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VOL. 5 NO. 9 MARCH 2, 2012

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A private nonprofit group, the Trust for Public Land, has signed a letter of intent to purchase the Will J. Reid Scout Park from the Long Beach Area Council of Boy Scouts. The urban park, 11 acres bordering the Los Angeles River in north Long Beach, has been up for sale for nearly two years. The area council voted in June 2010 to offer the property for sale in the light of declining use, declining membership and budget deficits. “Our three objectives haven’t changed (since 2010),” said John Fullerton, executive director for the Long Beach Council of Boy Scouts. “We need the money. In the last years, 78% of the use has been either non-Scout or Scouts from other councils, but we would like to see it preserved as recreation. And finally, we would like to preserve the Will J. Reid name.” The park’s location in park-deficient north Long Beach and next to the river attracted the interest of the city, but no money was available for land purchase. Enter the Trust for Public Land, which has been active in Long Beach helping to purchase parts of the Los Cerritos Wetlands. “Our mission is to preserve

land for natural purposes,” said Alex Size, project manager with the SoCal Natural Lands team at the Trust for Public Land. “This parcel was crying out to remain a park, but we purchase land, we don’t manage or maintain it. We need a partner.” Enter the Water Replenishment District of Southern California. The district manages the aquifers and ground water in the region, serving 43 cities. The Long Beach area is represented by Lillian Kawasaki, who lives in north Long Beach. “Our ultimate goal is to be independent of imported water,” Kawasaki said. “We’ve been looking at stormwater capture and one of the areas we’ve been studying is around the Dominguez Gap wetlands. Will J. Reid came up… It made sense to see if we could increase the (water) storage there.” Talks began several months ago between the WRD and the Trust. Recent meetings have included Los Angeles County and city of Long Beach officials as well. “Ideally, the trust would purchase the land for us, then transfer or sell it, likely to a government entity,” Fullerton said. “We know the city is strapped for cash, so the Water Replenishment District probably is our financial reality.

—Gazette photo by Harry Saltzgaver

BE PREPARED. Will J. Reid Scout Park, which is currently owned by the Boy Scouts, is being sold to the Trust for Public Land.

But they don’t have money for operations, so maybe there would be a partnership.”

George Chapjian, director of Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine, said the county could

be involved because the park area could be used as storm and flood control — exactly why the WRD is interested, as well. He said the city is particularly interested in the Olympic-sized swimming pool and the trailheads that could connect the rest of the Riverlink greenbelt project. “We’ve said we could program it, including the pool,” Chapjian said. “We’re not real interested in the buildings — they’d be serious maintenance issues. But we definitely want to be a part of the discussion.” Size said the Trust will do a new property appraisal — the park was valued at $7.6 million two years ago — and currently is reviewing the purchase contract. “We can’t overpay for the property — that’s in our charter,” he said. “It’s my job to put the funding together. We’re looking at myriad sources … We’re looking for partners. We really can’t say what would ultimately be on the property. The goal is open space.” Fullerton said the deal could be done as early as the third quarter of this year. “They might have to buy and hold the property,” he said. “It’s possible we could lease it back until a new operator is ready to take over. ”

Kumon Opens, Offers Help Fred Hall Highlights Outdoor Activities



The people producing the Fred Hall Show don’t want you to get sucked into your iPhone-alwaysplugged-in lifestyle and forget about the beauty of being in nature and what the outdoors have to offer. Starting next Wednesday, the Fred Hall Show — The Ultimate Outdoor Experience returns to Long Beach. It will offer numerous opportunities to try out products and services from activities like hunting, camping, diving, shooting sports and international travel. “I grew up in the outdoors fishing and hunting and just being outdoors,” said Bart Hall, show producer. “I see — even in my grandchildren — some disturbing trends. A lot of people are losing touch with being outdoors. They

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ONE-ON-ONE TIME. Students find assistance and challenges at new Kumon Learning Center.

“We can serve about 200 to 300 students,” she added. “There is no grading scale or age scale, and every child is working at his or her own ability.” The students usually come

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Getting children to work independently on their schoolwork is the challenge the new Kumon Learning Center is taking on. Dipali Patel, the center’s director, said she is hoping more students enroll and take advantage of the opportunity to learn oneon-one with an instructor — especially with class sizes in Long Beach schools on the rise. “A lot of parents come to us because children are behind in school,” Patel said. “But lately, we’ve seen a lot of parents encouraging their children to come in for the extra challenge. Some find out that being in school with high enrollment, they are not able to get one-on-one attention.” Patel and her assistant, Vivian Martinez, have been working at the center since it opened in December, and currently mentor about 30 students, but are welcoming more, she said.


think being outdoors is going to a local park. You need to get out into the mountains or get on a lake. When you do that, stress levels go down and you get more in touch with our natural world.” The Fred Hall Show began in 1946 as what organizers called California’s first sportsman show. As the years progressed, the boating and fishing aspects grew and began to dominate the show floor. “Now, over the last few years, the boating industry in this recession has been hit harder than any other part of this economy,” Hall said. “That has given us an opportunity to recapture a lot of those things we used to have. “It is the largest consumer fishing show in the world, really. And it is the largest boat show in the western United States, the largest (Continued on Page 4)

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City Needs To Move To Keep SEADIP Open Government, any government, is infamous for how long it takes to get anything done. There are good reasons for the pace of bureaucracy — making sure all the Ts are crossed and the Is dotted, including everyone who should be included, following proper procedure, being transparent, etc. But there are consequences, too. Especially when you don’t even meet your own deadlines. More than two months ago, when the City Council decided to halt the Second+PCH development in mid-bureaucracy, city staff was told to prepare a plan to update the underlying master planning document — SEADIP, or the South East Area Development and Improvement Plan — and bring it back within 60 days. Then, when Fourth District Councilman Patrick O’Donnell tried to speed the process up at the Feb. 7 City Council meeting, Assistant City Manager Suzanne Frick said that plan to update the plan would indeed be in council members’ hands by Feb. 20. Didn’t happen. There are lots of good reasons why, we’re sure, and the promise now was to have the memo on council desks by Thursday (yesterday). But the fact is, in the same period of time development opponents Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust has gone out and hired a consultant and set up a public meeting. That meeting will take place this Saturday. Elizabeth Lambe, the Land Trust’s executive director, said her group is merely trying to make sure the update plan procedure has appropriate community involvement. In fact, she said, consultant MIG Inc. are specialists in community inclusion. Inclusion. That’s a buzzword for making sure that your voice is heard, nay, given preference, when it comes to making plans and setting priorities. We completely believe that the Land Trust folks are just trying to make sure the community is involved in the SEADIP revamp. It’s just that we’ve watched them in action in the past, and their idea of community involvement is making sure that their view — stopping development and recreating the wetlands — holds sway. Okay, that’s the way a democracy works. We have to give these advocates credit for understanding the process and marshaling their forces to attempt to influ-

