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BY HARRY SALTZGAVER EXECUTIVE EDITOR

want to support this community and participate in events like the Stroll & Savor,” Conness said. “We are going to be serving samples of our special, fabulous short rib chocolate porter chili.” When the Stroll & Savor event first launched more than 15 years ago, David Shlemmer, owner of Shlemmer Investments and vice president of finance for the BSBA, said event organizers were begging a few restaurants to sign up. Now, about 40 restaurants participate regularly.

A $929,000 grant was announced Friday afternoon that will allow the city to conduct a long-awaited update of the 1977 SEADIP (Southeast Area Development and Improvement Plan) that guides development in Southeast Long Beach. The money will come from the state Department of Conservation’s Strategic Growth Council, according to city officials. The council also is awarding the city $170,000 for a Willmore City Historic District demonstration project for the greening of an alleyway. SEADIP’s land use restrictions have been at the center of several development debates. Most recently, an update of the overarching document was used as an argument against approval of a mixed-use redevelopment of the SeaPort Marina Hotel site at the corner of Second Street and Pacific Coast Highway. At the decisive City Council meeting on that project, on Dec. 20, Lyons Communities — owners of the “Pumpkin Patch” across Pacific Coast Highway from SeaPort Marina — argued that zoning conditional uses and changes of use required for the Second+PCH project should not

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Seven riflemen fire three times on Tuesday morning in the annual Long Beach Police and Fire Memorial Ceremony at the memorial outside City Hall. Long Beach has lost 28 police officers and 13 firefighters in the line of duty over the last century.

Tasty Tradition Strolls Back To Shore BY ASHLEIGH OLDLAND EDITOR

Restaurant owners are licking their lips in expectation of another year of record-breaking attendance this summer at the Belmont Shore Business Association’s Stroll & Savor nights. The Stroll & Savor series kicks off next Wednesday and Thursday (May 16 and 17), when participants will have the opportunity to purchase a booklet of tickets in exchange for samples of restaurant fare. Stroll & Savor is a community event de-

signed for the public to enjoy an evening in Belmont Shore dining with family, friends and dogs, said BSBA Executive Director Dede Rossi. She added that the event is a winwin for residents and business owners since new customers are exposed to foods they otherwise might not have tried. Anne Conness, chef and partner at Simmzy’s, said she is looking forward to the Stroll & Savor because it will be a chance to introduce the popular new restaurant to more customers in Belmont Shore. “We’re a part of this community and we

Fireworks Shows Shuffle In ’12 EXECUTIVE EDITOR

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There will be fireworks in Long Beach this Independence Day, but for the first time the city will not be directly involved. Long Beach’s Firefighters Association has pulled the plug on its longtime show at Veterans Memorial Stadium on the Long Beach City College campus. Fire Captain Rich Brandt said that the show was losing too much money. Downtown, the Sea Festival Association has coordinated fireworks with the Queen Mary for the last several years — since the city stopped directly financing the show in 2005. There was no show that year.

The Port of Long Beach stepped up to help the Sea Festival pay for fireworks, particularly last year in celebration of its 100th anniversary. But the Sea Festival Association, a nonprofit, ceased operations last year, and the city is not participating, according to David Ashman, manager of the city’s Special Events and Filming Bureau. Tuesday, Steve Sheldon of the Queen Mary said the ship will be applying to put on a fireworks show on its own. “We will definitely be having fireworks,” said Sheldon, who is director of entertainment events at the ship. “We’ll have a full day of family-friendly activities on the ship, then at 9 p.m. there will

be a fireworks show. “It wouldn’t be the Fourth of July without fireworks off the Queen Mary, would it?” The firefighters also will be participating in an Independence Day fundraiser, although it will be on Independence Day Eve. Plans call for a barbecue at Alamitos Bay Yacht Club on Tuesday, July 3, to benefit the Long Beach Firefighters Memorial Association, the group that was directly responsible for the Veterans Stadium show. That barbecue is part of a range of events, including fireworks, being planned by John Morris of McKenna’s on the Bay. Morris had attempted to have fireworks (Continued on Page 39A)

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GAZETTE COMMENTARY

Living Wage Initiative Abuse Worsens In Bad Economy Won’t Protect Worker How do you keep good employees? Pay them a fair wage, give them a good working environment, provide decent benefits — in other words, show them you value them. How do you get companies to treat their workers fairly? That’s been a tougher question over the years. The government has tried regulation. The workers have tried unionization. Now the advocates are trying mandates through the ballot box. Specifically, we’re speaking of the Unite Here folks who have apparently gathered enough signatures to put a “living wage” initiative on the November ballot. The initiative would cover only hospitality workers at hotels. It once included the convention center and airport, but was made even more specific. It’s important to remember that most of the folks advocating the living wage — and paying the petition circulators — are the same folks who have tried to the last several years to unionize the workers at some of Long Beach’s largest hotels. For one reason or another (organizers say owners have blocked their efforts, owners say their workers don’t want/ need the union), those efforts have failed. So this effort, which would require a minimum salary of $13 an hour if approved by voters, could be seen as another way to fight for workers’ rights. That’s certainly how Unite Here will characterize the effort. On the surface, it’s tough to argue against an effort that would appear to ask for only a reasonable safety net. After all, a minimum wage earner — $8 an hour in California — gets only $320 for a 40-hour week. That’s before taxes. Most of the time, that worker is going to end up qualifying for food stamps. We want our neighbors to do better than that. Heck, it’s better for the community as a whole to have people do better than that. Of course, that’s the reason there’s a minimum wage in the first place. There are employers more than willing to pay as little as possible no matter what the consequences, and especially in a down economy with double-digit unemployment, there’s almost always someone willing to do the work more cheaply. But that minimum wage is set across the board — there are few,

if any, exceptions to the rule of paying at least that much. This particular ballot initiative is extremely narrow, aimed at a few employers. If Long Beach were to decide as a city that everyone here was going to earn a higher minimum wage than that required by the state, it might cause business owners to go scurrying to Lakewood or Signal Hill, but at least it would be fair. In fact, that’s exactly what California has done — its $8 an hour minimum wage is 75¢ an hour more than the national minimum (and some would argue that has lost the state many businesses). A look at the changing face of employment in light of the latest recession might offer a clue as to how an across-the-board minimum wage increase might work. For the most part, employers aren’t filling full-time, permanent positions as the economy recovers, according to the labor experts. Instead, they are hiring temporary workers. Another new model is the permanent part-time worker. If you work 30 hours a week or less, those precious benefits aren’t required, and you are either without health insurance or paying through the nose (health care reform notwithstanding). That’s a huge part of the payroll — just ask the bean counters trying to balance the city budget. It’s possible to go another route, however, and it doesn’t require employees with advanced degrees, either. Take a look at the Starbucks model, or even In-nOut Burger. They take essentially entry level jobs, provide a decent wage and buy-in, and in Starbucks’ case even benefits for less than 40 hours. They keep the good employees. Regarding the living wage initiative, we have to say that it is far too limited, or targeted, if you prefer. The ulterior motive is transparently clear — and less than honorable from our perspective. We completely agree that there has to be a way to better the situation of those workers who continue to struggle to make ends meet. And we’re well aware that a total lack of regulation will do the workers no favors. But in this case, the “solution” is far from a solution, and unfair to boot. This ballot initiative should be a non-starter.

BY TULYNN SMYLIE The need for services is still growing. Gloria (not her real name) is in her late 40s, and is the mother of two children. She had been in a 12-year relationship with her batterer, who abused her physically and emotionally, often in front of her two children. Gloria’s 14-year-old son had a debilitating genetic condition that causes cognitive disabilities, respiratory problems and problems with fine motor coordination. Gloria’s 11year old daughter was traumatized by the abuse she witnessed her mother experience and was hospitalized after two attempted suicides. After a particularly drunken and abusive incident, Gloria sought help from WomenShelter of Long Beach. She said that she had stayed with her batterer because her son’s care was very demanding and expensive, and her abuser provided the sole means of financial support. Gloria was afraid to go out on her own especially with the economy being so bad. Gloria’s case is all too familiar to those who work in the domestic violence field. Despite reports in the media that the country is on the road to economic recovery, this improvement is taking its time reaching domestic violence victims and the organizations that serve them. While calls to law enforcement related to domestic violence may be holding steady or even in a decline in some areas, anecdotal evidence indicate the need for services increasing. WomenShelter has seen a steady increase for the need for all services. The agency’s shelter is full year round

— in the past year, 570 victims and children were referred to other shelters because the shelter did not have space. At the resource center, more people came in seeking therapy, peer support and case management, legal and medical advocacy. There is a ready explanation of a possible decline in calls to law enforcement involving domestic violence. Victims know that there are fewer jobs out there. If they call the police and their partner or spouse is arrested or spends several days in jail, this might have negative impacts on their spouse’s employment. So they don’t call. The current economy creates a widening gap between needs and available services. Once-reliable public funding programs have had to reduce their grant-making budgets by dramatically high percentages. So while the need for services is increasing, the funding for domestic violence and sexual assault services is declining. Government support remains critical for the programs and services that provide a safe haven from the abuse as well as help domestic violence victims regain their self esteem and obtain the financial means to leave their abusive situations. One such source of funding is the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which is currently being debated for reauthorization in Congress. Initially passed in 1994, VAWA sought to protect women and

girls from violence, sexual assault and stalking. It also set up a funding mechanism for programs that assisted these victims. Because batterers often used fear of deportation to keep an undocumented victim in line, VAWA also provided a way for undocumented immigrants who were experiencing domestic violence to obtain legal residency status by assisting in the investigation and prosecution of criminal behavior. This encouraged immigrant victims to come forward and report the abuse and be shielded from immediate deportation. The current reauthorization bill recently passed the Senate, but not before a contentious vote. Republicans had opposed Democrats’ version of the normally uncontroversial bill. GOP senators had sought to strike certain provisions seeking to extend or enhance VAWA protections to immigrants, Native Americans, and gays and lesbians. Although VAWA’s reauthorization was passed by the Senate, it is now facing a difficult battle in the House. House Republicans are seeking defeat this bill by adding on amendments and changes that will essentially gut the bill’s protections. As for Gloria, with assistance from WomenShelter staff, she moved out from her batterer’s home and into a small apartment with her two children. WomenShelter staff helped her obtain state disability funding for her (Continued on Page 3A)

Mother’s Day Means Mothering Editor’s Note: Lisa Ramelow is a familiar figure wherever a good cause is being promoted. She attended this year’s edition of Jewels of the Night for the Long Beach State Athletic Foundation, and purchased this space for a week. Here’s Lisa: When I was young, my most fervent desire was to become a mother one day. I loved little children. Their enthusiasm and joy were inspiring, and it came naturally to me to care for others. I grew up in Belmont Shore, and when I was 12 I began babysitting every kid in the neighborhood. I started at 50¢ an hour, but that quickly moved up to $1 an hour — inflation, you know. I used to stack my dollar bills in a pile and hide them in the top drawer of my dresser. I suppose I was a budding entrepreneur of sorts even then. But mostly, I loved the kids. I came up with many creative and fun things for them to do. My mother Rita had been a great example for me. My mathematical side came into play as I kept track of just how often I had babysitting jobs — I remember my record was 37 nights in a row. I went on to college, got a degree and a good job that I loved. I worked there eight years before

finally realizing my dream of becoming a “real” mom. There is no feeling in the world that compares to looking down at that sweet little baby looking up at you, their little eyes saying, “I’m yours.” I relished being a mom. The homework, making lunches, sewing Halloween costumes — believe me, that Ninja Turtle costume I made for my son when he was in kindergarten had more pattern pieces than anything I had ever sewn for myself! It was a constant go-round of PTA, school carnivals, scouting, sports, Mickey Mouse waffles and the many hours spent giving them every opportunity possible. Oh, and don’t forget all the trips to the emergency room, for me mostly with my daughter. I know, why DID she put those 2 metal marbles from that game in her mouth, then swallow one of them? And there was the time she tried to do a flip in one of those birthday-party-jump houses

and bit her tongue in half down the middle. Ahhhh, those were the days. I don’t know what was more challenging, getting them to sleep in their own beds, or dealing with them as teenagers. But I wouldn’t trade any of it for anything. There is no better job than motherhood, pure and simple. And life certainly comes full circle. I am now blessed to be in a profession where I get to be a mother to many — to all of my employees as well as to the many patrons of my business. It is an environment of caring for others, which suits me perfectly. I’ve been asked before if I would want to run for office some day, and the answer is a resounding “NO.” Upon hearing someone ask me that, my son said, “Mom, you would never like that. You’re much better being the Godmother of Belmont Shore.” Very true my son, very true. And I do like that title. Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers everywhere. We deserve to celebrate a job well done, and the wonderful honor of being a Mom. xoxo Lisa Lisa Ramelow is the owner and operator of La Strada in Belmont Shore.


