that serves creative and hearty meals for reasonable prices. You never know what you might find on the specials menu, but you can be sure it’ll be unique and tasty. • Price: Breakfast, lunch, or dinner is $12 to $20 for two.
October 13, 2011
Preschool Reading Skills Make Strides By Stephanie Minasian Staff Writer
At Grant Elementary School, preschool children in the Child Development Center (CDC) regularly quiz each other on vocabulary words with flash cards, or spell out their names and create sentences as part of a fun activity for free time play. In its second year of the federal Early Reading First initiative, several preschool classrooms in
the Long Beach Unified School District are making significant strides in students’ reading comprehension skills. LBUSD was one of two districts in the state to be chosen for the three-year, $3.5 million federal grant to develop oral language skills and phonemical awareness in young children. There are currently four preschools in the district using the program, which is expected to
grow throughout the sites, according to Child Development Centers Director Laurie Shaw. “When these students head off to kindergarten, they are beyond ready,” Shaw said. “Forty percent of these children are performing above grade level, and 94% of them are at or above grade level at the end of their kindergarten year.” While most preschools focus on play-based activities during
MAKING LEARNING FUN. Children circle around each other at the Grant Elementary School Child Development Center to quiz one another with flash cards. —Gazette photo by Stephanie Minasian
“They are little sponges, and they want to know how to read and write.” – Kimberly Kelly
the day, at Twain, Grant, Central and West elementary schools, everything is learning-based. “One thing I’ve noticed when there’s free-choice playtime, is that they are choosing more literacy activities,” said Grant CDC site supervisor Kimberly Kelly. “They pick activities where they practice writing letters, and they also choose more books.” The Long Beach Rotary donates many of the books stocked on the shelves of LBUSD’s CDC classrooms. During the last two years, Rotarians have given approximately 6,400 books to the schools and to at-risk preschoolers to take home. “They love the books,” Kelly said. “They are little sponges, and they want to know how to read and write. Before this, they really didn’t write so much. Now, we have the dry erase board that they can use to write their names, and we introduce letters and their sounds.” The youngsters also have been seen using their vocabulary words outside of the classroom, according to Grant CDC teacher Debbie Lindsey. Words, such as “blushing,” are being said in context by the children in everyday conversations. “They know the words and they will make their own sentences that we didn’t use during circle time,” Lindsey said. “It’s really exciting to see the conversations they’re having at such a young age. They’re just excellent.” Shaw said the district purchased Open Court materials for its other CDC sites to begin training other teachers in the literacy program, and expand its success across the district. The Open Court materials are the same educational tools that are used in LBUSD’s kindergarten classrooms, which helps give the preschoolers a leg up in their academics before heading to kindergarten. “When you close the achievement gap at an early age, it stays with them,” Shaw said. “More of these children will go to college because of this. Once they catch up, they won’t get behind again.” The CDC is a subsidized program for qualifying families with low incomes, and currently enrolls about 1,200 preschoolers in the program. For more information, visit the district’s website at www.lbschools.net.
October 13, 2011
LBMA’s Digital Foresight Remembered By Julian Bermudez Gazette Arts Writer
From 1974 to 1999, the Long Beach Museum of Art — then a small, but highly ambitious local museum — held a burgeoning video arts program that would transform the institution into an international superstar. Attracting artists from all over the world, the museum’s facility, which included a full-production studio and on-site performance space, was one of the first such media centers of its kind on the West Coast. With a keen focus on the artists’ needs — particularly as Long Beach became an active epicenter for video art during the 1970s and ’80s — the museum was able to cultivate and nurture the development of this new, upand-coming art form. Celebrating this dynamic era is “Exchange and Evolution: Worldwide Video Long Beach 1974-1999,” the Long Beach Museum of Art’s contribution to “Pacific Standard Time,” the Getty Foundation’s area-wide collaboration of nearly all Southern California cultural institutions focusing on LA’s place in Modern Art. The exhibit, which opened last Friday and runs through Feb. 12, 2012, explores and analyzes the importance that video played in the history of Southern California contemporary art, focusing especially on the international video artists working and exhibiting at LBMA. In this Digital Age when access to technology is literally a click away, it’s crucial to remember that long before current editing software existed, the tools required for such a task were large, expensive and usually out
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of reach for most artists. For this reason alone, LBMA’s video art program should be celebrated as a beacon of hope for many of the artists, both here and abroad. The exhibit includes works by Marina Abramovic/Ulay, Klaus vom Bruch, Robert Cahen, Tony Cokes, Juan Downey, Ed Emshwiller, Vera Frenkel, Thomas Allen Harris, Gary Hill, Nan Hoover, General Idea, Mako Idemitsu, Sanja Ivekovic, Joan Jonas, Shigeko Kubota, Thierry Kuntzel, Victor Masayesva Jr., Bjorn Melhus, Antoni Muntadas, Ko Nakajima, Marcel Odenbach, Nam June Paik, Lisa Steele, Turppi Group (Marikki Hakola, Lea Kantonen, Pekka Kantonen, Jarmo Vellonen, Martti Kukkonen), Edin Velez, Steina Vasulka, Woody Vasulka, and Bill Viola. One of the highlights of the exhibit is a stunning piece from the early 1990s by Sanja Ivekovic. Set in a dark, cold room, a video of a sleeping woman is projected onto a bed of dry ice as mist rises from it and a faint sound emanates from the woman. The entire museum has been dedicated to presenting these works, making this highly-antic-
ipated exhibit a must-see event. The Long Beach Museum of Art Video Archive — as it’s officially titled — was permanently transferred to the Getty Research Institute in 2006 as a preemptive measure against degradation. The Getty now maintains the videos. Consisting of more than 5,000 tapes, as well as artists’ files and exhibit records, the archive contains some of the earliest examples of video in its original format. The archive is only available to researchers — and by appointment only. Although “Exchange and Evolution” presents only a fraction of the entire archive, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see these videos in their original home. The Long Beach Museum of Art is at 2300 E. Ocean Blvd. Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Admission is $7 for adults; $6 for students and seniors; free for members and children younger than 12. Admission is free from 5 to 8 p.m. every Thursday and all day Friday. For details, call 439-2119 or visit www.lbma. org.