ence the process to suit their desires. The question is, are they going to have an open field? City officials, both elected and appointed, swear up and down “all stakeholders” will be at the table once the real work of deciding what a new SEADIP might look like begins. But while the bureaucracy does its bureaucratic thing, the advocates are busy shaping the parameters of the discussion. Given enough time, the Land Trust mantra of no impact will be the baseline for future planning, not one seat at the table. Our friends on the city manager’s 13th floor of City Hall undoubtedly are pounding their fists on the table about now, saying, “it’s only an extra 10 days, for crying out loud.” Considering that the delay was caused by an attempt to nail down funding for the study, the wait is worthwhile, they’d surely argue. And they’d be right. Only … That 10 days means the momentum has shifted. It now appears to many, with some justification, that the Land Trust folks are being proactive in updating the master plan while the city is dragging its feet. Officials are estimating that the process is going to take two to three years to complete (which, in bureaucratic speak, likely means three or four years), so there will be plenty of time. In fact, a big chunk of that time will be devoted to trying to make sure every segment of Long Beach’s community has its say before any decisions are made. A bad precedent has been set with this missed deadline. Another bad precedent — allowing what we perceive to be a relative few people to dictate the debate — is on the verge of being set. It’s up to our city leaders to make sure all sides have the chance to be involved in mapping the future of this important part of our city. And it’s up to you to be sure that you take advantage of that chance. We do not begrudge the Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust its efforts — they are doing what they said they would do, and they are doing it openly (Saturday’s meeting is open to the public). What we want is to have the city lead the planning process. That’s their job, their mandate. And leading means being in front, not coming late to the starting line.

Time Travel Typically Tough On Tots Here we go, messing with time again. First there’s the Leap Year thing. I get a kick out of that. The whole idea that we can just randomly add a day to a month provides a sense of power — or maybe it’s whimsy. Before you pick up the pen, or look up my email address, yes I do know why there is a leap year every four years and yes I realize that it isn’t random. But try telling those folks born on Feb. 29 that they aren’t special. Go ahead, ask. Next week, March 11 to be exact, we get to spring forward into Daylight Saving Time. We all agree that it’s suddenly an hour later than it was a second or so ago, and it is. Makes you feel sort of like Capt. Picard, doesn’t it? I was talking to son Alex last night, and he was bragging about how he and Lynn had trained precious granddaughter Allison to wake up at 5:30 in the morning so they could get her to day care on time. Realize that we’re talking about a 7-month-old sleeping through the night, then waking up early enough to be fed, dressed and happy to be getting in the car to go see her friends. “It’s pretty cool,” Alex said. “We even get to have some together time before we leave.” Then, cruel old man that I am, I brought up Daylight Saving Time. “Oh, damn,” he said. “We spring forward, huh? That means …” That’s right. Allison’s 5:30 suddenly becomes Alex’s 6:30.

Defends Teachers

To The Editor, I am writing as a lifelong Long Beach resident who attended LBUSD schools and whose own children currently attend elementary school in this district. While I appreciate the Gazette’s willingness to meaningfully engage with education issues I fear that framing the core issue as one of teacher accountability is a missed opportunity at best and a case of blaming the victim at worst. Each school district already has their own method of teacher evaluation in place, with most centering on a series of classroom visitations and a summary report by one of that teacher’s adminis-

I can’t wait to hear how on March 12 Alex and Lynn (I suspect the hard work will fall to Lynn) explain to Allison that she suddenly has an hour less to wake up and get ready to go. I might be wrong, but I suspect that the concept of arbitrarily changing time might be a bit beyond the 7-month-old brain. Then there’s going to be the bedtime fun that night. I’ll guarantee that Allison still will be full of playtime energy when the clock hits 7 p.m. Her body is going to be pretty sure it’s still an hour before bedtime, no matter what Daddy says. Personally, I’m a big fan of Daylight Saving Time. I get up in the dark year-round anyway — we haven’t managed to mess with time enough to make the sun rise before 5 a.m. — and I love the chance to get a little extra light in the evening. It also means that summer’s not far away. Longer days are a boon, particularly in Southern Califorrnia. Time to get out in it, if you know what I mean. • Lenten update. For those of you who missed last week (I can’t believe anyone did, but just in case), I’ve decided to partake in the tradition of giving something up for 40 days. In fact, I’ve bought in to Justin’s four

trators. Teachers are expected to raise test scores every year despite being threatened with layoffs, taking pay cuts through furlough days, and having class sizes explode due to year after year of underfunding from Sacramento. Teachers are professionals who want to work next to other effective professionals. Teacher unions want to represent members who are effective. I assure you that teachers want their own children to be taught by quality educators. Neither teachers nor their labor groups hire teachers, evaluate teachers, or grant tenure to teachers; these all remain the responsibility of the district. But the narrative of “bad” teachers is unfair

food groups for 40 days deal. Only I could only come up with three things to give up — cookies, chocolate and potato chips. So I asked for suggestions. One earnest vegetarian decided to try to convince me to give up meat despite my declaration that I was once and forevermore a carnivore. He put his heart into a two-page missive full of logic, fact and graphic word pictures. Call me stubborn, but I had grilled steak Saturday, plank salmon Sunday and chicken stew Monday. I’m afraid that’s not going to change. Another writer offered up an entire food group — dairy. I started to trash that one, too, but then gave it another thought. While I enjoy a glass of milk on occasion, I seldom crave one. Ice cream is a treat, but it’s been pretty cold lately. I gave up butter long ago. But she was upfront about the hardest part of the deal. “You’ll have a tough time giving up cheese,” she said. She’s right. I love cheese, and a slice or two of sharp cheddar is my preferred snack. “But if it was easy it wouldn’t be a sacrifice, now would it,” my malicious wife Maria observed. So I’ve sworn off dairy for the duration. I’ve added a bit of a caveat — if there’s cheese already in a dish (think ravioli), that doesn’t count. Still, I’ve already made it through two days. Cheese? Don’t need no stinkin’ cheese.

