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VOL. 35 NO. 2 JANUARY 12, 2012

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Mayor Says Move Forward Redevelopment

To Be Dismantled

By Harry Saltzgaver EXECUTIVE EDITOR

It’s the economy. At least that’s what most of Mayor Bob Foster’s State of the City speech Monday night was all about. Foster started by contrasting what he called Long Beach’s success in protecting the city’s economic future with the state’s concentration on immediate budget woes, and ended by reiterating the same comparison. In between, there was talk about economic development, pension reform and realignment of city services to be both more cost-effective and helpful to businesses. About 800 people filled the Center Theater downtown for the free, but ticketed, event. It also was broadcast live on Long Beach TV and will be available on the city’s website. Foster launched immediately into the future — or lack thereof — of the city’s Redevelopment Agency in light of last week’s state Supreme Court ruling upholding state action eliminating redevelopment areas in cities. “Redevelopment built a larger future tax base from parcels of land better known as drug houses and run-down liquor stores; stealing precious public safety resources.” Foster said. “It was arguably the last remaining tool for economic development in California, and it is hard to deny that it has been transformational in Long Beach. “But the reality is that those days are probably now gone. We will work hard to save redevelopment legislatively, but in truth, the

By Harry Saltzgaver EXECUTIVE EDITOR

City Council will begin the state-mandated process of dismantling the city’s Redevelopment Agency next Tuesday by appointing itself as the successor agency. Under the original law passed last June — and upheld Dec. 29 by the state Supreme Court — Redevelopment Agency boards and areas cease to exist on Feb. 1. The successor agency is charged with completion of already signed contracts and payment of outstanding bonds.

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CITY’S STATE. Mayor Bob Foster delivered his fifth annual State of the City address Monday night before about 800 people.

took the International Machinists Union, which represents most city employees, to task for not agreeing to reform pensions. He first thanked the police and fire unions, which both agreed during last fall’s budget talks to take responsibility for all of the employee share of pension payments (offset by salary increases) and a new, lower tier of benefits for new hires. “If they will stop the holdout and join all the other employee (Continued on Page 23A)

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Help For Businesses Still Priority In City By Ashleigh Oldland EDITOR

outlook is grim. So, we are forging ahead on the work of building up this city without redevelopment in our toolbox.” Foster thanked members of the Redevelopment Agency board, the Housing Development Corporation and the Community Development Advisory Board for their service, and said there likely would be a new advisory board consolidating their functions (see related story, right). In one of the most pointed comments of the evening, Foster

The successor agency is in turn governed by an oversight board that is supposed to be in place by May 1. That seven-member board has representatives from the county, the community college district, the school district and others, with the sole function of approving or denying proposed actions by the successor agency. The mayor will have two appointments to that board. All the bureaucratic ins and outs have real consequences for development in the city, Long Beach officials said. Early this

Despite the economic recession and the loss of the state’s redevelopment agencies, Long Beach is staying open for economic development. “Long Beach is a reflection of what is happening in the country, and we (the city) are trying to help as much as we can,” said Reggie Harrison, deputy city manager and former economic development bureau manager. “The weaknesses we (Long Beach) have are the same as the country — there’s a lack of confidence in

the economy and people are wary about expanding business … and consumers are reluctant to buy as much as they normally would.” Nonetheless, Harrison stays positive when it comes to economic development in Long Beach, pointing out the cranes above Long Beach new courthouse as well as construction at Long Beach Airport as indicators of improvement. Also, he added that the city attracted some light industry tenants to Douglas Park in 2011 as well as some large companies, such as Ignify, which (Continued on Page 22A)

Second+PCH Returns TV’s Tabatha Helps Ripples Out To Seek Compromise By Ashleigh Oldland EDITOR




Second+PCH is alive — maybe. On Dec. 20, the City Council turned back plans to redevelop the SeaPort Marina Hotel on a split 5-3 vote. But Tuesday, developer David Malmuth appeared before the City Council and said that he and property owners Ray and Amy Lin (Taki Sun Inc.) wanted the council to revisit its decision. Malmuth received support from Third District Councilman Gary DeLong (the property is in the Third District) and First District Councilman Robert Garcia

— two of the three yes votes on Dec. 20. Malmuth said that he and his partners felt the council’s decision was to go a different direction — to update the SEADIP master planning document — rather than judging the merits of the mixed-use development. He said Wednesday that he would be looking for compromises that would satisfy the council. “Literally hundreds of people have reached out to us since the decision,” Malmuth said. “We sense there is an opportunity to go back and talk with council (Continued on Page 20A)

Already famous locally, Long Beach’s Club Ripples is about to make its national television debut this month when it is featured on Bravo’s “Tabatha Takes Over.” Club Ripples, an institution on Ocean Boulevard where it first opened 40 years ago, is a gay and lesbian nightclub that is open daily with regular drink specials and live entertainment. It was one of the first gay dance clubs in the city, and business was booming — until recent years. The decline in Club Ripples’ popularity is why the club owners and long-time partners John Garcia and Larry Hebert decided to sign up for “Tabatha Takes Over.” The show revolves around television personality Tabatha Coffey, better known as simply Tabatha, a rough-around-the-edges business owner and Australian native who visits struggling businesses — from hair salons to dog hotels — and tem-

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porarily “takes over” the failing establishments in an effort to turn business around. Although the episode doesn’t air until 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 17, Tabatha was in Long Beach, seizing control of Ripples, back in September. Hebert, 59, said bringing Tabatha into the business was a no-brainer because he and Garcia, 66, knew they needed help to improve the business’s reputation in the community, entice new customers to visit the club and “get the motion back on Ocean.” “That was our motto in the 1980s: Ripples puts the motion on Ocean,” Hebert said. “In the good ol’ days, we were packed Monday through Sunday and we had lines from the front door… Recently we were lucky if we got 50 people to come in on a Sunday night.” The owners said business in recent years has been harder and harder, and the two were considering selling their home and refinancing in order to keep (Continued on Page 23A)

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Economic Engine Can Still Run In City

Long Beach’s business and economic landscape changed significantly as we entered 2012, with the looming end of redevelopment just the largest of several seismic shifts. So should we (the we being the small business owners and employees who make up a big chunk of our population, along with the entrepreneurs among us) cash in our chips, throw in the towel or surrender to the times? We think not. There’s no doubt redevelopment and the tax increment financing it allowed was a good stimulant for economic growth and property values. But it wasn’t as big a deal as some people make it out to be, and really only helped in very specific areas. It was, after all, first created to help eliminate blight. We could talk about the timehonored American values of hard work, initiative and creativity as the true drivers of business improvement, and we’d be right. But leaving our economic future to those tools, especially in this environment, would be both naïve and foolhardy. It takes those qualities to start, no doubt. And people with those qualities more often than not look to find every advantage they can to help them succeed. And there are plenty of tools still out there to do that very thing. Stories elsewhere in the paper talk about several of them. Take the Goldman Sachs scholarships for the Small Business Scholar Program at Long Beach City College. Seriously, take one. But you have to hurry; this year’s application deadline is Friday the 13th. It’s not often the corporate giants put their hand out to the small entrepreneur, and it behooves use to take advantage. More important is the very existence of the program. LBCC worked long and hard to become the regional home of the Small Business Development Center, and has developed a curriculum that even experienced business operators can benefit from. The college has even opened a satellite office downtown to make it more convenient for folks trying to learn and keep a business afloat at the same time. It you really think you need some financial incentives to open or expand a business in Long Beach, there still are options available. The biggest, and one of the least used, is the Enterprise Zone that encompasses a large part of the city.