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October 13, 2011
Finishing The Writing: A Bittersweet End The deadline approached, and the book wasn’t quite finished. I was making good progress until the new semester at LBCC began — long days, big classes, papers to grade, lectures to prepare. I miscalculated my stores of both time and energy. When I knew I wouldn’t make D-Day, my editor generously gave me a two-week extension. I now had a month. Finishing a book always feels to me something like riding rapids toward a great cascading waterfall and then by grasping together all the threads of the story landing safely instead of going over in a freefall. It would be lovely to make that trip in one long uninterrupted run, but the reality is that life hits the pause button at regular intervals, interrupting the flow. For the next four weeks, I needed to do something more to accommodate the interruptions, or I would drown. During that last month, by five every morning I was ensconced in front of my computer, polishing and fixing what had been written the day before and then moving forward with new pages, getting in a few hours of work on the book before my first class of the day. After school, changed into favorite sweats, fueled by Diet Coke, it was back to the computer to work until Paul rang the dinner gong. By that time, I would have spent the day’s full ration of both mental and physical energy. After a glass of wine — okay, two — a lovely meal, some Rick Steves and Jon Stewart on DVR, a discussion of Paul’s notes on the day’s pages (he is always my first and best reader), we called the day finished. Soon that daily drill became a
routine. Even a weekend trip to St. Louis for a conference didn’t interfere with the routine; have laptop, will travel. Indeed, what better way to spend time waiting at a departure gate or buckled into an airplane seat than working on the adventures of a gaggle of fictional characters? And how lovely it was to see the sun rise over the Mississippi every morning. The book, at last, was mailed.
During the following week I was still up and in my office working by five every morning. Not to write, but to finish marking a set of exams that my students were eager for. The exams were handed back a week ago. So, why was I still up before dawn and in my office in front of the computer all last week? I had nothing so pressing that I couldn’t sleep for another hour, then linger over the paper, do
the Sudoku. Eat breakfast facing Paul instead of a monitor. But I couldn’t. I felt that there was something urgent to be done. What was up? Letdown. Post-book letdown. It happens every time. The elation of finishing the book is coupled with the despair of leav-
ing an adventure and its fictional people behind. Writing is a pleasure for me. I have spent months with a cast of made-up characters, hearing them talk — not actually, but actually literally — sending them into action, feeling their pain, racing them toward a (Continued on Page 26A)
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CSULB’s Take On Shakespeare’s Classic We can’t brag enough about the theater department at California State University, Long Beach. Those who are lucky enough to study there find an excellent faculty with a philosophy that encourages, even demands,
difficult risk-taking projects. As a result, students involved with any CSULB production have the chance to test their skills, stretch them to the max, and prove what they can do — not only to the audience, but to
themselves and their peers. On stage today through Saturday is “As You Like It,” one of Shakespeare’s favorite comedies. But this “As You Like It” is unlike anything you’ve ever seen; in fact, you might not recognize it. Under the direction of awardwinning guest artist Maureen Huskey, this “As You Like It” has been remounted. All of the play’s characters are still there, and Shakepeare’s familiar dialogue is intact; but a psychological exploration of class divisions, outcasts, cross-dressers and clowns has been added to reflect the meaning of exile in contemporary American culture.
In addition, the Forest of Arden is now a fictional rural area outside of some “Beverly Hillstype” city; and the banished Duke and his court are depicted as homeless people who inhabit a wasteland of filth and debris. Though some people in the audience couldn’t follow Huskey’s premise on opening night, here’s the good part. The 15-member cast is so outstanding everyone was mesmerized. Beginning with a metaphor for enlightenment (turning a bright light on
the dark, foreboding stage), this University Players production is a non-stop romp of high-energy talent that delivers prose, song, movement and merriment — with a subtext of innuendo, metaphor and social transformation. The entire ensemble is terrific, not just the leads. Ashley Bonzell portrays Rosalind with verve and flair; and Grace Buehler plays Celia, her loyal friend, with panache. Brendan Quirk is the penniless, love-sick Orlando (“he who pines away for Rosalind, my Rosalind!”); while Eric Larson is the sweet melancholy Jaques (who also plays a mean saxophone). Supporting actors also excel. Jordan Digby is always a treat to watch, this time as Oliver (the good guy) and Corin (the bad one). Kelly Roberts and Annalisa Sevaly are a hoot as Phoebe and Silvius, two bickering bisexual lovers; Justin Jung is fascinating as the pretty, cross-dressing Touchstone; and Sam Chung is endearing as both Orlando’s faithful servant and the old man in the Duke’s banished court. Everyone races around on Amanda Knehans’s debris-littered back-alley set under Paige Stanley’s unmerciful lights. But since this adaptation takes place in some homeless neighborhood in Los Angeles, confusion takes place when both Federico Sanchez and Fernando Vasquez are called “Lord of the Forest.” It’s also problematic when Orlando dons an expensive suit and instantly becomes the tyrannical Duke Frederick. (The press release states that in order to be free, Orlando must get in touch with his inner duality. Unfortunately, that meaning doesn’t communicate.) By substituting the homeless and disenfranchised in the contemporary world for the banished Duke and his court in the Forest of Arden, Huskey hopes to dramatize the themes of exile and transformation, and make them relevant to today’s chaos. “As You Like It” plays at 8 p.m. tonight and Friday, at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday in the Studio Theatre at CSULB. The Theater Arts Building is accessible off Seventh Street from both East and West Campus Drive. For tickets, call 985-5526 or visit www.csulb.edu/depts/theatre.
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conclusion and a deadline, and then…? They are in the mail. Gone. I miss them. I miss telling their story. Nineteenth century satirist and cartoonist Honoré Daumier called that the “feu de composition,” the fire of composition. Trust me, it takes a while to put the fire out. Maybe I shouldn’t. This historical novel that I’ve had to put aside to finish the mystery won’t write itself. There is another set of fictional characters waiting for a voice. And the dawn through my office window is so lovely.
October 13, 2011
Halloween Means Spending Time With Friends, Getting Creative The big countdown to Halloween has officially started. That’s because it’s October. As of now, there are fewer than 25 days until the big night. People are rounding up their costumes and buying decorations for their houses. Halloween is as sweet as Christmas or Chanukah with a dose of fright and fun. It’s one of the best holidays to celebrate in Naples and Belmont Shore. The houses in the canals are covered in decorations of cobwebs and scarecrows. People come from all over Long Beach come to get great candy and a little scare in these houses. I don’t get too much candy at home, so for me, it’s a day to stuff my face. Starburst, Milky Ways, Peppermint Patties and so much more. Naples is a great place to be, because our neighbors are generous. With the stakes high, my friends and I prepare for this spectacular day. Costumes are being considered. Invites to friends for trick-or-treat are being negotiated. “Halloween means trick or treating and having fun with your friends and being able to dress like someone you are not,” Emily Paz said.