to everyone and only serves to destroy a system it purports to reform. It is no accident that one of the few remaining unionized workforces in this country, one that remains a core bridge to the middle class both for its own members and through the education we provide our students, is under attack by a well-funded right wing who want to privatize public education under the guise of such misguided experiments as vouchers and for-profit charter schools. A system already exists for teachers to be evaluated by administrators hired by the district. An honest discussion about im(Continued on Page 3)

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proving this current method is welcome but scapegoating our neighbors who have already sacrificed so much does a disservice to us all. Ruben Mancillas Long Beach

All Accountable

To The Editor,

I am a high school teacher in the LBUSD and say that I am a leader, an educator, and hold myself accountable at all times but especially towards educating today’s youth. When your editorial stated that “we need to find a way to make teachers accountable for the jobs they do,” I could not agree with you more, yet I feel the same way towards my neighbors, my coworkers, my fellow Americans, my friends, in hopes of some way holding them accountable for the job I expect them to do. Some expectations should be non-negotiable, such as: reliable, honest, dependable, consistent and trustworthy. Unfortunately having students and parents rank teachers is not consistent to what does matter, that of student “learning.” Every other year, teachers are evaluated by an administrator on three different occasions throughout that evaluation year to which a report is placed in their file. These evaluations follow site, district and state standards for teaching. Yet these evaluations never come to light when pink slips are being distributed just before another new year of budget cuts. Seniority takes precedence, but never a mention of quality, accountability, passion or student success. This is a slippery slope and up for (PG13) interpretation depending on the evaluator, but should possibly be up for discussion. The accountability road will never be easy but truly it is up to all of us, as individuals, in any and every situation to be the best person we can be. I challenge all teachers, all peoples, neighbors, partners, friends, journalists, politicians, Americans, to be accountable for all that


we do, to do our best in all aspects of life and to never stop learning and growing. This is what I promise myself and model to my students every minute of every day. Danielle Sawyer Long Beach

Walk The Talk

To The Editor,

From the Gazette, Page 1, Feb. 24, “LBUSD To Axe 308 Employees.” This layoff includes 44 more teachers. Then there is a letter on Page 3 from Virginia Torres and Joe Boyd, Teachers Association of Long Beach union President and

Executive Director, demanding money be spent for a special election to fill a school board vacancy. The alternative is a simple, no-cost appointment process, but would disenfranchise residents of District 5, they claim. This is a local school board, not

Congress right? The definition of disenfranchise is to deprive voting rights or the right to choose for oneself. Keep in mind that unions like TALB financially support the campaigns of politicians who many in their membership oppose with no con-

sideration for how their dues are used. As a union member, you cannot opt out short of resigning. Do as I say, not as I do? Robert Van der Upwich Long Beach

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travel show in the state of California and the largest shooting show in Southern California.” Still, despite the economy, Hall said that the show has seen attendance increases each year. “This event allows an enormous amount of people who admire these pursuits to assemble and celebrate that outdoor lifestyle,” he said, noting that during the

show’s first 38 years, nothing was even for sale. “We want to make sure people gather and celebrate that passion. That’s what separates us from the others.” To that end, organizers said the point of the Fred Hall Show was to appeal to people who love the outdoors and to appeal to the entire family of all ages they might bring with them. Included in the 500 outdoor apparel, vehicle and equipment booths, there will be many differ-

ent exhibits and interactive demonstrations. There will be free fly fishing and casting lessons, air gun and archery ranges, laser shot games, saltwater and freshwater mobile aquariums, Dock Dogs and Great American Duck races, precision knife thrower Jack Dagger and The Sporting Chef Scott Leywath. “One of our taglines is that this is more than a full day of family entertainment,” Hall said. There will be a fully stocked Kid’s Fish Free Trout Pond. “The kids pond is always exciting,” Hall said. “Probably more kids have caught their first fish

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ized, and are designed to get the students to become motivated on their own. Each day after their session at Kumon, students are required to take their worksheets home to keep their minds sharp when they’re not at the learning center. “Typically, our students are anywhere between 3 and 18 years

“One of our taglines is that this is more than a full fay of family entertainment.” —Bart Hall there than any spot in Southern California.” There also will be a scuba dive tank where attendees can put on a dry suit and dive in with a professional and a speed shooting show that will involve professional shooters using double action revolvers. old,” Patel said. “Our math and English curriculum goes from the basics all the way up to college level math and reading. We don’t consider ourselves tutors — it is an enrichment program that is helping these kids reach their highest potential in and out of classroom.” On Saturday, Kumon is celebrating literacy among children and its grand opening with a free day of activities and refreshments

WHAT: Fred Hall Show WHEN: March 7-11 (varying times) WHERE: Long Beach Convention Center COST: $15 for adults or free for children age 15 and younger

About 400 seminars will include subjects like long range fishing, salt-water bass, hunting and emergency preparedness. The entire sports arena will be dedicated to boats as large as 44 feet. For more information and tickets, visit to encourage parents and students to take part of its services. For every new student who enrolls in March, the center will donate four books to the Reading Is Fundamental program (RIF), which will go to children in need across the country. “We’re teaming up with RIF for this special literacy open house day,” Patel added. “There will be raffles, read aloud sessions, refreshments and a chance for parents to look through the worksheets and supplements in class, as well as sign up for orientations for the upcoming week.” The Kumon Learning Center is at 4103 N. Viking Way, Suite B. The grand opening and literacy open house event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with an 11:30 a.m. ribbon cutting ceremony with the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce. For more information about Kumon and its services, call Patel at 237-4132, or visit the website

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Owner Takes Life Lessons, Opens Pine DG Boxing By Ashleigh Oldland Editor

