Volume 43 Number 11
GLCC Hosts 5th Annual State of the State with Speaker Emeritus Rendon
lected officials, community wood Mayor Ariel Pe, and by the leaders and members of the GLCC's Vice Chair, Joanie Dixson. business community gathered During the panel discussion, Rendon recently for the Greater Lakewood was asked about 2023's Legislative Chamber of Commerce's 5th Annual Session's biggest accomplishment, to State of the State, featurhis the work that he's done ing guest of honor, As- More Inside to empower small busisembly Speaker Emeritus nesses, to what his favorAnthony Rendon, who graciously par- ite restaurant is in the 62nt District - a ticipated in a panel discussion about the question, he jokingly said, he rather not legislation, his imprint in the 62nd Dis- answer, considering elected officials trict, and raising his family in the City from all seven of the cities he repreof Lakewood. sents was present. "All I'll say to that is With Lakewood's stunning Monte Verde Park as a backdrop, Assembly Speaker Emeritus Anthony With over 100 people in attendance, that the 62nd District has great restau- Rendon on Oct. 26 participated in a panel discussion with Lakewood Mayor Ariel Pe and the GLCC's the panel discussion was led by Lake- rants," he said with a smile. Vice Chair Joanie Dixson, for a light-hearted conversation about his work and his life in the 62nd District
Outback's Grand ReOpening
Teddy Bear Trees Program Makes Shopping Special
Luis Torres (center), managing partner of Lakewood's Outback Steakhouse for 20 years, celebrated the Grand ReOpening of his restaurant last month with the Greater Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, the Mayor and Councilmembers, after corporate chose his Lakewood restaurant for a complete renovation - the only Outback to get a complete overhaul in the entire state, thanks to his customers' support over the last couple of years. Torres said he was humbled to have been selected and can't thank his customers enough. See complete story inside.
hanksgiving holiday sales offer some of the best deals of the year at Lakewood Center. They also provide an affordable way to fulfill the holiday wishes of disadvantaged children living in Lakewood. Many of the 1,500 residents that Lakewood Project Shepherd serves during the holidays are kids—kids who could really use a toy for the holidays. Since 1995, children from families enrolled in Project Shepherd have hung their holiday gift wishes in the form of paper bear ornaments on “Teddy Bear Trees” in the hopes of having
them filled by an anonymous “Santa.” Beginning Wednesday, Nov. 15, Teddy Bear Trees will be displayed in the Recreation and Community Services Dept. at City Hall as well as the Burns Community Center. Here’s how the program works: •You select an ornament with a child's name, age and wish (for a reasonably priced toy) and then shop for the gift that will fulfill that wish. •Bring the unwrapped gift with the matching “ornament” to the donation box at the City (Cont'd. on Pg. 17)
Two Local Taco Spots Make Yelp's National Top 100 List
On a national level, when people talk about Lakewood, CA they can't help but talk about its beautiful tree-lined streets. But last month, new conversations emerged about Lakewood, CA, when two of its taco restaurants, Str8 Up Tacos and Adobo Taco Grill, made the list of Yelp's Nationwide Top 100 Taco Spots of 2023. Coming in at No. 21 is Str8 Up Tacos, which is popular for its creative vegan and vegetarian tacos including its crispy potato taco, with cauliflower, chickpea elote and black bean pepper, in addition to classic proteins like shrimp and chicken. Lashelle and Christopher Robinson are the proud owners of Str8 Up Tacos and are ecstatic about the new ranking. "Last year, we were No. 29, so we're getting closer," said Lashelle. "Our goal is the No. 1 spot, so with every year, we're going to get better and better; the
community's support has been amazing." The husband and wife team are partners with Daniel and Robert Sigala. Previously located in La Palma, Str8 Up Tacos was in 2021 named Orange County's Best Vegetarian Restaurant. "What we do that sets us apart is that we offer protein, but with the freshest vegetables available," said Lashelle. "Our menu is both delicious and healthy and you don't find that everywhere." Ranking No. 37 on the list, is Lakewood's Adobo Taco Grill, located at 5695 Woodruff Ave., which earned high marks for its meat-heavy options for quesadillas, burritos and tacos on handmade tortillas, their salsa bar and free house-made beans. Yelp's Top 100 list looked at reviews for businesses identified in the restaurant and tacos categories, ranked by Yelp using total volume and ratings of reviews, among other factors.
Left to right, Robert Sigala, Lachelle Robinson, Daniel Sigala and Christopher Robinson, own Str8 Up Tacos in Lakewood. This power-team's restaurant made it to Yelp's Nationwide Top 100 List for the second year in a row. Str8 Up Tacos is located at 20900 Pioneer Blvd., in Lakewood.
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Join St. Pancratius School Date: Sunday, December 3, 2023 Time: 7:30am—11:00am Place: St. Pancratius School (Msgr. Kielty Hall)
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Servicemember” campaign, where residents write postcards or letters of appreciation to send to American military personnel serving overseas during the holidays. We’re collecting cards and letters now through early December. For details, go to lakewoodcity.org/TAS or call City Hall at 562-866-9771 ext. 3123. A wise and timeless adage is that when you volunteer, you not only help someone else, but you help yourself through the act of giving and caring. The proof is in the pudding on that. So if you are not already a volunteer in some capacity, I encourage you to give it a try. The volunteer spirit is a key part of what has made Lakewood the friendly, neighborly and safe community that we all know and love. And the coming holiday season is a great time to renew that spirit of volunteerism and helping. As you and your family prepare for the season ahead, my colleagues on the Lakewood City Council and I wish you the very best and thank you for being great Lakewood neighbors! One CommUNITY, One Family. Live, Love, Lakewood.
through donations to the Lakewood Education Foundation, which provides extra support to elementary and high school education, and college-based foundations that provide technology, food and other help to college students, including those experiencing homelessness but still going to school. Another way that you can show that you care, even from the comfort of your own home, is by taking part in Lakewood’s annual “Thank a
On our website, you’ll find many Lakewood non-profit organizations and clubs who provide service and care to local residents in need…and they are always looking for extra volunteers or financial support to expand the good work that they do. These organizations are involved with hospice care, libraries, meal deliveries to the homebound and many other helpful services. You can also volunteer through youth organizations
like the Boys and Girls Scouts, Little Leagues and American Youth Soccer Organization, or through a religious congregation or the city-organized Neighborhood Watch program. You can also assist our youth
At the City of Lakewood, we try our best to help people find causes and places to help. Go to www.lakewoodcity. org/volunteer for ideas or call our Recreation & Community Services staff at 562-8669771, ext. 2408.
