LCN - April 2023

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Lakewood Run builds community pride, has over 500 participants

The streets of Lakewood were filled with smiling runners as the annual Lakewood Run took place in early March.

With over 500 participants, this year's sponsors included the Lakewood Center, TLD Law, Kenny's Auto Service, Farmers & Merchants Bank, KidzTown Indoor Playground, the Greater Lakewood Chamber of Commerce and the City of Lakewood. Proceeds of the annual Lakewood Run support many

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local organizations, including Soroptimist International of Lakewood/Long Beach, Su Casa - Ending Domestic Violence, Friends of the Lakewood Sheriff's Station Fund, and the 9-9-9 for Kid's Program, a program benefiting foster children in L.A. County.

Hundreds of runners, walkers and wheelchair participants participated in the run, and were treated to a fitness expo, and an early morning warm-up

Lakewood Chamber President/CEO

Jose Luis Solache marks 5-years

Jose Luis Solache can’t believe it’s been five years since he was named President & CEO of the Greater Lakewood Chamber of Commerce.

“It feels like it happened yesterday,” he said, when he recently realized that this year marks five years. “I can’t believe how fast the years have gone by. Even though through the pandemic, it felt like everything slowed down, it didn’t, we had to stop everything, but the days kept going.”

When Covid hit, Solache, who serves as a current City Council Member in the City of Lynwood, found himself not only fighting to save the small businesses in Lynwood, but he also had to be present and advocate for the business community in Lakewood. “It all just happened so fast, but I can’t help but be thankful for the opportunity to be a voice for small

GLCC Ribbon Cuttings return post pandemic

After an almost three-year hiatus from co-hosting Grand Openings and Ribbon Cuttings for new businesses, the Greater Lakewood Chamber of Commerce this year has hit the ground running in introducing the Lakewood community to its new businesses.

With news that over 200 businesses opened in Lakewood in 2022, the GLCC is working closely with the City of Lakewood to celebrate and highlight those businesses, at their request, for opening their doors in Lakewood, post-pandemic.

As cruel as the pandemic was to families all over the world, it’s no secret how particularly cruel the almost three-year pandemic was to small businesses everywhere.

“The past few years have been challenging for business all across the country and businesses in Lakewood have not been immune to those challenges,” said

session before the run.

City Councilman Todd Rogers, has participated in the run for the last 10 years.

"The Lakewood Run is one of our biggest community building events that we have every year," he said. "Building community is what Lakewood is all about. Every year, I look forward to this event; I love the energy it brings, I love the partnerships that it creates, and I love how happy it makes our community when we're together."

Lakewood Mayor Steve Croft. Fortunately, he said, “Amidst the churn in the national and local economy in 2022, Lakewood still saw substantial commercial growth and improvements, which is great news.”

For some businesses, the pandemic was detrimental and unfortunately, many were forced to close their business. While it was predicted that local economies would suffer, like other cities in Southern California, Lakewood experienced growth in the economy thanks to online consumerism.

Great news for sure, said Jose Luis Solache, the GLCC’s President/CEO. “The last couple of years have been hard on all of our communities and on our economy, but hearing that consumers took to the Internet to keep our small businesses thriving, is definitely, great news, and it is defi-

Lakewood Farmers Market hosts its grand opening on April 29th

The grand opening ribbon-cutting and celebration of the new Lakewood Farmers Market on the city property at Del Amo Blvd. and Clark Ave. is set for Saturday, April 29 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Customers can take part in a free prize giveaway for gift baskets of goodies and envelopes of “market cash.”

There will be a Native American dance and a blessing by a father and son from Three Affiliated Tribes, North Dakota, as well as performances by Seabreeze Polynesian/Hawaiian Dancers. Mayor Steve Croft will give a short dedication speech.

The Farmers Market features California-certified fresh produce, crafts, fresh flowers and pre-packaged French bakery, everything sourdough, cookies, cupcakes and more, including:

• Seasonal citrus and stone fruits and a selection of ber-

ries and grapes. • Fresh vegetables, including microgreens, leafy greens, avocados, root veggies, watermelons and more. • Farm fresh eggs. • Hive to harvest honey. • Avocado and olive oils. • Fresh fish and certified organic chicken. • Nut butters and roasted nuts. • Hummus, yogurts and spreads. • Cold pressed juices.

In addition, shoppers can enjoy hot prepared foods, such as tacos, burritos, quesadillas, tamales, smoked BBQ meats, vegan dishes, coffee and iced coffee drinks. There is a shaded dining area too. ♦

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PROUD SELFIE MOMENTS: Prior to the start of this year's 2023 Lakewood Run, just like the Miss Lakewood Court, dozens of runners made time to document their participation in the annual run via their social media pages. (Cont'd. on Pg.
9)
The Greater Lakewood Chamber of Commerce was joined by the entire City Council for the Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for one of Lakewood's newest business openings, Nostalgia Gorditas.
(Cont'd. on Pg. 5)

Want to do something new this spring?

Springis a time of renewal in nature, with plants in bloom and growing. It’s also a time when we as humans can also think about renewal and growth, including new things to do to enrich ourselves and our community.

To help others…and help yourself in the process… I encourage you to think about taking on a new activity through volunteering in our community.

Volunteerism by residents is an enduring community value in Lakewood.

One of the best examples comes from the 1950s when Lakewood was known as “kids town” because of the huge number of children on every block in Lakewood (sometimes nearly 100 per block) from all the young families getting started here in our brand new city. The city started up its own recreation sports programs but was quickly overwhelmed by the large number of children and the small number of staff who could serve as coaches. With necessity as the mother of invention, the city appealed to parents to volunteer as coaches. Hundreds of parents answered the call, and the innovative Lakewood Youth Sports program was created.

LYS quickly became an award-winning program and continues today in Lakewood, and it still looks to parents and other adults to volunteer as coaches. Other sports programs do as well, such as the Lakewood Little League and AYSO soccer leagues. So if sports is a strong suit of yours, I encourage you to consider

UNITY shined bright at Lakewood Family YMCA's Mayor's Prayer Breakfast

Unity: The ‘Unity: The Gift of a Strong Community’ was the theme of the Lakewood Family YMCA’s annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast held last month, with Keynote Speaker John Wood, Jr. Held at The Centre, the 46th annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast was attended by religious leaders from different churches in Lakewood for a morning of spiritual unity, music, fellowship and prayer.

volunteering as a youth sports coach.