An inner-city youth’s propensity for getting into schoolyard scuffles turned into something positive when Anthony Skalberg started taking boxing lessons. Skalberg, 27, is celebrating the opening of DG Boxing on Pine Avenue, which is modeled after DG Boxing Gym on Pacific Coast Highway, where he started taking boxing lessons more than a decade ago. “I’m very excited to open another DG location in Long Beach,” Skalberg said. “I’m a local guy who grew up in a working-class family with very little income, and I feel I am now in a position where I can help the neighborhood kids learn to do what I learned.” He was 13 years old when Skalberg said his older brother pushed him into the boxing ring. The experience gave Skalberg a new focus, confidence and outlook on life, he said, and helped keep him out of trouble. “I went to high school at Wilson, and I saw a lot of people making bad choices,” he said. “It

is easier to make a wrong turn than a right one. “I’m not going to forget where I came from, … I want to give others the opportunity to train — not just to be boxers, but to be fit and confident in themselves and show them they can do something. I want to help kids like me.” Skalberg advanced from amateur to professional fighter, moving to Los Vegas to pursue his career in the ring. A shoulder and neck injury he sustained while boxing sent him into an early retirement, so Skalberg said he returned to his Long Beach roots and began training clients at DG Boxing at 5660 Pacific Coast Highway. “I turned pro, and the only thing I knew was boxing,” he said. “But when I started training other people and could see the results — an overweight lady losing 80 pounds — that was more satisfying than hurting people or getting hurt in the ring.” Although about 10% of the clients at DG Boxing are interested in fighting in the ring, Skalberg said most of the people who come to the gym are interested in

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staying in shape, losing weight, learning self-defense or learning something new. “Our training is inclusive,” he said. “We teach the craft of boxing as well as fitness and healthy eating.” A typical workout at DG Boxing takes one hour and includes jump roping, a fast side-to-side boxing step exercise in the ring, rounds of shadow boxing, bag drills, endurance drills and bag, mitt and pad work wearing boxing gloves, among other exercises for conditioning, Skalberg said. Beginners to experienced boxers are welcome, and each client gets one-on-one time and a personalized workout program. DG Boxing on PCH’s owner, David Gonzalez, 42, said he is excited to see Skalberg start another boxing gym in Long Beach and provide more opportunities for the community to take part in the sport.

“Everybody needs to know basic self-defense,” Gonzalez said. “Plus, this is a great workout and a sweet science.” Skalberg said he’s learned that boxing is a metaphor for life, and those who give up easily in boxing also tend to give up easily on life. If the people at his gym learn something there and toughen up, he said that same toughness helps overcome the hard times in life. DG Boxing at 745 Pine Ave., which offers training for men and women of all ages, is host-


ing an open house with boxing demonstrations from 5 to 8 p.m. this Monday, March 5. For details about the boxing gym, call 6062665.

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Law Troubles Haunt Mai Tai Request By Jonathan Van Dyke Staff Writer

Trouble with the law has led to a staff recommendation to deny an expansion of entertainment options at Mai Tai Bar. The downtown bar, located on Aquarium Way above Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., has requested that the City Council allow it to have disc jockey and karaoke

entertainment. The City Council hearing to determine that will take place at 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 6 at City Hall, 333 W. Ocean Blvd.. “(Police) was the main department that has concerns, and when their concern is a public safety concern, that becomes our main concern,” said Erik Sund, the city’s business relations manager.

The staff report notes that the Long Beach Police Department looked into a two-year period — from Oct. 26, 2009 to Oct. 26, 2011 — in order to get a grasp on public safety near the bar. “Based on the (LBPD) Vice Section’s investigation, the police department has determined that the public peace, safety and welfare of the general area would be impaired if this permit is granted,” the report says. During that time, the LBPD noted 50 calls for service, 22 incident reports and 23 arrests attributable to Mai Tai Bar. “Nearly all the calls for service were violent incidents related to fights, disputes and a stabbing,” the report says. On Dec. 4, 2011, there was a shooting where six people sustained gunshot wounds after a group of patrons were denied entry into the bar and confronted another group as they left. Otherwise, the Long Beach Fire Department, Health and Human Services Department and Development Services Department said the bar was in compliance and none of the departments were against the new permit conditions. Mai Tai Bar has been licensed as a bar/lounge/tavern since June 2005. It has had a permit for entertainment and dancing since Sept. 20, 2005 — but during that time disc jockey and karaoke have not been allowed except on a temporary basis here and there. The City Council may grant the conditions, grant them on a oneyear short-term basis or deny the conditions. “I am reviewing the police report and will be meeting with city staff and Mai Tai representatives to discuss the recommended denial,” Second District Councilwoman Suja Lowenthal said in a statement Wednesday. Even if denied, Mai Tai Bar still will be able to have live music and dancing. Bubba Gump Shrimp Company Restaurants is the filing applicant and owner of the restaurant below the bar. “They (the owners) are a bit concerned with the recommendation because of the way they’d like to operate it,” Sund said. “But there is an ongoing communication and a constant dialogue between them and city departments right now.”

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Candidates Gear Up For Community Forums With just more than a month before the April 10 municipal primary election, candidate forums are starting to pick up. The Wrigley Association will host a forum Monday for the Long Beach Unified School District Board Area 2 election. The forum, at 7 p.m. at Veterans Park, 101 E. 28th St., will include incumbent Felton Williams and challenger Ricardo Linarez. Next Wednesday, March 7, the Los Cerritos neighborhood

will conduct an Eighth District City Council candidate forum at Los Cerritos Elementary School, 515 W. San Antonio Drive. The forum begins at 7 p.m. and will be moderated by former Eighth District Councilman Jeff Kellogg (who currently serves on the Long Beach Community College board). Al Austin, Lillian Kawasaki and Gustavo Rivera all have said they will attend. City Auditor Laura Doud has endorsed Lillian Kawasaki for the

open Eighth District City Council seat. Kawasaki also received an endorsement from the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters. Even though the Long Beach municipal election is nonpartisan, the Los Angeles County Democratic Party has offered endorsements in several races. Incumbent Suja Lowenthal has that party’s support in the Second District City Council race and Patrick O’Donnell, the current Fourth