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One of Lakewood’s enduring community values is volunteerism. It’s been so since the city’s founding in the 1950s, and it continues strongly today. When I was growing up in Lakewood, volunteering to help others was something that I saw all around me. I saw it broadly in the community through all sorts of volunteer service clubs…and I saw it in my own home, thanks to my wonderful parents. I often joke that I come from a family of “chronic volunteers.” That’s just what we did. And I know lots of other people did too…and still do today…like my friends and longtime Lakewood volunteers Winnie and Phil Heiss, shown with me in this photo. That’s one of the things I love about Lakewood. So this coming holiday season, which is a time of year to reflect, show appreciation and think about what you want to do better in the future, I encourage you to consider how you might volunteer your time and your energy to help your community, your nation, your world and those right here close to home.
The Joy of Volunteering and Helping Others
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Greater Lakewood CHAMBER OF COMMERCE The Lakewood Community News is an official publication of the Greater Lakewood Chamber of Commerce. Greater Lakewood Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Jose L. Solache 2023 GLCC Executive Board Chair David Arellano Vice Chair Joanie Dixson Secretary Sherry Daisey Treasurer Mark Dameron Immediate Past President Brad Crihfield Board Members Travis Jackson Mike Segura Deena Henry Mike Hedges Glenn Curo Glen Patrick Erika Parada Jonathan Byun Lakewood Community News Managing Editor Marisela Santana GLCC Director of Business Development & Member Value Administrative Assistant Kyle Henry The Lakewood Community News is printed once a month and covers the City of Lakewood and surrounding communities, with a strong emphasis on the business community. Both the GLCC President/CEO and Managing Editor have exclusive authority over the content that is published. For advertising or story inquiries, email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org Call: (562) 531-9733 For MEMBERSHIP Inquiries, please go to the Greater Lakewood Chamber of Commerce's website, at www.lakewoodchamber.com YOU CAN ALSO FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA
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Lakewood City Spotlight Save the Date for Tree Lighting in Lakewood Lakewood residents are cordially invited to join in the city’s 10th annual tree lighting ceremony and community gathering on Friday, Dec. 1 outside The Centre at 5000 Clark Ave., next to City Hall. Carnival games and food trucks will be on the scene starting at 4:30 p.m. Santa will be ready to hear your children’s holiday wishes and take photos (with your own device) from 4:30 to 8 p.m. The official tree lighting program starts at 6:30 p.m. Festivities wrap up at 8 p.m. Fun features include: •Lots of falling snow •Holiday musical group •Plenty of food trucks located in the parking lot behind City Hall where there is more room to spread out and relax. •Wonderful and free family holiday photo opportunities. Costumed characters will help with several holiday photo scenes, including one with Santa and two large sleighs. Parking will be available behind The Centre and in the large, gravel parking lot at the corner of Del Amo Boulevard
and Clark Avenue. The parking lots immediately in front of and behind City Hall will be closed for use in the event. If there is rain on Dec. 1, some activities may be limited. For more information, including weather-related updates on Dec. 1, visit www.lakewoodcity.org/ treelighting or call city staff at 562-866-9771, extension 2408. There will be plenty of other opportunities to enjoy good cheer around the Lakewood tree if you can’t make the tree lighting on Dec. 1. From Dec. 2 through Dec. 31, the tree will be on display in the plaza, providing an animated light show that changes colors to music continuously from 5 to 10 p.m. each night. Stop by and enjoy the splendor of the winter holidays!
Teen Life Skills 101 Monthly sessions teach teens ages 12-17 the basics to prepare to be independent, responsible adults at the Lakewood Youth Center, 4658 Woodruff Ave. Date: Tuesday, Nov. 7, 5-6 p.m.: Health and Basic First Aid (Activity #25965) Registration is required at www.lakewoodcity.org/ecatalog and search using the activity number listed. For more information call the Lakewood Youth Center at 562-429-7472. Play softball to help Project Shepherd Residents are asked to get on base with Project Shepherd by playing in or sponsoring a softball team in the 9th annual “Turkey Tournament,” hosted by the City of Lakewood. There will be
two tournament divisions offered. A co-ed division, and a men’s division. Games for both divisions will be played Saturday, Nov. 11. The co-ed tournament will take place at San Martin Park, while the men’s tournament will be played at Palms Park. Games will begin at 9 a.m. at both locations, and run throughout the day. Registrations are due by Nov. 8. Call the Recreation and Community Services Department for more information or to inquire about signing up as a team or sponsor at 562-866-9771, ext. 2408. Teams •Team fee is $350 •3-game guarantee •ASA Bats •Custom Dri-FIT jerseys will be given to the 1st place team Sponsors •Sponsors get a field sign for $100, highlighting your business in front of 120 ball players and fans. Now in its 51st year, Project Shepherd provides food and gifts during the holiday season and throughout the year to Lakewood residents in need. The City of Lakewood and the Rotary Club of Lakewood organize the efforts of volunteers and the donations of food, toys, clothing and cash to make Project Shepherd a success.
Over 412 families, including 1,427 youth and adults, were helped in 2022. LYS Basketball Registration Sign-ups for Lakewood Youth Sports Basketball will be available online Nov. 25 – Dec. 9. Simply go to www.lakewoodcity.org/ecatalog and click on the “Sports” tab at the top of the page. The co-ed Rookie and Smurf Divisions, for ages 4 to 5 and 6 to 7, emphasizes instruction using a smaller ball and modified rules to promote fun and minimize competition. The Competitive Divisions are for ages 8 to 17. 15-17 Boys and Girls divisions will play a 3 on 3 format. There is no registration fee for Lakewood residents. Non-resident registration is $20. Players will be instructed to present a birth certificate to verify age classifications on Saturday, Jan. 6, from 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Teams practice weekday evenings and Saturday mornings, beginning Dec. 26. League play begins Jan. 20 and concludes March 9. Playoffs will conclude by March 16. For more information, call Lakewood’s Recreation Department at 562-8669771, ext. 2408.
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City Service changes for Veterans Day Veterans Day falls on Saturday, Nov. 11 this year. Lakewood City Hall will be closed on Nov. 10 for a regular, closed alternating Friday. On Friday, Nov. 10: •Trash service will continue as usual, picked up on your regular day. •DASH Transit is available. •Street sweeping will continue as usual. •Because so many people will have the day off work, the city will not issue street-sweeping related parking tickets. But if Friday is the street-sweeping day in your neighborhood, please move your car off the street, if you are able to, so the best possible sweep can happen.
