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SeaPort Back At Planning By Harry Saltzgaver

By Ashleigh Oldland EDITOR


An effort to prevent hundreds of tons of trash from reaching Long Beach’s coastline has been completed, city officials announced this month. The collaborative project, paid for by $10 million in stimulus grants from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, was a joint effort among Long Beach and 15 upriver gateway cities working together as the Los Angeles Gateway Authority. The cities spent the $10 million to install treatment drains on storm drains that lead to the Los Angeles River — cap-

Shannon has moved to petition the case to the California Supreme Court. In the meantime, he has had his staff draft an ordinance that would ban collectives — which he said is necessary in light of the Pack ruling. He said the issue could be revisited after a Supreme Court decision, should the landscape change again. On the other side of the issue, opponents have emerged in unison as the Long Beach Collective Association (LBCA). Spokesperson and collective advisor Carl Kemp spoke

A controversial redevelopment of the SeaPort Marina Hotel site will be back before the city’s Planning Commission next Thursday, Nov. 17, for a site plan review and a final vote on the statement of overriding considerations before moving on to the City Council. The Second+PCH proposal has been in the works for four years, and the redevelopment has been sought by property owners Ray and Amy Lin for more than eight years. On Oct. 12, the Planning Commission certified an Environmental Impact Statement for a mixed-use project on the property, as well as amendments to subarea 17 of SEADIP (Southeast Area Development and Improvement Plan) to allow for residential use and one building of up to 12 stories, as well as height averaging that would allow for five- and sixstory buildings. But the Planning Commission’s final recommendation differed significantly from the staff’s recommendation — the commission allowed residential as well as hotel uses in the 12-story building, but limited the number of residential units,

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Members of the American Legion rode down Atlantic Avenue Saturday as part of the 15th Annual Long Beach Veterans Day Parade, which organizers said was the largest one yet.

Council Delays Revisiting Marijuana Law By Jonathan Van Dyke STAFF WRITER

It will be several weeks before the City Council will take another look at what to do with its medical marijuana ordinance — and opponents of enacting a ban on collectives are hoping they have enough time to convince council members not to vote yes on such a proposal. According to City Attorney Robert Shannon, the City Council has pulled an item to review a possible medical marijuana collective ban from its Nov. 15 agenda because several

members plan to be absent. Instead, he said he expects that discussion to take place during its first meeting of December. The California Second District Court of Appeal, Division Three, last month ruled (in the case Pack v. The Superior Court of Los Angeles County) that parts of the city’s medical marijuana ordinance 5.87 were preempted by federal law — in essence, striking the law as a whole, down. The court particularly cited those parts of the law that permit medical marijuana and say who can and cannot sell the drug.

Basket Brigade Brings Joy


By Ashleigh Oldland EDITOR

yielded about 60 baskets. The charity has continued to grow year after year, and Kym said she continues to set the bar higher — last year the Basket Brigade gave away 826 baskets and had more than 150 volunteers to help in the effort, including city officials such as Mayor Bob Foster and his wife, Nancy Foster. The Livesays founded the Long Beach branch of the Bas-

ket Brigade, and the organization is a part of Anthony Robbins’s Foundation International Basket Brigade, which operates through local brigades like Long Beach’s, providing baskets of food and household items for more than two million people in 74 countries. Long Beach Basket Brigade members work with the mantra: (Continued on Page 34A)




—Gazette photo by Jonathan Van Dyke

With members of the Zerby family in the background, attorney Brian Claypool calls for a federal investigation of the shooting of Douglas Zerby. Story on Page 9A.




What would Thanksgiving be without the turkey? Members of the Long Beach Basket Brigade don’t want anyone in their community to find out, which is why they are hard at work this month raising money and putting together complete Thanksgiving feasts for underserved families in Long Beach that otherwise would not be able to afford the tradition. When founders Jeff and Kym Livesay coordinated their first annual Long Beach Basket Brigade seven years ago, it was a backyard effort with a few friends that

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Let Market Create Affordable Housing A new comprehensive development plan for Long Beach’s downtown will go before the Planning Commission tonight (Thursday). Ultimately, the plan will go before the City Council. The very concept of a comprehensive downtown development plan holds more than a little irony for anyone involved at all in community leadership over the last few decades. City leaders have struggled mightily for more than a quarter century to revitalize downtown Long Beach — ever since the function of downtowns as the core of retail went the way of the horse and buggy. It can be argued that the entire concept of a Redevelopment Agency here began with the need to redevelop downtowns. It’s a fact that the Long Beach RDA has poured millions into the city’s core with everything from marketing campaigns to tenant loans to sweetheart land deals. The effort has had mixed success, at best. You’d be hardpressed to find anyone involved who are truly satisfied with efforts along Pine Avenue, at CityPlace or down at the Pike. On the other hand, there are some true bright spots with residential successes and entertainment and dining alternatives. But what is past is past — this new Downtown Plan looks to the future. It does so in a more flexible way than previous land use regulations. There is not a blockby-block, lot-by-lot calling out of what should be where. We like that approach. But not everyone is happy with guidelines. They want guarantees. Specifically, an opposition has coalesced around the concept of affordable housing. Housing Long Beach, assisted and in some ways led by Legal Aid of Los Angeles, has spent the last year trying to require a percentage of housing downtown be set aside as “affordable.” At the end, it’s about a concept called inclusionary housing. The idea is that, according to advocates, any developer should be required to provide at least some affordable housing in any project, even if that project is aimed at upper end condominium buyers. In fact, some of the more ardent advocates say, those projects need to be pushed into providing accommodations for the poor. This is a difficult debate. To start, it is hard to understand how any housing in Southern California can be considered affordable to the working poor — those folks

at or near minimum wage struggling to raise families honestly. There certainly is a need, but filling it is problematic at best. Thankfully, the days of the “projects,” government housing, seem to be past. That doesn’t mean that government has given up on helping to house the less fortunate, though. Some of the most successful affordable housing projects in Long Beach have been partnerships between private developers and the RDA. Those partnerships are predicated on developers seeing a need and finding a way to fill it profitably — not gouging, but not depending on government charity either. Which brings us back to the downtown plan. Planning staff has worked for five years to create a concept that would allow market forces to work, with the proper prods from government oversight and assistance. Should there be affordable housing on Ocean Boulevard and Pacific Avenue? We’re having a hard time saying that makes sense. But, and this is a big but, we certainly can see how a developer taking advantage of government assistance should be required to make a payment in lieu of providing affordable housing. Zoning provides plenty of constraints on developers in terms of what can be built where and how it can be built. Adding conditions of who developers must sell to or how much they can charge truly is contrary to the free market society that we still believe is the model for our society. Developers across the country currently pay in lieu of fees when they cannot provide sufficient open space. There are fees to help pay for the additional educational and public safety services — even fees for street maintenance. It’s up to political leaders to determine when those fees become onerous or actually stop development. But telling someone they must include affordable housing, then expect others to pay top dollar at the same location, is irrational. It also would doom any hope Long Beach’s downtown has to truly turn itself around. We strongly support creating more housing in Long Beach. We strongly believe that the only way affordable housing will become a viable part of that mix is to make it economically feasible, not to make it a requirement. Move this plan forward as it stands.

What’s The Point Of Columns Today? Have you ever wondered about curmudgeonly commentators? I have. Even if you have never watched CBS’s “60 Minutes,” it’s my bet that you know about Andy Rooney. He has been caricatured perhaps more than any public individual in recent times except presidents. How could you not draw those eyebrows? But it was the voice that truly defined Rooney’s character. The impersonators invariably made it too querulous, too whiney. In fact, Rooney seemed able to walk a fine line between expressing exasperation and being truly annoying. I always thought, or at least hoped, that the whine was part of Rooney’s poking fun at his oh-so-serious essays on ohso-inconsequential topics. My proof would be the way the whine disappeared when Rooney addressed serious issues. And he was more than capable of addressing such issues — he was part of that great generation of journalists who cut their teeth on World War II. That generation broadcast on radio and published in newspapers — when words mattered more than hairstyles and wardrobe. When news came last week of Rooney’s death at age 92, one of my colleagues asked me if I had a favorite newspaper columnist or someone I tried to pattern myself after. Clearly he was angling for a revelation that I was trying to channel Rooney in my little Pinch. After all, I have been accused of more than a little curmudgeonliness over the years. Former Mayor Beverly O’Neill always introduces me with, “I thought at first that he was a curmudgeon, a

Dog Debate

To The Editor, A big thanks to Councilman Patrick O’Donnell for bringing nature lovers together Sunday morning to discuss the future of El Dorado Dog Park. Although we all had in common our love for the outdoors, there were some differences in what we each considered enjoyable. It was a great meeting in that we all had an opportunity to get

bit of a sourpuss, or that he didn’t like me.” Maybe it’s my voice, but I bet it’s my face. How could you not be a curmudgeon with a mug like mine? To be honest, I wasn’t all that big an Andy Rooney fan. I hate to admit it, but I’m not a huge fan of any particular columnist. (Which makes it kind of hard for me to argue that you should be a fan of this column, doesn’t it?) Oh, I’ve enjoyed Steve Lopez, and a guy named Woody Paige held my attention back in Colorado. There have been sports columnists (Paige is best when he limits himself to sports) who are nothing short of amazing, and anyone who claims to be a writer of columns has to be aware of Chicago’s Mike Royko. My favorite humor columnist is Dave Barry — he really believes in personal columns — and I totally refuse to read advice columnists. But what really got me off on this rant is the fact that I fear the demise of the star columnist is at hand. The culprit is, of course, the Internet. These days, a personal column is called a blog, and the requirements to write such a thing are virtually nil. Of course, getting people to read your blog can be problematic if you don’t have the platform of a paper, a website or some other claim to fame. I started writing “A Pinch Of Salt” shortly after arriving in

some questions answered and express our opinions either verbally or in writing. It was fortuitous that we got some rain that morning so that everyone could see how prone to flooding that area is, and to imagine how different the microbiology of the brown puddles would be if we were standing in the middle of a dog park instead of a maintenance yard. In the spirit of full disclosure, I enjoy tending my garden plot for relaxation, exercise and the

Long Beach nearly 20 years ago. My motivation then was to provide a human face to the newspaper. I wanted people to know who was behind this thing that purported to offer the news they needed to be a part of their community. That motivation remains the same. I admit to using this space occasionally to promote causes I think are important, or to offer my opinion on issues and people that are purely my own and not a reflection of the paper as a whole. And just like Rokyo, Rooney and the rest, I offer my observations for you, gentle reader, to take or leave as you will. I don’t expect everyone to agree with me — I’d be disappointed if my thoughts were so insipid that they didn’t prompt some disagreement. It’s up to you to decide whether to give “A Pinch” any credence. It’s actually up to you to decide whether to give the Gazette, or any other source of information, any credence. I’d argue that we’ve earned it. It’s called longevity. It’s called consistency. It’s called credibility. I am more confident about that in regards to the newspaper than I am about this column. You see, I lay myself out every time I write this thing. This is me. It is personal, and I take it personally. I hope that occasionally it offers you food for thought. But believe me, I appreciate you reading it. I know you have plenty of alternatives, and I thank you for your time. R.I.P., Mr. Rooney.

educational and nutritional opportunities it provides to my family. Building a dog park so close to edible gardens would create the likelihood of contamination either by runoff or vectors and would diminish the enjoyment if there was constant barking and constant smell of dog waste. In the brief Q&A, I noted that there are two groups opposed to building a dog park south of Spring Street and asked if there (Continued on Page 3A)

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Long Beach Opera Wins Mellon Grant To Expand By Harry Saltzgaver EXECUTIVE EDITOR

A prestigious $300,000 grant is allowing the Long Beach Opera to expand its season from four to five productions next year, and ultimately could mean a six-opera season. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has made the three-year grant, which will support the LBO’s new “Outer Limits” series. Artistic and General Director Andreas Mitisek said that the new series will further expand the boundaries of the opera form — something the LBO has become

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was any opposition to building it on the north side of the street. The answer was “staff.” In reading the staff’s recommendation I can only surmise that this opposition stems from wanting to convert underutilized space into usable parkland instead of converting established park space. Could we not ask the nongovernmental organization that is willing to help the residents by paying to build the dog park and maintain it for three years to do both? Members of the Parks and Recreation Commission and City Council, please listen to the constituents and users of this precious asset; that part of town could use a dog park, but let’s build it north of Spring and turn as much land as possible into green space where the maintenance yards are. Salvador Farfan Naples

renowned for under Mitisek’s leadership. Previous productions have taken place in venues ranging from parking garages to swimming pools as well as the traditional stage, and the LBO has made a practice of presenting new or rare operas. The new series, Mitisek said, will feature works that defy classification, offering a broad spectrum of music styles, theatrical innovation and more. The inaugural production for Outer Limits will be in September 2012, with a presentation of “Paper Nautilus” by Gavin Bryar

at the Aquarium of the Pacific. More details will be available next year. That production is in addition to the 2012 season that includes a double bill and three full-length operas. As has become tradition, the LBO will travel to different venues, starting with a trip across the bay to the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro to present “Maria De Buenos Aires.” Those shows are Jan. 29 and Feb. 4, and only a few single tickets remain, according to Doris Koplik, director of media relations. The rest of the season, which

is titled “Absurd-Bizarre-Surreal,” includes a double bill on March 11 and 17 at the Center Theater of “The Breasts of Tiresias” and “Tears Of A Knife,” the secular passion play “Ainadamar” by Osvaldo Golijov May 19 and 26 at

the Press Telegram building, and “The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat” June 16 and 24 at a venue to be determined. For tickets and more information, visit the website at www.