I like thinking about what to be. It’s something that began years ago. My mom and I would spend weeks on the costume. We’d make them from scratch instead of buying ones at the store. I was the Queen of Hearts, a Strawberry, Minnie Mouse, a Sweet Tart and a half devil, half angel. I’m proud we made the costumes ourselves. We were not trying to save money but we wanted to look different than everyone else. One year, when I was the Queen of Hearts, my mom used an old Poptart box as a purse for my bag. The year I was a sweet tart, we glued the candies all over a homemade dress. My friends agree that Halloween can be a time to be creative. “Halloween is the only time you get to dress up as something that is not you and become some character and take its personality,” Isabel Borhaug said. This weekend, my mom and I are going to a thrift store. We’ll either buy something off the rack or see a piece of clothing and alter it to make something totally original. I guess you’ll have to find out what we make on Oct. 31. See you in the Canals.
Zoe Mena is a seventh grader at Rogers Middle School.
October 13, 2011
Long Beach Man Runs Half Marathon For Abused Children By Stephanie Minasian Staff Writer
Manish Saini has a soft spot for helping children in need. After successfully raising $3,500 for children living in Arya Orphanage in New Delhi, India (and completing a skydiving trip to commemorate the success of his fundraising), he is working to raise money for Long Beach children through For the Child — and he started with the Long
Beach Marathon last weekend. “I did a simple Google search once and found For the Child,” Saini said. “I had several charities in mind I wanted to interview before I decided which one to choose to raise money for. For the Child was the first and last place I visited. After talking with them, and getting a tour of the facilities and learning about the awesome work they do, I immediately committed to For the
Child. They are a great organization.” For the Child is a Long Beach nonprofit, dedicated to treating at-risk children and their families with various programs to prevent abuse and neglect. After having a bad day several years ago, and reflecting on his own life, Sani realized that not everyone is able to lead a privileged life, like his own, he said. He created the “What Can We Do?” initiative to try to donate money to youngsters who need help. While raising money for children in India, Saini decided to jump out of an airplane in exchange for donations to his cause. “I sent out mass emails to everyone I knew, and told them I would go skydiving if we raised a certain amount of money,” Saini said, and added that he is not a thrill seeker. “Over $3,000 later, we had success.” Several years later, Saini was prompted to raise $5,000 for abused children in Long Beach, and immediately began training for the half marathon as a way to collect donations. “Children are so impression-
FOR THE CHILDREN. Manish Saini ran his first half marathon last weekend to raise $5,000 for abused and neglected children in Long Beach. —Photo courtesy For the Child able and innocent, and those with For the last five weeks, Saini complicated backgrounds need trained for the half marathon — our help,” he said. “So, if we can a feat that he said he thought he get to them early enough, then could never finish successfully. they have a chance to lead a nor- “I needed to choose a physical mal, productive life. It is much task that people would respond to ‘easier’ to rehabilitate a child and say, ‘Hey, this guy is willing than it is to rehabilitate an adult to train for and run a half marathat has not been through proper thon, let’s support him and his counseling. A troubled child may cause’,” Saini said. “Some days lead to a troubled teen, which I worked out twice a day. On may lead to a troubled adult… I my off days, I would go hiking. want to break that cycle.” The treadmill eventually became my best friend, as I would see it several times a week for over 60 minutes per run.” Last Sunday, Saini’s training paid off, and he completed the 13.1-mile course across the city. It was the thought of children needing his help that pushed him Foot Massage ................ $25/hr. to finish strong, and raise more Whole Body Massage ... $40/hr. than half of his $5,000 goal, he said. Saini is hoping the community will help to match the remainder of his goal. To make a donation to For the Child, or for more information, visit www.forthechild.org.
October 13, 2011
Symphony Director Diemecke Doesn’t Hide Enthusiasm Enrique Arturo Diemecke is fun to talk to. Especially when the subject is music. And after a recent interview with the music director of the Long Beach Symphony, now beginning his 11th season in that position, I came to two inescapable conclusions: he loves music, and he knows his business. He can enthuse about the repertoire for the present year, and his enthusiasm is infectious. The theme for the season is “Vienna Nights,” which has inspired the programming of some great stuff. Symphonies by Tchaikovsky, Haydn, Schubert and Brahms, concertos by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Dvořák and Mozart, along with a host of other pieces by Johann Strauss, Handel and Ravel (among others) should please the LBSO faithful, who like their musical meat and potatoes. There’s even a piece on the November concert by a composer with a pulse, namely Diemecke himself. The work in question is a concerto for marimba, featuring a dynamic young Latin stud named Saúl Medina, who has been with us before. I asked Diemecke, who has orchestras in Buenos Aires, Bogotá, Mexico City and Flint (Michigan), and is a frequent guest worldwide, when he finds time to compose. It turns out that through the magic of his ever-present laptop and Finale software, he grabs composing time on the plane, in the hotel, or wherever. And then he speaks frankly about the current economic situation, which is not unique to Long Beach by any means. Orchestras everywhere are cutting back in order to survive, and having to do more with less. Here it means reduced rehearsal time for each concert. Diemecke realizes that the reality is what it is, and proceeds to program intelligently while still preserving quality and reaching for the highest artistic level. This calls for intensified effort by all concerned; Diemecke has told his orchestra, “you practice and I will pray.” Both practice and prayer seem to have paid off, judging from an opening night concert that was exceptionally well-played. The program was daunting, consisting of Wagner, Mahler and Tchaikovsky, but the presentation was
polished and professional. One difficult piece, the previously scheduled “Verklärte Nacht” by Schoenberg, had to be substituted for on next month’s concert, because, as Diemecke explains, there simply wasn’t enough time to do the piece right. I doubt the notoriously conservative LBSO audience will complain. At least Schoenberg was Viennese, unlike many of the composers represented. But there’s always a connection. Ask Diemecke, for instance, how “Sobre las olas,” by the very Mexican Juventino Rosas, fits into the seasonal theme and he will explain in fascinating detail about
Mexican history, the unfortunate Prince Maximilian who was the Emperor of Austria’s brother, and the waltz craze that swept Mexico when Maximilian took over. So there. We talked about audiences, iPads, ballet, singers, home improvement and a lot more. Enrique Arturo Diemecke knows a
lot about all of them, and about Mexican history, and about music. He also knows how to put
together great concerts with limited resources. Good thing.