Council To Discuss Billboard Ordinance By Harry Saltzgaver Executive Editor

A watered-down billboard ordinance is among the business items on next Tuesday’s City Council meeting. The city’s planners have been working for two years on revisions to the billboard policy in an attempt to reduce the amount of outdoor advertising, particularly in residential neighborhoods. The Planning Commission finally approved a revised ordinance last November, including provisions to begin replacement of static billboards with electronic message boards as long as there was a reduction of the number of boards. But the City Council rejected those proposals on Dec. 13. Instead, on a 5-3 vote, planning staff was told to go back and create an ordinance that banned electronic message boards and remove any reference to a “cap and trade” program. That ordinance is set for debate next week. It follows council directives, according to the staff

report, and updates standards. It also limits billboards to major streets. The ordinance would replace a lengthy moratorium on billboards. In other business Tuesday, the council is scheduled to: • Conduct a budget meeting beginning at 3:30 p.m. to hear a presentation on the fiscal outlook for 2013 and beyond. • Rule on a request for an entertainment permit with dancing at Mai Tai Bar, 97 Aquarium Way. Staff recommendation is to deny the permit. • Change the name of West Coast Choppers Place back to Oregon Avenue. • Amend the contract with Signal Hill Petroleum to modify the calculation of oil sales price. • Consider a five-year contract with the Conservation Corps of Long Beach to provide conservation work on city property. • Approve the sale of two used police helicopters for a total of $1,553,998. • Adopt plans and specifications to improve Wardlow Road

between Cherry Avenue and Long Beach Boulevard. The contract with Excel Paving Company would be for not more than $1,806,286. • Accept plans and the contract with Encon Technologies, Inc., to rebuild the Alamitos Bay Marina Fuel Dock and increase appropriations by $914,536.

District City Councilman who is seeking a third term as a writein candidate, also received an endorsement. In the Long Beach Community College District election incumbent Doug Otto received the nod in District 4. Ricardo Linarez, the challenger in the LBUSD board District 2 election, got the party endorsement.

Eighth District City Council candidate Al Austin will open a campaign headquarters at 10 a.m. this Saturday. The event is at 3811 Long Beach Blvd. —Harry Saltzgaver

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Amazing Chase Races Through City By Jonathan Van Dyke STAFF WRITER

Just don’t call it the “Amazing Race.” Last year, the Downtown Long Beach Associates and Garnica Interiors presented an event that mirrored the famous and awardwinning reality television show — including the bulk of its name. The first time out was a success, but Garnica Interiors founder Joen Garnica said a change to Downtown’s Amazing Chase for the March 10 event was needed, despite much of the event’s charm remaining intact. “We got a very nice letter from CBS telling us to knock it off, hence the name change,” she said with a chuckle. “The event really marries all of the things that I work on (as a business owner and community member). It brings together neighborhoods, walkability of downtown, great art, public transportation, downtown businesses and the residential element — all rolled into one event.” For the uninitiated, the Downtown Amazing Chase will be somewhat like its predecessor — teams of two to four people will race around downtown Long Beach completing clues and challenges to see what team can finish with the best time. The clues to get to those challenges will be made up from interesting facts about the city — questions and statements regarding history, architecture,

current news and neighborhood trivia. What businesses and services will make up the some 25 locations for the challenges? “They are all under wraps — not even my husband knows about them,” Garnica said. However, Garnica was willing to disclose some examples of challenges from last year like: • A physical challenge that involved racing up the 14 flights of stairs at The Breakers to get to the Sky Room. • A food challenge involving fresh and hot funnel cake down at Shoreline Village being digested in two minutes. • An intellectual beer-tasting affair where team members tried a beer and identified its type at Congregation Ale House. • A turn of phrase that needed to be deciphered to name an extinct animal in front of the Aquarium of the Pacific. Teams will all gather at the Promenade Square Park near First Street at 10 a.m. and compete in each challenge from there. As the event continues, the teams can earn challenge bonuses that shave off time — costumes are encouraged and give a large bonus. “The costume contest is really important,” she added. “Last year, it brought up a team into the top three.” The top three teams get prize packages. Prize packages — which can include gift certificates and tickets to shows — can be

valued at as much as $1,000. Preregistration has begun for the event. The cost is $75 for each team, regardless of its size. The event is capped at a maximum of about 150 contestants — so organizers are encouraging early registration. For more information, visit the DLBA

Plaza Little League Opening Day Long Beach Plaza Little League has lined up a full schedule of activities for opening day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at Cherry Park, 1901 E. 45h St. In addition to parades for both the Challenger and Little League Divisions, and speeches by local and community officials, there will be a mobile disc jockey, a video game truck, Super Mex

and other community businesses and vendors. Improvements have been made to fields one and two through donations. For information on the Little League Division, call (310) 9441892. For information on the Challenger Division, which is for mentally and physically handicapped children, call 233-1196.

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Bar High To Get Living Wage On November Ballot By Harry Saltzgaver Executive Editor

An initiative drive to ask Long Beach voters to pass a living wage law was announced last week with significant fanfare. Now the proponents will have to hurry to meet the deadline to

collect enough signatures to get the issue on the ballot. The press conference by the Long Beach Coalition for Good Jobs and Healthy Community included tales of hospitality workers struggling to make ends meet. The organization has targeted the

city’s non-union hotels for several years. Under the proposed initiative, hotels with more than 100 rooms, the Long Beach Airport and the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center all would be required to pay all fulltime work-

ers at least $13 an hour. Coalition members said it was their goal to have the initiative on the November 2012 general election ballot. But to meet that goal, they likely would have to gather 23,000 qualifying signatures in less than three months, according to City Clerk Larry Herrera. First, Herrera must approve the initiative title and petition language. That then goes to City Attorney Robert Shannon for final approval. The city has three weeks, 15 working days, to complete that process. Then the coalition must file a notice of intent to circulate. It likely would be near the end of March before petitions would be ready to go out for signatures. A qualified signature is someone registered to vote in Long Beach. In order to get an initiative on a regular election, it requires 10% of the registered voters to sign a petition — 15% for a special election. There are about 230,000 regis-

tered voters in Long Beach. Herrera said that the November presidential election might be a general election for the country, and also qualifies as a general election for a Long Beach ballot initiative. “The deadline is Aug. 10 to get on the November ballot,” Herrera said. “That would require 1o% of the registered voters, and we would have 30 (business) days to verify the signatures. So that isn’t much time.” In order to verify signatures in time to make the ballot deadline, the petitions would have to be returned by July 1. The actual number of signatures in petition drives typically are significantly more than the minimum number needed to compensate for the signatures that cannot be verified or are duplicated. The next citywide general election is the April 2014 municipal primary, which includes election of citywide offices the mayor, city attorney, city prosecutor and city auditor.