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Fourth Option For Canine Area By Jonathan Van Dyke Staff Writer

Perhaps there is a compromise to be had. Staff members from the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine have recommended a new fourth option for the El Dorado Dog Park. The Parks and Recreation Commission is set to decide on a possible location at its meeting at 9 a.m. today, Thursday, at the El Dorado Park West Senior Center, 2800 Studebaker Road. Staff has recommended a fourth possible location after it conducted multiple meetings with area stakeholders — specifically members of the Audubon Society, El Dorado Nature Center and Long Beach Community Garden. Those three groups opposed the proposed Azteca Yard location for the park. The Opossum Patch picnic area, Tree Farm

Maintenance Yard, Community Garden and Nature Center border that maintenance yard. Opponents have said that the dog park could contaminate wildlife and the soil — adversely impacting the Nature Center and Community Garden. Therefore, staff came up with a recommendation to use the nearby Tree Farm area that the city had converted into a general maintenance yard in 1973. It is still south of Spring Street, but it is not directly bordered by the Nature Center or Community Garden and it is closer to potential partner Animal Care Services. The Tree Farm area would be about 1.6 acres, not including a parking area. Staff said that it would be about the same size as the Azteca site because of various buffers and parking considerations. The staff report also cites positives of the Tree Farm having many natural and manmade buffers that should help mitigate en-

vironmental concerns. “We thought about the concerns of the Nature Center and the Community Garden people and potentially having to mitigate their concerns by creating buffer zones at that spot (Azteca)… It almost ends up being the same amount of space we would have to carve out at the Tree Farm,” said George Chapjian, department director. “Not everybody would be happy about that, but they’d be less inclined to oppose that.” The other two options are north of Spring Street. The “Southeastern Corner” option is 3 acres just east of the Spring Street entrance to Area II of El Dorado Park, bordered by Spring Street and the 605 Freeway. The other location is a somewhat undefined area north of the archery range in Area II. Neither spot has completely defined boundaries at this time. Chapjian said staff was less in favor of those two locations because they didn’t want to take away from dedicated park land, if at all possible. The staff report comes about seven months after the Parks and Recreation Commission approved staff to look into a spot for a potential El Dorado Dog Park that would be funded entirely by the Friends of El Dorado Dog Park. That specific group was asking for somewhere big enough for both large and small dog areas, sufficient room for parking, ability to consider grass rather than decomposed granite and proximity to restrooms and water piping. Members of Friends of El Dorado Dog Park remain in favor of the Azteca Yard. Should the compromise plan be chosen, Friends of El Dorado Dog Park would be responsible for building the parking area, installing fencing and a gate and providing ADA access. If the Parks and Recreation Commission approves a park site this week, the issue could be appealed to the City Council. For more information, visit

Middle Schools Need Pepsi Votes The drive to raise money for Long Beach Middle School Sports has made it to the voting stage of the Pepsi Refresh Project Grant. The Long Beach Education Foundation and the community of Long Beach raised the money needed to fund middle school sports for the 2010-2011 school year. The goal is to raise enough money to keep sports going through the following school year as well. The top 10 vote getters in the grant contest will receive $50,000. Individuals can vote once a day, every day through the end of November. There are three ways to vote: on a person’s Facebook account, by texting 109846 to Pepsi (73774), or by going online to the website at

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Another Tie May Mean End To Trade Center Deal By Harry Saltzgaver Executive Editor

A last-ditch effort to keep alive the deal for the Port of Long Beach to buy the World Trade Center and move its headquarters there failed Monday on another 2-2 tie vote. Commission President Susan Wise recused herself before the debate, which technically was to extend the due diligence period beyond Nov. 14. That’s the day the purchase contract ends without action by the Long Beach Harbor Commission. However, most of the discussion was about whether Wise should be allowed to vote on the issue. She has stepped out of the chamber every time the discussion turned to the possible purchase since the original public debate on Aug. 29. The city attorney’s office had advised her that she had a potential conflict of interest because her law office is in the World Trade Center building. “It’s come up recently that someone has asked the FPPC (Fair Political Practices Commission) whether President Wise had to recuse herself,” Commissioner Nick Sramek said. “I’m not making a decision at all in regards to the World Trade Center, but in regards to a number of situations I would like to see what the FPPC has to say about it. I would like to hold this item open until we get a decision.” Attorney Jerold Neuman, speaking for World Trade Center





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“You can’t just change the rules at the end of the period.” —Rich Dines owners Legacy Partners, said that the owners had appealed to the Fair Political Practices Commission for a ruling whether Wise had to stay out of the debate over the purchase because she has a law office in the building. Without her vote, the commission deadlocked 2-2 on Oct. 10, with new commissioners Rich Dines and Doug Drummond both arguing that the deal was too expensive and voting against further discussion. Monday, Dominic Holzhaus, principal deputy city attorney for the Harbor Division, said that the FPPC would not rule on a third party request (from Legacy Partners), but it could rule if a commissioner made the request directly — which, according to Nueman, would be the next step in the process. However, that would take at least another three weeks and without action from the commission, the due diligence period — similar to a home escrow —

would expire and the deal would die. “I believe this should go to the FPPC,” Commissioner Thomas Fields said. “To let an item like this go down on a 2-2 deadlock is, to me, an issue of transparency of government.” Dines responded that Wise could have requested a ruling from the FPPC at any time since first recusing herself on Aug. 29. “I believe this has been an open process,” Dines said. “This is the third time I’ve listened to public comment on this issue… You can’t just change the rules at the end of the period.” Sramek said it would not slow the process of getting out of the current administration building by extending the World Trade Center deal by another 45 days — the maximum it would take for the FPPC to rule, according to Holzhause. Fields and Neuman argued that making a decision by not making a decision — the lack of a majority position — was “not good government.” But after reiterating the reasons they used on Oct. 10 to oppose the purchase, both Dines and Drummond voted no on the motion. Drummond said that he had asked specifically at the beginning of the World Trade Center purchase

period whether the port could pull out of the deal for any reason, and that was exactly what he was doing. Neuman said after the meeting that Legacy would review its options, including legal action

and reviewing individual commissioners’ actions. Commissioners went into closed session afterwards to discuss the selection of a new executive director, and were unavailable to comment.

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Suspects in custody

Hate Crime Hits 4th, Cherry Not very far removed from Fourth Street’s Retro Row, two men were assaulted in what the Long Beach Police Department is investigating as a possible hate crime. Police were called at 8:10 p.m. on Halloween (Monday, Oct. 31) to the area near the intersection of Fourth Street and Cherry Avenue. According to Nancy Pratt, LBPD public information officer, investigators learned that two adult males were approached by two male suspects and assaulted. Both victims were transported to the hospital with what police said

were moderate injuries. Shortly after police arrived at the scene, Pratt said, descriptions of the suspects — who fled on foot — aired over the police radio. Within a few minutes, a police unit that was responding to the area observed the suspects near Third Street and Cherry Avenue and matched them to the description over the radio. Both suspects were arrested for assault with a deadly weapon — police said the weapon was not a firearm. LBPD said the suspects were 19 and 27 years old, both from Long Beach. Investigators are in

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NO HATE. Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal and law enforcement officers talk about recent hate crimes at a meeting Sunday in the Bixby Park Community Center.

the process of interviewing several independent witnesses. Violent Crimes detectives are investigating the incident as a hate crime, but at this time do not believe it is connected to any previous incidents.

Anyone with additional information on this incident can call LBPD Violent Crimes Detective Jackie Bezart at 570-7250. Anonymous tips can be left through —Jonathan Van Dyke

Rancho Gift Shop Hosts Holiday Sale The gift shop will host a holiday preview sale from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at Rancho Los Alamitos, 6400 Bixby Hill Rd. Local artists are featured. Those attending will find unique gifts from decorative tiles and Bauer Pottery to jewelry and ap-

parel as well as books on local history, gardening and cooking. Because parking is limited, car pooling to Rancho Los Alamitos is highly encouraged. For additional information, visit the website at www.

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Long Beach Makes National List Of Digital Cities By Jonathan Van Dyke Staff Writer

The saying that “we all live in a digital world” is bandied about frequently, but city officials can now officially say their residents live in a top-ranked digital city. The Center for Digital Government and Government Technology jointly have put out a list the last 11 years naming the top cities when it comes to integrating technology into their governments for public service. This year’s survey ranks Long Beach No. 9 for the category of cities with populations of 250,000 or more. The survey specifically spotlights municipalities that demonstrate how technology can be used to enhance public service. “We’re very happy and proud that we were selected as a top10 digital city,” said Curtis Tani, Long Beach’s director of technology services. Tani said he and other city officials were specifically proud of a number of achievements this year — including the launch of the Go Long Beach smartphone application and the increased usage of its social media websites. There also has been an expansion of public meetings that are streamed online or viewed on smartphones. “I think the mayor, City Council

Woman’s Body Found In Lagoon The Long Beach Police Department received a call last Friday morning at about 8:35 a.m. in regards to a body found in the Colorado Lagoon. According to Lisa Massacani, Long Beach Police’s public information officer, police who arrived at the scene found the body of an adult female in the water. She said that based on the preliminary investigation, it appeared to be a suicide. Later on, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office confirmed that the woman was Debby Winsberg, 51, of Long Beach. The coroner ruled her death as a drowning suicide.

and the city manager have given us the direction to make technology a priority,” he said. “Even in these difficult budget times we’ve been able to invest in these technology initiatives... We still want to invest in technology as we reduce our budgets. A lot of these (programs) are not expensive investments, but they still provide better services to the public.” Tani said other initiatives have included improvements to fiber optics between several city facilities, implementing new online permitting and licensing processes and implementing moneysaving Internet-based phone technology and virtual servers and workstations. He also applauded the public-private partnership to bring back public access television for the city. This year saw the launch of, which allows for a social media center that links to different sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. “We’re producing a lot of short videos,” Tani said. “It is very current — things that are happening today are posted tonight.” All this technology has brought the city a long way from where it was 10 years ago, city officials said.

“There have been incremental changes over that time, but if you look at the whole period, we’ve seen huge progress,” Tani said. “We still have investments

to make, but we’ve come a long way. “At the turn of the century I think we’d only had a website for four or five years. It was pretty

simple, so we definitely expanded on that by investing in web content management system in 2003. That really began to take it to the next level.”

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Paws, Sneakers Hit Pavement For K9K By Jonathan Van Dyke Staff Writer

Paws will join feet this weekend to try to bring awareness to cancer in pets.

The VPI (Veterinary Pet Insurance) K9K Pet Cancer Awareness Walk will take place along Shoreline Village and Rainbow Harbor with owners and their pets stroll-

ing the shore to help raise money. “We created pet cancer awareness month seven years ago for November,” said Curtis Steinhoff, VPI director of corporate com-

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munications. “We wanted to educate the public on the prevalence and treatment options of cancer in pets.” He added that cancer is the number one killer of dogs and cats in the U.S., but that treatment options have increased and gotten better. “Many of the same treatments that can be done for humans can be done for pets,” he said. “That can be costly, but we wanted to inform the public of all their options. “About two years (into having a pet cancer awareness month), we decided we wanted to create a philanthropic element to it. Each year we’ve gotten more and more pets and pet parents at the walk.” VPI takes care of the monetary aspects of putting on the event, and because of that, all the proceeds from the registration fees go toward the Animal Cancer Foundation, Steinhoff said. That foundation performs cancer research benefiting people and pets. The first ever K9K took place in Orange County, but it was moved to Long Beach shortly after that. “We decided we wanted it somewhere with a little more metropolitan feel,” Steinhoff said. “We also wanted an area that could allow us more dogs and still be visually appealing. The whole setup was perfect for us. “This is one of the few walks that I’m familiar with that is specifically designed for pets and their owners … It’s kind of a unique cause and everyone has a story, so it’s relevant to a lot of people.”