•Parking enforcement will continue for non-street-sweeping related violations, such as parking in red zones or blocking sidewalks. When City Hall is closed, you can call and leave a message for customer service staff at 562866-9771 ext. 2140 or send an email to email@example.com. For emergency city service requests, like downed tree limbs, traffic signal outages or water main leaks, call 562-8669771 and follow the instructions to page a 24-hour city emergency worker. For questions or requests regarding trash and disposal services, contact EDCO Disposal at 562-531-3054.
Soccer mini-pitch opens in Lakewood
Palms Park is now home to the first soccer mini-pitch in Lakewood. A soccer field is called a pitch by those who play the game, and a popular new way to play soccer with small groups of players and limited space is on a mini-pitch, about the size of a basketball court. The mini-pitch was donated to the City of Lakewood by the U.S. Soccer Foundation, the LA Galaxy MLS professional soccer team and their corporate partner Herbalife. The inspiration for the donation to the city came from a rising young star with the LA Galaxy—Jalen Neal—who grew up in Lakewood. Jalen, the Lakewood City Council and representatives from the donating organizations were on hand Oct. 19 at Palms Park for the ribbon-cutting to officially open the new mini-pitch. Joining them were a variety of youth soccer players of all ages from Lakewood, including members of the Artesia High School boys soccer team who won the CIF Division 5 in 2022. After the ribbon-cutting, the Lakewood youth joined Jalen in a soccer clinic on the new pitch. "The Lakewood City Council thinks this mini-pitch will be a great addition to our city's recre-
ational offerings and a wonderful place for youth to have fun and develop their soccer skills," said Mayor Ariel Pe. "A huge thanks goes to Jalen Neal for giving back to his hometown of Lakewood, and to the U.S. Soccer Foundation, the LA Galaxy and Herbal-
ife for bringing this exciting new athletic court to our city. This is a great way to help our city's youth and is the essence of 'One community, one family, live, love Lakewood,' which is my motto.” A mini-pitch is a colorful, acrylic-coated court about 40 feet wide by 84 feet long with side and end panels that keep the ball in constant play. Mini-pitches usually feature games of 5 vs. 5 up to 7 vs. 7 players. "We are committed to building mini-pitches that allow kids to have fun in a safe environment while adopting a healthy and active lifestyle at a young age," said Humbi Calleja, vice president and general manager of Herbalife,
North America. "Being part of these programs is special," said LA Galaxy soccer player Jalen Neal. "My elementary school is around the corner, and growing up, we all used these parks to kick around a soccer ball and have fun. Now, as an adult, it's great to see the improvements made to create a safer place to play, as this is incredibly important for the next generation." "Most of our players started soccer at a young age, and this program helps encourage future stars to pick up a ball and grab some friends to have some of the best times of their childhood," said Tom Braun, president of business operations and chief operating officer of the LA Galaxy. “The new mini-pitch will be open to the public daily during normal park operational hours on a first come, first served basis similar to all park game courts,” said Lakewood Recreation & Community Services Director Valarie Frost. “We also plan to make the mini-pitch available to youth soccer organizations for scheduled play, and we are excited that Jalen Neal and the LA Galaxy have offered to hold youth soccer clinics at Palms Park, including at least one major event per year with him and other LA Galaxy players. So, as you can see, this is an exciting addition to Lakewood’s recreational assets!”
Mayfair Girls Varsity Takes Victory in Molten Classic
In a thrilling showcase of talent and determination, the Mayfair Girls Varsity Volleyball Team secured a resounding victory in the 2023 Tae Kim Lakewood Molten Classic, held over two electrifying days in August. The tournament, affectionately known as the "Molten Classic," brought together some of the region's most formidable high school volleyball teams, all vying for supremacy. Mayfair, however, emerged as the team to beat. Mayfair's journey to Division 3 victory was marked by intense matches that showcased their tenacity and skill. They faced some tough competitors and overcame each challenge with determination. In their opening match, Mayfair displayed their might by beating Northview in a
thrilling contest that went to three sets. They then had a tough fight against Santa Fe High School but still won in four sets. Led by cocaptains Jillian Hitt and Addison Riddle, the team's performance showed their strong resolve and teamwork. Mayfair's Varsity continued their impressive run by defeating Norwalk in a demanding three-set match on the second day, further proving their mettle. They then went on to face Downey in the finals. As the gym became packed with fans, both teams prepared to take home the trophy. But they learned quickly that the ultimate test awaited them in the finals. Downey, another formidable opponent, gave Mayfair everything they had in a hard-fought match
that lasted four intense sets. In a riveting showdown, Mayfair claimed the championship in the varsity Division 3 category with a final score of 25-17, 25-23, 18-25, 25-16. The points were back and forth, with both teams wanting to take home the Division 3 title. The crowd witnessed remarkable spikes, diving saves, and ex-
BUSD Launches New Hydroponic Freight “Urban Farming Project”
he Bellflower Unified School District is embarking on an innovative urban farming venture with the installation of a state-of-the-art Hydroponic Freight Farm at Bellflower Middle/ High School. This initiative aims to provide fresh, healthy vegetables to be served to students as a daily salad bar lunch option. The hydroponic farming system will educate students regarding alternative crop methods allowing them to discover a possible farming solution to address the larger global land/water environmental issues. The farm will produce up to 600-700 heads of lettuce, per week, using only five gallons of water per day. BUSD is the second K-12 school district in the state of California to acquire a Freight Farm. This project is supported by
California Advancing Pathways for Students (CalAPS), a regional occupational program. The district has partnered with Growing Together Education to assist with the installation and maintenance of the Freight Farm. “I'm thrilled about the freight farm’s arrival, offering our students an incredible opportunity to engage with agriculture and understand its profound impact on their lives and well-being. Our district is committed to staying at the forefront of education, consistently introducing innovative methods to equip our students for 21st-century challenges. This is an exciting time for our schools, and I anticipate the enthusiasm and passion this experience will ignite in our students,” stated Superintendent, Dr. Ben Drati. BUSD is excited to announce
two upcoming events to unveil this project to the community. On Monday, November 6, 2023, at 9 a.m., the Freight Farm is due to arrive at Bellflower Middle/High School. Then, on Monday, November 27, 2023, the community will have the opportunity to participate in a seeding event, becoming part of the first group to plant seeds for the freight farm. For more information, call (562) 866-4192. DETAILS Freight Farm Arrival Nutrition Center - Bellflower Middle/High School Campus 10247 Alondra Blvd., Bellflower, CA 90706 MONDAY, NOV. 6 at 9:00 a.m. Community Seeding Event Nutrition Center - Bellflower Middle/High School Campus 10247 Alondra Blvd., Bellflower, CA 90706 MONDAY, NOV. 27 at 4:30 p.m.