October 13, 2011
Long Beach Playhouse Director Morris Leaving Post By Harry Saltzgaver Executive Editor
Lauren Morris, the managing director at the Long Beach Playhouse for the last 18 months, is leaving to become managing di-
rector of Georgia Shakespeare in Atlanta. Morris was hired in June 2010 straight out of California State University, Long Beach, after completing her MFA and MBA
degrees. She was given a mandate to revive the historic community theater, and did so with a wide range of new events, a new artistic and technical director (Andrew Vonderschmitt) and
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partnerships with other Long Beach arts organizations. The result was a reputation for successfully turning an organization around to be more relevant to the community and successful in the budget department. That reputation prompted a recruiter to come calling when Georgia Shakespeare’s board decided to seek a turn-around of its own, Morris said. “This was a very difficult decision for me, professionally and personally,” Morris said. “But this is a professional theater, and they are doing Shakespeare which is where my background is. “I believe artists should be paid for their work, and Georgia Shakespeare is a member of the League of Resident Theaters. This was just too good an offer to refuse.” The Playhouse was formed in 1929 and, in a rarity for performing arts organizations, owns its own building at 5021 E. Anaheim St. It has two stages, and currently produces 12 shows a year plus a holiday production. Most of the actors are volunteers, with an occasional professional stepping in with an Equity waiver for a specific production. Volunteers also are key to backstage operations, with a
LAUREN MORRIS small paid staff. Morris said she believes the Playhouse can continue on the direction now set by the board under her management. “I think the momentum is enough that it will continue under its own power,” Morris said. “I think we’ve shown what it can be to the community, with partnerships with other companies and the rest. It’s a beloved community theater, and the community needs to support that. “There will be an interim director appointed, and I’ll work with them for the rest of this month. We’ll be sure no balls will be dropped.” Morris’s last day will be Nov. 1. The Playhouse board was scheduled to meet Wednesday evening to finalize a succession plan.
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Residents of Long Beach help people all year through a variety of activities. Listed below are the results of some projects, as well as more opportunities to reach out to others. Centro C.H.A. presents the 2011 Nuestra Imagen Leadership Awards at 6 p.m. tonight, Thursday, at The Grand, 4101 E. Willow St. The evening recognizes community leaders who exemplify excellence and contribute to the city of Long Beach. Tickets are $75. Call 570-4722. The American Association of University Women hosts a luncheon with the theme “A Little Mystery with Archeology, the FBI and Romance” beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Old Ranch Country Club, 3901 Lampson Ave. Tickets are $60 and the money goes to help women seeking education. Call 493-4749. The Lakewood Sheriff Station is holding two events on Saturday, Oct. 15, to help two of their deputies fight against cancer: Det. Steven Baze and Dept. Vanessa Chow. A benefit ride will take off from Laidlaw’s Harley Davidson in Baldwin Park. The destination is the Long Beach Airport Holiday Inn, at 3640 Lakewood Blvd, where there will be classic car show along with food, opportunity drawings, live music and more. Admission to the car show is $15 with additional fees for the ride and to display a car. For more, go to www. lakewoodbenefitride.net. An Oktoberfest (for those ages 21 and older) with live music and gourmet food begins at 5:30
p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at St. Joseph Elementary School, 6200 E. Willow St. Tickets are $25. Email StJosephGolfOktoberfest@yahoo.com. This year’s Long Beach NAACP Founders Celebration Dinner is at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Westin Long Beach, 333 E. Ocean Blvd. A variety of awards will be presented and there will be live and silent auctions. Call 856-7586. Sea Fare, the “gathering of fish and foodies” to benefit the Aquarium of the Pacific, begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at the aquarium. Tickets are $100. Call 437-FISH (3474). The Walk to End Alzheimer’s steps off at 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, at Rainbow Lagoon Park on Shoreline Drive near Pine Avenue. It’s a 5K walk and includes live entertainment, food trucks, refreshments and more. Onsite registration opens at 7:30 a.m. Call (323) 930-6228.
Klaustoberfest, a fundraiser for Live Like Klaus begins at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, in the Alamitos Bay Landing Parking Lot at 190 Marina Dr. TV Chef Mario Martanoli will be on hand, along with live music and more. The Operation Teddy Bear fundraiser hosted by the Volunteer Center runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, at the Long Beach Yacht Club, 6201 E. Appian Way. Tickets are $55 and the money raised will be used to provide students with a backpack containing school supplies and a teddy bear. Call 590-8844. The Long Beach Hop Heads and Team Crash will host a fundraising all day Oct. 20, at Beachwood BBQ, 131 and ½ Main St. in Seal Beach. One dollar of every pint sold all day will go to research and support in the fight against Multiple Sclerosis. The California Conference for Equality and Justice presents its annual Dinner and Gene Lentzner Human Relations Award Celebration starting at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 20, at the Old Ranch Country Club, 3901 Lampson Ave. in Seal Beach. Tickets are $75. Call 435-8184.
WomenShelter is accepting donations of costumes, make-up, face-paint, candy and Halloween Treat Bags for its annual BOOTIQUE. WomenShelter helps victims of domestic violence. The drop off deadline is Friday, Oct. 21. For more details, call 437-7233. Long Beach Poly Baseball Boosters is hosting its annual Night on Green Oct. 21. They’re looking for support in the form of sponsorships as well as donations for the silent auction and raffle. Call 755-1684.
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The St. Lucy Fall Festival happens Oct. 21-23 with a pumpkin patch, food, music, special children’s activities and more. Hours are 5-10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 11 .m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. St. Lucy School is at 2320 Cota Ave. Centro C.H.A. hosts its annual Dia De Los Muertos art exhibit fundraiser from 1 until 8 p.m. Oct. 29 at 727 Pine Ave. Money raised will benefit victims of domestic violence. Tickets are $5 and include music and wine. Call 570-4722.
NIGHT OUT Oct. 14 - Music by Azar Lawrence, 8 p.m., Sea Bird Lounge, 730 E. Broadway, $10, http:// seabirdjazzlounge.com/wp.