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Expo Explores Alternative, Natural Healthcare By Jonathan Van Dyke Staff Writer

When it comes to your health and well being, information should not be suppressed and all options should be readily available, organizers of the Health Freedom Expo say. This is the eighth year of the expo. Wendell Whitman started it. “I think he just found and wanted to get the messages out — to create a platform for people to come and share their knowledge and to raise awareness,” said Julie Whitman-Kline, Wendell’s daughter and CEO of the event. The Health Freedom Expo will have more than 200 exhibitor booths with products, education and services. There will be many different doctors, practitioners and health experts speaking each day. There will be hot topic panels, award winning documentary films and celebrity appearances. The HealthKeepers Alliance, which is the parent company of the expo, works to defeat restricting legislation that limits positive health freedom choices and awareness, organizers said, and that sentiment carries over to the expo. “I think the purpose of the expo is to educate the attendees, provide answers and give options to them,” Whitman-Kline said. “We want people to ask questions and hopefully they can get answers and insight.” The expo will not be focusing

as much on traditional medical and health care. “It’s more about alternative and natural health,” Whitman-Kline said. “There will be all types of exhibitors on the floor. You can sample, taste and try all kinds of things. There are all these options for people to be aware of and this is cutting edge information and products being displayed.” There will be limited edition herbs, traditional flower remedies that work with emotions, muscle testing identification, alternative exercise machines, healthy clothing, books, DVDs, healthy coffee, protein bars, holistic dentistry and jewelry that works with different magnetic frequencies. Panels will include topics like autism, GMO food, labeling, politics of health and the pros and cons of vaccines. There will be about 90 speakers including Deborah Ray (vice president of the Alliance for Natural Health), Richard Hatch (actor from “Battlestar Galactica”), Catherine Austin-Fitts (publisher of the Solari Report), Mike Anderson (author of “The RAVE Diet & Lifestyle”) and George Noory (host of Coast to Coast AM Radio Talk Show) — along with numerous other authors and doctors. Whitman-Kline said that if the roster of people and products sounds a little out-there or intimidating, people should not be scared. “People are not going to find a lot of new age (materials),” she

said. “We try to make people feel comfortable. Our exhibitors are very friendly and want the best for attendees. There’s a time and place for every type of modality

out there and it’s up to the individual to determine when and what they need.” For information, visit www.

WHAT: Health Freedom Expo

WHEN: Today-Sunday, March 2-4 (times vary)

WHERE: Convention Center Exhibit Hall A

COST: $20/$45

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New Taste In East Village What’s cooking in the kitchen at Asha Moroccan Mediterranean Kitchen is the same food Mom

has been bringing to the table since owner Hend Elarabi, 29, was a little girl. And that’s because Mom, Wafa Jannane, 56, actually is working at the stove at her daughter’s East Village Arts District restaurant, which opened in mid-February. “Mom always has had a passion for food, and she has been a chef at other Mediterranean restaurants,” Elarabi said. “The recipes we use are from Morocco, where we are from… Food always has been her passion.” Elarabi, a Long Beach resident who has worked as a general manager at restaurants for the past decade, said now is the time for her to try her hand at owning her own business, incorporating family members into the fold — her mother is the chef and her cousin is the business’s accountant. All food at Asha is prepared fresh daily. Spices used on the

food are imported from Morroco. Elarabi said customer favorites on the menu so far include the lamb chops as well as her personal favorite, beef couscous with sautéed vegetables. “These are all foods I grew up eating in Morocco,” the owner said. “These are all my home favorites.” Asha, which means a gathering or feast, is located at 149 Linden Ave. The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily for lunch and dinner service. For details or to make reservations, call 6282255. Nisey’s Thrift Opens Nisey’s Thrift Store, located at 6454 Long Beach Blvd., opened in North Long Beach late last year. The store collects and sells gently used and new clothing and retail items. Owner Denise Davis, who also serves as the president of the College Square Neighborhood Association, said she wanted to open a thrift store where the lowerincome residents of North Long Beach will be able to find great deals on clothing for work or play. “People who are shopping on a budget will find deals on quality clothes and other items that they otherwise might not be able to afford,” Davis said. “I try to seek really nice things and collect in nice areas to pick things my customers can feel good about. For details about Nisey’s Thrift, email or call 984-2244.

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DINING p.m. Monday-Friday, 5-10 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sunday. Wine bar. $$ Gazette Dining Guide guidance on price: $ Thrifty; $$ Night Out; $$$ Splurge