WHAT: VPI K9K Pet Cancer Awareness Walk WHEN: 9 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. walk on Nov. 12 WHERE: Catalina Landing COST: $35 in advance or $40 at door

“We wanted to educate the public on the prevalence and treatment options...” —Curtis Steinhoff VPI has been based in Orange County since 1982. It has insurance policies for more than a half million pets — the first was television’s Lassie. The Grand Marshal of the event will be a dog named Harley, who won VPI’s Hambone Award for most unusual insurance claim this year — the pug ate and then had to pass about 100 rocks. There will be about eight vendor booths for pet health and information at the event. Walkers will receive a T-shirt, a pet bandana and an In-N-Out Burger lunch. The walk will be a 3K — about 1.8 miles. “It’s one of the most joyous events I’ve been to,” Steinhoff said. “There are people who are walking in memory of a pet and there are people who are even taking their pets who have cancer, and pulling them in a wagon or something similar and the dog is wagging its tail still and enjoying the outdoors.” To register in advance, visit

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No Criminal Charges Filed In Zerby Incident By Jonathan Van Dyke Staff Writer

The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office will not press charges against the two Long Beach Police Department officers who shot Douglas Zerby at the end of last year — but his remaining family and attorney have vowed to press for a federal independent criminal investigation on the incident. The information was released last Thursday in a letter addressed to LBPD Chief Jim McDonnell from District Attorney Steve Cooley. The names of the two officers were released in the letter: Victor Ortiz and Jeffrey Shurtleff. “We have determined that these officers acted lawfully in self-defense and the defense of others,” Cooley says in the letter. The letter talks in detail about the incident that occurred in the later afternoon on Dec. 12, 2010. Police were called to the 5300 block of Ocean Boulevard near the intersection of Glendora Avenue. That call eventually led to the 35-year-old resident of Long Beach being shot to death by Ortiz and Shurtleff. “I know they murdered my son in cold blood,” said Pam Amici, Zerby’s mother, during a Friday press conference in front of the LBPD headquarters. She and her family had kept quiet for much of this year because they wanted to hear the results of the investigation, she said, but now they would move forward and try and get some justice for Zerby. Zerby’s family and their attorney, Brian Claypool, said they will be asking U.S. Attorney Eric

Holder to conduct his own investigation — and that Cooley merely “rubber stamped” the LBPD’s investigation rather than have his office conduct its own. “A police officer is mandated, when they have time, to give a command to the suspect that they intend to shoot the suspect before they shoot the suspect,” Claypool said. “In this case, those police officers had nearly eight minutes to identify themselves and issue a command to Doug Zerby to drop what they perceived to be a weapon.” Cooley’s letter focused on the accounts of both Ortiz and Shurtleff. The officers, according to the report, observed Zerby through a window and a sliding door that both looked out to a courtyard staircase Zerby was sitting on with what they thought was a handgun (it eventually was found out to be a water hose nozzle). “Shurtleff watched as Zerby extended his arms and pointed the (apparent) firearm south toward

“...those police officers had nearly eight minutes to identify themselves...” —Brian Claypool the location where Ortiz was positioned inside the front house,” Cooley’s letter said. “Fearing that Zerby was going to shoot at Ortiz or another person approaching from the south, Shurtleff fired his service weapon at Zerby.” The letter goes on to describe Ortiz’s reaction — he began shooting upon hearing Shurtleff’s shots. Both officers said the observed Zerby pointing the gun multiple times as if he was ready to ambush somebody. Claypool and the family objected to the report, saying they conducted their own independent investigation, which included a biomechanical expert, firearms expert and a police practices ex-


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pert. That investigation, he said, indicated there might have been a third officer on the balcony of the building and that Zerby couldn’t have been holding his arms in a shooting position because the bullet entry wounds were on the inside of his forearms. Claypool said he believes just the fact that officers never communicated with Zerby is grounds for negligent homicide. Beyond the call for a federal criminal investigation, Claypool


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confirmed that there is a wrongful death lawsuit filed on behalf of Zerby’s 9-year-old son and his mother. The trial for that case is set for September 2012 in Santa Ana federal court. “We are confident that we can prove in civil court that the shooting of Doug Zerby … was objectively unreasonable — that’s the standard we have to prove,” he said. “We’re confident we can prove that.”

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Oil Fills Part Of Hole Left In Library’s Budget By Jonathan Van Dyke STAFF WRITER

Deep cuts were made to many of the city’s diverse institutions and its public library services were no exception. The Uplands oil money that is being used for one-time expenses, however, has softened the blow — at least for this year, officials said. When the City Council recently voted on using about $18.4 million in oil money, about $550,000 went to help alleviate cuts made to library services — not enough to cover full cuts made, but enough to restore some key components, said Glenda Williams, director of library services. Hours for the 12 library locations in the city will not be reduced this year (this was not impacted by oil money or fiscal cuts). However, there were three libraries — Alamitos, Ruth Bach and Brewitt — that were going to be converted into what officials were calling reading rooms. “Only basic library services would have been available,” Wil-

liams said. “You could check out materials and use the computers, but that’s basically it. There would have been no programming or story time.” Instead, about $300,000 of that one-time use money will go toward providing a limited amount of programming at those libraries. “We’re still working it out as far as how we are going to do it,” Williams said. “We’re working on the programming at each location and what types are needed in each community … We won’t be able to do everything we did before, but we want to provide as much as we can.” The money will allow those three libraries to keep cash registers in each building — which, in turn, allows for DVD movie rentals and holds to be placed and routed to those libraries. The reason Alamitos, Ruth Bach and Brewitt were chosen is because they are in council districts that have two libraries, and were the branches that were statistically used less. Williams said

she and staff will be examining other statistics to figure out what types of programming should remain at each location. Thanks to the Long Beach Library Foundation, this year there still will be Family Learning Centers at all the libraries, she added. The centers place mostly college students at special areas to help children with one-on-one homework assistance and there are computers that adults can use to prepare work résumés. Staffing will see reduced hours this fiscal year. Those three locations only have one librarian on staff. About 10 library services positions were lost for the new fiscal year throughout the city. The remaining $250,000 of allocated oil money will go toward supplies and infrastructure — mostly toward a large-scale wireless Internet upgrade for all library locations, Williams said. Alamitos, Ruth Bach, Brewitt, Bay Shore, Burnett, Los Altos and El Dorado libraries currently don’t have any wireless Internet.

The other libraries that do have wireless are in need of an upgrade, she added. “I’m hoping this can be completed within the fiscal year,” she said. She added that cuts will continue to come, with next fiscal year possibly bringing additional cuts of at least $400,000. The idea of reducing the three libraries to reading rooms might be looked at again.

“I’m hoping we have a really good year, revenues come in and we won’t have to take as big of a hit,” Williams said. “We’re basically here for one thing: To provide equal access to information. That is the one thing I will continue to strive to do. “There are a lot of people coming to the library who want information and need those resources.”

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Bonnie Lowenthal Runs For Assembly By Harry Saltzgaver Executive Editor

State Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) has thrown a bit of a wrench into Long Beach politics, announc-

ing last Friday she will run for a third term in the Assembly rather than challenge another Assembly member for a state Senate seat. The decision means Lowenthal, a former Long Beach City

Council member, could be running against two current council members — Fourth District Councilman Patrick O’Donnell and Fifth District Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske. It also gives As-

semblyman Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) a clear path to the 33rd Senate District seat. Most of that district is covered by Sen. Alan Lowenthal’s current 27th Senate District. Much of the maneuvering is the result of the constitutionallymandated redistricting, which has redrawn boundaries for the state Senate and Assembly districts. Bonnie Lowenthal currently represents the 54th Assembly District, which includes most of Long Beach and Palos Verdes. The new 70th Assembly District offers similar boundaries. The 33rd Senate District’s boundaries reach further inland than the 27th District, and early polls had given Lara an edge over Lowenthal (Alan Lowenthal will term out in the state Senate and has announced a campaign for the new Long Beach/Orange County 47th District). A challenge to the redistricting plan was thrown out by the state Supreme Court recently. “I made it clear from the beginning that I was running based on the configuration of the new districts,” Lowenthal said Tuesday. “I’ve never stopped being focused on my work, and I want to continue trying to accomplish my goals.” Lowenthal said her current leadership positions in the Assembly — she chairs the Transportation Committee — helped make her mind up to try to stay in the Assembly. The fate of a major high-speed rail project is expected to be decided in the coming year. “I just felt that running for office for the next year wouldn’t allow me to focus on my job as chair,” she said. “High-speed rail

“I just felt I’d be more effective in the Assembly...” —Bonnie Lowenthal is really important to our entire state. I just felt I’d be more effective in the Assembly, and it would let me finish what I have started.” O’Donnell is completing his second term on the City Council, and cannot run again except as a write-in candidate. Schipske is in the middle of her second term, and would keep her seat until 2014 if she doesn’t move on to the Assembly. All three are Democrats; no Republican has announced a candidacy in the 70th Assembly District. Under the state’s new open primary law, everyone can vote for any candidate in the June 5 state primary. The top two votegetters move on to the Nov. 6, 2012, general election. “My plans have not changed,” O’Donnell said Tuesday. “Let’s just leave it at that.” Schipske was less definitive. “I have retained John Shallman,” she said. “He’s one of the best consultants in the state. We’ll be sitting down and reviewing my options.” Alan Lowenthal is the only Democrat who has announced a run for the 47th Congressional District. Yet another Long Beach City Council member, Third District Councilman Gary DeLong, has begun a run for that seat, as has former Congressman Steve Kuykendall. Both DeLong and Kuykendall are Republicans; DeLong is in the middle of his second term on the City Council, currently slated to serve until 2014.

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Girls, Women Set For Eight City Beauty Pageant Competitions More than 40 girls and women are expected to compete for eight titles in Long Beach and Southern California beauty pageants starting at 6 p.m. Sunday at The Grand, 4101 E. Willow St.

Contestants will compete in four divisions: Little Miss (ages 6-10), Teen (ages 13-18), Miss (ages 19-29) and Mrs. (ages 21+ and currently married). Winners in each category will

receive an appearance contract that could earn them up to $3,000 each. Tickets are $30 and are available at

—Gazette photo by Geronimo Quitoriano

Percussion group Adaawe performs Saturday during the Peace & Rhythm: Community Drum Circle event at Promenade Park.

Police Arrest Murder Suspects Police arrested two men for an alleged murder that occurred last month at a location on Anaheim Street. The arrests were made regarding an incident that was called into the Long Beach Police Department at approximately 8:05 a.m., Oct. 11. Officers responded to a “shots fired” call at the 400 block of West Anaheim Street. When they arrived, they found 34-year-old Antwan Johnson of Rancho Cucamonga, who had been stabbed. He was transported to a local hospital and pronounced dead on Oct. 13. Investigators believed that Johnson was walking down the street with a female companion before he was confronted by three male Hispanic men in their 20s, who then assaulted him. During the attack Johnson was stabbed with an unknown object.

According to an LBPD report, homicide detectives worked the case and eventually learned that the suspects were local gang members. They identified and arrested two of the three — 23year-old Michael Contreras of Long Beach and 21-year-old Guillermo Parra of Long Beach — on Nov. 3 at their homes in Long Beach. Monday, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office charged both suspects with the murder of Johnson and both are being held on $1 million bail at the Los Angeles County Jail. Detectives said they do not believe Johnson was gang-affiliated, but the investigation remains ongoing. Anyone with information can call LBPD Homicide detectives Hugo Cortes and Peter Lackovic at 570-7244. Tips can be left through

LunaFest Highlights Films For Women A national film festival featuring movies by, for and about women is coming to Long Beach from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at the Art Theatre, 2025 E. Fourth St. The showing of the nine films in LunaFest will benefit the Assistance League of Long Beach and the national Breast Cancer Fund. Tickets are $30 and are

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Student Works For Chavez Donations By Stephanie Minasian Staff Writer

Lakewood High School student

Jackie Fielder is on a mission to assist the children of Cesar Chavez Elementary School. The high school senior is working to set up donation boxes around the city for school supplies to help Cesar Chavez’s students get the best education possible, she said. “Before I went off to college, I wanted to do something for my community for just being good to me,” Fielder said. “I know that I am very fortunate, and it’s for a reason — so I can finally reach out to others. Now that I am of age and have a voice, people will listen to me.” She said the idea was planted in her head after she noticed a 10-year-old boy and his mother working on the yard of her father’s home. The family’s youngest son waited for his brother and his mother to finish working across the street before they headed back to their own home, she said. “When I saw the boy, I was just astounded that he could be working for his mother. I was thinking that it was something young children should not have to do… I was raised by a single mom for 10 years, and we had to forgo our own desires to fulfill our needs too,” Fielder said. “So, I know what it feels like to have to accept what you have.” Fielder sent emails to Long Beach Unified School District officials to ask them where the district needed an extra hand. LBUSD pointed to Cesar Chavez Elementary. “I was shocked to discover that 94% of the students at Cesar Chavez were socio-economically disadvantaged,” she said.

Since she came up with the idea to donate school supplies to the campus, Fielder has placed decorated boxes in the Main Branch of the Long Beach Library and in the office of Lakewood High School. The boxes have remained empty since the beginning of summer, she said. “I called most of libraries and churches in town, and they haven’t gotten back to me or said that they couldn’t support a bin,” she said. “I finally got a call back from the main Long Beach Library, and they were very enthusiastic about the drive.” Unfortunately, Fielder hasn’t received any donations, except from the main library itself. Fielder said she is looking for any donations of school supplies, but would specifically like to receive “prize incentives” to encourage the youngsters to continue with their academic success, such as mechanical pencils, erasers, colored pencils, crayon and paper. “Paper is a big thing in the district,” she added. “I know that I, myself, go through about four packages a semester.” For more information about the school supply drive, email Fielder at jackiefield104@yahoo. com. To make a monetary donation to the school, call Cesar Chavez Elementary School at the phone number 590-0904. Donation boxes are currently set up in the office of Lakewood High School, located at 4400 Briercrest Ave., in Lakewood, or at the Main Branch of the Long Beach Public Library, at 101 Pacific Ave.

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LBUSD Helps Wounded Soldiers By Stephanie Minasian Staff Writer

A tragedy inspired Dan Schelsinger, a former teacher at Cabrillo High School, to begin raising money for wounded soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, he said. Schelsinger lost one of his students, Ernesto R. Guerra, when he was killed nearly six years ago during his tour of duty in Iraq. Guerra was 19 years old. After his death, Schelsinger and his students began fundraising in their classroom in Guerra’s honor and memory to the nationally recognized Wounded Warrior Project (WWP). “For me personally, it is something I felt I had to do,” Schelsinger said. “It is my way of giving something back to those soldiers who sacrificed so much for us.” The Wounded Warriors Project is a national nonprofit that provides programs and services to men and women who have suffered from injury while serving in the armed forces. WWP gives them the opportunity to receive stress relief, higher education, peer mentoring, health and wellness services and more.