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Oct. 14 - Music: by Bella Novela, 10 p.m., Alex’s Bar, 2913 E. Anaheim St., $5, 434-8262, www.alexsbar.com. Oct. 14 - Nov. 6 - International City Theatre: “The Robbery Bridegroom,” 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat.,
2 p.m. Sun., Center Theater, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., $37 and up, (reduced price preview Oct. 13), 436-4610, www.internationalcitytheatre.org. Oct. 15 - St. Joseph Elementary School Oktoberfest, (ages 21 and older), 5:30 p.m., 6200 E. Willow St., $25, email to StJosephGolfOktoberfeste@yahoo. com. Oct. 15 - Sea Fare, 7-11 p.m., Aquarium of the Paciﬁc, 100 Aquarium Way, $100, 437-FISH (3474), www. aquariumofpaciﬁc.org/seafare. Oct. 15 - Pakistani Music with Imran Khan and Hard Kaur, 7 p.m., Terrace Theater, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., $49-$89, box ofﬁce, (800) 7453000, www.ticketmaster.com. Oct. 15 - Music by Gary Robertson, 7-9 p.m., Bogart’s Coffee, 905 Ocean Ave., 431-2226, www.BogartsCoffed.com.
RUMMAGE Oct. 16 - Long Beach Antique Flea Market, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Veterans Stadium, Conant Street and Lakewood Boulevard, $5 for adults, (323) 655-5703, www. LongBeachAntiqueMarket.com.
Oct. 17 - Quintessa Wine Dinner, 7 p.m., Kelly’s, 5716 E. Second St., $100, 433-4983. Oct. 20 - Autumn Wine Tasting
Dinner, 7 p.m., Utopia, 445 E. First St., $50, $45 with online reservation, www.utopia.net.
EVENTS Oct. 13 - Long Beach City College Senior Center Tour: Old Town Music Hall in El Segundo Show, call for departure details, $37, 938-3048. Oct. 13 – Breast Cancer Awareness Lecture and Lunch, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., St Mary Medical Center Health Enhancement Center, 1050 Linden Ave., RSVP required to 491-4849. Oct. 13 - Red Cross Blood Drive, 2-8 p.m., Grace Community Church, 138 Eighth St., Seal Beach, 596-1605, www.RedCrossBlood.org, use code GraceSealBeach. Oct. 13 – Rally For American Jobs Act, 4-6 p.m., Lone Sailor Memorial, Ocean Boulevard and Paloma Avenue, email to longbeachdemcluc@gmail. com. Oct. 13 - Nuestra Imagen Leadership Awards, 6 p.m., The Grand, 4101 E. Willow St., $75, 5704722. Oct. 13 - Spill: Images from the Gulf, 7 p.m., Aquarium of the Paciﬁc, 100 Aquarium Way, $5, free for member, seniors and students, 5903100, www.aquariumofthepaciﬁc.org. Oct.13 - Screening of“Evolution,” Long Beach Museum of Art Film and Video Collection, 8 p.m. Art Theatre,
2025 E. Fourth St., www.lbma.org. Oct. 13-15 - CSULB Graduate Student Dance Group: “Slipping Between Here and There, 8 p.m. Thurs., Fri., 2 and 8 p.m. Sat., Knoebel Dance Theater at CSULB, 1250 Bellﬂower Blvd., $20, $16 for students seniors, faculty and staff, 985-7000, www.carpenterarts.org. Oct. 15 - Metropolitan Opera HD Presentation of “Anna Bolena,” 9:55 a.m., Art Theatre, 2025 E. Fourth St., $21, www.brownpapertickets. com/producer/42619. Oct. 15 - Halloween Version of 30-Minute Beach Cleanup, 10 a.m., on the beach at Granada Ave., www.beachcleanup.org. Oct. 15 - ZAMFEST culture fusion fest for families, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Marina Green, Shoreline Drive near Linden Avenue, $15, $10 for children, www.zamfest.com. Oct. 15 - Lakewood Sheriff ’s Station Beneﬁt Car Show for Deputies with Cancer, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Holiday Inn, 2640 Lakewood Blvd., event day food ticket $15, www. lakewoodbeneﬁtride.net. Oct. 15 - Foundation 101 ARTSstravaganza 1 beneﬁt, 2-6 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 759 Linden Ave., http://foundation101. weebly.com Oct. 15 - Fashion Show Beneﬁt of Helen Sanders Cat Protection and Welfare Society, 2-4 p.m., McKenna’s on the Bay, 190 N. Marina (Continued on Page 33A)
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(Continued from Page 32A) Dr., $40, RSVP to 619-8820 or email to annelle@helensanderscatpaws. com. Oct. 15 - Festival of Medieval Merriment Brass Rubbing Kickoff Event, 4:30 p.m., St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 525 Atlantic Ave., $10, $25 for families, 439-9496, www. stlkukeslb.org/StLukes/brass. Oct. 15 - Lambda Club Human Rights Banquet Honoring Janice Hahn, 7 p.m., Queen Mary, $100, www.lblamdadems.org. Oct. 15 - NAACP Awards Dinner, 7 p.m., Westin Long Beach, 333 E. Ocean Blvd., 856-7586. Oct. 15 - Horizon Chamber Choir Concert/Long Beach Bake-Off, 7:30 p.m., Bay Shore Church, 5100 The Toledo, concert is free, $5 contest registration in advance, www.JustinRudd.com/ concert.html. Oct. 15, 16, South Coast Chorale: Queeny Todd-A Rocky Horror Feature Creature, 8 p.m. Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., Scottish Rite Theater, 855 Elm Ave., 439-6919, http://sccsingers. com. Oct. 15 & 16 - “Straight Talk” cable TV show with Councilman Gary DeLong, 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. Oct. 16 -Walk to End Alzheimer’s, 8:30 a.m., Rainbow Lagoon Park, Shoreline Drive near Pine Ave., (323) 930-6228, www.alzla.org/ walk/lb. Oct. 16 - Pet Foster Parent Class, 10 a.m., Pitchford Animal Village, 7700 E. Spring St., pre-registration required, (323) 730-5300, ext. 300, or email to foster@spcaLA.com. Oct. 16 - Klaustober Fest, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Alamitos Bay Landing parking lot, 190 N. Marina Dr., free. Oct. 16 & 23 - GO-FAME presents Alice in Wonderland, 2 p.m, University Theater at CSULB, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., $15, $12 for seniors and students, www.go-fame. org. Oct. 17 – MOMS offering MOMS Support Club Halloween Party and Open House, Marina Vista Park,
5355 Eliot St., lnogbeachmoms@ yahoo.com. Oct.18 -Volunteer Opportunities Volunteer Village, 3-7 p.m., E Dorado Park Community/Senior Center, 2800 Studebaker Rd., 5062801. Oct. 18 - Lecture and Book Signing: “Do Fish Sleep, by Dr. Judith Weis, 7 p.m., Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, $5, free for members, seniors and students, 590-3100, www.aquariumofpacific. org. Oct. 19 - Operation Teddy Bear Fundraiser for Volunteer Center, 5:30 p.m., Long Beach Yacht Club, 6201 E. Appian Way, $55, 590-8844, www.volcenter.org.