The state-run Enterprise Zone program offers tax incentives for businesses that hire qualifying employees. It usually requires an expansion of the workforce, but the benefits are significant. Want details? Don’t look at us; go to the experts. The aforementioned SBDC knows all about it, as do city development offices. We almost never offer personal recommendations, but Blake Christian easily has the best handle on this program and how to take advantage of it. Look him up. Speaking of the city, the staff there talks pretty much constantly about how to help businesses grow and how to bring in new business. That’s how tax revenue increases, so it’s a matter of survival for the city. Those staff members have some tools, too. Local, as in Long Beach-based, businesses get preferential treatment when it comes to doing business with the city, and it’s making a difference. Mayor Bob Foster said in his state of the city speech that last year alone, that figure amounted

“We could talk about the time-honored American values of hard work, initiative and creativity as the true drivers.” to $86 million. A share of that is always good for the bottom line. Need help finding trained employees, or getting employees trained? Again, that is the be-all and end-all at LBCC, and there also are programs like those found at the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network and the Long Beach Job Corps. The folks at California State University, Long Beach, are no slouches when it comes to getting people ready to work, either. We’ve only scratched the surface of the opportunities available here. The bottom line is there are plenty of places in Long Beach where help can be found to open a business or make a business better. That’s true whether you’re a retailer, a service provider or a manufacturer. It takes work to go out and get that help. But that’s what being in business is all about, isn’t it? As Mayor Foster said in his speech Monday, let’s get to work, Long Beach.

Let’s All Tweet Like The Birdies Well, that was interesting. As part of the ongoing effort to drag this ancient, manual typewriter-loving word guy into the digital 21st Century, I vowed to tweet live from the mayor’s State of the City speech. If you don’t know what a tweet is (and I refuse to talk down to you if that’s the case, because I wasn’t certain a year ago), it is short messaging service on an Internet platform called Twitter. It’s sort of a mass text messaging app on the ubiquitous smart phone. Twitter also is, along with Facebook, the preferred social media tool (another 21st Century buzz phrase), and I’ve pretty much been ordered by the younger members in my newsroom to figure out how this stuff works. I’ve pretty much left our awardwinning webpage and the social media outreach up to them so far, but they’ve made 2012 the year Harry Goes Digital. So there I was, hunkered down in the first row of the Center Theater, holding my prized G3 iPhone and praying that the signal and the battery held. Every time someone came up to say hello before the speech, I had to palm the thing, then work frantically to get back into the program. Maybe it was performance anxiety, but I was scared to death that the technology would let me down after I had made a promise to do this. You have to know that I’m a bit physically challenged when it comes to this Tweeting thing. I struggle with small motor skills such as threading a needle, and I also suffer from having short,

Against Everything

To The Editor, I take exception to everything Woody wrote in her letter (“Our Mailbox,” Jan. 5). The decision to strike down the proposed Second+PCH project ranks as one of the worst decisions by the City Council ever. It’s a victory of the curmudgeons and NIMBYs. They should be called the AAACs — “always against anything constructive.” There isn’t a single construction project on that corner that they will ever support. These naysayers use terms like massive traffic, an overused kneejerk response; environmental pressure,

stubby thumbs. I’ve watched helplessly as teenagers doublethumb texted or tweeted, knowing that I could never come close to doing the same. I hunt and peck with my index finger — and still hit the wrong key all too often. That’s ironic, since I touch-type better than 60 words a minute with few errors (thanks to that sophomore high school typing class I took in the 1960s). But as the mayor got going, so did I. Counting the few tweets I sent out before the actual speech started, I logged 24 tweets in just more than an hour. What good did it do? Well, I’m not sure. To start with, I’ve only got 100 or so followers — no surprise, since I’m new at this game. Second, there were at least three outlets where people could see the speech live, either on television or streaming at a website. Still, I’m told this is the wave of the future, and I can see some benefit. I tried to provide a bit of a blow-by-blow, offering the speech highlights. I’d like to think I learned from the mistakes I made, and will do better next time. There were problems not of my own making. My phone kept trying to be helpful, guessing what word I was trying to write, making me go back and overwrite with my swell abbreviations.

an empty phrase that means nothing; plus, nobody’s view of the mountains (when they are visible) would have been blocked. The only thing massive is the arrogance of these naysayers. That corner is a disgrace to Long Beach and now no developer (except WalMart or Home Depot) will touch it, thanks to these AAACs. Chris Richgels Long Beach

Mass Insanity To The Editor, Around 10% to 12% of Californians are out of work, public schools are losing teachers and

Then there was the spelling thing. I just can’t bring myself to let incorrect stuff out under my name, so I was correcting tweets while Foster was two subjects past me. My tweets were simplistic. There’s this thing called hashtags that is supposed to help people find tweets. The one time I tried to use the tag for the State of the City — lbsotc — I forgot the T. Lot of good that did. Looking back on them now, many of my messages required a basic understanding of the topic if they were to make any sense. For example, there’s little chance you understood “Forge ahead w/ out redev in toolbox” unless you have been following the redevelopment agency saga for the last year. But maybe that’s not bad. I can’t imagine anyone not immersed in city politics following this tweet stream, so they’d actually know what was going on. The tweet thing makes Facebook seem easy. But clearly, 24 Facebook posts in an hour is excessive, and deserves punishment. Apparently, tweeting that often is a good thing. I did gain another 10 followers, after all. I’ll continue to travel down, or up, this digital highway. I want to get good information to my community, and if I have to do something that sounds as silly as tweeting, I guess that’s what I’ll do. Let’s all sing like the birdies do. Tweet, tweet tweet, tweet tweet.

our children a decent education, college tuition has gone up something like 26% in one year, there’s still some 12 million illegal aliens in the country and Obamacare is set to cost trillions of dollars in new bureaucracy and some 30 million newly appointed health care receivers. Now Governor Brown, who promised to fix budget problems, has signed legislation costing more jobs and revenue. He doesn’t want to negatively influence illegal aliens taking jobs from citizens by allowing them not only to skip federal law saying they shouldn’t be here, but (Continued on Page 3A)

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we’ll create extra law-unabiding rules that allow them to not need a driver’s license and we won’t keep their car away from them just because they can’t legally drive one or have them go through all those grueling test, laws and regulations that actual citizens do. The Dream Act he signed is a gross economic and social injustice to all taxpayers and will cost our children the college education that these illegal children will get using our tax dollars. And since it’s against federal law to grant them citizenship, they can’t legally obtain a job their education may help them otherwise attain. When are California voters and taxpayers going to understand what’s going on and not allow this kind of asinine buffoonery to continue? I’m serious. Just what is too much? Stop voting these

people into office who care more for themselves and millions of illegals than they do for the people who pay their enormous salaries, benefits and pensions. None of this makes sense. This isn’t sanctuary, it’s total mass insanity! Vance Frederick Long Beach

Bad Buys To The Editor, Congratulations to the white elephant buying department of this city for its totally unnecessary and ridiculous purchases. The latest seems to be a special on cement. First, all downtown traffic movement was messed up with bicycle lanes that aren’t used. The most recent are dividers on east Broadway reducing the space between the lanes and the parked cars, endangering all who open

doors on the street side. These dividers serve no purpose whatsoever except perhaps to provide a planting area for leftover bargain purchases of shrubs for those other unneeded concrete circles at intersections that merely confuse drivers and make driving difficult for those other bargain buses several sizes too large for our ever concrete-divided shrinking city streets. One would think after the biggest elephant, the Queen Mary, bought at the bargain price of $5 million, finally stopped draining harbor money at about $80 million, the purchasers might have learned a lesson.