American ALONDRA HOT WINGS 245 Pine Ave. #190 437-2103 Serving hot wings with a choice of flavors, pizza, East Coast-style sandwiches, salads and, yes, fried Twinkies. Open for lunch and dinner. Beer, wine available. $ AT LAST CAFE 204 Orange Ave. 437-4837 This neighborhood cafe between Ocan Boulevard and Broadway boasts the “Best Chef” winner from Orange Coast Magazine preparing comfort food with fresh ingredients. Open from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. for catering. $ BEACHWOOD BBQ 131 1/2 Main St., Seal Beach 210 E. Third St. 493-4500, 436-4020 Beachwood BBQ offers slow-smoked ribs, chicken, brisket, homemade sausages and pulled pork. The menu also features fish, salads and sandwiches. Large selection of craft beers. Delivery and catering menus. Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. $ BLACKBIRD CAFE 3405 Orange Ave. 490-2473 Offering a California fresh menu for breakfast and lunch. Menu includes traditional, homemade breakfast fare along with coconut French toast and peanut butter pancakes. An extensive vegetarian menu along with burgers, sandwiches, soups & chili. Coffee drinks. Open 7 a.m.-3 p.m. daily. $ EGGS ETC. 550 Redondo Ave. 433-9588 Offering good old-fashioned country breakfasts and lunch. Daily specials. Patio dining. Open 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. $ E.J. MALLOY’S 3411 E. Broadway, 433-3769; 4306 Atlantic Ave., 424-5000 E.J. Malloy’s is a pub with attributes of the original 1920s restaurant, along with a secluded patio. Specialties include corn-fed beef, chicken and fish. Breakfast served Saturdays and Sundays. Open all week for lunch, dinner. Full bar at the Atlantic location. $$ KDB 10 Aquarium Way 308-7529 KDB, located at The Pike, serves the best in classic American cuisine, including gourmet pizzas and pastas, fresh salads, BBQ, hamburgers and signature entrees. $ LASHER’S 3441 E. Broadway 433-0153 The winner of numerous awards, Lasher’s is in a restored California Bungalow. Dinner features home-style regional American cuisine, including grilled steaks, fresh fish and rack of lamb. Beer, wine and cocktails, patio dining available. Dinner Tues.-Sun. Sunday brunch is served 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. $$-$$$

THE LOCAL SPOT 6200-B E. PCH 498-0400 From the owners of Eggs, Etc. this restaurant features a variety of burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, wraps, salads and smoothies with an emphasis on healthy food. Open for lunch, dinner 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. $ PHIL TRANI’S 3490 Long Beach Blvd. 426-3668 Phil Trani’s mixes California style with Continental cuisine, offering fresh seafood from around the world, and premium meats highlighting the flavors of Europe. They also offer a variety of Italian-American signature dishes. Open for lunch Monday -Friday and dinner 7 days a week. $$ PORTFOLIO COFFEEHOUSE 2300 E. Fourth St., 434-2486 BERLIN, 420 E. Fourth, 435-0600 Portfolio Coffeehouse renders culture, friendship and caffeine fixes to java junkies amidst an eclectic collection of people, vintage furnishings, an outdoor patio, and fine art. Healthy snacks, sandwiches and gourmet desserts are sure to delight. $

Californian THE FACTORY 4020 Atlantic Ave. 595-4020 From farm to table daily, harvested organic produce, grass-fed beef, free range chicken prepared with creative flair. Microbrews, boutique wines. Cooking classes, tasting events. the $$ UTOPIA 445 E. First St. 432-6888 This European-style cafe offers a variety of salads, pasta, seafood and chicken dishes creatively prepared and served in an intimate setting. Work of local artists displayed. Open from noon to 9:30

Greek GEORGE’S GREEK DELI 135 Pine Ave.; 437-1184 5316 E. Second St.; 433-1755 Offering a variety of traditional Greek

dishes, superb service, award-winning wines, Friday night slow-roasted lamb special, Saturday night belly dancing, banquet room and catering. Hours for Pine location: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sun.Thurs.;10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fri. and Sat. Hours for Shore location: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sun.-Thurs.; 11 a.m. to midnight Fri. and Sat. $$

Italian BUONA GENTE 5205 E. Second St. 438-8763 Located in the heart of Belmont Shore, Buona Gente features a wide selection of authentic Italian specialties, from ap-

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Dining Guide (Continued from Page 13) petizers, homemade bread to pizzas and pasta dishes. A great selection of wine is available including Buona Gente’s private label bottled in Napa and Sonoma counties. Don’t miss the famous tiramisu. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. $$

FRANCELLI’S 3404 E. Fourth St. 434-3441 Francelli’s has been family owned and operated since 1969. They offer traditional Italian food as well as thin crust pizza, sandwiches and panini in a casual atmosphere. Specialties Osso Buco, Lasagna & Garlic Chicken. Open all week. $

DINING LA TRAVIATA 301 Cedar Ave. 432-8022 Located in the historic Willmore Building. If luxury, elegance and decadent dining interests you, then this is the place. Live opera singers perform on the weekend nights.New banquet room now open. Serving lunch and dinner all week long $$-$$$ NINO’S 3853 Atlantic Blvd. 427-1003 Nostalgia favorite Nino’s, the oldest Italian restaurant in Long Beach, established its reputation by word of mouth. Vincenzo Cristiano, owner and chef since 1958, was born and raised in Naples, Italy. Old World Charm, a call bar, catering and banquet room available. Open for lunch and dinner. $ THE PIZZA PLACE 1431 E. Broadway 432-6000 A garden cafe to sample specialties such as lasagna, tortellinis, manicotti and Pasta Primavera. There are 26 pizzas to choose from. Beer and wine, desserts, cappuccino or espresso. Delivery avail-

able. Open from 11 a.m. to midnight. $$

Mediterranean ASHA MOROCCAN 149 Linden Ave., Suite E 628-2255 The latest addition to the East Village Arts District, Asha features specialties from the Moroccan area of the Mediterranean including tajnes and harira. Open 11a.m. - 10 p.m. all week. $

Mexican MERCED’S 1064 E. Broadway 951-5755 Authentic Mexican food. Casual atmosphere and you can watch your food cooked in the open kitchen. Beer and wine now available. Open Mon.-Thurs. 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 8 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sun. 8 a.m. -6 p.m. $

Seafood GLADSTONE’S 330 S. Pine Ave. 432-8588 Gladstone’s Long Beach is a water-

front restaurant offering views of the Queen Mary and Shoreline Harbor. Featuring a variety of fresh fish and sushi, live lobster, crab and more. Outdoor seating available. Crabby Hour is from 2 to 6 p.m. in the Quarter Deck Lounge. Private Room available for banquets or special events.$$ PIKE BAR & GRILL 1836 E. 4th St. (just west of Cherry) 437-4453 Serving fresh seafood, clam chowder in a casual atmosphere. Open for lunch & dinner. Daily specials offered. Breakfast served on weekends. Entertainment nightly. Full bar. $