After his transition from teaching in the classroom to his position as Education Business Advisory & Work Based Learning Coordinator for Long Beach Unified School District, Schelsinger said he was determined to spread the good deed across the district. Cabrillo High School was able to raise $1,130 in 2009, and $1,113 in 2010 for WWP. “Once I moved to the district office, it was a goal of mine to see if I could do this on a district level,” he said. After reaching out to three other area high schools and activity directors, the fundraiser was ready to gain more momentum, and is gearing up to set up donation tables at upcoming football games for fans, students, staff and the community to give to. “With the support of Cabrillo, Poly and Millikan high schools’ activities directors, we are ready for this to take place,” Schelsinger added. “We are all hoping we can get people to come out to support the schools, as well as the Wounded Warrior Project.” The fundraiser has now expanded to two upcoming Moore

League football games, where Schelsinger said he hopes to receive a larger outpouring of donations to give to the project. “We couldn’t fit this fundraiser into last year’s football schedule,” he said. “The last football game for the Moore League is the day before Veterans Day, and at both games, we will have donation tables run by the JROTC (Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps), and we’re going to collect those proceeds on behalf of the project.” The Millikan versus Compton High School game starts with kickoff at 7 p.m. tonight, Thursday, at Millikan High School, 2800 Snowden Ave. The Poly High School against Cabrillo game also begins at 7 p.m. tonight at City College’s Veterans Memorial Stadium, at 5000 East Lew Davis St. “We are hoping we can get people out to support the schools and this project,” Schelsinger said. “Our kids are going off to war. We’ve had several students from Long Beach high schools who have been killed, as well as other students who have served in the military.”

Rotary Park Honored As Good Urban Example Long Beach’s Rotary Centennial Park has received an award from City Parks Alliance, a national urban park advocacy organization. City Parks recognizes two parks each month as “Frontline Parks” to promote and highlight examples of urban park excellence, innovation and stewardship. The program also highlights examples of challenges parks face

due to shrinking budgets, land use pressures and urban decay. Rotary Centennial Park was created partially with money raised by the Long Beach Rotary in 2005 to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of Rotary International. The 1.2-acre park is at Pacific Coast Highway and Junipero Avenue. The land is surrounded by a densely developed area with nearly 80% of the resi-

dents living in apartments with no backyards. “We selected Rotary Centennial Park for recognition because it exemplifies the power of publicprivate partnership to create and maintain urban parks that build community and make our cities sustainable and vibrant,” said Catherine Nagel, executive director of the City Parks Alliance, in a release.


—Gazette photo by Harry Saltzgaver

Marine Gunnery SergeantDamaso Sutis, now a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, was the honoree last Friday at the annual U.S. Vets Veterans Day luncheon.

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Author Writes Bible-Inspired Novel As Sonnet By Stephanie Minasian STAFF WRITER

Long Beach author R. Douglas Jacobs wanted to write something that would challenge him mentally and physically. With that in mind, “Gethsemane” was created — a novel written entirely as a sonnet. “I am essentially a writer, and I like to be versatile in my approach to literature,” Jacobs said.

“ I knew I wanted to write something neat and eclectic. I wanted to approach it in a way that would engage me in a way that very few things do.” “Gethsemane” pits good against evil, and takes references from the Judeo-Christian stories told in the Bible, he said. The novel centers on Lucifer, who, in the first act, falls from the grace of God and is sentenced to spend all eternity in

a purgatory known as the Earth. “The second act is very interesting,” he added. “It talks about The Watchers. I learned they were part of Jewish lore, and were first discussed in the Book of Enoch. Enoch was the sixth generation grandson of Adam, and in the Book of Genesis, Enoch was written to be the only one who walked with God.” God took Enoch from the Earth, Jacobs said, and he was presented with God’s revelation of what humans needed to know about Heaven and Hell. “Hell was purgatory for The Watchers,” he added. “They were the angels God sent to protect those who were virtuous before the Great Flood of Noah.” The Watchers were sent to protect humans from the evils and temptations of Satan, but fell victim to these sins when they procreated with the daughters of man. “These are devout guardians of God who succumbed to what we do on a daily fashion,” Jacobs said. “These angels succumb to

temptations of lust and procreate with daughters of man. The puppet master behind all of this is Lucifer, and he is revealed in this book as The Wanderer.” The book’s title also was chosen from a Christian reference Jacobs found interesting in the New Testament, he said, “Gethsemane” was the name of a garden Jesus visited after finishing the Last Supper. “He (Jesus) had doubts to fulfill his purpose, which was to die for sake of mankind,” Jacobs said. “I feel that moment is a moment we all experience for ourselves. We ask ourselves, ‘What is our life about? What is purpose of us being here?’” Dressed as his depiction of Lucifer on the cover of the book, the author said the two-and-a-half years it took him to create the novel were a series of emotions and challenges. While devoting himself to his writing and the characters, Jacobs experienced weight loss and found himself consumed with the battles of good and evil.


“I want every project to connect with me in a profound sense, and have a lasting stand in my life,” he said. “When I did this book, I had to be convinced that if I’m going to do a book it’s not for myself, but for many people who need to share in my own enlightenment. I want to teach others, and let them gain a better perspective of themselves.” “Gethsemane” is available on, where it can be purchased as an E-book for digital Kindle readers. Jacobs said he is aiming to get the book on shelves at major bookstores by next year. Updates and readings of the book can be found on his website, which is set to launch Nov. 15, at www.rdjpublishing. com.

Shore Parade Entries Accepted Entries still are being accepted for this year’s Belmont Shore Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 3. The theme is “It’s a Green Christmas.” Floats will be judged based on execution of the theme, originality and spectator appeal. Sponsorship opportunities also are available for marching bands or nonprofits. There is a meeting for all parade participants at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, at Rogers Middle School, 365 Monrovia Ave. For more information, call 434-3066 or send an email to

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Holiday Spirit To Hit Shore Stores Nov. 8 & 15, 2011 A group of protestors disrupted the City Council meeting Tuesday to the point they forced Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal to call a recess, and they won a promise from Eighth District Councilwoman Rae Gabelich to put an item on next week’s agenda about a “free speech zone.” About 40 people connected to the Occupy Long Beach movement were first led in a chant by a speaker at the podium, then continued chanting, “The whole world is watching” as police led the speaker away. After the recess, Gabelich said she would try to address the group’s call for broader rights at Lincoln Park, next to City Hall. In other business, the council: • Decided to tighten the ordinance against aggressive panhandling in the city. • Set dates for the 2012 primary and general municipal elections as April 10 and June 5 (the same date as the state primary election). • Approved a one-year entertainment permit for McKenna’s on the Bay. • Agreed to an amendment of the lease of the parking lot on Livingston Drive with the Bay Shore Community Congregational Church. • Authorized a grant application to create a community garden in 14th Street Park. Next Week It’s getting cold again, and this year, the city’s homeless

emergency shelter is going to be ready. Los Angeles County finances a winter shelter each year, and Long Beach has been the site for the program for the southern county for a number of years. Last year, the Long Beach Rescue Mission purchased an industrial building in north Long Beach and renovated it to accommodate a shelter. The purchase resolved an annual scramble to find a location for the shelter, which houses up to 180 people a night. Next Tuesday, Nov. 15, the council is scheduled to adopt a resolution declaring a shelter crisis. That allows suspension of zoning laws, which in turn allows operation of the shelter at 6845 Atlantic Avenue. The cold weather shelter operates from Dec. 1 to March 15. In other business next Tuesday, the council is scheduled to: • Approve an amendment to the contract with SMG for management of the Convention and Entertainment Center to allow SMG to oversee $5 million in infrastructure improvements to the theaters, convention center and sports arena. • Vote to cancel the Nov. 22 council meeting, meaning the next meeting will be on Dec. 6. • Execute an agreement to provide law enforcement and security services for Long Beach Transit. • Increase the tree trimming contract with West Coast Arborists by $690,000.

Long Beach may not have a white Christmas, but that won’t stop businesses in Belmont Shore from rallying together to make Second Street look festive this holiday season. The Belmont Shore Business Association is asking business owners to festoon their storefronts and the parking meter poles with lights and decorations, in an effort to give the community some holiday spirit. “Let’s give people a reason to come to Belmont Shore to shop, dine, indulge,” BSBA staff wrote


in a newsletter to business owners this week. “Make your block the envy of others.” Billings Hardware is offering Belmont Shore business owners a 10% discount on decorations and lights, as well as up to 40% off all LED (light-emitting diode) lights, through Wednesday, Nov. 23. Also, the BSBA has contact information for window decorating services. Call the BSBA office at 9873066 for details about how to decorate for the holiday season.

Senior Center Hosts Harvest Time Festival The Long Beach Senior Center hosts its Harvest Festival, Crafts Fair and Rummage Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday, Nov. 12, at the center at 1150 E. Fourth St. There will be handcrafted arts and crafts items, used books, baked goods, rummage items and plants from the Long Beach City College Horticulture Department. Brunch will be available for purchase. For more information, call the phone number 570-3509.

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Raven’s Nest Has Great Cuban Taste By Larry Hill RESTAURANT WRITER

The Raven’s Nest, 2941 E. Broadway, 439-3672. • Hours: 5:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and 5:30 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. • Location: The Raven’s Nest is near the corner of Orizaba and Broadway. There is street parking in the surrounding neighborhoods. • Food/Drinks: The menu is Cuban inspired with something for everyone. Appetizers include calamari, coconut shrimp with pineapple dipping sauce, smoked albacore platter, empanadas,

sweet corn fritters and papa rellenos (mashed potato balls stuffed with spicy ground beef and deep fried). There are salads and sandwiches for lighter dining. Salads include The Organic that is made organic greens with candied walnuts and Feta cheese, and Raven’s Spinach salad with fresh pears, toasted almonds, blue cheese and raspberry

vinaigrette, Caesar, Portabello and Avocado salad with purple onion and Balsamic vinegar. The sandwiches are grilled and stuffed with ham, roasted pork, pickles and cheeses. Entrées include Lechon Asado (pulled pork Cuban-style), Ropa Vieja (literally ‘old clothes’ is shredded beef), Bistec de Palomilla (sirloin steak with gar-

—Gazette photo by Doreen Gunness

SETTING THE MOOD. Inside The Raven’s Nest is low lighting with ambiance from a chandelier and candles.

lic and lime), Grilled Chicken Breast, Fricase de Pollo, Carne Con Papas (beef tips and potatoes), Picadillo (ground beef and sofrito — a mixture of garlic and onions as well as cumin and other spices), Grilled Mahi-Mahi with lemon-ginger sauce, The Vegan, Rabo Encendido (ox tails) and Camarones Enchilados (shrimp in a Creole style sauce). Desserts include crème brulee, coconut flan and fresh mango sherbet.

• Atmosphere: The dining room is intimate, but with tall ceilings the noise level is low. Muted color adorns the walls with many interesting paintings and posters to provoke thought and conversation. It is a very pleasant space. • The Taste: On this visit, we started with the appetizer platter. It comes with calamari, empanadas, sweet corn fritters and papa rellenos. We thought it would be a nice sampler. That it definitly is; (Continued on Page 19A)

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it’s also almost a meal for two in itself. The calamari was cooked to a nice golden brown and was served with cilantro aioli and cocktail style dipping sauces. The cilantro aioli was spectacular. The empanadas were stuffed with picadillo (spiced ground beef) and guava and cream cheese and baked. They were very tasty, one savory, the other sweet. The sweet corn fritters were also fried a deep brown, crunchy outside and slightly chewy inside. They tasted like what we make back home and call green corn bread, that is like fresh sweet corn. Nice. The Papa Rellenos were large balls with a crunchy fried skin, moist potatoes and spiced ground beef stuffing. They are tasty in a meatpie tradition and quite hearty. I opted for the Lechon Asado. This is pulled pork that might be more akin to duck confit than BBQ. The pork is marinated in mojo: a combination of garlic, onion and bitter (sour) orange. The pork is then slow roasted and shredded. It melts in your mouth, leaving the essence of flavor that is earthy and rich. It was accompanied by fluffy white rice, red beans and plantain. Jennifer opted for Carne con Papas, sirloin beef tips and potatoes in a savory stew. Fighting a cold, she found the dish satisfying in a way that warmed her while tasting like an exotic beef stew. Ana, the owner of Raven’s Nest, made the suggestion and it was just what the doctor ordered. This December, The Raven’s Nest will celebrate its second birthday, two years providing Long Beach with a wonderful taste of Cuban cuisine and culture. Stop by and sample some of Ana’s family recipes and enjoy some jazz with your dinner. The Raven’s Nest is a dining adventure with flavors that are wonderfully complex. • Price: Dinner for two is $30 to $45.