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Finish Bathroom

To The Editor, As a long-time Naples resident, Basin 4 boat owner and member of the Naples Improvement Association (NIA), I feel that it’s necessary to speak out regarding Patty Davis’ remarks in the story last week on the Alamitos Bay renovation. Although it appears from the story that Ms. Davis speaks for the residents of Naples and for the NIA, she does not. Many of us applaud the renovation, including

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son, and Gloria is now paid to be his caregiver. Her daughter attended and completed the children’s weekly support group and domestic violence educational program. Laws such as VAWA help provide WomenShelter with funding so that the agency can continue its work with victims like Gloria and her children, especially during a time when the economy often prevents victims from leaving their batterers. WomenShelter is there to help victims find a way out of the abuse. TuLynn Smylie is the executive director of WomenShelter of Long Beach.

the restrooms, and view the delay caused by Ms. Davis and her supporters as unnecessary and costly to Long Beach taxpayers. I hope that the issue can be resolved quickly so that our lovely marina, which we have waited for for so long, can be enjoyed. Jennifer Hite Naples

Rower Responds

To The Editor, I am writing in response to the letter printed in the May 3 Grunion Gazette by Jim Hendricks. I suspect you will receive more letters in response to Mr. Hendricks opinions, so I’ll keep mine brief.

Mr. Hendricks expresses concern regarding boat traffic in Marine Stadium during a rowing regatta. My first thought, as a local rower for more than 27 years, is to wonder if Mr. Hendricks is aware that Marine Stadium is so named because it is a rowing stadium. Yes, it was a long time ago, 1932 Olympics, and many structures have been built since that have narrowed the stadium from its original size, but still it is a rowing stadium and is actively used as such. Then I realized that it was a Long Beach Junior Crew regatta, not a Long Beach Rowing Association event, so likely there were piles of kids and boats all trying to get where they needed to be in the usual fashion of excited teenagers. From an uninformed person’s view it probably looked chaotic, and clearly Mr. Hendricks is uninformed if he believes that his

Correction A photograph on the cover of last week’s Grunion Gazette incorrectly identified Natalia Davis. The person pictured was her son, Leroy Davis.

suggestions were even slightly reasonable, let alone appropriate. Regattas, like nearly every other non-professional sporting event, are on weekends because people who participate in them are either in school or at work during the week. Course racing for rowing is done at either 2,000or 1,000-meter distances. Either distance race would put regatta participants on the water in areas where other boaters are also present. Furthermore, it would behoove

Mr. Hendricks to inform himself of the parties involved in addressing his comments. Those of us who are indeed LBRA members know that we are not Long Beach Junior Crew members and that we were not rowing in the April 21 event. Ellen Kirk Long Beach

Value Plastic

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tic bags are an invaluable commodity,” it’s odd he would expect to be given them for free. But he will surely be ecstatic to learn that they are on sale all over the Internet and at several local shops, in bulk quantities, for less than a dime per bag. Not bad for an “invaluable commodity”! Julie Rittner

Long Beach

Paper, Not Plastic

To The Editor, In regards to “Plastic Needs,” I agree, I have also seen much, much more dog poop in my walks

lately... I walk Belmont Heights and Belmont Shore. Plastic bags are certainly a convenient way to pick up the feces, but it can be done just as effectively with newspaper. My dog and I walk twice a day and I bring a small bag with some pages from the newspaper I’ve read. If you use two pages per pickup, there’s no problem getting it all and wrapping it up well. There are always trash cans in a reasonable distance so you don’t have to carry it for long. Still, some people won’t get it no matter what. I’m always surprised at the people I run into at Dog Beach who arrive with their dog and have nothing with them to pick up the feces. It’s a

good idea to bring extras along to give those in need. It would be a shame if this great beach were closed to dogs because of the unthinking actions of some. I feel very fortunate to live in an area that is so dog friendly but realize that not everyone is a fan and no one deserves to have their lawns littered with someone else’s dog feces. Deborah Barton Belmont Heights

Petroleum Price

To The Editor, Andy Foster deems plastic bags an “invaluable commodity.” Methinks he needs an economics lesson that explains what “invaluable” means. Plastic bags are not invaluable. However, what they are made from — petroleum — is a highly valued commodity. And it is getting rarer, and pricier, by the day. What will they think of us in a thousand years when they find out we used the last of the oil for disposable plastic bags? Maybe we should leave some oil for the future generations, and find some less valuable commodity to manufacture what we need to clean up dog-doo. John Tecumseh Signal Hill

Accent Positive

To The Editor, I loved Robert Williamson’s “Love Letter from Across Country” (May 3), and I agree completely! This very week I have been escorting a worldly, sophisticated friend on a tour of Long Beach, and it was great fun to be proud of my hometown. Whiners, let’s recognize that no place is completely perfect. If you’ve lived elsewhere, as I have, you know that to be true. Long Beach is beautiful and fun and friendly. We are lucky to live here! Mary E. Barton, Ph.D. Long Beach


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Hotel Living Wage Petition Gains 30,000 Signatures By Jonathan Van Dyke STAFF WRITER

A thorough canvassing process garnered more than 30,000 registered voters’ signatures in favor of moving forward — to at least a vote — on improving the working environment and wages for hotel workers in the city. Members of what is being called the Long Beach Living Wage Coalition officially submitted signatures Friday to the City Clerk’s office for an ordinance that would directly impact wages in the hotel industry. The ordinance would be concentrated on hotels that have more than 100 rooms. There are 16 in Long Beach. If the ordinance were passed, those hotels would have to pay all hotel workers, at minimum, $13 an hour. They also would have to offer at least five days of sick leave. Finally, there is language concerning hotel service charges being required to go to all working staff. In order to move the ordinance forward, the canvassers had to get more than 10% of registered voters to sign the petitions — about 22,000 people. More than 30,000 signatures were gathered in about six weeks. The idea stems, mainly, from the Long Beach Coalition For Good Jobs And A Healthy Community — and they have partnered with multiple other groups to form the Living Wage Coalition. “I’ve been on the coalition for about a year now, but this has been in the works for several years,” said Christine Petit, coalition steering committee member. “We were trying to figure out what would be a good way to address this issue, and we’ve seen success in other cities with a living wage for hotel workers.” The coalition has hosted multiple events around the city in order to talk about workers’ rights and the group’s disappointment with how many people work fulltime but remain below the federal poverty line. The California minimum wage is $8 an hour. “It was trying to generate some really serious discussion and dialogue about development in Long Beach,” said Gary Hytrek, steering committee member and professor at California State University, Long Beach. “We really felt that going the petition route and

getting it on the ballot in November was the best way to have that conversation.” According Hytrek, the coalition estimates about 2,000 workers would be impacted if the ordinance were passed. He said many of these people are trying to support a family while being well under the approximately $24,000 federal poverty line for a family of four. “I think people are generally concerned,” he said. “We’re finding a large number of people are working full time and they are not above the poverty line, which is not good.” Petit said that hotel officials have previously said raising wages in such a way could decrease jobs in the hotels and impact the economy negatively. Coalition members pointed out that many of the workers live locally, and should their wages increase it is likely they would put at least some of that money back into the local economy and the move could decrease job turnover in the industry. As of Friday, the City Clerk’s Office has 30 working days to officially certify the petitions, should they check out. After that, the ordinance will go before the City Council and the council will have to choose between three options: Directly adopt the ordinance, ask for a study on the potential ordinance or call for a special election to have voters decide the ordinance’s fate.

A special election for the ordinance would take place on Nov. 6. There are no other city items during that election cycle, so the cost to the city for a November

ballot would cost about $432,000. There has not yet been a counter to the petitioners’ viewpoint from the hotels, although sources have said it is likely they will

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form some sort of coalition or lobby against the ordinance. Several hotel officials were called for this article, but did not return the calls before deadline.


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Congressional Candidates Answer Forum Questions BY JONATHAN VAN DYKE STAFF WRITER

The tone was about as cordial as you could find during the heat of the campaign season as the candidates for the 47th Congressional District seat sought to stand out last Thursday night at Rogers Middle School. Gary DeLong, Sanford Kahn, Steven Kuykendall, Alan Lowenthal, Peter Mathews and Jay Shah were present for the political forum hosted by the Belmont Heights Community Association and the Long Beach Chapter of the League of Women Voters. The first three candidates are Republicans and the latter three are Democrats. Candidates Steve Foley (D) and

Usha Shaw (R) were not present. Jobs and balancing the budget dominated the forum. “I think (balancing the budget might) be the single overriding topic of the campaign,” said DeLong, who is currently representing Long Beach’s Third District in the City Council. “We can’t afford the government we have.” He suggested that there are certain regulatory options to look at in order to unlock more business growth potential — which would help grow the economy. The three Republicans all noted the fact that California has stringent economic policies that can make the state seem business unfriendly — especially to small business owners. “The same old, same old, isn’t

working anymore,” Kahn said. “We need economic growth, not stagnation.” Kahn volunteered several solutions to get the economy growing, including a flat income tax rate between 15% and 17% and the elimination of the death tax. Kuykendall said that people might need to look more into enterprise zones and public/private partnerships similar to what is happening to build the Long Beach Courthouse. Locally, all candidates said they were in favor of federal funding for the San Pedro Bay Ecosystem Restoration Study — which would look into the ability to bring waves back to Long Beach’s coast.

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TAKE YOUR TIME? The 47th District Congressional candidates had limited time to answer questions last week.

“My record has been one of bringing resources to this community,” said Lowenthal, who is a state senator for Long Beach. He noted his advocacy for the study and for helping to bring in money and enthusiasm for projects like the Long Beach Courthouse and Gerald Desmond Bridge. Kuykendall said they had to call it what it was, an earmark,

but that the “study warrants completion.” Candidates agreed that nothing should be done unless homes were protected from encroaching water. On several topics, answers were divided heavily on party lines. The idea of public health care — universal, single payer or President Barack Obama’s plan — was opposed by the Republi(Continued on Page 7A)


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Candidates Team Chosen (Continued from Page 6A) For Rebuild Of cans and generally supported by Democrats. Mathews, a colGerald Desmond the lege professor who has run for A team of engineers and general contractors has been chosen to build the $650 million replacement for the Gerald Desmond Bridge. A selection team of representatives from the state Transportation Department (Caltrans) and the Port of Long Beach made the announcement Friday, and the choice will go before the Long Beach Harbor Commission on Monday for final approval. There were several proposals, with all from partnerships of multiple companies. The major participants in the chosen proposal are Shimmick Constriction Co., Inc.; FCC construction S.A.; Impregilo S.p.A.; Arup North America Ltd.; and Biggs Cardosa Associates Inc. Government partners overseeing the project are the Port of Long Beach, Caltrans and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The port is the lead agency in the project, which will replace the 45-year-old Desmond Bridge connecting Long Beach and Terminal Island. The entire cost of the replacement is expected to top $1 billion; the $650 million design-build pricetag is less than expected, but within the $700 million estimate when a contingency cushion is added. Monday’s Harbor Commission action will be to approve a notice of intent to enter into a contract. Signing of final documents should take place in late June, with construction beginning in early 2013. The replacement bridge will have additional traffic lanes in each direction, emergency pulloff lanes and a bike lane. It is expected to take five years complete, and create an average of 4,000 construction jobs a year.

Congress in the past, went as far as to say there should be universal health care. Kahn said he wanted more competition and for people to be able to buy health insurance across state lines. As far as offshore drilling in the waters of California, the topic again went — for the most part — along party lines. “Absolutely not, this state is a leader in protecting the coast,” Lowenthal said. He, Mathews and DeLong all said there was a need to further increase renewable energy production. DeLong added that he would look at all options to expand sustainable and environmentally sound production. Kahn said he believes the technology for offshore drilling is safe and that more drilling should take place. Kuykendall said the topic needed further study. The Democrats, specifically Lowenthal and Mathews, said

that corporate loopholes need to be closed to help the economy and budget — with the possibility of more taxes for the upper 1% or 2% of incomes. Mathews said he wanted more green jobs and more federally incentivized infrastructure projects — a sort of green New Deal. On Social Security, Lowenthal said it was not quite time to move on the issue, although it might be okay to raise the income level. Candidates, for the most part agreed that something would eventually need to be done, whether that be age or income increases. Kahn suggested private, but voluntary, accounts. There were three social issue questions. All six candidates said they were pro choice in regards to abortions. Kahn said he was against same-sex marriage and Kuykendall said he was only for civil unions — the rest were in favor of same-sex marriage. Most of the candidates agreed that medical marijuana was okay as long as it was stringently regulated — Kuykendall had the biggest reservations about legalization. On education, Kahn suggested

vouchers to spur competition and improvement. Lowenthal said helpful guidelines like Obama’s Race to the Top program could help. Matthews said there needed to be an increase in federal spending. Others said more local authority is needed.

The forum was open to the pubic, and all the questions asked were generated by the public who attended. June 5 is voting day for the congressional primary. This year, however, the top two vote getters will move onto the fall ballot — regardless of party.