There are many other ways you can volunteer to help those in need and our community as a whole. This includes churches and religious congregations, service clubs, and direct service providers.

See a short list of some of the longstanding volunteer opportunities in Lakewood at www.lakewoodcity.org/volunteer. There are opportunities there for all ages, and you can see videos about many of those opportunities that are narrated by Lakewood City Council Members.

Personally, I volunteer with the Friends of the Lakewood Libraries (along with my wife Tess), the Lions Club, Lakewood Regional Medical Center and Pathways Volunteer Hospice. Each is rewarding in its own way.

On Saturday, April 15, my City Council colleagues and I will join over 400 Lakewood community members who will come together for Volunteer Day to help on projects throughout the city, such as

exterior landscaping or painting for seniors or persons of limited means who have difficulty maintaining or repairing their homes. While it’s too late now to sign up to help on Volunteer Day, there are still many other opportunities to get involved at the website above or at many other places throughout our community.

There’s an old adage that when you get outside of yourself and your own immediate situation and instead provide help to others, you end up helping yourself and feeling much better and fulfilled in the process.

Lakewood is fortunate to be a place where thousands of residents volunteer daily or periodically to help others and the community as a whole. The City of Lakewood and dozens of non-profit organizations facilitate people doing that important work.

I encourage you to check out the possibilities to become a community volunteer in Lakewood as you consider personal growth and renewal this spring season. ♦

Wood, who was introduced by Mayor Steve Croft, is the National Ambassador for Braver Angels, America’s largest grassroots, bipartisan organization dedicated to the work of political depolarization. Braver Angels helps people have honest but civil discussions about difficult topics while treating each other with respect.

In his Keynote address, Wood reminded the audience of how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. demonstrated a spiritual force that was able to affect social change. He also reminded attendees about the meaning of AGAPE love, the highest form of love and charity.

With an emphasis on unity and

the power of good will, Wood explained how he believes that people put stereotypes on each other because they see things like the constitution, like the role of government, individual liberties, inclusion, political parties, health care, equity and a just distribution of resources and opportunities in American life across the lines of color and class in a different way.

“Everyone sees the role of government in a different way (because we all have different histories) … but the funny thing is that the more we lean into these stereotypes of each other, the more we tend to push, at least some of our neighbors, out to the fringes, where the most hostile and cynical interpretations of the motivations of our neighbors (Cont'd. on Pg. 10)

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Mayor Steve Croft Mario Vargas, Executive Director of the Lakewood Family YMCA poses with John Wood , Jr. and Lakewood Mayor Steve Croft.

Cassidy's Corner owner reflects on humble beginnings

“The best thing you can give somebody, is an opportunity,” said Cassidy’s Corner owner Joe Ung as he settled in for an interview with the Lakewood Community News recently about the opening of his 6th restaurant at the LBX Hangar this month.

All anybody needs is a chance, he said, adding that’s how he got his start in the restaurant business – because somebody gave him an opportunity. “I knew nothing about bagels when I bought my first shop in 2004. I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life, but one thing was certain, I always knew I had a business mindset.”

Little did he know that one day, he would be opening three new restaurants in the same year, on top of three that he already has. In fact, his days are as busy as they get, but he’s not alone.

Cassidy’s Corner Café’s are owned by Ung and his wife Desirea. She’s not a co-owner, she’s not his business partner, she’s his wife, Ung emphasiz-

dy’s, but in our family, it’s not a behind every strong man, is a strong woman. Desirea is my wife, and she will never stand behind me, she will always stand by my side. I am where I am because of her.”

The Ungs, who are also working on opening his 7th restaurant in Long Beach, at Spring Street and Los Coyotes, are also working on blueprints for their 8th location, which will be Cassidy’s Corner Café’s flagship location and first to be built with a drive-thru feature, thankfully, in the City of Lakewood on Woodruff and South streets.

“Of course we’re going to open up our flagship location in Lakewood,” said Ung.

“Lakewood is our home, it’s home to my family and my parents and all of my siblings live in Lakewood. It’s where I’m raising my children and honestly, Lakewood is a great City to be a part of. I love the people, there’s a park on every corner, I love the leadership and we’re close to all of the freeways. Of course, it’s going

retiring in Lakewood.”

Ung and his family have lived in Lakewood for over 30 years. Before moving to Lakewood, Ung and his parents and siblings lived in Oklahoma, as a sponsored family from Cambodia.

“I come from humble beginnings,” Ung said. “We didn’t have much growing up, everything we had were handme downs. I think that’s why I love helping people so much and giving back, because someone helped my family when I was a kid.”

While the Ungs will own all eight Cassidy’s Corner Café locations by the end of 2024, maybe sooner, a friend or fam-

style business model independently owns each location. In essence, his success isn’t just for him; it’s for everyone involved. “I’m not just doing this for myself and my family, this is about opening doors so that other’s can succeed, too.”

As he sees it, the problem with today’s world, is that “everybody is in it for themselves,” he said. “We have to remember that all of this can be taken away from us at any moment,” he said. “So if you can help someone else, then help them – it’s a value instilled in me by my parents, and I hope to pass it down to my children, too.”

The Ungs named their first

their daughter, Cassidy, who just turned 14 years old. All of their locations serve coffee, and handcrafted, homemade fresh bagels. Along with their Lakewood location on Del Amo, they also have locations in Bixby Knolls, Glendora, La Mirada, and one inside Cerritos College. They just opened the LBX location, and next will be the Long Beach location on Spring Street. The 8th location will circle back around to Lakewood – a location, he said, he’s over excited about because of its drive-thru feature.