Oct. 13 - Belmont Shore Residents Association Meeting, 6 p.m. BayShore Library, 195 Bay Shore Ave., www.shoreresidents.com. Oct. 13 - Belmont Heights Community Association Meeting, 7 p.m., Belmont Heights Methodist Church, 317 Termino Ave., 221-5518, www.MyBelmontHeights. org. Oct.13 - Bluff Park Neighborhood Meeting, 6:30 p.m., private home, www.bluffpark.org., 434-8824. Oct. 13 - Proposed Pier S Terminal Public Meeting, 7 p.m., Cabrillo High School, 2001 Santa Fe Ave., www.polb.com/Pier_S. Oct. 15 - League of Women Voters Celebrating California Women’s Sufferage, 10 a.m., Los Altos Library, 5614 Britton Dr., http:// lba.ca.lwvnet.org. Oct. 19 - Bixby Knolls Literary Society: “My Antonia,” by Willa Cather, 7 p.m., Expo, 4321 Atlantic Ave., search BKLiterary Society on Facebook.
exhibits Oct. 13-Jan. 15 - Larry McKinney Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Photos, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, $24.95 for adults, $21.95 for seniors, $12.95 for children, 590-3100, www. aquariumofpacific.org.
Oct. 15 – Artist Reception for Alex Blackford, Roland Ferry, Caron Lowe, Raquel Landworth-Kleinhenz, 6-9 p.m., Sasha’s-Living with Style, 3237 E. Broadway, 434-8824, www. SashaWitteDesign.com. Oct. 15 - Opening Reception for “Old Haunts Revisited,” by Michael Ramstead, 6-9 p.m., Gallery Expo, 4321 Atlantic Ave., 208-4226, www.galleryexpo.net.
workshop Oct. 14 -Arts in the Classroom Teaching Workshop, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Museum of Latin American Art, 628 Alamitos Ave. Oct. 17-19 - Watercolor Workshop with Andy Evansen, Aqua Club Room, 488 E. Ocean Blvd., $250, 436-4543, email debbieellen. firstname.lastname@example.org. Oct. 19 - Green Opportunities and Impact, 8:30 a.m., Marriott Long Beach Airport, 4700 Airport Plaza Dr., free, FXVP to 437-4517 or email to email@example.com. Oct. 19 - Using Social Media and Email Marketing to Grow Business, 7:30 a.m., Holiday Inn Long beach, 2640 N. Lakewood Blvd., $30, $15 for members, RSVP required to www.lbchamber.com.
classes Oct. 15 Handstitched Embroidery Class (5 sessions), 1 p.m., Bembridge House, 953 Park Circle, $30, 493-77019. Oct. 15 - A Cappella Master Class with Vocaldente, 4 p.m. Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St., free, http:/artslongbeach.pmailus.com.
Top storytellers Jared Wilson, right, and Hitoshi Hosada, cneter, collect their prizes Sunday from organizer Marianna Williams and Lauren Morris, left, at the Long Beach Playhouse after the third edition of The Search for Long Beach’s Greatest Storyteller. —Photo by Cathy Merenda Oct. 16 - Pet Foster Parent Class, 10 a.m.-noon, P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village, 7700 E. Spring St., free, (323) 730-5300, ext. 300, or email foster@spcaLA.com. Oct. 17 and eight add’l classes: Home Education/Knitting, 9:3011:30, Maple Village School, 4017 E. Sixth St., $160, 434-8200. Oct. 18 - Peer Counseling/ Employment Training Class (8 sessions), 1 p.m., Tues., Disabled Resource Center, 2750 E> Spring St., Suite !00, 427-1000, ext. 23, www. drcinc.org. Oct. 18 and five add’l. dates, Makeup Artistry Class, 7 p.m., Long Beach City College, Bldg. O2, 4900 E. Conant St., $299, 938-5051.
sports Oct. 13 - Long Beach State Club Ice Hockey vs. Arizona State, 9:10 p.m., Glacial Gardens Arena, 3975 Pixie Ave, Lakewood, www. lbsuicehockey.com. Oct. 16 - Grass 2’s and 4’s Volleyball, 10 a.m., Marina Vista Park, 5355 Eliot St., $40 for 2’s, $50 for 4’s, www.floatserve.com.
boating Oct. 13 - Navigation Class (8-week course), 7:30 p.m., Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, 11600 Los Alamitos Blvd., $55, 4310326, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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present the new ordinances to the City Council three weeks from now for a possible vote. That hearing would include public comment. The appellate court’s 36-page ruling specifically cited the city’s “application fees and renewal fees, and the lottery system” as federally preempted — saying those specific parts of the ordinance are authorizing the growing and selling of marijuana, which is illegal (California law does not authorize, it merely decriminalizes for medical use). However, the ruling also said specific parts of the ordinance are not preempted, and therefore those parts could be “severed” from the permitted parts of the law — but the court left that decision up to the Los Angeles Superior Court where the case would have gone back to this
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month had it not been petitioned to the Supreme Court. The ruling specifically cited rules for possible severability, such as what hours a collective could be open or preventing 18-year-olds from entering without a guardian or a medical card — the boundaries of how close collectives could be from schools, parks and one another might also have survived. “Overall, I think the (court’s) ruling is terrible for the movement because we do want to be licensed and regulated,” said Matt Abrams, managing director of 1 Love Beach Club collective. “There are too many people who are sick for there to be an outright ban,” he added. “I would definitely be talking to our lawyer (if there were a ban), absolutely.” Richard Brizendine, attorney for a handful of collectives, echoed that sentiment Monday,
saying he didn’t want to go backwards in the process. “My strong feeling is that much of the ordinance is salvageable based on the Pack decision,” he said. “This process was strenuous and lengthy. Most people had the opportunity to tell the council what they felt. We are not interested in revisiting the ordinance as a whole because of the Pack decision.” Other large and looming questions remain, including what will become of the 70 pending cases that City Prosecutor Doug Haubert has been working on that specifically cite 5.87 — he said he is taking a wait-and-see approach right now. There also is the fact that the city took in upwards of $700,000 in permitting fees — which the court specifically noted as being preempted.