ceptional teamwork, as Mayfair ultimately clinched the gold in this closely matched division. Coach Kevin Hitt praised the team for their hard work, dedication, and unwavering spirit throughout the tournament. "I couldn't be prouder of these incredible athletes. They faced strong opponents, kept their heads high,
and delivered their best performances when it mattered the most. This victory is a testament to their teamwork and resilience," Coach Hitt remarked. This triumphant win in the 2023 Tae Kim Lakewood Molten Classic will undoubtedly be remembered as a highlight in the Mayfair Girls Varsity Volleyball Team's history. With their exceptional performance, they have not only made their school proud but have also set a high standard for volleyball excellence in their league. As we celebrate Mayfair's victory, the future looks promising for this talented group of young athletes, and we eagerly anticipate their continued success in the world of high school volleyball. Congratulations to the Mayfair Girls Varsity Volleyball Team and Coach Hitt on their outstanding achievement in the 2023 Tae Kim Lakewood Molten Classic! Submitted by Contributing Writer Kim Riddle.
Making CIF History Samyiah Hopkins has just made CIF HISTORY! Samiyah is the first flag football player to rush for 1,000 yards! What does it mean to you to be the first Flag Football player to rush for 1,000 yards and make CIF history? "It means a lot to me that I was able to accomplish such a huge goal not only for myself, but for women around the country. With this being the first year of flag football being a CIF sport I did not have many expectations. I’m happy that I was given the opportunity to show girls that we can be competitive and have fun at the same time." From Coach Jonathan Giles: "She is the first woman in CIF flag football history to reach 1,000 yards rushing which is a major accomplishment in a game that's made for passing. She came in without ever playing football and she worked and grinded to become an elite running back, but her best attribute is that she is a 4.2 GPA student and team captain. She is a coach's dream, a hard worker. Samiyah is a student-athlete and the student is first."
Chamber Board Member Mike Hedges Qualifies for Team USA's Water Ski Racing Team
Safety Tips for Businesses
The City of Lakewood Public Safety Department offers the following safety tips to help deter crime and ensure the safety of your customers, employees and business. •If a situation doesn’t look or feel “right,” it likely is not. Trust your instinct: If you “See Something, Say Something.” Report suspicious activity and behavior by contacting the Lakewood Sheriff Station at (562) 623-3500 or dial 911 in an emergency. •During business hours, always have at least two employees working. •Keep windows unobstructed for easy visibility in and out of the business. This will make your business appear welcoming for customers, and allows your employees to see who and what is outside, and provides a clear view for law enforcement. •Ensure your business is well lit at night—inside, in front of and behind the store—and in the parking lot. After hours, keep some lights on inside to make
the business appear occupied. •Ensure that security cameras and alarm system are functioning properly, and that landscaping does not obstruct the view in or out of the store or provide hiding places. •Limit the number of doors that are open or accessible from the exterior. Do not leave doors propped open for deliveries. When closing, double check that all doors are properly secured. •Do not leave cash in the register after hours. •All employees should know the contact numbers for the building owner/manager, business owner and local law enforcement. •Get to know your neighboring businesses and keep a watchful eye out for one another. Get involved in the community and the Chamber of Commerce. Also, get to know and build a relationship with the Lakewood Sheriff’s Station. Attending community events like “Coffee with a Deputy” is a great way to start.
he Lakewood Community News recently learned that a Greater Lakewood Chamber of Commerce board member, Mike Hedges, recently qualified for the 2023 USA Water Ski Racing Team. The announcement was made in early October by the National Water Ski Racing Association. Thirteen athletes were selected to represent Team USA, 12 of which are from California. Hedges, along with two of his buddies, are from Long Beach. Hedges, along Team USA, will be competing in the 22nd IWWF World Waterski Racing Championships, Nov. 9-19 in Gosford/Terrigal, NSW, Australia. Here's a brief Q&A with Hedges, who owns Pacific Trux Driving, to learn a little bit more about him, water ski racing, and how he felt after learning he qualified for Team USA. How long have you been racing? I have been waterski racing for the past 6 years. I attended the Catalina Ski Race as a teenager and always wanted to compete in it along with the NWSRA water ski racing series. When did you find out you were going to be a part of Team USA? Our race season started in March and we were hopeful that we could receive enough
points to qualify for the US Team, which we found out that we had accomplished that with one other skier this past September.
Tell us about your Team? My skier is Sean Davison, a Millikan High School student from Long Beach, which I have known for a few years now and is in his second full season competing. My observer is Jeff Barrus owner of Boat Werks in Long Beach and has been in ski racing since he was a child with multiple wins as a skier and driver. The rules of our class (F2) is a 21' boat with a 300hp outboard which makes the class very competitive and reach speeds pulling our skier in the high 80 mph. How many other teams did you compete against to qualify? There were 12 teams this year competing and two
were selected for the US Team to compete against several other countries in Gosford, Australia. This international competition has been going on every year since 1979 with the last World's event taking place in Vichy, France in 2019. This year's event will be the first since France, due to Covid.
What do you love about water ski racing? I love the competition, being outdoors, the beauty of the sunrise over water, I love watching the time and dedication our skier (Sean Davison) puts into his training, his diet, the extra work at school all to compete at this level and seeing the look on his face when Jeff and I do our jobs and pull him to the winners circle. I love being around like-minded people that share the same passion which have led to friendships that will last a lifetime. How did you feel when you learned that you and your team qualified for Team USA? I am so proud of Sean and Jason, what an experience to be able to compete and to do it as brothers. All of us have worked very hard with the goal of being selected, and competing against the world's very best, all while representing this amazing country we call home, Team USA!!!
Farmers Insurance Understanding Your Coverage
October 15 - December 7
Segura said that he appreciates how much Farmers Insurance looks out for its clients. "As your local Farmers® agent in Lakewood and the surrounding areas, I help customers like you identify the insurance coverage that best fits your needs,"he said. "This process is straightforward and personalized to help make you smarter about insurance. I have the knowledge and experience to help you better understand your coverage options - whether that's auto, home, renters, business insurance and more." Segura is also a Medicare agent. With open enrollment now in progress, Segura said it's important for people to seek guidance in understanding Medicare sooner, rather than later. "My parents both taught me to live an honest life," he said. "I'm always going to be honest with people. I'm never going to lie to people in exchange for a policy. Look at me, I should be retired already, but I love helping people too much to stop working."