Come to think of it, Ung said, he opened three of his locations during Covid – some-

(Cont'd. on Pg. 7)

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Joe and Desirea Ung are owners of Cassidy's Corner Cafes

Young athletes honored by Hall of Fame

TheLakewood Youth Hall of Fame event held Feb. 27 at The Centre honored the 2022 Co-Athletes of the Year Mia Escandon and Fatimah Hall, along with a Hall of Fame inductee class of more than 60 performers of the year, special achievement honorees and championship teams.

• Mia Escandon is from Saint Joseph High School where she played center midfielder and was the star of the Jesters soccer team. She served as team captain and started every game of the season. She helped lead her team to the CIF Southern Section Division IV championship where they secured the championship title. Mia earned First Team All-CIF and was selected as the CIF Division IV Player of the Year. Additional accolades include First Team All-League, Saint Joseph Team MVP and the Press Telegram Player of the Year for Soccer.

• Fatimah Hall played setter for the Lakewood Lancer’s girls volleyball team. As a four year varsity player and captain

Year

of the Lancers, she helped lead her team to a Moore League title with a 12-0 league record, making an appearance in the CIF Southern Section Division I playoffs. For her achievements on the court, Fatimah was selected First Team AllCIF, First Team All Moore

League, Co-Player of the Year for Moore League, and Co-Player of the Year by the Press Telegram. Visit www. lakewoodcity.org/HOF2023 to view the event and Co-Athlete of the Year videos, as well as the photo gallery and complete list of winners. ♦

City Spotlight

CAR SHOW

Spring Car Show Series at Palms Park

Bring the entire family out to Palms Park for the Spring Car Show series on April 14 and June 9 from 6 to 9 p.m.

A variety of cars will be displayed along with a food truck, vendors and a family fun zone.

All cars are welcomed and no entry fee is required. To register a vehicle, visit www.lakewoodcity.org/carshowregistration

This is a free event. For more information, call the Lakewood Recreation and Community Services Department at 562-8669771 ext. 2408. Palms Park is located at 12305 207th St.

CAMP FOR KIDS

Spring Break Day Camp

Spring break day camp is a program for children ages 6-12, and will be offered at Bolivar, Mayfair, Boyar, and Palms Parks. Camp will take place beginning Monday, April 10 and ending Friday, April 14. The program will provide supervised activities from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on a 1:12 staff-to-camper ratio. Programmed activities will include a variety of arts and crafts, outdoor sports, indoor games and specialized activities.

The fees for camp will be $150 for Lakewood residents, and $165 for non-residents and will include an excursion day on Wednesday. To check availability, visit www.lakewoodcity.org/ ecatalog and search with the keywords “spring break.” For more information, call 562-8669771, ext. 2408.

YOUTH SPORTS

LYS baseball/softball/T-ball signups

Signups for Lakewood Youth Sports baseball, softball and Tball teams will take place April 29-May 13. T-ball teams are for boys and girls ages 4-5 and coach pitch teams are for children ages 6-7. Baseball and softball teams are for boys ages 8-17 and girls ages 8-17.

Registration is available online at www.lakewoodcity.org/ ecatalog, under activities-sports league. There are no registration fees for Lakewood residents. Proof of residency is required. The non-resident registration fee is $20. Birth certificates must be presented to the office of the park you register for before the start of play.

For more information, call 562866-9771, ext. 2408.

VOLUNTEER

Lakewood Youth Sports volunteer coaches needed

Volunteer coaches are needed for baseball, softball and T-ball teams for the summer season at Lakewood parks. Although moms and dads of players make great coaches, it’s not necessary to have a child playing to enjoy the volunteer experience. No coaching experience is necessary. Inquire at any Lakewood park for complete details or call 562-8669771, ext. 2408.

ADULT SPORTS

Adult Softball & Volleytennis signups

Registration for Lakewood’s Adult Softball and Volleytennis summer league will take place May 1-19. Softball leagues play on various evenings (M-F) and Sunday afternoons. Volleytennis plays Monday evenings. All ability levels are encouraged. Team registration is available online at www.lakewoodcity.org/ecatalog, under activities-sports league. Registration packets including fees and further information are available now at www.lakewoodcity.org/sports or by calling 562866-9771, ext. 2408.

TRAVEL/DAY TRIP

Travel Trip to the Getty Museum

Join us on Saturday, April 15, as we travel to the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. The Getty Museum features a private collection of European, Contemporary, Renaissance and 19th Century art, also offering seasonal exhibits and special collections of the Getty Research Institute. Please arrive at Burns Community Center, 5510 Clark Ave., Lakewood, at 9 a.m. for check-in. The bus will leave promptly at 9:30 a.m.

The cost of this trip is $26 per person. An adult must accompany children. Last day to register is Monday, April 3 or until filled. Use activity #24755 for registration.

GAME TIME!

Family Game Night

Meet your neighbors at a night of family fun on Wednesday, May 3 at 6 p.m. at your neighborhood park! Kids versus parents, family versus family, trivia, charades and more, are sure to make this an action-packed evening of fun! Pre-registration is required. Go to www.lakewoodcity.org/ecatalog and search for “Family Game Night,” then select your local park and register. ♦

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Co-Athletes of the Mia Escandon (left) and Fatimah Hall.

Meet the new members of the Measure L Committee

Akeypart of Measure L, passed by Lakewood voters in March 2020, was the creation of a citizens committee to provide an extra level of transparency by reviewing the revenues and expenditures related to the measure.

The Measure L Citizens Oversight Committee is composed of seven people representing different sectors of the Lakewood community. This year, there are four new members of the committee.

Representing Neighborhood Watch is Ahmed Rafi, who goes by the name “Rafi.” He has been a resident of Lakewood since 1986. His children grew up and graduated from Lakewood schools. Rafi is a former U.S. Air Force aerospace engineer, retiring after

25 years of service. Rafi has volunteered as a Neighborhood Watch block captain for 18 years, and was honored as the Block Captain of the Year in 2016. He also represented Lakewood on the Bellflower Unified School District Citizens Task Force.

Representing community

service groups is Rose Nelson Rose and her family moved from Missouri to Lakewood in 2018. She is a past President and current member of the Lakewood Women’s Club. In her professional life, Rose was a registered nurse having worked in several clinical and management positions. She

and her husband also owned and operated Nelson Sign Co. for several years.