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Then there was the brilliant buy of an architectural design for the Long Beach Art Museum, a design that provided a system to melt snow on the roof. Then there was the white whale elephant buy painted on the sides and the top of a major downtown building — free advertising for a seller of whale paintings. Not to mention paving a large part of the most beautiful white beach on any coast; constructing beautiful oil islands with red,

white and blue waterfalls; building a library underground with a layer of bargain dirt so more bargain plants could be put on top certain in time to cause the roof to leak. What next, oh brilliant money spenders? How about searching for bargain food, shelter, clothing and housing for our ever-growing population of poor, unemployed or foreclosed upon families? Arthur Gottlieb Belmont Shore

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O’Donnell Attempts Third Term By Harry Saltzgaver Executive Editor

Patrick O’Donnell will try for a third term representing the Fourth District on the Long Beach City Council instead of running for a state Assembly seat, as previously announced. The announcement came in an email press release Friday afternoon. Since Beverly O’Neill successfully ran for a third term as mayor in 2002, three council members (Jackie Kell, Tonia Reyes Uranga and Val Lerch) have tried and failed to win a third term under the city’s term limit rules. O’Donnell was first elected in 2004 — defeating Dennis Carroll, who ironically authored the city’s term limit law. O’Donnell’s name cannot appear on the April primary ballot, but would appear in the June election if he makes it into a runoff. “I think I have more to offer the city, and that’s where my heart lays,” O’Donnell said. “I played a significant role in the city hav-

ing a balanced budget, and helped make a lot of positive progress. I want to continue that.” Last August, O’Donnell announced that he would seek a state Assembly seat in the newly formed 70th Assembly District. Fifth District Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske also has announced she would seek that seat. However, current state Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal said in November that she would seek a last term in the Assembly from the 70th District instead of pursuing a previously announced run for the state Senate. All three candidates are Democrats, as is Assemblyman Ricardo Lara, who also is running for the 33rd Senate District seat (where Lowenthal would have ran) and has the backing of party officials. The announcement caught two of the already-announced candidates for the Fourth District by surprise. “People have associated me with Councilman O’Donnell for years,” said Daryl Supernaw, a

business consultant who has been an announced candidate since October. “Now I have to differentiate myself and show how I will be unique… When I announced I would run, I had absolute assurance that this scenario would not take place, that a write-in was not in the cards.” John Watkins, a retired police officer who was the first candidate to announce, said he would continue to run as well. He said O’Donnell will break the public’s trust by running a third time. “Councilman O’Donnell has served well for the last eight years,” Watkins said. “But the voters voted for term limits in 1992, and it’s unfortunate that the councilman would go against that decision.” The third announced candidate, Herlinda Chico, immediately suspended her campaign and said she would support O’Donnell. She said the only reason she was running was to continue O’Donnell’s policies. O’Donnell said that there is never a sure thing in politics. “That’s the reality,” he said. “Any time you run, you have to know that the unexpected is possible.” In his press release, O’Donnell said that he wants a third City Council term to continue a path of fiscal conservancy with recent budget and other reforms. “With me, you know what you are getting,” he said in the release. “I am a straight shooter that has worked hard to balance the city budget by instilling reforms and long-term thinking into the city budget process, both of which are too often left behind in the era of term limits.” The primary election is on April 10. The candidate nominating period when there is no incumbent on the ballot ends Wednesday, Jan. 18 The write-in candidate filing period begins Feb. 13.

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Jan. 10 & Jan. 17, 2012 By Harry Saltzgaver Executive Editor

The start of Tuesday night’s City Council meeting was delayed an hour to allow the council to spend two hours behind closed doors talking about redevelopment and City Manager Pat West. The redevelopment discussion was a briefing on the state Supreme Court ruling upholding elimination of redevelopment areas — an issue the council will deal with at its next meeting (see story, Page 1A). The rest of the time was spent on the city manager’s annual evaluation. No action was reported on either item. Once the meeting began, a lengthy hearing on the Downtown Plan ensued. After that, the council postponed the issue of medical marijuana dispensaries (see story,

Page 11A) until next week, then sped through the rest of a short agenda. Actions included: • Execution of permits and approval of temporary street closures to allow for construction and running of the 2012 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. • Approving a contract with CJ Concrete Construction Inc. for concrete on an annual basis not to exceed $4 million. • Adopting plans and specifications for construction of Baker Street Mini Park at a cost not to exceed $403,569. Next Week In addition to dealing with redevelopment and medical marijuana on Tuesday, Jan. 17, the council is set to deal with child prostitution. According to sponsors Gerrie Schipske (Fifth District) and Rae

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Gabelich (Eighth District), Long Beach has been identified as a location where there is a high incidence of child prostitution and sex trafficking. Schipske and Gabelich want the council to direct the city manager to create a task force from the Police, Health and Human Services, and Parks, Recreation and Marine departments to combat child prostitution. They also recommend that the task force include a representative from the school district, the End Abuse Long Beach consortium and the chief of police’s Women’s Advisory Committee. In other action next week, the council is scheduled to: • Proclaim 2012 as the Year of the Ranchos celebrating Rancho Los Alamitos and Rancho Los Cerritos. • Approve a contract worth $818,000 for improvements of the Gas and Oil Department’s main facility on Spring Street. • Purchase an airborne to ground high definition video downlink system for $808,961.

• Buy a 44-foot Tactical Emergency Response boat and a 35-foot critical response patrol boat for

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Long Beach’s Retro Row soon will be offering customers curbside treatment never before seen in Southern California. Two businesses have won city approval — and a third is already queuing up — to convert a few of the street parking spaces along Fourth Street into individual parklets, also described as sidewalk oases for patio furniture and dining. Construction of the first parklet outside Lola’s Mexican Cuisine was expected to begin this week, with an anticipated finish date of Jan. 12 or Jan. 13 (Thursday or Friday). Number Nine restaurant also will have a parklet installed in the next few months, and Berlin is awaiting City Council’s go-ahead for a third parklet to be installed later this winter. To create the parklets on Fourth Street, business owners got help from Studio One Eleven, an architecture and urban design company based in Long Beach. In fact, Studio One Eleven originally pitched the idea to Fourth Street business owners during a brainstorming session about how to improve the pedestrian-friendliness of the business district. Michael Bohn, Studio One Eleven principal and design director, said the business owners — especially Kerstin Kansteiner, president of the Fourth

Street Business Association and owner of Berlin — took the idea of the parklet, pushed it through the necessary city departments and got other business owners on board with the idea. Bohn describes the parklet as a sidewalk extension, or raised deck, that takes up two parked car spaces and lines up flush with the curb. On three sides of the parklet — the sides not the side facing the sidewalk — there are potted plants and other barriers so that the space feels enclosed. Each parklet can be customized with designs that match a business’ theme. “Lola’s is a more colorful parklet with plants similar to plant material found in the region where the owner is from,” Bohn said. “Number Nine will be more subdued and incorporate bamboo… And, Berlin is a more modern parklet with light fixtures that match those inside the business.” Although the parklets will remain outside 24 hours a day — with the patio furniture being removed during the night — the structures are temporary and can be removed. And, although this will be the first time Long Beach, or even Southern California, has seen a parklet, the idea isn’t new. Fourth Street is joining a national trend led by cities such as San Francisco and New York, Kansteiner said. (Continued on Page 7A)