Need help to review your Medicare Plan and better understand YOUR options? Get in touch with Mike Segura for a FREE and CONFIDENTIAL consultation. If you or someone you know needs guidance, call your local Farmers Insurance agent, Mike Segura at (562) 531-4980.
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damages to homes - but it affected the entire industry, even those of us that have been able to continue to issue new policies. From rising inflation costs to litigation costs, prices for labor and material have gone up tremendously, said Segura. "It's not just happening here in California though, it's happening all across the country," he said. "California got hit a little harder because of the wildfires, but it's happening everywhere." Nonetheless, Segura said he's here for the community every single day. He's a phone call away and his office is on the corner of Paramount Boulevard and Candlewood Street. "I've been in the insurance industry for 34 years, there's always ups and downs, but in looking at the silver lining, there's still markets open through Farmers Insurance and with other providers. It would be worse if all of us stopped issuing policies; or just forced to stop." For now, Segura said he is looking forward to 2024 bringing back stability to the insurance industry.
their insurance policies. Segura started working for Farmers Insurance in 1983 with his own branch here in the City of Lakewood. He and his wife Monica Segura, owner of Lakewood LiveScan and Notary, have been living in Lakewood since 2007. He served as a sales agent for 15 years, then in 2003 Segura was offered a position as District Manager for Farmers Insurance, where he managed 50 sales agents in the Lakewood and Long Beach area. In 2018, he transitioned back to a sales agent, for his branch office only, and has an "fantastic" sales and customer service team. "I have a great team working for me. I'd like to say that I'm here to teach them, but everyday, I learn more and more from them," he said. "Our job is to help clients protect their assets and their family. If my team has learned anything from me, it is that we're not here to sell people anything that they don't need - our job is to help them understand their coverage according to their insurance needs and their future." In the last couple of years, the insurance industry had a lot of challenges due to all of the wildfires and water
hether you're an insurance policy holder with Farmers Insurance or not, Michael Segura wants to meet with you; not to sell you anything, just to make sure you understand your coverage. A lot of people don't review or fully understand their insurance policies until there's an emergency. "I've been a Farmers Insurance agent for 34 years," said Segura. "I love meeting new people, and new clients of course, but my calling is helping people understand their coverage before they really need it. Education is what I love the most about my job. You don't have to have Farmers Insurance," he added. Even if you have a policy elsewhere, I'm here to offer free advice to people about their coverage." Life, auto, home, commercial and even MediCare insurance, Segura said that it's important for people to know what they're paying for. "People can go for years paying for an insurance policy, without really knowing how, or if, it's going to meet their needs when they actually need it." That's why Segura said his door is open to anyone looking to understand
Team Segura: Front to back, Michael and Monica Segura, Lupe Salazar, Astrid Andrino, Diana Torres and Leslie Munoz.
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nless you've been to their office, you would never know that the headquarters for longtime Lakewood business, Lakewood Heating & Air Conditioning, is located in a little oasis at the corner of Candlewood and Clark streets. "All of our work is outside of the office, at people's homes, or at places of business, so no one ever gets to come to our office," said Juan Villasenor, the new owner of Lakewood Heating & Air Conditioning. Located in the City of Lakewood for 33 years, Juan and his wife, Pam, became the new owners of Lakewood Heating & Air Conditioning two years ago. Juan, who worked for the previous owner for several years, said he couldn't help to invest in the business, after falling in love with the community. "We are a community-focused business first, before we are a company," said Juan. "But we don't just service Lakewood, we service Cerritos, Bellflower, Long Beach and even Pasadena. There's no city limits for our service, we will come to you wherever you need us." Before it was turned into Lakewood Heating & Air, back in the '60s the business was known as the California Heating & Ventilation Company. In 1990, Lakewood Heating & Air was founded by G. Salmon as the "friendly neighborhood air conditioning company committed to service excellence, quality and to providing clients with the very best in air conditioning installation, service and repair. "Our company's pillars of character are trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, caring and continuous improvement," Juan said. "We specialize in heating and cooling solutions for your home, and our team takes pride in the quality of our work."
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Juan said that he and his team are wholeheartedly dedicated to outstanding results. "We are excited to build long-term relationships with our clients and guarantee client's satisfaction." Also a new member of the Greater Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, Juan said he understands the importance of being involved in the communities serviced by Lakewood Heating & Air. "I am also a platinum sponsor for Lakewood's Concerts in the Park," he said. "I believe in giving back and I believe in being present, not just sending in a sponsorship check, I want to be involved." The last couple of years have been pretty busy, said Juan. "The surge we've seen in the last couple of years is that everyone wants to convert to electrical appliances," Juan said about the air and heating industry. Luckily, he said, Lakewood Heating & Air is at the forefront of all of the advanced technological systems. "The industry is con-
stantly changing, but we're staying upto-date with the times and rising costs of not going electric. People are realizing that 54 percent of energy consumed in a home is for heating and cooling, and it's going to keep rising because of our irregular weather patterns." With a full-service team in tow, Juan calls Lakewood Heating & Air a "onestop shop," whether people are looking for energy-efficient heat pumps or cooling systems that operate at optimum performance. "I've been in the industry long enough to know that every month, there's something new, so we as a company are constantly educating ourselves and investing in the company so that we can better serve our customers." His customer base in the City of Lakewood, and in cities like Pasadena, include a lot of older homes that were built with heating and air conditioning systems that were installed incorrectly, or are no longer deemed safe.
"With my work, I can help a family stay warm or cool, but I can also help to keep a family safe from carbon monoxide," he said. "According to the California Energy Commission, the average home leaks 30 cents of every dollar through holes in the ducts. A lot of these older systems still operate on gas, so to me, that's a need that I can help, I can help solve that problem. Newer homes don't have that problem, but I can come in and install equipment that eliminates carbon monoxide emissions altogether. We can install all electric appliances. It's not like the old days, where we have to wait and see if the work that we installed works, these new systems are smart systems, where we can see them working instantly." Something he admires about Lakewood is that a lot of homes are still owned by the original family that first owned them. "I love that about Lakewood, but have learned that a lot of them were built with unsafe floor heaters," he said. "I want families to know that we are here to help them find solutions and bring their heating and cooling systems up to par, we're here to adapt to the needs of the community." While some of these systems are antique, we even found a home with a gravity furnace in the basement, we're here to help find a solution. We're not just here to provide a service, we are here to be of value to others, for their families." Pillars of character are key at Lakewood Heating & Air, said Juan. "This is what we love to do, to provide a service to help families," he said. "If you don't love what you do, then you're not going to do a good job. ...My team knows that to work with me, they have to love their job - otherwise it translates onto the work that a family is entrusting them to do in their home. You need to love what you do."