Representing youth groups is Valerie Youell, who has lived in Lakewood for 28 years.

Valerie’s children attended local schools and played in local parks. In her professional life, Valerie is a small business

owner providing home care for the elderly.

Representing the Greater Lakewood Chamber of Commerce is David Arellano, who is Chair of the Chamber Board. David owns an automotive body repair shop in Bellflower. David and his family are residents of Lakewood.

Also sitting on the Oversight Committee are returning members Crystal JonesDuncan (representing senior groups), Ron Piazza (representing Lakewood businesses) and Jeannie Clark (serving as an “at-large” member). Two Lakewood City Council Members (Cassandra Chase and Todd Rogers) also sit on the panel in their role as members of the council’s Audit Committee. ♦

GLCC President & CEO Jose Luis Solache celebrates 5th year Anniversary

(Cont'd. from Pg. 1) businesses in both of the cities that I represent – one as a civil servant, and the other, as an employee of the Chamber – but both equally important.”

Prior to serving on the Lynwood City Council, Solache also served as a member of the Lynwood Unified School District for 10 years. Over the years, Solache has been involved in many organizations, including being an employee of Meals on Wheels in Huntington Park for 10 years. Chamber of Commerce work is not new to him either. Over the years, Solache has served as a board member for both the Huntington Park and the South Gate chambers of commerce.

“Advocating for small businesses, families and students has always been my forte,” said Solache, adding that he enjoys staying busy and always wearing different hats. “Everyone who knows me, knows that I am always doing a million things, but I make time to do a million things and I do my best to do what I say I’m going to do. I’m not perfect,

of course not, but if my mom taught me anything, is that when you give someone you’re word, you stick to it. Both Lynwood and Lakewood know that I will always be a champion for our small businesses.”

Supporting small businesses is important to communities like Lakewood and Lynwood. “When you support small businesses, you’re supporting a family, a local family who invested their life savings into their small business to put food on their table,” said Solache, adding that it’s different to support big corporations.

“Small businesses are the fabric that make up small communities in Southern California. These are our families, who have children in our schools, who own these small businesses. Their livelihoods depend on us, and guess what, they provide foods and products that we need, and want, so why not support them and keep our tax dollars local.”

Solache, who was also recently appointed as a board member for the South Coast Air Quality Management District to represent 51

cities across the region, including Lakewood, has brought forward 20 years of experience advocating for families and small businesses at the local, county, state and federal level.

“We cannot afford to let supporting local businesses be just a trend that’s going to go away tomorrow,” he said. “Supporting local has to be embedded in all of us, it’s how our small communities thrives. I am proud of the work that we have done in the City of Lakewood over the last five years, in supporting our small businesses, and honestly, being there for them during a pandemic that’s never happened to us before. None of us knew what was happening, or what our futures held, we just knew that we needed to make sure that our families were safe and that our businesses stayed afloat, we didn’t know how to do it, but we figured it out – together.”

Chambers of Commerce provide access to valuable resources,

discounts and relationships that help businesses with marketing and promotions. Joining a chamber of commerce can also boost sales and significantly improve a local business’ visibility and credibility.

“Lakewood is lucky to have its own Chamber of Commerce, but a Chamber of Commerce can’t do anything alone, it takes a village,” Solache said. “I am so grateful to be able to celebrate my fifth year anniversary with the Greater Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, but the work, the energy,

the ability to uplift our business community through a world-wide pandemic, the Chamber didn’t do it alone - this community did it together. From our local City Council to the big corporations to non-profits to churches and school districts to our businesses and local legislators, we all kept Lakewood strong and to this day, we still all get up in the morning, and do it all over again because we love our business communities and being a voice for our businesses is far from being parttime for any of us.” ♦

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New members of the Citizens Oversight Committee, left to right, Ahmed Rafi, Rose Nelson, Valerie Youell and David Arellano.

Lakewood parks offer fun for everyone

One of Lakewood’s special features from its initial planning in the 1950s is a park located in every neighborhood of the city, so that every home is a short distance away from recreation and green space. The city’s park facilities are clean, fun and safe for all types of recreation. Every Lakewood park features a variety of amenities including school-age and tot lot playgrounds, game courts and ballfields, activity rooms for events and banquets, picnic shelters, and well-tended grass fields for sports, running and other fun.

Eight of Lakewood’s parks are staffed for supervision daily: 3—6 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. —6 p.m. Saturdays, and 12—6

Friends of Lakewood Libraries book sale

Lakewood City Hall, or stop by the park office to reserve a picnic shelter.

Walkers can pick up a fitness route for half-mile and mile-long tracks at each park’s office, or explore the beauty of Lakewood’s three-mile nature trail along the west side of the San Gabriel River.

Book sale proceeds support both Lakewood libraries.

p.m. Sundays. Kids can drop in after school to check out sports equipment, crafts and indoor games from recreation leaders on site.

If you’re hosting a party, event or meeting, you can reserve a park activity room at

Details are at www.lakewoodcity.org/NatureTrail

For more information on park features and services, call Lakewood’s Recreation and Community Services Department at 562-866-9771, ext. 2408 or visit www.lakewoodcity.org/parks. ♦

Easter Egg Hunts at Lakewood parks

The Easter Bunny will be visiting all city parks and hiding eggs on Saturday, April 8.

See the schedule for the Bunny visits at your local park.

Decorate a bag for the egg hunt and have a photo op with the bunny!

Call Lakewood City Hall at 562-866-9771, ext. 2408 for more information.

The Friends of the Lakewood Libraries (FOLL) book sale is set for Saturday, April 1 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Angelo M. Iacoboni Library at 4990 Clark Ave. in the Lakewood Civic Center.

Visitors will find lowpriced deals on used nonfiction, novels, children’s and large-format books and media.

The FOLL "Members only" sale is Friday, March 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. "Members only" times are also open to disabled patrons. Non-member shoppers may purchase FOLL memberships at the door and take advantage of the widest selection before the public sale.

Shoppers are encouraged to bring their own shopping bags to the event.