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“San Francisco started with six parklets and now they have more than 30,” she said. “This is something that has been proven successful, and this is a perfect solution for us on Fourth Street.” Accessorizing a sidewalk with extra patio space comes at a price — store owners can expect to pay about $20,000 for each installation, Kansteiner said. But with space being a hot commodity in urban communities, she said it is a small price to pay for increased visibility and more space for customers. “There is so much excitement for this,” she said. “It is another step forward… This is just adding a whole new dimension to Fourth Street.” Number Nine, which is coowned by Frank Nakano, Hideki Obayashi and Atsuhiro Tsuji, will be able to sit an additional 18 people at the Vietnamese fusion restaurant once a parklet is installed. “We have been gung-ho from the beginning about this project,” Obayashi said. “This is an exciting business district, with such a diverse mix of residents, and we are so excited to start this new trend in Long Beach.” Lola’s owner Luis Navarro shared similar sentiments about being a forerunner for parklets in Long Beach. He added that Lola’s, which opened four years ago

and has been embraced by the community, is excited to be able to sit an additional 20 customers on the parklet. “We are super excited about this project,” Navarro said. “We have added an extra body in our kitchen and two more servers to our staff because we think people will be out here eating right away.” Besides the parklets, Fourth Street also is in the middle of a Public Works parking improvement project that involves the repainting of curbs — changing the number of yellow and green zones and reducing the size of some red zones — as well as removing one unused driveway. David Roseman, city traffic engineer, said the repainting and removal of the unused driveway will be complete in the next 60 days, creating several new parking spaces on the street, although some of those spaces will be taken up by parklets. Additionally, Roseman will be presenting ideas about more possible changes to the Fourth Street thoroughfare to business owners during the Fourth Street Business Association’s monthly meeting at 8:30 a.m. today, Thursday, at The Center (2017 E. Fourth St.). In particular, Roseman will be presenting ideas about how Fourth Street might accommodate a dedicated bike lane that would run between the parklets and street traffic, as well as other restriping options.

State Of The Port Scheduled For Next Thursday The newly-appointed Executive Director of the Port of Long Beach, J. Christopher Lytle, will deliver his first State of the Port Address as part of a luncheon beginning at noon Thursday, Jan. 19, in the Grand Ballroom of the

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LBCC Address Focuses On Jobs, Economic Growth By Stephanie Minasian Staff Writer

Long Beach City College kicked off its new year with the fifth annual State of the College address last Friday, where President Eloy Ortiz Oakley discussed the success and growth of campus programs, and the economic contributions LBCC has made recently. Faced with the state’s heavy cuts to education, Oakley turned his attention to the positive achievements this year, including the announcement of the second annual Student Success award, where students were able to nominate faculty and staff by uploading a video to LBCC’s website. The winners were faculty members Kevin Ryan of Mathematics and Engineering, Mike MacCallum from Astronomy and Student Activities Advisor Derek Oriee. On the economic front, LBCC partnered with the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program during the last year to create an economic boost for the city. “Seven out of 10 jobs will require a college credential by 2025,” Oakley said. “In 2012, the mantra is jobs, jobs, jobs. We’re helping local business succeed by providing them training that will make them successful and able to hire more workers — including Long Beach City College alumni.” Last year, the Small Business Development Center, which is a federal SBA program managed and operated by LBCC, saw 3,670 small business jobs created or retained; $97 million in revenue increases for regional small businesses; $67 million in new capital infusion for regional small businesses; and 290 new business starts-ups, according to LBCC officials. Through the Goldman Sachs

10,000 Small Businesses Program, LBCC has assisted more than 95 local small business owners who have participated in the training and program, and 50% of the small business owners have added employees and 75% of the small business owners have seen sales increase or business growth after completing the program. “Small businesses are the backbone of the economy in the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area,” Oakley added. “Helping small businesses grow is one of the most effective ways that we can continue to reduce the unemployment rate and get our economy moving again.” To help keep the college’s graduation rate growing, LBCC is celebrating its third year of the Long Beach College Promise, which offers graduates of the Long Beach Unified School District the chance to attend their first semester at LBCC for free and receive priority registration and guidance for classes. LBCC and LBUSD aligned student coursework to better prepare area high school graduates for college, and will guarantee LBUSD graduates admission to California State University, Long Beach, with the completion of minimum requirements. A new program, set to hit LBCC this fall, is the Promise Pathways, and guarantees Long Beach high school graduates the proper math and English classes during their first semester at the college. “By improving preparation in high school and better aligning coursework and assessments, hundreds of Long Beach graduates will enter and succeed in college-level work… This will provide access to course sequences to ensure future semesters and help students embark on the path to goals immediately and stay on the path through completion.” Oakley added that LBCC is

planning to expand the Promise Pathways program over the course of time, so that every student at LBCC will benefit from it. “Our government has dramatically reduced our support for

education,” Oakley said. “The implications of these competing demands, with the tremendous pressure for increasing college completion despite the diminished financial support, create

very difficult challenges. But, we must face these challenges headon. “Our funding and handing from the state has changed fundamentally and permanently.”

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King Parade Highlights City’s Diversity By Jonathan Van Dyke Staff Writer

This year’s Long Beach Martin Luther King Jr. Peace and Unity Parade and Celebration will emphasize the diversity and hard work of the community it’s hosted in, officials say. The theme will be Peace! Passion! Purpose! The idea was taken from King’s teachings that “everyone can be great … because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

Sixth District Councilman Dee Andrews, whose office helps run the parade, said he wanted to emphasize a more over-arching message this year. “Having one of the most diverse districts in the city of Long Beach, we want to try and touch everyone who we’ve thought has done something in their community,” he said. “Dr. King wasn’t just about black, he was a humanitarian.” The grand marshals for the parade will be the “sages” of the city — community leaders who have given back during the last year: Jose Flores, Tom Flores, Angel

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Macias, Martha Cota, Raymond Chavarria, Mr. L.E. Lewis, Sam Portillo, Dr. Stu Farber, Colleen McDonald, Iosefo Joe Patolo and Richer San. The Drum Major for Peace will be Naomi Rainey. There will be 10 marching bands, 40 classic cars and various community groups and leaders participating in this year’s parade — a culmination of an entire week of events. “This is going to be like we always do — trying to make it bigger and better than the year before,” Andrews said. “We want to make this peace year — we’re not just stopping for one week.”

Once the parade ends and the event settles down, there will be a festival-type celebration at King Park, 1950 Lemon Ave. It will include a musical tribute to Michael Jackson, performed by mostly local talent. There will be dance performances, an area for children and teens to play among free carnival rides, giveaways, food, merchandise vending booths and community services information. A Health Pavilion will provide a number of services including health screenings, HIV testing and flu shots. An area called Dreamland will help teaching children about King’s legacy.

WHAT: Martin Luther King Jr. Peace and Unity Parade and Celebration WHEN: 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday WHERE: MLK Ave. and Anaheim St., with celebration at King Park COST: Free “We’re putting more community action into this,” Andrews said. More than 20,000 people attended last year, in a message of peace and unity, Andrews added. The parade will start at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and Anaheim Street. Then, it will head east on 19th Street and north on Lemon Avenue. There will be parking available with shuttles from Long Beach City College at Orange Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway.