Circus Vargas Touts Family Atmosphere By Jonathan Van Dyke Staff Writer

Many circus owners tout their rings as a place for family — but Circus Vargas can lay true claim to the idea of the circus bringing loved ones together. Its current artistic director and vice president, Katya Quiroga, actually met her husband at the circus many years ago — the two each worked as flying trapeze artists in Circus Vargas. Eventually, they moved on, only to come back and to take charge six years ago — helping young people perfect performances they gave long ago. “It’s the company that got us to America and then brought us together,” she said. Circus Vargas has been in existence, touring mostly in California, for 42 years. It will take over

the Marina Green near Shoreline Village Nov. 17-21. “It’s been about two or three years since we’ve been to Long Beach,” Quiroga said. “It’s very beautiful there. What we try to do, more than anything is to provide good, wholesome entertainment for families and children. We try to appeal to everyone, with something for anybody.” She added that a way the circus attempts to connect with the audience is to encourage families, and specifically children, to arrive early and interact with performers before the start of the show. “They will see some of the performances, and then they will be taught some of that — but it will be made a little easier for them,” she said, adding that children could learn balancing tricks, hula-hooping, plate spinning and

other circus acts. Circus Vargas is a one-ring circus that follows the journey of Matti the Clown, who falls in love with a beautiful aerialist performer. The show focuses on people performances more than any animals, Quiroga said. There will be pirate acrobatics, jugglers, hulahoop artists, flying trapeze, motorcyclist daredevils, aerial acts, gaucho acts, clowns and more. “We bring top quality acts, but at the same time we try to have the audience participate so they

WHAT: Circus Vargas WHEN: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Nov. 17-21 WHERE: Marina Green at Shoreline Village COST: $15-$50 feel a part of it,” she said. “We’ve tried to keep the traditional circus experience alive, while at the same time try to bring it more up to date. We want people to enjoy not only watching it, but for them to feel a part of it.” For more information, visit the Circus Vargas website at www.

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Pros Open Musical Theatre University In City By Stephanie Minasian Staff Writer

Any professional performer will agree that success didn’t hap-

pen for them overnight, according to artistic director of Musical Theatre University (MTU), Stevi Meredith.

“We think it’s important to share with people, who are aspiring for careers in this business, the journey people take,” Mere-

dith said. “Sometimes, it can look very easy, and that others were overnight successes. We like to hear from those in the performing arts business, and what their story is.” MTU works with young people, from ages 13 to 24, and gives them affordable and professional studio training and classes in acting, music and musical theater. The organization also brings in professionals from the field to help teach students, answer questions and speak to the public. An upcoming Master Class Mondaze will feature Los Alamitos-native Terron Brooks, who played Eddie Kendricks in the Motown mini-series, “Temptations Forever,” Simba in “Disney’s The Lion King” on Broadway and as Seaweed in the first national tour of “Hairspray,” according to Meredith. The organization was formed several years ago, and is taught by actors Gary DeWitt Marshall and Kamilah Marshall. During its early years, MTU mostly served students in south Orange County, before instructors decided to relocate classes to Long Beach, where they lived. “Gary and Kamilah are both actors, and have a good idea what it takes to make it work,” Meredith said. “If we can actually mentor people to have a career, as opposed to just a class, they can go on to great careers.” Classes begin Nov. 14, with the first four-week session designed for aspiring singers. The class meets Mondays and

Wednesdays, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the Long Beach Playhouse, at 5021 E. Anaheim St. Brooks will make his appearance in the first class on Nov. 14, and will allow students and the public to hear his personal story, and ask questions about how he got to where he is today. “The first class is geared towards the students entering into a showcase, which means it’s hands-on twice a week,” Meredith said. “They will be selecting material to perform, breaking it down and putting it back together, so they do the best performance that they can do.” Brooks will work with the students privately for the first half of the class on Nov. 14, before doors open to the public for a questionand-answer session at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the public event are $5 each. MTU also will bring in Broadway actress Shoshana Bean to the class on Nov. 28. Bean, who starred as Elphaba in “Wicked,” will speak about her own journey in the performing arts. Bean has starred in “Hairspray” and has credits for several solo projects, including a one-woman show, titled “Dear John Mayer.” The public is invited to a question-and-answer session with her at 7:30 p.m. “I know both Terron and Shoshana have very interesting stories to tell,” Meredith added. The classes cost $99 per person, and are still open for registration online at Call 726-3464.

2nd Street Band Gets Nomination Gregg Young and the 2nd Street Band have been nominated for an award in the Hollywood Music in Media Awards. The nomination, for their song “Baja Beach House,” from their

next album, “Positively Positive,” is in the Best Latin Category. The winners will be announced Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Highlands in Hollywood and Highland/Kodak Theater complex.

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Port Promotes Deputy Director To Top Spot After a two-month nationwide search, the Long Beach Harbor Commission has decided to elevate its deputy executive director to the top spot at the Port of Long Beach. Commission President Susan Wise made the announcement Monday afternoon after a short closed session, saying that the appointment of J. Christopher Lytle will be formally confirmed at the commission’s Nov. 14 meeting. Lytle will succeed Richard Steinke, who is retiring after 14 years as the executive director. “Chris’s extensive public and private experience make him the ideal leader for our port,” Wise said in a release. “On the private side, he’s operated shipping terminals around the world, and fully understands the unique issues facing public ports in Cali-

Teenager Shot Dead On Anaheim Street A 17-year-old was shot and killed Monday night on Anaheim Street. The Long Beach Police Department received a “shots fired” call at 7:14 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7. When officers arrived at the 400 block of West Anaheim Street, they located the 17-yearold victim who was suffering from a gunshot wound to his upper body. According to an LBPD report, paramedics arrived shortly thereafter and transported the teen to a local hospital, where he died due to the gunshot wound. The victim was Christian Gomez of Long Beach. Investigators said they believe Gomez was standing near an apartment complex when an unknown person confronted him and fired multiple shots. The shooting is being investigated as possibly gang-related. Anyone with information on the incident can call LBPD Homicide detectives Malcolm Evans or Todd Johnson at 5707244. Anonymous information can be submitted through

fornia. He has a great rapport with our customers, and while he understands the industry, he’s also very open to new ideas and innovations.” Lytle’s appointment continues a pattern of promoting from within. Steinke was deputy executive director for two years before taking over from Steve Dillenbeck in 1997. Steinke came to Long

Beach in 1990 to be director of properties for the port. Lytle was hired in September 2006 as managing director of trade relations and operations. He became deputy executive director and chief operating officer in March 2008. Before joining the port, Lytle was a vice president for the French-based shipping line CMA

CGM in charge of the company’s West Coast operations. He also held executive positions at P&O Ports North America, Sea-Land Service, Inch and Maersk Terminals. Steinke will stay on for a brief transition period before stepping down, likely before the end of the year. —Harry Saltzgaver


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Hit European Tunes Played Live In Long Beach By Ashleigh Oldland Editor

A passion for music and a habit of playing his music in the coffeehouse circuit has become more than a “side job” for Long Beach resident Till Kahrs. Kahrs, 53, a musician who is signed to German record labels and has many hit songs in Europe, is celebrating the release of his seventh album, “Midlife Vices,” which includes the single “Soldiers Come Home.” While he started off playing country rock tunes in coffeehouses in the area, Kahrs said he rarely plays his music in Long Beach.

Which is why Kahrs is hosting a CD release party and music video premiere for his song “Shanghai Sun” starting at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11, at Buster’s Beach House at Alamitos Bay Landing. “It’s free admission and a local venue,” he said. “I want local folks to come stop by and celebrate and help me honor the veterans in this community. My single ‘Soldiers Come Home’ really is dedicated to veterans, and with Veterans Day this weekend, this is a time to honor them.” Kahrs, born in Hamburg, Germany, said he grew up in Orange County and has lived in Long

Beach for more than a decade now. He began playing guitar in high school and college, joining a few garage bands but never thinking his music would become much more than a hobby. After Kahrs shopped around some songs to American labels, he sent demo tapes to a record label in Germany and was signed in the early 1990s. He toured in the summers of 1994 and 1995 to promote his hit songs, “Playin’ For Keeps” and “Slow Burn Woman.” While Kahrs said he is grateful for the support his music has garnered locally and abroad, the

reason he believes his music has been more successful in Europe because Europeans get more excited about singer-songwriters. “Over in Europe, more than any other place, they really like singer-songwriters,” Kahrs said. “They like someone who plays guitar and sings and composes music that they have written. A lot of big artists here (in the United States), the songs are written or produced by other people. Over there, they want the singersongwriter.” Since breaking into the European music scene, Kahrs said he has had an illustrious career, but

his “bread and butter” career remains his business as a corporate consultant specializing in communication skills. “Music is my love and my passion,” he said. “But after a few garage bands in college didn’t go anywhere, I wanted to get a real job and go legit and make some money. So I continued writing songs and singing … things worked out that way. “I’m grateful that I’ve been able to have my own business and pursue my dreams at the same time.” For details about Kahrs, or to purchase his music, visit http://

“Good Boy” Show At Congregational “The Good Boy,” a one-person show, will be presented at 2 p.m. this Sunday, Nov. 13, at First Congregational Church of Long Beach, 241 Cedar Ave. Actor Michael Bonnabel performs his own story about his struggle to gain independence from his large, loving and complicated family led by deaf parents. Bonnabel explores the weight of adult responsibilities the young boy must face, as well as his yearning to bond with his emotionally distant father. Bonnabel is a Los Angelesbased performance artist with theater, film and television credits including performances with the Long Beach Opera, West Coast Ensemble, Tiffany Theaters, Highways, the Odyssey Theatre, the Colony Theatre and the Meta Theatre. There will be freewill offering taken.

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Businesses Help Troops In honor of Veterans Day this Friday (tomorrow), area businesses are contributing to a nonprofit that helps American military troops in Afghanistan. Panama Joe’s in Belmont Shore is collecting black or brown undershirts, wool boot socks, hand sanitizer, personal hygiene items, powdered laundry detergent, clothespins, books, magazines, comic books, DVDs and board games to be sent to the troops. In exchange for donations, Panama Joe’s is offering a 20% off food and drink discount as well as raffle tickets — including prizes from Bella Salon of Naples and Dean Anthony Salon & Spa in Belmont Shore. There will be special discounts for parties of eight or more people who bring in items for donation. The raffle prizes will be distributed at 8 p.m. (winners must be present to receive a prize). Also, veterans with military identification cards can receive 20% off their bill and a free drink. Two other businesses are contributing to the cause by donating a percentage of their sales for the night. Visit The Beach Club Sports Bar & Grill (5755 E. PCH), and 10% of your bill will be donated and used to purchase supplies for military troops. Also, Glory Days Sports Grill (4132 Woodruff Ave. in Lakewood) is donating 25% of sales when customers bring in a copy of this article or an official Adopt a Platoon flyer. Through the nonprofit Adopt a Platoon, the fund-raising effort this Friday is being coordinated by a Long Beach family who has participated in Adopt a Platoon charitable events for several years. For details about how you can help the cause, contact Debbie Baumel at 298-0871. “We have adopted a troop of 170 U.S. Marines,” Baumel said. “We need help with getting care packages sent… No one in our family is in the military, but our troops cannot be here with their families, so we want to be their remote family.” Networking Opportunity If you are an ambitious, innovative, charitable and dedicated working professional, Long Beach’s LifeBrand Networking Group wants you to attend an inaugural event this Thursday (today). “We want to help people set up their own branding and network by networking with other professionals,” said Brenda Wunsch, a businesswoman and entrepreneur

One-Man “Carol” The Found Theatre will present a new, one-man version of Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol” Nov. 18-27 at the Found Theatre, 599 Long Beach Blvd. “A Christmas Carol” will star Fred Blanco, who appeared earlier at the Found in another one man show about farmer workers’ rights activist Cesar Chavez. Shows are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $10 and are available by calling 4333363.

who is helping to organize the group. “I’ve gone to a few networking groups in Long Beach and they are good, but we want to do this a little differently and get some great guest speakers and help businesses at a time when the economy is really difficult.” Wunsch said LifeBrand Net-

working Group would meet monthly and feature a variety of guest speakers from local businesses and beyond. The meetings are free and open to anyone who is interested in attending. Tonight, Thursday, Wunsch said she expects about 100 people to attend the meeting and hear from two guest speakers: Janine Avila, an international marketing speaker, trainer and coach; as well as Bethany Thomas, a local artist and business owner. Also, LifeBrand is using this

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first meeting as an opportunity to help a good cause. Participants are encouraged to bring canned foods to donate to the Long Beach Rescue Mission. To attend the meeting at 5:30 p.m. tonight at La Palapa Restaurant (4020 E. Olympic Plaza), RSVP at Long-Beach-Professional-Networking or call 255-1256. Walk ins welcome. Nick’s Replaces Bono’s Bono’s, an Italian restaurant on Second Street and St. Joseph Av-

enue, closed this month to make way for Nick’s on 2nd. Nick’s on 2nd is set to open in spring 2012, according to owner Nicholas Nickoloff, and will feature classic American comfort food, bar snacks, unique cocktails and an extensive wine list, according to the business’s Facebook page at nickson2nd. The restaurant is expected to include a “chic island bar, walls of glass and a beautiful outdoor patio” as well as an exhibition kitchen.

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Collaborative Explores Cityscape By Julian Bermudez Gazette Arts Writer

The desire to create an ideal society by envisioning a perfect city has been held by architects and urban planners for centuries. One of the very precepts of Modernism was that a more civilized existence could be created if cities were designed to go beyond their utilitarian purposes and become havens for creativity.