FOLL is also seeking volunteers to serve on its Board of Directors and oversee volunteer activities, the scholarship program or internet

book sales, to serve as parliamentarian, or just to lend a hand on library support activities. For details, email 90711FOLL@gmail.com.

Memberships start as low as $5 for seniors, $10 for individuals and $15 for a family. Dues are tax deductible.

Proceeds from the sale support Lakewood's two local libraries in many ways, including:

• Purchases of additional books, books on CDs, DVDs and periodicals.

• Programming funds to bring professional performers or workshop presenters for a variety of arts and educational events.

• Incentives for the children’s Summer Reading Program.

• Movie licensing and suppplies for art activities and STEM projects for all ages.

• Furniture to improve library spaces.

For more information on FOLL, visit www.lakewoodlibraryfriends.org. ♦

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thing he hadn’t even realized.

“People asked me how I did it,” he said. “I don’t know, I just know that I prepared to do it seven years before, but giving back to my community. Your community doesn’t forget what you do for them. During Covid, I had access to eggs and milk, so me and my wife and daughters would drive around and deliver eggs and milk and coffee and bagels to families that couldn’t leave their homes during Covid. I would tell people to message me if they were homebound, and I would personally make the delivery on their door steps. So when people ask me how I did it, I really don’t know, I just know that I was there for my community.”

Ung said he didn’t do any of it for a price or for recognition. “We didn’t know what was happening, for all we knew the world was coming to an end, but I was fortunate enough to be able to leave my house and I had access to milk and eggs, then I was going to share it with people who needed it and put a smile on their faces.”

Ung said he loves what he does, especially when it comes to giving back to the community.

“I prefer the word community, over the word City, because is City has borders, yet we’re one community,” he said. “If you can give back, then why not to your community? What better place than to give back to your own community, and see your own community benefit from it.”

Ung said that he is grateful to all of the people who have been there for him and his family, and to the community who have always shown up to support their family busi-

ness. “People have believed in me, people invested in, and continue to support and encourage me, and I don’t have enough words to say how grateful I am,” Ung said. “They say that in business the No. 1 thing a business owner should do is to build relationships - little did I know that it’s those very relationships that keep you going.”

As busy as his and his wife’s lives are, with the businesses, new openings, community involvement and being carpooling parents to three beautiful daughters, Ung was asked where his joy came from? “From giving back every single day,” he said. “Every small business struggles, we all struggle, but there’s room at the table for all of us. My dad always taught me not to chase the money, because if you’re chasing it, then it’s running away from you. We should all help each other when we can. If you’re successful, then it costs nothing to turn around and help the next person. That’s what brings me joy.” ♦

Pan Am Fiesta coming up on Mother's Day weekend

Looking for a family-friendly mix of amusement rides, live music with dancing, crafts for sale, and food trucks? Then, mark your calendar for the Mother’s Day weekend of Thursday, May 11 through Sunday, May 14.

The Pan American Fiesta is returning to Mayfair Park in Lakewood with its fun mix of new attractions combined with Lakewood traditions.

Here are some of the features of the 2023 Pan Am Fiesta:

• Food trucks and food booths, with creative and popular menus.

• Exhilarating attractions… and lots of carnival rides (for young kids all the way up to teens and adults).

• Live music! On Friday night, see and dance to Susie Hansen Latin Band. Saturday night features SAVOR The

Band (Santana Tribute) followed by Knyght Ryder - pictured - (‘80s).

• A complete schedule (including other performers) is available at www.lakewoodcity.org/fiesta. With questions, call 562-866-9771, extension 2408.

Traditional elements of the Pan Am Fiesta will include the flag presentation ceremony of the United States and all the countries of the Americas, children’s cultural booth, Pan Am Fiesta historical display, and plenty of arts and crafts dealers offering unique gifts. Discount carnival ride credits will be on sale at City Hall May 1-10. ♦

The Friends of Signal Hill Library invite you to a spring

Book Sale:

Thursday April 27

Signal Hill Library

1800 E Hill Street

Signal Hill CA 90755

1:00 - 6:00 pm

Fill a bag with books (provided) for only $5. Audio CD Books $2. -- Cash only -Info: 562. 989-7323

The Pan Am Fiesta is fun for the whole family.
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(Cont'd. from Pg. 3) Joe Ung, Thea Uy, and Desirea Ung Employees at the LBX Hangar location are ready to take your order.
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Off the Wall

The City of Lakewood’s monthly Leadership Academy last month was off the wall when its surprise guest speaker turned out to be Vans’ iconic legend, Steve Van Doren, son of Vans’ founder Paul Van Doren.

Co-sponsored by the Greater Lakewood Chamber of Commerce and county of Los Angeles Supervisor Janice Hahn, the Lakewood Leadership Academy takes place on a monthly basis as a program designed to educate and develop effective community leaders who will take an active role towards building a stronger Lakewood.

Thanks to an invitation from Vice Mayor Ariel Pei, Van Doren, who is Vice President of Events and Promotions for Vans, treated attendees to a video about the history of Vans, and to copies of his father’s book, “Authentic Paul Van Doren: A Memoir by the Founder of Vans.”

Van Doren also inspired attendees through his ‘Proof is in the Pudding’ leadershipbuilding group talk. He also spoke about an upcoming biopic on his father and the Vans legacy called “Never Catching Pigeons,” and added that he got his work ethic directly from watching his father while growing up. He said he was, about 10 years old, when he told his father that he wanted to work in the family business.

Fast forward to 2023, Vans

has over 900 stores around the world, 500 here in the states. Unfortunately, Paul Van Doren passed away in May 2021. But his legacy and his Vans Empire continue under Steve and his

GLCC bringing back 2023 ribbon cuttings post-pandemic

nitely proof, that post pandemic, we are all stronger when we support each other.”

Fortunately, things are getting back to normal, and while Covid cases still exist, people are more comfortable being around each other.

siblings. Started in 1966, the Southern California sneaker company became synonymous with skateboarding and the rest has been history.

Van Doren said that he’s always loved working for his dad’s company and even though he’s gone, the work hasn’t stopped. In fact, the pandemic made him work harder.