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Council To Vote On Med Pot Ban By Jonathan Van Dyke Staff Writer

The California Supreme Court will take another 30 days to decide whether to preside over Long Beach’s medical marijuana ordinance debate — but the City Council still is scheduled to vote on a ban next Tuesday. In December, the City Council discussed at length the potential to pass a ban on all medical marijuana collectives, but found itself in a deadlock 4-4 vote with First District Councilman Robert Garcia absent. Eventually, the measure was delayed until next Tuesday, Jan. 17. The City Attorney’s Office had requested that the California Supreme Court take on the Pack v. City of Long Beach case that nullified the city’s current ordinance — specifically a lottery and permitting process. The court announced it will take its allowed extra 30 days to decide — it must make a decision now by Feb. 8. Some people said they have hoped the Supreme Court would

take up the case in order to provide clarity on the medical marijuana issue across the state. “I’ve been through this (process) many times, and a lot of people see that extension as saying that they’re really thinking about it, but I think it’s more of a workload issue,” City Attorney Robert Shannon said. “I don’t think it’s indicating a good thing or a bad thing.” Advocates for medical marijuana, at the very least, said they are asking the City Council to wait until the Supreme Court figures out what it is going to do. During Tuesday’s council meeting, there will be no public comment period, because that was taken during the December meeting before the vote was delayed. “We are hopeful and concerned,” said Carl Kemp, spokesperson for the Long Beach Collective Association. “We are hopeful the council will see the prudence in simply waiting the three or four weeks for the Supreme Court’s decision.”

The Long Beach Collective Association and Patients First, a nonprofit part of Citizens for the Fair Treatment of the Disabled, have agreed to form an alliance to lobby against a full ban. Matthew Pappas, the attorney representing Pack, also is working as the spokesman for Patients First. Pappas said he has filed emergency motions in the Appellate Court and Supreme Court, should the city pass a ban, in order to try and stop the city from preventing people from getting their medicine. He said there is no good reason for the city to enact a ban before letting the legal system figure things out. On the other side of the issue, Shannon and said the city’s hands are tied unless it enacts a ban. “Our ordinance is in limbo,”

he said. “We can’t enforce it and effectively regulate these businesses. (We need the ban) at least for the interim, until this is clarified.” Police Chief Jim McDonnell is expected to testify, as he has said in the past, that his department is in favor of a complete ban. Officials and advocates both said new collectives have opened around the city since the initial court ruling struck the medical marijuana ordinance down. Should a ban go in place, Kemp

said it was likely the city would face a multitude of lawsuits. “But we’d rather not have this go to court,” he added, noting that Long Beach Collective Association members were willing to comply voluntarily with the city’s original ordinance, a difference between them and “renegade” collectives that have cropped up again. The city collected more than $500,000 in fees for the lottery process, money that may have to be refunded at some point.

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Council Passes Downtown Plan By Jonathan Van Dyke STAFF WRITER

After about four hours of comment and deliberation Tuesday, the City Council passed the Downtown Plan, which will set the tone for development in the area for the next quarter century. The Downtown Plan is a planning and development tool for a large swath of downtown Long Beach. Staff recommended approval of the document and the Downtown Long Beach Associates also supported it, along with all of the impacted downtown neighborhood associations. A newly ratified Downtown Plan would expand the area’s scope from 467 acres to 725 acres, upgrade comprehensive design standards for new development and various building types, include a simplified land use table and change specific design standards for items like building heights and parking lots. The City Council voted 7-2 (Eighth District Councilwoman Rae Gabelich and Ninth District Councilman Steven Neal dissenting) to pass the plan and deny the appeal to include certain mitigation measures. Those mitigation appeals were put forth by the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, Housing Long Beach and the Natural Resources Defense Council. That alliance sought rules to be included in the Downtown Plan for mixed income housing standards, commercial linkage fees, right of first

refusal for residents displaced by development and local hiring preferences. The City Council did pass a motion instructing city staff to prepare recommendations in 45 days on how to implement certain local hiring practices and a project labor agreement for expansions and future development across the city — not just in downtown. That motion passed 7-2, with Ga-

belich and Neal dissenting. “If (mitigations) are good enough for downtown, then (they) should be good enough for the entire city,” First District Councilman Robert Garcia said. Another motion by Fifth District Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske would have included low income housing recommendations, but it failed. Mayor Bob Foster reempha-

sized his support for the Downtown Plan, but did not support fees or housing mitigations. “The economic situation for this city ... we do not have developers tripping over themselves,” he added. Susanne Browne, senior attorney for Legal Aid Foundation

of Los Angeles, said not including the mitigations would violate “bedrock environmental laws,” and were needed to help with resident displacement. “We are not opposed to this, we are opposed to it without the appropriate mitigation measure to accompany it,” she said.


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Budget Plan Has Pluses, Also Pitfalls By Harry Saltzgaver EXECUTIVE EDITOR

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Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed Fiscal 2013 state budget has one top education administrator cautiously happy and another visibly upset, while Long Beach’s mayor is downright dismissive. Brown released his budget last Thursday, days early. He closes an estimated $9.2 billion deficit with cuts to social services, a proposed half-cent sales tax increase and an income tax hike on those making $250,000 a year or more. The budget proposal includes triggered cuts to education if the tax increases don’t pass in the November election. That trigger would cut $4.8 billion from public schools, meaning that Long Beach Unified School District Superintendent Chris Steinhauser and his board likely will campaign for tax increases. Steinhauser said he is more excited about another facet of Brown’s education funding plan that will provide much more flexibility in spending what money the state does provide. “I’ve been pushing for total flexibility (as opposed to the restricted spending on specifics that most state money comes with now) since before I became superintendent,” he said. “That’s in there, and I never thought I’d see that day… It provides a very powerful tool to get education spending back on track. The downside is the linchpin of the election. Still, I think it was a very tough situation, and this is about as good as it gets.” California State University, Long Beach, Provost Don Para was less enthusiastic. He said trigger cuts to the CSU system that have taken place in past years now are permanent in the proposed budget, and the proposal includes a $200 million cut if the tax hikes don’t pass. “Four years ago, the state support was 47% (of the cost per student),” Para said. “Last year, it was 22%, and next fall, it could be 18%. We continue to do our best, and graduating students is our priority — we graduated 9,000 last year — but these continued cuts will have a significant impact on the local talent pool.” Brown has proposed a $1.4 billion decrease in welfare and child-care services regardless of the tax hike results, and another $1 billion out of Medi-Cal, causing some Democratic legislators to urge caution. “The governor is serving up some pretty tough medicine,” said state Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach). “Now we’ll have to make sure that the cure isn’t worse than the ailment.” But the strongest criticism came from Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster on Monday in his State of the City address. While talking about the short-sightedness of eliminating redevelopment areas, Foster attacked the entire approach Brown and the (Continued on Page 15A)

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Occupy Leaves Lincoln; Police Refocus By Jonathan Van Dyke Staff Writer

With the New Year arriving and the Occupy Long Beach protestors having left Lincoln Park, there may be a few more resources spread around from the Long Beach Police Department, officials said. Occupy Long Beach has officially ratified having its general assembly meetings in Bixby Park at the corner of Junipero Avenue and Broadway. Meetings are at 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Occupy members still are being called on to attend different events — for example, they skipped Tuesday’s general assembly meeting to rally for mitigations in the Downtown Plan as the

City Council debated the issue. It has yet to be decided whether members will again protest in a 24/7 manner anywhere. The city has begun a project of reviving Lincoln Park, which area protestors were using for much of the last few months — officials said a lot of grass in the park had died due to the occupation. LBPD Public Information Officer Lisa Massacani said some property

was left behind, and police tried to identify owners when possible to return that property. Occupy Long Beach and police had begun to clash more when Lincoln Park started to become more cluttered with objects that produced safety concerns and blight, she added. According to the LBPD, the cost of monitoring Occupy Long Beach, as of Dec. 16, was about $500,000 — that doesn’t include

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legislature have taken in regards to spending. “I believe our prime responsibility is to preserve opportunity for the next generation,” Foster said. “I’m proud to say that here in Long Beach we were faithful to that responsibility. And we did it despite an atmosphere in Sacramento and Washington that is caught up in bitter partisan politics and seems destined to impoverish our future for some illusion of present benefit. Indeed, the State of California seems bound and determined to visit its contagion upon local governments.” Brown’s proposed budget now goes to the state legislature, but action likely won’t occur for months. The legislature’s deadline for approval is July 1.