Outback Steakhouse Making Casual Dining, Fun
uis Torres is the youngest of 12 siblings. His parents came to the United States with eight small children from Pequeros, Jalisco, and then added another four to the family. Luis is getting ready to celebrate his 20th year as Managing Partner for Lakewood's Outback Steakhouse. To a wondrous surprise this summer, Luis was contacted by corporate, the Outwest Restaurant Group, that his restaurant on the corner of Clark Avenue and Candlewood Street, had been selected to get a complete corporate remodel thanks to his 2022-23 sales. "Blessed," is how Luis described having felt when he got the call. It's the only Outback Steakhouse in the entire state to get the complete remodel." The Lakewood Outback was built 27 years ago, said Luis, so it needed a facelift, "we were due." Little did he know, however, the corporation was going to start with his restaurant. "Because of the success of this restaurant and the support we get from the community, they said they knew they wanted to invest in this location first," Luis said. "It's been 27 years, so seeing all of the upgrades, I feel blessed." Luis has worked in the restaurant industry for nearly 40 years, but joining
the Outback family was a culture shock for him - a good one, though. "I loved the opportunities that Outback offered, but most of all, I loved that Outback's core values revolve around having fun, and making sure that customers have fun, too. Casual dining doesn't have to be boring. It spoke to me, coming from a large family, having fun while working, I knew right then and there that Outback was where I was supposed to be." With his corporate bosses in attendance, along with elected City of Lakewood leaders, the Greater Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, and members of the business community, Luis last month inaugurated his restaurant's remodel with a Grand Re-Opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. "All of this is a testament to a great team working toward making people happy," said Luis. "My team carried this restaurant out of a pandemic, and we got through it stronger than ever. I
enough time to build friendships that turn into family, he said. "I'm very thankful for the support. When the food is good and the staff is positive and fun, people are going to keep coming back." People don't always have time to go to fancy steakhouses for a good steak, but they can find them here. "I love our menu," said Luis. "Our steaks are quality cut, and our salmon is my Luis Torres is pictured below with a Bloopersonal favorite. We have min' Onion and Coconut Shrimp for his Grand ReOpening. Also pictured is Greata selection of great entrees er Lakewood Chamber of Commerce Vice to choose from, and we have Chair Joanie Dixson. healthy items, too." Being added to the menu in can now say that all of the visions that the next month will be a Snow Crab I had for this restaurant 20 years ago and Hot Honey Shrimp and Chicken. (OK, who's hungry now?) He also said have been accomplished." Despite building lifelong friendships he heard that a Bourbon Glazed Rib with people in the community over the Eye Steak is being added to the menu, year, the Grand Re-Opening, said Luis, topped with French onions. L u i s is happy to see people from was in one word, "humbling." the community, including "It's not work when you're having city leaders and other busifun," Luis added. "I ness owners, choose Outtake pride back Steakhouse to dine. in provid"It's humbling," he ing a posisaid. "I have dedicated tive environ20 years of my life to ment for my this restaurant and to employees; this community, and employees can what's happening to be productive me now, is a testament while having to the saying that whatever energy you fun. I want my employees to love coming put out into the world, comes back to to work and having fun. And I want you twofold. I have made this comthem to make sure that our diners have munity my family, and I like to give back and I like to make sure everyone fun, too." Twenty years in the same commu- is having fun, because that's what you nity is a long time, and it's more than do among your family."
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urrounded by elected officials, community leaders and members of the business comS munity invited to the 5th Annual State of the State, Assembly Speaker Emeritus Anthony Rendon participated in a panel discussion highlighting the ups and downs of 2023's
Legislative Session, empowering young, new leaders and what he loves to do in his down time while living and working in the 62nd District. Representing the Cities of Lakewood, Bellflower, Lynwood, Paramount, South Gate, Maywood and Huntington Park, the Speaker Emeritus emphasized the importance of bringing stability back to the cities, businesses, and schools post-Covid, his legislative focus for 2024, and places his daughter Vienna likes to frequent within the 62nd District. Sponsors of the event included, Southern California Edison, as the Event Host Sponsor, Farmers Insurance, the Lakewood YMCA, Lakewood Center, F&M Bank, Nationwide Environmental Services, HubCities Consortium, the City of Lakewood, the Water Replenishment District, IBE Digital, World Energy, SCAG, SoCalGas and Preferred Auto Design. GLCC President/CEO Jose Solache started the annual State of the State in Lakewood five years ago as a central meeting point for cities represented by the 62nd District to hear about the state of the state from their representative. "This event helps to bring our district together," Solache said. "Individually we all fight for the cities we live and work in, but up in Sacramento, our Assemblyman, is fighting for all of us - as individual cities, but as one district."