While Covid forced everyone to stay home, Van Doren said that he made it a priority to keep his stores open so that people, who needed to work, could work. Since the shutdown, Van Doren has personally gone to 360 of his stores here in the states to personally thank his employees for their service during the pandemic.

In fact, he’s trying to get the folks working from home back into the offices. “I know a lot of people like Zoom, but I just can’t get used to it,” he said, adding that he would rather see and talk to people face to face.

Vans’ Lakewood store was the company’s fourth location in the world, said Van Doren, and yes, he frequently visits employees there.

“It has never been about waving around the brand

Chaired by longtime Lakewood resident David Arellano and a completely new board of 13 members, the GLCC started 2023 with great stride in reaching out to small businesses to give them an official welcome to Lakewood, and to already established businesses, a ‘glad you’re here’ visit.

“I am proud to serve as Chair of the Chamber this year where we are doing more for small businesses,” said Arellano. “We’re growing the newspaper, we’re increasing our membership and we are conducting more outreach to our business community. We have to keep this momentum going to make sure that our businesses succeed.”

Prior to the pandemic the GLCC hosted dozens of grand openings and ribbon cuttings all over town. “The Greater Lakewood Chamber of Commerce is a staple in the City of Lakewood, so official welcomes, ribbon cuttings and grand openings have been missed. We are excited to return to helping businesses officially open their doors for business in Lakewood,” he added.

Joined by City of Lakewood officials, the GLCC works closely with the new business on logistics for their grand openings. “It’s inspiring to see and to help new businesses host their grand openings; it’s their livelihood, this is their life savings in real life, not just to put food on their tables at

home, but to do something that they love to do,” said Solache.

March was a big month for the GLCC. Not only did it publish its very first 20 page newspaper, with its first Quarterly Advertising Special, but it also helped with the grand opening of Nostalgia Gorditas, and with the St. Patrick’s Day ribbon-cutting for O’Connor’s Irish Pub. This month, GLCC members and staff, also visited over 40 businesses in Lakewood, and highlighted many of them on the Chamber’s social media pages.

Post-pandemic, the GLCC has also brought back their monthly Chamber Mixers - February was hosted by O’Connor’s, and March was hosted the Vida

y Alma: House of Beauty. The April Mixer will be hosted on April 13 at the Outback Steakhouse in Lakewood.

“What’s special about Lakewood is that everyone knows everyone, and they really love spending time together,” said Solache. “We all missed seeing each other in person, and we’re all happy that things are getting back to normal so that we can go back to celebrating small businesses." The GLCC is here to support the local business community.

“With the newspaper, we are shining a light on businesses and their owners; with our social media posts, we’re promoting them and their services, but with ribbon cuttings and grand openings, we are making sure that our small business-owners know that they’re not alone, that their community is here for them, and that we are rooting for them 1,000 percent.”

Please note, for ribboncuttings and grand opening ceremonies, or if you’re interested in hosting a monthly mixer, please call the GLCC office at (562) 531-9733.

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(Cont'd. from Pg. 1) GLCC Chamber President and CEO Jose Luis Solache celebrates the grand re-opening of Lakewood staple, O'Connor's Irish Pub, on St. Patrick's Day with new owners Tamara Manavi and her husband. Lakewood City Councilmembers, and City Manager Thaddeus McCormack, joined the owners of Nostalgia Gorditas for their grand opening. Ribbon Cutting for O'Connor's Irish Pub brought in hundreds of people. New Owners pictured with GLCC Board Members. GLCC Chair David Arellano presents the owners of Nostalgia Gorditas with a Certificate of Appreciation for choosing Lakewood. City Steve Van Doren signed copies of his dad's memoir.
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Pictured: Lakewood Vice Mayor Ariel Pei, Vans iconic legend Steve Van Doren and Lakewood City Councilman Jeff Wood

Lakewood Deputy Sheriffs and Public Safety staff will be holding community meetings from April to July.

Connect with Public Safety meetings start in April

The City of Lakewood’s annual “Connect with Public Safety” meetings return in April.

This year, the city is hosting four community meetings at local facilities throughout Lakewood and four tours of the Lakewood Sheriff’s Station.

The first community meeting is set for Tuesday, April 18 at 6 p.m. inside the Swim Pavilion at Mayfair Park. No registration is required.

During the meeting, you will have the chance to meet and hear from 9-1-1 operators and crime analysts who work at the Lakewood Sheriff’s Station.

UNITY is theme of Mayor's Breakfast

and American people tend to germinate and flourish in a destructive way.”

Braver Angels is more than just a platform to discuss political depolarization, he said. “I tend to like deepen that explanation,” he said. “What we are really about is reviving the communal fabric of American democracy.”

Braver Angels has about 12,000 members across the country, and serve about 65 campuses across the country.

Pre-registration is required for Lakewood Sheriff’s Station tours on a first-come, first-served basis for up to 20 residents.

Check availability and register online at https://tinyurl. com/ConnectwithPS2023

Dates for the 2023 Connect with Public Safety series

Station Tours (pre-registration required): April 4, May 2, June 6 and July 12.

Community Meetings: April 18 at Mayfair Park; May 16 at Burns Community Center; June 20 at Boyar Park; July 26 at Palms Park.♦

“Our work creates healing across between our fractious parties … it’s like marriage counseling between Republicans and Democrats on the verge of divorce,” he said. “… But really, all of this is about getting us to the point to where, we in the United States, fully embrace, and embody, the way we run our communities, the way we pursue political discourse and negotiations, and our professed beliefs.”

Even Dr. King differentiated, Wood said. He always said that ‘desegregation was not enough, to have people, who were superficially different standing elbow to elbow with each other. People needed to be heart, to heart with one another in a community.” People need to be heard for the core of their own values and experiences, Wood said, with full and total honesty.

Wood ended his Keynote address, emphasizing the golden

rule, the Agape rule, the rule of good will, to love thy neighbors. People need to be truly seen and truly heard, he said, adding that we have to grow through discomfort.

“It is what we ultimately need,” he said. “… Lakewood you should be extraordinarily proud of what you have built in this city, what you as a community have built and developed ... this is a community that authentically cares about each other, who are making space for each other … as a municipal family.”