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costs that other departments might have incurred. The elimination of 24/7 protesting, even if temporarily, also will free up the LBPD’s resources at least a little more, she added. “Resources that we would otherwise dedicate to the whole beat or some other parts of the city had

to be redirected to Lincoln Park for that situation,” she said. There have yet to be any major incidents with the new meeting place in Bixby Park, she added. “We will continue to monitor the park and make sure they are following applicable laws,” she said.

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Alzheimer’s Patients’ Families Can Win Reunion By Stephanie Minasian Staff Writer

With nearly 5.1 million Americans past the age of 65 suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, Home Instead, Inc. wants to help preserve memories before they get lost forever by giving away a family reunion. Home Instead Senior Care in Long Beach aims to provide area seniors with caregivers and ser-

vices to fit their needs. The company is taking part in the “I Will Remember You” family reunion giveaway, where one family will win a $10,000 reunion to help build new memories and keep the old ones alive. With offices around the globe, Long Beach Home Instead works with many patients and clients who suffer from various stages of dementia and Alzheimer’s.

“It’s really important for us to know how to safely and carefully facilitate our patients who have Alzheimer’s,” said Home Instead Senior Care Long Beach marketing manager Idelle Finnern. “There’s a fear and agitation with a lot of clients and patients, and we want to make sure when we’re taking care of them that we’re doing it properly.” Home Instead’s caregivers are in the process of being trained and certified to handle Alzheimer’s patients through the Alzheimer’s Association. In Long Beach, Home Instead does not require a minimum of

three or four hours for its caregivers to spend with the client or patient, she said. Patients can use their caregivers for a range of errands and services. “We can do an hour to sit with them safely at home,” Finnern said. “We’ll pick anyone up, get them home and fed, grocery shop, or make sure they get their medication. That does not obligate them to be in our system for a long period of time. This has been a huge area that hospital discharge planners and hospitals needed so badly.” With the “I Will Remember You” family reunion giveaway,

families will be able to gather together and make scrapbooks, shadow boxes and a memory booth to capture videos, photos and written thoughts. There also will be assistance from a professional family historian to create a family memory anthology. “We hope this contest will help turn some of the negative aspects associated with this disease into proactive projects that will preserve family memories for generations to come,” said Jeff Huber, president and chief operating officer of Home Instead, Inc. Those interested in entering the contest should submit a story or a video discussing their experiences with a family member living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. The deadline to apply is Jan. 31. For details and the guidelines for the contest, visit www.helpforalzheimersfamilies. com.

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Lasher’s Always Warm, Inviting Lasher’s, 3441 E. Broadway, 433-0153. • Hours: Open for dinner at 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Sunday Brunch begins at 10:30 a.m. Closed Monday. • Location: Located at the corner of Newport and Broadway near Redondo. There is a small lot behind the restaurant and street parking in the neighborhood. • Food/Drinks: Appetizers include Maryland Crab Cakes, Fried Green Tomatoes, Baked Brie, Goat Cheese and Roasted Garlic. Soups and salads include Lasher’s Award-winning Clam Chowder, Fresh Spinach Salad, Wedge of Romaine and Lasher’s House Salad. Signature dishes include New York Pepper Steak, Rib Eye and Rack of Lamb. Specialties include Braised Short Ribs, Lasher’s Meatloaf with cranberry glaze, Pan-roasted Chicken, Lasher’s Mixed Grill and Double Cut Pork Chop. Seafood dishes include Wild King Salmon, Shrimp and Bowtie Pasta and Lasher’s Louisiana Linguini. Desserts include Classic Crème Brulee, Molten Chocolate Cake and Caramel Apple Bread Pudding. Don’t forget Lasher’s Sunday Brunch with their famous Big House Hash and Eggs Benedict. • Atmosphere: Lasher’s is located in a renovated Craftsman bungalow. The dining areas are inviting, warm and elegant. The

outdoor garden patios are wonderful, secluded, green, and comfortable; one of the best outdoor dining patios in Long Beach. • The Taste: Jennifer and I stopped for dinner. It was a balm following the hectic weeks of the holiday season. We started with one of the new appetizers: Baked Brie with savory berry compote. It was wonderfully decadent, with a nice tang from the acidic side of the berry compote that helps cleanse the palate. Jennifer ordered the evening salad special. Crisp greens were topped with pecans, chopped pear, Stilton Bleu and Lasher’s own vinaigrette. Jennifer enjoyed the different flavor combinations and textures. For dinner, Jennifer ordered one of the new entrées. The Mixed Grill consists of three generous sausage links. One was a slightly sweet, like a chicken and apple style link, but with a wonderful smoky flavor from the grill. The remaining two were spicy. The first was an Italian variant with a light anise nose, and the other, a Cajun version nicely spicy. Accompanying the links were garden-fresh green beans with a spicy carrot topping and a ramekin of bubbling macaroni and cheese. The spicy carrot topping kept Jennifer and me guessing. We thought it was pumpkin, but James later told us it was carrot puree. The usual carrot sweetness was pushed back and its earthy notes accentuated. The maca-

roni and cheese was topped with breadcrumbs and came straight from the broiler. The entire meal was fantastic; Jennifer and I both loved it. I opted for something different. I selected the Shrimp and Bowtie Pasta with Garlic Cream. It was wonderful. Rich. Garlicky.

Shrimp cooked to perfection. Just thinking about it makes me want to go back for dinner tonight and order another round. We finished with Lasher’s excellent Crème Brulee. It is clas-

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Magical McKenna’s McKenna’s is working its magic in Alamitos Bay Marina, so to speak. The restaurant, which began offering live entertainment from magicians in September last year, is hosting what could be another sold-out show at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28. Featuring magic, comedy and psychic phenomena, the evening event features Andrew Goldenhersh, an internationally known magician who has been named “Parlor Magician of the Year” at California’s Magic Castle for two consecutive years. Participants are encouraged to make their reservations early due to limited seating. Tickets for the event, which includes a champagne and appetizer reception followed by the magic show, are $40 per person. Call 342-9411. Eat Pizza This Week It’s National Pizza Week, and Zpizza is celebrating the occasion with a special fan-created Pepperoni Caprese Pizza on its menu through the end of January. Free samples and special offers for the pizza are available at Zpizza locations through Sunday, Jan. 15. The fan-created pizza was designed during the Pure Pepperoni Design Your Dream Pizza recipe contest hosted on Zpizza’s Facebook page last year. The winning pizza was created by Mellissa Clark of Ohio. It puts a pizza twist on an Italian antipasto dish and uses 100% organic wheat flour dough, fresh mozzarella, roma tomatoes, roasted red peppers, basil, olive oil, salt and pepper and