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Carwood CarWash Newly Renovated
fter 28 years of being a solely full-service handcar wash, Carwood Carwash owners Roland Spongberg and his son Brian, decided it was time to change with the times - and give the long-standing Carwood Carwash a complete overhaul. "It was definitely time for a change," said Brian, who co-partnered with his dad this year to operate Carwood Carwash. "We took away the hand car-wash portion, but we're keeping the personal full-service. So you can do it yourself, or we will do it for you." Carwood Carwash now offers an express service and full service with a complete detail center. "My dad has owned this business for close to 30 years, the community knows him and he knows the community," said Brian. "Carwood Carwash has a lifelong following, so keeping the personal service was important for us." The new Carwood Carwash opened in January. Asked which service the community prefers the most, express or full service, Brian said the express service has attracted a lot more customers. "People love to sit in the car and be on the phone while their car is being washed, express washes have picked up a lot in the last couple of months," he said. "Sitting in your car while it's getting washed also gives people a moment to relax," said Brian. With that said, the City of Lakewood is home to an array of carwashes, some which are new and some that have also been in Lakewood for years. "We're like a carwash family," said Brian. "All of us get along, we've known each other for a long time, and there's lifelong friendships and networks." Brian comes from a family with a long history in Lakewood. Not only does his father own several restaurants, including El Pollo Loco right next door to Carwood Carwash, but his grandfather also owned Spongberg Mortuary from 1935 to 1964. "My family has a long history in Lakewood, I was raised in this very neighborhood," he said. "So first it was my grandfather, then my dad, and now me, that's three generations in Lakewood." Working with his dad to renovate Carwood Carwash, Brian said, solar panels were an absolute must if Carwood was to reduce its footprint on the environment." It's not a requirement, and it is a big investment, but in the long run, it will make us more sustainable and be better for the environment. Solar panels generate 220 kw per solar panel, generating over 300,000 kwh per year of clean solar energy" A community staple for 28 years, Carwood Carwash won't just be a beautiful car • Offering Express & Full-Service Washes (Interior/Exterior) wash like his dad wants it to be, but it will also be a self-sustaining carwash. Addition• Professional Detail Services Available ally, Brian said he is always looking at ways • We still do 100% Hand Washes & Detailing to grow Carwood's customer base. In Sep• Enjoy Unlimited Express Washes starting at $24.99 tember, he offered teachers free car washes during Teacher Appreciation Week. In total, • Brand New State-of-the-Art Equipment & Technology he gave away 187 free car washes. • 24 Self Service Vacuums Stalls with Air Compressors Along with adding an October Tunnel of Terror Carwash to Carwood's itinerary, • Eco-Friendly! PurClean Water Recycling which came with a few challenges he hopes & Solar Powered Energy to be able to iron out, Brian said he's always looking for creative ways to put a smile on • Locally Owned & Operated Since 1985 people's faces. Covid really put a damper on people's ability to smile more, Brian said. "I think everyday, we need to all find a way to make people smile," he said. Being named Operations Manager for Carwood was a natural fit for Brian. He didn't know how much he would love it nor how much he would love meeting new people. "There's so many things I want to do with Carwood for the community, the ideas are flowing, this year was just the beginning. I have truly enjoyed meeting new people this year and hearing their ideas for the carwash," he said. "My whole life I didn't know I'd like connecting with people as Valid on Carwood Express Wash only much as I've learned this year. Now I know why giving back to the community runs in my family."
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Dual Enrollment Program Boosts Student Success While Saving Valuable Time and Money
reat things are happening at Cerritos College this year! The dual enrollment program at Cerritos College boosts student success while saving time and money Additionally, the Dual enrollment allows students to earn college credit while still in high school. At Cerritos College, high school students can enroll in college courses and enjoy several benefits: • Save money – Dual enrollment tuition is low-cost or free, saving money on the cost of college after graduation. • Save time – Students who take college coursework while in high school already earn credit toward their degree. • Access to college resources – Students can access a wide array of support services and facilities, including the library, tutoring, and counseling offered at Cerritos College. • Build confidence and grow interests – Students gain confidence through com-
pleting a college-level course and finding classes in areas of interest not offered in high school. National research shows that students who participate in dual enrollment have higher rates of college enrollment after graduation and completion of a college degree than their peers. One example is Aracely Flores, who attended Cerritos College as a dual enrollment student. She received a certificate of achievement and earned her associate degree in engineering design technology by her senior year in high school. She enrolled at Cal Poly Pomona this fall to study mechanical engineering. Through the dual enrollment program, she began her studies with several of her general education requirements already completed. This allows her to take advanced coursework and be on track to graduate with her bachelor’s degree sooner.
Cerritos College and Artesia High School recently partnered to offer various dual enrollment courses to students to meet their interests and needs. They offer five pathways to Artesia High School students in automotive, business, cloud computing, medical assisting, and welding, with classes available in Fall, Spring, and Summer. Cerritos College’s collaboration for early college learning extends to elementary school. Through the Dual Language Immersion program offered at Furgeson Elementary, students learn in a bilingual, biliterate, and multicultural environment, starting in
kindergarten. Continuing through Fedde Middle School, students take college-level Spanish courses through the dual enrollment program. Students in the program can then choose to enter the Early College Program at Artesia High School, a fouryear program allowing students to earn up to 46 UC/CSU transferrable units. After completion, students graduate high school and at the same time earn an associate degree in Spanish. For more information, please visit www. cerritos.edu/dualenrollment or call (562) 860-2451 ext. 2212.
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L.A. Zoo Lights Join us on Saturday, Dec. 2 as we travel to the Los Angeles Zoo for L.A. Zoo Lights, a not-to-be missed nighttime holiday light experience! A large area of the zoo will feature animal-themed LEDs, lasers, 3D projections and animated displays for self-guided tours. There will also be interactive photo ops, a water show, real reindeer, and holiday treats! Please arrive at Burns Community Center, 5510 Clark Ave. at 4:30 p.m. for check-in. The bus will leave promptly at 5 p.m. The cost of this trip is $62 per person. An adult must accompany
How do We Keep the Dream Alive?
Youth Art & Essay Contest
children of all ages. Last day to register is Monday, Nov. 27 or until filled. Use activity #26266 to register at www.lakewoodcity. org/ecatalog.
The Lakewood Interfaith Council presents their annual K-5th Grade Youth Art and Essay Contest, with submission deadline coming up on December 1, 2023. All art and essay entries must reflect on the principles of racial equality and nonviolent social change. Entrants may submit a piece of 2-D artwork or an essay, poem or letter of no more than 250 words on "HOW DO WE KEEP THE DREAM ALIVE?" Handwritten or typed essays will be accepted. Artwork may be any medium but no larger than 8.5 x 11 inches. On the back of each entry, please include the student's full name, grade category, school (if applicable), home address and a contact phone number for his or her parent or guardian. Entries are due no later than Dec. 1, 2023 at 5 p.m. Both physical and email submissions will be accepted. Please submit physical entrees to The Lakewood Y, at 5835 Carson St., Lakewood, CA 90713. Email submissions may be sent to lifc.executive@gmail. com. Winners will receive prizes and be recognized at the MLK Jr. Community Celebration on January 14, 2024. To register, please go to www. lakewoodinterfaithcouncil.org For more information, call (323) 817-9925.