Lakewood, he said, your unity, what you have built in your community, is an extraordinary and beautiful thing and a beautiful example to set when the rest of the nation is having a difficult time

embodying those same practices and principals.

GLCC board member, Brad Crihfield, said that like every year, this year’s Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast did not disappoint.

“John’s [Wood] strong and passionate call for unity was an impactful one and his delivery was great,” Crihfield said. “Thank you to the YMCA, to the Mayor and to entire City Council for bringing us together for this very important event that emphasized the importance of unity and community.”

Along with Wood’s Keynote Address, attendees were also treated to musical performances by the Lakewood High School Madrigals and City Line Church. ♦

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Lakewood Scout Troup 247 raises $11,000 for Red Cross in Ukraine

Overthe past year, Lakewood Scout Troup 247 has made and sold hundreds of wooden Ukranian flags to place in local front yards throughout the community,

and thanks to their dedication, they have raised and donated $11,000 from the effort for humanitarian aid to help the Ukrainian people.

For their service work, the

Lakewood Scouts have been featured on KABC-TV, and they received a Certificate of Appreciation from the International Committee of the Red Cross, which will put the funds to use in Ukraine.

FUN-Tastic Family

Night featuring Ecos de España

Bring the kids to experience Ecos de España, a program of classical and flamenco music and dance from Spain on Friday, April 28 at 6 p.m. at The Centre.

Listen to a selection of timeless classical compositions created for the Spanish guitar and clap to the Flamenco rhythm and Paso Doble. Thrill to electric, split-second footwork, proud, graceful movement, and the undeniable passion inherent in dance from Spain. Participants will be invited onstage to join the dancers to learn the rumba flamenco.

BBQ chicken skewers, mac and cheese, lemonade and a dessert will be served prior to the show. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Cost is $15 per person, $12 for children 1-3, and children under 1 are free.

Visit www.lakewoodcity. org/ecatalog and use activity #24619 to register by April 20. ♦

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Mother's Day Brunch Steve Van Doren

Showmom how much you appreciate her with an unforgettable, all-youcan-eat Mother’s Day brunch experience provided by TGIS Catering at The Centre in Lakewood on Sunday, May 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Centre’s highly acclaimed, in-house caterer (Thank Goodness It’s Sofia… or TGIS) is one of the premier cuisine and event-planning teams in Southern California.

In addition to a delightful brunch buffet, there will be a complimentary photo booth, and gift bags for moms. Guests can also surprise their mother with a special personalized greeting that will be displayed on the big screen during the brunch.

Mother's Day Menu:

• Bottomless Champagne and

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Mimosas • Chocolate Fantasy

Fountain

• Traditional Breakfast Buffet • Waffle Station • Southern Comfort Station • And much more!

Menu subject to change without prior notice. The cost is $46.95 for adults, $41.95 for seniors age 60+ and $31.95 for children age 10 and younger.

Pricing is subject to change without prior notice.

Space is limited, so reservations must be made early. Contact TGIS Catering for details and reservations at 562-8044434 or events@lakewoodcity.org. ♦

flag, it was always about the people,” Van Doren said, repeating his father’s life-long motto, something he continues to live by as well. Vans are going to live forever, but as long as he’s around, Van Doren said that he would always carry on his father’s dedication to his brand, and his passion for making people happy, so that the Vans legacy will live on for generations to come.

Pei, who has attended all three of the Leadership Academy’s workshops said he loves the group’s cohesiveness.

“It was an honor to introduce Steve at that workshop,” said Pei, who works for Van Doren.

“His selflessness inspires me and I was happy to bring him to talk to our Leadership cohort. With this Leadership program, we are building something special, we are creating a new generation of inspiration leaders for Lakewood.” ♦

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When Shopping Makes Cents When Shopping Makes Cents

Even if shopping didn’t make sense during the pandemic, in Lakewood, Cerritos and in Downey, everyone’s favorite retail therapy pastime made cents to over 30 schools.

Owned by Macerich, Lakewood, Cerritos and Stonewood centers, have partnered with over 30 schools in the three cities for a program called, School Cents, where families and schools can submit receipts on the Shopping Partnerships website and earn funding for their schools. Different businesses at every Center are part of the program so that families, for their children’s schools, can shop, dine, and enjoy eveything the three malls have to offer and earn from $500 to $10,000 for their schools.

Even during the pandemic, 40 businesses at the Lakewood Center stayed open after being deemed essential, and thanks to their efforts, many of those business – aside from meeting the needs of the community – also generated cents for Lakewood schools. The same went for businesses at Cerritos Center, and at Stonewood Center in Downey that stayed open during the pandemic.

Fast forward to 2023, post pandemic, the School Cents Program is still going strong, but it won’t be until the end of May when Macerich announces the top schools.

Annette Reed, CMD, Senior Manager, Marketing for Macerich, said she cannot reveal which schools have submitted the most receipts, but it’s a close race.

“With this program, schools can compete for a pot $50,000 that will be distributed between all of the schools, but it all depends on how much in receipts are turned in for each school,” she said. “Winning schools will be presented with a check at the end of the school year that they can use for school supplies, or sports equipment or schoolwide pizza parties. Schools always need extra funding for

extra-curricular activities, this funding can help.

The program is a schoolyear-based program, so it runs from September to May, and checks can range between $2,500 to $500, and maybe more or less.

“Dollars equal points,” said Reed. “There are specific retailers at every Center that participate in the program, so when families shop at those retailers, they can submit their receipts and earn the points.”

In Lakewood, retailers

Red Lobster.

At Los Cerritos Center, retailers include: Nordstrom Café, Tillys, Bearfruit Jewelry, Lovesac, Guess Originals, Doe A Dear, Cotton On Kids, Children’s Place and TBAAR.

Stonewood Center retailers include: Raising Cane’s, Acapulco Restaurant, Children’s Place, H&M, Candeeland Kids, Charly and BoxLunch.

Plus families can submit proof of taking a photo

with the Easter Bunny, donating blood or having participated in the Lakewood Run. Families can also earn points for schools when they recycle electronic screens at upcoming Recyclingevents; Los Cerritos Center on April 8, and at Stonewood on April 29.