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Molinas Plan Expansion Downtown BY JONATHAN VAN DYKE STAFF WRITER

A new downtown health care provider could be on the way for Long Beach — and with it as many as 1,000 new jobs. On May 1, the City Council unanimously approved a 12-year lease for more than 500 parking spots that could service the former Press-Telegram and MeekerBaker buildings near the inter-

section of Sixth Street and Pine Avenue. Michelle and John Molina, owners of developer Sixth & Pine Development, LLC, have been meeting with city staff to figure out a way to accommodate a potential tenant for the two buildings. Michelle Molina said negotiations are continuing with Molina Health Care to open a new facility at the site, and ad-

dit that it would ultimately have between 800 and 1,000 employees and produce $2 billion in revenue for the city during its first 10 years. “It’s a single tenant and there is no retail or residential,” she said Wednesday. “We want people to park in these underutilized parking spots the city has… They will walk through our neighborhoods and maybe stop at the —Photo courtesy Sixth & Pine Development

NEW LIFE. An artist’s rendering shows what property being leased on Sixth Street and Pine Avenue could look like.

shops and dine down there and hopefully move into downtown Long Beach. We thought this was a win-win and the city was very capable and creative with this opportunity.” The property does not currently have code-required parking to meet the workforce demands, so the city’s agreement will help bridge that gap, city staff said Tuesday. “I am going to vote for this, but I’m concerned this sets a precedent … the city has never done this … something where we have located parking ahead of a development,” Fifth District Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske said. Department of Public Works Director Michael Conway said that was true, although similar deals had been worked through when the Redevelopment Agency existed. “We’re trying to somewhat be a bit more of an economic driver than in the past,” he said. The staff report estimates that the city will take in about $600 per parking space each year. Spots being considered include 3621 Kilroy Airport Way, 3660 Kilroy Airport Way, Broadway to Third Street between Long Beach Boulevard and Elm Avenue, The Pike employee lot and 140 E. Seventh St. However, where that money will go depends on where the parking spaces are located. Airport parking money would go to the airport and money paid for parking within the Tidelands area would go into that fund — anywhere else would go to the city’s general fund. The lease will run from January 2013 to December 2024. “It’s a fair way for us to help and it’s fair for taxpayers, since the city will be compensated,”

Seventh District Councilman James Johnson said. Conway said he is hopeful that a permanent parking solution can be found during the course of the 12-year lease. Everyone who spoke on Tuesday applauded the work of the Molinas, saying that they were model citizens and developers in the city. “I wish we had more companies, more people and more families such as you,” Mayor Bob Foster said. “This is vital to the city and I think it will give a revitalization to upper Pine (Avenue).” The space the tenant will move into is about 2.3 acres. The former Press-Telegram building will be remodeled for office space in about 200,000 square feet. It is expected to be ready for the tenant to move into by the first quarter of 2013. The Meeker-Baker building will take more time and at least one more approval from the city’s Planning Commission. It is a much larger project and will take a couple of years to build out, Molina said. Also, there will be about 215 on-site parking spaces. Molina promised to be integrated soundly with the surrounding community and neighborhoods. “If, in fact, you knew how much outreach they conducted, you would be dually impressed and thankful for that,” said Kraig Kojian, president/CEO of the Downtown Long Beach Associates. Kojian noted that between 2000 and 2010, U.S. Census data indicated that Long Beach grew by only 900 people — this project would bring in jobs about equal to that.


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Lawn-To-Garden Tour Highlights Yard Sustainability BY HARRY SALTZGAVER EXECUTIVE EDITOR

Close to 600 homeowners have replaced grass with drought-tolerant landscapes in the three years or so since the Long Beach Water Department began its lawn-togarden turf replacement program. In just more than a week, May 19, 30 of those landscapes will be featured in the first lawn-togarden tour. The citywide event is actually more of an open house than a tour — the homeowners and other experts will be available at their homes and at the Water Department administrative headquarters from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. that Saturday to talk about the transformations. People will be able to visit any or all of the yards on their own with a map provided after they register. “This is a real unique opportunity,” said Matt Lyons, director of planning and conservation at the Water Department. “You can discover how to get rid of a grass lawn and design a garden. There are a million combinations.” Long Beach’s Water Department began aggressively promoting drought-resistant landscaping and native gardens in 2008, during the height of the most recent drought. Other municipalities soon picked up on the water-saving technique, and now the Metropolitan Water Department subsidizes the city’s rebate program to help people take out lawns. A conscious decision to focus on landscaping comes from the

reality that 60% to 70% of home water use takes place outside. Water for the lawn comes from the same source — and costs just as much — as the water used inside for drinking and bathing. So saving water outside means more water available for inside uses, as well as saving money. That savings may be the reason why the May 19 tour is generating a big buzz, said Joyce Barkley, the water conservation technician in charge of planning the event. With virtually no publicity, the tour already has more than 1,750 registrations, and participation now is expected to top 2,500. “A few days before, we’ll send everyone who has registered maps to those homes on the tour, the places where the homeowners and experts will be,” Barkley said.

For the last two years, the Water Department has offered a $2.50 per square foot rebate for removing grass, up to 1,000 square feet. That would be a 100-foot wide by 10-foot deep swath of grass, so it covers most front lawns. “Experience has shown that, if you’re willing to do most of the work yourself, you can pretty much come out even,” Lyons said. “Then there are those who do a larger area, and use this essentially for seed money. “We’ve worked hard to make the process simple. You can apply (for the rebate) online, and it usually only takes a day to say whether you’re eligible. Then you design it, and once we make sure it’s drought-tolerant, you can apply for the rebate.” Offering information is the goal of the tour. In addition to home

owners telling their own experiences, landscape architect Barbara Paul, who designed many of the yards done through the Water Department Program, will be on hand at the department’s administration building, at 1800 E. Wardlow Road. There are demonstration gardens at the administration building, as well. Registration for the tour can be

done at the department’s website dedicated to the lawn-to-garden program, lblawntogarden.com. Day-of registration is available at the administration building. Lyons said that the city has up to $500,000 for lawn-to-garden rebates in the next fiscal year. Applications for that program, as well as information, are at the same website.

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Council Supports Homeowner Rights Long Beach’s City Council unanimously supported a Homeowners Bill of Rights Tuesday despite testimony from one of the city’s banker that it was unneeded

and counter-productive. Henry Walker of Farmers & Merchants Bank testified against the proposal, saying that the current legal process of foreclosure

is working. People signing mortgages understand what they are being obligated to do, he said. The resolution urges the Federal Housing and Finance Agency and city banks to suspend foreclosures and evictions until there are reforms to protect homeowners. In other business Tuesday, the council: • Pulled without explanation a request to consider changing the city’s election calendar to coincide with the state’s election cycle, with primaries in June and a general election in November. • Requested a study to see whether grant applications from various city departments could be consolidated or integrated, making it easier to compile an annual report of outcomes. • Asked for an update on the city’s planned response to extraordinary emergency situations, either natural or national security emergencies. • Authorized a lease amendment with The Bolder Group,

May 8 & 15, 2012 Inc., to allow the company to continue operating fuel docks at the Alamitos Bay and Shoreline marinas. • Conducted a closed session before the regular meeting to receive updates on negotiations with various city employee unions. Next Week Tougher regulations for doorto-door salespeople and people leaving flyers is on the top of the agenda for the May 15 City Council meeting. Fifth District Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske and Fourth District Councilman Patrick O’Donnell sponsored this item, saying they get complaints people are going door-to-door without any identification, and that delivery of unwanted handbills causes litter in the area. The proposed ordinance would create a “No Solicitation” registry providing penalties to those who ignore them,

and require contact information on all printed material. The ordinance would include a citation and/or fine for violation of either the no solicitation registry or No Solicitation and No Trespassing signs. In other business next week, the council is scheduled to: • Authorize purchase of five replacement BMW police motorcycles from Long Beach BMW for up to $136,400. • Issue a fitness provider permit for Melina Fitness operating an outdoor fitness program at Bluff Park. • Accept a $1.5 million grant from the state Coastal Conservancy for the DeForest Park Wetlands Restoration project. • Authorize amendments to agreements with Cerritos, Seal Beach, Signal Hill and Los Alamitos to provide services by the Long Beach Animal Care Services Bureau.


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Big Saver Market To Replace RED Day Seeks To Renew, Revitalize Bixby Park Area RED Day (Renew, Energize Bixby Park. The goal of the event cers from the LBPD Youth SerDonate), a project to involve is to help restore and revitalize vices for a soccer match with unSeventh Street Big Lots Store and all Keller Williams Realty of- Bixby Park. derserved kids from 11:30 a.m. to BY ASHLEIGH OLDLAND EDITOR

Big Lots at the corner of Junipero Avenue and Seventh Street is set to close next month, and plans are underway to renovate the space and open a Big Saver food market. Long Beach Vice Mayor and Second District Councilwoman Suja Lowenthal, who lives in the Rose Park area, said she was excited to hear that the owner of the property, Uka Solanki, is planning to renovate the space and open a grocery store that will provide a needed service in the community. “I am looking forward to this change,” Lowenthal said. “The Seventh Street corridor is on the brink of taking off, and this single development is a chance to be a catalyst for Seventh Street corridor improvement. This is going to send a signal to other business owners to improve their businesses, or for new businesses to come in.” Solanki said he expects to open the Big Saver before the end of the year, and is taking the community’s suggestions about the business into consideration. Additionally, Solanki said he hopes to add a bank or other new business and structure into the shopping center and purchase and eliminate the gas station on the corner, which also is set to close. Emily Stevens, president of the Rose Park Neighborhood Association, said the association hosted a meeting last week to talk about the incoming Big Saver with Lowenthal, Solanki and

representatives of the Craftsman Village, North Alamitos Beach Association and Luther Burbank Elementary School. Stevens said residents support removing Big Lots and bringing in a food market, but she added that some people are concerned about the look and design of the Big Saver as well as the diversity of the food sold at the store. “We hope that this store will not have a standard Big Saver store front,” Stevens said. “We have suggested that the owner adopt a façade that is more like a craftsman commercial building, which is a good fit for this neighborhood. “We have some drawings done up that we are going to present to him (Solanki). He said he was open and will accept our drawings.” “We are excited about the change, but we want the new business to look a certain way and have a certain feel,” Stevens added. “This area has a lot of potential.” In addition to storefront changes, Stevens said residents hope that this will be a chance to improve the condition of the parking lot outside Big Lots. Stevens said the RPNA is working closely with the Big Lots property owner and Lowenthal to help make the Big Saver project a success in the neighborhood. The RPNA plans to host other meetings about the project before the issue goes to Long Beach’s Planning Commission or City Council.

fices, is today (Thursday). K-W Coastal Realty is hosting an event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at

Also as part of RED Day, Keller Williams Los Alamitos is teaming up with probation offi-

2:30 p.m. today at Scherer Park. Children and adults participating also will enjoy a barbecue.


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CSU Faculty Strike Approved, CFA Rejects Bargaining Offer By Stephanie MinaSian STAFF WRITER

A two-day strike was officially authorized last Wednesday after votes from the statewide California State University Faculty As-

sociation (CFA) were tallied. That means faculty and staff at the university system’s 23 campuses could initiate a rolling walkout, since the CFA walked out of contract negotiations on

May 5. Bargaining began on May 3. On May 5, CSU officials said they would have to stop paying for the CFA president and political action committee’s leave

time for business, but addressed CFA’s issues regarding extending fee waivers to dependents up to 25 years old, temporary faculty, evaluations and discipline. Union representatives decided to walk out of the negotiations. “We are very disappointed that CFA chose to walk out and we were not able to bring these negotiations to a successful conclusion,” said CSU Vice Chancellor of Human Resources Gail Brooks. “We have said all along that we want a new contract, and CSU remains willing to continue the negotiation process.” There were nearly 70% of union members, about 12,501, who turned out to vote during the two-week voting period that occurred from April 16 to 27. The results showed that 95% of faculty employees voted in favor of the strike. During the last 22 months, talks have occurred between the

CSU chancellor’s office and the CFA. Union officials maintained there was pressure and demands for concessions from the faculty’s contracts and that administration would not address CFA proposals to stop the increasing class sizes on university campuses, or give a 1% pay raise to its employees. “Today, the faculty has spoken loud and clear — we have had enough of the way in which they are being treated by the CSU administration,” Lillian Taiz, president of the California Faculty Association, said last Wednesday. The next step is for a neutral party fact-finder to listen to arguments made by both sides, and eventually make a recommendation based on the arguments. The CSU will then be allowed to make another offer to the union. If CFA rejects the final offer, the strike is legally allowed to occur at all CSU campuses this fall.

Murder Suspect Surrenders To Police A man died Sunday from a gunshot wound downtown and his suspected murderer surrendered to police the same day. The Long Beach Police Department was called at about noon on Sunday, May 6, to the 1100 block of Linden Avenue, which is near St. Mary Medical Center, to assist the Long Beach Fire Department with the gunshot victim, said Lisa Massacani, LBPD public information officer. The 18-year-old Hispanic male victim of Long Beach was found by police officers unresponsive lying on the southbound lane of the street. He had sustained a gunshot wound to the upper

body. Paramedics took him to the hospital, where he died shortly thereafter. Later on Sunday, at about 9 p.m., the suspect — a 21-year-old male resident of Long Beach — surrendered himself to police. He was placed under arrest for murder. Investigators said they do not yet know when the shooting took place. It is not being investigated as a gang-related crime and the motive is still being investigated. The names of the suspect and victim are being withheld due to the ongoing investigation. Anyone with information can call LBPD Homicide detectives at 570-7244.


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TALK OF PROGRESS

—Gazette photo by Harry Saltzgaver

Memorial Medical CEO Diana Hendel talks Friday about the merger between Community Hospital of Long Beach and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.

Day Nursery Hosts 100th Anniversary Tea The Long Beach Day Nursery will host its 100th Anniversary Tea for Tots Luncheon and Silent Auction beginning at 11 a.m. this Saturday, May 12, at Rancho Los Alamitos, 6400 Bixby Hill Rd. The event begins with a silent auction. Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. and there will be a performance by the Long Beach Day Nursery Children’s Choir at 1:30 p.m. Guided tours of the

grounds will be offered from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $100 and reservations are required. Call 591-0591. The Long Beach Day Nursery is the oldest continuously licensed private school welfare agency in California. It offers childcare from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. 12 months a year. Their website is www.lbdn. org.