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November is Native American Heritage Month Diverse indigenous communities have been an integral part of the American story for thousands of years, and November has been designated Native American Heritage Month to call attention to the culture, traditions, and achievements of our nation’s original inhabitants and their descendants. According to the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs, there are 574 federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native tribes and villages, each with its unique culture, traditions and languages, along with their own ADVERTORIAL
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distinct histories and governance systems. In the 2020 Census, the American Indian and Alaska Native population alone (3.7 million) accounted for 1.1% of all people living in the United States, however those who identified solely as one or in combination with another group comprised of 9.7 million people (2.9% of the total population). The City of Lakewood joins communities around the nation in not only celebrating Native Americans, but honoring their resilience in dealing with a long history of oppression and margin-
alization. In celebrating Native American traditions, language and art, we help support the preservation and revitalization of these aspects of our full American heritage. A key element of Lakewood's award-winning Community Dialogue on Race, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is celebrating the diversity of people and cultures that Lakewood is proud to have as part of our community. On behalf of the Lakewood City Council, Mayor Ariel Pe recently signed a proclamation declaring November as “Native
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Hall or the Burns Community Center during business hours prior to Monday, Dec. 4. •All of the unwrapped gifts go to children registered through Project Shepherd, which is Lakewood’s homegrown charity to assist local families in need. Or, you can fulfill a child’s wish online by visiting Project Shepherd’s Amazon gift registry starting Nov. 15 at www. lakewoodcity.org/PSAmazon. There you can choose a gift to purchase and have it sent directly to the program. Project Shepherd is operated by the Rotary Club of Lakewood and the City of Lakewood. For more information, call 562-925-7512, or visit www.lakewodcity.org/ProjectShepherd.
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Bring the entire family to enjoy a crisp, cool autumn evening of FREE family fun at Palms Park on Friday, Nov. 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. This family-friendly event will feature a petting zoo, face painting, inflatable attrac-
tions, games, food and a train ride. For more information call the Lakewood Recreation and Community Services Department at 562-866-9771, ext. 2408 or visit www.lakewoodcity.org/catalog.
City Service changes for Thanksgiving
akewood City Hall will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 23-24 for the Thanksgiving holiday. NO trash pick-up will occur on Thursday, Nov. 23. Trash pickup for Thursday and Friday will be delayed by one day. That means pickups normally scheduled for Thursday will happen Friday, and Friday’s normal pickups will happen Saturday. There will be NO residential street sweeping Thursday and Friday and no makeup sweep. Therefore, there will be NO residential street-sweeping parking tickets issued during those two days. Street sweeping and related parking enforcement will be normal on the Monday through Wednesday of Thanksgiving week. Parking enforcement will continue for non-street-sweeping related violations, such as parking in red zones or blocking sidewalks. DASH Transit will be closed on Nov. 23-24.
When City Hall is closed, here is how you can report a non-emergency issue: Call and leave a message for the city’s customer service staff at 562-866-9771 ext. 2140 or send an email to service1@ lakewoodcity.org. They will answer messages on the next business day. Submit a non-emergency service request online at www.lakewoodcity.org/ service. Use the Lakewood Connect app for your smartphone to report an issue, ask a question or give input to the City of Lakewood. The app is available from both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store as a free download. For emergency city service requests, like downed tree limbs, traffic signal outages or water main leaks, call 562866-9771 and follow the instructions to page a 24-hour city emergency worker. For questions or requests regarding trash and disposal services, contact EDCO Disposal at 562-531-3054.
Remind Holiday Visitors of Street-Sweeping Days
Family and friends visiting Lakewood over the holidays may be unfamiliar with Lakewood’s parking and street-sweeping schedules and regulations that help keep neighborhoods clean and safe for everyone. Help your visitors enjoy a joyful celebration and avoid tickets by sharing these tips: •Check the street-sweeping schedule in advance. For Thanksgiving, there will be no residential street sweeping on Thursday or Friday, Nov. 23-24, and no street-sweeping related tickets those two days. However, street sweeping will be normal on Monday through Wednesday, Nov. 2022, so be sure visitors know where they can safely park on those three days to avoid getting cited. Street sweeping and enforcement will resume Monday, Nov. 27. On your street-sweeping day only, parking is allowed on the front and side lawns. Any day, parking is allowed on the apron, which is the sloped area between the street and the sidewalk leading up to your driveway, as long as the vehicle
does not overhang the sidewalk. •Don’t obstruct or overhang onto the sidewalk. When parking in your driveway or on the apron any day of the week, including street-sweeping day, it is important to NOT obstruct or overhang onto the sidewalk. That creates a dangerous obstruction for pedestrians and violates the Americans with
Disabilities Act (ADA) and state parking laws. •Citations are issued only when a vehicle is immediately in the way of the sweeper. (Parking enforcement vehicles follow directly behind the sweeper.) That means you can park on the street before and after the sweeper passes your home during the posted times in your neighborhood.
•Help get a clean sweep by keeping the path clear. Don’t make leaf piles or leave trash in the street. Put small fallen branches into your green waste cart if you can. Remove larger branches from the street if you can. Street sweeping is cancelled when city staff determines it is raining enough that water is pooling or flowing in gutters throughout a neighborhood, which prevents effective sweeping. (Sweeping still occurs during a light sprinkle.) In the case of a rain cancellation, sweeping in that neighborhood is postponed until the regular sweeping day the following week. For example, the cancellation of a Friday sweep means the next sweep in that neighborhood is the following Friday. No sweeping-related parking citations are issued on rain cancellation days. Call or email customer service to verify if sweeping has been cancelled due to rain. If you have any questions, please contact Lakewood customer service staff at 562-8669771 ext. 2140 or at service1@ lakewoodcity.org.
Lakewood City Council Members (top row) with a few of the families who were honored with Lakewood Beautiful awards.
Lakewood Beautiful Home Award winners honored
The Lakewood Beautiful Home Awards program marked its 40th anniversary this year, with 41 recognized homes chosen from 84 nominated residences. The Lakewood City Council congratulated the winners at the recent Lakewood Celebrates event held at Monte Verde Park, where they received certificates marking their achievement. The Lakewood Beautiful program honors homes in three categories: Lakewood Beautiful, Transformation, and Neat and Tidy. Water Wise Awards are also given to those winning homes in any category that use efficient irrigation and drought-tolerant landscaping while maintaining a beautiful yard and home.
2023 winners by category •Ten homeowners received the Lakewood Beautiful Award. •Fifteen homeowners were honored with a Transformation Award for making significant improvements to their home’s exterior or landscaping in the past three years. •Sixteen homeowners received the Neat & Tidy Award. Water Wise Awards were given to 11 homeowners for using efficient irrigation and drought-tolerant landscaping while maintaining a beautiful yard and home. See the photo gallery of winning homes and hear some of the winners talk about their home at www.lakewoodcity.org/LakewoodBeautifulWinners.
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