Zpizza’s “Pure Pepperoni.” Founded in 1986 in Laguna Beach, Zpizza has two locations convenient for Long Beach diners. Find a Zpizza location at 4612 E. Second St. or go to Zpizza at 5718 E. Seventh St. For details about the restaurant chain, visit

Flea Market Deals The first Long Beach Flea Market of 2012 features more than 800 dealers from across the United States — bringing retails items ranging from chic, cheap, unique and vintage for the entire home at discount prices. Now in its 29th year, the 20acre event takes place all day Sunday, Jan. 15, at Long Beach Veterans Stadium. Admission is $5 for adults between 6:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. or $10 for adults from 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. There is no

admission charge for children age 12 or younger. Parking is free. The event takes place on the third Sunday of every month. Visit for discount coupons, maps and a schedule of events. Accounting Milestone One California accounting firm has more than just tax season to celebrate this winter. Holthouse Carlin & Van Trigt, the largest CPA firm headquartered in Southern California — with an office in Long Beach

— is celebrating its 20th year in business. Also, the firm is celebrating its sixth straight year on the list of the Top 25 Best Managed CPA Firms by INSIDE Public Accounting trade publication. Holthouse Carlin & Van Trigt also was named as one of the fastest growing private companies by INSIDE as well as one of the top tax firms in the nation with revenue under $100 million by Accounting Today. The Long Beach office is at 100 Oceangate, Suite 800.

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members and see what modifications to the project might make sense. We think there is some opportunity to compromise… We won’t make promises we can’t keep, but we think we can strike the appropriate balance.” The original proposal included a 12-story residential building, a 100-unit hotel and 155,000 square feet of retail, among other things. Opponents, including the Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust, fought the plan due to its density and height. Expected increased traffic was cited by neighborhood groups as a big concern. In addition to denying the spe-

cific project, the council on Dec. 20 also declined to certify the Environmental Impact Report for the project on a tied 4-4 vote. DeLong said that decision also can be revisited, and the EIR would remain valid as long as any revised project fit within the scope of the EIR. “I see where we would take three actions,” DeLong said. “We could vote to rescind the original decision, then, at another meeting, consider the EIR, amend the LCP (Local Coastal Plan) and consider a site plan. “Amending the LCP first is the preferred method, but it is not mandated, and the council voted to go the opposite direction four years ago when it declined to

HEALTH & BEAUTY amend SEADIP and said it would consider projects on a case-bycase basis… Regardless of the outcome of this (effort to reconsider), I want us to push forward with the study of SEADIP revisions. Tuesday night, in response to a question from Second District Councilwoman Suja Lowenthal, Assistant City Attorney Mike Mais said the council could consider a motion to rescind its Dec. 20 action as long as it is agendized. Consideration of a revised proposal or the EIR would require notifying the public and conducting another public hearing, he said. DeLong said Wednesday he has not met with the developer yet about what changes could be made, but that it was clear height is a primary concern. He said he would like something to come back to the council within 30 days.

NIGHT OUT Jan. 13-May 25 - Shark Lagoon Night, 6-9 p.m., Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, free, (closed Feb. 10, 24 and April 13, 20). Jan. 14 - Music by Gary Robertson, 7-9 p.m., Bogart’s Coffee, 905 Ocean Ave., Seal Beach, 431-2226, www. Jan. 14 - Political Humor with Capitol Steps, 8 p.m. Carpenter Center, 6200 Atherton St., $50, 985-7000, www.carpenterarts. org. Jan. 14-Feb. 11 - “Barefoot in the Park,” by Neil Simon, 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St., $24, $21 for seniors,

$14 for students, discounts available Jan. 12 &13, 494-1014, option 1, Through Jan. 21 - “Somberton Senior Residence Presents ‘The Nutcracker,’” 8:30 p.m. Fri., Sat., (also 2 p.m. Jan. 22), Found Theatre, 599 Long Beach Blvd., $15, 433-3363.

RUMMAGE Jan. 15 - Long Beach Antique Flea Market, 8 a.m.-2 p .m., Veterans Stadium, Conant Street near Lakewood Blvd., $5, younger than 12 free, www.

EVENTS Jan. 14 - E-Waste Drive DropOff, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Newcomb K-8 Academy, 3351 Val Verde Ave (enter off Clarmore). Jan. 14 - Donate Styrofoam to Turn into Surfboards, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, www. Jan. 14 - Music by The Emperors, 2:30-5:30 p.m., McKenna’s on the Bay, 190 N. Marina Dr. Jan. 14 & 15 - “Straight Talk” cable TV show with former Gov. George Deukmejian, 9 a.m., 7 p.m. Sat. and Sun. LBTV Channel 3 and FiOS Channel 21, and 10 a.m., 8 p.m. Sat. and Sun., Charter Channel 101, www. Jan. 15 - Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Celebration, 3-5 p.m., Gospel Memorial Church of God In Christ, 1480 Atlantic Ave., 9831665, Jan. 17 - Long Beach City College Senior Center Walking (Continued on Page 21A)

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moved its headquarters to downtown Long Beach. Another high note, he said, is that Long Beach Development Services this month released the Corridor Investment Projects publication, which details many of the public investments made along the city’s commercial corridors. The projects total more than $1 billion throughout the city in the past 15 years, not including many private corridor investments that were spurred by the projects. Harrison noted that continuing the progress made in the corridors could be hampered by the elimination of redevelopment, but the city will be looking for other available resources to continue making progress in the corridors.

“The corridor work, as well as a number of our programs, are a mix of RDA and community development block grant and other money,” he explained. “RDA played a major role, and cities throughout California are worried about the loss. RDA really was a force multiplier for us — providing the foundation for economic development through the removal of blight and other crime sites. It created an environment for business to thrive.” With or without redevelopment, Long Beach’s location — split between Los Angeles and Orange County with good access to the San Pedro Bay ports and several airports, including Long Beach Airport — is a selling point in itself, and Harrison said opportunities for businesses abound, although not every business owner

knows how to take advantage of what’s available. There are approximately 35,000 business license holders in the city. It’s Harrison’s job to help get the word out to prospective and existing business owners about those available opportunities. Harrison oversees staff focused on the city’s economic development — previously, there was an economic development bureau housed on Pine Avenue, but that department was dismantled and director Robert Swayze retired in July 2010. Although the bureau is gone, Harrison said all the same functions and programs related to economic development have remained. “We have a robust and vital economic development team that we bring together, especially when trying to attract a larger business,” Harrison said, adding that many of the characteristics that make Long Beach attractive to new businesses are the same opportunities that some businesses still fail to seize. Here’s a taste of what’s available to business owners in Long Beach: Long Beach Enterprise Zone Businesses can reduce their state taxes by taking advantage of Enterprise Zone benefits, which

are available to 75% of businesses in Long Beach. Benefits include hiring credits, sales and use tax credits and business expense deductions. Harrison said more than 5,900 hiring credit vouchers were issued in Long Beach and 549 new positions were created through Enterprise Zone assistance during the 2011 fiscal year. He said the popularity of the program grows each year. Similar to the Long Beach Enterprise Zone, Long Beach also offers a Recycling Market Development Zone program designed to create local markets for recycled materials, spur the development of green technologies, provide low-interest loans to manufacturers that use recycled materials and create new jobs. Workforce Investment Network The Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network provides direct workforce assistance, including comprehensive, no-cost business solutions for recruitment, training lay-off aversion, hiring tax credits and more. Harrison said the most popular service is the free pre-screening and recruitment of employees. In 2011, 3,100 workers were placed in permanent jobs and another 800 workers were placed in