Thai STAR OF SIAM 2109 E. Broadway 439-1564 Star of Siam boasts more than 20 years of culinary delights where traditional Thai cuisine is maintained and celebrated. World class beer and extensive wine list. Open daily 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. except Tuesdays. Prices start at $4.75. Patio dining. $ YOUR HOUSE 2838 E. Pacific Coast Hwy. 498-4949 Authentic Thai cuisine with over 100 items to choose from. Also serving Thai fusion sushi from the traditional to the exotic. Open for lunch & dinner, including a great happy hour from 3-7 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Beer & wine, catering available. $

Vegetarian STEAMED ORGANIC VEGETARIAN CUISINE 801 E. Third St. 437-1122 This casual hipster vegetarian restaurant offers nutrition for the body & soul. Use fresh locally grown organic produce. Anything on the menu can be made vegan. Offers both take out and backyard cafe-style patio. Has outdoor seating. Hours: Open 11:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11:30-9:30 Friday & Saturday, Noon-5 pm. Sunday. $

Vietnamese PHO AMERICA 1826 Pacific Ave. 218-0204 Authentic Vietnamese cuisine with a large selection of Pho, rice, vermicelli and vegetarian dishes plus boba drinks. Open all week. Dine in, take out and catering. Credit cards accepted. $

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NIGHT OUT March 2 - Redefining Women’s Work and Youth’s Education Awards Banquet, 6 p.m., The Reef, 880 Harbor Scenic Dr., $145, (213) 749-3970. March 2 - First Fridays in Bixby Knolls, 6:30-10 p.m., Atlantic Avenue between San Antonio Drive and Bixby Road, http:// March 3 - Camerata Singers and Central4 Piano Quartet perform Brandenburg, 7:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, 241 Cedar Ave., $25 in advance, $30 at the door, 522-1045, www. March 3 - Azar Nafisi, author of “Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books,” 8 p.m., Carpenter Center, 6200 Atherton St., $35, discounts for seniors and students, 985-7000, www. March 3-17, University Players: “Sonia Flew,” by Melinda Lopez, 8 p.m. Tues.-Fri., 2 and 8 p.m. Sat., Players’ Theatre at CSULB, 1250 Bellflower Rd., $15, $12 for seniors and students, 985-5526 or March 5 - Leadership Long Beach New Member Mixer, 5:30-7 p.m., Rock Bottom Restaurant, One Pine Ave., RSVP to 997-9194. March 5 - Bixby Knolls Supper Club, 6:30 p.m., Nino’s Italian Restaurant, 3853 Atlantic Ave., reservations required, info@ March 6 - L.B. Shakespeare Celebrates author Gabriel Garcia Maquez’s Birthday, 8 p.m., Richard Goad Theatre, 4250 Atlantic Ave, $10, $5 for seniors and students, 997-1494, www.LBShakespeare. org. March 6, 7 - “Male Matriarch,” by Amir Levi, 8 p.m., Long Beach Playhouse Studio Theatre, 5021 E. Anaehim St., $20, $15 for seniors and students, 494-1014, March 6-March 10, “Quills,” by Doug Wright, 8 p.m. Tues.-Sat., Cal Rep on the Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway, $20, $15, for seniors, students and military, 985-5526,

WINE TASTING March 5 - Buena Vista Wine Dinner, 7 p.m., Café Piccolo, 3222 E. Broadway, $49.95, 438-1316,

EVENTS March 2 - VA Long Beach Creative Arts Contest and Show, 10a.m.-1 p.m., Pantages Theater, Building 126, Second Floor VA Center, 5901 E. Seventh St. March 2 - March 2 - Book Signing and Lecture: Michelle Latiolalis, author of “Widow: Stories,” 3 p.m., Baughn Center Room P104, Long Beach City College, 4901 E. Carson St., 243-7114 or www. March 2 - Committee of 300 New Member Mixer and Happy Hour, 5 p.m., La Traviata, 301 N. Cedar Ave., March 3 - Assistance League Cameo “Nothing But the Blues” fashion show and luncheon, 10 a.m., Convention Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., $95, email to March 3 - Friends of Music Broadway Music Dinner Fundraiser, 6 p.m., Cal Heights

United Methodist Church, 3759 Orange Ave., $23 donation, 5951996, March 3 and 4, “Straight Talk” cable TV show with Chris Lytle from the Port of Long Beach, 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. March 4 - Plant Expert Barbara Eisenstein talks about “Wilding Your Garden,” 1 p.m., Prisk School, 2375 Fanwood Ave. March 4 - “Love Letters” with David Birney and Michele Roberge to benefit Carpenter Center Classroom Connections, 2 p.m., Carpenter Center, 6200 Atherton St., $50, 985-7000, www. March 4 - National Elementary School Spelling Bee for Grades 3-5, 2 p.m., Bay Shore Church, 5100 E. The Toledo, $40, $5 for spectators, www.SpellingBees. com. March 4 - Music by Night Blooming

Jazzmen, 4 p.m., Los Altos United Methodist Church, 5950 E. Willow St., free will offering. March 7 - Long Beach Reads One Book: Evening of Zorro Culture, 5:30 p.m., Museum of Latin American Art, 628 Alamitos Ave., $20 reservations required, email to March 8 - Wooden Remembered Fundraiser for Children’s Maritime Foundation, 9 a.m., The Grand, 4101 E. Willow St., $55, www. March 8 - Long Beach City College Senior Center Tour: LB Airport Historical Tour, 9 a.m., call for departure details, $25 plus any addition fees, 938-3048. March 8 - spcaLA Pet Foster Parents Class, 10 a.m., Pitchford Animal Village, 7700 E. Spring St., registration,

POLITICS March 5 - Wrigley Neighborhood School Board Candidates Dist. 2 Forum, 7 p.m., Veterans Park, 101 W. 28th St. March 7 - Eighth Council District Candidates Forum, 7 p.m., Los Cerritos Elementary School, 515 W. San Antonio Dr. March 7 - Steve Kuykendall for Congress Kickoff Reception, 6

p.m., Long Beach Marriott, 4700 Airport Plaza Dr., $150, (310) 370-7676.


March 6 - Overview of Dementia with Nurse Carol Hahn, 10 a.m., St. Mary Medical Center, 1050

Linden Ave, free, RSVP to 4919811.

MEETINGS March 7 - Chamber Networking Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., Holiday Inn Airport, 2540 N. Lakewood Blvd., $30 includes breakfast.

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