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City Council Supports Downtown’s PBID Petition BY JONATHAN VAN DYKE STAFF WRITER

The City Council approved Tuesday having its downtown assets sign the petition to continue the Downtown Long Beach Associates PBID (property-based improvement district) — all but guaranteeing a yes or no vote later this year. About 50% ($1.78 million in 2010/2011) of the DLBA’s annual budget comes from the annual PBID assessment. This renewal, however, will include about 2,400 individual condominium owners for the first time. The money from the PBID goes

toward the services the DLBA offers in downtown Long Beach, which include clean and safe programs, marketing and events, capital improvements, management, economic development and advocacy programs. The petitions were sent out, including summary documents of the PBID management plan, to stakeholders in March. If the DLBA receives more than 50% of the petitions back, it may continue on course to get the 10-year renewal on a ballot for stakeholders to vote on later this year. Eighth District Councilwoman Rae Gabelich was absent. First

District Councilman Robert Garcia and Fifth District Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske both recused themselves from the vote due to conflicts of association with property within the PBID boundaries. The remaining six council members voted unanimously in favor of signing the petition. The city’s property within the PBID boundaries accounts for about 17% of the weighted vote. Of the public comment, the majority of people who spoke were in favor of renewing the PBID, and therefore signing the petition to move the process forward. Many came out to laud the PBID for a transformation of downtown Long Beach since its inception in 1998 (its first renewal period was in 2003 for 10 years). “I think the (positive) testimony of those … who have lived here for many, many years … prior to having the benefits of this organized effort toward maintaining our neighborhood — that provides a clear perspective,” Second District Councilwoman Suja Lowenthal said. Sandy Rendell, who is a member of the PBID opposition group Downtown Homeowners Unite, said she and her members re-

main against the PBID including homeowners in the assessment — noting that the majority of benefits that come from it are more for commercial and business owners. “Our group is asking you to vote not to sign the petition,” she said. “Many of you have claimed to maintain a neutral position on this issue, and not signing the petition would keep you in a truly neutral position. If this is good for the business community, let them decide without the city making a decision first.” David Martin, an Ocean Boulevard resident, agreed that homeowners should be left out of the PBID, and that the management plan does little to benefit them. “I have reviewed the PBID and I must say in my opinion it is a sham, it is a PR piece and at best it is an executive summary,” he said. “In my opinion it is not a good one.” Anderson Pacific owner Jim Anderson said he had already sent in his petition and he urged the City Council to do the same. “I can’t imagine downtown without the PBID and the services it provides — from clean and safe, to the economic development, to the promotion, to the

“I can’t imagine a downtown without the PBID and the service it provides...” —Jim Anderson advocacy and really making it a better place,” he said. The DLBA conducted more than 22 community meetings and open houses, trying to generate as much feedback as possible, officials said. “We hoped to build a plan that would help unite the diverse and sometimes disparate downtown constituencies,” DLBA Vice President Kristopher Larson said, noting it was tough to please everyone. “We knew it wouldn’t be easy.” Still, the City Council gave positive reviews to what the DLBA was doing, and city staff argued that the services were even more important without the Redevelopment Agency in existence. “Last night, the city of Long Beach concurred that the benefits received from the programs and services provided by the PBID protects the investments made by all downtown stakeholders,” DLBA President/CEO Kraig Kojian said. For more information on the PBID, visit www.downtownlongbeach.org.


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shrink wrapping, cake cutting, mixing and dough rolling) the size of the average American’s living room. Rossmoor Pastries boasts a natural gas pump and fleet of 14 delivery trucks — and Feder’s personal car — that operate us-

—Gazette photo Ashleigh Oldland

CAKE KING. Businessman Charles Feder poses next to one of his wedding cake displays at Rossmoor Pastries.

50 Years Of Birthdays At Rossmoor Pastries BY ASHLEIGH OLDLAND EDITOR

When Charles Feder says he is making a batch, he’s talking about baking a couple thousand cupcakes at a time. Feder, 76, the owner of Rossmoor Pastries in Signal Hill, is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the business, where he and his partner, Janice Ahlgren, work with a staff of nearly 100 employees to produce a variety of baked treats in addition to the company’s signature birthday and wedding cakes. Feder and Ahlgren weren’t the original owners of Rossmoor Pastries — since purchasing the business in 1988, they have grown the business from a neighborhood corner bakery to a mass-production bakery that produces more than 300 cakes a week, plus 70

wedding cakes every weekend. “50 years ago, Phil LoCasto was a young kid in his 20s visiting California when he saw a sign that said: ‘Future Home Of Rossmoor Center,’” Feder explained. “He became the owner of the bakery in that shopping center and the neighborhood grew around that 1,200-square-foot store (at Seal Beach Boulevard and St. Cloud Drive).” When Feder and Ahlgren took over the business in 1988, Feder was the sole baker for the business and the main tool of his trade was an ice cream scooper he used to make cookies. Today, the 2,500-square-foot bakery includes four industrialsize ovens, a warehouse of ingredients, massive walk-in refrigerators and freezers and machines (that perform functions such as

ing the alternative fuel. Feder said it saves money at the pump and using the carpool lane saves time and money during deliveries. The business has a list of clients including Staples Center, Dodger Stadium, Anaheim Stadium, The Home Depot Center and

Disneyland Resort. Additionally, Rossmoor’s birthday cakes have been given to celebrities such as Elizabeth Taylor, Jack Nicholson and Hugh Hefner, among others. Feder walks around the kitchen effortlessly, knowledgeable about (Continued on Page 16A)


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Grand Prix Arsonist Sentenced To 33 Years An arsonist was sentenced to more than 30 years in prison this week after pleading no contest to a string of fires set in Long Beach during Grand Prix week last year. According to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, 27-year-old Joshua Ethan Thomas of Long Beach plead to five counts — including one count of arson of an inhabited dwelling and two counts each of attempted

murder and arson of a structure or forest. Officials said Thomas also admitted a 2004 prior strike conviction for criminal threats. Officers from the Long Beach Police Department arrested Thomas in April 2011 following a series of fires and burglaries. Two of the arsons were on April 16, 2011, at homes with people inside sleeping. During one of the fires, a victim’s bed was set

on fire. No injuries were reported. Investigators said Thomas left messages at the crime scenes to taunt police. The Long Beach Fire Department and LBPD conducted the investigation. Deputy District Attorney Sean Carney prosecuted the case. Long Beach Superior Court Judge Charles Sheldon sentenced Thomas to 33 years, eight months in state prison.

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each and every piece of equipment — he knows how to work it all and has a love and knack for knowing the inner workings and history of each contraption. A favorite red mixer made in 1944, which weighs more than a ton, is in working condition and Feder vows he’ll never let it go. He has worked in the food industry all his life, and although he tried to retire once, Feder said he couldn’t stay out of the working world. He said he loves being a baker and being a part of the community. “Customers here have been born and raised with Rossmoor Pastries,” he explained. “We’re there for weddings, first birthdays, anniversaries… Our cakes become part of family traditions.” Feder said he has had customers come from as far as New York City to pick up one of Rossmoor’s cakes for nostalgia. The business also has some customers who stop by every day for a fresh baked breakfast and coffee, and Feder said he enjoys naming new cupcakes after regular customers (such as the Terry-licious and Suzy-Q cupcakes). A typical day at the bakery is non-stop. The business is open 24 hours behind the scenes as cake decorators are hard at work on the bakery’s signature chocolate curls, and silk-screen images are pressed onto sugar to put the family dog’s face on a cake that reads: “I’m 2 today. Thanks for taking care of me. —Baxter.”


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Grills Fired Up For BBQ Championship BY JONATHAN VAN DYKE STAFF WRITER

The Queen Mary staff wants you to follow your nose as the sweet smells of barbecue waft from the ship this weekend. Starting on Friday, barbecue pitmasters will take over the Queen Mary’s events park, readying themselves for the West Coast BBQ Championship from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday. The results, on the grill and in the air, should be mouth watering, said Steven Sheldon, Queen Mary director of entertainment events. “This type of event has been produced all over the country, and being that we are in the middle of LA and Orange County and that Long Beach has a huge population itself with foodies nearby, we figured this would be a great opportunity,” he said. The Queen Mary staff especially noted how successful other food events in Long Beach have been, like Lunch Truck It, Belmont Shore’s Stroll and Savor and the Taste of Downtown series. “This is another twist on an event really geared toward foodies that we thought would be very successful,” Sheldon said. “It’s really the first event (this summer) that we are producing in the events park. It’s one of the only waterfront venues in Southern California, so it’s great that the weather is coming around for us.” The West Coast BBQ Championship will bring in 30 barbecue experts who will make their best dishes of smoked and grilled meats. The proceedings will be guided through the laws laid down by the Kansas City Barbecue Society. Pitmasters will include Neil Strawder (from the

critically acclaimed Bigmista’s Barbecue), The Rib Doctor, Pig Pusher and Dead Pig Walking. “The teams will be serving 2-ounce sample tastings,” Sheldon said. “They set up on Friday and it is a slow cook barbecue competition. They start that afternoon so they can be ready to serve as of 11 a.m. on Saturday.” There will be about 30 official judges for the competition. Each attendee also will receive a vote

for the people’s choice. At the end of the day, winners will be announced for both categories. Attendees are encouraged to come early because samples are given out on a first-come-firstserve basis. With their $10 admission ticket, they get one free 2-ounce sample. Additional sample tickets can be bought at $2 a piece. In addition to the samples, there will be a number of food vendors serving food like roasted

corn, desserts and larger barbecue portions. There will be a Jack Daniels Lounge, which will serve liquor drinks and craft beers. Live bands will be playing throughout the day, mainly of the indie rock variety: The Shoemaker Broth-

ers, The Flutterbies, Maureen & The Mercury 5 and Them Novus. A children’s area will include bounce houses, a maze, an obstacle course and a rock-climbing wall. For information, visit www. WestCoastBBQClassic.com.


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Imperfect Weddings Lead To Some Romantic Endings By Ashleigh OldlAnd EDITOR

Take it from someone who knows, how smoothly — or not — a wedding goes isn’t necessarily indicative of the quality of the marriage that will follow. Author Sherry L. Meinberg, 72, a long-time Long Beach resi-

dent, is celebrating the release this year of her latest non-fiction book, “Imperfect Weddings Are Best.” The book is a compilation of Meinberg’s personal experiences in real stories about weddings and relationships gathered from her family, friends and acquaintances.

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“Expecting wedding perfection is setting oneself up for disaster,” Meinberg said. “Regardless of what happens on the wedding day, there is no need for minimeltdowns and hysterics.” When it comes to weddings, Meinberg knows something about being a bride. She’s been married three times, and her most recent marriage, to Wayne Meinberg, has been going strong for 45 years. “Wayne and I decided to go to Las Vegas overnight to get married,” Meinberg said. “We drove in his Volkswagen because we could not get airline tickets because the airport in Las Vegas was on fire… Then, the courthouse — which is supposed to be open 24-hours a day — was closed, so we couldn’t get a marriage license… Nothing went as planned.” Despite a wedding that Meinberg describes as “pretty funny,” the couple remains married more than four decades later, and Meinberg said she believes part of their success together is due to their ability to handle bad or unexpected situations in life. “Whatever happens, rise above it and don’t let it get you down,” said Meinberg, who, for someone who gives advice about love, appropriately wears a gold ring with two intertwined hearts. “The perfect wedding doesn’t necessarily equate to the perfect marriage.” With a doctorate in education, Meinberg has written several books related to teacher training and other topics, but after her recent retirement from the education world, Meinberg said she was inspired to write something different, something personal. “Imperfect Weddings Are Best” is broken down into sections and vignettes designed to help a bride and groom plan their own perfectly imperfect wedding day. The 445-page book is available in soft-cover and costs $19.99 on Amazon.com.


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Film Festival Focuses On World Issues BY JONATHAN VAN DYKE STAFF WRITER

The film medium is still a perfect place to encourage discussion, and the Hope and Freedom Film Festival will be a great conduit, organizers say. This will be the third year of the festival, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, at the Art Theatre. The event is put on by students and alumni of California State University, Long Beach, to foster discussion, dialogue and organization for making the world a better place to live, said Kevin Johnson, executive director. “It was established to spotlight these films and to engage filmmakers with the community to talk about issues that are important,” he said. “We want you not to just face the movie screen alone when being presented these issues.” The first year drew about 250 attendees and the second year grew significantly with about 600 in attendance. Johnson said he and fellow organizers are hopeful for a third year of growth that could continue to give the young festival some notoriety. There will be at least nine films shown throughout the day. They will be as short as 3 minutes or as long as about 1 hour and 40 minutes. The films will be: “Bringing King to China,” “Erasing Hate,” “#WHILEWEWATCH,” “Connected,” “From the Ground Up,” “The Movement: One Man Joins an Uprising,” “End/Beginning,” “Good Things Are Happening All the Time” and “The End of the World.” “I think that one of things, es-

pecially with documentaries, is they incorporate audio/visual in a way that may not be possible in other mediums,” Johnson said. “This event brings together people to not only witness the movies and films by themselves, but in the company of other people — in an environment where they engage with people who are behind the films.” There will be a director or subject from just about every film that will be shown, he said. One of the main speakers will be Dr. Sam Keo, who is a clinical psychologist and a refugee of Cambodia. He has worked in his field, many times dealing with the issues of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. The documentary films run the gamut of different topics. “Bringing King to China” focuses on people trying to bring the message of Martin Luther King Jr. to China and what impact and reception that has. Another film, “Erasing Hate,” is described as a film that follows violent skinhead Byron Widner, who begins a series of erasing his racist tattoos — a journey of outward and inward change, Johnson said. “To me, I think these films are trying to ask questions, raise awareness or bring light to some of these issues,” he said. “They want to make the world a better place.” The event starts with the Southern California Student Congress, which brings in selected high school and college students from around the country to debate a topic — this year will be debating viable alternatives to the education financial crisis. The debate

runs until noon, and then the films will begin. Admission to the Hope and Freedom Film Festival is free.