Shannon said those fees would be refunded upon a repealing of the ordinance. Collective advisor Carl Kemp said he is only asking the council that it not lose sight of what California’s laws are intended for. “The council did not disagree (when it passed the law) that marijuana could be used for medicinal purposes in accordance with the same understanding that was arrived at by the state,” he said. California’s law has come under fire from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Memos from that department have put collective owners on notice that they are not immune to federal law. “I’m not certain that all of California and the other 13 states are in jeopardy,” Brizendine said. “The way I interpret the state-
ments … is they are looking for the same things they are always looking for — a large, illegal drug operation.” Recently, the federal government intervened when the city of Oakland was looking at creating its own growing fields to supply marijuana to collectives. In another scenario, Harborside Health Center, is facing a $2.4 million tax bill because the IRS has chosen to cite a tax code that prohibits certain cost deductions for businesses that traffic in illegal drugs — which it says can be applied to the dispensary. “So far there has been no widespread denial for medical marijuana in California,” Brizendine said. “But that being said, this could be for any size collective if they are not operating within the state law.”
tallest tower was slated for condominiums, with a 100-room hotel part of an adjacent six-story building. The staff recommendation flips that plan, with support for the 12-story tower only if it is used as the hotel. The recommendation also drops the number of proposed residential units from the developer’s 325 to 215. There is no specific recommendation on the amount of commercial space (the plan calls for 191,475 square feet of retail space and 21,092 square feet of non-hotel restaurant space), but does offer a height-to-lot-area ratio. That recommendation, called height averaging, would protect view corridors and open space requirements, the report says. “We said the 12 stories is fine, but only if it benefits the public,” Bodek said. “That means a public use, like a hotel… We want a variety of height and density, not a block of six-story buildings. The actual density well depend on lot coverage with the height average… In regard to retail, it’s important to note that they could develop 600,000 square feet of retail there right now, with no amendments.”
Property owners Ray and Amy Lin (Taki Sun, Inc.) have been attempting to redevelop the property on the southeast corner of Second Street and Pacific Coast Highway for several years, and this is the second multi-use project presented to the Planning Commission. This project includes a 99-seat theater tentatively slated as a home for the Cal Rep theater company and a science center interpreting the Los Cerritos Wetlands. Development there has faced significant opposition by a group called the Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust as well as some residents. The Land Trust has claimed that the EIR is inadequate and already has mentioned the possibility of challenging any EIR certification in court. “We believe the EIR is a legally defensible document,” Bodek said. “If they want to sue based on the merits of the development, that’s their prerogative. But we don’t think there are very many holes in the EIR.” The staff recommendation falls between the two alternatives listed in the EIR that Malmuth said would be the minimum economicaly feasible option.
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of the EIR, and that it is time to move the project into the political approval process. Amendments proposed by staff to the Southeast Area Development and Improvement Plan (SEADIP) follow the spirit of that document’s intent, she said, including addition of residential use not currently part of the zoning plan. “We want the Planning Commission and the City Council to weigh in on the height and density issues,” Bodek said. “We don’t want the developer to waste any more money until we can tell them what envelope we are going to allow.” A key recommendation deals with building height. Currently, SEADIP limits buildings to 35 feet (three stories). The proposal by David Malmuth Development Inc. calls for a 12-story tower as well as six-story buildings. The
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night, bringing a mix of cuisine from area restaurants, open bars, food demonstrations, live music, dancing, a “Go Fish” game, auctions and chances to see the aquarium’s exhibits after dark. “At night, you get all the theatrical lighting of the aquarium, and it is gorgeous,” explained Linda Glasco, event manager
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the principal in the law firm Keesal, Young and Logan and owner of the Union Bank Building and other properties — said that the port should build its headquarters on his property as part of a larger development that has received preliminary approval. Then Keesal offered details — a guarantee to build the headquarters for no more than $103 million, sale of the land at market value and free rent in the Union Bank Building for the entire headquarters staff until the building is completed. “We propose building your headquarters, as you have designed it, on any one of four properties for $103 million, and you’ll have a view of the port,” Keesal said. “If you want to talk about being the green port, this will be a LEED-certified building, and it will be all yours, with your security… “What’s more, we’ll give you free rent in our existing build-
for the aquarium’s development department. “And it is so nice to walk though the galleries with a cocktail and food. This is a relaxing, good time.” Perry Hampton, the aquarium’s vice president of animal husbandry, said visitors at Sea Fare should remember to stop by the octopus tank since the animal is one of the aquarium’s nocturnal inhabitants. The aquarium’s octopus, a
purple-pink male, is a giant Pacific octopus — the species is the largest of any known in the world, Hampton said. Although octopus only live two or three years, they can grow to more than 20 feet in diameter and weigh more than 100 pounds. Hampton said the octopus is one of the most amazing creatures at the Aquarium of the Pacific. He said the animal has the ability to camouflage itself both
ing. You can move in within six months… And if you want to buy, we’ll sell you our building for $45 million. Why would you buy a building bigger than you need?” After the public spoke, Dines argued that building a new headquarters would create up to 2,000 construction jobs. He added that the port would have to pay a $14 million penalty for paying off Legacy’s loan in advance, increasing the case to nearly what Legacy paid at the height of the market. He did note that he wanted to move out of the current headquarters building as soon as possible, however. Drummond said it would cost at least $10 million to add sufficient security measures, and it would cost more annually to keep the Trade Center secure. “We should be in a building that meets today’s standards, not the standards of 25 years ago,” he said. Nick Sramek, the senior Harbor Commissioner, said that
moving soon was a priority, and that the World Trade Center was too good a deal to pass up. Harbor Commission Vice President Thomas Fields, who ran the hearing because Commission President Susan Wise has an office in the World Trade Center and recused herself, said it made no sense to build a new office building when there was such a high vacancy rate in downtown Long Beach. Drummond forced the issue by making a motion to approve the purchase of the World Trade Center, then voted with Dines to oppose it. Because of the 2-2 tie, no action was taken.
VALESQUEZ, Manuel B. 1926-2011
Manuel B. Valesquez, 85, of Bellflower, passed away Sept. 19. He was born in Arizona and worked as a cabinetmaker. He is survived by his son, Manuel Jr. Interment is at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.
SAUNDERS, Elaine Davenport 1915-2011
Elaine Davenport Saunders, 95, of Long Beach, passed away Sept. 22. She was born in Woodville, Idaho. She is survived by her son, Falen. Interment is at Dallas Cemetery in Dallas, Ore. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.
POWELL, Arthur Paul, 1938-2011
Arthur Paul Powell, 72, of Long Beach, passed away Sept. 10. He was born in New Castle, Penn., and worked as a chief sonar technician in national defense. He is survived by his wife, Jean. Interment is at All Souls Cemetery. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.