The School Cents Program is intentional and is a way that Macerich gives back to the communities served by the

“What’s great about this program, is that the funding goes directly to the schools,” Reed added. “We are a part of the communities where we are located. Ever since they were invented, malls have been the social heart of communities, so it is only fitting that we do our part to give back.”

Receipts turned in for the 2021-22 school year showed that there was over $2 million in sales from this participate program.

Deena Henry, CSM, Director or Property Management for Macerich added that School Cents in a great program for local schools.

Macerich is also looking for a co-sponsor for this program, Henry added.

The program, of course, is always looking for schools to participate. There’s a waiting list for the 2023-24 school year, but schools can be placed on the waiting lists for the following years, Reed said.

“This program is such a great benefit for our schools, but it’s also nice to see how our retailers can be a benefit for our communities,” said Reed.

Schools interested in participating can go to www. shopingpartnership.com to register, or they can call (800) 539-3273. For sponsorship opportunities, you may send an email to LakewoodCenterMall@ Macerich.com.

So in essence, retail therapy makes a lot of cents? Absolutely.

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Free shredding event coming May 20

TheCity of Lakewood and EDCO Waste Services are teaming up again to sponsor a FREE shredding event to help you prevent identity theft by securely shredding sensitive documents as well as to safely dispose of unwanted e-waste.

Meet your neighbors

Getto know more of your neighbors on a familyfriendly walk around your local park on Saturday, April 1 from 9 to 10 a.m.

Walk and talk while enjoying Lakewood's beautiful parks on a two-mile route.

Meet at the park office for light refreshments, water and a

map of the walking route. Pre-registration is required. Go to www.lakewoodcity.org/ ecatalog and search for “Community Walk,” then select your local park and register.

For more information, call the Recreation and Community Services Department at 562-866-9771 ext. 2408. ♦

On Saturday, May 20 from 9 a.m. to noon, Lakewood residents can take advantage of easy drive-through shredding and recycling services in the parking lot behind City Hall and the Iacoboni Library. Residents will enter the parking lot behind Iacoboni Library off of Civic Center Way and drive through to access these services:

• Shredding: Bring up to three bankers-style boxes (10” x 12” x 15”) per household of sensitive documents such as bank statements and tax records for free shredding on site. No CDs, DVDs, diskettes or other media.

• Battery disposal: Bring

used household batteries (no car batteries).

• E-waste disposal: Bring TVs, monitors, computer CPUs, keyboards, printers and cell phones for environmentally safe disposal.

• Mulch: Bring bags or containers to get up to 3 cans/bags per vehicle. As a courtesy, Lakewood employees will shovel the mulch. If you plan to haul your mulch in an open truck or trailer, please remember to bring a tarp to cover your material.

Please do NOT bring these items to the event, as they are hazardous waste:

• No lightbulbs of any sort

• No household toxics like paint, insecticides, chemicals • No expired medications or sharps

Hazardous waste and ewaste are accepted on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month at EDCO’s large transfer facility located at 2755 California Ave. in Signal Hill at no charge to Lakewood residents.

This event is for Lakewood residents only. The line will close promptly at noon. Be prepared to show proof of residency, with either a driver’s license or utility bill. For more information, please call 562866-9771, ext. 2140. ♦

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Vets, pets & illegal fireworks regrets

Lakewood, like many communities in California, allows the use of “safe-and-sane” fireworks approved by the State Fire Marshal on the day of July 4th only. These are fireworks that do not explode or go into the air. Their sound does not travel far.

And families can enjoy them responsibly as part of a fun… and safe…July 4th celebration. Their use also benefits Lakewood community groups that sell them at stands throughout the city between July 1-4.

However, some people make the fateful decision each year to purchase and use fireworks that are illegal in California for personal use. These include skyrockets and explosives…all of which are illegal and dangerous to use…especially in highly populated residential neighborhoods like Lakewood.

If you’re thinking of using illegal fireworks, did you know the following?

1. Some combat veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can be traumatized by

illegal fireworks. The U.S. Marine Corps urges Americans to be considerate of the veterans living among us when it comes to illegal fireworks use. A Marine veteran of two tours in Iraq said he can prepare for events

their service, so the City of Lakewood urges residents to be considerate of veterans… and think twice before using illegal fireworks in Lakewood.

2. Pets can also be traumatized

far. But there’s no preparing for the loud and unexpected sounds of illegal skyrockets, firecrackers and other explosives, including those happening late at night.

“Lakewood residents can have a lot of fun with safe-and-sane fireworks,” said Lakewood City Manager Thaddeus McCormack, “and you won’t risk harming veterans, pets and neighbors in the process.”

“The problem of illegal fireworks use has grown in recent years throughout California and the nation, and it doesn’t matter whether a community allows or disallows the use of safe-and-sane fireworks,” said McCormack.

like the annual fireworks display that his hometown puts on at a certain time.

But the sudden rat-a-tat of firecrackers set off by his neighbors throughout the night transports him back to Baghdad and sets him on edge. Lakewood is a community that deeply respects military veterans for

by loud fireworks…and more pets run away from home and are lost on July 4th than on any other day. Like veterans, most pet owners can prepare their animals for a short, one-time event like a planned fireworks show or the use of safe-and-sane fireworks whose sound does not travel

“The problem of illegal fireworks is the same in both types of communities. Lakewood is known throughout Southern California as a city that is doing everything it can to deter the use of illegal fireworks. Please do your part to help, so our community can have a safer and more peaceful July 4th holiday.” ♦

Circumstances

can occur where a person is aware of a crime and a suspect but has reasons to want to remain anonymous.

The L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers organization was set up to enable people to make tips about suspects while remaining anonymous and to receive an award of up to $1,000 if a suspect is arrested. Over 2,000 arrests have been made region-wide through the successful program.

In most circumstances, you should feel secure reporting a crime and a suspect through normal channels. But on those occasions where you may feel insecure about identifying a suspect, the City of Lakewood and the Lakewood Sheriff’s Station encourages you to use the anonymous Crime Stoppers process. Learn more at www. lacrimestoppers.org. ♦

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