For more information, visit the film festival’s website at www. HopeAndFreedomFilmFestival. org.

WHAT: Hope and Freedom Film Festival WHEN: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, May 12 WHERE: Art Theatre COST: Free


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MOTHER’S DAY

Mother’s Day Events Take Place All Across City BY KURT A. EICHSTEADT EDITORIAL ASSISTANT

Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 13) is almost here, so time is running out to make plans to celebrate with Mom on her special day. Here’s a list of activities and dining out options. Unless otherwise indicated, everything takes place on May 13. In honor of Mother’s Day, all

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during May mothers will be given a free entrée with any regular priced entrée at the Pizza Place, 1431 E. Broadway. The phone number 432-6000. Gondola Getaways offers its rides through the canals of Naples. Call 433-9595 or visit www. gondo.net. Adult ladies only are invited to the Mother & Daughter Tea from

3 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 11, at the Health Enhancement Center at St. Mary Medical Center, 1055 Linden Ave. Reservations are required. Call (888) 478-6279. Salon Medusa is offering two special Mother’s Day photo session packages on Friday, May 11, and Saturday, May 12, each including a photo session. The Mother’s Day Special ($99) is a haircut, style and make-up application and the Mother’s Day of Beauty ($199) is a haircut/style, manicure/pedicure, facial and make-up application. Call 4277977 for an appointment. Salon Medusa is at 4232 Atlantic Ave. Utopia offers its Mother’s Day special dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 11, and Saturday, May 12, at 445 E. First St. For $42, diners can select any Tapas, salad and entrée and there will

be complimentary desserts. The prepaid online price is $35; otherwise it’s $42. Call 432-6888 or visit www.utopiarestaurant.net. The Yard House adds some special Mother’s Day items on Saturday, May 12, and Sunday, May 13: Pan Roasted Halibut, Lobster Mac & Cheese and Grilled Rib Eye. The Yard House is in Shoreline Village downtown. Call 628-0455. All mothers attending the 2:30 p.m. Sunday performance of “Mrs. Smart’s Spectacular Circus” at the Found Theatre will receive a complimentary drink and popcorn. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for those younger than 12. The Found is at 599 Long Beach Blvd. Call 433-3363 or visit www.foundtheatre.org. Before or after the Mother’s Day meal, enjoy a Mother’s Day Poetry Reading at 2 p.m. at Gatsby Books, 5535 E. Spring St. Long Beach poets will be featured. For more information, call 208-5862 or visit www.gatsbybooks.com. A walk to celebrate Mother’s Day begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 12, at Ocean Boulevard and Bay Shore. It’s sponsored by Fitness 4 All, which stages runs throughout the year. It’s a

5K/10K Walk/Run for the whole family. For more information, call 481-2995 or go to Fitness 4 All on Facebook. Professional musicians will perform in the Mother’s Day Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at Bay Shore Church, 5100 E. Toledo. The concert will include opera, light opera, musical theater and jazz favorites. Free general admission tickets will be at the door, or those attending can reserve seats by emailing full names to Justin@JustinRudd.com. The concert is presented by the Community Action Team with money raised at the Long Beach Turkey Trot. Admission to the exhibits is included for brunch at the Aquarium of the Pacific from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The price is $42 for adults and $32 for ages 3-11 with discounts for members. The aquarium is at 100 Aquarium Way and their phone number is 590-3100. Mother’s Day at Buster’s Beach House begins with breakfast starting at 9 a.m. and the full menu is available starting at 11 a.m. For reservations, call 5989431. Buster’s is at 168 N. Marina Dr. Christy’s, 3937 Broadway, (Continued on Page 23A)


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will open early on Mother’s Day and have brunch, prime rib, softshell crab and endless Mimosas for Mom. They’ll also be serving their regular menu. Call 4331171. Long Beach Kid’s Connection presents Mother’s Day Jazz Brunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Mother’s Beach. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for ages 3-16. It’s a benefit for homeless children and children in need. Call 233-4338 or visit www.lbkidsconnection.org. Mother’s Day Brunch, accompanied by live music, will be served from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Claire’s at the Long Beach Museum of Art, 2300 E. Ocean Blvd. It’s $49.95 for adults and $12.95 for ages 10 and younger with discounts for members. Reservations are required; call 4392119, ext. 270. Don the Beachcomber features a bottomless Champagne Brunch from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with live Polynesian shows. For reservations at Don the Beachcomber, 16278 PCH in Huntington Beach, call 592-1321. Fuego at Hotel Maya, on the water at 700 Queensway Dr., will serve a special Mother’s Day Brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be an omelet station, a Classic Cheeses and Charcuterie Station, roasted vegetables, a Seafood Station with shrimp, Mussels Escabeche, oysters and more, hot entrees and a Carving Station as well as special desserts. Included are sparkling wine, cider and other beverages. The brunch is $57 for adults and $28.50 for ages 5-11. Reservations are encouraged and may be made by calling 481-3910.

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The Ticket to Ride Beatles Tribute provides the music for the brunch starting at 10:30 a.m. at Kobe Steakhouse and Lounge at 3001 Old Ranch Rd. in Seal Beach. For reservations, call 5969969. A special Mother’s Day menu will be served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lasher’s, 3441 E. Broadway. For reservations, call 4330153. Treat Mom to Champagne Brunch or Dinner in the Garden Terrace Café at the Marriott Long Beach, 4700 Airport Plaza Dr. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is $39.95 for adults, $32.95 for seniors and $18.95 for ages 4-11. Dinner is from 4 to 7 p.m. and is $32.95, $26.95 and $16.95. For reservations, call 425-5210. McKenna’s on the Bay has a special brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with seafood and sushi, a carving station, Belgian waffles

and more. They’ll have their regular menu starting at 4 p.m. McKenna’s is at 190 N. Marina Dr. Call 342-9411 for reservations. The Mother’s Day Brunch at Michael’s on Naples will be served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and includes a free glass of Prosecco for all the mothers. It’s $45 per person. Starting at 5 p.m., they’ll serve their regular dinner menu. For reservations, call 439-7080 or visit www.Michaelsonnaples. com. The New Rick and Brian’s Café has free Champagne and entrée choices of Lamb Chops, Baked Ham or Lemon Crusted Salmon for $14.99. Rick and Brian’s is at 632 Redondo Ave. Call 433-9241. Parker’s Lighthouse has a Mother’s Day Brunch and the regular upscale dining in the Queensview Steakhouse. Brunch (9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.) includes hot and cold buffet, oyster and shrimp

cocktail bar, pastries, desserts and more with unlimited Champagne and Mimosas. It’s $42 for adults and $21 for ages 6 to 12. Reservations are recommended. Reservations are required at the steakhouse, which will open at 5 p.m. Call 432-6500. Parker’s Lighthouse is at 435 Shoreline Dr. A Champagne brunch will be served from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and there will be dinner specials starting at 2:30 p.m. (including baked ham and yams) at the Prospector, 2400 E. Seventh St. Walk-ins are welcome and reservations are available at 438-3839. Sevilla, 140 Pine Ave., has a brunch (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) and a Flamenco Dinner Show (5 p.m.) Brunch is $34.95 for adults and

$14.95 for children. The dinner show is $39.50. For reservations, call 495-1111. The Sky Room has a special three-course brunch with entrée choices including Crab Eggs Benedict, Strawberry Stuffed French Toast and more, served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $45. Then for dinner, from 4:30 to 9 p.m., it’s a four-course special menu with entrée choices of Sage Risotto, Fresh Diver Scallops, Shrimp Pasta or Filet Mignon including Champagne for Mom. Dinner is $59. The Sky Room is at 40 S. Locust, just off Ocean Boulevard on top the Historic Breakers. For reservations, call 9832703.


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Domenico’s Offers City’s Top Thin Pizza BY LARRY HILL

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Domenico’s, 5339 E. Second St., 439-0261. • Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and to 9 p.m. Sunday. • Location: Domenico’s is in Belmont Shore near the intersection of Second Street and Santa Ana Avenue. There is street park-

ing in the area, and public lots nearby. • Food/Drinks: Appetizers include sautéed mushrooms, fried mozzarella, fried zucchini and classic calamari. Salads include Domenico’s Special Salad, Classic Italian Salad and Antipasto. Sandwiches include meatball, Italian sausage, and Pizza on a French Roll. Entrées include Sausage To-

mato Cream, Chicken Picatta, Chicken Cacciatore, Linguini with Clams, Veal or Chicken Parmesan, Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo, Lasagna, Spaghetti and Meatballs, cheese or beef ravioli, Mediterranean Penne, Chicken Fresco, and Portobello Mushroom Ravioli. Pizzas include Domenico’s Special, Domenico’s Supreme, Spicy BBQ Chicken, Hawaiian and Chicken Alfredo. • Atmosphere: The dining room is divided into several sections divided by walls and wrought iron screens. There are large seating areas for families as well smaller booths for couples. The décor is old school Italian eatery, which is perfect. • The Taste: Jennifer and I stopped for dinner. We were hankering for pizza. Jennifer believes that pizza should be thin crust only, the thinner the better. And Domenico’s has a great thin crust pizza. We opted for our usual dinner, Domenico’s Antipasto and this time Domenico’s Pizza Supreme. We usually have the Domenico’s Special, which is made with ground sausage, ground pepperoni, ground salami, fresh mushrooms, black olives, onions, oregano and green peppers (anchovies

—Gazette photo by Doreen Gunness

HAVE A SEAT. Domenico’s offers décor that is old school Italian at its Second Street location.

on request). Domenico’s Special hasn’t changed substantially since 1954, when Domenico’s first opened introducing pizza to Belmont Shore. We decided to sample the Supreme. This pizza is made with sliced pepperoni, sliced salami, sliced capocolla, ground sausage, mushrooms, black olives, onions, oregano and green peppers (anchovies on request). A few minutes later we were treated to a complementary bowl of soup. Jennifer chose minestrone and I sampled the tomato bisque. Both bowls were excellent and, combined with Domenico’s excellent breadbasket, could be a light lunch. Then our antipasto salad arrived. It is served in a large glass bowl with lots of color from dark green lettuce, bright yellow pepperoncini, deep red pepperoni slices, black olives, red pimentos and cheeses. The whole is topped with Italian red vinaigrette. It is classic tangy vinaigrette. The salad is a basic, yet classic rendition

of an antipasto salad. We love it. Our pizza arrived soon after. It is a beautiful presentation with thick slices of capocolla ringing the outer perimeter of the pizza. Diced onion and green pepper are added after baking, maintaining their texture and in the pepper’s case, their bright color. The heat of the pizza softens the onion and pepper, but does not overcook them. Beneath this layer is ground sausage, sliced pepperoni and sliced salami. The pizza is not over sauced nor over cheesed. Jennifer asked for the crust extra thin, which is an option that Domenico’s will happily provide. After two bites, Jennifer pronounced that the pizza was outstanding. This is rare praise indeed. Domenico’s is the best thin crust pizza in the Shore and probably in Long Beach. It is a Long Beach tradition, one that I am happy to see continuing and prospering. • Price: Lunch or dinner for two is $15 to $40.


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Khmer Girls In Action Rally For Youth Health, Wellness BY STEPHANIE MINASIAN STAFF WRITER

To further empower the community, Khmer Girls in Action (KGA) is hosting its eighth annual Yellow Lounge, “Youth at the C.O.R.E. Fighting for Wellness” event to promote health and healing. The event will be from 6 to 9 p.m. this Friday, May 11, at Covenant Presbyterian Church, at 607 Third St. KGA is known for focusing on leadership development for Cambodian high school girls, who learn how to channel their wellbeing in a holistic manner, with one of the priorities of KGA is to develop sisterhood and healthy relationships. Each year, girls can move up into the program, and receive community organizing skills, which allows them to head out into the city to evoke the positive changes they wish to see manifest. One of those goals includes the establishment of wellness centers on the campuses of three Long Beach schools. “Friday’s event is tied to our current wellness campaign,” said KGA Program Coordinator Justine Calma. “We want to get wellness centers at Poly, Cabrillo and Jordan high schools to focus on

mental, reproductive and general heath care.” While still early in its campaign to establish on-campus wellness centers for youth, KGA has garnered more than 1,800 signatures on a petition for the cause, Calma said. “We’re talking about physical, emotional, mental wellness so it’s holistic,” she added. “We want to have these centers at the schools because we want them to achieve academically. If their mental, physical and emotional needs aren’t met, it impacts their ability to reach academic success.” The Yellow Lounge “Youth at the C.O.R.E. Fighting for Wellness” event will include art demonstrations and live performances from youth and community members, who will share their stories through visual art, music, dance, theater and spoken word performances. Other performances will include youth rappers the Shining Sons, Recon Dance Crew, Oh Ok Crew and a film screening of “My Asian America,” which is produced and directed by Anida Yoeu. “It will be a fun event,” Calma said. “It will be a place for them to express themselves and tell their stories. We also will have an

art gallery showcasing work from different youth in Long Beach who submitted some art.” Through recent surveys and extensive research, KGA discovered that nearly 55% of youth in Long Beach are living in poverty, which forces them to live unhealthy, stressful lives that lead to issues related to mental health. “We want to highlight what impacts the students’ wellness and what resources they need to help support it,” Calma said. The Yellow Lounge “Youth at the C.O.R.E. Fighting for Wellness” event is free. For more information, visit www.kgalb.org.