This very concept continues today in a new exhibit at The Collaborative, an innovative partnership between the Museum of Latin American Art and the Arts Council for Long Beach. “The Utopian City Project: Giacomo Castagnola and James Rojas,” on view through Jan. 22, 2012, uses our very own city, Long Beach, as a model in a new exercise in imagining the “perfect

utopian city of the future.” “Architect Giacomo Castagnola and Urban Planner James Rojas collaborate to create an interactive and inhabitable model of Long Beach that will allow the visitors to propose their own ideas for the future of the city,” states The Collaborative. “This project will push the boundaries of the conventional architectural model, giving visitors the opportunity to view the city conceptually as well as experience it physically through the senses.” In theory this is a no-brainer. Capturing data from its very own citizens, city planners should

be able to correlate information, compile similarities and isolate the myriad differences in order to fabricate a mock-up of what real people need and want. In this exhibit, Castagnola and Rojas are betting on the public’s interaction to inform them of what is considered “utopia.” “By interacting, the visitor’s body becomes an integral piece of the architectural installation,” adds The Collaborative. Castagnola holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in architecture from

URP in Lima, Peru. He lives and works both in Tijuana and San Diego in architecture, design and art. Rojas is an expert in the United States on Latino cultural influences on urban design. His research led to the founding of the Latino Urban Forum, a volunteer grassroots organization of architects, urban planners and activists interested in improving the built environment of low-income Latino areas through organizing, advocacy and policy. Obviously this is an exhibit that places a lot of theory and ideas onto the table, so to speak. And, while I’m an ardent advocate for fine design, architecture and art, nothing will ever be perfect. Why is that? It is because we continue to grow and change as a society. And, as people, we adapt to change with our surrounding environments, which also change over time due to age, lack of use, mere loss of interest, or varying demographics. To learn more about these issues, MoLAA will host “Interlogues: Utopian City Project,” a conversation with curator Idurre Alonso, Castagnola and Rojas at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Thursday. The Collaborative is at 421 W. Broadway. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission to the gallery is free. For more information, call 5909119 or visit

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By Kurt A. Eichsteadt Editorial Assistant

The holiday season is approaching and with it, opportunities to help the less fortunate abound. We list opportunities to get in the real spirit of the holidays. The fourth annual Long Beach Community Fund Drive is now underway. Canned or packaged food and pet food can be donated in barrels around Long Beach. Visit wwww.MayorBobFoster. com. for locations. Goods collected between now and Dec. 31 will be distributed by Food Finders. The project is a joint effort of Food Finders, Mayor Foster, Friends of Long Beach Animals and We Love Long Beach. Also underway is the Long Beach Fire Department’s Canned Food Drive. Donations may be made at all Long Beach fire stations during normal business hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven

Residents of Long Beach help people all year through a variety of activities. Listed below are the results of some projects, as well as more opportunities to reach out to others. The Growing Experience hosts its annual Harvest Festival from 2 to 5 p.m. today, Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Carmeltos Housing Community, 750 Via Carmelitos. There will food, crafts, vendors and live music. And it’s free. The Growing Experience is a an urban farm that grows fruits and vegetables year-round which are made available to the community. For more information, call 984-2917. “Season’s Eatings,” a food truck fundraiser for MemorialCare Breast Center at Long Beach Memorial, happens from 4 to 9 p.m. tonight in the Heights Village Shopping District at the Intersection of Broadway and Redondo. The money goes to cancer treatment at support programs at Long Beach Memorial. Signal Hill Petroleum has donated $250,000 to California State University, Long Beach, for the environmentally geochemistry lab which is part of the new science hall. Part of the money will be used for a spectrofluorometer, an ion chromatograph and other instruments. Student will able to use the lab to analyze water and geologic samples with state-of-the-art equipment. The Gorilla Challenge, an “Amazing Race”-style event, gets underway at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Rock Bottom Brewery, One Pine Ave. At the starting line, food will be collected for Long Beach’s Urban Community Out Reach DropIn-Center, which is open Sunday afternoons offering a nutritious meal, a 16-station computer lab, health services and a haven from the streets. For information on the event, go to

days a week. These donations also will go to Food Finders for distribution. The Chick-fil-A restaurants’ Operation Christmas Child drive has started. On Nov. 12, you can pick up an empty shoebox at any Chick-fil-A. Just put in some small items such as toys, hygiene items and school supplies and return it before Nov. 18 to receive a coupon for a free Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich. Operation Christmas Child is part of Samaritan’s Purse, which delivers shoeboxes to needy children in more than 130 countries. Samaritan’s Purse allows donors to follow their box by going to www.samaritanspurse. org/occ and clicking on “Follow Your Box” to find out where in the world their box has been delivered. Area Chick-fil-A stores are at 7681 Carson Blvd. in the

A fundraiser for the Paul Duncan Stop the Bullying Fund runs from 3 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 13, at Ripples, located at 5101 E. Ocean Blvd. The cost is $10 at the door.

Towne Center and at 18605 Gridley Rd. in Cerritos. An “Alternative Christmas Market” that lets people buy handcrafted gifts from nonprofit cooperatives as well as make donations to charities is set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at California Heights United Methodist Church, 3759 Orange Ave. Organizations represented include Bird Mission, Church World Service, Empowering Lives International, Africa Team Ministries, Guatemala Project, Habitat for Humanity, Hands of Hope, Haiti Project and Heifer Project. For more information, visit Pathways Volunteer Hospice, which helps people with dying friends or relatives as well as serving the frail and elderly, distributes Thanksgiving baskets to those in need. To volunteer or to suggest someone who could use a basket, call 531-3031. On Thursday and Friday of Thanksgiving weekend, The Substance Abuse Foundation of Long Beach opens its doors to feed not only clients and families but all

those in the community who are in need. No one is turned away. They’re looking for donations of money to purchase food for the meals. Call 987-5722, ext. 237. The Kohl’s Keeping Kids Safe program at Miller Children’s

Hospital will benefit from Kohl’s Cares cause merchandise at area Kohl’s stores. One hundred percent of the net profits from the cause merchandise such as Nancy Tillman storybooks and animal plush toys will go to the hospital.

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Health & Beauty

Tutto Mio Helps Clients Unveil Personal Style By Ashleigh Oldland Editor

Entrepreneur Terri Ghio said the goal of her Belmont Shorebased business is to help women

find their authentic style and use that information to shop for clothing that flatters their body type and personality. Ghio is the president of Club

Tutto Mio (an Italian phrase meaning “all mine”) located at 5353 E. Second St. Suite 202. It’s been two years since Ghio started working on the business concept,

but she said she is ready to officially launch the company with a Style Swap event next month. Club Tutto Mio is a free club that helps women and men find their “style personality” through a personality quiz. Personality types include dramatic, aristocratic, natural, classic, creative and romantic — some people may fit into more than one category. It’s a test developed by the International Image Institute. “Everyone has a style, and it is about expressing what is inside of you,” Ghio said. “It is about empowering you to be proud of what you are wearing.” Makeovers, personal shoppers and fashion stylists aren’t anything new, but Ghio said her business is something that hasn’t been done before. She hopes to take her services nationwide, already establishing satellite stylists in cities such as Denver and Seattle. Club Tutto Mio has nine stylists who offer a range of services for individuals or groups, including custom-made clothing, body measurements, wardrobe reviews, wardrobe editing, personal shopping and workshops to help people understand what clothing types are a best fit for them. “What makes this business unique is we aren’t just giving you a makeover, we want you to understand and be educated about why one thing looks better on you than something else,” Ghio said. “What brands match your personality? What colors and what neckline work for you? This is about knowing how to shop better.” Most women only wear about a quarter of the clothing in their closet, Ghio said. She said she believes that is because women not

only buy the wrong size of some items, but also don’t understand what will look flattering on them versus what looks flattering on another women or a mannequin. “Many women don’t understand why their clothes don’t fit,” she said. “We do the closet dance, what’s what I call it when you hold something up from your closet and then put it back because you don’t know how to wear it or don’t know how to put a complete outfit together with it.” The business is aimed at anyone who would like to make sure they are getting the most out of their clothing purchases, and Ghio said her clientele so far has been a variety of women — including many young people who want to set themselves apart with a professional and personalized look. Services range from lowercost do-it-yourself options, group clinics and higher-cost one-onone packages. “You can go shopping with your girlfriends, and they can tell you when something looks good and when it doesn’t, but they probably cannot help you apply that to your whole closet,” Ghio said. “That’s what we’re here for. We’ll take your style personality and body type and apply it to the different clothing you need to work and play.” There will be a Club Tutto Mio Style Swap wardrobe workshop and clothing swap at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8, at Hotel Current at 5325 E. PCH. There are more instructions and details about the clothing workshop and swap available at styleswap.eventbrite. com. Ghio said now is the time to start going through closets in preparation for the event.


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Signs, Symptoms Of Heart Disease By Derek Lester Coronary arteries are the blood vessels that supply blood, oxygen and nutrients to your heart muscle. The build-up of plaque, cholesterol-containing deposits in your arteries, eventually leads to coronary artery disease (CAD). Plaque build-up may narrow and restrict your coronary arteries thus causing your heart muscle to receive less blood. This can be especially noticeable during physical activity, when your heart is beating more rapidly. At first, the restricted blood flow may not cause any symptoms. However, over time, as the plaque continues to accumulate and your arteries narrow, you may develop these leading symptoms of coronary artery disease: Chest pain (angina). You may feel pressure or tightness in your chest, as if someone were standing on your chest. The pain, referred to as angina, is usually triggered by physical or emotional stress. It typically goes away within minutes after stopping the stressful activity. In some people, especially women, this pain may be fleeting or sharp and noticed in the abdomen, back or arm. Shortness of breath. If your heart can’t pump enough blood to meet your body’s needs, you may develop shortness of breath or extreme fatigue with exertion. Heart attack. If a coronary artery becomes completely blocked,

you may have a heart attack. The classic signs and symptoms of a heart attack include crushing pressure in your chest and pain in your shoulder or arm, sometimes with shortness of breath and sweating. Women are somewhat more likely than men are to experience less typical signs and symptoms of a heart attack, including nausea and back or jaw pain. Sometimes a heart attack occurs without any apparent signs or symptoms. Because coronary artery disease often develops over decades, it can go virtually unnoticed until a complete blockage of the artery produces a heart attack. There’s plenty you can do to prevent and treat coronary artery disease. Start by committing to a healthy lifestyle. If you have risk factors for

coronary artery disease — high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes or obesity — talk to your doctor. You may need to be tested to determine if you have coronary artery disease, especially if you have experienced signs or symptoms of narrowed arteries. Even if there isn’t a preliminary diagnosis, it is best to reduce risk factors to prevent coronary artery disease. Early diagnosis and treatment may stop progression of coronary artery disease and help prevent a heart attack. The MemorialCare Heart and Vascular Institute (MHVI) at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center has acquired the C7-XR™ OCT Intravascular Imaging System. The C7-XR System is a leading imaging technology platform

that aids physicians in the diagnosis and treatment. Using Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), the C7-XR System uses near-infrared light to create images that go beyond older coronary imaging technologies — such as fluoroscopy and

intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) — offering cardiologists an assessment method with enhanced clarity for their patients with coronary artery disease. Derek Lester is the program director at the MemorialCare Heart and Vascular Institute.

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Health & Beauty

San Francisco History Played Out Many people are too young to remember when San Francisco was a proper, elegantly attired, politically conservative city. Women wore gloves, high heels and hats when they went out to dinner; men dressed in suits, ties and hats every day. Then along came love-ins at

Haight-Ashbury and the Castro District, anti-war peace marches over the Golden Gate Bridge, and Civil Rights sit-ins at City Hall. Seemingly over-night, San Francisco was radically changed into a liberal, free-spirited city. The apex of this decade-long transformation took place in

1978, when Dan White murdered Mayor George Moscone and Harvey Milk, the city’s first openly gay Supervisor. Although White openly confessed that he killed both men, he was acquitted of first-degree murder. Swayed by the “Twinkie Defense,” the carefully picked jury (no Blacks, Asians, gays, or women younger than 40), convicted him of involuntary manslaughter. The court’s conclusion: White suffered from diminished capacity caused by too much sugar in his diet. Many people considered the verdict to be a miscarriage of justice. Havoc broke loose throughout the city as people rioted in the streets and marched on city hall. Recognizing that truth is stranger than fiction, playwright Emily Mann wrote “Execution of Justice.” Using transcripts from the actual trial (“The People vs.

Dan White”), reportage and interviews with people on the street, Mann’s play incorporates live stage action, videos, taped voiceovers, music and video cameras on stage. What an enormous undertaking! You can’t make this stuff up. Kudos to Trevor Biship (guest director), Lysa Fox (associate director), and the Cal State Long Beach theater department for bringing this important event to life. Mann’s courtroom drama takes place in the Studio Theatre, thanks to Christina Bejarano’s set and Nicholas Davidson’s piercing light design. The outside world is provided by Jessica Kohn’s fabulous media projections, which bring vivid scenes of San Francisco in the ’70s to the audience. Because of its 14-member cast (some of whom play multiple parts), it’s impossible to give credit to everyone who deserves it. This tense trial not only changed the face of San Francisco, it changed the entire state. William Nicol plays Supervisor Dan White, the nervous, neurotic, conservative supervisor who is accused of murder; and David

Anis plays the city prosecutor, Mr. Norman. John Martin plays Detective Falzon (one of White’s buddies who is shocked by his confession); and Melissa Vargas plays White’s wife (a grieving widow by the time of the trial). Victor Davila vamps as Sister Boom Boom, a nun in drag; while Carol Ruth Silver portrays a supervisor who testifies against White. Craig Anton does a voiceover as the omniscient judge in the case, and a chorus of uncalled witnesses act as counterpoints to all of the testimony. Everyone does a fine job, but Valerie Bentson’s performance stands out above the rest. As Defense Attorney Douglas Schmidt, she has every word, every bodily movement and gesture, every facial expression of her character down pat. There are just three more performances of “Execution of Justice” so you have to act fast.   It plays at 8 p.m. tonight (Thursday) through Saturday in the Theatre Arts Building on upper campus off Seventh Street. Tickets are available at the box office, or at 985-5526.