temporary jobs through the Workforce Investment Network. Harrison said 75% of the employees placed in permanent jobs were still employed after nine months. Financial Assistance Programs Long Beach offers a variety of financial assistance programs through the city’s Business Loan Program, Grow Long Beach Fund, Small Business Administration Loans (Advantage CDC), Commercial Façade Improvement Program, Commercial Improvement Rebate Program and Neighborhood Investment Program ($2,000 grants for start ups). Harrison highlighted the success of the Grow Long Beach Fund, which has provided loans totaling $30 million in the past 15 years — creating and retaining close to 1,000 jobs. Also, Advantage CDC has provided more than $100 million in loans in the past 15 years, creating more than 2,500 jobs. Additionally, start-up grants and façade improvement grants have been awarded to more than 2,000 businesses totaling $11 million in that same time period. Goldman Sachs And SBDC Goldman Sachs partners with LBCC and other organizations to provide business owners with access to the Small Business Development Center. The program is based at LBCC — with a satellite office open now in downtown Long Beach — and offers existing and prospective businesses a variety of no- and low-cost development classes and tools. In the 2011 fiscal year, Harrison said Long Beach’s SBDC has provided nearly 2,000 hours of one-on-one advising to 384 small businesses; helped start 31 new businesses; helped create 161 jobs; and helped secure more than $2 million in capital infusion for local businesses.

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groups, we can save an additional $145 million over the next 10 years,” Foster said. “There is still time to come to an agreement at the bargaining table, but candidly, time is running out. The alternatives are not pretty. The escalating costs of maintaining pension benefits will leave very little choice besides significant layoffs to city employees — not a reduction in budgeted positions, not an elimination of vacancies. It means layoffs of real people, in real jobs in every single department of the city, including enterprise funds. “To the leadership of the IAM, please do what is right for your members and the people of Long Beach. To the rank and file membership of the IAM, remember what I said at the beginning of this speech about holding your elected representatives responsible.” The other major statement of the speech went directly to members of the City Council seated in the front row (Councilwomen Gerrie Schipske and Rae Gabelich did not attend). Foster called on the council to pass the Downtown Plan, a general devel-

opment plan for the area, at Tuesday night’s meeting. As is traditional, Foster called out some of the positives of the last year for praise, including lower crime rates, construction at the Long Beach Airport and the opening of the Ronald McDonald house, with promises of meals for the next year from Long Beach restaurants, secured through the Convention & Visitors Bureau. The Port of Long Beach was singled out for its clean air initiatives including completion of the Clean Trucks Program. The mayor also singled out his wife, Nancy Foster, for praise. Foster’s conclusion was a call to voters to provide oversight for the city’s elected officials while they pursue policies to secure the future. “If you believe that we are in danger of losing the future; if you believe that we have the moral imperative to preserve the opportunities for those who follow, then the only way to alter course is insist on better conduct from your elected officials. There simply is no substitute for your job,” he said. “For all of us, I hope you do it well. Our future depends on it.” To see the entire speech, go to

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the venue open. Garcia said the club has been hit by the recession as well as cultural changes in the gay and lesbian community. “Business has changed,” he explained. “Because of gay people being so accepted in this area, Ripples isn’t just a safe haven for gays, it is now a place for the larger part of the community… Computers, coffeehouses and the gym have become more popular hookups than the club.” But with help from Tabatha, the owners said business is improving at Ripples, which is a large, twostory venue with an ocean view, patios, lounge, fireplace, dance floor and multiple bars. Garcia and Hebert also own the liquor store next to Ripples and the two men juggle their responsibilities at both businesses while maintaining a strong personal relationship with one another — Garcia said they remember to put each other first before their businesses

and try to eat dinner together every day. Tabatha took aim at changing some of the club’s restrictive rules and boosting camaraderie among Ripples staff members, the owners said. The business also has upgraded its sound equipment, built high walls and closed doors at night to reduce the club’s noise impact on the Belmont Shore neighborhood. The business owners said they are looking at changing their promotion tactics as well as adjusting some of the club’s theme nights. “Tabatha is a tough, tough cookie — a force to be reckoned with,” Hebert said. “I didn’t like a lot of the stuff that she told me. She has tough love. She talks down to you and is hard on you, but she turns it around and it is like going to a private boot camp and coming out better... Business has already improved somewhat, and I think that once the show does air, more people will be coming in because of the show.” If they could do it over again, or

make a recommendation to other struggling business owners, both Garcia and Hebert said Tabatha’s assistance with Club Ripples was an invaluable way to move forward with the business. “I have developed a more positive outlook because of Tabatha,” Hebert said. “We are nicer to our community and to our customers, and the whole feeling is positive… She works you over, and it is a good working over. By the time you are done, she is a godsend. I will love her for what she did with us. She isn’t mean for the sake of being mean, she is there to teach you.” For details about Club Ripples at 5101 E. Ocean Blvd. or details about the business’s appearance on Bravo’s “Tabatha Takes Over” on Tuesday, Jan. 17, visit www.

Ed Baker Today’s Obituaries Baker, Ed Carver, Aaron Keith

Williams, Dwayne E.

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WILLIAMS, Dwayne Edward 1948-2011

1918 -2012

Dwayne Edward Williams, 63, of Long Beach, passed away Dec. 18. He was born in Wisconsin and was a self-employed consultant. He is survived by his daughter, Dwan. Interment was at Wisconsin Memorial Park in Brookfield, Wisc. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

Aaron Keith Carver 1923 -2012

Aaron Keith Carver was born on March 1, 1923 and raised near Cheney, Kansas, and graduated from North High School in Wichita, Kansas. Keith sang on radio with big bands in St. Louis while attending Washington University. He served as an Army Transportation Officer during WWII in Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and all over the Pacific.

Keith lost his wife Mimi 18 years ago, and his son Michael 30 years ago. While raising three children in Lakewood, he sang on Broadway, Las Vegas, and throughout the U.S. including nightclubs in Los Angeles, Long Beach and Orange County. He later managed many Reuben’s Restaurants and retired from the K-Mart Corporation. Keith is survived by his daughter Kaaron and son Casey. Keith was an avid snow skier, hiker, surfer and tent camper where he spent his most precious times with his loving wife. Friends are invited to a funeral service on Friday, January 13, at 11:00 am at Fairhaven Memorial Services, 27856 Center Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92692. See full obituary on their website, www. A lunch will be served after the service. A military burial service will be performed on Monday, January 16, 2012 at noon at the Riverside National Cemetery.

Richard E. “Ed” Baker born in Los Angeles, Ca., on August 23, 1918 to Edwin Baker and Marie Doughterty Baker and passed away Jan. 1, 2012 Graduated with a B.A. in Chemistry, Whittier College, 1940. Served in U.S. Marine Corps as Lieutenant WWII; wounded in The

Battle of Iwo Jima 1945, later retired as Major. Married Francine Leyva Baker, October, 1945; died 1986. Survived by brother Robert G. “Bob” Baker, daughters, Marie Baker-Lee and Susan Baker Reinhart and longtime friend Pat Smith. Worked for two oil companies, Mobil and THUMS Long Beach Co. in California and Texas. Longtime resident of Long Beach. Enjoyed life from early days to final days.

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