—Gazette photo by Stephanie Minasian

YOUTH AT THE C.O.R.E. Members of the Khmer Girls in Action are rallying for wellness centers in three area high schools.


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Long Beach City College Designs Hit The Catwalk By Stephanie Minasian STAFF WRITER

The runway is set for the fierce designs hand-made by Long Beach City College fashion stu-

dents in their 35th annual fashion show set for today (Thursday). The show, titled “Cirque de la Mode… A Fashion Imaginarium,” will take spectators into

a colorful world of themed segments, which include Aquatic Dreamwear, Nouveau Cirque Sportswear, Solar Flare of Day Dresses, Contortionist Tailoring, La Nouba After 5, Soleil de Minuit Evening Wear and a two-part segment highlighting recycled items. “We put on quite an entertaining fashion show,” said LBCC Fashion Director Pamela Knights. “The clothes are amazing, the students are creative and there are some really unique designs to see. It’s just a fun evening.” The evening is set with per(Continued on Page 27A)

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HIGH FASHION. Models strike a pose wearing designs created exclusively by Long Beach City College students for their annual fashion show, “Cirque de la Mode.”

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formances by a professional aerialist, a skit and 3-D mapping, which projects images onto objects like balloons. The show follows the story of a young girl, who is trapped in a drab world of only black and white. When her path crosses with a ringmaster, her world is transformed into a universe filled with fun, bright colors. Each year, fashion students conceptualize an overall theme for the show. The winning idea will be translated in the event’s invites, hair and makeup, stage sets, lighting and, of course, the clothing. Student Brenda Trujillo developed this year’s theme, Knights said. “All of the students have to conceptualize,” she added. “They get the fabric, drape it and sew it themselves. There’s also no commercial patterns allowed. It’s exciting for them to see their creations on stage.” LBCC’s Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising boasts about 200 students combined, with around 40 students entering their garments into the show, according to Knights. There will be 120 ensembles featured in the show.

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On top of building ideas and sewing, the students have spent a lot of time fundraising for the show. They have been selling T-shirts on campus to offset the costs of the production, but also will be selling tickets for a prize drawing at the end of the show. This year, in lieu of the scholarships usually given to the winners of the fashion show, Knights was able to get businesses to donate supplies to help aspiring fashion designers. “Instead, supply companies in downtown Los Angeles donated dress forms, professional cutting tables, sewing machines and industrial irons to help out the students,” she added. “These will be presented to the first place winners in each segment.” The show will start at 7 p.m., at the Liberal Arts Campus (LAC) auditorium, at 4901 E. Carson St. General admission tickets are $13 each and are available online at www.brownpapertickets.com. V.I.P. tickets also are sold for $24 each, and high school students may purchase tickets for $7, with school identification. Refreshments will be available at the show. For additional information about the show or LBCC’s fashion program, email Knights at pknights@lbcc.edu.

CCEJ Hosts Fourth District Vote-By-Mail are available now appears on the general election Award Banquet to Applications vote by mail in the June 5 run- ballot. The Fourth District is the Four individuals will receive the 2012 Humanitarian Award at the California Conference for Equality and Justice (CCEJ) banquet beginning at 6:30 p.m. next Thursday, May 17, at the Renaissance Long Beach Hotel, 111 E. Ocean Blvd. This year’s honorees are Rich Archbold, Mike Murray, Richard Steinke and Rocky Suares. TABC, the Toyota manufacturing plant in Long Beach, will be recognized for the company’s dedication to the mission and programs of the CCEJ. At the banquet, the CCEJ also will honor its recently retired president, Margaux Kohut, for her 25 years of service. Tickets are $180. Call 4358184 or email amize@cacej.org. Money from the banquet supports the work of the CCEJ in reducing bias, bigotry and prejudice. Visit www.cacej.org.

off election to decide who will represent the Fourth District on the Long Beach City Council. Daryl Supernaw is challenging incumbent Patrick O’Donnell for the post. O’Donnell, running as a write-in candidate because he has served two terms, finished just behind Supernaw (1,218 to 1,205) in the primary election. John Watkins was third with 1,166 votes. Under the city’s term limit ordinance, O’Donnell’s name now

only election in the city on June 5. The deadline to return applications for mail-in ballots is May 29. The ballots must be received, either at the City Clerk’s office or at polling stations, on or before June 5. Applications can be downloaded at the City Clerk’s page on the city website, www.longbeach. gov/cityclerk. For more information, call 570-6101.


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Abused Military Veteran Tells Story Through Poems BY STEPHANIE MINASIAN STAFF WRITER

It was hard for Susan Nalicat to work up the courage to publish her first book, “I Met Them Briefly,” but after some time, she finally worked up the strength to release the private works of biographical poetry. Nalicat, a Signal Hill resident, said that for years she feared what

her family would think of the deeply personal poems, which are written in narrative form, but finally decided to publish the work that helped her heal after her stint in the U.S. Army. “It’s a narrative poem and it tells a lot about my experiences inside and out of the military,” Nalicat said. “I wanted to just say how I feel. It took so long to write

it because I didn’t want to hear what people would say. It deals with some issues, like sexual abuse.” Nalicat grew up in the South Bay area and has had a keen interest in writing since she worked on the staff of her high school yearbook committee. In 1980, at 22 years old, she decided to join the Army. She

signed on to four years of active duty, and later did six years in the reserves. “I had intended to make it my career,” she said. “I met a lot of great people in the military.” After being sexually assaulted by an acquaintance during active duty, Nalicat decided to move on with her life, but never once doubted the integrity and good service the military does. She began writing as an outlet to heal herself, she said. “Everyone always is quick to blame the entire military,” she added. “But it wasn’t — I met a lot of good people. It was just one individual.” She moved on stronger and resilient, and now works in the field of mental health, assisting others, while always writing thoughts and feelings into poems to help her get through the tough days. Each poem speaks of a differ-

ent life event or experience. One of the poems in the book, “Diversity,” chronicles the importance of mixing ideas — both old and new, Nalicat explained. “You have to be diverse,” she said. “If you don’t mix old and new ideas together, then your life is going to be standing still.” While some of the poetry reflects what she’s seen during her time in active duty, other works in the book discuss everyday sights and experiences. “I write about things out there that are looked upon negatively,” Nalicat said. “It’s not just a poem — it’s a feeling. For some, writing poetry is so much harder because you have a limited amount of space to portray everything you want to say in just a few sentences. I decided to drop all the rules and it came across the way I wanted it to.” Find the book on Amazon.com.

Family Of Murder Victim Seeks Help The family of 9-year-old Xiomara Jonsales-Fernandez, who was murdered on April 28, is appealing to the public to help pay for the girl’s funeral. Jonsales-Fernandez was found mid-day April 28 in the parking lot of the Los Alto Methodist Church at Woodruff and Willow by Nancy Eomurian. Eomurian says she convinced stepfather Jacinto Trujillo Zuniga to stay at the scene until police arrived. Zuniga, who was suffering from apparently self-inflicted cuts, was arrested and has been

charged with capital murder and five counts of sexual molestation of a child younger than 10. He is being held without bail. Eomurian and others have started a fund to help with funeral expenses with help from the Long Beach Police Department and Farmers & Merchants Bank. Donations are being accepted at the F&M at 3140 E. Anaheim St. A viewing for Jonsales-Fernandez is scheduled for 4-8 p.m. Thursday at All Souls Cemetery, 4400 Cherry Ave, with the funeral at 11 a.m. Friday at All Souls.

East Village Art Walk This Saturday The Second Saturday Art Walk runs from 6 to 10 p.m. this Saturday, May 12, in the East Village on Linden Avenue between First Street and Broadway. Linden is closed to traffic and there will be live music, other

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artistic performances and many galleries will be open for viewing. New at the Art Walk is a fashion show from 7:30 to 8 p.m. For more information on the walk, visit www.artwalk.com.


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Rancho Unveils Visitor Center BY STEPHANIE MINASIAN STAFF WRITER

It’s been several years in the making, but Ranchos Los Cerritos is proud to announce the opening of its new Visitor Center, along with other major improvements to the historical grounds. The new Visitor Center is modeled after the Coda Adobe building that once existed on the property, and was used as shelter for both humans and animals, according to executive director Ellen Calomiris. “By using the old Coda Adobe as a model, we can talk about early architecture,” she said. “The new building is going to be the starting point of the tours.” Those who come to Los Cerritos now will be greeted with a new entrance, as well as a relandscaped arroyo. As part of the master plan, new California native plants are being used to further beautify the property. The popular living history tour, which allows visitors to learn about the rancho’s history through the eyes of a worker, family member or historical figure (played by trained historians), also will be expanded to five days a week. “What we have accomplished, we’re extremely proud of,” Calomiris added. “It’s part of our long-range plan to not only preserve Los Cerritos, but also to expand the educational offerings, improve our interpretation and provide better services to the community.”

The original two-room Coda Adobe was believed to have been erected in 1835, and may have been used as a house and later for storage or an animal shelter in its later years. The building last appeared in photos dating back to the early 20th Century, but it is not officially known when it was torn down. When visitors arrive at Los Cerritos, they will start their tour in the adobe Visitors Center, where they will watch a short introductory film that will give an overview of history through the eyes of Sarah Bixby as a young teenager, who comes forward as a ghost to meet a present-day teenager to show him her rancho. After meeting Sarah Bixby, the tours will commence. “We always had an orientation exhibit, but this one is thematically based rather than chronologically,” Calomiris added. “We’re looking at the people who lived and worked here, the culture and diversity of the workforce, land and economic development.” The private opening of the Visitors Center is set for 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 8, with a ribbon cutting ceremony and light lunch. The festivities continue throughout the month, with a public lecture by Dr. William Deverell, “Rancho Life, Rancho Lives,” at 7 p.m. next Wednesday, May 9. Tickets are $5, $3 for fulltime students. Extended evening hours will give people an opportunity to

explore the rancho after closing hours, from 1 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 10. A “Visitors from the Past” performance will be hosted at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 11. Tickets are $12, and advance reservations are required. The official grand opening festival for the public is slated from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 12. The day will allow visitors to come for free, view the new center and take part in the enhanced —Photo courtesty Rancho Los Cerritos interpretive exhibits and tours. HISTORY RELIVED. Historians in costume outside the new Visi“I’d like to express my appretor Center retell the past of Rancho Los Cerritos. ciation to the community and the generous donors and supporters,” tant for current audiences, but for For more informaiton about Calomiris said. “This is a com- future generations to connect to the history or upcoming events at munity effort, and everyone com- their city and neighborhoods. I’m Rancho Los Cerritos, visit www. ing to support and preserve its honored to be part of this whole rancholoscerritos.org, or call 570heritage is not only really impor- process.” 1755.

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Greatest Storytellers Talking Again Last year’s search for the “Greatest Storyteller in Long Beach” was an enormous success. At its final session in December, producer Mariana Williams asked the audience if the event should be repeated in 2012. The answer was “Yes” loud and clear. So on April 29, the Spring session of the “Second Search for the Greatest Storyteller” returned to the Long Beach Playhouse.

Six people who had applied were slated to perform; then three more were selected from the audience. The five-minute stories (all of them true, that’s the rule) ran the gamut from human comedy to tragedy. After each session, everyone fills out a ballot. Those in the audience get one vote, each of the judges gets five. First place winner of the spring

session was Ben Peters, who walked away with $100 for his hilarious story, “Revenge.” The outrageous incident took place when he was a teaching assistant at UC Santa Barbara. It took many years, but Ben finally got even when his nemesis applied for a job in his brother’s law firm. Second place went to Robin Fortier, who related her long, traumatic struggle with cancer. As a “Survivor,” Robin endured multiple surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation for years. Her ultimate realization was, “Life isn’t how you weather the storm, but how you dance in the rain.” The judges this year are Jericho Bartlow (pioneer women’s surf champion), Char Howard (LBCC literature instructor), Harry Saltzgaver (Gazettes Executive Editor/author) and Jonathan

Schnack (community activist/ educator). There are three more sessions planned for 2012: July 29, Oct. 28 and Dec. 30. If you’d like to participate, log on www.lbplayhouse.org/mainstage/specialevents. All ages are welcome to tell their stories. • Meanwhile, there are three more days to see CSULB’s “Late: A Cowboy’s Song” by awardwinning playwright, Sarah Ruhl. If you’re familiar with Ruhl’s concepts, you know that her landscape is often deceptive, her timeframe can be disjointed, and her characters are always conflicted. That said, we applaud guest director Margaret Perry and her cast

for having the courage to tackle such a difficult work. “Late: A Cowboy’s Song” asks us to consider how different people can experience time at the same speed. Perception of time/space is a conundrum that has engaged philosophers for centuries. Placing “Late” on the outskirts of industrial Pittsburgh, near wide-open spaces with horse corrals, can be confusing to unsophisticated audiences who don’t recognize the references. Crick (Londale Theus Jr.) and Mary (Suzannah Grantz) have been fast friends since second grade. They live in a blue-collar, low-income neighborhood near Mary’s ill mother, but didn’t get married until Mary got pregnant. Then Crick loses his job. Both actors project their characters’ outer surface, but don’t probe the intense desperation that each has repressed. When Mary meets an old school friend in a bar, she gets a taste of the freedom she’s been missing. Valerie Bentson is terrific as Red, a carefree, rootless cowboy who identifies with horses, not people. Something is missing in her life. Junmei Fu’s innovative set design makes allusions to the philosophical breakthrough of Modern Art in the 1950s — but the audience can’t connect the dots if they don’t know art history. However (as the saying goes), “Without risk, there is no art”; so hosannas to CSULB for allowing its students to take the risks that are necessary to growth. For tickets tonight (Thursday) through Saturday, call 985-5526.