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Colorado lagoon suicide

Tough To Get Into Mind Of Winsberg Friday morning dawned cold and gray; a light drizzle fell. We gathered in the newspapers and curled into our big chairs with cups of tea to read about the disasters of the world without going out onto the back balcony first, as we frequently do, for an early look at the birds around the Colorado Lagoon. By the time we finished the papers, the sky was clearing. But instead of checking on what was happening in our own backyard, we went about the business of the day. At 8:30 in the morning, traffic around the Lagoon is fairly heavy — kids going to school, walkers and joggers and bikers and people driving to work. Had we gone outside, would we have noticed when Debby Winsberg arrived? We’re close enough to the water that we might have seen her walk out onto the bridge. What we could not have seen was the despair that drove her to slip over the side of the bridge and into the chilly water to end her life. Shouldn’t “despair” be one of the check boxes in the Cause of Death portion of the coroner’s form? I did not know Debby RubyWinsberg, though as it turns out both Paul and I know people who did — Paul from working in television and me from neighborhood connections. Something about her death touched me: proximity, certainly; that she was a woman of a certain age, maybe; and of course, the way she chose to die. One of the reasons we read — and in my case, write — fiction is to make sense of a world that is so

frequently incomprehensible. If I were to create a character whose final action was against herself, or someone like Scott Dekraai whose violent action was against others, the reader would demand that the essential issues that drove them to act as they did would be made clear. If only the real world could be made as tidy in the end as fiction generally must be. Every book or story I have written began with speculation about some actual event and the people involved and the need to create order where none may exist. Why did something happen? How should a situation have been resolved? Who were the people involved? And most importantly, what motivated them? When I read the first barebones news account Friday afternoon about the morning suicide, the only personal detail given was a name. Who was Debby Winsberg? I went onto the Internet and learned both plenty and nothing.

Most mornings, Debby RubyWinsberg swam laps in the pool at McGaugh Elementary School in Seal Beach at about the same time that Michele Daschbach Fast, one of Scott Dekraai’s victims, would have been swimming there. Is that anything more than just a poignant coincidence? Ms. Winsberg had a long freelance career “below the line” in television and films, meaning she was one of the technical experts whose name flashes by on the screen after the names of the principals — the actors, directors, writers and producers. For the most part, she worked in post-production, laying in sound tracks, editing and mixing sound, and creating sound effects. There was considerable success: the crew she worked with on the “XFiles” series was nominated for several Emmy Awards. Ms. Winsberg’s filmography is long, but it shows the typical feast-and-famine life of the free-

lancer, and it grew thin in recent years; ageism is alive and well in Hollywood, especially for women. I could build a compelling character for a tragic story about dashed hopes and rent that’s due based on the superficial crumbs I

know at this moment about Debby Winsberg’s history. That story would offer a full explanation of what was on her mind Friday morning, but it would be a fiction. Even though Ms. Winsberg left a note, no one can truly know what had been on her mind.

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Health & Beauty

Rancho Los Alamitos Harvests Thanksgiving Tips By Ashleigh Oldland Editor

Despite the chill in the weather, more than two dozen ladies bundled in winter jackets gathered at Rancho Los Alamitos Saturday

morning for the annual Harvest Table and Culinary Workshop. The sold-out event, hosted in a large green tent adorned with evergreen garlands and hanging lights, brought together com-

munity members looking for a chance to socialize, learn some new holiday cooking recipes and create a table centerpiece appropriate for a Thanksgiving feast. For Kathie Fry, who recently moved to Long Beach, the event was an opportunity to meet new friends. The morning started with cooking demonstrations from Pierre Barit, executive chef at Newport-

based Teak Productions. Teak Productions is a catering company that is present at many Rancho Los Alamitos special events. Barit cooked — and shared samples — of Pear Cranberry Chutney, Herb Roasted Turkey Breast, Creamy Succotash, Pina Colada French Toast, Key Lime Bars, Stuffed Roasted Pork Loin and Wild Rice & Cranberry Salad. In addition to giving each partici-

pant a copy of the recipes, Barit shared tips of the cooking trade and answered questions from the audience. This is the second year Barit has given a cooking presentation at the Harvest Table and Culinary Workshop, and he said the menu is different every year. He and rancho staff members work together to create a list of recipes that could be used for a complete Thanksgiving meal or as holiday separates. Some of the recipes are available in the rancho’s recipe book, “Favorite Foods Favorite Places.” After the cooking demonstration, attendees each had a chance to create their own holiday centerpiece. Using small pumpkins, squash, acorns, pine cones, ribbon, plastic flowers and plastic leaves, each participant created her own masterpiece to use on the table this Thanksgiving. The ladies compared notes, helped one another make adjustments, and each centerpiece ended up as something unique. Next year, the Harvest Table and Culinary Workshop will take place the Saturday before Thanksgiving, and event organizers said next year’s event will be bigger and better than ever because it will take place inside the rancho’s new education center, which is currently under construction. For more information about the site, tours or special events, visit the website at


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LBSO Classics Concert Works Hard For Its Name Worldly Germans? That’s the title of the next Long Beach Classics concert this Saturday at the Terrace Theater, but I’m not buying it. Of the four composers represented on the program, one is a German, one a Mexican national of German heritage, and two are Austrian. And worldliness is in the eye of the beholder. I suppose they had to call it something, and the evening is actually an interesting combination of works for smallish orchestra. There are two old (very old) favorites, one underappreciated masterwork and one piece that is brand spanking new. That would be the West Coast premiere of “Concierto Fiesta Otoñal” for marimba and orchestra by our very own LBSO music director Enrique Arturo Diemecke. Diemecke, born in Mexico to a German musical family, somehow found time to compose the work in the midst of his peripatetic conducting schedule, and he’s already performed it a couple of times with his other orchestras. The soloist will be Saúl Medina, who captivated the LBSO audience awhile back with his dynamic performance and his matinee idol looks, and will be expected to do the same again. The program begins with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s familiar “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.” I won’t say overly familiar, because the piece is beloved by audiences worldwide no matter how often it is played. And trust Diemecke to give even the most standard works a dash of individual personality. George Frederick Handel sup-

German, they do have something in common. They all have three names. The Long Beach Symphony performs Classics concerts at the

posedly wrote his “Water Music” for a party on the Thames River in 1717. The partygoers, including King George I, were on one barge with the orchestra on another. Since then, various suites have been put together from the pieces, mainly dance movements, in the entire work, and Diemecke has fashioned his own out of what are known as Suites 1 and 2. Franz Josef Haydn is the most misunderstood composer in history. He is thought of as a nice old fuddy-duddy in a wig, but the fact is he was a radically original innovator, the inventor of the symphony and string quartet as we know them. His prime creative years were spent at the court of Prince Esterházy in what is now Hungary; after he left there he settled in Vienna. And then he was invited to London, where he composed his last symphonies and made a ton of money. The last of these, No. 104, is a true masterpiece, and that is the work we will hear Saturday night. The varied program will give the reduced LBSO forces a workout, especially the strings. And even if the composers aren’t all

Terrace Theater, part of the Long Beach Performing Arts Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the free pre-concert discussion begins at 7. Free music in the lobby pre-

cedes the concert, which begins at 8 p.m. For tickets and information, call 436-3203 or click on the LBSO’s new website at www.

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Calendar listings should be mailed to 5225 E. Second St., Long Beach, CA 90803 or email Please include time, date and place of the event along with the cost (if any) and a contact phone number or Web site. A complete calendar is at www.gazettes. com.


Nov. 12- Music by Gary Robertson, 7-9 p.m., Bogart’s Coffee, 905 Ocean Ave., Seal Beach, 431-2226, Nov. 12 - Long Beach Symphony Orchestra; “Wordly Germans,” 8 p.m. (pre-concert event at 7 p.m.) Terrace Theater, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., $25 and up, box office, 436-3203, Through Nov. 12, University Players: “Executive of Justice,” 8 p.m.Tues.-Fri., 2 and 8 p.m. Sat., 6 p.m. Sun., Nov. 6, no show on Nov. 11, Studio Theatre at CSULB, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., $15, $12 for seniors and students, 985-

5526, Through Nov. 13 - Musical Theatre West: “Hairspray,” 8 p.m. Thurs., Fri., 2 and 8 p.m. Sat., 2 p.m. Sunday, Carpenter Center, 6200 Atherton St., $20 and up, 856-1999, ext. 4, Through Nov. 19 - “To Kill a Mockingbird,” 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., Long Beach Playhouse Mainstage, 5021 E. Anaheim St., $24, $21 for seniors, $14 for students, 494-1014, ext. 1, www.lbplayhouse. org.

EVENTS Nov 10 - Long Beach City College Senior Center Tour: Lucille Ball Tour to Hollywood Museum, call for departure details, $25 plus admission, 938-3048. Nov. 10 - Growing Experience Harvest Festival, 2-5 p.m., 750 Via Carmelitos, free, 984-2917. Nov. 10 - Food Truck Fest Benefit for Long Beach MemorialCare

Breast Center, 4-8 p.m., Heights Village Shopping District at Broadway and Redondo, Nov. 10 - Concert by Conundrum, 8 p.m., Daniels Recital Hall, CSULB, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., $10, $7 for students. Nov. 10-12, Wilson High Drama Department presents “The Laramie Project,” 7 p.m., 4400 E. 10th St., $10 adults, $5 for students, 433-0481, ext. 6153. Nov. 11 - Ceremonial Tea Sharing to benefit a women’s shelter, 6 p.m., True Beauty Wellness Spa, 3730 E. PCH, donation requested, 9617500, Nov. 12 - Metropolitan Opera in HD: Don Giovanni, 8:45 a.m., Art Theatre, 2025 E. Fourth St., $21, Nov. 12 - Pet Cancer Awareness Walk, 10 a.m., check in at Catalina Landing downtown, www. Nov. 12 - Harvest Arts and Crafts Fair, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Long Beach Senior Center, 1150 E. Fourth St. Nov. 12 - Menage No. 5: An Evening of Art+Music+Wine, 5-10 p.m., 2nd City Council Art Gallery and Performance Space, 435 Alamitos Ave., $10. Nov. 12 & 13 - “Straight Talk” cable TV show with political commentator Juan Williams, 9 a.m., 7 p.m. Sat. and Sun. LBTV Channel 3 and FiOS Channel 21, and 10 a.m., 8 p.m. Sat. and Sun., Charter Channel 101, www.StraightTalkTV. com. Nov. 13 - Gorilla Challenge Race Start and Food Drive for Urban Community Outreach

Cub Scout Pack 007 conducted its annual Rain Gutter Regatta on Sunday at Lowell Elementary School. The scouts gathered to show off their trophies and boats. Drop-In-Center, 9:30 a.m., Rock Bottom Brewery, 1 Pine Ave., http:// Nov. 13 - Alternative Christmas Market, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Cal Heights United Methodist Church, 3759 Orange Ave., www.calheightsumc. org. Nov. 13 - Lunafest Films About Women benefit for Assistance League and Breast Cancer, 2 p.m. Art Theatre, 2025 E> Fourth St., $30, Nov. 13 - One Person Show: “The Good Boy,” 2 p.m., First Congregation Church of Long Beach, Third Street and Cedar Avenue, free will offering. Nov. 13 - Gift Show Holiday Preview, 3-6 p.m., Ranch Los Alamitos, 6400 Bixby Hill Rd., www. Nov. 13 - Afternoon with Rebecca Intuitive Psychic, 3-5 p.m., Bogart’s Coffee, 905 Ocean Ave., Seal Beach, 431-2226, Nov. 13 - Paul Duncan Stop the Bullying Fundraiser, 3-7 p.m., Ripples, 5101 E. Ocean Blvd, $10 at the door. Nov. 13 - South Coast Interfaith Council Awards Dinner, 5-7 p.m., location TBA, $60, 983-1665. Nov. 13 - Little Miss/Teen/Miss/ Mrs. Long Beach and Southern

California Cities Pageants, 6 p.m., The Grand, 4101 E. Willow St., $30, Nov. 14 - Seal Beach Tragedy Fundraiser, 1-8 p.m., Bella Salon, 5852 Naples Plaza, 5286 E. Second St. Nov. 15 - Long Beach City College Senior Center Tour: Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum, call for departure details, $25, 938-3048. Nov. 15 - Mad Hatter’s Tea Party Library Night, 6:30 p.m., Kettering Elementary, 550 Silvera Ave., 5989486. Nov. 16 - Let’s Talk Port Forum, 7 p.m., Main Library, 101 Pacific Ave., Nov. 16 - Operation JumpStart Open House, 7-8 p.m., 3515 Linden Ave. Nov. 17 - Long Beach City College Senior Center Tour: Watts Towers and Colburn School in LA, call for departure details, $25, 938-3048. Nov. 17 - “Cabin Fever” Wimpy Kid special program, 4 p.m., Mark Twain Library, 1401 E. Anaheim St., 570-1046. Nov. 17 - Lecture: Southern California Blue Whales, Their Status and Threats with John Calambodkidis, 7 p.m., Aquarium of (Continued on Page 33A)

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“One small act of generosity on the part of one caring person can transform the lives of hundreds. It takes only one light to dispel the darkness, and even just one basket to bring hope.” It’s been a dream come true for Kym and her husband to watch the community begin to take hold of the charity, she said. The couple hope the Long Beach Basket

Brigade continues to gain support throughout the city. “We moved to Long Beach 14 years ago, right after we got married, and we fell in love with Long Beach,” Kym said. “We wanted to do something to unite the community and serve our own residents… What is special about this Long Beach Basket Brigade is that so many people are brought together to serve other residents in need. We are helping people in our own backyard.”