TROCHE, Dino Perry, 1958-2011
Dino Perry Troche, 53, of Long Beach, passed away Sept. 15. He was born in Hayward and worked as a technology recruiter. He is survived by his wife, LeAnne. Interment is private. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.
CARRILLO, Antonio Pilar 1925-2011
Antonio Pilar Carrillo, 85, of Long Beach, passed away Sept. 26. He was born in Mexico and worked in construction. He is survived by her daughter, Mirian. Interment is at All Souls Cemetery. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.
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CIARELLI, Patricia Ann, 1937-2011
Patricia Ann Ciarelli, 73, of Gardena, passed away Sept. 17. She was born in Los Angeles and was a computer instructor. She is survived by her husband, Kenneth. Interment is private. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.
BONILLA, Victoria, 1912-2011
Victoria Bonnilla, 98, of Montebello, passed away Sept. 12. She was born in Durango, Mex. She is survived by her daughter, M. Carmen Adams. Interment is private. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.
MALONE, Martha, 1955-2011
Martha Malone, 55, of Chowchilla, passed away Sept. 26. She was born in New York. She is survived by her mother, Thelma. Interment is private. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.
ROWEDDER, Ethel June, 1921-2011
Ethel June Rowedder, 90, of Irvine, passed away Sept. 7. She was born in Iowa. She is survived by her daughter, Diane Palmer. Interment is at Manning Cemetery, in Manning, Iowa. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.
BURNS, Janet Leslie, 1948-2011
in the color and texture of its skin. Additionally, octopus are known for their intelligence and ability to escape, so aquarium staff uses a trick to keep the animal in its exhibit. “We cover all the surfaces within reach of the octopus with an artificial grass,” Hampton said. “Either he doesn’t like the feeling of it, or cannot really get a grip on it, we aren’t really sure. But he does try to throw his arms out, and we train him to come to the surface for feeding. The aquarists usually play with the octopus and let him grab their arms.” When the aquarium hosted the inaugural Sea Fare eight years ago, Glasco said there were about 100 attendees and just a few food vendors, but the event has grown to an audience of more than 600 plus more than 30 restaurant vendors and entertainment. “People have realized that they cannot go anywhere else and get an open bar and all these food and beverage sponsors for $100,” Glasco said. “Plus, you feel good about buying a ticket to this event because that money supports our education, conservation and ani-
HABINA, Mark G., 1984-2011
Mark G. Habina, 26, of Los Angeles, passed away Sept. 27. He was born in New York and is survived by his father, Gregory. Interment is at St. Stanislaus Cemetery in Cheektowaga, N.Y. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.
CEBULAR, John Edwin, 1945-2011
John Edwin Cebular, 66, of Long Beach, passed away Sept. 27. He was born in Pennsylvania and worked as a contracting officer for the Federal Government. He is survived by his fiancé, Linda Loseke. Interment is at Hillcrest Cemetery in Clearfield, Penn. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.
WATSON, Betty Louise, 1940-2011
Betty Louise Watson, 71, of Carson, passed away Sept. 23. She was born in Bell and was a secretary for a lighting fixtures company. She is survived by her friend, William Perry. Interment is private. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.
UBANI, Beatrice, 1938-2011
Beatrice Ubani, 73, of Rancho Palos Verdes, passed away Sept. 23. She was born in Nigeria and was a registered nurse. She is survived by her daughter, Linda Nyeador. Interment is in Nigeria. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.
WALTERS, Muriel B., 1923-2011
Janet Leslie Burns, 63, of Los Angeles, passed away Sept. 13. She was born in Michigan and was a logistics manager. She is survived by her brother, Robert. Interment is private. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.
Muriel B. Walters, 87, of Long Beach, passed away Sept. 24. She was born in Los Angeles and is survived by her son, Lawrence. Interment is private. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.
GARRISON, Sharon, 1944-2011
WILTANGER, Walter J., 1927-2011
Sharon Garrison, 67, of Oxnard, passed away Sept. 17. She was born in Illinois. She is survived by her daughter, Lori Van Huis. Interment is at Roselawn Memorial Park in Springfield, Ill. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.
Walter J. Wiltanger, 84, of Long Beach, passed away Sept. 25. He was born in Long Beach and worked in a glass bottle factory. He is survived by he son, Richard. Interment is private. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.
mal care programs.” Sea Fare earns about $140,000 for the aquarium and its various programs, Glasco said. Money raised comes from admission tickets as well as raffle ticket purchases and attendees’ participation in the “Go Fish” game. “Go Fish takes place by the information desk, and it is an opportunity game,” Glasco said. “We take kiddy pools and put plastic fish in there. People pay $25 or $75 and pull the plastic fish out of the pool with shark pinchers. Each fish comes with a special gift certificate or basket.” During the course of the evening, attendees will have a chance to sample tastes from restaurants such as Alegria, Auld Dubliner Irish Pub, Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, Buono’s Authentic Pizzeria, Gladstone’s Long Beach, L’Opera, Parkers’ Lighthouse, Primal Alchemy Catering, Sky Room and others. Sponsors for the event include Gazettes Newspapers, Caught in the Moment Photography, SAVOR, Seafood for the Future, Viking River Cruises and Wells Fargo Capital Finance, among others.
Today’s Obituaries Bonilla, Victoria Burns, Janet Leslie Carrillo, Antonio Pilar Cebular, John Edwin Ciarelli, Patricia Ann Garrison, Sharon Habina, Mark G. Martinez, Ramona Malone, Martha Moberger, Richard G.
Powell, Arthur P. Rowedder, Ethel June Saunders, Elaine D. Thomas, Judith Marie Troche, Dino Perry Ubani, Beatrice Valesquez, Manuel B. Walters, Muriel B. Wiltanger, Walter J. Watson, Betty L.
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MARTINEZ, Ramona, 1951-2011
Ramona Martinez, 60, of Anaheim, passed away Sept. 19. She was born in Puerto Rico. She is survived by her daughter, Michelle. Interment is at Evergreen Cemetery in Brooklyn, N.Y. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.
THOMAS, Judith Marie, 1942-2011
Judith Marie Thomas, 68, of Los Angeles, passed away Sept. 22. She was born in Illinois and was a receptionist the health care field. She is survived by her daughter, Kathryn Johnson. Interment is at Oakhill Cemetery in Chicago, Ill. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.
MOBERGER, Richard George 1948-2011
Richard George Moberger, 63, of Long Beach, passed away Sept. 24. He was born in Boston and was the owner of a travel agency. He is survived by his sister, Debbie Cipolletti. Interment is private. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.
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