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X-Men, Blue Light Specials, Fond Memories Of Diversity BY JULIAN BERMUDEZ ARTS WRITER

Twenty years ago, a band of fictional superheroes known as the X-Men helped this then-young teenager understand that he had a place in this world. Brought to life through beautifully illustrated pages of a comic book, these characters expressed the complexities of the human condition, racial tolerance, acceptance and forgiveness. Embedded in convoluted storylines were lessons about patience, understanding, self-awareness and responsibility for one’s actions.

In 1992, these were important lessons to keep in mind as many of us witnessed the anger and violence of a collective body lashing out on its own neighbors. I grew up in an all-Black neighborhood and, thankfully, my father exposed our family to many other cultures living in Los Angeles, as well. By the time I began reading the X-Men, a plethora of new characters had been introduced; characters of diverse ethnic origins. The core group, young teenagers from upstate New York, had mostly been replaced with young adults

from Africa, Canada, Germany, Japan and Russia. This well-executed strategy succeeded — for me, at least — in learning about a greater world outside of the city and myself. When the L.A. Riots took place, I was working at a local K-Mart. Although the clientele was predominantly Latino, it was a place where everyone — men, women, Black, White, gay or straight — gathered under one roof to work, shop, and celebrate the Blue Light Special. That Blue Light Special was old-school performance art.

Celebrating Music Concert Demonstrates Talent BY JIM RUGGIRELLO MUSIC WRITER

The kids are all right. Actually, to judge from the latest edition of Celebrating Music, the annual concert featuring orchestra, combined choruses and soloists from the Bob Cole Conservatory at the Carpenter Center, they’re better than that. More like terrific.

If you profess to like music, you might want to put this and other events put on at our local university by the students at Cole on your concert-going calendar. Even without any sort of alumni connection, the musical offerings are for the most part well worth your time. And while Saturday’s audience was large, the place was not full. You would think

that with full orchestra and large chorus the moms and dads alone would fill the place, but no. Plenty of room for more. (Continued on Page 33A)

“Attention K-Mart Shoppers…” began the experience. And, I was one of the few who would lead the many to the blue light of bargains. Shopping for a good deal is something in which we all can relate to. However, in this particular time, it also served as a respite from the mayhem outside. Perhaps that’s one reason I equate the Blue Light Special with art. It went from being a signal for a limited-time discount to a symbol for an ephemeral experience. Long after the L.A. Riots had passed, I continued this “performance” factor because it seemed to bring a lot of people together: tourists, immigrants, residents, citizens, you name it. And, while I didn’t know it at the time, this was something I would carry into the present day.

I’ve learned that art is for everyone. It comes in all shapes, sizes, colors, styles and formats, just like we do. Art resonates with all of us despite gender, race, neighborhood or economics. As artists continue to create and inspire the world, museums and galleries serve as its stewards. Even though my exposure to art has expanded, I still consider the X-Men a classic work of art for its brilliant literary prowess and stunning visual appeal. But the X-Men gave me more than my place in this world. It instilled a sense of hope that despite all the challenges, trials and tribulations, the human spirit would rise above the melee and unite for a better world. This is the true art.


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HEALTH & BEAUTY

Hula Hoop To Thin Physique BY ASHLEIGH OLDLAND EDITOR

With a hula hoop making seemingly effortless circles around her

hips, knees, neck and arms, Sharon Trimbo’s exercise routine turns a childhood pastime into an adult fitness program.

Trimbo, 47, owner of Spot On Fitness for personal training, is a licensed Body Hoops and Hoopnotica instructor who teaches

—Gazette photo by Ashleigh Oldland

HOOPLA. Sharon Trimbo burns up to 400 calories per hour during her hula hoop workouts.

class Saturday mornings at Marina Vista Park. Meanwhile, passersby like to honk their cars, wave and take photos of the hoopers in action. While hula hooping feels more like a fun dance rather than a workout, hula hooping burns up to 400 calories per hour, the lithe hooping instructor explained. Also, the movement is a workout for the full body, especially helping to strengthen core muscles and improve cardio-function. And because the class takes place outside, Trimbo said the exercise appeals to people who are tired of “walking the gauntlet of cardio machines” at the local gym. The hula hoopers, mostly women, hoop in the grass and bring a boom box to play music with a good beat for hooping. Some of the women own their own hoops (complete with custom colored tape); others borrow a hoop from the instructor. “This isn’t intimidating,” Trimbo said. “It’s a comfortable environment and you can dress how you want. You don’t have to go to the gym to get a great workout.” Additionally, Trimbo guarantees her clients that they will be able to hoop, or the class is free. “Even if you couldn’t hoop as a kid — I couldn’t do it as a kid — these hoops are bigger and

heavier, and before you know it you are hooping for an hour and a half,” she said. “I really encourage people to just come out and try it.” Several of the hula hoopers have been coming to the class since Trimbo first began offering hooping at the park a year ago. One woman, with a bright red hula hoop, drives to the park every Saturday on a matching red motorcycle. The class is a mix of advanced hoopers and beginners. Rochelle Kramer, who started hooping in January, already can do many advanced hooping moves and said she comes to class each week and also practices at home. “This (hooping) is so different, and I like the idea of it being outside and being an opportunity to socialize and meet other people,” Kramer said. “This is a blast, and it’s a good workout. I’d just rather go to the park than go to the gym sometimes.” The Wake Up & Hoop Class takes place at 9 a.m. every Saturday at Marina Vista Park (near Colorado Street and Eliot Lane). The cost is $12 per class or $50 for five pre-paid classes. For additional details, visit the website at www.spotonfitness. com and click on the “Just Hoop Already” tab.

LB Memorial Names Chief Medical Officer Dr. Susan Melvin is the new Chief Medical Officer at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. She will serve as the bridge between the 1,200-member medical staff and management. Dr. Melvin succeeds Dr. Gainer Pillsbury, who held the job for 16 years. “With expertise in both patient care and management, she is an ideal advocate for our continuing quest for excellence in providing exceptional patient care and unsurpassed service,” CEO Diana

Hendel said in a release. Dr. Melvin holds academic appointments at the University of California, Irvine, and Western University of Health Sciences, where she is an alumna. She completed her residency at Riverside General Medical Center and began her career as the Police Surgeon for the city of Long Beach. For the past year, Dr. Melvin has worked as Long Beach Memorial’s Associate Chief Medical Officer.


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New Breakfast Spot The Local Spot, which opened last year, has undergone a complete remodel of both its kitchen and menu. Formerly a lunch and dinner venue, the restaurant is now open for breakfast and lunch only from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily at 6200 PCH near Loynes Drive. Owned by members of the McKee family, who are best known in Long Beach for owning and founding the circa-1977 Eggs Etc. on Redondo Avenue. The Local Spot now has the same menu as Eggs Etc., but the restaurants will maintain their individual monikers. Closed for two months during the remodel, The Local Spot reopened Monday, May 7, and customers already were filling seats at the business this week, reported Tammy McKee. She said the strength of both Eggs Etc. and The Local Spot is the local, family atmosphere at both venues. “My Mom (Ruth McKee) does the quality control and supervising,” Tammy McKee explained. “She is from Taiwan and like a typical Taiwanese family, we grew up knowing that families work together.” Josh McKee, who works with his mom and grandmother at the restaurant, shared similar sentiments. “Everything here is made from scratch and it is good,” he said.

“And Grandma is the boss and signs off on everything just to make sure.” Tammy McKee said remodeling the kitchen at The Local Spot and switching to a breakfast menu was what the family originally intended to do with the space. “We were thinking of opening another Eggs Etc.,” she said. The Local Spot is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. For details, call 498-0400. Murder At Sevilla After a five-year hiatus, “Mur-

der at the Conga Club” brought the ghost of Julie Rose and an unsolved murder case to Cafe Sevilla late last month, with shows planned Fridays and Sundays through May 27. The mystery theater production, which includes a threecourse dinner, asks audience members to reopen the unsolved case of singer Julie Rose’s murder. After her death 70 years ago, Rose’s murderer was never caught, and Rose’s ghost haunts the Conga Club (where she was killed in her dressing room). The murder mystery was written by Long Beach resident and California State University, Long Beach, theater alumnus Baron Mosely, who also was the cre-

ator and original producer of the show. Mosely is working as a consultant for the current producer and director Ryan McFarland of McFarland’s Murder Mystery. “The first time I read the play, I knew I had to see it live, so I figured, why not bring this to life,” McFarland said in a release. “It’s even better than I could have ever imagined, and I can’t wait to share it with the world!” The show is every Friday and Sunday through May 27 at Sevilla. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. on Fridays and 5:30 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets to the show, including dinner, are $85. General admission tickets also are available for $49. Visit www.murderatthecongaclub.com or call 528-0606.

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The program consisted of two large works, Rachmaninoff’s seldom-heard choral symphony “The Bells” and William Walton’s all-too-often heard oratorio “Belshazzar’s Feast.” The Rachmaninoff is a lovely work, the Walton an orgy of selfindulgence, but together they make for an effective program as a showcase for an excellent chorus, fine orchestra and stellar soloists. That’s what we got. Under the firm, stylish leadership of Johannes Müller-Stosch, the conductor of the Cole’s orches(Continued on Page 34A)


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Boy Creates Cardboard Wonderland BY ZOE MENA When you think of a kid today playing games, you think video games. When you think of a kid being creative, you think of them knowing how to plug in the Xbox 360. But a boy in East Los Angeles has done something mind blowing and defying those images. His name is Caine and he has a good lesson for us all. Caine Monroy is a 9-year-old boy who spent his whole summer vacation going to work with his dad at his used auto parts store. He ended up building an arcade called Caine’s Arcade. He didn’t buy it like you would think. He made it out of cardboard boxes.

He made games such as skee ball and a claw machine and many other games. The only problem is that no one would come to his arcade. He waited months until finally one day he got his first customer. The customer asked how much it was to play and Caine explained that for $1 you could get two turns and if you get a fun pass for $2 you get 500 turns. The customer got the fun pass. The customer, whose name was Nirvan Mullick, thought Caine was brilliant so he asked his dad if he could make a short video. That video’s gotten more than two million hits on YouTube. You can see more about it at www.

cainsarcade.com. Before that website existed, Mullick created a flash mob to come by Caine’s Arcade through Facebook. Ever since then. Caine is busy with TV interviews, getting donations to a fund set up for his college expenses and negotiating a movie deal with Pixar. I went down to East LA to go see meet the boy behind the cardboard. I played all of the games and won a jackpot on one of them. I also got a stuffed animal from the claw machine. I asked Caine why he makes arcade games and plays those instead of video games. He simply says, “I like a challenge.” He also likes giving out prizes and wear-

ing a shirt he designed that says Staff on the front and Caine’s Arcade on the back. People from all over come now to see what it’s all about. The people next to me in line told me that they had only six hours in LA and chose Caine over going to a beach or anything else. “I was intrigued, so we figured this would be the best way to enjoy Los Angeles,” said Jennifer McClean. Caine’s cardboard tells us as kids that if we put down all the technology, we have the chance

to be more creative. Without a Wii or iPads or iPhones, we too might have waited months for one person to play our invention as Cain did. I am fascinated by the fact that he did not stop creating even when he had no customers. He told me that he wanted to make his arcade bigger and that’s why he stuck with it. Seems like that was a more worthy investment than plugging in an XBox 360. Zoe Mena is a seventh grader at Rogers Middle School.

amazing shape. This stuff is not easy to play in the first place, but the overall vitality of timbre, the excellent intonation, and the swagger these young people bring to these daunting works is a measure of their recent growth. The soloists, three students and one professional, were a pleasure to listen to. In the Rachmaninoff, tenor Daniel Favela, soprano Sashell Beck and baritone Eric

Castro (he’s the pro) delivered Edgar Allan Poe’s wild text with clarity and ringing tone. For the Walton, baritone Stephen Salts was an authoritative presence. The evening began with the presentation of an award to Shigemi Matsumoto, a distinguished professor of voice celebrating her 25th year on the faculty. A noted performer in her day, Matsumoto has seen many of her students grace the world’s stages. It would no doubt be churlish and parochial of me to note that she graduated from my alma mater, Cal State Northridge. I’m serious. This was a great concert. Get on the Cole’s mailing list and go to as many of their performances as you can. Check out www.csulb.edu/coleconservatory.