The brigade’s makeshift assembly line outgrew the Livesay home a few years ago, so the baskets now are prepared at El Dorado Park Community Center and loaded onto trucks donated by S&M. Kym said the public is invited to volunteer and help stuff the baskets on Saturday, Nov. 19. Those who would like to volunteer should email In Long Beach, chosen families, identified by area organizations and community centers, receive one laundry basket filled with Thanksgiving trimmings, even cooking tins and freezer bags for the leftovers. From the turkey and potatoes to the sparkling cider, each basket can easily feed four people. Kym said the organization

needs tax-deductable donations to help pay for supplies, and every $50 donated can purchase one basket for a family in need. Also, many area schools and charity organizations are helping the Basket Brigade by collecting specific canned goods that will be given away in the baskets. When brigade members drop off the Thanksgiving fixings, they do so anonymously — something Kym said keeps everyone’s egos and ulterior motivations out of it. The baskets do include a note: “This basket comes to you from someone who cares. All we ask is that someday, when you are able, you help someone else in need.” She said it is always amazing to see recipients react to the baskets.

“They are grateful and surprised and enthusiastic. We get kids following us down the street,” she said. Even through rough economic times, Kym said area residents have continued to show their commitment to the brigade and community service. Kym noted that the nonprofit still needs donations to make its Thanksgiving goal possible since many businesses couldn’t afford to give as much this year as they have in the past. In late October, the brigade had raised about 50% of the money it needed to feed 650 families. For details about how to donate or participate, call 900-3574 or visit


17 collectives that have made it through the lottery system and about 15,000 patient members “The process used to create the ordinance greatly reduced the number of collectives in the city of Long Beach, ensured that the current operators passed stringent requirements to exist and established a baseline of operating collectives that serve as reliable, safe and legitimate source of medication for thousands of Long Beach residents and patients,” he said. After he and others spoke before the City Council, some on

the council said that they wanted to work with opponents of a ban moving forward. Kemp said he and those he represents took that as a go-ahead for them to come up with a solution — the group’s attorney Rick Brizendine is working on appropriate new language to alter the law. “In essence, the city cannot require, but can restrict,” Kemp said. “He is looking at the ordinance to look at what parts can be reworded.” Kemp said whatever could not be reworked legally into the law, the collectives will voluntarily do to uphold the ordinance to as close as it was before the court ruling. “We will find a way to make that legislative intent work,” he said. Shannon said he believes the Pack ruling forces the city to put a ban on collectives, but he will take a look at anything the LBCA gives him.

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before the City Council during its Nov. 1 meeting. “Our goal is to maintain a clean, safe, legitimate and community friendly environment for our members to receive their medically prescribed cannabis, while keeping an open and cooperative line of communication with the city of Long Beach and its departments,” he said. This week, he said the association encompasses about 16 or

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turing trash and bacteria before it can enter area waterways. According to a news release sent by the Gateway Authority, the state’s first board-certified storm drain retrofit effort will prevent about 840,000 pounds of trash from entering the Los Angeles River each year. Much of the trash in the Los Angeles River flows down to the Long Beach coastline. “Regional problems require regional solutions,” Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster said in the release. “By working together with other gateway cities, we leveraged resources and took a huge collective step forward to clean up our coastline on behalf of the entire region.”

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the square footage of commercial operations and eliminated the proposed 99-seat theater. Because of those changes, the commission could not approve the required Resolution with Findings of Fact and a Statement of Overriding Considerations, according to Amy Bodek, director of the Development Services Department. “Instead of amending them that evening, on the floor, the city attorney advised that the findings and SOC should come back, fully revised, to the Planning Commission, for a subsequent vote,” Bodek said. “Assuming the Planning Commission approves the revised findings and SOC (on Nov. 17), the 10-day appeal period will officially start. All persons or organizations who have already filed an appeal will be recognized then and their appeals will be carried forward.” Those appeals — which would be of the EIR certification —go to the City Council, which already must rule on the zoning changes

There are about 12,000 publicly-owned storm drains leading to the Los Angeles River from 16 gateway cities. All of those storm drains have been retrofitted with full-capture trash devices, called Connector Pipe Screens (CPS), inside the storm drain catch basin. Additionally, more than 5,400 of those storm drains in high-density trash locations have received additional protection with the installation of Automatic Retractable Screens (ARS), which are positioned along the curbside. Both screens block trash and debris while allowing storm water to flow through. Bill Pagett, senior vice president of Willdan Engineering, oversaw the design and construction of the CPS and ARS devices in gateway city storm drains. Pagett explained that the CPS

is a screen that is constructed around the front of a storm drain’s outlet pipe, stopping trash from leaving the catch basin. He added that the catch basins would be inspected and cleaned out after major storms if there’s too much trash inside. In the past, catch basins were inspected and cleaned before the rainy season as well as between major storms. “Prior to this (the installation of CPS), the trash would continue through the outlet pipe and run out into waterways,” he said. “This is going to keep that trash from reaching the Los Angeles River.” ARS, Pagett explained, are screens installed flush with the curb — leaving trash in the gutter to be cleaned up by street sweepers. When a storm is severe enough that water reaches a cer-

and any conditional use permits. If the council upholds the EIR certification, it could be appealed in court. There are plenty of potential appellants. Opposition has been led by an advocacy group called the Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust and some resident associations. At the Oct. 12 hearing, 36 individuals testified against the project (26 people testified in favor). As approved by the Planning Commission, the development could include up to 275 residential units, one building up to 150 feet (12 stories) tall with other stories up to 75 feet, but with an average height of no more than 55 feet. It also allows up to 155,000

square feet of retail space, a 100room hotel with restaurants and meeting rooms, another 20,000 square feet of restaurant space and at least 30% of open space. That proposal passed on a 4-3 vote — the EIR certification was unanimous. Commissioner Charles Durnin said he voted against the plan because there was too much retail space, while Commissioners Phil Saumur and Alan Fox said they were against allowing the 12-story building. Developer David Malmuth will present a final site plan for the Second+PCH project at the Nov. 17 hearing. It begins at 5 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall, 333 E. Ocean Blvd., and is open to the public.

ZIRSCHKY, Carl, 1921-2011

ABBOTT, Roy Dennis, 1942-2011

Carl Zirschky, 90, of Placentia, passed away Oct. 14. He was born in Missouri and worked as an auto mechanic. He is survived by his son, Gerald. Interment is at Rock Springs Cemetery in Morris Township, Texas County, Mo. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

Roy Dennis Abbott, 68, of Long Beach, passed away Oct. 10. He was born in Long Beach and as a telecommunications technician. She is survived by his daughter, Shelly Hintz. Interment is private. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

SARANA, Antonia, 1928-2011

Florence Sonier, 91, of Long Beach, passed away Oct. 19. He was born in Oregon. He is survived by his niece, Judy Mahoney. Interment is at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

Antonia Sarana, 83, of Buena Park, passed away Oct. 9. She is survived by her daughter, Nanette. There was a memorial service at St. Justin Catholic Church in Anaheim. Interment is at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Cypress. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

KRAY, Charles A., 1925-2011

Charles A. Kray, 86, of Carson, passed away Oct. 13. He was born in Croatia and was a playwright. He is survived by his daughter, Tracy Dunbrook. Interment is at St. Mary Cemetery in Cleveland, Ohio. Interment is private. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

COOPER, Leslie Derek Sr. 1963-2011

Leslie Derek Cooper Sr., 48, of Compton, passed away Oct. 10. He was born in Harbor City and worked as a longshoreman. He is survived by his wife, Youlanda. Interment is private. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

LEESE, Roeania Kittie, 1932-2011

Roeania Kittie Leese, 79, of Irvine, passed away Oct. 15. She was born in Kentucky and worked as beautician. She is survived by her son, James. Interment is at Trissel Cemetery in New Lebanon, Ohio. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

SONIER, Florence, 1920-2011

GALLO, Amelia, 1915-2011

Amelia Gallo, 95, of Los Alamitos, passed away Oct. 18 and worked as a seamstress. She is survived by her daughter, Gloria Hill. Interment is private. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

HUEY, Laverne, 1913-2011

Laverne Huey, 98, of Long Beach, passed away Oct. 20. She was born in Fort Worth, Tex. She is survived by her son, Raymond. Interment is private. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

MEANS, Rocky W., 1950-2011

Rocky W. Means, 61, of Long Beach, passed away Oct. 23. He was born in Indiana and worked in the trucking industry. He is survived by his brother, Randall. Interment is private. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

JANICE-MAY, Thelma, 1934-2011

Thelma Janice-May, 77, of Long Beach, passed away Oct. 12. She was born in Jennings, La., and worked in home care. She is survived by her niece, Mary Jonice. Interment is private. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

tain level, the screens open to allow more water to flow inside. “If the water gets high enough, then the ARS opens and more water can flow in, which means some trash may flow in too, so again those catch basins will be inspected and cleaned when necessary,” Pagett said. The project started in August 2010 and was completed last week. Cities that received trash screens are Montebello, Pico Rivera, Vernon, Maywood, Commerce, Huntington Park, Bell, Cudahy, Bell Gardens, South Gate, Downey, Lakewood, Paramount, Compton, Signal Hill and Long Beach. The $10 million in stimulus money for the project was designated by the California State Water Resources Control Board through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund. This project is just one of the efforts among Long Beach and other gateway cities in the past decade to improve water quality in the Los Angeles River and Long Beach coastline. Long Beach’s shoreline has long been plagued by the urban runoff from cities upstream.

PINEDA, Samuel T., 1959-2011

Samuel T. Pineda, 51, of Las Cruces, N.M., passed away Oct. 15. He was born in Mexico and worked in construction. She is survived by his son, Samuel Jr. Interment is at Masonic Cemetery in Las Cruces, N.M. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

OBER, Robert Lyle, 1937-2011

Robert Lyle Ober, 73, of Ladera Heights, passed away Oct. 13. He was born in Pennsylvania and worked as a carpenter. He is survived by his wife, Jane. Interment is at All Saints Cemetery in Northfield, Ohio. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

MCCLOSKEY, Elinore Taylor 1913-2011

Elinore Taylor McCloskey, 98, of Van Nuys, passed away Oct. 20. She was born in Pennsylvania and was a teacher. She is survived by her grandson, Jeff. Interment is at Valley View Memorial Park in Newberg, Ore. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

SIGLAIN, Jon Michael Jr., 1986-2011

Jon Michael Siglain Jr. 24, of Lakewood, passed away Sept. 28. He was born in Fountain Valley and worked in construction. He is survived by his father, Jon. Interment is private. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

MICHAELSEN, Donald Edward 1951-2011

Donald Edward Michaelsen, 60, of Rowland Heights, passed away Oct. 20 He was born in Michigan and worked as a process engineer. He is survived by his mother, Georgia. Interment is private. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

Several years ago, the county installed a trash boom at the mouth of the Los Angeles River that catches trash trickling towards Long Beach. Additionally, the city installed a trash-collection boom near Shoreline Village. Besides the $10 million spent to retrofit storm drains in gateway cities, $1.5 million in stimulus money went towards creating three pump stations to prevent even more trash from entering the river. Also, last year, all 27 cities in the Gateway Council of Governments agreed to support a $41 million comprehensive storm water management plan. City officials said they are working to secure money to pay for the project, which would involve trash traps, automated retractable screens and bacterial sponges on nearly every storm drain leading to the San Gabriel and Los Angeles rivers. Long Beach city workers are finding less trash from the water. In 2001, the city removed an average of 5,500 tons of trash from the water annually, and now, with a 193-ton monthly average, about half that much is collected.

Today’s Obituaries Abbott, Roy Dennis Brzinski, Vivian Bush, Chester H. Cooper, Leslie Derek Sr. Gallo, Amelia Haugen, Dennis H. Huey, Laverne Janice-May, Thelma Kray, Charles A. Leese, Roeania Kittie

Means, Rocky W. McCloskey, Elinore T. Michaelsen, Donald E. Ober, Robert Lyle Pineda, Samuel Sarana, Antonia Siglain, Jon M. Jr. Sonier, Florence Zirschky, Carl

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HAUGEN, Dennis Harold 1938-2011

Dennis Harold Haugen, 73, of Frankfort, Mich., passed away Oct. 21. He was born in Michigan and worked as an architect. He is survived by his daughter, Denise Decook. Interment is at Gilmore Township Cemetery in Frankfort, Mich. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

BUSH, Chester H., 1913-2011

Chester H. Bush, 98, of Seal Beach, passed away Oct. 25. He was born in Massachusetts and worked in telecommunications. Interment is private. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

BRZINSKI, Vivian, 1914-2011

Vivian Brzinsky, 97, of Huntington Beach, passed away Oct. 18. She was born in North Tonawanda, N.Y. She is survived by her daughter, Gail Murphy. Interment is at St. Hedwig Cemetery in Dearborn Mich. The family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary.

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