Atkinson Memorial Run This Saturday Music The Tom Atkinson Memorial 5K Walk/Run begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 12, at Lakewood High School, 4400 Briercrest Ave. Money raised goes to brain cancer research at UCLA. The

run is named after Tom Atkinson, who passed away from brain cancer in 2006. It’s sponsored by Cranium Crusaders. For more information or to register, visit www.craniumcrusaders.org.

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tra, the music making was phenomenal. The combined chorus, consisting of the Chamber Choir, University Choir and 49er Chorus, prepared by Jonathan Talberg and Leland Vail, was easily up to the various challenges posed by the two works’ lush post-Romanticism. Throughout the evening, the chorus sounded simply terrific: firm, beautiful and undeniably exciting. Over the past few years, Müller-Stosch has whipped the University (shouldn’t that be Conservatory?) Orchestra into


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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. Musical Theatre West has received a $10,000 grant for the National Endowment of the Arts.

The grant is for the Reiner Reading Series, which seeks to preserve Americana Musical Theater through concert readings of classic and contemporary shows. RED Day (Renew, Energize and Donate) a project to involve all Keller Williams Realty offices, is today (Thursday, May 10).

K-W Coastal Realty is hosting an event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at Bixby Park, 130 Cherry Ave. The goal of the event is to help restore and revitalize Bixby Park. Also as part of RED Day, Keller Williams Los Alamitos is teaming up with pro-

bation officers from the LBPD Youth Services for a soccer match with underserved kids from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. today at Scherer Park, 4600 Long Beach Blvd. Children and adults participating also will enjoy a barbecue. Mentoring from Above will

Private Practice Now Accepting New Patients

honor Skip Keesal at its awards dinner starting at 6 p.m. tonight, at the Hilton Hotel, 700 W. Ocean Blvd. Mentoring from Above serves youth ages 10-25 who are incarcerated or in need of help to keep them out of the justice system. For tickets, call 490-2402.


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Council Mulls Bicycle Traffic School BY JONATHAN VAN DYKE STAFF WRITER

As Long Beach continues its march to become one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the country, the importance of the rules of the road — for said cyclists — has been magnified. For many other citation-type traffic offenses, specifically for California drivers, traffic school is an option rather than points against your license and a potential increase in insurance premiums. An agenda item Tuesday night sought to explore a traffic school for bicycle riders. The City Council unanimously approved the idea. The authors of the agenda item were Vice Mayor and Second District Councilwoman Suja Lowenthal, First District Councilman Robert Garcia and Third District Councilman Gary DeLong. “I do think that while we are encouraging biking, it could be a great opportunity to educate cyclists on the rules of the road,” Lowenthal said. “There are numerous cyclists who don’t follow all the rules, like stopping at a stop sign. That can endanger others.” Garcia noted that those issues often come back to a lack of education on the rules of the road. “This is a great way to give education and give that to those who want to learn more,” he said. The early premise of the potential traffic school would be that it would be available for minor traffic citations — citations that might still carry a fine as

much as $200 or more. City staff has been asked to look into the possibility of wiping away the strike or record penalty in regards to the citation, and maybe even much of the fine. In exchange for this, the cyclists would attend a traffic school specifically for bicycle rules of the road. Alan Crawford, who is the city’s bike coordinator, said there are several other models around the state that Long Beach can look at. Marin County in northern California is an example. There, a person may get a ticket that they hold onto, then go to traffic school, then bring proof of completion back to the court and get some sort of rebate or refund and the penalty taken off their record. “I think from a public policy viewpoint, this is a very good idea,” City Prosecutor Dough Haubert said. “Anything that educates the public, while keeping cases out of the court, makes a lot of sense. Especially now, because they are closing courtrooms all over Los Angeles County.” One of the hurdles might be due to a rule that the late Jenny Orpeza passed in the legislature, a law that states that city laws cannot be set up in opposition to laws of the state — this could be handled by going through the county court system. How much the system would cost also will have to be determined. Staff is being asked to give the City Council a report on its findings on how a traffic school could be started and the cost in 30 days.

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Besides drawing in more interest from businesses, sales of food tickets continue to set records for the association. “In July (2011) we set a record, making about $55,000 at Stroll & Savor,” Shlemmer said. “In August (2011) we broke that record again, with $59,000 (about $10,000 being profit that the BSBA can add to its approximately $390,000 annual budget).” In total, last year’s four Stroll & Savor events (each takes place over two consecutive nights) brought in about $200,000, minus the cost of the event. Stroll & Savor has become the association’s largest fundraiser. Rossi estimates there are between 2,000 and 3,000 ticket holders each night. Mike Sheldrake, owner of Polly’s Gourmet Coffee, said Polly’s has been a part of the Stroll & Savor since the event started. Sheldrake has watched the event grow year after year. Polly’s serves coffee and cookies in exchange for tickets. “Our Stroll & Savor is becoming known throughout Southern California, and social media has really helped get the word out there,” Sheldrake said. “Stroll & Savor is a way to show our store to somebody new, and every Stroll & Savor we find at least one or two couples who have just moved into the neighborhood and don’t know about our business.” Rod Frontino, owner of Dogz Bar & Grill, shared similar sentiments. Dogz will be serving sausages and hot dogs. “This is a good event,” he said. “I think it brings in a lot of people who live in the area and it is a family-friendly opportunity for people to try the different estab-

lishments. It is good exposure for our business and an opportunity for us to be a part of the community and help the Belmont Shore Business Association.” Participants can purchase booklets of 12 tickets for $10 outside of Chase Bank during the Stroll & Savor from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Advance tickets can be purchased one week before the Stroll & Savor at La Strada, Mail Boxes Etc., Olives Gourmet Grocer, Sweet Jill’s and We Olive. The ticket books are sponsored by Citibank Belmont Shore. Participating Belmont Shore businesses include Acapulco Inn, Aroma Di Roma, BJ’s Pizza & Grill, Boubouffe, Chuck & Toby, Dogz, Domenico’s, Frosted Cupcakery, George’s Greek Cafe, Jamba Juice, La Creperie Cafe, La Strada, Legends, Magic Lamp Grill, Lucille’s, Me Soo Hungry, Natraj Cuisine, New York Upper Crust, Olives Gourmet Grocer, Open Sesame, Paradis, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Phuket Thai, Polly’s Gourmet Coffee, Powell’s Sweet Shop, Pussy & Pooch, Riley’s, Rubio’s, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Shannon’s Bayshore, Simmzy’s, Super Mex, Sweet Jill’s, Taco Surf, Thai Gourmet, Venissimo Cheese, We Olive, Yen Sushi, Yogurtland. Roe Fish Market also may participate, if the restaurant has opened before the event. Additionally, there will be live music by Dad Company and Long Beach Blues Army. Following the Stroll & Savor, there will be a Belmont Shore Spring Sidewalk Sale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday (May 18-20). Other Stroll & Savor nights are scheduled on June 20, June 21, July 18, July 19, Aug. 15 and Aug. 16. For more details, visit www. belmontshore.org or call 4343066.


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be approved until SEADIP could be reviewed and updated. Lyons officials offered that night to loan the city up to $1 million to start the update process, although that deal has never been consummated. Assistant City Manager Suzanne Frick said at the time that it would take about a year and nearly $1 million to do a comprehensive update process, including extensive community outreach and participation. This grant will put the process into motion, according to Third District Councilman Gary DeLong. “Community involvement will

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at Alamitos Bay last Fourth of July, but started too late. “This is going to be along the same lines as the 9-11 event (last Sept. 11),” Morris said. “We’ll do it the night before the Fourth of July. That’s better for business, and better for the neighbors (most of whom won’t have to get up to go to work the next morning). The feedback we had for that event was incredible, and we think we’ve put together a nice plan. There was no issue then, and I don’t think it will be an issue now.” Morris said paperwork is be-

drive the SEADIP update,” DeLong said in a release. “This is an opportunity to set the foundation for future economic development by identifying community benefits and locations for infill development, strategies to preserve wetlands resources, and ways to reduce vehicle miles traveled and greenhouse gas emissions.” Central to the SEADIP area is the Los Cerritos Wetlands, a degraded wetlands property largely privately owned and the site of oil operations. Efforts to restore the wetlands have been ongoing for more than a decade, and part of the wetlands has been purchased for the public and held by the Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority. “Thanks to California’s De-

partment of Conservation, Long Beach will have the ability to pursue sustainability goals as a city while exploring quality developments, including the restoration of the Los Cerritos Wetlands,” Mayor Bob Foster said in the release announcing the grant. No date was set for the start of the update process. The other grant, through the state’s Urban Greening Council, will be used to close a portion of an alley in the Willmore City Historic District and add stormwater management features, native plants, permeable pavers and sustainable enhancements. Final approval of the grants is on the Strategic Growth Council’s May 10 agenda.

ing processed by Pyro Spectacular, with the permit application turned in to the Fire Department on Monday. He said he had just begun seeking sponsorships to raise the $50,000 for the show. “So far, we’ve got McKenna’s Bancap (the master lease holder for Alamitos Bay Landing), the yacht clubs, some other businesses,” Morris said. “We’re just getting started.” Brandt, in his capacity as fire safety officer, said that his department would review the application in terms of safety and logistics before rendering a decision. Ashman said that Virginia Country Club has put on a private fireworks show for the last several

years, and that likely would take place again this year. He said city officials had talked to the Downtown Long Beach Associates and downtown business owners to let them know the city would not be sponsoring fireworks, but that the city also had not solicited participation by businesses to put on a show.

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—Gazette photo by Harry Saltzgaver

Third District Councilman Gary DeLong stomps a tub of grapes Friday at the Long Beach Symphony Crescendo fundraiser.

Lawn Bowling Hosts Annual Open House The Long Beach Lawn Bowling Club hosts its annual open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday, May 12, at the club at 1109 Federation Dr., near Park Avenue and Anaheim Street. All the necessary equipment will be provided and there will

be free lessons, pizza and beverages. The Long Beach club was founded in 1930 and offers competition between individuals and clubs. For more information, visit www.trylawnbowling.com.

Faye L. Willard Dec. 28, 1921 - May 1, 2012

Faye was the long-time owner and operator of Dick & Faye’s Café Bistro, a Long Beach Institution known for its pitchers of beer, 10-cent hotdogs and atmosphere. Faye retired from the bar business when she was 82.

Wherever she went she was greeted by some former customers with “Hi, Faye, remember me?” You can celebrate her life and post your pictures and other cherished memories on h t t p : / / w w w. f a c e b o o k . c o m / DickandFayesCafeBistro. Her two daughters, Barbara Blackwell and Joanne Light preceded her in death. She is survived by a daughter, Janet Lund and a son, Steven Willard and five grandchildren, Gena Turrentine, Chandra Turrentine, Christopher Jordan, Sarah Lund and Amanda Lund. She is interred at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Cypress.

HOFFMAN, James Sillman 1932-2012

James Sillman Hoffman, 79, of Los Angeles, passed away April 20. He was born in Gastonia, N.C., and was a pilot in the Air Force. He is survived by his friend, Henry Fenenbock. Interment is at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

FRYAN, Arlene C., 1924-2012

Arlene C. Fryan, 87, of Long Beach, passed away April 24. He was born in Le Mars, Iowa, and worked in sales for a bakery. She is survived by her niece, Kathryn Edwards. There was a service on May 5. Interment is private. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

CONDOS, William, 1928-2012

William “Bill” Condos, 83, of Long Beach, passed away April 20. He was born in Chicago, Ill., and did make-up for motion pictures. He is survived by his niece, Luanne Galizio. There was a service May 1 at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church. Interment is at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

STEWART, Albert E., 1948-2012

Albert E. Stewart, 66, of Long Beach, passed away April 26. He was born in Roswell, N.M., and worked as a chemical engineer in the aerospace industry. He is survived by his friend, Janine Mai. Interment is private. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

WAGER, Jeanne Carol, 1933-2012

Jeanne Carol Wager, 79, of Lakewood, passed away May 1. She was born in Denver, Colo., and worked as a dietician aide in a hospital. She is survived by her spouse, Lauren. Interment is private. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

Today’s Obituaries Condos, William Fryan, Arlene C. Hackett, Ethel Helena Hoffman, James S. Jardio, Roberto A.

Ortiz, Luis Stewart, Albert E. Villegas, Martin Wager, Jeanne C. Willard, Faye L.

To submit material, call: Kurt Eichsteadt at 562-209-2094, e-mail to obits@gazettes.com, go online to www.gazettes.com or fax to 562-434-8826

JARDIO, Roberto A, 1939-2012

Robert A. Jardio, 73, of Long Beach, passed away May 1. He was born in the Philippines and was an electromechanic technician. He is survived by his wife, Melba. Interment is private. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

ORTIZ, Luis, 1950-2012

Luis Ortiz, 61, of North Hollywood, passed away April 27. He worked as a chauffer and is survived by his wife, Drusilla. Interment is at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Hudson, N.Y. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

VILLEGAS, Martin, 1934-2012

Martin Villegas, 78, of South Gate, passed away May 4. He was born in Firebaugh and worked in a restaurant. He is survived by his brother, Jesus. Interment is private. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

HACKETT, Ethel Helena, 1951-2012

Ethel Helena Hackett, 61, of Long Beach, passed away April 12. She was born in Los Angeles and worked as an office administrator. She is survived by her son, Thomas Oceguera. Interment is private. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.


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